20 items from 2014
In this weekend’s specialty box-office debuts, IFC Films hopes to replicate the critical and commercial success of Michael Winterbottom’s first amusing little travelogue/talker of a feature, The Trip, with a semi-sequel, The Trip To Italy. The second Trip again stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon; the entertainingly garrulous pair on yet another jaunt across restaurants, countryside and philosophy. The latest Trip will bow in NYC and La this weekend after a successful Australian run earlier this summer (or their winter).
Frank, a British-Irish-American drama from Magnolia Pictures featuring Michael Fassbender that had runs at Sundance and SXSW, bows in only one U.S. theater this weekend. Frank centers on an eccentric band, giving Fassy fans a chance to hear the Oscar-nominated actor sing, albeit from behind a mask (he’s not bad, actually).
- Brian Brooks
Directed by Amy Heckerling.
A year in the life of teenagers at Ridgemont High as they fall in love, have sex and smoke their way through school.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a staple of 1980’s teenage cinema. Part of the ‘Teenage Kicks’ season at the BFI, this is where Cameron Crowe (who would go on to direct Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous) and Amy Heckerling (of Clueless and Look Who’s Talking) would get their start. The many cast members, including Sean Penn as a sweet stoner, would all use Fast Times as a springboard for successful careers following its release in 1982. What separates Fast Times from teenage films such as Porky’s, is the sense of sincerity and brutal honesty it seeks. Fast Times at Ridgemont High is purposefully explicit, »
- Simon Columb
Eric Stoltz gets the bluebottle blues as Martin Brundle, the son of doomed scientist Seth who inherits the experimenting bug with similarly horrific results. Continuing his father's research into teleportation at the sinister Bartok Industries, Martin reveals all to his more cautious colleague Daphne Zuniga. But before she can say "metamorphosis", the world is faced with another raging insectoid abomination. »
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I have just watched 28 Weeks Later, and I was wondering if there were any other underappreciated sequels. Especially ones with random future stars in e.g. Jeremy Renner and Walt's dad from Lost.
Simon writes: John Locke from Lost was blown up by a vending machine in the original X-Files movie. Does that count?
It’s been nearly 60 years since James Dean was forever immortalized as the troubled Jim Stark in “Revel Without a Cause” but did you know that the film was in development for nearly a decade before Nicholas Ray delivered his version to their world? During that long process another legendary actor tested for the lead role, joining the countless other near-castings in cinema history—Tom Selleck famously was nearly Indiana Jones and Eric Stoltz shot a couple of weeks of “Back To The Future.” Since this is the internet, that actor’s screen test has, of course, been making the rounds online. The 1955 film is officially an adaptation of psychiatrist Robert M. Linder’s “Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath” despite the finished film bearing no resemblance to the 1944 book. The studio had no interest in actually adapting the book, their sole reason for buying »
- Cain Rodriguez
Presenting “Love Always,” a recurring feature in which we pay tribute to the women who helped shape our views on pop culture.
This time we pay a 51st birthday tribute to Phoebe Cates. She retired from acting 20 years ago (save for a brief bit in her pal Jennifer Jason Leigh‘s 2001 The Anniversary Party) to raise her family with husband Kevin Kline, but she gave us a couple of iconic moments in the 80′s that will live forever.
Here are seven reasons why I will Love Always Phoebe Cates.
That Scene In Fast Times At Ridgemont High
1982′s Fast Times At Ridgemont High introduced us to Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz, Anthony Edwards, Judge Reinhold and gave Brian Backer his best film role since The Burning.
It also gave us, without a doubt, the greatest nude scene in film history … that involved breasts. When Phoebe came »
Production company Benderspink filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming it is owed profit shares from the 2004 Ashton Kutcher thriller, The Butterfly Effect. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Named in the lawsuit that was filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court were FilmEngine, Highwire, Roulette and Rhulen, which are described as "interrelated film production companies." Read the full complaint here. It claims that in 2003, Benderspink — which is run by Chris Bender and J.C. Spink — and FilmEngine entered into a written memorandum to produce the sci-fi drama, that also starred Amy Smart and Eric Stoltz. Photos 'Pulp Fiction,'
- Debbie Emery
Paddington is losing his voice.
