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James Franco, ‘Ernest & Celestine’: Los Angeles Film Critics 2013 Awards’ surprise winners (photo: James Franco in ‘Spring Breakers’) The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the mid-’70s, announced earlier today, December 8, 2013, their list of winners and runners-up. As usual, there were a number of surprises, including James Franco, tying in the Best Supporting Actor category, and Shane Carruth’s sci-fi indie drama Upstream Color, selected as the runner-up for Best Editing. (Check out the full list of 2013 Los Angeles Film Critics winners. See also: Boston Society of Film Critics 2013 winners, announced earlier today.) But really, the biggest surprise of the day was the fact that the Los Angeles Film Critics came up with no less than three ties, including Best Picture: Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Spike Jonze’s Her. That’s the Lafca’s first Best Picture tie since its first awards year, »
- Andre Soares
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Disney Princesses as Star Wars Characters; costumed Hobbit fans; the top 10 Stanley Kubrick Movies; and The Muppets go head-to-head with Gordon Ramsay. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
To kick things off today, FunnyOrDie has 23 GIFs of Bill Murray Being Straight-Up Delightful.
Bookish has various Comic Book characters’ biggest phobias.
TVOvermind has Twelve Evil Couples We’ve Seen in Television History.
If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!
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- Justin Vactor
During a 45-minute Q&A session he talked about his motivations and the factors underlying his choice of subjects, including that of his upcoming film “Silence”.
He described filming “Last Temptation of Christ,” lensed in Morocco, as a passionate process motivated by his own search for an inner spiritual core, which had once made him to want to become a priest.
“The film was an exploration of the meaning of faith. But during the process of making the film the mystery became even deeper for me and I realized I’d only scratched the surface…I’m obsessed with the search for a spiritual core in life. That’s what my most personal films are about, including ‘Mean Streets »
- Martin Dale
We all have favourite directors, producers or writers of film. We’re all familiar with the works of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick or Alfred Hitchcock. We’re fans of Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron, and can name the works of Tim Burton and Ridley Scott. We know of Jerry Bruckheimer or Peter Jackson, M Night Shyamalan and Guillermo del Toro. In short, we all recognise the big names who give us films. But one name which may not sound so familiar, is that of Luc Besson.
Luc Besson is a director, producer and writer of film. He was born in 1959, in the French city of Paris to scuba-diving parents, and grew up in the Mediterranean, travelling off the coasts of Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia . He did not initially want to become involved with cinema, intending instead to become a marine biologist. But at the age of 17, he »
- Jon Lovatt
Actor best known for playing the pathologist George Bullard in Midsomer Murders
The actor Barry Jackson, who has died aged 75, was a staple of British television for more than 50 years but it was not until he was in his 60s that he earned a degree of stardom, thanks to his portrayal of the pathologist Dr George Bullard in 76 episodes (1997-2011) of the popular mystery series Midsomer Murders.
Bullard, the friend of local inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles), is called in whenever a murder victim is found, which happens in each feature-length episode. "It's always good when I get more to say than 'He died at 11pm'," Jackson remarked. "I try to be as real as possible, though I call the show pantomime crime, not true crime. That's its appeal – everyone gets bludgeoned to death but there's something quite old-fashioned and harmless about it."
From the plots of Midsomer Murders, you »
- Ronald Bergan
Written and directed by Hong Sang-soo
South Korea, 2010
Canonical directors such as Stanley Kubrick and Howard Hawks are easy to laud and credit as masterful filmmakers. Even those new to film can understand their inclusion in the pantheon by looking at the breadth of thematic material they covered, often switching from one genre to another throughout the years without much hint of waning talent. The ability for a director’s signature to stand out no matter the working material was the spark of the American auteurism debate — Kubrick, Hawks, and a legion of other legendary figures posthumously adorn themselves with the title from their thematic eclecticism. If this is a talent to be valued and pronounced as exemplified filmmaking, then what of a figure who not only works within the same genre, but seems to be remaking the same film over and over?
