11 items from 2015
Dustin Hoffman is one of the best actors Hollywood has ever known. He’s a veteran of the stage and screen, and he knows his craft. More importantly, he knows how to practically employ that craft. You may not be able to work with him personally, but you can get the next best thing. Masterclass is an online service that has experts teaching courses online, and they have Hoffman providing 24 video lessons to students for only $90. The lessons include “Staying in the Moment”, “Being Present”, “Auditions”, and more. Obviously, this is a very different experience than being in a workshop with other actors, but there’s still plenty of wisdom to be gleaned from someone like Hoffman. It’s also a fascinating look at his thought process and what he’s come to believe over the years. Click here to learn more. Pretending like you’re in the opening credits »
- Matt Goldberg
The 1994 film Blue Sky is something of an anomaly from the mid-90s. Filmed in 1991, it would be the last film feature of British auteur Tony Richardson’s career, who had been working in television for several years prior, ever since his coolly received 1984 adaptation of John Irvine’s The Hotel New Hampshire. Then, due to the bankruptcy of Orion Pictures, the film’s distributor, the final product was shelved for three years, at long last released in the autumn of 1994, going on to snag actress Jessica Lange her second Academy Award. Now, twenty years later, it’s a prestige that would seem near impossible to attain for a feature treated to the same fate in today’s market. This distinction potentially sets the film up for failure, which perhaps explains the lack of continued enthusiasm surrounding it.
Nuclear engineer Hank Marshall (Tommy Lee Jones) is forced to uproot his »
- Nicholas Bell
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. 1982 is the Best Movie Year Ever. How do I know this? Well, it's not just that it contains an absolutely perfect comedy with the name "My Favorite Year." It's that it contains so many different movies that you could consider the best ever of their particular type. In "E.T.," it has the best kids movie ever (and perhaps Steven Spielberg's best movie ever, depending on your preferred flavor of Spielberg). In "Tootsie," it has perhaps the best movie comedy ever (the AFI ranked "Some Like It Hot" one spot higher in its top 100 comedies list, but since this year also has "Victor/Victoria," I say you combine the two gender-benders to outmuscle Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis). In "Diner," it has the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Long before two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman decided to become an actor he dreamed of a career as a classical pianist. Now, at age 77, Hoffman gets the chance to indulge his passion as Boychoir’s inscrutable Master Carvelle.
“I wanted to be a musician but I was never talented enough,” says Hoffman during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. Initially, he studied music at Santa Monica College before making the switch to acting.
“I have small hands so I can’t reach much more than an octave,” he says with his fingers stretched over an imaginary keyboard. “And, I think you have to have one of two qualifications; you have to have a really good ear or be a good sight-reader, and I’m neither.”
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
A review of tonight's "The Americans" — which FX renewed for a fourth season yesterday — coming up just as soon as I'm trying to turn you into a travel agent... "You're... spies?" -Paige About the only negative thing I can say about "Stingers" is that I wish there had been more of it — or, at least, more of the Paige storyline, and perhaps less of the season's many other plots. Whether that would have meant devoting the whole episode to that conversation and its aftermath, or simply not cutting away to other subplots once her parents spilled the Soviet beans, I think an incredibly powerful episode would have felt even stronger if we weren't cutting away to Stan at the office, or Arkady and Tatiana discussing what's going on with Zinaida (who is confirmed as a double agent early in the episode). Fields and Weisberg (who get script credit for one »
- Alan Sepinwall
Read More: Dustin Hoffman Brought to Tears While Eloquently Explaining Why 'Tootsie' Was ‘Never a Comedy’ A casting director could do worse than what's been assembled for "Boychoir." The film, from director François Girard ("The Red Violin"), stars Kathy Bates, Debra Winger, Eddie Izzard and, in what looks to be his best role in years, Dustin Hoffman. It centers on a rebellious, extremely talented 11-year-old (newcomer Garrett Wareing), who is taken under the wing of a demanding vocal teacher (Dustin Hoffman) at one of the most prestigious music academies in the country, as they prepare for the National Championship. If you think that sounds akin to a certain Oscar winner from last year, wait until you get a look of Hoffman in the official trailer (posted above): Seething, demanding and frequenter of "inspirational" lines like, "Quitting is all you know," Hoffman appears to be tapping into the same, »
- David Canfield
Teresa Wright movies: Actress made Oscar history Teresa Wright, best remembered for her Oscar-winning performance in the World War II melodrama Mrs. Miniver and for her deceptively fragile, small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's mystery-drama Shadow of a Doubt, died at age 86 ten years ago – on March 6, 2005. Throughout her nearly six-decade show business career, Wright was featured in nearly 30 films, dozens of television series and made-for-tv movies, and a whole array of stage productions. On the big screen, she played opposite some of the most important stars of the '40s and '50s. It's a long list, including Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Gary Cooper, Myrna Loy, Ray Milland, Fredric March, Jean Simmons, Marlon Brando, Dana Andrews, Lew Ayres, Cornel Wilde, Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Joseph Cotten, and David Niven. Also of note, Teresa Wright made Oscar history in the early '40s, when she was nominated for each of her first three movie roles. »
- Andre Soares
Comedian Mark Watson will perform stand-up for 27 hours to raise money for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day.
The comic's 27-Hour Comedy Marathon will take place at the Pleasance Theatre in London and will be streamed simultaneously on YouTube.
He said: "It's going to be quite a night. And day. And another night. But alongside all of this, the show is about money (for Comic Relief of course. Apparently I don't get paid – I know, unbelievable).
"So I'm asking the public to join my fundraising team by doing their own ridiculous challenge. Who will take on some sort of epic, self-imposed challenge just like me?"
Calman is facing her own 27-hour challenge of dressing as a different person every hour - using only what »
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This might not be the best of Nicholas Sparks's oeuvre of weepy romantic dramas, but at least it's not the most insane! (That honor probably goes to "Safe Haven," for the record.) In any case, this story about true love lost and found stars Cyclops from "X-Men" and Michelle Monaghan. If you love Nicholas Sparks, you love him, and nothing anyone else says will change that. Which is sort of admirable, really. Extend your love Sparks with this exclusive featurette.
- Jenni Miller
Tired of Top Ten lists and best-of polls? Too bad! Some of the best and most anticipated have hit the internet in the past week, including Senses of Cinema's epic World Poll featuring countless contributors the world over including myself and our own Daniel Kasman. Reverse Shot has published their Best of 2014 featuring eloquent annotations from various contributors. Meanwhile, Movie Mezzanine does the same but with a Top 50. On the latest episode of The Cinephiliacs, Peter Labuza and Keith Uhlich discuss their favorites of the year. The latest issue of Film Comment is on shelves now and you can find some of the articles online now. The National Society of Film Critics selected Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage as their Best Picture. Jason Bailey writes on the controversial choice for Flavorwire.
The 72nd Golden Globe Awards are just days away! With over 30 years of coverage under our belt, we're taking a trip down memory lane back to 1983 -- Et's very first time on the carpet with the winners we still love today.
A frontrunner that night was Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, but the scene stealer on the carpet was the adorable 7-year-old Drew Barrymore who loved getting decked out for the big show.
"I think they're very fun!" Barrymore said of awards shows. "I like to get dressed up for them."
Watch: All You Need to Know About the Golden Globes
"I guess the one thing that’s nice about [awards shows] -- is that the people can get up and thank the people that worked on the various projects that aren't in the »
11 items from 2015
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