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The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (Ctd) hosts its tenth annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival and Short Film Competition this November 1 and 2 at the Alamo Drafthouse Village.
The Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival was founded in 2004 by Ctd staffer William Greer, with the goal to counter negative stereotypes about people with disabilities and to celebrate positive portrayals of disability culture. Since its inception, the festival has twice been awarded the Barbara Jordan Media Award for Special Contribution by an Organization.
Events from previous years have included a 2005 screening of What's Eating Gilbert Grape preceded by an interview with star Darlene Cates, an exclusive interview with Dr. Temple Grandin screened in conjunction with the 2009 feature Temple Grandin, and numerous other special guests.
You can buy tickets now for Friday, November 1 featuring the documentary Getting Up: The Tempt One Story -- about graffiti artist Tempt One -- and for Saturday, November »
- Mike Saulters
Talk about a Halloween treat!This weekend, the stars of the classic Disney flick "Hocus Pocus" reunited in Burbank to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary -- and we've got your first look at some awesome photos from inside the intimate affair.Thora Birch (Dani), Omri Katz (Max), Vinessa Shaw (Allison), Kathy Najimy (the hilarious Mary Sanderson) and Doug Jones (Billy Butcherson) were all on hand at the screening and Q&A -- an exclusive event for D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.Check out some photos from the event below:Thora Birch, now 31, posed for photos while wearing the exact same hat her character wore as part of her Halloween costume in the movie.Kathy Najimy posed next to Mary's costume, her cauldron and Winnie Sanderson's spell book. How great does she look these days?!Omri Katz, 37, took time to take photos with fans at the event, which was »
- tooFab Staff
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 10 Oct 2013 - 03:27
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1993...
What a year 1993 was. It saw the release of Star Fox on the Super Nintendo. Bill Clinton became president. Season three of Deep Space Nine premiered on Us television. UK politician Douglas Hurd visited Argentina. Cyndi Lauper released her album Hat Full Of Stars.
Aside from those earth shattering events, we'll probably remember 1993, in cinema terms, as the year Jurassic Park dominated the box office like an angry Tyrannosaurus. A true phenomenon, its profits doubled those of the second most watched film in 1993 cinemas, Mrs Doubtfire, and almost three times as much as the movie below that - the Harrison Ford thriller, The Fugitive.
But as ever, there was so much more to the 1993 movie landscape than dinosaurs and Robin Williams dressed as an old woman. »
Swedish thiller The Hypnotist has some good pedigree behind it. It is based on a novel by Lars Kepler, one of the stars of the new wave of Scandinavian crime fiction; it's directed by Lasse Hallström, whose previous films include What's Eating Gilbert Grape and The Cider House Rules, and it's Sweden's official entry for the Oscars. Luckily, this pedigree shows in a substantial, tight film that takes its time unfolding and yet keeps tension alive. Police detective Joona Linna is investigating the triple murder of a family; one son, Josef, is in a coma, and one estranged daughter is missing. Unable to find any clues, he calls upon a disgraced hypnotist, Erik Bark, to try and get an answer from the comatose son. But...
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It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
Want to see Johnny Depp age over 20 years in less than two minutes?! We've got you covered. The 50-year-old star's latest flick, The Lone Ranger, hit theaters today so we're taking a look back at Depp's countless red carpet appearances in honor of his most recent project. From the 1993 premiere of What's Eating Gilbert Grape to the 2013 premiere of The Lone Ranger, the A-list star has certainly evolved both as an actor and a style icon. A few of our favorite quotes over the course of Depp's career? "Am I romantic? I've seen Wuthering Heights 10 times," he confessed at the 1990 Edward Scissorhands premiere. "I don't watch myself onscreen. »
Helen Mirren is expected to take on the lead role in The Hundred-Foot Journey.
Set in France, the tale centres around the rivalry between a three star Michelin restaurant and a nearby Indian eatery.
Mirren is rumoured for the role of the high-class restaurant's chef Madame Mallory, who takes a shine to the son of the family of her enemies.
DreamWorks has said that a casting has not yet been made.
The Hundred-Foot Journey will begin shooting in the autumn.
Watch a trailer for Helen Mirren's forthcoming movie »
Director Lasse Hallstrom ventured into somewhat generic territory with the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven (though I've heard there's a rather shocking ending for this kind of story), but now he's taking on something that sounds interesting and original. Deadline has word that the What's Eating Gilbert Grape? director has been hired by DreamWorks to adapt The Hundred-Foot Journey, based on Richard C. Morais' novel of the same name. In addition, Helen Mirren is being lined up to take the lead role in a story that sounds a bit like Romeo & Juliet meets Harold and Maude set in the restaurant world. Read on! The story follows the rivalry between an Indian restaurant which sits like 100 feet away from an upscale three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, run by an eccentric and seemingly ruthless chef named Madame Mallory (Mirren). However, Mallory ends up forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the other restaurant. »
- Ethan Anderton
Here's our pick of his finest performances – what would you add to the list?
