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It's an indisputable fact that Christmas music is the most horrible music, as clearly demonstrated by the multitude of holiday songs incorporating onomatopoeia — click-click-click, thumpety thump-thump, pa-rum pa pum-pum.
Your dignity is diminished just by singing it. And the most awful film genre is Christmas films, with the exception of Die Hard and every movie written by Shane Black. It stands to reason that an Austin-based Christmas film is going to feature a whole lot of Christmas music, and indeed, Angels Sing has a cast that includes Harry Connick Jr., Lyle Lovett, Nashville's Connie Britton, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson.
So there's a lot of onscreen music-making, some of it amazing, the rest Santa-related »
Heaven's Gate, 1980.
Written and Directed by Michael Cimino.
In 1870 privileged Harvard graduate James Averill enjoys the exuberant pomp that is associated with the educational attainment which he and his equally well-off peers have achieved. Twenty years later he arrives in Wyoming as a Marshall, where he becomes involved in a bloody battle between government-funded barons and immigrant settlers. What unfold are the events that became known as the Johnson County war of 1892.
Using legal force, the barons use Nate Champion (Walken) to end the castle rustling that the desperately poor immigrants must employ to survive; a “death-list” is made of 125 immigrant names for the barons’ “enforcers” too extinguish. Struggling to stand by and watch as this brutal, yet legal, regime is carried out, Averill (Kristofferson) tries to mediate between the parties. However, his difficulties are »
- Gary Collinson
Harry Dean Stanton is singing "The Rose of Tralee". His wavering voice echoes across the rows of people gathered in the Village East cinema in New York, where a special screening of a new documentary about his life and work, Partly Fiction, has just finished. You can tell that the director, Sophie Huber, and the cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey, who are sitting beside him, are used to this sort of thing from Harry, but the rest of us are by turns delighted and a little bit nervous on his behalf. Now that he's 87, Stanton's voice is as unsteady as his gait, but he steers the old Irish ballad home in his inimitable manner and the audience responds with cheers and applause. »
- Sean O'Hagan
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
The Motel Life starring Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor, Killer Joe) and Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga, Night Moves) leads the slate announced by new distributor Random Media, launched by long-time executive Eric Doctorow. The Motel Life is based on Willy Vlautin's novel, and is directed and produced by Gabe Polsky and Alan Polsky with Stephen Dorff (Blade, The Iceman) and Kris Kristofferson (Blade, The Jacket) to also star.
Random Media's slate also includes Guardian of the Highlands, an animated film with Sean Connery (The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones) and Alan Cumming (X2, The Good Wife) about an aging skateboarding vet who saves a fugitive beaver, while other films include Around the Block, For Those in Peril, The Secret Lives of Dorks, The Last Supper, documentary $ellebrity and Meth Head.
Random seems to have some projects lined up and is definitely something to keep an eye on.
- Gary Collinson
Washington, Nov. 16: Kris Kristofferson has opened up about his battle with memory loss, asserting that he is lucky to be able to retain his song lyrics nowadays.
The country music star, 77, told FOX411 that he noticed his memory worsening a few years back, the Huffington Post reported.
The 'For The Good Time' hit maker believes that his health problem is a result of many concussions he suffered a long time back.
Kristofferson added that he is very blessed and at a very good point in his life right now. (Ani) »
- Anita Agarwal
Random signed a multi-year distribution deal with Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment in June.
