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Quentin Tarantino is a lot of things, but concise isn't one of them. Buried inside the sprawling 165 minutes of Django Unchained (2012, Sony, 18), there's a very decent two-hour retro-ploitation romp struggling to escape the indulgence of Hollywood's most under-edited auteur. On the plus side, we have knife-sharp central performances from Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz as (respectively) the recently freed titular slave and sharpshooting "dentist" Dr King Schultz, on a mission to rescue Django's wife from the slimy clutches of Leonardo DiCaprio's Calvin Candie.
The real jaw-dropper, however, is a brilliantly counterintuitive turn from Samuel L Jackson as Candie's insanely loyal house-servant, Stephen, a terrifying portrait of head-turned devotion that offers the film's most potentially radical element. It's here that whatever rude "politics" this possesses (including the usual fetishisation of the "N word") has gnarly bite. Elsewhere, it's more fan-boyish fare, »
- Mark Kermode
We all enjoy the opportunity to be comfortable. It brings a warm sensation as we relax from our busy day to feel at ease for a brief moment. Sometimes movies are capable of providing us that brief moment of escape. They present a certain story or plotline that isn’t challenging and easy to follow. You aren’t required to think yet you still remain entertained. It’s as relaxing as a Saturday afternoon nap where we recharge our batteries before returning to the cruel cynical world. When watching director’s Robert Lorenz’s film Trouble with the Curve I was placed in the ultimate state of comfort. The story is formulaic and never deviates from the obvious path it gives itself. You can easily put the »
- Dan Clark
Clint Eastwood's wife has entered rehab. The legendary actor's spouse Dina Eastwood - who appeared in her own E! reality show, 'Mrs. Eastwood and Company' last year - has reportedly checked herself into a rehab facility to be treated for depression and anxiety. The 47-year-old former TV news anchor has entered an exclusive rehab centre in Arizona, but she is not being treated for substance abuse, according to TMZ. Dina has been married to the 'Gran Torino' actor-and-director - with whom she has a 16-year-old daughter Morgan - since 1996 and the family reside in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where Clint is a former mayor. The couple met in 1993 when Dina interviewed the 82-year-old Hollywood star. Clint is said to be »
Clint Eastwood will have lost a few Brownie points for his bizarre and frankly ill-advised conversation with an empty chair at the Republican National Congress last autumn, but he is still much-adored Hollywood royalty – old and craggy, but still directing and acting to a phenomenally high standard and responsible as actor and/or director for some of the greatest and most iconic films ever to have come out of Hollywood.
Most often associated with Westerns and understandably so (the Dollars trilogy, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Unforgiven), Eastwood also has a sterling track record within the crime genre (Dirty Harry, Mystic River, In the Line of Fire, Play Misty for Me) and with straight dramas too (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, A Perfect World, Changeling). With Oscar statuettes and nominations coming out of his ears, he is clearly much loved by the Academy, but critics and »
- Dave Roper
While there are certain aspects of film-making they can’t always control, ultimately it is the skill of the director that determines whether a movie is good or bad. To make this list of the greatest modern directors, a director must still be actively making movies and only movies from the last 15 years are considered in the ranking of the directors.
The factors in the rankings obviously include the general quality of the directors films but also takes into account the number of films made in the given time period as well, the impact of the director on the filmmaking scene as a whole, and the potential they have for making more great movies in the future. The sheer number of quality directors ensures that a good number were excluded from the list as many excellent filmmakers such as Ang Lee, Kathryn Bigelow, Edgar Wright, Danny Boyle, Nicolas Winding Refn, »
- Paul Sorrells
Uh oh, it looks like Clint Eastwood has decided not to move forward with his plans to make A Star Is Born, as he focuses his efforts on a different musical movie as his next directorial project. Eastwood is reportedly in talks to direct a screen adaptation of Jersey Boys, the Tony Award winning Broadway show about the career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The long-gestating musical adaptation was originally set up at Warner Bros. with Jon Favreau attached to direct. Meanwhile, neither the studio nor the production company or the legendary filmmaker ‘s reps would confirm the negotiations. Warner Bros. abruptly put...
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- Nick Martin
New York, Mar h 21: Clint Eastwood's alleged feud with wife Dina nearly ruined their daughter Alison's wedding ceremony in Calabasas last week.
