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As stars continue to be inspired by the movie almost 20 years on, we take a fond look back at the cast and what they went on to do after Clueless:
Alicia Silverstone (Cher Horowitz)
Prior to Clueless, Silverstone's credits included ABC comedy-drama The Wonder Years and a number of Aerosmith videos. The film propelled her to further fame, and she went on to star in Joel Schumacher's 1997 movie Batman & Robin, crime-comedy Excess Baggage (1997) with Benicio Del Toro and Christopher Walken, and romantic drama Blast from the Past (1999) opposite Brendan Fraser. »
Peter Debruge: All is right with the universe. Not sure I felt this way going in, but as it turns out, the Oscar race was all about race. As Ellen DeGeneres joked at the top of the telecast, “Possibility No. 1: ‘12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture. Possibility No. 2: You’re all racists. And now please welcome our first white presenter, Anne Hathaway … ”
And yet, the evening proved to be incredibly diverse, both in its presenters and in its recipients. Of course, “12 Years” did go on to win, reflecting the Academy’s deep admiration for a film that tackles a subject the industry has been largely remiss in addressing. Though I hope its choices were indeed made from the heart, as opposed to on behalf of an actual agenda, such recognition is especially encouraging in light of the Los Angeles Times investigation that estimated the Academy’s 5,765 active voting members to be 94% white. »
- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
Director: Errol Morris
Writer: Andrew Sodroski
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Documentarian Errol Morris has signed on to direct not one, but two fiction feature films (he’s only ever done that once before, back in 1991 with the Lou Diamond Philips starrer The Dark Wind). Initially, it looked like the Christopher Walken/Paul Rudd headlining Freezing People Is Easy was set to film first, but now it looks as if it will be Holland, Michigan, set to roll this spring. While that may be cutting it close for a reasonable 2014 release, the 65 year old Morris has an efficient track record, so we shall see. As for Ms. Watts, she’s currently filming with Noah Baumbach for a film set to be released in 2015. This would be her next project, and, then maybe, finally, she’ll get »
- Nicholas Bell
Feature Rob Leane 26 Feb 2014 - 07:19
How do capes, cowls and cultural context intertwine in some of history’s more troublesome Batman movies?
Once upon a time on this site, we looked at Batman’s ability to offer social commentary to different cultural contexts; you can find that piece here. Through analysing the 1943 Batman serial, the 1960s Adam West TV show and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, we saw how the caped crusader had repeatedly held a mirror to his surrounding contextual issues.
In the 40s, the Bat was a government agent enlisted to bring down a newly-made Japanese villain. In the 60s, inspired by Warhol and Lichtenstein, he became a Pop Art icon, actually superseding the popularity of the comics and securing the character’s future. In The Dark Knight Christian Bale’s incarnation went to questionable lengths to bring down an unstoppable terrorist, reflecting the political scandals of the modern age. »
The star will appear as the suffragette in a movie about a young woman radicalised by the fight to win the vote
Name: Emmeline Pankhurst.
I suppose Meryl does have an Edwardian look about her. I can picture her in a bustle. Good, because she'll soon be donning one to play our Emmeline, in a film about a young woman radicalised by the suffragette movement.
Who's playing the young woman? That's Carey Mulligan.
Good heavens! And who is to play the horse? What horse?
The horse she throws herself under. Don't tell me – Meryl's playing that too! She's a chameleon! A 19th Oscar nomination in the bag – I'll place my bet right now! No, wait – hold, if you will, your horses. You've got the wrong suffragette. That was Emily Davison.
Oh. Who's playing her? No idea. She might not even be in the film.
Oh. Still, Meryl »
After winning the Best Actress Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for Bradley Rust Gray’s “The Exploding Girl,” Zoe Kazan added a big-budget rom-com (“It’s Complicated”) and more indie dramas (“Meek’s Cutoff”) to her resume, starred on Broadway (“A Behanding in Spokane”) with Christopher Walken, and wrote the charming (and underrated) screenplay for “Ruby Sparks,” in which she starred with her longtime partner Paul Dano. As if that’s not enough, the 29-year-old is back, this time playing identical twin sisters in “The Pretty One.” First-time writer/director Jenée Lamarque’s quirky film also stars Jake Johnson (“New Girl,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Drinking Buddies”), Ron Livingston (“Office Space,” “Swingers”), and John Carroll Lynch (“Fargo”), but the film centers around Kazan’s layered performance as Laurel and Audrey, sisters whose similarity stops at genetics. Laurel is an eccentric wallflower who has never blossomed; she lives at home, cares »
- Kristin McCracken
Jason Reitman staged the fifth instalment of his Live Read series, in which Hollywood stars read through classic movie scripts.
