14 items from 2008
As part of Back Stage's ongoing 'Evening With…' series, acting veteran Dennis Hopper spoke to a packed audience following a screening of Isabel Coixet's new film, 'Elegy'. The drama, released by Samuel Goldwyn Films in August, was recently nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. It stars Ben Kingsley as a commitment-phobic professor who falls in love with one of his former students, played by Penélope Cruz. Hopper portrays Pulitzer-winning poet George O'Hearn, the womanizing best friend of Kingsley's character. Best known for playing nervy, slightly unhinged characters in films such as Speed, Apocalypse Now, and Easy Rider, Hopper loved that his supporting role in Elegy had a distinct beginning, middle, and end. "I think that if you’re going to take a small part, it's very nice if that part has its own life within the movie," said Hopper, who »
- Cassie Carpenter
Top 10 Assassination Movies This week we have the Christmas Day release of the new MGM thriller Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise and directed by Bryan Singer in which Tom Cruise is out to assassinate Hitler, and MGM decided they wanted to sponsor a list of my Top Ten Assassination Films in conjunction with the release. How cool is that!?!? However, it wasn't all roses putting the piece together. When trying to figure out my top ten assassination films I had to quickly look at the list I was putting together and figure out is it a revenge film or an assassination film? For example, Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill is a revenge film carried out by an assassin... So it is it an assassination film? I decided - no. Gangs of New York was another one I felt fit into the revenge category and didn't make the list even though I love it. »
- Brad Brevet
(from left) Paul Newman, Bernie Mac, George Carlin, Estelle Getty, Roy Scheider and Heath Ledger For the past two years I have started doing a recap of a select group of notable names we lost from the entertainment world (and a few others) over the past year. This is by no means an all-encompassing list, but I think it's a pretty good representation of the cream of the crop when it comes to the people that left us in 2008, and I must say, we lost A Lot of big names this year... A Lot! Brad Renfro (Died January 15, 2008) - Former child star who began his career aged 12, playing the boy at the centre of 1994 mafia drama The Client. He died of a reported accidental heroin overdose. Bobby Fischer (Died January 17, 2008) - Reclusive chess champion who died of kidney failure who became as well known for his chess as he was »
- Brad Brevet
"He was a handsome, tall young man and very sweet-natured and seemed to be right for that part," Coppola said Wednesday. "Sam was a good actor. Of course, he comes from a family that had a lot of theatrical activity." ...
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- Gina DiNunno
Bottoms with Francis Ford Coppola several years ago at the Cannes Film Festival for the director's release of Apocalypse Now Redux, the director's cut of the 1979 masterpiece. Actor Sam Bottoms has died of brain cancer at age 53. Bottoms made his feature film debut opposite his brother Joseph in director Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 hit The Last Picture Show. Bottoms also had a prominent role in Clint Eastwood's hit 1976 western The Outlaw Josey Wales. In 1979, Bottoms made a memorable impression as Lance, the drugged-out, surfing-obesses hippie soldier who finds himself on a bizarre and seemingly suicidal mission in Vietnam and Cambodia in Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece Apocalypse Now. For more click here »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
American TV/film actor Sam Bottoms has died of a brain tumour, aged 53.
He passed away on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, California.
Bottoms, with his older brothers Timothy and Joseph, and younger brother, Ben, made regular appearances in both movies and TV shows during the 1970s - notably Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
Bottoms' later film credits include Bronco Billy, directed by Clint Eastwood, Gardens of Stone, directed by Coppola, and most recently, 2003's Seabiscuit, alongside Tobey Maguire, in which he played an assistant trainer.
In addition to his three brothers, Bottoms is survived by his parents, James and Elizabeth Chapman Bottoms, his second wife, Laura Conde Bickford, a film producer; and two daughters from his first marriage, Clara and Io. »
The top 10 is as follows:
1. The Godfather (1972) 2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 3. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 4. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 5. Jaws (1975) 6. Goodfellas (1990) 7. Apocalypse Now (1979) 8. Singin' in the Rain (1952) 9. Pulp Fiction (1994) 10. Fight Club (1999). »
Paul Matwychuk has caught up with Speed Racer, "and to my great surprise, I found it every bit as thrilling and delightful as Dennis [Cozzalio] did. I'm quite frankly baffled by the critical drubbing it received, especially from someone like Salon's Stephanie Zacharek, who in the past has been one of the biggest defenders of Brian De Palma, whose ability to convey plot information through complicated visuals instead of dialogue has a lot in common with the Wachowskis' approach to storytelling in Speed Racer."
