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The Joker, Nurse Ratched and Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear – Peter Bradshaw’s 10 favourite movie villains

13 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Who are the forces of satanic nature that chill the blood of our film critic?

• Whatever happened to Hollywood’s really evil villains?

It is usual to distinguish between “lovable” and “non-lovable” movie villains, largely depending on whether or not they are played by a thespian Brit. Heath Ledger’s sensationally disturbing Joker from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, though, straddles both traditions: a pantomime baddie who delivers a genuine frisson of evil. This Joker feels far more authentically psychopathic than previous portrayals by Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero. His white face makeup is always on the point of being sweated off; his manic grin is there because of rouge, but also because the corners of his mouth have been slashed. Unlike the elegant, theatrically controlled Jokers of the past, Ledger’s Joker is driven, almost out of control, and conveys the sense that he is physically very strong, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Jared Leto Talks About Heath Ledger's Legacy as the Joker: 'It's One of the Best Performances Ever in Cinema'

13 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jared Leto knows he has some big shoes to fill when it comes to playing The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad film. The last actor to portray the comic book villian was Heath Ledger, whose iconic performance in The Dark Knight won him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Leto says he was blown away by Ledger's take on the character. "Heath did an impeccable, perfect performance as the Joker," the 44-year-old actor said. "It's one of the best performances ever in cinema. I had met Heath before. I didn't know him well, »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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Jared Leto Talks About Heath Ledger's Legacy as the Joker: 'It's One of the Best Performances Ever in Cinema'

13 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jared Leto knows he has some big shoes to fill when it comes to playing The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad film. The last actor to portray the comic book villian was Heath Ledger, whose iconic performance in The Dark Knight won him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Leto says he was blown away by Ledger's take on the character. "Heath did an impeccable, perfect performance as the Joker," the 44-year-old actor said. "It's one of the best performances ever in cinema. I had met Heath before. I didn't know him well, »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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Jared Leto: The Unlikely Triumphs of a Rock-Star Movie Star

27 July 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jared Leto is wearing a preposterous straw hat this morning, a gigantic, not-quite-a-sombrero thing he bought for seven bucks at a corner store. And why not? He's made it this far by committing fully, sometimes crazily, to everything in his life: Method acting, music-making, video directing, tech investing, not to mention the arts of being enigmatic, brainy and really, really good-looking. "I don't dabble," he says. "I dive in, 1,000 percent." So if he needs sun protection for a hike, of course he goes big. In any case, Leto recently turned 44 — "old, »

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Oscar Chart Updates: The Acting Races !

22 July 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The July Oscar prediction chart updates are complete! You're welcome. Each chart has been updated (but for foreign film but we start building the submission tables now). With the acting charts newly updated you'll see new predictions we're trying on for size (Jessica Sloane for Miss Sloane and Naomie Harris for Moonlight) and significant chart gains for the casts of three pictures (which affects the supporting actor chart most) Love and Friendship, Loving and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

Will they be contenders? Who knows.

Here are some questions Tfe is asking its Oscar Crystal Ball. Care to answer them in the comments? 

• Which sci-fi picture is more likely to be garner acting praise: Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence or Arrival with Amy Adams? Or neither since sci-fi pictures are rarely regarded, right or wrong, as "actor's pictures"?

• Do you think Love & Friendship can muster up an acting campaign to capitalize »

- NATHANIEL R

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Remembering Héctor Babenco by Anne-Katrin Titze

22 July 2016 5:18 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Reaching for the Moon director Bruno Barreto: "Héctor’s greatest film 'Pixote'. Poetry and violence fill the screen in a ruthless way." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Héctor Babenco died on July 13, 2016. His adaptation of Manuel Puig's Kiss Of The Spider Woman, screenplay Leonard Schrader, starring Raúl Juliá, William Hurt and Sônia Braga, received four Oscar nominations - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay with Hurt winning Best Actor.

Tom Waits was in two of Babenco's films, William Kennedy's Ironweed, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep (both Oscar nominated) and the adaptation of Peter Matthiessen's At Play In The Fields Of The Lord, screenplay by Babenco, Jean-Claude Carrière and Vincent Patrick, starring Tom Berenger, John Lithgow, Daryl Hannah, Aidan Quinn and Kathy Bates.

"One of the greatest scenes in the history of cinema - Fernando Ramos da Silva (Pixote) is nursed by Marília Pêra (the »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Director Hector Babenco Will Be Best Remembered For Just Two Movies, But He Was a Poet of the Downtrodden

18 July 2016 7:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The late Roger Ebert called the cinema “a machine that generates empathy,” and that’s as good a definition of the power of movies as you’re likely to hear. The director Hector Babenco, who died last week at 70, made a dozen films in his lifetime, and it’s fair to say that he’ll be best remembered for just two of them: “Pixote” (1981), his ripped-from-the-gutter drama of Brazilian street kids stealing and whoring and murdering to survive, and “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1985), a tale of two accused criminals — one a macho political prisoner, the other a drag queen who doesn’t think about politics but, in a different way, is even more of a political prisoner — who fight and talk and bond after being thrown together into the same jail cell. The first film was a scalding cry of agony and ecstasy from what used to be called »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Héctor Babenco, Director of Oscar-Winning ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman,’ Dies at 70

18 July 2016 1:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Argentine-born Brazilian director Héctor Babenco died on Wednesday at São Paulo’s Sirio-Libanes Hospital in Brazil after suffering a heart attack, according the Associated Press. He was 70.

