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After making side trips to California’s Central Coast and Hawaii (for “Sideways” and “The Descendants,” respectively), Alexander Payne returns to his home state of Nebraska for his sixth directorial feature, a wistful ode to small-town Midwestern life and the quixotic dreams of stubborn old men. Sporting a career-crowning performance by Bruce Dern and a thoroughly impressive dramatic turn by “SNL”/“30 Rock” alum Will Forte, Payne’s first film based on another writer’s original screenplay (by debut feature scribe Bob Nelson) nevertheless fits nicely alongside his other low-concept, finely etched studies of flawed characters stuck in life’s well-worn grooves. Black-and-white lensing and lack of a Clooney-sized star portend less than “Descendants”-sized business, but critical hosannas and awards buzz should mean solid prestige success for this November Paramount release.
Just as “The Last Picture Show” was a movie made in the 1970s about the end of ’50s-era innocence, »
- Scott Foundas
★★☆☆☆ Italian-Greek actress Valeria Golino - perhaps most familiar to international audiences as Tom Cruise's girlfriend in Rain Man - makes her directorial debut in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes with Miele (2013). Irene (Jasmine Trinca) lives a double life. To her father and her boyfriend she 's a university student, endlessly working on her thesis with a professor in Padua. However, she also has another mobile phone and another name - Miele or 'honey'. She flies to the United States and then enters Mexico by bus. With her short punkish haircut she looks like Anne Parillaud from Luc Besson's Nikita. Could she be a hitwoman?
It turns out that Irene/Miele has been helping terminally ill people end their lives, painlessly and with dignity. The topic of euthanasia has been a recurring one in Italy, with Marco Bellocchio's Dormant Beauty (2012) covering the infamous Eluana Englaro case »
- CineVue UK
From mobster flicks to rom-coms there have plenty of movies set in Vegas, and today is an important anniversary for Las Vegas. It was on May 15th, 1905 when the city of Las Vegas was founded, which makes today the perfect day to count down the best movies to ever be set in Sin City. So take a minute to celebrate the Entertainment Capital of the World and vote for your favorite Las Vegas flick now.
Vote for your top 10 movies set in Vegas >>
Link | Posted 5/15/2013 by reelz
- reelz staff
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
It was first announced around eighteen months ago, but the needle now seems to be firmly in the groove for Spinning Gold. The biopic of famous music exec Neil Bogart will star Justin Timberlake, with studio Foresight backing the project. RCA are also aboard to deal with the soundtrack.The gold in the title refers to the classic pop choons of the 1970s, while the spinning refers to "records", which older readers will recall as a medium in which people bought and played music in the days before you could steal buy it from the internet. Neil Bogart was the famous American record executive behind Kiss, T. Rex, Donna Summer and The Village People, and was widely credited with the rise of bubblegum pop. He was no relation to Humphrey (his real name was Bogatz) but named the label he founded Casablanca because hey, why not? He worked in tandem with Peter Guber, »
Directed by Sam Fleischner
Barry Levinson’s Rain Man is a decent film, but it did commit at least one serious mistake: it gave audiences almost no reasonable idea of what autism actually is. Being the first-ever movie about autism put it in the spotlight, but it also ensured that Dustin Hoffman’s character would be the most simplistic, audience-friendly, easy-to-grasp person with the condition that anyone is likely to see. The more impressive, artfully done portrayal of autism on film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last week, in the form of Sam Fleischner’s Stand Clear of the Closing Doors.
Ricky (Jesus Sanchez-Velez) is a teenager in Queens afflicted with what doctors today call Asd – an autism spectrum disorder, which can include the many flavors of autism as well as Asperger’s Syndrome and other related conditions. »
- Mark Young
E! is trying its hand at scripted series, and one of the projects it has on the docket is the latest from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C." creators teamed up once again on the series "Laurel Canyon," another Southern California-based television show that E! is looking to air.
The project is described as being about "a young woman who returns to her Hollywood family after her rock-star dad dies," and is one of eight scripted shows E! has in development. Among the others is a "darkly psychological retelling" of "The Prince and the Pauper" called "The Stand-In," a modern retelling of "Great Expectations" about a "morally corrupt family in the diamond business in New York City" called "Expectations" and series produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Spacey.
These aren't the only new series E! is looking to create. The network is still staying »
E! certainly knows its niche. At its upfront presentation today, the network that spawned a thousand Kardashian series will unveil a programming slate filled with shows united by three Gs: glitz, glamor, and gobs of cash.
