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Brad Pitt waved the start flag Saturday for the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans - the world's oldest active sports car event in endurance racing. Held annually since 1923 in France, the prestigious automobile race began behind a Safety Car, as heavy rain fell as the cars were lining up on the grid. To acclimate themselves to the falling water, drivers were allowed to take a few laps around the 8.5-mile woodland track before Pitt threw the green flag. Rain has been a problem in the week leading up to Saturday's running. Thursday's qualifying 3 was interrupted mid-race due to the adverse driving conditions. »
- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves
A mad extortionist is blowing up rollercoaster rides. Put-upon George Segal must stop him because we all know that the time, the tide and roller coasters wait for no man. Producer Jennings Lang's by-the-numbers suspense thriller is light on suspense and thrills, but the cast is good and the screenplay at least partly intelligent. And hey -- it's got a teenage Helen Hunt! Rollercoaster Blu-ray Shout! Factory 1977 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date June 21, 2016 / 19.99 Starring George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Henry Fonda, Helen Hunt, Harry Guardino, Susan Strasberg, Craig Wasson, Robert Quarry, Quinn Redeker, Dick Wesson, Gary Franklin, Steve Guttenberg. Cinematography David M. Walsh Original Music Lalo Schifrin Written by Richard Levinson, William Link, Tommy Cook Produced by Jennings Lang Directed by James Goldstone
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Jaws inspired plenty of rip-off movies about sharks, bears, killer whales and monster octopi threatening beaches. Since it wasn't safe to go back to the water, »
- Glenn Erickson
Technically, the celebrity attraction at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is Brad Pitt - who'll officially wave the start flag on Saturday. However, this year the track is celebrity-packed in a way it hasn't been for decades. Not since its '70s glory days when Steve McQueen and Paul Newman drove its challenging day-into-night-into-day course has the 110-year-old elite auto race exhibited such strong celebrity appeal. Blame McDreamy. A devoted racer, Patrick Dempsey's team had a strong second-place finish last year, which gave the race an unanticipated burst of interest. Track organizers quickly capitalized on the attention, naming Dempsey »
- Peter Mikelbank
Pixar films are known for their sublime character voices — just look at Tom Hanks in “Toy Story” or Paul Newman in “Cars.” But as the title heroine in “Finding Dory,” Ellen DeGeneres goes to even greater acting depths to channel a memory-challenged Blue Tang fish. It’s a portrait that’s far more nuanced than her turn as a lovable sidekick in the original 2003 movie “Finding Nemo.” In the sequel, as Dory’s childhood recollections slowly return, DeGeneres combines the kind of slapstick lines that would make “Aladdin’s” Genie jealous with heartbreaking drama (a la “Still Alice” under the sea). Even though we never see DeGeneres’ face, it could still be called one of her strongest performances, and one that audiences won’t soon forget.
But don’t expect her to get any awards recognition at the end of the year. That’s because Oscars have never once nominated »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Out talking up this coming weekend's launch of "Finding Dory" at the film's premiere, Pixar's Cco John Lassetter has also spoken about the next film in the "Cars" film series which sees Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) return to cinemas next Summer.
While the second film took on a spy thriller feel, Lassetter tells EW that the third focuses heavily on McQueen's past relationship with Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), his mentor from the original film:
"We've got some great new characters, some great racing in it. It's a very emotional story. It's a little bit more akin to Cars 1, where you get into a deep emotion with him. It's really a special story. It's very emotional and his relationship with Doc Hudson, and his memory of Doc Hudson."
The film will also reportedly show McQueen trying to adapt to the world of racing, as bigger, faster, and younger cars begin to dominate the sport. A yellow car named Cruz Ramirez starts to train McQueen – a central relationship in the sequel.
"Cars 3" opens in cinemas June 16th 2017. »
- Garth Franklin
It’s the most celebrated, the most special, the most significant watch of all time; Rolex is symbolic of many things in the movies: style, wealth, attitude, and perhaps most importantly, taste. That is not to say a Rolex is elitist, but rather that the wearer on screen, anyone from James Bond to Steve McQueen, is someone possessed of the knowledge that there is no better. Rolex is the pinnacle.