Lacma's Bing Theater was filled with over 600 people to watch the event, where no recording equipment or phones were allowed inside.
Caplan played Honey Bunny in the opening scene at the diner, with Hill as Pumpkin.
Pierce portrayed gangster Marsellus Wallace, while Rogen read the part of Lance, Vincent Vega's drug dealer.
Gordon-Levitt read Vincent, in the style of John Travolta, with Peele as Samuel L Jackson's Jules. Both actors wore black suits and ties, »
Guest director Evan Goldberg, co-writer of “This Is the End,” led the live read with a surprise cast featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Wendell Pierce, Rebecca Romijn, Jordan Peele, Lizzy Caplan, Nick Kroll and Michael Chiklis.
The 600 seats were completely filled inside Lacma’s Bing Theater with tons of people on standby hoping to grab a straggling seat. No phones or recordings were allowed in the theater.
Caplan channeled her best Honey Bunny in the opening scene at the diner, with Hill as Pumpkin, sans London accent. “Any of you fucking pricks move, and I’ll execute every motherfucking last one of ya!” screamed Caplan, just as Amanda Plummer did in the film. The audience broke out in cheers.
From then, the live read really took off. »
- Nikara Johns
When Quentin Tarantino's brilliant, groundbreaking Pulp Fiction was released twenty years ago, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the 13-year-old star of the Disney sports comedy Angels in the Outfield. Last night, he starred in a live reading of Pulp Fiction as Vincent Vega (John Travolta's character), effectively getting a do-over on 1994.
The Film Independent at Lacma Live Read, now in its third season of unrehearsed public performances of classic screenplays with new actors, was founded by Jason Reitman, who has stepped aside in recent months in favor of a sequence of guest directors. »
Though director Tony Scott is no longer with us, he left behind a legacy of spectacular films that will inspire generations of cinephiles and filmmakers. One such gem is True Romance, arguably the best film that Scott directed in his all too short career. And if you're a huge fan of the film written by Quentin Tarantino and starring Christian Slater, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Patricia Arquette and many more, then you'll probably want to grab one of these slick new pieces of artwork from Odd City Entertainment, created by the artist Gabz, one each for Detroit and La. Here's the blue cupid on a white background for Detroit: And here's the black cupid on a cream background for Los Angeles: Thanks to Collider for calling our attention to this great piece of work. Much like Mondo prints, these two posters will be on sale at »
- Ethan Anderton
Three old school Los Angeles mobsters - Al Pacino's jailbird Val, Christopher Walken's enforcer Doc and Alan Arkin's driver Hirsch - spend one last night on the tiles after Val is released from a long stretch after taking the rap for the gang 28 years before. However, underworld kingpin Claphands (Mark Margolis) has instructed Doc to take out Val after his son was accidentally shot in the same heist. Director Fisher Stevens plays it tough but tender in a highly enjoyable comedy-drama distinguished by rich performances from a trio of old stagers. »
Cougar Town Season 5, Episode 7 “Time to Move On”
Directed by Sam Jones
Airs Tuesday nights at 10pm Et on TBS
Cougar Town‘s recent existential streak may not have solved some of the fifth season’s struggles with intriguing storytelling, but it established themes for the season as a whole that the first five or six episodes largely lacked. Like “Hard on Me”, “Time to Move On” is about looking forward, trying to provide an avenue for the next generation, free of the trappings and mistakes these characters made for themselves the first time around. Ok, Laurie and Ellie’s lesbian adventures in the world of private school picnics doesn’t get quite this deep, but the framework is there: as the focal points of the episode, Jules and Ellie draw neat parallels between each other as women trying to protect the future of their children – and eventually, »
- Randy Dankievitch
Efm: Brisk business for Beta Cinema; Pandastorm buys five.
Beta Cinema’s two Competition titles – Dietrich Brüggemann’s Stations Of The Cross and Edward Berger’s Jack – were the Munich-based sales company’s top-selling titles at this year’s European Film Market (Efm).
Stations Of The Cross has been sold to France (Memento), Italy (Satine Film), Spain (Caramel), Poland (Aurora), Benelux (Wild Bunch), Portugal (Vendetta Films), Greece (7 Films), Scandinavia and the Baltic States (Nonstop), Ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery) and Hungary (Circo).
