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Burbank, Calif. May 19, 2015 – On June 2, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will release The John Wayne Westerns Film Collection – featuring five classic films on Blu-ray™ from the larger-than-life American hero – just in time for Father’s Day. The Collection features two new-to-Blu-ray titles, The Train Robbers and Cahill U.S. Marshal plus fan favorites Fort Apache, The Searchers and a long-awaited re-release of Rio Bravo. The pocketbook box set will sell for $54.96 Srp; individual films $14.98 Srp.
Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, John Wayne first worked in the film business as a laborer on the Fox lot during summer vacations from University of Southern California, which he attended on a football scholarship. He met and was befriended by John Ford, a young director who was beginning to make a name for himself in action films, comedies and dramas. It was Ford who recommended Wayne to director Raoul Walsh for the male lead in the 1930 epic Western, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the Oscars' Red Carpet Best Actress nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty Smiling radiantly, Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty are seen above as they arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre, located in the world-renowned (but locally not all that prestigious) Los Angeles suburb of Hollywood. Annette Bening was in the running for her performance as a lesbian companion/wife to Julianne Moore and mother/adoptive mother of Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Bening lost the Best Actress Oscar to Natalie Portman for her mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. See also: Pregnant Natalie Portman on the Oscars' Red Carpet. Annette Bening: Four Oscar nominations The Kids Are All Right was Annette Bening's fourth Academy Award nomination. »
- D. Zhea
"Dance, dance, feel it all around you Dance, dance, dance, Never thought love had a rainbow on it See the girl dance See the girl dance."- Neil Young, "Dance, Dance, Dance"***When I watched Katy Perry’s recent Super Bowl performance I got very excited. There was a lot of shrieking. So much so that my roommate, who had been diligently watching screeners of important art films one floor below, came up to see what was happening. A friend who was over to watch the game, who I often go to repertory movies with, later told another friend he had never seen me so excited. The third friend watching it with us, she’s a writer, was also excited. In her excitement she sent all of her twitter friends a picture. In my own excitement I sent yet a fourth friend a text message. ******My text message may have been sent off haphazardly, »
- gina telaroli
Cinema Retro Lee Pfeiffer recently moderated a book signing event for authors Robert Crane and Christopher Fryer in relation to their new release "Bob Crane: Sex, Celebrity and My Father's Unsolved Murder", which has been published by the University Press of Kentucky. The event was held at The Coffee House Club, a legendary 100 year-old private venue for the arts in New York that has boasted such illustrious members as Sir Winston Churchill, Robert Benchley, Basil Rathbone and Henry Fonda. The book details the impact that the murder of "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane had on his family, specifically his son Robert, who was in his early twenties when the grisly crime occurred in 1979. Bob Crane had risen to fame playing avuncular, sharp-witted "guy next door" types. He was also a highly talented musician who enjoyed moonlighting as an acclaimed drummer. In private life, he was a very complex man. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Amy Schumer, the Comedy Central wunderkind who destroyed sexist TV critics and the filmography of Henry Fonda with her "12 Angry Men" parody, is getting her own HBO special. That's not a surprise considering her one-hour Comedy Central special "Mostly Sex Stuff" is the network's highest-rated since 2011. What is surprising is who's directing the HBO outing. It's also perfect. Chris Rock is set to direct the special, which will tape at New York's Apollo Theater May 29. Could this be more perfect? Rock is just the right person to helm this event, seeing as his "Bring the Pain" remains the gold standard in cable standup. Hope Schumer can remain f*ckable 'til the 29th! »
- Louis Virtel
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise...
