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Thursday
Aug 30 2018

Showbiz History: Greta Garbo,R Crumb,Bill Murray,Cameron Diaz

6 random things that happened on this day in showbiz history

1797Mary Shelley born.She lived in infamy during her time as a disgraced woman who ran off with an already married man but she'll live forever due to her epistolary novel "Frankenstein: Or,The Modern Prometheus,"which has had countless editions since its first publication when she was only 20 years old.The book has inspired countless other works of art and the classic Frankenstein monster itself has shown up in over 50 films.Did any of you watch theMary Shelleybiopic starring Elle Fanning earlier this year?Murtada interviewed the director right here.

1935Greta Garbo isAnna Karenina,new in movie theaters.Garbo will win the NYFCC prize,the first of two Best Actress wins in a three year span.Surprisingly,that's not all that rare of a trick...

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Thursday
Jun 28 2018

1994 Q&A: Frankenstein,Weaver,Past Glories,Future Nominations.

Okay,our last dive into 1994!I recently asked readers to send in their '94 related questions (other questions will still be answered but that's for the next Q&A).So here's our final pontifying for that year.You asked,I answer.

JAMES: 1994 was the year ofFrankenstein,the movie that led to Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh splitting up,due to his affair with HBC.Thoughts on Thompson & Branagh's (professional) partnership?What projects would they have excelled at if they stayed together?

"IT'S ALIVE!"Or,rather."IT'S DEAD!"Emma and Kenneth.Kenneth and Emma.Sigh.Insert broken heart emoji.Young Nathaniel was so sad when they split.They were the Definitive Early 90s 'It Couple: UK Edition.That was such an awesome cinematic partnership.I adored their over-the-top genre mashup and reincarnation chutzpah inDead Againand their luminous Shakespearean comedy inMuch Ado About Nothing.

If you think about itFrankenstein,with its pulp grotesqueries,and bodice-ripped lustiness is absolutely the work of the same guy who madeDead Again.I missthatBranagh,still...

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Wednesday
Sep 13 2017

TIFF: Elle Fanning is "Mary Shelley"

Our ongoing adventuresat TIFF

In the summer of 1816 legendary Romantic literary figures Mary Shelley (and stepsister Claire Clairmont),Percy Shelley,Lord Byron and Dr John Polidori were holed up in a Swiss estate and challenged each other to write scary ghost stories.From that fateful contest two famous works of horror emerged ("Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus"in 1818 and "The Vampyre"in 1819 -- neither of them actual ghost stories!).Ken Russell attacked this collision of authors with his trademark sexual abandon and visual insanity inGothic(1986) and his wasn't the first or last film to stare with fascination at that morbid contest 201 years ago.We return to that summer for a good chunk ofHaifaa al-Mansour'sMary Shelleybut with far different intent.

Haifaa al-Mansour,the first Saudi female film director (she previously directedWadjda) is more interested in the trailblazing of Mary Shelley (née Godwin) as a female author -- and the unique challenges that came with her gender in the literary world of 1818 -- than in the creation of Frankenstein...

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Tuesday
Jul 12 2016

Javier Bardem Is a (Frankenstein's) Monster

Get ready for more reboot franchise mayhem because Universal's Monster Cinematic Universe is growing: Javier Bardem has signed on to play Frankenstein's Monster.

Without any superheros to rely on,the studio is going back to their canon of classic horror icons and roping in some big names.Tom Cruise is the lead in next year'sThe Mummyrevamp,with Russell Crowe also appearing as Dr.Jekyll.Johnny Depp has been confirmed as the Invisible Man for his own stand alone film.Their names may carry cache but each is in need of a (non-Mission: Impossible) hit we can get excited about,so here's hoping they can sommon more than anotherVan Helsing.

But Bardem's casting is easily the most exciting of the bunch.Let's not forget the actor does creepy so well that he got an Oscar for it,even if his most terrifying feat was his hairstyle inThe Counselor.One of Bardem's strongest gifts is his powerful physical prescence and that should make the character a natural fit - and for the inevitable Bride of Frankenstine Penelope Cruz is right there!

With Dwayne Johnson rumored to be taking on the Wolf Man,this begs the question:who should be our next Dracula?

Friday
Mar 25 2016

Good Movies v Terrible Movies

Joshhere to talk battles.

Currently yelling in cinemas isBatman v Superman,a dazzling acting showcase about Batman and Superman getting divorced and having a heartwrenching custody battle over their son Billy.Both characters were created in the 1930s and onscreen in one form or another since the 1940s.It's surprising that it's taken this long for the powers that be at Warner Bros to put them in the same movie,and have them spar.The Avengersbeat them to it by a blockbuster mile with characters created in the 1960s an onscreen much later.It,too,had its iconic heroes having a tiff even if only ever mildly sparring (untilCivil Warhits cinemas later this year).There's an audience itch that is scratched seeing two things we know,putting them into the same box and shaking it to see what happens.ForBatman v Superman?A 33% Rotten Tomatoes rating.

Let's look as the history other Vs to see if they fare any better.

Freddy Vs.Jason.
Once Destiny's Child disbanded,Kelly Rowland was not going to let Beyonce be the only break out star,so she did the only thing anyone would do to ensure mega-stardom: appear in a horror movie where the human characters don't matter at all,and still get murdered anyway.The premise isn't that bad;people have forgotten Freddy and forgotten fear so he resurrects Jason to pave the way.But then they get fed up of each other playing with each others toys and THEY want to be the one to impale post-coital teenagers not the other facially challenged undead monster!The execution is as sloppy and lacking in tension as the stomach muscles on the other end of Freddy's machete.
Sequel/Prequel to: Direct sequel toFriday the 13th(1980) andNightmare on Elm Street (1984).The last film in each franchise before they were both rebooted.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 41%

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Monday
Nov 02 2015

Beauty vs Beast: Spy Fall

Double-Oh Jason fromMNPPhere with this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast"-- overseas the latest James Bond adventure (you know,the little thing calledSpectre)is already doing bang-up business,breaking records left right and center;we'll see how it does here in the US this weekend but I thinkThe Martianis probably about to end its month-long streak at the top of the box office.

So have you seen the film yet?I'm seeing it tonight and I have to admit I'm going into this one less enthuastically than I have previous ones (mind you I haven't read any reviews) and I don't think it's only the fact that there aren't any shots of Daniel Craig in a bathing suit in the promotional materials.Perhaps it's Craig own clear weariness with the character?Maybe it's the obvious Christoph Waltz casting?Maybe it only seems possible to come downward from the high heights ofSkyfall?Well fingers crossed I'm off the mark,and speaking ofSkyfall...

PREVIOUSLYI hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!I had a lovely one this year and I'm still nursing the happy hum of a tummy-ache from all the leftover candy I scarfed.We celebrated here at TFE last weekwith a Frankenstein-Off,and y'all proved there's nothing stiffer,competition-wise,than a great big electric-fried beehive as the Bride stormed off with 72% of your vote.SaidTom:

"Voting for the Bride.The fact that Lancaster was able to create a lasting impression of movie goers with a fraction of the screentime that Korloff had,says it all."

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