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If you were a child of the 80s, you may have fond memories of the Tron video game. But do your recall the other 8-bit creations based on the movies of the day, like Dirty Dancing, Cool Runnings, Rain Man, and Field of Dreams? No? Well, I suppose that's because they didn't exactly... exist. But they do now, thanks to Dan Meth. Meth has animated a clip reel for the "forgotten" Nintendo games of the 1980s. His scope extends beyond the cinema to other cultural events of the decade, from Tank Man, to tearing down the Berlin Wall, to the Chernobyl disaster. It's absolutely worth a look after the jump. Via College Humor: Two thoughts: 1) I'm impressed that he parodied Dirty Dancing without resorting to a "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" joke. 2) As a Tetris nut, I actually want to play Chernobyl. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Little Fockers Starring Ben Stiller, two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather Part II, Raging Bull), Owen Wilson, two-time Oscar winner Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl, A Star Is Born — as songwriter), two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer, Rain Man), Teri Polo, Tony Award winner Blythe Danner (Butterflies Are Free), and Jessica Alba, Paul Weitz's Little Fockers is a sequel to Jay Roach's 2004 box-office hit Meet the Fockers. Little Fockers is also quite possibly one of the worst-received 2010 releases, earning a dismal 4% — you read it right, four percent — approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. Additionally, Little Fockers was Wednesday's (Dec. 22) top movie at the North American box office, grossing $7.2m at 3,536 theaters according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. For a weekday (not everyone is on vacation), the Stiller-De Niro comedy boasted a solid [...] »
- Zac Gille
Well, if Dustin Hoffman‘s presence in movies like Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Hook and Outbreak didn’t telegraph his motivating principle, The Playlist released a very entertaining list of things we should know about Little Fockers. Topping this list of fun facts is Hoffman’s casual confirmation to the Playlist’s reporter on his only reason for appearing in the latest chronicle of the Focker clan: “The back end.”
Yep, the man who won an Oscar for not wearing any underwear (in Rain Man, of course), is all about the gross points on what will quite likely be a nice holiday haul – the Jay Roach-directed Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers combined made about $345 million worldwide (big money for a comedy series).
- Anthony Vieira
It's hard to find a nation on the globe whose box office is not being dominated by either Harry Potter or Tangled right now, but there are a few. In Japan it's Space Battleship Yamato topping the chart. And Finland has Rare Exports. And South Africa? In South Africa it's schoolboy comedy Spud at the top of the list.
South Africa, the early 1990s. John "Spud" Milton has embarked on his first year at an elite, boys-only private school. Cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe, a senile granny, and a dormitory full of strange characters, Spud has to forge a new life for himself in this foreign and sometimes hostile environment. Surrounded by names such as Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud takes his first tentative steps along the path toward manhood. Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes us from illegal »
Johnny GiacaloneLos Angeles; 'Sick' at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 'Law & Order'Bill, Lynn, and Stephen. It sounds like three people, and it is, but it's one idea. With respect to schools, teachers, and classes everywhere, there is only so much of your craft you can learn in the classroom. I learned a tremendous amount by working on stage with veteran actors. When I was an actor in my mid-20s and they were in their 50s or 60s, each shared some stage time with me, playing my father, my mother, and my father-in-law to be. I was the inquisitive type, and so I was naturally curious about their habits and preparation. I was also lucky to work with such generous and talented folk.Stephen was a Lord Capulet to my County Paris. To this day, I steal his technique for compartmentalizing a scene and how best to approach the first passes in rehearsal. »
He can do no wrong in the eyes of fanboys and Warner Bros studio chiefs, so it's no surprise to see Christopher Nolan named the most influential Briton working in Hollywood.
Nolan, 40, revived the Batman franchise and is now under pressure to take it to an even higher level with upcoming third chapter The Dark Knight Rises. He also showed the power of an original idea with this year's Inception.
The hit director explained his philosophy after The Dark Knight was released, telling MTV: "We just tried to make a movie that stands as a movie. The fact that it happens to be based on a long history of this comic book character is irrelevant - I think it's on us to make a great movie and not rely on the fact that it's a comic book movie or excuse certain things because it's a comic book movie. We didn't »
- David Bentley
Who is he?
A 29-year-old actor who plays Dustin Hoffman's grandson in a new film, Barney's Version. In real life, he's actually Hoffman's son. The film is adapted from the much-loved Canadian Mordecai Richler's last novel.
