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Korea’s most bankable star, Kim Yoon-seok made his stage debut in 1988 with A Streetcar Named Desire. His theater background led him to be cast in minor roles on film and television. One of the first of which was a supporting part as a rural cop chasing down a scammer in director Choi Dong-hoon’s 2004 film The Big Swindle. After several years of minor roles, his breakthrough role came as a ruthless gambler with a scarred face and charismatic swagger in Tazza: The High Rollers (2006). He then played as a pimp and ex-cop on the trail of a prostitute murdering serial killer—played by Ha Jung-woo—in The Chaser (2008) directed by Na Hong-jin that brought him stardom and acting awards.
He has since become an acclaimed leading actor in Korean cinema, in films such as Running Turtle (2009), The Yellow Sea (2010), Punch (2011), and The Thieves (2012).
He played a toothless detective who »
- Jane Youm
Guess what unforgettable movie about people wanting to forget is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary?
Have you ever thought about what your favorite shot from it is? Or which shot best represents the movie as a whole? Have you ever wondered how it can possibly be that the cinematographer Ellen Kuras has only done 4 narrative features in the ten years since?
You know where this is going right?!
Break out the bubbly because "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" returns on March 18th (We're moving it to Tuesdays at 9 Pm to give people the weekend to screen the movies and be ready!). If you're new to the blog or haven't yet experimented with actually participating, I guarantee a good time. Everyone who has participating religiously has said that they've gotten a ton out of it. Plus it proves the point 'the more the merrier' because the best episodes offer »
- NATHANIEL R
3 Notes. Oh don't click away you have time to read them. And yes I'll be live tweeting and a little light blogging tonight
01. Like The Film Experience on Facebook. Follow Nathaniel on Twitter, Pinterest? Why am I so needy? It's like this: Once Oscar night wraps up I experience something like a free fall; help me pull that parachute string.
02. We're here all year -- it's not just an Oscar site so don't abandon us if you're exhausted by Oscar shenanigans. There's only one more week of it, recapping this year's Oscars, filmbitching, and we'll close out the annual festivities with that Supporting Actress Smackdown we promised (yes, the one I flubbed that you've been impatient for). After that one eye returns to brand new movies and pinch of tv and the other to occasional trips back to favored oldies in A Year With Kate, Seasons of Bette, and Hit Me. »
- NATHANIEL R
Justin Chang: Scott, I know it will come as little surprise to you that when Peter Debruge and I sat down to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees for best supporting actor and supporting actress, we spent almost as much time talking about the performances that should have been nominated as we did talking about the ones that actually were. This is hardly a new ax for any critic to grind, but it bears repeating: Those who vote on the Academy Awards are largely in the business of making movies — not seeing them, thinking about them and writing about them week in and week out. No wonder this organization’s choices often strike us as so pedestrian and provincial, less engaged by the boundary-expanding possibilities of cinema than beholden to the power of hometown hype.
See Also: Oscars Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Supporting Actor »
- Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
This year’s Best Actor race is shaping up to be one of the greatest of all time. And by greatest, I mean both the most competitive and also the most outstanding, in the sense that each nominee is excellent — hypothetical winners in almost any other year. They also reflect the depth of superb male performances in 2013. Consider: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoneix (Her), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all missed the cut.
EW’s Owen Gleiberman recently analyzed this year’s Best Actor race, calling it the most “fiercely, »
- Jeff Labrecque
American Hustle earned itself a place alongside some great films in Oscar history when it managed to nab four acting nominations in the four acting categories. Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence all find themselves in competition once again, but many are predicting American Hustle to go home empty handed. However, odds are that a film with four acting nominations, never mind the 10 overall nominations including Picture, Director and Screenplay. So what is most likely for American Hustle to pick up acting wise?
In the 86 year history of the Academy Awards, there have been 15 films that have managed the all four acting nominations feat. Below are the films and listed beside are the acting awards each of them won.
1936: My Man Godfrey – 0 wins
1943: For Whom the Bell Tolls »
- Terence Johnson
As we continue to move forward through the list, let us consider: how do you define an original screenplay? In theory, everything is based on something. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is basically a modern A Streetcar Named Desire. But, somehow, Jasmine is classified as an original screenplay. When a film is wholly original, nothing like it had been done before, and others have tried to copy it since. Plenty of original screenplays (some in this list) take on tired genres, but flip the script. But the ones that really catch the audience by surprise are the ones that feel imaginative, creative, and different.
40. Spirited Away (2001)
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.
