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New York — Steven Soderbergh is working on a new currency.
In his Chelsea studio, among various film posters and piles of moviemaking mementos, he has a few paintings in progress, including a new, livelier, "more Hendrix" version of a U.S. dollar bill. It's only one of the many artistic endeavors he bounces between now that he's begun his long-predicted hiatus from filmmaking.
On Tuesday, he will bring his Liberace film, "Behind the Candelabra," to the Cannes Film Festival, where it will compete for the same Palme d'Or he won 24 years ago for his first film, "Sex, Lies and Videotape."
Soderbergh has said this – a $23 million HBO movie starring Michael Douglas as the flamboyant pianist and Matt Damon as his lover, Scott Thorson, airing Sunday in the U.S. – will be his last film, at least for now. The 50 year-old's career in film – 26 protean features including "Out of Sight," "Traffic »
In Los Angeles, California, and looking to partake in one hell of a bloody good time? This coming Monday, May 20th, Dread Central will be presenting a special one-time-only screening of Paramount's Unrated version of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters! Read on for details!
The event is happening in anticipation of the unrated cut of the film hitting all digital download outlets on Tuesday, May 21st, a full two weeks before the film's Blu-ray and DVD bow! Our own Heather Wixson will be on hand to introduce the movie along with director Tommy Wirkola, and we have your chance to get tickets to this gore-soaked shindig right here!
When: Monday, May 20th, 2013, at 8:30 Pm Where: Sundance Sunset Cinemas - 8000 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90046
Be advised this will be a 21+ event as there will be alcoholic beverages provided prior to and during the screening for your enjoyment. »
- Uncle Creepy
Filming is rooted in deception, and we all know a guy who will regale us with gems of production hoodwinking; like the fact that Norma Desmond’s house in Sunset Boulevard (1950) was actually located on Wilshire Boulevard. My favourite—and one whose subtlety is lost in our product placement-drenched age—is the bit in Goldfinger (1964) when CIA agents, supposedly in Baltimore, mooch outside a Kentucky Fried Chicken. They filmed that scene in Miami, and English director Guy Hamilton (unaware Colonel Sanders’ nasty produce was a franchise) thought it was an extraordinary coincidence.
Britain, home to some of the world’s finest studios (Pinewood, Shepperton) and technical crews—otherwise solely occupied with Richard Curtis romantic comedies and Downton Abbey—is a natural haven for a shrewd Hollywood refugee. But you may still be surprised at some of the following visits to Limey shores.
- Hamish Crawford
Washington, May 16: A billboard, which sexualizes breastfeeding, has been deemed too risque for Los Angeles' streets.
The ad by CougarLife.com, which is an online dating site that connects older women with younger men, shows a nude woman breastfeeding a baby.
In the billboard commercial, a thought bubble floats above the baby's head, saying "Jealous?" the Huffington Post reported.
The advertisement also pixelates the point at which the baby's lips meet the mother's nipples, much like adult content.
The poster went up on Sunset Boulevard just after Mother's Day, but is set to be taken down on Thursday morning because of community pressure. (Ani) »
- Anita Agarwal
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
Price: DVD $24.99, Blu-ray $34.99
Studio: Cohen Film Collection/Entertainment One
Judy (Swanson) and Nicholas (Olivier) are a young society couple who marry based on the “perfect understanding” that they will be allowed to enjoy extramarital adventures and never let jealousy come between them.
That arrangement is soon put to the test when a drunk Nicholas sleeps with a former lover (Nora Swinburne, TV’s The Forsythe Saga). When he returns to Judy, he is guilt-ridden and confesses his indiscretion. Judy forgives him, but Nicholas is soon battling his own feelings of jealousy when he comes to believe that Judy has slept with an old friend of hers (John Halliday, »
There have been plenty of failed F Scott Fitzgerald adaptations already. Besides, who needs films based on 20s literature when their themes resonate through so much film and TV anyway?
Given the track record that film-makers of some distinction have had adapting F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, you may understand my reluctance to see Baz Luhrmann's new version. I shall need another two deep readings of the book to armour myself completely against the grievances I expect the movie will do to it.
I think Gatsby is the Great American Novel, even though it slipped out of fashion and out of print for decades (like Moby Dick and lots of Faulkner), and even though its author, no matter his achievement, is somehow assuredly not the Great American Novelist. The Great American Novel never makes for the Great American Movie. The latter rarely derives from the former. The »
- John Patterson
Lining the walls of Fox Broadcasting’s new animation studio in Hollywood are artifacts unexpected for a venture aimed at creating the next generation of bizarro hybrid TV-Internet entertainment: rows of shelves stocked with about 10,000 books.
