8 items from 2015
Sweet Creature of Bombast: Welles’ Restored Homage to Shakespeare’s Ultimate Clown
Before the world finally gets a chance to see Orson Welles’ last uncompleted film The Other Side of the Wind, which had been intended to be the troubled auteur’s return to American filmmaking following a decade in Europe, audiences can feast on a restored version of his final narrative masterpiece, Chimes at Midnight. For decades, the 1965 title has been unavailable and now arrives restored on behalf of Janus Films. Playing in competition at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival, Welles homage to one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comic characters, Sir John Falstaff, initially received a chilly reception and stilted marketing campaign upon hitting Us theaters. Despite a throng of critics attempting to recuperate its reputation since then, it has remained an obscure classic.
Taking place from the years 1400 to 1408 in England, a narrator explains King Henry IV (John Gielgud »
- Nicholas Bell
Twenty years ago today, Bryan Singer, the director of the “good X-Men movies” (read: all of them except X3), and writer Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue One) rounded up five thieves for the heist of the 90’s. It all starts out with a seemingly harmless lineup, but Keyser Söze – bogeyman of the criminal underworld – has very specific (and sinister) plans for The Usual Suspects’ Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), McManus (Stephen Baldwin), Fenster (Benicio del Toro), Hockney (Kevin Pollak), and Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey). Bonus points to Singer for casting Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”’s Gus Fring), who looks ridiculously young as one of the FBI agents after Keyser Söze.
From pool sharks and grifters to tricksters, card cheats and American hustlers, here’s our rundown of the most memorable con artists in movie history.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
One of the finest fraudster films to ever »
- Daniel Bettridge
Linked by a housing project, six characters in varying degrees of desperation forge unexpected friendships in “Macadam Stories,” a slight comedy from French helmer-author Samuel Benchetrit, whose book “Asphalt Chronicles” inspired two of the three strands. Sometimes funny, and always, insistently low-key, this deadpan offering presents a gentle cross-section of life in public housing, a milieu that — per press notes — Benchetrit knows from childhood. This unassuming pic will attract fests looking a light slot-filler, but like previous features from the director (“I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster,” which won a screenwriting award at Sundance), it’s unlikely to make much of a splash Stateside.
Before it reveals that it will crosscut among three stories, the movie begins with residents of the housing project meeting to vote on an elevator repair. Sternkowitz (Gustave Kervern) is the only one reluctant to pay. He asks why he — as a resident of the »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Aziz Ansari, whose next show will be on Netflix.
Hi everyone! I wanted you guys to hear it from me first, that the cast and I received news that Eye Candy will not be returning for season 2. Even though a lot of you are going to feel sad/angry, please know that playing Lindy Sampson, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart. I couldn’t have asked for better cast mates to work with either. They are the most down to earth, talented and kind souls that I am so happy to have met. Then there’s our show runner @Christiantwit1 who is so awesomely talented and made a show that I am so incredibly proud to be a part of. A very special thank »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Shameless, The Flash, Nashville and The Blacklist!
1 | Has Hawaii Five-o upped the ante when it comes to how police convoys get hijacked on TV? #CameInLikeaWreckingball
2 | Were you impressed by Hart of Dixie‘s commitment to keeping Wade shirtless throughout nearly all of last Friday’s episode?
Related 2015 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
3 | Fiona and Gus’ quickie marriage on Shameless: Foolish or romantic?
Kristen Stewart, Catherine Deneuve make César Award history (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' with Juliette Binoche) Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve are two 2015 César Award nominees making history. The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts announced the nominations on Jan. 28, 2015; the César Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 20, 2015, at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet. Kristen Stewart is in the running in the Best Supporting Actress category for Clouds of Sils Maria / Sils Maria. Catherine Deneuve has been shortlisted as Best Actress for In the Courtyard / Dans la cour. So, how are Stewart and Deneuve making César history? Well, let's begin with "the expected one": Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve One of the biggest film icons ever, Catherine Deneuve is one of those relatively rare international film superstars who has never bothered with – or needed – a Hollywood career. Deneuve, who turned 71 last October 22, has been »
- Steve Montgomery
Good thing he didn't take her advice! A few years back, Amanda Peet almost led her husband David Benioff seriously astray. The Togetherness actress, 43, has been married to the Game of Thrones co-creator since 2006 and they share three children: Frankie, 7, Molly, 4, and Henry, 1 month. When Benioff, 44, first discussed the idea for his HBO series with his wife, however, she was hardly a fan. "I thought it was a terrible idea," the Good Wife alum spilled to Conan O'Brien on Conan on Monday, [...] »
8 items from 2015
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