9 items from 2014
Selena Gomez gave her own parents the boot as employees yesterday, and is looking for new management. But that's far from the oddest firing Hollywood has ever seen: Tom Cruise went the opposite way, firing his publicist in favor of a family member—in his case, he gave his Scientologist sister the job . But just eight months later, his sister resigned and he hired a new publicist. Sometimes it's the family members who get the stars fired: The New York Times reports that after Thora Birch 's father (a former "adult star" who became his daughter's manager) threatened one of »
- Evann Gastaldo
For many millennials, 1995 was a very important year, because it brought about the wonderful, wise coming-of-age film Now and Then - not to mention the movie's crazy-good soundtrack. (Who didn't have "Sugar, Sugar" on repeat while daydreaming about a Summer fling with Devon Sawa?) It's been almost 20 years since we first met the group, and although the story was set in 1991 and flashed back to 1970, the movie's messages still ring true, and there's a lot to learn from the life and relationships of Roberta, Samantha, Crissy, and Teeny. This week marks the 32nd birthday of Teeny actress Thora Birch, so we're taking a look at some of the most memorable truths captured in the movie. Reliving the good, the bad, and the hilarious, enjoy a quick dose of nostalgia with 18 life lessons from Now and Then. View Slideshow › »
- Laura Marie Meyers
This upcoming month, there are two interesting genre titles playing on Fearnet that you should take note of; 'Eden Lake' and 'Dahmer.' Why? Because they both represent early movies for actors that have proved to be outstanding performers in the arts long before they honed their craft. In the case of 'Eden Lake,' the film is fronted by Michael Fassbender, long before he played Magneto in the 'X-Men' films, stole the show in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' & played the android David from 'Prometheus' with such cold, calculated perfection. Also, you can catch 'Dahmer,' the bio pic from director David Jacobson, which stars Jeremy Renner in one of his first cinematic lead roles. Now he's an Avenger in the Marvel Universe! So it got me thinking about other examples of successful stars you may have totally forgotten were in genre films. »
- Rob Galluzzo
Comic book movies are often seen as the domain of spandex-clad demigods who battle moustache-twirling villains, but if 300 and Sin City - which both originated on the pages of Frank Miller works - are anything to go by they're not essential to telling a great story.
With sequels to 300 and Sin City incoming, we take a look at 8 great examples of comic book-inspired films with no superheroes in sight.
Sin City (2005)
Co-directed by comic creator Miller and digital filmmaking pioneer Robert Rodriguez, this adaptation stayed faithful to the source material, with the filmmakers shooting actors on green screen and rendering the locations - almost exactly how they appeared on the page - in post-production.
Ghost World (2001)
Long before he was jousting with Shia Labeouf, comics »
Beverly Hills, Calif. — With the Independent Spirit Awards and the Oscars coming up this weekend, finally putting a bow on the year and wrapping up the kudos season, studios, agencies, production companies and anyone in between are feting those in their midst with skin in the game at this soiree or that. Thursday night, among other things, it was Paramount Pictures holding one of its big star-packed parties at Spago in Beverly Hills, everyone from Roger Corman to Jane Seymour turning out to honor the studio's Oscar nominees in films like "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Nebraska," "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" and "Star Trek Into Darkness." It was a two-hour event but some folks were just in and out. "Wolf" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill made an appearance but didn't linger. "Nebraska" director Alexander Payne showed his face later in the evening. Martin Scorsese, however, held court in a »
- Kristopher Tapley
On Fox's Friday comedy "Enlisted," Chris Lowell plays Cpl. Derrick Hill, the middle brother of three -- Geoff Stults plays the oldest brother, Pete; and Parker Young plays baby brother Randy -- all stationed at the same Army base in Florida.
Luckily for show creator Kevin Biegel, both brotherly love and sibling rivalry broke out almost immediately.
"Kevin had this pipe dream of what he wanted the chemistry to look like," Lowell, decked out in full fatigues on the show's Los Angeles set, tells Zap2it. "He created these archetypes that he was hoping these actors would fall into, and then when the three of us first got together, it was just frightening how quickly we just adopted those roles.
"We quickly transcended our lines and became who we were with each other all the time. Being on set is almost like being stuck in a house when you're growing up with your brothers. »
Feature James Hunt 30 Jan 2014 - 06:25
Comic book movies are solid blockbuster fare now, but there are plenty of adaptations that didn't get the love they deserved...
You might argue that fans of comic book adaptations have had a pretty good decade or so. Between The Avengers movies, the Dark Knight trilogy, and multiple Spider-Man and X-Men films, some of the biggest-grossing action movies of all time have been based on comics. Not bad when you consider that only recently, the medium was considered the preserve of dateless man-children alone.
But here's the thing: not every comic book adaptation lends itself to being a summer tentpole CGI-fest, and just as many get overlooked or forgotten completely by the time the next one comes out. Comic adaptations are coming out thick and fast, and with so much forward momentum it's sometimes worth taking a moment to look back on what's come before. »
Daft Punk, Macklemore, Lorde Win Big at 2014 Grammy Awards. -
Gawker Answers Tarantino: Will Snark Site Suit Become Test Case For Leaked Scripts?
Thora Birch: how Hollywood’s darling disappeared.
The film critic in the Internet era.
23 Easter Eggs and References You Might Have Missed In Sherlock: “The Sign of Three”
The flashiest, emptiest Best Picture nominee, American Hustle.
Abrams on ‘Star Wars’ Secrecy: ‘There’s a Purity in Not Knowing’
Video: A Scorsese Tribute
A Scorsese Tribute from Super Frog Saves Tokyo on Vimeo.
Hollywood has never been kind to its young. It is an industry that famously venerates youth and, infamously, has casually destroyed so many young people, used them up then discarded them, that to list them all would fill this entire article. The film business loves to look at young people, but has less than zero interest in looking after them. Some are destroyed over a long period, such as Judy Garland, some barely have time to draw breath, such as River Phoenix. And then are the other less sensational but no less instructive stories of the young people whose hopes were raised by the industry, but find themselves whimsically discarded.
At the start of this century, Thora Birch was one of Hollywood's most credible young actors. »
- Hadley Freeman
9 items from 2014
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