20 items from 2015
Kent Jones' new documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and sounds like it's a film for the ages, serving more-or-less as a movie for those of us (yes, I shamefully include myself in this) that haven't yet read "Hitchcock", the book that transcribes the famous 1962 sit down interview between Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. In fact, if you don't want to read it you can even listen to the entire interview session in its entirety right here or you can sit and wait until the Cohen Media Group releases the new documentary in theaters later this year. amz asin="0671604295" size="small"Featuring interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin (who just won during the Cannes Directors' Fortnight), Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader, this film sets out to take us into the world of the creator of Psycho, »
- Brad Brevet
Pamela Anderson has stripped off for PETA.
The 47-year-old actress appears naked in their latest campaign – inspired by the 1960 horror film ‘Psycho’ – to draw attention to the amount of water wasted in the production of meat.
The images show the blonde beauty cowering in the shower, recreating the iconic moment Anthony Perkins’ character Normal Bates stabs Janet Leigh’s Marion Crane in the Alfred Hithcock-directed picture.
The advert which features the tagline, “Make a splash for the environment – try vegan”, aims to encourage people to banish meat from their diet as the industry is the number one cause of water depletion across the globe.
Long-time vegan Pamela explained: “Rivers are siphoned off, not just for the animals but also for crops grown to feed animals on factory farms.
“Producing one pound of beef uses as much water as about six months of showers.”
The spoof images were shot by renowned photographer David Lachapelle. »
- The Hollywood News
Pamela Anderson is baring her bod for a cause! The former "Baywatch" babe is the latest celeb to go naked for PETA, in an effort to promote veganism and to raise awareness about the drought in California. In the black and white pic, the 47-year-old actress pays homage to "Psycho's" Janet Leigh as she stands naked in the shower with nothing but a towel covering up her bits. "Meat and dairy farms drain half the country’s water," the message reads. "Making a splash for the environment doesn’t just mean shorter showers. Try vegan." "Rivers are siphoned off, not just for the animals but also for crops grown to feed animals on factory farms," Anderson said in a statement. "Producing one pound of beef uses as much water as about six months of showers." This isn’t the first time that Pam has stripped down for PETA -- »
- tooFab Staff
Making Hitchcock proud! Pamela Anderson has teamed up with PETA yet again, this time putting a creative twist on a new ad campaign surrounding the California drought and the meat trade’s water waste. In the black and white photo — Us Weekly has the exclusive first look — Anderson is styled to look like Janet Leigh from the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho. She has her arm and a small towel over her front and is screaming in the shower. “Meat and dairy farms drain half the country’s [...] »
Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »
- D. Zhea
The 1958 film stars the late Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Zsa Zsa Gabor in a tale of murder and kidnapping in a corrupt Mexican border town. The Los Angeles Times’s Kenneth Turan said the film “raises the usual brooding nightmare ambiance of film noir to a level few other pictures have attempted.” He called it “expressionistic in the extreme, filled with shadows, angles and cinematic flourishes.”
The Wisconsin-born Welles died nearly 30 years ago, but his more than 100 films as an actor, nearly 50 as a director and many more as a writer continue to make him a towering figure in the history of cinema.
Welles originally had been pegged only to play the role of police Capt. Hank Quinlan, who »
- James Rainey
"The Fog" announces itself as an old-fashioned spook-show in its first scene: kids huddle around a campfire as John Houseman spins a morbid tale about a band of shipwrecked sailors murdered 100 years ago this very night. Those sailors vowed to return and that’s just what they do, using the fog that blankets this little seaside town as their method of transportation. Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh, the film was a solid success bringing in nearly 22 million on its 1 million dollar budget. "The Fog" was remade in 2005, directed by Rupert Wainwright and starring Selma Blair. »
- Trailers From Hell
Occasionally, a movie villain will pause for a moment to deliver a brief story or anecdote. And often, these apparently incidental tales tell us a lot about an antagonist's state of mind, experiences or warped worldview.
We've compiled a selection of 20 here. Some of them are blackly funny. Many are disturbing. One or two are even moving. The first one's very strange. All of them bring something unique to each particular film in which they appear, and all of them are laced with a delicious hint of menace.
20. Xander - Enemies Closer (2013)
"When I was a little boy at my grandmama's place, she had a lovely goose. I named her Edith, after the French singer Edith Piaf..."
We begin with a delightfully weird story from Peter Hyams' 2013 thriller, »
For the sixth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe descended upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2015 festival took take place Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015 and no matter your favorite genre, attendees were treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.
Friday night’s screening of Apollo 13 was definitely one of the most exciting events of the festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ron Howard’s impressive telling of the nearly doomed mission of the 3 astronauts aboard Apollo 13 looked as spectacular as the first time audiences saw it 20 years ago.
Host and long-time Nasa enthusiast Alex Trebek was on hand to introduce the film, as well as introduce fans in attendance to the real Captain Jim Lovell (played in the film by Tom Hanks). Also joining them on »
- Melissa Thompson
“Can I bring the lovebirds, Mitch? they haven’t harmed anyone”
The Birds screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) next Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together
Someone recently asked me why the birds in Hitchcock’s The Birds suddenly decide to attack people. Why indeed? That’s what everyone wants to know. Is there some connection to the middling soap opera we see played out over the first hour of the 1963 film and their attacks? Is it because they are fed up with all the pollution and people shooting at them all the time? Or is it just because they can?
