15 items from 2009
I'm late posting this -- hey, I can't be at the computer 24/7 -- but if you've somehow missed the latest round of critics prizes, here's the results from the Nyfcc. They've been naming "bests" since 1935. How about that?
Picture The Hurt LockerDirector Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt LockerScreenplay In The LoopActress Meryl Streep Julie & JuliaActor George Clooney Up In The Air and Fantastic Mr. FoxAnyone else find it a little odd that Clooney's honor is a double dip with voicework but Streep, who voice stars with him in Fox and anchors soon-to-be-big-hit It's Complicated is only cited for Julie & Julia?Supporting Actress Mo'Nique PreciousSupporting Actor Christoph Waltz Inglourious BasterdsCinematographer Christian Berger The White RibbonI knew he'd win at least a couple. Black and white work always take at least one critics prize. I'm not knocking Berger's work. I'm just sayin'.Animated Film Fantastic Mr. FoxDocumentary Of Time and The CityForeign Film »
- NATHANIEL R
On Saturday I was lucky enough to attend a very special charity evening in aid of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation. It took place, as you might have guessed at the legendary Pinewood Studios just outside London near Windsor. The event was in aid of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation, a charity that helps people with disabilities to increase independence and improve life skills.
The event was named the Pinewood Legends evening for a reason. Invited along as guests of the Foundation were:
Roy Button OBE (Senior Vice President & MD of Warner Bros.) Paul Weston (Stunts, Daylight, Superman I, II, III) Terence Clegg (Producer, Out of Africa, A Clock Work Orange) Mike Moran (Movie music score composer) Joss Williams (Special Effects Supervisor on Green Zone, Hell Boy 2, Rambo, The Bourne Ultimatum) Anthony Waye (Producer, Casino Royale) Saeed Jaffrey (Actor, Gandhi) Paul Hitchcock (Producers, Mission Impossible, Firefox)
The evening started with »
- David Sztypuljak
As many of you will have seen, this coming Saturday is the Pinewood Legends evening in aid of Queen Elizabeth Foundation. Nearly all the tickets for the event have gone (follow details here to apply but be quick!) but you can still be part of the evening.
At the event, The Pinewood Legends will doing a Q&A and we want to give you the chance to ask them some questions.
Put your questions in the comments below and make sure you say specifically who you want your question to go to from the following list:
Roy Button OBE (Senior Vice President & MD of Warner Bros.) Paul Weston (Stunts, Raiders of the Lost Ark) Joss Williams (Special Effects Supervisor on Green Zone, Hell Boy 2, Rambo, The Bourne Ultimatum) Tony Waye (Producer, Bond Franchise) Terence Clegg (Producer, Out of Africa, A Clock Work Orange) Paul Hitchcock (Producer – Mission Impossible I & II) Saeed Jeffrey (Actor, »
- David Sztypuljak
Welcome to a new series here on Cinematical where we select an actor or actress and the role we think is their all time best.
Last August, "Meryl Streep" wrote an op-ed piece for The Onion called "Name One Masterpiece Of Cinema That I've Starred In." It was really written by the Onion staff, of course, but they (and Streep) made a good point. For a woman who is very possibly the finest living actor of any sex, she has made very few truly unforgettable films. Her resume doesn't contain anything quite like Rear Window, The Godfather, Chinatown or Pulp Fiction. Case in point: the article brings up Kramer vs. Kramer. "Streep" says "I'd watch it if it were on," but it isn't really a masterpiece. Also, it's more Dustin Hoffman's movie than Streep's movie, and if you look at it that way, it ranks pretty far down on Hoffman's list of classics. »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
Our friends over at Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation have just given us the details for a very exciting evening which will not only allow you to spend an evening at the world famous Pinewood Studios, but the black-tie charity event will also give you access to meeting some of the ‘legends’ that have worked at the studio.
This one-off event will take place on Saturday, 5th December and the legends will include:
Roy Button OBE (Senior Vice President & MD of Warner Bros.) Bryan Forbes Cbe (Filmmaker, Whistle Down the Wind, Stepford Wives) Nanette Newman (Actress, Personal Affairs, The Wrong Box) Rocky Taylor (Specialist Stunt Performer) Terence Clegg (Producer, Out of Africa, A Clock Work Orange) Mike Moran (Movie music score composer) Joss Williams (Special Effects Supervisor on Green Zone, Hell Boy 2, Rambo, The Bourne Ultimatum) Anthony Waye (Producer, Casino Royale)
+ Many More
Guests will also have their own opportunity to »
- David Sztypuljak
What’s the best movie from the late 70’s that features light sabers, an enormous space fortress capable of annihilating entire planets, wisecracking robot sidekicks, and dogfights between interplanetary spaceships? If you said Star Wars, you’d be wrong! Leave it to the wacky Italians, always quick to exploit a popular trend, to rip off George Lucas’s cash cow resulting in a film so spectacularly cheesy that over 30 years later it has actually aged better than the film it emulates. That movie is of course is the insane 1978 sci-fi “epic” Star Crash, an infamously harebrained but entertaining-as-hell Star Wars knockoff that is Not available on DVD.