According to an 'eyewitness' the 82-year-old actor and his second wife of 16 years were reportedly at loggerheads and did not speak much to each other during the whole ceremony, the New York Post reported.
The source added that he and Dina sat together, but they didn't look happy and barely interacted. »
- Abhijeet Sen
Robert Downey Jr. stars as a big city lawyer who returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral, where he learns that his father (Robert Duvall), the local judge, is the prime suspect in her death. Vera Farmiga will play a waitress who never left the small town, and has a connection to the attorney's past. Vincent D'Onofrio also stars in the drama.
Though it may have recently lost Jack Nicholson, David Dobkin’s The Judge is none the poorer for star power. Following the recent announcement of Nicholson’s replacement by Robert Duvall, Deadline has confirmed today that Vincent D’Onofrio has joined the project as Duvall’s son. His brother, to be played by Robert Downey Jr., will return home following their mother’s death and their father’s possible involvement as a prime suspect. Throw in said father’s Alzheimer’s and you’ve got a neat board upon which to pin performances from a typically dependable cast.
The film, whose scripting duties began with Gran Torino’s Nick Schenck and ended with The King’s Speech’s David Seidler, is also looking to add Billy Bob Thornton to its already-impressive lineup as the prosecutor for presumed courtroom scenes that ought to, on thespian merit alone, really light up the screen. »
- Paul McNamee
Director David Dobkin is best known for helming raunchy, broad comedies like the smash hit Wedding Crashers and the underrated switcheroo pic The Change-Up. But for his next venture, he's diving into drama.well dramedy anyway.with Warner Bros' The Judge. Penned by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and revised by Bill Dubuque, the film will star Robert Downey Jr. as a successful lawyer who returns home following the unexpected death of his mother. Once there, he discovers his estranged father is suspected of having murdered her, and the two reconnect while trying to clear the family name. Downey had campaigned for Jack Nicholson to play his father in this flick. But once Nicholson said no, producers wrangled another storied heavy hitter in Robert Duvall. THR reports the latest to join this already impressive cast is Law & Order: Criminal Intent star Vincent D'Onofrio, who has been steadily scoring film roles since »
The story centers on a successful lawyer (Robert Downey Jr.) who returns to his hometown and learns that his father (Robert Duvall), the town's judge, is accused of murdering his mother. The attorney sets out to find the truth, while reconnecting with his estranged dad, who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease.
David Dobkin is directing from a screenplay by Bill Dubuque, who rewrote the original draft by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino). The studio is also closing in on casting the lawyer's ex-girlfriend, with Vera Farmiga and Elizabeth Banks considered the top choices for the part.
Robert Duvall last starred in »
They may not be hits with critics but action fans have responded in their droves for The Expendables movies. The first film brought in an impressive $274.5 million and last year's sequel improved on that with $300 million. So it came as no surprise that creator Sylvester Stallone was planning a third one.
Rumours have been circulating since the release of The Expendables 2 on who would be featuring in the next film with names batted around like Wesley Snipes (Blade), Liam Neeson (Taken), Harrison Ford (Star Wars) and even Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino).
Stallone took to Twitter recently to give us some updates on what we can expect with the third instalment, "EX3 needs New blood and more humor.... The films were always meant to be more on the humorous side with moments of drama". He also added that we can expect "mountains of surprises".
But the question that has been »
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From the Press Release
It’s time to unleash the beast within and join the pack as Scream Factory™ is proud to present the ferocious 1981 classic The Howling Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray™ and DVD June 18, 2013. Directed by legendary filmmaker Joe Dante (Gremlins) and written by John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless, this massive cult hit is based on the popular novel by Gary Brandner. The all-star cast includes Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Cujo), Patrick MacNee (The Avengers, A View to a Kill), Dennis Dugan (Happy Gilmore), Christopher Stone (Cujo), Belinda Balaski (Piranha), Kevin McCarthy (Innerspace), John Carradine (The Twilight Zone), Slim Pickens (Dr. Strangelove), Elisabeth Brooks »
- Uncle Creepy
I'm going to start by telling you about a book I just started reading, titled "The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend" by Glenn Frankel and I'm hooked after only the first 25 pages. The main thing to note is that while Frankel delves into the making of John Ford's The Searchers, a film considered by the AFI to be the #1 American Western of all-time, his primary focus is the story that inspired it and how the film stuck to that story and diverted from it. Now, again, I'm only 25 pages in, which is hardly enough reading to give any kind of review of a 416 page book, so I'll let the book's description do the rest of the talking: In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches. She was raised by the tribe and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years after her capture, »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Brothers has just dropped word on a two new collections dedicated to the work of American film icon Clint Eastwood. The two collections (one on DVD, the other on Blu-ray) will feature a new documentary by Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel, along with a copy of the new non-directed Eastwood film Trouble with the Curve.
