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Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973), cited quite a bit these days in reviews of Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, has recently screened in two separate series in New York and returns to Film Forum next week. We take a look at a slew of fresh takes on Altman's work and point to a freewheeling oral history of California Split (1974), too. David Lynch's paintings and drawings are currently on view in Philadelphia and Middlesbrough. San Francisco's Roxie Theater will be hosting A Coppola Family Affair all weekend long with special appearances by Walter Murch, Roman Coppola, Eleanor Coppola, Gia Coppola and James Franco. Plus more goings on. » - David Hudson »
This Thursday sees the release of the third movie in The Hunger Games series of movies, which is also, sadly, the penultimate movie to be adapted from Suzanne Collins’ three books. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 continues the store of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and co, and opens around the world on 20th November.
A couple of days ago, Thn caught up with the cast and director of this stunning, four-star rated movie in the series, where they each spoke about the film, and coming to work together for a third time.
Jennifer Lawrence set the scene.
“We’re continuing Katniss’s journey. It’s not really about getting out of the games any more, we’re moving into a real war between District 13 and The Capitol, so things are naturally getting darker story wise, and visually, as we’re underground a lot in District 13. We’re just following her journey. »
- Paul Heath
Veterans Day movies on TCM: From 'The Sullivans' to 'Patton' (photo: George C. Scott in 'Patton') This evening, Turner Classic Movies is presenting five war or war-related films in celebration of Veterans Day. For those outside the United States, Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which takes place in late May. (Scroll down to check out TCM's Veterans Day movie schedule.) It's good to be aware that in the last century alone, the U.S. has been involved in more than a dozen armed conflicts, from World War I to the invasion of Iraq, not including direct or indirect military interventions in countries as disparate as Iran, Guatemala, and Chile. As to be expected in a society that reveres people in uniform, American war movies have almost invariably glorified American soldiers even in those rare instances when they have dared to criticize the military establishment. »
- Andre Soares
The first photos from The Vampire Diaries‘ sixth season premiere (Oct. 2, The CW) have arrived, and we’re getting all choked up — though not as badly as Luke, who’s literally being choked by everyone’s favorite former hybrid.
Related Fall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 42 Returning Favorites, Including The Vampire Diaries
Yes, Tyler appears to be taking out his anger on the Wonder Twin, not unlike Elena is seen doing in the first Season 6 trailer. (Luke and Liv must have a pretty good reason to be sticking around, considering all the abuse they’re facing.)
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The opening night feed of the 41st Telluride Film Festival
The phenomenal 41st Telluride Film Festival flew by with lightning speed over Labor Day weekend. It kicked off Friday night with a Russian themed feed for the patrons, guests, and staff on main street, and closed with a joyous Labor Day picnic for the film goers in the town park. The weekend was jammed full of docs, a silent film, a screening of Robert Altman’s California Split with George Segal present, and a copious array of new narrative films. Gems of the festival included Birdman, Dancing Arabs, Rosewater and Foxcatcher.
The festival also showcased the highly anticipated North American premieres of Reese Witherspoon in Wild, Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, and a sneak peak of Benicio Del Toro in Escobar: Paradise Lost. There were in-depth tributes to actress Hilary Swank (who came with the Tommy Lee Jones helmed »
- Lane Scarberry
Telluride — While press and patrons were hustling into gondolas and over to the Chuck Jones Cinema for the World Premiere of Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," the 41st annual Telluride Film Festival was kicking off with a bang at an over-stuffed Werner Herzog Theater for the lead program of this year's schedule: a tribute to Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now." The ticket was so hot that well over a hundred pass holders were turned away at the door. In introducing a new Dcp of the original theatrical cut of the film (supervised for Coppola himself), Telluride co-founder Tom Luddy said it was noteworthy the event was unfolding at the Herzog, as "Apocalypse Now" holds a fair share of homages to Herzog's "Aguirre the Wrath of God," which screened at the fest last year to dedicate the new venue. A boat in a tree, a creeping vessel barraged by arrows, the general descent into madness, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Mixing high-profile star power with offbeat titles, the 41st Telluride Film Festival is offering an impressive glimpse at an array of awards contenders over Labor Day weekend.
The four-day fest, which starts Friday with a tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” includes the first showings of Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild,” Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Imitation Game,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” and Mia Wasikowska’s “Madame Bovary” — the 10th film adaptation of the French novel.
The Venice Film Festival opener “Birdman,” which has vaulted Michael Keaton into awards contention, will also screen at Telluride. Ramin Bahrani’s housing crisis drama “99 Homes” is screening at both festivals as is Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Look of Silence.”
