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  • Leonardo DiCaprio spotlights urgency of climate crisis in new film (only 11.57 years left)

    06/16/2019 6:20:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/11/19 | Brian Lowry
    **SNIP** If there's any area where star power seems to be put to the most effective use, it's the documentary, where attaching names like Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold Schwarzenegger helps projects that might evaporate into the ether get on the media's radar. DiCaprio weighs in this week with "Ice on Fire," a better-than-most film on the topic that gets beyond the dire warnings to contemplating what can actually be done to help turn, or at least significantly curb, the tide. For his part, Schwarzenegger plays the same role on "Wonders of the Sea," a project exploring the oceans made in...
  • Gerard Butler is an American hero turned fugitive in the first Angel Has Fallen trailer.

    06/07/2019 1:18:06 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 4 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 05/16/19 | Derek Lawrence
    Wherever Mike Banning goes, cities fall. But this time it’s his turn. Last month, EW debuted a first look at Angel Has Fallen, the sequel to hit action films Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen. And now, EW has the exclusive trailer for Gerard Butler’s third go-around as the ever-faithful Secret Service agent. As seen in the trailer, Morgan Freeman’s Allan Trumbull has succeeded President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and put Mike (Butler) in charge of the Secret Service. “We really hadn’t had much screen time together,” Butler tells EW of working with Freeman. “But we very quickly established these...
  • Documentary on Catholic Priests Using Nuns as "Sex Slaves" Pulled After Court Challenge

    05/01/2019 12:53:55 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 21 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | Aprilt 30, 2019 | Scott Roxborough
    Caption: 'Sex Slaves in the Catholic Church' German-French channel Arte says it will fight to overturn a court injunction that prevents it from rebroadcasting the documentary, which accuses rogue priests of sexually abusing French nuns. A French television documentary that accuses Catholic priests of sexually abusing nuns has been pulled from the French-German television channel Arte after a priest filed a complaint with a German court. French director Marie-Pierre Raimbault and investigative journalist Eric Quintin shot the documentary, Sex Slaves in the Catholic Church, over three years, basing it on firsthand testimony of nuns who claim they were used as...
  • Jesus is Not the Joker (Mary Magdalene movie review)

    04/20/2019 4:55:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | April 20, 2019 | Kyle Smith
    Mary Magdalene suffers from a miscast Joaquin Phoenix, drab visuals, and a muddled message. Actors love to think they can play anything, but the job of any half-decent filmmaker is to tell them when they’re not right for a part. If the Rock wants to play Kurt Cobain, try to talk him out of it. Adam Sandler as King Lear is not a great match. And then there’s Joaquin Phoenix. He’s playing Jesus Christ in the new film Mary Magdalene. In certain situations, Phoenix is a capable actor. I believe he would excel as a meth head, or as a...
  • Bibi Andersson, Luminous Presence in Bergman Films, Dies at 83

    04/14/2019 2:10:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 14, 2019 | Anita Gates
    Bibi Andersson, the luminous Swedish actress who personified first purity and youth, then complexity and disillusionment, in 13 midcentury Ingmar Bergman films, died on Sunday in Stockholm. She was 83... Her emotionally complex role in “Persona” (1966), the film that made her acting reputation, was one of the great stereotype reversals in film history, a definite departure for the thirtyish Ms. Andersson, who had begun acting in her teens. Before that film, Bergman had given her roles “symbolizing simple, girlish things,” she told The New York Times in 1977. “I used to be called a ‘professional innocent.’” ...
  • Hollywood at war: Thousands of writers told to axe agents at midnight [April 12, 2019]

    04/14/2019 12:19:41 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 34 replies
    Axios ^ | April 12, 2019 | Sara Fischer
    The Writers Guild of America says it has instructed its 13,000 members to fire their talent agents at midnight on Saturday, unless their agents sign a new "Code of Conduct" agreement that promises they will do away with packaging fees and their stakes in production companies. The bottom line: Most of the Guild's writers agree with the Code of Conduct, but most of the agents who represent them don't. The hope was that the 2 sides would come up with a compromise before the current negotiations expired on Friday. Without a deal, Hollywood is stuck in a messy limbo that...
  • Seymour Cassel, Familiar Face in Cassavetes Films, Dies at 84

