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It’s easy to think of the 1970s as a time of things falling apart. The counterculture was still doing its slow-burn flameout, and most of the decade lingered under the twin shadows of Vietnam and Watergate, which together blew a hole in our collective sense of faith. The great American filmmakers of the era — directors like Coppola, Scorsese, Altman — responded by holding a mirror up to our doubt and alienation. Yet as dark as some of their movies could be, the New Hollywood was never about tearing things down. It was about looking at the place that America had become and seeing it as something stirring and redemptive, tragic and effusive, intimate and grand. It was about picking up the pieces of a broken but still exhilarating landscape and finding, within them, a new kind of American dream.2
When it came to that mission, no filmmaker of his time dreamed bigger than Michael Cimino, »
- Owen Gleiberman
We're living a tidal wave of content. It's hard to know what to watch, when, and where. We're here to help! By telling you that you can and should watch a movie about a tsunami entitled The Wave from the director of the upcoming Tomb Raider movie, Roar Uthaug, on Netflix next month. The streaming service has released the titles for their July 2016 movies and TV shows, though they are subject to change. Also available are those titles leaving Netflix in July. Highlights of what you can look forward to include: Back to the Future 1- 3, Beverly Hills Cop 1 and 2 (if you want to get ready for the upcoming sequel), All of the Lethal Weapon movies (get a look at The Predator director Shane Black's first script brought to life), BoJack Horseman Season 3, The Sting, and more. Make sure to check out these titles before they leave: A Clockwork Orange, »
- Roth Cornet
You have mere days left to watch all these movies and TV shows, because come July, they'll be gone. With the truckload of new movies hitting Netflix in July, all these are expiring. It's a sad event, but at least we have a heads-up so that we can get all our watching in now. Take a look, and make sure you've caught all the new movies that popped up in June! Expiring July 1 2001: A Space Odyssey A Clockwork Orange A League of Their Own Allegiance Along Came Polly Best in Show The Beverly Hillbillies Bulworth Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Caillou The Central Park Five Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke The Conspiracy Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, seasons one-two Dinosaur Train, season two Drive Me Crazy Flashpoint, seasons one-five The Flintstones The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas The Game, seasons one-three How to Marry a Millionaire Ice Age: The Meltdown Medium, »
- Maggie Pehanick
The Bagel Bites are still frozen in the middle. Your friend with the popcorn popper sent you the patented "I think I'm going to bail on this one" text. Your uncle just got the entire "Hee Haw" series on Blu-ray and is a little too excited about it.
These are the things that can, have, and will go wrong on family movie night. Your best defense against movie night fails? Movies so impossible not to love that some states may have laws against not liking them.
So put those Bagel Bites back in the oven; bust out the microwavable kettle corn; ask your mom if your uncle is really related to anyone -- for it's time to please the whole crowd with your brilliant taste in movies.
'The Princess Bride' (1987)
Ok, the MPAA is pretty solid -- we know "G" movies are good for kids, "R" for adults. »
- Dan Ketchum
A rush for original scripts led to Shane Black being among the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood. Ryan takes a look back...
Shane Black, 28 years old, poses for a photograph outside his Los Angeles bungalow. It’s 1990, and Black’s name has appeared all over the Hollywood trade press thanks to his latest script sale - or, more specifically, how much Warner Bros had spent on purchasing it. The script was for The Last Boy Scout, an action thriller that would eventually appear in cinemas in 1991 starring Bruce Willis. Black sold it for $1.75m - said to be the highest price ever paid for a screenplay at that time.
So here’s Shane Black, standing barefoot on the concrete paving slabs outside his house, which he and his roommates had dubbed the Pad O’Guys. Black’s wearing ripped jeans and a threadbare-looking lumberjack shirt; to his right »
Here’s a first look at a documentary on “arguably the greatest American screenwriter,” as Rob Reiner calls William Goldman. He’s the guy Aaron Sorkin says “is responsible for inventing the modern screenplay as we know it.” Also a novelist and nonfiction writer, he’s the pen behind such Hollywood classics as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men — scoring Oscars for both — along with such disparate films as Misery, Heat, The Stepford Wives, Maverick… »
In “The Nice Guys,” a smashingly disreputable mystery-comedy free-for-all directed with a wink of trashy zest by Shane Black, Russell Crowe plays a freelance thug for hire — the sort of guy who will keep your teenage daughter from dating a druggie sleazebag by paying a visit to the sleazebag’s house and bashing him in the face with brass knuckles. (It’s amazing how effective that is.) The films tosses Crowe together with a sweetly shambling private detective, played by Ryan Gosling, who’s as earnest and inept as his new partner is brusquely violent. It’s 1977, and these two cruise around Los Angeles against a backdrop of polyester boogie-nights tackiness, busting heads, crashing parties, fleeing hit men, and getting to the dirty bottom of a conspiracy that somehow combines the adult-film underworld with a scheme by the Big Three automakers to suppress the catalytic converter. (Yes, it’s a PC message movie gone flesh. »
- Owen Gleiberman
Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Matt Bomer and Keith David were all smiles at the Los Angeles premiere of their new buddy comedy “The Nice Guys.” Co-written by Shane Black (who also directed), who penned ultimate ’80s buddy action movie “Lethal Weapon,” and Anthony Bagarozzi, this film centers on Jackson Healy (Crowe) and Holland March (Gosling) as an unlikely crime-solving duo.
