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Review: "Meteor" (1979) Starring Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Brian Keith And Karl Malden, Blu-ray Release From Kino Lorber Studio Classics

8 December 2014 11:37 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Throughout motion picture history, there have always been "disaster" movies. From Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy facing the great earthquake in "San Francisco" to John Wayne trying to rescue an airliner in distress in "The High and the Mighty". However, the disaster movie didn't emerge as a genre until the 1970s. Most people credit "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972) with being the first major entry among these kinds of films during that era, but arguably the genre began two years earlier with "Airport". That blockbuster flick set the standard for all of the disaster movies to follow:

An all-star cast ranging from top boxoffice attractions to respected veteran stars and popular character actors Big production values State-of-the-art special effects Majestic musical score (and, if possible, a Top 40 hit shoe-horned into the proceedings)  A well-regarded director at the helm to preside over the mayhem

For the most part the formula worked fairly well. »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Japanese actor Ken Takakura dies in Tokyo, aged 83

18 November 2014 1:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Japanese actor Ken Takakura has died in Tokyo, aged 83.

The veteran, who boasted a six-decade-spanning movie career, had suffered from lymphoma.

Since making his film debut in 1956, Takakura appeared in over 200 films.

Known as the 'Clint Eastwood of Japan', he garnered a reputation for playing resolute heroes and yakuza gangsters.

Takakura made his Hollywood debut alongside Henry Fonda and Michael Caine in Too Late the Hero.

Other notable roles included turns in Sydney Pollack's The Yakuza, and Michael Douglas's Black Rain.

Takakura received the Order of Culture from the Japanese Emperor and also won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Actor on four occasions. »

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Viennale 2014. Cinema's Torch

12 November 2014 11:53 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

This year's poster for the Vienna International Film Festival is of a flame, and while around the world in other cinema-loving cities and at other cinema-loving festivals one might that that as a cue for a celluloid immolation and a move forever to digital, here in Austria cinema and film as film aren't burning up but rather are burning brightly.

The tributes and special programs in artistic director Hans Hurch's 2014 edition make this position clear: John Ford, Harun Farocki and 16mm, with new films by Tariq Teguia, Jean-Luc Godard, and Jean-Marie Straub accompanying older ones by the same directors. These aren't just retrospectives, they are revitalizing redoubts, inexhaustible fountains of flame, of sensitivity, of consciousness, and of intervention. With such a profound retrospective program, I hope you'll forgive me telling you very little of anything new at the festival; unless, that is, you like me count cinema revived as something always new. »

- Daniel Kasman

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Actress Martha Stewart May Still Be Alive Despite Two-Year-Old Reports to the Contrary

10 November 2014 7:05 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Martha Stewart: Actress / Singer in Fox movies apparently not dead despite two-year-old reports to the contrary (Photo: Martha Stewart and Perry Como in 'Doll Face') According to various online reports, including Variety's, actress and singer Martha Stewart, a pretty blonde featured in supporting roles in a handful of 20th Century Fox movies of the '40s, died at age 89 of "natural causes" in Northeast Harbor, Maine, on February 25, 2012. Needless to say, that was not the same Martha Stewart hawking "delicious foods" and whatever else on American television. But quite possibly, the Martha Stewart who died in February 2012 -- if any -- was not the Martha Stewart of old Fox movies either. And that's why I'm republishing this (former) obit, originally posted more than two and a half years ago: March 11, 2012. Earlier today, a commenter wrote to Alt Film Guide, claiming that the Martha Stewart featured in Doll Face, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, »

- Andre Soares

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Emily Blunt Will Be A Con Artist In Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill

9 November 2014 8:39 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The young marrieds from Young Victoria are back together in a director/star capacity with news from Deadline that Rupert Friend is tapping his old pal Emily Blunt for a role in Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill.The film, which marks Friend’s first directorial effort, would see Blunt playing a budding confidence trickster educated in the ways of the trade by Friend’s “down-on-his-luck con-artist” until she turns the game on her mentor, Grifters-style. From there they embark on a long road trip involving a ten year-old Mexican boy and a newspaper mogul. A far cry from Albert and Victoria, then.As this interview shows, the pair have lots of chemistry on and off-screen. It’ll be good to see them in a Henry Fonda-and-Barbara Stanwyck adversarial/romantic dynamic in what sounds like a nicely old-fashioned storyline.Friend oversaw a segment of portmanteau film Stars In Shorts in »