- Joshua Gaul
The 2014 Academy Awards are fast approaching and one of the most interesting races will see Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence, June Squibb, Sally Hawkins, and Julia Roberts competing for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. With that in mind, it's time to take a look back at previous winners in that category. Indiewire is sharing the 48 films which earned Best Supporting Actress nods and are now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant. From the all-time classics (Ruth Gordon for "Rosemary's Baby," Kim Hunter for "A Streetcar Named Desire") to more recent favorites (Tilda Swinton for "Michael Clayton," Penelope Cruz for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), these are the performances the Academy chose to highlight. The Help (2011) – Octavia Spencer The Fighter (2010) – Melissa Leo Precious (2009) – Mo'Nique Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) – Penelope Cruz Michael Clayton (2007) – Tilda Swinton Dreamgirls (2006) – Jennifer Hudson The Constant Gardener (2005) – Rachel »
- Max O'Connell
Sid Caesar, who died today at 91, was a giant, in every sense of the word. He was 6'2", and at his early '50s peak as the star of "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour," he was such an impressive physical specimen that when he would impersonate Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire," he made Brando seem puny. He was also one of the first, and greatest, comedy stars in television history, and perhaps its greatest talent scout. He was the man who saw something in Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Woody Allen and Larry Gelbart and put »
- Alan Sepinwall
Director: Woody Allen
Extras: Cast Press Conference, Featurette: “Notes from the Red Carpet”
Woody Allen has been intrepidly working with a new release each year and when it was announced that Cate Blanchett would be teaming up, excitement ensued but no-one could surely know how truly excellent and Oscar-worthy her performance would be in Blue Jasmine.
There are immediate inklings to the kind of character Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is from the first moment we meet her sat aboard an aeroplane, talking endlessly to an older lady next to her. You’d initially assume that she’s making small-talk but alas Jasmine is not, she’s divulging her existence regardless of self-awareness and her fellow passenger sums up her persona so very quickly by saying “She couldn’t stop babbling about her life…” as »
- Dan Bullock
This is rather cool! Ireland’s first banned Film Festival is to take place from Feb 9th in The Park Cinema in Clonakilty, Co. Cork in association with the Clonakilty Film Club. Film censorship as it was called back in the day, nowdays its called classification was a very different beast way back in the day, where three passionate and prolonged kisses were one of many cuts that were made to Gone with The Wind. Its a great idea and the full listings are below. The Banned Film Festival 9th-13th February All movies were once banned in Ireland but have been rerated and approved for release. Sunday 9th Gone With The Wind PG 7.00 Monday 10th Life Of Brian 15A 7.00 A Clockwork Orange 18’s 8.45 Tuesday 11th A Streetcar Named Desire PG 6.35 Wednesday 12th Casablanca G 6.35 Natural Born Killers 18’s 8.30 Thursday 13th The Great Dictator PG 7.00 The Night of The Hunter »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Regarded by some as the greatest TV show of all time, The Wire is an almost Shakespearean tale of rival drug gangs in Baltimore, examining how the police, school systems and media interact with them. As a complete and unyielding social commentary on a particular city, it was pretty much unprecedented and still generates interest even several years after it finished.
With so many hardcore fans proclaiming its genius, The Wire helped kick-start the careers of many, with its alumni having gone on to great things in other shows and Hollywood. Here, we look at what has happened to those fearsome gangsters we learned to love on the show.
Stringer Bell – Idris Elba
As drug kingpin Bell, who attempts to shield himself from dirty money with property deals and by influencing politicians, Idris Elba was an instant hit on The Wire and the opportunity has propelled him into the big leagues. »
- Gary Collinson
Renée Fleming, the esteemed opera singer, has been tapped to sing the national anthem prior to Super Bowl Xlviii.
Renée Fleming To Sing National Anthem
Fleming’s appointment as the Super Bowl’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” vocalist was confirmed by her publicist to the Los Angeles Times. As of yet, it hasn’t been determined whether or not Fleming’s soprano vocals will be accompanied by instruments.
Leading up to the Feb. 2 matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, Fleming will be performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in a production of Dvorak’s Rusalka. Later this year, she’ll be headed to the West Coast to perform in the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire.
Although it has become a part of modern tradition for well-known pop stars to belt out the lyrics of the national anthem prior to major sporting events, »
The Californication star will play Alex Forrest, a New Yorker who turns a brief romantic fling into an unhinged affair complete with the infamous episode in which she boils a pet rabbit, when the play premieres at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in March.
