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Lombardi won five NFL titles in nine years of coaching the Packers. He has long been a part of the NFL’s image; the award given to the winner of the Super Bowl is the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Lombardi died in 1970 at the age of 57.
- Dave McNary
In the current era of The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman, it’s impossible to be a fan of the comic-book genre and not have a well-considered argument to the question, “Who’s the Most Powerful Superhero?” Superman, of course, is the most obvious answer in any superpower battle-royale debate, but there are strong and more interesting claims to be made for the others, too. (Except Hawkeye. Sorry, guy.)
In Hollywood offices, there are similar conversations going on all the time about their own legion of superheroes, those famous actors and actresses who can open a movie in New York, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Starring Robert Redford
Directed by J.C Chandor
J.C. Chandor, the writer and director of All is Lost, wrote and directed a movie called Margin Call. I saw Margin Call on a whim one day after it was first released. If only for the fact the cast and plot were intriguing enough for me to allow it my time. I walked away from Margin Call shocked at how well made it was, how the dialogue and the performances really carried the movie to the next level. I was even more shocked when it was announced that the film was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2012 Academy Awards, if for no other reason than the movie really flew under the radar along with having a day and date release with VOD . So it was good that the Academy recognized a movie they normally don’t recognize. »
- Craig Dietz
By Doreen Alexander Child
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Based on the number of stars in the cast of August: Osage County, the big screen adaptation of Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the film looked like a sure-fire best picture Oscar contender. Some even began referring to it as “August: Oscar County” before anyone had even seen a frame of it. But then the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, and was met with reviews that one might call very mixed, if one was feeling generous. Some of the performances that it showcases were cheered — particularly those of Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and Margo Martindale — but the movie itself clearly had problems, with director John Wells even admitting that its ending might have to be changed prior to its Christmas Day release.
This isn’t the first time that a film that looked like an Oscar powerhouse on paper »
- Doreen Alexander Child
Team Experience is looking at key Robert Redford films as we approach the release of his lauded Oscar-buzzing comeback "All is Lost". Here's Tim Brayton on one of his milestone films.
In addition to being one of the great timeless sex symbols in Western culture, Robert Redford is noted for the passion of his activism: for art, as in the creation of the Sundance Film Festival and the exposure it gave to American independent filmmaking; and for politics, as seen in the joylessly obvious message movie Lions for Lambs. But let us try as hard as we possibly can not to hold that against him, and instead rewind all the way back to 1972. For it was in that election year that Redford acted in the first of many explicitly political movies of his career, The Candidate.
The title says it all: there’s a Senate campaign to wage, and a candidate to flog, »
- Tim Brayton
The political unrest and assassinations of the 1960s, culminating in the Watergate scandal, provided fertile ground for paranoid thrillers, from "The Parallax View" to "Chinatown" to "Klute." It says something about the state of contemporary filmmaking that a global trauma like 9/11 and the subsequent War on Terror has led to a spate of such mediocre films as "Rendition," "Lions for Lambs," "Body of Lies" and "Traitor." (Quick: Can you remember anything about any of these movies without looking them up on IMDb?) Toss "Closed Circuit" on the remainder pile with these »
- Alonso Duralde
There was a day and age where breaches of trust perpetrated by Governments believing themselves to be above the law would have felt more like fiction than fact. The kind of stuff you'd find in a Tom Clancy novel or the plot to the latest James Bond adventure.
Recently I came across the trailer for the new film The Fifth Estate, the cinematic adaptation of Julian Assange and the rise of WikiLeaks. It's a gripping bit of promotion complete with espionage, high drama, and the stark realization that there are horrible things going on around us. Secrets that our Government doesn't want us to know. And as I watched this trailer with all it's very relevant themes, only one thought crossed my mind:
No one cares.
That is in no way an indoctrination of Assange, Wikileaks, of the people behind the film. »
- Flickering Myth
Chicago – Robert Redford has slowly become that grandfatherly figure who spends his time in the corner at family gatherings, lecturing nearby whippersnappers on the importance of challenging authority, while reminiscing about the war protests of generation’s past. He’s a well-meaning guy, but his crusty words of wisdom could use a shot of adrenaline.
Redford’s latest work is virtually unrecognizable from his 1980 directorial debut, “Ordinary People,” a phenomenally acted, delicately nuanced family drama that notoriously beat out “Raging Bull” for the Best Picture Oscar. There’s more tension in the scenes between troubled Timothy Hutton and his icily removed mother than there is in all 122 minutes of the sleepy-eyed thriller, “The Company You Keep,” a talky mystery fueled by the same finger-wagging preachiness that marred Redford’s 2007 effort, “Lions for Lambs.”
