20 items from 2010
Rupert Everett, who is most known for starring in such romantic comedies as ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding and ‘The Next Best Thing,’ has slammed the continued success of one of the genre’s leading ladies, Jennifer Aniston. During an interview with BBC Radio, the actor said “If you look and analyze the careers of many, many stars, you’ll find that they’re mostly sustained by the business,” and pointed to the ‘Friends’ star. Everett also said that he thinks when Hollywood businessmen decide someone’s right for the film industry, “they’ll stand with them for quite a long time,” USmagazine.com is reporting. He added that he’s upset that when someone like Aniston has one [...] »
Rupert Everett first came to public attention in 1981, when he was cast in Julian Mitchell’s play and subsequent film Another Country as an openly gay student at an English public school. Despite starring in Another Country, Everett only came out during a press interview in Paris nine years later and ever since he has defined and re-defined himself for the mass media. His coming out helped in shattering stereotypes and advance public discourse about homosexuality, gay actors, and the film industry. However Everett still to date admits that it has also cost him several roles in Hollywood.
His most excellent role: Francesco Dellamorte in Cemetary Man
Altman’s Ready to Wear, but his career really took off »
Wanna be like Ryan Reynolds? Well, unless you’ve got about a couple hundred grand worth of plastic surgery money, that’s probably not gonna happen. The next best thing is to buy some “Green Lantern” merchandise and look like the Green Lantern. Or as close to looking like Gl as you’ll liable to get while wearing a hoodie. The ring in the crystal holder is awesome, though. Apparently these swag were sent out to a select group of celebrities and Internet fancy pants like the folks over at Hitfix. The rest of us peons will probably have to wait for it to go on sale to grab our very own fancy ring in a case or Gl T-shirt. Personally, I’m saving up Grandma’s Christmas money for that hoodie. Martin Campbell’s “Green Lantern” powers up June 18, 2011. »
Being the son of a legendary attorney, who represented some of America’s largest corporations such as Warner Bros and served as the U.S. Senate’s lead counsel in the Iran/Contra investigation, allowed the young Doug Liman to meet a variety of powerbrokers and celebrities. “He was very connected in [the] entertainment [industry],” stated the American director, referring to his father Arthur Liman. “Through him I met Steven Spielberg [Jaws] and got rides on his private plane to California. I’d see Spielberg’s people reading scripts. I was like, ‘That’s what I want to be when I grow up.’” The elder Liman was uncomfortable with the idea. “He thought I should be a studio executive. He wanted me to get married.” Attending Brown University, »
Ten years ago today, Madonna's Music (2000), one of her very best records, dropped into record stores. Director Guy Ritchie, to your left, was then her new man. He was advertising -- the record I mean! See the "Music" logo on his tanktop? Ever the selfless altruist, Madonna wore a black t-shirt promoting his project, Snatch (2000) which had opened the month before in the UK and was soon going to the Us. It would become his biggest hit. Until Sherlock Holmes (2009) that is.
But back to 2000. Ah, the heady days of early romance. She had given birth to Rocco, her only biological child with Guy, the month before. They were married by December.
Madonna was of course, no stranger to loving alpha male movie men since actor/directors Sean Penn and Warren Beatty preceded Guy. Famously, she's now entered their realm. Paparazzi are basically snapping Madonna daily now while she films W.E. »
- NATHANIEL R
Along with all of the incredible supplemental materials that will accompany the discs, the cover art by Hellboy creator (and longtime Del Toro friend) Mike Mignola is absolutely gorgeous. Showcasing the Cronos device that turns our hero, Jesús Gris, into a blood craving monster, the artwork is what many love about Criterion Collection cover art, it’s simple.
It’s not a collection of floating heads, it’s not a badly photoshopped piece of marketing. It’s an elegant approach to a gruesome concept, executed by a fan favorite. The fact that Mignola drew the image is almost an easter egg in itself. His name isn’t anywhere to be found on the drawing, »
- Ryan Gallagher
As an end-of-summer treat, the Film Society of Lincoln Center offers up a comprehensive retrospective of Eric Rohmer, the founding father of the French New Wave. The next best thing to spending the summer in France is diving into the oeuvre of the most quintessentially French of all filmmakers, Eric Rohmer. On the 60th anniversary of the French New Wave, this comprehensive retrospective includes every Rohmer feature film, the U.S. premiere of his 1980 TV film Catherine de Heilbronn, and in person appearances by key Rohmer collaborators. This program is a fitting tribute to the master Rohmer, who died in January at the age of 89. The Collector Rohmer came to prominence in the late '60s and early '70s with a series of films known as Six Moral Tales, four of which were made with his longtime collaborator, the brilliant cinematographer Nestor Almendros: The Collector, My Night At Maud's, »
In a film tradition where comedies rarely evolve into satires, Tere Bin Laden (Tbl) signifies a refreshing change. It does what Nato hasn’t been able to do in 9 years; disarm the numero uno terrorist. It strips off Bin Laden’s carefully crafted persona – conjured, in equal measures, by his own video dispatches and the western media - by making him an object of ridicule and laughter. But that’s just one part of it. The other, and more important, bit is its denigration of the American campaign in the Af-Pak region that it tries to legitimise in the name of Bin Laden, a MacGuffin, for all practical purposes.
