I, Tonya. Photo: NEON It’s been a strange year for Hollywood (to say the least), full of resistance and revelations. Still, the industry is determined to celebrate — and this week we look at a few of the performances, directors, achievements, and, in one case, prosthetic jowls most likely to be honored. Every year before Labor Day, audiences and film critics ready themselves for the annual rush of biopics, those prestige one-offs amid the sea of sequels. The timing is purposeful. Awards season begins in autumn and biopics win awards. Because they tend to feature actors transforming and/or pretending to age, you can see the acting — and voters vote for acting you can see. Sometimes you can almost see the Oscar hovering over an actor’s head like the phantom dagger in Macbeth: “Come, let me hold you.” Ready for a list? The number of biopics already out or set to open by December’s end is staggering. Most anticipated by awards handicappers are … [Read more...] about Biopics Have Become Oscar Staples, But Can They Still Be Great Art?
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Welcome to Random Roles , wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. The actor: Fred Melamed has had a unique career as an actor, stepping in front of the camera for the first time in the early 1980s, working steadily throughout the decade, and then almost completely abandoning TV and film in favor of voice work. That was the status quo for Melamed throughout the ’90s and the majority of the ’00s, but after experiencing a career renaissance in 2008 with his work in the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man, he’s had regular work on both big and small screens ever since. In addition to popping up on Childrens Hospital and making a variety of other one-off appearances up and down the dial, Melamed has most recently been found around the streaming scene: he had a recurring role on Hulu’s Casual, and next year he’ll be co-starring with … [Read more...] about Fred Melamed on
This week’s entry: Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace What it’s about: A story as old as time. An enslaved 9-year-old drag-racing robotics expert falls in love with an 18-year-old democratically elected queen and is adopted by magical space samurai with the help of his best friend, a klutzy pidgin-speaking alien frogman. And then there are trade disputes. Oh, the trade disputes. Yes, George Lucas once again tapped into universal myths to revive Star Wars, and the result was one of the most anticipated films in history, at least until the hype was suddenly silenced by a million fanboys, crying about their ruined childhoods. Advertisement Biggest controversy: About that alien frogman. On paper, Jar Jar Binks might seem like a groundbreaking character. But Obie Award-winner Ahmed Best, cast for the athleticism he showed in Stomp, played Jar Jar as a squeaky-voiced clumsy goofball whose comic relief grated against Liam Neeson’s leaden gravitas. Furthermore, … [Read more...] about 1999’s most anticipated film was a childhood-ruining debacle
Photo-Illustration: Maya Robinson/Vulture and Photos by Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Getty Images and ABC Pictures Perhaps you’ve just been betrayed by a friend, rejected by a lover, or unceremoniously fired by the leader of the free world on a global stage. Whatever the reason may be, we’re all occasionally in the mood for some good, old-fashioned vengeance at the movies, whether that comes in the form of gritty Korean thrillers, tales of petty high-schoolers plotting to upend the social hierarchy, or Bette Midler singing Lesley Gore in a white pantsuit. In celebration of cinematic name-takers and receipt-keepers, Vulture has assembled a viewing guide to some of our favorite revenge movies in Hollywood history. Queue them up on a day when you just don’t have it in you to take the high road. Oldboy (2003)Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy, which rounds out with Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance.) — Jordan Crucchiola I Saw the … [Read more...] about Vulture Asks: What Are the Best Revenge Movies?
Photo: Ryan Green/Universal Pictures The new Halloween cleaned house at the box office this weekend. With a domestic haul of $77.5 million, it notched both the second-highest opening for an R-rated horror movie of all time (one suspects that pesky It from 2017 will never be beat), as well as the second-highest opening for an October release of all time, sitting just behind the recent record setter, Venom. Even taking into account what was surely a hefty marketing price tag, it’s another very worthwhile investment for Universal and Blumhouse, which co-financed the reportedly $10 million picture with Miramax. All involved can toast to their success this week. But you know who else is toasting? The five-time returning Halloween heroine, Jamie Lee Curtis. The delightfully plainspoken star posted to Twitter on Sunday that she was going to allow herself a “boast post” to celebrate the success of her signature franchise’s return to form, and the fact that her movie, … [Read more...] about Why Jamie Lee Curtis Should Absolutely Brag About