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18 items from 2011


Privates on Parade: Actors Who Let It All Hang Out on Film

5 December 2011 8:41 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

When AfterElton asked me if I'd be interested in doing a story on full-frontal male nudity in the movies, I said, “Interested? I've been researching it since I was 12!” What prompted the idea is of course the film Shame, which stars Michael Fassbender as a man addicted to sex. When the film debuted at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year it set off a shockwave because of its sexual explicitness, including a much-discussed full-frontal reveal by Fassbender. Add to that the recent flurry of attention that stills of Jonathan Groff's nude scene in Twelve Thirty hitting the Internet generated, and it seems like these days cinema penises are a trending topic.

Everyone from film critics to Freudian analysts to gender theorists has written about male nudity in film. And sorting through the pronouncements on the male gaze and Lacanian mirrors and power inequities between the sexes in Hollywood »

- fakename

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‘Hell on Wheels’ Season 1, Episode 5: ‘Bread & Circuses’ Recap

5 December 2011 6:20 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

In the first episode without The Walking Dead as a lead-in, AMC’s gorgeous western Hell on Wheels brings a little brouhaha to the table, showing the program isn’t afraid to spill a little blood in the aptly titled ‘Bread & Circuses.”

Despite the secret they share regarding the murder of ex-foreman Daniel Johnson (Ted Levine) from the series pilot, the tension between his replacement/suspect Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount) and Elam (Common) has been ready to get pugilistic for some time now.

After informing his walking bosses that the worker’s pay would be now twice delayed, Cullen is faced with the possibility that Elam can organize the men well enough to encourage they throw down their tools and refuse to work. Cullen’s efforts at controlling Elam gain the attention of railroad head Thomas Durant (Colm ...

Click to continue reading ‘Hell on Wheels’ Season 1, Episode 5: ‘Bread & Circuses »

- Kevin Yeoman

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Michael Mann Retrospective - Heat (1995)

30 November 2011 9:41 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Heat, 1995.

Directed by Michael Mann.

Starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Mykelti Williamson, Wes Studi, Ted Levine, Dennis Haysbert, William Fichtner, Natalie Portman, Danny Trejo and Jeremy Piven.

Synopsis:

A professional thief is hunted by an unrelenting detective in the streets of Los Angeles.

“The central event occurred from a friend of mine who was a sergeant in the Chicago Pd,” explained filmmaker Michael Mann as to the origins of Heat. The police officer told a story about two charismatic and respectful adversaries engaged in a fatal conflict with each other. The relationship served as the nucleus for the screenplay. “The very first time I wrote it was in the late 1970s. I wrote it again after I did Thief [1981]. I didn’t want to go back into the same arena.” The native of Chicago approached his friend »

- flickeringmyth

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Hell on Wheels Series Premiere Review: Plains, Trains, and Gunslingers

6 November 2011 8:00 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Blood will be spilled. Lives will be lost. Fortunes will be made. Men will be ruined.

These are the promises made by the sprawling epic that is AMC's latest attempt at another hit drama. Hell On Wheels might not be groundbreaking, but it is captivating and eager to tell multiple stories of the men and women struggling to find purpose after the end of the Civil War.

The show sets off with a shot to the head, introducing us to Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a former confederate soldier seeking vengeance for the murder of his wife. Thankfully, Bohannon garners a sense of complexity besides his straightforward drive to kill his enemies. He did own slaves, but he freed them before the war even started. He did fight in the war, but it was simply for honor. There's just enough good in him to make him a hero, and just enough »

- smckenna412@gmail.com (Sean McKenna)

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Christopher Heyerdahl in Hell on Wheels: What the critics are saying

6 November 2011 7:04 PM, PST | CapricaTV | See recent CapricaTV news »

AMC's new western drama Hell on Wheels premieres tonight at 10 pm, after The Walking Dead.

From all accounts, Christopher Heyerdahl doesn't make an appearance until next week's episode, but critics have been mentioning him a lot in the early reviews. Just for context, most of them are not quite as enthusiastic about the show as they are about his character. (He plays a Norwegian badass called The Swede who works for the show's resident villain, railroad boss Thomas 'Doc' Durant, played by Star Trek's Colm Meaney.)

Here are a few snippets from some of the reviews flooding my inbox this week (careful, there are spoilers):

Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter:

In fact, the best character appears in the second episode but isn’t mentioned in the voluminous press materials or episode synopsis (!). It’s Christopher Heyerdahl, playing a character named The Swede. How is it that in one »

- fanshawe

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Killer Films and Before The Door Pictures Team on Imperial Palace

2 November 2011 1:12 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Los Angeles, CA (November 2, 2011) – Killer Films and Before The Door Pictures are teaming up to produce Imperial Palace, a love-story written and to be directed by Victor Quinaz, as his sophomore effort. Killer Films. Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler are producing with Before The Door.s Zachary Quinto, Neal Dodson, and Corey Moosa. The project is currently out to talent and is scheduled to start shooting in spring 2012.

