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There are plenty of elements that can result in the creation of a memorable movie character; whether it be a catchphrase, an accent, a costume, personality tics or just a damn good acting performance. In a visual medium that places such emphasis on the position of the actors within the frame, appearance is often everything. Sometimes, a great actor can be overshadowed by a bad hairdo.
With than in mind, this article will look at ten movie characters with ridiculous haircuts, whether it was intentional or not. Some of them manage to serve the character, others are ultimately distracting and there are even a few that are just plain stupid. The common thread is that the styling department have made some questionable decisions when it comes to these luxurious locks.
Dan Brown’s insanely popular novel spawned an equally successful big-screen adaptation, »
- Scott Campbell
Straight from his Twitter account, the Apollo 13 director shared an initial behind-the-scenes look at the post-production stage. The image, which can be seen above and in its original format below, shows the director working on a scene involving Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who also collaborated with the director on Rush:
Post prod duties for In the Heart of the Sea pic.twitter.com/klFnOeWeri
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 8, 2014
Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea, the movie follows the true account of a whaling ship stuck in the middle of the ocean for 90 days after a grizzly encounter with a sperm whale. Sound familiar? Well, it should – the incident inspired Herman Melville’s literary classic, Moby Dick – incidentally, »
- Dale Barham
Munich — The Zurich Film Festival is to honor composer Hans Zimmer with a special lifetime award.
German-born Zimmer has scored more than 100 films, which have, combined, grossed over $22 billion at the box office. He has won an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, three Grammys and a Tony. He received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
Some of his most recent works include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “12 Years a Slave,” Ron Howard’s “Rush,” Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” the Christopher Nolan-directed films “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” and Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”
Some of Zimmer’s most notable works include “Rain Main,” “Driving Miss Daisy, »
- Leo Barraclough
Screenwriter and director Akiva Goldsman is about to take on a new film project called Stephanie. This will be a horror movie that tells the story of a little girl with "unworldly abilities who was abandoned before a man and a woman show up claiming to be her parents, thereby interrupting her mysterious world."
The last film that Goldsman directed was Winter's Tale, which is a film I haven't seen. It didn't really look that good to me to be honest. But Goldsman is a talented, Academy Award winning screenwriter who has written some pretty incredible scripts in his career. Some of those include A Beautiful Mind; Cinderella Man; I, Robot; The Da Vinci Code; and for some reason he also wrote Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Can't win 'em all, I guess.
Goldsman isn't new to the world of horror as he was the executive producer on Paranormal Activity 2, »
- Joey Paur
Well, we’re getting into the weird part. Considering that 2006 and 2007 were mere blinks ago, the idea of revisiting these years via VH1′s rose-colored nostalgia goggles is certainly an unsettling one.
But oh, has I Love the 2000s officially gone off the rails since its promising beginning. None of the topics discussed in Friday’s two-parter seemed even remotely worth visiting—is anybody clamoring to discuss Flavor And Rock of Love? In fact, the mere presence of “bacon” and “putting Mentos in Diet Coke” as nostalgic references should signify that they’re really digging deep here to try and »
- Marc Snetiker
After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…
The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?
Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »
Michel Gondry, the director behind such films as "The Green Hornet" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," is back with another quirky movie, called "Mood Indigo," starring Audrey Tautou (The Da Vinci Code) and Romain Duris. And today we have a domestic trailer for it. Watch it below. Plot: In a world where you can travel around on a pink cloud or be swept off an ice-skating rink into a hole, Colin (Duris), a wealthy young man and inventor of the cocktail-mixing piano, wants to fall in love. With the help of his cook Nicolas (Omar Sy) and best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh), he meets Chloe (Tautou), the incarnation of a Duke Ellington tune. But soon after their wedding, Chloe falls ill. She has a flower growing in her chest. Ruined by medical expenses, Colin resorts to increasingly desperate methods to save his beloved's life. The new movie is »
From The Da Vinci Code to Forrest Gump, The Green Mile to Cloud Atlas, Tom Hanks has tackled a wide array of adaptations of beloved books. For his next venture in bringing literature to life, he's taking on A Hologram For the King and reteaming with Cloud Atlas co-helmer, Tom Tykwer. As you can see from the first released still, this film requires nowhere near the amount of prosthetics or make-up of their last collaboration. Reporting out of Cannes, THR shares this image, which shows a business-suited Tom Hanks looking perplexed and out of place in what appears to be a sprawling desert. In this adaptation of Dave Egger's acclaimed novel A Hologram For the King, Hanks plays Alan Clay, a miserable salesman so desperate for success that he travels to the heart of Saudi Arabia to pitch a wild idea to an affluent monarch. Here's the official plot synopsis »
I have a condition called nystagmus, which means I have severely restricted vision. I can't drive, I don't recognise friends in the street, I can't see the ball at sporting events or the birds in the trees. I miss all of the quick, small actions of life.
