There’s a video that went viral earlier this year in which a father films his two-year-old daughter watching Disney’s 1994 animated movie The Lion King for the first time. Specifically, the clip shows her reaction to the scene—that scene—in which Scar throws Mufasa off a cliff into a wildebeest stampede. “No! No! No! No! No!” the girl, named Bella, pleads as Mufasa falls through the air into a gorge. When even the toddler understands what is about to happen to the pride leader, Bella drops her teddy bear, she’s so distraught. He disappears into a billowing cloud of dust, and the little girl lets out a blood-curdling scream—one not so different than the one Simba unleashes in the film. Off-camera you can hear Bella’s father snickering. In the months since he posted it online, the video has spread across the internet through strangers in solidarity with Bella, shared from a place of understanding by those who have been through … [Read more...] about ‘The Lion King’ May Be the Most Beautiful Film I’ve Seen. But Is That Enough?
“The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!” proclaimed Seth Rogen on Tuesday. The writer/director/star of the aforementioned Kim Jong Un assassination comedy had plenty of reasons to be ecstatic. In the past few days, his political satire had ignited a surreal series of events, from a hacking group dubbed Guardians of Peace breaching distributor Sony’s servers, leaking private company information online, and launching 9/11-invoking threats against theaters that exhibited the film, to the five major theater chains backing out of hosting The Interview, to Sony finally canceling the movie’s release indefinitely. President Obama, the FBI, and George Clooney remain adamant that the North Korean government is behind the cyberattack, presumably as retribution for the film’s staging a grisly mock assassination of the Dear Leader, although Anonymous and several … [Read more...] about The Inside Story of How Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Finally Made It to Theaters
Meet the Siegels—pneumatic blonde former swimsuit model Jackie, 43, and her no-guff septuagenarian husband David, aka “the king of timeshares.” At the outset of director Lauren Greenfield’s gripping documentary, The Queen of Versailles—one of several films that kicked off the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night in lieu of a stand-alone premiere this year—they’re just like any family of Floridian billionaires you might meet. With an unwieldy brood of eight kids, the Siegels live in a garish mansion the size of a shopping mall, and travel everywhere by private jet, limo or yacht, a yelping pack of snow-white Pomeranians in tow. As the cameras begin to roll on this family circus, Jackie and David have set out to build the biggest house in America, a 90,000-square-foot palace loosely modeled on French King Louis XIV’s 17th century estate, Versailles. One with its own baseball and tennis stadiums, stained-glass clerestory and balcony … [Read more...] about Lauren Greenfield’s New Documentary Like ‘Real Housewife of Sundance’
Photo: Vernon Films Photo: Vernon Films Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Vernon Films Arte, Kloos & Co. to Co-Produce Vernon Films’ Miniseries ‘Celluloid Dreams’ (EXCLUSIVE) 1 / 1 Back to Gallery French-German broadcaster Arte is teaming with U.K.-based production house Vernon Films to co-produce Ilinca Călugăreanu’s non-scripted hybrid miniseries “Celluloid Dreams.” Stefan Kloos’ German production company Kloos & Co, whose co-production credits take in Oscar-nominated documentary “Last Men in Aleppo,” is also on board for the project. More from Variety Love Nature Teams with Arte, BBC, Smithsonian on Natural History Series 'Stormborn' Mipcom: BBC, Arte, SBS Acquire … [Read more...] about Arte, Kloos & Co. to Co-Produce Vernon Films’ Miniseries ‘Celluloid Dreams’ (EXCLUSIVE)
RATED X: Cable movie at 9 p.m. Saturday on Showtime. Charlie Sheen Until now, these forbidden sights have been restricted to Sheen's closest associates in L.A. But "No Limits" is the Showtime mantra, and Showtime delivers the sordid goods in "Rated X," a movie about San Francisco porn princes Jim and Artie Mitchell. Sheen plays younger brother Artie, shot dead by Jim nine years ago in Artie's Corte Madera home. The movie's extra hook is that Sheen's older brother, Emilio Estevez, co-stars as Jim Mitchell. Estevez directed Saturday's cable movie, too, helping to ensure that "Rated X" is a voyeur's delight all around. It's also violent, depressing and ultimately pointless. But don't let that get in the way of a bad time. The boys learn from their father (Terry O'Quinn) that a gun is useful in settling disputes and later manage to learn for themselves that sex sells. A potent combo. Still another element in the Mitchell brothers' lifestyle is a shared fondness for drugs, … [Read more...] about It’s Showtime For Sleazy Tale of Mitchell Brothers