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Written by Bob Nelson
Directed by Alexander Payne
It’s become passé in popular culture to mock the elderly, to tweak and jeer at them just enough without being excessively cruel. We can laugh at old people for swearing at each other, or for having regressed physically to the point where they seem like overgrown babies who can barely dress themselves. It’s easy to laugh at our elders, swaddling ourselves in the fervent and foolish hope that we will never become like them. Time may march on and we may eventually hit the age when we qualify for Social Security and Medicare benefits, but we will never grow that old, that infirm. Thus, we can comfortably snicker at the foibles of old folks. For the opposite take, consider Nebraska, a deceptively simple character study that never once points and laughs at its elderly characters. It presents these people, »
- Josh Spiegel
Yes is the most powerful word in Hollywood. No matter how hard a writer labors over a script or how big a star signs on for a movie, you still need the approval of higher-ups — the greenlight — to enter production. With studios making more expensive movies and their corporate parents demanding quarterly profits, every decision is fraught. Long gone are the days when a hotshot director could waltz into an executive’s office, pitch a movie, and walk out with $100 million. Well, unless you’re Christopher Nolan. So who decides what does and does not get made? With all the recent changes in. »
- Brent Lang and Lucas Shaw
In recent years, the awards media has caught on to the relationship between the categories of Best Film Editing and Best Picture. Even films like "Argo" and "Crash," which did not win the Best Director Oscar, picked up the trophy for Best Film Editing. Every year, the vast majority of nominees in this category (sometimes even five out of five) are also cited in the top category. The didn't used to be the case. Long gone, it seems, are the days when films like "Speed" or "Se7en" or "Air Force One" could consistently make an appearance, though we do get a »
- Gerard Kennedy
When writing the screenplay for the cinematic adaptation of Ender’s Game by novelist Orson Scott Card, filmmaker Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) discovered creative inspiration from his own life. “For me it wasn’t so much a particular scene but a particular feeling that it generated in me,” recalls Hood. “I was drafted when I was 17 in the South African military in 1981, during the bad old days, and taken a thousand miles away from my home, and dropped into a basic training place where I was yelled and screamed at. I was set in an environment that was very different from my experience in growing up where aspects of my personality, particularly the more aggressive side of one’s male personality, were being praised in ways that would have been unthinkable by your mother. »
Katniss has a new 'do!"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" star Jennifer Lawrence just debuted her haircut on her official Facebook page -- and it's her shortest look yet.Long gone are her long locks, as the 23-year-old Oscar winner is now sporting a pixie cut.During a Google+ Hangout, Jen joked she chopped off her hair to "make Francis mad," referencing "Catching Fire" director Francis Lawrence. She then added, "It was at at that awkward length ... and was fried from being dyed so much."And so far, her Facebook fans are split on the look."You're rocking that haircut Jennifer," writes one. "I love her new haircut, giving us some fierceness," posted another.They aren't all so positive though, as one follower responded to the photo by saying "Omg you cut your hair? No, No, No!!!!!!"Which side are you on? We think the look definitely ages her a little bit, »
- tooFab Staff
full disclosure: *a DVD screener of this film was provided by IFC Films. Director: Franck Khalfoun. Writers: Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur and Joe Spinell. Cast: Nora Arnezeder, Genevieve Alexandra and Elijah Wood. Maniac is a remake of William Lustig's 1980 film, of the same name. In both features, a killer stalks several young women in a large urban environment. This time actor Elijah Wood plays Frank, the killer. Long gone are Wood's days as Frodo. Instead of a heroic character, Wood gives one of his best performances as a violent sadist. As well, Maniac follows a few tried and true tropes from the slasher film, which may or may not sit well with audiences. The most compelling aspect of this feature is director Franck Khalfoun's (P2) shooting style. Khalfoun places the viewer in the shoes of a murderer, if they like it or not, for the next eighty-nine minutes. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Everyone is saying that the film industry is dying, well, more like the heart of the film industry is dying. Long gone are the days of original movies taking the box office by storm. Now, sequels, re-imaginings, and remakes dominate the ever-greedy industry by finding the most obscure and irrelevant token of days past in hopes that the feeling of nostalgia will make hundreds of millions in profit. So far, the only type of movie this has worked with is the superhero movie, something that Marvel – Disney, now, I guess – has found the most success in chasing.
I personally disagree with this statement. I don’t believe the heart of the film industry is dying. Instead, I believe the human mind has seen it all, making us tired and jaded. As a society, we strive for “what’s new” and currently, very little is. So when a spectacular film comes »
- Andy Wong
A year can be measured in two periods: time when a season of The Challenge is airing and time when you can speculate what a new season of The Challenge will bring. With the announcement of a 25th season on Wednesday, we have officially entered into the more agonizing latter half.
