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How Billy Wilder made the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre fun … and romantic

Google “Valentine’s Day movies” and you’ll find all sorts of links to stories about romantic movies to watch on Valentine’s Day with your significant other.

I don’t have to actually go to any of those links to know what I’ll find there: “When Harry Met Sally,” “Titanic,” “Pretty Woman,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “The Notebook” and some versions of “Romeo & Juliet” and “An Affair to Remember.” (Okay, I did go to one link and found the subversive suggestion of “Harold and Maude.” I liked that.)

If you were to confine your search to romantic movies that won the Oscar, you’d be surprised how few there are. In nine decades, voters found less than 10 swooners to honor as the year’s best picture. And that counts love stories that do not end well for the lovers, including “Casablanca,” “West Side Story,” “Titanic” and “Out of Africa.
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Vic Damone, Famed Crooner, Dies at 89

Vic Damone, Famed Crooner, Dies at 89
Vic Damone, famed baritone crooner, died at a Miami Beach hospital at the age of 89, according to the Associated Press. Damone’s singing career lasted over 50 years, with millions of records sold and work on classic films like the 1957 Cary Grant film, “An Affair to Remember,” on which Damone sang the titular theme. Like many of his contemporaries, he grew up idolizing Frank Sinatra, who once described Damone as having “the best pipes in the business.” Along with “An Affair to Remember,” other hits by Damone include the single version of the song “On the Street Where You Live”...
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel This February

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This January will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Thursday, February 1st

The Great Escape*

Based on the true story of an elaborately coordinated attempt to break out of a Nazi Pow camp, John Sturges’s The Great Escape is one of the most rousing adventure films of all time, anchored by Steve McQueen’s rebellious turn as “Cooler King” Captain Virgil Hilts. Featuring a powerful ensemble that includes Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, the film pulses with the humor of the prisoners’ camaraderie and the relentless suspense of their plan. Never released on DVD or Blu-ray, this 1993 Criterion laserdisc edition includes a long-unavailable commentary featuring Sturges,
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Netflix's Mute Trailer Visits the Brutal Underbelly of a Futuristic World

Welcome to Berlin 2052, where dreams come true and man comes undone. Prepare yourself for Mute, a new Netflix Original Film, streaming only on Netflix starting February 23. Today, we get the full trailer along with a poster that invites audiences into the cold neon underbelly of the future. Here is the official synopsis.

"Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgard), unable to speak from a childhood accident, searches for his missing girlfriend, the love of his life, his salvation, through dark streets, frenzied plazas, and the full spectrum of the cities shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent Us army surgeons on a mission all their own. This soulful sci-fi journey from filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code, Warcraft) imagines a world of strange
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The Philadelphia Story Starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart Back in Theaters February 18th & 21st

“Where’s my wandering parakeet?”

Love is in the air as Fathom Events and the TCM Big Screen Classics series present one of movie history’s quintessential romantic comedies: 1940’s The Philadelphia Story, in movie theaters nationwide for two days only on Sunday, February 18, and Wednesday, February 21. TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz will offer newly produced commentary before and after each presentation.

In one of her most famous roles, Katharine Hepburn plays Tracy Lord, the daughter of a well-to-do Pennsylvania family who is about to embark on a second marriage, this time to staid-but-wealthy George Kittredge (John Howard). As the wedding plans get underway, Tracy’s first husband C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) shows up at the house, in part to shield Tracy from the prying eyes of an overly ambitious reporter (James Stewart) assigned to cover the nuptials. Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and directed by George Cukor,
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Mute Teaser Takes Netflix 40 Years Into the Future

Mute Teaser Takes Netflix 40 Years Into the Future
'Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a sci-fi Casablanca.' Fans have been waiting for director Duncan Jones's Mute well before his Warcraft adaptation hit theaters. Now, we have our first look, as Netflix unleashes the first teaser. They also promise that a full trailer will be arriving on January 30.

Looking at this first footage, we're reminded of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, with its neon cities and it's noir thriller plot. The movie stars Alexander Skarsgard (The Legend of Tarzan, War on Everyone), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, Anchorman 2), Justin Theroux (The Girl on the Train, The Leftovers) and fresh to the screen Seyneb Saleh. Mute follows last December's Bright as one of Netflix's most ambitious original movies to date. Here's the official synopsis.

"Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city,
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Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn return in Charade at Cineplex theatres!

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Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn return in Charade at Cineplex theatres!Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn return in Charade at Cineplex theatres!Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine1/24/2018 10:23:00 Am Cary Grant did not want to work with Audrey Hepburn.

