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The Kid Stays in the Picture, 2002.
Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans' famous 1994 autobiography).
Robert Evans was once the most revered man in Hollywood. Throughout the late 60s and most of the 70s, Evans’ role as producer on such hits as Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather and Chinatown made him the real star.
Or not – the truth is that, during Robert Evans’ stint as influential head of Paramount, the director reigned as king in Hollywood. But you’d not take that fact away from The Kid Stays in the Picture. Telling the story of Evans’ time as a Big Deal Producer, adapted from Evans’ book of the same name and narrated by Evans himself, Kid is out to glorify its man.
You’d think Robert Evans was the producer by which they’re all measured, »
- Flickering Myth
Joss Whedon's California-set Much Ado, filmed in black and white over 12 days, is a charming and witty triumph
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There was a great fear in the 1960s and 70s that various respected directors who'd moved into making epics and blockbusters would be unable to return, even occasionally, to more modest productions. Some of them didn't, most notably David Lean. Some of them did, most impressively John Huston with Fat City, Wise Blood and The Dead. The same query was raised over Francis Ford Coppola and, more recently, hangs over Christopher Nolan. But the 49-year-old Joss Whedon has triumphantly answered the question.
After scripting Buffy the Vampire Slayer for TV and the first Toy Story for the cinema, Whedon rose fairly rapidly to direct The Avengers with a budget of $220m. His producers apparently insisted that between the long shooting schedule on »
- Philip French
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas bemoaning the commercialised state of modern Hollywood is a bit like Amazon complaining about the decline of old-fashioned bookshops. Last week, speaking at the University of Southern California, the two film-makers outlined a doomsday scenario of hugely inflated ticket prices, limited choice at the box office and no place for talented, visionary directors – like themselves. Spielberg only just got his Oscar-winning Lincoln into cinemas, he revealed, otherwise it would have gone straight to television. Likewise, George Lucas struggled to get his Red Tails movie seen. Were just a handful of big budget tent-pole Hollywood movies to flop, the two men warned, there could be an industry-changing "implosion – or a big meltdown".
- Steve Rose
For decades, Gary Oldman has demonstrated his knack for drastically changing his appearance and mannerisms to suit the character he’s playing in any given film. From drug-dealing pimp Drexl Spivey in True Romance to Count Dracula himself in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel, Oldman has been widely acclaimed for his chameleon-like transformations.
Now, Oldman is looking to add another radically different role to his accomplished career: director. Currently, the actor’s only directorial feature credit is the 1997 British release Nil by Mouth, which starred Ray Winstone as an abusive husband. This time, however, it looks like Oldman has his sights set on a more ambitious project.
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
For anyone who is a Star Wars fan, here's a must watch 50-minute documentary called George Lucas: Flying Solo from BBC Omnibus. It focuses on the Star Wars films and includes interviews with people and friends that Lucas has worked with in his career such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Francis Ford Coppola, and more. It also features clips from some of Lucas' earlier short films. It's interesting to listen to Coppola talk about the path that Lucas might have taken had the original Star Wars trilogy not changed the trajectory of his filmmaking career path. There's a lot of great and interesting stuff included in this doc, so I suggest you check it out when you get a chance.
- Joey Paur
Plunging the viewer headlong into the sweat and blood, cynicism and corruption of Metro Manila’s mean streets, “On the Job” is a gritty, convoluted but steadily engrossing crime thriller from Filipino genre maven Erik Matti. Although this fast-paced actioner takes a while to sort out its parallel plotlines, extending from an unusually porous prison system to the highest political offices, it ultimately fires on all cylinders as a tense, well-acted B-movie whose strong local flavor is unlikely to survive the inevitable offshore remake. Well Go USA Entertainment snapped up North American rights at Cannes, where the pic’s Directors’ Fortnight berth afforded Matti his broadest international exposure yet.
