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Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the fourth of a five-part feature... read parts one, two and three.
“[Preston Tucker] developed plans for a car way ahead of its time in terms of engineering; yet the auto industry at large stubbornly resisted his innovative ideas,” remarked moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola who wanted to do a musical on the life and times of the post-World War II maverick car designer with Leonard Bernstein composing the music. The project was stalled with the financial collapse of Coppola’s studio. “I thought it was the best project Francis had ever been involved with,” stated filmmaker George Lucas (American Graffiti). “No studio in town would touch it; they all said it was too expensive. They all wanted $15 million Three Men and a Baby  movies or Crocodile Dundee, Part 73 sequels.” Lucas agreed to provide the funding for the $24 million budget which »
This writer hit Scream 2010 (held at the Greek Theatre in La) and its after party (at the Music Box in Hollywood) this past Saturday night, and while we’ll be bleeding out a number of the interviews we conducted over the week (the airing of the event takes place tonight, October 19 on Spike TV), we are first bringing you our chat with Saw 3D co-scribe Marcus Dunstan, who took some time on the carpet to chat up that film as well as his coming flick The Collection and more.
No lie: I dig Dunstan, he of the infectious laugh, twisted personality and black fuzzy jacket. It seems only yesterday when I was seated in a lawn chair next to him in the high-desert enclave of Agua Dolce at 3am, watching together as FX-man Gary Tunnicliffe thrust a prosthetic beast-baby’s junk into actress Diane Goldner’s mouth while director John Gulager shouted, »
Goodness, who knew pastry chefs were such drama queens?
Honestly, I was so Top Cheffed out from the past several lackluster seasons, I had no interest in even watching a Just Desserts spin-off, much less recapping it. But then there was all the drama – the hissy-fits! the sobbing! the bitchiness! – and just like that, I was sucked in.
Let’s meet the gays – we’ll call them Team Creampuff -- with a quick recap of the first impressions they made last week ...
Yigit. Every so often, the planets align and the TV gods gift us with someone who is utterly adorable and, miraculously, doesn’t seem like a total asshat. Top Chef: Just Desserts has given us such a person in Yigit. »
- Steven Frank
Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles. Winona Ryder in Heathers. Alicia Silverstone in Clueless. Reese Witherspoon in Election. Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls. Ellen Page in Juno. You're already smiling reading the list. Is there anything quite as sparkly as a breakthrough actress in a high school comedy? This weekend a shimmering new student transfers in to Movie High.
In Easy A, a new comedy from first time feature screenwriter Bert V. Royal and Fired Up! director Will Gluck, good student Olive (Emma Stone) shares a first person account of how she pretended to be promiscuous for the notoriety and novelty of it. In so doing, she rapidly goes from anonymous loner to the center of a social hurricane...
Read the rest at my Tribeca Film column
I'll try to say more about the actual movie itself tomorrow. [Helpful obvious hint: Emma Stone is way > than the Movie.]
- NATHANIEL R
As a self-fashioned modern-day Hester Prynne, Emma Stone is honor roll material in the new high school comedy, Easy A. Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles. Winona Ryder in Heathers. Alicia Silverstone in Clueless. Reese Witherspoon in Election. Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls. Ellen Page in Juno. You're already smiling reading the list. Is there anything quite as sparkly as a breakthrough actress in a high school comedy? This weekend a shimmering new student transfers in to Movie High. In Easy A, a new comedy from first time feature screenwriter Bert V. Royal and Fired Up! director Will Gluck, good student Olive (Emma Stone) shares a first person account of how she pretended to be promiscuous for the notoriety and novelty of it. In so doing, she rapidly goes from anonymous loner to the center of a social hurricane. Because this is a movie, she also just happens to be reading »
Variety says that Slater will play a sinister cop who is pivotal in exposing a small town’s deepest, darkest secret. The story is triggered by high school students digging into their town’s infamous past and unwittingly unlocking an evil that preys upon their classmates.
Michael A. Nickles directs.
Poor old Christian Slater. After a promising early career as a young heartthrob in the 80s, starring in the excellent The Name Of The Rose (1986) and Heathers (1989), followed by 90s lead roles such as True Romance and John Woo's affably mad Broken Arrow, Slater's career began to stutter somewhat with the damp squib of a thriller Hard Rain and the aptly named Very Bad Things (it was even worse than the title suggested).
