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Watch: Video Essay Compares Christopher Nolan And Erik Skjoldbjærg's 'Insomnia' Side-By-Side

6 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One of Christopher Nolan’s more under-seen and under-appreciated pictures, 2002’s hypnotic “Insomnia,” is a deft combination of murder mystery, crime procedural and searing character study that watches a sleep-deprived homicide detective as he probes a horrific murder case in Alaska, all while the endless reign of perpetual daylight threatens to disorient his senses beyond good reason. The film is a polished, spooky piece of craftsmanship and one of the highlights in the British director’s filmography. And while the Al Pacino/Robin Williams-starring pic does showcase a number of Mr. Nolan’s preferred motifs, it’s easy to forget that his follow-up to “Memento” was actually a remake of a similarly austere picture from 1997. That film was directed by Norwegian filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjærg and while the two pictures are obviously quite similar in tone and temperament, the original “Insomnia” is more authentically chilly (Skjoldbjærg is, after all, a Norseman), while Nolan’s. »

- Nicholas Laskin

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New VOD and Digital Releases, Plus: Melissa McCarthy's 'Spy' Sneaks Home Four Weeks Before Disc

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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Mad Max: Fury Road (postapocalyptic action reboot; Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz; also available in 3D; rated R) The Age of Adaline (romantic drama; Blake Lively, Michael Huisman; premieres 9/4; rated PG-13) Addicted to Fresno (romantic comedy; Natasha Lyonne, Judy Greer, Fred Armisen, Ron Livingston; pretheatrical release premieres 9/1; not rated) Boulevard (drama; Robin Williams, Bob Odenkirk...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Robin Williams In "Boulevard"

31 August 2015 2:19 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage from director Dito Montiel's latest dramatic feature "Boulevard", starring Robin Williams, in his final film performance with Kathy Baker and Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul"), available on Blu-ray and DVD, September 1, 2015 from Anchor Bay Entertainment:

"...'Boulevard' follows a devoted husband and dutiful bank employee who begins to confront his own secrets.

"What starts as an aimless drive down an unfamiliar street turns into a life-altering decision for 'Nolan Mack' (Williams). For many years, Nolan and his wife 'Joy' (Baker) have embraced their marriage as a convenient distraction from facing reality.

"But when he meets a troubled young man named 'Leo' (Roberto Aguire) on his drive home, Nolan finds himself breaking from the confines of his old life..."

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- Michael Stevens

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“Awakenings” Author Dr. Oliver Sacks Dies Of Cancer At 82

30 August 2015 12:35 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Oliver Sacks, 82, the brilliant neurologist played in fictionalized form by Robin Williams in 1990’s Awakenings, died of cancer Sunday in New York City. His death, confirmed by an assistant, was expected: Sacks had written about coming to terms with his mortality in a series of recent dispatches for The New York Times. The London-born Sacks, whose elegant, plainspoken writing allowed even the most jargon-averse readers to breeze through counterintuitive and complex… »

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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist Who Wrote ‘Awakenings,’ Dies at 82

30 August 2015 9:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oliver Sacks, the British neurologist who wrote the book that inspired the 1990 Robin Williams-Robert De Niro movie “Awakenings,” died of cancer Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 82.

Sacks had a gift for explaining complicated scientific concepts related to his study of brain functions to general readers. “Awakenings,” his first non-fiction book to achieve popular success, revolves around a group of patients in the Bronx whose lives are changed by a cutting-edge treatment for a rare form encephalitis, aka “sleeping sickness.”

The film adaptation directed by Penny Marshall earned Oscar nominations for best picture, for lead actor for De Niro and for adapted screenplay for Steve Zaillian.

Sacks’ book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat,” a collection of stories about his clinic practice, was adapted as an opera in the U.K. by composer Michael Nyman in 1986.

