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Question: I can’t wait for David and Maddie to finally get together on Moonlighting. The show will be even better then, don’t you think? Any idea if it’ll happen this season? —Fiona
Ausiello: I totally agree, Fi! The only bummer about the show is all that gnarly anticipation! But, we might get our wish for a David/Maddie – Daddie? – hook-up sooner than later: A new rival – David’s brother, no less! – hits on Maddie in the season premiere, and you don’t have to be a detective to »
- Michael Ausiello
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(Read Ben's coverage of Jason Reitman's live read of The Princess Bride here.)
Robin Wright stopped by "The Talk" (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) Wednesday to discuss her new movie, David Fincher's highly-anticipated "The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo." But the ladies of "The Talk" couldn't resist asking her about her role as Buttercup in the beloved 1987 film "The Princess Bride."
The movie is still a fan favorite all these years later, which Aisha Tyler proved when she confessed she'd seen the film 50 or 60 times. Wright remembered the family atmosphere on the movie's set in the English countryside. When "The Princess Bride" cast reunited earlier this year, Wright got emotional as she remembered everyone the experience. "Oh it just makes tears come!" she reflected.
Wright also talked about the warmth, literally, that Andre the Giant brought to the group. "All he had to do was just place his hand it and would cover your back. He was a coat. He was a human coat. »
- Alex Moaba
Motion capture animation and 3D appear to be the rising stars of cinema technology, both of which have the equal shares of supporters and opponents. One thing is for sure, both relatively new technologies are still within their infancy, but there are occasionally examples of the inspiring potential of this trend toward high-tech storytelling. The most current being The Adventures Of Tintin, a collaborative effort of gargantuan proportion.
While many audiences may not be aware of the film’s origin, or too young to know better, The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn — which happens to be the film’s official, unofficial full title — is adapted from a comic book series from the ’30s of the same name by the Belgian artist Herge, which also became an animated television series which ran 1991-1992. Sadly, I must report I have no personal knowledge or experience with either, so you »
- Travis Keune
Directed by Steven Spielberg
imdb, USA, 2011
It can be very easy to underrate what Steven Spielberg does, because he has certain visual tricks that he loves, because he has certain character obsessions that he comes back to time and time again, because he surrounds himself with top-rate talent and most of all, because he makes the difficult look so damn easy.
But make no mistake about it, adapting Tintin to the big screen was not easy, in fact it was so difficult that Spielberg has been grappling with the task for more than thirty years – he first acquired the rights to adapt Tintin in 1983. The challenge is pleasing Tintin’s fans all over the world with a faithful adaptation (Hergé’s 24 Tintin adventures have sold »
- Michael Ryan
Director Jason Reitman traveled across Los Angeles from the premiere of his new film Young Adult Thursday night to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to host the third of his Live Read series. Each show features a different cast of actors playing roles popularized in the featured movies: for his first event, he chose The Breakfast Club, with Jennifer Garner, Aaron Paul, and more in the leads. His second, the Billy Wilder classic The Apartment, starred Natalie Portman and Steve Carell. For The Princess Bride, Reitman brought together his largest cast yet - and the whole evening was pretty damn magical.
Paul Rudd read the part of Westley, and Mindy Kaling (Kelly from "The Office") played Buttercup. Rudd was fantastic, his natural charm a perfect fit with Westley's droll humor and witty retorts. Kaling was regal and composed as the princess, taking a cue from original Buttercup Robin Wright »
"Inconceivable!" With a single word, unveiled at the close of last month's live-read of The Apartment, Jason Reitman launched Aous (that's Anticipation of Unusual Size) for the December 15 installment in his brilliant Lacma/Film Independent series. Few films are so magical, so beloved, so instantly and indelibly quotable as The Princess Bride, Rob Reiner's 1987 fantasy-comedy, written by William Goldman, about a princess and her pirate and those involved in and affected by their adventure. And few live-read casting choices could be as inspired as Reitman's: Paul Rudd in the Westley role originated by Cary Elwes, Cary Elwes in the Humperdinck role originated by Chris Sarandon, and, performing the part of the Grandson first portrayed by Fred Savage over two decades ago... Fred Savage. »
For the last few months, Jason Reitman, director of _Young Adult_, _Up in the Air_ and _Juno_ has been casting and hosting live cast readings of classic films with new casts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His first two were _The Breakfast Club_, with a cast that included Aaron Paul, Jennifer Garner and James Van Der Beek, and _The Apartment_, starring Steve Carell and Natalie Portman. Reitman has just announced the cast for his third reading, _The Princess Bride_. »
Jason Reitman took to his Twitter today to announce several key roles for tomorrow night’s live reading of The Princess Bride, part of the Film Independent series at Lacma. Last month, we pitched our suggestions to fill the roles, and it looks like Reitman was listening in at least one instance. As for the others, well… I guess Kris Humphries was too busy focusing on basketball to lend a hand.
That said, the line-up looks as subversive and awesome as his last two productions (The Breakfast Club, The Apartment), and Reitman has definitely established a core pool of talent from which to draw. »
- Lanford Beard
Paul Rudd is to star in a one-night-only stage version of The Princess Bride on December 15. The My Idiot Brother actor will play the lead role of Westley in a re-enactment of the classic 1987 fantasy comedy, originally played by Cary Elwes. Up in the Air director Jason Reitman has recently staged theatre versions of movies at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of the Live Read series. He revealed to Jay Leno: "This Thursday I have a group of actors and we're going to read The Princess Bride for a live audience. I'm announcing for the first time right here in the lead role of Westley we're going (more) »
- By Tom Eames
Each month Up in the Air director Jason Reitman reenacts a popular film with the cast members of his choosing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) as part of the Live Read series and this time he's set to put a spin on the 1987 Rob Reiner film with the Clueless star taking on the lead role of farmboy Westley.
