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Hollywood Banker, directed by Frans Afman’s daughter Rozemyn, charts the bankers early days working with producer Dino De Laurentiis through to his fall out with Credit Lyonnais Nederland over the company’s financing of MGM to Giancarlo Parretti, which would result in both the bank and the studio’s bankruptcy.
It’s hard to believe that, before Afman, there really was no model for independent studios to “easily” finance their projects. Yet today Afman’s model of pre-sales and completion guarantees seems simple. It’s no wonder how easily Afman managed to make himself the go-to guy for filmmakers in the 80s. A prime example being Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong remake, which was the first film to bring Afman’s financial nous to the attention of more than just the independent studios of the time. After all, the pre-sales model not only made it easier to finance movies »
- Phil Wheat
A couple of weeks ago, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood was in London, at the BFI (British Film Institute), where a screening series featuring her work, was presented; both her first feature, "Love & Basketball" (a love story that she says was inspired by "When Harry Met Sally"), and her latest work, "Beyond the Lights," were screened for audiences. Prince-Bythewood was present for post-screening chats for both films. I shared video of the conversation that followed the screening of "Love & Basketball" last week (watch it here), and now the BFI has made video of the second post-screening chat (after "Beyond the Lights") »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Remember that cheesy ’90s Meg Ryan movie When a Man Loves a Woman? Neither does Phil. The plot summary he delivers to his ball buddies — which seemed heavily influenced by When Harry Met Sally — serves as a tidy allegory for this week's inter-Phil conflict, even if it is a bit hard to follow.Tonight's episode picked up right where last week's Last Man left off, with everyone reeling in the wake of Erica's surprise-pregnancy announcement and EvPhil's not-so-surprising declaration of love for Carol. Ever the faithful wife, she declines his advances, unable to mask her disgust. And Erica seems uninterested in co-parenting — with her baby daddy, anyway. “The whole group is going to be the father,” Gail tells him, speaking for her friend in distress. Finally, it seems, all of Malibu agrees with EvPhil's archenemy. The first pregnancy of post-virus society is a huge deal, but Erica seems reluctant to »
- Lauren Leibowitz
A couple of weeks ago, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood was in London, at the BFI (British Film Institute), where a screening series featuring her work, was presented; both her first feature, "Love & Basketball" (a love story that she says was inspired by "When Harry Met Sally"), and her latest work, "Beyond the Lights," were screened for audiences. Prince-Bythewood was present for a post-screening chat, moderated by Simran Hans, in which the filmmaker talked about a variety of issues, including the making of both above films, and challenges she has faced, and continues to face as an independent filmmaker, and a woman of color, navigating the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Perhaps the most subjective genre in cinema, the same comedy can cause one viewer to have tears of laughter and another to not crack a smile. So, while knowing there can be no definitive list of the finest in the genre, the Writers Guild of America attempted to narrow down the 101 funniest screenplays. Noting the distinction from the best in the genre, these 101 films should simply produce the most laughs.
Topping the list is Woody Allen‘s Best Picture-winning Annie Hall, a choice difficult to argue with. Rounding out the top five were Some Like it Hot, Groundhog Day, Airplane! and Tootsie, while films from the Coens, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, and Edgar Wright were also mentioned. There are also some genuine head-scratching inclusions, including The Hangover at 30, and, as much as I enjoy the film, Bridesmaids nearly making the top 15, but overall, if one is looking to brighten their mood, »
- Jordan Raup
“Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.
The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.
The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.
- Dave McNary
16-25 year olds can now buy £3 last minute tickets at BFI Southbank.
The British Film Institute (BFI) will begin offering 16-25 year olds discounted tickets at its Southbank venue.
Young people will be able to buy £3 tickets 45 minutes before the start of an event or screening, a saving of £3-9.
The BFI ran a similar scheme at the recent BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18), where 16-25 year olds were able to buy last minute £5 tickets for the festival’s events.
This new discount stands in conjunction with other BFI programs for young people including the BFI Future Film Festival (Feb 17-21, 2016), a five day festival designed for aspiring filmmakers, and the BFI Film Academy, which holds workshops for 16-19 year olds interested in learning filmmaking skills.
