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The way a film starts and the way it ends can tell a lot about a movie, as well as the particular style of the director behind the project. Numerous films throughout history have had memorable opening and closing shots that have elevated the feature in question, while also taking on a life of their own as iconic moments in cinema.
Following his first exploration of first and final frames in film, vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has revisited the topic in a new video, looking at 70 new films and how their opening and closing mirror each other. Swinney had this to say in the episode description.
After numerous requests, I finally decided to create a sequel to “First and Final Frames”. Part II plays the opening and closing shots of 70 films side-by-side. Like the first video, some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Directed by L. Gustavo Cooper (The Devil Incarnate), June is an stylish new possession flick that looks like it goes into some pretty wild directions. The film stars Kennedy Brice (“The Walking Dead”), Casper Van Dien (The Pact, Shiver), Victoria Pratt (Patient Killer), Eddie Jemison (Ocean’s Eleven) and Lance E. Nichols (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).
June is hitting DVD and on Digital on Oct. 6, 2015.
Robert Redford is Dan Rather. Cate Blanchett is "60 Minutes II" producer Mary Mapes, who lost her job when the authenticity about a story concerning George W. Bush's alleged draft-dodging came into question. The movie is "Truth." It's got gritty "All the President's Men"-type journo intrigue all over it, so raise a glass of scotch to the ghost of Jason Robards and enjoy the new trailer. And hey, Elisabeth Moss and Topher Grace are here too! Rather, who lost the job he had with CBS News since 1962 thanks to the fallout, gave his full endorsement of "Truth" after seeing it premiere in Toronto. But here's today's essay question: Is this Cate Blanchett's best American accent? I was, frankly, awed by the voice coming out of her mouth. This seems like a pretty obvious Joan Allen role, no? It doesn't even sound like Cate to me. Then again most »
- Louis Virtel
Just how does Taraji P. Henson feel about the opportunity to play "Empire's" unfiltered, no-nonsense, survive-at-all-costs and oh-so-quotable character Cookie Lyon? Her answer's as direct as the role: "I'm having the time of my life!"
Henson's "Empire" success is the current culmination of a much-admired 15-year career in Hollywood that's included a breakout turn in "Hustle & Flow," an Oscar nomination for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," top-grossing comedies like "Think Like a Man," and a TV hit with "Person of Interest."
But very little comes close to the chord she touched with her portrayal of Cookie, who launched the Lyon brood's hip-hop dynasty and paid a hefty price with nearly two decades in jail, only to return with a vengeance as the scheming and sublimely attired family matriarch, becoming 2015's most buzzed-about new TV character in the space of 12 episodes. "I would say that probably 80 percent is Cookie and maybe 20 percent is Taraji, »
- Scott Huver
Yesterday, Cassandra Peterson, also known as Elvira, celebrated her birthday, and in this morning's round-up we have details on Sideshow and Tweeterhead's Elvira statue. Also: L. Gustavo Cooper's June on DVD and release details for The Art of Horror and Nightmare Code.
Elvira Statue: "Have you been naughty or nice?
Sideshow Collectibles and Tweeterhead are proud to introduce the Elvira: Scary Christmas Deluxe Maquette. The Mistress of the Dark is decked out in her holiday best with a bag of scare-fully picked toys for naughty girls and boys. Standing 18” tall on a rooftop base, this beautifully detailed statue is the perfect addition to your Elvira collection!"
This figure is expected to ship December 2015 / January 2016 and is available to purchase for $274.00.
