As I’m sure many readers here will agree, romantic comedies are generally responsible for a lot of the worst films that Hollywood has to offer. Reason being, they rarely do little more than parade about a bunch of shallow pretty people leading too-perfect lives while amusingly simplistic conflicts repeatedly tear them apart and bring them back together. The trailer for James L. Brooks‘ follow-up to Spanglish and As Good as It Gets, How Do You Know, seems to follow this formula pretty closely, and yet the trailer offers just enough to indicate it may actually be worth watching. Could this be the romantic comedy to prove that the throwaway fluff entries in the genre don’t have to be torturous?
The plot centers around “the love triangle between professional softball player Lisa Jorgenson, a corporate executive, and a major-league pitcher,” and stars Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson.
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Hollywood is even more youth-obsessed than usual of late, so the very fact that a studio might make a film that could be vaguely compared to Grumpy Old Men is enough to make me happy. Dan Fogelman, the screenwriter behind the Steve Carell / Ryan Gosling comedy that still doesn’t have a name, has a script called LASt VEGAS (spelling and caps intentional) that follows four friends from the ’50s who reunite in Vegas. An offer has reportedly gone out to Jack Nicholson to play the central role in what is already being called Grumpy Old Men meets The Hangover. Read More »
Designer Chris Dimino created a cuckoo clock themed after Stanley Kubrick‘s classic The Shining. Dimino was challenged to create a cuckoo clock in which the clock itself, the cuckoo motion, sound, and the pendulum capture a moment in time fitting these elements to a concept. The solution was the classic moment from The Shining in which Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance comes crashing through the door wielding an ax.
The clock mimics the moment from the film, and every hour Jack breaks through the door and the famous line “Here’s Johnny” plays followed by a scream by Shining co-star Shelly Duvall. Check out the full clock after the jump.
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In recent times, Adam Scott has sparkled in pop-culture for two masterful performances as manicured, modern cornholios in the Will Ferrell-endorsed comedies Step Brothers and Eastbound & Down. In the former, his character coached an obnoxious wife and kids in a caravan acapella of “Sweet Child of Mine,” while faithfully rocking a Bluetooth headset. In the latter, Scott was a delusional assistant to an assistant of a Major League Baseball team who brags to Kenny Powers that his black AmEx can purchase fellatio from the Jonas Brothers. Ironically, Scott’s character proceeds to offer sex—even with “the kids”—to recruit Powers, a karma-deal that snorts the iconic wind from Powers’s mulleted sails.
On Party Down, one of the strongest and most left-field cable series to debut last year, Scott has managed to be just as funny and biting as the lead amongst a stellar ensemble cast. His character, Henry Pollard, is an out-of-work actor riding out his prime and the recession as an L.A. caterer, a role fleshed out with drama, depression and romance. But I was still surprised to see Scott’s performance in the upcoming indie, The Vicious Kind, which recently earned him an Independent Spirit Awards nom for Best Male Lead. He’s in serious company with Jeff Bridges and Colin Firth for playing a construction worked named Caleb Sinclaire. A self-righteous, aimless man with an estranged father (J.K. Simmons) and a misogynistic albeit amusingly bleak worldview, Caleb sinks to new lows in making a hate-play on his innocent brother’s weary girlfriend (Brittany Snow).
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The Making of The Shining is one of my favorite making of documentaries for many reasons. First of all, Stanley Kubrick allowed his then-17-year-old daughter, Vivian, to make the documentary while he was in production. So it’s far different from the standard epk making of doc, and takes on more of a fly on the wall narrative – you feel like you’re there. IT does also include some sit down interviews, but even those seem less rehearsed and more authentic than most. And lastly, we get to see the filming of what many believe to be one of the best films of all time.
Originally created for the British television show BBC Arena, the documentary “offers rare insight into the shooting process of a Kubrick film.” I believe this is included on the DVD release, but I doubt most of you have seen it. And I was able to find both the doc with and without commentary on google video. Watch it embedded after the jump.
