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Movie nerds love to wax poetic about their favorite film houses — especially when a list like this one from Men’s Journal comes along, in which the magazine rated the top 20 movie theaters in the world. From Paris to Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia, this selection of cinemas ventures around the globe, but gives the number one spot to the Spanish Colonial Baroque-designed Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Built by Timothy L. Pflueger in 1922, the 1,407-seat theater has a grand facade and sits in the heart of the largest (and one of the oldest) Lgbt communities in the United States. The Castro even hosted the world premiere of Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning movie Milk — about the first openly gay elected official in California, Harvey Milk. Check out...
- Alison Nastasi
Most of us have a "favorite" movie theater. Specifically, we all pretty much have a preferred row, and even a special seat we love to grab when we go to the multiplex. But which movie theaters would rank among the top in the world? We now have some semblance of an answer. In the latest issue of Men.s Journal, a list of "The Top 20 Movie Theaters In The World" has been created. The selections range from California to the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, France. And the No. 1 theater to top their list? San Francisco.s Castro Theatre. Founded in 1910 and remodeled in 1922, the movie palace earned Historic Landmark status in September 1976, and is an iconic landmark for the gay community. In 2008, The Castro hosted the world premiere of Gus Van Sant.s Oscar-winning Milk, with Sean Penn. How famous is The Castro? It actually has its »
Wgn America is expanding its original programming development slate with an adaptation of DC Entertainment comic “Scalped” from “Banshee” writer Doug Jung, the network said. Also read: ‘Lost’ Exec Producer Adds Gravitas to Wgn America's ‘Salem’ The one-hour drama is described as a crime noir set on a Native American reservation, based on the 60-issue “Scalped” comic book series from DC imprint Vertigo Comics by Jason Aaron and illustrated by R.M. Guéra. Jung is developing the project as executive producer and writer with Warner Horizon Television. Also read: ‘Ten Commandments’ Series Directed by Michael Cera, Gus Van Sant and Others Ordered by Wgn America. »
- L.A. Ross
We told you about Derrick Gordon becoming the first Ncaa Div I player to come out while playing, but while he received nothing but praise in the press, his family has had mixed reactions. His parents were shocked, but came around nicely, as did his big brother, who “Kind of knew.” But his twin brother Darryl isn’t responding well according to his mother. “(Darryl) is taking it real hard. You know, he’ll say he can’t support gays. And I’ll just say, ‘Support your brother.’ It’s not like he just woke up and said, ‘I’m gay.’ I told him, ‘that could have been you.’ ”
Jenny McCarthy says that she’s not anti-vaccine, she just wants options. “I believe in the importance of a »
- Ed Kennedy
Justin Kelly, a protege of Gus Van Sant, has set a summer start date for Michael, a film that Kelly will direct that will star James Franco. The pic is based on the Benoit Denizet-Lewis article “My Ex-Gay Friend,” published in The New York Times Magazine. While there have been some gay empowerment-themed films cropping up (Van Sant and Franco did Milk together), this one takes the opposite track. Franco is playing the title character, a gay activist who, after enduring years of taunts and struggle, becomes an anti-gay Christian pastor. Kelly, who’s repped by Gotham Group and attorney Peter Nichols, wrote the script. Franco, Vince Jolivette, Scott Reed, Ron Singer and Joel Michaely will produce, while Van Sant is exec producer. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Heartthrob Alex Pettyfer has a new girlfriend: new Mabelline model Marloes Horst.
Pettyfer, star of I Am Number Four and this year’s Endless Love, most famously dated Glee’s Dianna Agron and was rumored to be dating Elvis’ granddaughter, Riley Keough over the past few years. It appears that, once again, the English actor is single no more.
Alex Pettyfer Celebrates Birthday With New Girlfriend
Rumors of a relationship swirled after Horst posted a photo of the two at Disneyland celebrating Pettyfer’s 24th birthday to both Twitter and Instagram on April 10. In the photo, Pettyfer and Horst have their arms around each other, posing sweetly for the picture, in front of what appears to be Winnie the Pooh’s Honey, or ‘Hunny,’ Pots. And, if the intimate pose wasn’t enough, Horst captioned the photo, “Happy birthday baby.”
