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Is it a literary crime noir? A story about the creation of a literary crime noir? Or simply the product of a great deal of drugs and alcohol? That's a principal question behind Erik de Bruyn's big screen adaptation of Dutch cult novel J Kessels. A sort of Dutch spin on the tradition that spawned the likes of Barton Fink and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas this one opens up the upcoming Netherlands Film Festival and the first trailer is freshly arrived.J. Kessels is both a hilarious road movie and a bittersweet trip down memory lane, a crazy ride in a flame-adorned Toyata Kamikaze from provincial Holland to Hamburg's Reeperbahn and back. And a hallucinatory trip through the mind of an author, who no...
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In the mid-Sixties, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson spent about a year with the world's most notorious biker gang to write the book Hell's Angels, which came out in 1967. He spoke with radio broadcaster Studs Terkel that year for an interview that PBS has now animated whimsically for its Blank on Blank series.
"The Angels claim that they don't look for trouble," Thompson said in the interview. "They just try to live peaceful lives and be left alone, but on the other hand they go out and put themselves into »
It’s been some time since Johnny Depp graced our screens. He’s been a Hollywood icon for over 30 years and has starred in some of the biggest box office smashes in history as some of the most recognisable characters on our screens.
So much so that in a recent poll by Ladbrokes, he was voted the UK’s favourite current celebrity. Which is quite the accolade in a world of the Kardashians and Ryan Gosling.
Of course, that’s because he has a fantastic back catalogue of work, but what ranks up there amongst his best?
A Nightmare on Elm Street may have been Johnny Depp’s first role on the big screen, but he showed no sign of nerves with a magnificent performance as Glen Lantz, one of the main characters who experience the horrific nightmares of Freddy Krueger.
Depp was aged just 21 at the time, »
- The Hollywood News
It is ironic that people want to escape risk all the time but at the same time a large part of the populace is fascinated with gambling. The foremost example of this fascination is the spate of gambling movies which hit the screen every year. Some become part of pop culture, some win critical acclaim, and some set the box office on fire. But one thing is for sure: gambling aficionados watch them with great eagerness, sometimes in the hopes of catching a trick or two. Rain Man is one movie which comes to mind where the autistic lead character counts cards at a casino, but that one is not a gambling movie.
Now, there are different kinds of gambling. Some of them involve gambling as the main plot point while others have gambling going on in the background while the story takes its course. Casino is one example of »
- Gary Collinson
By Alex Simon
2015 will most likely go down as the year that the once-taboo became respectable, with both gay marriage and marijuana finding legal and public acceptance nationwide. While the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states, the marijuana initiative is having an appropriately slower, but steady climb into legality. That said, we thought we’d take a look at some of cinema’s greatest proponents of the stoner lifestyle, before it all becomes downright conventional.
10. Jeff Spicoli—Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Sean Penn not only became a star with his turn as surfer/stoner Jeff Spicoli in the 1980s’ most iconic teen movie, he established how the stoners of the ‘80s differed from their predecessors: while the rebels of the ‘60s and ‘70s viewed their use of cannabis as a symbol of rebellion, and preferred it to alcohol and the other symbols of their parents’ generation and its decadence, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Without getting too immersed in the MIT-level details, suffice to say Google's Deep Dream algorithm makes ordinary images look like all-out LSD trips. After Google announced their algorithm last month, the question immediately became: What would happen if you apply that algorithm and its breakthrough in neural networking to something already exceedingly trippy? The answer is this acid-fried clip from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the 1998 film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's gonzo adventure.
