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Today is a bittersweet day. It would have been funnyman Robin Williams' 64th birthday, and to honor that day we're taking a look back at his life in photos. The iconic comedian made a name for himself on TV when he got his start on Mork & Mindy and continued to make his fans laugh out loud for the duration of his career, starring in movies such as Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire. Although he was best known for his comedic skills, who could forget some of his more dramatic roles, including Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting? Williams knew how to have fun on and off the screen, especially when it came to his children Zelda Williams, Zak Williams and Cody Alan Williams. Even though he has passed »
Hundreds of movies are released every year, and for every movie that’s released, there’s a movie poster to go along with it.
While these movie posters typically do a great job of advertising the film for a few weeks prior to release, very few of them end up being remembered for more than a few seconds, let alone months or years.
But, there are some movie posters that stand the test of time, and over the years, have become iconic works of art in their own right. We’re talking about films like Jaws, Titanic, and the many others featured below which you can purchase at any time at great sites like fastprint.
#1 – Trainspotting
It’s become one of the most iconic films of all time over the years, and »
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.
The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement. »
Eleven months after Robin Williams shockingly committed suicide, the actor makes his final onscreen appearance in the indie drama Boulevard. Williams plays Nolan, a 60-year-old married bank manager who is forced to confront his repressed homosexuality after he encounters a young hustler named Leo (Roberto Aguire). The role is another serious turn for the actor who was known for his larger-than-life comedic characters like Mrs. Doubtfire and the voice of Genie in Aladdin but also received acclaim for dramatic performances in films like Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting. Boulevard director Dito Montiel tells The
- Hilary Lewis
The Virtual Boy proved to be a dismal failure for Nintendo but in many it was ahead of its time. The Nintendo DS came at the perfect time, long before mobile games and remains the second best-selling video game console of all time (beaten out by the PlayStation 2). The Gameboy is the toughest gaming console ever made, sturdy enough to survive a bomb. The Game Boy Advance helped further advanced sprite-based technology. Wii lead the “console wars” selling more than 101 million units in the first quarter of 2012. Wii U is still home to four of the greatest games Nintendo has ever made. Nintendo 3Ds keeps Nintendo relevant as the Wii U suffers in sales. The Gamecube was home to a stellar lineup of fantastic games. Nintendo 64 had a collection of genre-busting, industry-redefining, titles. The Nes helped revitalize the Us video game industry following the video game crash of 1983 and introduced »
There's a fun joke in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back where the two adventurous slackers bumble their way onto the Miramax studio lot and run from the set of Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season onto the set of Scream 4. It's a good gag that cheekily pokes fun at Miramax making unnecessary sequels to some of their movies, but apparently it was inspirational for studio honcho Bob Weinstein. Kevin Smith recently revealed in an interview with Crave that after Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back came out, Weinstein wanted Smith to do a proper crossover movie with the characters. And who better to pit Jay and Silent Bob against than some '80s horror icons? Bob Weinstein said to me one day on the phone, this was after Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, he goes, “You know...
- Peter Hall
Us director Andrew Renzi, whose feature debut Franny is showing at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) (July 3-11), is lining up his next projects, including a ‘reimagining’ of Billy Wilder’s 1950 classic Sunset Boulevard.
Samuel Goldwyn Films picked up the drama after its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The 30-year-old director, whose 2014 documentary Fishtail about Montana cowboys also premiered at Tribeca and was then picked up by Netflix, will next return to Montana to film another documentary, this time about miners.
Speaking to ScreenDaily following a Kv industry panel, director Renzi confirmed that he aims to shoot the documentary later this year or early next year with regular producing partner Andrew Corkin ([link »
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That you Chris Hemsworth?! Matt Damon is sporting a ponytail like the Thor actor and we’re not complaining. The Oscar winner, 44, debuted his new look at a press conference for his upcoming flick The Great Wall on Thursday, July 2, in China and looked hotter than ever. Clad in blue jeans and a plaid button-down, the Good Will Hunting star grinned from ear to ear, confidently rocking his new long locks which he kept secured with a hair elastic like a true man. The Great Wall, a mystery [...] »
As I reflected upon the importance of the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival on the occasion of its 50th edition, which opens with Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind,” starring Richard Gere, I toyed with the idea of detailing what I’ve learned about film festivals, their audiences, filmmakers, the international film business and more in my years attending the festival. Since that would fill a book, I’ve carved that down to five eye-opening moments.
