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Fox has been doing its part to bring classic films into the modern era with its line of Blu-ray releases aimed at honoring some of the most memorable and cherished features of the 20th century by letting movie lovers choose which titles get the HD treatment next. This time around, Fox offers us a delightful selection of eight films, some which are well known and others which border on the obscure side, but all of which ought to be seen by discerning cinephiles. The titles include the lauded Desk Set (starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn), the Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge musical Carmen Jones, the 1935 adaptation of Jack London’s Call of the Wild starring Clark Gable, the supernatural romance The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, the swashbuckler adventure The Black Swan, the John Wayne flicks The Undefeated and North to Alaska, and Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda in the Western gangster flick Jesse James. »
- Lex Walker
Well, at least she got the topless shots out of the way while she was still young and beautiful. Lana Del Rey goes topless during her new short film ‘Tropico’ — a 27-minute art house piece set to Lana’s music that features Lana stripping while dressed as the biblical Eve. We can’t make this stuff up, folks.
Everybody knows that Lana Del Rey, 27, is a bit quirky. Heck, we love the “Young and Beautiful” singer for it. But her new, very Nsfw short film — an elongated music video, really — takes things to the next level. Lana dresses up as Eve and strips until nothing but two sequined silver stars stand between the audience and her nipples. Check out the video (if your boss isn’t around) below!
Lana Del Rey: Topless In ‘Tropico’ Take Our Poll
Lana loves nothing more than an extra-long music video, but this 27-minute »
- HL Intern
At last night's premiere of "Tropico," Lana Del Rey announced that the short film is the final project for her 2012 breakthrough album "Born To Die" and that she'll release follow-up record "Ultraviolence" sometime next year. The new album title comes the book-turned-film "A Clockwork Orange," one of few references missing from the symbolism overload of "Tropico." Watch it here or below. "Tropico" opens in the Garden of Eden with Del Rey as Eve and model Shaun Ross as Adam, plus Jesus, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and a unicorn. It quickly turns into a music video for "Body »
- Whitney Phaneuf
Exclusive: Actor-director Andrew McCarthy is set to direct E!’s pilot Songbyrd. This marks the pilot directing debut of McCarthy, who replaces the project’s original director Michael Morris who fell out a month ago. The music-themed Songbyrd, created/exec produced by Krista Vernoff and exec produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, centers on songwriter Lauren Byrd (Bethany Joy Lenz), a character loosely inspired by hitmaker Diane Warren, and her staff. Eighties heartthrob McCarthy has been focusing on TV directing for the past couple of years, most recently helming three episodes of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black. He is with Verve. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Academy Award voters love to give accolades to overdue veterans – unless they're women, of course, but that's another story. Will that sentiment help Bruce Dern ("Nebraska") or Robert Redford ("All is Lost") win Oscar this year? The trend of elderly actors finally winning can usually be seen in the supporting race, where Jack Palance ("City Slickers"), James Coburn ("Affliction"), Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"), and Christopher Plummer ("Beginners") have succeeded, but every once in a while it happens in the lead race too. John Wayne triumphed on his third and final nomination for "True Grit" in 1969 and, after four unsuccessful bids, Jeff Bridges finally received his kudos for "Crazy Heart" in 2009. This year, Best Supporting Actor seems to be a young man's game, with Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Michael Fassbender ("12 Years »
Welcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise.
Lars Nilsen (@thelarsnilsen), programmer for the Austin Film Society, can't pick just one holiday film:
I have to admit I'm not a giant Christmas fan. I've never been religious, so that whole side of the holiday escaped me and I grew up poor and poor kids have a much different experience of Christmas than well-off kids. I've never much cared for Christmas movies, music or anything. However -- there are a few Christmas movies I really like a lot.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) is of course one of the most popular holiday movies but I have never been able to suppress a thought that most people are watching it wrong, and that some of the people who would enjoy it most avoid it because »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
The director has never been short of opinions – so why has he become evasive when we catch up with him in Brooklyn?
With the interview over, Spike Lee finally opens up. For 40 minutes the film director has sat in a defensive crouch, with his arms folded and his legs crossed, parrying questions as though they were accusations. More evasive than abrasive, he insists that neither new technology, changes in his personal life or the way that he's perceived have any effect on him or his work. A couple of times he responds as though there was another interviewee in the room.
Asked a perfectly reasonable questions such as: "How does an independent filmmaker like yourself measure success?", he'd say: "It depends who you ask."
"Well I'm asking you," I keep pointing out, hoping, in vain, for a credible answer.