Highlights include The Wanted Life, which documents the lives of One Direction rivals and Lindsay Lohan accessories The Wanted; Blinging Up Baby, a special designed to make normal people envy celebrity toddlers; a one-off peek behind the curtain of Hollywood’s “cults, cabals and underground clubs”; and 50 Hours with 50 Cent, which answers one of history’s age-old questions: “What is it like to be 50 Cent? »
- Hillary Busis
Last April, E! announced its first scripted slate as the reality/entertainment news-driven cable network signaled plans to enter the scripted space under its new NBCUniversal leadership. As E! is gearing up to greenlight its first three scripted pilots by Memorial Day, at its upfront today the network unveiled its new slate of scripted projects that come from well-known writers and producers. Several of the projects were originally developed for broadcast networks earlier this season. Those include dramedies Songbird, featuring the songs and experiences of songwriter Diane Warren, from producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan; and Laurel Canyon, from producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Songbird, written by Krista Vernoff, was originally set up at E! sibling NBC; Laurel Canyon, penned by Karen Croner, was at ABC. Related: E! Orders Reality Series, Ross Mathews Talk Show, Developing ‘Soup’ Spinoff E!’s scripted slate also includes three projects inspired by literary classics. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Rory Gilmore is growing up.
That may be hard for "Gilmore Girls" devotees to deal with, especially since the mother-daughter drama remains evident in repeats on both ABC Family and SoapNet, but Alexis Bledel is offering confirmation that time marches on. Seen last year in several episodes of AMC's acclaimed "Mad Men," the former Rory returns to television in ABC's new Hallmark Hall of Fame drama "Remember Sunday," airing Sunday, April 21.
The New Orleans-set tale casts the actress as lovelorn waitress Molly, who wants to be a florist and becomes interested in jewelry store clerk Gus (portrayed by television's former "Chuck," Zachary Levi).
However, she remains a virtual stranger to him since he can't recall what happened the day before, the result of a brain aneurysm. She begins to take his forgetfulness personally until she learns the reason, then commits herself -- temporarily, at least -- to renewing their relationship »
Even before Tom Cruise's "Oblivion" opened in North America on Thursday night, the 50-year-old must have been grinning his famous grin. Before the movie had sold a single ticket here, it was a surefire hit. In his native land, Cruise takes a lot of ribbing, whether for his headline-generating personal life (especially since 2005, the year of the couch-jump) or for the seeming shrinkage of his star-power (again, especially since 2005). The estimated $38.2 million "Oblivion" earned this weekend marked his biggest domestic opening since "Mission: Impossible III" seven years ago. Some will call it a comeback, others will call it a fluke or last hurrah from a middle-aged action hero desperately trying to hold on to his relevance in an industry that relentlessly moves on to the next big (young) thing. But the truth is, Cruise has been a remarkably consistent box office winner, even since he started raising eyebrows eight »
- Gary Susman
This Sunday, ABC will air Hallmark Hall of Fame's Remember Sunday, a new TV movie starring Zachary Levi and Alexis Bledel. But you should be warned that save for the title (and an inherent wholesomeness), Remember Sunday is not your average Hallmark movie.
Written by Oscar-winning Rain Man screenwriter Barry Morrow, Remember Sunday feels totally contemporary as it chronicles the blossoming and wilting relationship between free-spirit Molly and Gus, a handsome jeweler with a big secret: an accident rendered him incapable of forming new memories. So Gus is forced to rely on some frustratingly unreliable means to keep Molly fresh in his mind. ETonline caught up with Alexis and Zachary at last night's premiere for a quick round of Five Questions!
ETonline: Alexis, what attracted you to this character?
Alexis Bledel: I really cared about what happened to the characters, and that's rare with any script. I instantly felt a connection to Molly and was »
Feature James Clayton 12 Apr 2013 - 06:17
Sci-fi thriller Oblivion has arrived in cinemas, and that means that audiences have a fresh sci-fi blockbuster to enjoy. Sometimes snubbed, misunderstood and casually dismissed to sulk in its own tech-interfaced ghetto, the genre has got a bit of a (micro)chip on its shoulder. It's therefore always nice to see original science fiction stories making waves on the movie scene and reaching wider cinema audiences.
