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From the executive producers of Machete and True GritBruce Willis, Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) star in the tough, sexy story of three »
Former Czech Republic president Václav Havel died from respiratory problems earlier today. Havel, who had been a heavy smoker, was 75.
Besides his role as a political dissident during the Communist regime and as a representative of Czechoslovakia's transition from Communist rule to economically and politically troubled constitutional democracy, Havel was also a playwright.
A number of his plays were filmed for television throughout the '80s and '90s. In 2011, Havel himself directed for the big screen an adaptation of his play Leaving, which was released in the Czech Republic in March. Making clear allusions to Havel himself and to his nemesis and successor, Czech president Vaclav Klaus, Leaving is a dramatic comedy about a once-popular chancellor (played by veteran Josef Abrhám) whose fortunes have taken a dramatic turn for the worse. As a result, he must vacate his posh official residence so his successor, Vlastik Klein (Jaroslav Dusek), can move in. »
- Andre Soares
There's much talk of who will blow whom off the screen over the coming season of peace, love and understanding, but who can honestly summon the enthusiasm for a "battle" between Strictly and Corrie when we have perfectly adequate digital recording or catch-up facilities to watch neither at our own convenience?
No. The only question is, what's worth watching? Actually, lots, as it turns out. I was impatient with the bizarre turns of fortune in Downton Abbey earlier this year, but it seems that whoever's in charge is back off the drugs with a gripping two-hour Christmas night special, which manages to be funny (cue Maggie Smith, baffled in the presence of a nutcracker) without being laughable. The story carries on where it left off, but with the corpses of flu and war »
- Phil Hogan
Royal Court; Queen Elizabeth Hall; Southwark Playhouse, London
Haunted Child is its own ghost. Joe Penhall's new play is like a strange afterbirth, an epilogue, an addendum that flits around the stage when the main action has finished.
Penhall, who wrote the screenplays for The Road and Enduring Love, established himself as a writer for the theatre 11 years ago with Blue/Orange, in which he made a debate – about race and psychiatry – twist and turn as few others now do on stage. In Haunted Child the central confrontation is muffled. On one side is a woman – rational, anxious, sharp-witted – battling to protect her son after the unexplained disappearance of his dad. On the other is Dad, who, when he bobs up, turns out to have taken up with a new-age religious sect whose leadership demand that he glugs down pailfuls of salt water, abstains from sex, and hands over a tithe of his property. »
- Susannah Clapp
The 2012 Golden Globe nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood.
Breakout star Ryan Gosling scored two nods for his superb acting -- one for "Crazy, Stupid, Love" as well as "The Ides of March. »
Hollywood superstars never get tired of playing dress-up — and The New York Times has just unveiled one of the best online costume parties ever made.
Featuring 13 of this year's biggest stars and best performers, the new "Touch of Evil" video gallery showcases Hollywood's top talent re-imagining themselves as some of the most villainous characters in film history, including George Clooney as "Mutiny on the Bounty"'s Captain Bligh, "The Help"'s Viola Davis as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"'s Nurse Ratched and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" breakout star Rooney Mara as "A Clockwork Orange"'s lead droog Alex.
And these aren't just portraits; they are actually fully-scored miniature movies, with the actors doing what they do best -- acting -- in a series of creepy videos that will send chills up your spine.
For the entire sequence of terrifyingly awesome clips, head over to The New »
- Scott Harris
If The Film Experience were its own media empire the first thing we would do is some sort of annual gallery of celebrities a la Vanity Fair or the New York Times. For this year's New York Times video gallery ["Vamps, Crooks and Killers" (photos) "Touch of Evil" (video)] the Times has famous actors playing famous film baddies or villainous archetypes. We've mentioned we love this actors as actors business muchly before. It always thrills.
The Close image reminds us that Glenn has always been thisclose to being a cartoon character who just happens to be made of flesh and blood. That's how most iconic film stars and characters come across... at least after decades in the pop cultural air, though it didn't take Close that long to achieve it.
Doesn't the Nurse »
- NATHANIEL R
Join me from 8pm on Sunday as we find out who's made it into the final – will Little Mix make it all the way?
Hello there, and welcome to X Factor liveblog: the shriekquel. First, let me congratulate everybody who managed to survive last night's monumental blandathon of an episode. To be able to sit through an hour and a half of something that aggressively insipid and still come back for more is the mark of a true champion. You have my undying respect.