“The Last Hippie,” an essay »

- Variety Staff

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Robin Williams -- Wife and Kids Still Fighting ... Over High-Priced Bike Collection

28 August 2015 12:08 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Robin Williams' widow and his three kids are still warring over his possessions, including his super-expensive collection of bicycles. The attorney for Susan Williams, Robin's widow, was in court Friday morning ... asking a San Francisco judge to settle the remaining property disputes with Robin's 3 children ... Zak, Zelda and Cody. Robin was an avid cyclist and owned dozens of bikes when he died. It's been reported he spent more than a million bucks on the sport. »

- TMZ Staff

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Giveaway: Win Boulevard iTunes Digital Download!!!

28 August 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Want to win “Boulevard” on iTunes via digital download? Tweet @ShockYa to enter (or comment below) and we’ll pick an entry at random. Entries Must be in by 6Pm Est on Monday August 31st. Thanks for entering and good luck!! Boulevard stars Academy Award® winner Robin Williams, Kathy Baker (The Age of Adaline, Take Shelter), Bob Odenkirk (“Breaking Bad”, “Better Call Saul”), Roberto Aguire (Struck by Lightning) and Giles Matthey (“True Blood”). Boulevard was directed by Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, The Son of No One) and written by Douglas Soesbe (The Wrong Woman). Starz Digital released Boulevard in theaters July 17, 2015. Boulevard follows married but  [ Read More ]

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- Rudie Obias

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14 cartoon movie spinoffs you forgot existed: The good, the bad and the just plain weird

27 August 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Free Willy vs cyborgs? The Mighty Ducks from outer space? The path to bringing a beloved film to the small screen isn't always a smooth one, as these oddities demonstrate.

How many of these madcap cartoon series do you remember?

Check out this amazing concept art for the abandoned Jurassic Park animation

1. Back to the Future

Back to the Future is generally considered a perfect movie trilogy, so did we really need the further adventures of Doc Brown and his family in cartoon form? Christopher Lloyd actually appeared in this series in live-action interstitials, but the animated Doc was voiced by Dan 'Homer Simpson' Castellaneta.

2. Mighty Ducks

Remember those films about the cute outcast kids who Emilio Estevez coaches into champion hockey players? How much better would it have been if they were actual ducks? Alien ducks? It made sense to someone.

3. The Real Ghostbusters

The gem in the cartoon adaptation crown, »

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Julianne Hough Flashes Her Massive Engagement Ring Ahead of Taylor Swift's Concert

27 August 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Julianne Hough finally gave the world a peek at her gorgeous engagement ring during a fun girls' night out in La on Wednesday. In a cute photo posted by hairstylist Riawna Capri, The Dancing With the Stars judge, who announced her engagement to hockey player Brooks Laich on Aug. 19, showed off the six-carat Lorraine Schwartz-designed ring while sticking her tongue out. Julianne, who was sporting face paint, was en route to the Taylor Swift concert with a group of friends, including Nina Dobrev, actress Arielle Vandenberg, Aaron Paul's wife, Lauren Parsekian, and Robin Williams's daughter, Zelda. Nina also posted a backseat shot on Instagram that she captioned, "Girls Glitter Night!" while Lauren shared a sweet group photo. While Julianne has had an eventful month, this Summer has been all about Nina, from her fun vacation in St. Tropez to her Pda-filled outing with new boyfriend Austin Stowell. Most recently, »

- Brittney-Stephens

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17 actors impersonating other actors: Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack Nicholson impression is crazy good

24 August 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

You might think you can do a decent Christopher Walken, but really, you can't touch the professionals. Here, from Kevin Spacey to Steve Coogan, are the very finest impersonators in the business (of other people in the business).

1. Kevin Spacey

Actors impersonated: Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando, Christopher Walken

To know Kevin Spacey is to know his impersonations. Willing to bust out a Brando at the drop of a hat, the former Old Vic head honcho was more than willing to obey James Lipton's commands during his appearance on Inside The Actors Studio.

Ps - there are Kevin Spacey impressions, then there are Kevin Spacey impressions in front of the people he's impersonating. Ladies and gentlemen, Al Pacino and "Al Pacino".

2. Bradley Cooper

Actors impersonated: Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Christopher Walken, Christian Bale

Everyone can do a Christopher Walken - even if it's a terrible Christopher Walken »

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Quiz: DJ Movies

24 August 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Zac Efron’s latest, We Are Your Friends, is taking him back to his musical roots. The High School Musical days might be over, but Efron’s still making music on screen.