James Dearden, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay, is behind the new stage adaptation. Trevor Nunn is set to direct, returning to the West End theatre he temporarily ran three years ago. Close, who starred in Nunn's National Theatre production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 2002, won the first of her three best actress nominations for Fatal Attraction, »
- Matt Trueman
Want to win friends and influence people using your intimate knowledge of this year’s Oscar nominees — and how they stack up against Academy history? Never fear: EW’s got you covered. (Caution: Nerd alert!)
- It’s unclear how many times the F-word is used in The Wolf of Wall Street. Vulture says it’s 569; Slate says it’s 544; some guy at some blog says it’s 506. In any case, it’s one of the most profanity-laced films in history and certainly the swearingest movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture. Wolf director Martin Scorsese’s own Goodfellas, »
- Hillary Busis
2013 was a stellar year for London’s theatre business. The Book of Mormon transferred from Broadway smashing box office records on its way, Bond director Sam Mendes brought another Roald Dahl classic to the stage in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jude Law, Adrian Lester, Richard Tennant and Tom Hiddleston all took on Shakespeare and Helen Mirren was the queen of the West End in The Audience. Successful revivals included Passion Play, A Dolls House and The Weir and new writing also shone, particularly in Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica at the Almeida. 2014, you should be quaking in your boots. Here’s the Thn picks of the productions to see in 2014.
1) Miss Saigon
It’s been fifteen years since Miss Saigon has been in the West End and such is the anticipation for this new production of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s epic musical that when the box office opened »
- Victoria Bull
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers, actors and/or actresses? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read this months’ pick), we asked Trieste Kelly Dunn the incredibly arduous task of identifying her top ten favorite films of all time (she picked ten and added television series). Dunn recently appeared in the SXSW preemed Loves Her Gun by helmer Geoff Marslett out this Friday [01.10] in New York City for a one week run and currently stars on television’s Banshee. Here is Trieste Kelly Dunn’s Top Ten Films of All Time List.
“Tennessee Williams, Brando, Kazan, what is not to love. It’s like watching exotic animals.”
Adaptation – Spike Jonze (2002)
“It’s so original and hilarious and true. When I saw it in the theatre people around me probably thought I was on drugs. »
- Eric Lavallee
I was thinking about 2014, that bizarre, space-age year we’re now enjoying, and it occurred to me: This is going to be the best year ever.
Need proof? I’ve assembled a list of 2014′s upcoming perks, and they’re so awesome that I am now writ
1. 2014 began with our most important human asset: Anderson Cooper’s giggle.
The Kathy Griffin/Anderson Cooper New Year’s Eve Fiasco-Spectacular is always a gem, but this year Kathy turned on the major improv chops for a roast I won’t soon forget. She harassed the Silver Fox for his subpar tweets and called him a “lonely little boy” in a model’s body. Personally, I died when she described his childhood: “Mommy’s at Studio 54,” she intoned. Anderson descended into a fit of nursery giggles that is actually too adorable to describe. His giggle is a heretofore unheard noise. Like a remix »
- Louis Virtel
Continued from yesterday’s 10-6 countdown, here are my picks 5 thru 1:
7. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
5. Bastards – Claire Denis
The amazing, the lovely, the extraordinary Claire Denis is the only female filmmaker to find a spot in my top ten theatrical releases this year. Her works are always must see cinema and she’s an auteur I tend to favor. This year, she returned to dark subject matter with this Faulkner inspired tale of depravity, featuring a disturbed family harboring perverse secrets. Another killer score from her long time collaborators Tindersticks made me want to immediately see it again right as it hits its final frames. Bastards should have played in the main competition at Cannes, and it happens to remain what I consider one of this year’s bigger cinematic slights. [October 23rd NYC Release - IFC Films]
4. A Touch »
- Nicholas Bell
Hollywood's most formidable leading lady is back after a relatively quiet spell, in a role playing on her scariness and seniority. This reinvented fairytale is a twist on The Sleeping Beauty, and Jolie is not playing the insipid dormant heroine with her crybaby attitude to finger-pricking but the evilly magnificent Maleficent, the sorceress who casts a spell on the demure young Princess Aurora. How did she get that way? Everything will depend on the script – but Jolie is always a great turn. Peter Bradshaw 30 May.
Natalie Portman in Jane Got a Gun
- Peter Bradshaw, Tim Jonze, Sean O'Hagan, Mark Lawson, Andrew Dickson, Lyn Gardner, Jonathan Jones, Adrian Searle, Tom Service, Andrew Clements
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