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This important double-disc set contains two essential films. This is the first time Michael Cimino's epic 216-minute western has been available for domestic viewing in Britain. The second disc contains a shortened version of Michael Epstein's documentary feature Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate. Beautifully restored on DVD and Blu-ray, Heaven's Gate is one of the finest westerns ever made. It's a measured, magisterial account of the Johnson County War in 1892 Wyoming, when the powerful stock growers' association brought in a vast posse of assassins to destroy the wave of European immigrants they saw as threatening their monopoly of grazing land.
The film is seen largely through the eyes of an alcoholic aristocrat belonging to the stock growers (John Hurt) and two class enemies: a Harvard-educated sheriff who sides with the settlers (Kris Kristofferson) and an immigrant hired gun working for »
- Philip French
Decadence, violence, love and space – Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw shares his fantasy award nomination list for 2013
• The 2012 Braddies
Awards season is now upon us and here, as every year, is my personal fantasy award nomination list for 2013, whimsically called the Braddies, which covers the period running from the beginning of the calendar year to the present. There are 10 nominations in eight categories: film, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, screenplay and documentary.
The reader is invited to nominate the winner in the comments section below, and perhaps to note omissions and evidence that the list betrays suggestions of sociocultural bias.
I like to think that these awards will one day evolve into an actual ceremony with chrome-and-glass statuettes, sponsorship from Sky Atlantic and a televised evening presided over by Dara Ó Briain or Mariella Frostrup. But until then, it exists in a world of fantasy only. And so, »
- Peter Bradshaw
It’s been a staggering twenty-nine years since legendary “Charade” and “Singin’ in the Rain” director Stanley Donen last had a film on the big screen—the 1999 Laura Linney and Steven Weber-starring TV movie “Love Letters” is last his directorial credit—but at age 89 he’s considering getting back behind the camera and into the director’s chair. Showbiz 411 reports Donen has co-written a comedy with his significant other and the great director behind “Ishtar” and “The Heartbreak Kid," Elaine May, that will be produced by fellow icon Mike Nichols, no less. What’s it about? “The making of a movie and everything that goes wrong” said a source to the site. A private reading was held a few weeks ago that included Christopher Walken, Charles Grodin and Ron Rifkin. Count us in. It was in the summer of 2011 that “The Fifth Beatle,” one of two competing biopics of legendary Beatles manager Brian Epstein, »
- Cain Rodriguez
Few films bring us as much joy as Singin’ in the Rain. According to ShowBiz411, director Stanley Donen has a new movie on the way — his first time behind the camera since a 1999 TV movie and almost 30 years since his last theatrical feature, Blame It on Rio. The new project is cowritten with his significant other, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and The Heartbreak Kid director Elaine May, and will be produced by Mike Nichols. The legendary partnership is promising a “wry” comedic tale about the making of a movie and everything that goes wrong with it — a familiar formula, but a welcome one. Other details are sparse so far, but the website does reveal a list of names who read for investors: Christopher Walken, Charles Grodin, Ron...
- Alison Nastasi
No details are available on the story other than it's said to be a film about the making of a film where everything than can go wrong, does.
- Garth Franklin
John Mayer and Katy Perry pose for their first portrait together for the cover of their new single, "Who You Love." Natalie Portman says that Chris Hemsworth's wife, Elsa Pataky, stood in for her during a love scene in Thor: The Dark World. Paul Walker's teenage daughter, Meadow, is having a hard time dealing with his death. Hey, Sandra Bullock: Glee star Chord Overstreet wants to date you. Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are officially divorced. Britney Spears's new album, Britney Jean, is out today, but the reviews aren't looking good. What does Christopher Walken do when he can't catch a cab in NYC? He bums a ride from two happy fans. Source: Imgur A Nigerian man survives nearly three days submerged in a capsized boat off the coast of Nigeria after he found an air pocket. He was rescued by a team of divers. Kanye West »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Why are there so few women filmmakers? In a word, money.
See the Top 10 Actors Who Direct in the 21st Century
Conventional wisdom says that producers and investors won't back female filmmakers because they don't have a track record of proven successes. But women can't build such a record if they don't have the backing to make movies.
Hoping to end this vicious cycle is the aptly named Gamechanger, a new company whose mission is to fund narrative fiction films made by women. "It's a big name to live up to, »
This story first appeared in the Dec. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Los Cabos Longtime fans of Las Ventanas al Paraiso, including ICM's Toni Howard (with such clients as Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Walken), TV producer Robert Morton and his wife, restaurateur Jennifer Morton, and Edie Falco's producing partner Richie Jackson might be pleased to know that on Dec. 15, the Rosewood Resort officially will debut its new luxury beachfront villas (rates per night from $5,175). But some things shouldn't change: "Las Ventanas is simply elegant and intimate with spectacular service without being pretentious," says
- Jimmy Im, Ken Scrudato, Susan Campos, Melissa Schwartz
Heaven's Gate, 1980.
