Movie posters can end up being as iconic as the movies they are actually marketing. Who could forget the shark approaching the surface to take out the girl on the Jaws poster, the screaming and helpless female victim on the Psycho poster, the terrifying “Here’s Johnny” face on the poster for The Shining, the lonely astronaut on the Gravity poster and the solitary rose on the American Beauty poster, for a few examples?
It generally takes a great poster to make the grade as one of those used in any given movie’s marketing campaign, as potentially hundreds of artists and graphic designers pitch ideas to studios to have theirs considered for usage – but it isn’t only professional designers who get in on the act when it comes to producing movie posters.
The buzz around movies encourages fans to get in on the act. Any movie »
- K.J. Stewart
Netflix streaming is upping the ante this December, adding enough high-profile TV shows and movies to more than make up for last month's lackluster offerings.
On the movie side, highlights include Will Ferrell and gang in "Anchorman 2," the Heath Ledger-starring "A Knight's Tale," Cameron Crowe classic "Almost Famous," Oscar-winning "American Beauty," and horror hits "Oculus" and "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones." Oh, and let's not forget '80s classic "Troop Beverly Hills," '90s cult favorite "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion," or Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
And there's plenty to love about what's coming on the TV front: "American Horror Story: Coven" finally gets its day on Netflix, "Sharknado 2" storms its way to streaming, and Brit hit "Broadchurch" finally lands stateside. Oh, and December sees the premiere of the hotly anticipated Netflix Original series "Marco Polo" on the 12th.
Here's a much »
- Tim Hayne
Usually when I go to a Live Read, I know the movie like the back of my hand. Ghostbusters, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, these are all movies I’ve seen dozens of times and know backwards and forwards. However, the November reading was a film I’d never seen until this week: Barry Levinson‘s […]
- Germain Lussier
We're covering a lot of ground today with the centerpiece being our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. We also dig into the Bill Cosby controversy for a second, the death of Mike Nichols, Universal's plans for at least three more Fast & Furious movies, Prometheus 2, Zoolander 2, a few of your questions, some games and a few knicks and knacks along the way. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Director Hamish Hamilton returns to the show for the third time, after receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on last year’s telecast. He made his Oscar debut with the 82nd Academy Awards telecast in 2010. Hamilton has directed many other celebrated live televised events, including the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars, the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Beyoncé, the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” and the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, for which he also received an Emmy nomination. He shared a 2011 Peabody Award for the fifth annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” and a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for the musical special “Robbie Williams – Live at the Albert.”
Production designer Derek McLane has been part of both Oscar »
- Michelle McCue
In the latest Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys looks at the bizarre rumours coming out of Sony for the next film in the Spider-Man franchise, an update on next year’s Fantastic Four reboot and a big treat for Evil Dead fans!
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…features returning stars Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker) and Denis Leary (George Stacy) alongside new additions Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Electro, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti (12 Years a Slave) as The Rhino, Chris Cooper (American Beauty) as Norman Osborn, »
- Oli Davis
Wes Bentley, star of American Beauty and The Hunger Games, is suddenly everywhere. Over the weekend, he appeared in two new movies: Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and A.J. Edwards's The Better Angels, an ethereal, black-and-white drama that explores Abraham Lincoln's childhood. In the latter, Bentley plays a soft-spoken school teacher who enters our future 16th president's life and nudges him towards greatness. It's a role in stark contrast to another appearance playing concurrently on the small screen: American Horror Story: Freak Show's Edward Mordrake. Seriously, Bentley is everywhere. Vulture sat down with the actor to touch on each of his spinning plates, plus the everlasting effect of The Hunger Games and an unlikely fandom surrounding Ghost Rider.The Better Angels director A.J. Edwards is a close collaborator of Terrence Malick, a filmmaker known for shooting ideas on the fly and finding the story as he goes. But this »
- Matt Patches
I’m seeing Kevin Spacey everywhere lately, despite the fact that the movie star seems to have left traditional films behind. Perhaps better than any other A-lister, Kevin Spacey has embraced a shift in media way from film being the end-all, be-all of quality, and his experimentation with other forms of alternative media is really a case study in the changing landscape of storytelling. Before 2008, Kevin Spacey was best known as the star of such films as La Confidential, American Beauty and The Usual Suspects. He was a movie star practically without equal, which is why many questioned his sudden switch into less traditional stories. I think all this started in 2008 with Recount, the HBO original film that had Spacey in the middle of the 2000 Bush vs. Gore recount debate. It was arguably one of the best films of the year, and Spacey was smart enough to see that,…
I’m sorry Lfo fans, you’re going to be sorely disappointed if you turn on Antonio Tublen’s similarly titled movie expecting to hear about everyone’s favorite one-hit-wonder boy band (Chinese food makes me sick too!). Instead, Tublen’s Lfo is more an artistic exhibition than Hollywood journey, being the cinematic equivalent to Wes Bentley’s bag-obsessed character from American Beauty. There’s an admirable quality about Tublen’s aggressively eccentric story, which blends science and magical hypnotism, yet this same strive for obscurity also ends up being an over-bloated deterrent. What starts as a provocative existentialist look into a puppeteering society unravels in a hazy fog of European synth-pop, sexual desires and apocalyptic overtones, like a mad scientist’s experiment gone horribly awry.
