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Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho has stood the test of time to become a classic, with the character of Norman Bates joining the ranks of iconic movie individuals. The success of the movie has led many individuals, including Gus Van Sant and Psycho actor Anthony Perkins, to revisit the character from a different perspective, with varying degrees of success. The 2012-2013 television season saw another version of Norman Bates in the show Bates Motel, which approached the character from a new angle, examining him as a teenager living with his mother, in the initial stages of running a motel. Now A&E has released two new teasers for the show’s second season, which stars Verga Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as Norma and Norman. The teasers can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
A Boston native living between Tangier and New York, Sean Gullette, the star of Darren Aronofsky’s “Pi,” made a bold directorial debut with “Traitors,” a suspense-packed thriller starring promising newcomer Chaimae Ben Acha as the leader of a punk rock band who becomes a drug mule.
While in Marrakech to present “Traitors” in competition over last weekend, Gullette sat down to discuss his experience shooting in Morocco and revealed details on his sophomore project, “Tangier,” which will star Kristin Scott Thomas and Jeremy Irons. Sold by Paris-based Rezo, “Traitors” world-preemed at Venice and played at Stockholm.
Variety: How did you get the idea for “Traitors”? It’s a pretty unusual pitch.
Gullette: It started out with a 30-minute short film I made in 2010 about this character of Malika, the leader of a punk rock band in Tangier who has a strong vision of herself and her world. It was »
- Elsa Keslassy
To coincide with the recent release of live stand up show In the Midst of Crackers, we were privileged to have an opportunity to chat with honest comedian Reginald D. Hunter about his latest DVD release. Reginald shared with us a brief insight into his unique process, the ongoing evolution of In the Midst of Crackers, his thoughts on future shows and ‘comedy Reg’s’ spiritual home – comprising an interview in the midst of reflections.
What is the process of writing a stand-up comedy show?
Well I can only speak about my process, and I’m sure that comments vary. When I write stand-up, I try not to write primarily from the position of what’s funny. I try and start from the position of what’s interesting, and with a subject matter, an opening statement or an idea whose nature is inherently interesting, so that the moment you start talking about it, »
- Paul Risker
The “Piano Man” who became one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with such hits as “Just the Way You Are,” “Uptown Girl” and “Allentown” is being awarded the nation’s highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts.
Billy Joel joins Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children – and have never stopped.
Joel said the honor stands apart from his six Grammys.
“This is different. It’s our nation’s capital, »
- Associated Press
When putting together his critically acclaimed neo-noir thriller After Dark, My Sweet, James Foley instructed his casting director to "go find me a Bruce Dern type" for the crucial role of Uncle Bud, a retired cop whose avuncular manner masks an undercurrent of psychosis. For three months, a succession of hopeful players was brought to Foley's attention but all fell short of the mark, none possessing the necessary blend of twinkling intensity and barely repressed craziness. In the end, exasperated, the casting director made a startling suggestion: "Why don't you just get Bruce Dern?"
Having worked with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Elia Kazan, Bob Rafelson, Roger Corman and Hal Ashby, Dern had earned himself a reputation in the 1960s and 1970s as a purveyor of wild-eyed rebels, »
- Mark Kermode
By Jon Heitland
On any list of the best films based on World War II, The Great Escape, directed by John Sturges and based on the novel by Paul Brickhill, will always rank near the top. The compelling story of a group of British and American prisoners of war and how they outwitted their Nazi captors observes its 50th anniversary this year, and actor David McCallum, who plays Ashley-Pitt in the film, travelled to Omaha, Nebraska on November 9, 2013, to help celebrate the classic film. Proceeds went to the Nebraska Kidney Foundation, which was why McCallum took time from his busy television schedule to make an appearance. The evening event centered around a showing of the film at the large, concert-style theater at the prestigious Joslyn Museum, to an enthusiastic, full house crowd of 1000.
The Great Escape 50 year retrospective was another »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Remakes are nothing new in Hollywood. Take a look back through cinema history and there are plenty of example of ideas and stories being recycled for new audiences. Take, for instance, Robin Hood and Zorro, whose big-screen exploits stretch right the way back to Douglas Fairbanks in the silent era.
Right now two high profile re-dos - Carrie and Oldboy - are screening in cinemas. Considering just how well the originals are regarded, it begs one simple question - why? One carries a recognisable name, the other is a critically lauded foreign-language cult film that has a limited audience.
In the end it may all boil down to making money, but that's still no excuse for some of the remakes that have been served up in recent memory. Digital Spy looks at 9 cinematic remakes that didn't need to happen below...