“I’m such a big Shane Black fan and working with Russ — he’s a hero of mine. I always hoped we would work together,” Gosling said. “I never thought it would be in a movie with a giant, smoking bee. I thought it would have been something more dramatic, but it was fun to get to work on something like this.”
Crowe also complimented his “cineaste” co-star.
“This kid is a genius and he’s a cineaste, I appreciate his preparedness to be adventurous, how many questions he asks and how hard he works, »
- Maria Cavassuto
Oscar winner Cloris Leachman just turned 90 on April 30, and she can't f--king believe it either.
The actress has been working steadily in Hollywood since the mid-1950s, with a filmography so long it would take another 90 years to read it. She's known for her TV roles in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the spinoff "Phyllis," plus "The Beverly Hillbillies," "The Facts of Life," "Malcolm in the Middle," and "Raising Hope"; and film roles in "Young Frankenstein," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "Spanglish," "The Wedding Ringer," and "The Last Picture Show," where she picked up her Academy Award. Leachman was also the oldest contestant to compete on "Dancing With the Stars," at age 82 in DWTS Season 7.
"Crazy Cloris" was a hoot then, and she seems just as sassy now. Check out her birthday cake, which she showed off on Twitter after thanking fans for their kind wishes, and gently »
- Gina Carbone
Directed by Syed Ahmad Afzal
Rating: ***(3 Stars)
Once in while you tend to overlook the glaring aberrations in a story that is so well-intended that it makes you wonder: why didn’t someone make this film before?
Laal Rang takes us into bloodied badlands of Haryana where, we are told, there exists a thriving black market for blood banking. This idea, on paper itself, is novel intriguing and innovative enough to grab our attention.The storytelling spiced up with dollops of devilish irony, keeps us watching to the famished finish.
This is a story of incomplete souls trying to make sense of their ambitions in an environment prone to corruption and criminality. This is the world of Anurag Kashyap and Tigmanshu Dhulia. But far less dark and moody, far more ebullient and mischievous.
Director Syed Ahmad Afzal didn’t tread the »
- Subhash K Jha
Burt Bacharach, who’s being honored at the Newport Beach Film Festival with its Legends Award, is a kind of anomaly in modern pop. With lyricist Hal David, the composer was responsible for more than 50 top 40 hits back in the day when Motown, the British Invasion and homegrown psychedelia all shared the same air space on the FM radio dial.
Bacharach was not exactly a frontman, despite his movie-star looks, and the Brill Building songwriting tradition from which he and David emerged was going out of vogue by the late ’60s. On the surface, their music — interpreted by the likes of Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and Aretha Franklin — might’ve seemed square to the Flower Power generation. After all, David seemed to be channeling his inner desperate housewife on tunes like “Wives and Lovers” and “One Less Bell to Answer,” with narratives that likely made most feminists cringe »
- Steve Chagollan
The CW's "Supernatural" is the show that just keeps on ticking. Currently in the midst of its eleventh season, renewed already for a twelfth and talk stirring about a potential thirteenth season - the long running CW series has survived not just several apocalypses within its narrative but all sorts of time schedule changes and regime shifts within the network itself.
One day though it will have to come to an end and the show's two stars Jared Padalecki (Sam) and Jensen Ackles (Dean} were asked recently by EW about what they would see as a fitting conclusion for the Winchester Brothers when the time eventually comes. Ackles said initially he thought the apocalypse would be the end, but that's already come and gone at least once:
"If you'd asked me in season 1, I would've thought that it would've been the apocalypse. But then again, you can't end the TV »
- Garth Franklin
Supernatural has been renewed for season 12, but how would the stars want it to end? Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have addressed the inevitability of the show's final season before, but they just spoke at length about it in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. As much as it pains us to hear them talk like this, the boys brought up some interesting points. Here are the best tidbits! Long ago, Ackles figured the finale would be crazy bleak: "If you'd asked me season one, I would've thought that it would've been the apocalypse. But then again, you can't end the TV show with the worst thing happening. As we've evolved, I think that there's different roads that the show could certainly go down that would be interesting. I think we've taken some really good turns." Padalecki would love an ambiguous ending: "It's changed a lot over time. Part of me, »
- Maggie Pehanick
Don't worry. Supernatural isn't coming to an end any time soon. In fact, the long running CW series might never end. But when it does, what could possibly bring this saga to a close? Especially since the worst seems to be behind the Winchester Brothers? In a recent interview with EW, series stars Jared Padalecki (Sam) and Jensen Ackles (Dean} offered their ideas on how this epic series should reach its final moments.