We Are Your Friends stars Efron as an aspiring DJ navigating the choppy waters of the struggle for fame. The electronic music scene is a cut-throat one, where there are fortunes to be made and some sick beats to be dropped.

As the concept of an electronic DJ is relatively new in comparison to the history of film, Hollywood hasn’t tackled the subject very often. A more common form of DJ found on film is the radio DJ, covering a career that has enjoyed a much longer lifespan. We’re talking about some real classics here: Christian Slater in Pump Up the Volume, Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam… we could go on, but we’ll let »

- Amanda Wood

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Karan Johar spends Rs 15 crores on Rishi Kapoors makeup

24 August 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Not one to spare expenses producer Karan Johar has spent a whopping Rs 1.5 crores on getting one of Hollywood's most well-known makeup artistes Greg Cannom to do Rishi Kapoor's makeup in the Shakun Batra directed Kapoor & Sons.

Revealing this startling detail Rishi Kapoor chuckles, "It takes a producer with guts and vision to spend so much money on one actor's makeup. And mind you, Kapoor & Sons is not a mammoth Dharma Production like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham."

Cannom is the makeup artist who has done Brad Pitt's old man's look in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Robin Williams' old lady's disguise in Mrs Doubtfire.

Speaking on how Cannom came on board Rishi Kapoor says, "I was already doing an old man's role in another film. So when Karan and Shakun came to me I asked them how this old man's role can be separated from »

- Subhash K. Jha

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What’s with all the hate for Ghostbusters II?

23 August 2015 10:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Simon Columb on the hate for Ghostbusters II

Off the bat, I’ll admit it’s inferior to Ghostbusters. The combination of Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray, in a family-friendly blockbuster, with a fiendishly spooky-but-fun script is a perfect cocktail of expertise.

With these elements in mind, Ghostbusters II ultimately doesn’t have the innovation calling card. In most cases, this alone is what automatically secures the first of a series as the superior offering. Recently reading Hadley Freeman’s witty and candid reflection, Life Moves Too Fast, on 1980’s American movies, Freeman devoted an entire chapter to Ghostbusters alone – dismissing Ghostbusters II flippantly as ‘Sold out and bloated, something faintly embarrassing from the past that has left an ugly legacy”. Rick Moranis too, has said he was “disappointed with the second one”. Ivan Reitman, the director of both films, argues “We probably waited a little bit too long for Ghostbusters II”. Critics, »

- Simon Columb

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Emmy Awards: Producer Don Mischer Previews TV’s Big Night

20 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When it comes to Hollywood awards shows, Don Mischer has become the go-to man — this year will mark the 14th time that he will produce the Primetime Emmys. “We’re happy to be back,” says Mischer, who’s deep into planning this year’s kudos fest, along with his partners, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare. Here, he offered Variety a sneak peek of what to expect come Sept. 20.

How will this year’s show be different?

First of all, the nominees are more inclusive and diverse than any time in recent memory. No blue-ribbon panels anymore when it comes down to selecting the winners. That’s going to open up the whole process. It’s much more open voting, and the nominees have reflected that. You’re going to find the same thing on Sept. 20 when we open the envelopes.

Andy Samberg is this year’s host. What will he bring to the show? »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Interview: Bobcat Goldthwait Talks Call Me Lucky And His Animated Friendships With Robin Williams And Barry Crimmins

20 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

"I wouldn't have made the movie if it wasn't for Robin's encouragement."-- Director Bobcat Goldthwait on Call Me Lucky.The first time I interviewed actor-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait, it was for the weird and wonderful World's Greatest Dad, starring the late, irreplaceable Robin Williams. (You can read that interview here). The film was an unexpected wallop, and is even more important to me now. Goldthwait continues to switch up his filmmaking, taking on different genres and styles. Last year he made a great horror film called Willow Creek. It's a found footage film, but unlike most found footage films made today, he brought originality and terror to the exhausted sub-genre. There's a 20-minute single take scene that's guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight...

