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Back in April 2014, Fox announced Grease: Live, a live three-hour musical special. Today, Fox, via TV Line, has released the first three photos from this highly-anticipated event, giving us our first look at Julianne Hough as Sandy, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo and Aaron Tveit as Danny. Fox will air this three-hour event on Sunday, January 31 from 7 Pm to 10 Pm.
Grease Live will reintroduce and reimagine some of the show's most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. In this live television adaptation of the musical classic, the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy's summer romance - until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny's high school. With their friends pulling them in different directions, it's up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.
Based on the 1971 Broadway musical »
Are your chills multiplying? Because the first photos of Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Aaron Tveit decked out in their Pink Lady and T-Bird best are making us incredibly excited for January's Grease: Live. Seriously: Have sky-high wigs and black spandex and leather ever looked better? Probably not since John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John attended Rydell High back in 1978. The special, which will air from 7 to 10 p.m. on each coast (sorry, Pacific time zone, you get tape-delayed), stars Dancing With the Stars' Hough as the innocent Sandy, High School Musical alum Hudgens as the worldly Rizzo, and Broadway vet Tveit as the irresistible Danny Zuko. Not pictured: current DWTS final four competitor Carlos »
Everyone loves a comeback, especially in Hollywood. Over the last few decades we've seen the rise and fall of many actors and it's especially cool when we see one of our old favorites find a comeback vehicle or career reinvention that brings them back to their original standing or takes them in a bold new direction for their career. From Robert Downey Jr. to John Travolta to Jake... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
John Travolta as a charismatic gangster in an impeccably tailored suit. Casual references to Marcel Proust and quantum physics. An outrageously byzantine plot orchestrated around a big twist ending. The ’90s are back again in “Criminal Activities,” a profane thriller that so closely resembles the B-movies that followed “The Usual Suspects,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Get Shorty,” it could be mistaken for an archeological discovery. Making his directorial debut, veteran thesp Jackie Earle Haley uncannily re-creates the feeling of watching an Elmore Leonard clone circa 1996, when hunger for philosophizing hoodlums was at an all-time high. There’s nothing remotely fresh about this revival, but tight pacing and an overqualified cast keep things zipping along nicely, which may not be enough to draw people to theaters on Nov. 20, but should clear the lower bar of its simultaneous VOD release.
Were the four buddies at the center of “Criminal Activities” not texting so furiously, »
- Scott Tobias
Subliminal Criminal: Haley’s Debut Feloniously Familiar
There’s a certain amount of smarmy appeal to justify Jackie Earle Haley’s attraction to taking on Criminal Activities, the actor’s first stint as director. Updating a script written by Robert Lowell (a man who has been deceased since 1977), Haley updates the action to modern day Cleveland, but this mob affiliated kidnap caper feels exactly like direct-to-video fodder from the mid to late 90’s modeling snappy, impressionistic dialogue around loopy bits of violence and pronounced plot twists, a common template following the success of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994). An intriguing ensemble cast heightens a certain interest in the film’s rudimentary wiles, but exaggerated characterizations distract from an inevitable plot twist only unexpected because it’s not particularly notable.
- Nicholas Bell
On November 17th (the 37th anniversary of Life Day) Abrams ComicArts released Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume One, the first in a series of books reprinting all of the Topps trading cards for your perusal. We sat down and talked with the authors, Gary Gerani and Robert V. Conte, over their love of collecting, the historical value of preserving memorabilia, and where they think Star Wars will head in the future.
ComicMix: How was your experience working with Topps and Abrams ComicArts on this book?
Gary Gerani: Fine. The editors at Abrams were terrific. Most of the people connected with the project were fans, people who wanted this book as much as buyers did.
Robert V. Conte: Abrams didn’t have much of the content needed for this first volume. Surprisingly, neither did Topps. Fortunately, I have a massive Star Wars collection including the »
- ComicMix Staff
Do you remember every word to "Beauty School Dropout"? What about "Greased Lightning"? Chances are if you watched Grease obsessively growing up then you know the lyrics a little better than the Fox stars in this adorable video promoting the network's Sunday, Jan. 31 three-hour Grease: Live. Real talk: They know less about the words to the songs than Frenchy knows about dyeing hair. In the exclusive clip, which you can watch above, catch the casts of Grandfathered, Scream Queens and more trying out their best John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John impressions on some of the soundtrack's most iconic tunes. While some of them clearly know their Grease (we see you, Keke Palmer—and thanks for »
Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has secured 20 titles out of the American Film Market (Afm), which ended Wednesday.