    04/09/2019 1:55:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 8, 2019 | Duane Byrge , Mike Barnes
    He earned an Oscar nomination for 'Faces,' was Moskowitz to Gena Rowlands' Minnie and appeared in three Wes Anderson movies. Seymour Cassel, the Oscar-nominated John Cassavetes regular whose wily glint, weathered look and versatile talent made him an admired character actor, has died. He was 84. Cassel died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications from Alzheimer's disease, his son, Matt, told The Hollywood Reporter. Cassel also was a favorite of Wes Anderson, who cast the irascible actor in Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004).
  • Requiem for 4,000 Fox Jobs Lost -- Welcome to the New Hollywood

    03/28/2019 10:23:16 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 87 replies
    The Wrap ^ | March 24, 2019 | Sharon Waxman
    To have fought your way into the dream machine, only to find that after years of quality work there is no job for you -- that is a harsh blow and a sign of our era How do you take the measure of 4,000 jobs lost in an industry with the size and scope of Hollywood? That's the number of pink slips being handed by Disney to Fox employees now that the merged mega-studio won't need them anymore. Four. Thousand. Jobs. It's undoubtedly the largest layoff from a single entertainment company in a generation -- maybe ever -- a fact...
  • Larry Cohen, Writer-Director of 'It's Alive' and 'Hell Up in Harlem,' Dies at 77

    03/24/2019 12:01:39 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 24, 2019 | Chris Koseluk
    He thrived making low-budget horror and blaxploitation films after creating the 1960s TV series 'Branded' and 'The Invaders.' Larry Cohen, the avant-garde writer and director who made his mark in the horror and blaxploitation genres with such innovative cult classics as It's Alive, God Told Me To, Black Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem, has died. He was 77. Cohen died Saturday night in Los Angeles surrounded by loved ones, his friend, actor and publicist Shade Rupe, told The Hollywood Reporter. The older brother of late Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen — she got her start promoting his early films —...
  • Dev Patel's 'Hotel Mumbai' removed from New Zealand theatres after Christchurch mosque attacks

    03/18/2019 12:49:56 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    DNA ^ | March 18, 2019 | DNA Web Team
    Dev Patel's movie Hotel Mumbai has been pulled from New Zealand cinemas in the wake of the recent attacks at a mosque in Christchurch. Starring the Oscar-nominated actor, along with Armie Hammer, Anupam Kher and Jason Isaacs in pivotal roles, Hotel Mumbai is based on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which left more than 160 people dead. It displays the story of Taj Hotel staff that risked their lives to keep the guests and other people safe during one of the darkest days for the financial capital of India. According to a report by NZ Herald, Icon Film Distribution released...
  • Netflix Has Turned Its Back on Latinos

    03/17/2019 12:13:55 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 60 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 17, 2019 | Vanessa Erazo
    The cancellation of "One Day at a Time" hurts in a way the diversity numbers can't fully convey. In Netflix's Cuban-American family sitcom, "One Day at a Time," Rita Moreno's punchy one-liners are a complete delight. Justina Machado, who stars as single mom Penelope Alvarez, triggers a sobfest every time she delivers an utterly vulnerable monologue. The series tackles issues from homophobia to colorism with sensitivity and insight, and offers Latinos -- members of a woefully underserved demographic -- the chance to see ourselves, warts and all, while still reliably delivering laughs and earning rave reviews. Aside from being a...
  • A Peerless ‘War and Peace’ Film Is Restored to Its Former Glory

    03/12/2019 3:17:10 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb 2019 | Joshua Barone
    It is no exaggeration to say that Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1960s adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy novel “War and Peace” is a singular feat of filmmaking that can never be repeated. If it were, a director would have to match the resources at Bondarchuk’s disposal — a virtually unlimited budget, props from Russia’s great museums, thousands of extras from the Soviet army — and engineer sprawling battle sequences using no computer-generated effects. The extraordinary support behind “War and Peace” is apparent in every lavish frame of its seven-plus hours, and it is staggering to witness — even more so in the...
  • Bullitt Car Chase Scene

