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September 5th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Raw, The Spell (1977)

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Happy September, guys! This month’s home entertainment releases are wasting no time, as Tuesday looks to be another stellar day of horror and sci-fi titles coming our way. For those of you excited for Blade Runner 2049, Warner Bros. is putting out The Final Cut version of Ridley Scott’s original masterpiece in 4K Ultra HD, and Criterion is giving Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca their trademarked HD treatment with a stunning new release.

As far as new indie horror movies go, both A Dark Song and Raw come home this Tuesday and are well worth your time, and for those of you Winchester brothers fans out there, the 12th season of Supernatural is being released this week, too.

Other notable titles for September 5th include The Spell, The Atoning, The Basement, I Saw What You Did, and a 4K Ultra HD release of The Cabin in the Woods.

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Aubrey Plaza on the Popularity Contest of Social Media, Her Dream Project with Bette Midler, and ‘Ingrid Goes West’

Even though she’s widely considered to be the Queen of Dry Wit, sitting in the hotel room where we’re about to talk about her latest film Ingrid Goes West, there’s an unexpected innocence to Aubrey Plaza that makes her seem more like Sandy from Grease before the makeover. She’s wearing a dark baseball jacket over a lovely plaid dress in blush tones, and rather than welcoming me with a raised eyebrow, she smiles. I reach out my hand to her to say hello and apologize because it’s cold, she raises the eyebrow and explains, “I’m sorry too because my hand is warm.” And suddenly Sandy has given path to the sardonic Rizzo. Since her breakthrough in Parks & Recreation, Plaza has become one of the funniest people in the industry. Period. Few actors can accomplish so much using so little and making it seem so effortless,
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Good Bad Man Cortez: Final Interview Segment with Biographer of The Great Hollywood Heel

Good Bad Man Cortez: Final Interview Segment with Biographer of The Great Hollywood Heel
'The Magnificent Ambersons': Directed by Orson Welles, and starring Tim Holt (pictured), Dolores Costello (in the background), Joseph Cotten, Anne Baxter, and Agnes Moorehead, this Academy Award-nominated adaptation of Booth Tarkington's novel earned Ricardo Cortez's brother Stanley Cortez an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White. He lost to Joseph Ruttenberg for William Wyler's blockbuster 'Mrs. Miniver.' Two years later, Cortez – along with Lee Garmes – would win Oscar statuettes for their evocative black-and-white work on John Cromwell's homefront drama 'Since You Went Away,' starring Ricardo Cortez's 'Torch Singer' leading lady, Claudette Colbert. In all, Stanley Cortez would receive cinematography credit in more than 80 films, ranging from B fare such as 'The Lady in the Morgue' and the 1940 'Margie' to Fritz Lang's 'Secret Beyond the Door,' Charles Laughton's 'The Night of the Hunter,' and Nunnally Johnson's 'The Three Faces
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‘Certain Women,’ ‘The Piano Teacher,’ and More Join The Criterion Collection in September

While the vast majority of our favorite films of last year have been treated with Blu-ray releases, one title near the top of the list we’ve been waiting the longest for is Kelly Reichardt‘s Certain Women. It looks like it’s been worth the wait as The Criterion Collection have unveiled their September releases and it’s leading the pack (with special features also an interview with the director and Todd Haynes!).

Also getting a release in September, is Michael Haneke‘s Isabelle Huppert-led The Piano Teacher and the recent documentary David Lynch: The Art Life (arriving perfectly-timed to the end of the new Twin Peaks). There’s also Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic psychodrama Rebecca and the concert film Festival, featuring Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, and many more.

Check out the high-resolution cover art and full details on the releases below, with more on Criterion’s site.
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A Batman Falls: R.I.P. Adam West

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Adam West, who was beloved for generations as the man under the crimefighting cowl in the 1960s Batman TV series, passed away yesterday at the age of 88. West had an acting career going back to the 1950s. Today, Cinelinx pays homage to a gentleman who loved his fans, as we say goodbye to Adam West

