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19 items from 2016


Gena Rowlands on Working With John Cassavetes, Why Everyone Loves ‘The Notebook’

13 July 2016 1:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands are still considered the king and queen of independent cinema.

Operating outside the studio system, the husband and wife team created indelible portraits of working-class strivers and small-timers in such films as “A Woman Under the Influence,” “Gloria” and “Faces.” Those works, as well as seven others, will screen as part of a retrospective at New York’s Metrograph theater from July 15-25. The career appreciation will include such Cassavetes and Rowlands pairings as “Love Streams” and “Opening Night,” along with films that Cassavetes directed without his wife and muse, such as “A Child is Waiting” and “Husbands.”

Cassavetes died in 1989, but Rowlands has remained active, appearing on the big and small screen in the likes of “The Notebook,” “Hysterical Blindness” and “Unhook the Stars.” She spoke with Variety about Cassavetes’ legacy, how roles improved for actresses and why she loves Bette Davis.

Why do your husband’s films endure? »

- Brent Lang

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Only Yesterday,’ ‘The In-Laws,’ ‘Boy & the World’ & More

5 July 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Boy & the World (Alê Abreu)

Crayon-like scribblings and simple geometric patterns meticulously complicate themselves like a fractal over the course of this child’s-eye odyssey through the global struggle between humankind and the forces that oppress it. Kaleidoscopic visuals use repetition to explore the communal nature of both work and celebration. This film continually pulls back to show the larger picture of society, its visuals becoming more complex in kind, before it reduces to a more intimate view »

- The Film Stage

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The In-Laws

28 June 2016 8:21 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This Alan Arkin-Peter Falk show is finally being recognized as a comedy mini-masterpiece. Afraid of offending his daughter's future father-in-law, a dentist is sucked into a nightmare of crime and jeopardy, as a jolly Chinese airline whisks him away to a rendezvous with danger in a Latin American dictatorship. It's a gem of sustained mirth. The In-Laws Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 823 1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 103 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date July 5, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault, Penny Peyser, Arlene Golonka, Michael Lembeck, Paul Lawrence Smith, Ed Begley Jr., James Hong, Barbara Dana, David Paymer. Cinematography David M. Walsh Film Editor Robert E. Swink Original Music John Morris Written by Andrew Bergman Produced by Arthur Miller, William Sackheim Directed by Arthur Hiller

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Good grief, I had no idea that Albert Brooks and Michael Douglas remade this movie back in »

- Glenn Erickson

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Review: Dwayne Johnson gets weird in surprisingly enjoyable 'Central Intelligence'

17 June 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Buddy comedies are a Hollywood staple at this point, and they’re fairly easy to execute at a baseline level of competence. Sometimes it’s a script that distinguishes one, sometimes it’s the easy chemistry between the stars, and sometimes it’s a director who elevates things. In the case of Central Intelligence, several things work better than I would have suspected, and as a result, I genuinely enjoyed the movie. Color me shocked. First and foremost, The Rock has become one of the most reliable brands in modern movies, and, yes, I am aware that I just called him a brand. I think he’s more than “just” a movie star. He’s an overall force of personality that exists to just shine positivity and humor and good energy into the world via movies, TV, wrestling, and social media. If The Rock didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Movie Review – Tale of Tales (2015)

16 June 2016 3:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tale of Tales, 2015.

Directed by Matteo Garrone.

Starring Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones and Vincent Cassel.

Synopsis:

From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.

Matteo Garrone’s previous feature Reality seemed to find the Italian divulging his dreams of the surreal within the social-realism of modern Italy. With Tale of Tales – based upon the poet and scholar Giambattista Basile’s folk myths of the 16th century-Garrone has plunged head first into a murky pool chock-full of the surreal, heady erotica and fetishistic fancy dress.

