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Well, if Dustin Hoffman‘s presence in movies like Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Hook and Outbreak didn’t telegraph his motivating principle, The Playlist released a very entertaining list of things we should know about Little Fockers. Topping this list of fun facts is Hoffman’s casual confirmation to the Playlist’s reporter on his only reason for appearing in the latest chronicle of the Focker clan: “The back end.”
Yep, the man who won an Oscar for not wearing any underwear (in Rain Man, of course), is all about the gross points on what will quite likely be a nice holiday haul – the Jay Roach-directed Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers combined made about $345 million worldwide (big money for a comedy series).
- Anthony Vieira
Photo: Paramount Pictures Last week was a big week for Oscar prognosticators. Starting last Sunday we had the Los Angeles and New York film critics weigh in with their best of 2010. Then the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild added their nominations. Then, just last night the Satellite Awards were announced and while they aren't exactly the best indicator of what films are going to do what, they add their own numbers to the formula. Patterns have formed and front-runners have clearly been sorted, but there are still some questions up in the air.
After the dust settled, The Social Network was the clear Best Picture front-runner. This, however, can be attributed to more than just one thing. Obviously, the critics have been all over it, but when predicting Oscar's Best Picture you have to remember »
- Brad Brevet
For the first in this brief series of controversial films rated Nc-17, we’re going back to 1969, the year after the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) created the modern U.S. movie rating system. When Midnight Cowboy was released, there was no Nc-17 rating. Instead, filmmakers whose movies were deemed too adult for an R rating, were left with the option of an X rating, or none at all.
Since the rating system is voluntary, a filmmaker can always refuse a rating from the MPAA, but unrated films in the U.S. stand slim chance for commercial success. In 1969, the X rating hadn’t been commandeered by the porn industry yet, so rather than edit the film down to an R, compromising the artistic vision of the film, director John Schlessinger went with X.
The history surrounding this film really turns on Schlessinger’s integrity as a filmmaker. Schlessinger »
- Alice gray
French robot disco duo score soundtrack to Tron: Legacy (plus a cameo), as pop artists start to take top billing from actors
At the end of the trailer to forthcoming movie Somewhere, we are given just two pieces of information: 1) that the film was written and directed by Sofia Coppola; 2) that it features music by Phoenix. A soundtrack being billed above the star is, it's fair to say, unusual. And the fact that Thomas Mars, singer with the French group, is married to Coppola and is the father of her two daughters, has less to do with it than you'd think.
Movie soundtracks, even scores, lovingly crafted by stars of rock and pop, are all the rage right now. That other prominent French outfit, Daft Punk, also hit the big screen this month, having provided the music for green screen extravaganza Tron: Legacy. Not only do the world's greatest exponents »
- Paul Lester
Contrary to recent rumor, Jennifer Aniston is not going to seduce Robert Pattinson on the silver screen. Her representative has debunked Daily Star's claim that the star of "The Bounty Hunter" has been begging her agents to set her up with the "Twilight Saga" hunk for a remake of 1967 flick "The Graduate", simply telling Gossip Cop the story is "absolutely false."
Just days earlier, Daily Star brought up report that the the 41-year-old actress is very keen to team up with the younger actor. "Jen's a huge fan of The Graduate. It's one of her favorite films and she would love to do a new version of it," an insider said before adding, "Jen thinks she and Rob would be the perfect duo to recreate the highly sexual roles."
"This film would allow Jen to do something raunchy and sophisticated after all the romantic comedies she's done and would give »
A rumor gaining speed online claims Jennifer Aniston wants to remake 'The Graduate'... with Robert Pattinson as her younger lover. The classic movie's story concerns a college graduate who begins an affair with his parents' married friend. Anne Bancroft's older Mrs. Robinson seduced Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 original. So is Aniston planning to reprise the iconic cougar with Pattinson as her prey? »
- Daniel Jacobson
At least not yet.
As famous for his grizzled look as the deep, unmistakable voice that has promoted everything from beef to (currently) trucks, the veteran actor reportedly is among the top choices to play Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson in the next chapter of the Sony Pictures franchise that will introduce Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network") as the new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
"I had no idea," Elliott tells Zap2it of the apparent interest in him for the Jameson part. "I just like to work, and the first consideration is that it be decent work, good work. That said, I feel like I'm lucky. I've had this career for a long time. It's what I've wanted to do since I was a little kid, and I've just been blessed. »
"Do I have your full attention?"
