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Hollywood is filled with movies honoring working people and labor unions. I like labor unions but not everyone does – and well, labor unions (or union leaders) haven’t always been perfect. On Labor Day, we ran a pro-labor list but to reflect that other viewpoint, this edition of Throwback Thursday focuses on a Labor Behaving Badly list – films about bad or crooked union bosses, strikes gone wrong, workers behaving badly, and even a few anti-union films.
On The Waterfront (1954)
This excellent drama from director Elia Kazan is the gold standard of this kind of film, with a corrupt union boss (Lee J. Cobb) who have become a virtual dictator, treating the union like his own little army to do his bidding. One man, Terry Malone (Marlon Brando), stands up to him and breaks the power of the boss. Bad behavior indeed, and one heck of a good movie.
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Union corruption, »
- Cate Marquis
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front and behind the camera.
In this week’s episode, Variety executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum and editor-at-large Michael Schneider chat with “Stranger Things” star David Harbour about why the series has become so wildly popular, how its success has changed his life, and the inspirations behind his character.
Harbour, who plays Chief Jim Hooper, head of the Hawkins police department, candidly admits that none of his previous projects, which include “The Equalizer,” “Black Mass” and “The Newsroom,” have affected his life as profoundly as “Stranger Things.”
“My telephone has about 100 contacts in it with about 10 or 15 friends I text with all the time, or my parents,” he says. “When a movie comes out I’ll get the occasional text from friends, but when ‘Stranger Things’ came out, every single number on my phone, I »
- Variety Staff
There are so many reasons to love Halloween: parties, gratuitous amounts of sugar and the opportunity to wear absolutely anything you want.
But when October comes around we also revel in the opportunity to re-watch some of our favorite television episodes of all time.
Just as Halloween offers maximum fun for kids of all ages in the real world, it’s an un-missable goldmine of comedic and spooky potential for TV writers. Take a look at the 11 shows that have forever secured a place in our ghoulish hearts by going above and beyond the call of duty for holiday-themed specials. »
Roger Corman placed his hands in wet concrete outside the Vista Theater on Wednesday night. Joining the ranks of those with immortalized handprints in the front area of the Los Angeles theater (which some fans may remember as the site of Alabama and Clarence’s “Street Fighter” triple bill in “True Romance”), the 90-year-old legendary director and producer signed his name next to his fresh mark, adding in cursive below: “So great.”
That small inscription was an accurate prediction of the rest of the night’s festivities: a live read of the script for the long-gestating Corman biopic, “The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes.” Corman acolyte Joe Dante has been trying to bring the script to fruition for a decade, making it an ideal dual candidate for the new Cinefamily series “The Greatest Movies Never Made” and for a prominent event at the heart of SpectreFest 2016.
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- Steve Greene
Quentin Tarantino, the beloved and often controversial filmmaker, held a masterclass at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon, France earlier today, where he teased his new project, which may or may not be an actual film. The filmmaker revealed that he has spent the past four years researching the films that came out during the year 1970, and how it represented a turning point in both American and worldwide cinema. While he wouldn't offer too many specifics, he did have this to say to the crowd, "testing out" this premise publicly for the first time.
"Am I going to write a book? Maybe. Is it going to be a six-part podcast? Maybe. A feature documentary? Maybe. I'm figuring it out."
Quentin Tarantino was joined by Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux at the Lumiere Festival, which primarily features retrospectives on restored classics and also obscure gems for others to discover. This year, »
The Accountant arrives in UK cinemas November 4 and to celebrate, you have the chance to win tickets to the Premiere in London at Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on Monday 17th October and we have 2 pairs to giveaway! Not only will you be able to watch this thrilling action blockbuster ahead of its release, but the exclusive event will be attended by the film’s amazing cast and filmmakers.
Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town Cpa office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of- the- art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. »
- Paul Heath
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.
Logline: “Cleaner Daze” follows Jasmine, a newbie drug rehab counselor and her eccentric co-workers as they struggle to wrangle a misfit crew of teenage drug addicts.
