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I see what Christopher Guest’s intentions are now. At first, I thought the whole show (or perhaps just the first season) would be based around Tom searching for clues and oddities about his late great-grandfather Harry Chadwick. Well, the mystery was rather quickly solved — the guy was an actor. I’m sad to say I was a little disappointed by this sudden reversal, as I expected more of a long story arc to take place, at least during three quarters of a season. I suppose it wasn’t meant to be though.
While Family Tree‘s series premiere The Box was laugh-out-loud funny and increasingly awkward, last night’s episode was slow-paced and featured visibly improvised, seldom funny dialogue. Tom’s best friend Pete was amusing at first, but then becomes annoying, stupid and clumsy, and it seems Tom Bennett struggles to keep up with Chris O’Dowd’s comedic abilities. »
- Paulo Lazo
Recent hot cinema topics such as the portrayal of the Mandarin character in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and speculations about what classic Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness was modeled after leading up to the film’s release, among others, underline the importance of great villains in genre cinema.
Creating a great cinematic villain is a difficult goal that makes for an incredibly rewarding and memorable viewer experience when it is achieved.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains. Other writing on this subject tends to be a bit unfocused, as “greatest villain” articles tend to mix live-action human villains with animated characters and even animals. Many of these articles also lack a cohesive quality as they attempt to cover too much ground at once by spanning all of film history.
This article focuses on the 1970’s, »
- Terek Puckett
When it comes to the subject of “acting,” there are no set rules. As the saying goes, one man’s Nicolas Cage is another man’s Laurence Olivier. Or, at least, that’s how the saying would go had I not just conjured it up out of thin air to help make my point. Fact is, actors appeal to movie-goers for all sorts of reasons, and it’s not always possible to pin down why you like watching a certain actor on the big screen. Ultimately, though, a good actor should be able to make you do one thing: believe.
To claim, then, that somebody was “miscast” in a movie role, seems kind of wrong. Because ultimately, there’s no right way to judge whether or not somebody did a good job, is there? It might just be that you thought they were miscast, after all, and who are you? »
- T.J. Barnard
While the critical response to Baz Luhrmann's lavish take on The Great Gatsby has been lukewarm, reviews have by and large praised Leonardo DiCaprio's central turn as the mysterious, tragic Jay Gatsby.
Digital Spy looks back on five of DiCaprio's most iconic performances.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
At the tender age of 19, DiCaprio earned his first Oscar nomination for Lasse Hallström's touching family drama. Playing the mentally retarded younger brother of Johnny Depp's put-upon Gilbert Grape, DiCaprio was deservedly singled out for praise by almost every critic despite being a virtual unknown. It's an intensely likeable and physically specific performance that elevates an otherwise predictable story.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Adapted from Jim Carroll's autobiographical novel, Scott Kalvert's drama tracked a high school basketball star's descent into drug addiction. The film debuted to decidedly mixed reviews, but again DiCaprio came out largely unscathed, with Rolling »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
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Judy (Swanson) and Nicholas (Olivier) are a young society couple who marry based on the “perfect understanding” that they will be allowed to enjoy extramarital adventures and never let jealousy come between them.
That arrangement is soon put to the test when a drunk Nicholas sleeps with a former lover (Nora Swinburne, TV’s The Forsythe Saga). When he returns to Judy, he is guilt-ridden and confesses his indiscretion. Judy forgives him, but Nicholas is soon battling his own feelings of jealousy when he comes to believe that Judy has slept with an old friend of hers (John Halliday, »
Last week, "The Great Gatsby" director Baz Luhrmann sparked a frenzy of Internet speculation when he reportedly remarked that he'd like to team up with Leonardo DiCaprio on a film adaptation of "Hamlet".
"What else could we possibly do as a follow-up?" he told a red-carpet reporter for The Hollywood Reporter, while cautioning, "It's just a dream at this point."
On Friday, however, Luhrmann told The Huffington Post that his comments had been "misreported."
"Someone said, 'Where does Leonardo go from here?' And I just said, 'After Gatsby, the only way up is Hamlet,'" Luhrmann said. Even then, however, he refused to rule out the possibility of making the film: "Be careful," he said, "one can never say never."
"The Great Gatsby" is Luhrmann's second collaboration with DiCaprio. Their previous effort, 1996's "Romeo + Juliet," has become a cult classic among romantics of a certain stripe.
- Mike Hogan
London, May 13: British actor Tom Hardy has bought a 2 million pounds Georgian property in Richmondis here.
He is planning to call his house in south west London Manderley, reports thesun.co.uk.
