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Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Sword fights, like one-on-one fights, target the emotion and power of each individual fighter, but are amplified by the extension of their weapon. Whereas one-on-one fights test the might and bronze of our competitors, sword fights add an extra element of intelligence and skill. A fighter can scrape by through luck in a brawl of fists, but a sword (and knife) fight exposes the true strengths and weaknesses of its opponents.
10. Rob Roy (1995) – No quarter asked, no quarter given
- Shane Ramirez
The Scottish / Irish co-production Let Us Prey (out on DVD and Blu-ray May 26th in the U.S.) is a hardcore horror / action hybrid that pits the devil himself (played by Liam Cunningham from Game of Thrones)against a handful of sinful policemen and criminals, whose day of judgment is upon them. With only a single policewoman named Rachel (played by Pollyanna McIntosh from The Woman) without a guilty conscience to stand up to him, the devil will have a hell of a night reaping souls. Part homage to John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13, and part occult thriller with heaping doses of blood and gore, Let Us Prey will appeal to fans of both horror and action, and the film’s star McIntosh takes time to discuss her role in the film here.
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- Gary Collinson
Today’s Zen question: Can a movie be called a sequel even if it has a cast that hadn’t been in the earlier three movies but it stars the same lead character and the worldview remains consistent with those movies and all four movies have the same director, but the last one was released 30 years ago?
Today’s Zen answer: Who the hell cares? Mad Max: Fury Road is an absolutely terrific movie.
I saw this epic with my ComicMix comrade Martha Thomases and our mutual pal, Michigan’s own Penelope Ruchman. It was the beginning of an amazingly astonishing pop entertainment day; I’d give you those details but you know how I absolutely hate to name-drop. I won’t speak for Martha or Penny except to say that Martha enjoyed the movie at least as much as I did and I believe Penny liked it even more. »
- Mike Gold
By Kevin Scott
I had the distinct pleasure of corresponding with Natalie Burn. Burn’s talented beyond measure and has had a well lived life thus far. Beginning as a dancer and studying at such prestigious schools as The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and The Royal Ballet School in London.
She then threw her hand into the acting game, and has worked alongside Sly Stallone himself in Expendables 3, and has recently made a film that deals with the dark side of organ donation, in addition to Awaken and Killer Mermaid (review). It’s pretty impressive not only because it has some noteworthy names in it, but it was also co-written by her as well. She even does her own stunt work. If it’s not apparent by now, she believes in a pretty broad skill set.
Kevin Scott Natalie, thanks so much for talking with More Horror. I »
This is not Gone With the Wind fabulous! Kenya Moore won’t get the fairy tale ending she envisioned with James, her set-up boyfriend from Millionaire Matchmaker. As it turns out, James was keeping a secret of his own while dating the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, 44. Statement from Kenya Moore A photo posted by Kenya Moore (@thekenyamoore) on May 12, 2015 at 7:11am Pdt “Unfortunately, I just learned today that the man I met and fell in love with from Millionaire Matchmaker was married a week after the [...] »
Mother's Day always gets us thinking about everything our mothers have done for us, and for me, that includes introducing me to a lot of great movies. So I asked my fellow editors which movies they wouldn't have found without their moms and which films they watch with their moms. Some of the answers were surprising (The Rocky Horror Picture Show!), and some were more expected: it turns out everyone's mom loves Gone With the Wind. Take a look through our favorite mom movies, and let me know what you always watch with your mom! »
'To Each His Own' movie with Olivia de Havilland and John Lund 'To Each His Own' movie review: Best Actress Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland stars in Mother Love tearjerker Olivia de Havilland, who had starred in the 1941 melodrama Hold Back the Dawn, returns to the wartime milieu in To Each His Own (1946), once again under the direction of Mitchell Leisen, who guides the proceedings with his characteristic sincerity while cleverly skirting the Production Code's restrictive guidelines. In To Each His Own, de Havilland plays Jody Norris, a small-town woman who falls quickly in love – much like her character in Hold Back the Dawn – but this time during World War I, when Jody's brief liaison with daredevil flying ace Captain Cosgrove (John Lund) results in an out-of-wedlock child. When Cosgrove is killed in battle, the young mother anonymously gives up her baby to a childless couple in her hometown, remaining »
- Doug Johnson
Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »
- D. Zhea
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
It's hard to believe that YouTube is just 10 years old. It seems like it's been around forever, and it's difficult to recall how we ever lived without it.
Nonetheless, it was only 10 years ago this week, on April 23, 2005, that YouTube posted its first user-uploaded video. (It was a 19-second clip called "Me at the Zoo," uploaded by site co-creator Jawed Karim, showing him commenting on his own visit to the elephant exhibit at the San Diego Zoo. It's been viewed 19 million times.)
Today, YouTube seems a ubiquitous part of our lives. But whether you post your own videos or simply watch those made by others, you're adding to the growth of a platform that has forever altered the formerly passive way we used to watch television. Here are 10 ways YouTube has changed what we watch and how we watch it.
Streaming. There was streaming video before YouTube, but it was »
- Gary Susman
“We’ll give him more than chains. He’s always been king of his world, but we’ll teach him fear. We’re millionaires, boys. I’ll share it with all of you. Why, in a few months, it’ll be up in lights on Broadway: Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World!”
