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20 items from 2011


The True, Unbelievable Story Of The Elvis-Kissing Nun

23 December 2011 3:25 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Bethlehem, Conn. -- In the little town of Bethlehem, a cloistered nun whose luminous blue eyes entranced Elvis Presley in his first on-screen movie kiss is praying for a Christmas miracle.

Dolores Hart, who walked away from Hollywood stardom in 1963 to become a nun in rural Bethlehem, Conn., now finds herself back in the spotlight. But this time it's all about serving the King of Kings, not smooching the King of Rock and Roll.

The former brass factory that houses Mother Dolores and about 40 other nuns cloistered at the Abbey of Regina Laudis needs millions of dollars in renovations to meet fire and safety codes, add an elevator and make handicap accessibility upgrades.

Like 73-year-old Mother Dolores, the order's nuns have taken a vow of stability with the intent to live, work and die at the complex. The order was established in 1947 in Bethlehem, a small burg in Connecticut's rolling western hills. »

- AP

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Film Review: Dennis Farina is Absolved in ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’

27 November 2011 5:46 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The Chicago born-and-bred actor Dennis Farina has had many opportunities in his career to distinguish himself in a variety of roles, but never has he carried a film as well as his turn in the recent “The Last Rites of Joe May.” Farina imbues the title character with raw emotion, feral toughness and a touch of fear.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

What is distinctive about Joe May is that he is cut off from the world temporarily, and when he returns nobody misses him. To have lived with no connections of family, friends or colleagues is an intriguing notion to begin a story, and writer/director Joe Maggio puts the title protangonist through a road-to-Mount-Calvary situation that has the nobility of the King of Kings. This film is an exceptional character study, with the supporting cast providing a treasure trove of their own quirks, that Farina plays off on like a fine musical instrument. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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NYFF2011: ‘We Can’t Go Home Again’ is a chaotic outcry of its time

27 September 2011 6:33 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We Can’t Go Home Again

Directed by Nicholas Ray

Screenplay by Nicholas Ray

USA, 1976

After much commercial success in the 1950s with such great films as Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Dennis Hopper) and Johnny Guitar (Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge), Nicholas Ray increasingly became shut out of Hollywood in the late 1960s and 1970s due to his widely-panned sense of experimentation in such films as The Savage Innocents and his Jesus of Nazareth biopic King of Kings, along with an immense addiction to drugs and alcohol that left him hospitalized after collapsing on set of 55 Days at Peking, Ray didn’t reemerge back into film until the mid-1970s with a small student driven art film. That film, which would be his last before he succumbed to lung cancer in 1979, was We Can’t Go Home Again.

To many, Ray’s sense of experimentation in film was always apparent. »

- Christopher Clemente

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Win: Triple H Signed Poster From WWE Films’ Inside Out!

9 September 2011 4:31 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Opening Friday 9th September (today!!) in the U.S. is Inside Out, the second WWE Films production to star Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque in the starring role after this year’s The Chaperone. We blogged about the film Here and with the added supporting weight of Michael Rapaport, Parker Posey and Bruce Dern, this could be the best WWE production in a while.

The movie is getting an extremely limited run in the U.S. – so make sure you go out and see it this weekend before it’s gone. Here’s the list of cinema’s Inside Out will be showing;

Arizona Mills- (480) 820-0387 – Tempe, Az

Chino Hills 18 – (909) 627-8010 – Chino Hills, CA

Harkins Northfield 18 – (303) 595-4275 – Denver, Co

Regal Palace 18 – (305) 221-3402 – Miami, Fl

Channelside Cinemas Stadium 9 & IMAX – (813) 221-0700 – Tampa, Fl

Mall of America 14 – (952) 851-0074 – Bloomington, Mn

Crownpoint Stadium 12 – (704) 847-2024 – Charlotte, Nc

Quad Cinemas 4 – (212) 255-8800 – New York, NY

Shaker Square Cinemas – (216) 921-9342 – Shaker Heights, »

- Matt Holmes

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Xerxes Retitled 300: Battle of Artemisia

