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  • Kyle Smith: Incompetent Vice Swings at Dick Cheney and Misses

    12/10/2018 9:00:25 AM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | December 10, 2018 | Kyle Smith
    The initial warning is given before Vice even starts, in an onscreen note: It’s a “true story,” we’re told. But it’s hard to be strictly factually accurate, the note adds, because Dick Cheney is such a secretive bastard. So it’s really Cheney’s fault if anything in the movie happens to be wrong. Yet at the end a character will break the fourth wall to assert that the whole thing is factual and say, sarcastically, “Because I have the ability to understand facts, that makes me a liberal?” That sounds like an invitation to consider the facts and logic of Vice....
  • Nicolas Roeg, Director of David Bowie's 'The Man Who Fell to Earth,' Dies at 90

    11/24/2018 2:03:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | November 24, 2018 | Duane Byrge, Mike Barnes
    The London native, who started out as a cinematographer, also guided Mick Jagger in 'Performance' and helmed 'Walkabout,' 'Don't Look Now' and 'Bad Timing.' Nicolas Roeg, the British cinematographer turned director who employed his visual flair on such films as David Bowie’s The Man Who Fell to Earth and the horror masterpiece Don’t Look Now, has died. He was 90. Roeg, who also called the shots for two other rock stars, Mick Jagger in Performance (1970) and Art Garfunkel in Bad Timing/A Sensual Obsession (1980), died Friday night, his son, Nicolas Roeg Jr., told the BBC.Roeg, known for the lighting composition,...
  • Douglas Rain, Stratford Festival actor and voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, dies at 90

    11/11/2018 1:13:41 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    CTV News ^ | November 11, 2018 | CTV Kitchener
    Douglas Rain passed away Sunday morning at the age of 90. The actor, one of the pioneers of the Stratford Festival, is best known for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Rain was the voice of the sentient computer HAL.
  • Nights of Cabiria

    11/06/2018 7:59:31 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 7 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 3 Nov 2018 | Mark Steyn
    A quarter-century ago - October 31st 1993 - Federico Fellini died from complications of a heart attack he suffered a day after celebrating his fiftieth wedding anniversary. His memorial service at Cinecittà in Rome a few weeks later was attended by 70,000 people. Twenty-five years on, for our Saturday movie date I thought I'd pick something from that heyday of "Hollywood on the Tiber". I came to Fellini's 1957 smash Nights of Cabiria the wrong way round - because I was writing something about Sweet Charity, the musical Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon drew from it a decade later. In...
  • James Karen, Actor in 'Poltergeist' and So Much More, Dies at 94

    10/24/2018 2:47:51 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | October 24, 2018 | Mike Barnes
    James Karen, the instantly recognizable character actor who moved the cemetery’s headstones — but not the bodies — as the developer Mr. Teague in the modern horror classic Poltergeist, has died. He was 94. The incredibly prolific Karen, who also was noteworthy in such films as The China Syndrome (1979) and The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and on the finale of NBC’s Little House on the Prairie — he’s the dastardly reason the town of Walnut Grove was blown up — died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home, his wife, Alba, said.
  • R.I.P. Danny Leiner, Director of ‘Harold & Kumar’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’

    10/20/2018 7:57:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Collider ^ | October 19, 2018 | Jeff Sneider
    Sad news, folks. We’re seeing reports on Facebook that Danny Leiner, the director of the beloved comedies Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and Dude, Where’s My Car? has passed away following a long illness. Leiner got his start with the well-received short films My Birthday Cake and Time Expired, which led him to make his feature debut with the 1996 comedy Layin‘ Low starring Jeremy Piven and Edie Falco. Four years later, he was tapped to direct the Ashton Kutcher-Seann William Scott comedy Dude, Where’s My Car?, where he also worked with a young Jennifer Garner. The film...
  • What BlacKkKlansman Gets Wrong

    08/28/2018 4:56:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | August 28, 2018 | Kyle Smith
    It’s a slow, didactic film about a minor episode. Billed as being based on “a crazy, outrageous incredible true story” about how a black cop infiltrated the KKK, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman would be more accurately described as the story of how a black cop in 1970s Colorado Springs spoke to the Klan on the phone. He pretended to be a white supremacist . . . on the phone. That isn’t infiltration, that’s prank-calling. A poster for the movie shows a black guy wearing a Klan hood. Great starting point for a comedy, but it didn’t happen. The cop who actually...
  • Box Office: Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire Boys Club' Earns Abysmal $126 on Opening Day

    08/19/2018 11:24:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 18, 2018 | Pamela McClintock
    Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey is enduring a career low at the box office this weekend. The ensemble crime-drama Billionaire Boys Club quietly opened Friday in eight theaters scattered in select states across the U.S. The indie film earned an abysmal $126 for the day and another $162 on Saturday for a two-day total of just $287 following its release on premium VOD last month, according to those with access to theater grosses. For the full weekend, Billionaire Boys Club could have trouble making much more than $425. Put another way, that's a per location average of roughly $53 for the...
  • Lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay, Burning Secret, is found 60 years on

    07/16/2018 10:50:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | 07/16/2018 | Staff
    His first world war classic, Paths of Glory, is one of cinema’s most powerful anti-war movies, widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, as was his Roman epic, Spartacus, both of which starred Kirk Douglas. Now a “lost” screenplay by director Stanley Kubrick has been discovered – and it is so close to completion that it could be developed by film-makers. Entitled Burning Secret, the script is an adaptation of the 1913 novella by the Viennese writer Stefan Zweig. In Kubrick’s adaptation of the story of adultery and passion set in a spa resort, a suave and predatory man befriends a 10-year-old...
  • Movies That Are 30 Years Old This Year

    06/26/2018 4:02:40 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 91 replies
    Twitter ^ | 26 June 2018 | Twitter
    Die Hard Cocktail Working Girl Big Beetlejuice Coming to America Rain Man They Live Rambo III The Accused The Naked Gun Who Framed Roger Rabbit Twins Bloodsport Colors Young Guns Willow Scrooged
  • What if Star Wars never happened?