Imperial Palace takes place six hours after Hurricane Katrina hits the gulf, and centers on the jaded manager of a Biloxi casino who must juggle the chaos that arises when Fema sets up headquarters at his establishment bringing with it an old flame and an ensuing love triangle.

Quinto commented, “Christine Vachon is a mentor to us, and we feel very lucky to work with her and Killer on this project. We’re thrilled to take the momentum of Margin Call and »

- Michelle McCue

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A Brief History Of Horror – The Silence Of The Lambs And The 1990s

30 October 2011 11:53 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Mainstream horror entered something of a grey zone during the 1990s as even fans of the tentpole slasher franchises got bored with sequels and rehashes. When people recall the films from the ’90s that actually scared or disturbed them, there’s a good chance those movies weren’t horror films per se. Horror continued to crossbreed with other genres, and a number of films emerged where investigations led to the uncovering of horror in the ‘real world.’ The serial killer movie in particular took on a new lease of life after the unprecedented success at the box office and Oscars of Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs, based on Thomas Harris’s novel.

“Silence” is the third film I’ve mentioned in this series to take inspiration from the real-life killer Ed Gein; the other two are Psycho and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Three very different movies, »

- Adam Whyte

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Casting Bits: Juliette Lewis in ‘Blood or Water;’ Ted Levine in ‘The Banshee Chapter;’ Peter Sarsgaard in ‘Night Moves’

29 August 2011 4:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

This is a serious little casting break that follows either movies with serious intent (there's one below about 'unwitting incest,' which I hope isn't a comedy) or serious filmmakers like Kelly Reichardt. So, after the break, you'll find: Juliette Lewis stars in the 'unwitting incest' movie Blood or Water, Ted Levin is in an indie inspired by secret CIA programs, and Peter Sarsgaard is going to be in Kelly Reichardt's new film, Night Moves. We don't have a lot of info about Blood or Water, which Justin Molotnikov will direct, but Juliette Lewis has just signed to play the lead role in the Danish/Scottish co-production. It will shoot in Spring 2012 in Scotland, with Stephen McCole, Greta Scacchi, Kate Dickie and Gary Lewis taking other roles. The director's first feature, Crying With Laughter, won best film in the Scottish BAFTAs in 2009. The basic plot description of Blood or »

- Russ Fischer

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Levine, Winter Scream Like A "Banshee"

26 August 2011 9:20 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ted Levine, Katia Winter and Michael McMillian have all joined Blair Erickson's directorial debut "The Banshee Chapter" for Before The Door Pictures and Sunchaser Entertainment says Screen Daily.

Erickson wrote the screenplay in which Winter plays a young, female journalist who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) that had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests.

Levine plays the role of a rogue counter-culture novelist with a penchant for substance abuse and firearms. Shooting kicks off this week in New Mexico. »

- Garth Franklin

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Katia Winter and Ted Levine to Star in The Banshee Chapter from Producer Zachary Quinto’s Before the Door Pictures

25 August 2011 3:24 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Katia Winter (Arena) and Ted Levine (Shutter Island) have been tapped to star in writer/director Blair Erickson's horror film The Banshee Chapter. We first told you about the project earlier this month when it was announced that Zachary Quinto's production banner, Before the Door Pictures, would make The Banshee Chapter its third feature project. Per the press release, the film will tell the story of a young journalist (Winter) who goes looking for a missing friend (to be played by True Blood's Michael McMillian) who "had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests." The almost always great Levine will make a turn as a "rogue counter-culture novelist" who helps Winter during the course of her search. The Banshee Chapter is scheduled to begin shooting in New Mexico this week. For a little more on the project and Quinto's Before the Door Pictures, hit »

- Jason Barr

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Zachary Quinto's The Banshee Chapter Casts Up!

25 August 2011 3:04 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We told you about Zachary Quinto's next producing gig for his Before The Door Pictures production company, the elevated horror film The Banshee Chapter, a couple of weeks ago; and already some nifty casting news has rolled on in!

From the Press Release

Ted Levine (Shutter Island, American Gangster, The Silence Of The Lambs), Katia Winter (Arena, Level Playing Field, Barry Brown), and Michael McMillian (The Hills Have Eyes 2) will star in the elevated horror feature The Banshee Chapter. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project.

Zachary Quinto's (Star Trek) production company, Before The Door Pictures (Btd), has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (The Ledge, Flypaper) to produce. Sunchaser’s Stephanie Riggs and Btd’s Corey Moosa are serving as producers while Arnold-Beutel and Btd’s Quinto, Neal Dodson, and Sean Akers are executive producing. »

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Zachary Quinto's Btd Producing Horror The Banshee Chapter, A Blend of Fact and Fiction

25 August 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Actor Zachary Quinto (best known as Star Trek's Spock) has a career in producing, too. His production house, Before The Door Pictures (their first film was J.C. Chandor's Margin Call, which premiered at Sundance), is kicking off production on horror film The Banshee Chapter this week in New Mexico. Btd is partnering with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel. Ted Levine, Katia Winter and Michael McMillian will star, and director Blair Erickson is making his feature debut. Here's the synopsis: The Banshee Chapter centers on a young, female journalist (Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) that had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. Levine plays the role of a rogue counter-culture novelist with a »

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The Banshee Chapter Gets Ted Levine and Katia Winter

25 August 2011 1:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ted Levine (Shutter Island, American Gangster, Monk), Katia Winter (Arena, Everywhere and Nowhere, The Killing Game), and Michael McMillian (The Hills Have Eyes 2) will star in the elevated horror feature The Banshee Chapter. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project.

