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  • 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 · 124 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,...
  • 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...