    02/25/2019 1:50:26 PM PST · by ETL · 52 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jun 10, 2013
    Bullitt Car Chase Scene: ~ 7 min
  • The 2019 Oscars got (slightly) better ratings without a host (Second Lowest Rated of all time)

    02/25/2019 4:07:52 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 20 replies
    AV Club ^ | February 25, 2019 | Shannon Miller
    When the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences decided to end the relentless parade of host-related Oscars drama by simply doing the show without one, there were concerns as to whether or not the choice would negatively impact the ratings. As it turns out, the absence of a central person to spout toothless jokes and bother the audience actually might have played a part in this year’s ratings boost. The 91st Annual Academy Awards garnered a 7.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 29.6 million viewers this past Sunday. To compare: Last year’s show only saw a 6.8 rating and...
  • What You Did Not Miss At The Oscars

    02/25/2019 7:58:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/25/2019 | Bruce Bawer
    Who watches the Academy Awards anymore? Movies are worse than ever. TV is better than ever. Who wants to go to a movie theater nowadays and worry about picking up bedbugs from the seats, having a rat scurry up your leg in the dark, or getting into a fracas with some psycho over the armrest? I haven’t seen any of the films nominated for an Oscar this year, and didn’t even realize the Oscars were being televised last night until a couple of hours before the show came on. But I watched it anyway. Not because I cared who...
  • 'Tolkien' Trailer For J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic Puts A Ring On it

    02/20/2019 9:52:46 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 53 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 20 February 2019 | Ron Dicker
    Yes, my precious, the preview will stoke your appetite for the upcoming adventure about the fantasy-writing author. ...
  • Number of Films With Female Leads Hit Record Levels in 2018

    02/12/2019 8:19:03 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 46 replies
    Variety ^ | February 12, 2019 | Brent Lang
    From “A Quiet Place” to “A Star is Born,” studios backed more films with female leads in 2018, according to new research. Out of the top 100-grossing movies, 40 films had women in central roles as either the main character or the co-lead, according to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. That represented an increase of eight films from the previous year and 20 movies from 2007. It is the highest percentage of female-driven films in 12 years. Hollywood has been under public pressure in recent years to tell more stories that feature women and people of color. Some of that...
  • Today’s Democratic Party Platform Exposed (1951 Movie : I Was A Communist For The FBI)

    02/06/2019 7:15:33 AM PST · by lefty-lie-spy · 11 replies ^ | 1951 | Directed By Gordon Douglas
    This prescient film, and it’s radio series, also starring Frank Lovejoy, were very good predictors of what we see now from Democrats. Watch this and enjoy, and look for the radio series on old time radio podcasts or public domain repositories such as This series really does mirror what we see right now from Democrats.
  • 10 Underrated Science Fiction Movies You Must See

    01/27/2019 1:27:00 PM PST · by EveningStar · 229 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 27, 2019 | WhatCulture
    It's not all about replicants, Terminators, and galaxies far, far away.
  • Oscar nominations: ‘Roma,’ ‘Cold War’ lead a bracing foreign invasion

    01/26/2019 12:07:35 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 21 replies
    Richmond Times ^ | Jan 23, 2019 | Justin Chang
    “Roma” was just one of many foreign-language films to figure prominently in the academy’s main categories this year, a trend that may just as well stem from its recent and ongoing push to diversify its ranks. While Cuaron received a director nomination as expected, for example, he was joined by Pawel Pawlikowski for another black-and-white picture, the moody Polish romance “Cold War.” (Pawlikowski previously directed “Ida,” which won the Oscar for foreign-language film in 2015.) 2019 the first time two entirely non-English-language films have earned directing nominations since 1976, when Ingmar Bergman (“Face to Face”) and Lina Wertmüller (“Seven Beauties”)...