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Review: 'The Humbling' is an unnecessary adaptation of a bad book

30 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Venice — The first scene in "The Humbling" ends with a once great veteran actor falling flat on his face. Well, quite. “Do you believe that? Was that real for you?” Oh, Al Pacino. Playing a formerly great, now floundering actor like a needy lover, the scene begins with Simon Axler (Pacino) monologuing to himself in his dressing room. He's due on stage any moment to deliver Prospero's closing remarks in "The Tempest" ("We are such stuff / As dreams are made on; and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep"). After a brief diversion (the first in many strange hallucinatory episodes dotted throughout the film where Axler falls asleep or into some sort of waking reverie revolving around his insecurities), he pulls himself together and braves the spotlight. He does a bit of Shakespeare, pretty badly, and then proceeds to swan dive spectacularly off the stage and land, a crumpled heap, »

- Catherine Bray

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Comic Book Quick Cuts: Tentacle Monsters, Pink Elephants, and the Ugly Truth

28 August 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

The Life After #2 (Oni): The first issue of Josh Fialkov and Gabo’s The Life After was one of the best first issues I’d read in a while—a twist on purgatory guest-starring Ernest Hemingway and some mysterious figures. But this one? Whole different ballgame. Hemingway’s still around for comic relief, but there are also tentacle monsters and a horrifying dreamscape full of teeth and blood and misery. People are jumping off bridges for eternity, and there is a not-so-subtle indication that “God” is a giant pile of mouthy flesh. In short, this is one weird book, and that makes it a must-read. I honestly can’t wait to find out what happens next, as cliché as that phrase is. I hope it involves more monsters and Hemingway with a shotgun, because what else do you really need in life? 9/10

The Saviors #5 (Image): Before this issue, »

- Holly Interlandi

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Richard Attenborough, Oscar-winning director of 'Gandhi,' dies at 90

24 August 2014 3:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Oscar-winning filmmaker and actor Richard Attenborough, who delighted cinema audiences across some six decades, has died, according to his son. He was 90 years old. According to the BBC, Attenborough had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years, and he had been bound to a wheelchair following a fall six years ago. Attenborough began his career in front of the camera, drawing raves for work in films like John Boulting's "Brighton Rock" in 1947, John Sturges' "The Great Escape" and Robert Wise's "The Sand Pebbles" opposite Steve McQueen, as well as Richard Fleischer's Oscar-nominated "Doctor Dolittle" opposite Rex Harrison. He transitioned to directing with ease with the Golden Globe-winning "Oh! What a Lovely War" in 1969 and developed a keen interest in history and biopics with his work. More accolades came for the Winston Churchill early years tale "Young Winston" in 1972, star-studded World »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Actress Lauren Bacall Dead At 89

12 August 2014 5:08 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The celebrated actress passed away from a stroke on Tuesday.

Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall, best known for her string of celebrated noir performances opposite husband Humphrey Bogart in the 1940 and '50s – has passed away at the age of 89.

MSNBC reporter Thomas Robert broke the news on his twitter account, and was later confirmed by the Humphrey Bogart Estate.

With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall. pic.twitter.com/B8ZJnZtKhN

— BogartEstate (@HumphreyBogart) August 12, 2014

Bacall began her career in entertainment in the early '40s as a fashion model until she was discovered by director Howard Hawks and his wife. Hawks cast Bacall in the 1944 romantic war film To Have And Have Not, adapted from the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway.

It was on the set of To Have Or Have Not that Bacall met Hollywood tough-guy Humphrey Bogart. Bogart and Bacall »

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Corey Stoll on His Wig Journey and The Strain’s Gross Filming Conditions

11 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

You should know Corey Stoll had concerns about his awful wig on The Strain, too. It’s not the first time the actor has worn a piece (he played a very memorable, very hairy Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris), but on FX’s super icky eye-worms-and-vampires drama, he’s been made over to look like Billy Zane minus the eyeliner. What sort of epidemiologist needs to look like Billy Zane? Does anyone ever need to look like Billy Zane? Stoll assured us the reasons would soon become apparent. He chatted with Vulture about hair and what’s silly and serious about his new role, which he bravely calls Walter White–esque.So far, The Strain is the best kind of gory, campy, B-movie cheese. Was that part of its appeal?Well, I grew up really into comic books, and I actually thought I was going to be a comic-book artist. »

