16 items from 2013
• Seven Star Wars audition tips
Casting directors are seeking a "street smart and strong" orphaned girl in her late teens and a "smart capable" man in his late teens or early 20s.
Neither Disney or LucasFilm has confirmed the casting call via Twitter account @UKopencall is for Star Wars. But the BBC cites the similarities between the descriptions in the call and leaked descriptions earlier this year which were widely attributed to Abrams' movie.
- Ben Child
Heritage festival spearheaded by Thierry Fremaux bumps up industry presence.
Thierry Fremaux’s cinema heritage-focused Lumière Film Festival in the French city of Lyon kicked off its inaugural Classic Films Market (Cfm) on Wednesday, dubbing it the first event of its kind in the world.
“When we started the festival five years ago we focused on the films, the artists and the public. Now that’s working well, we’re turning our attention to the professionals without which the increased interest in classic films would never have occurred,” Fremaux, who swaps his Cannes artistic director duties for the Lumiere festival in the autumn, told ScreenDaily.
The festival, running Oct 14-20, opened on Monday with a gala screening of the 1962 comedy A Monkey in Winter (Un singe en hiver) in honour of its now 80-year-old star Jean-Paul Belmondo, who was in the audience alongside festival guest of honour Quentin Tarantino and French actress Claudia Cardinale.
Fremaux hopes the »
The final season of "Mad Men" is adding an Oscar winner to its writing staff.
"Chinatown" screenwriter Robert Towne has joined the AMC series as a consulting producer on its seventh and final season, Variety reports. The series has also hired Patricia Resnick ("Nine to Five") as a consulting producer. "Saturday Night Live" and "United States of Tara" veteran David Iserson will be a co-producer.
Additionally, Carly Wray has made the jump from writers' assistant to staff writer for the final season.
Towne wrote a handful of TV scripts very early in his career, including episodes of "The Outer Limits" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." His last TV work, however, was nearly 50 years ago. In addition to his Oscar win for "Chinatown," he was nominated for Academy Awards for his screenplays for "The Last Detail," "Shampoo" and "Greystoke."
Season 7 of "Mad Men" will be split into two parts, with seven »
Along with yesterday's news that the seventh and final season of AMC's "Mad Men" will be broken into two seven-episode batches, to unspool over spring 2014 and spring 2015, showrunner Matthew Weiner also announced that veteran screenwriter Robert Towne ("Chinatown") is one of the new additions to the show's writing staff. Towne will be a consulting producer for the show. He won the Original Screenplay Oscar for Roman Polanski's "Chinatown" in 1974, and has been nominated for an additional three screenwriting Oscars -- 1973's "The Last Detail," 1975's "Shampoo" and 1984's "Greystroke: Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes." Patricia Resnick ("Nine to Five") and David Iverson ("Saturday Night Live") have also signed as consulting producers for the next season of "Mad Men." Meanwhile, Matthew Weiner's big-screen directorial debut, "You Are Here," didn't land so well with critics following its premiere at Tiff last week.
- Beth Hanna
Along with yesterday's news that the seventh and final season of AMC's "Mad Men" will be broken into two seven-episode batches, to unspool over spring 2014 and spring 2015, showrunner Matthew Weiner also announced that veteran screenwriter Robert Towne ("Chinatown") is one of the new additions to the show's writing staff. Towne will be a consulting producer for the show. He won the Original Screenplay Oscar for Roman Polanski's "Chinatown" in 1974, and has been nominated for an additional three screenwriting Oscars -- 1973's "The Last Detail," 1975's "Shampoo" and 1984's "Greystroke: Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes." Patricia Resnick ("Nine to Five") and David Iverson ("Saturday Night Live") have also signed as consulting producers for the next season of "Mad Men." Meanwhile, Matthew Weiner's big-screen directorial debut, "You Are Here," didn't land so well with critics following its premiere at Tiff last week. »
- Beth Hanna
It’s not every TV drama that can claim an Oscar-winning screenwriter as a new recruit to its staff, particularly not as it prepares to wind down. But then, not every TV drama is Mad Men, which has just scored Chinatown’s Robert Towne.According to Variety, Towne will be serving as a consulting producer on the final season of the show, which will be split between two seven-episode batches in Spring 2014 and 2015. It would seem that Us cable channel AMC is happy with the boost in ratings garnered by Breaking Bad’s final season split, and wants to make sure its original high calibre drama goes out with a similar bang (add your own Don Draper-inspired pun here, please).Towne, whose CV also includes Oscar nominations for Shampoo, The Last Detail and Greystoke, is not the only cinematic veteran joining head writer Matthew Weiner’s team – Nine To Five »
Forget it, Don. It’s …”Mad Men.”
