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In what’s becoming one of the most anticipated movies of 2014, watch the teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughy, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine.
Filled with footage of Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1, the Mercury and Gemini space capsule missions, the Saturn V rocket liftoff to the Moon with the Apollo missions, and the Space Shuttle Atlantis, this superb first trailer really brings home the fact that at one time America’s Space Program was envied and unrivaled. It’s chilling to think that we may never again see the likes of when we made frequent trips to the Moon. There was a time when we had the determination, ability and huge national pride of travelling to our nearest celestial neighbor.
Matthew McConaughey speaks the truth in his voice over – “We lost all that. Perhaps we’ve just forgotten. That we are still Pioneers »
- Michelle McCue
The “Piano Man” who became one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with such hits as “Just the Way You Are,” “Uptown Girl” and “Allentown” is being awarded the nation’s highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts.
Billy Joel joins Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children – and have never stopped.
Joel said the honor stands apart from his six Grammys.
“This is different. It’s our nation’s capital, »
- Associated Press
Nashville (Criterion Collection) I still need to dig through the special features on Criterion's new release of Robert Altman's Nashville, but I have already watched the film and this new 2K restoration looks great, just as you would expect it to. Included is a 2000 audio commentary featuring Altman and most notably a newly produced, 71-minute making of documentary featuring interviews with the likes of Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Michael Murphy, Allan Nicholls, Lily Tomlin, screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury, assistant director Alan Rudolph and Altman's widow, Kathryn Reed Altman. Of course, that's not all, but suffice to say it's a release that has fans of the film taken care of.
The Wolverine I've seen a lot of people on Twitter talking about how the extended edition of The Wolverine is incredibly bloody. What I haven't seen anyone saying is that actually makes it any better, because this was not a good movie. »
- Brad Brevet
Review by Dana Jung
Didier and Elise are free spirits who discover they have something more in common. Didier is a gentleman farmer, something of a loner, who loves all things America, especially country and bluegrass music. Elise runs a tattoo parlor and expresses herself through her beautiful body art. Together, they begin a journey full of laughter, love, and tragedy. Did I mention they’re in Belgium?
The Broken Circle Breakdown is certainly one of the more unique dramas around. With its realistic documentary-like cinematography, lovely bluegrass musical score, and non-linear storytelling, Breakdown evokes a truly memorable movie-going experience, as if Tarantino had directed Terms Of Endearment. Director Felix Van Groeningen uses handheld cameras and a wonderful editing style to interpose scenes of Didier and Elise’s idyllic early relationship with the later times of turmoil and sadness. For example, a sequence shows Didier building a house for his expectant wife, »
- Movie Geeks
Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson: ‘A Few Good Men’ stars to be reunited in ‘El Presidente’? Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson together again in a movie named El Presidente? Well, that’s a possibility. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cruise has been trying to convince his A Few Good Men co-star to play the title role in the comedy (for now) to be directed Doug Liman. Without naming names, the Reporter article mentions "sources" that claim Cruise wouldn’t do the movie without Nicholson. Or so he supposedly said. (Image: Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, and Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men.) The story of a serious-minded secret service agent (Tom Cruise) assigned to protect a boozing, woman-crazy former U.S. president (Jack Nicholson), El Presidente apparently has escaped a few assassinations since casting rumors were first announced three years ago. Either that, or the president in question was »
- Zac Gille
Andy Kaufman alive? Or Andy Kaufman hoax? New York City-born comedian Andy Kaufman, little known outside the United States but well-remembered in the U.S. by those who watched the late ’70s / early ’80s television series Taxi, is alive, married, and has a (previously unknown) grown daughter who goes by the name of McCoy. Well, if — and that’s a big if (or perhaps a small one, considering people’s willful gullibility and/or downright stupidity) — you believe the story reported in numerous outlets in the last couple of days: Andy Kaufman may have faked his own death of lung cancer at age 35 in 1984 so he could escape the limelight. (Photo: Andy Kaufman) At the New York-based Andy Kaufman Awards last Monday night, November 11, 2013, a woman claiming to be Kaufman’s daughter — calling herself "McCoy" (reportedly the name Kaufman used when checking himself into hospitals) — appeared on stage with Michael Kaufman, »
- Andre Soares
There's already been two trailers for Ben Stiller's interesting looking comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty [see here and here] and now we have a new extended international trailer that may bare a little too much detail. Let's hope The Secret Life of Walter Mitty hasn't made that age old mistake of revealing too much humour in the trailer, and with that here's the film's official synopsis....