Supernatural Season 11 is in its home stretch, with Sam and Dean about to bring the Darkness down and put her back in her cage for eternity. Supernatural Season 12 has already been renewed by The CW. And there is talk that things will continue on in Season 13. But that doesn't mean Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles can't daydream about how their saga will reach its conclusion, which is anything but inevitable at this point.
The boys' ideas about »
Decades before Shia LeBeouf transformed from blockbuster actor into head-scratching performance-art weirdo and Joaquin Phoenix grew a beard for a mockumentary about his career as a rapper, Dennis Hopper explored his own mythos in a unique documentary that is now getting a new life.
Fresh off the breakout success of his 1969 directorial debut Easy Rider, the filmmaker attempted to repeat the feat with The Last Movie – a picture about a film crew member who stays in a Peruvian village after a shoot and attempts to prevent locals from reenacting the movie's dangerous stunts. »
A song can become just as iconic as the film in which it’s playing. Try to remember “Aladdin” without thinking of “A Whole New World,” or “Casablanca” without briefly humming “As Time Goes By.” Many of these tunes are justly rewarded with an Academy Award for Best Original Song, but which ones are the all time best? Burt Bacharach and Hal David teamed up to write “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” for the 1969 Western “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Originally offered to Ray Stevens and Bob Dylan, the song was finally sung by B.J. Thomas and became, »
- Matt Hejl
The best picture doesn’t always win Best Picture. Sometimes the best film of the year gets robbed. Cinelinx looks at the movies which should have won Best Picture but didn’t.
Whenever the Best Picture winner is announced at the Oscars, sometimes we say, “Yeah, that deserved to win,” but then again, sometimes we say, “Huh? Are they kidding me?!” There are a lot of backstage politics and extenuating factors in Hollywood that can determine which film wins the big trophy. The worthiest film doesn’t always take the statue home. Going back over the 88-year history of the Academy Awards, we look at which films didn’t really deserve to win and the ones which rightfully should have won.
The Best Pictures and the Better Pictures:
1927-8: The Winner-Wings
What should have won: Sunrise (Sunrise was given a special award for Artistic Quality of Production, but it »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
The loyal audience that arthouse cinemas rely on is the older moviegoer. And more and more, with the specialty market on the wane, theaters are reaching out to their local communities with alternative programs. One sure way to reach them is via classic programming. Based on the success of past ad hoc screenings of studio anniversary restorations like "Roman Holiday" and "Home Alone" in theaters, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and digital distributor Fathom Events are rolling out a new series of Big Screen Classics for 2016, in hopes of grabbing senior as well as younger cinephiles who many not have seen the classics on view. This year's expanded year-long TCM Big Screen Classics series brings more classic movies to theaters each month – presented in the original aspect ratio with digital projection. Launched in January with Paul Newman and Robert Redford in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," Big Screen Classics follows up on February 21 and. »
- Anne Thompson
Jean Simmons is the original frustrated Mad Housewife who runs away from a 'dream marriage' in search of something more fulfilling. Uncompromising, adult, and making use of an interesting cast. Plus, the soundtrack uses Michel Legrand's incomparable song "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" The Happy Ending Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 112 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Shirley Jones, Teresa Wright, Nanette Fabray, Bobby Darin, Kathy Fields, Tina Louise, Dick Shawn, Lloyd Bridges, Karen Steele, Erin Moran. Cinematography Conrad Hall Original Music Michel Legrand, lyrics Alan & Marilyn Bergman Produced, Written and Directed by Richard Brooks
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
I looked at some of the poster artwork for The Happy Ending, and yes indeed, one of the main styles is indeed like the cover of this disc -- a photo of a rusty garbage »
- Glenn Erickson
Berlin– Underscoring its ambition to dive deeper into local Nordic productions, Scanbox Entertainment has come on board “Moskus,” a Norwegian makeover of the Icelandic pic “Either Way,” to be directed by up-and-comer Bobbie Peers.
“Either Way’ was previously remade in the U.S. as “Prince Avalanche” with David Gordon Green directing and Paul Rudd and Emils Hirsch starring. Pic earned its helmer the Silver Berlin Bear for best director in 2013 and played at South by Southwest, along with a string of festivals.
Ruben Thorkildsen at Ape & Björn Norway (“The Almost Man”) and Thor Sigurjonsson and Jacob Jarek at Profile Pictures Denmark (“Rams”) are producing “Moskus.” Scanbox Entertainment will distribute across Scandinavia. Both Green and Sigurdsson are exec producing.
“For me, it’s an intriguing thing to be able to take the premise of two films and make it my own. My first thought after having seen both the previous films »
- Elsa Keslassy
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