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From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner. The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come. Cary Elwes was inspired to »
- Pietro Filipponi
Here’s an exclusive first look at veteran comedy actress Carol Kane (The Princess Bride, Girls) playing the mother of Oswald Cobblepot (a.k.a. The Penguin, a.k.a. actor Robin Lord Taylor). Her character name is Gertrude Kapelput and she is described as “a proud and faded beauty; an old European character with delusions of grandeur.” Doesn’t she look a bit like Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess gone batty?
Kane guest stars in the second episode »
- James Hibberd
Last week, Peter Capaldi’s sophomore episode showcased a more alien doctor. A Doctor who is having a harder time relating to humans than other recent incarnations. The Doctor has really always been willing to make hard choices, but now the candy coated shell of charisma has been shed in favor of blunt straight-forwardness. How will this personality change — coupled with his new dynamic with “carer” Clara — translate in a fluffier, stand-alone episode? Let’s find out! ******* Remember that chalk drawing from “Deep Breath” the Doctor abandoned? Looks like he remembered it and has continued whatever equations he was working on. Of course, we’re not privy to that information yet, but for now let’s assume it has something to do with Heaven/Paradise. After the necessary setup to get Capaldi sorted out as Twelve, the show can finally get back to the fun of just traveling through time. »
- Donna Dickens
When writing reviews I like to go on my initial thoughts and work from there. Lately there has been a lot of criticism about the direction the show is going and I’ll admit that there are issues that fans (including me) have a right to complain about. What this can’t get in the way of though is the basic question, did you actually enjoy this week’s episode? That is the question I have to answer for Robot of Sherwood.
When Clara (Jenna Coleman) is given the choice of where to travel to she decides she wants to visit Sherwood Forest in the time of Robin Hood. The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) scoffs at the very idea that she thinks Robin (Tom Riley) even exists, so to prove her wrong he agrees to take her to prove a point. As they arrive in the forest they are welcomed by »
- Paul Metcalf
Screenwriter Mark Gatiss returns to "Doctor Who" this year with the third episode of the season. In "The Robot of Sherwood" the Doctor travels to Nottingham and uncovers an evil plan from beyond the stars. Forced to team up with Robin Hood, the Doctor and Clara must determine who is real and who is fake before it's too late. Gatiss often partners with "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat. The two co-created "Sherlock," the other international BBC juggernaut. Gatiss has written 5 episodes for "Doctor Who" prior to "The Robot of Sherwood," as well as several novels and audio plays set in the Whovian universe. On this outing, Gatiss has "Da Vinci's Demons" star Tom Riley along for the ride as the legendary outlaw Robin Hood. The BBC Worldwide show explores a fictionalized version of Leonardo da Vinci's early life. After introducing Capaldi as the 12th incarnation of the Doctor and »
- Donna Dickens
After The Princess Bride made Robin Wright a star, she shocked Hollywood by saying no. No to The Firm and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. No to Jurassic Park, Dirty Dancing, Born on the Fourth of July, and Batman Forever. She even said no to the cover of Vanity Fair.
It's startling, then, that she's said yes to Ari Folman's (Waltz With Bashir) The Congress, an overeaching, half-animated, sci-fi cartoon that keeps a foot in reality long enough to accuse her — yes, Robin Wright herself — of sabotaging her career. Robin Wright plays Robin Wright, an actress and single mother of two, who could have been this generation's Grace Kelly if she hadn't made all the wrong moves. Wright hasn't headlined »
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
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)
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