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  • Elmo Williams, Oscar-Winning Film Editor on 'High Noon,' Dies at 102

    11/26/2015 10:55:47 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | November 25, 2015 | Mike Barnes
    Elmo Williams, the celebrated Hollywood film editor who won an Academy Award for his clockwork, minute-by-minute efforts on the classic 1952 Gary Cooper Western High Noon, has died. He was 102. Williams, who received another Oscar nom for his editing on the 1954 sci-fi film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, died peacefully Wednesday at his home in Brookings on the coast of Oregon ...
  • Why atheist Richard Dawkins says the Lord’s Prayer deserves to be on UK cinema screens

    11/23/2015 1:25:39 AM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 23 Nov 2015 | SCMP
    The Church of England has received unlikely backing from the biologist and prominent atheist Richard Dawkins after the UK’s three leading cinema chains refused to screen its advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer. The 60-second advert was due to be shown before Star Wars: the Force Awakens, released on December 18, which would have guaranteed it a huge cinema audience in the run-up to Christmas. But the Odeon Cineworld and Vue chains, which control 80 per cent of screens around the country, have refused to allow it because of a policy not to allow political or religious advertising...The decision prompted an...
  • Trumbo - biopic of Dalton Trumbo - released today

    11/06/2015 12:27:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | November 6, 2015
    Trumbo, a biographical movie about the famed screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, goes into national release today. Here are some reviews and other pertinent items about the film: Review: Bryan Cranston in 'Trumbo,' as a Screenwriter in a Hollywood Under Siege "Trumbo" resurrects Hollywood's darkest chapter "Trumbo" and the long, dark shadow of the blacklist: How a Hollywood gossip columnist launched the culture wars 'Trumbo' is a whitewash of an unrepentant Hollywood commie Movie Review: Bryan Cranston compelling as blacklisted writer in 'Trumbo' Trumbo Review The Real Story Behind the Movie Trumbo Bryan Cranston's First Amendment Crusade: On 'Trumbo,' Trump, and Why...
  • ‘Spectre’ will bore you to death

    11/05/2015 3:33:52 PM PST · by Perdogg · 67 replies
    A license to kill is also a license to not kill,” M lectures his new boss in the 24th James Bond film, “Spectre.” Well, it’s not a license to bore as much as this bloated drag manages to do. After a smashing opening sequence with a rooftop chase set against Day of the Dead observances in Mexico City, we’re plunged into a patchy plot (basically the same as the last “Mission: Impossible” outing) that’s little more than an excuse for random homages to the series’ illustrious past — reminding us how utterly mediocre this one is.
  • The Airplanes of James Bond

    11/05/2015 3:36:05 PM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | November 5, 2015 | Rebecca Maksel and Chris Klimek
    ... AFTER 52 HOURS, 22 bags of popcorn, and a trashcan-size soda, the editors at Air & Space have finished watching all of the Bond flicks, counting more than 160 aircraft and spacecraft (both fictional and non-). Bond and company have flown just about everything from "Bird 1" (Ernst Blofeld's fictional two-stage rocket used to capture U.S. and Soviet spacecraft) in You Only Live Twice to the Aerospatiale/Eurocopter helicopter operated by psychopath Xenia Onatopp (who uses her thighs to crush her opponents to death) in GoldenEye to the hot-air balloon blown up by the Cigar Girl assassin in The World...
  • Grady twins from horror classic The Shining reveal how movie led to them being shunned...

    11/01/2015 12:40:54 PM PST · by Borges · 48 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/31/2015 | Ryan Parry, Jon Boon
    They reveal how Nicholson, despite his maniacal performance and playboy reputation, acted as a father-figure and mentor for the then 10-year-old girls from London, England. The pair say Nicholson took naps on the floor between scenes to stay in character, talked about missing his daughter Jennifer from his first marriage to Sandra Knight and appeared to be a more devoted family man than his public image ever personified. Lisa, who today is a lawyer and Louise, a published scientist, both 46, also revealed their role in the hit flick did more harm than good to their fledgling acting careers. They...
  • The Wilhelm Scream

    10/31/2015 8:45:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    youtube ^ | Apr 2011 | CINExcellence
  • THX1138, Logan's Run, Rollerball, Soylent Green, 1984 or Fahrenheit 451? Dystopian themed movies.

