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Like a shot of adrenaline to the heart, “Pulp Fiction” changed the movie landscape when it opened on Oct. 14, 1994. Quentin Tarantino’s ode to crime and pop-culture was a bold new cinematic vision in a decade that badly needed one. Before “Pulp Fiction,” prestige films like “Dances with Wolves” and “A Few Good Men” seemed content to play it safe, while blockbusters like “Jurassic Park” and “The Fugitive” focused squarely on the mainstream. Overnight, the term ‘Tarantinoesque’ became shorthand for audaciously stylized ultra-violence and genre-bending thrills. On its 20th anniversary, here’s why “Pulp Fiction” remains the coolest movie of the ’90s.
The Soundtrack: From the rumbling reverb of Dick Dale’s surf-rock rendition of “Misirlou” to the soulful crooning of Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” and the strip club sexiness of Kool & the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie,” the “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack effortlessly mixes musical styles the way the film blends genres. »
- Matthew Chernov
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Suburban wife Roberta Glass (Rosanna Arquette) lives vicariously through the personal ads in the paper, especially those from and for a cool downtown rocker named Susan (Madonna). Roberta heads to the city for a little vicarious excitement, but she gets way more than she bargained for when a case of amnesia and mistaken identity have her on the run from the creeps seeking Susan. It's finally on Blu-ray, for anyone who's ever dreamed of escaping to NYC and drying their armpits off in a public bathroom.
"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (40th Anniversary Black Maria Limited Edition)
This four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo boasts a new digital transfer and surround sound mix, but the never-before-seen outtakes with Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface »
- Jenni Miller
Christopher Reeve: 'Superman' and his movies (photo: Christopher Reeve in 'Superman' 1978) Christopher Reeve, Superman in four movies from 1978 to 1987, died ten years ago today. In 1995, while taking part in a cross-country horse race in Culpeper, Virginia, Reeve was thrown off his horse, hitting his head on the top rail of a jump; the near-fatal accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He ultimately succumbed to heart failure at age 52 on October 10, 2004. Long before he was cast as Superman aka Clark Kent, the Manhattan-born (as Christopher D'Olier Reeve on September 25, 1952), Cornell University and Juillard School for Drama alumnus was an ambitious young actor whose theatrical apprenticeship included, while still a teenager, some time as an observer at London's Old Vic and Paris' Comédie Française. At age 23, he landed his first Broadway role in a production of Enid Bagnold's A Matter of Gravity, starring Katharine Hepburn. »
- Andre Soares
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted a private luncheon and viewing of the current exhibition, Hollywood Costume, on Wednesday, October 8, at the Wilshire May Company building – future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Wamg attended the press preview in September. Taking five years to create, this must-see exhibition is the kickoff for the whole Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Emphasizing how costumes are so important in creating characters, this one-of-a-kind exhibition comes with its own film score, enhanced with dazzling animations and screenplay excerpts.
See our photos and and a look at the Academy’s museum Here.
The event was generously »
- Michelle McCue
20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
So…drugs, right? Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel of the same title, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The pair is heading to Sin City, speeding through the Nevada desert, under the influence of mescaline. From there, the film is series a bizarre hallucinations seen through the eyes of Duke. So, we jump from hotel room to hotel room, all of the action a blur of what is happening and what really isn’t. Throughout the course of the film, Duke and/or Gonzo ingest the following drugs: mescaline, sunshine acid, diethyl ether, LSD, cocaine, and adenochrome (probably more). Duke – who is a Thompson stand-in – is supposed to be writing an article before heading back to Los Angeles, but tends to get sidetracked quite a bit. In »
- Joshua Gaul
Benedict Samuel has started shooting a Us indie thriller in Los Angeles, his third Us film in the past 12 months.
The Nida graduate is among the ensemble cast of The Stanford Prison Experiment, the saga of 20 undergraduate volunteers who are offered a cash incentive to assume the role of either guard or prisoner for two weeks in a mock jail, all in the name of scientific research.
Things quickly escalate beyond the boundaries of reason and humanity. Based on Dr. Philip Zimbardo.s notorious 1971 psychological study at Stanford University, the screenplay is by Tim Talbott and P.W. Hopsidor.
