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Teresa Wright movies: Unique Oscar winner (image: Teresa Wright in the mid-'40s) Teresa Wright, best remembered for her Oscar-winning performance in the World War II melodrama Mrs. Miniver and for her deceptively fragile, small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's mystery-drama Shadow of a Doubt, died at age 86 ten years ago – on March 6, 2005. Throughout her nearly six-decade show business career, Wright was featured in nearly 30 films, dozens of television series and made-for-tv movies, and a whole array of stage productions. On the big screen, she played opposite some of the most important stars of the '40s and '50s. It's a long list, including Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Gary Cooper, Myrna Loy, Ray Milland, Fredric March, Jean Simmons, Marlon Brando, Dana Andrews, Lew Ayres, Cornel Wilde, Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, and David Niven. Also of note, Teresa Wright made Oscar history in the early '40s. In fact, she »
- Andre Soares
"Come with me, murderess, come with me." Over a quarter of a century before Clue dazzled audiences with its mansion-based murder mystery, William Castle's House on Haunted Hill brought together its own group of strangers for a night of terror in which everything—including a body swinging from a noose—was not quite what it seemed. Bolstered by the legendary Vincent Price's memorable performance as the enigmatic millionaire Frederick Loren, House on Haunted Hill is still a must-watch movie around Halloween and will forever cause some horror fans to look at skeletons with a wary eye.
Perfectly capturing the spooky spirit of the film's stormy night setting is artist Jonathan Burton's new House on Haunted Hill movie poster for Mondo. Available in both color and black-and-white (with green title lettering) this new take on Castle's classic features three of the film's essentials—Price, the skeleton, and the »
- Derek Anderson
While romcoms and black comedies may have more sophisticated plots, satires are the films that guarantee us the most laughs. Sometimes you want permission to laugh at movies rather than with them, and satires remind you that familiar movie conventions are strange and sometimes hilarious. We just noticed that one of our all-time favorite Mel Brooks movies has hit Netflix, so without further ado, let's celebrate this nutty genre. "Airplane!": Insanity at 20,000 Feet The bawdy sight gags and astounding one-liners of "Airplane!" run together in a nonstop medley, but I'd like to point out another highpoint of this disaster satire: You can't pick a single Mvp in the ensemble. Every actor is perfectly cast and perfectly effing weird. Robert Hays is stone-eyed and slyly ridiculous. Julie Hagerty is a wide-eyed cuckoo. Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen, Stephen Stucker, Barbara Billingsley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and even Maureen McGovern (as the singing nun, »
- Louis Virtel
"I was lost. My mind didn't belong to me anymore." Inspired by the Alone in the Dark video game franchise, the works of Alfred Hitchcock, and German Expressionism, OSome Studio's White Night portrays survival horror with a stark visual style and a noir narrative. Now available to download, White Night is teased in an atmospheric launch trailer, along with a new live-action music video that perfectly captures the spirit of the game's 1930s setting.
"Set in the 1930s and drawing from the rich themes of noir-era storytelling, White Night blends third-person action, exploration and puzzle-solving with the mature tension, challenge and tone of old-school survival horror adventures. As players investigate a shadowy mansion in the dead of night after a near-fatal car crash, what started as a search for aid will become a desperate quest to unearth the secrets behind the manor’s tortured past."
White Night is now available to download for the PC, »
- Derek Anderson
If I tell you that The Boy Next Door has more in common with The Room and Troll 2 than the work of Alfred Hitchcock, would you consider that a good thing? Don’t bother answering because of course you would. Both films are masterworks of a certain kind of tone, and while Jennifer Lopez’s latest acting effort may not ever reach the same cult status of either, I would say it’s more than a worthy successor to their legacy. That legacy specifically being one of films that are received in more or less the opposite way to how their creators conceived.
Going into this film on the premise and trailer alone, I was fully expecting a tedious, melodramatic thriller that builds to a ludicrous »
- Mark Allen
Young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) is veering into Psycho territory in two new trailers for Season 3 of Bates Motel, debuting Monday, March 9 at 9 Pm Et on A&E. Norman admits to his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) that he thinks something might be wrong with him, with the latest footage showing Norman clutching one of his mother's dresses, which alludes to the shocking finale in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic Psycho. Could we be seeing Norman actually wearing that dress by season's end? We'll have to wait and see, but his fragile psyche is clearly cracking more and more.
