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Previous | Image 1 of 4 | NextRainn Wilson, author of ‘The Bassoon King,’ November 13th, 2015.
Chicago – He may be Dwight Schrute of “The Office” forever in reruns, but he is also – according to his new memoir – “The Bassoon King.” Rainn Dietrich Wilson created the offbeat Schrute, and has had a diverse and high profile career. He was at the Yellow Box Theater in Naperville, Ill., recently, being interview by Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick, in an event sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop.
Born in Seattle, Washington, Wilson’s family moved to the Chicago area during his high school years, and he attended New Trier High in Winnetka, Ill. He began his career after college in New York City, and made his on-screen acting debut in the soap opera “One Life to Live” in 1997, followed closely by his film debut in “Galaxy Quest” in 1999. He worked steadily in TV and film before landing the role »
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40 years ago today, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” made its big screen debut. Based on a 1962 novel of the same name, the mental hospital-set movie marked Jack Nicholson’s first Oscar win, and it also became the first film in four decades to win all five of the major Academy Award categories: Best Actor (Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher, who played Nurse Ratched), Best Director (Miloš Forman), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. The next film to win the Big Five (and the last one to date) was “The Silence of the Lambs” (including an Oscar win for Jodie Foster — whose birthday is today!). 40 years later, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” remains hailed as one of the best cinematic achievements. On AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time list, it’s placed at No. 33. You can purchase One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest on iTunes here. »
- Emily Rome
There’s a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then…there’s Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun.
Check out the first trailer now.
- Michelle McCue
Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.
The New Yorker has published an excerpt from Dennis Lim‘s upcoming book David Lynch: The Man from Another Place:
One of the first video recordings of a David Lynch interview dates from 1979. The twenty-minute black-and-white segment was produced for a television course at the University of California, Los Angeles, and conducted in the oil fields of the Los Angeles Basin, one of the locations that constituted the barren wasteland of his first feature, “Eraserhead” (1977). This was the moment of Lynch’s first brush with cult fame: “Eraserhead” was a year into its three-year run as a midnight movie at the Nuart Theatre on Santa Monica Boulevard. »
- TFS Staff
· Idris Elba (Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation,” BBC’s “Luther”) provides the voice of Chief Bogo, head of the Zootropolis Police Department. A tough cape buffalo with 2,000 lbs of attitude, Bogo is reluctant to add Judy Hopps, Zootropolis’ first bunny cop, to his squad of hardened rhinos, elephants and hippos.
· J.K. Simmons (“Juno,” Oscar® winner for “Whiplash”) lends his voice to Mayor Leodore Lionheart, the noble leader of Zootropolis, who coined the city’s mantra that Judy Hopps lives by: “In Zootropolis, anyone can be anything.”
- Gary Collinson
Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed the roster of voice talent tapped to help bring a voice, snort and a roar to the animal residents of the modern-day mammal metropolis of Zootopia, which opens in theaters March 4, 2016.
“We had so much fun casting this film,” said director Byron Howard. “‘Zootopia’ features such a large and diverse range of characters – one of our biggest casts ever for a Disney Animation film. We needed talented actors who could help bring these animals to life.”
Adds director Rich Moore, “Everyone in this incredible cast is bringing something special, something unexpected to their characters, which really takes our story to a whole new level.”