But in my living room I have a magic box. I say "magic box", it's more of a "magic 42in plasma screen with surround sound and Wi-Fi that doesn't work". But whatever form it takes, my television has always taken me to worlds, and shown me moments, that I would never otherwise see. I know it does that for so many people.
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- Richard Osman
Composer Hans Zimmer — the first creative to raise Variety’s Billion-Dollar milestone 20-fold since the series was introduced in 1993 — likes to take chances.
Who else would have:
» Recorded a London brass section, electronically processed their sounds, then played them back through speakers placed in the studio’s stairwells for an even stranger soundscape in “Inception”?
» Solicited choral contributions from fans via the Internet to create a 100,000-voice chant that would eventually appear in “The Dark Knight Rises”?
» Traveled to Eastern Europe to record Roma gypsy violinists and accordionists to incorporate into his music for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”?
» Defied comicbook, heroic-music tradition by creating “drum circles” of renowned percussionists creating grooves that he could then employ in his “Man of Steel” score?
- Jon Burlingame
Sopranos creator David Chase has discussed the possibility of reviving the show on the silver screen.
Chase - who also served as executive producer on the HBO drama for the duration of its six-season run - said that he would need a "really great" concept to go forward with the project.
Speaking at a screening of the Sopranos pilot at the Museum of the Moving Image, he said: "A lot of people have talked to me about it. I still, frankly, flirt with the idea sometimes. If I had a really great way to do it, I would do maybe like a prequel."
Speaking about the show's famously-ambiguous ending, Chase explained: "Well, [former HBO chairman] Chris Albrecht said, 'You should think about how much longer you want to do this show and we should have an ending. »
Sopranos creator David Chase fielded questions about the show – and offered some ambiguous answers to questions about its ambiguous finale – this week at the Museum of Moving Image in Queens, New York, IndieWire reports. Following screenings of both the series' pilot and finale (the only two episodes that Chase both wrote and directed), the producer revealed that the first episode could have been its own feature film if HBO didn't pick up the series. As for the finale, which ends (spoiler!) by cutting to black, obscuring the fates of the characters, »
Safe to say, prolific German composer Hans Zimmer is a workaholic. But the composer doesn't work nearly as hard as his multiplying 150-plus credits on a wide range of genres would suggest. Many folks take Zimmer for granted as a big-studio mainstream composer, but the musician is worth a closer listen. And while it's easy to recognize his signature oversize superhero scores -- as in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" -- there's a reason he keeps getting hired by the likes of studio tentpole directors Zack Snyder ("Man of Steel"), Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Lone Ranger"), Ridley Scott ("Gladiator"), Christopher Nolan ("Inception," "The Dark Knight Rises," "Interstellar"), Guy Ritchie ("Sherlock Holmes") as well as Ron Howard ("The Da Vinci Code," "Rush") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"). Zimmer pushes himself to get the job done. He's a serious collaborator for these directors. (Watch a Vanity Fair video interview with Spidey. »
- Anne Thompson
London — Romantic comedy “We’ll Never Have Paris,” the directorial debut of “The Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg, co-helmed with Jocelyn Towne, has been selected as the closing night film of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Helberg will attend the screening.
Helberg and Towne said: “We hope the people of Scotland will find our pain and suffering as funny as we do.”
