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Our top ten run-down of our favourite 2011 films is almost at an end, and it’s Black Swan that made second place. Nick explains why it’s his film of the year…
Over the past few weeks, Den Of Geek writers have been voting for the films of the year. It's a democratic vote, which inevitably means that things end up in a slightly funny order that not one individual writer is likely to fully agree with. But it's still a fine list. Here’s the movie in second place…
I imagine a good many of you will see the inclusion of Black Swan (a 2011 cinema release in the UK) on the list and be a bit outraged. “Surely it shouldn’t be on this list – it’s just a load of soft-porn nonsense”.
I also imagine an equal number of you will agree with our »
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences just announced the 39 nominees eligible for
Best Original Song this year. The Academy doesn’t have the best track record when narrowing down the list to five. In recent years they’ve overlooked some of the best songs including Bruce Springsteen’s track written for Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler. As usual some of the nominees seem worthy of appearing on the list while others will have you scratching your head wondering why they are even being considered. There has been a new rule added to the voting process this time around. It states that songs must be judged in the capacity that they appear in each film. According to The Collider, in early January the voting body will get together and watch clips from each eligible movie in which the 39 songs are featured, after which they will determine the nominees. Let »
I never would have guessed back in the day that Joshua Jackson would become my favorite Dawson's Creek alumnus, but then the former Pacey had to go and win me over as Peter Bishop on Fringe. (And really, who saw that whole Katie Holmes/Tom Cruise thing coming?) As such, I'm happy to see the guy getting more and better work, and I'm going to count starring in a new big-screen thriller with Marisa Tomei as a tick in the "win" column. Come to think of it, back when Marisa Tomei won an Oscar for her role in My Cousin Vinny I kind of figured that punchline would be the highlight of her career. I'm not ashamed to admit when I'm wrong, and Tomei has been proving me wrong like a boss of late, with great performances in movies such as The Wrestler and Cyrus. Let's hear it for the »
Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” is generally regarded as a fine piece of filmmaking, but like almost every movie, that film did have its detractors. So while many consider it the only wrestling movie they have to see, Srg Films is asking for “one…more…shot,” with their upcoming adaptation of Matthew Randazzo’s book, “Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry.” The film, which carries the ‘That Could Mean Almost Anything’ title of “Crossface,” is about how Benoit’s “combination of drug-use, depression, and head trauma became increasingly impossible for him to handle. The true story made headline news in 2007 when Chris murdered his wife and young son before taking his own life.” The murder-suicide shook the wrestling and sports world, as Benoit was a hugely popular figure and record holding champion. His death came at what was arguably »
Lou Reed and Metallica tapped award-winning director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) to direct a music video for their collaborative track “The View”. The idea was to base the music video on German expressionist Frank Wedekind’s controversial plays about a serial killing teenage prostitute. Well now the video from one of the unlikeliest collaborations is online, courtesy of IFC.com.
Feel like watching a bunch of awesome dudes pat themselves on the back for making something largely mediocre? Welcome to "The View." Director Darren Aronofsky is known for his blunt, dark and uncompromising films like "The Wrestler," "Requiem For a Dream" and, most recently, "Black Swan." It figures that Bay Area metal gods Metallica and eternally cool New York music icon Lou Reed would ask him to direct the first video from their collaborative LP "Lulu." And, will you look at that, they came up with, in the words of Reed himself, "possibly the best video ever made" The supergroup plays »
- Dave Lewis
The Wrestler star arrived home in the pitch black as the stormy conditions worsened and she shared her fears with fans on the social networking site, documenting the drama until the power came back on.
In a series of posts, she writes, "Just got home. The black out makes it look like apocalypse. Chaos. Aw noooooo (sic). The winds are going to get stronger? S**t... All I can say is I'm glad I have a thing for candles."
She later added, "Power back on. Well, thank you wind. That was truly terrifying."
New mother Applegate worried the power would cut out while she was taking care of her baby daughter Sadie, who was born in January.
She writes, "The wind in L.A. is insane right now. Must pray the power doesn't go out. Really don't want the power to go out. It might go out. S**t... I know there are millions of people who raise babies with no power. I'm a wimp and afraid to change a poopy diaper in the dark. May go bad."
Other stars also took to Twitter to vent their frustrations about the windy weather conditions, with Kelly Osbourne writing, "The way my apartment building howls when it's windy is kinda (sic) scary/annoying! Is it true there might be power outages in L.A. tonight... the lights keep flickering in my apartment it won't be long now till the candles are lit!"
