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Smith to Have One of His Worst Domestic Openings Ever: 'Focus'

1 March 2015 1:58 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Focus' movie: Will Smith has third weakest weekend box-office debut of his career (photo: Will Smith in 'Focus') According to those referred to in polite society as "conservatives," winter storms and freezing temperatures are evidence that there's no such thing as global warming. Let's not even go there. Instead, let's focus (bad pun intended) on the Focus movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie as a con couple, which opened below expectations – with wintery weather as a possible culprit – in North America this weekend, February 27-March 1, 2015. According to box-office tracking, as late as a couple of days ago Warner Bros.' modestly budgeted Focus was expected to take in between $22-24 million. Barring a miracle akin to a sudden halt to rising ocean temperatures (pardon the hyperbole), that's not about to happen. Now, before I proceed: "modestly budgeted"? Well, for a Will Smith movie, $50 million – after »

- Zac Gille

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Review: Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" (1973) Starring Elliot Gould; Blu-ray Release From Kino Lorber

26 February 2015 8:46 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Rip Van Marlowe

By Raymond Benson

Robert Altman was a very quirky director, sometimes missing the mark, but oftentimes brilliant. His 1973 take on Raymond Chandler’s 1953 novel The Long Goodbye is a case in point. It might take a second viewing to appreciate what’s really going on in the film. Updating what is essentially a 1940s film noir character to the swinging 70s was a risky and challenging prospect—and Altman and his star, Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe (!), pull it off.

It’s one of those pictures that critics hated when it was first released; and yet, by the end of the year, it was being named on several Top Ten lists. I admit that when I first saw it in 1973, I didn’t much care for it. I still wasn’t totally in tune with the kinds of movies Altman made—even after M*A*S*H, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Oscars In Memoriam: The Best Fan Art Honoring Fallen Stars

20 February 2015 9:37 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

ETonline is paying tribute to the stars that passed away in the past year with our "Oscar: In Memoriam" fan art collection. Check out some of the highlights below and check back in on the Et Tumblr page for more.

Photos: In Memoriam: Stars We Lost In 2014

Robin Williams

The legendary comedian committed suicide on August 11, 2014.

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Maya Angelou

The inspirational author and poet passed away on May 28, 2014 at age 86.

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Lauren Bacall

The actress, who was Humphrey Bogart’s real-life wife and on-screen co-star in iconic films like The Big Sleep, passed away one month before her 90th birthday on August 12, 2014.

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News: Was Joan Rivers Snubbed in the 2015 GRAMMYs In Memoriam Segment?

Joan Rivers

The legendary comedian and fashion critic died at age 81 after complications during surgery on September 4, 2014.

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James Garner

The Maverick and Rockford »

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From Kubrick to Marilyn Monroe, Oscar Has a Stellar List of Shut-Outs

13 February 2015 4:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are 195 individuals nominated for Oscar this year. And when the winners are named Feb. 22, they will become part of film history, joining such greats as Billy Wilder, Ingrid Bergman, Ben Hecht and Walt Disney.

But 80% of the contenders will go home empty-handed. However, there is good news: They are in good company as well.

Here is a sampling of nominees that didn’t win: “Citizen Kane,” “Chinatown” and “Star Wars”; directors Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman; writers Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and David Mamet; actors Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd.”; Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; and Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.”

They managed to do Ok, though.

It’s hard to say why they didn’t win. Sometimes tastes change. Sometimes there’s too much competition in one year. Frank Capra’s 1939 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington »

- Tim Gray

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Beyond Narrative: The Future of the Feature Film

12 February 2015 12:01 PM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.

Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the »

- Roger Ebert

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Round Up the Usual Suspects Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe – Casablanca

8 February 2015 7:43 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine”

Casablanca Screens at The Hi-Pointe Theater in St. Louis Saturday morning February 14th at 10:30am

Casablanca was the last movie that the Tivoli showed in the 35mm format (about 2 years ago) – and now you’ll have the chance to see it presented in a sharp digital presentation when it plays this Saturday morning at The Hi-Pointe as part of their monthly Classic Film Series.