Maybe Hitchcock just wanted to make a scary movie. He might ask you to imagine yourself in the restaurant and suddenly a bloodied man staggers in and says “The birds are attacking and we don’t know why! »
- Tom Stockman
Anne-Dominique Toussaint’s Parisian Galerie Cinéma is here in New York with an exhibition featuring works by Cédric Klapisch, Atiq Rahimi, Edward Lachman, Agnès Godard, James Franco, Vincent Perez, Kate Barry, Harry Gruyaert and Raymond Depardon as a special event of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. The exhibition includes photographs of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve who star in Benoît Jacquot's 3 Hearts (3 Coeurs), Isabelle Huppert, Sofia Coppola, Julianne Moore, Emmanuelle Bercot, Gérard Depardieu, Patrice Chéreau and a video loop of James Franco channeling Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
Just before the opening reception, attended by SK1 (L’Affaire SK1) star Nathalie Baye »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years. Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch. Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later, »
- Andre Soares
It’s said that you’re only as good as your last movie. While some actors put out tour de forces before they finally kick the bucket, other actors aren’t quite so lucky. Here are five of the worst final films of actors ever. 5. Janet Leigh Final film: Bad Girls from Valley High Before unleashing Jamie […]
Read The 5 Worst Ever Final Films of Great Actors on Filmonic.
- Evan Hopkins
Bates Motel finally gave us a shower scene.
Midway through the A&E drama’s Season 3 premiere, newly-minted motel manager Norman peers into Room 4’s bathroom window to sneak a peek at visiting prostitute Annika (Revolution‘s Tracy Spiridakos) channeling her inner Janet Leigh.
It’s totally, completely Psycho.
But before Norman has time to even consider fulfilling his destiny, Norma catches him spying on the leggy guest and promptly flips out. “You’re the hotel manager now,” she bellows. “You can’t be skulking around the hotel rooms staring into the guests’ bathrooms. It’s. Not. Normal.”
An embarrassed »
After a bombardment of terrible sequels and remakes, the horror movie genre is undergoing something of a renaissance of late with the excellent Babadook and this week's It Follows leading the charge.
Both films are driven by strong performances from up-and-coming female stars (Essie Davis and Maika Monroe), which brings to mind a classic horror movie trope: the Final Girl. Most prevalent in slasher films, the Final Girl is the last character standing who confronts a killer/ghost/demon and lives to tell the tale.
Digital Spy looks back at 7 of our favourite horror movie Final Girls, why they're iconic and what they're up to now...
Many horror fans thought Drew Barrymore would end up being Scream's Final Girl when they first watched Wes Craven's 1996 horror, but the director offed her in the opening moments leaving Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott to face down Ghostface. »
The Manchurian Candidate, 1962.
Directed by John Frankenheimer.
A former Korean War Pow is brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin. But another former prisoner may know how to save him.
Exploring the extremes of cold war paranoia in a stylish cloak and dagger format that must have raised more than a few eyebrows on its release in 1962, The Manchurian Candidate is a film that takes a look beyond the usual political invective.
Following the terrifying experiences of Korean War veterans as they attempt to settle back into ‘normal’ American life, the film is a supremely dark portrayal of influence and control. Laurence Harvey (Room at the Top, Darling) as Raymond Shaw creates a terrifyingly understated performance as the pawn in the games of the political elite. Specifically, his character is controlled through the use »
- Robert W Monk
Cyclops Observes the Celestial Bodies
I want to quibble with you on a point you made about an art installation in the Forum Expanded section. Discussing the simple but strangely transfixing Je proclame la destruction, you wrote to me of the order of its two shots, of first the radical speaker coming to the microphone and then the young student hero pushing through the crowd. But this installation was on loop—couldn't it be the other way around, that the hero enters, we see an empty stage, and then the radical steps up to declare destruction? I don't recall Robert Bresson's original film (from which these two shots are taken) enough to know the order, but one of the shifting pleasures of this installation was how sometimes one shot seemed to precede the other, only for the continual repetition to shift that sense of time and causality. »
- Daniel Kasman
From toilet-based scares to nasty encounters in the shower, here's a selection of 17 memorable moments of terror in the bathroom...
Nb: the following contains potential spoilers and scenes which may be considered Nsfw.
The scariest moments in horror are often the most intimate - this is why knives are a far nastier, button-pushing instrument of death than the gun. As the Joker famously put it in The Dark Knight, “You can savour all those little emotions...”
Intimacy may be the key to understanding why, in horror films, so many dreadful things tend to happen in bathrooms. The bathroom is often where we go to be by ourselves - either to answer the call of nature, brush our teeth, or simply relax in the bath after a hectic day at work. Equally, the water closet also sees us at our most vulnerable: naked, or at least with our trousers down, and »
Has The Bachelor already found his one true love? Not quite, although it does appear as if Chris Soules is coming clean about the fact he has a new wingman and shower companion - Jimmy Kimmel! In these hilarious photos that offer a sneak peek at next week's episode in which Kimmel serves as guest host, Soules shares his shower - as well as his soap and scrub brush - with the famed funny man, talk show host and avid Bachelor fan. Not only will Kimmel help Soules scrub off the dirt, he will also try and help the Bachelor look for love - or, »
- Wade Rouse, @waderouse
It’s 10 p.m. in London, and Rosamund Pike has just roasted a chicken, finished the washing up, folded the laundry and tended to a wee sick one. Now she sits for a moment in her kitchen, spent but happy, her four-day-old baby son snoozing in his basket beside her.
The setting may be calm and pastoral, in keeping with Pike’s new life, but it’s sharply at odds with the actor we now know her to be. This year she delivered a career-making performance as Amy Dunne, the stunningly beautiful, dangerously secretive and cynically vicious wife in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl, »
- Sharon Waxman
20 items from 2015
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