Whether you think of him as the modern day Robert De Niro or an overpraised Norman Lamont-lookalike (as people used to say), you can't deny that Leonardo DiCaprio has been in some excellent films in the course of his 20 year career – and was the obvious choice to take the title role in Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
We asked readers to nominate his greatest performances – and here's an attempt to narrow it down to five of the very best, with suggestions from @TomorrowsEnd, @esmehaycox, @bobbyblowdart, @BafflerMeal and @amyjkhan.
Sadly there's no room here for his film debut in Critters 3 – let us know what else you think should have made the list in the comment thread below. Warning: spoilers and adult content feature heavily in these clips.
Here's a notably »
- Adam Boult
While the critical response to Baz Luhrmann's lavish take on The Great Gatsby has been lukewarm, reviews have by and large praised Leonardo DiCaprio's central turn as the mysterious, tragic Jay Gatsby.
Digital Spy looks back on five of DiCaprio's most iconic performances.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
At the tender age of 19, DiCaprio earned his first Oscar nomination for Lasse Hallström's touching family drama. Playing the mentally retarded younger brother of Johnny Depp's put-upon Gilbert Grape, DiCaprio was deservedly singled out for praise by almost every critic despite being a virtual unknown. It's an intensely likeable and physically specific performance that elevates an otherwise predictable story.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Adapted from Jim Carroll's autobiographical novel, Scott Kalvert's drama tracked a high school basketball star's descent into drug addiction. The film debuted to decidedly mixed reviews, but again DiCaprio came out largely unscathed, with Rolling »
Leonardo DiCaprio plays "The Great Gatsby" this weekend ... and, like his onscreen counterpart, Leo comes from some pretty humble beginnings.Before he garnered critical acclaim in movies like "This Boy's Life," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "Romeo & Juliet" and, the biggest break of them all, "Titanic," Leo worked the small screen.The actor was added to the cast of "Growing Pains" in the show's final season, playing wayward teen Luke.The role quickly made him a staple of magazines like Bop and Tiger Beat and his appeal would only grow as he got older.Pretty crazy how successful he's been since!Check out the gallery above to see how he and the rest of the show's cast have aged since "Growing Pains" went off the air in 1992."The Great Gatsby" is in theaters now. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Featuring what could be one of Leonardo DiCaprio's most memorable roles to date, “The Great Gatsby” tells the tale of eccentric millionaire Jay Gatsby, whom everyone seems to know, but whom no one really knows much about. With that in mind, we've gathered up 18 lesser-known facts about the film's Oscar-nominated leading man. After a little digging, it turns out that DiCaprio may be as mysterious as the enigmatic Gatsby. 1. Leonardo DiCaprio was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. 2. He was born November 11, 1974. He's a Scorpio and was born in the Year of the Tiger. 3. His mother, Irmelin, is German. His father, George DiCaprio, is Italian. 4. His father was a comic-book artist. 5. His is an only child. 6. His middle name is Wilhelm, which is awesome. 7. He was named for the other famous Leonardo: Leonardo DaVinci. Before he was born, the story goes, DiCaprio's mother felt her baby kick for »
- Natasha Young
Leonardo DiCaprio's career has been pretty on point — you don't get to be Martin Scorsese's little muse by phoning in the rom-coms, ya dig? — but so far, he's been three for three no whammy when it comes to the Academy.
"The Great Gatsby" director Baz Lurhmann has spoken on the lack of gold statuettes upon his dear Romeo's nightstand and clearly agrees it's a grave Hollywood injustice which probably needs to be cured soon ... hint, hint.
Luhrmann told ComingSoon that he totally "agree[s]" with being shocked over DiCaprio's no-win situation.
"I'll tell you something else," Luhrmann said, "I don't think he's stepped off the mark in his life. What I mean is, if you have that much fame and if you have that much success, usually by now you're a nutcase. Usually, you're a legend, but you're also crazy. Because he's surrounded by… he's got continuity. When he »
- Amanda Bell
It's hard to believe Leonardo DiCaprio will turn 39 years old in November. It seems like not so long ago he was a fresh young face in the movie business. In the nearly 20 years since "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" was released, DiCaprio has appeared in over 20 movies, and has yet to take the time to slow down. He might now, though.
