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Directed by Bob Rafelson
Five Easy Pieces follows along an existential strain of American cinema that began with films like The Graduate (1967) and Easy Rider (1969), where, in the latter example, two men went looking for America and, as its tagline states, couldn’t find it anywhere, and continued through the vehement introspection that emerged from the tormented minds of Martin Scorsese’s anti-heroes, like Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver ) and Jake La Motta (Raging Bull ). Somewhere in between these two manifestations of anguish is Jack Nicholson’s Robert Eroica Dupea, the main character of Bob Rafelson’s 1970 feature. Disenchanted with life and the people who surround him, and utterly aimless in his restless, insatiable quest for self-contentment, Bobby is continually disheartened by the realization that his ideals of happiness and unhappiness don’t apply to everyone else, and may not even be applicable to himself. »
- Jeremy Carr
"Inside Out" is an emotional, sometimes devastating look at a young girl's emotions as illustrated through five dynamic creatures: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader). Fear is the rubberiest member of the quintet, a nervous and jittery fellow whose eyes always seem ready to burst of his head. Naturally Bill Hader is a fine fit for the part. His time on "SNL" proved his greatest strength is playing characters who are soulfully weird. We caught up with Hader to discuss how he got the part of Fear in "Inside Out," how "The Skeleton Twins" changed his life, and why Martin Scorsese is so meaningful to him. Can you see yourself in the physical movements of your character? Is that disturbing? Not disturbing, but it's there. I watched it with my wife at this cast-and-crew screening, and my wife said, »
- Louis Virtel
20th Century Fox
Sometimes, to really pull off a role, it’s necessary to go ‘method’. This usually involves an actor making a direct physical or psychological connection with his or her character in order to portray them, often living as the character or at last echoing their mannerisms as closely as possible in their private life.
Actors famously associated with method acting, making huge physical or emotional sacrifices for their art, include cinema heavyweights such as Robert De Niro and Daniel Day-Lewis. De Niro famously became a boxer for his role as Jake Lamotta in Raging Bull, going through a rigorous physical regime and even entering three fights (he won two) while being trained by the man himself. He then gained 60lbs to portray the physical deterioration of Lamotta in later life.
Crazy stuff, but De Niro, Day-Lewis and others have all been honoured by the acting community for their dedication to the craft, »
- Adam Thompson
Oscar winning producer Robert Chartoff, who shared an Academy Award win with his producing partner Irwin Winkler for 1976’s Rocky, has died aged 81. Chartoff, who was battling pancreatic cancer, died on Wednesday.
He had been partnered with Winkler for many years, and was behind such films such as They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, The Gambler, True Confessions and Point Blank. The duo would win an Oscar for their work on Rocky, and were also Oscar-nominated for Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull and The Right Stuff, directed by Philip Kaufman.
More recently, Chartoff had worked on Ender’s Game, Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming film Scarpa, and the latest entry into the Rocky franchise Creed, which stars Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four) as the son of famous fighter Apollo Creed who is trained by Rocky, and is due for release in 2016.
Chartoff-Winkler produced all of the Rocky films, with the first earning 10 Oscar nominations, »
- Scott J. Davis
His daughter Miranda Chartoff confirmed that the filmmaker passed away on Wednesday (June 10) at his California home, CNN reports.
Chartoff and Winkler's films have received 12 Oscars and 40 nominations.
His daughter Julie Chartoff said: "My father was amazing. He was an amazing father and person. There are no words. The important thing is that he died surrounded by his family."
Watch the trailer for Rocky below: »
Robert Chartoff, who shared an Oscar with partner Irwin Winkler to produce “Rocky,” and was Oscar-nommed for Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” and Philip Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff,” died Wednesday in Santa Monica. He was 81 and had been battling pancreatic cancer.
The duo were responsible for numerous influential films of the late ’60s and 1970s through their Chartoff-Winkler Productions, including Sydney Pollack’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall starrer “True Confessions,” John Boorman’s “Point Blank” and James Caan starrer “The Gambler.”