Ben Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
The film seems to be a rom-com with a good, »
20th Century Fox has released a second theatrical trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, an adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story of the same name which sees Ben Stiller taking on producing and directing duties, as well as appearing in the lead role. Check it out after the official synopsis....
Ben Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig; Bridesmaids) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
- Gary Collinson
Odd List Simon Brew 27 Sep 2013 - 07:49
It's not always smiles behind the camera, as this list of feuding co-stars proves. I Love Trouble, indeed...
It's a fallacy that everyone gets on together on a movie set. Just as in an everyday office, some people get on better with others. That's as you might expect. But when it comes to film, occasionally a disagreement between two stars becomes oh-so-apparent to pretty much anyone in the stalls at their local Odeon.
This isn't designed by any measure to be a definitive list (yep, Swayze and Jennifer Grey weren't best chums making Dirty Dancing), but here are some of the more interesting examples of where co-stars simply didn't get on...
To date, we struggle to think of a more bizarre screen combination for a romantic blockbuster than that of I Love Trouble. The movie, a »
I will never understand why the world does not embrace "The Neighbors" as one of the funniest shows on television. The Season 2 premiere, "Family Conference," for example, has far more and far cleverer laughs than almost anything on television.
Also, you can watch it with very old or very young relatives and not be embarrassed. That's a big win.
Whatever the bizarre reasons are that not everyone loves "The Neighbors," at least we can say that those fools are missing out on greatness yet again in Season 2. "Family Conference" makes that very clear.
Amber and Reggie Jackson have managed to keep their "Romeo and Juliet"-esque romance a secret all summer. Alas, this comes crashing to the ground when their parents see them and scream a lot.
So of course the aliens need to have a family conference in order to vote on Amber and Reggie's relationship status. »
That happened -- on screen, anyway -- long before the actor earned his 2013 Emmy nomination, the first of his career, as anchorman Will McAvoy on HBO's "The Newsroom."
Among his numerous movies was director Mike Nichols' 1986 take on Nora Ephron's autobiographical best seller "Heartburn," casting Daniels as the smitten editor who haplessly watched food writer Streep (as Ephron, basically) fall for a columnist played by Jack Nicholson (more or less representing Carl Bernstein) at a wedding. Take a look:
From that point forward, Daniels' roles primarily were starring ones, such projects as "Terms of Endearment" and Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo" having boosted him toward that status. But television gave him a couple of his earliest roles, and he was just getting started as an iconic series was ending.
Pics: Before they were 2013 Emmy nominees »
There are no surprises — just lots of good, old-fashioned scenery chewing — in “August: Osage County,” director John Wells’ splendid film version of playwright Tracy Letts’ acid-tongued Broadway triumph about three generations in a large and highly dysfunctional Oklahoma family. Arriving onscreen shorn of some girth (the stage version ran more than three hours, with two intermissions) but keeping most of its scalding intensity, this two-ton prestige pic won’t win the hearts of highbrow critics or those averse to door-slamming, plate-smashing, top-of-the-lungs histrionics, but as a faithful filmed record of Letts’ play, one could have scarcely hoped for better. With deserved awards heat and a heavy marketing blitz from the Weinstein Co., this Christmas release should click with upscale adult auds who will have just survived their own heated holiday family gatherings.
Onstage, confined to a creaking, cavernous old house that seemed variously a womb, a prison and a sarcophagus »
- Scott Foundas
At his best, Nicholson treads the finest of lines between derangement and all too sane fury
If Jack Nicholson is really retiring, the cinema will have lost one of its great presences. But defining it is no simple task. It has been a while since the most nominated male actor in Hollywood history has made a film that compares to Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Carnal Knowledge, Chinatown, Terms of Endearment. Even uncontained or badly directed, Nicholson had the capacity to act everyone else off the screen, and Stephen King, who wrote the original novel, expressed doubts about casting Nicholson as the deranged caretaker in The Shining, because in King's view he simply could not play the ordinary man. There is nothing ordinary about him. At his best, Nicholson taunts. He treads the finest of lines between derangement and all too sane fury, between moral purpose and its exact opposite. »
Actor apparently refusing scripts as sources say he 'can no longer remember the lines' – but he will remain a public figure
What are your favourite Jack Nicholson moments?
Reports claim that Jack Nicholson has retired from acting due to memory loss. Radar Online and Star Magazine say the 76-year-old, three-time Oscar-winner is no longer considering scripts, though he will continue to play an active role in public life.