In an interview with Extra, DiCaprio says it might be time for a bit of a break. "To me, right now it's about getting a little breather -- getting some time off," he says, "Not a permanent break or not an indefinite period, but you know, just a few months off to do some other things." A few months doesn't sound so bad, considering Leo said in January that he was planning to take a "long, long break."
Though he may work a lot, DiCaprio has no complaints as he »
This week, Steven Spielberg's classic dinosaur thriller "Jurassic Park" gets rereleased in theaters –- in 3D! I vividly remember being in high school when it came out in the summer of 1993 and jumping out of my seat next to my best friends. It was an amazing year in theaters, with a mix of unforgettable Oscar-winning dramas ("Schindler's List," "Philadelphia," "The Piano"), hilarious comedies ("Mrs. Doubtfire," "Groundhog Day") and action flicks ("The Firm," "The Fugitive," "In the Line of Fire"). If you've got a tween or teen who has yet to see "Jurassic Park," get yourself to a theater, but if your clan isn't ready for lawyer-gobbling t-rexes and Samuel L. Jackson-chomping velociraptors, take a look at three more family friendly 20-year-old movies. Animated Classic - "Nightmare Before Christmas" (PG, 1993, 76 minutes) Netflix Amazon Instant iTunes Kids Will Love: The stop-motion animated Christmas-meets-Halloween musical is irresistible to kids who will »
- Sandie Chen
If you believe that fairies live at the bottom of the garden, then you might just find yourself in movie heaven (or a rubber room) with this whimsical yarn starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. Others will be left nonplussed by a story that casts the aforementioned as a married couple desperate to have a child and then find one, freshly sprouted from a hole in the front yard.
Garner gives a master-class in dewy-eyed melancholy in the opening stretch, but writer/director Peter Hedges is also quite practiced in the art of balancing sadness against dreamy optimism (with credits including Dan in Real Life and the script for What's Eating Gilbert Grape). Here, though, it's just a little too much to take when those dreams magically come to life in physical form. »
Director Lasse Hallström has had as long and diverse a career as practically any director working in and out of Hollywood today. He has been nominated for three Oscars, two for his work as a writer and director on My Life as a Dog and another for directing The Cider House Rules. He has also directed beloved films such as What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Chocolat, and, more recently, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Dear John and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The director returns to the world of author Nicholas Sparks for his latest drama Safe Haven, opening in theaters nationwide February 14. I recently had the chance to speak with the filmmaker over the phone about finding such a talented cast (Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders, David Lyons), shooting in the actual North Carolina town of Southport, »
Say it ain't so, Leo!
Leonardo DiCaprio may be about to disappear from our movie screens. The acclaimed actor told a German newspaper on Friday (Jan. 18) that he was ready to take a break from acting for awhile.
"I am a bit drained," DiCaprio explained to a reporter from the German newspaper, Bild. "I'm going to take a long, long break now. I've done three films in two years and I'm just worn out."
How does a star like DiCaprio plan to spend such leisure time? While the actor was not specific, he did mention environmental causes and a desire to "improve the world a bit."
Don't worry too much yet about a lack of Leo in our lives. In addition to his role in the critically acclaimed "Django Unchained," DiCaprio will appear in two other films this year. "The Great Gatsby" (from Baz Luhrmann) with the actor as Jay »
"I am a bit drained," Leonardo DiCaprio recently admitted to the German press. "I'm now going to take a long, long break. I’ve done three films in two years and I’m just worn out." The star has certainly earned it. He started his career as a child appearing in various commercials before moving into television roles. Remember him as the homeless kid that the Seaver family befriended on Growing Pains? Yeah, Leo's been doing this a really long time. At only 38 years old, DiCaprio has a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in The Aviator and three Academy Award nominations for Blood Diamond, The Aviator and What's Eating Gilbert Grape. He's also a committed environmentalist, outfitting himself with solar, electric, hybrid everything...
- Alison Nastasi
I have heard a lot of members in the Gold Derby forums saying that Leonardo DiCaprio either has been criminally snubbed by the academy or should have plenty more nominations by now. I have read comments from fans moping about how DiCaprio will never get an Oscar since he couldn't get nominated for "Django Unchained" as if it were the last DiCaprio movie that will ever get made. -Insertgroups:12- It's starting to irritate me a little bit. DiCaprio has been one of the most successful men in Hollywood, and his fortune at the Oscars should not be overshadowed by his box office draw. To get an Oscar nomination would certainly be an honor for any actor. To get two nominations is such a rare feat that only 72 living male actors have pulled that off, and to manage three nominations is an accomplishment only 39 living actors have done so. DiCaprio is among this last group, »
20 items from 2013
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