During an appearance on U.S. programme The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Tuesday, he said, "This Thursday I have a group of actors and we're going to read The Princess Bride for a live audience. I'm announcing for the first time right here in the lead role of Westley we're going to have Paul Rudd."
My book, The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, a deconstruction of the cult-favorite film, is now available on iTunes. (And still available in print from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K., and in multiple ebook formats at Smashwords.) I’d love to find the time to write more books. I suspect that in 2012 I’ll have to make the time if this criticism thing is ever gonna be viable for me. But hey, who needs sleep? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker has created a phenomenon in Los Angeles with his first two live readings of classic movies, starting with The Breakfast Club (featuring Jennifer Garner, Aaron Paul, and Patton Oswalt in the roles originated by Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, and Anthony Michael Hall). His second installment was The Apartment, with Steve Carell, Natalie Portman, and Pierce Brosnan in the Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray parts.
Next Thursday, will mark the third film in »
- Anthony Breznican
Since Jason Reitman revealed he’d be staging The Princess Bride for his next Film Independent at Lacma Live Read, we’ve been chomping at the bit to find out who will fill the iconic roles from Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic. In the meantime, we want to hear your thoughts. Who would you like to see as Princess Buttercup and Westley? The revenge-driven Inigo Montoya and the querulous Vizzini? What about Miracle Max and Valerie? And don’t forget Prince Humperdinck! See some of our ideas, and share your own casting choices below.
Grandfather (Originally played by Peter Falk)
- Lanford Beard
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jason Reitman’s Live Read series is so simple, and yet, so brilliant. He recasts classic works of cinema with inspired acting choices, and has them read the script for live events that have been held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (or Lacma).
To date, he has attempted Live Read stagings of John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” and Billy Wilder’s “The Apartment.” (And if you ever doubted Wilder’s influence on Reitman’s directorial efforts, just wait until you’re able to see “Young Adult” in a few weeks.) While attending the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City Monday night, Reitman revealed to EW the next planned Live Read project.
The “Up in the Air” director wouldn’t spill his cast, though he did say the “Bride” roster was »
- Sean O'Connell
Jason Reitman may have been at the 21st Annual Gotham Independent Awards to support honoree Charlize Theron, who stars in his buzzy upcoming film Young Adult, but the Oscar-nominated director told EW at the event that he has at least one other project coming down the pipeline that’s gotten tongues wagging. Since pulling off successful stagings of The Breakfast Club and The Apartment for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (a.k.a. Lacma), the Oscar-nominated director (who could earn another nomination in 2012), has his sights set on another über-quotable classic. And the next Live Read is…
- Lanford Beard
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
A group of actors get down to some serious Chekhovian business in Vanya on 42nd Street.
The comedy-drama movie was shot in the 1990s, when theater director André Gregory mounted a series of spare, private performances of Uncle Vanya in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse. These unique moments were captured on film by director Louis Malle (Zazie Dans Le Metro ).
In Vanya on 42nd Street, a stellar cast of actors — including Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride), Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) and Brooke Smith (Fair Game) — embark on a full read-through of the play (adapted into English by David Mamet). The resulting film of the event by Malle, which turned out to be his last movie, »
Did someone wish upon a star? Because ABC’s Once Upon a Time is back with new episodes this Sunday at 8/7c, and this time around the series is going to dive deep into Archie’s backstory – that is, the origin of Jiminy Cricket – by literally burrowing beneath the surface of Storybrooke. Here, we have a Q&A with Raphael Sbarge (who plays Archie) as well as some bonus scoop on Ruby/Red Riding Hood and a big loss coming in the winter finale (airing Dec. 11).
Tvline | You’ve previously done a lot of straight drama, including 24 and Prison Break, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Directed by Michael Mann.
A mentally fragile FBI profiler is drawn out of retirement to catch a serial killer known as The Tooth Fairy.
“It’s interesting that [Michael] Mann trimmed out some of the more excessive parts of the novel, and made a much more simmering film,” stated Brian Cox (Adaptation) who was chosen over Brian Dennehy (Presumed Innocent), John Lithgow (The Pelican Brief), and Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride) to portray the incarcerated Dr. Hannibal Lecter (respelled Lecktor for the movie) in the cinematic adaptation of Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. “I knew it was one of those great roles that demanded, above all, a sense of dexterity, a lightness of touch, and speed because he’s quite an intellectual.” Not all the literary moments made it onto the big screen. »
We're three-quarters through Movember, well into the styling period for any properly moustached gentleman. What movie-based style will you pick?
It's that time of year again, when the weather turns cold and normally clean-shaven men start scratching their upper lip as they try to grow the best moustache possible for a good cause. It's Movember!
Unfortunately there are some men whose efforts are classified more as extreme stubble than a moustache, but for those now successfully hairy there's a decision to make: what kind of 'tache style should you go for? Handlebar or Regent? Poirot or Einstein?
Fortunately there's always the silver screen to help you along, with dozens of different varieties to choose from. Below are some of the greatest moustaches in film. Take your pick! And then rustle up your own suggestions. Just don't complain to us if all you've got is a 5 o'clock shadow.
1) There's the classic »
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