    06/09/2018 12:04:33 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 102 replies
    Polygon ^ | 06/07/18 | Kevin Lincoln
    Imagining a world where George Lucas’ space fantasy didn’t revolutionize Hollywood Despite the decades that have passed since its release, it would be hard to argue that any film is as relevant to the way movies are made today than George Lucas’ 1977 space opera, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Kevin Feige, the Marvel head honcho who presides over what is the most lucrative and successful film franchise currently operating — including Star Wars — talks openly about how much of an impact the original trilogy had on him. The list of filmmakers who directly crib from...
  • Box Office: ‘Solo’ Is Officially a Disaster as Media Cover Up Why

    06/02/2018 5:39:02 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 125 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/02/18 | John Nolte
    With no serious competition opening at the box office, Solo has officially collapsed with a catastrophic -68 percent drop in its second weekend. After grossing a measly (we are talking about a Star Wars movie here) $82 million in its debut weekend, Solo bottomed out in week two with just $28 million. How bad is that? In its second weekend, The Force Awakens was grossing $50 million A DAY. The Last Jedi grossed $70 million. Rogue One grossed $55 million. In worse news, Solo is by far the most expensive Star Wars movie produced yet, with a reported price tag...
  • Patricia Morison, Star of the Original ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ Dies at 103

    05/20/2018 12:35:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | May 20, 2018 | Mike Barnes
    Patricia Morison, the glamorous star who originated the role of the shrewish actress diva in the delightful 1948 Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate, has died. She was 103. Morison, who also appeared on stage opposite Yul Brynner in The King and I in such films as The Song of Bernadette (1943), died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles of natural causes. With a mane of exuberant, dark hair that reached her hips, Morison often was cast as a villainess or “the other woman” on the big screen.
  • Today's Google Doodle - Georges Melies

    05/03/2018 5:14:54 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 13 replies
    Google ^ | May 3, 2018
    I don't usually promote Google, but I thought today's Doodle was especially worthwhile. It's a celebration of French filmmaker and magician Georges Melies, who was a pioneer in early film. Their tribute displays an extraordinary amount of detail and is very entertaining. Worth a look.
  • 8 Terrible Actors Who Got Lucky Breaks

    02/02/2018 9:18:48 AM PST · by EveningStar · 144 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 19, 2017 | WhatCulture
    8 Terrible Actors Who Got Lucky Breaks
  • The Shape Of Water sweeps the board with 13 Academy Award nominations...[tr]

    01/23/2018 7:45:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 23, 2018 | Becky Freeth
    The Shape Of Water, Dunkirk and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri received the most nods as the announcements for the Academy Awards nominations 2018 were made in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. Christopher Plummer, 88, the actor who replaced disgraced Kevin Spacey at the very last minute, has received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his part in All The Money In The World. Other shock names included, musician Mary J. Blige who received her first Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category, and Octavia Spencer who became the first black actress to receive multiple-nominations at the 90th annual...
  • Mark Wahlberg and Agency Give $2M to Time's Up Fund After Pay Discrepancy Outcry (Michelle Williams)

    01/13/2018 1:39:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 13, 2018 | Kim Masters, Gregg Kilday
    Wahlberg and WME are making the donation in the name of Michelle Williams, the co-star paid 1 percent of what Wahlberg was on 'All the Money in the World' reshoots. Bowing to an outcry over the wage disparity on the reshoots of All the Money in the World, Mark Wahlberg and his agency William Morris Endeavor have agreed to donate $2 million to the Time's Up fund to combat harassment and pay inequities in Hollywood. "Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation," Wahlberg said in...
  • Jennifer Garner isn’t a bad-looking man

    01/03/2018 3:44:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 3, 2018 | Derrick Bryson Taylor
    Jennifer Garner made her debut as a man on Tuesday. The 45-year-old actress posted a snap to Instagram in which she’s made up to look like a man — and not a bad-looking one! SNIP But the hashtags Garner added revealed more details. It turns out the snap was from a 2011 film that was never made because she discovered she was pregnant.
  • Jodie Foster slams superhero movies as cinematic equivalent of fracking

    12/31/2017 11:03:49 AM PST · by Simon Green · 170 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/31/17 | Ross Mcdonagh
    Superheroes may have met their greatest adversary — Jodie Foster. The 55-year-old has claimed Comic book movies are ruining cinema. In an interview with Radio Times Magazine, the actor and director slammed the likes of Marvel and DC production as the cinematic equivalent of fracking. 'Going to the movies has become like a theme park,' she said. 'Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking — you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth.' She continued: 'It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately...
  • Why The Blockbuster Movie Bubble Will Burst In 2018

    12/18/2017 9:57:14 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 72 replies
    Cracked ^ | August 5, 2016 | Luis Prada
    In 2013, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predicted the film industry as we know it would "implode" if/when, in the near future, too many wildly expensive blockbuster movies flopped. And if ever there were a year for an implosion on that scale to occur it would be 2018, the year when there are nearly as many major studio tentpole releases as there are weeks in the year. Well, here's the thing ... Do you like big blockbuster movies? The kind that will make a billion dollars but will never be financially profitable, thanks to Hollywood's shady accounting practices? If so,...