A few weeks ago, we announced that we were going to try and hold an Atlanta screening of The Princess Bride to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. We needed your help to make it happen, and you delivered in less than 48 hours. Tonight at 7:30pm, The Plaza will be showing the classic film, and there are still seats available. If you want to join what’s sure to be a great crowd, then click over to Tugg to reserve your ticket. You can also show up at the Plaza, and buy a ticket at the box office. I hope to see you there!
Earlier this year, we told you about Tugg.com, a service that lets customers bring films come to their local theaters. Promoters set up a screening, and if enough people want to see the movie, then the screening will happen. It’s like Kickstarter but for screening awesome films. Today, we’ve set up an Atlanta screening of Rob Reiner‘s The Princess Bride to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. We need 54 people to sign up for the screening on October 4th at 7:30pm at The Plaza. Tickets cost $10.00. We only have 12 days to make this happen, so if you live in Atlanta, appreciate the site, and want to see a classic film on the big screen, than click over here and sign up. Remember, you’ll only be charged if the screening happens. If not enough people sign up, then the screening won’t happen, and that would suck because it’s going to be great to see this film on the big screen.
Also, be sure to tell your friends via word of mouth, tweeting this link, and posting it on Facebook. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for The Princess Bride.
Last week, we reported the line-up for the 2012 New York Film Festival, which included Life of Pi, Amour, and Flight. Today, they’ve added some more noteworthy movies including Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy and The Shining documentary Room 237 (click here for my review of Room 237). They’ve also added some special screenings including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a 25th Anniversary showing of The Princess Bride, and a must-see showing of the new, 8K restoration of David Lean‘s Lawrence of Arabia. The Lawrence restoration will be available nationwide on October 4th.
Hit the jump to check out the additions to the line-up. The 2012 New York Film Festival runs from September 28 – October 14th.
Sword master and fight choreographer Bob Anderson has reportedly passed away at the age of 89. Anderson choreographed magnificent sword fights in The Princess Bride, Highlander, The Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean. He also worked as a stunt performer in the original Star Wars trilogy. An expert in medieval arms, Anderson trained with Errol Flynn and taught actors to fight using various fencing techniques. According to The One Ring, when the famed sword master* read the Lord of the Rings, he developed a sword fighting technique based on each culture. Director Daniel McNicoll explored Anderson’s work in the 2009 documentary Reclaiming the Blade.
Hit the jump to check out the sword fight between Inigo Montoya and the Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride. It’s the best sword fight in film history. Anderson was truly a genius at his craft and we offer our condolences to his friends and family.
When it first arrived in theaters 24 years ago, The Princess Bride was well short of a box office smash. According to Prince Humperdinck, played by Chris Sarandon:
“They couldn’t quite figure out how to market it. They didn’t really know what they had.”
What they had was the definition of a cult classic, an inconceivably-well-put-together movie that would stand the test of time. There was a giant name Andre, a six-fingered man, princes and princesses, pirates and R.O.U.S.’s, miracle workers and albinos. What’s not to like? After more than two decades of having fans force them to repeat their famous lines, the cast of The Princess Bride reunited recently to reminisce. Hit the jump to check out what they had to say. Or don’t. As you wish.
We’ve previously highlighted the incredible posters David O’Daniel does for the Castro Theater in San Francisco. O’Daniel has now released a new set of posters and they’re just as impressive. His new set includes The Dark Knight, Chinatown, Se7en, Breakfast at Tiffanys, La Boheme, The Princess Bride, The Lady Vanishes, and The 39 Steps. All of the posters are limited editions, measure 18″ x 24″, and cost $35 (plus $9 shipping domestic or $15 international). Note that there is only one shipping charge no matter how many posters you buy.
Hit the jump to check out all of these fantastic posters.
by Ron Messer Posted: October 31st, 2010 at 6:10 pm
Very few actors find a project that connects so strongly with fans that it becomes an obsession. Cary Elwes is among a smaller group that’s done it twice. The unassuming British actor burst onto film screens as Westley in The Princess Bride in 1987 and still gets fan letters from a generation that was born after its release. In 2004, Elwes tapped into a very different fan base with the smash hit Saw. It scared up more than $103 million worldwide. Not bad for a film that barely cost $1 million to make. Additionally, more than a few industry observers have said it helped to save Lionsgate, the studio that bought it just prior to its world premiere at Sundance. Five intervening films and $633 million in global box office later, the British actor returned to help bookend the series in Saw 3D.
Elwes filled Collider in on the film recently. Hit the jump for the interview’s full audio and transcript along with his take on the R rating, why no one with a heart condition or a baby on the way should see the film, the Yellow Submarine remake, twisting Steven Spielberg’s arm into a part in Tintin, and the lasting impact of The Princess Bride.
If you look over producer Kevin De La Noy’s resume on IMDb, it’s kind of awesome. The reason is he’s worked on movies such as The Princess Bride, The Dark Knight, Braveheart, The Fifth Element, even Saving Private Ryan. While his job titles have ranged from location manager, production runner, producer, and assistant director, he’s still been involved in some of the biggest movies over the last two decades.
Anyway, when I got to visit the set of Clash of the Titans outside of London last August, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with De La Noy. During our extended interview he talked to us about why they wanted to remake Clash, the use of CGI versus practical effects, how they were filming around the world, and he explained the secrets of making a big movie come together. If you’ve ever wanted to work on a big Hollywood movie, you should start by reading or listening to what Kevin De La Noy’s had to say about Clash of the Titans. Hit the jump to check it out:
Has there ever been a movie with a less boy-friendly title than The Princess Bride? (I mean, no wonder a wary Fred Savage wrinkles his nose and asks, “Is this a kissing book?” when grandpa Peter Falk starts to read.) It’s something of a miracle that the younger me — two months shy of my tenth birthday — even saw it as a kid, but as memory serves, I was there on opening weekend, and now, with all the sophistication and insight that supposedly accompanies my decade-plus of experience as a film critic, The Princess Bride remains the one film I’d salvage in a desert-island scenario. Not Raiders, not Star Wars, but this, a mushy “kissing” movie.