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When you fall in love with someone it leaves you breathless, exhilarated, and longing. There is the undeniable chemistry you feel with that person. It’s electric. You can feel it. You look towards art to capture and imitate what you feel. Chemistry between actors can make or break what it is you are watching. Two of the actors that have mastered that distinctive spark between people in love are Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. They first appeared together in Crazy, Stupid, Love and were remarkably charismatic and charming. Then they were paired together in Gangster Squad. While the film was a dud, their chemistry was the bright spot that makes the film. Now, they are back playing lovers for a third time in La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s hotly anticipated second feature.
- Erica Bahrenburg
After playing lovebirds in Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are falling in love yet again in Damien Chazelle's musical, La La Land. Following the release of a photo from the film in January, the trailer has finally arrived, and it's beyond romantic. Although no one speaks throughout the clip, Gosling softly sings an original song called "City of Stars" as we meet his ambitious jazz musician character, named Sebastian, whose relationship with aspiring actress Mia (Stone) goes through ups and downs as they struggle to succeed in Hollywood. It's dreamy and surreal and might give you a few Moulin Rouge flashbacks. Finn Wittrock, J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt, and John Legend (yep) are all costarring in the film, which will hit theaters on Dec. 2. »
- Quinn Keaney
Since HBO canceled their ’70s-et, music-infused series Vinyl, it’s up to Netflix and Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann to bring us back to the decade with their new series The Get Down. A quick new trailer has just arrived featuring new footage, and more importantly, some of the new music from rap artist Nas that we’ll […]
- Ethan Anderton
Baz Luhrmann, the visionary filmmaker behind such films as Moulin Rouge, Romeo & Juliet, and The Great Gatsby is about to bring his outsized artistry to the small screen for the first time. The director and writer is shepherding an ambitious new series for Netflix called The Get Down. The project is set to premiere later this summer on the streaming network, and there's a new trailer here to give you a glimpse of what you're in store for.
You can view the new The Get Down trailer right here:
Rock the block. Shoot for the world. #TheGetDown arrives August 12, only on Netflix.https://t.co/eW2eIq1n4t
— The Get Down (@TheGetDown) June 27, 2016
The Get Down will be a period piece, set in the Bronx during the 1970s. It features a foursome of relative unknowns, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mamoudou Athie, Skylan Brooks, and Tremaine Brown Jr., but will the »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
30 years ago today, audiences were treated again to the utterly watchable pair of Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. The Karate Kid, Part II opened in theaters on June 20, 1986. In the sequel, released two years after the original film, Daniel’s wax on, wax off early training days are behind him, and he’s impressively slicing through six blocks of ice. The boy and his mentor travel together to Mr. Miyagi’s home village in Okinawa, Japan. Sparks fly between Daniel and Kumiko, the niece of Mr. Miyagi’s childhood girlfriend, to the synthesizer-tastic tune of “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera. The song hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 later that summer and got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Other notable June 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1948: The Ed Sullivan Show — then titled Toast of the Town — premiered on CBS. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed in that first episode, »
- Emily Rome
This week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot was derailed by a very tough communal week and also a busy one for entirely different reasons for yours truly. But a few of our regular participants soldiered on. Please read their lovely pieces on this underappreciated Francis Ford Copoola curiousity from the early 80s. I think you can see a bit of it in the DNA of Moulin Rouge! if you need extra incentive to watch it on Amazon Prime.
Antagony & Ecstasy chose...
The film that was meant to be a quick cheapie designed to provide a financial shot in the arm to the fledgling American Zoetrope, but instead almost destroyed the company that Coppola had dreamed up as a sort of director-driven filmmaker's commune. It's one of the most idiosyncratic films of its era, overwhelmingly pleasurable despite being entirely unlikable and toxic in every possible way. I have no idea »
- NATHANIEL R
“If this lot were seals or whales, you'd all be up in bloody arms. But they're not, are they? No, no they're not. They're just ordinary common-or-garden honest, decent human beings. And not one of them with an ounce of bloody hope left”. – Danny, Brassed Off
One of the things that I love about a certain subset of contemporary British comedies is their core of steel. That, hiding underneath some often very hefty belly laughs, there’s a political story, a foundation of social outrage, and a desire to address through cinema issues that often get swept under the carpet. It’s what keeps such films in my mind, long after the latest R-rated comedy screen filler has »
Veteran casting director Ronna Kress has been named executive VP of casting for Twentieth Century Fox Film.
Kress will report directly to Emma Watts, president of production.
“We have worked with Ronna many times over the years and are excited to officially bring her into the Fox family,” said Watts. “She has a truly unique ability to identify talent and is a real actor’s champion.”