As I’m sure T.J. Lavin follows my life as closely as I follow his, I think I’ll take this opportunity to draw out what a perfect 25th season of The Challenge might look like, before filming begins this fall. I don’t want to bite the hand that feeds me by complaining, »
- Jodi Walker
As Formula One heads into the traditional summer break, the current World Championship Leader, Sebastian Vettel must be pondering on whether he can add another Championship to his ever growing tally.
With Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes winning the latest race in Hungary in a fairly convincing style, Vettel will be concerned about whether or not his car as the pace to match Hamilton going into the second part of the season. In the past, we have seen ‘Dominant Vettel’, leaving the other cars to fight among themselves after Turn One, when he flies off into the distance.
But this season it’s all changed.
Apart from a spectacular performance in Canada, Vettel has not dominated as much as he would’ve liked, nor is he that far ahead in the Championship. Sky Sports F1 and the BBC often comment on how Vettel is doing well and that no one can get anywhere near him, »
- James Holder
Films have been capturing the imagination of audiences for over a century, and over that time have experienced waves of innovation. From the black-and-white, silent motion pictures of the early twentieth century, today’s film-goer is treated to a startling graphical and audible experience, with the enhancements to special effects making even the most unfeasible of event as lifelike as one could possibly imagine. Furthermore, the actors are more abundant and better-looking than ever, which means that the industry has a wide variety of stars to keep the viewers coming back for more. The hundreds of millions of dollars that successful films reap in at the box office alongside the supplement of DVD and Blu-Ray sales means that films will continue to get better and capture the imagination of the audience.
Video games have had a much shorter tradition than films, but in many ways their growth has been in many ways mirrored. »
- Callum Wiggins
Julianne, we hardly recognize you! The actress was spotted on the set of her latest movie, co-starring Robert Pattinson, rocking brand new hair that had us doing a double-take. For more details about Julianne’s transformation, keep reading!
Julianne Moore is known for being one of Hollywood’s most famous redheads. But when she was spotted on the set of her latest movie Maps to the Stars on July 8 in Toronto, she was sporting blonde hair! We hardly recognized Julianne and are wondering how you feel about such a drastic transformation, HollywoodLifers! Sound off below!
Julianne was seen in-between takes in a gray bathrobe and flips flops relaxing — but we barely knew it was her! Long gone were her signature red tresses and in their place was a nearly platinum blond mane.
This look is obviously a huge change for the actress, »
- HL Intern
A new HoH is crowned; fingers are pointed; tears are shed; nominations are made. But will the latest HoH’s supposed “Reign of Terror” do anything to change the power dynamics in the house, or is it full speed ahead for the Moving Company?
Is anyone else having a hard time figuring out whom they’re rooting for this season on Big Brother? I loathe Jeremy and Aaryn. GinaMarie and Kaitlin irritate me. I find Nick and Spencer somewhat grating, with their constant need to theatrically gloat about just how goshdarn strategic and in control of things they are. McCrae »
- John Cochran
We’re obviously huge Selena Gomez fans here at HollywoodLife.com, but we were wondering how you feel about the singer’s July 4th beauty look! Are you a fan of her red, white and blue makeup? Sound off below!
Selena Gomez, 20, is obviously stunning, but we did a double-take when we saw her beauty look at her pre-taping of her performance for Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in New Jersey on June 29. Selena was displaying her patriotic pride with some red, white and blue makeup. Do you think the look is a tad too literal, or just right for the occasion? Vote below.
Selena Gomez’s Makeup At 4th of July — Her Red, White, & Blue Look
Selena strutted on the stage in a high-low white maxi skirt and a red crop top with white strappy sandals — but we we’re obsessed with her makeup! Selena decided to »
- HL Intern
Despite the fact that Leyla Ghobadi’s story about hooking up with Kanye West while he was with girlfriend Kim Kardashian now looks to be more of a lie than a true story, she’s still all the media and public can talk about. Why would she lie about something that had the potential to ruin Kim and Kanye’s relationship? HollywoodLife.com has the Exclusive details!
Leyla Ghobadi, 24, has rumors swirling, and no one is entirely sure what is actually true yet — did she sleep with Kanye West or didn’t she? Regardless of what actually went down, HollywoodLife.com has Exclusive details from experts about why Leyla would lie about the whole affair!
