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  • RIP: Bruce Brown, 1937-2017: Iconic California surf filmmaker passes away (The Endless Summer)

    12/11/2017 8:08:25 AM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Surfline ^ | December 11, 2017 | Drew Kampion
    Bruce Brown, longtime surf filmmaker and director of the seminal “Endless Summer” just passed at 80 years old. Drew Kampion wrote the following for our Surfing A-Z entry on Brown: Prior to 1964, the media saw surfers as rebellious thugs, and Hollywood made them out to be a bunch of idiots. Filmmaker Bruce Brown single-handedly changed that with The Endless Summer. It portrayed the wave as a kind of Holy Grail and surfers as knights on a quest. In one stroke, he replaced Hollywood's buffoonery with the popular mythology that endures today.
  • Ken Shapiro, Whose ‘Groove Tube’ Satirized TV, Dies at 75

    12/09/2017 10:56:48 AM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29, 2017 | Richard Sandomir
    Ken Shapiro, a former child television actor whose hit 1974 film, “The Groove Tube,” anticipated “Saturday Night Live” by a year with sketches that wickedly satirized TV, died on Nov. 18 at his home in Las Cruces, N.M. He was 75. His daughter, Rosy Rosenkrantz, said the cause was cancer. Mr. Shapiro’s film, with a cast that included Chevy Chase, a future “S.N.L.” star, and the comedian Richard Belzer, was simultaneously inspired by Sid Caesar and Ernie Kovacs’s TV comedy shows of the 1950s and invigorated by the nudity, profanity and raunchiness commonplace in 1970s movies.
  • Sphinx From 90-Year-Old Movie Set Unearthed in California

    12/02/2017 2:10:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, December 2, 2017
    Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille's epic "The Ten Commandments." The 300-pound sphinx is the second recovered from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.
  • 'Justice League’ Review: Time for DC to Throw in the Towel

    11/17/2017 10:50:41 AM PST · by drewh · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Nov 2017 | John Nolte
    Thanks only to its lean 120 minute runtime, Justice League is not as bad as Batman v. Superman, which had a runtime of interminable. Nevertheless, the Justice League screenplay still plays out like the first draft of Marvel’s much-much-much superior Avengers. We are five titles into DC’s extended universe, and Warner Bros., a studio that has been producing movies for around 100 years, is still being serially-humiliated by Marvel Studios, which is only 24 years old and did not really start producing its own films until around 2006. And while the sycophantic Hollywood trades pretend that Justice League’s $130 million...
  • ‘Justice League’: Aquaman Fans Won’t Like the Movie

    11/03/2017 1:40:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    The Cheat Sheet ^ | November 3, 2017 | Aramide Tinubu
    Justice League is gearing up to rake in dough at the box office. The film will bring some of the most beloved and iconic superheroes altogether. Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Cyborg, and (hopefully) Superman are teaming up to save the world from evil, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Following the stunning success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, DC Films seem to have found its footing. Justice League will prove if the studio really has its mojo back or if Jenkins and Gal Gadot, who plays Diana Prince, are simply marvels on their own. Leading up to the film’s...
  • John Carpenter Embraces His Legacy in Santa Cruz

    11/01/2017 9:06:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Good Times Santa Cruz ^ | OCTOBER 31, 2017 | STEVE PALOPOLI
    As he prepares to perform his movie music at the Catalyst, the legendary director and composer discusses his life’s workPop culture is having a John Carpenter moment. Earlier this year, reviews for Jeremy Gillespie’s horror film The Void excitedly described it as “Carpenteresque,” the same phrase that writer-director Jeff Nichols used to describe his acclaimed science fiction thriller from last year, Midnight Special. Sci-fi and horror films are suddenly awash in the steely light-blue shroud that was the trademark look of Carpenter’s early films four decades ago. Normally, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a director with a filmography like...
  • Roy Dotrice, Nimble British Actor Familiar on Both Sides of Atlantic, Dies at 94

    10/17/2017 8:00:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 16, 2017 | Robert D. McFadden
    Roy Dotrice, a British stage, film and television actor who began performing as a prisoner of war in Germany and worked in Britain and America for six decades, notably in one-man shows portraying Abe Lincoln, the diarist John Aubrey and other historical figures, died on Monday at his home in London. He was 94... While he kept a home in London, Mr. Dotrice lived in Los Angeles and worked mostly in the United States after 1980. He appeared in New York stage productions of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” (1985) and Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming” (1991). On film, he...
  • The 10 Most Complex Sci-fi Movies of All Time

