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Josh Brolin credits his mid-career turnaround to Robert Rodriguez on "Grindhouse" which led to the Coens and "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit," not to mention Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and Oliver Stone's "W" and "Wall Street 2" and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." Brolin is a chiseled American actor who boasts that rare combination: dangerous masculinity and sexy vulnerability. He plays both villains and lovers. See Jason Reitman's sexy "Labor Day." Brolin clearly had a blast working with Paul Thomas Anderson on his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel "Inherent Vice" (December 12) and gets to dig into into one of the more colorful character roles of any year. He tells me, in our video interview below, how "Renaissance detective" Bigfoot Bjornsen comes to sport his dramatic flat top. This is not your usual straight-arrow foil to 70s hippie gumshoe Doc. »
- Anne Thompson
You might consider yourself a Martin Scorsese fan, but you might not know about “Life Lessons,” his contribution to the 1989 anthology film "New York Stories." Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen round out the trio of directors who submitted shorts to the project. “Life Lessons” stars Nick Nolte as a successful abstract painter, with Rosanna Arquette as his girlfriend and live-in assistant. We meet Nolte as he is going through a creative lull. On the eve of a major show, he has no inspiration to produce any new work. When it’s reveled that Arquette's character, who recently returned from a trip, lied to him about her whereabouts, it's through this turmoil that Nolte can begin to create great work again. Whats notable in the film is Scorsese's innovative use of steadycam, with the camera frantically sweeping or zooming in through scenes incredibly fast. The Directors Series considers the film »
- Anthony Nicholas
The ideal place to meet Ridley Scott would be on a raging battlefield, in the furthest reaches of outer space, or in the midst of any of the other vast canvases on which he creates his movies.
Instead, we’re sitting in a basement salon at London’s trendy Ham Yard Hotel, where the 76-year-old director has parked himself, however briefly, to discuss his new biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” and to ruminate on his long career.
“You’re probably going to be sitting down, so you’re not going to get a proper sense of him,” actor Christian Bale, who stars in Scott’s new film as Moses, warned this reporter a few days earlier. “You’ve got to see Rid on the move to understand him. He’s totally kinetic. I’m absolutely sure he springs out of bed at 10 times the speed I do.”
Australian actor Joel Edgerton, »
- Scott Foundas
Werewolves should never mess with a blind Vietnam veteran.
Here’s the synopsis:
Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one's golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose's abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst...
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- Gig Patta
Marion Cotillard has had what can only be described as a remarkable seven years. Truly. Since winning the Best Actress Oscar for her breakthrough performance in "La Vie en Rose" she's starred in Woody Allen's best film this century ("Midnight in Paris"), Christopher Nolan's Best Picture nominee ("Inception"), worked with Michael Mann ("Public Enemies"), smartly joined a Steven Soderbergh ensemble ("Contagion"), headlined a massive French-language hit ("Little White Lies"), was already robbed of a second Best Actress Oscar nomination ("Rust and Bone") and was the center of an acclaimed drama already well on its way to cinephile cult film status ("The Immigrant"). Throw in one flick for her life partner ("Blood Ties"), a paycheck too hard to turn down ("The Dark Knight Rise") and a musical that just didn't work ("Nine") and Cotillard is already well on her way to living legend status. Now, get ready to add "Two Days, »
- Gregory Ellwood
A cinema chain in Thailand has halted screenings of “Mockingjay, Part 1” the latest instalment in Liongate’s “Hunger Games” franchise.
Three people, including two students were arrested on Tuesday for using the film’s three finger salute during a speech by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the military-appointed prime minister, in the northern town of Khon Kaen.
The three finger salute has been used as a sign of protest against the country’s military coup which took power in May.
Apex said that its decision was not directly connected to the student arrests. Instead it said that it had been asked to sell 200 tickets to the film at its Scala theatre and later discovered that 160 of them were being offered for free on Facebook, »
- Patrick Frater
“Not every love lasts forever … fortunately” is the telling logline for “Happy Times,” a smart, offbeat comedy about how hard it is to end a romantic relationship. Luis Javier M. Henaine’s playful, entertaining feature debut preemed in a strong competition lineup at this year’s Morelia fest and scored a major distribution deal with Cinepolis, the fest sponsor. Offshore programmers and Spanish-lingo buyers could have happy times of their own with this slickly made, winningly performed anti-romantic comedy.
