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We write about the film business cynically as a business, but we’re a bunch of film geeks, really. I thought this when I experienced moments ago the closest thing a guy on his couch will face to a “Sophie’s Choice.” On Spike TV, there was the incomparable Roy Scheider slinging chum off the back of a boat, and a giant great white shark surfacing in Jaws, and Scheider telling Robert Shaw, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” And on AMC, at the same time, there’s Goodfellas, nearing its climax, when Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco) is directed by Jimmy (Robert De Niro) to go in a storefront to pick out dresses. This after she sets up a meeting between Jimmy and her recently pinched husband Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who’s about to go rat on his Lufthansa heist pal. What would have happened had Karen gone »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Not that anyone doubted him, but if you need proof Sir Paul McCartney can still break it down, here it is. McCartney showed off a rare set of dance moves at the Apollo in the Hamptons benefit on Saturday after being coaxed on stage during a performance by Jamie Foxx. The musician, 72, who was hospitalized in May after contracting a virus, attended with wife Nancy Shevell and showed no signs of slowing down. The benefit at Ronald Perelman’s East Hampton estate raised $4 million for the Apollo's artistic, educational and outreach programs and drew a long list of celebrities, including Jack Nicholson, »
- Ana Calderone, @anacalderone
What happens in the Hamptons does not stay in the Hamptons, even if your eyeballs wish it would.
Whatever you were doing last Saturday night cannot top the Apollo in the Hamptons benefit, which featured performances from Gladys Knight, Sting, Bon Jovi, and Pharrell Williams. But those official performances were upstaged by politicians gettin' their freak on.
Gov. Chris Christie did his best/worst alongside actor Jamie Foxx, one of the many celebs in the crowd (including James Brolin, Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston and Robert De Niro). Page Six shared video of Christie's dancing, but Sen. John McCain was the real surprise, busting out a solid robot dance alongside Jamie, who could only try to keep up with the 77-year-old in khakis.
After the show, Jamie talked to Page Six about his unlikely dancing stars. "Its always the ones you don't expect. Republicans love to dance -- in the Hamptons. »
- Gina Carbone
Chris Christie Dances At Fundraiser
While enjoying the concert from the audience, Christie was called up on stage by Foxx, who said, “Christie, I know you got a dance in you,” according to the New York Post. Being a good sport and taking up the challenge, Christie climbed up and busted a few moves for the audience. Joining him onstage – in addition to Paul McCartney and Spike Lee – was Sen. John McCain.
“Its always the ones you don’t expect,” Foxx told Page Six about the people who dance at the benefit. “Republicans love to dance — in the Hamptons.” Incidentally, last year Colin Powell made headlines with his dance at the event.
Christie was invited to the benefit by New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi, »
The Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival will screen the winners of the 2013 edition at a special screening in Hollywood on August 27.
Fernando Frias’ Rezeta (Mexico) earned best feature film and best director prizes and other winners included:
La Boda (Spain) by Marta Seresesky for best short film; Not Anymore, A Story Of Revolution (USA) for best short documentary; Kaled Al Ghwairi of Ismail (Yemen) for best actor in a short film; Steffi Kühnert of Die Frau Die Sich Traut (Germany) for best actress in a short film; and Tom Fährmann for best cinematography for Frau Die Sich Traut (Germany).
The audience favourite was Marcos Cabota’s 24 Horas Con Lucia.
The 2014 festival will take place on the island of Mallorca from November 6-10. The festival launched in 2012 and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find the top 10 TV housekeepers; 73 questions with Daniel Radcliffe; Alison Brie as Muffy the Vampire Slayer; and what it would look like if Michael Bay directed Up. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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- Justin Vactor
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. I’m not sure when it happened, but at some time in the last few years a handful of actors including Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Robert De Niro, 50 Cent, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis all bought a piece of the same New Orleans timeshare. Sure Louisiana has transformed itself into “HollywoodSouth,” but these actors in particular have seemingly made a habit of combing the trades and hopping downtown whenever they catch wind of a feature film production in need of bit players. The Prince is the latest fairly generic action film to rustle up some of »
- Rob Hunter
Robin Williams was "devastated' when his TV show, "The Crazy Ones," was cancelled ... sending him into a deep depression that ultimately led to his suicide. Sources who frequently interacted with Williams during the last month of his life tell TMZ ... Williams viewed the cancellation as a "personal failure." As Williams put it to one person just before the show debuted, "My face is all over town [on billboards] and it's all on my back."We're told the »
- TMZ Staff
John Travolta is as fascinating and complex a member of the Hollywood fraternity as you could wish for. Iconic performer, experienced pilot, vocal Scientologist and mangler of pronunciation of Idina Menzel.