    10/31/2015 9:13:58 AM PDT · by Fhios · 134 replies
    Oct 31, 2015 | Vanity
    Six rather relatively well known dystopian themed movies. Excerpts taken from IMDB. If you like dystopian themed movies you've probably seen all 6. My favorite is Rollerball. Which one do you think the world is striving for? --- THX1138 -- Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society. Director George Lucas. Logan's Run -- An idyllic sci-fi future has one major drawback: life must end at 30. Director Michael Anderson Roller Ball (1975) -- In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world,...
  • The final poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here

    10/18/2015 11:53:32 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 82 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 18, 2015 | Bryan Bishop
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in just two months, and today it's finally time to see the movie's official poster. No, not the teaser poster from last year, and not the promo item handed out at D23; this is the real deal. The poster features the key members of the cast that audiences have met thus far: Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, with some other faces that you just might recognize (hi, Han and Leia). What's even more interesting is the sight of some sort of orb in the upper...
  • Star Trek Beyond Wraps Filming

    10/16/2015 11:10:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Star Trek News | ^ | October 16, 2015 |
    That's a wrap! "Star Trek Beyond" officially completed filming on Thursday in Dubai. Director Justin Lin will now begin a lengthy post-production process for the film, scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2016.
  • Don't Clap!: If we're all quiet enough, maybe Pan and its fairies will die (movie review)

    10/11/2015 1:52:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 46 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | October 8, 2015 | Alan Scherstuhl
    There's much to sadly shake your head at in Pan, a sort of Peter Pan Begins that manages the unlikely feat of making battles between flying pirate ships a crushing bore. Most miserably, there's the great heap of action set pieces that are easier to wait out than to track with an instrument so primitive as the human eyeperhaps the singularity is nearing, and director Joe Wright's computers are whipping these scenes up exclusively for the enjoyment of advanced artificial intelligences ... But here's perhaps the most egregious betrayal of audience intelligence in this latest go at monetizing those aspects...
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Movie The Walk Is Literally Making People Throw Up

    10/02/2015 10:49:10 AM PDT · by xp38 · 30 replies
    E ^ | Oct 1 2015 | Madelyn Abry
    We have heard of putting the audience in the middle of the action but this is taking it a little far. The Walk is based on the infamous story of tightrope walker Philippe Petit, who walked across a wire connected to the Twin Towers in 1974. The movie was shot in 3D, making the already terrifying heights actually come to life. So much so that audiences are literally vomiting at the sight of it. The Walk held press screening this week and the reception was queasy. But at least it wasn't because the movie was terrible (that's left for films...
  • John Guillermin, Towering Inferno Director, Dies at 89

    10/02/2015 9:29:37 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 1, 2015 | Daniel E. Slotnik
    John Guillermin, a prolific British director best known for blockbusters like the 1974 disaster movie The Towering Inferno and the 1976 remake of King Kong, died on Sunday at his home in Topanga, Calif. He was 89. The cause was a heart attack, his wife, Mary Guillermin, said. In addition to big-budget extravaganzas, Mr. Guillermin (the name is French, but he pronounced it GILL-er-min) directed a raft of films in various genres from the end of the 1940s until he retired from filmmaking in the 1980s.
  • Wes Craven, Scream and Nightmare on Elm Street Director, Dies at 76

    08/30/2015 6:33:30 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 42 replies
    Variety ^ | August 30, 2015
    Legendary horror director Wes Craven, known for the Scream films, Nightmare on Elm Street and more, has died of brain cancer. He was 76.
  • A New Report Reveals Inequality In Hollywood Is Worse Than We Thought

    08/05/2015 8:12:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    io9 ^ | August 5, 2015 | James Whitbrook
    The ongoing debate about equal representation in movies is more important now than everbut it turns out we didnt really realize just how bad the situation really was. It turns out that, according to a new report, if youre not straight, white, maleor in the case of a Marvel movie, named Chrisin Hollywood, youre screwed.
  • Active shooter reported at Antioch theater (Nashville, TN area) (update: shooter is dead)

    08/05/2015 11:51:50 AM PDT · by OrangeDaisy · 161 replies ^ | 8/5/2015 | Chuck Morris
    Posted: Aug 05, 2015 1:36 PM CST Updated: Aug 05, 2015 1:46 PM CST Posted by Chuck Morris Connect NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Police are responding to a call of an active shooter at the Carmike 8 Cinemas on Bell Road in Antioch. The incident occurred just after 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Dispatch confirmed three EMS units have been sent to the scene. Witnesses at a nearby business reported one person covered with blood. Check back to and Channel 4 News for updates.
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - Comic-Con Trailer [HD]