Blu-ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
Yet since Redford is a living legend, not to mention the creator of America’s most influential film festival, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The first thing that is likely to catch your eye about The Company You Keep, the latest directorial effort from Robert Redford, is the vast amount of star power it contains. I can’t recall having seen so impressive a cast for at least the last several years. Take a look at this list: Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Anna Kendrick, and Sam Elliott. These names, most of whom have won or have been nominated for an Academy Award, would be enough to convince most people to give the film a shot, but then again, more details on the film couldn’t hurt.
The plot revolves around a group of ex-radicals known as the “Weather Underground.” A few decades ago, they staged numerous protests and even committed a number of violent acts, including a bank robbery. Years later, »
- Jeff Beck
"Elephant" star John Robinson has just wrapped the psychological thriller "Intruder," which recently completed filming in Portland, Oregon. Veteran production designer Travis Zariwny wrote and directed the film, which also stars Louise Linton ("Lions for Lambs"). After a random encounter on the street, a young woman (Linton) is followed home where she spends two days becoming increasingly frightened by strange happenings in her apartment. An individual familiar with the project tells TheWrap that "Intruder" blends the modern, simplistic tone of "Paranormal Activity" with the cinematic elegance of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope" to create a »
- Jeff Sneider
Exclusive: CAA just signed Matthew Michael Carnahan, the main writer who adapted the Max Brooks novel World War Z, the upcoming Marc Forster-directed thriller that stars Brad Pitt and a helluva lot of zombies (and subsequent scribes). He also scripted The Snowman, an adaptation of the Jo Nesbo novel that Martin Scorsese is producing for Working Title. He previously scripted the screen adaptation of the classic British miniseries State Of Play, The Kingdom, and Lions For Lambs. Carnahan left Wme, the latest in rather bruising poaching battles between those agencies. Carnahan is currently rewriting Code Name Sasha for New Regency and soon will show bro Joe Carnahan that he’s not the only helmer in the Carnahan clan when he makes his directing debut with his script Violent Talent, with Garrett Hedlund attached to star. Wme and CAA are representing the film’s distribution rights (awkward). Carnahan is still »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The zombie apocalypse has been an oft-explored topic in film, with George Romero often considered the definitive voice, though not the only one, as filmmakers such as Zack Snyder and Danny Boyle have also put their own spin on the mythology. Marc Forster is the latest to try his hand at the genre, helming an adaptation of the Max Brooks novel World War Z. With a screenplay co-written by Prometheus co-scribe Damon Lindelof and Lions For Lambs writer Matthew Michael Carnahan, and a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, David Morse, and James Badge Dale. A new clip for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Cannes – Kristin Scott Thomas and Uma Thurman celebrated Oscar-winner Philippe Rousselot for being awarded the first annual Pierre Angenieux Excellens in Cinematography Honor. "It’s not just me being honored, but all cinematographers," Rousselot tells The Hollywood Reporter at the beachside dinner ceremony. "I’ll take it for everyone." The Oscar and Cesar-winner is known for his work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sherlock Holmes and Lions for Lambs. He worked with Thurman on Dangerous Liaisons (1998) and Henry & June (1990), and with Scott Thomas on Random Hearts (1999). He won an Oscar for 1992's A River Runs Through It and was also a member of the Cannes Film Festival jury in 1995. Cannes:
- Rhonda Richford
Note: Film critic Tim Grierson is attending the Cannes Film Festival for the first time. For Backstage, he’ll be filing occasional diary entries about his thoughts and impressions of the granddaddy of all film festivals. Wednesday, May 22, 11:16pm For too long, Robert Redford has been around but not really present. Overseeing the Sundance Film Festival and popping up to introduce movies on the Sundance Channel, he’s still in the public eye, but for too long he’s seemingly been happy enjoying his emeritus status in the film industry. It’s not like he’s stopped making movies, but unfortunately in the last several years, those movies—“Lions for Lambs,” “The Conspirator,” “The Company You Keep”—have failed to wow critics or do much box office. Everybody regards him as an institution, but it’s hard to say that many people think of him as all that relevant anymore. »
