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(*My apologies for this coming so long after Sound on Sight’s celebration of 50 years of James Bond, but I’ve been swamped with end-of-semester work and only just now managed to finish this. Hope you all still find this of interest.)
As a coda to the Sos’s James Bond salute, there’s still a point I think deserves to be made.
The Bond franchise which has been with us so long, has become so deeply entrenched in popular culture, that we often forget what it was that first distinguished the Bonds a half-century ago. Skyfall might be one of the best of the Bonds, and even, arguably, one of the best big-budget big-action flicks to come along in quite a while, but it’s not alone. The annual box office is – and has been, for quite some time – dominated by big, action-packed blockbusters of one sort of another. »
- Bill Mesce
After shooting Little Odessa, his first feature film at the age of 25, James Gray has only four films at 42. The biggest gap in the span of his career is the 9-year one that ensued after Harvey Weinstein got his dirty paws on The Yards and forced Gray to tack on a happy ending, before the director returned with 2007's We Own the Night. Gray may be far from prolific—mostly because he has continually struggled to find both funding and a proper audience—but if we look at his career in a quality over quantity sense, he's among the most impressive in contemporary American cinema: few can compete with his eye for composition, his understanding of light and shadow, his musical sensibility, and of course he's been eliciting some of the most memorable performances. This is thanks in part to having made three (soon to be four) films in a row with Joaquin Phoenix, »
- Adam Cook
One good thing about working for AfterElton is I know a big chunk of our readership likes, enjoys, and spends a lot of its extra time thinking about stars of the past. You have to keep those names bouncing around in your head since they're little replenishable vitamins, surges of endorphins when brought up correctly. That brings me to today's topic: Judy Garland's onscreen paramours. Garland would've been 90 yesterday, and I didn't get to properly commemorate this. But here's for compensation: I'm bringing you the definitive list of Judy's five hottest costars. Come on, boys, get happy!
5. James Mason
A Star is Born is one of the great films of the '50s, a heartbreaking and unforgettable journey. The heroine's story gets nearly as tragic as Judy's own, particularly in '54 when she lost the Best Actress statuette to Grace Kelly in a year when she was the expected shoo-in. »
A sci-fi movie wouldn’t be the same without a hypnotic journey through time and space. Here’s our celebration of cinema’s finest genre vortexes...
It’s a given that any sci-fi protagonist will, at some point in their adventures, descend into a kind of churning whirlpool in space. The experience is probably an entry requirement in the sci-fi hero private smoking room, if such a thing exists. “What? You haven’t been through a vortex of flashing lights? You haven’t stared at the benighted abyss which lies beyond death? Get out. Get out of sci-fi hero club.”
Science fiction is all about poking at the edges of human experience. And sometimes, about what might happen if we head off into the depths of space. What - or who - might we find? Does space loop back on itself, so your ship effectively appears on the other side »
Before The Black Hole, Disney’s live-action output consisted of breezy stuff like Freaky Friday, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo - the kind of flicks you could take your grandma to see without fear of scaring her to death. The arrival of Star Wars in 1977, with its motion-control special effects, colourful characters and sprawling universe, suddenly made Disney’s family fantasies look somewhat quaint.
Released a little over two years after Star Wars, The Black Hole was Disney’s attempt to try something new; it was an epic space opera which rode the crest of George Lucas’ astral wave. In the final analysis, though, The Black Hole is a strange fusion of 2001: A Space Odyssey’s metaphysical ponderings and cute robots, »
Brad and Angelina are planning a lavish ceremony to take place this summer at their romantic estate in the south of France! Which A-listers do You think will be there to see them tie the knot? Brad Pitt, 48, and Angelina Jolie, 36, will exchange vows in a pre-Roman chapel on the grounds of their estate near the village of Correns in the south of France, the New York Post reports. The star-studded guest list is expected to include 200-300 guests, including George Clooney, Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell. The couple will also extend an invitation to Angelina’s once-estranged father, Jon Voight, 73. Aamazingly, Brad and Angie have managed to keep the details of their nuptial under wraps for a while now -- they've reportedly been planning their wedding for the past six months! “They have been quietly preparing for one of the most glamorous show-business »
- Kaydi Poirier
International superstar couple Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and son, Pax, attended a private viewing of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Chinese Galleries -- and she was seen sporting a giant diamond!
Take a look!
Beverly Hills jeweler Robert Procop confirmed to "Extra" he indeed designed an engagement ring for Brad Pitt.
Procop's office said in a statement, "Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a yearlong collaboration with Robert. »
It has been a year since Sidney Lumet passed away on April 9, 2011. Here is our retrospective on the legendary filmmaker to honor his memory. Originally published April 15, 2011.
Almost a week after the fact, we, like everyone that loves film, are still mourning the passing of the great American master Sidney Lumet, one of the true titans of cinema.
Lumet was never fancy. He never needed to be, as a master of blocking, economic camera movements and framing that empowered the emotion and or exact punctuation of a particular scene. First and foremost, as you’ve likely heard ad nauseum -- but hell, it’s true -- Lumet was a storyteller, and one that preferred his beloved New York to soundstages (though let's not romanticize it too much, he did his fair share of work on studio film sets too as most TV journeyman and early studio filmmakers did).
His directing career stretched well over 50 years, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Angelina Jolie (and Brad Pitt) shined on Sunday night's Oscars, but it's her right leg making headlines. For a woman who usually keeps it low-key on the red carpet, Jolie boldly placed her hands on her hips and poked her right leg out, emphasizing the high slit in her Versace gown.
Gary Cooper, High Noon Fred Zinnemann: Top Oscar Directors for Actors Fred Zinnemann-directed movies: twenty acting nominations; six wins. (s) supporting category; (*) Academy Award winner 1944 Hume Cronyn (s), The Seventh Cross 1948 Montgomery Clift, The Search 1952 * Gary Cooper, High Noon Julie Harris, The Member of the Wedding 1953 Montgomery Clift, From Here to Eternity Burt Lancaster, From Here to Eternity Deborah Kerr, From Here to Eternity * Frank Sinatra (s), From Here to Eternity * Donna Reed (s), From Here to Eternity 1957 Anthony Franciosa, A Hatful of Rain 1959 Audrey Hepburn, The Nun's Story 1960 Deborah Kerr, The Sundowners Glynis Johns (s), The Sundowners 1966 * Paul Scofield (with Susanna York), A Man for All Seasons Robert Shaw (s), A Man for All Seasons Wendy Hiller (s), A Man for All Seasons 1977 Jane Fonda, Julia Maximilian Schell (s), Julia * Jason Robards (s), Julia * Vanessa Redgrave (s), Julia »
- Andre Soares
Jolie recalled, "I had a complete emotional breakdown in the shower and Brad found me crying. I felt this huge responsibility and I felt very small, and who am I to take this on? I had a complete meltdown."
Angelina also wrote the dramatic love story, which takes place during the '90s Bosnian War. »
Something that has become a subtle poison over the years among the Disney fan community is the idea that we know what Walt Disney would have wanted. Most of the truly dedicated fans are predominantly obsessed with the Disney theme parks; thus, when an attraction opens and they don’t like it, some fall onto the old saw: “Walt wouldn’t have done this. He’s spinning in his grave right now.” It gets even worse when the Disney executives and Imagineers choose to update an old favorite or, in the case of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Walt Disney World, remove it altogether. The fans would want well enough left alone, but the Imagineers and executives would advocate change.
Now, it’s well documented that Walt Disney said that Disneyland—the only theme park with his name on it that he was actually alive to see open—would never be finished, »
- Josh Spiegel
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