16 items from 2015
Dean Jones: Actor in Disney movies. Dean Jones dead at 84: Actor in Disney movies 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Tue., Sept. 1, '15, in Los Angeles. Jones (born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama) was 84. Dean Jones movies Dean Jones began his Hollywood career in the mid-'50s, when he was featured in bit parts – at times uncredited – in a handful of films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer In 2009 interview for Christianity Today, Jones recalled playing his first scene (in These Wilder Years) with veteran James Cagney, who told him “Walk to your mark and remember your lines” – supposedly a lesson he would take to heart. At MGM, bit player Jones would also be featured in Robert Wise's »
- Andre Soares
All that Glitters: Barney’s Operatic, Caterwauling Art-house Epic
Those familiar with the work of Matthew Barney, namely his impressive Cremaster Cycle (2003) and Drawing Restraint 9 (2005), either appreciate his artistic ambition to collapse, discombobulate, and erase the distinction of form, or discount his credibility (an appraisal that can be attributed to most provocative artists). His filmic language generally consists of a grand mixture of anthropomorphic fascination, formal cinematic composition, musically discordant fascination with opera, and a kind of live performance art/sculpture exhibit, amongst others. Sprawling, decadent, and enigmatic, fans and critics vacillate between lobbing appellations that range from ‘pretentious,’ to ‘genius,’ and he’s been referred to as one of the most important artists of his generation.
Whatever your opinion of his work, one cannot overlook the sheer audaciousness of his latest long-gestating hybrid, River of Fundament, a seven year project that kinda, sorta, maybe is the most interesting »
- Nicholas Bell
Zachary Levi and guest on the Oscars' Red Carpet Zachary Levi at the Academy Awards Pictured above is Zachary Levi and a guest on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet this past Sunday, Feb. 27, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the Oscar ceremony, Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore performed "I See the Light," a Best Original Song nominee – music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater – from the animated feature Tangled. The 2011 Best Song winner turned out to be Randy Newman's "We Belong Together," from another animated feature, Toy Story 3 – last year's biggest domestic box office hit. Zachary Levi movies Below is a partial list of Zachary Levi films.* His movie debut took place in Mark Douglas Miller's comedy short Reel Guerrillas (2005), while his feature film debut was in a supporting role in John Whitesell's comedy Big Momma's House 2 (2006). Thor: The Dark World (2013). Director: Alan Taylor. »
- D. Zhea
Here's to the Housewives who brunch. We're channeling Elaine Stritch, tonight. Tonight's The Real Housewives of New York City started out as a normal early-in-the-season episode: The ladies headed to the Hamptons. But once all eight of them—yes, there are eight of them this season— were there, assembled for the first time, drama erupted. Drama over brunch. Why? Because it's The Real Housewives of New York City. Carole Radziwill said it best: "These fights never cease to amaze me." This episode was a little all over the place, but there were a few bright spots: Namely Bethenny Frankel's zingers and Dorinda Medley's assessment of Sonja Morgan—"She's almost an »
We spent the weekend enjoying the hell out of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the new Netflix series from "30 Rock" royalty Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Starring "Office" and "Bridesmaids" vet Ellie Kemper, it chronicles the life of a woman who escapes from an apocalyptic cult and builds a new life in New York City. It is a scream. Here are seven major things to appreciate about it. 1. Veteran TV actresses get tons to do. "30 Rock" provided a wonderful showcase for veteran comic actors, and we can thank the Fey/Carlock mothership for giving Elaine Stritch, Jan Hooks, Anita Gillette, Tim Conway, Alan Alda, and many, many more such fun and weird roles. "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" is off to a great start in this area: Regular cast members Carol Kane and Jane Krakowski rack up some of the biggest laughs every episode as they notch another hit in their incredible TV careers, »
- Louis VIrtel
By Lee Pfeiffer
Well, it's that time of year again when pundits everywhere weigh in on the merits (or lack thereof) of the previous evening's Oscar telecast.
Here are my random observations:
Host Neil Patrick Harris was affable and likable and worked like hell to put on a good show. But there lies the rub. Traditionally, Oscar hosts never had to be chosen for their ability to carry Busby Berkeley-like song and dance extravaganzas. Dear old Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope and Johnny Carson were simply there to keep the traffic flowing to the podium in between rattling off some memorable one-liners. Billy Crystal quashed that tradition with his ever-outrageous opening production numbers that razzed the Academy and some of the nominees. The idea should have been retired with him when he announced he would no longer host the event. Last evening's opening act was certainly opulent and contained some »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
A number of recognizable people were surprisingly left out of this year's "In Memoriam" segment during the Oscar telecast. Meryl Streep presented the video montage at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, which paid tribute to the many film-industry figures who died in the past year, including Robin Williams, Richard Attenborough, Lauren Bacall, Mickey Rooney, Bob Hoskins and Mike Nichols. However, some notable names were omitted from the list, including the following five individuals. Read More Oscars 2015: Joan Rivers Snubbed by "In Memoriam" Tribute Elaine Stritch The Broadway legend, who also played Alec Baldwin's character's mom on 30 Rock, appeared
- Ryan Gajewski
Every year, the Oscars' In Memoriam segment proves to be one of the most poignant and emotional moments of the entire year. At this year’s ceremony, the Academy added a nice, simple touch of animating the late stars’ names and pictures with a beautiful watercolor effect.