The brutal mob hit that opens the film takes place in broad daylight, in a crowded square in Quezon City, where middle-aged assassin Tatang (Joel Torre) initiates young thug Daniel (Filipino-American actor Gerald Anderson) into the ruthlessness of their particular trade. »
- Justin Chang
Thanks to the power of the Internet, there are a slew of cool old documentaries online, looking at some of the most iconic filmmakers. Recently Steven Spielberg was highlighted from an old BBC program, and this time it's his longtime friend and collaborator George Lucas who was profiled in a BBC Omnibus called George Lucas: Flying Solo. The 50-minute piece looks at the early years of Lucas' career, including clips from his earliest 16mm short films. One interesting section with Francis Ford Coppola hypothesizes the path of Lucas if the Star Wars trilogy hadn't completely changed the trajectory of the director's career. Watch! Here's the BBC Omnibus George Lucas: Flying Solo, originally found via The Playlist: Of course, for Star Wars fans, there's plenty of goodies about Lucas as well since this was made around the time the Special Editions were hitting theaters. Trilogy stars Harrison Ford, »
- Ethan Anderton
As the “Star Wars” films enter their period of new storylines, recurring characters, and calendar domination over the next decade, George Lucas only stands now to distance himself from his creation, and reportedly get to work on more intimate, experimental ventures. While we wait to see the results of those efforts, an older documentary on the man provides a close look on his life leading up and into his life-changing franchise. Commissioned to coincide with the 1997 “Star Wars” Special Editions, the BBC Omnibus “George Lucas: Flying Solo,” profiles the director as he discusses his formative years, as well as clips and insight into his 16mm short films, “Look at Life,” “Herbie,” and “Freiheit.” His experimental roots are indeed a large element of the documentary (directed by James Erskine), as an interview with Francis Ford Coppola poses Lucas' alternative path if the trilogy never happened. Interviews with his actors and collaborators. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
As all lovers of crime, suspense thriller, war, western, horror and science fiction films know, creating a truly great cinematic villain is no easy task. When it happens, it’s virtually impossible to forget that character.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains of the 1980’s.
The criteria for this article is the same as my previous article Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s: the villains must be from live-action films-no animated features-and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit.
The villains must be human or human in appearance, so no shape-shifting alien from John Carpenter’s amazing 1982 The Thing, no Aliens from James Cameron’s classic 1986 sequel and no Predator from John McTiernan’s beloved 1987 film of the same name.
Also, individuals that are the central protagonists/antiheroes »
- Terek Puckett
In the fame-obsessed world of Los Angeles, a group of teenagers take us on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood hills. Based on true events, the group, who were fixated on the glamorous life, tracked their celebrity targets online, and stole more than 3 million in luxury goods from their homes. Their victims included Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Rachel Bilson, and the gang became known in the media as “The Bling Ring.”
In The Bling Ring, Oscar Winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola takes us inside the world of these teens, where their youthful naivete and excitement is amplified by today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession. The members of the Bling Ring introduce us to temptations that any teenager would find hard to resist. And what starts out as youthful fun spins out of control, revealing a sobering view of our modern culture.
The Bling Ring Opens »
- Movie Geeks
Over 13 episodes of House of Cards a lot happens to U.S. Representative Francis ‘Frank’ Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and those caught in his web. Some are friends, some foes, but pretty much all, via Banana Republic or Armani, look flawless. Washington politics is a place defined by the energy of those working within it. These people are never just random, everything they say has meaning and everything they wear gives off a signal: powerful or weak, it is as simple as black or white.
Series costume designer Tom Broecker (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) ensures the central characters follow a specific style of dress and colour palette. Talk is king on The Hill, but in House of Cards even more can be said without uttering a word. Frank’s wife and director of non-profit organisation Cwi (Clean Water Initiative), Claire (Robin Wright) has the most telling wardrobe in this respect. »
- Chris Laverty
It may surprise you, but sometimes Hollywood's elite invent stuff, too—and in these nine cases, rounded up by Time , those inventions are actually pretty cool: Your back really itches, you can't reach it, and the person scratching it for you can't quite seem to find the right spot. You obviously need the shirt invented by Francis Ford Coppola , which has a turtle-shaped numbered grid on the back so you can direct your scratcher to the right place. Prince combined a guitar and an electronic keyboard to create the "keytar" or "Purpleaxxe," which he patented. Even Paula Abdul came up »
- Evann Gastaldo
Almost as old as Hollywood itself, nepotism has had the movie industry stitched up for decades and Will Smith's family are keeping up the tradition
Seriousfacing its way into cinemas this weekend, After Earth is the $130m father-son action movie that fans of slightly icky familial relationships have been waiting for. Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth 1,000 years after its abandonment by humankind, the film stars Will Smith and his real-life son Jaden Smith, has a story by Will Smith, and is produced by Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her brother Caleeb Pinkett. And people say Hollywood is too incestuous.
The Smiths have been cultivating their showbiz dynasty for more than a decade now, ever since a four-year-old Jaden was cast in All Of Us, an autobiographical sitcom produced by his parents. (Layabout sibling Willow was a doddering six-year-old by the time her own acting career began). Still, »
- Charlie Lyne
Milius, which tells the life story of the Us film-maker and premiered at SXSW, has also been bought by StudioCanal for the UK.
The deal was negotiated by Toby Melling of Content and Wme Global on behalf of the producers.
