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Lucy is a superhero movie that doesn’t know it’s a superhero movie, so it’s the most interesting superhero movie of the year. Lucy’s “origin story” is a kick to her stomach and a zero-gravity seizure, and in one scene Scarlett Johansson scarfs down a bunch of blue rocks like her life depends on it. (Lucy pays homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam—at the same time.) Without mythology to reference or fandom to service, Lucy is free to surprise you.
“Surprise” is something comic-book movies used to do. Think of The Dark Knight, »
- Darren Franich
Gyllenhaal plays a young investment banker struggling to cope after the tragic death of his wife. During his attempt to put his life back together, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops an unusual relationship with a pot smoking single mother (Naomi Watts). [Source: The Wrap]
Untitled Spielberg Cold War Thriller
Amy Ryan ("Gone Baby Gone"), Alan Alda ("Mash"), Billy Magnussen ("Boardwalk Empire") and Eve Hewson ("The Knick") will star opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War spy thriller at Fox and Dreamworks. Filming begins in September in Berlin and New York.
Hanks will portray an American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U2 spy plane pilot who »
- Garth Franklin
Oh, it’s good to play bad.
Actors of all levels know this already, but guest actors get to relish their roles a little more than your average player, especially when they can dig into a villainous part with gusto.
Playing a guest character may not have the stability of long-term employment, but the roles can be fit to any size — from an Emmy winner like Alan Alda (“The Blacklist”) to an up-and-comer like Pablo Schreiber (“Law & Order: Svu” and “Orange Is the New Black”) and veteran character actors like Michael Rapaport (“Justified”). But a good visiting villain provides something else — a chance for actors to sink their teeth into a role they’ve often had a big hand in developing.
“I tried to be as imaginative as I possibly could,” says Rapaport, whose drug trafficker Daryl Crowe Jr. expired at the end of “Justified’s” season. “I did a »
- Randee Dawn
Eddy and Sid after a Master Class at Nyu, 2003. (Photo: Michael Doft)
Sid Caesar’s funeral service was held on Sunday afternoon, February 16 at a private ceremony in Los Angeles. Among the family and friends paying tribute was Sid’s biographer and friend, Cinema Retro’s Eddy Friedfeld, who co-authored Sid’s creative biography, Caesar’s Hours, published by Public Affairs in 2003.
What follows is the eulogy Eddy delivered before Sid's family, friends and colleagues.
Sid said that, like Isaac Newton, he stood on the shoulders of giants, his inspirations- Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and W.C. Fields, who helped him develop his career and craft. Today, Sid, we stand on your shoulders- and celebrate your life, your art, your warmth, character, and friendship. You did things no one else could do and you inspired many others, including people in this room, to take the same artistic risks. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
4 items from 2014
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