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Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.
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What with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lemony Snicket and all, »
- Paul Howlett
The Golden Globes honor film comedies and dramas, and sometimes that's unfortunate. Brilliant comedies don't necessary come out every year, and every so often the dramas lag too. 1977 was very comedy/musical-heavy (Annie Hall, The Goodbye Girl, Saturday Night Fever) and 1990 was drama-heavy (Dances With Wolves, Goodfellas), and for that reason we'll give the Hollywood Foreign Press some credit for picking these five weird winners. But not too much -- the #1 entry on our list is laughably unforgivable. »
Flickerfest 2010, the original Bondi short film festival - launched its 19th annual program with an intimate gathering of distinguished guests at Bondi's Icebergs Dining Room and Bar on Tuesday 8th December. As per their last few years, Flickerfest produced a pop culture inspired trailer, this year starring Saskia Burmeister and Don Hany in a beach-inspired homage to Saturday Night Fever directed by AFI Award-winner, Erin White. The trailer made its debut at the distinguished media launch with a guest list that included Susie Porter, Jacqueline McKenzie, Gia Carides, Damian Walshe-Howling and Saskia Burmeister among others. Also screened on the night was the Australian short film Franswa Sharl directed by local Bondi filmmaker Hannah Hilliard, an exotic piece, which will have its world premiere at Flickerfest 2010. »
Ex-Hear'Say star Noel Sullivan has landed the role of Danny Zucko in the West End production of Grease. The popstar and actor will take over from Dancing On Ice champion Ray Quinn from November 30. He will appear in the Piccadilly Theatre musical until July 2010. Emma Stephens (Starlight Express, Saturday Night Fever) will star alongside Sullivan as Sandy. "I'm thrilled to be joining the cast of Grease and making my West End debut in such a legendary show," he (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
Jurors have been shown a hidden-camera tape of the ex-senator accused of attempting to blackmail John Travolta. The Saturday Night Fever star recently arrived at the trial of paramedic Tarino Lightbourn and his attorney, former Bahamian senator Pleasant Bridgewater. The pair are alleged to have attempted to blackmail Travolta by going public with a medical document relating to his son Jett's death. The 16-year-old passed away from a fatal seizure in January while on a family holiday in the Bahamas. Members of the jury watched Bridgewater meet with Travolta's lawyer Michael McDermott, The AP reports. On the tape, the ex-politician asked the attorney for $$20 million (£13.7 million) not to release the papers. Bahamian police had previously set up cameras in a hotel (more) »
- By Tim Parks
If you ask Nigel what his all time favourite film is, he’ll proudly tell you that it’s a tie between The Godfather and Saturday Night Fever, but don’t hold that against him (the latter is a guilty pleasure). He works in the financial district, but secretly wishes he could review movies 24/7 – unfortunately for him, that wouldn’t pay the bills. A true horror fan, while in L.A., Nigel actually had his girlfriend wait in a cab while he took pictures of the original Halloween house (much to the dismay of the homeowners). In his spare time, Nigel enjoys photography and writing & directing short films. Artist, Musician, Poet and Scholar – yes, Nigel is none of those things, but you can rest assured knowing he’d like to be. Email Nigel: firstname.lastname@example.org   http://www.soundonsight.orgmailto:email@example.com »
Fictional small American soap towns such as Pine Valley, Springfield, and Llanview have historically dabbled in social angst as it relates to abortion, war, and AIDS, but until recently, have avoided directly addressing homosexuality and same-sex relationships, as if shooting an unscripted pregnancy behind a laundry basket.
This has changed in the last decade or so, however, as a few American daytime dramas have introduced gay and lesbian characters, and achieved several important "firsts" in the portrayal of same-sex relationships.
"I certainly think the impact of these stories have been huge," says Michael Fairman, Advocate.com soap reporter and columnist. "These stories have hit mainstream press and have heterosexual men and women, as well as the gay audience, embracing them."
