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Seventy-five years after the premiere of "Gone With the Wind" (on December 15, 1939), it seems that nothing -- not the passage of time, not the movie's controversial racial politics, not the film's daunting length, and not even the release of certain James Cameron global blockbusters -- can diminish the romantic Civil War drama's stature as the most popular movie of all time.
The film is certainly a formidable artistic achievement, a cornerstone of movie history, and a highlight of a year so full of landmark films that 1939 has often been called the greatest year in the history of Hollywood filmmaking. Each viewing of the four-hour epic seems to reveal new details. Still, even longtime "Gwtw" fans may not know the behind-the-scenes story of the film, one as lengthy and tumultuous as the on-screen romance between Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Producer David O. Selznick spent fortunes, hired »
- Gary Susman
Director: Steven Quale
Running Time: 89 minutes
Extras: Into the Storm: Tornado Files, Titus: The Ultimate Chasing Vehicle, Fake Storms: Real Conditions
Never since the cult classic Twister have the movie studios really dared to throw their money into the turbulent world of tornado thrillers…without sharks. Into The Storm doesn’t mess around with the genre and although struggles to develop interesting dialogue, it does tie down a basic narrative for specific purposes. Basically, it’s time for the small American town of Silverton to be ravaged by tornadoes for what will become the biggest storm in history, which comprises of a mammoth 300-mph monster in the grand finale but, I promise you, that’s not a spoiler unless you haven’t seen a trailer.
Beyond the lack of exciting discussion between characters, »
- Dan Bullock
Part-time actor, part-time manimal Leonardo DiCaprio continues to stun us ordinary residents of planet Earth with his nonpareil ability to aggressively enjoy life. Ever since melting the hearts of humans everywhere as Jack in the late-'90s Titanic, Leo's love life and sometimes unbelievable partygoing exploits have been well documented (and perhaps fudged). Here are six of the wildest stories that exist involving Leo and the ladies.1. Leo Leaves a Club With a Lot of WomenLeo is 40 years old. Divide his age by two, and you get the number of women he left a Miami nightclub with this week. Partying in the southeast for Art Basel, the newly single actor was spotted hanging with Brandon Davis and Joe Jonas at the pop-up version of 1 Oak. Leo reportedly left the club with every girl that was in his VIP section. He was lionized by a witness as such: He left »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
One change between the first and second of "The Amazing Spider-Man" films is composer James Horner. The "Avatar" and "Titanic" composer came onboard the franchise with the first Andrew Garfield-led film outing but wisely opted out of the sequel which seems to have become one of the most hated comic book films since "Batman and Robin".
In a new interview for a fan site Jh Film Music, Horner himself didn't hold back on his feelings about the franchise. He also explained how he came onboard the first one, mostly due to the film's director Marc Webb, and what happened behind the scenes on the first (Spoilers Ahead for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"):
"He [Webb] was very inexperienced and he and I had a very good relationship and the producers had their own opinion. And they didn't want his input. And then Sony had their own, they just wanted action. »
- Garth Franklin
In 2012, Oscar-winning composer James Horner, who is best known for scoring Field of Dreams, Braveheart, and Titanic, scored Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man. When the sequel was ready to be scored Horner passed on it and he was replaced by Hans Zimmer ("Man of Steel"). Horner recently explained to the fansite, James Horner Film Music, why he chose not to work on The Amazing Spider-Man franchise again. Jhfm: So The Amazing Spider-Man was quite unusual for you, it was probably the director's personality that brought you to this project, because he had a different vision for this film? James Horner: He was very inexperienced and he and I had a very good relationship and the producers had their own opinion. And they didn't want his input. And then Sony had their own, they just wanted action. To me, the whole thing about doing the movie was I liked »
Aired December 6, 2014 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)
Let’s just dive right into this, shall we?
