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  • Is this the most violent movie year in history?

    05/19/2017 9:36:04 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | May 16, 2017 | Bob Strauss
    The new “Alien: Covenant” boasts stellar production design, Michael Fassbender’s subtly masterful dual performance and thoughtful musings about the creation of life. But that’s not why anyone is going to see it. They want to see how Ridley Scott’s prequel to his groundbreakingly gory, 1979 “Alien” — a film that delivered on its pitch line “In space no one can hear you scream” — tops the chest-bursting slaughter of the original sci-fi classic. “I think Ridley’s first line was, ‘We’re going to make a hard R-rated film, and we’re going to need a lot of claret,’ which is a term...
  • When Alfred Hitchcock Cried After Receiving Holy Communion

    04/30/2017 3:47:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    NC Register ^ | April 28, 2017 | Kathy Schiffer
    On April 29, 1980, the world lost a great storyteller when Alfred Hitchcock, the “Master of Suspense,” died in his Bel Aire home at the age of 81. His repertoire included more than 50 films in the suspense genre – films such as “The Birds,” “Psycho,” “North by Northwest” and others. The 2012 film “Hitchcock”, which purported to tell the director's life story, gave little attention to his faith. Instead, it spotlighted Hitch's alleged behind-the-scenes discord with his wife of 54 years, screenwriter Alma Reville, and his domineering approach to actors on the set of his films. Two biographies...
  • The Godfather cast discuss Al Pacino's height and Marlon Brando's ***** at Tribeca reunion

    04/30/2017 2:34:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | April 29, 2017 | Kevin P. Sullivan
    The closing night of the Tribeca Film Festival brought together the cast from two of the most important and influential movies ever made: The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II. Led by the festival’s co-founder, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Talia Shire took the stage with their director, Francis Ford Coppola, to look back on the iconic films after they screened back to back for the audience. The discussion, which was led by director Taylor Hackford, focused mainly on the first film, which allowed De Niro — who only appeared in Part II...
  • Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director, Is Dead at 73

    04/26/2017 10:27:35 AM PDT · by Cecily · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 26, 2017 | Bruce Weber
    Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who observed emphatically American characters with a discerning eye, a social conscience and a rock ’n’ roll heart, achieving especially wide acclaim with “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 73. His publicist, Leslee Dart, confirmed the death. Mr. Demme disclosed that he had cancer in 2015. Mob wives, CB radio buffs and AIDS victims; Hannibal Lecter, Howard Hughes and Jimmy Carter: Mr. Demme (pronounced DEM-ee) plucked his subjects and stories largely from the stew of contemporary American subcultures and iconography. He created a body...
  • Clifton James, Sheriff in James Bond Films, Dies at 96

    04/15/2017 4:25:36 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 48 replies
    Variety ^ | April 15, 2017 | Lawrence Yee
    Clifton James, a veteran actor who appeared as Sheriff J.W. Pepper in two James Bond films, died Saturday morning at age 96... James most famous role came on film. He appeared in two James Bond films opposite Roger Moore: “Live and Let Die” (1973) and “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974). He portrayed the crowing Louisiana sheriff, J.W. Pepper (pictured). James would play similar Southern lawman in numerous other roles during his career, including “Silver Streak” and “Superman II” Among his other film credits included “Cool Hand Luke,” “Eight Men Out” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities.” ...
  • Film Review: ‘The Case for Christ’

    04/08/2017 9:07:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Variety.com ^ | 4/6/17 | Joe Leydon
    An intriguing faith-based detective story in which an investigative reporter becomes a true believer. Although it sporadically errs on the side of sentimentality and simplification, “The Case for Christ” sustains interest, and even generates mild suspense, while offering a faith-based spin on the template of an investigative-journalism drama. Director Jon Gunn and screenwriter Brian Bird have shrewdly reconstituted Lee Strobel’s best-selling book about his road-to-Damascus transition from outspoken atheist to devout Christian as a kind of theological detective story. Of course, there’s never any real doubt as to how the story will be resolved.
  • The Most Infuriating Movie Endings Of All Time

