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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business. Off last Sunday, the boys have a lot on their minds.
Fleming: We have entered an age of digital fascism; render an opinion against the grain, and disagreement is followed by insults and threats to end careers. Because of an opinion.
Bart: Are you referring to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar being attacked for signing that petition charging Israel with practicing genocide in the Gaza? It was certainly not a smart move on their part.
Fleming: I get that. Anyone paying attention can see Israel’s existence comes out of an unimaginable genocide attempt in WWII. I wonder if Bardem and Cruz read the fine print when the petition was put under their noses. Provoked by »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
It's a good weekend for catching up on Sundance highlights, big and small. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is, of course, the film on everybody's lips at the moment — and deservedly so — but that's no reason to ignore a more modest independent tale of growing up and growing out, albeit at a slightly different age. Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' droll, laid-back comedy "Land Ho!" is the first collaboration between the two writer-directors, each one with a handful of delicately formed micro-indies behind them, and it is itself a story of an unexpected partnership: the plot centers on two drifting retirees, formerly in-laws, whose friendship is tested and deepened over the course of a spontaneous road trip through Iceland. It's the kind of premise that, on paper, could signify treacly hijinks in the vein of "The Bucket List" or "Grumpy Old Men," but Katz and Stephens' film is far subtler »
- Guy Lodge
Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules? Every now and then it can be quite therapeutic to have a bad apple shape our rigid outlook with a dosage of cynicism in cinema. Whether intentionally unruly or merely questioning the status quo movie rebels can be compellingly entertaining for various reasons.
So who are your choice big screen rabble-rousers that like to stir the pot and cause dissension in the name of justice or just plain anti-establishment? In Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels let us take a look at some of the on-screen troublemakers with a taste for colorful turmoil, shall we?
The selections for Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels are (in alphabetical order according to the film titles):
1.) Brad Whitewood, Jr. from At Close Range (1986)
In director James Foley »
- Frank Ochieng
You know the songs. They’re part of the songbook of standards. You’ve heard them on every TV singing contest, belted out by a cut price Leona Lewis to the back of a chair while Sir Tom Jones mouths the words to show that he too recognises a famous classic. You’ve endured them slurringly stumbled over and shouted at every drunken karaoke session. Even if you think they’re terrible music (and with reasonable justification in some cases) you secretly know all the words. You’ve seen them used on so many inspirational or romantic montages that they’re more likely to be used in parodic moments nowadays than anything vaguely genuine, but have you seen the movies that they come from?
From the 50s crooner golden age through the big hair and big ballads of the 80s and on to anything starring Will Smith in »
- Jack Gann
SundanceTV topper Sarah Barnett has a unique perspective on New York City’s sports scene: her office sits right across from Madison Square Garden. When the hometown teams are winning, she can feel the roar of the crowd at her desk. Her biggest focus when it comes to office space is to make sure it’s inviting. “It’s pretty much a revolving door,” she says. Pitch meetings are taken in a conference room, but brainstorming time with key execs is just as important. “This is a space for inventiveness and creativity,” she says.
President and general manager, SundanceTV
With Sundance since 2005; current position since 2009
Before that: BBC Radio, BBC, BBC America
Take A Seat
Barnett prizes the “big comfy red couch” that takes up most of one wall as it encourages relaxed conversation.
She likes having her walls a deep gray in order to bring »
- Cynthia Littleton
Suits returns June 11, as does the drama’s penchant for Game of Thrones references. Watch an exclusive clip below of Louis (Rick Hoffman) strategizing with Katrina (Amanda Schull) regarding a new threat — Jeff Malone (recurring guest star Db Woodside), a potential minion of Eric Woodall, who still has it out for Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and the firm.
Without spoiling too much, creator Aaron Korsh tells EW you’ll also find Jerry Maguire and Crimson Tide mentions, a Princess Bride reference, and an homage to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the premiere. “What a lot of people don’t »
- Mandi Bierly
In a region wracked by hostility, communal tension and the historical baggage of partition, Cinema can be the balm that soothes and unites the divided people of India and Pakistan. That is the message of Filmistaan, a low budget gem that celebrates the power of movies with humour, grace and even a little pathos. It is also a welcome addition to Bollywood’s increasing staple of mainstream yet meaningful cinema.
