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Before he detailed the romance between a man and an Os, or took you where the Wild Things were, Spike Jonze decided to get into the head of John Malkovich. Time flies, but it has been 15 years since the brilliant and bizarre "Being John Malkovich" hit theaters, so today we're going to take you behind the scenes. Featuring longitme collaborator Lance Bangs, and cast members John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz, and, of course, John Malkovich, the footage is a bit scattershot, but gives a sense of what shooting the oddball, Charlie Kaufman-penned picture was like, not only for those in front of the camera, but for the crew too. It's actually a pretty great dip into what it took to get inside Malkovich's brain, at least on set, and if you're of the film and filmmakers, it's worth perusing. Check it out below, along with a couple of extras, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Intruders heats up considerably in its second episode, which is better-paced and starting to intrigue...
This review contains spoilers.
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Previously on Intruders, we met a few odd characters, a couple of sinister ones, and were beaten over the head with exposition once or twice. Immortality: not just for vampires any more. A secret sect has discovered a way to cram their souls into the bodies of others. Very Being John Malkovich. What the series premiere seemed to imply is that the soul cramming happens every nine years, on the victim’s birthday (or maybe nine years after the last host died?). The process is facilitated by Richard and Frank Shepherd. How it is done or why certain victims are picked has not yet been revealed.
Does that make the perpetrators some kind of psychic parasites? Is the host soul killed or forced into submission? Can »
Into the Woods: Heading to theaters on December 25, Into the Woods is an ambitious stage-to-screen adaptation featuring a plethora of familiar storybook characters. New photos from the musical showcase Johnny Depp (as a wolf), Anna Kendrick (as Cinderella), Emily Blunt (as the Baker's Wife), and Meryl Streep (as a witch), all looking quite colorful. [EW.com] I.Q. 83: Charlie Kaufman, known for offbeat movies (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation), will next tackle a rewrite of I.Q. 83, based on a 1978 novel by Arthur Herzog. Steve Carell is set to star as the leader of a group of scientists who inadvertently unleash a virus that steadily lowers the intelligence of its victims. Kaufman is planning a satirical version of the straightforward novel...
- Peter Martin
After starring in dumb comedies like Dinner for Schmucks, Evan Almighty and most recently Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Long Title, it sounds like Steve Carell has the potential to star in a smart comedy about getting dumber. Deadline reports Paramount Pictures has hired Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) to do a page one rewrite of I.Q. 83, an adaptation of the 1978 sci-fi novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog, being developed for Steve Carell to lead. While the sci-fi was written as a serious story, the film adaptation will be a satire like Dr. Strangelove. The story would follow Carell as Dr. James Healey, a man who led a group of scientists to conduct a DNA experiment by unleashing an airborne virus that progressively lowers the Iq of those who have contracted it (you know, like reality television). Suddenly »
- Ethan Anderton
Carell will play Dr James Healey, the head of a group of scientists whose experimental virus is accidentally unleashed on the population.
Those infected find their IQs progressively dropping, leading to a race against time to find a cure before the scientists no longer have the mental capacity to do so.
Herzog - a political speechwriter in the 1960s - published the book in 1978.
A director is yet to be secured for the project.
