12 items from 2015
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
"Almost Adults" garnered the most votes for the March Project of the Month. The prize is a creative consultation from our Project of the Month partner, Tribeca Film Institute. "Almost Adults" will also be in the running for 2015 Project of the Year. Take a look at the film's pitch: 'Almost Adults' is about two best friends, Cassie and Mackenzie, in their final year of college. Cassie (a straight girl) and Mackenzie (a giant lesbian) have found themselves heading in different directions, like emotionally. Cassie is struggling with her career path, while Mackenzie is struggling with her sexuality. It's a (platonic) love story about two best friends. Think 'Thelma and Louise' without all of the killing and cliff jumping. Find out more about the project here. Got a project you'd like to be featured? Submit to Project of the Day Here. Read More: Vote for Project of the Week: »
Its down to the wire! In just 48 hours, voting will close on Round 1 of the Hitfix 2nd Annual March Mayhem Tournament of Heroes vs. Villains, and results are looming that could turn the world of fandom on its head. Overall, the fan groups have been turning out in droves for this second year: the votes in the first week alone will likely match last year’s entire tournament. And thanks to this voter surge, our reigning titans are getting a real run for their money. Let’s look across the divisions: In the Movie Heroes Division, the two top-ranked heavyweights – Batman and Han Solo are both easily holding up their first round matches, fending off Philip Marlowe and Flash Gordon without hardly breaking a sweat. They better not think they can coast all the way to the division finals however, because right in the middle, Black Widow’s fanbase has been pouring in, »
- Richard Rushfield
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: is this a movie you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments. Almost Adults Tweetable Logline: A comedic, platonic, love story between two best friends as their lives head in different directions. Elevator Pitch: 'Almost Adults' is about two best friends, Cassie and Mackenzie, in their final year of college. Cassie (a straight girl) and Mackenzie (a giant lesbian) have found themselves heading in different directions, like emotionally. Cassie is struggling with her career path, while Mackenzie is struggling with her sexuality. It's a (platonic) love story about two best friends. Think 'Thelma and Louise' without all of the killing and cliff jumping. Production Team: Director - Sarah Rotella's directing efforts have garnered 33+ million YouTube views and »
- Indiewire Staff
And they’re off! We are just 48 hours into Hitifx’s Second Annual March Madness Tournament of Heroes vs. Villains, and the races are already heating up. The champions of each of the four divisions are back on the field defending their titles, and the returning gaints are mostly looking strong. Some newcomers however have come charging out of the gate looking ready to go all the way. Across the field, we’ve got some very tough battles brewing. In the Movie Heroes division, Batman is the heavy favorite against longshot private dick Philip Marlowe, and fans are turning out in force to prop up The Dark Knight. But Marlowe is a saavy player who may just be waiting for his moment. He’s had decades to build up a following: will Marlowe’s people come to the rescue? Elsewhere in the division, a couple of match-ups that looked lopsided »
- Richard Rushfield
I have never been the biggest fan of Ridley Scott. Aside from Blade Runner and, to a lesser extent, Thelma and Louise, his films have just never really grabbed me. Yes, that includes Alien not grabbing me. So, I wonder what his son, Luke Scott, has taken from his father and what he is developed on his own, as he is making his directorial debut with the film Morgan. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Kate Mara ("House of Cards") has signed on to the project along with up and comer Anya Taylor-Joy. Mara is continuing to establish herself as a very good actor, and if she is the lead in this film (which I am presuming), I'm glad she's getting that opportunity. Taylor-Joy may be an unknown name to most of you now, but she made a big splash at this year's Sundance with her film debut in The Witch, »
- Mike Shutt
Fresh from getting all serious and awardsy with Wild, Reese Witherspoon is back doing comedy, showing off her range and poking fun at herself all at once in this first trailer for crime caper Hot Pursuit. Click below for a closer look.Hot Pursuit sees Witherspoon playing an uptight cop who’d rather chew her own badge than break from the regulations. At least, until she finds herself escorting gangster moll Sofia Vergara in a high-speed chase across the bluegrassier parts of Texas. They’re the chasees – Thelma And Louise/Midnight Run-style – while chasing them is an array of drug henchmen and gunmen. We’re guessing on this evidence, and from the film’s original title, 'Don’t Mess With Texas', that they get a lot more than they bargained for from the strangely formidable duo. Hot Pursuit is directed by The Proposal’s Anne Fletcher who’ll be »
Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara get their Thelma and Louise on — reluctantly — in the first trailer for buddy action comedy “Hot Pursuit.” Anne Fletcher directed the which MGM and Warner Bros film written by John Quaintance and David Feeney. Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’ Witherspoon plays an uptight police officer who is tasked with escorting Vergara’s character, a key witness in a drug cartel trial, across Texas to testify. Naturally, things go awry almost immediately and the two are forced to go on the run together. The shenanigans include accidental drug. »
- Linda Ge
Helmer Ridley Scott has donated his collection of career memorabilia to USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
The archive includes scripts, photographs, storyboards and host of other materials from his long career in film and TV, starting with his 1977 feature debut “The Duellists.”
“Ridley’s storied career is nearly unparalleled. He has traversed genres, and historical periods, mixed fantasy with biographical dramas, epics with small personal stories,” said USC Sca dean Elizabeth Daley. “There is no one like him, and his legacy of memorabilia will be kept close to our hearts for generations to come.”
“I continue to be impressed by »
- Cynthia Littleton
Charli Xcx and Rita Ora take a road trip in Charli’s video for her song “Doing It.” They’re a modern day Thelma and Louise, except they seem to have more fun. They go on a road trip through the American Southwest, hitting the honky tonks for shots and mechanical bull-riding. “Thelma & Louise” was a 1991 drama starring Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise. ...Read More »
During its fraught production, Alien 3 went through dozens of drafts. We look at some of the story ideas that never made it to the screen...
For 20th Century Fox, and writer-producers David Giler and Walter Hill, it took nearly six years to figure out an answer to that question. Certainly, when Aliens was in production, director James Cameron had some ideas about a sequel; he once spoke about the prospect of Ripley, Hicks and young Newt - a makeshift family thrown together by that film's events - meeting up again for a second sequel to Alien.
A year after Aliens came out, Cameron was unequivocal »
Geena Davis wants to put you in pictures. The Academy Award-winning actress has just launched her very own film festival – a daunting enough prospect on its own – with a specific aim: to help support women and diversity in film. The first annual Bentonville Film Festival will arrive in Bentonville, Arkansas (population: 40, 167) later this year, and Davis and her myriad sponsors (from Wal-Mart to Coca-Cola, AMC to Kraft, which seems to ensure some interesting gift bags and potentially comfy theater locations) are aiming pretty damn high with their new endeavor. Fortunately, it sounds like Davis and company kind of have everything they need to back it up – which is exactly why Davis is the perfect person to do this. Davis isn’t just a name brand, a well-respected talent, and one half of Thelma and Louise (Rip forever, gals), the actress has long been dedicated to issues of gender diversity in film, a »
- Kate Erbland
12 items from 2015
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