But let's forget about the past. Tonight is where we ditch the last of the chaff before next week's giant - and, if Strictly Come Dancing is any indication, incomprehensibly echoey - Wembley Arena final. Tonight, the judges have no say. The public vote alone decides who leaves. There will be no sing-off. Instead, presumably, the act with the fewest votes will be quietly covered with »
- Stuart Heritage
Spielberg, Allen, Branagh – Tom Hiddleston has had one hell of a year working with the directing greats. His latest is with Terence Davies in The Deep Blue Sea, set in postwar London. He just hopes he won't always be cast in the past
If you want the British actor who best embodies fragile, gilded youth, Tom Hiddleston's your man, boy, whatever. His speciality is the young, the green, the dying; dreamers and schemers; the callow buck sent off on a mission that may prove to be his last. Over the past year he's been sent over the top in the first world war, survived the Battle of Britain in the second and drunk himself sick in the bars of 1920s Paris. He made five films back-to-back, then collapsed in bed last Christmas Eve, his health in tatters, the "walking dead" for the next two weeks. His breakthrough season almost broke him, »
- Xan Brooks
Footage of Ken Kesey's 1964 LSD road trip has finally been edited into a (mostly) coherent film
In 1964 Ken Kesey embarked on a coast-to-coast-and-back road trip, spreading the word of LSD with a busload of costumed cohorts; it is the stuff of pop-culture legend, and the founding gospel of the hippie movement. But most of what we know comes from Tom Wolfe's florid account in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. It's said that if you can remember the 60s, you weren't there, and in a way, Wolfe wasn't; he didn't meet Kesey and his Merry Pranksters until they had returned.
It was largely forgotten that Kesey planned his own account of the trip in the form of an improvised movie. The film would be "a total breakthrough of expression", wrote Wolfe, "but also something that would amaze and delight many multitudes, a movie that could be shown commercially as »
- Steve Rose
In 1964, under the influence of Jack Kerouac's On the Road and various substances including LSD, Ken Kesey and his self-styled Merry Pranksters set out from California to drive to New York in a battered 1939 school bus they'd painted in psychedelic colours. Kesey, an all-American boy, happily married family man and former college football star from Oregon, had written the fashionably subversive bestseller One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest but wanted to exchange literature for some kind of direct action of a pacific kind. The Pranksters' destination was the World's Fair on Long Island, but their object was to advertise a new lifestyle that would change and liberate America.
The bus was driven by Neal Cassady, the histrionic model for Kerouac's Dean Moriarty, and the classic account of the journey and the one for which it will be remembered is Tom Wolfe's first full-length exercise in what was then called the new journalism, »
- Philip French
"Is there everything about him that I like? No, but I didn't come out thinking, 'I wish I knew less.' I still think he was someone determined to reckon with the world on his own terms, and that's a pretty big thing."
Oscar-winning film director Alex Gibney is talking about Ken Kesey, fabled author of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and he can take an informed stance. He has spent the best part of six years all-told working on collating and editing original footage for Magic Trip, telling the story of Kesey's 1964 trip across America to New York, with the Merry Band of Pranksters for company.
"Ken was all about magic and fun, he felt people didn't play enough in a terribly serious age," explains Gibney. "People were busy being cogs in a creative machine, but what about fun? So Ken was encouraging everyone to go out and play, »
- Caroline Frost
For the next several episodes of Season 6, "Psych" is continuing its grand tradition of getting excellent guest stars.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16 the Shawn and Gus go undercover in a "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" situation and guess who is there as the Nurse Ratched? Molly Ringwald ("The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles) as Nurse McElroy. The episode titled? "Shawn Interrupted," of course.
Should be a fun few weeks for all the Psych fans.
(Milos Forman, 1971, Park Circus, 18)
Milos Forman, the most gifted film-maker of the 1960s Czech New Wave, was in Paris when Soviet tanks rolled into Prague in 1968 and he stayed abroad. Before his second American feature film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, swept the Oscars board in 1975 (the year he became an American citizen), he made this wonderful, rarely shown picture, taking the pulse of a deeply divided Us during Nixon's first term in the White House. It looks at the generation gap as experienced by a middle-class New York family, whose teenage daughter has run off with a musician. Buck Henry (satirist, screenwriter on The Graduate and Catch-22) plays the conventional father who discovers a new countercultural world while searching for her. Smartly edited and partly improvised, the movie is an affecting, funny, accurate time capsule and features a hilarious sequence about the Spfc (Society for the Parents of »
- Philip French
We're not sure how much bigger the cast of Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem can get, but we're certainly not complaining about his newest addition: horror icon Michael Berryman, best known for playing "Pluto" in the original The Hills Have Eyes.
