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Privates on Parade: Actors Who Let It All Hang Out on Film

5 December 2011 8:41 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

When AfterElton asked me if I'd be interested in doing a story on full-frontal male nudity in the movies, I said, “Interested? I've been researching it since I was 12!” What prompted the idea is of course the film Shame, which stars Michael Fassbender as a man addicted to sex. When the film debuted at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year it set off a shockwave because of its sexual explicitness, including a much-discussed full-frontal reveal by Fassbender. Add to that the recent flurry of attention that stills of Jonathan Groff's nude scene in Twelve Thirty hitting the Internet generated, and it seems like these days cinema penises are a trending topic.

Everyone from film critics to Freudian analysts to gender theorists has written about male nudity in film. And sorting through the pronouncements on the male gaze and Lacanian mirrors and power inequities between the sexes in Hollywood »

- fakename

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Luke Evans, Toby Kebbell, Richard Madden & Kit Harrington Could Don The Crown In 'Arthur & Lancelot'

7 November 2011 6:21 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

King Arthur: a prestigious part to play, but not always the most fun. Played over the years by names as diverse as Richard Harris, Nigel Terry, Malcolm McDowell, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Pierce Brosnan, Clive Owen, Justin Timberlake, and Monty Python's Graham Chapman, few of those names have truly made an impression in the part. Despite his legendary status, he can often come across as... well, kind of dull. Hopefully "Wedding Crashers" director David Dobkin has found a way to make it a little more interesting for his new version of the tale, "Arthur & Lancelot," which is gearing up over at Warner Bros, but he's certainly got some promising names in the mix. »

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Luke Evans, Toby Kebbell & Richard Madden Could Don The Crown In 'Arthur & Lancelot'

7 November 2011 5:21 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Kit Harington Still In The Mix As Well King Arthur: a prestigious part to play, but not always the most fun. Played over the years by names as diverse as Richard Harris, Nigel Terry, Malcolm McDowell, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Pierce Brosnan, Clive Owen, Justin Timberlake, and Monty Python's Graham Chapman, few of those names have truly made an impression in the part. Despite his legendary status, he can often come across as... well, kind of dull. Hopefully "Wedding Crashers" director David Dobkin has found a way to make it a little more interesting for his new version of the… »

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Nycc 2011: Saturday Recap

17 October 2011 1:39 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

My second day at Nycc started off with a 25-minute wait on a line that wrapped almost entirely around the Javits Center. I later found out there was a separate press / VIP entrance I could have used but the volunteer I asked apparently did not know about it either. The line wasn’t too bad though considering how many people in awesome costumes I got to see while I waited.

Once inside the convention, I saw the reason for the massive lines. The place was packed. Some aisles on the show floor were impossible to navigate and even the press rooms were full. I knew Saturday would be the biggest day at the con but I just was not prepared. The massive amount of foot traffic made taking decent pictures of people in costumes much more difficult but I still managed some decent shots.

After a quick hello with some fellow press, »

- Jerry Cavallaro

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Nycc 2011: Friday Recap

15 October 2011 4:12 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As I left the Javits Center tonight, I realized that I did not have anything to eat or drink in nearly 10 hours. That just goes to show you how time seems to get away from you at the New York Comic Con. It also explains why I did not get to do nearly as much as I planned for the day.

I arrived at Nycc about 2 hours after it officially opened and I was off to a good start with absolutely no wait for press check-in. I thought I knew what to expect since I attended (and Covered) NY Comic Con in 2009. The first thing I realized walking onto the show floor was just how massive this event has become. It has expanded to take up pretty much the entire Javits Center.

Unfortunately, it seems like the film presence at the festival has not increased much. I was surprised by »

- Jerry Cavallaro

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Your Ultimate (Movies) Guide to New York Comic Con

12 October 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Think Comic-Con International in San Diego is the only comic book convention movie fans need to pay attention to? Well, think again, because New York Comic Con kicks off this Thursday -- and it's jam-packed with must-see events that will have movie fans on the edge of their seats.