    03/28/2017 9:24:33 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 270 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 27, 2017 | Looper
    There's nothing quite as frustrating as a bad movie ending. Failure to stick that landing in the final act can totally ruin an otherwise great film, or give us one more reason to hate one that was already a dud. Here's a look at some of the most annoying movie endings in recent memory. And it should go without saying, but spoilers ahead… The Matrix Revolutions | 0:23 X-Men: The Last Stand | 0:59 Signs | 1:44 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | 2:43 Now You See Me | 3:27 I Am Legend | 4:15 Man of Steel | 5:14 Lord...
  • Christine Kaufmann, Austrian-born actress in ‘Town Without Pity,’ dies at 72

    03/28/2017 8:18:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 28, 2017 | Staff Reports and News Services
    Christine Kaufmann, an Austrian-born actress who became the country’s first Golden Globe winner and was married to Hollywood star Tony Curtis in the 1960s, has died. She was 72... She made her acting debut in 1952 and appeared in European films, including the Italian-made sword-and-sandal drama “The Last Days of Pompeii” (1959) opposite Steve Reeves. Her best-known film was “Town Without Pity” (1961), as a sexily precocious German girl raped by American soldiers occupying her town. Kirk Douglas portrayed the Army defense attorney...
  • Today I watched "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"

    03/26/2017 4:38:23 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 34 replies
    Today I was thinking about that great movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and so I watched it on On Demand. I have never seen the whole movies only snippets of it from time to time. But today I decided to really sit down and watch it all and I am very glad that I did. Even though this movie was made in 1939 I was struck by how topical it was. The same old crooked dealings were going on way back then. In the movie there was a corrupt political machine that controlled a whole state. This machine was...
  • Actress-singer Lola Albright (Peter Gunn, Champion) dies at 92

    03/24/2017 11:09:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | March 24, 2017
    Lola Albright, an actress and singer perhaps best known for her role as Edie Hart on the Peter Gunn TV series, died  on March 23, 2017 at the age of 92. From the Wikipedia article: Albright's motion picture career began with a bit part in the 1947 film The Unfinished Dance, and gained notice in the 1949 film Champion. For the next several years, she appeared in secondary roles in over 20 films, including several 'B' Westerns.Albright's roles in major films included Elvis Presley's 1962 film Kid Galahad; the 1964 French film Les Felins (director René Clément), and the 1967...
  • Hillary Clinton The Movie — Starring Glenn Close!

    03/23/2017 12:49:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 89 replies
    Radar Online ^ | March 23, 2017 | Staff
    A movie is in the works about Hillary Clinton and her amazing life, and legendary actress Glenn Close has been chosen to play the former first lady and presidential candidate! The film is rumored to focus on Clinton’s career and marriage to Bill.
  • Mel Gibson Has Been Quietly Working to Help Holocaust Survivors

    03/18/2017 4:35:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    People.com ^ | March 17, 2017 | Mike Miller
    Mel Gibson is doing a mitzvah. The Hacksaw Ridge director, who made headlines back in 2006 for going on a drunken anti-semitic rant, has been quietly working with a charity that helps Holocaust survivors. Zane Buzby, the founder of the Survivor Mitzvah Project, recently told Extra that her charity helps “bring emergency aid to Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe who are in desperate need of food, medicine, heat and shelter and we always bring them friendship and hope... Gibson quickly responded to the mission of the Survivor Mitzvah Project after the charity approached him to see if he’d like to...
  • Why America Fell for Casablanca, and Why the Classic Film Is Losing its Hold on Movie Lovers.

