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10 actors who finally embraced their campiest films

18 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Something amazing happened over the weekend: Elizabeth Berkley, who once riled us with caffeine melodrama as Jessie Spano on "Saved by the Bell," embraced a critical part of her past. She voiced support for the cult phenomenon of "Showgirls," her wildly over-the-top 1995 bomb that has become arguably the campiest piece of '90s iconography. She gave a wonderful speech to a rapt La audience, who rigorously salted their French fries in approval.  But not everybody can be as cool as Berkley. (Looking at you, Faye Dunaway.) Here are ten actors who've embraced the silly, dubious, or campiest movies in their filmography.  1. Jane Fonda, "Barbarella" After "Barbarella," Jane Fonda scored seven Oscar nominations, two wins, and a brand new reputation as one of the more strident celebrities of the '70s. It took her awhile to acknowledge the campy fun in "Barbarella," the swingin' sci-fi sex adventure she made her then-husband Roger Vadim, »

- Louis Virtel, Chris Eggertsen

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The Ultimate Gangster Collection: Casino Edition

30 June 2015 1:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The quality of the features offered in this selection lends well to the nature of the ultimate characterization. The films included in this selection are American Gangster, Scarface, Casino, Carlito’s Way, and Mean StreetsRidley Scott’s American Gangster may be an enjoyable romp, but it has tendencies of staggering under the weight of the film’s own perceived epic stature. The other four films, however, are bona fide classics, making this selection of movies an excellent primer for some of the best gangster movies ever committed to film.

American Gangster

In American Gangster, the real-life character Frank Lucas starts out as a quiet driver for his boss, but exploits an opening in the power structure when his boss dies to build his own empire, creating his own version of the American Dream. Lucas outplays others in this field through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, even entering the »

- The Hollywood News

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Danny Elfman on Film Scores, 'Simpsons' and Working With Tim Burton

29 June 2015 5:48 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The way film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman tells it, his whole career boils down to two words: "Fuck it." He muttered that philosophical phrase when he offered an opportunity to write his first movie score – for director Tim Burton's feature debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure – and the musician said it again when given the chance to perform his now-impressive catalog of symphonic cinematic creations in his "Music From the Films of Tim Burton" concert series.

The shows, which opened in London in 2013 and will kick off »

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Watch: 20-Minute Video Essay Explores The Pool Hall Sequence From Brian De Palma's 'Carlito's Way'

23 June 2015 9:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Brian De Palma’s overtly stylistic method of filmmaking may have won him fans such as Quentin Tarantino, but there’s a sinking feeling when you look over his career that he’s never quite received the respect he deserves. De Palma already had several films under his belt by the time the “movie brats” came of age in the 1970s. He worked with Robert De Niro years before Scorsese and Coppola ever got their hands on the actor. He’s amassed a filmography that features classics such as “Carrie,” “Scarface,” “The Untouchables,” and he has three other films in the Criterion Collection. And yet, he’s also the guy who somehow wound up with zero Oscar nods and six Razzie nominations. What’s that all about? No matter how you look at De Palma’s career, there’s no denying he can be a remarkable craftsman. Video essayist Julian Palmer »

- Ken Guidry

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Jovy Skol’s Five Favorite Revenge Films

22 June 2015 4:15 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Editor’s note: Friend of Icons of Fright, Jovy Skol, wrote this little list of his five favorite revenge films. Filled with everything from multiple countries, his picks are pretty solid, and worth checking out if you have yet to do so. -Jerry

Cannibal Holocaust

An American film crew disappears in the Amazon rain forest while filming a documentary on a cannibal tribe. A rescue mission ensues and the crew’s footage is uncovered, revealing a unconventional colony perverted by Americans who stage some horrific events in order to create excitement for viewers. The natives don’t take kindly to these strangers and show the Americans what happens when you fuck with them. Cannibal Holocaust comes with a lot of baggage, but is worth watching at least once, leaving viewers with the closing line, “Who are the real cannibals?”

