Leonardo DiCaprio is celebrating his 40th birthday tomorrow, and we're not quite sure how to feel about it. On the one hand, we can't believe that the little guy from Growing Pains has built such an illustrious film career, but on the other, it makes us feel pretty ancient. After all, watching Titanic on VHS and listening to the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack on repeat feels like yesterday. Despite his constant Hollywood presence and multitude of Teen Beat covers, Leo successfully escaped the child star curse. And even though that Oscar statue still eludes him, we can all agree that Leo has become one of the most talented and sought-after actors of our time. In honor of his big day, we've charted Leo's evolution from teenage dream to A-list heartthrob. Keep reading to see the full transformation. »
Not too long ago the infectious and now sadly-cancelled sitcom "Happy Endings" used Leo as a point of reference for just how many women their newly-back-on-the-scene friend was dating - as in, was he pulling DiCaprio-level numbers? And hearing the playful jab reminded us that it's been quite some time since Leo's bag was being a solid actor who dated models. A lot of models. But not quite long enough that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were going to let a moment at this year's Golden Globes pass without a little, still relevant jab.
The former dreamboat was the stuff of teengirl-worship for a good few years until a man named Martin Scorsese came into his life and introduced movie audiences to Leo The Serious »
- Andrea Miller and Emma Badame
Martha Stewart: Actress / Singer in Fox movies apparently not dead despite two-year-old reports to the contrary (Photo: Martha Stewart and Perry Como in 'Doll Face') According to various online reports, including Variety's, actress and singer Martha Stewart, a pretty blonde featured in supporting roles in a handful of 20th Century Fox movies of the '40s, died at age 89 of "natural causes" in Northeast Harbor, Maine, on February 25, 2012. Needless to say, that was not the same Martha Stewart hawking "delicious foods" and whatever else on American television. But quite possibly, the Martha Stewart who died in February 2012 — if any — was not the Martha Stewart of old Fox movies either. And that's why I'm republishing this (former) obit, originally posted more than two and a half years ago: March 11, 2012. Earlier today, a commenter wrote to Alt Film Guide, claiming that the Martha Stewart featured in Doll Face, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, »
- Andre Soares
Photo by Mark Thiessen
Millennium Entertainment is proud to announce that the documentary about determination, danger and the ocean’s greatest depths, Deepsea Challenge 3D will be available on DVD, Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and Special Collectors Edition DVD on November 11, 2014.
Directed by John Bruno, Ray Quint and the late Andrew Wight, the stunning film follows Academy Award® winner James Cameron (The Terminator, Titanic, Avatar) on his successful voyage to the unknown territories at the depths of the ocean.
Wamg is debuting this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip featuring Cameron where he discusses the reservations and fears he had about venturing into unknown territory.
As a boy, filmmaker James Cameron dreamed of a journey to the deepest part of the ocean. This film is the dramatic fulfillment of that dream. It chronicles Cameron’s solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench—nearly seven miles beneath the ocean’s surface—piloting a submersible he designed himself. »
- Michelle McCue
When it comes to the movie Titanic, well, we'll never let go. A few weeks ago, Titanic's strange alternate ending hit the Internet, prompting all kinds of nostalgia, and now in honor of Leonardo DiCaprio's 40th birthday this week, we're taking a look at some of the most heartwarming, heartbreaking, and can't-even-go-there moments from the 1997 movie. From Jack and Rose's steamy romance to the best one-liners, take a trip down memory lane with 45 Gif-worthy Titanic moments you'll never forget. »
Noted film critic astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a long history of fact checking movies while still making the Internet love him. Back during the release of Titanic, Tyson noticed that the celestial pattern Jack and Rose see in the Atlantic Ocean sky didn’t match what they should’ve in that location and time of year, prompting James Cameron to go back and fix it on the DVD release. Last year Tyson went to town on Gravity, saying first on Twitter that it should be called Angular Momentum and then taking his act to YouTube. No word yet on how Alfonso Cuaron is taking the news.
