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Ok, so you all know that a big, awful tornado went and destroyed a whole bunch of things in Oklahoma yesterday, and left death and homelessness and injury in its wide swath of destruction, right? Horrible, awful things that nobody should ever have to endure, and who everyone should pray for and send their positive thoughts and whatever else they can to heal this broken part of the world, right? (Please do that.) Well, Farrah Abraham, while there was apparently good intent behind what she said, is stupid. It's plain and simple -- she's stupid, and she makes fun of fat people in a backhanded kind of way (which is the worst kind of way, truth be told), and she's basically awful. She's stupid, though, if you're wondering what the main point of all that was. Here. Take this tweet for example: #Oklahoma Hurricane , Rip , Best Wishes #Sad #Help keek. »
- tooFab Staff
Before I continue with this post, take a look at this wackadoodle trailer for Robin Wright's new live action–animated movie The Congress, from Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman, which debuted at Cannes earlier this week and feels like the most uninhibitedly ambitious film of the festival so far.Okay, now we can talk, because the movie itself is even more out-there than what the trailer would have you believe. Picture a part-live-action, part-animated Yellow Submarine–esque version of Being John Malkovich (but starring Wright), combined with the Hollywood satire of Robert Altman's The Player and a dystopian futurist vision of the celebrity obsession depicted in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring (which also premiered at Cannes). Based on Stanislaw Lem's 1971 novel The Futurological Congress, it starts out with Robin Wright playing Robin Wright, an actress who starred in The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump, and »
- Jada Yuan
Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) has been working on The Congress for the better part of five years now, with the first footage of the film appearing online almost three years ago exactly. Now, the final product has premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Inspired by Stanislaw Lem's short story "The Futurological Congress", the film uses the idea that in the future hallucinogenic drugs will be used to replace reality, and Folman takes this thought to make a commentary on cinema and its potential demise at the hands of Hollywood overlords seeking new ways to remain stuck in the past rather than move forward into the future. In many ways The Congress creates a complicated, well worn circle where advancements in technology are being used to maintain a hold on the past rather than propel us into the future. Utilizing both live-action and animation, the film begins with Robin Wright »
- Brad Brevet
Harvey Weinstein previewed some of his company's most anticipated upcoming releases at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. He's made a habit of such previews, doing the same in 2012 for the Oscar-winning films "Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook." Last year, Weinstein said, was "as good as any year at Miramax" – the first film company run by Weinstein and his brother Bob.
Nicole Kidman, a jury member at the festival, was on hand to introduce footage of "Grace of Monaco," in which she stars as Kelly after wedding Prince Rainier III (played by Tim Roth). It looks to be the kind of grand, alluring performance that often leads to an Oscar nomination.
"She has to go to a jury meeting to hopefully decide which of »
Sky's Hannibal might have been more interesting with a bit more psychology and a bit less blood and guts
Hannibal (Sky Living)
The Apprentice (BBC1) | iPlayer
Life of Crime (ITV1) | ITVplayer
Murder on the Home Front (ITV1) | ITVplayer
Great Artists In Their Own Words (BBC4) | iPlayer
There are two ways of looking at the kind of psychologically rich and physiologically brutal fiction written by Thomas Harris, author of The Silence of the Lambs. The first is that it's a sort of cultural safety valve, a secure and harmless realm in which to explore the dark thoughts that haunt our nightmares. The second is that it's gruesome porn for sickos.
The more sophisticated understanding is obviously the former, but there's some queasy part of me that can't quite shake off the suspicion that the latter contains a kernel of truth. Given the popularity and critical acclaim these books have enjoyed, I »
- Andrew Anthony
Columbia Pictures has released the first trailer for Captain Phillips, director Paul Greengrass' (The Bourne Supremacy, Green Zone) adaptation of Richard Phillips' A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips, which tells the true story of the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the Us-flagged Mv Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Adapted for the screen by Billy Ray (State of Play, The Hunger Games), Captain Phillips stars two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) in the lead role, with a supporting cast that includes Catherine Keener (Capote, A Late Quartet), Max Martini (The Unit, Pacific Rim), Yul Vazquez (American Gangster, The A-Team) and Chris Mulkey (Cloverfield, Boardwalk Empire). Check out the first trailer here...
Captain Phillips is due for release on October 11th. »
- Flickering Myth
There has been nothing but positive feedback from the recent political drama that launched on Netflix. House Of Cards starred two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey plus a great cast in Robin Wright, Kara Mara and Corey Stoll to name a few. The series was also written by Beau Willimon and produced by Spacey and director David Fincher. We’ve not got the full details for the Home Entertainment release and let us tell you now, this is one you want to pick up!