    09/24/2017 12:04:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 243 replies
    Taste of Cinema ^ | September 21, 2017 | Mike Gray
    By its very nature, the sci-fi genre is relatively complex: the short stories, novels, TV series and films that comprise speculative fiction necessitate detailed expository passages to build its far-flung futures, reality-bending premises, and stories set in a galaxy far, far away. Whether the story is set on an alien world populated by creatures markedly different from human beings, in a future separated by centuries or eons from the present in which society, technology, science, and civilization itself have evolved into a nearly unrecognizable state, or center around time or space travel, sci-fi stories require complex set-ups to create a...
  • Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci Reunite in Irishman Set Photos

    09/23/2017 5:21:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Screen Rant ^ | September 23, 2017 | Dan Zinski
    Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci reunite in new set photos captured during the shooting of The Irishman. Based on a book by Charles Brandt, The Irishman traces the life of real-life reputed mob hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro), who among other things claimed to have been involved in the 1975 disappearance of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa, a mystery that to this day remains unsolved (despite outrageous claims like his body being buried under the old Giants Stadium). Al Pacino is set to make his Scorsese debut playing Hoffa. The Irishman marks Martin Scorsese’s return to gangster film...
  • ‘Mother!’ Is the Worst Movie of the Year, Maybe Century

    09/16/2017 7:09:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    observer.com ^ | 09/15/17 3:00pm | Rex Reed •
    From the idiotic drug-addict hokum Requiem for a Dream to the overrated, overwrought and over-hyped Black Swan.....the films of wack job Darren Aronofsky have shown a dark passion for exploring twisted souls in torment. But nothing he’s done before to poison the ozone layer prepared me for mother!, an exercise in torture and hysteria so over the top that I didn’t know whether to scream or laugh out loud. ... [F]reak show is two hours of pretentious twaddle that tackles religion, paranoia, lust, rebellion, and a thirst for blood in a circus of grotesque debauchery to prove that being a...
  • Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91

    09/15/2017 4:28:22 PM PDT · by Flick Lives · 87 replies
    Variety ^ | 09/15/2017 | Carmel Dagan
    Harry Dean Stanton, the actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who labored in virtual obscurity for decades until a series of roles increased his visibility, including his breakthrough in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” died of natural causes Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91. The actor was also known for his roles in “Twin Peaks,” “Big Love,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “Repo Man.” He had a high-profile role as manipulative cult leader Roman Grant on HBO polygamy drama “Big Love,” which ran from 2006-11, and recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime. His most recent...
  • ‘Mother!’ Is the Worst Movie of the Year, Maybe Century

    09/15/2017 4:26:57 PM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 111 replies
    Observer ^ | 9/15/17 | Rex Reed
    From the idiotic drug-addict hokum Requiem for a Dream to the overrated, overwrought and over-hyped Black Swan, which I called “a lavishly staged Repulsion in toe shoes,” the films of wack job Darren Aronofsky have shown a dark passion for exploring twisted souls in torment. But nothing he’s done before to poison the ozone layer prepared me for mother!, an exercise in torture and hysteria so over the top that I didn’t know whether to scream or laugh out loud. Stealing ideas from Polanski, Fellini and Kubrick, he’s jerrybuilt an absurd Freudian nightmare that is more wet dream than bad...
  • Jennifer Lawrence’s Grotesque Spoof of the Nativity [mother!]

    09/14/2017 1:12:06 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 14 September 2017 | Kyle Smith
    Mother, an exercise in torture porn, may be the vilest movie ever released by a major Hollywood studio. Ordinarily when a filmmaker goes trampling all over your senses with an eye toward maximizing disgust, it’s for the purpose of producing some cheap scares. In Mother, though, the aim is a macabre pastiche of people’s most cherished and deeply held beliefs. Deliberately grotesque and nauseating, and seemingly engineered to outrage Christians, especially Catholics, Mother represents a stain on the reputation of Paramount Pictures, which once produced Going My Way. It may be the most vile and contemptible motion picture ever released...
  • Toronto Film Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’

