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The landmark from Frank Darabont’s prison-escape classic has been blown down, to the dismay of fans
An oak tree, hailed as a symbol of hope for appearing in a key scene from The Shawshank Redemption, has been toppled by heavy winds in Lucas, Ohio.
In the film, Red, played by Morgan Freeman, travels to the site of the tree on the advice of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) after receiving parole following a 40-year sentence. There, he finds some money and a note left by his friend directing him to Zihuatanejo in Mexico. “Remember, Red,” the letter reads. “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
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- Nigel M Smith
The famous oak tree from the 1994 classic “The Shawshank Redemption” has fallen, according to the Mansfield News Journal. The Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau confirmed on Friday that the staff at the convention had received calls that the iconic tree, located on private property on Pleasant Valley Road near Malabar Farm, fell and were not sure was caused it.
The tree was used as a filming location for the Frank Darabont adaptation of the Stephen King short story. The movie centered around two imprisoned men, Red (Morgan Freeman) and Andy (Tim Robbins), who bonded over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. In a scene with the tree, Red is seen walking along a hay field and removing stones from a rock wall where Andy kept a gift for him.
- Liz Calvario
Mark and Aaron welcome old friend, Doug McCambridge to talk about Robert Altman’s “Don’t call it a” comeback film. We touch on the opening tracking shot, what Altman is saying about Hollywood, and yes, we even go into the ending — or both of them. On top of that, we give some tidbits on how to be economical with the Barnes & Noble Criterion Sale.
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A Hollywood studio executive with a shaky moral compass (Tim Robbins) finds himself caught up in a criminal situation that would be right at home in one of his movie projects, in this biting industry satire from Robert Altman. Mixing elements of film noir with sly insider comedy, The Player, based on a novel by Michael Tolkin, functions as both a nifty stylish murder story and a commentary on its own making, and it is stocked with a heroic supporting cast (Peter Gallagher, »
- Aaron West
Dan Cooper Jul 12, 2016
We look back - with spoilers - at the incredible ending to the film of Stephen King's The Mist...
Unsurprisingly, this article contains spoilers for 2007’s The Mist. This is a deliberately big spoiler warning, for a film you really don't want spoiled. Really.
Stephen King is a man of many collaborations. We suspect you don't need us to tell you that, as they span many mediums and have borne more sweet-tasting, fleshy morsels than the Man from Del Monte would know what to do with.
Without even mentioning his many silver screen collaborative efforts, there’s American Vampire, the excellent comic book series he has co-written with the wildly-talented Scott Snyder; Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County, a musical created in cahoots with T Bone Burnett (creator of that theme tune for True Detective amongst many, many other things). If we’re talking straight up words on »
Director/writer Ron Shelton’s super-smart script fuels this terrific baseball comedy and Shelton knew whereof he spoke; he was a minor league player with the Baltimore Orioles organization. Tim Robbins plays “Nuke” Laloosh, a green pitcher in need of some pointers and Susan Sarandon plays the baseball groupie who provides a few of those pointers off-field. In a career-best performance, Kevin Costner plays “Crash” Davis, the savvy veteran assigned to whip the hapless Laloosh into shape.
- TFH Team
A special edition of this confirmed '70s crowd pleaser? I'm there. Robert Shaw has big plans to hijack a New York subway car, and subway cop Walter Matthau is determined to stop him. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 42nd Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1974 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date July 5, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 1974 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date November 1, 2011 / 19.99 Starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo, Earl Hindman, James Broderick, Dick O'Neill, Lee Wallace, Tom Pedi, Jerry Stiller, Rudy Bond, Kenneth McMillan, Doris Roberts, Julius Harris. Cinematography Owen Roizman Original Music David Shire Written by Peter Stone from the novel by John Godey Produced by Gabriel Katzka, Edgar J. Sherick Directed by Joseph Sargent
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1992 American-British satirical mockumentary film Bob Roberts. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.
The cast is seriously insane, with Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Alan Rickman, and Susan Sarandon Oh and also James Spader, Helen Hunt, Jack Black, Jeremy Piven and his sister Shira, and Bob Balaban Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know we have an election happening The film shows some strong parallels to the presidency of George W. Bush Ray Wise, of course, was famously Laura Palmer’s dad on one of my all time favorite shows, Twin Peaks In this film, he and Alan Rickman play Dick Cheney and Karl Rove type figures Folk music is often in the service of liberal causes, »
- Arik Devens
Tony Sokol Jul 1, 2016
The new Jacob's Ladder will be a "modern-day paranoid action thriller about two brothers"
As you may know, a Jacob's Ladder remake is in the works. Ld Entertainment says that Jacob’s Ladder will be an homage to the classic 1990 supernatural thriller rather than a remake, meaning it will take place in the present and deal with contemporary issues.
It's now being reported that Karla Souza, a regular on the Us TV show How to Get Away With Murder, will play Annie/Angel, a trauma nurse who works with Jacob’s medical crew in Afghanistan. Souza’s latest movie ¿Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño? opened at number one in her native Mexico in May.
In this episode of CriterionCast Chronicles, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee, Arik Devens, and Mark Hurne to discuss the Criterion Collection releases for May 2016.