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Joining Ginnifer Goodwin, who provides the voice of Zootopia’s first bunny officer Judy Hopps; Jason Bateman, who lends his voice to con-artist fox Nick Wilde; and Shakira, who voices international superstar Gazelle, are the following members of the “Zootopia” voice cast. »
- Michelle McCue
HitFix's Ultimate Horror Movie Poll, which highlights the 100 greatest horror films of all time as voted on by over 100 genre filmmakers and experts, not only showcased the enduring power of No. 1 finisher "The Exorcist," it also cemented the status of the '70s and '80s as a Golden Age of horror (films released during those decades took up nearly half of available slots). The '70s and '80s, incidentally, saw the artistic rise and mainstream breakthroughs of both Wes Craven and David Cronenberg, horror icons who placed more films in the Top 100 than any other director (four titles each). Meanwhile, the list revealed one undeniably bleak statistic: only one movie in the Top 100 was directed by a woman. For me, the most gratifying moment of our Ultimate Horror Poll came when compiling the data was finally over, and I could take a step back and fully appreciate, as a reader, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Without a doubt, 2007 was a good year for Michael Cera. The back-to-back successes of “Superbad” and “Juno” solidified his status as Hollywood’s go-to gawky teenager. Watch as he auditions a fight scene from “Superbad” with the film’s co-writer and star Seth Rogen, playing the role that would eventually go to the now Oscar-nominated Jonah Hill. Goldslick Vodka not included. Want to see more? Check out “9 Great Actors’ Audition Tapes!” »
It’s been said time and again that major changes in the law and society can actually begin with one person,… or two. You know how just a pebble can gather momentum and bring about an avalanche that can alter the landscape. This new feature film docudrama tells such a story. Its subject is one still discussed, especially with the presidential campaigns starting so very early. The story begins just ten years ago, not that long before the sweeping changes concerning marriage which lead to equality throughout these united states. But at this time there were only “civil unions” which we often denied same-sex couples the rights that straight couples took for granted. Yes, this film is based on a true story, one that has been brought to the screen before, as a documentary short subject back in 2007. And it won an Oscar, too! The new dramatic adaptation shares its »
- Jim Batts
It could have done so well. All of the pieces seemed to be in place for something special. With two very popular actresses in Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox, Diablo Cody coming off an Oscar win for her Juno screenplay, and early press inviting comparisons to cult-favorite Ginger Snaps (2000), Jennifer’s Body (2009) was set to be one of the hits of early fall. 20th Century Fox, or rather the now-defunct Fox Atomic, even exploited Fox’s sex appeal in advertising, and at that time, if there were any truth to the old adage that ‘sex sells,’ then this film would have hit an adolescent goldmine – which would have meant good business for 20th Century Fox, given the film’s $16 million budget.
It didn’t pan out like most would have suspected. The film never found its audience, practically limping its way through its theatrical run and finishing with $31.6 million. Critics »
- William Penix
The ten-episode first season was provided prior to broadcast.
Given the following as a series log line, where would you expect to find the new half-hour comedy Casual?
“After catching her husband in bed with a younger woman, a 40-pushing L.A. mom moves in with her caddish millionaire brother. When not looking after a precocious 16-year-old who’s more of a friend than a daughter, the divorcee and her brother navigate the tricky world of online romance, which leads to awkward mid-coital walk-ins, sabotaged weddings, and lots of uninvited guests at Thanksgiving.”
Does that sound like the latest original series premiering on Hulu come midnight, and more importantly, would you expect it to be much funnier and more thoughtful than the network sitcom it could be mistaken for?
Just about any show can be reworded to sound multi-cam-appropriate without too much effort (Chemistry teacher partners with lazy former student for harebrained get-rich schemes! »
- Sam Woolf
Today, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are celebrating their 19th wedding anniversary. It was on October 6, 1996 that Dean Cain’s Clark and Teri Hatcher’s Lois got married in an episode of “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Three days later, DC Comics released “Superman: The Wedding Album” (an issue with a cover date of December 1996). It was the first time Lois and Clark got married in the comics for realsies. Only took them 58 years. Previous weddings had ended with “it was all a dream” or the like. Here’s the TV wedding moment that aired 19 years ago. Savor that ’90s cheese. Other notable October 6 happenings in pop culture history: • 1847: “Jane Eyre” was published, at the time bearing the pseudonym Currer Bell. • 1927: The first feature-length film with synchronized dialogue, “The Jazz Singer” held its premiere in New York City, scheduled to coincide with Yom Kippur, the Jewish »
- Emily Rome
The film focused on a group of medical students who discover a way of entering the afterlife and attempt to resurrect themselves.
Watch a trailer for Flatliners below: »
The original film centered around a group of medical students who had the ability to travel into the afterworld to try to find meaning in their own lives, before having to be resuscitated in the nick of time before dying. Before long however, their experiments start to go south.
