17 items from 2015
Brian Grazer is one of the great visionaries in Hollywood. His film resume includes Oscar Best Picture-winner “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” “Apollo 13,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Parenthood.” Committed to bringing excellence to all screens large and small, Grazer has also had a hand in some of TV’s most critically-acclaimed shows, like “Arrested Development” and, most recently, “Empire.” With a storied career that has transcended genres and platforms, the heavyweight producer added New York Times best-selling author to his name with this year’s “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.” We caught up with Grazer about industry. »
- Bryce Christian
There's straight-to-video shame, then there's straight to TV shame. The following small screen follow-ups, then, are the most shameful of the lot.
Please note, however: all of the following first aired on the small screen. They may have ended up on DVD later, but they're telly specials through and through...
1. Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist (2012)
Returning cast members: None
You'll remember the first two, and might have a dim recollection of the third - new kid, new goons - and the fourth will, hopefully, mean nothing to you (old kid, new actor playing kid, old goons, new actors playing goons, shot in South Africa).
The fifth, however, is the biggest stinker of the lot, a schmaltzy Christmas edition with a new kid, new family and new goons. Also, Malcolm McDowell - of Clockwork Orange fame - is in it, »
Born in New Jersey in 1961, Longo enjoyed a career spanning over thirty years; moving out to Los Angeles back in the early 1980’s he landed a recurring role on the hit TV series Alice, and films such as Sixteen Candles, Splash and Fletch. He was later cast in NBC’s Hell Town and the hit comedy movies Police Academy and Shakey Ground. Over the years Longo has been seen in some of Hollywood’s major TV shows and motion pictures alongside the likes of Bruce Willis in The Last Boy Scout, Matthew McConaughey in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive.
“When the team at Bohemia met with Tony they instantly feel in love with his natural charm and charisma, but also each of the managers had »
- Gary Collinson
Daryl Hannah thinks Hollywood is still ''male-dominated''. The 54-year-old film star believes female stars are cast to be figures of male fantasy in films, but hasn't lost all hope as she believes the industry has the ''potential'' to express what it is to be male or female in a ''transformative way''. She said: ''It's a male-dominated industry. It's just a bunch of guys saying: 'Let's make the girl young, and sexy, and hot'. So yeah, of course it's exploitative. And that's unfortunate because it has the potential to be really transformative in expressing the human condition.'' Although the 'Splash' actress - who famously dated Neil Young and John F Kennedy Jr. - was seen as pin-up girl in her prime, she has now revealed she felt like she was being mocked by people who thought she was attractive, because years of bullying had made her believe she had a ''weird'' appearance. »
Tony Longo, the character actor who has appeared in such films as Suburban Commando, The Last Boy Scout, Mulholland Drive and Splash, has died at the age of 53. Longo, pictured above left in Suburban Commando, died in his sleep at his home in Marina Del Ray, California.
His management released a statement through Deadline: “He had the excitement and willingness to do anything. There is some comfort in knowing that he died peacefully in his sleep. Hollywood has lost a great.”
The actor is survived by three daughters.
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- Paul Heath
Death is inevitable. That’s a universal truth we all learn at a very early age and as we get older, the reality of that truism becomes more and more evident with each passing day. But what if you didn’t have to die? What if you could live forever? That wish fulfillment was precisely what a then up-and-coming filmmaker Ron Howard explored back in 1985 with his wondrous fable, Cocoon. It’s a remarkable film for many reasons, but what has always made it so memorable for me was the way Howard managed to create such a vivid, dignifying and endearing portrait of octogenarian life that demonstrated how the elderly can still enjoy a fulfilling existence even if the rest of the world no longer recognizes their vitality.
This month, Howard’s wondrously heartfelt fable turns 30 and it feels like the perfect time celebrate this remarkably unique film that defied the odds for many reasons, »
- Heather Wixson
In the 80s, the Hollywood star was best known as a mermaid in Splash and a replicant in Blade Runner. More recently, she has concentrated on green issues, and her protests have landed her in jail. So does Sense8, her new Netflix series with the Wachowskis, herald a comeback?
On the hottest day of the year so far, Daryl Hannah appears like a mirage outside her Paris hotel. She has been window-shopping and people-watching, but the heat is intense and her foundation is flaking. She explains that she likes taking walks in the city because this was where it all started; it is where her parents met. Without Paris, she says, she would not even exist.
Hannah is in town to plug her role in Sense8, an audacious, globe-hopping Netflix series about fluid identities and the shadowy links between the present and the past. As luck would have it, the »
- Xan Brooks
Daryl Hannah has been known globally since the early 1980s thanks to breakout roles in "Blade Runner" and "Splash," but it was the Wachowskis who gave her an opportunity to see the world like never before. As the mysterious Angelica of "Sense8," Hannah traveled to all nine filming locations (including Chicago, Korea and Nairobi) to connect with the show's deliberately diverse cast of "sensates" caught up in a global conspiracy; an experience that was life-changing for her. Read More: Watch: The Wachowskis and Netflix Expand Your Mind With 'Sense8' Trailer Indiewire had seen the first three episodes when we sat down with Hannah at a press day a few weeks before the show premiered on Netflix. Below, Hannah reveals what she thought when she first read the script, which cast member she taught to ride a bike and why working with the Wachowskis is like being a "sensate" yourself. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
Fantasy adventure from Muppets creator Jim Henson, in which a Gelfig embarks on a quest to restore order to his world by retrieving the missing shard of a magical crystal.
