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After eight years of seeing his face reflected in a knife blade across the buses of Los Angeles and New York, in his role as blood-spatter analyst/serial killer Dexter Morgan, Michael C Hall is finding it nice to talk about a different character.
His role in the beat generation drama Kill Your Darlings is the least known figure in a largely forgotten murder scandal that engulfed the proto-beats, and perhaps even fashioned them into the movement we now recognise. In New York City in 1944, Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), William S Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) were all inspired by an epicene beauty from the midwest, Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), who liked to stand on the university library tables »
- John Patterson
In 2010, Stephen Dorff found himself on the industry’s hot list after starring in Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” a meditative drama about a Hollywood actor and his lonely daughter. Dorff recalls a stream of offers from a fickle business that he’s been navigating since he was 12.
As he sifted through the stack of scripts that he’d been sent, he finally came across what he was looking for.
“What the fuck is this doing at the bottom of my pile?!” Dorff recalls asking his agent. The movie in question was “The Motel Life,” a dramatic tale about two brothers who experience hardships after a tragic car crash.
Dorff, 40, wanted to play the part of the older brother, Jerry Lee, who loses his leg early in the film from an amputation.
“I just thought, Jesus, I don’t know how to play this guy,” says Dorff. He was drawn to »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Now almost two decades old, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction almost singlehandedly changed the way Hollywood wanted to make movies in the '90s. Now, a comprehensive new book on the film -- Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece (by Jason Bailey from Voyageur Press) – reveals some intriguing casting near-miss and what if? details, from the possibilities of Daniel Day-Lewis as Vincent Vega (the role now owned by John Travolta) and Meg Ryan as Mia Wallace (the role now defined by Uma Thurman) to even Ellen DeGeneres starring in a supporting role...
Related: 5 Shocking Truths About the Making of 'Pulp Fiction'
After being reduced to playing third wheel to talking babies and dogs in the Look Who's Talking movies, Travolta's career was practically flatlining before the role of Vincent Vega gave him a second lease on life in Hollywood. But the role originally was meant for Michael Madsen, who played »
In the tradition of mashing sub-genres together to get something entirely new and interesting, full credit goes to micro-indie avant garde chiller Toad Road for merging the wasted youth drug drama with the urban-legend horror flick. The experience of watching this quite vérité experiment is akin to taking the essence of Drugstore Cowboy and infusing it into the broth of The Blair Witch Project whilst dropping a mint-leaf of Picnic at Hanging Rock on the side for garnish. Using the syntax of losing oneself of those campfire wilderness spook stories as a metaphor for ever increasing drug use is wonderful in both concept and execution. Sara is the bright young thing, ripe as a peach and innocent to a degree who is played by Sara...
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They're bold. They're daring. And, according to iTunes, they're rebel, renegade directors. The iTunes store lists 12 "Rebel, and Renegade Directors" as part of their "iTunes Essentials: Independent Films." We recently wrote about the 10 Directors to Watch according to iTunes and that list was much more diverse than this one (are there no rebellious, renegade women directors?). Check out the list below (along with the film that landed them on the list): 1. Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") 2. Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") 3. Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") 4. Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") 5. Christopher Nolan ("Memento") 6. David O. Russell ("Flirting with Disaster") 7. Gus Van Sant ("Drugstore Cowboy") 8. David Lynch ("Blue Velvet") 9. Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich") 10. Alex Cox ("Repo Man") 11. Gregg Araki ("Mysterious Skin") 12. David Cronenberg ("Videodrome") No Jane Campion, Catherine Hardwicke, Andrea Arnold, Sofia Coppola, Mary Harron, »
- Paula Bernstein
Lifetime is officially moving forward on its movie adaptation of the dark V.C. Andrews novel, "Flowers in the Attic," TheWrap has learned. Heather Graham ("Boogie Nights," "Drugstore Cowboy") is set to play Corrine, the mother who abandons her four young children, leaving them with their truly messed up grandmother, Olivia, who, wait for it, will be played by Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Ellen Burstyn ("Political Animals," "Requiem for a Dream"). Kayla Alpert ("Up All Night") will write the film, which will be directed by Deborah Chow ("The High Cost of »
- Jethro Nededog
Directed by Jerry Schatzberg
Al Pacino gives a riveting performance as Bobby, an energetic street hustler and heroin addict who forms a bizarre, yet accepting relationship with a homeless woman, Helen, played by Kitty Winn. The Panic in Needle Park is a gut-wrenching expose into the drug culture in New York City. American films of the late sixties, such as Easy Rider, Performance and The Trip, portrayed the edgy glamour and counter-culture boom of the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll revolution, but after the release of The Panic in Needle Park, filmmakers forecast the downward spiral of addiction. Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll transgressed into heroin, prostitution and jail. To this day, no other film has topped the realistic portrayal of the drug culture. Shot in a documentary-like fashion, »
- Yale Freedman
Graham started off acting in commercials, followed by a starring role in "License to Drive" (1988), followed by a breakout role in "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989). She then took a number of supporting roles in "Shout" (1991), "Six Degrees of Separation" (1993), "Swingers" (1996) and TV series "Twin Peaks" (1991) and its prequel "Fire Walk with Me" (1992).
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- Michael Stevens
A new poster for Girl Most Likely has been released. Directed by American Splendor’s Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pucin, the film casts Kristen Wiig as a New York playwright who, after an elaborate fake suicide attempt, is put in the custody of her mother (Annette Bening). Matt Dillon (Drugstore Cowboy, Crash) is there as the mother’s boyfriend, “George Bousche.” And Darren Criss plays the young, Backstreet Boy–covering apple of Imogene’s eye. Natasha Lyonne, June Diane Raphael, Michelle Hurd, and Nathan Corddry round out the cast. Previously called Imogene, Girl Most Likel, lands in theaters July 19th, 2013. Here’s the synopsis for the film Imogene is a failed »
- Allan Ford
Heather Graham and Mary Lynn Rajskub will guest star in the seventh season of the hit Showtime comedy series Californication. Graham will play a woman from Hank.s (series star and executive producer David Duchovny) past whose arrival upends his life, while Rajskub will play a neurotic writer. They join recently announced guest star Michael Imperioli too. Production on the seventh season.s 12 episodes begins later this month for premiere in 2014. From Showtime Graham.s first big break was in the 1988 teen comedy License to Drive, followed by her work in Gus Van Sant.s Drugstore Cowboy. Her film credits include Swingers, Twin Peaks and its prequel Fire Walk with Me; Bowfinger; and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. »
- April Neale
10 items from 2013
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