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We finally have the official synopsis for Spike Lee‘s upcoming Red Hook Summer and I’m sure you’re going to love it. Ok, this is not exactly some block-buster with well-known faces on a big screen but it definitely deserves our attention. Check out the rest of this report to find out what I’m talking about. [...]
*a screener of this film was provided by Left Films.
Director/writer: James Ryan Gary.
Devil's Crossing is the first film from the very young director James Ryan Gary. Seriously, this guy looks twenty in his interviews. The film is a blend of the western and horror genres as zombies promise to take over the world. Devil's Crossing is similar to other films like the recent Cowboys and Zombies, Olivier Beguin's short film "Dead Bones" and Spencer Estabrooks' "Dead Walkers." All of these are great films including Gary's latest entry. This title will release in the United Kingdom January 30th and it is already available in North America; this reviewer would recommend the film to indie horror fans across the board.
The film begins with the character Shadrach played by Michael Sharpe. He is digging his »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
"Refn's pulp fantasia — with the iconic Ryan Gosling sporting a cheesy scorpion jacket, a toothpick and a lack of dialogue unrivaled since Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns — reminded me just how much I love movies," writes Sean Burns. "Refn's boldly artificial flourishes, graphic violence and swoony romanticism conjured an alternate universe I adored basking in, over and over. Throw in Albert Brooks as the villain, and I don't want to admit how many times I went back to see it again."
Also in the Philadelphia Weekly, Matt Prigge, whose #2 is Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret, on his #1, House of Tolerance: "Like Margaret, Bertrand Bonello's dreamy look at a tony, turn-of-the-century Parisian brothel was initially hated, with some at Cannes calling it the fest's worst. It fared better at Toronto, »
Chicago – Two actors who made a mark in film during the 1980s did it at different points in their lives. Anthony Michael Hall was a teen idol, channeling director John Hughes in “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles.” Lou Gossett Jr. won a mid-career Oscar for his role in 1982’s “An Officer and a Gentleman.”
Both men made an appearance at the 2011 Chicago Wizard World Comic Con, interacting with admirers and signing autographs. HollywoodChicago.com got the opportunity to interview each of them about their lives and careers then and now.
Anthony Michael Hall at Chicago Wizard World Comic Con, August 2011
Photo Credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Photo for HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago: In last year’s Vanity Fair Article, it was said that once John Hughes moved on, you pretty much never heard from him again. What is your perspective on him now, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Last year’s graphic novel and Tpb Top 10, was filled with some modern classics including Parker: The Outfit, Northlanders, Scott Pilgrim, and Beasts of Burden, so 2011’s offerings have a lot to live up to. As with last year’s this chart will only contain books released in 2011 that I have personally read.
1: Daytripper | Vertigo | Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá
Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá can do no wrong, and Daytripper is their best and most personal work to date. The Brazilian twins tell the story, or rather stories, of writer Brás de Oliva Domingos; each chapter is a day in the life of Brás, with each day ending in the same way. Daytripper is one of the most poignant comics I have ever read, chapter 8 especially, which is odd as Brás is absent for that story. I look forward to seeing how Moon & Bá follow this. I should also »
- Baron Fornightly
Enough about 2011; let's look ahead to 2012. This past year was good about offering a diverse set of films that catered to many tastes, especially crowds that wanted something out of the range of standard multiplex fare. But 2012 looks like a much stronger year. We can almost always look ahead to a new year and say that there is a great batch of new films from established favorite filmmakers, movies with wonderful casts, giant event movies and promising indies. But 2012 looks like it has more of those than usual. It's going to be a good year for movie watchers. After some deliberation (which no doubt has still allowed me to overlook something for which I'll facepalm later) here is a list of ten films that I'm very excited to see in 2012, followed by a full page of discussion about a whole bunch of other movies that didn't make my personal cut »
- Russ Fischer
The Shakespeare In Love star received a personal phone call from the screen legend to ask her to star in the biopic, which he directed.
