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Sudden Fear

17 hours ago | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Joan Crawford controls every aspect of this glamorous, Oscar nominated noir about a murderous marriage double-cross. Good acting enlivens a by-the-book, gimmick-laden plot, with every moment designed to flatter the star. Sudden Fear Blu-ray The Cohen Film Collection 1952 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 110 min. / Street Date December 13, 2016 / 34.99 Starring Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett, Virginia Huston, Touch Connors, Bess Flowers, Taylor Holmes, Lewis Martin, Arthur Space. Cinematography Charles Lang Film Editor Leon Barsha Art Director Boris Leven Original Music Elmer Bernstein Written by Lenore Coffee, Robert Smith from a novel by Edna Sherry Produced by Joseph Kaufman Directed by David Miller

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The Joan Crawford movie Sudden Fear is an efficient and stylish thriller. Although it's technically film noir, its story of a two-way murder frame-up is sublimated to the actress's overpowering personality. It's the first movie where Crawford was able to swing her considerable »

- Glenn Erickson

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Awards Roundup: Annette Bening to Receive Career Achievement Award, Ridley Scott Honored By Directors Guild and More

2 December 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

Annette Bening will be honored with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the Annual Artios Awards, presented by the Casting Society of America in Los Angeles on January 19, 2017. Bening is a four-time Academy Award nominee for “The Kids Are All Right,” “Being Julia,” “American Beauty” and “The Grifters.” She is a two-time Golden Globe winner for “Being Julia” and “The Kids Are All Right,” a BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Award winner for best actress in “American Beauty” and a 2006 Emmy Award nominee for her role in “Mrs. Harris.”

“Annette has taken on roles which have changed cultural conversations,” Richard Hicks, president of Csa, said in a statement. “She is an actress of great bravery and passion, and her work shows what’s possible when a remarkable actress meets the right opportunity.” This year, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: A Holiday Gift Guide for the Discerning Cinephile

1 December 2016 9:41 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for film fans, with some of the best films of the year in theaters and lots of elaborate and thoroughly-researched books to read. This rundown has real variety, with new and recent texts covering cinema history, TV greats, and, of course, Star Wars. Note that one of this year’s finest books, The Oliver Stone Experience (Abrams Books), was covered by The Film Stage in September via an interview with author Matt Zoller Seitz. Make sure to check out Experience, and see below for another fine selection from the prolific Seitz.

Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual History, Updated Edition by Daniel Wallace (Dk Publishing)

It’s a fantastic idea: a book that offers a timeline not of the Star Wars story, but of the Star Wars phenomenon. This newly updated edition of the 2010 release now includes recent works like »

- Christopher Schobert

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Director Nicolas Pesce Talks Fairy Tale Horror & His Disturbing Debut ‘The Eyes Of My Mother’

1 December 2016 7:21 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

26-year-old filmmaker Nicolas Pesce stunned more than a few audiences at Sundance this year with his horrifically hypnotic goth breakthrough, “The Eyes Of My Mother.” Shot in an austere black and white, the creepy, precisely-constructed psychological horror is built in the mode of clean Alfred Hitchcock aesthetics and disturbing “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” moods. And the haunting thriller never lets up in its dark, twisted surprises.

Continue reading Director Nicolas Pesce Talks Fairy Tale Horror & His Disturbing Debut ‘The Eyes Of My Mother’ at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Ridley Scott to Receive DGA Lifetime Achievement Award

29 November 2016 5:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You would be hard-pressed to find a more influential director still living and working in Hollywood today than Ridley Scott. It turns out the Director's Guild of America would agree with that, because they are about to bestow a major honor upon him. This February, the DGA will present Ridley Scott with a lifetime achievement award for his accomplishments as a director.

Variety is reporting that Ridley Scott will receive the honor on February 4 at the 69th Annual DGA Awards ceremony, which will be taking place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Scott was selected for the award by the current president, as well as past presidents of the director's guild. The Blade Runner director will be joining the likes of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, who have all received the award previously. Here is what DGA President Paris Barclay had to say about it.

