9 items from 2015
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
9 items from 2015
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