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Herzog: The Collection I've been reviewing Werner Herzog movies for the last 13 weeks or whatever it is and all in anticipation of this new 16-film collection from Shout Factory, which finally releases today and includes Even Dwarfs Started Small, Land of Silence and Darkness, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, Stroszek, Woyzeck, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Ballad of the Little Soldier, Where the Green Ants Dream, Cobra Verde, Lessons of Darkness, Little Dieter Needs to Fly and My Best Fiend. Of the bunch I can tell you flat out Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Stroszek, Nosferatu the Vampyre and Fitzcarraldo are great films and that's without the special features this set contains, which are: English Audio Commentaries: Even Dwarfs Started Small, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, »
- Brad Brevet
The Ultimate Slumber Party
There are certain films that capture the zeitgeist of an era, and The Big Chill is definitely one of them. If a movie like, say, Annie Hall, hits the nail on the head of urban relationships in the late 70s, then Chill embraces the Baby Boomers’ angst of adulthood in the early 80s—a time when the partying and discoing Carter years were undoubtedly over and we, in the USA, were solidly entrenched in Reagan’s world of hippies-turned-yuppies. The Big Chill is a love letter to the Baby Boomers, as it explores themes of regret over wasted opportunities, friendship and camaraderie, nostalgia, and the eternal question of what-happens-next.
Director and co-writer Kasdan, in a recent video interview (included as an extra on the disk), states that one of his influences for the picture was Jean Renoir’s 1939 classic, The Rules of the Game, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The theatrical poster for “Winter’s Tale,” after promising that “It’s not a true story, it’s a love story,” made a large demand from its viewers at the bottom: “This Valentine’s Day, Believe In Miracles.” While there is indeed a difference between filmmaking and marketing, it is hard to not imagine writer/director Akiva Goldsman whispering “believe in miracles” into the ear of every executive who helped “Winter’s Tale” come to life, immediately after throwing glitter on them.
The catch with miracles in movies is not whether we believe in miracles, but if we trust, or more directly, buy them. Do we buy the miraculous magic of Goldsman’s “Winter’s Tale”? Not at all. You can’t believe a miracle if you don’t buy the story behind it.
Their characters may be goofy beings who speak weepy lines with stubborn accents, but Colin Farrell »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
There has always been an understated rivalry between the mediums of movies and television. Many years ago it was even thought as being somewhat of a drastic career letdown if actors/actresses from film decided to depart for the landscape of television. The truth is that for some performers that had stalled or uneventful momentum in motion pictures that the concept of “slumming it” in television actually saved their show business profession. Hence, the boob tube made them relevant whereas the big screen had unceremoniously passed them by.
However, there is also a mutual respect that cinema and television share that go hand in hand when shaping our appreciation for entertainment on both the big and small screen. When movies depict the aspects of the TV world giving a sociological, psychological or emotional perspective then it is not so uncool to be a proud couch potato after all, right? Let »
- Frank Ochieng
The old saying goes is that if you want to win an Academy Award then the best way is to undertake playing a disabled part or portraying a famous personality in a biopic. In some cases, actors have accomplished both themes and reached their Oscar-attaining goals (see Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker or Daniel-Day Lewis in My Left Foot for instance).
In Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters we will look at the top movie characters that became Academy Award-winning figures within their films. Interestingly, there have been a couple of performers that were real-life disabled individuals that convincingly embodied their fictional disabled alter egos (see Harold Russell from The Best Days of Our Lives or Marlee Matlin from Children of a Lesser God).
Anyway, this selection of Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters are (in alphabetical order according to film title): »
- Frank Ochieng
Episode VII will be taking a two week break in August to accommodate Harrison Ford’s snapped ankle. Meanwhile… imagine meeting Ford for the first time and having to sign his cast? It’s an awkward situation two new stars could find themselves in when they start shooting at Pinewood Studios.