Like Star Wars, most of Star Crash is comprised of a string of Flash Gordon-inspired cliffhanger adventures. Caroline Munro stars as Stella Star, an intergalactic smuggler who, along with her alien companion Akton (Marjoe Gortner), is captured by some sort of galaxy-wide »
We know how it is: You’d like to go to the movies this weekend, but you were planning to fly around the globe this weekend. But you can have a multiplex-like experience at home with a collection of the right DVDs. And when someone asks you on Monday, “Hey, did you see Amelia this weekend?” you can reply, “No, I defied societal expectations from the comfort of my living room.” Instead Of: Amelia, a biopic of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) from director Mira Nair... Watch: First stop: the cable network A&E’s Biography of Earhart, for the completely fact-based side of her story. Then, go to 1985’s Out of Africa, for another tale of a woman -- author Isak Dinesen, real name Karen Blixen, played by Meryl Streep -- who lived life on her terms, too, in an era when society didn’t much care for women doing that. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
We have an amazing huge set of odds and ends for you today including an official Twilight convention update an AMC double Twilight feature Billy Burke Stitch and Swash leather bags a Cineworld Cinema New Moon ticket update a New Moon ticket give away the New Moon makeup departmenthead to speak Anna Kendrick and the 2nd Annual Battle of the BandsTwilight Convention and Music Update!The official Twilight conventions have some updates including the addition of a bunch of great cities to the tour Hello Hawaii!!. Check out more here. Also check out some Twilight inspired music by Bleeding Forks who write songs inspired by individual characters from the Twilight Saga. There are a few songs out already on itunes and they are working on some fantastic songs for the future. Check them out on Myspace twitter and facebook.AMC Theaters showing Twilight and New Moon Double FeatureSee Twilight at »
Two of King's children disputed a third's authority to speak for the estate, and soon enough King's own words came to mind: "All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem."
Granted, putting someone's life story on film hardly compares to the struggle for civil rights. But the biographical movie is a uniquely frustrating beast. Discovering a fascinating life story is the easy part, but acquiring the appropriate life/film/art/music rights, appeasing relatives' and audiences' expectations, persuading financiers to ante up and actually making money on the project can be as arduous a task as universal equality.
This is why, despite their undeniable magnetism at awards time, »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine has called for the return of her screen mother Wendi Peters. The pair last worked together on the ITV1 drama's 2008 DVD special Out Of Africa, which saw Peters's scheming character Cilla Battersby-Brown being reunited with daughter Fiz and son Chesney (Sam Aston) in Sun City. McAlpine has now suggested that it would be "lovely" to see Cilla causing trouble with another stint in Weatherfield. "It would be great. I think she'd definitely stir things (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
In a poll by Empire magazine, fans voted Sean Connery for having the worst film accent of all time. "Whether he's a Russian sub captain (The Hunt For Red October) or even an English king (First Knight, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), always that baritone Highland burr remains," said the magazine. Coming in second is Dick Van Dyke for his awful Cockney as the chimney sweep in Disney's 1964 "Mary Poppins," starring opposite the properly-accented Julie Andrews. Actors who did not make the list were Tom Cruise for "Far and Away" and Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Blood Diamond." Top 10 list: 1. Sean Connery (Hunt for Red October) 2. Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins) 3. Brad Pitt (Seven Years in Tibet) 4. Charlton Heston (Touch of Evil) 5. Heather Graham (From Hell) 6. Keanu Reeves (Bram Stoker's Dracula) 7. Julia Roberts (Mary Reilly) 8. Laurence Olivier (The Jazz Singer) 9. Peter Postlethwaite (The Usual Suspects) 10. Meryl Streep (Out of Africa) »
Streep was assured the beast would be tethered while she fought it off with a whip, during one of the 1985 movie's most infamous scenes.
Decades later the actress admits she's still stunned her life was put in jeopardy, after Pollack devised a dangerous way to get the shot he wanted.
She says, "It was the last day of shooting. They imported all the lions from California; they were kind of (lazy). They weren't charging me in the right way... this lion was sitting there (yawning) and she had a leash on. She was supossed to charge me with the camera covering her side with her leash. And she just wouldn't do it. So the last take, Sydney told them to take the leash off because it was a wrap the next day - so if they got the shot, they got the shot. No (they didn't tell me). So I whipped and she kept coming at me. Sydney says that didn't happen, but it did happen." »
The award-winning actress was in her mid-30's when she starred opposite Robert Redford in the 1985 love story, based on a Danish author's memoir of her life in Kenya.
Streep admits she was desperate to land the part and devised a plan to entice the director after discovering he had dubbed her undesirable.
She says, "I did this thing once when I was auditioning for Out of Africa because I had done some movies but I wasn't famous enough to get this big part. The director at of the film, Sydney Pollack, let it be known to my agent at the time he didn't think I was sexy enough to play Isak Dinesen, the Danish writer who was like 50 when she published her first book. So I went and got a sweet little dress at my local (discount retailer) K-Mart. It went off the shoulders, and I took a lot of paper towels and I stuffed my bra, so it would mound up. Yeah (it worked) I got the part. »
Meryl Streep is set to rule the Rome Film Festival - she will be honoured with the top award to mark her outstanding career.
Streep will reflect upon her four decades as she hosts an on-stage discussion for the event's guests, sharing insights acquired throughout her lengthy career.
The fourth annual Rome Film Festival is scheduled to run from 15 to 23 October. »
Hollywood icon Meryl Streep made sure she didn't stuff up her acting dreams - by padding out her bra in a bid to land roles.
The double Oscar-winner admits playing the sexy card to catch the eye of casting directors - boosting her assets to increase her chance of film offers.
She explains, "I have cheated to get a part. The first time I was on Broadway years ago. Before the audition I filled my 32Dd bra cups with paper towels.
"I got the part! I did it again to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa. I'd heard he didn't think I was sexy enough so I filled them up again." »
15 items from 2009
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