Patrik Karlson plays Robert, a lonely man who turns to science after the death of his wife. Playing around with different sound frequencies, Robert »
- Matt Donato
Establishing an identity and a focus is always the biggest challenge for film festival organizers not affiliated with marquee events like Cannes, Telluride, Toronto and Sundance — even if they’ve been at it for a while. But despite its placement on the calendar just as the holidays are kicking into high gear and awards season makes inordinate demands on talent, Poland’s cinematography showcase Camerimage has fulfilled its mission statement from day one back in 1993, when it was held in the medieval town of Torun, the home of Copernicus.
Arts programmer, fest founder and director Marek Zydowicz took early encouragement from the late, great d.p. Conrad Hall (“Road to Perdition,” “American Beauty”), whose generous spirit, he says, “presides over the festival and inspires us all.”
Now situated in Bydgoszcz, the festival’s remoteness— the journey from Los Angeles can be arduous — contributes to its character, and the large international »
- David Heuring
Ron Howard’s "Frost/Nixon" disappointed with only $18 million at the domestic box office. So the logical thought was, "Sequel!?" Well, say hello to "Elvis & Nixon," the "Mothra vs. Godzilla" of the Richard Nixon franchise. Ok, "Elvis & Nixon" has nothing to do with Howard’s film, but it is an in-the-works docudrama starring two major talents that could prove even more fruitful than the Michael Sheen/Frank Langella pairing. Production company Bloom announced late Wednesday evening that Michael Shannon will play Elvis Presley against Kevin Spacey’s Richard Nixon in the based-on-a-true-story film. Liza Johnson ("Return," "Hateship Loveship") will direct "Elvis & Nixon" based on a script by Cary Elwes (of "Princess Bride" fame)and actors Hanala and Joey Sagal. Indie producer Cassian Elwes ("The Butler," Cary’s brother) will produce alongside Holly Wiersma ("Dallas Buyers Club"). "Elvis & Nixon" recounts the bizarre meeting between the King of Rock 'n' Roll and »
- Matt Patches
Academy Award Nominee Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel, Revolutionary Road) will star as Elvis Presley alongside two-time Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects) who will star as Richard Nixon in the extraordinary true story Elvis & Nixon.
Two men at the height of their powers, conscious they could not stay on top forever, both ripped with fear of the inevitable, sharing one famous private moment in the Oval office. Elvis & Nixon recounts the morning of December 21st 1970, when the King of Rock’ n Roll (Michael Shannon) showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey). He had a very urgent request: to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large. »
- Michelle McCue
Two of my favorite actors, Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Kevin Spacey (American Beauty), are set to star as Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon respectively in the true story Elvis & Nixon. That right there already has me giddy; these two talents always deliver great performances and now working together I’m sure they’re going to gain some much deserved attention on his project. The question is will the material stand on its own for this phenomenal pairing? »
- Graham McMorrow
Arts Spotlight: Get Lit, a leading non-profit presenter of literary performance, education, and poetry programs that affect the lives of over 20,000 teens each year, is hosting “The Poetry of Television,” a gala event to honor the poetic brilliance of today’s television writers to support teen literacy in Los Angeles.Get Lit’s annual Ignite award will be presented to Alan Ball (Academy Award-winning writer of American Beauty, Emmy Award-winning director and creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood). The event will occur on Sunday, November 23, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Stadium Club at Dodger Stadium, […] »
- April Neale
Directed by Sam Mendes
Marriage is a two-way street. The union of a man and woman is basically a tug of war and it is a battle fought in many arenas. One arena is the suburbs and while a married couple with kids in this environment seems copacetic, one must look a bit deeper to unravel the mystery: the pain, resentment and utter chaos that lies beneath. One film that explores the woes and occasional hell of marriage is 2008’s intense and truly gripping drama Revolutionary Road. Based on Richard Yates 1961 novel of the same name, it is a picture that sums up all the torment and bitter realities that sometimes come with married life.
