December 07, 2012 10:28am EST
2012 was a heated year for Presidential politics, with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney vying for the position of Commander-in-Chief and the battle of ideologies dominating every facet of pop culture. Movies and television also did their fair share of respectful homage-ing to the Head of State, with Daniel Day-Lewis' stirring portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg's Lincoln (and the vampire-hunting alternative), Jordan Peele finding room to mock our sitting Prez in Key and Peele, and Bill Murray finding the swinger side of America's only four-termer, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in this weekend's Hyde Park on the Hudson. History teachers across the country have never been prouder of what they do than in the last 365 days.
Presidents were this year's hot item on the big and small screens, but pop culture has always been obsessed with dressing up actors to look like the men who fill our text books. Inspired by 2012's trend, Hollywood.com has combed through cinematic history to whip up this handy infographic, chronicling decades of Presidential appearances in pop culture. In the end, one thing is clear: Futurama did a lot in the name of presidential representation.
Check below the image for the key, revealing the actor assigned to each president.
Click to EnlargeDavid Morse as George Washington in John AdamsWilliam Daniels as John Adams in 1776Nick Nolte as Thomas Jefferson in Jefferson in ParisBurgess Meredith as James Madison in Magnificent DollMorgan Wallace as James Monroe in Alexander HamiltonAnthony Hopkins as John Quincy Adams in AmistadCharlton Heston as Andrew Jackson in The President's LadyNigel Hawthorne as Martin Van Buren in AmistadDavid Clennon as William Henry Harrison in Tecumseh (1994)John Tyler in FuturamaJames K. Polk in FuturamaJames Gammon as Zachary Taylor in One Man's HeroMillard Fillmore has never been portrayedFranklin Pierce in FuturamaJames Buchanan has never been portrayedDaniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in LincolnDennis Clark as Andrew Johnson in The ConspiratorKevin Kline as Ulysses S. Grant in Wild Wild WestJohn DiMaggio as Rutherford B. Hayes in FuturamaFrancis Sayles as James A. Garfield in The Night RidersMaurice LaMarche as Chester A. Arthur in Futurama Pat McCormick as Grover Cleveland in FuturamaRoy Gordon as Benjamin Harrison in FuturamaPat McCormick as Grover Cleveland in FuturamaBrian Keith as William McKinley in Rough RidersRobin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt in Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianWalter Massey as William Howard Taft in The Greatest Game Ever PlayedBob Gunton as Woodrow Wilson in Iron Jawed AngelsWarren G. Harding in FuturamaCalvin Coolidge in FuturamaHerbert Hoover in FuturamaBill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on the HudsonGary Sinise as Harry S. Truman in TrumanTom Selleck as Dwight D. Eisenhower in Ike: Countdown to D-DayBruce Greenwood as John F. Kennedy Thirteen DaysRandy Quaid as Lyndon B. Johnson in LBJ: The Early YearsDan Hedaya as Richard Nixon in DickDick Crockett as Gerald Ford in Pink Panther Strikes AgainDan Aykroyd as Jimmy Carter in Saturday Night LiveJames Brolin as Ronald Reagan in The ReagansJames Cromwell as George H. W. Bush in W.Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton in The Special RelationshipTimothy Bottoms as George W. Bush in That's My Bush!Jordan Peele as Barack Obama in Key and Peele
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December 07, 2012 10:19am EST
In the spring of 1968, the world cried out with a new maxim — a timely chant inspired by the cinematic phenomenon that was the season's release of Planet of the Apes: "It was Earth all along!" Yes, the shocking reveal at the end of Charlton Heston's sci-fi adventure would become a benchmark in the timeline of cinematic twists. Now that the "Holy crap, this alien land is actually the human race's world?" shtick that marks the centerpiece of M. Night Shyamalan's religion has been long established and time again revisited, it can be explored. Such is what the upcoming Tom Cruise film, Oblivion, looks to do.
The new poster for the movie, which releases in 2013, plants Cruise in a long distant New York City, facing a marginally preserved Empire State Building as it and whatever its neighboring edifice is called (does anybody know?) form a post-apocalyptic waterfall. Presumably, Cruise plays an otherworldly traveler, perhaps with Earthly roots, who is sent to our home world to rid it of hostile aliens.
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November 02, 2012 7:36am EST
The Golden Globes have been handing out their prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award since 1952, when the honor's legendary director namesake took home the lifetime achievement honor for the very first time. DeMille was 70 years old when he was bestowed with the award, his 40-year career spawning epics like Cleopatra, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and The Ten Commandments.
