13 items from 2016
Red-carpet events and Hollywood have been synonymous since Sid Grauman decorated the entryway of his Egyptian Theatre for the first movie premiere, Douglas Fairbanks' Robin Hood, in 1922. Now, the fatal shooting of YouTube star Christina Grimmie during a June 10 autograph signing in Orlando and the massacre of 49 revelers at the city's Pulse nightclub two days later are shining a new light on security concerns at high-profile events, the lifeblood of an industry that increasingly depends on publicity and granting fans access to stars. For anyone in the public eye (and their managers, agents and publicists),
- Gary Baum, Rebecca Ford
Australians in Film (AiF) has announced the opening of a bespoke hub for the Australian film-making community in Los Angeles, offering a multi-purpose, communal workspace for its industry members to conduct business, collaborate and network..
The space is named .Charlie.s. after Charlie Chaplin and is located at the historic Raleigh Studio in Hollywood, where Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks made films and frequently played cards. .Charlie.s. has been co-funded by Screen Queensland, Screen Nsw, Aftrs and Film Victoria. . AiF chairman Simonne Overend said it was an essential part of AiF.s mission to provide career opportunities and nurture a vibrant community for Australians working in Los Angeles.. ..Charlie.s. provides a supportive workspace for both up-and-coming and established Australian content creators to cultivate their ideas in an environment that is inspiring and encouraging. AiF has provided a sense of community and a home-away-from home for over a decade through »
- Staff Writer
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Fake Sequel of the Day: Watch Zac Efron and Seth Rogen pitch and act out a scene from Neighbors 3: Zombies Rising (via /Film): Reimagined Movie of the Day: Japanese artist BiN1 Production redid all the Captain America: Civil War movie stills as anime versions. See more at Nerd Approved. Misinterpreted Movie of the Day: Here's a bad reading of X-Men: First Class by an alien from the future: Star Wars of the Day: Check out this automatic sliding door that sounds exactly like R2-D2 screaming (via Geek Tyrant): Vintage Image of the Day: Douglas Fairbanks, who was born on this day in 1883, lifts up his United Artists partners Mary...
- Christopher Campbell
30 years ago today, Navy fighter pilot hotshots Maverick, Iceman, and Goose first flew across big screens around the world. It was on May 16, 1986 that Top Gun opened in theaters. Already well on his way to becoming a household name thanks to 1983’s Risky Business, Tom Cruise became a certified movie star with the release of Top Gun. It was also the first hit for director Tony Scott, who went on to direct other action flicks and thrillers like Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, and Déjà Vu (which reunited him with Top Gun star Val Kilmer) before his death in 2012. Top Gun, a slick, upbeat, Reagan-era ode to masculinity, boasted a memorable soundtrack (with Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”), impressive dogfights, an endlessly quotable though often goofy script, and, upon its release, immediate box office success. It became the highest grossing movie of 1986. Also on this day, »
- Emily Rome
What Hollywood really needs is to embrace the fact that some of its male heroes just want to bone.Image Credit
I’m going to begin with an admission that this piece is an exercise in something rarely if ever considered wise, namely talking about a subject on which my knowledge is limited. I welcome feedback about any mistakes made in the following. With that said, until recently there was something about fan fiction, and shipping, that I never really understood, partly because I’m old but mainly because I always thought of a text being inexorably itself (“it is what it is”), and that the inclusions and exclusions were matters of authorial prerogative and indisputable (“if the writer and/or director wanted it that way, it’d be in the movie”).
Obviously this is a limited and limiting way to look at things, but it took a while for that realization to sink in, which »
- Danny Bowes
Zorro, the iconic character created by Johnston McCulley in 1919, has always been an American property about a Mexican character named Don Diego de la Vega- who dons a mask and fights crime. Over the years, we've seen him played by Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power, Frank Langella, and Anthony Hopkins. Notice a trend? The Hopkins film (The Mask Of Zorro), where he played a retired version of the character who passes the torch to Antonio Banderas's Alejandro Murrieta, attempted to hand the role to an actor more befitting the role. But even that flick was written and directed by guys who were decidedly non-latino (Martin Campbell, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and John Eskow).
Well, that won't be the case with the reboot, Z.
Deadline is reporting that Mexican filmmaker Jonas Cuarón, who announced the film in Berlin earlier this year, has cast Gael García Bernal as the titular hero. Cuarón, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
It’s time to talk about remakes again. In this installment of our series, we’re going to be looking at a revamped version of one of the most legendary fictional heroes ever. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Mask of Zorro (1998).
The Zorro character was introduced in the 1919 serialized story, “The Curse of Capistrano”, written by Johnston McCulley, and was published in All-Stories Weekly, the same magazine that first published Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” and “John Carter: Warlord of Mars”. Zorro was partly the inspiration for Batman. (Parenthetically, in DC comics, Bruce Wayne and his parents were coming out of a theater after seeing a film version of Zorro when his parents were killed.)
The story has been adapted several times. The first time was a silent film version in 1920, starring the cinema’s first-ever action star Douglas Fairbanks as the title character. However, we »
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Bryan Cranston's preparation leading up to the 2016 Oscars is probably not what you think... The Trumbo actor joked with E! News' Ryan Seacrest that he and the other Best Actor nominees maintained the, er, "tradition" of enjoying some nude spa time together before the big night. "The tradition is that you all get together and take a Jacuzzi naked together and just discuss topics and things like that," he laughed, adding that it dates back to the Douglas Fairbanks era. Lol! Cranston and Leo DiCaprio getting naked in a Jacuzzi together is quite a thought... But all jokes aside, Cranston got serious when nodding to his idol, Dick Van Dyke, for being a major inspiration in his »
What happened to Hattie McDaniel's Oscar award? After McDaniel died from breast cancer in 1952 at the age of 57, the award was supposed to be donated to Howard University, per her will. The university, however, has no official record of it ever being received. McDaniel beat costar Olivia de Havilland to win Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Scarlett O'Hara's maid Mammy in the 1939 Civil War epic Gone with the Wind. So what happened then to that historic Oscar after McDaniel's death? While Howard can't confirm it ever passed through, it's possible, if not likely, that the university received the award, »
- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard
William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come by James Curtis (Pantheon) This is a book that demanded to be written. William Cameron Menzies has always been one of my heroes. He is the man who brought a unique gift for visualization to such films as Douglas Fairbanks’ The Thief of Bagdad, Gone With The Wind, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent, as well as minor films from the silent and sound era that deserve to be seen just for his sets and compositions. He is also celebrated for two of the (few) films he directed, Things to Come and Invaders from Mars. How fortunate for us that James Curtis took on the job of chronicling...
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- Leonard Maltin
Since Mary Pickford began United Artists in 1919 with her then-husband Douglas Fairbanks and their friends Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith, the idea of women in film has propelled not just from starring in or writing films, but producing, directing, and creating a cinematic universe of their own. The topic rings perhaps even more relevant today, as the issue of equal pay and proper roles for women in the industry remains unsolved and in need of a drastic, timely change. Read More: Jennifer Lawrence Talks Gender Pay Inequality In a new video essay by Fandor, other directors were asked to pick their favorite films directed by women and be ranked from 20-to-1. The list spans decades, going as far back as 1943 to Maya Deren’s “Meshes of the Afternoon,” a circular, surrealist masterpiece, and as recent as the brilliant Kelly Reichardt’s 2011 western drama “Meek’s Cutoff.” The ever-inspirational and paramount »
- Samantha Vacca
Outfitted with a new score and title sequence, reedited sans several scenes involving the woman, and rereleased in 1972, Charlie Chaplin’s first feature length film The Kid has finally made its way to home video in HD thanks to the Cineteca di Bologna’s gloriously meticulous restoration and 4k digital transfer. Originally released back in 1921 after about a half decade of acting and eventually directing wildly popular shorts for Keystone Studios, the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company and finally the Mutual Film Corporation, the film endured a year long production amidst personal and professional crisis. It was thought that Chaplin’s signature brand of comedic slapstick, which typically ran just two reels of film, could not support the length of a six reel feature, but as is evidenced within, the film perfectly fuses Chaplin’s penchant for melodrama with his masterful vaudevillian humor to create an astonishingly emotional comedy that plumbs »
- Jordan M. Smith
Throughout his career, Kevin Spacey has shown an appetite for taking big risks — both on an off the screen.
The 56-year old who grew up in the San Fernando Valley turned a small-time hood with a limp and a suburban dad in the thrall of a high school cheerleader into unlikely anti-heroes in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty.” Then he leveraged those Oscar-winning successes into a production company called Trigger Street that mixed digital experiments with prestige fare such as “The Social Network” before leaving Hollywood for London, where he spent a decade revitalizing the Old Vic theater.
But Spacey’s latest bold move has left many in Hollywood puzzled. The actor and his producing partner Dana Brunetti stunned the entertainment industry when news leaked out on Wednesday that that the pair had reached an agreement to sell Trigger Street to Relativity Media and to assume control of the bankrupt film and TV studio. »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
13 items from 2016
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