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Little is known about the currently untitled Lance Armstrong biopic directed by Stephen Frears, but an interesting development has seen Hollywood veteran and Academy Award winning actor Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Little Fockers) joining the cast. His role is currently unknown, but he'll be joining the production when it shifts gears and departs for the U.S.
The film stars Ben Foster as cyclist Armstrong, also featuring the talents of Chris O' Dowd (The I.T Crowd), Lee Pace (The Hobbit), Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad). The cast seems to be a decent, yet very diverse one. The crew behind the scenes also seems to be fairly strong, with director Stephen Frears (Philomena, Tamara Drew) in the seat, alongside screenwriter John Hodge (Trainspotting, Trance).
All that's known about the cast so far is that Foster will play the controversial cyclist, with O'Dowd filling the shoes »
‘La Cage aux Folles’ film: Edouard Molinaro international box office hit (photo: Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault in ‘La Cage aux Folles’) (See previous post: “‘La Cage aux Folles’ Director Edouard Molinaro Dead at 85.”) But Edouard Molinaro’s best-known effort — comedy or otherwise — remains La Cage aux Folles (approximate translation: "The Cage of the Queens"), which sold 5.4 million tickets when it came out in France in 1978. Perhaps because many saw it as a letdown when compared to Jean Poiret’s immensely popular 1973 play, Molinaro’s movie ended up nominated for a single César Award — for eventual Best Actor winner Michel Serrault. Somewhat surprisingly, in the next couple of years La Cage aux Folles would become a major hit in the United States and other countries. Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the U.S. in 1979, the film grossed $20.42 million at the North American box office — or about $65 million in 2013 dollars, a remarkable sum for a subtitled release. »
- Andre Soares
Robert Redford is one of the movie stars of our time, yet I would contend that he’s always been an underrated actor. There are a host of reasons for that, and they feed into each other in subtle, at times mythic ways. You could say, on the one hand, that Redford was too golden-boy pretty (always a surefire way to not get nearly the respect you deserve), or that he was too understated as a screen presence, or that he was too openly skeptical of the Hollywood game. Redford had his first major big-screen role in 1965, in Inside Daisy Clover, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man, The Graduate) and Steve Buscemi (The Big Lebowski, Boardwalk Empire) have joined Adam Sandler in Tom McCarthy's character based dramatic comedy The Cobbler, reports The Wrap.
The film finds Sandler as a shoe repairman who integrates himself into the lives of the people whose footwear he fixes. Very little else is known about the plot and how Hoffman and Buscemi will fit into it, but with McCarthy at the helm, this could be the Sandler comeback we have hoped for since Punch Drunk Love.
Mary Jane Skalski is producing The Cobbler with Voltage Pictures overlooking the project. McCarthy is yet to make a misstep with Win Win and The Visitor impressing critics and the indie audience alike. The film is currently shooting in New York with a 2014 release eyed. »
- Gary Collinson
Review by Dane Marti
Okay, I’m going to go out on a limb. I might be pathetically misguided, but I believe that this special film’s message (at least what I took away from it) is that everyone in life has issues, hidden problems that the outside world does not always comprehend or see. Communication can help people to understand, and even if folks attempt to avoid confrontations with strangers, new encounters can help in a variety of ways. Finding Neighbors demonstrates these ideas in a first-rate manner. It’s both intelligent and humane, but I’m not implying that the film is also dull as dishwater. While being entertained by this story’s slice of life, I was also re-educated about the importance of communication between people—how it can inspire and enliven everyone in a positive way. Most importantly, it does these things while being entertaining as well. »
- Movie Geeks
This story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Tom Donahue's documentary Casting By, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2012, uses the careers of casting directors such as Marion Dougherty, Lynn Stalmaster and Juliet Taylor -- between them responsible for the ensembles of such films as Midnight Cowboy, Manhattan, Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate -- to lament that casting is the only "single-card" opening credit that isn't recognized by the Academy Awards. With Casting By opening in New York on Nov. 1 and a week later in Los Angeles, Woody Allen wrote to
- Woody Allen
Yes, this article may appear random, but over at Variety, Bob Verini posted an article back in early September I only came to read this weekend headlined "Roger Ebert: The Last Critic Who Matteredc" In his opening 'graph Verini seems to describe what it means to have "mattered" in one sentence, writing, "No other critic ever possessed the international platform of his TV gigs, his visibility or his celebrity." In this sense it seems "mattered" is matched with "popularity" and this isn't to discount Ebert's effect, I've long believed Ebert actually "mattered" because not only was he great at articulating his opinion he'd been around for such a long time and seen so many films during their first run. For him to compare a movie from the late '60s to one released in 2011 made more sense than it did/does for anyone else. It's one thing to have experienced »
- Brad Brevet
Above: 1979 Hungarian poster for 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA, 1968); Designer: unknown.
