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It’s the question on all Gilmore Girls fans’ minds: Who will Rory end up with? Everyone is anxious to find out — except Rory’s own grandma!
Kelly Bishop, the actress who plays Emily Gilmore on the hit series, sat down with People to talk all things Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and revealed who would be her ideal pick for her TV granddaughter.
Though Bishop, 72, claims to be “not that involved” in weighing in on Rory’s (Alexis Bledel) romantic life, she does give a slight edge to one suitor: “I like the actors, but I still »
Doc NYC wrapped up last Wednesday after showcasing hundreds of creative documentary films that shines a light on untold stories. The new documentary “Fight for Space” explores the past, present and future of the Us Space program and argues for the benefits of human space exploration. The film examines the historical, political events that led to the Space Race and a cultural interest in space travel as well as the decline of Nasa’s budget since 1968. Through interviews with such industry professionals like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye, as well astronauts, politicians and scientists, “Fight for Space” serves as an urgent call to reawaken our sense of wonder and travel to the far-reaches of the universe. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
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The film is written, produced, and directed by Paul J. Hildebrandt, »
- Vikram Murthi
Archival footage often suggests cerebral, talking-head documentaries; in the wrong hands, it’s an unimaginative way to feed dry information to its audience.
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However, there is another way. Here’s four Oscar-worthy documentarians who found innovative ways to repurpose the past.
For 96 grueling minutes in August 1966, a sniper perched atop a tower in the middle of the University Texas held the Austin campus hostage, eventually killing 16 in America’s first mass school shooting. To place the viewer inside this terrifying experience, director Keith Maitland cast actors to read eight survivors’ accounts, as if being interviewed for a documentary, while also having them perform in a cinematic recreation of the events as if he was shooting a fiction film. He then rotoscoped the reenactment footage, turning the live action into animation.
Through the Texas Archive of Moving Image, Maitland had also gained access to »
- Chris O'Falt
For the past six days, Doc NYC has screened numerous documentaries that shine a light on untold stories, marginalized figures and crucial history. Tomorrow, the festival comes to an end, but before it closes, the festival will screen Takuji Masuda’s new film “Bunker77,” the true story of Bunker Spreckels, Clark Gable’s stepson and heir to a sugar fortune, who lived fast and died young. A classic American rebel in the vein of James Dean and Andy Warhol, Bunker turned his back on his fortune to live a simple life out of the public eye. He pushed surfing’s boundaries by riding very short boards in Hawaii and the Jeffrey Bay in South Africa. He also mentored skateboard legend Tony Alva and collaborated with filmmaker Kenneth Anger, leaving behind a complicated, nuanced legacy. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
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- Vikram Murthi
Veteran’s Day is November 11. While we all try to escape from the most exasperating Presidential Campaign in our history let me pay tribute to the Men and Women who have served in the military to insure we keep our electoral process and our freedoms.
Having served in the Navy four years (there he goes again!) I have a keen interest in any movie about the military, especially the sea service. I did serve during peace time so had no experience with combat but still spent most of my tour of duty at sea on an aircraft carrier, the USS Amerca CV66. Among other jobs I ran the ship’s television station for almost two years. Movies have always been important to me and so providing a few hours of entertainment every day when we were at sea was just about the best job I could have had.
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- Sam Moffitt
A Tribute to King Kong takes place as part of the The St. Louis International Film Festival Sunday, Nov. 6 beginning at 6:00pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. The first film screened will be the new documentary Long Live The King, which explores the enduring fascination with one of the biggest stars — both literally and figuratively — in Hollywood history: the mighty King Kong. Produced and directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, the creative team behind the award-winning “Beast Wishes,” the documentary devotes primary attention to the 1933 classic, celebrating the contributions of filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, stars Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot, writer Edgar Wallace, and especially stop-motion innovator Willis O’Brien. But Kong’s legacy is also fully detailed: the sequel “Son of Kong,” the cinematic kin “Mighty Joe Young,” the Dino DeLaurentis and Peter Jackson remakes, even the Japanese versions by Toho Studios. »
- Tom Stockman
“The Promise,” a sweeping historical romance starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, is the kind of movie epic they just don’t make anymore. It’s a throwback to David Lean’s “Doctor Zhivago” and Warren Beatty’s “Reds,” movies that transposed big, emotional stories against a sprawling canvas, and tugged at the heartstrings while dealing with thorny political periods.