Further interest has been shown from the Us and Australia for the Ufa Fiction production, which received the Silver Bear for Best Script and the Ecumenical Jury’s prize for the best film in the Competition..
Jack has been acquired for France (Diaphana), Japan (Showgate), Norway (Europa »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Scottish actor Christopher Malcolm, who was a regular screen presence through the early seventies through the late eighties, and a cast regular on hit British comedy Absolutely Fabulous, died today at the age of 67. His passing was confirmed by his daughter, playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, via Twitter. Today the world lost a beautiful, brilliant man. My dad Christopher Malcolm left peacefully and with dignity. He will always be my hero. X — morgan lloyd malcolm (@mogster) February 15, 2014 In addition to his television and film roles, Malcolm was an accomplished, classically trained Shakespearean actor, beginning his career with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in England. He performed in standards like “Macbeth” and ”Hamlet,” though his push to mainstream audiences came during his appearance as Brad Majors in The Royal Court Theatre’s original run of “The Rocky Horror Show” in 1973. While a number of the stage cast transitioned to Jim Sharman’s big screen adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show »
- Dustin Hucks
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
The vast majority of human beings will never cast anyone in anything, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hold opinions about who should (and shouldn’t) play some beloved character in the next blockbuster iteration of that character’s franchise. Recently, I’ve engaged in a bit of fantasy casting for the Justice League movie, the next Fantastic Four movie, and the next next Amazing Spider-Man movie. In an effort to »
- Darren Franich
Having started his directing career overseeing pop videos, it's clear that music is still an integral part of how Spike Jonze works as a film director. From Christopher Walken boogieing to Fatboy Slim's 'Weapon of Choice' to Greta Gerwig's carefree dance to Arcade Fire's 'Afterlife' at the recent YouTube music awards, Jonze is an expert at intertwining sound and image.
The latter group's 'Wake Up' overlaid the stunning trailer for Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are, and the two take their collaboration further with Her. The future-set love story stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with his operating system (voiced alluringly by Scarlett Johansson).
Her: Digital Spy's review ★★★★☆
It's Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett's music that beautifully scores the winsome romance, so when Digital Spy sat down with Jonze we quizzed him on this collaboration. In true Jonze style, he chose a song »
Exclusive: Celluloid Dreams shopping music-based drama at Efm.
The film charts a dysfunctional family of musicians trying to keep their careers and family from falling apart. Walken will play a veteran jazz pianist.
Grammy winner Terence Blanchard will be scoring and creating original music. Additional casting is underway.
Also new to Celluloid’s slate is Berlinale Panormana entry Things People Do. »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
As one could expect, Ferrell shined in his Ama, with dozens of jokes to spare. He was even able to raise over $100,000 for the cause. Below, check out some of Ferrell's best moments, including a story about the time he was almost Spider-Man, before his "Spoils of Babylon" co-star Tobey Maguire got the role.
Given the fact that Jennifer Lawrence's voice sounds a lot like yours when slowed down, can you take over the "Hunger Games" franchise? That, and maybe all her future roles?I approached the producers of "The Hunger Games" franchise and asked them exactly about this. They said, "That's a ridiculous proposal for you to think you could take over her role Katniss Everdeen. »
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives in a mere three months, but it feels like the web-swinging reboot-sequel keeps expanding its cast every day. Just yesterday, director Marc Webb officially announced via Twitter that former Officer perma-temp B.J. Novak will play A. Smythe, which is almost certainly some version of Alistair Smythe – a character who eventually becomes the bad-guy criminal scientist behind a line of nasty robots called Spider-Slayers. It’s possible that Novak will only be in the movie for a short while — and it’s worth remembering that Dylan Baker played Curt Connors through two Spider-Man movies without every transforming into the Lizard. »
- Darren Franich
Imminent Late Night host Seth Meyers is known best for two things: Presiding over Saturday Night Live’s writers’ room since 2005, and expertly anchoring the Weekend Update desk — with Amy Poehler, alone, and with Cecily Strong — since 2006.
What you may not remember, though, is that Meyers originally joined SNL as a featured player way back in 2001, giving him the second longest tenure of any cast member in SNL history. (He’s outstripped only by go-to impressionist Darrell Hammond, who stuck around for 14 seasons.) And though Meyers only really became a household name when he inherited Tina Fey’s Update seat, »
- Hillary Busis
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