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The Bottom Shelf: Basket Case Trilogy and Audition

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Our monthly round up of horror DVDs and Blu-rays, led by the wonderful and terrifying Audition...

So, it seems to be time once again to ask that age-old question: what’s your favourite cinematic depiction of conjoined twins? Ranging from the mutoid majesty of That Guy In Total Recall With The Talking Stomach Baby through to the Farrelly brothers’ gross-out gubbins Stuck On You, Hollywood has carved a progressive path in its depiction of wretched freaks of nature, magical otherworldly beings and monstrous killers. Following in this glorious tradition of stigmatising the disabled (insert Iain Duncan Smith reference here), this month sees the Bluray release of Frank Henenlotter’s classic splatter comedy Basket Case trilogy.

The director of the equally subtle Frankenhooker cut his teeth with his 1982 cult favourite Basket Case, which told the tale of the Bradley brothers, bemulleted Duane (Kevin van Hentenryck), the ostensibly ’normal
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The Conversation: Top 10 American Indie Filmmakers Missing in Action

No film buff wants to see a promising, or prominent filmmaker pull a disappearing act a la Terrence Malick, (though it seems he isn’t keen to repeat another lapse like the one between Days of Heaven to The Thin Red Line), but whether they’re dealing with unforeseeable professional (endless pre-production woes, writer’s block) or personal issues, sometimes there is a considerable time between projects.

With John Cameron Mitchell, Charlie Kaufman, Rebecca Miller, Patty Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and more recently, Barry Jenkins recently moving out of the so called “inactive” period, we decided to compile a list of the top ten American filmmakers who, for the most part, we’ve lost sight of and would like to see get back in the director’s chair again. Most of the filmmakers listed below have gone well over half a decade without a substantial movement in this category. Here is
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Accidental Love review

Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal star in the long-shelved comedy, Accidental Love. Ryan finds out whether it was worth the 7-year wait...

In the beginning there was David O Russell's Nailed, a political comedy which began filming in 2008 and, after a disastrous string of financing problems, seemingly died two years later. Deciding to cut his losses, a frustrated Russell abandoned the project in 2010 and moved onto Oscar glory with The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.

But like Rasputin, Nailed has lingered on without Russell's involvement. Missing pieces have been shot and put in place, and the finished film - now called Accidental Love - is credited to one Stephen Greene, an Alan Smithee-like pseudonym. The result is a fitfully amusing farce that can't begin to hide the scars of its troubled production.

Jessica Biel stars as Alice, an 25-year-old small-town waitress who's caught the eye of vain local cop,
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Matt Damon joins Alexander Payne’s high concept sci-fi, 'Downsizing'

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Matt Damon joins Alexander Payne’s high concept sci-fi, 'Downsizing'
Alexander Payne sticks to the real. Even with the biting satire of "Election," "Sideways’" melancholy sitcomisms, and the quirk "Nebraska," his films keep their feet on the ground. But there’s a high-concept side to Payne, a writer capable of penning "Jurassic Park 3" and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry." We’ll see those skills put to good use when his percolating script "Downsizing" finally comes to fruition with one of Hollywood’s most talented leading men. Deadline reports that Matt Damon will star in "Downsizing," a small-scale sci-fi drama co-written with Jim Taylor ("About Schmidt," "Sideways"). In the script’s early days of development, Reese Witherspoon and Paul Giamatti were in talks to star as a financially troubled married couple. Damon will likely take over the latter's part. "Downsizing" has all the makings of Payne’s "Eternal Sunshine" or "her." Previously described by the director as a deranged
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Gary Oldman interview: RoboCop, Barack Obama and more

Interview Ryan Lambie 7 Feb 2014 - 06:09

We talk to Gary Oldman about his role in RoboCop, his thoughts on the original, politics, and refusing to play a villain in Batman Begins...

Gary Oldman: quite possibly the finest actor of his generation. A charismatic force of nature, capable of blazing through the screen as a central villain (like killer cop Norman Stansfield in Leon), or even in relatively small roles, like the bizarre Drexl Spivey in True Romance. Then there are the stunning character portrayals, like Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, or Beethoven in Immortal Beloved, or the troubled Jackie Flannery in the little-seen but wonderful State Of Grace.

