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7 items from 2009


Quaids' Wild Ride a Tale of Drugs, Paranoia

29 September 2009 11:38 AM, PDT | newser.com | See recent newser news »

The arrest of Randy and Evi Quaid in Texas for stiffing a California hotel is only the latest twist in a bizarre tale of unpaid bills and paranoid fantasies. A private investigator hired by the Quaids—she’s out $17,000—tells Diane Dimond the actor and his wife owe tens of thousands on hotel rooms and rental cars, and they may be dangerously unstable. Evi snorts Demerol to cure migraines and believes a murder plot is afoot. The Pi tells Dimond, writing for the Daily Beast, that Evi thinks Michael Jackson and “Heath Ledger, Chris Penn, David Carradine, Natasha Richardson, »

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Our Favorite Montages: Footloose

26 August 2009 11:32 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Welcome to a new series here on Cinematical where we look back at some of our favorite movie montages over the years.

I can't think of a better way to kick off this series than by kicking off my Sunday shoes with this fantastic montage from Footloose. The reason this montage is so great, so memorable and so iconic is because something like this will never happen again. Sure, they're remaking Footloose with a couple Abercrombie underwear models -- and there's a chance some of those classic tunes may pop up (remixed by Kanye West, of course) -- but never will Hollywood spend this much time on one dude teaching another dude how to dance to a song like "Let's Hear it for the Boy". It'll never happen. Hollywood is way too homophobic to even attempt to recreate this scene. No way.

C'mon, they're running through fields full of flowers! »

- Erik Davis

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Top 10 Quentin Tarantino Characters

20 August 2009 3:05 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

(from left to right) Cast of Pulp Fiction with Bruce Willis, Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta Top 10 Quentin Tarantino Characters This was not an easy list by any stretch. As I went through Quentino Tarantino's films and jot down my favorite characters from each, my list continued to grow and grow... well beyond ten names. At one point I thought I would do a top 15, but that would have meant leaving off a couple of characters I didn't want to see left out and I didn't want to have to go up to 20 because at that point it just becomes excessive and sort of ruins the fun of narrowing things down to ten and taking a stand. So I ended with ten, but made sure to list my honorable mentions at the end, a list that still left a couple of names out of the »

- Brad Brevet

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Michael Penn Knows the Score

7 August 2009 7:52 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Singer/songwriter Michael Penn has been making albums for two decades and is sad to see them go. Not only the physical media, but the album as an art form, a concept, a story with two acts. He's not the kind of musician who's excited that you can listen to your favorite mix on your phone. The son of actress Eileen Ryan and once-blacklisted actor/director Leo Penn, brother of Sean Penn and the late Chris Penn, Michael's no stranger to the movie business, but that seems to be the reason he chose to try and avoid it -- at least until 1996, when he relented and began scoring films for director Paul Thomas Anderson. More recently, he's composed the scores for "American Teen" and "Sunshine Cleaning," and contributed three songs to IFC's "Bollywood Hero," so I talked to him about that, what his influences are and what a drag the music industry is. »

- Brandon Kim

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Retro Review: Mad Max meets manga in the demented Fist Of The North Star

21 May 2009 11:27 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Year: 1995

Directors: Tony Randel

Writers: Peter Atkins / Tony Randel / Tetsuo Hara

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Review by: quietearth

Rating: 5.5 out of 10

Give yourself over to the utter insanity of Tony Randel's 1995 adaptation of Fist of the North Star and you may be surprised at how much good stuff there is to be found within its otherwise questionable frames. Honestly, I've seen some wacked-out films in my time, but this movie is a truly demented hybrid of American and Japanese adventure cinema. It's like The Road Warrior (which yes I know is actually Australian) meets Ricki O! It's got sweeping post-apocalyptic vistas, marauding bands of crazy mutants and manga style kung-fu complete with exploding skulls, blood geysers and fists penetrating bodies. I may not be an expert on the manga, nor have I ever watched the anime, but I know weird-ass movies (particularly of the post-apocalyptic genre) and I can »

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Tim Roth: The Hollywood Interview

6 March 2009 12:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Actor Tim Roth

Tim Roth Is Telling No Lies

By

Alex Simon

Editor's Note: This article appears in the March issue of Venice Magazine.

One of the film world’s great chameleons, Tim Roth was born in London May 14, 1961, the son of a journalist and a school teacher. After dropping out of art school, Roth was discovered by maverick British director Alan Clarke, and cast in his incendiary 1982 study of the skinhead movement in the UK, Made in Britain. Tim Roth hasn’t stopped working since, with over 70 feature and TV roles to his credit including such iconic titles as The Hit, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Vincent and Theo, Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You, and most recently, the lead in Francis Coppola’s first feature in ten years, Youth Without Youth.

Roth stepped behind the »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Nick Carter Almost Died from Drugs and Booze

6 February 2009 10:14 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

A sober, healthy and fit Nick Carter says his drug and alcohol addictions were once so severe that he almost died from heart disease. The Backstreet Boy was diagnosed last year with cardiomyopathy, a potentially fatal heart condition that killed Andy Gibb at age 30 and actor Chris Penn at 40.

"[I realized] I don't want to die," he tells People. "I don't want to be that person people read about and think, 'That's sad that ...

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- Joyce Eng

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