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Every Friday for the last few weeks we’ve been looking at a different cinematic classic featuring a certain Tom Cruise. Past editions have focussed on Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, and Minority Report, now our attention turns to his one franchise, the Mission Impossible series.
Tom Cruise had his first taste of fame in the 1980’s and, unlike many of his peers, has never really left the spotlight. His body of work features an impressive 38 films giving him the opportunity to work with many acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Cameron Crowe, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Oliver Stone, and Stanley Kubrick. He’s also done pretty much every genre under the sun, giving him a wide ranging show-reel. He’s also been the first actor to get his own Sky movies channel devoted purely to films he stars in (available now for a limited time). This week sees his latest »
- Kat Smith
“Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
Joe Williams’s life touched many in St. Louis and his recent death has left an awful hole in the local film community. The beloved movie critic for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, who died last Sunday in a car crash, often cited the 1946 Holiday classic It’S A Wonderful Life as his all-time favorite film. Next Saturday. August 8th, Cinema St. Louis is teaming up with Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater for a Tribute to Joe Williams. The event begins at 11am. Friends and colleagues of Joe will be in attendance and will share remembrances and anecdotes about Joe’s life and career. The tribute will conclude with a screening of It’S A Wonderful Life. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets »
- Tom Stockman
Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »
- Drew McWeeny
After the usual banter, and some civil exploration of movie fan theories throughout the years, the war over Ant-Man ignites again, as Tom hulks out a little bit. All this, and Tom’s Trivia Three – Awesome Home Alone, The Breakfast Club, and Oliver Stone triva. Reviews – Southpawm, Inside Out.A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week, our acclaimed actor takes on Wall Street.News – We look into an awesome Barman v Superman fan theory, and round two of our Ant-Man argument. Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the latest episode is ready to download. iPhone / iPad Users– Click here to open your iTunes podcast app and click Subscribe! Stitcher Users Click here – iOS / Android Direct Download from the podcast tab on the right of the screen »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The studio outbid several rivals for film rights to Winslow’s recently published book.
Scott will direct from a Shane Salerno adaptation and produce through his Fox-based Scott Free Films along with the banner’s Michael Schaefer. Salerno will also produce through his Story Factory company.
Steve Asbell will oversee the project for Fox.
“The Cartel,” published last month, centers on two former friends whose paths diverged when one went to work for the Drug Enforcement Agency and the other joined the Sonora drug cartel. The book covers the decade between 2004 and 2014 and is a follow-up to his 2006 novel “The Power of the Dog.”
“The Cartel” includes an escape from prison that’s similar to Guzman »
- Dave McNary
In the last few years, Leonardo DiCaprio has had a mixed run playing law enforcement roles - as the amazingness of both Martin Scorsese's The Departed and Shutter Island are unfortunately counterbalanced by the snore-fest that is Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. Of course, that doesn't mean his time wearing a badge is necessarily over, as new reports are suggesting that he could wind up taking the lead role as DEA agent Art Keller in a big screen adaptation of Don Winslow's recently-released novel The Cartel. Deadline broke the scoop on this one, reporting that 20th Century Fox won an auction for the book's screen rights - as well as the rights to the book that introduced Art Keller into fiction, The Power of the Dog. Ridley Scott is apparently committed to directing the high-priced adaptation, and Shane Salerno - who penned the last big screen Don Winslow film, »
Multiple sources are telling TheWrap that Benicio del Toro, who won an Oscar for his performance in Traffic, has been offered the main villainous role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which Rian Johnson (Looper) has closed a deal to direct for Lucasfilm and Disney.
Discussions are still in early stages for the acclaimed actor, who is well-versed in everything Disney thanks to his part as The Collector in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but execs are reportedly euphoric about handing over the role of a key antagonist to del Toro.
Disney and Lucasfilm went after an A-list actor for the role – Joaquin Phoenix was also a contender, but he passed on the role. Interestingly, del Toro was at one point rumored to be playing antagonist Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness – but we all remember how that one turned out.
