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The network has ordered eight one-hour episodes, slated to premiere summer of 2016.
Spanning from 1865 to 1890, the docu-series will explore the aftermath of the Civil War when America transformed into the land of opportunity. Depicting the violent world of cowboys, Indians, outlaws and lawmen, and chronicling the little-known true stories of Western legends such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy House and Sitting Bull, the series will also feature interviews with actors who’ve appeared in Westerns including James Caan, Tom Selleck, Kiefer Sutherland and Ed Harris.
“We are pleased to partner with Stephen David and »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It’s with much defiance that Cargill and I tender our badges and guns and close the book on Buddy Cop July. But before we march out of the precinct, hellbent on solving the case with or without permission, we offer up a bizarre parting shot! 1974’s Freebie and the Bean is a great movie, if completely bonkers and more than a little offensive. Alan Arkin and James Caan play possibly the worst “good guys” ever to supposedly be charged with serving and protecting. The two actors, like rogue cops, refused to play by even the director’s rules and the result is one of those insanely rare occurrences in which the performers are making a completely different movie from the filmmaker…and it works! Ride along with us! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #67 Directly On This Week’s Show: Pre-Ramble [0:00 – 1:49] Bean There [1:50 – 49:24] Done That [49:25 – 53:16] Films Discussed: [Click to buy, help us keep the lights on] Get In »
- Brian Salisbury
This Friday, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will be released. It’s the fifth film in the iconic franchise, but sadly stands as only the third film of its director Christopher McQuarrie in 15 years since he got behind the camera. That’s a real shame, because Christopher McQuarrie is Hollywood’s best-kept secret when he really should be their pride and joy.
Christopher McQuarrie was so damn hot in the mid-90s. He wrote the script for the classic The Usual Suspects and came home with an Oscar. He ended up using that clout to get his feature-directing debut made with the criminally underrated The Way of the Gun, released in 2000. The film failed both critically and commercially – a domestic gross of $6 million, and a worldwide gross of only $13 million against a $21 million budget – and McQuarrie went from insider to outcast in Hollywood.
Fast forward eight years and McQuarrie had only »
- Dylan Griffin
The performance of an actor playing a villainous role can sometimes be the most interesting part of the film. This is an in-depth look at some of those performances which were awarded with an Oscar.
To get a good character in film, you have to develop that character. The audience needs to see the world through their eyes in order to understand their perspective and motivations. This is especially true with villains, which are arguably more difficult to develop than a traditional protagonist. Often times villains are given the short end of the characterization stick in any given film, which makes sense. It’s not easy making an action that could hurt or harm other people seem logical, so many films don’t put much effort into it. The audience recognizes a villain when they see one, and they know he is bad because of his actions, no matter how questionable they may be. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Sure, we have all seen our share of an “Unstable Mabel” in cinema throughout the years. Some, more than others, do stand out in craziness, chaos and curiosity. These furious females in film–at least the ones that we will spotlight in this particular movie column–have something to their off-kilter filter that dares to dig deep on so many psychological levels of frivolity and fury.
In Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned: Top 10 Damaged Divas in the Movies we will examine some of the warped women on the big screen that have a sense of demented diva-like dimensions to their cockeyed characterizations. These mistresses of misbehaving all demonstrate various kinds of detachment and dysfunction that capture our puzzling imaginations. Are there perhaps even stronger and more memorable bombastic she-beasts that have a certain score to settle against their detractors or society as a whole? Of course. However, the »
- Frank Ochieng
I interviewed model/actress Lauren Hutton in late 2007 at her home in Venice, CA. Hutton greeted me wearing a gingham workshirt, battered jeans and no make-up, hair pulled back. She was and is one of the most beautiful humans I've ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on. A sharp mind and tough core resided within, which I quickly found out as our conversation flowed and the hours passed. As she bid me good-night, she handed me a manila envelope. I opened it when I arrived home. Inside, the recent issue of Big Magazine that was done as a tribute to her remarkable career. That magazine, and her inscription, remains one of my most treasured mementos.
