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“White Collar” will return for its sixth and final season on Nov. 6, USA Network announced Friday. The series stars Matt Bomer as a charming con-artist who works with an FBI agent, played by Tim DeKay, to catch other white collar criminals in exchange for his freedom. Also read: ‘White Collar’ Star Matt Bomer to Play Iconic Actor Montgomery Clift in Indie Biopic Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson, Sharif Atkins and Marsha Thomason co-star in the series created by Jeff Eastin. “Saying goodbye to ‘White Collar’ — and Neal and Peter — after six successful seasons is incredibly difficult, but I couldn't be prouder of. »
- Greg Gilman
Baldly going where no other liveblog has gone before, its Guide Daily
Bringing you all todays red hot pop gossip in real-time, so you dont need to tarnish your browsing history with any other tawdry aggregators
Stay tuned for La Rouxs new vid, Mary Js London love-in, superheroes vs bullying and the latest on James Francos ongoing super-meta life-as-art projectTweet your topical witticisms to @guideguardian
courtesy of the UKs beariest dance duo, The 2 Bears. Except that the furry suits have come off and Londons best arty-party drag collective, Sink The Pink, are in, showing you how to lip-synch in style as they cavort around the Bethnal Green Working Mens Club in fishnets and pom pom beards. Stuff the hug: whos up for a Monday rave?
Few can lay claim to making one of the worst films in living history but that hasnt stopped J-Lo, oh no. »
- Sam Richards and Kate Hutchinson
Love him, hate him, or just be exasperated by him, James Franco kept things very James Franco at the Venice Film Festival yesterday. He was in character for an upcoming film he directs and stars in, Zeroville, which is about a guy named Vikar who is obsessed with the movies and has Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift from A Place in the Sun inked on the back of his head. The event doubled as an opportunity to shoot a scene from the film, which takes place at the Venice Film Festival in the '70s when the film director Alberto Barbera awarded Vikar with a fake award. Then Franco accepted a real award, the Glory to the Filmmaker 2014 prize, which actually kind of sounds fake to us. Naturally, Franco Instagrammed the entire thing: »
- E. Alex Jung
He received awards from Italian film critic Alberto Barbera as part of the shoot.
Talking about Zeroville, Franco said: "It's a little movie we're doing. Maybe we'll show it here in Venice next year."
He directs the film and plays the lead role of Vikar in the big-screen adaptation of Steve Erickson's novel of the same name.
It tells the story of a troubled and violent man who moves to Hollywood in the late 1960s and becomes fascinated with the world of film.
Franco debuted his new look for the role yesterday (September 4) when he posted before and after shots on his Instagram profile.
James Franco was honored with a prestigious filmmaker's award at the Venice Film Festival and he accepted the prize with a freshly shaved head sporting a tattoo of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on his skull. Also read: Daryl Hannah Joins James Franco in Gay-Themed Drama ‘Michael’ (Exclusive) The multi-hyphenate attended Friday's event to receive an innovators award called the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory and premiere his latest William Faulkner adaptation ”The Sound and the Fury.” But Franco also used the picturesque red carpet ceremony leading up to the event to shoot a scene for his new film “Zeroville.” Franco plays a »
- Travis Reilly
How weird can James Franco get?
James Franco is at it again.
The famously eccentric actor -- who recently went bald for his latest film Zeroville in which he plays an obsessed film fan who moves to Hollywood in the 1960s -- showed up to the premiere of his film The Sound and the Fury during the Venice Film Festival Friday, sporting an Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift tattoo on the back of his head.
He also sported a fake moustache -- he didn't have a moustache in a selfie he posted on his Instagram just two days ago -- and curiously left his white shirt all the way unbuttoned under his black suit jacket during his strange »
Franco was set to receive the festival’s Glory to the Filmmaker award, but the ceremony took a detour when it actually served as the set piece for (one of) his new movie(s), Zeroville. Before Franco accepted his award as, well, Franco, he took the stage in character as the bald, mustachioed film fanatic named Ike “Vikar” Jerome, who has a tattoo of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on the back of his head. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Venice – James Franco-directed film “Zeroville” used the Venice Film Festival’s red carpet and Sala Grande theatre which doubled as a set on Friday. Franco, with a shaved skull sporting tattoos of “A Place In The Sun” stars Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor, pranced in front of real frenzied fans and received both faux and real awards from fest topper Alberto Barbera, who put in a cameo.
“It’s a little movie we’re doing. Maybe we’ll show it here in Venice next year,” said Franco, who was ostensibly on the Lido to receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2014 prize and also to bow his latest directorial effort “The Sound and the Fury,” based on the William Faulkner classic.
