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At no point during his legendary Watergate interview with David Frost in 1977 did Richard Nixon ever weep openly, beg viewers for forgiveness, rend his garments in shame, or announce to Frost that he couldn't handle the truth. This is real life, not A Few Good Men or .And Justice For All. The Frost/Nixon interviews were dramatic, funny, and unlikely enough to inspire a Tony Award-winning play and now an acclaimed film, but it was a muted, almost subtle form of drama where painful emotions frequently hid behind thickets of legalese and technical arguments. As recounted in Frost/Nixon, international television personality David Frost took an enormous risk in paying disgraced former president Richard Nixon for a series of four exclusive interviews. Frost was overmatched and outmaneuvered in the early going, but staged a stunning comeback in a famed final interview where he genially hammered Nixon on his complicity in. »
- Nathan Rabin
Frost/Nixon is the latest masterwork from Ron Howard. For some, masterwork and Ron Howard have no business being in the same sentence but personally, I've been a fan for years. True, he's faltered a few times (Ed TV or DaVinci Code anyone?) but when he brings his A-game, he brings it in a big way. With Frost/Nixon, he's brought his A-game.
Based on the play by The Queen scribe Peter Morgan (who also penned the screenplay), Frost/Nixon recreates the famed interview between Australian TV show host David Frost, and disgraced President Richard Nixon. As the film opens, we're introduced to Frost, a most unlikely candidate for the interview of the decade. Known for his energy and charm, Frost never really was much of a hard news guy, making his involvement in this interview a bit puzzling. Puzzling enough to scare major networks from committing financial assistance. Ultimately though, »
Could this be the spoof savior? The one that makes us forget about the wretched influx of crappily made spoofs?
The Hollywood Reporter posts that Chevy Chase, Burt Reynolds, Vinnie Jones, Michael Madsen, and "Stuttering" John Melendez have signed on to spoof spoofs with Not Another Not Another Movie. The brainchild of David Murphy, the comedy will star Chase as the head of struggling studio who leaves the gig to his ex-con brother (Madsen). Then, "their equally inept gangster friend (Jones) takes over and assigns a production assistant (David Leo Schultz) to direct a spoof of spoof movies." Burt comes in as "an actor playing the director of the chaotic film within the film."
Oh, but there's more -- the film will be full of cameos that have actors playing themselves spoofing previous roles like Richard Tyson as the villain in Kindergarten Cop and Wolfgang Bodison as the marine on »
- Monika Bartyzel
Up until Election Day on November 4th, we'll be taking a look at one movie every day that involves an election, which gives us seven great political movies to discuss. With 6 days to go, let's start with movie #2! The American President (1995) Before he redefined political fiction and swept the Emmys year after year with The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin warmed up by writing a romantic comedy set in the White House. Michael Douglas plays President Andrew Shepherd, a widower and single father who falls for an environmental lobbyist played by Annette Bening. Rob Reiner directed the film, right after directing Sorkin’s first screenplay, A Few Good Men (let’s all just forget that North fiasco).
- Arya Ponto
Noah Emmerich makes a terrific sidekick. He has played Jim Carrey's devious cohort (The Truman Show), Jim Caviezel's understanding best friend (Frequency), and Kurt Russell's kindhearted assistant (Miracle). But in Pride and Glory, opening next week, Emmerich is nobody's buddy. In the film's tight-knit family of New York City cops — with the patriarch played by Oscar winner Jon Voight, his son-in-law by Colin Farrell, and his youngest son by Edward Norton — Emmerich is Francis Jr., the eldest son, caught in a web of police corruption. It's a plum role, and even Emmerich couldn't believe it when writer-director Gavin O'Connor offered it to him, despite his having appeared in both of the filmmaker's previous movies, Tumbleweeds and Miracle. "I read the script and was like, 'Oh my God, this is a starring role,'" Emmerich recalls. "I asked him, 'Are you sure you want me for this?' »
- Jenelle Riley
I'm a huge fan of Neil Labute. I didn't dig on Wicker Man so much, but his early stuff . most notably In the Company Men . is amazing. I find his provocative take on the darker side of human nature quite fascinating. With the new thriller Lakeview Terrace, Labute tries to balance an expose on race relations . think Crash . with the bravado of a commercial Hollywood thriller . think Unlawful Entry or Pacific Heights. It also has a lot in common with the underrated Dark Blue. The end result is a mixed bag.
It's a battle of wills as newly married couple Chris and Lisa Mattson . played by Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington . come face to face with their new neighbor, the abrasive and highly opinionated Abel Turner . played by a tense Samuel L. Jackson. It seems that Abel takes offense to their interracial romance, and he lets them know it in »
Clark Gregg has one of those faces; you've seen him in countless TV and film roles, usually looking serious and determined and carrying a gun. He's played enough cops, lawyers, and FBI agents — among them his recurring role as Agent Michael Casper on The West Wing and his appearance as the mysterious operative looking to recruit the title character in Iron Man — to start his own task force. It's a casting trend that amuses the 46-year-old Gregg and his friends. "I did kind of become the go-to guy for authority figures, which is something that everyone who knows me gets a really good laugh out of," he notes. "I guess I have an FBI face, I don't know."At any rate, it's one that is becoming increasingly familiar to audiences, thanks to turns in films like the aforementioned Iron Man and his regular role as the wry ex-husband to Julia Louis-Dreyfus »
- Jenelle Riley
Suranne Jones won a fistful of awards as feisty Karen McDonald in Corrie. Since waving goodbye to the Cobbles in 2004, she's played a bisexual sex therapist and Ray Winstone's detective sidekick, not to mention wowed the West End opposite Rob Lowe in A Few Good Men. This week sees her back on our screens as posh Dr. Martha Elliot in ITV1’s new medical serial Harley Street, a role that's light years away from her brassy alter ego. Read on to find out ten fascinating facts about primetime's newest alpha female. 1. Suranne was born Sarah-Anne, but adopted Suranne as her stage name in memory of her great grandma. 2. Suranne was a bit of a chatterbox as a child. "The priest used to pray for me not to talk so much because I was distracting the other kids," she recalls. "He used to say: 'I'm praying you can concentrate (more »
- By Beth Hilton
8 items from 2008
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