Actress Emmy Rossum adds, "This wind is insane. Saw a yellow yield street sign flying down Wilshire (Boulevard) this evening and the house windows are rattling!" »
Unfortunately, despite taking its opening weekend, Tarsem Singh's Immortals seems likely to go as under-appreciated as his masterpiece, The Fall. Whether or not it manages to hold onto a solid fanbase, as is the case with the quite similar 300, remains to be seen, but critics have not taken to the film generally.
Usually, the overall consensus of critics at large is something that I'm only accidentally aware of at all, and the fact that moviegoers rate a film in the polar opposite direction simply the natural course of events, but in this case I find it rather perplexing. I say that because the film is so brilliant in so many ways, and at the same time so convoluted and disinterested in explaining itself that you would think the action-adventure would hardly make up for it to Mr. and Mrs. 18-35 year old American. No offense.
Our story, in the »
- Marc Eastman
Evan Rachel Wood Actress Evan Rachel Wood attends the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] Actor James Earl Jones was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Altered States), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Evan Rachel Wood's film credits include Thirteen, The Missing, Running with Scissors, Across the Universe, The Wrestler, Whatever Works, The Conspirator, and George Clooney's potential Oscar contender The Ides of March. On television, Wood played Kate Winslet's daughter in a remake of Mildred Pierce. »
- D. Zhea
Actor Mickey Rourke still suffers ongoing problems with his nose after six operations to fix injuries sustained during his boxing career.
The Wrestler star stepped out of the Hollywood spotlight in the 1990s to venture into professional fighting, but he needed reconstructive surgery on his face after being hurt in the ring.
Rourke has revealed he has lost all sensation in his nose, and also suffers other related problems.
He tells CNN talk show host Piers Morgan, "The guy did a really great job with the nose - I can't breathe out of it still. He took the cartilage from back here, rebuilt everything and I have days when I can smell, days that I can't smell.
"I actually liked the way the nose felt and looked before the six nose operations. I can't feel it, it's numb."
Revealing his other health issues, Rourke adds, "The hands bother me, the hands shake a little. They still swell all the time." »
Actor Mickey Rourke has accused his ex-wife of "chasing the buck" by detailing their relationship in a new book.
The Wrestler star wed Carre Otis in 1992 after they co-starred in movie Wild Orchid, but their tumultuous union was rocked by allegations of domestic abuse and the model/actress' heroin addiction. They divorced six years later.
In her new memoir, Beauty, Disrupted, Otis claims she only married Rourke because she was terrified he would kill himself if she turned down the offer - and the actor is unhappy with her allegations.
Rourke tells CNN talk show host Piers Morgan, "From what I've heard about it... It's probably kind of like a little bit of sour grapes, chasing the buck and a delusional, narcissistic self-centred point of view." »
Mickey Rourke hates sitting in the make-up chair for prosthetics fittings because he's claustrophobic.
He admits the Sin City shoot was particularly challenging: "I didn't like the three hours of make-up because you have to keep it on for 13 to 14 hours a day. It’s latex and glue and that stuff that gets my eyes all red, some chemical. It’s a nightmare.
"I remember I picked up some chick at a bar in Texas and I invited her to the set to have lunch at the lunch break. I couldn’t take the s**t off... I never saw her again."
And he had to revisit his phobia in the make-up trailer on the set of Immortals: "The days would start out bad because the the wardrobe lady spent three years doing the wardrobe and it was heavy. It took me an hour to put my pants on. It was like this layer and another layer. Then a layer up here. Then a belt over here. Then another layer and a gauntlet over here.
"And the shoes were, like, 300 pounds (136.4 kilograms) a piece. It was nice once I got dressed and put it all on - and then it was another two hours in the make-up chair." »
Mickey Rourke continues to remain busy in feature films following a break of 14 years in which he wasn't offered roles. Sin City and The Wrestler helped revive his career, and he's been keeping busy in recent years in a variety of films spread over a wide assortment of genres. Some of his films, as Rourke honestly admits, didn't live up to expectations but he's happy to be working again as an actor.