The Host: James Franco is a renaissance man if there ever was one, as he points out in his monologue and practically every time he goes on some kind of comedy variety late night program to promote his work. This never really comes out in his SNL appearances, as Franco comes off as just being happy to be there. Sure, we are always safe in the knowledge that at some point Seth Rogen will show up, as is his wont, and he shows up twice in this episode, but nothing of the non-jester side of Franco ever really shows up when he heads down to 30 Rock. You’ll see hints of the strange underbelly of Franco occasionally, »
- Jj Perkins
Although he appeared in last season’s best sketch (“Monster Pals”), James Franco hasn’t actually hosted “Saturday Night Live” in almost exactly five years. With “The Interview” just around the corner, don’t be surprised to see Seth Rogen show up tonight. (I’d be more surprised, but also more delighted, if co-star Lizzy Caplan shows up for a “Masters Of Sex” parody as well.) Franco has been up for anything in his previous “SNL” appearances, and just released a fantastic “SNL” documentary now available on Hulu Plus, so he’s a good host to kick off this final leg of the Fall 2014 season. As always, I’ll be liveblogging each segment. This week, I’m giving everything a “B” just to appease those that quibble with the individual grades I assign. Oh wait, that probably wouldn’t be any better. Grades are imperfect, in-the-moment reactions and nothing more. »
- Ryan McGee
A visit to Planet Ice, off into the wild with Ben Fogle and Marvel’s Agents of Shield decipher alien scribblings. Plus: a portrait of Von Karajan, The Story of Funk and the adventures of a corporate Robin Hood in House Of Lies
New French-Canadian co-production exploring nature’s greatest glaciers and the challenges threatening their futures. Episode one of four takes us to the French Alps, where increased water flow on the ice and shrinking glaciers indicate a climate crisis, but what do the glaciologists on the ground make of it all? There are stunning visuals and inconvenient truths aplenty, but with key dialogue subtitled from le Français and lots of climatological concepts to grasp, only the most fervent ecologists will be hooked. Hannah J Davies
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- Hannah J Davies, Gwilym Mumford, Andrew Mueller, Bim Adewunmi, Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall and David Stubbs
I had the remarkable pleasure of interviewing Dan Lemmon, who is a visual effects supervisor for the world renowned special effects company—Weta Workshop--out of New Zealand. You might have heard of that company? Mr. Lemmon has been working on special effects since The Fifth Element (1995) and has worked with effects teams to put together some of the most awe inspiring scenes in film for nearly 20 years. Everything from Titanic to Avatar—both of them the top two highest grossing films of all time. To the recent reboots of the Planet of the Apes films, from ‘Rise’ to ‘Dawn’. He supervised the visual effects team that brought Superman back to life in Man of Steel and has even worked on films such as Peter Jackson's reboot of King Kong; he's also supervised visual effects for films such as I, Robot, and even a horror entry with 30 Days of Night. »
40. Don’t Look Now (1973)
Directed by: Nicholas Roeg
A few films that could be defined as horror appear on this list, mostly because the best ones veer further into a psychological discussion on dealing with fear, death, and loss. Based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier, “Don’t Look Now” is a landmark of British-Italian cinema, thanks to its wonderfully developed characters and realistic depiction of grief. John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) travel to Venice, still reeling after the accidental drowning of their daughter Christine. While there, Laura meets a psychic who claims that Christine is still trying to contact them, which she shares with John, who is skeptical. Slowly, John begins to experience supernatural moments and mysterious sightings, some of which appear to be a young girl in a red coat, similar to the one Christine was wearing when she died. While the »
- Joshua Gaul
In honour of Interstellar's success, we've dug out ten facts that you may not already know about the award-winning actor.
1. His parents divorced each other twice and got married three times. His wife's parents also had two divorces and reunions. Weird! McConaughey had no idea about his parents' splits until his father's death in 1992, and believed that his mother was just on an extended vacation. Incidentally, his father died of a heart attack while making love to his wife on a Monday morning.
2. McConaughey never originally intended to be an actor - »
Welcome to one of the most unique categories at the Oscars. Best Makeup & Hairstyling is the only category to still feature the "bake-off” phase, where three nominees are chosen from seven finalists after those finalists each make a pitch-via-reel to the branch. Every year features surprise omissions and inclusions, both among the final seven and the final three. The category seems almost uniquely immune to being overwhelmed by the overall reputation of a film. (Best Costume Design is its only rival in this respect.) Films of questionable quality are nominated nearly every year. While some lament the titles that have earned the moniker "Oscar nominee” ("Norbit” perhaps being the most infamous example), I for one love the fact that this branch actually strives to do what it is tasked with. While these macro-level characteristics of the category permeate the nominations process, trends among the nominees are nevertheless observable. The category tends to award monster makeup, »
- Gerard Kennedy
Everybody has that one movie that they've watched so many times, "knowing it by heart" doesn't even begin to describe the relationship. It's the film that you drop everything to watch when it comes on TV, or that you bought and wore out the VHS copy, and then the DVD and the Blu-Ray... and you're still happy to watch it again on Netflix. Maybe it all started with what your family liked to watch (or what they hated) or what ended up in your stocking at holiday time, or what you fell in love with at the theater. Below, the HitFix editorial staff shares its most-watched movies of all time. What is yours? Tell us in the comments! Donna Dickens "Titanic" I was that fourteen year old girl. The one that saw “Titanic” in theaters multiple times (my personal tally was seven.) I bought the VHS two-pack. I recorded the »
- HitFix Staff
No artist ever dislikes having a mega-hit single. It makes you money, gives you a great deal of fame and adds to your reputation in the music business.
