19 items from 2010
Directed by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Running Time: 1 hr 43 mins
Release Date: December 10, 2010
Plot: An American man (Depp) is mistakenly brought into an international manhunt when he becomes associated with a woman (Jolie) searching for her elusive fugitive husband.
Who’S It For? The pacing of the film calls for more mature viewers, or at least those who have fond recollections of classic picturesque thrillers kind of like To Catch A Thief. Without the romance.
Expectations: Despite the two big cast members that were finally coming together on screen, I was mostly at The Tourist for von Donnersmarck. In 2006, he beat out films like Pan’s Labyrinth with The Lives of Others, his debut movie about surveillance during the cold war. Now with the director handling a story that looks like it might echo the »
- Nick Allen
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Lives Of Others was a lot of things: extraordinarily well-plotted and acted; a quiet thriller played at the highest of stakes; a chilling record of the fear and paranoia that gripped East Germany under the Stasi. What it was not, however, was a particularly dazzling piece of filmmaking, which makes von Donnersmarck precisely the wrong guy to direct The Tourist, a cosmopolitan trifle along the lines of Charade or Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief. Pulling off a movie like this requires a director with the style to complement the glamorous stars, snappy »
Cahiers du cinema should need no introduction and this new series of books come to us under their banner from Phaidon Press; ten books, ten directors named Masters of cinema and a more perfect Christmas present for the cinephile in your life I could not imagine.
I’m familiar with each of the ten directors here (for a full list see the front covers to the right of the article) and I’ve seen almost every film discussed in the ten books but there was a tangible thrill on starting each one, it was the same sensation I felt when I discovered each director years ago and while I’m not a fan of all I am more than happy to read and discuss the merits, or lack thereof, of the films they produce.
These are beautiful books, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Present in each are some »
- Jon Lyus
The director Michael Hoffman has chosen his next project after leaving his Oscar nominated film The Last Station behind and fans of The Coens will be delighted to see their script of the remake of the 1966 Michael Caine/Shirley MacLaine thriller Gambit come to fruition.
The script has been doing the rounds for years in Hollywood (Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley were due to star at one point) but now Hoffman is firmly attached and will begin casting soon, with shooting to begin in London next year.
The original focused on the misadventures of two criminals (Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine) involved in an elaborate heist to steal a priceless antiquity from the world’s richest man. Of course being, both of them, pretty and young, things do wrong as love enters on the scene and chaos, cavorting and ‘capering’ ensues.
Sounds like pinches of To Catch a Thief, Vertigo »
- Adam Lowes
Christie’s auction house are selling several design sketches by the renowned Edith Head. Each are for roles played by Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock movies, one used in To Catch a Thief (1955) and three in Rear Window (1954). What an ideal early Christmas present. For yourself.
The most famous and popular designs from Rear Window are all available. First is a sketch of the extravagant ‘Paris dress’ Kelly wears as Lisa Fremont. It is an opulent gown of layered chiffon and tulle with delicate floral sprays. Again, estimated to reach £6,000 – £8,000.
Second is her celadon green, Cristóbal Balenciaga inspired two-piece suit with silk wrapover halterneck – which, rather shockingly for the time, is also backless. Expected to hit £5,000 – £7,000.
Third is the high neck flowery summer dress, »
- Chris Laverty
Angelina Jolie. Johnny Depp. They’re two of the biggest stars on the planet and, believe it or not, they’d never met before making The Tourist. Now, in this week’s Holiday Movie Preview issue, the two A-listers talk exclusively to EW about their new Venice-set romantic thriller (a throwback to glamorous Euro capers like To Catch a Thief and Charade), the struggles they faced getting the pricey movie to the screen, and, of course, a blow-by-blow account of when they finally got together for the first time.
How was it possible that these two stars, who have made »
- EW staff
As delightful as Downton Abbey might make it seem, the Edwardian era had its share of hard labour, too. This 12-part follow-up to Victorian Farm picks up with historians Alex, Peter and Ruth as they arrive to set up home at misty and cold-looking Morwhellam Quay in Devon – and hey, it's only September! Time was, one would chuck a live chicken up a chimney to sweep it, but those times have changed. Once they've got their hearth and home established, they can get on with the business of farming: aided by home-brewed quicklime and the implausibly-whiskered Mr Madge.