“Zeroville” is instead based on Steve Erickson’s 2007 eponymous novel which follows Ike “Vikar” Jerome, a 24-year-old student who arrives in Hollywood in 1969 with dreams of breaking into the movie business, »
- Nick Vivarelli
James Franco looked almost unrecognizable when he filmed a scene for his latest project, Zeroville, in Venice, Italy, on Thursday. The actor, who had recently shaved his head for the role (all of which he gleefully documented on Instagram), stood on a boat while shirtless and looking out over the Italian city's famous canals. James's latest project, which is based on Sam Erickson's 2007 novel of the same name, will have him playing a Hollywood-obsessed film editor named Vikar. In the book, James's character has a tattoo of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor from A Place in the Sun, which was visible on the back of James's newly shaved head while he was filming. James has been all about transformations these past few months, as he recently went blond while filming Michael earlier this Summer. »
James Franco has a new 'do!The 36-year-old actor shaved his head on Wednesday for his role in "Zeroville," and he took to Instagram to document the buzzing in a series of selfies.In the pics, the "Spring Breakers" star goes from a full head of hair to completely bald. James Franco Shares Naked Selfie After Underage Instagram ControversyFranco's transformation didn't stop there though. A silly porn stache was also added -- and someone was seen painting something, perhaps a head tattoo, on the back of his dome."Bald as a mutha!" he captioned one of the photos.He shared another selfie, this one post-makeup, where he also modeled his "'Zeroville' Glasses by Gooch @gucci.""Zeroville" follows the dark journey of James' character, film student Ike "Vikar" Jerome, who travels to Hollywood with hopes of breaking into the industry. James Franco Says Lindsay Lohan Is "Delusional," Says They Only KissedIn the book, »
- tooFab Staff
One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara, »
- Andre Soares
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 40th anniversary screening of “Young Frankenstein” with special guests Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr and executive producer Michael Gruskoff on Tuesday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Film historian Leonard Maltin will introduce the comedy classic and host a live onstage discussion with Brooks, Leachman, Garr and Gruskoff.
“Young Frankenstein,” Brooks’s 1974 homage to the Golden Age of monster movies, features a large ensemble cast including Leachman, Garr, Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars and Gene Hackman. It earned Oscar® nominations for Adapted Screenplay (Wilder, Brooks) and Sound (Richard Portman, Gene Cantamessa).
Additional Academy events coming up in September at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles are listed below, with details at www.oscars.org/events:
“Let There Be Fright: William Castle Scare Classics”
- Michelle McCue
The Fade Out #1
Story by Ed Brubaker
Art by Sean Phillips
Colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover by Sean Phillips
Publisher: Image Comics
Modern noir masterminds Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips begin their five-year deal with Image with the release of the first issue of The Fade Out, a sprawling saga of corruption and redemption set against a gritty West Coast backdrop. As the premiere storytellers of crime/noir comics, Fade Out actually marks their first trip into Hollywoodland, the never-innocent city of illusions. The Fade Out sees them return to the familiar conventions of ‘classic’ crime noir, and weaves a tangled web through the underbelly of a 1940′s film industry. In addition to unsettling narrative themes of ambiguity and violent death, certain stylistic characteristics immediately spring out: stark, angular shadows; the isolated feel of modern cities; conflicted anti-heroes and boiled down dialogue. The multi-layered plot grabs you immediately — and Brubaker »
Episode 33 of 52: In which Katharine Hepburn is like the Goddess from the Machine.
I want to write about Katharine Hepburn, but the movie keeps getting in the way! Reading last night’s contributions to Hit Me With Your Best Shot, I was struck by how many bloggers described Suddenly, Last Summer as “camp,” “wildly expressive,” or “absolutely batshit gonzo crazy.” This is a film that will not be ignored. It’s garish and shocking. The psycho-babble hasn’t aged well--as Nathaniel points out, such things rarely do. The themes of cannibalism, sexual deviance, and monstrous madness creep like kudzu vines hanging in Violet Venable’s garden, blocking the light and threatening to squeeze the resistance out of unwary viewers who venture into the film unwarned.
This unsettling excess had been, up to that point, unusual for director Joseph L. Mankiewicz--best known for character dramas--but can be easily traced to his collaborators. »
- Anne Marie
This week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot episode is devoted to the film adaptation of Tennessee William's Suddenly Last Summer (1959) in which a brain surgeon (Montgomery Clift) whose hospital is in dire need of cash is enlisted by a filthy rich woman (Katharine Hepburn) to perform a lobotomy on her niece (Elizabeth Taylor) because that niece keeps telling lies about her dead gay son. Got that? That's just the kick-off to the crazy.
This sensationalistic film, which was the third and final onscreen pairing of bosom buddies and immortal stars Taylor and Clift, was nominated for three Oscars: Two Best Actress nominations and Art Direction.
Suddenly Last Summer (1959)
Cinematography by Jack Hildyard
Shots are displayed in their rough chronological order. Click on the shot to read the corresponding article.
11 Shots Selected By 12 Participants »
- NATHANIEL R
This is an episode of Hit Me With Your Best Shot
"Suddenly... last summer" is spoken so often in Suddenly Last Summer (1959), Joseph L Mankiewicz & Gore Vidal's adaptation of Tennessee Williams play, that it starts to take on a kind of trancy grandeur. The actresses retreat inward, psychologically, in the thrall of their own theatricality, the overheated jungles of art direction around them, and surely their good fortune to be playing Tennessee Williams characters.
my favorite scene in the film
To a minor degree the repetition of "suddenly...last summer" is not unlike the effect of Rita whispering "Mulholland Drive" like an incantation in Mulholland Dr. The comparison seems apt since both films are batshit crazy sexually charged nightmares in which a beautiful brunette has selective amnesia issues. But let's not drift away to 2001. We stay in 1959. And two beautiful brunettes is exactly what I want to talk about »
- NATHANIEL R
With the passing of Robin Williams (see what we chose as his 10 Best Performances here), perhaps this is a good moment to reflect on actors who died unexpectedly. A documentary on the brief, tragic life of Montgomery Clift has surfaced, and today happens to the birthday of the great John Cazale, an immense talent who died too young, laid low by lung cancer at the age of 42. In 2009, HBO released "I Knew It Was You: Remembering John Cazale," a terrific 40-minute look at his life, career and legacy. Featuring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman and many more, produced by Brett Ratner (yup), and directed by Richard Shepherd ("The Matador," "Dom Hemingway") the doc takes a look at the man whose brief film career included the first two "The Godfather" films, "Dog Day Afternoon" and "The Deer Hunter." And he was fantastic in all of them. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In discussions regarding the beginnings of onscreen method acting, Montgomery Clift is often unfairly shunted away in favor of Marlon Brando and James Dean. The actor first came to prominence in 1948, courtesy of lead roles in both Fred Zinnemann’s WWII film “The Search” and opposite John Wayne in Howard Hawks’s "Red River." Clift went on to celluloid immortality via films like "From Here To Eternity," "I Confess," "Judgment At Nuremberg" and "A Place In Sun," earning four Oscar nominations along the way. A documentary examining Clift's life and work from the early nineties has surfaced, and is an excellent primer for his exceptional and yet underexamined career. Despite his distaste for "business as usual" in Hollywood and some poor career choices, Clift could very well have been as celebrated as the two famous contemporaries mentioned above. But a near-fatal car crash in 1956 »
- Cain Rodriguez
The Austin Film Society is kicking off the weekend with another Free Member Friday event. Tonight, Afs Members can enjoy a program of short films at the Marchesa for free, including Kat Candler's original 2012 short Hellion (recently adapted into a terrific feature) and Todd Rohal's Rat Pack Rat, which won a special jury prize at Sundance this year. Come on out even if you're not a member for $10 general admission tickets.
Afs is also hosting some special advance screenings of Richard Linklater's acclaimed new film Boyhood (Debbie's review) this weekend. The 1 pm screening on Sunday at the Marchesa is already sold out, but a 7 pm show still has VIP tickets available that include a private dinner with the director and cast. The acclaimed documentary Manakamana is screening at the Marchesa on Tuesday evening while Sweet Dreams folows on Wednesday. Essential Cinema closes out a busy week with »
- Matt Shiverdecker
The first half of the 5th season of "Best Shot" began with the most robust participation ever. I hope we can kick it back up to that notch for these final 5-7 episodes. Here's what's on tap so adjust your queues and join the fun...
Tues July 15th Batman 75th Anniversary Special (1989-2012)
WB/DC have been celebrating the 75th birthday of the winged nut (not to be confused with wingnut) all year with various events. For this special event, choose any one (or more) of the 9 theatrically released Batman features and select your "Best Shot". I'll link up to your selections. It'll be interesting to see which of the features and which characters are best represented, don't you think? I'm guessing everyone chooses Batman and Robin as their favorite.
Batman (1966) | Batman (1989) | Batman Returns (1992) | Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) | Batman Forever (1995) | Batman & Robin (1997) | Batman Begins (2005) | The Dark Knight (2008) | The Dark Knight Rises »
- NATHANIEL R
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