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ChaCha put together a list of actors who have died the most in their movies. Topping the list is Robert De Niro with fifteen deaths, including ones in "Cape Fear," "Frankenstein" and "Jackie Brown." Bruce Willis also made the list and was actually killed twice by his ex-wife Demi Moore in "Mortal Thoughts" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Brad Pitt is in top ten as well, but his deaths are a bit odd. He died in "Cool World," but returned as an animated character. He died in "Fight Club," but never actually existed. And he died in "Meet Joe Black," but came back as Death. The list is far from perfect, since it doesn't include Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed, Titanic, Blood Diamond), Kevin Spacey (Se7en, American Beauty, La Confidential), Samuel L. Jackson (Deep Blue Sea, True Romance, Jurassic Park), or John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, The Punisher). Plus, there »
One odd thing about being a child of the 80s is that you learn movie history backwards. In watching anything from Animaniacs to Pulp Fiction, I became acquainted with references and homages to classical Hollywood cinema long before I ever watched the movies referenced or the moments paid homage to. Thus, my knowledge of cinema’s past was framed through cinema’s present: I learned about old movies because of what new movies did with them. One of the most formidable moments of this backwards cinematic education occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s when major event kids’ movies became especially preoccupied with 40s film noir in movies like Robert Zemeckis’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) or Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy (1990). These movies embodied a world of double crosses, femme fatales, and cynical detectives without requiring their viewers, young or old, to have seen any of the films these genre tropes are indebted to. Thus »
- Landon Palmer
Exclusive: Guess who is coming back to series television? Mandy Patinkin, who made headlines in 2007 with his abrupt departure from the CBS drama Criminal Minds, is set to co-star opposite Claire Danes in the Showtime drama pilot Homeland. That marks his first major series gig since Criminal Minds and a return to Showtime where he co-starred on the Bryan Fuller dramedy Dead Like Me for the show's two-season run. Homeland, from 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, centers on American Pow Scott Brody, who returns home 10 years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Anderson (Danes), a driven CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America. Patinkin will play the smart and politically savvy CIA Division Chief emeritus Saul Berenson who is Carrie's main champion in the intelligence upper echelon and her sounding board. Production on the pilot begins on Jan. 10 in Charlotte, N.C. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
For a man who's long been a giant in the field of musical theater, it's somewhat surprising that Stephen Sondheim hasn't been more of a feature on the big screen. Sure, there was his score for Alain Resnais' "Stavisky," a few original songs for Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy" and co-writing the script for the cult murder mystery "The Last of Sheila," but adaptations of his work have so far been restricted to the justifiably forgotten 1977 film of "A Little Night Music," and 2007's "Sweeney Todd." Not that people haven't tried: a film of "Into The Woods" starring Billy Crystal,… »
Mary Poppins star feared death after apparently falling asleep on his surfboard but friendly sea creatures pushed him to shore
On screen, Dick Van Dyke has been rescued from untimely death by flying cars and magical nannies. Off screen, the veteran star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins had to rely on the help of a pod of porpoises after apparently dozing off aboard his surfboard. "I'm not kidding," he said afterwards.
Van Dyke's ordeal began during an ill-fated trip to his local beach. "I woke up out of sight of land," the 84-year-old actor told reporters. "I started paddling with the swells and I started seeing fins swimming around me and I thought 'I'm dead!'"
Van Dyke was wrong. "They turned out to be porpoises," he said. "And they pushed me all the way to shore." The porpoises were unavailable for comment.
Van Dyke made his »
- Xan Brooks
With the movie schedules jam-packed with comic book movies right now, why was the 1990s so poor for them? Simon finds out…
It's already been pointed out far and wide on the Internet, but the summer schedules for the next two years are looking jam-packed with blockbusters. And more and more of them are being derived from a comic book source. Furthermore, it's not even the summer alone that's playing host to such films, either.