Of course, the crucial draw of Oblivion for many isn't its vision of a future Earth ravaged by alien warfare, overseen by survivors who inhabit floating towns and »
Walter White's transformation from high school chemistry teacher to full-blown, ruthless drug lord continues on Sony Pictures Television's critically acclaimed drama series on AMC, Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season, available on Blu-ray and DVD June 4th or available now for Digital Download from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe). The highly anticipated fifth season reunites Bryan Cranston, three-time Best Actor Emmy winner and winner of this year's Best Male Screen Actors Guild Award, with two-time Emmy Winner Aaron Paul (Best Supporting Role). The Fifth Season Blu-ray and DVD feature an eight-minute, uncensored bonus scene, "Chicks 'N' Guns," written and produced exclusively for the home entertainment release. Starring Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk (TV's How I Met Your Mother), and Charles Baker (Splinter), the scene tells the pivotal back story to episode 508 in the fifth season, "Gliding Over All".
Here's what series creator Vince Gilligan had to say about the exclusive scene. »
"Millions of galaxies of hundreds of millions of stars, in a speck on one in a blink. That’s us, lost in space." — Vincent, Collateral
Though he's most widely known for his action movies — the Mission: Impossible movies, in particular — superstar actor Tom Cruise has also starred in a handful of sci-fi movies in his career, including War of the Worlds (2005), his highest grossing domestic release to date. After an eight-year hiatus from sci-fi, Cruise will return to the genre on April 19th in Oblivion, a post-apocalyptic epic from director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) in which Cruise plays one of the last drone (read: clone) workers on an Earth that is all but abandoned following a devastating war with an alien race known as the Scavs.
In anticipation of Oblivion's imminent release, we thought this would be a great time to look back on Cruise's rather extensive filmography to determine, »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Blackjack is an exciting card game usually thought to be down to chance. However, in the movies, naïve viewers are shown how it is really done with some great blackjack scenes, mostly involving card counting, transforming a good movie into a great movie. First and foremost, ask any person for a blackjack scene from a movie and their response is more than likely to be Barry Levinson's Rain Man (1998). The film, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, is said to have set the bar for pretty much any blackjack scene in a movie that followed. Although predominantly the big casino game portrayed in movies generally seems to be poker, there are a few blackjack scenes that particularly stand out as memorable.
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- CineVue UK
Blackjack is an exciting card game usually thought to be down to chance. However, in the movies, naïve viewers are shown how it is really done with some great Blackjack scenes, mostly involving card counting, transforming a good movie into a great movie.
First and foremost, ask any person for a Blackjack scene from a movie and their response is more than likely to be Rain Man. This movie, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, is said to have set the bar for pretty much any Blackjack scene in a movie that followed. »
- Get The Big Picture
By now you've undoubtedly heard that AMPAS has opted to bypass the February Winter Olympics in 2014 not by attacking the Globes & SAG in their comfy January berths but by waiting it out patiently until March. Sunday, March 2nd 2014 to be precise.
Essential Trivia: Only one Oscar ceremony has ever been held on a March 2nd. That night the Oscar went to... Casablanca (1942) so that's good company for the upcoming winner to be in.
March is of course the most common month for Oscars to be held (with April and February taking silver and bronze). The most common night for the Oscars to be held is a tie between March 25th (From Here to Eternity, Amadeus, Dances With Wolves, Braveheart and Gladiator) and March 29th (All About Eve, Cuckoo's Nest, Chariots of Fire, Rain Man, Unforgiven) ...so if you were born on either of those days, Oscar loves you most u cute liddle adorable golden-baby! »
- NATHANIEL R
Director: Barry Levinson
Running Time: 84 Minutes
Extras: Behind the scenes footage, Trailer
News that Barry Levinson, director of Rain Man, Diner and Sphere, was making a found-footage horror film caused either a ripple of excitement, or a ‘sigh’ of tedium depending on your view of the divisive genre.
The simple story harks back to the likes of Jaws as a rapidly spreading parasite rips through a small town on the 4th of July. This outlandish comparison is in no way hyperbolic, because no-one will be going in the water after the events of the movie. More than horror, the film also offers social commentary, with a clearly underprepared government ignoring early warnings in favour of profits.
Levinson manages to put found footage to incredible use: jumping between holiday videos (of which there are many being 4th July), cell phones, webcams, CCTV, and »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
If you saw Beth Grant on the street, you'd probably recognize her ... but you might not know from where.
"Frequently, over the years people have thought that they know me," Grant told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. "Every character actor has this story, I'm sure. It goes like this: 'Um, do you play soccer?' 'Did you go to such and such church?' 'I knew you when you were with so and so ... ' Then I go, 'Well, sorry ...' and then they say, 'Wait a minute. Are you an actor?' and I say yes. Then they go, 'Were you in so and so?' I go, 'No, no, no.' Pretty soon you want to go to the car and get your resume and give it to them."
It's clear the public knows Grant's face from her various roles, even if they don't know her name. »
- Chris Harnick
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