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On a recent summer afternoon, Johnny Depp walks into a luxury suite at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Oddly, he is dressed like a pirate. A faded paisley do-rag is tied around his head. Smaller strips of cloth are braided into his hair, and he has gold caps on several teeth. His loose white T-shirt, with its blue horizontal stripes, maybe more sailor than pirate, but it's definitely in the nautical family.
We should note that Depp has not come directly from the set of his latest film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest »
Total Film has taken a poll and assembled a list of the Top 50 most disappointing movies of all time - films for which there was a certain or even considerable amount of expectation and which, frankly, turned out to be fairly terrible.
Practically every household name filmmaker is on this list - Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, David Fincher, Oliver Stone, Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann, Steven Soderbergh, Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, the Wachowskis, M. Night Shyamalan, Ridley Scott, Cameron Crowe, Ang Lee, Zack Snyder, Roland Emmerich, Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith and many more.
Topping the list was Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" with Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace" not far behind. Both were returns almost twenty years later to franchises that were the gold standard of many who grew up in the late 70's and 80's, »
- Garth Franklin
TotalFilm magazine put together a list of Top 50 most disappointing movies of all time, taking a look at films that were highly-anticipated, but turned out to be pretty awful. Topping the list is "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," with the magazine stating that it had all the ingredients in place, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford. But in the end, the film was nothing more than some CGI, a nuclear fridge moment, and aliens. Also on the list are "Prometheus," "Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Godfather Part 3." Take a look at all fifty choices below and let us know if you agree with the selection. 50. The Tourist (2010) 49. Congo (1995) 48. Shrek The Third (2007) 47. Speed Racer (2008) 46. The Lovely Bones (2009) 45. The Lady In The Water (2006) 44. The Avengers (1998) 43. Ghostbusters 2 (1989) 42. Alexander (2004) 41. Public Enemies (2009) 40. Jennifer's Body (2009) 39. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen »
Now, Rodriguez is far from a stranger when it comes to casting atypical character actors and choosing generally odd individuals in his features, but this is certainly new territory. The closest would have to be the casting of Latin artist Enrique Iglesias in Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Even more strange is that apparently not a single person other than the Texas native and those closest to him even knew of Lady Gaga’s (real name Stefani Germanotta) involvement.
“I just finished working with @LadyGaga on @MacheteKills, she kicked So Much Ass! Holy Smokes. Blown away!”
- Simon Brookfield
It is a perennial paradox. Studios spend vast sums of money bringing together the efforts of hundreds of skilled technicians, well-drilled actors and extras – yet cinema is often at its most compelling when simply showing an individual silently going about their business. There are countless examples: James Stewart stalking Kim Novak in Vertigo, David Hemmings poring over his prints in Blow-Up, Daniel Day-Lewis scrabbling underground in There Will Be Blood. We tend not to regard "just doing stuff" as acting – but perhaps making it all so absorbing is actually the hallmark of a great actor.
- Steve Rose
Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the explosive thriller Safe House . on Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet and Digital Copy June 5th from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Washington and Reynolds are joined by an impressive roster of actors including Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The Guard), Academy Award-nominee Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Ruben Blades (All the Pretty Horses, Once Upon a Time in Mexico), Nora Arnezeder (Paris 36, The Words) and Robert Patrick (Flags of Our Fathers, Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Synopsis: Tobin Frost (Washington), »
- Patrick Luce
Who best to give advice on breaking into Hollywood than Robert Rodriguez who got his start selling his body to research to fund his film El Mariachi. The Sin City, Machete, and Once Upon A Time in Mexico director spoke as the keynote speaker at a recent event for Latino filmmakers and actors, and offered some words of wisdom.
The National Association of Latino Producers Association held their annual networking event at Universal City's Sheraton Hotel (L.A.) last weekend and invited industry leaders to speak to thousands of aspiring directors, writers, and actors. While technology has made it easier for filmmakers like Rodriguez to create shorts and film, Rodriguez reinforces the idea that "content is king", he told CineMovie's David Gonzales. He later added that while there are a lack of Latinos in the media, the main goal
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A rogue CIA operative is targeted for assassination and an idealistic rookie agent must prove himself by keeping them both alive in the exhilarating and explosive action-thriller Safe House, available June 5, 2012 on Blu-ray. Combo Pack with UltraViolet. and Digital Copy and DVD as well as On Demand from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Two-time Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington (Training Day, Unstoppable) andRyan Reynolds (The Change-Up, Green Lantern) star as unlikely allies up against an unknown enemy in an adrenaline-pumping game of cat and mouse.
Washington and Reynolds are joined by an impressive roster of actors including Academy Award® nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), Brendan Gleeson ( Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The Guard), Academy Award®-nominee Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Ruben Blades (All the Pretty Horses, Once Upon a Time in Mexico ), Nora Arnezeder »
- Michelle McCue
The Unpopular Opinion is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer Hated, but that the majority of film fans Loved, or that the writer Loved, but that most others Loathed. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy! Once Upon A Time In Mexico is a movie that I loved nigh-on unequivocally upon my first viewing. It also marked one of the very first times where I felt compelled to share my »
- Alejandro Stepenberg
The Unpopular Opinion is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer Hated, but that the majority of film fans Loved, or that the writer Loved, but that most others Loathed. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy! There are plenty of violent and/or ultraviolent and/or over-the-top action movies that I enjoy the shite out of. Once Upon A Time In Mexico. Shoot 'Em Up. »
- Alejandro Stepenberg
Comcast announced Tuesday the selection of four new minority-owned independent networks with Rodriguez being one of the four selected for new cable channels starting in April. NBA Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson, music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, and Spanish language TV veteran Constantino "Said" Schwarz are also launching their own channels on the cable channel.
The Sin City and Once Upon a Time in Mexico helmer partnered with FactoryMade Ventures for the channel titled El Rey which will feature Rodriguez's pension for action-packed projects for Latino and mainstream audiences.
Comcast says it remains committed to diversifying their indendent programming from minority voices such as Rodriguez, Diddy, Johnson, and Schwarz..
Will you be watching?
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There hasn't been much buzz about Marthe Keller's induction into France's Legion of Honor. Or the induction of actresses Dominique Blanc and Anny Duperey. The selection of fellow 2012 Chevalier inductee Salma Hayek, however, has been a whole different matter. In early 2003, the Mexican-born Hayek, 45, was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as Frida Kahlo in Julie Taymor's Frida. Her other film credits include Desperado, From Dusk Til Dawn, After the Sunset, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and the animated hit Puss in Boots. She is now reportedly working on a biopic of Mexican superstar Maria Félix. But are Puss in Boots and an Oscar nod enough qualification for Legion of Honor "membership"? Hayek's inclusion in this year's Legion of Honor roster (as a Chevalier, or Knight) has been criticized by some who have accused French president Nicolas Sarkozy of using the ceremony »
- Anna Robinson
12 items from 2012
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