17 items from 2016
Chicago – After he reigned as the father in the classic 1979 film “Breaking Away,” actor Paul Dooley suddenly became everyone’s Dad – and by everyone that meant Molly Ringwald (“Sixteen Candles”), Julia Roberts (“Runaway Bride”) and Helen Hunt (“Mad About You”). He tells all in Part Two of a comprehensive interview.
The former “Paul Brown’ was born in West Virginia, and studied acting at West Virginia University, before heading to New York City and a new career as Paul Dooley. He did stage work, stand-up comedy and the New York City version of The Second City. He got his big break in the original stage version of “The Odd Couple” in 1965, directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. While working the stage, he appeared in a number of commercials, eventually moving to Los Angeles to “be where the action is.”
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Chicago – If there ever was a quintessential “Dad” in movies of the last generation, it would have to be Paul Dooley. The comedian and character actor is best known for portraying the patriarch in “Breaking Away” (1979) and “Sixteen Candles” (1984), but was also in director’s Robert Altman’s ‘ensemble’ and has had a stellar career.
The former “Paul Brown” was born in West Virginia, and studied acting at West Virginia University, before heading to New York City and a new career as Paul Dooley. He did stage work, stand-up comedy and the New York City version of The Second City (story below), before getting his big break in the original stage version of “The Odd Couple” in 1965, directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. While working the stage, he appeared in a number of commercials, eventually moving to Los Angeles to “be where the action is.”
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Mark and Aaron welcome old friend, Doug McCambridge to talk about Robert Altman’s “Don’t call it a” comeback film. We touch on the opening tracking shot, what Altman is saying about Hollywood, and yes, we even go into the ending — or both of them. On top of that, we give some tidbits on how to be economical with the Barnes & Noble Criterion Sale.
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A Hollywood studio executive with a shaky moral compass (Tim Robbins) finds himself caught up in a criminal situation that would be right at home in one of his movie projects, in this biting industry satire from Robert Altman. Mixing elements of film noir with sly insider comedy, The Player, based on a novel by Michael Tolkin, functions as both a nifty stylish murder story and a commentary on its own making, and it is stocked with a heroic supporting cast (Peter Gallagher, »
- Aaron West
In this episode of CriterionCast Chronicles, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee, Arik Devens, and Mark Hurne to discuss the Criterion Collection releases for May 2016.
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- Ryan Gallagher
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- The Film Stage
Robert Altman's murder tale reeks of insider access and Hollywood hipster Bs; its main claim to greatness is its fifty-plus star cameos. It may no longer seem as smart as it looked in 1992, but they don't make 'em any slicker than this. The Player Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 812 1992 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 24, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lyle Lovett. Cinematography Jean Lépine Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Michael Tolkin from his novel Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler Directed by Robert Altman
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Robert Altman's filmography is undergoing what looks like a full retrospective through Criterion; even the 1975 title Nashville came out not long ago. This very successful later picture marks a revitalization of the director's career. It's sort of a Kafkaesque spin on Hail, »
- Glenn Erickson
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Michael Bay)
For better or worse, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is the purest distillation of Michael Bay’s cinematic voice. Bay’s favorite themes recur here from his brand of cheerleading GI Joe patriotism to righteous bloodlust to endlessly off-color non-sequiturs. And years of carpet bombing criticism targeted at his continued lack of political correctness and subtlety have »
- The Film Stage
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A Married Woman is an often overlooked masterwork from Godard’s most productive period. The plot appears to be simple: Charlotte (Macha Méril) is a young married woman having an affair with an actor. When she discovers that she is pregnant, she must decide which man is the father and which man she will stay with. In Godard’s hands, however, the film, described as a film about a woman’s beauty and the ugliness of her world, »
- The Film Stage
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
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Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana lead a band of brothers on the high sea in this action thriller based on the true story of a 1952 U.S. Coast Guard rescue. Check it out on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and On-Demand on May 24. There's a ton of great bonus footage including the new documentary "Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story"; "Brotherhood," with the cast members reflecting on the bonds they forged during the shoot; "Two Crews," with Chris Pine and Casey Affleck sharing insights into Bernie Webber and Ray Sybert; behind-the-scenes interviews with real U.S. Coast Guard members; and new deleted scenes.
- Gina Carbone
The opening shot of a movie is the audience's first impression, and we've all been told how important first impressions can be. These are our picks for the best 10 opening shots of feature films.
Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of brighter days than to celebrate the best film beginnings of all time! Check back all month long as we look at the films with the best beginnings.
Check out last week's article from this series here: The 10 Best Opening Title Sequences in Film
First impressions are important, and that’s why the opening shot of a film is not to be taken lightly. More than any other shot in a film, this is the one that audiences will pay attention to the most. Before they are invested in a story or distracted by their love or hate for the characters, they are going »
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The Player, 1992.
Directed by Robert Altman.
