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As James Bond prepares for his 23rd official outing in Skyfall and to mark next year’s 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time I have been tasked to take a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.
When the second James Bond film From Russia With Love managed to top the box-office receipts of Dr. No, producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman knew they had struck gold with the character. Looking to expand the appeal of the next film to a more worldwide audience, in particular the American market, they chose Fleming’s seventh Bond novel Goldfinger as the third film in their series. With much of the story taking place in the American states of Kentucky and Florida as well as Switzerland and the »
- Chris Wright
"Martin Scorsese's Hugo begins with a vertiginous descent that only gains speed as it follows a train and barrels into the station that will be its main setting," writes Phil Coldiron in Slant. "Leaving the tracks, it continues on its path through the concourse, moving past digital extras, the first of many ghostly presences, before seamlessly entering the realm of the real — that is, the soundstage. The worlds of Lumière (the train: the document of reality) and Méliès (the impossible camera: the spectacle of fantasy) come together, the latter used as a tool to try to restore the long-lost thrill of the former. This is the first moment of Scorsese's career that could accurately be described as Cameronian; it's also the first appearance of Hugo's exceptionally personal cinematic gambit."
"Two decades ago everything tasted better when drizzled with the special chocolate sauce of 'postmodernism,' and Twin Peaks was the most ironic cherry pie vehicle for that addictive popular culture had yet baked up," writes Dennis Harvey in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "It was so cool you could hardly believe it was actually being watched." Tonight, the Roxie and MIDNiTES For MANiACS present a "20th Anniversary Celebration for David Lynch's Twin Peaks" that kicks off with Otto Preminger's Laura (1944), the inspiration for Lynch and Mark Frost's series, followed by the pilot and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1922). "Plus, pie on sale all night courtesy of Three Babes Bakeshop!"
How to Be a Retronaut points us to a fine set of photos at Welcome to Twin Peaks: "When Twin Peaks' in-house photographer had quit and no further promotional shots were needed since the show was cancelled, »
The Night at the Museum star will play the boss of a company which hires out ghosts.
The Exorcist, Nightmare On Elm Street, The Shining, The Thing, Halloween and The Evil Dead.
Some of the scariest films ever made……
Yet none of these films are as terrifying as Watership Down – also known as the Hampshire Bunny Massacre.
As part of our 31 Days Of Horror celebration of all things macabre, we take a look at some of the most frightening and shocking moments in family friendly movies.
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (1975-1983)
Shocking Moment: A Farewell to Arms
Despite all being rated U, the original Star Wars trilogy features plenty of violent scenes – most of which involving the frequent dismemberment of hands or arms.
During the battle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back, Luke’s hand is lopped off at the wrist by a well placed lightsabre swipe. It’s clearly a painful moment for Luke… »
- Stephen Leigh
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Synopsis: For some unexplained reason, letters to Santa Claus are being returned to the children of Junctionville. It seems some resident has angered St. Nick by calling him “a fraudulent myth!” Skeptical Albert Mouse has to be brought to his senses “and let up a little on the wonder why.” How Albert is persuaded to change his tune paves the way for Santa’s jolly return to town – and the joyous finale of the animated fable inspired by Clement Moore’s poem and produced by the merrymaking conjures of Rankin/bass studios. The voice talents of Joel grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver and George Gobel make this festive fable even more fun. (highdefdigest.com)
The 12 Dogs Of Christmas (2005)
Synopsis: A girl who uses dogs to »
- Travis Keune
Nestled a few miles west of London sits Pinewood Studios, still looking as sprightly as ever, but having today reached the grand old age of 75.
And what a 75 years it has been. Though the landscape of cinema has changed beyond recognition in that time (fads have come and gone, new filming techniques have been developed and refined, entire genres have been popularised, then forgotten, then revived), Pinewood remains.
Bought by building tycoon Charles Boot in the early 1930′s, Pinewood was then turned into a studio through a joint venture between Boot and J Arthur Rank, the name being settled on because according to Boot:-
“of the number of trees which grow there and because it seemed to suggest something of the American film centre in its second syllable.”
