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The newest big screen “golden age of Hollywood” biography represents something of a 2015 trilogy, a hat trick, if you will. It doesn’t focus on the illustrious career of a celebrated actor or actress, but there are some stars involved and in support. No, this is the story of a legendary screenwriter, yes an idea man. The man in question is one Dalton Trumbo, a fellow nearly as theatrical as the thespians reciting his words. Beyond his work, he was perhaps best known as the most famous of the “Hollywood Ten” during the Communist “witch hunts” of the 1950’s. So the “cold war” is the backdrop for this bio, much as it was for Bridge Of Spies, the true life drama, and that frothy spy send-up, The Man From Uncle, both released earlier this year. It’s odd that this is the last film to arrive in theatres, though its events precede the other two. »
- Jim Batts
This is a Great film noir. A straying husband's 'innocent' dalliance wrecks lives and puts his marriage in jeopardy. Been there, done that? Dick Powell and Lizabeth Scott are menaced by Raymond Burr, while wife Jane Wyatt is kept in the dark. Andre de Toth's direction puts everyone through the wringer, with a very adult look at the realities of the American marriage contract, circa 1948. Pitfall Blu-ray Kino Lorber Studio Classics 1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 86 min. / Street Date November 17, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt, Raymond Burr, John Litel, Byron Barr, Jimmy Hunt. Cinematography Harry Wild Art Direction Arthur Lonergan Film Editor Walter Thompson Written by Karl Kamb from the novel by Jay Dratler Produced by Samuel Bischoff Directed by André De Toth
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Is 'domestic noir' even a category? I think so. Some of the creepiest late- '40s noir pictures take intrigue, »
- Glenn Erickson
If you love "Roman Holiday"—or God forbid have never seen it—Turner Classic Movies is partnering with Fathom Events to screen William Wyler's charming 1953 classic romance in theaters for two days. On November 29th and December 1st, select U.S. theaters will show the Oscar-winning film at 2 and 7pm, with a special introduction from TCM host Robert Osborne. Read More: How 'Trumbo"'s True Hollywood Blacklist Story Got Made Starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, "Roman Holiday" won three Academy Awards, including Best Actress, Best Costume Design and blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo's Best Screenplay—which was not credited to him. Bryan Cranston plays the irascible screenwriter, who eventually fought off the Hollywood blacklist— thanks to fearless Kirk Douglas ("Spartacus") and Otto Preminger ("Exodus")— in Jay Roach's biopic "Trumbo," which is holding its own at the crowded fall awards season box »
- Anne Thompson and Ruben Guevara
By Seth Metoyer
The movie is set for release in 2016 and the companies will also partner on episodic series based on the film. Read all the official details below.
From The Press Release
XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Machine) has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the fantasy thriller The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty from Bleiberg Entertainment for release in 2016. The two companies will develop and co-produce an episodic series based on the film and acclaimed artist Everette Hartsoe ("Razor") has created a graphic novel to tie in with the release of the film.
Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International are representing the international sales rights at the American Film Market. »
The final limited edition con variant of the year for The Walking Dead #1 will be available exclusively to all Wizard World Reno goers. Also in this round-up: The Curse of Sleeping Beauty distribution news and Another Hole in the Head Film Fest.
The Walking Dead #1: Press Release: "Reno, Nev., November 3, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman 's imprint at Image Comics, today announced that ‘Spawn’ artist Jonboy Meyers has drawn the 23rd and final in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Reno, November 20-22. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner-Award-winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at »
- Tamika Jones
XLrator Media (Time Lapse, The Machine) has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Pearry Teo's Silent Hill inspired, dark fantasy film The Curse of Sleeping Beauty from Bleiberg Entertainment for release in 2016.
The two companies will also develop and co-produce an episodic series based on the film and acclaimed artist Everette Hartsoe ("Razor") has created a graphic novel to tie in with the release of the film.
The sale was made at the American Film Market.