It looks like Charlie Kaufman and Steve Carell may work together after all. Carell was originally set to star in the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind scribe’s excellent-sounding musical Frank or Francis, but the feature was postponed due to lack of financing. He then turned his attention to the FX pilot How and Why, only to see the network pass on picking it up to series earlier this year. Now Kaufman has been tapped to rewrite a star vehicle for Carell, and it sounds kind of great. The Adaptation. and Being John Malkovich screenwriter will pen an adaptation of Arthur Herzog’s science-fiction novel Iq 83, which revolves around the outbreak of a disease that is slowly making everyone dumber. More after the jump. Deadline reports that Paramount has hired Kaufman to do a page one rewrite of Iq 83, which is being developed as a star vehicle for Carell. »
- Adam Chitwood
Steve Carell has been attached for awhile to headline an adaptation of Arthur Herzog's 1978 science fiction novel, Iq 83. Today, however, the big screen take on the high concept tale is officially getting a rewrite from none other than Charlie Kaufman, the screenwriter behind films like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York. Deadline has the news, reporting that Kaufman will be doing a page one rewrite. »
Florence Foster Jenkins was the William Hung of the early 1900s. An objectively awful opera singer convinced of her own melodious quality, Jenkins concertized across New York City at her wealthy family’s expense. People couldn’t look away. Staging elaborate shows in opulent costumes, Jenkins sang Vivaldi and Strauss for audiences keeling over from disbelief. Her earnest brand of cacophony became so revered, she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in 1944, at the age of 76. Sound like the makings for a biopic? Well, get ready for Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins. Deadline reports that the “Iron Lady” Best Actress-winner will star alongside Hugh Grant in “Florence,” a dramatization of the New York heiress’ odd musical career. Though its high art trashiness sounds like the makings of a John Waters film, “Philomena” director Stephen Frears will helm the feature. Nicholas Martin (BBC's "The Indian Doctor”) wrote the script. »
- Matt Patches
Philomena director Stephen Frears is reteaming with Pathé for another project about an eponymous real-life female protagonist. Currently in pre-production, Florence is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability. Meryl Streep is attached to play the title role with Hugh Grant also attached for the role of her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an aristocratic English actor who was determined to protect Florence from the truth that while the voice she heard in her head was beautiful, to everyone else it was hilariously awful.
Baz Bamigboye at the Daily Mail first tipped the news and Pathé International, which will begin sales at the AFM next month, has now confirmed details. The film has a script by Nicholas Martin which will tell Foster Jenkins’ story through to »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Other Woman, 2014.
Directed by Nick Cassavetes.
After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he’s been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.
Whatever happened to Cameron Diaz? Such a brilliant talent, beautiful and pleasing, why has the actress made such bad career choices in terms of her films? When she “stormed” into our lives in a busty red dress, using a local newspaper in a desperate attempt to shield her from the rain before sweeping Jim Carrey off his feet in 1994’s The Mask, the world was her oyster. But despite some excellent work in the likes of Being John Malkovich and Gangs of New York, Diaz has found herself stuck in vortex of unfunny comedies and critical backlashes. »
- Scott J. Davis
After big festival bows at the Venice, Telluride and New York film festivals, Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" finally opens in limited release this week. Michael Keaton is well on his way into the awards spectrum this year, but his co-stars deserve some looks, too, and none more so than Edward Norton, whose mercurial method actor Mike Shiner lights up the screen every time he's on it, and might be the best thing he's done since "Fight Club" and "American History X." Norton's a pretty soft-spoken and thoughtful guy, but confident in his perspective. He has a reputation for taking a major part in the creative process when he can, and Shiner has that shade, too. You're free to consider that more or less than a footnote; the meta discussion around the film will continue to be as overstated or understated as it needs to be to fit this or that think piece. »
- Kristopher Tapley
It's been 15 years since 1999, because that's how time works. 1999 is generally considered a great year for movies. Transformative, even: A diverse array of films, directed by a fleet of up-and-coming filmmakers, all arriving at the multiplex back when cable was lame enough and the internet was slow enough to make the multiplex a place that mattered. If you happened to be young in 1999—or young-ish—it was possible to feel like you were seeing the entire cinematic art form evolve in front of you. Fifteen years ago this month was Three Kings and Fight Club and Being John Malkovich, instant-cult »
- Darren Franich
Double Oscar-nominee John Malkovich will be honored for his life's work with the Golden Eye award at this year's Zurich International Film Festival. Malkovich's career stretches back nearly three decades and has included everything from the acclaimed period drama Dangerous Liaisons (1988) to action thrillers In the Line of Fire (1993), Con Air (1997) and the Red franchise to the self-referential dramedy of Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich in 1999. Read more Zurich Film Festival Completes Lineup Malkovich will receive his Golden Eye honor on Saturday from German actress Veronika Ferres, with whom Malkovich appeared in a TV
- Scott Roxborough
John Malkovich will head to Zurich later this week to present his latest film and receive the festival’s Golden Eye award.
The star of Dangerous Liaisons, Red and Being John Malkovich will be in town on Saturday (Oct 4) to introduce thriller Cut Bank, which receives a gala premiere screening at the Zurich Film Festival, alongside director Matt Shakman.
The honorary Golden Eye award will be presented later that evening on the festival’s award night at Zurich’s Opera House. Malkovich will accept the honour from German actress Veronika Ferres - his co-star in The Casanova Variations.
