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Drew Struzan might be the name you first think of when someone mentions movie poster artist, but few can argue that the work of John Alvin is not a equally iconic. Alvin’s art has be collected in great effort into one tight package in The Art of John Alvin by his wife Andrea Alvin. The high quality coffee table book collects the late artist’s film poster art in their final form and in the earliest stages when he was just starting to figure out the layouts for some of the posters that would go on to be some of the most iconic of all time.
An introduction gives a brief overview of his life and his earliest experiences painting images from the films that made him fall in love with the art, like 1954’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and 1960’s Spartacus. It details his life, marriage, and sudden »
- Max Molinaro
Stefan Gierasch, a character actor for nearly six decades who stood out opposite Robert Redford in Sydney Pollack's poetic 1972 Western Jeremiah Johnson, has died. He was 88. Gierasch died Sept. 6 at his home in Santa Monica of complications from a stroke, his wife, Hedy Sontag, told The Hollywood Reporter. Gierasch also played the mayor of Lago, who Clint Eastwood ousts in favor of a dwarf in High Plains Drifter (1973). As the dense Principal Morton, Gierasch fell victim to an electric shock at the high school prom in Brian De Palma's horror classic Carrie (1976). In Jeremiah Johnson,
- Mike Barnes
Believe it or not, it was a full 18 years ago that the big screen Mission: Impossible franchise got underway. It was all the way back in 1996 that director Brian De Palma first introduced us Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt and Ving Rhames' Luther Stickell, and the characters have been come back again and again in the years since. And while Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol kind of shortchanged us on the Ethan/Luther relationship, the good news is that problem is going to be repaired in Christopher McQuarrie's upcoming Mission: Impossible 5, as previewed in the special Tweet below. The team is back. @Renner4Real @TomCruise @simonpegg #VingRhames #MI5Diary pic.twitter.com/ai3J6dYMaC. ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) September 11, 2014 That photo, courtesy of McQuarrie's personal Twitter account, is our first official look at the main cast of Mission: Impossible 5 and shows that Simon Pegg's Benji Dunn »
It was the huge success of Brian de Palma’s The Untouchables back in 1987 that made Hollywood realise that vast amounts of money could be mined from a middle-aged audience by revisiting their childhood nights spent in front of the television. Fellow 1950s TV stalwart Dragnet arrived the same year to lesser acclaim – pairing Dan Aykroyd’s stoic Joe Friday against Tom Hanks’s impossibly-named Pep Streebeck – but the ball kept rolling.
In the 1990s, the ‘movie version of the classic 1960s TV show’ became a genre of its own. Some were huge hits (The Fugitive, Maverick), some spawned brand new franchises (Mission: Impossible, The Addams Family), some were absolute disasters (The Avengers, Wild Wild West). The best of them cooked up something fresh and new from the old ingredients, creating something with pan-generational appeal. If the recipe was right, there were huge dividends to reap.
Strange then that the »
- Cai Ross
An air of Hitchcockian menace and free-floating sexual perversity is by now nothing new for Francois Ozon, but rarely has this French master analyzed the cracks in his characters’ bourgeois facades to such smooth and pleasurable effect as he does in “The New Girlfriend.” A skillfully triangulated psychological thriller about a woman who learns that the husband of her deceased Bff is harboring a most unusual secret, , making for a warmer, more open-ended experience than the creepy Ruth Rendell tale from which it’s been “loosely adapted.” Powered by beautifully controlled performances from Anais Demoustier and Romain Duris, Ozon’s “Girlfriend” should have willing arthouse escorts lining up worldwide. It opens Nov. 5 in France.
Rendell, that icy master of British detective fiction, has been best served onscreen by European filmmakers outside the U.K., at least on the evidence of Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie” and Pedro Almodovar’s “Live Flesh. »
- Justin Chang
Anything David Fincher turns his attention to is worth getting excited over, but throw crime novelist James Ellroy (The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential) into the mix and we could be looking at something really special.
According to a new report, the duo may be teaming up for a series on HBO, the American cable network responsible for the likes of Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and True Detective. Though little is known in terms of plot details at this stage, it will be set in 1950s Los Angeles, and that type of crime noir setting is one which is very familiar to Ellroy. Talks between them and HBO are now said to be ongoing.
- Josh Wilding
Old pals they may be, but David Fincher and James Ellroy have yet to formalise their friendship with a working collaboration. Until now, perhaps. According to Indiewire’s scoop, the pair have plans for an HBO crime noir set in Ellroy’s 1950s La sweet spot.There’s little known by way of plot specifics, but Fincher and Ellroy are in talks with HBO to thrash out a deal and the prospect of a meshing of their hardboiled sensibilities is a tantalising one.Fincher was once attached to adapt Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia, a project that ultimately fell, with mixed results, to Brian De Palma in 2006. Pre-empting the current boom in cable TV, Fincher had looked at transforming it into a $80m miniseries with Mark Wahlberg in the role that would eventually fall into Aaron Eckhart’s lap.For Ellroy fans, there’s been talk mooted in recent years »
In what sounds like a match made in heaven, famed filmmaker David Fincher and author James Ellroy are in the early stages of collaborating on a new show for HBO. The Playlist and /Film report that details on the project are scarce, but the show is said to be a 1950s set noir detective story.
