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12 items from 2015


The Adventures of Priscilla – five things you didn’t know about the Aussie hit

17 June 2015 1:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Pom-pom making prisoners, melting costumes and a cross-dressing Tony Curtis: the behind-the-scenes tales from the watershed movie on its 21st birthday

• Rewatching The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

In 1993, a low-budget feature film crew drove from Sydney to Alice Springs with a truck full of sensational costumes and a pink and lavender bus now considered a fixture of Australian cinema. The film they returned with would become a worldwide smash-hit and a watershed production for the Lgbt movement.

Writer-director Stephan Elliott’s inimitable The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a story about (as one character famously puts it) “a cock in a frock on a rock”. The film led to Academy award recognition for costume designers Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, who won Oscars in 1995 after budget restrictions turned them into the wardrobe world’s equivalent of MacGyver-like problem solvers. For example, Hugo Weaving »

- Luke Buckmaster

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Could the Ghostbusters receptionist be Chris Hemsworth's smartest role yet?

12 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Some might say the Australian actor is taking a risk by diverting from his destiny as Hollywood’s archetypal hunk. But Tony Curtis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Channing Tatum all found success by challenging fans’ expectations

Why would a beefy 21st-century Hollywood behemoth such as Chris Hemsworth sign on to play a receptionist who works for a bunch for women? That’s the question presumably on less thoughtful observers’ lips today after the Australian star of the Thor and Avengers movies was revealed as the new nine to fiver at the offices of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, the all-female Ghostbusters team in Bridesmaids director Paul Feig’s much-hyped reboot.

We’ve seen him as a hammer-wielding, world-straddling Norse god, as an archetypal musclebound horror jock (in Joss Whedon’s clever slasher flick riff Cabin in the Woods) and as the fast-living, faster-driving British motor racing legend »

- Ben Child

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Quantum Leap: an episode roadmap for beginners

7 May 2015 2:29 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

If Quantum Leap has always been on your 'to-watch' list but you've never had the time, here are a few suggestions to get you started...

Maps to TV shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!

In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you »

- louisamellor

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Writer-Director Norman Thaddeus Vane Dies at 86

3 May 2015 9:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Norman Thaddeus Vane, a writer-director behind such films as the 1983 cult horror film Frightmare and Club Life, a 1986 drama starring Tony Curtis, has died. He was 86. Vane died Saturday morning of heart failure at his home in Hollywood, according to his housemates, actor-producer John Makshanoff and Jeff Vella.    Vane also penned the screenplays for the Herman’s Hermits showcase Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter (1968) — co-starring his then-wife Sarah Caldwell, whom he married when she was 16 and he was about 38 — and Lola (1970), a Richard Donner

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- Sam Weisberg

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Why 1982 was the best year in film history

28 April 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. 1982 is the Best Movie Year Ever. How do I know this? Well, it's not just that it contains an absolutely perfect comedy with the name "My Favorite Year." It's that it contains so many different movies that you could consider the best ever of their particular type. In "E.T.," it has the best kids movie ever (and perhaps Steven Spielberg's best movie ever, depending on your preferred flavor of Spielberg). In "Tootsie," it has perhaps the best movie comedy ever (the AFI ranked "Some Like It Hot" one spot higher in its top 100 comedies list, but since this year also has "Victor/Victoria," I say you combine the two gender-benders to outmuscle Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis). In "Diner," it has the »

- Alan Sepinwall

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It’s Opening Week: Best Baseball Movies

6 April 2015 6:44 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.

Recently Mlb rounded up a group of players to recite, word for word, James Earl Jones’ famous “people will come, Ray” speech from Field Of Dreams.

Wamg declares America’s national pastime, Baseball, to be the official sport of movie fans everywhere. As Brad Pitt said in Moneyball, “How can you not be romantic about Baseball?”

It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.

To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.

The Rookie

One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »

- Movie Geeks

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"Some Like It Hot" Screening, Omaha, April 24

5 April 2015 2:27 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

On Friday April 24th Omaha Film Historian Bruce Crawford will host his 36th tribute to classic films with a screening of the comedy classic, Some Like It Hot!

Special guest will be Kelly Curtis, daughter of  star Tony Curtis . Artist Nicolosi will once again have a commemorative U.S. Postal Envelope honoring the film, and will be unveiled at the event. 

Details: Friday April 24th, 7pm at the Joslyn Art Museum 2200 Dodge. St. Omaha Ne. 68102

Some Like It Hot was listed the #1 greatest film comedy of all time on the AFI "100 years, 100 Laughs" poll.

