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Robert De Niro-Ben Stiller's Little Fockers on Top: Box Office

23 December 2010 6:10 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Little Fockers Starring Ben Stiller, two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather Part II, Raging Bull), Owen Wilson, two-time Oscar winner Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl, A Star Is Born — as songwriter), two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer, Rain Man), Teri Polo, Tony Award winner Blythe Danner (Butterflies Are Free), and Jessica Alba, Paul Weitz's Little Fockers is a sequel to Jay Roach's 2004 box-office hit Meet the Fockers. Little Fockers is also quite possibly one of the worst-received 2010 releases, earning a dismal 4% — you read it right, four percent — approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. Additionally, Little Fockers was Wednesday's (Dec. 22) top movie at the North American box office, grossing $7.2m at 3,536 theaters according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. For a weekday (not everyone is on vacation), the Stiller-De Niro comedy boasted a solid [...] »

- Zac Gille

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Who Has Taught You the Most About Acting?

9 December 2010 11:04 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Johnny GiacaloneLos Angeles; 'Sick' at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 'Law & Order'Bill, Lynn, and Stephen. It sounds like three people, and it is, but it's one idea. With respect to schools, teachers, and classes everywhere, there is only so much of your craft you can learn in the classroom. I learned a tremendous amount by working on stage with veteran actors. When I was an actor in my mid-20s and they were in their 50s or 60s, each shared some stage time with me, playing my father, my mother, and my father-in-law to be. I was the inquisitive type, and so I was naturally curious about their habits and preparation. I was also lucky to work with such generous and talented folk.Stephen was a Lord Capulet to my County Paris. To this day, I steal his technique for compartmentalizing a scene and how best to approach the first passes in rehearsal. »

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7 November 2010 4:03 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Since I'm leaving on vacation Tuesday (you'll be in the good hands of Tfe's regular weekly columnists and a few other returning guests as well) I wanted to thank everyone again for helping make The Film Experience the lively place it is. I know the posting has been a bit slower than usual but it will all pay off next month: new website! easier navigation! blog more integrated with site charts! Etcetera!

So let's check back in with conversations that you are still having. Comments are love.

Frisky was not happy that Captain America's chest is so smooth. Is chest hair unpatriotic?

Matt makes a point about the AFI prizes going too full tilt boogie for Animal Kingdom. It's true that awards groups have this problem: once they love something they really love it, and every categoryvote is not so much a specific vote for that achievement as it is a vote for the film. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Meryl Streep's lost place in the 'Alien' franchise?

2 November 2010 7:20 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The true treasures of the Charles De Lauzrika Alien franchise documentaries on the new Alien Anthology Blu-ray release prove to be in the offcuts and the additions to the existing versions of the original DVD Anthology docs. There are numerous nuggets for the genuine Alien buff, including an actual look at Richard E. Grant screen-testing on set for the role that Charles Dance won in David Fincher's Alien 3 (with the casting of Paul McGann and Ralph Brown in Alien 3, the producers were only short of Grant and Richard Griffiths for staging Withnail and I in space).

Well, I'll save some of the others for the late review that's coming, but it's interesting also to find out in the offcuts section of the Blu-ray that Meryl Streep was one of only two Broadway actresses that Ridley Scott had been due to see in New York for the role »

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Distributors close in on Toronto Fest films

16 September 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toronto -- In a move that injects a new contender into this year's Oscar race, Lionsgate has picked up North American rights to John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole," which had its world premiere Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

As the festival winds to its Sunday close, other distributors were lining up films that could play next year's festival circuit: IFC Films said it has acquired worldwide rights, except Canada, to Barry Avrich's documentary "Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project," and Sony Pictures Classics said it picked up North American rights to Pedro Almodovar's latest movie, gothic thriller "The Skin I Inhabit," now filming.

Additionally, Anchor Bay Films has secured rights to "Carjacked," a thriller being directed by John Bonito ("The Marine").

Lionsgate will release "Rabbit" by year's end, and based on positive reactions here, that should make the movie a player during awards season.

Directed in »

- By Gregg Kilday and Borys Kit

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Lionsgate takes trip down 'Rabbit Hole'

16 September 2010 9:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In a move that injects a new contender into this year's Academy Awards race, Lionsgate has picked up North American rights to John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole," starring Nicole Kidman.

The movie will be released this year, and based on positive reactions at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it had its world premiere, that should make it a player this awards season.

Directed by Mitchell and adapted for the screen by David Lindsay-Abaire from his play, the movie, which is in the vein of domestic dramas like "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Ordinary People," stars Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as parents mourning the death of a child and attempting to come to terms with their grief.

Dianne Wiest plays Kidman's mother, and Kidman, Wiest and Eckhart have all been lauded for their awards-worthy performances.