It brought to mind Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain or Pasolini’s Arabian Nights, at times towards the vulgarity of Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, even reaching towards the nonsensical babblings »

- Amie Cranswick

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The Player

30 May 2016 5:08 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Robert Altman's murder tale reeks of insider access and Hollywood hipster Bs; its main claim to greatness is its fifty-plus star cameos. It may no longer seem as smart as it looked in 1992, but they don't make 'em any slicker than this. The Player Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 812 1992 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 24, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lyle Lovett. Cinematography Jean Lépine Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Michael Tolkin from his novel Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler Directed by Robert Altman

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Robert Altman's filmography is undergoing what looks like a full retrospective through Criterion; even the 1975 title Nashville came out not long ago. This very successful later picture marks a revitalization of the director's career. It's sort of a Kafkaesque spin on Hail, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Criterion In July: From The In-laws To A Touch Of Zen And More

19 April 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Ah, Criterion! I love it when the company expands the parameters of what many people consider to be "classic cinema" and anoints the likes of The In-Laws, the 1979 comedy that remains a personal favorite. It may be very broad and very American, but it's also a quite inspired mixture of physical comedy, clever wisecracks, and great performances by Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. It also features a sparkling original screenplay by Andrew Bergman. Criterion's release schedule for July 2016 also includes the 1962 version of Carnival of Souls, two from Alain Resnais (Muriel, or The Time of Return and Night and Fog), King Hu's A Touch of Zen (a wonderfully fluid and dazzling martial arts classic) and Terrence Malick's dreamy The New World. Here's...

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Pebbles That Clatter and Spark: Four Films by John Cassavetes

4 April 2016 6:23 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Mubi in the United Kingdom will be showing four films by John Cassavetes beginning with Too Late Blues (March 9 - April 8), followed by Husbands (March 16 - April 15), Gloria (March 23 - April 22), and Love Streams (March 29 - April 28). “Life is a series of suicides, divorces, promises broken, children smashed, whatever.”                        — Robert, Love Streams“Love is a stream. It’s continuous. It doesn’t stop.”                        — Sarah, Love Streams I love a good punch. Not the kind Robert Mitchum could land, or the kind Errol Flynn once received, though the mythmaking breeziness of another era’s gossip columns ensures even these retain an ageless charm. I mean the verbal kind, the hit-you-in-the-belly kind. A gut punch. Putdowns are an art: cadence is a weapon, pithiness a bullet. Brevity bruises: it’s not so much what is said as everything that isn’t. The best knocks hurt precisely because, no matter how brutal they get, »

- Michael Pattison

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Competition: Win a sixth-scale Hot Toys RoboCop!

26 March 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

From the 1987 classic, Robocop comes this awesome Hot Toys Sixth Scale figure… And thanks to our friends at RetroAndCollectables we have one to giveaway! Plus, for those collectors out there we also have a special discount code (valid for the next month) for the site – use Nerdly at checkout for 10% off.

This newest addition to Hot Toys Mms Diecast series has been specially designed with diecast material for greater realism. The Mms Diecast series brings fans a higher level of authenticity by focusing on materials, fine details and engineering. The movie-accurate RoboCop Mms Diecast Sixth Scale Figure is highly detailed, featuring a newly sculpted body, metallic black, grey and silver armor, and interchangeable lower faces. RoboCop speaks six memorable quotes from the film, allowing fans to recreate their favorite scenes.

The RoboCop Sixth Scale figure features:

Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of RoboCop Newly sculpted and refined body Approximately »

- Phil Wheat

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Paul Reiser on Early Role in ‘Diner’ and Working With Will Smith in ‘Concussion’

18 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Reiser has a slew of movies coming out this year, including “War on Everyone,” “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” “The Darkness” and “Joshy.” Also upcoming: the second season of Amazon’s “Red Oaks” plus the May 3 release of the “Mad About You” boxed set, with all 164 episodes. The standup comic was first mentioned in Variety on March 5, 1981, when he was cast in Barry Levinson’s “Diner.”

What was “Diner” like?