But with the arrival of Interstellar this weekend, yet another space travel movie that seems to dare scientists with its convincing sounding theories about relativity, black holes, quantum mechanics and more, you can bet Tyson will weigh in.
Late Sunday evening, Tyson sure »
- Brian Welk
The Texas-born actor was practically a leading man from the get-go, starring in critically-acclaimed dramas before topping the box office in a flurry of romantic comedies. And then the McConaissance began. McConaughey transformed himself for a role in "Dallas Buyers Club," won his first Oscar -- and then nearly won an Emmy for "True Detective," too. Now, the actor continues his hot streak by starring in Christopher Nolan's space epic "Interstellar."
From his early days shooting armadillo to his love for bongo drums, here are 35 things you probably don't know about Matthew McConaughey.
2. His mother is a former kindergarten teacher, while his father ran an oil supply business.
3. McConaughey's father was also »
- Jonny Black
Directed by Sam Mendes
Marriage is a two-way street. The union of a man and woman is basically a tug of war and it is a battle fought in many arenas. One arena is the suburbs and while a married couple with kids in this environment seems copacetic, one must look a bit deeper to unravel the mystery: the pain, resentment and utter chaos that lies beneath. One film that explores the woes and occasional hell of marriage is 2008’s intense and truly gripping drama Revolutionary Road. Based on Richard Yates 1961 novel of the same name, it is a picture that sums up all the torment and bitter realities that sometimes come with married life.
The film takes place in the 1950s, a time which many Americans still perceive as the height The American Dream »
- Randall Unger
Salma’s spilling out! Like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet hanging off the boat in Titanic, Salma Hayek clung to her chest for dear life on Friday, Oct. 31. The Grown Ups 2 star, 48, was in the middle of a sexy photo shoot, wearing a black strapless gown in a pool of water, when she came within centimeters of suffering an intense nip slip. As she stepped out of the water, Hayek’s dress proved too flimsy to hold up her voluptuous chest, so the Mexican stunner was [...] »
Only two actors have officially played Freddy Krueger on camera. The most recent was Jackie Earle Haley in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, and as fine as Haley was in the role, there just wasn't anything strong enough in that film to overpower two decades of Krueger legacy built by the inimitable Robert Englund. But Robert Englund wasn't even the first person cast as the supernatural child killer. Englund was only able to take the role after Wes Craven's first choice, David Warner (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Titanic) dropped out of the movie due to a prior commitment that conflicted with the shoot. And this wasn't just an issue of Craven wanting Warner and they never got past the paperwork. The actor actually went through makeup...
- Peter Hall
Ever hear a story that seems so implausible but is true? Imagine these stories reveal items from some of our culture and history that have gone missing. Perhaps you could help find them. If every picture is worth a thousand words, then according to Brad Meltzer’s Lost History, which makes its debut tonight on the H2 channel, every item contains a story of a million words.
If you’re not familiar with Meltzer, he is a bestselling novelist, comic book writer (Jla, Green Arrow, Identity Crisis) and author of kids books. He also hosted a series on the History Channel called Decoded, which spent two seasons verifying or debunking real American mysteries and conspiracies. Now he is launching a new series through History’s sister channel, H2 called Lost History, which looks at solved and unsolved cases of a variety of missing items tied to our history. Think of »
- Ernie Estrella
Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:
Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.
Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.
Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.
The full list of jurors is below.
Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Since the development of the moving picture camera in the late 19th century, the world, especially Americans, has been fascinated by the silver screen. For a time, people shut out the cold reality of the Great Depression with Shirley Temple's iconic curls, and legends such as Errol Flynn, Gregory Peck, and Katherine Hepburn roamed Hollywood lots and ordered Cobb salads at the Brown Derby. For awhile it seemed that our infatuation with Hollywood would never end, but the most recent decade has seen both its revenue and cultural significance decline, and many industry experts are scrambling to understand how movies have slipped from the spotlight. Internal changes show that studios have reinvested quite a bit of their resources into television production, and although Hollywood has been a television oriented town since the late -1950s, it had never stepped on film profits until fairly recently.
