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Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen's next film, Hail Caesar!, has been in the works for years and will finally hit theaters February 5, 2016, but details are still scarce. We know the story revolves around a challenging day in the life of a Hollywood "fixer" who works to protect the stars of the 1950s studio system. Like all of the Coen Brothers' films, Hail Caesar! is led by an incredible ensemble cast that includes Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill. The film will also feature a cameo from action star Dolph Lundgren, who recently spoke about his time on set in an interview with Creative Screenwriting. Lundgren spilled some details about his cameo, and a little bit about Tatum's role too. It was a bit of a shocker. They called me out of nowhere a few months ago. It’s a movie »
- Haleigh Foutch
No one could ever accuse the Coen Brothers of skewing predictable in their movies, and their upcoming period comedy Hail, Caesar! sounds just as bonkers and brilliant as you would hope. Dolph Lundgren, who co-stars in the pic, recently let slip some details about both his role and that of Channing Tatum’s – and what the action star had to say was highly intriguing.
Speaking with Creative Screenwriting about action movie Skin Trade (opening this Friday), Lundgren touched on his part in the movie, about a studio fixer named Eddie Mannix (George Clooney) who deals with a vast array of problems on a Hollywood backlot during one crazy day, from a knocked-up starlet to a muckraking journalist.
Lundgren is well-aware that he’s not the kind of actor you see in movies by directors like the Coen Brothers. He admitted:
It was a bit of a shocker. They called me »
- Isaac Feldberg
Natalie Portman and husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the Red Carpet Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars Best Actress winner Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied (at the time, Portman's husband-to-be)* arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Portman took home the Oscar for her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan. An international box office hit, Black Swan was also a Best Picture nominee, ultimately losing the Oscar to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Besides Natalie Portman and dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also in the Black Swan cast are Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. Portman's fellow Best Actress contenders were: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Natalie Portman had been previously nominated in »
- D. Zhea
There is so much HitFix at HitFix.com. In the HitFix Daily Snap, we'll round up key features from the site worth reading and re-reading. Get into it. Sterling Cooper Daenerys Targaryen Alan Sepinwall somehow manages to absorb and understand the drama of "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones" without exploding. Congrats to him and the human race for producing such a brave specimen. Flip Your Wiig Has any former "SNL" cast member been more aggressive and savvy than Kristen Wiig in picking movie projects? Her filmography is already dotted with great moments. She's proven herself a bankable thespian. We picked ten of her finest non-"SNL" gems. How I Spent My Schumer Vacation This is why I wake up every morning and scream "God bless you, Kris Tapley!" to the sky. Our awards guru looked at 15 under-the-radar movies coming to theaters this summer. We've got Amy Schumer (feat. Tilda Swinton! »
- Louis Virtel
Four locations and 87 years ago, the Whitney Museum of American Art was founded. Today, it was rededicated. Magnificently. Who was in this crowd of about 1,500 people — including every Whitney staff person and many guards and kids, and no Lady Gaga, James Franco, Tilda Swinton, or Marina sightings that I know of? In addition to super-patron and Zen believer in the arts Flora Miller Biddle — granddaughter of the museum's founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney — sitting on stage on Gansevoort Street, looking toward the new museum, were Mayor de Blasio (a better speaker than I thought); Whitney architect Renzo Piano, who began his speech looking around at all of this, saying, "Mamma mia," and everyone in eyeshot nodded in agreement; director Adam Weinberg, who, with his deputy, Donna De Salvo, should be given keys to the city, or at least a lifetime Mta pass; some other Whitney mucky-mucks who helped »
- Jerry Saltz
During one of the hottest days of June in 2014, Collider ventured to the Big Apple for a set visit on director/producer Judd Apatow’s next film, Trainwreck. It was hot. So hot in fact, that the hottest comedian on the planet, Amy Schumer, just happened to be starring in the film. The big twist on this comedy is that Apatow, for the first time, is only directing the star of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. Trainwreck is Schumer’s screenplay. This wasn’t your typical set visit. We didn’t have to worry about taking pictures that would leak characters, nor come up with creative superlatives to beat around obvious questions. In fact, we were welcomed right into this comedy family and got a chat with the star herself and the film’s director. As we learned on that hot day in New York, this comedic duo wasn »