Veteran screenwriter Robert Towne (pictured) is among Matthew Weiner’s new recruits to “Mad Men’s” writing staff for the upcoming seventh and final season, which AMC announced Monday will unfold in two seven-episode batches in spring 2014 and spring 2015.
Towne is serving as a consulting producer for the AMC/Lionsgate TV drama series. He won an original screenplay Oscar for 1974′s “Chinatown” (a source of many oft-quoted lines including: “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown”). He earned three other Oscar screenwriting noms, for 1973′s “The Last Detail,” 1975′s “Shampoo” and 1984′s “Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.” Recent credits include “Mission: Impossible II,” “Without Limits” and “Days of Thunder.”
Another film vet, Patricia Resnick (“Nine to Five”), is also on board as a consulting producer. Comedy scribe David Iserson, an alum of “Saturday Night Live” and laffers including “New Girl” and “United States of Tara, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Now, this is obviously the climax of So You Think You Can Dance‘s tenth season, and we’re all having a great time watching it like thriving gay Americans. Yes. Jasmine Harper? Is a tower of wonderful legs. Amy Yakima? Is a fountain of Christmas morning smiles. Aaron Turner? Is fine burliness. Fik-Shun? Is charming and robotized. We smile at the collective limberness and shake our butterscotch manes in disbelief like Mary Murphy. “Squawk, squawk, I love these dancers!” we hoot, waving our conductor hat from atop the sinister Hot Tamale locomotive on its way to Istanbul.
But you’ll have to forgive me. Because there’s a more important matter we have to discuss. Usually I’d reserve some space here to notify you that guest judge Gabby Douglas‘s criticisms were sweet but unnecessary, or that I miss the good ol’ days of Adam Shankman‘s guest-judging, »
- Louis Virtel
Eleanor Parker 2013 movie series continues today (photo: Eleanor Parker in Detective Story) Palm Springs resident Eleanor Parker is Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month of June 2013. Thus, eight more Eleanor Parker movies will be shown this evening on TCM. Parker turns 91 on Wednesday, June 26. (See also: “Eleanor Parker Today.”) Eleanor Parker received her second Best Actress Academy Award nomination for William Wyler’s crime drama Detective Story (1951). The movie itself feels dated, partly because of several melodramatic plot developments, and partly because of Kirk Douglas’ excessive theatricality as the detective whose story is told. Parker, however, is excellent as Douglas’ wife, though her role is subordinate to his. Just about as good is Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Lee Grant, whose career would be derailed by the anti-Red hysteria of the ’50s. Grant would make her comeback in the ’70s, eventually winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her »
- Andre Soares
The Wizard of Oz is coming to IMAX this September. Here are nine other (less obvious) choices that deserve the same opportunity.
Get out your Billie Burke shrine, because The Wizard of Oz is coming to IMAX theaters this September. You know what that means: flying, horrifying monkeys now 10-15x larger than you remember! Bert Lahr’s flowing mane practically spilling into your lap! Margaret Hamilton’s nose jolts down at you like a giant green stalactite. I’m psyched. And better yet, I hope The Wizard of Oz is a success in IMAX screenings so that several other deserving classics get their chance on the biggest screens of all. Here are my eight suggestions for fine IMAX fare.
1. Rear Window
Rear Window is set entirely within a New York apartment complex in the hottest days of summer, but what a vivid, bustling, and sometimes depressing spectacle of a residence it is! »
- Louis Virtel
Star Wars Celebration Europe is set to welcome one of the most famous princesses of sci-fi to Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Carrie Fisher is scheduled to appear at Celebration Europe July 26-28 to greet fans and sign autographs in the Celebration Autograph Hall organized by Official Pix. She’s also scheduled to appear on stage with host (and fellow “Star Wars” star) Warwick Davis for an interview and question and answer session. When she became Princess Leia in “A New Hope,” Fisher was only 19 years old. The daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, Fisher began her career playing against Warren Beatty in 1975′s “Shampoo.” She also starred [ Read More ]
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way from his teen years on 3rd Rock from the Sun. He's gone on to memorable roles in Mysterious Skin, 50/50, 500 Days of Summer, Inception, Looper and most recently Lincoln and could probably now have his pick of leading man roles in mainstream Hollywood movies. But the risk-taking 32-year old star has taken a slight detour to develop some new skill sets: screenwriting and directing.