No Nip/Tuck Required
Lauren Hutton was the face of American fashion in the 1960s and ‘70s. Having appeared on every major magazine cover multiple times (a record 27 times »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Comic-Con’s massive Hall H took some time on Saturday to celebrate women in entertainment who kick ass. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Sara Vilkomerson, the panel featured new Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, “Agent Cater” star Hayley Atwell, current companion to Doctor Who Jenna Coleman, “Game of Thrones” badass (and new member of the “Star Wars” family) Gwendoline Christie and the legendary Kathy Bates. The discussion in Hall H today was a bit tamer than previous times EW has hosted the Women Who Kick Ass panel. In past years, getting women like Katee Sackhoff, Michelle Rodriguez and Danai Gurira together for the panel has led to some frank and outrage-infused discussion about sexism in Hollywood. Christie said things are much better for women pursuing acting careers now than it was when she graduated from drama school, and Gadot contends that she’s been privileged to work with filmmakers who have »
- Emily Rome
Olivia de Havilland picture U.S. labor history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 (This Olivia de Havilland article is currently being revised and expanded.) Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years old today, July 1. Also known for her widely publicized feud with sister Joan Fontaine and for her eight movies with Errol Flynn, de Havilland should be remembered as well for having made Hollywood labor history. This particular history has nothing to do with de Havilland's films, her two Oscars, Gone with the Wind, Joan Fontaine, or Errol Flynn. Instead, history was made as a result of a legal fight: after winning a lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the mid-'40s, Olivia de Havilland put an end to treacherous »
- Andre Soares
"Ted 2" is bigger than "Ted" in almost every conceivable way: Its slapstick scenes are wilder, the list of guest-stars is more staggering, and the runtime ticks closer to two hours. But the critical elements -- the wisecreacking CGI teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane, his "thunder buddy" camaraderie with John (Mark Wahlberg), and a dastardly performance by Giovanni Ribisi -- remain intact. We caught up with Wahlberg, who phoned us from a UK press tour to talk about why he likes "Ted 2" better than the original. Here are seven things he taught us about the filming experience, the difference between Mila Kunis and Amanda Seyfried, and the most intimidating actors he's ever worked with. 1. "Transformers" made the act of talking to an invisible teddy bear a lot easier. On filming with a CGI costar: "We definitely had on-the-job training with the first 'Ted.' Doing 'Transformers" made that a lot less nerve-wracking. »
- Louis Virtel
When it was announced in March that Stephen King's classic horror novel Misery was getting the Broadway treatment, Elizabeth Marvel was intended to play the juicy role of number-one fan and number-one torturous motivator Annie Wilkes on stage. Due to House of Cards commitments, however, Marvel has left the project and Laurie Metcalf has joined it in her place.
Variety reports that Laurie Metcalf will play Annie Wilkes in the Misery Broadway play. Widely known for her stellar turn as Jackie Harris on Roseanne in addition to a plethora of other TV and film credits, Metcalf is perhaps best known to horror fans for her intense, unflinching portrayal as Mrs. Loomis in Scream 2.
As Wilkes, Metcalf will inflict pain on author Paul Sheldon, played by Bruce Willis in his Broadway debut. Metcalf is no stranger to the stage, having performed both off Broadway in Domesticated and on Broadway in The Other Place. »
- Derek Anderson
With Mamma Mia! set to end its Broadway run on Labor Day, the Broadhurst Theatre will go dark, but not for long. William Goldman’s stage adaptation of the ultimate trapped-by-a-fan thriller, the basis of the 1990 Kathy Bates/James Caan film for which he penned the screenplay, will begin performances October 22 at the Shubert-owned house, with opening night on November 15. The 16-week run will star Willis as a novelist rescued by his “Number One Fan” Annie Wilkes… »
Director: David O’Russell (as Stephen Green).
Running Time: 101 minutes
Synopsis: Alice (Biel), gets a nail in her head and must travel to Washington to get help from a naive senator (Gyllenhaal).
It’s been awhile since an absolute monstrosity of a film has graced our presence. I’m not talking about excessively bad films, but the kind of films that should never have existed. Accidental Love may not be the worst film of the year, but it’s certainly the least deserving, especially when you consider its troubled past and the fact it was never truly completed. Shot back in 2008, the film, directed by David O’Russell under a pseudonym, had actors (James Caan) drop out, strikes over pay, stopping and starting of production, and finally in 2010 O’Russell left the project. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Accidental Love, 2015.