When I started the Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr almost two years ago to augment my weekly poster essays here, I thought I might well run out of great posters to post daily after a year or so. But the deeper I dig the more gems I seem to unearth and the more popular the site seems to become (nearly a quarter of a million followers to date).
I’ve been posting these Best Of round-ups every six months (see parts one, two and three) but I’ve found so much good stuff lately that I feel the urge to do these four times a year instead of twice. As usual I’m using the very unscientific method of number of likes and reblogs to judge a poster’s popularity, but it does tend to »
- Adrian Curry
It was the twerk heard and watched around the world. Miley Cyrus’ instantly infamous 2013 Video Music Awards performance of “We Can’t Stop” with Robin Thicke (yes, there was a guy in unflattering stripes there too) seared retinas, enraged advocacy groups and morning newscasters, and launched a flurry of awkward parent-child conversations. The New York Times even posted a tongue-in-cheek guide to explaining the dance phenomenon to your mom and dad.
But lest we forget, “twerking” — as a dance style and a word — existed long before Cyrus’ tongue-wagging makeover. The Oxford Dictionaries Online officially defined “twerk” last week as such: »
- Jennifer Arellano
Kirk Douglas movies: The Theater of Larger Than Life Performances Kirk Douglas, a three-time Best Actor Academy Award nominee and one of the top Hollywood stars of the ’50s, is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" featured star today, August 30, 2013. Although an undeniably strong screen presence, no one could ever accuse Douglas of having been a subtle, believable actor. In fact, even if you were to place side by side all of the widescreen formats ever created, they couldn’t possibly be wide enough to contain his larger-than-life theatrical emoting. (Photo: Kirk Douglas ca. 1950.) Right now, TCM is showing Andrew V. McLaglen’s 1967 Western The Way West, a routine tale about settlers in the Old American Northwest that remains of interest solely due to its name cast. Besides Douglas, The Way West features Robert Mitchum, Richard Widmark, Lola Albright, and 21-year-old Sally Field in her The Flying Nun days. »
- Andre Soares
So I’d gone over to my cousin’s house to see his new puppy and, as he and I are often wont to do, we got to talking about movies and TV and the like. The conversation drifted around to movies we liked but our kids didn’t.
“I have Blazing Saddles (1974),” he said, nodding at his rack of DVDs. “I don’t show it to the kids.”
I thought of the movie’s fart jokes, gay jokes, horny jokes, race jokes. “Too vulgar?”
He shook his head. “It’s because I don’t think they’ll get it.”
It took me a second, but then I got what he meant, realizing how much of the movie’s humor was built on lampooning clichés entrenched by forty years of Westerns.
- Bill Mesce
In the corporate espionage thriller, Adam Cassidy is a pawn between two corporate bigwigs of opposing telecommunication companies.
The story is based off of Joseph Finder’s best-selling novel “Paranoia.” In this film, director Robert Luketic assembled a very good cast that comprised of Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard and Liam Hemsworth as the lead character, Adam Cassidy.
Latino-Review sat down with Luketic for an exclusive interview on press day earlier this month. We talked a lot of about the current events with privacy laws, Internet oversharing and biometrics. There were also movie discussions about the cast, location and certain production challenges such as re-starting the film production of Hemsworth needed to work on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
“Paranoia” is in theaters today.
Read or listen to the full interview below.
Latino-Review: What attracted you to this project?
Robert Luketic: I fell in love with the script. »
- Gig Patta
Two-time Oscar winner Dustin is back and feeling better than ever after successfully undergoing surgery for cancer.
Dustin Hoffman, 75, has been treated for cancer and he is currently in good health, his rep confirms. Read on for more details.
Dustin Hoffman’s Cancer Treatment Successful — He’s ‘Cured,’ Rep Says
Dustin is doing much better after undergoing surgery, Dustin’s rep Jodi Gottlieb told People magazine on Aug. 6.
“It [the cancer] was detected early and he has been surgically cured,” she says. “Dustin is feeling great and is in good health.”
The legendary actor and director is expected to undergo further treatment to prevent a reoccurrence, which is normal procedure after most cancer surgeries.