Typecast for a time, at least in Hollywood, as the go-to villain type - see Air Force One, The Fifth Element or Lost In Space to name three - Oldman has since, as he puts it, "turned the ship around", and
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10 Awful Casting Decisions That Spoiled Entire Movies

When Ben Affleck was recently announced as the next actor in line to play the Caped Crusader, the internet exploded with fan outrage. Without actually knowing what the latest rendition of Batman will look like, or, seeing any footage of Affleck in the role to fairly assess his performance, Bat-fans are already crying for Affleck to be removed from the role.

While the most reasonable thing to do would be to reserve judgment until we actually see Affleck’s performance, the memories of his horrendous turn in Daredevil still linger in the minds of comic book fans who have been quick to condemn what they perceive to be a stupendously bad casting decision.

Even though I will wait to until I see the final product to ultimately judge whether the studio heads made a good or bad call, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at

'The Hobbit' and Other Little People Movies, From Least to Most Belittling

"The Hobbit" hits theaters this Friday and besides all the hobbits, orcs, elves, humans, dragons and Gollums, there's also a group of sturdy folk who form the backbone of the movie: Dwarves.

This isn't the first time dwarves have been portrayed in film, of course — and it's not the first time that little people have been played on screen by regular-sized folks, either. But "The Hobbit," with its band of stout and heroic dwarven heroes, is undoubtedly one of the most prominent portrayals of little people in Hollywood's long and checkered history.

So that got us thinking: Where is "The Hobbit" going to end up ranking on the scale of most positive to most demeaning portrayals of little people in film? To help you decide that for yourself, here's a quick continuum of nine prominent movies featuring little people, ranked from most positive to most demeaning.

1. 'The Station Agent
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Peter Dinklage defends Gary Oldman dwarf movie 'Tiptoes'

Peter Dinklage defends Gary Oldman dwarf movie 'Tiptoes'
Peter Dinklage has opened up about the little-known movie Tiptoes. Tiptoes centres on a man named Steve who comes from a family of dwarves. When his girlfriend Carol becomes pregnant, he worries that she will give birth to a dwarf as well. In addition to Dinklage, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as Steve, Kate Beckinsale as Carol and Gary Oldman as Steve's dwarf brother Rolfe. The film was poorly received and was particularly criticized for casting Oldman as a dwarf. "It was sort of an amazing idea for a movie, but the result [of the new cut] was what we were fighting against - the cutesiness of little people," Dinklage told The New York Times. He went on to say that a number of (more)
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Peter Dinklage Sort of Defends Tiptoes

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Peter Dinklage Sort of Defends Tiptoes
Peter Dinklage is a serious guy, dedicated to his craft, loyal to his collaborators, thoughtful and measured and determined. That's what 95 percent of this New York Times Magazine profile of him is all about. But 5 percent of that profile is Dinklage defending and explaining the movie Tiptoes. That's the logic-defying rom-com with Kate Beckinsale and Matthew McConaughey, where Gary Oldman plays McConaughey's dwarf brother. Dinklage says that the movie was ruined by its studio, and that the original director's cut was fine. "It was sort of an amazing idea for a movie, but the result [of the new cut] was what we were fighting against — the cutesiness of little people," Dinklage says. Even before the new edits, though, "there was some flak," Dinklage admits. "'Why would you put Gary Oldman on his knees? That’s almost like blackface.' And I have my own opinions about political correctness, but
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Matthew McConaughey: 'Top Chef,' 'Celebrity Apprentice' are on his Tivo

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Actor Matthew McConaughey stops by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Friday (March 25), where he dishes about the reality TV he likes to watch. Celebrities! They're just like us, guys!

Ellen: "Do you watch reality TV?"

Matthew: "I do watch a little bit."

Ellen: "What do you watch?"

Matthew: "'Top Chef" and 'Celebrity Apprentice.'"

Ellen: "Are you watching 'Celebrity Apprentice' this year?"

Matthew: "Yes, TiVo'ing 'Celebrity Apprentice.'"

Ellen: "It's good, isn't it?"

Matthew: "That's some real good fun."