Whilst continuing my "Best in Show" column for Tribeca Film, I decided it was high time to highlight Jesse Eisenberg from The Social Network and this is why. Here at The Film Experience though, it's time for Oscar trivia! Though I would love to see Eisenberg win traction for Best Actor, he has something else working against him besides the subdued performance: his age.
Youngest Best Actor NomineesAnd where Eisenberg would fit in, were he to be nominated.
Disclaimer/Bragging: You won't find info this extensive elsewhere! The Official Oscar site / Wikipedia only offer top tens. However the following info is approximate. Though the Academy's top ten is down to the day of the actual nominations, they don't provide official nomination dates only ceremony dates. Inside Oscar and Wikipedia also only list the ceremony dates so we're just using February 1st, ∞ as a general »
- NATHANIEL R
Morgan Freeman is to be honoured with the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award next year.
The Oscar-winning star's 40-year career will be celebrated at a star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles in June.
Filmmaker and cinematographer Haskell Wexler.
Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler was adjudged one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history, according to an International Cinematographers Guild survey of its membership. He won his Oscars in both black & white and color, for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and Bound for Glory (1976). He also shot much of Days of Heaven (1978), for which credited director of photography Nestor Almendros -- who was losing his eye-sight, won a Best Cinematography Oscar. In 1993, Wexler was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the cinematographer's guild, the American Society of Cinematographers. He has received five Oscar nominations for his cinematography, in total, plus one Emmy Award in a career that has spanned six decades.
Born in Chicago to a wealthy family on February 6, 1922, Wexler cut his teeth shooting industrial films, TV commercials and documentaries. He »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Having only celebrated his 88th birthday on Monday, director Arthur Penn sadly passed away on Tuesday, his daughter Molly reported.
Penn will be best known for his ground-breaking work on Bonnie & Clyde, which at the time was a massive departure from the tone and style of Hollywood’s output, yet still earned him a thoroughly deserved Oscar nomintion for Best Director (he earned BAFTA, Golden Globe and DGA nominations that year as well).
The film, along with Easy Rider and The Graduate marked the dawn of New Hollywood, as independently-minded films, often with a strongly counter-cultural message began to find a voice and an audience. In one sense it is a shame that Bonnie & Clyde so overshadowed his career. It is an almost peerless film to be remembered for, drawing on many of the traits of the French New Wave and adopting a desaturated palate long before the cast of »
- Dave Roper
Chicago – There are few things more queasy than a feel good comedy that fails to make you feel good. Every film strives to master the art of manipulation, with wildly varying degrees of success. When a film makes consistent failed attempts to manipulate the emotions of its audience, it may result in viewers feeling increasingly nauseous until they’re about ready to hurl.
The 2007 British comedy “Sparkle” certainly seems to have a lot going for it, including a strong cast under the direction of acclaimed filmmaking team Tom Hunsinger and Neil Hunter, perhaps best known for their 2001 effort, “Lawless Heart.” But “Sparkle” is missing many key ingredients that would’ve provided its secret to success, the most glaring of which is a likable lead character.
DVD Rating: 2.0/5.0
Enter our protagonist, Sam Sparkes, whose name sounds like that of a failed magician. He’s played by Shaun Evans, a perfectly capable »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
"I have a very sarcastic sounding, insincere voice," joked Richard Ayoade during his introduction to "Submarine," an adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's coming-of-age novel about Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), a 15-year-old consumed with looking up words like "atavistic" in the dictionary, saving his parents (Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor) from being split up by a mulleted motivational speaker (Paddy Considine), and romancing his humble classmate Jordana Bevan (Yasmin Paige).
