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Rolling Stone's latest cover star Jared Leto has been talked about all year for his stirring, disturbing performance in the upcoming Suicide Squad as the Joker. The method actor's on-set actions as he dove into the character's sick mind have also become a subject of exploration for fans and tabloids, adding mystery to the Academy Award winner's style and approach to his diverse history of on-screen characters.
Now we have a question for you: What is Jared Leto's best on-screen role? Feel free to vote for an early appearance, »
Jared Leto is wearing a preposterous straw hat this morning, a gigantic, not-quite-a-sombrero thing he bought for seven bucks at a corner store. And why not? He's made it this far by committing fully, sometimes crazily, to everything in his life: Method acting, music-making, video directing, tech investing, not to mention the arts of being enigmatic, brainy and really, really good-looking. "I don't dabble," he says. "I dive in, 1,000 percent." So if he needs sun protection for a hike, of course he goes big. In any case, Leto recently turned 44 — "old, »
Of course, much of that comes down to Leto’s bizarre method acting, which stole headlines throughout the early stages of production, coupled with the sheer status of the Clown Prince of Crime as a DC icon. But now, less than two weeks out from release, excitement for Suicide Squad is fast approaching tipping point.
A photo posted by Jared Leto (@jaredleto) on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:50am Pdt
- Michael Briers
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Francis Ford Coppola has relaunched Zoetrope.com as a virtual studio for the writing community and a showcase for short films.
Cinephilia and Beyond have posted an appreciation of The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, including the full script and more:
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a contemplative, slow-paced, superbly acted piece of contemporary filmmaking which has to be considered an important player in the 21st century revival of the Western genre, an artistically accomplished, technically brilliant exploration of one of the founding myths of American identity, and a movie whose stature is bound to rise in the decades to come. »
- Jordan Raup
We live in a world where there are trailers for trailers. While it’s still essential to a film’s marketing, trailers are no longer mere primers for upcoming movies; they’ve become standalone events.
Sometimes, however, they’re better than the real thing. When a big movie is boiled down to its essence, trailers can provide the thrill of a blockbuster without the bloat. Slices of advertising can promise a moviegoing experience that can’t compete with the reality.
Below, we’ve charted a brief history of the American trailer over the past two decades. (A quick note: we’ve limited ourselves to one per director, so if you don’t see undisputed gems like “The Social Network” or “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” know that we haven’t forgotten them.)
Simple shadows. Telling words. Awed expressions. These practical effects, concise verbiage, and stock shots were »
- Steve Greene, Liz Shannon Miller, Kyle Kizu, Ben Travers, Kate Halliwell, Chris O'Falt, Zack Sharf, Russell Goldman and Kate Erbland
Patti LuPone, actress Both an actress and a singer, LuPone was featured in the 2013 movie “Parker” and the role of Florine Werthan in “Driving Miss Daisy.” Rita Wilson, actress Wilson acted in the movies “It’s Complicated,” “Runaway Bride,” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” She also produced “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and the 2008 version of “Mamma Mia!” Marlon Wayans, actor Wayans was featured in Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy‘s comedy “The Heat,” as well as “Requiem for a Dream.” You might also remember Wayans from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” parody “Fifty Shades of Black,” which he produced and starred in. »
- J. Clara Chan
“Don’t Worry Baby” follows struggling photographer Robert (John Magaro) and his philandering father Harry (Christopher McDonald) as they learn they both had a one-night stand with the same woman, Sarah-Beth (Dreama Walker). Years later, they realize that one of them is the father of Sarah-Beth’s four-year-old daughter.
While they wait for a paternity test, they both decide to assume fatherly duties and soon learn to connect and mend their rocky relationship. The film also stars Tom Lipinski (“Suits”) as Robert’s friend Lenny and Talia Balsam (“Mad Men”) as Robert’s mother and Harry’s ex-wife. Watch the exclusive trailer for the film below.
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- Vikram Murthi
The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Asia’s largest genre film festival, announced a huge 302 title lineup for its 20th edition.
American actor-director Matt Ross’s Cannes prize-winning family drama “Captain Fantastic” will open the festival on Jul. 21. Closing the festival will be Yeon Sang-ho’s latest animated feature “Seoul Station,” a prequel to Yeon’s Cannes live action film “Train to Busan.”
