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There have been many great famous last words spoken over the years — some unfortunate, some poignant, and some downright hilarious. From Oscar Wilde to Che Guevara, a person’s famous last words often tell you a lot about how the person died — but sometimes tell you more about how the person lived. Some are obviously thought through in advance, while others are spur-of-the-moment, but they all help shed a light on the characters of the people that spoke them. “This isn’t Hamlet, you know. It’s not meant to go into the bloody ear.” Laurence Olivier, said to a nurse who was attempting...read more »
- Julian James
Few stage staples from 90 years ago would easily translate to the screen today, yet R.C. Sherriff’s once near-ubiquitous “Journey’s End” proves potent as ever in this sturdy new adaptation from director Saul Dibb and writer-producer Simon Reade. While there’s little staginess about the endeavor, the preserved tight focus on a handful of British soldiers “waiting to be killed” in a trench near Wwi’s finish provides all the character and emotional involvement that was lacking in the more action-oriented recent “Dunkirk.” The latter’s success — plus next year’s centennial of the Great War’s close — could further boost a strong drama likely to benefit from solid reviews.
A captain wounded at Passchendaele himself, Sherriff drew on three years’ service experience to write his greatest triumph (which he subsequently turned into a novel, also a source here). Premiering in 1928 with 21-year-old Laurence Olivier in a breakthrough role — one he foolishly declined to repeat in »
- Dennis Harvey
As part of a new series of arts programming, the BBC has set a one-off program of insights and revelations from Joan Plowright, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Eileen Atkins. The four old friends will reflect on their lives and careers in BBC Two's Nothing Like A Dame, directed by Roger Michell, as they spend a weekend together at the retreat once shared by Plowright and Laurence Olivier. The channel will also celebrate the world of Harry Potter on its 20th anniversary… »
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- Press Association
Happy September, guys! This month’s home entertainment releases are wasting no time, as Tuesday looks to be another stellar day of horror and sci-fi titles coming our way. For those of you excited for Blade Runner 2049, Warner Bros. is putting out The Final Cut version of Ridley Scott’s original masterpiece in 4K Ultra HD, and Criterion is giving Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca their trademarked HD treatment with a stunning new release.
As far as new indie horror movies go, both A Dark Song and Raw come home this Tuesday and are well worth your time, and for those of you Winchester brothers fans out there, the 12th season of Supernatural is being released this week, too.
- Heather Wixson
Their Finest is out to buy this week. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, it tells the story of British propaganda during the Second World War and the strong bond developed between people from all walks of life in the face of conflict.
This warm-hearted and intelligent film is co-produced by the legendary Stephen Woolley (of A Company Of Wolves and The Crying Game amongst others), who with Amanda Posey and Elizabeth Karlsen delved into the archives and uncovered the fascinating truth behind the celluloid war effort. We caught up with Stephen for an in-depth chat about the production…
Thn: How did the project come to your attention?
Stephen Woolley: I was given the book (Their Finest Hour And A Half by Lissa Evans) and I loved it. The humour of it was exactly on my level. People were saying “You’d love it because it’s »
- Steve Palace
Jerry Lewis, a three-time Oscar host, landed that job for the first time in 1956, just days after turning 30, and shared his duties with Claudette Colbert and Joseph L. Mankiewicz; he was brought back in 1957, alongside Celeste Holm; and returned two years later, in 1959, as the final member of a rotation of six hosts (the others being Mort Sahl, Tony Randall, Bob Hope, David Niven and Laurence Olivier). But that third and — perhaps not coincidentally — final time, Lewis encountered a situation that no Oscar host before or since has faced: a ceremony at which »
- Scott Feinberg
After the commercial failure of the second part of his Apu Trilogy, Bengali auteur Satyajit Ray opted for more commercially viable material for his next project. He turned to writer Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, and a short story about a landlord clinging to his last motes of power as his empire crumbles around him. The result was 1958’s Jalsaghar, released internationally as The Music Room.
