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1) Apocalyse Now
6) City of God
8) Wages of Fear
9) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
14) Die Hard
16) The Searchers
18) The Last of the Mohicans
20) The Deer Hunter
22) Rome, Open City
25) The Incredibles
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First there is silence and stillness. Everything is poised to go, without going. Then someone calls "Action!" They don't say "Go" or "Start". The notion of action presupposes that something has to happen. Drama on screen is movement, conflict, physicality – even if it's just the twitch of a lip. We have made it all the way to slow film, reverie, contemplation, duration and persistence, but they don't feel so good if you've ever had action.
One of the most daring delayed uses of action occurs in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter. What we have seen seems as long as a film already, without very much happening. Yes, we have been introduced to the characters. We know three of the guys are going off to Vietnam in the morning, and they've had that confrontation with the bleak sergeant in the bar who surveys their energy and eagerness with pity or contempt. »
- David Thomson
The new film "Conviction" tells one of those stories so incredible no screenwriter on their best day could invent it. After her brother Kenny went to prison for a murder he didn't commit, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) devoted almost two decades of her life to freeing him. She earned her Ged, then a college degree, then a law degree, so she could represent him in court when no one else would. In other words, "Conviction" is one of those movies that's "based on true events," a phrase that made Sam Rockwell, who plays Kenny, chuckle when it came up during our conversation. Why? "When my girlfriend sees horror movies that say 'Based on true events,' she always goes 'Honey, it's based on true events, I can't see it!'"
Obviously the true events tag didn't stop Rockwell from taking on this project, which is another in a series »
- Matt Singer
Jessica Biel says Meryl Streep is her screen idol. The star of "The A-Team" is in awe of the Oscar-winning actress and hopes she can go on to emulate her incredible career which has spanned four decades and included such films as "Sophie's Choice", "The Deer Hunter" and "The Devil Wears Prada".
"Meryl Streep can do 'Mamma Mia!', 'Doubt' and then 'Julie & Julia' and nobody questions it," 28-year-old Jessica said. "I would hope that for my future, that I can be challenged by different genres and characters, but at the same time I'll never look back and think, 'Oh I've made it now, you can relax,' because I don't think successful women ever feel that way."
The "Valentine's Day" actress admits there are other actresses she admires for their versatility including 61-year-old Meryl. She told Stylist magazine, "There are lots of people I look up to, »
Jessica Biel says Meryl Streep is her screen idol. The 'A-Team' star is in awe of the Oscar-winning actress and hopes she can go on to emulate her incredible career which has spanned four decades and included such films as 'Sophie's Choice', 'The Deer Hunter' and 'The Devil Wears Prada'. Jessica, 28, said: ''Meryl Streep can do 'Mamma Mia, 'Doubt' and then 'Julie and Julia' and nobody questions it. I would hope that for my future, that I can be challenged by different genres and characters, but at the same time I'll never look back and think, 'Oh I've made it now, you .. »
Sam Rockwell grew up on the movies of the 1970s—films he adored such as "The Deer Hunter" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." So when he lists the various teachers he has learned from, he cites some of his favorite actors. "My teachers are all those people I grew up watching: De Niro, Walken, Streep, Robert Duvall, Ellen Burstyn," he says. "When young actors ask me about studying, I tell them, 'You've got to watch those movies. If you're not, you're not doing your job. Respect your elders, and more than that, learn from them.' "Rockwell has sometimes even found himself in the strange position of acting opposite his mentors, using tricks he picked up from them. In last year's drama "Everybody's Fine," he played the son of Robert De Niro's character and had a scene in which the father accuses the son of lying. "I kept saying, »
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Andy Albeck, who as head of United Artists signed off on the classic "Raging Bull" and the infamous flop "Heaven's Gate," died of heart failure Sept. 29, four days after his 89th birthday, at Nyu Hospital in New York.
Albeck spent more than 30 years at UA, where he worked with such renowned filmmakers as Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola and impacted the iconic James Bond, Rocky and Pink Panther franchises.
After stints as president of UA broadcasting and senior vp operations, Albeck was named studio president and CEO in 1978 after the previous studio leadership left and formed Orion Pictures. His three-year stint at the top was well-documented in former UA executive Steven Bach's best-selling book "Final Cut," which focused on the making of the Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate."
- By Mike Barnes
Terriers is a comedic, edgy, original new FX series that centers on Hank Dolworth (Donal Logue), an ex-cop who partners with his best friend Britt Pollack (Michael Raymond-James) in an unlicensed private investigation business. The 13 episodes from creator/executive producer Ted Griffin (Ocean’s 11), and executive producers Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Tim Minear (Angel), will follow the two men as they solve cases for new clients on a weekly basis, while also promising a bigger storyline that will run throughout.
