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New York -- Tony Bennett never forgot the first time he performed with Dave Brubeck more than half a century ago. But the tape of that memorable collaboration between two American jazz masters lay forgotten in a record label's vaults until its discovery by an archivist just weeks after Brubeck's death in December, and it's just been released as "Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962."
President John F. Kennedy's White House made this jazz summit possible when it booked Brubeck and Bennett to perform at a concert on Aug. 28, 1962, for college-age summer interns. The crowd was so big that the concert had to be moved from the Rose Garden to an open-air theater at the base of the Washington Monument.
After Brubeck and Bennett each performed with their bands, the pianist came back on stage with his drummer Joe Morello and bassist Eugene Wright to accompany the singer »
Along with two great documentaries on the film icon, the Clint Eastwood: 20 Film Collection showcases some of the actor/director greatest work and his ability to seamlessly jump from genre to genre with equal mastery. The set lacks some films you would expect it to include (such as Flags of Our Fathers, Play Misty for Me or The Bridges of Madison County) and features some films that might not be considered his best work . including Every Which Way But Loose, Firefox and Hereafter. Still, even a less than great Eastwood film is worth watching, and this set does show why Eastwood is a legend in Hollywood. Along with the films, the set includes the two excellent documentaries »
- Patrick Luce
Ah, the police drama, it is perhaps the most watched type of series on television, in league with the soap and the medical drama. So, it comes as little surprise that Amazon wants in on the procedural goodness. The streaming service has given Bosch the green light.
Based on the New York Times Best Selling novels by Michael Connelly, the pilot will center on Harry Bosch, a veteran police homicide detective who works in the city of angels for the Los Angeles Police Department. I have a soft spot for Lapd tales! And the field is wide open with Southland not getting renewed again.
Our friends over at Deadline say that the Bosch pilot was written by Connelly and the co-creator of Treme, executive producer Eric Overmeyer. Both men share executive producing duties with Fabrik’s Henrik Bastin and Mikkel Bondesen. HBO’s Treme has some Emmy nominations to its »
- Sasha Nova
Remember ten years ago when you would be in HMV looking at a DVD box set of something like The West Wing and then unfolding the twenty pound note in your pocket and wondering whether to part with all that cash for something you had never seen? You had just heard that someone somewhere liked it, but for that £30 you could get two films like Bad Boys 2 and Kill Bill volume 1!
These were difficult times my friends, and more often than not £30 would go down the drain and you would watch three episodes of whatever series it was and decide it wasn’t for you. Well thanks to modern technology and its mission to kill DVD, Blu-Ray and whatever other physical media dinosaur you prefer, this dilemma is a thing of the past.
Nowadays you can go onto Lovefilm, Netflix, BT Vision or whatever else and stream whole seasons of TV for almost nothing. »
- Chris Holt
Spoiler Alert: This discussion reveals key plot details from “Man of Steel.”
Justin Chang: Several weeks ago, writing about “Iron Man 3″ in the New York Times, Manohla Dargis noted that the film, with its bombastic explosions and references to terrorism, underscored “just how thoroughly Sept. 11 and its aftermath have been colonized by the movies.” A similar thought occurred to me repeatedly during the last hour or so of Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” which, as our colleague Scott Foundas pointed out in his review, strongly resembles the likes of “The Avengers” and “Transformers” in its cinematic shock-and-awe. I’d say Snyder goes even further than those movies in the way he channels the specific terror and chaos of 9/11; you see it in those brief scenes of small planes hitting skyscrapers, and in the lingering shots of ash-covered Metropolitans being pulled, traumatized but hopeful, from the rubble.