The play, first produced in 2006 in New York, earned a Pulitzer Prize, and a Tony for Cynthia Nixon, »

- By Gregg Kilday

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MTV Vma Video Of The Year Winners, From Worst To First

11 September 2010 10:00 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

By the time the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards wrap up late Sunday night, a total of 16 awards will be handed out to the various winners at the show. The most coveted Moonman is, of course, the prize for Video of the Year, the clip that personifies the height of music video greatness for the past 12 months. This year's crop includes six well-deserving nominees, including B.o.B's "Airplanes," 30 Seconds to Mars' "Kings and Queens," Florence and the Machine's "Dog Days Are Over," Eminem's "Not Afraid" and a pair of clips from Lady Gaga ("Bad Romance" and "Telephone"). No matter who wins, the victor will join an exclusive club that contains some of the biggest artists of the past three decades (including Madonna, Britney Spears, Eminem, Aerosmith, Green Day, Van Halen and Sinéad O'Connor).

But no awards show is perfect. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has handed »

- Kyle Anderson

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Streep at 60: A Prairie Home Companion

6 September 2010 3:18 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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

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Movie Poster of the Week: The Movie Posters of Stephen Frankfurt

3 September 2010 12:04 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Stephen Frankfurt was something of a real-life Don Draper: a hot shot ’Sixties Madison Avenue ad executive who was profiled by the BBC in 1965 in a 30 minute film called The Quiet Persuader (the whole thing can be seen on YouTube). Born in 1931 and apparently still active in advertising today, Frankfurt earned international recognition when he was made president of Young & Rubicam in 1968. Not only was he, at 36, the youngest man in advertising to hold such a high office, he was also an art director when it was rare for art directors to run agencies. Young & Rubicam was the world’s second largest ad agency and in the first episode of the new season of Mad Men Don Draper mentions Y&R as a rival. He complains about Y&R’s much more spacious offices, although in the BBC piece you can see that their offices are nowhere near as glamorous as Sterling Cooper’s. »

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(Blank) vs. (Blank): 10 Movies That Take on the Other

22 August 2010 8:08 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – With the release of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” there is a reminder of all the films in cinema history that dared to challenge something, within an existence that sometimes has trouble getting out of bed. Here are ten such films, filling in the holes of and taking on the mantle of (Blank) vs. (Blank).

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Kramer vs. Kramer

Photo credit: Columbia Pictures

This weeper did take on some pretty lofty issues in a post feminist society where gender roles – while loosening up considerably – were still pretty rigid. Meryl Streep does her usual scene stealing as Joanna Kramer, a frustrated wife and mother who shakes up circumstances by leaving her husband Ted (Dustin Hoffman) and their young boy Billy (Justin Henry).

Ted is forced to care for a child he’s barely known, and goes through a transition of his own. This Academy Award winning Best Picture »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Inside Look! Check Out What Emmy-Nominated Actresses Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Julianna Margulies Have In Their Netflix Queues!

19 August 2010 4:43 PM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

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Julianna is taking notes from Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer, while Julia is watching one the funniest comedies of all time…pretty fitting, don’t you think?

We got our hands on two of TV’s biggest actresses’ Netflix “Watch Instantly” Lists and from the looks of things, Julianna Margulies (who’s nominated for Outstanding Actress in a TV Drama for her role in The Good Wife), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who’s nominated for Outstanding Actress in a TV Comedy for her role in The New Adventures of Old Christine), prefer to stick with their respective genres!

Right now, 44-year-old Julianna has Meryl Streep’s Kramer vs. Kramer and the 1996 classic Stand By Me in her Netflix “Watch Instantly” List. In stark contrast, Julia, 49, is watching Jeff Bridges and John Goodman in the hysterical comedy The Big Lebowski.

Despite their drastically different Netflix lists, both »

- Kirstin Benson

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[DVD Review] How To Make Love To A Woman

13 July 2010 7:03 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Sometimes movies surprise you. A cliché, I know, but bear with me a moment. Take a look at the DVD cover of How To Make Love To A Woman. Would you pick this up from a shelf filled to the brim with hundreds of other, possibly better films? I mean, the cover has the American Pie lettering and the cast striking and fronting with cheesy expressions that scream “we’re an ensemble cast for a raunchy comedy.” Actor Eugene Byrd in particular gets the worst of it, not only the lone black man on the cover but also saddled with a self-satisfied, too-cool pose.

The secret is that the film inside, written by Dennis Kao and directed by Scott Culver, doesn’t portend to be more than yet another comedy released in the aftermath of the Apatow crew's assault on Hollywood; a comedy that’s equal parts raunchy and romantic. »

- Mark Zhuravsky

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Great Hope Springs Tailspin

25 June 2010 4:32 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Wasn't it just yesterday in a comment thread when someone mentioned Meryl Streep & Jeff Bridges not having worked together. To which I was all "hey, they're the same age but they never let actresses play romantically opposite actors the same age!" Funny how these things pop up in the internet ether and the next thing you know, we all seem like prophets.

The Bridges & The Gummers

Jeff & Meryl know a little something about longterm coupling

But I'm burying the lead... or at least muddying it. Okay. As you may have heard Streep & Bridges are close to signing for a marital drama called Great Hope Springs about a couple who've been together for decades having an intense weekend therapy session that will decide the fate of their marriage.

I always argue with myself about movies in development. To wit:

Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges working together = Probably gah!some and reason enough to be very excited. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Streep at 60, The Retrospective

22 June 2010 8:15 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

"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

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Your Summer Movie Sucks: Will Get Him to the Greek Arrive Intact or Completely Blitzed?

