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The Callow Way – Why Stars Are Worth Their Huge Salaries

29 March 2015 8:32 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway argues that a $25 million salary for a movie might not be as ridiculous as it first seems…

This week the latest salaries of Hollywood stars were revealed; the top earner recently was Leonardo DiCaprio, who earned $25 million up front for The Wolf of Wall Street.

Your first thought might be to say is that this is ridiculous; like the salaries of sports stars, that sort of money is impossible to comprehend for mere mortals; I’m not badly paid in my day job, but DiCaprio’s fee is hundreds of times what I might earn in a year.

Then again, the more I think about it, the more I see that fee is justified. DiCaprio was not only the star of The Wolf of Wall Street, he was the producer; he bought the rights to the book in 2007, the film didn’t come out until the »

- Neil Calloway

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“Here’s Johnny” – A Countdown of the 5 Most Iconic Scary Movies

27 March 2015 4:04 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

1. The Shining (1980)

Back in 1980 legendary director Stanley Kubrick unleashed his iconic horror effort ‘The Shining’. Based on the novel by Stephen King, with plenty of artistic license being taken, the movie was yet another fine example of this director’s absolute mastery in being able to work and direct movies from different genres. Full of terrifying iconic imagery and sequences such as the twins in the hallway, the hag in the bath, the blood-letting elevators and of course the axe-wielding Jack Nicholson’s much parodied entrance through the bathroom door.

2. Psycho (1960)

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic slasher movie ‘Psycho’ is arguably one of the most influential horrors of all time. Another literary adaptation the movie was as shocking as it was successful especially considering its release 55 years ago. The movie was particularly highlighted by the surprising early demise of the apparent leading lady in the iconic shower scene and the even more unexpected finale. »

- Phil Wheat

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And the Academy Award should have gone to… Barry Lyndon

25 March 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sam Carey on Barry Lyndon and the Oscars…

March 1976 saw One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest fly in to the 48th Academy Awards and leave with statues for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. It was only the second time a single film has walked away with awards in the ‘big five’ categories yet, it should never have happened. Instead, in its place should have stood Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.

Following the media furore of 1971’s A Clockwork Orange – Kubrick withdrew the film from theatres after groups imitated the attacks of ultra-violent lead character Alex and his group – the director turned his attentions to the 18th century. On the surface a huge departure from his previous work the film, Barry Lyndon, is nevertheless quintessentially Kubrick.

What sets Kubrick’s tenth feature apart from every other film released in 1975 is its polish. Stanley Kubrick »

- Gary Collinson

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Sarah Jessica Parker turns 50: 6 best roles from Sex and the City star

25 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It is a momentous day for Sex and the City fans around the world as Sarah Jessica Parker celebrates her 50th birthday. While the role of Carrie Bradshaw made Sarah a fashion icon and a superstar, she has starred in a wide variety of films and television shows over four decades. Parker began her career as a child star on the stage in Annie, and has gone on to become an enduring fixture in pop culture.

Her movie career was launched with supporting roles in '80s teen comedies Footloose and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, but soon she grew into a leading lady with memorable roles in a string of early 1990s comedies. Parker might be best known for romantic comedies these days, but over the last 30 years she's impressed critics in roles as diverse a mystical witch, an egotistical talkshow host and the embodiment of a single woman of the 2000s. »

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10 Actors Who Ruin Any Film They’re In

21 March 2015 4:29 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It should go without saying, but the myriad of ways a film can turn out depend largely on which actors are picked to star. Some put in years of preparation to perfectly hone their part, and tease an audience through every single nuance and feeling to leave them an emotionally withered wreck as the credits roll. Some pick a single moment perfectly, and steal an entire show with a quick line or a perfectly delivered catchphrase.

What would The Godfather be without Pacino’s coming of age mafia son? what would Breakfast at Tiffany’s be without Hepburn’s coy and ditzy call girl? What would Jack Nicholson’s entire career be had he not snarled “here’s Johnny” through a splintered door? Now imagine all of those scenes again, but with Tom Sizemore, Olivia Newton-John, and David Hasselhoff in the starring roles. Horrifying.

