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Daily | Brian G. Hutton, 1935 – 2014

15 hours ago | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Brian G. Hutton, who directed Clint Eastwood in the World War II classics Where Eagles Dare and Kelly's Heroes as well as Frank Sinatra in the dark cop drama The First Deadly Sin, has died. He was believed to be 79." Mike Barnes for the Hollywood Reporter: "Hutton also called the shots on two films toplined by Elizabeth Taylor: the drama X, Y and Zee (1972), also starring Michael Caine and Susannah York, and Night Watch (1973), with Taylor, as a widow suffering from a nervous breakdown, playing opposite Laurence Harvey." We've also made note of remembrances from Variety and Cinema Retro. » - David Hudson »

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Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79

20 August 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Brian G. Hutton, who directed Clint Eastwood in the WWII actioners “Where Eagles Dare” (1968) and “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970) and also directed Elizabeth Taylor in two films, has died. He was 79.

Where Eagles Dare,” a thriller based on the Alistair MacLean novel, also starred Richard Burton, while “Kelly Heroes,” a heist film masquerading as a war film, sported a large ensemble cast that included Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.

Hutton’s 1972 drama “X, Y and Zee” starred Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine and Susannah York concerned an an architect, his mistress, and the wife intent on breaking them at all costs. Follow-up film “Night Watch,” starring Taylor and Laurence Harvey, was a thriller.

Hutton did not direct again until 1980’s Lawrence Sanders adaptation “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra as a New York police detective and Faye Dunaway his dying wife.

His final directorial effort was »

- Carmel Dagan

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Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79

20 August 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brian G. Hutton, who directed Clint Eastwood in the WWII actioners “Where Eagles Dare” (1968) and “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970) and also directed Elizabeth Taylor in two films, has died. He was 79.

Where Eagles Dare,” a thriller based on the Alistair MacLean novel, also starred Richard Burton, while “Kelly Heroes,” a heist film masquerading as a war film, sported a large ensemble cast that included Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.

Hutton’s 1972 drama “X, Y and Zee” starred Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine and Susannah York concerned an an architect, his mistress, and the wife intent on breaking them at all costs. Follow-up film “Night Watch,” starring Taylor and Laurence Harvey, was a thriller.

Hutton did not direct again until 1980’s Lawrence Sanders adaptation “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra as a New York police detective and Faye Dunaway his dying wife.

His final directorial effort was »

- Carmel Dagan

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Brian G. Hutton, Director of 'Kelly's Heroes' and 'Where Eagles Dare,' Dies at 79

20 August 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Brian G. Hutton, who directed Clint Eastwood in the World War II classics Where Eagles Dare and Kelly's Heroes as well as Frank Sinatra in the dark cop drama The First Deadly Sin, has died. He was believed to be 79. Hutton, who started his career as an actor, died Tuesday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack a week ago, his longtime friend, producer Al Ruddy, told The Hollywood Reporter. Hutton also called the shots on two films toplined by Elizabeth Taylor: the drama X, Y and Zee (1972), also starring Michael Caine and Susannah York, and Night Watch (1973),

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- Mike Barnes

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Lone Star Cinema: Giant

19 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

A poster for Giant billed the iconic Texas film as The Giant of Them All.

The poster hardly exaggerated. Running more than three hours, starring three of Hollywood's biggest stars of the era, spanning more than two decades and set against the vastness of a cattle ranch, Giant seemed as big as Texas itself when it was released in 1956.

To the film's legions of fans and many critics, Giant is still a giant. No other film captures the mythical Texas -- if not the real one -- quite like George Stevens' epic story. Countless films have been made here, but with its swaggering view of life in the Lone Star State, Giant may be the most Texan (again, in the completely mythical sense) of all.

Based on a 1952 novel by prolific novelist and playwright Edna Ferber, Giant is the story of the Benedict family, owners of a 595,000-acre West Texas cattle ranch. »

- Don Clinchy

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Debbie Reynolds To Be Honored With 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award

18 August 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Photo courtesy Debbie Reynolds Studios

Debbie Reynolds – actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness – has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the union’s highest accolade will be presented to the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-nominated Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt).

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard praised Reynolds’ artistry over her very accomplished career, saying, “I’m thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented »

- Michelle McCue

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Debbie Reynolds Selected for SAG Life Achievement Award

18 August 2014 9:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Debbie Reynolds has been named the 51st recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award for her career and humanitarian accomplishments.

The award will be presented at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25.

Reynolds has starred in more than 50 movies, two Broadway shows, two TV  series and dozens of TV, cabaret and concert appearances. The 82-year-old Reynolds has been in show business for 66 years.

Her first movie role came in the 1950 musical “the Daughter of Rosie O’Grady” followed by a role as “Boop-Boop-a-Doop” girl Helen Kane in “Three Little Words,” for which she received an MGM contract and the first of five Golden Globe nominations.

She appeared in “Singin’ in the Rain” opposite Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor; “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” for which she was nominated for an Oscar; “How the West Was Won,” “The Tender Trap,” “Mary, Mary,” “Goodbye Charlie,” “Divorce American Style,” “How Sweet It Is, »

- Dave McNary

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Suddenly, last Icymi posting....

