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During the summer of 1995, “Clueless” became a hit and launched Paul Rudd on his journey to becoming an A-list comedic actor. The role of Cher’s (Alicia Silverstone) older stepbrother, Josh, called for an actor both sarcastic and likeable. Was it destiny for the young, wry Rudd?
Let’s just say the “How Do You Know” star is very lucky his other movie that year didn’t become a mega-success. If “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers,” the series’ sixth installment, had been a box-office smash, Rudd would be working alongside Rob Zombie these days rather than starring opposite Reese Witherspoon and Jack Nicholson in a James L. Brooks feature.
The 25-year-old actor must have been stoked to land the role of a grown-up Tommy Doyle, the child Laurie Strode babysat in the original “Halloween.” Before that, he’d been relegated to DJing Bat Mitzvahs, appearing in Nintendo commercials and »
- Ryan McKee
They were smug, evil, or maybe just plain stupid. Here’s our list of the top ten ‘They had it coming’ movie deaths…
"They had it coming. They had it coming. They had it coming all along."
So sang the hosiery-clad vixens of smash hit musical Chicago. Of course, they were referring to the many men they had brutally murdered, whereas I'm responsible for the deaths of no one on this list. But it's an appropriate introduction to a run-down of movie characters who, for one reason or another, really did bring their own cinematic demise on themselves.
Undoubtedly some of the 10 deserved their deaths more than the others. But as I've watched each of them shuffle off this mortal coil, either shaking my head in sorrow or slapping my thigh in triumph, I've been compelled to declare on each occasion, "Well, they asked for that."
Here then (in no »
If you would have told me last year as I sat in my car doing a phone interview on my lunch break with writer/director Robert Hall for his 2009 slasher flick Laid to Rest that someday I’d end up working with him, I would have told you that you’re out of your mind. Now, here I sit almost a year and a half later at the offices of Almost Human Special Efx (Hall’s studio), and we’re well into production for ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2, giving yours truly a bird’s eye view of everything going on behind-the-scenes.
While I can’t get too down and dirty with a lot of the details on Ltr 2 (because that would ruin all the fun for you fans out there!), what I can talk about is the fact that the apartment I share with fellow DC’er Brian Smith hosted »
DVD Playhouse—November 2010
By Allen Gardner
Paths Of Glory (Criterion) Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 antiwar classic put him on the map as a major filmmaker. Kirk Douglas stars in a true story about a French officer in Ww I who locks horns with the military’s top brass after his men are court-martialed for failing to carry out an obvious suicide mission. A perfect film, across the board, with fine support from George Macready as one of the most despicable martinet’s ever captured on film, Ralph Meeker, and Adolphe Menjou, all oily charm as a conniving General. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Audio commentary by critic Gary Giddins; Excerpt from 1966 audio interview with Kubrick; 1979 interview with Douglas; New interviews with Jan Harlan, Christiane Kubrick, and producer James B. Harris; French television documentary on real-life case which inspired the film; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 1.0 mono.
Winter’S Bone (Lionsgate) After her deadbeat father disappears, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The 2010 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominees were announced last night at The Autry National Center for the American West in Griffith Park. Several winners of last year's Ovation Awards, including Jake Broder and Vanessa Claire Smith, presented the 2010 nominations. The Theatre at Boston Court was the most highly nominated theater company, garnering 17 nods. Among the company's nominated productions are "Oedipus el Rey" and "The Twentieth Century Way."Center Theatre Group followed closely behind with 16 nominations, while the Geffen Playhouse took 12. The brand-new "Ovation Honors," a series of awards recognizing theater excellence outside of the standard categories, have been given out for the first time this year. Ovations Honors awardees include "The Who's Tommy" for video design and "The Gogol Project" for music composition for a play. The complete list of nominees is as follows:Best SeasonCabrillo Music Theatre"The Andrews Brothers""Cinderella""Guys and Dolls""Little Shop of Horrors »
Most of the essential, indispensable cliches in films about crime – the police are as bad as the gangsters, just try to find an La cop who's not on the take – were established many, many years ago, and films that ignore them rarely succeed at the box office. It's perfectly all right to add new cliches – feet seen descending from a car in a dark alley, protracted barfing when a mutilated corpse is found, wiseacre female assassins – but the old cliches must be honoured.