Groundhog Day - 2.45pm, Gold
Cynical weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, gets trapped in a time loop that causes him to live the same day over and over.
10 Things I Hate About You - 7pm, Film4
Raiders of the Lost Ark - 8.10pm, BBC Three
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) travels the globe »
A classic fairy tale is brought back to life this month with the release of Disney's new live-action Cinderella movie. Downton Abbey's Lily James is the latest star to become a Disney Princess, donning the glass slippers to take on the title role for director Kenneth Branagh.
Though Cinderella is very much a princess in the traditional mould, the ever-expanding Disney tendrils mean that new female characters are being inducted into the studio's roster all the time. The House of Mouse now owns Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar, and when you add the studio's Touchstone Pictures arm into the mix there's a wealth of memorable movies out there.
Everyone knows about Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora and the rest, but Digital Spy wants to highlight those who are part of the extended Disney Princess family. Read on to see our alternative choices below...
1. Princess Leia (Star Wars)
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Our weekly series in which writers revisit for the first time in ages their youthful passions and reconsider how well they hold up with the passage of time. The late 1970’s were a glorious time to be first discovering movies. For a boy in his adolescence, there were of course the complete life-altering revelations of seeing “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters” and eventually “Raiders” on opening day, surrounded by hundreds of other kids struck absolutely dumb at the spectacle before them. It was impossible to be young in those days and not become obsessed with the movies. But best of all were the comedies. It was an era when the genre was of re-inventing itself; moving out of the code restrictions that had hemmed comedy in since the dawn of Hollywood, the movies suddenly found itself let loose with acres of previously untouchable terrain to roam, and very few rules to guide them. »
- Richard Rushfield
In a video that will make your whole day if not your whole week, legendary actor Tom Hanks appeared on The Late, Late Show with British un-funny man James Corden where the pair re-enact a large portion of Mr. Hank’s film roles including Forrest Gump, Big, Bachelor Party, The Money Pit, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch, Road to Perdition, Joe vs. The Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips, The Terminal, A League of Their Own, You’ve Got Mail, That Thing You Do, The Polar Express, Catch me if you Can, Cloud Atlas, The Green Mile, Larry Crowne, Castaway, Philadelphia, The Da Vinci Code, Saving Mr. Banks, Splash, Apollo 13 and the Toy Story trilogy.
Check out the video below:
Pretty cool, eh?
- Luke Owen
Read More: James Corden Wows Audiences As New Host of 'The Late Late Show,' According to Twitter Ever wondered what Tom Hanks' decades-long career would feel like compressed down to under seven minutes? Hanks and Corden decided to try their hand on it during Corden's first show as host of "The Late Late Show." Featuring numerous iterations Corden's best attempts at various American regional dialects (not to mention his best Meg Ryan impression, three times over), and more props than you might have imagined possible, this clip is a rapid-fire sprint that leaves both actors and audiences rather breathless. Highlights include: Corden as the Mona Lisa, Wilson, and Madison (Daryl Hannah's pink mermaid from "Splash," in case you were wondering) -- though Hanks' loose-limbed turn as Woody might just have been the crown jewel atop it all. Check out the video for some serious showmanship from both parties. »
- Rosie Narasaki
James Corden kicked off his new stint as host of The Late Late Show in style last night, bringing in plenty of big name talent and at least one video that is sure to go viral. His first guests included Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks, the later of which re-enacted every one of his movie roles in 8 minutes alongside the host.
Also coming onboard for the big night was James Corden's Into the Woods co-star Meryl Streep, who was joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger in a taped skit that showed James Corden getting into shape for his grueling new job as a nightly talk show host. He also did a lengthy intro, explaining to his audience who he is, where he hails from in High Wycombe, England and the fact that he has a wife and two young children.
Other highlights of the night included CBS corporate chief Leslie Moonves »
It's tough to stand out among the other Super Bowl commercials, but the 30-second trailer for Disney's Tomorrowland turned a few heads - and probably brought back memories of Space Mountain. Yes, it's a movie inspired by Disneyland's futuristic-themed sector, and it's not the first time Disney transformed a ride into a feature film. Considering that some of the theme park's attractions have been beloved to Disney fans for years, it's surprising it took 60 years for Tomorrowland to spawn a movie. (California's Disneyland turns 60 this year, with plenty of celebrations foot.) To mark the World of Tomorrow's transition to the screen, »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
17 items from 2015
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