Released in 1999, Spike Jonze's 'Being John Malkovich' starred John Cusack as a struggling puppeteer who finds a portal into actor John Malkovich's brain. The clever meta-fantasy dramedy was a hit, and earned Oscar nominations for Best Director for Jonze, Best Screenplay for the wildly imaginative Charlie Kaufman's script, and Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Keener. This year, the film celebrates its 15th anniversary, so join us for a look back at the cast of the film as we see what they're up to now.
Call it, 'Worse Grandpa.'
Like they have done previously with the 'Jackass' series of films, Johnny Knoxville confirmed to us this weekend that a 'Bad Grandpa 1.5' is on the way that would be a sequel made up of parts that didn't make it into the original. And? It's going to star two Oscar-nominees.
I am an extremely smart, well-educated man. However there are aspects of refined culture that always seem to escape me. Example: I recently took a wine tasting tour in France. "What can you say about this one?" I was asked. "Um, it's good?" "Yes, but notice how the tannins aren't too rich in the front but the finish is clear in the back? And the notes of black current, honey and tobacco smoke?" "I taste grape."
I'm exaggerating, but this is what I want to shout during most movie scenes featuring classical musicians practicing a piece. It sounds fine, then the teacher comes in and shouts, "No! You have to FEEL it, to understand what the composer was saying about heartache and despair!" And then the teacher proceeds to play it in pretty much the exact same way.
It drives me crazy and, to be sure, it happens in 'A Late Quartet,' but, luckily by this point of the film you are quite in tune with the different characters -- know them, even -- and are willing to let it slide. Frankly, a great deal of 'A Late Quartet,' a gossipy soap opera for the NPR-set, is forgiven because of its marvelous cast.
As we move out of summer and away from the big blockbusters, it's time to embrace the simpler films, like 'The Oranges.' The official trailer for the quirky comedy has arrived to give us our first look at its exceptional family dysfunction.
HBO has been the place to go for great artists looking to try something new. From Martin Scorsese to Michael Mann to Jody Hill and David Gordon Green, we've seen a number of A-listers set up a show on the station. The latest is Charlie Kaufman, who will write and direct a show with Catherine Keener set to star.