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THE ROVER Trailer HD: Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and Total Anarchy

the-rover-robert-pattinson‘The Rover’ trailer HD: Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in David Michôd’s Australian Outback-set thriller (photo: Robert Pattinson in ‘The Rover’) The Rover, David Michôd’s futuristic, Australian Outback-set thriller that will premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (Midnight Screenings), has a new trailer. Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star in this dark tale about a middle-aged man, Eric (Pearce), hunting down the members of a gang who have stolen his last and most prized possession: his beat-up car. Pattinson, best known as the sparkling vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight film series, plays a (now) former member of the gang, Rey — left behind to die after he’s seriously injured in a fight. See The Rover trailer below. The youthful Rey, in fact, is…



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GONE WITH THE WIND Actress Mary Anderson Dead at 96

gone-with-the-wind-actress-mary-anderson‘Gone with the Wind’ actress Mary Anderson dead at 96; also featured in Alfred Hitchcock thriller ‘Lifeboat’ Mary Anderson, an actress featured in both Gone with the Wind and Alfred Hitchcock’s adventure thriller Lifeboat, died following a series of small strokes on Sunday, April 6, 2014, while under hospice care in Toluca Lake/Burbank, northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Anderson, the widow of multiple Oscar-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy, had turned 96 on April 3. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1918, Mary Anderson was reportedly discovered by director George Cukor, at the time looking for an actress to play Scarlett O’Hara in David O. Selznick’s film version of Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller Gone with the Wind. Instead of Scarlett, eventually played by Vivien Leigh, Anderson was cast in…



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Mickey Rooney Was Earliest Surviving Best Actor Oscar Nominee

mickey-rooney-boys-town-spencer-tracyMickey Rooney was earliest surviving Best Actor Oscar nominee (photo: Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy in ‘Boys Town’) (See previous post: “Mickey Rooney Dead at 93: MGM’s Andy Hardy Series’ Hero and Judy Garland Frequent Co-Star Had Longest Film Career Ever?”) Mickey Rooney was the earliest surviving Best Actor Academy Award nominee — Babes in Arms, 1939; The Human Comedy, 1943 — and the last surviving male acting Oscar nominee of the 1930s. Rooney lost the Best Actor Oscar to two considerably more “prestigious” — albeit less popular — stars: Robert Donat for Sam Wood’s Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) and Paul Lukas for Herman Shumlin’s Watch on the Rhine (1943). Following Mickey Rooney’s death, there are only two acting Academy Award nominees from the ’30s…



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Mickey Rooney Dead: Longest Film Career Ever?

mickey-rooney-deadMickey Rooney dead at 93: Four-time Oscar nominee, frequent Judy Garland co-star may have had the longest film career ever (photo: Mickey Rooney ca. 1940) Mickey Rooney, four-time Academy Award nominee and one of the biggest domestic box-office draws during the studio era, died of "natural causes" on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of North Hollywood. The Brooklyn-born Rooney (as Joseph Yule Jr., on September 23, 1920) had reportedly been in ill health for some time. He was 93. Besides his countless movies, and numerous television and stage appearances, Mickey Rooney was also known for his stormy private life, which featured boozing and gambling, some widely publicized family infighting (including his testifying in Congress in 2011 about elder…



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NYMPHOMANIAC VOL. II Review: More Provocative and Philosophical Than Vol. I

nymphomaniac-movie-charlotte-gainsbourg-joe‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. II’: More interesting, more provocative, and more philosophical than its predecessor (photo: Papou, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kookie Ryan in ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. II’) (See ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. I’ Review: Lars von Trier an ‘Actual Genius.) Previously on Nymphomaniac: Vol. I… Adult Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), beaten and unconscious, is found in a snow-covered alley by Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), an unassuming fellow with a gentle demeanor who takes her to his apartment. In his austere dwelling she recounts her adventures as a young nymphomaniac in a series of stories, each preceded by director Lars von Trier’s requisite thematic chapter headings and cinematic asides. Young Joe’s (Stacy Martin) exploits, from her debut sexual experience with Jerome (Shia LaBeouf), through her adventures on a train, to her very dramatic…



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NYMPHOMANIAC VOL. II Review: More Provocative and Philosophical Than Vol. I





CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Box Office: Weekend to Pass $100 Million Domestic?

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ box office: ‘Captain America 2′ to pass $100 million on opening weekend? (photo: Chris Evans and Robert Redford in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) The Avengers effect has yet to subside. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a sequel to both The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger, debuted with an estimated $10.2 million from Thursday night (April 3, 2014) screenings in North America, including $1.2 million at 344 IMAX locations. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and featuring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, and veteran Robert Redford Captain America: The Winter Soldier is poised to enjoy the biggest April weekend opening ever at the domestic box office, even after factoring in inflation. At 3,938 theaters in the U.S.…



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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Review: ‘Second Best’ Marvel Movie

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’: The second best of the Marvel films (photo: Chris Evans in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) With each new Marvel superhero film that bullies its way into multiplexes, the magnitude of the company’s achievement gets more impressive, if not historic. Focusing just on the Marvel characters controlled by Disney (as opposed to Sony’s lockup of Spider-Man and Fox’s oversight of X-Men), they’ve launched three successful individual franchises (Thor, Iron Man and Captain America) and another franchise combining all the separate characters, the first of which became the third highest-grossing film of all time (The Avengers). Each movie contains characters or story threads that feed the other movies, creating what amounts to a visually and monetarily profligate series of old-school comic…



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Screwball Comedy Movies, Rare Screening of Epoch-Making Box Office Disaster

screwball-comedy-irene-dunne-cary-grantScrewball comedy movies, rare screenings of epic box office disaster: Library of Congress’ Packard Theater in April 2014 (photo: Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in ‘The Awful Truth’) In April 2014, the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia, will celebrate Hollywood screwball comedy movies, from the Marx Brothers’ antics to Peter Bogdanovich’s early ’70s homage What’s Up, Doc?, a box office blockbuster starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. Additionally, the Packard Theater will present a couple of rarities, including an epoch-making box office disaster that led to the demise of a major studio. Among Packard’s April 2014 screwball comedies are the following: Leo McCarey’s Duck Soup (Saturday, April 5) — actually more zany, wacky, and totally insane than merely "screwball" — in…



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