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“All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.”
Quentin Tarantino took Jean-Luc Godard’s quote to heart, populating his blood-splattered films with some of the most iconic female characters in the last twenty-five years. There’s almost always a female lead or, at the very least, a villain.
Case in point: Kill Bill. Nearly all the leads – with the exception of the aforementioned Bill – are ladies, and they’re all very, very, very deadly. Luckily, Kill Bill: Vols. 1 & 2 play select Cineplex theatres on Tuesday, February 3, and Wednesday, February 4, as part of this year’s Great Digital Film Festival.
Who is Tarantino’s greatest female character?
Amanda Plummer’s Honey Bunny is a »
- Sasha James
The official Sundance synopsis for Michael Almereyda's based-on-a-true-story drama "Experimenter" reads, "In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the 'obedience experiments' at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65% of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents." Now how's that for an enticing feature? Starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder, "Experimenter" is bound to give the archetypal "biopic" an exciting energy as it dives into the mind of its psychologically-oriented subject. What's your film about, in 140 characters or less? Behavior experiments, electric shocks, lost letters, familiar strangers, six degrees of William Shatner, a happy marriage. Now, what's it Really about? "It may be that we are »
- Zack Sharf
Find out why Taylor Swift is freaking out - Us Weekly Paris Hilton is monkeying around in Bali - HuffPost Celebrity Winona Ryder makes a rare appearance at Sundance - Lainey Gossip Here's what Sam Smith will do if he wins the Grammy - Dlisted Florence Henderson gets Very candid about her love life - Et Kristen Stewart earns a very surprising award nomination - JustJared Jessica Alba is hardcore working on her fitness - Hollywood Tuna Get the latest update in all the Blink-182 drama - Pink Is the New Blog What's coming next on Keeping Up With the Kardashians? - The Superficial Lena Dunham isn't afraid of being unpopular - I'm Not Obsessed »
Like any human, I saw the posters for "Mortdecai," rose from my seat, and sprinted into a wall. What was this damn thing? Johnny Depp and cronies Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, and Olivia Munn wore silly mustaches and expected to seem, I guess, irreverent and wacky. Instead they looked like they were starring in a movie adapted from a Pringles can, and the world frowned. "Mortdecai" also underlined the fact that Johnny Depp's presence as a Hollywood titan has been transformed and warped in the past decade. He got a taste of that Jack Sparrow hokum dollar and never looked back. Or if he did look back, he did it with a woozy Keith Richards glance that makes everyone with brain cells roll their eyes. Let's make Johnny Depp cool again. Here are six ways he could regain some of the "it" factor that kept him seeming bad-ass for »
- Louis Virtel
The Orchard has acquired North American distribution rights to Sundance comedy “The Overnight,” the company announced Monday.
Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godrèche star in the sex comedy, described as a painfully funny take on thirty-something sexual frustration and parenthood, written and directed by Patrick Brice.
Also Read: TheWrap’s Exclusive Sundance Portraits (Photos)
“We were obsessed with ‘The Overnight’ from the minute we laid eyes on it, »
- Linda Ge
Experiment This: Almereyda Revisits Classic Social Psych Progenitor
American filmmaker Michael Almereyda brings to the screen a pseudo-biopic on one of the more famous social psychologists, Stanley Milgram, whose name should, at the very least, rumble through the memory bank of anyone who has ever taken a Psychology course. But Experimenter, much like academia, is concerned mostly with Milgram’s famed early 1960s obedience experiments, which yielded disturbing results about easily conditioned human beings that society at large was not quite ready to accept, leading to Milgram being treated as something of a pariah within his own academic community. Filmed with a desaturated palette and utilizing props and set backdrops to inflect rather than convey period, Almereyda’s created a cold, clinical portrait of a man whose own familial background informed his timely social experiment, one that’s been referenced and recreated as a tenet of understanding unnerving truths as concerns human behavior. »
- Nicholas Bell
The controversial social psychologist Stanley Milgram gets a biopic as polymorphous as one of his own research studies in “Experimenter,” a highly formal, always fascinating movie from writer-director Michael Almereyda, who here delivers his most fully realized effort in the 15 years since his modern-dress “Hamlet” starring Ethan Hawke. Almereyda conceives of Milgram’s life and work as a kind of constantly evolving theater piece and runs with the idea, resulting in a decidedly Brechtian bit of filmmaking that routinely breaks the fourth wall and employs other bits of theatrical artifice to tell its tale. Such old-school indie-art-movie quirks won’t be to everyone’s liking, but for those who imbibe, “Experimenter” offers a heady brew of theories about the essence of human nature, and a Peter Sarsgaard performance that catches Milgram in all his seductive, megalomaniacal brilliance.