As I noted about two years ago, »
- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
“More than ninety percent of directing a picture is the right casting,” says Martin Scorsese at the outset of Tom Donahue’s engrossing documentary “Casting By.” And he’s not alone in his feelings -- Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood and a legion of others put in face time in the film to trumpet the importance of the unsung, highly intuitive art of casting. The result is a cinephile’s treat.The film is primarily a love letter to casting director Marion Dougherty, a pioneer in her field. Dougherty came to prominence in the 1950s, when the studio system was on its way out. Going against the grain of the contract player technique, Dougherty would plumb the depths of the New York theater scene for actors to take parts on live television. This eventually segued into higher-profile TV series (“Naked City,” for one), and then on to films. The »
- Beth Hanna
Few names are so singularly synonymous with Hollywood as Clint Eastwood’s. With a career spanning six decades, he has seen the rise and fall of Titans, watched cineplexes become iPhones, and stocked his mantle with five Oscars and three AFI statuettes for directing and producing in a career that began with iconic performances. As Warner Brothers releases their new 20 Film Collection, certainly Clint’s most eclectic to date, one can’t help but wonder what marvels are left up this master’s sleeve. No matter what inner reaches of the psyche he has left to examine, his body of work already rings immortal and he’ll be remembered and regaled as one of the true pillars of Hollywood, spanning the Golden Age to the new millennium. He reminds us of Tinseltown as it once was and comforts us by showing that good projects can still be made in what it is today. »
- Kyle North
The seventh annual Spike TV Guys Choice Awards were both a celebration of all things manly and an irreverent wink toward the silliness of such a singular celebration. The trophy is a “Mantler,” there’s an award for Most Dangerous Man, and prizes are handed out to fictional characters as readily as they are to real people. What other awards show would honor daredevil Felix Baumgartner in the same breath as The Walking Dead’s Dixon brothers? They know their audience.
- Lindsey Bahr
Back in February 2011, Deadline reported that director Matthew Vaughn, (X-Men: First Class) was keen on Jonathan Ross' unreleased comic book concept 'Golden Age' which deals with retired superheroes. It was even reported that Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, and Warren Beatty were being sought for roles. However since then, not much traction has occurred on the project. Attending yesterday's London Gala premiere of 'Much Ado About Nothing', Ross gave an update on 'Golden Age' as well as a few other projects. When asked about 'America's Got Powers' he countered, "Byran Hitch, the artist is down stairs, so ask him. Book 7 should have been finished by now, he claims it's nearly finished," Ross continued (while smiling so as to take the sting out of his words). He admitted, "I haven't seen any pages from it yet. Maybe it's done, maybe it isn't." Ross then nonchalantly revealed that,"'Golden Age' »
What started out as cheap, populist entertainment in comic book form has turned into an endless parade of sexist, semi-fascist bores.
Twenty years ago, after appearing in two phenomenally successful, visually opulent and generally brilliant Batman movies, Michael Keaton decided he didn't want to make any more Caped Crusader films. So he walked away. It was a disastrous move that effectively ended Keaton's career as a leading man, the actor learning the hard way that the only unforgivable crime in Hollywood is to walk away from a phenomenally successful franchise.
The next two Batman films starred Val Kilmer and George Clooney. Batman Forever was not very good and Batman & Robin was terrible. And for the next few years Batman dropped out of the global conversation. This was good because it gave society a breather. The Dark Knight thing was played out: the excitement moviegoers felt when Tim Burton made the »
- Joe Queenan
As all lovers of crime, suspense thriller, war, western, horror and science fiction films know, creating a truly great cinematic villain is no easy task. When it happens, it’s virtually impossible to forget that character.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains of the 1980’s.
The criteria for this article is the same as my previous article Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s: the villains must be from live-action films-no animated features-and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit.
The villains must be human or human in appearance, so no shape-shifting alien from John Carpenter’s amazing 1982 The Thing, no Aliens from James Cameron’s classic 1986 sequel and no Predator from John McTiernan’s beloved 1987 film of the same name.
Also, individuals that are the central protagonists/antiheroes »
- Terek Puckett
What is Casting Couch? A compilation of casting news that touches on the Veronica Mars movie, Clint Eastwood’s plans for the Jersey Boys movie, and other things you may or may not find interesting. It all depends on how into casting news you are, really. Due to his work in The Hangover and The Office, we’re mostly used to seeing Ed Helms being funny and whatnot. But Joe Carnahan seems to think he’s got some dramatic chops, because word from Heat Vision is that Helms is in negotiations to join his upcoming thriller, Stretch. The movie is set to star Patrick Wilson as a gambling-addicted limo driver who’s trying to get his life back on track and Chris Pine as his current customer, who’s a sleazy criminal and is described as being “the passenger from hell.” If he signs, Helms will be playing another dude who drives limos, a »
- Nathan Adams
Box-sets, much like anthologies, have somewhat of an unavoidable mixed-bag mentality about them. It’s difficult, near impossible even, to ensure that each film within is of equal merit and quality. Increase the number of films, and the odds of consistency decrease in equal proportion. Which brings us to WB’s latest (but doubtfully last) Clint Eastwood retrospective. Clint Eastwood: 20-Film Collection lives up to my theory above thanks in part to a heavy concentration on Eastwood’s most recent output (which few people would argue in favor of), but it does an otherwise fine job of looking across the years at the man’s output both as an actor and a director. WB has also released a 40-Film set onto DVD. The Movies Surveying the twenty films featured here brings an immediate realization. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to these particular selections. The set doesn’t focus on Eastwood’s director efforts. It »
- Rob Hunter
Chicago – It’s that time of year, the one in which you have to decide if you’re willing to think outside of the tie box when it comes to getting your pop something for Father’s Day. Another pair of socks? Or how about something he’ll appreciate? A movie? A TV series? A box set? Studios have been populating New Releases shelves over the last few weeks with enough product that there’s something for every dear old dad out there. Here’s your guide to some of the latest and greatest.
