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From Cory to Paul to Nelson Mandela, we lost many great, talented people in the year 2013. They may be gone, but they will not be forgotten.
The world lost a fair share of legends in 2013, in the entertainment industry and outside of it. But with every star, like Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker, the amazing outpouring of support and love that followed their deaths proved how much they meant to the world. As we turn the page on 2013, let’s remember the stars we lost this year.
2013 In Memoriam
The South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary leader — a ubiquitous sign of hope and freedom — passed away from a lung infection on Dec. 5.
The Fast & Furious lead man tragically died in a fiery car accident on Nov. 30. at the age of 40.
Paul Walker Video Shows Actor Burned To Death
Glee fans were crushed when the actor, »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
The Lafca (Los Angeles Film Critics Association) is inarguably an important critics prize in terms of influence and reach to AMPAS. Why? The answer is three fold. First, geography. Second, they're an institution having handed out prizes since 1975 (Dog Day Afternoon + One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was their inaugural best picture decision and their last tie ever for the top prize) Third, they don't stray too far from Oscar's own aesthetics which surely makes them more accessible to voters. In short they're more likely to gently nudge voters than shout bold statements at them. In their 38 year history to date they've only given their Best Film prize to movies that didn't end up competing for Best Picture 7 times.
Only Lafca Winners Not To Enjoy Oscar "Best Pic" Nods
Little Dorritt (1988)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995, surely in the dread 6th position w/ Oscar)
About Schmidt (2002)
- NATHANIEL R
The new Made in NY Media Center by Ifp has announced a round of classes and presentations for December and is offering Filmmaker subscribers a discount for the two involving transmedia. On December 7, one of today’s great cinematographers, Declan Quinn, will present a five-hour master class in the shooting of Mike Figgis’s Leaving Las Vegas. “In this Master Class, Quinn will deconstruct Leaving Las Vegas, scene-by- scene, while discussing his process, choices, obstacles, challenges – what worked and what didn’t,” reads the promo copy. Presented in partnership with Local 600, the day begins at 10:00 Am with a screening […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Happy Thanksgiving week or just hello for our non U.S.-based listeners, today we have a short, but sweet episode where we review Oldboy and Homefront, answer some questions, play some games and a little more general chitter chatter. We also get to the new DVD and Blu-ray releases out this week and offer up a few brief comments on Her. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »
- Brad Brevet
Recently I went to the BFI (British Film Institute) Mediatheque in Newcastle upon Tyne, not far from the WhatCulture! head office. Inside the old building of the Discovery Museum where the Mediatheque is located, I found a small dimly lit art-deco room, and was able to choose from a huge selection of British films available to view for free from the BFI archives and collections. Browsing through the list of clips, scenes, shorts and films, I stopped and chose one immediately. Stormy Monday.
Stormy Monday is a 1988 British romantic thriller, the feature-film directorial debut of Mike Figgis, who went on to direct the Oscar-winning Leaving Las Vegas in 1995. Figgis creates a special atmosphere within Stormy Monday, framing a young Sean Bean alongside Melanie Griffith at the height of her career. The story revolves around Bean’s character Brendan, as he is drawn in unknowingly to the criminal underworld of Tyneside. »
- Jon Lovatt
The 21st Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 16-23), has revealed the competition jurors who will judge entries at this year’s event in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Jury members of the main competition jury are:
Tom Stern, cinematographer (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, The Hunger Games);Ed Lachman, cinematographer (Erin Brockovich, The Virgin Suicides, I’m Not There);Todd McCarthy, journalist and film critic;Denis Lenoir, cinematographer (Paris, je t’aime, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes);Adam Holender, cinematographer (Midnight Cowboy, Smoke, Fresh);Timo Salminen, cinematographer (The Man Without a Past, La Havre, The Match Factory Girl);Franz Lustig, cinematographer (Don’t Come Knocking, Land of Plenty, Palermo Shooting);Jeffrey Kimball, cinematographer (Top Gun, Mission: Impossible II, The Expendables).Polish Films Competition
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Actor Ed Lauter ... who you've definitely referred to as "that guy in the thing" -- because he had one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood -- has died from a rare cancer.Lauter appeared in more than 200 movies and TV shows over the past 4 decades ... including "Seabiscuit" ... "Mulholland Falls" ... "Leaving Las Vegas" -- and may be best known for his role of the brutal prison guard in "The Longest Yard" with Burt Reynolds. He »
- TMZ Staff
Lauter died Wednesday, Oct. 16, in his home after battling mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, CNN reports. He was 74.