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- Isaac Feldberg
Marvel's "Ant-Man" this week is filled with some pretty astonishing visual effects, but none are more incredible than the one that dominates the entire opening scene of the film - Michael Douglas' face.
Minor Spoilers Ahead
The opening two minutes of the film are set in the 1980s as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Triskelion headquarters are being constructed. Set in a well-lit concrete office within the building, Douglas' Hank Pym is engaged in a meeting with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Howard Stark (John Slattery) and Mitchell Carson (Martin Donovan).
Douglas in the scene has been digitally de-aged to look pretty much like he did in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street". Though we've previously seen de-aging in the likes of "X-Men: The Last Stand," "Tron Legacy," "Benjamin Button" and the recent "Terminator Genisys," it was never 100% and looked either too cartoonish or flawed to be believable.
That's not true in this case, »
- Garth Franklin
Douglas is strictly in mentor mode here as Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man who brings Paul Rudd's Scott Lang into the fold to execute a daring heist. This McU outing will introduce Douglas to a host of new cinemagoers who'll no doubt be curious about his big screen work - but where do you start with a back catalogue as formidable as Douglas's?
The rule for a Michael Douglas movie marathon: it must consist of five films and five only (we've had to leave off some classics!). Our choices are below, so read on to find out the films we think are essential viewing.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
It's hardly surprising that the success of Raiders of the Lost Ark spawned a series of quick Indiana Jones knock-offs. »
The first photos from the production show Sawyers and Sumpter in character as the young couple.
- Dave McNary
By Alex Simon
2015 will most likely go down as the year that the once-taboo became respectable, with both gay marriage and marijuana finding legal and public acceptance nationwide. While the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states, the marijuana initiative is having an appropriately slower, but steady climb into legality. That said, we thought we’d take a look at some of cinema’s greatest proponents of the stoner lifestyle, before it all becomes downright conventional.
10. Jeff Spicoli—Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Sean Penn not only became a star with his turn as surfer/stoner Jeff Spicoli in the 1980s’ most iconic teen movie, he established how the stoners of the ‘80s differed from their predecessors: while the rebels of the ‘60s and ‘70s viewed their use of cannabis as a symbol of rebellion, and preferred it to alcohol and the other symbols of their parents’ generation and its decadence, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Director John Frankenheimer.
I'm often asked which, out of the over 600 interviews I've logged with Hollywood's finest, is my favorite. It's not a tough answer: John Frankenheimer.
We instantly clicked the day we met at his home in Benedict Canyon, and spent most of the afternoon talking in his den. A friendship of sorts developed over the years, with visits to his office for screenings of the old Kinescopes he directed for shows like "Playhouse 90" during his salad days in live television during the 1950s.
We hadn't spoken for nearly a year in mid-2002 when the phone rang. It was John, who spoke in what can only be described as a "stentorian bark," like a general. "Alex!" he exclaimed. "John Frankenheimer." He could sense something was amiss with me. It was. My screenwriting career had stalled. My marriage was progressing to divorce. I had hit bottom. John knew that »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
While we often lament some of the films that end up stuck in development Hell, never to become realized on the big screen, there are some films we should all be glad never came to fruition.
Sometimes they don’t get it! We all know that the film industry is a business and they want to make money, but Hollywood doesn’t always realize that the best way to do that is to make a good film. Sometimes, Hollywood’s habit of taking a known property and stretching them out to absurd proportions proves that they just don’t get the point. Fortunately, there are times when someone recognizes a bad idea and puts on the brakes. Below is a list of 14 films where someone was smart enough to notice that they were making a pile of trash and threw in the towel.
Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian
Due to the success of Beetlejuice, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
We’ve been doing a little work over on our YouTube channel, and we’ll be constantly be updating the page with all of the best new movie trailers, ad spots, featurettes and interviews as we get them. The plan is to compile the best of the YouTube trailer content every weekend for your viewing pleasure, and here’s the first instalment.
