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Marathon Man: 8 Versions of 'A Christmas Carol'

24 December 2010 4:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Columns, Cinematical, Holiday Movies

(Welcome to Marathon Man: the monthly column where I examine a series of films and compare, contrast and analyze them until either your brain or mine explodes.)

Introduction

It's easily one of the most beloved and well known stories in western literature, a tale that's so firmly embedded itself in our cultural language that just about every child grows up knowing it. Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' has been in print for over 150 years and yet it feels timeless, its central message resonant with all people at all times and in all places: we are capable of goodness, we are capable of changing and we are all capable of being better human beings. This may be a story restricted to holiday telling due to its title, but this is a message that should be preached year round.

However, 'tis the season and for many families, »

- Jacob Hall

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Marathon Man: 8 Versions of 'A Christmas Carol'

24 December 2010 4:00 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Columns, Cinematical, Holiday Movies

(Welcome to Marathon Man: the monthly column where I examine a series of films and compare, contrast and analyze them until either your brain or mine explodes.)

Introduction

It's easily one of the most beloved and well known stories in western literature, a tale that's so firmly embedded itself in our cultural language that just about every child grows up knowing it. Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' has been in print for over 150 years and yet it feels timeless, its central message resonant with all people at all times and in all places: we are capable of goodness, we are capable of changing and we are all capable of being better human beings. This may be a story restricted to holiday telling due to its title, but this is a message that should be preached year round.

However, 'tis the season and for many families, »

- Jacob Hall

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Dustin Hoffman Admits ‘Little Fockers’ Was All About The Money; Critics Agree

21 December 2010 1:58 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Well, if Dustin Hoffman‘s presence in movies like Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Hook and Outbreak didn’t telegraph his motivating principle, The Playlist released a very entertaining list of things we should know about Little Fockers. Topping this list of fun facts is Hoffman’s casual confirmation to the Playlist’s reporter on his only reason for appearing in the latest chronicle of the Focker clan: “The back end.”

Yep, the man who won an Oscar for not wearing any underwear (in Rain Man, of course), is all about the gross points on what will quite likely be a nice holiday haul – the Jay Roach-directed Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers combined made about $345 million worldwide (big money for a comedy series).

Among the somewhat interesting factoids in the Playlist piece, we learn that Ben Stiller hopes to shoot Zoolander 2 in 2011, Jessica Alba retracts her »

- Anthony Vieira

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Weekend TV highlights | Strictly Come Dancing | The Apprentice and more

17 December 2010 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Strictly Come Dancing Final | Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story | Making War Horse | Sports Personality of the Year | The Apprentice | David Suchet on the Orient Express | Misfits Christmas Special and more

Saturday 18 December

Family Film Of The Decade

6pm, ITV1

Another list show, but at least this one has the bonus of doubling as a last-minute shopping guide if you're after some DVDs for junior members of your clan this Christmas. ITV viewers have voted on this list, which includes Toy Story 3, the Harry Potter series, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Mamma Mia! and Avatar. They've got time with celebs, too: Cameron Diaz discusses the making of Shrek, Pixar's Pete Docter and Bob Peterson talk about Up, and Nick Park and Steve Box are interviewed about Wallace & Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Plus Georgie Henley talks about playing Lucy in The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, showing on »

- Julia Raeside, Richard Vine, Rebecca Nicholson, Andrew Mueller, Phelim O'Neill, Will Dean, Martin Skegg, Jonathan Wright, John Robinson

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The Rise And Fall Of the Hollywood Auteur: Part 1

17 November 2010 4:10 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part I:  Super Chiefs — Calley, Evans, Zanuck and the Passing of the Studio Torches

From the 1960s into the 1980s, one by one, the legendary studios of old –  MGM, United Artists, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia, 20th Century Fox — were gobbled up by conglomerates, some of which had had almost no previous interests in the entertainment business, such as Paramount’s acquirer, Gulf + Western (a motley collection of properties ranging from Caribbean sugar companies to auto parts), and Kinney National Service (a hodgepodge of funeral homes and parking lots which bought up Warner Bros.).  This corporatization of the major studios – the once mighty fiefdoms of the old moguls subjugated by invaders with little or no practical or emotional affinity for movies – is often viewed disparagingly as a sea change signaling the end of the grand Old Hollywood; the Hollywood of Gable and Garland, of Casablanca (1942) and Gone with the Wind (1939).

