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18 items from 2014


The Nostalgia Files: ‘Last Action Hero’ (1993)

23 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Last Action Hero

Written by Zak Penn, Adam Leff, Shane Black, and David Argott

Directed by John McTiernan

USA, 1993

The concept of a film within a film is an idea that provides for truly interesting cinema. Films that are self-referential, satiric, and make fun of their own genre are often hilarious, thought-provoking, and downright fun. 1993’s cult favorite Last Action Hero is an action-fantasy that pokes fun at the action film genre in more ways than one. It stars the incomparable blockbuster movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger who is playing himself. Last Action Hero pretty much has it all and if you are a fan of the Austrian star or just action cinema in general, then this is the perfect film for you.

The film focuses on Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien), a 12-year-old troublemaker obsessed with movies, in particular those of action hero Jack Slater, a fictionalized version of Schwarzenegger. »

- Randall Unger

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Blu-ray Release: The Secret of Santa Vittoria

16 July 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Aug. 12, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

Anthony Quinn (l.) drinks to his health--not Hardy Kruger's--in The Secret of Santa Vittoria.

Producer-director Stanley Kramer’s 1969 wartime comedy The Secret of Santa Vittoria arrives on Blu-ray for the very first time from Twilight Time.

Set towards the close of World War II, the movie stars Anthony Quinn (Zorba the Greek) as the mayor of an Italian wine-making village that finds its age-old economy imperiled as the Nazis close in. Those nasty Germans are determined to plunder a million-bottle cache of valuable vino, while the villagers are just as determined to keep their treasure safe.

A warm-hearted comedy with dramatic touches, Santa Vittoria also features Anna Magnani (Bellisima), Virna Lisi (Queen Margot), Giancarlo Giannini (The Seduction of Mimi), and Hardy Kruger (Sundays and Cybèle) in the cast.

The film is supported by an Oscar-nominated score by Ernest Gold, which »

- Laurence

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Meet This Month's "Smackdown" Panelists

22 June 2014 4:14 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '64 is just 8 days away. So it's time to get your votes in on the nominees that year. Readers, collectively, are the sixth panelists, so grade the nominees (only the ones you've seen) from 1 to 5 hearts. Your votes count toward the smackdown win! 

Lila Kedrova Zorba the Greek Gladys Cooper for My Fair Lady Dame Edith Evans The Chalk Garden

Agnes Moorhead Hush... Hush Sweet Charlotte 

Grayson Hall  Night of the Iguana 

 

But before we here at Tfe get to that particular metaphorical musical-horror mishmash of films with one of the most senior lineups the Academy ever offered up in this category, let's meet our panelists for this 50th anniversary retrospective competition.

The Panel

Special Guest

Melanie Lynskey

Melanie Lynskey is an actor from New Zealand. She made her film debut in Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures (1994) and is currently starring in Joe Swanberg's »

- NATHANIEL R

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Cinema Centenarians: Among Oldest Film People Still Around Are Best Actress Oscar Winner; Actress with, gasp, Twilight Connection

17 June 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oldest person in movies? (Photo: Manoel de Oliveira) Following the recent passing of 1931 Dracula actress Carla Laemmle at age 104, there is one less movie centenarian still around. So, in mid-June 2014, who is the oldest person in movies? Manoel de Oliveira Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira will turn 106 next December 11; he’s surely the oldest person — at least the oldest well-known person — in movies today. De Oliveira’s film credits include the autobiographical docudrama Memories and Confessions / Visita ou Memórias e Confissões (1982), with de Oliveira as himself, and reportedly to be screened publicly only after his death; The Cannibals / Os Canibais (1988); The Convent / O Convento (1995); Porto of My Childhood / Porto da Minha Infância (2001); The Fifth Empire / O Quinto Império - Ontem Como Hoje (2004); and, currently in production, O Velho do Restelo ("The Old Man of Restelo"). Among the international stars who have been directed by de Oliveira are Catherine Deneuve, Pilar López de Ayala, »

- Andre Soares

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The Definitive War Movies: 40-31

10 June 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I promise – it wasn’t my plan to have seven of the ten films on this portion of the list focus on World War II. But, if we look back at the biggest international conflicts of all time, World War II is the one that provides the most opportunity. It’s a chance for a number of different countries to look at the same war from different perspectives. In this portion alone, there’s a French film, a German film, a Hungarian film, a couple British/American films, and a few American films – all about varied aspects of World War II.

courtesy of fmvmagazine.com

40. The Killing Fields (1984)

Directed by: Roland Joffé

Conflict: Cambodian Civil War

For all the films made about World War II and larger scale conflicts, the few that depict smaller, more concentrated ones are sometimes more effective. Roland Joffé’s 1984 drama The Killing Fields hones in on Cambodia, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Zorba the Greek (1964)

3 June 2014 7:12 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

This week's 'Best Shot' film Zorba the Greek (1964) was a first-time watch for yours truly.  Oscar chose it for us since it won Walter Lassally's the Best Cinematography (Black and White) statue in the year we happen to be celebrating this month. At one point in the picture Zorba (Anthony Quinn and Anthony Quinn's giant expressive face), catches his employer Basil (Alan Bates, in young, stuffy, super pretty mode) sipping at alcohol. Zorba, a man of big appetites, forcefully tilts the bottle higher to get more booze down his boss's throat.

