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Online gallery to showcase works by Bill Gold and others for movies including Pulp Fiction and The Exorcist
A gallery that should comfort any struggling young graphic artist is revealed for the first time today: the ones that got away, rejected original versions of posters for some of the most famous films of recent decades, including Batman, Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and Cool Hand Luke.
The last three were the work of the remarkable Bill Gold, who over a 70-year career created the images that sold more than 1,000 movies.
As a 21-year-old in the art department of Warner Bros, he was asked to come up with a poster for a vehicle for one of its stars, Humphrey Bogart. His poster for Casablanca became as classic as the film itself: black and white, the other characters in a misty background, Ingrid Bergman looking yearningly towards Bogey, and Bogey in the foreground, »
- Maev Kennedy
David Gordon Green’s productivity amazes me. Not only is he promoting Prince Avalanche while wrapping up production on Joe (starring Nicolas Cage), but he’s also begun planning his newest film Manglehorn, and he wants Academy Award-winning actor and industry legend Al Pacino as the lead. The film would tell the story of an ex-con living in anonymity while nursing his sick cat and slowly falling into a dull routine, but his tranquility is eventually threatened when he’s unmasked as a man with a dark past.
Al Pacino’s career is at an all-time low. His latest movies make little effort to showcase his wonderful acting skills — Stand Up Guys barely made a passing grade, The Son of No One was laughable, and nobody is willing to accept the fact that Jack and Jill even exists (except Adam Sandler, of course). Nevertheless, I still enjoy Pacino quite a bit. »
- Paulo Lazo
We think that most of us can agree that moms are the best and they do a lot for us! Now it’s time to return the favor and celebrate this Mother’s Day by giving mom the movie night she deserves! Watching a classic flick together is the perfect opportunity to catch up and share stories with your family.
Thanks to Warner Bros., Sound On Sight is giving away the Best of WB 100 Film Collection valued at $597.92. This includes all 22 of Warner Bros. Library’s Best Picture™ winners on 55 discs presented in book style premium packaging. Plus two all-new documentaries: Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot and The Warner Bros. Lot Tour. The set is piled with hours of commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more on select films. It also includes a limited edition 27” x 40” poster, plus a postcard series of Warner Bros. movie posters designed by legendary Bill Gold. »
Steve Coogan has admitted that he sometimes grows tired of playing Alan Partridge.
The comic said that while he is still fond of the character, his infamous TV creation is "like a relative who you quite like to see now and again but you don't want to live with".
Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, Coogan said that the writing process for the forthcoming Alan Partridge movie meant that he had to spend months at a time in and out of character.
"Whenever I've done Alan... [I] work on doing the character quite a lot [and] although Alan's funny, he is a bit annoying," he explained.
"It might be alright watching for half an hour, but imagine sitting in a room with him for three months. That's what you have to do when you write him.
"You do get sick of him because it's like being in the room with an idiot. »
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Going by the Book When a new police chief arrives in the rural town of Sam-po, he decides his fastest way back to the city is to impress the locals and his higher-ups with something flashy and result-oriented. The town has seen a rash of bank robberies so he sets up a simulation involving his officers and the bank… one cop will play the role of robber, and the others will respond and arrest him. Unfortunately for him and his plans though he picks traffic cop Jung Do-man (Jung Jae-young) as the robber and orders him to do his best. And Jung’s best is apparently better than anything the police can throw at him. I like to think I’m pretty up on my Korean cinema, but this fantastic 2007 film has escaped my attention »
- Rob Hunter
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
Have you ever fancied spending an evening with a living Hollywood legend? How about Al Pacino? If that’s your ultimate then you may want to head over to this webpage without even reading the rest of this article to purchase tickets to the one-off London theatre event ‘An Evening With Al Pacino‘ which is set to hit the West End on Sunday 2nd June. In a one-off performance, Pacino will take to the stage to take part in a truly ‘unique event, a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal, sharing private moments with one of the greatest actors of his generation.’
