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Winner of five Oscars, Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night remains an outstanding entertainment, and a touchstone of Hollywood’s most enduring cinematic genre: the Romantic Comedy. Filled with naughty, cloying sexuality and a lovable slate of archetypal characters, the film encapsulated the aspirations and desperations of 1930s America, even while evoking giggles of delight from a battered audience facing a dark and uncertain future. While the Great Depression is never addressed directly, the pressures of those days infuse every aspect of It Happened One Night, from its depiction of pampered, frivolous one per-centers to its array of dodgy conmen, hapless working stiffs and penniless drifters. The fact that love continued to find a way through the world’s political and economic maelstroms was a comforting notion in 1934; a notion perfectly suited to Capra’s trademark optimistic populism.
The film’s stagebound, talky exposition scene may feel awkward at first, »
- David Anderson
Approximately as unforgettable as its title, “Drive Hard” finds John Cusack and Thomas Jane as Americans in Australia — presumably due to reasons of financing rather than narrative convenience — thrown together for crime-caper-comedy purposes. This kind of B-grade action buddy pic on wheels would have fit handily on a drive-in bill between “Smokey and the Bandit”-type knockoffs four decades ago, and apart from the number of cell phones thrown out of car windows, veteran Aussie schlockmeister Brian Trenchard-Smith has done precious little to update the tired genre conventions trotted out here. Launching theatrically Stateside Oct. 3 amid a series of international rollouts in various formats, this inoffensive if fairly lowbrow mediocrity has enough generically marketable aspects to turn a profit via ancillary sales.
Former pro race-car driver Peter (Jane) has left that vocation for domestic life, though the family he’s created Down Under hardly appreciates him. His henpecking lawyer wife »
- Dennis Harvey
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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Honorary Oscars 2014: Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Maureen O’Hara; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Harry Belafonte One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara, »
- Andre Soares
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Aaron Eckhart, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci are all onboard to star in "Spotlight," Tom McCarthy's film about the efforts of the journalists at the Boston Globe to uncover the now famous Catholic church sex scandal.
The group discovered and exposed Cardinal Bernard Law, America's Senior Catholic Prelate, who was protecting priests accused of sexual assault by moving them to different parishes where they offended again. Production begins this Fall. [Source: The Wrap]
Aaliyah: Princess of R&B
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Writing partners Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) and Kirk Ward have been tapped to script Roadrunner, an action comedy to be produced by ex-Legendary Pictures exec Scott Mednick (300, Superman Returns). Gran Torino‘s Scott Eastwood is attached to star in a story in the vein of road romp Smokey And The Bandit, with country singer Trace Adkins also attached to star.
Mednick’s coming off this weekend’s No. 1 opener Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which he produced. Mednick, through his Mednick Productions banner, is producing Roadrunner in association with Kss Productions’ Kevin Gandy and Samantha Kastner-Gandy, who conceived of the project.
Eastwood is filming Fox 2000’s Nicholas Sparks romance The Longest Ride and will appear in David Ayer’s WWII tank actioner Fury. He’s repped by UTA. CAA client Adkins’ screen credits include Fox’s animated King Of The Hill, The Lincoln Lawyer, and May’s Moms’ Night Out. »
- Jen Yamato
Exclusive: Writing partners Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) and Kirk Ward have been tapped to script Roadrunner, an action comedy to be produced by ex-Legendary Pictures exec Scott Mednick (300, Superman Returns). Gran Torino‘s Scott Eastwood is attached to star in a story in the vein of road romp Smokey And The Bandit, with country singer Trace Adkins also attached to star. Mednick’s coming off this weekend’s No. 1 opener Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which he produced. Mednick, through his Mednick Productions banner, is producing Roadrunner in association with Kss Productions’ Kevin Gandy and Samantha Kastner-Gandy, who conceived of the project. […] »
Need For Speed director Scott Waugh became a stuntman in 1982 and retired in 2005. Waugh was the president of Stunts Unlimited for three years, the most prestigious stunt organization in the world. During his tenure, Stunts Unlimited was involved in such box office hits as Spider-Man, Talladega Nights, 24 and Bad Boys II. Under Waugh’s leadership, Stunts Unlimited received three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Stunt Coordinator. He has been involved in more than 150 film and television productions in various capacities and gained his first-hand filmmaking knowledge from directors Michael Mann, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone while on their sets.
