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Adèle Exarchopoulos (‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) and Cate Blanchett (‘Blue Jasmine’): Best Actress tie two years in a row at Los Angeles Film Critics Awards (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) (See previous post: "James Franco Tattoos, Gold Teeth: Lafca Winners." Another non-Hollywood Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s selection was Best Actress co-winner Adèle Exarchopoulos, cited for her performance as a young woman who falls in love with blue-haired Léa Seydoux in Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color. The lesbian romantic drama also took home the Lafca’s Best Foreign Language Film Award. Blue was also the luckiest color, at least in the Best Actress category: Cate Blanchett was Exarchopoulos’ co-winner, for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which she plays a character somewhat similar to A Streetcar Named Desire »
- Andre Soares
Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 26 Sep 2013 - 07:09
The year 1991 is the focus for our latest underappreciated films list, which includes dramas, thrillers, and a smattering of horror...
Ah, 1991. The year Robert Patrick ran after cars in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and Kevin Costner grew a spectacular mullet for Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. But outside the top ten blockbuster list, there lies an entire world of other, less celebrated films to discover.
Some of the movies on this list have been included because they were overlooked in theatres, while others have been added because they were unfairly dismissed by critics. One or two others were modest successes, but (whisper it) we decided to include them anyway because we really, really like them.
So here, for your delectation, is our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1991.
News Den Of Geek 20 Sep 2013 - 10:37
Our lookbacks at an assortment of 1990s movies, all gathered together in one place!
Here's a page that should take you straight to the lookback of a 1990s movie of your choice. Let us know if index pages like this are helpful, and we'll pop a few more together if they are...
Alien Resurrection. Not the franchise's finest hour...
Beauty And The Beast. Disney's finest animated movie? Simon thinks so...
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. An article we wrote celebrating the film as it hit its 20th birthday.
The Boondock Saints. The infamous film, and its equally infamous behind the scenes documentary.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Much maligned, but is it actually any good?
Captain America. Not the recent version. The cheap version.
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The Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" is the far-and-away frontrunner to win the Primetime Emmy for Best Movie/Miniseries Writing. Richard Lagravenese was previously nominated for an Emmy as producer of the nonfiction special "A Decade Under the Influence" in 2004, but this is his first bid as a writer, though he does have an Academy Award nomination as a scribe (Original Screenplay 1991, "The Fisher King"). "Behind the Candelabra" is an HBO production, which premiered on American television but was released theatrically in some international markets. It even competed for the top prize – the Palme d’Or – at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Of the nominees, Sundance Channel's "Top of the Lake" mystery miniseries is the best reviewed by critics, earning a score of 86 on Metacritic. Co-writer Gerald Lee is nominated for the first time; Oscar winner Jane Campion ("The Pian »
We tv is officially in the scripted business. The AMC Networks-owned cable network has handed out a 10-episode series order to The Divide, a drama originally developed at AMC from Richard Lagravenese (Behind the Candelabra, The Fisher King) and Tony Goldwyn (Scandal). Oscar and Emmy nominee Lagravenese penned the script and executive produces alongside Goldwyn (Conviction) and John Tinker (The Practice), who is on board to serve as showrunner. Andrew Sugerman (Conviction) will co-executive produce the series, which is slated for a 2014 premiere. . Story: AMC Gives Pilot Orders to Two Scripted Dramas "The Divide is the
- Lesley Goldberg
Update: Well, the trailer Looked good. It has been removed at the request of the producers. We will bring it back as soon as possible. For now, head to Vulture to see the trailer while it lasts. I love the films of Terry Gilliam. In recent years he has toiled with lesser recognized films like Tideland, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, and the never completed The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. But, this is also the man who gave us Time Bandits, Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King, Brazil, »
- Alex Maidy
Lucky Monkey Pictures and Sh-k-Boom Records announced today Academy Award-and Tony Award nominated actress Anna Kendrick and Tony Award and Grammy Award nominated Jeremy Jordan (“Smash,” “Joyful Noise”) will star in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed musical The Last 5 Years to be written and directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Lagravenese.
Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, Richard Lagravenese and Janet Brenner will produce. Steve Norman will Co Produce. Steven Meizler, who has worked extensively with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh, is the Director of Photography. The film begins shooting this week in New York City. CAA will handle domestic sales, with Brian O’Shea and Nat McCormick handling international sales for The Exchange.