Since the true golden »
- Brandon Engel
This is what I thought I knew about The Terminator—released 30 years ago this weekend—before I watched it for the first time a few nights ago: - The title character is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. - He's a robot who's been sent back in time to do... something. - He's a bad guy. Except they keep making movies about him, so maybe he's a good guy. Or he starts as one, then becomes the other? Regardless, he is definitely either good or bad. Yep. That much I know. - Linda Hamilton plays Sarah Connor, a badass with great arms »
- Hillary Busis
In the many, many years that movie marketing has been around, we.ve seen everything from tie-in amusement park rides to Icee cups. But Drafthouse Films and Magnet Releasing have come up with the greatest promotional tool ever for their anthology horror ABCs of Death 2: they asked all 26 directors to name their favorite cinematic death scenes, and then put them all together in one explosive, disturbing and mildly depressing supercut! Check it out below, and be mindful of its highly Nsfw material. It.s kind of tough to just get on with your day after watching that kind of thing, at least without mentally picturing people.s heads exploding. But then, some of you probably did that already. There are some real surprises in there, with Nigerian director Lancelot Imasuen choosing Leonardo DiCaprio.s cold-water passing in Titanic of all deaths as his pick. I also feel like »
On “The Flash,” Grant Gustin’s titular hero isn’t the only character with special abilities, and in the Oct. 21 episode, we’ll meet another DC Comics icon: Robbie Amell’s Ronnie Raymond, aka one half of Firestorm — DC’s “Nuclear Man.” In the series, Ronnie is an engineer on Star Labs’ particle accelerator, the device that imbues Barry, Ronnie and many other bystanders with unforeseen powers after it malfunctions. He’s also the fiance of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), and this week’s episode will flash back (no pun intended) to the night when the accelerator exploded, supposedly killing Ronnie even as it gifted Barry with super speed.
Amell is no stranger to super powers — having headlined Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer and Julie Plec’s “Tomorrow People” for The CW last season — and it’s safe to say that heroics are in his genes, given that his cousin is “Arrow” star Stephen Amell. »
- Laura Prudom
Fans of The Flash will get their first look at Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) in tomorrow night's episode "Things You Can't Outrun". The character is one half of Firestorm, with Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) portraying the other half. Before fans are introduced to Ronnie, Robbie Amell offers the first details about his character in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Firestorm isn't as big a name in the DC comic book universe. Amell reveals that he wasn't too familiar with the character before he landed the role.
"I knew of him and I knew a little, but I hadn't been a huge Firestorm fan. But I'm actually kind of glad that it happened that way because I got to be introduced to a new superhero. I got a care package from DC with a couple comics and a couple action figures. My mom went out to a comic book »
Robert Englund is celebrated by horror hounds for bringing to life the wicked wit and intimidating menace of Freddy Krueger in eight A Nightmare on Elm Street films and a TV series. But what may surprise some Elm Street strollers is that David Warner (The Omen) was originally cast in the role of the iconic killer, and we have a look at what Freddy would have looked like with Warner behind the scorched skin.
Originally considered to play Freddy Krueger, David Warner had to opt out of Wes Craven’s horror classic due to scheduling conflicts, but before he was out of the picture, early makeup tests were completed that show Warner as the dream invader.
David Warner has played a plethora of characters over the decades, including roles in The Omen (1976), Tron, In the Mouth of Madness, Titanic, and more recently portrayed Professor Abraham Van Helsing in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. »
- Derek Anderson
Friends for life, brothers from another mother, and dudes that make movies... James Cameron and Guillermo del Toro have been pals since the ‘90s. They met at a Fourth of July party. Del Toro eventually wound up living in Cameron’s guesthouse for a period of time, and following those days the men have traded opinions and advice regarding the other’s work. Cameron suggested the line in Cronos where Ron Perlman says, “Not my nose again!” Del Toro elaborates on their working relationship: “He’s helped with every one of my movies, except Mimic, where we were sequestered in Toronto and couldn’t show anyone. In Blade II, he gave me a few comments on the cut. I’ve been with him in the editing room for True Lies, Titanic, Avatar...
- Alison Nastasi
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