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Where there is wine, there is hope. It speaks to us on a spiritual level, is there for us when we get home after a rough day, and a cheap bottle of plonk can turn us into an aristocratic philosopher in a matter of minutes. There’s no denying the emotional bond that lies between our lips and a glass of Sangiovese. To have and to hold, for richer, for poorer; we’ll love and honour it, until death do us part. And that may not be for some time, since wine drinkers have a 34% lower mortality rate than beer or spirit drinkers. Pass the Shiraz!
As with anything in excess, it comes with highs and lows: like turning up to work after three-quarters of a bottle the night before and feeling like there’s a tennis ball stuck in your brain. There’s also the »
- Nina Cresswell
Upon its release in 1990, Madonna's "Vogue" was an appreciation of a long-gone age of Hollywood glamour. Now that age is truly lost: as xoJane's Marci Robin pointed out on Twitter, the passing of Lauren Bacall means every star name-checked in the song has died. Bacall was the last surviving member of the 16 famous names in the song; nine of these stars were still alive when the song hit airwaves on March 20, 1990. ("Vogue" itself is 24 years old.) Below, find the full list of celebrity names included in "Vogue." "Greta Garbo and Monroe, Dietrich and Dimaggio"As fate would have it, Greta Garbo »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
In discussions regarding the beginnings of onscreen method acting, Montgomery Clift is often unfairly shunted away in favor of Marlon Brando and James Dean. The actor first came to prominence in 1948, courtesy of lead roles in both Fred Zinnemann’s WWII film “The Search” and opposite John Wayne in Howard Hawks’s "Red River." Clift went on to celluloid immortality via films like "From Here To Eternity," "I Confess," "Judgment At Nuremberg" and "A Place In Sun," earning four Oscar nominations along the way. A documentary examining Clift's life and work from the early nineties has surfaced, and is an excellent primer for his exceptional and yet underexamined career. Despite his distaste for "business as usual" in Hollywood and some poor career choices, Clift could very well have been as celebrated as the two famous contemporaries mentioned above. But a near-fatal car crash in 1956 »
- Cain Rodriguez
The Congress is a striking film that makes a big statement, without knowing precisely what it wants to say. Pictures speak louder than words for director Ari Folman, whose Waltz with Bashir took the documentary format into an animated landscape (reflecting on his own experiences of war in Lebanon), while in this psychedelic, futuristic morality tale, Robin Wright is consumed by her own digitised image.
She is playing herself at a near point on the horizon where the human likeness has become downloadable and fully pliable. For the fading star of The Princess Bride (Folman lingers on her face as she gazes at the poster) that means eternal youth. However, it's not for reasons of vanity that she finally signs the dotted line for slithery studio mogul »
This epic saga - "bigger than Texas itself " - tells the story of cattle, oil barons and love from the 1920s through to World War II. Rock Hudson and James Dean (in his last film before his death) are the rival suitors of an incandescent Elizabeth Taylor. Look out for the stunning scene where director George Stevens evokes death and rebirth without resorting to any cinematic trickery. »
Robert Pattinson showed off a range of emotions from crazy humor and wry smiles to pensive thought and tousle-haired ambiguity in a wide-ranging interview ahead of the London premiere of his new movie “The Rover.” It was Rob at his many faceted best. The British actor exuded a kind of effortless James Dean cool, wearing a black waist jacket, blue skinny jeans and an open plaid shirt with a white tee underneath. ...Read More »
John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary" is a gorgeously photographed, exquisitely acted, richly written tale of the underbelly of faith. At the end of a lackluster summer that seemed full of more malnourished product than normal, it's wonderful to sink your teeth into something like this that has so much to say and does so in so efficient a manner. The film debuted at Sundance to mostly positive reviews, but I'd wager they weren't positive enough. McDonagh, along with his brother Martin, are two of the most vital voices we have in movies at the moment and "Calvary" might pack the heftiest punch of either of their filmographies. At at its center is Brendan Gleeson, a lone man of love against a world of hate. The western iconography is impossible to ignore and indeed, both Gleeson and McDonagh flip some of those conventions on their ear in the film. Gleeson recently »
- Kristopher Tapley
Kristen Stewart Goes Back To Brown Hair Color
Stewart had dyed her hair bright orange in April for her role in American Ultra, but it appears that the film is done filming, allowing the star to revert back to her brunette look. The actress also recently cut her long hair into a short bob.
