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Heeeeeeere's Johnny! Stanley Kubrick's terrifically creepy adaptation of the Stephen King novel finds novelist Jack Nicholson gradually losing the plot while spending a winter as the caretaker of a remote mountain hotel. The blood starts to run when his paranormally gifted son picks up on the opulent hideaway's evil past, while distraught wife Shelley Duvall discovers there's nowhere to hide from the madness. »
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…
Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.
However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.
We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »
Venice - Truth or dare? This is a game played by two characters in magnificently acidic metatextual comedy "Birdman." It's also the film as a three-word question. Truth or dare? Real stage actor or star? You can have your artistic integrity, or you can have a hit. You can go Method, or you can really fly. You can be Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), or you can be Birdman (Riggan Thomson). Initially, "Birdman" poses as a trenchant critique of the seemingly endless parade of men in capes that is the summer blockbuster season (Michael Fassbender and Robert Downey Jr. are name-checked as fine actors currently otherwise occupied), but it's actually rather more nuanced than that. The values of the sober-minded art espoused by a poisonous critic (Lindsay Duncan) and the untrustworthy joys of escapist cinema are both probed and prodded in this film. It's impossible for a film featuring the nightmare »
- Catherine Bray
Sitting with Robert Englund deep in the bowels of a gilded London hotel, it becomes obvious just what a great storyteller he is. As he reminisces about his early acting career in such films as Five Easy Pieces or Hustle, or goes even further back to his childhood brushes with the horror genre, he talks in a soothing, sonorous voice that is a million miles away from his signature role of Freddy Krueger.
Then again, Englund doesn't look or sound like the character in his latest movie, either. In The Last Showing, a psychological horror thriller written and directed by the UK's Phil Hawkins, Englund plays Stuart, a once proud projectionist who, thanks to the advent of digital cinema, finds himself busted down to the lowly »
When Oscar glory comes knocking for a successful Hollywood actor, it must be hugely tempting when the chance arrives for them to reprise that award-winning role. But while sequels and reboots are a common enough sight in the movie industry these days, examples of stars who've returned to their Oscar-winning roles are relatively few and far between.
The reason, perhaps, is because it's so difficult to recapture the creative lightning in a bottle that led to the Oscar win in the first place. Nevertheless, some actors do occasionally take up the offer and return to the filmmaking well. And as the list below proves, the results can sometimes be highly accomplished - though seldom quite as powerful and fresh as the films they're following...
Won for: The French Connection
Played the »
What do you suppose Sarah Silverman meant by the bizarre remark in her Emmy acceptance speech Sunday night that we're all made of molecules hurtling through space? Maybe it was an oblique reference to television itself, which is now less a medium than a disembodied signal that we watch at a time and place of our own choosing. On some level, the creators of TV seem to realize that their medium is heading into a future that's even less shackled to the living room screen and the three hours after dinner than ever. And yet, watching last night's 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, one felt a sense of déjà vu, of watching a medium celebrate its ties to its own past. We'd seen many of the honorees picking up trophies before, and maybe we'd even heard the same jokes and patter before.
Seth Meyers could win the Emmy for Best Awards »
- Gary Susman
★★★★★Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece The Shining (1980) is one of those rare films that has found itself submerged into the public consciousness across several generations. Continually parodied in popular culture, from The Simpsons to Family Guy, even those yet to have seen Jack Nicholson's maniacal lead performance as Jack Torrance may well feel like they know the film backwards. This Film4 FrightFest 2014 appearance of Kubrick's classic - the reworked Us theatrical cut of the film which is shorter than other incarnations - couldn't have come at a much more pertinent time to examine just why this blood-curdling tale remains one of the best horror films ever made.
- CineVue UK
Pierce Brosnan may be best known for playing suave secret agent James Bond, but the dapper Irish actor almost filled the shoes of another famous fictional hero: Batman. Unsurprisingly, Brosnan admitted during a Reddit Ama this week that he regrets turning down an offer to star as the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton's 1989 smash hit. The "November Man" star was one of several big names -- including Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray (!) up for the role that ultimately went to Michael Keaton. "I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman," Brosnan revealed. "But I just couldn't really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I? Don't get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. »
- Dave Lewis
Shane Johnson is highly effective in the title role of The Possession of Michael King. Now the man behind the camera and the story speaks out about the movie. Director David Jung sat down with Dread Central to discuss The Possession of Michael King.
Jung began by discussing his inspiration for writing the story, which he co-penned with Tedi Sarafian. "The Shining played a very important role," Jung said. "I wanted to do a movie from the Pov of Jack Torrance, the character Jack Nicholson played."