He has managed to appear in not just some of the best known, but also some of the best-full-stop films of the past forty years – Saturday Night Fever, Carrie, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/Off, The Thin Red Line, Hairspray and the upcoming Gummy Bear The Movie – whatever one might think of the consistency of his output (and there have been some horrendous misfires), it is hard to imagine too many actors playing Danny Zuko, Vincent Vega, Castor Troy, Sean Archer, Chili Palmer and Edna Turnblad with equal conviction.
After the temporary resuscitation of Look Who’s Talking turned out to be a false dawn, Tarantino did Travolta a favour of inestimable proportions by casting him in Pulp Fiction, »
- Dave Roper
It was quite a while after watching and loving the film Stardust that I discovered it was an adaptation, based on a book by Neil Gaiman. Quite how this fact passed me by I couldn’t say but when I discovered that the book was written by the same man who had written one of my all-time-favourite episodes of Doctor Who, the book was quickly added to my to-read pile.
In the book, Tristran Thorn tells the girl he loves that he will travel in Faerie to bring back the fallen star. Without knowing his true Faerie heritage, the young explorer sets off on an adventure that introduces him to witches, spells, talking animals and mythical beings. Of course, it also brings with it plenty of peril.
In the film, fun, adventure and romance are key, but in the book there is an entirely different focus: that of magic. Gaiman »
- Amanda Keats
The arrival of The Expendables 3 leads James to the conclusion that, when it comes to being an action hero, age is just a number...
"All I have produced before the age of 70 is not worth taking into account. At 73 I have learned a little... a little about the real structure of nature, of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes and insects. In consequence when I am 80, I shall have made still more progress. At 90 I shall penetrate the mystery of things; at 100 I shall certainly have reached a marvellous stage; and when I am 110, everything I do, be it a dot or a line, will be alive." - Hokusai, the Japanese artist who painted the famous 'Great Wave off Kanagawa' and kept on creating astounding art until his death at the age of 88.
"I'm too old for this shit." - Roger Murtaugh, the Lapd homicide detective played by Danny Glover »
One of the masterminds behind American Horror Story: Coven was director and co-executive producer Alfonso Gómez-Rejón, who garnered two Emmy nominations this year, one for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries (for the season’s first episode, “Bitchcraft”). A former assistant to such legends as Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron, and Robert De Niro, Gómez-Rejón also directed several episodes of Glee (including an all-time fan favorite, “A Very Glee Christmas”). Vulture spoke to him about honing the tone of Ahs: Coven, the big witch fashion moment of 2014, and, of course, Stevie Nicks.The first episode was such a mixture of styles and types of horror, and it was at once genuinely scary and laugh-out-loud funny. What are some of the themes that you were trying to establish?Obviously, we had to establish the worlds — Lalaurie's backstory and her world, and contemporary New Orleans, as well as Zoe's (Taissa Farmiga's »
- Rakesh Satyal
Those were just some of the impressions that Robin Williams performed in the guise of the almighty blue Genie in Aladdin. Perhaps another comedian could’ve supplied similarly outrageous voices, but no one could’ve infused that dynamic, shape-shifting character with so much heart and humor. For many fans of a certain age, Genie was the Robin Williams character that immediately popped into their heads when the sad news broke yesterday that the Oscar-winning actor had died tragically in California »
- Jeff Labrecque
With the passing of Robin Williams (see what we chose as his 10 Best Performances here), perhaps this is a good moment to reflect on actors who died unexpectedly. A documentary on the brief, tragic life of Montgomery Clift has surfaced, and today happens to the birthday of the great John Cazale, an immense talent who died too young, laid low by lung cancer at the age of 42. In 2009, HBO released "I Knew It Was You: Remembering John Cazale," a terrific 40-minute look at his life, career and legacy. Featuring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman and many more, produced by Brett Ratner (yup), and directed by Richard Shepherd ("The Matador," "Dom Hemingway") the doc takes a look at the man whose brief film career included the first two "The Godfather" films, "Dog Day Afternoon" and "The Deer Hunter." And he was fantastic in all of them. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Robin Williams dead. The words don't compute. His mind was never still. His humor was infectious. His kindness, unstinting. Once, when he phoned my home, my then-five-year-old son took the call. I didn't know who it was. I just heard my son laughing uncontrollably. Robin was doing the voices from all my kid's favorite cartoons. That's who he was. Giving. Wanting to please.