Happy birthday baby »
While he stated early on that the eclectic careers of Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh and Gus Van Sant were the ones he strove to emulate, the career of David Gordon Green has nevertheless puzzled those who expected him to follow a singular track. Perhaps because he was touted as the heir apparent to Terrence Malick in his early indie filmmaking days, a preconception was formed, and much has been made about Green's "about face" turn toward studio comedies (three in a row: "Pineapple Express," "Your Highness" and "The Sitter"). Perhaps settling into a pattern audiences and pundits alike are more comfortable with, Green has returned to his roots and quickly knocked out a succession of indie films. The latest is "Joe" a dark drama, but one that continues to defy genre and expectation. Starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, "Joe" centers on a tormented soul (Cage) grappling with the demons »
- Rodrigo Perez
Hard to believe that the Cannes Film Festival is just a month away -- before you know it, people will be cranking up the Oscar conversation again. The full lineup will be announced in Paris on April 17, but another nugget was revealed this morning. The opening film of the theoretically secondary, but increasingly prestigious, Un Certain Regard competition will be a French title: "Party Girl," the joint directorial debut of Marie Amacoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis. In recent years, Cannes has sometimes kicked off Ucr with a big-name auteur title: Gus Van Sant's "Restless" and, last year, Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" both took the slot, as a kind of compensation for the directors being demoted from the main Competition. The more left-field selection of "Party Girl," says the festival, is indicative of the section's mission to expose fresh talent. The film is a mix of fact and fiction, »
- Guy Lodge
As problems go, it’s a pretty First World one to be saddled with. You’re a movie star pocketing obscene paychecks to appear in Hollywood blockbusters. But something is missing. Fame and box office success alone aren’t why you started making movies. You are an actor If only your fans could see just how cool and fearless and devoted to the craft you really are. What to do? Worry not. There’s a well-trod path laid out that will put this plight behind you once and for all: You will make a boldly uncommercial art film. The weirder, »
- Chris Nashawaty
We’ve already had one great documentary spinning theories about Kurt Cobain‘s death (Nick Broomfield’s Kurt & Courtney) and one great dramatization of the last days of the Nirvana frontman (Gus Van Sant’s Last Days), but now there’s a (possibly great?) movie coming out that combines both approaches. Today is the 20th anniversary of when Cobain’s body was found dead, so of course the first trailer for this new docudrama has just arrived online. Titled Soaked in Bleach, it combines interviews with people associated with the case, including private detective Tom Grant, with reenactments featuring actors such as Lost‘s Daniel Roebuck as private detective Tom Grant. Others in the drama side’s cast play Cobain (Tyler Brian), Courtney Love (Sarah Scott), Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson (Kale Clauson), Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan (Tor Brown), Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes (David Daskal), Earth front man Dylan Carlson (August Emerson) and a character »
- Christopher Campbell
The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.
In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.
Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:
World Competition Categories
The jurors for »
- Jeff Labrecque
And Donner has also revealed that all of the original cast from the cult 1985 movie will "hopefully" be reprising their roles. Relieve your childhood by taking a fond look back at the young stars from the adventure movie - and find out what they have gone on to do since below:
Sean Astin played the slightly dorky yet bright, braces-clad Mikey - who attempts to leads his fellow adventurers to One-Eyed Willy's hidden fortune upon his discovery of an old treasure map.
The 43-year-old actor has continued to enjoy movie success with his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Astin also played Lynn McGill in hit Fox TV series 24, provides the voice of Raphael in Nickelodeon's TV version »
Amir here, to welcome you back to Team Top Ten, our monthly poll by all of the website’s contributors. For our first episode in 2014, we are looking at The Greatest Working Cinematographers in the (international) film industry. As long time readers of The Film Experience are surely aware, the visual language of cinema is something Nathaniel and the rest of us are very fond of discussing. Films and filmmakers that have a dash of style and understand cinema as a visual medium always get bonus points around these parts. We celebrate great works in cinematography on a weekly basis in Hit Me With Your Best Shot, but it was time to give the people behind the camera their due.