Per usual Zombie announced the casting on his Facebook page as only he can:
A chicken fucker comes to Salem.
Michael Berryman is the latest name to join the crew down in merry old Salem as Virgil Magnus, 50% of a well-known witch hunting duo called The Brothers.
Mr. Berryman has been shocking audiences for over 35 years in films like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Hills Have Eyes, Deadly Blessing, Weird Science and of course The Devil's Rejects where he didn't fuck any chickens or so he says.
- The Woman In Black
And so it continues. The Hills Have Eyes star Michael Berryman is joining The Lords Of Salem, which reteams him with The Devil's Rejects director Rob Zombie. "Michael Berryman is the latest name to join the crew down in merry old Salem as Virgil Magnus, 50% of a well-known witch hunting duo called The Brothers," says Zombie, who is now on his second week of filming here in Los Angeles. Berryman has been shocking audiences for over 35 years in films like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Deadly Blessing and even Weird Science. He joins Meg Foster, Ernest Thomas, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Bruce Dern, Sheri Moon Zombie, Dee Wallace, Billy Drago, Richard Lynch, Lisa Marie, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ken Foree, Bruce Davidson and Christopher Knight. »
A spell in hospital leaves James cut off from cinema, and desperate for a return to geekdom. Still, at least he hasn’t mutated into a giant swan. Yet…
Dear Den of Geek readers,
I hope this column finds you well. To be totally honest with you, it doesn't find me that well, I'm afraid - at least not well enough to run around in the big wide outside world with its contaminated air, acid rain and hobos with shotguns.
Doctors conducted some very vigorous investigations and decided it'd be better if I spent some time in hospital. Don't worry though - I'm getting better and it's a relief to be in here while Contagion is spreading that nasty virus around multiplexes. I'm having fun recreating One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest when things get a bit dull, and have made a fortune by stealing drugs from the ward to sell on the black market. »
If you enjoy documentaries, chances are you've seen and enjoyed Alex Gibney's Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room and Taxi To The Dark Side. Now he's tackling a rather kooler subject with Magic Trip, the story of Ken Kesey's odyssey across America in 1964.Kesey, as many of you will know, went on to write One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, but before that he joined the "Merry Band of Pranksters" and went on an LSD-fuelled cross-country trip (in every sense of the word). One of those accompanying him was Neal Cassady, the inspiration for Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's hugely influential On The Road, and the whole thing already featured in Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Now Gibney's been given access to Kesey's footage of the journey by his family and, narrated by Stanley Tucci and some of those involved, has assembled it into »
Vinny Guadagnino dreams big. Bigger than the "Jersey Shore" in the U.S. and in Europe, bigger than an MTV spin-off. He wants to be an actor, and surprisingly enough, he has the Shakespearean chops to back it up.
"I have been doing acting my whole life. I did plays in high school. I take it pretty seriously," Guadagnino told The Huffington Post. "I used to do a lot of Shakespeare and Shakespearean festivals and monologues."
Well, color us surprised. The reality star said his biggest role was during senior year of high school.
"My principal told me it was the best play he had ever seen. I had played Rp McMurphy in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.'"
But that wasn't his favorite.
- Jo Piazza
News that maverick Bavarian director Werner Herzog has been cast as the villain in the forthcoming Tom Cruise thriller One Shot should come as no surprise to anyone who recognised the source of Hugo Weaving's devilishly accented performance in Captain America. There is something about Herzog's deadpan voice that suggests awesome, infinite, unworldly powers just waiting to be unleashed. It's a quality that he uses brilliantly in the documentaries that have become his signature works, enabling him to speak merrily of the "ecstatic truth" of art and the attendant "chaos, disharmony and murder" of the cosmos with a blend of quasi-religious import and pathos. When the day of reckoning comes, I half expect to hear Herzog's voice calmly separating the damned from the redeemed, the strangely comedic sound of a divinity that shapes our ends…
In Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010, Revolver, »
- Mark Kermode
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