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Dan Cooper Feb 20, 2017
There are some towns whose streets and byways you know almost as well as the back of your hand; you can picture them perfectly, whether it be in the calm stillness of a summer dawn or the frenzied onset of a coming storm. You’ve visited many times, perhaps over the span of several generations and watched with fascination as the passing of time left its mark. Avenues and roads stretch off in maddeningly unknowable directions, the alluring thrill of dark revelation lingering in each shadowed street.
It doesn’t exist, this town. Like Gotham City or Mos Eisley, it’s a work of fictive creation, birthed by the »
When Harry Met Sally, written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner, is generally acknowledged as one of the greats of the rom-com form. But a close look by filmmaker Michael Tucker of Lessons From The Screenplay shows that the 1989 romantic comedy is actually groundbreaking as well.
According to Tucker, When Harry Met Sally succeeds by turning around standard rom-com standards. For example, in many such movies, the intended couple can’t stand each other at first, then fall in love over the course of the film as they spend more time together (as in It Happened One Night, among others). In Whms, the couple doesn’t get along when they first meet, and then separates for five years. Then they don’t get along again, and leave for five more years. When they finally meet again, instead of falling in love, they become friends. This, Tucker opines ...
- Gwen Ihnat
More than three decades after Jerry O’Connell made his big-screen debut in the classic coming-of-age film Stand By Me, the experience is forever stamped on the actor’s memory.
Speaking with People and Entertainment Weekly‘s Editorial Director Jess Cagle for the latest edition of The Jess Cagle Interview, the 42-year-old actor opened up how starring in the iconic movie at age 11 has had a lasting impact on him to this very day.
“That experience was one of the best experiences of my life,” said O’Connell. “That summer was maybe the best summer of my life!”
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- Aurelie Corinthios
Queen Of Spain review
Told primarily in its native tongue, but with some English, mostly coming from the American actors in the picture, Trueba’s film is set in 1950s Spain where returning actress Macarena Granada (Cruz) is welcomed home to shoot a Hollywood-financed historical production. We’re introduced to the actress and via reels of archived footage from the day, some real, some enhanced with Cruz’s likeness skillfully inserted. We’re painted an instant picture of Granada’s life up-to-now, both private and professional before quickly shifting to the then present-day and the character of Blas Fontiveros (Antonio Resines), who has also returned home after a long period of time missing. »
- Paul Heath
The film will explore the wrestler’s upbringing in France as André René Roussimoff, his wrestling career, and his forays into Hollywood. Diagnosed in his 20s with acromegaly — gigantism — Roussimoff became one of the most celebrated professional wrestlers of his era and starred in the 1987 Rob Reiner movie “The Princess Bride.”
“For more than 20 years, Andre the Giant’s larger than life personality and unique charisma captured the imagination of fans around the world,” said WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “I will always value our friendship, and am proud to tell the story of the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’.”
Titled “Andre the Giant,” the documentary is also Simmons’ first project at HBO since his talk show “Any Given Wednesday” was canceled in November. Simmons signed a deal in 2015 to host the »
- Daniel Holloway
The guys from Spinal Tap are getting the old band back together — to sue the pants off of Vivendi. “This Is Spinal Tap” stars Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner and Michael McKean have joined their cohort Harry Shearer in his lawsuit against Vivendi — and they’re asking for a bundle. The First Amended Complaint filed in federal court in California on Tuesday says that Shearer and crew are “seeking not less than $400 million in compensatory and punitive damages.” Also Read: Donald Trump With 'Spinal Tap' Audio Goes Up to 11 (Video) Shearer, who played Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls in »
- Tim Kenneally
Nearly four months after Harry Shearer went solo against Vivendi for $125 million profits for This Is Spinal Tap, The Simpsons voice actor has been joined by his co-creators of the beloved and much-cited 1984 mockumentary – and they want $400 million from the French media conglomerate. In an amended complaint filed late Tuesday in federal court, co-stars Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, director Rob Reiner plus their mutually owned Spinal Tap Productions have plugged… »
In October, Shearer filed a $125 million lawsuit against Vivendi, alleging accounting misappropriation, fraud and breach of contract in regards to the 1984 cult classic and its soundtrack.