Slate includes “Guardian of the Highlands,” an animated film voiced by Sean Connery and Alan Cumming star about an aging, skateboarding veterinarian who saves a fugitive beaver; “Around the Block,” starring Christina Ricci, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival; “For Those in Peril,” which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival; “The Secret Lives of Dorks”; “The Last Supper, »
- Dave McNary
Kris Kristofferson is 77 and still acting, out promoting his new independent film, The Motel Life, in which he has a supporting role alongside Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff. But the longtime musician, who is being honored with a month-long tribute in the Cinefamily film, Kris Kristofferson: A Cowboy in Hollywood, also reveals to FOX411 a growing struggle with memory loss. "I wish my memory weren't so bad," Kristofferson said. "They tell me it's from all the football and boxing and the concussions that I got. A couple of years ago, my memory just started going. But I can remember my songs, »
- Andrea Billups
Title: The Motel Life Directors: Alan Polsky and Gabriel Polsky Starring: Stephen Dorff, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson, Joshua Leonard American narrative filmmaking, even of the independent variety, by and large trades on story — on events small and large, and how they impact the lives and attitudes of their characters. “The Motel Life,” starring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as a pair of deeply bonded, down-and-out brothers, has both a tragic accident at its core, as well as the sort of cover-up that usually augurs more disaster and heartbreak. But, intriguingly, this bruised, purple plum of a drama mostly connects just as a mood piece about the muddy rut of low self-esteem, and the [ Read More ]
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In The Motel Life, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff play two brothers, Frank and Jerry, who are living a lonesome country tune’s tale, with specific accents on their bad luck. When Jerry becomes involved in a hit-and-run accident, the two flee their Reno motel for some type of other home, continuing their existence as whiskey-drinking, fantasy-drawing vagabonds. Dakota Fanning stars as Hirsch’s fixation, Annie James, and Kris Kristofferson appears for a few scenes as their working-class daddy figure Earl Hurley. The Motel Life is based on the novel by Willy Vlautin.
Featuring two raggedy performances from the nicely paired Dorff and Hirsch, The Motel Life is a drama that functions well with its influences, namely the Coen Brothers’ romanticism of cold, bad luck, and bits of Paul Thomas Anderson’s own debut Hard Eight.
The Polsky Brothers made their break into the business with their producing work on »
- Nick Allen
DVD Release Date: Nov. 12, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber
Judy Collins circa 1963 performs in Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation.
The 2012 music-filled documentary film Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation combines talking heads with rare archival footage and new live performances to tell a story about a community that created a generation-defining music.
Between 1961-1973, many musicians in New York’s Greenwich Village banded together to sing about the radical social upheaval of the time. As these new singers emerged, Greenwich blossomed as a place that promoted a better future. Their music challenged the status quo by singing about taboo subjects – fighting for civil liberties, protesting the Vietnam War, and holding governments accountable for their actions.
Featuring poignant interviews with Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, Don McLean, Peter Yarrow, Arlo Guthrie, Lucy and Carly Simon, Tom Chapin and Judy Collins, among dozens of other music luminaries, Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation »
Chicago – Alan and Gabe Polsky are brothers, film producers and now directors. The sibling tandem make their debut with “The Motel Life,” featuring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as disparate brothers trying to make a go in life with no money and no prospects, just a series of random motels and their unbreakable kinship.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky are known as producers, for notable films like “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans” (2009) and the HBO documentary “His Way” (2011, profiling producer Jerry Weintraub). “The Motel Life” is the first time as directors, adapting the source novel by Willy Vlautin. This is a stylish film, with an added touch of animation to fulfill the fantasy elements of storytelling between the film brothers. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a superhero movie... and they've taken over Hollywood with their superpowers and Spandex costumes. The Guardian and Observer's critics pick the 10 best
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10. Iron Man 3
Shane Black's jagged-edged debut in the Marvel hotseat might easily have been a by-the-numbers "threequel", especially with star Robert Downey Jr out of contract and The Avengers' stupendous box office success a year earlier. Instead, the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director delivered the series' best instalment so far via a perfectly-pitched twist that comes about as close as the superhero genre will ever get to its very own Crying Game moment.
Ben Kingsley's nefarious Mandarin is a preposterous, shadowy Bin Laden clone with a big bushy beard »
Paper Magazine with Sarah Sophie Flicker, Arden Wohl, Dustin Yellin, Alexander Gilkes, and Misha Nonoo hosted an advance screening earlier this week at the Tribeca Film Center for Felix Van Groeningen's The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium's submission for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Awards.
