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In Jonathan Glazer's latest film about an extraterrestrial driving around Scotland in search of male prey, nothing is certain, except, says Leo Robson, Scarlett Johansson's uncanny ability to act like an alien
Scarlett Johansson has a striking face and a resonant voice, though it seems that either will do. In Spike Jonze's Her (2013), which came out last month, she plays the title role but never appears. Now we have Jonathan Glazer's science fiction film of Michel Faber's novel Under the Skin, in which she is present, deadpan and dead-eyed, throughout, but barely says a word.
Johansson's role in Glazer's film, despite its restrictions, gives her the opportunity to draw equally on the different elements of her personality – sunny and neurotic, sassy and glassy. Woody Allen explored both of these sides in Match Point (2005). In his later film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), the two heroines were opposites, »
- Leo Robson
Over the years there have been many attempts to update treasured movies. Whether it’s the sacrilegious colourisation of nevergreen classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life or the (more interesting) bookending of revered films with sequels and prequels there’s nothing quite as enticing to an eager studio as a well-known and well-loved classic.
Problems arise however when technological and social advances become obstacles to those filmmakers insistent on sticking as closely as possibly to the beloved original. Mobile phones, for example, would save hundreds of those previously in peril, CCTV and Gps tracking would have made a mockery of many a murder mystery; and Google Earth comes to the rescue of those lost in any number of haunted woods.
We’ve taken a look at some classic films and what an update might mean. Let’s begin with a beloved film -
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- Michael Walsh
Larry Moss, dialect coach, as well as diction and acting tutor for many in Hollywood, died at his home in Santa Monica on Feb. 19. He was 83.
Moss prepped hundreds of film, television and theater actors for challenging roles. He was a master at accents with an ability to imitate not only dialects but the voices of many great actors, including Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. This gift extended to helping others with the various aspects of creative choices relating to voice and expressions of a character.
Moss was also an actor himself who voiced character and dialect roles in more than 300 films, appearing himself in some of them. He did half of the male character voices in one of the “Pippi Longstocking” films.
Moss taught his special abilities as a university-level lecturer and in private workshops; he also presided over Esl classes at Los Angeles City College. He frequently taught »
- Variety Staff
The Face Of Love is the story of a man and his double and questions what it is that we love in another's face. Annette Bening plays Nicki, a woman whose job it is to stage houses in Los Angeles so that they seem lived in for prospective buyers. Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo casts long shadows over the scenery and director Arie Posin, with deft strokes, uses them as mirror and deceit. "In pursuit of the past" is more than the title of an art exhibition. Ed Harris plays a double role (husband Garret and lover-painter Tom); he is Kim Novak to Annette Bening's James Stewart. A neighbor played by Robin Williams takes over for Barbara Bel Geddes in the unrequited love department. "I love the way you look at me, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
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Every year, there are always one or two Oscars snubs (and upsets) that really hurt. In years past, it was Argo‘s Ben Affleck not getting nominated for Best Director, Sidney Poitier for In the Heat of the Night, or Jimmy Stewart’s emotional turn in Vertigo. This year, it was Oprah Winfrey‘s riveting performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Say what you will about the film, but there was no discounting Winfrey’s turn as Gloria Gaines. She carried the film but, sadly, could not do enough to earn the movie a single nomination at this year’s Academy Awards.
