Entertainment

It’s Time for Stunt Work to be Recognized by The Academy

I’m fortunate to work in action and with stunts, behind the camera. The stunt community is comprised of all kinds of talent — drivers, motorcycle riders, gymnasts, fighters, parkour, Cirque du Soleil acrobats and much more. They are the best of the best! I’ve been even more fortunate to train and work with the best stunt coordinators, innovators, riggers and performers in Hollywood. Most audiences, and even film critics, aren’t aware that action sequences are created by a separate team of technicians and performers. On Hollywood films, action is shot by a second-unit crew, with its own director and sometimes over 200 crew members. Prolific second-unit directors Read More

Patrick Stewart open to a Quentin Tarantino R-rated Star Trek movie

Quentin Tarantino might be heading to space — and if so, Patrick Stewart might come along for the ride. Earlier this week, it was reported that Tarantino has pitched an idea for an R-rated Star Trek movie, with an eye to direct. Now, one of the series’ most iconic captains is weighing in on the possibility — and whether Jean-Luc Picard may make an appearance. “People are always saying to me, ‘Will you be Jean-Luc Picard again?’ And I cannot think that would be possible, but there are ways in which something like that might come about,” Stewart told The Hollywood Reporter at the Dubai International Film Festival. “But one of Read More

These Are The Best Designed Movie Posters of the 2017 Season

1. mother! Darren Aronofsky’s divisive nightmare boasted a number of very striking posters this year, including one that blatantly yet beautifully pastiched the iconic Gips/Frankfurt design for Rosemary’s Baby and another in which Jennifer Lawrence’s face is minutely cracked like a porcelain doll. But it is this first teaser poster for the film, by the extraordinary artist James Jean, that stands out for me not only as a surreally appropriate representation of Aronofsky’s uncompromising vision, but as the best movie poster of the year. Grotesque and gorgeous, and dotted with hidden clues, Jean’s looks more like a piece of devotional iconography than a poster for a horror Read More

Sphinx from 90-year-old movie set unearthed in California

Archaeologists have unearthed a perfectly intact 300-pound plaster Egyptian sphinx at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes — part of Cecil B. DeMille’s 95-year-old movie set. “The piece is unlike anything found on previous digs,” said Doug Jenzen, Executive Director of the Dunes Center. “The majority of it is preserved by sand with the original paint still intact.  This is significant and shows that we’re still learning unexpected facets to film historical movie production such as the fact that objects in black and white films were actually painted extremely intense colors.” DeMille, known for his epic films and cinematic showmanship, ordered the construction of a lavish Egyptian set for his Read More

TV Legend: Was WKRP’s Famous Turkey Drop Based in Reality?

TV URBAN LEGEND: The famous “WKRP in Cincinnati” turkey drop was based on an actual turkey drop. Probably the most famous thanksgiving episode of any television sitcom is “Turkeys Away,” from the first season of “WKRP in Cincinnati.” The series was about a struggling radio station that changed formats from easy listening to rock and roll. The conflict (and thus, the comedy) came from the contrast between the people who worked for the station beforehand, bumbling but kindhearted station manager Arthur Carlson (Gordon Jump), sleazy ad salesman Herb Tarlek (Frank Bonner) and timid news reporter Les Nessman (Richard Sanders) and the new, young and hip hires, program Read More

WHAT TO WATCH FOR VETERANS’ DAY: KEN BURNS’S “THE VIETNAM WAR”

If you’re looking for a quiet at home way to homage to the troops this Veterans’ Day, then tune in to PBS and learn a few things from master filmmaker Ken Burns. It’s free! The Vietnam War broadcasts on your local PBS station, and is available for streaming on the web (desktop or mobile) and PBS apps for smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Burns worked as a cinematographer for the BBC, Italian television, and others, and in 1977, having completed some documentary short films, he began work on adapting David McCullough‘s book The Great Bridge, about the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Developing a Read More

THE HAROLD AND MAUDE JAGUAR E-TYPE HEARSE: A TRUE UNDERTAKING

Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic black comedy drama directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot that revolves around the exploits of a young man named Harold (Bud Cort) intrigued with death. Harold drifts away from the life that his detached mother (Vivian Pickles) prescribes for him, and slowly develops a strong friendship, and eventually a romantic relationship, with a 79-year-old woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon) who teaches Harold about living life to its fullest and that life is the most precious gift of all. Critically and commercially unsuccessful when originally Read More

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Announces Halloween Candy Buy-Back Benefit

Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is launching a Halloween Candy Buy Back, which will ship uneaten Halloween candy to troops overseas in conjunction with the Soldiers’ Angels’ Treats for Troops Program. The production encourages trick-or-treaters to bring their unconsumed candy to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 5, from 10am-11:30am for donation. The first 50 people to donate 5 pounds (or more) of their candy will receive a pair of tickets to that evening’s 6:30pm performance. All others who donate a minimum of 1 pound of candy will receive a special Golden Ticket offer.   Based on the classic Roald Dahl novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Read More

WTF Is Happening In Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’?

There’s a theory that if everything in life were perfect, we wouldn’t need art. We create because the world is imperfect, or, depending on what you believe, because we have made it so. Art exists because it’s our way of answering big questions and inspiring even more. Movies, in particular, function as societal mirrors; we project ourselves onto the characters playing out on screen, comparing their actions to our own: Are they acting immorally? Why did they make that decision when there were so many other, better ones? What would I do in their situation? What, then, are we to make of a movie like Darren Aronofsky’s Read More

Frank Vincent, Legendary Mob Actor on ‘The Sopranos,’ Dies at 78

The legendary bad guy also played toughs for Martin Scorsese in ‘Raging Bull,’ ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Casino.’ Frank Vincent, who played the vicious mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos, has died. He was 78. Vincent died of complications from heart surgery in New Jersey, TMZ reported. Vincent also portrayed tough guys for director Martin Scorsese in Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas(1990) — as the real-life Gambino gangster Billy Batts, he with the memorable line, “Go home and get your shine box!” — and Casino (1995). On HBO’s The Sopranos, Leotardo often butted heads with James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano as he eventually rose to become boss of the Lupertazzi crime family. Read More