I there was ever a film deserved to be considered a classic then Casablanca is it, Even if you haven’t seen it before you’ll recognize much of the dialogue; it is probably the most quoted, and misquoted, film of all time. Humphrey Bogart is excellent in this career defining role as bar owner Rick Blaine who has come into possession of two “letters of transit” which »

- Tom Stockman

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Lizabeth Scott, Husky-Voiced Film Noir Stalwart, Dies at 92

6 February 2015 8:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lizabeth Scott, the blonde, husky-voiced actress who was a staple of film noir films such as “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers,” “Dead Reckoning,” “I Walk Alone,” “Dark City” and “The Racket,” died on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center confirmed the death, the New York Times said, but would not provide details. She was 92.

Scott also starred in the the 1957 Elvis Presley film “Loving You.”

With her blonde tresses but throaty voice, she was often compared to Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake, but she did not have quite the presence or the acting skills of either. Nevertheless, she did not deserve her treatment at the hands of then tabloid Confidential, which published a story in 1955 implying sexual improprieties, though her career was already on the wane at that point. She sued, and a high-profile trial resulted but ended in a mistrial.

After making her feature debut starring opposite »

- Carmel Dagan

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Lizabeth Scott, Husky-Voiced Film Noir Stalwart, Dies at 92

6 February 2015 8:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lizabeth Scott, the blonde, husky-voiced actress who was a staple of film noir films such as “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers,” “Dead Reckoning,” “I Walk Alone,” “Dark City” and “The Racket,” died on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center confirmed the death, the New York Times said, but would not provide details. She was 92.

Scott also starred in the the 1957 Elvis Presley film “Loving You.”

With her blonde tresses but throaty voice, she was often compared to Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake, but she did not have quite the presence or the acting skills of either. Nevertheless, she did not deserve her treatment at the hands of then tabloid Confidential, which published a story in 1955 implying sexual improprieties, though her career was already on the wane at that point. She sued, and a high-profile trial resulted but ended in a mistrial.

After making her feature debut starring opposite »

- Carmel Dagan

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Film Noir Star and Elvis Presley Leading Lady Scott Dead at 92

6 February 2015 7:09 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Lizabeth Scott dead at 92: Film noir star of the '40s and '50s Lizabeth Scott, a Paramount star in the 1940s usually cast as film noir heroines, died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 31, 2015, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Scott, born (as Emma Matzo) on Sept. 29, 1922, was 92. (See also: Lizabeth Scott photo at recent The Strange Love of Martha Ivers screening.) Among the two dozen film featuring Lizabeth Scott – whose hair-style and husky line delivery were clearly inspired by Paramount's own Veronica Lake (along with Warner Bros.' Lauren Bacall) – were the following: John Farrow's You Came Along (1945), with Robert Cummings. Lewis Milestone's The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), with Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, and Kirk Douglas. Desert Fury (1947), with Burt Lancaster. Dead Reckoning (1947), with Humphrey Bogart. Pitfall (1948), with Dick Powell. Dark City (1950), with Charlton Heston. The Racket (1951), with Robert Ryan and Robert Mitchum. »

- Andre Soares

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Saturday Night Live, Ep. 40.13: “J.K. Simmons/D’Angelo” brings Oscar nominated support to 30 Rock

1 February 2015 2:10 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Saturday Night Live, Season 40, Episode 13, “J.K. Simmons/D’Angelo”

Aired January 31, 2015 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)

Host: J.K. Simmons likes to work. For those who may be unfamiliar with him or that fact, he makes it all very clear in his monologue, when he points out that he starred in a movie called Whiplash, which he is practically a lock to win the supporting actor Oscar for, as well as a TV show, Growing Up Fisher, where he played a blind lawyer (“It got cancelled”), along with starring in ads for State Farm And as the voice of the yellow M&M. Simmons is the epitome of “oh its that guy” actors; he was even once an “oh its that guy” guy on an episode of SNL. As such, Simmons brings an affable working man quality to all of his sketches tonight, playing a pageant host, »