Of course, this doesn’t matter much for Joan Rivers who was completely forgotten in the segment this year.
Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years
That's right, the comedian and actress whose career spanned half of a century couldn’t be honored with a three-second photo. To be fair, the GRAMMYs didn’t include her in their In Memoriam either, despite actually winning a Grammy award this year.
Sure, most of her work has been on television, but she has scores of film credits under her belt, and she even directed the feature film Rabbit Test in 1978, not to mention the massive number of writing credits.
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The Academy has done it again. Just about every year, due to timing or...um, synonyms for timing, certain dearly departed talent are left out of the Oscars' sadly jam-packed in memoriam segment—and multi-hyphenate stars Joan Rivers and Elaine Stritch were the ones whom Twitter seized upon immediately after tonight's tribute. Of course, neither late entertainer was particularly known for a movie career, but both appeared on the big screen and certainly did more than enough in their fans' eyes to merit mentions. (Twitter doesn't get it right every time, however: Many wondered why Harold Ramis wasn't mentioned, but he was duly noted at last year's »
Hollywood greats were honored in the Oscars' annual "In Memoriam" reel, but one person's photo was noticeably absent: Joan Rivers. Rivers - who died in September at the age of 81 after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure - was also not included in the recent Grammys memorial. Many know her for her antics on E!'s Fashion Police and the sharp humor in her 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. But Rivers, per IMDb, boasts 38 acting credits to her name in a career that spans 63 years. She had roles in everything from Spaceballs to Iron Man 3 and »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
ETonline is paying tribute to the stars that passed away in the past year with our "Oscar: In Memoriam" fan art collection. Check out some of the highlights below and check back in on the Et Tumblr page for more.
Photos: In Memoriam: Stars We Lost In 2014
The legendary comedian committed suicide on August 11, 2014.
The inspirational author and poet passed away on May 28, 2014 at age 86.
News: Was Joan Rivers Snubbed in the 2015 GRAMMYs In Memoriam Segment?
The legendary comedian and fashion critic died at age 81 after complications during surgery on September 4, 2014.
The Maverick and Rockford »
Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner has never shied away from the challenge of switching between different formats of storytelling, having written for film and television -- the latter of which includes credits on "Ray Donovan" and the upcoming season of "Homeland." Therefore, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that his latest venture happens to be a documentary. "She's The Best Thing In It" follows Tony-winning actress Mary Louise Wilson as she tries her hand at teaching the craft of acting to the next generation of performers. The film also features interviews with the likes of Frances McDormand and Melissa Leo, who provide additional commentary various topics related to performing. Although the trailer seems to emphasize Wilson's striking similarity -- both physically and psychologically -- to the late Elaine Stritch, who herself was the subject of a widely beloved 2013 documentary, it would be unfair to both women if we were to take their similarities for. »
- Shipra Gupta
Hollywood lost some of its brightest stars in 2014 - and the Screen Actors Guild Awards gave them a fitting send-off in its annual In Memoriam segment. Robin Williams, Joan Rivers and Philip Seymour Hoffman were among the celebrities honored Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. "Tonight, as we honor the accomplishments of our fellow artists, we also mourn the passing of the members of our community whose work lifted our hearts and enriched our lives," presenter Liev Schreiber said. Photos: Tributes: The Stars We've Lost Williams, a two-time SAG winner and four-time nominee, committed suicide in August »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
Raunchy comedy “The Bronze” and documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” kick off the festival
Robert Redford, John Legend and Nina Simone were all part of opening night at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, but the festival’s kickoff may end up better remembered for a deliciously raunchy and ridiculously gymnastic sex scene.
The scene came near the end of “The Bronze,” a comedy directed by Bryan Buckley, a filmmaker best known for his Super Bowl commercials. The story of a bitter gymnast trying to hang onto glory years after winning a bronze medal at the Olympics, it features an acrobatic hotel-room »
- Steve Pond
Look, the news of "Supergirl" and the new trailer for the Tina Fey-produced Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" has got me riled. I've got to cope with these exciting developments by watching movies and TV featuring awesome, powerful, hilarious, and/or weird women. Here are five options for riiiiiight now. Go Netflix them! Go on! "The Fall": Gillian Anderson is patron saint of no-nonsense "The Fall" is a captivating British serial about a calculating, dead-eyed serial killer (Jamie Dornan, who is currently skulking about the dungeon in "Fifty Shades of Grey") and the detective in Northern Ireland named Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) who's onto him. Dornan's moody machinations are entrancing, but Anderson's understated authority propels this whole show. It's always creepy and occasionally very dark, but Stella is a feminist protagonist who is as comfortable theorizing about a woman-hating psychopath as she is exploring her own sexuality. "30 Rock": Lemon In. »
- Louis Virtel
My look at 2014 continues as I review the best documentaries of 2014. Documentaries can serve a multitude of purposes. You will have your change the world docs that pick a certain cause and attempt to spread the word so people will rise up and do something. You have those that are just about a particular story that is just too incredible to believe. You also have those experimental docs that are all about playing with the perimeters with film and experience. My list covers those categories and much more. It shows documentaries can really be used to do just about anything.
10. Kids for Cash Directed By: Robert May
Synopsis: Kids For Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious judicial scandal that rocked the nation. Beyond the millions paid and high stakes corruption, Kids For Cash exposes a shocking American secret. In the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small »
- Dan Clark
16 items from 2015
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