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Tim here. The mission statement of this column is “something to do with animation” (I suck at writing mission statements), which would seemingly preclude me from taking part in Celebrating Sandra Week here at the Film Experience.
But wait! As it turns out, there was exactly one time that Sandra Bullock voiced an animated character, in 1998’s The Prince of Egypt (as opposed to Gravity, where she was the only thing onscreen that wasn’t animated).
An adaptation of the Biblical story of Exodus, this was only the second film ever released by DreamWorks Animation (after 16 years, it remains one of their best). It was also the second DreamWorks film to favor a voice cast chosen for marquee value over skills in voice acting, building on a tradition that the studio would proudly continue for the rest of its existence. And in this case, it continues the longstanding Hollywood habit »
- Tim Brayton
The Ultimate Slumber Party
There are certain films that capture the zeitgeist of an era, and The Big Chill is definitely one of them. If a movie like, say, Annie Hall, hits the nail on the head of urban relationships in the late 70s, then Chill embraces the Baby Boomers’ angst of adulthood in the early 80s—a time when the partying and discoing Carter years were undoubtedly over and we, in the USA, were solidly entrenched in Reagan’s world of hippies-turned-yuppies. The Big Chill is a love letter to the Baby Boomers, as it explores themes of regret over wasted opportunities, friendship and camaraderie, nostalgia, and the eternal question of what-happens-next.
Director and co-writer Kasdan, in a recent video interview (included as an extra on the disk), states that one of his influences for the picture was Jean Renoir’s 1939 classic, The Rules of the Game, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Forgotten Men: 1934 English antiwar propaganda film is a fascinating and, in retrospect, bittersweet document of the brief era between Wwi and WWII [my review] [iTunes UK] 20 Feet from Stardom: must-see documentary for any fan of modern pop music introduces us to the extraordinary women you didn’t know were behind some of the songs you know by heart [my review] [iTunes UK] After the Dark: a thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas — pity it derails itself [my review] [iTunes UK]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Starred Up: could be the most realistic depiction of the horribleness and the ineffectiveness of institutional incarceration — on levels that impact both the individual and society on the whole — that I’ve ever seen [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video] 112 Weddings: startling and welcome breath of reality for an institution overladen by fantasy »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Though there are some spoilers sprinkled throughout this piece for some of the films, they are largely vague for readers who have not seen the films in question.
In his book Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, journalist Rick Pearlstein posits that Nixon, one of history’s most reviled presidents, manipulated social trends, tense racial crises and even war to assume the office, and, perhaps inadvertently, created the way the Right and Left deal with each other in the present day. The scars of the seventies indeed still hang like a dark cloud over Washington, its internal systems ravaged by covert bugging operations and illegal payoffs. With Edward Snowden’s Nsa revelations and Wikileaks at the forefront today, America has once again regressed into paranoia, though nothing in contemporary cinema compares to the violent, bleak reactions filmmakers had to the Watergate scandal. The occasional modern conspiracy thriller, »
- Kenny Hedges