Tickets are $23 at all Omaha Hy Vee food stores customer service counters and go on sale beginning April 1st.

A benefit for the Omaha Parks Foundation for more information please call 402-926-8299

and www.omahafilmevent.com  »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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‘Sweet Smell of Success’ Blu-ray Review

30 March 2015 1:08 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Jeff Donnell, Sam Levene, Joe Frisco, Barbara Nichols, Emile Meyer, Edith Atwater | Written by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman | Directed by Alexander Mackendrick

When it comes to Arrow and the releases they output I’ll always be a fan of the Arrow Video line because of my love of everything cult and horror.  A close second though has to be their Arrow Academy range, whereas the name suggest they give more of an education based on films from the past which deserve our attention just as much as any modern movie does.  Sweet Smell of Success is the latest release and gives an insight into one of the more unique Hollywood movies not only of its times in the fifties, but still remains just as good today.

When J.J. Hensecker (Burt Lancaster) a powerful New York newspaper columnist decides to come »

- Paul Metcalf

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This Week in Blu-ray: UK Edition – Interstellar, St. Vincent, Penguins of Madagascar, Horrible Bosses 2, Get on Up and more

30 March 2015 9:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what’s new in the world of Blu-ray…

Interstellar

One of the biggest films of last year with a worldwide gross of over $670 million, Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster opus Interstellar flies its way on to Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and a whole host of others, Interstellar is a complex but magnificent science-fiction film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.

You can read our review here.

Buy Interstellar On Blu-Ray Here

 

St. Vincent

The world loves Bill Murray. Especially if Bill Murray is doing grouchy comedy, like he is here in the charming St. Vincent, where he plays a loveable grouch who’s humdrum life is turn upside down by the arrival of Melissa McCarthy and her son, who he takes under his wing. Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd co-star. »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Night They Raided Minsky’s | Blu-ray Review

24 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Following his directorial debut, the 1967 Sonny and Cher vignette flick Good Times, director William Friedkin struggled through a couple of projects before landing his first really provocative title with 1970’s The Boys in the Band. Of course, following that would be The French Connection and so on and so forth. But prior to that, Friedkin helmed a period piece penned and produced by Norman Lear, The Night They Raided Minsky’s, which more or less depicts the accidental invention of stripping during the golden period of burlesque. Plagued by various production issues, including the death of Bert Lahr (you know him as the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz) during filming, the initial cut of the film was famously termed ‘disastrous,’ and the title would be retooled for nine months by editor Ralph Rosenblum and finally see release a year after production ended. While not quite charming or as »

- Nicholas Bell

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Stewart Stern, ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ Screenwriter, Dead at 92

6 February 2015 3:01 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Stewart Stern, the screenwriter of James Dean’s “Rebel Without a Cause” and camp classic, Sally Field personality disorder made-for-tv-movie “Sybil,” is dead at 92. The writer, who has been credited with work as recently as 2012, died at his home according to media reports. Stern was known for major accolades like an Oscar nomination for 1968’s “Rachel, Rachel” as well as close ties to industry glitterati like Gene Kelly, Paul Newman and Tony Curtis. Also Read: ‘Star Wars’ Actor Richard Bonehill Dead at 67 Other notable Stern credits include several projects about the life of James Dean, and a TV version of “The Glass Menagerie” starring Katharine. »

- Matt Donnelly

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A 16-Year Wait Finally Pays Off for ‘Unbroken’s’ Matthew Baer

1 January 2015 11:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The socko box office for “Unbroken” (the third-highest Christmas opening ever) is a testament to Louis Zamperini — and to the persistence of Universal and producer Matthew Baer.

Baer first optioned rights to Zamperini’s life story in 1998, long before Laura Hillenbrand’s book became a bestseller. Baer brought the project to Universal 16 years ago, and they stayed with it through multiple owners and studio administrations.

“Universal’s support was always there; that was never an issue,” says Baer. “The main problem was finding the right director. Plus, it’s not a traditional studio-tentpole movie.”

The pricetag was lower than the traditional tentpole: $65 million, with a chunk of that going to above-the-line work, including a half-dozen high-profile screenwriters. (Final credits go to Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard Lagravenese and William Nicholson.)

That budget is modest for a film that spans several decades and continents, features big-scale air battles and a lot of lensing on water. »

- Tim Gray

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