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After three years of marriage, Christina Hendricks and husband Geoffrey Arend are expanding their family - with a cockapoo puppy. And, as the saying goes: like mother, like daughter! "She has the same hair as me!" the actress, who plays Joan Harris on Mad Men, gushed to journalist Peter Travers in a recent interview. Though photos show the furball is a brunette, perhaps Hendricks, 37, was alluding to those cascading waves; the actress has wavy hair, too, however she recently cropped it into a bob. Either way, it's clear the star is smitten with the new addition. "We call her Zuzu, »
After last week's "Psych" bombshell, where Juliet figured out that Shawn has been lying all along about being psychic, things work themselves out rather interestingly in the next episode, titled "Right Turn or Left For Dead."
"It's a little bit of 'Sliding Doors,'" says Franks. "Shawn gets to see, in a way, what would've happened if the events had not played out, if he'd not come clean that night. He gets to see the way things would've happened and the way they did happen."
We're very intrigued. And while Franks can't divulge too many details, he does say it's an awesome episode. While he found last week's cliffhanger so "heartbreaking," the follow-up episode is maybe even better. »
A survey claims 20% of people didn't know what love was until they saw Love Actually. Please tell me it's not true
Sometimes, when the stars align and the timing is right, a film can rise up and transcend the medium. These films aren't just films. They're so much more important than that. They're a lifeline. A comfort blanket that you can clutch and hold close when things get difficult. A series of markers that can pinpoint the trajectory of your time on Earth. These films are special. They become part of you. They can change who you are.
And this has been reflected in a new survey, which has asked the public to create their own timeline of films that have helped them through significant milestones. It's a touching notion – that, no matter how stressful a period of personal upheaval is, film will always be there as an inspirational, unwavering companion. »
- Stuart Heritage
Feature James Clayton 12 Apr 2013 - 06:17
Sci-fi thriller Oblivion has arrived in cinemas, and that means that audiences have a fresh sci-fi blockbuster to enjoy. Sometimes snubbed, misunderstood and casually dismissed to sulk in its own tech-interfaced ghetto, the genre has got a bit of a (micro)chip on its shoulder. It's therefore always nice to see original science fiction stories making waves on the movie scene and reaching wider cinema audiences.
Of course, the crucial draw of Oblivion for many isn't its vision of a future Earth ravaged by alien warfare, overseen by survivors who inhabit floating towns and »
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
Spanish director dies following a stroke: Best known for his nearly two hundred underground, "exploitation" films "I think I was born because my father and my mother had sex ... ." Nope, that has nothing to do with the anti-censorship lectured delivered by Oz the Great and Powerful and Interior. Leather Bar's James Franco online. The words above were uttered by another Franco, a Spaniard. No, not the foaming-at-the-mouth right-wing military ruler Francisco Franco, but multitasking filmmaker Jesús Franco, aka Jess Franco aka dozens of other aliases, including those in honor of jazz performers Clifford Brown and James P. Johnson. His oeuvre included about 200 films, among them The White Slave, The Sexual History of O, Macumba Sexual, , Emmanuelle Exposed, Vampyros Lesbos, The Mistresses of Dr. Jekyll, and White Cannibal Queen. The director died today in Malaga, a city in southern Spain, after suffering a stroke. According to reports, he had never truly »
- Andre Soares
Disney is firmly on It's A Wonderful Life territory with the story of Charley (Fred MacMurray), a decent hardware store owner who is visited by a shabby-looking angel (Harry Morgan) who tells him his time will soon be up. Charley finds religion, tries to patch relations with his family and do the best he can to be a good father and husband before he dies. However, his actions appear to be those of a madman and his sons and daughter appear even further away despite the occasional re-appearance of his guardian angel. »
The team led by conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza are making a new film critical of the president's attitude to the Us
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The makers of a rightwing anti-President Obama documentary which became a surprise box office hit prior to last year's Us presidential elections are to release a follow-up, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, whose film 2016: Obama's America swiftly became the second highest-grossing political documentary of all time, despite opening in a single Us cinema screen with a budget of $2.5m, will release a new documentary called America prior to next year's mid-term elections in the Us. The film was formally announced at the Conservative political action conference in Washington DC on 16 March. D'Souza will write and appear on camera, while 2016 co-director John Sullivan will take the director's chair.
