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The recent furor over Adam Sandler.s The Ridiculous 6, which resulted in a group of Native American quitting his movie, is obviously a sensitive issue. But there.s no need to worry anymore, because Vanilla Ice has joined the debate, and insisted that the film isn.t meant to be taken seriously - before then pulling poor old Kevin Costner into this entire fiasco. TMZ recently stopped Vanilla Ice, who is one of Adam Sandler.s co-stars in the western, and questioned him about the recent issues with the comedy.s production that have already threatened to eclipse the film. Ice was asked if the Native Americans that left production appreciated the "subtlety of humor" in Sandler.s script, to which he responded: I mean, I don.t know . it.s a comedy. I don.t think anybody had any ill feelings or intent or anything. This movie isn »
A prolific commercials director and occasional music video helmer (remember Morrissey's 'Tomorrow'?), 2004's Dawn of the Dead remake launched Zack Snyder onto the blockbuster A-list and since then he's worked on hotly-anticipated geek properties such as Watchmen and Superman.
The film critic community may not be too kind to Snyder, but his films frequently deliver when it comes to box office and that's partly down to how well his work gets sold. All those years making short-form promos served him well, because the trailers for Snyder's films are often mini works of art in and of themselves.
With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the horizon, Digital Spy looks back at Snyder's career in seven memorable trailers.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Fans were non-too-pleased about this remake of George A Romero's zombie classic, but with his directorial debut Snyder delivered a sturdy remake that's perhaps his best overall film to date. »
Turkey Dressing: Crowe’s Well-Intentioned Debut Ultimately Mundane
In the comparable tradition of Mel Gibson and Kevin Costner, actor Russell Crowe makes a big budget, historically relevant directorial debut with The Water Diviner, a World War I Australian drama. As penned by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, both writers accustomed to writing almost exclusively for television, the film’s significance is straightjacketed into a garden variety of manipulative clichés, replete with an unnecessary and oddly provoked romance that ends an otherwise workmanlike tale of woe on a sour note.
Beginning in 1919 Australia, well-digger Joshua Connor (Crowe) lives alone with his wife (Jacqueline McKenzie), using his powers of water divining (basically a concept where a stick or similar apparatus is used to steer a user toward a water source—often called water witching) to continue their idyllic farm. All is not well with the Connor’s, as he comes home to »
- Nicholas Bell
Richard Corliss, for 35 years the witty, incisive and compassionate voice on film and culture at Time magazine, died Thursday after a stroke, the magazine announced Friday.
Time editor Nancy Gibbs messaged her staff with the news, expressing her “great sorrow” at the death of a man who she said “had to write, like the rest of us breathe and eat and sleep.”
“It’s not clear that Richard ever slept, for the sheer expanse of his knowledge and writing defies the normal contours of professional life,” Gibbs added.
Corliss, 71, suffered the stroke a week earlier, according to an obituary on Time’s website. He died in New York City and his magazine declared that it, “along with all lovers of film and great critical writing, will have a hard time recovering.”
The critic reviewed films tirelessly—more than 1,000 of them, while also authoring four books and writing sweeping narratives on »
- James Rainey
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has announced the newest in its series of Storyline Online videos. Academy Award winner Kevin Costner has paired with his “Black or White” co-star Jillian Estell to read aloud Crystal Hubbard’s children’s book “Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream.” “We are incredibly grateful to Kevin and Jillian for volunteering their time to read for Storyline Online,” said SAG Foundation president JoBeth Williams in a statement. “We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect confluence of story and readers.” Storyline Online videos receive more than 4.7 million views monthly by children and classrooms worldwide. Each video includes a supplemental activity guide for children and classrooms watching, geared toward promoting verbal and written skills for those learning English worldwide. To see Costner and Estell read about Toni Stone, the first woman to play America’s favorite pastime in a men’s professional league, »
The release date for the comedy “She’s Funny That Way,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, has been rescheduled from May 1 to August 21. The film’s distributor, Clarius Entertainment, made the announcement Tuesday. Peter Bogdanovich directs “She’s Funny That Way,” a quirky comedy that follows a married Broadway director (Wilson) who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress (Imogen Poots) and works to help her advance her career. Aniston plays her therapist. The new date puts it up against the Kevin Costner drama “Criminal, »
- Todd Cunningham
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
Director: Kristian Levring; Screenwriter: Kristian Levring, Anders Thomas, Jensen; Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Jonathan Pryce; Running time: 92 mins; Certificate: 15
Every now and then a western will come along that threatens to revive the genre, but The Salvation - although stunningly photographed with cutting-edge technology - isn't one of those. In many ways it's resolutely old-fashioned and although putting a Dane (Mads Mikkelsen) at the heart of the story is an unconventional move, it's also an act of defiance, or indifference - a refusal to pander to a modern, mainstream audience. In short, this is a western strictly for people who love westerns.
