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Some time in the late 1990s, the music video director Mark Romanek approached his friend Trent Reznor to compose the score for his feature debut One Hour Photo, a thriller in which lab technician Robin Williams becomes obsessed with a suburban family. It was not the happiest time for Reznor, who was straining to complete the third Nine Inch Nails album and, he says, was about to "slip off a cliff of addiction". While things were still at the demo stage, he received an apologetic call from Romanek saying the studio was pressuring him to use a "real composer".
The physical evidence of how much has changed since those days is 34cm tall, gold-plated and stands on the mantelpiece of Reznor's house in Beverly Hills. »
- Dorian Lynskey
Actor Tom Sizemore is to write a candid memoir about his struggles with drug addiction. The Saving Private Ryan star rose to fame in movies including True Romance, Natural Born Killers and Heat in the 1990s. But he soon fell into cocaine and heroin addiction and at his lowest point was accused of domestic violence by Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. Now Sizemore has signed a deal with Atria Books to detail his life story in a new tome, which will be published in 2013, reports Deadline.com. In the book, the Black Hawk Down star will tell of his tough childhood in Detroit, and his rise to fame and subsequent relapse, which led to his appearance on American TV show Celebrity Rehab. He says, "I should have been dead many times over and honestly, I didn't know that I was going to come back from the bottom I dropped to. The »
Two-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson has never been wary of tackling controversial roles, with a resume that includes memorable turns as a psychopathic serial killer (Natural Born Killers), “Hustler” founder Larry Flynt (The People vs. Larry Flynt), a drag queen (Anger Management), a costumed vigilante (Defendor), and an officer who spends his days meeting the families of recently-deceased soldiers (The Messenger), among many others.
Harrelson has been earning a good deal of buzz during the early stages of the 2011 Oscar season for his performance in Rampart, a “dirty cop” drama that reunites the actor with his Messenger director, Oren Moverman, and features a script co-penned by James Ellroy, a celebrated crime drama author/screenwriter whose credits include the original L.A. Confidential novel and the movie Street Kings.
Here is the plot setup for Rampart:
Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Tom Sizemore, now sober after a long struggle with drug addiction, has signed a deal with Atria Books to write a Hollywood memoir about his gritty past and path to redemption. Sizemore, known for his roles in such films as Natural Born Killers and Saving Private Ryan (as well as a stint on Celebrity Rehab), saw his acting career sidelined by a crippling addiction to heroin that eventually landed him in jail. He'll write about that, and more, with co-author Anna David in the book, scheduled for release in 2013. "He's a total softie who cries openly, he reads
- Erin Carlson
Actor Tom Sizemore is jumping on the celebrity memoir trend to write a candid memoir about his struggles with drug addiction. The Saving Private Ryan star rose to fame in True Romance, Natural Born Killers and perhaps the most known being his portrayal of Michael Cheritto as an armed robber in the heist film Heat. [...]
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- Nick Martin
Actor Tom Sizemore is to write a candid memoir about his struggles with drug addiction.
But he soon fell into cocaine and heroin addiction and at his lowest point was accused of domestic violence by Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.
Now Sizemore has signed a deal with Atria Books to detail his life story in a new tome, which will be published in 2013, reports Deadline.com.
In the book, the Black Hawk Down star will tell of his tough childhood in Detroit, and his rise to fame and subsequent relapse, which led to his appearance on American TV show Celebrity Rehab.
He says, "I should have been dead many times over and honestly, I didn't know that I was going to come back from the bottom I dropped to. The fact that I'm now sober over two years - and that I'm acting as much as I did before - proves that people can overcome obstacles even when they're sure they can't.
"I hope that this book can inspire other people to never give up." »
The Brooklyn photographer's latest book, Redheaded Peckerwood, is strange and beautiful despite its subject – an epic killing spree that has haunted America since 1958
In January 1958, Charles Starkweather, a 20 year-old from Lincoln in Nebraska, and Caril Fugate, his 14-year-old girlfriend, embarked on a two-month killing spree that would result in the deaths of 10 people. Starkweather's first victims were Fugate's mother, stepfather and two-year-old sister. The couple hid the bodies, then holed up in Fugate's family home, discouraging visitors with a note pinned to the door that read: "Stay a Way Every Body is sick with the Flue."