Though ostensibly an ode to popular Bollywood melodramas such as Maine Pyar Kiya and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the film is closer in spirit to world cinema classics like Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful and No Man’s Land in its examination of the futility of all conflict and assertion of a common humanity that binds us all. And nowhere is this brotherhood of man more evident than through the shared love of movies. People forget their caste, colour or »
- Aniruddha Basu
We like to celebrate great actors at Super-8 Movie Madness at The Way Out Club. We’ve had past shows highlighting the careers of Charles Bronson, Boris Karloff, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Burt Reynolds. On Tuesday, June 3rd, we’re offering a double dose of Actor Madness with Super-8 Robert Redford/Paul Newman Movie Madness!
That’s right, these two Oscar-winners paired up famously in two films: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Sting and we’ll be showing both of those. To highlight Mr. Redford’s solo career we’ll be showing Jeremiah Johnson and The Great Waldo Pepper. And Mr. Newman’s solo career will be represented with The Towering Inferno and Slap Shot.
- Tom Stockman
The screenwriter behind "Princess Bride," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "Misery," William Goldman, talks to "The Writer Speaks" about how the movie industry has changed over the years. Not for the better. Goldman's "The Season," about a season on Broadway, was an inspiration for my book "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, An Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System." »
- Anne Thompson
The top 20. The scripts by which all others are defined and to which all others are compared. Brilliant scripts can be wordy. Brilliant scripts can be confusing. Brilliant scripts can be sweeping or intimate. This section runs the gamut, ranging from first time writers to established writing vets. It only gets better from here.
courtesy of wikipedia.org
20. Easy Rider (1969)
They’ll talk to ya and talk to ya and talk to ya about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ‘em.
This portion’s “anybody can write a film” segment comes from 1969, with a landmark film that truly doesn’t have much weight. A road movie if there ever was one, Easy Rider follows Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) as they ride their motorcycles across the country to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. »
- Joshua Gaul
Guess what unforgettable movie about people wanting to forget is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary?
Have you ever thought about what your favorite shot from it is? Or which shot best represents the movie as a whole? Have you ever wondered how it can possibly be that the cinematographer Ellen Kuras has only done 4 narrative features in the ten years since?
You know where this is going right?!
Break out the bubbly because "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" returns on March 18th (We're moving it to Tuesdays at 9 Pm to give people the weekend to screen the movies and be ready!). If you're new to the blog or haven't yet experimented with actually participating, I guarantee a good time. Everyone who has participating religiously has said that they've gotten a ton out of it. Plus it proves the point 'the more the merrier' because the best episodes offer »
- NATHANIEL R
3 Notes. Oh don't click away you have time to read them. And yes I'll be live tweeting and a little light blogging tonight
01. Like The Film Experience on Facebook. Follow Nathaniel on Twitter, Pinterest? Why am I so needy? It's like this: Once Oscar night wraps up I experience something like a free fall; help me pull that parachute string.
02. We're here all year -- it's not just an Oscar site so don't abandon us if you're exhausted by Oscar shenanigans. There's only one more week of it, recapping this year's Oscars, filmbitching, and we'll close out the annual festivities with that Supporting Actress Smackdown we promised (yes, the one I flubbed that you've been impatient for). After that one eye returns to brand new movies and pinch of tv and the other to occasional trips back to favored oldies in A Year With Kate, Seasons of Bette, and Hit Me. »
- NATHANIEL R
3D space disaster movie wins six awards at Royal Opera House, including best director and best British film
It was a contest between two wildly different films – a 3D space disaster movie and an unflinching portrayal of 19th-century American slavery – and on paper it was the former, Gravity, which emerged as the biggest winner at the 2014 Bafta ceremony.
It won six awards, including best director and best British film. But 12 Years a Slave unquestionably picked up the biggest prize, best film, with Chiwetel Ejiofor named as best actor.
In a year when no one film swept the board, American Hustle also came away with three prizes.
Alfonso Cuarón was named best director and said you would not know it from his accent but he considered himself a part of the British film industry. He has lived in London for 13 years and joked: "I make a very good case for curbing immigration. »
- Mark Brown
If you haven’t heard about “Dumb Starbucks” it was a California “art gallery” that completely duplicated the look of a Starbucks, except it added “Dumb” to the Starbucks logo. It turns out the shop was a stunt by Comedy Central show Nathan for You, which parodies business improvement reality shows. I laughed when I saw it on the news, I can’t wait to see the episode.
Tom Cavanagh has joined the cast of the CW’s Flash pilot. He’ll play a physicist at S.T.A.R. labs named Harrison Wells. As far as I can find, there isn’t a DC Comics character with that name to hint as his future.
