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Review: ‘War Room’

30 August 2015 6:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Yet another faith-based indie that upended the expectations of box office prognosticators by scoring a bountiful opening-weekend gross, “War Room” is by far the most slickly produced and insistently evangelical movie yet from the sibling team of Alex and Stephen Kendrick. Unlike their previous “Fireproof” (2008) and “Courageous” (2011), which wove uplifting messages of contrition, redemption and transformative Christianity into tales about morally challenged first responders — firefighters in one, police officers in the other — their new drama is pretty much undiluted prayer rally from beginning to end. The emphatic proselytizing doubtless will resound with ticketbuyers who feel a drama focused on the possibility of spiritual salvation can be every bit as compelling as a spectacle that pivots on the question of whether Loki can pull one over on the Avengers. But it remains to be seen if there’s crossover potential for a wide release so bereft of alluring plot hooks for mainstream audiences. »

- Joe Leydon

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Scorsese (Costly) Short Featuring the Director, DiCaprio, and De Niro Has Been Pulled from Venice Festival

29 August 2015 6:29 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Audition' poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest work of a major Hollywood name. The Venice Film Festival is surely no exception, especially as it's the year's final internationally renowned European movie fest, held shortly before the fall – i.e., awards – movie season begins. Well, one work by a top Hollywood name will no longer be available at Venice: The Audition, a short film directed by and featuring veteran Martin Scorsese, has been pulled out. "We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time," festival organizers said in a statement earlier today, Sat., Aug. 29, '15. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »

- Anna Robinson

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs on the ‘Passion’ Behind Governors Awards Choices

27 August 2015 6:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Thursday praised the passion of the board members in choosing the three honorees for Governors Awards.

The board had been given suggestions made by Academy members before they convened Aug. 25. Boone Isaacs said there is “a lot of good conversation” as various names are discussed. “It’s one of the most fun meetings of the year,” she said. “We’re a group of filmmakers and creatives and many board members have worked with the people under consideration. People nominate their favorites, and their passion about that person is exciting. Sometimes they offer an anecdote or story that really personalizes it.”

She described the three recipients — Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds and Gena Rowlands — as “a very interesting group.” Lee was cited “because of the impact he has had. When I first saw ‘She’s Gotta Have It,’ I had never seen anything like that before. »

- Tim Gray

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All she surveys by Anne-Katrin Titze

26 August 2015 3:06 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Queen Of Earth's Elisabeth Moss and director Alex Ross Perry at MoMA with Josh Siegel Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The disquieting power of laughter, shooting a film in sequence, countering movie clichés about female friendship, a Doris Day Pillow Talk moment, hysteria, editing time (by Robert Greene and Peter Levin), Edvard Munch, Musidora in Louis Feuillade's Les Vampires, slow zooms (cinematography by Sean Price Williams), plus Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski's use of food, entered into Josh Siegel's conversation with Queen Of Earth director Alex Ross Perry and star Elisabeth Moss.

Alex Ross Perry introducing Queen Of Earth Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Catherine (Moss) visits her old friend Virginia (Katherine Waterston) at her family's lake house to recover and possibly come to terms with two recent traumatic events in her life. Her father, a famous artist whose estate Catherine manages, committed suicide, and her longtime boyfriend James (Kentucker Audley) left her. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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More Than 'Star Wars' Actress Mom: Reynolds Shines Even in Mawkish 'Nun' Based on Tragic Real-Life (Ex-)Nun

23 August 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Debbie Reynolds ca. early 1950s. Debbie Reynolds movies: Oscar nominee for 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown,' sweetness and light in phony 'The Singing Nun' Debbie Reynolds is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 23, '15. An MGM contract player from 1950 to 1959, Reynolds' movies can be seen just about every week on TCM. The only premiere on Debbie Reynolds Day is Jerry Paris' lively marital comedy How Sweet It Is (1968), costarring James Garner. This evening, TCM is showing Divorce American Style, The Catered Affair, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and The Singing Nun. 'Divorce American Style,' 'The Catered Affair' Directed by the recently deceased Bud Yorkin, Divorce American Style (1967) is notable for its cast – Reynolds, Dick Van Dyke, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards, Van Johnson, Lee Grant – and for the fact that it earned Norman Lear (screenplay) and Robert Kaufman (story) a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination. »

- Andre Soares

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Amanda Abbington: ‘I don’t want to be a princess’

23 August 2015 1:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Amanda Abbington, star of stage, screen and Sherlock, toiled for 20 years before her big break. As she dons her detective gear in new BBC drama Cuffs, she tells Emma John about her passions – for hard work, her family and other animals

Seven-year-old Gracie has no problem dishing the dirt. When I ask her if she has a secret about her mum she can share with me, she speaks up immediately. “She has a tarantula!” she says.