Fincher and Ellroy were set to work together on The Black Dahlia, which was based on Ellroy’s book of the same name. That project fell through and Brian De Palma ended up directing the film in 2006. Fincher and Ellroy have remained in contact since and have been waiting to create something together since then.
Ellroy has had several works adapted to film, the most famous being the incredible 1997 neo-noir detective film L.A. Confidential directed by Curtis Hanson. The film was also set in the 50s and was highly successful with critics and audiences alike. »
- Max Molinaro
Hold onto your fedoras, it's about to get noir-y! Recent reports have Oscar-nominated director David Fincher and one of Hollywood's go-to-crime novelist James Ellroy teaming up in talks with HBO for a Los Angeles-set 1950s crime noir series. That setting should sound familiar to fans of the Ellroy novel-inspired L.A Confidential, but it's also an area that Fincher has wanted to explore for some time now. Fincher was once attached to direct an adaptation of Ellroy's The Black Dahlia novel (which was helmed by Brian De Palma to a lukewarm reception). Since Fincher apparently envisioned his version of the crime thriller as a miniseries, perhaps this new project will be a marriage of the two previous adaptations. Hit the jump for more. The Playlist reports that Fincher and Ellroy are in talks with HBO for "noir-ish crime show set in L.A., in a ... 1950s milieu." That's about as »
- Dave Trumbore
A Puzzle within a Puzzle within a Puzzle
Initially, The Vanished Elephant, Javier Fuentes-León’s follow-up to the well-received ghost story, Undertow, has a surprisingly unpolished aesthetic and sensibility. It’s self-consciously so, rehashing derivative visual and thematic cues of noir cinema before jumping out of its own construct to reveal an unreliable narrator capable of modifying or changing our textual perception of reality. It’s also a highly self-critical narrator—in the form of crime-novelist Edo Celeste (Salvador del Solar)—dabbling with the idea of killing off the very detective protagonist in his fiction that has won him such a loyal and ravenous fan base.
Amidst this rather familiar, almost perfunctory, narrative conceit are other exceedingly pulpy cues, such as a mysterious woman carrying an envelope of photos claiming that Edo’s long-deceased wife might actually be alive and in a secret relationship with her similarly estranged boyfriend. There »
- Robert Bell
Director David Fincher and writer James Ellroy sound like a match made in heaven. Fincher has produced some of the most memorable crime dramas in the past twenty years, while Ellroy’s credentials as a writer of 1950s-based noir novels cannot be disputed. It was really only a matter of time before these two came together on a project, and now they’re hoping to do it for HBO.
Fincher and Ellroy are currently in the planning stages of a noir crime show set in 1950s Los Angeles. HBO seems the perfect place for such a project, and apparently the pair have been discussing it with the network. Other details remain scarce on the ground, but it sounds like a solid idea to say the least.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
In “The Humbling,” one of his two new movies (along with “Manglehorn”) having their North American premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, Al Pacino plays a legendary actor in career freefall. But talk to Pacino for a while about his characters and his craft, and it’s clear that one needn’t harbor any concerns about life imitating art.
When he first read the script for “The Humbling,” which was adapted by Buck Henry and Michael Zebede from the Philip Roth novel, Pacino called the movie’s director, Barry Levinson, and told him he thought the only way to play the role was to find the humor in it. “I can’t help it: it struck me as funny,” Pacino recalls over lunch at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel. “This idea of an actor who’s been doing this his whole life wanting to quit because he’s lost his talent »
- Scott Foundas
David Fincher has wanted to make a classic crime noir for several years now. People tend to forget, but the filmmaker almost directed “The Black Dahlia” (he was attached before Brian De Palma eventually took over), and for several years he tried to make “Torso,” an Eliot Ness crime thriller about the famous detective trying to stop a serial killer in 1930s Cleveland (director David Lowery is making that now). In fact, when Fincher was attached to the adaptation of James Ellroy’s ‘Dahlia’ novel, he envisioned a five-hour, $80-million miniseries with movie stars (Tom Cruise being the lead). That obviously didn’t happen and the project fell through (and Fincher moved on to “Zodiac”). But it seems that Fincher is circling around a similar idea, once again with Ellroy. Sources close to the project (the same sources who told us about the new Lonergan project announced this weekend, that »
- Edward Davis
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read this September), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. Craig Johnson (who sees his The Skeleton Twins receive its theatrical release on September 12th) put together this top 10 (as of September 2014).
