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Russell Brand Files for Divorce from Katy Perry

30 December 2011 11:42 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Another quick marriage for Hollywood. Funnyman Russell Brand filed for divorce from Katy Perry today, after a little more than 14 months together.

The 36-year-old comedian told the Associated Press, "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends."

Photos! Katy and Russell in Happier Times

The divorce papers filed in L.A cites "irreconcilable differences," reports TMZ.

Rumors spread this week the two were having problems »

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The ‘Blue Velvet’ Project, #60

30 December 2011 6:40 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Second #2820, 47:00

Throughout this entire sequence, we never once see Dorothy from Frank’s point of view. In fact, the camera stays positioned entirely on Jeffrey’s side of the room, adopting, if not his precise point of view from within the closet, then at least his general angle of vision throughout. Even when we see Dorothy’s face close up, it is not from Frank’s point of view; we are never permitted to cross the invisible line that divides the room to see things from Frank’s side. On one level, this increases our identification with Jeffrey; for the most part, we see what he sees. But more fundamentally, the refusal of the camera to adopt Frank’s perspective makes his actions both more terrifying and more banal. It is the specific, fetishistic details of his assault that propel him deep into the imagination, where he burns like a hot ember. »

- Nicholas Rombes

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Sinead O'Connor Ends 16-Day Marriage

27 December 2011 8:05 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Singer Sinead O'Connor announced on her blog Monday that she has separated from her husband Barry Herridge after just 16 days of marriage.

O'Connor wrote the split was due in part to pressures from Herridge's family and friends. "These were people who had never met me but had formed opinions of me based on what they read about 'Sinead O'Connor' in the media, etc. Entitled as they are to their opinions about me, maybe perhaps well deserved, »

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The ‘Blue Velvet’ Project, #57

21 December 2011 5:39 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Second #2679, 44:39

The full and furious roar of Frank. The camera has just completed a somehow menacing lateral tracking shot passing very close behind Dorothy’s back. Frank, having deeply inhaled from the mask (as if to prepare himself for the performance that he—Dennis Hopper, not Frank—is about to deliver) is now contorted with fury and sorrow. And something else: terror. Terror, perhaps, for something he has summoned.

Poem #259, stanzas two and three, from The Dream Songs, by John Berryman, goes like this:

When worst it got, you went away I charge you

and we will wonder over this in Hell

if the circles communicate.

I stayed here. It’s changing from blue to blue

but you would be rapt with the gold hues, well,

you went like Pier to another fate,

I never changed. My desire for death was strong

but not strong enough. I thought: this is my chance, »

- Nicholas Rombes

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The Commercials of David Fincher: From Dennis Hopper to Charles Barkley and Angelina Jolie

20 December 2011 9:23 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

 

Yesterday I brought you the music videos of David Fincher and today I bring you his commercials. With a strong visual eye and an occasionally dark, yet playful, sense of humor, Fincher has directed commercials for companies such as Nike, Budweiser, Heineken, Coca-Cola, Apple, Motorola, Adidas, Colt 45, Levi's, At&T and Hp and in those commercials he's featured stars such as Brad Pitt, a very young Angelina Jolie, the late Dennis Hopper, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Claire Forlani, Billy Dee Williams as well as sports stars such as Charles Barkley, Michael Vick, Terrell Owens, Adrian Peterson, Ladainian Tomlinson, Troy Polamalu, Shawne Merriman and Steven Jackson. Over the next four pages I have gathered a collection of 23 of Fincher's commercials for you to preview and I'm sure you'll recognize many and yet will have never realized they were directed by the man behind Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and his latest effort, »

- Brad Brevet

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Bert Schneider obituary

14 December 2011 11:34 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Producer of films that expressed the late 60s and early 70s zeitgeist, including Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and Hearts and Minds

In the late 60s and early 70s, youth movies identified with the draft-dodging campus rebels disillusioned by their elders and the war in Vietnam. Among the leading lights that embodied the counterculture were the producer Bert Schneider, who has died aged 78, and the director Bob Rafelson. They came together to form Raybert Productions, and then Bbs Productions (with Steve Blauner), which produced several pictures that expressed the zeitgeist, such as Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Drive, He Said (1971) and the Oscar-winning anti-Vietnam war documentary Hearts and Minds (1974). 

Schneider was no bandwagon jumper, but a committed leftist, who vigorously opposed the American presence in Vietnam. He was also close to the 1960s political activists Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther party, the African-American radical organisation, and Abbie Hoffman »

- Ronald Bergan

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Easy Rider Producer Schneider Dies

14 December 2011 8:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning movie producer Bert Schneider has died, aged 78.

The Easy Rider filmmaker passed away from natural causes on Monday, his daughter Audrey Simon has confirmed.

The New York native, who was the son of former Columbia Pictures president Abraham Schneider, started his television and film career in the 1960s.

Teaming up with Bob Rafelson to form Raybert Productions, one of Schneider's first projects was to create sitcom The Monkees, which followed a fictional rock band.