The landlord (or zamindar) in question is Lord Roy, played by Chhabi Biswas with a gravitas that matches his contemporary, Laurence Olivier. The film opens halfway through the narrative, with Roy as a bent old man, and the last of his servants, Ananta (Kali Sarkar), still at his side. We jump back four years to show what brought Roy to near-ruin, before the second half of the movie shows us how he »
- Rupert Harvey
When Daily Variety first reported on the formation of something called the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Assn. on Nov. 1, 1943, it noted that group represented a combined global readership of 15 million.
And by 1945 they were getting noticed for their now-famed location junketeering with Daily Variety’s travel chatter column observing “Hollywood foreign correspondents checking out to Sf practically to the last man.”
The organization showed early savvy in 1946 for nabbing high-profile honorees and a bold flair for social consciousness long ahead of its Hollywood fashionability when it presented Frank Sinatra with a special award “for his work in the cause of tolerance.”
And by 1947 the first trade ads touting the winners began appearing with the org celebrating itself. Legendary composer Max Steiner sent the group his “thanks” the following year.
By 1949, the Golden Globes had moved from a paragraph buried inside Variety, to page one, where the attendance of Hollywood Studio chief Jack Warner, lead »
- Steven Gaydos
- Darren Richman
By Jeremy Carr
Alfred Hitchcock may have directed The Paradine Case, the 1947 adaptation of Robert Smythe Hichens’ 1933 novel, but the film is most clearly a David O. Selznick production. It was his coveted property, he wrote the screenplay (with contributions from Alma Reville, James Bridie, and an uncredited Ben Hecht), and the movie itself discloses far more of its producer’s temperament than it does its director’s. The Paradine Case was, in fact, the last film made by the British-born master as part of his seven-year contract with Selznick, and by most accounts, Hitchcock’s heart just wasn’t in it. Unfortunately, it shows.
But this is no slipshod motion picture. Selznick spared no expense—the completed film cost almost as much as Gone with the Wind—and the entire project is built on quality and class. Set in London, in “the recent past,” The Paradine Case stars an »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Universal has already assembled plenty of star power for its Dark Universe, and it seems they could be looking to add another A-lister, with THR reporting that Channing Tatum is being eyed for the role of monster hunter Abraham Van Helsing.
Van Helsing made his debut in Bram Stoker’s original Dracula novel, and has made numerous appearances on the big screen, having been portrayed by the likes of Edward Van Sloan, Peter Cushing, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Peter Fonda, Mel Brooks and Christopher Plummer. His last Universal appearance came in 2004’s Van Helsing movie, where he was portrayed by Hugh Jackman.
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Should Tatum sign on, he’d join the likes of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe (The Mummy), Javier Bardem (Frankenstein) and Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man), while Dwayne Johnson, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson have all been frequently linked to The Wolfman, »
- Gary Collinson
With a little over a month to go until its UK release, a trailer has arrived online for the upcoming drama Una. Based on David Harrower’s Laurence Olivier Award winning stage play Blackbird, the film is directed by Benedict Andrews and stars Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, and Riz Ahmed; watch it below after the official synopsis…
Una follows a young woman’s journey to reclaim her past. Fifteen years earlier, Una ran away with an older man, Ray, a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned. When she comes across a photo of him in a trade magazine, Una tracks him down and turns up at his workplace. Her abrupt arrival threatens to destroy Ray’s new life and derail her stability. Unspoken secrets and buried memories surface as Una and Ray sift through the wreckage of the past. Their confrontation raises unanswered questions and unresolved longings. It »
- Amie Cranswick
'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback featuring daring Albert Finney tour de force As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater in the Los Angeles suburb of Westwood. Jacqueline Bisset is expected to be in attendance. Huston was 77, and suffering from emphysema for several years, when he returned to Mexico – the setting of both The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Night of the Iguana – to direct 28-year-old newcomer Guy Gallo's adaptation of English poet and novelist Malcolm Lowry's 1947 semi-autobiographical novel Under the Volcano, which until then had reportedly defied the screenwriting abilities of numerous professionals. Appropriately set on the Day of the Dead – 1938 – in the fictitious Mexican town of Quauhnahuac (the fact that it sounds like Cuernavaca »
- Andre Soares
Author: Zehra Phelan
Based on the stage play by David Harrower and directed by Australian stage and filmmaker, Benedict Andrews, Una tells the story of this women who is played by Rooney Mara, as she becomes reacquainted with her past which saw her fall in love with a much older man, Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) and embarks on an affair which subsequently saw him imprisoned.