Adam West loved playing Batman. Beginning with the Batman Tv show (1966-1969), he continued being involved with DC Batman projects, including Batman: the Movie (1966), The Super Friends (or Super Powers Team), the New Adventures of Batman, Tarzan and the Super Seven, The Legends of the Super heroes, Batman: the Animated Series, the Batman: New Times video game, The 2004-2006 Batman cartoon, Batman: the Brave & the Bold, Robot Chicken, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and the upcoming Batman vs. Two-Face. Through all these projects, for over five decades, West voiced either the Batman or one of his supporting cast.
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Why Adam West Was the One and Only Batman

Why Adam West Was the One and Only Batman
What's this? Could this be the end for Batman? Rest in peace, Adam West, the one and only Caped Crusader who truly defined the role. There have been so many incarnations of Batman over the years – on the page and on the screen – but Adam West was the one flesh-and-blood actor who ever did justice to the cape, on the Sixties TV series Batman.

West, who died of leukemia Friday at the age of 88, brought deadpan humor and old-school gallantry to the role, week after week; same Bat Time, same Bat Channel.
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TCM's Pride Month Series Continues with Movies Somehow Connected to Lgbt Talent

Turner Classic Movies continues with its Gay Hollywood presentations tonight and tomorrow morning, June 8–9. Seven movies will be shown about, featuring, directed, or produced by the following: Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart, Farley Granger, John Dall, Edmund Goulding, W. Somerset Maughan, Clifton Webb, Montgomery Clift, Raymond Burr, Charles Walters, DeWitt Bodeen, and Harriet Parsons. (One assumes that it's a mere coincidence that gay rumor subjects Cary Grant and Tyrone Power are also featured.) Night and Day (1946), which could also be considered part of TCM's homage to birthday girl Alexis Smith, who would have turned 96 today, is a Cole Porter biopic starring Cary Grant as a posh, heterosexualized version of Porter. As the warning goes, any similaries to real-life people and/or events found in Night and Day are a mere coincidence. The same goes for Words and Music (1948), a highly fictionalized version of the Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart musical partnership.
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Cate Blanchett to Star in Stage Production of “All About Eve”

Cate Blanchett in “Carol”: Wilson Webb/IMDb

Cate Blanchett is stepping into Bette Davis’ shoes. The two-time Oscar winner will portray Margo Channing in a stage production of “All About Eve,” the New York Times reports. Adapted from Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1950 film, the play will bow next spring in London’s West End, but no specific dates or a location have been announced yet.

Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions are producing, Nyt writes. Tony winner Ivo van Hove (“View From a Bridge”) will direct and adapt the classic film for the stage.

Based on a short story by Mary Orr, “All About Eve” depicts the intensifying rivalry between Margo (Davis), an acclaimed but aging and bitter Broadway star, and young actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Eve originally arrives on the scene to learn from Margo, but she’s far from a naive ingenue. She eventually ingratiates herself into Margo’s personal life, and is ambitious and calculating enough to completely usurp Margo’s career.

The 1950 film earned a record 14 Oscar nominations — including nods for Davis and Baxter — and took home six awards such as Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

“Plenty,” “Uncle Vanya,” and “Hedda Gabler” are among Blanchett’s previous stage credits. The “Carol” actress made her Broadway debut with “The Present” in January.

Blanchett received Oscars for her performances in “Blue Jasmine” and “The Aviator.” Her upcoming projects include Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” the all-female “Ocean’s Eight,” and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” an adaptation of Maria Semple’s best-selling novel.

You can catch Blanchett next in “Manifesto,” which sees the actress portraying 13 different characters sharing their personal manifestos. It hits theaters May 10.

Cate Blanchett to Star in Stage Production of “All About Eve” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Cate Blanchett to Star on London Stage in 'All About Eve'

Cate Blanchett to Star on London Stage in 'All About Eve'
Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night.

Cate Blanchett will return to the London stage to take on the juicy role of Margo Channing in a new theatrical adaptation of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 film All About Eve. Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions will bring the classic backstage drama to the West End in spring 2018.