Milgram made his name in the more permissive, laissez-faire era of university-sponsored scientific »
- Scott Foundas
Wht did Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig, Zachary Quinto, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Connie Britton. Molly Shannon, Bel Powley, Alia Shawkat, Marielle Heller, and many others do on the second day of Sundance? Drink Grey Goose and chit chat about the films on parade.From the press release:Earlier this evening, Grey Goose Vodka kicked off the second evening of the Blue Door Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival. As part of a six-night series of cocktail parties and private dinners Grey Goose Vodka will continue to host the festival’s top talent who share a passion to achieve the […] »
- April Neale
Featuring narration from The Craft's Fairuza Balk (and with clips of Robin Tunney, Devon Sawa and co), it made us feel a sudden pang of nostalgia and sent us on our own trip down memory lane to find out where they - and the rest of the '90s teen movie crew - are now.
So, here are 11 stars from some of our favourite '90s teen movies, and what they've gone on to do since:
He went on to play teenage prophet of doom Alex Browning in Final Destination (2000), and appeared as similarly unstable Stan in Eminem's controversial music »
You never know what truths will come out in a game of "Never Have I Ever."
The A-listers were asked to hold up a paddle either saying "I have" or "I have never," depending on the question, and all three -- and even Ellen, herself -- 'fessed up to getting frisky on a plane.
Watch above for their hilarious reaction.
Other notable moments in the revealing game?
Gwyneth being the only one to admit to sexting, and Johnny sweetly saying he's never regretted getting a tattoo before. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor famously got a "Winona Forever" tattoo on his right arm while he was dating his Edward Scissorhands co-star Winona Ryder, which he later »
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off Thursday and with it come some of the most groundbreaking, experimental, and challenging independent films from Hollywood and around the world.
From films about infamous psychological experiments to degenerate gamblers, and the post-apocalyptic worlds to ill-fated emotional journeys, these are the nine films from this year's Sundance Film Fest that we can't wait to watch.
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What It's About: The Stanford Prison Experiment tells the real life story of an infamous psychological study examining the effects of imprisonment. Two dozen student volunteers are randomly assigned to be guards or prisoners in this mock jail and, as the experiment unfolds, the students begin to disturbingly fall into their roles.
Why We Want To See It: The real experiment was a frightening yet fascinating examination of psychological conditioning and the man who ran the »
Ranking any franchise is a personal and difficult process, but the Alien series represents its own challenges. Were you more affected by the intimate shocks of the 1979 original, or the more action-led 1986 sequel? Were you impressed by Alien 3's commitment to its bleak tone, or irked by its soupy darkness?
You're sure to have your own opinions as to how the Alien movies should be ranked, though we'd wager that, like us, you'd place the Alien Vs Predator spin-offs quite far down the list. But then there's Ridley Scott's prequel, Prometheus, a film some might rank far above Jean-Pierre Jeunet's quirky Alien Resurrection, and perhaps even David Fincher's Alien 3.
Accepting, then, that the ranking below is very much down to personal taste, »
The Experimenter: Peter Sarsgaard stars in The Experimenter as real-life social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who devised a study in 1961 to test a theory about blind obedience to orders. Winona Ryder costars as his wife; John Leguizamo, Anton Yelchin and Anthony Edwards are among the subjects of his experiments. The movie will debut at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. [EW.com] Amazon: Online retailer Amazon.com, which has enjoyed success producing original small-screen shows such as the Golden Globe-winning Transparent (above), says it will begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical distribution in 2015. The projects will be lower budgeted productions, in the neighborhood of $5 million to $25 million per title, and will be available on...