Hong Sang-soo’s love »
- Zach Lewis
‘Inside Llewyn Davis’: The Coen Brothers’ ‘deepest dive into characterization’ since ‘A Serious Man’ (photo: Oscar Isaac in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’) Since the Coen Brothers are quintessentially American filmmakers, it’s apropos to use a baseball analogy to note that they enjoy the best batting average of any American filmmakers this side of Bronx-born Stanley Kubrick (or maybe Martin Scorsese or the remarkable early run of Rob Reiner). But whereas Kubrick reinvented every genre he tackled, Joel and Ethan Coen have become a genre of their own. With visual and thematic precision, they’ve sometimes mordantly, oftentimes violently, and always brilliantly extracted and clarified the key attributes of almost every category of American film, including the classic Western (True Grit), the gangster saga (Miller’s Crossing), the noir thriller (Blood Simple) and the screwball comedy (The Hudsucker Proxy). For their latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coens recreate the nascent »
- Mark Keizer
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
Twitch Film has exclusively premiered a wonderful trailer that takes a cue from the great Stanley Kubrick when it comes to advertising for a film. The film is called Patch Town. Read below for the trailer, synopsis and even an on set interview with the cast & the director, Craig Goodwill.
After years in a loving home, Jon, a toy, was forgotten, deserted and ultimately betrayed by his adoptive mother. He returns to live a sad life as a worker on the line; a life of factory work and oppression in a place where hundreds of cabbage babies are born every day. The thankless task of shucking, picking, and processing these newborns to go out into the world and to their new mothers has taken its toll on Jon. With each new birth, Jon slips deeper into sadness, lamenting the days when life was good and he was loved. »
- Andy Triefenbach
Well folks, the last chance to get major deals during Amazon's 2013 Black Friday deals week has led to this, today is Cyber Monday 2013 and I have the schedule of DVD and Blu-ray deals that will be going live throughout the day below along with the other deals that have been featured throughout the week. The deals today include some James Bond Blu-rays in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, a Blu-ray of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and the deals close out with the Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set Blu-ray collection. Other than that there are some television items, such as "The Tudors" complete series set, "Sherlock Holmes" complete collection, "Twin Peaks", "The Good Wife" and "Rome". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. »
- Brad Brevet
The last day of what I guess we're calling 2013's Black Friday deals week is upon us and yet, tomorrow is Cyber Monday and Amazon is still offering deals throughout the day and today offers several Criterion titles and more. On the Criterion side we have Carlos, Quadrophenia, Shallow Grave, 12 Angry Men, The Samurai Trilogy, Fanny and Alexander and Weekend while you can also pick up complete series sets of "Fringe", "Chuck", "Frasier" and "Millennium". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Sunday, December 1 Deals starting at 8:20 pm Pt John Wayne Film Collection ($17.99) Peter Pan: Return to Never Land ($19.69) Pixar Short Films Collection 2 ($15.89) Tennessee Tuxedo And His Tales: The Complete Collection ($20.49) Fanny and Alexander (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray ($24.99) Weekend (Criterion »
- Brad Brevet
The actual 2013 Black Friday is over, but the deals aren't as Amazon is continuing the deals up through Cyber Monday and today's new schedule of sale items includes one of the best deals yet, $200 off the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection Blu-ray, which includes Skyfall, but that's not it. Beyond that we have deals on A Good Day to Die Hard. The Last Emperor (Criterion Collection), the Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Blu-ray Collection, Friday Night Lights and "Girls". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Bond! Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall Blu-ray ($99.99) Check Out These Deals Midnight in Paris Blu-ray ($6.49) Pacific Rim Blu-ray ($7.99) Epic Blu-ray ($9.96) Heat Blu-ray ($8.49) Man of Steel Blu-ray ($19.96) Moneyball Blu-ray ($3.99) 21 Jump Street Blu-ray »
- Brad Brevet
This is one of the funnest Improve Everywhere "Movies in Real Life" pranks that I've seen so far. A guy walks into a Starbucks, orders a drink, and then tells them his name is Spartacus. When they call out the name in the shop, everyone starts to stand up, saying "I am Spartacus!" just like in the classic Stanley Kubrick directed film. I'm sure you'll enjoy this one!