The trailer brings her life full circle, after seeing his picture in a magazine she begins to track him down resurfacing old wounds for the both of them. Ray’s new life, along with his wife and child, begins to spiral out of control as Una plagues his very existence threatening both his new life and her sanity.
- Zehra Phelan
We managed to catch this film at the Lff last year. It is a very tough watch, purely because of the subject matter, but while Una is not necessarily a film that one may enjoy it is worth hunting down for its excellently written characters and Mara and Mendelsohn who expertly embody them.
Related: Read our Una review
Here’s the official synopsis for the film.
- Paul Heath
Author: Daniel Goodwin
Legendary glam/punk photographer Mick Rock is a primary player in music/ rock history, having provided some of the most iconic rock imagery to grace the careers and album covers of artists like Bowie, Blondie, Lou Reed, Queen and Iggy Pop.
Rock captured key moments from classic concerts including that iconic shot of Bowie performing fellatio on Mick Ronson’s guitar during the Ziggy Stardust era. He also designed the album covers of Bowie’s Space Oddity, Lou Reed’s Transformer, Iggy and The Stooges’ Raw Power and directed many of Bowie’s music videos.
Rock’s unruly work Mo was also a lifestyle choice. Integrating hard partying and meditation into his photography/practice by saturating himself in the event he was covering instead of adopting the role of a passive observer, yet Rock provided some outstanding imagery as a result.
Some of his antics involving controversially »
- Daniel Goodwin
Anyone who’s been to an acting class knows that there are as many approaches to the craft as there are actors approaching it. Though all actors must develop their own understanding of the work, several master teachers have led the way in training since the turn of the 20th Century. These well-known gurus helped develop acting as we know it, and continue to grow some of the industry’s most respected stars. Stanislavski’s SystemOne of the greatest acting teachers of all time, Constantin Stanislavski’s work signaled a shift in 20th century acting and inspired a whole new generation of techniques and teachers. In addition to changing the face of acting worldwide, Stanislavski’s Moscow Art Theatre was at the forefront of the naturalistic theater movement in the Soviet Union and in Europe. His approach incorporates spiritual realism, emotional memory, dramatic and self-analysis, and disciplined practice. Lord Laurence Olivier »
On July 16, “Game of Thrones,” the medieval fantasy for people who don’t normally like medieval fantasies, begins its seventh season on HBO. The battle scenes and the dragons are epic, but the series’ success is mostly due to the vivid characters created by George R.R. Martin and the actors.
Rigg, whose birthday arrives a few days after the season premiere — she was born July 20, 1938 — plays Olenna Tyrell, aka the Queen of Thorns. To younger audiences, Rigg is best known for “Thrones,” her role as Mrs. James Bond, and a “Dr. Who” episode. But others remember the TV show that shot her to stardom: “The Avengers” (the real “Avengers,” long before the Marvel team), which was a tongue-in-cheek British spy actioner.
For two seasons, 1965-67, Rigg played Emma Peel, who often wore skin-tight catsuits as she outwitted and outfought evil masterminds. Emma »
- Tim Gray
(See previous post: Fourth of July Movies: Escapism During a Weird Year.) On the evening of the Fourth of July, besides fireworks, fire hazards, and Yankee Doodle Dandy, if you're watching TCM in the U.S. and Canada, there's the following: Peter H. Hunt's 1776 (1972), a largely forgotten film musical based on the Broadway hit with music by Sherman Edwards. William Daniels, who was recently on TCM talking about 1776 and a couple of other movies (A Thousand Clowns, Dodsworth), has one of the key roles as John Adams. Howard Da Silva, blacklisted for over a decade after being named a communist during the House Un-American Committee hearings of the early 1950s (Robert Taylor was one who mentioned him in his testimony), plays Benjamin Franklin. Ken Howard is Thomas Jefferson, a role he would reprise in John Huston's 1976 short Independence. (In the short, Pat Hingle was cast as John Adams; Eli Wallach was Benjamin Franklin.) Warner »
- Andre Soares
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