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As part of YouTube' year-end rewind, viewers are invited to watch the most-viewed videos of the year across a number of different genres. Most of these are pretty straightforward, but one category reveals an interesting trend. The most-viewed news videos of the year stand as evidence that more people are turning to online video to learn about the day's top stories. As in previous years, some of the top news videos of the year are the sort of silly stories that have made an impact on YouTube in the past. Charles Ramsey's candid interview made the top ten, as did a Russell Brand interview with BBC, a viral video of a Japanese rockslide, and a funny moment between Jennifer Lawrence and Jack Nicholson at the Oscars. The rest of the top ten read as a rundown of the year's top news stories. Two videos from the Boston bombings made the list, »
- Sam Gutelle
While there was once the prospect of teaming Robert Downey Jr. up with Jack Nicholson, instead it will be Robert Duvall taking the title role of The Judge, who also happens to be the father of a big-city lawyer (Downey) who returns home after the death of his mother to learn his estranged father is suspected of her murder. Now we have a first look photo from the film arriving next fall featuring Duvall shaking a finger and Downey for some reason. What's most interesting about this film is Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up director David Dobkin is at the helm, and he hasn't made a film that wasn't a straight-up comedy before. Here's the first photo from David Dobkin's The Judge sent to us from Warner Bros. Pictures: The Judge is directed by David Dobkin (The Change-Up, Fred Claus, Wedding Crashers) and writte by Bill Dubuque (of upcoming »
- Ethan Anderton
James Franco tattoos and gold teeth: Los Angeles Film Critics 2013 Awards’ surprise winners (photo: James Franco in ‘Spring Breakers’) The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the mid-’70s, announced earlier today, December 8, 2013, their list of winners and runners-up. As usual, there were a number of surprises, including James Franco, tying in the Best Supporting Actor category, and Shane Carruth’s sci-fi indie drama Upstream Color, selected as the runner-up for Best Editing. (Check out the full list of 2013 Los Angeles Film Critics winners. See also: Boston Society of Film Critics 2013 winners, announced earlier today.) But really, the biggest surprise of the day was the fact that the Los Angeles Film Critics came up with no less than three ties, including Best Picture: Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Spike Jonze’s Her. That’s the Lafca’s first Best Picture tie since its first awards year, »
- Andre Soares
When putting together his critically acclaimed neo-noir thriller After Dark, My Sweet, James Foley instructed his casting director to "go find me a Bruce Dern type" for the crucial role of Uncle Bud, a retired cop whose avuncular manner masks an undercurrent of psychosis. For three months, a succession of hopeful players was brought to Foley's attention but all fell short of the mark, none possessing the necessary blend of twinkling intensity and barely repressed craziness. In the end, exasperated, the casting director made a startling suggestion: "Why don't you just get Bruce Dern?"
Having worked with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Elia Kazan, Bob Rafelson, Roger Corman and Hal Ashby, Dern had earned himself a reputation in the 1960s and 1970s as a purveyor of wild-eyed rebels, »
- Mark Kermode
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As part of our Expanded Archival Collection, La-La Land Records presents the world premiere release of the film version of Danny Elfman’s acclaimed original score to the 1989 Warner Bros. blockbuster Batman, starring Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger and directed by Tim Burton. With a running time of 144 minutes, this 2-cd Set, produced by Dan Goldwasser, Neil S. Bulk and Mv Gerhard, and remastered by James Nelson, features the previously unreleased film version (mix/edit) of Mr. »
- Matt MacNabb
Road trips inevitably come up when conversing with the director Alexander Payne. His most celebrated movie, Sideways, sees an odd couple of middle-aged men journey from one Californian vineyard to the next. Jack Nicholson takes to the road in About Schmidt. Payne’s new film, Nebraska, stars Bruce Dern, who won the best actor prize at Cannes for his turn as Woody, an aging Korean war veteran living out his final years in Billings, Montana. When the film starts, the stubborn soul has set off on foot for Lincoln, Nebraska, 900 miles away, to claim a $1m prize promised to him by a piece of junk mail. Eventually, he is driven there by his son, an electronics shop salesman hoping that the trip will help them bond. »
Without announcing it, or perhaps even entirely intending it, Alexander Payne is becoming king of the road movie. About Schmidt (2002) took cantankerous widower Jack Nicholson across the Us on a mission to sabotage his daughter's impending wedding. Sideways (2004) saw Paul Giamatti's would-be novelist and wine connoisseur trek round the vineyards of California trying to heal his broken heart. The title of that movie, meaning drunk, also indicated the spiritual direction taken in any road movie: not forwards, or backwards, or even inwards, but sideways, a physical displacement, a geographical dislodging, a sortie from the comfort zone to a place where new perspectives may allow new insights – or perhaps not.