"Masterful in any genre, »

- MovieWeb

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Pablo Larraín’s 10 Favorite Films

29 November 2016 1:23 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

He’s been working as a director for over a decade, but 2016 heralds the international break-out for Pablo Larraín. Not only did the Chilean filmmaker’s subversive drama The Club finally get a U.S. release earlier this year — the Berlinale premiere of which led to talking with jury member Darren Aronofsky, who would present him with what would be his Hollywood debut, Jackie — he also has two more features arriving in December. Along with the aforementioned Natalie Portman-led drama coming this week, he also has Chile’s Oscar entry, the formally thrilling Neruda starring Gael García Bernal, hitting theaters two weeks later.

It’s ideal time, then, to take a look at the films that have most influenced him. Culling from his submission of his top 10 films for the latest BFI Sight & Sound poll, his selections are a Film School 101 of formally distinctive landmarks. Featuring classics from Kubrick, »

- Leonard Pearce

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Park Chan-wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’ Deserves Oscar Nominations In Every Technical Category — Consider This

29 November 2016 12:30 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No Korean movie has ever won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Of course, that might have something to do with the fact that no Korean movie has ever been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In other words, Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” — which won a little gold man for Best Art Direction in 2010 — has more Oscars to its name than the entire country of Korea or anyone from it.

That’s odd and rather damning given the self-evident strength of the country’s national cinema, which has been invaluable since long before Shin Sang-ok’s “My Mother and the Roomer” was chosen as their first Oscar submission in 1962. It’s become only more visible on the world stage thanks to the emotionally operatic, auteur-driven melodramas that have defined the Korean New Wave over the last 18 years.

And it’s not as »

- David Ehrlich

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Ridley Scott to Receive Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award

29 November 2016 11:12 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ridley Scott will receive the Directors Guild of America’s top honor, the lifetime achievement award for distinguished achievement in motion picture direction.

“Masterful in any genre, Ridley’s groundbreaking methods and peerless directing instincts have brought to life some of the most memorable films of our time, capturing the resilience of the human spirit and captivating the hearts and minds of audiences around the world,” said DGA President Paris Barclay.

“Stunning visuals, immersive worlds, and powerful performances underpin his diverse body of work, which ranges from ‘Alien,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ and ‘Thelma & Louise,’ to ‘Gladiator,’ ‘Black Hawk Down,’ and, most recently, ‘The Martian,'” Barclay continued. “Over the course of four decades, his trailblazing career has demonstrated the impact and importance of the director’s singular vision. For these reasons, and so many more, we are honored to present the Lifetime Achievement Award in feature film to Ridley Scott.”

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- Dave McNary

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Weekly Rushes. Anderson & Anderson, Ford's Memoirs, Barbara Loden

29 November 2016 9:07 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

NEWSConcept art from the next project of Paul W.S. Anderson–an adaptation of the beloved Capcom video game Monster Hunter. Anderson discusses the project, and his upcoming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, alongside producer Jeremy Bolt at Deadline.Toronto International Film Festival has acquired 1,460 prints, including work from Peter Mettler, Alfred Hitchcock, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Abbas Kiarostami. Recommended VIEWINGThe first trailer for Martin Scorsese's Silence.Cristi Puiu puts his unique spin on the festival award acceptance speech in response to recent accolades from the Chicago International Film Festival & Thessaloniki International Film Festival (via Ray Pride).With the recent 15 year anniversary of Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko, the BFI has cut a fantastic new trailer for the films imminent re-release.Recommended READINGAt Keyframe, David Hudson compiles numerous considerations on the role of art in light of the U.S. election results."As the train gathered speed, I began considering what »

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BFI to tackle diversity in new £500m five-year plan

29 November 2016 4:33 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

BFI2022 to increase support for regional and grass-roots film-making; responds to Brexit challenges; could support more TV, Vr.

The BFI has unveiled its next five-year strategic plan for UK film.

BFI2022 follows up from the current five-year plan Film Forever, which concludes in March 2017, and will prioritise three drives: building audiences, learning and skills, and developing talent with an emphasis on diversity.

The UK’s lead body for films is set to invest close to £500m from 2017-2022 (which is a similar total to its previous five-year plan), made up of government grant-in-aid, BFI earned income and National Lottery funding.