Next January, for instance, in a completely out-of-season slot, we get The Green Hornet. And that's going to kick off a series of films that includes two new X-Men movies, at least, Thor, Captain America, The Dark Knight Rises, Ghost Rider 2, The Avengers, The Green Lantern, possibly Deadpool, Iron Man 3, G.I. Joe 2, Sucker Punch, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, Superman, Fantastic Four and Daredevil reboots, Ant-Man, and Judge Dredd. That's just for starters, and »
When I was offered to review one of my all-time favourite movies from my youth, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I jumped at the chance. The movie has been completely remastered and is released today on Blu ray. Me and my sister must have watched this movie 100 times and never got bored of it. How can a car that flies get boring?!
Chitty Chity Bang Bangs stars Dick Van Dyke, Lionel Jeffries, Adrian Hall and Hether Ripley in a film adaption of Ian Fleming’s book. The film was adapted for the sc reen by Roald Dahl and is directed by Ken Hughes and also stars Sally Ann Howes, and James Robert Justice.
Synopsis: Award-winning Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy, Night at the Museum) stars as eccentric widowed inventor Caractacus Potts in this magical tale set in early twentieth century England. Caractacus is poor but happy, living with his »
- David Sztypuljak
Eric Stoltz was originally the lead in the film. But then the director didn't think he was funny enough – and replaced him with Michael J Fox
It is one thing to fail an audition. But to be fired after weeks of filming because you're no good . . . ? This is what happened to Eric Stoltz on the set of Back to the Future, as now fully disclosed in the "extras" section of the new DVD edition. Stoltz was originally cast as teen time-traveller Marty McFly, but sacked after director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg watched the rough footage and decided he wasn't getting laughs. Michael J Fox was brought in. Facially similar – but funnier.
Casting is the most delicate, secret part of movie production: once a decision has been made, it is in everyone's interests to pretend that this was destiny, and no other actor would be thinkable. "Wrong" footage, such as the Stoltz/McFly scenes, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Directors: Guy Moshe
Writers: Guy Moshe
Review by: rochefort"
Rating: 6 out of 10
Bunraku is a style of Japanese puppet theater, and in "Bunraku", the new film by director Guy Moshe, these same puppets are used in an extended opening wherein we learn that the world's continents have fused into a quasi-Pangaea after eons of war have shifted the continents. Mankind has learned at least one thing from all that destruction: all firearms have been banned, in every province, under penalty of death. One day a gunless gunfighter known only as the Drifter (Josh Hartnett) mosies into town at the same time disgraced swordsman Yoshi (Gackt Camui) returns to his family home. Both have scores to settle with big boss Nicola the Woodcutter (Ron Perlman), who rules over the land using his enforcers the Nine Killers, led by Killer #2 ("Rome"'s Kevin McKidd, clearly gunning to »
If you’re a fan of Danny Elfman’s collaborations with Tim Burton, get ready to drop five hundred dollars. That’s because Warner Bros. has just announced an amazing 16 CD limited-edition box set that celebrates their 25 years of doing music together. Here’s some of the incredible highlights:
Seven hours of previously unreleased music including such rarities as additional masters, cut songs, song and score demos, work tapes, orchestra-only song mixes, and foreign-language songs. Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton: A meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated 250+ page fine linen-wrapped hardbound book An hour-long exclusive, newly filmed DVD featuring an extended conversation between Burton and Elfman as they reflect on their quarter-century collaboration As a collectible created exclusively for this treasure box of music, a distinctive Skeleton Key Usb Flash Drive has been designed—inspired by the art of Tim Burton. A pull of the key unlocks »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Ten years ago today, Madonna's Music (2000), one of her very best records, dropped into record stores. Director Guy Ritchie, to your left, was then her new man. He was advertising -- the record I mean! See the "Music" logo on his tanktop? Ever the selfless altruist, Madonna wore a black t-shirt promoting his project, Snatch (2000) which had opened the month before in the UK and was soon going to the Us. It would become his biggest hit. Until Sherlock Holmes (2009) that is.