The film takes place in the 1950s, a time which many Americans still perceive as the height The American Dream »
- Randall Unger
Baby No. 2! Hunger Games actor Wes Bentley and his wife Jacqui Swedberg welcomed their second child, a baby girl named Brooklyn, this past June, his rep confirms exclusively to Us Weekly. The happy couple are already proud parents to toddler son Charles. In an interview with UK's Independent in April 2014, the American Beauty actor opened up about his past struggle with heroin and cocaine. "I came to Hollywood and I got caught up in all the glitz and glamour of the nightlife," the Arkansas-raised actor said in [...] »
10. Deliverance (1972)
Scene: Squeal Like a Piggy
Word to the wise: just because someone plays a mighty fine banjo, it doesn’t mean he or any of his kin should be invited to your family picnic. Based on the James Dickey novel of the same name, Deliverance follows four businessmen as they decide to spend a weekend canoeing down a fictional river before it needs to be flooded. Lewis (Burt Reynolds) leads the crew as the most experienced, followed closely by Ed (Jon Voight). The two novices Bobby and Drew (Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) also join them. So, in remote Georgia, the four men set out to take in the beauty of nature. Before setting off, they come across a group of mountain men, all of which appear to be inbred. Drew engages in a banjo duet with one of the teenagers, but he doesn’t »
- Joshua Gaul
You’ve probably already spotted the Esquire UK post called “Films Stupid People Think Are Clever” where the likes of Christopher Nolan and David Fincher are given the shortest end of the stick. It’s a worthless article that represents the easiest kind of contrarianism: People like these things? Let’s say we don’t like them, but not really explain why. Now, I’m a reasonable un-stupid person by all the traditional rubrics. My Iq is three digits, my Sat score was four, and I’m probably one (maybe two) practice sessions away from being able to walk and chew gum simultaneously. I’ve read books like “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “Love in the Time of Cholera,” and I think I’ve understood them. They’re about girls, right? Just kidding. I’m also smart enough to recognize that Esquire’s trolling traffic-magnet doesn’t deserve a response. Or »
- Scott Beggs
The single greatest moment in human history, that particular kernel of time in which all of our best nature triumphed over all of our worst, was when we first set foot on the moon. The idea that we started as basic tool users at some point in our past, looked up into the sky, pointed at that thing overhead and said, "We are going there," is completely insane, and yet, we did that. One of the primary themes of Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated new film "Interstellar" is that we are in danger as a species when we lose our drive to explore. The film is set in a future where we have had to give our full attention to survival, when the idea of space travel is off the table completely. And while that seems extreme, considering the way the world felt when I was a kid living two hours »
- Drew McWeeny
It is as much a part of Halloween as pumpkins, trick or treating and stuffing your face with candy. Halloween just wouldn't be Halloween without an annual viewing of the Disney spook-fest that is Hocus Pocus.
Firmly established as a cult classic, the 1993 movie was a surprise hit, taking 8 years to get made and originally being planned as a straight-to-tv project titled Disney's Haunted House.
21 years on from its release, we look back at the film's stars and find out where they are now.
1. Bette Midler as Winnie
What did Better Midler do after Hocus Pocus? She spent the next 21 years being Bette bloody Midler, isn't that enough for you? If you want more specifics, she's been nominated for three Grammys, produced a stage show, starred in her own self-titled sitcom, been on 7 tours, released 7 albums and starred in movies such as Parental Guidance, The Women and The Stepford Wives. »
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