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On this day in history as it relates to the movies...
1868 The Great Train Robbery happens. It's the subject of a highly influential 10 minute silent film (embedded above) as soon as people figure out what to do with cameras and celluloid in 1903. Cross-cutting, breaking the fourth wall, inventing the western action movie genre? It's all happening right here.
1907 Laurence Olivier is born. Not yet a "Sir" but already expecting a cooing audience
1967 Brooke Smith, »
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The film and music world is in mourning once again after another legend has died far too soon. We reported the tragic news earlier today that Prince has passed away at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota, at the age of 57. While no details have been given regarding the cause of death, tributes have already started flooding in through social media as the news broke.
Initial reports revealed that Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in the a.m. hours. TMZ obtained audio of the 911 dispatch call, where an unidentified caller said there was a "male down, not breathing." The singer had recently cancelled two concert dates due to health issues, and his representatives said he had been battling the flu, when his private jet made an emergency landing in Illinois on Friday, April 15. An exact cause of death hasn't been released yet, but we'll be »
Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp and Brooke Smith have joined the cast of Marti Noxon's feature directorial debut To The Bone, the dark anorexia comedy that already stars Lily Collins, Carrie Preston, Keanu Reeves and Liana Liberto. Noxon wrote the pic inspired by her own personal experience with anorexia. Meanwhile, Ambi Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi have come on board to finance the film along with Sparkhouse Media and will become co-executive producers… »
The film’s cast also includes Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston and Liana Liberato. Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis of Mockingbird Pictures will produce along with Karina Miller, who is also financing through her company Sparkhouse Media. Miller heads Sparkhouse with her husband and financier, Talal AlAbbar.
Additionally, Ambie Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi have come on board to finance the film and are co-executive producers. The project marks the start of a broader strategic relationship between Ambi and Sparkhouse Media that will see the two companies co-finance and co-produce a slate of films together.
Ambi Distribution is handling global sales and will be introducing the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Nothing excites us more than »
- Dave McNary
Ambi Distribution will jet to Cannes next month to commence worldwide sales on the film that also stars Lily Collins, Carrie Preston, and Liana Liberto, as well as new additions Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp and Brooke Smith.
Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis of Mockingbird Pictures will produce along with Karina Miller, who is also financing through her company Sparkhouse Media, the company she heads with her husband and financier, Talal AlAbbar.
Iervolino and Bacardi will serve as co-executive producers and the project marks the start of a broader strategic relationship between Ambi and Sparkhouse Media that will see the two companies co-finance and co-produce a slate of films. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
You never know what's going to happen with an audition," actor Ted Levine remembers of the first time he portrayed Jame Gumb, The Silence of the Lambs villain also known as "Buffalo Bill." "I just pulled something out. It was scary. It felt kind of magical."
"I read with the three final guys who were going to be Buffalo Bill," says Brooke Smith, who played Catherine Martin, the U.S. senator's daughter whom Gumb abducts in the movie. "When Ted walked in, it was so crazily obvious. I asked him, »
I was terrified at the Academy Awards," screenwriter Ted Tally says. "I can't describe how nerve-racking it is. You go in the bathrooms, and people are boozing it up, smoking, doing lines of coke. You never saw so many famous people so nervous."
Twenty-five years ago on this coming Valentine's Day, The Silence of the Lambs opened in movie theaters. An intense, gritty crime odyssey, in which an FBI cadet (Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling) hunts down a serial killer (Ted Levine as Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb) with the help of another, »
It's hard to think of a movie less suitable for Valentine's Day than "The Silence of the Lambs."
Yet that's the day the unforgettable thriller debuted 25 years ago, on February 14, 1991. The creepy, gory adaptation of Thomas Harris's bestseller was an enormous hit, made an enduring pop culture figure of sophisticated flesh-eater Hannibal Lecter, transformed Anthony Hopkins into a star, and became only the third (and so far, the last) movie to win the top five Oscars -- Best Picture, Director, Actress, Actor, and Screenplay.
As many times as you've seen Hopkins's Lecter casually mention how well human liver goes with fava beans and a nice Chianti, there's still much you may not know about "Silence." Quid pro quo -- we'll reveal the movie's secrets, if you read on.
- Gary Susman
8 items from 2016
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