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The Lost Boys will be screening at the Tivoli in St. Louis this Friday and Saturday nights (April 18th and 19th) as part of the ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ midnight show.
“One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, – all the damn vampires!”.
Been feeling a bit under the weather lately? Too many late nights? Keep missing the daytime or having to wear sunglasses when you do make it up before dusk?…… How do you feel about garlic? Crosses? Stakes?
Yes, it’s vampire time again…
It may not be the scariest horror movie of the ‘80s (heck, the ridiculously over-sized 80s hairstyles and mullets on show are probably more frightening than the fangs), but twenty-five years later it’s easier to appreciate director Joel “Bat Nipples” Schumaker ‘s The Lost Boys as the first teen vampire movie. Boasting not just one but both of those »
- Tom Stockman
If Marin Mazzie were to play herself in a hack Broadway show, she’d be the plucky, hardworking stage veteran finally landing the role of a lifetime at 53. But Woody Allen, whose Bullets Over Broadway—about a delusionally bad playwright and his mobster producer—is being remade as a Broadway musical, probably wouldn’t get many gags out of that. And if he could, Mazzie wouldn’t get a chance at her own star turn as the show’s relentlessly actressy Helen Sinclair, a character made famous by Dianne Wiest and her overwrought directive “Don’t speak!” Mazzie has three Tony nominations, an enviable bod, and a rock-solid résumé of theater work, and she still had to chase the Helen role in real life. This is no reflection on her. In today’s Broadway, shows generally need to cast a Hollywood star to open big, and when she auditioned in »
- Jada Yuan
Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films ... in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody's films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Another Woman & Hannah and Her Sisters...
Simon Columb on Another Woman...
Marion Post (Gena Rowlands) didn’t realise she was hated. An upper middle-class intellectual (like many of Woody Allen’s characters), she’s a professor of Philosophy who overhears a neighbour (Mia Farrow) revealing her private life to a psychiatrist. Self-disciplined and successful, Marion should be considered an inspiration – but alas, she lacks passion. Her husband (Ian Holm) mocks the idea of sex on the floorboards and the potential lover (Gene Hackman) that got away was rebuffed despite a mutual attraction. Bearing similarities to his latest film, »
- Gary Collinson
This year celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Footloose, the iconic 80s movie about one rebel who stood up to a town that has banned dancing. When The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon does the same, actor Kevin Bacon has to do something about it. Watch as the actor takes matters into his own hands, pays homage to his endearing classic the only way he knows how...By dancing! This is one video that clearly speaks for itself. Watch as Footloose gets the birthday present it certainly deserves.
Footloose was released February 17th, 1984 and stars Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Chris Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Laughlin, Elizabeth Gorcey. The film is directed by Herbert Ross. »
Italy’s Ambi Pictures has opened a Beverly Hills office to house Ambi Distribution and hired Julie Sultan to run the new international sales division.
Ambi Pictures partners Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi announced (21) Sultan’s appointment as president of worldwide sales and acquisitions and said the executive will attend Filmart.
Sultan will handle sales on in-house and third-party film and television titles. Ambi plans to produce eight features in 2014 including action-thriller Sights Of Death starring Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Stephen Baldwin and Michael Madsen and The Humbing from Barry Levinson starring Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin and Dianne Wiest.
Sultan has served in senior positions at Lakeshore Entertainment, NBC and Peace Arch Entertainment.
“Julie is smart, professional and has great ideas about the direction for Ambi Distribution,” said Iervolino. “Having worked on many wonderful films and upholding a great reputation in the industry, she embodies all the qualities and qualifications we’ve been »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Micha Barton to play a Romanian forced into prostitution in a crime thriller from burgeoning producer Ambi Pictures.
Ambi Pictures, the film development, finance and production company owned and run by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, has announced that Danny Trejo, Mischa Barton, Michael Madsen and Daniel Baldwin have signed on to star in the crime thriller Hope Lost.
The thriller, tackling prostitution and sex trafficking, is directed by David Petrucci from a screenplay written by Francesco Trento, Damiano Giacomelli and Francesco Teresi in collaboration with Loretta Tersigni. Additional cast include Andrey Chernishov, Francesca Agostini and Alessia Navarro.
Principal photography will commence this month in Rome. Iervolino and Bacardi are producing the film through their Ambi Pictures banner. Cosetta Turco is also a producer and Danielle Maloni is executive producer.
In the film, Barton plays a young woman who travels from her small town in Romania to a better life in Italy but is bought by a pimp »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
"The Blacklist" had a fairly interesting case this week, but the real meat was in the last five minutes.