Carrie - Brian De Palma (1976)
“Freaky, funny, arty, beautiful, … and fucking scary. Sissy Spacek breaks your heart. And that seventies split screen action? Badass. This movie delivers on all levels at all times.”
“Every moment of this movie rings true. Painfully funny, painfully smart and so perfectly constructed. My sister and I quote it whenever we see each other. Might be a perfect film.”
“The look on Mrs. Robinson’s face when Benjamin leaves her in the hallway. »
- Eric Lavallee
Disclaimer: This Essay Includes Spoilers. Many Of Them. Note The Caps.
In Brian De Palma’s Sisters, the titular siblings are French-Canadian Siamese twins surgically separated as adults. Danielle is gentle and lovely, and Dominique gloomy and anguished. This dynamic is complicated by the fact that the former needs the latter to develop her persona. Without Dominique, Danielle has no identity. To weave the fiction of her socially acceptable behavior, she must have Dominique bear the burden of her most disturbing desires. Yet the film, oddly enough, is not about Danielle or Dominique, but about the journalist Grace Collier. As Dominique recedes into the background, Danielle and Grace become the main antagonistic pair, a transition that culminates in an intense climax, a hypnosis dream, that imagines them as conjoined twins. As we learn, Dominique has been dead from the outset, and Danielle has transformed into her in moments of sexual and emotional excitement. »
- Guido Pellegrini
In the upcoming indie thriller The Canal, Irish filmmaker Ivan Kavanaugh cooks up a slow-burn mystery with a supernatural twist that also packs a few guttural punches and does a great job of maintaining a pulsing sense of tension. The story may not necessarily be the most original horror yarn you’ll see this year, but it’s Kavanaugh’s keen ability to craft startling visuals and execute a flawless sound design that elevates The Canal beyond many of its similarly-themed peers.
The Canal follows a film archivist, named David (Rupert Evans), whose personal life begins to unravel right around the same time he stumbles upon footage from a notorious murder case from the early 1900’s. The footage reveals that his very own home was the setting for a mass murder of a young family, much like his own. As he begins to suspect that his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra »
- Heather Wixson
Over the past week, we’ve seen a lot of people dumping buckets of ice water on their head to promote awareness about Als — the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Thankfully some very creative people have made the #IceBucketChallenge more engaging — like Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. The band has re-created the bloody prom scene from Carrie in their video. Based on Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, Carrie was directed by Brian De Palma and brought the story of a tormented young woman who unleashes her telekinetic powers on her high school class to the big screen. Kudos to singer Grohl who does a wicked Sissy Spacek cry-face in the video. We're just glad we didn't have...
- Alison Nastasi
Sure, it’s not as messy as pig’s blood, but ice water sends a temperature shock to the system that would still cause Carrie to unleash her telekinetic wrath at prom. Dared by Zac Brown to do the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, Dave Grohl and fellow Foo Fighters bandmates dump the bucket Carrie-style in a video inspired by Brian De Palma’s 1976 film, Carrie, based on the novel by Stephen King.
The video intercuts between reenactment scenes with Dave Grohl playing Carrie and his bandmates filling other key roles and footage of De Palma’s 1976 film. Before donning the prom queen tiara, Dave challenges Jack Black, John Travolta, and the master of macabre himself: Stephen King. For those unaware, Travolta played Chris Hargensen’s bad-to-the-bone boyfriend Billy Nolan in De Palma’s movie.
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- Derek Anderson
One of the greatest poster illustrators ever gets a volume devoted to his work. Here's Ryan's review of the lavish Art Of John Alvin...
In 2008, John Alvin died at the tragically young age of 59, robbing the world of one of its finest poster designers. Although his signatures were often erased from his artwork, Alvin's individual style rang out from every image he produced: his work for movies such as E.T., Blade Runner, Cocoon and Short Circuit displayed a keen eye for colour, space and proportion.
Although technically gifted, it was Alvin's talent for crystalising a film's subject tone in a single, clear image that really set him apart from other illustrators. His best posters often focused on one or two objects suspended against an expanse of sky or stars, such as the alien and child's fingers touching in his poster for E.T., or the silhouette of a boy in Empire Of The Sun. »
The Foo Fighters are no strangers to paying homage to classic horror films. Their music video for “Everlong” which was directed by Michel Gondry and nominated for Best Music Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, is, in part, a parody of the film The Evil Dead. Now, decades later, they’ve found a new way to once again parody a classic horror film – this time Brian De Palma’s Carrie in Dave Grohl’s ice bucket challenge.
Challenged by the Zac Brown Band, the Foo Fighters decided to spice things up by recreating the iconic prom scene from De Palma’s classic. In replacing Sissy Spacek with Grohl, and the pigs blood with ice-cold water, the FooFighter’s have elevated the simple act of dumping cold water on one’s head, into something quite memorable. Watch the video below. Enjoy!
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