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Jeff Daniels — longtime celebrated star of stage and screen — has been riding a new wave of acclaim the past couple of years thanks to his role as broadcaster Will McAvoy on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO TV series The Newsroom.
In 2013 Daniels earned a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination for playing McAvoy, and this year the spry handsome 59-year-old received yet another Emmy nomination for the show that kicks off its final season this month.
He has more than 50 film credits to his name, including such critically acclaimed projects as Terms of Endearment, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Gettysburg,Pleasantville and Speed, and has worked with directing legends like James L. Brooks, Woody Allen and Mike Nichols.
- Ashley Jude Collie
Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for November? You've come to the right place.
We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 9 of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" or something. Oh, and you might want to make a note about November 22; "Snowpiercer" is worth the wait.
Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in November, provided by Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.
Available November 1
First known as an actor, Jared Leto has also found success in the music industry with his band 30 Seconds to Mars. This documentary follows the band as it makes the album "This is War" while battling recording giant Emi in a pivotal lawsuit.
"Babes In Toyland" (1961)
Composer Victor Herbert's operetta comes delightfully to »
- Tim Hayne
The clock is ticking on Forever. Can it sustain enough viewers to live to a full first season? Here's Billy's review...
This review contains spoilers.
1.6 The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths
Before I get on to the review, I want to talk about the show in general, and its likely longevity. Looking at the viewing figures and how they’re sliding there was some debate online if this production would beat the eight episodes that the very similar New Amsterdam (2008) managed to deliver before cancellation. With seven episodes complete, ABC has confounded many Network TV watchers by ordering a further three scripts. That is spitting distance away from a complete half season, even if it isn’t the full set.
Though, it’s worth pointing out that ordering scripts isn’t bankrolling them being produced, and Forever has just one more episode in the bag to prove it isn’t the »
From long credits to bullet time, here are a few techniques and film conventions we don't see in the movies these days...
Over more than a century, cinema has built up its own storytelling vocabulary. Thanks to generations of intelligent and groundbreaking filmmakers, movies contain a rich and complex set of editing, filming and framing techniques, most of them so firmly embedded in our subconscious that we don't even think about them while we're sitting in our local multiplex.
Inevitably, there are some aspects of filmmaking that have changed considerably over time. New ideas and conventions continuously float in, while old ones become over-used and phase out as a result. It's the latter we're focusing on here: the filmmaking conventions and techniques that are either becoming rare, or have vanished altogether. Bear in mind that some of the things below may suddenly come back into vogue very soon, while the »
In his introduction to Clint: A Retrospective, the glossily illustrated book chronicling the career of the actor / director by critic and writer Richard Schickel, Eastwood himself quotes Negro Leagues baseball pitcher Satchel Paige, who said “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”
Of course a biography – even a photographic one like this – by its very nature looks back. However, when the subject of the book is an actor of Eastwood’s calibre, a degree of nostalgic reflection seems justifiable. In a career spanning almost sixty years, which has seen him notch up seventy films as both actor and more recently Oscar winning director, Eastwood has achieved that rare feat in an industry which finds as much pleasure in knocking you as praising you – respect and admiration from both his filmmaking peers and the cinema going public alike. »
- Gary Collinson
It'd be interesting to pinpoint exactly when the term "problem film" went out of vogue. Once a thriving subgenre due to their controversial subject matter and thrifty production value, films like Riot in Cell Block 11 have no real historical antecedent, at least not on the same kind of platform, and not as part of an identifiable genre. In that context, Riot is actually quite remarkable: an unrelentingly and unmistakably political film unbeholden to the two-party dichotomy that never sacrifices the need for action that presumably got it made in the first place. An early work of Don Siegel's, this film has the sort of energetic verve that he would later display in Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Dirty Harry, but it lacks their ambiguity, and the ability to support multiple interpretations; that may well be an asset. Like the best 'problem films', it is less an opening »
- Anders Nelson
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
The obligatory movie catchphrase…memorable golden dialogue for the cinematic soul. What film fan does not enjoy reciting and repeating their favorite movie quotes? After all, there are countless catchphrases in films–some are famous, some are familiar, some are obscure. Still, paraphrasing movie quips has become an art onto itself?