His feature film directorial debut, Act of Valor, which Relativity Media released in February 2012, opened #1 at the U.S. box office and went on to gross more than $80 million worldwide. He followed that up with this years high-octane racing action flick Need For Speed, which sees Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul star as Tobey Marshall, »
- Phil Wheat
We hope we are delivering when it comes to the premium podcasts with today's episode as not only do we have Laremy recording from Barcelona and Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist joining us to review Godzilla, but we are revisiting and reacting to five clips from the 2006 version of the RopeofSilicon pocast, which was called the "All Rude Review" back then. The clips consist of reactions to the Fast and Furious 3 trailer, reviews of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and The Devil Wears Prada and the origins of the phrase "Randy Quaid Cash". On top of that we have all the standard news topics, games, your voicemails and much more. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, »
- Brad Brevet
Sally field’s come a long way, baby. She began as TV’s “Gidget” (1965-66). So convinced she wasn’t going to get the part, Field attended the audition with her beach bag so she could go swimming afterward. She was Gidget even before she got the role.
Field’s trademark — and her Achilles heel — has always been her likeability. In Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” Field, 67, created the unlikeable Mary Todd Lincoln opposite Daniel Day-Lewis. Field’s “Molly” is a hot mess in a corset, a belle with a brain whose ambition has dragged Abraham Lincoln all the way to the White House.
And, yet, while I was troubled by the reverential stance in Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” I pined for the alternate, nothing-but-loose-corset-stays-and-raw-emotions movie that Field appeared to be starring in, and for which she earned an Oscar nomination.
Field, who is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of »
- Thelma Adams
Star Wars was a movie once. This is a basic fact that we all know. It was a single film released in theaters: A story with a beginning (kind of), a middle, and an end (kind of). There was a relatively small cast, composed of up-and-comers, unknowns, and one well-regarded British actor overdelivering on what looked to him like thin material. The film, released in theaters in 1977, had a simple story. There was a MacGuffin (The Death Star Plans!) and there was a Rescue Mission (Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, You’re My Only Hope!) and there was a Final Battle. »
- Darren Franich
With 4/20 coming around this Sunday, we could have easily given you a list of all the reasons that Super Troopers has become one of the greatest "stoner comedies" of all time. Instead, we decided to chat with all five of the Broken Lizard guys to let them tell you all about this little film they made nearly 15 years ago and how it turned into the cult classic it is today. Spark it up, cinephiles! It's oral-history time.
Snoop Dogg Hosting 4/2 'Wellness Retreat' in Pot-Friendly States
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This weeks podcast is as per usual full to the brim. On the Ultimate Reboot, Recast we take on Smokey And The Bandit. We’ve got reviews of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Calvary, The Quiet Ones and The Raid 2 as well as Tom’s Trivia Three, which has a rather epic piece of trivia about Steven Spielberg. All that and much more including our critically acclaimed screen actor having a go off that famous speech in Braveheart. And if that wasn’t enough, theres plenty of movie news and discussion to boot! So to listen to this amazing hour of movie madness and banter its really simple. And best of all its Free! Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the latest episode is ready to download. iPhone / iPad Users– Click here to open the podcast app and click Subscribe! »
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It's Marlon Brando's 90th birthday. Or it would be his 90th birthday if he were alive. You understand. Marlon Brando was an eccentric man, but let's acknowledge right now that his performance in "A Streetcar Named Desire" remains shocking and resonant over 60 years later. Love him in "The Godfather," "On the Waterfront," "Viva Zapata," and -- hell -- "Reflections in a Golden Eye" too. We love Marlon Brando. Now that formalities are out of the way, let's get to the fun: Marlon Brando hated Burt Reynolds. A lot. It is a joy to hear him complain about the "Smokey and the Bandit" star, and it is also so, so telling. Oh, you hate Burt Reynolds' "narcissism," Marlon? I can't think of a single person who'd say the same thing about you. Not a one. Oh, wait. A number of people. Just enjoy this damn audio of Brando ranting »
- Louis Virtel
Review Aaron Birch 24 Mar 2014 - 03:32
The PS4 gets its first big exclusive outside of launch with Infamous: Second Son, but is it a hero, or villain?