Factually, »

- Bill Mesce

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Tooth-watching in the movies | Anne Billson

4 November 2010 2:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

You don't often see movie dentists who are regular guys. When they're not psychos, they're played for laughs

There's a gag in Jackass 3D called "Lamborghini tooth pull" and I think we all know what that means. For all the scatological tomfoolery and "Ow, my balls!" genital mistreatment on view, I bet this is the stunt that will make us wince the most, particularly as the film opens the same week the Daily Mail has reported that increasing numbers of people are trying to avoid exorbitant dental fees by pulling their own teeth out.

If you don't have a Lamborghini, you could always try the ice-skate option, like Tom Hanks in Cast Away. Or you could splice your genes with those of a housefly, like Jeff Goldblum in The Fly, who subsequently finds it easy to extract a tooth using just his fingers. Or, if you were really desperate, you »

- Anne Billson

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Nyff 2010: The Robber Review

25 September 2010 11:20 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Is there anything in moviedom more consistently frustrating than the "arthouse thriller"? 

I'm not talking about films created as commercial thrillers and subsequently embraced by cineastes. I'm referring to dramas, and sometimes romances, that are so "nuanced" that they risk putting audiences to sleep, and so cover for themselves by including watered-down tropes from more populist, engaging fare. A repentant serial killer retires to an Alpine village to collect pension checks and butterflies. A kidnapper adopts a puppy and we're meant to contrast his loving treatment of it with his callous disregard for young human beings. You know the type of bastardized genre I'm referring to--the promise of full-on action or suspense is always lurking there as a kind of tease, but the movie gets away with never fully delivering the goods because its high-minded goals are thought to elevate it beyond that obligation. 

Well, I'm happy to report to you that The Robber, »

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) Blu-ray Review

20 September 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Philip Kaufman's take on the Body Snatchers compares unfavorably, I think, with the Don Siegel-directed version from 1956. Of course it would--Siegel had Cold War paranoia going for him while Kaufman mined frustration with post-hippie psychology of reason, which emphasized problem-solving over emotional reactions in interpersonal relationships. The older film benefits from sociopolitical context which has been claimed as both anti-Communist and anti-McCarthyist while the latter carries a less prominent cultural footprint given the relatively narrow scope of its subtext.

Which is not to say that Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) isn't a damned excellent piece of filmmaking that still works on its own merits as a sci-fi thriller. I bring up the Siegel version only because the 1978 film is just slightly on the wrong side of being great, but still taps into the nerviness of the paranoid thrillers of the 70's, alongside greats like The Conversation and The Marathon Man. »

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Method of Madness: Why Do Actors Insist on Method Acting?

13 September 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

In 1976, a young Dustin Hoffman was shooting one of the biggest movies of his career - Marathon Man. The role called for Hoffman to play a man at the end of his physical and psychological rope since most of the film involved double crosses and shady killers out to get him. To put himself in the mindset of a man losing control Hoffman didn't sleep for days at a time and let his body become disheveled and unhealthy. Finally, after all this work Hoffman notices his co-star Sir Lawrence Olivier sitting comfortably on a stage chair without a care in the world. Surprised that he is the only one on set who has gone to such rigorous lengths, he asks Olivier how he's able to make his performance look so real. The confused Olivier stops, takes a breath and calmly responds, "Dear boy, it's called acting." Method acting is nothing »

- Marco Cerritos

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Is The Human Centipede the most horrific film ever?

23 August 2010 3:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Tom Six's body-horror comes with a bold boast. But who made it, exactly? And have they not seen the likes of The Exorcist, Freaks and a certain film by Pasolini?

The production notes for The Human Centipede (First Sequence) say it's been described as "the most horrific film ever made". Not bad for a microbudget movie helmed by a horror novice. The claim that this accolade's been bestowed has been widely aired; even this site has repeated it. Yet who's supposed to have arrived at this weighty judgment? On this, the notes are silent. Google can unearth no trace of any such verdict. So I asked the director, who's called Tom Six and hails from Holland.