But back to 2000. Ah, the heady days of early romance. She had given birth to Rocco, her only biological child with Guy, the month before. They were married by December.
Madonna was of course, no stranger to loving alpha male movie men since actor/directors Sean Penn and Warren Beatty preceded Guy. Famously, she's now entered their realm. Paparazzi are basically snapping Madonna daily now while she films W.E. »
- NATHANIEL R
Chicago – Comic books and graphic novels are certainly the closest artistic relatives to cinema, but are the mediums really meant to walk hand-in-hand? While Hollywood has certainly benefitted from the profitability of superhero franchises, securing vehicles for every caped demigod known to man, the popular taste of costumed devotees doesn’t always jive with that of the mainstream public.
Filmmakers like Zack Snyder are declared “visionaries” in some quarters simply for reproducing someone else’s vision panel-by-panel. Yet there are several motion pictures that have transcended the boundaries of their source material and found inventive ways of translating the form, content and spirit of a comic into a wholly cinematic language. So, with the industry buzzing over Edgar Wright’s visually kinetic adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” let’s take a look back at ten of the best comic book »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The writer of the graphic novel this fantastic 2002 film was based on talks about his experiences on the film and much more
Back in the summer of 2002, I saw a film in my local Minnesota theater that I thought was a sure lock for several categories at the Oscars, including Best Picture. Sadly, Sam Mendes' utterly gorgeous portrait of Depression-era gangster life, Road To Perdition, only picked up a handful of Oscar nominations, mostly in technical categories, with the only Oscar win going to the late Conrad L. Hall for his stunning cinematography. In my eyes, the film is one of the most tragically underrated films of the 21st Century. Road to Perdition is coming to Blu-ray for the first time on August 3 and hopefully this new release will give the film the awareness needed to become the classic it surely deserves to be. I recently spoke with Max Allan Collins, »
Every day a multitude of stars wander through the halls of MTV News to talk about their latest projects and goof around with our intrepid correspondents. But sometimes we catch stars elsewhere, and that's why we put together Spotted!, a daily compendium of stars in the wild.
Much in the same way that Babe Ruth would have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame even if he had never picked up a bat, Madonna likely would have been considered a legend even if she hadn't ever recorded a single note of music (though it certainly hasn't hurt her). Her film work is full of iconic roles (such as Eva Peron in "Evita," which won her a Golden Globe) and her electric presence has kept many films crackling (like her work in "Dick Tracy," "Desperately Seeking Susan" and "A League of Their Own"). In recent years, she has turned her attention behind the camera, »
- MTV News
HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pay tribute to the life and career accomplishments of special effects inventor and engineer Petro Vlahos on Thursday, July 29, at 8 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, the program will be hosted by Academy governor Bill Taylor and feature an onstage conversation with Vlahos, his friends and colleagues.
Considered to be one of the leading scientific and technical innovators in the motion picture and television industries, Vlahos consistently devised solutions for problems that had resisted years of well-funded, concerted effort by his predecessors and peers.
