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The Flickering Myth Podcast gets their asses to Mars….
Scott J. Davis and Rohan Morbey are back to sit down and discuss two of the biggest movies out this week: Ridley Scott’s The Martian, starring Matt Damon, and Anton Corbijn’s Life, starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson.
The Martian looks set to take the box-office by storm this weekend in both the Us and UK, but is it worth the trip into space? And what did our dynamic duo think of the semi-biopic on James Dean in Life?
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- Scott J. Davis
It’s a moment frozen in time. James Dean walks through a deserted Times Square, hunched against the rain in a woollen trench coat, a cigarette clamped between his teeth. First published in Life magazine in March 1955, only six months before Dean was killed in a car accident, the image forever cast the actor as an angst-ridden young man.
The photo is just one in a series photographer Dennis Stock took, following Dean from Los Angeles film premieres to New York movement classes and family dinners at Dean’s uncle’s farm in Indiana. Taken over three months, Dean was a relative unknown at the time (his position in popular consciousness largely came posthumously). And while these photographs became famous, not much is known about what »
- Alexandra Spring
Dennis Stock’s iconic portraits of James Dean clearly have personal resonance for photographer-turned-director Anton Corbijn, and there’s a charge to the darkroom scenes (a recurrent slo-mo image of a red-light filament illuminating) in this eye-catching real-life drama that promises hidden truths revealed. Sadly, the rest is rather more humdrum, as Robert Pattinson’s convincing shutterbug pursues Dane DeHaan’s too-baby-faced Dean around La and New York, before finally following him to Fairmount, Indiana, where he snaps him playing the conga among the cattle. “He’s the symbol of a new movement or something,” Stock tells his Magnum Photos boss John G Morris (Joel Edgerton), in between musing on the universal appeal of photography (“It’s a good way of saying, ‘I’ve been here, you’ve been here’”) and »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Robert Pattinson plays Dennis Stock a photographer in his new movie “Life,” opposite Dane DeHaan, who plays actor James Dean. But Pattinson lacked “the guts, energy and imagination” of the real-life character, says his widow. Susan Richards, Stock’s fourth wife, who married him near the end of his life, said her husband was a “ferocious and remarkable man.” ...Read More »
In an extract from this week’s Guardian film show, Peter Bradshaw and Xan Brooks review Anton Corbijn’s biopic of the friendship between film star James Dean and magazine photographer Dennis Stock. Dane DeHaan plays Dean, while Robert Pattinson is Stock – the film premiered at the Berlin film festival in February and is released in the UK on 25 September
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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes and Dan Susman
Join Xan Brooks and Peter Bradshaw as they review this week’s big releases, including Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield in real-estate thriller 99 Homes, Dane DeHaan as James Dean and Robert Pattinson as the snapper he befriends in Life, Nanni Moretti’s latest, Mia Madre, featuring John Turturro as a ravening egomaniac and homegrown coming-of-age tale Just Jim
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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes and Dan Susman
Life is a listless biopic that doesn't even try to capture the neurotic intensity of James Dean as a young actor. It tells the story of the 1955 Life magazine photo shoot for which the photographer Dennis Stock shot images of the 24-year-old in New York and then accompanied the star on what turned out to be his last trip home. »
The title is unfortunate. This passionless, somnolent movie from Anton Corbijn has a numbed solemnity and tranquillised moodiness that has more to do with death. A hushed respect for the early demise of James Dean is effectively backdated into the film’s fabric. It’s a period drama that sleepwalks its way through the story of how Life magazine got its iconic 1955 photo spread about Dean: those intimate images of the charismatic young actor on the rainy streets of New York and at home on the family farm. Dean died soon after the pictures were taken. Dane DeHaan is an eerie likeness for Dean and Robert Pattinson plays Dennis Stock, the ambitious young photographer who persuaded Dean to co-operate. Granted, »
- Peter Bradshaw
★★★☆☆ It would be a mistake to call Anton Corbijn's Life (2015) a James Dean biopic, despite its subject matter. Far more interesting is the fact that Corbijn, a world famous photographer known for working with everyone from Bob Dylan to U2, has chosen to direct a film about photographer Dennis Stock, the man responsible for the iconic Times Square image of Dean. Life is a small but eloquently expressed drama of two men whose lives cross and how they effect each other's futures - with one of the pair destined to become a Hollywood icon.
- CineVue UK
Robert Pattinson claims he didn't enter a supermarket for six years because of his Twilight fame.
Speaking to NME magazine, the actor openly discussed how uncomfortable he was being in the spotlight.
"I had people sitting outside my house every single day, and it drove me crazy," he said. "I didn't go into a supermarket for about six years.
"But now I can go in and chat to the guy who's working there about his kids or where he's going on holiday, and not be thinking, 'Is he gonna sell me out?'
"I just don't have to think about that stuff anymore."
Discussing the paparazzi, Pattinson also reckons that "the most embarrassing photo that can ever be taken of you is when you're in a bookshop, and everyone can see what book you're buying".
"They might as well just take a picture of me having a wank," he added. »
Remember the kid from 2010’s Submarine? Well in addition to growing up, Craig Roberts has now turned his hand to writing and directing, as well as acting. The result of his hard labour is this weeks release Just Jim which sees Roberts star alongside Emile Hirsch.
Roberts plays Jim, a very awkward sixth-former with an exaggeration problem; a social outcast who can’t fit in with the in-crowd no matter how hard he tries. Then he meets his new neighbour Dean, an American heavily channelling James Dean, and everything starts to change.
