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Did You Hear About the Morgans? | Film review

31 December 2009 3:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A decent romcom with Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker. By Peter Bradshaw

I know, I know. Some movies – most movies – get a bigging up before they are released and this one has had an awful littling down. No one has had a civil word to say on the subject of Did You Hear About the Morgans? The word of mouth, in this case, appears to begin with S. I spoke to some people who had seen this romcom, before settling down to watch it myself, and they had the shocked, glassy-eyed expression of people who have witnessed two buses, full of children from two separate orphanages, involved in a head-on collision. And the littling down process hasn't been helped, particularly, by the film's star, Hugh Grant, who gave a cheerfully detached performance on television with Jonathan Ross, indicating that he wasn't exactly pinning Oscar hopes on it. His pairing »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Birthday Suits, An Oscar For Ed!

28 November 2009 6:20 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Each day we're celebriting the birth of various cinematic persons. Can someone in Hollywood please give their Oscar to Ed Harris today? I mean, my god how long does he have to wait for that damn thing? The rest of today's Sagittarians are less easy to shop for. What could we give Jon Stewart, for example, that he doesn't already have?

Ed, Laura and Jon

1896 Lilia Skala, Oscar nominated actress (Lilies of the Field)

1923 Gloria Grahame, Oscar winner (The Bad the Beautiful)

933 Hope Lange, Oscar nominated actress (Peyton Place, The Young Lions, Death Wish)

1941 Laura Antonelli, Italian actress, sex symbol

1946 Joe Dante He'll always have Gremlins, such a great 80s picture.

1949 Alexander Godunov, like Baryshnikov, he was a Russian ballet star who defected to America and co-starred in movies. It didn't go quite as well. He never achieved anything close to Misha's level of fame though he made for a memorable screen presence (Witness, »

- NATHANIEL R

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BFI Lff Review: The Road

16 October 2009 2:42 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Road defeated me. It crushed and destroyed me. It broke my heart in the first fifteen minutes and spent the next hour and a half trampling it through the dead and dusty ground. It is a haunting and poetic work, soulful and subtle in its tone and the dark, elegiac cadences. Director John Hillcoat and screenwriter Joe Penhall have adapted Cormac McCarthy’s apocalyptic novel with a masterful touch and the result is incredibly powerful and moving.

The beginning is the end. With a soulful, almost sleepy, melody the films awakes to The Man and his Wife in their house. She is pregnant as is the mood, with a tangible anxiety. Then outside we hear the plumes of panic in the air, people screaming, unearthly lights and the Earth’s deep, portentous rumble. As in the novel we are never told what happened, director John Hillcoat keeps the fire »

- Jon Lyus

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New Vampire Flick In a Spiral State

7 September 2009 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Dark Sky Films and Glass Eye Pix announced today that Kelly McGillis ("Top Gun," "Witness," "The Accused") has joined the cast of the epic vampire road film "Stake Land," currently filming in New York and Pennsylvania.The film, written by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici and directed by Jim Mickle ("Mulberry Street"), takes place following a global spread of vampirism. McGillis plays a nun who joins a small team of survivors (including Damici, Danielle Harris of "Halloween" and "Halloween 2" and Conor Paolo of "Gossip Girl") as they make a treacherous journey north to safety through the war-torn U.S »

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Kelly McGillis slumming it in vampire road film 'Stake Land'

2 September 2009 11:29 AM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Dark Sky Films and Glass Eye Pix announced today that once in-demand actress Kelly McGillis (Top Gun, Witness, The Accused) has joined the cast of the incredibly trite and pretentious-sounding vampire road film Stake Land, currently filming in New York and Pennsylvania.

The film, written by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici and directed by Jim Mickle (Mulberry Street), takes place following a global spread of vampirism. McGillis plays a nun who joins a small team of survivors (including Damici, Danielle Harris and Conor Paol (Gossip Girl) as they make a treacherous journey north to safety through the war-torn U.S. McGillis' character, "Sister," faces a crisis of faith during the vampire bloodshed, ultimately taking up arms to do battle with her newly formed family unit...

Says Dark Sky's Evp Greg Newman, "Jim and Nick have written a uniquely intense part for "Sister", and we are thrilled to see Kelly McGillis in the role. »

- Superheidi

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Kelly McGillis Joins Cast Of Stake Land!

