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Blu-ray Release Date: March 13, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Though it initially engendered enormous controversy when it was released in 1988, drama film The Last Temptation of Christ, by Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island), is now viewed by many as a remarkable, profoundly personal work of faith.
An adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel that imagines an alternate fate for Jesus Christ, the movie stars Willem Dafoe (Platoon), Barbara Hershey (Black Swan), Harvey Keitel (The Last Godfather), Harry Dean Stanton (Alice) and David Bowie (The Hunger).
Featuring striking cinematography by the Michael Ballhaus (Broadcast News) and a memorable score by Peter Gabriel (Live in London), The Last Temptation of Christ was first released on DVD by Criterion back in 2000 (and it’s still available).
Criterion’s Blu-ray edition includes the following special features (all ported over from the DVD):
audio commentary featuring director Martin Scorsese, »
Actor/Director Says He Got Script Notes From Clint Eastwood On Project, Talks Working With Ji-Woon Kim On 'The Last Stand' After early supporting roles in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Color of Money," "Platoon," "Stakeout" and "Good Morning, Vietnam," Forest Whitaker finally landed a leading role, winning Best Actor at Cannes in the process, in 1988's "Bird" the biopic of jazz legend Charlie Parker directed by Clint Eastwood. Nearly 25-years-on, it looks like the actor-director is finally returning to another jazz icon, stepping behind the camera this time, although enlisting the help of his old collaborator on the film. We caught up with Whitaker this week at the Marrakech Film Festival, and he revealed he's got two directorial projects on the way or in the works: "Better Angels," a project focusing on Ugandan child soldiers in which he'll also star, and "Getting To »
O'Neal passed away after suffering a stroke last month and the Platoon star has paid a touching tribute to the funnyman, who he met for the first time in September, days before he poked fun at the actor at the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen.
In a statement, Sheen says, "The entertainment world as well as the world at large lost a brilliant man today. Patrice had that rare 'light' around him and inside of him. I only knew him for the few days leading up the Roast. Yet I will forever be inspired by his nobility, his grace and his epic talent.
"My tears today are for the tremendous loss to his true friends and loving family."
Actress Kate Walsh, who also took part in the Sheen roast, and a host of other stars have also expressed their sadness.
Taking to her Twitter.com page, Walsh writes, "God Bless Patrice O' Neal, I'm so glad I got to meet you and hear your funny f'in words. A truly singular voice. Rip".
And actor/comedian Denis Leary tweets, "Patrice O'Neal. One of the funniest men who ever walked this earth. Rip."
Typecasting is a terrible fate to befall an actor. Many of them have suffered from it over the years, accepting role after role in similar films with similar plots and similar characters simply because they have no real alternative. However, in spite of the risks involved there are also those who subvert this association; those who have elevated themselves to near legendary status within their chosen genre. Their performances define it and are woven inextricably into its rich tapestry. Two such actors are pictured above and are the subject of this article – one, a silent and anonymous loner with no time for small talk and very direct methods of dealing with his adversaries, the other a straight talking, no – nonsense peacekeeper with a trademark southern drawl. Both are perhaps best known for their westerns, although they also directed, produced and starred in a variety of other films too including military epics and ‘unorthodox’ police procedurals. »
- Jame Simpson
Oscar-nominated production designer Bruno Rubeo, who was a frequent collaborator with Taylor Hackford and Oliver Stone, died November 3rd in Trevi, Italy of complications from pneumonia. He was 65. According to his official bio, Rubeo was born in Rome and served in the Italian Navy before immigrating to Canada where he worked as an Art Director on several TV and independent film projects. His big break came in 1986 when Stone tapped him to design Salvador. Stone and Rubeo collaborated on three more films: Best Picture Oscar winner Platoon as well as Talk Radio and Born On The Fourth Of July. In 1989, Rubeo served as Production Designer on Bruce Beresford’s Academy Award winner Driving Miss Daisy and received an Academy Award nomination. In 1992, Rubeo began working with Hackford on the Chicano gang epic Blood In, Blood Out. This relationship became Rubeo’s longest professional collaboration, resulting in five films, including Dolores Clairborne, »
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After recently watching Trespass on Blu-ray, The Ward on Netflix Instant and catching J. Edgar on its early rollout, I began to notice a trend of legendary and/or highly touted filmmakers who have tailed off in recent years. So I began thinking of other helmers that have fallen onto similar hard times and came up with a list of nine who, in my opinion, have lost their fastball. It's important to note that while it's difficult to evaluate all of these directors on an equal scale, all of these names were selected based on one basic criteria: their recent output has failed to live up to their once impressive past. Outside the nine below, there were a few I others I considered. Directors such as Bryan Singer, Tim Burton, Stephen Frears and Cameron Crowe, but ultimately I didn't think their declines were as steep as those I chose to profile, »
- Kevin Blumeyer
November 7th sees the U.K. DVD release of Tour of Duty - The Complete First Season - the groundbreaking U.S. television series that was the first to dramatise the events of the Vietnam War - and to celebrate, Flickering Myth have three copies to give away to our readers courtesy of distributors Fabulous Films.
Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter this fantastic competition...
Tour Of Duty – The Complete First Season features all 21 one-hour episodes of the show’s debut series collected over five discs. The plotline revolves around a single platoon of young Us soldiers during their one-year tour of combat duty in Vietnam during the late 1960s. Miles from home in the unfamiliar and hostile terrain of South-East Asia, this small band of infantrymen from diverse racial, cultural and philosophical backgrounds are ultimately forced to depend upon each other as brothers in »
Today's Coca-Cola can-coloured, jovial, bearded fat man, who dispenses gifts to nice kids, is a far cry from the original, meaner folkloric characters who have been compiled over the years to create him. The Santa in this great, alternative Christmas movie from Finland redresses this imbalance somewhat. Here, he is a horned beast who steals children and kills adults for bad behaviour. He's such a badass that, centuries ago, the Finnish people froze him and built an entire mountain to contain his evil. A team of archaeologists decide to dig up Santa's colossal burial mound, just over the Russian border from a village of Finnish reindeer herders. Then suddenly, on Christmas morning, »
- Phelim O'Neill
What's worse than the Kardashian divorce drama? The Republican primaries. So says perpetually disillusioned director Oliver Stone about the sensational headlines we've seen this week (possible public drunkenness, sexual harassment allegations, a singing performance), not from those krazy reality stars, but from the folks running for the highest office in the land.
"I know it is good drama, but to me it plays out like reality television, like 'Survivor.' It's just a joke. It's made a joke of our political process," Stone told me at the Savannah Film Festival, sponsored by the Savannah College of Art and Design.
The director of "Wall Street," "Platoon," "JFK," "W," "Nixon" and an upcoming adaption of the life of Robert Moses, "The Power Broker," sees this primary season as little more than an elaborate elimination ceremony.
"Who's hot right now? Who's going to be thrown off the island next? They devote so much »
- Jo Piazza
A Desperate Housewives and Mad Men star has signed onto a guest appearance for Fairly Legal’s second season. The USA drama has snagged Mark Moses for upcoming episode, where he’ll play a powerful, savvy trial attorney looking to expand his legal empire.
Fairly Legal follows Sarah Shahi as Kate, a legal mediator. USA is looking to take the show to the next level for its second season. The show cast a new series regular last week, adding Ryan Johnson (Ghost Rider) as a rising star trial attorney. The first season of Fairly Legal premiered last January, but a »
- James Hibberd
Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen will return to television in summer 2012 on FX in Anger Management, a new sitcom loosely based on Revolution Studios' 2003 hit comedy feature of the same name, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.
FX has ordered 10 episodes of Anger Management from Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury, led by Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. Production on the sitcom will begin in early 2012 with comedy veteran writer-producer Bruce Helford (George Lopez, The Drew Carey Show) as executive producer and showrunner. It will be produced by Lionsgate Television, led by Television Group President Kevin L. Beggs and COO Sandra Stern; Joe Roth and Revolution Studios' Vince Totino; Sheen manager Mark Burg's production company, Evolution Management; and Ramon Estevez and Estevez Sheen Productions.
In success, FX will pick up an additional 90 episodes under a unique syndication model crafted by Debmar-Mercury for multiple »
Release Date: Jan. 17, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $20.00, standard-definition digital download $14.99, high-definition digital download $20.00
The high-definition debut of Good Morning, Vietnam is timed to the comedy movie’s 25th birthday.
The 1987 film earned Robin Williams (Old Dogs) an Oscar nomination for his role as an unorthodox deejay who is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station during the war. His humor makes him popular with the troops, to the chagrin of middle management, but soon his job is affected by the realities of the war around him.
The other star in the drama-infused film is, of course, the soundtrack, including the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around,” James Brown’s “I Feel Good” and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” to name a few. »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the third of a five-part feature (read parts one and two)...
“You’ve got to keep stretching out and trying other stuff,” observed actor and director Clint Eastwood. “I could have chosen a lot of scripts that were different than Bronco Billy , that were less of a challenge but it was worth trying.” The native of San Francisco, California explains, “It’s about the American Dream, and Billy’s dream that he fought so hard for. It’s all the context of this outdated Wild West show that has absolutely no chance of being a hit. But it’s sweet. It’s pure.” The subject matter resembles the work of two legendary Hollywood filmmakers. “My first thought was that Frank Capra [It’s a Wonderful Life] or Preston Sturges [Sullivan’s Travels] might have done it in their heyday. It has some values that were interesting to »
It's not every day that you hear grown men shout "victory" in the middle of a home improvement store. For How to Be a Gentleman's Kevin Dillon, who recently ended an eight-season run on Entourage, it's just how people say hello.
