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Review: "High Time" (1960) Starring Bing Crosby On Blu-ray

21 November 2012 3:41 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Twilight Time has released the 1960 comedy High Time  starring Bing Crosby as a limited edition (3,000 units) Blu-ray. Crosby's career as an actor has largely been neglected over the decades despite the fact that he was one of the most enduring boxoffice giants of his time. Perhaps the reason is that, unlike Frank Sinatra, who took on dramatic and challenging roles, Crosby was largely content to stick with playing amiable crooners in glossy, feel-good musicals. One such film is High Time, which was originally developed as a comedy titled Big Daddy for Gary Cooper. However, when Cooper became terminally ill, Crosby's production company picked up the option as a starring vehicle for Crosby himself. Der Bingle plays Harvey Howard, a 51-year-old self-made businessman who owns a national chain of popular smokehouse restaurants. Harvey decides to fulfill his dream of becoming the first family member to obtain a college degree. »

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How we made ... Russ Tamblyn and George Chakiris on West Side Story

11 June 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

'I hadn't wanted to play Riff since my dancing wasn't great. I ended up doing a lot of strutting'

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Russ Tamblyn, actor (Riff)

I first saw West Side Story on stage in 1958. I was in the army, having been conscripted while under contract to MGM. I caught the musical in New York, fell in love with it, bought the album, and memorised the whole thing. I wanted to be Tony, the Romeo character, so I learned all his songs.

When I came home from the army, the film part came up. But it wasn't with MGM – it was with United Artists. They wanted me to test for Tony and MGM allowed it. Later, I was told they'd narrowed it down to me and one other. Riff was never mentioned. I was pretty sure I didn't want that role, because my dancing wasn't great. »

- Kate Abbott

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Romeo And Juliet for Twilight Crowd

19 May 2012 11:11 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Romeo and Juliet: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth Starring Lol‘s Douglas Booth and True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld, a new version of Romeo and Juliet is currently being shopped around at the Cannes Film Festival. Partly financed by Austrian design house Swarovski, this latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s love story was written by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) and directed by Carlo Carlei. A Best New Director David di Donatello nominee for The Flight of the Innocent (1993), Carlei’s previous English-language foray, the Matthew Modine vehicle Fluke, was a major box-office flop in 1995. In recent years, Carlei has worked on Italian television; his most recent TV movie was a remake of Roberto Rossellini’s Il General della Rovere (2011), starring Pierfrancesco Favino in the old Vittorio De Sica role. According to the Los Angeles Times blog 24 Frames, producer Ileen Maisel wants “every teenager in the world to come see” Romeo and Juliet. »

- Andre Soares

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Historic Mary Pickford Building Destroyed

6 April 2012 11:16 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mary Pickford Building: The Lot aka Pickford-Fairbanks Studios Los Angeles just got uglier. Despite protests, the Mary Pickford Building on West Hollywood's The Lot has been destroyed by its current owner, the Cim Group. (See video below.) The Lot, as previously reported on this site, was built in the 1910s, when it was known as The Hampton Studios. Silent-era superstars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks purchased the place, which they renamed the Pickford-Fairbanks Studios. That's where Pickford's and Fairbanks' 1920s blockbusters — Robin Hood, Rosita, Sparrows, and The Thief of Bagdad among them — were shot. Renamed the United Artists Studios, it also became the workplace for the likes of Charles Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, Norma Talmadge, Constance Talmadge, Gloria Swanson, and others. Independent producer Samuel Goldwyn also worked on the lot, where he made most of his later films: Frank Tuttle's Roman Scandals with Eddie Cantor, Titanic's Gloria Stuart, and »

- Andre Soares

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Home: The Horror Story Hits iTunes, Right-Wingers Prepare to be Offended ... Again

20 March 2012 1:16 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Not being a political site, we don't delve much into that polarizing subject. But when we find out about a horror film wrapped in political satire, well, then you're speaking our language.

Word is the newly re-mastered film Home: The Horror Story is sure to get under the Right-Wing's notoriously thin skin.

Home: The Horror Story is directed by Temístocles López. If you're interested in cheesing off the Right-Wingers, check out the trailer and the info below. If you like what you see, you can purchase Home: The Horror Story on iTunes . But you'll probably go to Hell for buying it. Just so you know.

From the Press Release

The newly re-mastered indie black comedy Home: The Horror Story, starring Grace Zabriskie ("Big Love") and Richard Beymer (West Side Story), released this week on iTunes threatens to offend and inflame Right-Wing types, particularly in an election year. The film chronicles »

- Doctor Gash

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