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Here's what it's like to attend a Nicolas Cage-themed art show

21 July 2014 2:43 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Around 9 p.m. Saturday night in Los Angeles, a small but eager group stood in a building entrance lit only by Christmas lights and the flashlight of a lone security guard. A large, service-like elevator hit the ground floor, and soon, they slowly ascended to what’s called The Syrup Loft for an event seemingly ridiculous in theory, but executed with unbridled commitment: The Nicolas Cage Art Party Los Angeles.

It all started earlier this year. While working the night shift at Bed, Bath & Beyond, producer/curator Ezra Croft had an epiphany: He should hold a Nicolas Cage-themed art show. »

- C. Molly Smith

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Mel Brooks Recalls His First Mention in Variety in 1952

18 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even the “2000 Year Old Man” had to start somewhere. Back in 1952, 26 year-old Mel Brooks was just another struggling comedy writer, penning sketches for a revue — albeit one backed by names like Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor. “Curtain Going Up” had a two-week tryout in Philadelphia before a planned Broadway debut. Alas, the show never made it to the Great White Way, but the uber-talented Brooks certainly did. Again. And again. And again.

Do you remember seeing your first mention in Variety? 

At that point, I was so happy to get my name in Variety, even if it was just for a parking ticket! All my life, a mention in Variety, especially a good review of my shows on Broadway or of my films, has meant an awful lot. I was always very, very happy when I got a good review — and very angry when I got a bad review. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Blu-ray Deals: The Mel Brooks Collection (9-Disc Set) for $21.99 (69% Off); Includes Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, and More

18 July 2014 7:57 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Today's Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is a doozy.  For today only, you can get The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray for 69% off, which means it's $21.99 on Blu-ray and $18.99 on DVD.  The set includes The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World: Part I, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.  On Blu-ray, that breaks down to less than $2.50 per movie, and all of these films come with special features.  I've been waiting a long time to pull the trigger on this set, and at this price, I couldn't resist.  Click here to order. [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.]

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- Matt Goldberg

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Iris Prize adds Lgbt award

18 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pinewood sponsors £14,000 award for Best British Short.

The Iris Prize, Cardiff’s International gay and lesbian short film series, has added category Best British Short, which will be sponsored by Pinewood Studios to the tune of £14,000.

The winner will receive a post-production package to help with the making of their next film, comprising of sound mixing, sound track lay and dub plus layback.

The winner will be announced on Oct 12 during the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff. The Iris Prize itself comes with a prize of £25,000, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation.

The 10 film competing for the 2014 Iris Prize Best British Short are:

•        Brace – dir:  Sophy Holland, Alicya Eyo

•        Butterfly – dir:  Stuart McLaughlin

•        Holly Thursday (The Last Supper) – dir: Antony Hickling

•        Middle Man – dir: Charlie Francis

•        Playing The Game – dir: Jeremy Timings

•        Remission – dir: Christopher Brown

•        Siren [pictured] – dir: Louise Marie Cooke

•        Vis a Vis – dir: Dan Connolly

•        Wannabe – dir: Marco Calabrese

•        We are Fine – dir: Simon Savory »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Iris Prize adds Pinewood-backed Lgbt award

18 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pinewood sponsors £14,000 award for Best British Short.

The Iris Prize, Cardiff’s International gay and lesbian short film series, has added category Best British Short, which will be sponsored by Pinewood Studios to the tune of £14,000.

The winner will receive a post-production package to help with the making of their next film, comprising of sound mixing, sound track lay and dub plus layback.

The winner will be announced on Oct 12 during the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff. The Iris Prize itself comes with a prize of £25,000, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation.

The 10 film competing for the 2014 Iris Prize Best British Short are:

•        Brace – dir:  Sophy Holland, Alicya Eyo

•        Butterfly – dir:  Stuart McLaughlin

•        Holly Thursday (The Last Supper) – dir: Antony Hickling

•        Middle Man – dir: Charlie Francis

•        Playing The Game – dir: Jeremy Timings

•        Remission – dir: Christopher Brown

•        Siren [pictured] – dir: Louise Marie Cooke

•        Vis a Vis – dir: Dan Connolly

•        Wannabe – dir: Marco Calabrese

•        We are Fine – dir: Simon Savory »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Performance capture, Serkis, movies, videogames and Apes

17 July 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The James Clayton column: James explores the path to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and where we might be heading next...

