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Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean | Blu-ray Review

25 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Long unavailable for home viewing, Robert Altman’s 1982 title Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean has languished as a remote, minor title of the auteur’s filmography, trotted out to devotees at retrospectives. Based on the play by Ed Graczyk and featuring a bevy of eclectic actresses, it’s often and unfairly lumped into consideration with Altman’s other adaptations of stage material from the time period, including David Rabe’s Streamers (1983), Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love (1985) and Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy (1987). Often described as typically Altmanesque with its examination of Americana, a dialogue heavy showcase of melodrama squeezed from the banalities of everyday existence, at last it’s available for a wider appreciation, ripe for a recuperation as more than a mere trifle lost in a flood of greater titles from an American auteur.

It’s 1975 and a group of extreme James Dean fans, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Watch: Fascinating 1-Hour Doc 'Dear Censors' Explores Relationship Between British Ratings Board And Filmmakers

22 October 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“Ban it. Cut it. Classify it.” That was the stance the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) took when rating movies in the middle of the last century, according to Professor Christopher Frayling. Frayling is just one of the subjects interviewed in Matt Pelly’s BBC Four documentary, “Dear Censor,” originally released in 2011 as part of the doc series "Timeshift." The hour long film takes a look at regulations and alterations the BBFC imposed upon films distributed to for UK audiences, and how such censorship led filmmakers to buck the system in sometimes surprisingly profitable ways. Overseen by Arthur Watkins, Chief Censor from 1948-1956, the BBFC took an incredibly harsh stance against films now considered iconic, including “Rebel Without A Cause.” While the studio fought for an A rating on that release, which would have dubbed the film suitable for adults, the Board felt James Dean would have been seen »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Movies This Week: September 5-11, 2014

5 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

It's one of those rare weekends where there are basically no wide releases entering the marketplace. Ok, there's an Ashley Judd movie aimed at the faith-based crowds, but that's all that is headed for the multiplexes (ensuring another easy week at the top of the box office for Guardians). That has left an especially adventurous week of bookings with lots of smaller titles hitting town, including the latest from Roman Polanski that we had assumed was never going to play in Austin. Before I show you the new releases, let's take a look at this week's specialty programming.   

While the Paramount 100 will continue on, the official Paramount Summer Classic Film Series is coming to a close this weekend with the Texas-based epic Giant (which Don just revisited in Lone Star Cinema). Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean star in this classic drama which will run in 35mm on Saturday »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Doctor Who: A Contemporary Costume Evolution

21 August 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Doctor Who, the quirky British sci-fi television series about a time travelling alien and his friends, premiered in 1963. Since then there have been twelve Doctors (and a War Doctor), each with their own unique looks to match their unique and often eccentric personalities. With the debut of the Twelfth Doctor fast approaching, this post takes a look back at the three Doctors we’ve seen so far (not including the War Doctor) on Doctor Who since it was rebooted in 2005 (or New Who, as some like to call it) and guesses at what we can expect from Doctor number twelve.

Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor Who. Costume designer: Lucinda Wright.

The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) arrived on our screens fresh from the end of the Time War, and still living with the horrors of this war and his choice to end it by destroying not only the Daleks but his own people and planet. »

- Lord Christopher Laverty

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Watch: Marlon Brando's Screen Test For 'Rebel Without A Cause'

18 July 2014 9:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s been nearly 60 years since James Dean was forever immortalized as the troubled Jim Stark in “Revel Without a Cause” but did you know that the film was in development for nearly a decade before Nicholas Ray delivered his version to their world? During that long process another legendary actor tested for the lead role, joining the countless other near-castings in cinema history—Tom Selleck famously was nearly Indiana Jones and Eric Stoltz shot a couple of weeks of “Back To The Future.” Since this is the internet, that actor’s screen test has, of course, been making the rounds online. The 1955 film is officially an adaptation of psychiatrist Robert M. Linder’s “Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath” despite the finished film bearing no resemblance to the 1944 book. The studio had no interest in actually adapting the book, their sole reason for buying »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels

28 June 2014 6:17 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules? Every now and then it can be quite therapeutic to have a bad apple shape our rigid outlook with a dosage of cynicism in cinema. Whether intentionally unruly or merely questioning the status quo movie rebels can be compellingly entertaining for various reasons.

So who are your choice big screen rabble-rousers that like to stir the pot and cause dissension in the name of justice or just plain anti-establishment? In Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels let us take a look at some of the on-screen troublemakers with a taste for colorful turmoil, shall we?

