The Island Of Dr. Moreau screenwriter details what a "monster" Marlon Brando was on set

The documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey Of Richard Stanley’s Island Of Dr. Moreau chronicled the colossal clusterfuck that was the 1996 film adaptation of The Island Of Dr. Moreau. The film follows the bizarre process and eventual firing of director Richard Stanley, the douchebaggery of Val Kilmer, the militant…

Please enjoy these stories of method actors going to ridiculous extremes

We think of method acting these days normally in terms of its extremes—stories of actors refusing to bathe, destroying their metabolism for a role, or insisting on being called by their characters’ name even when off set. The idea of living the experiences of your character in order to better portray them has…

Bernardo Bertolucci responds to resurgent Last Tango In Paris controversy

Video from a 2013 interview with Bernardo Bertolucci resurfaced last week, in which the Last Tango In Paris director discussed the film’s infamous butter rape scene. Specifically, Bertolucci said that while he felt “guilty” about putting his lead actress Maria Schneider, who was 19 when the film was shot in 1972,…

Bernardo Bertolucci admits Last Tango In Paris rape scene was not consensual

A 2013 interview clip in which director Bernardo Bertolucci admits that he and star Marlon Brando conspired to keep details of a rape scene in Last Tango In Paris from Brando’s co-star Maria Schneider so that “her humiliation” and “her rage” would be genuine resurfaced yesterday, setting off a firestorm of controversy…

All the real-life references in the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! trailer

The intriguing trailer for Hail, Caesar!, the next film by Joel and Ethan Coen, debuted online only last week, and already fans having been poring over it, looking for clues as to the content of the full-length movie, which is due to be released on February 5, 2016. The fact that some of the film’s characters are…

Brando’s extraordinary career gets an ordinary treatment in Listen To Me Marlon

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Documentaries that avoid the standard talking-heads approach are always welcome, even if they sometimes turn out to be less innovative than they initially appear. Listen To Me Marlon, a sort of biographical collage, opens with these tantalizing words: “Throughout his lifetime, Marlon Brando made hundreds of hours of…