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• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. »
- Jake Perlman
Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
The creepy 1987 horror-thriller film The Believers stars Martin Sheen (Badlands), Robert Loggia (Scarface) and Helen Shaver (The Color of Money) and is directed by John Schlesinger (Sunday Bloody Sunday).
The movie follows a psychologist Cal Jamison (Sheen) and his young son (Hayley Cross) who move to New York City following the electrocution of Cal’s wife. Cal begins to treat a police officer who has worked undercover in infiltrating a Hispanic cult and now lives in fear of the cultists, who have been known to engage in a series of brutal, ritualistic child murders. In time, Cal begins to suspect that there is a larger conspiracy at work—one involving affluent New Yorkers and the police—and that Cal, his son, and his new girlfriend (Shaver) are the next targets on the cultists list. »
While Miss America hasn’t bred any headline-stealing celebrities recently, beauty pageants were once a place where future stars got their start. Oprah was Miss Black Tennessee; Halle Berry was Miss Ohio. Vanessa Williams made it all the way to the top, nabbing the Miss America title in 1984.
With Miss America’s 88th annual pageant airing Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. Et, EW took a look at the most famous Oscar winners and television icons who once won crowns and sashes:
Leachman represented Chicago in 1946’s Miss America pageant and, though she didn’t win the ultimate crown, »
- Ariana Bacle
You might be thinking "What a cute photo of Steven Bauer and his daughter," right?But nope, that girl isn't the "Ray Donovan" actor's kid ... or his niece ... or his granddaughter. She's his girlfriend!The "Scarface" alum, 57, was spotted out in Los Angeles on Wednesday with his much younger girlfriend, Lyda Loundon. Lyda, 18, is almost 40 years her male paramour's junior ... and also younger than both of his children. The actor's son with ex-wife Melanie Griffith, Alexander, is 29, while his son Dylan is also in his mid-20s.According to her Twitter page, Lyda is a self-described "part-time nightmare-inspirer, journalist, host of Sarcasm Overdose, ceo, film/music/cigar/espresso addict."Bauer and Loundon have been dating for a couple months now, and stepped out for the first time together for a film screening back in July.What do you think of the couple's 39-year age difference? Check out more May-December romances in the gallery above! »
- tooFab Staff
Age ain't nothing but a number?
Ray Donovan star Steven Bauer, 57, confirmed it's still very much on with 18-year-old girlfriend Lyda Loudon, taking out the much younger gal to lunch at vegan eatery SunCafe in Studio City, Calif. on Wednesday.
The pair made their public debut at the Magic in the Moonlight premiere in July, when they walked the red carpet together. The movie perhaps mirrored real-life, as the Woody Allen film features a romantic relationship between Emma Stone, 25, and a much older Colin Firth, 54.
According to her Twitter, Loudon is a "part-time nightmare-inspirer, journalist, host of Sarcasm Overdose, ceo, film/music/cigar/espresso addict." She's also the daughter of former Missouri State Senator John Loudon and his wife, conservative radio show host Dr. Gina.
Bauer, who also starred in 1983's Scarface opposite Al Pacino, was previously »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 4, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD $29.95
Studio: Hen’s Tooth
It’s the final days of the Vietnam War and the Department of Defense has set up a mental hospital for soldiers in a remote castle. To all appearances, the patients are running the asylum. But nothing here is quite what it seems. A new psychiatrist (Stacy Keach, The Long Riders) arrives, assigned to determine if any of the vets are faking mental illness. Of particular interest to him is a distraught Nasa astronaut (Scott Wilson) who aborted his mission during the final countdown.
In “The Humbling,” one of his two new movies (along with “Manglehorn”) having their North American premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, Al Pacino plays a legendary actor in career freefall. But talk to Pacino for a while about his characters and his craft, and it’s clear that one needn’t harbor any concerns about life imitating art.
When he first read the script for “The Humbling,” which was adapted by Buck Henry and Michael Zebede from the Philip Roth novel, Pacino called the movie’s director, Barry Levinson, and told him he thought the only way to play the role was to find the humor in it. “I can’t help it: it struck me as funny,” Pacino recalls over lunch at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel. “This idea of an actor who’s been doing this his whole life wanting to quit because he’s lost his talent »
- Scott Foundas
When you want subtle and nuanced, Al Pacino isn’t the guy you call. , focused on the kind of eccentric rural Southern character you might expect to encounter in one of Errol Morris’ early documentaries, or among the weathered, life-worn faces who add authenticity as cutaways in one of director David Gordon Green’s own indie features. Personality-wise, this pic feels as scruffy and disheveled as its subject, benefiting from Pacino’s name enough to attract a higher-profile release than a character actor would have in the same part.