- Jj Perkins

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SNL Reveals An Alternate Ending To Casablanca, And It Is Perfection

1 February 2015 12:16 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

J.K. Simmons stopped by Saturday Night Live last night and performed a range of characters on the late night sketch comedy show. Among the many skits, were a mock version of his latest film Whiplash, where he reprised his role of the notorious sadomasochistic band conductor Fletcher, and a rendition of Casablanca, where he gave fans his best rendition of Humphrey Bogart. Watch him work the silver screen with Kate McKinnon in an alternate ending to the 1942 Best Picture Oscar-winning classic. Those familiar with the 73-year-old romance drama Casablanca probably remember the ending to the film quite well. For those who don't, let me set the stage. Rick Blaine (Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) fell in love in Paris in 1940 when Ilsa thought her husband, and wanted Czech war leader, Victor Laszlo had been killed in a concentration camp during the war. When Ilsa re-enters Rick's life a »

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Wild Card Review

29 January 2015 10:23 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Jason Statham is one of the most magnetic action stars of his generation, although you wouldn’t know it from the middling to mediocre line-up of moderate-budgeted releases he has headlined over the last decade. The actor’s steely cool and casual intensity is often the best part of fleeting, forgettable genre films. However, if given a meatier character or some prime dialogue to chew on, Statham shows a drive, confidence and vulnerability that his other vehicles only hint at.

It turns out that Statham needed a refreshingly low-key slice of old-school noir from veteran screenwriter William Goldman, of All the President’s Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fame. Wild Card is certainly not a classic near the pantheon of those films, but it is above average for a high voltage flick with Statham’s name above the marquee. Goldman adapted the lurid thriller from his novel, »

- Jordan Adler

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Lauren Bacall: Behind the Closed Doors of Her $26 Million Apartment

23 January 2015 6:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On a high floor in the famous Dakota building in New York City's Upper West Side lived screen legend Lauren Bacall. Surrounded by personal treasures, the late actress spent more than 30 years in the space, decorating it with memories that spanned decades. Following Bacall's death in August, an estimated $3 million worth of her jewelry and art will be auctioned off March 31 and April 1 at Bonhams New York. Her Manhattan home is also now up for sale. Valued at $26 million (she bought the property in 1961 for $48,000), the luxe apartment overlooks Central Park at 1 W. 72nd St. in a landmark building »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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Lauren Bacall: Behind the Closed Doors of Her $26 Million Apartment

23 January 2015 6:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On a high floor in the famous Dakota building in New York City's Upper West Side lived screen legend Lauren Bacall. Surrounded by personal treasures, the late actress spent more than 30 years in the space, decorating it with memories that spanned decades. Following Bacall's death in August, an estimated $3 million worth of her jewelry and art will be auctioned off March 31 and April 1 at Bonhams New York. Her Manhattan home is also now up for sale. Valued at $26 million (she bought the property in 1961 for $48,000), the luxe apartment overlooks Central Park at 1 W. 72nd St. in a landmark building »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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Redford on TCM: Dismal 'Gatsby,' Oscar winner 'Africa'

20 January 2015 7:10 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'The Great Gatsby': Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby Released by Paramount Pictures, the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby had prestige oozing from just about every cinematic pore. The film was based on what some consider the greatest American novel ever written. Francis Ford Coppola, whose directing credits included the blockbuster The Godfather, and who, that same year, was responsible for both The Godfather Part II and The Conversation, penned the adaptation. Multiple Tony winner David Merrick (Becket, »

- Andre Soares

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Martin Scorsese On Anita Ekberg And A “Legendary” Moment In Movie History – Video

12 January 2015 5:23 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Anita Ekberg, who died Sunday, emerged from Sweden during the 1950s and eventually made dozens of films. But we’ll let Martin Scorsese talk about the single scene from 1960 that made her a legend:

“There are certain movie images that come to stand for more than just the picture itself — they come to define an entire era, and it seems to happen instantaneously: Humphrey Bogart waiting at the bar for Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, James Dean in his red jacket in Rebel Without A Cause and, of course, Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. This brief moment conjures up a vast universe that’s gone now — the international ‘jet set’ of the 60s and 70s, the world of international moviemaking, the very special cinematic world of Federico Fellini. He and Marcello Mastroianni and Ekberg made magic together. It was her one great moment in movies, »

- The Deadline Team

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Harvey Weinstein On Golden Globes Hope For Charlie Hebdo Solidarity

11 January 2015 3:00 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Harvey Weinstein, who occasionally contributes to Deadline when he has something on his mind that goes beyond business, just asked us to run this op-ed piece to be sure it got seen before the start of the Golden Globes. It first appeared in our sister publication Variety. So here goes:

When I was a college student, it gave me great pleasure to read about politics because it was my passion, along with film and journalism. I used to love reading Herblock cartoons in the Washington Post. And I loved Tom Toles’ cartoons from the Buffalo News (I went to school in Buffalo). Of course, Herblock went on to great success, as did Tom Toles, but they were always an insistent reminder that cartoon and caricature could be great weapons for good, and deterrents to bad.

This preamble hopefully illustrates the humanity and the affection that I think people have for cartoons. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Harvey Weinstein Guest Column: Paris Attacks a Fight Between ‘Good Versus Evil’ (Exclusive)

11 January 2015 2:05 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A longtime champion of social and political freedoms, onscreen and off, Oscar-winning producer-distributor Harvey Weinstein has written articles on our industry and world events for many leading publications. In light of last week’s tragic terror attack on France’s satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, Variety editor-in-chief Claudia Eller and chief film critic Scott Foundas asked Weinstein to contribute a guest column on his thoughts and outlook, as follows.‎

When I was a college student, it gave me great pleasure to read about politics because it was my passion, along with film and journalism. I used to love reading Herblock cartoons in the Washington Post. And I loved Tom Toles’ cartoons from the Buffalo News (I went to school in Buffalo). Of course, Herblock went on to great success, as did Tom Toles, but they were always an insistent reminder that cartoon and caricature could be great weapons for good, and deterrents to bad. »

- Harvey Weinstein

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Three 1930s Capra Classics Tonight: TCM's Jean Arthur Mini-Festival

5 January 2015 8:11 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jean Arthur films on TCM include three Frank Capra classics Five Jean Arthur films will be shown this evening, Monday, January 5, 2015, on Turner Classic Movies, including three directed by Frank Capra, the man who helped to turn Arthur into a major Hollywood star. They are the following: Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; George Stevens' The More the Merrier; and Frank Borzage's History Is Made at Night. One the most effective performers of the studio era, Jean Arthur -- whose film career began inauspiciously in 1923 -- was Columbia Pictures' biggest female star from the mid-'30s to the mid-'40s, when Rita Hayworth came to prominence and, coincidentally, Arthur's Columbia contract expired. Today, she's best known for her trio of films directed by Frank Capra, Columbia's top director of the 1930s. Jean Arthur-Frank Capra »

- Andre Soares

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Review: “St. Ives” (1976) Starring Charles Bronson And Jacqueline Bisset; Warner Archive Streaming Service

2 January 2015 3:07 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Don Stradley

Charles Bronson was 55 at the time of “St Ives” (1976). He was just a couple years past his star-making turn in “Death Wish”, and was enjoying a surprising run of success. I say surprising because Bronson had, after all, been little more than a craggy second banana for most of his career. Now, inexplicably, he had box office clout as a leading man. In fact, Bronson reigned unchallenged for a few years as the most popular male actor in international markets. Yes, even bigger than Eastwood, Newman, Reynolds, Redford, or any other 1970s star you can name. Many of Bronson’s movies were partly financed by foreign investors, for even if his movies didn’t score stateside, they still drew buckets of money in Prague or Madrid. Some have suggested that his popularity on foreign screens was due to how little he said in his movies (there was »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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