The BFI2022 financial plan calls for £221.2m of the total £488.8m investment to come from government funding, BFI income generation, sponsorship and philanthropy, and the rest from Lottery funding.

Of the total, the biggest chunk (£179.5m) across the five-year strategy will go to the BFI cultural programme, with a further £30m earmarked for education (of which £24m will »

- matt.mueller@screendaily.com (Matt Mueller)

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Jane the Virgin Season 3 Episode 7 Review: Chapter Fifty-One

28 November 2016 7:10 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Just when you think you know what's going on, they pull the rug right out from under you.

At least that's how Rafael looked by the end of Jane the Virgin Season 3 Episode 7. Rafael focused on his memories of his mother and him at a convent, but the startling reveal by the Mother Superior may have him wishing he never remembered at all.

Elsewhere in the episode, Jane tried to reconnect with her religious side, Rogelio tried a matchmaking service, and Catalina was definitely up to no good.

As far as mid-season finales go, this one was lukewarm at best. The reveal that Rafael is not a Solano was a great cliffhanger, but the build up to the bombshell wasn't satisfying.

I'm a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock films, but the incorporation of that genre style just didn't mesh well into the plot. I normally love the fantasy sequences in this show, »

- Amanda Steinmetz

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Jane the Virgin Fall Finale Recap: Rafael Finds Religion — and a Family Secret

28 November 2016 6:59 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s fall finale time for Jane the Virgin, which means no new episodes until January. (Can’t Rogelio release a Christmas album or something to help get us through this drought?) But Monday’s finale gave us plenty of plot twists to chew on during the long break… including a huge revelation for Rafael.

Jane’s baby daddy starts out the episode by objecting to Jane taking Mateo to church. It seems like just another co-parenting tiff for these two… until Rafael flashes back to a traumatic childhood memory in a church. Meanwhile, Michael’s investigation into Mutter turns »

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Stan Lee’s 15 Greatest Marvel Movie Cameos

27 November 2016 10:00 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Few creators are as synonymous with their work as Stan Lee. Starting with the 1980s Incredible Hulk cartoon series which he narrated, Lee has repeatedly shown up in adaptations of characters he helped bring to life. In recent years, he’s even turned up in movies based on characters he had nothing to do with – like Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy. Such is Lee’s impact and popularity that anything that Marvel produces is inextricably tied to him.

That’s probably why it just doesn’t feel like a proper Marvel movie unless Stan Lee turns up for a swift cameo. Over the last two decades (though his first live-action cameo actually came in 1989’s Trial of the Incredible Hulk), Lee has exceeded even Alfred Hitchcock in turning the creator cameo into an artform. He’s been inserted for comic relief, for dramatic emphasis, for a fourth-wall breaking joke »

- Christian Bone

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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 2 – More Black Friday Deals, Movie Box Sets, Hallmark Ornaments & More!

25 November 2016 4:33 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Happy Black Friday, everyone, and welcome back for Day 2 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate your way through the horrors of the shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too.

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help you get into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with Texas-based artist Dustin Pace of Duddy in Motion to create an amazing Stranger Things print (see below) that all of our giveaway winners will receive with our amazing prize packs that feature a collection of items, including movies, graphic novels, the Duddy in Motion Stranger Things print, »

- Heather Wixson

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Paul Sylbert Dies: Oscar-Winning Production Designer & Set Decorator Was 88

23 November 2016 4:42 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Paul Sylbert, an Oscar-winning set decorator and production designer who worked with such top directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Elia Kazan, Mike Nichols, Robert Benton and Milos Forman during his half-century career, has died. He was 88. Producer and former Movie Academy president Hawk Koch told Deadline that Sylbert, won an Academy Award for Heaven Can Wait and scored a nom for The Prince of Tides, died Saturday. Koch said Sylbert and his twin brother Richard were among the… »

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Art Directors Guild Taps Four for Lifetime Achievement Award

23 November 2016 8:48 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Art Directors Guild has named scenic artist Albert Obregon, set designer Cate Bangs, senior illustrator Joseph Musso, and production designer René Lagler as recipients of its lifetime achievement award.