Battle Of Arnhem: Tour Of Duty
Ten teenagers are kicked out of a plane at 10,000ft and forced to slaughter one another for a history project. »
- John Robinson, Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, Will Dean, Richard Vine
Originally published in the Guardian on 15 September 1982
Princess Grace of Monaco died in hospital last night of injuries suffered in a road accident in the hills near her home on Monday morning. She was 52.
She was originally reported as out of danger after receiving a broken thigh bone, collar bone and rib injuries in the accident when her Rover's brakes reportedly failed and the car plunged 120 feet down a hillside.
But a palace spokesman said last night that her condition had steadily deteriorated and she had died of a brain haemorrhage at 10.30 pm.
Her daughter Princess Stephanie, aged 17, who was also in the car suffered only slight concussion and was released from hospital early yesterday. The exact cause of the crash remained a mystery and British Leyland yesterday sent three of its engineering experts to examine the car. There had been conflicting reports over whether the princess or her daughter Stephanie, »
To catch a thief, young Hollywood edition. Most nightclubs would be thrilled to have the kind of celebrity lineup an L.A. County grand jury was treated to in June when Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson and their fellow victims of an ambitious team of homegrown burglars showed up to testify about their individual, yet collectively unsettling, experiences. Lindsay left the night of the break-in and never came back. Bilson slept downstairs for a month. Audrina Patridge hid in the closet. Orlando Bloom was appalled that they went through his underwear. Hilton has "majorly" stopped hiding her key under the mat. According to newly unsealed court documents, here's how they felt when their »
'Johnny and Angie just got along so well,' Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck tells MTV News.
By Kara Warner
Photo: Sony Pictures
What does an up-and-coming director do after winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film? If you're the talented Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, you do not go to Disneyland; you go out and secure the talents of megawatt actors Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie for your next feature.
The already heavily-hyped film in question is "The Tourist," loosely based on the French thriller "Anthony Zimmer." When MTV News caught up with von Donnersmarck, we talked international intrigue, the challenges of shooting in Venice and why everyone falls in love with Johnny Depp (including his co-star Paul Bettany, who confessed his feelings to us last month).
MTV: Given the story's twists and turns, what can you reveal about the plot?
Improve Your Taste with Kyle MacLachlan The Twin Peaks and Mao's Last Dancer actor on Cary Grant, Cabernet Sauvignon, and his irrational love for Puma tennis shoes. By Ray Rahman Kyle MacLachlan’s career has taken him all over the cultural spectrum — from his work in David Lynch’s cult classics like Blue Velvet and Dune, to his stint as Orson Hodge on Desperate Housewives. Currently, he's starring in the acclaimed Australian film, Mao's Last Dancer, out in the U.S. today. The actor’s tastes seem to be as varied as the roles he's played; we sat down with Kyle and talked about his love of winemaking, the NFL, and grilling cauliflower for his two-year-old son. To Catch a Thief I think To Catch a Thief is Cary Grant at his best. It’s a film I watched a lot [...] »
- Ray Rahman
I know I said last week I was going to do each one of these individually over the course of the week, and then put them all together in Sunday's piece, but it just didn't work out that way. I still plan on doing it, but this just wasn't the week to begin. Hopefully things will come together next week... For now, here's this week's edition...
The Puffy Chair (2005) Quick Thoughts: I had an interview with Jay Duplass for his recent movie Cyrus last Wednesday and I had never seen The Puffy Chair and I had heard several people tell me they thought it was pretty good so I felt it was only right I check it out beforehand. I am not a fan of the Duplass brothers' Baghead, which was the first film of theirs I'd seen, but after Cyrus and The Puffy Chair I've come around to their side. »
- Brad Brevet
Photo: 20th Century Fox James Mangold has quite the diverse list of films to his credit. Looking at a select few, he directed Angelina Jolie to an Oscar win in 1999 with Girl, Interrupted, in 2003 he directed the John Cusack thriller Identity and in 2005 he directed Walk the Line, which led to five Oscar nominations and a win for Reese Witherspoon. His last film was the two-time Oscar nominated western remake 3:10 to Yuma and somehow that all leads up to a raucous action-comedy starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. How did that happen? Your guess is as good as mine, but Mangold has delivered a fun film that makes the most of Cruise's charisma and, for the most part, delivers the film the trailers promised.