To learn more about this product, visit Sideshow Collectible's website at:
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June: Press Release: "Los Angeles (Sept »
- Tamika Jones
One of the year's biggest success stories is Fox's "Empire," and Taraji P. Henson is certainly a major part of that. As Cookie Lyons, the embittered ex-con and ex-wife of a powerful music producer (Terrence Howard), Henson creates a ferocious TV diva worthy of comparison to Joan Collins in "Dynasty." Oscar nominee Henson ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," 2008) has been rewarded for her efforts with an Emmy nomination for Best Drama Actress. It's her second notice overall from the TV Academy, having previously competed in the Miniseries/Movie category for her role in "Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story" (2011). -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Synopsis Diagnosed with Als, music producer Luscious Lyons must decide which of his three sons will take over his company, Empire Entertainment, once he's gone. His plans are interrupted by the »
Short stories often make the best source material for feature films. They offer pitches with a gem of a concept that can be expanded into a more complex story. Fans of the original short story aren’t as prone to get pissed at changes from the book as fans of novels since they can acknowledge that there naturally are alterations when expanding a short story. Glaring omissions due to time constraints aren’t likely to be a problem like they are when adapting 500-page books to two-hour movies. “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Fly,” “Children of the Corn,” “The Absent-Minded Professor,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Total Recall” (and a slew of other Philip K. Dick sci-fi imaginings) started out as short stories. Neil Gaiman’s uniquely enchanting, haunting imagination has inspired a handful of film adaptations, including stop-motion movie “Coraline” and the far-too-much-fun “Stardust,” which starred Robert De Niro and a pre-“Daredevil” Charlie Cox. »
- Emily Rome
Not one to spare expenses producer Karan Johar has spent a whopping Rs 1.5 crores on getting one of Hollywood's most well-known makeup artistes Greg Cannom to do Rishi Kapoor's makeup in the Shakun Batra directed Kapoor & Sons.
Revealing this startling detail Rishi Kapoor chuckles, "It takes a producer with guts and vision to spend so much money on one actor's makeup. And mind you, Kapoor & Sons is not a mammoth Dharma Production like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham."
Speaking on how Cannom came on board Rishi Kapoor says, "I was already doing an old man's role in another film. So when Karan and Shakun came to me I asked them how this old man's role can be separated from »
- Subhash K. Jha
Taraji P. Henson lights up the screen as Cookie Lyon, the outspoken ex-wife of hip hop mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), on the hit show "Empire," which just won Program of the Year from the TV Critics Assn. For her powerhouse performance, this one-time Oscar contender ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," 2008) reaped an Emmy nomination as Best Drama Actress. She is the pick of three of our Experts -- Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly) and Jarret Wieselman (BuzzFeed) -- to prevail on Sept. 20. -Break- The actress has chosen her episode submission well, entering the pilot for consideration by Emmy voters. Cookie emerges from a 17-year stretch in prison for drug dealing, determined to reclaim her share of Empire Entertainment and bring the family back together. Henson shines in every scene she is in, establishing her character as the one to watch. Click here to see the updated lis. »
Julia Ormond (Sabrina, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) has been tapped for a starring role in Incorporated, an espionage thriller set in a dystopian future where companies have unlimited power. It centers on Ben Larson (Sean Teale), a young executive who risks everything to infiltrate an all-controlling corporate world and save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system — with deadly consequences. Ormond, repped by Gersh and Creative… »
"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »
- Greg Gerke
The opening scene of Marvel's Ant-Man features a scene from several decades earlier, where Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is seen meeting with Howard Stark (John Slattery) and Mitchell Carson (Martin Donovan) to resign from S.H.I.E.L.D. in the year 1989. This meeting helps set in motion the primary, present-day story, but those who have seen the superhero movie in theaters may still be scratching their heads over how young Michael Douglas looked in this scene. Vulture spoke with one of the men responsible for this "de-aging" process, Trent Claus, whose company Lola VFX specializes in "visual cosmetics" that can make any actor, "older, younger, thinner [or] fatter."
