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The title star's conscience may have been Jiminy Cricket, but his voice in the 1940 Walt Disney animated feature Pinocchio belonged to 10-year-old Dick Jones, who made millions of fellow youngsters cry when his screen character was reunited with his father and then turned into a real boy. Jones, not only the voice of Pinocchio but the veteran of 40 movies before he landed that role, died Monday night after a fall in his San Fernando Valley, California, home, his son, Rick Jones, told the Los Angeles Times. He was 87. Inducted in 2000 as a "Disney Legend" at the studio that produced the beloved movie (which, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Some years ago I showed the 1939 classic Destry Rides Again to my class at USC; most of the students had never seen it. Following the screening I introduced Dick Jones, who appeared in the film and was featured in the penultimate scene with James Stewart. We talked about the fact that he worked with Stewart that same year in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and also spent some time at the Walt Disney studio recording the dialogue for Pinocchio. I turned to the class and said, pointedly, “He was the voice of Pinocchio.” This was greeted by a chorus of oohs and ahhs and immediately changed the tenor of the evening. Pinocchio gave Dick a kind of immortality, but if it affected him he...
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- Leonard Maltin
Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.
Amplify has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Austinites David and Nathan Zellner's Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, Indiewire reports. The drama follows a lonely Japanese woman who, after becoming obsessed with Fargo, heads to Minnesota on a quest to unearth the cash-filled briefcase from the movie. Debbie reviewed the movie at Sundance. A release date hasn't yet been announced. This month, the Alamo Drafthouse has announced it's "going to 11" with its programming -- celebrating music in movies in all the chain's theaters. A Hard Day's Night and This is Spinal Tap screen tonight at Alamo Ritz and Alamo Lakeline, respectively. Other musical movies scheduled for July include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, High Fidelity, Wattstax, Gimme Shelter, Empire Records and Stop Making Sense.The Austin Film Festival's Free Family Film Series presents a screening of Bandolero! on Tuesday at 7 pm at the Texas Spirit Theater. »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
Things got awkward during a CNBC segment on Friday when a coanchor accidentally outed Apple CEO Tim Cook. During the discussion, guest and New York Times columnist James Stewart was making a point about the lack of out, gay CEOs in the industry. He spoke about his article on the subject and mentioned how, although he got great reception when he reached out to gay CEOs, none of them wanted to be named. At this point, CNBC coanchor Simon Hobbs made the terrible mistake of mentioning Tim Cook's sexuality. The desk fell silent, and he followed up with, "Oh dear, was that an error?" Watch the video above to see the moment for yourself. »
- Ryan Roschke
Kevin Costner is back on the big screen this week in action-thriller 3 Days to Kill. It's not a classic Costner film by any stretch (he's essentially playing Liam Neeson in Taken), but the film is arriving right in the middle of a career revival for the actor who headlined big hits two decades ago. With Man of Steel, Draft Day, Jack Ryan and 3 Days all under his belt over the last 12 months, we're experiencing something of a Costnaissance (to swipe a term coined for Matthew McConaughey).
As a screen star Costner was never blessed with dynamic range or the ability to transform himself like a Daniel Day-Lewis can, but what he can deliver is a performance of earnestness and honesty that connects with an audience. He is frequently the glue that holds a film together, a movie star with the everyman appeal of someone like James Stewart. If anything, Costner »
Ja from Mnpp here - The Film Experience is taking a look back at 1964 all this month and so it's the perfect time for our "Beauty Vs Beast" series to take a look at a movie that's turning 50 next month (it was released on July 22nd, 1964) and wades so deep into morally murky waters you're never quite sure which end of the screen you're rooting for (if any), making it perfect for this poll - I speak of Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie.
Starring Tippi Hedren as the titular troubled girl turned to theivery and Sean Connery as the businessman alternately turned on and repelled by that rascally blonde's baser instincts, Marnie's awash in dream symbols (so many snapping purses!) and psychiatry talk - too much of the latter by my count; like Hitch's film Spellbound I always find his movie's at their least interesting when they're explicitly spelling out his psychological obsessions. »
Blu-ray Release Date: June 10, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
Thanks to Twilight Time, the well-respected 1955 western The Man From Laramie is on Blu-ray.
Directed by Anthony Mann (Strangers in the Night), the movie stars James Stewart (Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation) in the last of his five-film collaboration with Mann. Here, Stewart is a man with an agenda, determined to avenge the death of his brother and stumbling into a hornet’s nest of family dysfunction when he encounters the troubled Waggoman clan, New Mexico ranchers who make the tale of King Lear look like a children’s story.
