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'Mission: Impossible,' 'Ed Wood' Star Martin Landau Dies at 89

16 July 2017 6:24 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Oscar-winning film and television actor Martin Landau died on Saturday at age 89, Et has learned.

"We are overcome with sadness to report the death of iconic actor Martin Landau, on July 15th, 2017 at 1:30pm at UCLA Medical Center, where he succumbed to unexpected complications during a short hospitalization," representatives for the family wrote in a statement.

Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years

Landau made his Hollywood debut in the 1959 Korean war film, Pork Chop Hill, which also starred Gregory Peck. His career spanned film and television, including roles in the Alfred Hitchcock classic, North by Northwest, Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors, and a long-running stint on the original television version of Mission: Impossible as the "man of a million faces," Rollin Hand.

His turn as Bela Lugosi in 1994's Ed Wood earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, as well as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards, among a number »

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19 Coolest Ice Cream Scenes in Movies for #NationalIceCreamDay

16 July 2017 5:20 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

From “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “Wonder Woman,” Hollywood has licked up America’s favorite frozen treat. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) George Bailey bonds with his future love an ice cream parlor. Roman Holiday (1953) Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck enjoy a sweet treat on Rome’s Spanish Steps. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Bette Davis clutches two ice cream cones on a Malibu beach. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) John Carpenter’s shocker includes a surprise killing of a girl. The Muppet Movie (1979) Bob Hope and Fozzie Bear bond over ice cream. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Justin Henry acts out »

- Rosemary Rossi and Thom Geier

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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

29 June 2017 6:58 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli »

- Andre Soares

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From Lollobrigida to Gidget: Romance and Heartache in Italy

23 June 2017 11:01 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Here's a brief look – to be expanded – at Turner Classic Movies' June 2017 European Vacation Movie Series this evening, June 23. Tonight's destination of choice is Italy. Starring Suzanne Pleshette and Troy Donahue as the opposite of Ugly Americans who find romance and heartbreak in the Italian capital, Delmer Daves' Rome Adventure (1962) was one of the key romantic movies of the 1960s. Angie Dickinson and Rossano Brazzi co-star. In all, Rome Adventure is the sort of movie that should please fans of Daves' Technicolor melodramas like A Summer Place, Parrish, and Susan Slade. Fans of his poetic Westerns – e.g., 3:10 to Yuma, The Hanging Tree – may (or may not) be disappointed with this particular Daves effort. As an aside, Rome Adventure was, for whatever reason, a sizable hit in … Brazil. Who knows, maybe that's why Rome Adventure co-star Brazzi would find himself playing a Brazilian – a macho, traditionalist coffee plantation owner, »

- Andre Soares

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San Sebastian: Ricardo Darín To Be Honored at San Sebastian

21 June 2017 8:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barcelona – Argentina’s Ricardo Darín will receive the San Sebastian Film Festival’s Donostia Award for career achievement on Sept. 26. The prize is the highest distinction given by the highest-profile fest in the Spanish-speaking world.

The Donostia Award was launched in 1986 and began by recognizing stars from Hollywood classic era –Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Glenn Ford– to later expand to eminent and far more recent U.S, and European figures such as Al Pacino, Michael Caine and Susan Sarandon.

Buenos Aires-born Darín will receive the award at a presentation of Santiago Mitre’s “The Summit.” Via its Donostia Award, the festival will honor one of most charismatic and well-known of contemporary Latin-American actors who has worked with many of the Spanish-speaking world’s most prestigious filmmakers including Juan José Campanella, Adolfo Aristarain, Pablo Trapero, Fabián Bielinsky, Fernando Trueba, Cesc Gay and Mitre.

Darín is the second Latin-American actor distinguished with the honor, after Benicio del Toro in 2014. Darín’s recognition is in line with San Sebastian aim of strengthening links with Latin America, seen in its thriving Latin-American Co-production Forum, launched by fest director José Luis Rebordinos in 2011.

A co-production between K&S Films and La Union de los Ríos (Argentina), Mod Producciones (Spain) and Maneki Films (France), “The Summit” was also penned by Mitre and offers two intertwining plots –one focused on the personal life of an Argentine president, played by Darin, and the other depicting the political intrigue at a Latin American summit. Alongside Darín, Dolores Fonzi, Érica Rivas, Elena Anaya, Daniel Giménez Cacho and Christian Slater figure in the cast. The feature world premiered in Cannes’ One Certain Regard and is sold by Spain’s Film Factory Entertainment. It will be released in U.S. on Aug. 18 via Warner Bros Pictures International.

