19 items from 2015
'The Martian' with Matt Damon: Box office record? 'The Martian' fights 'Gravity' for October box office record; actual winner, however, is an Earthbound comedy Released by 20th Century Fox, Ridley Scott's extremely well-received The Martian, starring Matt Damon in the title role as a U.S. astronaut fighting for his life after being left behind all alone on Mars, opened with an estimated $18 million on Friday, Sept. 30, '15, at 3,831 North American theaters, about two thirds of which in 3D. Bear in mind that the Friday estimate includes $2.5 million from Thursday evening and midnight screenings. Directed by eventual Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón, Warner Bros.' Gravity, another extremely well-received space movie about a pioneering American fearlessly kicking death's ass while stranded in a – literally – alien realm, collected $17.48 million over the same weekend back in 2013. Sandra Bullock starred as the lost-in-space astronaut and middle-American Mom struggling to »
- Zac Gille
'And Then There Were None' movie with Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, June Duprez, Louis Hayward and Roland Young. 'And Then There Were None' movie remake to be directed by Oscar nominee Morten Tyldum One of the best-known Agatha Christie novels, And Then There Were None will be getting another big-screen transfer. 20th Century Fox has acquired the movie rights to the literary suspense thriller first published in the U.K. (as Ten Little Niggers) in 1939. Morten Tyldum, this year's Best Director Academy Award nominee for The Imitation Game, is reportedly set to direct. The source for this story is Deadline.com, which adds that Tyldum himself “helped hone the pitch” for the acquisition while Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, The Thing 2011) will handle the screenplay adaptation. And Then There Were None is supposed to have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, thus holding the »
- Andre Soares
While Johnny Depp makes a return to form in Black Mass, here's a mob movie that actually destroyed someone's career. Corky Romano (2001) Director: Rob Pritts Stars: Chris Kattan, Peter Falk, Vinessa Shaw Chris Kattan gets work. Repent, sinners! Even though A Night At The Roxbury flopped, it was still clear that one Saturday Night Live star had the power to be a... Read More »
- Jason Adams
With his cigar, wrinkled coat and battered car, Peter Falk’s detective brings La’s murderers to book with relentless questioning and brilliant comic timing
Sherlock is smug. Poirot is pompous. Miss Marple has a thing about taking her tea correctly. Morse won’t leave Oxford. The only TV detective without an ego – without any supposedly charming eccentricity, in fact – is Lieutenant Frank Columbo of the Lapd, a man whose car is so shoddy a driving instructor once refused to get in it. His complete adventures are a worthy reminder of his brilliance: the shambling policeman played by Peter Falk had one of the most ferocious minds on TV, taking down cunning killer after cunning killer, pulling their lies apart one by one.
- George Bass
Assemble! *Bleep* We've already stated how much we want to hang out with the cast of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and after watching their gag reel, we want to hang out with them even more. The bloopers are featured on the film's Blu-ray, which is set for release on Oct. 2, and in a Yahoo! Movies video posted on Wednesday. Chris Evans, aka Captain America, and Scarlett Johansson, aka The Black Widow, are adorable while goofing around together, while she and Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury, play off each other well after she misses her mark, emitting some Nsfw language. The Hulk Mark Ruffalo launched into an impressive Peter Falk-as-Columbo impression »
Sometimes the Avengers just fail to assemble correctly. But that's half the fun! Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" has its digital release this Tuesday, September 8, and it's out on DVD/Blu-ray on October 2. One of the many extras coming with the release is a gag reel, and you can watch it now in the video below.
Several stars are showcased in the bloopers, including Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgård, and Mark Ruffalo. Sam Jackson closes the video with a strong mock smackdown to Scarlett for going "all stealth mode, motherf--ker" out of the frame. Stellan has a weird line about a swimsuit. But Mark basically owns the gag reel with his struggle to get through Dr. Banner's unpronounceable dialogue and his random but perfect "Can I ask you something?" Columbo impression. Peter Falk would be proud, man.
