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No one was sure, when "The Green Mile" was released 15 years ago this week (on December 10, 1999), whether lightning could strike twice in the same spot for Frank Darabont. Sure, the writer/director's first Stephen King prison drama, 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption," had gone from commercial failure to beloved classic in five years. But another King prison tale, one that was three hours long and featured some horrific electric-chair executions, bizarre fantasy elements, and a trained mouse?
As it turned out, of course, "Green Mile" became a huge hit, earned four Oscar nominations, put another feather in star Tom Hanks's cap, and made a star of Michael Clarke Duncan, who played miracle-working, self-sacrificing inmate John Coffey. To this day, it remains the most beloved movie adapted from a King tale.
Still, as many times as you've seen it, there's plenty you may not know: how former ditch-digger Clarke got the star-making part, »
- Gary Susman
Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.
Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »
- Gary Susman
This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Afm Daily on Nov. 7. There's always one scene in an actor’s career that will forever define them. For Marilyn Monroe, it’s the unforgettable subway grate moment in The Seven Year Itch; for Paul Newman, it’s Cool Hand Luke’s eggs; and for Jason Biggs, it involved a pan of apple pie. Though Biggs had entered show business as a child actor at the age of 5, it wasn’t until the New Jersey native turned 19 that he landed a major film role, that of the awkward and naive Jim Levenstein in 1999’s
- Meena Jang
In June, a bunch of press were able to visit the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. During their visit a press panel was held with Mark Ruffalo who plays Bruce Banner and the Hulk. We have the full transcript, and Ruffalo talks about further developing his character, the dynamic between Banner and Stark, Paul Bettany as The Vision, the Banner/Hulk dynamic and balance in the Avengers, and he also addresses rumors of Banner and Black Widow's romantic entanglement and lots more.
Do you have your phone with you to show us more stuff?
"I don’t have my phone with me. They, they purposely left pockets out of my costume for some bizarre reason now. Maybe that’s it."
So you got the script and you were noticing that the beginning has you in relationship with Scarlet. Were you like, 'This is gonna’ be a very tough job'? »
- Free Reyes
On June 12th 2014, I visited the London set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Today we’ll be posting a couple of the interviews we conducted while on set. The second of which is with Mark Ruffalo, who is reprising his role as Bruce Banner, aka The Incredible Hulk. You can listen to or read the whole interview after the […]
- Peter Sciretta
When Mark Ruffalo was cast as Bruce Banner, the mild-mannered scientist who, when seized with a fit of rage, morphs into a towering green giant colloquially known as The Hulk, movie fans rejoiced. Even though Edward Norton had just essayed the character in an above-average movie for Universal, Ruffalo was a more exciting prospect. As an actor, Ruffalo is affable, approachable; this was a Hulk you wanted to cuddle up with (before he broke every bone in your body). Still, it was something of a surprise just how much of scene-stealer Ruffalo's Hulk turned out to be. Ask anyone who saw 2011's "The Avengers" (and, judging by its $1 billion+ box office haul, that translates to "ask anyone") and they'll tell you that their favorite part of the superhero smorgasbord was the Hulk.
Back in June, when we visited the set of next year's feverishly anticipated sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Drew Taylor
Set in 1989 New York, the action movie follows two immigrant brothers who join the ranks of a Chinatown gang to survive the impoverished city. Before long, the brothers draw the unwanted attention of New York's hard-boiled cops. "Revenge of the Green Dragons" also unites crime film veteran Martin Scorsese (Executive Producer) with Hong Kong-born director Andrew Lau. As you may remember, Scorsese famously adapted Lau's "Infernal Affairs" (2004) into the Oscar-winning "The Departed" (2006).
Chon recently revealed his five favorite gangster movies and TV shows to Moviefone. He had us at "Cool Hand Luke."