In the lawsuit, Shearer claimed that, over a 22-year period, he only received $98 for his contributions to the soundtrack and $81 from merchandising income. The income he generated from his share was "about enough to buy one miniature Stonehenge, »
8 February 2017 5:54 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
This Is Spinal Tap co-creators Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, along with the 1984 film's director Rob Reiner, are now co-plaintiffs in Harry Shearer's lawsuit against Vivendi and StudioCanal after allegedly being denied rightful profit participation from the rockumentary classic. On Tuesday, an amended lawsuit was filed in California federal court that also ups the damages demanded from $125 million to $400 million.
The bulk of the complaint remains similar to the original version as the four Spinal Tap artists allege being given just $81 in merchandising income and $98 in music sales income over the last few decades, plus not receiving accounting »
- Eriq Gardner
The band members from cult rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap have agreed to reunite in a move they claim will ensure a $400m (£321m) lawsuit against media firm Vivendi “goes to 11”.
Three of the film’s co-creators and stars have agreed to get back together to join co-star Harry Shearer in a suit against the French firm, the parent company of Universal Music.
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- Rob Davies
Jack Nicholson will make his first silver-screen appearance since 2010 in Paramount Pictures’ English-language remake of “Toni Erdmann,” reports Variety. The actor will pick up where Peter Simonischek left off in Maren Ade’s acclaimed father/daughter drama, which was recently nominated for both the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and the equivalent Academy Award. No word yet on who will take on the role originated by Sandra Hüller.
“The Big Short” director Adam McKay is co-producing alongside Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum; Ade is co-executive producing the remake, which does not yet have a director attached. Nicholson, a three-time Oscar winner, last appeared in James L. Brooks’ “How Do You Know” seven years ago; his most recent starring performance was in Rob Reiner’s “The Bucket List” three years earlier.
- Michael Nordine
6 February 2017 11:36 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Coming-of-age stories that center on a dark secret are not exactly a novelty. Stand by Me remains one of the classics in the genre, and Grass Stains, which had its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, shows the influence of that seminal Rob Reiner film drawn from a Stephen King story. The new film stumbles in revisiting that terrain, but its fine cast and moments of power make it affecting all the same. The rising stature of leading actor Tye Sheridan (best known for his role in Jeff Nichols’ Mud and soon to be seen in a »
- Stephen Farber
After years of anticipation, the sequel to 2008’s home invasion hit The Strangers is officially moving forward with Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door) directing from a screenplay co-written by Bryan Bertino, the director of the first film. Bloom has acquired international rights to the sequel, which is slated to start filming this summer and will feature the return of the killers from the first film:
Press Release: Berlin (February 4, 2017) –– Bloom has taken international rights to The Strangers 2, the sequel to the 2008 hit which grossed over $82 million worldwide. Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door, 47 Meters Down) is on board to direct from a script written by Bryan Bertino, who wrote and directed the original, and Ben Ketai. The Fyzz Facility Pictures’ Wayne Marc Godfrey (The Foreigner, The Survivalist), Robert Jones (Centurion, The Usual Suspects), Mark Lane & James Harris (47 Meters Down, I Am Not A Serial Killer) are producing, »
- Derek Anderson
In Kevin Phillips' feature debut Super Dark Times the story plays like a reversed version of Rob Reiner's 1986 classic Stand By Me. In that film, a group of teenagers head out on a trip to find the dead body of a missing boy, and become the heroes of the town. In Super Dark Times, a group of teenagers find themselves in an accident, resulting in the death of a classmate, and try to hide what happened. The reason I'm mentioning both films in the same sentence is that both succeed for the same reasons: they feature believable teenage kids. In Super Dark Times we see a simple story told extremely well. Central in the film are Zach and Josh, played by an absolutely fantastic...