It wasn’t personal. The 59-year-old actor admired Hepburn, but when director Stanley Donen offered him the romantic male lead in Charade (1963) opposite 33-year-old Hepburn he turned it down. He felt their 26-year age difference was too great and audiences would find it unseemly.

He eventually agreed to star with the condition screenwriter Peter Stone address the issue by changing the script so Hepburn takes the lead in the couple’s budding romance.

The result is a topsy-turvy crime thriller set in Paris that casts Hepburn as Reggie Lampert, whose dead husband stole gold bars during World War II. Pursued by three thugs who believe Reggie knows where the gold is hidden,
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Beauty vs Beast: All Sewn Up

Jason from Mnpp here for our weekly "Beauty vs Beast" party - I'd been holding off on fêteing Paul Thomas Anderson's latest and most recently greatest Phantom Thread until it got its proper wide release, and now that it has, hitting over 800 theaters across the Us this weekend, let us intrude ourselves upon the very strange (and strangely satisfying) union of Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), master designer, and his flung-from-space muse Alma (Vicky Krieps). Anderson muddies the waters great deal on what we think we know about this kind of power dynamic going in - Alma's nobody's pawn or pushover. And in Reynolds' sparkle-eyed acquiescence we see what she sees as worth all the fuss, too...

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Previously I kept hearing how last week's Hitchcock contest was tough for everybody and the numbers bear it out because this might've been the closest race we've yet had - Cary Grant
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Duncan Jone's Mute Finally Gets a Release Date on Netflix

Duncan Jone's Mute Finally Gets a Release Date on Netflix
Fans of director Duncan Jones won't have to wait much longer for his next film Mute, with the filmmaker taking to Twitter this morning to reveal that Netflix has set a February 23 premiere date for this upcoming movie. This comes just a few weeks after Netflix unveiled the first look at Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard, and while it isn't clear when the first trailer will arrive, the director sent out a lengthy Twitter thread to his followers, where he examined the ups and downs of this project. Here's his full statement below.

"So some of you may be aware that I have previously called @Mute my 'Don Quixote.' I did this, as much like Terry Gillian's fabled film of that name, it seemed everything was against Mute ever being made. In fact, here's an early draft... from 2003! Back then the film was a very different beast. It was set in London,
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Criterion in April 2018: Virgin Suicides, Dead Man and a Bevy of Bergman

Apologies for the lateness of this posting, but since it's just you and me here, devoted fans of classy and extremely well-presented home video, allow me to say: the Criterion Collection's lineup is getting more and more exciting! In April 2018, the company plans to release two strikingly different black and white films: Leo McCarey's wonderful comedy The Awful Truth, starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne and Ralph Bellamy; and Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, his first period picture, starring Johnny Depp. Sofia Coppola's strikingly subduedl The Virgin Suicides and Sergei Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates -- about which I know nothing -- and a bevy of Bergman. The latter is part of Criterion's no-frills Eclipse line and will allow fans of the fab Ingrid Berman to...

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Hooray! May the Comment Party Begin Again...

And there was much rejoicing. I can "hear" you all again. You can hear each other. We didn't expect to take a vow of collective silence but I had just watched Novitiate, that movie about the nuns, in which The LEOgend is very very upset when people talk during conversation blackout periods so perhaps I spiritually triggered it? Anyway... Please Say Something To End The Silence.

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These Flannel Shirts Based on Horror Movies Posters Are Amazing

These Flannel Shirts Based on Horror Movies Posters Are Amazing
Die-hard movie fans like to wear their hearts on their sleeves, and now, fans of classics like Friday the 13th, The Thing and more, can do so, quite literally. A clothing company entitled Jc-rt, which specializes in making tailored flannel shirts, has revealed a new collection of custom shirts that are based on the color schemes of classic movie posters such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Alien, and The Lost Boys. We have photos of several of these shirts that show how closely they match up to the corresponding movie poster below.

The Jc-rt collection based on horror movie posters kicked off with The Exorcist, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and while the company's website doesn't have any photos that match the shirt with each movie poster, any fan of those movies can see how accurate their designs are. The collection also includes Blade Runner,
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Pre-Order the April 2018 Criterion Collection Line-up

Earlier today the folks at the Criterion Collection unveiled their much-anticipated line-up for April 2018, featuring some must-own Blu-rays and another new entry in the Eclipse Series!

Below you’ll find links to the corresponding pages on Amazon, where you can pre-order the new releases.

April 10th Eclipse Series 46: Ingrid Bergman’s Swedish Years

Ingrid Bergman appeared in ten films in her native Sweden before the age of twenty-five, and while that work tends to be overshadowed by her time in Hollywood, it showcases the actor summoning an impressive depth of emotion to deliver astute, passionate performances.

