Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
The 6th Annual TCM Classic Film Fest starts today in Hollywood, kicking off 4 days of fan-friendly classic film viewing. Though Turner Classic Movies's festival is only six years old, the TV channel works to make each year bigger and broader than the year before it. This year, TCM will honor legendary director Francis Ford Coppola with a handprint ceremony, and call on the likes of Angela Lansbury, Faye Dunaway, Rita Moreno, and Anna Karina to introduce its decades-and-countries-spanning festival lineup. If you thought "Classic Movies" meant films shot in La from 1930-1950, TCM has some mind-altering revelations for you!
This year's theme is Moving Pictures; movies that not only move us to tears (It's A Wonderful Life and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), but also laughter (Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid), trepidation (Band of Outsiders), spiritualism (The Passion of Joan of Arc), and introspection (Network,
As the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award recipient in 2013, Brooks is also in an elite group as an "Egot" — an artist who has received all four major entertainment prizes: the Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® awards. Most recently Brooks was awarded the British Film Institute Fellowship — the British Film Institute's highest possible honor. Brooks has written, directed, produced and starred in many classic comedies, including "The Producers" (1967), "Blazing Saddles" (1974), "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "Silent Movie" (1976), "High Anxiety" (1977), "History of the World Part 1" (1981), "To Be or Not to Be" (1983), "Spaceballe" (1987), "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993) and "Dracula: Dead and Loving it" (1995). His visionary film company, Brooksfilms Limited, also produced critically acclaimed films such as "My Favorite Year" (1982), "The Fly" (1986), "84 Charing Cross Road" (1987) and the Academy Award®-nominated "The Elephant Man" (1980).
Steve Martin is an actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician. Recipient of an Emmy®, four Grammy Awards®, a Kennedy Center Honor and an Honorary Oscar®, Martin first rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian and quickly established himself as a leading man with a body of work defined by his unique creative voice. In his break-out role in "The Jerk"(1979), which he also co-wrote, Martin's distinct comedic sensibilities launched him into the zeitgeist.
He went on to become a bankable big-screen star, with distinct roles in films such as "Pennies from Heaven" (1981), "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1982), "The Man with Two Brains" (1983), "Three Amigos!' (1986), "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986) and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988), "All of Me" (1984), "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" (1987), "Roxanne" (1987) and "Father of the Bride" parts I and II (1991, 1995), "Parenthood" (1989), "Grand Canyon" (1991), "L.A. Story" (1991) and "Shopgirl" (2005) — a film which he wrote based on his novella of the same name.
In addition to his beloved film credits and his successful writing career, Martin is also an accomplished musician. Martin recently premiered his new musical "Bright Star," at the Old Globe Theater featuring original music by Martin and songwriter Edie Brickell, inspired by their Grammy Award®-winning collaboration "Love Has Come For You."
"Steve Martin is an American original," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. "From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author — and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award." Proceeds from the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute event directly support the Institute's national education programs.
Martin began his career writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, winning an Emmy in 1969. He went on to forge a career in comedy before his first film - seven-minute short The Absent-Minded Waiter - was nominated for an Academy Award in 1977. His break-out role came in 1979's The Jerk, which he also co-wrote, and he went on to star in a string of comedy hits, including Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Little Shop Of Horrors and Planes, Trains And Automobiles.
Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees Sir Howard Stringer said: "Steve Martin is an American original. From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands...
"Things go dark. I don't mind much. It's okay." John Hartigan, Sin City.
We're at the shadowy back-end of the summer blockbuster season and darkness is entering the frame. Here comes ultraviolence, sleaze, crime and death, all beautifully shot in macabre high-contrast monochrome. Just when you thought you'd got yourself clean and were all peppy after some upbeat family-friendly popcorn thrills, here's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For to darken up the doorways. (And it will light up a cigarette in those doorways and spit out some tough dialogue from between its bloodstained teeth while it's lingering there.)
We're back in the Basin City of Frank Miller's graphic novels again, once more brought to vivid screen life by the comics creator
Do you remember the first time you saw the 80s exploitation horror classic Hiker Meat? Chances are you don't. Although it conjures up that innocent age when teenagers with Silvikrin locks and too-short shorts could get unironically butchered on camping holidays, Hiker Meat isn't quite what it appears to be. In fact, it doesn't even exist. Which makes it all the more peculiar that it is now the subject of a new making-of documentary called Rough Cut, an intriguing experiment that combines elements of Grindhouse and Berberian Sound Studio with a fanboy fondness for the slasher genre.
