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Canadian Rebel: Don Owen’s ‘Nobody Waved Good-bye’

11 April 2015 9:48 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Nobody Waved Good-Bye

Directed by Don Owen

Written by Don Owen

1964, Canada

Like many classic films, Nobody Waved Good-Bye (1964) began as something different. Don Owen was commissioned to create a television documentary about probationary officers, but expanded it into a fictional coming-of-age story. Producer Tom Daly liked the idea and ensured an increased budget: still, the final product only cost $75,000 Canadian, shot over three weeks in Toronto. The movie initially flopped in Canada, but became a sleeper hit in the United States and earned a BAFTA nomination in England. Over time, it became recognized as a landmark in Canadian cinema.

Nobody focuses on Peter (Peter Kastner), an 18 year old juvenile delinquent railing against middle class morality. He argues with his well-off parents (Claude Rae and Charmion King), who disown him after a traffic offense. He emancipates, drops out of school and moves into an apartment, working menial jobs. His girlfriend »

- Christopher Saunders

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Nostalgic ‘My American Cousin’ is a tender coming-of-age tale that time forgot

7 April 2015 4:04 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

My American Cousin

Written and Directed by Sandy Wilson

Canada, 1985

Sandy Wilson’s My American Cousin is an endearing, semi-autobiographical tale centering on one golden summer in a precocious girl’s life. In 1959 British Columbia, 12-year-old Sandy (Margaret Langrick) lives on a gloriously scenic ranch populated with her family and a group of friends who help out on her father’s cherry orchard. It’s an idyllic setting, but the terminally bored pre-teen is histrionically unimpressed.

 “Nothing Ever Happens!” she scrawls in her journal.

But excitement unexpectedly arrives when Sandy’s 17-year-old American cousin Butch (John Wildman) pulls up in a dazzling, red Cadillac convertible. With duck-tail hair, pressed blue jeans, and a pack of cigarettes wrapped in the sleeve of his white t-shirt, he is a walking James Dean clone, which is especially exotic in a town whose theater has yet to play Rebel Without A Cause.

Sandy’s »

- A.R. Wilson

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"Wild One", Whatever Its Problems, Is Still Wild

1 April 2015 3:41 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?

There's probably some conflation of Laslo Benedek's The Wild One (1953)--coming out for the first time on blu-ray--and Nicholas Ray's (superior) Rebel Without a Cause (1955) because of this famous exchange. A young woman, enjoying the antics of the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club (B.R.M.C.), asks Johnny (Marlon Brando), the ringleader, what they're rebelling against to which Johnny replies, "Whadya got?" The comparison is an interesting one. While James Dean is the height of 50's cool off screen, in Rebel Without a Cause, he plays a whiney youth in the throws of a terrible case of full-blown angst, having to deal with alienation and social phenomena he's not ready for. Why it was Dean that became the icon, despite making only three major films before he died, isn't obvious. Brando's Johnny, however, is what icons are made of with his black leather jacket, »

- Jason Ratigan

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SXSW 2015: Was James Dean Gay or Bisexual? Matinee Idol Pal Tab Hunter Weighs in on the Rumors

18 March 2015 12:44 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's a question that will never be answered. Even so, for decades, there have been rumors that James Dean was bisexual and maybe quite possibly gay. Tab Hunter, a former 1950s matinee idol and friend of the Rebel Without a Cause star who publicly came out of the closet in 2006, weighed in on the gossip when I sat down with him at South by Southwest to talk about his new Jeffrey Schwarz-directed documentary, Tab Hunter Confidential. Hunter, now 83, said he knew "Jimmy pretty well" because his friend Dick Clayton was his agent. "People always said that," Hunter said about Dean swinging both ways. "All I know is I saw him with Ursula Andrews a lot and with Pier Angeli." »

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Bill Hickman: Hollywood's Wheelman

17 March 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

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Alex Simon

Hollywood, like any place that is more about its lore than the actual sum of its parts, is full of unsung heroes who have given audiences some of their most cherished cinematic moments. Odds are if you’re a movie buff, you’ll remember the car chases in iconic films like Bullitt, The French Connection and The Seven-Ups. Stuntman, stunt driver and later, stunt coordinator Bill Hickman was one of those people who remained virtually anonymous during his lifetime, but is responsible for some of cinema’s most iconic, and hair-raising moments.

The Los Angeles native was born in 1921 and had been working in Hollywood for ten years before landing his first (visible) role in Stanley Kramer’s legendary The Wild One, the 1953 film that cemented star Marlon Brando’s status as an icon of post-war teen rebellion. Hickman can be seen as one of Brando’s »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Classroom Chaos: Top Ten High School Outsiders

23 February 2015 6:11 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

One of the hardest bouts of growing pains experienced by adolescents is that rite of passage known as the high school experience. In high school one is subject to discovering their own sense of self-identity and purpose. In fact, sometimes the social factor is crucial because the cost of belonging in social-related circles is vital in a four-year commitment to belonging among your peers.

