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When Christopher Landry emailed me the other day he apologized for not replying sooner and said he’d been “working nights up in the Carpathians on a horror movie,” which is the best excuse for a tardy email I’ve ever heard (and it wasn’t even that tardy). Landry is an expat film producer and writer from Massachusetts who has been living and working in Romania since 1995. He is also the author of The Silver Screen in the Golden Age: Romanian Film Posters 1965-1989, a lavish coffee-table book of more than 300 posters from the country’s Communist era.
Romanian cinema has of course undergone a post-Ceaușescu renaissance in the past twenty years, and this weekend sees the opening of the week-long festival Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. »
- Adrian Curry
When you are the only General ever feared by the Nazis in World War II you can expect to have an equally epic story to be told about you. The new re-release of George C. Scott in Patton on Blu-Ray is an appropriate step in the continuation of the story of one of America’s greatest military leaders. The film has been so influential on the culture of America that the Us National Film Registry in the Library of Congress chose it for inclusion in the collection as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. The charismatic General George S. Patton, nicknamed “Blood & Guts”, was a determined leader and brilliant strategist. He sported ivory-handled six shooters, and believed he was a re-incarnated warrior in past lives. By out maneuvering Rommel in Africa and the victory on D-Day, the General continued on to sweep and dominate Europe.
In the film adaptation of the General’s life, »
- Larry Peel
Opening across the UK from tomorrow, Ben Affleck’s new thriller Argo, is based on the remarkable true story of a CIA expert posing as a fake film producer in order to infiltrate Iran at the time of the hostage crisis in 1979 and rescue a group of stranded Americans. In anticipation of the films release we sat down with Ben Affleck for a brief chat about the film:
What is it like to juggle acting, directing and producing?
It is interesting. It’s different, you know? Although I have to say, because I’ve been an actor for a while, I’m really used to being on a set, acting in front of the camera. So that doesn’t feel like extra work, you know what I mean? It feels like the normal investment you have. The problem is that the time you take to think about your performance and »
Directed by Ben Affleck.
A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.
It’s the 4th of November 1979, the Iranian revolution is in full swing and militants storm into the U.S Embassy in Tehran capturing fifty-two American citizens and taking them hostage. In the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian Ambassador. Knowing that it will only be a matter of time before the six are found out and quite possibly captured and killed, both the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to resolve their dilemma. The CIA need to find a way to get the six Americans out of the country quick sharp, »
First announced by Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way back in 2008, the feature adaptation of the anthology series The Twilight Zone has been pretty much shrouded in secrecy from the get go, save for the fact the proposed movie would consist of a single 'VFX heavy' tale inspired by Rod Serling's classic TV show. Well, after close to five years in development, we may now finally have an idea of what the storyline will be, and it seems the producers have been looking to the Serling-scripted Planet of the Apes for inspiration.
According to Vulture, the 'Untitled Twilight Zone Project' will incorporate astronauts and time-travel, with the plot revolving around "a test pilot who winds up breaking the speed of light; when he puts down his craft, he discovers that he's landed a bit late for supper - 96 years late." Despite not being based on one of Serling's original stories, »
John Goodman sits on the couch, immobile as Mount Rushmore, his forearms parked aboard meaty knees. Fishing responses from him is like chipping at granite. He says, "No, sir" and, "I don't know"; "I suppose" and, "I wouldn't know about that." From time to time, he emits a long, breathy groan, as though invisible doctors are subjecting him to some invasive medical procedure. I don't know whether he's exhausted or sick; whether he hates interviews or this particular interviewer. On balance, with the benefit of hindsight, I decide it's all four of these things with the gas turned up.
It is perhaps unfair to expect an actor to put on a show when the cameras aren't rolling. But after barely five minutes, I'm floundering, rattling through the questions, »
- Xan Brooks
John Goodman sits on the couch, immobile as Mount Rushmore, his forearms parked aboard meaty knees. Fishing responses from him is like chipping at granite. He says, "No, sir" and, "I don't know"; "I suppose" and, "I wouldn't know about that." From time to time, he emits a long, breathy groan, as though invisible doctors are subjecting him to some invasive medical procedure. I don't know whether he's exhausted or sick; whether he hates interviews or this particular interviewer. With the benefit of hindsight, I decide it's all four of these things.