Feature

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a film about apes. The title isn't misleading or a metaphor or anything. This is a movie about primates and though there are human protagonists sharing screentime and functioning as significant pieces in the plot, it's very much an ape affair. Key characters - Caesar, Cornelia, Koba - are all chimpanzees.

Actually, that's not completely true. In fact it's a damn dirty ape lie for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a work of great deception. This fresh bestial blockbuster employs the most state-of-art moviemaking technology to achieve its trickery, ironically bringing the primitive world to visceral life on screen by using the most advanced techniques available.

The truth about those convincing, hyper-real chimpanzees? Caesar is played by Andy Serkis, »

- simonbrew

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The Dead Parrot voted top Monty Python sketch by UK public

11 July 2014 2:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Dead Parrot has been voted the UK's favourite Monty Python sketch.

The skit, featuring John Cleese as a frustrated customer attempting to get his money back from stubborn pet salesman Michael Palin, first aired in December 1969.

Monty Python Live (Mostly) review: Flying out on a high

It was voted the most popular moment by 45% of the 2,000 British adults surveyed, who were asked to choose their top Monty Python sketch from a list of over 35 scenes.

Coming in at second place was The Lumberjack Song (28%), which ended up being released as a single in 1975.

In third place was The Ministry of Silly Walks, which received votes from 23% of respondents.

The top ten favourite Monty Python sketches are as follows:

Dead Parrot – 45%

The Lumberjack Song – 28%

The Ministry of Silly Walks – 23%

The Spanish Inquisition – 16%

Spam – 15%

Four Yorkshiremen – 12%

Nudge Nudge – 11%

Fish slapping dance – 8%

The Restaurant sketch (dirty fork) – 7%

The killer joke – 6%

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Mick Jagger Teases Monty Python Cast in ‘Monty Python Live (Mostly)’ Promo

2 July 2014 5:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rolling Stones lead Mick Jagger poked fun at the Monty Python troupe ahead of their string of performances at the O2 arena in London this week. They’re a bunch of “wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money,” Jagger remarks in the promo.

In a video posted on the Monty Python YouTube channel, Jagger is asked by his assistant if he wants tickets for the show. The singer, busy watching the World Cup, declines, “Who wants to see that again?”

The five surviving members of Monty Python are performing together live for the first time since 1980. The troupe will put on 10 shows beginning with Monday night’s and the last on July 20 being broadcast live in more than 2,000 theaters around the world, as well as on television.  The extravagantly assembled performances are expected to include their best-known sketches such as “Dead Parrot,” “The Spanish Inquisition »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Paul Mazursky, Director of ‘Unmarried Woman,’ Dies at 84

1 July 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Performer-turned-writer/director Paul Mazursky, who was Oscar-nommed five times and helmed hit movies including “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice” and “An Unmarried Woman,” has died. He was 84. Mazursky died of cardiac arrest Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

While his most significant films as a director came several decades ago, he returned to acting on TV in later years, playing Norm on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and appearing on “The Sopranos” and on ABC drama “Once and Again” as Sela Ward’s father.

Mazursky at his best captured the spirit of the late ’60s and the ’70s, when the American moral climate was turned on its head. His films entertainingly explored such weighty issues as marital fidelity, the merits of psychological therapy and modern divorce: “Bob and Ted,” starring Robert Culp and Natalie Wood as a “liberated” married couple; “Blume in Love,” starring George Segal and Susan Anspach »

- Richard Natale

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Monty Python's Flying Press Conference - 8 things we learned

30 June 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ahead of the start of their 10-date residency at London's O2, the Pythons (one down, five to go) got on stage together at the London Palladium to answer some questions.

Digital Spy popped along, and below are a few things we found out.

