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Joel and Ethan Coen, despite the fact that they are a duo, are a singular force in modern cinematic history. That is to say, if you’ll forgive the grammatical confusion, there is only one Coen Brothers. Their outstanding 1996 film is equally singular, despite the fact that there is now a fantastic TV series that shares both its title and geographical setting: FX’s Fargo.
The similarities between the two works stand out enough to give the unacquainted observer a reasonable amount of pause. We’re in a period of film and television history where direct remakes are going out of fashion, but fresh takes on older stories are becoming more and more in vogue, whether they’re the evil Maleficent, the troubled Norman Bates or the up and coming Commissioner Gordon. The surge in this type of adapted storytelling gives rise to a certain skepticism that would caution against »
- Darren Ruecker
Before I sat down with the first four episodes of FX’s limited series, Fargo, premiering April 15 at 10Pm, I reacquainted myself with the 1996 Coen Brothers’ crime classic. It’s been over a decade since I last saw the film and like a winter squall blustering through, my memories of it had become buried deep in snow. However, after this viewing, I had this insatiable desire to soak in this world for a longer duration.
It wasn’t just any small town that had been rocked by bloody murders and criminal activity, it was this specific ivory landscape that stretched as far as the eyes could see. Its citizens were as foreign and distant as Hawaii or Alaska as were their special brand of talk and affection. Fargo felt like the Coens picked up a snow globe unlike any other and then gifted it to everyone who had seen the film. »
- Ernie Estrella
The writer was considered to be the best of his era, not to mention the highest-paid, who earned his first Oscar nomination in 1941 for writing Kitty Foyle. His burgeoning career seemingly came to a halt in 1947, when he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (Huac), during the committee's investigation into Communist influences in Hollywood. He was one of the "Hollywood 10" screenwriters who were completely blacklisted by the studio system, although he continued to write under pen names. He won two Oscars in the 1950s for writing Roman Holiday and The Brave One, before helping to put an end to the Hollywood 10 black list once and for all. He went on to write other classics such as Spartacus, Papillon and Exodus before dying of lung »
Film restorationists don’t feel like rockstars. But with this crowd…”
the TCM Festival is happening at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood
Mike Pogorzelski, director of the Academy Film Archive, chuckles as another round of cheers breaks out from the audience. Pogorzelski is introducing a 35mm print of The Lion in Winter that he restored from camera negative, and so far the audience has cheered for the words “35mm,” “restoration,” “Academy,” and “Peter O’Toole.” Typically, only one of those gets applause, but then TCM Film Festival isn’t your typical Hollywood film festival.
Every single film that plays at the TCM Film Festival is old. The newest film is Mr Holland's Opus, which celebrates is nineteen years old. This means that every single film, from the 35mm print of Stagecoach to the world premiere Dcp of Oklahoma! (previously discussed), has arrived through the efforts of archivists and restorationists »
- Anne Marie
We've been talking about Gregory Blair's Deadly Revisions for some time here on Dread Central, and we're excited to report that the film is now complete and gearing up to slash its way onto the festival circuit. Read all about it, and then check out the new teaser trailer, fiends!
From the Press Release:
Film fans can now get a sneak peek of writer/director Gregory Blair’s Deadly Revisions with the new teaser trailer released this week. Tight and tense, the teaser reveals just enough to get audiences ready for Blair’s unique blend of psychological thriller and horror film.