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Robin Williams -- Wife Says She's Getting Shortchanged

18 August 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Robin Williams' widow says she's not getting enough money to make ends meet ... but Robin's kids think she's getting what she deserves. Susan Schneider filed legal docs in which she complains she's not getting enough money to cover her mortgage, insurance and maintenance of the Tiburon, CA home she shared with Robin. She does not mention a specific amount. Susan doesn't buy the number the estate came up with ... a number Robin's kids are more than happy with. »

- TMZ Staff

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Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel on 'Crash Test' and the tyranny of @Fatjew

18 August 2015 12:12 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel have plenty in common: endless improv chops, an appreciation for terrible cinema (Scheer hosts the podcast "How Did This Get Made?" about lame movies; Huebel hosts the La Upright Citizens Brigade revue "The Shit Show" where guests discuss their worst performances and gigs), and now, the experience of performing together on a giant glass bus. Their new special "Crash Test" sees the comics entertaining an audience on a large party bus as it travels through Los Angeles. On their journey, they meet fellow comics Aziz Ansari, Andy Daly, Rob Corddry, Aubrey Plaza, Natasha Leggero, Jack McBrayer, Thomas Lennon, Ian Karmel, and more. It's a wild ensemble held together by Scheer and Huebel's vaudevillian stamina. We caught up with Scheer and Huebel to discuss friendship in the comedy community, the greatness of bad movies, and what to think of the plagiarism scandal surrounding Twitter star Josh Ostrovsky, »

- Louis Virtel

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Absolutely Anything movie review: absolutely appalling

18 August 2015 9:29 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Subjuvenile and offensive, sentimental and ridiculous. Every attempt at a joke falls flat. Every talent here is wasted. Save yourself. I’m “biast” (pro): love Simon Pegg

I’m “biast” (con): …but he’s been trying my fangirlism for a while now

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The curse of Simon Pegg — that one that means that each movie he makes without the touch of J.J. Abrams or Edgar Wright is worse than the one before it — has not been broken. Though this is surprising: Monty Python’s Terry Jones (Boom Bust Boom) directed Absolutely Anything. Jones wrote the script, too (with Gavin Scott: Small Soldiers)… though it’s been gathering dust for 20 years, and feels like it. Pegg (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) is London schoolteacher Neil Clarke, who is given, without warning or explanation, godlike powers by passing aliens who will decide »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Alex Reviews Absolutely Anything – The Absolute Worst Thing Monty Python Has Ever Done

18 August 2015 4:20 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Rating: ★★

Everyone has something they regret. Bill Murray has Garfield. Josh Trank has saying yes to directing a superhero blockbuster. I have that article where I said Mad Max: Fury Road wouldn’t be that good. And now Monty Python has Absolutely Anything.

Oh, individually, Messrs Cleese, Palin, Jones and Idle have done worse things, but together – through their smartly silly sketch show and even more accomplished movies – they’ve never produced anything that comes close to this.

The Monty Python™ branding may be lacking from the film, with them only getting a passing mention in the marketing, but all the hallmarks are there. We open with an Idle-esque musical number, the director is Terry Jones and the surviving Pythons reunite to provide the voices of supreme beings who gift Simon Pegg with the power to do absolutely anything with just the flick of his wrist. At this point, »

- Alex Leadbeater

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EU to support S Med filmmakers with $2.2m

18 August 2015 3:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A total 120 projects from Morocco to Syria are set to be supported over the next three years by the new $2.2m (€2m) Icam programme co-funded the European Union.

Speaking to ScreenDaily, Catherine Buresi, one of Icam’s initiators, explained that “the idea was to create a programme to support the development of projects, training measures and networking events as a forum for producers from the nine Arab countries”.

Icam (Investing in Culture & Arts in the South Mediterranean) started operations from headquarters in Cairo at the Noon Foundation earlier this year and will run for three years until April 2018.

The eligible countries are Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

According to Buresi, the project is working with local partners throughout the region such as Jordan’s Luminus Media, Egypt/Cyprus-based Semat for production & distribution, Morocco’s Rabii Films Productions, Algeria’s M.D. Ciné as well as the non-profit association Cap Network in Belgium »

- (Martin Blaney)

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