11 items from 2013
Glenn here to discuss two of The Film Experience’s favorite women. If you’re like me and have been watching with glee the re-ascension of Scarlett Johansson to critical favour then you also may have noticed the parallels between her and the goddess Nicole Kidman. It took a shorter amount of time, of course, but in this day and age everything moves father. With audiences finally being allowed to see hear Johansson in Her in movie theaters, it seems like as good a time as any to ask the question: is Scarlett Johansson this decade's Nicole Kidman?
When you look at the careers of Nicole Kidman and Scarlett Johansson, the two share a lot of similarities. Both broke out at the tail-end of a decade – the ‘80s for Kidman with Dead Calm, ‘90s for Johansson with The Horse Whisperer – and had critical successes before Hollywood ceased attempting to figure »
- Glenn Dunks
Scarlett Johansson may be regarded as one of the most beautiful stars in the world, but she's also an actress who continues to surprise us.
Johansson has juggled various genres, from teen comedies like "The Perfect Score," to quirky indies like "Ghost World," to superhero blockbusters like "Iron Man 2." But this weekend we get the Jersey-fied Johansson in "Don Jon." Scarjo plays Barbara, the new girlfriend of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's porn-addicted title character.
We've seen Johansson on screen since she was just a kid, but there are still tons of facts that you probably never knew about the blonde bombshell, such as her rejection from Nyu's Tisch school or her near-casting in the upcoming "Gravity." Find out more little-known tidbits about the star below.
1. Even though 1998's "The Horse Whisperer" was Johansson's seventh feature film, she was given an "Introducing" credit in it.
2. She has a twin brother, Hunter Johansson, »
- Erin Whitney
Scarlett Johansson starred in The Horse Whisperer in 1998, and since then she's been a fixture on the red carpet, with blockbusters (The Avengers), indies (Lost in Translation), a pile of Woody Allen movies, a BAFTA, four Golden Globe nominations, and a Tony to her name. Over the years, Johansson has worn some staggeringly beautiful dresses and rocked some stunningly unflattering hair colors. Journey with us through her red-carpet looks. »
- Margaret Lyons
The Us is full of iconic filming locations … ideal for a road trip. From Alaska to Texas here are 10 of our favourite movie sights
The Lake House (2006)
So many Chicago hotspots were showcased in this movie – the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, Michigan Avenue, Grant Park, the bridges over the Chicago river. One scene takes Kate (Sandra Bullock) on a walking tour, past stunning examples of local architecture. Christopher Plummer, who plays Alex's (Keanu Reeves) architect father, has one of my favourite lines. He says the most important quality in architecture is "always the light. Always." Take an architecture tour for your own light-filled experience.
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
The scenes in this movie that were filmed in Belltown, Pioneer Square and the Roosevelt Hotel all pull you into this great Pacific Northwest city. »
- Salena Lettera
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 13, 2013
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Based on the novel by Neil Gordon, the film tells the story of Nick Sloan (aka Jim Grant) former underground militant activist who’s wanted as an accomplice for a bank robbery that turned deadly in the 1970s.
After Nick’s old compatriot is arrested, ambitious young reporter Ben Shepard (Labeouf) starts digging into Nick’s past. Nick must go on the run, get his daughter to safety and try to clear his name.
The cast of the R-rated movie also includes Nick Nolte (Warrior), Stanley Tucci (Margin Call), Julie Christie (Doctor Zhivago), Chris Cooper (The Company Men), Terrence Howard (Red Tails), Richard Jenkins (Killing Them Softly), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and »
He doesn't have much choice. A man-versus-nature tale about a lone sailor adrift on the Indian Ocean, J.C. Chandor's movie has no dialogue, just a few lines of voiceover at the start and a couple of heartfelt expletives.
Redford said he was excited by "the challenge of being solitary, alone, without having the crutch of words."
The Independent newspaper declared the film "utterly compelling viewing," while Variety called Redford "superb."
"I believe in the value of silence in film," Redford told reporters. "I believe it in life as well, because there's a lot of talk around – maybe too much."
Silence "forces »
Bonjour, ou Bonsoir, j’espère que cela vous trouvera en bonne santé! I must start with an apology for any rusty translation, and hope it still has the right intentions. Thn are pleased to inform you of this year’s edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the UniFrance films’ celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film that is set to hit screens at Curzon Soho and Ciné Lumière in London, this April 4th-7th.
During 4 days, this Rendez-Vous is the opportunity for the English general public, the journalists and the French expatriated in London to discover some of the best 2012’ French productions and to meet talents. This year is no exception with the immense talent attending which includes:
Audrey Tautou, actress
2012 Mood Indigo (L’Ecume Des Jours) by Michel Gondry
2009 Coco Before Chanel »
- Dan Bullock
Exclusive: Conde Nast Entertainment Group, which launched under Dawn Ostroff to mine feature and TV properties from the archives of the publisher’s magazine stable, has unearthed two separate projects. Run by former Imagine and Fox Searchlight exec Jeremy Steckler, the feature division has set Fracture scribe Daniel Pyne to script The Camorra Never Sleeps, a drama about the notorious Naples-based criminal underworld that is based on the 2012 Vanity Fair article written by William Langewiesche. Conde Nast Entertainment Group has separately hired Reservation Road scribe John Burnham Schwartz to script a film based on The Horse Whisperer, a 2002 GQ article written by Robert Draper. The movie will certainly need a new title, but the article is based on the long-shot journey of Wesley Keith Ritchie, who went from a Kentucky prison inmate to being a horse rehabilitation specialist who found salvation through the broken down progeny of Triple Crown winner Affirmed. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
An Oscar nominee for writing "The Fisher King," Richard Lagravenese has cultivated an ongoing reputation as a go-to source for cultivated adaptations of that the uncultivated might call "chick-lit," ranging from "The Horse Whisperer" to "The Bridges of Madison County" to "Water for Elephants." [We would never put Lagravenese in a "chick lit" corner, since "Beloved" and "The Little Princess" are clearly much more than that.] With the new teen supernatural romance "Beautiful Creatures," Lagravenese is working with material which might -- again, this would only be a gross generalization -- be thought to skew more toward female viewers, but »
- Daniel Fienberg
Robert Redford still knows how to wrangle up a cast of A-listers. His recent projects have showcased Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon, Will Smith, and James McAvoy, and the living legend has lined up another impressive cast of actors for The Company You Keep. Out front and center is Redford himself — in his first major starring role since 2005′s An Unfinished Life — portraying a former Weather Underground radical who’s exposed by a journalist played by Shia Labeouf. Toss in esteemed vets Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Chris Cooper, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, as well as Terrence Howard, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Michael Haneke's latest story of an octogenarian nursing his dying wife is brave and beautiful, but beware if you're over the age of 60
Art house cinemas attract a clientele that is fairly advanced in age. This is especially true during the day and during the winter when everyone else is still at work. Given the type of fare that art houses specialise in, patrons take in a steady diet of films about foundering string quartets, courageous Afghan songbirds, iconoclastic pedagogues, the French.
But because they shun the trashy fare at multiplexes, and because not all foreign or independent movies are life-affirming paeans to mysterious folksingers and lovable pickpockets, art house patrons also end up seeing a fair number of movies about socially maladjusted wrestlers, murderous tyrants, incompetent drug dealers, and young women who lose their lower legs thanks to the hijinks of frisky orcas. Sometimes these audiences get more than they bargained for. »
- Joe Queenan
11 items from 2013
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