It’s risky, but not just in that way. Not only is it one of the most expensive independently financed films ever made, it also deals frankly with the Armenian genocide. The mass killings of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire took place between 1915 and 1922, but decades later, the episode remains politically fraught. Bringing the story to the masses was a mission for Kirk Kerkorian, a businessman of Armenian descent who once owned Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He died in 2015 as the film was going into production.
“This was personal for him,” says Eric Esrailian, »
- Brent Lang
Troll 2, 1990.
Young Joshua is mourning the loss of his grandpa Seth, whose spirit visits him regularly to warn him about the dangers of goblins. Joshua’s family refuses to believe that the deceased old man has truly been re-appearing, chalking it up to the boy’s refusal to accept his grandfathers’ passing. Meanwhile, the family is taking part in a home exchange vacation with a family from the quiet mountain town of Nilbog. However, upon arrival Joshua finds himself visited by his grandfather once again, warning of the dangerous goblins and their intentions to eat the visiting family.
One of the most notoriously bad films of all time and a cult hit to boot, I am course talking about the iconic masterpiece of bad cinema that is Troll 2.
- Graeme Robertson
On this day in showbiz history...
1886 Spring Byington is born in Colorado Springs. Goes on to supporting actress glory in Hollywood including Marmee in Little Women (1933, her feature debut) and an Oscar nomination as the eccentric hobbyist mom in You Can't Take It With You (1938). Curiously her screen daughter in that best picture winner Jean Arthur, an even bigger star, shares her same birthday (for the year of 1900)
1888 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (an early step in creating the cinema)
1915 One of the world's most celebrated playwrights, Arthur Miller, is born. His classics include Death of a Salesman, The Crucible and A View From the Bridge. After marrying movie star Marilyn Monroe, he wrote The Misfits (1961) for her which would eerily (considering its elegiac »
- NATHANIEL R
“As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”
Gone With The Wind screens Wednesday October 12th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
Watching Scarlett O’Hara transition from a very pampered, spoiled, whiny, self-centered plantation belle to a woman of great spirit and strength in Gone With The Wind is remarkable. Gone With The Wind is a soaper set against the most splendid of backdrops; the civil war. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable are still the most memorable couple in cinematic history and their romantic scenes are still wonderful to watch. David O. Selznick’s crowning achievement as a producer and Victor Fleming’s best film as a director. The technicolor is still some of the richest »
- Tom Stockman
We all love a good movie, but what is it that makes a good movie great? It’s of course the ability to become an instant classic. Each classic film has it’s own iconic scene, the moment that everyone remembers happening. It’s scenes like Thelma and Louise continuing to drive when they run out of road, the wobbly water in Jurassic Park and Jamie Lee Curtis hiding in the wardrobe in Halloween. They’re the movie events that are so fantastic that they deserve celebrating.
Prolific studio Warner Bros understand this and have recently re-packaged several of their classic catalogue titles. The new look highlights what the studio believe to be each film’s most iconic moment. We have now had a look at whether they got it right or not. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
About the film: Unquestionably one »
- Kat Hughes
“Bunker77” world premiered Sept. 22 at the San Sebastian Festival’s Savage Cinema section.
The documentary, winner in March of a Work in Progress award at the Sun Valley Film Festival’s The Film Lab, will debut in the U.S. at October’s Hamptons Festival, where Edward Norton, a “Bunker77” exec producer, will present the screening.
“Bunker 77” chronicles the extraordinary figure of Bunker Spreckels, Clark Gable’s stepson, heir to the Spreckels sugar fortune, a surfer, but also a big game hunter, martial arts aficionado, wild man and self-styled player who dressed like a pimp.
- Emiliano De Pablos
San Sebastian — Once extreme sports entertainment was just quick-fix action highlights. Now, the macro niche is breaking out of the mould.
That can be put down in part to Red Bull Media House, which has brought a traditional and now digital commercial edge to the genre. Also, a generation of filmmakers has emerged which is far more ambitious and cine-literate. On top of that, producers can bring ever more options in distribution, mixing classic and digital outlets.
“There are still a multitude of productions that run along the more established paths, but a lot of people have been trying to leave the standard ways of making those films, and now there are more and more filmmakers actually able to do so,” said Philipp Manderla, head of feature films at Red Bull Media House, which co-organises Savage Cinema.
Why this is happening is another question. Several factors are at play.
- John Hopewell
San Sebastian — Patrick Trefz’s “Surfer’s Blood” world premieres at the San Sebastian Festival in Savage Cinema, the fest sidebar devoted to adventure and action sports, organized in co-operation with Red Bull Media House.