Doors open at 6:30pm. $6 suggested for the screening. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed suds. A bartender will be on hand to take care of you. “Culture Shock” is the name of a film series here in St. Louis that is the cornerstone project of a social enterprise that is an ongoing source of support for Helping Kids Together (http://www. »
- Tom Stockman
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: This Star Wars poster is the first of a trilogy by artist Andy Fairhurst. See his posters for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi at Slashfilm. Speaking of Star Wars, our favorite cosplay of the day is this group of Muppets dressed as Darth Vader and some Imperial Stormtroopers (via Geek Tyrant): More Star Wars, here's a fairly long supercut of all the characters from the first six movies, starting with The Phantom Menace (via Geekologie): Here's a U.S. map showing the most popular movie set in each state, according to IMDb ratings. My representative is Gone With the Wind (via Mental_Floss): The latest episode of No...
- Christopher Campbell
Frankly, my dears, this dress is worth a lot. A floor-sweeping frock worn by Viven Leigh in several scenes of the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind sold at auction for a cool $137,000 in Beverly Hills on April 18. The dress, which is light blue in the movie but has since faded to a dove gray, features a ball skirt, capelet, buttons down the bodice and a black, linear print. The New York Times reports that James Tumblin, an avid Gone With the Wind memorabilia collector, originally purchased the dress for $20 in the early 1960s, when he worked in the hair and makeup department at Universal Studios. (Over the years, Tumblin has collected over 300,000 pieces from the film.) And that wasn't the only »
A dress from the 1939 film Gone With the Wind has sold at auction.
The two-piece costume worn by Leigh's character Scarlett O'Hara fetched $137,000 (£91,000) when it went under the hammer in California.
The dress was among the 150 items sold by collector James Tumblin in the Beverly Hills auction on Saturday (April 18).
Tumblin originally bought the dress for $20 from a costume shop.
Leigh won an Oscar for her portrayal of Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 film.
Watch a trailer for Gone With the Wind below: »
With ten film adaptations of his books already, and an 11th (The Choice) set for early 2016, it is clear that Nicholas Spark’s brand of romantic love stories make him Hollywood’s favorite author. With his latest, The Longest Ride, I think Sparks’ faithful (overwhelmingly female) audience might find, as I did in my video review above, that this is the best since 2004’s blockbuster The Notebook. That’s saying something: I consider that movie the Gone With The Wind of the… »
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
James Newton Howard, the tireless film composer with more than 120 score credits and eight Oscar nominations, will receive the Max Steiner Award at the eighth annual Hollywood in Vienna event at Austria’s Vienna Concert Hall on Oct. 15-16.
Howard — whose scores in just the past three years include the quartet of “Hunger Games” movies, “Snow White and the Hunstman,” “Maleficent,” “The Bourne Legacy” and “Nightcrawler” — will follow in the footsteps of such past Steiner honorees as John Barry, Lalo Schifrin, Howard Shore and last year’s recipient, Randy Newman.
“Howard is definitely one of the most versatile film composers of our time as he succeeds in writing both eerie classical mystery scores, uplifting comedy scores, electronic soundtracks as well as chart-winning songs,” said Hollywood in Vienna »
- Steve Chagollan
Cinderella hits UK this Friday. A traditional take on the classic fairy tale, Kenneth Branagh directs Downton Abbey‘s Lily James as the titular heroine. The film is a true live adaptation of Disney‘s iconic cartoon and features a plethora of fine actors and actresses, most of them British. Kenneth Branagh’s name on the directors chair obviously helped get a few to sign the dotted line; the film stars Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi and Stellan Skarsgard to name but a few.
Ahead of Cinderella’s cinematic release (which feature new Frozen short film Frozen Fever) we were invited to the luxurious Claridges to attend a very special press conference. We felt just like Cinderella as we walked through the historic building. There were many questions that people were dying to ask, but we had but one – had Prince Kit not learned anything from Rob Stark’s marital choices? »
- Kat Smith
The movie screened at the private theater at the massive hilltop estate — the inspiration for Xanadu in “Citizen Kane” — for about 60 people, most of whom paid $1,000 per ticket to benefit the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and the Friends of Hearst Castle preservation group.
“I felt the spirit of William Randolph Hearst,” said producer Lincoln Phipps, whose “Hollywood Don’t Surf” documentary had screened Thursday at the fest.
The Hearst family became a part of the festival in 2012 when William Randolph Hearst’s grandson Steven Hearst agreed to a first-ever screening of “Citizen Kane” at the Hearst Castle visitor center — two miles away from Hearst Castle — even though his grandfather had tried unsuccessfully to suppress the 1941 film due to its unflattering portrayal of aspects of his life, »
- Dave McNary
"The Sound of Music" is not just a wonderful film; it's perhaps the single most timeless Hollywood musical with the most uniformly beloved songlist in film history. Julie Andrews' performance as the nurturing, free-spirited Maria Von Trapp was an instant sensation, a legendary portrayal that helped "The Sound of Music" unseat "Gone with the Wind" as the highest grossing film to date. If the charming hooks of "Do-Re-Mi" and "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" aren't sumptuous enough, the movie's sonic splendor deepens with the classic anthem "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and the adorable, yet incredibly moving "So Long, Farewell." At every turn in Robert Wise's classic there is another tune, performance, or charismatic bit of Von Trapp choreography to renew our faith in the power of the Hollywood musical. In honor of the movie's 50th anniversary and new re-release on Blu-ray and Digital HD, we had the unspeakable honor of »
- Louis Virtel
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