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The Forgotten: Helmut Käutner's "The Glass of Water" (1960)

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One of the many treats at this year's Il Cinema Ritrovato festival of restored or rediscovered films was a retrospective of the works of Helmut Käutner, who has been known and admired for a few select works but whose larger oeuvre is rarely screened. Curators Olaf Möller and Christoph Huber explained that this was partly because the German director's comedies often deal with German current affairs of the day in a way which makes them seem obscure even to modern German audiences. But one humorous movie proved timeless.Käutner began his career during WWII, but never seems to have been seriously tainted by associations with the Nazi regime. Indeed his great successes shot during wartime, Grosse Freiheit No. 7 (1944) and Under the Bridges (1946) apparently made the authorities uncomfortable: framed in a setting that's not-quite period and not-quite alternate reality, where the war simply does not exist, they seemed...a touch defeatist.
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From Lollobrigida to Gidget: Romance and Heartache in Italy

Here's a brief look – to be expanded – at Turner Classic Movies' June 2017 European Vacation Movie Series this evening, June 23. Tonight's destination of choice is Italy. Starring Suzanne Pleshette and Troy Donahue as the opposite of Ugly Americans who find romance and heartbreak in the Italian capital, Delmer Daves' Rome Adventure (1962) was one of the key romantic movies of the 1960s. Angie Dickinson and Rossano Brazzi co-star. In all, Rome Adventure is the sort of movie that should please fans of Daves' Technicolor melodramas like A Summer Place, Parrish, and Susan Slade. Fans of his poetic Westerns – e.g., 3:10 to Yuma, The Hanging Tree – may (or may not) be disappointed with this particular Daves effort. As an aside, Rome Adventure was, for whatever reason, a sizable hit in … Brazil. Who knows, maybe that's why Rome Adventure co-star Brazzi would find himself playing a Brazilian – a macho, traditionalist coffee plantation owner,
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Billy Bush Says He’s ‘Trying to Get Back on TV’ (Video)

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Billy Bush Says He’s ‘Trying to Get Back on TV’ (Video)
It seems like Billy Bush wants to be back on television. In a video posted to his Instagram on Tuesday, the former “Today” and “Billy Bush Show” host sang to the familiar notes of the “Grease” song, “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” while getting a haircut. “Look at me, I’m Billy B. Trying to get back on TV,” he sang. “My hair is long and flat, and it makes me look fat, and I can’t be, I’m Billy B.” See Photos: 7 New Jobs Billy Bush Could Go For Now that He's Out at 'Today' In October,
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Billy Bush Is ‘Trying to Get Back on TV’ — Watch Him Sing About It in His Grease-Inspired Post!

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Billy Bush Is ‘Trying to Get Back on TV’ — Watch Him Sing About It in His Grease-Inspired Post!
Billy Bush is ready to return to TV!

The former Today show host posted a video to Instagram on Tuesday of himself getting a haircut — and showcasing his vocal chords.

Inspired by the tunes of Grease‘s “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” Bush sang about his hope to get back to working on television.

Look at me, I’m Billy B., trying to get back on TV,” he sings in the social media video while his hairstylist snips away at his brown locks.

“My hair’s long and flat, and it makes me look fat, and I can’t be,
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Entertainment or Propaganda? A Brief and Critical Look at 'Christian Films'

Christian movies: Starring Nicolas Cage, the widely panned 2014 apocalyptic thriller 'Left Behind' was a box office bomb – unlike (relatively) recent popular 'faith movies' such as 'Heaven Is for Real,' 'Son of God' and 'War Room.' A thought on the New Christian American Cinema: Tired of the blatant propaganda found in 'mainstream' Christian movies Two films that might be called “Christian movies” opened last week, and I decided that I wouldn't watch them, write about them, or review them – at least directly. I'm not even going to mention their titles here because I don't promote propaganda films, and that's what this recent advent of Christian movies has become: propaganda. After all, since nearly all American cinema is Christian cinema, the New Christian American Cinema is in fact pure propaganda – not cinema. Worse yet, it bores me. So, here's the thing about what we've come to call
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All That Hollywood Allows: Douglas Sirk’s Brilliant Melodramas

The European filmmaker directed a series of deceptively complex melodramas in the 1950s.“This is the dialectic — there is a very short distance between high art and trash, and trash that contains an element of craziness is by this very quality nearer to art” — Douglas Sirk

Douglas Sirk was born in Germany in 1900, and began his career in the early 1920s working in theater. In 1922, he directed his first production — an adaptation of Hermann Bossdorf’s Stationmaster Death, and from then on he became one of the most respected theater directors in Weimar Germany. Then, in 1934, he took a job as a film director at Ufa, the biggest studio in Germany at the time.

In 1941, Sirk left Germany and began working as a director in Hollywood. His early films, such as the WWII drama Hitler’s Madman (1942) have largely been forgotten. These early films varied in genre — he directed war films (Mystery Submarine), historical dramas (A Scandal in Paris), film
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Peyton Place

The book was raw & dirty, and did you read what that girl did with that guy on page 167? Racking up a stack of Oscar nominations, Peyton Place became one of the big hits of its year, launched the careers of several young actors, and proved that Hollywood could pasteurize most any so-called un-filmable book. Lana Turner is the nominal star but the leading actress is Diane Varsi, in her film debut.