Written and Directed by Michael Cimino.
In 1870 privileged Harvard graduate James Averill enjoys the exuberant pomp that is associated with the educational attainment which he and his equally well-off peers have achieved. Twenty years later he arrives in Wyoming as a Marshall, where he becomes involved in a bloody battle between government-funded barons and immigrant settlers. What unfold are the events that became known as the Johnson County war of 1892.
Using legal force, the barons use Nate Champion (Walken) to end the castle rustling that the desperately poor immigrants must employ to survive; a “death-list” is made of 125 immigrant names for the barons’ “enforcers” too extinguish. Struggling to stand by and watch as this brutal, yet legal, regime is carried out, Averill (Kristofferson) tries to mediate between the parties. However, his difficulties are »
- Gary Collinson
The Greek gods always behaved badly, but in producer Marc Turtletaub’s remarkably feeble helming debut, they’re merely insipid, despite a heaven-sent cast grossly squandered on the kind of bland comedy reminiscent of 1970s TV series like “Love, American Style.” This Gotham-set update, about a couple of colorless mortals who save the world when a lovesick Apollo puts out the sun, has zero texture and negative charm: Tellingly, Athena, goddess of wisdom, is absent from the lifeless script. So wishy-washy it’s possibly unreleasable, “Gods Behaving Badly” is best relegated to airplanes and VOD.
Marie Phillips’ source novel focused on aging and loss; Turtletaub (a producer on “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Sunshine Cleaning”) and writing partner Josh Goldfaden ditch the serious stuff for romantic comedy, opening with narrator Zeus (Christopher Walken) at a gyro cart in New York, spoonfeeding background info to auds: “Greece was sublime, but we wanted to move on. »
- Jay Weissberg
By Lee Pfeiffer
"Casting By" is an extraordinary new documentary by filmmaker Tom Donahue who spent years accumulating interviews and archival materials for this look at the contributions of casting directors to the motion picture business. Most people are well aware of the important roles that composers, costume designers, editors and production designers play in the creation of movies-- but if you say "casting directors", the average person's eyes glaze over. Sounds boring, doesn't it? Donahue's film sets the record straight, pointing out that casting directors are often responsible for bringing to life some of the film industry's most memorable characters. So important is their contributions that Donohue found enthusiasm among esteemed filmmakers and actors to participate in his documentary even among those individuals who are not prone to generally giving interviews. In the film Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, John Travolta, David V. Picker, Robert Redford, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Todd Field is one of my favourite directors, despite having only directed two feature length films in 12 years. But who cares when those two films were the staggeringly unforgettable In The Bedroom and Little Children. Both of these dramas rocked to my core, and so it’s great to hear that the actor turned director (he was in Twister don’t you know?) is to return for a third film. The oxymoronic Beautiful Ruins , will star Imogen Poots as actress Dee Moray, in a highly complex dramatic piece based on the novel of the same name. Cross Creek Productions and Smuggler Films will bring this 1962 set novel to life and you can read the press release below.
Cross Creek Pictures along with Smuggler Films announced today that Imogen Poots is attached to star as the young ingénue, “Dee Moray,” in Todd Field’s Beautiful Ruins, based on the sensational #1New »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Cross Creek Pictures along with Smuggler Films announced today that Imogen Poots is attached to star as the young ingénue, "Dee Moray," in Todd Field's Beautiful Ruins, based on the sensational #1New York Times best-selling novel by Jess Walter, which has sold more than a million copies and been translated into 25 languages. Beautiful Ruins was adapted by Field and Walter, and Field will produce the film through Standard Film Company with Cross Creek's Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, as well as Smuggler Films' Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody. In addition, Adam Kassan will oversee production for Cross Creek Pictures. Filming starts May 2014 in Italy.