One of the signature screen roles of Bette Davis, Margo is a celebrated star of the New York stage who allows fawning acolyte Eve Harrington, played by Anne Baxter in the movie, to get close to her, only to...
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Bette Davis in All About Eve Returns to Movie Theaters March 5th and 8th

Fifty-seven years ago, All About Eve received a remarkable 14 Oscar Nominations. — a feat accomplished only two other times in Oscar history, including this year’s 14 nominations for La La Land. (The other was Titanic in 1997.) Just days after this year’s Oscar® statuettes are handed out, one of the most vicious, delicious, cynical and legendary sagas of show-business backstabbing returns to the silver screen: All About Eve will play on more than 600 movie screens nationwide at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 8. It’s a film filled with some of the most indelible performances ever committed to film, including Bette Davis at her disillusioned best, and Marilyn Monroe as her star was ascending. Yet for all its glory, many people have never seen All About Eve in a movie theater … but movie fans around the country have that opportunity thanks to Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies.
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'La La Land' Ties With 'Titanic' and 'All About Eve' for Most Oscar Nominations

'La La Land' Ties With 'Titanic' and 'All About Eve' for Most Oscar Nominations
La La Land's multiple Oscar nominations has put the musical movie in an elite group.

Director Damien Chazella's film earned 14 nominations on Tuesday, making it tied with James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster, Titanic, and the classic 1950 film, All About Eve.

News: Black Actors Nominated in Every Acting Category for First Time in Oscar History

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were both nominated for their lead roles in La La Land, while Chazella is up for Best Director. The film is also up for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score -- to name a few.

La La Land can only hope to sweep the Oscars like Titanic did in 1998. The film won 11 of the 14 awards it was up for, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Original Song. However, Titanic's leading man and lady, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, did not take home statues that year. In
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One of the Greatest Film Noir Stars of Them All? Four Crime Classics to Remember

Dana Andrews movies: Film noir actor excelled in both major and minor crime dramas. Dana Andrews movies: First-rate film noir actor excelled in both classics & minor fare One of the best-looking and most underrated actors of the studio era, Dana Andrews was a first-rate film noir/crime thriller star. Oftentimes dismissed as no more than a “dependable” or “reliable” leading man, in truth Andrews brought to life complex characters that never quite fit into the mold of Hollywood's standardized heroes – or rather, antiheroes. Unlike the cynical, tough-talking, and (albeit at times self-delusionally) self-confident characters played by the likes of Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and, however lazily, Robert Mitchum, Andrews created portrayals of tortured men at odds with their social standing, their sense of ethics, and even their romantic yearnings. Not infrequently, there was only a very fine line separating his (anti)heroes from most movie villains.
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Jeff Bayer’s Remedial Film School at Film School Rejects with Drew McWeeny, Amy Nicholson, and Vince Mancini

I have been thrilled to bring readers to the Remedial Film School at Film School Rejects.

Here are a select few of the films that notable film personalities and critics have had me watch…

Drew McWeeny chooses Dead Man.

Drew McWeeny of is our first guest, and he chose Dead Man, saying it somehow is connected to the Dreamworks animated film Home, which opens March 27.

It’s time to get things started.

McWeeny explains: So why Dead Man?

When I have the entire sum total of every movie Jeff Bayer has not seen to choose from, and I choose Dead Man, it’s a fair question. What makes that movie special? Why should that film be seen by everyone, much less by Bayer specifically?

For one thing, when I bitch in public about feeling let down by Johnny Depp’s choices for the last decade, Dead Man is
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The Ten Commandments Screens October 5th at The Tivoli – ‘Classics in the Loop’

“Oh, Moses, Moses, you stubborn, splendid, adorable fool!”

The Ten Commandments screens Wednesday October 5th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.

Sixty years after its initial release, The Ten Commandments remains one of the highest-grossing and most popular titles of all time. Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, The Ten Commandments remains a cinematic triumph and perennial fan-favorite. Directed by renowned filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, The Ten Commandments grossed more than $65 million at the U.S. box office in 1956—equal to more than $1.1 billion today—ranking it below only Gone With the Wind, Star Wars, The Sound of Music, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Titanic on the list of highest-grossing titles.
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14 Films to Watch After Seeing Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘The Neon Demon’

It’s a common image in cinema: a beautiful, but vulnerable woman entering a cold and unforgiving world, where good bone-structure and talent become dangerously interchangeable. While navigating the leering male gaze and sometimes heartless competition of female peers, she also must do battle with her own insecurities and self-doubts, all of which can be seemingly cured with the miraculous kiss of success. But for some, that success can lead directly to their downfall. Sometimes, the consequences can even be lethal, the adversary too ruthless to be conquered, and the beauty is left to rust in tragic defeat. And sometimes, it’s more painfully simple. They merely want to cut the poor girl’s throat.