Peyton Place

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Twilight Time

1957 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 157 min. / Street Date March 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Lana Turner, Hope Lange, Arthur Kennedy, Lloyd Nolan, Lee Philips, Terry Moore, Russ Tamblyn, Betty Field, David Nelson, Leon Ames, Mildred Dunnock.

Cinematography William Mellor

Art Direction Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler

Film Editor David Bretherton

Original Music Franz Waxman

Written by John Michael Hayes from the book by Grace Metalious

Produced by Jerry Wald

Directed by Mark Robson

What’s this,
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Everything You Need to Know About Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher’s Public Memorial This Saturday

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Everything You Need to Know About Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher’s Public Memorial This Saturday
The world was left stunned when close-knit mother and daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher died just one day apart in December.

The pair were laid to rest in a private ceremony in early January (Reynolds was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles alongside Fisher’s ashes, which were in an urn shaped like a Prozac pill), and now the public will have a chance to say goodbye to the iconic actresses in a public memorial service this Saturday.

Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, has been organizing the service with his wife, Catherine Hickland, since their deaths — and
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Dodd Darin, Son Of Bobby Darin & Sandra Dee, Revamps Estate To Hatch Biographical TV Series

In a move he hopes will lead to the development of an episodic series about the lives of his parents — iconic “Mack The Knife” singer Bobby Darin and actress Sandra Dee — Dodd Darin has reorganized the management team running the business and creative affairs of the Darin and Dee estates. This comes on the 60th anniversary of the launch of Darin’s career in music, and follows the regional success of the stage show Dream Lover, The Bobby Darin Musical in Sydney…
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Billie Lourd Shares Tribute to Mom Carrie Fisher and Grandma Debbie Reynolds

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Billie Lourd Shares Tribute to Mom Carrie Fisher and Grandma Debbie Reynolds
2016 was considered quite the horrible year when it came to celebrity deaths, since it claimed many more iconic performers than in years past. It all ended on quite the tragic note, with beloved Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher passing away days after suffering a heart attack on an international flight from London to Los Angeles. Then just one day later, Carrie Fisher's iconic mother Debbie Reynolds passed away at the age of 84. Earlier today, Carrie Fisher's daughter and Debbie Reynolds' granddaughter, actress Billie Lourd, issued her first public statement after losing both her mother and grandmother.

Billie Lourd, who made her feature film debut last year alongside her mother in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, took to Instagram to post a photo of the actress at a very young age with both her mother and granddaughter. She also posted a brief message, thanking fans for all
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16mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club January 3rd – Bonnie And Clyde & My Blood Runs Cold

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis)! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday January 3rd and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.

First up Is Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

Faye Dunaway is Bonnie Parker and Warren Beatty is Clyde Barrow in Arthur Penn’s violent, sexually charged and deeply influential crime drama, a nostalgic look back at notorious outlaws filmed with the passion and zeal of filmmakers who were beginning to explore the boundaries of their craft. With a legendary screenplay by writers Robert Benton and David Newman, Bonnie and Clyde features supporting performances by an exemplary cast that includes Gene Wilder,
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The Friends and Other Stars Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Will Join at Legendary L.A. Cemetery

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The Friends and Other Stars Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Will Join at Legendary L.A. Cemetery
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher will be buried among many other famous stars at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Reynolds’s son and Fisher’s younger brother Todd Fisher told ABC’s 20/20 that he is planning a joint service with Billie Lourd, 24, his niece and Fisher’s daughter. According to Todd, his mother and sister will be buried “among friends,” at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Fisher, 60, was aboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 23, when she went into cardiac arrest. She later died that following Tuesday in the hospital. Reynolds died a
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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 7 Episode 4 Review: Pantygate

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You get a pair of underwear! You get a pair of underwear!

It's all about Erika Jayne and "pantygate" on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 7 Episode 4.

All of the women have specific jobs that they are preparing for, including Rinna on Hsn and Vanderpump and her dog charity.

Eileen is practicing guitar with her son, and I think it might be time for a crossover with "Lock" (Shannon from Real Housewives of Orange County kid's band). Meanwhile, Erika is preparing for her role on Young and the Restless.

I'm a showgirl, I put on shows.

Erika Permalink: I'm a showgirl, I put on shows. Added: December 27, 2016

Vanderpump meets with Kyle to discuss Erika's #pantygate and the fact that Dorit's husband Pk couldn't look away when she wasn't wearing underwear during the latest white party.

I saw what Mr. Girardi been munching on for the last 20 years.

Lisa Vanderpump
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Exclusive: Julianne Hough Has Set a Wedding Date, Dishes On Her Ideal Nuptials

Exclusive: Julianne Hough Has Set a Wedding Date, Dishes On Her Ideal Nuptials
Julianne Hough is "not too stressed" about her wedding planning, though she's still missing one key component.

"I haven't picked a dress," Julianne -- who got engaged in August 2015 -- admitted to Et's Sophie Schillaci while on the 2016 American Music Awards red carpet on Sunday. "We have set a date so that's good."