How is AMC celebrating African-American history month? By developing a Civil Rights drama. Bombingham is set in Birmingham, Alabama »
- Lyle Masaki
The walls of his rustic chic home, tucked away on a quiet wooded street in Studio City, are graced with framed black-and-white photographs of gorgeous leading men from a bygone era: Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Gregory Peck and Paul Newman, among them. In his living room, next to all the regal portraits, there is a snapshot of him and then-Sen. Barack Obama side by side at a 2006 Washington, D.C., press conference concerning the genocide in Darfur. The walls of George Clooney’s abode — once owned by Gable himself — speak volumes about the man who is at once a charismatic star craving legendary fame and someone who thinks beyond the borders of insular Hollywood.
Meet Citizen Clooney.
The 52-year-old actor-director-producer is among a small group of celebrities, including power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as well as Oprah, and Bono, who can shine a global camera on significant »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Maximilian Schell dead at 83: Best Actor Oscar winner for ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ (photo: Maximilian Schell ca. 1960) Actor and filmmaker Maximilian Schell, best known for his Oscar-winning performance as the defense attorney in Stanley Kramer’s 1961 political drama Judgment at Nuremberg died at a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, on February 1, 2014. According to his agent, Patricia Baumbauer, Schell died overnight following a "sudden and serious illness." Maximilian Schell was 83. Born on December 8, 1930, in Vienna, Maximilian Schell was the younger brother of future actor Carl Schell and Maria Schell, who would become an international film star in the 1950s (The Last Bridge, Gervaise, The Hanging Tree). Immy Schell, who would be featured in several television and film productions from the mid-’50s to the early ’90s, was born in 1935. Following Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938, Schell’s parents, Swiss playwright Hermann Ferdinand Schell and Austrian stage actress Margarete Schell Noé, »
- Andre Soares
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ poster (image: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in one of the character posters for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) Scarlett Johansson has created quite a bit of a stir in recent days. Yesterday, January 30, 2014, Captain America: The Winter Soldier posters came out, revealing Chris Evans as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and a tightly garbed Scarlett Johansson as a seductive, hair flowing in the wind, Black Widow. And like every good film noir heroine worth her makeup, she’s deadly, too; forget the cleavage, the lips, and the hips, and focus on those two guns. And there’s more. Let’s not forget Scarlett Johansson looking sultry in a 2014 Super Bowl ad plugging SodaStream, which went viral and created quite a bit of controversy, both of the tabloid and the political varieties. First, tongues wagged (and some drooled) because, gee, didn’t Johansson spice up soda pop? »
- Zac Gille
Growing up, did you watch much TV?
All day long, television and movies. I loved “Lost in Space,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Mr. Ed” — remember “Mr. Ed”? — “Bewitched,” all those. And in Mexico at that time, these were blended with Japanese anime and monster shows.
My mom and grandmother were cinephiles. We loved to go to the movies. The first great film I was exposed to was “The Bicycle Thief.” I was probably 8. I was at a sleepover with my cousin, and they announced on TV that they were about to show a film only for adults. I thought I was going to see boobs or something. I didn’t see any boobs, but by the end, I was weeping. »
- Tim Gray
This Spring screen legend Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All Is Lost) is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe where he's set to take on the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. chief Alexander Pierce in the solo sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now, while we're sure there's more to his character than meets the eye (if I were a betting man, my money would be on The Red Skull), Redford has taken a moment to explain the attraction of starring in a Marvel movie during a chat with Entertainment Weekly at the Sundance Film Festival.
"One of the reasons that I did it was I wanted to experience this new form of filmmaking that’s taken over where you have kind of cartoon characters brought to life through high technology. The Avengers series is a product of high technology playing a major role in the new order »
- Gary Collinson
Getting hit in the nuts is a timeless occurrence. It happens a lot in cartoons, and was a prevalent act among our buddies in middle-school and beyond. Still, watching a “nut shot” on celluloid is probably no longer the hilarious act we once thought it to be, and filmmakers must continually invent new and creative ways to allow us to experience that dropping feeling in our stomachs and loins.
As we’ve matured, of course, we have come to recognize that a shot to the manhood can be not only literal and physical but metaphorical and emotional as well. That being said, this list isn’t so much about moments in film that depict glorious crushings of our stick and stones – instead, it’s about those moments that really made us feel it in our loins, and possibly our hearts, too… who knew there was such a connection between the two, »
- Alejandro Castro
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