Zachary Quinto's (Star Trek) production company, Before The Door Pictures (Btd) has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (The Ledge) to produce. Sunchaser's Stephanie Riggs and Btd's Corey Moosa are serving as producers while Christian Arnold-Beutel and Btd's Zachary Quinto, Neal Dodson and Sean Akers are executive producing. The project commences principal photography this week in New Mexico.

The Banshee Chapter centers on a young, female journalist (Katia Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (Michael McMillian) that had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. »

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Zachary Quinto.s Before The Door Pictures Producing The Banshee Chapter; Stars Ted Levine, Katia Winter, Michael McMillian

25 August 2011 12:25 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Albuquerque, Nm (August 25, 2011) – Ted Levine (Shutter Island, American Gangster, The Silence Of The Lambs), Katia Winter (Arena, Level Playing Field, Barry Brown), and Michael McMillian (The Hills Have Eyes 2) will star in the elevated horror feature The Banshee Chapter. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project.

Zachary Quinto’s (Star Trek) production company, Before The Door Pictures (Btd) has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (The Ledge, Flypaper) to produce.  Sunchaser.s Stephanie Riggs and Btd.s Corey Moosa are serving as producers while Arnold-Beutel and Btd.s Quinto (Twitter: @ZacharyQuinto) , Neal Dodson and Sean Akers are executive producing. The project commences principal photography this week in New Mexico.

The Banshee Chapter centers on a young, female journalist (Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) that had been experimenting with »

- Michelle McCue

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Cast Comes Together for Zachary Quinto-Produced Banshee Chapter

25 August 2011 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Ted Levine ( Heat , The Silence of the Lambs ), Katia Winter ( Arena , pictured) and Michael McMillian ( The Hills Have Eyes 2 ) are set to star in The Banshee Chapter for writer-director Blair Erickson. Zachary Quinto is producing through his company, Before The Door Pictures, and has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel to produce. Sunchaser.s Stephanie Shooting begins in New Mexico this week. The Banshee Chapter centers on a young, female journalist (Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) that had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. Levine plays the role of a rogue counter-culture novelist with a penchant for substance abuse and »

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Cinema’s weirdest vessels of evil

7 April 2011 7:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From man-eating beds to killer clocks, cinema’s full of evil in unexpected places. Here are ten of our favourites…

There are spoilers ahead for some of the films we talk about!

As several decades of cinema have informed us, evil takes many forms. Aside from all the serial killers and ancient demons waiting to either leap out of the shadows and murder us or simply scare us into a weeping ruin, movies are also full of killer cars, malevolent dolls and rampaging animals to contend with.

Given that entire lists could be generated from those menaces outlined above, we’ll be dealing with more obscure manifestations of evil here. The sort of demonic objects you might win on The Generation Game if it were presented by the Devil, or the kind of unlikely scenarios you'd encounter if you were the star of a horror film directed by Benny Hill. »

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Understanding Scorsese: A Martin Scorsese Profile (Part 5)

5 April 2011 8:42 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the fifth of a five-part feature... read parts one, two, three and four.

“I didn’t think of it as Hong Kong. I reacted to what Bill Monahan put together in the script; I liked the idea,” explained American filmmaker Martin Scorsese when discussing The Departed (2006). “Taking from the Hong Kong trilogy of Andrew Lau‘s film [Infernal Affairs], that’s the device, the concept of the two informers. [I am] totally, whether I like it or not, drawn to stories that have to do with trust and betrayal. I found that I kept being drawn back to the script and to the project. It became something else.” Questioned about his shift from portraying Italian criminals to those of Irish heritage, the director observed, “The differences between different ethnic groups as gangsters, that’s purely technical.” Cast in the plot-twisting thriller are »

- flickeringmyth

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Hollywood's Most Convincing Men in Drag

16 February 2011 5:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Really, who doesn't love a man in drag?

From Tyler Perry and Robin Williams to those kooky kids at Harvard who put on the annual Hasty Pudding silliness, a dude in dainty duds is often the cause of a good laugh, an occasional heartfelt moment and even some family-oriented warm fuzzies.

With "Big Momma's: Like Father, Like Son" hitting theaters this week – and "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family" arriving in April – we're counting down the most convincing male movie cross-dressers from the utterly ridiculous sight gags to the jaw-droppingly feminine.

Shawn & Marlon Wayans, "White Chicks" (2004)

Quite simply, "White Chicks" fails in every possible sense to depict Shawn and Marlon Wayans as women. Instead of trust-fund, valley-girl debutantes, they appear to have some sort disease causing albino skin and a hair condition. Some viewers even find them offensive. Sure, the film offers a few one-liners -- "You're so stupid you »

- Justin Sedgwick

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