Jodi declined to share any further information about Dustin’s health, but this is such good news! Dustin, who has been married to Lisa Gottsegen since 1980, is a father of six and grandfather of three, and his family »
Movie heroes can’t get anywhere without a great set of wheels to send them on their way, and to celebrate the Mad Max trilogy coming to Blu-ray on August 12th, we’ve decided to run-down the 10 slickest movie rides of all time. These are the 10 cars that allowed the characters that drove them to take down the bad guy, maybe get the girl, and just generally kick ass; it’s not like these guys would’ve got far hailing down a cab or waiting for the bus…
Whether it’s the purr of the engine, the slick body, or the sheer quirkiness of the vehicle, these 10 cars are indelible, iconic aspects of cinematic vehicular lore, and let’s face it, they’re all cars that we would love to own. Here are 10 incredibly slick movie rides we wish we owned in real life…
10. 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duetto – The Graduate »
- Shaun Munro
Spike Lee has long been distributing an "Essential Films List" to every master's student who graduates from the film program at New York University, where he teaches. Now the director has shared the list with the rest of us, leaving the common folk to debate his selections.
Lee posted the list to the Kickstarter page for his latest project, along with an accompaying video (seen above). Certain standard best-of entries are intact ("The Godfather," "8 1/2," "Vertigo"). The most recent entries on the list -- Mel Gibson's 2006 film "Apocalypto" and Neill Blomkamp's 2009 Best Picture nominee "District 9" -- are arguably the most surprising. What's not surprising is the dearth of women included. But, of course, there are also some notable omissions. On first glance, here's what we notice is missing:
"2001: A Space Odyssey" -- Stanley Kubrick
"Apocalypse Now" -- »
- The Huffington Post
Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.
There’s a great scene in the opening moments of Robert Altman’s The Player where Tim Robbins’ puddle-deep studio exec is taking pitches from a grizzled old screenwriter played by Buck Henry. “Okay, here it is…,” the hack begins. “The Graduate… Part II. … 25 years later.” It’s supposed to be funny, and it is, especially since Buck Henry himself was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing The Graduate in 1967. It became even funnier — or sadder? — in »
- Jeff Labrecque
Iron Man 3 is officially the biggest move of the summer- as at the time of writing, the fifth most successful movie of all time! It’s not hard to see why- as well as coming off the back of The Avengers, it has a stellar cast, masterful direction from Shane Black, big laughs and a bigger heart beating at its centre. But so much of that is down to its screenwriter.
Drew Pearce may not be a name you’d heard of before Iron Man 3 hits out screens, but the creator of cult hit sitcom No Heroics is now the hottest man in Hollywood. Pearce is currently writing the fifth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise, and has a slew of other projects on the go. Drew Pearce is here to stay, and Hollywood is all the better for it.
Our conversation went well beyond Iron Man, and »
- Oscar Harding
Just a year shy of its 40th anniversary, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz has been proudly spruced up and reissued; an act of reclamation, in some level, for a film that back in the early 70s, was one of the first Canadian features to make an international impact. Adapted from Mordecai Richler's 1959 novel set in a Jewish area of Montreal about a bustling young man furiously angling to get ahead – the missing link, if you will, between Budd Schulberg's What Makes Sammy Run and Philip Roth's Goodbye Columbus – Duddy Kravitz is an affectionate picaresque detailing the push-pull impact of the new world on émigrés from old Europe. Clan loyalty contends with ruthless self-advancement; expediency with tenderness; ambition with gullibility.
The film also provided a tremendous showcase for a mid-20s Richard Dreyfuss, »
- Andrew Pulver
Stefon -- the guide to New York's hottest, most twisted clubs - was never my favorite Bill Hader character, but he grew on me. And since last night's SNL was Hader's last, it was inevitable that Stefon would pop up on Weekend Update. But who could have guessed that, tired of his unrequited love for Seth Meyers, Stefon would leave to marry another man, only to have Meyers run after him like Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate? Take a look at Stefon's big wedding, with Amy Poehler and Anderson Cooper. And when they run back to the Weekend Update set, don't miss the gallery of Update characters waiting to cheer them, including Drunk Uncle, the Devil and the Bar Mitzvah Boy. (Meyers has said he won't leave the show until the middle of next season, when he'll get ready to replace Jimmy Fallon on Late Night.) Fred Armisen, who's also leaving, »
- Caryn James
On the surface it seemed one of the stranger matches of the 20th century: the serious, award-winning dramatic actress Anna Maria Louisa Italiano, and the man whose fertile imagination introduced both flatulence around an Old West campfire and a singing-dancing Adolf Hitler to the silver screen, Melvin Kaminsky. Or, as the world knew them, Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks. Asked about the couple's marriage, which lasted from 1964 until her death from uterine cancer in 2005, an introspective Brooks says in the new PBS American Masters documentary Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, "You know, it took because Anne and I both grew up during the marriage, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
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