Lee is small, slender and stylish. He is dressed all in black – sneakers, »
- Gary Younge
What an unadulterated joy it is to see Bruce Dern leading a movie for a change – and a good movie, at that. Alexander Payne's Nebraska may come to be seen as his swansong, but I hope it leads to a final decade of great performances from one of my all-time favourite actors, now 77 years old.
Dern has played a lot of disagreeable cranks in his time, but Woody Grant, the semi-senile retiree who keeps trying to walk from Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska, to pick up a supposed million-dollar prize, is an almost opaque figure. Dern seems to have subtracted half of his own mind and awareness for the part, and this draws the audience toward him to find out, or guess at, the things his old age incites. Finally, »
- John Patterson
Welcome to The Hollywood News Advent Calendar! Join us for the next 25 days as we run down the top Christmas movies and guide you to the perfect festive viewing. Featuring some of your favourite Christmas movies and some you’d probably forgotten (maybe even on purpose), but hey, it is Christmas after all… Yippi Ki Ay, Father Christmas…
If you were to come up to me in a bar, and then partake in a drunken conversation, which somehow got onto the subject of Christmas movies, and then if you were to suddenly ask me ‘What’s your favourite Christmas movie?’ I would probably slur back just two words: Die. Hard. You see, I know the 1988 action movie is not a film that involves elves, or even Santa himself (although a ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ does get in there), but every year the film is the very first to go into the »
- Paul Heath
The last day of what I guess we're calling 2013's Black Friday deals week is upon us and yet, tomorrow is Cyber Monday and Amazon is still offering deals throughout the day and today offers several Criterion titles and more. On the Criterion side we have Carlos, Quadrophenia, Shallow Grave, 12 Angry Men, The Samurai Trilogy, Fanny and Alexander and Weekend while you can also pick up complete series sets of "Fringe", "Chuck", "Frasier" and "Millennium". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Sunday, December 1 Deals starting at 8:20 pm Pt John Wayne Film Collection ($17.99) Peter Pan: Return to Never Land ($19.69) Pixar Short Films Collection 2 ($15.89) Tennessee Tuxedo And His Tales: The Complete Collection ($20.49) Fanny and Alexander (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray ($24.99) Weekend (Criterion »
- Brad Brevet
Californian Will Forte, 43, appeared for eight years on the American sketch show Saturday Night Live. "I never would have thought of him, but I liked his auditions," director Alexander Payne has said of casting the comic actor in Nebraska as David, Woody's straight-laced, somewhat dour son.
This role is a departure from your work on Saturday Night Live. Were you surprised when it was offered to you?
Very. I loved the script and really felt a connection to the character, but I never thought I'd get to do it. I taped myself doing four scenes, sent them to Alexander Payne, then didn't hear anything back for four months. Even after he called me in to read in person, I didn't think I'd get it, but a month later I was offered the part. »
- Killian Fox
The veteran actor may not be sure where Bristol is, but he does recall racing a shepherd through the Lake District and being Alfred Hitchcock's 'golden calf'
Bruce Dern was the wayward dreamer of American movies, wild and restless, not built to last. He took a fatal bullet in The King of Marvin Gardens, laid down his life in Silent Running and swam into oblivion at the end of Coming Home. Dern played heroes and villains alike. But he was invariably geared towards the bittersweet send-off or the gaudy comeuppance. To all intents and purposes, he never got out of the 70s alive.