Some folks live in the present, and some folks live in the past. That’s equally true of critics, many of whom cling to the memory of Green’s early work — quiet, evocative studies of real, unpretentious souls — despite the studio-comedy career he’s had since “Pineapple Express.” Small-town Texas locksmith A.J. Manglehorn (Pacino) also lives in the past, hung »
- Peter Debruge
Venice — Yesterday's Al Pacino vehicle here at Venice, "The Humbling," was a disappointment: this is not the Pacino you are looking for. Thank goodness, then, for "Manglehorn", where the sure directorial hands of David Gordon Green know exactly how to unlock latter day Pacino's strengths while reining in his worst excesses. Shot November 2013 in Austin over just 25 days, "Manglehorn" is an often impressionistic character study of a grumpy locksmith, A. J. Manglehorn, but before you run away screaming that you can only take so many impressionistic character studies in one year (off the top of my head, other recent examples include "The Goob," "Locke," "Boyhood," "Winter Sleep," Green's own "Joe"), I'll note that it is among the decent examples of the form. It's difficult to write characters studies about happy people with few obstacles (Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" is an unusual exception) so the usual form is to either put »
- Catherine Bray
Motel Hell is available now on Blu-ray. That information alone should be enough to send horror fans shrieking into the streets to party until the wee hours of the morning. And we here all want to get into the festivities as well.
To celebrate the release of Motel Hell on Blu-ray, we've compiled our Top 9 Chilling Chainsaw Kills. Of course this is in reference to the iconic chainsaw scene in the climax of the film. There was something simply unforgettable about Rory Calhoun wielding a ridiculously long chainsaw while wearing a pig head like a Halloween mask. Classic!
But before we get to our top horrific movie chainsaw kills, we have some honorable mentions to share with you. We've got to go way back to find some of the earliest on-screen chainsaw kills. We came up with Dark of the Sun (1968) and The Wizard of Gore (1970) for two of the first buzzsaw butcherings. »
- Scott Hallam
Scream Factory’s new release of the 1974 Brian De Palma horror/musical Phantom Of The Paradise has fans grinning wide, and rightfully so. It’s clear as water how important Scream Factory felt this one was, and all stops have been pulled out, giving fans of the insane musical one hell of a release. Not only does the film look better than it ever has, but special features junkies (like myself) are given enough supplemental docs to last a viewer days.
Telling the story of Winslow Leach (William Finley), a genius songwriter who is played and left for dead by one devious villian, a Dorian Gray-like music producer named Swan (Paul Williams). Swan steals Winslow’s music, recycling it through various incarnations by different era rock bands, all while Winslow’s life takes continually tragic turns, with his face getting destroyed, his teeth pulled, and wrongfully imprisoned. When Winslow »
- Jerry Smith
Carlos Boozer just broke Michael Corleone's heart ... telling TMZ Sports when push comes to shove, "Scarface" is a better movie than "Godfather: Part II."The newest L.A. Lakers player was leaving Toast (no better way to learn the city than by hittin' all the good restaurants) ... when we asked him about his favorite Al Pacino movie of all time. Boozer says it's a hard choice -- dude's got so many classics -- but at the end of the day, »
- TMZ Staff
Wes Anderson’s critically acclaimed The Grand Budapest Hotel is available now Digital HD on 30 June and Blu-ray and DVD now from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and we’ve got a great exclusive clip to share with you!
With a show stopping cast, The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of M Gustave (Ralph Fiennes: Skyfall, The Invisible Woman), a legendary and enigmatic concierge at the famous European hotel and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori: The Perfect Game), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend during the wars. Told by an older Zero (F Murray Abraham: Amadeus, Scarface) in retrospect to a young writer (Jude Law: Sherlock Holmes, The Holiday) we learn the history of it all.
