20 items from 2013
Showtime has released Chapter 2 of its Production Blog for the upcoming "Penny Dreadful," and this time we have creator/executive producer John Logan discussing the series' ties to horror literature like Dracula, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
"Penny Dreadful" is created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Neal Street's Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, "Call the Midwife").
- Debi Moore
The first big show of the Awards Season happened Saturday night as Hollywood’s A-listers turned out to celebrate 2013 Governors Award honorees Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, and Piero Tosi. The Governors Awards, along with the Academy Awards, bookends the entire award season annually.
The Academy blogged the event Live for fans during the arrivals and ceremony. You can read it here: http://www.oscars.org/awards/governors/index.html.
Produced by Paula Wagner, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and three Honorary Awards were presented to Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. Italian costume designer Piero Tosi was also honored, but did not attend the ceremony.
On hand were Mark Wahlberg, Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Rash & Nate Faxon, Jonah Hill, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lee Daniels & Ruth E. Carter, Matthew McConaughey, Pharrell Williams, Lupita Nyong’o, »
- Michelle McCue
From Nosferatu to Twilight, gothic films have explored what frightens us – and why we are willing victims of our fear. A few days before Halloween, and as the BFI begins a nationwide season, Michael Newton is seduced by horror, sex and satanism
Beyond high castle walls, the wolves howl. The Count intones: "Listen to them! The children of the night! What music they make!" And those words usher you into a faintly ludicrous cosiness, the comfortable darkness of gothic. For gothic properties are altogether snug, as familiar as Halloween costumes – a Boris Karloff mask, the Bela Lugosi cape, an Elsa Lanchester wig. So it is that many of us first come to the form through its parodies; I knew Carry On Screaming! by heart before I saw my first Hammer film. And yet, within the homely restfulness, something genuinely disturbing lurks; an authentic dread. And watching these films again, we »
- Michael Newton
Oscar Wilde's magical stories for children have often been dismissed as lesser works, but as examples of how important imagination is to us all – young and old alike – they are a delight
"Far off, like a perfect pearl, one can see the city of God. It is so wonderful that it seems as if a child could reach it in a summer's day. And so a child could. But with me and such as I am it is different. One can realise a thing in a single moment, but one loses it in the long hours that follow … "
– Oscar Wilde, "De Profundis"
Oscar Wilde wrote "De Profundis" in Reading gaol where he was serving two years hard labour for being himself; he was homosexual. He was sent to prison in 1895 after one of the most notorious trials in English history. Wilde's fatal amour, Lord Alfred Douglas, was son of the Marquess of Queensberry, »
- Jeanette Winterson
Take another look @ writer/director Brian De Palma's classic 1974 feature "Phantom Of The Paradise", with its Oscar nominated tunes by Paul Williamson including "Somebody Super Like You", performed by 'The Undeads', followed by "Life At Last", with an electrifying performance by rock star 'Beef' (Geritt Graham).
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Phantom Of The Paradise"...
- Michael Stevens
The upcoming series from J.J. Abrams and former Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman has a cool premise, an eye-popping look, and a stellar cast. It’s set in a future that requires all police to have android partners. Star Karl Urban‘s character, a detective, is “hesitant” about this requirement.
His assigned partner Dorian (Michael Ealy), an earlier and “more human” model than most of his synthetic kin (think “Lor”, Tng fans), has his work cut out for him.
