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With Election Day here at last, we can finally set aside some time from the day to actually vote. When it’s all said and done, go back home and reflect with some of these better politically-themed films and cartoons.
Bill McKay (Robert Redford) has no hope of winning the U.S. Senate seat for California. McKay got noticed by the Democratic Party for his charm and integrity, but he is running against an unbeatable incumbent. The film was made in 1972, before Watergate inspired decades of cynicism in U.S. politics, but the bite of suspicion in political machinery is there. However idealistic any candidate starts, eventually the campaign eats them alive. Nowhere is that more clear than the closing line of the film: “What do we do now?”
During a showdown between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, one crazed general could very well »
- Colin Biggs
Ask Walter Bernstein what makes for a good screenplay, and he’ll answer you with a (possibly apocryphal) story about Henry David Thoreau. “He was living out at Walden Pond and a friend came to tell him that Samuel Morse had just made the first successful wireless telegraph transmission from Boston to Portland, or something like that,” Bernstein says with the practiced storyteller’s delight in a well-told tale. “And Thoreau asked, ‘But what did it say?’ That’s always stuck with me. With all the technology and everything else, what’s it about?”
“What’s it about?” is a question Bernstein, who turned 95 this month, has been asking himself in one form or another for most of his 65-year career, which has stretched from the early days of live television to the modern era of binge watching, and from the lionized “golden age” of the studio system to the low-budget indie renaissance. »
- Scott Foundas
Paul Mazursky, a five-time Oscar-nominee who wrote and directed admired movies from Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice to Down and Out in Beverly Hills, died Monday of pulmonary cardiac arrest, according to a family spokesperson. He was 84.
Mazursky was a successful actor in the 1950s, starring in many television series, as well as Blackboard Jungle and Stanley Kubrick’s first film, Fear and Desire. He segued into writing, scripting episodes of The Danny Kaye Show and The Monkees. He also wrote the 1968 Peter Sellers film, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas, and then made his directorial debut on Bob & Carol, which »
- Jeff Labrecque
His House Of Lies colleague Kristen Bell appeared in a Kickstartered Veronica Mars movie, which may well have inspired actor and first time director Don Cheadle for his planned Miles Davis biopic set in the Eighties. The campaign is happening via Indiegogo with the requisite smattering of goodies for those who wish to invest. Cheadle has always struck me as a more intelligent performer than most – even Warren Beatty had to jump through hoops to get him to appear in Bulworth – and his statement treads just the right line between articulacy and gushing:
While Miles used his horn to communicate and create ‘social music’ we are using social media and today’s online platforms to reach out to the music community, the film community and all people who are excited to see an explosive, cool music-filled movie.
With Ewan McGregor to co-star and a rich jazz legacy/turbulent life story to play with, »
- Steve Palace
It's been 10 years since Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," if you can believe it. The film was one of two dueling Howard Hughes biopics at the time (the other coming from Christopher Nolan), a passion project developed by star Leonardo DiCaprio for director Michael Mann. Mann ended up with biopic fatigue after "The Insider" and "Ali," so he settled into a producer position and DiCaprio convinced his then-newfound colleague Martin Scorsese to direct and the rest was history. But speaking of history, the Howard Hughes story has had its own in Hollywood. During a Santa Barbara Film Festival tribute in February, Scorsese remarked that he had always shied away from it, going on to note that a number of filmmakers had wanted to do it over the years. One of those, of course, was Warren Beatty, and Beatty's version has been slowly clicking into place over the last couple of years. »
- Kristopher Tapley
You may remember Martin Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator from a decade ago (feeling old), but at the time there were many rumoured Hughes biopics making the rounds, one of which was to be a labour of love from Warren Beatty. In fact, Beatty has been working on his own biopic for the last two decades. Beatty has received funding towards the $26.7 million budget via two billionaires Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, with support from New Regency and RatPac Entertainment.
Beatty is set to star as Hughes while also directing, but the focus of the film will be on Hughes’ assistant and their lover, played by Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins respectively. Beatty hasn’t appeared in a film since 2001′s Town & COUNTRYand hasn’t directed since 1998′s Bulworth. But then again, Beatty’s never overloaded himself with work.
The upcoming biopic has already shot some footage, but »
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Howard Hughes seems to be excellent fodder for cinema, and not just because of his involvement in the medium. He was the subject of Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, the template for a James Bond villain (in Diamonds are Forever), and has been referenced in The Simpsons. Now, the iconic billionaire recluse will be played by another icon of sorts, as Warren Beatty finally gets things underway for his long-gestating Howard Hughes film.
Beatty still plans to take on the part of the influential icon, in a film directed by himself, but Hughes is not the focus of the film; that honor goes to Alden Ehrenreich, playing Hughes’s young assistant who falls for a young woman (Lily Collins) who may or may not also be falling for Hughes. Collins replaces Felicity Jones, the actress long attached to the project who has since dropped out. The rest of the cast »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Almost three years ago, we reported that Warren Beatty was planning to direct his first movie since 1998's Bulworth. Initial reports said that the film might be a comedy about an elderly Howard Hughes (played by Beatty) having an affair with a younger woman. At the time, Beatty's prospects for the cast included Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Shia Labeouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood, Rooney Mara, and wife Annette Bening. However, word on the film went silent, and it looked like it had slipped into development hell. But now it looks like Beatty has the budget ($26.7 million) and the cast to make the project a reality, and shooting is already underway. Hit the jump for more. According to Deadline, Beatty will still play Hughes, but the focus of the film will be the love story between Hughes assistant (played by Beautiful Creatures' Alden Ehrenreich) and a young woman (played by »
- Matt Goldberg
The 64th Annual Ace Eddie Awards ceremony will take place on February 7 in Los Angeles. »
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9 items from 2014
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