27 June 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

As reported earlier this year , Zack Snyder's involvement with Man of Steel is going to prevent him from returning for the 300 sequel, formerly titled Xerxes . Now, Deadline reports that the list of potential replacement directors is down to two: Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra and that the film has officially been retitled 300: Battle of Artemisia . Based on an upcoming comic book from 300 creator Frank Miller, the project is said to tell of the history of the "King of Kings" and his rise to power in fifth-century-bc Persia. Supposedly beginning about ten years before 300 , the prequel would also offer an opportunity for Gerard Butler to reprise his role as Leonidas. Murro's sole feature directing credit is the 2008 indie comedy/drama Smart People , »

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Jim Caviezel Says Passion of the Christ Ruined His Career

7 May 2011 11:39 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line, Frequency) recently spoke at the First Baptist Church in Orlando where he said that he was rejected by Hollywood after playing Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ," directed by Mel Gibson. "You'll never work in this town again," Gibson warned him before shooting the film. "We all have to embrace our crosses," he responded. "We have to give up our names, our reputations, our lives to speak the truth." Many will argue that portraying Jesus does not kill careers. It didn't for Willem Dafoe (The Last Temptation of Christ), Max von Sydow (The Greatest Story Ever Told) or Jeffrey Hunter (King of Kings). Regarding Gibson, Caviezel had the following to say: "Mel Gibson, he's a horrible sinner, isn't he? Mel Gibson doesn't need your judgment, he needs your prayers." »

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Watch: Lady Gaga's video for 'Judas'

5 May 2011 2:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Every girl wants the bad boy. Even Lady Gaga. If it means dumping the King of Kings for him, even better. In her new video for “Judas,” Lady Gaga transforms the 12 disciples into a motorcycle gang—— Heaven’s Angels, maybe? Regardless, it’s a brilliant idea.  She’s Jesus’s Old Lady, but she’s got it bad for Judas, played by Norman Reedus, who gets in bar brawls, gropes women and seems adverse to washing his hair. As she sings in “Judas,” “Jesus is my virtue/Judas is the demon I cling to.”  Her longing is so great she has to break out in dance »

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Jim Caviezel's Hollywood Golgotha

4 May 2011 2:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Passion of the Christ actor has complained Hollywood shunned him after he played Jesus – but was it really because his performance was so definitive?

If Jim Caviezel is to be believed, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a jobbing actor to play Jesus and continue to eat lunch in Hollywood. Caviezel, so far as most filmgoers are concerned, was last seen being laboriously flayed and nailed in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Since then, he claims, he's been "rejected by my industry" and exiled to such little-seen pictures as Outlander that is billed, rather poignantly, as an Sf thriller in which a space alien eats up some 8th-century Vikings. It's hard not to see a film like Outlander as an actor's own personal Golgotha.

Speaking at the First Baptist Church of Orlando last week, Caviezel said »

- Xan Brooks

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Our Totally Inappropriate Easter Tribute to Sexy Jesus!

20 April 2011 7:41 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Easter is here, which means it's time for flamboyantly gay hats to courageously come out of the closet, and time to ogle Hollywood's hottest Jesi!

Jesus is one of the most coveted roles in show business, but it's not for the timid. To succeed, you have to make us believe you're willing to die for our sins. Not stub your toe for our sins, not get a nasty paper cut for our sins, but you have to convince us you're willing to get nailed ... so we can do the same.

The actors on the following pages all have that Original Sinnocence™, that combination of piousness and grungy hotness. Take a look at our Calvacade of Christ, and decide which one deserves to be crowned awarded "Sexiest Jesus!"

Jeremy Sisto in Jesus

 

Jesus was a 1999 four-hour NBC mini-series that featured Jeremy in the title role and Debra Messing as the spunkiest Mary Magdalene in history. »

- snicks

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[DVD Review] King of Kings

15 April 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Easter is coming up in a matter of weeks, and with it comes Cadbury eggs, extravagant hats, and Biblical epics replayed on TV. The Ten Commandments and The Greatest Story Ever Told are two perennial favorites, but King of Kings, another Biblical epic from the 1960s, is trying to break from the pack with a cleaned-up Blu-ray release.

