13 items from 2014
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
• Full list of winners as they're announced
O'Toole was nominated eight times for the best actor Oscar, but was unsuccessful in winning any, though he was partly compensated by being given an honorary Academy award in 2003. His Oscar-night losses included some of his best-known roles, among them Te Lawrence in 1962, the title role in Becket in 1964, and mentally ill aristocrat Jack Gurney in The Ruling Class in 1972, when he was defeated by Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) and Marlon Brando (The Godfather) respectively. His final nomination came in 2006 for Venus, when he lost »
- Andrew Pulver
This year’s Best Actor race is shaping up to be one of the greatest of all time. And by greatest, I mean both the most competitive and also the most outstanding, in the sense that each nominee is excellent — hypothetical winners in almost any other year. They also reflect the depth of superb male performances in 2013. Consider: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoneix (Her), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all missed the cut.
EW’s Owen Gleiberman recently analyzed this year’s Best Actor race, calling it the most “fiercely, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The hair. The hat. The shades. You all know him, but mainly for massive guitar solos and trailblazing the rock n’ roll lifestyle. But ex-Guns N’ Roses axeman Slash has now made his foray into film producing, with Nothing Left to Fear out now on DVD, Blu Ray and VOD (click here to purchase your copy).
HeyUGuys had the chance to speak to him; turns out he’s a super-cool guy, and has a real eye for the horror genre. We talked about devil worship, scoring music for movies, and why he thinks Kubrick’s The Shining isn’t all that good.
So, I’ve heard you’re a big horror fan. So was Slasher Films something you’d been planning for a long time?
No, it was not something that was planned. It totally came out of the blue. I was minding my own business and then I was »
- Gary Green
Cameo-spotting is a pleasure in and of itself, an intimate joke allowing the audience to genuinely feel like part of the cinematic proceedings. It’s like whenever a character has an aside with the audience during one of Shakespeare’s plays – the audience wants to feel like they’re more of a participant than an actual observer to the events taking place on screen. Viewers enjoy being a part of the story, and a well-placed cameo is an excellent doorway to that.
These appearances can be great in films for several reasons. If a film is being remade, then the star of the original film may make an appearance in the remake, because it has a special meaning or significance for them. Martin Scorsese graciously brought on original film star Gregory Peck to make an appearance, delighting continuity geeks and cinema buffs everywhere. The director of the film »
- Philip Clarke
All that's true, but he's also a massive horror buff and now the movie producer Slasher Films. To mark the release of his debut Nothing Left To Fear (released on DVD/Blu-ray, on-download and on-demand on February 17), we asked the guitar hero for his best ever horror film.
"My favourite horror movie? That's always a tough one, there's a lot of great horror movies. I think The Omen - the original - is one of my favourites. One great package of horror, so we'll go with that one.
"It was one of the great '70s real feature horror films, that they really haven't made in a long time. Where you had not necessarily a big budget horror movie, but just the presence of a real movie in theatres. »
The entertainment hub that is James Franco is set to helm a new acting school in La, which will teach the Meisner technique
• Adrian Searle on Isaac Julien's Playtime, starring Franco
• Watch a trailer for Playtime here
He is already an actor, director, screenwriter, producer, author and erstwhile star of daytime soap opera General Hospital. Now James Franco is to add headmaster to his CV, after announcing the launch of a new acting school in Los Angeles.
Studio 4, which is set to open imminently at the Sherry theatre, will teach students the Meisner acting technique via twice-weekly classes, according to Deadline. Franco and a number of guest teachers will work with students.
The acting school is being set up in association with Playhouse West, which was the original home of the Meisner technique's creator, Sanford Meisner. The technique, a form of method acting, has been described as "teaching students »
- Ben Child
The walls of his rustic chic home, tucked away on a quiet wooded street in Studio City, are graced with framed black-and-white photographs of gorgeous leading men from a bygone era: Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Gregory Peck and Paul Newman, among them. In his living room, next to all the regal portraits, there is a snapshot of him and then-Sen. Barack Obama side by side at a 2006 Washington, D.C., press conference concerning the genocide in Darfur. The walls of George Clooney’s abode — once owned by Gable himself — speak volumes about the man who is at once a charismatic star craving legendary fame and someone who thinks beyond the borders of insular Hollywood.