Exclusive: Julianne Hough Reveals How She Knew Fiance Brooks Laich Was 'the One'

The Dancing With the Stars judge and her fiance, NHL player Brooks Laich, do seem to be on the same page when it comes to the type of wedding they'd like to have. "We both want small and intimate, but I come from a very large family so as small and intimate as it can get with my big family," Julianne, who has four siblings, quipped. "We've been so blessed and so fortunate over the years that we've met so many incredible people in our life. We want to
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The Forgotten: Paul Wendkos' "The Burglar" (1957)

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TV stalwart Paul Wendkos' biggest success in movies was as the director of the Gidget series. I'm Scottish so I don't know what that was. But it turns out he had a real gift for expressionistic noir, as demonstrated in his debut film The Burglar, which was scripted by pulp noir icon David Goodis, whose novels provided source material for Delmer Daves' Dark Passage, Jacques Tourneur's Nightfall, Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player, René Clément's And Hope to Die, Beineix's Moon in the Gutter (the author was big in France) and Sam Fuller's Street of No Return.The movie, a low-budget affair, substitutes flair and vigor for production values, and stars lifelong noir patsy/creep Dan Duryea and up-and-coming sex bomb Jayne Mansfield, with the result that it always seems to be in the wrong aspect ratio. Duryea's cranium seems to have an extra story built
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Jessica Simpson and Hubby Eric Johnson Give Us Some Grease Realness for Halloween

Jessica Simpson and Hubby Eric Johnson Give Us Some Grease Realness for Halloween
Look at her, she's Sandra Double-Dee! Some of you may have been anxiously awaiting to see what costumes Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson managed to pull off for this year's Halloween, and luckily, the wait is over (and totally worth it). It turns out the two lovebirds decided to take it back to a classic by dressing up as Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandra Dee (Olivia Newton-John) from the 1978 film Grease. Well, except for one minor twist. Simpson decided to add a little, um, enhancement to Sandy's name while also poking fun at her large bosom. "Danny Zuko and 'Sandra Double Dee' #AboutLastNight," the blond beauty wrote alongside a photo of the pair in character on...
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Director Curtis Hanson Dies at Age 71

One of the most celebrated film makers of the last four decades has died. Here’s how the New York Times reported it….

Curtis Hanson, the film director whose adaptation of the James Ellroy noir novel “L.A. Confidential” won him an Academy Award, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.

The death was confirmed by Officer Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. She said that officers had been called to the house shortly before 5 p.m., and that Mr. Hanson had died of natural causes.

Julie Mann, his business manager, said Mr. Hanson had been struggling for some time with a form of dementia.

Let’s take a look at his long career. His first screen credit is for helping to adapt H.P. Lovecraft’s short story in the 1970 American International Pictures’ The Dunwich Horror starring Sandra Dee and Dean Stockwell.
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Curtis Hanson, 8 Mile and L.A. Confidential Director, Passes Away at 71

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Curtis Hanson, 8 Mile and L.A. Confidential Director, Passes Away at 71
Curtis Hanson, a beloved director who made hit films such as 8 Mile and L.A. Confidential, passed away last night at the age of 71. While no cause of death has been confirmed, initial reports reveal the filmmaker was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home last night, from an apparent heart attack. However, an Lapd spokesperson would not confirm that information, stating he died of "natural causes."

Variety reports that paramedics responded to a call regarding an unconscious man at the director's Hollywood Hills home at 4:52 Pm. The filmmaker was pronounced dead at the scene, although no further details were given. The filmmaker had been retired for the past few years, with his last film being the 2012 biopic Chasing Mavericks, and other reports claim he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Curtis Hanson was born March 24, 1945 in Reno, Nevada and he was raised in Los Angles. Despite his father
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Bridget Jones’S Baby – Review

It’s cinema sequel time once more, film fans. Generally follow-ups pop up with great frequency during the Summer months, but this flick bends the release rules on many levels. For one thing, a dozen years have passed by since the last installment. Not quite the 20 years between Independence Days, but still rather lengthy. Two more things: it’s based on a book series that focuses on a female protagonist. No, it’s not from a Ya (young adult) series, so get The Hunger Games and Twilight, out of your heads, since this characters has several years on Bella and Katniss. Plus, this is not an action epic set in a dystopian future, rather the present day (although some elements do venture into fantasy). So in 2001 we delved into her diary, three years later she took us to the edge of reason, and now we get to meet Bridget Jones’S Baby.
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‘Grease’ Fan Theory That Sandy Was Dead Goes Viral

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‘Grease’ Fan Theory That Sandy Was Dead Goes Viral
A “Grease” fan theory that has gone viral is causing fans, including actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, to look at the musical in an entirely different light. One silly (or maybe … not) hypothesis making the social media rounds today centers around the classic film, which is nearly 40 years old by now. The out-there idea from Redditor atomicbolt is that Sandy essentially dies drowning — meaning Danny didn’t save her, splashing around — and the rest of the film is essentially her coma dream. At the end, the perfect Sandra Dee ascends to heaven in the flying car. “At the end of ‘Grease,
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