It was my first job in show business. It was a crazy circumstance. A friend of mine was going in for an audition, and I was waiting for him, when casting director Ellen Chenoweth asked if I had a [headshot], and I said no. I went back the next day with a picture; next thing I know, I was in a movie. It was a great way to start a career — highly regarded director, (and the movie was) so well received. »

- Shalini Dore

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Paul Reiser on Early Role in ‘Diner’ and Working With Will Smith in ‘Concussion’

18 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paul Reiser has a slew of movies coming out this year, including “War on Everyone,” “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” “The Darkness” and “Joshy.” Also upcoming: the second season of Amazon’s “Red Oaks” plus the May 3 release of the “Mad About You” boxed set, with all 164 episodes. The standup comic was first mentioned in Variety on March 5, 1981, when he was cast in Barry Levinson’s “Diner.”

What was “Diner” like?

It was my first job in show business. It was a crazy circumstance. A friend of mine was going in for an audition, and I was waiting for him, when casting director Ellen Chenoweth asked if I had a [headshot], and I said no. I went back the next day with a picture; next thing I know, I was in a movie. It was a great way to start a career — highly regarded director, (and the movie was) so well received. »

- Shalini Dore

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Round-Up: Terminator Genisys Figure, Dead Rising: Endgame, Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, Terror Tales, Scream Queen Stream

22 February 2016 9:23 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Re-enact the war against Skynet with the new Endoskeleton figure from Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys. Also: production details for Dead Rising: Endgame, a trailer for the horror thriller Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, details on Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop 1 & 2) in Terror Tales, and the Scream Queen Stream.

Terminator: Genisys Figure: From Sideshow Collectibles: “In Terminator: Genisys, Judgment Day has arrived and more than 30 billion human lives have been lost in the attacks by Skynet. Survivors were captured and put into camps for extermination. In 2029, Human Resistance leader John Connor has led a final intense battle against Skynet and its menacing armies of Endoskeletons in order to eliminate the hellish artificial intelligence.

Sideshow and Hot Toys are pleased to officially present the new sixth scale Endoskeleton Collectible Figure from Terminator: Genisys.

The Endoskeleton collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of the terrifying robot from the film. It features »

- Tamika Jones

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Abe Vigoda, ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Godfather’ Actor, Dies at 94

26 January 2016 11:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor Abe Vigoda, best known for his roles as mobster Tessio in “The Godfather” and as Detective Sgt. Fish in TV’s “Barney Miller” and a spinoff series in which he starred, has died. He was 94 and died in New Jersey of natural causes, his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs told the Associated Press.

The tall character actor with the characteristically slouched shoulders and hangdog face became something of a pop culture figure due to repeated false reports of his demise, which became the subject of jokes. Reflecting his somewhat odd celebrity was the existence of a punk rock band named Abe Vigoda; his recurring appearances in the late 2000s on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”; and the existence of a website named Isabevigodadead.com, which for years consisted simply of a blank page with the word No.

Vigoda made his feature debut in a bit part in Marcel Carne »

- Carmel Dagan

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Abe Vigoda, ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Godfather’ Actor, Dies at 94

26 January 2016 11:19 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actor Abe Vigoda, best known for his roles as mobster Tessio in “The Godfather” and as Detective Sgt. Fish in TV’s “Barney Miller” and a spinoff series in which he starred, has died. He was 94 and died in New Jersey of natural causes, his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs told the Associated Press.

The tall character actor with the characteristically slouched shoulders and hangdog face became something of a pop culture figure due to repeated false reports of his demise, which became the subject of jokes. Reflecting his somewhat odd celebrity was the existence of a punk rock band named Abe Vigoda; his recurring appearances in the late 2000s on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”; and the existence of a website named Isabevigodadead.com, which for years consisted simply of a blank page with the word No.

Vigoda made his feature debut in a bit part in Marcel Carne »

- Carmel Dagan

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Mark Ruffalo Weighs In On Possibly Starring In A Columbo Movie

20 January 2016 3:32 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Last year, Avengers: Age of Ultron star Mark Ruffalo made headlines when he and screenwriter Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) started talking about a possible big screen Columbo reboot starring the actor. Originally played by Peter Falk on the small screen, the classic police drama is as beloved now as it was when it originally aired, and the prospect of Ruffalo taking over the role was met with an overwhelmingly positive response.

