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In honour of The Times’ film critic Kevin Maher’s list of iconic movie rebels, we take a look at what it truly takes to make a tough guy in cinema.
What constitutes a tough guy, as in ‘man’, on film is usually a traditional interpretation of masculinity. There is always room for the sensitive hero in a sweater and slacks, but for those who watch movies as ingrained wish fulfilment, the sexy and sweaty man’s man needs suitable attire to reflect his personality. But it is not just about the garments themselves. A jacket is a jacket, but a leather jacket is a symbol. A wax jacket on the other hand is enlightened – the reformist hero.
Waxed cotton is fantastic stuff. Essentially it is a treated fabric, albeit one that needs regular re-covering to ensure longevity. The result is a lightweight, versatile material that, although not especially warm, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
After you helm the most talked about television program of 2014, there's a bit more freedom, creatively speaking, given when the choice of a new project comes along and how you'd like to approach that project. In the case of Cary Fukunaga, who directed the visually stunning first season of HBO's True Detective, the triumph of the series has allowed Fukunaga to secure distribution for Beasts of No Nation, his hugely controversial film focused on a child soldier in Africa and starring Idris Elba, through Netflix, and directorial duties on a new adaptation of Stephen King's It. On top of these two major projects, The Wrap reports today that Fukunaga is attached to another cherry television directing gig, this one being an adaptation of Caleb Carr's The Alienist for Paramount and Anonymous Content. The Wrap summarizes the story of The Alienist as such: Set in the tenements and mansions of Gilded Age New York City, »
- Chris Cabin
Full disclosure, I am not a crier. I'm not sure if that comes as a result of some sort of macho pride, but I do know I get that choked up, "lump in my throat" thing on occasion, most recently during Jaeden Lieberher's final speech at the end of St. Vincent. I also had a similar moment during The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The one thing about admitting what makes you cry is it opens you up to possible ridicule or at least opens up a part of you that you don't often show, certainly not publicly. So to admit the movies that make you cry may be perceived as a scary thing, which means the Internet just might be the perfect avenue for having such a discussion since we are all, more or less, anonymous. The Academy, however, put a few people on the spot asking the likes of Oprah Winfrey, »
- Brad Brevet
"After 20 years in show business, white people know who I am," Taraji P. Henson says at the top of her monologue. Well, if they didn't know Henson after her Oscar nomination for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, they sure do now: Empire is a bona fide phenomenon, and Henson's Cookie Lyon is the breakout character.That's something to celebrate, and Henson does so on the show by launching into a song called "I Made It," backed by a revival choir. She has a terrific voice and a lot of gusto, and her performance inspires some cast members to come out and testify about the life they almost lived, had they not also made it. Leslie Jones is the funniest ("I straight up could've been in jail"), but the whole thing crackles with energy and it's always nice to have a host who is legit psyched to be hosting. Unfortunately, »
- Joe Berkowitz
Taraji P. Henson, who plays the dynamic Cookie on the hit show “Empire,” used her “Saturday Night Live” monologue to joke that she’d finally arrived as an actress after 20 years because her hosting gig meant “white people finally know who I am.” The 40-year-old actress kind of has a point. She’s appeared in such films as 2001’s “Baby Boy” with Tyrese Gibson and Snoop Dogg, 200’5 “Hustle & Flow” and Brad Pitt’s movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. ...Read More »
After a slow start to 2015 (anniversary special excluded), the last two weeks of “Saturday Night Live” have been a return to form. Both the Dwayne Johnson and Michael Keaton episodes were excellent, now the show has the chance to complete the trifecta with Taraji P. Henson as host. There’s bound to be at least one “Empire”-centric sketch tonight (probably involving musical guest Mumford & Sons, because why not), but personally? I’m hoping Taran Killam gets to bust out his amazing Brad Pitt impression opposite Henson in a parody of “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.” (Those banking on a “Person Of Interest" parody might be disappointed.) Still, there’s far more than parodies planned tonight, and as per usual, I’ll be covering them in liveblog form. Follow along starting at 11:30 pm Est, and leave your comments throughout the show as I grade each segment in real time. »
- Ryan McGee
"Empire" star Taraji P. Henson isn't letting Cookie Lyon define her. The Oscar-nominated screen veteran will host "SNL" for the first time tomorrow, with musical guest Mumford & Sons. (See adorable promo videos below.) Henson is also penning a memoir about her life, focusing on her childhood in a rough-and-tumble Washington, D.C., neighborhood, her single motherhood, and the films and TV roles the actress has enjoyed over the years, including in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Hustle & Flow" and "Baby Boy." The book will be published by Simon & Schuster's 37 Ink imprint and is scheduled for a mid-2016 release. [via CBS News]
- Inkoo Kang
While ten feature films may not seem like a big filmography to work with, last year saw Daniel Silva pull together a monster seventeen-minute tribute to director David Fincher just before "Gone Girl" opened. And that didn't even include footage from "Alien 3." While Alexandre Gasulla doesn't break the ten-minute mark with this movie, it's no less impactful for its shorter length. Perhaps it's even a bit more complete by including Fincher's debut feature. Read More: Ranked: The Films of David Fincher So yes, “Se7en,” “The Game,” “Fight Club,” “Panic Room,” “Zodiac,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” are also featured in this video tribute which uses a few different musical motifs to highlight Fincher's beautiful and, at times, very bloody work. You probably don't need to be reminded that he's a master at crafting shots, but if you do, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar® winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar® nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award®-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”). Tomorrowland will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on May 22, 2015. »
Last week we reported on Steven Spielberg’s plans to direct an adaptation of the cult sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One. Color us excited. The novel involves players of a video game journeying into a virtual reality world rife with pop culture references and Easter eggs to the real world. The player who can decipher all the mysteries and references in the world wins the opportunity to control it. In Spielberg’s capable hands, it has the potential to be a technical marvel and a modern classic.