Emmy Award-winning horror movie favorite Bill Oberst, Jr., appears as Grafton Torn, an amnesiac horror film writer for whom hypnotherapy and nightmares reveal terrifying images that just can’t be real. Or can they? With an unreliable narrator, the audience has to keep reevaluating the information they get »
- John Squires
‘Gone with the Wind’ actress Mary Anderson dead at 96; also featured in Alfred Hitchcock thriller ‘Lifeboat’ Mary Anderson, an actress featured in both Gone with the Wind and Alfred Hitchcock’s adventure thriller Lifeboat, died following a series of small strokes on Sunday, April 6, 2014, while under hospice care in Toluca Lake/Burbank, northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Anderson, the widow of multiple Oscar-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy, had turned 96 on April 3. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1918, Mary Anderson was reportedly discovered by director George Cukor, at the time looking for an actress to play Scarlett O’Hara in David O. Selznick’s film version of Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller Gone with the Wind. Instead of Scarlett, eventually played by Vivien Leigh, Anderson was cast in the small role of Maybelle Merriwether — most of which reportedly ended up on the cutting-room floor. Cukor was later fired from the project; his replacement, Victor Fleming, »
- Andre Soares
Fans of cinematic legend Alfred Hitchcock are probably familiar with the director's dedication to precise and detailed storyboards for nearly all of the key scenes from his classic works, from horror classics Psycho and The Birds to groundbreaking thrillers like Vertigo, Spellbound and Shadow of a Doubt. Filmmaker Iq, a site dedicated to online courses, studies and essays on classic cinema, has posted an eye-popping collection of storyboards from thirteen of Hitch's landmark productions. Although he had developed an extensive background as a draftsman and commercial artist before he ever stepped behind a camera, Hitchcock chose to hire dedicated illustrators to storyboard his films – including famous title designer Saul Bass, who not only created the iconic Psycho title sequence, but also drafted the boards for the film's infamous shower murder. Filmmaker Iq not only presents large-format scans of storyboards from these and many more immortal titles, but also offers a »
- Gregory Burkart
By Mark Pinkert
Alfred Hitchcock‘s North by Northwest (1959) is his most famous rendering of the innocent-man-on-the-run thriller, but The 39 Steps (1935) is the original, and while the former is colored, cohesive, and so in a form for longevity, the latter is more eccentric, stylized, and perhaps more oddly compelling. But The 39 Steps hasn’t survived in popular memory because it is in black-and-white and is often difficult to understand (mumbling British accents and underdeveloped sound-mixing). Modern film viewers will have seen at least Psycho (1960),Vertigo (1958), and Rear Window (1954), or some combination of the Hitchcock essentials, but only the true enthusiasts–fewer and fewer they remain–will see The 39 Steps. My suggestion is to see it, regardless.
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- Mark Pinkert
The most terrifying motel in history is all set to reopen its doors once more next season long before its even closed up for the Summer. Just halfway through the run for AandE's second season of hit series 'Bates Motel', based on Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror feature 'Psycho', the announcement that a third outing is on the cards will come as music to ears of all fans. The show has been picked up by the network for a third run of 10 episodes with production due to commence this coming Fall/Autumn time with Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serving once more as executive producers. Vera Farmiga ('The Conjuring'), Freddie Highmore and Max Thieriot all star in the show. »
The actress was married to famous cinematographer Leon Shamroy and had one child, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
Anderson also starred in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Lifeboat', where she played U.S. Army nurse Alice Mackenzie, opposite Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, John Hodiak and Hume Cronyn. (Ani) »
- Shiva Prakash
Business is a-boomin' for the Bates! Bates Motel has officially been renewed for a 10-episode third season by A&E, the network announced on Monday. The drama, which stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as the infamous mother-son duo, Norma and Norman Bates, from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, will begin production on the new season in the fall. "The incredible writing team and talented Bates Motel cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television," David McKillop, A&E Network's executive vice president and general manager, said in a statement. "The brilliant twists and turns of the past two seasons keep its loyal fan base coming back for more. We are so »
Deadline is reporting that A&E has chosen to renew their hit drama, Bates Motel for a 10-episode third season, which will begin production this fall. The Psycho prequel has been a big hit with both audiences and critics ever since its debut and is currently midway through its second outing.
For those unfamiliar with the series, it focuses on Norman Bates and his mother Norma. If those names sound familiar, it’s because they are characters from Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic horror movie, Psycho. The show acts as a “contemporary prequel” to the late director’s work, giving us a look at how Norman’s “psyche unravels through his teenage years.”
Aided by extremely strong performances from Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel is a chilling drama that packs suspense, action and thrills into every episode, making it the perfect companion piece to Hitchcock’s now legendary film. »
- Matt Joseph
Halfway through its second season, Bates Motel has been renewed by A&E for another ten episode run. The engrossing and underrated drama was developed by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), and acts as a prequel of sorts to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. The series' greatest strength has been creating a world that leads up to, but isn't dependent, on the story on which it is partially based. Actually, scratch that -- the series' greatest strength is the Emmy-nominated Vera Farmiga, who plays Norma Bates. Farmiga's Norma is crafty, vulnerable, and hypnotic to watch -- she's completely unpredictable as the character and in the way Norma is portrayed. Hit the jump for more on the series (spoiler-free), and its current ratings. According to A&E, Bates Motel's second season premiered with 4.6 million total viewers, with 2.6 million being adults between 18-49, and 2.2 million between 25 and »
- Allison Keene
It looks like another stay at Bates Motel will be on the cards for us! A&E have revealed that the show will be renewed for a third season, sticking to its usual 10-episode season.
Bates Motel stars Freddie Highmore and Vera Fermiga as Norman and Norma Bates in a contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. It follows Norman through his teenage years, his relationship with his beloved mother, and his lead into the dark character we all know from Hitchcock’s legendary film. The series also stars Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell.
