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75 years ago today, Disney took a risk with the opening of its experimental animated film, “Fantasia.” The third feature film made by the House of Mouse, “Fantasia” was released as a limited-run roadshow attraction, starting on November 13, 1940. The New York Times review published the following day declared it to be a film that “really dumps conventional formulas overboard and boldly reveals the scope of films for imaginative excursion.” Images of Mickey Mouse set to music by Paul Dukas, hippos dancing to the tune of Ponchielli, and centaurs and cupids backed by Beethoven have all become iconic in the decades since its release. The film has further secured its pop culture status with “Fantasia” video games, a follow-up feature called “Fantasia 2000,” and with a spot on AFI’s list of the greatest 100 American films. One “Fantasia” segment will soon get the live action treatment: the nightmarish “Night on Bald Mountain »
- Emily Rome
It’s a name you many not know, but character actor Fred Thompson‘s face you’ll instantly recognise. I will personally remember Thompson for his portrayal of Trudeau in Die Hard 2. Nobody has rocked an air traffic control room like Trudeau.
Thompson passed away at the age of 73 on Sunday.
Thompson lived a remarkable life. He started off as a used-car salesman before attending law school. He was on the Republican counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee that investigated President Richard Nixon, and then turned to acting in 1985 film on the movie Marie, starring Sissy Spacek and Morgan Freeman, where he played himself.
Roles in No Way Out, Days Of Thunder, and of course, Die Hard 2 followed. His film and TV career continued into the 1990s, including a part in Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear remake, but it was during that decade that Thompson became a Us senator. »
- Paul Heath
Former U.S. Senator and longtime Hollywood actor Fred Thompson died in Tennessee today after battling cancer. Thompson famously co-starred in tons of big budget movies, like "Die Hard 2," "The Hunt for Red October" and "Cape Fear" -- before going on to win office as a U.S. Senator for Tennessee. Thompson served in the Senate from 1994 to 2003. He was also an attorney and was appointed minority counsel for the Republican Senators who were on the Watergate Committee. »
- TMZ Staff
Late last week, word spread throughout the industry that legendary actor Robert De Niro was going to be the latest recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 19th edition of the Hollywood Film Awards. This marks just the latest in a long line of honors for De Niro throughout the course of his time as an actor. A two time Academy Award winner, he’ll also be in contention once more this year for Oscar love as part of another David O. Russell ensemble, this one being the upcoming film Joy. With this tribute coming his way, I wanted to do the same today as the first installment of the Hollywood Film Awards Series. De Niro is probably best known for his actor/filmmaker relationship with Martin Scorsese, which resulted in an Academy Award for Best Actor going De Niro’s way for Raging Bull. The partnership began with Mean Streets, »
- Joey Magidson
Special Mention: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Directed by Jim Sharman
Screenplay by Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman
For the unfamiliar, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the film adaptation of a popular musical stage production composed and written by Richard O’Brien, a struggling actor at the time who was best known for his performances in such musicals as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. For O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was an homage to drive-in double features and science fiction B-movies of the fifties, and ironically, the film itself went on to become the ultimate midnight movie. To this day, screenings held in and around its anniversary as well as on Halloween sell out. It has never been pulled by 20th Century Fox from its original 1975 release, and it continues to play in cinemas four decades after its premiere, making it the longest-running theatrical release in film history. »
- Ricky Fernandes
- Jordan Ruimy
dick clark productions announced today that two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” The awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. “The Hollywood Film Awards is an incredible brand, previewing some of the biggest movies and stars of the year, while launching the award season,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We are honored to have Robert De Niro as this year’s recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” Robert De Niro is currently starring in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Intern” and will appear next in 20th Century Fox’s “Joy, »
"We are doing it... We should be doing it sometime next year," De Niro said. "We're slowly, slowly getting it in place."
What's more, the plan is to bring Al Pacino and Joe Pesci along for the ride, making this gangster movie a who's who of seasoned big screen wise guys.
The way a film starts and the way it ends can tell a lot about a movie, as well as the particular style of the director behind the project. Numerous films throughout history have had memorable opening and closing shots that have elevated the feature in question, while also taking on a life of their own as iconic moments in cinema.
Following his first exploration of first and final frames in film, vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has revisited the topic in a new video, looking at 70 new films and how their opening and closing mirror each other. Swinney had this to say in the episode description.
After numerous requests, I finally decided to create a sequel to “First and Final Frames”. Part II plays the opening and closing shots of 70 films side-by-side. Like the first video, some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Any fan of Martin Scorsese knows of his encyclopedic film knowledge and adoration for the cinema of yesteryear, and he often tips his hat to those influences in his work. Film Scalpel, an emerging site for cinephiles and novices alike, has created this video documenting Marty’s devotion to tinting specific frames (a technique formerly used to spruce up a black and white shot), and in this video, we're all seeing red. Read More: The 20 Greatest Musical Moments In The Films Of Martin Scorsese The decided color evokes a spectrum of emotions — lust, greed, and revenge in “The Departed”; sheer terror in “Cape Fear,” though Jessica Lange applying lipstick in another scene is both sensual and curious; the blood-stained shots of Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci in “Goodfellas”; and, of course, the illuminated club in “New York, New York.” Travis Bickle amid the haunting, lingering red lights »
- Samantha Vacca
With a constant sense of impending violence, writer-director Brian Helgeland's Legend cuts to the core of life as a gangster: accepting this particular line of work requires not just a capacity to maim and steal, but also to deal with the ever-present possibility of a knife in the back.
