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Another Earth is Mike Cahill’s visually stunning feature length debut as a solo director. The film, written by Cahill himself and co-star Brit Marling, unfolds the story of a parallel world, a new planet identical to our own Earth. The story follows the relationship between Rhoda (played by Marling), a brilliant young woman who was accepted at MIT but was unable to go after tragedy struck, and depressed university professor John Burroughs (William Mapother). Cahill’s feature length work debuted in the UK at the Raindance Film Festival earlier this year. Acclaimed for its original script, honest characters, and spectacular imagery, Cahill’s debut was certainly a bold success. It is not every day that a director’s first film turns into an artistic beauty. To celebrate the release of Another Earth in cinemas on 9th December, we explore other film directors who had similar success with their directorial »
- Paul Heath
D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...
Reservoir Dogs, 1992.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Reservoir Dogs is the directorial debut of Quentin Tarantino and it launched him straight into the big time. The story follows a group of criminals brought together under colour-related aliases who undertake a bank job that goes wrong. One by one they arrive at the post-robbery meeting place bloodied, battered and all suspicious of each other as they fear that someone amongst them is an undercover cop.
Each of the men arrive in the warehouse with their own theories, thoughts and gripes as they try and figure out who amongst them has caused the mess that has become of the job. Tempers flare and guns fire as the cops draw closer to their hide out. »
With the latest addition of Kerry Washington, the already impressive cast of Quentin Tarantino's next movie, "Django Unchained," just got a little more impressive. Throw in his other recent hire -- Don Johnson -- and it's clear that the auteur is up to his usual quirky casting tricks. Tarantino has always been known for his, ah, interesting choices with his ensemble casts, pulling from both mainstream Hollywood actors and the dustiest corners of pop culture, and resurrecting the careers of fallen stars.
"Django Unchained" is no exception, but how does it stack up with the rest of Tarantino's oeuvre? It's got some tough competition from what have become iconic ensembles, so let's take a look at where the new cast stands in comparison.
The Rundown: The color-coded cast set the tone for the rest of Tarantino's movies. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Filed under: Celebrity Interviews, Movie News
One of the best things about the new 'Footloose?' That funny guy who plays Willard. Miles Teller ably fills the cowboy boots of the original Willard, Chris Penn, and still manages to make the part his own. He's also drawing comparisons to a young John Cusack and Vince Vaughn and has just wrapped a movie either could have starred in back in the day: '21 and Over.' Not too shabby. Turns out Teller never saw the original 'Footloose' -- "I'm not a big movie buff," he admits -- but he did happen to see some of co-star Andie MacDowell's movies and told her while filming that she was his first crush.
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- Sharon Knolle
When Craig Brewer was announced to direct the Footloose remake, there were a more than a few heads being scratched. The director behind the fantastic Hustle & Flow as well as the excellent fable Black Snake Moan taking on material which is considered by most to be cheesy was a surface-level surprise. But once you dig deep into the original, there are more than a few themes that tie to Brewer’s work — expressing yourself through art, family issues, sexuality, etc. There are some mature themes in the original. Themes that didn’t quite hit their mark. However, Brewer managed to make those themes fly. The 1984 film had major tonal issues. After witnessing Chris Penn have a five-minute dance montage, you see Ariel (now played by Julianne Hough) get beaten by her boyfriend. Dance montages and girlfriend beatings usually don’t go hand in hand, tonally speaking. This time around, there’s a real care for tone. Footloose »
- Jack Giroux
Watching Craig Brewer's remake of Footloose was a bit of a strange experience for me. With just a few slight changes here and there, this supposedly "new" Footloose is more a re-enactment than a remake, resulting in some sort of "bizarro world" re-telling of the 1984 original.
Among the film's few changes, the story is set in the fictional small town of Bomont, Georgia and at the beginning of the picture we bear witness to events only mentioned in the original as a group of kids leave a party where they've been cutting loose, drinking and ultimately end up in a head-on collision with a semi. Despite the change in setting, the folks of Bomont react all the same, passing a new set of laws setting a curfew and banning, chief above all else... dancing.
- Brad Brevet
With the remake of Footloose hitting cinemas today (our review Here), Paramount Pictures have seized the opportunity to give the original ‘80s classic an HD upgrade as it makes its debut on Blu-ray. The film was made in a time when MTV was in its infancy, cassette Walkmans were the must have fashion accessory and soundtrack LPs were as successful as the films they promoted. The film launched the career of Kevin Bacon and made rock singer Kenny Loggins a household name for his Oscar nominated title song that still fills dance-floors to this day.
