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Actor, writer, musician, comedian — Michael McKean seems to have done it all over his extensive career. From his early work in television, including an iconic role as Lenny on Laverne and Shirley, he soon established himself as part of the ensemble responsible for bringing the term “mockumentary” to the masses. Starting with Rob Reiner’s sublime This Is Spinal Tap (which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year), McKean joined bandmates Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and a group of improvisatory geniuses in a string of features that toy with nonfiction filmmaking conventions, including modern classics such as Best In Show and A Mighty Wind. For the first part of our new “Pick 6” series, Nonfics reached out to McKean for a selection of films to recommend to our readers. The goal with this series isn’t to create some definitive, “best in show” list, but to bring to light works that quickly come to mind when artists, actors »
Kevin McCallister is all grown up now. Macaulay Culkin celebrates his 34th birthday today (August 26), so what better time to take a trip down memory lane to find out what happened to the cast of Culkin's greatest work: Home Alone.
Digital Spy goes 'then & now' with the cast of the comedy classic below...
The biggest child star of the '90s, Culkin spent almost a decade away from screen acting following 1994's Ri¢hie Ri¢h. After a stint on London's West End in Madame Melville, he returned to TV and film in 2003 with roles in Will & Grace and Party Monster. His acting parts since have been sparse - a 2010 Robot Chicken Christmas special is his last (voice only) credit - but Culkin seems to have found his calling as the frontman of a Velvet Underground pizza-themed cover band.
A 2013 YouTube video titled simply 'Macaulay Culkin Eating a »
Most days, casting announcements come thick and fast. At best, they are occasionally intriguing. At worst, they are like inevitable and unavoidable train wrecks that you simply can’t turn away from. Every once in a while, however, a casting announcement comes along that is so steeped in perfection, it emits its own glowing and radiant sunshine, in which we can all bask. On these rare and hallowed days, we can breathe a deep sigh of satisfaction and contentment – safe in the knowledge that somewhere, somehow, someone has our best interests at heart. Today is one of those days. Today is the day we learn that Michael McKean has joined the cast of Better Call Saul.
The world was somehow a darker place when Walter White exited our lives – with the broadcast of the final episode of Breaking Bad, on September 30, 2013. Here was a show crafted with exquisite talent and »
- Sarah Myles
London — Satirical comedy “Kill Your Friends,” about the era of Britpop music, has started lensing in London for a five-week shoot.
Pic is set in London in 1997, when the British music industry is on a winning streak. A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the biz. Fuelled by greed, ambition and drugs, he lives the dream, as he searches for the next hit. But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, he takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level.
Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class,” “Jack the Giant Slayer”) takes the lead role of Stelfox, and is joined by an ensemble cast that includes Craig Roberts (“22 Jump Street,” “Submarine”), Tom Riley (“Da Vinci’s Demons, »
- Leo Barraclough
Thn have received the news from AI Film, Altitude Film Entertainment, Unigram, Pinewood Productions, and World’s End (that’s a lot isn’t it?) as they announce that the principal photography begins next week on dark and satirical comedy Kill Your Friends about the infamous era of Britpop music with Warner Music Group on board to produce the film’s soundtrack.
That era is exactly when I spent my time going to gigs, fighting my corner for the likes of Pulp and Blur (and then equally Oasis) – so this is right up my alley. This the first-time feature for Owen Harris who’s been working in TV but with good titles including Misfits, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.
It’s written by John Niven and based on his cult novel of the same name, Nicholas Houlttakes the lead role of Steven Stelfox »
- Dan Bullock
When "This Is Spinal Tap" opened on March 2, 1984, it made a modest $4.7 million, but the cast and crew behind this "rockumentary" likely had no idea what an oft-quoted, cultural touchstone it would become. ("This one goes to 11.")
At the time, maybe the send-up of big-hair heavy metal bands was too close to reality, and many moviegoers thought Spinal Tap was a real band. Actually, the film did have a soundtrack (with such classics as "Sex Farm Woman") since the comic geniuses of Spinal Tap wrote and performed their own songs. They even took the group on the road in 2009 for the film's 25th anniversary and even opened up for themselves as their other musical persona, The Folksmen from Spinal Tap's folk sequel of sorts, "A Mighty Wind."
- Sharon Knolle
The Academy Award for Best Original Song has gone to some legendary movie anthems — “The Way We Were,” “Take My Breath Away,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “My Heart Will Go On” all notched the Oscars’ highest musical honor. But what about the anthems that don’t win? The winners among the losing nominees? Today we honor the best losing songs of the past 50 years since some of them are, um, the greatest songs ever. (I’ve limited this tally to the past half-century since the rock & roll era is what we really care about, no?)
15. “I Have Nothing” from The Bodyguard
Lost to: “A Whole New World” from Aladdin
Two songs from The Bodyguard‘s soundtrack were nominated for Oscars (this and “Run to You”) but “I Have Nothing” is a decade-best belter that will live on forever in part thanks to its innumerable American Idol performances. Though Whitney Houston »
- Louis Virtel
The Coens' tale of a of a once feted folk singer on the slide has brilliant elements that don't quite make a satisfying whole
"How does it feel, to be on your own… Like a complete unknown… ?" Llewyn Davis knows exactly how that feels. Dragging his self-pitying butt around the freezing backstreets of early 1960s Greenwich Village, he is indeed "without a home", a formerly feted singer who made his name as one half of a popular duo until his partner threw himself to an early death, a result, perhaps, of spending too much time with Llewyn. He's an arsehole and everyone tells him so – from fellow folk singer Jean (Carey Mulligan), who is pregnant with his child and wants money for an abortion, to John Goodman's aggressive jazz fiend who callously mocks Davis's former partner's suicide ("You throw yourself of the Brooklyn bridge, traditionally. George Washington bridge? Who does that? »
- Mark Kermode
8 items from 2014
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