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Part action hero with martial-arts skills, part comedian with a knack for farce, part handsome leading man who can dance—like a cross between Jackie Chan, Jerry Lewis, and John Travolta—Akshay Kumar is simultaneously a tough guy and a goofball—and he always gets the girl. While he's enormously popular in India for his everyman qualities, he's an acquired taste for most Americans. His first film came out in 1991 and he hit it big a year later in 'Khiladi.' He's appeared in nearly 80 movies since then, with a decent track record, but only recently has he been challenging the three Khans for supremacy at the box office. The year 2007 belonged to Akshay with four hits—'Namastey London,' 'Heyy Babyy,' 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa,' and 'Welcome.' In 2008, his film 'Tashan' failed to do well, but 'Singh is Kinng' (which included »
This year brought a new kind of hero as Kick-Ass and The Social Network proved it's the geeks who shall inherit the Earth
In the immediate wake of Tuesday's Golden Globe nominations, I had awards season filed as a straight run off between the old and the new; inherited wealth versus the dotcom billions. The King's Speech stars Colin Firth as stuttering George VI, who finds his voice on the eve of war. The Social Network casts Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who conjured up friends for everyone but himself. Both, at the time of writing, look set to be run close by David O Russell's boxing drama The Fighter. Even so, I'm betting the lion's share of Oscars get divvied up between the king and the nerd.
So far, so scripted. Except the more I think about it, the less distinct these frontrunners become. Doesn't constricted old »
- Xan Brooks
Just what were Den Of Geek’s favourite films of 2010? Our writers put forward their personal choices, in our mammoth round-up...
The year’s nearly over and the season of turkey beckons. As 2010 draws to a close, what better time to pick over the films of the last 12 months? Here, then, are the writers of Den Of Geek’s five favourite films of the year, along with their most despised misfire of 2010.
And at the bottom, we’ve got the round-up of the overall top ten (it'll take a bit of scrolling if you want to go directly there!). So, what’s our absolute favourite movie of the year? Read on to find out…
3. Toy Story 3
4. Robin Hood
Stinker of the year: The Other Guys
I love a good historical epic, and in a summer dominated by sequels, remakes and reboots, »
( November 30, 2010 - Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images North America)
Cinema Retro contributor- and Friars Club member- Eddy Friedfeld takes you inside the recent roast for Quentin Tarantino.
“Quentin Tarantino changed the face of cinema, and now it’s time for cinema to return the favor,” Roastmaster General, filmmaker/comedian Jeffrey Ross said, as the Friars honored the acclaimed writer/director with an assembled dais of actors and comedians skewering him with insults, making fun of his body of work, his body, and each other.
The eclectically star-studded event held in front of a capacity crowd at the New York Hilton’s ballroom on December 1st, included Uma Thurman, Jerry Lewis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Cheech Marin, Rosario Dawson, Eli Wallach, Patricia Arquette, Kathy Griffin, Howard Stern, and Harvey Weinstein and was ably hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, who turned to his friend and collaborator and said: “I »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
I have to confess I’m a sucker for good visual slapstick, a riotous and difficult art which actually reached its peak on the screen in the era of non-talking pictures, circa 1915-1928: the glory days of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Laurel and Hardy, to name only the absolute best. Since sound, there have been terrific isolated moments or scenes in films directed by Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Leo McCarey, Preston Sturges, Frank Tashlin, and Jerry Lewis, among others, not to mention the Warner Bros. cartoons of such slapstick comedy geniuses as Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng. But… »
The one-time Generation Terrorists performing on prime-time TV could be a riot. But I fear they are putting record sales before their reputation
The announcement yesterday that Manic Street Preachers will follow the likes of Robbie Williams, James Blunt and Pandre by appearing on Strictly Come Dancing's results show was met not with a gulp of disbelief but a sigh of exasperation.