A source said: "Tom's going to keep good company among the rock elite- Mick and Richard are literally both just up the road. He'll have his work cut out before any entertaining starts, though, as it needs a fair bit of work. "
"It's a stunning property with a huge ballroom, which he's up for renovating. Naming it Manderley is fitting too because Laurence Olivier is one of his heroes. He's planning to make it a home for his son. »
- Meeta Kabra
Chicago – Laurence Olivier’s 1955 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” came on the heels of his other beloved film versions of the Bard and wasn’t as well-received. History has reassessed the film and realized that this easily one of Olivier’s greatest accomplishments. As he almost always was, he’s so committed to this iconic role that he makes it his own, never feeling like he’s making the obvious choices that so many other actors have over the years. Olivier’s “Richard III” is so completely his own and few actor/directors in history ever understood Shakespeare or this character so notably.
Criterion releases a few new Blu-ray editions every month alongside HD upgrades of some of their more popular titles already in the collection. “Richard III” was #213 and it comes into the Blu-ray era with all of its special features intact. Most notably, Criterion worked »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Hitch’s 10 hottest gents, suspicious and sinister for your pleasure.
Yesterday, Google celebrated the birth of legendary graphic designer Saul Bass with an awesome little animation on its main page. Bass was most known for his movie title sequences, which included three of Alfred Hitchcock‘s staples: Vertigo, North By Northwest, and Psycho. Just as Google intended, this got me thinking about how hot the male stars of Hitchcock movies are — specifically the 10 hottest dudes in the Hitchcock oeuvre. The results of my heavy contemplation are in.
Call “Mother!” because these 10 gents are psychotically hot.
What could be hotter than a debonair man with mood swings? In Rebecca, Laurence Olivier (or as I prefer to call him, Mr. Vivien Leigh) basically traumatizes his new wife (Joan Fontaine) by bringing her into his ghostly old estate and subjecting her to an evil housekeeper (Judith Anderson »
- Louis Virtel
In the wake of the illustrious The Great Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio may reportedly be teaming up with Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann once again -- this time for the ultimate classic Shakespearean tale Hamlet.
Pics: The Great Gatsby World Premiere
Taking on Shakespeare would hardly be anything new for Luhrmann and DiCaprio -- who first worked together in 1996 for the film version of Romeo and Juliet -- one of DiCaprio's first break out roles as a leading man. And now with an American classic like Gatsby added to their resumes, when asked by The Hollywood Reporter what the dynamic duo will work on next, Luhrmann tells THR, "Hamlet. To me, Gatsby is the American Hamlet. What else could we possibly do as a follow-up?"
DiCaprio gives life to the role of F. Scott Fitzgerald's love stricken anti-hero, Jay Gatsby, in the film version of the 1927 iconic novel of the same name, which also stars »
Many movie lovers have seen Ingmar Bergman's magical 1975 version of "The Magic Flute." But few have had a chance to check out Kenneth Branagh's 2006 take on the most popular Mozart opera. Well, that one is coming to theaters for the first time in the U.S. on June 9th. Emerging Networks will present the film with a libretto adapted by Stephen Fry and music arranged and conducted by James Conlon in 150 theaters on Sunday June 9th and Tuesday June 11th. Actor-director Branagh's film transplants Mozart’s 1791 fantasy opera to the eve of the First World War, starring Joseph Kaiser as Tamino and Amy Carson as the daughter of the Queen of the Night. Select theaters will also get a live Q-and-a session with Branagh via webcast from London after the film’s Sunday screening. (Individual theaters and show times here.) Branagh starred as Sir Laurence Olivier in "My Week with Marilyn, »
- Anne Thompson
Chicago – First Joe Wright sucked the life out of “Anna Karenina” with his meticulously choreographed, self-conscious pageantry. Then Baz Luhrmann proved that while heavy-handed spectacle may have appealed to Jay Gatsby himself, it was a recipe for disaster when applied to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prose. Nothing kills off the power of a metaphor more than a large neon sign erected to underline its significance.
After seeing Andrea Arnold’s quietly mesmerizing adaptation of Emily Brontë’s 1847 classic “Wuthering Heights,” I’m now hungering to see her take on other literary landmarks, particularly “The Great Gatsby.” Luhrmann’s film hammers home the meaning of Fitzgerald’s writing with such aggravating pomp and circumstance, complete with entire sections of text materializing onscreen, I was half-expecting to see a bouncing Gatsby head spring off each word as it was dutifully recited. Though Wright and Luhrmann pride themselves on their filmic exuberance, Arnold »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Australian director reveals desire to follow Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby with a third DiCaprio-driven film adaptation
The Australian director handed DiCaprio his significant breakthrough as a leading man by casting him as Romeo in his vivid 1996 film version of Shakespeare's play, Romeo + Juliet, and they recently reunited for Luhrmann's latest film, The Great Gatsby, with DiCaprio playing F Scott Fitzgerald's all-American antihero.
Now, Luhrmann has revealed his intention to hand the 38-year-old actor the most sought-after role in drama. Asked what his next collaboration with DiCaprio would be, Luhrmann told the Hollywood Reporter: "Hamlet. To me, Gatsby is the American Hamlet. What else could we possibly do as a follow-up?