His most famous film, “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Director. Babenco was the first Latin-American to be nominated for achievements in directing.

Babenco first gained notice for 1981’s “Pixote,” about the rough life of boys growing up in the slums of Sao Paolo. An arthouse hit, it won the L.A. Film Critics foreign film prize.

In addition, Babenco featured Lgbt characters in his films in an era that seldom highlighted these issues. William Hurt, who portrayed a homosexual man imprisoned for having sexual affairs with an underage boy in “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the sensitive window dresser.

Roger Ebert said of the film, »

- Arya Roshanian

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Hector Babenco dead at 70

17 July 2016 5:24 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Argentine-born Brazilian director who directed William Hurt to an Oscar in Kiss Of The Spider Woman has died of a heart attack in Sao Paulo. He was 70.

Babenco was born in 1946 in the Argentinian coastal resort of Mar Del Plata before he left home to live in Europe in the early 1960s and finally settled in Sao Paulo in Brazil in 1969.

He broke out internationally in 1981 with the Brazilian slum drama Pixote and went on to make Kiss Of The Spider Woman, which challenged the establishment with its bold depiction of gay characters four years later.

Babenco also directed Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in Ironweed in 1987 and Tom Berenger, John Lithgow and Aidan Quinn in At Play In The Fields of The Lord in 1991.

After undergoing treatment for cancer in the 1990s he returned to direct the Brazilian prison drama Carandiru in 2003 and most recently made My Hindu Friend with Willem Dafoe, which remains »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Why It’s No Longer A Big Deal To Be The Highest Paid Star In The World

17 July 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway argues that Dwayne Johnson isn’t as successful as you might think…

A while back Dwayne Johnson posted a photo on Instagram, with a caption about how in 1995 he only had $7, and in 1996 he was wrestling in flea markets for $40, before finding fame, first as a star of the WWE, and then in Hollywood. You could be cynical and mention he has a family history of wrestling success, and played American football earlier in his career, but it’s an impressive achievement to go from just another wrestler to the highest paid actor in the world (bizarrely, he was also the first civilian to announce the death of Osama bin Laden; The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase never got that level of security clearance).

Many wrestlers have tried to move from the ring to the big screen, but not many have succeeded (when did you last watch Suburban Commando? »

- Neil Calloway

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Movie Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

15 July 2016 7:23 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is an uplifting, gruff New Zealander film about family love. Ricky (Julian Dennison) comes from foster care to the home of Hec (Sam Neill) and his wife, Bella (Rima Te Wiata). Hec and Ricky stay away from each other initially, largely due to how similar they are. Both prefer nature and solitude to city life and small talk, and so they vet each other cautiously. Ricky tries to befriend Hec because he lacks an adult male figure who might care for him and seems interesting, while Hec does not want to be responsible for Ricky’s well-being nor how he occupies himself on their farm; this is all Bella’s job.

Hec is heart-jerking at times, suppressing his emotional undercurrent, and a combination of Jeff Bridges’ begrudging hero in True Grit (2010) and Jack Nicholson’s hidden softie in As Good As It Gets (1997). He hides his »

- Dina Paulson

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Héctor Babenco, Oscar-nominated director of Kiss of the Spider Woman, dies at 70

15 July 2016 2:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Argentine-Brazilian film-maker, who broke out in the 1980s with controversial drama Pixote, has died of a heart attack

Héctor Babenco, acclaimed Argentine-Brazilian film-maker, has died of a heart attack at the age of 70.

The director, who received an Oscar nomination for his prison-set drama Kiss of the Spider Woman, had a career spanning five decades and worked with actors including Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson and Willem Dafoe.

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- Benjamin Lee

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Class of 1986: Somewhere That’s Green: Why Little Shop Of Horrors is Still One of the Greatest Movie Musicals Ever Made

14 July 2016 5:19 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

I fell in love with Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors before I even saw a single frame of the film in December 1986. My mom’s boyfriend at the time worked for the Warner Bros. distribution center in Illinois, and sometime in the fall, he brought home an advanced copy of the soundtrack to Oz’s adaptation of the popular off-Broadway show, which of course was originally based on Roger Corman’s 1960 horror movie that featured performances from the likes of Dick Miller and Jack Nicholson.

And as I spent countless hours laying on my bedroom floor, humming along to the different songs (and singing the swear words whenever I thought I could get away with it), Little Shop of Horrors transported me to a place where underdogs could overcome the odds, alien plants could sing and craved human blood, and Steve Martin was a demented motorcycle-riding dentist addicted »

- Heather Wixson

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39 Things We Learned from Robert Towne’s and David Fincher’s Chinatown Commentary

13 July 2016 10:21 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“They did this in one take, which I hate.”

David Fincher loves Chinatown.