“Blood” is co-produced by Trefz’s Solid Publishing and Rbmh which handles world sales for home entertainment and TV. Theatrical and tour rights are still in talks.
Mixing adrenaline, culture and a near anthropological explanation for the call of the waves for highly disparate individuals, “Blood” offers portraits of people and events turning on surfing: Surfboard builder Patxi Oliden, now 93, in the Basque Country, whose fascination with the sea is traced back to centuries-old Basque whaling; the modern surfboard designs by Swedish designer Thomas Meyerhoffer, made at his avant-garde company in San Francisco; a surfboard exhibition in the Sonoma Valley Art Museum; and three-times Mavericks big wave champion Darryl “Flea” Virostko’s struggle to overcome a meths addiction. »
- Emilio Mayorga
Before there was Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, Samuel Jackson and John Travolta, Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise—there was James Corden and John Krasinski. According to a newly surfaced documentary starring the two comics, James and John have a history of making movies together and then getting booted from their roles. "Not a lot of people know this—we've worked together a lot," Corden told the crowd on The Late Late Show Wednesday night. "For one reason or another, it just hasn't worked out and, in fact, we worked together so many times a couple of years ago, they actually made a short documentary about how hard of a time we as a pair had »
By Todd Garbarini
This weekend of August 12 through 14th, the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a series of classic western films that will also feature special guests who are scheduled to come and speak about their work in the films. We strongly suggest checking with the theatre’s schedule to see which other guests are added.
From the press release:
Anniversary Classics Western Weekend
August 12-14 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills
5 Classic Westerns with special guests throughout the weekend
Laemmle’s Anniversary Classics presents our tribute to the sagebrush genre with the Anniversary Classics Western Weekend, a five film round-up of some of the most celebrated westerns in movie history. The star-studded lineup features John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Kevin Costner, Montgomery Clift, Natalie Wood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef and others. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »
- Jim Batts
A lumbering, unmoored soaper of fraternal conflict and romantic healing in the trauma-ridden aftermath of the First World War, “Ceasefire” has all the hallmarks of having been infelicitously adapted from a longer, richer, more discursive epic novel: key character arcs seem unduly stymied, multiple timelines are hastily braided, and observations that might look poetic on the page turn purple on the actors’ tongues. So it’s something of a surprise, as the credits roll on screenwriter Emmanuel Courcol’s first feature as director, to learn that this cluttered, continent-hopping kinda-epic is his original creation. Either way, it’s a story that feels incompletely told, the most intriguing potential narratives of which play out peripherally to the damaged hero’s less compelling personal crisis.
At least, as played by an unusually starchy Romain Duris, he cuts a visually resplendent figure, dashingly bearded and attired in rakish, rumpled linen tailoring. Such decorative »
- Guy Lodge
Bogart finds Bacall and movie history is made; for once the make-believe romantic chemistry is abundantly real. Howard Hawks' wartime Caribbean adventure plays in grand style, with his patented mix of precision and casual cool. It's one of the most entertaining pictures of the 'forties. To Have and Have Not Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1944 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 100 min. / Street Date July 19, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Hoagy Carmichael,Dolores Moran, Sheldon Leonard, Walter Szurovy, Marcel Dalio, Walter Sande, Dan Seymour. Cinematography Sid Hickox Art Direction Charles Novi Film Editor Christian Nyby Original Music Hoagy Carmichael, William Lava, Franz Waxman Written by Jules Furthman, William Faulkner from the novel by Ernest Hemingway Produced by Howard Hawks, Jack L. Warner Directed by Howard Hawks
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Speaking for myself, I can't think of a more 'Hawksian' picture than To Have and Have Not. »
- Glenn Erickson
The director-centric 1970s were a time for pushing the boundaries of 'acceptable' film content, but John Byrum's witty and profane period piece about a Hollywood porn director was a step too far. Richard Dreyfuss leads a cast of utterly fearless actors in a witty and intelligent dissection of movieland decadence. Inserts Region A Blu-ray Twilight Time 1975 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date June 14, 2016 / (Nc-17) / Available from Twilight Time Movies Store29.95 Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Jessica Harper, Veronica Cartwright, Bob Hoskins, Stephen Davies. Cinematography Denys N. Coop Art Direction John Clark Costumes Shirley Russell Produced by Davina Belling, Clive Parsons Written and Directed by John Byrum
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
At least in Los Angeles, the theatrical showings of John Byrum's remarkable Inserts came and went (cough) so fast that nobody had time to be outraged. The reviews made it sound like sordid trash that could only attract men in plastic raincoats. »
- Glenn Erickson
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