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The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has canceled some upcoming performances due to unknown "medical reasons."
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A representative with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra told Reuters that Franklin had canceled because of a "doctor's recommendation for treatment" during the time frame of the scheduled show. A spokesman for Foxwoods said the singer also called off that show because of unspecified "medical reasons."
Franklin was forced to call off a concert tour in 2010 after being treated for an undisclosed ailment and also underwent surgery.
Video: How Aretha Franklin Keeps in Good Shape at 71 »
Vision Films, a worldwide distributor of independent films, has announced today that it has picked-up worldwide rights to the inspirational documentary Femme, which is directed by Emmanuel Itier (The Invocation, The Midnight Hour), and executive produced and narrated by Sharon Stone (Casino, Basic Instinct).
Femme features interviews with many internationally recognized speakers including Sharon Stone, Marianne Williamson, Gloria Steinem, Nobel Peace laureates Shirin Ebadi and Maired Maguire, Maria Bello, Angela Davis, Maria Conchita Alonso, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Mary Buffett, Rickie Lee Jones, Jean Houston and Dr. Sue Morter. The soundtrack of the film includes music and songs from well-known artists such as Annie Lennox, Yoko Ono and Rickie Lee Jones. Femme, which has played at numerous international film festivals, is currently available for worldwide release. Vision Films will be introducing the documentary for the first time at the upcoming Marché du Film in Cannes.
Femme is a Celebration of Women »
- Michelle McCue
New York — Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under a doctor's recommendation.
A Monday news release says Franklin will need treatment during the time period shows were scheduled with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on May 26. The release doesn't specify what kind of treatment and her publicist did not immediately respond to a message seeking details.
Singer Janelle Monae will step in for Franklin for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Corporate Night fundraiser. The Grammy-winning singer will be playing orchestral versions of her songs that she'll first debut Thursday with the San Francisco Symphony. »
Cannes — French stars Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and Gilles Lellouche (“Point Blank”) will face off in “La French,” a $26 million action-packed thriller produced by Alain Goldman’s Legende and backed by Gaumont.
Helmed by Cedric Jimenez, “La French” spans the 1970’s and 80’s and takes place in Marseilles, then known as the world capital of drug trafficking and the main supplier of heroin to the U.S.
Dujardin will star as police magistrate Pierre Michel who waged an obsessive six-year battle to bring down the French Connection, the infamous drug ring. Lellouche, will topline as Tany Zampa, a powerful drug lord.
“This film is the true story of the French Connection based on true characters,” said Gaumont Intl. boss, Cecile Gaget, adding that the action takes place in Marseille and in New York.
Jimenez, who last directed “Paris Under Watch,” is from Marseille and was Goldman’s first choice to direct the pic. »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
Vision Films has announced today that it has picked up worldwide rights to the inspirational documentary Femme , which is directed by Emmanuel Itier ( The Invocation , The Midnight Hour ), and is executive produced and narrated by Sharon Stone ( Casino , Basic Instinct ). Femme features interviews with many internationally-recognized speakers including Sharon Stone, Marianne Williamson, Gloria Steinem, Nobel Peace laureates Shirin Ebadi and Maired Maguire, Maria Bello, Angela Davis, Maria Conchita Alonso, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Mary Buffett, Rickie Lee Jones, Jean Houston and Dr. Sue Morter. The soundtrack of the film includes music and songs from well-known artists such as Annie Lennox, Yoko Ono and Rickie Lee Jones. Femme , which has played at numerous international film »
Saul Bass trained as a graphic designer, and was commissioned by director Otto Preminger to put together a poster for his 1954 opera/musical Carmen Jones. Preminger was so impressed he asked him to create a title sequence too, and Bass went on to specialise in the area, resulting in memorable collaborations with Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese.
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Bass made a splash with the 1955 Preminger study of heroin addiction, moving paper cutouts around to suggest needles, veins and arms. The stonking theme, composed by Elmer Bernstein, helped.
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- Andrew Pulver
The 10 best Saul Bass title sequences
Google has marked the birthday of Saul Bass with one of the search engine's most elaborate "doodles" yet – an animated sequence based on his designs for film title credits, film posters and corporate logos.
Bass, who died in 1996, worked with film-makers including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese over the course of a 40-year career, approaching his commissions in the spirit of a graphic design problem to be solved.
Born into an immigrant family in New York's Bronx, he began working on print work for film adverts in Hollywood during the 1940s. A breakthrough came in the film industry when he was hired in 1954 by Otto Preminger to create an innovative title sequence for the credits of the film, Carmen Jones, which he did using an animated flaming rose. »
- Ben Quinn
After two decades of false starts and near misses, the director can now look forward to shooting his long-gestating adaptation of Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo’s novel next summer.