That is, if he actually makes it. Ready Player One poses some unusually problematic challenges on just a practical standpoint. Cline’s story falls into the “unfilmable novel” territory, not just for the digital world necessary for a filmmaker to recreate, but also in terms of licensing. To get the rights to depict the many iconic film and TV characters »
- Brian Welk
Even if you've spent the last week in line for SXSW movies all across town, I'm here to report that there's no rest for the wicked. There are a lot of incredible screenings ahead that you won't want to miss, so buck up! First up, the Violet Crown Cinema has White Haired Witch on deck for Asian Movie Madness on Tuesday night. The movie is sponsored by Well Go USA and Iron Dragon TV and you can grab tickets here.
Jean Cocteau's 1946 adaptation of Beauty And The Beast screens on Tuesday up at the Austin Film Society Screening Room (1901 E. 51st Street) for Avant Cinema. Richard Linklater returns with the first selection in the "Jewels In The Wasteland II" series, which will find him presenting Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise in 35mm on Wednesday at the Marchesa. You can buy a series pass here to get you into »
- Matt Shiverdecker
There’s certainly no question that Fox‘s Empire is an absolute hit, and the series finale’s massive ratings prove it.
If you happened to miss the show, or just want to watch it over and over again, you now know where to look. Hulu has just announced that it has the exclusive ability to let you binge on the show people can’t stop talking about.
It may eventually be a show, and deal, worth studying as we have to wonder at some point if the law of diminishing returns doesn’t kick in when a show becomes popular enough that everyone who wants to watch it already did.
But, big news for Hulu as the streaming wars rage on.
Hulu Nabs Exclusive Subscription Video On-Demand Rights to Hit Series Empire
- Marc Eastman
Taraji P. Henson walks into the room like she owns it, and everyone in it takes notice. The excited whispers start immediately and Henson, takes a moment to soak it in, and breaks into a huge smile. She is the belle of the ball, or better yet, the diva of the dance. The Oscar nominated actress, for Best-Supporting actress for 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has found one of her most fantastic roles to date as Cookie Lyon, the brash, powerful and animal-print loving ex-wife of Empire Entertainment CEO, Luscious Lyon on Fox’s breakout smash, Empire. This isn’t … Continue reading →
The post 5 Questions With … Taraji P. Henson of Fox’s “Empire.” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Kellie Freeze
Last week Lucasfilm announced the title of Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Star Wars movie to be Star Wars: Rogue One, and it seems that the first standalone Star Wars film will also be the first not to include music by John Williams, as Alexandre Desplat has revealed that he’s signed on to compose the score.
The French composer has recently collaborated with Edwards on last year’s blockbuster Godzilla, and is coming off the back of an Academy Award win for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel. Desplat was also nomintaed this year for The Imitation Game, while he has six previous Oscar nominations for Philomena, Argo, The King’s Speech, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Queen.
- Gary Collinson
Desplat previously worked with the film's director Gareth Edwards on last year's "Godzilla". 'Rogue One' is the first "Star Wars" standalone spin-off film that Disney is putting into production ahead of a December 16th 2016 release. It will begin shooting this Summer.
Desplat is no stranger to major franchises or awards films, having done the scores for the likes of "Argo," "Unbroken," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," ""The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "The King's Speech," "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Imitation Game," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Queen," "A Prophet," and "Syriana".
Source: Film Music Reporter »
- Garth Franklin
Alexandre Desplat will provide the score for the Star Wars spin-off film Rogue One, reuniting him with Godzilla director Gareth Edwards. Desplat revealed the news during an interview on Radio Classique's Culture Club. The French composer recently won a Best Original Score Oscar for his work on Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Alexandre Desplat has also scored dozens of other movies, including The Imitation Game, Argo and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. »
- Jesse Giroux
He continued, adding that "listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one said, I'm on the other side and doing Mike Tyson at the same time. And Martin Scorsese at the helm".
Well, that's two pieces of news that hadn't been confirmed before, then. Firstly, »
Back in 2008, Mike Tyson revealed that he has been speaking with Jamie Foxx about the actor portraying him in a biopic. Two years later, Foxx said that he would be interested in taking the role. Then last summer, it was officially announced that a Mike Tyson biopic was in the works that Foxx will play the boxer. Tyson later said that he'd heard talks of Martin Scorsese directing the film, adding that the same technology that was used on "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" will be used to turn Foxx into Tyson at different ages. And now, Foxx confirmed to a radio station that Scorsese will indeed direct the biopic. "I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson," said the actor. "So I'm going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, »
Back in July, we reported that actor Jamie Foxx signed on to star in Paramount's Untitled Mike Tyson Biopic, with Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter signing on to write the screenplay. We haven't heard anything about this biopic since then, but during a radio interview with Power 105's The Breakfast Club, Jamie Foxx revealed that Martin Scorsese has come aboard to direct. Take a look at what the actor had to say below.
"I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson. So I'm going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, I'm on the other side and doing Mike Tyson at the same time. And Martin Scorsese at the helm. This will be the first boxing movie that Martin Scorsese has done since Raging Bull."
Paramount has yet to confirm the news, »
Tomorrowland - Japanese trailer by charles-madison Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar® winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar® nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award®-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”). Tomorrowland will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on May 22, 2015. »
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