I first attended Karlovy Vary in 1994, shortly after it became a private business enterprise led by the great Czech actor Jiri Bartoska; the current fest team, including artistic consultant Eva Zaoralova, artistic director Karel Och and executive director Krystof Mucha, has consistently been aces at programming and organization.
I’ve had the pleasure of attending what one travel book deemed “the party of the year in the Czech Republic” a dozen times since »
- Steven Gaydos
Boulevard Trailer. Dito Montiel‘s Boulevard (2014) movie trailer stars Robin Williams, Bob Odenkirk, Kathy Baker, and Giles Matthey. Boulevard‘s plot synopsis: “A devoted husband in a marriage of convenience is forced to confront his secret life.”
Boy, oh boy. It’s hard to make a trailer for this film without it feeling off. Robin Williams hanged himself and slit his wrists. That’s dark. There’s nothing inspiring or positive or hopeful about any of that. We’re told to celebrate his life, and we sure do. We love his films, and we miss his personality.
Robin Williams has always been his best in dramatic performances. I truly believe that. I know he’s a funny-man, a comedian to most, and probably best known as Ms. Doubtfire. But even in that movie, you can see the emotional intellect behind his face. He was a highly intelligent man, and impossible talented. »
- Marco Margaritoff
The movie follows a 60-year-old married man (Williams) who’s stuck in a dead-end job as a bank manager. The character is in denial about his sexuality until he befriends a young gay street hustler (Roberto Aguire).
“Boulevard” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and hits theaters on July 10.
- Maane Khatchatourian
I think it's a cool idea.
Chris Moore, the producer of Good Will Hunting (1997) and many other major films, had an idea to make a television show following two directors who create a film from the same original script. In a world of many disgusting "reality" premises, this one promises to be genuinely interesting and informative of the creative process. And so, for the most part, The Chair (2014) delivers on that promise. They choose Shane Dawson, a YouTube grinder who makes daily, whacky videos for his 10 million subscribers, and Anna Martemucci, a screenwriter with whom the show's producers have made films in the past. So, the show brings a level of meta-realism in the two paths to the director's chair: popular band-wagoning and semi-justified favoritism. Incidentally, at the end of the series they "America" vote for their favorite and the winner gets $250,000.
- Jason Ratigan
Even with as much planning as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some scenes end up on the editing room floor…
This film has spoilers for every film in the Marvel cinematic universe.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe… if you’ve just clicked into this article, it’s likely that you need little reminding of how much it changed the landscape of Hollywood. But that won’t stop us recapping for continuity’s sake. Heck, it’s what Kevin Feige would want.
It began in 2008, then, with the landmark casting of Robert Downey Jnr as Tony Stark. It’s sometimes hard to remember how much a risk that was at the time, but heck did it pay off. The movie, directed by Jon Favreau, was strong, and a huge hit. And the notion of a post-credits sting was introduced. And it was a big one, too – Samuel L Jackson namedropping the Avengers Initiative. »
The Forest for the Trees: Van Sant’s Melodramatic Misfire
Gus Van Sant’s name seems to conjure wildly different reactions depending on how accustomed one is to his varying filmography. Whether you’re a fan or detractor of his period of ‘slow’ films, including 2003’s Palme d’Or winning Elephant, or his mainstream appeal with beloved dramas like 1997’s Good Will Hunting, one can’t argue with a certain amount of dexterity on his part as a filmmaker. But those hoping for a sensational return to any tone in particular are in for a pointedly disappointing time with his latest, The Sea of Trees. Hopelessly melodramatic and embarrassingly affected, it’s a film so emotionally tone deaf it makes Finding Forrester (2000) seem miraculous by comparison. Headlined by a high pedigree cast, awkwardly shuffled about in a revolving charade, the title is a major disappointment from the beloved filmmaker.
Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts's new film, Sea of Trees, earned a rare distinction at Cannes Film Festival yesterday: it was one of the few movies in the film festival's recent history to earn a rousing round of boos at its premiere. Today, at a press conference for the project, reporters unsurprisingly asked about the chilly reception. "I real simply will say that people have as much right to boo as they do to ovate," McConaughey said diplomatically, seeming relaxed despite the negative reactions. "I'm happy to be invited to be here, that the film got in, and it was a great experience making the film," the ever-positive McConaughey added. "I'm working presently in the United States, but I wanted to make the time to come over. This is fun. I look at this as kind of dessert." McConaughey and Watts's new film was directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, »
There appear to be two Gus Van Sants. There's the groundbreaking indie/arthouse guy, who kicked off his career with "Drugstore Cowboy" and "My Own Private Idaho," directed the enormously entertaining "To Die For," and won the Palme D'Or at Cannes for "Elephant," one of a quartet of fascinating experimental pictures. This guy even got a major studio to finance a shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho" that was basically an art project. Then there's the other one. The mainstream Gus Van Sant, who got started with the Oscar-winning "Good Will Hunting," and has since made, to increasingly diminishing returns, films like "Finding Forrester," "Milk," "Restless," and "Promised Land," movies that could have come from just about anyone — more Ron Howard than Gregg Araki. Read More: First Look At Matthew McConaughey And Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant's 'Sea Of Trees' His latest, "The »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible Gus Van Sant is the rare formalist who has been known to depart into more conventional, at times mawkish work with varied outcomes, from the now-classic "Good Will Hunting" and equally compelling "Milk" to the middling "Restless." None of these forays, however, lead to such painfully misguided results as "The Sea of Trees," a hackneyed story of one man's journey toward spiritual uplift following the abrupt death of his wife (Naomi Watts). Not even Matthew McConaughey can sustain the mushy, amateurish story, which digs itself a deeper hole as it moves along. The established talents of both director and star only serve to magnify the many wrong moves that this stunning misfire takes. Fortunately, "Sea of Trees" at least maintains the appearance of a better movie, with polished visuals that seem fitting for the largely outdoors setting. Cinematographer Kasper Tuxen does a fine job complimenting. »
- Eric Kohn
Gus Van Sant's "The Sea of Trees," starring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe, has found a home. Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions has acquired Us rights to the film at the Cannes Film Festival, where it is playing in competition. When I wrote up this year's awards prospects vis a vis Cannes, I noted that "The Sea of Trees" might, however, prove too esoteric if it's in the vein of films like "Gerry" and "Last Days," towering achievements that just couldn't penetrate on the broad level of Academy recognition. From what I've been told by someone who has seen "Sea," that's indeed the case, but the performances, I'm told, are exceptional. So maybe McConaughey or Watanabe can keep their races interesting. We'll know more Saturday after the film screens for international press. Of course, Van Sant never really aims for the Academy's sweet spot. When things work out, it's generally on his terms. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Read More: Gus Van Sant's 'The Sea of Trees' Goes to Roadside/Lionsgate Before Cannes Debut The first official clip from Gust Van Sant's "The Sea of Trees" has landed just days before the soul-searching drama makes its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The "Good Will Hunting" director has assembled a prestigious cast for his latest project, including Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts, and the film will compete for the Palme d'Or on the Croisette this year. McConaughey stars as Arthur Brennan, a man who treks to Japan's famous Aokigahara forest in order to commit suicide. As the clip above teases, Arthur runs into a distressed Japanese man (Watanabe) who has also lost his way both in life and the woods, and the film follows their journey of self-reflection and survival. "The Sea of Trees" debuts at Cannes this Saturday. The drama has been picked up for U. »
- Zack Sharf
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