- Pat Saperstein
Robert Chartoff, the Oscar-winning producer whose credits included the classic films “Rocky” and “Raging Bull,” died Wednesday at his home in Santa Monica. He was 81. Chartoff died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in 1933, Chartoff attended Union College and Columbia University Law School before embarking on his film career, which included more than 30 films. With his longtime partner Irwin Winkler, he produced the 1976 film “Rocky,” which won him an Academy Award. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 Other films in Chartoff’s catalog include the 1967 Lee Marvin-Angie Dickinson crime drama “Point Blank,” 1978’s “Comes a Horseman,” the. »
- Tim Kenneally
It's that time of year. The weather's warm (at last) in New York and city dwellers begin spilling out into parks and onto rooftops to watch movies outside. Popular annual series include the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival (among this year's highlights: Ghostbusters, Footloose, Chinatown and Back to the Future); the Intrepid Summer Movie Series (sea, air and space-themed movies from the flight deck of the ship-based museum); McCarren Park's SummerScreen (showing Clueless, Wet Hot American Summer, Dirty Dancing, Jurassic Park and others); and the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival (showing Fame, Airplane! and Raging Bull, among
- Hilary Lewis
Before he heads off to make the next Star Trek film, Simon Pegg is back in UK cinemas this weekend for the really rather good romantic comedy, Man Up. He co-stars with Lake Bell in the movie, and ahead of its release, he spared us some time to chat about the film, and what he's up to next...
Another South Bank movie!
Absolutely, yeah. You make a very good point. »
Festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux introduced the sneak screening, which was also attended by singers Mary J. Blige and Charli Xcx, as well as models Adriana Lima and Dita Von Teese, by praising Gyllenhaal’s performance as “one of his best.”
Fremaux, a self-proclaimed sporting enthusiast, said the movie beautifully captures a sport that usually doesn’t read well on the bigscreen.
“This sport is so well-filmed on television that it’s very hard to get the same feeling in the cinema on screen like Martin Scorsese did with ‘Raging Bull,’” he said. “But this film is so strong and credible. We believe Jake is a boxer first.”
Audiences were shown a sneak peek of »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. The Olympic Auditorium Project Tweetable Logline: A documentary about L.A.'s late great fight mecca, told through the voices of fighters, musicians, insiders and fans. Elevator Pitch: We're making a feature-length documentary that chronicles the action at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles' late, great boxing, wrestling, roller derby and music arena. The Olympic hosted a who's who of 20th century icons: Muhammad Ali, Andre the Giant, Johnny Rotten, Clint Eastwood, Joan Didion and many more. It was home for roller derby and a tribal gathering point of the hardcore punk scene. "Rocky," "Raging Bull" and "Million Dollar Baby" were shot there. And did we mention that »
Exclusive: Jamaican director’s new drama aimed to be ready by the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Some of the most famous Jamaican sprinters - and the fastest men in the world - are to feature in Jamaican director Storm Saulter’s new dramatic feature Sprinter.
“With Sprinter, I want to do for running films what Raging Bull did for the boxing film,” Saulter has commented of the film, which producer Don Ranvaud (Central Station, City Of God) has been introducing to the market in Cannes.
Saulter, who grew up in the Jamaican countryside, has extensive experience as a photographer and cinematographer on a number of TV commercials for Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt.
The writer-director intends to use “track and field as a vehicle to explore the experiences of a modern Caribbean family in all of its complexity”.