In celebration of the 130th anniversary of Korea-France bilateral relations, the festival will dedicate a showcase to French company Gaumont. Other special programs include a David Bowie tribute, and a Nakashima Tetsuya retrospective.
BiFan will also take a look back on its own past twenty years through a program titled “20 Years, 20 Favorites.” The section features earlier works of major film makers including Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” and Na Hong-jin’s “The Chaser.”
The festival’s industry program, BiFan Industry Gathering, »
- Sonia Kil
The opening minutes of the Cannes competitor The Neon Demon try but fail to fully warn you about what’s in store. The music is suspenseful and electric, almost as if neon had been transformed into a sound. The colors are dazzling and deliberate, signaling the beautifully shot experience that awaits. And, in the first scene, a dazzling Elle Fanning lies on a sofa with her throat slit and piles of blood pouring down. It’s a staged photo shoot, but this combination of tingling lighting and what’s-going-to-happen horror is the best way I can think of summing the whole thing up. And then some.
Directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (who also helmed the critically adored Drive and Only God Forgives), The Neon Demon, while mostly thin on plot, is nonetheless a masterpiece. At least for its first 100 minutes. The premise is simple: Jesse, a young aspiring »
- J Don Birnam
My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1988 Dutch–French film The Vanishing. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.
The director, George Sluizer, didn’t really direct much else besides this film and its remake The soundtrack definitely has a Tears for Fears vibe to it, which is 100% ok with me Herb checked with his Dutch parents to make sure we pronounced Spoorloos correctly Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu is basically perfect as the villain in this film If you enjoy this film, you’d probably also love Alfred Hitchock’s The Lady Vanishes The actress who plays the second girlfriend Lieneke, Gwen Eckhaus, was randomly in a television series in the Netherlands called Spoorloos verdwenen, which I assume is unrelated Getting a compliment on your film from Stanley Kubrick is a big »
- Arik Devens
Once I got stuck in the Belle Reve Prison. I got sent to DC Comics' supermax prison for a combination of jaywalking, ripping the tag off a mattress, committing tax fraud with a volleyball named Wilson, trolling comic book movie companies, and breaking my paladin's alignment in Dungeons and Dragons. Yeah, I'm a pretty harden criminal. It did afford me a wonderful opportunity to meet the cast of the government's newly commissioned Task Force X. Will Smith was there for Wild Wild West and Jayden Smith, Cara Delevingne was there for streaking through the woods, Jay Hernandez was there because Kirsten Dunst's dad in Crazy/Beautiful had political connections, and Jared Leto was there because of what happened at the end of Requiem For A Dream. Good times! What I did learn from that experience though is the existence of the SuperHeroStuff Suicide Squad HeroBox! So intense! The Suicide Squad HeroBox is a hand picked and specially crafted mystery gift box inspired by »
The 2nd Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is happening right now in beautiful Mammoth Lakes California, and their programming, yet again, is nothing short of spectacular (thanks to Festival Director Shira Dubrovner and Director of Programming Paul Sbrizzi).
One of the more powerful films that I have seen thus far is the feature film by director/writer Robert G. Putka, Mad. In this tragicomedy, daughters Connie (Jennifer Lafleur) and Casey (Eilis Cahill) are trying to navigate their own lives and relationships while also dealing with their mother, Mel’s (Maryann Plunkett) nervous breakdown after her recent divorce, on top of her bi-polar disorder. Mel finds herself abandoned in a psych ward after her daughters decide they would rather not deal with her, and is now faced with navigating through her mental health. Meanwhile, perfect daughter Connie and ‘fuck up’ Casey can’t seem to find a common thread other than »
- Melissa Howland
The Vampire Diaries season seven finale is the least eventful in the show's history...
This review contains spoilers.
7.22 Gods And Monsters
So we've finally reached the end of our first Elena-free year of The Vampire Diaries, and it's been a perplexing year for the show. Not a series that could ever be described as consistent, season seven has been more up and down than most (which beats completely down), and this finale really just sums up that journey.