Kristen Stewart has gone back to brown hair after trying neon orange: http://t.co/RUkd4ljxTz pic.twitter.com/7hdzR7vQ3K
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) August 4, 2014
In January 2014, Stewart revealed that if she wasn’t an actress, she would be much more adventurous when it came to her hair.
“If I wasn’t an actor, I would definitely do things to my hair. I would cut it more, I would dye it more. At some point »
When artists die young, their legend often grows disproportionately to their record of accomplishments. When James Dean passed away after making just three films, he was posthumously anointed as one of the greatest actors of his generation, a claim based mostly on his promise. Maybe he would have become Marlon Brando, or maybe not. In our struggle to make sense of our own mortality, we find tragedy more palatable than uncertainty. In this way, death creates limitless potential. A good portion of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s potential had already been tapped when he died at 46 earlier this year. If there were an Actors’ Hall of Fame, they could have begun measuring him for a bust there somewhere around Capote. Still, there was reason to believe he had room to grow. After all, arguably his best performance came just two years ago when he played cult leader Lancaster Dodd in The Master. As »
- Noah Gittell
Ethan Hawke says he watched his onscreen son Ellar Coltrane grow from a small boy into a "total stud" who looks like "James Dean" — and he's not always happy about it. "I've done interviews with him and I find myself jealous of him," he joked on Late Night on Thursday. "Why is everybody looking at this punk?" David Letterman really let the air out of his Julia Louis-Dreyfus interview by asking her if her children like that she is famous, and then saying the child of two celebrities once told him "it sucked." Earlier on NBC,
- Aaron Couch
To give the impending Smackdown some context, we're looking at films from 1973. Here's Abstew on a spectacular debut...
With only a half dozen films released over the past 40 years, director Terrence Malick has already earned his place among the greatest American filmmakers. Despite his relatively small filmography, he has carved out a distinct brand of filmmaking that inspires (sometimes as much as it confuses or bores). But before he was an admired and respected filmmaker, he was just a former Rhodes scholar that graduated from Harvard working as a philosophy professor at MIT. His first film, Badlands, began to take take shape as he studied film at the American Film Institute. It was immediately hailed by critics on its initial release in 1973, where it was the closing night film at the New York Film Festival. That year's festival also saw the debut of Martin Scorsese's Mean Streetsm proving that »
Chicago – The debate between science and intelligent design (God) will go on as long as man evolves and searches for answers. A new and provocative film, “I Origins,” takes on the challenge of the debate through storytelling, and features hot actor Michael Pitt (“Boardwalk Empire”), directed by Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”).
Mike Cahill also teams again up with actress Brit Marling, who plays a research co-worker to Pitt’s main scientist character. Her last collaboration with Cahill, “Another Earth” – Marling also co-wrote the script – also investigated the concept of scientific certainly when faced with the mystery of an expansive and perplexing universe. In “I Origins,” the examination of the unique nature of the eye is explored, especially within its definition as a “window to the soul.”
Photo credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking rights to four upcoming films, which all generated major buzz at the Cannes Marché in May.
Knock Knock was acquired from Voltage Pictures. Eli Roth is currently filming the feature in Chile with stars Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo, of which the latter starred in Roth’s upcoming horror The Green Inferno.
The film tells the story of two young women, who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man (Reeves) where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his life.
The deal was negotiated by Al Munteanu on behalf of SquareOne Entertainment and by Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard on behalf of Voltage Pictures.
Life was acquired »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Munich — Leading German distrib SquareOne Entertainment, which is headed by Al Munteanu, has nabbed all German-speaking rights to several high-profile pics, including films starring Robert Pattinson, Keanu Reeves, Dustin Hoffman and Kit Harington.
Pattinson starrer “Life,” which is in post, was acquired from FilmNation Entertainment. Anton Corbijn (“Control”) helms the pic, which also stars Dane DeHaan (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby”). Producers are Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who won an Oscar with “The King’s Speech,” and Christina Piovesan.
