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12 items from 2014


From Vampires to Cave Girls: The History of Hammer Films

13 October 2014 9:01 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

That a little studio located in the English countryside consistently put out high quality films on a very limited budget is one of the great stories in filmmaking history. Hammer Films was the most successful independent film company ever, producing comedy, drama, mysteries, and war movies before finding their niche in horror. Hammer became a name synonymous with horror, a name that still means something today.

They took their horror stories from English literature set in Europe in the 19th century and their carefully designed and constructed sets created an atmosphere that made the time and place as much a part of the film as the story. After securing remake rights from Universal for their catalog of classics from the 1930s and 1940s, Hammer became the leading producer of horror films. Hammer’s philosophy was straightforward: always be entertaining, have plenty of sex appeal, and lots of violence and blood. »

- Gregory Small

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London Film Festival: 8 stunning images of iconic stars in the capital

7 October 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rarely seen images of iconic Hollywood stars over the last century in London's Leicester Square have been revealed ahead of the 2014 BFI London Film Festival.

The pictures capture cinematic history in the capital, including Marilyn Monroe curtseying for The Queen, and all feature in The Glamour of Leicester Square coffee table book by W London - Leicester Square.

The BFI London Film Festival opens tomorrow with the premiere of The Imitation Game, with confirmed attendances from the movie's stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance

Brad Pitt's World War II drama Fury will close the event on October 19.

Peruse through some classic images of stars from the world of cinema and beyond below:

1. Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren receives a celebratory kiss from her husband, Italian film producer Carlo Ponti, after she received the first Alexander Korda International Star of the Year award at the »

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Goldfinger 50 years on: How the 1964 classic shaped the 007 films

22 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The James Bond series - based on Ian Fleming's spy novels - is one of cinema's biggest ever film franchises, thrilling fans now for over half a century.

1962's Dr No and the following year's From Russia with Love lay the groundwork, but it was with 1964's Goldfinger that the 007 movies became a true global phenomenon.

A 50th anniversary Blu-ray re-issue of the Sean Connery classic is available to buy from today (Monday, September 22). To mark the occasion, Digital Spy explores how Goldfinger shaped Bond as we know and love him.

1. The Extravagant Pre-Titles Sequence

The previous film, From Russia with Love, was in fact the first Bond to feature a pre-titles sequence. But that scene, which saw Robert Shaw's Red Grant stalk and kill a 007 impersonator, was short and simple - and didn't even feature the real Bond.

Goldfinger was the first film to take full advantage »

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New on DVD Blu-ray August 26, 2014: 'Belle,' 'Portlandia,' 'Walking Dead'

25 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Belle"

What's It About? This 18th century English romance is about Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a biracial woman raised by her aristocratic great uncle and aunt, Lord and Lady Mansfield. She grows up alongside her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) as equals and best friends, but as they come of age, their differences become all too apparent -- to each other and to their would-be suitors. Meanwhile, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) is facing a trial as Lord Chief Justice of England that could change the future of slavery. Will Dido find love on her own terms?

Why We're In: It's an elegant period piece perfect for Jane Austen fans, and it's a subtle but effective examination of the intersection of class and race in 18th century England. Mbatha-Raw is fantastic, and director Amma Asante has an excellent eye for detail.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the »

- Jenni Miller

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Bunny Yeager, Photographer of Bettie Page Pinups, Dead at 85

25 May 2014 3:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Bunny Yeager, a model turned pin-up photographer who helped jump-start the career of then-unknown Bettie Page, died Sunday, her agent said. She was 85 years old. Yeager died at a North Miami hospice where she had been for about a week, her agent, Ed Christin said. Yeager's legacy is her cultural impact, from pin-up photography and fashion, helping to popularize the bikini, and influencing other artists such as Cindy Sherman, who read Yeager's guides on photographing nudes and making self-portraits, Christin said. "Anyone in Miami in the 1950s who wanted a bikini would come to her, and she'd make one," he said. »

- Associated Press

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Bunny Yeager, Photographer of Bettie Page Pinups, Dead at 85

25 May 2014 3:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Bunny Yeager, a model turned pin-up photographer who helped jump-start the career of then-unknown Bettie Page, died Sunday, her agent said. She was 85 years old. Yeager died at a North Miami hospice where she had been for about a week, her agent, Ed Christin said. Yeager's legacy is her cultural impact, from pin-up photography and fashion, helping to popularize the bikini, and influencing other artists such as Cindy Sherman, who read Yeager's guides on photographing nudes and making self-portraits, Christin said. "Anyone in Miami in the 1950s who wanted a bikini would come to her, and she'd make one," he said. »

- Associated Press

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'X-Men' rewatch: A serious attempt to find meaning in the strangest superhero franchise

22 May 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The X-Men movies are important. They make a lot of money and they helped create Superhero-Era Hollywood and they incepted a certain kind of lucrative career arc in the heads of a generation of young actors. (Do the franchise, take the money, spend a year on greenscreens and the press circuit pretending you understand anything that’s happening, try for the Oscar, repeat.)