Amanda Abbington, sitting next to her daughter, nods. The actor and Sherlock star, also known as the lovelorn Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge, confirms that there is indeed a pet spider in their home called Ariana. They also have a cat and three rescue dogs, and the family has recently said farewell to Nelly the hamster, who passed away last month. “If I could, I’d be like Doris Day and just have a big farm, »

- Emma John

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Today in Movie Culture: The Influence of 'Star Wars,' Celebrating Alfred Hitchcock's Birthday and More

13 August 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Filmmaking Lesson of the Day: Frame by Frame shows us how to shoot a subjective drug trip sequence like the one in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:   Vintage Image of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock, who was born on this date in 1899, is either being fed some birthday cake by Doris Day (on her birthday, supposedly) or is in danger of being stabbed with a cake-covered knife. James Stewart looks on, as this is during the making of The Man Who Knew Too Much.   Scene Analysis of the Day: CineFix looks at the already iconic hallway fight scene from Christopher Nolan's Inception and the practical effects used to make it...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Exclusive New Poster For Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies

24 July 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Steven Spielberg’s next film, spy thriller Bridge Of Spies, teams him up again with with his old Saving Private Ryan and The Terminal cohort Tom Hanks for what’s shaping up to be a heart-stopping Cold War thriller. It has a new poster that recalls the Saul Bass-inspired opening credits of another Hanks/Spielberg movie, Catch Me If You Can, and more recently that stylish falling man Mad Men aesthetic. It’s also got a big photo of Tom Hanks on it, which we’re always in favour of.May 1, 1960. While American moviegoers were watching David Niven and Doris Day hamming it up Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Us pilot Gary Powers’s U2 spy plane was plunging through Russian airspace after a Soviet Sam missile put pay to his covert mission. Next to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the incident's fallout brought America and the Soviet Union as »

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Progressive social activist, 'The Sound of Music' Broadway Star, and Oscar-Nominated Actor Bikel Dead at 91

22 July 2015 7:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage, »

- Andre Soares

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Van Alexander, Big-Band Leader and Film-tv Composer, Dies at 100

19 July 2015 10:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Van Alexander, the 1940s bandleader who co-wrote “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” with Ella Fitzgerald and went on to score dozens of films and TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s, died of heart failure Sunday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 100.

A three-time Emmy nominee for composition and music direction in the early 1970s, Alexander was head arranger for the entire run of NBC”s “Dean Martin Show” (1965-74) and wrote scores for many 1960s sitcoms including “Hazel,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Dennis the Menace,” “The Farmer’s Daughter,” “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”

He was also the composer of more than a dozen 1950s and ’60s film scores including “The Atomic Kid,” “Baby Face Nelson,” “Andy Hardy Comes Home,” “Girls Town” and a trio of William Castle films that have become cult favorites: “13 Frightened Girls,” “Strait-Jacket” and “I Saw What You Did.”

Alexander was the author of “First Arrangement, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Van Alexander, Big-Band Leader and Film-tv Composer, Dies at 100

19 July 2015 10:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Van Alexander, the 1940s bandleader who co-wrote “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” with Ella Fitzgerald and went on to score dozens of films and TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s, died of heart failure Sunday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 100.

A three-time Emmy nominee for composition and music direction in the early 1970s, Alexander was head arranger for the entire run of NBC”s “Dean Martin Show” (1965-74) and wrote scores for many 1960s sitcoms including “Hazel,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Dennis the Menace,” “The Farmer’s Daughter,” “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”

He was also the composer of more than a dozen 1950s and ’60s film scores including “The Atomic Kid,” “Baby Face Nelson,” “Andy Hardy Comes Home,” “Girls Town” and a trio of William Castle films that have become cult favorites: “13 Frightened Girls,” “Strait-Jacket” and “I Saw What You Did.”

