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Rihanna is known for her super sexy videos, and "You Da One" is definitely no different.The music video just dropped and let's just say that it is very, very suggestive! There's a lot gyrating and writhing. In some scenes, she wears a diamond grill on her teeth and also sports a look from "A Clockwork Orange" -- complete with hat and cane.Check it out below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
If you need a reminder that there is hope for humanity this holiday season, look no further than the line of people waiting to get into Thursday night’s finale of The X Factor. Standing behind me: two-thirds of the miles-more-interesting-than-inTENsity, tight-fitting-pants aficionados the Anser. (Yes, their pants remain as snug as ever.) Standing in front of me: All of Chris Rene’s family, who, since we’re on the subject, are quite the fashionable bunch themselves. With only 45 minutes left until the show was live to the East Coast, the line was unusually long, and moving at a snail »
- Adam B. Vary
Their Holiday Favorites is a series in which members of the Austin film community tell us about movies they enjoy watching during the holiday season. Today, Austin film programmer and producer Daniel Metz (Slacker 2011) explains why you should consider Stanley Kubrick when picking movies to watch this holiday season:
It's not hard to see why Christmas movies are so often placed in the ghetto of film genres; for the most part schmaltzy, child-oriented and low humored, these pictures prey on the weakness of seasonal sentimentality to the detriment of meaningful storytelling. Christmas movies don't ask questions, they don't get at truths about human nature, and they don't take risks.
With one exception. Only one truly great filmmaker has ever made a Christmas film: that director is Stanley Kubrick, and the film is Eyes Wide Shut. Every frame of this striking, dangerous last film from the master that gave us Dr. Strangelove, »
- Jette Kernion
Walking up the main staircase of Manchester Town Hall, I felt more than a little British.
With bangers and mash and a specially curated exhibition of stills and costumes from The Iron Lady, See Differently had once again created an individual and thoroughly entertaining event.
Running since 2004, this Volkswagen venture picks out carefully selected locations to enhance the cinematic experience, with previous screenings including Jane Eyre at Haddon Hall and A Clockwork Orange at Brunel University. With the Town Hall used as a double for the Houses of Parliament within The Iron Lady, it was the only suitable venue for such an evening, with guests able to roam as they wished, taking photos and feeling part of the filmmaking process.
Although other primary shooting took place in Wimbledon and other parts of London, spending the evening in a place that doubled for the hallowed halls of Parliament added a real »
- Emma Thrower
D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...
Fight Club, 1999.
Directed by David Fincher.
So in writing this article I am immediately breaking rules one and two of Fight Club, but here it goes. David Fincher’s magnificent story of the boredom of monotonous life driving it’s main character to the bring of sanity is a such a great film. It oozes with style, class and a dark, but strangely empathetic story that will keep you puzzled, intrigued and blow your mind to the point where you have to watch it again.
The story follows an unnamed lead character and narrator of the story (Ed Norton) who is fed up with his white-collar life and seeks some sort of validation for himself. In a chance encounter with »
Since today is the day when the first trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit arrives online, we thought it might be fitting to dig up some old trivia regarding previous big-screen Lord of the Rings adaptations that never came to be. Like the one The Beatles wanted to stage with Stanley Kubrick as its director. The story goes that when the film rights for Lord of the Rings were sold to United Artists in 1969, The Beatles approached the director of A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey and asked if he'd be willing to direct them in a Lord of the Rings movie. As completely off-the-wall and trippy as that might sound today after Jackson's action-packed trilogy, back in the late-60s The Lord of the Rings was all sorts of hippie-fied. Everyone was throwing LOtR...
- Erik Davis
It didn't take long for Rooney Mara to go from acting in student films at Nyu to giving an on-screen Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) a much-needed reality check in "The Social Network." Being handpicked by David Fincher for the lead in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is taking Mara to the next level. Plenty of high-profile actresses were vying for the role of Lisbeth Salander, a character beloved by fans of the Stieg Larsson books and original Swedish film trilogy. All eyes are on her as the protagonist of one of the most anticipated films of the season.