Written by Philip Yordan and Frank Burt and photographed by Charles Lang, The Man from Laramie comes to Blu-ray with a new 4k transfer, remastered from the original negative, presenting the film in a magnificent 2.55 widescreen image for the first time since its initial release in theaters. »
He doesn't judge his characters and thinks 'celebrity' is a disgusting word. Here are 10 things we learned from the artistic director of London's Old Vic when he answered your questions
Succinct, frank, unpredictable and extremely funny. That's Kevin Spacey for you and this is how he answered your questions. Here are 10 things we learned today from the Oscar-winning actor, House of Cards star and artistic director of London's Old Vic.
Its a disgusting word.
Its my job just to play them.
What's my favourite book? It changes all the time. Also I dont want to sound pretentious. Ive read a lot of books! But I have to say that right now I am immersed in the letters of Clarence Darrow, which we have worked into the production at the Old Vic. I'm knee deep into those letters.
- Marta Bausells
Anyone with an inkling of what the filmmaking process entails will be aware of just how grueling it can be. From lengthy shoots in which cast and crew labour from dawn to dusk, to sleepless days and nights cutting the footage together in the editing suite, making a movie can be physically and mentally challenging, to say the least.
Sometimes, the risk to health and the dangers involved can be life threatening. Whether it’s a method actor putting your body through the mill in order to achieve the necessary weight loss or gain for a particular role or a stunt performer throwing caution to the wind in order to pull off an amazing action sequence, making a movie as great as possible can come at a very high price.
The following list covers 10 movies in which people made the ultimate sacrifice for their craft, losing their lives in order »
- Andrew Dilks
Born of the famously turbulent, yet ultimately fruitful collaboration between John Ford and James Stewart, Two Rode Together stands as compromised material. Ford took on the project strictly for cash shortly after the death of his friend and colleague Ward Bond passed away, sending the film into much darker territory than the director had ever or would ever normally work within. The picture was based on Will Cook’s novel “Comanche Captives”, material Ford apparently thought was less than intriguing western revisionism, even after bringing on his frequent collaborator Frank S. Nugent (The Searchers, The Quiet Man, Mister Roberts) to make something of the screenplay. Though certainly not as piercing as some of his work with his male muse John Wayne, the film remains a solid entry into the nihilistic anti-heroic take on the western.
As his most selfishly styled self, Stewart plays Marshal Guthrie McCabe, a public figure perfectly »
- Jordan M. Smith
In A Million Ways to Die in the West, Seth MacFarlane (Albert) tells the tale and plays the lead in the story of a soft man in hard times who is trying to figure out how to escape this godforsaken frontier that seems to be trying to kill him and everyone else in it. He's a sheep farmer with a fickle girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) leaves him when he backs out of a gun fight, Alex feels like a chump. But when a mysterious and beautiful gunslinger named Anna (Charlize Theron) rides into town, she helps Albert begin to find his courage and they start to fall un unexpected love. When Anna's husband, Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson) a notorious outlaw arrives seeking revenge on the man whom he thinks has made a dishonest woman of Anna. Reluctantly Albert must now put his newfound courage to the test in a one man left standing gunfight. »
- Fernando Esquivel
Review by Sam Moffitt
I love the silent era of movie making. I’ve written of this before and will again, many times I’m sure. Roger Ebert, on his website, made the observation (accurately I’d say) that silent films are not just movies without sound; they are a different medium altogether from the movies we are used to seeing now. Silent films are as different to sound films as radio is to television.
Hollywood Cavalcade was one of the first movies to look back at Hollywood history, and managed to involve several artists who were instrumental in making films that are still enjoyable today.
Hollywood Cavalcade tells the story of Mike Conners (Don Ameche) and his partner, ace cameraman Pete Tinney (Stu Erwin) and their trip to New York City to find a stage actress they can take back to Hollywood and make into a star of moving pictures. »
- Movie Geeks
Today on Trailers from Hell, Larry Karaszewski talks John Cassavetes' 1976 crime masterpiece "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie," starring Ben Gazzara as Cosmo Vittelli. Hitchcock had Jimmy Stewart, Kurosawa had Toshiro Mifune and John Cassavetes had Ben Gazarra. 1976's "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie," the second of three tempestuous collaborations between the determined director and his equally strong-willed star, is a fatalistic gangster movie with Gazzara's beleaguered strip club entrepreneur run through an obstacle course of existential conflicts worthy of a Norman Mailer novel. The 135 minute film bombed in its initial release and in 1978 Cassavetes performed some elective surgery bringing the star-crossed movie down to 108 minutes (Criterion released both versions in their Cassavetes box set, "Five Films"). »
- Trailers From Hell
Hitchcock had Jimmy Stewart, Kurosawa had Toshiro Mifune and John Cassavetes had Ben Gazarra. 1976's The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, the second of three tempestuous collaborations between the determined director and his equally strong-willed star, is a fatalistic gangster movie with Gazzara's beleaguered strip club entrepreneur run through an obstacle course of existential conflicts worthy of a Norman Mailer novel. The 135 minute film bombed in its initial release and in 1978 Cassavetes performed some elective surgery bringing the star-crossed movie down to 108 minutes (Criterion released both versions in their Cassavetes box set, "Five Films").
