1-20 of 98 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
James Garner movies on TCM: ‘Grand Prix,’ ‘Victor Victoria’ among highlights (photo: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of "natural causes" at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, Turner Classic Movies will present an all-day marathon of James Garner movies (see below) as a tribute to the Oscar-nominated star of Murphy’s Romance and Emmy-winning star of the television series The Rockford Files. Among the highlights in TCM’s James Garner film lineup is John Frankenheimer’s Monaco-set Grand Prix (1966), an all-star, race-car drama featuring Garner as a Formula One driver who has an affair with the wife (Jessica Walter) of his former teammate (Brian Bedford). Among the other Grand Prix drivers facing their own personal issues are Yves Montand and Antonio Sabato, while Akira Kurosawa’s (male) muse Toshiro Mifune plays a »
- Andre Soares
The top stories of the week from Toh! Features: 9 Films to See in Theaters or Stream at Home This Weekend, From "I Origins" to "The Immigrant" Career Watch: Stealth Rising Star Jason Clarke Breaks Out in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Akira Kurosawa Talk Film, Writing and "Rhapsody in August" in 1991 Why The Beatles Matter to the Future of Repertory Film Festivals: David Ansen's Departure from Los Angeles Film Festival Signals New Direction for Fest Films That Popped at Karlovy Vary, from Live Bjork and Primal Behavior to Tracking a Revolution Interviews: Debra Granik on the Demand for the Salacious, "for fast, cheap and out of control" "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" Author Peter Biskind Looks Back at the New Hollywood Screen Talk: Festival Updates, Fall Hopefuls, New Openers from Woody Allen to Zach Braff, Fox vs. Time Warner News: Nathan Rabin Is Sorry He. »
In the summer of 1999 I was a 17-year-old floorboy at a suburban multiplex showing Eyes Wide Shut. There were other movies that caught my attention that summer—Limbo, Election, Summer of Sam, The Blair Witch Project, South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut—but Kubrick’s was the only one of any import. I saw it four times in a week, defended it against my peers’ scorn, and had Jonathan Rosenbaum’s Chicago Reader review practically memorized. For my generation, seeing a Stanley Kubrick film in its original run was a novelty. Sadly, the experience would also be unrepeatable.
1999 was a hard year to be a cinephile. Kubrick vanished in March, and by the time December rolled around the news came in that Robert Bresson had also passed away. I was obsessed with both filmmakers. The previous year I already felt anguished learning about Akira Kurosawa’s death. Looking back, the »
- Gabe Klinger
Originally published in The Los Angeles Times in 1991, here is a scintillating conversation between two late, great masters. Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died in April of this year, sat down with Japanese auteur filmmaker Akira Kurosawa to talk the director's penultimate film "Rhapsody in August." They touch upon on the aftermath of nuclear war, and the Nagasaki bombing of 1945, as well as art, film, poetry, writing and truth. What a pleasure these digressions are. The tip of the hat goes to savvy film writer David Liu, who unearthed this enchanting interview on his must-read Kino Obscura blog. Highlights below; head to Liu's blog, here, to read the rest. Gabriel García Márquez: I don’t want this conversation between friends to seem like a press interview, but I just have this great curiosity to know a great many other things about you and your work. To begin with, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
As you’ve probably heard by now, we caught up with William Friedkin at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival last week where he revealed he’s had a meeting with “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto about working on season two—we’ll have the full interview for you soon. While we wait to see how the directing situation for the HBO show pans out, it’s the perfect opportunity to sit in on a master class Friedkin conducted at the festival. Like his contemporaries in the so-called New Hollywood movement, Friedkin is an ardent and cultivated fan of cinema and so it’s no surprise when he namechecks films as disparate as Milos Forman’s “The Firemen’s Ball”, Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “All About Eve”—which he calls the best American screenplay ever—as his influences and some of his favorite films. The »
- Cain Rodriguez
David Liu's posted a terrific conversation between Gabriel García Márquez and Akira Kurosawa. Also in today's round of news and views: Nick Newman and Danny King are discussing Todd Haynes at To Be (Cont'd). Ian Penman riffs on Rainer Werner Fassbinder the Fußball fan. Richard Brody calls Tom Schiller's Nothing Lasts Forever, a 1984 comedy with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, a forgotten "masterpiece." The new restoration of Alain Resnais's Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) will see its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival. Paramount may take Martin Scorsese’s Silence featuring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver. And more. » - David Hudson »
The most popular poster I’ve posted on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr in the past quarter—with over 1,000 likes and reblogs—has been this rarity that popped up at Posteritati this Spring. A British Double Crown (10" shorter than a one sheet) for a 24 minute documentary about the experimental music genius Brian Eno, made in 1973 at the start of his post-Roxy solo career, the poster’s popularity is no doubt due as much to the reverence Eno is held in as to its graphic design. But it is still a terrific poster, making simple yet brilliant use of two color printing and showcasing a multitude of Enos in all his glam rock glory. The text in the corner credits Blue Egg Printing and Design Ltd. and if anyone knows anything more about that company I’d love to hear about it. »
- Adrian Curry
Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Yuji Kanda’s film just wrapped shooting in Tokyo.
