6 items from 2012
Ever since Shaun of the Dead, Simon Pegg has become an unlikely, quirky leading man. Sure he has had big roles in films like Star Trek but his lovable loser persona is the one that he is most associated with and that is front and center in his latest film (as both the star and Executive Producer) of A Fantastic Fear of Everything.
Based on the novella Paranoia In The Launderette by Bruce Robinson (writer and director of Withnail and I), film follows a former children’s author named Jack (Simon Pegg) that has recently also become a crime novelist. While researching the lives of Victorian serial killers, he unleashes a wave of paranoid fears that stem from his abandonment as a child. He »
- Kelly Michael Stewart
This week on Mousterpiece Cinema, Josh and Gabe head back into the past, all the way to the 1960s to discuss the original long-lost-identical-twin story, The Parent Trap, starring Hayley Mills And Hayley Mills as twins who discover each other at summer camp and conspire to get their parents back together. There’s plenty to discuss, as Gabe and Josh debate accents, gold-diggers, and try to nail down exactly how great an actress Maureen O’Hara really was. Did the split-screen effect work that well in 1961? Do your hosts put on any English accents? Or are they ready for a podcast-style divorce? Check out this week’s show to find out!
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- Josh Spiegel
"How did they ever make a movie of 'Lolita'?" asked the poster for Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film adaptation, which premiered 50 years ago this week (on June 12, 1962). Short answer, as many critics noted at the time: They didn't. That is, there was no way, given the Hollywood self-censorship of the era, to capture even a fragment of Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, even with a screenplay by Nabokov himself. In fact, it's remarkable that Kubrick managed to get a studio to let him adapt and distribute any version of the story. Today -- as the ill-fated 1997 "Lolita" movie showed -- no one in Hollywood would even touch the material. So how did Kubrick do it? He chose the right collaborators, starting with Nabokov; he filmed far enough away so that Hollywood couldn't touch him (a pattern he'd maintain for the rest of his career); he carefully politicked among the »
- Gary Susman
For reasons beyond my control, May was a tremendously difficult month and the least active in The Film Experience's long history of daily postings. But it wasn't without highlights. If you've been drifting away, [cue Keira's chokey Atonement voice] "come back..." because June will be hopping.
Ten Highlights from the Month...
Cast out your inner monster!
Annette Bening as Myra Langtry Still on the Grift
Tilda, Candied still the most peerlessly iconoclastic actress
Thoughts I Had... while staring at Tom Cruise's W Cover
The Exorcist and Nothingness Beau's fascinating guest post
Maleficent Now with more... Mike Leigh?
Tennis in the Movies - a top ten list
Raise the Red Lantern - my favorite installment of this month's "Best Shots"
Smash - that "bombshell" finale
Most Eyeballs: The Avengers Reviewed.
Most Discussed: "Goodbye Dad." Thanks for all your support out there in the dark.
Coming In June: Witches of Eastwick week for its 25th anniversary, »
- NATHANIEL R
At this Los Angeles film festival, movie buffs wallow unashamedly in nostalgia and the golden era of Hollywood, and get to meet the odd star of the classic films being screened
Hollywood Boulevard was closed to traffic and the crowds were gathering outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre to spot the stars – Peter O'Toole, Tippi Hedren and Mickey Rooney among them – as they walked the red carpet and filed past hundreds of famous foot and handprints for the premiere of Gene Kelly's 1951 film, An American in Paris. Fans cheer and cameras flash.
At the TCM Classic Film Festival stars from yesteryear rub shoulders with paying guests who made their way past the pair of giant Chinese Ming Heavens dogs guarding the main entrance of the 85-year-old picture palace.
Home to the biggest film premieres in Hollywood since 1927, the theatre interior rises 90 feet to a bronze roof, two coral red columns sitting »
Veteran actress Hayley Mills has spoken out about her secret breast cancer battle, revealing she was so sick of losing her hair during her lowest point, she asked her son to shave her head and took to wearing wigs so she could hide her health crisis from friends.
The Parent Trap star was diagnosed with breast cancer on her birthday in 2008, and embarked on ravaging chemotherapy sessions, which caused her hair to start falling out, and rather than allow her thinning locks to get her down and reveal she was battling the disease, Mills asked her youngest son Jason Lawson to take clippers to her head.
She tells the new issue of Britain's Good Housekeeping magazine, "I got to the point when I thought, 'To hell with this', so he (my son Jason) shaved my head!
"I had a marvellous wig, which helped, and at night I wore a pink woolly bobble hat because my head got cold."
Mills also admits she refused to burden her friends with her struggle against the deadly disease, preferring to carry on with her life as normal.
She adds, "For me, it helped to keep the news to myself; that's the sort of person I am. I know people who needed to tell all their friends, but, for me, it was a private thing and it helped me to get on with life as normally as possible.
"What I think is vitally important is that when you're given such a devastating prognosis, you feel you can take charge of your life.
"And going through that has made me appreciate everything more - family, grandchildren, the love and opportunities I have. Once cancer happens it changes the way you live for the rest of your life."
But she tells the publication she was devastated when she first learned she had cancer: "It was my birthday when I received the news... I was sitting in the sun by the Hudson River following a routine mammogram when I got the call on my mobile. It was an enormous shock. Suddenly, I looked out at the world as if I'd never seen it before."
But she felt compelled to tackle the disease head on, adding, "Everything felt clearer and sharper. And when you hear that diagnosis, you realise, 'Now I'm going to find out what I'm actually made of'." »
6 items from 2012
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