And the X-Men movies are important to me. I grew up loving superhero comic books and I grew up loving movies. These two fascinations were not mutually exclusive; but now, more and more, they feel diametrically opposed. »

- Darren Franich

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"Spy Girls" Foto Files Issue #1 Now Shipping Worldwide!

3 May 2014 9:18 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

A new concept in special issue publications from Cinema Retro!- Now shipping worldwide! Order this limited edition now!

Our new line of special issues is called Foto Files. The images are derived from the Cinema Retro archives.

Our premiere issue is dedicated to "Spy Girls" of the 1960s and 1970s. It's an 80-page magazine that emphasizes rare and exciting photographs of those actresses who were "deadlier than the male" in some of the best retro spy movies ever made!

Over 350 photos and film poster artwork from the era Limited print run. Not available in most retail outlets. All of your favorite femme fatales from such legendary series as James Bond, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Harry Palmer, Bulldog Drummond, Matt Helm, Our Man Flint, and many others! Among the sex sirens featured in this remarkable collector's item issue: Ursula Andress, Diana Rigg, Elke Sommer, Caroline Munro, Camilla Sparv, Daliah Lavi, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Small screen style, big fashion impact

15 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Move over, Hollywood. These days, we're looking elsewhere for style inspiration, and it's television stars who are leading the way

Fashion has moved with the times, and Hollywood glamour is getting left behind. Television is the on-screen catwalk that really matters. The pomp and bombast of silver-screen style – Scarlett O'Hara's Gone With The Wind ballgown, Ursula Andress's belted Bond-girl bikini – feel as overblown as a 1990s mobile phone. Saturday nights are spent on the sofa, watching a character wearing the same sweater she wore last week.

The new generation of screen goddesses aren't goddesses at all, but real women. It is probably significant that almost all the small-screen style icons who matter are in complicated, multi-episode programmes, rather than in one-off dramas. Their lives have ups and downs and contradictions. They have talents; they have faults. They have love lives in which the narrative loops well beyond "fall in love, »

- Jess Cartner-Morley

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Fleming episode 1 review

11 February 2014 10:44 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Rob Smedley 12 Feb 2014 - 22:00

Sky's glossy four-part Ian Fleming biopic is a sexy affair. Here's Rob's review of episode one...

This review contains spoilers.

Ian Fleming was good at sex. Writing it, that is. And not just in the way James Bond bedded women with the frequency of a man allergic to standing up. Fleming made sure everything in 007's literary adventures was writ sexy: destinations, clothes, food, drink, cars, planes, even décor... everything in Bond's life was veneered with the seductive, the alluring. It still is. Well, you only live twice, why not make it fun?

It was an especially potent cocktail when he first introduced Bond's 'shagnanigans' to the grey British public in 1953. It was the post-war era of austerity, when rationing was still in place and most people hadn't ventured further than Clacton-on-Sea, and even then that was only for some thoroughly workmanlike, 'best undergarments, »

- louisamellor

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Schell as Director: Three Academy Award Nominations for His Films

1 February 2014 7:47 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Maximilian Schell movie director (photo: Maximilian Schell and Maria Schell) (See previous post: “Maximilian Schell Dies: Best Actor Oscar Winner for ‘Judgment at Nuremberg.’”) Maximilian Schell’s first film as a director was the 1970 (dubbed) German-language release First Love / Erste Liebe, adapted from Igor Turgenev’s novella, and starring Englishman John Moulder-Brown, Frenchwoman Dominique Sanda, and Schell in this tale about a doomed love affair in Czarist Russia. Italian Valentina Cortese and British Marius Goring provided support. Directed by a former Best Actor Oscar winner, First Love, a movie that could just as easily have been dubbed into Swedish or Swahili (or English), ended up nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Three years later, nominated in that same category was Schell’s second feature film as a director, The Pedestrian / Der Fußgänger, in which a car accident forces a German businessman to delve deep into his past. »

- Andre Soares

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Marilyn Monroe's iconic white frock from 'Seven Year Itch' named most memorable outfit

3 January 2014 3:54 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, January 3: Marilyn Monroe's iconic white frock from her hit film 'Seven Year Itch' has been named the most memorable outfit.

The survey, which was commissioned by the British Heart Foundation, named Judy Garland's dress and ruby slippers, in the 1939 classic 'The Wizard Of Oz' the second most memorable, followed by Olivia Newton-John's tight black leather trousers and red mules in 1979's 'Grease', the Daily Express reported.

Ursula Andress' white bikini from bond movie 'Dr No' and Audrey Hepburn's stylish black dress and pearls in 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' also made it to the top five. (Ani) »

- Leon David

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