America will allege that Obama sees his country »
- Ben Child
Once was a surprise cinema hit – a micro-budget romance about an Irish busker and a Czech flower seller. Who better to adapt it for stage than self-confessed misanthrope Enda Walsh? The playwright recalls his journey from cynic to proud, emotional wreck
We don't do musicals in Ireland. Well, not much. We like to keep our actors and musicians separate at all times. In separate counties, even. There is possibly a musical theatre company hidden on Sherkin Island doing a production of Wicked right now, but they haven't been found yet. And when they do find them, it will be a heavy dose of Samuel Beckett for those grinning fools. Why break into song and dance to exorcise your inner emotions when you can talk yourself through it? Over the years, I've added my own fair share of words to Irish theatre. You can't help it as an Irish person. We talk. »
Conservative columnist Dinesh D'Souza's is planning a followup 2016: Obama's America (which, in case you forgot, was the second highest-grossing political documentary ever.) Simply titled America, the movie is intended as a sequel to 2016, "though audiences may be inclined to view it as such," notes The Hollywood Reporter. Comparing the idea to It's a Wonderful Life, D'Souza explained that America will "recreate some famous moments in American history and ask the question: What would the world be like if the U.S. had not existed?" The point seems to be that an America-less world is where President Obama would like to live. "We intend to provide both serious answers and have some fun as we take Obama’s dreams for America to their logical conclusions," D'Souza said. If that sounds serious, fun, or logical to you, then get ready: the film is due in theaters just in time for »
- Andre Tartar
There are a few classic holiday films we like to pull out each year in addition to the Rankin/Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, such as A Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life and the more modern A Christmas Story. A common thread between these films that has helped make them annual favorites is that they don't focus on the religious or ritual aspects of the holiday, but instead on it as a time for homecomings and shared memories with family and loved ones, friends and neighbors. Soon to join those ranks is When Angels Sing, the adaptation of a Turk Pipkin story by director Tim McCanlies and writer Lou Berney.
Easily the best Christmas movie since 1983's A Christmas Story, When Angels Sing was shot in Austin and features a Who's Who of talent with Texas ties. Stars Harry Connick Jr. and Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights »
- Mike Saulters
Landmark and controversial Gay movies at Lacma On March 23, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be screening two film programs inspired by its current Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit: "America’s Most Wanted: The Queer Underground," featuring Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures, Jean Genet's Un Chant d'Amour, and Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising; and "Temptations: My Hustler and Mala Noche," featuring Andy Warhol's My Hustler and Gus Van Sant's Mala Noche. The screenings are free of charge. The 26-minute Un Chant d'Amour is Genet's sole film; considering its theme and stylistic approach, the film, as to be expected, faced censorship issues at the time of its first screening in the U.S. in 1966 (sixteen years after it was made). The Lacma release (see below more information on each film) describes Un Chant d'Amour (aka "A Song of Love") as "an iconic landmark of queer cinema for its lyrical, »
- Andre Soares
Looking at those animated studio logos that tell you a film's about to start – and the ones that do things a little bit differently
This week's Clip joint is by Dominic Graham, who blogs about film at Fifty Word Film Reviews. If you've got an idea for a future clip joint, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like the ever-present ads in the margins of our web-vision, we are so used to studio intros that we no longer actually see them.
