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With 2013 about to officially bite the dust later today, I decided to reach out to my friends here in the Latino-Review familia and ask them to chime in with what their five favorite movies were this year. Not everyone had time to drop their two cents in but below you’ll get lists and notes from myself, Da7e, Gig, and our Editor-in-Chief Kellvin. Being that we all have our unique takes on things, we each found our own way to add some extra perspective. Enjoy!
Space is awesome. Take it from me, a guy who went to Space Camp and really considered being an astronaut until I realized how much of my life I’d have to dedicate to studying high science and fitness only to have a slight chance at…nope, we cancelled Nasa Space Flights. So not only does Alfonzo »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Tel Aviv — The UK’s Company Pictures has inked a format deal with Israel’s Tedy Productions and Add Content Agency for a new program loosely focused on the story of Prisoner X, a real-life Mossad agent who died in an Israeli prison while facing grave charges of treason.
Ben Zygier, a dual Australian-Israeli citizen working for the Mossad, is believed to have hanged himself in his maximum-security cell in 2010 after revealing state secrets to unconfirmed enemies of Israel. The story of his imprisonment and death only broke in February 2013, and when it did, the tale of his espionage, treason and subsequent lonely suicide was breathlessly reported upon in the Israeli media.
The format, dubbed “Prisoner X,” will focus not on Zygier himself but on two women left behind when an Israeli agent disappears into solitary confinement. The program, which producers say will be a spy-thriller take on “Thelma and Louise, »
- Debra Kamin
It's true, you guys: Brad Pitt turns 50 today! From his early days as a criminal cowboy in 1991's Thelma and Louise to his starring roles in Fight Club, Ocean's Eleven, and World War Z, Brad has conquered the movie industry and is - and likely always will be - one of the sexiest stars in the universe. In addition to being an accomplished actor, he's also a devoted dad; Brad and fiancée Angelina Jolie have six adorable children to call their own. When it comes to looks, though, Brad is the total package. We're celebrating his milestone birthday with a look back at that steely gaze, sexy smirk, and perfectly tousled mane. Keep reading to see 50 examples of Brad Pitt's epic, lifelong hotness. View Slideshow › »
- Brittney Stephens
I never intended to become a data head. I could never have predicted it would play such an important role in my life. Yet here we are: My Institute on Gender in Media has sponsored the largest amount of research ever done on gender depictions in media, covering a 20-year-plus span.
I’ll give you the basics as to how I got here, then we’ll get to the fun part. Because I was fortunate enough to be cast in movies like Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own, I developed a heightened awareness of how women are portrayed in media. Enough that when I started watching G-rated videos with my daughter about eight years ago, my “Spidey” sense caused me to immediately notice how few female characters there were in entertainments aimed at the youngest of children. Surely in the 21st century kids should be seeing boys and girls share the sandbox equally?
- Geena Davis
Kasi Lemmons, actress, writer and director of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity as well as Talk to Me, Eve's Bayou and The Caveman's Valentine will receive a 2014 Athena Film Festival Award in a festival ceremony this February. Other award honorees include philanthropist Sherry Lansing, former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox, who will receive The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award, Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, and Callie Khouri, Academy Award winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise, and creator of the series Nashville. "The women we are »
- Jai Tiggett
• Stuart Heritage on which other same-surname movies should be greenlit
The British actors will star in The Time of Their Lives, a road movie in which Joan plays a former Hollywood star who escapes her London retirement home and travels to France for her ex-husband's funeral. Pauline plays a housewife with a failing marriage who joins the trip, and the pair become romantically embroiled with a reclusive Frenchman played by Franco Nero.
"I was very excited by the script, which was sent to me about one month ago, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
The fourth annual Athena Film Festival, focused on women and leadership and headed by Indiewire’s own Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood, will take place February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College. This year’s fest will include Q and A sessions with producers and directors, Hollywood conversations and master classes. The 2014 recipients of the Athena Film Festival Awards are philanthropist Sherry Lansing, former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox, receiving the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award; Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute; Callie Khouri, Academy Award winning screenwriter of “Thelma and Louise” and creator of the series “Nashville”; and Kasi Lemmons, actress, director and writer of “Black Nativity,” T”alk to Me,” “Eve’s Bayou” and “The Caveman’s Valentine.” In addition, the Athena List has been newly created, highlighting between 3-5 completed screenplays with strong leading female »
- Beth Hanna
Former Dynasty star Collins is set to play Helen, a former Hollywood siren determined to gatecrash her ex-husband’s funeral at a glamorous French hideaway. Helen escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage.
