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DVD Review – The Wicked Lady (1983)

4 July 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Wicked Lady, 1983.

Directed by Michael Winner.

Starring Faye Dunaway, Denholm Elliott, Alan Bates, John Gielgud, Glynis Barber, Oliver Tobias, Joan Hickson and Prunella Scales.

Synopsis:

A woman marries into high society after stealing her sister’s fiancé but becomes bored with country life so she turns to highway robbery to get her kicks.

If you caught the Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films documentary from a couple of years back you may remember a sizeable section devoted to 1983’s The Wicked Lady. It may seem odd that a production company like Cannon – mostly known for action, martial arts and horror B-movies such as American Ninja, Invasion U.S.A. and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 – would delve into a period drama remake of a 1945 film but this was no ordinary period piece as The Wicked Lady was adapted and directed by Michael Winner, fresh from his success with »

- Amie Cranswick

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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

26 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent »

- Anne Thompson

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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

26 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent »

- Anne Thompson

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Angelina Jolie could be boarding Murder on the Orient Express

10 June 2016 1:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that Angelina Jolie (By The Sea) is in talks to join the cast of Murder on the Orient Express, a remake of the 1974 classic based on Agatha Christie’s novel.

Thor and Cinderella director Kenneth Branagh is helming the film as well as starring in the lead role of Hercule Poirot. Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse), Ridley Scott (The Martian) and Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs) are producing alongside Branagh, with the script penned by Michael Green who has co-written upcoming sequel Blade Runner 2.

Christie’s classic novel was first published in 1934 and the story “revolves around a murder onboard the famous train. The film follows Belgian detective Poirot who’s tasked with solving the case — in which a number of passengers could potentially be the murderer.” If she signs on, Jolie will play Mrs. Hubbard, portrayed in the original film by Lauren Bacall.

The 1974 version, directed by Sidney Lumet, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Angelina Jolie in Talks to Star in 'Murder On The Orient Express' Remake

10 June 2016 10:10 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

According to Variety, Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in a remake of the 1974 hit Murder On The Orient Express, which Kenneth Branagh is helming for 20th Century Fox. Branagh is also  producing alongside Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark GordonMichael Green (Blade Runner 2) is writing the screenplay.

Jolie would play Mrs. Harriet Hubbard, a role that Lauren Bacall had in the original film. Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie starred Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards.

Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel Murder On The Orient Express centers on special Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who boards a train from Jerusalem to Europe only to have a murder committed in the car next to his during a snowstorm. Poirot tries to discover the murderer or murderers before there's another victim. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Angelina Jolie Circles ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake

10 June 2016 1:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Angelina Jolie is in early talks to board Fox’s remake of “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Fellow actor/director Kenneth Branagh is helming the film, in addition to starring as Hercule Poirot. The producers are Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon. Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity.

Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is writing the screenplay based on Agatha Christie’s novel, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

Christie’s book, published in 1934, revolves around a murder onboard the famous train. The film follows Belgian detective Poirot who’s tasked with solving the case — in which a number of passengers could potentially be the murderer.

Variety reported in 2013 that Fox was developing the project as a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie, which starred Albert Finney as the genius detective investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The »

- Dave McNary

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‘Amadeus,’ ‘Equus’ Writer Peter Shaffer Dies at 90

6 June 2016 9:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — British playwright and screenwriter Peter Shaffer, who won an Oscar for “Amadeus,” has died at the age of 90. Shaffer’s U.K. agent Rupert Lord said Shaffer died Monday in Ireland after a short illness.

Shaffer wrote more than 18 plays, including “Amadeus,” “Equus,” “Black Comedy,” “Lettice and Lovage,” “The Royal Hunt of the Sun” and “Five Finger Exercise.”

Many of his works were adapted for television or the movies, including his first play, “The Salt Land,” which was written in 1951 and produced for television in 1955. Another early adaptation was “Five Finger Exercise,” which was directed by John Gielgud in London’s West End in 1958, transferred to New York in 1959, and was followed by a film version in 1962.

“Equus,” which is one of his best-known works, was first produced by London’s National Theatre, and later went to Broadway, where it ran for more than 1,200 performances, and won a Tony. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Rotten tomatoes: match the insult to the movie star feud - quiz

25 May 2016 6:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With Johnny Depp saying that Australian deputy Pm Barnaby Joyce looks like he’s ‘inbred with a tomato’, can you guess which piece of shade reportedly belongs to which celebrity sparring partners?

Walter Matthau on Barbra Streisand

"I would rather marry an old donkey than kiss that woman"

"I have more talent in my smallest fart than she has in her entire body"

"She is the definition of inconsequential"

"Why would anyone be entertained by that bowlegged moron?"

Harrison Ford on Shia Laboeuf

"He's a fucking idiot"

"What an ungrateful punk"

"He sums up everything I hate about young actors

"I'd rather have acted with a snake"

Diane Kruger on Peter O'Toole

"There were times when he would just look at me, drooling, and I would feel physically sick"

"I know he was seen as a classic actor by many but turning up late smelling like brandy isn't my idea »

- Benjamin Lee

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Christopher Walken Talks Career and That 'More Cowbell' Sketch

13 May 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

For a while, Christopher Walken felt like "troubled guys" were the only types of roles he was being offered, and he knows when it began. "In Annie Hall, I played a suicidal guy who drives his car into traffic," he says in his matter-of-fact, stilted, utterly Walkenesque way. "Then in The Deer Hunter, which came immediately afterward, I shot myself in the head. I was playing these disturbed people. That might have been when that started." When asked if that bothered him, he plainly says, "Listen, I'm lucky."