1. The final rip-off roundup

600 extra tickets for every O2 date will go on sale from 6pm tonight (June 30)Monty Python Sings (again) has a swanky reissue and there's the 9-disc Monty Python's Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection box set - both out todayThe last two nights are being recorded - and will be released on Blu-ray/DVDMonty Python's Spam Club - "what may be the worst run fan club in the world" - the Pythons invite you to ask questions via Spamvelope

2. Why isn't it being shown on the BBC?

The final night (July 20) will be broadcast live on UKTV Gold, as well as being screened at 1,800 cinemas in 30 countries, »

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Check Out the Games Microsoft Revealed During Their E3 Conference

9 June 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

So the Xbox One Media Conference for this year's E3 has just ended, and as they promised at the start, pretty much their entire showcase was about video games. They showed off a number of new titles (some exclusive, some just the first time we've seen them) and we've got all the information compiled in one easy spot for you to check out. Come inside to take a gander in case you missed it during the briefing (or just want to see it again)!

While many site will post these up individually, I for one feel it's easier on everyone to compile them in one big spot, that you can easily find and share with your friends. Plenty of exciting games were shown off at this year's Microsoft briefing so let's get right down to it!

Forza Horizon 2 (September 30, 2014)

Microsoft revealed a sequel to Forza Horizon is coming up at »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Cannes: Road Bumps Along the Way for China-u.S. Co-Productions (Exclusive)

17 May 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The past few months have seen a constant flow of deals and announcements that look like an imminent convergence between Hollywood and China, which is already the world’s second largest film territory and continues to rise. But the reality is tougher.

“Everyone is talking about co-productions between China and the U.S. But as I’ve discovered, it is so much harder that you can imagine,” said Kathy “Rain” Li, who is in the final stages of completing her film “Beijing, New York.”

“Every element the U.S. wants in the film and the way the story is told, the Chinese don’t like. Everything the Chinese want, the U.S. parties want to drop.”

Li’s story on the surface seems a natural fit for a co-production. It involves a Chinese woman who travels to New York to live out her American dream, but finds herself torn between men, »

- Patrick Frater

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A Look Back at the Cannes Palme D’or Winners from the 60′s: ‘Viridiana’

14 May 2014 12:43 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Viridiana

Written by Julio Alejandro and Luis Buñuel

Directed by Luis Buñuel

Spain/Mexico, 1961

The Cannes Film Festival has long been a venue to court controversy, and filmmaker Luis Buñuel was likewise one who consistently reveled in the divisive. At the 1961 festival, Buñuel  brought his latest release, Viridiana, and the results were spectacular, and spectacularly contentious. The film, which shared Palme d’Or honors with Henri Colpi’s The Long Absence, was subsequently met with charges of blasphemy from the Vatican’s newspaper, and it was promptly banned in Buñuel ‘s native Spain.

The Spanish reaction was particularly critical. Viridiana’s production in Buñuel’s place of birth was already a hot topic. Having left for America and Mexico in 1939, Spain’s surrealist native son was back home, the adamantly leftist filmmaker now working amidst Francisco Franco’s fascist dictatorship. What’s the worst that could happen?

Viridiana is what happened, »

- Jeremy Carr

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Police Story 2013 (2013) Movie Review

13 May 2014 7:36 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Though there’s always at least a bit of excitement at the release of any new Jackie Chan film, the announcement of “Police Story 2013” came as a particularly big piece of news, being the sixth instalment in the classic stunt filled series. With Chan having obviously aged since his early days of hanging off buses and it having been some 10 years since “New Police Story”, the film unsurprisingly takes a different direction, director Ding Cheng (“The Underdog Knight”) aiming to mix in more drama and emotion with the action. With support from Liu Ye (“The Last Supper”) and Jing Tian (“Special ID”), the film was a Hong Kong-China production, and like most of Chan’s recent outings has more of a Mainland influence and appeal than his early works. Chan plays Police officer Zhong Wen, who’s in town to meet up with his estranged rebellious daughter Miao (Jiang Tian »

- James Mudge

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TV highlights 06/05/2014

5 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Big Allotment Challenge | Happy Valley | Mr Drew's School for Boys | The French Revolution: Tearing Up History | Almost Human | Hannibal | Miller's Mountain | Tennis: Madrid Open

"Today, Jim wants to see the perfect aubergine." And so begins another gentle week of The Big Allotment Challenge, with the competition at its halfway point. Rupert and Dimi have quarantined a chilli, Gary and Pete are giving their plants a tickle and Alex and Ed are taking a chance on their stressed-out aubergine. Next, the allotmenteers attempt to grow three matching sunflowers before going crazy with their piccalilli recipes. "One more gherk?" suggests a brave soul. Don't do it! As ever, the duo with the weakest efforts must leave. Hannah Verdier

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- Hannah Verdier, Rachel Aroesti, Bim Adewunmi, Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, John Robinson, Ali Catterall and Mark Jones

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Our Totally Inappropriate Easter Tribute to Sexy Jesus!