But that’s where we come in. With Oprah out for The Butler, we decided to recast her in several of this year’s Oscar-nominated films. Damn the Academy! If they don’t want to recognize her for that role, then we’ll put in »
- Stacy Lambe
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
There are few filmmakers who have done as much to define the cinematic western as John Ford. The director's collaborations with John Wayne in the genre speak for themselves—"The Searchers," "Stagecoach," "Fort Apache," etc.—and his influence as a filmmaker, storyteller and American cinema in general is huge. So how to do you sum up his career in 50 minutes? Well, the 1971 CBS TV documentary "The American West Of John Word" attempts to do just that, though mostly by going through the lens of his westerns. Featuring participation of Ford himself, with narration by Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda, the doc chronicles the director's western, his use of music, and the role of women in his films, along with memories of moviemaking in general. It's well worth some of your time given the heavy hitters involved. Check it out below and let us know your favorite Ford film in the comments section. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Actress Miliza Milo, who can be seen -- albeit fleetingly -- in The Ten Commandments and Vertigo, two of the most important films of the 1950s, died Feb. 6 of natural causes in Sedona, Ariz. She was 91. After playing a slave in Cecil B. DeMille’s epic Ten Commandments (1956), Milo portrayed a salesperson at the Ransohoffs women’s specialty shop helping an insistent James Stewart pick out a “simple gray suit” for Kim Novak in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo (1958). Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Milo also appeared in the drama Girl Gang (1954), on such TV shows as Playhouse 90, Shower of
- Mike Barnes
"All is Lost" is nothing if not a showcase for post-production sound. Bereft of dialogue, a story told virtually through score and sound effects editing, it would be a dream project for any sound editor. And so it was for Oscar nominees Richard Hymns and Steve Boeddeker. But the film's post-production fate was in flux for a time as affordability was a huge consideration for the indie production. It finally did make its way to the halls of Skywalker Sound, however (where it was known affectionately as "Bob on a Boat"), and Hymns actually came to it first through his wife, who had worked for star Robert Redford's company for 10 years before they married. At a reception, the actor "was talking about this film he'd just finished and it was set on a boat with no dialogue," Hymns recalls. "As a sound editor, I'm salivating. And I love sailing. »
- Gerard Kennedy, Kristopher Tapley
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who »
- Melissa Thompson
Happy birthday to the glamorous Kim Novak, who is 81 today. It’s impossible to think of Novak without remembering her shock blonde super-coif in Vertigo (not to mention the way she werrrrrked Edith Head‘s form-sucking pencil skirts), and thus, it’s impossible to think of Novak without remembering the great female roles in Hitchcock movies. Here are my picks for the 10 best.
This is sort of a gonzo first pick, but give it up: The Lady Vanishes rules and Dame May Whitty, with all her grandmotherly charms, is just a subversive ol’ hoot as the bad-ass spy who sets up the intrigue of the story. This is the kind of role Margaret Rutherford would win an Oscar for. You underestimate the depth of how much she kicks ass.
Is it wild? Oh, yes. Is it sometimes a little embarrassing? »
- Louis Virtel
She was a major box-office draw in the '50s, even topping the box-office standing of Marilyn Monroe, and Thursday, the day before Valentine's Day, marks the 81st birthday of Kim Novak. Speaking to Life.com recently, the star of Alfred Hitchcock's critically revered Vertigo, as well as Picnic, Pal Joey, The Man with the Golden Arm and other screen landmarks of her era, recalled her photo shoot for the magazine's cover story of nearly 60 years ago. "I hoped to show the world my soul," said Chicago's former Marilyn Pauline Novak, whose sultry voice is still very much intact, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
In the clips below, Hanna and Emily are nervous about revealing what they know (or think they know) about Mr. Fitz to Aria, and an ABC Family source tells us in "Free Fall," there's a bit of a hitch in that regard: "Hanna and Emily take a step back and say, 'Maybe it's not as black and white as Spencer says it is.'"
Ep Joseph Dougherty adds that it has to do with "Spencer's problem with her Adderall."
Here are a few more juicy tidbits about the final few Season 4 episodes, courtesy of Dougherty and costume designer Mandi Line:
"There's a fashion event that happens in [episode] 23." -- Dougherty"Lucy you'll see is very Madonna circa '87. You have Aria rock 'n' roll, »
Well, we’ve finally reached the summit: the 10 most definitive romantic comedies of all time. Unlike the other sections of this list, there is not a movie here that approaches “bad.” As always, some are better than others, despite the order. But one thing is for sure: if you plan to have a rom-com binge-a-thon soon, this is where you start, no questions asked. In fact, after reading this, you should go do that and report back.