The selections for Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels are (in alphabetical order according to the film titles):

1.) Brad Whitewood, Jr. from At Close Range (1986)

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- Frank Ochieng

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Without Frills

29 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

As a teenager going into a movie theater, I was looking for some true reflection of the absurd darkness that had come on seemingly overnight. I was looking for a place to rest my pimples from the light and to be told that others had survived similar such onslaughts. For some before me it was James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause. Molly Ringwald in all them John Hughes movies. Then it was Claire Danes on TV in My So Called Life. But for me, it was the actor Liza Weil in Whatever. I was 19, hadn’t graduated high school, […] »

- Noah Buschel

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Can Sony Classics land two Best Actor nominations for 'Foxcatcher?'

20 May 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I was glued to the Twitter application of my iPhone Sunday night waiting for the reactions to Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" to roll in as the film bowed in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. It was interesting to watch the first wave of knee-jerks, all of them just a touch muted, I assume because Miller is not a filmmaker whose movies hit you right away. They kind of seep into you the more you spin away from them, and I got the feeling "Foxcatcher" is absolutely one such example. We were all more or less expecting something special out of Steve Carell here. From photos and that early trailer that slipped out last fall, it was clear he had undergone a transformation for the role of multimillionaire murderer John du Pont, both physically and professionally. And indeed, all indications are that it is a career-altering portrayal. Here's one juicy »

- Kristopher Tapley

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'Rebel Without a Cause' Actress Beverly Long Dies at 81

16 May 2014 1:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Beverly Long, one of the last surviving castmembers of the James Dean classic Rebel Without a Cause, died May 8 in Los Angeles after a short hospital stay. She was 81. Long also had a leading role as Ouisie in the 1957 film The Green-Eyed Blonde, appeared in Paramount's As Young as We Are (1958) and was seen on Robert Young's CBS sitcom Father Knows Best. The longtime resident of Studio City in recent years served as a casting director. Long played Helen, a friend of Judy (Natalie Wood) and one of the gang, in the 1955 Warner Bros. drama directed

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- Mike Barnes

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“It’s Never All In The Script:” Dennis Hopper on Nicholas Ray and Rebel Without a Cause

29 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

“I’m the best damn filmmaker in the world who has never made one entirely good, entirely satisfactory film,” so said Nicholas Ray, according to his friend Dennis Hopper. In a bit for Turner Classic Movies in 1997, Hopper reflected on Ray’s work and their relationship, which began during his debut role as Goon in the filmmaker’s iconic Rebel Without a Cause. At the time, Hopper remembers thinking “that James Dean was directing [the] film, he had so much input in his character and lines, even deciding how a scene would be shot,” later to realize that Ray “gave Dean the freedom he needed…[he] […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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James Dean: Back on the big screen

16 April 2014 | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

When Jim Stark (James Dean) is first seen in Nicholas Ray's Rebel without a Cause (1955), crawling drunkenly along the street and playing with a toy monkey, he is wearing a suit and tie. "You're tearing me apart," he screeches at his bickering parents after they come to pick him up from the police station where he is being held for being drunk and disorderly. »

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Film Review: James Dean - An Icon Restored

16 April 2014 2:23 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆During the infamous "chickie run" race in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), there's a seemingly unassuming conversation that takes place between Nathalie Wood's Judy and Sal Mineo's Plato that neatly sums up five decades of audience fascination with James Dean. Plato - a shy, troubled lad - is exaggerating the extent of his friendship with Dean's Jim Stark, exposing his own vulnerability as well as Dean's irresistible allure: "His name is Jim. It's really James but he likes Jim more. And people he really likes, he lets them call him Jamie." We are Plato, intoxicated by the feigning familiarity with a dream just beyond our reach. Dean was Hollywood; a man who defined an era, an industry, a zeitgeist.


- CineVue UK

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Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘East Of Eden’ May Be Two Movies

14 April 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We already knew that dream-team Gary Ross and Jennifer Lawrence will be working together again on a new adaptation of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. Well, now it looks like the film could be a two-parter.

Writer, producer and director Ross teamed up with Lawrence on 2012′s The Hunger Games, although he didn’t return to direct her as Katniss in the next installment The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Ross’ first screenplay was ’80s smash Big with Tom Hanks, which he co-wrote with Anne Spielberg, and he’s also brought us Pleasantville and Seabiscuit.

East Of Eden will be the second big screen take on Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck’s literary tome. Published in 1952, the story follows two Californian families and their intertwined lives in the early years of the twentieth century. James Dean made the role of Cal his own in the version directed by the legendary Elia Kazan »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Would James Dean have been a Newman or a Brando?

13 April 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As newly restored versions of James Dean's three films come to BFI Southbank, John Patterson reflects on the star's enduring acting style

What if he'd lived, James Byron Dean? What if he'd never ploughed his Porsche Spyder into that oncoming station wagon, had won his auto race that afternoon in Paso Robles, and gone back to work after the weekend to reshoot his final drunk scene from Giant, the one he'd botched the week before?