Special mention: Häxan
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
Häxan (a.k.a The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a 1922 silent documentary about the history of witchcraft, told in a variety of styles, from illustrated slideshows to dramatized reenactments of alleged real-life events. Written and directed by Benjamin Christensen, and based partly on Christensen’s study of the Malleus Maleficarum, Häxan is a fine examination of how superstition and the misunderstanding of mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts. At the time, it was the most expensive Scandinavian film ever made, costing nearly 2 million Swedish krona. Although it won acclaim in Denmark and Sweden, the film was banned in the United States and heavily censored in other countries for what were considered, at that time, graphic depictions of torture, nudity, and sexual perversion. Depending on which version you’re watching, the commentary is »
- Ricky Fernandes
The Bond franchise which has been with us so long, has become so deeply entrenched in popular culture, that we often forget what it was that first distinguished the Bonds a half-century ago. Skyfall might be one of the best of the Bonds, and even, arguably, one of the best big-budget big-action flicks to come along in quite a while, but it’s not alone. The annual box office is – and has been, for quite some time – dominated by big, action-packed blockbusters of one sort of another. The Bonds aren’t even the only action-driven spy flicks (Mr. James Bond, I’d like you to meet Mr. Jason Bourne and Mr. Ethan Hunt).
That’s not to take anything away from the superb entertainment Skyfall is, or the sentimentally treasured place the Bonds hold. It’s only to say that where there was once just the one, there are now many. »
- Bill Mesce
In advance of their new film "Bridge of Spies," director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Hanks have been making the rounds, including an illuminating press conference and a chummy satellite Q&A with audience members and People Magazine's Jess Cagle (watch the latter here). The Cold War spy thriller follows American lawyer James B. Donovan (Hanks), recruited by the CIA to secure the release of pilot Francis Gary Powers after his U-2 spy plane is shot down over the Soviet Union. Below, catch three new clips from the movie, along with highlights from the recent New York press conference. Read More: "Nyff: Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies' Celebrates a Stand-up Man' Spielberg on the project's surprising history: "In 1965, Gregory Peck came after the story. And Gregory Peck got Alec Guinness to agree to play [Soviet intelligence officer Rudolf] Abel [played in 'Bridge of Spies' by Mark Rylance]. Gregory Peck was gonna play Donovan. »
- Matt Brennan
The new film from Steven Spielberg has a very old-fashioned feel to it. Some of that is obviously the result of the true spy drama Bridge of Spies being set more than half a century ago, but Spielberg also clearly meant to evoke a lot of classic movies of that time period. His casting of Tom Hanks, the closest actor today to a Spencer Tracy or Gregory Peck, in the lead was a necessity. As real-life lawyer and negotiator James B. Donovan, Hanks recalls the stature and conviction of...
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The new film from Steven Spielberg has a very old-fashioned feel to it. Some of that is obviously the result of the true spy drama Bridge of Spies being set more than half a century ago, but Spielberg also clearly meant to evoke a lot of classic movies of that time period. His casting of Tom Hanks, the closest actor today to a Spencer Tracy or Gregory Peck, in the lead was a necessity. As real-life lawyer and negotiator James B. Donovan, Hanks recalls the stature and conviction of characters played by Tracy in Inherit the Wind and Judgment at Nuremberg and Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird. The latter comes through blatantly in the first half of the film, as Donovan defends a Russian spy in a case that's reminiscent of Atticus Finch representing a...
- Christopher Campbell
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg re-team for Bridge of Spies, about a famous trade-off of captured spies between the Soviets and the United States during the Cold War. While Hanks portrayed James Donovan, the lawyer who facilitated the trade, Mark Rylance played captured Soviet spy Rudolph Abel, Austin Stowell played Gary Powers, and Will Rogers played the American graduate student caught in the crosshairs, Frederic Pryor. As it turns out, though, Spielberg wasn.t the first person to try and bring this story to life. During the press conference for Bridge of Spies during the New York Film Festival, the filmmaker relayed the tale of how Gregory Peck, renowned actor of films like Roman Holiday and To Kill A Mockingbird, tried to get this movie made. Spielberg said, I was meeting with the Donovan family . I was meeting with the two daughters and the son . this morning. And I found »
Reteaming for the first time in over a decade, Steven Spielberg‘s Bridge of Spies follows Tom Hanks the true story of James B. Donovan as an unblemished Brooklyn lawyer who becomes involved in defending a suspected Kgb agent (Mark Rylance). The snappy, propulsive part-courtroom drama, part-international thriller held its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, but shortly before the director and his cast gathered to discuss the making of the project.
We’ve highlighted the most worthwhile discussion points, including an original iteration half-a-century ago that never went into production, the relevance of the film today, collaborating with Joel and Ethan Coen, who co-wrote the script, Spielberg’s updated thoughts on the state of Hollywood, and much more. Check it out below.
Upon coming to the material, Spielberg said, “I knew nothing about this story two years ago. »
- Jordan Raup
On Sunday, cast and filmmakers from DreamWorks Pictures dramatic thriller Bridge Of Spies celebrated the film’s world premiere at Alice Tully Hall as part of the 53rd Annual New York Film Festival where they received a standing ovation.
