8 items from 2011
It feels strange to say that Johnny English Reborn is something of a revelation. It isn't the film itself – a tepid spy spoof sequel starring Rowan Atkinson and Dominic West, with the occasional blast of amusement and much slapstick. The unexpected element here comes in the form of Rosamund Pike, playing a top MI7 psychologist named Kate Sumner.
Pike provides both comic foil and love interest for Atkinson – all wide eyes, earnest expressions and fitted shift dresses. But her presence is never less than amusing; it's there in the tilt of her neck, the set of her shoulders, and, more than anywhere, in her face – the faint creases around the eyes and the corner of the mouth breathe humour into that famously crisp beauty. The »
- Laura Barton
During Summer 2011 -- winding down at last! -- we've been asking Tfe readers to choose the most memorable Best Actress nominated film characters. Which film characters have you taken into your hearts and headspace most fully? Who is always popping into mind unbidden? Below are the latest voting results for August's polls covering the 1960s & 1970s (previous results: 1980s and 1991-2010). We used five year intervals for voting and asked readers to choose the 5 most memorable characters from each group of 25 Oscar nominees.
If you're looking for these polls to provide a "face" of an era it looks like Julie Andrews wins the early 60s -- she was thoroughly modern back then! -- and Faye Dunaway takes over from there for a long run at the top (1966-1980) [* indicates that it was an Oscar winning role.]
- NATHANIEL R
Chicago – Robert Englund will inevitably and forever be linked with his most famous character, Freddy Krueger of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and its sequels and spin-offs. But he has had a rich journey to Freddy, and connects with him through a myriad of character actor experiences.
Englund started as a classical actor, with training through a program from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. When he got back to his native California, he won a role in the cult film “Buster and Billie.” Moving up the ladder from there, it was his part in the 1983 TV mini-series “V” that got him on the map. Freddy was a year later, and the rest is horror film history.
Robert Englund was appearing at Flashback Weekend, an annual horror convention in Chicago. He was there also promoting a local horror film that he participated in, “The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue.” HollywoodChicago. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
In the New Group and Tectonic Theater Project’s Off-Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ One Arm, Claybourne Elder plays Ollie, a chiseled and charming young Navy boxer, and he’s a total knockout in the role.
The 6-foot-1 out actor from Springville, Utah, pulls no punches in depicting how Ollie loses his right arm in an auto accident and then turns to a life of prostitution and prison. Based on Williams’ 1940s short story and 1967 unproduced screenplay, One Arm has been lovingly adapted into an 85-minute one-act and championed by another theatrical heavyweight: Moisés Kaufman.
Claybourne Elder (Photo credit: Andrew Parsons and Serge Nivelle)
Kaufman, the openly gay, Tony- and Emmy-nominated writer/director (33 Variations and The Laramie Project), says One Arm is “one of the frankest portrayals of the homosexual world that Tennessee lived in. And that made me want to do it. For the most part, gay characters in »
- Wayman Wong
MGM/Fox will release the Blu-ray edition of the classic 1962 espionage thriller movie The Manchurian Candidate starring Frank Sinatra (Concert for the Americas) and Angela Lansbury (Harlow) on May 10, following its three-month exclusive availability through retail giant Best Buy.
Directed by John Frankenheimer (Grand Prix) and George Axelrod, the film revolves around a platoon American soldiers in the Korean War who may or may not have been captured by the enemy. Major Bennett (Sinatra) can’t seem to remember. As he searches for the answer, he discovers threads of a diabolical assassination plot orchestrated by the ruthless Mrs. Iselin (Lansbury) involving her war hero son (Laurence Harvey, Summer and Smoke), her senator husband (James Gregory, TV’s Barney Miller) and a clandestine consortium of enemy leaders.
The Blu-ray will carry the list price of $19.99.
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Sophia Loren is to be feted by the motion picture academy on May 4 with a tribute at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will include film clips and personal remarks from her friends and colleagues and conclude with an onstage conversation with the Oscar champ. Loren made Oscar history in 1961 when she became the first performer to prevail for a non-English speaking role by winning Best Actress for "Two Women." Acting in her native Italian, Loren was riveting as a mother struggling to protect her daughter in war-torn Rome. Originally cast by her mentor Vittorio De Sica as the demure daughter, the then 26-year-old actress fought to play the part of the matriarch. To win the Oscar, Loren edged out Audrey Hepburn ("Breakfast at Tiffany's"), Piper Laurie ("The Hustler"), Geraldine Page ("Summer and Smoke") and Natalie Wood ("Splendor in the Grass"). The actress had decided not to make the trip to Hollywoo. »
Starting Monday... it's Tennessee Williams Week! The great American playwright's centennial is on March 26th and since his stage work has had such crucial impact on the big screen especially for actors, since Nicole Kidman and James Franco will soon attempt to revive Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway, and since his writing has influenced other legendary writers or filmmakers like John Waters, Edward Albee, Tony Kushner and Pedro Almodóvar, why not a whole week?
For those of you who haven't seen any of the movies based on his work, why not rent a couple? On Wednesday night we'll celebrate A Streetcar Named Desire with "hit me with your best shot" but other films we hope to touch on include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Fugitive Kind, The Rose Tattoo, Baby Doll, Suddenly Last Summer, Sweet Bird of Youth and Night of the Iguana. If you have a blog, »
- NATHANIEL R
Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman in Barry Levinson's Academy Award winner Rain Man (1988). Hoffman won the Best Actor Oscar that year; Cruise wasn't even nominated. Biggest Oscar Snubs #8e: Non-Nominated Actors – From Charles Farrell to Rock Hudson Jean Simmons, Elmer Gantry (1960) Robert Mitchum, The Sundowners (1960) Fredric March, Inherit the Wind (1960) Fred MacMurray, The Apartment (1960) Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier, Fanny (1961) Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer, West Side Story (1961) Laurence Harvey, Summer and Smoke (1961) Alec Guinness, Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Paul Newman, Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) Joan Crawford, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Cleopatra (1963) Brandon DeWilde, Hud (1963) Susannah York, Tom Jones (1963) Alan Bates and Irene Papas, Zorba the Greek (1964) Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins (1964) Vivien Leigh, Ship of Fools (1965) Jason Robards and Barbara Harris, A Thousand Clowns (1965) Laurence Harvey and [...] »
- Andre Soares
8 items from 2011
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