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Paul Newman: 1925-2008

Paul NewmanBeloved actor and humanitarian Paul Newman has died of cancer in his home in Westport, Connecticut. He was 83.

Newman, whose stunning blue eyes and immense capacity for generosity made him one of the most cherished personalities of his era, was an extremely private man and was rumored to have been seriously ill for several months. He had canceled some planned appearances in the summer.

Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 1925, Newman first made his mark on the stage and TV but his startling good looks and undeniable presence destined him to appear on the screen. Newman often played troubled characters with streaks of nobility such as “Fast” Eddie Felson in The Hustler, and the eponymous, irrepressible roles of Hud Bannon in Hud and the imprisoned rebel, Cool Hand Luke.

But it was his role as Butch in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, opposite Robert Redford, that thrust him into the realm of superstardom. He followed it with other classic films including The Sting, The Towering Inferno, Slap Shot, and The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.

Newman was a star right out of the gate, however, being nominated for an Oscar for his third major role as Brick Pollitt, the drunken husband locked in a loveless marriage with Elizabeth Taylor’s smoldering “Maggie the Cat” in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Newman’s real-life relationship was exactly the opposite. He was married to actress Joanne Woodward for 50 years. The two worked together in 1958’s The Long Hot Summer. It was the same year they were wed and that Woodward won an Oscar for her work in 1957’s The Three Faces of Eve.

It was not the end of their professional collaborations. Newman also directed her to another Oscar nomination in Rachel, Rachel (the film picked up four nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay by their lifelong friend, Stewart Stern). Newman also directed Woodward in The Glass Managerie and starred with her in Mr. & Mrs. Bridge.

Nominated for seven Oscars (including Best Actor nods for Absence of Malice and The Verdict), Newman finally won on his eighth nomination for his reprisal role of Fast Eddie in Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money (he would be nominated two more times afterward, for Best Actor in Nobody’s Fool and Best Supporting Actor in Road to Perdition).

But of all the trophies Newman won or was awarded in his life, none seem more appropriate than his honorary 1994 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Newman’s charitable giving, from his Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, a camp for seriously ill children or his proceeds from Newman’s Own, are legendary. As was the man. As will be his legacy.

Newman is survived by Woodward, his five daughters and several grandchildren. A son, Scott Newman, died of an accidental drug overdose in 1978.

News Source - IMDb

Posted in Cinema, Entertainment, Film, Films, Golden Age, Hollywood, Movie, Movie Studios, Movies, Paul Newman by KeyserSoze : September 29, 2008 - 6:45pm


Movie Stars That Died Before Their Time

With the success of the Dark Knight and in particular The excellent performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker, Mytvtalk.com decided to take a look back at some of Hollywood’s finest young actors and actresses who died before their time.

Heath ledger

Born Heath Andrew Ledger on the 4th of April 1979 and sadly passed away on the 22nd of January 2008. Heath was 28 at the time of passing. Rumour has it that Ledger only started to act because he was made to choose either to take cooking classes or acting classes, Ledger couldn’t see his self cooking so he tried his hand at acting. At the age of 17 Ledger and one of his friends finished school and set off to Sydney Australia with a reported 69 cents in his pocket. Ledger would take many minor roles to try and get noticed from a gay cyclist to a small role in the television series home and away. Ledgers big break came when he appeared in an Australian crime thriller called Two Hands which got him noticed and also the part in 10 things I hate about you. However Ledger wasn’t happy in being type cast as a Hollywood heart throb so Ledger would go on to take more serious roles in the future. In 2005 all of Ledger’s hard work paid off, as his work in Brokeback Mountain earned him both an Oscar and Bafta nomination. Ledger who will go down as one of the best portrayals of a superhero arch enemy passed away of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs that included, sleeping pills, anti anxiety and pain killers.

Brad Renfro

Just a week before Heath Ledgers death, Brad Renfro also passed away. Renfro who made is acting debut at the young age of 11 in the movie ‘The Client’ which he starred alongside Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. In December 2005 Renfro was charged and arrested for the possession of heroin and was sentenced to 3 years probation. Renfro broke this probation in 2007 by not enrolling in a long term drug treatment program. Renfro was found dead on the 15th of January 2008 after a night of partying; however official cause of death hasn’t been determined. Renfro was 25 at the time of dying.

River Phoenix

The older brother of Joaquin Phoenix, and one time Oscar nominee died on the 31st of October 1993 after a drug overdose of Heroin and Cocaine. The 23 year old actor fell to the ground outside the Viper Room night club that was partly owned by Jonny Depp at the time. His brother Joaquin, sister Rain and girl friend Samantha were at the scene at the time and were unable to tell if River was still breathing when they phoned 911. River passed away at 1:51am on the morning of October 31st.