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“Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair of your chiny-chin-chin? Well then I’ll huff and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.” This Jack Nicholson / The Shining graffiti is one of the coolest pieces of film related street art I’ve ever seen.
elcome to another edition of Movie Playlist, where we talk to the writers, directors, and stars about their favorite films. I’ve always found the celebrity playlists on iTunes to be interesting. Most everyone in the film business moved to Hollywood after discovering their love of films. And I’ve always love talking to people about their favorite films. So talking to the people who make the movies about their favorite films just seemed like a natural idea.
Last week I had the chance to sit down with Robert Pattinson, star of Twilight. In the past editions of Movie Playlist, I have gotten pretty much what I’ve expected. The intellectual director usually spouts off a bunch of cool obscure films from the 1950′s and 1960′s, and actors usually focus on the careers of a few key actors. But I’ll admit, Robert’s choices were both surprising and refreshing.
/Film: What’s the movie that you’ve seen the most, do you think, in your lifetime?
Robert Pattinson: I go through periods where I just watch the same thing again and again and again. I’ve been watching this movie called Ivansxtc. It’s a Danny Huston movie. I watched it like 50 times this year.
/Film: Why were you so attracted to that film?
Robert Pattinson: If you watched it, you’d understand. It starts off kind of stupid, but it ends up being Danny Huston. It’s kind of transcendent. He lifts the whole movie. It’s like when you just see an actor and they’ve got the part of their career, and the scene and they’re not messing up. It’s an amazing, amazing movie. I don’t even think you can buy it in America.
/Film: I haven’t even heard of this one.
Robert Pattinson: I know. It’s like they don’t sell it anywhere. They sell it in England everywhere, but I can’t get it anywhere in America.
Robert Pattinson: I grew up watching lots of different Jack Nicholson movies. So, I was like kind of really into Jack Nicholson. Five Easy Pieces – I guess I’ve watched that a lot.
/Film: Why Jack Nicholson?
Robert Pattinson: I think he is literally the only actor who I can guarantee if I see a Jack Nicholson movie which I haven’t seen, even though I’ve seen them all now, but it’s like the same Jack Nicholson on a DVD box or whatever. It’s like seal of approval. So, you know that there’s something going to be worth watching about the movie. Every single thing he’s done, It’s bizarre.
/Film: You’ve never been disappointed by a Jack Nicholson film?
Robert Pattinson: Sometimes a little bit by the movie, but like there’s always something. There’s a few other actors who have quite a good track like him; maybe 90%, but like he has 100%.
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Yesterday we told you about Fantastic Fest’s geektastic party at the Timberline Lodge, the original shooting location for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. In the post I mentioned that one of the things that a Limited Edition Silkscreened Event Poster was being included in the packages. And you know how much I love Alamo’s tribute posters… The two posters are now available online. Billy Perkins and Jeff Kleinsmith (who recently when head to head on the Good Bad Ugly Posters earlier this year) have created two new posters for The Shining to celebrate the event. Both measure 24×36, and both are signed and numbered, and printed by D and L. Available on Mondotees for $30.
The Perkins print is also available in a blood red variant (seen above) for $50. Click on the designs to enlarge. And if you want one, snatch it up while you still can at Mondotees.com: Maze Poster, Blue Jack, Red Variant Jack
Completely unrelated to the Alamo/Fantastic Fest sponsored event is an art show called Artwork and No Play at the Phone Booth Gallery in Hollywood (which is running until October 31st). A number of the art pieces from the show are up for sale on PhoneBoothGallery.com, but I first want to point out the following two signed and numbered prints which are also available.
R Black’s poster for the “Artwork and No Play” show is available as a 3 color screenprint, signed and numbered (limited to 100 prints) on 18 x 24 Boise Smooth Opaque 100 pound cover stock for $49.
Kevin Tong’s “Wave of Mutilation” is available as a 2 color screenprint on 9.75 x 16.25 french paper. Signed and numbered (only 50 printed) for $40.
Check out some of the other original art available for sale after the jump.
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