- Peter Bradshaw
"You can't handle the truth" bellows Jack Nicholson's unyielding Colonel Jessup at Tom Cruise's military lawyer in the courtroom rip-roarer that fast-tracked writer Aaron Sorkin into The West Wing. When a marine dies at Guantanamo Bay (yes, that one) two ratings are charged with killing him... but there is a suspicion their commanding officer (Nicholson) may be more involved than he's letting on. »
In a role tailor-made for his devilish charms, Jack Nicholson plays the mysterious newcomer whose arrival at a picture-perfect New England town has a bewitching effect on three single women - Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. Deliciously sexy performances, a mischievous script and John Williams' delightful score cast a spell on this potent adaptation of author John Updike's adult fairytale. »
Motorbike chases are awesome. They are the quintessential action piece. They represent speed, power, and individuality. When we see a motorcycle, we see the rider as a cool, lone hero or heroine. We have to think only of certain pop culture icons and their motorcycles to get the picture – we can all remember the image of The Bride and her yellow Kawasaki in Kill Bill, Keira Knightley atop the sleek Ducati in the Chanel advert and Jack Nicholson riding his chopper in Easy Rider. These examples are memorable yet don’t even feature a chase. The motorcycle alone is a symbolic machine we can all admire. So if we add a chase to the equation, we’re given a fast, cool and symbolic piece of cinema – a two wheeled slice of awesome pie.
Chase scenes in films often stand out as they provide audiences with a breath-taking spectacle. The most common type of chase, »
- Jon Lovatt
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
Moss is the cover girl for Playboy magazine as it celebrates its 60th birthday. In an interview in the special January-February 2014 issue, the 39-year-old says she enjoys parties with interesting people, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
- Leon David
Alexander Payne directed and co-wrote only six films, including Election, About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants, but he’s regarded as one of the best American filmmakers working today. He’s directed some of the best performances from Hollywood’s top actors, including Paul Giamatti, Jack Nicholson, and George Clooney in starring roles, and he and his writing partner Jim Taylor have picked up two Oscars for best adapted screenplay. His new film, Nebraska, stars Bruce Dern, who won the best actor award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Nebraska adds another strong resonant chapter to Payne’s remarkable filmography, so we thought we should take a look back at his career. Here is our list of his movies in order of least favourite to favourite. Enjoy!
Directed by Alexander Payne
USA , 2011
In tone, approach, and general structure, »
On Saturday November 30th, Paul Walker met a tragic ending in the passenger seat of a Porsche that his friend was driving. Pictures of the aftermath can only be described as horrific, with the remains of the luxurious automobile appearing as nothing more than a mangled mess that doesn’t even bear resemblance to a vehicle anymore. Paul Walker was pronounced dead at the scene, but he will live on in our memories.
Aside from his strikingly good looks, chiseled tone, and charismatic presence, Paul Walker was a celebrity that seemingly never let fame get to his head. You would be hard pressed to uncover interviews where he was nothing more than a humble actor who enjoyed his life and entertaining people, even more evident due to the fact that he perished on route to a charity event.
- Robert Kojder
Oscar Sunday is three months from today, March 2, 2014 and this year, it’s anyone’s game. The Academy has a history of playing up all the glamour and suspense, and this year should be no different.
In what’s classic TV, take a look at the opening of the 43rd Academy Awards in 1971, featuring an introduction by Academy President Daniel Taradash.