    09/12/2017 8:43:40 AM PDT · by pabianice · 29 replies
    Variety ^ | 9/12/17 | Gleiberman
    Over the years, a great many actors have taken a turn at playing one of the Kennedy brothers (in made-for-TV movies, on “Saturday Night Live,” in big-screen historical dramas). The vast majority of these performances have been mediocre, a handful have been quite good, and a few have been memorable — like Bruce Greenwood’s cuttingly terse and commanding JFK in the Cuban Missile Crisis drama “Thirteen Days,” or Peter Sarsgaard’s tender and battle-scarred Robert F. Kennedy in “Jackie.” To that short list of singular and superb Kennedy performances, we can now add the Australian actor Jason Clarke’s portrayal of Edward...
  • Cinemas are seducing movie-lovers with gourmet food and booze

    09/09/2017 2:52:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 8, 2017 | Gregory E. Miller
    All the Raisinets in the world aren’t enough to sugarcoat this fact: In recent months, the Hollywood box office has been a disaster. In terms of attendance, Tinseltown just wrapped up its worst summer at the box office in nearly a quarter-century. That means theaters now have to fight harder than ever to get butts in seats. “For a very long time, movie theaters were not overly focused on pleasing the consumer,” says Eric Handler, a media analyst at MKM Partners. But in recent years, he says, theater owners have wised up to a novel idea: making the theater experience...
  • ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ actor Richard Anderson dies at 91

    08/31/2017 4:42:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 67 replies
    Page Six ^ | August 31, 2017
    Richard Anderson, the Emmy-nominated actor who played Oscar Goldman in both hit 1970s series “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman,” died August 31. He was 91. Anderson’s credits spanned more than 180 film and TV roles over six decades after starting his Hollywood career as a messenger at MGM. But he will be best remembered for playing Goldman, the handler of the bionic duo played by Lee Majors and Lyndsay Wagner. Combined, the series ran for 150 episodes and several TV movies — two of which Anderson produced.
  • The 13 Alfred Hitchcock movies you need to watch in your lifetime

    08/14/2017 7:08:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 9, 2017 | Jason Guerrasio
    Alfred Hitchcock is more than just the master of suspense. Throughout his career, the legendary director transformed cinema as we know it today through his unique visual eye, masterful storytelling, and incredible showmanship. In celebration of his birthday on Sunday, we look back on his most memorable works -- ranging from the crowd-pleasing "Psycho" to a movie regarded as one of the best ever made, "Vertigo." Here are the 13 Alfred Hitchcock movies you need to watch in your lifetime:
  • Joseph Bologna, 'My Favorite Year' Actor and Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter, Dies at 82

    08/14/2017 8:05:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 13, 2017 | Mike Barnes
    Joseph Bologna, an actor, playwright and screenwriter who was so memorable as the egotistical King Kaiser in the 1982 comedy classic My Favorite Year, has died. He was 82. Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope hospital in Duarte, Calif. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago, said his wife of 52 years, actress and screenwriter Renee Taylor. Bologna received an Oscar nomination for adapted screenplay, shared with his wife and David Zelag Goodman, for his work on Lovers and Other Strangers (1970). The couple had first written it for Broadway in a 1968 production directed by...
  • 'Bonnie and Clyde' at 50: Ultraviolent gangster film changed American cinema

    08/13/2017 6:07:30 PM PDT · by Borges · 88 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 8/13/2017 | John Petkovic
    <p>So proclaimed the trailer for "Bonnie and Clyde" when it hit the theaters in Aug. 1967.</p> <p>On the surface, the tagline to Arthur Penn's groundbreaking gangster film about young lovers on the run from authority snugly fit into the Summer of Love. Well, at least two-thirds of it.</p>
  • 'The Dark Tower' is getting poor reviews, here's 7 great Stephen King movies

    08/04/2017 12:57:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 85 replies
    Canoe ^ | August 4, 2017 | Steve Tilley
    ... The Dark Tower is taking a serious drubbing, and many diehard King fans are similarly displeased with how the movie turned out. But let’s be honest, this isn’t exactly the first film adaptation of a Stephen King book to lay an egg. Children of the Corn, anyone? Maximum Overdrive? The Lawnmower Man? Fortunately, King’s cinematic oeuvre is chockablock with movies that are actually good. If you were let down by The Dark Tower – or you plan to give it a miss entirely – here are seven great Stephen King movies that you can stream or digitally rent from...