    07/11/2015 11:51:49 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 11, 2015 | Warner Bros. Pictures
    Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer star in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - in theaters August 14th.
  • Omar Sharif, star of Dr Zhivago and one of the world's greatest bridge players, dies

    07/10/2015 7:38:12 AM PDT · by Borges · 71 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 7/10/2015 | Victoria Ward
    Omar Sharif, star of Dr Zhivago and one of the world's greatest bridge players, has died aged 83. His agent Steve Kenis said on Friday: "He suffered a heart attack this afternoon in a hospital in Cairo." Egyptian-born Sharif, who had Alzheimers disease, won international acclaim for his role in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia his first English-language film. He won two Golden Globes and an Oscar nomination for his turn as Sherif Ali in David Leans iconic film.
  • Jaws: The 40th Anniversary of the Movie That Changed Hollywood

    06/20/2015 7:31:28 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 94 replies
    Time ^ | June 20, 2015 | Daniel DAddario
    Steven Spielberg's breakout film brought on an era of big spectacle Forty years ago Saturday saw the release of Jaws, an adaptation of a beach-read made by a promising but relatively untested young director, Steven Spielberg. Forty years later, Jaws impact can be felt across moviegoing. The shark tale is perhaps most notable for its box-office success; Jaws became the top-grossing film of all time after its release (and did so more quickly than had its predecessors, with a marketing plan based on blanket advertising rather than a slow rollout). Jaws, with its technical mastery and ability to manipulate the...
  • Damian Lewis Tipped to Become Next James Bond

    06/16/2015 7:52:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 62 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 16, 2015 | Alex Ritman
    It may well be a shameless attempt to generate column inches, but one U.K. bookmaker has, out of the blue, slashed its odds of Homeland star Damian Lewis being named the next James Bond.
  • TCM Remembers Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

    06/13/2015 8:44:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    The new schedule for Monday, June 22 will be: 6:15 AM The Mummy (1959) 8:00 AM The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) 9:30 AM Horror of Dracula (1958) 11:00 AM Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) 12:45 PM Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969) 2:30 PM Horror Express (1972) 4:00 PM The Three Musketeers (1972) 6:00 PM The Four Musketeers (1975)
  • Los Angeles Film Festival 2015 highlights

    06/07/2015 1:01:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 6, 2015 | Oliver Gettell
    Like many young twentysomethings, the Los Angeles Film Festival has experimented with its identity as it's grown up, often screening scrappy indies, serious-minded documentaries and splashy studio pictures side by side. For its 21st installment, which takes place Wednesday through June 18 and is sponsored by The Times ...
  • 15 Fun Facts You May Not Have Known About The Goonies For Its 30th Anniversary

    06/06/2015 6:54:33 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 76 replies
    Sunday will mark a tremendous occasion in the world of pop culture and cult classic movies. June 7 is the 30th anniversary of the Richard Donner-directed, never-say-die movie with an all-star cast, The Goonies. Hitting theaters on June 7, 1985, the film is still a favorite of so many people today and starred a number of names that went on to huge things. Lets take a look at some fun facts and trivia that you may never have known about The Goonies.
  • 'Jaws' turns 40: Five reasons it wouldn't work today

    05/31/2015 7:05:35 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 89 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 31, 2015 | Steve Tilley
    It might be safe to go in the water now. Monday marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Jaws, director Steven Spielbergs tale of a great white shark terrorizing a picturesque seaside town. Its a bona fide classic, deserving of all the praise it gets. But its also something of a relic, a throwback to a simpler time in moviemaking when we were less cynical and more easily frightened. For all the monster movie remakes being trotted out this decade, its actually not surprising we havent seen Jaws sequel since 1987s Jaws: The Revenge (and not just because that...
  • Superman's Dark Past

    05/24/2015 12:15:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 24, 2015 | Charles Moss
    Since the official teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted online in April, fans and critics alike have been discussing the kind of Superman Zack Snyder is going to depict in his Man of Steel sequel. The controversy stems from Snyder's decision to cast Superman as a brooding, Dark Knight-like character, who cares more about beating up bad guys than saving people. The casting split has proved divisive among Superman fans: Some love the new incarnation, citing him as an edgier, more realistic version of the character. But Snyder's is a different Superman than the one fans...
  • 'The Bronx Bull' is another shot at the story of boxer Jake LaMotta