Would he have had Paul Newman's career: expertly managed, disciplined, intelligent, building himself year upon year towards the iconic status he finally achieved, and two-page spread obits on his death? It's not implausible to think of Newman as someone who benefited directly from Dean's death he inherited Dean's role in the 1956 boxing picture Somebody Up There Likes Me or as an actor who many times in the late 50s and 60s played characters (Hud, »

- John Patterson

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Beijing Festival Adds Restored Classics, World Cinema Choices

13 April 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – The Beijing International Film Festival which gets underway later this week (April 16-23, 2014) has completed its line-up with additional restored and classic movies and contemporary world cinema choices.

The additions take to 282 the total number of films set to screen and 176 the number that will play in its Beijing Film Panorama.

The five film ‘Restoration’ section is headed by 1928 silent film “Underground,” by British director Anthony Asquith, charting the triangular relationship of two men and a woman on London’s underground or Tube railway. Other titles include “Laborer’s Love,” “New Women,” “Spring in a Small Town,” and “Myriads of Lights.”

The festival has added a screening of “Giant,” bringing to three its selection of James Dean classics, alongside the previously announced “Rebel Without A Cause” and “East of Eden.” Also screening in the same ‘Classical Retrospective’ section is a trio of Guiseppe Tornatore titles “The Legend of 1900,” “Malena” and “Cinema Paradiso. »

- Patrick Frater

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"East of Eden" Will Be Split In Two

13 April 2014 12:42 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games") has spoken some more about his and Jennifer Lawrence's plans for a new film adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic 1952 novel "East of Eden" for Imagine Entertainmentand Universal Pictures.

Set around the Salinas Valley in California, the multi-generational story follows two sons who compete for the attention of their farmer father. The book is essentially a modern retelling of the Biblical Cain and Abel story. The property was previously filmed in 1955 and starred James Dean.

Asked where the project currently stands, Ross tells THR: "It's one of the things that is sort of on my plate, I'm interested in doing. I'm not certain if it's the next movie. Part of that is my schedule. Part of that is Jennifer's schedule as well. But it's definitely something that we intend to do."

Speaking about the differences between the new film and the earlier Elia Kazan movie, »

- Garth Franklin

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Re-Viewed: Rebel Without a Cause - James Dean's defining film role

13 April 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pensioners may moan about 'the youth of today', but their generation practically invented antisocial behaviour, with James Dean as their fearless leader. Proof comes in the form of Nicholas Ray's 1955 classic Rebel Without a Cause, digitally restored and re-released April 18th alongside the only other two films Dean starred in - East of Eden and Giant - before his untimely death in a high-speed car crash.

Rebel is the film that immortalised Dean, casually reposed in a red jacket (even more vivid in a new 4K print) with a cigarette dangling from one hand, embodying the defiant spirit of an emerging subculture; one made up of young people awkwardly caught between childhood and adulthood. Teenagers. They just didn't exist before the Second World War, at least not in the sociological sense, but the 1950s marked the point at which they decided to stand up and make some noise.

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Wamg At The Draft Day Press Conference With Kevin Costner

11 April 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In Draft Day, on the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Recently, Wamg sat down with Kevin Costner in a press conference where he spoke to members of the media about his new role in Draft Day, Field Of Dreams, and how affected he was by Rock Hudson in Giant. Check it out below!

There’s a line in the movie where you say, “What do you want?!” Is this a direct reference to Field Of Dreams where you at one point said, “What do you want? »

- Melissa Howland

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Elia Kazan's Private Letters: Sleeping With Marilyn, Chastising Beatty and Discovering Newman

10 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the April 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Director Elia Kazan remains one of Hollywood's most polarizing figures. He directed such classics as A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954), East of Eden (1955) and Splendor in the Grass (1961). The native New Yorker's career began on the stage and, as such, Kazan was an actor's director; he discovered Marlon Brando, James Dean and Warren Beatty. He also loved writers and proved a nimble collaborator for such icons as Tennessee Williams and John Steinbeck. But when he testified before the House Un-

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- Andy Lewis

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Talking ‘Draft Day’ with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner

10 April 2014 7:13 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Directed by Ivan Reitman, Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary and Ellen Burstyn.

Kevin has your instincts of who you are and what you have brought to this game shifted since you first started?

Kevin Costner: My whole life has been instinctual for me. I wouldn’t do well in a computer world, my children look at me for a question then quickly look away because they know I don’t know anything about Super Mario. »

- Fernando Esquivel

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