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All that glitters is not just Oscar. Wealth-x has undertaken the task of ranking Oscar-winning actors and actresses by their accumulated wealth, so that you might have another metric by which to judge them. Here are the top five. 5. Sean ConneryConnery, Sean Connery won his Oscar in 1988 for Best Supporting Actor in The Untouchables. At 83, he's currently valued at $250 million, which can buy him a lot of "Scotland Forever" tattoos. 4. Barbra StreisandThe singer, actor, director, 71, won a Best Actress Oscar in 1969 for Funny Girl. Between her film and music career (and her stock portfolio), she's valued at $310 million. Not bad »
- Alex Heigl
There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!
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★★★★★At a pivotal point in Francis Ford Coppola's masterful crime drama The Godfather: Part II (1974), Mafia kingpin Michael Corleone states, "If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone." Not only one of the greatest sequels of all time, Coppola's opus is also perhaps the finest film made about immigrants in the blessed 'Land of Opportunity'. Boldly following up his widely acclaimed first chapter with a sequel split between two distinct eras - as Michael struggles with his own Godfatherly guilt and, decades before, his father Vito climbs to the top of the ladder - Coppola miraculously exceeded all expectations.
- CineVue UK
Stranger By The Lake (18)
Sex and death take a synchronised swim in this bold thriller, shot at a single lakeside location. It's a popular cruising spot, and the rituals of its regular (and regularly naked) male visitors are observed with a combination of frankness, lyricism and mischievous satire. But a more mysterious tone takes hold when newcomer Franck sees his Selleck-moustachio'd crush commit a terrible crime. The riptide of desire drags him into a dangerous game.
Making Twilight look like Sesame Street, Jarmusch gives us the coolest vampires imaginable – too cool to even do much vampire stuff. »
- Steve Rose
If you're a self-respecting film fan, you need to have The Godfather in your collection. It doesn't have to be your favorite movie of all time, and it's not something you have to watch all the time. But The Godfather is an essential piece of cinema, and The Godfather: Part II is one of the greatest sequels of all time, and The Godfather: Part III is a film that exists. They all come packaged together in The Godfather Collection Blu-ray set, which features pristine audio and visual transfers along with some great special features. The Godfather Collection is Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day, so for today only you can get it for $16.99, which is 71% off the Msrp. This might be the cheapest it's ever been, and if not, it's damn close. Click here to go buy it. »
- Matt Goldberg
How do you follow up one of the biggest, most successful films of all time? If you’re Joss Whedon, you begin by taking notes from a classic. Speaking to AlloCiné, Whedon explained that he used Francis Ford Coppola’s gangster saga to give him pointers in how to handle the transition between his first film and its sequel,The Avengers: Age of Ultron. He said: "The model I'm always trying to build from, or my guiding star, is The Godfather: Part II, where a ton has happened in between and it's a very different movie, but you don't need...
- Matt Looker
The writer-director told AlloCiné that Francis Ford Coppola's crime saga had served as a model for him in navigating the transition between his first and second films.
"The model I'm always trying to build from, or my guiding star, is The Godfather: Part II, where a ton has happened in between and it's a very different movie, but you don't need any information," Whedon explained.
"It's there in the film about what's happened since, what's different, and why is this a different film; why is it a different kind of structure, and why is it darker?
"It's all there, you're in the vernacular of the first movie and you're just ready to pick up in this new place, and hopefully that's what will happen with my movie."
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The director is following the template of Francis Ford Coppola's mobster trilogy for the superhero ensemble franchise
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"The model I'm always trying to build from, or my guiding star, is The Godfather: Part II, where a ton has happened in between and it's a very different movie [from Part I], but you don't need any information," Whedon told French website AlloCiné. "It's there in the film about what's happened since, what's different, and why is this a different film; why is it a different kind of structure, and why is it darker. It's all there, you're in the vernacular of the first »
- Ben Child
What’s a Monday without some Marvel movie news? A pretty boring Monday. Luckily we’ve got some cool things to share from the comic book movie kingpins. We start off with a new interview from Joss Whedon. Whedon is hard at work on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he’s drawing inspiration from a rather unusual source: The Godfather: Part II. No, this doesn’t mean the Corleones will be making cameos – it just serves a reference point for how Whedon wants to structure his film. With events in the other Marvel films influencing what will happen in Age of Ultron, Whedon needs to reference that material, but also keep in mind that not everyone saw those other movies. He cites Coppola’s beloved sequel as a great example of how to handle this conundrum...
- Mike Bracken
What do mobsters and superheroes have in common? Not much, but that's not stopping Joss Whedon from looking to the former group for some inspiration for the latter.
In an interview with AlloCine.fr, Whedon revealed that in making "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the follow-up to 2012's massively popular "The Avengers," the director is taking cues from an unlikely source: "The Godfather: Part II."
Explaining that events in "Iron Man 3," "Thor: The Dark World," and the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," directly tie in with the plot of "Age of Ultron," Whedon acknowledged that many Marvel fans may not see all three of those films before watching the "Avengers" sequel. How, then, does he handle inserting source material from those three films without confusing those who aren't familiar with them? For help in answering that question, he's turning to the Corleone family.