    04/24/2015 10:34:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 23, 2015 | Theresa Walker
    ... [Jake] LaMotta has been the subject of several books, a film considered one of the greatest in American cinema, and a failed stage show called "Lady and the Champ." Now there's a second feature film about his life, this one titled "LaMotta: The Bronx Bull." LaMotta will be in Orange County on Saturday when the new movie, produced by Irvine-based Main Street Films, premieres as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival ...
  • BREAKING: Star Trek XIII to be titled Star Trek Beyond

    04/22/2015 2:40:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 117 replies ^ | April 21, 2015 | Kayla Iacovino
    It appears that Star Trek Beyond may be the title of the upcoming Star Trek film, lucky number 13 in the franchise. As far as the storyline is concerned, the title suggests that the new film will venture farther out into the galaxy than we have seen in the previous two Abrams films, as co-writer Simon Pegg has been hinting at for some time now.
  • NBFF's Horror 2015 Showcase Gives Love to Indie Films

    04/16/2015 10:50:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | April 16, 2015 | Aimee Murillo
    It has been years since audiences have been given a horror movie that wasn't a carbon copy of another filmbig-budget film producers aren't exactly flowing with ideas. Thankfully, the Horror Showcase at the Newport Beach Film Festival, running April 23-30, aims to counter that fatigue with a new crop of filmmakers outside of the Hollywood milieu, presenting seven short films and one feature film that not only break the mold of clichs, but also eat their brains . . . or something. Because if there's one thing we can be mindful of, it's that some of the best, most memorable...
  • Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Orson Welles' Centennial

    04/16/2015 10:18:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | April 15, 2015 | Matt Coker
    1. Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915. 2. As a filmmaker, his three greatest pictures, in order, are Touch of Evil (1958), Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). 3. Ah, yes, but Citizen Kane tops many lists as the greatest film of all time (with Welles filling the top slot on many directing lists). The fictional story of a megalomaniac newspaper magnate (loosely based on William Randolph Hearst) and innocence lost is indeed a masterpiece . . . albeit a dated one. Newspaper magnates? Not in this century, bub. 4. John Houseman wrote in his 1972...
  • Richard Dysart, the Patriarchal Senior Partner of 'L.A. Law,' Dies at 86

    04/09/2015 2:49:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 9, 2015 | Mike Barnes , Duane Byrge
    Richard Dysart, the Emmy-winning actor who portrayed the cranky senior partner Leland McKenzie in the slick, long-running NBC drama L.A. Law, has died. He was 86.Dysart, who also played Coach in the original 1972 Broadway production of Jason Millers Pulitzer Prize-winning That Championship Season, died Sunday at home in Santa Monica after a long illness, his wife, artist Kathryn Jacobi, told The Hollywood Reporter ...He ... was the bad guy who battled Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider ...
  • Geoffrey Lewis, Western Star and Juliette Lewis' Dad, Dies at 79

    04/08/2015 9:06:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 59 replies
    People ^ | April 8, 2015
    Geoffrey Lewis, the father of actress Juliette Lewis, has died. He was 79 ... Lewis was well known for his appearances in western films and his roles in multiple Clint Eastwood movies ... He also had various television credits on popular series ...
  • Czech Oscar-nominated cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek dies

    03/30/2015 6:22:35 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    CTK ^ | March 29, 2015 | CTK
    Czech cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek, who was nominated for Oscar twice and cooperated with Czech-born director Milos Forman, died on Saturday evening at the age of 80, Martha Issova, partner of his son David, told CTK today. Ondricek is famous in the Czech Republic and abroad primarily for his cooperation with Forman in Czechoslovakia and in the United States. Both film-makers are leading personalities of the Czech New Film Wave of the 1960s.
  • Gene Saks, Tony-Winning Director of Neil Simon Hits, Dies at 93

    03/29/2015 8:18:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | Bruce Weber
    Gene Saks, an actor who switched to stage and film directing in midcareer, winning three Tony Awards and becoming the leading interpreter of the plays of Neil Simon, died on Saturday at his home in East Hampton, N.Y. He was 93.
  • It Follows is the scariest American horror movie in years

