Gallery: Citizen Kane
After his father’s death, Orson Welles traveled to Europe using a small inheritance. He made his stage debut at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, in 1931. Above all, he was a performer.
While working extensively in theatre, Welles worked in radio. “Radio is what I love most of all. The wonderful excitement of what could happen in live radio, when everything that could go wrong did go wrong.” It was with this perilous attitude that Orson Welles would dive into his first film project.
Emmys: 2015 Emmy Predictions – Year in Advance
Monday night was full of surprises. In the end, “Breaking Bad” swept the dramatic categories, and “Modern Family” swept the comedic categories.
“Breaking Bad” and several other shows will not be making such an impact next year. Shows like “House of Cards” and “Game of Thrones” should be able to fight off the rest in the dramatic categories, and “Modern Family” will have to stay consistent, and not be intimidated by the several new fall comedies coming out this year.
So here’s a quick look at the main categories: series, lead/supporting acting. Keep refreshing our Emmys page for more future updates and to see more contenders per category.
Predictions are listed below alphabetically, check the pages for rankings, click on the category link to get there.
Analysis: Fargo’s True Story
Is “Fargo” based on a true story? No, it is not.
“The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers” is a book that collects essays about Joel and Ethan Coens’ films and dives into their deeper meanings. In this book their is an essay titled “The Coens’ Tragic Western” by Richard Gilmore. The essay begins with a quote for Cormac McCarthy from his novel “No Country for Old Men”:
“The point is there ain’t no point.”
Here is a passage from the Essay:
“How true a story is allegorically may even be the measure of a philosophy or of a work of literature, in general. This is very much, it seems to me, the measure of the value of the movies of the Coen brothers. Nearly all of their movies tell stories that are unbelievable at the literal level. It is certainly true that they are stories, but it is also true that they are in their own ways true stories, stories that reveal true things about the way the world is and about our ways of being in the world. It is precisely in this way that their movies function like philosophy.” Continue reading
Preview: The Potential of “Gone Girl”
Gillian Flynn is a popular novelist, early she wrote two books titled “Sharp Objects” and “Dark Places.” But her novel “Gone Girl” would become her most successful, both critically and financially. Flynn was formerly a writer for Entertainment Weekly; she now finds a film-adaptation of her most successful novel on the cover.
“Gone Girl” is the story of a rocky marriage between Nick and Amy Dunne. On their fifth anniversary Amy goes missing. The novel’s principal suspense comes from an uncertainty about Nick, and whether or not he killed his wife.
Thank you Mr. Williams.
As a young child my parents owned several Disney films and other cartoon movies on VHS with those giant foamy cases. The first time I was introduced to Robin Williams, I didn’t even know it. I can’t remember much from that time, but my mother tells me that I didn’t want much, until I wanted every single Disney action figure after purchasing a set of them.
I loved movies as a young kid, I REALLY loved “Aladdin” like many kids and adults alike. That was back when you didn’t really pay attention to who the voice actors were, or the politics of how the film was made or how it campaigned for awards. You just got lost in it.
I was born in 1992, the year that “Aladdin” came out. So as a young kid I got to enjoy the family-comedy portion of the Robin Williams’ career to the fullest extent. I LOVED “Jumanji,” “Flubber,” “Patch Adams” and remember being head over heels for “Bicentennial Man” when I was 7 years old in 1999.
As an adult, and as a movie fan, I grew up judging movies much more harshly. None of those films were that good anymore. But honestly, who cares what I think about a kids movie now as an adult? The movies weren’t made for me now, they were made for me then. But even as an adult, Williams gave a variety of performances, some of my personal favorites were “World’s Greatest Dad,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Dead Poets Society,” and “Good Morning Vietnam”
It goes without saying that I’ve never met Robin Williams personally, I’ve heard that he was a nice guy, but I’ve never met him.
What really adds insult to injury though is that Robin Williams took his own life. An actor, a comedian, that had made just about everyone laugh at least once fell victim to the darkest of circumstances.
Preview: The Potential of “The Theory of Everything”
Anthony McCarten isn’t a household name, but for the last 20 year he has been a very busy writer. Since 1990, he has written 7 novels, his first novel “Spinners” was voted one of the top ten novels of 2000 by Esquire magazine. He has wrote for 8 films, a few of which have been direct adaptations of his novels, some for television, and some shorts. He is written 12 plays and 1 musical. As far as films come, “The Theory of Everything” will be the most popular titled that he has worked on.
He began writing the script back in 2004. The film was to be an examination of Professor Stephen Hawking’s relationship with his now ex-wife Jane from 1963 when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease to his success in physics. Jane Wilde’s memoir, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen” served as inspiration for the film.
Analysis: Valve and the Third Game
Yesterday Valve is reported to have launched their long-awaited Source 2 engine as part of the new DOTA 2 Workshop Tools. Valve isn’t confirming that this is actually Source 2 – but Steam and DOTA 2 communities are confident that is the case. Why is this important news?
Well it may not be. Let’s start this story from the beginning.
Valve Corporation was founded by long-time Microsoft employees Gaben Newell and Mike Harrington on August 24, 1996. Newell and Harrington privately funded Valve through the development of a little game called “Half-Life.”
“Half-Life” was developed using the Quake engine which featured real-time 3D renderings and was originally created for the 1996 game “Quake.” “Half-Life” was originally planned to be released late 1997, but was delayed till November 19, 1998. Valve later acquired TF Software PTY Ltd, the makers of a mod called “The Team Fortress Mod” for “Quake,” with the intent to create a stand-alone game titled “Team Fortress.”