Long considered one of the most politically conservative art forms in the country, American daytime television’s progress is commendable — but how strong is their commitment to representation when it »
Ricky Gervais' The Invention of Lying opens October 2, but the British comedian is already working on his next project. Cemetery Junction re-teams him with The Office and Extras co-creator and director Stephen Merchant. Gervais describes their first big-screen collaboration to Collider as following "the minutia of human behavior".
I suppose it's about class. It's a romantic drama I suppose. It's funny though. It's sort of a return to what Steve and I do best ... the minutia of human behavior. It's set in the early '70s and it's about a group of twenty-somethings that try to escape that stifling small town sort of mentality. One of the lines that inspired us is from [Bruce Springsteen's] "Thunder Road." It's a town full of losers and we're pulling out of here to win. It's like our Saturday Night Fever. Gervais says the movie is definitely inspired by his own life.
Well, everything you do is autobiographical. »
- Ryan Gowland
A few days ago, I attended the press conference for Ricky Gervais’ new film “The Invention of Lying” at the Toronto Film Festival. While you usually have to wait for the stars to arrive, Ricky showed up a few minutes early and when I went to put my recorder down, I managed to ask him a number of questions about his next project with Stephen Merchant called “Cemetery Junction”. If you’re a fan of “Extras” or the British version of “The Office”, Ricky and Stephen Merchant created the shows together and “Cemetery Junction” is the first film they’ve written and directed together.
Anyway, he told me while filming only recently finished, they’ve already done a friends and family screening and it turned out quite well. He also called the movie his “Saturday Night Fever”. For more on the project and his new HBO animated series “The Ricky Gervais »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Hollyoaks star Emma Rigby has vowed to bow out "in style" when she leaves the soap at the end of the year. The 19-year-old actress will film her final scenes as Hannah Ashworth in December following a four-year stint with the Channel 4 programme. Rigby has now revealed that she is hoping to mark the occasion by throwing a massive celebration with her show colleagues. "I'd love a huge leaving party. I'm thinking of a Saturday Night Fever theme. It's one of my favourite films," (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Pulp Fiction debuted, officially making Quentin Tarantino a household name. I was in my junior year of high school when Tarantino’s opus hit theaters. I hadn’t yet gotten the filmmaking bug at that time, that would plant its seed my senior year, but what this film did was to solidify my status as a movie geek.
I’d already been an avid movie-watcher, going through an average of probably 2-3 movies a week. That doesn’t sound like much, but keep in mind I was in high school and had plenty of that nasty homework stuff to wade through when I wasn’t working for gas money. What Pulp Fiction did was to make concrete my appreciation of and passion for the creative process of making movies.
Pulp Fiction was such a breath of fresh air… well, fresh air with plenty of profanity, »
Set in 1978 Santiago, during the brutal Pinochet regime, it is the story of 50-something lowlife Raúl (an impressive Alfredo Castro, who co-wrote), who has a sick obsession -- right down to the white suit -- with Tony Manero, the John Travolta disco dandy/paint-store clerk in "Saturday Night Fever" (1977).
Sadly, Raúl's obsession leads him »
- By V.A. MUSETTO
A crowd eagerly watches as a man dressed in a white suit performs an elaborate disco routine to the sounds of the Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing." Sound familiar? It should; it's the signature sequence from 1977's "Saturday Night Fever." But now the scene belongs to another film as well, "Tony Manero," named after John Travolta's Brooklyn disco king character. In this version, a middle-aged "Fever" fanatic named Raúl Peralta (Alfredo Castro) appears on a Chilean TV show and reenacts those famous dance moves as part of a contest to determine the country's best Tony Manero impersonator. Raúl's impoverished struggles in late '70s Chile resemble Tony's in late '70s Brooklyn (a reason, no doubt, he responds so strongly to "Saturday Night Fever") with one crucial difference: where Tony strains against obstacles he encounters, Raúl simply removes them. If that obstacle happens to be a person, »
- Matt Singer
Torture, the movie.
Photo: Koch Lorber Films
Chilean director Pablo Larrain's "Tony Manero" must be one of the worst-looking movies ever submitted for Oscar consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The picture is washed-out and blurry, contains some of the most dismal sex scenes outside of the Andy Warhol canon, and features a protagonist who's about as engaging as an abandoned luncheonette. Could this be ... art?