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10. Some Like It Hot (1959)
What’s funnier than men dressing in drag? Depends on who you ask. It’s Billy Wilder again with a fictional story of two musicians – Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) – who witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago and leave town. But, since the mob has ties everywhere, they need to disguise themselves as best they can: as women in an »
- Joshua Gaul
In two decades of faultless performances, Philip Seymour Hoffman proved that his particular talent was to take thwarted, twisted humanity and ennoble it
The day after the premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson's 2012 film The Master, I was interviewing the director in the upstairs ballroom of a Venice hotel when Philip Seymour Hoffman walked past our table. The windows were flung open and the place was bathed with light, and the big, rangy actor bounced by gracefully, like a golden lion walking on air. "Phil's actually a really good dancer," Anderson confided, referencing the parlour routine in the middle of The Master, when the title character performs a jig with his nubile acolytes. "You might not think that to look at him, but he seriously is."
- Xan Brooks
James Stewart plays a frontier lawyer who gains a legendary reputation after gunning down a fearsome outlaw. That John Wayne only got second billing was a measure of Stewart's standing with both audiences and director John Ford, but it was destined to be a classic no matter where their names appeared in the credits. As for Lee Marvin and Lee Van Cleef, well, bad guys don't come badder. »
Feature Mark Harrison 3 Feb 2014 - 06:26
As much as the 2015 of Back To The Future Part II has been lampooned in internet memes, truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Is it entirely unreasonable to expect that 30 years from right now, we'll have flying cars, hoverboards and 19 Jaws movies? Maybe, maybe not.
Given their track record for accuracy, it's doubtful that Robert Zemeckis and co could ever have foreseen themselves doing a stage musical version of Back To The Future around the time of the film's 30th anniversary, but sure enough, they announced one last week. It's coming to the West End next year, as we reported here.
The Power Of Love, Earth Angel and Johnny B. Goode are all essential musical moments from the original film, »
‘Grace of Monaco’ U.S. March release canceled as biopic starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly to open 2014 Cannes Film Festival (photo: Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in ‘Grace of Monaco’) Directed by Olivier Dahan, and starring Nicole Kidman as Oscar-winning Hollywood actress-turned-European princess Grace Kelly, Grace of Monaco was to have been a (possibly) strong Oscar 2014 contender — at least in the Best Actress category. After all, Dahan had guided 2007 Best Actress Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose; Nicole Kidman is a respected actress with one Academy Award win (for Stephen Daldry’s The Hours) and two nominations (Moulin Rouge!, Rabbit Hole); and, last but certainly not least, Grace of Monaco was to have been released in North America by the Oscar-savvy The Weinstein Company. However, Harvey Weinstein was reportedly unhappy with Olivier Dahan’s final cut, and demanded that Grace of Monaco be reedited. »
- Anna Robinson
Philadelphia Story (1940) earned Jimmy Stewart his only Best Actor Oscar as Macauley Connor – a tabloid reporter for ‘Spy’ Magazine, and also won the Best Screenplay Oscar. Directed by George Cukor (Oscar nominated), Philadelphia Story is set among the privileged upper class society in Philadelphia. Hepburn’s character, a self-willed young aristocratic heiress (nicknamed ‘Red’ by her ex-husband), is on the verge of a second marriage. The Philadelphia socialite has divorced her dashing, colorful, pompous, playboyish husband (Cary Grant) and become involved with a solitary, self-made and dull business tycoon/millionaire (John Howard). The plot thickens and becomes complicated when her irresponsible ex-husband appears on the eve of the wedding, with intentions to keep her shielded from an overly-ambitious, cynical tabloid newshound (James Stewart) – a second male principal who is also vying for Hepburn’s love on the day (and night) leading up to the ceremony.
Philadelphia Story is one of those intelligent, »
- Tom Stockman
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