17 items from 2014
Clips of It’s A Wonderful Life appear in all sorts of TV shows and films, some predictable Christmas fare and some you might not expect…
Thanks to NBC’s long-standing tradition of airing Frank Capra’s 1946 festive fantasy drama every 24th of December, It’s A Wonderful Life has become a Stateside Christmas institution. The film’s story of a small town family man facing financial ruin being coaxed back from suicide by an angel who shows him how important he is to the world is now as festive as overspending and overeating.
Its ubiquity means that It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the first ports of call when shows and movies want to inject a festive feel into their fictional worlds, hence it having been subject to more on-screen references, quotes, parodies and homages than you can shake a jingle bell at. The Muppets, The Simpsons, »
Yesterday I had the chance to sit down and talk to Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Academy Award® winnerJamie Foxx about their upcoming film and new take on "Annie."
In the film Wallis stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) - advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Screen adaptations of the works of legendary British comic writer Alan Moore have been a bit of a mixed bag and have often differed considerably from the original work.
One that strayed quite far from the text was 2001's "From Hell". Moore's original 572-page, black-and-white work is his magnum opus - a serialised exploration of the Jack the Ripper murders that explores its themes to extraordinary lengths.
The Johnny Depp-film though bares no real relation beyond the title and subject matter, transforming the story into a more standard whodunit which pales compared to Moore's indulgent yet nonetheless astonishing creation.
Now, FX and producer Don Murphy ("Transformers," "Real Steel") are teaming for a new TV series adaptation of Moore's work which "Children of Men" screenwriter David Arata will pen. The plan is to turn this into an 'event series' with the much longer runtime than a two-hour movie allowing time »
- Garth Franklin
Howard Hughes movies (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in 'The Aviator') Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. Pt / 6 a.m. Et on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But what about "Howard Hughes movies"? Or rather, movies -- whether big-screen or made-for-television efforts -- featuring the visionary, eccentric, hypochondriac, compulsive-obsessive, all-American billionaire as a character? Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a dashing if somewhat unbalanced Hughes in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated The Aviator, other actors who have played Howard Hughes on film include the following: Tommy Lee Jones in William A. Graham's television movie The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), with Lee Purcell as silent film star Billie Dove, Tovah Feldshuh as Katharine Hepburn, »
- Andre Soares
Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:
Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
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Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.
Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.
Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.
The full list of jurors is below.
Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)
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Going to the movies is expensive, and in this economy there’s less incentive than usual to make it to the multiplex just for a couple hours of entertainment, especially when so much of it is just reruns on the big screen (another Dracula, seriously?) — never mind all the other complaints you all have about the theatrical experience. The movies should be seen as a getaway from our troubles, just as they were for much of the Great Depression, but this time around we have so many other options to keep us distracted. Well, what if there was a movie playing in theaters for free? Yeah, you’ll still have to pay for a babysitter, gas, parking and concessions, if those things apply, but the main event costs you nothing on October 20th when you go out to see a bunch of new movies by Adam McKay (Anchorman), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Steve »
- Christopher Campbell
Larenz Tate deals in "Dead Presidents" onscreen, but offscreen he has nothing to do with them ... which is why American Express is suing him.The "Menace II Society" star racked up more than $57K on his Amex card but didn't pay a Native American cent ... according to court docs obtained by TMZ.Amex claims in its lawsuit it's sent several demands for payment -- but got radio silence from the famous debtor.Amex wants $57,912.85.Maybe »
- TMZ Staff
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