This year, the award will go to an actress and director whose relatively short career has been equally impressive: Jodie Foster.
At 50, Foster will be the fourth youngest recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award. Younger recipients include 1958's Buddy Adler (age 48), 1967's Charlton Heston (age 43), and the youngest winner, 1962's Judy Garland, who was only 39 when she took home the all-encompassing career award.
Foster will join the ranks of modern Demille winners Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Morgan Freeman. She is also the first woman to be honored since Barbara Streisand in 2000.
Those are some heavy Hollywood hitters, but unlike most of her contemporaries, the 50-year-old Foster has been working for nearly her entire life. Foster found her first role at the age of three, starring in a commercial as the Coppertone baby. After jumping to TV, she quickly picked up the movie roles that would define her early career, like Disney's Freaky Friday and Scorsese's gritty drama Taxi Driver, a film that earned Foster an Academy Award nomination at the age of 15. She would eventually pick up the Best Actress award, twice in fact, for 1989's The Accused and in 1992 for The Silence of the Lambs (she found herself nominated a third time for 1994's Nell).
Through the '90s to the present, Foster has also established herself as a director. Her eclectic choices range from a horror episode of TV's Tales from the Darkside, the family drama Little Man Tate, the quirky Home for the Holidays, and the challenging portrait of mental illness, 2011's The Beaver. Foster will also direct an upcoming episode of the Netflix show Orange Is the New Black.
After stars and directors win the Cecil B. DeMille Award, their careers often continue to thrive — even more so in the case of past winners like De Niro (2011), Scorsese (2010), and Harrison Ford (2002). Foster has plenty on her plate for the future, including new directorial prospects and a role in the upcoming sci-fi flick Elysium. Has Foster done enough in Hollywood to earn a lifetime achievement award? You bet — but she also has plenty in the works that will add to her already monumental career.
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will honour the actress/director for her contributions to showbusiness at the group's 70th awards ceremony on 13 January (13).
Foster's Panic Room co-star Kristen Stewart and actor Simon Baker made the announcement at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday morning (01Nov12).
The 49 year old, who already has two Golden Globes for her performances in The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs, will be the youngest celebrity to be feted with the trophy since Charlton Heston in 1967.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award is given to individuals who have made an impact on entertainment. Previous recipients have included Morgan Freeman, Bette Davis, Harrison Ford, Audrey Hepburn, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
July 31, 2012 9:10pm EST
Gore Vidal, noted writer across a bevy of mediums, has passed away at age 86, it was announced Tuesday evening by his family. Vidal's passing occurred at his Hollywood Hills home from complications with pneumonia. Vidal was loved by many and seen as a beacon of truth in an oft-muddled political and social landscape.
Throughout his career, Vidal was considered many things outside of his writerly pursuits--though they were often intertwined--including a leading political voice and gay activist. One of his most famous works, The City and the Pillar, is said to be one of the first mainstream American novels to feature overtly gay characters at its center. It was so controversial at the time that The New York Times refused to review it in 1948.
He also crafted himself quite a screenwriting career, where he wrote the screenplays for such movies Suddenly, Last Summer, Lincoln, Is Paris Burning, and Caligula, as well as contributed to the script of the Charlton Heston epic, Ben-Hur. His 1968 novel, Myra Breckenridge, wove a satire full of his passion for film (and Hollywood), as well as a fascination with same-sex relationships into an over-the-top yet groundbreaking work.
His play, The Best Man, is currently in revival on Broadway and features a stellar cast of James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Stamos, Kristin Davis, Cybill Shepherd, and John Larroquette. His writing was so poignant and strong that even 50 years after it was written, it still feels relevant to the current conversation.
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The veteran actor passed away on Tuesday (17Jul12). Details of his death have not been released, but Paull was diagnosed with stomach cancer earlier this year (12).
The actor, who also appeared in film classics Patton and Norma Rae, played Holden in Ridley Scott's sci-fi hit and became the director's sidekick on set after suggesting he hire Daryl Hannah to play replicant Pris in the film and fire Sean Young.
Scott agreed with Paull on the former and famously ignored him on the Young advice, casting the actress as Harrison Ford's love interest in the movie.
Paull became a serious theatre actor first on Broadway and then in California, where he was spotted by Franklin J. Schaffner and cast in his 1970 epic Patton, alongside George C. Scott.