Alexander was the author of “First Arrangement, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Last Surviving Gwtw Star and 2-Time Oscar Winner Has Turned 99: As a Plus, She Made U.S. Labor Law History

1 July 2015 6:51 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Olivia de Havilland picture U.S. labor history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 (This Olivia de Havilland article is currently being revised and expanded.) Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years old today, July 1.[1] Also known for her widely publicized feud with sister Joan Fontaine and for her eight movies with Errol Flynn, de Havilland should be remembered as well for having made Hollywood labor history. This particular history has nothing to do with de Havilland's films, her two Oscars, Gone with the Wind, Joan Fontaine, or Errol Flynn. Instead, history was made as a result of a legal fight: after winning a lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the mid-'40s, Olivia de Havilland put an end to treacherous »

- Andre Soares

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Betsy Palmer Dies: Killer Jason’s Mom Was A Tennessee Williams Muse

1 June 2015 12:55 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A fresh-faced blonde in the Doris Day mold who found unlikely fame as the mother of psycho killer Jason Voorhees in Friday The 13th and its first sequel, Palmer died Friday of natural causes, her manager Brad Lemack said. She was living in hospice care in Danbury, Connecticut. Although she had a long career in television and films beginning in the 1950s, Palmer considered herself first and foremost a stage actress whose notable appearances included Ensign Nellie Forbush… »

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Betsy Palmer Dies: Killer Jason’s Mom Was A Tennessee Williams Muse

1 June 2015 12:55 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A fresh-faced blonde in the Doris Day mold who found unlikely fame as the mother of psycho killer Jason Voorhees in Friday The 13th and its first sequel, Palmer died Friday of natural causes, her manager Brad Lemack said. She was living in hospice care in Danbury, Connecticut. Although she had a long career in television and films beginning in the 1950s, Palmer considered herself first and foremost a stage actress whose notable appearances included Ensign Nellie Forbush… »

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Yoko Ono and the Myth That Deserves to Die

13 May 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In Tokyo, in 1964, the 31-year-old conceptual artist Yoko Ono organized a happening in which she screened a Hollywood film and gave the audience a simple instruction: Do not look at Rock Hudson, look only at Doris Day. Like most of the countercultural riddles that appear in Grapefruit, Ono’s book from the same year, the instruction — titled Film Script 5 — was at once facile and mischievously impossible. (Other variations on the piece include asking the audience not to look at any round objects in a film, or to see only red.) It was also, in its way, autobiographical: As one of the few women associated with New York’s avant-garde music scene and the “neo-Dada” Fluxus movement, Ono was by then used to being overshadowed by the more powerful and self-serious men around her. (“I wonder why men can get serious at all,” she mused in Grapefruit. “They have »

- Lindsay Zoladz

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Rumer Willis Nabs Two Perfect Scores On Dancing With The Stars – Watch Videos

4 May 2015 6:17 PM, PDT | GossipCop | See recent GossipCop news »

Rumer Willis and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy nabbed the very first perfect score of this season on Monday's "Dancing With The Stars" after dancing a flawless rumba to the song "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" by Doris Day on America's Choice Night. But that wasn't all, they received a Second perfect score, dancing a trio with Artem Chigvintsev later in the show. See the videos here! »

- Minyvonne Burke

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Pitt Former TV Co-Star Kallsen Dead at 48, Emmy Nominee Meadows dead at 95, Oscar nominee Mankiewicz dead at 93

30 April 2015 9:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's rags, citing a Facebook posting by one of the actor's friends. The cause of death was purportedly – no specific source was provided – a drug overdose.* Aired on Fox in July 1990, Glory Days told the story of four high-school friends whose paths take different directions after graduation. Besides Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt, the show also featured Spike Alexander and Evan Mirand. Glory Days lasted a mere six episodes – two of which directed by former Happy Days actor Anson Williams – before its cancellation. Roommates Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt vying for same 'Thelma & Louise' role? The Murdoch tabloid also »

- Andre Soares

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Time Machine: Veterans Wallach and Coppola - Godfather 3 in Common - Are Special Oscar Honorees

24 April 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »

- D. Zhea

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Bruce Jenner Faces Wrongful Death Suit By Victim's Stepchildren

2 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The stepchildren of the woman who was killed in the Bruce Jenner car crash are gearing up for a wrongful death lawsuit, TMZ has learned, and what's especially interesting is that we're told they had virtually no relationship with their stepmom. Kim Howe was driving her Lexus on Pacific Coast Highway on February 7th when Bruce slammed into her, sending her car careening into the lane of oncoming traffic where a Hummer demolished her car. »

- TMZ Staff

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Memorable Highlights From The 2015 TCM Film Festival

29 March 2015 9:04 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

For the sixth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe descended upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2015 festival took take place Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015 and no matter your favorite genre, attendees were treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.

Friday night’s screening of Apollo 13 was definitely one of the most exciting events of the festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ron Howard’s impressive telling of the nearly doomed mission of the 3 astronauts aboard Apollo 13 looked as spectacular as the first time audiences saw it 20 years ago.

Host and long-time Nasa enthusiast Alex Trebek was on hand to introduce the film, as well as introduce fans in attendance to the real Captain Jim Lovell (played in the film by Tom Hanks). Also joining them on »

- Melissa Thompson

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