More than 50 cinematographers from all across the world received votes. If the final, somewhat American-centric, list doesn’t quite reflect that, chalk it up to the natural process of consensus voting. »
- Amir S.
James Franco is to portray a former gay activist in a new film.
Watch James Franco admit flirty messages with 17-year-old
Glatze, a co-founder of Young Gay America magazine, left San Francisco after a health scare, converted to Christianity and renounced his homosexuality.
The film will be based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis's New York Times article 'My Ex-Gay Friend'.
Franco will shoot the film from July while continuing to star in the Broadway production of Of Mice and Men.
James Franco is set to star in an upcoming $3.5 million indie movie about former gay activist Michael Glatze.
Glatze renounced his homosexuality after turning to religion following a health scare. The film will be based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis's 2011 New York Times article about Glatze.
Source: Page Six »
- Garth Franklin
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been called everything from the most dangerous man in China to one of the most powerful artists working today and though he's been under heavy surveillance by the Chinese government for years, he's continued to create and his latest project, a dystopian sci-fi short, is of particular interest to us lovers of the post-apocalypse.
Written and directed by Jason Wishnow, the man behind the "Ted Talks," and featuring the talents of cinematographer Christopher Doyle (the genius cinematographer responsible for a number of Wong Kar-wai and Gus Van Sant films), The Sand Storm stars Weiwei as a smuggler working in a world without water.
There aren't many more details on the project other than to note that the short will be 10 minutes long and that they're h [Continued ...] »
In Contention very minor new details emerge on Meryl Streep's Ricki & the Flash (which we were just discussing)
Empire Brad Pitt is doing yet another World War II movie after that upcoming tank drama. This will be his third in a handful of years.
THR reports on casting for Monster Truck, which is described as having a "Transformers meets Gremlins vibe". Yikes. »
- NATHANIEL R
James Franco has played plenty of gay characters onscreen, and his next project will continue that trend ... sort of. The actor will star this summer in a fact-based movie about Michael Glatze, a gay activist who leaves San Francisco, renounces his past, and comes out as an ex-gay Christian fundamentalist. "Page Six" broke the news and Vulture can add that the film, produced by Gus van Sant and directed by Justin Kelly, is based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis's buzzy 2011 New York Times article "My Ex-Gay Friend." Production will begin in July, and Franco will juggle his leading-man duties while also starring in the Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, because the boy does like to multitask. »
- Kyle Buchanan
The Provincetown International Film Festival has announced that acclaimed writer and director David Cronenberg (The Fly, Videodrome, A History of Violence) will receive the Filmmaker on the Edge Award at this year’s 16th annual festival on Cape Cod.
The award will be presented by Piff’s resident artist John Waters at a special ceremony during the festival’s run June 17-23 in Provincetown, Mass.
From the Press Release
“We are thrilled to be honoring David Cronenberg – a compelling and transformative filmmaker who perfectly represents filmmaking on the edge,” said Mitch Levine, the newly-appointed Executive Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society. “We look forward to both celebrating and learning from this great cinema artist at our festival.”
- Uncle Creepy
Early footage of the film of El James' bestselling books has disappointed, with the S&M toned down in favour of romance
• Fifty Shades movie pushed back to Valentine's Day 2015
It is the high-profile, big screen adaptation of a knee-trembling literary sensation that has left more than 70m readers hot under the collar. But verdicts on the first footage from Sam Taylor-Johnson's take on El James' Fifty Shades of Grey suggest the film version of the S&M-flavoured novel may in fact be rather tame.
Studio Universal screened scenes for journalists and cinema owners at the annual CinemaCon event in Las Vegas yesterday, with reports suggesting there could be little in the way of erotic tension on show when the movie hits cinemas next year. Stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, who play kinky billionaire Christian Grey and his willing, well-remunerated "sex-slave" Anastasia Steele, were mostly seen "making moon-eyes at each other", suggested attendees. »
- Ben Child
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