The Manics are a band who demand unerring loyalty from fans. Those old enough to have followed them since their early days have found themselves having to grit their teeth through a series of highs and lows that would test the mettle of any fan. Such a TV appearance wouldn't really matter if the band hadn't propelled themselves to glory by offering a genuine alternative to the staid mainstream culture of the early-90s. You have to ask why they're doing this. And the answer can only »
- Ben Myers
I (Alex) recently had the chance to speak to Terry Crews about "The Expendables," which is now in stores on DVD and Blu-ray. The actor spoke about how he met Sylvester Stallone, realizing that his life will never be the same and which action stars he would like to see in the sequel. How did you find out about "The Expendables"? I heard about it in Variety and they were talking about putting together this whole thing. It was weird. Back then Forest Whitaker was in it and a lot of the names that you see there, and I was like 'Man! I would love to do something like that.' And I've known what was going on for a little while, at least a few months before I got the call. Where did your character's name (Hale Caesar) come from? That's Sly. He has names like Toll Road (Randy Couture »
Honorable Mention: Mary Poppins
“Practically Perfect in Every Way”, this is how the incomparably magical nanny Mary Poppins describes herself with nary a boastful smirk on a revealing tape measure in the still-charming 1964 Disney classic musical set in post-Victorian London circa 1910. Mary Poppins is the first movie I can remember seeing in a theater as a child I still feel genuine warmth about this movie as an adult. Such was the impact of Julie Andrews in her big screen debut, as she epitomizes the title character with equal quantities of starch and sugar. There are so many delightful scenes in Mary Poppins that it’s hard to choose which to highlight, though one of the best ones has to be »
- Movie Geeks
When I interviewed Martin Scorsese for this Sunday's Observer New Review, he described Michael Powell's 1960 shocker Peeping Tom as "one of my all-time favourite movies" – a film that brilliantly dramatises the "pathology of cinema" and the "dangers of gazing". Decried by critics and hounded out of cinemas on its initial release, the film became a lost classic, and was only rediscovered after Scorsese helped get it into the New York film festival and co-financed its rerelease two decades later. Peeping Tom is now considered the pinnacle of Powell's career.
As for Scorsese, it seems to me that the director's own greatest film is still one of his least applauded. Ask any casual fan to name their »
- Mark Kermode
Occasionally I’ll look through the entertainment section of my local free weekly newspaper and notice some familiar names in the ads for the local comedy clubs. I’m sometimes curious about the lives of these names on the signs of “The Ha Ha Hub” or “The Chuckle Hut”. While taking the commuter train I’d look up at a billboard for a local casino and see the name Bob Zany highlighted every few months. Now Bob has chronicled his comedy career with the help of director Jay Kanzler in the documentary Close But No Cigar. The title not only references the omnipresent stogie Bob smokes on stage, but his attempts to grab that ultimate cigar of show business super stardom.
Zany is first seen at work delivering zingers at an audience like a counterman tossing deli subs. He decides (along with Jay behind the camera) that the best way »
- Jim Batts
In January 1949, MGM celebrated its Silver Jubilee by gathering 57 of its biggest stars, including Lassie, for a historic group photograph. There they sat (except for Lassie, who stood in front), in chairs arranged on bleachers on a soundstage, row on row of them, Tracy and Hepburn and Gable and Astaire and Garland and Durante and Errol Flynn, living proof that the great studio had, if not quite more stars than in the heavens, then at least more than anyone else. Wearing an unflattering light-gray suit and looking oddly pallid (and distinctly balding), Sinatra sat at the far right in the second-to-last row, in between Ginger Rogers and Red Skelton (who had broken everyone up when he walked in, »
- James Kaplan
Take a little bit of Slither and add a heaping helping of silly slapstick humor that makes you wonder if the people of Thailand revere Jim Varney the way the French worship at the altar of Jerry Lewis and you get the slimey monster comedy Cool Gel Attacks.
Twitch brings us the trailer for this wacky looking Thai creature comedy from comedian filmmaker Jaturong Mokjok and the Gmm Tai Hub production house about one-eyed slimey blue space slugs from outer space and the lunacy that follows.
From the looks of this trailer Cool Gel Attacks will either be silly fun or just too stupid for its own good. Have a look and decide for yourself.
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Four character posters from The Warrior's Way, several international character posters for Tron Legacy, and one-sheets for Red State and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
New Zealand's Weta shot some test footage for the upcoming "Darkchylde" comic adaptation which John Carpenter hopped onboard to direct this week. That can be viewed here.
"AMC's original series "The Walking Dead" pulled in over 5.3 total million viewers for its 10pm series premiere, making it the largest audience for any original series on the network. Its 3.6 million viewers key demo rating was the highest for any cable series premiere for 2010..." (full details)
"Sam Elliott says no-one has been in touch with him about the role of J. Jonah Jameson in the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot. Elliott was rumoured to be a candidate last week. »
- Garth Franklin
Comedian Jerry Lewis is set to appear on the big screen for the first time in over 15 years, as he gets set to star in the upcoming dramedy "Max Rose." Robin Leach of all people broke the news, revealing that Lewis will star in the film that will shoot in Las Vegas and Los Angeles starting on December 1st. The film is written by Daniel Noah who will also be directing. If the name isn't familiar to you, don't worry. He's written a couple shorts and features, but nothing you would immediately recognize. "Max Rose" will mark his sophomore… »
Super-8 Movie Madness at the Way Out Club will be held on Tuesday November 2 from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features (they average 15 minutes in length) and will be projected on a large screen at the Way Out Club. Admission is only Three Bucks!!!!
