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Jane Fonda movies on TCM: ‘The China Syndrome,’ ‘Klute,’ and Jean-Luc Godard drama ‘Tout Va Bien’ among highlights (photo: Jane Fonda in ‘Klute’) Turner Classic Movies’ 2014 "Summer Under the Stars" kicked off earlier today, August 1, with a day-long series of Jane Fonda movies. Still reviled by American right-wingers because of her 1972 trip to North Vietnam while the United States was at war with that country — she was photographed seated on an anti-aircraft battery — but admired by others for her liberal views, anti-war activism, and human rights advocacy, the two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner has enjoyed a highly eclectic film career, eventually becoming a rarity among rarities: Jane Fonda is the child of a film star (Henry Fonda) who not only became a film star in her own right, but who went on to become an even bigger screen legend than her famous parent. (See also: Jane Fonda “Summer Under »
- Andre Soares
We're wrapping up! Thanks to everyone who posted questions and to Kathleen for kindly answering as many as she could. We hope you enjoyed this!
This was fun. Come to the show. And we'll enjoy each other more. Goodbye.
What is your favorite film and why?
My favorite film of mine would have to be Romancing the Stone because I really like how Joan Wilder changes. Change is what attracts me to a character and because I loved shooting in South America - it was like going home.
I had the pleasure of seeing you and Mr McDiarmid last Friday and I thought it was such a rare »
- Guardian Staff
There’s a war coming to Broadway—but don’t expect to see dueling Yorks and Lancasters.
Instead, this War of the Roses will see Warren Adler adapting his own 1981 novel, a black comedy that follows an affluent couple (yes, their last name is Rose) as they embark on a contentious divorce. The book was adapted into a movie in 1989, starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito, who also directed the film. (It marked the trio’s third time working together, after 1984′s Romancing the Stone and its 1985 sequel The Jewel of the Nile.)
Adler, also the author of Random Hearts, »
- Hillary Busis
Well, what do you know? Another day, another round of sequels are causing buzz around these here interwebs. Here's the latest on War of The Roses: The Children and did Sigourney Weaver just say she'd play Ripley again to give her Alien character a proper sendoff?
War of The Roses, which came out in 1989, was the third film to feature the dynamic onscreen chemistry between Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. While the first two films they did were directly related to one another- Romancing The Stone and Jewel of The Nile- they played all new characters in this one. Based off of the novel by Warren Adler, the film about a feuding couple managed to rake in $160 million- A nice chunk of change for a film with no explosions. This one didn't get much play in the old Robles household, though. My mom was partial to Romancing The Stone, and still is, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
With Harrison Ford going retro for the new Star Wars movie, it seems there will be one franchise he won’t be returning to. Disney are looking to cast new blood for a revival of the Indiana Jones adventures, and speaking of blood the number one choice is apparently Robert Pattinson from the Twilight saga. The origin of this information is a British tabloid, so we can file it under “highly speculative” and allow some dust to gather before some hardier soul can excavate the truth. However in these days of wall to wall reboots it’s likely the studio are wanting to stick Dr.Jones on a plane to Derring-Do’sville sooner rather than later.
