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The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
Over the course of his career, Quentin Tarantino has not hurt for any critical/academic deconstruction of his work, but he’s only rarely celebrated for something so specific as his “driving shots.” The below supercut focuses solely on all the shots in Tarantino’s filmography that take place in or around modes of transportation. Running a breezy two-and-a-half minutes, “Tarantino: The Driving Shots” from Jacob T. Swinney covers everything from the rear projection driving shots in “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” to the period stylings of “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained” (which, despite not containing a single motor vehicle, is still represented in the supercut). The video goes to show not only how simple driving shots can be but also how they can be fertile ground to continue implementing your aesthetic as a director. Watch “Tarantino: The Driving Shots” below, then do some driving afterward while listening to pop music from the 70s. »
- Cain Rodriguez
At some point – perhaps around the mid-nineties when he banged out roles in films as varied as "Pulp Fiction" and "Excess Baggage," maybe when he voiced his need for more cowbell in 2000, who’s to say, really – Christopher Walken entered an actorly realm of self-parody that few stars are ever able to fully escape. What set Walken apart from the pack was the sense that he was in on the joke, that he was happily playing up his cadence and his dancing purely for our benefit, and that it had zero bearing on his actual (and profound) ability to leave that stuff behind when his work required him to do so. Yet that doesn’t dilute the pure pleasure of watching Walken marry those two ideals – the hammy Walken, the serious Walken – into one irrepressibly charming character in Robert Edwards’ darling “When I Live My Life Over Again.” Read More: »
- Kate Erbland
Directed by Vincenzo Natali
There is such a thing as “pre-critic” movies. These are the films that had a major psychic impact on a writer or thinker way before they have even considered (or even imagined) the possibility of having cinematic sensibilities or intellectual engagement with movies as art-objects. These movies tend to be pop culture touchstones; movies like the first Star Wars film or Ghostbusters or Pulp Fiction are common ones in part because of their ubiquity. But as with all generalizations, there are always outliers and oddities. One of my pre-critic movies, which I saw as a young man of fifteen on Canadian cable on a sunny Saturday afternoon, was Vincenzo Natali’s 1997 sci-fi horror film Cube. To this day, it remains one of my very favourite films, a scrappy little piece of government-funded genre weirdness that gets by on crack direction, »
- Derek Godin
John Travolta made his appearance on the "Late Show" a family affair! The 61-year-old actor brought his wife, Kelly Preston, and his son, Ben, to the taping of his late night appearance on Monday, where the little one made his big TV debut ... well, sort of. "I hope he's still here and hasn't gone over to Fallon," David Letterman joked. When the actress tried to bring the four-year-old on stage, he wiggled out her arms and ran off to the side. Even though Letterman and Travolta tried to get him to come out, Ben wouldn't budge! "I think there's a place for him on the staff," the late-night host said with a laugh. "What a beautiful kid. Oh my god!" Check out the cute clip below to see what else John said about Ben! Travolta has been creating a ton of buzz for recent comments surrounding the Church of Scientology. »
- tooFab Staff
Now the smoke has cleared following international television program market MipTV in Cannes, which wrapped on Thursday, the outline of some of the major trends can be made out.
One trend that has been evident for a while but was more pronounced than ever last week is that the major players are ramping up production of high-end drama.
“The original programming slate at Starz has been ramping up for last two years and is continuing to do,” Gene George, Starz exec VP, worldwide distribution said. “The number of episodes of original programming in Starz has near doubled in two years from 42 in 2013 to a projected 75-80 in 2015.”
It is the same story everywhere you look — BBC Worldwide, All3Media, ITV Global, FremantleMedia, and so on – the big-budget scripted show is king.
For many of these major players, the aim is to produce cinematic-quality dramas. One example was the A+E »
- Leo Barraclough and John Hopewell
While we're all excited about the forthcoming new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving shortly, let's not forget that there's a new Quentin Tarantino film coming later this year as well. The Hateful Eight is another western from the director of Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction, and now the teaser trailer that was attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For last year has officially surfaced online. Again, there's no film footage on display, but just a bunch of stylish title cards running through the title characters in the film. It'll have to do for now as we wait for any kind of first look from Tarantino's anticipated project. Here's the teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (via The Film Stage): The Hateful Eight is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, »
- Ethan Anderton
Sci-fi anime space opera Space Dandy is on UK Netflix now. Ryan explains why it’s essential viewing, and shares his favourite episodes...
