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Movie stars, as we know them, are not so much dead in 2013 as much as they’re no longer making movies. Celebrity has stretched far beyond film or television; people become famous now without having accomplished much of anything, just for being at the right place at the right time, or tweeting out the right scandalous photo to set afire the comments sections at TMZ or Perez Hilton. Though movies cost more than they used to—both to make and to partake—they are less frequently headlined by a man or woman whose very presence ensures bankability. A handful of movie stars remain, yet even someone like Robert Downey, Jr. can only guarantee a movie will make back its profit and then some when he’s donned his Iron Man suit.
The closest Western society has to movie stars these days don’t make movies that gross hundreds of millions »
- Josh Spiegel
“Over five million cultural assets stolen by the Nazis were returned to their countries of origin in the years following World War II. As the recent discovery in Munich demonstrates, the art theft of that time is as current as ever,” said Berlinale topper Dieter Kosslick. “‘The Monuments Men’ finally gives this little-known subject a worldwide audience.”
A German-u.S. co-pro, “The Monuments Men” turns on an unlikely WWII platoon, tasked by the Allies with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. The Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves »
- Elsa Keslassy and Leo Barraclough
George Clooney’s war adventure to receive its international premiere at the 64th Berlinale.
A German-us co-production is based on a true story and focuses on a platoon, tasked by the Allies with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.
Clooney has been a frequent guest of the Berlinale as a producer, actor and director. The Monuments Men will be his second directorial appearance in the official programme after Confessions of a Dangerous Mind in 2003.
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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 1 Nov 2013 - 06:28
Next year’s full of potentially great films, so to help, here’s a list of 25 movies we're most looking forward to in 2014...
These lists of anticipated forthcoming movies have become an annual fixture by now, and as ever, our selection has been tricky to whittle down. In restricting our list to just 25, we've tried to create a mix of the high-profile and the less obvious. Movies such as Non-Stop, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Big Hero Six and Edge Of Tomorrow came close but didn't quite make the cut, even though they have much to offer for their own reasons.
Furthermore, given the number of films competing for space, we've left the latest chapters of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit off the list. We're keen to see both, but we're wary of taking up slots with movies »
First there was the news that Bennet Miller’s Foxcatcher had been delayed until next year. Then we heard that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street had officially moved to Christmas Day from its original November 15th release date. Now we have word that George Clooney’s The Monuments Men is being pushed into 2014, with the film now looking to be released sometime in February.
The reason behind the sudden change is rather simple: the film will not be ready on time to meet its original December 18th release date. The move will give the crew the needed time to put the finishing touches on the $65 million dollar project.
In a recent interview, Clooney revealed the change, saying:
If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy. We simply don’t have enough people to work enough hours to finish it. All we’ve ever said, »
- Jeff Beck
You probably don't remember George Clooney's directorial debut, "Confessions of A Dangerous Mind" because it wasn't in theaters long. "Miramax decided to put it out on December 31, 2002, the worst possible time to put out a movie. It bombed," Kurt Loder says in this video, which is part of Vanity Fair's digital series, "The Snob's Dictionary." In the video, Loder, a journalist and former MTV host, talks about why the film is an overlooked classic, which he considers to be "the greatest movie ever made." The movie features Sam Rockwell in a riveting performance as Chuck Barris, the game show host who insisted that he was also a CIA hit man. Loder says that "Sam Rockwell captures the cheesy vitality of Chuck Barris" and even goes on to suggest that "the camera angles in 'Confessions of A Dangerous Mind' are as inventive as 'The Third Man.' »
- Paula Bernstein
Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
It is hard not to wonder, while watching Don Jon, exactly how much Joseph Gordon-Levitt can’t stand the culture of which he is a part. His directorial debut (which he also wrote) is a deeply cynical portrait of what he must consider the shallowest elements of pop culture. Here is a film that means to argue that porn isn’t that far off from the fluffy romantic comedies littered about modern cinema, that X-rated sex scenes and 27 Dresses are joined closer at the hip than most people would care to admit. Perhaps there’s a germ of an argument there, something that could be explored and examined in a Master’s thesis; Don Jon, unfortunately, feels about as surface-level as its leads, despite wanting to probe intently.
