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'The Silence of the Lambs': 25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Serial Killer Classic

12 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's hard to think of a movie less suitable for Valentine's Day than "The Silence of the Lambs."

Yet that's the day the unforgettable thriller debuted 25 years ago, on February 14, 1991. The creepy, gory adaptation of Thomas Harris's bestseller was an enormous hit, made an enduring pop culture figure of sophisticated flesh-eater Hannibal Lecter, transformed Anthony Hopkins into a star, and became only the third (and so far, the last) movie to win the top five Oscars -- Best Picture, Director, Actress, Actor, and Screenplay.

As many times as you've seen Hopkins's Lecter casually mention how well human liver goes with fava beans and a nice Chianti, there's still much you may not know about "Silence." Quid pro quo -- we'll reveal the movie's secrets, if you read on.

1. Hopkins wasn't the first actor to play Hannibal Lecter; that honor went to Brian Cox (above), in Michael Mann's 1986 "Manhunter, »

- Gary Susman

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Wrap-Ranker Poll: Best Actors Who Won Oscar and Golden Globe for Same Role

10 February 2016 11:50 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Golden Globes and the Academy Awards may disagree on a lot of winners, but sometimes they manage to pick the right person at the same time. In fact, the Globes have proven particularly successful in predicting the Oscar winner for Best Actor. But which winners were the best? The mid-1990s were all about Tom Hanks, with the “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump” star becoming the first actor ever to win consecutive Golden Globes and Oscars for the same performances. Jack Nicholson was already an established star by 1975, but it was his performance as Randall P. McMurphy in “One Flew Over. »

- Matt Hejl

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Cuba Gooding Jr. on ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’: ‘I’m Not Here to Prove His Innocence or Guilt’

9 February 2016 10:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Of all the cast members in “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” Cuba Gooding, Jr. may have the toughest challenge: He has to embody someone everyone has an opinion on.

But guilty or innocent, Gooding says he’ll never reveal his true feelings about the case — or the former Heisman trophy winner, who’s now in prison on an unrelated charge. In this week’s episode, we’ll see the infamous Bronco chase — which reveals Simpson at his most vulnerable, threatening to commit suicide as pal A.C. Cowling drives along the 405.

Here, Gooding tells Variety about the role he calls the hardest he’s ever played.

Why did you decide to take on this role?

Two words: Ryan MurphyTrue story: My agent called and said there’s a script here. It’s 167 pages, some guy with a lot of money in Australia wants to tell the story of the innocence of O.J. Simpson. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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The Dark Knight will protect you!

9 February 2016 7:33 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

In conjunction with the much awaited release of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice due out on the 25th March 2016 which pits the wits of these 2 DC comic superheroes against one another who must put their differences aside and tackle a new threat to mankind devised by the charismatic super villain Lex Luthor called Doomsday. We take a trip down memory lane to look at the one of the most acclaimed Batman films ever made “The Dark Knight.”

The Dark Knight was released in 2008, produced and directed by Christopher Nolan, the star-studded cast includes Christian Bale (Batman), Heath Ledger (Joker) Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman to name but a few. It quickly became hugely popular with hard core batman fans all over the world.

Set in a dark Gotham City, where organised crime still rules notably under the leadership of the deranged yet criminal genius “The Joker” hell-bent on causing »

- The Hollywood News

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12 of cinema's biggest and most expensive film sets

9 February 2016 4:08 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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We celebrate a century of huge and expensive film sets, from historical epics to sprawling fantasies and sci-fi action movies...

The advent of cinema saw the art of set design gradually spread its wings from the relative confines of the theatre. As movies established their own language and became ever more ambitious in the early part of the 20th century, so set designers were called on to create increasingly expansive and more detailed backdrops.