Paull was with the movie great in Spain, where the film was shot, when Scott allegedly claimed the eye of a drunk American tourist in a bar brawl.
Paull also appeared in Fools' Parade and John Wayne movie Cahill U.S. Marshal.
He also enjoyed success on TV with roles in Gunsmoke, The Waltons, McCloud and Ironside, and he was a long-time union official in Hollywood, serving on the Screen Actors Guild board of directors and co-founding Actors Working for an Actors' Guild with close friend Charlton Heston.
He also made his mark in Hollywood as a talent agent.
March 27, 2012 7:55am EST
This weekend, we will all feel the Wrath of the Titans. The follow-up to the 2010 remake of the fantasy epic Clash of the Titans once again finds Perseus, again played by Sam Worthington, matching wits, and steel with the ancient Greek gods (as well as the dreaded Titans). Along with Worthington, actors Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes return as gods Zeus and Hades respectively. These actors, themselves titans of the screen, got us thinking about our favorite cinematic depictions of deities. Get yourself in the mood for this spring blockbuster by paying them homage.
Zeus (Luke Evans), Immortals
Liam Neeson is far from the only actor to play the supreme deity of Mt. Olympus. In the original Clash of the Titans, the mantle was donned by one of the greatest actors who ever lived: Sir Laurence Olivier.
But as iconic as Olivier’s Zeus remains, one of my favorite portrayals of that mythic patriarch was that created by Luke Evans in Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Though the movie overall isn’t stellar, Evans’ take on Zeus captures the god’s trademark fiery temper. His edict about the gods not intervening into the fates of men is upheld with a thunderous vengeance. One particular god who dares defy him faces his explosive wrath—a wrath surely no titan could match.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Thor
Moving from Greek to Norse mythology, there are few denizens of Asgard mightier and more notable than Thor, the God of Thunder. Last year, Marvel brought this deity, whom they had translated to a comic book uber hero, to the big screen in a stunning 3D epic.
Chris Hemsworth was faced with the daunting task of not only making Thor believable and heroic in his own mythic realm, but also to maintain that sincerity once he is suddenly transported to our dimension. Hemsworth plays mighty and vulnerably out-of-place to perfection and it’s his performance that elevates the film. Plus, how badass is that hammer?
Hades (James Woods), Hercules
One of my favorite Disney animated films is 1997’s Hercules. Of the many fantastic elements of the movie is James Woods’ hilarious take on the Greek god of the underworld: Hades. The film plays up the rivalry between Zeus and Hades, but tamed down a bit for kids.
Woods lends a frantic, comical snark to Hades, but equally entertaining are the moments wherein he flies completely of the handle. The animators design Hades with a perpetual blue flame encompassing his head, which bursts to dizzying heights when he’s angry. One can imagine the joy that would have come from watching Woods record these scenes in the booth.
God (Morgan Freeman), Bruce Almighty
So many actors have played The Big Guy in films that it’s hard to keep track. The short list includes such names as George Burns, Charlton Heston, and even Alanis Morissette. But in 2003’s Bruce Almighty, possibly the definitive portrayal of the man upstairs was crafted by none other than Morgan Freeman. To be fair, Freeman had a major advantage right out of the gate in that the timbre of his voice is naturally rich and, frankly, angelic. But the wisdom, the ironic humor, and the effortlessly imposing presence he brings to the role make this a lovable God you can believe in no matter what your individual faith.
Ryuuk (Shidou Nakamura), Death Note
This one is a bit obscure, but I highly, highly recommend the 2006 film version of Japanese manga/anime Death Note. The story revolves around a young man who comes into possession of a bizarre notebook. Any name he writes in the book will cause the bearer of that name to suffer a heart attack and die within seconds. The notebook formerly belonged to Ryuuk, one of the many gods of death. The design of this animated character, coupled with his unhinged physicality and diabolical chuckle, makes Ryuuk one of the most outlandish and captivating gods ever committed to celluloid.