2 September 2009 9:29 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Dark Sky Films and Glass Eye Pix announced today that Kelly McGillis ("Top Gun," "Witness," "The Accused") has joined the cast of the epic vampire road film "Stake Land," currently filming in New York and Pennsylvania.

The film, written by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici and directed by Jim Mickle ("Mulberry Street"), takes place following a global spread of vampirism. McGillis plays a nun who joins a small team of survivors (including Damici, Danielle Harris of "Halloween" and "Halloween 2" and Conor Paolo of "Gossip Girl") as they make a treacherous journey north to safety through the war-torn U.S. McGillis' character, "Sister," faces a crisis of faith during the vampire bloodshed, ultimately taking up arms to do battle with her newly formed family unit.

Says Dark Sky's Evp Greg Newman, "Jim and Nick have written a uniquely intense part for "Sister", and we are thrilled to see Kelly McGillis in the role. »

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Kelly McGillis travels to Stake Land

2 September 2009 9:23 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Glass Eye Pix and Dark Sky Films have announced that Kelly McGillis has joined the cast their apocalyptic vampire film Stake Land. Directed by Jim Mickle from a script he wrote with his Mulberry Street partner Nick Damici (who also co-stars), it’s currently lensing on New York and Pennsylvania locations.

McGillis, star of such ’80s classics as Witness, The Accused and Top Gun, plays “Sister,” a nun who confronts a crisis of faith when bloodsuckers take over the world, and joins a group of survivors battling the plague. “Jim and Nick have written a uniquely intense part for ‘Sister,’ and we are thrilled to see Kelly McGillis in the role,” says Dark Sky’s Greg Newman. “This is a very ambitious project, with a genuinely epic sweep, and we cannot wait to bring it to audiences next year.”

The cast also includes Halloween stalwart Danielle Harris, Gossip Girl’s »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Michael Gingold)

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Kelly McGillis Takes Trip Through Stake Land

2 September 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Dark Sky Films and Glass Eye Pix announced today that Kelly McGillis ( Top Gun , Witness , The Accused ) has joined the cast of the epic vampire road film Stake Land , currently filming in New York and Pennsylvania. The film, written by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici and directed by Jim Mickle ( Mulberry Street ), takes place following a global spread of vampirism. McGillis plays a nun who joins a small team of survivors (including Damici, Danielle Harris of Halloween and Halloween II and Conor Paolo of "Gossip Girl") as they make a treacherous journey north to safety through the war-torn U.S. McGillis' character, "Sister," faces a crisis of faith during the vampire bloodshed, ultimately taking up arms to do battle with her newly formed family unit. Says »

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A Top Gun Star Touches Down in Stake Land

2 September 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Another soul is set to wander through Dark Sky Films and Glass Eye Pix's Stake Land . Kelly McGillis ( Top Gun , Witness ) has joined the cast of Jim Mickle's "vampire road film." Filming is underway in New York and Pennsylvania. Written by Mickle and Nick Damici, the film takes place following a global spread of vampirism. McGillis plays a nun who joins a small team of survivors (including Damici, Danielle Harris and Conor Paolo of Gossip Girl ) as they make a treacherous journey north to safety through the war-torn U.S. McGillis' character, "Sister," faces a crisis of faith during the vampire bloodshed, ultimately taking up arms to do battle with her newly formed family unit. Mickle previously directed the atmospheric and effective low budget »

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From the Files of Fangoria: The Cars That Ate Paris

24 August 2009 5:29 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The best part about this unfettered access to Fangoria’s Files is being able to track down those films Academy Award Nominated directors would rather forget.  Sure Peter Weir made us all tear up in front of our girlfriends with such films as Gallipoli, The Truman Show and Witness, but what kind of emotion was he trying to evoke with one of his earlier films, The Cars That Ate Paris from 1974?

The film was released in the Us as The Cars That Eat People. I guess they figured American audiences wouldn’t be that sympathetic to the French.  It took me a good twenty minutes of viewing and language deciphering to realize that the Paris they were referring to was actually a small town in Australia.  At first glance, it looks like Maximum Overdrive meets Herbie The Love Bug with sadly no Emilio or Lindsey.  However, it shares more in »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (David McKendry)

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Producer Swanson Dies

6 August 2009 9:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood producer Ted Swanson has died from congestive heart failure, aged 72.