Of course, anyone who appreciates brilliant filmmaking should feel the same way, especially if they also appreciate themes of human nature drenched in cynicism. The film is easily one of the smartest, most beautiful gut-punches to come out of Hollywood in the ’70s (or any other decade for that matter), and it remains a powerful commentary on greed, bureaucracy, and the futility of good intentions.

Fincher sat down with Robert Towne, the film’s writer, for a commentary, and it makes for a fascinating look at a classic film.

Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary for Roman Polanski’s Chinatown.

https://medium.com/media/885c1e98ecd68619e111417b944466a1/hrefChinatown (1974)

Commentator: Robert Towne (writer), David Fincher (fan)

1. Fincher loves how sinister the black & white logo looks as it suggests something monstrous like King Kong, but »

- Rob Hunter

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Ayer Talks Ledger's Legacy As The Joker And Jared Leto's Take In 'Suicide Squad'

13 July 2016 7:57 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Is there any other character in the comic book movie world whose performer is as analyzed as The Joker? When it comes to the Clown Prince of Crime, it seems that people love to discuss how the actor playing him is tackling the role. Suicide Squad hasn't even come out yet, and I've already seen more articles than I can count about Jared Leto and what he's bringing to his portrayal of The Joker. I guess when you're joining elite company, with so many actors who have left an indelible mark on a character, people hunger for insights on how you'll do it justice.

Of all the actors who've taken a turn playing Batman's most famous rogue, none loom larger than Heath Ledger. His work in The Dark Knight was not only magnetic, complex, nuanced, and striking; It not only accomplished a rare feat by winning an Academy Award »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Jared Leto Scares Us With New Suicide Squad Selfie

12 July 2016 7:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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With the marketing push for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad in full effect now, it seems like some of the cast is hoping to get in on the fun, too. Case in point: Jared Leto has posted a new selfie to Instagram today (seen below) showing us his extremely creepy take on the Joker, flashing a smile that will no doubt give some of you nightmares.

It’s unclear exactly where or when this was taken, but on the set of the film or while shooting Rick Ross and Skrillex’s “Purple Lamborghini” music video seem like the best bets. Either way, it’s scary stuff, to be sure, and once again shows us just how into the character Leto is.

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- Josh Wilding

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9-Minute Video Essay Studies The Science Of Failure In Alexander Payne’s Films

10 July 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Alexander Payne has made a successful career out of losers. Whether it’s Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) in “Election,” Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) in “About Schmidt,” Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti) in “Sideways,” Matt King (George Clooney) in “The Descendents” or Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) in “Nebraska,” the writer/director has crafted a dependable niche focusing on the […]

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- Will Ashton

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Jared Leto Calls His Suicide Squad Role “Intoxicating”

9 July 2016 6:31 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Jared Leto has got to be pretty anxious right about now. With Suicide Squad getting ready to hit theatres, all eyes are going to be on the actor as he attempts to deliver a performance as The Joker that matches what Heath Ledger did in The Dark Knight.

Of course, seeing as Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his work, that’s no easy feat. But from the crazy stories that have emerged from the set of the DC Comics adaptation, we know that Leto is doing everything he can to bring us another iconic portrayal of the villain.

In a recent interview with EW, the Dallas Buyers Club star spoke about how he approached such an intimidating role:

“You’re kind of walking upon hallowed ground, and it deserves the very best that you can do,” the Oscar winner says. »

- Mark Cassidy

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New Line Cinema Acquires 'The Man From Nowhere'

30 June 2016 5:45 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Variety reports that New Line Cinema has purchased the film rights to remake the Korean action-thriller "The Man From Nowhere." The original 2010 film was directed by Lee Jeong-beom and starred actor Won Bin as a shop keeper with a dark and violent past who exacts vengeance on a drug trafficking ring to rescue a little girl who befriends him. 

The film was so successful it became the number one film at the Korean box office for five straight weeks grossing over $41 million. Notable remakes which were adapted from Chinese and Korean films includes Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Jack Nicholson and Spike Lee's "Oldboy" starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson

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- J.B. Casas

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Film Review: 'The Legend Of Tarzan'

29 June 2016 6:01 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Ominous drumbeats and a shroud of threatening fog opens The Legend of Tarzan, the latest live action reinvention of the fabled stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  As the smokescreen gives way, an evil plan is concocted by men gripped by greed and/or lust for revenge.  But the show is in fact all smoke and mirrors. As the saying goes, there’s not much there there (and it’s a much less interesting Oz).

The adaptation, directed by Harry Potter director David Yates, is as high in production values as you’d expect from a Potter veteran.  And Warner Bros. spared no expense in allowing Yates to reunite his group of talented collaborators from the boy wizard movies, including lavish production designer Stuart Craig and action-sequence expert editor Mark Day.  The CGI is particularly impressive, somehow making the animals in the film (no real ones were harmed or even used, »

- J Don Birnam

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