A lot of critics on the international festival circuit, where "Tony Manero" made the rounds last year, appear to have thought so. They discerned a political allegory, which is easy enough to do, I suppose, but raises the question: So what?
The story is set in Santiago in 1978, five years into the near-20-year military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet — a brutal national ordeal in which thousands of people were murdered and tens of thousands were jailed and tortured. »
Music mogul Simon Cowell is in talks with film producer Robert Stigwood, who owns the rights to the screenplay “Saturday Night Fever.” Cowell wants to update the classic 1977 John Travolta movie and wants Zac Efron for the lead role. “Simon has been looking into buying the rights for years and opened discussions with Robert about the remake. The charm offensive has been in full swing and they made a breakthrough over the last couple of weeks. Robert was keen to get some assurances the original wouldn’t be completely butchered before he agreed to the deal,” a source said. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Keith Girard)
Simon Cowell is set to remake 'Saturday Night Fever'. The music mogul is in talks with film producer Robert Stigwood, who owns the rights to the screenplay, to update the classic 1977 John Travolta movie and wants Zac Efron for the lead role. A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Simon has been looking into buying the rights for years and opened discussions with Robert about the remake. "The charm offensive has been in full swing and they made a breakthrough over the last couple of weeks. Robert was keen to get some assurances the original wouldn't be completely butchered before he agreed to the deal. "Simon has been drawing up a list of people he wants to get »
Simon Cowell is in talks to remake disco movie Saturday Night Fever, it has been claimed. According to The Sun, the X Factor boss is said to want Zac Efron in the lead role of Tony Manero and is interested in working with Timbaland on the film's soundtrack. Manero was originally played by John Travolta in Robert Stigwood's 1977 movie, while the score featured a number of songs by the Bee Gees. A source said: "Simon has been looking into buying the rights for years (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Written by Andre Dellamorte I go out dancing all the time. This is something that came to me later in life, though I spent a lot of time out of college dancing. But even more so now. You get the jogger’s high if you do it long enough. And it’s like going to the gym, except with more chances for flirting. And most women will tell you, a man who can dance is probably not a bad lay. That’s not why I dance, though. I don’t relate to Tony Manero (John Travolta), but I get it. For him, there’s his life, and then there’s the 2001 dance club. Sure it may cost $20 to get in, but when he’s there he’s the king. One patron wants to bead his forehead to remove the sweat. His friends joke that getting a girl to do something »
12 May 2009 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Special Report: Less Is Norse
Forget angst-filled melodrama and intimate sociological sketches, this year at Cannes some of the hottest Scandinavian titles could feature cute talking critters against computer-generated backdrops.
Scandi animation has been one of the industry's best-kept secrets. For years, such boutique operations as Denmark's A. Film, Norway's Storm Studios or Iceland's Caoz built a solid reputation for delivering top-end CGI on a budget. But it is only recently that animation made in Oslo, Reykjavik or Copenhagen has broken out of national niches to make it on the international marketplace.
Two of the biggest international hits out of Scandinavia last year were animated: the Finnish Christmas hit "Niko and the Way to the Stars," which sold to about 100 countries, including the Weinstein Co. in the U.S., and Sweden's "Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms," a sort of "Saturday Night Fever" for the invertebrate set that has been picked up by nearly 60 countries. »
- By Scott Roxborough
The film that put John Travolta on the map finally makes it to high definition. It.s certainly a time capsule for the 1970s and the disco era. Like Grease, the film also features an iconic soundtrack, but unlike Grease, the film has been given better treatment on Blu-ray. Nineteen-year-old Tony Manero (John Travolta) doesn.t have much in life. He lives at home with his bickering parents, works for pennies at a local paint store, but it.s the nightlife that he most looks forward to. Tony and his buddies like to flock to the 2001 Odyssey club in Brooklyn and dance the night away. The club is going to have a dance contest and Tony is determined to »
- Jeff Swindoll
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