But before I go any further with the film, I’d like to talk about a bit about a few things that are, in one way or the other, related to Tbl.
If you look at the popular »
- Faiz Ullah
Not so many years ago, acting classes were fairly uncomplicated affairs. You needed a spacious, well-lit studio. You would add perhaps a few chairs and tables or movable blocks for scene study work. Top that with a teacher who knew what he or she was about, plus students eager to master the craft, and you were set. In some cases, that model still holds. But many, if not most, acting classes have become decidedly more complex.Consider the catalogue of equipment that Los Angeles acting teacher Brad Greenquist (www.bradgreenquist.com) uses in his acting-for-the-camera classes. "I have a Panasonic DVX100A camera that I shoot with, usually on a tripod but sometimes hand-held or with a dolly," he reports. "I have a boom and a boom pole and a Røde mike, and also an Audio-Technica lavaliere system with a portable receiver-mixer, which allows me to use two lavs to »
Lynn Redgrave, who has died aged 67 following a long fight with breast cancer, enjoyed more than three decades of screen work. Here are some of her best roles
She was born into a theatrical dynasty, the younger child of a distant, driven father, and later claimed that she took up acting to win his love. But Lynn Redgrave – daughter of Michael, sister of Vanessa – would go on to become a star in her own right; one of the most earthy, complex and committed performers of her generation.
Following a supporting slot in Tom Jones, and stage success with the nascent National Theatre, Redgrave struck gold in the title role in Silvio Narizzano's Georgy Girl (1966). Effervescent, naive, loving, downtrodden and insecure in her own body, the character earned the 23-year-old a best actress Oscar nomination and set the tone for many aspects of her persona over the coming years. In this scene, »
- Ben Walters
Even by the colourful standards of her own family's public profile and professional achievements, Lynn Redgrave, who has died of breast cancer aged 67, was an exceptional personality. Her death seems particularly cruel after the loss of both her niece, Natasha Richardson, after a skiing accident last year, and her brother, Corin Redgrave, last month. The third child of the actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Lynn was a gifted comedian who received her first Oscar nomination for a delightful, clownish performance in the title role of Georgy Girl (1966), one of the defining movies of the so-called swinging 60s. She went on to spend many years living and working in America. Less politically engaged than her older siblings, Vanessa and Corin, she was no less a remarkable talent.
Her 1991 television remake of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? with »
- Michael Coveney
The Shield is one of my all-time favorite shows and it should be yours too unless you hate things that are amazing. Now you can own the entire series box set for $64 over at DeepDiscount.com. That’s $64 for 29 discs holding 88 episodes plus a boatload of commentaries and special features. I already own all the seasons separately but if you’ve been waiting for a great deal to buy them all together in one fantastic box set, this is your chance.
More after the jump.
No other show has ever managed to shock me every single episode like Shawn Ryan’s cop drama. It isn’t just that the show is constantly surprising, but the surprises work because the world feels real rather than predicated on a heightened reality intended to titillate the viewer. And while Michael Chiklis did an outstanding job as the unforgettable Vic Mackey, it’s Walton Goggins »
- Matt Goldberg
Razzie Awards 2010 winners have been announced.
The big “winner” was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, taking home three awards: Worst Screenplay, Worst Director and Worst Picture of 2009. Nominated twice in the past for worst director (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor), Michael Bay finally won the prize.
The 2010 Razzie winners list:
All About Steve (20th Century-Fox)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Paramount / Hasbro)
Land of the Lost (Universal)
Old Dogs »
Madonna is the walking definition of success. It doesn't matter what she puts her hand to, be it singing or dancing or adopting babies from developing countries using slightly questionable methods, Madonna possesses both the talent and the determination to be the best. Unless she's making a film, that is, because then she can usually be relied upon to be among the worst.
