13 items from 2013
The grassy knoll. The book depository. Any further description of the location is superfluous. We know where we are, and when. Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963: the scene of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. History assumes mythic proportions when its very familiarity requires no further explanation or scene-setting; when it provides instead a well-signposted point of departure for artistic creativity. The matter of Dallas has been as resonant in the fiction and film of the past half century as the story of the Trojan war was in the literature of classical antiquity. Only Hitler and the Nazis rival its influence on the modern imagination.
Yet the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination will not be marked by consensus. »
Remember the '90s? Sure you do. The music was grungier. The Marky Marks were Markier. You had to choose between your phone and the Internet. And the ponytails were occasionally sideways.
Well, if you somehow missed the decade due to an interference in the time-space continuum — or you just happen to be really young — we've assembled 15 movie clips that best represent what life, or at least movies, were like during that glorious decade. A '90s time capsule, if you will. So sit back, relax and throw on your favorite starter jacket.
Way before film dance battles occurred in 3D thunderdomes and huge flattop cuts were throwbacks, Kid 'n Play were throwing down the on-screen dance gauntlet with some fly girls in "House Party," a movie that knew enough to not let a plot get in the way of fun and »
- Adam D'Arpino
Richard Sarafian, an influential film director whose 1971 countercultural car-chase thriller Vanishing Point brought him a decades-long cult following, has died in Southern California, his son said Saturday night.
- Associated Press
Richard Sarafian, who directed the classic 1971 car chase pic “The Vanishing Point” and numerous TV shows and features, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif., of complications from pneumonia. He was 83.
Quentin Tarantino paid tribute to the influential film in the “Vanishing Point car” sequence in his film “Death Proof.” Sarafian told TCM.com that his goal with “Vanishing Point” was to physicalize speed. “I had no linear concepts for this one. I made the car… the star of the film. I loved the ambiguity of it all, and fact that it makes people think and apply their own value system into it. My only disappointment was that Gene Hackman wanted to play the part of Kowalski, but the studio wouldn’t let me cast him, so I got saddled with Barry Newman instead,” Sarafian said.
- Pat Saperstein
Quentin Tarantino paid tribute to the influential film in the “Vanishing Point car” sequence in his “Death Proof.” Sarafian told TCM.com that his goal with “Vanishing Point” was to physicalize speed. “I had no linear concepts for this one. I made the car… the star of the film. I loved the ambiguity of it all, and fact that it makes people think and apply their own value system into it. My only disappointment was that Gene Hackman wanted to play the part of Kowalski, but the studio wouldn’t let me cast him, so I got saddled with Barry Newman instead,” said Sarafian.
- Pat Saperstein
april showers & a tuesday top ten in one!
Do you ever think of The Truman Show (1998)? I really and truly loved it in 1998 naming it 'The Best Film of the Year!' to anyone who would listen. (This was in my pre Film Experience days of course... though it's hard to remember such a time).
My Top Ten Of 1998 - Unranked
Bulworth (Warren Beatty) Celebration / Festen (Thomas Vinterberg) Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon) High Art (Lisa Cholodenko) The Idiots (Lars von Trier) Living Out Loud (Richard Lagravenese) The Opposite of Sex (Don Roos) The Thin Red Line (Terence Malick) The Truman Show (Peter Weir) Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes)
...with Central Station and Shakespeare in Love just outside the top ten though I'm always considering reinstating them. They were both once on the actual list (The Idiots and the Malick I saw a little later). I haven't seen any of them »
- NATHANIEL R
Our selected star to be included in our “Hollywood Actress of the Week Photo Gallery” is Halle Berry. Halle Maria Berry born August 14, 1966 is an American actress and former fashion model. Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image Award for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and won an Academy Award for Best Actress and was nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2001 for her performance in Monster’s Ball, becoming the first and only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood and has been involved in the production side of several of the films in which she performed. Berry is also a Revlon spokesmodel. Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant (1986), and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant »
- Josh Abraham
Berry thriller performs way above expectations, while Carell / Carrey comedy becomes WB's latest embarrassment The adventure fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco, will keep an easy lead at the Us / Canada box office this weekend (March 15-17), chiefly because Friday's two new entries, the low-budget Halle Berry thriller The Call and the somewhat modestly budgeted Steve Carell / Jim Carrey comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, will undeniably (and expectedly) become modest performers. Now, having said that, yesterday's performances of both The Call and Burt Wonderstone turned out to be quite surprising: while the Berry movie grossed quite a bit above expectations, the Carell / Carrey movie opened disastrously. (Pictured above: Best Actress Academy Award winner Berry in the thriller The Call.) Besides Franco, Oz the Great and Powerful features Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz; the film added $11.4 million on Friday, according to »
- Zac Gille
Speaking to students at Rome's Luiss University, Morricone said: "I wouldn't like to work with him again, on anything. He said last year he wanted to work with me again ever since Inglourious Basterds, but I told him I couldn't, because he didn't give me enough time. So he just used a song I had written previously."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Morricone also accused Tarantino of "placing music in his films without coherence", lamenting: "You can't do anything with someone like that."
Actor made famous in prison drama The Green Mile remembered at 85th Academy Awards ceremony
Oscars 2013 coverage continues on our liveblog
Michael Clarke Duncan, best remembered for his role as the gentle giant in the 1999 prison drama The Green Mile, was honoured in the In Memoriam section of tonight's Oscar ceremony. The Chicago-born actor died from heart failure at the age of 54.
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Chicago – As the stars, presenters and award recipients gathered at the Chicago Film Critics Awards on February 9th, they took some time out to mix with the media at a pre-show press conference. Jane Lynch, Paul Sorvino, Joe Piscopo, Nadine Velazquez, Regina Taylor and the other award winners offered their perspectives.
HollywoodChicago.com’s Brian Tallerico, Patrick McDonald and Matt Fagerholm covered the presser, and contributed several questions asked to the awards show participants. Photographer Joe Arce captured his stellar portraits at the event. Below is a summary of the afternoon’s best.
Jane Lynch, Recipient of “Comedia Extrarodinaire”
Accepting this year’s award for Comedia Extraordinaire was the incomparable Jane Lynch, the Chicago-bred actress who achieved mega-stardom with her portrayal of Sue Sylvester, the bullying high school coach on “Glee.” It was a role impeccably designed for Lynch’s uproarious wit and deadpan timing, which she cultivated in a »
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This interview with Halle appeared originally back in the February 2002 edition of Venice Magazine. It was on the eve of her Best Actress win at the 2002 Oscars.
by Terry Keefe
Halle Berry wasn't looking to take the easy path to fame and fortune when she went in to read for her first movie role in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever (1991). Originally called in for the fairly conventional role of Lee's wife, Berry pushed Lee to cast her in another part - that of Vivian the young crack addict. It was a telling move as to the type of acting career Berry was seeking. This totally unglamorous role was not what most people would have expected from the young and beautiful Ms. Berry, but it presented a challenge for the »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
By Joey Magidson
I’ve always had a soft spot for films that are directed by actors. In one of my recent pieces, I spoke about how the Academy looks at actors who direct. Now, I’ll be continuing my interest by focusing in on which of these multi-hyphenates are the best at what they do.
By and large, the films that actors make when they choose directorial projects have some sort of significance for them or at least play to their strengths, so disasters are few and far between. This makes it a lot of fun to celebrate the best of the bunch, since I’m able to draw from a larger pool than you normally can when looking at one particular type of filmmaker.
I take some comfort in knowing that most films directed by actors tend to be at least decent, if not better. I »
- Joey Magidson
13 items from 2013
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