Even before Tom Cruise's "Oblivion" opened in North America on Thursday night, the 50-year-old must have been grinning his famous grin. Before the movie had sold a single ticket here, it was a surefire hit. In his native land, Cruise takes a lot of ribbing, whether for his headline-generating personal life (especially since 2005, the year of the couch-jump) or for the seeming shrinkage of his star-power (again, especially since 2005). The estimated $38.2 million "Oblivion" earned this weekend marked his biggest domestic opening since "Mission: Impossible III" seven years ago. Some will call it a comeback, others will call it a fluke or last hurrah from a middle-aged action hero desperately trying to hold on to his relevance in an industry that relentlessly moves on to the next big (young) thing. But the truth is, Cruise has been a remarkably consistent box office winner, even since he started raising eyebrows eight »
- Gary Susman
Kosinski's Mind-boggling Sci-Fier to Boast Cruise's Biggest Domestic Box-Office Debut Weekend Since 2006?: Tom Cruise is no longer the superstar he used to be -- well, in case you believe the United States and Canada represent the whole world. (More information on Cruise's international b.o. allure further down.) Since J.J. Abrams' thriller Mission: Impossible III back in '06, only one Cruise movie in wide release has opened with more than $25 million at the North American box office: Brad Bird's fourquel Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which brought in $29.55 million on its second weekend (and first in wide release) on Christmas weekend 2011. This weekend (April 19-21), Cruise returns to American and Canadian screens with Joseph Kosinski's "original" sci-fier Oblivion; initial (Friday) results have surpassed studio predictions and, for that matter, the predictions of most pundits. (Pictured above: Cruise in the box-office hit sci-fier Oblivion.) As per estimates »
- Zac Gille
Watergate Remembered in Discovery Channel Documentary 'Celebrating' the 40th Anniversary of the Watergate Scandal The Washington Post and American journalistic ethics in general may be only a shadow of what they once were -- and most of the U.S. press was never really all that great or even borderline trustworthy to begin with -- but Robert Redford remains the same, glimpsed here with Watergate investigators Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, and former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, shot (not literally) by Annie Leibovitz. Pictured above: Redford with Bernstein, Bradlee, and Woodward in the iconic Washington Post newsroom. The four veterans got together to promote the Discovery Channel doc All the President’s Men Revisited, about the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal that destroyed the Nixon presidency. With Redford as one of its executive producers, the documentary airs this month. Redford played Woodward opposite Dustin Hoffman's Bernstein in »
- Andre Soares
As the Summer movie season quickly approaches, the studios are only releasing one brand-new movie*Tom Cruise sci-fi adventure Oblivion*in to theaters nationwide this weekend. While strong word-of-mouth will keep 42 in play, Oblivion has enough going for it that it should open on top with at least $30 million, which will be the highest opening weekend in April 2013.At the beginning of the new century, Tom Cruise was arguably the biggest movie star in the U.S.: from Mission: Impossible II in 2000 to Mission: Impossible III in 2006, Cruise starred in seven-straight movies that earned at least $100 million at the domestic box office. Towards the end of that run, though, Cruise's public image took a hit due to some of his more eccentric behavior and his strong association with the controversial Church of Scientology. Since 2006, Cruise has only had a single $100 million domestic earner, which was the fourth Mission: Impossible »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
(From the pages of the April 16 issue of Variety.)
Why this random information? Because the superstars of the 65-and-over set are wandering down unexpected paths these days in a determination to keep their creative lives (and income streams) aloft.
I’ve always been empathetic to the plight of the “senior stars” as they figure out their third acts. In searching for roles, must they still get the girl? Or should they simply go to Lakers games, like Jack Nicholson, or write thrillers, like Gene Hackman, or pose for ads, like Sean Connery? Or, like Warren Beatty, should they keep trying to revive weary projects from the past? (Yes, Beatty still wants to explore the Howard Hughes mythology.)
The past has been haunting Redford (age 76) lately. »
- Peter Bart
In Robert Redford’s America, red, white and blue are all just varying shades of gray.
(From the pages of the April 9 issue of Variety.)
“I’m fascinated by the country I grew up in, and what that country really is, not just what it’s been propagandized to be,” says the 76-year-old actor-director, whose latest film “The Company You Keep” debuted this weekend in Los Angeles and New York.
As a younger man, Redford says, “it felt to me like America was always wanting to resolve things too quickly, without thinking through what the costs and consequences would be, and how that affects an individual living in that world. Then as I grew up and went about my life, I think I just got more and more interested in that gray area where things are not so easily quantified.”
Time and again over the course of his now 50-year career, »
- Scott Foundas
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