Hometown: Bedford, NY
What She's Done: Besides being one of the only female characters in "The Social Network," Mara costarred in the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" with Jackie Earle Haley and in the underseen teen comedy "Youth in Revolt" with Michael Cera. You can also catch her »
- Jenni Miller
At last! The wait is over! The prologue to The Dark Knight Rises is finally here… just to ratchet up our already maxed-out expectations for the climactic chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and make the wait for the whole thing (due July 20) feel even longer. The follow-up to The Dark Knight — set eight years after the Joker made a mess of Gotham City and a killing joke out of the caped crusader’s brand of vigilante justice — stars Oscar winner Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, but the prologue (which actually represents the first several minutes of »
- Jeff Jensen
The Up in the Air star has taken on the unpleasant role of tyrant Captain Bligh from Mutiny on the Bounty, while Pitt has opted to do his best impression of horror film actor Peter Lorre and portray Eraserhead's Henry Spencer for this week's (begs12Dec11) issue of The New York Times Magazine.
Clooney says, "I picked Captain Bligh because I liked his hat. Bad guys don't think they're bad guys. In film, the best evil performances are when the actor remembers that."
As year-end rituals go, remembering those we've lost over the past twelve months is the solemn twin of list-making, though it's often no less an act of celebration. In the new issue of the Brooklyn Rail, Charles Bernstein and Susan Bee look back on the life of George Kuchar, "one of the most creative, original, and influential filmmakers of our time, straddling two generations of North American iconoclasts, from Stan Brakhage, Ken Jacobs, Rudy Burckhardt, Kenneth Anger, and Michael Snow to Warren Sonbert, Ernie Gehr, Abigail Child, and Henry Hills. Often collaborating with his twin brother, Mike, George Kuchar started making films as a Bronx teenager, and the brothers' early films already show the ingenuity, exuberance, and do-it-yourself charm that would pervade scores of their subsequent films."
Doing something a bit different for this links installment. All links below are to the articles found in the 7th issue of the One+One Filmmakers Journal, the British political film e-zine.
Editor Bradley Tuck starts things off with a poetic introduction about One+One’s goals.Diamuid Hester examines the anarchist leanings found in the films of Jacques Tati, particularly in his third feature Mon Oncle.Donna k. compares the films of Brent Green to the Epic Theater of Bertolt Brecht. As a fan of both Green and Brecht myself, but not having made the connection before, I found this fascinating.Treasa O’Brien interviews Marcel Schwierin, co-curator of the “Shooting Animals” programme at the 2011 Oberhausen Short Film Festival, which examined how humans and animals communicate with each other.Greg Scorzo analyzes the levels of violence in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and challenges the notion that the »
- Mike Everleth
"The Sitter" hits theaters today, featuring Jonah Hill as an inept, aimless slacker who agrees to babysit a neighbor's kids only to end up having a wild night involving high-speed car chases, an insane drug dealer, and more explosions than a Michael Bay film.
"Pineapple Express" and "Your Highness" director David Gordon Green was the man behind the camera for "The Sitter," and he recently explained to IFC why the film is yet another ode to '80s cinema, and why he considers it a "family movie" despite its "R" rating.
IFC: When we were talking about the trailer for "The Sitter," you mentioned that it was the product of your love for 1980s comedies. What was it about those films that you tried to capture with "The Sitter"?
David Gordon Green: I like movies about guys who have poor decision-making skills. Movies like that provide a lot of comic opportunity. »
- Rick Marshall
Almost a month before its official release, Volkswagen screens The Iron Lady, sure to be Oscar contender, at the film’s ‘Houses of Parliament’ location in Manchester.
An exclusive gala screening of one of this year’s most highly anticipated British films, The Iron Lady, is set to take place on Thursday 15th December at Manchester Town Hall – the setting for the Houses of Parliament, a key location central to the film.
We have Four Pairs of tickets to give away to our readers so you can see this film early.
All you need to do for your chance of winning is email firstname.lastname@example.org with the e-mail header The Iron Lady. Make sure you leave your full name and address and that you are over the age of 15. Winners will be picked at random and notified on Monday.