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On Friday, President Donald Trump‘s signed an executive order that temporarily bans any refugees from entering the U.S., indefinitely bans refugees who hail from Syria and temporarily banning citizens from several Muslim countries from entering the U.S. The order would also require a “religious test” of sorts for refugees attempting to enter the U.S., giving preferential treatment to Christian and other religious minorities who live in Muslim countries over Muslims.
The order, called the “Muslim ban” by Trump’s critics, has outraged many, including a slew of celebrities and politicans.
Alyssa Milano shared a photo of »
- Blake Bakkila
Donald Trump goes up to 11 in a new parody that replaces his voice with that of Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel. In a remix by BuzzFeed’s Jesse McLaren, Trump’s voice is replaced with that of Christopher Guest, who played the self-absorbed musician at the center of Rob Reiner’s classic 1984 mockumentary, “This Is Spinal Tap.” (As the video gained online traction Thursday, McLaren tweeted to Reiner, “I am so so so sorry.” If you’re not a Spinal Tap fan, this whole thing will probably make more sense to you if you start by watching the original scene from the 1984 film, »
- Tim Molloy
This month, Cinelinx is taking you on a trip back through time. Join us as we examine how movies have changed over the last 100 years. This week, we're finishing out tour by going back to 1992.
This article is part 4 of 4 in a series.
Read Part 1 Here: Looking Back 100 Years: The Birth of Classic Hollywood
Read Part 2 Here: Looking Back 75 Years: The War on Film
Read Part 3 Here: Looking Back 50 Years: A New Generation Takes Over
On December 26th, 1991, the Soviet Union dissolved. This signalled the formal end of the Cold War, which left the United States as the sole remaining superpower, but did not necessarily usher in an era of peace at home and abroad. This shift in power instead opened a void in eastern Europe and the middle east which would come to be a source of conflict for the next two decades and beyond. A deadly civil war »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Life looks pretty good for Sandy Duffy. Twenty years ago he wrote smash hit novel A Patch of Fog and has been reaping the benefits ever since. The book has bought him a swanky pad in a trendy part of town, a satisfying day job as a creative writing lecturer, a weekly TV spot as a culture critic (complete with a secret relationship with the show’s host), and respect and admiration from all and sundry.
There are only a couple of flies in the ointment. His publisher is pressuring him to do a 20th-anniversary interview tour of a book Duffy is sick of hearing and talking about. Somewhere along the way he’s also developed a nasty case of kleptomania: idly wandering the aisles of department stores, slipping small cheap items into his pocket and relishing the thrill of getting away with something.
Until, of course, he doesn’t get away with it. »
- David James
Start stockpiling popcorn and reserve a spot on your couch for a full day, because the F This Movie! podcast (hosted by Daily Dead’s Patrick Bromley) has announced the lineup for their sixth F This Movie Fest, and it’s going to pack quite the genre punch.
The communal viewing experience kicks off at noon, and fans from around the world can interact with each other from the comfort of their own homes by tweeting comments accompanied by #fthismoviefest.
You can read the full details below, and be sure to visit F This Movie! online for more information on this event as well as insightful cinematic discussions.
From F This Movie!: “The world’s only all-Twitter film festival returns!
You knew it was coming, »
- Derek Anderson
Jack Nicholson will turn 80 this spring, and though the last movie he did came out in 2010, he has never officially retired. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t retired, according to Peter Fonda, with whom Nicholson has been close since the two made “Easy Rider.”
“I think he is basically retired,” Fonda told Page Six at this month’s BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party, held annually in Los Angeles. “I don’t want to speak for him, but he has done a lot of work and he has done very well as a person financially.”
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Four years ago, rumors circulated that the actor was slowing down due to memory loss, but those claims were swiftly denied by his representatives. “Sometimes people have a reason that you don’t know, and it’s not for me to ask,” said Fonda. »
- Jude Dry
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