9 items from 2015
Santa Monica — Michael Keaton is having the time of his life. Cruising along an awards circuit that has brought him plenty of kudos for his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" and probably more opportunities to talk about himself than he'd prefer, he seems consistently high on life and not at all phased by the grind. He's not someone who has really sought out this kind of attention and acclaim, often retreating to his ranch in Montana away from the Hollywood fray, but now that he's feeling the love? Let's just say I doubt anyone's having as much fun with all of this than he is. On the eve of this year's Oscar nominations announcement, I met Keaton for coffee and a light lunch at one of his favorite Santa Monica spots to chew on as much of his career and the awards »
- Kristopher Tapley
American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez has graded George Clooney on his kissing ability. The 45-year-old singer-and-actress admitted she hasn't always had the best on-screen kisses and was less-than-enthusiastic about locking lips with her 'Out Of Sight' co-star. Asked if she's had bad screen kisses, she said: ''It happens. I've done over 30 movies, so the ratio... some are good, some are not so good... ''I've never had anybody with bad breath, which is good.'' When she refused to name names, 'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart told her he thought George would be the worst of all, prompting her to laugh and reply: ''He was Ok! He was alright.'' Elsewhere in the interview, the 'American Idol' judge admitted she doesn't think she would do well on the show because she hasn't got a ''really big voice''. Asked if she would take part if she was a teenager again, »
With sex and Hollywood in the spotlight as the debut of Universal’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie approaching, Variety critics weigh in on their favorite movie sex scenes.
“Don’t Look Now”
(Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
(Dover Kosashvili, 2001)
(Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003)
(Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972)
The butter scene ensured notoriety, but another moment — two lonely people naked on a mattress, trying to bring each other to »
- Justin Chang, Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge
Director: Scott Frank
Running Time: 113 Minutes
A Walk Among The Tombstones is an imaginative crime-thriller that manages to use the base line of the generic tale but uniquely resuscitate it at the same time. Adapted from the novels of Lawrence Block, director and screenwriter Scott Frank has brought to life recovering alcoholic Matthew Scudder, who’s a self-made Private Eye on the case to help a drug kingpin find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
What’s refreshing about this tale is the style and pace that befits the characters perfectly. Whereas usually you can pick up on the stereotypes of each individual role, A Walk Among The Tombstones gives us a thought-provoking look into this murky world as everyone involved has something worth saying or a reason for their actions.
Interestingly, the characteristics initially gave me a film-noir, »
- Dan Bullock
A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson (Non-Stop, The Grey, Taken series) and Dan Stevens (The Guest, “Downton Abbey”) debuts on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on January 13, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on Lawrence Block’s best-selling series of mystery novels and directed and written by Academy Award-nominated writer Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Wolverine), A Walk Among the Tombstones is produced by Jersey Films’ Danny DeVito.
In this intense thriller, Liam Neeson plays Matt Scudder, an ex-nypd cop turned unlicensed private investigator who reluctantly agrees to help a drug trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who brutally murdered his wife. When the Pi learns that this is not the first time that these men have committed this sort of twisted crime — nor will it be the last — he must blur the line between right and wrong as he races to track the »
- Movie Geeks
Elmore Leonard is the author of books that have been turned into such films as "Get Shorty," "Jackie Brown," "Out of Sight," "3:10 to Yuma" and many others. But the last two adaptations, "Life of Crime" and "Freaky Deaky," failed at the box office. Now comes word Leonard's "Bandits" novel is being turned into a film, with Bruce Willis set to play the lead role from a script by Mitch Glazer (Rock the Kasbah). Many years ago, Quentin Tarantino was considering making the movie. And this is the second time that Willis is attached to star. Back in 1987, Willis optioned the book, but never proceeded with the project. The comedy is set in New Orleans. Willis will play Jack Delaney, an ex-con who is struggling to stay on the straight path as he dresses up corpses as a mortician in his brother's funeral home. Things get much more exciting for »
Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.
Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.
Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.
20. Billy Zane
En route to Palm Springs yesterday afternoon, I saw the news that the National Society of Film Critics had gone against the flow, where most would have expected a "Boyhood" win, and named Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language" the year's best film. What I wasn't fully aware of until this morning was the wave of displeasure it apparently spurred. First, some thoughts on the organization's history. They often settle on something perfectly reasonable if not inspired, and sometimes that falls outside the sphere of major Best Picture contenders. "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Amour," "Melancholia," "Waltz with Bashir," "Pan's Labyrinth," "American Splendor," "Mulholland Drive," "Yi Yi: A One and a Two" — that's just a brief, selective history. And I'm forever in love with their "Out of Sight" choice in 1998. Only five films have won all three major critics group awards (Nsfc, Lafca and Nyfcc): "The Social Network," "The Hurt Locker, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Some actors have careers that can easily be summed up. Either they stick to what they’re good at, and manage to strike out a distinct if unadventurous line of work for most of their time in Hollywood – your Will Ferrells, your Emma Thomases – or else they’re more malleable, mercurial, and turn their hand to all sorts – your Daniel Day Lewises, your Christitna Bales. Michael Keaton isn’t really either.
Making a name for himself with high concept eighties comedies like Mr Mom and Multipicity, Keaton then sort of ping-ponged between similar, silly roles and more straight dramatic parts in the likes of Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing and appearances in the Elmore Leonard adaptations Out Of Sight and Jackie Brown. He was pretty great at both, too.
Then there was a sort of fallow period where Keaton dropped off the map a little, »
- Tom Baker
9 items from 2015
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