Whether you're planning to attend in person or follow the event virtually (hint: We're going to have coverage right here, friends), New York Comic Con is one of the biggest movie events of the fall. So with that in mind, here are our picks for the can't-miss moments and personalities of the con.

Friday Mark Hamill isn't just beloved with fanboys for his role of "Star Wars" Jedi-in-training Luke Skywalker; he's also carved out a second career providing the voice of The Joker for DC's many video game and animation projects. He receives the spotlight treatment with his own panel on Friday night, »

- Scott Harris

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Life of Brian would be risky now, says Terry Jones

11 October 2011 6:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Monty Python star claims making satire now would be too risky following resurgence in religious belief

Monty Python's Terry Jones has revealed that he would shy away from making the comedy Life Of Brian today, because of a resurgence in religious belief.

Jones directed and acted in the 1979 film, starring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle, which sparked a religious storm and accusations of blasphemy.

Opponents of the comedy, which was a worldwide box-office success, claimed it made fun of Jesus.

But Jones told the Radio Times: "I never thought it would be as controversial as it turned out, although I remember saying when we were writing it that some religious nut case may take pot shots at us, and everyone replied: 'No'."

The 69-year-old said: "I took the view it wasn't blasphemous. It was heretical because it criticised the structure of the church and »

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Your International Talk Like a Pirate Day Primer

19 September 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Ahoy, mateys. If you haven't heard, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Aye, it's a real holiday – John Baur and Mark Summers began International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Itlapd) in 1996.

Needless to say, such an important holiday needs to be honored with more than just an eye patch and a few "argh"-punchlined puns. Thankfully, a vast array of pirate movies offers ample fodder to prepare you to impress your fellow scurvy-sufferers… and we've compiled their best hints.

Yo ho!

Make a First Impression

 

"Three shillings, forget the name."

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003)

Impress your mates right off the bat with this line. It's easily one of the most memorable scenes from any of the "Caribbean" films and Jack Sparrow's first line ever. He steals the guy's wallet after paying him off. We don't recommend you do that part.

Attire

 

"Put this »

- Ryan McKee

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John Howard Davies obituary

25 August 2011 3:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A child star as Oliver Twist, he became a key figure in epoch-making TV comedy

'Please, sir – I want some more." Rationing was still in force when, under the eye of David Lean's camera, a thin, pale eight-year-old boy named John Howard Davies raised his gruel bowl and dared to request a second serving. That image of Davies in Oliver Twist (1948) spoke to the mood of the moment – suggesting the sort of deprivation that postwar Britain was attempting to legislate out of existence. One scene called for Davies, who has died of cancer aged 72, and his fellow child actors to look on enviously as the bigwigs of the workhouse devoured a great pile of pastries, hams and chicken. The astonished expressions are genuine. None of these boys had ever seen food like it.

The film's production company, Cineguild, had launched a national campaign to secure a talented unknown for the title role. »

- Matthew Sweet

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John Howard Davies obituary

25 August 2011 3:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A child star as Oliver Twist, he became a key figure in epoch-making TV comedy

'Please, sir – I want some more." Rationing was still in force when, under the eye of David Lean's camera, a thin, pale eight-year-old boy named John Howard Davies raised his gruel bowl and dared to request a second serving. That image of Davies in Oliver Twist (1948) spoke to the mood of the moment – suggesting the sort of deprivation that postwar Britain was attempting to legislate out of existence. One scene called for Davies, who has died of cancer aged 72, and his fellow child actors to look on enviously as the bigwigs of the workhouse devoured a great pile of pastries, hams and chicken. The astonished expressions are genuine. None of these boys had ever seen food like it.

The film's production company, Cineguild, had launched a national campaign to secure a talented unknown for the title role. »

- Matthew Sweet

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‘Best Worst Movie’ Director Working On New Haunted Houses Documentary

18 August 2011 12:18 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Michael Stephenson did something that’s kind of amazing: build a career out of appearing in what might be the worst film of all time. The actor and director toiled in relative obscurity for nearly two decades after the release of Troll 2, until he made the acclaimed documentary Best Worst Movie, which chronicled the history and cult status of the infamous horror debacle. There was word back in February that he’d tackle narrative filmmaking with a movie called Destroy, but he isn’t leaving the documentary format for good.