The studios officially opened their doors on 30th September 1936 and since then has been home to some of the largest scale productions imaginable. »
- Dave Roper
Yes, it actually begins with a "Confucious Say."
ABC was once famous for bringing great guilty pleasure soap operas to primetime TV. Back in the 80's, Dynasty reigned supreme with its wonderfully wretched excess. More recently, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters carried the torch on Sunday nights.
But the soap bubble burst. Brothers & Sisters was canceled, and Desperate Housewives is now a dessicated corpse, reanimated briefly once a week with injections from the urine of an Argentinian hairy-legged vampire bat.
So the question is ... can Revenge bring back the heyday of the primetime soap?
It's too early to say ... but as Brent Hartinger pointed out in his review, "Revenge is definitely not 'smart.' But at least in the pilot, it's not quite campy or over-the-top enough to make it much of a guilty pleasure either." In other words, it needs to lather up or get out of the tub. »
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is coming to Australia for the first time. The stage musical, which is based on the 1960s film starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, is scheduled to premiere in Melbourne late next year and then tour all over the country. The show's producer Tim Lawson told the Herald Sun: "I don't know where it's going to be starting, but it's definitely coming." Lawson is holding auditions in Melbourne next week for 300 actors and singers hoping to take part in upcoming production A Chorus Line, due to open early next year. He described the show as "probably one of the hardest musicals to cast". Child musical Annie will relocate from Sydney to Melbourne's (more) »
- By Rebecca Davies
Many film actors have become box office stars thanks to one character, but while Sean Connery and Christopher Lee managed to break away from 007 and Dracula, Anthony Perkins’ was forever overshadowed by his infamous alter ego Norman Bates. For some actors, one film role was enough to give them lasting cinema immortality; if it hadn’t been for their performances as the Wizard of Oz and Ming the Merciless, Frank Morgan and Charles Middleton would have been long forgotten.
The following ten actors achieved their cult status in the horror and fantasy genre on the strength of one film. Although these working actors appeared in a variety of movies, it is that particular character and their well received performance that has pushed any other notable film work into the background!
Stanley Ridges (Black »
Adrian Noble To Direct A Stage Version Of The King’s Speech
Adrian Noble will be directing the Broadway production of The King's Speech, which will be based on last year's Academy Award-winning film that chronicles the true story of King George VI's quest to find his voice. Noble, who has directed such Broadway plays as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Herbal Bed and A Midsummer Night's Dream, is aiming to open his newest production sometime during Fall 2012.
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- Karen Benardello
Seeing little blue people prancing before your very eyes is usually not a sign of good health. But Raja Gosnell’s The Smurfs In 3D makes you feel far from blue and has a simple if predictable storyline that all ages can get involved with. It’s Smurfin’ good fun.
When the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world through a wormhole and into ours in the bright lights of New York City. Now they must find a way back before Gargamel captures them all and drains them of their magical blue essence. They’re going to need some human help first.
If the plotline sounds familiar, then that’s because it is – the idea of mixing live-action and animation was done in the hit 2007 film Enchanted when Giselle pops up and falls in love with a »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
Actor who plays Harry Potter's noseless nemesis offers generous new perspective on the Dark Lord
There can be few more unsympathetic figures in the world of celluloid than mean old Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter films. But as the series reaches its denouement with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (in cinemas today), one person has spoken up for He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
Ralph Fiennes, who portrayed the noseless warlock with the unhealthy cruciatus curse habit, told Newsweek that he got under the skin of Voldemort by imagining him as a lonely, damaged soul.
"Young Voldemort was an orphan and denied any kind of parental affection or love, so he's been an isolated figure from a very young age," Fiennes said. "But I always think there has to be the possibility of good in someone, too. It might have been eroded, repressed, suppressed or somehow distorted within »
- Ben Child
Imagine for a moment that you're a veteran Australian action movie star with a gravelly voice, a girl's name and a lengthy filmography of box office hits. In an ideal world you'd be held in high esteem for your excellent performances as wronged men desperately seeking revenge. You'd be admired for the unconventional, uncompromisingly savage epics you've directed and your dedication to filming in obscure, ancient tongues.