The movies shown at the November 2nd Super-8 Movie Madness are: Abbott And Costello Go To Mars, Midnight Express, Paul Newman in Slap Shot, The Little Rascals in Wild Poses, Christopher Reeve in Superman, House Of Frankenstein, Vampyres, 20,000,000 Miles To Earth, Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy, Jerry Lewis in 3 On A Couch, Cat Ballou, Twins Of Evil, The Jaws Of Death, and Frankenstein Conquers The World
There will be lots of posters and T-Shirts and stuff given away. The Way Out Club is located at 2525 Jefferson Avenue in South St. Louis (corner of Jefferson and Sydney). There are yummy Way-Out pizzas available »
- Tom Stockman
Dressing up is hard to do ... so get some Halloween fancy dress tips from our costume clips
This week on Clip joint, we're holding a virtual Halloween party. Admire the pumpkins with their hacked-out grins. Listen to those spooky tunes (we're thinking: Ghost Town on a loop). Feast on those underdone potatoes. Blush as you realise that that gorilla you've been chatting to for over an hour isn't your girlfriend but a stranger called George.
Why the gorilla? Because, like all Halloween parties, this one's in fancy dress. Ah, fancy dress: guaranteed to spark conversations (usually beginning with "And who are you supposed to be?"), aid general hilarity and trigger blood-chilling shock when your mild-mannered colleague turns up in the full Frankenfurter. Fancy dress is the ultimate party theme as long as people make the effort. An eye patch isn't good enough, nor is sticking on a Ronald Reagan mask »
In the ultra swanky Kings Road on Monday night, the stars came out at the Curzon Chelsea for the premiere of Burke and Hare, the new John Landis movie (his first in 12 years), starring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis and Isla Fisher. Landis was charming and animated, Serkis very quiet, and Jessica Hynes, the epitome of 40s glamour.
While the paps froze outside, press and bloggers alike got a few moments with key players:
(on her role)…It was great fun to play Ginny, after all she’s Burke’s muse, what spurs him on to do these dreadful things. I think the film does have a moral centre though, I mean you do see »
I know what you're thinking. You're wondering why we're bringing up that movie yet again. I Love You Phillip Morris has seen so many delays, false alarms, studio swaps, and postponements that the film was starting to seem like The Day The Clown Cried ... only with less Jerry Lewis and more prison sex.
However, there is a light at the end of the turnaround tunnel. I Love You Phillip Morris will at long last, finally, officially, and verifiably be released in North American theaters on December 3.
Barring a delay.
When the film was first announced (so long ago Christine O'Donnell was just learning how to twitch her nose) , the synopsis sounded grim. "A con artist falls in love with his prison cellmate and plans an escape." I was expecting a gritty drama maybe starring indie darlings Peter Sarsgaard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
When it was announced that Ewan McGregor had signed on, »
A couple of weeks ago, trying to encapsulate the appeal of Dario Argento's Inferno, I quoted Martin Scorsese on Mario Bava: "I...like Bava's films very much: hardly any story, just atmosphere, with all that fog and ladies walking down corridors—a kind of Italian gothic. I could just put them on loops and have one going in one room in my house, one going on in another..." Yes, exactly, and it's a sentiment, or wish, that one could apply to any number of other atmospheric films, were one to in fact have a large number of rooms in one's house. Or something. (Remember the bit in Scorsese's The King of Comedy, when Jerry Lewis' lonely talk show host Jerry Langford enters his own very spacious apartment, and we see a scene from Fuller's Pickup On South Street playing on a then-fancy TV monitor, and it seems »
The career of actor Joe Mantell, who has died aged 94, could be said to have existed between two memorable lines of dialogue in two movies almost 20 years apart. Neither are great lines in themselves, but the way Mantell delivers them, and their importance as part of the ethos of the two contrasting films, allowed them entry into the lexicon of popular culture. In Marty (1955), Mantell, as Angie, keeps asking his best friend, Marty (Oscar-winning Ernest Borgnine) in a broad Brooklyn accent: "Well, what do you feel like doin' tonight?" only to get the reply: "I don't know, what do you feel like doin' tonight?" and so on. This riff was picked up by a generation.
- Ronald Bergan
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