Biel and more join Hopkins and Johansson in “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho”

Anthony Hopkins is Hitchcock, Scarlett Johansson is Janet Leigh, James D’Arcy is Anthony Perkins, Helen Mirren is Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville and they’ve been joined by Jessica Biel as Vera Miles who played Lila Crane, the sister of Leigh’s Marion Crane. Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) directs. via: Deadline Also according to Variety, (read…)

Aronofsky’s “Noah” officially a go with Russell Crowe on board the ark

I wasn’t aware that we needed an “edgy” $130 million retelling of the Noah’s Ark story, but it’s no longer just a rumor, it’s actually happening. Russell Crowe will star as faithful Noah, the Old Testament hero who built a big boat to save the world’s animals in the face of the Great Flood sent (read…)

“Chernobyl Diaries” from “Paranormal Activity” writer/director Oren Peli

“Chernobyl Diaries is an original story from Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his groundbreaking thriller, “Paranormal Activity.” The film follows a group of six young tourists who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an “extreme tour” guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to (read…)

Gyllenhaal in talks for “An Enemy” with Villeneuve on board to direct

Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) is set to direct An Enemy based on the novel The Double by Jose Saramango (Blindness) while Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star as a man who sees his double on a DVD, or at least a double of who he was 5 years earlier. Probably unwisely, he sets out to (read…)

The Cable Guy (1996) – Happy 50th Birthday Matthew Broderick

The Cable Guy (1996) Directed by Ben Stiller Matthew Broderick as Steven Kovacs, Jim Carrey as Chip Douglas and Janeane Garofalo as Melinda the Serving Wench (not pictured) Steven: Could I get a knife and fork? Melinda the Serving Wench: There were no utensils in medieval times, hence there are no utensils at Medieval Times. (read…)

Composer Joseph Trapanese on scoring martial arts sensation “The Raid: Redemption” with Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda

While Joseph Trapanese may be best-known for his work arranging and orchestrating the  TRON: Legacy score written by Daft Punk, his prolific body of work includes various aspects of composing, arranging, and mixing music for numerous films, albums, web series, TV shows, concerts, recitals, plays, and sporting events. Trapanese recently collaborated with Mike Shinoda of (read…)

TCM Classic Film Festival: 75th Anniversary Screening of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and Kirk Douglas to Introduce New Restoration of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”

Press release: For the second consecutive year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will celebrate the legacy of The Walt Disney Studios. Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in collaboration with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, will present a 75th anniversary screening of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Disney’s first hand-drawn feature-length animated (read…)

Jackson’s DVD Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Upon hitting theaters last December, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy earned rave reviews and numerous accolades, including three Oscar nominations (Gary Oldman for Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score). Although the film did strong box office domestically and abroad, it left many filmgoers leaving the theater wishing they had some sort of study (read…)

The Jerk (1979) – Happy 90th Birthday Carl Reiner

The Jerk (1979) Directed by Carl Reiner. Steve Martin as Navin R. Johnson and Rob Reiner as the Truck Driver Navin: I’m hitchhiking! Truck Driver: How far ya goin’? Navin: To St. Louis! How far are you going? Truck Driver: To the end of this fence. Navin: …Okay!

Jackson’s DVD review: Jonah Hill in “The Sitter”

When The Sitter opened in theaters last December, the film was presented to audiences as  Adventures in Babysitting remade for fans of The Hangover. The film failed to connect with critics, and its box office reception was middling at best. The film was another odd entry in the ever-more puzzling career of David Gordon Green (read…)

Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron in “Snow White and the Huntsman”

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Mildred Pierce (1945)

Mildred Pierce (1945) Directed by Michael Curtiz Joan Crawford as Mildred Pierce and Ann Blyth as Veda Pierce Mildred: I love you, Veda. Veda: I love you, mother. Really, I do… but let’s not be sticky about it.

Hurdy Gurdy Zodiac Man

If you missed last week’s Watercooler, I’ve temporarily changed up my end of it. Instead of The Current Cinema, I’m just going to offer up a section of movie score or a particularly well chosen song used in a movie. Sometimes I’ll riff on it and other times I’ll just let it speak for itself. (read…)

Casa de Mi Padre (2012)

Clocking in at a reported budget of $6 million (brought to you in glorious Mexico-Scope!), Will Ferrell’s gleefully stupid Casa de mi Padre certainly delivers more laughs per dollar spent than most comedies, though that’s not to say it quite achieves the status of absurdist comedy classic. A Spanish-language mixture of Mexican telenovela and some (read…)

21 Jump Street (2012)

21 Dick Jokes is more like it. Of course, humor is highly subjective, so if that’s your thing then go forth and enjoy this action-comedy update of the late-80s Stephen J. Cannell show that launched the career of Johnny Depp. If you need a little more than that on the other hand, look elsewhere. To (read…)