As the list of movies below proves, the construction of huge sets has been a  major part of cinema for the past century. And with scale comes expense, as the recreation of ancient landmarks, futuristic cities or doomed ocean liners takes hundreds of artists, designers and crafty types months of labour to plan and construct. Often, these sets are on the screen for a few scant minutes before they're torn down and largely »

- ryanlambie

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70s Rewind: The Last Detail, Jack Nicholson At His Finest

8 February 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

What's extraordinary about The Last Detail is how ordinary it is. Three sailors on a road trip. In an era replete with road trips. And a time when military characters in movies were most often objects of ridicule or pity. Yet the sailors in The Last Detail are, instead, embodied as sympathetic human beings, caught up in a system that demands their obedience. As portrayed by Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, and Randy Quaid, they are pawns in a game of chess that they do not fully understand. Buddusky (Nicholson) and Mulhall (Young), known respectively as Badass and Mule, are Navy "lifers," volunteers who keep re-enlisting in the service. At one point, Mule mentions he's been in the Navy for 14 years. Given that the movie...

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Oscar Trivia: Facts About the Academy Awards

8 February 2016 8:03 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

With the Oscars quickly approaching, here are some fun facts about the Academy Awards throughout the years.

 Oscar Facts:

Q) Which films have won the most academy awards?

A) It was a three-way draw between Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of Rings: Return of the King at 11 each.

 

Q) Which films have the most Oscar nominations?

A) All About Eve and Titanic are tied for the most nominations, with 14 each.

 

Q) What was the longest film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar?

A) Gone With the Wind at 3 hours and 56 minutes.

 

Q) Which was the shortest Best Picture winner?

A) Marty at 90 minutes.

 

Q) Which sequels have won Best Picture?

A) The Godfather Part 2, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

 

Q) Which movies won best picture but were not nominated for Best Director?

A) Wings (1928), Grand Hotel (1931), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Argo (2012)

 

Q) What was the »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Superficial 'News,' Mineo-Dean Bromance-Romance and Davis' fading 'Star': 31 Days of Oscar

6 February 2016 6:49 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks or Phyllis Brooks or Louise Brooks, »

- Andre Soares

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The Last Tycoon: Dominique McElligott to Star in Amazon Pilot

5 February 2016 3:01 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Variety reports Amazon has cast Dominique McElligott in a regular role in its upcoming TV show pilot, The Last Tycoon. McElligott joins Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins, who were previously cast. McElligott was in ABC's The Astronaut Wives Club, which ended quietly with its first season, leaving it effectively cancelled.

A 1930s period drama, The Last Tycoon is based on the unfinished F. Scott Fitzgerald book of the same name. The pilot is written, directed, and executive produced by Billy Ray. Fitzgerald's novel had been previously adapted into a 1976 film, starring Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, and Jack Nicholson.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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The Awesome Advice Jack Nicholson Gave George Miller On The Witches Of Eastwick

3 February 2016 10:09 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

George Miller is one of the most versatile directors making movies today. While best known for his work on the Mad Max franchise, he.s also responsible for family films like Babe and Happy Feet. Somewhere in between those extremes was the 1987 drama The Witches of Eastwick. While Miller did not enjoy the experience of making that particular film, he does say that he got some very useful advice from Jack Nicholson while directing the actor in it. In an extensive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, George Miller talks about his career in filmmaking. While Miller is best known for creating very tough characters on screen, he characterizes himself as a very nice guy - something that Jack Nicholson apparently told him can misinterpreted, and so it can actually be something of a problem. Miller explained, Some of the producers were very chaotic in their thinking. It kind of got »

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The Awsome Advice Jack Nicholson Gave George Miller On The Witches Of Eastwick

3 February 2016 10:09 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

George Miller is one of the most versatile directors making movies today. While best known for his work on the Mad Max franchise, he.s also responsible for family films like Babe and Happy Feet. Somewhere in between those extremes was the 1987 drama The Witches of Eastwick. While Miller did not enjoy the experience of making that particular film, he does say that he got some very useful advice from Jack Nicholson while directing the actor in it. In an extensive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, George Miller talks about his career in filmmaking. While Miller is best known for creating very tough characters on screen, he characterizes himself as a very nice guy - something that Jack Nicholson apparently told him can misinterpreted, and so it can actually be something of a problem. Miller explained, Some of the producers were very chaotic in their thinking. It kind of got »

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‘Hell on Wheels’ Alum Dominique McElligott to Star in Amazon’s ‘The Last Tycoon’ Pilot (Exclusive)

2 February 2016 4:35 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dominique McElligott, who most recently starred in ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club,” has been cast as a series regular in Amazon’s pilot “The Last Tycoon,” Variety has learned exclusively. She will star alongside Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins in the period piece drama.

Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, “The Last Tycoon” centers on Monroe Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930’s, who is based on real-life film mogul Irving Thalberg. The series would follow Monroe as he climbs to the height of power, pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, Pat Brady (played by Kelsey Grammer) who is inspired by MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer.

McElligott will play Kathleen Moore, a pretty and intelligent waitress who works at the restaurant frequented by most of the studio’s writers, which is where she meets Monroe who »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Lubitsch Pt.II: The Magical Touch with MacDonald, Garbo Sorely Missing from Today's Cinema

31 January 2016 2:41 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Merry Widow' with Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald and Minna Gombell under the direction of Ernst Lubitsch. Ernst Lubitsch movies: 'The Merry Widow,' 'Ninotchka' (See previous post: “Ernst Lubitsch Best Films: Passé Subtle 'Touch' in Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking.”) Initially a project for Ramon Novarro – who for quite some time aspired to become an opera singer and who had a pleasant singing voice – The Merry Widow ultimately starred Maurice Chevalier, the hammiest film performer this side of Bob Hope, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler – the list goes on and on. Generally speaking, “hammy” isn't my idea of effective film acting. For that reason, I usually find Chevalier a major handicap to his movies, especially during the early talkie era; he upsets their dramatic (or comedic) balance much like Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese's The Departed or Jerry Lewis in anything (excepting Scorsese's The King of Comedy »

- Andre Soares

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The Last Detail

30 January 2016 11:18 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Jack Nicholson found his personal favorite role in this fine road picture: Navy signalman Buddusky, charged with escorting sad-sack prisoner Randy Quaid to prison. Hal Ashby's direction and Robert Towne's script pitches the story at the human scale favored by '70s director-driven filmmaking. The Last Detail Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1973 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 104 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Carol Kane, Michael Moriarty, Luana Anders, Kathleen Miller, Nancy Allen, Gerry Salsberg, Don McGovern, Pat Hamilton, Michael Chapman, Jim Henshaw, Derek McGrath, Gilda Radner, Jim Horn, John Castellano. Cinematography Michael Chapman Film Editor Robert C. Jones Original Music Johnny Mandel Written by Robert Towne from the novel by Darryl Ponicsan Produced by Gerald Ayres Directed by Hal Ashby

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Bring up the 'golden age' of director-driven movies in the 1970s and the »

- Glenn Erickson

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Becoming Mike Nichols’

29 January 2016 9:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From the revealingly sustained closing shot of “The Graduate” to the rich structural sprawl of “Angels in America,” Mike Nichols was a filmmaker who often knew the virtues of taking his time — so for a documentary on his work to clock in at just 72 minutes doesn’t seem fitting in any sense. Not that Douglas McGrath’s “Becoming Mike Nichols” attempts a precis of its subject’s whole, many-leveled career in such a drastically short running time. “Becoming” is the operative word, as Nichols — in an onstage interview shot months before his death in 2014 — talks through only his formative work in the 1960s, with his Oscar win for his soph feature “The Graduate” bringing proceedings to an abrupt close. If the material feels inadequate for a freestanding doc, that’s no fault of Nichols, who’s on playful, perspicacious form; at the very least, McGrath’s film reps a useful »

- Guy Lodge

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Thn’s top five Leonardo DiCaprio performances

28 January 2016 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Leonardo DiCaprio has had one of the most interesting and diverse careers in Hollywood. After all, not many actors can claim to have worked with James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan. On top of that, he has starred in a groundbreaking Shakespeare adaptation, an acclaimed summer blockbuster and the 12 year record holder as the highest grossing film of all time.