So what are your all-time movie catchphrases? Perhaps it is Jimmy Cagney’s “You dirt rat…you killed my brother?”. Maybe it is Cary Grant’s “Judy, Judy, Judy”? Or how about Lauren Bacall’s “You know how to whistle, don’t you? Just blow…” Whatever movie catchphrases catches your fancy is fine so long as it brings up memories of the film or film characters tat have made a big impression on your cinema experiences.
The Lip Service: The Top 10 Movie Catchphrases selections are: (in alphabetical order according to film title):
1.) “Fasten your seat belts, it »
- Frank Ochieng
While we wait eagerly to find out what the Hughes Brothers (Albert and Allen) are each going to do next (whether individually, or together)… Did you know that, before Chris Nolan rebooted the Batman franchise, the brothers were offered the opportunity to adapt Frank Miller’s comic-noir classic "The Dark Knight Returns"? The kicker? They wanted Clint Eastwood to play Bruce Wayne! Imagine that – Dirty Harry in a Batman suit. No surprise that studio executives didn’t immediately take to the idea, and the project was eventually shelved! I think I actually would've liked to see what they had in mind, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
While the prolific Clint Eastwood, now mostly directing, has hit a late career stride of serving up mediocre, studio backed pictures, it speaks to the length and impact of his career that nearly forty years ago, he had already done enough work to justify an hour-long documentary about him. And that's just what you get with 1977's appropriately titled "The Man With No Name." The BBC production is presented by Iain Johnstone and finds the star — declared one of the biggest on the planet — at an interesting point in his career. By the end of the '70s, Eastwood was a blockbuster titan thanks to "Dirty Harry," but was also making a name for himself as a filmmaker with a half dozen films under his belt including "High Plains Drifter," "Play Misty For Me" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales." And this doc captures that time with key insights from Sergio Leone, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
He played cotton-gin owners, military officers, monsignors, rabbis, truck drivers, Shakespearean heroes — even a Batman villain. But Eli Wallach, who passed away at age 98 due to causes unknown, is best known to a generation of moviegoers as the ultimate bandolero-wearing bandito, thanks to two iconic roles: Calvera, the leader of the frontier thugs who terrorize a Mexican village in The Magnificent Seven (1960); and Tuco, the "ugly" of Sergio Leone's epic Spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). When you think of a stubbled outlaw villain, the kind »
Heads up, hammerheads, we've got a special (arguably extra-grizzled) edition of the Poster-Crop Quiz themed to Jersey Boys director Clint Eastwood. Ironically the man who made a name for himself playing the Man with No Name is now one of the most recognizable names on the planet... man! Not only is he an established actor, but almost since the inception of his film career, he has also been working behind the camera. We've gathered posters from 10 of Clint's directorial efforts, and then roughed them up Dirty Harry style. See if you can make Good on these BADly cropped images that we've left in such an Ugly disarray. The first person to correctly name all 10 posters in the comment section will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. That is sure to make...