The documentary follows Milius’s childhood aspirations from joining the military to his formative years at the USC Film School, his scriptwriting on films such as Dirty Harry, Jeremiah Johnson and Apocalypse Now and his work as director on films »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Through June and July, the BFI Southbank are running a Werner Herzog retrospective, and next month his 1974 film, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, will be getting a UK release. The first of the Bavarian director’s classic films to be receiving a nationwide re-release, however, is 1972’s Aguirre, Wrath of God. Anyone who’s seen the film before will already be well aware of its majesty and how great it would look on the big screen. But if you haven’t seen the film before then you’re in for a treat.
Shot on location in the Amazonian jungle, Herzog’s ambitious film marked his first collaboration with the notoriously volatile Klaus Kinski. The story of the pair’s relationship on-set has become infamous, and perhaps as well-known as the movie itself – Herzog threatened to shoot Kinski in the head and kill then kill himself if the actor walked off »
- Joe Cunningham
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (German: Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes), 1972.
Directed by Werner Herzog.
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.
Werner Herzog in 2013 is something very different to Werner Herzog in 1972. Herzog in 2013 is the villain in Jack Reacher; director of surrealist-remake Bad Lieutenant; director of Grizzly Man - his unique, accented voice-over making him a figure of ridicule whilst a memoirs book by film critic Mark Kermode recounts a story whereby Herzog was shot during an interview and casually laughed it off - as Kermode feared for his life. In the early 1970's, Herzog was amongst the very best of the New German Cinema movement, alongside Wim Wenders and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. But unlike Fassbinder and Wenders, Herzog created cinema that was "set neither in Germany, »
- Flickering Myth
Fox and NBC have announced their fall lineup, and it’s hard not to notice some similarities between their offerings. Even beyond the standard “here’s a family comedy! Here’s a parenting comedy! Here’s some new police procedurals!” the premises of these shows are remarkably similar. So similar, in fact, that it’s like Armageddon and Deep Impact happening right in your living room. For example, both networks have… 1. A Show Based on a 90s Interpretation of a 19th Century Novel Over at Fox, we have Sleepy Hollow, about how the Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane is somehow brought back to life in modern times to fight the Headless Horseman in a modern day Sleepy Hollow… probably. It’s honestly pretty difficult to make it through that whole trailer without cringing, but it does seem to be taking its cues from Tim Burton’s 1999 Sleepy Hollow flick, in that both change Crane’s career from »
- J.F. Sargent
A midriff-baring Gwen Stefani was by Gavin Rossdale's side at Tuesday night's La premiere of The Bling Ring. Gavin joined Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, and the rest of the film's young cast for the debut, as did many members of director Sofia Coppola's family and inner circle - Francis Ford Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Sofia's Somewhere leading man Stephen Dorff, and Chloë Sevigny among them. The crime drama is based on true events that took place around La in 2008. The real "Bling Ring" used social media to track down celebrities' whereabouts and robbed their homes when they were out of town. Victims included Rachel Bilson, Miranda Kerr, and Paris Hilton, who allowed Sofia to shoot in her home to re-create the robberies that took place there. Yesterday, Paris told us seeing the movie was an "emotional" experience and said she never got an apology from any of the teens who stole from her. »
- Brittney Stephens
Popular movie lore has it that director Francis Ford Coppola and/or Paramount originally wanted James Caan for Michael Corleone, the role that would become a career-making turn for Al Pacino, in the 1972 mob classic "The Godfather."
But the now-73-year-old Caan, who begins a four-episode arc on Starz's "Magic City" Friday (June 21) is quick to dispel that rumor when speaking to Zap2it.
The year was 1971 and Coppola, then a 32-year-old filmmaker with a short list of well-regarded movies to his credit, had just hired Caan, Pacino, Marlon Brando and Robert Duval to play his four main male characters, respectively, mobsters Sonny, Michael and Vito Corleone, and their lawyer, Tom Hagen.
Recalls Caan, "(Coppola) got me and Duval, who he had worked with before, and Al, who I don't think we knew; I don't know how much he knew him but he seemed to like his work. And Brando. »
Of all the myriad of fantastical creatures and kooky characters featured in the original "Star Wars" movie, it was definitely lacking in the hammy Italian American stereotype department. But, had an actor originally considered for a pivotal role signed on, the universe would have been a whole lot more over-act-y. That's right: Al Pacino was originally considered for the role of Han Solo. Hoo-a!
Over the weekend, at an event in London called, get this, "An Evening with Al Pacino," Pacino revealed that Lucas had offered him the role of the roguishly charming (or is it charmingly roguish?) scoundrel Han Solo for the original "Star Wars" feature. Francis Ford Coppola, a mutual friend of both Pacino's and Lucas', suggested the actor for the part, but Pacino turned it down because he couldn't wrap his head around the movie's far-out story.
"It was mine for the taking," the actor told the crowd, »
- NextMovie Staff
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