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Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new. »
I don’t even know what you’d call a horror remake of a satirical fairy tale, but that’s what we have here, sort of. YouTuber Phillip Raupach has recut The Princess Bride into a trailer for The Princess Died, which is a horror film that casts Wesley as a stalker hell-bent on destroying Princess Buttercup. The effect is mostly achieved by laying the “To the pain” monologue over shots of Wesley kicking ass, and it’s… disconcerting. That really is a deranged speech, but I never minded because Humperdink was such a, well, dink. Divorced of that context, though, I’m starting to think Wesley may have been a psychopath. In addition to being super dreamy, of course.
- Mily Dunbar
This year will see the release of two different films in which older actors play more tragic and washed-up versions of themselves. In Ari Folman’s The Congress, Robin Wright (The Princess Bride) plays an out-of-work actress who sells the rights to her digital image to a movie studio in exchange for a large sum of money. In Birdman, the surreal new drama from Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel), Michael Keaton stars as another aging actor whose career has sharply declined since his younger days of playing a famous on-screen superhero.
Keaton’s character, Riggan Thompson decides to put together a broadway play – an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – in order to put his life, his career and ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
The 2014 New York Film Festival will host a series of special events, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced in a press release today. A number of films will make their U.S. premieres at the festival, in addition to an anniversary screening that will turn the whole festival up to 11. While dates have yet to be announced, This Is Spinal Tap will receive a 30th-anniversary screening. In 1984, Rob Reiner’s mockumentary satirized the lifestyle of rock musicians and has since been a staple of movie history.
Star and writer Christopher Guest will attend the screening, through no other members »
- Jonathon Dornbush
The 2014 New York Film Festival will present a special screening of “This Is Spinal Tap” in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, with writer-star Christopher Guest on board to appear at the event.
The screening of influential mockumentary “Spinal Tap” — the latest in a string of Nyff anniversary fetes that has in previous years included “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Princess Bride” and “Dazed and Confused” — comes on the heels of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the org that presents Nyff, giving its annual Chaplin Award to Rob Reiner, the movie’s director (as well as the helmer of “Princess Bride”).
Prior Nyff anniversary screenings have attracted the attendance of multiple cast members and creatives from the projects being screened; only Guest has so far been confirmed for the Nyff event. Date of the screening remains to be announced
“Spinal Tap” joins a roster of Nyff special events that »
- Gordon Cox
It's amazing what a bit of clever editing, some title cards, and a hint of slo-mo can do. In this recut trailer for The Princess Bride, these elements blend to turn a romantic fantasy that was fit for children of all ages into a horror movie in the vein of Single White Female or Dressed To Kill. In 1987, Rob Reiner brought us The Princess Bride, an adaptation of a fairy tale penned by William Goldman. Robin Wright starred as Buttercup, a beautiful--if demanding--princess who'd won the eye of a loyal and dashing farmboy Westley (Cary Elwes). But their love was thwarted when the selfish and vile Prince Humperdink swept in and stole Buttercup away to be his own bride. Everyone knows that Westley returns as the Dread Pirate Roberts to rescue Buttercup from her crooked, crowned captor! But what the trailer above asks is, what he didn't? What if instead »
If you ever needed proof that a trailer can make or break a film, look no further than "The Princess Bride" recut as a terrifying horror movie. When the psychotic Westley's obsession with Princess Buttercup ends in kidnap, will her beloved Prince Humperdink be able to save her in time? Or will Buttercup become just the latest trophy mounted on the wall of Westley's ship? [Via io9] »
- Donna Dickens
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find a piano tribute to Robin Williams; a Star Wars nerd’s bachelor party; a Groot cake; The Princess Bride recut as a horror trailer; Benedict Comberbatch does Jar Jar Binks and Gollum impressions; and a functioning Lego cyborg arm. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
To kick things off today, Flavorwire has a Nicolas Cage activity book.
If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!