Certainly, Ayoade can be self-effacing, as one might know from his turn as a regular on Britcoms auch as "The It Crowd," but as a first-time director, he is never anything less than genuine, even while wringing laughs from the most embarrassing of experiences from growing up. His directorial debut will surely draw comparisons to Wes Anderson and Hal Ashby for its bittersweet take on adolescence told with style to spare, but "Submarine" is a wholly original creation that I must »
- Stephen Saito
What a superb film The Graduate (1967) is. No matter how many times I watch it, every line of dialogue, every scene, every song is spot on. It's a meticulously constructed, funny, truthful and uplifting coming-of age tale that's surely Dustin Hoffman's defining moment. Others may well cite Midnight Cowboy or even Rain Man, but for me he's Benjamin Braddock, the awkward and profoundly worried graduate facing an expectant and daunting post college world. You may have noticed I have somewhat strong feelings about this movie, so if you're looking for some sort of alternate retrospective take on Mike Nichols' landmark movie, look elsewhere.
The shy, intelligent "track star" Benjamin Braddock has graduated and is struggling with the unbearable pressure from his proud parents and their friends. Lauded by all, the intense attention is bewildering. Despite the best possible start in life and with his whole future ahead of him, »
In the beginning, there was The Graduate. It's probably the first film I saw that made me curious about its creator, because Mike Nichols developed a film language all his own. So many of my contemporaries (and myself) have borrowed or outright stolen from those sacred frames: Rushmore, Little Miss Sunshine, Garden State – its influence is clear. I once heard David O Russell say that it is almost dangerous to watch The Graduate. Its allure, he says, is so profound that you will simply try to imitate it as a film-maker. He's got a point.
It's too late for me. Anyone who's seen my movie 500 Days of Summer knows that the movie is permanently fused to my brainstem. »
The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films as ranked by the users of the biggest Internet movie site on the web. It is based upon the ratings provided by the users of the Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the Internet.
It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case we is myself and Barry) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list. We’ve frozen the list as of January 1st of this year. It’s not as simple as it sounds, we are watching them all in one year, 125 each.
This is our 32nd update, my next five films watched for the project. You can find all our previous week’s updates here. »
- Gary Phillips
Needles at the ready, back-sized portrait of Robert Pattinson in hand, Josh Du Sautoy fills us in on the best tatts on screen
• Now updated with last week's choices!
"Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past." So said Jack London, though he probably didn't foresee the day when over a fifth of British adults would have one – that's a whole heap of interesting pasts.
Most of us will know someone with a tattoo, even if they're not willing to show it. Inking has definitely become a part of the mainstream, but in cinema it remains something of a novelty. A lot of film characters have become like politicians; make them as bland as possible so as not to offend anyone. Where are the tattooed romantic leads? Perhaps it has something to do with marketing, to paraphrase London: show me a »
Optimum continues its mission to release some of the best back catalogue classics on Blu-ray in September with another burst of titles from their Studio Canal Collection. Next up are The Third Man, Delicatessen, Mulholland Drive, The Graduate, Le Cercle Rouge, The Pianist and Breathless. It's a hugely eclectic collection of superb modern and not-so-modern cinema with surely something for anyone who possesses even a hint of filmic discernment.
All include a host of exclusive extras, with input from some serious names from both industry and academic circles which put those filler heavy packages to shame. And, if previous releases from the label are anything to go by, the transfers will be top notch too.
The titles above are released on 13th September 2010 through Optimum Home Entertainment.
Extras and tech specs are as follows - there's a lot, so take a deep breath:
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Bieber Nation: Brace yourselves! Kim Kardashian has once again gotten very close to the teenage singing sensation.
Taking inspiration from the Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft 1967 film "The Graduate," a movie about a young man who has an affair with an older woman, Kim and Justin posed for the shoot earlier this summer in the Bahamas.
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- AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff
Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian have finally revealed the purpose of their June Bahamas rendezvous that sent Twitter into a frenzy. No, they weren't on a romantic vacation - Kim likes her men to fill out a football jersey.
Is Biebs even old enough to watch the movie?
Kardashian gave her fans (and her brigade of haters inflicted with Bieber Fever) a sneak peek at the shoot on her blog. The pics feature her working out in stilettos while watching Bieber on the flat screen, the unlikely duo hanging out on beach chairs (her on her blackberry, him on his iPad), and a shot of the two of them soaking their designer duds in the ocean.
Let's hear it, Zappers! Thoughts? »
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