Pacino will be answering questions from the audience on stage at the London Palladium with a live crew filming the event which will be projected on a huge screen on stage bringing the actor even closer to his audience. Wow. I have posted »
- Paul Heath
Suffice it to say, there is no one like Al Pacino. From "Scarface" to "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon" to "Scent of a Woman," he is the actor's actor, a one-man powerhouse who has clocked over a half-dozen Oscar nominations, and whose performance are always unshakable (and, yes, we've forgiven him for "Jack and Jill." Ish).
He's also really, really loud. Not that that's a bad thing, of course! In fact, it's the guy's signature, which is why a supercut called "Al Pacino: Full Roar" couldn't have a more appropriate title, as cobbled together by Press Play. As they explain it, "[Pacino] sings the body electric; sometimes he screams it. He's a stripped electrical wire zapping lightning bolts into the air...Even when his characters are hiding or repressing things, they seem on the verge of imploding or exploding, transforming or mutating."
So, no, the guy doesn't "work small," and he's all the better for it. »
- Eliot Glazer
I love movies but sometimes get tired of the loud blockbusters that get thrown at us in such increased amounts these days. When I suffer from over exposure to the big Hollywood flick I turn to the unheralded gem. These are the movies that I cherish most, some of them are misunderstood box office failures, some are cult classics and some are big budget movies that I feel are under-appreciated.
Compiled using no criteria other than my gut feeling that the film should get more credit and that you may not have heard of it, it is an eclectic list with its fair share of sci-fi and, hopefully, intelligence and imagination. I encourage you to seek them out as they are all beautiful in their own different and eccentric ways.
These are my 10 movie gems that you need to see but may never have heard of
10. Capricorn One
A taut »
- John de Gruyther
Steve Coogan has spoken about the upcoming movie Alan Partridge is in Alpha Papa.
The comedian reprises his iconic TV role in the big-screen adaptation, which sees Partridge battling a fellow DJ in a Die Hard-style hostage drama.
On the film's influences, Coogan told Empire: "We're putting him into a situation.
"We had to make it filmic without throwing away the DNA that makes him Alan-like. So we kicked around a lot of ideas and ended up with something that's a bit Dog Day Afternoon and a bit Network. There is a threat level."
Director Declan Lowney explained: "Steve strives for stuff to be real, even with all the gags. That said, there's quite a bit of action. We've got violence, guns and heavy kissing."
I'm Alan Partridge regulars »
In the latest issue of Empire - out this Thursday, March 28 - you can read all about Alan Partridge's long awaited big-screen adventure, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, a Die Hard-a-like hostage thriller that sees North Norfolk Digital's finest facing off against a fellow DJ gone postal.“We’re putting him into a situation,” says Steve Coogan. “We had to make it filmic without throwing away the DNA that makes him Alan-like. So we kicked around a lot of ideas and ended up with something that’s a bit Dog Day Afternoon and a bit Network. There is a threat level.”You may be imagining Steve Coogan as Howard Beale screaming "Smell My Cheese!" at the camera with a rifle in his hand. If so, dismiss that notion, because Alpha Papa is far more down to earth.“The notion of Alan being caught up in a hostage situation is outlandish, but »
The opening of Vs. Theater Company's first production in its new home has been pushed back as the ensemble cast four outside actors for its world premiere of "Cops and Friends of Cops." After eight years without a home, last August the company took over the former site of the Black Dahlia Theatre at 5453 West Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. It's been renovating the space since then, which, combined with the need to find actors of diverse age ranges for four of the five parts in playwright-director Ron Klier’s play, meant that a March opening was too ambitious for the growing company. "We held out to get our perfect cast. That took time," said the company’s artistic director, Johnny Clark. "I'm actually very excited to work with four complete strangers." The play is about a man named Paul, played by Clark, the only member of the ensemble in the production, »
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
Brendan Fraser is not quite what you would expect. Just trust us: Whatever it is you're expecting from the star of "Dudley Do-Right" and "Blast From the Past," he's decidedly not it. For a guy who has starred in so many family friendly films, Fraser is pleasantly quirky and candid. He's also made a few unexpected moves in his career: Alongside a starring voice role in another one of those mainstream family movies ("Escape From Planet Earth"), Fraser has another decidedly darker, quirkier film coming out this month, "Stand Off."