Now with the release of The Revenant, it’s the perfect time to celebrate DiCaprio’s many standout performances throughout his career.

Check out my top 5 performances from DiCaprio below and pray that he finally receives his Academy Award next month:

5. Inception (2010)

Before 2010 DiCaprio had carefully avoided both action blockbusters (no Titanic doesn’t count) and science fiction films. However, after a little known director called Christopher Nolan broke box office records with the universally acclaimed film The Dark Knight, he apparently changed his mind.

Inception is »

- Ben Read

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Watch Josh Brolin's Kim Kardashian Impression on 'Tonight Show'

27 January 2016 6:53 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jimmy Fallon recruited Josh Brolin and SNL cast member Kate McKinnon for a round of "First Impressions" during Tuesday's Tonight Show – and the obvious highlight was Brolin attempting to impersonate Kim Kardashian. Unable to recreate the reality star's accent, the Hail Caesar! actor held a tissue box against his ass and flipped back his imaginary long hair. To his credit, Fallon and McKinnon guessed correctly. 

Brolin started the game with a spot-on characterization of Regis Philbin's impatient shout – "I was riding my snowblower around all weekend. My ass is killing me! »

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TV Review: ‘American Masters: Mike Nichols’

26 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A loving tribute presented largely in his own words, the “American Masters” documentary “Mike Nichols” is directed by his one-time collaborator Elaine May, and drawn extensively from producer Julian Schlossberg’s candid interview with the director conducted for the film. While an hour is hardly sufficient to fully do justice to Nichols’ rich stage, film and performing resume, it’s enough to provide ample insight into why so many speak of the artist – who died in 2014, at the age of 83 – so reverently and affectionately.

Nichols talks about his humble beginnings – coming to America as a German refugee in the wake of World War II – and early schooling before his move into performing with May, which, he notes, earned him more universal accolades than anything he had done since. (There’s a hilarious clip of the two of them spoofing a Hollywood awards show, with her singling him out from the stage for his utter mediocrity. »

- Brian Lowry

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10 Warm-Weather Movies to Stream While You’re Snowed In

22 January 2016 11:14 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Are you prepared for the next big blizzard? If you're stuck inside all weekend but are fortunate enough to still have power and an internet connection, you need a plan to survive a few days of being snowed in. (Don't you remember what happened to Jack Nicholson in The Shining when he was snowed in?) In addition to comfy pajamas, a warm blanket, and some hot beverages, Vulture recommends you stay planted on your couch or in bed and stream some summery, occasionally sultry movies to remind yourself that the snow eventually melts and spring will soon be here and everything won't be miserable forever. If these don't do the trick, Vulture's What to Stream guide should have you covered for your blizzard binge-watch recommendations.Staten Island SummerWhere can I watch it? Netflix If you're a Saturday Night Live fan, you'll definitely want to check out this semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy »

- Dan Reilly

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Watch: 5-Minute Supercut Takes A Journey Through The History Of Steadicams In Film

21 January 2016 2:59 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Since its introduction in 1975, the steadicam has practically created an entirely new genre of film, and the possibilities for shots and reactions are endless. Making its debut in the Woody Guthrie biopic “Bound for Glory,” directed by Hal Ashby, the camera allowed for the viewer to see Woody and his family in an entirely different light, not to mention have a more integrated and cerebral movie-going experience as a whole. Read More: 2016 Oscar Nominations: The Biggest Shocks, Snubs & Surprises In this eclectic new supercut from Borealisk, the history of the steadicam is explored in the best way possible: beautiful, memorable scenes set to the tune of some kitschy, jivey songs. Borealisk begins with “Bound for Glory” and jumps right into Rocky Balboa running through the streets of Philadelphia in 1976. From there, we see steadicam work from Stanley Kubrick in “The Shining” as Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) menaces his son through a snowy pathway, »

- Samantha Vacca

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