Set in the small town of Bomont where teenager Ren (Kevin Bacon) and his family have moved from big-city Chicago. The streetwise Ren can’t quite believe he’s living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. There is one small pleasure, however: Ariel (Lori Singer), a troubled but lovely blonde with »
- Chris Wright
Sometimes it's tough to be a director when you have to handle a remake or prequel on a film, especially if it ended up developing a cult following. Fans will bash it the film to high heaven before they even take a glimpse at the final cut, and sometimes people just can't handle that. Then there are directors like Craig Brewer who take the negative energy and brushes it off his shoulder, which is pretty easy to do if some people can't remember who played the main character first. Still, it's difficult to remake a beloved film, but Brewer didn't shy away.Now we're taking a trip back into that small no-dancing town in Brewer's version of "Footloose." We follow Ren MacCormack, played by newcomer Kenny Wormald, who's an outcast in a new town. Despite the setbacks, that doesn't stop the young man from trying to have everyone dance around once again. »
Updating a classic can be treacherous, like building a strip mall on hallowed ground; but director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow") avoided the dreaded "High School Musical" route for his remake of "Footloose."
Fans will be relieved to hear that two of the original songs made the cut. Some other adjustments include having four very different dance sequences, and demolition derby buses instead of tractors. Brewer also anchored the script by fleshing out a backstory in which five Bomont teens were tragically killed after a night of dancing and loud music.
But the best upgrade to "Footloose" is the casting of professional dancers in the two lead roles. Everybody loves '80s dance movies, but come on, back then it was super-obvious whenever they swapped Kevin Bacon or Jennifer Beals with their wig-wearing dance doubles.
Also Check Out: "Footloose" Then and Now
The film, opening this Friday, is already catching some major buzz. »
- Cassie Carpenter
Chicago – One of the easiest ways for a creatively starved studio to manufacture a box office hit is to bank on the nostalgia of a beloved cult classic. A remake will not only attract old fans but inspire new moviegoers to rent the deluxe edition of the original, now carrying the self important label of, “The Film That Defined a Generation.”
But will viewers raised on the kinetic rhythms of “Step Up” embrace Herbert Ross’ 1984 anti-musical? I doubt it. For all of its preachy monologues about the importance of dancing as a mode of self-expression, there’s not much actual hoofing in the picture. Long stretches of the picture focus instead on the broadly dramatized conflict between the puritanical book-burning adults of Bomont, Georgia, and the rebellious top-tapping kids led by a mysterious outsider from (gasp!) Chicago.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
The plot reads like “Picnic” fused with a cheesy Avalon/Funicello beach picture, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Although Brewer and his filmmaking forebear, Herbert Ross, share an affection for music-driven movies, it remains to be seen whether the director of "Hustle & Flow" and "Black Snake Moan" will go on to Ross's highs of "The Secret of My Success," or the lows of "Undercover Blues."
In the meantime, we took a look at both theatrical versions of this iconic story in order to see what they have in common, and where Brewer might have cut a little bit loose.
The Location: Although both films are set in a town called Bomont, the '84 film takes place in Utah, which actually has a town with that name, while the '11 film relocates the conflict to the South, fabricating a Bomont, Georgia. »
- Todd Gilchrist
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the third of a five-part feature (read parts one and two)...
“You’ve got to keep stretching out and trying other stuff,” observed actor and director Clint Eastwood. “I could have chosen a lot of scripts that were different than Bronco Billy , that were less of a challenge but it was worth trying.” The native of San Francisco, California explains, “It’s about the American Dream, and Billy’s dream that he fought so hard for. It’s all the context of this outdated Wild West show that has absolutely no chance of being a hit. But it’s sweet. It’s pure.” The subject matter resembles the work of two legendary Hollywood filmmakers. “My first thought was that Frank Capra [It’s a Wonderful Life] or Preston Sturges [Sullivan’s Travels] might have done it in their heyday. It has some values that were interesting to »
Miles Teller (Willard) and Ziah Colon (Rusty) are stepping into mighty big shoes just like the rest of the cast of .Footloose.. The character of Willard was personified by Chris Penn in the original, and Rusty was played by Sarah Jessica Parker long before she became Carrie Bradshaw in the .Sex and the City. franchise.