Talking at the UK premiere of Spotlight today, the actor revealed just how close a Columbo movie has come to being a reality in the months which have followed.

“Nothing’s happening with it. Gary Whitta sort of started that online and it’s taken a life of its own. It would be fun to do, but I think some people reached out to, I think Universal has the rights, and they just didn’t seem that interested. »

- Josh Wilding

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Exclusive: Mark Ruffalo on the chances of him playing Columbo; is Universal interested?

20 January 2016 2:02 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Last year, Spotlight star Mark Ruffalo got into a fun back and forth with Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta on Twitter about the possibility of bringing Columbo to the big screen. The response from fans to him possibly taking on the role of the beloved TV detective made famous by Peter Falk was overwhelmingly positive, but

The post Exclusive: Mark Ruffalo on the chances of him playing Columbo; is Universal interested? appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Josh Wilding

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Wind Across the Everglades

19 January 2016 9:27 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The Audubon Society battles plumage poachers in the Everglades, circa 1900. Legendary director Nicholas Ray suffered an on-location meltdown filming this early ecologically sensitive epic, but the finished product is still one of his better pictures. Burl Ives, Christopher Plummer and Chana Eden give top 'Ray' performances. The eccentric supporting cast includes Peter Falk, boxer Two-Ton Tony Galento and none other than the real Gypsy Rose Lee. Wind Across the Everglades DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1958 / Color / 1:85 enhanced widescreen / 93 min. / Street Date October 6 2015, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Burl Ives, Christopher Plummer, Gypsy Rose Lee, George Voskovec, Tony Galento, Howard Smith, Emmett Kelly, Pat Henning, Chana Eden, Curt Conway, Peter Falk, Sammy Renick, Cory Osceola, MacKinlay Kantor, Totch Brown, George Voskovec, Sumner Williams. Cinematography Joseph Brun Film Editor Georges Klotz, Joseph Zigman Art Direction Richard Sylbert Original Music Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter Written by Budd Schulberg Produced by Stuart Schulberg »

- Glenn Erickson

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From the Terrace

19 January 2016 9:24 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This is as sexy as Hollywood pix got in 1960. John O'Hara's novel about class snobbery and the drive for success posits Paul Newman as a moody go-getter. In glossy soap opera fashion, his silver spoon-fed bride Joanne Woodward morphs into an unfaithful monster. Some adulterous relationships are excused and others not in this glossy, morally rigged melodrama. In other words, it's prime entertainment material. From the Terrace Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1960 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 144 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Myrna Loy, Ina Balin, Leon Ames, Elizabeth Allen, Barbara Eden, George Grizzard, Patrick O'Neal, Felix Aylmer. Cinematography Leo Tover Art Direction Maurice Ransford, Howard Richmond, Lyle R. Wheeler Film Editor Dorothy Spencer Original Music Elmer Bernstein Written by Ernest Lehman from the novel by John O'Hara Produced and directed by Mark Robson

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

1960 saw the release of »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 20-11

9 January 2016 4:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

So, we’ve arrived at the top 20, slowly creeping toward those films that are exactly what a romantic comedy should be. We’ve seen films that fall into the category, but lean more toward other genres. We’ve seen romantic films that are funny enough to be comedies, but don’t entirely represent the spirit of the rom-com, despite being brilliant films. Now, we form a clearer picture of what a romantic comedy is. Not all of the films in this section are necessarily “good,” but they’re all iconic, definitive romantic comedies (hence their inclusion). Memorability does not necessarily come partnered with quality. It means right place, right time.

courtesy of totalfilm.com 20. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Tom Hanks had been the leading man in romantic comedies before (e.g. Splash). But the same year he took home his first Oscar (Philadelphia), he also starred opposite Meg Ryan in this »

- Joshua Gaul

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