    03/13/2015 10:54:15 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 70 replies
    Vox ^ | March 13, 2015 | Todd VanDerWerff
    ... The central conceit of It Follows, the excellent new horror film from director David Robert Mitchell, sounds eerie the first time you hear it, but it only gets more frightening every time you think about it. And the movie goes out of its way to give you reasons to think about just how horrifying it would be for this to play out in real life ... It Follows is a movie about a curse. While you're cursed, you will be stalked, mercilessly, by an entity that can take any form including that of someone you love and...
  • Tim Burton to direct Disney's new Dumbo movie starring a mix of computer generated and live [tr]

    03/10/2015 1:46:42 PM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2015 | Staff
    Tim Burton is to direct Disney's live action remake of the 1941 classic Dumbo. The iconic cartoon will be remade as a live-action movie with computer generated characters playing the big-eared elephant and his family. To bring the movie into the 21st century, a family story will be added to reflect dumbo's journey.
  • Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014

    03/03/2015 5:44:10 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 11, 2015 |
    2014 brought us a number of great filmsdont expect to see any of them mentioned here. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 worst movies of 2014.
  • Paramount In Talks To Acquire Rights To Sci-Fi Classic 'The Stars My Destination'

    03/02/2015 3:26:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Deadline|Hollywood ^ | February 27, 2015 | Anita Busch
    EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is talks to acquire feature-film rights for the classic sci-fi novel The Stars My Destination for producer Mary Parent. Written by Alfred Bester, the book (better known as Tiger! Tiger! in the U.K. for its opening-page reprint of a William Blake poem) follows a man who is shipwrecked in space for years when one day a rescue crew passes him by. Angered, he channels his energies into seeking revenge and begins scheming. The key art of the book is enough to get anyone intrigued.
  • 2015 Oscars: Nominees - 87th Academy Awards Nominations

    02/22/2015 10:40:20 AM PST · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    The Oscars ^ | February 22, 2015
    ABC - Tune In Live Sunday Feb 24 7e|4p Nominees -- The 87th Academy Award Nominations for the 2015 Oscars
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E - Official Trailer (2015) Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill Movie [HD]

    02/16/2015 2:44:44 PM PST · by Perdogg · 61 replies
    The Man from U.N.C.L.E - Official Trailer (2015) Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill Movie
  • Happy birthday, John Williams, film composer, born February 8, 1932

    02/08/2015 12:49:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 76 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | February 8, 2015
    Today marks the 83rd birthday of the great film composer John Williams, whose scores have garnered numerous wins and nominations for Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Grammy Awards. Wikipedia IMDb John Williiams Fan NetworkThe John Williams Collection
  • Jupiter Ascending is so bad its almost good (photos)

    An instant candidate for the so-bad-its-sort-of-great hall of fame, Jupiter Ascending is totally bonkers, a sort of black-velvet-Elvis mash-up of Star Wars and every other sci-fi/fantasy movie of the past half-century right up to The Hunger Games. Look, theres Mila Kunis as another chosen one, spending 10 percent of the movie cleaning toilets! A shirtless Channing Tatum in Mr. Spock ears, trying to pretend he doesnt love Kunis! And poor Eddie Redmayne up for Best Actor for The Theory of Everything flamboyantly camping it up (oops, Oscar voting begins Friday) as an intergalactic real-estate mogul-cum-mass-murderer bent on marrying...
  • Oscars: 'The Imitation Game' Finally Plays the Gay Card

    01/31/2015 10:37:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/29/15 | Gregg Kilday
    The Weinstein Co. originally promoted The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, as a period thriller that paid tribute to Alan Turing, the father of modern computing. But on Jan. 19, appearing on CBS This Morning, Harvey Weinstein introduced a new tactic, arguing that though Turing received a royal pardon in 2013 for his 1952 conviction for gross indecency because of his homosexuality, he deserves to be honored by the British government. He added the government also should pardon the thousands of British citizens convicted under laws forbidding homosexuality, which wasn't decriminalized in the U.K. until 1967. Weinstein, who was named...
  • What 'American Sniper' Got Right and Wrong, According to SEAL Who Helped Train Chris Kyle

    01/23/2015 9:10:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    ABC News - Good Morning America ^ | January 23, 2015 | Lee Ferran
    When Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL sniper instructor who helped train Chris Kyle, first watched "American Sniper," he was disappointed in the movie about his former student and friend. "I had high expectations and I have to say, when I first watched the movie, I felt really let down, for a number of reasons," Webb told ABC News Thursday. "It's hard to capture someone's life in two hours, and I get that, but I felt the film could have been, should have been, a military epic on the scale of a 'Saving Private Ryan.'" But Webb said when he...
  • A Veterans View of American Sniper (Guest Column)

