Jane Russell, Actress: 1921 – 2011

Jane Russell has died of respiratory failure at age 89. Famously, Russell got her start in pictures after signing a 7-year contract with Howard Hughes in 1940. Her first film for Hughes was The Outlaw which was completed in 1941 but held up for two years over problems with the production code. It had a limited (read…)

Watercooler: OscarzzzZzzZZZZZzzzzz…

The worst part about the Oscars this evening wasn’t the fact that very few nominees I was rooting for actually won. That’s not unusual. The worst part was the utter predictability of it all. A total snooze. I think the only eye raiser for me was the winner of best animated short, but then I (read…)

Black Swan is perfect at the Spirit Awards

Black Swan took Best Feature, Best Director (Darren Aronofsky), Best Female (Natalie Portman) and Best Cinematography (Matthew Libatique) at tonight’s Film Independent Spirit Awards while Winter’s Bone swept the supporting categories (Dale Dicky, John Hawkes) leaving Best Male to 127 Hours‘ James Franco. All in all these awards look to be 324% more interesting than (read…)

Trailer: Michelle Williams in “Meek’s Cutoff”

Michelle Williams reunites with her Wendy & Lucy director Kelly Reichardt for this frontier drama co-starring Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan. Stream the moody, impressionistic trailer after the jump or check it out at Apple. “The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Of Gods and Men

Of Gods and Men: Oscar nominee and LiC’s pick of the week Of Gods and Men (****). Based on the true 1996 story of a group of French monks kidnapped in Algeria, Of Gods and Men is, among other things, an examination of faith and duty. It excels because it doesn’t boil down to Christianity (read…)

Poster: Susanne Bier’s “In A Better World”

This poster for Susanne Bier’s Oscar candidate In a Better World made the rounds a few days ago. Thanks to its Golden Globe win, its favored in some quarters for the Oscar, but it’s not my favorite of the lot. It’s good. It has some powerful moments, but it’s also occasionally heavy-handed. If you missed (read…)

Trailer: Deneuve & Depardieu in Ozon’s ‘Potiche’

Apple has debuted the trailer and poster for Francois Ozon’s brightly colored late-70s-set nugget Potiche (Trophy Wife) starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Here’s the blurbage: “Set in 1977 in a provincial French town, POTICHE is a free adaptation of the 1970s eponymous hit comic play. Catherine Deneuve is Suzanne Pujol, a submissive, housebound ‘trophy (read…)

Trailer: Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats

Yahoo has the perfume ad… er I mean trailer for Xavier Dolan’s second feature, Heartbeats. Who the hell is Xavier Dolan? His first film, I Killed My Mother, made something of a splash on the festival circuit so a lot of indie watchers were waiting to see what he’d do next. Et voila. Heartbeats. I (read…)

Unlocking The 5th Annual Muriel Awards

The 5th Annual (and first memorial edition) of The Muriels began rolling out last week and I have to say I love a lot of these picks, even ones that weren’t my own personal choice. Not sure how I overlooked Greta Gerwig in my own Supporting Actress voting, but I loved her in Greenberg. She (read…)

Trailer: Gordon-Levitt, Portman & Wilson in ‘Hesher’

I’ve been curious about Hesher since it debuted at Sundance in 2009. It’s finally getting a theatrical release on April 15th and here’s the first trailer. Here’s the official blurbage: Loud music. Pornography. Burning shit to the ground. These are a few of Hesher’s favorite things.  And they are what Hesher(Joseph Gordon Levitt) brings into the lives (read…)

Watercooler: Trying to shake off the winter movie blahs. Failing.

In the face of meager movie offerings this weekend, I attempted to shake off the ennui of cinematic winter anyway. I failed. I tried goddamnit, but I failed. On Saturday I went to see the latest Liam Neeson magnum opus Unknown and it was… adequate.  If you like Neeson, he does not disappoint but damnit (read…)

Trailer: Apollo 18

This one came out yesterday courtesy of Apple. Dimension has been rushing to get Apollo 18 into theaters before everyone gets tired of the low budget “found footage” horror genre.  I doubt they’ll strike Paranormal Activity or Blair Witch gold with this one but the idea of a secret NASA moon mission encountering some kind (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Unknown looks to be the most promising bet

OK, any time they want to start releasing some good movies, I’m ready. There have been pockets of limited release goodness here and there, but otherwise 2011 has been a massive snooze so far and this week doesn’t do much to turn that trend around. Luckily, there’s plenty of good leftovers Now Playing so if (read…)

Trailer: Certified Copy

Apple has the trailer for Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy starring Juliette Binoche. It plays to the cheap seats a little bit and the film comes across as a middle of the road romantic drama. That’s OK I suppose because it’s a difficult movie to sell and this will probably reach a certain audience. Hopefully the (read…)