Cut Bank, which played at Toronto and receives its European premiere in Zurich, centres on a young man played by Liam Hemsworth who dreams of escaping his small town. But his efforts to do so set a deadly series of events in motion. The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Dern.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
John Malkovich photos: How to look like a model, from Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein (image: John Malkovich as Marilyn Monroe in Bert Stern's 1962 portrait 'Marilyn in Pink Roses') Whether you found Spike Jonze's 1999 mind-invading comedy Being John Malkovich a pretentious bore or the most innovative motion picture since Georges Méliès' The Man with the India-Rubber Head, you'll probably enjoy Sandro Miller's series of John Malkovich photos, in which the two-time Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee becomes the real-life characters in some of the most celebrated (and mostly pop, U.S.-made) photographs ever taken. Malkovich's various guises will be featured in the exhibit "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters," which runs from November 7, 2014, to January 31, 2015, at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. In Being John Malkovich, the likes of John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener discover an escape from their drab lives »
- Andre Soares
Malkovich, Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich. Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich? Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich! You get what I’m saying, right?
According to Spike Jonze’s film Being John Malkovich, if John Malkovich enters the mind of John Malkovich, well, all he’d see and hear is Malkovich. Commercial photographer Sandro Miller can offer you half that experience with his art series “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic,” sans the magic portal.
Collaborating with the actor himself, Miller pays homage to the photographers who influenced him with this photo series that places Malkovich into classic images. The photo tributes are superbly executed recreations that are oddly and increasingly fascinating yet totally fun. We’ve included some of our favorites above and below (I'm now fully convinced Malkovich would make an amazing Joker), and you can check out the whole exhibit and get pricing here. (Hat tip: MTV)
- Eli Reyes
Cool film stuff can be almost as fun as actually going to the movies. Think of a Batman cape, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action figure, or Goldeneye on the N64. Hell, the merchandising can often be more enjoyable than the actual film – remember how much fun the first few months of 1999 were before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was actually released?
Yet, in the chase to make a quick buck out of devoted fans, some... let's just say less relevant, movie merchandise is churned out and flogged to the public.
Here then are 50 of the strangest (not ranked in order!) – expect action figures of obscure henchmen, 16-carat gold Twilight jewellery and some truly vomit-inducing burgers…
In Spider-Man 3, Peter »
Fifteen years after Spike Jonze pondered what would happen if people were given a chance to view the world through the eyes of John Malkovich in the cult-classic Being John Malkovich, another artist has wondered, What if everyone were Malkovich? And the results are rather hypnotic to look at. Photographer Sandro Miller, who's also a friend of the actor, has recreated a number of iconic portraits using Malkovich's famous (and yet shockingly chameleonic) face in every single one. He casts Malkovich as everyone from Albert Einstein and Alfred Hitchcock to the woman in Dorothea Lange's most famous work, "Migrant Mother" and both of the little girls in Diane Arbus' »
Being John Malkovich? How about John Malkovich being others? In photographer Sandro Miller's series Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, the actor transforms himself in order to re-create some of history's greatest portraits. In the words of Miller, "John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea, and within moments he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process. . . . I'm truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator." John is practically unrecognizable in many of the photos, embodying great actors, artists, and cultural figures - from John Lennon to Jean Paul Gaultier - all in the name of art. Keep reading to discover the jaw-dropping portraits. Source: ©Sandro Miller courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago »
Sometimes it’s just a joke, sometimes it has hidden meaning, and sometimes it’s simply the director showing off their eclectic taste in all things celluloid (read: Quentin Tarantino). But one thing’s for sure: the annals of cinema history are littered with movie-in-movie moments.
The granddaddy of movie-in-movie moments comes from The Shawshank Redemption – released twenty years ago today. So in honour of its anniversary, we thought we’d go all “meta” by looking back at ten of the most memorable movie-in-movie moments to grace the multiplex.
Though it’s probably a little bit cruel to show prison inmates Rita Hayworth at her finest, this 40’s classic plays a prominent role in the film’s plot as Andy later uses a poster from the 1946 noir to cover the entrance to the tunnel that he’s painstakingly carved out of the prison walls.
- Daniel Bettridge
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