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Mel Gibson and Sean Penn Teaming Up for Unlikely Roles in 'The Professor and the Madman'

3 August 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Both Mel Gibson and Sean Penn broke out big in the summer of 1982. Gibson soared as a haunted loner in action thriller The Road Warrior and Penn stood out as a stoned high school student in the goofy comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Both had already shown their skills -- Gibson in Mad Max and Gallipoli, Penn in Taps -- and the roles they played in the following years showed the wide range of their dramatic talents. Thanks to the popular Mad Max and Lethal Weapon series, Gibson became known as an action star. He balanced that out with roles in intense dramas and light comedies, and eventually turned to filmmaking, winning two Academy Awards for Braveheart. His latest directorial project, the wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge, is due for release on November 4.   For his...

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Mel Gibson, Sean Penn Set To Star in ‘Professor and the Madman,’ About the Creation of the Oxford English Dictionary

2 August 2016 7:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mel Gibson is having a busy year in 2016, with his new action film “Blood Father” set for commercial release next month and his latest directorial effort “Hacksaw Ridge” to be in theaters by November. Now, The Hollywood Reporter announces that Gibson and actor Sean Penn will star in a new film entitled “Professor and the Madman.” Gibson acquired the film rights to Simon Winchester’s book of the same name back in 1998, and now it will soon see the light of day.

Read More: Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Emerges as Surprise Awards Contender

“Professor and the Madman” is a tale of two obsessive men trying to complete a project larger than both of them, infusing madness and genius together in the process. Gibson stars as Professor James Murray, a man who in 1857 set out to compile the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the most ambitious projects ever conceived at the time. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Cameron Crowe on ‘Roadies': Why Music Fans Need to Put Down Their Phones

24 June 2016 3:24 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“For me, it’s just cool to be a middleman to some characters that people might relate to,” said writer-director Cameron Crowe, whose characters have included the likes of the quintessential stoner Jeff Spicoli in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” the boombox-hoisting Lloyd Dobler in “Say Anything,” the driven agent Jerry Maguire in the movie that bears his name and the teenaged rock journalist William Miller (based on Crowe’s own adventures) in “Almost Famous,” for which he won a screenwriting Oscar. Crowe’s new cast of characters is on display in the Showtime series “Roadies,” his first foray into episodic television and. »

- Steve Pond

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'Roadies': TV Review

20 June 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cameron Crowe has all the bona fides — let's get that out of the way right up front. His backstory as a music journalist is legendary, he has more and better stories about rock 'n' roll than you will ever have and among his many films are two that stand out for music fans as cutting right to the emotional bone of why they even listen in the first place — Singles and Almost Famous. And, yes, he did Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Say Anything, which also were fueled by music and, well, other fine films as well.

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- Tim Goodman

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Review: ‘Roadies’ Needs Direction, But Life on the Bus is Fun With Cameron Crowe

17 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Cameron Crowe is a writer defined by his early success. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Say Anything,” “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire” are all landmark films that, no matter what comes next for the man behind them, will remain indisputable classics for the rest of time. Yes, even after unmitigated disasters like “Vanilla Sky” and “Aloha,” Crowe’s early films remain untarnished.

So it’s almost too fitting that the music journalist-turned-filmmaker kicks off the next phase of his career — a television show he’s created, directed and co-written — by using a legendary rock band, past it’s prime but looking to recapture the magic, as an allegorical device for, well, everything; just as it’s fitting that “Roadies” exemplifies the best of Crowe’s earnest exuberances, as well as the potholes he should now know how to avoid.

Even with both in the mix, the new Showtime drama is mostly a fun ride. »

- Ben Travers

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Review: ‘Roadies’ Needs Direction, But Life on the Bus is Fun With Cameron Crowe

17 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cameron Crowe is a writer defined by his early success. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Say Anything,” “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire” are all landmark films that, no matter what comes next for the man behind them, will remain indisputable classics for the rest of time. Yes, even after unmitigated disasters like “Vanilla Sky” and “Aloha,” Crowe’s early films remain untarnished.