Having retreated into television in recent years, most notably in NBC's My Own Worst Enemy in 2008, Slater is set to return to the big screen in the independent horror thriller Playback, according to Variety, and will appear as "a sinister cop who is pivotal in exposing a small town's deepest, darkest secret."
The film is currently in its second week of shooting, »
/Film first set photos of January Jones as Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class. As I believe I've stated before I love this casting. But it does seem wierd that she is already pigeonholed as "sixties girl". Will this be our first true period piece superhero flick or am I forgetting something? At least they're trying something slightly different with this one.
All Things Fangirl relives the glory of (500) Days of Summer last year with summer concerts in the now featuring Jgl and Zooey Deschanel.
Cinema Viewfinder There's a Cronenberg blog-a-thon going on that I didn't know about. Shame. I don't really understand the format to get to the article contributions but I'm certain there's good things to read there. I shall investigate further. Love that David Cronenberg.
Film Business Asia the upcoming London Film Festival (we'll be covering »
- NATHANIEL R
Now that school bells are a-ringin', it's time to study up on the 20 best schoolyard laughfests of film and TV, and best of all, no quiz!
20 Memorable Campus Comedies20. 'The Breakfast Club' (1985)
Writer/director John Hughes hit the high-school angst nail on the head with this mostly comedic, sometimes bittersweet look at five high school students serving detention. Best line: "Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a »
In his youth, Shadix struggled to come to grips with his homosexuality, even partaking in "ex-gay shock therapy" at the age of 17, a harrowing ordeal he later described. A suicide attempt, however, led his family to accept his sexuality and for the young man to move on with his life.
His twenties brought him into the world of stage drama, and the actor started his screen career as a Twin Oaks customer in The Postman Always Rings Twice. But it was a few projects later, in 1988, when he became a recognizable face as Otho in Beetlejuice. As the man who made that nice New England home into a monstrosity (before stealing the Handbook for the Recently Deceased and wreaking havoc), Shadix quickly became a king of quirk. »
- Monika Bartyzel
Update: Reader fasteddie writes: "The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Glenn’s name to the Theatre Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, 1800 8th Avenue, Birmingham, Al 35203. www.glennshadix.com has more information. Thanks, the family of William Glenn Scott (Glenn Shadix)"
Sad news for you today, movie fans. Glenn Shadix passed away after he fell and struck his head in his Birmingham, Al home yesterday. The 58-year-old actor worked primarily in theater through the '70s and '80s. Tim Burton attended one performance in particular and took a liking to Shadix, going on to cast him in the role that he is perhaps best known for: interior designer Otho in the classic comedy "Beetlejuice."
Shadix went on to appear in a number of other notable roles that fans of late-'80s/early-'90s film can immediately recognize: Father Ripper in "Heathers, »
- Adam Rosenberg
Actor Glenn Shadix, best known for his role as Otho the interior decorator in Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice," died on Tuesday morning following a fall at his condo. Shadix appeared in more than 70 films and TV shows. He was 58 years old. "He was having mobility problems, and he was in a wheelchair," said Shadix's sister Susan Gagne. "It looks like he fell and hit his head in the kitchen, and that's the cause of death." Besides his breakthrough role in "Beetlejuice," Shadix appeared in two more movies for Burton, doing the voice of the mayor in "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in 1993 and playing the orangutan Senator Nado in the 2001 remake of the sci-fi classic "Planet of the Apes." He also had small parts in "Demolition Man," "Heathers," and "Seinfeld." "Beetlejuice" Clip: »
The actors have been recruited for a New York reading of A Room Of My Own, which producers are hoping to take to the Broadway stage.
The play follows a playwright's attempts to write about his Italian-American upbringing.
It's hard to believe that Winona Ryder is 38-years-old. It seems like just a short time ago that she was playing a high school girl in Heathers or Edward Scissorhands. From there, Ryder's career seemed to take off -- she landed memorable parts as Mina Harker in Francis Ford Coppola's lush but narratively flawed Dracula, won a Golden Globe for another costume drama in The Age of Innocence, and got a Best Actress nod for her work in Little Women. Ryder's resume is filled with memorable roles, but unfortunately it was overshadowed at least to some degree by her arrest in 2001 for shoplifting over $5,000 worth of items from a Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue. After that public humiliation, the actress essentially disappeared for four years. We're hearing more from her now, though -- with roles in several upcoming films including Ron Howard's comedy The Dilemma and Darren Aronofsky »
- Alison Nastasi
Gary Collinson traces the many screen incarnations of The Dark Knight in the second of a three-part feature... read part one here.