A portion of the news release is below:
Burbank, Calif., February 11, 2013 – Clint Eastwood’s illustrious motion picture career has spanned more than half a century and touched generations of filmgoers. The filmmaker/actor has received five Academy Awards®and his films have grossed more than $2 billion at the domestic box office. This year marks the 38th anniversary of the relationship between Warner Bros., Clint Eastwood and Malpaso Productions, which has culminated in more than 40 films made for the studio. Now, in honor of Warner’s year-long 90th anniversary celebration, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release two new Eastwood Collections, »
- Nick Allen
On paper, Nashville is a show about "love, power, money, family and music." In actuality, it's a show about people who used to fuck almost fucking again. Last night, Rayna almost fucked Deacon, Scarlett almost fucked Gunnar, Teddy totally fucked Peggy and Avery stopped fucking Marilyn. But it wasn't all blue balls and blue walls. In between all that tension and temptation, Music City's tortured gang of sexy star-crossed singers, suits and sidemen dealt with divorce, risk-taking and threats of eviction.
For the third week in a row we meet up with Rayna, »
There’s something to be said for the evergreen quality of action flicks from the 80s. The mindless action, unnecessary explosions, rehashed stereotypes and endless cliches have all become staples of nostalgic trips down Roundhouse Lane. Quite a few films have recently worked at paying homage to this classic genre, with Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables series at the forefront of the movement. Next up to bat is Bullet to the Head, a buddy cop revenge pic that gives Stallone the opportunity to bash some more skulls while the bashing is good.
Despite all of the effort put into making a gritty, no-holds-barred action thriller, Bullet to the Head just doesn’t do enough to break away from the genre it wishes to pay its respects to. To be fair, the movie does make a few moves in the right direction, but it’s what the film doesn’t do that »
- Christian Law
By Joey Magidson
I’ve always had a soft spot for films that are directed by actors. In one of my recent pieces, I spoke about how the Academy looks at actors who direct. Now, I’ll be continuing my interest by focusing in on which of these multi-hyphenates are the best at what they do.
By and large, the films that actors make when they choose directorial projects have some sort of significance for them or at least play to their strengths, so disasters are few and far between. This makes it a lot of fun to celebrate the best of the bunch, since I’m able to draw from a larger pool than you normally can when looking at one particular type of filmmaker.
I take some comfort in knowing that most films directed by actors tend to be at least decent, if not better. I »
- Joey Magidson
Today’s question comes from mefinx, who writes: Having been wowed by the death scene at the end of Les Mis, how about asking people to nominate their favourite movies celebrating dignity and independence towards the end of life? My list would include : Ikiru (Living), director: Akira Kuwosawa (1952) Gran Torino, director: Clint Eastwood (2009) Up, directors: Pete Docter, Bob Paterson (2009) The final scene of Les Misérables is indeed a heartbreaker for many reasons, and at the moment, that’s the one that looms in my mind when thinking about this. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Fueled by great reviews and endless controversy, CIA thriller Zero Dark Thirty took the top spot in its nationwide expansion with $24.4 million. Among the newcomers, A Haunted House wound up in second place ahead of Gangster Squad, which is a bit of a surprise. Meanwhile, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook leveraged multiple Oscar nominations in to nice bumps this weekend. Playing at 2,937 locations, Zero Dark Thirty's $24.4 million is higher than the debuts of other recent acclaimed adult-leaning movies like Lincoln ($21 million) and Argo ($19.5 million). Against some of its other comparable titles, though, it's less impressive: Black Hawk Down opened to $28.6 million 11 years ago, while last February's modern warfare movie Act of Valor scored $24.5 million. Sony originally had Zero Dark Thirty scheduled for nationwide release in December, but made the shrewd decision to instead go with a platform release. That not only helped the movie avoid the pre-Christmas traffic jam, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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