13 items from 2015
Miroslav Ondříček, a leading member of the Czech New Wave and Oscar-nominated cinematographer behind the camera on Amadeus, Silkwood, and A League of Their Own, has died at age 80. Born in Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, in 1934, Ondříček was a graduate of the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He began his career in film shooting documentaries and newsreel footage, before joining the Barrandov Studios training school in the late 1950s. It was at… »
Ondricek’s son David, who is also a filmmaker, announced the death to Czech television, though no cause was given.
Ondricek worked on more than 40 films in his career, about a dozen of which were shot in the U.S. He is perhaps best known for his work with friend Forman.
The two worked together on “Ragtime” and “Amadeus,” both garnering Oscar nominations for Ondricek for his cinematography. Ondricek won a BAFTA in 1984 for “Amadeus.” Ondricek and Forman, who currently lives in New York, also worked together on “Fireman’s Ball” early in Forman’s career and “Hair.”
- Alex Stedman
In a video that will make your whole day if not your whole week, legendary actor Tom Hanks appeared on The Late, Late Show with British un-funny man James Corden where the pair re-enact a large portion of Mr. Hank’s film roles including Forrest Gump, Big, Bachelor Party, The Money Pit, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch, Road to Perdition, Joe vs. The Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips, The Terminal, A League of Their Own, You’ve Got Mail, That Thing You Do, The Polar Express, Catch me if you Can, Cloud Atlas, The Green Mile, Larry Crowne, Castaway, Philadelphia, The Da Vinci Code, Saving Mr. Banks, Splash, Apollo 13 and the Toy Story trilogy.
Check out the video below:
Pretty cool, eh?
- Luke Owen
Tom Hanks has delivered countless tour de force performances throughout his career, but the actor outdid himself on the inaugural episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden Monday, recreating the bulk of his filmography in a hilarious, frantic segment with the new host.
In under eight minutes, Hanks and Corden blasted through classic moments in movies like Forrest Gump ("Life is like a box of chocolates"), A League of Their Own ("There's no crying in baseball!") and Big, during which the pair expertly recreated the "Down Down Baby" rap and dance. »
Only Perpetual Good Guy Tom Hanks would agree to such a beautifully elaborate sketch to help kick off James Corden's first night as Late Late Show host. It's a genius choice not to go chronologically, because jumping from A League of Their Own's "There's no crying in baseball!" to You've Got Mail's "Don't cry, Shopgirl," is a masterpiece in itself. »
- Lindsey Weber
Geena Davis and Arc Entertainment are organizing the event, taking place May 5-9 in the Arkansas city. The actress announced the event in January with the aim of highlighting diversity.
Cannon and producer O’Brien will co-host the festival’s closing-night awards show. O’Brien will also present her new documentary “The War Comes Home.”
The series “Geena and Friends” will reimagine memorable dialogue in the history of cinema. O’Donnell, who co-starred with Davis in “A League of Their Own,” will be among the guests and take part in a panel featuring female celebrities who manage their own film production companies.
De Niro will participate in a discussion following a screening of the documentary “Remembering the Artist,” about De Niro’s father, »
- Dave McNary
James Corden is nervous.
The launch of his “Late Late Show” on CBS is just weeks away, and he’s questioning everything. The set. The logo. His wardrobe. Himself.
“There’s good nerves and there’s bad nerves,” he says. “It’s good nerves that spur you on, and bad nerves that debilitate you. If I can find the good nerves, I’ll be very grateful.”
The 36-year-old British comedian knows he’s facing an uphill battle to win over American audiences — make that even introduce himself to them. He may have nearly 5 million Twitter followers, but as he is quick to point out, “They’re all back in the U.K.”
