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Tilda Swinton is known for her unique appearance and eccentric roles, but that only scratches the surface of this international star.
Swinton began her career in creative, arthouse flicks before slowly transitioning to more mainstream roles, though don't pigeon-hole her as merely an actress; she's inspired designers and appeared in performance art around the globe. This summer, she's back on the big screen (and nearly unrecognizable) in the critically acclaimed "Snowpiercer."
2. Her paternal ancestry is Anglo-Scot and can be traced back a thousand years, to the Middle Ages. A Thousand Years. I can't even process that...
3. Clan Swinton is of Saxon origin and descended from the nobles of the kingdom of Northumberland, »
- Jonny Black
“He has walked through centuries untouched by time.” Such is life for Dracula, but his dogged pursuer Van Helsing is always looking to leave him with time’s permanent scar of death. The fanged fiend and his resourceful hunter have been portrayed by numerous actors over the decades, with Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier having played the duo in 1979. Now their portrayal of Dracula vs. Van Helsing is going to a higher definition with Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray release of 1979′s Dracula.
Dracula (1979) is getting its first North American Blu-ray release on September 2nd, flying into the night with a batch of bonus features that includes a feature-length commentary track.
Directed by John Badham, Dracula (1979) stars Frank Langella as the titular Count, Laurence Olivier as Abraham Van Helsing, Kate Nelligan as Lucy, Donald Pleasence as Dr. Jack Seward (Lucy’s father), Jan Francis as Mina, and Trevor Eve as Jonathan Harker. »
- Derek Anderson
As part of his press tour for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Gary Oldman stopped by Playboy for an interview and it won't be the movie people are talking about after they read this one, but hey, controversy is just as good of press as anything else, just as Dimension Films. I'll offer a few snippets here and there, but over the course of a five-page interview piece Oldman defends Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin for their use of what he determines to be simply politically incorrect language, he makes a bit of a strange comparison using Bill Maher and Jon Stewart that doesn't quite wash and he isn't exactly kind when it comes to the awards race, the Golden Globes specifically. Let's begin... Playboy: What do you think about what Mel Gibson has gone through these past few yearsc Oldman: Fidgets in his seat I just think political correctness is crap. »
- Brad Brevet
Who says that movie-making talent cannot run within the same family? In the film industry when one reaches the pinnacle of success in achieving the ultimate reward in the motion picture business–winning an Academy Award–it is considered an individual milestone for any actor’s big screen career. However, when one’s gene pool produces the capacity to draw Oscar’s attention their way in keeping the golden statuette “in the family” it is living proof that the thespian’s apple does not fall from the street.
Whether through the relationship of blood relatives or marital unions “Relative”-ly Speaking: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Family Combinations looks at ten famous family member combos that won an Oscar through the methods of acting or directing. Let’s take a look at the top ten familial tandem that pulled off such an achievement in winning the coveted Oscar as it stands proudly on the family mantle. »
- Frank Ochieng
When Quentin Tarantino riffed on the homoeroticism of “Top Gun” in his famous cameo from the otherwise forgotten 1994 indie “Sleep With Me,” little could he have known that, two decades later, the Lgbt community would get a fighter-jock opus to call its very own. Optimistically dubbed “Brokeback Top Gun” in some quarters of the internet, writer-director Dmw Greer’s “Burning Blue” certainly harbors such outsized ambitions, but they’re poorly matched by Greer’s leaden direction and a didactic screenplay about the tortured lives of military personnel living in the shadow of President Clinton’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Bearing a distinctly musty odor confirmed by its 2011 copyright date, this day-and-date Lionsgate pickup never achieves dramatic liftoff.
Poorly concealing its origins as a stage play (first produced in London in 1995), “Blue” unfolds mostly as a series of stilted, talky scenes set in and around a U.S. »
- Scott Foundas
It’s no secret that I’m old. I’m so old, in fact, that I saw all the Star Wars movies, the entire summer of ‘82 and ’84, plus the original Clash of the Titans, RoboCop, and Total Recall in the theaters when they were released. No HBO needed for me to see a lot of these classics for the first time. The original Clash of the Titans is of particular note because, aside from some terrible Italian Steve Reeves movies and Jason and the Argonauts, it was the go-to film for the Enlgish teachers of my era to show us when studying Greek Mythology. Trust me, it made for a nice diversion from reading Edith Hamilton’s famous book about the subject. When I studied Greek Mythology in high school, our teacher showed us Clash of the Titans, which led to the inevitable questions of how this all fit together. How »
- Kevin Carr
This summer’s Jupiter Ascending was supposed to mark the return of Andy and Lana Wachowski to blockbuster science-fiction, a genre they briefly defined in 1999 with The Matrix before a decade that saw the successful-yet-disappointing Matrix sequels and the somewhat calamitous Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas. On Tuesday, everything changed. Below, two EW writers with profound opinions debate what this means for the siblings. Warning: Certain infamous megaflops will be flagrantly defended.