 

 

 

I Saw The Devil

Kyung-chul is one sick serial killer with a taste for beautiful women. »

- Jerry Smith

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Q&A: Ron Perlman Talks ‘Hand of God,’ ‘Hellboy’ Sequel & Studio Launch at Monte Carlo TV Festival

20 June 2015 7:11 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Variety sat with Ron Perlman at the Monte Carlo TV festival, where he served as president of the 55th edition and prexy of the miniseries jury. The veteran actor candidly talked about his upcoming Amazon show, “Hand of God,” a thriller drama helmed by “World War Z'”s Marc Forster and his endeavor to produce and direct movies through his shingle Wing & a Prayer Pictures and Film House, a studio that will soon launch, backed by the State of New York and Suny Polytechnic College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Perlman, who is now repped by Empire Agency in Europe, also revealed he will make his directorial debut with “Wooden Lake,” a small indie drama that will lense in Syracuse.

Variety: How did you get involved in “Hand of God”?

Ron Perlman: “Hand of God” was an amazing coming together of me looking for something, not knowing what »

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Q&A: Ron Perlman Talks ‘Hand of God,’ ‘Hellboy’ Sequel & Studio Launch at Monte Carlo TV Festival

20 June 2015 7:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety sat with Ron Perlman at the Monte Carlo TV festival, where he served as president of the 55th edition and prexy of the miniseries jury. The veteran actor candidly talked about his upcoming Amazon show, “Hand of God,” a thriller drama helmed by “World War Z'”s Marc Forster and his endeavor to produce and direct movies through his shingle Wing & a Prayer Pictures and Film House, a studio that will soon launch, backed by the State of New York and Syracuse University. Perlman, who is now repped by Empire Agency in Europe, also revealed he will make his directorial debut with “Wooden Lake,” a small indie drama that will lense in Syracuse.

Variety: How did you get involved in “Hand of God”?

Ron Perlman: “Hand of God” was an amazing coming together of me looking for something, not knowing what I was looking for and it coming and finding me. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Hannibal Recap: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Sociopath

11 June 2015 8:11 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If you’ve seen The Shining‘s terrible twins — and its bloody elevator of doom — or Brian De Palma’s Body Double, you probably think you’ve got a good idea what a blood bath looks like.

Episode 2 of Hannibal‘s third season — “Hello, plumber, there’s a crimson tidal wave up in this here kitchen!” — may shatter all those preconceived notions, thanks (or no thanks?) to Will Graham’s remembering of the Worst Surprise Party Ever (Aka the night Dr. Lecter gutted him, then slit surrogate daughter Abigail’s throat to put an exclamation point on the proceedings).

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Watch: Supercut Puts Quentin Tarantino’s Visual Film References Side-By-Side

10 June 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Quentin Tarantino’s knowledge of both art and genre cinema is extensive and well-documented: one need only glance at the screening schedule of his Los Angeles movie house the New Beverly for evidence of his idiosyncratic tastes (indeed, Tarantino’s theatre is perhaps the only conceivable venue that would screen the original “3:10 to Yuma” with “Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie” within the same week). Tarantino boldly declined enrollment to film school as a young man and instead worked at a video-rental outlet in Manhattan Beach, devouring everything from Monte Hellman to Brian DePalma, the Shaw Brothers to the French New Wave. Some may cite what they see as a lack of originality in Tarantino’s execution, but I’ve always thought of him more as a purveyor of cinematic mixtapes, collecting shards and flotsam from foreign, drive-in and B-movie cinema to create his own uniquely bloody gumbo. It’s no secret that Q. »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Patrick Doyle Tapped for Lifetime Achievement at the World Soundtrack Awards

3 June 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film composer Patrick Doyle, best known for his work with the actor/filmmaker Kenneth Branagh, as well as his recent scores for Disney’s “Cinderella” and Pixar’s “Brave,” will be presented with the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th annual World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium.