The group went on to be a successful international pop act, and helped Schneider and Rafelson break into feature films.

His first major success was 1969's iconic movie Easy Rider, starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, and he also made 1970 movie Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson.

Schneider and Rafelson went on to create films including The Last Picture Show and The King of Marvin Gardens, while Schneider also won a Best Documentary Oscar for 1974's Hearts and Minds, about opposition to the Vietnam War.

Schneider married four times throughout his life, and once dated actress Candice Bergen. »

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Side-by-side by Lovelace: Stacking up two forthcoming biopics about the 'Deep Throat' star

7 December 2011 3:04 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Like Alexander the Great, Steve Prefontaine, and Snow White before her, the late Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace suddenly has several producers prepping biopics simultaneously. The reluctant porn icon made her way into pop culture history with 1972′s Deep Throat, which was used as an informant code name during that year’s Watergate scandal and resurfaced with the Dennis Hopper-narrated documentary Inside Deep Throat, released in 2005 three years after Lovelace’s untimely death.

Today, EW confirmed that Juno Temple (left) and Wes Bentley have been added to the cast of Lovelace, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s biopic, which »

- Lanford Beard

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Kris Humphries Wants Prenup Voided

2 December 2011 8:26 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

In a shocking new twist, Kris Humphries has requested that the prenup he signed with Kim Kardashian be declared null and void, according to RadarOnline.

Humphries wants the prenup voided because of the strict confidentiality clause that prohibits him from discussing their marital details.

A source close to Kris told the website, "The confidentiality aspect of the prenup is extensive and was created just in case things went bad, neither Kim nor Kris could discuss their relationship with the media. »

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Drafthouse Films Acquires Us Rights to “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films”

1 December 2011 2:34 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

New Doc Will Chronicle Infamous ’80s Exploitation

Production Outfit From Acclaimed Director Mark Hartley

Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the world-famous Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of all Us rights to Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films from world-wide sales agent Celluloid Nightmares. From acclaimed cult film documentarian Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed), the film centers on the story of two Israeli-born, movie-obsessed cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the “American dream” launched an indie studio that would produce over 120 exploitation films from 1979-1989 turning a renegade outfit into the proclaimed “seventh Hollywood major.” The film is currently in pre-production in Australia with Producer Veronica Fury and Executive Producers Xyz Films (upcoming Sony Pictures release The Raid). A theatrical release is being planned for late 2012 to coincide with a traveling roadshow retrospective of Cannon’s seminal films. »

- Michelle McCue

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Britney Spears' Boyfriend Ready to Pop the Question

30 November 2011 9:08 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Pop princess Britney Spears' boyfriend, Jason Trawick, has picked out an engagement ring to ask for the singer's hand in marriage, according to People.

Spears, who turns 30 on Friday, "is having one of the best times of her life," according to a source, and the couple has talked "about marriage for a long time. It would be surprising if they are not engaged by the end of the year."

Trawick, 39, and Spears have been »

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Whatever the size, your TV is still just a TV

27 November 2011 7:04 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I was looking forward to seeing Juggernaut on TCM not too long ago when I saw it show up on the classics channel’s schedule.  Even in this cable/download/Netflix age of constant program recycling, the movie rarely shows up on TV, maybe because it had been such an instant and complete flop when released theatrically in 1974.  Still, this UK-produced film has always been one of my pet favorites, a flick I have long felt died an undeserved death, and I was psyched at the chance to see it again.

In synopsis, I admit the movie doesn’t sound like much.  Or perhaps I should say it sounds way too familiar.  A nutcase has put seven bombs on an ocean liner and threatens to sink the ship unless he’s given a ransom of £500,000.  The ship is far from land, no other vessels are close enough to render assistance, »

- Bill Mesce

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DVD Playhouse--November 2011

25 November 2011 10:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—November 2011

By Allen Gardner

Tree Of Life (20th Century Fox) Terrence Malick’s latest effort is both the best film of 2011 and the finest work of his (arguably) mixed, but often masterly canon. A series of vignettes, mostly set in 1950s Texas, capture the memory of a man (Sean Penn) in present-day New York who looks back on his life, and his parents’ (Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain) troubled marriage, when word of his younger brother’s suicide reaches him. Almost indescribable beyond that, except to say no other film in history so perfectly evokes the magic and mystery of the human memory, which both crystalizes (and sometimes idealizes) the past. Like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, this is a challenging, polarizing work that you must let wash over you. If you go along for the ride, you’re in for a unique, rewarding cinematic experience. Also available on Blu-ray disc. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Peter Fonda Photo: Governors Awards 2011

24 November 2011 3:22 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Peter Fonda, Parky Fonda Oscar-nominated Actor Peter Fonda (Ulee's Gold) and wife Parky attend the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] Actor James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar recipient, as Jones is co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage. Veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (The Cardinal, Death Becomes Her, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was handed the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Son of Oscar winner Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond) and brother of two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda (Klute, Coming Home), among Peter Fonda's credits are The Wild Angels, The Trip, Easy Rider, with »