- Peter Martin
Back in 2011, writer-producer Seth Grahame-Smith was brought on board to develop a sequel to the 1988 cult classic Beetlejuice, which – over the past year – seems to be edging ever closer to becoming a reality. We’ve heard on numerous occasions that director Tim Burton and stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder are all keen to return for the second outing, and now Grahame-Smith has revealed that the plan is to film the sequel once Burton completes his next film, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.
“I’ve emailed with Michael Keaton,” Grahame-Smith tells EW. “I know he’s excited about the idea. I know Tim is excited about the idea. Where it stands now is Tim’s got to get ready to make [Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children], and then hopefully we are set, deals are done, and we’re waiting in the wings ready to go right after Peregrine’s wraps up. The ideal »
- Gary Collinson
According to screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, not only is Beetlejuice 2 going to happen, it could start filming by the end of this year. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Smith was talking about his current busy schedule and the subject of Beetlejuice 2 came up. Here's what he had to say about the project:
"I’ve emailed with Michael Keaton. I know he’s excited about the idea. I know Tim [Burton] is excited about the idea.."… deals are done, and we’re waiting in the wings ready to go right after Peregrine’s wraps up. The ideal timeline is we’re really getting into it toward the end of this year."
Peregrine’s is referring to Burton’s current project Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Smith also has exciting casting information for the fans of the original movie. While talking about how scary it is to take »
- Billy Fisher
Social psychologist Stanley Milgram had questions about authority—in the scientific sense. More precisely, he had questions about obedience: Why do some people so willingly do what they're told to do, and will they object or resist when they realize that their compliance might be hurting others? His controversial 1961 study, which he devised to study and understand the "just following orders" psychology that enabled the Holocaust, monitored volunteers who were politely instructed to apply painful electric-shocks to a subject strapped to a chair whenever he answered incorrectly. That set-up was a ruse: the volunteers were the ones actually being tested, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Buzz about a potential "Beetlejuice 2" has been ongoing pretty much ever since the classic Tim Burton film first hit theaters in 1988. But now, with Burton confirming that a sequel is indeed in the works, it seems that the movie is actually, really, 100 percent happening -- and may begin production as early as this year.
Writer Seth Grahame-Smith ("Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"), who's co-writing the script and co-producing the flick with his "Dark Shadows" collaborator Burton, gave a status report on the project in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, and dished out a bunch of scoop about the follow-up.
First, Grahame-Smith confirmed what Burton had alluded to during a recent press tour for "Big Eyes": Winona Ryder will be back. And after publicly hinting that he'd be interested in the sequel, Michael Keaton is also on board, according to Grahame-Smith.
As for what the writer's script entails, »
- Katie Roberts
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Earlier today, screenwriter/producer Seth Grahame-Smith revealed that his Gremlins reboot has been put on hold, but that is just one of the many projects he is currently involved in. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the writer offered an update on Beetlejuice 2, which he co-wrote with his writing/producing partner David Katzenberg. Last month, director Tim Burton revealed that the sequel is "closer than ever" to happening, which Seth Grahame-Smith essentially confirmed, revealing that they hope to start production at the end of this year. Here's what the writer had to say.
"I've emailed with Michael Keaton. I know he's excited about the idea. I know Tim is excited about the idea. Where it stands now is Tim's got to get ready to make [Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children], and then hopefully we are set, deals are done, and we're waiting in the wings ready to go right after Peregrine's wraps up. The »
Gwyneth Paltrow appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show Wednesday, where the Oscar winner and lifestyle guru dropped some pretty significant truth bombs about her career, her past loves and her legacy in pop culture.
Promoting the forthcoming comedy “Mortdecai” with Johnny Depp, Paltrow touched on Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., now-ex Chris Martin, movies she’s passed on and if that classic Coldplay track is indeed about her. Here are the five biggest revelations from Paltrow and Stern’s chat:
The First “Iron Man” Was Largely Improvised
“On ‘Iron Man’ one, there was literally no script,” Paltrow »
- Matt Donnelly
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