Full details first below and scroll down for ways to pick your copy up! You can also check out their official Facebook page here.
House Of Cards: The Complete First Season
Available to Own on Blu-ray™ & DVD with UltraViolet™ June 10
Season One Features Special Collectible Packaging – Perfect for Father’s Day
London, UK. 07/05/2013 – Witness the power plays, sex and greed that motivate some of Washington »
- Dan Bullock
Tom Hanks may be gunning for Oscar No. 3! The Academy Award-winner of such films as "Forrest Gump" and "Philadelphia" is back in Oscar mode for the new true-life movie "Captain Phillips" where he stars as Maersk Alabama captain Richard Phillips who was taken hostage when his ship was captured by Somali pirates in 2009 -- the first U.S. ship hijacked since the 19th century. "Captain Phillips" is being released by Sony on Oct. 11 -- just in time for Oscar season!
Here's the trailer for "Captain Phillips":
"I can't go into my bag of tricks on this one," Daniels told THR back in January. "No urination, no baby falling down the stairs, no cursing at all. We only have one 'f--k,' which Lyndon Johnson gets. I felt like I directed the film in handcuffs and a muzzle."
Judge that for yourself by watching the first trailer for "The Butler." The film focuses on Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker) a service worker who was employed at the White House for 34 years, from the Eisenhower administration through Ronald Reagan's presidency. The time frame gives Daniels a chance to turn "The Butler" into a sprawling, "Forrest Gump"-like tour of history, with famous faces popping up all over the place as former presidents. (Of particular interest: John »
- Christopher Rosen
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
In celebration of moms on and off the silver screen, we’re taking a look at the most memorable movie moms for our quiz this week, just in time for Mother’s Day!
We love our movie moms, especially when they’re spouting gems of advice like “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get” like Mama Gump (Sally Field) in Forrest Gump. Of course, we like seeing some not-so-nice mothers too. As long as they’re not the ones tucking us in at night, we still love watching Serial Mom rule the roost and laugh as Danny DeVito plots his mother’s demise with Billy Crystal in Throw Momma From the Train.
In honour of moms good and bad, put your knowledge to the test in our Memorable Movie Moms quiz! »
- Rachel West
A Tropic Thunder reunion may be in the cards. Robert Downey Jr. has been trying to mount a new feature film version of Pinocchio for some time now, and most recently he had discussions with Tim Burton to possibly direct. The film is based on an idea by Downey himself, and the actor would tackle the role of Geppetto as well as produce the pic alongside wife Susan Downey. While on the Iron Man 3 press circuit, the actor recently hinted that his Tropic Thunder director Ben Stiller would be a great fit for the Pinocchio director’s chair, and now it appears that discussions between the two have materialized into something a bit more concrete. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, Stiller is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct Downey’s Pinocchio film. Apparently the actor has changed the direction of the pic creatively from what he had previously planned with Burton, »
- Adam Chitwood
Tony Awards 2013: Tom Hanks, Nora Ephron, Cicely Tyson, Tom Sturridge among nominees (photo: Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy) The Tony Awards 2013 nominations were announced earlier today. Missing in action is a whole array of film celebrities, though a few managed to be included in this year’s shortlist. (See also: “Tony Awards 2013: Scarlett Johansson, Sigourney Weaver, Jessica Chastain ‘Snubbed.’“) Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) is in the running for Best Actor in a Play for Lucky Guy, which is also up for the Best Play Tony Award. Written by Nora Ephron, who directed Hanks and Meg Ryan in two of their biggest box-office hits, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, Lucky Guy traces the rise, fall, and rebirth of New York tabloid columnist Mike McAlary. Ephron, among whose other film credits include the Meryl Streep / Amy Adams comedy Julie & Julia and, as a screenwriter, »
- Andre Soares
Tom Hanks received his first Tony Award nomination today for his leading role in Nora Ephron's play "Lucky Guy." Thanks to a flutter of responses on Twitter, we came to the realization that the Broadway nod brings Hollywood's golden boy one step closer to Egot status, a title reserved for individuals who have earned the 1-2-3-4 punch of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony win.
Much like Tracy Jordan, the beloved "30 Rock" character who aspired to Egot fame, Hanks has the opportunity to join the dozen other acting greats who have earned all four awards. Among them are Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg and composer Marvin Hamlisch.
All he needs to do is secure his Tony statue (he's up against theater veterans like Nathan Lane and David Hyde Pierce) and nab himself a Grammy soon after. Perhaps a spoken word album is in Hanks' future?