The title Hiker Meat first cropped up as an imaginary film score on the discography of a fictitious krautrock band, Lustfaust, co-created for an art
• Edith Head's classic designs – in pictures
Edith Head, the subject of today's Google Doodle, still holds the record for most Oscar wins by an individual woman: eight, all for her costume designs. Most of these wins came in the early 50s, including two for Audrey Hepburn movies, Roman Holiday and Sabrina, but it was Head's work on a string of Alfred Hitchcock films that have ensured her place in the cinematic firmament.
In fact, it's fair to say that Head's costume work in films such as Vertigo, The Birds, and Rear Window was integral to Hitchcock's particular, recondite concern: the dismantling of apparently perfect women. The co-ordinated suits and neat frocks worn by the likes of Tippi Hedren, Grace Kelly and Kim Novak were the most obvious part of
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"I've been a very lucky guy," says Picker. "I wound up in a situation where I was able
I asked him a few questions via email about It's a Disaster, which premiered at Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this year.
Slackerwood: How did you conceive of the idea for this apocalyptic comedy?
Berger: It all started when I read an article about how George Romero's Night of the Living Dead is public domain. I came up with an idea to shoot new footage, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid style,
Virtual actors in new films have long been a dream for producers. Since 2004, when Kerry Conran's Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow brought Laurence Olivier back 15 years after his death to play crazed scientist Dr Totenkopf, it has been a reality. Yet though Sky Captain represented a big step forward from the simple archive footage techniques used in films like Zelig and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, it has taken a while for technology to catch up to the point where it can successfully render dead actors in new situations. The options available to producers have also been limited by copyright issues, with the rights to big stars' images often increasing after their deaths.
Last month, Core Media made a big impression by bringing Tupac Shakur back from...
Written by: Dean Hargrove, Gabriel Dell
Cast: Gabriel Dell, Will Geer, Anjanette Comer, Joyce Van Patten, Vincent Gardenia, Barbara Harris, Jackie Coogan, Huntz Hill
For movie fans of all genres, Mod (Made on Demand) DVDs are both a blessing and a curse. While it's true DVD-r technology makes it possible for collectors to own a physical copy of movies that wouldn't otherwise warrant a full-scale release, it also allows the studios to sell any film hiding in the corner of a film vault. And that would be fine if it wasn’t for the premium price tag attached to the finished product.
Taking a risk by purchasing an unknown film can be costly, as you might be buying a film better suited for a Walmart dump bin, which is where The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery belongs. Despite the script's best intentions, and a cast filled
'David Lynch, you really are quite wonderful and have helped to stretch the way in which I think and the way I perceive the world," Chamba said last week, beneath our interview with the film director turned techno musician. "Thank you for all your films and for Twin Peaks (which got me through my A-levels) and for your wacky interviews! And thank you Xan Brooks for a very funny article."
Lynch was not just interviewed last week, he was the guest editor of Film&Music. Hence articles about getting 21-year-olds from the Ozarks to listen to his music, and having Billy Gibbons of Zz Top discuss the workings of the block and tackle, all of which prompted ZIZI1001 to comment: "Strange fruit … but what a fruit. An embarrassment of riches today."
The Zz Top piece elicited an outburst
It doesn't take much for me to blub and films, although predominantly fictional, are a common trigger for these very real tears. Like most film fans, I find certain movies tug at my heartstrings harder than any, er, tug of war, no matter how many times I watch them. So, super-soft tissues at the ready for my top five tearjerkers – my first, my last, my every viewing …
If it's not bad enough that Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) only replies "ditto" when his girlfriend Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) says "I love you", he's murdered before he can even utter the L-word. So the final scene, when the adorable couple are briefly reunited and Sam finally tells her he's always loved her before being rushed to heaven – and yes, accompanied by the Unchained
Steve Martin and Carl Reiner
The Jerk (1979)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
The Man with Two Brains (1983)
All of Me (1984)
As comedy partnerships go, they don't come much better than this. In their work together, Reiner and Martin co-wrote and made some of the best comedy of all time. At the time of The Jerk, Martin was the most popular comedian in America. He was regularly selling out stadiums with his stand up shows, had won the Grammy for best comedy album in '77 and '78 and had sold over a million copies of his single King Tut. Meanwhile Reiner had established himself in the early sixties by creating and writing for The Dick Van Dyke Show, a sitcom set in the world of television, and it was here that he first began to direct.
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