They will be honored at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

Obregon spent 29 years at NBC from 1958 to 1987, heading the studio.’s scenic art department with credits on “The Bob Hope Show,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Sanford and Son,” and “The Tonight Show.” After leaving NBC, he started his own company, Premiere Scenery, and began working on the Golden Globes, American Music Awards, “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” and concerts for Madonna, Gloria Estefan, and Ringo Starr. He later joined ABC.

Bangs has worked in the industry for more than 35 years and received an Emmy and Art Directors Guild nomination for the ABC series “Nothing Sacred.” She worked as an art director on “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “Life »

- Dave McNary

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Art Directors Guild Taps Four for Lifetime Achievement Award

23 November 2016 8:48 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Art Directors Guild has named scenic artist Albert Obregon, set designer Cate Bangs, senior illustrator Joseph Musso, and production designer René Lagler as recipients of its lifetime achievement award.

They will be honored at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

Obregon spent 29 years at NBC from 1958 to 1987, heading the studio.’s scenic art department with credits on “The Bob Hope Show,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Sanford and Son,” and “The Tonight Show.” After leaving NBC, he started his own company, Premiere Scenery, and began working on the Golden Globes, American Music Awards, “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” and concerts for Madonna, Gloria Estefan, and Ringo Starr. He later joined ABC.

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Why Are The Best Film Editors Female?

20 November 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at why so many great films were cut by women…

You may not have noticed in among all news reports about Jackie Chan being awarded one, but last week Anne V. Coates was given an Honorary Oscar. You might not know her name, but you certainly know her work.

Coates has worked as a film editor since the 1950s, cutting everything from Lawrence of Arabia to Fifty Shades of Grey (one of them is about a guy who keep his love for flagellation secret, and the other is Fifty Shades of Grey). She’s had a remarkable career, and though she’s one of only a small number of female editors, they all seem to be among the best in the business.

Last year, one film swept the board when it came to awards for best editing; Mad Max: Fury Road, a film that is »

- Neil Calloway

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‘Elle’ Director Paul Verhoeven’s 10 Tips For a Successful Career After Hollywood

18 November 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

These are challenging times for any filmmaker who doesn’t want to be told what to do. Chasing a slice of the Hollywood studio pie almost always brings compromise, and many foreign-born directors return to their home countries and assemble independent film and television projects.

That was the path of Dutch-born Paul Verhoeven, whose career began in his own language with “Soldier of Orange” and the Oscar-nominated “Turkish Delight.”  From there he forged an A-list career that included “Basic Instinct” (which played competition in Cannes) “RoboCop,” “Total Recall,” “Starship Troopers,” and, yes, “Showgirls.” His last Hollywood movie was “Hollow Man” with Kevin Bacon in 2000.

When Verhoeven could no longer find material that suited him, he went back to Holland. His 2006 Dutch World War II drama “Black Book” (Sony Pictures Classics) starred Carice Van Houten, before she joined “Game of Thrones,” and was shortlisted for the foreign Oscar.

Now he has »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Elle’ Director Paul Verhoeven’s 10 Tips For a Successful Career After Hollywood

18 November 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

These are challenging times for any filmmaker who doesn’t want to be told what to do. Chasing a slice of the Hollywood studio pie almost always brings compromise, and many foreign-born directors return to their home countries and assemble independent film and television projects.

That was the path of Dutch-born Paul Verhoeven, whose career began in his own language with “Soldier of Orange” and the Oscar-nominated “Turkish Delight.”  From there he forged an A-list career that included “Basic Instinct” (which played competition in Cannes) “RoboCop,” “Total Recall,” “Starship Troopers,” and, yes, “Showgirls.” His last Hollywood movie was “Hollow Man” with Kevin Bacon in 2000.

When Verhoeven could no longer find material that suited him, he went back to Holland. His 2006 Dutch World War II drama “Black Book” (Sony Pictures Classics) starred Carice Van Houten, before she joined “Game of Thrones,” and was shortlisted for the foreign Oscar.

Now he has »

- Anne Thompson

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