Gods And Monsters is such an odd episode for season seven to end on, because it's actually a very average episode of the show. I'd go as far as to say that it's the least eventful finale of the entire series, and that's even stranger when you consider that the penultimate episode featured the kind of big, sweeping emotional moments that we've come to expect. Here, it's one big »
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSLiam Neeson in Martin Scorsese's SilenceWe're still waiting for Martin Scorsese's new film set in 17th century Japan, Silence (an adaptation of the same book Masahiro Shinoda's 1971 film is based on), but things may be moving quickly for his next project, the long-in-gestation The Irishman, set to star Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. We'll believe it when we see it, but we sure want to see it!Cannes begins! If this week's Rushes seems a bit threadbare, it's because we've arrive at the Cannes Film Festival and can't think of anything else. Stay tuned on the Notebook for our festival coverage.Recommended VIEWINGOur very favorite video essayist, Tag Gallagher, has made a new one for Sight & Sound on Raoul Walsh's classic noir western, »
Bonnie's rehabilitation and a very heightened emotional situation make for an interesting episode of The Vampire Diaries...
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7.21: Requiem For A Dream
Nothing impresses me more than when a television show can bring a character back from the depths of audience hatred - when the writers finally wake up to an actor's talent or a character's potential and craft them some good material. The opposite of this has happened a lot of The Vampire Diaries (Matt, we'll get to you later), but it's rare for a show to really pull it off as well as these guys have with Bonnie.
Damon's speech at the end of Requiem For A Dream, in which he recounts all of the things Bonnie has had to overcome since season 1, and how much he admires her for it, was thus a high point of the whole series for me. »
If anyone actually thought that saving Bonnie with a plan that involved Rayna was a good idea and that nothing would go wrong, well, you clearly have never watched The Vampire Diaries.
"Requiem for a Dream" sees Bonnie's friends trying to appeal to her to not kill them, even with her brain rewired to "see vampire and kill vampire." But in doing so, they give her the opportunity to mark them, and even when they do find a way to possibly save her, it just means a lot more trouble. But nothing can ever be easy for them.
In this episode, the consequences of Damon's attempt to save Bonnie force everyone to band together to help her pull through. When a new threat leaves Caroline's life in jeopardy, Stefan makes a rash decision that forces them to face the fallout from their relationship. Also, Enzo tries to hold it together while watching Bonnie in the fight of her life, and Matt takes matters into his own hands to save one of his closest friends.
A movie that approaches and separates itself from a familiar storyline.
Self-destruction has been a popular cinematic theme since the silent era. One of the first examples being Charlie Chaplin’s The Cure from 1917, a film about a drunk who goes to a spa hoping to cure his addiction. Almost 100 years later, the most recent contribution to this popular narrative is Krisha, Trey Edward Shults’s first feature film. The film stems from Shults’s short film released the year prior titled Krisha, and, spanning over a single day, tells the story of a woman returning home after having disappeared for a number of years.
Krisha isn’t the first film to screen addiction, as stated above. To name a few movies of this genre: Miles Ahead (2016), Trainwreck (2015), Thanks for Sharing (2012), Shame (2011), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Man With a Golden Arm (1955), The Lost Weekend (1945), and Sadie McKee (1934). Yet since its festival circuit and (limited) release as of »
- samantha ladwig
Pierce Brosnan stars in head-spinning drug thriller Urge. Pierce Brosnan, the man formerly known as James Bond, plays an evil overseer to a drug-fueled bacchanalia from Hell in Urge, director Aaron Kaufman’s berserk thriller that also co-stars That 70s Show Danny Masterson. Lions Gate Films have picked up the insane looking flick, which looks…
- Chris Alexander
The San Francisco Film Society has selected Ellen Burstyn as the recipient of its Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting.
The award will be presented at the April 25 awards night for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion.
“Ellen Burstyn’s extraordinary career in film and television has provided some of cinema’s most indelible performances,” said Noah Cowan, the festival’s executive director. “She has collaborated with some of the medium’s finest directors over many years and in a remarkable range of genres. Her recent performance in Todd Solondz’s ‘Wiener-Dog’ is perhaps her bravest yet — caustic, sincere and unforgettable.”
Burstyn will also be publicly honored at An Afternoon with Ellen Burstyn at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from Burstyn’s notable acting career will be followed by a screening of »
- Dave McNary
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