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We have had some great new trailers arrive this week, including a full trailer for Danny Boyle‘s upcoming Steve Jobs movie, a final trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man, a first teaser for Oliver Stone‘s political drama Snowden, a first trailer for London Has Fallen, another for the Rocky spin-off Creed, and an awesome new trailer for The Krays drama Legend, starring Tom Hardy. Take a look below at these hot new trailers, and don’t forget to subscribe to our new channel over here. »
- Paul Heath
By Alex Simon
They say that clothes make the man. They also make the man in the movie and, sometimes, even make the movie itself live on in the annals of classic filmdom. With that in mind, here is a list (in no particular order) of ten gents and the characters they played who changed our sartorial habits forever.
1. Michael Douglas/Gordon Gecko—Wall Street
Arguably the movie that set the style for second half of the 1980s, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street featured Michael Douglas’ Oscar-winning turn as corporate raider Gordon Gecko, whose ruthlessness in the boardroom was only matched by his sense of style. Douglas is all clean lines in his pinstripe suits, suspenders and slicked-back hair, creating an iconic look that screamed “power” and “go fuck yourself” simultaneously.
Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian sci-fi allegory is one of cinema’s great dark satires, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
This week's episode of Screen Talk is presented by Vimeo. Head here to check out movies you can rent on Vimeo selected by Indiewire's Eric Kohn. This week, the first 100 people who use the promo code "eric10" can rent "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" (above), one of Kohn's favorite films of the year, with a 10% discount. The summer movie season is swarming with sequels, but it's hard to imagine any of them delivering as much fun as "Magic Mike Xxl." Its crowdpleasing potential was obvious from the trailer, but as we all know, trailers never guarantee quality. Read More: Why is Hollywood Still So Sexist? But marketers certainly try to convince us otherwise. This week saw the arrival of three major trailers, and they all invite plenty of scrutiny. While Oliver Stone's biopic "Snowden" includes no actual footage from the film, it hints at the kind of project one might »
- Eric Kohn
Today we have a teaser trailer for Oliver Stone's upcoming "Snowden" film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden. Check it out below. Plot: The story follows Snowden (Gordon-Levitt) as he moves from Hawaii to Hong Kong where he met documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras (director of the Oscar-winning Citizenfour) and journalist Glenn Greenwald to hand over top-secret Nsa documents, all before seeking asylum in Russia. "Snowden" co-stars Nicolas Cage, Shailene Woodley and Zachary Quinto. It's set to hit theaters on December 25th. Trailer: »
For a movie about a guy (in)famous for leaking classified information, "Snowden" is playing its own cards close to the vest. For now. Oliver Stone, who lives for this kind of story, directed the political bio thriller with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as former CIA employee Edward Snowden. The movie comes out on Christmas, which means it's a capital "B" Big Deal. Also a big deal: the rest of the A-list cast, which includes Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and even -- a bit randomly -- Nicolas Cage.
The first teaser trailer doesn't focus on the cast. It doesn't show them at all. It only lists their names at the end, after a series of facts are shown about the real Edward Snowden (who is also not shown at all). Here's what we see, amid close-up shots of an American flag, as pensive »
- Gina Carbone
Have you read Don Winslow's remarkable open letter about the drug war? If so, then you've got some sense of the simmering anger that runs through his new novel, The Cartel, which is one of the most impressive books I've read this year. Dense, sweeping, and scathing in terms of pointing at all the systemic failures that keep a horrifying mechanism in place, The Cartel is worth your time, and it's worth a serious conversation, which is exactly what I had with him about a week before the book hit the shelves. He dialed me directly. I was at home, and as I hit record on the conversation, he was already mid-explanation about how long he's been working on telling this particular story, which arrives just as this conversation seems to be heating up onscreen (the documentary "Cartel Land") and in real life. Don Winslow: … when I started »
- Drew McWeeny
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