Beginning life on the PS3, the Infamous series from Sucker Punch is a favourite of many Sony fans. The open world, sandbox super hero title fused shooting, free-running and player choice with some pleasing visuals and impressive super powers, and both were great games. Now the series has jumped to the next generation, and as a big, much-hyped release for the PS4, Sucker Punch certainly faced a big task. Luckily, for the most part, the team delivered.
New hero please!
Long-time fans won't be all that surprised to find that the series' previous protagonist, Cole MacGrath, isn't the hero here, especially given how Infamous 2 wound up (depending on your choices), and instead we have newcomer Delsin Rowse. Delsin starts out as a normal, »
Aaron Paul is used to sitting shotgun in star driven vehicles. Outside of Breaking Bad, Paul played supporting roles in 2009’s remake of Last House On The Left and 2012’s indie drama Smashed. However, he’s never had the opportunity to lead a project of his own. Need For Speed finally gives the actor the opportunity to take the reigns. Although he is certainly part of the problem, there are actually plenty of issues holding this film back. Speed isn’t the only thing this film needs.
After serving time for a false conviction of vehicular manslaughter involving a close friend, Aaron Paul’s character Tobey Marshall sets out on a race across country to prove his innocence and to bring the real culprit (Dominic Cooper) to justice. Cops and rival racers both have it out for our hero and his team of mechanics that are in tow to help him along the way. »
- Michael Haffner
Subtle this petrolhead festival confection isn't – but the entertainment rev counter more or less keeps going
It's crass. It's vulgar. It's based on a video game – of all the culturally reprehensible things! There is, moreover, no question of cast-members Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots taking to the Oscar stage next March to sob over the "journey" that took them there.
But Need for Speed is enjoyable in its highly implausible way: a petrolhead festival with some outrageously silly stunts. Screenwriter George Gatins and director Scott Waugh award themselves a bit of an ancestor-worship moment with a clip from Steve McQueen in Bullitt, but basically they seem to be remembering Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop, along with quite a few of the old-style freeway chase/airborne-car extravaganzas such as Smokey and the Bandit. It's about blue-collar driver-mechanic Tobey Marshall (Paul) who's in a race for his life against the »
- Peter Bradshaw
"Need For Speed" is several different movies at once, and most of them are very stupid. There is a rumor that George Gatins wrote the script for this film, but I find that hard to believe after sitting through the film. Sure, there are some people and there are some things that happen to them, but the only real reason the studio gave director Scott Waugh cameras was so he could film some admittedly amazing car stunt sequences. Waugh earns his action credibility honestly. He comes from a family of stunt performers, and he's been doing stunts in film since the early '90s himself. When he says that he wanted to make an ode to the great stunt driving movies like "Bullitt" or "The Blues Brothers" or "Smokey and the Bandit," I take him at his word. There are some very well-shot and well-staged car scenes in the film, »
- Drew McWeeny
This weekend, "Need for Speed" barrels recklessly into theaters nationwide.
The adaptation of the popular video game series stars Aaron Paul as a man who was framed for murder and locked away. Once he gets out he plots his revenge, which of course involves taking part in a dangerous, cross-country road rally (as most post-prison revenge plots do).
The movie was directed by Scott Waugh, a former stuntman turned filmmaker who turned the low budget Navy Seal movie "Act of Valor" into a sleeper hit, and who was personally chosen for this gig by some guy named Steven Spielberg (never heard of him). Joining him on this four-wheeled free-for-all is stunt supervisor Lance Gilbert, who has been a part of so many amazing action movies (including one of the "Fast and Furious" joints) that his resume might be even more jaw-dropping than the things he's able to achieve on screen. »
- Drew Taylor
So another video game adaption. We all know what to expect by now: something not very good. Especially from a game that is basically a racing simulator, with nothing much in the way of story tying together each stage. Lets add the not unwarranted comparisons to the Fast & Furious franchise on top of that, and things aren't looking good for Need for Speed. But then, the movie had to go and do something that surprised this reviewer: it's quite good. Sure, it has it's problems, but it is a hell of a lot of fun, having more in common with car chase movies like Bullitt and Smokey and the Bandit, aping their style more than the flashiness and pounding sound track of Fast & Furious, and making you feel like the ties to the video game are more for name recognition than anything else. Fresh off his star making turn in Breaking Bad, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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