When a relative grew suspicious and called the police, the couple fled – so beginning a deadly adventure that by turns mesmerised and appalled the American media and public. They were eventually captured in Douglas, Wyoming. Starkweather went to the electric chair in 1959 and Fugate began an 18-year sentence in Nebraska Correctional Centre for Women. »
- Sean O'Hagan
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"Based on their family histories, Woody Harrelson and James Ellroy were careening race-cars destined to collide," suggests Time's Richard Corliss. "Harrelson's father Charles was convicted of the 1979 murder of a federal judge on a contract from a drug dealer. Occasionally boasting that he killed John F Kennedy, Charles died in a supermax prison cell in Colorado four years ago. Ellroy's mother Jean was found strangled and dumped by a roadside in 1958. Her son, 10 at the time, believed the crime went unsolved because of police apathy in investigating it. That haunting suspicion propelled him into writing novels about cops and killers, including La Confidential, The Black Dahlia and American Tabloid (which climaxes in the Kennedy assassination), and a 1996 book, My Dark Places, that attempted to find the identity of his mother's murderer. So Harrelson's starring role as a wayward cop in Oren Moverman's Rampart, co-written by Ellroy from his story, »
Natural Born Killers star Juliette Lewis is slaying us with her killer bod. The Oscar-nominated actress looked lovely in Los Cabos as she strutted her stuff in a sexy turquoise two-piece today. The 38-year-old onetime love of Brad Pitt is enjoying a little rest and relaxation with friends and, prior to stripping down to her skimpy swimwear, she took a moment to pose for pics with some local musicians. "My new band...," Lewis tweeted along with a playful photo. "They think I have 'potential." Just gotta learn some more Spanish! Haha. Buenas noches from Cabo." Buenas noches, indeed. »
MTV News was lucky enough to head to the London set of the film back in January to chat with Ritchie and leading men Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law about the latest installment in their steam punk-esque, action-packed franchise. Ritchie said that this time around you can expect everything to be a bit more extreme because now he "knows the identity" of his colorful characters.
"I supposed I stuck my toe in the water creatively on the last one. I'm probably a little bit more confident about who these guys are," Ritchie said.
- Terri Schwartz
A few months back, we heard the main cast announced for Martin McDonagh's follow-up film to In Bruges, entitled Seven Psychopaths. Among those named was Mickey Rourke, although the actor has since had a change of heart on the project, to put it nicely. He recently called McDonagh a "jerkoff" and claimed the director "wanted a whole lot for nothing," so, needless to say, this is one film we won't be seeing him in. Luckily, Woody Harrelson has stepped up to take Rourke's role in the production, which began shooting this week. The cast also includes includes Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell,and Christopher Walken with Tom Waits and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) also recently joining, although their parts weren't specified. Seven Psychopaths will be a dark comedy in the vein of In Bruges, involving plenty of violence and bloodshed. The movie focuses on a struggling screenwriter (Ferrell) who »
Anyone familiar with the basic history of the MPAA ratings board could have predicted it before seeing the movie. Anyone familiar with the concept and players of Shame, Steve McQueen's NYC-based drama about a sex addict (Michael Fassbender) and his self-destructive sister (Carey Mulligan) could have predicted its eventual Nc-17 rating without seeing it. It's official now. I predicted this was coming the moment I first heard they were making the movie -- McQueen's previous picture Hunger didn't pull any punches so why would he, uh, pull any thrusting? -- but this shot of Michael Fassbender, naked, haunted and corpselike in his own bed -- I believe it is the film's first shot though perhaps my memory is tricking me? - confirmed it for me.
You see, it's always about the power of the images and what they suggest. Sexually, I mean. Show the ratings board any brutality and they won't flinch. »
- NATHANIEL R
There’s something oddly giddy about From Dusk Till Dawn from the outset, probably attributed to the amalgam of styles from the pairing of genre messiah Quentin Tarantino (who penned the picture, and stars in a supporting capacity) and Marmite-like director Robert Rodriguez; let’s be honest, you either love him or you hate him. Some believe him to be a master at toeing the line between style and substance, while others tote him as a shameless hack – a poor man’s Tarantino. Sure he’s made some shaky career choices since, but From Dusk Till Dawn remains an early flash of cinematic aptitude in a flourishing directorial career.
