Peter Fonda 1940-2019

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Peter Fonda has passed away after a battle with lung cancer at the age of 79. Son to Henry and brother to Jane, he was part of a Hollywood dynasty and one of the key figures in the counterculture revolution of the New Hollywood of the 60’s and 70’s. After guest starring on many television series like Wagon Train and The Defenders, he started making counterculture movies with director Roger Corman, films like The Wild Angels (1966) and The Trip (1967), which was written by Jack Nicholson. Then he produced, co-wrote and starred in 1969’s Easy Rider with Dennis Hopper, who also directed, and which became one of the defining movies of the decade. His original screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award, as was his buddy Jack Nicholson for Supporting Actor. His track record as an action star and director was a bit spotty throughout the 70’s, but he had a comeback with 1997’s Ulee’s Gold, for which he was Oscar-nominated for Best Actor.

Trailer for Easy Rider:

Emilia Clarke Finds Love with Henry Golding in 'Last Christmas'

I didn’t realize Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids) had a new movie coming out, nor that it was co-written by Emma Thompson, who came up with the story with her husband Greg Wise (!). Honestly, just the Emma Thompson part makes me more curious about it than the actual trailer, which doesn’t look that different from a typical romantic comedy (not that many of those get made anymore, but when they do they’re usually, you know, terrible). Also, Emilia Clarke’s track record in movies is pretty dismal so far, but she’s still trying.

Saoirse Ronan Stars in a New 'Little Women,' Coming This Christmas

Setting aside the need for yet another version of Little Women in the world (there was just recently a BBC series with Maya Hawke and I think they should have waited a good 40-50 years after the 1994 one to do another feature film), how do you think this one looks? It seems fine, except Florence Pugh does not look right to me as Amy. She’s a good actress (she was great in Lady Macbeth and The Little Drummer Girl), but they’re using her to play Amy at both ages, which is a no-no, in my opinion. You have to use two different actresses for Amy, because no one in their twenties is believable as a 12-year-old and Florence Pugh already looks older than her age. Eliza Scanlen (Beth) looks younger than her. I’ll be seeing this of course, as a Little Women aficionado, but I’m very attached to the Winona Ryder version, and I doubt this will top it.

Martin Scorsese Brings in the Heavyweights for 'The Irishman'

This movie has a lot of hype surrounding it, not only because it’s Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel’s reunion with Scorsese, but it brings Al Pacino into the mix and it’s using the digital de-aging technology to make them all look young again. What do you guys think? The movie looks pretty good, but is the CG too distracting? The thing to me is that we’re all extremely familiar with how these guys looked as young men and I’m not totally sure (based this trailer) that this brings them back to exactly as they were. So it’s iffy. The movie is opening the New York Film Festival September 27th, and then coming out on Netflix sometime later this fall.

Cynthia Erivo Stars as Harriet Tubman in New Biopic

This is good casting, but the trailer makes it seem a bit too much like a basic TV movie about Harriet Tubman. Still, with a role that good, Cynthia Erivo could get an Oscar nomination anyway. The movie is premiering at Toronto in September and coming out on November 1st (and that’s a good release date, so it could be that the film is stronger overall than this trailer suggests).