We all have favourite directors, producers or writers of film. We’re all familiar with the works of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick or Alfred Hitchcock. We’re fans of Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron, and can name the works of Tim Burton and Ridley Scott. We know of Jerry Bruckheimer or Peter Jackson, M Night Shyamalan and Guillermo del Toro. In short, we all recognise the big names who give us films. But one name which may not sound so familiar, is that of Luc Besson.
Luc Besson is a director, producer and writer of film. He was born in 1959, in the French city of Paris to scuba-diving parents, and grew up in the Mediterranean, travelling off the coasts of Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia . He did not initially want to become involved with cinema, intending instead to become a marine biologist. But at the age of 17, he »
- Jon Lovatt
The holiday season is now firmly upon us and it’s time to kick your Christmas shopping into high gear. Chances are, there’s at least one person on your shopping list who happens to be a big movie buff. We admit, we’re not the easiest type of people to shop for, but you’re in luck as our talented staff of cinephiles have come up with a Movie Buff Wish List of awesome movie related gifts we’d love to find under our tree. Come inside to check out the hottest items cinema enthusiasts want to help you find the perfect gift for that movie buff in your own life!
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Amazon always has a crazy amount of deals during the holiday season and this year is no different. While I usually focus on DVDs and Blu-rays, since they also have some fantastic deals on video games and electronics, I’ve also linked those. Like all Amazon deals, prices constantly change, so don’t take too long to decide. Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2 & 3 Deluxe Limited Edition (Amazon Exclusive Season 4 Bonus Features) [Blu-ray] - $39.99 (60% off) Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2 & 3 Deluxe Limited Edition (Amazon Exclusive Season 4 Bonus Features) - $36.99 (59% off) Up to 59% Off Boxed Sets Like Back to the Future Trilogy, Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy, Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series, Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection, The Bourne Trilogy, and More Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $7.99 (80% off) World War Z (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) – $7.99 (80% off) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy +UltraViolet) - $7.99 (80% off) Cloud Atlas (Blu-ray/DVD + UltraViolet Digital »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Cinema Retro enters its tenth year of publishing with issue #28 which is now at the printers. It will be mailed to all UK/European subscribers before Christmas. Subscribers throughout the rest of the world will get their issues in January.
We launch our landmark anniversary with one of our best issues ever. Here are the highlights:
Sheldon Hall presents major coverage of the 50th anniversary of the British war movie classic Zulu starring Stanley Baker, Michael Caine and Jack Hawkins...complete with rarely seen images. Dave Worrall takes you behind the scenes for the filming of the James Bond blockbuster Goldfinger at Pinewood Studios and presents some rare behind-the-scenes production shots as well as a "now-and-then" guide to specific studio locations from the film. Ray Morton provides an exclusive interview with famed cinematographer Richard H. Kline, whose credits include Soylent Green, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Camelot, Body Heat, The Mechanic »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Remakes of beloved films and the outrage that always accompanies them are so common that they barely warrant attention anymore. But there was one so bafflingly wrong-headed that it will live forever in the cinematic annals of infamy: Gus Van Sant's Psycho, an almost shot-for-shot facsimile of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic. People rent their clothes and gnashed their teeth at the mere suggestion of it, and got even angrier once they actually saw it. Perhaps most alarming in hindsight: it happened 15 years ago. Why do the wounds still feel so fresh? If you remember the release of Van Sant's Psycho on December 4, 1998, and how civilization collapsed and the Earth was plunged into a thousand years of darkness, I have even worse news: You're Old®. I kid the...
- Eric D. Snider
Studios failed to archive early films properly leading to huge losses due to fire and deterioration
• Top 10 silent films
• Alfred Hitchcock silent films added to Unesco register
Most of the feature-length films made by Hollywood during the golden age of silent movies have been lost forever, according to a new study by the Us Library of Congress.
Only 14% of a total of around 11,000 movies made between 1912 and 1930 exist in their original format, with a further 11% available to view in foreign language versions, or in a lower quality format. Around 70% are completely lost. The failure of the early studios, in most cases, to maintain silent era archives has been described as an "alarming and irretrievable loss" to America's cultural record by officials.
