13 items from 2016
Universal is in the process of creating a classic horror creatures franchise, following the interconnected tentpole blueprint laid out by Marvel Cinematic Universe. They’ve already scored top-tier talent such as Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Russell Crowe, and they are now eyeing Javier Bardem for the iconic role of Frankenstein’s monster, which was clarified by Variety‘s Justin Kroll:
To be clear, he would be playing the monster in some form not Victor
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) July 11, 2016
The No Country For Old Men star previously declined an offer to appear opposite Cruise in The Mummy, a role which was deferred to Crowe. It now seems as though there’s a spot for everyone in this monster mash, which Bardem will shoot after Darren Aronofsky‘s next project, which is currently in production. Bardem will also be seen in another big-budget feature when Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales »
- Mike Mazzanti
Brett Haley’s 2015 film “I’ll See You In My Dreams” was a surprise hit out of Sundance, and now he’s got a new film in the pipeline with a star-studded cast to boot. Re-teaming with screenwriter Marc Basch, Haley’s next film is titled “The Hero,” and it stars “I’ll See You In My Dreams” co-star Sam Elliott, as well as Laura Prepon (“Orange Is the New Black”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Krysten Ritter (“Jessica Jones”), and Katherine Ross (“The Graduate”).
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The film follows film star Lee Hayden (Elliott), whose Western film icon days are in the rearview mirror. In the present day, he makes money doing voiceovers but spends most of his spare time smoking pot and hanging out with his friend Jeremy (Offerman). But when Lee receives life-changing news, »
- Vikram Murthi
Scott Speer is directing, from Jason Fuch’s adaptation of the young adult novel by Daniel Waters about a ghost-like figure who sends a threatening message to a young girl, propelling the girl on a mission that will change her life.
• Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter and Katharine Ross have been confirmed as the cast of Brett Haley’s The Hero, about a one-time Western film icon. The Northern Lights, Park Pictures and Houston King Productions project recently »
Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter and Katharine Ross are also starring in the film, which is just wrapping production in Los Angeles. Brett Haley directs from his own script that he co-wrote with Marc Basch.
The film is produced by Northern Lights, Park Pictures and Houston King Productions. Producers are Houston King (“Results”), Sam Bisbee (“Infinitely Polar Bear”) and Erik Rommesmo (“I’ll See You in My Dreams,” “It Follows”). Financing was arranged by Gersh and Wme.
Elliott stars as a former Western film icon who makes his living doing voiceovers and spends most of his spare time smoking weed or hanging out with his pal, played by Offerman. When he receives some life-changing news, he decides to reprise his celebrated role of “The Hero” in a sequel to the beloved Western of »
- Dave McNary
Sam Elliott is starring in The Hero, the new film directed by Brett Haley, who scored with the Sundance 2015 pic I’ll See You In My Dreams. Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter and Katharine Ross co-star in the film, which was written by Haley and Marc Basch and just wrapped production in Los Angeles. A 2017 release is being eyed. The plot centers on a movie star Lee Hayden (Elliott), whose career high as a Western film icon is now several decades in the past… »
Horror Channel has announcing that it will be broadcasting seven premieres during April, including the Network premieres of Tom Shankland’s gripping film noir serial killer shocker Waz, starring Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Hardy and Selma Blair, and David Keating’s deadly supernatural drama Wake Wood, with Timothy Spall. There is also a UK premiere for Eric England’s edge-of-your-seat chill ride Roadside.
Other network premieres this month are: Neil McEnery-West’s terrifying panic-thriller Containment and William Malone’s gory remake of House on Haunted Hill, starring Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen and Ali Larter, Richard Marquand’s creepy supernatural love story The Legacy and Norman J. Warren’s torrid tale of home counties devil worship Satan’s Slave, starring Michael Gough.
Sat 9 April @ 10.50pm – House On Haunted Hill (1999) *Network Premiere
- Gary Collinson
Mark, Aaron, and Tim are seduced by plastics. We explore what turned out to be a pivotal film in Hollywood history. The Graduate paved the way for many films to come, from casting lead actors, film structure, cinematography, and to the use of music in film. We explore the complexities of Ben’s relationships, speculate about the ending, and flesh out the time period in which the film was made.