Several Cannes titles are coming to Telluride: Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” the Dardenne Brothers’ workplace drama “Two Days, One Night,” Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan »
- Dave McNary
Telluride — With all the reindeer games going on in the fall festival world, a lot of the drama and mystery surrounding Telluride's perennially on-the-lowdown program began to seep out like a steadily deflating balloon this year. Toronto, Venice and New York notations of "World Premiere," "Canada Premiere," "New York Premiere" or "International Premiere" and the like made it all rather obvious which films were heading to the San Juans for the 41st edition of the tiny mining village's cinephile gathering, and which were not. But the fact is, if you're in it just for the surprises — or certainly, for the awards-baiting heavies — you're never going to be fully satisfied by the Telluride experience. That having been said, this year's program might just be the most exciting one in my six years of attending. Starting with all of the stuff we were expecting, indeed, Cannes players "Foxcatcher," "Mr. Turner" and "Leviathan »
- Kristopher Tapley
An overwrought pastiche of Hitchcock that makes less sense and renders its protagonist far less plausible the longer it goes on. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): haven’t been a fan of Xavier Dolan’s work so far
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Tom is at the farm, in the countryside outside Quebec, for the funeral of his boyfriend. Except his lover’s mother, Agathe (Lise Roy), has no idea her dead son was gay, so she believes Tom is simply his friend from the ad agency where they work(ed), and laments that “that whore” whom she believes to be her son’s girlfriend — thanks to the machinations of her other son, Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), who has been “protecting” Mom from the truth by inventing stories — hasn’t shown up.
Writer, director, and star (he plays Tom) Xaviar Dolan »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Looks like little Eric Cowell wasn't the only celeb offspring who was born on Valentine's Day...Danny Masterson's wife also gave birth to a baby girl! The former That 70s Show actor and his wife Bijou Phillips welcomed their first child, a daughter, on Friday. The bundle of joy, whom the proud parents named Fianna Francis Masterson weighed in at 8 lbs and 5 oz and measured 21 inches. Masterson shared the exciting news with his fans on Instagram today, sharing an adorable photo with his baby girl which he captioned, "Hello friends.Beyond thrilled to announce The birth of our daughter Fianna Francis Masterson! Mom and baby are doing amazing. You can all refer to me as dj dadpants from now on... Wifey »
Former "That '70s Star" Danny Masterson and wife Bijou Phillips pulled off the impossible: They had a baby in Hollywood without anyone knowing they were expecting!Masterson, 37, revealed the big news on Instagram Wednesday night -- posting the first photo of the couple's adorable little girl."Hello friends.Beyond thrilled to announce The birth of our daughter Fianna Francis Masterson," he wrote along with the photo above. "Mom and baby are doing amazing. You can all refer to me as dj dadpants from now on."Bijou reveals little Fianna was born on Valentine's Day, weighing in at 8 lbs, 5 oz. "She is a perfect valentine," the new mom added.While we're shocked they were able to keep the pregnancy a secret, photos of Bijou taken in January show she never really got that big -- so it wasn't too hard to keep undercover until now.Congrats to the happy couple on their baby girl! »
- tooFab Staff
Surprise . . . Danny Masterson is a dad! The That '70s Show alum secretly welcomed his first child, a baby girl, with wife Bijou Phillips on Feb. 14, and shared the exciting news on Instagram Wednesday, Feb. 19. "Hello friends. Beyond thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter Fianna Francis Masterson!" Masterson, 37, captioned a photo of himself with his baby girl resting on his chest. "Mom and baby are doing amazing. You can all refer to me as dj dadpants from now on . [...] »
When John Milius first put pen to paper on a screenplay that set Joseph Conrad’s seminal novel Heart of Darkness in the jungles of Vietnam, he had no idea he’d be embarking on a decade-long trip through creative hell. When George Lucas dropped out of directing Apocalpyse Now in favor of making Star Wars, he had no idea he’d be subjecting his friend and fellow director, Francis Ford Coppola, to the wrath of the filmmaking gods. And when Coppola—with dreams in his eyes of his own company that would make ambitious films with directors like himself—packed up his family and left for the Philippines, he had no idea he was in for years of creative frustration, physical and mental exhaustion, and near-financial ruin.
Perhaps Eleanor knew something. Francis’s wife had the foresight to chronicle her family’s odyssey on videotape. This footage—along with »
- John Gilpatrick
Know your enemy! Kevin Spacey returns as Francis Underwood in the sequel to the Netflix blockbuster House of Cards and, as our preview reveals, the web of political intrigue is tightening around the new Us vice president and his wife, played by Robin Wright. While Underwood battles against friends and foes, over on the BBC Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch), comes into conflict with Charles Augustus Magnussen in a case involving missing letters.
Magnussen's first appearance came at the end of the first episode, The Empty Hearse, when he watched a recording of Holmes rescuing John Watson (Martin Freeman) from a bonfire on Guy Fawkes night. The newspaper proprietor, who urinates in Sherlock's fireplace, is played by The Killing's Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen. Sherlock says: "I've dealt with murderers, psychopaths. None of »
- Janette Owen
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