16 items from 2013
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is welcoming "Parks and Recreation" star Chris Pratt on Friday (Nov. 15), where Pratt talks about his past working as a stripper and having more kids with wife Anna Faris of CBS sitcom "Mom."
"When I was a kid, I was in a small town -- I was a stripper for a little while, for a little while. It's not, it was very low-rent. I was like the very, very low-rent 'Magic Mike,'" says Pratt. "40 bucks a pop ... I did bachelorette parties in my hometown, my friend's grandma had me."
"I couldn't afford a cop outfit on my budget. I would just wear, um, I wasn't good. I would just like slowly, awkwardly dance and then go down to my shorts and they'd be like, 'Aww. Aww. ... Here's your forty bucks.'"
Pratt also talks about having another child with Faris, which came to him in a dream recently. »
Feature Aliya Whiteley 26 Sep 2013 - 07:13
An acting great British of the post-war era, Trevor Howard's the subject of a new movie box set. Aliya looks at its five classic films...
It's difficult to describe Trevor Howard. I could start by saying he was a great leading man of British post-war cinema, but that leaves out his supporting turns in films like The Third Man, and his character performances, such as Captain Bligh in Mutiny On The Bounty (1962), or Sir Henry At Rawlinson End (1980). He could be called an upper-class gentleman, but in Sons And Lovers (1960) he played a Nottinghamshire miner perfectly.
I could talk about how he wasn't traditionally handsome, but the look in his eyes when he falls passionately for Celia Johnson (Brief Encounter) contains a male beauty that continues to define cinematic love today. Or maybe I could mention how perfectly he inhabited the role of »
Directed by Ron Howard.
At face value, a film about the rivalry between two specific racing drivers during a specific season may seem accessible only to those with an interest in Formula One whilst others may be alienated from the emotional investment needed to feel the full impact of the story. The greatest take away from Rush comes from its overwhelming success of putting the characters first and never allowing spectacle to take over.
Thankfully, director Ron Howard has carved out a career of character-focused pictures and Rush is directed with all the care and devotion which made his previous true-story films such as Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, and Frost/Nixon so impactful. In the hands of a lesser director, »
- Flickering Myth
It's very easy to ridicule Michael Bay's movies... and also great fun. Despite attempting to witness his latest endeavour Pain & Gain with an open mind, it was only a matter of time before a coping strategy was instigated to ensure some modicum of sanity was preserved throughout this painfully (not gainfully) overlong and execrable affair. More on that later...
Based on a true story, a fact which is shoehorned into viewers' minds with "This Is A True Story" captions intermittently flashing up during seemingly contrived sequences, Pain & Gain follows three pumped up bodybuilders as they embark on an evil and greedy quest involving kidnap, extortion and murder.
There's Mark Wahlberg's gym instructor Daniel, the ringleader who often adopts a saucer-eyed expression of derangement not seen »
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• Lovelace: first look review from Sundance
There's plenty to admire about Lovelace, the second feature from documentarians Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (their first was Howl), including a surprisingly nuanced performance from Amanda Seyfried as the tragic frontierswoman of 70s hardcore porn, and sterling work from Peter Sarsgaard as Lovelace's husband/manager/pimp/owner/dungeonkeeper Chuck Traynor, and from Robert Patrick and Sharon Stone as her emotionally repressed working-class parents. Stone is almost unrecognisable as Linda's ice-cold, Livia Soprano-esque mother, who keeps telling her frightened daughter: "Go back to your husband." (Lovelace, incidentally, has more than a passing kinship with Stone's own tragic heroine in Casino.)
Plus it's the 1970s, so the costume department get to go hog-wild on bellbottoms, »
- John Patterson
Adam Sandler went on an African holiday and wound up being attacked by a Cheetah. The Waterboy star says he was attacked by a cheetah on David Letterman's show Wednesday. Sandler, 46, says that while on the private safari, a guide told him he could feed the cheetahs. "This is a true story ... there were very nice people at this place, and let me in with the cheetah and the owner....and said I could feed the cheetah water with my hands. So I did it, and then something went a little bit wrong." The video footage shows Sandler feeding some water with his hands and the cheetah jumping on the actor's back. »
- April Neale
Life isn't all fun and games for Adam Sandler. While on safari in Africa, the "Grown Ups 2" star had a too-close wildlife encounter -- a harrowing incident he shared with David Letterman during an appearance on "The Late Show" on Tuesday.
"I did have an incident and I sent you guys a little thing," Sandler said of the footage he provided. "This is a true story. I went there and they let me in with a cheetah and said I could feed the cheetah water with my hands. So, I did it and it went a little bit wrong."
Instead of happily drinking its water, the big cat pounced on Sandler's back. It all happened so fast, but fortunately the trainer reacted just as quickly, pulling the animal off the surprised comedian.
After playing the clip, Sandler laughed off his brush with death. "The only reason I didn't react »
- Laura Larson
New Delhi, May 4: Pakistani actress Veena Malik has done a bold photoshoot for her forthcoming Bollywood film "Zindagi 50-50" in which she plays a sex worker. She says she loved shooting in a bikini.
Veena wore a black bikini during the shoot. She is said to have done extensive research for her character and met sex workers to understand their body language and the way they talk.