His forthcoming film, Don Jon (formerly Don Jon's Addiction) is a hybrid of Shame and Jersey Shore. Jgl stars as the title character who has an addiction to perfect bronze skin, hair gel, and working out. He also has an addiction to online porn. He loves it. He can't get enough of it. Even after he has sex with a delightfully skanky girl he picks up at a club, »
Traditionally, February is known as Blaxploitation History Month here at Junkfood Cinema. Of course, “traditionally” a “decent person” “puts on pants before leaving the house” and “doesn’t touch communal buffet food with his bare feet,” so we are far from averse to bucking tradition. To wit, you might call today’s Blaxploitation History Month entry more of an investigation of blaxploitation alternate history. One of the most interesting facets of this short-lived subgenre of film is how it appropriated, and left its unmistakable mark on, several existing popular films and styles of film. We therefore had blaxploitation Westerns, blaxploitation horror, blaxploitation spy films, and even blaxploitation versions of movies like The Defiant Ones, courtesy of a young Jonathan Demme, and…the Warren Beatty comedy Shampoo, courtesy of what I have to assume was a dare. But what about sci-fi? Apart from an exceedingly small smattering of titles, one of which is about a white man and »
- Brian Salisbury
Every year we hear from the Oscar cynics. "Marisa Tomei for My Cousin Vinny?" they clamor. "Ingrid Bergman in Murder on the Orient Express?" they ask. "Ugh, Renee Zellweger in Cold Mountain?" they huff, ending with a self-satisfied moan. Yes, the Oscars routinely reward the wrong people, but there's a bigger problem at hand: We need to criticize bad Oscar decisions even when it means disagreeing with conventional wisdom and not looking cool. It's a hard job, but I'd rather be right than a run-of-the-mill hater.
Since I already posted my list of the 5 All-Time Best Supporting Actress-winning performances, I thought I'd update my ranks with another Supporting Actress rundown. This time it's a whinier mission: Let's point out five winners who are never called out for their undeserving performances. Rest easy, Mira Sorvino. This time we're going after the titans.
Melissa Leo was blistering »
The already ridiculously prolific James Franco has yet another project on the go. As he arrives for the Sundance Film Festival promoting not one but three projects he’s involved in either as co-director, producer or actor, he’s now announced that he’ll direct and star in Beautiful People, a biopic of famous and tragic hairstylist-turned-playboy Jay Sebring.Sebring – who changed his name from Thomas John Kummer after serving in the Us Navy during the Korean War – arrived in Los Angeles and began to make waves (pun not intended) with his hairstyling talents.Soon he was entertaining celebrity clients and had become the groomer of choice for several high profile people, including Warren Beatty (who partly based his character in Shampoo on Sebring) and Steve McQueen. He worked on Spartacus at Kirk Douglas’ request and created Jim Morrison’s signature style.A minor celebrity in his own right, he »
If you've ever watched Oscar acceptance speeches on YouTube, you know what a vortex it is. You start innocently with Tilda Swinton, work your way through both of Hilary Swank's, then barrel head-first into Eileen Heckart territory, and before you know it you're face-down, dead-drunk in Ingrid Bergman's ankle-length peasant gown from '74. You can't be saved.
But in preparation for tomorrow's Oscar nominations, I say we go back into the vast netherworld of Oscar speeches for the sake of self-definition. The challenge is this: Pick one Oscar speech and why it fits you. Which Oscar speech is your Spirit Animal, boys? I know precisely who I'm picking, but I'll offer some suggestions for the under-initiated Oscar fans out there.
Perhaps you're Vivien Leigh for Gone With the Wind, because although you're stilted and overly poised, you're intelligent, gracious, and the obvious winner. And also, a stunning-beaut-the-likes-of-which-we'll-never-seen-again-omg-omg-omg. Yes, »
16 items from 2013
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