Ed Lauter was one of my favorite character actors, one who seemed to be around as long as I can remember. With his height, balding head, and distinctive bearing, Lauter was often cast as cops, toughs and villains. He was Captain Knaur, the head prison guard opposite Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard. He costarred with Charles Bronson four times (Breakheart Pass, The White Buffalo, Death Hunt, and Death Wish 3). He acted alongside Clint Eastwood last year in Trouble With The Curve (I was surprised that was the first time the two had performed together). He was in Hitchcock’s Family Plot and was one of the few highlights of the ’76 version of King Kong. He even had a nice role as Berenice Bejo’s butler in the Oscar-winning The Artist in 2011. He worked steadily for four decades and was always an asset to whatever film he was in. »
- Tom Stockman
The veteran actor played Peppy’s butler in Best Picture Oscar winner The Artist and appeared in Clint Eastwood’s Trouble With The Curve — some of the most recent roles in a prolific four-decade career. Ed Lauter died today of a rare form of cancer at his home in West Hollywood. He was 74. He had roles in dozens of films and TV shows including a recurring gig on Showtime’s Shameless. He also recurred as a fire captain on ER. The Long Island native’s long list of credits includes the features Leaving Las Vegas, Mulholland Falls, The Rocketeer, My Blue Heaven, Alfred Hitchcock’s final film Family Plot and the Rob Lowe hockey pic starrer Youngblood. But Lauter might be most recognizable for his key role in another sports movie: He played Capt. Knauer — the imposing, football-playing prison guard and Burt Reynolds’ nemesis in 1974′s The Longest Yard. He »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Ed Lauter, a great character actor who was loved by critics and fans alike, has died. He was 74. Whether seen in film or TV, Lauter's body of work was a vast array of genres and roles, from "Cujo." "My Blue Heaven," "Mulholland Falls," “Leaving Las Vegas,” “The Artist” and “Trouble With the Curve,” he always delivered a great performance. Mr. Lauter died at his home in West Hollywood of mesothelioma on Wednesday, according to the La Times. One of our favorite moments in Mr. Lauter's career was from the 1974 prison picture “The Longest Yard” starring Burt Reynolds as a football player in jail. Mr. Lauter was cast as the sadistic Captain Knauer. He beats Reynolds’ character with »
- April Neale
Ed Lauter, a gritty but taciturn character actor whose massive list of film and TV credits include “Leaving Las Vegas,” “The Artist” and “Trouble With the Curve,” died at his home in West Hollywood of mesothelioma on Wednesday. He was 74.
The squinty-eyed Lauter, who played a number of sports coaches, military men and sheriffs, had recently played Berenice Bejo’s butler in “The Artist” and a colleague of Clint Eastwood’s in baseball scout pic “Trouble With the Curve.”
The actor will last be seen in the 2014 release “The Town That Dreaded Sundown.”
- Carmel Dagan
China's 2013 Huading Awards took place recently, naming the world's best entertainers. The results are bit surprising, since Nicolas Cage won the Best Global Actor award. Cage was definitely a top talent many years ago, appearing in such hits as "Leaving Las Vegas," "Face/Off" and "Con-Air." But since the, the actor lost everything and has been starring in "Ghost Rider 2," "Drive Angry," "Season of the Witch," "Bangkok Dangerous" and many other flops. Maybe these newer movies haven't hit China yet. Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman was named the Best Global Actress and Quentin Tarantino the Best Global Director. For some reason, Sam Worthington (Avatar) received the Best Global Action Movie Actor award and Booboo Stewart, who's best known for the last two "Twilight" movies, took home the Best Emerging Global Talent prize. * Lifetime achievement award (Jeremy Irons) * Best global actor in motion pictures (Nicolas Cage) * Best global actress in motion pictures (Nicole Kidman »
Written by Gary Hawkins
Directed by David Gordon Green
Despite his early filmography making him a critical favourite and causing film lovers to sing his praises, David Gordon Green’s recent ventures have moved sharply away from such films. The same can be said of Nicolas Cage, who has unfortunately been rendered something of a punchline by his recent performances, with few remembering his memorable turns in features like Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation. However, both make a return to their career roots through working together for the first time in Joe, and both manage to show what made them so well-acclaimed in the first place in this compelling drama.