“Cleaner Daze” follows Jasmine, the new counselor, as she fumbles her way through her first job in a rehab. It’s her first time in rehab as an employee rather than a client. The teens in treatment are a misfit crew. They are pissed-off, horny, and devious. From snorting drywall and chugging mouthwash to broom closet hook-ups and petty theft, there’s a lot of sneaky extra-curricular activity going down. »
- Steve Greene
We’ve been fans of Matt Damon since the beginning, when he was a fresh-faced kid from Boston with a killer instinct for acting. Now he’s won an Oscar, and he's been nominated three more times since.
Damon started off by doing dramatic roles that put him on the map: Good Will Hunting, Saving Private Ryan… movies of that ilk. He quickly established himself as one of the most appealing leading men in Hollywood, and became involved in such iconic projects as Ocean’s Eleven and The Bourne Identity.
There are few other actors in the business that can be relied upon to turn out crowd-pleaser after crowd-pleaser like Matt Damon. It looks like his good-luck streak will continue with Jason Bourne, the fifth Bourne film in the series and Damon’s fourth time portraying the amnesiac special agent. »
- Amanda Wood
In his 1960s and ’70s heyday as the king of drive-in flicks and low-budget exploitation, Roger Corman was the single greatest patron of budding talent in the world. The list of filmmakers and actors who either got their start or their big break working for him goes on and on: Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante, Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, Charles Bronson, Robert Towne.
Alas, Corman has long since traded cheap thrills for pure cheapness. Given that most of his time is now occupied with Syfy monster movies like Piranhaconda, Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda, and Dinocroc Vs. Supergator, a sequel to 1975’s sleazy, tongue-in-cheek Death Race 2000 might sound like a partial return to form.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
It’s one thing to memorialize your pet with a headstone. But it’s quite another to get your dog immortality by earning it a role in a Martin Scorsese film. To mark today’s 10th anniversary of the release of “The Departed,” TheWrap spoke with Emma Tillinger-Koskoff, a frequent Scorsese collaborator who has worked films including “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Hugo” and “Shutter Island.” She is also producing his upcoming film about jesuit priests, “Silence,” and got her start producing as an associate on “The Departed” the Oscar-winning Boston gangster film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. »
- Meriah Doty
"Heeeere's Johnny!" The Shining is back on the big screen just in time for Halloween. Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Entertainment invite you to relive Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece of modern horror. The 1980classic returns to cinemas nationwide for a special two-day event this October.
The special The Shining screenings are part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies' TCM Big Screen Classics series. "TCM Big Screen Classics: The Shining" will screen Sunday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time (both days). They will include exclusive commentary by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz.
From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, director Stanley Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a macabre milestone. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, who's come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel, »
When The Departed won both Best Picture and Best Director at the 79th Academy Awards, the degree to which the film itself deserved this accolade was largely drowned out by the film community’s collective, exasperated utterance of “Finally!” in reaction to the long-overdue recognition of Martin Scorsese. Indeed, it was incredible — even criminal — that this titan of cinema was just now being awarded for his genius. One of New Hollywood’s reigning figures, Scorsese had been working powerfully and prolifically for nearly 40 years prior to The Departed, building one of the finest filmographies in the history of cinema. When the 2006 film brought the long sought-after gold statuettes, there persisted a received wisdom that the awards were being granted more for a lifetime of exceptional achievement than for this achievement in particular.
On this day, which marks the tenth anniversary of The Departed‘s theatrical release, let us look at »
- The Film Stage
Now that 10 years have passed since it entered theaters, “The Departed” is easily considered among the canon of all-time great movies. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and Vera Farmiga, TheWrap takes a deeper look at the acclaimed gangster film to discover facts you probably didn’t already know. 1. It Took Only One Day to Decide to Make It “We read the script in one day and called each other the next day and said ‘Let’s do this,'” recalled DiCaprio in an interview of regarding his group decision with Scorsese to do the film. »
- Meriah Doty
Amazon Studios is financing and distributing the pic, which is expected to begin production in early 2017. Amazon couldn’t be reached for comment.
Darryl Ponicsan’s “Last Flag Flying,” published in 2005, is the follow-up to his 1970 novel, which was turned into the movie starring Nicholson, Randy Quaid, and Otis Young. Set during the Iraq War, the more recent book sees the return of the classic characters Billy Bad-Ass, Mule, and Meadows. The former Navy petty officers (played by Nicholson and »
- Justin Kroll
Dangerous "dull boy" Jack Torrance will bring his unique brand of madness back to the big screen, as Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is returning to theaters later this month from Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies.