King of Kings follows the life of Jesus from his birth through his crucifixion and resurrection. In this Biblical retelling, however, Jesus is not as much the main character as a common thread holding all these supporting characters together. More time is spent with a Roman soldier who was in Bethlehem when the children were slaughtered. He later encounters Jesus again during the ministry years and leading up to his death. Other prominent side characters include Herod's family, John the Baptist, and Judas Iscariot, played by a very young Rip Torn.

The »

- Rachel Kolb

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New this Week: ‘Source Code’ and ‘Black Swan (DVD)’

30 March 2011 7:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

HopRussell Brand, James Marsden, Elizabeth Perkins

InsidiousPatrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins

Source CodeJake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

Movie of the Week

Source Code

The Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

The Plot: A soldier (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown commuter and is forced to live and relive a harrowing train bombing until he can determine who is responsible for it.

The Buzz: Source Code looks to be a Quantum Leap meets Groundhog Day sci-fi action romp. 35 seconds into the film’s trailer, I half expected Jake Gyllenhaal to utter, “oh boy.” He instead exclaims, “no, no, no, no,” as if to echo my thoughts exactly — I don’t want to see Gyllenhaal act the same “stop the terrorist on the train” scene, over and over and over again.

I have a strong feeling that this »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: March 29, 2011

29 March 2011 12:52 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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Topsy-Turvy (Criterion Collection) I have not yet had the time to dive into Criterion's Blu-ray release for Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy, a film I only saw for the first time last December when I mentioned it in my What I Watched column. I am leading off with it, however, just to make sure I put it on your radar before I write up my review. This is a great film and one that deviates from what you may expect from a Leigh film in terms of story, but when you see how it all comes together it's most certainly recognizable as definitive Leigh. Tangled I just posted my review of this one, and it's a short one because there isn't much to talk about. While I love this movie and after watching it again don't regret including it in »

- Brad Brevet

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Hilary Swank's "Resident" Evil, the Second Flight of "Black Swan," and More New DVDs

28 March 2011 11:57 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

"The Resident" (2011)

Directed by Antti Jokinen

Released by Image Entertainment

This actually isn't the first time Hilary Swank has seen one of her films go direct to DVD after the films "Red Dust" and "Birds of America" suffered the same fate, but surely there was more riding on this horror film from the resurgent Hammer Films about a recently separated doctor who learns her Brooklyn loft isn't quite as wonderful as she thought it would be. "Secretary" screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson co-wrote this film, which co-stars Christopher Lee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Lee Pace.

"The Mikado" (1939)

Directed by Victor Schertzinger

Released by Criterion Collection

"Topsy-Turvy" (1999)

Directed by Mike Leigh

Released by Criterion Collection

Sold separately, Criterion is making no secret of trying to appeal to Gilbert and Sullivan fanatics with special editions of "The Mikado," a straight-up adaptation of the musical duo's most famous opera, and Mike Leigh's "Topsy-Turvy, »

- Stephen Saito

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Blu-Ray Monday: March 29, 2011

27 March 2011 10:59 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Your Weekly Source for Blu-Ray and DVD Release News Blu-Ray for Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 Jeff Bridges stars in Against All Odds: Special Edition (1984) All Dogs Go To Heaven/All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 (1989/1996) Ryan Gosling & Kirsten Dunst in All Good Things (2010) Vintage Mel Gibson in Attack Force Z: 30th Anniversary Edition (1981) Robert DeNiro & Robin Williams in Awakenings (1990) Academy Award-Winner Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010) Children’s Classic retold Charlotte’S Webb (2006) Rose McGowan & Amy Smart are Dead Awake (2010) Francis Ford Coppola’s Dementia 13: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack (1963) Academy Award Nominee Dogtooth (2010) Naomi Watts & Sean Penn in Fair Game (2010) The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Hotel For Dogs: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (2009) Dario Argento’s Inferno (1980) Nicholas Ray’s King Of Kings (1961) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) Extreme Japanese Gore in Machine Girl (2008) Anjelica Huston & The Sisters Duff in Material Girls (2006) Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2011) The Mikado: »

- Travis Keune

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Update: Guy Ritchie Offered Xerxes ?