The deals are led by the Nicolas Winding Refn-produced remake Maniac Cop directed by John Hyams and the Antonio Banderas lead thriller Faith from Wild Bunch. Both will be co-distributed with long-time associate Teleview International across the Middle East.
The Dubai-based firm, which acquires distribution rights for the Middle East and North Africa, has also closed a deal with Protagonist Pictures for The Discovery starring Nicholas Hoult and Rooney Mara; while from Hanway Films the titles include horror feature The Devil’s Candy, which debuted at Toronto, and Lone Sherfig comedy drama Their Finest Hour And A Half starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.
From Embankment Films, Front Row has acquired the English-language remake of French »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Brian De Palma has become the directorial litmus test of cinephiles everywhere. To supporters, he stands as a startling visual genius with a penchant for set pieces and lurid subject matter. To naysayers, he remains a lowbrow imitator who spends his studio budgets chasing the ghosts of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. Great director or high class hack? Inconsistent misogynist or Master of the Macabre? Much like his fractured narratives, the answer is never an easy one to attain.
Both sides provide ample support for their case. De Palma’s resume is riddled with enough hollow imitations (Sisters , Raising Cain ) and bloated commercial flops (The Bonfire of the Vanities , The Black Dahlia ) to sink any director. But even in misfires such as these, an undeniable attention to detail remains.
The split screen cover-up of Sisters or the heartbreaking screen tests of The Black Dahlia are breathtaking in scope and execution, »
- Danilo Castro
RelatedMatt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Poi, Castle, Arrow, The Originals, Htgawm, Supernatural, Jane, P.D. and More
As the network launches that pair of newcomers, it will hold off the Season 4 premiere of The Americans until March — which »
FX Networks on Thursday announced winter premiere dates for some new and returning series, including a Tuesday timeslot for limited series “American Crime Story]: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
The networks kick off their winter programming with the Fxx return of comedies “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Men Seeking Woman” on Wednesday, Jan. 6. “Sunny,” the longest-running series in FX Networks history, opens its 11th season at 10 p.m., followed by “Men” at 10:30 p.m. for its second season.
Zach Galifianakis’ new comedy “Baskets” will premiere Thursday, Jan. 21 at 10 on FX. The show follows Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) in his dream of being a French clown — however, reality keeps interfering.
The much-anticipated “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” will bow Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 10 on FX. Based on the book “The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin, the series is »
- Rick Kissell
The growing ambitions and scope of the Napa Valley Film Festival, now in its fifth year, are evidenced by several high-profile events, including an opening night world premiere of “Somm: Into the Bottle,” and gala screenings of such buzzy awards season fare as “Spotlight,” starring Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton, and “Carol” from director Todd Haynes, who’s expected to attend.
The event commands a bit more real estate than the usual film fest, being spread out over 12 screening venues in the towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga — essentially ground zero of California wine country.
“We’ve come a long way in a very short time,” says Nvff co-founder/artistic director Marc Lhormer, who reports that filmmaker submissions jumped 50% this year. “While we’ll be screening about 120 films, the same as last year, I feel the quality of the submissions is going up, so we’ve »
- Iain Blair
Tara Wood, co-director of 21 Years: Richard Linklater, has begun production on an authorised feature-length documentary exploring the career of acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, Variety has revealed.
“Quentin is the most revolutionary, distinctive director of our time,” states Wood. “There is no shortage of stories from his collaborators about what it takes to get his visionary style to the screen. It has been an enlightening process both personally and professionally.”
As with the Richard Linklater documentary, 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino will “draw upon the idea that the first 21 years of work defines the career of an artist” and is set to feature interviews with a host of Tarantino collaborators including Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, Zoë Bell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Michael Madsen and Kerry Washington.