Doyle follows in the footsteps of such esteemed movie maestros as John Barry, Angelo Badalamenti, Maurice Jarre and Elmer Bernstein.

The World Soundtrack Awards, taking place this year on Oct. 24, is the culminating event of Film Fest Ghent.

“Anyone who can still recount hearing Doyle’s score for Kenneth Branagh’s debut film ‘Henry V’ in 1989 for the first time, knows that back then a great composer was born,” said Patrick Duynslaegher, artistic director of Film Fest Ghent, in a statement. “The immensely versatile Doyle enriched the films by Robert Altman, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Alfonso Cuarón and Brian DePalma with his alternating tragic, »

- Steve Chagollan

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Shootouts

2 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.    

Shootouts, unlike any other type of action scenes, put death in the forefront of the audience’s mind. Whereas a car chase draws the attention onto the race, or a fight scene onto the pursuit of victory, shootouts test the mortality of our protagonists and anti-heroes. It’s more than just a hail of bullets that matters on screen, it’s who those bullets are clipping down or propping up. Legends can be made in a flurry of lead. The last man standing after the fray isn’t always the best or »

- Shane Ramirez

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What does Stephen King think of all those Stephen King movie adaptations?

29 May 2015 10:28 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Stephen King has been quoted as saying, “Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” And he should know: the prolific author has had no less than 50 of his novels, novellas and short stories adapted into films, miniseries and TV shows over the last four decades. Among those are "The Shining" (celebrating its 35th anniversary this year) and "It," the remake of which just lost director Cary Fukunaga. So just what did he think of all these adaptations? King famously despised Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," which in a 2009 Writer's Digest interview he claimed was the only adaptation of his work he could "remember hating." But that's just the most well-known example. What, pray tell, were his feelings on "Cujo"? "Firestarter"? "The Shawshank Redemption"? "The Mangler" even? After combing through the internet, I've tracked down King's quoted opinions on more than 20 of his feature-film adaptations, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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The Criterion Collection announces August line-up

27 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Criterion Collection has announced its new line-up for August, with some more classic films being added to the collection. On August 4th Jules Dassin’s Night and the City is released, followed on August 11th by Karel Reisz’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman starring Meryl Streep, and on August 18th Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill starring Michael Caine and François Truffaut’s Day for Night. Finally on August 25th the Dardenne Brothers superb Two Days, One Night starring Oscar Winner Marion Cotillard.

You can check out the full press release details below, as well as the artwork for each release.

Night and the City

Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) longs for a life of ease and plenty. Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he tries to hatch a lucrative plan with a famous wrestler. But there is no easy money in this underworld of shifting alliances, »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Naked Gun's timeless buffoonery

26 May 2015 8:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We take a look back at 1988's The Naked Gun, its timeless brand of comedy, and Leslie Nielsen's superb performance...

Detective Frank Drebin's outside his Los Angeles police precinct, squeezing off shots into the receding backside of his own car.

How this came to happen almost defies description. Having driven his Ford Crown Victoria into a couple of bins outside the building, Drebin stumbles out, seemingly oblivious to the airbags going off inside. One airbag knocks the car into drive and off the vehicle goes, almost running Drebin over as it rumbles downhill.

As an orchestrated bit of comedy cinema, it's the knockabout equivalent of the famous scene in The Untouchables, where Brian De Palma expertly wrings every drop of suspense from a pram thudding down a flight of stairs at a train station.

On the spur of the moment, Drebin comes to the conclusion that there's a criminal »

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Criterion's August Slate Brings De Palma's 'Dressed To Kill,' The Dardennes' 'Two Days, One Night,' Truffaut's 'Day For Night' & More