    01/16/2015 7:49:10 PM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Variety ^ | January 16, 2015 | Paul Rieckhoff
    Ive seen just about every film about the Iraq War ever made. Ive produced and associate produced a few. I even appeared in one (for about a millisecond). And without a doubt, American Sniper is the single best work of film about the Iraq War ever made. Now, its not the most complex film. Not the deepest film. Not even the most provocative. But in terms of storytelling, action, emotion, production and performance, attention to detail and especially the frighteningly accurate soundscape, theres been nothing else close thats been made since my platoon entered the war in Iraq in 2003....
  • Life Itself, a Documentary: Life Itself, a Film About Roger Ebert, Airs on CNN (tonight)

    01/04/2015 12:09:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 3, 2015 | Neil Genzlinger
    A simple biography of the film critic Roger Ebert would have made for a full documentary, but the director Steve James set the bar much higher with Life Itself. The film, receiving its television premiere Sunday night on CNN, covers the life and career of Mr. Ebert, who died in 2013 ...
  • Unbroken: Angelina Jolies great (and boring) blow for Hollywood feminism

    12/27/2014 6:33:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 179 replies
    Salon ^ | December 26, 2014 | Andrew O'Hehir
    Lets imagine, for a moment, that Unbroken had been directed by somebody who wasnt Angelina Jolie. It easily could have been. This tale of wartime adventure and survival, adapted from Laura Hillenbrands nonfiction bestseller, definitely called for a big-name Hollywood director, but it would have been highly plausible maybe more plausible as a project for Ron Howard or Ridley Scott or Steven Spielberg or Clint Eastwood than as the second film for the star-turned-director best known as the female half of the worlds most famous celebrity couple. Would it be getting less attention if one of those guys...
  • 'Interstellar,' 'The Interview,' And The Most Disappointing Films Of 2014

    12/26/2014 9:25:57 AM PST · by EveningStar · 87 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 26, 2014 | Scott Mendelson
    These ten films are not remotely the worst films of 2014, but their respective artistic failures were the most disappointing. This is arguably the most subjective list of my year-end wrap up, with the caveat that of course all of my "best/worst" lists are as subjective as any critical analysis. None of the films on this list belong anywhere near a "worst-of" rundown, but in some ways they were more explicitly dissatisfying than the actual films I chose as the "worst" or "least favorite" films of 2014. Some were genuinely bad, some were mostly good save for a few key...
  • 'American Sniper' review: Clint Eastwood shows off his best directing chops

    12/24/2014 10:50:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 23, 2014 | Justin Craig
    Clint Eastwood returns to form with American Sniper, his best directorial effort since his one-two shot hits Mystic River (2003) and Million Dollar Baby. (2004) Based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyles autobiography, American Sniper is an introspective yet incredibly intense look at Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the SEALs most lethal sniper, throughout his four tours of duty in Iraq. Kyle quickly became famous as Americas most deadly sniper, becoming a legend among fellow American soldiers as well as an infamous target by the Iraqi insurgents. Eastwoods film shifts between the mutual manhunt between Kyle and a savage insurgent leader...
  • Joseph Sargent, Director of 'The Taking of Pelham One Two Three,' Dies at 89

    12/23/2014 12:05:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 22, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    Joseph Sargent, who directedThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three and MacArthur for the big screen and captured three Emmys for his telefilm work, died Monday at his home in Malibu from the lung disease COPD, publicist Dick Guttman announced. He was 89 ... In addition to the taut New York City subway hostage drama The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) starring Walter Matthau and the 1977 biopic MacArthur toplined by Gregory Peck, Sargentdirected the features The Hell With Heroes (1968) starring Rod Taylor; White Lightning (1973) with Burt Reynolds; and Jaws: The Revenge (1987) ... He gained...
  • Before 'Spectre,' Revisiting James Bond's Theme Music to Date

    12/07/2014 7:03:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 7, 2014 | Graeme McMillan
    Thursdays big announcement for the 24th James Bond movie Spectre, to be directed by Skyfalls Sam Mendes, and once again featuringDaniel Craig as the British super spy sadly lacked details of the most important element of any Bond movie. No, not the Bond girl. The Bond theme. From Dr. No on, each Bond movie has had a distinctive theme that attempts to set the stage for whats to come. At their best, the songs are as dramatic and exciting as the movies themselves, but well, lets just say that not every song is at its best and leave...