18 items from 2015
The performance of an actor playing a villainous role can sometimes be the most interesting part of the film. This is an in-depth look at some of those performances which were awarded with an Oscar.
To get a good character in film, you have to develop that character. The audience needs to see the world through their eyes in order to understand their perspective and motivations. This is especially true with villains, which are arguably more difficult to develop than a traditional protagonist. Often times villains are given the short end of the characterization stick in any given film, which makes sense. It’s not easy making an action that could hurt or harm other people seem logical, so many films don’t put much effort into it. The audience recognizes a villain when they see one, and they know he is bad because of his actions, no matter how questionable they may be. »
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“A peach must be eaten, a drum must be beaten, and a woman needs something like that!”
Love Me Tonight plays at The Hi-Pointe Theater ( 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117) Saturday, July 11th at 10:30am as part of their Classic Film Series
I’ve never seen the 1932 Paramount production Love Me Tonight, a classic mix of comedy, romance, song and satire with a first-rate cast, but I will this weekend. The story takes place in France around the time the film was made. It’s an early musical that employs an unusual script device in places – rhyming dialog exchanges that often lead into song (think the early ‘Musical Novelty’ Stooges short The Woman Haters). Love Me Tonight is apparently a satire of French royalty and high society households. Its characters are either the idle rich leading empty, hedonistic lives, or their compliant, consenting household staff. Maurice Courtelin, a Parisian »
- Tom Stockman
'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various sizes, shapes, and inclinations. In terms of quality, these range from the amusing – e.g., the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen; the Oscar-nominated The Grandfather – to the nauseating – e.g., the 1950 version of Father of the Bride; its atrocious sequel, Father's Little Dividend. Although I'm unable to come up with the absolute Top Five Father's Day Movies – or rather, just plain Father Movies – ever made, below are the first five (actually six, including a remake) "quality" patriarch-centered films that come to mind. Now, the fathers portrayed in these films aren't all heroic, loving, and/or saintly paternal figures. Several are »
- Andre Soares
Legendary British actor Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93. Lee passed away on Sunday in hospital, where he had been treated for respiratory problems and heart failure over the preceding three weeks. Lee's agent in an emailed statement said his family "wishes to make no comment".
Tall, pale, with stern features and a deep and resonating voice, it made him in high demand to play villains in numerous films - something he grew frustrated about, even though he admitted enjoying the roles as they often offered more range than limited heroic ones.
Lee was most famous for his work as Dracula in the Hammer Horror films of the 1970s, as the wizard Saruman the White in both "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies, as the Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga in the Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun," as Count Dooku in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, »
- Garth Franklin
Now playing in theaters is writer/director Doug Ellin’s feature film adaptation of his long-running HBO series Entourage. The movie picks up where the series left off, with Ari (Jeremy Piven) now a successful studio head and Vince (Adrien Grenier) stretching his “talent” by making his feature directorial debut on a supernatural adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The film also stars Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Rex Lee, Debi Mazar, Constance Zimmer, Emily Ratajkowski, and Ronda Rousey. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage and eight clips from the film. At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Doug Ellin. He talked about his original idea for the film and how it changed, what he learned from test screenings, the cameos, his Blu-ray plans, what it was like directing Rob Gronkowski, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
When 20th Century Fox released "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" in 2002, the goal was to launch a new big-budget franchise. But after spending $78 million on the film, it only grossed $179 million worldwide with a disappointing $66 million earned in Us. While the movie was considered a failure (it was also Sean Connery's last film role), Fox has announced that it will reboot the project in hopes of getting it right this time. John Davis (Chronicle) is producing. A director has yet to be hired. The original film was based on a comic book series by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, and features such literature characters as Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Mina Harker of Dracula. »
Well this was inevitable. In the wake of Marvel’s Avengers series and just ahead of Warner Bros.’ Justice League “prequel” Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 20th Century Fox is reviving its own “team of superheroes” property The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Based on the Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill graphic novel of the same name, the story finds Victorian-era literary characters such as The Invisible Man, Dorian Gray, Captain Nemo, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde teaming up to fight bad guys. Per Variety, Chronicle and Predators producer John Davis is onboard to produce this new adaptation through his Davis Entertainment banner. Fox first attempted a feature film adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003, with an ornery Sean Connery leading a cast that included Shane West as Tom Sawyer, a character the studio added in order to make the property more appealing to younger viewers. »
- Adam Chitwood
Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly are overseeing the remake, based on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s graphic novel of the same name, centering on Victorian-era literary characters such as Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde teaming to fight a common enemy.