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Belafonte Pushes Hollywood, O’Hara Has ‘Mo’ To Say At Governors Awards

9 November 2014 4:06 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Maureen O’Hara, now 94, took time to fondly remember the Hollywood greats from her past such as John Wayne and John Ford. Legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki said he was just happy to be in the same room as Maureen O’Hara. Masterful screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere gave a moving tribute to Hollywood’s “forgotten” writers. And Harry Belafonte, winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, galvanized  the industry crowd by asking them to aim higher.

Yes, it was quite a night for the four honorees of the Sixth Annual Governors Awards of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Quite a night. And the Academy got this awards season off to a roaring  start with this blessedly non-televised celebration of the greats in this business who may not have always been given their due. It has also become a night for major schmoozing and networking among Academy voters and the huge numbers of Oscar hopefuls. »

- Pete Hammond

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The Men Who Would Be Hughes (Plus Hepburn and the end of Rko)

6 November 2014 1:37 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Howard Hughes movies (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in 'The Aviator') Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. Pt / 6 a.m. Et on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But what about "Howard Hughes movies"? Or rather, movies -- whether big-screen or made-for-television efforts -- featuring the visionary, eccentric, hypochondriac, compulsive-obsessive, all-American billionaire as a character? Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a dashing if somewhat unbalanced Hughes in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated The Aviator, other actors who have played Howard Hughes on film include the following: Tommy Lee Jones in William A. Graham's television movie The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), with Lee Purcell as silent film star Billie Dove, Tovah Feldshuh as Katharine Hepburn, »

- Andre Soares

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New on Video: ‘My Darling Clementine’

20 October 2014 8:28 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

My Darling Clementine

Directed by John Ford

Written by Samuel G. Engel and Winston Miller

USA, 1946

In John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), it is remarked that, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” This seems especially apt when it comes to the treatment of the Arizona city Tombstone and the historic western yarn of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the renowned confrontation between the Clantons on one side and the Earps with John “Doc” Holliday on the other. This famous battle, lasting all of about 30 seconds, took place the afternoon of Oct. 26, 1881, and in recalling this skirmish, multiple variations and interpretations have resulted in a cinematic legend in the making, with repeated appearances of its setting, characters, and actions. When the dust settles, one of the greatest depictions of the event, its decisive individuals, and the surrounding area and occurrences (true or false »

- Jeremy Carr

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The Past, Present, and Future of Real-Time Films Part Two

17 October 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sidney And The Sixties: Real-time 1957-1966

Throughout the 1950s, Hollywood’s relationship with television was fraught: TV was a hated rival but also a source of cheap talent and material, as in the case of the small-scale Marty (1955), which won the Best Picture Oscar. These contradictions were well represented by the apparently “televisual” 12 Angry Men (1957), which began life as a teleplay concerning a jury with a lone holdout who must, and eventually does, convince his fellow jurors of the defendant’s innocence. Its writer, Reginald Rose, persuaded one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Henry Fonda, to become a first-time producer of the film version. Fonda and Rose took basement-low salaries in favor of future points, and hired a TV director, Sidney Lumet, for next to nothing because Lumet wanted a first feature credit. Technically, there’s an opening bit on the courtroom steps that keeps this from being a true real-time film, »

- Daniel Smith-Rowsey

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Scream Factory Announces Tentacles / Reptilicus & Empire of the Ants / Jaws of Satan Double Feature Blu-rays

16 October 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Earlier this week, Scream Factory revealed they are releasing The Food of the Gods and Frogs next summer, and now the distributor has horror hounds looking forward to a creature feature season when school lets out, as four more titles have been brought onto the Blu-ray docket, pitting humans against a prehistoric reptile, a mutated octopus, killer ants, and a devilish king cobra.