Revenge is the spark for a traditionally simple plot that uses archetypes and clichés like a sort of cinematic comfort blanket, except that shocking bursts of violence keep it from being too warmly nostalgic. The worst of it comes at the beginning »
The Man Who Saved The World tells the incredible story of a Russian Lieutenant Colonel mixes fact and fiction to create a gripping historical thriller and personal redemption story. September 26th, 1983, Stanislav Petrov saves the world from disaster at the peak of the Cold War when tensions between the Us and Russia are running high. Decades later, he lives alone in a one bedroom flat on the outskirts of Moscow, his life unravelling around him. But then the United Nations invite Stanislav to New York to reward him for his contribution to the world today and as he embarks on a spectacular journey to save himself, meeting Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Kevin Costner on the way, this unlikely real life hero reminds us how close we came to Apocalypse and how precarious the world still is today. The Man Who Saved The World is Danish director Peter Anthony’s first feature length documentary. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Kat Kourbeti chats with Rich Graff about Making of the Mob: NY…
Kat Kourbeti: Congratulations on your new role in ‘Making of the Mob: NY’. What drew you to the part of Lucky Luciano? How did you approach the process of morphing into such a notorious gangster? What was it like on set of this project – any tit bits you can share?
Rich Graff: At the age of 11, I moved to Howard Beach, NY. I didn’t know it at the time, but most of my friend’s fathers were the head of the Gambino crime family. My best friend was Peter Gotti, John Gotti’s youngest son. Others included Angelo Ruggerio’s sons and Jimmie Burke’s son; Jimmie Conway as portrayed in the movie Goodfellas. Without ever having to commit a crime, I know exactly how these people lived, killed, and socialized. As I got older and »
- Gary Collinson
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you’ve watched the season-one finale of “Better Call Saul.”
Season one of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” came to a close last night with Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill seemingly leaving behind any notions of trying to be a decent and honorable member of the legal profession. Variety spoke with “Saul” co-creator Peter Gould, who also wrote and directed the finale, about several key moments from the episode and what’s in store for season two.
The opening-title image for the finale was Saul’s famous World’s Greatest Lawyer coffee cup falling to the ground and smashing. Any special significance to that choice?
We had this idea during production of a different image behind the titles every week. We had quite a few, but this one was actually shot on one of the last days of production. We happened »
- Geoff Berkshire
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Monday's Better Call Saul finale, "Marco."] Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) is in the fast lane to the criminal under world. The struggling attorney closed out season one of AMC's Better Call Saul with a promise to himself — that he'd never let trying to do the right thing stand in his way again. The personal revelation came after he returned to his hometown of Cicero, Illinois and reconnected with his Slippin' Jimmy days (and treated Breaking Bad fans to the time he convinced a woman he was Kevin Costner). Read More 'Better Call Saul': Bob Odenkirk
- Aaron Couch
Nobody does romance like Nicholas Sparks! Now, the latest adaptation of Sparks’ work is getting the big screen treatment and heading into theatres this Friday.
The Longest Ride tells two parallel tales of love and loss that explore the nature of what it means to sacrifice it all for the one you love. Sophia (Tomorrowland’s Britt Robertson), and Luke (Scott Eastwood) are unlikely lovers whose lives become intertwined with a much older man, Ira (Alan Alda). As he reflects on his long lost love, we see his story of the past unfold through Jack Huston and Oona Chaplin whose romance offers wisdom and insight to the younger couple.
