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In Greek mythology the labyrinth was a byzantine structure utilized to house the deadly minotaur, built at the behest of a powerful king and deadly in its complexity and size. In perhaps the most memorable modern approximation, "The Shining," a hedge maze is employed for the film's snowy climax, in order to trap another deadly monster – an alcoholic author played by Jack Nicholson. This week's leaden "The Maze Runner," adapted from a best-selling young adult novel by James Dashner, also features a monster-filled maze but narrative ambition and any kind of metaphoric underpinnings have been stripped away. Instead, the maze is, like the rest of the movie, giant, dreary, and inert. Like most halfway decent Ya adaptations, "The Maze Runner" starts off intriguingly enough: Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up in a mysterious community known as The Glade. His memory has been wiped (the only thing he remembers is his name »
- Drew Taylor
Toronto - When an actor wins an Academy Award he or she usually tries to work with the director who helped guide them to the top of the mountain again. Often, it has great results. After winning a best supporting Oscar for "Terms of Endearment" Jack Nicholson reunited with James L. Brooks on "As Good As It Gets" and won best actor. Jennifer Lawrence immediately worked with her "Silver Linings Playbook" maestro, David O. Russell, on "American Hustle" which resulted in back to back nominations. Diane Weist won her first Oscar for Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" and her second for his comedy "Bullets Over Broadway." That's just one reason it's somewhat surprising the prolific Denzel Washington took 12 years to reunite with his "Training Day" director, Antoine Fuqua for "The Equalizer." Barely based on the late 1980's TV series of the same name, the new movie finds the »
- Gregory Ellwood
20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
So…drugs, right? Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel of the same title, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The pair is heading to Sin City, speeding through the Nevada desert, under the influence of mescaline. From there, the film is series a bizarre hallucinations seen through the eyes of Duke. So, we jump from hotel room to hotel room, all of the action a blur of what is happening and what really isn’t. Throughout the course of the film, Duke and/or Gonzo ingest the following drugs: mescaline, sunshine acid, diethyl ether, LSD, cocaine, and adenochrome (probably more). Duke – who is a Thompson stand-in – is supposed to be writing an article before heading back to Los Angeles, but tends to get sidetracked quite a bit. In »
- Joshua Gaul
Channing Tatum is making big promises. At the Toronto International Festival this week, the actor vowed that Magic Mike Xxl, the follow-up to his 2012 male stripper movie Magic Mike, will "make cinema history." He spoke about the movie, which he's writing, producing, and starring in, on the red carpet at a celebration dinner thrown by Sony Pictures Classics, the studio distributing his Nov. 14 film Foxcatcher. About Magic Mike Xxl, Channing said, "It's a road-trip movie. It's really different from the first film. I can tell you we loved the idea of Saturday Night Fever for the first one. This [second film] - and we're not ripping it or anything - has a The Last Detail kind of feel. All the guys are going to go crazy one last time and leave it all out up there. I can promise you there are some things in the movie that will make cinema history. »
The American Film Institute will announce their next lifetime achievement honoree in the near future. Who do you think will be selected for their 2015 tribute? -Break- Last year's recipient was two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda. The 2013 program honoring director and writer Mel Brooks was so well-received, it won the Emmy Award a few weeks ago as Best Variety Special. Related: Kennedy Center Honors select Al Green, Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin The annual event began in 1973 with director John Ford as the first honoree. Other notables over the next few years included James Cagney, Orson Welles, William Wyler, Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, and Fred Astaire. When you make a prediction using our poll below, keep in mind the following living people have already been honored by the AFI: Kirk Douglas, Sidney Poitier, Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Dustin Hoffman, Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Tom Hank. »
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Floyd Mayweather is unquestionably one of the world’s best-known athletes.
His fights are big-time sporting events, regularly attended by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Leonardo Di Caprio, and provide a huge boost to the Las Vegas economy as tens of thousands flock to Sin City to revel in the big occasion. This will again be the case on Saturday as millions await his rematch with tough Argentine Marcos Maidana.
Mayweather, for so long a fighter who seemed nigh-on untouchable in the ring, last fought in May, and although he was rightly awarded the decision many were surprised to see him struggle to suppress Maidana’s fearless challenge. It is too early to assume that Mayweather – now 37 – is now in decline, but he is certainly nearing the end of a glittering career of almost unparalleled success.
After winning a »
- Jonathan Cordiner
Warner Bros. Pictures
The legacy of Jack Nicholson’s Joker has taken a bit of a beating as of late. For so long his gangster-cum-theatric psychopath from Tim Burton’s Batman was viewed as the definitive take on the iconic Batman villain, but then in 2008 The Dark Knight brought something excitingly new to the table. Heath Ledger’s Oscar winning performance totally overshadows Nicholson’s version of the character and while it is objectively the weaker of the two, there’s still a lot to enjoy in what Jack did.
Giving the Joker an origin story (something that hadn’t been attempted on screen before) and implicating him in the murder of Batman’s parents, Tim Burton’s take on the character is in many ways unconventional, but Nicholson off-set that with something more typically over-the-top and dramatic, making some of the more blatant meddling with the mythos more palatable. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Three episodes into BBC America’s Intruders and one aspect of the show’s motives has become clear. The almost painfully slow pace it opened with looks set to continue throughout the remainder of its short eight episode run. If the trailers had been accurate representations of what to expect, they might have emulated say, Kubrick’s teasers for Eyes Wide Shut; a long, uninterrupted shot of something innocuous. Perhaps the dual-persona Madison’s transformative facial expressions twisting from gnarled derision into the gleeful grin of a child. Anything to hint at the true nature of the show.