But both actors came out on top and gave their own spin to their respective roles.
In this interview, we talked about:
*** What made them cut loose for .Footloose?.
*** Are they nervous that they.re stepping into some mighty big shoes?
*** Miles used to play Willard in a high school production of .Footloose. the musical
*** How did they research their roles?
*** What happens to their characters after the prom?
*** Their experience in working in the movie
*** Were they fans of the original?
Here's more info on "Footloose" from Yahoo:
Ren MacCormack is transplanted »
Twenty seven years later, writer-director Craig Brewer (.Hustle & Flow,. .Black Snake Moan.) decided to take on the dubious task of remaking the iconic movie. Everyone doubted Brewer, including me. But I entered the theater a skeptic and walked out a believer.
Let.s be honest here. The original .Footloose. was not necessarily a cinematic masterpiece. Most of the characters were treated as caricatures, and the film lacked motivation. The soundtrack headlined by Kenny Loggins was far more memorable than the movie itself.
But Brewer did something short of miraculous. He made improvements to the storyline while being respectful of the original. The result is a film that is more of an homage than a remake. And dare I say it, »
It's been 27 years since " Footloose " cut loose in theaters -- and with a remake opening this weekend, we're taking a look back at the stars of the original film. The flick has some successful alums, including multiple Emmy winners and one star who even nabbed two Academy Awards . Find out the good, bad and, in Chris Penn 's case, tragic career paths of the movie's stars since its 1984 release by clicking "Launch Gallery" above. Plus, see who is playing the memorable Bomont residents in the 2011 remake and see more pics from the new flick. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Thanks to the upcoming remake, the original Footloose is now available on Blu-ray for the first time. We are awarding three winners a copy of it as randomly chosen in this contest.
For a chance to win Footloose on Blu-ray, please fill out and submit the entry form below. Increase the odds of winning each day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
Footloose jumps with spirit, dazzling dance numbers and an electrifying musical score. It portrays the timeless struggle between innocent pleasure and rigid morality, when city-boy Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon) finds himself in an uptight Midwestern town where dancing has been banned. Ren revolts with best friend Willard (Chris Penn) and the »
Every generation has a story about rebellious teens who rise up and challenge the oppressive adults threatening to extinguish their youthful fun. Not surprisingly, the Reagan Era had more of these movies than most, and 1984's "Footloose" was the most contagious of them all, with its energetic, hits-filled soundtrack featuring the maddeningly catchy title song by Kenny Loggins.
Kevin Bacon stars as Ren McCormack, a Chicago teen who moves with his mother to the small town of Bomont in what appears to be Utah, where the film was shot. Bomont is a repressed Christian community under the influence of Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow), a rousing orator who has convinced his congregation that rock music is the Devil's work and that dancing should remain banned in Bomont.
At school, Ren's urban flair (he wears skinny ties!) makes him a target, but he holds his own and quickly finds a wingman »
- Robert DeSalvo
Footloose the remake of the classic 1980s Kevin Bacon movie comes out October 14 and that's got us thinking about dancing. We all remember the scene where Kevin Bacon teaches the rhythmless Chris Penn how to boogie, but what are your other favorites on the big screen? Whether they’re from an old school musical or a modern day hip hop flick, we want you to rank your top ten dance scenes for us. Vote for Hollywood's Top Ten, the show where movie fans control the countdowns.
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With audio commentary by non other than Kevin Bacon himself (via EW): The girl playing Ariel Moore in the audition is Haviland Morris, and not Lori Singer, who eventually won the part. The audition footage is part of the original “Footloose” Blu-ray release, which is due out September 27, 2011 from Paramount, just in time for the Craig Brewer remake due out next month. No real specs for the Blu-ray release, though commentary from star Kevin Bacon is apparently one of the special features. EW says you also get an appearance from Sarah Jessica Parker, who talks about the late Chris Penn »
With a reboot of 1984′s Footloose hitting theaters next month, it feels like the perfect time to take a stroll down memory lane back to when Kevin Bacon couldn’t get arrested in Hollywood. Sure, the baby-faced twentysomething actor had already had a bit part as the evil preppy Chip Diller in Animal House, and been shish-kebabed through the neck in Friday the 13th. But Paramount was far from sold on him as Footloose’s rug-cutting rebel Ren McCormack. According to Bacon, they didn’t think he was sexy enough. But the film’s director, Herb Ross, thought otherwise. So »
- Chris Nashawaty
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