The beginning of the weekend brings sad news as veteran character actor Harry Dean Stanton died at age 91.
Harry Dean Stanton wasn’t a name that many audience members would know unless they were huge cinephiles, but he was a welcome presence in any film, often playing bit parts in various movies and TV shows over the years, effortlessly bringing them to life with his signature succinct charm. If you need a better idea of how great Stanton was at his job, film critic Roger Ebert once said, “No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.”
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Posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
If the two Expendables movies were Arnold Schwarzenegger dipping his toe back into the acting pool, Kim Jee-woon‘s The Last Stand is him taking a cannonball dive back in. The former governor of California soaks in the spotlight as Ray Owens, a small-town sheriff who becomes the last guy standing between a ruthless cartel leader (Eduardo Noriega) and the Mexican border.
This being Arnold, of course that involves heavy-duty weaponry and some cheesy one-liners. The latest (and probably last) trailer earns a red-band rating for some gleeful violence and some naughty words. Watch it after the jump.
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The Avengers hits DVD and Blu-ray next month, packed with deleted scenes, videos and images that lift the hood on the third biggest film of all time. One of the first deleted scenes has now come online and it’s 56 more seconds of Mark Ruffalo‘s Bruce Banner. That’s the good news. The bad news? You can easily see why it was deleted. Either way, it’s more of Joss Whedon‘s superhero sensation and that’s always appreciated. Check out the clip below. Read More »
Celebrity Twitter accounts make some first-look reveals pretty easy. I’m surprised it has taken this long for Arnold Schwarzenegger to tweet out a cast photo from his new action movie The Last Stand. And I’ll say this: in this pic at least, he looks the part of an aged lawman who has retreated to a sheriff post in a small down. That’s Jamie Alexander with Arnie in the header pic; see the full image below for a glimpse of Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville as well. Read More »
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Today Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil) begins shooting his English language debut, The Last Stand. The film is notable for being the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to a starring role. Arnie plays a former LAPD officer now working as a small-town sheriff, who has to deal with a drug kingpin who is fleeing to Mexico and will pass right through his town.
The obligatory ‘start of production’ press release is below, complete with the same plot synopsis we’ve had for a while. Along with that is the announcement of a few actors who are part of the film, including Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, and one of my personal faves, Harry Dean Stanton. Read More »
So far, I’ve been more than a little mystified over images from This Must Be the Place, in which Sean Penn plays an aging musician who looks very much like The Cure’s Robert Smith. The big hair, lipstick and eyeliner aren’t doing Sean Penn many favors, and with each image — that’s the first official one, above — I’ve wondered about the fate of the film.
But Paolo Sorrentino‘s film does have serious aspirations, as that Robert Smith-like character is trying to track down the one-time Nazi who tortured his father. Now there is a montage of footage from the film, set to one of the song’s by the main character’s fictional band, and the stuff looks pretty great. Suddenly I can’t wait to see This Must Be the Place. Check out the clip after the break. Read More »
Are you smart, a bit weird and in love with movies? Then Rango is the animated film for you. Hell, it wants to be you. This often delightful western re-teams director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp; for a treasure trove of anthropomorphized animal characters and animated eye candy that (gasp!) eschews the 3D fad for gold old-fashioned 2D. Rango‘s love of movies — and reliance on one classic in particular — may go a little overboard in the end, but I can hardly fault Gore Verbinski for making something that dares to be odd, and plays to the audience in his own head rather than a studio focus group. You won’t see an animated Hunter S. Thompson in a DreamWorks film. Read More »
Our Cali pals at Freshjive sent over two shirts to /Film from their 2010 Spring Collection featuring stark, eye piercing portraits of Harry Dean Stanton and Dennis Hopper. Spring is in the air and we look forward to rocking the proverbial shit out of these $26 tees watching random airings of Meatballs—which sure, starred neither actor—with take-out margaritas and the windows open. Like all of Freshjive’s new product, the shirts are not branded and are available for purchase at their online storefront. Check out the Hopper shirt and more details after the jump. Also, we’d be remiss not to note that Stanton is scheduled to appear at the New Beverly in L.A. on March 28 for a screening of Repo Man.
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If a male filmmaker desires to throw up grim truth and reality before the eyes of moviegoers and also swoon critics, many of whom subsist on darker themes, he will at some point consider making a film about war or prison. There are no greater immediate settings for tapping perennial sentiments of a mad world, or for demystifying masculinity by scraping it and reducing it to a primal essence. Unlike the ambitious gangster or mob film, reputable prison dramas tend to feature a protagonist that is closer to us, a person thrown to hell rather than embodying it, nakedly amidst wolves as opposed to running with them. (Ironic, given these characters’ punishments at the hands of society and/or government.)
Engrossing and well-crafted but formulaic and borderline genre-fare, A Prophet is the latest prison film to follow this mold and punch its way creatively outward. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, A Prophet has landed on a number of top 10 lists for 2009; with a domestic release forthcoming, we’ll likely see its inclusion on many of this year’s as well.
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