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A dark new twist on a Brothers Grimm tale you thought you knew, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty gives the classic fairy tale a seriously scary makeover timed perfectly for Halloween. With a bright young cast (including Gregory Peck's grandson, Ethan), gorgeously sinister design and more than a touch of gothic terror, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is for anyone who enjoyed Maleficent, The Vampire Diaries or The Twilight Saga. To celebrate its UK DVD release, we have a copy to give away.. Contest Ends on Monday, October 31, 2016 »
A dark new twist on a Brothers Grimm tale you thought you knew, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty gives the classic fairy tale a seriously scary makeover timed perfectly for Halloween. To celebrate its UK DVD release, we have a copy to give away.
With a bright young cast (including Gregory Peck’s grandson, Ethan), gorgeously sinister design and more than a touch of gothic terror, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is for anyone who enjoyed Maleficent, The Vampire Diaries or The Twilight Saga.
Thomas Kaiser (Peck) inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations – only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as “protector” – the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay – Thomas must unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose, »
- Gary Collinson
By John M. Whalen
Ted Kotcheff’s “Billy Two Hats” (1974) is one of those off-beat kind of movies they made back in the mid-Seventies when studios still believed in small, realistic films that focused on character more than shoot-outs, believable story lines more than special effects and solid performances by seasoned actors who knew their craft more than flashy histrionics by shiny boys and girls who just stepped off the front pages of the supermarket tabloids. It’s not a great film by any means. It’s slow, and a bit heavy handed in getting across the themes contained in Alan Sharp’s (“Osterman Weekend,” “Ulzana’s Raid”) script, but it’s worth watching, if only so you can say you’ve seen the only “Kosher Western” ever made.
57-year-old Gregory Peck, speaking with a thick Scottish accent, stars as Arch Deans, a bank robber on the run with his »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
As Summer came to an end in 1975, production began on one of the more well-known entries in the horror film canon. A chilling portrayal that depicts the foretold arrival of the Antichrist and the inevitable end of times, The Omen came hot off the success of The Exorcist, a frightening and devilish adaptation that had changed the landscape of the movie genre forever. The Exorcist had been a monstrous hit. To this day, it ranks as one of the top-grossing horror films of all time, having earned over $232 million in revenue. It also earned a staggering 10 Academy Award nominations, which included best picture, best actress, best actor, best supporting actress, and best director. With this kind of success, it seemed like The Omen would be a surefire hit; producer Harvey Bernhard had counted on that. What he might not have expected, though, was the strange set of occurrences that would »
- Ryan Roschke
Rome — The upcoming Rome Film Festival (Oct. 13-23) will feature several novelties, including a drive-in theater specially set up on the city’s outskirts; a red carpet rolled out on the fashionable Via Condotti for an open-air “Roman Holiday” event in front of the Spanish Steps; and screenings in the city’s Rebibbia penitentiary. For regular fest-goers, the lineup offers a mix of crowd-pleasers and more esoteric titles.
Artistic director Antonio Monda, at the helm for his second edition, spoke to Variety about his renewed efforts to revamp the Eternal City’s festival. Excerpts:
You’ve picked the cream of the fall festival crop, and also landed some world premieres. What can you tell me about potential discoveries launching this year from Rome?
First off I’m very happy about the opener, “Moonlight,” one of the year’s top films, which I think is headed for Oscar glory. Though it’s not a crowd-pleaser, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rome — The Rome Film Festival has unveiled the lineup of it’s 11th edition which will feature a selection of hot Fall fest circuit titles sandwiched between its opening film, Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” and the closer, Garth Davis’ “Lion,” plus 24 world premieres.
World premieres include Benedict Cumberbatch-narrated documentary “Naples ’44” by Italian director Francesco Patierno, based on the eponymous diary by British travel writer Norman Lewis about his experience in Naples as a British intelligence officer; Iranian drama “Immortality” by Mehdi Fard Ghaderi; and Chinese 3D martial arts blockbuster “Sword Master,” directed by Derek Yee.