A TV series was in development in 2013 with “Green Lantern” writer Michael Green on board as showrunner and exec producer alongside Erwin Stoff. Fox made a put pilot commitment but the show was not ordered to series.
The feature film starred Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain; it was the thesp’s final live-action movie before he retired. The studio had planned for “League” to become a franchise but the worldwide gross reached only $180 million.
- Dave McNary
Buckle up buttercup, ‘cuz ol’ Xiii is back in town, and we goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of fright in my black Cadillac!
The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Miss Osbourne
Show of hands (or claws, or whatever you ghouls have): how many of you knew that ol’ Walerian Borowczyk—you know, the dude that directed The Beast, that flick with the be-donged creature that managed to cover every square inch of everything in cu…err, fluid—directed an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic nightmare novel Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? No one? Well, I didn’t either, but he did, and I got to watch it. How close will he keep to the original text? Read on and find out!
It was only a matter of time until the hit HBO show “Entourage”, a.k.a. The Dudebro Version of “Sex and The City,” got its own movie, especially after the rushed series finale that disappointed many fans. The feature continuation of Vince, E, Johnny Drama, Turtle, and asshole-agent-turned-more-than-likely-asshole-studio-head Ari Gold’s boobs, booze, and business-filled Hollywood adventures focuses on the troubled production of Vince’s directorial debut, a big budget adaptation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Before a sequel that inexplicably takes the boys on a trip to Abu Dhabi ruins the franchise, fans can get pumped for the “Entourage” movie’s June 3rd release by watching 8 clips from the movie and 17 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. Read More: 'Entourage' Soundtrack Features Pharrell Williams, Diplo, Jane's Addiction, The National, Tame Impala & More The clips basically show extensions of jokes already found in the trailers, from Mark Wahlberg’s obligatory cameo, »
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Is there still any interest in a feature film continuation of Entourage? Warner Bros. will find out early next month when it sends Ari (Jeremy Piven), Vince (Adrien Grenier) and the rest of the gang into theaters for their first big-screen adventure. In hopes of raising the pic’s profile, the marketing department has unleashed a slew of high-resolution images, revealing that the boys are still up to their old tricks.
The movie picks up with Ari having become the head of a major studio. Meanwhile, Vince is working on an adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which will serve as his directorial debut in Hollywood.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back…and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, »
- Isaac Feldberg
If your weekend is severely lacking in footage from the Entourage movie, you’re in luck. Warner Bros. has released eight clips and 17 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming film, providing a closer look at writer/director Doug Ellin’s feature film adaptation of his long-running HBO series. The movie picks up where the series left off, with Ari (Jeremy Piven) now a successful studio head and Vince (Adrien Grenier) stretching his “talent” by making his feature directorial debut on a supernatural adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Watch the clips and behind-the-scenes footage below. The film also stars Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Rex Lee, Debi Mazar, Constance Zimmer, Emily Ratajkowski, and Ronda Rousey. And if you missed them, check out Steve’s on-set interviews with Grenier, Connolly, and Dillon. Entourage Movie Clips [complextv contentid="RhcXI0dTodu96PMoyKSZ-1bMuUna7Yke" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Entourage Behind-the-Scenes Footage [complextv contentid="ZtZXI0dTqav3zzl1CRYla6b27Q12EMjh" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Here's the »
- Adam Chitwood
Warner Bros. has released a large batch of high-resolution images from the upcoming Entourage movie, written and directed by series creator Doug Ellin. The film picks up where the series left off, with Ari (Jeremy Piven) now a successful studio head and Vince (Adrien Grenier) stretching his “talent” by making his feature directorial debut on a supernatural adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Warner Bros. (and HBO) is no doubt hoping to mirror the success of Sex and the City, which made the leap to the big screen to the tune of $415 million worldwide—which is pretty darn great for an R-rated film. Its feature film sequel fared less well, but still did solid business, so the question now is whether the “boys” will turn out in droves for Entourage or if the show’s been off the air too long to elicit enthusiasm for a feature film continuation. »
- Adam Chitwood
Robert Louis Stevenson’s literary horror classic Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published in 1886, just a decade before the birth of cinema and only two decades prior to its first screen adaptation (William N. Selig’s now lost Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). Since then a lengthy list of cinematic interpretations have come to fruition, from the 1931 film directed by Rouben Mamoulian which earned Fredric March an Oscar for his performance in the starring role, to the 1941 remake that boasted of names like Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner, through a TV movie featuring Mickey Rooney in his very last screen performance. Despite the lengthy list, there is certainly no adaptation quite like Walerian Borowczyk’s hyper sexualized The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne.