It begins as a Natural Born Killers-esque road movie from the perspectives of two brothers, Seth and Richie Gecko (George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino), as they flee to Mexico to escape punishment for a string of murders. Realising that subversion »
- Stuart Bedford
People have attempted to sue (and at times have even won) over all kinds of ridiculous things. Hollywood is no stranger to these frivolous lawsuits, like in 1996 when the family of a woman attempted to sue Oliver Stone and Warner Bros. after she was shot in a robbery they claimed was perpetrated as a direct result of Stone's Natural Born Killers (as you can imagine, that case was dismissed, but not until 2001). But this latest case, picked up from Movie City News (via Movies.com) involving a Detroit woman and Drive, may have sped to the top of the list of "Silliest Movie-Related Lawsuits of All Time." Read all the details below! According to moviegoer Sarah Deming, Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive did not meet the expectations she had for the film which she felt were set by the trailer, leading her to believe Drive was akin to more action-packed, »
- James Wallace
Jameson, the ‘Official Spirit of the BFI London Film Festival’ will be evoking the spirit of the 1920s with a pop-up cinematic speakeasy called the Jameson Apartment. Accessed via a secret door on Greek Street in London’s Soho, just off Leicester Square, the Jameson Apartment opens to the public on Wednesday 12th October for the duration of the Festival and will offer film enthusiasts a unique and unforgettable experience whilst enjoying a selection of Jameson’s best loved cult cocktails.
As the the ‘Official Spirit of the BFI London Film Festival’ and the official sponsor of the ‘Film on the Square’ screenings at the London Film Festival, Jameson have offered us Two tickets to the Lff screening of Rampart on October 15th to giveaway to you our wonderful readers!
Director Quentin Tarantino became an international icon with Pulp Fiction, his 1994 follow-up to Reservoir Dogs. The movie went onto define that particular decade in film, and stands as a work of true art that continues to serve as an inspiration to modern day cinema. On October 4th, this genre shattering classic, with its cool dialogue and hip pop cultural references, finally gets the hi-def treatment, as it arrives on Blu-ray for the first time. To celebrate this long-awaited release, we caught up with actress Rosanna Arquette to reminisce about her role as Jody, the piercing enthusiast who stands by while Vincent Vega (John Travolta) revives Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) with that iconic needle to the heart. Its one of the most remembered scenes in a movie chock-full of memorable scenes.
Here is our conversation.
Do you feel that Pulp Fiction is truly the defining movie of the 90s?
Rosanna Arquette: Oh, »
The couple married in 2007, but Dash filed for divorce in January 2010 and petitioned for a restraining order against Xuereb, who she claimed hit her in the "face, head and body" during their two-year marriage.
The couple had no children together, but Dash does have two kids from a previous relationship.
Dash can currently be seen as Valerie "Val" Stokes on VH1's "Single Ladies." She plays the owner of an Atlanta fashion boutique who is looking for a "good man."
Oh art -- how you imitate life. »
> on September 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.” src=”http://thefilmstage.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/LewisCrazyRocker.jpg” alt=”" width=”280″ height=”321″ />Juliette Lewis, star of Natural Born Killers (and one of the more enjoyably bad-ass elements of Whip It) is teaming with Chris Maybach and Patrick Cunningham of Maybach Entertainment (the company behind Martha Marcy May Marlene) to produce a documentary chronicling her parallel career as a rock star. [Variety]
Lewis is generally a welcome addition to most films – she’s known for taking smaller roles in comedies like Starsky & Hutch and Old School – but this seems like a vanity project on the surface. Not so, says Lewis, since “In music, your fan base is everything.”
She did convincingly portray a rock star in Kathryn Bigelow‘s underrated 1995 futuristic thriller Strange Days. So there’s that. There’s also the undeniable fact that she has over a hundred rock gigs under her belt, with Juliette and the Licks »
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Oscar-nominated actress Juliette Lewis quickly became one of the most recognizable names of the '90s, breaking out with "Cape Fear" and subsequently headlining films like Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers," Kathryn Bigelow's "Strange Days" and Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn." But in the new millennium, Hollywood often played second fiddle to a new side project, a rock band titled Juliette and the Licks. Now, according to Variety, Lewis is looking to complete a documentary about her life on the road, with an eye towards debuting at the Sundance Film Festival this coming January.
While not particularly well-known by the masses, the Licks had a small but dedicated international fanbase over their six years, producing a number of albums and playing hundreds of shows. The band was created by Lewis and Hole drummer Patty Schemel (herself the subject of a recent documentary), and along the way »
- Brian Jacks
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