Tom Hardy is on top form as the Kray twins - the most famous gangsters in 1960s London. At first, we’re led to believe that they collectively represent the light and dark of an ordinary person: Reggie's tough yet suave and witty, Ron unhinged and monstrous. We soon learn that they’re actually far more similar in temperament than their outward appearances imply.
'The Audition' poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest work of a major Hollywood name. The Venice Film Festival is surely no exception, especially as it's the year's final internationally renowned European movie fest, held shortly before the fall – i.e., awards – movie season begins. Well, one work by a top Hollywood name will no longer be available at Venice: The Audition, a short film directed by and featuring veteran Martin Scorsese, has been pulled out. "We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time," festival organizers said in a statement earlier today, Sat., Aug. 29, '15. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Anna Robinson
As we roll into the final few episodes Scream: The TV Series is gaining some serious momentum. Either putting Willa Fitzgerald through the Scream Queen wringer. Peppering the walls with Kubrick references, or employing strobe effects and pints of fake blood. Elsewhere however homages are used for a less visceral purpose. Firstly by name checking under rated Rodriguez flick The Faculty. Then dropping in seminal detention classic The Breakfast Club.
As usual Scream has method in its madness. Initially pointing out the pervading erosion of this educational institution from the inside. Then secondly taking it further by implying persecution of the students. An idea name checked with The Crucible by Arthur Miller and McCarthy’s Communist witch hunts in the nineteen fifties. In part because Emma would have been branded a witch, based on her visions, paranoia and apparent mental meltdown. »
- Gary Collinson
More classic British horror heads to Blu-ray as Eureka! Entertainment announces the release of Freddie Francis' 1965 shocker The Skull, arriving on dual-format Blu-ray and DVD on 26 October.Perhaps best known as an Oscar-winning cinematographer, shooting such acclaimed works as The Elephant Man, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Glory and Cape Fear, Freddie Francis also directed a raft of horror flicks throughout the 1960s and 70s. After a successful spell at Hammer, Francis moved across to the newly launched Amicus Productions, where he would help shape them into the only British company to rival Hammer's vice-like grip on the country's horror scene.Adapted from a novel by Robert "Psycho" Bloch, The Skull reunites Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee for a chilling tale of obsession and the occult,...
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Best known for his work in front of the camera, Joel Edgerton wrote and directed The Gift, a borderline Hitchcockian stalker drama in which nothing is quite as it seems. The Callens, Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn, (Rebecca Hall) are a couple who seem to have it made - moving on from their old life in Chicago, they've just relocated to a swanky house in Los Angeles. Simon is due for a big promotion at work and Robyn is eager to start a family in their beautiful new home.
However, a chance encounter with Gordon 'Gordo' Mosley, (Edgerton) a former high school classmate of Simon's, upsets the status quo. He welcomes them to the neighbourhood with small tokens of friendship and offers to help set up the entertainment system, »
Joel Edgerton wrote, directed, and stars in The Gift as Gordo, a stalker so creepy that he earned a place on our list of the creepiest movie stalkers of all time. He enlisted Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall to play Simon and Robyn, a couple who each have their own questionable pasts. When they move back to Simon's hometown, they suddenly find themselves being followed by Simon's old classmate, Gordo. At first he appears to be flattering them with personalized gifts, but then, as all good stalker movies do, it gets creepy. I got a chance to sit down for some one-on-one time with Edgerton and found out about the thrillers that inspired him to make The Gift and what was important to him to include in the movie. Popsugar: What thrillers can you remember having a deep impact on you? Joel Edgerton: The one that really rattled my »
In the early 90s, various psycho thrillers were churned out by studios following the success of Fatal Attraction and The Silence Of The Lambs. These lead the way for dozens of simliar fare, including the likes of Cape Fear, the underrated Pacific Heights, Misery, Raising Cain, Single White Female, Unlawful Entry and, memorably, Basic Instinct.
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- Daniel Goodwin
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Federico Fellini’s classic piece of cinema, La Dolce Vita won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, as well as an Oscar for Best Costume. It’s a cultural landmark of the big screen, an existential struggle between different lifestyles as journalist Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) makes his way through a number of encounters in Rome, over seven days, including one with Sylvia (Anita Ekberg). And it’s about to be remade.
The Fellini estate has just closed an option agreement with Ambi Group to do a “homage” to the 1960 original. The project is being spearheaded by Federico Fellini’s niece, Francesca, who’s the last blood descendent.
Apparently the new incarnation is going to be translated into a contemporary setting. So perhaps Marcello will be orchestrating his encounters with women via social media and iPhone?
It’s hard to say how this will pan out. I don’t want »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Gone Girl meets Misery in a tense and unforgiving psychological thriller, starring Academy Award Nominee Rosamund Pike proving once again that she is the star to watch in 2015. Unafraid to break new ground, Return To Sender will leave audiences wanting more as it dares to challenge with unexpected turns and surprises.
Rosamund Pike stars as a small town nurse who gets brutally attacked and raped in her own home by a mysterious man (Shiloh Fernandez). Following his arrest, she starts to write to him but the letters all get returned unopened. Determined to confront him she then starts to regularly visit him in prison and seemingly befriends him, against her father’s (Nick Nolte) express wishes. Unable to understand his daughters intentions »
- Phil Wheat
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