- Bob Trate
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Time's inimitable critic, Richard Corliss (1944 - 2015), pictured above. Visit David Hudson's roundup at Keyframe Daily for coverage. In the past week there's been more additions to the Cannes Film Festival lineup, including new movies by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naomi Kawase and Gaspar Noé.When Manoel de Oliveira died earlier this month, word spread that he had made a film that would be released only upon his death, Memories and Confessions. Now word has come that its premiere screening will be on the 4th of May in Porto.Above: We're on the fence whether we should be excited for this, but the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit certainly has us intrigued.New York's essential film listing site Screen Slate has turned to Kickstarter to help fund its project. Speaking of New York, this May the Museum of the Moving »
In 2013/2014 the world was introduced to Only Lovers Left Alive, a film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as the titular lovers. It first premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival before it opened in the United States on April 11, 2014. Since its release, the film world is a better place.
Only Lovers Left Alive is a vampire love story that does not spend the entire film focused on the fact that the two many characters are vampires. They don’t spend their time feasting on homeless locals or drunken clubbers. Very little time is devoted to explaining the rituals of their lives as vampires. If it weren’t for the fact that Swinton and Hiddleston drink blood occasionally for the first half of the film (out of classy cocktail glasses) we would hardly realize their true nature.
Instead the film focuses on the two souls that are these characters, »
- Sarah Sommer
David Simon, creator of The Wire, has spent the night engaged in an online conversation about Baltimore. Also in today's roundup: Tilda Swinton and Chuck Close in conversation, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Mark Rappaport, David Bordwell on David Koepp, Harun Farocki on Michael Klier, interviews with Lech Majewski, Roy Andersson, Daniel Clowes and Ennio Morricone, essays on Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face, Laura Mulvey, Orson Welles and Citizen Kane and John Schlesinger’s Darling, remembering cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, plus news of an unseen film by Manoel de Oliveira and more. » - David Hudson »
"Boob Tube" is the theme of the new issue of cléo, which includes essays on Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote), Veronica Mars, Transparent, Top of the Lake and more. Also today's roundup: Peter Bogdanovich on Jean Renoir, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Orson Welles, an interview with Abdolreza Kahani, celebrating Johnnie To's 60th birthday, a close reading of Steven Soderbergh's re-edit of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rian Johnson and Alex Garland in conversation, Ethan Hawke on Richard Linklater, Tilda Swinton on Amy Schumer, Oprah Winfrey on Lee Daniels, Michael Caine on Christopher Nolan and more. » - David Hudson »
Some new details have emerged regarding the Coen brothers' upcoming new film "Hail, Caesar!". Composer Carter Burwell and sound mixer Skip Lievsay, frequent collaborators with the Coens, appeared at a Tribeca Film Festival master class this week where they briefly touched upon the new film.
George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill star in the film which deals with a day in the life of a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. Burwell tells THR:
"It's a musical comedy that takes place on a Hollywood backlot, so you pass through all these pictures that are in production there... [actually] I wouldn't actually call it a 'musical comedy' - there are movies within the movie, and those movies might have comedic music, but the movie we're making is actually not comical.
I haven't written the music yet, but I'm quite »
- Garth Franklin
The Criterion Collection has announced its new release line-up for June with five new titles set for a Blu-ray release in June.
On July 7, it will release Robert Siodmak’s The Killers (1946) and Don Siegel’s The Killers (1964). On July 14, it will release Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour, Jan Troell’s Here’s Your Life, and Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion. And on July 21, it will release Stephen Frears’ My Beautiful Laundrette and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.