Last week left off with Madison-Marcus catching a ride with a stranger up to Seattle. This week’s episode opens back in the car with Madison and Karen, the good samaritan taking a chance on a needy kid. There’s some interesting writing choices leveraged into their interactions. If you’re to »
- Gem Seddon
Because it was “Bill Murray Day” at the Toronto Film Festival, the man of the hour paraded into the Friday premiere of his film “St. Vincent” in a crown and sash, and ended the night at the Weinstein Co. party bopping to hits from Sam Smith and Sia. Murray received an enthusiastic standing ovation from the packed crowd, who laughed, cried and broke out into applause throughout the screening. In the midst of festival excitement, at least, it was a sign that “St. Vincent,” which plays like a cross between “Silver Linings Playbook” and “As Good As It Gets,” is a Oscar contender and could land Murray his first best-actor nomination since 2003’s “Lost in Translation.”
- Ramin Setoodeh
Hollywood would have to freeze over before the Catholic Church agreed to canonize the drinking, gambling, cussing old coot Bill Murray plays in Theodore Melfi’s sweet-and-sour first feature, “St. Vincent.” Even so, this refreshingly unorthodox tragicomedy mounts a pretty convincing case that sometimes role models arrive in disguise — as they do here for the pic’s preteen hero. , though Melfi’s instinct to find and accentuate the memorable character’s redeeming qualities steers this Oct. 10 Weinstein Co. release from “Bad Babysitter” realm into more solidly commercial heart-tugging territory.
Who but Murray could have played Vincent, a drunken curmudgeon who somehow manages to seem all the more lovable with each poor life decision he makes? Vincent lives alone, except for his grumpy-looking Persian cat Felix, and tolerates the company of precious few, apart from pregnant Russian stripper Daka (Naomi Watts) and a mysterious older woman named Sandy (Donna Mitchell) whom »
- Peter Debruge
Thunder and lightning and a sudden rainstorm couldn’t dampen the spirits of moviegoers as the Toronto Film Festival provided a change of pace Friday night with the world premiere of The Weinstein Company’s October release, St. Vincent. Starring Bill Murray in the best performance of his career and 11-year-old newcomer Jaeden Lieberher in the best kid role of the year, this pure family film (although rated PG-13) is about a young child of divorce who finds a companion in the off-kilter Vietnam vet who lives next door. It’s the rare movie comedy that proves the spirit of Frank Capra lives on. In an era when the entire world seems in chaos, this is a movie that makes you feel good about yourself when you leave the theater. When was the last time that happened?
If ever a movie deserved the phrase, St. Vincent is a film that »
- Pete Hammond
As his directorial debut St. Vincent is unveiled tonight in a gala Weinstein Company premiere at Toronto, and with a Sony adaptation of J.R. Moeringer’s The Tender Bar and a New Line remake of Going In Style percolating, Ted Melfi is hot stuff. But this weekend is all about Bill Murray, and it seems worth remembering how much that actor, with an assist from Jack Nicholson, is responsible for helping Melfi rise from that deep pool of writers who believe they’ve got the next big script, if only they could get somebody to pay attention. I wrote Melfi’s story when TWC agreed to finance his $13 million film, but it most certainly is going to get repeated after tonight. So here it is, again.
Murray made St. Vincent happen, when he agreed to play a cantankerous train wreck of a neighbor who takes under his corrupt wing »
- Mike Fleming Jr
170 is the amount of days by which Adrien Brody (The Pianist) narrowly defeated Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl) to become the Youngest Best Actor winner ever. Do you think both of them deserved their wins?
Adrien Brody (29) and Richard Dreyfus (30) are the 2 youngest Lead Actor winners
1977 Best Actor 2002 Best Actor Woody Allen, Annie Hall Adrien Brody, The Pianist Richard Burton, Equus Nicolas Cage, Adaptation Richard Dreyfus, The Goodbye Girl Michael Caine, The Quiet American Marcelo Mastroianni, A Special Day Daniel Day Lewis, Gangs of New York John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt
The most hilarious thing about this statistic is that Adrien Brody is both the youngest Best Actor winner at 29 And the only twentysomething winner. Meanwhile "29" is actually the most common age to win Best Actress. These eight women all accomplished it and none of them were anywhere close to making a "youngest" list.
- NATHANIEL R
Film is a visual medium, so it makes sense that cinema history is filled with countless unforgettable shots and sequences. The folks over at CineFix tackled the unenviable task of trying to cull over a century’s worth of the stunning sequences down to a measly 100 that comprise the greatest of all time. Interestingly enough, the video that is the fruit of their labor proves they basically nailed the assignment. No small feat, given the sheer number of potential candidates. Iconic shots are essentially the ones everyone thinks of when a particular film is mentioned – like Jack Nicholson yelling “Here’s Johnny!” as he sticks his face through the gaping hole in the bathroom door in Kubrick’s The Shining, or Indiana Jones staying one step ahead...
- Mike Bracken
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
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