During a recent interview, co-stars Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James talked about developing their off-screen friendship, which is reflected in their on screen chemistry, shooting in San Diego and having the artistic freedom of doing a cable series. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Question: Donal and Michael, how did you go about establishing the relationship between your characters?
Donal: I worked on a show »
- Christina Radish
The following article was originally published in January 2007. It's slightly revised below.
It didn't take Meryl Streep long. By 1987 at the very latest, just ten years into her career, we knew that she could do everything. We'd already heard the accents, seen the funny, witnessed the sexy, fallen in love, had our hearts broken and heard the magnificent singing voice. If she were less endearing and emotionally attentive as a performer her technical range would be just hateful, a thing to curse as she popped up again and again in films. But this woman has it all. She is, put simply, the most consistent versatile actor in the movies.
So what is there left for Meryl Streep to do? It turns out quite a lot.
The joy of watching her now, thirty plus years into a great filmography, is seeing which actors' muscles get flexed for each new project and »
- NATHANIEL R
The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films as ranked by the users of the biggest Internet movie site on the web. It is based upon the ratings provided by the users of the Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the Internet.
It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case we is myself and Barry) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list. We’ve frozen the list as of January 1st of this year. It’s not as simple as it sounds, we are watching them all in one year, 125 each.
This is our 32nd update, my next five films watched for the project. You can find all our previous week’s updates here. »
- Gary Phillips
Chicago – It was Chicago’s turn for Comic Con action the weekend of August 20th-22th, and even ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich showed up to greet fans and sign autographs. Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lindsay Wagner, Mickey Dolenz, John Savage and Linda Blair were also among the celebrities gracing the show.
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Comicon2: Claudia Wells (Jennifer) and James Tolkan (Principal Strickland) celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ‘Back to the Future.’ Comicon3: The Caped Crusader and ‘Family Guy’ Mayor, the great Adam West. Comicon4: Robin the Boy Wonder, Mr. Burt Ward. Comicon5: The Purrrr-fect Catwoman, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
You hear it all the time. People justifiably lament that the Hollywood film machine is lacking in originality, innovation and imagination. We have a whole industry based predominantly around sequels, remakes, TV adaptations, formulaic romantic comedies, cookie-cutter action films and cute kids' movies. Studios and filmmakers are either afraid to experiment or simply lacking in fresh ideas. They’ve forgotten that movies are also an art form, not just a business. Hollywood needs a kick in the pants. It needs some new blood.
Competition from DVD/Blu-ray, cable and the internet have left the studios frozen with fear that any change in business-as-usual will cost them more business. So they stick to what’s proven. They stick to what’s safe. But that may be the wrong strategy. Maybe what they really need to do is roll the dice and gamble on creating a new paradigm. They have to do »
- Rob Young
We have a brand new exclusive interview clip with actress Sharon Stone discussing her role in the film $5 a Day, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray August 24. Click below to watch our exclusive interview clip with Sharon Stone, where she discusses her unique character, Delores:
Exclusive: Sharon Stone talks $5 A Day
Nat (Christopher Walken, Oscar winner, The Deer Hunter) is an eccentric conman - a hustler content with a life of schemes and underhanded deals. He lacks one thing: a reconciliation with his son, Flynn (Alessandro Nivola, Jurassic Park III), who has ceased trusting his father long ago. But Nat's time is growing short: he has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. True to form, Nat cons Flynn into joining him in a cross country journey to an experimental medical facility. Short on money, but not on imagination, the two realize that to reach their destination they can »
Sylvester Stallone has gathered an all-star action cast for his latest throwback. Most of these stars are known for their gravitas in the action genre long before The Expendables existed. While this may not be true for Steve Austin, Randy Couture or Terry Crews (Little Man aside), we have compiled our ten favorites films from Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and Arnold Schwarzenegger with an emphasis on action. Check it out below and comment with your favorites.