The big A-listers of the day all appeared at the Oscars – Goldie Hawn, Jeanne Moreau, Melvyn Douglas, Ryan O’Neal, Leigh Taylor-Young, George Segal, Jennifer Jones, Lee Grant, Maximilian Schell, Ginger Rogers, Jack Nicholson, Ali McGraw, Robert Evans, Quincy Jones, Sally Kellerman, Jim Brown, »
- Michelle McCue
This article first appeared in OscarWrap: The Race Begins. When Alexander Payne called June Squibb to offer her a role in “Nebraska,” he had a simple pitch for the actress who’d played the wife of the title character in his “About Schmidt” a decade earlier. “I have another icon for you,” Payne told Squibb. “I gave you Jack Nicholson, and now I’m giving you Bruce Dern.” In return, Squibb gave Dern all he could handle and then some. As Kate Grant, a long-suffering, tart-tongued wife fed up with her husband’s alcohol-fueled fantasies and rages, the 83-year-old actress steals scene after. »
- Steve Pond
Kate Moss has gone tastefully topless for Playboy!The model covers the 60th anniversary edition of the iconic magazine, and she looks both sexy and elegant in the January/February double issue. In the accompanying interview with Welsh singer Tom Jones, Moss opens up about her favorite stars, the longevity of her career and her hatred of the paparazzi. Kate's spent time with some of the world's biggest stars, but she reveals which "naughty" celebs she'd love to have dinner with. "Well, I would like to have dinner with naughty people who have a story to tell—like you! [squeals, points at Jones] Jack Nicholson, [photographer] David Bailey, Stevie Nicks, Catherine Deneuve, Joan Collins -- love! She texted me the other day. I could not believe it. 'Hi, it’s Joan Collins.' I was like.… [mimes dying-of-shock, chest-exploding awesomeness, then continues] My husband, because it would be mean if I didn’t invite him. And Hugh Hefner, obviously," she tells Tom. »
- tooFab Staff
Female villains in the movies can usually be placed into two categories; the mentally deranged psychopath and the provocative seductress. This isn’t always the case of course, but it’s a fairly accurate basis to draw on. In honour of the nasty and glamorous sorceress Mizuki in 47 Ronin – the samurai epic out this December starring Keanu Reeves – we’ve reminisced on our favourite on-screen feminine scoundrels in cinema history. Mizuki has a tendency to turn into a dragon and go on rants about corpses and rivers of blood. In this list she joins the conniving, the insane, the alluring and the devilishly sexy. They’re all here, and we just love to hate them.
Mizuki – 47 Ronin (2013 Dir. Carl Rinsch)
Best Line: “Mountains of corpses will not stand in our way”
Morally dubious on the largest possible scale, this shape-shifting witch in upcoming action-fantasy epic 47 Ronin has the ability to »
Who better than Kate Moss to usher in Playboy's next era? The eagerly awaited cover of Playboy's 60th anniversary edition hit the web on Monday featuring the British-born supermodel on the cover sporting the magazine's signature bunny ears, classic bunny suit and white tail. And by the looks of the whopping (and unprecedented) 18-page spread, the 39-year-old Moss looks hotter than ever in honor of Playboy's diamond birthday, which also includes a Q&A conducted with her by legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones. The two talk about life in the spotlight, Moss' ultimate dinner party guest list—among her faves are Jones, Jack Nicholson, Catherine Deneuve, Stevie Nicks and Joan »
What an unadulterated joy it is to see Bruce Dern leading a movie for a change – and a good movie, at that. Alexander Payne's Nebraska may come to be seen as his swansong, but I hope it leads to a final decade of great performances from one of my all-time favourite actors, now 77 years old.
Dern has played a lot of disagreeable cranks in his time, but Woody Grant, the semi-senile retiree who keeps trying to walk from Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska, to pick up a supposed million-dollar prize, is an almost opaque figure. Dern seems to have subtracted half of his own mind and awareness for the part, and this draws the audience toward him to find out, or guess at, the things his old age incites. Finally, »
- John Patterson
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