It’s undoubtedly one of the best films I’ve seen this year, so highly recommend picking up a copy! Here’s that clip that explores what it »
- Dan Bullock
One of these days, Universal will finally get around to their latest incarnation of Scarface. That officially planned remake of the 1932 Howard Hawks gangster flick, which was previously redone in 1983 by Brian De Palma, is currently set up with Chilean director Pablo Larrain (No; Tony Manero), screenwriter Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) and a supposed plot involving a Mexican drug cartel and one man who rises in its ranks. In the meantime, another effort to reimagine the story is already moving forward and should be finished as early as this December. The wonderfully odd folks at The Borscht Corporation, who run Miami’s semi-annual Borscht Film Festival (see our write up on the 2012 event), are working on a project centered specifically on De Palma’s version of Scarface. The plan is to compile a scene-for-scene redo consisting of a collage of various styles. They’ve broken the movie up into 636 pieces, each »
- Christopher Campbell
“Say hello to my little friend!” If you’ve ever fantasized unleashing your inner Tony Montana — or, more accurately, your inner ’80s-era Brian DePalma — then the latest crowdsourced art project from the Miami-based Borscht Corporation is for you. Borscht has announced Scarface Redux, a fan remake of the 1983 drug lord epic, with filmmakers from all over the world invited to direct and submit their own 15-second segment. The clip can be “live action, animation, puppets, legos, Chihuahuas, it doesn’t matter!”, the site says. The finished film will be screened at the Borscht Film Festival in December at a […] »
- Scott Macaulay
To mark the release of The Grand Budapest Hotel on 7th July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
With a show stopping cast, The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of M Gustave (Ralph Fiennes: Skyfall, The Invisible Woman), a legendary and enigmatic concierge at the famous European hotel and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori: The Perfect Game), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend during the wars. Told by an older Zero (F Murray Abraham: Amadeus, Scarface) in retrospect to a young writer (Jude Law: Sherlock Holmes, The Holiday) we learn the history of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Following the mysterious death of Madame D (Tilda Swinton: Moonrise Kingdom, Only Lovers Left Alive), it emerges that she has bequeathed her favourite – and most priceless – piece of art, Boy With Apple, not to a family member, but instead to beloved Concierge M. »
Blondie was one of the seminal new wave bands of the 70′s, and their influence is still felt forty years after their introduction (they were inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame in 2006).
Debbie Harry‘s solo career has not reached the same heights as Blondie, but she remains a true rock icon. Today is her 69th birthday, so let’s celebrate with a look at some of her greatest songs, both solo and with Blondie.
This is a good place to start your Essential Debbie Harry Collection.
Album: The Hunter
Chart Peak: N/A
“For Your Eyes Only” was originally written for the 1981 James Bond film, but the producers turned it down in favor of the Bill Conti song performed by Sheena Easton. Blondie decided to release their song on their ill-fated final album The Hunter. It’s understandable why they went with the Sheena song, »
When wealthy socialites are looking for an extravagant setting for a party or movie producers need a compelling and unique location for a major movie, they turn to Paul Kim, CEO of Image Locations. In our new reality series Mansion Hunters, we are treated to an inside look at the high-stakes, high-pressure game of elite property rental scouting and management as Kim and his team of driven associates navigate the shark-infested waters of L.A. in an effort to please their demanding clients.
As successful as Image Locations might be, we have to admit that even the savvy CEO himself might have a tough time meeting the needs of, say, a drug-fueled kingpin, the alien queen of an entire planet, a boy billionaire, or a driven superhero on a quest for vengeance. Then again, you just never know what Kim can accomplish when he sets his mind to it. Mark »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Man From Reno, a Kickstarter-backed movie about a Japanese crime novelist investigating a murder mystery in San Francisco, won the Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival. “Its exploration of barriers of age, language and success set against a noir plot line infuses a pop energy into the well observed portrayal of its unique characters,” the jury stated, awarding director Dave Boyle the $5,000 prize. The film stars Ayako Fujitani as the novelist as well as Pepe Serna (Scarface) and Kazuki Kitamura (The Raid 2).
- Jeff Labrecque
Dave Boyle’s “Man From Reno” is the type of film where alleyways are home offices, every bar matchbox has an unknown number inside, and if a character enters a bookshop, you better believe old issues of “True Detective” are hanging visibly in frame. Boyle, who previously made festival favorite “White on Rice," plunges his first genre entry into the annals of film noir—this is stellar pulp storytelling with a twist, blending fine performances from Ayako Fujitani (“Tokyo!”) and Pepe Serna (“Scarface”) with an evocative view of California’s Bay Area. Placed somewhere between “The Big Sleep” and “Chan is Missing”—Wayne Wang’s 1982 independent neo-noir about two Chinese taxi drivers scouring San Francisco for stolen money—the film shares aspects of Wang’s take on the genre. Both films explore the coastal city from a little-seen perspective, here delving into its Japanese-American community with a unique eye. 'Reno' »
- Charlie Schmidlin
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