7 items from 2009
Before I read that James Cameron was born 55 years ago in Kapuskasing, Ontario, the only thing I knew about the town was that when, during their 1951 tour of Canada, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip stopped there for an hour, they were greeted by a banner headline in the local paper reading "Kapuskasing by no mere fluke, welcomes the Princess and the Duke".
He got his first film job in 1980 as art director on Roger Corman's low-budget Sf film Battle Beyond the Stars, a transposition to outer space of The Magnificent Seven. It was scripted by John Sayles, who was to remain an independent film-maker of personal, modestly financed movies, while Cameron was soon to make exponentially expensive blockbusters.
His seventh feature, Titanic, is »
- Philip French
Today I'm going to hit rewind and take you readers back to the mid 90's with a glimpse at the legendary Bushwick Bill album Phantom Of The Rapra. Phantom - which marked Bushwick's second solo venture - is packed with dark melodies and enough animosity to spark a riot. But the goodness doesn't end there. Bushwick taps into his Chuckie persona more than once, delivering grim lyricism in the form of some of the albums best tracks.
After a brief intro, Bill launches into 'What Cha Gonna Do', which combines an open admission of suicidal tendencies, a willingness to murder and oddly enough, a little social commentary as well. 'Who's The Biggest' allows Bill the chance to remind us that "throats get cut, chests get wet" and 'The Bushwicken' sees the Little Big Man arrive "Straight outta nightmares.". The albums true treasure however, is clearly 'Already Dead'. It's »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Molgaard)
Remember the '70s, when Keitel and DeNiro were starring in edgy, challenging movies like Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver? Now, both seem to be confined to less-than-original comedies. Thankfully, at least DeNiro has a role in Robert Rodriguez's upcoming Machete.
And how about Dustin Hoffman? Is a possible appearance in Little Fockers the best he can expect? We recently overheard the tour-guide of a museum refer to Hoffman as "the guy from Meet the Fockers." Our thoughts: Anyone who knows Hoffman only from that movie should immediately be sent home with copies of The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, and Little Big Man.
Link | Posted 11/13/2009 by Rich Z
- Rich Z Zwelling
Penn, 86, was to set receive an award at the event in Waterville on Wednesday.
The director's son, Matthew, says Penn - whose other films include The Miracle Worker, Alice's Restaurant, The Left Handed Gun and Little Big Man - remained in doctors' care on Tuesday in a New York hospital but is expected to recover.
A special guest will now receive the honour for the filmmaker, according to festival officials. »
Noah Segan, the busy young genre star who’s got the acclaimed Deadgirl (pictured) heading for limited theatrical release next month, Someone’S Knocking At The Door doing the festival circuit and All About Evil and Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever waiting in the wings, gave us the heads-up about yet another horror project occupying his time.
It’s called Dances With Werewolves, and it reunites him with Someone’S Knocking director/co-writer Chad Ferrin.
“Dances With Werewolves is a working title, and the movie is a classic American romance which will be done mostly in the Lakota language,” Segan tells Fango. “Set against the pioneering days of the Wild West, the insecurity of Reconstruction after the Civil War and the tumultuous relationship between white settlers and Native Americans, we examine how encroaching civilization drives a tribe, as a last resort, to invoke lycanthropy to defend their land and way of life. »
- email@example.com (Michael Gingold)
In Hollywood, it is celebrity which makes headlines, but what lasts longest in this industry is respect The key to respect is something nobody on Earth has the time or experience to analyze, but it is an easy thing to gauge: if you were at AMPAS’s tribute to legendary makeup artist Dick Smith, you saw respect in the eyes of the likes of Rick Baker, Linda Blair, and Hal Holbrook. This salute drew the newsworthy likes of J.J. Abrams and John Landis, but this was merely the audience. The great make-up artist Rick Baker moderated panels that included actor Linda Blair, recent Oscar-winner Greg Cannom, and a host of others who came to express their gratitude for this titan of make-up. You also saw a love for the art of makeup, and, indeed, love for the mastery of any art form, whether it be cinematic or otherwise. And you »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cameron Koller)
The Godfather: Dick Smith and Al Pacino (top); Smith, Marlon Brando, and Phil Rhodes (bottom) "A Tribute to Dick Smith: The Godfather of Special Makeup Effects" will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Six-time Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker will host the evening, which will be attended by Dick Smith himself and will feature a panel discussion including writer-director Guillermo del Toro, actor Hal Holbrook, and makeup artists Greg Cannom, Kazuhiro Tsuji and Andrew Clement, among others. The evening will highlight Smith’s long career, which began in 1945 when he became NBC’s first makeup man. Among Smith’s credits are The World of Henry Orient, Little Big Man (in which Dustin Hoffman ends up playing a 100-year-old man), The Godfather, The Exorcist, The Godfather Part II, The Stepford Wives, »
- Andre Soares
7 items from 2009
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