Case of the Week
Dianne Wiest guest stars as the episode's titular "The Judge," a woman named Ruth Kipling who founded the Amnesty Collective, a group that works with wrongfully-imprisoned inmates. But that's not really what she does. Instead, as the Judge, she gets payback on the prosecutors, judges, cops, etc., who purposely made mistakes or ignored evidence in getting their targets convicted.
She goes old testament on them, imprisoning them in her barn for the length of time their wrongfully-imprisoned counterpart is locked up. This case has a twist -- Assistant Director Cooper and his former prosecutor colleague are taken by the Judge for execution when a former soldier is killed by lethal injection.
Red swoops in to save the day for Cooper when he can show the Judge that »
While Woody Allen couldn't probably care less about Sunday's Oscar results, Cate Blanchett is now the seventh performer to win for appearing in one of his films. And considering he both writes and directs their performances, all of them certainly owe much to him for their victories. Only William Wyler (14) and Elia Kazan (9) have directed more Oscar-winning performances. winning performer was Diane Keaton for Best Actress in "Annie Hall" (1977). She and Blanchett are the only two of the seven to win as leads. Michael Caine was his only Best Supporting Actor winner to date; he won his first Oscar for "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986). Also from that film was Dianne Wiest, who won the first of two Oscars working for Allen. The second came for "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994). The other two women who owe their Oscars to Allen are Mira Sorvino&nb »
Cate Blanchett joined an exclusive club with her victory Sunday night becoming only the 40th person to win multiple Academy Awards for acting. And she got her second Oscar from one of the first 39 -- Daniel Day-Lewis, who won his third Best Actor prize last year for "Lincoln." Blanchett's first Oscar win was in 2004 in Best Supporting Actress for playing the all-time champ Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator." Her win this year was for Best Actress in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Of the 39 other Oscar winners with multiple trophies, 22 are still living: Michael Caine, Daniel Day-Lewis, Olivia de Havilland, Robert De Niro, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Gene Hackman, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Glenda Jackson, Jessica Lange, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Luise Rainer, Maggie Smith, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Christoph Waltz, Denzel Washington, and Dianne Wiest. All of these but de Hav »
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m whipped into a cackling fugue state about the Oscars. I’m in love with the damn Oscars. In fact, I’m suspicious of people who don’t love the Oscars. And here we are with my favorite Oscar countdown to date: the 10 most fabulous Best Supporting Actress-winning performances. Keep in mind this isn’t the same thing as the 10 best Best Supporting Actress performances. I wrote that list years ago and declared Sandy Dennis, Patty Duke, Cloris Leachman, Meryl Streep, and Kim Hunter the supreme supporting ladies. My feelings have not changed. But it’s time to honor the fabulous performances, the supporting actresses who bring whizzbang, panache, sexual superiority, and fun to an occasionally dour category. Here are the 10 most fab winners of my favorite Oscar.
10. Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor
Is Prizzi’s Honor essential viewing? No. But Anjelica Huston’s thick, »
- Louis Virtel
Ambi Pictures, the Rome-based film production and finance company, has formed a new international sales division.
Following a trial run at the Efm in Berlin ealier this month, Ambi will now handle worldwide sales on the films it produces, starting with the recently completed action thriller Sights of Death, which was financed and produced by Ambi and stars Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Stephen Baldwin and Michael Madsen.
Abmi bosses Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino said: “We feel we are in a great position to grow the company, establish a significant footprint in the global film arena and ultimately build a strong brand as we bring high quality commercial feature films to the marketplace.”
The move will dovetail with its burgeoning production arm, which plans to produce eight feature films in 2014.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films ... in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody's films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is September and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask...
Simon Columb on September...
“I’m not who I thought I was” notes Steffie (Dianne Wiest) in Woody Allen’s sober and sincere September. Loosely based on Chekhov play Uncle Vanya, Allen contains the drama within a single house. Friends and family are supporting clinically-depressed Lane (Mia Farrow) following a failed suicide attempt but everyone finds it difficult to cope. Lane loves her boyfriend Peter (Sam Waterston), but he has fallen for Steffie, a married woman going through a rough patch. »
- Gary Collinson
We're in the 86th annual Oscar voting window and two weeks from today, we'll know the champions of the 2014 Academy Awards. Winners in the performance categories seem to be all lined up, though we've gotten a surprise in those four arenas the last couple of years. Maybe we'll get a few this year, too, but come what may, a quartet (or maybe more if there's a tie — who knows, given the events of this season) will join the echelon of Oscar winning actors dating back to inaugural victors Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor on March 2. With that in mind, HitFix's awards staff put our heads together to come up with a list of the best of, well, the best. We dug through the 325 actors and actresses to win (competitive) Academy Awards for screen performances over the years and we were left with 25 sterling examples from AMPAS' gallery of titans — well, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Guy Lodge, Kristopher Tapley
What makes a brilliant script? Is it quotable lines? Is it nuanced dialogue? Or is it just the ability to move the story along and not get in the way? When looking back through the history of screenwriting, there are plenty of iconic films based on previous work; the Writer’s Guild of America voted Casablanca the greatest screenplay of all time, but it’s adapted. So, what is the most important piece of film writing ever written directly for the screen? This list will shift from American to international, conventional to unconventional. Most importantly, these are the scripts that demonstrate how “screenwriting from scratch” is done.