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- Gina Carbone
Read More: How the End of 'Mad Men' Liberated Elisabeth Moss Sometimes a breakdown is not just a breakdown. Sometimes, a breakdown is a symptom of something much bigger — and more nefarious — than a psychological collapse. A breakdown is often a breaking point, signaling the deep-rooted problems that underlie a troubled system. In cinema, terrain of metaphors, breakdowns are great vehicles for exposing systematic problems in a multi-faceted, humanistic way. Through the eyes of insanity, movies about breakdowns shed light on our darkest problems. Here are seven films featuring riveting mental breakdowns that caused us to look in the mirror a bit harder. 1. A Woman Under the Influence (1975)Gena Rowlands delivers the paragon of mental breakdown performances in John Cassavetes' masterpiece "A Woman Under the Influence." Rowlands plays Mabel, a tortured housewife whose sanity dissolves into domestic terror that her husband (Peter Falk) is powerless to assuage. »
- Emily Buder
Television has delivered viewers an array of police characters over the years, from Peter Falk’s rumpled but underestimated Lt. Columbo to always fashion-forward Sonny Crockett to the morally questionable Vic Mackey. Ahead of next week’s season premiere of 1960s police drama “Public Morals” on TNT, we look back at 10 of TV’s most memorable cop characters. (Note: We're sticking only with cops, rather than private detectives, federal agents, etc. So no Magnum or Raylan Givens or Dana Scully.) »
- Alan Sepinwall
Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret: 'Carnal Knowledge' and 'Tommy' proved that 'sex symbol' was a remarkable actress Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten to respected actress and two-time Oscar nominee, is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 13, '15. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, TCM is showing this evening the movies that earned Ann-Margret her Academy Award nods: Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Ken Russell's Tommy (1975). Written by Jules Feiffer, and starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel, the downbeat – some have found it misogynistic; others have praised it for presenting American men as chauvinistic pigs – Carnal Knowledge is one of the precursors of “adult Hollywood moviemaking,” a rare species that, propelled by the success of disparate arthouse fare such as Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) and Costa-Gavras' Z, briefly flourished from »
- Andre Soares
Gena Rowlands, who turns 85 today, is a cinema nonpareil who showed many faces in the films of her husband: a broken-down housewife in "A Woman Under the Influence," a washed-up thespian in "Opening Night," a desperate call-girl in "Faces." Cassavetes originally wrote "A Woman Under the Influence," the raw story of a lovably mad housewife who is also a danger to herself, as a play for his muse and partner. But it proved to be too exhausting for a stage production and so the maverick indie director turned to family and friends, including Peter Falk, who co-stars in the film as Rowlands' patient husband, for money and rounded up AFI students to make this volatile film that nabbed them both Oscar nominations. Listen below to a rare 90-minute interview about the film, and filmmaking. This was Rowlands fifth pairing with Cassavetes after "Shadows," "A Child Is Waiting," "Faces" and "Minnie and Moskowitz. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Jon Hamm deserves a drink. At the Emmys, he's gone 0 for 7 as Best Drama Actor, losing every single bid for his iconic "Mad Men" character Don Draper. He's also lost three times apiece for producing "Mad Men" and for guesting on "30 Rock," bringing his career total to 13 misfires. Will AMC's final batch of episodes (Part 2 of Season 7) finally seal the deal for this mad man, or is he destined to remain an Emmy also-ran? Vote in our poll below. Spoilers Ahead -Break- Will 'Mad Men' finale break Emmys curse? (Vote now in our poll) First, a bit of Emmy trivia: If Hamm is nominated again for this role, he'll be tied with three other gents -- Raymond Burr ("Perry Mason," "Ironside"), Peter Falk ("Columbo"), Dennis Franz ("NYPD Blue") -- for the most bids ever (8) in the Best Drama Actor category. And those three, it should be noted, are all winners. »
Cassavetes originally wrote "A Woman Under the Influence," the raw story of a lovably mad housewife who is also a danger to herself, as a play for his muse and partner Gena Rowlands. But it proved to be too exhausting for a stage production and so the maverick indie director turned to family and friends, including Peter Falk, who co-stars in the film as Rowlands' patient husband, for money and rounded up AFI students to make this volatile film that nabbed them both Oscar nominations. Listen below to a rare 90-minute interview about the film, and filmmaking. This was Rowlands fifth pairing with Cassavetes after "Shadows," "A Child Is Waiting," "Faces" and "Minnie and Moskowitz." Together they would go on to make some of the most startling films of the century, from "Opening Night" to "Love Streams." Watch a Beautiful Tribute Reel to Gena Rowlands »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Just in time for the Cinderella remake, here's Sarah Michelle Gellar as its title character in a rap battle against Belle from Beauty and the Beast (played by Whitney Avalon). See another battle, between Princess Leia and Lotr's Galadriel, at Geek Tyrant. Peter Falk reads Game of Thrones to Fred Savage in this mash-up of the HBO series and The Princess Bride (via Devour): This whole Jurassic Park-themed set-up, which can used to decorate your home theater or bedroom or baby nursery, is for sale on eBay (via Geekologie): The latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer dubbed by kids is as adorable as it sounds (via Geek Alert): Kill Bill...
- Christopher Campbell
Last week, I published the first two of the interviews I did on “The Americans” set in December, with producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields , and with actress Holly Taylor. Now it’s time for one of the show’s two leads, as charming Welshman(*) Matthew Rhys and I talked about where Philip’s head is at in season 3, the pros and cons of so much wig work, why Keri Russell is referred to on set as “The Hulk,” how “The A-Team” helped inform his performance as Philip, and more. (*) My biggest regret about this interview? That I turned off the recorder right before FX’s Lana Kim prompted Rhys to share a memory of one of his first American jobs, as the killer in the final “Columbo” movie. This involved him doing a dead-on Peter Falk impression as he recalled that Falk wanted him to play the killer as a Cockney gangster, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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- Sam Moffitt
Directed by John Cassavetes
Written by John Cassavetes
“Woman is a symptom of Man” — Jacques Lacan
A Woman Under the Influence (1974) tells the story of a marriage in crisis. Mabel (Gena Rowlands) is suffering from an unnamed psychological condition that is threatening to tear her family apart. Her husband, Nick (Peter Faulk), desperately tries to keep everything together but he is being stretched beyond his own sanity. The children are passive in the beginning until the finale where they become extremely defensive of their mother, pushing their father away, becoming angelic, innocent buffers to Nick’s violent attempts to break her spell.
Cassavetes depicts marriage in A Woman Under the Influence as a battle where two competing definitions of reality constantly clash. Nick is stuck in an ideal memory of his wife when she was happy, most likely before they had children but Cassavetes »
- Cody Lang
19 items from 2015
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