The names Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen probably don’t mean much in Movieland now, but their profiles are set to skyrocket faster than R2D2 with a firework up his Usb port. Details are as ever tantalisingly sketchy, but they have been speculatively linked to the following characters…
Rachel, a “street smart, independent, athletic, natural beauty“, who has been ascribed to Clarke… And Thomas, a young man who has “grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself.” Qualities Andersen may have shown in spades at the audition. »
- Steve Palace
Crystal Clarke has joined the cast of "Star Wars Episode VII," the production announced today. The actress, who has both stage and screen credits, is one of 2 selected from an international casting call that took place towards the end of last year, spanning 11 cities across the Us and UK, which was attended by over 37,000 hopefuls. Joining the New Jersey-born Clarke (who is currently studying in Glasgow, UK), is British newcomer Pip Andersen (picture left). Clarke will soon be seen in her first feature, "The Moon and the Sun" (to be released in 2015), which stars Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt, in an action/adventure/fantasy tale that »
- Tambay A. Obenson
After 67,000 submissions for a casting call that went out to all "aspiring actors," Lucasfilm has cast two small roles in"Star Wars: Episode VII." Neither role was revealed, but the actors have immediately been introduced to global notoriety. Crystal Clarke is an American actress who studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She'll be seen next year in a supporting role in "The Moon and the Sun" alongside Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Kaya Scodelario and Rachel Griffiths. Focus Features will release the Sean McNamara fantasy in 2015. The second actor cast is Brit Pip Anderson who showed off his freestyle running skills in this inventive ad for an "Amazing Spider-Man" tie-in a few years ago. He goes by the handle Piptrix on YouTube and you can check out his impressive work here. In a statement on StarWars.com, producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy noted, “The Star Wars universe »
- HitFix Staff
After a lengthy investigation, Midnight Rider director Randall Miller, writer-producer Jody Savin and unit production manager/executive producer Jay Sedrish have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones by Georgia's Wayne Superior Court. If the trio are convicted, Georgia law states that the manslaughter conviction could result in a 10-year prison sentence, although the criminal trespass charge carries a 12-month maximum sentence.
On February 20, Sarah Jones was helping to set up a shot on a Doctortown, Georgia train trestle when she was struck by a train. According to Deadline's investigation, the crew waited for two previous trains to pass, before setting up a shot that required actor William Hurt, who has since left this biopic of music legend Gregg Allman, to lay on a heavy hospital bed situated on the train tracks. Unexpectedly, a third train came through, as the »
Prosecutors in Georgia have charged “Midnight Rider” filmmakers Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in the Feb. 20 death of 27-year old camera assistant Sarah Jones.
The 27-year-old Jones was killed on a train track on the first day of filming “Midnight Rider” and seven other crew members were injured.
Miller and Savin are the owners of Unclaimed Freight Productions Inc., which was producing “Midnight Rider,” and Sedrish was the executive producer on film. Miller is also the director of the Gregg Allman biopic, which he and Savin adapted from the singer’s autobiography “My Cross to Bear.”
The manslaughter charge carries a potential 10-year prison sentence under Georgia law. The misdemeanor trespass charge carries a potential one-year sentence.
The Wayne County District Attorney’s office, in an announcement Thursday, said the county’s grand jury had returned the indictment on Wednesday after Detective Joe Gardner presented the case. »
- Dave McNary
We're wrapping up! Thanks to everyone who posted questions and to Kathleen for kindly answering as many as she could. We hope you enjoyed this!
This was fun. Come to the show. And we'll enjoy each other more. Goodbye.
What is your favorite film and why?
My favorite film of mine would have to be Romancing the Stone because I really like how Joan Wilder changes. Change is what attracts me to a character and because I loved shooting in South America - it was like going home.
I had the pleasure of seeing you and Mr McDiarmid last Friday and I thought it was such a rare »
- Guardian Staff
We've got a great trailer to share with you today for James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain's romantic drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. This movie is going to tug at the audience's emotional strings. The story centers on "a couple trying to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone."
This was originally shot as two separate movies, one focusing on the boy, the other focusing on the girl. Each would have told the same story, but it would have been from different perspectives. The version that's being released is a combination of the two. I like the ambition behind the original idea, and I hope one day we get to see those, but this looks like it will be a solid story about love.
