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There is, as I’m sure you’re aware, a holy trinity of Davids working within American mainstream cinema at the present time. Fincher, Lynch and Cronenberg. For me the one that has had the greatest cultural impact in the last 20 years has to be the former. He is that very rare director blessed with both box-office success and a cult classic following.
Born 1962 in Denver, Colorado, it was Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid that gave him the film-making bug and he started shooting 8mm shorts at the ripe old age of eight. After getting a job at Industrial Light and Magic where he worked on Return Of The Jedi, he went on to direct high grade music videos, for the likes of Madonna and Micheal Jackson and commercials, one of which, for the American Cancer Society in 1984, featured a foetus smoking a cigarette. A young Marla Singer, perhaps? »
- Matt Haynes
Robert here w/ Distant Relatives, exploring the connections between one classic and one contemporary film.
What is it about the American West that endures? No other specific time and place has been so ubiquitous in film that it's spurred its own genre. There's no genre for colonial films, or films about the depression. There's no genre for medieval movies or ancient Egypt. The closest we come are "period films" (more of a general catagorization than a genre), epics (a designation that depends on more than mere setting) and war movies (narrowly limited depending on the war, but so many wars to choose from) but none of them have the same lure as the Western. America being as young as it is, was founded during a time of general civility. Yes it was born out of Revolution, but the civilization itself was defined by men in suits and manners and polite society. »
The next new “Sherlock Holmes” movie is out, and if you loved the first film, it’s more of what you loved — more slam-bang Victorian action, more whimsically anachronistic dialogue, more sly homoerotic innuendo and of course, more Robert Downey Jr. doing what he does best, which is to say, upend every convention »
- Jeff Yang
Director Jason Reitman traveled across Los Angeles from the premiere of his new film Young Adult Thursday night to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to host the third of his Live Read series. Each show features a different cast of actors playing roles popularized in the featured movies: for his first event, he chose The Breakfast Club, with Jennifer Garner, Aaron Paul, and more in the leads. His second, the Billy Wilder classic The Apartment, starred Natalie Portman and Steve Carell. For The Princess Bride, Reitman brought together his largest cast yet - and the whole evening was pretty damn magical.
Paul Rudd read the part of Westley, and Mindy Kaling (Kelly from "The Office") played Buttercup. Rudd was fantastic, his natural charm a perfect fit with Westley's droll humor and witty retorts. Kaling was regal and composed as the princess, taking a cue from original Buttercup Robin Wright »
Fans of the classic '90s show, which launched the acting career of Pamela Anderson, have long hoped to see their favourite characters on the big-screen, but the rumoured project has never materialised.
Now Hasselhoff, who played lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, is vying for the rights to the film, and he wants to base it on Paul Newman and Robert Redford's 1969 cowboy classic - starring himself as a mentor to a young playboy.
Hasselhoff tells U.K. TV show Loose Women, "Right now I'm trying to get the rights to the movie. I would be in it. I would produce it... I would be the father figure, and you put a hot young kid in there and he comes to dad (for advice) - like The Sting, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." »
Marion Dougherty, a former Bergdorf-Goodman window dresser who rose to become one of Hollywood’s most influential casting directors, died December 4 in Manhattan of natural causes. She was 88. Once called “the father of casting as we know it” by Paul Newman, Dougherty was responsible for giving Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Ed Asner, Anne Bancroft, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken and numerous others their first breaks. She also was instrumental in the early careers of James Dean and Robert Duvall. Dougherty entered the business casting the TV series Kraft Television Theater, Naked City and Route 66 during the late 1940s and into the early 1960s. At that time, the end of the studio system meant actors were free agents to be discovered in regional theaters, off-Broadway and at local playhouses, and the demands of TV meant they had to be found fast. She eventually moved into film casting, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Some may follow in the footsteps of celebrated films such as An Education, Precious and American Splendor and go on to mainstream glory, while others are destined never to achieve so much as a distribution deal. The Sundance film festival, Robert Redford's annual celebration of independent film-making, yesterday revealed its competition lineup for January's event, which will take place as usual in Park City, Utah.
