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Hollywood is not exactly a warm and fuzzy place where everyone gets along like best friends. That’s why so many film sets are hotbeds for drama. But no drama is more intense than the art-infused feuds between actor and director, because Art!
Here are some of the biggest and best actor-director fights in film history.
Let’s start with the most recent. After Mo’Nique won an Oscar for her role in Precious, she says Daniels told her she was blackballed for not playing the Hollywood game. Then recently she announced that she’d been offered roles in both The Butler and Empire, but never heard anything more until she learned Oprah and Taraji P. Henson were respectively playing what she’d been led to believe were her roles. Despite the struggles, Mo’Nique says she “could work with Lee Daniels tomorrow.”
- Courtney Enlow
Starry Eyes, 2015.
An aspiring young actress sells her soul to a satanic cult in exchange for fame and fortune. Never a good idea…
Starry Eyes is a good example of the old phrase ‘It’s not the material but what you do with it’ because on the surface there isn’t really an original thought or idea in it. If you pick apart the film into its individual strands there isn’t anything you haven’t seen or read before in the works of Roman Polanski, Clive Barker or any number of occult B-movies from the 1970s, but when it’s all put together to form a narrative most (not all) of the different things going make Starry Eyes one of the »
- Gary Collinson
The most acclaimed film of this weekend's theatrical release crop? Not "Cinderella," as it turns out. No, the critical winner is actually writer/director David Robert Mitchell's "It Follows," a low-budget horror film about a group of teens being stalked by an evil sex-monster. Not even kidding! From own Drew McWeeny's review out of Cannes: "At its best, the film has moments that are creepy and that work on some strange primal level. Many of the manifestations of the angry force in this film are played by people who are oddly visually striking, like an enormously tall and oddly-shaped man or a guy with a weird pinched rodent face and jug ears." Can't help it, I want to see this. Where better to learn about the perils of intercourse than from a horror movie? Not that it would be the first time -- from Roman Polanski's 1965 Catherine Deneuve »
- Chris Eggertsen
Jake Gittes: How much are you worth?
Noah Cross: I have no idea. How much do you want?
Jake Gittes: I just wanna know what you’re worth. More than 10 million?
Noah Cross: Oh my, yes!
Jake Gittes: Why are you doing it? How much better can you eat? What could you buy that you can’t already afford?
Noah Cross: The future, Mr. Gittes! The future. Now, where’s the girl? I want the only daughter I’ve got left. As you found out, Evelyn was lost to me a long time ago.
Jake Gittes: Who do you blame for that? Her?
Noah Cross: I don’t blame myself. You see, Mr. Gittes, most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and the right place, they’re capable of anything.
Chinatown is a masterpiece, »
- John Ostrander
Whether you love it, hate it, or (let’s be honest) completely ignorant to it even existing, product placement isn’t going anywhere. As costs of major motion picture production show no signs of decreasing and the general economic climate continues to worsen, studios have had to find new revenues to keep themselves a float, to keep the lights on, and to keep Roman Polanski’s legal bills paid.
One of those innovative new cash flows is product placement. Before you were most likely to come across it in the Bond films, with the producers looking to get some kickback from the various tailors, car manufacturers and booze merchants that 007 indulges in in Ian Fleming’s books.
Bond is still the biggest proponent of the practice – often taking it to ludicrous extremes – but the rest of the industry has woken up to his valuable little scam, too. In fact, »
- Tom Baker
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
Very clearly of the independent American cinema of the moment, and the New York scene in particular, Alex Ross Perry has nevertheless distinguished himself from his contemporaries with three singularly biting comedies—and now has set himself further apart with his latest: Queen of Earth, an intense dramatic departure. Viewers of Impolex, The Color Wheel, and most recently Listen Up Philip will recognize certain trademarks, among them a cast of entitled characters who treat each other horribly, as well as Sean Price Williams's stunning Super 16 cinematography, which here captures the damaged mental state of the film's protagonist with a blend of grainy pastel blues and greys contrasted with the earthly colors that make up the terrain surrounding its lake house setting. Taking cues from Polanski, Bergman, Fassbinder, and Kubrick, Perry imbues the film with an unsettlingly violent tone, made all the more discomforting in its restraint (this bubbling violence never manifests physically, »
- Adam Cook
(This review pertains to the UK Region 2 video releases).