Through his friendship with the ever so slightly unstable Dean, Jim finds himself suddenly more confident and happier. Of course things don’t last and Jim must stop his new friend from taking over everything »
- Kat Smith
Paul Verhoeven looks back on Showgirls, twenty years on. Also in today's roundup: Alex Ross Perry on Eli Roth's The Green Inferno, plus essays on Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, Abel Ferrara’s King of New York, Frank Borzage's History is Made at Night, James Dean, nitrate (and the past and future of cinema) and Ti West; interviews with Bruce Beresford, Christine Vachon and Ramin Bahrani; video of Woody Allen on Goodfellas and Martin Scorsese on five films that have influenced him over the years. And more. » - David Hudson »
To mark the release of Life on 25th September, we’ve been given 3 DVD bundles including A Most Wanted Man and Control along with a poster signed by director Anton Corbijn. Life tells the story of photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) who convinced a rebellious young actor on the cusp of stardom, James Dean (Dane
The post Win DVD bundle from Life appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
Read More: Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' Will Open the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival The Tokyo International Film Festival has announced its slate of Special Screenings, including previously announced opener "The Walk" and new titles like "Life," which stars Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson as James Dean and the Life magazine photographer who made Dean a cover star. Additional films set for the festival include the historical tale "Woman in Gold," starring Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren, the Hilary Swank Asl drama "You're Not You," and the visual epic "Everest," which features Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin. The rest of the Special Screenings are nature documentary "Seasons," Japanese thriller "Mozu" and festival closer "Terminal." The festival runs from October 22-31. Read More: Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' to Open the 53rd New York Film Festival »
- Karen Brill
It’s not quite a comeback, but after a long period of schmaltzy misfires, it’s encouraging to see Rob Reiner once again directing a film set amid real, recognizable humans with real, recognizable issues in “Being Charlie.” An intriguing collaboration between the director and his son (Nick Reiner, who wrote the screenplay alongside Matt Elisofon), this study of an 18-year-old addict, struggling through rehab programs while his Hollywood-player father makes a run at politics, is clearly a personal one for the filmmaker, and that sense of investment — along with some of the more interestingly unpolished first-timer edges of the script — makes for a film that generally succeeds in spite of its formulaic underpinnings and loose ends. It seems unlikely to do more than modest business, but hopefully it represents a turning point in Reiner’s filmmaking trajectory.
Now 22, the younger Reiner went through numerous stints in rehab prior to his 18th birthday, »
- Andrew Barker
Exclusive: "So you write a story about a movie I'm not doing, and you make the first time Al Pacino and Robert De Niro share the screen together an afterthought?” That’s my recollection of the first words that Michael Mann ever said to me, after I wrote a Weekly Variety column about how he and Leonardo DiCaprio were scrapping their James Dean movie, and oh yeah, Mann would instead direct this crime drama called Heat. Boy, was Mann right. Last night in Toronto, he and cast… »
Young adults turned out for the Maze Runner sequel while teenagers and families embraced Pixels at Australian cinemas last weekend.
Overall, nationwide takings tallied $11.1 million, on par with the previous weekend, according to Rentrak's estimate, and the B.O. for the year to date is around 12 per cent up on 2014.
Fox.s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, which sees the Gladers searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organisation known as Wckd, rang up $3.5 million and $3.7 million with previews. The 4-day tally is similar to the debut of the original a year ago, which wound up with $16.2 million.
- Don Groves
It is one of this summer’s four perfect days, a Friday afternoon to boot, and London’s most smug are bunking off work and descending like fashionable, tanned zombies on Shoreditch House members’ club. Meanwhile in a joyless, north-facing, little-used room called the Library you’ll find Robert Pattinson, the 29-year-old British actor. He’s not tanned; famously, he has the pallor of an eternally youthful bloodsucker. He’s not smug either; in fact it would be hard to find someone less pleased with themselves. And he’s come to Shoreditch House today to work – to do interviews anyway, one of the least enjoyable elements of a job that he’s not »
- Tim Lewis
Hot Hollywood never looked so cool. Brooklyn Beckham and Selena Gomez buddied up at the Polo Ralph Lauren show at Nyfw on Friday, Sept. 11, and the young stars looked effortlessly chic striking a pose together. Beckham, 16, wore a simple white shirt with a cuffed jean jacket over it, his hair coiffed perfectly to complete his James Dean-esque look. Meanwhile, Gomez, 23, perched on the dapper young lad’s shoulder in a black leather jumper that showed off her long legs. “Hanging with this cool girl,” Beckham captioned a [...] »
Big-time TV shows and movies are, more and more, making it standard procedure to cast porn stars to fulfill the duties of intimate body doubles, seedy characters, and sexy cameos, L.A. Weekly notes in a new Porn Valley-meets-Tinseltown report. Titles ranging from Game of Thrones and Ray Donovan to Sons of Anarchy and The Canyons, have welcomed the likes of Sibel Kekilli, Tori Black, Jenna Jameson, and James Deen, among many others, to the mainstream Hollywood stage because "many actors find nude and simulated-sex scenes morally objectionable and/or feel they hinder mainstream aspirations," according to the Weekly. Credit is due here to adult casting expert Howard Levine and his ilk, porn industry-ites who moonlight as L.A. and New York porntractors and who have closed the chasm that separates traditional acting from pornographic acting."Working with adult performers is easier, for nudity aspects, because they have no inhibitions »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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