Press Release: Denver – October 4, 2016 – “Heeeere’s Johnny!” … back on the big screen just in time for Halloween. Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Entertainment invite you to relive Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror, “The Shining” (1980), when it returns to cinemas nationwide for a special two-day event this October as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ TCM Big Screen Classics series. “TCM Big Screen Classics: The Shining” will screen Sunday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time (both days) and will include exclusive commentary by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz.
From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, »
- Derek Anderson
Most eyes were on big prestige plays like Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” and Bill Condon’s “Dreamgirls” to potentially take the lead in the Oscar race. Maybe a remake of a 57-year-old Oscar champ from Steven Zaillian (“All the King’s Men”) would register, or Stephen Frears’ ultimate BAFTA favorite “The Queen.” Perhaps the ensemble Emilio Estevez had assembled for his historical drama “Bobby” would catch fire, or Sundance delight “Little Miss Sunshine” would charm its way all the way through.
But Scorsese, while widely perceived as overdue for his first statue, was going back to his roots in the crime/gangster genre that made him, a genre that didn’t necessarily scream Oscar. And the circuit must have »
- Kristopher Tapley
“Silence,” Martin Scorsese’s passion project about Jesuit priests in feudal Japan, has snagged an awards-season release date, signaling that Paramount Pictures believes it has an Oscar contender on its hands.
The religious epic will debut in limited release on Dec. 23, before expanding in January. There are no wide releases scheduled to debut on that date, but “A Monster Calls,” a fantasy adventure, will bow in limited release on that date. Moreover, it is a crowded time of year as studios are fielding a number of prestige films and commercial projects, all trying to take advantage of the holidays. The animated musical “Sing,” video game adaptation “Assassin’s Creed,” and “Passengers,” a sci-fi romance with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, hit theaters two days before “Silence” debuts.
- Brent Lang
Kate Winslet and Judy Davis working together, Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit and Jack Nicholson in Sean Penn's The Pledge, Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns, Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Albert Maysles and David Maysles' Grey Gardens - Jocelyn Moorhouse, director of A Thousand Acres (Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jason Robards, Colin Firth), and Proof (Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot, Russell Crowe) and The Dressmaker producer Sue Maslin, who reunited with novelist Rosalie Ham, discuss cinematic links and small-town logistics.
"If the dream, according to the interpretation, represents a wish fulfilled, what is the cause of the peculiar and unfamiliar manner in which this fulfillment is expressed? »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
When Brian De Palma’s Raising Cain bowed in American theaters during the summer of 1992, it was anticipated by fans of the director as a welcome return to the sort of formalist genre contraption he hadn’t indulged in since the creative blow-out (forgive me) of Body Double eight years earlier. However, when the lights came up, even within the ranks of the De Palma faithful there was polarization. A handful defended it as one of the director’s masterpieces, while a greater number seemed to consider it at best middle-tier De Palma, a fully committed attempt to deal with typical De Palma-esque narrative elasticity and thematic concerns such as time, chronology and dream logic, all in the context of an examination of the morphing perimeters of American masculinity and parental responsibility which somehow, in the end, seemed as out of balance as its psychically fractured protagonist. Meanwhile, the »
- TFH Team
Loving Billy Wilder, watching Sunset Boulevard, an Audrey Hepburn Sabrina remodeling, Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit and Jack Nicholson in Sean Penn's The Pledge, Sergio Leone, Alice B Toklas in Paris, South Pacific, David and Albert Maysles' Grey Gardens, consulting with Sophie Theallet about Madeleine Vionnet and Cristóbal Balenciaga - Jocelyn Moorhouse and producer Sue Maslin revealed the underpinnings of The Dressmaker.
Kate Winslet as Tilly Dunnage: "We're entering a fable. Although the story, of course, is very truthful and universal."
Based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, screenplay Pj Hogan and Moorhouse, starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving with Sarah Snook, Kerry Fox (Alison Maclean's The Rehearsal), Gyton Grantley, Alison Whyte, Shane Bourne, and Barry Otto (Gracie Otto and »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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