- Nick Vivarelli
The Gregory Peck Award
The actress may have been born in Topeka, Kans. , and grown up in San Diego, where she’ll receive her award this year, but she’s long been Hollywood royalty and is a four-time Academy Award nominee, and a two-time Golden Globe and SAG winner. And at an age when most of her peers have either slowed down, are struggling to find meaty roles, or contemplating retirement, Bening is busier than ever. In the next few months alone she has three high-profile, female-centric projects. In November she stars opposite husband Warren Beatty in his Howard Hughes romantic drama “Rules Don’t Apply” for Fox. In December she stars in another period piece, A24’s “20th Century Women,” directed by Mike Mills. She’ll also be starring as Irina in the upcoming Michael Mayer adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play “The Seagull,” and she just »
- Iain Blair
Now in its 15th year, the San Diego Intl. Film Festival has established itself as a major showcase for outstanding U.S. and international independent filmmaking. Produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, the event will once again showcase more than 100 films as it celebrates the year’s best indie cinema from emerging and established filmmakers around the world.
This year, the fest’s global outlook theme reflects an ambitious strategy that promises “an even bigger and better festival experience,” says Tonya Mantooth, the exec VP of the festival.
But the impact is also local. “One of the main things we’re excited about is the footprint of the festival downtown,” Mantooth says. “We’re building out a very walkable festival in the heart of San Diego, and a lot of our screenings will be held in the renovated historic Balboa Theater, a beautiful setting that seats 1,200. So there’s »
- Iain Blair
- Sasha Stone
The King Baggot Tribute will take place Wednesday September 28th at 7pm at Lee Auditorium inside the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The 1913 silent film Ivanhoe will be accompanied by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra and there will be a 40-minute illustrated lecture on the life and career of King Baggot by We Are Movie Geeks’ Tom Stockman. A Facebook invite for the event can be found Here
Here’s a look at the final phase of King Baggot’s career.
King Baggot, the first ‘King of the Movies’ died July 11th, 1948 penniless and mostly forgotten at age 68. A St. Louis native, Baggot was at one time Hollywood’s most popular star, known is his heyday as “The Most Photographed Man in the World” and “More Famous Than the Man in the Moon”. Yet even in his hometown, Baggot had faded into obscurity. »
- Tom Stockman
Is this Rod Serling's best teleplay ever? Van Heflin, Everett Sloane and Ed Begley are at the center of a business power squeeze. Is it all about staying competitive, or is it corporate murder? With terrific early performances from Elizabeth Wilson and Beatrice Straight. Patterns Blu-ray The Film Detective 1956 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 83 min. / Street Date September 27, 2016 / 14.99 Starring Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, Beatrice Straight, Elizabeth Wilson, Joanna Roos, Valerie Cossart, Eleni Kiamos, Ronnie Welsh, Shirley Standlee, Andrew Duggan, Jack Livesy, John Seymour, James Kelly, John Shelly, Victor Harrison, Sally Gracie, Sally Chamberlin, Edward Binns, Lauren Bacall, Ethel Britton, Michael Dreyfuss, Elaine Kaye, Adrienne Moore. Cinematography Boris Kaufman Film Editors Dave Kummis, Carl Lerner Art Direction Richard Sylbert Assistant Director Charles Maguire Written by Rod Serling Produced by Michael Myerberg Directed by Fielder Cook
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Let me roll off the titles of some 'fifties 'organization »
- Glenn Erickson
The Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills will hosting a 40th anniversary screening of Richard Donner’s 1976 thriller The Omen, which stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and David Warner. The 101-minute film will be screened at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. This is a rare screening and a wonderful opportunity to see …
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- Jonathan Stryker
Three Sundance premieres are boosting the late summer specialty box office as “Indignation” (Roadside Attractions), “Equity” (Sony Pictures Classics) and “Gleason” (Amazon/Open Road) lead openers. Several more including Woody Allen’s “Café Society” (Amazon/Lionsgate) are holding well with positive results beyond just initial dates.
Several documentaries getting play continue to impress, and two more beyond “Gleason” scored initial New York attention: “Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil” (Kino Lorber) and “Miss Sharon Jones!” (Starz).
$89,072 in 4 theaters; PTA: $22,268
After a long career as a producer-screenwriter (Ang Lee’s”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain”) and distributor (Focus Features before Universal revamped the company), James Schamus directed his adaptation of Philip Roth’s early 1950s Oberlin-set story of a Jewish working class kid trying to adapt. After his earlier run of success, the reaction to his debut is gratifying. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Glenn here. Each Tuesday we bring you reviews and features on documentaries from theatres, festivals, and on demand.
