11 items from 2011
All things considered, Wuthering Heights has been good for James Howson, the unschooled, unemployed Leeds local who stars as Heathcliff. Andrea Arnold's drama has provided him with a pay cheque, a launchpad and a prospective ticket to an acting career. It now transpires that it provided him with a voice as well.
On first seeing the film, Howson noted with dismay that his performance had been dubbed. "I felt really hurt," he said this week. "All the things I had to do in the film – the cold mornings, the difficult scenes – and then they use someone else's voice."
It's hard not to feel some sympathy for Howson, plucked against the odds from open call auditions and pouring his heart and soul into playing brooding, vengeful Heathcliff. »
- Xan Brooks
In the second of a two-part feature (see part one here), Gary Collinson looks at 23 actors who could have found themselves uttering the iconic line, "The name’s Bond. James Bond..." (see part one here)...
With Daniel Craig about to embark on his third outing as 007 alongside Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe and Albert Finney in Sam Mendes’ Bond 23 (a.k.a. Skyfall), we continue our look at some of the actors who have been under consideration for the role of Ian Fleming’s legendary secret agent during his illustrious screen career...
As producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman geared up to launch the Bond franchise with Dr. No, a number of actors found themselves in contention for the coveted lead role, including one of Ian Fleming’s alleged favourites, wise-cracking comedian Sid James. Yes, that’s Sid James of Carry On fame. »
The king of the jungle is getting closer to making his return to the big screen. The character was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in his classic novels from the early 1900's. Tarzan has been depicted in many mediums such as, comic books, radio, television, and films. Actually over eighty movies have been produced about the legendary character. Craig Brewer is the director of the Footloose remake that is about to open up in theaters and he has just turned in his script for Tarzan that he plans to also direct. He says he was inspired by one Tarzan film in particular, 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. That version of the Tarzan tale was more origin oriented than previous versions, and it starred Christopher Lambert (Highlander). Hey Craig, what can you tell me about the current status of your proposed Tarzan script? Craig Brewer: »
Conan. James Bond. Tarzan. Terence looks at these, and other literary characters who were changed by movie-makers on their way to the big screen...
Adapting literary heroes to the screen is a tough dilemma for filmmakers. With the possible exception of the Harry Potter phenomenon, the vast majority of a potential movie audience often has little or no familiarity with any given character's literary exploits. The end result can often be frustrating for fans of the original stories, especially when movies make too many arbitrary changes, or even do away with the spirit and intentions of the books entirely.
Conan The Barbarian, the latest rendering of Robert E Howard's pulp fantasy hero, swung its way into cinemas last week. While critics and fans are divided over its merits, most agree that it's at least more faithful and better made than such Howard adaptations as Conan The Destroyer or Kull The Conqueror. »
In 1992, there may have been nothing bigger and more exciting than the video game Mortal Kombat. Wisely, Midway Games created their own universe with six realms which have unique backstories, all created by the Elder Gods. Players could manipulate their favorite surviving warrior — Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, and Jax, — and fight for survival in do-or-die tournaments.
The phenomenon was huge, spawning follow-up games, merchandise, and, of course, movies. Now available for download this week is the first Mortal Kombat film from 1995. The movie can be downloaded from iTunes and played on your iPod, phone, or tablet.
Released on August 18, it grossed $23 million and was proven critic proof. After earning over $70 million, it gave birth to 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. The first film had the benefit of Paul W. S. Anderson’s early work, showing us what the director can do with action and other realities.
Warner Digital describes »
- Robert Greenberger
Well, that went extremely well, didn't it?
Robert Pattinson is now officially a guy we want to hang out with. He comes across as a funny (you could so do "Saturday Night Live," Rob), personable and down-to-earth fella who probably likes eating pizza, watching Netflix and hanging out with his dog, Bear (shortened from "Yogi Bear," as he was called in the shelter).