Here’s a featurette about our newest favorite robocop:
Featurette: Almost Human – Picture of Dorian
- Erin Willard
Glenn here. First things first: let us congratulate the four people selected by the Academy to receive statues at their annual Governer's Awards in November. The names are screen (big and small) and stage legend Angela Lansbury, five-time costume design nominee Piero Tosi, actor and comedian Steve Martin, as well as Angelina Jolie who will be awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
I think we can all agree that the first three names listed there are bona fide deserved winners. Lansbury with her nominated screen roles in Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray (which I think made her the first person ever nominated for both their debut and sophomore performances?) and perhaps most famously as the wicked puppet master mother in The Manchurian Candidate, not to mention also appearing as the voice of sweet Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast. She ranked #7 on The Film Experience's poll of women »
- Glenn Dunks
Angelina Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic work, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday. The award is one of four honorary Governors Awards the academy will present this fall in connection with the Oscars. Jolie, a best supporting actress winner in 1999 for “Girl, Interrupted,” has collaborated extensively with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and has visited many refugee camps. Her acting career has included films like “A Mighty Heart” that tackle humanitarian issues. The honorary Oscars will also go to Angela Lansbury (three Academy Award nominations over her career, for “Gaslight,” “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and »
- April Neale
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Honorary Awards to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Angelina Jolie. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 5th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 16, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
“The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who’ve made indelible contributions in their respective fields,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s honorees and look forward to bringing their peers and colleagues together to celebrate their extraordinary achievements.”
Lansbury has received three Academy Award® nominations for her supporting performances on film – the first in her 1944 feature debut in “Gaslight,” followed by “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945) and “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962). Her numerous other credits include “The Long, Hot Summer,” “Blue Hawaii, »
- Michelle McCue
Angelina Jolie will be bringing home a second Oscar, but not for a performance on the silver screen. The actress will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her volunteer work, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday. Jolie, who won in 2000 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Girl, Interrupted, will receive one of four honorary awards, with the others going to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi. "The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who've made indelible contributions in their respective fields," said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and costume designer Piero Tosi will receive Honorary Awards and Angelina Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the fifth annual Governors Awards, to be held Nov. 16 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
When a separate ceremony was decreed a few years ago, some Acad members balked. But new Acad prexy Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Thursday told Variety, “Having a separate evening has gotten everyone more engaged about these awards than they used to be. The event makes the awards closer and more personal.”
The evening also provides a more complete look at their careers; before that, the salutes were limited by TV’s time constraints.
Boone Isaacs declined to talk about the process by which the honorees were chosen at Tuesday night’s board meeting. But she said industry people offer names year-round. »
- Timothy M. Gray
Each has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive the honorary Governors Awards.
Jolie will receive the The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.” In addition to her longtime work with the United Nations and Council on Foreign Relations as an advocate for refugees, she helped raise breast cancer awareness after opening up about her recent preventative double mastectomy, »
- Anthony Breznican
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its 5th Annual Governors Awards recipients, with Honorary Awards going to actress Angela Lansbury, comedian Steve Martin, and costume designer Piero Tosi, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award going to actress Angelina Jolie. Both awards are Oscar statuettes.
In a press release announcing the news, the Academy notes that the Honorary Award is given to "honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy." The Humanitarian Award is given "to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry."
Lansbury has received three Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress -- 1944's "Gaslight," 1945's "The Picture of Dorian Gray," and 1962's "The Manchurian Candidate" -- and also memorably lent her voice to 1991's "Beauty and the Beast," the first »
- Katie Roberts
The motion picture academy announced Thursday that Angelina Jolie will receive the Hersholt humanitarian prize at the upcoming Governors Awards while Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi will all get honorary Oscars. Jolie already has an Academy Award on her mantle, winning in 1999 for her supporting performance in "Girl, Interrupted." Last year, eyebrows were raised when no performers were part of the quartet recognized at these kudos. While three-time Oscar nominee Lansbury ("Gaslight," 1944; "The Picture of Dorian Gray," 1945; "The Manchurian Candidate," 1962) will be a popular choice, she may have bumped out your top pick for the honor -- Doris Day. Once again, the board of governors snubbed this screen legend who topped the box office list for four years (1960, 1962 - 1964) and was a one-time Oscar nominee ("Pillow Talk," 1959). With all the work she has done over the years »
It's that time of year again -- or what used to be that time of year. NewFest is here (September 6-11). Yes, the celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and what-have-you cinema is back for its 25th anniversary. The main venue will be the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, considered by some to be the best cinema in Manhattan, one that boasts a truly superior sound system.
(Anyone who ever attended NewFest when it was held at the New School with its second-rate visuals and third-rate resonance will rejoice.)