By 1981, the year of the film’s release, Borowczyk had (somewhat unwillingly) been pegged as an art house »
- Jordan M. Smith
In addition to being depicted in black and white on the paneled page, the comic book version of The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes has some other key differences in appearance compared to his TV counterpart (though there are plenty of similarities, too), all of which are captured in Diamond Select Toys' new Rick Grimes vinyl bust bank that comes out this summer. Also due out when flowers are in full bloom and snow is a distant memory are four new Universal Monsters action figures, a zombified Sabretooth from the Marvel Zombies comic book series, a Godzilla vinyl bank mirroring the radioactive reptile's look in 1974's Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, and the return of the popular Plants Vs. Zombie Garden Warfare figures line, complete with more wacky weaponry.
"Post-Toy Fair Wrap-Up: New Diamond Select Items Coming This Summer!
New York Toy Fair is over, and Diamond Select Toys is ready to »
- Derek Anderson
Another day, another set of allegations to add to the ever-expanding list of Bill Cosby accusers. On Thursday two more women, former models Linda Brown and Lise-Lotte Lublin, came forward at a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred to accuse the comedian of sexually assaulting them on two separate occasions more than 20 years ago. Brown says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1969 at a Toronto hotel when she was 21. "He has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality and if you trust him then he has fooled you as well," she noted at the press conference. Lublin says Cosby drugged her at a Las Vegas hotel in 1989, when she was 23, which she says caused her to black out and later wake up at her home with little recollection of the previous events. "Bill Cosby appears to think that rape is a joke," she said. "Let me tell you something, Bill, »
- Dee Lockett
Towards the beginning of 2015, we learned that Elle Fanning was going to lead Neon Demon, the next film from Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn. Now the rest of the cast is filling out as Variety has word from the European Film Market in Berlin that Keanu Reeves and "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks (who just happens to star in Drive star Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River) have joined the cast of the film about an aspiring model (Fanning) who is caught in a world of beauty and demise. The film is still trying to get a buyer in the United States, even though production begins in March. Reeves was previously slated to work with Refn back in 2009 on a new adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but that project never came together, so it's nice to see they still found something to collaborate on. »
- Ethan Anderton
To celebrate Tmnt season 3 starting this weekend, Matt once again watches some favourite episodes and eats too much cake...
In an incredible display of commitment to my craft, in order to complete this article I spent an entire weekend watching cartoons and eating cake. You’re welcome, Den of Geek readers.
With the third season of the cartoon launching in the UK and the second half of the second season arriving on DVD, I decided it was time I wrote something else about one of my favourite television shows. Then, in my local supermarket, I found this.
It was the same Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake that I had bought last year, except that this one was Michelangelo! As it had a slightly different mouth and a different colour headband, I obviously had to buy it immediately. I have no problem paying out twice for a lazy rejig if I »
18 items from 2015
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