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Five of the best film appearances from everybody's favourite outmoded audio format
Cassettes represent a very specific window in history, having only been of widespread popularity for about 25 years, from the 70s to late 90s. They are wrapped up in nostalgia. Film depictions of cassette tapes and their decks have been surprisingly diverse. Here's a few of the most memorable highlights – can you think of any more?
Wayne, Garth and co. singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody in the car to open the legendary 90s slacker bromance. No explanation needed.
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It wasn't easy to pick just one clip from this film (the Walking on Sunshine 'Monday tape' scene was a close second), but ultimately the record store owner Rob (John Cusack)'s summary of the very important and complex art of compiling a mix tapes made the cut.
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- Paul Frankl
This turned out to be the first big bidding battle of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which is now winding down. The Weinstein Company won out after sparking to the seven-minute teaser reel shown to buyers during the fest, outbidding others including Focus Features. Now it will join the distributor’s already bursting awards-season slate that includes Sundance winner Fruitvale Station, August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, Long Walk To Freedom with Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, the Lee Daniels-directed The Butler, Grace Of Monaco with Nicole Kidman, and the Shane Salerno-directed documentary Salinger. Here’s the official release: Cannes (May 23, 2013) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival that they are acquiring distribution rights in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Spain to director Stephen Frears’ (High Fidelity, The Queen) dramedy Philomena. Seven minutes of the film were shown »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
What's weirder, that the former Governor of California might appear in "The Toxic Avenger," or that there's a 21st Century remake of the freaky underground favorite in the works? The original "Toxic Avenger" was a low-budget, gross-out comedy about a nerd who mutates into a gnarly superhero and takes on the bad guys of Tromaville, NJ. Although it's not clear which part Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to play, this is indubitably an odd move for the former Terminator. Heck, it's an odd move to reboot this for today's audience, even with an updated story: to wit, "an average teen joins an environmental club to impress his crush. While doing some investigating at a waste plant, he is thrown into a tub of waste and transforms into a radioactive hero." Writer and director Lloyd Kaufman and his studio, Troma Entertainment, have been an endless font of modern B-movie madness since the '70s. »
- Jenni Miller
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator series, Total Recall) is in negotiations to star in writer/director Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2) big budget action comedy The Toxic Avenger produced by Akiva Goldsman (Constantine, I Am Legend, Mr And Mrs Smith), Richard Saperstein (Hancock, 1408, SE7EN), Charlie Corwin (Half Nelson, The Squid And The Whale), Stephen Kessler and Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call). Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will executive produce. The announcement was made today by International Film Trust’s President Ariel Veneziano who will handle all international rights to the film alongside Ift’s Head of Sales Christian de Gallegos.
Set to be introduced to buyers at Cannes 2013, The Toxic Avenger is currently in pre-production and scheduled to start principal photography this fall.
- Michelle McCue
Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Toxic Avenger movies could be considered relics from the 1980s, but now the two worlds are going to be combined. Variety is reporting that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has kept busy with movies like The Expendables 2, The Last Stand and the upcoming Escape Plan, is now in talks to star in a reboot featuring the famous mutated monster hero. Schwarzenegger won't be taking the titular role in the movie, but the trade says that he will be playing "another lead role." The "reimagining" is described by sources as being a more mainstream action-adventure film, suggesting that the property could lose a little of its midnight madness charm.Screenwriter Steve Pink, whose credits include Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity, is working on the screenplay with newcomer Daniel C. Mitchell. The original film, directed by Troma Entertainment.s Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, told the story »
Take a look at a complete preview of the shows coming your way, and mark your calendars. It looks good for NBC this year, and while I’m not sure all of these look like winners, I think you’ll find at least a couple that you’re really going to like.
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For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.”
Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, »
- Marc Eastman
This man has seen 8,524 movies. How does he know? Because he invented the Internet Movie Database – the indispensable cinema encyclopaedia – and put Bristol on Hollywood's map
Col Needham is 46 and lives in Frampton Cotterell, a small village eight miles outside Bristol. He is bright-eyed, wears glasses and has the face of a beaming baby. Despite nearly three decades of living in the West Country, he still sounds Mancs. Every Tuesday lunchtime, he and his wife Karen go on a date to their local Odeon. At the pub, he has a small glass of white and goes easy on the nuts. He laughs a little more than average – every fourth or fifth statement is broken by a big giggle – but other than that, he is not an obvious headturner.
- Catherine Shoard
There are still many NBC shows to be cancelled and renewed but the peacock network has already picked up five new series for next season. One is called About a Boy and it's based on the Nick Hornby novel -- which was already made as a Hugh Grant movie back in 2002.
The TV show version will star Will Freeman, Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham, Al Madrigal, and Anjelah N. Johnson-Reyes. Stockham (below, left) was a regular on NBC's 1600 Penn which has yet to be cancelled but surely will be.
Here's the network's description and a photo from the pilot:
About A Boy - Based on the best-selling Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity," "An Education") novel, written/produced by Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood") and directed by Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "Revolution") comes a different kind of coming-of-age story. Will Freeman »
The series order flood has begun at NBC.
“About A Boy” will make its silver screen to small screen transition, with Jon Favreau at the helm. Single-cam laffer based on Nick Hornby’s novel and 2002 pic “About A Boy” stars Minnie Driver and David Walton. Jason Katims penned the pilot and is exec producing. Also getting the nod is the multi-cam laffer toplined by Sean Hayes, “Sean Saves the World” and comedy “The Family Guide,” from scribe D.J. Nash.