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012)

Ed Helms and Jason Segel in Jeff, Who Lives at Home In the gently comic new film from Mark and Jay Duplass (The Puffy Chair, Cyrus) Jason Segel is Jeff who lives at home. Killing time in his mother’s basement, the doughy 30-something spends his ample free time smoking weed and watching M. Night Shyamalan’s (read…)

The Witches of Eastwick (1987) – John Updike’s 80th Birthday

The Witches of Eastwick (1987) Directed by George Miller, based upon the novel by John Updike Cher as Alexandra Medford and Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne Van Horne: You have brains, Alex… more than brains and you don’t even know it, do ya? Well, most women do not. Alexandra: Are you married? Van Horne: (read…)

Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”

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The Wearing of the Grin (1951) – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

The Wearing of the Grin (1951) directed by Chuck Jones Porky Pig voiced by Mel Blanc and Seamus O’Toole voiced by John T. Smith Porky Pig: Who are you? Seamus O’Toole: Sure and me name is Seamus O’Toole and it’s the caretaker of old Clarey Castle, I am, I am. Porky Pig: Oh. Well I-I’d (read…)

The Kid with a Bike (2012)

. They’ve been doing it so consistently and for so long, it’s easy to take Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for granted – more so since their work thrives on subtlety, directness and a complete lack of sentimentality even with material that seems melodramatic on paper. They’re at it again and have come up with yet (read…)

New Movie Releases for March 16th, 2011

Cecile De France and Thomas Doret in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s The Kid with a Bike Here’s what’s new in theaters this weekend. Also be sure to check out the Now Playing page for these and many more films currently in theaters with links to trailers, showtimes and LiC reviews where appropriate. The Kid with (read…)

The Third Man (1949)

The Third Man (1949) Directed by Carol Reed. Screenplay by Graham Greene Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins and Orson Welles as Harry Lime Holly: You don’t care anything at all about Anna, do you? Harry: (laughs) I’ve got quite a lot on my mind. Holly: You wouldn’t do anything! Harry: What do you want me (read…)

Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”

As the man says, they can’t all be winners. Oy. “In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and (read…)

The Dardenne Brothers on their latest film “The Kid with a Bike”

Belgium’s two-time Palme d’Or-winning brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are back with their latest film, The Kid with a Bike which opens in the US on March 16th. It tells the story of a boy who is abandoned by his father (Jeremie Renier), but offered a chance at staying out of an orphanage by a (read…)

Grint/Moretz join Eckhart/Farmiga in Dennis Wilson bio “The Drummer”

Ron Weasely, meet Hit Girl. Rupert Grint will play Stan Shapiro, the Beach Boy drummer’s confidante while Chloe Moretz will play his daughter Jennifer Wilson. As previously announced Aaron Eckhart will play Dennis Wilson and Vera Farmiga will play his girlfriend at the time Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie. The film to begin shooting June 15 (read…)

Rolling Stones doc planned for band’s 50th Anniversary

The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World is turning 50. Of course the individual members are a good bit older than that. While there have been a number of documentaries about the band and several concert films, a truly comprehensive look at their history full of their music still needs to be done. (read…)

Scorsese/DiCaprio commit to The Wolf of Wall Street

Leonardo DiCaprio has long been attached as a producer of the adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir about Wall Street badinage in the 1990s and Scorsese has been frequently reported as one of the directors interested in climbing aboard, but you just never know with those two guys until you know. Well, now apparently we know. (read…)

Julius Caesar (1953) – Happy Ides of March… trust no one!

Julius Caesar (1953) directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz Louis Calhern as Julius Caesar, Richard Hale as the Soothsayer, James Mason as Brutus (not pictured), John Gielgud as Cassius and Edmond O’Brien as Casca (not pictured). Soothsayer: Caesar! Caesar: Ha? Who calls? Casca: Bid every noise be still. Peace yet again! Caesar: Who is it in (read…)

The Lady Eve (1941)

The Lady Eve (1941) Written and directed by Preston Sturges Barbara Stanwyck as Jean Harrington and Henry Fonda as Charles Pike Charles: He’s a nice fella, your father. Jean: He’s a good card player too. Charles: You think so? I don’t want to be rude, but I though he seemed a little uneven. Jean: He’s (read…)

Jackie Brown (1997)

Jackie Brown (1997) written and directed by Quentin Tarntino Samuel L. Jackson as Ordell Robbie and Robert De Niro as Louis Gara Ordell: Where’s Melanie? Louis: Well, that’s what I want to tell ya. You see, she was bugging me the whole time. She got pissy with me because I wouldn’t let her carry the (read…)

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