So it’s almost too fitting that the music journalist-turned-filmmaker kicks off the next phase of his career — a television show he’s created, directed and co-written — by using a legendary rock band, past it’s prime but looking to recapture the magic, as an allegorical device for, well, everything; just as it’s fitting that “Roadies” exemplifies the best of Crowe’s earnest exuberances, as well as the potholes he should now know how to avoid.

Even with both in the mix, the new Showtime drama is mostly a fun ride. »

- Ben Travers

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'The Last Face': Sean Penn’s Passion Project Ripped To Shreds On Twitter After Cannes Debut

20 May 2016 7:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Though Sean Penn is best known for his storied acting career, garnering acclaim for performances in films like "Milk," "Mystic River," "Carlito's Way," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," but he's also received acclaim for his directorial work dating back to his 1991 debut film "The Indian Runner." His 2007 film "Into The Wild," an adaptation of Jon Krakauer's book of the same name about Christopher McCandless's trek in the Alaskan wilderness, was nominated for a slew of awards and was a commercial success. But his latest film "The Last Face," about the head of an international aid organization (Charlize Theron) falling in love with a relief doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst war-torn Africa, just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to some of the worst reviews of his career. Though Olivier Assayas' "Personal Shopper" received a few boos and Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon" a highly polarized »

- Vikram Murthi

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Let Her Be Horny: Talking Cinema with Amy Heckerling

13 May 2016 1:02 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Amy HeckerlingThe films of Amy Heckerling reveal a heart guarded and tender, a penchant for the past without a whiff of the maudlin. Who could forget her debut, Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Directed from Cameron Crowe's script, the 1982 film gave us frank portrayals of sexuality and the detailed minutiae of growing up, suspended in the hazy tedium of high school, all without condescension or patronizing. Totally righteous. Heckerling proved attuned to the particulars of comedy with her next feature Johnny Dangerously (1984), a waggish send-up of the 1930s gangster comedy. In its cheeky beginning, a 1935 title card reveals itself to be a real material object that crumbles when car crash obliterates its façade. With a darkened lash line, a young Michael Keaton puts forth his best James Cagney as the titular mobster whose identity and status are known to all but his ailing ma and brother, a rising assistant Da. »

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Bad News For Those Waiting For Clueless: The Musical To Finally Get Here

13 May 2016 10:32 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s a forgone conclusion that, in addition to your favorite film franchise being rebooted, it.s going to have a broadway musical made about it as well. Such has been the case with the likes of School of Rock and Legally Blonde. Such will be the case with the likes of 1995's Clueless. Amy Heckerling, who wrote and directed the original film, also handled the musical adaptation, and while she says the stage version is coming, it.s not coming nearly fast enough for her taste.   Amy Heckerling is responsible for some incredibly popular films, including the Look Who.s Talking series and the 1980s classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. However, one of the films at the top of the list has to be her modern retelling of Jane Austen's Emma, Clueless. Entertainment Weekly spoke with the writer on the eve of a retrospective of her greatest films, »

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NYC Weekend Watch: Amy Heckerling, J.G. Ballard, Noël Coward & More

12 May 2016 6:28 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Spend “A Weekend with Amy Heckerling” when Johnny Dangerously and Fast Times at Ridgemont High screen this Saturday, while Look Who’s Talking and Clueless show on Sunday. All are on 35mm.

For “Welcome to Metrograph: A-z,” see a print of Philippe Garrel‘s The Inner Scar on Friday and Sunday; André de Toth‘s »

- Nick Newman

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How Amy Heckerling Got Out Of Director Jail By Making The Films She Wanted To Make

12 May 2016 1:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now approaching her fourth decade in the film industry, Amy Heckerling admits to not previously considering the possibility of a retrospective to show off her films. That is, until New York City's newly opened Metrograph theater approached her about a weekend-long look back at her work. "I never thought about it," she said. "'Oh, is that what you do when you retire and crap?'" Heckerling is, thankfully, not retiring any time soon. The filmmaker behind such modern classics as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Clueless" and "Look Who's Talking" has seen a career punctuated by some high highs and very low lows, a few of which almost ended her time in entertainment for good. But Heckerling is nothing if she's not resilient, and it's been both her ability to bounce back and her sometimes stubborn desire to do things her way that have kept her making movies (and TV, »