Japan’s Bees Connexion has announced But Life Goes On, starring Collin Chou from the Matrix series, has been picked up for international sales by Toronto-based 108 Media Corporation.
Written and directed by Yuji Kanda, the Japanese arthouse film just wrapped shooting in Tokyo.
Based in La and Beijing, trilingual action talent Collin Chou is known for playing Seraph, protector of the Oracle in The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Reloaded. He plays the lead in But Life Goes On, as a taxi driver suffering from a traumatic event whose past catches up with him.
Ryo Ebe, director, Asia, at 108 Media Corporation explained their decision to pick up the film: “Japanese movies are having a very »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
By Fred Blosser
In the Old West, small homesteaders run afoul of a big landowner who controls the local law and levies killer taxes on their ranches and farms. The homesteaders finally refuse to pay the taxes, and petition the governor for help. Meanwhile, expecting reprisal from the landowner’s hired guns, they build a makeshift fort for refuge. They also send for help from a mercenary who comes to their aid with his private army of four associates and a Gatling gun.
Just kidding about the Western setting. This is actually the plot of “Gonin No Shokin Kasegi,” also known as “The Fort of Death,” a 1969 Japanese chambara by Eiichi Kudo. Nevertheless, the similarities are there. The homesteaders are peasants, the landowner is their oppressive feudal lord, and the higher official they’ve petitioned is the emperor. It’s easy to squint and superimpose an Old West setting out of an American B movie, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Veteran Hollywood actor Eli Wallach has died, aged 98.
One of the stars of The Magnificent Seven and The Good The Bad And The Ugly (quite possibly The star of that movie), his death was confirmed by his daughter Katherine in the NY Times.
His character in the movie was the bandit leader Calvera, the nemesis of the eponymous ‘seven’ gunslingers, who were led by Yul Brynner. The movie was a western remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, regarded by many as one of the most influential films of all time.
Wallach was never nominated for an Oscar but received an honourary statue in 2011 for, “effortlessly inhabiting a wide range of characters, while putting his inimitable stamp on every role”.
His other iconic role was as Tuco, »
- Mark Worgan
The Criterion Collection has a pedigree that few other media distribution outlets can match. Widely respected for bringing consumers the highest possible quality editions of landmark, respected, and exemplary films, their only peer is perhaps the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (an audiophile-focused line of remastered classic albums), and the Mfsl doesn’t have nearly the same skill at curating its catalogue. To be a Criterion film means something in the film community because it implies a level of artistic excellence. Solaris, The Seventh Seal, Ikiru, The 400 Blows. Even if you haven’t seen these films, they mean something in the common language of film buffs; they imply a level of excellence. To be a Criterion film is, contextually, to be the top of your form. Browsing the list of releases reads like a must-watch list for any engaged film fan.
However, with any list so carefully organized and selected, »
Screenwriter Graham Yost, now the showrunner of FX’s Justified, admits that the plot of Speed sounds ridiculous: A bomb on a bus will detonate if the bus travels below 50 mph. But when the movie was released June 10, 1994, a funny thing happened: It became a hit with moviegoers and critics alike. To quote EW’s grade-a review: “The film takes off from formula elements – it’s yet another variation on Die Hard – but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that »
- Mandi Bierly
Star Wars fans have had a lot to digest lately. Star Wars: Episode VII currently filming, we have a release date and director for our first Star Wars stand-alone film (coming in 2016), and this week came the announcement of Josh Trank helming another stand-alone movie. While rumors have persisted on what the upcoming stand-alone films would be about, nothing concrete has been laid out just yet. As such, they’re ripe for speculation and hopes, so I wanted to break down some story ideas I think would be well suited to Lucasfilm’s spin-off Star Wars films.