- Denise Martin

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CAA Signs Andy Garcia

18 July 2014 5:47 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

CAA has signed veteran actor Andy Garcia. The actor had been longtime repped by Paradigm, going back to the days of The Untouchables, Godfather III, Black Rain, Internal Affairs and the Ocean’s Eleven films, so he had a good long run there. Garcia will next be seen in Let’s Be Cops, and Kill The Messenger opposite Jeremy Renner. He is percolating some projects that include Hemingway & Fuentes. He intends to direct the script he wrote with Hilary Hemingway,  about her uncle Ernest Hemingway. Pic is about how the writer befriended a boat captain, Gregorio Fuentes, who inspires him to […] »

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Acting Legend Elaine Stritch Dead At 89, A Family Friend Shares Her Memories

17 July 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Iconic actress and singer Elaine Stritch died at her home in Birmingham, Mich. on Thursday. She was 89 years old. Recent fans may know her best as the Jack Donaghy’s brash mother on 30 Rock, but her extensive career goes back to the 1940s. With her work spanning across television, film, and Broadway, she truly embodied the role of the performer.

Prior to returning to her home state due to ill health last year, Stritch was a fixture of New York City — in fact, the New York Landmarks Conservancy declared her a Living Landmark in 2003. She ruled Broadway with an iron voice, starting off as an understudy for the equally brassy Ethel Merman in 1950′s Call Me Madam. From there her star continued to ascend, taking roles in William Inge’s 1955 drama Bus Stop, Noël Coward‘s 1961 Sail Away, and Stephen Sondheim‘s 1970 musical Company, singing the immortal “Ladies Who Lunch. »

- Jordan Runtagh

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Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89

17 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has died. She was 89.

Stritch, an atypical star of stage and screen known for her association with Stephen Sondheim, quickly gained a reputation for the worldly, acerbic wit that often defined her characters. In her one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” Stritch talked candidly about battling the bottle and her colorful, albeit destructive, love life. Her role as the drunk yet lucid Claire in “A Delicate Balance” earned her a 1996 Tony nomination for best actress. Roles in “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away” and “Company” snagged her three other noms while “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won her the 2002 award for special theatrical event.

On television, Stritch was memorable late in her career for her recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock” as the crusty, goofy »

- Variety Staff

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Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89

17 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has died. She was 89.

Stritch, an atypical star of stage and screen known for her association with Stephen Sondheim, quickly gained a reputation for the worldly, acerbic wit that often defined her characters. In her one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” Stritch talked candidly about battling the bottle and her colorful, albeit destructive, love life. Her role as the drunk yet lucid Claire in “A Delicate Balance” earned her a 1996 Tony nomination for best actress. Roles in “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away” and “Company” snagged her three other noms while “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won her the 2002 award for special theatrical event.

See Also: Elaine Stritch’s Career in Pictures

On television, Stritch was memorable late in her career for her recurring role »

- Variety Staff

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Don’t Turn Out The Light: Is David Fincher Still Afraid of the Dark?

16 July 2014 4:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr on the work of David Fincher

‘I’m interested in films that scar’ February 96’ (Empire Magazine)

‘I’m not interested in the guy on his own, in a dark room sharpening his knives’ (Zodiac Commentary)

At the heart of David Fincher is a contradiction. Beneath his meticulous approach and need for perfection is a conflict of interest. With a history of visually striking music videos which often extend into short narrative films, Fincher’s unflinching focus on character and exploration of social agendas make him a true original. For someone defined in part by his use of darkness, that Fincher would feign indifference to those characters that exist within it is baffling. If we discount The Curious Case of Benjamin Button it becomes apparent that elsewhere, from Alien3 through to The Social Network, are pivotal characters with thematically dark undertones. So the question is, how can he be »