Who's the missing link? Who plays Hoffman Jr's dad?
Aren't they too young? They must have conceived him in primary school.
Heavens no, it's not that kind of film. It spans four decades, narrated by Barney, a second-rate producer of slap-and-tickle TV. By the time we get to his kids, we're on prosthetics.
So how is Hoffman Sr?
He plays an ex-cop ageing disgracefully. »
- Cath Clarke
Joel Silver, will you please take our call? You should because the 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables WikiLeaks released Sunday are something out of a great movie. It's "Rain Man" meets "Enemy of the State" and "Sherlock Holmes" with a bit of "Bridget Jones." It's even got a great hero/anti-hero in the whistle blowing website’s Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange. So to score a nice producer's fee just in time for Christmas, we thought we'd give you the pitch now: Title: "Full Disclosure." Tag Line: This Summer, the Truth Will Set You Free Release Date: July 4, 2011 Plot Summary: »
The troubled starlet was to make her comeback playing the famous porn star in "Inferno," but director Matthew Wilder told E! Online he could no longer wait for Lohan as she continues her treatment at the Betty Ford clinic.
"We are withdrawing our offer from Lindsay Lohan," Wilder said. "We are currently in negotiations [with another actress] and working out the legalities of bringing her onboard. »
The Trip | iPlayer
Turn Back Time: The High Street | iPlayer
Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention | iPlayer
Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers | iPlayer
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Director Michael Winterbottom conjured a pleasing blur of fact and fiction in The Trip, an improvised new comedy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as versions of themselves on a tour of rural northern restaurants, supposedly for the Observer's magazine. Trying to keep it real made for a flattish sort of badinage to start with, but their personalities were eventually set jousting, Brydon with his impersonation of Ronnie Corbett over the scallops and soup, the antsy, sardonic Coogan mulish in his refusal to be amused.
Temperamentally, Coogan belongs to that class of comedian who would rather be thought a genius than a clown, »
- Phil Hogan
With director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) Due Date opening this weekend, Warner Bros. recently held a press conference with the cast here in Los Angeles. While some press conferences are boring and a waste of everyone’s time, I’m happy to report this one is actually worth checking out. The reason? Robert Downey Jr.. Unlike some actors that watch every word they say, Downey Jr. always says what’s on his mind and it’s so refreshing in a town filled of political correctness. On top of that, he’s always on his game when he does press.
In addition, like the movie Due Date, the back and forth between Galifianakis and Downey Jr. during the press conference was very funny and they elevated what could be a boring press event into something worth checking out. During the event, Downey Jr., Galifianakis, director Todd Phillips and Michelle Monaghan talked about making the movie, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Workers from the film and TV industry were up in arms over the drastic cuts the Italian government had made.
Per the Sun, both actresses were ushered to a side entrance for the screening which was delayed for two hours.
She exclaimed, “The government disrespects our industry, which means culture, entertainment.
“They disrespect the people who work in the industry – it would be enough to protest about that.
“They call us names, that would be enough to protest. But that’s not (the) only (thing) – they’ve cut our funds for (the) film industry. »
The red carpet premiere of Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes' new movie Last Night was called off at the Rome Film Festival in Italy after hundreds of workers gathered to protest against cuts to the film and TV industry.
The actresses were forced to use a side entrance for the opening celebrations after approximately 2,000 demonstrators invaded the event on Thursday.
Screenwriters, actors and directors carried banners and marched together against the government's decision to cut its art budget.
She says, "The government disrespects our industry, which means culture, entertainment. They disrespect the people who work in the industry - it would be enough to protest about that. They call us names, that would be enough to protest. But that's not (the) only (thing) - they've cut our funds for (the) film industry. They've cut tax shelter, tax credit, which was our only hope for independent movies to be made. It's a farce." »
Even though the second season of Jersey Shore drew to a close last week, the story of the Macaroni Rascals’ trip down to M.I.A. during the spring of 2010 has yet to be completed. After spotting some chatter in the comments section of our Jersey Shore Top Ten Catchphrase Countdown last week, we were able to track down the whereabouts of one Annabelle DeSisto, a Florida native and former Miss Teen Florida runner-up who cameoed on the second to last episode of the season. Along with her friend Lindsay, Annabelle met up with the Jersey Shore gang at the Miami superclub Space and ended up going back to the Metropole with The Situation, an evening which concluded with her putting Sitch in his place by exclaiming, “I never said anything about checkers, old man!” So how did the 21 year-old DeSisto, an aspiring actress who was on Spring Break in Miami with her friends, »
- Mark Graham
Since he turned out the lights on The Sopranos back in 2007, creator David Chase has taken a break from crafting utterly transcendent television (I imagine its very tiring). However, he’s on the comeback trail with not one, but two very intriguing projects. The first is an in-development HBO mini-series called A Ribbon of Dreams about the early days of Hollywood. The second is the Emmy-winning writer’s big screen directorial debut, for which we have an update.