- Justin Vactor
The Congress is a striking film that makes a big statement, without knowing precisely what it wants to say. Pictures speak louder than words for director Ari Folman, whose Waltz with Bashir took the documentary format into an animated landscape (reflecting on his own experiences of war in Lebanon), while in this psychedelic, futuristic morality tale, Robin Wright is consumed by her own digitised image.
She is playing herself at a near point on the horizon where the human likeness has become downloadable and fully pliable. For the fading star of The Princess Bride (Folman lingers on her face as she gazes at the poster) that means eternal youth. However, it's not for reasons of vanity that she finally signs the dotted line for slithery studio mogul »
Marvel Studios is taking its biggest risk yet with Guardians of the Galaxy, banking on an obscure team of heroes to bridge the gap until the next Avengers flick roars into theaters. But there's an even larger obstacle standing in the way of box-office success: Dave Bautista.
To the uninitiated, Bautista is a six-time world champion in Vince McMahon's wrestling circus, and one of the most iconic squared-circle stars of the last decade. In Guardians, he plays intergalactic warrior Drax the Destroyer, which is unquestionably his biggest role to date. »
Chicago – “And So it Goes” can be summed up in its incredibly weak title, as just lazy hackery. In attempting to tell a story of redemption for a old white rich man, the film falls back on clichés, predictability, improbability, overdone physical comedy and stereotypes. The first-time pairing of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, and the direction of old pro Rob Reiner, couldn’t overcome the stench of the hackneyed screenplay.
Rob Reiner’s ability to recognize good scripts seems to have faded. The man knows how to make American classics (“When Harry Met Sally…,” “A Few Good Men,” “The Princess Bride,” etc.), but can’t seem to find or identify the type of work lately that can keep his reputation sound. The Mark Andrus screenplay is just not interesting, and couldn’t have been interesting on paper. None of the characters have any depth, they are just given »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Rob Reiner has gotten a bad rap. His latest film, And So It Goes, will not change that. From Reiner's very first feature, This Is Spinal Tap in 1984, the filmmaker has trafficked freely in genial, heartfelt, genuine sentimentality, as well as a frank nostalgia for days gone by. That matched the tenor of the times, especially for film fans who felt swamped by the growing blockbuster mentality being cultivated in Hollywood. His films were never as raw or incendiary as the independent films that were increasingly demanding attention, but The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, and A Few Good Men represent an impressive string of well-crafted, populist, mainstream movies In 1994, North was a major misfire,...
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Chicago – Rob Reiner has lived two distinct show business lives. He played a major role in one of the most famous television shows in history, “All in the Family,” and broke out afterward as a classic American film director, with hits such as “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Princess Bride.” His latest film is “And So it Goes.”
The film stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, as an older couple discovering a connection that on the surface seems highly unlikely. This is Rob Reiner’s 15th feature film as director, after such classics as “The Sure Thing,” “Stand By Me,” “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Misery,” “A Few Good Men,” “The American President” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Michael Douglas last worked with Reiner when he portrayed the title character in “The American President.” Reiner himself performs a small supporting role in “And So it Goes.”
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
We’ve seen many pro wrestlers move from the world of choreographed fighting to the movie business. Given they’re required to preform on the mic as part of their pro wrestling duties, WWE stars seem to make a decent go of it, at least some of the time: Hulk Hogan played Thunderlips in Rocky III, but he also headlined in Mr. Nanny – not exactly a great career move, acting wise.