It is perhaps unfair to expect an actor to put on a show when the cameras aren't rolling. But after barely five minutes, I'm floundering, rattling through the questions, desperately attempting to snag his interest. »
- Xan Brooks
I am one of the few people that I know that has not seen the film Argo yet. I totally understand your disappointment in me. The worst part is that I don’t have a good excuse for this. For those of you who have seen the film, here is a cool little story from Blastr that you can add to the crazy situation.
Argo tells the true story of how a CIA agent named Tony Mendez (played by director Ben Affleck) staged an operation to rescue six Americans who had escaped and were hiding at the Canadian embassy in Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis in which the Iranians held 52 other Americans in captivity.
Mendez came up with the cover story of pretending to be a Canadian producer looking to shoot a science fiction film on locations in Iran, with the idea being that the six Americans would leave with him, »
- Billy Fisher
Review by Barbara Snitzer
Argo is the best movie of the year- (so far).
Even though I knew the ending, I was still on the edge of my seat in suspense. That’s how good it is.
It was inevitable that a CIA operation about making a movie would become a movie itself. In the wrong hands, it could have been as bad as the fictional sci-fi movie “Argo” that was the cover for the clandestine operation.
Not only does Affleck have the directing chops, I think his achievement is partly due to his age. I am very close in age to Mr. Affleck, and I remember watching the Iranian hostage crisis unfold nightly on the news. I didn’t understand the history or politics that caused it (Affleck opens the film with an animated history lesson to bring everyone up to speed), but I remember its impact: the yellow ribbons, »
- Movie Geeks
So, it turns out that what is perhaps this year’s most riveting espionage thriller did not originate from the pen or typewriter of Robert Ludlum John leCarre’ , or…Ian Fleming. Argo is based on a real undercover operation that was finally declassified by President Clinton in 1997. And the man in the director’s chair is almost as surprising as the mission itself. I’m speaking of actor Ben Affleck ( who also stars ). What an interesting career! After toiling away as a child actor he became part of Kevin Smith’s repertory company with a role in Mallrats and the lead in Chasing Amy. Then came Oscar for the screenplay he co-wrote with Matt Damon for 1997′s Good Will Hunting ( he played Matt’s best buddy in the flick ). This propelled him into the big leagues and he seemed to have a movie at the multiplex every couple of weeks. »
- Jim Batts
Ben Affleck’s Argo tells the true-life tale of a CIA agent who posed as the producer of a science fiction epic to rescue six Americans trapped in Iran in 1979. Now, another filmmaker wants to tell you a different part the story — but he needs your help to finish it.
For six years, Judd Ehrlich has been working on a documentary called Science Fiction Land, and the Emmy-nominated filmmaker just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 to complete the project. The non-fiction flick takes its title from a proposed theme park to be built on the success of a sci-fi blockbuster, »
- Jeff Jensen
Yesterday’s news about Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) leaving The Twilight Zone movie project after more than a year’s worth of work now raises just one question for Warner Bros. – what’s next for the 5th dimension? Is the project doomed to live in the same realm as the live action Akira movie? To be mentioned and planned but never followed through?
With The Twilight Zone being Leonardo DiCaprio’s favourite TV series (something we share in common), I can’t see the project dying anytime soon. So I guess the idea will be to bring in a new director. Before Reeves' involvement, Dark Knight maestro Christopher Nolan was rumoured to step up to direct so perhaps they could go back to him. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director »
It seems that Warner Bros.' plans for a big screen revival of Rod Serling's classic television series The Twilight Zone have hit a stumbling block, with Variety reporting that director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield; Let Me In) has vacated the project due to scheduling conflicts. Reeves originally signed on to The Twilight Zone last year, having topped a wish-list that was said to have included the likes of Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Michael Bay (Transformers) and Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men).
Although it's unclear which project has led to the scheduling conflict, it's also been reported that Reeves has joined a shortlist of potential directors to succeed Rupert Wyatt on Fox's simian sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes alongside J. Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), Gullermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible »
We’ve had a few posters released for this picture (here and here), as well as a pretty darn good trailer. Argo tells the declassified true story of a CIA agent tasked with rescuing six American hostages from Tehran in 1979. To do so, he concocts a plan where he and a real life movie crew will film a fake project out in Iran. An elaborate ploy but one which truly happened. And it has a cracking cast, led by Benny Boy, Alan Arkin and, as we see below, John Goodman. He plays John Chambers, a legendary make-up artist who helped bring to life the apes in Planet Of The Apes (1968), for which he won an Oscar, and he created Spock’s pointy ears in Star Trek.