Reeves starrer “Knock Knock,” which is filming in Chile, was acquired from Voltage Pictures. Eli Roth’s pic, which also stars Lorenza Izzo (“The Green Inferno”) and Ana de Armas (“Hands of Stone”), tells the story of two beautiful young »
- Leo Barraclough
Munich-based distributor SquareOne has closed on a series of pre-buys, picking up four titles first pitched a this year's Cannes market. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films SquareOne nabbed all rights in German-speaking Europe to Eli Roth's horror thriller Knock-Knock from Voltage Pictures; Anton Corbijn's James Dean period drama Life from FilmNation Entertainment; Embankment Films' Boychoir from director Francois Girard and TV adaptation Spooks: The Greater Good from Altitude Film Sales. Knock-Knock, currently filming in Chile, tells the story of two beautiful girls (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) who show up unexpectedly at the home
- Scott Roxborough
“My parents came as immigrants to Germany from Serbia, so working meant having a job that pays the bills,” remarks Branko Tomovic who has appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Inbetween (2008) and Believe the Magic (2012). “I have been interested in art and films ever since I was a child but doing anything artistic as a job wasn’t really heard of. I can’t really blame them as every parent wants a secure life for their child. It wasn’t that my parents were not supportive but more that they didn’t know any differently. I have always been the black sheep in the family with everything that I did, so it was cool with me and have always done with my life what I thought was right.” Tomovic attended an acclaimed acting school. »
- Trevor Hogg
Premiering at SXSW earlier this year, Beyond Clueless is a documentary which journeys into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics. Narrated by cult teen star Fairuza Balk and with an original score by Summer Camp the film will delight teen movie fans as they reminisce over their favourites. Thn spoke to director Charlie Lyne after the film was presented at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014.
Congratulations on the movie; it’s great to see teen movies like Loser back on the big screen; who doesn’t love that!
This is the great thing, everyone comes out and wants to thank me for putting a specific film in and it’s always a different one. No-one’s ever mentioned Loser to me before so yeah, it’s very vindicating.
What’s the usual movie people mention?
Honestly there isn’t one, »
- Victoria Bull
With Tracy Morgan recovering after a car accident that killed friend and fellow comedian James McNair, Radar looks back on 11 more deadly crashes involving celebrities. Five notable ones: Ryan Dunn: The 34-year-old Jackass star had a blood alcohol level of .196 and was going 130mph when his Porsche flew off a Pennsylvania road in 2011 , smashed through a guardrail, traveled into the woods, and erupted in flames. He and his passenger both died. James Dean: Of Dean's Porsche Spyder 550, actor Alec Guinness warned the 24-year-old, "If you get in that car you will be found dead in it »
- Evann Gastaldo
Telefilm Canada has confirmed its financial support of nearly $13 million of Canadian tax payers' money towards the production of nine English-language feature films through the 'Canada Feature Film Fund', although there doesn't seem to be anything culturally 'Canadian' about most of their selections, other than the crews that will be working on them.
Among the films receiving money include a psycho horror with a demonic 'Santa Claus', a bio pic about a former Queen of Sweden, the 'relationship' between 'James Dean' and a photographer, a thriller involving a Satanic child abuse sex ring, and an inflatable Sex Doll drug smuggling story:
The films are "After the Ball" (Sean Garrity), "A Christmas Horror Story" (Steven Hoban, Grant Harvey, Brett Sullivan), "Aloft" (Claudia Llosa), "A Worthy Companion" (Jason Sanchez, Carlos Sanchez), "Life" (Anton Corbijn), "Regression" (Alejandro Amenabar), "Rest Home" (Michael Rowe), "The Girl King" (Mika Kaurismäki) and "Zoom" (Pedro Morelli »
- Michael Stevens
Farrah Abraham is opening up about her upcoming trilogy of erotica books Celebrity Sex Tape. "I was fortunate enough to have my memoir be a New York Times Best Seller, so now I am growing in different genres of literature," the former Teen Mom stars tells E! News exclusively. "So now I'm writing erotica books." The 23-year-old mother of one says she felt now was the "proper time to write about some fantasies and some great things that I, luckily, turned into a positive." "So I'm very excited about it," she added. Abraham, who infamously starred in a sex tape with porn star James Deen, admits she's "not really attracted to adult entertainment that much." »
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