Swanson, who worked on a string of classic films including Rocky and Caddyshack, passed away on 23 July.

He enjoyed success on both radio and TV, as head of production with Los Angeles' Knxt (Kcbs) and as a producer on 1960s sitcom The Waltons and The Tale of Sweeney Todd, starring Ben Kingsley.

Swanson's credits as production manager include My Father the Hero, starring Gerard Depardieu and Katherine Heigl, and Oscar-winning films Harry and the Hendersons and Witness, starring Harrison Ford.

He is survived by his wife, Jan, two daughters and one son. »

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Contest: Win Huge from The Time Traveler's Wife!

5 August 2009 8:47 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

On August 14 the romantic drama, The Time Traveler's Wife will transcend time in theaters nationwide. This film stars Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston, Jane McLean and it's directed by Robert Schwentke. To celebrate this release we are giving away Picnic Blankets, Travel Note Books, T-shirts and much more! Check out a full listing of prizes below.

We're giving away the following prizes to various winners:

- The Time Traveler's Wife Women's Pink Double-v T-Shirt with Clock Print & Title

- The Time Traveler's Wife Travel Note Book

- The Time Traveler's Wife Key Chain

- The Time Traveler's Wife Sticky Note Set

- The Time Traveler's Wife Picnic Blanket

- The Time Traveler's Wife Clock Paperweight

Tons of winners! Tons of prizes! Enter today!

The Time Traveler's Wife is based on the best-selling book about a love that transcends time. Clare (Rachel McAdams) has been in love with Henry (Eric Bana) her entire life. »

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Actor Rubes Dies

1 July 2009 1:27 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran actor Jan Rubes has died, aged 89.

Rubes passed away on Tuesday. His cause of death was unknown as WENN went to press.

Born in Czechoslovakia, the star found fame in the 1940s as an opera singer and won first prize at the Geneva International Music Festival in 1948.

He furthered his career by moving to Canada before branching out into acting.

His most noted role was opposite Harrison Ford in 1985 film Witness, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won two.

Rubes was also a TV star, appearing in shows including The X-Files, Due South and Stargate Sg-1.

He is survived by wife Susan, two sons and three grandsons. »

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Streep Noms, #6 (1985)

26 June 2009 10:15 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

A Note: I will be returning to reviewing Streep movies soon but for now let's return to discussing Streep's competitive Oscar fields. I'll try to wrap up the 80s pictures very soon. I knew this month would be Streep heavy I had no idea how mired down in the 80s nostalgia we'd get. See also: Farrah & Michael Jackson.

1985

Six Oscar nominations is a lot for anyone but what is perhaps even more impressive / serendipitous about Meryl Streep's 1985 accomplishment is that Out of Africa, a big hit and Oscar champ, was her third Best Picture winner in seven years. That's quite rare. She would go on to lose Best Actress to Geraldine Page who was, at that time, the most nominated performer (8) never to have won the golden boy (Peter O'Toole now holds the record since he lost on his 8th nomination). Page died a scant 15 months later at 62 years of age. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Blu-Ray, DVD Round Up, June 16, 2009: ‘Crossing Over,’ ‘Woodstock,’ ‘The Cell 2’

16 June 2009 6:00 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s time to dig a little deeper at HollywoodChicago.com and pull out a standard and HD edition of the Round-Up, our regular column that gives you the synopsis, features, and technical details on several titles that we either couldn’t get around to full-length reviewing or we didn’t think deserved the time.

Crossing Over” and “Woodstock: 40th Anniversary Edition” were released on June 9th, 2009.

The Cell 2” and “Nature’s Most Amazing Events” were released on June 16th, 2009.