Nick Weidenfeld, head of the net’s Adhd Studios, inherited the books from his late father-in-law and thought they’d set the right tone for his crew of young animators and writers.
“We’re an animation studio in the digital age, but I wanted to foster a sense of creativity,” he said. “I saw a kid pick up a copy of ‘Animal Farm’ the other day, and I said, ‘Oh my god, this is working.’”
Fine literature is an odd choice for Adhd, which is incubating creations at the opposite end of the cultural spectrum. Consider “Axe Cop,” in which the villain is Doctor Doo-Doo, who happens to be a smart-mouthed pile of poop. »
- Todd Spangler
click above image to enlarge As our own Jacob S. Hall mentioned when he linked to the poster on Twitter, this is the best Iron Man 3 poster because it's the one that most accurately represents the kind of movie it is. With Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, The Last Action Hero, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) at the helm, he's infused the third Iron Man movie with many of his own sensibilities, which include a lot of physical action, memorable explosions and a hard-boiled detective vibe not unlike his previous film, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. In fact both movies open with a similar voiceover, where the main character begins to recount the events of a major life-altering experience -- much like the opening of Sunset Blvd., which was Black's main inspiration for the opening of Kiss Kiss...
- Erik Davis
“You took my children and I want them back.” That was the cryptic message on a billboard along Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles last month that was part of a multi-million dollar marketing push for the online revival beginning Monday of soap operas One Life To Live and All My Children. Both had been staples of broadcast TV for more than four decades before they were canceled by ABC in 2011. Now the marketing challenge is not only to bring back their mostly female audience and attract new, younger viewers, but also to convince them to watch the
- Alex Ben Block
As Steven Soderbergh prepares to take what he now describes as an extended break from filmmaking, he's leaving us with one last piece of film work, the glitzy "Behind the Candelabra." Tracking the tragic relationship between Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson, it's another challenge for the filmmaker, one that finds him again in distinct territory, allowing him to draw on cinematic and pop cultural history, while creating something new or interesting within that context. "It was an opportunity to make use of all the hours that I've spent watching melodramas like 'Sunset Boulevard' - anything connected to a certain aesthetic that we associate with camp or just glamour," Soderbergh told PrideSource. With the finished product now slated to play in competition at the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival, it seems the results may deliver beyond people's expectations, and certainly past those of executives at major Hollywood studios who turned Soderbergh down, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This is no festival for newbies. The audience for the 4th edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival is completely at home at the Chinese, watching their favorite films on the big screen. These filmgoers have planned their vacations around this (expensive) festival and know what they like. Unlike other fests, this one is not so much for discoveries as for re-visits. At the screening of "I Know Where I'm Going," moderator Cari Beauchamp asked the audience how many had seen the film before? More than a third raised their hands. It’s about seeing your faves with an audience on a big screen. No matter how big your home system may be, there is nothing like hearing the collective sighs of those around you when a beloved scene comes on. Beauchamp talked about the collaboration of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger on 17 films; she compared their working methods to »
- Joan Cohen
Paul Verhoeven is responsible for some of the most memorable, most bonkers Hollywood blockbuster moments in recent memory: The three-breasted alien in Total Recall, a revealing leg-uncrossing in Basic Instinct, pretty much everything in Showgirls. But the Dutch director hasn’t made a American project since 2000′s Hollow Man and hasn’t made any kind of film since 2006′s well-received Black Book.
With Tricked, which screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Verhoeven returns to the directing chair, but not without a little help from his fans. The film is a bit of an experiment: Using only a five-minute script from a professional screenwriter, »
- Keith Staskiewicz
We're getting to know the Film Experience community one-by-one. This is going to take us forever! (That's a good thing. Thank you so much for being part of such a big vibrant fanbase.) Today we're talking to Patrick who lives in Germany and writes for DieAcademy.de, a German site devoted to our favorite awards show.
Hi, Patrick. How long have you been reading The Film Experience?
Maybe 6 years? I like this site so much since it's always interesting topics and wonderful to read.
I know you're really into the Oscars but how about the Lolas, Germany's own movie awards. Which German stars do you recommend our international readers get to know?
The Lolas are not as big of a deal as they should be, but I love some German actors who are still too unknown abroad but doing great work all the time, like: Sibel Kikelli (two time Lola »
- NATHANIEL R
Written and Directed by Clark Gregg
From the first shot of Trust Me, Clark Gregg makes it obvious that his satirical picture owes a huge debt to Sunset Boulevard. Both are film noirs set in Hollywood that concern themselves with female actors clawing desperately at fame, but each is told from an opposite end of the spectrum. Billy Wilder’s classic memorably depicts an aging has-been desperate to reclaim her former glory, and Trust Me follows an up-and-coming starlet willing to go to any lengths to obtain celebrity. And the allusions just pile on after that.
