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Joss Whedon Much Ado About Nothing: Oscars Outdoors film series Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing will kick off the 2013 "Oscars Outdoors" summer movie season on Wednesday, June 5 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ open-air theater in Hollywood. Much Ado About Nothing stars Amy Acker (Alias), Alexis Denisoff (How I Met Your Mother), Clark Gregg (Iron Man), Nathan Fillion (Waitress, Castle), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Sean Maher (The Playboy Club), all of whom are expected to join The Avengers director Joss Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Kcrw’s Matt Holzman. Oscars Outdoors screening films also include two upcoming releases: Morgan Neville’s documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom (June 6), and Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellow Destin Cretton’s relationship drama Short Term 12 (July 20), featuring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2‘s Rami Malek. »
- Andre Soares
The Force is strong with this one: On May 14, 1944 in Modesto, Calif., George Lucas was born to parents Dorothy and George Lucas, Sr. Sixty-nine years later, Lucas is one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, the man who made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs who created "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones."
After making his directorial debut with 1971's "Thx 1138," Lucas co-wrote and directed the coming-of-age classic "American Graffiti." (The film was based on Lucas' early life in Modesto.) Featuring a bevy of future stars like Harrison Ford, Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss, "American Graffiti" was a hit; the 1973 film earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Lucas and Best Original Screenplay for Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. After "American Graffiti" came a little film called "Star Wars" (later known as "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope").
"Star Wars »
- Christopher Rosen
When Bette Midler didn't garner a Tony nomination for her portrayal of the late super-agent Sue Mengers, some complained this was a major slap.
I'm not sure who should have been excluded to make room for her. As far as slights in the leading actress category in a play go, Midler's exclusion doesn't resonate as the biggest surprise. That dishonor would have to go to Fiona Shaw not being nominated for "The Testament of Mary."
Whether recognized for the award, though, doesn't detract from this as an evening of entertainment or Midler's secure status as a star. Only a star can hold an audience rapt for almost an hour and a half with no breaks, no movement and nothing but her voice. For the record, the Divine Miss M does not sing.
Rather, she holds court with the audience. Wearing a filmy blue muumuu -- which costume designer Ann Roth »
“Rooftop Films 17th Annual Summer Series”; talkbacks with Mel Brooks; a screening and Q&A with the cast of “Bates Motel”; the Drama Book Shop’s new monthly series “After Hours”; and L.A. Theatre Works’ “Glengarry Glen Ross” with Joe Mantegna and Richard Dreyfuss are some of the things we’re looking forward to. Click Here To View Slideshow »
The summer season has, over the past few decades, become synonymous with movie blockbuster season, as studios have found the months of May to August to contain the most profitable release dates for big-budget tentpole features, leading to the summer of recent years being filled with superhero films, big budget CGI features, and other tentpole movies that draw in huge crowds. This year is no different, as Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is set to kick off the summer movie season as May rolls around. However, this doesn’t mean non-blockbuster features don’t make their way to theatres during this time, and for those looking for smaller features, there are plenty of viewing options. Here are ten of our most anticipated non-blockbuster features set to be released over the next few months.
Author’s note: All films were selected based on their release date in American theatres. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The comic book event of 2013 continues as the schism between the superheroes widens and a plot to unseat the greatest hero of them all emerges. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Superman this month by buying this frankly much-more interesting book by superstar creators Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. Jupiter's Legacy #2 Written by Mark Millar Pencils & Cover by Frank Quitely -Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Jupiter's Legacy Movie; Wants Richard Dreyfuss To Star -Josh Wilding Reviews: Jupiter's Legacy #1 »
Robert Schwentke's 2010 comic book adaptation Red brought together a pretty incredible cast. While Bruce Willis alone is usually enough to sell an action movie, the film also included Morgan Freeman, Mary Louise-Parker, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss and Ernest Borgnine. It's a pretty hard group of actors to top, but not only does the upcoming sequel, Red 2, bring back a good number of them, it even adds some great names to mix, including both Anthony Hopkins and Byung Hun Lee, the two stars featured on today's pair of new character posters that come to us via Yahoo! We've been posting new one-sheets for Red 2 all week in anticipation of the brand new trailer that's set to launch tomorrow, with Willis and Malkovich taking center stage on Tuesday; and Mirren and new addition Catherine Zeta-Jones taking the spotlight yesterday. The posters have »
With Kick-Ass 2 set to be released this summer, Nemesis, Supercrooks, The Secret Service and Wanted 2 are all in various stages of development in their respective journey's to the big screen. It now appears as if we should add Jupiter's Legacy to that list as writer Mark Millar (who has created the book alongside artist Frank Quitely) offers us an exclusive update as to what's going on with a movie version of the upcoming Image series. Millar also reveals that he would like to see Richard Dreyfuss play 'Walter', and while he makes it clear that there haven't been any talks with the actor as of yet, the writer is sure to make this happen (take Mark Hamill's planned appearance in Matthew Vaughn's take on The Secret Service for example). Perhaps most interesting is the fact that he envisions the adaptation taking place across more than one movie. »
Relativity Media has announced two new release dates. Paranoia, originally slotted for a fall debut on October 4th has been moved to a late summer start on August 16th. Out of the Furnace takes the now vacated October 4th spot.