The pic is penned by Helberg, who also plays the lead. Based on Helberg and Towne’s real-life romantic history, the film is a candid tale of a neurotic young man rattled by the sudden declaration of love he receives from an attractive co-worker moments before he is about to propose to his girlfriend. Heartbroken, she flees to Paris, and he must now race across the Atlantic to win her back.
- Leo Barraclough
In some ways, the journey of J. August Richards' Mike Peterson has been the journey of the first season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." In the pilot, Peterson was introduced as an ordinary father who got superpowers through the use of the Centipede Device. He just wanted to be a hero to his son, but instead he became a victim of the technology and he had to be secured by S.H.I.E.L.D. A bit later, he was recaptured and his technology was overhauled to make him the villainous Deathlok. With each passing appearance, we see less and less Mike Peterson and more and more Deathlok. Late last week, I got on the phone with Richards to talk about his character's evolution and how much humanity still remains in Deathlok. We talked about the balancing act of keeping just a touch »
- Daniel Fienberg
New York--Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard may accept an acting role when he can take a break from his directing career, he said during a talk at the Tribeca Film Festival. “I would kind of like to,” he said in answer to a question from “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, who interviewed him before an audience on Saturday. The interview is available as a podcast on New York radio station Wnyc’s website. Howard, who has directed such movies as “Cocoon, »
- Kathy Shwiff
Ron Howard is continuing his penchant for popular book adaptations with his latest announced project, "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair." The Swiss novel is a mega-bestseller over in Europe, where it's going toe-to-toe with "Fifty Shades of Grey" and even surpassing the latest Dan Brown novel "Inferno." Based on the plot synopsis from Deadline, it certainly sounds to have all the trappings of bestseller fare (a wunderkind superstar, a murder mystery and, alas, the requisite dead young girl):“The novel is about a young superstar novelist who finds himself embroiled in a sensationalized murder mystery when his mentor, an icon of American literature, is implicated in the crime of a missing 15-year-old girl who turns up dead in the author’s backyard.”As pointed out by the Dissolve, Howard -- whose solid "Rush" played well to critics last year but didn't gain awards momentum -- has so »
- Beth Hanna
Now that the director has enjoyed much success with adapting Dan Brown novels, Ron Howard is setting his sights on an international bestseller: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, by Swiss author Joel Dicker.
The novel will release in the Us next month, but has enjoyed a wave of success in parts of Europe, most notably in France, Italy, and Spain. Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the murder mystery, with Howard’s longtime collaborator Brian Grazer attached as producer.
Deadline provides the scoop, and describes the novel as being about “a young superstar novelist who finds himself embroiled in a sensationalized murder mystery when his mentor, an icon of American literature, is implicated in the crime of a missing 15-year-old girl who turns up dead in the author’s backyard.”
The mystery goes from the present day all the way back to 1975, as the young novelist launches his own investigation, »
- James Garcia
After negotiations to direct Warner Bros. adaptation of The Jungle Book fell through, director Ron Howard has found a different project at the studio instead. Deadline reports the studio has picked up Joel Dicker's novel The Truth About the Harry Quebart Affair for Howard to direct and also produce, with the help of his Imagine Entertainment production banner partner Brian Grazer. The book has been a sensation overseas in Europe, winning the Grand Prix du Roman, and tells the story of a young superstar novelist who finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery when his mentor, an icon of American literature, is implicated in the crime of a missing 15-year old girl who turns up dead in the author’s backyard. Read on! Howard is coming off his adaptation of Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth, another project at Warner Bros. as well. Howard seems to have an inkling towards adapting various sbooks. »
- Ethan Anderton
The book, which has become a publishing sensation in Europe, follows a novelist who gets caught up in a scandal involving his beloved mentor, a heavyweight of American literature, when a 15-year-old girl is found dead in his backyard. The book was published by Bernard de Fallois' Editions de Fallois, and has already sold more than 2 million copies. The book finished just behind Fifty Shades of Grey on the charts in France, and it has also outsold Dan Brown's Inferno in Italy and Spain. Penguin will publish the novel in the U.S. next month.
The filmmaker is also producing with his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer, with deals already in the works for Eugénie Grandval (The Next Three Days) and Claire Lundberg to produce as well. »
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