Dench was so stunned she thought the call was a prank, and admits she was left starstruck again when she finally came face-to-face with the Hollywood legend.
She tells Total Film magazine, "He rang me up at home. I thought it was my friend Brendan O'Hea. He said, 'Judi. It's Clint Eastwood.' I said, 'Oh... Come on, Brendan!'
"I went out to set and I'd still not met him. I got ready and sat down. Suddenly I felt a hand on my shoulder. My heart dropped out. There he was. He took my breath away and I was very shy. He's enormously tall, very slim and has fantastic blue eyes." »
Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed out 5,783 nomination ballots for the 84th Academy Awards to its voting members. Those ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. Pt on January 13 with nominations to be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. Pst. In short... there is still a ton of time between now and then for the race to change. Even though ballots must be turned in before the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out, the winners from the SAG Awards especially will help in trying to determine some categories in the race. The Critics Choice Awards on January 12th may also give us a little bit of a clue as to which way the tide is turning in other races, though it's always hard to shake out just how much critical opinion matters in these races. A lot? »
- Brad Brevet
Trevor Hogg chats to the Academy Award-nominated visual effects supervisor Michael Owens...
“I grew up in the Bay Area,” states Michael Owens. “There was no moviemaking there. I fell into filmmaking when I was in high school.” Not wanting to move to Los Angeles, the teenager floundered. “When Ilm [Industrial Light & Magic] came to Marine County, it was like, ‘There’s an opportunity for fun.’ I never thought I was making myself a career out of visual effects.” He thrived. “At that time, they were the forefront and you learned a lot visually. We’re working on multiple projects. It was quite a talent pool.” One of the movies Owens helped out with was the third installment of the original Star Wars trilogy. “Jedi  was really fun to work on. I did a lot of spaceships. I also did the speeder bikes chase.” The latter sequence required some ingenuity. “Dennis Muren let me »
Sales of Triumph motorcycles are rising but the manufacturer needs to do more to conquer China and grow exports
British manufacturing's struggles with the cool factor seem immaterial when Steve McQueen is pictured astride a Triumph motorcycle. But such is the government's concern about the generational appeal of industry that it has launched a campaign to get schoolchildren inside factories.
Perhaps it should herd them into showrooms instead, like the one in Vauxhall where an image of the actor trying to jump a Swiss border fence in the Great Escape is paired with photographs of timeless translatlantic hipsters such as Elvis and Clint Eastwood – all gunning the engines of a Triumph.
Turnover at Britain's largest motorcycle maker rose 11% to £345.3m last year as bikes sold climbed 7% to 48,684. Triumph is launching a T100 next year in the style of the McQueen bike and its UK quota of 120 has sold out. But »
- Dan Milmo
We got our first full look at Clint Eastwood’s return behind the camera with J. Edgar when the incredibly powerful first trailer debuted back in September, and if anyone wasn’t sure this film was going to be an Oscar contender by then, it settled the question.
With Eastwood behind the camera and Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead, the film was destined to be impressive, and judging from everything we’ve seen so far, it’s really going to be.
“Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the film explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. As the face of law enforcement in Americafor almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.”
We’ve now got a »
- Kenji Lloyd
Of the 265 films eligible  for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three. Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In, »
- Germain Lussier
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®.