"Menace II Society" actor Bill Duke -- guy delivered the classic line of the '93 flick -- thinks it's time to make it rain on Llws players, telling TMZ Sports the tykes deserve a cut of the cash.Duke was in Hollywood when we asked him about the notion that it's time to pay Llws players 'cause star players like Mo'ne Davis have made the tournament a multi-million dollar operation.Check out the clip -- »
- TMZ Staff
How many times as Samuel L. Jackson said "mother f*cker" in filmc According to The Huffington Post and this following supercut, 171 times in 27 different movies. Here's the breakdownd: School Daze (1988): 1 motherf*cker Jungle Fever (1991): 7 motherf*ckers Strictly Business (1991): 1 mother- what Menace II Society (1993): 5 motherf*ckers True Romance (1993): 4 motherf*ckers Fresh (1994): 1 motherf*cker Pulp Fiction (1994): 26 motherf*ckers Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995): 7 motherf*ckers Hard Eight (1996): 1 motherf*cker The Great White Hype (1996): 2 motherf*ckers The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996): 3 motherf*ckers Jackie Brown (1997): 37 motherf*ckers The Negotiator (1998): 2 motherf*ckers Rules of Engagement (2000): 5 motherf*ckers Shaft (2000): 13 motherf*ckers Formula 51 (2001): 6 motherf*ckers Basic (2003): 2 motherf*ckers In My Country (2004): 1 you mother- choke move Freedomland (2006): 1 motherf*cker, 1 brotherf*cker Snakes on a Plane 3 motherf*ckers Black Snake Moan (2006): 6 motherf*ckers Soul Men (2008): 24 motherf »
- Brad Brevet
Legendary actor Larenz Tate is super busy right now promoting his new USA show Rush along with the film Gun Hill, but luckily we both just happened to be in the same VH1 elevator on the same day. Whew!!!
I mean, he’s been one of my favorite actors since way back in his Menace II Society days, so how could I Not freak out? 20 years later and he still looks good — thanks to the apparent vampire blood running through his veins. (Whatever works, right?) I never thought I’d stalk him in an elevator, let alone get acting lessons and advice on how to play twins. Awesome! I think meeting Larenz Tate defiantly counts as a life moment for me. Woohoo!!!!
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Samuel L. Jackson has been a Jedi, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., a Pixar hero and a Menace II Society. But his greatest role, arguably, is that of Jules Winnfield in Quentin Tarantino.s Pulp Fiction. Those who remember every line of dialogue in Tarantino.s masterpiece likely can recite the passage Jules would reserve for those he was about to kill . and according to this clip (above) from The Graham Norton Show, Samuel L. Jackson remembers it word for word, as well. Writing like that helped Pulp Fiction win its sole Oscar at the Academy Awards, though Samuel L. Jackson did receive a nod in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category (where he lost to Martin Landau in Tim Burton.s gleefully bizarre Ed Wood). It.s fun to learn that actors hold on to memorable dialogue over time (so they can end »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Sleepaway Camp” — Scott Tobias at The Dissolve celebrates the cult majesty of the horror film footnote perhaps most famous for its shock value. “One of the many great comic sidebars to Sleepaway Camp is Arawak’s cigar-chomping, skirt-chasing, pastel-ensconced leader (Mike Kellin), who frets, after three corpses and counting, that no one will want to send their kids to Camp Arawak anymore. There’s really no end to the strange revelations and bits of business, some of which are foregrounded, and other of which demand repeat viewings.” “Why Mad Men Ended Its Season With a Lie” — Katey Rich at Vanity Fair digs into the all-singing, all-dancing, all-suited sales pitch that the best things in life are free. “Do Filmmakers Ever Change Their Mind About Their Own Documentary?” — Chris Campbell »
- Scott Beggs
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun. Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to. To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want »
- Drew McWeeny
Is it just me or are the MTV Movie Awards trying to be a little more respectable? Yeah, stuff like "Identity Thief" and "We're the Millers" picked up multiple nominations this morning, but prestige Oscar players "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" led the field with eight each, besting even "The Hunger Games." And Best Picture Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave" is in there for Movie of the Year. Color me surprised, that's all. No, no one around here is taking the MTV Movie Awards too seriously. I find myself endlessly fascinated by them, though, as a marker for, I don't know, youth progression? The "Twilight" years are thankfully behind us and we can all be happy for that (and boy was it a s**t-show for fans of that franchise when the final installment was mostly snubbed last year). The "Hunger Games" era doesn't seem to be so oppressive, »
- Kristopher Tapley
17 items from 2014
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