- Gary Collinson

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'The Strain' star Corey Stoll talks hair, leading man roles and vampires on the set

11 July 2014 9:47 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Toronto, On. Let's get this out of the way, because you're already thinking it. It's mid-March in a chilly interview room on the Toronto set of FX's "The Strain" and star Corey Stoll is chatting with one of three small roundtables of reporters. We've been talking for at least 15 minutes without addressing the elephant in the room, so I broach the all-important topic: Hair, or augmentation thereof. Stoll's visibility has increased dramatically in recent years and it's not like audiences are unfamiliar with seeing him with tonsorial assistance. His Ernest Hemingway in "Midnight in Paris" featured both a well-adorned head and a mustache that he carried over into NBC's "Law & Order: Los Angeles." That role and his Golden Globe nominated turn in "House of Cards" were recognizably clear-pated, which has already had people scratching their heads about the floppy hair Stoll is sporting in "The Strain." What, I ask Stoll, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Mel Gibson on Hollywood, Independent Filmmaking, Sharks, Vikings and Gary Oldman

5 July 2014 5:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic — Mel Gibson is at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, where he received the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema. He also went on stage before an open-air screening of “Mad Max,” attended by more than 3,000 screaming fans. (Watch his cell-phone video clip from the night, above). Variety spoke to him there about Hollywood, independent filmmaking, sharks, Vikings… and Gary Oldman.

Do you find it more challenging nowadays in the public eye with everyone having a camera or something that can record?

Of course. It’s not like it used to be. You have to presume that everything you say and do is recorded, and I do.

What piece of advice would you give young filmmakers and actors starting out in Karlovy Vary that would allow them to have not just a long career, but also a satisfying one?

A lot of people used to try… »

- Leo Barraclough

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20 Things Hipsters Have Ruined For Everyone

3 July 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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One of the fun things about meeting new people used to be learning all those weird little habits they had – it’s these little things that make up the diversity of the human race and help make life interesting. But then, like the eleventh plague upon an unsuspecting world, the hipsters descended down upon society, and lo, the streets ran red with plaid and the sky grew dark thanks to an ill-advised Instagram filter.

The big problem with hipsters however, is that they are actually rather difficult to define. Depending on who you ask, the characteristics that signal someone is a hipster can vary widely. But all of these characteristics are marked by the extreme degree of obnoxiousness with which they are carried out, which has caused a number of once perfectly innocent quirks to become a cliché when put together in one person.

Suddenly, people who aren »

- Sara Rowe

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Esquire Network to Air Running of the Bulls Live (Exclusive)

27 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spain’s annual Running of the Bulls draws participants from around the globe — and now Americans can watch it live on the Esquire Network.

In the net’s first-ever live original television event, “Running of the Bulls 2014″ will feature eight straight nights’ coverage of the run, starting at 2-2:30 a.m. Et (tape-delayed on the West Coast) July 7 through Monday July 14 .

Running of the Bulls” will be hosted by Guad Venegas, of Telemundo’s “Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste,” and feature interviews with Joe Distler, the “Iron Man of Pamplona” who has done the run every year from 1967-2012, and John Hemingway, grandson of famed author Ernest Hemingway.

Twenty-five cameras have been placed along the route of the race, which runs along the streets of old town Pamplona through the Santo Domingo Corrals to the Plaza de Toros.

Running of the Bulls” will be produced by Wilshire Studios, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Watch: Reese Witherspoon Guns for Oscar Gold in Trailer for 'The Good Lie'

24 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For "The Good Lie," Academy Award-nominated director Philippe Falardeau ("Monsieur Lazhar") brings to the big screen the story of Sudanese "Lost Boys," escapees from the brutal civil war in Sudan who came to America. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll as the American hosts and Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Nyakouth Weil as the Sudanese orphans, "The Good Lie" is slated to hit theaters on October 3. An October release is, of course, a prime spot for an awards hopeful. Witherspoon has already won an Oscar (for Best Actress in "Walk The Line"), and Stoll earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his turn as Ernest Hemingway in "Midnight in Paris." Think this stands a chance of going the distance based on the trailer? »