He responded with a wriggle of which his eponymous arthropod might have been proud. "I think it was The Sun, in England," he ventured shiftily. That discerning red-top has indeed pronounced on The Human Centipede. »

- David Cox

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Interview With The Human Centipede’s Dieter Laser

16 August 2010 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

HeyUGuys were recently lucky enough to speak with Dieter Laser who stars as the disturbing Dr. Heiter in Tom Six’s The Human Centipede.

Dieter Laser is an experienced actor on both stage and screen and he shared with us his reasons for choosing the role, his inspirations and much more. In a conversation we had whilst I wasn’t recording Dieter also told me a story of  hitch hiking in the Netherlands as a teenager where he was refused service because he was German and also how he was involved in protesting in the late sixties. These feelings of guilt and also anger about Germany’s past were clearly an important influence in his performance, something that Dieter also speaks at length about in the following interview.

HeyUGuys

What was your initial reaction when you heard the idea?

Dieter Laser

When I heard the idea I didn’t really »

- Craig Skinner

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Exclusive: Guillermo Del Toro Talks About 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark,' And Lessons Learned Before Leaving 'The Hobbit'

25 July 2010 2:07 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

He's a geek god when he walks the halls of Comic-Con. But Guillermo del Toro just told me he feels the phalanx of print and web media at the festival gave short shrift to the reaction of footage that he, producer Mark Johnson and director Troy Nixey presented for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. On Friday, they showed the Comic-Con crowd a chilling eight-minute prologue (think Marathon Man) and a trailer that gave a glimpse of the creatures that haunt a family in the remake of the classic 1973 telepic. It was his second Comic-Con panel, after he announced he'd scared up a writing and producing gig for the movie version of Disney's Haunted Mansion theme park attraction. “Haunted Mansion must have had them thinking, well that’s the big movie for this guy, but I’m telling you the most successful panel I was on was Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

27 May 2010 10:31 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Going Postal! Chuck season 3 in the UK! Paul Cornell's brilliant Pulse pilot! FlashForward and Fringe finales! Movies! It's quite a week of viewing ahead...

The highlight of the bank holiday weekend is a real treat, indeed. Sky will be airing its third venture to the platter-shaped world of the imagination and skilful word play of Sir Terry Prachett, with the eagerly anticipated adaptation of a Discworld favourite of many, Going Postal.

Starring Richard Coyle (Coupling, Strange, FranklynPrince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time) and Claire Foy (also starring in the BBC pilot of horror-drama Pulse), the first part airs Sunday 30th May at 6:00pm on Sky1, and Part 2 follows on Monday, May 31st at 6:00pm. Both parts will be shown again on Sky1 and Sky2, so check your local schedules for the best time to catch it. We'll have a review shortly after the first showing »

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Five Flicks to Avoid Before Dental Work

7 April 2010 12:05 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Pity our poor young colleague Peter Hall. Not only is he a newlywed with two difficult cats and a mortgage; he's also trying to keep himself focused on the two or three outlets he contributes his daily cinematic nerdliness to. And now this: He's got to get his wisdom teeth out. Or better yet, his dentist may want to do a root canal first, and then focus on the four rear extractions. Yes, I said rear extractions. Anyway, here's a collection of films that you'll definitely want to avoid the next time you're in Pete's position: Prone, scared, and with a strange masked man sticking metal tools into your mouth.

1. Marathon Man -- I place it first because A) the film has the great-grand-daddy of dangerous denitalia, B) it's a really obvious pick, and C) it's the first one I thought of! But yes, the sequence (embedded below the jump »

- Scott Weinberg

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Oscars 2010: Highs and lows

9 March 2010 3:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Diva presenters, bad dance, graceless hosts. Marina Hyde looks back at a starry night

Ladies, gentlemen, and non-members of the academy: welcome to G2's almost-live coverage of the heartbreakingly succinct Oscars telecast, which – despite the fact that no one would dream of doing anything as transgressive as swearing – is being brought to you with a 24-hour time delay.

Right off the bat I want to join the salutes for The Hurt Locker – a movie just too damn important to bother with stuff like narrative, and which will one day be deemed just as hilariously underrated as American Beauty (which, you might dimly recall, won a mere five Oscars) and Dances With Wolves (a paltry haul of seven, including a best director statuette for Mister Kevin Costner). As for James Cameron's hopes for Avatar, his groundbreaking, record-breaking movie . . . well, they are with Eywa now.

