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Christopher Lambert, the actor best known for starring in 1980s cult classics Highlander and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, has joined the all-star cast of Hail, Caesar!, the Hollywood-set period comedy helmed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Caesar tells the comedic tale of a fixer, played by Josh Brolin, who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. The story finds him at work when a star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming. Among the cast are George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Alden Ehrenreich and Jonah Hill.
- Borys Kit
Our 1989 25th anniversary celebration continues...
Have you ever seen sex, lies and videotape? Steven Sodebergh won the Palme D'Or at Cannes for his very first film and somehow it wasn't all downhill from there. The film, which was a minor box office hit, was crucial in planting the seeds for the American indie boom of the 1990s but when Oscar nominations rolled around the Academy played it very safe largely shunning both of the year's most provocative critical darlings (the other being Do the Right Thing which we honored earlier this summer in a post just like this one). I spotted these Fyc ads on eBay and thought I'd share them.
Andie MacDowell has won a lot of harsh criticism over the years for various performances, most notably Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (for which she was dubbed over by Glenn Close) and Four Weddings and a Funeral »
- NATHANIEL R
The movie world has a long and awkward association with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ half-naked hero Tarzan. Still best remembered for his Johnny Weissmuller incarnation from the 1930s and 40s, we’ve not seen a memorable live action interpretation since, though producers have certainly given it a stab with releases such as Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan (1984) and Tarzan In Manhattan (1989). Disney brought us two animated versions (one of which was scored by Phil Collins for some reason) and now Warner Bros hopes to breathe life into the old loin cloth yet. Guardians Of The Galaxy star Djimon Hounsou has been announced in the role of “Chief Mbonga” for what the studio are banking on being an action-adventure smash.
- Steve Palace
The legend of Tarzan - the young boy raised by gorillas in the African jungle - gets a CGI-heavy retread thanks to the German director who brought us Animal Kingdom. When the parents of young Jj - New York entrepreneur John Greystoke and his wife - are killed in a helicopter crash, he's founded abandoned in the wreckage by a female ape - Kala - who raises him as her own. The colourful, motion-captured animation will please younger children. »
With I, Frankenstein in theatres, The Creature is sure to be on a lot of people's minds; and if you're in the UK, you'll soon get a chance to check out Michael Sarrazin in the role when 1970's TV movie Frankenstein: The True Story finally arrives to your shores.
One of the most acclaimed versions of Mary Shelley’s classic tale, Frankenstein: The True Story, featuring a stellar all-star cast including James Mason and Leonard Whiting, makes its UK DVD debut on 10 March 2014 thanks to Second Sight Films.
Originally airing on NBC in 1973, this much lauded film also stars David McCallum ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E."), Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"), Tom Baker ("Doctor Who"), Ralph Richardson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes), John Gielgud (Ghandi), Peter Sallis (Last of the Summer Wine), and Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?; Feardotcom) as The Creature.
In 19th century England, »
- Debi Moore
The Friends of the USC Libraries have selected Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne as the 2014 USC Libraries literary achievement award honoree. The literary achievement award recognizes writers who have made significant contributions to the art of adaptation throughout their careers.
“I am gratified to receive the USC Libraries Literary Achievement Award, knowing that it is an award I share with all those whose work I have drawn upon in the adaptation process and, indeed, all those whose work has edified and inspired me,” Towne said in a statement.
Towne won an Oscar for his Depression-era screenplay “Chinatown,” and has been nominated three other times, for “The Last Detail” (1973), “Shampoo” (1975) and “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan” (1984).
He has recently joined the writing team for the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men,” currently in production by Lionsgate Television.
Towne will receive the award at the ceremony on Feb. 8 at the 26th annual Scripter Award ceremony. »
- Francesca Bacardi
Best Supporting Actor Oscar Predictions 2014 (photo: Jared Leto in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’) As explained in our previous Oscar 2014 predictions post, this year’s Academy Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories initially looked impossible to predict. For Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto was the front-runner for his performance as a transsexual with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender was another strong possibility for his evil planter in 12 Years a Slave — but who else? (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actress: Meryl Streep Possibly to Break Another Record," "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actor: Robert Redford Possible Near-Record," "Best Supporting Actress 2014 Oscar Predictions: Jennifer Lawrence and/or Scarlett Johansson to Make Oscar History?" and "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Picture, Best Director.") A couple of weeks ago, the SAG Award nominations helped to clarify things some, but, just as in the Best Supporting Actress category, there remains quite »
- Steve Montgomery
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