Mild-mannered cartoonist Max (an endearingly nerdy turn from Luis Arrieta) isn’t pleased with the way his life is currently going. He works as an illustrator at an ad agency simply for the money, and he just can’t break things off with the overbearing girlfriend from hell, Monica (Cassandra Ciangherotti, scary good). When he tries, in spite of his best efforts, he can’t even get the words out; unfortunately, »
- Alissa Simon
Toward the end of recently crowned rom-com classic Crazy, Stupid, Love, there is a big plot twist. For those of you who have not seen the film, I will not spoil it here. In vague terms, one of the characters from the main subplot is related to the characters from the main plot. The twist works because the hints dropped about this connection beforehand are subtle. Meanwhile, the aftermath of its reveal makes the story more interesting for the protagonist of the film, played by Steve Carell. This plot advancement creates genuine surprise and moves the plot in a more intriguing direction.
J.C. Khoury probably wished that his new romantic comedy, All Relative, which hinges much of its story on a big surprise and a colossal plot contrivance, had the same success. Sadly, not only is the revelation obvious – the title even drops a whopper of a hint – but this »
- Jordan Adler
Hollywood is reacting to the newly-surfaced, decades-old sexual assault allegations that have surfaced against Bill Cosby — one of the accusers now being former supermodel Janice Dickenson. Piers Morgan penned a column on the topic for the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Patton Oswalt condemned the comedian on social media, and just after NBC announced the decision to scrapped plans for a family show, Roseanne Barr tweeted, "Y did they dump the Cosby sitcom? has something happened? I can't wait 4 spanish fly flavored jello pops 2 hit shelves 4 Xmas! ... maybe Woody Allen or Roman Polanski could b persuaded2
- Ashley Lee
A successful, vibrant career as a character doesn’t always translate to awards. Take J.K. Simmons, who hasn’t received many accolades over his 20-plus year career, while being one of the most reliably energized performers working today. He’s appeared in multiple films for the Coen Brothers, Jason Reitman, Woody Allen, and anchored Sam Raimi’s "Spider-Man" trilogy. He’s no stranger to television, where he’s done everything HBO’s "Oz" to recent sitcom "Growing Up Fisher" to Nickelodeon’s "Legend of Korra." He’s even validated video games with his talent, voicing characters in "Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3" and "Portal 2." Casting Simmons in "Whiplash," as the vicious jazz band instructor Fletcher, was as much a gift to director Damien Chazelle and his fans as it likely was to the hard-working thespian. When handed a meaty role, Simmons sinks his teeth in as deep as they go. The »
- Matt Patches
When I think of big business in the United States at the end of the 1970s I think of something out of Dallas or Dynasty: deals being brokered over chunky telephones or long lunches; penthouse offices with granite desks and shag-pile carpets; male executives with heart conditions, bleeding ulcers, and good-looking secretaries. This is absolutely the world you step into when you read Final Cut. The first thing to say about the book is that feeling of glee you get from that realisation that your mental image of Hollywood at that time turns out to be true.
Steven Bach was the Senior Vice President of United Artists at the moment when Michael Cimino became the hottest director in Hollywood. His film The Deer Hunter (1978) was proclaimed a masterpiece by many and won five Oscars, »
Few helmers today make comedies as consistently entertaining as those of Argentina’s Daniel Burman, and “The Mystery of Happiness” is no exception. Often called the Woody Allen of Latin America, Burman delivers the goods with a reliable brand of pleasant, relationship-based humor tied to solid production values: His latest, geared toward a mature demographic, charts the shockwaves that result when an outwardly content businessman abandons his wife and best friend. Following an early 2014 home release, “Happiness” has outpaced even the director’s previous successes (“Lost Embrace,” “Empty Nest”); international sales have been strong, and Strand’s Stateside release could see modest biz if marketed right.
Eugenio (Fabian Arenillas) and Santiago (Guillermo Francella, “The Secret in Their Eyes”) are in perfect synchronicity: Whether at the home appliance shop they co-own or during their off hours at the barber, the race track or the shoe shop, their partnership is so perfect »
- Jay Weissberg
Like Charlie Chaplin or Woody Allen, Frederick Wiseman has remained impressively prolific for over four consecutive decades. This “discipline,” as Wiseman insists, began in 1968 with his critically revered debut, Titicut Follies. Since then, Wiseman has managed to direct, edit and distribute roughly one documentary per year through his company, Zipporah Films, which he founded in 1970. This feat is even more staggering considering the sheer length of his films—which typically clock in between 120-180 minutes. Here are his top four documentary films.>> - Samuel Fragoso »
Arnold Schwarzenegger treated fans to a very special Q&A session in London last night (November 15).
The true Hollywood heavyweight answered questions from Jonathan Ross at the Lancaster London Hotel for 'An Evening With...', in which he discussed his careers in bodybuilding, movies and politics.
Arnie was on top form as he spoke passionately about Terminator, his unsupportive father, crashing tanks and Nicolas Cage nicking his roles. Digital Spy presents just eight of the evening's highlights.