Of course, neither of these films centers on the starlet. They are about the loveable losers cajoled into assisting their respective benefactors chase their lofty dreams. Clark Gregg plays the loser in Trust Me. His character, Howard, is a former child actor and current agent to child actors, who is accustomed to losing clients to bigger, »
It takes some audacity to open your film with an homage to "Sunset Boulevard," but that doesn't seem to worry Clark Gregg. A journeyman actor valued by filmmakers like David Mamet, Gregg has had a dynamic few years, making his directorial debut with Chuck Palahniuk adaptation "Choke" and an attention-getting role in "The Avengers." Bold as all that may be, he has used this clout to front "Trust Me" as both an actor and director, and you wonder if this reliable screen vet isn't stretching himself a bit thin at this point. Gregg is Howard Holloway, an agent for child stars that carries on multiple conversations while chit-chatting through his Bluetooth. But he's not the snazzy super agent we know from several fast-talking industry satires, rather a smaller fish. We first glimpse him running late to an audition, clasping a coffee in one hand, a toothbrush in the other. During later scenes, »
- Gabe Toro
This one is a bit hard to define. We all know what a movie cameo is. A famous person who you weren’t expecting (hard to fathom in today’s spoiler world) shows up in a movie adding a bit of surprise, and spontaneity to the proceedings. Its almost always a meant to be a joke, as most people who cameo in films are usually doing it to have a little fun (or as a favor to the director). Very rarely do you see cameos that have any real barring on the story. The only example I can think of comes from the movie Sunset Blvd. That movie is positively chocked full of cameos but its not at all for fun. Each surprise appearance is strictly to provide specific character and overall narrative development.
- Raymond Keith Woods
Turns out, Ricky Jay is one of those guys who has to sit in the restaurant with his back to the wall. That's not just because the sleight-of-hand master and historian of magic is—as interviewees in this new doc attest—a cantankerous sort who is thick with the great card-sharps of the age. It's also because, for all his onstage triumphs, Jay, like the great Max Malini, prizes the impromptu deception—the apparently spontaneous performance of a miracle—as his art's finest expression. Deep into Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, a reporter for the Guardian, recounts a long afternoon with Jay, whom she was profiling. They wound up in a corner at a bustling Sunset Boulevard taco joint, where, with his back to two windows, Jay wor »
Best known for his roles in The Boondock Saints duology and The Walking Dead (TV), Norman Mark Reedus was born on January 6, 1969 in Hollywood, Florida, where he lived only a few months before moving to Los Angeles, California. At the age of 17, his parents moved to Chiba, Japan, where he lived for 18 months. In the 1990's he moved back to La, following a girl who soon after dumped him. His last job there, prior to his first acting gig, was at a motorcycle shop in Venice Beach where he earned $7.50 an hour. The same day he quit that job, Norman got his first role. That evening a friend took him to a party attended by people in the movie industry. There, he got drunk and, with a big pair of sunglasses on, he started screaming at everybody. One of the guests noticed him and immediately offered Norman his first acting »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Alex Manea)
Nerves were on edge at Ktla Studios on Tuesday night when the lot was evacuated for more than two hours after a bomb threat that police said turned out to be a prank.
The call came in to the station shortly after 6 p.m. that there were multiple packages on the lot with explosive devices. Police and bomb squad units responded and evacuated the station operations as well as other soundstages and buildings on the lot in the 5800 block of Sunset Boulevard.
Ktla was in the midst of a 6 p.m. newscast when the bomb squad began its sweep of the lot. The station finished the newscast and made no mention of the incident on-air. About 100 Ktla staffers were at work at the time. Staffers were allowed back into the building at aroudn 8:35 p.m.
The apparent hoax targeted at Ktla came on the heels of the devastation caused »
- Cynthia Littleton
Previously, on Smash: Liza!
We open closer to Christian Borle's face than we have any right to be.
Tom stands on a darkened stage, calling out for the company. Spotlights blaze on and as the company howls with laughter Tom realizes he's naked. He screams...
...and awakens in his bed. It was just a dream. He breathes a sigh of relief and rolls to his side, and spots Ellis in bed next to him.
Tom screams again and jerks awake. Julia rushes in and he starts to tell her about his horrible opening night dream. She tells him not to worry, that's weeks away. Tonight is “invited dress” where friends and family will be in attendance.
Derek and Ivy wake up next to each other at Ivy's place. Neither of them screams. He apologizes for staying over but she's Ok with it. As they dress they chat about their respective shows. »
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