16 items from 2015
Often called the greatest actor of his generation, if not all 20th-century cinema, Marlon Brando was also one of the most enigmatic, unpredictable, even damaged of movie stars offscreen. That complexity is limned as well as a documentary possibly could manage in “Listen to Me Marlon,” which draws on an extraordinary estate archive of personal materials to let the man tell his story (and analyze) himself. Sure to hold surprises for even those obsessives who’ve absorbed every Brando performance and factoid, this fascinating, artful pastiche merits specialized theatrical release in addition to inevitable cable and rental sales.
The title comes from self-hypnosis tapes we hear that the late subject made for himself, one among umpteen strategies for finding some inner tranquility. While there’s plenty of evidence here that Brando was a “difficult” person, and frequently a disastrous influence on those who loved him, the thing that comes through »
- Dennis Harvey
A 1950s American immigrant story told as if it took place a half-century earlier, “Brooklyn” unfolds almost like a prim Victorian novel, presenting a young Irish woman, nobly brought to life by Saoirse Ronan, torn between two lovers — one a polite, red-headed chap from her hometown, the other a brash Italian-American who falls for her during her new life abroad — where her big decision has as much to do with choosing between countries as courters. Beautifully written, but still a bit flat in its transition to the screen, this sensitive adaptation of Colm Toibin’s bestseller, acquired by Fox Seachlight at Sundance, should assimilate nicely with more mainstream fare.
As a nation of immigrants, the United States represents a roiling tapestry of expat experiences, in which each family traces its roots back to whichever dauntless ancestors crossed the ocean to pursue a better life for themselves. The movies abound with such genealogical histories, »
- Peter Debruge
James Caan's estranged wife is firing back in divorce papers, and her message is clear -- our son's coming with me, Sonny!Linda Caan filed her response to "The Godfather" star's divorce petition and she is demanding physical custody of their 16-year-old son Jacob. In his docs, James said he wanted to share physical and legal custody. The Caans also don't see eye-to-eye on money. According to Linda's docs ... she wants spousal support from »
- TMZ Staff
Channing Tatum visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night, during which Jimmy seized the opportunity to bond over fatherhood. "She pooped on me two times yesterday," Jimmy said, and Channing quickly asked if she has a special face she makes when she moves her bowels. Channing then, of course, did an impression of his daughter Everly's face, likening it to Marlon Brando in The Godfather. Watch the funny clip above, and don't forget to check out our other viral videos. »
Saturday night’s screening of “The Godfather” with live orchestra was an offer that 5,000 L.A. moviegoers couldn’t refuse. Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning 1972 classic unspooled with a 61-piece orchestra performing the original score by Nino Rota and Coppola’s composer father Carmine.
Justin Freer conducted the Hollywood Studio Symphony, which performed flawlessly and, impressively, without the need for a “click track” (a metronome-like device often used in film scoring to keep musicians precisely in sync).
The orchestra, dressed in “mob” black, was tastefully lit beneath the main screen at L.A. Live’s Nokia Theatre. Two other screens, flanking the stage, offered better views for audiences across the theater and in levels above.
The enthusiastic audience ranged from 20-something cinema buffs to seniors who recalled seeing the film in theaters four decades ago. They responded to the famous lines (“I’m gonna make him an offer he can »
- Jon Burlingame
The 87th Academy Award nominations for 2015 were recently released on January 15, 2015 representing the excellence in film for the previous year. Naturally there was the standard controversy regarding those films and performances that got unfairly overlooked. Unfortunately, the perceived snubs do happen from year to year so this goes along with the territory. Nevertheless, the lucky selections that do manage to grab Oscar’s attention are understandably grateful and psyched to see if the golden statuette will in fact go home with them on the film industry’s biggest and most elegant evening.
With the obvious crankiness of Oscar omissions aside and the injustices that go with these “reel” deals has anyone ever considered the Academy Award nominees that are surprisingly recognized that could have gone unnoticed for whatever reasoning? After all there are films and exceptional performances that get lost in the shuffle but manage to get the accolades it »
- Frank Ochieng
“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” and “Listen to Me Marlon” are intimate and revealing, and one of them is also loud
Kurt Cobain and Marlon Brando, two cultural icons from vastly different eras and arenas, took center stage at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, with the back-to-back world premiere of documentaries that drew heavily on words and footage from the rock and acting legends.
“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” and “Listen to Me Marlon” could scarcely be more different. The former is a blistering, raucous and unwieldy look at the Nirvana frontman, the latter an elegant meditation on the »
- Steve Pond
It's often the case that period stories can tell us more about our current society than those set in the present day. In his first non-contemporary script, writer-director Jc Chandor probes at urgent ideas about gun control and proportional response within the framework of a brooding, meticulous crime drama.
In the grim winter of 1981, statistically one of the most crime-ridden years in New York's chequered history, principled oil entrepreneur Abel (Oscar Isaac) is trying to forge a righteous path amidst the chaos. His oil trucks are being hijacked at gunpoint, attracting the kind of attention he doesn't need from the district attorney (David Oyelowo), and he's on the brink of losing a crucial real estate deal thanks to his snowballing misfortune.