About the film:
One of the most beloved American films of all time, The Graduate earned Mike Nichols a best director Oscar, brought the music of Simon & Garfunkel to a wider audience, and introduced the world to a young actor named Dustin Hoffman. Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) has just finished college and is already lost in a sea of confusion and barely contained angst when he becomes sexually involved with a friend of his parents’, the indomitable Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft »
- Aaron West
What can you say to such success? Mike Nichols and Buck Henry's sex satire defined 'the generation gap' for the sixties. Dustin Hoffman sprang forward from obscurity and Katharine Ross was the object of California desire. Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson freed the image of the 'complicated woman' from the clutches of the Production Code Stone Age. The broad comedy scores with every joke, and there's a truth beneath all the odd things that ought not to work. The Graduate Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 800 1967 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 106 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date February 23, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Buck Henry, Brian Avery, Walter Brooke, Norman Fell, Alice Ghostley, Marion Lorne, Eddra Gale, Richard Dreyfuss, Mike Farrell, Elisabeth Fraser, Donald F. Glut, Elaine May, Lainie Miller, Ben Murphy. Cinematography Robert Surtees Film Editor Sam O'Steen Production Design Richard Sylbert »
- Glenn Erickson
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L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case…and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. Raymond Chandler‘s legendary gumshoe solves it in hard-boiled style – and style is what The Big Sleep is all about. Director Howard Hawks serves up snappy character encounters (particularly those of Bogart and Lauren Bacall), brisk pace and atmosphere galore. This Blu-ray doubles your pleasure, »
- TFS Staff
“Jesus Loves You More Than You Will Know”
Although it has been released before on Blu-ray, the “Criterion treatment” is always welcome for a classic, well-known film such as The Graduate. Quite simply, it’s one of the most beloved pictures of the 60s, one that hit a nerve in the public consciousness. It helped define those wildly changing years at the end of the decade, illustrating how the country’s youth rebelled against an established society that they were expected to join. The Graduate is a landmark of the New Hollywood movement that took over the studios in those years and held reign through the 70s.
Director Mike Nichols, fresh from his success as a debut helmsman for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), gave us a romantic comedy unlike anything we’d seen previously—mainly because of the radically daring casting of an unknown actor named Dustin Hoffman. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
57 years ago today, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty premiered at the Fox Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles. It was the last film based on a fairy tale that the House of Mouse made for over 30 years, until 1989’s The Little Mermaid, since Sleeping Beauty underperformed at the box office, leading to massive layoffs at Disney. The successful release of 101 Dalmatians in 1961 ended up saving Disney Animation. Though Sleeping Beauty wasn’t a hit at its debut, the film’s become a beloved Disney classic, with Aurora in her pink dress (you win, Flora) prominent among the lineup of Disney princesses, and with Maleficent now an iconic animated villain. Maleficent got her own movie starring Angelina Jolie in 2014. Other notable January 29 happenings in pop culture history: • 1845: Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven was first published in the New York Evening Mirror. • 1942: BBC Radio first aired “Desert Island Discs.” Still on the air today, »
- Emily Rome
Well, we’ve finally reached the summit: the 10 most definitive romantic comedies of all time. Unlike the other sections of this list, there is not a movie here that approaches “bad.” As always, some are better than others, despite the order. But one thing is for sure: if you plan to have a rom-com binge-a-thon soon, this is where you start, no questions asked. In fact, after reading this, you should go do that and report back.
courtesy of reverseshot.com 10. Some Like It Hot (1959)
What’s funnier than men dressing in drag? Depends on who you ask. It’s Billy Wilder again with a fictional story of two musicians – Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) – who witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago and leave town. But, since the mob has ties everywhere, they need to disguise themselves as best they can: as women in an »
- Joshua Gaul
One of the most influential and highest-grossing Westerns ever made, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid rides back into movie theaters for the first time in 40 years – but for two days only, Jan. 17 and Jan. 20, as Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) begin the spectacular year-long TCM Big Screen Classics series.
With its iconic performances by Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy, Robert Redford as The Sundance Kid and Katherine Ross as Etta Place, director George Roy Hill’s sprawling comedy-drama has delighted audiences around the world, but hasn’t been seen on the big screen in nearly two generations.
On more than 650 screens around the country, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid will screen four times only: on Sunday, Jan. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time both days.
- Michelle McCue
13 items from 2016
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