By Adrian Smith
Michael Armstrong, the writer and star of Eskimo Nell,once said, "It's hard to wank and laugh at the same time". In the 1970s filmmakers gave it a very good try however, and the British sex comedy was virtually the only kind of film being funded. The problem is that the majority of them were neither funny or sexy. They were generally grubby and embarrassing for the actors and the audience. One of the pioneers of the British sex film was director and producer Stanley Long, responsible for The Wife Swappers (1969) and Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1975) and many others. An occasional cinematographer on prestigious films like Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965), Long often recognised and nurtured new talent, particularly if he could see a financial reward.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
New York - Sigourney Weaver's long and illustrious career has allowed her the opportunity to work with some of the greatest directors of all-time. Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Ang Lee, Roman Polanski, Mike Nichols and Peter Weir, just to name a few. A number of those filmmakers have excelled in breaking down the conventions of science fiction in a number of modern day classics she's been lucky to be a part of (or, perhaps they were lucky to have her?) As Weaver notes, "it's a pretty short list" and therefore surprise then that she chose to appear in Neill Blomkamp's latest endeavor, "Chappie." "I must say, once I saw 'District 9' I thought, 'God, I'd love to work with this guy.' To see a science fiction film that was set in the future, an amazing future, but also dealt with so many immediate »
- Gregory Ellwood
Roman Polanski attended a court hearing in Poland on Wednesday, where a Us request for extradition regarding the decades-long charge of having sex with a 13-year-old girl was weighed by Krakow judge Dariusz Mazur. The hearing, though closed to the public due to the case's sensitive nature, lasted nine hours and according to Nyt, Polanski left court "exhausted." "It was quite painful. I had to talk about things I'd rather forget," said Polanski of the proceedings. This is Polanski's latest bid to toss out the sexual abuse conviction that has haunted him since 1977, a year before he fled to exile in Europe. The judge said the court would not make a ruling Wednesday. Another hearing is scheduled for April. If the judge rules in favor of the Us' extradition request, the verdict could be overruled by the justice minister. But if the request is denied, the ruling is final. The »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London — Roman Polanski has appeared in a court in Poland to fight a U.S. attempt to extradite him on child sex crime charges.
The hearing at the court in Krakow took place behind closed doors. A ruling is unlikely to be made until April, according to a BBC report. A further hearing has been set for April. If the court approves the request, the matter will be referred to Poland’s justice minister for a final decision.
The director, who holds dual French-Polish citizenship, is planning to shoot a film in Poland this summer based on the Dreyfus Affair.
Polanski admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, while he was in the U.S. He served 42 days in prison while undergoing psychiatric tests, but fled the U.S. before the judge ruled on sentencing.