Represented in Australia by »
- Don Groves
Jon Voight looks to match his Golden Globe win earlier this year with a Best Drama Supporting Actor Emmy for his portrayal of Mickey Donovan in Showtime's "Ray Donovan." -Break- Click here to watch our latest interviews with Emmy nominees Synopsis: In Voight's submitted episode, "Fite Nite," Mickey trains his son for an upcoming boxing match. He receives a phone call from Linda (Rosanna Arquette), whom he had recently threatened with a gun while flirting. She asks Mickey to meet with her to discuss their previous encounter. Mickey agrees. At a diner, Mickey apologizes to her; he thought threats and gunplay were what she wanted from him. The two spend the rest of the day together, but when she's about to leave his apartment, an intruder, Sully (James Woods), holds her at gunpoint. See full list of Emmy episode submissions here Sully and his partner take Linda and Mickey to »
Time Warner Cable and Showtime pulled out all the stops at Wednesday’s spirited fete for the season two premiere of the gritty drama “Ray Donovan,” which nabbed an Emmy nomination in the best supporting actor category for Jon Voight, who plays Mickey Donovan, Liev Schreiber’s on-screen father sprung from prison and wreaking havoc on Ray’s personal life.
“There are so many good scenes when I look back on our last season,” said Voight. “I like to look at things as a whole, as a complete body of work (rather) than break things apart. It’s a joy to be a part of something as excellent as this.”
Following a screening of the premiere episode at Malibu Cinemas, where series stars Paula Malcomson and Dash Mihok were treated to popcorn, candy and cherry slushes, everyone headed to upscale sushi eatery Nobu — perched on Pch overlooking the Pacific. Guests »
- Malina Saval
Junkie life is as chicly miserable as its most vapid chroniclers have always had us believe in “Asthma,” a feature directorial debut from actor Jake Hoffman that is sorely in need of its own inhaler. Taking a perversely slow approach to fast living, Hoffman’s film glumly examines the trail of all-purpose destruction left by New York heroin addict Gus (Benedict Samuel) on a weekend bender, but can’t resist having it both ways, as his scuzzily narcissistic lifestyle is also shown to have improbable sexual allure to at least one clear-headed woman (Krysten Ritter) with better options. Ritter’s performance is the liveliest thing in a callow, shallow cautionary tale, which wears its influences on its artfully frayed sleeve and no closer than that to its heart. A sprinkling of cameos from past-prime names is unlikely to make distributors breathe any easier around this dull-eyed downer.
Most recently seen »
- Guy Lodge
Gordon-Levitt will play Philippe Petit, the highwire artist who successfully walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers in 1974. Samuel plays a member of Gordon-Levitt’s crew.
He is repped by Wme, Management 360 and United Management in Australia.
- Justin Kroll
Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are ending their 18-year marriage. Griffith filed for divorce from Banderas on Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences, according to documents obtained by People. In a statement sent from their rep, the couple says, "We have thoughtfully and consensually decided to finalize our almost twenty years marriage in a loving and friendly manner honoring and respecting each other, our family and friends and the beautiful time we have spent together." Griffith, 56, who attended a private American Film Institute tribute ceremony in Hollywood honoring Jane Fonda with Eva Longoria on Thursday, seeks spousal support from Banderas, »
- Andrea Billups
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
The cast of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” talked season two before they took part in a panel discussion at the Television Academy Monday night.
“You’ll see how he spent the money, and you can imagine what he did with the money,” Voight told Variety. “Let’s party!” he continued and added his character’s infamous dance moves. “So when you first see him, he’s out of his mind.”
Voight won the Golden Globe for his performance and said a line that was crossed off his acceptance speech was “Thank you. I’m a little uncomfortable. This is the first award I’ve ever received for dancing in a towel.”
- Nikara Johns
In Draft Day, on the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Recently, Wamg sat down with Kevin Costner in a press conference where he spoke to members of the media about his new role in Draft Day, Field Of Dreams, and how affected he was by Rock Hudson in Giant. Check it out below!
There’s a line in the movie where you say, “What do you want?!” Is this a direct reference to Field Of Dreams where you at one point said, “What do you want? »
- Melissa Howland
There have been plenty of movies made about football but none made about draft day -- a seemingly mythical occurrence when the major football franchises make bids for the hottest college players. Well, thankfully "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman and former Robin Hood Kevin Costner are about to right that wrong with "Draft Day," a drama set in the high stakes world of the NFL draft.
