19 items from 2016
Ralph Fiennes is never going to win an Oscar.
He’s too slippery, too snake-like, too hard to pin down. He plays cruelty for laughs, and uses humor to break your heart. He plays supporting roles with the all-consuming intensity of a lead, and lead roles with the evasiveness of someone who’s just passing through. He’s human category fraud.
But if Fiennes gets overlooked for his irrepressible work in Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash,” it won’t be because he was submitted in the wrong race; it’ll be because he appears to be having way too much fun for a drama. Nevertheless, his electric turn as barnstorming bon vivant Harry Hawkes is one of 2016’s best performances. It’s a dance-worthy distillation of everything that has made Fiennes such an enduring star over the last two decades, and — for all of its seeming frivolity — it will »
- David Ehrlich
Speaking in an interview with his grandson Dylan, Redford said he was “getting tired of acting” and the demands of being in front of camera.
He added that retirement from acting would allow him to direct and indulge one of his great loves, painting.
Redford’s comments came after his grandson asked him whether he ever thought about returning to painting.
“Yeah, a lot – and a lot lately because I’m getting tired of acting,” he replied. “I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take.
“At this point in my life, age 80, it’d give me more satisfaction because I’m not dependent on anybody. It’s just me, just the way »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Hollywood may be losing one of its most iconic actors to retirement in the near future. During a recent interview with his grandson Dylan, Robert Redford hinted that he's leaning towards retirement, since he's getting "tired" of acting. Here's what he had to say in this new interview, when Dylan Redford asks if he's ever considered a return to painting.
"Yeah, a lot-and a lot lately because I'm getting tired of acting. I'm an impatient person, so it's hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take. At this point in my life, age 80, it'd give me more satisfaction because I'm not dependent on anybody. It's just me, just the way it used to be, and so going back to sketching-that's sort of where my head is right now. So, I'm thinking of moving in that direction and not acting so much."
The actor wouldn't definitively »
Image via Marvel Studios
Hollywood is about to lose another great — well, sort of. Robert Redford is a name that has long been associated with quality films. From his part in classic movies like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, and All the President's Men — not to mention his work in founding the world famous Sundance Film Festival, where the more indie pictures thrive — he’s a man who will have a lasting impact on the industry long after he passes.
But before you get concerned, no, that’s not something we anticipate anytime soon. As great as Redford’s acting cache is, given his experience, he was bound to retire soon. Based on a recent interview with The Guardian, however, it sounds like that will be coming sooner rather than later.
“I’m getting tired of acting. I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for »
- Joseph Medina
After having made almost 80 films, one of the all-time greats, Robert Redford, has announced that he’ll be retiring from acting. His career his almost unparalleled in Hollywood, having delivered timeless classics like The Sting, All The President’s Men, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, among countless others. Even in his later years he was still doing excellent work in movies such as All is Lost and even Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Redford announced his retirement recently during an interview at the Walker Art Center, saying:
“I’m getting tired of acting. I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take,” he tells his grandson Dylan Redford in a recent career-spanning interview at Walker Art Center. “At this point in my life, age 80, it’d give me more satisfaction because I’m not dependent on anybody. »
- Mark Cassidy
Scott Cohen (Necessary Roughness) has joined the ensemble cast of Showtime's new hourlong comedy series I'm Dying Up Here in a recurring role, and David Paymer (Quiz Show), is set to guest star. From executive producer Jim Carrey, I'm Dying Up Here is set in L.A.'s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, during which the careers of many of the comedy superstars began. The series delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that are required to stand alone… »
Curious to know what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. But first, here are our editors' 10 must-see recommendations from below's incoming crop of movies: 1. Dazed and Confused (1993) 2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) 3. Three Kings (1999) 4. Dheepan (2015) 5. Quiz Show (1994) 6. Unforgiven (1992) 7. 13th (2016) Netflix Original 8. Mascots (2016) Netflix Original 9. Big Eyes (2014) 10. Jesus Camp (2006) Check out all of October's new Netflix releases -- as well as the films and TV shows expiring -- below. Avail...