Barbara Kopple is an old-fashioned filmmaker who is free of flash. Whether she is documenting the lives of everyday people or celebrities, she has a knack for zeroing in on subjects whose lives demand closer inspection. We saw this in Shut Up & Sing about the Dixie Chicks and her Oscar-winning debut masterpiece Harlan County, USA, even in A Conversation with Gregory Peck, which we looked at recently. And we see it again in her latest film, Miss Sharon Jones! What could have been a simple tribute doc becomes something much more poignant by pointing her camera at a subject who’s trademark energy and spirit has been pointedly struck down my destructive cancer and its ramifications on those around her.
The early parts of Kopple’s film are actually a lot like its subject: hectic. »
- Glenn Dunks
Star Wars Celebration 2016: What we learnedStar Wars Celebration 2016: What we learnedJason Gorber7/18/2016 10:45:00 Am
Back when George Lucas announced that he was selling his company to Disney and entrusting his vision to a new generation of filmmakers, the director who I initially championed to have a crack at a Star Wars film was Rian Johnson. His film Looper proves to be a wonderful example of how to balance sophisticated narrative, swashbuckling adventure and wry, sardonic humour all in one gloriously visual package.
Johnson’s previous films like Brick gained him a cult following among enthusiasts, but perhaps his most watched work are the several "Breaking Bad" episodes he directed to great acclaim, including “Fly”, a memorable, Hitchcockian episode where an errant pest disrupts the protagonists as they cook up their illicit goods. John Boyega described the shoot as “Rian doing an indie movie within a franchise”, and »
- Jason Gorber
The award will be presented Sept, 29 at the festival’s Night of the Stars Tribute at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, California. The festival is in its 15th year, and will run from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.
Bening will next be seen on screen in Mike Mills’ family drama “20th Century Women,” in Michael Mayer’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and in Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes biopic “Rules Don’t Apply.”
- Dave McNary
Most filmmakers are lucky if they can master one genre in their lifetime, but over the course of a sixty-year career Ted Kotcheff has conquered several. He helmed a grimly funny suspense classic (Wake in Fright); a literate, witty Gregory Peck Western (Billy Two-Hats); fast and funny comedies (Fun with Dick and Jane, Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe); and dramedies where the laughs coexist with unsettling insights into the dark side of the human condition (North Dallas Forty, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz). All of his films are characterized by a vibrant pictorial sense – no one […] »
- Jim Hemphill
In recognition of Memorial Day, Turner Classic Movies (North America) features a blockbuster string of classic films showing back-to-back on Monday. Consider this line-up: "55 Days at Peking" starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and David Niven, , "The Great Escape" starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough, "The Guns of Navarone" starring Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and David Niven, "Where Eagles Dare" starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood and "Kelly's Heroes" starring Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas and Don Rickles. Things kick off at 11:30 Am (Est). »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Happy Friday the 13th. Making movies is a business that proves that Murphy’s Law is a real and horrifying thing. For these 13 movies, chaos, misfortune, and sometimes an unnerving amount of death hovered over like a black raincloud that won’t go away. Over the course of the making of the Poltergeist trilogy, four cast members died. The most shocking was 12-year-old Heather O’Rourke, who died of septic shock at age 12. No one was seriously hurt during filming of The Omen. but chaos seemed to surround everyone involved. Star Gregory Peck and screenwriter David Seltzer had their flights struck by. »
- Jeremy Fuster
His most memorable role was as beloved TV dad Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show” (1963-66). The performance still resonates: TV Guide slotted him at No. 39 on its list of Greatest TV Dads of All Time in 2004.
Schallert would be familiar to many for his memorable appearance on the famous “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode of the original “Star Trek” series: He played Nilz Baris, the agriculture undersecretary who is outraged to discover that the furry, endlessly reproducing aliens have devoured all the grain.
Schallert served as SAG president from 1979-81 and oversaw a three-month strike in 1980 that centered around rates and residuals for pay TV, videocassettes and videodiscs and included a successful boycott of the year’s primetime Emmy Awards. »
- Laura Haefner
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