"Revenge of the Green Dragons" is available on DirecTV now and hits theaters October 24. »
- Moviefone Staff
Theo Rossi will admit he was competitive playing Scene It? with his friends when they first moved from New York to La, so it's no surprise that he's an entertainment junkie. To prove it, the man who plays Juice on FX's Sons of Anarchy sat down to take one of our Pop Culture Personality Tests. Watch the video and read the transcript the below—then feel guilty for thinking Juice must die this season. EW: Who was your first celebrity crush? Rossi: My first celebrity crush was actually Alyssa Milano. I remember. Who's the Boss? I remember. Not aging and dating myself, »
- Mandi Bierly
Sarah looks back at the Amityville films, and finds a lot of scary things, not all of which were intentional…
112 Ocean Avenue, Long Island is probably the most famous haunted house in the world. Not that you’ll necessarily recognise the address – it’s far better known as the Amityville Horror house. Back in 1975, George and Kathy Lutz moved their family into the house… and then 28 days later, they moved back out, claiming to have been driven out by supernatural forces. Their story made the news, was turned into a book, and then made into a movie, in 1979.
It’s hard to imagine now that a family claiming to have encountered the devil in their basement could cause such a massive fuss, but I’m not here to interrogate the truth of their statement. What I am here to do, though, is to watch all of the Amityville Horror movies made to date, »
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
I thought about it. Then I thought about it again. Turns out I'm not exaggerating or brainwashed (like Zingbot, our precious gyrating robot pal who visited the houseguests this week) regarding this week's episode. It really was fantastic, from the stupid Team America challenge to the Pov game to the climactic final moment. Best episode of the season? Could be. Here are five reasons why. 1. Donny is innocent but loves being scary as hell. For whatever reason, Donny has ended up outside the game's major alliance and there doesn't seem to be much of a way in. Our poor bearded chickadee. Sigh. But you have to give Donny "props" (quoth Zingbot) for using one of the few tools left in his arsenal: manipulation of the most impressionable person in the house, Zach. The little speech Donny gave Zach that planted necessary paranoia in his head about getting backdoored? Flawless. And also terrifying. »
- Louis Virtel
A glob of stray semen is slathered on as impromptu hair gel. A high school flutist describes all the graphic details of her "one time at band camp." A slobbering frat boy climbs a ladder for a close look at disrobing co-eds — a glimpse so revelatory that he plummets backward without batting an eye. Raunch-comedy history is littered with off-color climaxes, and the genre hasn't blown its load quite yet.
Barely Legal: 30 Nearly Pornographic Films
From full-blown sex romps to softcore substitutes spruced up with gags, Hollywood's history of »
In Preston Sturges’s landmark 1941 film Sullivan’s Travels, the writer-director achieves a unique balance of genre aesthetics. The film is billed as a comedy, and it more than earns that title. But a significant portion of it is actually a tragedy, completely unlike anything else in the film. The combination of both sides of the coin in this film is potent. They are almost completely different movies in plot and tone, the only constant being protagonist Sullivan. By combining both the comedic and tragic, Preston Sturges creates a Hollywood movie that defies convention.
The plot kicks off with John Lloyd Sullivan (Joel McCrea), a successful comedy director in Hollywood, wanting to direct a dramatic epic as a change of pace. He wants to make a movie called O Brother Where Art Thou? to connect with the harsh times people were experiencing during the Great Depression. He decides to ‘get into character’, in a sense, »
- Dylan Griffin
The obligatory movie catchphrase…memorable golden dialogue for the cinematic soul. What film fan does not enjoy reciting and repeating their favorite movie quotes? After all, there are countless catchphrases in films–some are famous, some are familiar, some are obscure. Still, paraphrasing movie quips has become an art onto itself?
So what are your all-time movie catchphrases? Perhaps it is Jimmy Cagney’s “You dirt rat…you killed my brother?”. Maybe it is Cary Grant’s “Judy, Judy, Judy”? Or how about Lauren Bacall’s “You know how to whistle, don’t you? Just blow…” Whatever movie catchphrases catches your fancy is fine so long as it brings up memories of the film or film characters tat have made a big impression on your cinema experiences.