He also has to win over celebrities — and more crucially, publicists, so that he can land key bookings for his couch. Despite his many talents, he’s never hosted a talkshow of this scale before, so reps are understandably skittish, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Over the past week, we’ve been celebrating the losers — those talented filmmakers whom Oscar has foolishly overlooked. In this final entry, we ask the Zoltar Machine for a do-over. If you asked me specifically which Oscar-winning director should have their gold snatched away and given to Penny Marshall, I don’t know that I’d have an answer. The year she would have been eligible for Big, Barry Levinson won for Rain Man. The year she would have been eligible for Awakenings, Kevin Costner won for Dances With Wolves. The year she would have been eligible for A League of Their Own, Clint Eastwood won for Unforgiven. There’s no easy way to rewrite history and slide her name in where someone else’s was previously, although a case can easily be made that Big and Rain Man (the Best Picture of 1988) share near-identical emotional DNA. The following year, the »
- Scott Beggs
Doris Murphy and Dottie Hinson are together again! Geena Davis stopped by "The View" this week, were she and host Rosie O'Donnell channeled their former baseball player characters for one awesome Instagram pic. "We love this #Tbt - @Rosie and Geena Davis A #LeagueOfTheirOwn | #TheView #GeenaDavis #GreysAnatomy," "The View" captioned the candid snap. In the photo, Davis and O'Donnell are holding up baseballs as they smile for the camera together. While the 59-year-old blonde beauty was on hand to promote the last season of "Grey's Anatomy," all we can think about is Geena as the killer Peaches catcher from the 1992 flick. The classic movie follows the story of the first American all-female professional baseball team, which took place during World Ward II, while a large portion of the country's men were serving overseas. Tom Hanks, Madonna and Lori Petty also starred alongside Geena and Rosie -- we'd love to see »
- tooFab Staff
We love this #Tbt - @Rosie and Geena Davis A #LeagueOfTheirOwn | #TheView #GeenaDavis #GreysAnatomy A photo posted by The View (@abctheview) on Feb 5, 2015 at 8:40am Pst Dottie and Doris, together again! Jimmy Fallon's Saved by the Bell sketch wasn't the only cast reunion this week. ABC's The View also played host to a special get-together — between co-host Rosie O'Donnell and her A League of Their Own costar Geena Davis. Davis, now 59, stopped by The View on Thursday, Feb. 5, to chat about her new [...] »
There is something in the air that is bringing casts from '90s shows and movies back together again this week! Geena Davis appeared on The View Thursday to talk about the Bentonville Film Festival and her role on Grey's Anatomy, but her appearance also doubled as an unofficial A League of Their Own reunion! The 1992 baseball film also starred The View host Rosie O'Donnell, so the two actresses posed with baseballs to commemorate their big hit (pun totally intended). Geena and Rosie held up baseballs that each had a message written on them: "#BeOurBFF" and "@BvilleFilmFest." The talk show's social media team captioned the pic, "We love this #Tbt - @Rosie and Geena Davis A »
Taking public transportation on the bus in everyday life is essential for workers worldwide as we need to make that daily grinding trek to the workplace, shopping malls, school, doctor’s appointment or whatever our destination may be at the moment. In particular, there is a love/hate relationship with buses as it presents all sort of social challenges: anxiety, chattiness, impatience, friendliness, kindness, anti-socialism, invasive behavior, alienation, nervousness, sense of unity, etc.
Well in the world of movies the bus-related experience can be more colorful and adventurous for the imagination at heart. Thus, it brings up this prolonged thought: what is your favorite or memorable moments dealing with buses on the big screen? Does it compare adequately to the triumphs or tragedies that overshadow or downplay your dealings with real-life bus-related interaction?
In “All Aboard”: Top Ten Bus-Related Moments in the Movies we will look at a handful of selected scenes, »
- Frank Ochieng
40. Empire Records
Directed by: Allan Moyle
Ah, the coming-of-age story. There was no sub-genre more hijacked for a quick buck in the 1990′s. In between the good ones (“Dazed and Confused,” “Boyz in the Hood”), the cheesy ones (“She’s All That,” “She Drives Me Crazy”), and the under-appreciated ones (“The Man in the Moon,” “Angus”), there were the middling ones that, if anything, boasted a cast that would go on to bigger, better things. Enter “Empire Records,” which is not only a coming-of-age story, but one that takes place at a record store, no less. Talk about the double dip. The entire film takes place over the course of one day, focusing on the employees, played by Anthony Lapaglia, Ethan Embry, Renee Zellweger, Rory Cochrane, and Liv Tyler. The independent record store is in Delaware – the hot spot of American music – and sees Joe (Lapaglia) allowing night manager Lucas »
- Joshua Gaul
13 items from 2015
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