- Brian Salisbury
Though he is known for his gruff, tough-guy roles in movies like Dirty Harry and Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood is a hugger. While shooting Jersey Boys, the cast got to see what Eastwood was like as a director - and a dad when he cast his daughter Francesca Eastwood as a waitress. "He would hug her and they would chitchat on set," says Katherine Narducci, who plays Frankie Valli's mother in the movie version of the hit Broadway musical about the legendary Four Seasons' rags-to-riches rise to fame. Eastwood, 84, told People that he enjoyed the father-daughter bonding time on set, »
- K.C. Baker
There are, you could argue, two Clint Eastwoods. One is the strong, near-silent type, the man with no name but a pair of Colt revolvers or a .44 Magnum, the lean avenging angel who asks if you feel lucky, punk, and would care to make his day. Whether he's a tough cop, a tough cowboy, a tough secret-service agent, a tough military man, a tough experimental-jet-fighter pilot or a tough racist old coot, the part is a variation on Eastwood's screen persona. His status as a macho icon was cast in »
The list of active American filmmakers over 80 directing wide-release movies isn't a list; it's a name: Clint Eastwood. And while it's easy to view Dirty Harry as immune to the aging process, "Jersey Boys" looks like what it is: a movie from an 84-year-old who growled confusing epithets at a chair during the Republic National Convention. "Jersey Boys" inexplicably buries its best attributes. Eastwood's bland treatment of the Broadway music about the bumpy career path of '60s rock group The Four Seasons deadens the material by relegating the bumpy soundtrack to a handful of performances, mostly seen in fragments, before adding a single lively song-and-dance number — the delightful "Sherry" — over the credits. Though John Lloyd Young delivers a sensitive turn in the lead role of Frankie Valli, Eastwood barely delves into the peculiar nature of the falsetto Valli's singing technique or the travails of the band's developing fame. Instead, »
- Eric Kohn
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to go old school and take a look at a classic A-lister, and that happens to be one Clint Eastwood. Depending on your age, he’s either a director who used to be an actor or a childhood icon who’s now become a rather iconic filmmaker. Few could have reinvented themselves the way that Eastwood has, with this weekend’s release of Jersey Boys highlighting his directing skills in a whole new light than really ever before. He’s tried to do it all in Hollywood, you have to tip your hat to him for that. Eastwood has basically done it all in the business. He’s starred in franchises (the Dirty Harry series as well as The Man With No Name movies), acted in Best Picture winners, and directed them as well. Though one could legitimately make the claim that »
- Joey Magidson
Dirty Harry's secret is out! Clint Eastwood is dating a woman named Christina Sandera, a source reveals to Us Weekly. The 84-year-old actor-director and hostess were last photographed together shopping at an L.A. Whole Foods on June 1. "She lives with him in his house he used to share with Dina," the insider tells Us. "She moved in months ago." (Sandera works at Eastwood's Mission Ranch Hotel in Carmel, Calif.) "Clint's kids have all met Christina and like [her]," according to the insider. The "kids all say she [...] »
When we think of movie characters they are larger than life in human form. However, there is a tendency to connect a particular film or film’s mortal personality with something that registers beyond the piece of entertainment or the walking and talking characterizations. The realization is that some movie-related inanimate objects equal or surpass the human element in cinema while adding elements of mystery, curiosity, symbolism and imagination.
In The Top 10 Iconic Movie Objects let us take a look at some of the non-breathing items that made an impact in their perspective films and see what meaning these images brought to the table. Perhaps you have in mind your own treasured inanimate objects that come to mind that transcends your viewing pleasure during the screening of your favorite flicks?
The Top 10 Iconic Movie Inanimate Objects are as follows (Note: the selections are not presented in any order of chosen »
- Frank Ochieng
In 1962, the same year that a quartet of working-class New Jersey youths called the Four Seasons shot to the top of the pop charts with the irresistible doo-wop single “Sherry,” a solo artist from the West Coast made a less auspicious chart appearance with an earnest cowboy ballad inspired by his character on a popular TV Western. Entitled “Rowdy,” the song featured its gravelly voiced performer lamenting life on the open range, set to a gentle, galloping tempo. That singer was Clint Eastwood.
Surely, few listening to the radio back then would have imagined that, 50-odd years later, the Four Seasons’ pint-sized frontman, Frankie Valli, would still be selling out arenas with his vibrating falsetto. Fewer still would have wagered that Eastwood, then in his fourth season as Rowdy Yates on CBS’ “Rawhide,” would not only go on to become one of Hollywood’s most iconic leading men, but one of its most lauded director-producers, »
- Scott Foundas
If you thought the Tonys ended when A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder walked off with the telecast’s last award (for Best Musical), boy, are you in for a surprise. Now, the fun really begins, as TVLine names its own winners — and losers — in a variety of, shall we say, “alternative” categories. And the nonexistent statuettes go to…
Most Tireless Performer | Four-time host Hugh Jackman bounced up and down – literally bounced up and down – for nearly five minutes to open the show and hardly slowed down after that. When he wasn’t flirting with the audience, he »
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