April 8, 2014

Vale – Mary Anderson

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 1:14 pm
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Mary Anderson – 1918-2014

Mary Anderson, one of the co-stars of the classic 1939 film Gone With The Wind, has passed away.

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April 7, 2014

Vale – Mickey Rooney

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 4:26 pm
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Mickey Rooney – 1920-2014

Mickey Rooney, the legendary star of stage and screen for some 90-odd years, has passed away.

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March 24, 2014

Vale – James Rebhorn

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 10:13 am
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James Rebhorn – 1948-2014

American actor James Rebhorn, who appeared in Independence Day, David Finchers’ The Game, and Meet The Parents, has passed away.

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March 15, 2014

Vale – Hal Douglas

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 10:31 am
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Hal Douglas – 1924-2014

Hollywood voice-over artist Hal Douglas, who narrated hundreds of movie trailers and television commercials, has passed away.

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March 8, 2014

Vale – Wendy Hughes

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 8:01 pm
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Wendy Hughes – 1952-2014

One of the great lights of Australian cinema, television and theater, Wendy Hughes has lost her battle with cancer today.

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March 7, 2014

Vale – Stanley Rubin

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 11:00 pm
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Stanley Rubin – 1917-2014

Hollywood producer Stanley Rubin has passed away.

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March 6, 2014

Hollywood Help – Sean Bobbitt: How To Operate A Hand-Held Camera

Filed under: Hollywood Help — Rodney Twelftree @ 6:00 pm

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Part of our new series of Behind The Scenes postings on all things Hollywood, we kick off today with a lengthy lecture on operating a hand-held camera by Cinematographer, Sean Bobbitt. Bobbitt worked with director Steve McQueen on 12 Years A Slave, which won Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards. It offers a fascinating insight in to the practical activity of operating a camera – while most of us will never actually shoot a film, some of what Bobbitt says might come in handy for the handycam shooting of our kids’ birthdays and other personal events – and it’s just a damn good talk nonetheless.

Enjoy Mr Bobbitt’s work by hitting the video after the jump!!

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February 26, 2014

An Idiot’s Guide To The Academy Awards

Filed under: Awards Season,Film - General,The Oscars — Rodney Twelftree @ 6:00 pm

Idiots Guide To The Oscars Logo An Idiots Guide To The Academy Awards 

Every year, late in February (or early March), the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences holds its annual awards ceremony, now officially known as The Oscars. Considered the pinnacle of the US Awards season for cinema, the Oscars have become an spectacle unlike almost any other – reviled, rejoiced and always drawing massive interest across the globe, the Oscars have kept us enthralled ever since the very first ceremony in 1929. But who is this mysterious “Academy” that bestows the highly prized statuette to “deserving” recipients? When the people receiving these awards thank “the Academy”, who are they talking to? Considering most people probably don’t know exactly how the Academy and the Oscars are run, we figured a little historical and technical lesson was needed, to bring you up to speed!

So, here is our idiots guide to the Academy Awards!

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February 25, 2014

Vale – Malcolm Tierney

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 1:01 pm
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Malcolm Tierney – 1938-2014

British actor Malcolm Tierney, who appeared in Star Wars, Braveheart, and the television series Dalziel & Pascoe, has passed away.

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Vale – Harold Ramis

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 6:04 am
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Harold Ramis – 1944-2014

Harold Ramis, the writer, producer and director of many great 80′s comedy films, such as Ghostbusters, has passed away.

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February 14, 2014

Vale – Ralph Waite

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 2:08 pm
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Ralph Waite – 1928-2014

Ralph Waite, best known for his role as the partiarch of The Waltons on television, has passed away.

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February 13, 2014

Vale – Gabriel Axel

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:17 pm
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Gabriel Axel – 1918-2014

Academy Award-winning director Gabriel Axel has passed away.

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February 12, 2014

Vale – Shirley Temple

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 8:14 am
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Shirley Temple – 1928-2014

Shirley Temple, the child mega-star of Hollywood during the 30′s and 40′s, has passed away.

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February 3, 2014

Vale – Philip Seymour Hoffman

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 8:33 am
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Philip Seymour Hoffman – 1967 – 2014

Terrible news out of Hollywood this morning, as we learn that Oscar winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, has passed away.

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February 2, 2014

Vale – Maximilian Schell

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 1:59 pm
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Maximilian Schell (in 1970) – 1930-2014

Academy Award-winning actor Maximilian Schell has passed away.

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January 31, 2014

The Superhero Movie Explosion: How Much Is Too Much of A Good Thing?

Filed under: Film - General,Opinion — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:00 pm

Superhero Movie Explosion Logo The Superhero Movie Explosion: How Much Is Too Much of A Good Thing?

The last decade of film has certainly been a boon for comic book fans. Since Bryan Singer revitalized a near-dead and buried genre (thanks, Joel Schumacher) with X-Men, the comic book film has steadily gone from strength to strength. Almost without exception (X-Men 3, I’m looking at you) the post-X-Men comic book film industry has only become larger, more successful, to the point where it seems that a film with a costumed do-gooder comes out every other month (it doesn’t, it just feels that way).

The four major players in this game are 20 Century Fox, with their X-Men franchise, Sony, with the ongoing (and recently rebooted) Spider-Man saga, Warner Bros, with their rights to the DC stable of characters, including Superman, Batman and the Justice League Of America, and Marvel, with… whoever they have.

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January 28, 2014

Blogathon – LCR’s Re-castathon 2013

Filed under: Blog-a-thon — Rodney Twelftree @ 6:46 pm

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Thanks to Jack over at Lights, Camera, Reaction for coming up with this fun Blogathon – pick your favorite (or least favorite) films of 2013 and recast an actor or actress you didn’t think as quite right for the part. To take part, or to read other blogger’s ideas, head to Jacks dedicated page for all the info!

Anyway, here are our suggestions for recasting popular films!

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January 20, 2014

Blogathon – Life, Love & The Movies

Filed under: Blog-a-thon,Film - General — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:00 pm

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Our good bud Nostra, over at My Filmviews, asked me to take part in his Blogathon this month. It’s in conjunction with Karemel Kinema, so head along and check out both those sites and leave friendly comments! The idea behind the Life, Love & The Movies Blogathon is simple – answer 8 obvious questions in the hope of enlightening readers about me. So, without further ado, here’s the questions, and my answers!

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January 17, 2014

Vale – Roger Lloyd-Pack

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 11:58 pm
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Roger Lloyd-Pack – 1944-2014

British actor Roger Lloyd-Pack has passed away.

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January 15, 2014

The Hustle of American Hustle (2013)

Filed under: Film - General — Mark Nicholls @ 10:07 am

American Hustle Article Logo The Hustle of American Hustle (2013)

- Summary -

Director : David O’Russell
Year Of Release :   2013
Principal Cast :  Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence
Approx Running Time :  138 Minutes
Synopsis:  A major cast of Hollywood A listers assemble to put life – and some dark comedy – into David O Russell’s black satire of an FBI led operation that set out to expose some properly corrupt officials.
What we think :   It perhaps didn’t seem like a movie with that much promise. Based on O Russell’s script that has famously been kicking around for years, American Hustle fictionalises a scandal from 1970s New York.

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It may not sound like a ton of fun, but it’s a revelation. From the casting to the acting to the razor sharp script, this movie is funny as hell and well worth checking out. The film opens in 1978 and is based around Irving Rosenfeld. Played by an unrecognisable Christian Bale (about as far away from his Batman persona as you can imagine), Rosenfeld is a small time conman who has an affair with Amy Adams’ Sydney Prosser.

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