The Neon Demon, the spellbinding new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn, is now playing in theaters nationwide. The plot follows Jesse (Elle Fanning) a 16-year-old girl who arrives in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a successful model.
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The Ten Commandments Back on the Big Screen March 20th & 23rd

Sixty years after its initial release, The Ten Commandments remains one of the highest-grossing and most popular titles of all time, and on Sunday, March 20, and Wednesday, March 23, Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) offer a rare chance to see the monumental epic on the big screen.

For four screenings only – two each day – the TCM Big Screen Classics series presents this fully restored Vista Vision production, which reveals every vibrant detail of the stunning landscapes, costumes and visual effects, digitally projected in its original 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio. This special presentation of The Ten Commandments will play at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time) each day in more than 650 theaters nationwide.

Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, The Ten Commandments remains a cinematic triumph and perennial fan-favorite. Directed by renowned filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille,
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Remembering Oscar-Winning Gwtw Art Director Menzies

William Cameron Menzies. William Cameron Menzies movies on TCM: Murderous Joan Fontaine, deadly Nazi Communists Best known as an art director/production designer, William Cameron Menzies was a jack-of-all-trades. It seems like the only things Menzies didn't do was act and tap dance in front of the camera. He designed and/or wrote, directed, produced, etc., dozens of films – titles ranged from The Thief of Bagdad to Invaders from Mars – from the late 1910s all the way to the mid-1950s. Among Menzies' most notable efforts as an art director/production designer are: Ernst Lubitsch's first Hollywood movie, the Mary Pickford star vehicle Rosita (1923). Herbert Brenon's British-set father-son drama Sorrell and Son (1927). David O. Selznick's mammoth production of Gone with the Wind, which earned Menzies an Honorary Oscar. The Sam Wood movies Our Town (1940), Kings Row (1942), and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). H.C. Potter's Mr. Lucky
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I Confess

What's it all about, Alfie? The master of suspense goes in an unusual direction with this murder mystery with a Catholic background. And foreground. Actually, it's a regular guidebook for proper priest deportment, and it's so complex that we wonder if Hitchcock himself had a full grip on it. Montgomery Clift is extremely good atop a top-rank cast that includes Anne Baxter and Karl Malden. Rated less exciting by audiences, this is really one of Hitch's best. I Confess Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1953 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 94 min. / Street Date February 16, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 17.95 Starring Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, Brian Aherne, Roger Dann, Dolly Haas, Charles Andre, O.E. Hasse. Cinematography Robert Burks Art Direction Edward S. Haworth Film Editor Rudi Fehr Original Music Dimitri Tiomkin Written by George Tabori, William Archibald from a play by Paul Anthelme Produced and Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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Happy 50th Birthday to the Batman TV Show: the Best Super Hero Parody Ever

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Batman TV show (1966-68) starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and his teen partner Robin the Boy Wonder. The show was a huge hit when first released and still has a loyal following today. The show was a clever satire, not only on super heroes but also on 1960s pop-culture in general. Cinelinx celebrates ABC’s Batman at 50.

In January of 1996, a mid-season replacement show debuted on ABC and became an unexpected hit. It was originally planned to be produced for the fall ’66 season but it was moved up to January. ABC’s Batman was part of its 1966 “second wave” programming, being one of 4 shows that debuted during the mid-season. (Along with The Double Life of Henry Phyfe, Blue Light and The Baron.) While the other three are mostly forgotten, Batman became the sensation of the season—airing twice each week,
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What’s Leaving Netflix in December: The Most Urgent Movies to Watch Over Thanksgiving Weekend

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Each month, several films and TV shows leave Netflix’s catalogue. We provide a list of titles bidding adieu. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Netflix and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now, which is updated throughout the month. Note that most of these movies cut town on December 1, meaning you'll want to put your Thanksgiving break to good use. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride: All About Eve (1950) As a paranoid theater actress convinced a young rival (Anne Baxter) is trying to steal her spotlight, Bette Davis turns in one of the most iconic performances of her career — alternately intimidating and deeply insecure. The dialogue is snappy. The set dressing is gorgeous. And nobody has been able to deliver a one-liner in a fur coat like Davis, either before or since. Leaving December 1. [Hans Zimmer horn blare]: Batman Begins (2005)
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