Ernest Hemingway’s simple but gripping short tale The Killers is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it into unforgettably virile features: Robert Siodmak, in a 1946 film that helped define the noir style and launch the acting careers of Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner; and Don Siegel, in a brutal 1964 version, starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, and John Cassavetes, that was intended for television but deemed too »
- Scott J. Davis
During his appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival, composer Carter Burwell – who has a longstanding working partnership with Joel and Ethan Coen – has shared a handful of new details for the siblings’ latest picture, Hollywood drama Hail, Caesar!
Specifically, Burwell discussed the tone of the upcoming movie and how it is “rather serious” despite being described as a musical comedy hitherto. First picked up by The Hollywood Reporter, here’s what the composer had to say on the matter.
“It’s a musical comedy that takes place on a Hollywood backlot, so you pass through all these pictures that are in production there. I wouldn’t actually call it a ‘musical comedy’ — there are movies within the movie, and those movies might have comedic music, but the movie we’re making is actually not comical,” he elaborated. “I haven’t written the music yet, but I’m quite certain it »
- Michael Briers
If you thought you had the Coen Brothers' upcoming "Hail, Caesar!" all figured out, guess again. What we've known so far is that the movie features a star-studded ensemble — Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill — and is set across a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. Supporting player Alex Karpovsky recently described the movie as "wacky and zany," comparing it to the Coens' undersung "The Hudsucker Proxy." Or is it? The Coens' composer, Carter Burwell, appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival for the "Dolby Institute: The Sound of the Coens" masterclass and shared some intriguing details about the movie, painting a far more complex portrait of the film the siblings are putting together. Read More: The Films Of The Coen Brothers: A Retrospective "It's a musical comedy that takes. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
2015 is shaping up to be Amy Schumer's year. She recently did a stellar job hosting the otherwise insufferable MTV Movie Awards, sharply skewering most of the modern music industry and Hollywood with her particular brand of provocative satire and absurdism. Later this year, she's toplining Trainwreck, Judd Apatow's hugely anticipated first female-led film which was also written by Schumer. The film focuses on Schumer's commitment-phobic character, appropriately named Amy, getting romanced by a friendly sports doctor, played by Bill Hader. Apatow's film helped wrangle Schumer an EW cover and will feature supporting and cameo roles from John Cena, Brie Larson, Marisa Tomei, Tim Meadows, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James, and Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man. Perhaps, then, it doesn't come as such a surprise that Comedy Central announced today that the network will be renewing the Peabody Award-winning Inside Amy Schumer for a fourth season, likely to debut later this year or next year. »
- Chris Cabin
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
The torch of Roger Ebert's "overlooked" film festival is now being carried by his wife Chaz, who movingly gives a tribute to her husband, the world's favorite film critic, in the official Ebertfest trailer. His friend Tilda Swinton also chimes in. The fest runs through April 19 in Champaign-Urbana. The lineup includes "End of the Tour," 2015 foreign Oscar nominees "Wild Tales" and "Ida," "99 Homes" from Ebert's pal Ramin Bahrani, Venice winner "A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence," conversations with Seymour Bernstein and Stephen Dorff, and more. Read More: 2015 Ebertfest Highlights »
- Ryan Lattanzio
It's time for the Time "100," when influential, important people write about other influential, important people. There is Elon Musk writing that Kanye would be the “first person to tell you he belongs on this list,” Martha Stewart calling Kim Kardashian and her clan "a totally modern construct,"and Oliver Platt falling in "mad unrequited love" with Bradley Cooper the first time he met him. There are little gems like Björk writing Marina Abramovic an email that said, “I’m so proud to tell you that our baby volcano is just born — it’s so beautiful!” and Chris Rock joking that Top Five should have been called Kevin Hart Presents Chris Rock’s Top Five With Kevin Hart.But the best ones, of course, are the ones that come from the heart, and who better to wax poetic about Amy Schumer than her ultimate stan, Tilda Swinton? Let's not forget how »
- E. Alex Jung
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
By Alex Simon
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
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