In the past, this deliciously raucous event has screened a mixed bag of semi-brilliant to much-less-so offerings, many you'll never ever get to see anywhere else on a "big" screen whether you reside in the Big Apple or in Idaho. On the plus side, watching a woefully dreadful movie with a roomful of knowing Glbtq cinephiles is often a hoot. »
- Brandon Judell
With summer in full swing, what better to do during this hot month than stay inside a cool air conditioned space and catch up on some must see indies available on VOD? To help you figure out what to watch, we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies to watch on VOD this month. "The Time Being" (July 23) A young artist named Daniel (Wes Bentley) encounters a mysterious and eccentric benefactor (Frank Langella) who offers to fund his art as long as he is willing to take on some strange assignments. Daniel must find the balance between the need for money and the desire for personal and artistic integrity. The fragile moral relationship between a young and corruptible man in need and a mysterious patron has been trodden before on paper ("Great Expectations," "The Picture of Dorian Gray"), but this big screen exploration seems to hold just as much drama, »
- Madeline Raynor
A book filled with inner monologue, a Bengal tiger and a shipwrecked boy somehow managed to be turned into a film; an Academy Award-winning one at that. Ang Lee has himself called Life Of Pi the most difficult film he’s ever made. Life Of Pi was once considered unfilmable due to the importance of the tiger and its human qualities. However, thanks to the required technology being enabled a few years ago, the tiger and story could finally be brought to the big screen. Check out Thn’s list of seemingly unfilmable films which were made into movies.
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
A key to bringing those supposedly unfilmable movies to life is modern CGI. Where would the Lord Of The Rings trilogy be without it? Children would have played hobbits, Nazgûl-birds made to fly by hanging them on strings, and a doll would have portrayed Gollum, »
- Isra Alkassi
Oh, Hollywood. You don't really care about us, do you?
After The Hollywood Reporter revealed that there's a "Sherlock Holmes"-style update of "Oliver Twist" in the works, we're really starting to reconsider things. It's bad enough that you won't produce original ideas, but then you have to go and do something like this. "Oliver Twist" isn't even the best candidate for this kind of treatment, and this type of logline is one of the easiest to come up with when the original property is available.
If you're going to make us sit through slightly different spins on the same old story, the least you could do is make it more like these.
"Faking your death isn't hard. It's coming back to live that's the trick." After years of working undercover on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, Tom Sawyer is looking for a way back into his normal life. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Vertigo loves its mini-series lately. When even their most dependable ongoings are coming to an end (or jumping ship to DC’s main line, as in the case of John Constantine), the gems can still be found in one-shots, collections, and short series bursts. The New Deadwardians is one of those most successful bursts.
I’ll admit that I was skeptical upon learning of the subject matter. Vampires and zombies? Really? Again? However, I am most pleased to report that writer Dan Abnett has taken a non-mainstream approach to these two most famous monsters. To deal with a zombie (“Restless”) outbreak during 19th century wartime, top tier English gentlemen develop a revolutionary “cure”: vampirism. Unfortunately, as Inspector George Suttle has discovered, eternal life is not all it’s cracked up to be, and the very concept has robbed him of his position as a murder detective.
Instead of miring itself in immortal moping, »
- FM Overlord
Whenever a zeitgeisty phenomenon like "Stars Wars" happens, some of the people associated become inextricably connected with it in the public eye for a very long time. The potential for typecasting foils the good vibes from success, really. Carrie Fisher is one example of such, having brought the oft-emulated and desirable Princess Leia Organa into being on-screen for George Lucas' far, far away sci-fi starter in 1977.
And while she has that iconic role to thank for a rather fruitful career now spanning four decades, she still has a thing to say to that little bun-haired lady people keep wanting her to wear "those f--king white leather boots" to reprise for funzies.
For Bullett Media, Fisher wrote a letter to her old - or forever young, rather — character counterpart, and the gist of it is that she thinks it's pretty damn unfair that Leia gets to keep lookin' hot in those kicks, »
- Amanda Bell
20 items from 2013
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