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Frank Ocean: musician, visual-album releaser, list-making cinephile. Following on the heels of his latest album finally being made available to the eager public, Ocean has revealed his 100 favorite films. Originally posted on Genius, which has a breakdown of how movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Eyes Wide Shut” made their way into his lyrics (“I’m feeling like Stanley Kubrick, this is some visionary shit/Been tryna film pleasure with my eyes wide shut but it keeps on moving”), the list contains a mix of familiar favorites (“Annie Hall,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) and comparatively obscure arthouse fare (“Woyzeck,” “Sonatine”). Avail yourself of all 100 below.
“The Last Laugh”
- Michael Nordine
It's bad enough to be a werewolf, hunted by the light of the full moon. But to be a foreign werewolf? That's beyond cruel. An American Werewolf in London squirms with comic unease from the get-go, and almost immediately from its release 35 years ago — August 21st, 1981 — the bipolar horror-comedy has been celebrated on two impressively different fronts: as a landmark in startling makeup effects that legitimized the gross-out, and as a riotous piece of fish-out-of-water college humor. Calling the film a sick joke is perfectly apt. It's a sweaty, shuddery experience, »
Goodbye Kenny Baker A lifelong loyal friend I loved his optimism determination He Was the droid I was looking for pic.twitter.com/rd94OEYaHi
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 13, 2016
Kenny Baker as adventurer and thief Fidget in Time Bandits
Kenny Baker, the much loved actor who played Star Wars' R2D2, has died at the age of 81. The Birmingham-born star, who also had memorable roles in Time Bandits and Amadeus, is understood to have been ill for some time.
Baker, who began his acting career on the stage in 1950, had a particular love of fantasy and science fiction films, starring in popular favourites like Flash Gordon, Labyrinth, Willow and, more recently, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. He also appeared in dramatic roles in the likes of Mona Lisa and The Elephant Man.
Tributes to Baker have been pouring in from friends and co-stars. Mark Hamill described him as a lifelong friend and Ewan McGregor said it had been lovely to work with him. He will be much missed by fans, having spent his later years travelling around. »
- Jennie Kermode
Kenny Baker, the actor who portrayed the robot R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 81.
Baker's niece Abigail Shield confirmed the actor's death to the Guardian. "It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life," Shield said. "He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime."
The 3-foot, 8-inch Baker started »
Kenny Baker, the British actor who portrayed the fan-favorite “Star Wars” character R2-D2, has died at the age of 81 after a long illness.
“It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless,” his niece Abigail Shield told The Guardian. “He had a very long and fulfilled life. He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.”
Baker wasn’t expected to survive puberty, Shield added: “Being a little person in those times, they didn’t have a very good life expectancy. He did extremely well in his life. He was very ill for the last few years so we had been expecting it. He had been looked after by one of his nephews, who found him on Saturday morning.”
Read More: Kenny Baker Death: Friends and ‘Star Wars’ Co-Stars Mourn
- Liz Calvario
Kenny Baker, the man who brought the iconic “Star Wars” character R2-D2 to life, has died. He was 81.
The Guardian, which confirmed the death, issued a statement from Baker’s niece, Abigail Shield: “It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless,” she said. “He had a very long and fulfilled life. He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.”
The British actor met his wife, Eileen, when she wrote him a letter after seeing him on the U. »
- Variety Staff
Some sad news today, with the announcement that British actor Kenny Baker – famed for portraying the lovable droid R2-D2 in the Star Wars saga – has passed away aged 81 after a long illness.
The 3 ft 8 in actor began his showbusiness career as part of a theatrical group of dwarves, and also spent time working in the circus and as part of the comedy act the Minitones before being cast as the man inside R2-D2 in Star Wars.
Baker returned as R2-D2 in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi (where he also portrayed the Ewok Paploo) and all three prequel films, while he was also credited as a consultant on Star Wars: The Force Awakens after handing over the role of Artoo to Jimmy Vee.
- Gary Collinson
By Tim Greaves
Writer Derek Pykett (whose excellent book " MGM British Studios: Hollywood in Borehamwood" was reviewed here earlier this year) has turned his hand to directing; setting up and playing host to a dozen intimate interviews with some of Britain's most respected and beloved thesps, the results are now available on DVD with "From Stage to Screen", a privately produced, limited edition 6-disc box set.
With each performer given their own ‘episode’ and a total running time of 15 hours, there's so much material here that it'll take the average viewer a number of sittings to get through it all. Beyond starting with disc one and working through methodically, where one begins is probably going to be proportionate to the level of esteem in which the viewer holds each particular actor or actress represented within the set; I confess that at the time of writing I still have a fair bit to get through. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Eric Bergren, an Oscar nominee for co-writing The Elephant Man, has died. He was 62. The WGA said he died July 14 of complications from liver cancer in his hometown of Pasadena. Bergren shared the adapted screenplay Academy Award nom with his writing partner Christopher De Vore and David Lynch, who directed the 1980 film based on Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 play. The trio also scored Golden Globe, WGA and BAFTA noms for the pic, which starred John Hurt as a severely deformed… »
Bergren received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for “The Elephant Man” in 1980 along with longtime writing partner Christopher De Vore and director David Lynch. It was one of eight Oscar nominations that the film received.
