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14 years ago today, Derek Zoolander and his unforgettable Blue Steel pose catwalked into theaters when “Zoolander" had its big screen debut on Sept. 28, 2001. Created by Stiller and stand-up comedian/TV writer Drake Sather, the dimwitted model character was first introduced to audiences back in 1996 in a sketch at the VH1 Fashion Awards. Watch the original VH1 skit below and see if you can discern the nuances in Zoolander’s Blue Steel and Ferrari looks: A sequel for “Zoolander” is set to open in theaters on Feb. 12, 2016. Other notable Sept. 28 happenings in pop culture history: • 1963: The Beach Boys’ “Little Deuce Coupe” peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It spent a total of 11 weeks on the chart. • 1968: The manager of Big Brother and the Holding Company announced that Janis Joplin would be leaving the band at the end of that year. • 1968: The Beatles began their longest reign at »
- Emily Rome
The director is much criticised for his portrayal of women but there’s no denying that, from Annie to Jasmine, he has written great, Oscar-winning female roles – mainly when they are versions of him
Woody’s women arrive behind the director in a big bustling caravan – a noisy train of flakes and nymphs, art snobs, academics and intellectuals, hookers, healers and harpies. Allen’s own nebbish persona aside, women are easily the most recognisable roles to come out of his films: Annie, Hannah, Jasmine. Female actors in his films have won no fewer than six Oscars. At the same time, few directors have drawn as much fire for the typology of female characters they have established onscreen.
“Increasingly, the women in his movies can be divided up between menopausal nuts and coltish sluts,” noted James Wolcott in Vanity Fair in 1998, after Celebrity completed a trio of films, beginning with Mighty Aphrodite, »
- Tom Shone
Funny Ha-ha: Bogdanovich’s Pleasant Return to the Screwball Comedy
The buzz has been rather hushed concerning She’s Funny That Way, the return of 70s auteur man following a thirteen year feature hiatus (his last was the 2001 film The Cat’s Meow). An ode to the classic screwball comedies of yore, where filmmakers like Lubitsch, Hawks, and several others birthed the prized frameworks, Peter Bogdanovich doesn’t manage to successfully contemporize these antics into the frothy delight of famous predecessors. If you can forgive it these blatant and inescapable anachronistic variations however, it’s an often funny, charming, and ultimately entertaining film.
A filmmaker consistently obsessed with a particular Golden Age of Hollywood’s heyday, his latest is no exception, a long gestating project once imagined as a vehicle for John Ritter. Pleasantly entertaining, it’s not so much that Bogdanovich has lost his touch—in many regards the »
- Nicholas Bell
It's been close to two decades since Romy and Michele's High School Reunion arrived in theaters delivering what has proven to be a truly perfect mashup of 80s and 90s pop culture. Looking back, this movie is so 90s it's like not even funny... Except it is funny. (Obviously.) If the film were a person, it'd be graduating high school around this time, so what better time to take a look at the talented cast of the 1997 comedy to see what they've been up to since Tucson (Wooo!). Mira Sorvino (Romy White) Mira Sorvino was coming off an Oscar win for Mighty Aphrodite when she took on the role of Romy White in Romy and Michele. Since then, her credits have included At First Sight, Union Square, and more recently, she played the part of Sara in TNT's Falling Skies. %NEW_PAGE% Lisa Kudrow (Michele Weinberger) Friends was already on »
We're just 9 days away from the launch of another Smackdown Summer. Rather than announce piecemeal, we'll give you all five lineups in case you'd like more time to catch up with these films (some of them stone cold classics) over the hot months. Remember to cast your own ballots during each month for the reader-polling (your 1979 votes are due by June 4th). Your votes count toward the final Smackdown win so more of you should join in.
These Oscar years were chosen after comment reading, dvd searching, handwringing, and desire-to-watch moods. I wish we had time to squeeze in a dozen Smackdowns each summer! As it is there will be Two Smackdowns in June, a gift to you since this first episode was delayed.
Sunday June 7th
The Best Supporting Actresses of 1979
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Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
The massive profits earned by last spring’s surprise-hit “God’s Not Dead” have emboldened Christian production outfit Pure Flix to finance an entire slate of faith-based fare coming soon to a theater near you. First out of the gate is “Do You Believe?,” another dreary ensemble drama from “God’s Not Dead” screenwriters Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon that worships with equal reverence at the altars of the Lord and of “Crash” auteur Paul Haggis. Dutifully (but never divinely) weaving together the lives of assorted saints, sinners and skeptics as they move toward the light, “Believe” is more professionally produced and acted than the indiegelical norm, but only fitfully engaging on a dramatic level and entirely hermetic on a theological one. Grassroots marketing and group sales should power this 1,200-screen release to solid opening numbers, but can it come anywhere near the $60 million domestic haul of its predecessor? God only knows. »
- Scott Foundas
In the film, a detective searches for the truth behind his partner’s death as mysterious occurrences begin to affect a local woman who claims to have witnessed a miracle.
Fortitude International is handling foreign sales at the ongoing European Film Market.
- Michelle McCue
The detectives on CBS’ Stalker will soon get help from one Mighty woman.
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Sorvino will play Vicki Gregg, a respected FBI agent who once ran the Lapd’s Threat Assessment Unit, where Maggie Q’s Beth Davis and her team currently work.
Vicki will return to help the Tau when Beth’s stalker becomes a major threat.
Though she »
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
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