The implausible actioner Knight and Day does it's best to keep viewers off the scent of what's really going on, »
- Brad Brevet
By Scott Feinberg
HollywoodNews.com: With summer barbecues just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to take a walk down memory lane and identify the 10 most memorable movie scenes involving food. It’s impossible to include everything—it especially pained me to leave off “To Catch a Thief” (1955, with Grace Kelly’s leg or breast double-entendre) to “Dumb and Dumber” (1994, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels spicy pepper prank) to “Julie & Julia” (2009, with Meryl Streep’s orgasmic reaction to sole meuniere)—but I think I hit most of the big ones. Let me know your favorite examples in the comments section below!
10. “Sling Blade” (1996)
Iconic scene: Karl (Billy Bob Thornton) famously mumbles, “Mhmm. I like them French fried taters.”
9. “Forrest Gump” (1994)
Iconic scene: Forrest (Tom Hanks) regales strangers with the far-fetched tales of his life, but always comes back to the same aphorism: “Mama always told me »
- Scott Feinberg
This show pays homage to the iconic style of the actress who swapped Hollywood for royal duties in Monaco, but it cannot possibly capture her sex appeal
At first glance, it looks like the Paris morgue in the 1790s after a hard day's guillotining: 50 poised princesses, who manage to stand upright and show off their aristocratic finery, despite just having lost their heads. The cadavers all have the same tall, slim body because they're all abstract replicas of a single person, the model who became a movie star and then swanned off to spend the rest of her life as a Serene Highness, arranging flowers in the Monaco palace and sending prissy reprimands to hotels and restaurants that allowed women to wear slacks.
- Peter Conrad
It was all fun and games Tuesday night with the "White Collar" gang as they revved up for the upcoming second season.
The series, which has been likened to "To Catch a Thief" and "Catch Me If You Can," centers on the daily dysfunction between a charming con man Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and his elder "babysitter" of sorts FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), with the underlying question: Who can you really trust?
With a plane explosion closing out a successful freshman year that ended in early March, the finale moment wasn't the one that brought shockwaves. Instead, it was the midseason cliffhanger in December, with the reveal that it was good-cop Peter who was the wearer of the infamous ring that brought the biggest gasps.
"That one scared me a lot more than this one did, I gotta say," creator and executive producer Jeff Eastin said of the midseason shocker. »
- By Philiana Ng
Jacques D’Azur is missing. So what are you going to do about it? Take his place, that’s what. Here are some tips from the flicks on how to succeed that sultan of sophistication.
First things first, ditch the tie. It’s Cannes, it’s sunny, and you need to breathe. Try following the late, great Cary Grant’s example and wear a scarf instead.
Playing cat burglar John Robie in To Catch a Thief (1955), Grant added a spotted red silk scarf to his matelot top and grey slacks ensemble after scouring boutiques along the Riviera. You won’t look as good as him, but at least they won’t send you off the beach for vagrancy.
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- Chris Laverty
From a major V&A exhibition to the look of Mad Men's leading ladies, Grace Kelly is everywhere this spring. Actor Rosamund Pike pulls on her white gloves and travels to Monaco to recreate her timeless style
The chemistry of being a movie star is about maintaining the perfect temperature. From the screen, you need to radiate enough heat to keep the audience's pulses racing, to invite a little fantasy, yet maintain enough coolness to remind them that a fantasy is all it is. Too much heat and they think you're cheap; too little and they don't look long enough to care. The trick is to look approachable without being available.
Grace Kelly, if we can use a modern phrase for a timeless gal, had this nailed. As a gorgeous blonde starlet, she marked herself out as different by way of her cool, somewhat distant air. The director Fred Zinnemann »
- Jess Cartner-Morley
The Art of the Steal
Directed by: Don Argott
Running Time: 1 hr 41 mins
Release Date: March 12, 2010 (Chicago)
Plot: In 1922, a man by the name of Albert Barnes opened up a small art museum in a Pennsylvania suburb, putting on display his personal collection, which contained 800 paintings, in total thought to be worth around six billion dollars. This documentary tells the story of “the worst art theft since World War II,” as art purists fight to keep the legendary works out of museums more focused on tourism than presentation.
Who’S It For?: This one is not just for art fans, though they will be simultaneously drooling and mourning the treatment of certain famous art pieces by Matisse, Cezanne, etc. I would recommend this movie to any fan of a great documentary.
Expectations: I knew nothing about the film going into it, except for a fellow critic informing »
- Nick Allen
19 items from 2010
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