20 April 2014 5:10 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Easter is here, which means it’s time for flamboyantly gay hats to courageously come out of the closet, and time to ogle Hollywood’s hottest Jesi!

Jesus is one of the most coveted roles in show business, but it’s not for the timid. To succeed, you have to make us believe you’re willing to die for our sins. Not stub your toe for our sins, not get a nasty paper cut for our sins, but you have to convince us you’re willing to get nailed … so we can do the same.

The actors on the following pages all have that Original Sinnocence™, that combination of piousness and grungy hotness. Take a look at our Calvacade of Christ, and decide which one deserves to be crowned awarded “Sexiest Jesus!”

Jeremy Sisto in Jesus

Jesus was a 1999 four-hour NBC mini-series that featured Jeremy in the title role and »

- snicks

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'It's the Best and Worst of Times for Chinese Cinema,' Says Director Lu Chuan

16 April 2014 5:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

One of China’s most celebrated younger film directors Lu Chuan hailed the rise of the film market in his home country, but said he was worried that there was not enough focus on content in the current frenzy. Lu is best known overseas for his 2004 thriller set among hunters on the Tibetan plateau, Kekexili: Mountain Patrol and his elegiac black-and-white feature about the Japanese army’s massacre of Chinese civilians in Nanjing during WWII, City of Life and Death (2009). He also scored critical plaudits with 2012's The Last Supper. Photos: Johnny Depp's First Trip to China “For me, I think

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- Clifford Coonan

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‘Beijing, New York’ Unites Li and Easternlight

24 March 2014 3:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Asian supermodel Lin Chiling stars in “Beijing, New York,” an East-West love triangle story that is the directorial debut of cinematographer Rain Li.

Easternlight, the Asian affiliate of Arclight Films, is handling international sales.

The film, which also stars top Chinese actor Liu Ye (“The Last Supper”) and Richard de Klerk (TV’s “Stargate”), has its market debut at FilMart this week.

The story involves a Chinese woman who travels to New York to live out her American dream, but finds herself torn between men, cities and cultural traditions.

London and Hong Kong-based Li, aka Kathy Li, has cinematography credits including “Paris, je t’aime” and Gus Van Sant’s “Paranoid Park.” For “Beijing New York” she tapped Chris Doyle as her lenser.

“ ‘Beijing, New York’ is a truthful and thrilling look into the journey to find true happiness and the joy, pain and adventure that ensues when one is »

- Patrick Frater

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'American Idol' Recap: Top 9 Finalists Revealed

20 March 2014 7:20 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

American Idol’s Top 10 singers were cut down to nine after the contestants' performed selections from the Billboard Top 10 the night before. Not every performance on the show's hits themed episode -- which featured songs by Florida Georgia Line, Foster the People, Avicii and Zedd -- made it to the top of the pops. Some faltered all the way to the bottom. So who was a hit -- and who was a stiff? Photos: 'American Idol' Season 13: Meet the Top 10 Singers Before revealing who went home, the show once more showed the Top 10 at the Idol version of The Last Supper, where the contestants break bread

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- Michele Amabile Angermiller

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10 Famous Actors Who Tried To Direct Movies (And Failed)

4 March 2014 4:15 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

ThinkFilm

History is filled with artists who mastered more than one medium. Michelangelo sculpted David and painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Leonardo Da Vinci painted The Last Supper and conceptualised the machinery of the future. And thus is the case for some modern-day actors who have also became extraordinary directors – early greats like Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles, later legends like Clint Eastwood, and contemporary talents like Ben Affleck.

But just because an actor experiences success in front of the camera and is allowed the financial means to direct a movie doesn’t mean he or she has the aptitude to be a fully-fledged filmmaker. Hollywood is filled with actors who tried and failed to be directors. Whether it was because the actors couldn’t handle multiple jobs, were too indulgent, or simply didn’t have great material to work with, the following 10 actors-turned-directors are the reason producers »

- Chris McKittrick

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