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NBC is also investing in J.J. Abrams-produced pilot “Believe.” Warner Bros. TV series will center on a girl with emerging powers (Johnny Sequoyah) and a man sprung from prison to protect her (Jake McLaughlin).
Rand Ravich’s drama “Crisis” has also received a series order this morning. The D.C.-based thriller from 20th Century Fox TV centers on a »
- AJ Marechal
NBC announced today the network has picked up five series for the 2013 - 2014 seasons. You can read more on each show below: About A Boy Based on the best-selling Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity," "An Education") novel, written/produced by Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood") and directed by Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "Revolution") comes a different kind of coming-of-age story. Will Freeman (David Walton, "Bent," "Perfect Couples") lives a charmed existence as the ultimate man-child. After writing a hit song, he was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona (Minnie Driver, "Good Will »
Parks and Recreation actor Adam Scott could be joining the cast of Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
If Scott joins the comedy he would take on a leading role, with details of his character currently being kept quiet, The Wrap reports.
He would likely fill the void left by John Cusack, who will not be returning for the second instalment.
The trio starred in the 2010 original from MGM Studios.
Watch Adam Scott in the trailer for See Girl Run below: »
Playwright Neil Labute is notorious for dredging the dark depths of the male psyche, and Some Girl(s) goes so far as to name its protagonist, if that’s the right word, merely as “Man.” In the movie, which premiered at SXSW in March, Adam Brody (The O.C.) plays the Man, a successful writer who thinks the best way to prep for his imminent wedding is a cross-country jaunt to reconnect with a quintet of his former lovers — Jennifer Morrison, Mía Maestro, Emily Watson, Zoe Kazan and Kristen Bell — to resolve old wounds. Or not.
This isn’t High Fidelity, »
- Jeff Labrecque
LPs are arguably the music aficionado's format of choice – but what are the best movie moments featuring those hypnotic black discs?
This week's Clip joint is by James Arden, a writer and filmmaker who divides his time between London and York. Visit his website or follow him on twitter @jnarden. If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The image of the needle on the spinning record, and the accompanying crackling sound, offers a unique visual and auditory opportunity for filmmakers to explore. It can build tension, create dreamy atmospheres, conjure memories or just look cool. Let's also not forget those unbeatable giant record sleeves. This week on Clip joint, we're looking for your best clips about vinyl.
Jack Black's latest film, Bernie, marks a real departure for Hollywood's favourite joker. He plays a loner whose intense relationship with an elderly widow ends in murder. He explains why the role appealed to him
As a general rule, few people look as if they're having as much fun in their day job as Jack Black. Whether he is solemnly lecturing 10-year-olds about the importance of rock'n'roll in School of Rock ("You guys have never got the Led out?"), quarrelling with Will Ferrell over a burrito in Anchorman, or sneering at other people's music taste in his break-out role in High Fidelity ("That is perverse! Don't tell anyone you don't own Blonde on Blonde!"), Black, with a face like a demonic cherub, has carved a happy niche for himself as Hollywood's cackling ball of deadpan, quip-laden fury. It is perhaps not too surprising that, in interviews, Black has tended »
- Hadley Freeman
It is hoped that Cusack, 46, will play the musician in later life, and the film will focus on Wilson's long battle with mental illness. Paul Dano, previously seen in There Will Be Blood, has already been confirmed in the younger Wilson role.
Bill Pohlad is directing the film from a screenplay by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Messenger, Oren Moverman. It is said to be an unconventional look at Wilson's life that "reimagines seminal moments … from his artistic genius to his profound struggles and the love that keeps him alive".
The film appears to have Wilson's full backing. On hearing of Dano's casting, he told Rolling Stone: "I am thrilled that »
- Ben Child
Check out the latest casting news below: John Cusack (High Fidelity) is reportedly in talks to play The Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson in the indie Love & Mercy. Clifton Collins Jr. (Sunshine Cleaning) is the latest addition to Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp. Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) will star in Disney's true-life sports drama Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. News of Cusack's possible role as Brian Wilson comes via The Wrap. Bill Pohlad's film takes "an unconventional look at the life of the Beach Boys leader and explore his legendary battle with mental illness." The picture will explore facets of Wilson's life ranging from examples of his musical genius to his personal struggles and life-saving relationships. Paul Dano (Looper) is already attached to play Wilson at an earlier stage of his life, while Cusack »
- Dave Trumbore
In addition to his responsibilities as co-producer, 2012 Oscar nominee Pohlad will direct the feature.
In addition to his responsibilities as co-producer, 2012 Oscar nominee Pohlad will direct the feature.
After playing a fan of the Beach Boys in "High Fidelity," John Cusack is in discussions to play mercurial frontman Brian Wilson in Bill Pohlad's indie movie "Love & Mercy." A co-production between Pohlad's River Road Entertainment and John Wells Productions, "Love & Mercy" will take an unconventional look at the life of the Beach Boys leader and explore his legendary battle with mental illness. The film will reimagine seminal moments in Wilson's life, from his artistic genius to his profound struggles and the love that keeps him alive. Paul Dano »
- Jeff Sneider
Breaking Bad’s home stretch has a premiere date, and is getting a talk show.
The final eight episodes of AMC’s acclaimed meth-drama will get underway starting Sunday, Aug. 11, the network announced at its upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday. The episodes technically represent the second half of the fifth season of the show.
AMC also announced its adding a post-episode chat show, Talking Bad. The network hopes to continue the success that it has enjoyed with its post-Walking Dead talk show, The Talking Dead. No word yet who will host.
The network is also developing a sci-fi drama titled Ballistic City, »
- James Hibberd
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