The project, which also will feature Ken Watanabe, is sure to catch the attention of international distributors at the upcoming Cannes market, which marks a new experience for the director, who has headed the Cannes jury and presented four movies in competition.
Sinking into a sofa in his midtown Manhattan office on a recent morning, Scorsese reflected on the planned pic, which he holds particularly dear to his heart. The subject matter — the very roots of religious faith — has long fascinated him, from his childhood »
- Scott Foundas
"Dads leave, you don’t have to be such a pussy about it." – Tony Stark, 'Iron Man Three'
Greetings from the apocalypse! Free Comics? An "Iron Man" sequel that doesn't suck? Genre festivals, eccentric painter docs and serial killer biopics? Have I been irradiated and gone to heaven? Nope, it's all happening man, it's all happening …
Friday, May 3
Pow! In Theaters
As a raving fan of Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr.'s first collab, the neo noir comedy "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," I had hoped that this director/star combo would hit it out of the park with "Iron Man Three." Well, frankly, Shane hit it out of the park and into the stratosphere, mesosphere, ionosphere, etc. Pulpy, groovy, bang-up fun, this is the best cinematic iteration of ol' shellhead yet, and while Joss Whedon got the quipy part right in "Marvel's The Avengers," this one perfectly balances »
- Max Evry
Chicago – Writer/director Ramin Bahrani delivers his most mainstream film this weekend with the Chicago release of “At Any Price,” an old-fashioned melodrama starring Dennis Quaid as a grain farmer caught in some awful situations in order to protect his family. The director of the fantastic “Man Push Cart,” “Chop Shop,” and “Goodbye Solo” expands his canvas to offer what often feels like a modern update on “Death of a Salesman” and the film features one of Quaid’s most charismatic and complex performances in years. Both gentlemen recently sat down with HollywoodChicago.com and eFilmCritic.com to discuss the film, how Quaid got the part, and Bahrani’s feelings on the passing of a man who influenced him greatly, Roger Ebert.
Peter Sobczynski: One of the recurring themes of “At Any Price” is the idea of “expand or die.” In the film, this is in regards to farming but »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
24 Hour Party People's Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan head from Tony Wilson to Paul Raymond with their latest movie The Look of Love, a biopic of the porn impresario who transformed London's Soho district and eventually became one of the richest men in Britain.
Raymond's story is one of highs, lows, hedonism and personal tragedy. It's a classic tale we've seen done often before, and Look of Love certainly shares DNA with Winterbottom and Coogan's previous collaboration on Party People.
Rises and falls were also memorably depicted in Martin Scorsese films Goodfellas and Casino, but here Coogan's protagonist skirts nearer to the boundaries of what's legal and what's not. He opens the Raymond Revuebar strip club, a private members' venue, to navigate around strict laws on flashing flesh. Lord Chamberlain's theatre »
The Sopranos will forever be instilled in the fabric of culture. Its success and game-changing format was intrinsic to the success of HBO and revitalised televisual drama forever. Without The Sopranos HBO would not have experienced the success it enjoys today and we would not have shows like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. This successful model was adopted by other networks like AMC, FX and Showtime who have given us Dexter, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad. The Sopranos was the game changer and revolutionalised television forever. Televisual drama is now considered a valued art form akin to film thanks to the success of The Sopranos.
The series’ rich and compelling storylines captivated audiences for 8 years and won a host of Emmys over its six seasons. Tony Soprano is still one of the most fascinating characters in television history but he was helped by a phenomenal supporting cast »
- Gearoid Gillett
Formed just after 9/11, Robert De Niro's Tribeca film festival helped New York get back on its feet. The veteran actor tells Ed Pilkington about his love for the city, restoring King of Comedy, and how Twitter could redefine cinema
Robert De Niro has been thinking in recent days about the concept of longevity. The actor has been in the business of making films so long – his debut on the big screen was in 1965 – that his work is now being restored.
"Yeah, I've been thinking about that. Restored, huh? It's kind of amazing," he says, sitting in his production hub in downtown Manhattan, the Tribeca Film Centre.