January 26, 2012 7:10am EST
For a guy with so many plague-bringings, sea-splittings, and commandment-receivings to his name, Moses hasn't really had the big screen representation you might think he deserves. One could surmise that Cecil B. DeMille's Charlton Heston classic The Ten Commandments sort of laid claim to all Moses glory. Since, only a small number of Moses films have come to be, including the animated The Prince of Egypt and, if you want to count it, Mel Brooks' comedy History of the World Part I. In fact, the most memorable example might very well be a TV incarnation. Perhaps all other would-be attempters feared the risk of living in the shadow of ABC's Passover staple. But Moses will be reattempted by one man who I think we're all sure can handle the story appropriately: Steven Spielberg. Negotiations have attached the legendary auteur to the developing Gods and Kings, a chronicle of Moses' life and story, for some time. At this point, the deal is nearly finalized. We should be expecting a Spielberg Moses movie in the works in the near future.
Reportedly, the film will take a grittier, less "glamorous" perspective of the story than The Ten Commandments did. Deadline compares the new vision to the likes of Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, or the classic warrior movie Braveheart.
It will certainly be interesting to see Spielberg handle such a spiritual story with this level of realism. The story of Moses leading the Jews out of the tyranny of Egypt and into the Promised Land is one of the Tanakh's most significant tales. Obviously, the notion of "reimagining" Moses in a warrior light will come along with some controversy. Whereas some will find it easy to conform to this vision, others will undoubtedly take issue with Spielberg's design of the project. But stepping away from the religious significance of the story and thinking purely as a lover of film, there is almost no doubt that Spielberg will handle Gods and Kings will terrific flavor.
December 14, 2011 6:54am EST
One of the surprise hits of Summer 2011 Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a sci-fi thriller out of place in a season full of superheroes sequels and animated movies. Though its CGI and state-of-the-art motion capture technology is what drove the masses to the theaters the sociological message at the film’s core is what made it such a unique blockbuster. That and Andy Serkis of course. The former (and future) Lord of the Rings star takes on the role of Caesar in the big-budget prequel to the classic franchise and is without a doubt the greatest special effect the film boasts. His performance evokes more emotion than any of the other actors were able to deliver and the digital character he helps create is one of the true cinematic marvels of the year. Lucky for me (and all fans of the film) Fox’s home entertainment release of Apes is an in-depth look at how it was made as well as an ode to the original series.
Before I tell you all about the great special features the Blu-ray contains I must first make mention of how incredible the HD transfer of the film is. The 1080p picture enhances the aesthetic of the Apes and the natural environments featured in the movie ten-fold; this is perhaps the first time that I preferred a home-viewing instead of a theater screening. And don’t even get me started on the sound: with a decent 5.1 surround sound system you’ll be able to hear the Apes in a virtual three-dimensional setting as they make their way from tree to tree and roof to roof. It’s a world that you’ll be happy to be immersed in and the bonus content will take you even further inside.
The deleted scenes don’t just add to the story they inform the viewer of the genius of Andy Serkis as most feature the performer’s raw unfinished footage as Caesar. These clips show you how his movements and facial expressions would eventually translate to the final cut and it’s incredibly fascinating to behold. A perfect complement to these scenes then is a featurette entitled “The Genius of Andy Serkis” in which his co-stars producers and director gloat about his superpowers. For the longtime Apes follower another extra “Mythology of the Apes” finds the filmmakers discussing the legacy of the Charlton Heston movies at length including how older plot points informed the prequel. With “A New Generation of Apes” the WETA visual effects team dishes on the challenge of bringing an army of Apes to the big screen while “Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries” expands on it with on-set footage that shows you the equipment used to make the monkeys and doubles as a stunt display that breaks down the gripping Golden Gate bridge sequence at the climax of the movie.
The musically inclined audience will love another featurette that finds composer Patrick Doyle discussing the thought-process behind the beautiful score of the film. It’s an enlightening piece of content as I find it most interesting to hear why certain harmonic choices were made at pivotal points in the picture. All too often a movie’s non-pop soundtrack doesn’t get the attention it deserves so it’s nice to see the Fox was willing to give this incredibly talented department its due on the disc. Additional features include “The Great Apes” a documentary that shows you how various primates live in today’s world a concept art gallery trailers sneak peaks and two separate commentary tracks one with director Rupert Wyatt and another with writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver which are both worth tuning in to.
I’m often disappointed with the lack of bonus content available to consumers on Blu-ray discs but Fox Home Entertainment treated this release with utmost care and consideration so my advice is to add Rise of the Planet of the Apes to the stockings of the movie fan in your home this season.
