9 items from 2010
10. With Honors (1994)
Not a film that pops up on most holiday lists, however, With Honors exudes the quintessential holiday spirit with a memorable final act, thoroughly laced with virtue, love and friendship. With Honors is the story of smug Harvard student; Montgomery Kessler (the name aptly characterizes Brendan Fraser) who meets squatter Simon (the one and only Joe Pesci) in the basement of the school library after his computer crashes jeopardizing his ticket to success – his final thesis. The one hard copy lands in Simon’s hands, and here’s the hook – for every day’s shelter and food that Monty provides, Simon will give him on page of his thesis back. A ransom of sorts that climaxes with Monty’s realization of what is truly worth striving for in life. This early 90’s film feels like a hiccup to the mastery of the great John Hughes’ movies of the 80’s. »
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Larry Busacca/ Getty Images
"My name is Justin. This is how I drum."
Thus begins the trailer for "Never Say Never," Justin Bieber's 3-D concert documentary. That first clip isn't the only footage of the 16-year-old pop star back in his formative years. From vintage looks at Biebs tickling the ivories to grainy video of him strumming the guitar on some steps, the trailer tells the unlikely story of how a small-town Canadian kid beat the odds to become an international superstar.
It's an interesting narrative technique, one with both points of convergence to, and deviation from, previous concert doc trailers. As we gear up for the film's Valentine's Day release, it's time to size up the "Never Say Never" trailer in the context of what's come before it. »
Jaime Winstone has worn a dress made out of film to support the 2010 Virgin Media Shorts Award. The actress sported 12 metres of 1993's In Bed With Madonna at last night's ceremony, where Oscar Sharp was given the gong for his film Sign Language. Made In Dagenham star Winstone said: "I feel really lucky to be wearing a dress designed especially for me by Aminaka Wilmont. "It's amazing that they've managed to turn a film reel into such a beautiful creation and wearing it was the perfect way to support (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Happy 50th birthday to Everyone's Favorite Spaniard™* Antonio Banderas.
He was already celebrating the big day yesterday in the port of Marbella with Melanie Griffith, the Mrs. Banderas. okay okay it was her birthday yesterday but we're not really fans [cough to put it mildly]. What is it with celebrities born a day apart getting married? Madonna & Sean did that, too!
Antonio has been fading from the limelight this past decade which is kind of a shame because he would have made a much better "Guido Contini" than Daniel Day-Lewis in Nine (2009) so why didn't he get the chance to help make it work onscreen (and make no mistake, he would have helped. You need a certain type in that role. Ddl is many great things but is a charming cad really one of them?) But if you've been missing him, fear not. A mini-'Tonio revival is coming with the Broadway revival of Zorba the Greek »
- NATHANIEL R
The ‘Queen of Pop’ disclosed her crush in her 1991 documentary film, ‘In Bed With Madonna’, after meeting the Spanish actor.
But, much to her dismay, the feelings were not reciprocated.
“Yeah, she says these things – she didn’t repeat it to me; it could have been dangerous, depending on how I would have been that day!” the Mirror quoted him as saying.
“Nothing happened – never ever,” he insisted.
Antonio – who later. »
Antonio Banderas has laughed off Madonna's apparent crush on him. The singer revealed her feelings for the actor in her 1991 documentary film In Bed With Madonna, but her feelings were not reciprocated. "Yeah, she says these things - she didn't repeat it to me; it could have been dangerous, depending on how I would have been that day!" he told The Mirror. "Nothing happened - never ever." Banderas, who later starred in Evita with Madonna, added that he is still amazed that he made headlines for catching her eye. "That's (more) »
- By Kristy Kelly
1990 / 1991 Flashback!
As you've no doubt heard my favorite living filmmaker (Pedro Almodóvar) is reuniting with his only true male muse (Antonio Banderas). They haven't made a movie together since Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990), one of Pedro's best. You don't hear this enough so I'll say it. Pedro's 1986-1990 output was arguably as rich as his 1999-2006 run-o-brilliance. So we should all be very excited about this sixth get together. Basically Pedro is the entire reason I came to love Antonio. I could never really stop loving him. Even once the Melanie Griffith years happened and I stopped following his work, I always thought of him fondly. I just kept hoping that one day Pedro would rescue him from that crap filmography. And here we go.
Now, I don't want to read too much about the new movie so I've only skimmed the articles about it. It's called The »
- NATHANIEL R
Jason Solomons picks his all-time favourite high jinks on the Croisette
Madonna presents her bra, 1991Few people have seized the Palais des Festivals red carpet moment more memorably than Madonna, when the documentary In Bed with Madonna premiered in an out-of-competition slot. Wreathed in a cloak, she reached the top of the steps and turned to reveal that underneath she was wearing a Jean-Paul Gaultier conical bra. In 2005, French actress Sophie Marceau topped this with an "unintentional" wardrobe malfunction that briefly revealed her left breast.
Cannes canned, 1968
Surely the most dramatic year for this drama queen of world festivals was 1968, during the student riots, strikes and general unrest that spread around France from Paris. It led to directors Godard, Truffaut, Louis Malle, Polanski, Lelouch and Milos Forman calling press conferences, withdrawing films and demanding a shutdown in sympathy with the students. After two days of sit-ins, the festival called a halt to proceedings. »
- Jason Solomons
The pop icon will helm a new film centering on King Edward VII A new film that delves into a scandalous British king will be directed by a legendary pop icon. Variety is reporting that Madonna will direct the new film W.E., which focuses on the affair between Britain's King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, which caused the King to give up the throne so he could marry the divorcee.
Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga is eyeing the role of Simpson, but it wasn't said if anyone is circling the King Edward VIII role as of yet. Madonna is co-writing the script with her Madonna: Truth or Dare director Alex Keshishian.
No production schedule was released for the film. »
9 items from 2010
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