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- Ryan Gallagher
Masterfully directed by Adrian Lyne, featuring a palpable performance by Tim Robbins, and swimming through an eerie score by Maurice Jarre (a must-have on your Halloween night soundtrack), 1990’s Jacob’s Ladder still sets the bar high for other psychological horror films, and it is now available to watch online for free in the Us via The Paramount Vault.
You can view Jacob Singer’s emotional journey in its entirety below, as it was revealed on Reddit that Paramount Pictures has officially posted Jacob’s Ladder on their YouTube channel, The Paramount Vault, which is also home to other films to watch for free, including 1979’s Prophecy and 2004’s Twisted.
In addition to Robbins, the cast of Jacob’s Ladder includes Elizabeth Peña, Matt Craven, Jason Alexander, Eriq La Salle, Ving Rhames, Lewis Black, Kyle Gass, and Macaulay Culkin. Dim the lights, sit back, and enjoy…
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- Derek Anderson
I really like Adrian Lyne's 1990 existential horror film Jacob's Ladder. So much, in fact, that I wrote an entire 25th anniversary retrospective on it last year featuring interviews with Lyne, screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin and star Tim Robbins. Give it a read if you're interested in learning more about the film, which ranks as one of the best and most influential fright flicks of the 1990s. Speaking of which! The cult classic is now available to watch for free via Paramount Vault, a YouTube account featuring officially sanctioned free streams of movies from the studio's library. As a testament to the film's enduring popularity, it's already been viewed over 34,000 times since going up on the site just 15 hours ago. Get it while it's hot! As a matter of fact, why not watch the entire movie right here on this page? We're more than happy to host. [Thanks to Bloody Disgusting for the tip.] »
- Chris Eggertsen
My guest for this month is West Anthony, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1976 comedy-drama film The Front. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.
Not sure what happened to the audio in the introduction, apologies! The Hollywood blacklist is a term for the treatment of people in the entertainment industry who refused to name names to the House Un-American Activities Committee from 1947 to 1960 For a more in depth take on the blacklist, check out the latest season of the phenomenal You Must Remember This podcast WonderCon is a comic book convention that was held annually in Sf until it was cruelly moved to the La area in 2012. Yes I’m still bitter about it. West also recommends the Gabrielle de Cuir directed Thirty Years of Treason by Eric Bentley Among the people famously blacklisted were Lillian Hellman, Lionel Stander, »
- Arik Devens
Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.
Watch a trailer for an upcoming concert in Denmark featuring the music of Lars von Trier‘s film:
The New York Asian Film Festival 2016 has unveiled its full line-up.
Slate highlights the 50 greatest movies by black directors:
Despite everything, black filmmakers have produced art on screen that is just as daring, original, influential, and essential as the heralded works of Welles, Coppola, Antonioni, Kurosawa, and other nonblack directors. »
- The Film Stage
Robert Altman's murder tale reeks of insider access and Hollywood hipster Bs; its main claim to greatness is its fifty-plus star cameos. It may no longer seem as smart as it looked in 1992, but they don't make 'em any slicker than this. The Player Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 812 1992 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 24, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lyle Lovett. Cinematography Jean Lépine Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Michael Tolkin from his novel Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler Directed by Robert Altman
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Robert Altman's filmography is undergoing what looks like a full retrospective through Criterion; even the 1975 title Nashville came out not long ago. This very successful later picture marks a revitalization of the director's career. It's sort of a Kafkaesque spin on Hail, »
- Glenn Erickson
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Michael Bay)
For better or worse, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is the purest distillation of Michael Bay’s cinematic voice. Bay’s favorite themes recur here from his brand of cheerleading GI Joe patriotism to righteous bloodlust to endlessly off-color non-sequiturs. And years of carpet bombing criticism targeted at his continued lack of political correctness and subtlety have »
- The Film Stage
When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.
A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »
Michelle Obama looked simply stunning when she hosted the White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show in Washington DC on Wednesday. The first lady kicked off the fun event by speaking to the large crowd, which included actor Tim Robbins, and watched the kids show off their talents from her seat in the front row. In addition to hugging the children and chatting to fellow attendees, Michelle also enthusiastically cheered and gave two thumbs up. The talent show comes on the heels of a busy few weeks for Michelle. In addition to attending her very last White House Correspondents' Dinner, she also shared a handful of cute moments with her husband, President Barack Obama, at the Nordic State Dinner. While we love seeing Michelle goof around with little kids, we also love her numerous encounters with Hollywood's A-list celebrities! »
- Caitlin Hacker
Actor and activist Tim Robbins has already been an outspoken and controversial advocate for independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and on Wednesday, engaged in what could be considered dubious salesmanship by many Democratic voters. In an unrelated interview with MSNBC's Tamron Hall, Robbins was asked to comment on concerns that the Democratic Party may have trouble uniting after the nominating process is complete. »
- Tommy Christopher
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
A Married Woman is an often overlooked masterwork from Godard’s most productive period. The plot appears to be simple: Charlotte (Macha Méril) is a young married woman having an affair with an actor. When she discovers that she is pregnant, she must decide which man is the father and which man she will stay with. In Godard’s hands, however, the film, described as a film about a woman’s beauty and the ugliness of her world, »
- The Film Stage
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