The tension is high to belong and get along as your search for excellence in good grades, social interaction and the overall learning experience is important. However, not every youngster can cope with what they are faced as the obstacles to excel are demanding in high school. Hence, the potential to become “an outsider” is inevitable and the unlikeliest label that no one can overcome no matter how much they try.

The movies have been instrumental in capturing such heavy-handed angst and frustration of the tortured »

- Frank Ochieng

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The Losers: American Master Nicholas Ray Deserved an Oscar

18 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

All this week, we’re celebrating the losers — those talented filmmakers whom Oscar has foolishly overlooked. Landon Palmer interviews two film scholars responsible for a new book on the life and work of director Nicholas Ray, perhaps the most glorified loser in Hollywood history. Nicholas Ray’s films were about outsiders, rebels and pariahs – individuals that either couldn’t or wouldn’t exist according to the status quo. They didn’t obey the rules, cow to authority or play nice. It should come as no surprise, then, that Ray himself was something of an outsider, occupying a singular in-between space within movie culture that was not-quite Hollywood yet not-quite indie or arthouse. Ray began his career bending the rules of genre within the studio system and ended it within a unique matrix of experimental filmmaking, unrealized projects, film school teaching jobs, and the occasional supporting role in a Wim Wenders film. The »

- Landon Palmer

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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The 7 Most Puzzling Images in Taylor Swift's 'Style' Video

13 February 2015 12:47 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Taylor Swift, a woman of many moods and exactly one lipstick, just threw down the third video from her blockbuster album "1989." "Style" is a slow throb, a pleasant recollection of quaint memories with a cute boy who resembles James Dean. This is a big deal because Taylor Swift loves James Dean and knows all of his posters. The video is a B- effort full of familiar Swift sentimentalism. Let's take a walk through a gallery of "Style" and see what kinds of artistic insights we come up with. Just as I suspected, Taylor Swift's innermost feelings -- when revealed -- look like Britney Spears' "Sometimes" video. All this girl wants to do is run around with a pink ball and wear white midriff sweaters on the pier. Duh.  Moodz. It's kind of weird that we have a superstar who takes most of her visual cues from that Sixpence None the Richer song. »

- Louis Virtel

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Berlin Reviews: 'Life' Stars Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan as Wayward American Icons

9 February 2015 1:20 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Life" stars the always ace Dane DeHaan as James Dean opposite Robert Pattinson, in yet another dramatic turn, as Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock. A budding, and subtly homoerotic, friendship unfolds as the film chronicles the story behind Stock's 1955 photo spread, circa "East of Eden," that put emerging heartthrob Dean on the map—just seven months before his unexpected death at 24. Written by Aussie scribe Luke Davies--who co-adapted his novel "Candy" into the 2006 drug drama starring Heath Ledger--"Life" isn't music video turned filmmaker Corbijn's first tread in biopic territory. His 2007 "Control" plunged into the final days in the life of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, starring Sam Riley. Corbijn knows how to direct attractive adonises onscreen. But is "Life" worth all the ballyhoo? Based on early Berlinale reviews, rounded up below, critics are tussling over this one. Variety: "More than a standard »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Robert Pattinson And Dane DeHaan Feature In New Clip For James Dean Drama Life

9 February 2015 1:01 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Photographer-turned-director Anton Corbijn’s upcoming drama, Life, may star two of the hottest young actors in the industry in Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, but the atypical road movie is much more than simple eye candy.

Charting the friendship between Hollywood legend James Dean (DeHaan) and budding photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) circa 1955, Corbijn’s drama will follow the pair as they make tracks from Los Angeles to New York. It was an event that culminated in the iconic picture of Dean in Times Square in the lashing rain, a still image that would go on to be famous following the actor’s tragic death shortly thereafter. As a result, Life gets its minimalist title due to the fact that Stock’s photographer works at the titular magazine, tasked with capturing Dean — who was undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s A-listers at the time — for coverage.

In the clip above, we see »

- Michael Briers

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Berlin Film Review: Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’

9 February 2015 12:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Makeup and mimicry can only take an actor so far when tasked with playing one of the most enduring stars in the cinematic firmament: More crucial is that he have a certain intangible star quality of his own. Such is the success of Dane DeHaan’s magnetic take on James Dean in “Life,” Anton Corbijn’s engaging, elegiac portrait of a legend in the making. More than a standard celebrity bio, however, the pic is a loving valentine from photographer-turned-helmer Corbijn to his name-making profession, with Robert Pattinson in a sly turn as Dennis Stock, the shutterbug who landed Dean a now-classic Life magazine spread. It’s the peculiarly moving, even subtly queer friendship between the two men that distinguishes “Life” from standard inside-Hollywood fare, while gorgeous production values and ace star turns make it a thoroughly marketable arthouse prospect. 

If any current filmmaker is qualified to reflect on the »

- Guy Lodge

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Stewart Stern, Writer of ‘Rebel Without a Cause,’ Dies at 92

6 February 2015 3:13 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Twice Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Emmy-winning television writer Stewart Stern, who wrote film classic “Rebel Without a Cause,” Dennis Hopper’s “The Last Movie” and seminal telepic “Sybil,” starring Sally Field, died February 2 at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, after battling cancer. He was 92.