Darin’s career dates back to when he was five and began acting in TV series. His international breakthrough came with Fabian Bielinsky’s “Nine Queens.” Some of his most noteworthy performances have been in movies of Juan José Campanella’s, led by “The Secret in Their Eyes” who won a best foreign-language Academy Award). Darin also starred in ”Son of the Bride,” nominated for an Academy Award, ”Moon of Avellaneda,” also from Campanella, Fernando Trueba’s “The Dancer and the Thief,” Sebastián Borenzstein’s “Kóblic,” Damián Szifron’s “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s “White Elephant.”

Though he can shown large range, if there’s a Darín touch, perhaps its the light and tender irony he gives to many of his characters.

Spanish director Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón said of Darín: “All the characters he plays seem to have been especially written for him and only for him to play them. Darín lends transparency to characters he embodies.”

On of Latin America’s most bankable actors, whose presence can help pre-sell a movie, Darin’s selectiveness with the films he stars in has made his involvement an important pointer to a movie’s quality.

“The Secret of Their Eyes,” earned $6.4 million for Sony Pictures Classics in 2010 and “Wild Tales,” another Sony Pictures Classics pickup accumulated $44 million worldwide, a standout figure for a Spanish-language feature.

Darín took the best actor Silver Shell Award in San Sebastian for Cesc Gay’s “Truman.”

Related storiesCannes Film Review: 'The Summit'Glocal in Progress Launches at 2017 San Sebastian FestivalToulouse 2017 Films in Progress Selects 'Los Perros,' 'Hunting Season,' 'The Desert Bride' »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Bill Cosby Mistrial: Lena Dunham, Kumail Nanjiani and Others React

17 June 2017 2:56 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Bill Cosby’s trial for sexual assault ended in a mistrial this morning, and reactions have been expectedly heated. After deliberating for 52 hours, the jury declared themselves “deadlocked on all counts,” meaning that Cosby — who was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault and has been accused of similar acts by dozens of women — walked free.

Read More: Daily Reads: Separating Bill Cosby From Cliff Huxtable, How Gregory Peck Brought Diversity to the Academy, and More

Lena Dunham was one of the first to chime in on social media, tweeting that “Bill Cosby’s trial is about much more than Bill Cosby.”

Bill Cosby’s trial is about much more than Bill Cosby. When women see justice served, their own fear & trauma are eased. When they don’t…

Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 17, 2017

Survivors of sexual assault have to watch every day as the legal system calls them liars and denies their truth. »

- Michael Nordine

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Gear up for Father's Day with our list of Memorable Movie Dads!

16 June 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Gear up for Father's Day with our list of Memorable Movie Dads!Gear up for Father's Day with our list of Memorable Movie Dads!Zachary Dent6/16/2017 10:01:00 Am

Father's Day is upon us once again! Whether you're getting together with family, heading up to the cottage, or just hitting the park for some fresh air it's always good to mix in a cinematic adventure. We've all got a favourite movie; ok, well at least a top 3. And there's nothing like sitting back with family and friends to take in everyone's favorites. What better reason to check out the Cineplex store's Father's Day sale and earn some extra Scene points!

To inspire your viewing choices, we've got a list of the most memorable movie dads coming at you before the weekend. Take a look, there's something here for everyone.

Marlin - Finding Nemo​/​Finding Dory

"If this is some kind of practical joke, »

- Zachary Dent

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The Paradine Case

6 June 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This isn’t the only Alfred Hitchcock film for which the love does not flow freely, but his 1947 final spin on the David O. Selznick-go-round is more a subject for study than Hitch’s usual fun suspense ride. Gregory Peck looks unhappy opposite Selznick ‘discovery’ Alida Valli, while an utterly top-flight cast tries to bring life to mostly irrelevant characters. Who comes off best? Young Louis Jourdan, that’s who.

The Paradine Case


Kl Studio Classics

1947 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 125 min. / Street Date May 30, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring Gregory Peck, Alida Valli, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton, Louis Jourdan, Ethel Barrymore, Joan Tetzel.

Cinematography Lee Garmes

Production Designer J. McMillan Johnson

Film Editors John Faure, Hal C. Kern

Original Music Franz Waxman

Writing credits James Bridie, Alma Reville, David O. Selznick from the novel by Robert Hichens

Produced by David O. Selznick

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


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- Glenn Erickson

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AFI, Carol Burnett Kick Off 50th Anniversary Celebration at 2017 Commencement Ceremony

5 June 2017 5:38 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

“I love AFI!,” David Lynch said in a video that opened up the film conservatory’s 2017 commencement ceremony, which also acted as the kickoff to the American Film Institute’s larger 50th anniversary celebration.

“Today, we have a double feature,” said AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale as graduates filled into the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Monday morning for the graduation ceremony/anniversary celebration. 