Colin Firth, who was providing the impeccably polite tones of the stuffed bear in a read hat, has split with the film in the midst of production.
“After a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling,’” The King’s Speech Oscar-winner said in a statement to EW.
It’s rare for an actor to leave a project this late, with a trailer for the December movie having already been released. But it’s not uncommon for voice actors to drop out periodically.
- Anthony Breznican
Hollywood.s streets are littered with the scraps of "What if?" stories that have tumbled off faulty casting couches. What if Tom Selleck had starred in Raiders of the Lost Ark instead of Harrison Ford? What if Eric Stoltz had stayed in Back to the Future instead of Michael J. Fox? And a new, horror-centric one just crossed our desk that we.re eager to share. In an interview with the Toronto-based In Magazine (via The Playlist), the great John Lithgow admits that he was offered the part of Seth Brundle in David Cronenberg.s 1986 version of The Fly, but passed on the role because it was "icky." Said Lithgow: I just finished another project and I was exhausted, and I found it such an icky story. I told my agent I just didn.t want to play something so grotesque." At the time, John Lithgow was either coming off »
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
Throughout history various cultures have conducted rites of passage, initiating their younger members into the customs of their society, marking the transition between childhood, adolescence and adulthood. This transition often marks their full acceptance into a given group and is a clear turning point in their lives, from which point on it changes, often radically.
In modern times and particularly in Western cultures many of these formal ceremonies have fallen by the wayside – in their absence it is often up to the individual to figure out their own way in life, sometimes with school proms or fraternities marking a point of transition, and sometimes without any clear event to mark the occasion. Left to our own devices, the process can be a difficult time for anyone, as we struggle to redefine ourselves in the adult world and forge ourselves a new path in life.
Thankfully we were raised »
- Andrew Dilks
Jennifer Beals has joined the cast of Matthew Modine's coming-of-age film "The Rocking Horsemen". The story follows five teen boys on their journey to form a rock band during the summer of 1962 and chronicles what it's like to be young when everything seems possible and music can transform one's life.
There Are Monsters
Moss plays a single mum and her terrified young daughter who are trapped and tormented by a mysterious creature. Pre-production kicks off in the Fall. [Source: Screen]
- Garth Franklin
Jennifer Beals has joined the cast of Matthew Modine's coming-of-age film The Rocking Horsemen. Beals joins Sean Astin, James Frecheville, Riley Griffiths, Jared Gilman, David Alan Grier, Miles Heizer, Eric Stoltz, Isaac White and Billy Zane, all of whom have already boarded the project. The Rocking Horsemen follows five teen boys on their journey to form a rock band during the summer of 1962. The boys have high hopes and are driven by a shared fear of what the future holds. When the chance to perform at their high school graduation arises, the stage is set for the
- Tatiana Siegel
Imagine a twisted world in which Back to the Future, a zany fable starring Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly and John Lithgow as Doc Brown — a mad scientist with a pet chimpanzee — is released by Disney in May 1985. The film ends with Marty traveling to a nuclear test site in Nevada and escaping the past via time-traveling refrigerator.
Not to mix our references, but this would indeed be the darkest timeline.