For starters, gangster films almost always showcase tough guys off the hardscrabble streets of blighted metropolises who turn to a life of crime because a) it is the only way to get ahead; b) they were wronged by the authorities at a young age; c) they realise that Credit Suisse and Bank of America almost never hire people from their ethnic background, so they might as well become leg-breakers. »
- Joe Queenan
Best Break-Up Quotes'The Break-Up' (2006)
Brooke (Jennifer Aniston): "I just don't know how we got here. Our entire relationship, I have gone above and beyond for you, for us. I've cooked, I've picked your shit up off the floor, I've laid »
The Who have unveiled the details of the latest re-issue of their 1970 album Live At Leeds. The original LP was recorded that year on Valentine's Day at Leeds University and featured only six tracks. Subsequent re-releases have added increasing amounts of music to the live document. In 1995, the tracklisting was extended to 14 songs. The 2001 Deluxe Edition came across two discs, with the second devoted entirely to a rendition of Tommy from the same show. The upcoming Live At Leeds: 40th Anniversary Super-Deluxe Collector's Edition will also feature a restored two-disc (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Do artists discover a personal style and develop their themes gradually or are these to be found in embryonic form in their earliest works? There's no easy answer to this dual question. Take, for example, Ken Russell's Amelia and the Angel (1957), Ridley Scott's Boy and Bicycle (1965), Stephen Frears's The Burning (1967), Gurinder Chadha's I'm British But… (1989) and Shane Meadows's Where's the Money, Ronnie? (1995). All were made on shoestring budgets and each lasts less than half an hour.
First, presented with the directors' names and the credits concealed, would you be able to match up film and film-maker? I think most moviegoers could, which suggests there is something in these first movies that we would now recognise as characteristic. Second, »
- Philip French
If you have Netflix and are a horror fan in need of something to watch this Labor Day weekend, one look at this gargantuan list I compiled of the new terror titles Netflix has added for instant streaming in just the first three days of this month should keep you busy until Labor Day next year. You'll find something for everyone, from older titles to recent releases, famous to obscure, classic to not-so-classic, monsters to maniacs - you name it.
For the record, I considered compiling this list in alphabetical order or by year of the film's release, but then I realized I had already spent well over an hour just sorting through the massive catalogue of titles Netflix has now made available for instant streaming and realized Labor Day would be over by the time I finished arranging this list in any kind of order. Ready? Here you go. »
The Who emerged from the mod scene of early-’60s London with an ear-splitting, anarchic, distinctively British version of American garage-rock and soul that they dubbed “Maximum R&B.” But before long, the band’s guitarist and chief songwriter, Pete Townshend, began stretching the limits of what a pop band could be, working in elements of classical music, musical theater, pop-art, camp, and what was then called “sick” humor. Townshend’s experiments reached their apotheosis with Tommy, a double-album rock opera that told the story of a perpetually abused deaf, dumb, and blind boy who grows up to be a »
Screenplay, Britain's most northerly film festival, is a world away from the glitz and hype of Cannes
A couple of years ago, as I was dragging my sorry bones around another overcrowded, overheated, overhyped film festival in the broiling south of France, somebody asked me "How come you always look so miserable in Cannes?" I thought about this for a while before answering, "All things considered, I'd rather be in Shetland."
This was no idle threat. For the past four years, my partner Linda Ruth Williams and I have been proudly co-curating Shetland Arts' annual ScreenPlay festival, a celebration of everything we love about cinema that's about as far away from the exclusive ghastliness of the Croisette as it's possible to get in terms of both climate and culture. Last year we held a screening in a bus shelter in Unst, the most northerly in the UK (if you don't get off here, »
- Mark Kermode
Actress Ann Margret was left with a painful keepsake from her time on the set of The Who's Tommy - she has a scar on her hand when a food fight got out of control.
The sexy star was famously pelted with baked beans and chocolate in the film and now director Ken Russell has revealed the food fight landed his star in hospital.
He tells WENN, "She was injured. I had to carry her to hospital in her catsuit!"