I met with Felix Van Groeningen at the Tribeca Grill Loft after party to discuss the evolution from stage play by Kris Kristofferson look-alike Johan Heldenbergh to film and how Anton Corbijn's Control on Joy Division and James Mangold's Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line with Joaquin Phoenix were inspiration but not influence.
The Broken Circle Breakdown won the Panorama Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Best Screenplay for a narrative feature »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
An all-star cast of singers become actors for "Angels Sing," a wan little holiday film that manages to show a little heart once it finally gets going.
Harry Connick Jr. stars as an Austin, Texas, history professor who doesn't put much stock in Christmas. Michael is always angling to dodge doing both Thanksgiving and Christmas with his parents (Kris Kristofferson, Fionnula Flanagan) for reasons he's reluctant to tell his granny-loving son (Chandler Canterbury). His wife (Connie Britton) is understanding.
Eventually, the kid finds out -- dad lost a brother over the holidays, years ago. Kind of ruined the day for him.
But Michael's ongoing house-hunting throws him in the path of this chuckling old man (Willie Nelson) with a McMansion for sale.
"How much, Mr. ... uuhhhh?"
"Call me 'Nick.'"
They seal the deal and Michael finds himself with the showplace of Live Oak Lane, one of those Christmas-crazed corners »
So, you might be familiar with Nxt, the development show for WWE that runs weekly television shows from FullSailUniversity in Florida. The talent down there is currently very good and features a wide array of styles and appearances from its roster. I write the weekly Nxt reviews, here on Nerdly, and with the year now in its final quarter I thought it might be a good time to review the development roster that appears on the Nxt show, and give grades and remarks regarding certain talents.
I will grade each of the following with anything from an A+ down to a F. I’ll explain what each grade means below.
A+ – Beyond ready for the main roster, should be on Raw or Smackdown, now!
A – Ready for the main roster, as soon as possible.
B – Could easily transfer to the main roster, but might need a little work.
C – Needs a little more development, »
- Chris Cummings
While Rogers, whose biggest hits include 'Lucille' and 'Islands in the Stream', called the honour the "culmination" of his career, Bare, the 'How I Got to Memphis' hit maker, said that his induction meant that he will forever be referred to as a hall of famer.
Fellow inductee. »
- Ketali Mehta
• Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) will play seven sisters in the dystopian pic What Happened to Monday? Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) is set to direct the movie about a set of septuplets born into a strictly enforced one-child per family society. Wirkola originally intended to cast a man in the lead. In the release announcing the news, he said: “I was struck by the complexities of having an actor portray seven characters and immediately knew Noomi was the ideal actor — male or female — to bring them to life.” Max Botkin wrote the script, which made the 2010 Black List. [THR]
• Sigourney Weaver »
- Lindsey Bahr
Surfer Bethany Hamilton, whose life inspired the 2011 drama “Soul Surfer,” has joined the cast of Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale 2,” the company said Monday. Hamilton will play herself in writer-director Charles Martin Smith’s sequel to the 2011 family film, “Dolphin Tale.” Also read: Box Office Goes for Upbeat: ‘Dolphin Tale’ Takes $14.2M in Downer Market Inspired by another true story, the 2014 Warner Bros. release will revolve around bottle nose dolphin Hope, the real-life baby of Winter, the dolphin who was the animal star of the first film. Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff are among. »
- Greg Gilman
Surfer Bethany Hamilton will be back on the big screen, this time appearing in Dolphin Tale 2. Hamilton, who survived a shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, was the subject of Soul Surfer, a 2011 film starring AnnaSophia Robb. Hamilton acted as a stunt double for many of the surfing scenes in the film. Alcon Entertainment’s sequel Dolphin Tale 2 will see the return of Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff. Charles Martin Smith is returning to write and direct. Photos: How 15 Athletes Made Their Way to Hollywood
- Rebecca Ford
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