But, God love her, Madonna isn't going to let a little thing like a quarter of a century of being an international laughing stock get in the way of her cinematic ambitions. This weekend it was announced that Madonna will write and direct W.E., a biopic about Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson that could star Vera Farmiga. In an »
- Stuart Heritage
Poor Sarah Jessica Parker. She probably doesn't have a prayer of beating such formidable foes as Beyonce, Miley Cyrus And Megan Fox to claim the highly coveted, gold paint-sprayed Razzie Award as worst actress of 2009. All of the latter three divas are good examples of women who've "won" in the past. Fox has serious hope of prevailing because Razzie voters adore brassy sexpots like past champs Paris Hilton ("The Hottie and the Nottie") and Sharon Stone ("Basic Instinct 2," "Intersection," "The Specialist"). Beyonce and Miley Cyrus might need to get an acceptance speech ready because voters also love songbirds like past victors Madonna ("Swept Away," "The Next Best Thing," "Body of Evidence," "Who's That »
The 2010 Razzie nominations were announced today. “Land of the Lost” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” led the pack with 7 nominations each, Sandra Bullock and Megan Fox will be battling it out for the Worst Actress Award.
“She could be the first person ever to win a Razzie and an Oscar in the same weekend,”
said John Wilson, founder of the Golden Raspberry Awards, now in their 30th year of singling out Hollywood’s low points.
Other actors and actresses graced with nominations include Will Ferrell, Robert Pattinson, Eddie Murphy, John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, and Julie White who played Shia Labeouf’s mother in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
The Razzies were set up in 1980 by John Wilson, as a response to the Academy Awards, which is why the ceremony always »
- Allan Ford
Forget about the Oscars for now, let's talk about the Razzies. One day before the prestigious Academy Awards nominations, the Golden Raspberry Awards noms have been announced and it ain't good for both "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Land of the Lost." Both movies earned 7 nominations each.
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" received nominations for worst film, worst director for Michael Bay, worst screen couple (expanded to include both Shai LeBouf and Megan Fox or LeBouf and any Transformer), worst supporting actress, worst screenplay and worst remake/rip-off.
"Land of the Lost" also received seven nominations for Will Farrell as worst actor and worst screen couple, worst picture, director for Brad Silberling, remake/rip-off, screenplay and supporting actor for Jorma Taccone as Cha-Ka.
Oscar's ugly little stepbrother Razzie announced his nominations this week for the worst movies and performances of 2009, and let's just say there's no shortage of stuff to choose from. The Golden Raspberry Awards are, of course, the annual awards that mock and ridicule all of the terrible blockbusters that we are forced to sit through in a year, and among the biggest offenders this year we have Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Land of the Lost, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and Twilight Saga: New Moon. Transformers and Land of the Lost lead the pack with seven nominations each. In an interesting twist, it seems that Sandra Bullock is nominated for Worst Actress for her performance in All About Steve, which means she might actually have a shot at winning both Best Actress at the Oscars and Worst Actress at the Razzies in the same year. Now that's an achievement! »
I don’t have much love for the Razzie Awards. It’s not because I disagree with their choices as much as I find their choices predictable and safe. Instead, they just phone it in with movies most people agree are terrible and then we move along with our day. No controversy, no creativity, no reason to care. Well, I don’t care. Some people do just as some people think Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Land of the Lost are genuinely good movies even though they each scored seven Razzie nominations.
Other “worsts” include Old Dogs, All About Steve and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Acting nominations are even more non-sensical as they seem to pick actors in bad movies rather than bad performances. Did people walk out of Bride Wars thinking Candice Bergen was one of the worst parts of that movie? Was Will Ferrell one »
- Matt Goldberg
Before the entertainment industry gets swept away by tomorrow morning's Oscar nominees announcement, let's discuss the (arguably) worst movies of the year with the 2010 Razzie nominations. As usual, box office performance has little bearing on eligibility - Transformers 2, and G.I. Joe each took home a handful of noms despite raking in the big bucks. Of course, what is most likely to send hoards of fans into a rage is all the hating on New Moon - the film scored nods for Worst Screen Couple, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Supporting Actor. (Though I doubt the nomination will affect your desire to meet Robert Pattinson in person). I'm actually most amused by the fact that Sandra Bullock can be a Razzie nominee and a potential Oscar nominee in the same year, but check out the full list below and tell me what you think! To see the nominees, just read more. »
20 items from 2010
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