You see, for every icon of »

- Adam Clery

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Criterion releases details of June titles

18 March 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Criterion Collection has this week announced (via BluRay.com) their line-up of titles for June 2015, which will see some big releases, including Louis Malle’s My Dinner with Andre, Jonathan Demme’s A Master Builder, Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King starring late Robin Williams, and Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces for the very first time.

All the details and special features, including artwork, are below.

My Dinner with Andre – released June 16th

In Louis Malle’s captivating and philosophical My Dinner with André, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with friend and theater director André Gregory at an Upper West Side restaurant, and the two proceed into an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional on love, death, money, and all the superstition in between. Playing variations on their own New York–honed personas, Shawn and Gregory, who also wrote the screenplay, dive in with introspective, intellectual gusto, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Gotham: No Cameron Monaghan until season 2 or 3

17 March 2015 2:44 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome, a favourite in the who’s-the-Joker stakes, wont be back to Gotham for a while…

Gotham fans won't need much reminding of who Cameron Monaghan is. Starring in The Blind Fortune Teller, he became a lot of fans’ favourite Joker contender by offering up a laugh that Mark Hamill would be proud of and a grin that reminded us of Jack Nicholson.

When reviewing Gotham’s Red Hood episode, the memory of Monaghan stuck with this writer so much that the next would-be Joker failed to make much of an impression. Sadly, it now looks like we will be stuck in this Monaghan-less state for quite some time.

“When I was on set, we discussed the possibly of me coming back in the second or third season,” he revealed. “Nothing is set in stone yet. I think the producers have a firm plan for what they want to do, »

- rleane

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Josh Groban Describes Date Night with Kat Dennings (Spoiler: It Involves a Onesie)

16 March 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Brightcove "4114318115001" "" "" "auto"] All Josh Groban needs on a Friday night is his girlfriend Kat Dennings, a onesie and a reality show marathon on ABC. The singer-songwriter, 34, stopped by the People Now studio Monday to dish on his typical date night with the 2 Broke Girls star, 28. The couple's favorite activity? A Shark Tank binge. "I try to behave like one of the sharks from the comfort of my onsie," the Crazy, Stupid, Love actor said, also joking he's often tempted by the out-there businesses pitches on the show. "A great date night is some good old-fashioned entrepreneurship," he said. "We'll sit at a table and think up inventions. »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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Josh Groban Describes Date Night with Kat Dennings (Spoiler: It Involves a Onesie)

16 March 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Brightcove "4114318115001" "" "" "auto"] All Josh Groban needs on a Friday night is his girlfriend Kat Dennings, a onesie and a reality show marathon on ABC. The singer-songwriter, 34, stopped by the People Now studio Monday to dish on his typical date night with the 2 Broke Girls star, 28. The couple's favorite activity? A Shark Tank binge. "I try to behave like one of the sharks from the comfort of my onsie," the Crazy, Stupid, Love actor said, also joking he's often tempted by the out-there businesses pitches on the show. "A great date night is some good old-fashioned entrepreneurship," he said. "We'll sit at a table and think up inventions. »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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Jared Leto's Joker in 'Suicide Squad' is Based on Frank Miller's "Dark Knight Returns"

13 March 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I know what you're thinking, why does the picture of Jared Leto at right look like something out the French New Wave, isn't this post about Suicide Squadc To answer your first question, I'm not sure, and to answer your second, yes it is, but this is the picture director David Ayer tweeted of Leto earlier this month so it is the one I'm using and you'll just have to roll with it. Continuing on... I feel like half the things I've produced for the site since I began writing in the fall have been about the upcoming adaptation of DC Comics' Suicide Squad, and the trend continues today as Latino Review (via The Playlist) reports the film's version of The Joker, played by a newly coiffed Jared Leto, draws heavily from Frank Miller's take on the character in his beloved graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns". The »

- Jordan Benesh

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Jared Leto's Joker In 'Suicide Squad' Reportedly Based On Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns'