"Draft Day" takes place over a single 24-hour period, where a frazzled general manager (played by Costner) is running around, trying to restore glory to his team (the Cleveland Browns) and sort out his personal life (his girlfriend has just told him that she's pregnant and his dad recently died). If anyone was wondering about the analytical nitty gritty that went into the behind-the-scenes lead-up to the NFL draft, then this is the movie for you.
But what about those (like myself) who only have »
- Drew Taylor
Final Draft: Reitman’s By the Numbers Sports Drama
Director Ivan Reitman leaves behind the realm of rom-com for a masculine about-face with the football drama, Draft Day, which, as you can rightfully assume, takes place on the eponymous day, its clock kicking off thirteen hours before the grand finale. Screenwriters Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph takes deliberate pains in dumbing down the behind-the-scenes process that goes on, which will certainly help engage complete strangers to the realm, though this is hardly a realistic inside look at anything more than your conventional sports drama about a down-on-his-luck dude who manages to outsmart everyone despite dubious popular opinion.
The countdown to Draft Day has begun, and this year, Seattle holds the number one pick as well as the current top star, quarterback Bo Callahan (Josh Pence). However, the Seattle manager, Tom Michaels (Patrick St. Espirit) thinks he can oversell Callahan to a desperate team, »
- Nicholas Bell
The 2014 NFL Draft. The culmination, for most players, of a lifetime of playing football – hundreds of NFL hopefuls waiting to hear their names announced during one of the seven rounds of the draft.
The 2014 NFL Draft returns to primetime, with the first round taking place Thursday, May 8, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday, May 9. Rounds 4-7 will be held Saturday, May 10.
On Tuesday night, St. Louis Rams players, Robert Quinn, Rodger Saffold, Chase Reynolds, Johnny Hekker, Greg Zuerlein, and Mason Brodine, came out for the special advance screening of the new NFL Draft based film, Draft Day.
When asked what their favorite Sports films were, Quinn paused and said, “It’s a toss up… Remember The Titans and The Replacements,“ while Saffold said, “easy, Hoosiers.” Speaking of basketball, both picked the University of Connecticut Women’s basketball team to win, “with no problem.”
The official mascot of the St. »
- Michelle McCue
There are, essentially, two different worlds in cinema. In one, it is about art and original storytelling – the expression of unique ideas and voices for the purpose of thought-provoking entertainment. In the other, it is specifically designed to make money. The former gives us films such as Donnie Darko, Whip It and Being John Malkovich. The latter gives us Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Occasionally, a rare individual demonstrates the possibility of crossing that divide, and participates in projects that – sometimes - have feet in both camps. Alfonso Cuaron can do it. The Coen Brothers can do it. Tom Hanks can do it. And sometimes, believe it or not, Kevin Costner can do it, too.
There are some less than fragrant titles on Kevin Costner’s resume – as you would expect from an actor whose breakout role happened almost thirty years ago, in Silverado. The difference between Costner and most other long-serving filmmakers, »
- Sarah Myles
With its frank discussions and extensive sex scenes, this is where all your questions about lesbians are answered
The L Word reached our screens just as Sex and the City was tottering off the Brooklyn Bridge in high-heeled pursuit of whichever shark it could jump first. Advertised by Living TV across tube stations and on the back of heat magazine by two oiled-up, bikinied lesbians and the slogan "Same Sex, Different City", it too came from a place of immense privilege.
Series one is the most heteronormative-friendly; later series went a bit haywire trying to please online forum überfans' demands for more intersectional representation at the behest of believable storylines. One worry was that out of half a dozen lesbians, only one gives off Sapphic vibes distinctive enough for a straight person to recognise: urchin-haired androgyne Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig) is so universally sexy that everyone, male or female, gay or straight, »
- Sophie Wilkinson
Lena Dunham’s popular television series Girls has already advanced the careers of its four central stars – Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke – but the HBO production has also dedicated plenty of screen time to a bevy of other talented ladies, even those not necessarily known for their acting work. Dunham’s series has long appeared to be compelled to cast the coolest female talents for a variety of guest roles that often quite handily subvert their public and professional personas. Kathryn Hahn had an arc back in the show’s first season as the mother of Jessa’s young babysitting charges who attempts to juggle her career and her family, Rosanna Arquette stopped by for an episode, comedienne Jenny Slate showed up for one, and even Dunham’s artist mom (and Tiny Furniture co-star) Laurie Simmons has played a named character in an ep. Elsewhere, Dunham’s childhood pal Audrey Gelman (who supposedly inspired »
- Kate Erbland
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