5 items from 2015
Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »
- Emily Rome
What is it about "Clue"? Thirty years after the kooky non-hit murder mystery left theaters (along with its three original endings), it's become as much of a cult phenomenon as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Tim Curry's other mansion romp with a delirious lineup of characters. Don't believe me? Until Paramount stepped in to protest, La's NuArt Theatre conducted "shadow cast" screenings of "Clue" featuring costumed cast imitators who mimed the movie in front of the projection. That's a next-level tribute. Based on the Parker Brothers board game, "Clue" is a whodunit in a very traditional sense. It is literally a dark and stormy night, there is literally a butler who might've done it, and there are Agatha Christie-type explanations for the homicides at the end of the movie. So why is it beloved? That answer, unlike the culprit of the movie's seven murders, reveals itself quickly: "Clue »
- Louis Virtel
Hooray, Celebrity Big Brother is back!
Last night's instalment saw the celebrity contestants - including Patsy Kensit, Katie Hopkins and Perez Hilton - getting to know each other while supping free-flowing champagne and settling into their humble Elstree abode.
And most didn't hold back on their introductions, flirtations, criticisms and unleashing of too much personal information.
We've picked some of the funniest, most memorable and, in some cases, most frankly disgusting lines from the new housemates below:
1. Katie Hopkins on Perez's pee pee
"Perez needs to go for a wee. And he's calling it pee pee. Which makes me wonder what he calls his penis. Because it's probably winkie."
"You know, the guy who leaked his d**k pics. »
Former Warner Bros. executive Sandy Reisenbach has died after battling a “lengthy illness,” the studio confirmed on Wednesday. He was 82.
“Sandy was a good friend and helped me immensely when I joined the company in 1994,” Kevin Tsujihara, studo Chairman and CEO, said in a statement.
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“He was always incredibly generous with his time and expertise — not just with me, but with everyone. Sandy’s legacy lives on today at Warner Bros. and across the industry through the countless executives he helped mentor and the many careers he helped shape over the years. »
- Matt Donnelly
Sanford (“Sandy”) Reisenbach, former executive vice president, marketing and planning at Warner Bros., died in Beverly Hills on January 6 following a lengthy illness. He was 82.
Reisenbach initially joined Warner Bros. Pictures in 1979 as executive vice president, advertising and publicity, guiding more than 250 marketing campaigns, including those for the Academy Award-winning “Chariots of Fire,” the “Batman” and “Lethal Weapon” film franchises and the comedies “Private Benjamin” and “Police Academy.”
After he spent a decade in the film division, Warner Bros. promoted Reisenbach to executive vice president, marketing and planning — a role created for him. For the next 12 years, he oversaw and advised the studio on worldwide marketing; he was also had oversight over Warner Bros. Family Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, the company’s kids’ programming and marketing initiative, and theme park interests.
- Carmel Dagan
5 items from 2015
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