- Michelle McCue
Lucky Monkey Pictures and Sh-k-Boom Records announced today Academy Award-and Tony Award nominated actress Anna Kendrick and Tony Award and Grammy Award nominated Jeremy Jordan (Smash, Joyful Noise) will star in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's acclaimed musical The Last 5 Years to be written and directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Lagravenese. Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, Richard Lagravenese and Janet Brenner will produce. Steve Norman will Co Produce. Steven Meizler, who has worked extensively with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh, is the Director of Photography. The film begins shooting this week in New York City. CAA will handle domestic sales, with Brian O'Shea and Nat McCormick handling international sales for The Exchange.
On Sunday night, HBO reminded us what “appointment television” really means when they premiered Steven Soderbergh‘s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra smack in the middle of Memorial Day weekend. Never mind that the time slot is generally reserved for the aggressively masculine Game of Thrones (one can only imagine how many unsuspecting jaws hit the floor when fans of the show tuned in for boobs and beheadings and instead got Jason Bourne giving it to Gordon Gecko) – for one night only, the legendary opulence of pop culture’s reigning king of rhinestone and denial owned the airwaves. Like many of you, I would not have missed it for the world.
Based on his memoirs, Candelabra tells the story of Scott Thorson (Matt Damon), a bisexual Hollywood animal wrangler who became friend, lover, and confidant to Liberace (Michael Douglas) at the height of his ivory-tinkling, cape-swanning fame. »
- Brian Juergens
"Behind the Candelabra" debuts on HBO tonight with so many pre-packaged talking points, it's a wonder a single film can support them all.
Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh has been laboring to bring a film about the late entertainer Liberace to the screen since working on 2000's "Traffic" -- when Michael Douglas slipped into an impromptu Liberace impression between takes and sparked Soderbergh's artistic fire. Even though Douglas immediately agreed to play the role and Matt Damon quickly committed to playing Scott Thorson, Liberace's lover and the author of a tell-all book about the relationship, Soderbergh couldn't find a studio willing to finance and release a film on the right terms.
Eventually Soderbergh gave up on a theatrical release, "Candelabra" landed at artist-friendly HBO and the result -- which Soderbergh has called his final feature film -- was invited into the prestigious competition section of the Cannes Film Festival, where »
Behind the Candelabra – a lavishly rhinestone-encrusted story about the pianist and entertainer Liberace – has charmed and delighted audiences at the Cannes film festival, just as its central character did so effervescently before he lost his life to an Aids-related illness in 1987. And, with its mesmerising central performances from Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, the film has a good shout at the Palme D'Or, with Douglas himself a strong contender for a Cannes best actor award.
But the film, and its actors, will never win an Oscar. The Hollywood studios refused to finance it, said director Steven Soderbergh, because they believed the film would find no audience "except for people who are gay". Instead, it was made by the TV company HBO and, though it will receive theatrical release in the UK on 7 June, »
- Charlotte Higgins
He may be best known as the anarchic animator, writer and director responsible for such movies as Monty Python And The Holy Grail, The Fisher King, Brazil and Twelve Monkeys, but Terry Gilliam is not above gracing the screen with his acting presence when the moment (and, more usually, friends) call for it. He’s hit Facebook to announce that he’ll be part of the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending.Gilliam offered no details on what he might be doing in the film, beyond remarking that he’ll be in a “small but vital part”.Jupiter Ascending finds the Wachowskis back in big-scale sci-fi territory, set in a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder. But destitute young woman Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is destined for something greater – and that brings an assassin hired by the Queen of the Universe, none too happy that her reign is under threat. »
Here's some heart-wrenching news for fans of classic Hammer horror films. Turns out the owner of Bray Studios, where the iconic studio filmed many of its most classic films, is looking to turn this once mecca of horror into luxury homes.
According to the UK's Daily Mail, the owner of Bray Studios in Berkshire, Neville Hendricks, says the iconic location is no longer viable for movie-making – and that he wants to put up to seven executive homes on the site.
But the plan has infuriated big names in the movie business, including Terry Gilliam, director of The Fisher King, and Richard O’Brien, composer and star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show – who are backing a campaign to save the studios. Protesters have set up a Save Bray Studios Facebook page and started an online petition. They claim that the studios are struggling only because show business agent Hendricks, who owns the site near Windsor, »
- Uncle Creepy
I promised longtime Tfe super fan Ryan that I would one day write up a big top ten of the 90s piece although This Is Not It. This is like those tossed back "shots" of past decades wherein we tell each other our favorites. I'll tell you my ten favorites which are wildly unstable and could be replaced by anything in the "with apologies to" list if I'd ranked on another day. Well, not the top three. I mean... let's not get crazy.