The Lip Service: The Top 10 Movie Catchphrases selections are: (in alphabetical order according to film title):
1.) “Fasten your seat belts, it »
- Frank Ochieng
Who doesn't love a good prison break? I was thinking about it recently and realized some of my favorite movies involve prison breaks. This year alone there were two movies that I saw that featured brilliant prison break scenes. If I ever get thrown into jail, the first thing I'm going to do is start plotting my escape! I'll want a good story to tell people.
I came up with a list of ten movies that included kick-ass prison break scenes. No matter what kind of prision a person is in, I imagine it's hell. Sure, some are worse than others, but I imagine anyone that ever been thrown in one can't wait to get out. There is a point for many of these characters where they ain't got nothin' to loose, so escaping become their only option. If I ever do have to break out of a prison these »
- Joey Paur
TV icon Ralph Waite, best known for his portrayal of stalwart father figure John Walton on The Waltons, passed away in February at the age of 85. At the time of his passing, Waite was also a recurring cast member on CBS’s NCIS, where he played father to Mark Harmon’s Jackson Gibbs. Below, NCIS executive producer Gary Glasberg opens up about crafting a proper send-off for the character in an EW Guest Column.
By: Gary Glasberg
- EW staff
Hey everyone! We’re back again with a look at the DVD and Blu-ray horror titles coming your way this week. Not only does Scream Factory have a double dose of terror in high definition on tap for you guys but we’ve also got two different collections of modern horror goodies being released by Anchor Bay Entertainment as well.
And for those of you who might have missed it in theaters earlier this year, I, Frankenstein is making its home debut this week as well. It’s kind of a light week for horror fans but there are definitely some worthwhile goodies to bring home this week- check them out below!
Evilspeak (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
- Heather Wixson
I'm not the biggest gambler. Sure, I do it for fun every now and then when I'm passing through Vegas, and I always seem to come out ahead, but I don't want to push my lock, so I gamble sparingly. It's always fun when I do, though, and I love the adrenaline rush!
There have been some great scenes that revolve around gambling. I thought it'd be fun to point out awesome gaming scenes from ten different films. Not all of the films I pulled these scenes from revolve around gambling. This is just a collection of scenes that I've enjoyed watching over the years.
Look over the list and let us know what some of your favorite movie gambling scenes are!
- Joey Paur
What if he'd lived, James Byron Dean? What if he'd never ploughed his Porsche Spyder into that oncoming station wagon, had won his auto race that afternoon in Paso Robles, and gone back to work after the weekend to reshoot his final drunk scene from Giant, the one he'd botched the week before?
Would he have had Paul Newman's career: expertly managed, disciplined, intelligent, building himself year upon year towards the iconic status he finally achieved, and two-page spread obits on his death? It's not implausible to think of Newman as someone who benefited directly from Dean's death he inherited Dean's role in the 1956 boxing picture Somebody Up There Likes Me or as an actor who many times in the late 50s and 60s played characters (Hud, »
- John Patterson
Trevor Hogg reviews the DVD releases of The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons of Maverick...
As much as James Garner (Murphy’s Romance) is associated with the Western television series Maverick one is reminded when watching the episodes again that other members of the family of con artists and poker players make an appearance, in particularly Jack Kelly (Forbidden Planet) who unlike Garner appeared in all five seasons. The partnership of brothers Bret (Garner) and Bart (Kelly) allowed for a lot of mischievous antics which saw them encounter corrupt lawmen, hostile Indians, beautiful damsels, and conniving cattle ranchers.
Always quoting words of wisdom from their dear Pappy, James Garner got the opportunity to play dual role of the elder Maverick in an episode named after him; the show stars Adam West (Batman) as villain with a cowboy hat which predates his transformation into a superhero wearing a cape and cowl. »
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