- Joey Paur
The first trailer for James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain's groundbreaking romantic drama was released Friday, and it has already gained Oscar buzz and thousands of fans. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, directed and written by Ned Benson in his feature film debut, tells the story of a couple going through a rough patch and trying to find what Chastain's character calls "someplace good." Benson shot the movie from three different point of views - "Him," "Her" and "Them" - to create three totally different films. Also starring Bill Hader, Viola Davis, and William Hurt, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them comes to theaters Sept. »
- Zakiya Jamal
The first trailer for James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain's groundbreaking romantic comedy was released Friday, and it has already gained Oscar buzz and thousands of fans. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, directed and written by Ned Benson in his feature film debut, tells the story of a couple going through a rough patch and trying to find what Chastain's character calls "someplace good." In a twist on the rom-com genre, Benson shot the movie from three different point of views - "Him," "Her" and "Them" - to create three totally different films. Also starring Bill Hader, Viola Davis, and William Hurt, »
- Zakiya Jamal
Two of the rising stars over the past few years have been Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Chastain has garnered critical acclaim for her work on The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, and Zero Dark Thirty, and McAvoy has similarly gained a number of fans for films such as The Last King of Scotland, Wanted, The Last Station, and Trance. Many were thus excited to learn that an upcoming proejct would see the two performers work together. Titled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, the film is written and directed by Ned Benson, and McAvoy and Chastain star alongside Bill Hader, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Archie Panjabi, and Isabelle Huppert. A trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Once upon a time there were two versions of The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: one from a “His” point of view, focusing on Conor (James McAvoy) and “Hers”, following Eleanor (Jessica Chastain). For this year’s Cannes film festival and now the drama’s release, the films have been combined into one, “Them” version, and the first trailer is online via Yahoo.Eleanor Rigby traces the early courtship of Chastain’s title character and McAvoy’s charmer, their bright and consuming love and the tragedy that drives a wedge between them, resulting in Eleanor attempting suicide early in the film. They then have to pick up the pieces of their lives and their relationship.We saw the combined film at Cannes and liked it, with some reservations, but it would still be interesting to have all three cuts for comparison. Perhaps the home entertainment release will provide that satisfaction. »
This groundbreaking take on an age-old love story, which marks Ned Benson’s feature film debut, explores a rough patch in a young couple’s marriage told from different vantage points. “Everyone starts out thinking this is forever. But then things get hard,” the voiceover says amid scenes of laughter.
The two-part love story, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her,” premiered back-to-back at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movies were combined for an alternative version, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” for the Cannes Film Festival.
Chastain and James McAvoy tell this story about “a girl who loves a boy” and “a boy who loves a girl.”
- Maane Khatchatourian
Update: On June 29, Lifetime announced Zendaya Coleman would no longer play Aaliyah in the biopic referenced in the article below, and that the production was on hold.
Original Post: The recipe for a music biopic should go something like this: Start with a beloved musician; add a string of crowd-pleasing hits; mix in a good dose of backstage drama; hit them with a triumphant and/or fatal finale; roll credits. But actually getting a film into theaters? It’s never been that simple—and as several pending biopics have learned lately, it’s not getting any easier.
For every movie »
- Nina Terrero
The first trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has been unveiled online.
The twin movies - The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His - explore the life-altering experiences of a New York City couple from each of their perspectives.
The films, which were written and directed by Ned Benson (In Defiance of Gravity), star James McAvoy as restaurant owner Conor and Jessica Chastain as his wife Eleanor, who has just returned to college. William Hurt and Viola Davis also co-star.
"New distribution models make it creatively possible for feature films to break out of the format of one 90-minute experience," he added.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is scheduled for a September 26 release. »
The first trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has been released online, which you can view below. The film from writer/director Ned Benson stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and James McAvoy (Filth) in the leads, with William Hurt (Body Heat), Bill Hader (Adventureland), Isabelle Huppert (I Heart Huckabees), Viola Davis (The Help), Jess Wexler (Teeth) and Ciaran Hinds (Munich) supporting. The film is distributed by The Weinstein Company.
Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson’s latest version of their story combines his previous two films – titled »
- Scott Davis
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