13 March 2015 7:35 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Last week, the internet experienced a minor meltdown when director David Ayer tweeted images of Jared Leto's golden locks being cut in preparation for his role as the Joker in "Suicide Squad." Certainly, the 30 Seconds To Mars frontman and Oscar-winning actor has big shoes to fill with both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger having delivered titanic performances as Batman's arch-nemesis. But Leto is reportedly drawing from beloved source material for his take on the character. According to Latino Review, the Joker in "Suicide Squad" is based on Frank Miller's work in the graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns," the 1986 graphic novel that more than any other work rehabilitated the Bat-mythos' image: the general public's idea of Batman, the Joker and supporting characters up to that point was based on the campy 1960s tv show. After "The Dark Knight Returns," Batman et al would be defined by a relentlessly dark tone, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Dick Bakalyan, Character Actor Who Appeared in ‘Chinatown,’ Dies at 84

11 March 2015 10:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Character actor Richard (Dick) Bakalyan, who famously appeared in “Chinatown” as Loach, the partner of Jake Gittes’ former partner, who plays a key role in the movie’s climax, among many other films and TV shows, died in his sleep in Elmira, N.Y. on February 27 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 84.

Bakalyan was known for his broken nose and a streetwise twist of a phrase. Some fans might not remember the name, but everyone knew the face; they’d wave and call to him from cars or on the street. He said, “You have to the ride the horse you’re given” — a dedication to authenticity and subtlety that ensured his portrayal was always appropriate to the role and the scene.

In his mid-20s, Bakalyan appeared as an antisocial teen in “The Delinquents,” “The Delicate Delinquent,” “Juvenile Jungle” and “Hot Car Girl,” among others. By 30, he graduated to »

- Variety Staff

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Dick Bakalyan, Character Actor Who Appeared in ‘Chinatown,’ Dies at 84

11 March 2015 10:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Character actor Richard (Dick) Bakalyan, who famously appeared in “Chinatown” as Loach, the partner of Jake Gittes’ former partner, who plays a key role in the movie’s climax, among many other films and TV shows, died in his sleep in Elmira, N.Y. on February 27 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 84.

Bakalyan was known for his broken nose and a streetwise twist of a phrase. Some fans might not remember the name, but everyone knew the face; they’d wave and call to him from cars or on the street. He said, “You have to the ride the horse you’re given” — a dedication to authenticity and subtlety that ensured his portrayal was always appropriate to the role and the scene.

In his mid-20s, Bakalyan appeared as an antisocial teen in “The Delinquents,” “The Delicate Delinquent,” “Juvenile Jungle” and “Hot Car Girl,” among others. By 30, he graduated to »

- Variety Staff

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No Sour Notes: Top Ten Fictional Bands in the Movies

8 March 2015 6:38 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The thought of snapping your fingers to the tunes of your favorite fictional bands in film seems rather unreal. After all these movie music-makers seem like the “reel” deal in terms of their celluloid artistry and sense of colorful on-screen showmanship.

However, some of the fictional bands or musical acts we know very well and consider so fondly actually morph into real-life acts. Also, there are real-life bands that share a “fictionalized existence” on screen as well (for instance one can try and divide the musical phenomenon of The Beatles as treasured pop cultural entities from the mop top maniacs they portrayed on the big screen in A Hard’s Day Night or Help. Some may argue they were the one in the same in front of and away from the rolling cameras).

Whatever your definition of what constitutes a favorable fictional band in film at the present moment just »

- Frank Ochieng

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"Suicide Squad" To "Blow People's Brains Out"

7 March 2015 9:39 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

David Ayer keeps tweeting up a storm during pre-production on the upcoming "Suicide Squad" film at Warner Bros. Pictures. Yesterday he tweeted an image of actress Cara Delevingne, who will play Enchantress in the film, as she visited the sets under construction in Toronto. Delevingne offered a reaction to the visit which you can read below:

@Caradelevingne Cara inspects the set #SuicideSquad pic.twitter.com/Z0rxxSsH0H

David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) March 6, 2015

@DavidAyerMovies this movie is going to blow people's brains out! Literally! #SuicideSquad

Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) March 6, 2015

Delevingne joins a cast that includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.