1. He was quite clumsy in the military
"I was 18 years old and suddenly I was responsible for this 15-tonne tank. I was checking my gauges, and all of a sudden the tank was shaking, and I thought, 'What the hell is going on? This engine isn't running very well'. I totally forgot that the gear was in reverse and the tank was slowly going backwards, through the walls, and pipes were bursting and people were running! »
Above: Six in Paris (Rohmer, Godard, Douchet, Chabrol, Pollet & Rouch, France, 1965).
One of France’s best-loved illustrators, Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005) was a prodigious creator. The Folon Foundation in Belgium (his country of birth) lists among its collection “39 watercolours, 3 ink paintings in coloured and Indian ink, 5 oils on wood and collage, 1 oil on canvas and collage, 100 engravings, 50 colour tests, 20 line drawings, 50 original engraved copperplates, 11 screen prints, 15 original objects, 12 sculptures in wood, 25 sculptures in plaster, 2 sculptures in polystyrene, 70 sculptures in patinated bronze, 154 original posters, 18 reproductions of illustrated envelopes, 18 sheets of stamps, 8 Aubusson tapestries, 2 coloured stained-glass windows, 1 automaton in painted resin, 1 mosaic, 1 fountain in pink marble, 4 photos and 8 sundry objects.”
Folon is well known in the Us for his political posters (for Greenpeace and Amnesty International), his book illustrations (Kafka, Ray Bradbury), magazine covers (many for the New Yorker) and his collaboration with Milton Glaser. His style was disarmingly simple and instantly recognizable »
- Adrian Curry
It's always a good time to revisit our favorite children's movies, whether you're introducing your kids to them for the first time or enjoying a Disney classic yet again. If kids' movies like "Dumbo" and "The Rescuers" aren't already in your library, they're available right now to stream on Netflix, along with a lot of newer movies that will appeal to your kids (and to the kid in you).
(Availability subject to change.)
1. "Anastasia" (1997) G
2. "Antz" (1998) PG
3. "Born Free" (1966) PG
A still-moving classic about the couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, then »
- Sharon Knolle
While some of the Holiday Forecast picks are locks (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, etc.), there are a handful of fringe titles (Unbroken, Horrible Bosses, Annie, The Interview) which could wind up outside the Top 12 when all is said and done.Which upcoming releases could move in to one of those spots? Here's a brief look at box office prospects for the rest of the movies set to open between now and the end of the year.Wide ReleasesDumb and Dumber To (Nov. 14): This is the movie that has the best chance of cracking the Top 12 holiday releases. The first Dumb and Dumber opened 20 years ago and earned $127.2 million; that's the equivalent over $241 million today. If the sequel sells half as many tickets, it will be one of the biggest hits of the season.Still, there are »
- Ray Subers
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to look at someone from the cast of the upcoming movie Foxcatcher. I had three incredibly talented men to choose from, but I ultimately went with Steve Carell, a talented comedic actor finally getting his time to shine dramatically. The man has been snubbed for Oscar attention before, but this very well could be the year that he finally breaks through and gets an Academy Award nomination. That would cement him not only as the A-list comedy star, but as a truly respected dramatic performer as well. As such, he’s a perfect candidate to shine a spotlight on today. Carell first got his start on the small screen, showing up on television programs like The Dana Carvey Show, Over the Top, Watching Ellie, and of course The Daily Show. The latter was where he really made his initial mark, playing a correspondent. »
- Joey Magidson
The following is a list of things you can probably expect to see in any given episode of The Eric Andre Show.
- Eric Andre hurtling himself into the backdrop of his set.
- Eric Andre tackling his drummer.
- Eric Andre throwing himself through any furniture in the area.
- Eric Andre running around the set nude.
- Eric Andre punching a cop, then ripping his chest open to eat scrambled eggs.
- Eric Andre with turkeys for hands in a demonic possessed state.
- Eric Andre salsa dancing with a partner, then throwing her through his desk.
Oh yeah, and that’s just in the first 30-45 seconds of each episode.
It’s difficult to describe what the show is to people, because it’s definitely not as simple as describing as a faux talk show. Here’s the premise as simply as can be put: Eric Andre »
- Dylan Griffin
Wild, Gemma Bovery bookend festival.
The Turin Film Festival (Nov 21-29) is to open with Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild and close with Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovary.
In total, 197 films will presented at the Italian festival with 45 world premieres and 65 first or second features.
The 15-strong competition line-up includes New Zealand Vampire film What We Do in the Shadows by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, and Bryan Reisberg’s Big Significant Things, a road trip through Southern America’s larger tourist attractions.
Other highlights include Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight, Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman and David Michod’s The Rover while Dario Argento will screen a long-awaited restoration of his 1975 film Deep Red.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
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