17 February 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

In what would be a surprise move, Warner Bros. has allegedly offered the job of director on Xerxes to Guy Ritchie ( Snatch , Sherlock Holmes ). Vulture makes the claim, saying that Ritchie has been asked to helm the 300 follow-up. Based on an upcoming comic book from 300 creator Frank Miller, Xerxes is said to tell of the history of the "King of Kings" and his rise to power in fifth-century-bc Persia. Supposedly beginning about ten years before 300 , the prequel would also offer an opportunity for Gerard Butler to reprise his role as Leonidas. The reasoning behind not having Snyder return to the director's chair is currently open to debate, though Vulture posits some suspicions. What is known is that the Watchmen and Sucker Punch director is currently »

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Guy Richie will Not be directing 'Xerxes'.

17 February 2011 4:33 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Earlier, Vulture had reported that Warner Bros. had offered Guy Ritchie the directors chair on the upcoming '300' sequel, 'Xerxes'. We now know this information to be completely false and nothing more than a rumor, as a rep for Guy Ritchie has told Entertainment Weekly that Guy has not been contacted by Warner Bros. for 'Xerxes'. It's unclear whether they will still be looking for another director, or if production will be held until 2012 when Zack Snyder can return. Based on an upcoming comic book from 300 creator Frank Miller, Xerxes is said to tell of the history of the "King of Kings" and his rise to power in fifth-century-bc Persia. Supposedly beginning about ten years before 300, the prequel would also offer an opportunity for Gerard Butler to reprise his role as Leonidas. »

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Guy Richie Will Not Be Directing Xerxes!

17 February 2011 4:26 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Earlier, Vulture had reported that Warner Bros. had offered Guy Ritchie the directors chair on the upcoming '300' sequel, 'Xerxes'. We now know this information to be completely false and nothing more than a rumor, as a rep for Guy Ritchie has told Entertainment Weekly that Guy has not been contacted by Warner Bros. for 'Xerxes'. It's unclear whether they will still be looking for another director, or if production will be held until 2012 when Zack Snyder can return. Based on an upcoming comic book from 300 creator Frank Miller, Xerxes is said to tell of the history of the "King of Kings" and his rise to power in fifth-century-bc Persia. Supposedly beginning about ten years before 300, the prequel would also offer an opportunity for Gerard Butler to reprise his role as Leonidas. »

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For whom the bell tolls: Boxing on film

28 January 2011 6:03 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There have been many great boxing movies over the years, but most of them are about white champs – and there aren't many of those in the real world

The ratio of good films about boxers to bad films about boxers is extraordinarily high. That may be because there is something inherently thrilling about the manly art, but it may also be because Hollywood doesn't make a movie about boxers every week, whereas it does make a movie about young men who treat women badly 52 times a year. It may also be because the great movies about boxers become lodged in the public's memory, while the bad ones (The Main Event, a woeful 1979 outing starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal immediately comes to mind) simply vapourise. It may also be because so many movies about boxers have been directed by talented directors (Martin Scorsese, John Huston, Michael Mann, Martin Ritt, Jim Sheridan, »

- Joe Queenan

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Not Available on DVD: Princess Of The Nile

13 January 2011 5:55 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Dana Jung

In 1959 director Fritz Lang (Metropolis, M) released one of his last works, a two-part film known as The Indian Epic. The films (The Tiger Of Eschnapur and its sequel The Indian Tomb, both available on DVD but currently out of print) were part adventure and part travelogue. Today, these films are remembered (if at all) for two things: their incredible location photography, and the erotic dances of star Debra Paget. The scenes with a barely-clad Paget writhing seductively were considered so sexy at the time that the films received a write-up in Playboy magazine. But just five years earlier, as a 20th Century Fox contract player, Paget had played basically the same role (complete with dancing!) of an exotic beauty caught up in political turmoil. The film was the 1954 Fox B-picture Princess Of The Nile, which is sadly Not available on DVD.

The movie opens with »

- Movie Geeks

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Cities In Dust: Urban apocalypse at the movies

11 January 2011 3:20 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Hover your mouse over the pictures to see which film they come from.

I met a traveller from an antique land

Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,

Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown

And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.

And on the pedestal these words appear:

`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:

Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,

The lone and level sands stretch far away".

Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1818 »

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