Meet Citizen Clooney.
The 52-year-old actor-director-producer is among a small group of celebrities, including power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as well as Oprah, and Bono, who can shine a global camera on significant »
- Ramin Setoodeh
We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.
#30. Bull Durham (1988)
Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »
- Joshua Gaul
The dynamic duo of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return for another highly entertaining round of travel and food porn in “The Trip to Italy,” a most welcome sequel to 2010’s “The Trip” that follows our intrepid armchair gastronomes on a carb-heavy tour of Italy from northern Piemonte to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast. Resolving not to fix what wasn’t broken, director Michael Winterbottom once again gives free reign to his stars’ improvisational gifts, juxtaposed with heaping plates of fresh pasta and seafood, reflections on art and literature, and incessant celebrity vocal impressions. Atkins dieters will surely recoil in horror, but that shouldn’t stop this “Trip” (which goes out on the BBC as six 30-minute episodes, and internationally as an edited theatrical feature) from meeting or exceeding its predecessor’s $2 million U.S. gross. Can the inevitable “Trip to France” be far in the offing?
A hangout movie in the purest sense, »
- Scott Foundas
Frank Marth, a veteran character actor and member of Jackie Gleason's stock company on The Honeymooners, died Sunday of congestive heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease in Rancho Mirage, Calif., a family friend told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 91. Often cast as an authority figure, Marth appeared on scores of TV shows and in many films during his more than 50 years in show business. He played a detective in Madame X (1966) opposite Lana Turner, a police lieutenant working with Richard Widmark in Madigan (1968), an Air Force man in the Gregory Peck film Marooned (1969) and a Nazi
- Mike Barnes
Super-8 Cowboy Movie Madness was originally scheduled for January 7th but because of the weather we’re having in St. Louis, it’s been pushed back one week. The new date is January 14th
Saddle up pardners and mosey on down to The Way Out Club on January 14th for Super-8 Cowboy Movie Madness! Even if you don’t think you like westerns, stop on by cause we’re screening some dynamic and offbeat ones that will make you a fan of the genre. Leave your six-shooter at home! We’re showing, on Super-8 Sound film projected on a large screen (in condensed format – average length: 15 minutes): Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales, Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda in Once Upon A Time In The West, John Wayne in True Grit, Jimmy Stewart and Gregory Peck in How The West Was Won, Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen in The Magnificent Seven, »
- Tom Stockman
‘Montezuma’: Steven Spielberg next movie (or at least a Spielberg movie some time in the future)? Will Steven Spielberg next tackle the life and times of Aztec king Montezuma, from a screenplay by none other than former Hollywood Ten member Dalton Trumbo? If so, that won’t be the first time that Spielberg has adapted a Trumbo screenplay (more on that below). Anyhow, following Lincoln, which earned Spielberg his seventh Best Director Academy Award nomination, the Jaws, E.T., Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan filmmaker has had his name attached to — and then detached from — a couple of projects. First, there was Drew Goddard’s adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse, which isn’t a RoboCop spin-off but a sci-fier about a smart robot who reaches the (perfectly logical) conclusion that the only way to save the planet is to get rid of human beings. Robopocalypse, »
- Zac Gille
Saddle up pardners and mosey on down to The Way Out Club on January 7th for Super-8 Cowboy Movie Madness! Even if you don’t think you like westerns, stop on by cause we’re screening some dynamic and offbeat ones that will make you a fan of the genre. Leave your six-shooter at home! We’re showing, on Super-8 Sound film projected on a large screen (in condensed format – average length: 15 minutes): Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales, Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda in Once Upon A Time In The West, John Wayne in True Grit, Jimmy Stewart and Gregory Peck in How The West Was Won, Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen in The Magnificent Seven, Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, and Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles.
- Tom Stockman
13 items from 2014
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