- Gary Collinson
Last year, "21 Years: Richard Linklater" dropped into cinemas, and as you might've surmised from the title, it explores the filmmaker's career across two decades plus one extra year. There doesn't seem to be a specific reason for 21 years to be chosen as the marker, but it seems as good as point as any to reflect on a director's work, and now Quentin Tarantino is getting similar treatment. Read More: Quentin Tarantino Prefers VHS Over Netflix Tara Wood is returning behind the camera for a new documentary about the "Pulp Fiction" helmer, that will include interviews with Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, Zoë Bell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Michael Madsen and Kerry Washington. Certainly, there is much to talk about when it comes to Tarantino, from his video store days where he schooled himself on almost anything you need to know about movies, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Read More: Watch: Guns, Blood and Quentin Tarantino Explode in Glorious 'The Hateful Eight' Trailer Filmmaker Tara Wood is continuing the "21 Years" documentary series with a new film spotlighting the explosive career of Quentin Tarantino. Wood served as co-director of "21 Years: Richard Linklater," the 2014 bio-doc that explored the filmmaker's first two decades in the industry courtesy of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with some of his most well-regarded collaborators. The same approach will apply to "21 Years: Quentin Tarantino." The movie will be the only authorized documentary every produced on the controversial auteur. Interview subjects will include Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, Zoë Bell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Michael Madsen, Kerry Washington and many more. "Quentin is the most revolutionary, distinctive director of our time," said »
- Zack Sharf
There’s been some specials and making of documentaries on his productions, but we have yet to get a definitive documentary on the career of Quentin Tarantino. While this is mostly due to the director still making his films — his latest, The Hateful Eight, arrives on Christmas Day in 70mm — a new documentary will take a look at a specific period in his career.
Production has already started on 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino, which takes a look at — you guessed it — the first 21 years of his films, from 1992’s Reservoir Dogs to 2013’s Django Unchained. Directed by Tara Wood, she seemingly takes the same approach as her last co-directing effort, 21 Years: Richard Linklater.
According to Variety, Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, Zoë Bell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Michael Madsen and Kerry Washington will all be interviewed for the project. “Quentin is the most revolutionary, »
- Jordan Raup
He may have police unions gunning for him, but Quentin Tarantino will also be experiencing attention of a more appreciative nature, as it was announced at the Afm that a documentary about him and his work is in production.
Related: Quentin Tarantino: film maverick and police critic delights in controversy
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- Andrew Pulver
According to Variety, the documentary will feature interviews with frequent Tarantino collaborators, including Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, Zoë Bell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Michael Madsen and Kerry Washington.
Tara Wood will direct the Quentin Tarantino documentary which follows her work on last year’s similarly themed 21 Years: Richard Linklater, which focussed on the Us director of films like Slacker, Before Sunrise and Boyhood.
“Quentin is the most revolutionary, distinctive director of our time,” said Wood to the trade. “There »
- Paul Heath
The film will examine the first 21 years of Tarantino’s career and will include interviews with frequent collaborators including Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, Zoë Bell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Michael Madsen and Kerry Washington.
Wood is a co-director on last year’s documentary “21 Years: Richard Linklater.” Both films draw upon the idea that the first 21 years of work defines the career of an artist.
Tarantino’s first film was 1992’s “Reservoir Dogs,” followed by “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown,” the two “Kill Bill” movies, “Death Proof,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained” and the upcoming “The Hateful Eight.”
“Quentin is the most revolutionary, distinctive director of our time,” said Wood. “There is no shortage of stories from his collaborators about what it takes to get his visionary style to the screen. »
- Dave McNary
The dramatic use of actors playing multiple characters is a bold and rather theatrical device that has its ups and downs. It goes at least as far back as Captain Hook being played by the same actor who plays the Darling children's father in stage productions of Peter Pan, a technique largely adopted in film adaptations of the story, too (hello to Jason Isaacs).
It's used a lot in cinema too. Done well, it's impressive, but when it's bad, it's Jack & Jill. Whether used in comedy or drama or outright horror, there are countless examples of actors delivering terrific performances in more than one role at once, and that's before we even get past Cloud Atlas. Still, we've had a go at totting up 25 of the best. »
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