- Kate Erbland

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8 Stoner Flicks and the Actors Who Make Them Totally Rad, Dude

20 April 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Spending a night in with a stoner flick has been many-a college undergrad’s right of passage since, well, people have been getting stoned! On this April 20, 2016—a national holiday for those who indulge—we’ve rounded up eight of our favorite stoner movies and the actors that make them awesome, man. 1. “Up in Smoke,” Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong (1978)This 1978 stoner classic is the one that started it all and made Marin and Chong kings of the stoner brand. The first of their string of stoner buddy comedies, “Up in Smoke” follows Cheech and Chong as they unwittingly smuggle a van full of weed from Mexico to Los Angeles. 2. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” Sean Penn (1982)Two-time Oscar winner Penn made his leading man debut as protagonist Jeff Spicoli in this high school classic about boys and girls behaving badly in the California sun. His performance is very...method. »

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Interview: Jen Burry talks ‘Alienated’

1 April 2016 5:37 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The late Taylor Negron (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Last Boy Scout) stars in Alienated, invading cinemas and VOD this March via Gravitas Ventures. From writer-director Brian Ackley comes an intoxicating, edge-of-the-seat science-fiction chiller tells the story of a married couple that is forced to confront their fatal relationship issues while on the brink of a possible alien abduction. Alienated has (so far) won 12 awards, including three for Best Feature, several Best Actor awards (including honours for the late Negron), and Best Director for Ackley. We chatted to co-star Jen Burry about the film…

Do you remember how you got involved in Alienated?

I had taken a workshop with Princeton Holt several years prior and we kept in touch over the years. Then one day he emailed me and told me he had a script he wanted me to read. That was it!

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The missing middle by Anne-Katrin Titze

29 March 2016 10:24 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Caroline Suh, Dr. Stacy Smith, Robbie Meyers, Mary Harron and Amy Heckerling Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In our conversation the Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Clueless director Amy Heckerling brought up the loss of the middle (which conjured up for me an image of Alicia Vikander from Alex Garland's Ex Machina), Amy Pascal, and that Paramount's Sherry Lansing in particular was helpful to her. The Epix preview screening and panel on Caroline Suh's The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem was hosted by Christine Baranski, Maria Bartiromo, Joanna Coles, Katie Couric, Cristina Cuomo, Natasha Lyonne, Alec Baldwin, Baz Luhrmann, Marlo Thomas and Elle Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Epix president-ceo Mark Greenberg introduces Robbie Myers Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Anne-Katrin Titze: The film is called The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem. Where do you see the starting points to a solution?

Amy Heckerling: I don't know. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Round-Up: Sharkansas Women’S Prison Massacre Blu-ray, We Go On World Premiere, Alienated Release Details

23 February 2016 8:05 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre on Blu-ray will debut courtesy of Scream Factory on May 3rd. Also in this round-up: release details for We Go On and Alienated.

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre: Press Release: “Get ready for a wild ride when Dominque Swain (Skin TraffikAlpha Dog) and Traci Lords (Cry Baby, Not of this Earth) come face to face with the deadliest prehistoric man-eaters nature has ever spawned when the uproarious Sharkansas Women’S Prison Massacre Blu-ray™ debuts May 3rd, 2016 from Scream Factory™.  Directed by cult filmmaker Jim Wynorski (Chopping MallThe Return of Swamp Thing), this high-camp, creature-feature also stars Cindy Lucas (America Pie Presents: The Book of Love), Christine Nguyen (Get Him to the Greek), Corey Landis (Chrysalis), John Callahan (Falcon Crest) and Amy Holt (Dinocroc vs. Supergator).