Continuity. Character arcs. Sub-plots and cliffhangers. They’re the bones on which a lot of great TV’s draped - the elements that have us rushing back to our favourite shows week after week, whether it’s House Of Cards, Attack On Titan or Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
But can a TV show blithely shun things like continuity and recognisable character arcs and still provide something reliably amusing, thrilling, even moving? Space Dandy, the animated series from Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Shamploo director Shinichiro Watanabe, plays fast and loose with the episodic TV format, frequently giving continuity short shrift, yet the result is one of the most fascinating anime shows I’ve seen in years.
To quote the opening credits sequence, Space Dandy is a dandy in space: a preening, »
I — say — God — Damn!
The intravenous jab of callous madness, black comedy and strange unwholesome euphoria in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction hits me as hard now as when I first saw it 20 years ago. I sometimes think this is what it must have been like for record-buyers when Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel was released. It all first broke out at the Grand Théâtre Lumière at the Cannes film festival in 1994: Pulp Fiction was in competition, up against world cinema’s heavy-hitters: Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burnt By the Sun, Nanni Moretti’s Caro Diario, Edward Yang’s Confucian Confusion, and perhaps most prominently Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colours Red — widely tipped for the Palme D’Or. The jury president »
- Peter Bradshaw
A blockbuster rated PG-13 is destined to win the Golden Popcorn at the MTV Movie Awards this weekend, judging by the show’s recent winners. While R-rated awards season titles “American Sniper,” “Boyhood,” “Whiplash” and “Gone Girl” are all nominated for the top prize, the most likely winners are PG-13, including Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” and Jennifer Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.” Beginning in 1992, MTV’s first six Best Movie winners were all rated R, including “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “A Few Good Men,” “Menace II Society, »
- Jeff Sneider
Harvey Weinstein will not be charged in an incident in which a 22-year-old Italian model claimed he groped her during a meeting in Tribeca on March 27, prosecutors said on Friday.
“This case was taken seriously from the outset, with a thorough investigation conducted by our Sex Crimes Unit,” said Joan Vollero, spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. “After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported.”
Police questioned Weinstein the day after the alleged incident. The woman accused the Weinstein Co. boss of touching her breasts and hips, police confirmed. The Daily News, which broke the story, reported that the incident took place at around 6 p.m. Friday at the Tribeca Film Center. The Daily News later reported that police arranged for the woman to later call Weinstein and confront him about the incident.
Weinstein is a towering figure in the film world. »
- Ted Johnson and Ramin Setoodeh
We’re pleased to premiere this exclusive Kill Me Three Times clip. The dark comedy stars Simon Pegg as a hitman who comes to take out a target only to discover three tales of “mayhem, murder, blackmail and revenge.” As a fan of the red band trailer (along with the green band trailer) I've been looking forward to this film, which seems to be in league with the wonderful Seven Psychopaths when it comes to riffing on post Pulp Fiction 90's fare. This clip sort of backs this up, with Pegg's dashing assassin getting one over on his designated quarry. Check out the clip below. Magnet will release the picture on iTunes/On Demand March 26, 2015 and in theaters April 10, 2015. Kill Me Three Times also stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, and Bryan Brown. [complextv contentid="0yNDZndDoE_hpUkOxQ4lzzsJqdxLSObI" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Here’s the official synopsis for Kill Me Three Times: A »
- Evan Dickson
The dark drama follows a young dancer with a troubled past, Claire (played by Sarah Hay, “Black Swan”), who joins a prestigious New York ballet company. The series explores NYC through the ballerina’s eyes, as she navigates the dysfunctional yet glamorous world of ballet. Claire’s self-destructive and ambitious nature drive her in unforeseeable ways, especially when she is confronted by the company’s artistic director (played by Ben Daniels, “House of Cards”) and an unwelcome visitor from her past.
Alongside Hay, the cast is made up of 22 ballet dancers, including former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko, former American Ballet Theatre soloist Sascha Radetsky, Ballet Arizona company dancer Raychel Diane Weiner and Emily Tyra (“Boardwalk Empire”). Other cast members include Josh Helman (“X-Men: Days of Future Past »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Starz is adding to their slate of originals with a limited run series, Flesh and Bone, and it could end up being one of the biggest shows around when it finally hits on November 8th.