courtesy of amazon.com
50. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Written by Alain Robbe-Grillet
Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, »
- Joshua Gaul
It’s always good to see Lance Reddick on my television screen no matter what role on which series he’s playing. You can always tell when this actor is enjoying himself, such as in his most recent role as Papa Legba on American Horror Story: Coven. That particular season of the FX horror anthology wasn’t quite up to snuff compared to previous seasons, but you could see Reddick was enjoying himself. It isn’t too often an actor of his calibre gets to put on a ridiculous costume and trade immortality for someone’s soul. I can only hope we’ll see that kind of enjoyment during his upcoming time on The Blacklist.
TV Guide reported Reddick would be guest starring in an upcoming episode of the NBC drama, playing a character known as “The Cowboy.” He’s one of Red’s assets and is given a new assignment. »
- Brody Gibson
Okay, nearly three years ago, word first surfaced that Al Pacino was looking to reteam with Barry Levinson for an adaptation of Philip Roth's "The Humbling." That was pretty much the last we heard of it, but somewhere along the way filming started and this thing was cast so either credit a secretive production or accept our apologies for sleeping on this one. Anyway, Greta Gerwig and Dianne Wiest now co-star in the movie that is so far along that it's already in post-production, with Indiewire reporting that Millennium Films has snapped up the rights. So what's it all about? Here's the Amazon synopsis of the book to give you an idea: A deteriorating and increasingly irrelevant actor finds the possibility of renewal in a younger woman in Roth's tight Chekhovian tragedy. At 65, Simon Axler, a formerly celebrated stage actor, is undergoing a crisis: he can no longer act, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Barry Levinson directed the story of the fallout that ensues when an aging actor has a fling with a lesbian half his age.
The project is in post and is adapted from the novel of the same name by Philip Roth.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The worldwide rights to "The Humbling," a drama based on the novel by Philip Roth, were just acquired by Millennium Films, the company announced. The film is currently in post-production and a Us release date has yet to be announced. An aging suicidal actor, a half-his-age lesbian, a secluded upstate country house, and a chaotic affair - it's got all the elements for a riveting unconventional drama. The film is directed by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson ("Rain Man," "Sleepers") and stars Al Pacino, Dianne Wiest, and Greta Gerwig. Millennium Films is one of the largest and longest‐running independent film companies in the world. The firm develops, finances, produces and distributes approximately 8‐10 films per year and is best known for "The Expendables" series and "Olympus Has Fallen." »
- Taylor Lindsay
Millennium Films has just picked up worldwide rights to Barry Levinson's "The Humbling," adapted from now-retired novelist Philip Roth's 2009 book of the same name. Currently in post-production and seeking Us distribution, the film stars Al Pacino, Diane Wiest, Greta Gerwig and Kyra Sedgewick."The Humbling" tells the story of an aging actor who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. In typical Rothian fashion, the relationship takes unusual turns as people from their past surface and chaos ensues.The film version is a Baltimore Pictures production that continues the collaboration of Levinson and Pacino, who worked together on "Wag the Dog" in 1997. Roth is the author of the brilliant nightmare panorama of the 1970s "American Pastoral," "The Human Stain" and "Portnoy's Complaint," among dozens of other works. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Dianne Wiest is heading to The Blacklist, but will she be friend or foe? Series star Megan Boone tweeted the casting news by simply sharing, "Dianne Wiest is going to be on our show!" E! News has confirmed Wiest's casting. Wiest, who is a two-time Oscar and two-time Emmy winner, was last seen on TV in HBO's In Treatment. She won one of her Emmys for playing Dr. Gina Toll on the critically acclaimed series. On The Blacklist, Wiest will play the head of Amnesty United. Look for her to appear in episode 15, TVLine reports. Wiest's other TV credits include The Return of Jezebel James, Law and Order: Svu, Law and Order and The 10th Kingdom. On the Law and Order shows Wiest played D.A. Nora »
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