The epic story begins off the Ligurian coast in the spring of 1962 and centers on four characters whose orbit around one another is set in motion by an incident involving the international jet-set center, Rome, in the throes of La Dolce Vita »
It’s easy to forget sometimes how Bill Cosby-like Bill Cosby is. Some people only sound like everyone’s imitation of them when they’re in full-out performance mode. Barack Obama, for example, only sounds like Barack Obama while giving a speech. Christopher Walken is capable of not sounding like Christopher Walken for long stretches of time. Al Pacino realized at some point that he sounded too Al Pacino-like, and really needed to tone it down. But Bill Cosby sounds perfectly like Bill Cosby — which is to say, exactly like Eddie Murphy’s imitation of Bill Cosby. On Tuesday’s “Tonight Show, »
- Tim Molloy
The deities of Mount Olympus descend to the streets of New York City, where they wreak havoc on mortals and much worse on the audience, in Marc Turtletaub’s myth-inspired comedy, Gods Behaving Badly. Rounding up a cast of stars -- many who had their heyday two decades ago -- this outdated, unfunny satire feels like an extended SNL sketch from the early ‘90’s, and one that probably would have been tossed into the wastepaper basket. Some bankable names and a mildly clever idea should send these immortals straight to VOD, with a small courtesy release in select cities.
Based on the book by Marie Phillips, the concept is simple: The Greek gods are alive and well, and currently living in a Manhattan townhouse, where they engage in endless petty »
- Jordan Mintzer
Nor will The Spirit of '45, a feature-length documentary by the highly respected English director Ken Loach, or Michael Kohlhaas, a 16th century adventure starring Mads Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair), play theatrically.
Distributors increasingly are opting to release films straight to home entertainment because it.s it tough to recoup theatrical release costs while DVD and Blu-ray sales continue to fall and since Foxtel Movies slashed the license fees for movies by 30%.
Efron is part of the ensemble cast of Parkland, which recounts the chaotic events in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Also starring are Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti, Jacki Weaver and Jackie Earle Haley.
Roadshow pulled the cinema release, which was scheduled »
- Don Groves
We all know that seasoned stand-up comedians and the entire cast of Saturday Night Live can do some solid celebrity impressions, but they aren't the only ones who can poke some fun at Hollywood's finest. Tom Hiddleston recently showed off his spot-on impression of Midnight in Paris costar Owen Wilson, while Bradley Cooper can do his own imitation of Owen. Neither of them can top Matt Damon though, who has taken on Matthew McConaughey's Southern drawl numerous times over the years. Check out the most imitated celebs and the celebs who can do the most imitations. Owen Wilson Tom Hiddleston picked up a few pointers after making Midnight in Paris with Owen. Behold: However, Bradley Cooper also does a great take on Wilson after costarring with him in Wedding Crashers: Check out more funny impressions when you read more. Matthew McConaughey There's no denying how easy it is to imitate McConaughey, »
- Becky Kirsch
Clint Eastwood and Ben Affleck have been consistent powerhouses at Warner Bros., churning out critical and commercial hits in Argo, Gran Torino, The Town and Million Dollar Baby. They.ll continue to reward the studio (and audiences, hopefully) with upcoming features that today earned a pair of release dates. Eastwood.s will arrive first. The director.s screen adaptation of the Broadway smash Jersey Boys will open in theaters on June 20, 2014, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Christopher Walken is the biggest name in Eastwood.s ensemble, as the filmmaker went with relative newcomers to play the singing members of the Four Seasons. John Lloyd Young will play Frankie Valli in the musical, while Vincent Piazza landed the coveted role of Tommy DeVito. Jersey Boys, of course, is based on the Tony Award-winning musical that chronicles the rise of the famous band The Four Seasons, led by Valli in the lead »
Ben Affleck has his hands full finishing up David Fincher's Gone Girl and moving to Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman after that where he'll play the Dark Knight. But once all that's over with the director of the Best Picture-winning Argo will move on to his second adaptation of a Dennis Lehane novel with the Prohibition Era story, Live by Night, which Warner Bros. just set for a Christmas Day 2015 release date. The Boston-set story centers on on Joe Coughlin, who rebels against his cop father and becomes a career criminal, eventually joining a mobster. He rises up the ranks as the action moves to Tampa, Fla., then Cuba and features rumrunners, femme fatales, betrayals and good men committing plenty of sin. No cast is yet attached to the project and it may be some time before we actually hear anything more concerning the film, though after Gone Baby Gone, »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Bros. has announced release dates for a pair of the studio’s more prestigious upcoming projects. First up, Ben Affleck’s directorial follow-up to last year’s Argo will get a prime holiday release, as Live By Night has been officially dated for December 25, 2015 (now the busiest year in film history). The crime drama is an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name, which takes place in Boston during the 1920’s. Affleck was originally planning on going into production this year, but he subsequently signed on to star in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and agreed to don the cowl for Batman vs. Superman. Live by Night will now start production later next year after Affleck wraps his Batman role, making the Christmas 2015 release date a rather quick turnaround. And yes, Batman vs. Superman also opens in 2015. Additionally, Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Broadway musical »
- Adam Chitwood
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