The most successful crossover star from the wrestling realm to the movie business is, of course, The Rock – Dwayne Johnson has actual acting ability to go with his charisma, which is what propelled him past Hogan levels in regards to his acting career, but there have been others: John Cena, Kane, The Big Show, Triple H, Randy Orton, Kevin Nash, Diamond Dallas Page, Mick Foley – they’ve all tried their hand at movies and television shows, mostly in WWE productions. »
- Jay Anderson
Ari Folman’s The Congress, much like his animated documentary Waltz With Bashir, is a hard movie to categorize. The film opens with Robin Wright playing Robin Wright, who decades after catapulting to success as The Princess Bride reluctantly sells her digital likeness to the fictional Miramount Studios so that she has the money to better care for her ailing son. After the 30-minute live-action opening, centered around Wright’s decision to sell her likeness, the film jumps 20 years into the future where the computer-generated 34-year-old version of Wright is Hollywood’s biggest action star, and the 60-
- Chris O'Falt
Robin Wright is best-known for playing Princess Buttercup in the adored 1987 fantasy adventure The Princess Bride. She broke our hearts as the beloved but broken Jenny of Forrest Gump. And now she's downright scary as Claire Underwood in House of Cards. With The Congress, she takes on her most daring role yet, playing a version of herself over decades, in live-action and animation. Get a glimpse of what that means with the film's trailer. Watch it in hi-res at Apple. Based on the Stanislaw Lem novel The Futurological Congress, The Congress has Robin Wright playing a version of herself at the end of her career. Movies are changing, moving away from real actors, and instead scanning them to make new movies where their stars never need age, or even be on set. The journey of this Alamo Drafthouse release goes to all kinds of unexpected places, but a clip from »
Robin Wright has had a lot of good parts over the course of her career — whether it's Kevin Spacey's coolly conniving House of Cards wife, Forrest Gump's soul-searching Jenny, or the lovely title character in The Princess Bride — but Ari Folman's new film The Congress gives Wright the role she was born to play — literally. In The Congress, Wright stars as Robin Wright, satirizing herself as an aging actress who decides to embrace screen immortality by selling her digital likeness to a Hollywood studio. The agreement means that Wright can now be "cast" in any film the studio wants, and over the next two decades, the studio's head animator (played by Jon Hamm) puts Wright in the big-budget blockbusters she'd largely eschewed in favor of indie movies. If that premise sounds more than a little bit trippy, we haven't even gotten to the part where Robin Wright »
- Kyle Buchanan
Despite featuring psychedelic animation deserving of a canvas only movie houses can provide, The Congress is getting a more fitting release on VOD later this month. The lengthy history behind director Ari Folman’s follow-up to the mesmerizing Waltz With Bashir proves that you don’t have to be Richard Linklater to have the life of your passion project stretch out beyond typical production limits. Conceived in 2008, funded and shot in 2011, and finally premiered at Cannes in 2013, The Congress getting an on-demand release this month provides the ironic cherry on top of a film already awash in confounding self-awareness.
Robin Wright stars as Robin Wright, an actress of fading stature in the Hollywood system that made her famous with hits like The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump. Introduced breaking down at the sound of her agent (Harvey Keitel) recounting her rise and fall from stardom, The Congress sets out immediately »
- Sam Woolf
We’ve certainly got enough movie-to-stage adaptations going around with The Lion King, Aladdin, Cinderella, Newsies, Matilda, Rocky and more currently up and running, but that isn’t stopping anyone from churning out even more. In fact, Disney’s in the process of bringing Frozen to Broadway, and after that film scored well over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, it’s hard to imagine that production being anything less than a major hit. The trend’s been around for a while and is poised to continue, so while at a roundtable interview with Rob Reiner for his upcoming film, And So It Goes, we discussed which of his films he thinks most deserves the Broadway treatment - The Princess Bride. Hit the jump to find out who was once attached to work on it. When asked which of his films is best suited for the stage, Reiner didn't hesitate »
- Perri Nemiroff
After linking up with his fellow action icons for The Expendables 3, Sylvester Stallone will be turning his hand back to drama with the release of writer-director John Herzfeld’s (2 Days in the Valley, 15 Minutes) new film Reach Me, which has just received its first trailer.
The film deals with a group of people whose lives intersect via a self help book and sees Sly as part of an ensemble that also includes Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Terry Crews (The Expendables), Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Lauren Cohan (Supernatural), Nelly (The Longest Yard), Kevin Connolly (Entourage), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Danny Aiello (2 Days in the Valley), Danny Trejo (Machete), Elizabeth Henstridge (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Kelsey Grammer (The Expendables 3), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Omari Hardwick (Kick-Ass) and Tom Berenger (Inception).
Check out the first trailer here…
Reach Me is set for an October 24th release in the States, »
- Gary Collinson
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