Collider says that he’s developing a new documentary, centered on homemade haunted houses and the people who make them. A title hasn’t been announced yet, but the name “Homemade House of Horrors” is being used in conjunction with the project, as the picture on the side tells you. I don’t know how everyone else feels, but that sounds perfect to me. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Monty Python's Life of Brian recreated for BBC comic drama

15 August 2011 1:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The story behind the making of the film and the religious storm it caused are the subject of Holy Flying Circus

As Brian Cohen, the hapless hero of Monty Python's Life of Brian, finds out, it can be tricky stepping into the shoes of someone worshipped by all. And the fear of not passing muster is on the minds of all six actors cast as Pythons for a BBC comedy drama about the release of the film in 1979.

Holy Flying Circus will tell the story of the making of Life of Brian and the righteous fury that surrounded the release of its satirical take on the gospels. It is the first attempt to dramatise the activities of the sextet who transformed the nature of comedy in this country and produced a British film now critically regarded as one of the very best.

Coming together this summer to play Michael Palin, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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DVD Review - Iron Lord (2010)

29 July 2011 1:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Iron Lord (Russian: Yaroslav. Tysyachu let nazad), 2010.

Directed by Dmitri Korobkin.

Starring Aleksandr Ivashkevich, Svetlana Chuikina, Aleksey Kravchenko, Viktor Verzhbitskiy and Valeriy Zolotukhin.

Synopsis:

The Russian Prince Yaroslav struggles to maintain order in his kingdoms as barbarian hordes and slave-traders carve their way from one settlement to the next, threatening his power over the region.

The low-budget straight-to-dvd market has faced a bit of an upheaval lately, with the typical zombie / vampire tosh facing a new challenge from the ‘bloody historical epic’ as distributors look to cash in on the release of high-profile titles such as Ironclad and The Eagle. Now we can add another to the growing list – see Henry of Navarre, Barbarossa: Siege Lord, Knight Templar etc. – with the arrival of Iron Lord, a Russian effort by the name of Yaroslav. Tysyachu let nazad, which I’m pretty sure means something else entirely.

In 11th century Russia, the warlord Yaroslav, »

- flickeringmyth

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Trailer trash

18 July 2011 1:12 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jamie Thraves and Aidan Gillen return to the big screen, while the Life of Brian controversy is explored by BBC4 and Martin Scorsese shows his favourites movies at Port Eliot

Thraves thrives

After a decade out of British cinemas, director Jamie Thraves's Treacle Jr (see Philip French's review this week) sees the return of a film-maker much admired for his debut, The Low Down, in 2000. I'm pleased to see that the Irish actor Aidan Gillen has stuck by Thraves, even now that his star has risen after roles in The Wire and Game of Thrones. The pair are now working on another collaboration, a music film, which will combine Gillen's rock-star fantasies with Thraves's skills honed making videos for Radiohead, Coldplay and Dizzee Rascal. Thraves remortgaged his house to make Treacle Jr and shot it for £30,000, composing and playing much of the soundtrack himself. The film is part of »

- Jason Solomons

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Fantasia 2011: Ironclad Review

15 July 2011 9:19 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[With medieval action film Ironclad already in Us theatrical release, but receiving it's Canadian premiere (apparently a sold out screening) today at Fantasia we revisit Kurt's previous review.]"What a tedious little man!" snarls Brian Cox after dealing-slash-politicking against Paul Giamatti for the hearts and minds of the British peasantry.  Far from it, to enjoy Ironclad is to embrace one of the most ridiculous, yet delightful moments of over-the-top royalty since Graham Chapman and the Pythons (clearly a film that Ironclad is subtly nodding at while its plethora of arterial sprays and limb severings, even as it plays everything else decidedly straight.)  Giamatti and Cox join a host of celebrated English capital "A" actors such as Charles Dance and Derek Jacobi along to occasionally bark at each other »