Saying "I love you" can be hard to do, but these movies show us how truly rewarding it can be. (The perfect script and great lighting doesn't hurt, either). In honor of National I Love You Day, we've put together a list of our favorite movies scenes featuring attractive people baring their souls. We do these things because...wait for it...we love you guys! 1. When Harry Met Sally This comedy of errors follows the friendship of Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan). After denying it for so many years, Harry finally tells Sally how he feels by listing all the little things he loves about her. It's the little things, guys! 2. Splash Who doesn't love mermaids?! This »
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - Ok, on Tuesday, on your laptop - the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer revealed a host of new titbits to intrigue and torment us. As well as, among the new and familiar faces, our first proper look at Carrie Fisher returning as Princess Leia.
And yet Fisher isn't all doughnut-hairdos and gold bikinis. After the original trilogy was released, she became as well known for her incredible life off-screen - not least for her turbulent love life and struggles with bi-polar disorder and substance abuse - as her roles on-screen.
So as she turns 59 this week, what better time to look back at some of the stranger things you probably didn't know about her:
1. She was born into Hollywood royalty
Carrie wasn't just some unknown ingénue plucked from obscurity by George Lucas - she was born »
The Film Distributors Association has today announced that it expects Autumn 2015 to be the biggest of all-time in the UK, with a record-breaking number of cinema visits predicted.
With film’s such as Spectre and Star Wars: The Force Awakens leading the charge at this autumn’s box office in the UK, over 100 other feature films are set to be released to UK audiences between the two juggarnaut blockbusters. With that in mind, the Fda anticipates a modern-times record of 50 million cinema visits will be made between October – December, compared to the average 43 million which has attended over the last five years.
See Also: Read our review of Spectre here
And to celebrate such a wealth of talent and product, a special showcase trailer has been released (see below), voiced by Sir John Hurt (Alien), that includes clips from 55 of the films set for release.
As well as the big two, »
- Scott J. Davis
What were the seeds of the idea for Crimson Peak?
Gothic romance is very important to my childhood and my teenage years and it’s been 40 years since I saw gothic romance treated the way it was during the golden years of movie making, before it went into B-Movie territory of someone with a candle and cobwebs and no sets and I really miss the sort of grandeur of Rebecca or Dragonwyck with Vincent Price these lavish productions that never the less belong to a genre that sort of touched the borders of fairy tale and horror.
I think it’s infected by warmth and I wanted to do…the first movie I saw when I was four was Arabian Nights with my mother-so very Freudianly-it stayed with me. »
- Gary Collinson
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Welcome to PopOptiq’s Saturday Night Live review/recap/extravaganza! Hopefully everyone had a good summer and is excited about discussing the country’s biggest showcase for sketch comedy. On that note, let’s dig right into how horribly season 41 crashed and burned right out of the gate.
Host/Musical Guest: Unless the ratings for this puppy are just gargantuan, Miley Cyrus isn’t going to be hosting anything again anytime soon. The whole point of SNL having a celebrity host is to draw in viewers who are fans of that host and see how they operate in the strange worlds the show’s writers create for them. So rarely does the show push its host to the side, to the point where an argument can be made that »
- Jj Perkins
Miley Cyrus has hosted Saturday Night Live twice before, and each time was a frustrating excursion. The highs of those episodes (such as "Morning Miami") were so high that they actually made the lows (anything involving her twerking) that much worse by comparison. When Cyrus blends into the SNL ensemble, the results have been generally good. When the public persona of "Miley Cyrus" appears in a sketch, things have gone downhill quickly. If nothing else, she was a smart choice for the 41st season premiere from a publicity standpoint if not a comedic standpoint. »
Welcome to the 41st season of Saturday Night Live! I’m your host (of these recaps), Emilie Sowers. I’m very excited to cover this upcoming season, which has the potential to be both a more stable year after the various cast shake ups of the past couple seasons, and a particularly exciting year as it will take place during an already bonkers election season, the sort of time during which, historically, SNL has really shone. Our inaugural season 41 episode will be hosted by and will feature the musical stylings of Miley Cyrus, a person who is universally beloved, not at all divisive, and who definitely won’t cause any Internet commenters to declare the decline of SNL/modern society/the entire world. Let’s dig in! Cold Open: A message for America from presidential candidate Donald Trump and his wife Melania. It felt like this was more important as »
- Emilie Sowers
Jacob Bernstein's Everything Is Copy, a documentary about his mother, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally…, Julie & Julia, Sleepless in Seattle), features anecdotes from the likes of Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Amy Pascal, Gay Talese, Rob Reiner, the late Mike Nichols and passages from Ephron's essays read by Lena Dunham, Reese Witherspoon, Rita Wilson and Gaby Hoffmann. For some, the film is mere hagiography, but others are "moved and inspired by this frisky, funny, and heartbreaking bio-doc." We're collecting reviews. » - David Hudson »
Sleeping With Other People is a forgettable, by-the-numbers romantic comedy that relies on tiresome clichés and unfunny sex jokes. The newest from writer/director Leslye Headland opens at Columbia University in 2002 where students Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) lose their virginity to each other one night. Jump ahead 13 years and horndog Jake is reintroduced having an angry confrontation with his current girlfriend over his serial inability to stay committed. Meanwhile, Lainey is having an affair with Matt Sovochek (Adam Scott), now a gynecologist married to pregnant Emma (Katherine Waterston). After over a decade of not having contact with one another, Jake and Lainey reconnect at a sex addiction support group meetings. They suddenly become platonic best friends, venting their frustrations over their sexual and romantic lives while falling for each other in the process.