Gordon-Levitt is Jon Martello, Jr., a studly bartender in New Jersey whose »
- Josh Spiegel
The first trailer for George Clooney.s directorial effort The Monuments Men dropped today (via Apple), and it establishes the WWII-era dramedy as a blend of everything from Ocean.s 11 and The Good German to Saving Private Ryan and The Dirty Dozen. Basically, it looks fantastic. Clooney makes exactly the type of movie I want to see in theaters, and Monuments Men looks like another potential home run from the director of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night. And Good Luck and The Ides of March. The movie casts Clooney and his Ocean.s colleague Matt Damon as veteran soldiers commissioned during the final days of the war to rescue valuable works of art from behind enemy lines in Germany. But this isn.t Enemy at the Gates, and the jokes sprinkled throughout will tell you. As the director says to USA Today, .[Producer] Grant [Heslov] and I were »
It's hard to figure out what exactly conspires to make an actor underrated, though in Sam Rockwell's case he might as well be the poster-child for undervalued thespians. Even in "The Way, Way Back," his latest movie, a touching indie about an introverted teen navigating the quiet indignities of adolescence while his mom gets drunk with her jerk of a boyfriend, Rockwell once again takes a backseat.
Instead, his strong supporting performance as Owen, the water park manager who's so relentlessly charming he helps young Duncan come out of his shell, gets overshadowed in Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's directorial debut after their screenwriting Oscar for "The Descendants." Or maybe it's the general shock of watching Steve Carell play a jerk, and do it so well.
Like most coming-of-age films, "The Way, Way Back" is about the underdog making good, and with his reputation for scene-stealing, well-documented dance moves and easy charisma, »
- Rick Mele
Michael Cera's voice had only just broken when Arrested Development was cancelled after three seasons in 2006. Here he was, a child actor on a TV show canned for poor ratings whose most noteworthy movie credit was playing a pre-teen incarnation of game show impresario Chuck Barris on George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. At the age of 17, his career looked as though it had run its course. »
By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
It’s pilot season, which means your favorite out-of-work TV actors, actresses, creators and writers are getting a chance to return to the small screen once more.
Although we have yet to know what new series we’ll see next year, the networks have been busy selecting projects to consider for their schedules. So far, almost 100 scripts have been chosen, and audiences will only get to see a handful actually come to fruition.
Several are duds, but there are a few promising prospects that I hope network executives will keep around for the 2013-2014 season — even if it means they have to cancel old favorites to make room (just keep Parks and Recreation, Ok, NBC?).
Check out my choices for the best prospective pilots NBC and CBS have ordered, and come back tomorrow to see my picks for ABC and Fox:
1. Believe »
- Rachel Bennett
Tom Jolliffe on the male acting performances criminally overlooked by the Academy for Oscar recognition...
With the Oscars around the corner and awards season in full swing, now is a perfect opportunity to tearfully remember those performances that were completely overlooked by the Academy. Reasons can differ. Sometimes a year is bloated with exceptional performances and competition is high. Sometimes a film's impact doesn’t strike instantly and takes years before it finally clicks with audiences. There are certain film subjects that are Oscar catnip, and others which rub against the grain of what is fashionable amongst the voters. There are almost always head-scratching inclusions and exclusions. It’s hard to know which films of a year, and which performances will live long in the memory and which will fade away.
Here are a few actors I humbly believe gave performances good enough to warrant nominations (lead or supporting) for »
- Flickering Myth
Steven Shainberg made a name for himself back in 2002 at the helm of Secretary, the brilliant film led by Maggie Gyllenhaal and David Spader. He went on to direct Robert Downey, Jr. and Nicole Kidman in 2006’s Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. And now he’s returning behind the helm once more to bring us The Big Shoe.
“Sturgess plays a gifted shoe designer forced to break free from a family who wants to turn his designs into mass-produced knock-offs. The family hires psychotherapist Mary Kay (Banks) and muse Delphi (Stewart) to lure him back to work.”
Shainberg will be directing from a script he co-wrote with newcomer Mickey Birnbaum.
- Kenji Lloyd
By Joey Magidson
I’ve always had a soft spot for films that are directed by actors. In one of my recent pieces, I spoke about how the Academy looks at actors who direct. Now, I’ll be continuing my interest by focusing in on which of these multi-hyphenates are the best at what they do.
By and large, the films that actors make when they choose directorial projects have some sort of significance for them or at least play to their strengths, so disasters are few and far between. This makes it a lot of fun to celebrate the best of the bunch, since I’m able to draw from a larger pool than you normally can when looking at one particular type of filmmaker.
I take some comfort in knowing that most films directed by actors tend to be at least decent, if not better. I »
- Joey Magidson
Just released in UK cinemas, Quartet is Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut. He has followed the path of many great actors before him that have turned their attentions and talents towards directing. In this Top 10 we take a look at some other note-worthy actors turned directors to put on your must watch list.
Sean Penn - With a career like Sean Penn’s, which includes award-winning films Dead Man Walking, I Am Sam and Milk, he was set as a Hollywood legend. Wanting more, Penn decided to follow in his father Leo Penn’s footsteps and begin directing. Thankfully he did pick up the camera or we wouldn’t have film greats like The Indian Runner, The Crossing Guard, The Pledge and Into the Wild.
15 items from 2013
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