Ellen: "It's two hours. I think that's a long time to commit."

Matthew: "I don't mind. I wouldn't mind if it was three [hours]."

Ellen: "And who are you liking?"

Matthew: "I think who looks like they could be good at is it John Rich. He's going to be good at it. Star Jones is good at it. She's a diva but she's good at it. Even when she's not team leader,
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'Tiptoes' is real. Really. Watch the trailer.

'Tiptoes' is real. Really. Watch the trailer.
Thanks to last night’s Tosh.0′s “Spoiler Alert” movie segment, the film Tiptoes — which stars Matthew McConaughey as a man worried that the child Kate Beckinsale is about to deliver will be a dwarf like the rest of his family (including, “in the role of a lifetime,” Gary Oldman) — is a popular search term today. Watch the trailer below, along with Daniel Tosh’s synopsis. If Tosh is right, the film does not have the happy ending the preview hints at. I did a quick search through the EW archives, and we appear to have only ever written about
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'Tiptoes': 'Tosh.0' finds Matthew McConaughey's 'midget' movie

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Tosh.0

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On Tuesday night's (Feb. 22) "Tosh.0" on Comedy Central, Tosh did a Spoiler Alert segment where he talked through the plot of a movie called "Tiptoes" starring Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman and Kate Beckinsale. Warning: The video contains adult language and mature content.

The movie is about twin brothers, Steve (McConaughey) and Rolfe (Oldman), who happens to be a little person. Steve's girlfriend Carol (Beckinsale) becomes pregnant and they fear the baby will have inherited the little person gene. Then Carol finds herself falling for Rolfe.

Of course, Tosh's retelling of the story is 1000x funnier and he had people madly scrambling to find out if this movie is real. Personally, we thought for sure it had to be made up, like he used some other footage of McConaughey punching a wall and he got Beckinsale to record that tiny snippet to give him credibility.
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Peter Dinklage’s Porn Name Is, Not Surprisingly, Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage isn’t your father’s dwarf actor. Actually, there’s a pretty good chance your father didn’t even know he had a dwarf actor. It’s easy to get confused when the majority of them are dressed like elves, leprechauns, Oompa-Loompas, or Ewoks. When dwarf actors do get to show their faces, they tend to be sight gags at best, forced to wear diapers, get thrown around by a sniggering Mike Myers, or, if they’re lucky, play magical creatures who befriend children. And then there’s Peter Dinklage. He made his screen debut in 1995’s Living In Oblivion, screaming at Steve Buscemi, “You can take this dwarf sequence and shove it up your ass!” He’s played at least one magical creature who befriends children—Trumpkin the dwarf in a Chronicles of Narnia sequel. But he’s also played Richard III in an off-Broadway production, and
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Oldman and Christie Battle the 'Red Riding Hood' Wolf

Oldman and Christie Battle the 'Red Riding Hood' Wolf
The casting for Catherine Hardwicke's The Girl with the Red Riding Hood has taken an interesting casting turn. We've already got Amanda Seyfried, plus Shiloh Fernandez as the woodcutter who falls in love with her. Now THR's Heat Vision reports that Max Irons (Jeremy's son) has signed on for a role, and that Julie Christie and Gary Oldman are also circling key parts.

As this incarnation goes, Seyfried is a woman in a medieval village that's terrorized by a werewolf. She digs the woodcutter, but her parents are none too pleased with her romantic leanings, especially since she's got an arranged marriage with Henri (Irons), the son of a blacksmith. Christie is circling the role of Seyfried's grandma, who just so happens to knit with silver needles, while Oldman is looking to play Father Solomon, "a man whose title is the Witchfinder General and whose job is to find and kill the werewolf.
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Discuss: Which is Gary Oldman's Strangest Cinematic Face?

Discuss: Which is Gary Oldman's Strangest Cinematic Face?
Gary Oldman is one of those actors, or some might argue the only actor, who could give a chameleon a run for his morphing money. The man almost always dissolves into a role, whether it be dramatic, romantic, or just downright creepy adventure. He lets the actor melt away as the character reigns supreme. Having such a rare and invaluable talent, Oldman's been given some pretty wild roles over the years, and IFC's The Independent Eye has tried to come up with a list of the actor's strangest faces.