James Dean

The two time Oscar nominated actor also known as James Byron Dean was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and remains the only person to have two posthumous acting nominations. James shot to stardom with movies such as Rebel without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant. James other passion rather than acting was racing cars, James came 2nd in the Palm Springs road races in March 1955 and 3rd at Bakersfield in May of the same year.
On September the 30th 1955 Dean and his Mechanic Rolf set off to enter in another race in California, Deans Porsche that was nicknamed ‘Little Bastard’ was supposed to have been put on a trailer that day, but a last minute decision which would be fatal to drive the car changed James fate forever. James Dean and his mechanic Rolf were hit head on by a 1950 Ford Custom Tudor coupe, in which the mechanic would survive but James wouldn’t be so lucky. James Dean was pronounced dead at 5.59PM on the afternoon of September the 30th. Rolf the mechanic would live till 1981 where he would eventually die in a car accident. James Dean’s famous last words would be ‘That guy’s gotta stop… He’ll see us.’ Dean died at the young age of 24.

John Candy

The comedy legend that first got noticed on the Canadian comedy show SCTV, which opened doors for the comedian/actor. Candy would star in the romantic comedy Splash along side Tom Hanks, from this point Candy mostly played lovable losers and characters with bad luck but big hearts in movies such as Uncle Buck and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Candy died of a heart attack in 1994.

Bruce and Brandon Lee

Bruce Lee the star of Enter the dragon was already a household name when he died of a cerebral edema at the young age of 32. Many years after the passing of Bruce in 1973 rumours still persisted that Bruce Lee had faked his own death.

Brandon lee the son of Bruce wasn’t lucky enough to have even lived to the age of 32. Just like his dad a martial arts expert he also turned to acting. With Brandon’s first major role in the movie the Crow (1993) things were looking up for Brandon, however a faulty prop gun on set led to the young actors death. Brandon died at the young age of 28.

Sharon Tate

Sharon Marie Tate was eight and half months pregnant when she was murdered in her home, along with four others, by followers of Charles Manson. Tate who in the 1960’s played small roles in TV shows later went on to star in several films such as Valley of the Dolls in which she was nominated for a Golden Globe was regarded as one of Hollywood’s up and coming stars. Her life was cut short when she was murdered along with 4 others at the age of 26.

Author: Ricky Michael

Posted in Brad Renfro, Cinema, Entertainment, Film, Films, Heath ledger, Hollywood, James Dean, Movie, Movies, River Phoenix, The Dark Knight by KeyserSoze : September 26, 2008 - 9:04pm


The Dark Knight - Don’t You Dare Miss It!

The Dark KnightIn the making of the film The Dark Knight, the brilliant construction of the plot, the careful assignment of the character roles, the designing of the costumes, and the care in filming and production of the movie carry this film to it’s rightful place-at the top of the charts.

The plot of this heavily dramatic work of art places the idolized comic book superhero, Batman, in a compromising position that draws him away from the superhero genre-an interestingly different approach that fives the viewers a second opinion of what goes on in the mind of a superhero. Is anyone really squeaky clean in the world of crime?

The chosen actors in The Dark Knight really submerge themselves deeply into the personalities of the characters. Christian Bale, who plays Batman, is totally dedicated in his portrayal. The Joker is always an outstanding character in the Batman movies-they say the villain “makes the movie”. Heath Ledger who simply becomes The Joker prepared himself for this role by hibernating in a hotel room for an entire month in order to lose his own identity and replace it with that of The Joker for the duration of the filming-intense drama is generated from such a commitment.

Aaron Eckhart is the DA, Harvey Dent. His character was changed from a “white hat” guy to a “black hat” guy after The Joker causes his disfiguration and his girlfriend is killed-he becomes the villain, Two Face, a cold hearted killer and vengeance seeker. These are only a few of the characters who carry out the intriguing plot of The Dark Knight.

The filming of this movie took place in various locations-many of them in Chicago. Jour of the main scenes of The Dark Knight were shot in IMAX in order for its showing in IMAX theatres.

The critic, Roger Elbert states that this movie lends an entire new definition to what a comic book story can be transformed into. This film is an outstanding box office hit and has a rate of approval of 90%. The Dark Knight is a must see film. I’m sure the theaters will be packed with fans and newcomers. Buy your ticket and hold on for the ride.

Author: Matt Murren

Posted in Batman, Christian Bale, Cinema, Entertainment, Film, Films, Hollywood, IMAX, Movie, Movies, The Dark Knight by KeyserSoze : September 25, 2008 - 7:58pm


Top 10 Superhero Movies of All Time

With the Dark Knight hitting Theatres soon, we thought it was time to look back on the top 10 superhero movies of all time. So below is a list starting with number 10 of our top superhero movies.

10. Spiderman

The first time we get to see Toby McGuire as the web slinging hero, and the reason why superhero movies were cool to watch again. This movie did well for an origin movie and is thoroughly enjoyable not as much as its sequel though.

9. X-men

Another Marvel movie in the top 10 list, with the strong characters and the movies broad appeal its hard not to enjoy the first X-men movie. Although it lacked the action that some fans desired, X-men is still a good superhero movie.

8. The Incredible Hulk 2008

The reboot of Ang Lees Hulk, this time starring Edward Norton and Liv Tyler. The incredible hulk improved so much on its first attempt and is worthy of its number 8 spot. The perfect cast, the amazing fight sequences all make the Incredible Hulk a fun and enjoyable Superhero movie.