Paranoia pits iconic actors Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford against newcomer Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard. The story revolves around an entry-level employee at a powerful corporation who is promised a promotion for spying on his boss' former mentor. This thriller will go up against Kick-Ass 2 and The to Do List at the box office.
Out of the Furnace stars Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Viggo Mortensen, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard and Robert Duvall and follows the plight of a recently released prisoner trying to acclimate himself back into society. He soon discovers that he is being followed by someone with a score to settle. The thriller will »
RoboCop to have a special screening in Hollywood: Cast members Allen, Weller, and director Verhoeven to attend presentation followed by reception and Q&A The 1987 original RoboCop directed by Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, and starring Peter Weller and former Brian De Palma leading lady Nancy Allen, will have a special presentation at noon on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Harmony Gold Theater, located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The screening and reception, to be hosted by Allen, Weller, and Verhoeven, will also feature a Q&A and autograph session. (Pictured above: Allen and Weller in the original movie released more than a quarter of a century ago.) Proceeds from the pricy $75 / $125 tickets will go to weSPARK, which is described as "an organization that enhances the quality of life for cancer patients, family and friends by providing multiple services designed to help heal the mind, body and spirit." Tickets for the screening can be purchased here. »
- Anna Robinson
Chicago – 1993 will be nostalgically remembered by many members of my generation as the summer of “Jurassic Park” and the spring of “The Sandlot.” If you were a movie-loving kid during this year, it’s highly likely both of these films occupied a corner of your imagination. I clearly remember how the junkyard dog, dubbed by neighborhood pals in “The Sandlot” as “the Beast,” seemed as terrifying as any T-Rex.
Since I was seven years old in 1993, my parents wouldn’t allow me to be traumatized by Spielberg’s monster movie (I later saw it on VHS during a snow day, and was absolutely spellbound). But I did see “The Sandlot,” and prided myself on being able to handle the gleefully scary scenes where a group of boys attempts to snatch a prized baseball from the jaws of the Beast. Viewed 20 years later, I now see why it was so effortless »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Prolific film critic Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70. For a number of years Ebert had been battling cancer, and had undergone surgery that had taken away his ability to speak, but not his will to remain a vibrant and influential voice about cinema.
Along with his television balcony partner Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert was likely the most important force in educating the average person about the good and bad of filmmaking. If you want to read about Roger's background as a newspaper film critic, there's no better place today than the obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times, his publishing home these past 46 years. But for the purposes of this article on this site, my thoughts shared will be the personal ones that I have for Roger Ebert.
I have no doubt that one of the many tiny seeds that led to me creating Coming Attractions happened when »
- Patrick Sauriol
Legendary movie critic Roger Ebert died April 4. He was not only the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, but one of the only critics known to the general public. Here, his fans remember him.