It's a bright spring day in Manhattan, »

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Best Royal Movies

17 April 2016 5:05 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation by Cecil Beaton

This week marks the 90th birthday of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in 1926. The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on the 21st of April and her official birthday on the second Saturday in June. (Trooping of the Colours)

She is the world’s oldest reigning monarch as well as Britain’s longest-lived. In 2015, she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regent in world history.

Looking to celebrate her Majesty’s birthday? First, everyone rise for the national anthem of the United Kingdom.

God save our gracious Queen!

Long live our noble Queen!

God save the Queen!

Send her victorious,

Happy and glorious,

Long to reign over us:

God save the Queen!

For more on the Queen’s schedule, visit the official site: www. »

- Movie Geeks

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This week’s new film events

25 March 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Shakespeare On Film | Twin Peaks Weekender

You’re always spoilt for choice when it comes to Shakespeare in film form (there have been more than 1,000 adaptations and counting), but the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death has brought with it a global drive to celebrate our national hero – so even more reason to relive his celluloid legacy. And who better to lead the charge than Ian McKellen? He’s closely involved with the BFI’s commemoration, which kicks off this week, and will be discussing with director Richard Loncraine their 1930s-set take on Richard III (28 Apr) at NFT1, before conducting bus tours of the London locations (see website for details). There’s also the pick of adaptations from around the world and across time, including new restorations of Kurosawa’s Ran and Zeffirelli’s Romeo And Juliet (pictured), plus rarely seen silents – including 20-year-old John Gielgud as Romeo – with new scores. »

- Steve Rose

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Film Review: Magic of Orson Welles Rings the ‘Chimes at Midnight’

19 March 2016 12:23 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Another wondrous pleasure about director Orson Welles – as if he needed something else on his resume – is the discovery of his film career after the “Citizen Kane”/studio system/boy wonder period of the 1940s. Facing difficulties cobbling together financing for his evolving vision, he resorted to overseas money, international casts and more-for-less. One of the prime examples is “Chimes at Midnight” (1965), a Shakespeare amalgamation that is just another example of Wellesian audacity and yes, genius.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

The script takes the text from five Shakespeare plays and is narrated by British actor Ralph Richardson. Orson Welles plays the scalawag John Falstaff, an entourage member of the Prince of Wales, and the focus of the story. The film has a kinetic energy that is exciting, it always seems in motion. Welles is at the top of his game portraying one of his favorite characters (he had previously mounted a similar »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Oh! What a Lovely War

23 February 2016 10:28 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A pure-gold Savant favorite, Sir Richard Attenborough's first feature as director is a stylized pacifist epic of the insane tragedy of WW1, told through contemporary songs, with the irreverent lyrics given them by the soldiers themselves. And one will not want to miss a young Maggie Smith's music hall performance -- luring young conscripts to doom in the trenches. It's the strangest pacifist film ever, done in high style. Oh! What a Lovely War DVD The Warner Archive Collection 1969 / Color / 2:35 enhanced widescreen / 144 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 16.99 Starring: Too many to name, see below. Cinematography Gerry Turpin Production Design Donald M. Ashton Art Direction Harry White Choreography Eleanor Fazan Film Editor Kevin Connor Original Music Alfred Ralston Written by Len Deighton from the musical play by Joan Littlewood from the radio play by Charles Chilton Produced by Richard Attenborough, Brian Duffy, Len Deighton Directed »

- Glenn Erickson

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Remembering Oscar-Winning Gwtw Art Director Menzies

28 January 2016 3:24 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

William Cameron Menzies. William Cameron Menzies movies on TCM: Murderous Joan Fontaine, deadly Nazi Communists Best known as an art director/production designer, William Cameron Menzies was a jack-of-all-trades. It seems like the only things Menzies didn't do was act and tap dance in front of the camera. He designed and/or wrote, directed, produced, etc., dozens of films – titles ranged from The Thief of Bagdad to Invaders from Mars – from the late 1910s all the way to the mid-1950s. Among Menzies' most notable efforts as an art director/production designer are: Ernst Lubitsch's first Hollywood movie, the Mary Pickford star vehicle Rosita (1923). Herbert Brenon's British-set father-son drama Sorrell and Son (1927). David O. Selznick's mammoth production of Gone with the Wind, which earned Menzies an Honorary Oscar. The Sam Wood movies Our Town (1940), Kings Row (1942), and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). H.C. Potter's Mr. Lucky »

- Andre Soares

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Daily | Orson Welles’s Chimes At Midnight

1 January 2016 9:06 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Janus Films' new restoration of Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight (1965), drawing on several plays by William Shakespeare and starring himself, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud, Marina Vlady, Keith Baxter and Fernando Rey, opens in New York and Los Angeles today and screens tomorrow in Portland before rolling out across North America and eventually seeing a Criterion release on DVD and Blu-ray. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky at the Av Club: "A big chunk of Welles’s body of work could be divided up into movies about power (e.g. Citizen Kane, Macbeth) and movies about powerlessness (e.g. The Lady from Shanghai, The Trial), and Chimes at Midnight fits squarely into the latter category." » - David Hudson »

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