- Brandon Latham

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Second 'The Equalizer' Trailer with Denzel Washington and Chloe Moretz

12 June 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) uses his special skills to help a troubled young prostitute named Teri (Chloe Moretz) in the second action-packed trailer for Sony Pictures' The Equalizer. Based on the 1980s TV series of the same name, director Antoine Fuqua's remake follows McCall as he must deal with the repercussions of taking out the East Coast hub of the Russian mafia in one fell swoop, as he helps those who can't be helped and discusses Ernest Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea with Teri in this new footage. Melissa Leo and Marton Csokas co-star in one of this fall's most highly-anticipated movies, arriving in theaters September 26.

The Equalizer comes to theaters September 26th, 2014 and stars Chloe Moretz, Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo, Haley Bennett, Marton Csokas, Vladimir Kulich, Johnny Messner, Robert Wahlberg. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua. »

- MovieWeb

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A Visit With the Missoula Motel-Keeper Who Sheltered a Hemingway

3 June 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Someone tells me I ought to go talk to Thelma over at the Thunderbird Motel, so I stop by and introduce myself, and this is what she says: “Years ago, maybe 20 years ago, there was a gentleman that checked into my motel and said he was Dr. Greg Hemingway. I didn’t think much about it at the time and I didn’t see him for a few days, and then he came down and talked to me and said, ‘Ernest Hemingway was my father.’ I thought, Yeah, right.” The way Thelma laughs is not after her sentences, like punctuation, but all the way through them, like the Clark Fork River out back, rolling by big and slow with sunlight on it. The Clark Fork passes through Missoula, Montana, so close to the Thunderbird that you could skip a stone across it from the rearmost of the motel’s 31 rooms. »

- Kathryn Schulz

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Corey Stoll, Lailia Robins Joining 'Homeland' Cast

2 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Homeland has added actors Corey Stoll and Laila Robins to the cast for the show’s upcoming fourth season.

Homeland Casting News

Stoll, who starred on Netflix original series House of Cards with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, will play the CIA’s station chief in Pakistan, Sandy Bachman. The Sopranos actress Robins will step into the series regular role of Martha Boyd, U.S. ambassador to Pakistan on the Showtime drama.

Sandy is billed as a young star in the CIA, who could see himself climbing the ranks even further in the near future. Martha, meanwhile, is described as, “professional and put together, with a ship-to-ship voice and the personality to match,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

In addition to House of Cards, Stoll is known for playing Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and more recently for his part in The Normal Heart. Boyd’s other »

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Silent Star King Baggot from St. Louis Starred in Absinthe 100 Years Ago

1 June 2014 7:08 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

While cleaning out an old barn in New Hampshire recently, a man named Peter Massie discovered an old silent film projector and seven reels of nitrate films hidden in the shadows of a corner of the structure. Among these old reels was a 30-minute 1913 film titled When Lincoln Paid starring Francis Ford (older brother of director John Ford). It was one of six silent films, all presumed lost, in which Ford played Abraham Lincoln. It is stories like this that give hope to silent film fans. 75 per cent of movies from the silent era have been lost to decay or neglect, but when it comes to the over 200 movies that St. Louis native King Baggot acted in between 1909 and 1921, that number is closer to 100%. Here’s a look at Absinthe, a lost film from 100 years ago that I wish someone would find.

Absinthe is a distilled, highly alcoholic (90-148 proof »

- Tom Stockman

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Film Review: 'A Farewell to Arms'

30 May 2014 2:32 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★"Illicit love! Illegitimate birth! Desertion from the army!" cried the Hollywood censors at the prospect of bringing Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms to the screen. "This is a magnificently written story and a great one but it is not a story for a picture." It was the sort of renegade content that the 1930 Hays Code censorship guidelines had forbidden, but Frank Borzage's 1932 film was one of the movies to escape intact (at least briefly). In 1938, by which time a proper body was created with sufficient resources to implement the Code, A Farewell to Arms was seen again, cut to ribbons and rereleased. Whichever way it appeared, Hemingway didn't like it.

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- CineVue UK

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