In researching this blog I failed to find a name for the following phenomenon – so for the purposes of this post we'll call them "bespoke idents". If done well these can not only encourage you to remember who produced the film, but cannily get the audience onside by starting the movie early. It's an in-joke of sorts – prompting a pre-credit smile, or instilling sense of unease …
- Guardian readers
Rosie Schaap's sharply written memoir, Drinking With Men, is a collection of scenes from the bars she frequented in different phases of her life. It's a fairly cinematic approach, as the New York Times "Drink" columnist would readily admit. "Because I've been involved in bar life for so long, I'm always kind of sensitive to the way bars are depicted in movies," she tells us. Too often, she believes, the bar setting is used as shorthand for rock bottom, as in Looking for Mr. Goodbar and It's a Wonderful Life. (The latter may be a holiday classic, but "that bartender's such a prick," she says.) So what makes for a good bar scene? We had Rosie take us on a pub crawl through her thirteen favorites. »
- Gwynne Watkins
In a fair and just world, Arbitrage would arrive on our shores amidst a wave of buzz and fresh from being a prime contender at the Academy Awards. It's extremely hard to comprehend how Richard Gere's masterful portrayal of a man desperately seeking to avert a fall from grace wasn't even nominated. Yet this injustice conforms to the recognisable world depicted in Nicholas Jarecki's superb film, where money and self-interest dominate proceedings while morality is relegated to mere afterthought.
Arbitrage provides a compelling character study of Gere's hedge fund magnate Robert Miller, a man who seemingly has it all - riches, an adoring family and glowing reputation. Yet his compulsions to gratify his egotistical needs have rendered large parts of his life utterly duplicitous. He has a »
Some might say there are certain classic songs, and films, that should be 'listed', with attempts at reproduction strictly forbidden
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Many a musical atrocity has been committed in the name of charity. Take, for example, this Simon Cowell-masterminded cover of Everybody Hurts, on which music world A-listers Jason Orange, Susan Boyle, Joe McElderry and Westlife butchered the Rem song to raise money for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
And then there was the 2004 version of Do They Know It's Christmas?, raising funds for Darfur by getting contemporary pop stars to do a weak approximation of the 1984 original, before tacking on a wildly misjudged rap from Dizzee Rascal just to make sure the whole endeavour was as awful as it could possibly be.
The latest charity record to raise the ire of music fans is this year's Comic Relief single – a cover »
- Adam Boult
Pucker up: it's Valentine's Day on Thursday and we'd like your nominations for the best onscreen smooches
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The kiss; it's captivated cinemagoers since 1896 when Edison captured the first kiss on film. While you might divert your eyes from such a clinch in public, watching an onscreen kiss remains a shameless voyeuristic pleasure. So for Valentine's Day, here's five of the best onscreen kisses.
I could have filled my entire top five with Jimmy Stewart's various lip-locks (The Philadelphia Story, Vertigo, Come Live with Me, Rear Window.) He was said to be nervous about filming this particular kiss, his first since returning to Hollywood after the war. The resulting embrace »
- Guardian readers
It's been 27 years since Kelly McGillis starred opposite Tom Cruise in "Top Gun" as his instructor and love interest, though the film is arguably as much a part of the zeitgeist now as it ever was — hence its upcoming re-release in IMAX 3D. After "Top Gun," McGillis went on to a prolific film and stage career, including roles in "The Accused," "Winter People" and "The Innkeepers."
We spoke with McGillis in advance of the release of "Top Gun: An IMAX 3D Experience" about sex scenes with Cruise, thinking about "Top Gun" at the supermarket and, of course, the volleyball scene. "Top Gun" in 3D is currently in theaters with the Blu-ray release set for Feb. 19.
When you were making "Top Gun," did you have any idea of the cultural impact that the movie would have for years?
No. How could I know? I wouldn't ever guess that that film was »
- Nick Blake
Bill Murray called it 'probably the best work I've done' and, 20 years after its release, Groundhog Day can still take your breath away. Its original screenwriter Danny Rubin and admirers such as director David O Russell explain its lasting appeal
I am holding for David O Russell, the Oscar-nominated director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, who has agreed to talk about one of his all-time favourite films: the comic masterpiece Groundhog Day, released in the Us 20 years ago this month. (It reached the UK in May 1993.) But the person on the other end of the line doesn't sound like Russell: it's more of a shrill whine, the vocal equivalent of nails on a blackboard. Then the penny drops.
"Ryan? It's Ned! Ned Ryerson! Bing!" After a prolonged chuckle, Russell drops his impersonation of Groundhog Day's irksome insurance salesman, a minor but intensely memorable character, and explains excitedly »
- Ryan Gilbey
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