18 May 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

August marks the fading days of summer, the last gasp of heat-soaked freedom before vacations are over and everyday responsibilities start taking over. But if you've got a few bucks left over from that summer job, or some money you didn't spend on holiday, Criterion's August lineup has some compelling reasons to part with it. Kicking things off, Brian De Palma's sizzler "Dressed To Kill" arrives on the label. It will boast a new high def transfer, all kinds of new interviews (actress Nancy Allen, producer George Litto, composer Pino Donaggio, shower-scene body double Victoria Lynn Johnson, and poster and photographic art director Stephen Sayadian), featurettes about the different versions of the movie that were cut to avoid an X rating, and much more. This looks like a treat for De Palma devotees (but let's hope they change that kinda dreadful cover art). As expected, the Dardennes' acclaimed "Two Days, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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A Most Violent Year DVD Review

17 May 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: J.C. Chandor

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Elyes Gabel

Cert: 15

Running Time: 120 mins

Features: Commentary with J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson & Anna Gerb. Featurettes, Behind The Violence (Making Of), The Contagious Nature Of Violence (Director Interview), Conversations With Oscar Isaac & Jessica Chastain, Trailers/TV Spots, Deleted Scenes, Behind The Scenes Photos

Imagine if Sidney Lumet had directed The Long Good Friday. That instead of a blood-soaked gangster thriller about a man trying to better himself with guns and fists you had something more thoughtful, yet just as sinister. Writer/director J.C. Chandor’s third film takes the backdrop of New York at the outset of 1981 – the notorious year of the title – and uses it as context for the engrossing story of an entrepreneur trying to operate the cleanest way possible in the murkiest of environments.

Oscar Isaac plays Abel, who runs a heating oil »

- Steve Palace

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Stone (Thrillingly) Assassinates Truth While Investigating Kennedy Assassination

14 May 2015 6:22 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »

- Andre Soares

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Heists

14 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.    

Hollywood has had a long love affair with the heist sub-genre. Dating as far back as the silent film era with 1928’s Alias Jimmy Valentine, and transcending various genres like westerns (The War Wagon), war (Kelly’s Heroes) and even animation (Toy Story 3), the heist has tantalized our fantasies and outsmarted our wits for decades. Whether it’s for the very last time before retirement, gathering the gang back together for a big payday or for the thrill of pulling off the perfect robbery, all heist films share one key element: commitment to a plan. »

- Shane Ramirez

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Cannes: Paul Verhoeven Sees ‘Elle’ as Nuanced Thriller (Exclusive)

13 May 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Having produced films by Roman Polanski (“Carnage”) and Brian De Palma (“Passion”) and co-produced David Cronenberg’s “Map to the Stars”), Said Ben Said’s Paris-based Sbs Prods. will not only produce but distribute in France and sell internationally Isabelle Huppert starrer “Elle,” only the second film in 10 years from Paul Verhoeven.

Verhoeven had Hollywood success with films such as “Robocop” (1987), “Total Recall” (1990), “Basic Instinct” (1992), “Starship Troopers” (1997) and “Hollow Man” (2000).

“I had a strong feeling with this one that I was doing something that I’d never done before, which applied when I made ‘Robocop,’ ” Verhoeven told Variety.

Written by David Birke (“13 Sins), “Elle” is based on “Oh…,” a novel by France’s Phillippe Dijan in which the protagonist, Michelle, played by Huppert, has a son whose girlfriend is pregnant, but by another man. Michelle herself is divorced and having an affair with her best friend’s husband, while her »

- John Hopewell

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'The Connection' (2015) Movie Review

11 May 2015 12:29 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

In so many ways The Connection (La French) feels like a film Michael Mann would have made with its dedication to intense action sequences, shot with immediacy and edits that give the viewer an understanding of the space within which the characters are interacting. And, like Mann, director Cedric Jimenez doesn't forgo character, understanding even the small moments between husband and wife, father and son, are important in a crime epic, allowing us to get to know the characters on a more personal level, getting to know them as people rather than just as cop and criminal. Described as a "European flipside to William Friedkin's The French Connection", The Connection is much more than a marketing blurb intent on piquing the interest of hard-to-attract general audience members. This is a down-and-dirty '70s crime thriller, with all the texture of the 35mm film it was shot on. In fact, »

- Brad Brevet

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