It has a lot going for it in terms of getting people interested and talking – Breaking Bad connection, dancer with a troubled past and lots of problems – and with the track record of focusing on quality shows, this one should really be amazing.
Take a look below, and mark your calendars.
Starz today announced that “Flesh and Bone,” the eight-hour limited series created by Emmy® award-winning “Breaking Bad” Writer and Executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett, will premiere on Sunday November 8, 2015.
Starz also released the key art for the limited series shot by photographer James Minchin.
- Marc Eastman
Uma Thurman's an ageless beauty! The actress was spotted soaking up the sun and swimming in the ocean while vacationing at the Standard Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida on Tuesday. The "Kill Bill" star put her fit physique on display in her black bikini as she hit the water with her 16-year-old daughter Maya-Thurman Hawke. The 44-year-old's reportedly dating hotel tycoon Andre Balazs, whose empire includes the Standard Hotel chain which can be found in major cities all across the U.S. It definitely looks like the actress is enjoying her time off! In October, Thurman and ex-hubby Ethan Hawke's daughter Maya made headlines while attending the premiere of the "Theory of Everything" with her famous momma. We can't believe how grown up she is now -- doesn't Maya look just like the "Pulp Fiction" star?! Thurman also shares a son with the "Boyhood" star, Levon Roan Hawke, »
- tooFab Staff
Academy Award winner Tatum O’Neal shows off her acting prowess once again in “Sweet Lorraine,” which will be available on VOD April 23. The Garden Thieves Pictures project is directed by Christopher C. Frieri and also stars Steven Bauer (“Ray Donovan,” “Scarface”), Peter Greene (“Pulp Fiction”) and Julianne Michelle (“Apartment 1303″). O’Neal plays Lorraine, a woman who will go to great lengths to see her husband become the mayor of their town. However, the journey leads her back into her old life. “Lorraine Beebie, the perfect minister’s wife in suburban New Jersey, has one goal: to see her husband as the mayor of the small town in which she has [ Read More ]
The post Tatum O’Neal Stars in Sweet Lorraine, Coming to VOD April 23 appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Bill Plympton, a two-time Oscar nominee for his slightly deranged hand-drawn animated films, returns to Kickstarter on Tuesday, seeking to raise $100,000 to finance his eighth feature-length film, Revengeance, co-produced with Jim Lujan, another animator who wrote the screenplay. He cited films such as The Big Lebowski, Inherent Vice and Pulp Fiction as thematic touchstones. According to a video Plympton and Lujan created for the crowdfunding campaign, the film follows… »
Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****Spoilers Ahead**** Dancing hitmen! Bible verses! Ball gags! Pulp Fiction is what happens when an absolute maniac throws traditional filmmaking out the window. Upon closer inspection, Tarantino's mystery for the modern era still hits the »
- Brian Bitner
Paris — Idris Elba has joined the roster of stars who are set to attend at Miptv, the Cannes-set confab which has grown into a popular showcase of premium content for all platforms.
Elba (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”) will attend Miptv to promote his documentary “Mandela, My Dad and Me” which is produced by his outfit Green Door Pictures, Woodcut Media and Shine North, and repped in international markets by Content Television.
Directed by Daniel Vernon, the one-off doc follows Elba on a journey of “self-exploration” in South Africa during the filming of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in which he starred as the political hero. The doc then chronicles the actor’s struggle to produce “Idris Elba presents Mi Mandela,” an album of South African music paying tribute to Mandela, while coping with the sudden death of his father, who was also his role model.
“I am delighted to »
- Elsa Keslassy
Random House announced Wednesday that they will publish a memoir written by Patricia Arquette. The Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress will focus on her life growing up in the storied Arquette family, which includes “Pulp Fiction” actress Rosanna Arquette and “Scream” star David Arquette. Arquette will also write about being a single mother at the age of 20 and her experience as a woman in Hollywood. She made waves at the Academy Awards when she spoke in favor of wage equality during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress. See Photos: Oscars 2015 Winners: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest,’ Eddie Remayne, »
- Joe Otterson
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