The Piano (Jane Campion) Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson) Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott) Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson) Beauty & The Beast (Trousdale & Wise) All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar) Trois Coleurs Trilogy (Krystof Kzielowski) T2: Judgment Day (James Cameron) Fargo (The Coen Bros) Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
Most of them weren't even nominated for Best Picture. (Sigh). Oscar is so...
With apologies to 15 more. Let's call it »
- NATHANIEL R
Paul Risker continues his Terry Gilliam retrospective....
Seven years would elapse between the release of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and The Brothers Grimm (2005). As there should be with any great storyteller, there is a story behind what is a magic number at this point in Gilliam’s career. In the seven years starting in 1991 with The Fisher King and concluding in 1998 with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gilliam would direct three feature films, though in the seven years following Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gilliam would find himself caught in the labyrinth of development hell, before he directed his ninth film: The Brothers Grimm.
During his three year hiatus from filmmaking between The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Fisher King, Gilliam had resorted to humorously holding up boards like a hitchhiker, “Studio-less filmmaker. Family to support. Will direct for food”, was quite the leap from three »
- Flickering Myth
E. B. White once wrote, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” Analyzing trilogies seems to the same. The entire point is to enjoy them. Still, given the many sins to be found in film, there are worse things than movie trilogies but few have become more prominent or unavoidable. In terms of definitions, a trilogy only means three “individual” (animated, live-action, etc.) films are tied together which leaves a lot of room in seeing something as a trilogy.
Currently, negative reviews over trilogies highlight how easily and predictably they start off well but soon degenerate at a rapid pace. Then, too, there cases where once was good enough and added treatments are not welcome. David Lynch’s Dune thankfully has not become a trilogy though it sits there waiting to be given birth. In rare cases, yes, a trilogy may be badly called for. »
- Christian Jimenez
On TV this Monday: General Hospital‘s anniversary is a real ball, Castle channels Hitchcock, a couple’s not-so-Secret Life is revealed and a Revolution-ary falls. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
2 pm General Hospital (ABC) | Nurses’ Ball! Celebrate the soap’s 50th anniversary with a revival of the beloved charity gala, returns from your favorites and special guests. (Check out 23 photos.)
Preview | Bones Season 8 Spoiler Video – Booth’s Got Shocking News for Brennan about Christine
8 pm Dancing With the Stars (ABC) | Put on your corsage, rent a »
- Kimberly Roots
At the recent comedy festival in Aspen, Colorado, John Cleese (who famously quit the BBC’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus and years later was given credit for ending the Python’s film career) announced, with the ashes of Graham Chapman reportedly at hand, that Python was back together for a stage tour of Europe and the United States.
Reporting has been sketchy, but we can easily assume that the comedy team will reprise classic sketches like Dead Parrot and Lumberjack. But the real question is this: will the team introduce any new material? We can only hope. Dates have yet to be announced, but we can assume that the reunion tour will resemble the live performance in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl: a flurry of familiar sketches and musical numbers tweaked for a live audience.
For now, here’s a quick roundup of the surviving members »
- James Kirk
Paul Risker continues his Terry Gilliam retrospective....
This retrospective series appears to have laid out Gilliam’s career so far as a series of chapters from a book. In this current chapter which has spanned The Fisher King and Twelve Monkeys, we now arrive in Las Vegas in search of the American Dream, before Gilliam steps away from directing for what would be an eight year hiatus. This so-called search for the American Dream would come in the form of a psychedelic road-trip, guided by Hunter S. Thompson’s legendary prose and the drawings of British artist Ralph Steadman that have become as much a part of the story as Thompson’s words.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas could be perceived as Gilliam’s destiny, as ten years earlier he had been approached to adapt Thompson’s novel for the screen. Rumours have it that even Martin Scorsese and »
- Flickering Myth
Beautiful Creatures, based on the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, has been a bit of a disappointment for Warner Bros, which has seen a modest domestic box office of $19,205,917. Around the world, the film has also been a so-so performer, which probably means there won’t be a sequel.
Despite positive reviews, the movie was liked better by the audience than the critics according to Rotten Tomatoes, but we suspect it will perform better on home video. Here’s the release details on the DVD, coming in May.
Burbank, CA, March 19, 2013 – An electrifying love story unfolds as Beautiful Creatures arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on May 21, 2013 from Warner Home Entertainment Group. Directed by Oscar® nominee Richard Lagravenese (“The Fisher King,” “P.S. I Love You”), Beautiful Creatures takes you on a supernatural journey as two high school students pursue a tantalizing forbidden romance that leads »
- ComicMix Staff
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