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For nearly a dozen years now, the world has been cruelly deprived of Jerry Orbach, the Bronx-born character actor who made a name for himself through numerous Broadway and off-Broadway roles before conquering film and television. But, even though the man himself is gone, that doesn’t mean that the world should be denied a flashy car emblazoned with his familiar, hangdog likeness. This, at least, is the extravagant dream of Los Angeles-based artist Brandon Bird.
Internet denizens may recognize Bird as the man behind that Law & Order coloring book as well as the Nicolas Cage Adventure Set and an oil painting called Lazy Sunday Afternoon, in which Christopher Walken is shown to have created Optimus Prime. Bird’s latest endeavor, however, will require some help from the public. The artist has set up a Kickstarter campaign for what he is dubbing the Jerry Orbach Memorial Art Car. The ...
- Joe Blevins
It's time once again for the Emmys — TV's greatest night, we're continually told, when some stars graciously accept awards and thank everyone from their personal groomer to their fifth-grade teacher, and others in the audience try very, very hard not to look disappointed that they're going home empty-handed. Like many of you, we'll be glued to our set and/or laptop this Sunday evening at 8pm Est (5pm Pst), watching folks vamp down the red carpet, listening to host Jimmy Kimmel make fun of Hollywood pretensions and political buffoons, and »
Christopher Walken will receive the Grand Honourary Award at Sitges 2016 this year. A stellar career whose highlights include iconic performances in The Deer Hunter, The Dead Zone, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, and countless other films, will grace the festival with his presence next month to accept this great honour (and yes, I will be asking him to dance). This great news comes on the heels of a flurry of screening announcements. Closing the festival will be Juan Carlos Medina's The Limehouse Golem, a Victorian serial killer tale starring Bill Nighy and Olivia Cooke. Other recently added titles from Europe and the Americas include Alice Lowe's fantastic Prevenge; The Untamed, a monster movie of a different colour from Mexico, and Raw,...
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As we promised a couple of days ago, further bounty was expected to be announced at yesterday’s Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia press conference, but news that Christopher Walken would be attending to pick up the Grand… Continue Reading →
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- Howard Gorman
Cast a fleeting glance over Dwayne Johnson’s IMDb page at any given time and you’ll no doubt lay eyes on a slate crammed full of tentpole blockbusters – whether it’s upcoming creature feature Rampage or something more family-oriented in the vein of Sony’s Jumanji sequel.
In tracing back through the wrestler-turned-actor’s career – one that shot into the stratosphere following Fast Five – you’ll also stumble upon a handful of low-key action movies including Walking Tall and Peter Berg’s The Rundown. For years, Berg has been trying to engineer some form of follow-up to the latter, and it appears the Deepwater Horizon helmer has zeroed in on his candidate of choice for The Rundown 2: Jonah Hill.
Back in 2003, the original cult actioner featured The Rock as a musclebound bounty hunter assigned with a gig that involved locating his boss’ wayward son (Seann William Scott). Also »
- Michael Briers
Dwayne Johnson’s been on a lot of minds lately. The actor was recently dubbed the highest paid actor in Hollywood for 2016 by Forbes, and for the past couple years has roughly attached himself to no less than ten separate franchises (that may or may not be an exaggeration). Given all the news surrounding the actor, my mind recently wandered to one of his first big project back in the early 2000s: The Rundown.
This was an action comedy film that starred Johnson in the lead role for the first time (he was still being credited as “The Rock” at the time), and co-starred Sean William Scott, Rosario Dawson, and Christopher Walken. Back then, I remember the conversation largely being if the Rock could actually lead a film. At that point, he’d had some experience in TV shows, a minor role in The Mummy Returns, as well as a »
- Joseph Medina
Many lament the “meme-ification” of Werner Herzog, a name once synonymous with masculinist, bravura filmmaking that risked the lives of cast and crew for the sake of art, but now the name only draws Borat– / Austin Powers-level of vocal impression saturation. But with Herzog, maybe it’s always been a case of “print the legend.” As wonderful as Stroszek, Fitzcarraldo and Lessons of Darkness may be, his self-aggrandizing “personal brand” has always been apparent: not so much the bravest of film artists as one who just simply has all the right ingredients to appear to be. This seems especially the case coming off two films that were widely derided as for-hire gigs, Queen of the Desert and Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, which this writer admits he couldn’t even bare himself to watch. Putting aside his public personality, could we simply get another good film?