A Hollywood executive is delivered a death threat and seeks to track down the screenwriter who sent it…
Hail Caesar! received a considerable amount of praise in the last few weeks but, alas, I was no fan. As part of the Nfts ‘Passport to Cinema’ season at the BFI, thankfully Robert Altman’s The Player was screened and it easily surpassed my limited appreciation of Hail, Caesar! Both films are tinsel town tales of crime, intrigue and the corrupt business of show business. The Player, starring Tim Robbins as Hollywood exec Griffin Mill, has a list of cameos longer than Zoolander 2 and yet remains a thought-provoking dramedy that only becomes more relevant with age. In twenty years, when studios embrace (opposed to »
- Simon Columb
Kathryn Reed Altman, widow of filmmaker Robert Altman, died on Wednesday at the age of 91. The former showgirl and occasional actress died of a heart attack in her Santa Monica, California, home, nearly a decade after the death of her husband in November 2006. She was married to the director for 46 years, in which time he received seven Oscar nominations and an Honorary Academy Award for his work on films including “M*A*S*H,” “The Player” and “Gosford Park.” Also read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2016 (Photos) After her husband’s death, Altman worked to preserve his legacy, publishing the memoir “Altman” in 2014 with Giulia. »
- Reid Nakamura
Nick Wechsler‘s years of dealing with duplicitous Hamptonites will serve him well in his next endeavor.
RelatedPilot Season ’16: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
The former Revenge star has been cast in the Fox drama pilot Recon, which follows a rookie FBI agent (Revolution‘s Tracy Spiridakos) who embeds herself in a suspected terrorist family, TVLine has learned. Wechsler will play Freddie, a “skillful and hardworking FBI agent who struggles with moral conflict” while helping Spiridakos’ character in her mission.
After wrapping Revenge in 2015, Wechsler appeared on several episodes of NBC’s short-lived thriller The Player. »
Read More: Whit Stillman and Oscar Snub 'Phoenix' Coming to Criterion Collection This April The Criterion Collection is full of some of the most beloved films in history, and their new additions certainly fit that bill as "The Player" from Robert Altman and "Easy Rider" from Dennis Hopper get ready to join the esteemed catalogue this May. The two aforementioned titles will be joined by more celebrated films from Wim Wenders, Kaneto Shindo and Nicholas Ray. Take a look at the exciting titles coming to the Criterion Collection this May below, with synopses and additional details and synopses provided from the collection. "The Road Trilogy" In the 1970s, Wim Wenders was among the first true international breakthrough artists of the revolutionary New German Cinema, a filmmaker whose fascination with the physical landscapes and emotional contours of the open road proved to be universal. In the middle of that decade, Wenders embarked on a. »
- Nix Santos
It's time to start budgeting for the next wave of Criterion releases. The boutique home-video label have unveiled their slate for May, and it's even more impressive than usual, with some true treats for cinema buffs. So you might want to start clearing some space on your shelves. The big attraction of the month is the release of Wim Wenders' Road Trilogy. Comprised of "Alice In The Cities," "Wrong Move," and "Kings Of The Road," these are a terrific trio of early works by the director, and for those only familiar with his more recent films, they may be surprised by their looseness and how much different in tone they are. Criterion will be bulking up the box set with shorts "Same Player Shoots Again" and "Silver City Revisited," plus audio commentaries, interviews, and more. Read More: The Essentials: The 10 Best Wim Wenders Films Shifting gears, Robert Altman's »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“We are grateful for Claudia’s pioneering role as one of Searchlight’s first executives and her tireless efforts making Fox Searchlight a powerhouse in independent film,” said Utley and Gilula in the announcement. “Her leadership over the last two decades has resulted in a track record of success including films such as ‘Birdman,’ ‘Wild,’ ‘Black Swan,’ ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,’ ‘Juno’ and the company’s first ever Best Picture nominee ‘The Full Monty.’ Claudia’s keen insight and creativity will surely be missed. We wish her all the »
- Dave McNary
Prohibited from reporting on Hollywood by her lucrative settlement with new Indiewire owner Penske Media, Finke has been focusing on finding material for her short fiction website Hollywood Dementia ("Come for the cynicism, stay for the subversion"), which went live last August. Her highest-profile get so far should pique any fan of Robert Altman's jet-black 1992 classic "The Player," which was adapted by screenwriter Michael Tolkin from his own novel. On Monday, Tolkin debuted his latest work, excerpted in-progress, on Finke's site. After its launch, Hollywood Dementia dispensed with its initial Andrew Sullivan-style TinyPass model of requiring readers to pay $1 to $3 per story and moved toward an advertising model, because the studios still seek Finke's sizable fan base (288k Twitter followers and counting). There's a For Your Consideration banner for "The Martian" on the site now along with a large PayPal button for donations (in the »
- Matt Brennan
17 items from 2016
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