10 items from 2017
Hollywood is full of multi-hyphenates — singers who can act, actors who can sing, reality stars who can build makeup empires — but with so many stars constantly releasing new projects, it can be hard to keep up with every single that gets released.
Let us all take a moment then to remember these genuine jams from years past …
“Rumors” By Lindsay Lohan
Ahhh, 2004. A simpler time, when the greatest issue of our day was the great Lindsay vs. Hilary feud and all anyone ever wanted was to dance the night away to this jam about the struggles of being super famous. »
- Julia Emmanuele
Madrid — Santiago Segura, creator and star of the “Torrente” movie series and one of the Spanish-speaking world’s most popular comedians, is directing his first non-“Torrente” movie, a Spanish version of Nicolas Lopez’s Chilean smash-hit “No Filter.”
Spanish actress Marbel Verdú (“Belle Epoque,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) stars. The production, “Empowered,” went into production in Madrid this Monday and will shoot for seven weeks in the Spanish capital.
Segura and long-time producing partner Maria Luisa Gutierrez will produce out of Bowfinger Intl. Pictures, in co-production with Atresmedia Cine, the film arm of Spanish broadcast network Atresmedia. The film will also use a tax vehicle, Sin Filtro La Pelicula Aie. Movistar + has acquired Spanish pay TV rights; Warner Bros. Pictures International España will distribute in Spain.
Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl. has acquired international sales rights to Segura’s “Empowered.”
The deal comes as FilmSharks, which »
- John Hopewell
Author: Dave Roper
With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.
As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..
Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July, »
- Dave Roper
A new video looks beyond Fincher at the Evil Men Do
Sin, as defined by most major religions and moral institutions, is as old as man. It is inherent to our nature, because ultimately sin is self-serving, and at the end of the day we are all self-serving creatures. Wrath, pride, sloth, lust, envy, gluttony, greed — as opposed to the Ten Commandments of Christianity which include distinct acts like adultery and murder, the seven deadly sins are things of which most all of us are guilty of multiple times over. We’ve all committed them, even on a minor scale. Ever think someone has a nicer car than you? Envy. Ever gotten a touch of road rage? Wrath. Ever hit the snooze button more than once? Sloth.
These are petty examples to be sure, but they illustrate how commonplace the seven deadly sins are in our daily lives, and thus they prove why the seven deadly sins »
- H. Perry Horton
Oscar-winner Michael Douglas revealed the ups and downs in his film career during a live conversation with Ben Mankiewicz at the eighth annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Saturday. Held at Hollywood’s historic Montalban Theatre, the two-hour discussion covered everything from Douglas’s early television roles to his work on Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Here are some of the surprising highlights.
In 1969, Douglas made his feature debut in “Hail, Hero!” an obscure anti-war drama about a college student who joins the army during the Vietnam war. “Arthur Kennedy played my father, and in the movie he takes my long hair and he chops it all off,” Douglas said. “So I’m showing it to my dad (Kirk Douglas) and he said “You should go to my barber. There’s a way to do that so it looks halfway decent, so you won’t look like a total dork. »
- Matthew Chernov
As Pretty Little Liars winds down, Shay Mitchell‘s career is only just heating up. The actress not only has a spooky new film poised to hit theaters in the coming year, but she’s also just launched seven eyeshadow palettes in collaboration with Smashbox as part of her role as ambassador for the makeup brand, and has also teamed up with Songa Designs International to support their line of jewelry entirely produced by women in Rwanda. Recently, Mitchell traveled to Africa in order to meetwith the female artisans behind the brand – and squeezed in a cover interview and photo »
- Emily Kirkpatrick
The film, which screened at the Telluride and Toronto festivals last year, also stars Jason O’Mara and Beverly D’Angelo. Producers are Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis, Wendy Federman, Carl Moellenberg and Elliott Webb.
“Wakefield” is directed by Robin Swicord from her adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s short story, in which a successful suburbanite commuter vanishes without a trace and hides in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night. He secretly observes the lives of his wife (portrayed by Garner), children, and neighbors and slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family — he has left himself.
- Dave McNary
From its opening, traffic-stopping number to its romantic ending, La La Land is a love letter to the city of Los Angeles — as well as to the classic movie musicals of the ’40s and ’50s.
In his six-year quest to get the film — which earned a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations — made, director Damien Chazelle called upon those original MGM song and dance numbers for inspiration.
- Julia Emmanuele
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s musical romance (and EW’s favorite movie of 2016) is packing theaters in major cities across the country. Its earning power has been mighty impressive, guaranteeing that the film will be open for box office business at least until the Oscars in February, where the film leads all hopefuls with a record-tying 14 nominations.
Chazelle’s movie features a number of song and dance sequences that are both steeped in homage for old musicals and wondrously modern. In one scene, which drew inspiration from classic Hollywood »
You’d have to go all the way back to “Heavenly Creatures” to find a role that understands what actress Melanie Lynskey brings to the table as clearly as does Macon Blair’s “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.” And yet, the fact that it’s taken 20-odd years — this despite lead roles in such even-keel melodramas as “Hello I Must Be Going” and “Happy Christmas” along the way — for someone else to tap her good-girl-pushed-too-far potential is cause for celebration among the actress’s fans, who’ll have the chance to discover this odd-bird Netflix original on demand soon enough, as the company plans to release it via its online platform on Feb. 24.
This is the sort of fresh indie voice people come to Sundance to discover, and it’s an apt choice to open the 2017 festival, capturing a sort of “I’m as mad as hell, »
- Peter Debruge
10 items from 2017
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