The world bows down, kisses your confident bare butt cheeks and proclaims you're a genius warrior hero in this idyllic vision. Except, you're not a movie messiah. In fact, you're a very naughty boy.
In reality, the world is shaking its collective head and deriding you as a crazed and aggressive alcohol-addled bigot. Your bad behaviour, violence and barmy remarks »
A selection of cars, including James Bond's Lotus Esprit, on their way to the docks to be shipped to Miami. Pic: (C) Mayfair Motors.
By Dave Worrall
Further to my meeting with Michael Dezer recently, Cinema Retro can announce that the world-famous Cars of the Stars and Bond Museum of Keswick, England, have been acquired by the American-based businessman who owns extensive residential and hotel properties in New York, Las Vegas and Miami, including the Trump International Beach Resort.
Dezer has a passion for everything associated with automobiles, and recently purchased two buildings on an 11-acre site to house his personal collection of more than 600 vehicles plus the 100 or so cars and motorcycles currently in transit from England. At some 220,000-square feet, it will be one of the largest car museums in America.
Dezer's car collection includes classic and vintage cars from all over the world - a 1928 Duesenberg (worth »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Since we have a great roster of erratic contributors here at Tfe, we should use them more often, right? What has Team Experience been watching?
What's the best and/or worst thing you saw this week?
Kurt (Cinema de Gym): The best thing I saw this week was Page One: Inside the New York Times, a doc that filled a little empty spot in my soul. Of course it's slanted so as to exalt the Gray Lady, but so what. It's thus far the most comprehensive film we have to address where we stand in the world of media, and thank God for the invaluable David Carr, a shut-up-and-listen voice of reason who defends the fundamentals amidst legions of people blindly barrelling toward an all-digital climate of media without merit. The worst thing I saw was Bad Teacher (my review) which couldn't even appeal to my sinful love of »
- NATHANIEL R
With Cars 2 just arriving in theaters this weekend, KidsPickFlicks set out to name the best car movies for kids. We quickly realized there's not that many. As you read the list, if you think "that movie's lame" or "is that movie really for kids?" ... you're probably right but we had to take some liberties.
Herbie the Love Bug (1968), Rated G
The classic Volkswagon that captured people's hearts decades ago is just as entertaining today. Herbie the Love Bug, about the self aware car that just wants to race, is one of the biggest underdog movies of all time. Herbie's charisma won races and launched sequels.
Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Rated PG
Smokey and the Bandit is by far one of the most fun films to see mainly because of crashes galore. It never stops and the vehicle mayhem is some of the most creative to date. Unfortunately, the sequels »
- email@example.com (Cole the Kid Critic)
Join me from 8.30pm as the candidates set up build junk collection businesses – who will be dumped by Lord Sugar?
Good evening, and welcome to The Apprentice Episode 6 liveblog! Tonight our aspiring tycoons will be attempting to make money out of old junk, which is quite fitting for a bunch of individuals who are, almost without exception, total rubbish. I can't promise this will be my only waste-related pun of the evening, and I'm sure Lord Sugar will be cranking out a few old chestnuts about carrying the can, candidates being a load of garbage etc., probably until we'd all quite like to throw him in a skip.
This kind of task is right up Lord Sugar's alley - having the savvy to spot the gem in the scrapheap, then negotiating to buy it at the lowest price before selling it on for a hefty profit. None of them »
- Heidi Stephens
Elisabeth Röhm, best known for her role as Serena Southerlyn on Law & Order, has a busy year ahead of her.
In her latest blog, Röhm can’t wait for summer’s wonderful weather and plans an outdoor theatre for Easton August, 3, her daughter with fiancé Ron Anthony
What are your favorite family-friendly movies? Please share your thoughts in the comments!
Although I am in New York City working »
An Aardman Production For Sony Pictures Animation Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen Also On Board
Culver City, Calif. – Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast in The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation. The film, which will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, will be released March 30, 2012 in North America.
Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to »
- Michelle McCue
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