Also, here’s the trailer -
- John Sharp
The winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture will be Ben Affleck's tense new thriller "Argo." How do I know this? Because it is the audience favorite coming out of the top-loaded opening weekend of the Toronto Film Festival. Success at Toronto has an uncanny way of predicting Academy winners; I point you to the Best Pictures of the last five years in a row: "No Country for Old Men," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Hurt Locker," "The King's Speech" and "The Artist." Aside from the Oscar odds, "Argo" is just plain a terrific film. It tells a story as incredible as it is (mostly) true, about how five Americans were smuggled out of Iran after the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. A fake Hollywood sci-fi production was created as a cover story. There was a real screenplay, a big ad was taken out in Variety, and the CIA's top "extraction" expert, »
- Roger Ebert
Is there a greater film than "Lawrence of Arabia?" Perhaps. There are certainly few longer ones, or few that are more epic and sweeping in their scope (thanks to the timeless Panavision 70 photography by Freddie Young). But even if the film isn't your absolute favorite, it is the number one of many, including Steven Spielberg, who credits the picture with making him want to be a filmmaker.
David Lean's tale of T.E. Lawrence's adventures in Arabia in World War I is fifty years old this year, and ahead of a brand-spanking-new Blu-ray release next month, a glorious new 4K restoration of the film is screening at Cannes tomorrow night. To mark the occasion, as well as the anniversary of the death of Lawrence himself, who died 77 years ago tomorrow, we've assembled five things you might not know about Lean's unassailable classic.
1. David Lean nearly directed a biopic of »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The third movie that Ben Affeck has directed now has its first trailer. Argo is the title of the film, and it tells the story of how a young CIA agent hatched a crazy plan to get 6 rescued Americans out of Iran during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979. And it involves Hollywood and Star Wars, in a kind of roundabout way.
Y'see, back in the late 1970s the world was caught up in Star Wars fever. Everyone was talking about the decade's biggest movie, and Hollywood producers were drooling to be the ones that discovered the next Star Wars. That's why it wasn't so crazy for Iranian security to allow a "film crew" to come in to Iran and scout locations for Argo, a big budget sci-fi movie that was going to film inside the country. Using guile, ingenuity and courage, the plan was a success and the six American »
- Patrick Sauriol
Last week the Alamo Drafthouse's movie poster powerhouse Mondo revealed that they were doing a series of seven posters for Marvel's The Avengers, and they kicked off that announcement by unveiling their stylish tributes to Black Widow and Hawkeye. Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and the full Avengers team are still waiting in the wings for their own posters to be revealed, and we'll certainly bring them here once they're in the wild (Update: and here the other individuals are), but today it is our sincere pleasure to lift the digital curtain on the most Godly member of the team, Thor. The beauty you see below was created by Martin Ansin, who for this writer's money is the coolest artist in the Mondo stable (we last premiered his gorgeous Planet of the Apes...
- Peter Hall
Last week the Alamo Drafthouse's movie poster powerhouse Mondo revealed that they were doing a series of seven posters for Marvel's The Avengers, and they kicked off that announcement by unveiling their stylish tributes to Black Widow and Hawkeye. You can view Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk in this gallery as well as the soon-to-be released full Avengers poster. Today it is our sincere pleasure to lift the digital curtain on the most Godlike member of the team, Thor. The beauty you see below was created by Martin Ansin, who for this writer's money is the coolest artist in the Mondo stable (we last premiered his gorgeous Planet of the Apes poster), and will go on sale Friday, April 27th. The full details of the print are also below, and just remember, if you...
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Hey, Stellaaaaa! Fire up the Blu-ray player! 1951's "A Streetcar Named Desire" marked the 60th anniversary of its release last September. Now, seven months later, fans will have the opportunity to relive the classic flick with a special-edition Blu-ray release. That's as good an excuse as any to revisit this landmark film, which opened up Hollywood to movies with strictly adult content and -- thanks to Marlon Brando's legendary performance -- Method acting. The film forced the medium into a new, raw, emotional, mature kind of expression, and, six decades later, it has lost none of its power to shock and astonish. Of course, what went on behind the scenes of the steamy Southern story was nearly as dramatic as the on-screen tale. Read on for more about the film's casting (can you imagine Bette Davis as Blanche?), Vivien Leigh's witty takedown of director Elia Kazan, and the »
- Gary Susman
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