1. Devil’s Advocate (1997)
Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can’t refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
This morning, I published my interview with Amy Schumer about tonight's "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer" parody, which focused on the origins and themes of the episode-length sketch. Now it's time to hear from Ryan McFaul, who co-directed the episode with Schumer, and who speaks more about the technical end of things, including which parts of the Sidney Lumet film they were and weren't able to work into their episode. "12 Angry Men" is one of those movies where whenever I come across it on cable, I have to watch until the end. What was your experience with it before this episode came about? Ryan McFaul: I'm a serious film nerd. I probably first saw it when I was 15 or 16, at the point when I was first falling romantically in love with cinema, and starting to learn about visual storytelling, and the way pictures can make a story powerful. It's one of those classic examples, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Season 3 of "Inside Amy Schumer" is blowing up everything we knew about how comedy on television tackles gender. The first two episodes of the show's return featured some ballsy, thought-provoking sketches with viral appeal, but for its third installment, it went long-form. Read More: Inside 'Inside Amy Schumer': They're Gonna Do 'Whatever the F***' They Want "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer," featuring an amazing cast including Jeff Goldblum, Dennis Quaid, Paul Giamatti, Vincent Kartheiser, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Gethard and John Hawkes, is a 20-minute celebration of the 1957 Sidney Lumet film starring Henry Fonda, mimicking the original on the level of a shot-by-shot remake. It is also a savage, brutally funny riff on the question, "Is Amy Schumer hot enough to be on television?" — a question Schumer's heard plenty before. To get the story behind the episode, co-directed by Schumer herself, Indiewire got on the phone with...
- Liz Shannon Miller
Season 3 of "Inside Amy Schumer" is blowing up everything we knew about how comedy on television tackles gender. The first two episodes of the show's return featured some ballsy, thought-provoking sketches with viral appeal, but for its third installment, it went long-form. Read More: Inside 'Inside Amy Schumer': They're Gonna Do 'Whatever the F***' They Want "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer," featuring an amazing cast including Jeff Goldblum, Dennis Quaid, Paul Giamatti, Vincent Kartheiser, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Gethard and John Hawkes, is a 20-minute celebration of the 1957 Sidney Lumet film starring Henry Fonda, mimicking the original on the level of a shot-by-shot remake. It is also a savage, brutally funny riff on the question, "Is Amy Schumer hot enough to be on television?" — a question Schumer's heard plenty before. To get the story behind the episode, co-directed by Schumer herself, Indiewire got on the phone with »
- Liz Shannon Miller
It's the HitFix Daily Snap, our tidy roundup of new stories. Look at all the fun we're having! 'Last Man on Earth' star Kristen Schaal opens up Daniel Fienberg spoke with the "Bob's Burgers" veteran about the first season finale of "Last Man on Earth" and grilled her about Carol's decision. Will Forte forever. Scroll below to see Kristen Schaal parody Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" video with So Much Good Face-acting. Is "Veep" star Gary Cole our coolest comic actor? Seriously, who has had a career like Gary Cole's? From "The Brady Bunch" to "Talladega Nights" to "Veep," he's totally in command and slyly weird. Amy Schumer on her upcoming (and blistering) "12 Angry Men" parody Henry Fonda may be out of the picture, but Amy Schumer gathered Jeff Goldblum, Paul Giamatti, Vincent Kartheiser and more to riff on the 1957 jury classic and ask the question: Is Amy Schumer too unattractive to be on TV? »
- Louis Virtel
We know that "Inside Amy Schumer" can do great parodies, and it can do biting social commentary, and that it has a gift for hiding the latter inside the former. That's been apparent throughout its run, and early in the Comedy Central sketch show's great third season, which has featured a dead-on "Friday Night Lights" parody that was really about rape culture, as well as last week's "One Direction" spoof about women who don't need makeup. Tonight's remarkable episode (it airs, like usual, at 10:30) takes both sides of the show to an extreme. Titled "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer," it's an episode-length parody of Reginald Rose's classic play "12 Angry Men" (and particularly of the staging of the 1957 Sidney Lumet film version) in which the jurors — played by Jeff Goldblum (the foreman), John Hawkes (the crusading hold-out) and Paul Giamatti and Nick Dipaolo (the two bullying loud mouths), among »
- Alan Sepinwall
It’s the start of a new month, and as ever in film and Blu-ray circles, nothing gets the fans salivating more than the upcoming release slate from the awesome folks over at Arrow Films. Its line-up of releases for August has been unveiled (both UK and Us), and you can view all the information below, including the stand-out title, David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, which is getting a very special, limited edition release in a collector’s package.
Videodrome: Limited Edition
Combining the bio-horror elements of his earlier films whilst anticipating the technological themes of his later work, Videodrome exemplifies Cronenberg’s extraordinary talent for making both visceral and cerebral cinema. Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for fresh new content for his TV channel when he happens across some illegal S&M-style broadcasts called ‘Videodrome’. Embroiling his girlfriend Nicki (Debbie Harry) in his search for the source, his »
- Scott J. Davis
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
"It slept... until man disturbed it. Then it woke with a fury no man could control." Creatures will rise from the deep to take a bite out of summer vacations (and those taking them) in Scream Factory's double feature Blu-ray of Tentacles and Reptilicus, hitting shelves on June 16th.