    03/06/2017 8:47:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 160 replies
    Slate ^ | FEB. 27 2017 | Laura Miller
    The End of a Beautiful FriendshipWhy America fell for Casablanca, and why the classic film is losing its hold on movie lovers.In 1957, the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square kicked off its Humphrey Bogart series with the 1942 classic Casablanca.* Bogart himself had just died, and the response to the film was rapturous. By the fourth or fifth screening, “the audience began to chant the lines,” the theater’s then-manager told Noah Isenberg, author of We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie. It was the dawn of the art-house era, the moment when film...
  • Bridges of Madison County author Robert James Waller dies, 77

    03/10/2017 12:28:18 PM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 10, 2017
    Robert James Waller, the author of best-selling book The Bridges of Madison County, has died in Texas at the age of 77, his agency said. Waller published seven books, but Bridges was his most famous, selling 12 million copies in 35 languages. The romantic novel was adapted into a 1995 film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in the role.
  • Burt Reynolds blames governor for Florida's floundering film industry

    03/10/2017 5:11:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    WPLG-TV, owned by Warren Buffett ^ | 3/9/17 | Peter Burke, "Local10.com Managing Editor"
    Former No. 1 box office draw has lukewarm memories of meetings with Scott, Askew Burt Reynolds is not a fan of Florida's governor. The 81-year-old "Smokey and the Bandit" star was critical of Gov. Rick Scott when he met with the media before a March 3 Florida Music Awards kickoff party in Fort Lauderdale. ....More films should be shot here," Reynolds said. "It's not Florida's fault, because Florida's got everything, you know? It's the governor. I remember I went in to see him and I said, 'You know, we ought to be shooting more movies down here.' And he said,...
  • Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies has died

    03/06/2017 11:42:28 AM PST · by freedomson · 38 replies
    Variety ^ | March 6, 2017 | Carmel Dagan
    TCM’s general manager Jennifer Dorian released a statement saying, “All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne. Robert was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than 23 years. He joined us as an expert on classic film and grew to be our cherished colleague and esteemed ambassador for TCM.
  • The Politics of Plot: What Liberal or Conservative Architecture is Your Narrative Constructed Upon?

    03/03/2017 10:34:26 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    MovieMaker Magazine ^ | Fall 2013; August 1, 2016 | David Corbett
    One hears a great deal these days about the universal nature of story. It's a gratifying conceit that deep down we all share the same fundamental narrative. But what about the more factional, political nature of story? I don't mean the depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty or corporate cunning in Promised Land. I mean the intrinsically political nature of how character is portrayed and plot structured. Stories stage conflict. And the strongest conflict always dictates inseparable, irreconcilable opposites. If Henry Adams was right, that politics in practice is always "the systematic organization of hatreds," then what better place...
  • Beauty and the Beast's 'exclusively gay moment' will be a Disney first, director tells magazine

    03/03/2017 2:53:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    TampaBay.com ^ | Christopher Spata
    Will the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie feature Disney's first openly gay character? Director Bill Condon's description of an "exclusively gay moment" near the end of the upcoming film is being taken that way by some. In a new interview with gay lifestyle magazine Attitude, Condon discussed the dynamic between the characters LeFou, played by Josh Gad, and Gaston, played by Luke Evans...
  • 'Moonlight' Is Among the Lowest-Grossing Oscar Best Picture Winners Ever

    03/02/2017 8:42:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 106 replies
    Fortune ^ | 2/27/17 | Tom Huddelston Jr
    ....Moonlight won the top prize at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony—after some initial envelope confusion created a bizarre scene—and, despite the fact that the independent drama never made much of a splash at the box office. The movie, about a young, gay black man growing up in an impoverished Miami neighborhood, has only made a little more than $22.2 million in domestic movie ticket sales so far, according to Box Office Mojo. That made Moonlight the lowest-grossing Best Picture nominee at this year’s Academy Awards—and among the lowest ever for a Best Picture winner—even after generating months of Oscars buzz.
  • Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo [#FakeDeath]

    02/28/2017 2:24:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Variety ^ | 2/27/17 | Lawrence Yee, Patrick Frater
    Another Oscars Gaffe: In Memoriam Video Included Photo of Living Woman Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast. In addition to the best picture gaffe, during the show’s In Memoriam segment, a photo of a living woman was mistakenly used.