Now, incredibly, the man is back with his best role in decades, possibly his best one ever. The Alexander Payne drama Nebraska casts him as another hopeless dreamer, destined for the rocks, but the performance itself marks a redemption of sorts. At the Cannes film festival, »
- Xan Brooks
Update! Click here for all of today's (Sunday, December 1) deals, updated throughout the day. Amazon got started with their 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals early this year, but the bigger deals are just around the corner, beginning Sunday, November 24 in fact and I've already started collecting some of the best deals that are available now as well as those that will be available throughout the week and when they will be available. That said, keep visiting, because this article will be updated as more and more deals are made available. I will also be posting daily updates all week with that day's deals, but there are some deals available right now that you may be interested in. All Week! The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Blu-ray ($44.99) 54% Off Homeland: The Complete First Season ($21.49) Homeland: The Complete Second Season ($21.99) Mission: Impossible - The Complete Series ($124.99) Harry Potter »
- Brad Brevet
The second teaser featured holograms of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, John Wayne, and Jesus Christ. Now, Tropico's official trailer is a mishmash of snakes, L.A. vistas, strippers, and guns. The upcoming 30-minute short film from Lana Del Rey has been long-awaited (just ask her fans!), and the trailer promises it will be out December 5. Is it finally time to start asking where her next album is?And the two teasers that came before it: »
- Lindsey Weber
Written and directed by John Carpenter
With his filmmaking career beginning in the midst of the new Hollywood and its touchstones in American film history, it’s perhaps easy to see why the work of John Carpenter has been somewhat overshadowed by more celebrated filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, or Francis Ford Coppola. He found a niche in the horror genre with the landmark Halloween, and he proceeded to make one idiosyncratic, wholly original, and generally skillful film after another. Some were rather uneven, particularly in recent years, but for every Memoirs of an Invisible Man, there has been The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, or They Live. Carpenter’s list of credits boasts some exceptional work — inventive, daring, visually, and technically creative — but amongst these titles, one film stands out as a favorite of many cinephiles in general and Carpenter fans in particular. »
- Jeremy Carr
This story first appeared in the Nov. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When I first got into film catering in 1984, the guys doing it were still all of these old union guys who'd worked on Westerns with John Wayne. It was very pedestrian cafeteria stuff. But the dining scene was exploding here in L.A. in the '80s, and I was ready to do something new. Story: Hollywood's 12 Hottest New Caterers I'd been cooking in restaurants since I was 13 years old, up in Northern California. I went to Stanford and tried to escape it. Then
- Paul Hibler
These days you can watch any movie you desire online. Yet there's still one thing the magical wonders of instant streaming haven't solved for indecisive movie-lovers: what the heck to watch! Moviefone is here to recommend the best streaming movies from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant and new digital releases from iTunes and Vudu each week in Moviefone's Digital Download.
This week's Digital Download picks range from a metal-clawed mutant and street racing crews, to gay cabaret owners and a man imprisoned for 25 years. Check out our suggestions below, and happy streaming!
Comedy: 'The Birdcage' (1996)
A remake of the 1978 French-Italian film "La Cage aux Folles," Mike Nichols's "The Birdcage" stars Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a gay couple who run a cabaret club in Miami. However, when Williams's son (Dan Futterman) from a previous marriage wants to introduce them to his fiancee's (Calista Flockhart) very conservative parents, »
- Erin Whitney
Baltasar Kormákur is one of the national treasures of Iceland’s film industry, as a writer, director, producer and actor. His Icelandic films, like 101 Reykjavik and The Deep, often screen at the Toronto International Film Festivals (with the former winning the festival’s Discovery Award in 2000). Kormákur is also a noted actor in his country and appeared in the hit movie Reyjavik-Rotterdam. A few years after starring in that film, Kormákur would direct its American remake, Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale.
Today, Kormákur moves between big-budget American films and Icelandic projects. He is currently preparing to make Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Josh Brolin and Jason Clarke, based on the true story about a 1996 disaster on the mountain that killed eight climbers. Until then, Kormákur is celebrating the DVD and Blu-Ray release of his buddy comedy/thriller 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
Recently, we sat »
- Jordan Adler
Here’s a story to file under the ‘We’ll believe it when we see it’ section. AMC have reportedly ordered a pilot episode for a TV adaptation of the cult comic book Preacher and Seth Rogen appears to be linked to the project to boot.
According to a story that appeared over at Digital Spy, AMC are looking for the next big hit TV show to fill the literally massive void left by shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men and it appears Garth Ennis and Steven Dillon’s comic opus that has long lavished in developmental Hell, may be just what the doctor ordered.
The comic, which follows the trials and tribulations of a disillusioned preacher, his bounty hunter ex-girlfriend and vampire best buddy as they try to bring an Awol God to justice has been one of those projects that everyone has wanted to adapt for TV »
- Matt Aspin
David Thomson's book of his favourite film moments is highly subjective and full of wit and insight
Born in London in 1941, resident in America since the early 1970s, David Thomson has been one of the liveliest, most literate, productive, provocative and daring movie critics for more than 40 years, his books ranging from a definitive biography of David O Selznick to an intrusively speculative monograph on Nicole Kidman. He has studied whole careers, single films and now he's down to choosing single key moments.
This would have pleased the gloriously named John Bickerson "Binx" Bolling, narrator of The Moviegoer, Walker Percy's philosophical novel that won the 1962 Us National Book award. Binx is a laid-back Louisiana stockbroker from old New Orleans money, and is, he says, "quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie". In fact, movies are more memorable to him than so-called real life. "Other people," he observes, »
- Philip French
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