The movie does a fantastic job of capturing the feel of an isolated place, particularly with the cinematography. A feeling of entrapment, and of a detachment from the world at large, is conveyed wonderfully, and adds an air »
- Deepayan Sengupta
In case you were wondering, a U.S. military strike on Syria would not make Sheryl Crow happy. The “Leaving Las Vegas” singer dropped in at HuffPost Live on Wednesday to add her voice to the growing list of celebrities who’ve weighed in on the Syria crisis, a list that also includes “Vogue” singer Madonna and tough-guy actor Chuck Norris. Also read: Here’s the Syria Video Obama Wants Us to Watch (Warning: Graphic) As it turns out, Crow is against a U.S. military intervention, likening a possible attack to “throwing a rock in a beehive.” “It is »
- Tim Kenneally
The Oscar-nominated Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) steps behind the camera once more for a return to the thriller genre with Suspension of Disbelief, a noir/erotic thriller that arrives digitally in the UK tomorrow.
In this sexy noir thriller, nothing is quite what it seems as both within and outside of the frame the line between fiction and reality is blurred.
Martin is a talented screenwriter and novelist currently going through a difficult patch in his career. Yet after the death of the mysterious and alluring Angelique and the arrival of her twin sister Therese, Martin’s world starts to change.
He finds himself torn between the »
- Kenji Lloyd
Nicolas Cage walks the Deauville red carpet for the gala screening of his new film Joe In his 35-year career, Nicolas Cage has played his share of dark characters including the memorable suicidal alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas. In his new film Joe, directed by David Gordon Green and which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and last night (September 2) at the Deauville Festival of American Cinema, he plays another hard drinker.
Cage, 49, who is notoriously meticulous in his preparation, said he had explored different ways of finding the honesty in the performance. “And if that meant drinking, and videotaping myself drinking, and getting ideas about that, I was going to do it."
Cage, the subject of a special tribute at Deauville, talks about the role of a character who is trying to maintain control of his life while trying to protect a teenager, portrayed by Tye Sheridan, from his alcoholic father. »
- Richard Mowe
British filmmaker Mike Figgis' (Leaving Las Vegas, Cold Creek Manor) thriller Suspension of Disbelief is released on DVD here in the UK on September 9th, and to celebrate we have three copies to give away to our readers courtesy of the fine folk at Verve Pictures. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
Martin (Sebastian Koch) is an accomplished writer of cinema and theatre who now teaches his trade to film school students. After the disappearance of his wife 15 years prior, he has been left alone to raise his daughter Sarah (Rebecca Night) who aspires to be an actress like her mother. At her 25th birthday party, Martin encounters the mysterious Angelique (Lotte Verbeek) who is found dead the next morning. An investigation by the police leads to Martin being the prime suspect and with the arrival of Angelique's twin sister Therese comes »
- Flickering Myth
Love him or hate him, you can’t quite resist the allure of Nic Cage. Having built a career over the past thirty years on a multitude of platforms, from quirky indie pics to full throttle actioners, it seems pegging down exactly what Cage does as an actor is a difficult prospect.
Sadly, thanks to some wayward career choices (perhaps motivated by his unfortunate financial situation) the answer is a lot easier to guess at recently: what he does is make poor movies, with a few, all-too-sparse flashes of brilliance.
That he can act is not for debate – his turns in Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation and even Kick Ass prove he has range, emotional depth and an ability to sell a diverse gallery of characters – but he is too often hampered by poor material, and by the perverse attraction to his characters “flipping out.” It’s a reductive pleasure, no matter how entertaining, »
- Simon Gallagher
Drinking games have the power to make bad movies good and good movies even better. But if you're trying to keep up drink-for-drink with the pros in some of the better-known drinking movies in cinema history, you may soon find yourself in full-on shutdown mode.
We checked out the drinking stats of "The Spectacular Now" and "The World's End" — two new movies that are mega-high on the booze intake — as well as some time-tested drinking favorites to show you just how much drinking you'd have to do to keep up in a round of "they drink on screen, we drink at home."
We've even gotten all mathematical with it, with a scoring breakdown that looks like this:
Sips: 1 Point
Cheers: 1 Point
Chugs: 5 Points
Shots: 5 Points
Oh yeah, and for goodness' sake, kids, drink along with your favorite movies responsibly.
10. 'The Hangover' (2009)
Total Score: 24
Inebriation Level: "I'm Trying »
- Adam D'Arpino
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