From Scream Factory: “Since our announcement earlier this week of our double-bill of Food Of The Gods & Frogs went over so well with the majority, we thought it would be exciting/surprising if we followed it up and revealed Four more “Animal-Creature attack” films coming sometime next Summer for the first time on the blu-ray format! So without further ado…

– Bert I Gordon’s Empire Of The Ants (with “Dynasty’s” Joan Collins battling radioactive insects) will be paired with 1982’s devil-possessed cobra film Jaws Of Satan »

- Derek Anderson

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Criterion Collection: My Darling Clementine | Blu-ray Review

14 October 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

John Ford’s My Darling Clementine is a prime example of the Great American Western, embodying all that is good and right and just about this once dominant cinematic genre. Now available in a beautiful new hi-def burn by Criterion, this 70 year old horse opera gleams with new life and luster, preserving in minute detail the sweep and grandeur of Ford’s bedrock moralist visions. My Darling Clementine stands as a testament to Ford’s unique ability to balance the mundane with the monumental in perfectly proportioned tension; his laconic cowpokes equally imperiled by a parched, unforgiving wilderness and the dark designs of its human intruders.

While most scripts strive for reduction, My Darling Clementine is a case study in art of narrative inflation. The film takes a relatively minor incident in American history – a violent misunderstanding between two shady factions popularly known as The Shoot Out at Ok Corral »

- David Anderson

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'X-Men: Days of Future Past', New Spielberg Collection & 'Fargo' On DVD and Blu-ray This Week

14 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

X-Men: Days of Future Past It's interesting to me in that I consider X-Men: Days of Future Past one of the best movies of 2014 and the second best blockbuster of the summer behind Edge of Tomorrow and yet I have little to no interest in seeing it again. I've seen plenty of trailers as of late promoting today's release of the DVD and Blu-ray and each time I remember enjoying the movie, but a feeling of meh when it comes to watching it again comes over me. Nevertheless, I can still I say I felt it was a good movie... that one time I saw it.

Fargo Season One Here's a show I need to get back to and finish. Everyone I've talked to and seen comment online has enjoyed it and having already watched three of the ten episodes it only makes sense I finish it.

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- Brad Brevet

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John Travolta sports amazing new beard and ponytail on film set

13 October 2014 7:49 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

John Travolta was sporting a beard reminiscent of Brad Pitt's disastrous 2010 decorative facial hair as he filmed scenes for his latest movie Life on the Line.

Travolta plays an eccentric powerline technician called Beau whose dangerous high-wire job causes friction within his family life, before he and his fellow linemen are hit by the arrival of a massive storm.

He stars alongside Kate Bosworth and Final Destination star Devin Sawa.

The action drama is being directed by David Hackl and produced by Marro Films and Elite Film Productions, with Marro CEO Marvin Peart explaining: "The last film made in and around the lineman industry was in 1937, Slim the Lineman, and starred Henry Fonda.

"It's an honour and a career highlight to tell this modern-day story about these unsung heroes."

The 60-year-old actor was pictured on set sporting not one but two ponytails, in both his hair and impressively long black beard. »

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Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon Get Personal at Variety’s Power of Women

10 October 2014 2:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety’s annual Power of Women luncheon, which this year took place Friday at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, continued its tradition of focusing on organizations that have personal significance to honorees.

How to Get Away with Murder” star Viola Davis shared her emotional journey from growing up in abject poverty and how she is using that experience to educate the public about hungry children in the U.S. through the Hunger Is initiative, while “Wild” star Reese Witherspoon spoke of how her daughter, Ava, informed her about Malala Yousafzai and that promoted her work with the Malala Fund and “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez talked about why she started the Lopez Family Foundation.

.@JLo is a #PowerofWomen honoree for cofounding the Lopez Family Foundation: "Power is the opportunity to be the catalyst for change."

— Variety (@Variety) October 10, 2014

“Although my childhood was filled with many happy memories, it »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon Get Personal at Variety’s Power of Women

10 October 2014 2:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Variety’s annual Power of Women luncheon, which this year took place Friday at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, continued its tradition of focusing on organizations that have personal significance to honorees.

“We’re celebrating their life’s work of philanthropy and charity. It’s the work that I like to say really matters,” said Eva Longoria, a 2011 Power of Women honoree who also represented partner Lifetime. The channel recently renewed “Devious Maids,” a series she exec produces.