The filmmaker's wife, Lisi, adds, "The glass from the TV cut her hand when she threw the champagne bottle into it. She needed about 16 stitches. She still has a big scar on her hand that I saw about two months ago and she's very proud of it.
"Ken had to lift her over his head and carry her to the hospital." »
Russell tells WENN, "He was a tough guy to get along with, there's no doubt about it.
"He's a very good actor on the quiet. I think he was brilliant; certainly in The Devils he showed his mettle. He definitely deserved an Oscar." »
Yesterday I took in the Ken Russell film The Devils (1971) at the Walter Reade. It's part of RussellMania which goes on for a few more days still. We don't really have gonzo English language filmmakers like Russell any more, or if we do, they don't get any attention. Everything is so safe. Even the "daring" stuff. The Devils is one of his hardest films to find (not available on DVD and everytime it's going to be, it suddenly isn't.) I figured images would be hard to come by so in order to prevent me from doing something foolish and illegal with my cel phone, my friend Ed offered to draw me stills for posting purposes. You have to admit, he captures Vanessa Redgrave's Exact likeness in character as a filthy minded hunchback nun.
Uncanny isn't it?
I had expected the film to be more camp and less serious, but »
- NATHANIEL R
I’ve got so much information, I don’t know where to start. Comic-Con dominated the news in the entertainment world this weekend. We have a growing gallery of pictures on our Facebook page. News related to fantasy projects – swords, kings, magic, ghosts, vampires, gods, werewolves, etc. is best summarized over with our friends at TheTorchOnline.com. We’ll mix it up from there.
Over the weekend, GLAAD issued a call-to-action about homophobic and violent tweets from MTV’s Real World:New Orleans housemate Ryan Leslie. He had responded to a call that his behavior on the show was homophobic with “@xxxxx I would love to see you in person, and smash your gay f*cking face in.” GLAAD wants you to respond to Ryan, and they include MTV in the sample response, »
One thing I truly love about cinema is the way in which films can make an audience think, to ignite a spark in their minds, provoking thoughts that never would have occurred otherwise and send them off in new directions, contemplating new ideas and viewpoints. One of the most exciting ways that cinema often achieves this is through confrontation, dangerous and exciting cinema that pulls no punches and feels dangerous.
One such dangerous film is Ken Russell’s 1971 The Devils, screened last week as part of Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival with Ken Russell himself in attendance. The film takes place in 17th century France and focuses on Father Grandier, played by Oliver Reed giving probably the best performance of his career. Grandier is a sexually adventurous priest who, despite what appears to be genuine faith and devotion to god, pushes the boundaries of what is morally acceptable at the time, »
- Craig Skinner
True Blood'S Cast Of ... Thousands?
I'm not sure how much overlap there is between Gleekers and fans of True Blood, but I'm certainly happy that just as Kurt and Company exit stage right we have Lafayette, Sookie and the rest of the gang from Bon Temps returning this week. We need something really buzzy on TV to write about, no? Trust me, it's not going to be Rookie Blue.
So what did I think after watching the first three episodes? For starters I never imagined Maryann would return and hook up with Lafayette. Kidding! There's no sign's of Maryann excepting all the missing memories folks have about those orgies, and as for Lafayette, he is still his fierce, fabulous self.
Ken Russell (right), a Best Director Academy Award nominee for Women in Love (1970), and Oscar-winning documentarian Murray Lerner (From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China) pose for the camera before the 35th anniversary screening of Russell’s Tommy. The 1975 rock opera (by The Who) starring Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, and Oliver Reed, was presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, May 21, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Tommy also features Elton John, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson, and Tina Turner. In the movie, Daltrey plays [...] »
- Anna Robinson
Ken Russell’s Tommy: Ann-Margret, Roger Daltrey (middle); Daltrey as the deaf/dumb/blind pinball-playing Jesus figure and his freak followers Ken Russell’s 1975 film from The Who’s rock opera Tommy, starring Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, and featuring the likes of Elton John, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson, and Tina Turner, will be screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The screening will celebrate Tommy’s 35th anniversary. Documentarian Murray Lerner will host the event, which will feature a new Digital Cinema presentation with the original Quintophonic soundtrack. Following the screening, there’ll be an onstage panel discussion with writer-producer-director [...] »
- Andre Soares
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