Source: Getty / Samir Hussein Kate Middleton and Prince William are reportedly ready to have baby No. 2. A source close to the family says they want to give Prince George a sibling soon, but they "don't say when." Kim Kardashian misses being skinny. She shared a throwback photo on Instagram from a 2010 red carpet, writing, "Throwback to a few years ago. #SkinnyDays. #OnTheTreadmillRightNOW." Rose McGowan blasted Instagram users after they said she resembles Michael Jackson. She wrote, "Has anyone stopped to think that Michael Jackson used to be black, and tried to turn himself into a white, possibly Irish person with a cleft chin and a tiny nose? I was born Irish. So f*ck off losers." Jeff Goldblum is engaged to gymnast Emilie Livingston. This will be the third marriage for the 61-year-old actor and the first for his 31-year-old fiancée. See her ring: State residents are poised to vote »
- Alyse Whitney
So romantic! Just days after getting engaged, Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston bathed in romantic bliss together in Hawaii. The newly engaged pair were spotted showing a little Pda while in Maui on vacation on Tuesday, July 15. Goldblum, 61, proposed to Livingston, 31, on Tuesday, July 8. The Mortdecai star took his future wife's hand as they splashed in the Pacific Ocean and celebrated their love. Looking tan and fit, Goldblum opted for a pair of black drawstring swimtrunks. Livingston, who is an aspiring actress, showed off her [...] »
These two can't be tamed! Jeff Goldblum and fiancée Emilie Livingston, fresh from revealing that her actor beau of three years had popped the question, continued their celebration-à-deux today in Maui. Livingston, 31, shared a pic two days ago of the ring the quirky 61-year-old actor gave her—but she forgot to show that hand when she posted a pic of them at dinner at the Four Seasons! (Unless, of course, that was a pre-proposal pic.) And the happy couple couldn't keep their hands off of each other on the beach Tuesday, strolling on the beach and making out in the ocean. In fact, the Pda-packed scene in the water would look like a repeat of their previous Pda-packed scene, »
See Scarlett Johansson in her latest Dolce & Gabbana campaign - Us Weekly Which first-year cast member was fired from SNL? - HuffPost Celebrity Will Mark Wahlberg be at Jenny McCarthy's wedding? - Lainey Gossip Jeff Goldblum proposes to his much younger girlfriend - Dlisted Amy Adams is the new face of Max Mara - JustJared Maria Menounos isn't shy about flaunting her figure - Hollywood Tuna Watch Paris Hilton's new music video for "Come Alive" - Pink Is the New Blog Should Gwyneth Paltrow be afraid of Blake Lively? - The Superficial Source: Getty / Karwai Tang »
- Brittney Stephens
Jeff Goldblum's new fiancée, Emilie Livingston, couldn't contain her excitement when the actor proposed to her last week. Sharing a photograph of herself and Goldblum embracing, the actress and aerialist wrote on Twitter on Saturday, "Jul 8 he proposed @ our fave #okstore. I was taken over by tears of joy n ecstasy! We picked the ring 2gether #inlove" The actor, 61, then flew his wife-to-be to Maui for a romantic vacation, where she showed off her new ring while watching the sun rise over Haleakala, a dormant volcano that's 10,000-feet-high. "So in love!!!" Livingston, 31, captioned a photo taken at Mama's Fish House restaurant, »
- K.C. Blumm
Jeff Goldblum's new fiancée, Emilie Livingston, couldn't contain her excitement when the actor proposed to her last week. Sharing a photograph of herself and Goldblum embracing, the actress and aerialist wrote on Twitter on Saturday, "Jul 8 he proposed @ out fave #okstore. I was taken over by tears of joy n ecstasy! We picked the ring 2gether #inlove" The actor, 61, then flew his wife-to-be to Maui for a romantic vacation, where she posted showed off her new ring while watching the sun rise over Haleakala, a dormant volcano that's 10,000-feet-high. "So in love!!!" Livingston, 31, captioned a photo taken at Mama's Fish House restaurant, »
- K.C. Blumm
Jeff Goldblum is getting married for the third time.
Jeff Goldblum put a ring on it!
Video: Jeff Goldblum Talks 'Grand Budapest Hotel'
Livingston, a former gymnast, has taken to social media to post romantic pictures of the two celebrating their engagement in Hawaii, and even showed off her engagement ring.
"So in love!!!" she wrote on July 12.
The couple has reportedly been dating for two years.