This was indeed a night »

- Marina Hyde

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82nd Academy Awards Pay Tribute to Horror Films

8 March 2010 5:53 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences paid tribute to the horror film genre last Sunday at the 82nd Academy Awards.

The tribute included a four-minute montage of clips from various Hollywood horror and monster films both old and new, including such frightful, bloody, spine-tingling, and chilling suspense films as Jaws, The Exorcist, The Birds, The Shining, The Sixth Sense, Twilight and (to the surprise and confusion of some horror fans)…Marathon Man.

The two show hosts, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, began the tribute with a spoof of the film Paranormal Activity.

Afterwards, Twilight: New Moon actors Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner presented the historic montage, which was accompanied by a live orchestra.

Lautner, who plays the hunky werewolf Jacob in the Twilight series, began with a short speech, saying that horror is the most popular film genre that started the careers of many Hollywood greats. Despite this, »

- Natasia

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Thoughts and Notes on the 82nd Academy Awards

8 March 2010 12:55 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The 82nd Academy Awards have come and gone, and, instead of running a copy and pasted list of the winners (and inevitable losers), I’ve decided to grade the awards show itself.  There were very few surprises, but, as the following list indicates, there were some interesting take-aways from the festivities.

Here you go:

Hamish Hamilton served as director of the show for the first time.  Take from that what you will. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were very funny in their roles as co-hosts, but didn’t it seem like they were under-used? Martin was strapped into that cherry picker in the beginning.  Baldwin wasn’t. This proves my theory that Alec Baldwin is more of a man than Steve Martin. The faux disdain between Baldwin and George Clooney was brilliant and should have been re-visited throughout the night.

Just for the record, this was a Slanket, not a Snuggie. »

- Kirk

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Marathon Man Milind Soman Begins his 24 hr for Ndtv-Toyota Greenathon

6 March 2010 11:32 AM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Actor turns marathon man to spread the message of environmentAs part of Ndtv.s 24-hour Greenathon to spread environmental awareness Model, Actor and Marathon Man Milind Soman today started his 24 hour Runathon flagged off by actor Raveena Tandon at Carter Road, Bandra in Mumbai. Joining Milind in his 100km run was actor Rahul Bose and members of Bandra Resident Association. Cheering him at Wilson College stopover was music composer Bappi Lahiri with some foot tapping songsDuring his Runathon, Milind will cover some of the prominent places in Mumbai including Shivaji Park, Worli Sea Face, Wilson College, Gateway of India, Phoenix Mills, Diamond Garden, Inorbit Mall (Vashi), Rk Studios, Khalsa College and Juhu Beach before concluding it tomorrow at Yash Raj Studio, Andheri. Last year Milind ran 60 kms and raised 30 lakhs for the campaign.The Greenathon is a 24-hour nonstop programming initiative by Ndtv and Toyota dedicated to create environment awareness. »

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Marathon Man Milind Soman Begins His 24 hr For Ndtv-Toyota Greenathon

6 March 2010 11:03 AM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Actor turns marathon man to spread the message of environmentAs part of Ndtv.s 24-hour Greenathon to spread environmental awareness Model, Actor and Marathon Man Milind Soman today started his 24 hour Runathon flagged off by actor Raveena Tandon at Carter Road, Bandra in Mumbai. Joining Milind in his 100km run was actor Rahul Bose and members of Bandra Resident Association. Cheering him at Wilson College stopover was music composer Bappi Lahiri with some foot tapping songs  During his Runathon, Milind will cover some of the prominent places in Mumbai including Shivaji Park, Worli Sea Face, Wilson College, Gateway of India, Phoenix Mills, Diamond Garden, Inorbit Mall (Vashi), Rk Studios, Khalsa College and Juhu Beach before concluding it tomorrow at Yash Raj Studio, Andheri. Last year Milind ran 60 kms and raised 30 lakhs for the campaign.  The Greenathon is a 24-hour nonstop programming initiative by Ndtv and Toyota dedicated to create environment awareness. »

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AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movie Quotes

5 March 2010 9:46 PM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Extra" brings you AFI's 100 Best Movie Quotes of all time! From "The Wizard of Oz" to "Taxi Driver," see if your favorites made the list!

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." --Said by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler to Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara.

The Godfather (1972)

"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." --Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.

On the Waterfront (1954)

"You don't understand! »

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