Nero, whose prolific career includes the starring role in 1966 Western Django, will play a famous French recluse who becomes part of an uneasy love triangle with the two women.
Sarah Sulick produces for Bright Pictures, the company she set up with Roger Goldby to make his debut feature The Waiting Room, which premiered at Edinburgh and sold to Lionsgate in the UK, IFC Films in the »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Bonnie and Clyde captivated the public as they went on a bloody bank-robbing spree 80 years ago, and Lifetime, History and A&E Network hope the public's fascination continues as they premiere "Bonnie & Clyde" Sunday and Monday, Dec. 8 and 9.
After History's surprise huge hit with the "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries, broadcasters have been looking for another chapter of American history that resonates the same way: familiar but not too familiar.
This four-hour miniseries, starring Emile Hirsch ("Into the Wild") and Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias"), was in the works before the History hit. It has a cinematic feel and takes a few risks, particularly with showing Clyde's sixth sense and Bonnie's hysteria and presenting the story in a leisurely fashion.
"It is a morality story and has some parallels to our modern era," Hirsch tells Zap2it. "They were almost the original reality TV stars. They were playing out their lives in the media, »
The level of self important malarky and "the King has no clothes" syndrome afflicting Kanye West and Kim Kardashian has reached new heights in pop culture. The royal couple of the celeb bullsh*t news released a new music video, “Bound 2,” where we get a two-fer: Kardashian flaunts her post-baby body again (her middle finger to all you fat ankle haters) and West drives his motorcycle across a Thelma and Louise-esque backdrop. Kardashian straddles West as they ride this motorcycle together. The song is a bizarre pastiche of noises somehow looped together thanks to auto-tune and Khloe Kardashian's eyelash glue. Sean O’Neal, writing for A.V. Club, summed it up for us: "As they race across America’s most majestic screensavers, »
- April Neale
Odd List Ryan Lambie 20 Nov 2013 - 06:57
The constantly busy Ridley Scott always has lots of potential films in production, so here's a look at what he might be up to next...
Since his debut in 1977 with the historical drama, The Duellists, director Ridley Scott has gradually built up an eclectic body of work. His Hollywood career began with the stunning one-two sci-fi punch of Alien and Blade Runner, before heading off into fantasy (Legend), thrillers (Someone To Watch Over Me, Black Rain) and road-trip drama (the Oscar-winning Thelma And Louise).
As James Clayton pointed out in his recent Friday column, the 70-something Sir Ridley shows no sign of slowing down, and if anything, his slate of forthcoming films is somewhat bewildering - in what seems like every other interview, the director will mention another project of one sort or another, which makes working out what he's likely to be »
The Him & Her and Bad Education star on her televisual goods and duds
I'm really into Mad Men and The Killing, the Danish version. Sometimes you have a weird loyalty to a show. I remember a couple of episodes of Mad Men where we were like, "Oh, come on!" And then it triumphed in the season finale.
I don't watch The X Factor and I don't watch Keith Lemon. Not for any snobby reason – I mean, I like the Kardashians – I just don't find them very entertaining. I don't know if I'm bored or just really sad when I watch them. What's scary is that you end up missing out on cultural reference points because these characters almost become folklore. You want to be down with the kids but you've got to have a bit of quality control in your life.
There was a »
- Gwilym Mumford
With shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story scooping up high ratings and accolades like they’re going out of style, there’s no doubt that horror is dominating TV right now. It’s even becoming a big time trend to turn popular horror movies into their own series’, with spin-offs of Psycho and Silence of the Lambs already moving into their second seasons and others based on The Shining, Scream, The Exorcist and From Dusk Till Dawn currently in the works.
That said, the road to success hasn’t always been an easy one, when it comes to TV adaptations of beloved horror flicks. Over the years we’ve seen many of them come and go, either failing to catch on with audiences the way shows like Bates Motel and Hannibal have or even failing to ever find their way in front of the cameras.
Today, we »
- John Squires
Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of The Counselor last week, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Ridley Scott as director.