Leyla Ghobadi: ‘She May Have Planned The Whole Thing’
Leyla’s alleged affair has been deemed fake since Star Magazine reported it June 12, which is a relief for Kanye, 36, and Kim Kardashian, 32, but that doesn’t mean all is forgiven. »
- HL Intern
Sony has come a long way since PlayStation 1. Long gone are CD’s, pixelated graphics or even wired controllers. And with the recent E3 2013 reveal of the PlayStation 4, it’s obvious that Sony’s hard work has paid off. Now, I realise that if you are a current Xbox owner or perhaps even a future one, you may think this is just another PlayStation fanboy who’s hating on the Xbox. I also realise my author description is not about to help me make my case. In any case though, in all honesty, I have nothing against Microsoft or Xbox One (X1). In fact, when I saw the X1 reveal I admit… I was intrigued. In fact, the only reason why I never owned an Xbox, is because my first console was a PlayStation and I liked staying loyal to them. That, and of course I didn’t have enough »
- Karan Gurnani
Last week we called your attention to occult-oriented retro rockers Blood Ceremony (sweet new record, check out the review here), and it so happens they're currently touring in support of Kylesa, a well-established unit formed in Georgia back in 2000 and well known for their dark, swampy psychedelic mode of metal. Kylesa's sixth studio record Ultraviolet hit the street around the same time as Blood Ceremony's The Eldritch Dark, and it's about time we dropped our needle on this band's ominous new offering. Blending rough-edged stoner sludge with the mood and textures of gothic & doom metal, Kylesa have made a few mods to their sound since their gritty, punk-infused 2010 breakthrough Spiral Shadow, which laid down corrosive power-riffs, anthemic chants and a thundering rhythmic assault (courtesy of dual drummers Carl McGinley and Eric Hernandez), scoring the band their highest props to date. On Ultraviolet, their sound is still effectively aggressive, but now incorporates more subdued, »
- Gregory Burkart
Filming for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is in full swing up there in Cleveland, Ohio, and thanks to the natives* (go Browns?), we've gotten some pretty neat-o little sneak peeks at that titular bad guy in street action.
You may not quite recognize him, but that's totally Sebastian Stan there filming scenes for "Captain America 2." Long gone is Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) formerly faithful soldier sidekick, Bucky Barnes.
Of course, a few decades of being left for dead in the freeze tank and then subjected to Russian mind-tinkering'd throw just about anybody off — or onto, depending on how you look at it — their A-game.
So, here's Stan's assassin passion in action (read: climbing on the hood of a gas-guzzle-mobile) Downtown this afternoon. You can't quite see it in this shot, but from this angle, the dude's bionic arm is totes on display in the scene.
Photo: Sebastian Stan »
- Amanda Bell
In the time before "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City" and all that followed, HBO's prestige came from its movies and miniseries. In the '80s and '90s, when those formats were still wildly popular for the broadcast networks, HBO managed to distinguish itself with great dramas about social issues (the AIDS epidemic epic "And the Band Played On"), ruthless satire (the Wall Street comedy "Barbarians at the Gate") or even straight-up comedies (the minor league film "Long Gone," which some hardcore baseball fans prefer to "Bull Durham"). Slowly but surely, the rest of television got out of this particular part of »
- Alan Sepinwall
Recently, African-American–directed relationship movies have hewed toward either incongruous absurdity (Think Like a Man), overt sentimentality (Jumping the Broom), or, in Tyler Perry's work, both. Long gone feel the days of complex films like Two Can Play That Game, Mark Brown's modern screwball comedy that provided hilarity alongside a clear-eyed critique of romantic battle. Writer-director Tina Gordon Chism's Peeples lacks the energy of Two Can Play That Game, but like that picture it manages to deliver farce without compromising realism. Craig Robinson (The Office) stars as Wade Walker, a musician who shows up uninvited at his girlfriend's parents' house for the weekend, planning to win the approval of her father, Virgil (David Alan G »
The Oscar season is long gone. Long gone, I say. Movies about old presidents and singing about your horrible life are over. As are the early dumping ground months, which weren’t all that horrible this year, thankfully. Now the summer movie season has begun. Marvel, once again, is starting things off on what won’t be a tough act to follow, but a pretty darn good one. Seeing Tony Stark crack jokes for two hours isn’t the only highlight of this month or this summer. Summer 2013 is packed with plenty of movies to act giddy over, both big and small. May represents what we should come to expect over the next three months with a nice amount of variety. There are ten films this month which are must-sees: Iron Man 3 Opens May 3rd Shane Black makes up for the many mistakes made by Iron Man 2. The director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and »
- Jack Giroux
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