As Fraser described it to us, "It's a family story about what happens when people put the guns down and actually talk to each other. There's a way forward, peacefully. Open a dialogue, try that. Logical discourse, how bout that. See what happens." Alternately: It's about an Irish fish market robbery gone horribly wrong, with a few familial mishaps along »
- Kase Wickman
With the Oscars just around the corner, you may be running to your local multiplex in the hopes of crossing a few more contenders off your to-watch list. But for those of you who need a break before Hollywood's biggest day -- but still want to pay homage to the craft -- your trusty Moviefone editors have compiled a list of other big winners you might want to watch. Below are some of our favorite Oscar winners of all time. "Schindler's List" (Winner, Best Picture) This dour, intense film won Best Picture in 1993, and rightfully so. A labor of love by masterworker Steven Spielberg, it's the most expensive black-and-white film ever made, and his first R-rated movie. Based on a true story, the film follows German businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) as he slowly comes to realize the atrocities of The Holocaust all around him. Eventually, after witnessing the horror of Nazi persecution, »
- Jessie Heyman
Article by Dan Clark
We all have our good years and we all have our bad years. The same can be said for the Oscars. There are certain years that you look at the films chosen for Best Picture and wonder if they should have just cancelled the show. Then there are the years that are so jam packed with all time greats it’s nearly impossible to go wrong when choosing the winner. Those are the years that this blog will focus on. I looked through all the Best Picture Classes to determine the Best of the Best. Overall quality, influence, and longevity were all taken into account when constructing this list of the Top 10 Best Picture Classes of All Time.
10. Class of 1959
Best Picture Winner: Ben Hur »
The knack to pulling off any great heist, on the silver screen or otherwise, is forward planning. You’ve got to work the angles, visualise the entry, rehearse the execution and, most importantly, plan for disaster. Now, I don’t know about you, but that seems like a lot to get sorted out in your own head – surely that’s why there are so many great cinematic heist partnerships!
To celebrate the impending release of Robot and Frank, the story of a retired jewel-thief and his relationship with a highly-intelligent robot sidekick, we’ve rifled through the films of the ages and bagged ourselves some of cinema’s greatest heist partnerships.
In our opinion, all the best heists are crimes of revenge, and what greater revenge than on those suspected of causing your best friend’s death? »
Oscar season comes to an abrupt end at the end of February which frees up our time. One of The Film Experience's most popular series, a communal viewing party of sorts, returns for another season. Byoe (Bring Your Own Eyes) to these blog-a-thon like events wherein participates choose their single favorite shot from movies from all eras. Watch, Read, Converse -- It's Edumucational!
Wed March 6th The Wizard Of Oz (1939) since Oz, the Great and Powerful is about to hit and we might need this as a lovely antidote.
Wed March 13th Barbarella (1968) ...I've been itchy to revisit
Wed March 20th ???
...and more to be scheduled including, as ever, a mix of genres, eras, and anniversary celebrations. It's a great way to have a virtual visual conversation from other cinephiles, catch up on classics you've never seen, revisit »
- NATHANIEL R
1.) Albert Brooks is returning to voice Nemo's father, Marlin, in Finding Nemo 2. Ellen DeGeneres is also expected to return as the forgetful Dory with Andrew Stanton set to direct. At this point there are no plot details, though a 2016 release date is expected. Deadline 2.) Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is attached to direct an adaptation of John Grisham's "The Racketeer" for Fox and New Regency. The book sees a federal judge murdered at a lakeside cabin and the contents of his safe emptied. The only man who knows the whos and whys is a former attorney serving time in federal prison who hopes to parlay that into getting revenge on the people who put him there. THR 3.) More Twilight fan fiction is targeting a big screen adaptation while Universal tries to figure out what they're going to do with Fifty Shades of Grey. Constantin Film has acquired movie »
- Brad Brevet
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