For any Oldman fan, there are some that immediately come to mind -- Dracula, Drexl Spivey in True Romance, Zorg in Fifth Element, and Mason Verger in Hannibal are just a few. But you might be surprised by their seven -- Drexl, Zorg, and Mason get their time, but ol' Vlad is nowhere to be found. Instead: Buford Dill from Nobody's Baby,
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Free Flick of the Day: Tiptoes

Free Flick of the Day: Tiptoes
You might remember that last year I introduced you to a little indie movie called Tiptoes, a film that followed Matthew McConaughey as the lone regular-sized person in a family of little people, and how he must introduce his love (played by Kate Beckinsale) to his secret family. It's a strange, mostly ignored film, one that would probably be completely ignored if not for one specific ingredient in the mix -- Gary Oldman playing his twin brother Rolfe, a dwarf. Yes, Oldman actually walked around on his knees for an indie film. (Something that doesn't play as well as Lon Chaney's Penalty.)

As the story goes, Steve's (McConaughey) girlfriend (Beckinsale) gets pregnant, and a day later, she learns that her beloved comes from a family of little people she's never met. Of course, there are fears about what will happen to the baby, the potential health problems of little people,
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retro trailer: ‘Tiptoes’

When I came across this recently (as a bonus nonpolitical post at the political blog Eschaton, which is one of my daily surfing stops), I was convinced it had to be a joke. There was no way in hell this could be real: it had to be the result of clever editing by a snarky film buff, or the doing of the wags at The Onion, or something. I knew this even though, at the same time, a little voice in the back of my head was noting that it was way too polished to not be real. But it’s real. This is a real movie. My god this plays like a demented parody of romantic comedies, and of trailers themselves. “When the going gets rough, it’s only the size of your heart that counts”? Are they shitting us? “Command performances from Kate Beckinsale [and] Matthew McConaughey”? What? “And
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Week in Review: 'Informant,' Biel Rumored for 'Thor', Christian Bale

There's tons of stuff from this past week to discuss, including the reviews for the two Wednesday releases trying to unseat Transformers at the box office. Johnny Depp and Christian Bale star in Public Enemies , and the animated sequel Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs hopes to cash in on its name recognition.

Remakes, trailers, rumors, legit casting news, and our question of the week (involving Public Enemies star Christian Bale) are all worth a look, so here are the highlights:

What the hell happened to Christian Bale?

Jessica Biel rumored for Thor

Matt Damon in the hilarious trailer for Soderbergh's The Informant

Tony Scott's next Denzel movie in a holding pattern over money

Amy Adams joins Bale and Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter

Cloverfield director talks about his Let the Right One In remake

How was there a movie starring Gary Oldman as a dwarf that I never heard of?
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Uh...What? Oldman the Dwarf in 'Tiptoes'?

I had the hardest time believing this was real. But as it turns out, there was a romantic comedy about six years ago called Tiptoes. It starred Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale, Gary Oldman, Patricia Arquette, and Peter Dinklage. I never heard of it until earlier this afternoon.

It was never released in the U.S. theatrically, popping up on DVD in August 2004, but I'm still surprised the subject of Tiptoes never came up. You see, not only does it look for all the world like one of the worst movies ever made...it's about dwarves. And Gary Oldman is one of the little people.

I'll leave it at that. Watch the trailer and chart your emotions:
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Watch This: Ever See Gary Oldman, Little Person?

One day I was strolling alongside bins of super-cheap used DVDs when I spotted Gary Oldman's face. The DVD in question: Tiptoes, directed by the writer/director of Freeway, Matthew Bright. Naturally, I picked it up, wondering how I'd never heard of this movie before. I flipped it over, and started reading:

No couple could be more in love than Steven (Matthew McConaughey) and Carol (Kate Beckinsale). But Steven has a little secret he's been keeping to himself. He has a twin brother (Gary Oldman), who just happens to be a dwarf. In fact, with the exception of Steven, his entire family is made up of little people.

Oldman as a dwarf? There was no way I could refuse such a thing, and rushed home to watch it. As the below trailer shows, this is far from a stellar movie, even if they say the film is filled with
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