December 13, 2011 9:48am EST
By now most movie fans have heard about Tom Cruise’s more-insane-than-couch-jumping decision to perform a series of harrowing stunts, himself, near the top of the world’s tallest building. It’s probably, at the very least, the craziest stunt pulled off by a big star without the aid of a stunt double, and the finished sequence in the film, this week’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, makes it all worthwhile (which is much easier to say as someone who didn’t have to perform said stunts). Here are the stunt sequences it rivals – the best, craziest such scenes of all time.
Death Proof: The Car Chase
The movie is about a (deranged, sadistic) stuntman, but it’s a real-life stuntwoman, Zoe Bell, who steals the show and single-handedly makes for one of the most exciting, insane stunt sequences in recent history. In Quentin Tarantino’s homage to Vanishing Point and other muscle-car revenge flicks, he clearly wouldn’t settle for CGI, and Bell – his stuntwoman on the Kill Bill movies – was game for his vision. That is REALLY her hanging off of the hood of that speeding, iconic 1970 Dodge Charger in the climactic chase scene, which took six weeks to shoot. Soooo worth it (for viewers).
The French Connection: The Train Chase
It is considered by many to be the chase-scene gold standard, and rightfully so; bonus points for the fact that most of the sequence is, in fact, real (not too many technological options in 1971). Star Gene Hackman, who does a good chunk of the driving, and the stuntmen involved, who, well, do the driving that was too dangerous for Hackman, both deserve a lot of credit, but director William Friedkin turned this sequence – in which Hackman’s Popeye Doyle chases down a hitman from below an elevated train – into an absolute masterpiece thanks to ingenious camerawork and quick cuts. Really, really quick cuts.
GoldenEye: The Bungee Jump
All James Bond movies show off impressive, elaborate stunt work; GoldenEye, namely its opening sequence, took things to a whole different level. In explanation, the scene is relatively simple: It’s a really long bungee jump from atop a dam. But stuntman Wayne Michaels could’ve died pretty easily during the shot (i.e., smacking against the wall at some point on the way down). And he set an all-time record for bungee jumping from a fixed object. And on-set anxiety. And audience amazement. Oh, and at the end of the jump, he manages to fire a gun, as seen in the movie. Not too shabby.
Speed: The Bus Jump
Pop quiz, hotshot: There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do? ! Answer: Whatever is necessary to keep the bus a-chuggin’, including jumping a 50-foot gap in the freeway. Stunt-wise, this sequence in the 1994 Keanu Reeves vehicle (hehe) is the film’s climax, and director’s Jan de Bont’s setup and execution are pretty damned thrilling, even for the most silly-stunt-jaded moviegoers among us. Never mind the fact that Mythbusters – and logic – totally disproved this stunt’s plausibility!
Jackie Chan’s Entire Career
His acting is often the butt of his movies’ joke – at least his American offerings, in which he’s typically paired with cinematic opposites, like the fast-talking Chris Tucker (Rush Hour franchise) and slow-talking Owen Wilson (Shanghai movies) – but Jackie Chan’s stunt work is seriously amazing. Throughout his nearly 40-year career, Chan has performed most of his own stunts, oftentimes at the risk and expense of his well-being … and insurance from studios! Say what you will about the latter part of his career and the so-called watering down of his stunts – if there were a lifetime-achievement Oscar for actors who perform their own stunts (perhaps with a catchier category name), Chan would win. He’ll probably just have to settle for the Taurus version of that award, though, which he won in 2002.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Steven Spielberg movies might be worthy of a Best Stunts of All Time list all their own, and Raiders could almost have ITS own list, but one sequence does tend to stand out in the Indiana Jones classic: Indy’s – er, Harrison Ford’s stunt double’s – improbable takeover of a truck … via horse.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
“You want outta this parking lot? OK.” Needless to say, Dan Aykroyd’s Elwood doesn’t follow that classic line up with a conventional exit but rather a, uh, longcut through a Toys ‘R’ Us, then a crowded mall, leaving the pursuing cops in his and Jake’s retail dust – and creating quite possibly the best-ever stunt sequence in a comedy.
One of the earliest examples of amazing stuntsmanship, this Charlton Heston Oscar sweeper featured the iconic chariot-race sequence, which required thousands of extras, the largest film set ever built and many weeks for fill-in director Andrew Marton to shoot. The result speaks for itself.
Vanishing Point (1971)
With all the ridiculous, over-the-top car stunts executed in this aforementioned Tarantino fave, it’s basically a made-for-videogame movie – you know, long before that really became a thing.
Bullitt (1968), Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974)
See Vanishing Point, above.