In this scene, Thompson (played by Johnny Depp) flashes back to the Electric Kool-Acid Tests; however, »
Time to get cracking on that Netflix queue! A whole bunch of titles are about to disappear in July, including movies like Super Troopers, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Cast Away. Even if you're only halfway through June's new movies, it's time to take a break, because this may be your last chance to see She's All That for a while. Check out the full list of movies and shows below! Expiring July 1 Big Fish Big Top Pee-wee Bowling for Columbine Cast Away Cheech and Chong's Next Movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Four Weddings and a Funeral Fried Green Tomatoes Harper's Island: The Complete Series Jack Frost Louis C.K.: Hilarious Melrose Place 2.0 Melrose Place (Seasons 1-7) Moonstruck Natural Born Killers: Director's Cut Patton Racing Stripes Seven Years in Tibet She's All That Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Space Cowboys Stephen King »
It’s hard to believe something like 1991’s The Fisher King was a studio backed effort. An anomaly both as a mainstream cinematic event and within Gilliam’s own idiosyncratic filmography, the film received as much panning as praise upon its theatrical release (shortly after a premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it was part of a three way tie with Zhang Yimou and Philippe Garrel for the Silver Lion). In the decades since, the film has garnered something of a cult following, as have many of Gilliam’s earlier works of note, filled with an often unbridled zaniness necessitating time to marinate for full appreciation. Stuffed to the point of emotional, narrative, and logical imbalance, there are as many moments of beauty as inelegance. But Gilliam’s ambitious odd-couple outfit, based on a script from Richard Lagravenese, revels in its own unique flavoring.
Radio shock jock Jack (Jeff Bridges »
- Nicholas Bell
It seems like just yesterday that 2015 was starting, but already we are more than halfway though the year. And as the calendar flips from June to July, that means that the library of streaming titles at Netflix is due for a shakeup. There are many great titles that will be arriving online July 1st, but sadly there are also some absolutely fantastic ones that are departing. So which are the best titles that will soon be hopping off of Netflix? We.ve culled together a list of the top 10, and we.re sad to say that it.s a pretty awesome bunch of movies. Make some time in your calendar, and prepare to watch all these film before they drop offline! Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Apparently Terry Gilliam.s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas only signed a six-month lease when it made a deal with Netflix. We »
Read More: 'Changeling,' 'Serena' and More on Netflix This July (Plus Indiewire's Picks) As we often say whenever Netflix announces titles debuting on and leaving their streaming library each month: "Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away." July finds the streaming platform getting rid of some of their biggest titles, including Oscar-winning dramas, blockbuster sequels and cult-comedy favorites. Check out all of the titles leaving Netflix in July below, plus Indiewire's personal picks on what to stream before it's too late. Leaving 7/1 "Big Fish" (2003) "Big Top Pee-wee" (1988) "Bowling for Columbine" (2002) "Cast Away" (2000) "Cheech and Chong's Next Movie" (1980) "Descent" (2007) Indiewire Pick: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998)Terry Gilliam's 1998 adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's absurd, semi-autobiographical novel will make your heart race from both discomfort and »
- Zack Sharf
Want to revisit "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" before "Terminator: Genisys" opens? Better do it before July 1, when Netflix says "Hasta la vista" to the 1991 sequel.
And start marathoning these TV classics before they go poof: "Leave it to Beaver," "Dragnet," "Mission: Impossible," "Hawaii Five-o," "Magnum P.I.," "Miami Vice," "Knight Rider," "Melrose Place" and "Wings." Also bid goodbye to the Stephen King miniseries "The Stand" (1994) and "The Langoliers" (1995).