7. Spider Man 2

The sequel improves on Spiderman in heaps and bounds, not only does Spiderman still have his comedic side to him but also the action sequences are what you expect from a superhero movie AMAZING! Spideys fights with Dr Ock on the train are awesome to watch and are pretty much hard top.

6. Superman Returns

Finally a DC superhero movie in the charts. While the pace of the movie is not what you would expect from a superhero movie, and there isn’t a lot of action either. Superman Returns still delivers, with strong characters and an excellent cinematic experience in the plane sequence. Hopefully if there is a sequel there would be more action!

5. X-Men 2

More action than the first, from the wolverine fights to Night crawler’s invasion of the white house. This movie improved on the first in everyway possible and the ending was also very good for setting up what looked like a promising trilogy, little did we know X-Men the last stand would be rubbish.

4. Hancock

Some viewers may disagree, but Hancock had everything a superhero movie should have, some moments of comedy, action, story and strong acting. Will smith’s super performance also surprises me in this movie and Hancock deserves its place at number 4.

3. Iron Man

Not knowing much about the character of Iron Man I wasn’t sure what to expect when watching the movie. Everything from the character of Tony Stark to the onscreen performances of Downey and Paltrow were enjoyable to watch.

2. Superman the Movie

The original superman movie has everything a superhero movie should have, and considering it was made so long ago and is still rated by many fans as the best Superman Movie to date well that shows how good this movie is. The helicopter scene where the world is first introduced to Superman is amazing and makes me smile every time I watch it. Christopher Reeve pulls of Superman and Clark so well he’s still remembered today as one of the best actors to have played Superman. This film will make you believe a man can fly, and for this reason above all( Nod to the fans) Superman The Movie Ranks in at number 2 of all time superhero movies.

And now for the number 1 spot of all time superhero movies… Ghost Rider… Just kidding.

1. Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan can’t be thanked enough for making a Superhero movie so good that all the other Batman attempts are wiped from our minds. With the rubbish that came before Batman Begins it’s hard to see why any one would want another attempt at a Batman Film, but Nolan did this and the results are amazing. We have a truly believable superhero movie which gets rid of the silly plot lines, silly characters and unbelievable architecture of Gotham and made everything a lot more realistic which benefits this film. Christian Bale is an excellent choice for Batman and also Michael Caine is excellent as Bruce’s butler Alfred. Now bring on the sequel.

Author: Ricky Davies

Posted in Batman, Entertainment, Film, Films, Iron Man, Movie, Movies, Spiderman, Superman, X-men by KeyserSoze : September 24, 2008 - 7:24pm


The Great Internet Movie Rental Phenomenon

The latest craze for movie buffs everywhere is coming to a living room near you, if it hasn’t already. Internet movie rental services are making waves and gaining in popularity amongst time strapped film fans and budget conscious consumers alike. You may already have heard of Netflix and Blockbuster Online, but did you know about the cutting edge services that these companies have been busy developing? Let’s take a closer look at the online rental phenomenon and see whats coming next.

Let’s face it - who has time to drive to the video store and go thru racks of movies? Not I and probably not you either. Besides, the plot summary on the back of the DVD is great, but I’d like to know a little more before I decide to dedicate a couple hours to watching a film.

Internet movie rentals are not only convenient, they are a great way to discover movies that you may otherwise overlook. The rental services have developed entire communities to cater to their member base. You can look up movies, find similar movies, see reviews from ordinary people and chat about films all in one place. See a movie you’d like to watch? Click the button to have it shipped right to your door. It’s fast, its easy and it’s actually kind of fun!

All of the movie rental services operate in basically the same way. You are given a quota of the number of movies you can have out at once depending on the membership you choose. In addition to the movies that you can have shipped, you can enjoy extra cutting edge perks like streaming movies on demand. That’s right, both Blockbuster and Netflix have offerings that will zap a movie right to you in an instant. Blockbuster also offers a hybrid membership where you can choose to rent directly from the local store.

When you are done with a DVD, you seal it back up in a postage paid envelope and drop it in the mail box. A few days later, the next item in your queue arrives and you have a new movie to watch, just like that! It couldn’t be easier to indulge in all of the movies that your heart desires.

What types of movies can you rent from the online services? There are choices that range from the top Hollywood films to the more obscure and hard to find specialty films. The selection trumps any video store I have ever seen, and understandably so. It takes a warehouse to hold the variety of films that are offered by these services. So, if you are a fan of the unusual or an adventurous film buff, you will be thrilled with the variety of choices you have in movies.

All of these improvements over the traditional video store have combined to make internet movie rental services a huge hit for consumers and the companies alike. Both leading providers have also shown a commitment to utilize technology to bring subscribers more movies faster. With service and selection like this, it’s no wonder why renting online is now the “hip” (and affordable) way to indulge in the love of movies!

Author: Bob Barlowe

Posted in DVD, Entertainment, Film, Films, Movie, Movie Downloads, Movie Rental, Movies, Video by KeyserSoze : September 23, 2008 - 9:49pm


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