The first reviews came out this evening:
“It’s no small feat turning a shyster and a spy into national heroes, but that’s the unique achievement of Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.” If Jimmy Stewart were alive today, the director surely would have asked him to play James Donovan, a noble New York insurance lawyer roped into providing an alleged Soviet agent with pro-bono legal representation, who later goes on to broker his exchange for two Americans held captive by Commies. »
- Michelle McCue
This Sunday, actress Diane Baker will appear at Film Forum in New York to discuss her 50-plus year career in film and television with film historian Foster Hirsch. On Monday at 8:00pm she will again be at Film Forum to introduce a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 film Marnie.
Still just in her mid-twenties, actress Diane Baker found herself one morning in the unfamiliar surroundings of Alma and Alfred Hitchcock’s Brentwood kitchen. They ate peaches around the kitchen table and discussed director Hitchcock’s next picture – Marnie. “I was offered the part without reading the script,” Baker told me on the phone from an apparently sunny San Francisco. “I just happily accepted. Whatever it was, I was going to do it.” But looking back who can blame her? This was, of course, the director whose five previous films had been The Birds, Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo and The Wrong Man, »
- James Knight
Joan Collins in 'The Bitch': Sex tale based on younger sister Jackie Collins' novel. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film and TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie Collins, best known for a series of bestsellers about the dysfunctional sex lives of the rich and famous and for being the younger sister of film and TV star Joan Collins, died of breast cancer on Sept. 19, '15, in Los Angeles. The London-born (Oct. 4, 1937) Collins was 77. Collins' tawdry, female-centered novels – much like those of Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz – were/are immensely popular. According to her website, they have sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries. And if the increasingly tabloidy BBC is to be believed (nowadays, Wikipedia has become a key source, apparently), every single one of them – 32 in all – appeared on the New York Times' bestseller list. (Collins' own site claims that a mere 30 were included.) Sex »
- Andre Soares
Some people in the 21st century think “Hollywood blacklist” refers to hot-but-unproduced screenplays. Others have vague notions that the “Unfriendly 10” screenwriters were denied work because they were Communists.
Many misperceptions or forgotten facts are clarified in Bleecker Street’s film “Trumbo,” which screens Saturday at the Toronto Film Festival and opens nationwide Nov. 6. Adding to those details are five other points worth remembering.
1. It didn’t start in the 1940s.
The House Committee on Un-American Activities (later known as Huac), was formed in 1938 under Martin Dies Jr., who said Hollywood was filled with Communists. Two years later, the mainstream press printed 42 names under investigation, including Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and Katharine Hepburn. On Feb. 16, 1940, Daily Variety editor Al Unger mocked the senator, saying Dies was just seeking publicity and had no facts, just suspicions. In a short time, Dies concluded that he had met with the 42 and they were fine, »
- Tim Gray
Dean Jones: Actor in Disney movies. Dean Jones dead at 84: Actor in Disney movies 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Tue., Sept. 1, '15, in Los Angeles. Jones (born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama) was 84. Dean Jones movies Dean Jones began his Hollywood career in the mid-'50s, when he was featured in bit parts – at times uncredited – in a handful of films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer In 2009 interview for Christianity Today, Jones recalled playing his first scene (in These Wilder Years) with veteran James Cagney, who told him “Walk to your mark and remember your lines” – supposedly a lesson he would take to heart. At MGM, bit player Jones would also be featured in Robert Wise's »
- Andre Soares
'The Audition' poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest work of a major Hollywood name. The Venice Film Festival is surely no exception, especially as it's the year's final internationally renowned European movie fest, held shortly before the fall – i.e., awards – movie season begins. Well, one work by a top Hollywood name will no longer be available at Venice: The Audition, a short film directed by and featuring veteran Martin Scorsese, has been pulled out. "We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time," festival organizers said in a statement earlier today, Sat., Aug. 29, '15. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Anna Robinson
Hello, all ye Lass Kickers, and welcome to this fine-feathered recap of last night's four-hour extravaganza. Yeah, I still can't get behind Becky Lynch's catchphrase. But I can certainly get out in front of the throngs offering their two cents on tonight's $9.99 worth of wrestling action.
We witnessed a CW superstar humiliate a second-generation superstar, a former news-satire host cost a 15-time champ an all-time mark and the Undertaker get redemption thanks to a low blow and an inept official, among other improbable turns of fortune. More importantly (depending on »
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