A clueless politician falls in love with a small-town waitress whose erratic behaviour is caused by a nail stuck in her head.
Originally titled Nailed and shot way back in 2008, this has been a project plagued by serious financial difficulties and problems. David O. Russell (The Fighter, American Hustle) – billed here as ‘Stephen Greene’ left the project in 2010 and the film was subsequently finished without his involvement. Seven years from shooting to cinema release? That’s a pretty torturous ER wait…
Which sort of connects with aspects of the – undeniably muddled – story. Focusing on small town waitress Alice’s (Biel) accident with a nail through the skull while at a dinner with fiancé Scott (James Marsden), Accidental Love highlights the undeniably unsavoury aspects of federal »
- Robert W Monk
In the beginning there was David O Russell's Nailed, a political comedy which began filming in 2008 and, after a disastrous string of financing problems, seemingly died two years later. Deciding to cut his losses, a frustrated Russell abandoned the project in 2010 and moved onto Oscar glory with The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
But like Rasputin, Nailed has lingered on without Russell's involvement. Missing pieces have been shot and put in place, and the finished film - now called Accidental Love - is credited to one Stephen Greene, an Alan Smithee-like pseudonym. The result is a fitfully amusing farce that can't begin to hide the scars of its troubled production.
Jessica Biel stars as Alice, an 25-year-old small-town waitress who's caught the eye of vain local cop, »
Robert Chartoff, who shared an Oscar with partner Irwin Winkler to produce “Rocky,” and was Oscar-nommed for Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” and Philip Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff,” died Wednesday in Santa Monica. He was 81 and had been battling pancreatic cancer.
The duo were responsible for numerous influential films of the late ’60s and 1970s through their Chartoff-Winkler Productions, including Sydney Pollack’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall starrer “True Confessions,” John Boorman’s “Point Blank” and James Caan starrer “The Gambler.”
- Pat Saperstein
The duo's latest film Bridge of Spies has premiered its first trailer, teasing a tense Cold War thriller about an American lawyer who's enlisted by the CIA to rescue a pilot being held in the Soviet Union.
In a word: wow. The first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s latest, Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, has arrived online, instantly presenting what’s sure to be one of the frontrunners in this year’s awards race. Tom Hanks stars in the gorgeous-looking period piece about a lawyer who is tapped by the U.S. government to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot before he’s pressured into revealing information that could give the Soviet Union the upper hand in an escalating Cold War.
Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen penned the script, which sounds like it will mine the fascinating time period for maximum thrills with a tense ticking-clock story that plays out across a global scale. In addition to Hanks, the pic stars Mark Rylance (a new fave of Spielberg’s, given that the director just cast him in the title role in The Bfg), Scott Shepherd, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Tale of Princess Kaguya, 2014.
Directed by Isao Takahata.
A girl is born of the bamboo trees, and she is brought up to be a Princess …
During the Studio Ghibli season at the BFI last year, for the first time, I watched Grave of the Fireflies. Powerful, profound and deeply moving, I was in awe that this was from the same studio that brought us Ponyo and My Neighbour Totoro. Lest we forget, there are two key artists behind Studio Ghibli: the surrealist, playful and obsessed-with-blustery-winds-and-planes Miyazaki, and the sombre, heartfelt vision of Isao Takahata. It is the latter who directs The Tale of Princess Kaguya – and it is one of the finest films of 2014, balancing profound truth with dreamlike fantasy.
Based on a Japanese folk tale, »
- Simon Columb
This week’s biggest upcoming project was one so weird that we needed a few days to process it. It has been called Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich and Adaptation (possibly even Lost in Translation for good measure), and if it seems like those two titles don’t add up in anyway whatsoever, you’re not far off.
The movie is Colossal, and THR reports is set to star Anne Hathaway. Hathaway plays a woman returning to her hometown from New York after losing her job. Upon returning home, she discovers that a giant lizard is attacking Tokyo, and she feels strangely connected to the incident via her mind.
Colossal isn’t even some tongue-in-cheek Spike Jonze project but coming from Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), and aiming to be sold at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market. “Colossal is my most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one. »
- Brian Welk
- Scott J. Davis
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