Roger Ebert. Clear-eyed dreamer, king of the written word… say.ly/bRt5wg3—
Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) April 04, 2013
Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) April 04, 2013
Roger Ebert. Millions of thumbs up for you. Rip—
Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 04, 2013
we lost a thoughtful writer, i remember my first review from him, pi (i got his and siskel's thumbs) it was a career highlight. #rogerebert—
darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) April 04, 2013
Thanks Mr. Ebert.—
Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) April 04, 2013
A sincere Rip, Mr. Ebert, from this Chicago boy.—
Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) April 04, 2013
All best thoughts »
- Variety Staff
After previously announcing news that former President Bill Clinton will present during The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 40th Annual Chaplin Award presentation to Barbra Streisand, the organization has today announced the full list of presenters and performers for the evening -- and it's quite the bunch. Presenters will include former co-stars and friends Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving and Kris Kristofferson, in addition to special performances by Tony Bennett, Kristen Chenoweth, Wynton Marsalis and Liza Minnelli as part of this year's more significant music element in honor of Streisand's work as a musician. The Award was first honored in 1972 to its namesake, Charlie Chaplin, and has continued throughout the years, honoring such figures as Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor and Martin Scorsese. This year's presentation will feature various film and interview clips from throughout Streisand's legendary music and »
- Cameron Sinz
The Film Society of Lincoln Center recently announced Barbra Streisand as the recipient of its 40th annual Chaplin Award at the Society's annual gala on April 22. The event launched in 1972 with a tribute to Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the Us from exile to accept the honor. Today the role call of presenters has been revealed, including Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving and Kris Kristofferson. Given that Streisand has had a ground-breaking career in both film and music, there will be a large musical component to the tribute as well. Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Wynton Marsalis »
- Kristopher Tapley
To celebrate Friday’s Us release of Fede Alvarez’ Evil Dead, the remake of Sam Raimi’s notorious 1981 gore-filled effort, we’ve decided to put together a list of our top favourite horror remakes. We’ve included genre offerings that gave a refreshing spin to their respective source material, some going on to match, and even surpass the originals. Read on to see if any of your favourites made the list…
10. Willard (2003)
The excellent and underrated Crispin Glover puts his heart and (demented) soul into this fascinating take on 1971s Willard, to play the social outcast-turned-sociopathic title character. A film I first caught at an empty cinema in Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Willard tells the story of a young man with the capability to control an army of rats, after suffering years of mental abuse from his domineering mother and boss. Final Destination creator Glenn Morgan made his »
- Craig Hunter
When I saw the promotional material for "The Frankenstein Theory," I admit rolling my eyes and thinking the movie sounded ridiculous. I couldn't help but have low expectations going into it with cover art exclaiming, "From the creators of 'The Last Exorcism.'" Whenever a movie carries a bi-line like that to promote it, you can bet it's going to be a disappointment. This indie found "footage" film is the perfect example of a concept that shouldn't work but did.
Desperately driven to prove himself to the world, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the edge of the Arctic Circle. He intends to expose to the world his inconceivable theory. He believes that Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy and that the creature is alive and well. As they travel deeper into the desolate snow-covered plains, strange events and happenings unfold around them. »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
The topic of annoying movie characters isn’t new to WhatCulture.com (hence the adjective ‘more’ in the title), as Nafissa Jeetoo has had her say on it previously, as has Stuart W. Bedford before her.
Having watched a lot of movies lately in which certain characters have really bugged me, I found myself purposefully re-watching movies just to remind myself of how annoying certain characters are.
As a result, I’ve decided to weigh in on the topic with ten more decidedly irritating characters from the world of movies. Note that the likes of Jar Jar Binks and Sam Witwicky (ugh) have already been picked in previous lists and will therefore not be in this one!
10. Quint (Jaws)
Let’s get the controversial one out of the way first.
Quint (Robert Shaw) is undoubtedly an iconic character, but his cantankerous pigheadedness was the reason the Orca came »
- Kev Stewart
Disinclined to accept more lead roles, Drive actor says he 'needs a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does'
Gosling, who recently signed up to direct his first feature film, the dark fantasy How to Catch a Monster, said in an interview with Associated Press that he needed to step away from his current profession for the sake of his own artistic equilibrium. "I've lost perspective on what I'm doing," he said. "I think it's good for me to take a break and reassess why I'm doing it and how I'm doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that. I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does."
The news will »
- Ben Child
Science fiction remains one of the most amazing genres in the history of film because of just how adaptable it is. A sci-fi movie can be about anything its creator wants it to be, which could mean something incredibly grand or something very small in scale.
Any genre can be encapsulated within the confines of a sci-fi story, whether it’s horror, drama or romance. It’s this level of versatility that causes filmmakers to be drawn to the genre when they want to either tell special effects heavy stories or amaze the audience by showing them something that they’ve never seen before.
2013 looks to be a great year for sci-fi, while 2012 featured some very strong movies in the genre. I felt this would be apt time to write a list of this sort. My main goal here is to showcase the variety that is present in sci-fi and »
- Dolan Reynolds
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