Bergren was born in Pasadena, where he resided most of his life. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Theatre Arts.
He was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer in March. He passed away surrounded by De Vore; his daughters Erin Condit-Bergren and Elysse Condit; and his friend of over 40 years, »
- Dave McNary
Based on the Jonathan Ames novel, the story follows Albert Votto (Nivola), a New York politician who finds himself at the center of a sinister web of organized crime. Ramsay will write and direct the film, which Amazon Studios is financing and distributing, and Page 114 is producing.
Garcia is writing and directing, as well as producing, along with Joshua Harto.
- Justin Kroll
Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
With the advent and huge success of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), studios were quick to hop aboard the killer train. Out were the outsized monsters of the ’50s, in were mama’s boys and socially maligned women dealing with sins of the past. Dementia 13 (’63) and No Way to Treat a Lady (’67) are just a sample of the ’60s horror films that focused on smaller scale, human dilemmas, regardless of how twisted they may be. One film that seems to have been misplaced in the schizoid shuffle is Freddie Francis’ The Psychopath (1966), a lean little thriller that acts as a gateway for one of the most revered European horror sub-genres: the giallo.
Of course, Psycho plays a major part in this association; the Italian-originated giallo wallowing in mysteries of the mind shot through with a razor-sharp emphasis on the visceral, stemming from a psychological need, a desire, to fix wrongs, »
- Scott Drebit
Next year the “Twin Peaks” revival from David Lynch and Mark Frost will debut on Showtime. The series, which includes over 200 cast members, has fans pumped up for its return. Now, fans can get excited about a new event that could feature more exciting “Twin Peaks” news.
Lynch announced the Festival of Disruption, a two-day event that will take place October 8-9 at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The celebration will have Angelo Badalamenti performing the music from the hit series along with Xiu Xiu and Sky Ferreira, “Twin Peaks” actors Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern will give special talks during the festival, as well as Mel Brooks, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. The festival will also feature screenings of rarely seen Lynch short films and classics such as “Blue Velvet ” and “The Elephant Man,” Transcendental Meditation sessions and performances by Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, St. Vincent, »
- Liz Calvario
“Life is a festival of disruption,” according to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Now filmmaker and Maharishi disciple David Lynch will create his own Festival of Disruption. Taking place at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on October 8 and October 9, the festival will feature film, music, photography, multimedia, dance, and discussions all curated by Lynch himself. On the film side, the festival will screen the documentary Blue Velvet Revisited, The Elephant Man, and rare David Lynch shorts. There will talks by architect Frank Gehry, Mel Brooks, Kyle McLachlan & Laura Dern, and Blondie’s Debbie Harry & Chris Stein. Chris Milk will exhibit […] »
- Paula Bernstein
“Life is a festival of disruption,” Maharishi Mahesh Yogi once said. David Lynch is now set to live by this quote by “creating a mysterious & beautiful world” with the just-announced Festival of Disruption. Set to occur October 8 and 9 at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, on the film side, it will feature screenings of The Elephant Man, rare shorts from Lynch, and the documentary Blue Velvet Revisited. (It’s not mentioned, but this would be the ideal place to show off some of the new Twin Peaks, if you are listening, Showtime.)
On the music side, there will be performances from St. Vincent, Sky Ferreira, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, composer Angelo Badalamenti, Xiu Xiu, DJ’ing from Questlove, and more. Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern will also participate in a talk, while Mel Brooks will give his own, as well as Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. That’s not all, »
- Leonard Pearce
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes the action adventure The Legend Of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The film also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” the “Captain America” films), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Gladiator”), Oscar nominee John Hurt (“The Elephant Man,” the “Harry Potter” films), with Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), and two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained”).
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
David Yates (the final four “Harry Potter” films, upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) directed “The Legend of Tarzan” from a screenplay by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, story by Brewer and Cozad based on the Tarzan stories created by Burroughs.
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Reginald Hudlin (producer of “Django Unchained”) is directing and Paula Wagner (“Mission: Impossible,” “The Last Samurai”) is producing through her Chestnut Ridge Productions banner along with Jonathan Sanger (“The Elephant Man”) and Hudlin.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has all international distribution rights for “Marshall,” which began principal photography in Buffalo, New York, on May 23. The production is utilizing New York State’s Film Production Program.
“Marshall” is based on »
- Dave McNary
In 1982, Scum director Alan Clarke cast David Bowie in an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s early play for the BBC. Baal was Brecht’s first full length play, written in 1918 (reworked in 1926). Bowie stars as the title character, an outcast poet/musician who has a series of affairs and is involved in a killing. Bowie, who had recently performed in The Elephant Man on Broadway, acted and sang the lead role, alongside a cast that included Jonathan Kent and Zoë Wanamaker. This exclusive clip comprises the first full minute of the film, including the “ichthyosaurus” monologue and the first two verses of Bowie’s rendition of Baal’s Hymn.
Baal is included in the Blu-ray box set Dissent and Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC (1969-1989) and in the DVD box set Alan Clarke at the BBC, Volume 2: Disruption (1978-1989), out this week1982 archive article: Nancy Banks-Smith’s »
- Guardian Staff
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