Press Release -- "Invincible…Indestructible! Two underwater creature shockers on Blu-ray for the first time! Scream Factory proudly presents the monstrous arrival of Tentacles and Reptilicus in a double feature Blu-ray release on June 16, 2015.
It's angry. It's hungry. It's extremely well-armed and it's descending on a small seaside town to sample the local cuisine! John Huston, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins and Henry Fonda do all they can to keep a giant marine menace from turning their sleepy village into a one-stop snack-shop in this fast-paced thriller! Directed by cult director/producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Beyond the Door, The Visitor, The Curse »
- Derek Anderson
Two underwater creature flicks are heading to Bluray, when on June 16th, Scream Factory will unleash a brand new double feature of Tentacles and Reptilicus. The cult favorites have never been available in HD before, so this will mark their Bluray debut, and both are a lot of fun (who Doesn’T love underwater creature films?!).
It’s angry. It’s hungry. It’s extremely well-armed and it’s descending on a small seaside town to sample the local cuisine! John Huston, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins and Henry Fonda do all they can to keep a giant marine menace from turning their sleepy village into a one-stop snack-shop in this fast-paced thriller! Directed by cult director/producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Beyond the Door, The Visitor, The Curse), Tentacles is a menacing jolt-a-thon that’ll grip you with relentless terror and never let go!
Discover the true meaning of survival of the fittest, »
- Jerry Smith
Were you a fan of westerns growing up and what is it about the genre you love?
Yes, my love of westerns came from my childhood. In Denmark where we grew up, we only had one television channel so my first encounter with films was westerns, and of course at that age the first movies you watch stays very strongly with you. I think every person is attracted to different things, but I think there was something in westerns, a combination of these landscapes but also a certain simplicity in the tales that attracted me. Westerns are moral tales, and the morals are quite easily accessible. I’ve made films which were much more psychological, yet westerns are not deeply psychological at all, they’re more mythical and more simplified and I think that I find that very attractive to work with, »
- Gary Collinson
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
April 9th will mark the four year anniversary of director Sidney Lumet's passing, at age 86. Lumet was the first director I interviewed whose one-sheet posters hung on my wall as a kid. He was an idol, an icon, and an inspiration. I wasn't yet 30 in April 1997, when I met him at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for our interview at the press junket for "Night Falls On Manhattan," one of his solid, authentic urban dramas that blended crime, politics and personal revelations that became his signature.
Lumet immediately put any butterflies I had at ease. Diminutive, but with the infectious energy of a teenager, his was a disarming presence. He paid me a compliment on my sportcoat, saying that I looked a bit like the young Mickey Rourke (which I still don't see, but what the hell), then went on to regale me for an hour with »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The title invokes tragedies already over and done: "From Mayerling to Sarajevo," a range of time spanning from the suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria in Mayerling, a death that eventually made Archduke Franz Ferdinand the next heir to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, to the assassination of the Archduke in the Bosnian capital, precipitating the First World War.The title invokes a range of cities spanning countries. The director of From Mayerling to Sarajevo, a 1940 picture revived in a new print by The Film Desk and opening at New York’s Film Forum on March 27, is Max Ophüls, himself a roving vagabond auteur, born in Germany and making films not only there but in the Netherlands, Italy, Hollywood, and France, where this film was made on the precipice of the Second World War and the beginning of a new kind of German-speaking empire.The films of Max Ophüls survive beautiful and aphoristic, »
- Daniel Kasman
In Focus, Will Smith's first film since 2013, the superstar plays Nicky, a long-time conman who is planning his last big score, but ends up reuniting with a con woman who he trained years before.
The film, which performed mildly at the box office in its debut this weekend, joins the ranks of Hollywood's long love affair with the art of the con.
In celebration of this newest entry in the grifter genre, here are nine of the best conman movies ever made.
(Note: This list doesn't include movies about heists that happen to involve conmen -- i.e. Ocean's Eleven or The Heist -- just films that celebrate the age of tradition of swindling.)
9. Matchstick Men (2003): Nicholas Cage and Sam Rockwell play con artists who are planning one of the biggest scams of their careers. Things get complicated when Cage's teenage daughter shows up and »
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