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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
There's every chance that writer-director Ari Folman's adaptation of The Congress has flown under your radar, so these new images and official poster serve to remind you that it's worth your attention. Though it appears to stray far from Stanislaw Lem's source novel, the premise is still mind-bending in just how engaging it is. The plot centers on Robin Wright, playing a heightened version of herself, who decides to sell her very essence to a movie studio in the form of a digital persona. The lucrative deal allows her to pay for her son's medical treatment, but also opens the door to a strange world in which her digital self is far more famous than she could ever have hoped to be. Also starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti, Drafthouse Films will release The Congress on iTunes/On Demand July 24, 2014; in select »
- Dave Trumbore
There are people out there who have never seen The Princess Bride. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to society, and generally living happy, semi-fulfilled lives. But whisper a perfectly-timed “mawage” in their direction during a wedding, and the resulting blank stare or awkward chuckle will expose an inconceivable pop-cultural blind spot. Someone failed them when they were growing up.
In many ways it’s too late for them, but we can still save the next generation. The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13) is a starting point. This isn’t a list of the 55 “best” kids movies, »
- EW staff
“In my day, books came in books, not on Kindles or Nooks or whatever the fuck.”
I am delighted to announce that my book The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride is finally available on Amazon for the Kindle [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.].
The ebook version of my deconstruction of the cult-favorite film is also available for the Nook at Barnes & Noble, for iBooks at iTunes, and in multiple ebook formats at Kobo, Lulu, Sainbury’s, Smashwords, and pretty much anywhere and everywhere you’ll find ebooks for sale.
(FlickFilosopher.com subscribers can get a free copy of the ebook at Smashwords; a Kindle version is available but you have to download it and manually transfer it to your Kindle. You’ll find a coupon code on the secret page that details subscriber bonues; email me if you’ve lost that link.)
The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride is still in print, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The hit television show Game of Thrones has a tendency to use either very well established actors with dozens of high profile credits to their name, or virtual unknowns who barely have their SAG cards. Most of us know Sean Bean from his dozens of other onscreen deaths, and can be counted on to remember Mark Addy from The Full Monty or Lena Headley from 300. But there are still a handful of actors on the show who fall somewhere in the middle: they look familiar, and you know that you’ve probably seen them in something before, but you can’t for the life of you figure out what it was.
Adding to the confusion is Game of Thrones’ penchant for using extensive wigs, makeup, and a healthy layer of dirt that make it even harder to recognize actors that you’ve likely only ever seen in contemporary garb. »
- Audrey Fox
Director Tim Story’s Think Like A Man Too opens in theaters this weekend on June 20. The film is the follow-up to the hit ensemble comedy Think Like A Man and reunites the original cast, including Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union and Taraji P. Henson.
Story teamed up again with composer Christopher Lennertz for the film’s score.
He first made a splash with his breakout score for Alvin And The Chipmunks, which has grossed over $360 million worldwide. Since then he’s proven his steadfast talent with films like the star-studded Horrible Bosses, and Universal’s box office smash Ride Along.
While his knack for comedy is undeniable in films like Think Like A Man, he’s also contributed his unique »
- Michelle McCue
• Maya Rudolph will reunite with her Saturday Night Live alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for Universal’s The Nest. She’ll play a childhood friend of Poehler and Fey’s characters, who are sisters who throw one last blowout in their parents’ up-for-sale house. Greta Lee (Girls) has also joined the cast. She’ll play a woman who gets a “pity invite” to the party. Paula Pell wrote the screenplay, and Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) will direct. [THR; Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
After a successful festival run, Richard Ayoade's film "The Double" is making its way to screens this weekend. This "Gilliamesque" take on Fyodor Dostoyevksy's 1846 novella sees a man come to terms with his doppelgänger, where a far more confident and aggressive version of himself makes his life quite a chore.
What the hell does "Gilliamesque" mean?
Terry Gilliam established with a number of movies (including the much-lauded "Time Bandits," "Brazil," and "12 Monkeys") a particular style of film, one that mixes time periods with quirky retro props and a darkly comedic ethos. At their best, films of this type create an incredibly rich world, one that feels lived-in and inviting while at the same time appearing oblique.
So who's this Ayoade fellow, then?
- Jason Gorber
Suits returns June 11, as does the drama’s penchant for Game of Thrones references. Watch an exclusive clip below of Louis (Rick Hoffman) strategizing with Katrina (Amanda Schull) regarding a new threat — Jeff Malone (recurring guest star Db Woodside), a potential minion of Eric Woodall, who still has it out for Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and the firm.
Without spoiling too much, creator Aaron Korsh tells EW you’ll also find Jerry Maguire and Crimson Tide mentions, a Princess Bride reference, and an homage to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the premiere. “What a lot of people don’t »
- Mandi Bierly
From the director of Waltz with Bashir, The Congress is sure to become one of the most talked about films of 2014, and until you see the trailer, there won’t be any way to get an idea of what’s in store.
Robin Wright, playing a fictionalized version of herself, looks back at what kicked off with The Princess Bride. Getting perhaps a little older, and with offers not pouring in to help cover the costs of her sons medical treatment, Wright’s agent (Harvey Keitel) leads her to a potential offer that may solve her problems. The head of Miramount studios (Danny Huston) wants to create a digital version of her, that they can then use in any film they want, in any way they want. 20 years later, worlds collide, as Wright’s contract is set to expire, and she learns that things are not exactly what they seem. »
- Marc Eastman
It’s hard to imagine So You Think You Can Dance without Travis Wall, but after he performed on the show, they kept turning him down as a choreographer. “When Season 3 came on I asked, when Season 4 came on I asked, and they were like, ‘Yeah, I don’t think you’re ready yet. I got the opportunity in Season 5 and I proved myself. Even after, in the seasons after that, every time I was asked I felt like I had to prove myself.”
In case you’re bored at work, here’s a huge selection of live animal cams for you to watch, from Great Dane puppies to panda cubs. Sorry about your productivity.
The National Organization for Marriage had a rough day yesterday. The Supreme Court denied »
- Ed Kennedy
In her review from 57th BFI London Film Festival, critic MaryAnn Johanson (FlickFilosopher.com) wrote, “The phrase “the power of imagination” has never seemed so chilling.”
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 »
- Michelle McCue
Crown Cary Elwes the prince of BookCon — his Princess Bride panel on Saturday, a sneak peek of his upcoming book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride (due in October), was so chock-full of stories we'd be mostly dead if we shared them all, so we're giving you a choice selection of farts, fencing, and Fat Albert: "The fart story." "What I like to call the Mighty Wind. Andre — I should start by saying he was a gentle giant, the sweetest guy ... And one day, the first day, actually, the first scene we had together, Rob [Reiner] said, 'Okay, roll cameras, action,' and I think my first words were, 'I'll fight you both together, I'll take you both apart,' but as I was saying this, an enormous, monumental fart starts to emit from Andre. It literally lasted 18 seconds. And he just »
- Jennifer Vineyard
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