- Joey Paur
Welcome to The Last Horror Blog, a biweekly column on all things horror. Hollywood may be mostly interested in rebooting and remaking popular horror films these days, but some of the genre’s best titles were actually adaptations based on books and short stories. The Haunting (the 1963 original) was a film version of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby were both inspired by the works of William Peter Blatty and Ira Levin, respectively. Before Stephen King became so vocal in his disdain for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, the author was thrilled to have one of the icons of moviemaking adapting his novel. Fiction has given us the framework for some really great horror cinema – and it still does in the world...
- Mike Bracken
After a week of early deals, the actual 2013 Black Friday is finally here and Amazon's deals continue and are only getting better. I have included the new schedule of DVDs and Blu-rays going on sale today and if yesterday is any indication, you are going to want to get in on them quick as the Django Unchained Blu-ray sold out in a matter of minutes yesterday. Today's deals include several you may be interested in including Monsters University, Planes, The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brave, three seasons of "The Walking Dead", Fight Club, The Croods, Bridesmaids, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2 and much more. Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Brand New Blu-ray Deals! »
- Brad Brevet
Films from former socialist bloc countries swept the awards at the 26th Panorama of European Cinema Festival in Athens.
The film is a sentimental drama with social and environmental overtones set in the Russian Kola peninsula on the North Sea coast.
Class Enemy by Slovenian Rok Bicek, in which students and teachers clash at a high school, received the Fipresci award.
Withering by Milos Pusic, a Serbian-Swedish-Swiss co-production about a young villager’s efforts to escape poverty by emigrating to Switzerland, received the audience award.
Other career awards went to veteran art director Anastasia Arseni and celebrated theatre and film actor Minas Hatzissavas.
The festival, steered by artistic director Ninos Fenek Mikelides, featured more than »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Alexis Grivas)
Moulin Rouge! And The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann is set to direct a television miniseries of Stanley Kubrick’s developed but not produced Napoleon, with Steven Spielberg at the helm producing.
Kubrick researched the life of Napoleon extensively for two years and a film was well into pre-production before the studio cancelled it. The miniseries will be based on the 1961 screenplay.
Neither Luhrmann nor HBO have committed 100% to the project so don’t get too excited; we’ll bring you more details soon.
- Ellen Daniels
All today's film news. Plus what's going on across theguardian.com/film
- Evan Rachel Wood says the MPAA's editing of a man-on-woman oral sex scene from her new film Charlie Countryman is symptomatic of 'a society that wants to shame women and put them down for enjoying sex'.
- Meanwhile The Wolf of Wall Street has had sex scenes cut to earn it a softer rating.
- Nanni Moretti has announced his new film, which is under the working title My Mother.
Elsewhere on the site
- Peter Bradshaw will be explaining why fishing documentary Leviathan contains all the »
Happy Thanksgiving! Amazon's week long deals for 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue today, Thursday, November 28, with a new schedule of DVDs and Blu-rays going on sale and it's another 20-after-midnight start and it looks like the deals are getting better as the week goes on. Today we begin with a discount on the fifth season of "True Blood" and Les Miserables on Blu-ray and later in the day Blu-rays of Warm Bodies, Prometheus, Django Unchained, The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, The Heat, Zero Dark Thirty, Pacific Rim and Oblivion go on sale. Just check out the schedule below so you know when to start clicking. Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Thursday, November 28 Deals starting at »
- Brad Brevet
Earlier this year, Steven Spielberg announced that he would be producing an HBO miniseries highlighting the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, the former Emperor of France. The series will be based on the screenplay, Napoleon, written in 1961 by legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.
Kubrick planned on making the biographical film after the completion of 2001 A Space Odyssey. Unfortunately for Kubrick, the film was never made as MGM backed out due to high production cost. Now, what has been heralded as “the greatest movie never made” could end up as the next historic miniseries to hit HBO.
Deadline reported yesterday that Baz Lurhmann (The Great Gatsby) is being approached to ...
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- Justin Krider
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