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Everywhere I look, all I see is Michael Huisman. On Game of Thrones, there he is as Daario Naharis – swashbuckling adventurer and wooer of the queen of dragons. One immensely popular show though does not suffice for Huisman. The Dutch actor, since transitioning to the U.S. from Amsterdam, has appeared in a bevy of shows ranging from Treme to Orphan Black to Nashville. Now Huisman takes the leap into cinemas, costarring opposite Blake Lively in the romance The Age of Adaline. In the picture, Huisman plays the world’s greatest guy: Ellis Jones – a handsome multi-millionaire philanthropist. Nobody else even stands a chance. Typically romances are founded on the dilemma of two competing suitors. Should the male or female lead go off and live ‘happily ever after’ with [Option A] or [Option B]? In The Age of Adaline, there is no [Option B]. Either Lively chooses to be with Huisman or she chooses to be with no one. »
- Tommy Cook
“We’ll give him more than chains. He’s always been king of his world, but we’ll teach him fear. We’re millionaires, boys. I’ll share it with all of you. Why, in a few months, it’ll be up in lights on Broadway: Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World!”
Doors open at 6:30pm. $6 suggested for the screening. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed suds. A bartender will be on hand to take care of you. “Culture Shock” is the name of a film series here in St. Louis that is the cornerstone project of a social enterprise that is an ongoing source of support for Helping Kids Together (http://www. »
- Tom Stockman
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
Alan Rickman's second film as director, A Little Chaos, is currently playing in UK cinemas. Last week, he was on the promotional trail for the movie, and as part and parcel of that, he was interviewed as part of a BAFTA event dedicated to his film work. As you might expect, Die Hard was mentioned, and Rickman revealed that he very nearly turned the movie down.
"I didn't know anything about L.A.. I didn't know anything about the film business... I'd never made a film before, but I was extremely cheap", he said. Yet when he first read the screenplay, his reaction was "what the hell is this? I'm not doing an action movie".
Yet the script won him over for a number of reasons in the end, with its wit one factor. »
This story first appeared in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The 83-year-old founder of Hollywood's Magic Castle and his niece, the current president of the Academy of Magical Arts that runs the storied membership club, have become embroiled in a battle over the bewitching profits at what once was a struggling nonprofit organization. A mediation is set for April 15 in an attempt to avoid a public trial that could tarnish the aura of an industry hangout that nurtured David Copperfield and has entranced stars from Cary Grant and Tippi Hedren to
- Gary Baum
Debates about Alfred Hitchcock have been raging for decades. Was he a cruel genius who treated his actors like cattle, torturing his icy blondes' performances out of them? (Some, like established movie star Grace Kelly, handled him better than others.) Some critics prefer the more whimsical British Hitchcock, tongue tucked in cheek, although his first breakout hit "The Lodger" (1927) was a sign of things to come. Clearly, Hitchcock learned from early Hollywood mentor David O. Selznick, who taught him a great deal, points out David Thomson in "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film." Over 50 years, the filmmaker always had visual flair and a distinct style, and knew how to implicate audiences in his dark, often opaque characters. Cary Grant, especially, excelled at playing charismatic men whose motives and true nature were open to interpretation, from "Suspicion" to "Notorious." Hitchcock was a true artist in the sense that he often »
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
The Birds screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together (more details about this event can be found Here)
This gives us a perfect excuse to re-run this top ten list from March of 2012. Alfred Hitchcock directed 54 feature films between 1925 and 1976, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:
Frenzy, Hitchcock’s next to last feature film from 1972, represented a homecoming of sorts since it was the first film completely shot in his native England since his silents and early ” talkies ” in the 1930’s. By dipping into the then somewhat new territory of serial killers, he took full advantage of the new cinema freedoms and truly earned his ‘ R ‘ MPAA rating. Perhaps ole’ ” Hitch ” wanted to give those young up-and-coming »
- Movie Geeks
Breaking Bad creator spoke during a panel in La and revealed how fans of the AMC spinoff are at the heart of his creative decisions
“The folks who watch this show … they deserve to be rewarded for their strict attention,” creator Vince Gilligan told an audience at the Cary Grant Theater in Los Angeles, at a panel screening of the penultimate episode on Thursday night.
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- Lauren Gambino
The joke about reincarnation has always been that too many people claim to have been famous in past lives. They were Cleopatra or Abraham Lincoln or someone of such historical notoriety. Now a little boy from Oklahoma says he was a Hollywood actor in the 1930s. But he wasn't Clark Gable or Greta Garbo or Cary Grant or Mae West. (The he says he was an extra with no lines in West's movie debut, however.) The name of the guy he pointed out as himself in an image from 1932's Night...
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The joke about reincarnation has always been that too many people make claim to having been famous in past lives. They were Cleopatra or Abraham Lincoln or someone of such historical notoriety. Now a little boy from Oklahoma says he was a Hollywood actor in the 1930s. But he wasn't Clark Gable or Greta Garbo or Cary Grant or Mae West. He was an extra with no lines in West's movie debut, however. The name of the guy he pointed out as himself in an image from 1932's Night After Night: Marty Martyn. The kid, Ryan Hammons, recently appeared with his mother on Today to tell the unbelievable story. When he was four years old, he began having nightmares related to his reincarnation, and a year later he told his mother he believed he was a Broadway dancer who went to...