Historian and archivist David Pierce, who conducted the extensive two-year study, said the silent art form retained a rare resonance. "It's a lost style of storytelling, and the best »
- Ben Child
Jean Kent: ‘The Browning Version’ 1951, Gainsborough folds (photo: Jean Kent in ‘The Browning Version,’ with Michael Redgrave) (See previous post: “Jean Kent: Gainsborough Pictures Film Star Dead at 92.”) Seemingly stuck in Britain, Jean Kent’s other important leads of the period came out in 1948: John Paddy Carstairs’ Alfred Hitchcock-esque thriller Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948), with spies on board the Orient Express, and Gordon Parry’s ensemble piece Bond Street. Following two minor 1950 comedies, Her Favorite Husband / The Taming of Dorothy and The Reluctant Widow / The Inheritance, Kent’s movie stardom was virtually over, though she would still have one major film role in store. In what is probably her best remembered and most prestigious effort, Jean Kent played Millie Crocker-Harris, the unsympathetic, adulterous wife of unfulfilled teacher Michael Redgrave, in Anthony Asquith’s 1951 film version of Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version — a Javelin Films production »
- Andre Soares
Fifteen years ago today (December 4, 1998) an unusual movie was released, and roundly rejected: director Gus Van Sant's off-puttingly faithful remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Fresh off the critical and commercial success of Good Will Hunting, Van Sant could've tried for another feel-good hit or a high-profile for-hire gig. Instead, he cashed in all his mainstream chips to not only put his hands all over an untouchable classic, but to do it in the strangest way: He used the original script with only minor modifications, he re-recorded the same score, and, in many scenes, he even mimicked Hitchcock's compositions and camera moves, causing his Psycho to be labeled a "shot-for-shot remake," though that's an exaggeration. Psycho '98 opened to p »
"Never work with children, animals or Charles Laughton," Alfred Hitchcock once advised, making The Night Of The Hunter, which is bountiful in all three, a no-go area for the Master. But that tongue-in-cheek Hitch advice aside, the standing of Laughton's rural noir continues to grow with every passing year. It's been restored ready for a re-release early in the new year, a perfect opportunity to catch it on the big screen, and has a beautiful new quad poster to help get the word out. If you haven't seen it, Laughton's 1955 thriller married traditional Hollywood filmmaking values with a more jarring German expressionist style to create a Grimm-like fairy tale of two wee'uns and a crazed preacher with sinister hand tattoos and a surprisingly loose adherence to the Ten Commandments.Robert Mitchum's preacher, Reverend Harry Powell, is a villain for the ages. He's heard about a stash of stolen money »
The final day of Amazon.com's holiday sales, and arguably the biggest after Black Friday, is here. Cyber Monday offers the biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales. Below are the best bargains on offer so far in those categories.
As usual the 'Hot Daily Deals' section points out the must-see biggest bargains to be had today - the kind that sell out quickly so keep an eye on it. This is your last chance to nab a bargain, it all goes back to normal prices tomorrow.
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- Garth Franklin
Californian Will Forte, 43, appeared for eight years on the American sketch show Saturday Night Live. "I never would have thought of him, but I liked his auditions," director Alexander Payne has said of casting the comic actor in Nebraska as David, Woody's straight-laced, somewhat dour son.
This role is a departure from your work on Saturday Night Live. Were you surprised when it was offered to you?
Very. I loved the script and really felt a connection to the character, but I never thought I'd get to do it. I taped myself doing four scenes, sent them to Alexander Payne, then didn't hear anything back for four months. Even after he called me in to read in person, I didn't think I'd get it, but a month later I was offered the part. »
- Killian Fox
Maybe you're one of the lucky ducks who doesn't have to work the day after Thanksgiving, so you can stay in your jammies all day and watch the movie marathon of your choice -- Capt. Jack Sparrow, Alfred Hitchcock, "Star Wars." So many choices.
Or if you're like us, you're getting the DVR set. But here are the marathons and specials being offered Friday, Nov. 29. Note: If you want to watch some "Friends" Thanksgiving Day episodes, start the DVR late Turkey Day night into the wee hours of the morning.
All times Eastern.
ABC: College football, noon to 7 p.m. (Iowa at Nebraska, Miami at Pittsburgh)
ABC Family: Harry Potter movie marathon, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. ("Goblet of Fire," "Order of the Phoenix," "Half-Blood Prince," "Deathly Hallows Part 1")
The veteran actor may not be sure where Bristol is, but he does recall racing a shepherd through the Lake District and being Alfred Hitchcock's 'golden calf'
Bruce Dern was the wayward dreamer of American movies, wild and restless, not built to last. He took a fatal bullet in The King of Marvin Gardens, laid down his life in Silent Running and swam into oblivion at the end of Coming Home. Dern played heroes and villains alike. But he was invariably geared towards the bittersweet send-off or the gaudy comeuppance. To all intents and purposes, he never got out of the 70s alive.
Now, incredibly, the man is back with his best role in decades, possibly his best one ever. The Alexander Payne drama Nebraska casts him as another hopeless dreamer, destined for the rocks, but the performance itself marks a redemption of sorts. At the Cannes film festival, »
- Xan Brooks
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