The restoration in question is the painstaking return to its original glory of King of Comedy, Martin Scorsese's dark 1982 satire on modern celebrity obsession, with its famous punchline: "Better to be king for a night, than schmuck for a lifetime." The movie »
- Ed Pilkington
John Mayer may be recently single, after splitting from Katy Perry, but he doesn't seem to be down in the dumps about it. In fact, the 35-year-old was spotted rocking out to Def Leppard's resident show Viva Hysteria! at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where the English rock band is currently headlining for an exclusive residency. The band performed their iconic album Hysteria in full along with a selection of their greatest hits. John is clearly a huge fan as he hung out with band backstage and posed for pictures. Here's hoping we get a cover version of "Pour Some Sugar on Me" on Mayer's next CD. »
When I Dismember Mama was released as a double-bill with The Blood Spattered Bride at the drive-in and various lowbrow theaters in 1974, upchuck cups were passed out amongst patrons as a gag gift to promote the film and to get people talking outside of the theaters. The trailer for the double-bill is even better.
Blood Spattered Bride/I Dismember Mama
Released on VHS in the 1980s by Simitar Entertainment, I Dismember Mama has become a cult classic amongst horror fans – most likely because of its catchy and alluring title. You would assume that the film is about – well – dismembering mama, right? Wrong. This Oedipal-Norman-Bates-style movie has very little to do with dismembering at all, although it has it’s fair share of kills and thrills.
- Lianne Spiderbaby
E. B. White once wrote, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” Analyzing trilogies seems to the same. The entire point is to enjoy them. Still, given the many sins to be found in film, there are worse things than movie trilogies but few have become more prominent or unavoidable. In terms of definitions, a trilogy only means three “individual” (animated, live-action, etc.) films are tied together which leaves a lot of room in seeing something as a trilogy.
Currently, negative reviews over trilogies highlight how easily and predictably they start off well but soon degenerate at a rapid pace. Then, too, there cases where once was good enough and added treatments are not welcome. David Lynch’s Dune thankfully has not become a trilogy though it sits there waiting to be given birth. In rare cases, yes, a trilogy may be badly called for. »
- Christian Jimenez
The 2002 film "Gangs of New York" was Martin Scorsese's long-gestating (since 1977) attempt to capture the bloody strife between Irish immigrants and Nativists in New York's Five Points district (what is now mostly Chinatown) during the height of the Civil War. It was epic, it was nominated for Best Picture, it was an expensive nightmare to make.
Apparently Scorsese didn't quite get the whole story out of his system, however, since Deadline reports he is teaming up with his old antagonists at Miramax to bring "Gangs of New York" to television with the same lavish scope and violence that he lent HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."
"This time and era of America’s history and heritage is rich with characters and stories that we could not fully explore in a two-hour film," Scorsese said. "A television series allows us the time and creative freedom to bring this colorful world, and all the »
- Max Evry
Odd List Simon Brew 26 Mar 2013 - 06:44
A superb character actor James Woods has turned in some remarkable performances. Here are a few of his underappreciated roles...
If you're looking for an actor who's far more interested in being a character than a hero, then surely James Woods is your man. He's built up a body of work over several decades that has rightly brought him a degree of acclaim - Videodrome, the brilliant Cop, Ghosts Of Mississippi, Contact, Salvador, and his growing collection of excellent TV roles - but in the 80s and 90s, he popped up in lots of films that are rarely talked about now.
There are so many seemingly lost great James Woods roles, that it seemed long overdue we try and right that particular wrong. So here's a collection of perhaps the lower profile, yet brilliant, performances from his career. And this is just a few of them. »
The sound of the dice hitting the felt. The rattle and the sparkle of ice cubes in cocktail glasses and diamonds on collar bones. The steely gaze of the high roller and the ripple of playing cards. There’s a timeless glamour and appeal to casinos that carries all the way through from real life onto the big screen.
Lets take a look at some of the movies that capture the magic of the world’s glitziest pleasure palaces, and why exactly they get us so damn excited…
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
This film brought the cool. A wily band of lovable rogues headed by charismatic charmer Danny Ocean (George Clooney), this movie’s heist-happy anti-heroes embark on a riotous and risky quest to steal over $150m from slimy casino tycoon Terry Benedict (Andy García), through a daring raid on a vault shared between three major casinos. The band of conspirators »
“Duck Dynasty” airs Wednesdays at 10pm Et on A&E. “Tickets to the Fun Show” This episode of Duck Dynasty had me at “It’s Casino Night at Duck Commander!,” which just happens to be the opening line. Willie is wandering through the warehouse like Robert De Niro in Casino. Er, actually, more like the Vegas locals De Niro roughed up in Casino, but still. He’s converted the place into a gambling and gaming emporium to celebrate the company’s 5 millionth duck call made. Not that he has any idea how many duck calls they’ve actually made, but 5 million sounds like [...] »
- Stacey Harrison
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