Debuting in the 16-strong dramatic competition are films starring Michael Cera, Paul Dano, Helen Hunt and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, while the documentary section features another 16 movies on subjects such as Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei and the tax avoidance schemes of large Us companies. The world cinema drama section features »
- Ben Child
by Jim Gibbons
Whether you're watching a cattle drive crew cook some baked beans over a campfire or a shootout in front of a saloon, odds are you're going to see a striking 'stache somewhere in that scene peeking out from under the brim of a Stetson. For our final Movember Mustache Movie Madness column during the international men's health fundraiser where hombres grow mustaches for a month to benefit the Livestrong and Prostate Cancer Foundations, let's focus on some of the most memorable mustaches to mosey across the big screen.
Unarguably one of Hollywood's handsomest leading men, people forget that Redford's good looks were aided by a thick mustache in his breakthrough role. And, while we're on the topic of truisms, let's take a look at that manly mustache. This 'stache »
- MTV Movies Team
Nine awards seasons ago, two op-eds -- both involving the Miramax film Gangs of New York (2002) -- motivated the Academy to begin cracking down on "distasteful" Oscar campaigning, an effort that continues to this day. The first appeared in Variety on Feb. 2, 2003, and was penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men). In the 811-word piece, which was entitled "Crashing the Party for Poor Marty," the Academy member lambasted Gangs and its director, Martin Scorsese, who had yet to win a best director Oscar, and who --
- Scott Feinberg
We're three-quarters through Movember, well into the styling period for any properly moustached gentleman. What movie-based style will you pick?
It's that time of year again, when the weather turns cold and normally clean-shaven men start scratching their upper lip as they try to grow the best moustache possible for a good cause. It's Movember!
Unfortunately there are some men whose efforts are classified more as extreme stubble than a moustache, but for those now successfully hairy there's a decision to make: what kind of 'tache style should you go for? Handlebar or Regent? Poirot or Einstein?
Fortunately there's always the silver screen to help you along, with dozens of different varieties to choose from. Below are some of the greatest moustaches in film. Take your pick! And then rustle up your own suggestions. Just don't complain to us if all you've got is a 5 o'clock shadow.
1) There's the classic »
"'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' is one of my favorites, mostly because it's the movie that I watched that inspired me to get into acting.
- Robert DeSalvo
Herzog's latest, the death row documentary Into The Abyss, opened in select theaters on Friday, November 11th. Werner Herzog is an imposing cinematic figure whose body of work casts a very long shadow. On warm summer days children frolic in his shade, while young lovers languish in the grass at his feet. Birds alight upon his outstretched hands as tandem bicyclists weave in and out of performing street mimes, re-enacting that famous scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It's hard to believe, but 2012 will mark Herzog's 40th year in the movie business. He made his first short, Herakles, at the tender age of twenty, and has churned out an impressive number of documentary and narrative films ever since. My introduction to the »
Release Date: Dec. 20, 2011
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.98
It’s been said (but unsubstantiated) that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. But in the movie Blackthorn, Cassidy has survived the ambush and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the U.S. and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. However, when an unexpected encounter with an ambitious young criminal (Eduardo Noriega, The Devil’s Backbone) derails his plans, he is thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn’t experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid. »
In our writers' favourite films series, Jonathan Haynes is enchanted by a swashbuckling tale of silly names, sillier dialogue and true love
Fittingly enough, the first time I saw The Princess Bride I was languishing in bed with flu. Bizarrely, that's an ideal state for a tale which begins with a grandfather determined to read a proper story to a similarly sickly boy.