Read on to find out more about the event;
- Matt Holmes
Brad Pitt was recently featured on the cover of the New York Times for the "Touch of Evil" special in the "Great Performers" issue. The "Touch of Evil" special is a pretty astounding piece of work that features a video gallery of cinematic villainy, inspired by nefarious icons and featuring the best performers from the year in film. Next to Pitt, George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara Gary Oldman, Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kirsten Dunst, Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Adepero Oduye and Jean Dujardin also took part. Pitt portrays Eraserhead in David Lynch's cult classic 1977 film, while Gosling vanishes as the Invisible Man and Mara goes insane as Alex from A Clockwork Orange. You can watch Brad Pitt's video below (where he looks a bit like Kramer) and follow the link to all 13. »
Hollywood superstars never get tired of playing dress-up — and The New York Times has just unveiled one of the best online costume parties ever made.
Featuring 13 of this year's biggest stars and best performers, the new "Touch of Evil" video gallery showcases Hollywood's top talent re-imagining themselves as some of the most villainous characters in film history, including George Clooney as "Mutiny on the Bounty"'s Captain Bligh, "The Help"'s Viola Davis as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"'s Nurse Ratched and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" breakout star Rooney Mara as "A Clockwork Orange"'s lead droog Alex.
And these aren't just portraits; they are actually fully-scored miniature movies, with the actors doing what they do best -- acting -- in a series of creepy videos that will send chills up your spine.
For the entire sequence of terrifyingly awesome clips, head over to The New »
- Scott Harris
The New York Times has put together a wonderful video collection of modern day actors recreating classic villains from cinema history. The gallery is called Touch of Evil and it's "inspired by nefarious icons and featuring the best performers from the year in film" some of these actors include Brad Pitt as Eraserhead, Rooney Mara as Alex from A Clockwork Orange, Gary Oldman as the Menacing Dummy, Kirsten Dunst as the Siren, George Clooney as the Tyrant, Glenn Close as the Vamp, Viola Davis as the Vengeful Caretaker, and more. You can see some images of the actors sporting their villainous looks below, but you can click here to watch the videos. I thought this was a great little spread, check it out and tell us what you think!
Well here’s one of the coolest stories you’ll see all week. A number of fantastic actors have gotten together to recreate some of the greatest villains in movie history. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Gary Oldman, Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, and many more are all part of director Alex Prager’s “Touch of Evil” project. The video gallery features each performer uniquely taking on the persona of an iconic villain. Some of the characters are deep cuts, with Pitt as Henry Spencer from Eraserhead, Clooney as Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty, Mara as Alex from A Clockwork Orange, and Oldman genuinely unrecognizable as the ventriloquist dummy from Magic. Other highlights include Viola Davis channeling Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Michael Shannon as Wall Street’s Gordon Gecko. It appears that the actors chose the characters themselves, which »
- Adam Chitwood
In a brilliant end of the year nod to some of the breakthrough performances of 2011, the New York Times have teamed up with Alex Prager to release 15 videos that showcase these top actors and actresses portraying classic film villains. The series is called “Touch of Evil.” Each of the 20 – 50 second clips have a unique twist on these iconic characters in film history. Some of the films referenced will be easier to recognize while others are much more ambiguous or stem from more obscure films. Eraserhead, A Clockwork Orange, The Invisible Man, Magic, Wall Street, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Bonnie and Clyde, and Repulsion are some of the films that are given a quirky homage by such actors as Brad Pitt, Rooney Mare, Ryan Gosling, Gary Oldman, and Viola Davis. The videos are not able to be embedded, so the only way to view them is by clicking the link Here. »
- Michael Haffner
Not too long ago, a fantastic photo set surfaced with various actors and actresses taking on characters in various Martin Scorsese films like Taxi Driver and Good Fellas. Recreations of some of cinema's finest characters and scenes get a whole new image and feel with new talent stepping in, and a new video gallery from The New York Times is no different. Alex Prager has crafted Touch of Evil, "a video gallery of cinematic villainy inspired by nefarious icons and featuring the best performers from the year in film" including Brad Pitt as Eraserhead, Rooney Mara as Alex from A Clockwork Orange and more. Here's snapshots of Alex Prager's Touch of Evil (click to see the video pieces from The NY Times): Pitt and Mara's installments really stand out as the best, but there's plenty of other great reinventions to behold. The others featured above include Michael Shannon as »
- Ethan Anderton
- Sasha Stone
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