If Dad’s a TV Fan
Photo credit: Sony
If your pop likes his television in series set form, there are plenty of options this month to tie up his weekend. Want him off your back for a few days? Some of the absolute best programming of the 2012-13 season was recently released »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Even though musicals make their name on stage actors, the screen adaptation usually discards those actors for faces that are recognizable beyond Broadway. It makes the movie easier to sell, the screen actor gets credit for the singing, dancing, and acting the stage actor does on a regular basis, and the stage actor moves on to the next stage musical production. But according to Deadline, it looks like Clint Eastwood is going to bring those stage actors to the screen when it comes to the director's adaptation of the Broadway hit, Jersey Boys. The film is based on the smash hit musical and tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” Bringing on actors who have performed Jersey Boys on stage is nice, but it also fits with »
- Matt Goldberg
Remember when casting began for Tom Hooper's Les Miserables adaptation began and devotees of the iconic Broadway musical were outraged by movie stars being cast over, you know, professional Broadway-level singers? Well, the results on that one were mixed. Despite her haters, Anne Hathaway won the Academy Award for her heartbreaking portrayal of Fantine, and Russell Crowe became an object of scorn for his vocal struggles as Javert. Clint Eastwood is looking to sidestep this discussion altogether when casting his in-the-works musical Jersey Boys. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys unfolds the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons while featuring such beloved songs as "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," and "December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)." And it appears that the stage is the only place Eastwood's looking for his adaptation's cast. Deadline reports that Eastwood, who recently replaced Jon Favreau »
Catholic adoption charity in Scotland fights against same-sex placement, getting your tackle tightened, The Out List
George Clooney only joked about undergoing a “ball ironing” to tighten up the wrinkles, but at least one spa says they do the procedure all the time to tighten things up below the belt for guys, including celebrities. While the Tighten the Tackle procedure doesn’t involve actual ironing, it does use a laser to remove the hair and smooth things out, for only $575. I’m all for shaving your nuts, but I keep picturing that scene from James Bond with the laser creeping up between the legs.
Apple took the covers off iOS 7.0 yesterday, and it promises a completely new look, quick access to common controls, and tighter security when it arrives this fall.
The latest violent crime against gay men may have occurred in New York City, and at the hands of the NYPD, »
- Ed Kennedy
1. There is a general perception that the Playstation 3 was not the winner in the dying videogame generation. This is not to say that it lost. The Playstation 3 produced some of the most beautiful games ever created. It is a high-powered machine. The freaking Air Force used it to create a freaking supercomputer. But it didn’t have the mass appeal of the Wii or the swagger of the Xbox 360. It was merely excellent. The Playstation 2 was excellent, also, but it utterly defined its generation. In a weird way, even if the sales tell a different story, Sony is coming into this E3 as an underdog. »
- Darren Franich
Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds buddy up for this gangster caper set in 1930s Kansas City. Clint is the hard-nosed cop who must bury the hatchet with his old partner Burt - now a private eye - to bring down a vicious mobster (Rip Torn). Richard 'Shaft' Roundtree and perma-villain Robert Davi add to the machismo, while Jane Alexander and Madeline Kahn bring a welcome ladies' touch. »
Have you got a hankering for old school Clint Eastwood Western goodness that an afternoon of rewatching the Dirty Harry movies just can't sate? Then you may want to consider investing in the recent slew of DVD releases of the classic series Rawhide which ran for eight seasons with consistently strong stories of conflict and justice in a life spent on the cattle trail. Supporting Eastwood's leading man Rowdy Yates was a cast that included Eric Fleming, James Murdock, Paul Brinegar, and Steve Raines, all of whom added their own flavor of rugged charm to the proceedings. The latest season to be released is the sixth (divided unnecessarily into two volumes) and it sees the series going strong for 31 episodes with a great ratio of strong episodes to forgettable ones including the series' first two-parter.
- Lex Walker
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