The favouring of Pattinson suggests a younger take along the lines of the worthy but bland Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, hours of which were produced by George Lucas in the 1990s. With Lucas presumably »
- Steve Palace
Chris Pratt is totally Ok with the fact that you've probably never heard of Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), his character from the upcoming Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy. But be warned: he's ready to blow your mind, and not just with his rock-solid abs, as seen in the trailer. I was invited out to London with a few reporters last year to scope out the film set and get some insight from the cast, and Pratt - clad in his nearly skin-tight costume - was happy to chat about his extreme physical transformation, why Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be "better than Star Wars," and why this might be the funniest Marvel movie of all time. Read up, and prepare for the movie's Aug. 1 release! As opposed to a lot of superheroes who have their own films, Star-Lord isn't necessarily a name people are familiar with. Is that something you're worried about? »
- Maggie Pehanick
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
The Double: painfully funny odyssey of personal ineffectualness that is bitterly wonderful in how it revels in the decrepit horror of the everyday world [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Devil’s Knot: Atom Egoyan is all over the real-life case of American injustice surrounding the West Memphis Three, but sadly, I’m not sure why [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Endless Love: shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Pompeii: instantly forgettable but more than passable as a diversion; solid B-movie cheese that’s like Titanic-lite meets Gladiator-lite [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to streaming
Stranger by the Lake: as an exercise in style, this minimalist noir erotic thriller is pretty cool, but it loses its »
- MaryAnn Johanson
In 2014, it’s difficult to appreciate the awe felt by uninitiated audiences who saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in theaters in 1981. Think about the film’s opening scenes, which introduce Indiana Jones and his now-iconic fedora in the jungles of South America. He narrowly avoids getting shot in the back by his mutinous guides, proves his Zorro-esque expertise with a whip, cleverly maneuvers through the deadly booby-traps of an ancient Peruvian temple, flicks away tarantulas like they’re gnats, nabs the prized golden idol but sets off a chain-reaction of destruction that includes a giant boulder chasing him back out into the sunlight, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Few things in life tantalize and excite like the thought of finding treasure, whether a chest full of gold buried in your backyard by Gold Rush prospectors, a lost masterpiece at a yard sale or a couture dress at your local vintage resale shop. We thrill to the exploits of Hollywood heroes on the hunt for treasure in our favorite movies, living vicariously through their adventures and secretly hoping that we can find treasure of our own. The heart of the treasure hunter dwells within Richie Marcello, the larger-than-life star of our new reality series Treasure King, who scours the world for rare and valuable Hollywood memorabilia, often finding it in the most unlikely of places. From his devilish grin to his signature wardrobe, Richie has become his own version of a swashbuckling adventurer along the lines of Indiana Jones or Allan Quatermain. What famous movie “treasure king” would you »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Are you ready for the hunt? April 2 is the debut of the new Reelz show Treasure King in which larger-than-life-collector Richie Marcello and his team of experts search for Hollywood valuables. In the premiere episode, Richie and the gang look for the Dukes of Hazard General Lee, otherwise known as a 1969 Dodge Charger.
But before we see if Richie can keep his title of Treasure King, we started to think: what are the top ten best treasure hunting movies of all time? Check out our list and see if you agree.
It's Good to Be King
Premiere April 2 at 10p Et/ 9p Pt
Link | Posted 3/29/2014 by Ryan
Treasure King | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre | Dead Snow | The Goonies | Raiders of the Lost Ark | The Maltese Falcon | The Mummy | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl | Romancing the Stone | National Treasure | Time Bandits »
- Ryan Gowland
With its blend of adventure, love story, and comedy, "Romancing the Stone" is remembered today as one of the quintessential hits of the 1980s. Nonetheless, at the time the movie was released (30 years ago this week, on March 30, 1984), no one expected much from it. Director Robert Zemeckis was seen as a failed whiz kid, star Kathleen Turner had never carried a picture, and co-star Michael Douglas had yet to prove himself as a leading man. Of course, the film ended up propelling all three of them onto the A-list and generated an equally successful sequel, "The Jewel of the Nile."
As familiar as you are now with the story of Joan Wilder (the mousy romance novelist who blossoms during a real-life treasure hunt in Colombia) and Jack T. Colton (the unlikely guide who proves to be the romantic hero of Joan's fantasies), there's still a lot about "Romancing the Stone" you may not know, »
- Gary Susman
Frozen has captured the hearts - and ears! - of the world, but it was almost a very different movie. "When we first joined the project there was a script that was a live-action sort of Romancing the Stone kind of adventure," songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez tells People about working on what would go on to become the Oscar-winning animated Disney film and the highest-grossing animated film of all time. It is now available on Blu-Ray/DVD. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, Frozen had a long road to the big screen that included many rewrites and changes. »
- Patrick Gomez
Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?
30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.
Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »
- Joshua Gaul
Actor of the moment Joseph Gordon-Levitt has announced his second new project this month with news arriving today that he is set to play French high-wire artist Philippe Petit in the narrative of his attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Previously titled To Reach The Clouds the project will focus on the amazing feat Petit achieved when, on the morning on August 7th 1974, he spent 45 minutes walking, kneeling and dancing 1350 feet above the ground between two of the most iconic buildings in Us history.
