Friday, December 30, 2016

Daisy Ridley's 2010 high school yearbook photo looks like it came out of the '80s

Marlene Dietrich died with nearly two thousand books in her apartment, many of which included notes where she bitched about people

Favorite uncredited movie role for a well-known actor due to the fact that it would give away a plot point by mentioning them?

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If a certain actor or actress is known for having played a certain character or a type or role in the past, their presence alone could influence the narrative. I think it never worked better than

Kevin Spacey in "Se7en," the secret was kept so well, remember kids once upon a time there was no internet, and we had no idea what to expect come the reveal of the killer. Not just that, the fact that Spacey knocked that performance out of the park and captured the creepy essence of his role just made the whole thing work magnificently well.

Also, I will always remember the first time Will Ferrell shows up in "Wedding Crashers." He was at his popularity peak by then and when he shows up, not only doesn't he make the film deteriorate, but it ends up being the funniest bit of the whole film.

Some of my favorites:

Kevin Spacey, Se7en
Alec Baldwin, Glengary Glen Ross
Gene Hackman, Young Frankenstein
Mark Hamill, The Force Awakens
Johnny Depp, 21 Jump Street
Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder
Bill Murray, Zombieland
Robert De Niro, American Hustle
Will Ferrell, Wedding Crashers
Joe Pesci, A Bronx Tale
Natalie Portman, The Darjeeling Limited
Cate Blanchett, Hot Fuzz
Samuel L Jackson, Iron Man
Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts, The Player
Pamela Anderson, Borat
Charlie Sheen, Being John Malkovich
Neil Patrick Harris, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
Bob Barker, Happy Gilmore
Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, and Steven Spielberg, Austin Powers in Goldmember

Other instances when this happened:

Johnny Depp, Fantastic Beasts
Matt Damon, Interstellar, 
Matt Damon, Zero Theorem
Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
Boris Karloff, Frankenstein
Sean Connery, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Edward Norton, Kingdom of Heaven

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ben Mendelsohn Says an "Enormously Different" Version Of ROGUE ONE Exists

"We did have multiple, multiple ways of going at any given scenario, we had multiple readings of it," the actor says.

We all know that reshoots happened with "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" We also know that Gareth Edwards got pushed aside to make way for screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who got payed more than $5 Million for them. You don't get payed that much for just rewrites. Make no mistake about it, he was part of the film-making process. 

Reshoots are an infringement on the voice of the director and only result in a jumbled heap of incohesive scenes that independently look great, but, when combined, damage the original message and limit a developed story. Add in the fact that the original director got tossed aside for another one to take over and you're bound to have a lot of extra/unused material.

For more on the production mess of "Rogue One" click HERE

It is then no surprise that Ben Mendelsohn, who plays Orson Krennic in "Rogue One," mentioned to Collider about an 'enormously different' other version of the film:

"We did have multiple, multiple ways of going at any given scenario, we had multiple readings of it,"

"So should they ever decide to, there would be a wealth of ways of approaching these different things. And I know from having seen sort of the crucial kind of scenes throughout it, I know there’s vastly different readings of at least four of those scenes.

“enormous differences within, I would’ve said 20 or 30 of the scenes. There really would be. There would be enormously different renderings.”

Given that Disney has a rule of not ever releasing a "director's cut" or an "extended edition," chances are slim that we will likely ever see the version Mendelsohn is talking about, but one can only hope that Garth Edwards' ultimate vision could somehow find a way out and the director could get artistic justice for what he originally intended to show us. Mendelsohn sure is hinting at what could have been ....

Steve Martin gets backlash about Carrie Fisher tweet, deletes it -

Damien Chazelle's LA LA LAND follow-up will have him reteam with Ryan Gosling for a Neil Armstrong Biopic

"Why did you guys build a rocket set. Where are the jazz instruments?"
"Damien this is a Neil Armstrong movie."
"Shit I thought I signed on for Louie Armstrong."

According to Variety, Damien Chazelle has just inked a deal to direct the Neil Armstrong Biopic "First Man." Ryan Gosling, his "La La Land" star, will take part in the project, most probably playing Armstrong himself. 

"Spotlight" scribe Josh Singer will write the screenplay which, again according to Variety,  will be based on "James Hansen’s biography “First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong” and tells the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969."

Good idea? I'm mixed on this being Chazelle's follow-up to "La La Land." He's built himself up a solid reputation as a director that tackles musical topics as he did in "Whiplash" and "La La Land," but, I guess, he wants to prove to the industry that he's more than just that. What made his first two films so great was the way he shot the musical sequences in such exciting, new ways. A Neil Armstrong biopic sounds bland, but, if done right, would prove he's the real deal and can tackle stuff outside his safe zone.

Poster for Wes Anderson's upcoming film, ISLE OF DOGS


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Carrie Fisher handing Mark Hamill a beer During break time on A NEW HOPE set

The 1986-2002 Paramount logo was based on a painting done by Dario Campanile. He created it in 1985 as a commission for the studio, who was celebrating it's 75th birthday the year after.

Stanley Kubrick covered in silly string by his daughter on Christmas, 1983.