At first glance an opening scene of a child playing a computer game and the entrance of Peter Falk, looking inescapably like Columbo, even without the cigar and overcoat, does not bode well. One's own scepticism at what is to come is mirrored by the boy's uncertainty over the prospect of his grandfather reading from a book. "Has it got any sports in it?" he asks warily. »
- Jonathan Haynes
Sometimes, I told you so just isn’t enough. So, as I sat and watched this week’s episode, I couldn’t help feel that it ran more like a check-list of my former predictions:
1. There was a possible love interest for everyone’s favourite grouch, Bobby Singer.
2. That Dean’s betrayal of his brothers trust would blow up big.
3. And finally, that we hadn’t seen the last of Crowley.
However, I’m not complaining. This week’s episode had it all – laughter, show-tunes and deceit… three qualities that only an episode of Supernatural could mould.
Straight from the go, we’re thrown yet another unique opener. As Dean distracts a clerk, Sam is seen locking the doors to their current location, which happens to be a local bank. Surely they were following a lead – tracking a monster outbreak to this bank before attempting to contain it – but something’s wrong. »
Going Places [Blu-ray] Movie: Disc: Click here to read the dvd review! The film details their impulsive misadventures throughout France, including purse snatching, kidnapping, attempted rape and innumerable car thefts. One could describe the film as an amalgam of Godard’s Weekend with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Except Blier has none of Godard’s wit and his characters have none of the charm of George Roy Hill’s good-natured desperados. »
Marc Eliot's new book has revealed that the Hollywood legend turned down Robert Redford's iconic role in the western blockbuster 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' because he did not want a second billing to Newman.
McQueen demanded the exact same number of lines as Newman in 'The Towering Inferno' and argued over top billing for the 1974 disaster epic.
Eliot said that the actor, who died of cancer at 50 in 1980, was troublesome on set and lived a turbulent, drug-fuelled private life.
"He did not have it in him to stay faithful and had numerous affairs. »
- Diksha Singh
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid ends with the two outlaws killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908, but there.s a long-running rumor that Cassidy survived the shootout and the new western Blackthorn is premised on that speculation. Blackthorn takes place in the late 1920.s and Cassidy (Sam Sheppard), now in his 60.s, is quietly living out his years as a horse breeder under the name James Blackthorn with his Mexican wife in a remote Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the Us and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy withdraws his life savings and sets out on horseback for the long journey home. But an unexpected encounter with charismatic criminal-on-the-run Eduardo Apodaca (Eduardo Noriega) derails his plans and results in the loss of his savings. When Apodaca claims to have stashed a fortune stolen from a greedy railroad baron, Butch »
- Tom Stockman
Chicago – Western buffs have often criticized George Roy Hill’s 1969 classic, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” for romanticizing its subject matter to the point where it felt less concerned about its titular criminals and more interested in the friendship between stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Yet for all of the charm in William Goldman’s script, there was an underlying darkness and tragic poignance that allowed the final act to pack an unforgettable punch.
Moviegoers seeking similar thrills from “Blackthorn” will be sorely disappointed. It’s an unremarkable low-key rethinking of the Butch Cassidy legend, devoid of the whimsy and excitement that made the Newman/Redford film such a kick. Though it certainly isn’t an embarrassing misfire like 1979’s regrettable “Butch and Sundance: The Early Years,” it fails in its aspirations to leave an equally iconic imprint of the oft-mythologized tale. It mainly serves as an »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
"The Girl Next Door"
From the great highs of Bobby's return, to the staggering low of Dean's deception, last nights episode was certainly full of emotion. As Sera Gamble promised, the boys relationship is really being tested within season seven; moulded around the premise of 1969 classic, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid...but let's work through each emotion at a time.
With a peculiar but immediately pleasing opener, episode three burst into full effect. Emerging from his morphine-induced coma, Dean soon realises that both himself and Sam have been transferred to Sioux Falls for treatment, everyone's favourite, Leviathan controlled medical institute. But things soon pick up when Bobby arrives on the scene, dressed in his FBI best and telling Dean to stop his whinging and hobble his ass out of there (I just love their relationship...don't you?). However, there was something suspicious about Bobby's behaviour; the sweet, 'it'll be »
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