Almost instantly does his newest work, »
- Ethan Vestby
An unusual movie like “Buster’s Mal Heart” demands an unusual star, and Rami Malek proves an ideal fit for Sarah Adina Smith’s sophomore feature. Despite being both a captivating screen presence and a tremendous actor, Malek isn’t a conventional leading man — but as his work on the critically acclaimed cult favorite TV series “Mr. Robot” has already demonstrated, conventional isn’t always the best way to go.
Although Malek signed on to “Buster” prior to “Robot,” his first leading role in a feature will only benefit from the exposure he’s gained over the past year. Deliberately confounding and deeply strange, the quasi-experimental “Buster” wouldn’t be an easy sell under any circumstance, but those qualities overlap with “Robot” in enough ways that an enterprising distributor should find an audience willing to give the film a try, especially on VOD or streaming.
Like Smith’s promising but little-seen debut, »
- Geoff Berkshire
The story of Michael Cimino can be viewed as a cautionary tale. One that warns aspiring directors that just because you manage to enjoy one major success, don’t think you can get away with anything.
Fresh from the critical success of The Deer Hunter which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director in 1979, Cimino was essentially given carte blanche by studio United Artists to make any film he wanted.
The film Cimino wanted to make was Heaven’s Gate, a historical epic of the grandest proportions, with no expense spared in bringing the 19th century setting to life, and featuring a giant cast of established stars like Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt and rising stars like Jeff Bridges, Willem Dafoe and Mickey Rourke.
Few could imagine the problems that this film would reap, »
- Graeme Robertson
“The Jungle Book” is clearly the VFX Oscar frontrunner for its cutting edge integration of virtual environments and animated characters, with newcomer Neel Sethi as the only live-action component as Mowgli.
Mpc created the bulk of the virtual work (54 species and 224 unique animals along with plants, trees, vines, rocks, rushing rivers, mudslides and grasses blowing in the wind), while Weta Digital did the bravura King Louie sequence (keyframing Christopher Walken’s iconic ape along with his minions that he whips up into a frenzy).
“The Jungle Book Reimagined, “the centerpiece of the Blu-ray bonus features, contains an informative roundtable recap between director Jon Favreau, producer Brigham Taylor and Oscar-winning production VFX supervisor Rob Legato (“Hugo” and “Titanic”).
Favreau’s aha moment came when Disney chairman Alan Horn suggested that he didn’t have to be »
- Bill Desowitz
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Jungle Book (fantasy-adventure; Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o; rated PG) Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (comedy; Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone; rated R) Me Before You (romance-drama; Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin; rated R) De Palma (documentary/biography; Brian De Palma; rated R) Ghost Team (comedy; Jon Heder, David Krumholtz...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Her) is back and once again he's got us in a dancing kind of mood. Following memorable dance-driven videos for Fatboy Slim's "Praise You" and "Weapon of Choice" comes this short film that doubles as a perfume ad for Kenzo, and it appears as if it very much belongs within what we like to call Jonze's "Eccentric Dance" universe. More a spiritual follow-up to the magnificent solo routine from Christopher Walken in "Weapon of Choice," the Kenzo ad features Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) as a woman who's stuck at some stuffy, classy affair, in need of a breather. Once she extracts herself from the packed room and has a little space to move in the gorgeous empty hallways...