The American Film Institute began in 1967 with the help of President Lyndon Johnson, who signed the organization into existence at a White House Rose Garden ceremony. Founding chairman Gregory Peck was in attendance that day in Washington, along with George Stevens, Jr., AFI’s founding director, who took the podium at »

- Mia Galuppo

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Video: 6 Best Literary Adaptations

3 June 2017 4:59 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

What with so many films and tv shows being based on popular works of film and television these days, and many more of those films being based on remakes of themselves, it seems no better a time to review some of the most defining literary adaptations in all of film.

6. Dr. No (1962)

Ok, so while it may not be the most high-minded of adaptations, the first Bond film ever to be made deserves inclusion on the list if only for asserting a legacy that has endured for over half a century. As all good literary film adaptations must do, Dr. No captures the essence of its source material, distilling it into accessible visuals and dialogue and set pieces, thereby assuming ownership of Bond’s tropes by canonising them in the minds of generations of viewers. All the first and most classic Bond moments are here and, in some cases, they’re never better. »

- brettneslen

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Emmy Contenders Like Alfre Woodard, Kristen Bell Pull Double Duty in Guest Spots

1 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

it’s becoming more common to see actors pulling double-duty on television; particularly with the ever-growing list of actors appearing in guest spots. Some of those actors could even find themselves eligible for Emmy recognition in more than one category.

For actors enjoying a regular role on television, recognition in the guest category can be an extra bonus. Oscar nominee and four-time Emmy winner Alfre Woodard made an exciting villain on “Luke Cage,” but still found time to appear in two episodes of “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” both for Netflix. As for finding time to play the two roles, she says the shooting dates were “close enough to be, ‘Yikes,’ but I didn’t have to balance Mariah Dillard’s dastardly deeds and the hyper-vigilant grammarian Aunt Josephine in the same shooting schedule.” She then points to her lengthy theater background, noting: “But we’ve all done repertory!”

But ultimately, actors »

- Will Thorne

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TCM goes to war on Memorial Day: But thorny issues mostly avoided

29 May 2017 9:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Submarine movie evening: Underwater war waged in TCM's Memorial Day films In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies has gone all red, white, and blue this 2017 Memorial Day weekend, presenting a few dozen Hollywood movies set during some of the numerous wars in which the U.S. has been involved around the globe during the last century or so. On Memorial Day proper, TCM is offering a submarine movie evening. More on that further below. But first it's good to remember that although war has, to put it mildly, serious consequences for all involved, it can be particularly brutal on civilians – whether male or female; young or old; saintly or devilish; no matter the nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other label used in order to, figuratively or literally, split apart human beings. Just this past Sunday, the Pentagon chief announced that civilian deaths should be anticipated as “a »

- Andre Soares

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Jerry Goldsmith’s 10 Most Indelible Scores

9 May 2017 11:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In honor of Jerry Goldsmith’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Jon Burlingame offers ten scores that best capture the late composer’s genius.

1. A Patch of Blue (1965) For the tender relationship between a blind white girl (Elizabeth Hartman) and the kindly black man (Sidney Poitier) she befriends, Goldsmith wrote a haunting, delicate score featuring piano and harmonica.

2. The Sand Pebbles (1966) Goldsmith’s first epic score, for director Robert Wise’s film about a U.S. gunboat in Chinese waters in the 1920s starring Steve McQueen. He evoked an Asian atmosphere with exotic instruments, and his love theme (“And We Were Lovers”) was recorded by artists from Andy Williams to Shirley Bassey.

3. Planet of the Apes (1968) A landmark in film-music history, this unearthly, Bartok- and Stravinsky-influenced soundscape strongly implied that Charlton Heston and his fellow astronauts were marooned on a far-off planet… when, in fact, they were on Earth all along. »

- Jon Burlingame

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Laura Dern in the Mix for Film Academy President (Exclusive)

28 April 2017 11:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With current president Cheryl Boone Isaacs set to term out at the end of July, the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will soon be voting on new leadership. A handful of contenders have been bubbling up, but one particularly compelling name has just been tossed into the hat: two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern.

Sources tell Variety the actress is interested in taking the reins after being elected to the board of governors last July. If she runs and wins, it would be a splashy choice, not least of all because Dern is Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Oscar-nominated actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. She would also be the fourth woman to hold the office, after Isaacs, Bette Davis and Fay Kanin — not an incidental footnote given the organization’s push for diversity as of late.

Dern did not respond to a request for comment. »

- Kristopher Tapley and Brent Lang

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Coming This Summer: "Cinema Retro's Movie Classics- WWII Movies Of The Sixties"!

31 March 2017 4:20 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro proudly presents this year's Movie Classics special issue: "WWII Movies of the Sixties", showcasing films that only Cinema Retro would cover in-depth. Some are true classics, others are simply vastly entertaining- and all are celebrated through rare production photos, international marketing campaigns, then-and-now location photos and little-known facts. 