The Cell 2” (Blu-Ray)

Photo credit: WB Synopsis: “Imagine a serial killer who flatlines his victims and then brings them back to life over and over again, until they beg to die. Beautiful psychic investigator Maya Casteneda (Tessie Santiago) was his last victim and swore vengeance on her tormentor before she escaped. Now The Cusp is back, and the FBI taps Maya to help capture the elusive monster. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Forbes 100: On Actresses and "Power"

5 June 2009 10:49 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

As you may know, the annual Forbes 100 is out. This 'Celebrity 100' list is also referred to as "World's Most Powerful Celebrities". Which... well, I wonder. The list ranks the celebrities based on their media visibility and earning power. Media + income = power. All lists are subjective but it seems strange to assume that visibility equals power. It can but I doubt it automatically does. Is Lindsay Lohan a powerful person because the paparazzi follow her around? If so, what does she hold sway over... legging trends? Can she get movies greenlit? She didn't make the list but it's just an example.

Another funny/strange thing: It only goes to show you that becoming enormously popular at one time in history can keep you on these lists in perpetuity. Witness the staying power of Sandra Bullock and Harrison Ford on lists such as these.

Here are Forbes top movie actresses...

01 Angelina Jolie »

- NATHANIEL R

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McG cuts topless 'Terminator' scene

14 May 2009 9:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

McG has said that he cut a topless scene of Moon Bloodgood from Terminator Salvation because it felt "gratuitous" when he looked at it during the edit. The director revealed that the scene was originally inspired by a moment of tenderness in Witness starring Kelly McGillis and Harrison Ford, Si Fi Wire reports. McG said: "It just felt like: 'Oh, there's the genre stunt of the good looking girl taking her top off.' It felt counterproductive in the spirit of what we were looking to achieve on a storytelling level. "I suspect (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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McG Cuts Topless Shot Out Of Terminator Sequel

13 May 2009 2:55 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Terminator Salvation director McG cut a "beautiful" topless shot of Moon Bloodgood out of the action blockbuster - even though the stunning actress was thrilled with the scene.

The Charlie's Angels director thought the shot would add a little tenderness and understanding about Bloodgood's character Blair Williams - but it just seemed out of place when McG was cutting the film together in the editing suite.

He tells WENN, "We tried to echo that scene in (film) Witness where Kelly McGillis turns around and says, 'I'm not ashamed. I know that I'm raised in a puritanical fashion and this is who I am but I trust you, Harrison Ford, so let's have a moment' - and they never even touch.

"We had a scene opposite Sam Worthington's character that sort of echoed that but it ended up feeling like, 'Here's the topless scene in a genre picture' - and it felt gratuitous.

"I didn't want people to have a reason to say, 'I can't take this film that seriously. They're still playing grab ass and the film's made by a bunch of teenagers who just want the boob shot.' So we ultimately left it out.

"Moon would be the first to say she thought it was beautiful. I mean one of the things that the Resistance (in the film) is fighting for is the softness of the flesh. It's the defining characteristic of the difference between us and machines." »

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Terminator Salvation’s PG-13 Rating

12 May 2009 9:53 AM, PDT | SciFiCool.com | See recent SciFiCool.com news »

In the wake of having debunked the notion that he was under pressure to make the latest installment in the Terminator saga less of a bloodfest than perhaps it ought to be, esteemed film director McG recently came to the defense of the PG-13 rating. “It just became clear that the things that would take it to an R or an Nc-17 would be: There goes the arm, and now the blood is squirting on my face,” McG said in a group interview last Friday in Beverly Hills, Calif. “That wasn’t in service of the character or the story. The elements that would have taken it to R just ended up feeling gratuitous in the editing room. There’s a topless scene with Moon Bloodgood. I was trying to echo that scene in Witness where Kelly McGillis turns and says, ‘I’m not ashamed’ to Harrison Ford. But it just felt like, »

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Kelly McGillis Comes Out

30 April 2009 4:26 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Amish will not be pleased.

Not that The Amish ever saw Witness (1985) mind you. Maybe they don't even know who she is. But wasn't she good in that film as the Amish widow who resists falling for Harrison Ford for as long as she can? I still find it a bit odd that she didn't end up in the Best Supporting Actress list that year. Her chemistry with Harrison Ford was crazyhot. Further proof that it's ridiculous that people think gay actors can't pull off romantic leading roles.

But back to Kelly. If you're saying "who?" you're forgiven. She had a very high profile career for five short years (two Oscar winning films with one blockbuster sandwiched inbetween) and then *poof*. Hollywood lost interest... or she did... or the public did. It happens.

It happens a lot. We just never know who it's going to happen to until they're gone. »

- NATHANIEL R

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