Happy Birthday Lillian Gish: Born in 1893, Lillian Gish was the “First Lady of American Cinema”. The shining star of the 1910’s and 1920’s was muse to legendary director D.W. Griffith. Film stills (seen above) of the silent era goddess can be found eBay.
Alain Delon was an actor of style and class. If you haven’t seen his 1967 breakthrough film, Le Samourai, you’re missing a piece of French film history.
(Photo: Courtesy of cleanpeople. Text: Jauretsi)
The Director of Drive Makes a New Movie
First off, we love a good GIF movie poster. Secondly, we’re counting the days before we get to experience Only God Forgives, the new script and directing efforts of Nicolas Winding Refns (Drive). Here is all we know: (1) It’s set in the Thailand Boxing underworld and filmed in Bangkok, (2) Ryan Gosling is back and badder than ever, and (3) Kristin Scott Thomas plays someone described as "a merciless and terrifying mafia godmother." We’re already sold. If you can’t wait any longer, peek at the trailer here.
(GIF courtesy of Only God Forgives. Text by Jauretsi)
Cannes Film Fest 2013: Ones to Watch
It’s our favorite time of the year, as we wait with bated breath for the Cannes Film Festival on May 15th. Aside from the highly anticipated Baz Luhrmann film, The Great Gatsby (which opens the festival this year), here’s a cheat sheet of the “ones to watch” this year. I smell a Palme d’Or prize for one of these:
- Only God Forgives – Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn
- Inside Llewyn Davis – Ethan and Joel Coen
- Borgman – Alex van Warmerdam
- Venus in Fur – Roman Polanski
- Nebraska – Alexander Payne
- Jeune et Jolie – François Ozon
- La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) – Paolo Sorrentino
- Behind The Candelabra – Steven Soderbergh
- Wara no Tate (Shield of Straw) – Takashi Miike
- La vie d’Adèle – Abdellatif Kechiche
- Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son) - Hirokazu Kore-eda
- Tian Zhu Ding – Zhangke Jia
- Grisgris – Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
- The Immigrant – James Gray
- Le Passé – Asghar Farhadi
- Heli – Amat Escalante
- Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) – Arnaud Desplechin
- Michael Kohlhaas – Arnaud des Pallières
- Un château en Italie – Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
(Photo courtesy of Cannes. Text by Jauretsi)
Artist Alert: Alex Israel
The film industry seems to have a hold on Los Angeles-born artist Alex Israel. “I’ve always been interested in the magic of the movies—in the connection between how they manipulate us and how art can manipulate us,” Israel tells Interview Magazine. Israel’s own magic takes the form of hombre pastel paintings reminiscent of old movie backdrops of fake sunsets. He frequently uses props in his work as well, like the crate of hands seen here. Israel recently took his Hollywood fascination one step further, with the creation of As It Lays, a spoof interview series similar to Zach Galifianakis’ sketch, Between Two Ferns.
(Photo courtesy of Almine Rech Gallery. Text by Jenny Bahn)
Every Actress Needs Magic
At 23 years old, Kim Novak had movies on her mind. Here she is inquiring about her future in 1956 after appearing in The Picnic. Two years later, Kim Novak would hit a home-run with Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Photographer Leonard McCombe followed the budding actress around for a Life Magazine portfolio (see here). We send a big Happy Birthday to Chicago born Novak, who recently 80!
(Photo: Leonard McCombe, Courtesy of Life. Text by Jauretsi)
King Kong’s Chicks
The beast has had quite a few stellar women in his days. Described to audiences as “Eighth Wonder of the World”, King Kong celebrates his 80th birthday this month. Special editions sold on eBay.
(1. Scream Queens: 1. Jessica Lang. 2. Naomi Watts. 3. Faye Wray)
Sundance Premiere: In a World
"I’m just an avid trailer watcher" admits Lake Bell, writer/director/star of her film, In A World, which played at Sundance yesterday. In the story, Lake plays a down and out vocal coach with big dreams of making it in the trailer voice industry. It doesn’t help that her characters father is the world famous trailer voice guy in a field dominated by men. In the laugh-out-loud feature, Lake says there is a minor feminist message tucked inside the film, or as she jokingly told The Inside Source, “gentle feminism”.
"I was always obsessed with the fact that…[MORE] omniscient trailer voices are always male". In the comedy, Lake’s character is hyper conscious of women’s high-pitched "sexy baby" voices, which she feels are "vocal viruses" that diminish a woman’s strength, thereby subtly adding another conversation about voice culture to the movie. "It was a nice marriage of topics" she explained about her directorial debut. "I hope it comes off in a funny way".
(Photo: 1. Lake Bell on Premiere Night by Jauretsi 2. Group shot by Jay L. Clendenin for Los Angeles Times. Cast: Ken Marino, left, Rob Corddry, Tig Notaro, Demetri Martin, Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Michaela Watkins and Alexandra Holden. Text by Jauretsi)
Behold the sassy new poster for Lovelace presented at the Sundance Film Festival last night in Park City, Utah. The film has been buzzed about since 2010 after Lindsay Lohan was hired and fired for the coveted role. This teaser clip was introduced online a few days ago showing one of the films scenes which illustrates her rise to fame. The premiere proved Amanda to be the best choice, with a thunderous applause as the lights came on at the end. Sharon Stone also shows serious acting chops playing… [MORE] Lovelace’s stone-cold conservative mother. No doubt the flick will be a hit this year, as well as the impetus to go out and buy Lovelace’s autobiography. Here are a few copies of the book, Ordeal, on eBay if you want to go out and begin your homework on this woman’s life.
(Photo of poster and text by Jauretsi)
Sundance Premiere: Don Jon’s Addiction
"What I find often gets in the way of love is how people objectify each other and put expectations on each other that they’ve learned from different places," says Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who did a triple hitter this year with a movie he directed, wrote, and starred in, along with Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, and Tony Danza. "So the story centers on a relationship between a guy who watches too much porn and a girl who watches too many Hollywood romantic comedies, and I find that kind of thing hilarious so I wrote a comedy about it."
(Photo: Courtesy of the film. Text by Jauretsi)