Don't be delicate..."

He tells his boss. That's good advice if you're watching Zorba the Greek which is, and I cannot understand why no actressexuals warned me of this, a fairly reprehensible motion picture. If this series were called Hit Me With The Shot That Shows Your Feelings About This Movie, my choice would be a »

- NATHANIEL R

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The 101 Best Sports Movies of All Time

20 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.

And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »

- Gary Susman

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After Rooney's Death, Who Is Earliest Surviving Best Actor Academy Award Nominee?

8 April 2014 6:17 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mickey Rooney was earliest surviving Best Actor Oscar nominee (photo: Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy in ‘Boys Town’) (See previous post: “Mickey Rooney Dead at 93: MGM’s Andy Hardy Series’ Hero and Judy Garland Frequent Co-Star Had Longest Film Career Ever?”) Mickey Rooney was the earliest surviving Best Actor Academy Award nominee — Babes in Arms, 1939; The Human Comedy, 1943 — and the last surviving male acting Oscar nominee of the 1930s. Rooney lost the Best Actor Oscar to two considerably more “prestigious” — albeit less popular — stars: Robert Donat for Sam Wood’s Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) and Paul Lukas for Herman Shumlin’s Watch on the Rhine (1943). Following Mickey Rooney’s death, there are only two acting Academy Award nominees from the ’30s still alive: two-time Best Actress winner Luise Rainer, 104 (for Robert Z. Leonard’s The Great Ziegfeld, 1936, and Sidney Franklin’s The Good Earth, 1937), and Best Supporting Actress nominee Olivia de Havilland, »

- Andre Soares

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Silver Screen legend Mickey Rooney dead at 93

6 April 2014 9:26 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles (AP) — Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home. Smith said police took a death report but indicated that there was nothing suspicious and it was not a police case. He said he had no additional details on the circumstances of his passing. Rooney started his career in his parents' vaudeville act while still a toddler, and broke into movies before age 10. He was still racking up film and TV credits more than 80 years later — a tenure likely unmatched in the history of show business. "I always say, 'Don't retire — inspire,'" he told The Associated Press in March 2008. "There's a lot to be done. »

- Anthony McCartney (AP)

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Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

6 April 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mickey Rooney, the supercharged child vaudevillian who grew up to become MGM's biggest star - despite barely standing over 5 feet tall - has died at the age of 93. Rooney, who had been in ill health for quite some time, passed away on Sunday, TMZ reports. According to the Associated Press, he was surrounded by family at his North Hollywood home, police said. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said Rooney died a natural death. A genuine showbiz legend whose career, like his personal life, was often likened to a roller-coaster, Rooney was multi-talented, eight-times married and many times written off, »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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Mickey Rooney Dead: Legendary Actor Dies at 93

6 April 2014 6:56 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Anthony McCartney, AP Entertainment Writer

Los Angeles (AP) - Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93.

Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home.

Smith said police took a death report but indicated that there was nothing suspicious and he had no additional details on the circumstances of his passing. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said it was not their case because Rooney died a natural death.

There were no further immediate details on the cause of death, but Rooney did attend an Oscar party last month.

Rooney started his career in his parents' vaudeville act while still a toddler, and broke into movies before age 10. He was still racking »

- The Associated Press

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Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy Movie in Development

14 February 2014 10:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The love affair between Hollywood icons Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy may be headed for the big screen.

Independent producers Permut Presentations and Reunion Pictures have developed “Tracy and Hepburn” with David Rambo writing the script. Story would follow the relationship between the two — from their meeting at MGM before making “Woman of the Year” in 1942 to Tracy’s death in 1967 after they worked on “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

Tracy died 17 days after shooting wrapped on “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Hepburn won her second of four Oscars for the performance.

Tracy remained married throughout the affair, which was kept private with both maintaining  separate residences. Hepburn began speaking about the affair in the early 1980s.

Producers are David Permut, John Dayton and Lisa Richardson. Exec producers are Permut Presentation’s Chris Mangano, Reunion PicturesTom Rowe and Matthew O’Connor.