Available for the first time on Digital, On-Demand, DVD and Blu-ray, Sharkansas Women’S Prison Massacre Blu-ray and »

- Tamika Jones

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Lee Daniels Fights Sean Penn’s Defamation Lawsuit by Quoting Jeff Spicoli

3 February 2016 7:04 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Sean Penn's ongoing defamation lawsuit against Lee Daniels entered its silly phase on Tuesday, when Daniels quoted Jeff Spicoli, Penn's high-school stoner from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, in a court filing. The suit arose from comments Daniels made to The Hollywood Reporter, comparing Terrence Howard's long history of domestic violence to the long-standing rumors that Penn had abused ex-wife Madonna, an association the actor found defamatory. As Daniels's new filing argues, to claim that the Empire showrunner "wronged Penn by falsely comparing Penn to someone else is constitutionally (to quote Penn’s iconic movie character Spicoli) 'bogus' ... The First Amendment protects all comparisons, even comparisons to paragons of criminal and evil: Charles Manson and the Nazis." Penn's lawyer, in turn, called the reference "facile."In an affidavit signed after Daniels's remarks, Madonna called the domestic-violence rumors "completely outrageous, malicious, reckless and false." A Gawker investigation last year »

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Lee Daniels Seeks Dismissal of ‘Bogus’ Sean Penn Lawsuit

2 February 2016 3:08 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lee Daniels is asking a judge to dismiss Sean Penn’s $10 million defamation lawsuit against him, saying that Madonna’s recent defense of Penn doesn’t save the case.

“Dismissal is required because the core of the complaint – that Daniels wronged Penn by falsely comparing Penn to someone else – is constitutionally (to quote Penn’s iconic movie character Jeff Spicoli) ‘bogus,'” reads the complaint from Daniels.

Penn is suing Daniels over a comment the filmmaker made to the Hollywood Reporter, comparing legal troubles faced by “Empire” star Terrence Howard to those of Penn and other actors.

Daniels said Howard “ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of the sudden he’s some f—in’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”

Penn alleges that he’s been falsely accused by Daniels of hitting women, »

- Alex Stedman

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Jennifer Jason Leigh Set for American Cinematheque Salute

29 January 2016 4:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Cinematheque will toast Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Jason Leigh next month.

Beginning on Feb. 3, the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica will screen key films from the “Hateful Eight” star’s career. The first movie to put her on the map was “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” in which she played a teen experiencing sex for the first time.

“I was completely won over by her,” Roger Ebert said of her performance at the time. “She contained so much life and light that she was a joy to behold.”

The ’80s brought a slew of work from “Last Exit to Brooklyn” to period films like “Mrs. Parker & the Vicious Circle” and contemporary dramas “Georgia” and “Single White Female.” 2015 has been another strong year for Leigh. She voiced the lead character in Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion animated film “Anomalisa” and was nominated for Oscar supporting actress for her performance as Daisy »

- Jacob Bryant

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Is 'Grease' the most polarizing pop culture phenomenon ever?

29 January 2016 1:56 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In 2011 when Slash spoke to Entertainment Weekly about why he wouldn't allow Glee to cover Guns N' Roses' catalog, he said something that has stuck with me: "Glee is worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough." At that point Grease was almost 35 years old. It enjoyed a renaissance with a theatrical re-release in the late '90s, but it's not like Grease was begging to be invoked in Slash's takedown of Ryan Murphy's Fox show. Certainly it's a movie about peppy high schoolers who break into song, but how could a few tunes about summer lovin' and greased lightning have haunted Slash so? Grease Live!, a live Fox musical version of that John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John classic, is coming to charm off our bobby socks this Sunday. Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough take over for Travolta and Newton-John in the lead roles while Carly Rae Jepsen plays »

- Louis Virtel

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The History of Bad Ideas – Episode 107: Addendum

21 January 2016 2:31 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Emanating from their studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, The History of Bad Ideas sees hosts Jason, Jeff and Blake talk about all things geeky on their podcast. Whether it’s rumors of the latest comic book movies, debating who really is the worst villain of all time, discussing the latest comic issues or just wondering about life in general, you are sure to have a fun time with them! In theory.

If you haven’t listened to the show before (why not?) you can check out previous episodes of The History of Bad Ideas podcast on iTunes and look out for new episodes here on Nerdly each and every week…

Episode 107: Addendum…

The Hobi Gang welcomes film critic Scab Jeff back into the Bob Studio to discuss his success rate, or lack of success, at picking this year’s Golden Globes winners! The guys have lots of Story Time discussion including the documentary Trophy Kids, »

- Phil Wheat

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