Kress began her career working in extras casting in New York on Woody Allen films. She moved to Los Angeles and worked for three years as the associate at Warner Bros. for casting director Marion Dougherty, then worked as the associate for David Rubin, casting with him such films as “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.”
- Dave McNary
For years now, the spirit of Bollywood has poured itself into the nooks and crannies of American pop culture (you can see it in everything from “Moulin Rouge!” to the tabla beat of the Nick Jr. girl-power genie cartoon “Shimmer and Shine”). Once in a while, though, the genuine article — a Bollywood movie — gets a wide release in the U.S., and when that happens, it offers a rare opportunity for some serious cultural co-mingling. When “Lagaan” opened it 2001, it was like seeing a cinematic bulletin in the form of a blissed-out epic sports musical. (The most exotic thing about it isn’t that it was Indian — it’s that it was a four-movie movie about Indians learning to play cricket.) Now, the Bollywood industry is unleashing a very different sort of movie in America, different in that it’s actually much closer to what we watch everyday.
The fascination of “Te3n” (no, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Come what may. We will love it. Until our dying day.
Moulin Rouge! turned 15 today. Imagine if June 1st were an international holiday? How is it not? How would we celebrate other than drinking absinthe, coughing up blood, and deep cleaning our shrines to Nicole Kidman (we'll assume everyone's already built one, okay?).
Fifteen whole years ago my entire body and soul were quaking at that first screening at NYC's Ziegfeld theater. I saw it five times in the theater which is my record this millenium. (Carol came close last year with 4 in theater screenings. Weirdly The Witch is in third place because somehow I've already seen it three times on screens.) Mostly I'm not big on rewatching because that means I'm not seeing something I've never seen and there's always something new or old to discover because you can't see everything. Generally if I'm rewatching it's at home.
- NATHANIEL R
A decade-and-a-half to the day has passed since the visionary Baz Luhrmann blessed audiences with “Moulin Rouge!,” the gaudy (in all the right ways) jukebox movie musical. Everyone from David Bowie and Queen to Paul McCartney, Beck, and Bono are counted on the film’s soundtrack, and bring a modern-day spin to the 19th-century-set film. Starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, the 2001 film follows a courtesan in Paris, the poet who falls in love with her, and the musical madness that surrounds them. It is spectacular, spectacular, to say the least. To celebrate its anniversary we selected our favorite moments from the film. Nicole Kidman on a Swing Performing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”This is the cabaret Moulin Rouge’s star act and Satine’s (Kidman) opening number. Just as intended, she stuns as she flies high above the crowd and tantalizes her adoring fans below. The »
It was 15 years ago today that Moulin Rouge! opened in theaters across the U.S. The opening followed a world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and New York and Los Angeles premieres the month prior. Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman made us all swoon with their charm and their palpable chemistry in the heartfelt, old-fashioned, tragic love story of Christian and Satine (very old-fashioned, in a sense — director Baz Luhrmann has said he drew from the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice in writing the film). The spectacular spectacular of Moulin Rogue! didn’t win over everybody — Luhrmann’s glitzy, dazzling style has been quite divisive over the years. But the film caught the attention of Oscars voters — it was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including wins for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. Beyond the technical categories, the film earned Kidman her first Oscar nomination, and with a Best Picture nomination, »
- Emily Rome
Created by CoolProps, the life-size heads of both the Brown and Blue Alien Warrior as well as the newborn Alien from Alien: Resurrection are now available to pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles. Also: Funko and Previews’ San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Swamp Thing Pop! vinyl figure, a new poster and teaser for the short film Lion, and, lastly, a trailer and theatrical / VOD rollout details for Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.
CoolProps’ Life-Size Alien Heads Photos and Release Details: Alien Warrior (Brown) Life-Size Head: “Sideshow and CoolProps are pleased to present the Alien Warrior Life-Size Head Prop Replica. The “Alien Warrior” was part of dozens of aliens that were propagated from the alien queen in the 1986 movie Aliens. Alien Warriors appeared many times in the movie, but only a few suits were made for shooting.
CoolProps has produced this piece based on the original mold, which is without lips, »
- Tamika Jones
Paani is history. At least for now. Our most distinguished Bollywood import Shekhar Kapoor has moved to London again for a tryst with Shakespeare. He has directed the pilot for a new series on TNT entitled Will which chronicles the early years of Shakespeare in London. Shekhar's familiarity with the Elizabethan era is now part of history. He directed by two big-screen bio-pics on Queen Elizabeth. Will is far, far brighter than Shekhar's gloomy and dark Elizabethan bio-pics. The gaudy colours that assail us in the brief but tumultuous trailer are reminiscent of Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge. And (b)rightly so: Will is written by Luhrmann's writer Craig Pearce. Shekhar adapts to the hedonistic 16th century London with a vigour that is at once inviting and original. He is not afraid to convey the excessive extravagance of the Elizabethan era with a remarkable penchant for the raunchy .And the characters »
- Subhash K. Jha
on this day in history as it relates to the movies...
