9 items from 2014
Herzog fans, rejoice. Fandor has attained exclusive streaming rights for no less than 16 (!) of the German auteur's films. "Aguirre the Wrath of God" has its bow on April 10, with one new title launching each week through July 2014. Fandor's recent CEO and Toh! contributor Ted Hope helped to negotiate the deal for the site. So, which Herzog films are part of this new collection? The titles span three decades, incorporating both narrative and documentary, and include all the director's work with his stormy muse Klaus Kinski (as well as the documentary on their insanely tempestuous relationship, "My Best Fiend"). Meanwhile, the 71-year-old Herzog is still as active and marvelously unpredictable as ever: He's finishing up filming in Morocco on Gertrude Bell/T.E. Lawrence biopic "Queen of the Desert," starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, and has school shooting dark comedy "Vernon God Little" up next, with the unlikely names of Pamela Anderson, »
- Beth Hanna
It’s rare that we hit a home run when it’s our first time at bat, but that’s exactly what Peter O’Toole did with his performance in Lawrence of Arabia. Join us as we discuss what made this performance so great.
There are actors who have given performances where they recite lines of dialogue perfectly and memorably. There are performances that steal scenes, or even entire movies. There are performances that are nominated for prestigious awards, and there are those that win these awards. There are performances that define a year, a decade, even a career. There are performances that audiences love. There are performances that make audiences love a film. There are performances that define a genre.
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I was already on edge before last night’s Oscars, when a recent viewing of The Great Beauty, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, infuriated me with its pretentious bullshit. Pretentious bullshit is always bad enough, but this pretentious bullshit presumes that the viewer will be able to identify with — even if it’s to ultimately reject him — an old rich white man who’s jaded and bored with his decadent lifestyle, including nonstop partying (after which he goes home to his female housekeeper, who feeds him and makes sure he wakes up in time to get to his next party), attending strip clubs and discussing a performing woman like she’s livestock, and sleeping with more than one much younger woman.
And then The Great Beauty won that Oscar.
And then the Oscar producers figured it would be awesome to give us multiple montages celebrating “heroes” in movies: Superman, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This year’s Best Actor race is shaping up to be one of the greatest of all time. And by greatest, I mean both the most competitive and also the most outstanding, in the sense that each nominee is excellent — hypothetical winners in almost any other year. They also reflect the depth of superb male performances in 2013. Consider: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoneix (Her), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all missed the cut.
EW’s Owen Gleiberman recently analyzed this year’s Best Actor race, calling it the most “fiercely, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The marvelously unpredictable Werner Herzog is assembling quite the cast for "Vernon God Little," his adaptation of the darkly comedic novel by Dbc Pierre about the aftermath of a school shooting. Russell Brand, Pamela Anderson and Mike Tyson are all set with roles in the film. These three join Austin Abrams, who will play the title role of Vernon, a teenager whose life goes to hell when his best friend shoots up a bunch of their classmates. Brand will play an unscrupulous TV reporter, Anderson will play Vernon's mother, while Tyson will play a prison-bound ax murderer. The film is being sold in the Berlin Film Market. Meanwhile, Herzog's still got the Gertrude Bell biopic "Queen of the Desert" in production in Morocco, with Nicole Kidman in the title role and Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence. "Vernon God Little" will get underway in April after "Queen" wraps. »
- Beth Hanna
Robert Pattinson spotted kickin it with fans in Africa after new movie filming other day. Hollywood Life recently acquired an exclusive new pic of former Twilight Saga mega star, Robert Pattinson, while down in Africa this past week, January 26th to be exact. Apparently, he's filming a new movie down there. You guys can view the new pic at Hollywood Life by Clicking Here. They say, Rob is currently filming a new flick called, "Queen of the Desert" in Morocco. He's starring opposite Nicole Kidman in the Werner Herzog-directed movie. Rob was photographed, posing for photos with fans on January 26th in the city of Marrakech, and he appeared to be all smiles. The girls down there are pretty hot too. Rob will play a character, named T.E. Lawrence aka Lawrence of Arabia. The movie began filming on December 20th and is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2015. »
Now that Damian Lewis is Nick Brody no more, the former "Homeland" star is heading to "Wolf Hall." The PBS-bbc drama is a six-part TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novels, "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies." Lewis is in talks to star as Henry VIII. Fine Shakespearean actor Mark Rylance is already on board, playing the King's ruthless counselor Thomas Cromwell. Meanwhile, Peter Kominsky ("White Oleander," 1992's "Wuthering Heights") is helming the series, while Peter Straughan (one half of the Oscar-nominated writing duo of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") is penning. Lewis also has Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert," starring Nicole Kidman as writer-archaeologist Gertrude Bell and Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence, in the works, shooting in Morocco. »
- Beth Hanna
The actor is currently shooting ‘Queen of the Desert’ in Morocco, and even though he was all smiles while posing with fans in Africa, do you think he wished K-Stew was there?
Robert Pattinson is the king of the desert! The former Twilight star is currently in Morocco, where he is starring opposite Nicole Kidman in the Werner Herzog-directed flick. He posed for photos with fans on Jan. 26 in the city of Marrakech, but we can’t help but wonder if he’s missing his former co-star and ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart, who is chilling with friends in La.
Rob didn’t look sad while stopping to take a few photos. The actor is in Morocco to film the highly anticipated flick Queen of the Desert, in which he will play T.E. Lawrence. (Yes, Lawrence of Arabia!) The role was »
- Chloe Melas
I saw David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. I'd been an actor for four years. All my life, I've been fascinated by people that get shit done. T.E. Lawrence got stuff done. And the movie is just about perfect in every single category: lighting, camera, clothing, script, story, performances. There was an intermission, and it was worth the wait -- I couldn't wait until the second half.
What shocked me was, the first thing they shot for the movie was the beginning of the second half, the arrival of Lawrence with his bodyguards. Those guys, who look like the baddest asses that ever lived, came in on horses and camels. Peter O'Toole's got the white garb on, and you realize he's a guy who's got some homies that can play.
- As told to Tim Appelo
9 items from 2014
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