Eclipse Series 46: Ingrid Bergman's Swedish Years (The Criterion Collection) $47.93 1 new from $47.93 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Last updated on February 18, 2018 7:10 pm April 17th The Awful Truth

In this Oscar-winning farce, Cary Grant (in the role that first defined the Cary Grant persona) and Irene Dunne exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as an urbane couple who,
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Beauty vs Beast: To Catch a Hitch

Jason from Mnpp here with this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" -- this Thursday will mark the birth of one of the greatest movie stars of all time, Mr. Cary Grant. His filmography of course reads like a dream with classics of all stripes under his belt, but it's his four collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock (Notorious, North By Northwest, Suspicion and To Catch a Thief) that I want to focus in on today because I want to force a question upon us, an unnecessary frivolous question that nevertheless nags at my frivolous brain - know who else starred in multiple masterpieces for Alfred Hitchcock? Jimmy Stewart, who made The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rear Window, Rope, and Vertigo. And I think you know where I am going with this now... Which is the better Hitchcock Star? Choose!

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The X-Files season 11 episode 2 review: This

Chris Longo Jan 11, 2018

Langly is back. But how and why? Spoilers ahead in our review of this week's episode of The X-Files...

This review contains spoilers.

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11.2 This

Welcome to 2018, Mulder and Scully. For the first time during The X-Files revival, an episode finally felt like it accomplished what Chris Carter and his writing buddies set out to do in the first place. They maintained that bringing the show back from the dead (or is this all just a simulation?!) wasn’t a reunion tour, but a chance to tell fresh new stories with old friends. In The X-Files season 11 episode 2, This, we got the best of both worlds and a glimpse into a startling new one.

The episode was written and directed by Glen Morgan, who’s known for delivering some of
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Actress Greta Thyssen, Blonde Bombshell of the 1950s and '60s, Dies at 90

Actress Greta Thyssen, Blonde Bombshell of the 1950s and '60s, Dies at 90
Greta Thyssen, the Danish beauty who doubled for Marilyn Monroe, dated Cary Grant and starred opposite the Three Stooges, has died. She was 90.

Thyssen died Saturday night at her Manhattan apartment after a bout with pneumonia, her daughter, Genevieve Guenther, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Thyssen also starred in several "B" movies, including the horror pic Terror Is a Man (1959), a loose adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau. On a mystery island (it was filmed in the Philippines), she played the wife of a scientist (Francis Lederer) "tormented by unsatisfied...
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Actress Greta Thyssen, Blonde Bombshell of the 1950s and '60s, Dies at 90

Greta Thyssen, the Danish beauty who doubled for Marilyn Monroe, dated Cary Grant and starred opposite The Three Stooges, has died. She was 90.

Thyssen died Saturday night at her Manhattan apartment after a bout with pneumonia, her daughter, Genevieve Guenther, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Thyssen also starred in several "B" movies, including the horror pic Terror Is a Man (1959), a loose adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau. On a mystery island (it was filmed in the Philippines), the actress played the wife of a scientist (Francis Lederer) "tormented by...
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Hitchcock’s North By Northwest with Live Music by The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra February 24th and 25th

“That wasn’t very sporting, using real bullets.”

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, nominated for three Academy Awards and celebrated as one of the most popular spy thrillers of all time, North By Northwest comes to life on the big screen at Powell Hall in St. Louis (718 N Grand Blvd). Join the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as they perform Bernard Hermann’s exhilarating, gentle, pulsating and moving score live!

The performances are Saturday, February 24, 2018 7:00Pm and Sunday February 25th at 3:00Pm. Tickets can be purchased Here

Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason and Martin Landau give fast and furious chase across the country, from the skyscrapers of Manhattan to the dizzying peaks of Mount Rushmore, set to the music of Bernard Herrmann, vibrant VistaVision cinematography — and, in this special presentation with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

The post Hitchcock’s North By Northwest with Live Music by The St.
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55 Years of James Bond

It’s been 55 years since James Bond made his debut 55 years ago, when the first Bond film “Dr No”, premiered on the big screen in October 1962.

Ian Fleming wrote the original novel in 1958, which set in motion a multi-billion-dollar film franchise that is still going strong today and is arguably bigger than ever.

From the beginning, it was planned to be a series of Bond films. Fleming had written several novels featuring the character and options that had been taken out to adapt all of them. The first print debut wrote by Fleming was “Casino Royale” but the producers chose “Dr No” to be the first film because of its fast-moving plot, it’s exotic location in sunny Jamaica and it’s topical theme of space rocket launches.

Bond is sent to Jamaica in “Dr No”, which he investigates a disappearance of a fellow British agent. Following up leads and teaming up with local allies,
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