Films covered in this issue:

The Guns of Navarone - Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven Battle of the Bulge- Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan Anzio- Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk The Victors- George Peppard, Eli Wallach, George Hamilton The Train- Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau Tobruk-Rock Hudson, George Peppard, Nigel Davenport Hannibal Brooks- Oliver Reed, Michael J. Pollard The Devil's Brigade- William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards Von Ryan's Express- Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard Operation Crossbow- George Peppard, Sophia Loren, Richard Johnson Is Paris Burning?- Orson Welles, Gert Frobe, »

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‘American Beauty 2’ is Real, and it is Glorious

16 March 2017 5:02 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Short of the DayA bag, a man, and a story of ruthless, hilarious vengeance.

My three-word, gut-punch review of the short film American Beauty 2: “Best. Sequel. Ever.”

Allow me to expand.

There are ingenious films, there are hilarious films, and then there is Zak Stoltz’s American Beauty 2, which is both of these things and so very much more. It doesn’t deal with any of the human characters from the first film, rather the empty white plastic bag floating in the breeze, who we all know was the real star anyway.

More than a decade has passed since last we saw ole baggy (Rite Aid Bag #54987, according to the credits), and he’s still doing his thing, drifting along metropolitan alleyways waiting to inspire pretention in any aspiring artist who comes along, or, alternately, smite any fool who dares offend him. Thus enter said fool (Brooks Morrison), who callously douses baggy in neon-colored Big Gulp »

- H. Perry Horton

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25 films all but guaranteed to cheer you up

9 March 2017 11:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Joe Richards Mar 24, 2017

Need to find a bit of movie happiness? Here are 25 films that might just do the trick...

Let's face it, we could all probably do with a little bit of cheering up right about now. Times are scary and times are tough, so it's perfectly natural to look for some kind of reassurance that everything will indeed be all right in the end.

Film is perhaps one of the most powerful and effective tools in doing this. It can be a transportative experience, an escape from reality, and, most importantly, it can act as a reminder of all that is good in the world.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 25 movies that are almost-guaranteed to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity...

City Lights

In truth, any of Charlie Chaplin’s films are perfect for those times when you just need to smile. »

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Interview: Dale Robinette, on His Iconic Photo From ‘La La Land’

23 February 2017 6:15 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The photograph of the 2016 movie year is undoubtedbly the iconic shot of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, caught in mid dance, in the musical “La La Land.” The film received 14 nominations for this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony (Feb. 26th), and the “Unit Still Photographer” who got the shot was Dale Robinette.

“Uncle Dale” Robinette first contacted me via email in 2013, to give information about some photos he took on the film “Lovelace.” Ever since then he has been a reliable email pal, sending me image after image from the movie sets that he is “blessed” (his word) to work on. He has plied his skills in Hollywood as a Unit Still Photographer since 1988, after a career as a stage and television actor in New York and Los Angeles. Starting with a TV short called “The Big Five” (1988), he has worked his way up the ladder, and has built »

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My favorite best picture Oscar winner: Gentleman's Agreement

15 February 2017 5:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In the first of a new series, Peter Bradshaw explains why the 1947 drama about a journalist exploring antisemitism by posing as a Jew remains a sharp and high-minded watch

In 1947, the Oscar for best picture went to Gentleman’s Agreement, starring Gregory Peck as the campaigning journalist on a mission. Awards for best director also went to Elia Kazan and best supporting actress to Celeste Holm. At first glance, it looks like a rather worthy “issue movie” of the 40s, the sort of film that the Academy felt it had to honour. Yet Gentleman’s Agreement is still a riveting movie, intriguing, a little exasperating, alternately naive and very sharp, fascinating for what it puts in and leaves out.

It is about the antisemitism of prosperous postwar America and the insidious way that Jews were excluded from upscale social clubs, vacation resorts and of course jobs. There were no official bans, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Oliver Stone Honored at ‘Filming in Italy’ Festival

4 February 2017 11:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The “Filming in Italy” initiative, which lasts until Feb. 8, held a cocktail party on Friday at the home of producer Cecilia Peck, daughter of the late actor Gregory Peck, and husband Daniel Voll. The project also runs in association with Tiziana Rocca of Agnus Dei Production, Baume & Mercier watchmakers and the Italian Cultural Institute.

The initiative aims to persuade filmmakers, producers and studios to consider shooting their next project in Italy. Oliver Stone received an award, courtesy of the watchmakers, at the “Filming in Italy” festival.

Guests were huddled intimately, schmoozing and laughing while eating slices of margherita pizza and nibbling on fresh mozzarella made on-site. Members of the Italian Film Commissions Association Network (IFC) hope to spread the word that Italy is more than just good food.


Italy’s Box Office Down 6% in 2016 Despite Strong Local Movies

“The message for tonight is ‘come film in Italy,'” said Sebastiano Caccetta, »

- Arya Roshanian

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