Courtney briefly spoke about prepping for the role during a radio interview this week with 106.1 Kiss FM in Seattle. He says "I'm not on set [yet, but] I'm »

- Garth Franklin

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10 Possible Looks For Jared Leto’s Joker

7 March 2015 2:40 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

DC Comics

The Joker is one of the most recognisable and iconic villains in comic books, and actors like Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger have ensured that he’s also one of cinema’s most memorable bad guys too. In 2016’s Suicide Squad and beyond, it will fall to Academy Award winning actor Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) to offer a new take on the classic Batman foe.

Both Suicide Squad director David Ayer and Leto himself have been teasing the actor’s transformation via their respective social media accounts, but an official look at The Joker has yet to be revealed (and probably won’t be until after production begins next month).

His appearance will have already been decided though, but just how closely will the newly formed DC Cinematic Universe stick to the comic books? Since being introduced in 1940, The Joker has gone through a number of transformations, »

- Josh Wilding

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How Jared Leto's Joker Will Be Different From Previous Versions

6 March 2015 2:43 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Once again, we are graced with an update on Jared Leto.s upcoming role as The Joker in next year.s super-villain team-up, Suicide Squad. When one considers the shadows cast over this role from names like Jack Nicholson and the late Heath Ledger, Leto.s work is most definitely cut out for him. However, according to the latest report, the actor has no plans to phone in this deranged role with a mimicking mockery of those two great performances. His plans supposedly call for an original take on the cackling criminal that will be, amongst other things.comedic. According to a report from Hollywood Life, which cites an anonymous source, Jared Leto Is firmly focused on making this role as Joker into a character that would become "completely his own." While the recent Instagram selfie of Leto sporting bleached shorter hair for the role seemed to be the first »

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'Suicide Squad' to Have a More Comedic, Cerebral Joker?

6 March 2015 11:50 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With an A-list cast already assembled, Warner Bros. and DC Comics' Suicide Squad is shaping up to be one of the most hotly-anticipated superhero movies out there, with production scheduled to begin next month in Toronto. Jared Leto is part of this star-studded ensemble, taking on the iconic role of The Joker, which has been famously portrayed on the big screen by the likes of Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's Batman and Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, a performance which won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Naturally, a role of this caliber is an immense challenge for any actor, but Hollywood Life is reporting that a source close to Jared Leto reveals the actor thinks his portrayal of the classic villain will be the best yet. And this will be a much more smart and funny take on the character. Here's what »

- MovieWeb

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Suicide Squad: New Details On Jared Leto's "Comedic" Take On 'The Joker' Emerge

6 March 2015 11:00 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Hollywood Life have some inside information on Jared Leto's preparations to play The Joker in David Ayer's Suicide Squad adaptation, which is gearing up to shoot in Toronto very soon. According to them, the actor is confident that his interpretation of the iconic Batman villain will be the "best yet", and he will do everything he can to set his Joker apart and not step on the toes of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger's portrayals of the character. “He wants to make the character completely his own. He knows that this role may be his most difficult ever, but he is confident that he will make his version of the Joker the best. This Joker will be more cerebral and comedic than what we have seen before, nobody should expect a copycat version. It’s going to be awesome!” It's nice to know he's planning something different, »

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10 Things That Wouldn’t Exist Without Leonard Nimoy

2 March 2015 1:08 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Paramount

The world lost a true original this week when Leonard Nimoy, star of stage and screen (and a whole lot more besides), passed away from complications of a lung disease he was diagnosed with last year. He was 83 years old. Nimoy is gone, but by no means forgotten – his huge body of work and significant influence cause him to be greatly missed, but mean there is a lot to remember him by.

Besides, duh, the highly logical Spock of Star Trek – the acting job that got him his big break and earned him literally millions of fans across the globe for generations – Nimoy was a highly accomplished actor in other films, TV work, and multiple stage shows. Did you know he was in an early theatre production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, in the Jack Nicholson role? And looked up to Marlon Brando?

Leonard Nimoy was a real polymath, »

- Tom Baker

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