Although Ridley Scott’s career may not have as many hits as Speilberg’s or Scorsese’s despite being active for just as long, his work has influenced the art of filmmaking just as much. While Speilberg may have blazed trails with his storytelling and Scorsese with his characters, Ridley Scott made waves due to the sensory impact of his movies on their audiences. Like George Lucas, Scott understood the importance of visual and audio stimulation and how these attributes could be used as impactful film making tools. While Lucas’ work resulted in raising audience’s expectations for special effects, Ridley Scott’s work has raised audiences’ expectations »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Football: Kuban Krasnodar vs Swansea City
This season's Europa League has had British clubs clocking up the air miles, with Tottenham, Swansea and Wigan all handed groups featuring Russian opponents. Tonight, it's the turn of Swansea and Wigan to venture east. ITV4 has coverage of the Swans' trip to face a Kuban Krasnodar side featuring former Sunderland, Liverpool and Qpr forward Djibril Cissé, scorer of a last-minute equaliser in the return fixture a fortnight ago. Tottenham vs Sheriff Tiraspol follows. Gwilym Mumford
In perhaps the greatest motoring overcompensation since Thelma and Louise employed drastic measures to dodge community service, Glen sponges down his guilt following a one-nighter with fellow trucker Wendy by proposing to oblivious girlfriend Caroline. Back at Banks of England, Martin is finally ready to declare his fondness for Michelle, »
- Gwilym Mumford, Mark Jones, Rachel Aroesti, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Hannah J Davies, Julia Raeside, Martin Skegg
Ted Buchanan, on the face of it, is a multi-tasking genius. He's a master at selling computer software, out-performing his colleagues at work. “Nobody beats The Machine,” frowns downcast walrus-moustached colleague Neal. “Guy's a genius.” He's a whizz at mini golf. He's also a dab hand in the kitchen, conjuring all sorts of culinary treats such as buns, cookies and mini pizzas. Remember, cooking kids, use a cast iron skillet to fry pizzas in herbs and olive oil. “No room for compromise there!”
So why is Buffy so down on poor old Ted? Granted, he has a dubious mullet that makes him look a bit like a soft rock star from 1977, but beyond this, there's no reason for all this Buchanan Bile. Well, apart from the fact that he's made some fast moves on her mother, Joyce. Having met her at the gallery, Ted has swept Joyce off her feet with his cooking, »
I never know how early to arrive to line up for an Aff panel; I tend to err on the side of caution and was downtown an hour before the first panels I wanted to attend. Before "A Conversation with Callie Khouri" began on Sunday morning, I actually saw her in the bathroom. Yes, I stopped myself from asking when Avery and Juliette will finally hook up on Nashville (but inquiring minds want to know!) -- and didn't even ask her about it during the panel itself.
Ben Blacker (creator of the Nerdist Writers Panel podcast) led the interview with Khouri, who told us about her childhood in Kentucky (after her birth in San Antonio). She read a lot for stimulation, but as for writing, "I never thought it was something I could do."
Khouri wrote Thelma and Louise in six months after living and working in L.A. for a time. »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Ridley Scott as a director doesn't need much introduction to contemporary film goers. His body of work over the past thirty years has produced two consensus sci-fi classics (Alien, Blade Runner) , an Academy Award winning epic (Gladiator), two well-constructed war films (GI Jane, Black Hawk Down), even a crowd-pleasing, subversive action romance (Thelma and Louise).
- Jason Stewart
Written by Cormac McCarthy
Directed by Ridley Scott
In his later years, the novelist Cormac McCarthy has circled like a vulture around the theme of death, specifically its inevitable grip on humanity. No Country for Old Men and The Road presented very different worlds, both filled with men trying desperately to withstand the inexorable hand of the reaper, and eventually realizing that there wasn’t much left but to give into what comes for us all. Such an existential fear is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the foundation of McCarthy’s newest foray, his screenplay for the crime thriller The Counselor. Its director is the prolific Ridley Scott, and its cast is impressively stacked, but this is a McCarthy story through and through, which is mostly heartening news.
- Josh Spiegel
It's no secret that Austin Film Festival has a stellar lineup this year. Although we here at Slackerwood are always eager to tell you our top picks for upcoming films, we thought we would switch it up a bit by also telling you a little about the conference panels we are most excited to attend.
Aff left no stone unturned with their lineup of speakers and presenters for this year's 20th anniversary celebration. If you know anyone on the Aff staff, you know how long and hard they worked to bring you these stellar writers, actors and filmmakers. The awardees alone are names to be marveled at: Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad, The X-Files) will receive the Outstanding Television Writer Award; Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award (to be presented by Paul Thomas Anderson); Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise, Nashville) will »
- Marcelena Mayhorn
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