Next month, Netflix offers up a big selection of films of all stripes — modern to classic, animated to live action, Best Picture winners to teen phenomenons — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch as soon as humanly possible, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic little binge. Enjoy.
The winner of four Oscars, including Best Picture, Clint Eastwood’s 1992 film “Unforgiven” is the last Western he directed and starred in, and he made it count. About an aging outlaw tasked with one final job, the film examines the myths of the West and how they’re perverted and distorted over time, as well as the contradictions within established national archetypes. It’s arguably Eastwood’s defining masterpiece, and one of the very best films of the 90s. See it immediately.
The 1993 cult classic “Dazed and Confused »
- Vikram Murthi
The comedian, actor and News Quiz host discussed bias at the BBC, his well-loved children’s television show, and the geography of Mozambique
Thanks very much for your questions. I think it's good that people throw in the odd snarky one - it makes it a bit more like real conversation! I'm sorry that I'm not Doctor Who or someone, but you know, there we are. Back to work everybody!
What was the programme you were recording near Teddington Lock about three years ago? Did it ever see the light of day? »
- Guardian Staff
Simon Brew Sep 2, 2016
Premiere magazine highlighted 10 movie executives to watch in 1990. So what happened to them?
In its May 1990 issue, the sadly-missed Us version of Premiere magazine published an article, highlighting ten young movie executives, and suggesting that these were people with very big futures ahead of them in the industry.
Given that much is written about movie executives, without actually digging much deeper to find out who they actually are, I thought it was worth tracing what happened to these ten, and – 26 years later – whether Premiere was correct in saluting them as the future of the industry. So, er, I did...
Senior production VP, Paramount Pictures
Pictured in the article on an office swivel chair with some snazzy purple socks, Lance Young, Premiere wrote, had been “groomed for big things since joining Paramount at the age of 23”. He was 30 at the time the article was published, and »
The play was published in 1998 with the title “The Hinge of the World: In Which Professor Galileo Galilei, Chief Mathematician and Philosopher to His Serene Highness the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and His Holiness Urban VIII Battle for the Soul of the World.”
Gulfstream partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley made the announcement Wednesday.
Goodwin’s story tackles a pivotal moment in history when the door of unquestionable faith was beginning to close and that of reason and science open, personified by the power struggle between the Italian mathematician, philosopher and astronomer Galileo Galilei and his arch-opponent and one-time-friend, Pope Urban VIII.
The story depicts how Galileo, with his newly discovered telescope, tries to convince the 17th century Pope that, contrary »
- Dave McNary
CNN has a variety of programs hosted by a diverse group of anchors. Some viewers prefer hosts with a legal background, such as Chris Cuomo, while others prefer polarizing figures such as Don Lemon. So who is the most popular? Here are CNN’s Top 10 daily news programs, based on total viewers during April 2016. “Morning Express” with Robin Meade is technically on CNN’s sister station, Hln, but she is often featured on CNN specials such as “Quiz Show” and averages 282,000 viewers. “Situation Room” with Wolf Blizter remains extremely popular, despite comedian Larry Wilmore ripping it at the recent White. »
- Brian Flood
In a blink of an eye it’ll be October. The air will turn crisp, the leaves will turn beautiful shades of orange, and you’ll get to crack out your favorite sweatshirt (unless you live in Los Angeles like me, in which case it’ll be 90 and you’ll sweat involuntarily). But rather than playing outside, what you really want to do is watch Netflix. October presents a whole new list of viewing opportunities with classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Patton. If you choose to skip a day of work, what could be better than Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Snow Day? And then there are no shortage of Netflix originals that are being added. The ones I’m looking most forward to are Mascots from Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap, Best in Show) and the third season of the under-appreciated Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show. For »
- David Eckstein
Despite portraying itself as television’s older and cooler sibling, movies have seemingly always had an obsession with TV and the industry at large. The often live aspect of news and the endless work that goes into television production can be very fascinating, and definitely makes for a good movie.