17 August 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

August isn't an ideal month for blogging. People are vacationing or otherwise desperate to make use of the last stretch of summer (Turns out most people's idea of summer fun does not include hanging out online reading articles about the Oscars and Liz Taylor classics) and everyone is sick of current movies too as the summer blockbusters begin to blur together and everyone waits for the movies to get serious again since August is usually reserved for the riskier or less stellar blockbuster wannabes. So if you've been in & out, here's a handful of highlights from the past two weeks you might have missed.

Scotty vs. Judy - it's your last day to vote on this Vertigo poll

10 Best Movie Trees - as inspired by Groot. "I am Groot"

What Makes Sandra Bullock Special? - Matthew figures it out as Forbes named her Highest Paid actress

Lauren Bacall Essentials - »

- NATHANIEL R

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Factory 25 Springs For ‘Hellaware'; DigiNext Takes ‘Pass The Light’ & ‘Construction'; Cinedigm Inks Wiesenthal Docu Deal

14 August 2014 7:59 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Brooklyn-based distributor Factory 25 has acquired North American rights to Hellaware, writer-director Michael M. Bilandic’s indie satire about a wannabe photographer caught in the lowbrow-highbrow collision between the NYC art gallery scene and the grimy rapcore world of Juggalo culture. Keith Poulson stars as Nate, whose coked-up YouTube search leads him to a music video by Insane Clown Posse knockoff the Young Torture Killers. The fictional band drew free publicity for the film when online viewers took a controversial music video from the movie for the real thing. Factory 25 will open the film in NYC on September 26 and digitally on September 23.

DigiNext has pacted directly with indie shingle Vision Vehicle Productions for worldwide rights to two features from the label co-founded by actor Malcolm Goodwin (American Gangster, Leatherheads, Breakout Kings, iZombie). Faith-inspired flick Pass The Light stars Cameron Palatas as a 17-year-old high school student who runs for Congress to »

- Jen Yamato

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A Year with Kate: Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

13 August 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Episode 33 of 52: In which Katharine Hepburn is like the Goddess from the Machine.

I want to write about Katharine Hepburn, but the movie keeps getting in the way! Reading last night’s contributions to Hit Me With Your Best Shot, I was struck by how many bloggers described Suddenly, Last Summer as “camp,” “wildly expressive,” or “absolutely batshit gonzo crazy.” This is a film that will not be ignored. It’s garish and shocking. The psycho-babble hasn’t aged well--as Nathaniel points out, such things rarely do. The themes of cannibalism, sexual deviance, and monstrous madness creep like kudzu vines hanging in Violet Venable’s garden, blocking the light and threatening to squeeze the resistance out of unwary viewers who venture into the film unwarned.

This unsettling excess had been, up to that point, unusual for director Joseph L. Mankiewicz--best known for character dramas--but can be easily traced to his collaborators. »

- Anne Marie

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Move Over Aaliyah, Lifetime to Air Brittany Murphy Biopic

13 August 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Nearly five years after her death, Lifetime is bringing Brittany Murphy’s story to the small screen. The network — famous for its biopics of dead celebrities — announced on Tuesday that it will premiere the two-hour television movie on Sept. 6.

Stepping into the starlet’s shoes is Amanda Fuller, who last appeared on Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing and had bit roles on Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

The film will tell the story of Murphy’s beginnings when her mother Sharon (Sherilyn Fenn) tried to turn her into a child star and the moments leading up to her unexpected death on Dec. 20, 2009. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will also look at Sharon’s claims that her daughter’s death was not an accident.

There are no specific details about which of Murphy’s most famous roles — Tai in Clueless, Daisy in Girl, Interrupted, or Alex in 8 Mile »

- Stacy Lambe

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Brittany Murphy's story to be told in a Liftetime network biopic

13 August 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Lifetime, the cable bastion of good taste and quality filmmaking, has already made a biopic on the life of Elizabeth Taylor starring Lindsay Lohan and are in production on an Angela Bassett directed film about Whitney Houston. Next, they are going for the logical trifecta and will be bringing us the movie biopic of Brittany Murphy. Murphy, who died in 2009, was an actress who had appeared in a number of popular films including Clueless, Sin City, 8 Mile, and contributed voice work to Happy »

- Alex Maidy

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Visual Index ~ Suddenly Last Summer (1959)

12 August 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

This week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot episode is devoted to the film adaptation of Tennessee William's Suddenly Last Summer (1959) in which a brain surgeon (Montgomery Clift) whose hospital is in dire need of cash is enlisted by a filthy rich woman (Katharine Hepburn) to perform a lobotomy on her niece (Elizabeth Taylor) because that niece keeps telling lies about her dead gay son. Got that? That's just the kick-off to the crazy.

This sensationalistic film, which was the third and final onscreen pairing of bosom buddies and immortal stars Taylor and Clift, was nominated for three Oscars: Two Best Actress nominations and Art Direction.

 

Suddenly Last Summer (1959)

Cinematography by Jack Hildyard

Shots are displayed in their rough chronological order. Click on the shot to read the corresponding article.