I suppose the audience is expected to laugh at the assumed outrageousness of all the explicit dialog about sex, »
- Tom Stockman
Read More: 2015 Savanna Film Festival Announces First Wave of Lineup Including 'Room' and 'Truth' The Savannah Film Festival has announced the rest of its film lineup for its 2015 series, as well as the honorees for their Spotlight, Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star Awards. Olivia Wilde will be presented with the Spotlight Award on opening night for her contributions in films like "Meadowland," which has been added as a gala screening at the festival, "Her" and "Drinking Buddies." Meg Ryan, whose directorial debut "Ithica" screens at the festival, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on films like "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle." Lastly, Alfie Allen will be awarded the Rising Star Award for his appearances in HBO's "Game of Thrones" and "Atonement." The festival has also announced "An Evening With Saoirse Ronan," gala screenings including »
- Aubrey Page
Both as warm and as no-holds-barred blunt as its subject, “Everything Is Copy” proves a stirring portrait of Nora Ephron by her son, writer-director Jacob Bernstein. Ephron passed away in 2012 at the age of 71 from leukemia, a fatal disease whose manifestation she kept secret from all but her closest confidants. That deliberate silence struck many, upon her death, as not only shocking, but something of a betrayal, given that Ephron had previously operated by her own mother’s motto that everything in life was fair-game fodder for her work. Whether Ephron truly believed that creed is the investigative through-line of Bernstein’s doc (which, following its New York Film Festival premiere, is slated for HBO in March 2016), and helps turn it not only a loving biography of a titanic talent, but a look at the way in which artists strike a balance between the personal and the private.
Like his mother a journalist by trade, »
- Nick Schager
The UK has seen a pretty awesome summer in 2013 compared to recent years. But as brilliant as constant sunshine is a welcome change to the usual rain in June or snow in April, some of us here at Digital Spy can't help but choose autumn as our favourite season of the year. And autumn has arrived today!
Sun is still around, a cool breeze is in the year, trees and falling leaves look like a beautiful painting, and we can start wearing cosy jumpers. So for those who love this time of year, DS has compiled a list of 12 great autumnal movies for the 12 equinox hours to get you in the mood.
While the time-travel elements may be confusing and make little sense, this underrated gem reunites Speed's Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in a film that really showcases the beauty of autumn throughout.
With much »
Now open and selling out shows in theaters in NY, California and Chicago, the award winning real-life romantic comedy documentary Meet the Patels is expanding its theatrical release to theaters in new markets nationwide this Friday, September 18, including New Jersey, North Carolina, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Tampa, and Detroit.
Co-directed by Geeta and Ravi Patel, this hysterical and heartwarming documentary follows Ravi’s journey to find true love. Joined by their wonderful parents and fabulous commentary from Geeta, who is behind the camera and heard but not seen, the film is about family and about finding love be it for your parents, your sibling or your happily ever after romance.
We here at BollySpice loved Meet The Patels film and you can read our rave review here.
I was able to have a fabulous, funny and open in-depth conversation with Ravi and Geeta about Meet The Patels. Check it out!
To set the scene, »
- Stacey Yount
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