During the La press day for Relativity Media's Immortals, a 3D action epic involving peasants, a mad King (played by Rourke), and Greek Gods, Rourke talked about watching Immortals for the first time. "It looks great. I didn't wear the [3D] glasses. I'm just not in a mood to put them on. They told me there's a difference. I thought Tarsem [Singh, the director] did a hell of a job," said Rourke. "It's a wild looking two hours of something you can escape to and go, »
After voicing his displeasure with Marvel Studios a couple of weeks back, Mickey Rourke has since elaborated on the problems he encountered on Iron Man 2 in an interview with Crave Online: “I explained to Justin Theroux, to the writer, and to Jon Favreau that I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy. And they allowed me to do that. Unfortunately, Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor,” said Rourke in response to a question about the treatment of his character, Ivan Vanko (a.k.a. Whiplash), in the 2008 sequel starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson and Don Cheadle. “Well, you know, it is fucking too bad, but it’s their loss. If they want to make mindless comic book movies, then I don’t want to be a part of that. »
The Ides of March, 2011.
Directed by George Clooney.
Steven Mayer is an idealistic, Democratic campaign manager. The events of the Ohio Primary push him to turn on his morals and become the sort of man he originally set out to vanquish.
“Stay in this game long enough and it’ll make you a cynical, old man,” yells an aggressively hunched Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti), the rival’s Campaign Manager, his portly stomach stretching the fibres of his shirt.
That’s a pretty cliché line for a political drama. It’s about as revolutionary as “everyone in politics is corrupt,” or “politicians will let you down” – both of which The Ides of March also explores.
It ain’t nothing new, but that works tremendously in its favour. By »
When I first heard that director Tarsem Singh was taking on the challenge of creating a Greek mythology film called Immortals, I knew it was going to be visually striking, but I wasn't sure what to expect from the story or action. The director is mostly known for making very strange far out films, and Immortals could have easily turned out to be like one of his other crazy art style films. I'm not saying I don't like Tarsem's films because I do! They just aren't meant for everyone. Immortals is the directors most commercial film project to date, and I wondered if he could pull off a film project like this that would appeal to a greater movie going audience. When I started seeing trailers for the movie I still wasn't sure if it was going to be good or not. In fact my excitement level for the »
Mickey Rourke has never been one to pull his punches, a trait that has endeared him to his close friends and his dedicated fans, if not the studio execs and directors who are more and more frequently the target of his enmity. In recent weeks, Rourke has been making the rounds to promote his new movie, Immortals, and amidst the praise for director Tarsem Singh — "I'd work with Tarsem tomorrow. Absolutely. And not only is he a visual genius, he's so prepared." — the Academy Award-nominated actor has managed to slip in a few jabs at others he has worked with in recent years. First, he blasted Marvel Studios — President of Production Kevin Feige was his likely target, as he ultimately calls all of the shots on Marvel movies — for turning his nuanced performance as Whiplash in Iron Man 2 into a "one-dimensional villain". Then, Rourke called director Darren Aronofsky, the »
- BrentJS Sprecher
A few months back, we heard the main cast announced for Martin McDonagh's follow-up film to In Bruges, entitled Seven Psychopaths. Among those named was Mickey Rourke, although the actor has since had a change of heart on the project, to put it nicely. He recently called McDonagh a "jerkoff" and claimed the director "wanted a whole lot for nothing," so, needless to say, this is one film we won't be seeing him in. Luckily, Woody Harrelson has stepped up to take Rourke's role in the production, which began shooting this week. The cast also includes includes Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell,and Christopher Walken with Tom Waits and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) also recently joining, although their parts weren't specified. Seven Psychopaths will be a dark comedy in the vein of In Bruges, involving plenty of violence and bloodshed. The movie focuses on a struggling screenwriter (Ferrell) who »
Mickey Rourke turned down a Hollywood Walk of Fame star honour - because officials refused to let him add his dead dog's name to the pavement plaque.
The movie star insisted that his beloved Chihuahua Loki deserved the accolade as much as him.
He says, "They said no, so we told them to take a hike. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Loki..."
The Wrestler star didn't have the same problem when he planted his feet in wet cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood last week (ends04Nov11) - officials at the ceremony were only too happy to let the actor scribble Loki's name in the concrete. Rourke also paid tribute to his grandmother and to his brother Joe.
He adds, "I misspelled 'grandma...' I was nervous." »
The Wrestler star quit the project recently and went public with his feelings about the director in an online interview over the weekend.
He told Moviefone.com, "The director was a jerk-off... who wanted a whole lot for nothing."
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