"There is a simple reason behind his decision – it's memory loss," a source told Radar. "Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him."
Nicholson has not been seen on the big screen since 2010, when he played the father of a business executive facing jail over alleged corporate malfeasance in the Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd romantic comedy drama How Do You Know. His only other acting role since turning 70 has been 2007's The Bucket List, »
- Ben Child
Open thread: Following news that the screen legend is to retire from acting, we'd like to know what roles stand out for you as his best work
• Read more: Jack Nicholson retires from acting due to 'memory loss'
Jack Nicholson has retired from acting, according to Us reports.
From his early roles in Roger Corman films like Little Shop of Horrors, through to Oscar-winning turns in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Terms of Endearment and As Good As It Gets, he's created memorable characters in scores of films that can reasonably be deemed "classics".
If the reports of his retirement are true (there's been no official response from his representatives yet), and there'll be no more Jack Nicholson performances to come, what roles of his have made the greatest impact on you? Tell us your favourite Jack moments in the thread below.
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According to reports, screen legend Jack Nicholson has decided to call time on his illustrious career, with Radar quoting a source as stating, "Jack has - without fanfare - retired. There is a simple reason behind his decision - it’s memory loss. Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him. His memory isn’t what it used to be."
Beginning debut in the 1950s, Nicholson spent much of the following decade appearing in low-budget affair, including several films with both Roger Corman and Monte Hellman, but his big breakthrough came in 1969 when he starred alongside Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in the cult classic Easy Rider. The following year he earned the first of a record twelve Oscar nominations for 1970's Five Easy Pieces before going on enjoy a host of significant roles in the likes of Chinatown, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, »
- Flickering Myth
"What if this is as good as it gets?" In the case of Jack Nicholson, his line from James L. Brooks comedic drama As Good As It Gets has been thought to ring true today. According to Radar Online (via Awards Circuit), the actor who delivered memorable performances in films like Batman, The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Terms of Endearment has retired from acting due to a fading memory. Nicholson's last performance was three years ago in another Brooks film, How Do You Know, with Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson, though he did appear at the Oscars earlier this year. Radar quotes their source as saying: “Jack has — without fanfare — retired. There is a simple reason behind his decision — it’s memory loss. Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him. His memory isn »
- Ethan Anderton
One of the greats may never again return to the screen. A report from Radar Online claims that Jack Nicholson has quietly retired from acting “due to memory loss.” There’s been no official word from Nicholson’s camp so it’s unclear if the report has merit, but if true, it would be a massive loss for the film community. The 76-year-old actor last appeared in longtime collaborator James L. Brooks’ 2010 dramedy How Do You Know, so it’s possible that this could be his final onscreen appearance. Nicholson was offered a key role in Alexander Payne’s upcoming film Nebraska and another one opposite Robert Downey Jr. in The Judge, but he turned both down. Bruce Dern ended up taking the Nebraska part, while Robert Duvall landed the Judge role. A 3-time Oscar winner for his turns in As Good as It Gets, Terms of Endearment, and One »
- Adam Chitwood
Update: E! Online has word from NBC's Maria Shiver that Nicholson has "no current plans to retire."
Jack Nicholson, a star whose presence has felt like one of the few constants in Hollywood for the past five decades, has reportedly retired from acting.
RadarOnline.com is citing "film insiders" in its story that the 76-year-old actor has quietly stepped away from acting for good. The three-time Academy Award winner last appeared in James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know" with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson.
The gossip site claims that the actor's memory loss has led him to decide to put acting behind him.
Over the course of his 50-year career, Nicholson has created dozens of memorable characters including R.P. McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," the role for which he won his first Academy Award, Jake Gittes, the private detective who gets pulled »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
We’re hearing Oscar winning Hollywood legend and ladies man Jack Nicholson has now officially retired from acting after an iconic career spanning over five decades. It’s been indicated Nicholson is struggling with beginnings of memory loss, leading him to this decision. Nicholson last appeared in 2010s lukewarm romantic comedy How Do You Know, which featured Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon.
Nicholson has a total of 12 Academy Award nominations (8 for Best Actor and 4 for Best Supporting Actor) and was winner for 1976s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’S Next, Terms Of Endearment in 1984 and finally 1996s As Good As It Gets. He’s cemented as one of Hollywood’s greats after legendary roles in Easy Rider, Batman, The Shining and Scorcese’s Oscar-winner crime-classic The Departed.
- Craig Hunter
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