Jeff Labrecque: Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis’ science-fiction action movie with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, was bumped from July — the heart of summer blockbuster season — to February 2015, a. »
- EW staff
Has it really been 25 years since we first met Indiana Jones's father?
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," the third film in the globe-trotting series, opened on May 24, 1989, returning our favorite dashing archaeologist to fighting Nazis and searching for Biblical treasures. It was the second-highest grossing film of 1989 with $197 million in the U.S. alone, surpassing 1984's "Temple," which earned just under $180 million.
While we are all as much scholars of these films as Dr. Jones is of collectible relics, we've unearthed some details you might not have known about the making of the film, including its many James Bond connections and why Steven Spielberg was so reluctant to make a movie about the Holy Grail.
1. Although George Lucas and Spielberg had always intended to make the series a trilogy, Spielberg also wanted "to apologize for the second one" by returning to the spirit of the original, hence the welcome »
- Sharon Knolle
I was glued to the Twitter application of my iPhone Sunday night waiting for the reactions to Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" to roll in as the film bowed in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. It was interesting to watch the first wave of knee-jerks, all of them just a touch muted, I assume because Miller is not a filmmaker whose movies hit you right away. They kind of seep into you the more you spin away from them, and I got the feeling "Foxcatcher" is absolutely one such example. We were all more or less expecting something special out of Steve Carell here. From photos and that early trailer that slipped out last fall, it was clear he had undergone a transformation for the role of multimillionaire murderer John du Pont, both physically and professionally. And indeed, all indications are that it is a career-altering portrayal. Here's one juicy »
- Kristopher Tapley
It is the voice — lilting, lightly French-accented — that one notices first, even before fully registering the famous face. You notice it because, in the movies, Marion Cotillard so rarely sounds like herself, whether affecting Edith Piaf’s nasal warble in her Oscar-winning performance in “La Vie en Rose,” the Polish dialect of the 1920s Ellis Island emigre in director James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” or her Belgian regional accent as a downsized factory worker in Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s “Two Days, One Night,” which premieres this week in competition at the
67th Cannes Film Festival.
If voice is one of an actor’s most valuable instruments, Cotillard plays hers like a first-chair virtuoso. Early in the shooting of “The Immigrant” (which debuts in the U.S. May 16), Gray asked Polish actress Maja Wampuszyc, who plays Cotillard’s aunt in the film, to evaluate the French actress’s command of Wampuszyc’s native language. »
- Scott Foundas
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
Blue Ruin: riveting Southern gothic revenge thriller that seems to be over in the first 20 minutes, and then finds horrific new places to take you [at Amazon Instant Video] Gambit: the humor is musty and old-fashioned, but the cast — including Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, and Cameron Diaz — is mildly fun to watch [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Her: the rise of the machines as romantic dramedy, the Singularity as romantic tragedy; the nicest, gentlest sci-fi horror film ever [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Stalingrad: Russia’s first 3D IMAX spectacle is visually intense — it’s set during “bloodiest battle in human history,” after all — but I never warmed to a story meant to be about human resilience [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to streaming
Gloria: a smart, incisive portrait of a woman who lives life »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Orson Welles' glorious, noirish, idiosyncratic, benighted Othello opens in New York and Chicago today in a new restoration. And Wednesday, not coincidentally, saw the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. Shakespeare has been adapted for film since the silent dawn of cinema, so it seems only right and fitting that I should mark this occasion with the best posters for Shakespeare on film through the ages, presented here in chronological order.