In a press release, A&E’s executive vice president and general manager David McKillop said:
“The incredible writing team and talented Bates Motel cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television. The brilliant twists and turns of the past two seasons keep its loyal fan base coming back for more. »
- Lucy Cave
Mary Anderson, who played Maybelle Merriwether in Gone With the Wind and was one of the nine survivors cast adrift from a torpedoed ship in Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, has died. She was 96. Anderson died Sunday under hospice care in Burbank, her friend Betty Landess told the Los Angeles Times. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Anderson was the widow of cinematographer Leon Shamroy, who collected 18 Academy Award nominations during his career and won for The Black Swan (1942), Wilson (1944), Leave Her to Heaven (1945) and Cleopatra (1963). They were married for 21 years until his death in
- Mike Barnes
This weekend, as you search for a movie to watch, you can go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier or pick one of approximately 14 billion options available on streaming over a variety of services, be it Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, On Demand, or other sites. Every week, Vulture tries to make life easier by narrowing it down to a handful of heartily recommended options. This week, Angelina Jolie, Walter Matthau, Alfred Hitchcock, and Robert Redford stick their noses in enemy business for our pleasure.Three Days of the CondorThe Winter Soldier shares the DNA of Sydney Pollock's paranoia-laden chase film. Fully realizing a New Yorker's worst nightmare, CIA librarian Joe Turner a.k.a. “Condor” (a.k.a. Robert Redford) steps out for a sandwich at the local bodega, only to return to an office full of gunned down coworkers. Turner evades his would-be assassins and sets off on a hunt »
- Matt Patches
UK omnibus 50 Kisses is entering the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest roster of co-writers on a feature film. The 51 scribes will gather today at BAFTA headquarters in London for a special screening of the film that beat the previous record holder, 1943’s Forever And A Day. That film had 21 writers including an uncredited Alfred Hitchcock. The British 50 Kisses was produced by the London Screenwriters’ Festival. Two years ago, it invited writers to submit two-page scripts featuring at least one kiss and set on Valentine’s Day. The 50 best scripts were released online with an open invitation for filmmakers to produce them. Ultimately, 127 shorts were made and those were edited down to produce 50 Kisses. The finished product was released on February 13 this year, earning a per-screen average of nearly £9,500. The end credits run for 17 minutes. Shine‘s Scandinavian production group, Metronome, has named Marika Makaroff as Managing Director »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
This year, Robert Lepage was honoured as the recipient of the Glenn Gould Prize awarded for “a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human conditions through the arts.” Previous winners include Leonard Cohen, Yo-Yo Ma, Oscar Peterson, and R. Murray Schafer. In association with The Glenn Gould Foundation, Tiff presented a retrospective on his directorial work. One of the most famed working filmmakers in Quebec, Lepage’s influence extends far beyond the screen and he is also one of the foremost directors of the stage. Considered an important figure in the theatrical avant-garde, he brings his multi-media and theatrical approach to the screen to create unique and layered visions of the world.
Back in 1995, Lepage made his feature film debut with Le Confessionnal, a post-modern Hitchcock pastiche set in Quebec. The film is the story of the Lamontagne family and spans two different eras and the issues and crises »
- Justine Smith
Monkey Planet: BBC One, 9pm
There's a huge variety of monkeys on show - from orangutans that use soap and pens, Japanese macaques, which wear their own fluorescent battle paint, and a baboon seeking a flamingo for dinner.
Law & Order: UK: ITV, 9pm
A mum prepares for her son's birthday party, and while the kids are having fun, she finds her husband murdered in his study.
The eighth series continues, as Ronnie is faced with a challenge when the father of his former boss becomes a suspect in an investigation. Ronnie is driven to so many professional risks in an effort to help his friend, but how far will he go?
Bates Motel: Universal, 9pm
Season two of the prequel »
The 61st Sydney Film Festival today announced 32 films to be featured in this year.s event (June 4-15) in advance of the full program launch on May 7.
The line-up includes the world premiere of The Redfern Story, 19 Australian premieres, 13 features, 11 documentaries and an eight-film retrospective on maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman. Altman.s son, filmmaker Michael Altman, will attend festival and introduce several of the Altman screenings.
Darlene Johnson.s The Redfern Story chronicles the volatile birth of the first all-Indigenous theatre company, the National Black Theatre. It features interviews with indigenous media pioneer Lester Bostock, writer Gerry Bostock, actor Lillian Crombie, activist-academic Gary Foley, academic Marcia Langton, actors Rachael Maza, Bryan Brown and Bindi Williams. .We are pleased to present this sneak preview of 32 of the 180-plus films in this year.s program,. said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. .We have gathered a selection of the best films from the »
- Staff writer
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