Photos: The Hottest Looks from the 2014 American Music Awards
However, these 12 musicians – from Lady Gaga and Frank Sinatra to Madonna and Celine Dion – have admitted that they can’t stand their own chart-topping songs. We’ve compiled a list of their reasons why.
James Blunt, “You’re Beautiful”
The only thing James will never be with, is in love with “You’re Beautiful.” The singer told Hello! Magazine in October that the song became way too much for fans. "[It] was force-fed down people's throats," he said. "And it became annoying.”
James Cameron has never been one to set the bar low. When his last two films were released, each was most expensive movies ever made and became the highest grossing films ever. Avatar remains on the top of the list by a wide margin, followed up by the other recent Cameron film, Titanic. But that’s […]
- Germain Lussier
The countryside community of Elwood has a problem, and a group of specially trained young adults are about the only ones equipped to take care of it. The problem lies with the living dead that shamble within the town’s boundaries now and then, threatening a dwindling number of uninfected humans in Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, which Anchor Bay Entertainment is releasing on home media this winter.
Co-starring Billy Zane and Dee Wallace, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 3rd with a trio of behind-the-scenes featurettes. We have the official press release with full details:
“Beverly Hills, CA – The rural town of Elwood has always been a “bubble” against the backdrop of an organism-based epidemic where infected humans don’t die, instead they roam to spread the infection in a grisly, horrific way. Those who escape must survive—by any means necessary. »
- Derek Anderson
After last week’s fiasco involving the most unlikely board game ever to be pitched to Toys ”R” Us, Pamela paid the price. Tonight, our final 10 big hitters went to the Big Apple
The Apprentice did New York and New York survived. I’m so happy for New York.
I’m away next week but the excellent Tom Meltzer will be manning the keyboard for all the historical reenactment fun. God, how I envy him. Have fun and see you in two weeks!
But are the boys safe? They still look shifty.
Lauren is shocked and stunned and in a taxi home. Oh, and here come the boys, without so much as a dressing down from Sugar. That’s a bit rum.
Daniel is, remember, Alan’s favourite but has he pushed him too far with a crappy logo. Every week Alan pads this »
- Julia Raeside
Paul W.S. Anderson has continued his explorations in 3D cinema with his latest film, Pompeii. It’s a simplistic love story in the vein of Titanic, two mismatched, class-divided lovers contrasted against one of history’s worst natural disasters. The story concerns a Celtic gladiator named Milo (Kit Harrington), who witnessed the slaughter of his family by the Roman Empire, under the command of Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland). Soon, after being spotted as a promising business prospect for Pompeii’s gladiator games, Milo is sent to the titular city. While on the way, he first meets Cassia (Emily Browning), the melancholic (by way of Kate Winslet in Titanic) daughter of the wealthy class. After arriving in Pompeii, Milo meets fellow slave and gladiator Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and they soon become friends, bonded by their captivity. Corvus, now a senator, arrives in Pompeii to broker a land deal, and with all the players now arrived, »
- John Lehtonen
In an industry filled with failed child stars, Leonardo DiCaprio is a rare success story.The actor is one of the few who was able to transition from kid actor to teen heartthrob to respected A-lister unlike anyone before him -- and today, he turns 40!Hard to believe the kid who got his start in projects like "Critters 3" and "Growing Pains" has become one of Hollywood's most bankable stars and a five-time Oscar nominee.While he had critically acclaimed parts in "Romeo + Juliet" and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?", it was the role of Jack Dawson in "Titanic" that made him "King of the World" in 1997 -- launching him to a new level of fame he probably never expected.These days he balances films like "The Wolf of Wall Street" with his philanthropic work, recently speaking at the Un about climate change and doing what he can to support wildlife. »
- tooFab Staff
Leonardo DiCaprio celebrates his 40th birthday this week, which got us thinking about how many years he's been on the Hollywood scene. We still remember when Growing Pains welcomed DiCaprio into the family as Luke - because he stole our hearts pretty much immediately. It only got better from there, as DiCaprio charmed us in movies like Romeo + Juliet, Catch Me If You Can, and, of course, Titanic, all the way to The Great Gatsby. Take a look at some of his most memorable roles. »
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