The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:
“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer
“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer
“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer
“Cedar Rapids, »
- Michelle McCue
I was actually beginning to believe Cliff Martinez's score for Drive may actually have a shot with all the love it has received in the precursor awards, but last night the Academy announced the list of 97 scores eligible for Best Original Score at the 2012 Oscars and, oops, what do you know, both Drive and Attack the Block didn't make the cut. The only other score I had on my current list of predictions for the category to not make the cut was Howard Shore's music for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Why? Well, I would assume somewhere inside there the rules for requirement weren't met. As per the Academy, "To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of »
- Brad Brevet
Fans of Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar will want to go ahead and skip to the jump, as will admirers of the work of three-time Oscar-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio, Oscar-winning writer Dustin Lance Black and Armie Hammer. Oh, and history buffs of the Hoover-era of American government will likely want to hit the jump to, as there you’ll find almost eight minutes worth of behind-the-scenes footage, a Q&A with the above-mentioned gentlemen and further insight into the man that was J. Edgar Hoover. With a little more than a month to go until the 84th annual Oscar nominations are announced, it’s a safe bet that J. Edgar’s cast and crew will be in the running for some hardware on February 26th at the Kodak Theatre. Hit the jump to check out the video. THR posted exclusive video of the Q&A on “The Race” blog. While it features Eastwood, »
- Dave Trumbore
I’m very pleased to exclusively debut for visitors to “The Race” a special featurette about the awards hopeful J. Edgar — the Clint Eastwood film that was based on an original screenplay by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and stars four-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) — that Warner Brothers will soon be disseminating across the Web.
Last week, DiCaprio’s performance as longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover earned him best actor nods from the Bfca, SAG, and HFPA — a combination that all but guarantees an Oscar nod — while Hammer’s turn as Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s chief deputy and rumored lover, earned him a best supporting actor nod from SAG, which is the single best predictor of acting Oscar nods.
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- Scott Feinberg
 When Clint Eastwood agreed to appear on an upcoming reality show  for E!, it served as a dramatic reminder that the format isn't just for spoiled heiresses or boozed-up guidos anymore. In fact, MTV's now looking to feature people like you -- yes, you! -- on a new "experimental documentary series" about geek culture titled Fandom Rising, "from the masterminds behind The Jersey Shore." Uh oh. I'm not necessarily opposed to the idea of a reality show about geeks in general, but I am wary of this particular project. The Jersey Shore nod doesn't exactly suggest a sensitive or respectful treatment of its subjects, and it's all too easy to envision this series making geeks the butt of the same tired jokes about how awkward and lonely and pathetic geeks are. If you're more optimistic than I am, though -- or if you're Ok with the risk of being made »
- Angie Han
I'm very pleased to exclusively debut for visitors to "The Race" a special featurette about the awards hopeful J. Edgar -- the Clint Eastwood film that was based on an original screenplay by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and stars four-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) -- that Warner Brothers will soon be disseminating across the Web. Last week, DiCaprio's performance as longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover earned him best actor nods from the Bfca, SAG, and HFPA -- a combination that all but guarantees an Oscar nod -- while Hammer's turn as Clyde Tolson, Hoover's
- Scott Feinberg
Actor and dialect coach Robert Easton, known as the "Henry Higgins of Hollywood," died of "natural causes" on Friday, Dec. 16, in the Los Angeles suburb of Toluca Lake. Easton was 81. Even if he never coached My Fair Lady/Pygmalion's Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, or Wendy Hiller, according to the Los Angeles Times obituary Easton's dialect students included Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, John Travolta, Patrick Swayze, Ben Kingsley, Charlton Heston, Arnold Schwarzenegger (who learned to talk with a Russian accent, as per the Times), and Forest Whitaker, who learned to talk like Idi Amin Dada for his Oscar-winning role in The Last King of Scotland. When not coaching, Easton taught at UCLA and USC. Additionally, he had small supporting roles in movies such as Joshua Logan's Paint Your Wagon (1969), starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, and Jean Seberg; Mike Nichols' Working Girl (1988), with Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, and Harrison Ford »
- Andre Soares
When actors decide to direct, it’s often a dicey proposition. Some are naturals (Clint Eastwood) but others turn out films that are unwatchable, self-indulgent hokum (anyone else sit through Nicholas Cage’s “Sonny” in 2002?). So how does Angelina Jolie do with “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which marks her feature directing-screenwriting debut and landed her on the cover of Newsweek? It’s a respectable first effort, longer on earnestness than art, though much of that is due to her choice of topic material. “Blood and Honey” is a drama set in »
- Leah Rozen
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