It’s been announced that the film, a “music-driven coming of age story set in 1960’s suburbia,” will star John Magaro (My Soul to Take), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire, Twilight: Eclipse) and newcomer Will Brill. Moreover, Sopranos actor Steven Van Zandt (aka Sil Dante), who also happens to be the lead guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has signed on to produce and supervise the film’s music, while serving »
- Matt Currie
Hollywood, CA (October 15, 2010) – David Chase, the creator and producer of the multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning critically acclaimed series The Sopranos, announced today that legendary musician, and Sopranos star, Steven Van Zandt will produce and supervise the music, as well as serving as an Executive Producer, for the director’s music-driven coming of age story set in 1960’s suburbia.
Chase, who is making his feature film directorial debut, simultaneously announced that actors John Magaro, Jack Huston and Will Brill will star in the movie, to be released by Paramount Vantage. Principal photography is set to begin this January in New York .
Said Chase, “It’s exciting to be working with Brad Grey again, doing my first feature. I look back with pleasure on our last outing. I am also »
- Movie Geeks
Jack Huston will star with John Magaro and Will Brill in Twilight ZonesDavid Chase, the creator and producer of the multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winning critically acclaimed series The Sopranos, announced today that legendary musician, and Sopranos star, Steve Van Zandt will produce and supervise the music, as well as serving as an Executive Producer, for the director's music-driven coming of age story set in 1960's suburbia, formerly known as Twilight Zones.
Chase, who is making his feature film directorial debut, simultaneously announced that actors John Magaro, Jack Huston and Will Brill will star in the movie, to be released by Paramount Vantage. Principal photography is set to begin this January in New York. Chase, who wrote the original script, will produce alongside Oscar winning producer Mark Johnson (Rain Man, The Chronicles of Narnia).
Said Chase, "It's exciting to be working with Brad Grey again, doing my first feature. »
"Sopranos" mastermind David Chase has cast a trio of relative unknowns to topline his feature debut and reunited with an old pal for its music. A currently untitled coming-of-age music-driven drama, Chase's Paramount Vantage project will begin production in January with John Magaro, Jack Huston and Will Brill starring. The project, which reunites Chase with Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey, comes from an original Chase script. Chase will produce along with Mark Johnson ("Rain Man"), as well as "Sopranos" co-star Steve Van Zandt, who will act as the film's musical supervisor. "It’s exciting to be working with »
- Daniel Fienberg
David Chase has gotten the band together, and it's turned into a reunion tour.
The writer-director has been on a nationwide search for young, relative unknowns to star in his untitled rock 'n' roll coming-of-age film, and he's found them in John Magaro, Jack Huston and Will Brill. But he's also brought aboard his old "Sopranos" actor, guitarist Steven Van Zandt, to supervise the music for the film and executive produce.
The music-driven project, which will be Chase's feature directing debut, follows a group of suburban New Jersey guys making their way during the 1960s as a rock band called the Twilight Zones. Shooting is scheduled to begin in January in New York.
"I am thrilled to be working with Steven again, especially on this particular subject," Chase said. "It's not just that we both »
- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit
Godfather star apparently saw 'a very interesting character' in music producer currently serving life sentence for murder
Al Pacino will reportedly take on the role of Phil Spector in a film about the music producer's life. According to the New York Times, HBO Films plans to capture Spector's life in an as yet untitled movie, with Rain Man director Barry Levinson and writer David Mamet at the helm.
Spector was behind some of the biggest pop songs of the 1960s, notably the Ronettes' Be My Baby and the Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. However, the producer, now aged 70, was found guilty in 2009 of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, for which he is serving a sentence of 19 years to life.
Clarkson was shot and killed at Spector's Los Angeles mansion in 2003. The producer was charged with her murder but a mistrial followed before he was eventually found guilty and sentenced last year. »
- Rosie Swash
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