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Ironclad Review

7 July 2011 10:19 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[With medieval action film Ironclad entering into limited Us theatrical release tomorrow we revisit Kurt Halfyard's previous review.]"What a tedious little man!" snarls Brian Cox after dealing-slash-politicking against Paul Giamatti for the hearts and minds of the British peasantry.  Far from it, to enjoy Ironclad is to embrace one of the most ridiculous, yet delightful moments of over-the-top royalty since Graham Chapman and the Pythons (clearly a film that Ironclad is subtly nodding at while its plethora of arterial sprays and limb severings, even as it plays everything else decidedly straight.)  Giamatti and Cox join a host of celebrated english capital "A" actors such as Charles Dance and Derek Jacobi along to occasionally bark at each other through its orgy of violence.  The film is hilarious, »

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Monty Python reunite for 3D Graham Chapman biopic

5 July 2011 3:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam have reunited to do the voice work on a 3D animated version of late Python Graham Chapman's memoir. The Monty Python comedy troupe will be adding their voices to Chapman's taped recording of A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI. Jones told The New York Times that the biopic will be different from traditional films in the genre. He said that there is "nothing" true about it and that "it's all a downright, absolute, blackguardly lie". The film will have 15 segments, animated in different styles to resemble the Python aesthetic. It is based on an unreleased home recording of the memoir made shortly before Chapman's death. Chapman, who met Cleese at Cambridge University, was (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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Stephen Fry Playing God in Python BBC Drama Holy Flying Circus Updated with New Pic

1 July 2011 4:53 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Lord of Twitter is set to become to Lord of Everything, with the tweeted news this morning that Stephen Fry is to play God is the forthcoming BBC drama about the excessive ecclesiastical response to the 1979 film Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

We reported earlier in the week that the film had been cast and now it seems filming is already underway for the scheduled transmission on BBC4 in Autumn.

Fry, as God (who curiously is the only character to appear in all of the Python films), will be playing alongside Darren Boyd (John Cleese),  Charles Edwards (Michael Palin), Steve Punt (Eric Idle), Rufus Jones and  Phil Nichol as Terrys Jones and Gilliam respectively and Tom Fisher plays the late Graham Chapman.

This morning Mr. Fry tweeted,

Then tweeted a lovely picture of himself in the make up chair, which was live for a few moments before the following appeared… »

- Jon Lyus

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Pythons Reunite For Chapman Biopic

30 June 2011 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It's 22 years since the sad death of Graham Chapman, but with Pythonesque logic, he's about to star in a new film. A recording of Chapman reading his memoirs has been unearthed and used as the backbone for a new animated biopic, with the involvement of almost all the surviving Monty Python crew.Chapman's roles in the Flying Circus tended towards preposterous authority figures and intellectuals, which he wrote in collaboration with John Cleese. He's Brian in Life of Brian and King Arthur in Holy Grail: both central, exasperated figures that events happen to and around. He studied Medicine at Cambridge, was one of the first celebrities in Britain to be openly gay, and struggled with alcoholism for much of his life. All of which, in some way or other, is dealt with in his book, A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI, which was published in 1980. Co-Python Terry Jones says the entire »

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Hit List: June 29, 2011

29 June 2011 7:00 AM, PDT | IMDb Blog - All the Latest | See recent IMDb Blog - All the Latest news »

Hit List is a handful of items that we find noteworthy, shared with you daily on our homepage. Enjoy!

Monty Python Team to Reanimate Graham Chapman from Guardian.co.uk

Next Summer, Hollywood Studios Get Back to Playing Box-Office Chicken from NYMag.com

Has Pixar Become Like Everyone Else? from LATimes.com

The Funniest Women in Film from VirginMedia.com (Suggested by aligray)

What Story Would You Tell on “Jeopardy”? from NPR.org

Accidental TV Finales That Worked as Series-Enders from AVClub.com

An Appreciation: King Kong from The MacGuffin (Suggested by fahrenheit-2)

Decode: Star Wars Characters Dismembered from Wired.com

Have an item you’d like to see featured on Hit List? Submit it here. »

- heatherc

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