"Before Entourage, I would have a lot of Marines and Platoon fans quoting, 'Did you see that head come apart?'" Dillon tells TVGuide.com. "Now, I get, 'Hey, Johnny Drama!' Just today, I went to Home Depot and I had guys screaming 'Victory!'"
A lot has changed for Dillon in the past eight years, and we're not just talking about how he's greeted at the checkout line. After first gaining...
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- Kate Stanhope
The final curtain may have closed on "Entourage," but Kevin Dillon isn't giving up on his alter-ego, Johnny Drama, just yet -- or at least not when it comes to getting girls. But Dillon may have to rein in his player ways; after all, he's starring in the new CBS comedy, "How to Be a Gentleman." In the new sitcom, he plays a gym owner who schools a client on how to be more manly -- a clear fit for the "Platoon" and "24" actor. If anyone is the professor of manhood, then it's surely Dillon-Drama.
Tell me about "How to Be a Gentleman."
It's got a little bit of an "Odd Couple" vibe about it. I would be more of the Oscar type guy. He's a guy who owns a gym and does personal training. Not only does he do the body he likes to think he trains the mind. »
- Nicki Gostin
It’s the one aspect of humanity that binds the demographics; the one thing that’s on everyone’s mind, young or old. Whether you’ve come to terms with your mortality or not, Hollywood thrives off it and the simple fact that you just can’t look away.
Many films exist and across them countless characters shuffle off the mortal coil; some nobly while others pointlessly, some even to the audiences’ collective groan of derision (two words: Mace Windu). Regardless of their dramatic accomplishment, movie deaths present a director with an opportunity to invoke empathy at the most primal level – sure Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) was an asshole throughout Die Hard but it’s hard not to acknowledge his humanity given his expression of mortal terror as he falls from the Nakatomi Plaza rooftop.
Done well, movie deaths make dramatic statements. They’ll kick-start a narrative or punctuate it with tragedy. »
- Stuart Bedford
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Scarface! Directed by Brian De Palma (Dressed to Kill) and starring Al Pacino (Carlito’s Way), the movie that’s everyone’s favorite cocaine-drenched guilty pleasure made its Blu-ray debut on Sept. 6. And Universal Studios Home Entertainment has given Disc Dish two copies of the Scarface Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbox to give away to a pair of lucky readers!
The contest giveaway will give readers a chance to check out the winners of Universal’s National Fan Art Contest, wherein fans created Scarface-inspired artwork using classic Tony Montana images from the film. Universal selected the top 25 based on creativity, originality and quality, and then 10 fan favorites were included as exclusive art »
On press duty for their new film The Hunter at the Toronto International Film Festival, director Daniel Nettheim and Willem Dafoe have been discussing Tasmania, Julia Leigh’s source material, and their cinematic sensibilities. It’s a character-driven piece that showcases its star’s craft while also the exotic environment his job of capturing the last Tasmanian tiger brings (our review here).
Sitting down as part of a roundtable interview with two fellow Americans, an Italian, a Spaniard, a Chilean, and a German, the two were quite forthcoming and conversational when it came to sharing stories about their work to us. With discussions ranging from hunting verisimilitude to leeches and even economics, both Dafoe and Nettheim proved to be generous in their candor and very excited about their film.
The transcript from the roundtable follows.
The character—Willem—I thought was, ah—interesting choices you had to make because you »
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The opening shots of Daniel Nettheim‘s The Hunter show Martin David (Willem Dafoe) in a hotel room, seemingly unable to look more out of place if he tried. Coupled with glimpses of high-tech equipment strewn throughout the room, we start to get a grip on who this guy is. And it’s good that he’s being put front and center this early on, for The Hunter is, above all else, a character piece about a man living in a dangerous environment that he was meant for.
Written by Alice Addison and based on the Julia Leigh novel of the same name, the story follows David as he’s sent to Australia by a biotech company, with the task of finding a Tasmanian Tiger. No small goal – they are thought to be extinct, and the area that they may live in is quite hostile. After being sent down to »
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It’s been seven long years since his last major film role — hey, the man has clearly been busy — but, with his Two and a Half Men days behind him, Charlie Sheen is apparently ready to get the tiger blood pumping again in his movie career. EW has confirmed that, as first reported by Variety, Sheen will star alongside Jason Schwartzman in writer-director Roman Coppola’s indie A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III.
In a role that may give some glimpse into Sheen’s own mind (not that he’s exactly hiding anything), the actor will play »
- Josh Rottenberg
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