- Scott J. Davis
Oscar winner Julianne Moore and Ellen Page celebrated the New York premiere of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment’s film “Freeheld,” which tackles gay rights, on Monday night at the Museum of Modern Art. The two stars received heaps of praise for their portrayal of two real-life domestic partners, Laurel Hester (Moore) and Stacie Andree (Page), who fight for New Jersey police officer Hester to be able to leave her pension benefits to Andree upon being diagnosed with lung cancer.
“I found the story of Laurel and Stacie to be incredibly moving. They just wanted to be treated like everybody else,” Moore told Variety on the red carpet. “Their personal story shows that love is love. Every relationship is a valid relationship. I hope our film will show that no matter what a person’s sexuality is, they aren’t any different. Laurel and Stacie wanted a house, they wanted a family, »
- Paul Chi
There are six pilots in total coming from creators Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3), Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator, Borat), Louis Ck (Louie), Diablo Cody (Juno), Steven Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), Bob Nelson (Nebraska), Christine Vachon (Still Alice), Tig Notaro (Boyish Girl Interrupted) and Nicole Yorkin & Dawn Prestwich (The Killing).
Amazon’s slate, will be wide-ranging in genre — from comedy to western and everything in between — with Amazon customers invited to watch and divulge feedback on which shows they’d prefer turned into full series’ for the company’s Prime subscribers. All pilots will be made available online and via the Amazon Video app for TV. »
- William Fanelli
We haven't heard much of anything about the Barbie movie since this past March, when it was confirmed that Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is writing the screenplay. Well, it sounds as though she almost has the script done. Producer Laurie MacDonald confirmed to THR that Diablo Cody's work will be arriving shortly. About the tone and themes presented in the movie, MacDonald was asked if the film is something that will be embraced by feminists. This was her response.
"When she was created, a young girl's only choice was playing with a baby doll - what more says your only reason to be is to be a mother and take care of a baby? Barbie was independent. She was more feminist than we would think. Barbie can have 10 careers. So is that bad? We get Diablo Cody's script in two or three weeks, and we'll go from there. »
This fall, for the sixth time, Amazon Studios will simultaneously premiere a batch of new pilots and ask for input from its viewers. The programming wing of the online retailer has announced the six programs that will make up this new pilot season, and as we expect, there are plenty of familiar names and intriguing premises among the loglines.
Two of the new pilots are particularly star-studded. One, Highston, was first revealed back in April. It comes from executive producer Sacha Baron Cohen and centers on its titular teenager, who interacts with famous people only he can see, much to the chagrin of his parents (played by Chris Parnell and Mary Lynn Rajskub). Another pilot, One Mississippi, is based on the life of Tig Notaro and co-written by Notaro and Juno’s Diablo Cody. Louis C.K. serves as one of that project’s executive producers.
Amazon’s recent pilot seasons »
- Sam Gutelle
Amazon has released first looks at its line-up for its next pilot preview season, which includes shows starring Max Martini (The Unit), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Tig Notaro and others.
RelatedHand of God: Is Amazon’s Newest Drama Heaven or Hell?
As Amazon does, the pilots will premiere sometime this fall, then get a green light (or not) based on viewer feedback. Synopses/photos follow:
Read More: Watch: Supercut Highlights 26 Movies With Beautiful Black-And-White Cinematography Cell phones, pay phones, rotary phones and one walkie talkie all make an appearance as Youtube user Burger Fiction takes decades worth of memorable film characters talking on the telephone and mashes them together into one crazy call. The new three-minute supercut takes bits of dialogue from dozens of popular films and splices them together to make it seem like one continuous phone conversation. This leads to some absurd juxtapositions, like Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite asking Jason Statham in "Crank" to bring him Chapstick, or Ellen Page on her hamburger phone in "Juno" announcing her pregnancy to Danny Glover on a comically large cell phone in "Lethal Weapon." Check out the video above. Read More: Watch: Gorgeous Supercut Puts the First and Final Shots of Movies Side-by-Side »
- Wil Barlow
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