1960 Kristin Scott Thomas is born. Years later she can drop a room temperature or bring it to a boil onscreen in about 2 seconds. We miss her soooo much.
1972 Superhero Glut Producer of the CW, Greg Berlanti, is born.
1991 Thelma & Louise drove into theaters. You've been reading our 25th anniversary retrospective right? Part 3 hits today and we're having a blast revisiting.
2009 The White Ribbon finally wins Michael Haneke the Palme d'Or at Cannes. It goes on to two Oscar nominations for Foreign Film and Cinematography and becomes Haneke's most successful film globally, »
- NATHANIEL R
Since the only thing that could possibly be better than one Ewan McGregor is two Ewan McGregors, FX’s Fargo has tapped the young Obi-Wan Kenobi to play a pair of lead roles — brothers, in fact — in its upcoming third season, our sister site Deadline reports.
VideosFargo Video Pays Cheeky Respect to Those Who Died in Season 2
Said to be set closer to the present than Seasons 1 and 2 were, Season 3 of the Emmy-winning anthology series focuses on good-looking, self-assured real estate magnate Emmit Stussy — aka the Parking Lot King of Minnesota — and his younger sibling and antithesis, Ray, a flabby »
Kirsty Capes with ten stock female characters Hollywood needs to stop writing…
From Mary Sues to Disposable Women, Hollywood seems to have a problem with writing interesting and original female characters. It’s not a problem, I would argue, that seems to happen with male characters, and I for one find it interesting, if not a little disheartening, to pick apart some of my favourite women in film and realise that they are just another trope.
In an attempt to better identify when we’re presented with one of these tropes, I’ve put together a list of the most commonly occurring ones. My disclaimer is that, as you will see, some great characters and movies appear on this list, and identifying a character as a trope is in no way a reflection upon her or the movie as a whole. Some of the most fundamental tropes are also some »
- Kirsty Capes
Over the extraordinarily diverse course of his career, Alejandro Jodorowsky has been a director of plays, a writer of comic books, a poet and novelist, a “psychomagic” guru presiding over therapeutic salons, and — oh, yes — the creator of a psychedelic Western splatter opera, “El Topo,” that in its scrappy-surreal midnight-cult way transformed the world of movies. Jodorowsky’s life has been one long prodigious outpouring (and he didn’t even get to make his version of “Dune”!). But now, well into his eighties, he has managed to reinvent himself in the most spectacular and unlikely way.
“Endless Poetry,” the second in Jodorowsky’s proposed cycle of five cinematic memoirs (the first was 2013’s “The Dance of Reality”), is a work of transporting charm and feeling. It’s the most accessible movie the director has ever made, and it may also be the best. Jodorowsky is on record as saying that »
- Owen Gleiberman
Exclusive: La Confidental star will also star in the stage play adaptation.
Guy Pearce is to make his directorial debut with Australian paranormal drama Poor Boy, based on the stage play in which he starred.
The Australian actor, known for roles in La Confidental, Memento and Cannes 2014 title The Rover, will also play the lead in the feature. The cast also includes Frances O’Connor (Mansfield Park, The Missing), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!), Callan Mulvey (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Sarah Peirse (The Hobbit).
The story centres on a dead man, a young boy and two families mysteriously linked by synchronous events seven years earlier. Production is planned for Melbourne in 2017.
Producer Al Clark, whose credits include The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert and who »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Jeffrey Godsick will step down as president of Fox Consumer Products to become executive vice president of worldwide partnerships for Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, Variety has learned.
In the newly created position, Godsick will oversee the global promotion strategies for the studio’s films. The hire reunites Godsick with Tom Rothman, Sony’s film chief, who previously oversaw Fox’s film division. he move is also a homecoming of sorts. Godsick began his careers at Columbia Pictures as an assistant field manager, working on films including “Ghostbusters.” Sony is rebooting the paranormal comedy this summer with a new cast led by Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
Godsick will begin on May 31 and report dually to Domestic Theatrical Marketing President Dwight Caines and International Marketing President Michael Horn.
“Jeffrey is an accomplished marketer with a track record of success leading impactful worldwide partnership campaigns,” said Josh Greenstein, worldwide marketing and distribution president, »
- Brent Lang
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