One of the better efforts of his career, in a decent year for Sly (1993 provided this and Cliffhanger, the years surrounding contained Oscar, Stop or My Mom… and Judge Dredd among others), Demolition Man is an actioner that is, above all else, fun. The plot is ambitious, as wronged-but-prone-to-destruction (hence the nickname that provides the film’s title) police officer »
- TFS Staff
Leah Pipes ( Sorority Row ), Jason Mewes, Teri McMinn ( The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ) and John Savage ( The Deer Hunter ) are locked to star in Cousin Sarah . Haley Duff is in negotiations to star. Ian Christian Blanche will direct from a script by Alexander Garcia and Nathaniel Morin. The film is about a teenage girl named Crystal who has just graduated from high school in a small town community in Southern California. She realizes that she will be breaking up with her high school sweetheart Jake, who will be moving to the east coast in the fall. Her older cousin Sarah, who has become the post-hippie poster child, arrives in town and tries to find a way into Crystal's circle of friends. After several creepy events and disturbing dreams of burning houses, Crystal begins to »
The Blu-ray version of $5 A Day will be presented in 1.85:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio and is priced with an Srp of $29.98. Shared bonus features between Blu-ray and DVD include Director and Cast Interviews; Still Galleries and the Trailer.
Here is the official $5 A Day film synopsis:
Nat (Christopher Walken, Oscar winner, The Deer Hunter) is an eccentric conman . a hustler content with a life of schemes and underhanded deals. He lacks one thing: a reconciliation with his son, Flynn (Alessandro Nivola, Jurassic Park III), who has ceased trusting his father long ago. But Nat's time is growing short: he has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. True to form, Nat cons Flynn into joining him in a cross country journey to an experimental medical facility. Short on money, but not on imagination, »
When I scoured the films that I've picked so far for Cinematical Movie Club, I realized there was a palpable absence of action on the list. Sure, Jd likes gun play in Heathers, The Deer Hunter goes to war, and The Godfather digs into the world of organized crime, but for the most part, the action isn't the main focus. So it was high-time we got into some well-paced thrills.
Though I'm no NRA member and have no personal interest in guns outside of the water variety, my favorite action films always turn the camera on gun-toters -- good guys or bad guys, good films or bad films. There's just something about it that pulls me in as much for Kuffs as for Reservoir Dogs. But I wanted to go back further for tonight's gun action, to the man instrumental in molding the modern gun-blazing action hero, Clint Eastwood and Dirty Harry. »
- Monika Bartyzel
In acting circles, the late John Cazale was a respected character actor even before he played Fredo in The Godfather and its first sequel and Stan in The Deer Hunter. Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope has acquired the lauded 39-minute HBO Cazale documentary I Knew It Was You for North American DVD distribution. Directed by Richard Shepherd, the film examines the life of the under-appreciated actor who worked with the likes of Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, who are interviewed in the film, along with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell and Brett Ratner, one of the film's producers. Streep, Cazale's fiance, threatened to quit The Deer Hunder when the producers didn't want to hire Cazale, who was dying of cancer during the filming. De Niro »
"Streep at 60" will continue with Music of the Heart (1999) tonight or tomorrow, but today celebrate Meryl Streep's 61st birthday by reading and sharing this series with others. Or choose any one of 60 Appropriate Ways to Celebrate Streep's Special Day.
Act 1 Liberated Lady (1977-1980)
Julia (1977) How fitting is that Meryl made her mini debut in an Oscar bait Actress movie?"The Deer" The Deer Hunter... just the Streep partsNom #1: The Deer Hunter 1978 Supporting Actress competition"The Immortal Psychotic Promiscuous One" Manhattan, Joe Tynan and Joanna KramerNom #2: Kramer vs. Kramer 1979 Supporting Actress competitionAct 2 Chamaeleonidae Erotica (1981-1988)
Nom #3: French Lieutenant's Woman '81 Actress competitionNoms #4 & #5: Sophie's Choice & Silkwood '82-83 Actress competitions"Chamaeleonidae Erotica" Streep has Plenty (1985)Nom #6: Out of Africa '85 Actress competitionNoms #7 & #8: Ironweed & A Cry in the Dark '87-88 Actress competitions
Act 3 Funny Lady (1989-1992)
Nom #9: Postcards from the Edge '90 Actress competitionDeath »
- NATHANIEL R
We're looking at each Meryl Streep Oscar nod and its competitive field.
Previously: 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 85, 87, 88, 90 and 95
Twenty years after her first nomination for The Deer Hunter (1978) Meryl Streep replaced Bette Davis as runner up to Katharine Hepburn's Oscar throne with her cancer victim in One True Thing. For a very short time period (i.e. twelve months) the three legends had a 10-11-12 Oscar nomination spread. Streep would soon leave both Hepburn and Davis in the dust. But we'll get to her #1 status when it rolls around.
1998 the nominees were
The Blanchett vs. Paltrow contest has arguably been the most discussed in modern Oscar Actress history with the possible exception of Swank vs. Bening (both rounds). People still get hot under their ruffs about this one a full dozen years later. »
- NATHANIEL R
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