Just as Superman's comic-book debut had led to the creation of Batman almost forty years earlier, the success of Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie (1978) helped plant the seed that would ultimately bring The Dark Knight back to movie screens. Acquiring the Batman film rights in 1979, former comic-book writer Michael E. Uslan and his producing partner Benjamin Melniker hired uncredited Superman scribe Tom Mankiewicz to provide a script far removed from the campy 1960s TV series, which had by that time become synonymous with the character, in an attempt to take The Caped Crusader back to his roots.
When most people think of the song Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be) they usually think about one person: Doris Day. Well, as much as it may offend musical purists out there, my mind doesn't go to the paragon of wholesome American girls everywhere. No, I think of good old Martha "Dumptruck" Dunnstock from the 1989 teen classic, Heathers, which is why today's Scenes (Songs) We Love is dedicated to that black comedy and Sly and The Family Stone's 1973 cover of Day's classic song that plays in the film's final moments.
Ask any girl (and some guys) about their favorite teen films, and I can guarantee that Heathers will land in the top five. The story of murderous revenge on a group of 'Mean Girls' has gone down in history as one of the best hellish high school movies of all time, and primed a new generation of »
- Jessica Barnes
It’s been a while but the Mouth Off team were too tempted by the furious momentum of Christopher Nolan’s Inception to sit this one out and the podcast returns to take apart the latest film from the man some people claim to be ‘The New Kubrick”.
That and other misguided statements about the film are lined up against the wall and debated to death as Bleeding Cool’s Brendon Connelly and I talk all things Nolan – the films and the hype and we also look closer at why Inception has garnered such a overwhelmingly positive response.
As always there’s our Ripped From the Crypt selections to take home with you in a party bag.
Click here to subscribe or listen to the Mouth Off feed in iTunes, where you can also find our older episodes, and if you’re feeling generous please leave us a review.
I hope you enjoy it, »
- Jon Lyus
Heather: You stupid fuck
Veronica: You goddamn bitch
Heather: You were nothing before you met me. You were playing Barbies with Betty Finn. You were a bluebird. You were a brownie. You were a girl scout cookie.
I got you into a Remington party. What's my thanks? It's on the hallway carpet. I got paid in puke.
Veronica: Lick it up, baby. Lick it up.
Daniel Walters So deserved a Best Screenplay nomination. And the category wasn't exactly shabby.
P.S. It's a holiday weekend so posting may be a touch draggy. Have fun at your parties, whenever they may begin.
- NATHANIEL R
Shannen Doherty was a huge part of this writer’s teenage years. Even though for most of America it was her work as Brenda Walsh on “90210” that made her a household name and an icon to legions of teenagers, for me it was always her performance as Heather Duke (or the Blue Heather for those who may not be as well-versed in the Heathers universe) in the 1988 cult flick Heathers that made her one of my favorite actresses working at that time.
Now, hot off her appearance on this season of “Dancing with the Stars,” Doherty is gearing up for an entirely new path in her 29-year-long career (I know, right? Who could even imagine?) with the brand spanking new FEARnet animated series “Mari-Kari.”
Inspired by the Japanese anime style, “Mari-Kari” begins with Mari’s return to school after the recent and unexplained death of her sister, Kari. Calamity and »
Michael Bay's franchise will get a new hottie. But it's time for Fox to drop the screaming and running and do some proper acting
Megan Fox once suggested that appearing in Transformers movies didn't involve much real acting. It would therefore be easy to suggest she has only herself to blame after news broke that somebody else will get to be Shia Laboeuf's squeeze in the next instalment of Michael Bay's horrendous series. If your job is just to look pretty, or scream and run around on cue while hundreds of unidentifiable giant CGI machines with silly voices chicane around the screen, there are myriad actors who can provide the same service. It also possible to suggest that comparing Bay to "Hitler" may not have helped Fox's cause.
Look around the web today and it's clear that most bloggers think Fox's regular ill-advised comments to the press are to blame for her departure. »
- Ben Child
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