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- TFH Team
Earlier this month, Cinema Retro was invited to cover Tribeca Talks, a new live interview series that took place as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. We sent our "Man About Manhattan", Giacomo Selloni to cover the initial event at which Ron Howard was interviewed by NBC newsman Brian Williams. Here is his report:
By Giacomo Selloni
Ron Howard is an articulate film director. So it should come as no surprise that he is also an articulate speaker. He also has a way with anecdotes, as one might expect, given the length and diversity of his career.
"I think it's wrong to think of what I'm in as the movie business," Howard says. "It's the moving image business. I think it's necessary to work in all different mediums." He also says it's hard »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Hey everyone! Starting this week, Daily Dead is going to be bringing you a weekly DVD & Blu-ray release recap so that you guys and gals can better keep up on all the great home horror entertainment coming at you each and every week. Considering the amount of titles being announced these days, we figured this would be a handy reminder of just some of the awesome movies you can to add to your own DVD and Blu-ray collections.
Here’s a rundown on what’s coming your way this week including a ton of amazing classic titles in hi-def from Universal Studios, a handful of Godzilla sequels being released on Blu-ray, and more.
None of Hitchcock’s films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. When professional photographer J.B. »
- Heather Wixson
The courtroom is the ultimate movie set. The elements of a criminal trial are effectively a scriptwriter’s ‘How To’ guide. The case for the prosecution is pure plot development; the conflict is inherent in two sides making completely opposing arguments. Main characters are set at loggerheads, motives are compromised and minor characters are wheeled in and out as witnesses at the writer’s beck and call. Finally, at its heart there is a mystery that can’t be solved until the judge bangs his gavel for the final time, or maybe just afterwards in a third act sting (see Jagged Edge, for example). It is no wonder Hollywood drags itself back to the courts time and time again.
- Cai Ross
Attendees at next month’s Cannes Film Festival will hear plenty of French being spoken — except, that is, by the characters onscreen. Of the French films recently announced as part of this year’s official selection, two (Olivier Dahan’s opening-nighter “Grace of Monaco” and Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria”) are predominately English-language features with largely American and British casts, while “The Search,” from “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius, reportedly features a mix of English, French, Chechnyan and Russian. Meanwhile, in the festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar, “Lady Chatterley” director Pascale Ferran’s “Bird People” is another hybrid English/French affair, with a cast that includes Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and Clark Johnson.
On the one hand, this may seem fated in a year when reliable linguistic provocateur Jean-Luc Godard will be present in the Cannes competition with a film titled “Goodbye to Language.” On the other, this »
- Scott Foundas
Blu-ray Release Date: May 13, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
The 1961 Western Two Rode Together directed by John Ford (Drums Along the Mohawk) and starring James Stewart (Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation) and Richard Widmark (Twilight’s Last Gleaming) makes its Blu-ray debut from Twilight Time next month!
Two Rode Together offers the great Stewart’s first appearance in a film from the legendary Ford (the pair would later go on to the likes of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance). The result is a tough revisionist Western about a cynical frontier marshal (Stewart) who teams with a cavalry officer (Widmark) to rescue a group of long-held white captives from a band of redoubtable Comanche.
As Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, »
When you die and go to heaven will you really see your late loved ones, sit on Jesus’ lap, and get serenaded by angels? That’s exactly how Colton Burp described his trip to the afterworld after an out-of-body experience when he was four years old. His father Todd, a pastor in Imperial Nebraska, shared his son’s experience in the family-friendly book Heaven Is For Real which was a surprise best-seller on the Christian circuit and now here comes the film version. Heaven Is For Real is as wholesome and square as it sounds. No profanity. No sex. No violence. That’s its hook. Unpretentious and plainspoken, it knows its target Christian audience well.
The plot of Heaven Is For Real is disarmingly simple and there appears to be no question regarding the general circumstances themselves. The Burpos are a classic wholesome American family from the heartland, hardworking and faithful. »
- Tom Stockman
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