Fact: 19 Of The Top 20 Highest-Grossing Films At the 2016 Box-Office Were Made Up Of Sequels, Superhero Movies, Reboots, Prequels, or Animation. Only (Non-Animated) Film That Came From An Original Idea? "Central Intelligence," Starring The Rock and Kevin Hart.

"Angels with Filthy Souls", the Gangster Movie Kevin is watching in Home Alone is actually an 80-second film shot entirely for one brief scene

Ralph Foody filming Angels with Filthy Souls for Home Alone, 1990

Is Disney going to "shamelessly CGI Carrie Fisher's face into Episode IX"?

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Anti-Scorsese Tweet That Went Viral

This tweet spawned a few days of back and forth conversation/arguments on Twitter about how Scorsese treats women in his movies. Scorsese has consistently taken on male anti-heroes in his career. Exploring the male psyche & all its fury. Now, what exactly is wrong with that? Can't Scorsese continue focusing on what has been his drive and theme for the better part of 4 decades? Can't an auteur follow was obsesses him or her and what brings out the best in their body of work? The maddening Uber-PC twitter crowd will always have something to complain about.

The never-ending question about Steven Spielberg: Is he an "auteur"?

The Brilliant NEON DEMON Credits Scene

I just caught up with "The Neon Demon" again. Is there a better movie to watch on Christmas than this one? Required viewing for all you nihilists out there. Nicolas Winding Refn's film felt immensely abrasive when I first caught it at Cannes earlier this year. Refn keeps upping the ante with every scene in such carefully crafted and precise ways. The attention to detail is so obsessive and meticulous, he's like a sick, twisted version of Wes Anderson.

You could put your TV on mute and still get caught up in its sumptuous visual imagery. Refn should have shot it as a silent film. His images feel so controlled and calculated. I know many at Cannes were headed towards the exit as the film rolled along, up until its climax, which is so jaw-dropping and in your face that I couldn't help, but be delighted by its in-your-face, middle finger wagging gesture at the audience member.

One of those surreal moments happens when the end credits occur, they totally catch you off guard. I loved it though, and watched them all the way through whereas I'm normally one of those people who leaves when the credits start rolling. 

This is a letter Robin Williams wrote to the school of his child co-star, after she was expelled for missing class to film Mrs. Doubtfire.

This is a letter Robin Williams wrote to the school of his child co-star, after she was expelled for missing class to film Mrs. Doubtfire.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

First Official Image from Pixar's next movie 'Coco'

"At the center of Pixar’s next original film, Coco, is a 12-year-old boy who’s breaking all the rules — or at least his family’s. Miguel, voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez, is a member of the shoemaking Riveras, your average Mexican family that’s completely banned music for generations. So, maybe not so average. Ever since his great-great-grandmother Imelda was left alone by her husband (who abandoned his family to pursue a life hitting high notes), there’s been a strict no-music ban in the Rivera household, upheld primarily by Miguel’s Abuela (Renee Victor). That won’t stop Miguel from pursuing his passion, having grown up idolizing the music and advice of the late singer Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). In fact, it’s his worship of De La Cruz—and a shocking discovery about him—that’s brought Miguel to the singer’s grave…and you, reader, to EW’s exclusive new first look at Coco. In the shot above, you’re catching Miguel in a beautiful, pivotal moment: He’s just committed a literal grave act and borrowed — just borrowed! — the guitar hanging in De La Cruz’s tomb. Unfortunately, it’s Dia de Muertos, and Miguel’s well-intentioned deed of grave robbery is badly-timed, and he’s about to be inadvertently sent to the Land of the Dead, where he’ll come face to face with the same great-great-relatives who banned music in his family. Just guess how happy they’ll be when they find out how he got there."

As an added note I ranked the Pixars earlier this year. That can be found right HERE.

After careful analysis, we can conclude 2002 was the year Robert De Niro stopped caring [Infographic OC]

I always believed, and still do to this day, that Robert De Niro still has a few great screen performances left in him. He showed shades of greatness as the obsessive-compulsive dad in "Silver Linings Playbook". That performance was the De Niro we knew as an actor, filling that role with layers of emotions and comedic insight. That film earned him the seventh Oscar nomination of his career. Safe for that David O. Russell film, what else has he done these last 15 years or so that would merit a mention?

Although I'm a diehard fan of his earlier work, and have been disheartened by the projects he's chosen the last two decades or so, that hasn't stopped me from following whatever projects he signs on to next because, well, I'm hopeful and know he still has it in him to deliver something special. Again, look what he did with "Silver Linings Playbook," such a comic, resonant and touching performance which earned him well-deserved praise.

The good news is that his next film will start shooting this spring and that it teams him up with Martin Scorsese, a director who has always brought out the best in De Niro ("Goodfellas," "Raging Bull," "Cape Fear," "The King of Comedy," "Mean Streets," and "Taxi Driver")

What has been your favorite post-2000 De Niro role?

These five come to mind for me: "Meet The Parents," "Silver Linings Playbook," "The Score," "Stone," and "Being Flynn."  Yes, these performances show that De Niro can still care about his craft, but they all pale in comparison to his work from the '70s, '80s and '90s.

Joan Crawford, 1932

Joan Crawford, 1932 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list


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