The Longest Ride marks the 10th film adaptation of a Sparks novel. While The Notebook might be the most popular of his page-to-screen adaptations, it was 1999’s Message in a Bottle with Kevin Costner and Robin Wright that began the wave »
- Rachel West
Origin stories usually move pretty fast. A radioactive spider bite, and voila, you’re Spider-Man.
By contrast, “Better Call Saul” – which capped off its first season on Monday night – took the slow boat in establishing this “Breaking Bad” prequel/spinoff, gradually charting the descent of Jimmy McGill, played by Bob Odenkirk, to the money-grubbing drug lawyer he played for comic relief, Saul Goodman, on that earlier series.
The goodwill invested in “Breaking Bad” fostered patience, which was largely required to reach Monday’s finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), which pointedly marked the moment when Jimmy shed any higher aspirations and decided to embrace an anything-for-a-buck mentality presumably leading into the grimy world he will eventually occupy.
That decision followed two vital events: The betrayal by his brother Chuck (Michael McKean), who was exposed as having no respect for Jimmy as a lawyer; and his return to his con-man ways, »
- Brian Lowry
A review of the "Better Call Saul" season finale coming up just as soon as I know what a Chicago sunroof is... "I know what stopped me. And you know what? It's never stopping me again." -Jimmy There's a moment early in "Marco" where Jimmy and Kim walk past the dented trash can in the Hhm parking garage — a reminder of so many of Jimmy's early frustrations with his brother's law firm — and he assures her that he's at peace with what he learned about Chuck. It seems, just then, that the "Better Call Saul" creative team — most of them (like co-creator Peter Gould, who wrote and directed the finale) veterans of "Breaking Bad," a show largely defined by the patient way it moved through its arcs — will be playing a particularly long game in getting us from Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman. Chuck's betrayal was a brutal blow, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.
It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.
To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.
One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »
- Movie Geeks
Time flies. Believe it or not, we’re now three full months into the 2015 movie calendar, which means we’re literally a quarter of the way through the film slate. That got me thinking about what the best of the bunch so far this year has been. Since now is the time when the film slate begins to transition into summer flicks (cough, Furious 7, cough) and counter programming independent fare, I thought it was the perfect time to praise the best of 2015 so far. Basically, anything that hit screens between January 1st and March 31st will be up for grabs here for my personal honors. I do have one release from this weekend that I’ve included, but only because of how eager I am to talk about it. Other than that, there’s no cheating…I swear! Below you’ll find my top ten of the year so far, »
- Joey Magidson
Play ball! With Baseball season coming next week, I wanted to do something a little bit fun and look at not just the best sports movies, but the best baseball movies ever made. There’s more than a few to choose from, with a solid handful starring Kevin Costner, I might add. I’m even going to make some potentially controversial choices, as you’ll see below. It’s all in good fun though, and as I get set to spend another year getting my heart broken by the New York Mets, I wanted to put this out there for you all. Enjoy and get ready for baseball… Here are the ten best baseball movies of all time: 10. Rookie of the Year – Perhaps a lot of this is nostalgia fueling the pick, but I have a real soft spot for the story of a kid who winds up pitching for the Chicago Cubs. »
- Joey Magidson
Taken created a genre of action films starring older male protagonists. Why are they all men? Because in movies, women still aren’t allowed to take vengeance on behalf of others – they have to be victimised first
At this point, the thing that Pierre Morel, Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen created with Taken, and what Liam Neeson gave his shovel-shaped Gaelic face to, has become its own genre. Call it whatever you’d like – dadsploitation, old-man vengeance and on-screen midlife crisis come to mind – but with Neeson having expanded beyond the Taken films into similarly pitched affairs like Non-Stop and Run All Night, and other ageing male movie stars like Kevin Costner (3 Days to Kill) and Sean Penn (The Gunman) trying to out-Neeson the man himself, this is more than just a franchise of films. It’s a trend, and as long as these movies keep costing next to nothing and keep making money, »
- Kevin Lincoln
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