This week’s Money Monster is a movie about TV, and how impactful the medium can really be upon people’s lives. George Clooney stars as the host of a financial advice show who gets held up at gunpoint by a disgruntled client who lost his life’s savings. Julia Roberts stars as his horrified producer who attempts to control the situation.
This quiz covers all manner of movies about TV, from Broadcast News »
- Amanda Wood
Ralph Fiennes exploded onto the movie scene with an Oscar-nominated performance in Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” 23 years ago. Becoming a prestige mainstay in dramas like “Quiz Show,” “The English Patient,” “The End of the Affair” and “The Constant Gardener,” he established a bit of a brand for himself before his work as the villainous Voldemort in the “Harry Potter” series introduced him to a whole new genre and audience.
But with three recent films — Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!” and Luca Guadagnino ‘s “A Bigger Splash,” which opens May 4 — Fiennes may have found a new calling in comedy.
In “Grand Budapest” and “Hail, Caesar!,” it was the opportunity to play the straight man amid humorous circumstances that shined a light on the actor’s untapped wit. Martin McDonagh’s 2008 dark comedy “In Bruges” hinted at the quality, but curiously, it »
- Kristopher Tapley
Diverse, awe-inspiring and memorable treasures that have sadly fallen off the radar
The noughties were a tough decade for film music fans. Not only was there the unprecedented loss of four great masters in the form of Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Michael Kamen and Basil Poledouris; the nature of the industry itself began to go through some seismic changes, not all of them for the better.
With the art of film scoring becoming ever more processed, driven increasingly by ghost writers, electronic augmentation and temp tracks, prospects looked bleak. However, this shouldn’t shield the fact that there were some blindingly brilliant scores composed during this period. Here’s but a small sampling of them.
Michael Ballhaus, Berlin 2016. Image The Hollywood News/ Heathside Media
Here at Berlinale, a host of Martin Scorsese films have been showing at various venue across the city. The likes of Gangs Of New York, The Departed, The Age Of Innocence, and Goodfellas have screened to German and international film fans for a very specific reason. One thing ties all of these films together, and it isn’t just Martin Scorsese. Michael Ballhaus, the Berlin-bord cinematographer shot all of them, and this year at the 66th International Berlin Film Festival, he receives the honorary Golden Bear to make his fifty-plus year career behind the camera.
Ballhaus actually had his first meeting with Scorsese here in the city. Speaking to the news agency dpa, about his receiving of the special Golden Bear at Berlinale, Ballhaus said; “I’m especially happy about this award.”
“I’ve seen many wonderful films here. 1980 was my »
- Paul Heath
As we began talking about editorial content we could publish to celebrate the release of Hail, Caesar!, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, we realized that none of us had the same top five lists, and that it seems unusual for that to be the case. The Coens have had such a rich and varied career that it is impossible to pin them down to one style or one theme or one type of storytelling. Some people love their comedies. Some people love it when they get dark. Some people love the underdogs, the least-liked of their films. But what's clear is that every film they've made has its fans, and even their worst films are beloved by someone. There are few artists like the Coen Brothers, and we were delighted to get lists from each of our special guest contributors this time. The diversity of the replies »
- HitFix Staff
What connects socially awkward contestants, impossibly difficult questions and growing popularity? Last night’s grand final was a great example of what makes Victoria Coren Mitchell’s show work
There is a breed of quiz show that enjoys reminding you of your own gasping stupidity. Shows such as Eggheads and The Chase, which literally employ people to intimidate their audiences into believing that they’re sloping-foreheaded subhumans who lack the basic intellect to put a peg in a cup.
And yet, despite this, Only Connect stands alone. It is, without question, Britain’s hardest quiz show. It doesn’t exist to point out how stupid you are; it already knows that. No, if you’re a viewer of average intelligence, Only Connect is determined to utterly alienate you.
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- Stuart Heritage
19 items from 2016
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