There is nothing concrete in place, »
- Matt Trueman
Raquel Welch wigs vs. Ray Harryhausen monsters: One Million Years B.C. [See previous post: "Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Dies."] Without Charles H. Schneer as producer, Ray Harryhausen created the visual effects for the 1966 camp classic One Million Years B.C. — though, admittedly, his work in that movie played second fiddle to Raquel Welch’s physical effects as a blonde-bewigged (?) cavewoman parading around Earth’s pre-history in a cleavage-enhancing fur bikini. Whereas in producer Hal Roach’s 1940 effort One Million B.C., lizards made up as dinosaurs made life difficult for Victor Mature and Carole Landis, in the creationist-style pre-history of the 1966 (sort-of) remake, Raquel Welch and fellow caveman John Richardson had to square off against Harryhausen’s stop-motion models of giant reptiles. (Photo: Raquel Welch One Million Years B.C.) [Please scroll down to check out TCM's beautiful Ray Harryhausen tribute.] Starring James Franciscus and featuring Earth vs. the Flying Saucers‘ Richard Carlson, The Valley of Gwangi (1969) was Harryhausen’s next-to-last mid-level effort. Both The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974), with John Phillip Law, »
- Andre Soares
In 1933, the 13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at the cinema and was hooked – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre "stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done." It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen, who has died aged 92, was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. He created the special effects for fantasy films such as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958); Jason and the Argonauts (1963), with its famous army of skeletons; and Clash of the Titans (1981).
He was born in Los Angeles to Frederick and Martha Harryhausen, »
- Sheila Whitaker
London — When Ray Harryhausen was 13, he was so overwhelmed by "King Kong" that he vowed he would create otherworldly creatures on film. He fulfilled his desire as an adult, thrilling audiences with skeletons in a sword fight, a gigantic octopus destroying the Golden Gate Bridge, and a six-armed dancing goddess.
On Tuesday, Harryhausen died at London's Hammersmith Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for about a week. He was 92.
Biographer and longtime friend Tony Dalton confirmed the special-effects titan's death, saying it was too soon to tell the exact cause. He described Harryhausen's passing as "very gentle and very quiet."
"Ray did so much and influenced so many people," Dalton said. He recalled his friend's "wonderfully funny, brilliant sense of humor" and love of Laurel and Hardy, adding that, "His creatures were extraordinary, and his imagination was boundless."
Though little known by the general public, Harryhausen made 17 movies that »
More than 500 years later, historians and archaeologists have unearthed, and then validated the skeleton remains of the two-year term King of England, and in the same token, the Criterion folks issue the crisp, restored Blu-ray edition of Laurence Olivier’s Richard III, his third feature as a director following 1944′s Henry V and 1948′s Hamlet. In 1957, the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. During the same year, the film won Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film.
The great Olivier is Richard the Duke of Gloucester, a man with an insatiable appetite for power. He often smiles but his heart is full of poison. Assisted by the corrupt Duke of Buckingham (Ralph Richardson, Doctor Zhivago), he plans to kill his brother George (John Gielgud, The Elephant Man) and two nephews, while winning the heart of the vulnerable The Lady Anne (Claire Bloom, »
- Larry Peel
He's a true acting great, an iconic British star who has appeared in countless stage shows and TV productions. Yes, arise Sir Derek Jacobi; the Emmy, Bafta and Olivier award-winning actor and director who has starred in projects including Much Ado About Nothing, Doctor Who and children's programme In the Night Garden.
This week, Jacobi is back in the limelight (he never really left) as he joins Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen for new ITV sitcom Vicious. Playing a camp, geriatric gay couple living in Soho, the new sitcom written by Gary Janetti (Will & Grace, Family Guy) is a first for primetime TV.
> 'Vicious' review: McKellen, Jacobi can't save ITV's tired, lazy sitcom
The openly gay actor will certainly pull in an audience with Vicious, but what else has he been up to? Is there a famous figure in history he hasn't played? To enlighten you, »
Helen Mirren was crowned queen of the London stage at the Olivier Awards Sunday, while compelling, canine-titled teen drama The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time emerged as best in show with seven trophies.
Mirren, 67, was a popular and expected best actress choice for her regal yet vulnerable Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience,” Peter Morgan’s behind-palace-doors drama about the relationship between Britain’s queen and its prime ministers.
The actress, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for playing Britain’s monarch in The Queen, quipped that it was 87-year-old Elizabeth who deserved an award, “for the »
- Associated Press
If someone asked you to come up with a pair of acting legends to star in a sitcom, you couldn't do much better than to suggest Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. The heavyweights of the dramatic world have signed up to star as a couple in ITV's new comedy Vicious, which starts tomorrow (April 29).
But the amazing cast doesn't stop there - we also get treated to the likes of Frances de la Tour and one of our favourite Misfits stars, Iwan Rheon. We caught up with Iwan recently to find out what Vicious is all about, why filming the show was scary, and whether he'd be up for a Misfits movie...
If someone on the street came up and asked you what Vicious is about, what would you tell them?
"It's basically about a mature gay couple who have been together for 48 years and who are quite vicious with each other, »
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