- Christopher Campbell
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Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman is featured on the official poster of the 68th Festival de Cannes
Bergman was a modern icon, an emancipated woman, an intrepid actress, and a figurehead for the new realism. She changed roles and adoptive countries as the mood took her, but never lost sight of her quintessential grace and simplicity.
This year’s poster captures the actress, who worked with Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Rossellini and Ingmar Bergman, and starred opposite Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and Gregory Peck, in all her beauty, her face lit up by a calm serenity that seems to herald a promising future.
Liberty, audacity, modernity – values also shared by the Festival, year after year, through the artists and films it showcases. Ingrid Bergman was President of the Jury in 1973.
“My family and I are deeply moved that »
- Michelle McCue
Paris — The 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will pay tribute to Hollywood Golden Age actress Ingrid Bergman with this year’s poster.
The fest describes Bergman — who worked with directors Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Rossellini and Ingmar Bergman, and starred opposite Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and Gregory Peck — as a “modern icon, an emancipated woman, an intrepid actress, and a figurehead for the new realism.”
The actress served as president of the fest’s jury in 1973. “(Bergman) changed roles and adoptive countries as the mood took her, but never lost sight of her quintessential grace and simplicity,” said the festival, adding that she embodies the values of “Liberty, audacity, modernity” that are shared by Cannes.
“My family and I are deeply moved that the Festival de Cannes has chosen to feature our magnificent mother on the official poster to mark the centenary of her birth,” said Isabella Rossellini. “Her »
- Elsa Keslassy
Thrillers come in all shapes and sizes, from sophisticated legal dramas to high-octane and shocking action features.
With the atmospheric and absorbing Netflix original series Bloodline arriving this week, here are some of the best TV and movie thrillers on Netflix:
Not for the faint of heart, South Korean director Park Chan-wook's Oldboy tells the story of a man who is locked away for 15 years without knowing the identity of his captor or the reason for his punishment.
When he is released just as inexplicably, he finds himself with only five days to unravel the mystery, save the woman he loves and seek vengeance against the people who destroyed his life.
With non-linear storytelling and a powerful atmosphere of paranoia over five seasons, you'll learn to suspect everyone, »
Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years. Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch. Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later, »
- Andre Soares
Teresa Wright-Samuel Goldwyn association comes to a nasty end (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock Heroine in His Favorite Film.") Whether or not because she was aware that Enchantment wasn't going to be the hit she needed – or perhaps some other disagreement with Samuel Goldwyn or personal issue with husband Niven Busch – Teresa Wright, claiming illness, refused to go to New York City to promote the film. (Top image: Teresa Wright in a publicity shot for The Men.) Goldwyn had previously announced that Wright, whose contract still had another four and half years to run, was to star in a film version of J.D. Salinger's 1948 short story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut." Instead, he unceremoniously – and quite publicly – fired her. The Goldwyn organization issued a statement, explaining that besides refusing the assignment to travel to New York to help generate pre-opening publicity for Enchantment, »
- Andre Soares
Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock heroine (image: Joseph Cotten about to strangle Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt') (See preceding article: "Teresa Wright Movies: Actress Made Oscar History.") After scoring with The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, and The Pride of the Yankees, Teresa Wright was loaned to Universal – once initial choices Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland became unavailable – to play the small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. (Check out video below: Teresa Wright reminiscing about the making of Shadow of a Doubt.) Co-written by Thornton Wilder, whose Our Town had provided Wright with her first chance on Broadway and who had suggested her to Hitchcock; Meet Me in St. Louis and Junior Miss author Sally Benson; and Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, Shadow of a Doubt was based on "Uncle Charlie," a story outline by Gordon McDonell – itself based on actual events. »
- Andre Soares
A wonderful new poster has arrived for one of the most anticipated films of 2015, Tomorrowland.
Don’t miss a Live Q&A with director Brad Bird and producer Damon Lindelof from Disney’s new film Tomorrowland followed by the exclusive world premiere of the trailer on Monday, March 9 at 10:30am Pt only on Facebook: https://facebook.com/WaltDisneyStudios.
From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Leading the expedition as the modern day Wizard of Oz is Clooney – so suave and likeable, »
- Michelle McCue
If you've ever thought that George Clooney is the most style-savvy celebrity ever, it turns out you weren't alone.
The two-time Oscar-winner has been named the most stylish man "of all time", according to a nation-wide poll conducted by the men's personal styling site Bombfell.
Clooney beat out the former James Bond actor Sean Connery, who came in second, as well as late Hollywood style icons Cary Grant, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, who came in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.
As for the rest of the top 10, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp also made the exclusive list. Another former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan tied with Michael Jackson for ninth place. NCIS: La star LL Cool J rounded off the list at No. 10.
So what is it that makes a man "stylish"? It's a lot more than just the clothes he wears, according »
Focus is here! In the new flick, a con artist (Will Smith) meets his match in a gorgeous fellow con artist played by Margot Robbie. As Smith takes Robbie's character under his wing, they begin to fall for each other romantically. Years after their first meeting, the duo reconnect as Smith tries to pull off one of his biggest heists ever. So what do critics think about the new film? Read on for our Focus review roundup... • The A.V. Club gave the film a C+ rating. "On the most basic level, the con-artist romance Focus is a Cary Grant movie in the North By Northwest or Charade mold. There's a charismatic 6-foot-2 star who's funny when he plays drunk (Will Smith), a love interest »
This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.
In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?
This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »
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