4 June 2010 3:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Does Get Him to the Greek Suck? Billy Appleton here, again, as we head into our fifth weekend of summer. It's officially June, which means we should start seeing some worthwhile endevors...Right? This is the first weekend where we're not getting a sequel, a retread, or a reboot. Though we are getting a strange spin-off produced by Judd Apatow and starring Forgetting Sarah Marshall's Russell Brand as that film's infamous Aldous Snow. Get Him to the Greek sounds pleasant enough. It finds innocent youth Jonah Hill in charge of getting Snow's drug-fueled rock star persona to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles for a comeback showcase. Ah, how refreshing! A road trip comedy full of booze, bukaki, and bacchanalia. Wait, what's this? A strong emasculating emotional message about love, understanding of oneself, and putting your balls into your old lady's purse rests within the core of this mish-mash of penis and vomit jokes, »

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Pregnant Pause

30 April 2010 12:03 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

It seems fitting that writer-director Rodrigo García's latest feminine-charged drama, "Mother and Child" (opening May 7), would not have been conceived had a pregnancy not delayed the production years ago. The film's star, Oscar-nominated powerhouse Naomi Watts, became pregnant with her second child and, instead of scrambling to recast her role, García decided to halt filming. "We did an initial offer to Annette [Bening], and for dates or personal reasons, she could not do it. So that was disappointing, but then after Naomi had her baby, Annette became available again. So that was definitely very lucky," says García. "I did think of it as a good omen."García has carved out his own genre with thoughtful stories surrounding solid, mostly female ensembles that have included Glenn Close, Robin Wright, Lisa Gay Hamilton, and Holly Hunter. The son of Nobel Prize–winning author Gabriel García Márquez has a gift for writing the »

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Dustin Hoffman To Direct Quartet

20 March 2010 3:13 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Dustin Hoffman in the director’s chair for the first time? Sounds great! And is there better project to start with then comedy? Guess no!

So here’s the news – Dustin Hoffman will direct an upcoming comedy Quartet for BBC Films, with Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney in the lead roles.

So this fall, Hoffman is finally set to make his directorial debut. It really sounds unbelievable that this 72-year-old actor has never directed a film until now, except for an uncredited director stint for 1978’s Straight Time.

On the other hand, something else sounds little bit weird. The project named Quartet is about four retired opera singers, based on a 1999 stage comedy by Ronald Harwood, (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Pianist).

So, the actor we all remember best from Rain Man and Kramer vs. Kramer is going to be involved with retired opera singers? Well, let’s wait and watch without prejudice. »

- Fiona

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Cinema Retro Covers William Friedkin At "The French Connection" Screening In New York

6 March 2010 7:37 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

 

By Todd Garbarini

The French Connection  was screened Friday evening at the Walter Reade Theater in New York in a beautiful 35mm print.  Part of a series of films that won Oscars and were filmed in the Big Apple, the series continues on Saturday with screenings of Klute, The Subject Was Roses (Ulu Grosbard in person), Kramer Vs. Kramer (Stanley Jaffe in person), and Raging Bull.  Sunday will see screenings of The Godfather and Annie Hall.   

Film director William Friedkin was on hand following the screening of his 1971 film to entertain the audience with anecdotes and answer questions about what went on behind the scenes.  Joining the Oscar-winning director onstage was former New York City Police Detective Salvatore “Sonny” Grosso who, with his former partner Eddie Egan, helped break the actual 1961 French Connection case upon which the film is based, and who played the role of Klein in the film. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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10 Legendary Movies That Never Won Best Picture Oscar

4 March 2010 9:57 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Have you ever wondered how is it possible that names like Alfred Hitchcock, or Stanley Kubrick never won an Oscar? You might ask – but wait, are you sure about Kubrick?

Yeah, yeah, just for a record let me remind you that names like Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, and Charles Chaplin all won Oscars, none of them for directing, however. Welles and Kubrick won for screenplays and Chaplin picked up an award in the 1970s for a musical score he co-wrote 20 years earlier. It already sounds sad, but it’s just a beginning….

We don’t have to make some kind of list. It’s going to be enough just to mention those movies, because we’re sure you all remember the titles.

Let’s start with Orson WellesCitizen Kane. Most of the critics were excellent for this one, some of them even considered it to be the best movie off all times. »

- Fiona

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Oscar's Littlest Stars

4 March 2010 1:55 PM, PST | Momlogic | See recent Momlogic news »

Could you imagine winning an Oscar at age 6?! These kid stars may have been too small to reach the podium, but all were recognized by the Academy. Check it out!

Academy-Award Stars under 18Keisha Castle-Hughes

Keisha Castle-Hughes was 13 when she was nominated for Best Actress for her role in "Whale Rider" (2003). She is the youngest actress to receive a best-actress nomination.

Abigail Breslin

Abigail Breslin was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). She was only 10 at the time.

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Atonement" (2008). She was 13.

Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "The Sixth Sense" (1999). He was 11.

Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin was only 11 when she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the critically acclaimed movie, "The Piano" (1993).

Justin Henry

Justin Henry was »

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