How to Get Away with Murder” star Viola Davis shared her emotional journey from growing up in abject poverty and how she is using that experience to educate the public about hungry children in the U.S. through the Hunger Is initiative, while “Wild” star Reese Witherspoon spoke of how her daughter, Ava, informed her about Malala Yousafzai and that promoted her work with the Malala Fund., “American Idol” judge »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Review: John Ford's "My Darling Clementine" (1946) Starring Henry Fonda; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

10 October 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“Ghosts Of Monument Valley”

By Raymond Benson

The great John Ford made many outstanding westerns, and My Darling Clementine (1946) is certainly one of them. I would argue that not since Stagecoach (1939) had there been as good a picture in the genre, and it didn’t even star John Wayne.

Purportedly the story of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clanton Gang, and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the film is hogwash as far as the truth is concerned. But as pure entertainment, it’s right up there with the best of the classic westerns that have given us stylistic and physical imagery that is today considered cliché. And in order to become cliché, whatever it is has to have been great to begin with. It must be a trend setter, a groundbreaker, an artistic decision that resulted in an iconic piece of celluloid. Much of what John Ford did accomplished just that. »

- (Cinema Retro)

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AFI To Honor Steve Martin With 43rd Life Achievement Award

3 October 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, announced today the Board’s decision to honor Steve Martin with the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015.

The 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will return for its third year on TNT when it airs in June 2015, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

Steve Martin is an American original,” said Stringer. “From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us »

- Melissa Thompson

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Steve Martin To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

3 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Steve Martin has been named recipient of the highly prestigious AFI Life Achievement Award to be presented June 4th and aired on TNT and later on sister network TCM.  After generally reserving this coveted prize to actors and directors who made their mark in dramatic films this is second time in the past three years that the American Film Institute has decided to lighten things up by giving their award to a person who made their mark in comedy.  And it has paid off.  Mel Brooks got the honor in 2013 and it resulted not only in a hilarious and memorable evening, it got higher ratings and brought the AFI special its first Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special  in August.  But Martin is the first recipient who actually started and made their reputation as a stand up comic. And his films beginning with The Jerk  and continuing with such modern comedy »

- Pete Hammond

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It’s Electrifying: John Travolta to Depict one of the Hardest Jobs in the World in ‘Life on the Line’

24 September 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There are plenty of films about a variety of dangerous career paths. Firefighters, police officers, paramedics, that one where Ashton Kutcher is a Coast Guard, all branches of the military, construction crews, vigilante superheroes, lifeguards, pilots and conductors, detectives and inspectors, astronauts — they’ve all had their due. But one sector of selfless, high-impact human service has largely been ignored by the film industry: linemen. It doesn’t matter what kind, be it those who lay railroad tracks or those who install and repair electrical, telephone or telegraph wires. They’ve gotten the short end of the stick. With the last film to commemorate their work premiering in 1937 (Slim the Lineman, which starred Henry Fonda), it’s now up to John Travolta and a merry band of brethren that includes Kate Bosworth and Devon Sawa to right this wrongs with Life On The Line. The indie drama, directed by David Hackl (Grizzly) and written by the team »

- Samantha Wilson

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Film Noir and Western Leading Lady Audrey Long, Widow of The Saint Author Charteris, Dead at 92

24 September 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Audrey Long, actress in B film noirs and Westerns, and widow of author Leslie Charteris, dead at 92 (photo: Audrey Long publicity shot ca. late '40s) Actress Audrey Long, a leading lady in mostly B crime dramas and Westerns of the '40s and early '50s, and the widow of The Saint creator Leslie Charteris, died "after a long illness" on September 19, 2014, in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. Long was 92. Her death was first reported by Ian Dickerson on the website Born on April 14 (some sources claim April 12), 1922, in Orlando, Florida, Audrey Long was the daughter of an English-born Episcopal minister, who later became a U.S. Navy Chaplain. Her early years were spent moving about North America, in addition to some time in Honolulu. According to Dickerson's Audrey Long tribute on the Leslie Charteris site, following acting lessons with coach Dorothea Johnson, whose pupils had also included »

- Andre Soares

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