Lola VFX was put on the map from their work in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, where they "de-aged" Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett's characters. They also created the much skinnier version of Chris Evans' »
Now this is what we call a movie transformation! Tilda Swinton stars in Amy Schumer's highly-anticipated comedy flick "Trainwreck" -- but we barely recognized her thanks to her makeover for the movie. The Oscar-winning actress is known for more serious roles in movies like "Michael Clayton", "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" and the "Chronicles Of Narnia" series, but jumped headfirst into her latest comedic role. The 54-year-old plays Amy's brassy no-holds-barred boss Dianna, who Tilda describes as the quintessential magazine editor. "We started talking about this magazine, which is such an important character in the film," she told toofab's Candice Brock. "It's the place where Amy works and it's the sort of atmosphere of cynicism and numbness that she's swimming in when we first meet her. So Diana is the founder of this magazine and we needed to think about who would be this woman who actually started this magazine. »
- tooFab Staff
If you think Taraji P. Henson looks hotter than ever on the cover of W magazine's August issue, then just wait until you see the inside photos. The 44-year-old actress - yes, you read that right - leaves a little more to the imagination in jeans and a slightly sheer t-shirt but goes nearly topless in her editorial. Along with posing for sexy snaps, Taraji opened up about her role as the "bold, crazy" Cookie Lyon on Empire and revealed that she almost turned down the now-infamous part because she thought the show would be "so stupid." She also talked about auditioning to play Brad Pitt's foster mom in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and how concerned he and wife Angelina Jolie were when she didn't win the Oscar. Keep reading for more quotes (and hot photos) of Taraji in W magazine's Pop Issue. »
One of the more successful modern leading men, Christian Bale will soon be starring alongside a rising talent who.s set to tackle a load of dream projects in Oscar Isaac. The duo will share the screen, vying for the affections of the same woman, in what will apparently be a grand love story, set to the tragic backdrop of the last days of the Ottoman Empire. According to a report by The Wrap, Bale and Isaac will top the marquee in the upcoming historical war drama, The Promise. The movie.s morose mix of horrific historical happenings and human drama will be in the capable hands of director, Terry George, who wrote and directed the 2004 Oscar-nominated drama, Hotel Rwanda. This time, George will work off a script by Robin Swicord, the screenwriter behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Memoirs of a Geisha. As the report.s description »
Batman and Poe Dameron, so to speak, will be in the same movie —but this ain't no crossover. Two of our favorite actors, Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, are teaming up for a new project, and it certainly sounds promising. The Wrap reports that the pair will star in "The Promise," the latest effort from "Hotel Rwanda" director Terry George, who co-wrote the script with Robin Swicord ("Memoirs Of A Geisha," "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button"). The story will be set against the backdrop of the Armendian genocide and follow an AP reporter (Bale) and medical student (Isaac) who fall for the same woman. Production will begin this fall, so maybe the movie will be a contender on the awards circuit in 2016? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Netflix original film, War Machine, a provocative satirical comedy from David Michôd with Brad Pitt set to star in the leading role, will be exclusively available to members of the leading Internet TV service globally and in select theaters next year.
Produced by Netflix and Pitt alongside his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and producer Ian Bryce (World War Z, Saving Private Ryan), War Machine brings together Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, World War Z, Moneyball) with Michôd, the acclaimed Australian writer and director (Animal Kingdom, The Rover). Principal photography is scheduled to start in August.
Inspired by the best-selling book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late Michael Hastings, War Machine concerns a four star, “rock star” general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. »
- Melissa Thompson
Viola Davis is poised to make Emmys history for her starring role in the freshman hit "How to Get Away with Murder." The two-time Oscar nominee ("Doubt," "The Help") and Tony winner ("Fences") sits atop our Best Drama Actress prediction chart. If she prevails, she will be the first African American to win this award. -Break- Davis has the votes of six of our seven Emmy Experts as well as five of our seven Editors, 13 of the Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who did the best predicting last year's nominations) and two-thirds of all Users. All of that support translates into leading odds of 10/3. Her closest rival is Golden Globes champ Robin Wright for the third season of "House of Cards." With the votes of one Editor, 6 of the Top 24 and 15% of all Users, she has odds of 9/2. In third place is another past Oscar nominee, Taraji P. Henson »
Child pageants are easy spoof targets, since most of them -- especially the reality TV versions -- already seem like parodies of themselves. So maybe "Inside Amy Schumer" could've gone even further with its "Babies & Bustiers" sketch, which went for a "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" style mocking of "Toddlers & Tiaras," with maybe a touch of "Dance Moms," and the intriguing twist of Amy's character suffering from "Benjamin Button's disease."
At least that's how her mother, played by the inimitable Jennifer Coolidge, put it. Amy's character actually has the opposite problem -- instead of aging in reverse like Brad Pitt's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" character, she's a 6-year-old who happens to look like the grown-up Amy Schumer. This makes things awkward during a pageant when a wardrobe malfunction rips part of her top off.
The 5-minute video ends with "To Be Continued unfortunately..." so, if you watched the show, »
- Gina Carbone
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