Bates Motel returns for a gripping third season filled with family strife, murder and mystery. This season focuses on the evolution of the Bates family and dives head first into Norman's waning ability to stay in denial about what's happening to him and the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche. »
Every time Will Bloom rounds the corner into the forest, his dying father Ed in his arms, to find all of Ed’s friends waiting for him at the river bank, I cry. Every single time. It’s as if Big Fish has the key to a complex emotional lock which takes two hours to trip the rights tumblers before clicking right at that moment and opening up the flood gates. It’s as if the movie understands the rhythms of my mind. It’s not the only one. We’ve all had experiences with movies like that — they hit the correct pattern to make us scared or make us laugh or make us weep. That’s a filmmakers job, after all. At least typically. We can think of filmmaking as an act of artistic creation and as a kind of construction. Stories are made of building blocks meant to form a greater whole which elicits a »
- Scott Beggs
[Press Release] Denver -- February 26, 2015 -- Spy through the “rear window” from the best seat in the house as “TCM Presents: Rear Window” arrives at select U.S. cinemas as a special two-day event on March 22 and 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. Presented by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, this classic 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film stars Hollywood legends James Stewart and Grace Kelly and is digitally re-mastered for premium picture and sound quality. In addition to the film, movie buffs will also be treated to a specially produced introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Tickets for “TCM Presents: Rear Window” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in »
- Pietro Filipponi
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 »
The human condition. It is a tricky and complicated concept for us mortals to grasp in terms of our ugly, unpredictable behaviors. However, when one applies a revealing spotlight on the animal kingdom and takes a look at their on-screen aggression against humans it becomes a whole new ballgame. Occasionally, the source of frustration embedded in these wayward creatures is often times triggered by the psychological prompting of the bad seed humans responsible for their behavioral tirade against nature and man.
In Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies we will look at the bombastic beasts gone ballistic in cinematic society. Maybe you have your own selections of haywire critters out to cause random havoc? If so then they probably would suffice within the theme of this movie column when detailing the animals that run amok on land, by sea or in the air.
The selections for »
- Frank Ochieng
The great Charles Laughton may not have been the prettiest of movie stars, but he had a presence that many matinee idols would have killed for (as the current retrospective running at Film Forum will attest). In an era in which glamor was everything, studio marketers may have struggled with how to present Laughton’s unconventional looks and his larger-than-life portrayals of larger-than-life characters (so many monsters, murderers, tyrants, or simply overbearing fathers) to the public. In most of the posters for his most famous film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), he is all but a silhouette, a spoiler alert to his monstrous transformation as Quasimodo. And in some posters for The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), the film for which he won his first Oscar, Henry is made to look more like the Hans Holbein »
- Adrian Curry
Remember that silly, super-brief (albeit well-meaning) horror tribute at the Oscars a few years back? You know, the one introduced by the "Twilight" cast? Pretty indicative of how the genre has historically been treated by the Academy. As our own Kristopher Tapley has previously noted, there are a huge number of horror (or horror-ish) films that have been snubbed by the Academy in the Best Picture category, from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" to Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth." And that's not the only category they've been shafted in! In a just world, for example, Essie Davis' fierce performance in Jennifer Kent's "The Babadook" would have at least been in the Best Actress conversation this year. Alas, not a single fright flick was recognized in any category in 2015. It's not as if the Academy has completely ignored the genre, of course. A select few horror movies have even won stuff! »
- Chris Eggertsen
The 87th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!
We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 25 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.
1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.
3. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, »
- Jonny Black
The Oscars are less than 96 hours away, so you only have a limited amount of time to brag about your insane knowledge of Academy Awards history. Ready for a brutal 21-question foray into Oscar's grisly past? Let's roll. (We give you the questions on the first page. Jot down your responses, then check the answers, along with the accompanying questions, on the next page. The videos embedded here aren't related to the questions. They're just fun!) 1. What ‘90s Best Actor winner gave the shortest onscreen performance ever nominated (and therefore awarded) in that category? This is measured by total minutes and seconds spent onscreen. 2. The first (and so far only) black female nominee in the Best Original Screenplay category was a co-writer of what biopic released in the 1970s? 3. From 1937 to 1945, the Academy guaranteed nominations in one particular category to any studio that submitted a qualifiable entry. What was the category? »
- Louis Virtel
Each of us experience movies a little differently, right? Well, maybe not. A BrainCraft featurette (posted below) says that we might have a little less autonomy in how we respond to movies than we think. In collecting various studies on how brain activity changes between different genres, different directors and different types of viewers, the video draws some fascinating connections about the relationship between a movie and its audience. As for what research says about movies of the future, things get a little more bizarre. As the video tells us, "Films of the future will be so interactive that they will respond to your brain activity while you're watching them." Whether you find this stuff intriguing or alarming (or, more likely, both), this short is definitely worth a watch. Check it out below. Read More: Watch: Alfred Hitchcock Gets High-Res in 'Jamaica Inn' Restoration »
- David Canfield
In today's roundup of news and views: David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson on Jacques Tati's Playtime, Godfrey Cheshire on D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation, Caveh Zahedi on the day he met Robert Bresson, Max Goldberg on the influence of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, Bilge Ebiri on Ousmane Sembene, J. Hoberman on Clint Eastwood and American Sniper, Gilberto Perez on Jean Renoir's A Day in the Country, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Luis Buñuel's The Young One, Howard Hampton on Nicolas Roeg and Don’t Look Now (1973), Olivier Assayas on John Carpenter’s The Fog—and lots more. » - David Hudson »
Nearly two decades into a career that has since spanned nearly seven, Jeanne Moreau had already worked under the direction of Godard, Malle, Welles, Antonioni, Demy, Ophüls, Frankenheimer and Buñuel, among others, by the time she collaborated again with François Truffaut, who had previously helped make her a star with Jules and Jim. Their third collaboration (the first being 400 Blows), The Bride Wore Black, a psycho-thriller inspired by the work of his hero Alfred Hitchcock again put her in the spotlight, this time as a vengeful seductress to which Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman’s Bride of Kill Bill is much indebted to (though the homage crazed auteur claims to have never seen the film). With incredible bipolar turns, Moreau plays Julie Kohler, a widow on a mission to take revenge on the five men (including Claude Rich, Michel Bouquet, Michael Lonsdale, Daniel Boulanger and Charles Denner) responsible for the death of her husband. »
- Jordan M. Smith
French actor Louis Jourdan, who enjoyed a long and varied career playing debonair men and a James Bond villain, has died. He was 93.
Jourdan began acting in his native France in the late 1930s, though World War II put many of his early productions in jeopardy. He was invited to be part of his first American film in 1946, when legendary Hollywood producer David O. Selznick cast him in Alfred Hitchcock's 1947 flick "The Paradine Case," alongside his wife, the late Berthe Frederique "Quique" Jourdan.
Louis Jourdan continued to find success in Hollywood throughout the 1940s and '50s in movies such as "Letter From An Unknown Woman," "Three Coins In The Fountain," and two Vincente Minelli features: "Madame Bovary" and "Gigi," the latter of which won nine Oscars including Best Pitcure. He worked steadily over the next few decades, frequently appearing in TV movies and series guest-starring roles, before landing »
- Katie Roberts
French film and TV actor Louis Jourdan has died at the age of 93.
After appearing in several French films, Jourdan starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s "The Paradine Case" in 1947 and shot various films over the next decade including "Madame Bovary," "Decameron Nights," and "Three Coins in the Fountain".
In 1958 he had his big break as a playboy in the musical "Gigi," which scored him a Golden Globe nomination. It also led to plenty of film and TV projects including 1961's "The Count of Monte Cristo," "To Commit a Murder," "Swamp Thing" and his final film "Year of the Comet".
However he's probably best remembered for his role as the exiled Afghan prince and villain Kamal Khan in the often underrated yet memorable Roger Moore-led 1983 James Bond film "Octopussy". The actor is one of the few to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work.
Jourdan met »
- Garth Franklin
Hollywood has had many quintessential young Englishmen, but from the late 1940s through the early '60s, there was only one quintessential young Frenchman: Louis Jourdan. The star of the 1958 Best Picture Oscar winner, Gigi, whose film roles also included those in Madame Bovary, Three Coins in the Fountain, The Swan, The V.I.P.S and Can-Can, Jourdan died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills, reports Variety. He was 93. As was told in a 1985 People profile, Jourdan - real name Gendre - and his two brothers grew up in the South of France, where their parents managed hotels in Cannes, Nice and Marseilles. »
- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm
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