Richardson told Variety that plans are »

- Dave McNary

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Trailers from Hell: Guillermo del Toro on 1956's 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

14 February 2014 8:29 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Let's Not Do It Again! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Guillermo del Toro introducing the 1956 French version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."Anthony Quinn and Gina Lollobrigida are the only English-speaking actors in Jean Dellanoy’s turgid version of the Victor Hugo classic. An elaborate production which failed to catch on with audiences or critics, although it’s one of the most faithful adaptations. »

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"Lion Of The Desert" Roars On Blu-Ray

21 January 2014 4:26 AM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Lion of the Desert is a classic war epic with a capital “E” from a film era before CGI, back when battle scenes were populated by real actors who were all acting with a capital “A.” Everything is big from the action to the performances. There is a large supporting cast with memorable characters. The stakes couldn't be higher with Libyan freedom fighters led by Omar Mukhtar (Anthony Quinn) battling the might of Mussolini for the identity of a country and its people.

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- Rachel Kolb

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Roger Lloyd Pack obituary

16 January 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stage and screen actor best known for his roles in Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley and Harry Potter

The talented and idiosyncratic character actor Roger Lloyd Pack, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 69, achieved national recognition, and huge popularity, as Colin "Trigger" Ball, the lugubrious Peckham road sweeper in John Sullivan's brilliantly acted comedy series Only Fools and Horses. He appeared alongside David Jason's Del Boy and Nicholas Lyndhurst's "plonker" Rodney from 1981 for 10 years, with many a seasonal "special" for another decade.

This success cemented a career in which, up to that point, he had played important roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida theatre in north London – he was a notably anguished Rosmer in Ibsen's Rosmersholm at the National in 1987, opposite Suzanne Bertish – without recognition any wider than usually appreciative reviews.

His enhanced status led to another »

- Michael Coveney

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Roger Lloyd Pack obituary

16 January 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stage and screen actor best known for his roles in Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley and Harry Potter

The talented and idiosyncratic character actor Roger Lloyd Pack, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 69, achieved national recognition, and huge popularity, as Colin "Trigger" Ball, the lugubrious Peckham road sweeper in John Sullivan's brilliantly acted comedy series Only Fools and Horses. He appeared alongside David Jason's Del Boy and Nicholas Lyndhurst's "plonker" Rodney from 1981 for 10 years, with many a seasonal "special" for another decade.

This success cemented a career in which, up to that point, he had played important roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida theatre in north London – he was a notably anguished Rosmer in Ibsen's Rosmersholm at the National in 1987, opposite Suzanne Bertish – without recognition any wider than usually appreciative reviews.

His enhanced status led to another »

- Michael Coveney

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R.I.P. Roger Lloyd-Pack; British Sitcom Star, ‘Harry Potter’ Actor

16 January 2014 5:24 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Roger Lloyd-Pack, the British actor best known for his role in classic sitcom Only Fools And Horses, has died. He passed away at home on Wednesday night, suffering from pancreatic cancer, his agent told the UK press. He was 69. Lloyd-Pack played the slow-witted road sweeper Colin “Trigger” Ball on long-running BBC One sitcom Only Fools And Horses. He also played farmer Owen Newitt in the Richard Curtis-created BBC series The Vicar Of Dibley. The actor’s feature career included turns in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, in which he took on the part of Bartemius “Barty” Crouch, Sr, the head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Born in North London in 1944, Lloyd was the son of Charles Lloyd-Pack who appeared in several Hammer horror films. He was also the father of actress Emily Lloyd. Lloyd-Pack studied at the Royal Academy of »

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Watch Globes Live Pre-Show Streaming Right Now!

12 January 2014 4:09 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Watch online 2014 Golden Globes Red Carpet arrivals (photo: Best Actress - Drama Golden Globe nominee Emma Thompson in ‘Saving Mr. Banks’) You can watch online the 2014 Golden Globes Red Carpet arrivals, which begin streaming at 7 p.m. Et (4 p.m. Pt) here. The Golden Globes ceremony starts at 8 p.m. Et (5 p.m. Pt). This year, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be returning as the host(esse)s. Below is what was announced as a 2014 Golden Globes Red Carpet streaming video, but that instead is a Golden Globes 2014 pre-show featuring a discussion about this year’s nominees. Further down below you’ll find a list of 2014 Golden Globes presenters. (As they’re announced, the 2014 Golden Globes winners; and our fearless 2014 Golden Globes predictions.) Golden Globes 2014 presenters Last year’s Best Director winner Ben Affleck (Argo), Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Orlando Bloom, Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey, Jessica Chastain, Emilia Clarke, »

- Steve Montgomery

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