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Fred Durst has traded the nookie for a box of Kleenex. The brash lead singer of Limp Bizkit - currently on extended hiatus - is actually a closet mush case and the director behind "The Longshots," a tear-jerker starring Ice Cube that hits theaters Friday.
"People only saw one side of me, but there's much more," says Durst. "I have an extremely sensitive side."
His emotions weren't the only thing Durst kept bottled up while helping churn out six studio albums that spawned 13 Top 10 hits, »
- By Joseph Barracato
By Matt Singer and Alison Willmore
"Tropic Thunder" may get its main goofs from the idea of delusionally self-important actors being dropped into an actual war zone to contend with some very real threats to their coddled existence, but it also contains many a nod to the great tradition of film productions going disastrously wrong. This week on the IFC News podcast, we look through some of cinema's most infamous examples, from Martin Sheen's near-fatal heart attack during the making of "Apocalypse Now" to Michael Cimino knocking down and rebuilding a $1.2 million "Heaven's Gate" set because he didn't like how the buildings were spaced.
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[Photo: "Apocalypse Now" indeed - Martin Sheen in "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," Triton Pictures, 1991] »
- Alison Willmore
By Aaron Hillis
Lists are breezy reads, but there can be an unfortunate disposability to the data because arbitrarily numbered "Ten Best" somethings or "Five Things You Should Know About" whatevers literally demonstrate quantity's domination over quality. And now that I've sucked all the fun out of the room, here's a practical but otherwise unranked list of ten auteurist gems . nine of which are already on DVD . that deserve their layers of dust blown off. (Sorry, "Zero Effect" and "11 Harrowhouse," but the list dictates the rules!)
"One From the Heart" (1982)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
The fires of over-ambition still smoldering in his belly after "Apocalypse Now," Francis Ford Coppola's follow-up was a decadent fiasco that bankrupted him, and might have seemed at the time as if the director had returned half-mad from the Filipino jungles. Epically staged on the Zoetrope studio lot, Coppola's hypertheatrical Vegas romance-cum-musical fantasy stars »
- Aaron Hillis
Apocalypse Now (1979)Tuesday, 1 a.m, TCMBased on Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness," Francis Ford Coppola's brilliant, controversial and sometimes crazy Vietnam War epic tells the story of a U.S. Special Forces Captain (Martin Sheen), who is sent on a mission to to "terminate" a renegade Green Beret (Marlon Brando). He's playing God in the jungle. Brilliant performances all around.
- By LINDA STASI
- While the studios begin drowning moviegoers with blockbuster fair as early as the month of May, you'd think that the moth of August would be dryer than a well in Arizona. Well the pre-Toronto and Venice Film Festival month of August is becoming an important 30 days to showcase end of the summer entertainment and tagged with an August 15th release date is Dreamworks Tropic Thunder. Having just released the film's trailer (watch it here), I'm feeling that this well-planned execution marketing campaign will attract the masses who not enjoy the Stiller/Black comedy shticks but also movie lovers at heart. You can't help but think about Francis Ford Coppola's heart attack inducing effort back in 79. The trailer indeed presents an over-the-top behind the scenes making of war film - exaggerated and spoofed by a Ben Stiller who has been making fun of movies and movie stars from yesteryear »
COLOGNE, Germany -- Danish director Susanne Bier, German actress Diane Kruger and French star Sandrine Bonnaire are among the names to sign up for jury duty at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.
The jury, headed by famed political filmmaker Costa-Gavras ("Z," Missing) also includes Oscar-winning film and sound editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), Taiwanese actress Shu-Qi (The Transporter), Russian film producer and CTC president Alexander Rodniansky (East-West) and award-winning German production designer Uli Hanisch ("Perfume -- The Story of a Murderer").
The four-man, four-woman jury will select the winners of Berlin's Gold and Silver Bears from among this year's Berlinale competition films.
Actresses Kruger, Bonnaire and Shu-Qi are no strangers to the Berlinale. Kruger, famous for her break-through role alongside Nicolas Cage in the National Treasure films, was in Berlin last year for the In Competition premiere of Bille August's Goodbye Bafana. Shu-Qi last appeared in Berlin in Stanley Kwan's in-competition entry The Island Tales in 2000 and Bonnaire starred in Patrice Leconte's Intimate Strangers, a Berlinale competition film in 2004.
14 items from 2008
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