Art Directors Guild Panel at American Cinematheque in Hollywood

via: Press Release Oscar® Nominated Production Designers, Set Decorators In Panel at Egyptian Theater on February 26 Los Angeles, February 17, 2011…This year’s Academy Award® nominated Production Designers and Set Decorators will participate in Observation, Passion & Imagination: The Art of Production Design, A Panel Discussion at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on February 26 (read…)

Red Band Trailer: I Saw The Devil

Lee Byung-hun in I Saw The Devil, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing. IGN has the brutal red band US trailer (after the jump) for Kim Jee-woon’s serial killer/revenge flick I Saw the Devil starring Lee Byung-hun (“The Bad” in Kim’s terrific The Good, The Bad, The Weird) and Choi Min-sik (Oldboy). If (read…)

Trailer: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Hot on the heels of the poster for Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s magical, mystical Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Apple debuts the beguiling trailer. Here’s the official blurb which most likely won’t help you much. If it’s anything like Syndromes and a Century (and reviews since Cannes seem to suggest it is), it’s not (read…)

Brotherhood (2011)

Jon Foster and Trevor Morgan in Brotherhood Based on his own short film Roslyn, Will Canon’s crime thriller Brotherhood is an imperfect but promising feature debut. When a fraternity initiation ritual involving convenience store robbery goes bad, young recruit Adam finds himself stuck between his dying friend Kevin and Frank, the tyrannical frat leader who (read…)

Happy Valentine’s Day young lovers! From George, Martha and Living in Cinema

So many great scenes to choose from in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Apologies for the Portuguese subtitles, but this was the best version I could find. Also, best wishes to Elizabeth Taylor.

Kenneth Mars, Actor: 1936 – 2011

“Hitler. There was a painter. He could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon. Two coats!” Comic actor Kenneth Mars died Saturday at the age of 75 from pancreatic cancer. Watch him above in his hilarious turn as Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in Mel Brooks’ The Producers. He also had memorable roles in Butch Cassidy (read…)

Poster: Binoche in Kiarostami’s Certified Copy

The Playlist has debuted a terribly ordinary poster for a pretty extraordinary film. Making his first film outside of Iran, art house favorite Abbas Kiarostami has teamed up with Juliette Binoche for this odd, beautiful, Tuscany-set drama revolving around a gallery owner (Binoche) and an English author/expert on art forgeries (William Shimell) who fall into a (read…)

Watercooler: The BAFTAs

Even if The King’s Speech wasn’t widely regarded as the current Oscar front runner, it would be a shock to no one that it cleaned up at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts film awards this evening.  Interesting that they didn’t recognize Tom Hooper as best director though. Check out the full list (read…)

Poster: I Saw The Devil

One of the more purely entertaining movies of 2010 was Kim Jee-woon’s The Good, The Bad, The Weird so I’ve been looking forward to his serial-killer/revenge flick I Saw the Devil for quite a while. Here’s the latest poster for it and the blurb from Magnet: I SAW THE DEVIL is a shockingly violent and (read…)

Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (2011)

It turned out last year that my least favorite of the animated short Oscar nominees won the prize so I’m hesitant this year to weigh in with predictions. I think Pixar’s clever and charming Day & Night is probably a lock in this category, but don’t bet the farm on my say so. Overall this (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Cedar Rapids and the 2011 Oscar Nominated Shorts

Running behind schedule with the Weekend Forecast this week so I’m going to keep it shorter than usual. Suffice it to say I recommend you check out Ed Helms in Cedar Rapids and check local listings for the Oscar Nominated Shorts 2011. As far as the rest, you’re on your own. Cedar Rapids (****). The (read…)

Poster/Trailer: Eva Green in ‘Cracks’

Click to enlarge Jordan (daughter of Ridley) Scott’s Cracks popped on to LiC radar way back in 2009 when it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival to decent reviews. After a long time coming, the Eva Green starrer is finally landing on US shores on March 18 from IFC Films. Enjoy the blurbage, then watch (read…)

Cedar Rapids (2011)

What Cedar Rapids lacks in outright belly laughs, it makes up with an unexpected sweetness and a genuine heart

Trailer: Thurman, Angarano & Pace in ‘Ceremony’

What we have here is an indie romantic comedy with a terrific cast, but a somewhat sketchy trailer. Michael Angarano was terrific in the underrated Snow Angels and also pretty good in the even more underrated Forbidden Kingdom (yes, I know. Shut up). Uma Thurman is always good in the right things, but never necessarily (read…)

Trailer: Clive Owen & Catherine Keener in Trust

Apple has the official trailer for the Be Afraid of the Internet drama Trust starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener as the parents of a teenager who uses her new computer to meet a boy online – but of course the boy turns out not to be exactly what he seems. David Schwimmer directs. I (read…)

Poster: Weerasethakul’s ‘Uncle Boonmee’

Vulture debuts the poster for Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Palme d’Or winning Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives designed by comic artist Chris Ware. I’d love to tell you more about the film, but this is one of those movies I’ve been dying to see and don’t really want to know anything about it. This (read…)

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