He explained, "I felt like no one had done that before, had the main character in the film be the one that’s slowly going mad, and documenting and talking about the process in an almost scientific way as it's happening. I love movies about transformation, especially horror films. David Cronenberg’s The Fly is one of my all-time favorite films."
Additionally, Jung talked »
- Scott Hallam
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 25, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Michelangelo Antonioni (La notte) unleashed a new kind of cinematic grammar–one that was more concerned with pace and space than it was with dialogue–with his 1960 masterwork L’avventura.
An iconic and undeniably challenging slice of 1960s cinema and a gripping narrative in its own right, the classic L’avventura concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her disaffected lover (Once Upon a Time in the West’s Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (L’eclisse’s Monica Vitti, in her breakout role).
Antonioni’s controversial international sensation—it was the cocktail party conversation piece of the year—is a gorgeously shot tale of modern ennui and spiritual isolation.
Criterion’s new DVD and Blu-ray »
Melfi, a longtime commercial director making his feature writing and directing debut, was certain Murray would be perfect for the title role in St. Vincent, his indie comedy about a rotten, miserable old man who reluctantly discovers he’s not so rotten and miserable after all.
“He finds everything he’s supposed to be »
- Anthony Breznican
In celebration of this year’s Film4 FrightFest, we are giving away the best in horror to prepare one lucky winner for the imminent chills, thrills and scares! From the icons of fright, right through to the classic scenes that always leave a chill down your spine, we are giving away the terrifying horrors that everybody knows and loves, both old and new, that take suspense to that all-time teeth-chattering high, so high in fact that you need to experience it time and time again!
Are you brave enough to experience the best in horror? Zavvi are offering an extra 10% off Warner Home Video’s extensive range of Horror DVD & Blu-ray throughout August. Browse the offers today: http://www.zavvi.com/offers/warner/horror. »
- Phil Wheat
Writer Jack Nicholson and star Peter Fonda told Roger Corman he couldn’t make a movie about LSD without trying it at least once. So Roger took a caravan of pals to Big Sur, where he dutifully dropped acid and communed with the elements for 1967's "The Trip." Out of it all came his most personal and revealing film, a pop art time capsule that was banned in Britain for nearly a decade. »
- Trailers From Hell
For almost 50 years, Batman has graced the silver screen. Whether working solo or accompanied by sidekicks and associates, Gotham City is continually saved by his enduring presence. Even though the eight theatrical live-action films featuring the Caped Crusader have had their ups and downs, there is no denying his appeal as a lead character.
With that in mind, these are all theatrical Batman releases, ranked from worst to best:
8. Batman and Robin (1997)
The dark cloud over a struggling franchise, Joel Schumacher’s second directorial outing in the Batman franchise hammered the last nail in the coffin and became known as one of the worst sequels, nay films, of all time. From the garish set design, poor character development, uninspired casting and hideously unfunny pun-filled script, Batman and Robin was a mistake from the moment it went into production.
7. Batman: The Movie (1966)
Occasionally forgotten as the first theatrical Batman film, this »
- Katie Wong
Writer Jack Nicholson and star Peter Fonda told Roger Corman he couldn't make a movie about LSD without trying it at least once. So Roger took a caravan of pals to Big Sur, where he dutifully dropped acid and communed with the elements. Out of it all came his most personal and revealing film, a pop art time capsule that was banned in Britain for nearly a decade.
- TFH Team
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
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Dreamlike and gritty by turns, the two films would prove their maker’s adeptness at brilliantly deconstructing genre. As shot back-to-back for famed producer Roger Corman (The Wild Angels), they feature overlapping casts and crews, including Jack Nicholson (Chinatown) in two of his meatiest early roles.
The Shooting, about a motley assortment of loners following a mysterious wanted man through a desolate frontier; and Ride in the Whirlwind, about a group of cowhands pursued by vigilantes for crimes they did not commit, are rigorous, artful, and wholly unconventional journeys into the American West.
Criterion’s double-feature DVD and Blu-ray editions of the films include the following »
Everyone seems to be talking about a solo female superhero movie lately. And sure, I think it has a lot of potential, but there is one sentiment that makes me cringe every time it gets mentioned. People keep saying how we, as a society, are finally ready for a solo female superhero film. Guess what! We aren’t finally ready for a solo female on the big screen. We’ve been ready for a good, long while now, and the reason we haven’t had a successful female superhero flick has nothing to do with the gender of the hero.
Now, prepare yourselves. Take some deep breaths. Count to ten. Whatever you need... Because we're going to look at some history.
There is no doubt that women, both real and fictional, have not always been treated as well as they should have been. It’s been a long road to »
- Douglass Poulsen
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
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