The history of Rolex on film is not nearly as interesting as the scope of its wearers and how this simple act of either discreet or ostentatious display can define character. Take James Bond, a man whose breeding was forced upon him; he developed taste and nurtured it. Roger Moore’s incarnation of 007, the most overlooked style wise, is 100% a Rolex customer – even if his custom Submariner in Live and Let Die (1971) was modified somewhat by Q Branch. Sorry, but »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
There's a famous story about Warren Beatty turning down the role of Superman (which ultimately went to newcomer Christopher Reeve) after taking the suit home for the weekend and deciding he looked ridiculous. That's a solid reason! Now you can add Jude Law to the list of actors who were unwilling to sacrifice their so-called dignity to play the Man of Steel; in a new interview with Stephen Colbert, the actor says he turned down the role in the project that eventually became Bryan Singer's Superman Returns partly because he's English ("I don't know, it just didn't seem to fit") but also, mostly, because he couldn't stomach the idea of wearing the red-and-blue spandex over the course of an entire movie. "This director was very keen to meet, and impressed it upon me and I was actually out in California, and he said, 'look, you gotta try the suit on, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Piper Laurie Keeps Her Chin Up
By Alex Simon
Few living actors can claim to have experienced the Hollywood machine in all its iterations more than three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie. Signed by Universal Pictures at 17, their youngest contract player in years, she was in the last generation that were part of the Hollywood “factory,” pushed into “cheesecake” roles that accented physical attributes, as opposed to talent. It was the beginning of a journey.
She was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to immigrant parents of Polish and Russian Jewish descent. When she was still five, the family sent her and her sister to a children’s sanatorium in the mountains to see if her sister’s asthma could be cured. Three years later after being reunited with her family she decided she wanted to become an actress and studied with Benno and Betomi Schneider for several years »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
At high school and college track meets, Bruce Dern was known as the guy who came from behind to win the race. Most actors who started out in the 1950s and ’60s faded away long ago, but Dern continues to be a runner — and continues to work as an actor, including his Oscar-nominated performance in “Nebraska” and in last year’s “Hateful Eight.”
Dern, who turns 80 on Saturday, got his professional start by working with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan, and his career is dotted with big names that he worked with: John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Roger Corman, Jane Fonda and Jack Nicholson, to name a few. He also had encounters with such diverse characters as notorious west coast mobster Mickey Cohen and noted pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Dern recently told Variety, “I’ve worked with six geniuses as directors: Kazan, Alfred Hitchcock, »
- Tim Gray
The so-called Golden Age of Television, with its two and one-half channels of network programming, produced an astonishing number of great writers, directors and talent. To name but a very, very few: Barbara Bel Geddes, Paddy Chayefsky, George Roy Hill, Ron Howard, Ernest Kinoy, Jack Lemmon, Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Boris Sagal, Rod Serling, Rod Steiger, Gore Vidal, Joanne Woodward… my fingers won’t hold out long enough to type even a “best-of” list.
You’ll never guess which of the above pioneers is my favorite.
When Scottish engineer John Logie Baird first demonstrated television in January 1926 (six years before Philo Farnsworth demonstrated the first electronic television), Rod Serling was just a few days over one year old. Baby boomers think we grew up with television; Mr. Serling actually has that honor. And he did a lot more with the medium than we would.
His worldview was clearly »
- Mike Gold
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
Happy Birthday to one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite stars. Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930, making him 86 years old. The actor and two-time Oscar winning director hasn’t let his age slow him down a bit. Sully, his new movie as a director, opens in September.
We posted a list in 2011 of his ten best directorial efforts Here
Clint Eastwood has appeared in 68 films in his six (!) decades as an actor, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:
Honorable Mention: Honkytonk Man
By the 1980s, Clint Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. With his own production company, directorial skills, and economic clout, Eastwood was able to make smaller, more personal films. A perfect example is the underrated Honkytonk Man, which also happens to be one of Eastwood’s finest performances. »
- Movie Geeks
Johnson will headline a Skyscraper movie set in China, which will be written and directed by his Central Intelligence helmer Rawson Mitchell Thurber. Said to e a cross between Die Hard and The Towering Inferno, the film is an adventure thriller that takes place in a mega-skyscraper set in China.
The Hollywood Reporter says that ‘the planned project also is said to have shades of Die Hard, the classic Bruce Willis action movie set in an office building, as well as Towering Inferno, the 1974 disaster movie that starred Paul Newman and Steve McQueen and featured a gargantuan office building engulfed in flames.’
Okay, we’re in.