11 Shots Selected By 12 Participants »

- NATHANIEL R

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Elizabeth Taylor in "Suddenly Last Summer". Oh how that star burned.

12 August 2014 3:29 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

This is an episode of Hit Me With Your Best Shot

"Suddenly... last summer" is spoken so often in Suddenly Last Summer (1959), Joseph L Mankiewicz & Gore Vidal's adaptation of Tennessee Williams play, that it starts to take on a kind of trancy grandeur. The actresses retreat inward, psychologically, in the thrall of their own theatricality, the overheated jungles of art direction around them, and surely their good fortune to be playing Tennessee Williams characters.

my favorite scene in the film

To a minor degree the repetition of "suddenly...last summer" is not unlike the effect of Rita whispering "Mulholland Drive" like an incantation in Mulholland Dr. The comparison seems apt since both films are batshit crazy sexually charged nightmares in which a beautiful brunette has selective amnesia issues.  But let's not drift away to 2001. We stay in 1959. And two beautiful brunettes is exactly what I want to talk about »

- NATHANIEL R

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Giant

11 August 2014 5:41 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

This epic saga - "bigger than Texas itself " - tells the story of cattle, oil barons and love from the 1920s through to World War II. Rock Hudson and James Dean (in his last film before his death) are the rival suitors of an incandescent Elizabeth Taylor. Look out for the stunning scene where director George Stevens evokes death and rebirth without resorting to any cinematic trickery. »

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Michael Jackson -- Maids Say Neverland Mansion Laced with Pee and Poop

10 August 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

MIchael Jackson threatened his staff with animal poop balls ... and would freely piss all over the house ... so claim 3 former Neverland maids.The 3 maids spoke with the New York Post, but did not want their names revealed.  They tell scatological stories that paint a shocking tale of uncleanliness.  One maid says when the urge hit, Mj would just unzip his pants and pee in the grand entry of Neverland.  The maids were shocked, because when »

- TMZ Staff

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Beast of Burden: Top 10 Human-Animal Combinations in the Movies

8 August 2014 3:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It can be such a beautiful happening when the natural forces of humanity and the wild kingdom can get together and establish a sense of harmony in motion pictures. Also, it can be a compelling yet regrettable conflict as well when man and beast decide to collide in the interest of big screen entertainment. Whatever the case may be certainly does not matter because the concept of  beasts of all species (rather it be of the four-legged or two-legged variety) collectively clashing or cooperating sends a special message about triumph, tragedy and just plain tenderness.

In Beast of Burden: Top 10 Human-Animal Combinations in the Movies we will look at some of the best selections where man and animal co-exist whether it be in calmness or chaos. There is no doubt that one can come up with numerous top ten lists detailing their ideal man-animal themes in cinema. The struggle for »

- Frank Ochieng

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Watch the First Clip from Lifetime's Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story

8 August 2014 6:51 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

If you thought Lindsay Lohan as Liz Taylor was the worst Lifetime could do, you were sorely mistaken. The first clip of The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story has arrived and is set to spit on your childhood.

Scoop on returning fall shows

The sneak peek features the Saved by the Bell cast bickering during a photo shoot. Or at least, we're supposed to believe they're the cast. It's as though the casting directors didn't even try. (A blonde wig does not a Zack Morris make.) However, because of this — and the fact that Bell Biv Devoe's "Poison" plays almost in its entirely — the clip only makes us more excited to watch this train wreck.

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- Sadie Gennis

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Kidnap comedy to open Cambridge

7 August 2014 5:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival will also see director Rowan Joffe and novelist Sj Watson present Before I Go To Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

The 34th edition of the Cambridge Film Festival (Aug 28 - Sept 7) is to open with The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq, Guillaume Nicloux’s comedy-drama based in part on true events.

It recounts the disapperance of reclusive French novelist Michel Houellebecq during a book tour in 2011. The rumours of his whereabouts led to endless speculation, including a kidnapping. The film, which stars the novelist as himself, will be presented at the festival by Nicloux.

Special guests at this year’s festival include writer-director Rowan Joffe and novelist Sj Watson who will present Before I Go To Sleep, an amnesiac thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

Skip Kite will present his timely tribute to late politican Tony Benn: Will and Testament, while Andrew Sinclair, director of 1972’s »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Best Shot - Final Three Films of Season Five

5 August 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hit Me With Your Best Shot soon steps aside for the utter madness of Fall Festivals and Awards Season. It will return for a sixth season next March. So join in now while we're still rolling and see how much fun it is over the course of the next 3 movies (but 4 episodes). It's simple to play:

1) Watch the movie

2) Choose your "Best Shot" (your definition - beauty in the eye of the beholder)

3) Post it online somewhere with a few words about why you chose it. We link up 

Tues August 12th Suddenly Last Summer (1959)

We're jumpin in on Anne Marie's "A Year with Kate" action this week. Since the Tennessee Williams film was directed by four time Oscar winner Joseph Mankiewicz (All About Eve) and stars Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor (both nominated for Best Actress!) and Montgomery Clift that's five great artists all grouped together for our sensationalistic amusement »

- NATHANIEL R

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