Vlahos has more than 35 wide-ranging patents for camera-crane motor controls, screen brightness meters, safe squib systems, cabling designs and junction boxes, projection screens, optical sound tracks and even sonar. He also created analog and digital hardware and software versions of Ultimatte, »
Here's a look back at past weekends comparable to June 25-27, 2010: 5 Years Ago - 2005 Topping the weekend, Batman Begins held solidly by summer blockbuster standards in its second outing, dropping 43 percent to $27.6 million. The three new nationwide releases were sourced from 1960s, and none faired particularly well. Bewitched wasn't as enchanting as its makers had hoped, grabbing $20.1 million at 3,174 sites. The picture strayed from its television predecessor with an unrelatable Hollywood send-up, and co-star Will Ferrell was unconvincing as a romantic lead opposite Nicole Kidman. Herbie: Fully Loaded aimed to be an all-encompassing family hit but, in the process, wound up with limited appeal, making $12.7 million at 3,521 sites. Relying mostly on its brand name in the wake of the Dawn of the Dead remake, George A. Romero's Land of the Dead grabbed $10.2 million at 2,249 sites. * Weekend Report: 'Batman' Sweeps 'Bewitched,' Swats Bug 10 Years Ago - 2000 Me, »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
Here's a look back at past weekends comparable to June 18-20, 2010: 5 Years Ago - 2005 Fighting the stigma of the franchise's previous flame-out, Batman Begins had a relatively quieter start than its predecessors, but it was still popular out-of-the-gate. The movie, which was tasked with rebuilding the franchise, pulled in $48.7 million at 3,858 sites over the weekend, tallying $72.9 million since its Wednesday debut. Mr. & Mrs. Smith was second with $26 million, down a standard 48 percent from its opening. The weekend's only other nationwided release was Hilary Duff vehicle The Perfect Man, which was a non-starter with $5.3 million at 2,087 sites. * Weekend Report: 'Batman' Begins in the Shadows 10 Years Ago - 2000 Shaft claimed the top spot with $21.7 million at 2,337 locations, which was a solid but unspectacular showing for the Samuel L. Jackson-headlined remake of the 1971 movie of the same name. In second, Gone in 60 Seconds slowed 41 percent in its second weekend, grossing $14.9 million, »
- Brandon Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
♪ ... just smoke one cigarette and hush
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Stuff No One Told Me Love this. Disney and Porn = eternal human frustration.
Mnpp Everything you ever need to know about life... you can learn from Psycho (1960)
Cinematical Paul Rudd, soon to be the Idiot Brother, gets four fine funny actresses as co-stars
Emma Frost illustration by Adam Hughes
Movie|Line the angsty drama of 'how will Sandra bullock follow that Oscar?' Methinks her team is thinking too hard. Nobody wants her doing prestige pics.
Socialite's Life Matthew Morrison (Glee) recording a solo CD. I'd be thrilled to buy this (his voice is amazing -- check out the CD of Light in the Piazza for proof) but for the fact that he's gettin JustinTimberlakey with it. »
- NATHANIEL R
Tuesday night's (June 1) episode of "Larry King Live" — which saw the venerable host interview Lady Gaga — featured a handful of notable moments, including discussions about Gaga's cocaine use, her feelings about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and a prolonged discussion about the definition of the word "freak." But the true highlight had nothing to do with the interview and everything to do with the brief preview of the video for Gaga's latest single (and newly-crowned summer jam) "Alejandro."
The singer told King that the video is "a celebration of my love and appreciation for the gay community," but it appears as though the clip will also be a celebration of Madonna's "Vogue." The 15 seconds or so that we could see during Tuesday night's show was shot in the stark black-and-white of the Material Girl's 1990 David Fincher-directed clip (Madonna's first multi-platinum single) and also borrows many of the hair »
- Kyle Anderson
Celebrities and Filmmakers, Vampires and Zombies, Fans and Ghouls, Creatures and Creepazoids, Artists, Bands, Movies… the weekend of April 30 through May 2 was filled with all of this and much more. So, the big question is… Where were you? If you were in, or near, St. Louis then the place to be was Con-tamination 2010 at the Holiday Inn Viking Center where fans converged in one location, despite daunting weather. So, what did you miss?
Opening Night… What a Fright!
One could certainly surmise that the truest fans were present on opening night of Con-tamination 2010, braving strong winds, horizontal rain, lightning and tornado warning sirens to show up for the frightening festivities. On the other hand, the weather added a certain level of mood enhancement to the theme of the event, whereas sunshine and calm skies could not. Opening night included, amongst other devilish delights, a tribute for Forry Ackerman by Scott Ford »
- Movie Geeks
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