- D. Zhea

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Thn’s Top Movie Scene Stealers

24 November 2011 5:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

There’s a great argument that out of all of the star studded names in the superb comedy Horrible Bosses, one motherfucker [Jones] steals the show entirely. Yes, Jamie Foxx is simply awesome in the role of the go-to ‘hitman’, grabbing the limelight from his A-list co-stars Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey and a potty-mouthed Jennifer Aniston. To celebrate the release of the film, which hit home entertainment markets in the UK this week, we thought we’d think back and pop up some other movie scene stealers…

Christopher Walken in True Romance (1993)

If Quentin Tarantino were ever to ressurrect a character from one of his classic early movies, then Christopher Walken’s Vincenzo Coccotti would be it – and this guy lived right? For me, that whole scene in True Romance is the reason that I watch it time and time again. “I haven’t killed anybody… since 1984.” Walken managed »

- Paul Heath

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Exploring The Twilight Zone #106: He’s Alive

23 November 2011 9:30 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #106): “He’s Alive” (airdate 1/24/63) The Plot: A street-corner neo-Nazi grows disillusioned with the quality of the crowds who listen to his fascist rants before beating the sauerkraut out of him. Then he meets the ghost of man much more adept at raising a furor among the masses. The Goods: Pete the Nazi (Dennis Hopper) is getting pretty sick of seeing his message of hate ignored by people who’d rather beat him up than buy into his rhetoric. The latest incident leaves him with a busted lip and a bad case of depression, but at his lowest moment he receives a very special visitor. The man stays hidden in the shadows, but »

- Rob Hunter

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The 15 best movie interrogation scenes of all time (with video)

22 November 2011 9:08 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

It takes good cops and bad cops alike to make a good interrogation scene work. Movie history is littered with loose-canon detectives and unorthodox strategies for getting tight-lipped suspects to talk, and whether the scenes make you laugh at Harold and Kumar or cry because you're watching James Bond get his scrotum smashed, they do tend to hold your attention.

From a little lighthearted bathroom-stall drowning to straight-up torture and other illegal behaviors, these are the question-and-answer sessions that get our hearts pounding. And until Pearl makes a full-length version of her "Good Cop, Baby Cop" short, this is our list of the best interrogation scenes moviedom has to offer.

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15. "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" (2008)

Ron Fox (Rob Corddry) just can't accept that Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) might love America, so he instead chooses to believe that they work for North Korea and Al Quaeda, »

- Brian Warmoth

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Blue Velvet Blu-ray Review

20 November 2011 6:52 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

David Lynch’s 1986 film Blue Velvet is a masterpiece, one of the great achievements of cinema. But as the new Blu-ray suggests, making it involved getting the exact right balance of tone - 52 minutes of newly discovered deleted scenes are included and they show that Lynch had to get the right mix between the standard mystery/noir plot and his more out there sensibilities. He found it, but any one of those additional scenes might have ruined that balance. Kyle MacLachlan stars as Jeffery Beaumont, who comes home from college after his father has a stroke. While sorting out his feelings, he finds an ear, which he takes to the cops. From there he’s sucked into a different world featuring a singer (Isabella Rossellini) and a madman (Dennis Hopper). Our review of the Blu-ray of Blue Velvet follows after the jump. The film opens with a montage of a perfect, »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Blue Velvet’

18 November 2011 3:24 PM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

MGM/20th Century Fox brings home David Lynch’s Blue Velvet home for it’s 25th Anniversary on Blu-Ray. There is no doubt that Blue Velvet is one of David Lynch’s notorious films. Eraserhead may have introduced him to the cult cinema audience but Blue Velvet was possibly his most accessible and mainstream film. It’s kind of hard to believe that it has been 25 years since the theatrical release but it still packs a potent wallop today.

The Movie

Student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) comes back to his hometown of Lumberton after his father suffers a stroke. On the way back home from the hospital, Jeffrey finds a ear among a vacant field. After this discovery he takes it to a local detective and becomes intertwined with the investigation of a local criminal by the name of Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) and a lounge singer by the name »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Blue Velvet Blu-ray Review!

18 November 2011 3:15 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool gets weird with David Lynch's Blue Velvet, on Blu-ray for its 25th anniversary!

Blu-ray Specs

Release Date: November 8, 2011

Rating: R (language, violence, nudity)

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Audio: English 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio, Spanish Mono, French 5.1 DTS

Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish, French

Special Features: 50 minutes of never-before-seen lost footage, "Mysteries of Love" documentary, Siskel and Ebert original TV review of the film, Vignettes, Theatrical trailer, TV spots, outtakes

The Set-up

A young man (Kyle MacLachlan) finds a severed ear in a field, and his investigation into the story behind it exposes a seedy underworld in an otherwise idyllic American town.

Written and Directed by: David Lynch

The Delivery

Many consider David Lynch's 1986 film a masterpiece, and I can understand why. It is expertly shot and well written, and Lynch obviously knows how to draw an audience in and keep them riveted. »

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