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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 »
- email@example.com (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.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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
The actress will play the recurring role of Gertrud Kapelput, the mother of future Penguin himself Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor).
The character is essentially a Norma Desmond type - a proud and faded beauty with delusions of grandeur. Her first appearance will be in the show's second episode.
Source: TV Line »
- Garth Franklin
The stuntman best known as the scimitar-wielding heavy blasted by Harrison Ford in Raiders Of The Lost Ark has died. Terry Richards was 81. During a prolific four-decade career, he took falls is such screen gems as Star Wars, The Dirty Dozen, Brazil, The Princess Bride, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and nine James Bond film with four 007 actors, ranging from From Russia With Love and Goldfinger to The World Is Not Enough. In the 1997 Bond pic Tomorrow Never Dies, a 65-year-old Richards worked over star Pierce Brosnan in a recording studio. The London native also served […] »
Ari Folman broke visual and narrative ground with his landmark documentary "Waltz with Bashir," and now he has brought his creative vision to the world of meta cultural commentary with a digitalized film about the digitalization of films. Starring Robin Wright as an aging actress who catapulted to fame with the starring role in "The Princess Bride," "The Congress" combines animation techniques that Folman has already mastered as well as a slew of other styles from the long history of the medium. In his Cannes review, Eric Kohn wrote, "Words can hardly do justice to the plethora of outlandish visuals populating this ambitious sophomore feature from the Israeli director of 'Waltz With Bashir,' but they're merely one piece of a larger puzzle." Read More: Watch Robin Wright Become a Cartoon in Trailer for Ari Folman's 'The Congress' In these new stills from the partially animated feature, »
- Brandon Latham
After two seasons of scheming away as Frank Underwood’s whip-smart wife Claire on Netflix’s hit political drama House of Cards, Robin Wright has more than earned our attention. That’s not to say, however, that her next film, an adaptation of The Congress directed by Ari Folman, isn’t a gamble. Loosely based on the book by Stanislaw Lem, The Congress centers on an aging Hollywood starlet (Wright, playing a version of herself) who, in order to pay for her son’s medical treatments, agrees to sell her likeness to a studio in the form of a digital persona which can star in movies for them.
It’s a tricky, unconventional premise, and the movie looks extremely interesting, if mind-bending. Today, we’ve got six new shots from The Congress in addition to a new poster. None of the images really shed any more light on the movie’s plot, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Also starring Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Danny Huston, The Congress in the upcoming fantasy drama directed by Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir) More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative »
- Pietro Filipponi
In his most memorable screen moment, Terry Richards played the Cairo Swordsman in the first Indiana Jones movie, giving an intimidatingly skillful sword display before being shot dead by a smirking Harrison Ford. During the course of his five-decade career, Richards also battled four different 007s in nine separate James Bond films. Photos Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 "He fought Indiana Jones, James Bond, Luke Skywalker and Rambo -- there's not many people who can say that," his son Terry Richards Jr. told the BBC. Other film appearances included The Avengers, The Princess Bride, Zulu and The Dirty Dozen. He
- Patrick Brzeski
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