- Leo Barraclough
Roman Polanski appeared at a hearing in a Polish court today to be deposed following a formal extradition request filed by the U.S. in January. Media was not allowed inside the Krakow tribunal, but Afp reports the judge, Dariusz Mazur, said a decision on the extradition was “unlikely” to come today. Another hearing has been scheduled for April. Convicted on five charges stemming from having sex with a minor in 1977, the then-43-year-old Polanski cut a plea deal and served… »
Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski testified in Poland on Wednesday during a hearing to explore a United States extradition request stemming from his 1977 conviction for having unlawful sex with a minor. NBC News reports that the court could not come to a decision on the matter, however, because additional documents submitted by lawyers for the “Rosemary’s Baby” director still needed to be considered. Also Read: Roman Polanski Makes Rare Public Appearance at Harvey Weinstein’s Screening of ‘Big Eyes’ in Gstaad (Exclusive) “The proceeding will not be finished today,” judge Dariusz Mazur said. If the court rules in favor of the U. »
- Greg Gilman
Roman Polanski on Wednesday appeared at a Polish court hearing about a U.S bid to extradite him, but the court didn't immediately reach a decision. The U.S. request is tied to Polanski pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977. Read More Roman Polanski Risks Arrest and Extradition By Appearing at Polish Film Festival Reporters weren't allowed in the court room. Sky News reported that the presiding judge said a ruling would be made at a later date as the court had to consider additional documents submitted by Polanski's legal team. They are related to unsuccessful
- Georg Szalai
I'm a huge fan of Federico Fellini's films, films that have essentially become part of the the fabric of cinema history. This largely refers to La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, La Strada, The Nights of Cabiria and Amarcord. Of course, I've also seen and enjoyed I Vitelloni and Juliet of the Spirits while also not particularly loving The White Sheik or Ginger & Fred. I mention this only as a note that I will pretty much devour whatever Fellini feature is placed in front of me, and as much as I was ready to delve into this new Criterion release of his 1969 feature Fellini Satyricon, I can't say the trip was an enjoyable one. Admittedly, Criterion always manages to deliver something intriguing with their releases and this new Blu-ray edition of Fellini Satyricon is no different, but not for the film itself, more for the supplemental material that makes you start to »
- Brad Brevet
Actors and directors have always clashed – it’s part of the process of filmmaking to butt heads over creative decisions, with director and star often having their own individual interpretations for how a movie should play out. Star and director artistically duking it out is normal on a film set, but only rarely does the process actually lead to full-blown arguments, much less physical fights.
There have, of course, been instances where actor/director partnerships have proven volatile. Faye Dunaway famously threw a cup of urine in Roman Polanski’s face in reaction to his harsh treatment of her on Chinatown, while Robert Downey Jr. has said David Fincher’s relentless tactics for drawing the performances he wanted from actors on Zodiac had him consider “garroting” the director.
With others, it should’ve been predictable from the off that things wouldn’t necessarily go smoothly – though Werner Herzog »
- Brogan Morris
Poland was celebrating on Monday after Pawel Pawlikowski won the country's first-ever Oscar in the best foreign-language film category at Sunday night's 87th Academy Awards for Ida. The country is the home of some of the world's best-known filmmakers. Among Oscar winners from Poland or with Polish connections are Roman Polanski, who was born in France but also holds Polish citizenship (for The Pianist), cinematographer Januzs Kaminski (Schindler's List) and veteran director Andrzej Wajda, who received an honorary Oscar, among others. The nation of 40 million people had never won the foreign-language category though despite nine
- Nick Holdsworth
There is only one correct way to prepare for the Oscars: resentfully watching every bad, dubious, or weird movie starring this year's honorees and feeling smug about it. StreamFix is here to help. Here are five weird choices streaming on Netflix to get you caught up on some of the 2014 nominees. "Chalet Girl" with Felicity Jones Felicity Jones would have more of a chance at an Oscar if she just called herself "the other Carey Mulligan" and dealt with it. Anyway, remember "Chalet Girl"? It was about Felicity Jones and Ed Westwick enjoying wonderful times on the slopes. Let us consult The New York Times' review for some insight into this cinematic journey: "'Chalet Girl' may not be particularly creative or genre busting or even a great example of a romantic comedy. But its premise might make you smile." I know I always go to the movies for »
- Louis Virtel
Next week, Roman Polanski will attend a court hearing in Poland, where a Us request for extradition will be weighed. Court will be held in Krakow on February 25 where, if the room rules in favor, the justice minister will have final word over whether the request gets approved. This relates to Polanski's latest bid to toss out the sexual abuse conviction that has haunted him since 1977, a year before he fled to exile in Europe. The Us has been chasing the dual French-and-Polish Polanski for nearly four decades, going back to 1977 when he was charged with drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer; Polanski was imprisoned for psychiatric evaluation but absconded before sentencing. Polanski, who holds both French and Polish citizenship, is gearing up to a shoot a film in Poland about the Dreyfus Affair, in which 19th-century French officer Alfred Dreyfus, of Jewish heritage, was accused of leaking intel to Germany. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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