"I love shooting in all those sexy bikinis. It will be one of my boldest photoshoots for the character Madhuri which is realistic rather than bold. This is a true story of a girl. I have given more than my hundred percent thanks to Madhuri, the character I am playing," said Veena.
The actress is also working in Haroon Rashid's "The City. »
- Abhijeet Sen
Directed by Joel Coen
The Coen brothers are a breed of their own, seamlessly melding quiet, unrelenting humor with often brutal violence. Their films present wild irony, eccentricity, and post-modern takes on classic genre films. I have always been a huge fan, from Raising Arizona to No Country for Old Men. For years, nearly the only Coen bros. film I had not seen was Fargo, which is a pity because Fargo brought them their first awards for writing and directing. Ahead of their Cannes debut of Inside Llewyn Davis, I finally sat down to witness the dry wit saturating the story of police chief Marge Gunderson.
Minnesota in winter. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) has financial troubles and makes the completely logical decision to have his wife kidnapped and ransomed for her father’s money. The hired men are the “funny looking »
- Katherine Springer
Usually the movie that wins Best Director also wins Best Picture, but it’s not always the case. “Argo” didn’t win Best Director mostly because Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated. The last time a movie won only one of the two while being nominated for both was “Crash” winning Best Picture while Ang Lee won Best Director for “Brokeback Mountain.”
It’s easier to call out an upset immediately or shortly after the winners are announced. But after time, people will have an epiphany and either downgrade the severity of the upset or determine that it wasn’t an upset to begin with. When a movie only wins one, an upset could be accredited to one, both, or neither of the categories. These upsets will only be accredited to the Best Picture category.
This list will have upsets that won either both or just Best Picture…
5. The English Patient »
- Matthew Curry
Apparently even in the 20th century, colonized people don’t like being colonized and sometimes fight back. This is a true story about that. The film open in the U.K. next Friday, but if you can’t wait that long, there are three special screenings taking place this Sunday in London: Hackney Picturehouse at 2pm Odeon Covent Garden at 4pm Cine Lumiere at 6pm Writer, director, and star Mathieu Kassovitz -- you remember him from Haywire, Munich, and Amelia -- will be on hand at each for Q&A’s after the screenings. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
"This is a true story," says the joke-heavy trailer for Paramount's action comedy "Pain & Gain," whose cast list includes Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, and Rob Corddry. But the families of the Sun Gym Gang's real-life torture and murder victims aren't laughing. In the film directed by Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson portray body builders turned vigilante muscle men, who kidnap a bad guy and make off with his fortune.
"Victor Kershaw is a criminal prick who deserves bad stuff to happen to him," says Wahlberg's character, Daniel Lugo, in the trailer. Kershaw is supposed to be the fictional version of Marc Schiller, a Miami businessman who was kidnapped tortured, and nearly murdered by the Sun Gym Gang. According to the Associated Press, Schiller was kept in a warehouse for a month and tortured with sleep deprivation, water boarding, lighters and a Taser until he signed millions »
Clive Davis got off lucky. His public spat with Kelly Clarkson has so far only involved words. Once, an artist was so pissed off at her A&R executive at a record company that she jumped up on his desk, squatted, and took a dump. This is a true story. She thought it was the ultimate act of rebellion, but all it did was get her dumped from the label. To catch you up to speed, yesterday Davis, a legendary label executive, released his second book, “ The Soundtrack of My Life.” In it, he told his version of what happened with »
Mumbai, Feb 9: Pakistani actress Veena Malik says her role in "Zindagi 50-50" is more realistic than bold.
"I think this character is realistic rather than bold. This is a true story of a girl and I have given more than my 100 percent, thanks to Madhuri, the character I am playing," Veena said here Friday at the music launch of the film.
Veena plays Madhuri, a sex worker in the real-life inspired film. She even met the real sex worker as part of her preparation for the role.
"I met her. Had I not met her, I would not have been able to play this character with such ease," she said.
Meanwhile, Veena who has shown. »
- Smith Cox
Here’s the bulging new TV spot for Michael Bay’s ‘small’ movie, Pain & Gain.
It stars Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg as bungling bodybuilders with biceps the size of Bournemouth who indulge in a spot of kidnapping and grand larceny. We at Thn Towers can’t decide whether this looks like pop-corny fun like The Rock (pun intended) or utter Utter robo-balls like Transformers. It certainly has Bay’s signature tropes; muscle-bound heroes, aviators, explosions, helicopters, casual objectification of women, the usual boys-with-toys stuff. For more info on the caper, click here.
Pain & Gain is directed by Michael Bay and stars Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Mackie and Rebel Wilson. It will be grunting it’s way into UK cinemas on 3rd May and Us cinemas 26th April. This is a true story.
- John Sharp
Jessica Chastain has spoken about the comparisons that have been drawn between Zero Dark Thirty and Homeland. Specifically, Chastain's character Maya has been compared by some critics to Claire Danes's CIA operative Carrie Mathsion in Homeland.
[Left: Jessica Chastain / Right: Claire Danes] "To be honest, the only similarity I see is that they're both women in the CIA," Chastain told The Wall Street Journal. "I love the show. I love Claire Danes. I would love to act with her. Ever since I saw My So-Called Life! "But I think the characters are apples and oranges. This is a true story, this woman, (more) »
- By Emma Dibdin
16 items from 2013
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