"The model I'm always trying to build from, »
- Katie Roberts
In a recent interview, Joss Whedon explains that The Godfather Part 2 is his 'guiding star' for Avengers: Age of Ultron. He also explains that Captain America: The Winter Solider will affect the events of his Avengers sequel, but also says that you wouldn't have to see Captain America to get what's going on in the Avengers storyline. Here's what he had to say to AlloCiné.fr,
"The events of Captain America [The Winter Soldier] will definitely affect the world of Avengers 2. But at the end of the day, I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly not even seen the first one. I can't assume that everybody went to see Thor [The Dark World], Captain America, and Iron Man 3 in-between. I have to go from one movie to the next and be true to what's happened [in the previous movies], but not be slavish to it. [...] The model »
- Joey Paur
It’s going to be a tough ask for writer/director Joss Whedon to top his hugely enjoyable and successful superhero ensemble The Avengers. As we wait patiently for the follow-up, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, we’re left to ponder the script direction and just what our favourite comic-book characters will be up against this time around. Most recently we learned not only will S.H.I.E.L.D.’s finest battle James Spader’s robotic villain in the sub-title but Thomas Kretschmann’s Baron von Strucker!
In a recent interview, Whedon has commented on the upcoming sequel and which franchise – or more specifically ‘entry’ – he’s going to be drawing his inspiration from:
“The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will definitely affect the world of Avengers 2. But at the end of the day, I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly »
- Craig Hunter
News Simon Brew 27 Jan 2014 - 07:00
Filming isn't far off now on the follow-up to 2012's box office-dominating The Avengers, with Joss Whedon of course back in the director's chair. Avengers: Age Of Ultron is set to arrive in cinemas next year, and here's the latest on the film.
Firstly, it was revealed over the weekend that the movie is going to have scenes shot in Italy, specifically at Fort Bard in the north of the country. BadTaste.It also reports that further Italian locations include Aosta, Dorinnas, Pont-Saint-Martin and Verres. A crew of up to 1500 people will be used for the work in Italy, with at least 500 of them extras.
Then, there have been rumours that the production will also visit South Korea at some point, although these haven't been confirmed. »
History hasn't always looked kindly on the Academy Awards, with classics often missing out and groundbreaking moments few and far between. We delve into the Oscars' chequered past – and assess this year's contenders
• Get in shape for the Oscars with Mark Kermode's month-long feast of film here
As we approach the 86th Academy Awards, it's worth remembering those two sobering facts, which perfectly encapsulate the inherent foolishness of gong ceremonies in general, and the Oscars in particular. Ask any film fan how seriously you should take the Academy Awards, and chances are they will point you toward the best director category, where the roll call of winners signally omits Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick, Jane Campion, »
- Mark Kermode
Another week, another plethora of news stories to keep our minds occupied. There’s nothing quite as shocking as last week’s announcement that WB was delaying Batman Vs. Superman 10 months, but nevertheless, we’ve got some exciting bits of information for this week’s WhatCulture news brief.
We’ve got a few casting announcements for films like Through The Looking Glass, Night At The Museum 3 (yep, that’s happening), and Joe Wright’s Peter Pan; exciting news about Agents of Shield (which, let’s face it, can use all of the exciting news it can get), and word of a Godzilla tie-in comic. We also know that Bill Cosby will be heading back to NBC after three decades, and that Kevin Smith will be making more movies after what felt like three decades. And, of course, news about that Tarantino movie that just got shelved.
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- James Garcia
Joss Whedon attended the French premiere of his "Much Ado About Nothing" film recently where he discussed the project he's heavily involved in prep for now, some small Marvel film called "Avengers: Age of Ultron".
Talking with Allocine, he revealed that the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will have an impact on the story in 'Ultron', and added that Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather: Part II" was a major influence on the upcoming sequel:
"The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will definitely affect the world of Avengers 2. But at the end of the day, I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly not even seen the first one.
- Garth Franklin
Director Joss Whedon recently took some time off from preparing for his highly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron to attend the French premiere of his William Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing. Naturally, the talk shifted to his Marvel Phase Two sequel, where he discussed the challanges of making a movie that doesn't rely on the viewer having seen Marvel's The Avengers or any of the other Marvel Phase One and Phase Two movies. He also teased that the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will affect the storyline of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and revealed that The Godfather: Part II is his "guiding star" in telling this story.
Take a look at what he had to say during an interview with AlloCine.
"The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will definitely affect the world of Avengers 2. But at the end of the day, I have to make »
The Godfather: Part II and The Empire Strikes Back are two lofty examples of when a sequel bests its already praise-worthy first chapter. This is not something that happens often, but when it does, it is something to experience. But what about television? Though a different medium entirely, the basic premise is the same, with the goal of entertaining, enthralling, enlightening and even enriching audiences.
Just as with movies and their sequels, the first season of any show isn’t always the best judge of its quality: in fact, most TV shows start out with relatively weak first seasons as the writers, directors and actors adapt to the cast and story dynamics – finding their feet, if you will. After an exhaustive search for shows that ratcheted up their quality in the present season, compared to the previous one, I’ve compiled this list of 10 shows that have gone from »
- Shawn Jackson
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers, actors and/or actresses? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read this months’ pick), we asked Trieste Kelly Dunn the incredibly arduous task of identifying her top ten favorite films of all time (she picked ten and added television series). Dunn recently appeared in the SXSW preemed Loves Her Gun by helmer Geoff Marslett out this Friday [01.10] in New York City for a one week run and currently stars on television’s Banshee. Here is Trieste Kelly Dunn’s Top Ten Films of All Time List.
“Tennessee Williams, Brando, Kazan, what is not to love. It’s like watching exotic animals.”
Adaptation – Spike Jonze (2002)
“It’s so original and hilarious and true. When I saw it in the theatre people around me probably thought I was on drugs. »
- Eric Lavallee
19 items from 2014
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