9 items from 2011
In a career that’s spanned close to three decades, Rotham has been one of the most successful execs of our era. Along with overseeing at Fox some of the biggest blockbusters ever made, he’s also put his mark on today’s specialty films having founded Fox Searchlight in 1994.
Let’s go down memory lane and check out some of his highlights.
Rothman’s first film he released through Searchlight was the Sundance Grand Prize winner The Brothers McMullen. Quite a way to start.
- Jason Guerrasio
Ellen Barkin Actress Ellen Barkin attends the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] Best Actor Oscar nominee James Earl Jones (for The Great White Hope, 1970) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree; makeup artist Dick Smith (The Cardinal, Poltergeist III), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. Oprah Winfrey was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Among Ellen Barkin's movies are Paul Newman's Harry & Son, Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law, Blake Edwards' Switch, Mike Newell's Into the West, and Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Among Barkin's recent film appearances are those in Shit Year, The Chameleon, Operation: Endgame, Twelve, and Another Happy Day. »
- D. Zhea
The following list -- dug up in honor of this Sunday's Video Music Awards on MTV -- is proof that not all musicians are created equal when it comes to their acting abilities.
For every Mariah Carey in "Precious," you can find a Mariah Carey in "Glitter," but these 40 artists have shown that they can, at least some of the time, create memorable roles and transcend their musical careers. Sometimes, they even win Oscars.
During the nascent years of MTV, no female artist had more influence visually than the Material Girl, whose mix of eye-popping fantasy and gritty urban realism videos continue to influence a generation of vocalists. Despite a Best Actress Golden Globe for 1996's "Evita," the »
- Jason Newman
Writer and director John Michael McDonagh’s debut feature, The Guard, could be described as a collision of buddy-cop thriller, western and black comedy. Its blending of slick, bitingly funny dialogue and familiar genre elements is so perfect, in fact, that it’s already made its way into our list of 2011’s best films.
We got to sit down to speak with McDonagh about the making of The Guard, and what he’s up to next.
We’ve been talking, back at the office, about what genre The Guard falls into. How would you describe it?
I call it a black comedy, because I don’t think the thriller element is big enough to call it a comedy thriller. And it’s sold as a buddy-cop comedy, »
Every year during the Fourth of July, American cable and movie channels never fail to make an effort to run a slate of films perceived as ideal in representing the American brand. These range from war movies dripping with nostalgia and patriotism to pop culture pieces sympathetic to American history and ideals to macho action movies dedicated to American exceptionalism. But with every showing of The Patriot, Yankee Doodle Dandy, or Independence Day, the question becomes more and more pressing, what is an American film? Perhaps more specifically, what is an American director?
To be fair, any number of directors could be classified as quintessentially American. There is the shining humanism of John Ford, the political posturing and questioning of Oliver Stone and Michael Moore, even the capitalist excess of Michael Bay. Below are four directors that may not immediately come to mind as proto typically American filmmakers. The films »
- Shane Ramirez
It hasn't taken long for Lionsgate to turn The Hunger Games into a daily news item and today isn't any different as Entertainment Weekly (who appear to be in bed with Lionsgate on this film) has scored the first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, the lead character in the upcoming film on the cover of their latest issue. You can read a brief interview with Lawrence here and click the pic to the right for a larger version.
Michelle Williams has boarded Sam Raimi's Oz, the Great and Powerful. She'll play Glinda, the good witch and sister of the evil witches to be played by Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis. The pseudo-prequel to The Wizard of Oz stars James Franco in the title role, with Variety forecasting a fall 2012 release.
- Kevin Blumeyer
An untitled vampire film is in the works and Jim Jarmusch is sitting in the director's seat. Jarmusch is the man behind Stranger Than Paradise , Down By Law , Dead Man with Johnny Depp, and Broken Flowers . For his latest, he has attracted actors Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska. This is how the film is described by Jarmusch and ScreenDaily ; it's a "crypto-vampire love story, set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangiers." Shooting is scheduled to start in early 2012. »
An untitled vampire film is in the works and Jim Jarmusch is sitting in the director's seat. Jarmusch is the man behind Stranger Than Paradise , Down By Law , Dead Man with Johnny Depp, and Broken Flowers . For his latest, he has attracted actors Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska. This is how the film is described by Jarmusch and Screen Daily; it's a "crypto-vampire love story, set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangiers." Shooting won't get underway until early 2012, however. So you Jarmusch fans will have to wait. »
As Woody Allen prepares to arrive in Cannes with his latest film Midnight in Paris, he is confirming some casting reports about his next film, to be shot in Rome, which he calls "a comic picture, an out-and-out comedy." Speaking to USA Today  he offered that quote, said that reports pegging the film's title as The Wrong Picture were, uh, wrong, and confirming that he would indeed appear in the film. And he also confirmed Deadline 's report that Roberto Benigni would play a part in the movie. We don't know what that part will be, but he'll join Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg and Alec Baldwin. Roberto Benigni built a big European audience with comic roles in Italy and a small Us audience thanks to appearances in films like Down By Law. But he broke into the mainstream in a big way with comic Holocaust film Life is Beautiful, »
- Russ Fischer
9 items from 2011
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