No idea as to when shooting will star as Johnson is currently at work »
- Paul Heath
Buck Kartalian, a former bodybuilder who went on to play Julius, the gorilla who harassed Charlton Heston's character in Planet of the Apes, died Tuesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 93. He died of natural causes at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, California, his son, Jason Kartalian, told the trade. Kartalian gained fame in 1968 when he was cast as Julius in the science-fiction film, the cigar-smoking gorilla in charge of security at the Research Complex for studying humans. He memorably uttered the line, "You know what they say: 'Human see, human do.' " He was »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd
Cannes should not entertain Ronan Farrow’s call to bar his father. The accusation against Allen was never pursued
When I wake these days, the first face I see is Marilyn Monroe’s. She looms above the bed, chuckling seductively, diamonds bright, skin oddly mottled on account of the photo transfer being stuck straight on to the pebble dash. Turn to the right and there’s Paul Newman, smouldering gaze directed at the travel kettle.
Related: Cannes Mc says his Woody Allen rape joke was misinterpreted
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- Catherine Shoard
The world's most grueling auto race certainly knows how to raise a thrill. Officials with the Le Mans 24 Hours announced on Friday that Brad Pitt will be trackside as the race's honorary starter on June 18. The news was released in a tweet from Phillip Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, which organizes the race. "I'm proud and happy that the start of #LeMans24 will be given by #BradPitt! We look forward to share this legendary race with him," he wrote. I’m proud and happy that the start of #LeMans24 will be given by #BradPitt! We look forward »
- Peter Mikelbank
This Friday sees the long-awaited release of Everybody Wants Some!! [read our ★★★★★ review here] the new film from acclaimed writer/director Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before trilogy). Promoted as the “spiritual sequel” to Linklater’s 1993 cult classic Dazed and Confused, the new film charts the lives of a group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.
To celebrate the release of the film, Scott J. Davis sat down for a roundtable interview with one of the film’s stars Tyler Hoechlin. The actor, who shot to fame in 2002’s Road To Perdition, spoke about his experiences on working with Linklater and the huge ensemble cast, as well as his favourite things from the 1980’s and a little tease for his next projects, the eagerly anticipated sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey entitled Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
The film involves a huge ensemble cast and on working with his co-stars, »
- Scott J. Davis
The project is based on the authorized graphic novel biography published last year, “Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.” Roussimoff’s daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff will consult on the film and assigned the exclusive rights for the biography to the producers.
In addition to his wrestling career, Roussimoff played a key role in Rob Reiner’s 1987 fantasy comedy “The Princess Bride” as Fezzik, part of a trio of bandits with characters played by Wallace Shawn and Mandy Patinkin. He began wrestling professionally at the age of 17 and was billed as being »
- Dave McNary
Robert Wagner as a social climbing psycho killer? I knew it! 'Mr. CinemaScope Smile' grins only once or twice in this movie, and then only to fool an unsuspecting woman. A great cast brings tension to Ira Levin's outrageous tale of murder. Joanne Woodward has a powerful role, but my heartthrob this time out is lovely Virginia Leith. A Kiss Before Dying Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date May 3, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward, Mary Astor, George Macready, Robert Quarry. Cinematography Lucien Ballard Art Direction Addison Hehr Film Editor George A. Gittens Original Music Lionel Newman Written by Lawrence Roman from a novel by Ira Levin Produced by Robert L. Jacks Directed by Gerd Oswald
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
At this point, one has to wonder if author Nicholas Sparks’ novels and their film adaptations are assembled overnight by elves in a workshop somewhere in North Carolina. Sparks has had 11 of his stories made into films, the first being 1999’s Message in a Bottle starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn and Paul Newman. Sparks’ most culturally and commercially significant book-to-screen installment was 2004’s The Notebook (No. 3 of 11) starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. It’s been mostly downhill since, with 2014’s The Best of Me and 2015’s The Longest Ride providing cannon fodder for critics and performing … Continue reading →
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- Ryan Berenz
James Bond director Sam Mendes will preside over the 73rd Venice Film Festival jury, it was announced today. The fest runs August 31-September 10. Mendes has precedence with Venice. His Tom Hanks-Paul Newman gangster film, The Road To Perdition, premiered there in 2002. He commented today that he’s “always had a strong personal connection with Venice” having worked as a student at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in 1984, and that his happiest film fest memory is launching… »
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