12 items from 2015
Pom-pom making prisoners, melting costumes and a cross-dressing Tony Curtis: the behind-the-scenes tales from the watershed movie on its 21st birthday
• Rewatching The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
In 1993, a low-budget feature film crew drove from Sydney to Alice Springs with a truck full of sensational costumes and a pink and lavender bus now considered a fixture of Australian cinema. The film they returned with would become a worldwide smash-hit and a watershed production for the Lgbt movement.
Writer-director Stephan Elliott’s inimitable The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a story about (as one character famously puts it) “a cock in a frock on a rock”. The film led to Academy award recognition for costume designers Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, who won Oscars in 1995 after budget restrictions turned them into the wardrobe world’s equivalent of MacGyver-like problem solvers. For example, Hugo Weaving »
- Luke Buckmaster
Some might say the Australian actor is taking a risk by diverting from his destiny as Hollywood’s archetypal hunk. But Tony Curtis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Channing Tatum all found success by challenging fans’ expectations
Why would a beefy 21st-century Hollywood behemoth such as Chris Hemsworth sign on to play a receptionist who works for a bunch for women? That’s the question presumably on less thoughtful observers’ lips today after the Australian star of the Thor and Avengers movies was revealed as the new nine to fiver at the offices of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, the all-female Ghostbusters team in Bridesmaids director Paul Feig’s much-hyped reboot.
We’ve seen him as a hammer-wielding, world-straddling Norse god, as an archetypal musclebound horror jock (in Joss Whedon’s clever slasher flick riff Cabin in the Woods) and as the fast-living, faster-driving British motor racing legend »
- Ben Child
If Quantum Leap has always been on your 'to-watch' list but you've never had the time, here are a few suggestions to get you started...
Maps to TV shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!
In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you »
Norman Thaddeus Vane, a writer-director behind such films as the 1983 cult horror film Frightmare and Club Life, a 1986 drama starring Tony Curtis, has died. He was 86. Vane died Saturday morning of heart failure at his home in Hollywood, according to his housemates, actor-producer John Makshanoff and Jeff Vella. Vane also penned the screenplays for the Herman’s Hermits showcase Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter (1968) — co-starring his then-wife Sarah Caldwell, whom he married when she was 16 and he was about 38 — and Lola (1970), a Richard Donner
- Sam Weisberg
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. 1982 is the Best Movie Year Ever. How do I know this? Well, it's not just that it contains an absolutely perfect comedy with the name "My Favorite Year." It's that it contains so many different movies that you could consider the best ever of their particular type. In "E.T.," it has the best kids movie ever (and perhaps Steven Spielberg's best movie ever, depending on your preferred flavor of Spielberg). In "Tootsie," it has perhaps the best movie comedy ever (the AFI ranked "Some Like It Hot" one spot higher in its top 100 comedies list, but since this year also has "Victor/Victoria," I say you combine the two gender-benders to outmuscle Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis). In "Diner," it has the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.
It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.
To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.
One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »
- Movie Geeks
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
Details: Friday April 24th, 7pm at the Joslyn Art Museum 2200 Dodge. St. Omaha Ne. 68102
Some Like It Hot was listed the #1 greatest film comedy of all time on the AFI "100 years, 100 Laughs" poll.
Tickets are $23 at all Omaha Hy Vee food stores customer service counters and go on sale beginning April 1st.
A benefit for the Omaha Parks Foundation for more information please call 402-926-8299
and www.omahafilmevent.com »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Jeff Donnell, Sam Levene, Joe Frisco, Barbara Nichols, Emile Meyer, Edith Atwater | Written by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman | Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
When it comes to Arrow and the releases they output I’ll always be a fan of the Arrow Video line because of my love of everything cult and horror. A close second though has to be their Arrow Academy range, whereas the name suggest they give more of an education based on films from the past which deserve our attention just as much as any modern movie does. Sweet Smell of Success is the latest release and gives an insight into one of the more unique Hollywood movies not only of its times in the fifties, but still remains just as good today.
When J.J. Hensecker (Burt Lancaster) a powerful New York newspaper columnist decides to come »
- Paul Metcalf
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what’s new in the world of Blu-ray…
One of the biggest films of last year with a worldwide gross of over $670 million, Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster opus Interstellar flies its way on to Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and a whole host of others, Interstellar is a complex but magnificent science-fiction film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
You can read our review here.
The world loves Bill Murray. Especially if Bill Murray is doing grouchy comedy, like he is here in the charming St. Vincent, where he plays a loveable grouch who’s humdrum life is turn upside down by the arrival of Melissa McCarthy and her son, who he takes under his wing. Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd co-star. »
- Scott J. Davis
Following his directorial debut, the 1967 Sonny and Cher vignette flick Good Times, director William Friedkin struggled through a couple of projects before landing his first really provocative title with 1970’s The Boys in the Band. Of course, following that would be The French Connection and so on and so forth. But prior to that, Friedkin helmed a period piece penned and produced by Norman Lear, The Night They Raided Minsky’s, which more or less depicts the accidental invention of stripping during the golden period of burlesque. Plagued by various production issues, including the death of Bert Lahr (you know him as the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz) during filming, the initial cut of the film was famously termed ‘disastrous,’ and the title would be retooled for nine months by editor Ralph Rosenblum and finally see release a year after production ended. While not quite charming or as »
- Nicholas Bell
Stewart Stern, the screenwriter of James Dean’s “Rebel Without a Cause” and camp classic, Sally Field personality disorder made-for-tv-movie “Sybil,” is dead at 92. The writer, who has been credited with work as recently as 2012, died at his home according to media reports. Stern was known for major accolades like an Oscar nomination for 1968’s “Rachel, Rachel” as well as close ties to industry glitterati like Gene Kelly, Paul Newman and Tony Curtis. Also Read: ‘Star Wars’ Actor Richard Bonehill Dead at 67 Other notable Stern credits include several projects about the life of James Dean, and a TV version of “The Glass Menagerie” starring Katharine. »
- Matt Donnelly
Baer first optioned rights to Zamperini’s life story in 1998, long before Laura Hillenbrand’s book became a bestseller. Baer brought the project to Universal 16 years ago, and they stayed with it through multiple owners and studio administrations.
“Universal’s support was always there; that was never an issue,” says Baer. “The main problem was finding the right director. Plus, it’s not a traditional studio-tentpole movie.”
The pricetag was lower than the traditional tentpole: $65 million, with a chunk of that going to above-the-line work, including a half-dozen high-profile screenwriters. (Final credits go to Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard Lagravenese and William Nicholson.)
That budget is modest for a film that spans several decades and continents, features big-scale air battles and a lot of lensing on water. »
- Tim Gray
12 items from 2015
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