- Erik Davis
Right around the time his feature length directorial debut, “Being John Malkovich,” was hitting cinemas, Spike Jonze had already come to the attention of many by helming two iconic, dance oriented videos for Fatboy Slim: the low-fi fun of “Praise You,” and the Christopher Walken powered “Weapon Of Choice” (which won the director his only Grammy Award […]
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- Kevin Jagernauth
Whether the performer is Bjork or Christopher Walken or even himself, Spike Jonze has committed some amazing dance scenes to film. Add one more to his impressive choreographic filmography with this brand-new Kenzo perfume commercial. To the beat of “Mutant Brain,” composed by Jonze’s brother, Sam Spiegel, actress and dancer Margaret Qualley escapes the suffocating drone of some kind of charity event by cutting loose in the conference hall’s surrounding hallways, staircases and balconies. The dance was choreographed by Ryan Heffington, known for his work with Sia and Maddie Ziegler. »
- Scott Macaulay
Our famous Lomax is back and not on a video game.
In Ratchet & Clank, the heroic duo must stop a nefarious space captain from destroying the universe. He must join a team of galactic heroes in order to stop the invading forces.
The 3d CGI animated film features the voice of James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward and Armin Shimerman from the video games. They are joined by cast members of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone.
Ratchet & Clank is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download today.
Read the full transcript below.
Lrm: Thank you for speaking with me. The last time I’ve talked with you, I had you and your counterpart together for an interview. It’s interesting to talk to Ratchet and not Clank.
James Arnold Taylor: [Chuckles] It’s strange to have Ratchet and not Clank around me. I’m telling ya. »
- Gig Patta
There are a lot of unique directors with distinct visions that we love, but Tim Burton stands out among them as one of the best.
Tim Burton turns 58 today, and to celebrate the prolific director’s career in cinema, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite Burton movies. We’ll freely admit that this list was no easy feat to put together, but we couldn’t exactly list every movie he’s ever made.
Fittingly enough, Burton has yet another movie coming out very soon: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This is one we really can’t wait for, as it’s based on the beloved novel that might as well have been written for direct adaptation by Tim Burton. It’s got a pretty dreamy cast too, »
- Amanda Wood
See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, »
- Gary Collinson
Sigur Rós composers Georg Hólm and Orri Páll Dýrason (who worked with Björk), Andrei Tarkovsky, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant, teaming with Lars von Trier's producer Marianne Slot (Melancholia, Antichrist, Breaking The Waves, Dancer In The Dark, Dogville, Nymphomaniac) came up, as Benedikt Erlingsson, director Of Horses And Men (Hross I Oss), spilled the beans on The Show Of Shows: 100 Years Of Vaudeville, Circuses And Carnivals (Storyville).
Frédéric Boyer with Anne-Katrin Titze: "It's what cinema did in the beginning - King Vidor and the Russians - it's exactly editing." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Robert Bresson's Les Dames Du Bois De Boulogne, Christopher Walken on theatre and Michelangelo Frammartino's Alberi, Celia Rowlson-Hall's Ma, and Journey To The West by Tsai Ming-liang during earlier Tribeca Film Festivals inside PS1 MoMA's Vw Dome, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Nine Lives review
Nine Lives has had it rough in the press; and yes I wish it had been about a dog so I could make a ‘ruff’ joke. Take an Academy Award winning actor, Kevin Spacey, still riding high due to the incredibly received Netflix show House Of Cards, and shove him in a plot that recalls those Rob Schneider mock trailers from South Park. Many questioned whether the initial trailer was even for a real film. But let’s not poke too much fun just yet, afterall body swap comedies have always been around and some have been fantastic. It’s an easy comedy set-up that will often write itself, and if Spacey wants to earn a quick paycheque between lengthy shoots on his successful show then so be it. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Kevin Spacey is a pompous businessman trapped in a cat’s body, with far from hilarious results
Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is unrepentantly unpleasant and impossibly wealthy. He’s more interested in the progress of his new building – think a Trump Tower-style priapic monument to ego – than he is in his family. Then an encounter with Christopher Walken, clad in a leprechaun-green suit, sees Tom imprisoned in the body of an adorable feline named Mr Fuzzypants. Tom must learn a few valuable life lessons if he ever wants to regain his human form. Like a bargain-basement version of Freaky Friday crossed with a cat meme, the comedy here is inert, despite the efforts of a psychotically chipper musical score.
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- Wendy Ide
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