Related: Goldblum is Back for 'Independence Day' Sequel
Looks like Jeff Goldblum is off the market! According to his 31-year-old girlfriend Emilie Livingston's Twitter page, the "Jurassic Park" star proposed last week in Hawaii.The actor -- who was spotted with Emilie in the tropical paradise last week (above) -- apparently made the trip extra special by popping the question, and Livingston couldn't help but tweet her excitement about the big day. "Jul 8 he proposed @ our fave #okstore. I was taken over by tears of joy n ecstasy! We picked the ring 2gether #inlove," Emilie posted on Saturday. "Celebrating our engagement! #haleakala #sunrise #jeffgoldblum #emilielivingston #soulmates #initforlife #love," she also shared with a picture of her sparkler. We've reached out to Jeff's rep for an additional comment, but haven't heard back.Hopefully, the third time is the charm for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" star -- the actor was previously married to Geena Davis from 1987-1990 and Patricia Gaul »
- tooFab Staff
Jeff Goldblum will be heading down the aisle again! The 61-year-old actor is engaged to his girlfriend Emilie Livingston, 31. Goldblum proposed last week while the couple was on a romantic vacation to Hawaii. Livingston, an actress and gymnast, has been documenting their getaway and Goldblum's proposal on her Instagram page. On Saturday she wrote, "Jul 8 he proposed @ our fave #okstore. I was taken over by tears of joy n ecstasy! We picked the ring 2gether #inlove," along with an adorable photo of her and her man sharing a giant hug after he got down on one knee. Livingston debuted her engagement ring the same day, writing, "Celebrating our engagement! #haleakala #sunrise #jeffgoldblum »
Age ain't nothing but a number for Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston! The actor, 61, put aside the 30-year age difference between himself and his love, 31, and proposed to the brunette beauty on Tuesday, July 8. Livingston, who is an actress, aerialist, and contortionist, took to Twitter and Instagram this week to share photos and details from the couple's special day. "Jul 8 he proposed @ our fave #okstore," she tweeted with a photo of herself and the Mortdecai actor embracing. "I was taken over by tears of [...] »
Selena Gomez responds to an Instagram bully's "absurd" comment - Us Weekly Lindsay Lohan says she "never wanted" to be a celebrity - HuffPost Celebrity Daniel Radcliffe promotes his very first romantic comedy - Lainey Gossip Why is Bethenny Frankel wearing her daughter's clothes? - Dlisted Tracy Morgan speaks out for the first time postaccident - Et Shirtless Jeff Goldblum still looks good at 61 - JustJared Kimora Lee Simmons slips into a bikini - Hollywood Tuna Sarah Michelle Gellar is selling lemonade now - Pink Is the New Blog Katherine Heigl is addressing more rumors about her career - The Superficial LeBron James recorded the World Cup streaker on TV - The Blemish Source: Getty / Gary Gershoff »
- Brittney Stephens
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
Are you getting restless about all these halfway posts? We're almost done. The Power of List compels me. There's one more halfway post to go that's basically 'The Oscar Charts are Updated!' as the coding problem I mentioned is fixed and the updates are happening behind the scenes as you read this. We must get all this halfway business behind us by Saturday morning so that we can ape out all weekend with Andy Serkis & Co and start this second half of the year off right.
The Greatest Performances Of 2014's First Half
Best Leading Actress: Keira Knightley does her most relaxed and fluid work ever in Begin Again as a musician at a crossroads, never letting any one aspect of the character's situation pigeonhole her emotional responses; Agata Kulesza is an abrasive and evasive presence in her first scenes in Ida as a cynical woman who is »
- NATHANIEL R
If you haven't seen this yet, you've got to check it out! It's been on my list of things to watch the last couple of days. I finally got around to watching it, and I wish I would have done it sooner! The video features Rob Cantor impressively singing an original song in 29 different voices. He hits each one of them perfectly, including the female voices such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. It's amazing to hear what this guy can pull off.
Update: This video is actually done by several other voice impersonators that Cantor lip-syncs too. Here's the full list of impersonators. I've also included a making-of video that you can watch.
Gilbert Gauthier: Frank Sinatra
Amanda Gari: Cher, Flipper
Reagan James: Gwen Stefani
Bora Karaca: Whistle
- Joey Paur
Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has taken movie audiences on extravagant adventures of a lifetime during his lengthy course behind the camera when impacting the film industry with his captivating on-screen imagination. Spielberg has shown an amazing range of vision and scope when tackling various movie genres that tap in the collective consciousness of moviegoers. Science fiction, social issue dramas, action and adventure, period pieces, family-oriented fantasies, comedies, war movies–you name it and Spielberg has done it on the big screen in his illustrious film career in directing, producing, writing and promoting.
Although Spielberg has done his share of adult-oriented films that cater to the sophisticated masses he is primarily known for his whimsical kid-friendly fare or at least releases that feature children in some of his escapist gems that may not necessarily be considered kiddie-coated. In Kid’s Play: Top 10 Steven Spielberg-Directed Child-Centric Films we will take a »
- Frank Ochieng
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Bad Words (Jason Bateman-directed scabrous comedy; Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Allison Janney; rated R) Jodorowsky's Dune (documentary; Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux; rated PG-13) Le Week-End (romance; Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum; rated R) The Raid 2 (highly stylized action sequel; Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle; rated R) Watermark (documentary about how water shapes humanity; rated PG...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
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