- Katherine Brooks
Tony Award 2013 nominations: Broadway-Hollywood connections include Sigourney Weaver, Tom Hanks, Paul Rudd, Bette Midler (photo: Sigourney Weaver in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike) The 2013 Tony Award nominations will be announced tomorrow, April 30. Among this year’s potential Tony nominees are a number of film-related performers, ranging from Academy Award nominees and winners such as Sigourney Weaver, Tom Hanks, and Jessica Chastain to The Avengers‘ Scarlett Johansson, Our Idiot Brother and Dinner for Schmucks‘ Paul Rudd, and Tom Cruise’s ex-wife Katie Holmes. Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) may be up for a Best Actor in a Play Tony Award for Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. Ephron, who died last year, directed Hanks in two of his biggest box-office hits: Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998), both co-starring Meg Ryan. Another potential Best Actor nominee is David Hyde Pierce (Nixon, Down with Love) for »
- Andre Soares
Film locations are rarely given much screen time. They are seen in a moment, establishing where the action takes place. They are no more than a beautiful backdrop, and the actual location may not be remembered. Yet there are some locations that become characters themselves on film.
Countless films have been shot on location in the Appalachian Mountains, on lush lakes, rivers, and, of course, the mountains. In a number of these films, the Mountains are integral to the story, whether their history, sheer expanse, or dramatic beauty.
The Fugitive, 1993
Despite the fact that Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) escapes while being transported to prison in Illinois, the famous train wreck scene was filmed on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. The remnants of the wreck still lie on Railroad property, crumpled and twisted. The film site can be visited today, either directly or by taking the Tuckasegee River Excursion, a »
- Katherine Springer
Autism awareness has steadily increased over the last decade. Though the public is far more educated on the topic than the past, a large misunderstanding still remains. The spectrum of autism is vast covering a variety of characteristics and behaviors, which may help explain why it has been handled so differently in films. Films like Rain Main present it with more of a comedic edge, while something like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close relies more on the dramatic aspects. Alonso Mayo’s The Story of Luke cuts the difference. The Story of Luke is small indie dramedy that puts a small twist on the coming of age tale. While the story is certainly familiar, its large amount of sincerity causes it to be touching tale of overcoming odds. This slice-of-life »
- Dan Clark
The CBS crime drama ended its ninth season in February, and the network hasn't indicated yet whether it will be renewed. While Sinise is no stranger to being in that position ("We've had that three years in a row now"), he's satisfied that the show's fans have been given some sense of closure, since his Detective Mac Taylor proposed to girlfriend Christine (Megan Dodds). And yes, she said, "Yes."
"If you look at the very first episode of Season 1," Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Sinise tells Zap2it, "Mac is identified as a 9/11 family member, a first responder who lost a loved one in the Twin Towers. He's grieving, and throughout that first season, he's dealing with some of the residual effects.
"Toward the end »
Changeling Game: Mehta’s Latest a Stodgy, Swollen Adaptation
A fictional narrative that attempts to recuperate an impressive fifty year historical timeline concerning relations between India and Pakistan, Deepa Mehta’s latest film, Midnight’s Children, is based on the celebrated novel by Salman Rushdie. In an effort to retain the magical essence of the film, Rushdie adapted his own novel for the screenplay, which unfortunately turns out to be more a curse than a blessing to the final product. While Mehta spins a satisfying set-up during the first half of the film, things fall miserably apart when our childhood protagonist reaches adulthood, and the attempt to turn this into the epic historical drama centered on catalyzing magical realism fails on all counts, and instead we are treated to a cornball rehash along the lines of Forrest Gump.
Narrated by Rushdie, serving as the omniscient voice of main character Saleem »
- Nicholas Bell
Tom Hanks is favored to win the Best Actor (Play) Tony Award for his Broadway debut in "Lucky Guy." He plays real-life journo Mike McClary in this valentine to Gotham penned by Hanks' pal, the late Nora Ephron ("Sleepless in Seattle"). The two-time Oscar champ ("Philadelphia," 1993; "Forrest Gump," 1994) has the backing of eight of our dozen experts: Martin Denton (NY Theatre), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), David Sheward (Back Stage), Doug Strassler (NY Press), Matt Windman (amNY) and Wayman Wong (NY Daily News). Related: What will win Best Play at the Tony Awards? Two of our experts -- Melissa Bernardo (EW) and Brian Lipton (Theatermania) -- expect Nathan Lane ("The Nance") to prevail for his performance as a closeted burlesque performer in the 1930s. L »
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