First of all, I have to say, I’m actually sort of more excited about what the stand-alone films will bring to the Star Wars universe than the Sequel Trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited to see Episode VII, but it’s something of a known quantity. Disney is »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Denzel Washington may be going from vigilante to gunslinger. The Oscar winner is circling a role in MGM's upcoming remake of "The Magnificent Seven," which would reunite him with "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua. Both have received offers to join the film, according to Variety. The 1960 original starred Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn as the titular gunslingers who unite to protect a small Mexican village from recurring outlaw attacks. It was based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film "7 Samurai," and the formula has also been adapted to fit films based in outer space ("Battle Beyond the Stars") and the insect world (Pixar's "A Bug's Life"). It's unknown if the new version will take place in the Old West, or be transferred to the modern day. Tom Cruise was attached to the film at once point, but exited late last year. The remake script was written by "True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto, »
- Dave Lewis
Word from the land of remakes, and Variety, is that Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua are the latest talent to have received offers from MGM to take the reins on their remake of The Magnificent Seven. Washington and Fuqua have already worked together on Training Day and most recently The Equalizer (which I included a trailer for below), which hits cinemas in September. The original The Magnificent Seven from 1960, directed by John Sturges, is a lauded Western, a remake of Kurosawa's 1954 pic Seven Samurai, which is equally if not more highly-regarded by the folks here at Twitch.John Lee Hancock (Snow White and the Huntsman) was the last to have his go at the script. Before that, True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the previous version. I would...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
The news last week was that Antoine Fuqua has been tapped by MGM to direct the long-in-development remake of "The Magnificent Seven" (the 1960 American western directed by John Sturges, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai"). The news this week is that Denzel Washington is in talks to star in that remake, which would reunite him with his "Training Day" and "The Equalizer" director, Fuqua, if a deal is reached. As recently as 2012, Tom Cruise was attached to star in the remake, although, at the time, there was no director attached. It was said that Cruise had long been interested in saddling up for a "Magnificent Seven" remake, but was »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Lob your mind back a few days – to last week, in fact – when we reported on Training Day director Antoine Fuqua’s surging fortunes and in-demand status. Among several projects he’s pondering is the long-gestating remake of The Magnificent Seven. And according to Variety, he wants cinema pal Denzel Washington to star.The news, which was originally broken as a rumour by the Schmoes Know team, is an unsurprising one given the close bond the pair have formed across Training Day and, more recently, on The Equalizer. While neither is locked in yet, the chance to work together again, and for Washington to star in a Western, would seem like a tempting opportunity.Originally directed by John Sturges in 1960, The Magnificent Seven found the likes of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn as gunslingers who unite to help a Mexican village take on bandits. The movie »
MGM is moving forward with its long-planned remake of the 1960 classic Western The Magnificent Seven, with Denzel Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua in early talks to star and direct.
We first reported on the project back in August 2012, when Nic Pizzolatto signed on to write the script, long before his hit HBO series True Detective debuted. Tom Cruise was also attached to star at that time, but he dropped out of the remake in December, just as John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, The Blind Side) came on board to rewrite the script.
The Magnificent Seven debuted in 1960, loosely inspired by Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai. The story follows seven gunslingers (Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz) who are hired by a small Mexican village to help defend their homes from the villainous Calvera (Eli Wallach). No »
Although The Equalizer, an action-thriller starring Denzel Washington as a former black ops commando who decides to help strangers in peril, has yet to open, it's creating serious buzz for a sequel and more heat for director Antoine Fuqua. As we previously reported, Fuqua will follow-up with the boxing drama Southpaw, and he recently signed on to direct the thriller Narco Sub. He's also received an offer to direct the remake of the 1960 western The Magnificent Seven. For those unfamiliar with the film, it's a remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic 1954 film Seven Samurai, but instead of samurai being hired to protect a small village, it's gunslingers in the old west. Now it looks like if Fuqua takes the gig, it might serve as a third team-up with Washington. Hit the jump for more. According Schmoes Know, Fuqua has already signed on to The Magnificent Seven, and now Washington, who »
- Matt Goldberg
1-20 of 98 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners