15 items from 2011
W.C. Fields famously said about show-business, "Never work with children or animals." This year, a trio of films are challenging that conventional wisdom with regard to the animal kingdom ("War Horse," "We Bought a Zoo," and "The Artist," whose canine companion has inspired an unlikely awards campaign), but perhaps more surprising is how many films in this year's Oscar race are dominated by children. Fourteen-year-old Asa Butterfield plays the title role in "Hugo," an orphan who lives inside the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Thirteen-year-old Thomas Horn makes his film debut in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" as a boy searching for answers after his father is killed on 9/11. And though the existential drama "The Tree of Life" has no single focus point among its cast, Fox Searchlight's campaign materials identify young Hunter McCracken, who plays Brad Pitt and Jessica »
Opening on September 23rd, is the new film from actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith (Air Bud) called Dolphin Tale, which is based on a true story. The film tells the story of Winter, a dolphin who was rescued off the Florida coast and taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. A young boy named Sawyer befriends the animal after she is injured and looses her tail. The boy eventually meets a doctor and convinces him to create a prosthetic limb for the dolphin.
The film reunites Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, and actress Ashley Judd who first worked together on the 1997 action-thriller Kiss the Girls and then again in 2002 on the suspense-thriller High Crimes. Rounding out the cast are actors Nathan GambleThe Dark Knight, Harry Connick Jr. (New in Town}, and Kris Kristofferson (Blade).
Last fall we had a chance to travel to Tampa, Florida and visit the set of the movie, »
Oh, and watch closely in the closing minute for an appearance from an Ae favorite (sans tattoos and knives).
Victim #1. Um , let me guess. Donatella Versace's cursed compact?
That sound you just heard is millions of gay boys squeeing at the same time.
"Artie ... you've shaved your eyebrows. And your clothes are clean. And you've put on cologne. A-Ha! You're going to go see your lady friend, and Warehouse physician, Dr. Vanessa!"
"She is not my lady friend! She's a friend who happens to be a lady. A heavenly lady. »
One-time child star Edith Fellows has died, aged 88.
The actress became the star of her own drama in the 1930s when she fought a custody battle with her own mother, who abandoned her as an infant.
She made her movie debut in 1929's Movie Night. By the time she became a teenager, she had appeared in more than 30 films, including The Rider of Death Valley and Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, alongside legendary funnyman W.C. Fields, and Pennies From Heaven with Bing Crosby.
Fellows died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s retirement home in Woodland Hills, California on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times. »
When Hadrian of The Cinefamily (one of the finest programmed repertory cinemas around) approached Joe about mounting a return of The Movie Orgy to the screen, I — and, really, all of us — could only sit back, pray for the ensuing madness to take hold and silently hope that this happened sooner rather than later
The good news is that it’s happening sooner. The better news is that it’s coming along with more madness than ever before. The Movie Orgy isn’t just a screening, it’s the last screening of an epic 5-day festival of found footage and video-fueled psychotronic insanity (a “bulimic bacchanale of video weirdness,” to quote Hadrian) known only as Everything Is Festival!
Here’s Joe with the news:
Once again that old warhorse The Movie Orgy »
In a tradition that stretches back to when W.C. Fields roasted Fdr (“He’s not running for president, he’s rolling!”), Seth Meyers took the podium at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner to make some light-hearted fun of the press, President Obama, and the event’s broadcaster, C-span. As you can see below, the SNL head writer and Weekend Update anchor got big laughs, especially during his evisceration of a certain billionaire-cum-toupée aficionado. During his remarks, President Obama got in a few digs at Trump himself, showing a video that made light of the recent birth certificate silliness, »
- Keith Staskiewicz
W.C. Fields used to say “anyone who hates children and animals can’t be all bad”. My gut instinct tells me that he never met anyone like Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). She is developing into quite the villain Game of Thrones need to move forward.
First of all, having not read the books, I thought the pilot episode ended with little Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) climbing up walls in Heaven. Thankfully, it turns out that he is very much alive but has been stuck in a coma for a month and not doing very well. Catelyn, in the meantime, sits at her son’s bedside and becomes cross with anyone who takes her attentions away from him.
Going back to Cersei: She has grown uncomfortable with the notion that Bran could wake up at any minute and reveal her dirty little secret: that she sleeps with her twin brother, Jamie. »
- Mo Fathelbab
"Greg La Cava is, to my mind, the No. 1 director of these great and grand and glorious United States of ours. I have many friends, Directors, and I hate to have to expose my hand like this." —William Claude Dukenfield.
W.C. Fields, celebrated this month at the Film Forum in New York, might possibly be the greatest of the talking clowns, eclipsing even the Marx Bros, even Laurel & Hardy. It's easy to forget he had a substantial silent career before talkies, so crucial does that distracted drawl seem to his star identity. While Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd seemed somewhat diminished when audible words emerged from their lips, like Stan and Ollie, Fields blossomed in talkies. But, though they truly excel when offered the gift of speech, their silents are nothing to be sneezed at either.