Sometimes, when Robin wasn't on, his mood could swing precipitously. As much as you felt his humor, you also sensed a sadness that went deep. You sensed »
Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. The Hollywood star had more than 100 acting credits to his name, and although he'll be largely remembered for his comic roles, looking back through his career it's quickly evident that he was just as talented when it came to drama.
Digital Spy takes a look back at 10 incredible roles, from Good Morning, Vietnam to World's Greatest Dad, below:
1. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
One of Williams's earliest and most memorable roles on the big screen came in Barry Levinson's Vietnam war comedy, in which he played radio DJ Adrian Cronauer. Newly appointed to the Armed Forces Radio Service in Saigon, the anarchic Cronauer alienates his military superiors but endears himself to soldiers and colleagues thanks to his irreverent humour and insistence on reporting censored news.
2. Dead Poets Society (1989)
There's a reason why the Walt Whitman line 'O Captain! My Captain!" has played a »
Robin Williams has died at the age of 63.
The stand-up comedian and actor shot to fame appearing in television series Mork & Mindy between 1978 and 1982, before embarking on a movie career.
As friends, co-stars and fans from across the globe pay tribute to Williams, Digital Spy looks back at his career on the big screen:
1. Robin Williams made his film debut in 1977 comedy Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses?:
5. His performance in 1984's Moscow on the Hudson earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor:
I felt lucky every time I got to chat with Robin Williams, but when I once said, “I’d love to get inside your brain,” he replied, “Leonard, you don’t want to go there.” It’s a sad fact that many people who possess great gifts are also greatly troubled. Some of them hide it from the world, while others can’t. It’s a crushing blow to learn that this wildly talented man took his own life. How sad for his family and friends, not to mention fans and admirers. We’ve been robbed of his presence and his talent. The first time I met him was during a press junket for the 1990 drama Awakenings, in which he starred opposite Robert De Niro. At the time, Entertainment Tonight’s modus...
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- Leonard Maltin
Over the course of four decades, Robin Williams left an immeasurable impact in movies and television and as a standup comic on stages around the world. Since the surprise announcement of his death, the actor and comedian's many friends from every field in which he worked have been paying tribute. Read their remembrances here.
"Robin and I were great friends, suffering from the same little-known disease: depression. I never could have expected this ending to his life, and to ours with him. God bless him and God »
I didn’t see Robin Williams‘ attempt at a new sitcom, CBS’ The Crazy Ones. I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to think that the great Robin was, at only 62, already making the trip back to weekly TV half-hours after such a stellar, Oscar-winning career in films and such a bright, unhinged light on comedy stages for all of his career. It’s just too constricting for this kind of talent. It’s even sadder to think the show got cancelled after one season, a failure that must have been hard to take. No, my most recent memories of Robin Williams are on the big screen, where he seemed to be heading for a place of renewal, not only as the funnyman everyone knew, but really a fine dramatic actor. In this year’s The Face Of Love he played a supporting role as a man heartbreakingly »
- Pete Hammond
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