- Hillary Busis
Hardcore movie fans love to play the what-if game. What if Robert Zemeckis had kept Eric Stoltz in the part of Marty McFly? What if Molly Ringwald had taken the Vivian Ward role in Pretty Woman? And, of course, what if Lindsay Lohan had been cast in The Avengers? Oh, you haven.t spent a lot of time thinking about that last question? Well, Lindsay Lohan certainly has. The actress brought it up during the latest episode of her Own docu-series. She apparently told her manager to look into finding her a part in the mega-blockbuster comic adaptation. He did. She felt really good about getting it, but the role she wanted instead went to "an unknown" because the suit didn.t bother pushing her hard enough. Here.s a portion of the actual quote. "Every day I'm not on a film set, I'm wasting my talent because that's what »
There is no worse moment for an actor than being fired from a role. Eric Stoltz is probably still raw about what happened on "Back To The Future," and no matter what the reason that happened, he will most likely always be raw about it. When you act, you're laying yourself pretty bare in terms of criticism. When someone rejects a performance, they're rejecting all the choices the actor made. When you're fired from something because it's just not what the director wanted, it has to feel very personal. It must hurt. When we attended the red carpet for the PaleyFest "Parks and Recreation" panel, we were expecting lots of jokes and energy from the show's remarkable cast. Our first few interviews went very well. But when Jim O'Heir stopped to talk to us, we ended up witness to a horrifying personal moment sprung on him at the worst possible time. »
- Drew McWeeny
Julia Stiles is back for a third season of "Blue," the story of a single mom/escort struggling to keep her two identities secret (and separate) in the web series, created for the female-focused original online channel Wigs.
Zap2it can exclusively reveal that the third season of the web series will be available in four longer-form episodes of 40-60 minutes each beginning Friday, March 28 on Hulu, Hulu Plus, WatchWIGS.com, Fox.com and the Fox Now app. Also debuting on March 28 will be a longer-form episode of the Wigs series "Paloma," written and directed by Stiles and starring Grace Gummer.
The new episodes of "Blue" co-star Eric Stoltz as a new love interest -- a client with whom Blue gets a little too close -- and Stiles' real-life sister, Jane O'Hara, as Blue's sister. Daren Kagasoff ("The Secret Life of the American Teenager") and Alexz Johnson ("Instant Star") also join the cast, »
After a success festival circuit run that included Boston, Cannes Independent, Rhode Island, Savannah and more, the U.S. and Canadian rights to "Fort McCoy" were acquired today by Monterey Media. Based on a true story, the film centers on a family living next to a Nazi Pow camp in Wisconsin during World War II. Writer and co-director Kate Connor stars as the central figure's wife, based on her real-life grandmother. The cast also includes Eric Stoltz ("Pulp Fiction"), Lyndsy Fonseca ("Kick-Ass"), Camryn Manheim ("Ghost Whisperer") and Wes Anderson favorite Seymour Cassel. "We are thrilled to be working with Monterey Media with their rich tradition of championing beautiful award-winning films" said Connor. "Not only is it a personal film involving the history of my family, but it is our collective history as Americans, so we can’t wait to bring this untold story to a wider American audience with Monterey. »
- Taylor Lindsay
Youth Runs Wild! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing Amy Heckerling's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."Heckerling’s raucous 1982 high school comedy based on screenwriter Cameron Crowe’s book is a virtual template for the dozens of teen flicks produced in its wake. Co-starring longtime character actor Ray Walston as the strait-laced history teacher engaged in a one-sided war with Spicoli, the modern day Maynard G. Krebs (a reference that may fly over the heads of those under 50), the film served as a launching pad for a slew of young actors who went on to become some of the mainstays of the last few decades including Sean Penn as Spicoli, Nicolas Cage (billed as Nicolas Coppola), Forest Whittaker, Eric Stoltz and Jennifer Jason Leigh. »
- Trailers From Hell
"I’m red-haired. I have red hair. I got red hair. And, I’m proud of it, alright?"
When Michael Kittrell, a.k.a. Michael Copper, first turned the camera on himself to express his anger and frustration about a lifetime of being bullied because of his red hair and freckles, the world took notice and "The Angry Ginger" was born. Four years and 35 million views later, Kittrell has traded his simple life in Georgia for the neon glow of Hollywood as the star of our new reality series, Hollywood Hillbillies, premiering Tuesday, January 21st. Though Michael's no doubt in for a little culture shock, we feel confident that he will have no trouble finding his place in Hollywood considering so many of our favorite actors and actresses are also red-tressed.
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