RPattz sat down with MTV.com's Josh Horowitz for over a half an hour to discuss his new film, "Water For Elephants," and pretty much everything else that might be of even the slightest interest on "MTV First: Robert Pattinson," which streamed the night of March 18.
Rob first introduced an exclusive clip from the period romance, "Water For Elephants," which featured Pattinson trying to convince a platinum blonde Reese Witherspoon to jump off a moving train with him. Swoon!
Rob then answered questions from both MTV.com »
- Bryan Enk
When it comes to foreign language films, fans are split into two groups; those who like them with subtitles, and those who prefer them dubbed into English. For a foreign movie to make any kind of commercial impact beyond the art-house circuit, they would need to be made, or at least be reasonably well dubbed, in English, since it’s the most common language for mainstream cinema entertainment. All too often dubbing tends to dampen the impact of a very good film, especially if the actors’ English voices sound completely wrong. Brilliant movies such as the French cop thriller La Balance (1982) and the Japanese social drama Battle Royale (2002) would never achieve their iconic status if they were released in badly dubbed English.
But dubbing can work to hilarious effect in the Godzilla movies and with some of the lesser spaghetti westerns. In some cases low budget American producers buy the »
The 57 year old lost his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on 3 March.
He ran the Sam Chwat Speech Center in New York City, which has helped thousands of people with speech impediments and accents.
As well as working with De Niro for Cape Fear and This Boy's Life, and Roberts for Mystic Pizza and Steel Magnolias, the speech therapist also coached politicians to perfect speaking patterns to lure voters.
According to the Los Angeles Times, his first Hollywood client was actress Andie MacDowell, who asked for his help after her voice was dubbed by Glenn Close in 1984 movie Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes after producers decided her South Carolina accent was too extreme for the character of Jane Porter. »
Turner Classic Movies offers up many of the greatest film treats throughout the year, especially during their "festivals" of film, and right now they are running another wonderful treasure that you should really be tuning in for. It's the 31 Days of Oscar, and they are showcasing an amazing selection of films spanning the entire history of the Academy Awards.
Check out all the info below, including a rundown of many of the films being included, and then check out the contest where you can win some really great prizes.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is getting trivial with its annual 31 Days Of Oscar® festival in February. The 2011 edition of the month-long event will feature more than 340 Academy Award®-nominated and winning movies, scheduled in trivia-inspired marathons. In addition, each night will feature a Best Picture Oscar winner at 10 p.m. (Et).
TCM host Robert Osborne, who is also the official biographer »
- Marc Eastman
Turner Classic Movies celebrates the brilliance in movies as recognized by the Academy starting February 1
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be hosting yet another annual 31 Days of Oscar festival starting February 1st. The 2011 edition of the month-long event will feature more than 340 Academy Award-nominated and winning movies, scheduled in trivia-inspired marathons. In addition, each night will feature a Best Picture Oscar winner at 10 p.m. (Et).
TCM host Robert Osborne will host 31 Days of Oscar, which will mark its 17th year on Turner Classic Movies. The 2011 edition will feature several high-profile films making their debuts on TCM, including three Best Picture winners: Cavalcade (1933), Amadeus (1984) and Forrest Gump (1994). The month also includes the TCM debuts of the blockbusters Pretty Woman (1990) and Thelma & Louise (1991), as well as outstanding dramas like Hugh Hudson's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), Hector Babenco's Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), Spike Lee »
"There can be only one..."
...01 / 01 / 11How about that funky date today? Happy New Year.
The New Year couldn't come soon enough because I was informed yesterday that this blog had run out of storage space! The renovated site should be up in the next 36 hours to rescue us. I'll let you know.
"There can be only one!" I assume this mnemonic moment was brought to me by Claire Denis's White Material which I was just watching the other day (in theaters and on IFC on demand) in which he plays Isabelle Huppert's ex-husband who -- I'm not sure if I got the details right because Denis always makes you work for them -- still lives on the African coffee plantation with her (and his new wife »
- NATHANIEL R
11 items from 2011
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