Above: French poster for Hamlet (Laurence Olivier, »
- Adrian Curry
Look, it's Shakespeare's 450th birthday. We at Riot are generally concerned with internet memes and Zac Efron's musculature, but let's give credit where its due: These are real celebs kicking real ass in real Shakesperean roles and no one's worthy. And we can't contain ourselves. So, here are 10 people kicking thine ass in Shakespearean roles and leaving you in the mortal, pathetic dust. 1. Meryl Streep Serving You Death Sass In "The Taming Of The Shrew'2 Judi Dench With Gunpowder Eyes And A Kevlar Heart In "Twelfth Night" 3. Ralph Fiennes Is A Hotheaded Traitor Bad-ass In "Coriolanus," So Just Deal With It. 4. Kate Winslet Has A Song For You Losers, And It's A Heartbreak And A Goddamn Treasure In "Hamlet" 5. Now Is The Winter Of You Melting At The Computer, Because Kevin Spacey Is A Hunchbacked Hellraiser In "Richard III" 6. This Is CNN? Close, Moron, It's James Earl Jones »
- Louis Virtel
Michelle Williams was Oscar-nominated for her critically-acclaimed performance as Monroe in Simon Curtis's My Week with Marilyn (2011). The movie centered on Monroe's fraught relationship with her then co-star Laurence Olivier, played by Kenneth Branagh, during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl in Britain.
Reflecting upon the role, Williams said: "Gosh, sometimes I can't even believe I did it because the challenges were just...
"In a way, you had to remove the fact that she was an »
Richard Broke, who has died aged 70, not only produced and script-edited some of the most significant and politically controversial television dramas; he did so from a wheelchair, after being injured in a car crash in his 20s, and became a fierce campaigner for better access in public places, particularly in the theatre, one of his great loves.
As a young assistant stage manager, before his accident, he helped Laurence Olivier launch the first Chichester Festival theatre season. The stellar cast included Olivier himself, Joan Plowright, Michael Redgrave, Sybil Thorndyke, André Morell, Lewis Casson, Joan Greenwood, John Neville and Keith Michell. One of his treasured possessions was the 1962 programme of Uncle Vanya, signed by them all.
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- Torin Douglas
Irreverent musical The Book of Mormon and hit geopolitical drama Chimerica were the big winners Sunday at Britain’s Olivier stage awards, on a night when London’s small theaters flexed their substantial muscle.
The Book of Mormon — which stormed London just as it earlier wowed New York — won four prizes, including best new musical and best actor in a musical, for Gavin Creel.
Choreographer and co-director Casey Nicholaw said the success of the show — written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone — came down to its blend of “good contemporary satire and good old-fashioned entertainment.”
Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica, »
- Associated Press
Los Angeles, April 7: Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney, who started acting when he was all of 18 months old, has died at age 93.
Rooney was born in Brooklyn and began his career in his parents' vaudeville act, Yule and Carter. He breathed his last Sunday, reports mirror.co.uk
He was best known for playing the character Andy Hardy in more than 20 films in the 1930s and 1940s. By 1965, Rooney's 200 films had earned more than ?1.8 billion around the world.
- Machan Kumar
Former child star and Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93, according to Us police. The news was first reported by Variety, with the actor thought to have been suffering with illness for some time. Rooney’s acting career began as part of his parents’ vaudeville act, aged just 18 months, and went on to span a staggering eight decades, including four Oscar nominations and two wins of the special achievement variety. Described by Sir Laurence Olivier as the greatest film actor America ever produced, Rooney...
- George Wales
Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has passed away at the age of 93.
The actor - who is best known for playing Andy Hardy in the MGM film series between 1937 and 1946 - died of natural causes after a long battle with ill health, according to TMZ.
At the age of 17, he began his role as Andy Hardy in A Family Affair, before starring in 13 more movies in the series and a final instalment in 1958.
Sir Laurence Olivier once referred to Rooney as "the greatest actor of them all".
He was born in Brooklyn on September 23, 1920 by the name of Joe Yule Jr and made his first stage appearance at 17 months »
Needing an anecdote or two for a paper I was due to deliver on the occasion of the director Peter Glenville's birth centenary in 2013, I rang up Ossie Morris (obituary, 20 March) late last year. He recalled, still with astonishing clarity, working with Glenville on Term of Trial (1962), a small black-and-white British film.
Interestingly, he hadn't bothered to give the credit even a mention beyond its title in his riveting 2006 autobiography, despite the fact it co-starred Laurence Olivier, Simone Signoret, Terence Stamp and the newcomer Sarah Miles. Ossie's fabulous memoir, devoting considerable space instead to his long collaboration with the Hollywood film-maker John Huston, was, rather fittingly and wittily, entitled Huston, We Have a Problem.
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