The idea of man wrestling with forces beyond his control is common throughout Chandor's work, »
Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'The Great Gatsby': Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby Released by Paramount Pictures, the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby had prestige oozing from just about every cinematic pore. The film was based on what some consider the greatest American novel ever written. Francis Ford Coppola, whose directing credits included the blockbuster The Godfather, and who, that same year, was responsible for both The Godfather Part II and The Conversation, penned the adaptation. Multiple Tony winner David Merrick (Becket, »
- Andre Soares
Arthur Penn’s notorious, arguably ‘revisionist’ Western The Missouri Breaks makes it to Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber, with packaging that keeps the film’s initial infamous discrepancies alive and well with star Marlon Brando’s name retaining top billing. Though it would be Brando’s last sizeable role, the film’s main protagonist is really Jack Nicholson as a matter-of-fact horse thief who runs up against a prosperous man who holds himself above the law by failing to recognize that the rest of the country’s outlying frontiers have them.
The term revisionist is problematic in reference to Penn’s film, though it attempts to make us sympathize with a villain positioned against a civilized businessman who’s nearly as irredeemable. Two wrongs don’t make a right, so if anything, Penn’s adaptation of Thomas McGuane’s script is anarchist at best. Plagued with a troubled production thanks »
- Nicholas Bell
Robert Duvall gives a typically grandstanding performance opposite Robert Downey Jnr in The Judge – one for which he has just received his seventh Oscar nomination. Duvall, whose film credits range from To Kill a Mocking Bird and The Godfather to Apocalypse Now and Tender Mercies, plays a small-town judge. The judge's absolute certainty in his own righteousness is undermined when his memory begins to fail. He is involved in a hit-and-run case – and it seems he may have taken the law into his own hands. »
There have been Grease and Frozen sing-alongs, and not to mention, close to every summer, the Hollywood Bowl orchestra pays homage to the great movie scores from the major studios’ libraries (last summer was DreamWorks Animation, the year before it was Walt Disney-Pixar). On Saturday, January 24, the Hollywood Studio Symphony will be performing Nino Rota’s Oscar-nominated, iconic score live while the Francis Ford Coppola film is simultaneously shown in high definition on the big screen. The Godfather Live is produced by Aeg Live and CineConcerts. Conductor and producer Justin Freer will be overseeing the event. The event employs Local 47 musicians, which is a plus for the union. With most film scores nowadays being recorded abroad without U.S. musicians, there has been an increase stateside with these types of concerts and a demand for Local 47 performers.
- The Deadline Team
Anderson, Eastwood, Iñárritu, Linklater, Tyldum.
Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2014.
“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,” said Barclay. “Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director’s team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work.”
Of the DGA nominations, Oscar pundit Scott Feinberg (THR) writes, “You’ll notice that the list does not include Selma’s Ava DuVernay, Gone Girl’s David Fincher, Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller, Interstellar’s Christopher Nolan, Inherent Vice’s Paul Thomas Anderson, The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh, Unbroken’s Angelina Jolie, Into the Woods’ Rob Marshall and A Most Violent Year »
- Michelle McCue
Happy Godfather New Year!!!!!
A photo posted by James Franco (@jamesfrancotv) on Jan 1, 2015 at 12:04am Pst
Franco's controversial film The Interview has made $15m in digital downloads since its release on December 24, it has been revealed.
The Interview has now become Sony Pictures' highest-grossing online release.
It took $1,811,000 on its opening weekend, after Sony Pictures reversed its previous decision not to release the movie at all on December 25 in the wake of threats from The Guardians of Peace hacking group.
Watch the final red band trailer for The Interview below: »
#10. Chinatown (1974)
Lost to: The Godfather Part II
Well, no one will argue that it should have won, but still. Roman Polanski’s film made a true leading man out of Jack Nicholson. It grabbed eleven nominations, only taking home one. That being said, that one was for Original Screenplay, written by Robert Towne, which may be the greatest even written. Entire courses could be taught on this screenplay alone and Polanski and his actors delivered a perfect translation of it to the screen. Also starring Faye Dunaway and the great John Huston, the story of power and corruption still stands as one of the greatest films of the 1970′s (or any decade for that matter). It’s just a shame it ran into the greatest movie sequel of all time.
#9. Cabaret (1972)
Lost to: The Godfather
Seems weird, doesn’t it? Well, the Liza Minnelli vehicle is on this list for »
- Joshua Gaul
Three major pieces of "The Godfather" -- Francis Ford Coppola, James Caan and Robert Duvall -- reunited on New Year's Eve for an epic selfie ... and somehow James Franco was a part of it.It was Franco who posted the pic to the world, captioning it, "Happy Godfather New Year!!!!!"Franco recently became friends with Francis' granddaughter, Gia Coppola, and even spent Christmas with the family.He's tight with guy who made "The Godfather »
- TMZ Staff
16 items from 2015
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