If the story sounds a little familiar it’s because director Robert Zemeckis also made the 2008 documentary of the Petit’s story; the critically acclaimed Man On Wire which won a whole host of awards including the Sundance Audience and Grand Jury awards, the BAFTA for Best British Film and the Oscar for Best Documentary.
Zemeckis has directed a pile »
- Victoria Bull
Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner hit the adventure trail once again in this all-action sequel to their rollicking hit Romancing The Stone. This time round, writer Joan (Turner) receives an invitation from a Middle Eastern sheik which leads to a reunion with her rugged rescuer Jack (Douglas) and al manner of shenanigans involving a missing jewel. Danny DeVito makes a suitably sneaky return as their nemesis in a follow-up that successfully builds on the original mix of chuckles, romance and derring-do. »
A new musical based on the 1985 film Back to the Future will hit the stage in London's West End next year, the Associated Press reports. The film's original screenwriters, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale have teamed with British director Jamie Lloyd to write the book.
They've also tapped Alan Selvestri to compose the music and Grammy-winning songwriter Glen Ballard (Alanis Morrissette, Michael Jackson) to write the lyrics. Selvestri has scored many of Zemeckis' well-known films including Romancing the Stone, Forrest Gump and Cast Away.
Rolling Stone Readers' Poll: The 10 Best »
Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale have teamed with Universal Stage Prods., producer Colin Ingram and Amblin Entertainment to turn 1985 time-travel comedy “Back to the Future” into a stage musical.
Zemeckis, who directed the pic, and original screenwriter Gale will collaborate with theater helmer Jamie Lloyd to pen the book to the tuner, which will have original music by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard augmenting songs from the movie by acts including Huey Lewis and the News and Chuck Berry. Lloyd, whose London stage credits include the musical version of “The Commitments” and the James McAvoy-toplined revival of “Macbeth,” will helm “Back to the Future,” aiming for a West End berth in 2015, the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release.
Universal Stage Prods. has a hand in theater-world blockbusters “Wicked” and “Billy Elliot,” while Ingram produced the musical version of “Ghost” (which had songs co-written by “Jagged Little Pill »
- Gordon Cox
Feature Simon Brew 31 Jan 2014 - 07:04
There are currently four Indiana Jones movies, and some might say that's one too many. But what about the Indy movies that never were?
For a new Indiana Jones movie to go forward, it requires a degree of agreement amongst three people who don't seem to have a habit of agreeing very much. Basically, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and George Lucas all have to say yes, else the project stalls, and a different approach is taken.
As a consequence of this, there's a trail of unmade Indiana Jones films that failed to get the necessary unanimous agreement. The ingredients of some of them would find their way into others, and some ideas would never be returned to. Here then is a whistle-stop tour of the Indiana Jones movies that never were...
Indiana Jones and the Haunted Mansion
We'll start with the one we know the least about. »
Longtime film industry executive Tom Sherak, who rose to chairman of Twentieth Century Fox domestic film group over 17 years and served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences from 2009 to 2012, has succumbed at his Calabasas home after a 12-year fight against prostate cancer. Most recently, Sherak had been appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as La's first "film czar," to lure runaway production back to the city. He was paid an annual salary of $1. In my youth, I once worked for Sherak at Fox as director of publicity on such movies as "Romancing the Stone," "The Revenge of the Nerds" and "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai." He was a good boss who looked after his employees and earned their trust. I vividly recall a meeting in his office after Barry Diller took over the studio. Sherak called Diller on the phone, asking whether to supply the year's actual »
- Anne Thompson
Tom Sherak, the longtime film marketing and distribution exec who led the Academy of Motion Pictures Art & Sciences through a period of innovation and change, died Tuesday in Calabasas, Calif. after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.
His family sent a statement through the Academy: “Tom lived his life as an open book. He opened his heart and let the world in, and anyone who was lucky enough to know him knew first hand the power of his love. He gave everything he had to help others, regardless of whether or not he knew them. Tom is a true hero in our lives who has a star on the sidewalk and wings to fly. We love him so very much.”
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and CEO Dawn Hudson also issued statements: “In the more than 30 years I’ve known Tom, his passionate support of and excitement about the motion picture business, »
- Carmel Dagan
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