Although Fields' talkies often had gifted comedy directors at the helm, notably former Keaton collaborator Clyde Bruckman, »
There's a quote attributed to W.C. Fields: "Never work with children or animals." While "Supernatural" has had its fair share of creepy kids on set, it's relatively rare that series star Jared Padalecki works with animals (his own pets notwithstanding).
As we've seen in previews for upcoming episodes, though, Padalecki did ride a horse for the upcoming Old West themed episode. When Zap2it caught up with him at the PaleyFest event on Sunday, we had to ask him if that old Fields quote rang true in his experience.
Luckily, Padalecki has some experience with horseback riding. His wife, Genevieve Cortese Padalecki, is an accomplished equestrian - she starred on ABC Family's "Wildfire," about a horse ranch, for four seasons. "It was so fun," Padalecki says. "I love riding horses. I'm not a great, great rider - my wife is. She did a show about a horse for four years, »
Sylvester McCoy is best-known to science fiction fans as the seventh Doctor in the BBC's Doctor Who series, taking over the role from Colin Baker from 1987 to the cancellation of the original series in 1989. But there's a very good chance that the Scottish-born theatre, film and TV actor may gain a whole new surge of popularity in the years ahead as he sets off to New Zealand to join director Peter Jackson and theatrical colleague and friend Ian McKellen to make two movies of Tolkien's The Hobbit, wherein he'll play the part of the wizard Radagast, a character from Middle Earth who was omitted from the original trilogy.
Even after the cancellation of Doctor Who, McCoy was never allowed to leave the Time Lord behind, and has participated in numerous audio and multimedia projects playing the Seventh Doctor over the last 21 years. The latest of these reprises a Doctor Who »
Judd Apatow was honored last night at The Venice Family Clinic where the director talked about his upcoming projects, including the Untitled Pee-Wee-Herman Adventure starring Paul Reubens and the Untitled Comedy which is a Knocked Up spin-off centering on the characters played by Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, scheduled for release June 1, 2012.
Screen Junkies asked Judd Apatow if the new Pee-Wee Herman film touches on what the character has been up to over the last 25 years:
"No, it exists in its own world but it's very imaginative. I think that's one of the best characters of all time for me. It's like W.C. Fields...It's more like The Simpsons where in every episode he grew up in a different decade."
"People were really taken by those characters. I think people really emotionally »
Judd Apatow will spend a good portion of his near future with familiar characters. He signed on to produce the new Pee-wee Herman movie, the culmination of Paul Reubens' revival tour of the 1980s character. More to my interest, Apatow is writing and directing a new feature based on the characters played by Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd in Knocked Up, scheduled for release June 1, 2012. The Venice Family Clinic honored Apatow with a humanitarian award last night, where he discussed what makes these characters worth revisiting, and how to address the continuity issues that might arise in each property. Read what he had to say after the jump. Screen Junkies asked Apatow if the new Pee-wee Herman film touches on what the character has been up to over the last 25 years. Apatow responded: "No, it exists in its own world but it’s very imaginative. I think that’s »
- Brendan Bettinger
Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton are with little argument probably the two most influential and “important” personalities from an era that was overflowing with some of the most enduring screen comics in history; and the reason being because of their contributions in the entire filmmaking process and not just memorable performances and iconic characters. They’re not just two of the most talented physical performers of their time, they’re also two of cinema’s first auteurs putting them in an incredibly elite group of individuals that wrote, directed, edited (to some extent), recorded music (to some extent), and performed the lead role in a number of pictures – and each’s most significant films are films where these accomplishments applied. However, for as much as these two did to help progress film and screen comedy they both, without question, lost a bit of appeal once sound was introduced to motion pictures. Chaplin »
- Adam Charles
Movieline didn't flag him among the 2011 comeback candidates, but might this be the year everyone remembers Jim Carrey? On the heels of hosting the highest rated Saturday Night Live of the season, the first official images of Carrey in next summer's Mr. Popper's Penguins have arrived, and they look quite promising. Or at least promising if you fondly recall Carrey's animal loving turn as Ace Ventura -- and, really, who doesn't? Click ahead for the pics of Carrey breaking one of W.C. Fields' most basic rules, and feel free to caption away in the comments section. »
hollywoodnews.com: Conan O’Brien spoke to the Television Critics Association for the first time since the scandal of Jay Leno taking back ‘The Tonight Show.’ He wasn’t even allowed to do press before his new TBS talk show, ‘Conan,’ debuted. Now that he’s up and running, he hosted the press on his set on the Warner Brothers lot.
“There’s really a feeling of I came to this show thinking I just want to go for it in every conceivable way,” O’Brien said. “It’s all part and parcel of what’s happened in the last year. Creatively and I don’t want to overthink things. If anything, if someone has an idea and it sounds like gee, I haven’t seen that before, we’ll try it. What’s nice is we’re partnered with people who have encouraged that since day one. ”
Since the beginning of the year, »
- Fred Topel
15 items from 2011
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