Stern’s credits included the iconic 1955 James Dean teen rebellion drama “Rebel Without a Cause (screenplay by Stern, adaptation by Irving Shulman, story by Nicholas Ray), as well as a documentary feature on the late actor, “The James Dean Story” (1957), co-directed by Robert Altman; 1971’s notorious counterculture indie drama “The Last Movie,” co-written and directed by Hopper (written by Stern, story by Hopper and Stern); 1963’s The Ugly American,” starring Marlon Brando (screenplay & screen story by Stern, from the novel by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick), which earned Stern a Writers Guild Award nomination for best written American drama; and the Paul Newman-directed 1968 film “Rachel, »

- Variety Staff

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Stewart Stern, Writer of ‘Rebel Without a Cause,’ Dies at 92

6 February 2015 3:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Twice Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Emmy-winning television writer Stewart Stern, who wrote film classic “Rebel Without a Cause,” Dennis Hopper’s “The Last Movie” and seminal telepic “Sybil,” starring Sally Field, died February 2 at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, after battling cancer. He was 92.

Stern’s credits included the iconic 1955 James Dean teen rebellion drama “Rebel Without a Cause (screenplay by Stern, adaptation by Irving Shulman, story by Nicholas Ray), as well as a documentary feature on the late actor, “The James Dean Story” (1957), co-directed by Robert Altman; 1971’s notorious counterculture indie drama “The Last Movie,” co-written and directed by Hopper (written by Stern, story by Hopper and Stern); 1963’s The Ugly American,” starring Marlon Brando (screenplay & screen story by Stern, from the novel by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick), which earned Stern a Writers Guild Award nomination for best written American drama; and the Paul Newman-directed 1968 film “Rachel, »

- Variety Staff

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Stewart Stern, ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ Screenwriter, Dead at 92

6 February 2015 3:01 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Stewart Stern, the screenwriter of James Dean’s “Rebel Without a Cause” and camp classic, Sally Field personality disorder made-for-tv-movie “Sybil,” is dead at 92. The writer, who has been credited with work as recently as 2012, died at his home according to media reports. Stern was known for major accolades like an Oscar nomination for 1968’s “Rachel, Rachel” as well as close ties to industry glitterati like Gene Kelly, Paul Newman and Tony Curtis. Also Read: ‘Star Wars’ Actor Richard Bonehill Dead at 67 Other notable Stern credits include several projects about the life of James Dean, and a TV version of “The Glass Menagerie” starring Katharine. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Frank Mazzola, Film Editor and ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ Actor, Dies at 79

21 January 2015 12:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Frank Mazzola, longtime film editor and actor and technical consultant for the James Dean classic “Rebel Without a Cause,” died Jan. 13. He was 79.

The Hollywood native began his career as a child actor, with parts in films including “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Always in My Heart,” “Casablanca” and “The Boy with the Green Hair.” After an extra role in Elia Kazan’s “East of Eden,” Mazzola worked in the most high-profile film of his career, “Rebel Without a Cause.”

In addition to playing the character of Crunch, Mazzola provided technical assistance on the film, advising director Nicholas Ray on creating the reality of rebellious teens from middle class families. He aided in the choosing of the film’s 1949 Mercury 8 Coupe as well as the red jacket worn by Dean in the film, and even helped stage the knife duel between Dean and Corey Allen.

Mazzola transitioned into a career as a film editor, »

- Kevin Noonan

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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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Mindy Newell: Je Ne Suis Pa Charlie Hebdo

12 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Yesterday I had a thought – which I do have on occasion.

I have always considered myself a “socially conscious” comics writer. This means that, if you look over my body of work, you will notice that I have told stories that, in one way or another, reflect “real world” events and the consequences of those events on my characters. Notably, of course, in my 1986 Lois Lane mini-series about child abduction and abuse, “When It Rains, God is Crying” (coincidentally edited by ComicMix’s Robert Greenberger when we were both working for DC, he an editor and me a freelancer), but also as far back as “Moon River,” my first story in New Talent Showcase, an admittedly tyro effort to portray the outcome of a closed, dictatorial society on an individual. And of course there was “Chalk Drawings,” which I co-wrote with George Pérez for Wonder Woman, which was a story about suicide. »

- Mindy Newell

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Rebel Without A Cause Screens in 35mm January 16th at Webster University

8 January 2015 8:43 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Why did you shoot those puppies, John?”

Rebel Without A Cause will screen in 35mm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium Friday January 16th at 7:30pm. The screening will be introduced by We Are Movie Geek’s own Tom Stockman (aka: me)

The theme of teen-age alienation received brilliant treatment in 1955 at the hands of director Nicholas Ray and stars James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. Rebel Without A Cause was a poignant melodrama that made James Dean a household word. Back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s I saw Rebel Without A Cause several times on 35mm at The Tivoli (usually double-feature with East Of Eden) back when it was a true repertory cinema, showing different classic double-bills every night. Movie lovers will get a chance to experience Rebel Without A Cause in all of its 35mm glory when it screens next Friday, January 16th at »

- Tom Stockman

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