Below is a complete list of the movies that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in July 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)
Leaving July 1
"Beauty and the Beast" Seasons 1- »
- Sharon Knolle
There are a number of movies with familiar faces premiering at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival this month, but Denis Villeneuve's "Sicario" might feature the most intriguing trio of them all. The thriller reportedly centers on Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), a young FBI agent who is recruited into a CIA operation to take down a Mexican drug cartel boss. The mission will find her crossing paths with Matt Graves (Josh Brolin) and Alejandro (Benecio Del Toro) and, according to the film's log line, will rock her "ethical and moral values to the limit." Jon Bernthal, Victor Garber and Jeffrey Donovan are some of the other notable names in the cast, but judging from the exclusive first look images Lionsgate has provided HitFix this may be Blunt's moment to shine. The Golden Globe winner is coming off impressive turns in "Edge of Tomorrow" and "Into The Woods" (and some might argue »
- Gregory Ellwood
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
Johnny Depp is a tremendous actor. No one is going to argue that point. And yet we can also all agree that people don't get as excited for his movies as they once did. After a string of oddballs like Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, and Mortdecai, it's understandable that many fans aren't so quick to fall for yet another movie where Depp plays a cooky weirdo with a strange wardrobe. Black Mass, however, looks like it will realign everyone's expectations for Depp movies back to the likes of Blow, Donnie Brasco, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Directed by Scott Cooper (Into the Furnace), Black Mass tells the true story of notorious Boston criminal Whitey Bulger, and as you can see from the intense first trailer for the movie...
- Peter Hall
Just when we thought we didn’t like Johnny Depp anymore, here he is doing what appears to be quality work again portraying notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass. If he looks and sounds like Jack Nicholson, particularly in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, that’s partly because that character was partly based on Bulger. He actually sounds more like Nicholson as Frank Costello and Ray Liotta’s aged Henry Hill in Goodfellas than the real Bulger. Unlike Depp’s other portrayal of a balding icon in the Hunter S. Thompson adaptation Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, here he may not be attempting full authenticity but rather one of his hodgepodge characterizations. Either way, that main steak dinner scene at the center of this first trailer is intense, and the extended showcase of Depp’s creepy-eyed performance piques our interest. As does the whole ensemble, which we barely get a look at here. Black Mass »
- Christopher Campbell
If you're a fan of Johnny Depp movies like Blow, Donnie Brasco, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, then Black Mass, in theaters September 18, is totally gonna be your jam. The first trailer has just arrived for the Depp-led gangster flick, and you can check it out below. Directed by Scott Cooper (Into the Furnace), Black Mass tells the true story of notorious Boston criminal Whitey Bulger. As you can see, Depp may once again be hiding under a...
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Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
Exclusive: First images released as UK funding body backs sequel to 1995 football hooligan film.
Vincent O´Connell, who wrote the first film centred on a policemen who goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of football hooligans, has returned to write the sequel.
Directed by Joel Novoa (God’s Slave), filming is underway in Hull.
The plot centres on a young British Muslim undercover cop (Rivers) who is given the task of shadowing a football gang on their European tours.
Rivers is best known for his three-year stint on BBC1’s Doctors, appearing in more than 400 episodes of the medical soap.
Hugo Heppell, head of »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Las Vegas…the hotbed haven where dreams of high rollers are realized among the glitzy bright lights, the element of chance and luck and the adrenaline for instant fortune. But there is a deception to Sin City that is overlooked–the isolation of a gambler’s anxiety and desperation, the false sense of confidence at the craps table and the swinging doors of the psychological lows more so than the rewarding highs.
Still, Las Vegas has its excitable aura–both innocence and guilt–where one arrives to skillfully manufacture their financial profile or go bust. In some instances, the hedonistic expectations are defined in other fun, precarious ways. It is no wonder that Hollywood has come calling to put its distinctive spin on the capital city of adult entertainment. For decades, the movies have made Las Vegas its backdrop for wonderment, degradation, intrigue, comical curiosity and soul-searching revelations.
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- Frank Ochieng
Goteborg: Left Bank CEO Andy Harries and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer Tony Grisoni revealed details about upcoming projects during keynotes at TV Drama Vision, the Gothenburg Film Festival’s TV event.
“I’m writing a single drama for TV, which I hope to direct,” he said.
The London-based writer is also adapting the China Mieville novel The City & The City as “a four-part drama for the BBC.”
British author Mieville’s well-received novel is part ‘weird fiction’, part police procedural, following an inspector’s hunt for the killer of young student.
During his keynote Grisoni spoke candidly about his disagreement with the ‘auteur theory’.
“Film is a social act. I’m a screenwriter so of course I’m against the auteur »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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