“This is about the pressure that kids in Jamaica have to become athletes and obviously sprinters,” commented Don Ranvaud »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Nicolas Cage: You know him for his hair, his good movies, his bad movies, and that infectious, often insidious laugh. Last year Cage teamed up with Taxi Driver and Raging Bull scribe Paul Schrader for The Dying of the Light, a film written and directed by Schrader that was allegedly butchered by producers and consequently disowned by both Schrader and Cage. Now Variety reports that Cage has re-teamed with Schrader for Dog Eat Dog. Even better news: Deadline reports that Schrader will have complete creative control, something he hasn’t had in a long while. Schrader, pulling no punches, posted on Facebook: Schrader describes the film as a crime thriller. “Ed Bunker is the crime writer’s crime writer… He’s in the pantheon and one of the main people who define modern crime writing. He lived the life and lived to tell the story. Dog Eat Dog is Bunker at his best. »
- Greg Cwik
Last night Harvey Weinstein invited industry figures and selected press to see a sizzle reel of The Weinstein Company’s upcoming releases, and a very solid slate they have too. First up was Adam Jones, a kind of Jerry Maguire with pots and pans, starring Bradley Cooper as an American restaurateur who moves to London to change the face of upscale dining (yes, you read that correctly). With a cast that includes Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson, mainstream success seems likely. Two boxing movies followed, one fictional, one not. The first, Southpaw, has already gained Oscar buzz for a transformational performance by star Jake Gyllenhaal, and the clips did not disappoint. Rather than a Raging Bull-style biopic, the film suggests more of a psychological drama, with the star playing a former boxer whose life spirals out of control after the death of his wife, returning to the »
The Weinstein Company unveiled its upcoming slate on Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, with an embarrassment of riches in dramatic films starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett coming this year. Gyllenhaal seemed shy as he walked on the stage at the Majestic Hotel salon, but the footage from his upcoming “Southpaw” was nothing if not reminiscent of the intensity of “Raging Bull.” Weinstein promised a performance of that caliber, and so did Gyllenhaal. “It was a tough journey,” the actor acknowledged, saluting director Antoine Fuqua. “Antoine gave me everything of his, and I gave him everything of mine. »
- Sharon Waxman
The Weinstein Co.’s Cannes presentation is always an early launching pad for fall awards season. But on Thursday afternoon at the Majestic Hotel, Harvey Weinstein actually started handicapping the 2016 Oscars race from the South of France.
Joined by Jake Gyllenhaal onstage, Weinstein said it was an outrage that the star was snubbed for his performance in “Nightcrawler,” which was released by Open Road Films last fall. “We’ll get revenge,” Weinstein said. “This transformation in ‘Southpaw’ is amazing,” Weinstein added about the upcoming summer movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, where Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer. Weinstein revealed that “Southpaw” had been selected for Cannes, but it couldn’t play in competition because Gyllenhaal is a member of the jury.
- Ramin Setoodeh
If you were to picture the perfect fashion intern, 71-year-old Robert De Niro would likely not be it. But the “Raging Bull” actor slips smoothly into the role opposite Anne Hathaway in Nancy Meyer’s upcoming comedy “The Intern,” if the new trailer is anything to go by at least. The unusual premise is that Jules Ostin (Hathaway), founder of a fashion based e-commerce company, agrees to a community outreach program, prompting widower Ben Whittaker (De Niro) to join the firm as a trainee. Dubbed the Senior Intern Program, he jumps right into the role, making friends with 20-something tech »
- Debbie Emery
Following his fall 2014 Le Conversazioni with Zadie Smith (White Teeth) and Patrick McGrath (Asylum and Spider), Antonio Monda invited Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen Sondheim to discuss films that influenced their lives and work.
Le Conversazioni and Rome Film Festival Artistic Director Antonio Monda Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
- Anne-Katrin Titze
It was August, 2005. I knocked on the double door at the Four Seasons. It opened almost immediately. "Hi, I'm Nic," he said, hand outstretched. Nicolas Cage wasn't who I expected him to be. Like all actors, he was smaller and trimmer in person than he appeared on-screen. Neatly dressed in an Armani suit, Cage also displayed none of the manic fervor in real life as had become his signature on-screen. He was thoughtful, well-spoken and incredibly literate in all seven arts. It's an infrequent experience that you leave an interview feeling you've just met someone that you could hang out with regularly, but I got that with Nic Cage, in spades. He was endlessly fascinating, but also kind of a regular guy. Another of my favorite chats I count myself lucky to have been part of.
Nicolas Cage: Lord Of The Nerds
It’s an inevitable »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Life of Agony bassist Alan Robert's comic-book mini-series Killogy has been an indie hit since its 2012 release, due to its Tarantino-esque mix of dark humor and gory violence alongside a bizarre celebrity cast. The series is set during a zombie apocalypse and centers on three accused murderers who bear uncanny resemblances to tough-guy actor Frank Vincent (Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Sopranos), punk icon Marky Ramone and Heroes actress Brea Grant.
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