Andrew Sarris, Former Village Voice Film Critic, Dies at 83

John Cook · 06/20/12 02:41PM

Andrew Sarris, the charmingly disputatious Village Voice and New York Observer film critic who helped make New York's film community in the '70s and '80s a cauldron of intrigue and joyous rhetorical sniping, died this morning after suffering a fall. He was, as the Times put it, an "intellectual duelist" whose frequent battles with rival Pauline Kael didn't stop him from inviting her to his wedding to Molly Haskell. Kael declined: "That's OK. I'll go to Molly's next wedding." (Haskell and Sarris remained married; she is his only survivor.)

Obscure Poetry, Student Filmmakers, and Chloe Sevigny: It's the James Franco Project

Leah Beckmann · 05/15/12 02:08PM

Puff of 1920's French salon smoke James Franco is in the midst of adapting two books of poetry for two different films. Stephen Dobyns' Black Dog, Red Dog will feature Olivia Wilde, Chloe Sevigny and Whoopi Goldberg, while Tar, by the great C.K. Williams, stars Mila Kunis and Jessica Chastain alongside Franco himself. Big stars, small budgets, lots of Tisch student participation.

Bloodthirsty Bully Harvey Weinstein Releases Movie About Bullies

John Cook · 03/30/12 04:00PM

Today marks the release of Bully, a "moving and troubling documentary" about the victims of adolescent bullying. It's being distributed by the Weinstein Company, which is co-run by Harvey Weinstein, a monstrous and violent bully who has hurt hundreds of people with his frequent rages and sociopathic lack of concern for the emotional or physical well-being of anyone with less power than himself.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Recall DVD Commentary Is the Best Ever

Matt Cherette · 11/20/11 11:15PM

This is me writing the lede to a post that features a video of Arnold Schwarzenegger's DVD commentary for Total Recall. This is me telling you that Schwarzenegger's commentary is literal to the point of hilarity. This is me highlighting the great moment of the sweat running down, which gives it away. Here it is. [via Reddit]

100,000 'Atlas Shrugged' DVDs Recalled for Perfectly Hilarious Reason

Jim Newell · 11/11/11 02:41PM

In what appears to be a legitimate press release on the blog of the official Atlas Shrugged Part I website, the producers of the film have announced that they will "replace more than 100,000 title sheets appearing on the Atlas Shrugged Part 1 DVD and Blu-ray versions." Sounds like a pain in the ass. Why? Did child porn pics somehow show up on them? No! But the ultimate Randian curse word — "self-sacrifice" — did, and that's worse.

The Many Onscreen Deaths of Steve Buscemi

Matt Cherette · 10/28/11 02:42AM

Steve Buscemi is known for three things: his excellent acting, his not exactly leading man looks, and for getting killed off in nearly every movie or television show in which he appears. That's what inspired clever YouTube user dondrapersayswhat to create this supercut of Buscemi's many onscreen deaths, all in under two minutes.

The Human Centipede 2: Misery Loves Company

Matt Cherette · 09/28/11 01:23AM

Here's a trailer for The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence, the sequel to Tom Six's 2009 torture porn shocker. The movie revolves around a creepy fat guy's obsession with—and attempt to recreate—the experiment depicted in the original film. And by "experiment," I mean "the ass-to-mouth sewing together of three people." But since sequels always outdo their predecessors, the psychopath in Full Sequence rounds the number of victims up from three to a dozen. Is it any surprise the movie's already been banned in the UK?

One for the Money: Katherine Heigl Ruins Another Genre

Matt Cherette · 09/25/11 11:33PM

Here's the trailer for One for the Money, an upcoming action comedy adapted from the 1994 novel by Janet Evanovich. Out January 27, the movie stars Katherine Heigl as an obnoxious New Jersey girl named Stephanie Plum, who—after losing both her husband and her job—decides to make ends meet by becoming a bounty hunter, because obviously. It also features Sherri Shepherd as a hungry prostitute and Debbie Reynolds as the requisite dinner table turkey-shooting grandma. So kooky and likable, just like Katherine Heigl!

Weekend: The Best Damn Romantic Movie in a Long Time

Brian Moylan · 09/23/11 02:26PM

We're so trained to watch romantic movies that are of the dreaded rom-com variety—with its silly conventions, outlandish plots, and preternaturally good-looking people—that seeing something that is familiar and real is not only shocking and disorienting, but really rewarding. Weekend is a movie just like that.

What's Opening in Theaters This Weekend

Richard Lawson · 09/02/11 05:01PM

The Labor Day weekend is a slow weekend at the movies, everyone's too busy trying to smother the dread of going back to work with hotdogs and beer, but there are still things opening! Beware of sharks! And moon aliens.

The Gawker Guide to Fall Movies

Richard Lawson · 08/31/11 11:10AM

With the Labor Day holiday approaching, it's becoming sadly clear: Summer is over. It's time to turn to autumnal things. That's not all bad, though! Fall movies, for example, are usually the year's best. Let's take a look at this year's selection, shall we?

What's Opening in Theaters This Weekend

Richard Lawson · 08/26/11 05:55PM

Those of you not spending your weekend cowering in your houses while some mean lady named Irene roars around outside might just want to go see a movie. This weekend there's an idiot brother, creepy house monsters, and a butt-kicking babe.

The Rum Diary: Johnny Depp Is Drunk Again

Matt Cherette · 08/25/11 11:58PM

Here's a trailer for The Rum Diary, which hits theaters this October. Based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel of the same name, the movie stars Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp, a late '50s NYC journalist/alcoholic who eventually finds himself in the middle of some sort of hotel development scheme down in San Juan. There's also a hot woman. And lots of rum! So basically, it's Pirates of the Caribbean, except without the accents. Or the pirates. [via ET]

Gourmet Movie Theaters Will Save the Industry

Richard Lawson · 08/16/11 11:51AM

There's a new(ish) trend happening, guys! At movie theaters. Soon gone will be the days of stale popcorn with chemical butter sauce and watery Diet Coke. Instead we'll be feasting upon croquettes and deviled eggs. Movie theaters are getting fancy.

Filmmaker Documenting History of LA's Toilet-Paper Brotherhood

Lauri Apple · 08/07/11 12:41PM

Back in 1979, long before all teenage pranks became felonies, a red-haired Los Angeles high schooler and three of his friends formed a dedicated group of surreptitious home toilet-paperers. Thirty-two years later, this group still exists! And now an ex-member's trying to make a documentary about it.