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Margaret Field, best remembered for the 1951 sci-fier The Man From Planet X, died at her Malibu home on Sunday, Nov. 6, the day her daughter Sally Field turned 65. Margaret Field, who had been diagnosed with cancer six years ago, was 89. Directed by cult B-movie director Edgar G. Ulmer, The Man From Planet X turned out to be the highlight of Field's film career. The story revolves around a mysterious journalist (Robert Clarke) who may or may not be an alien with ties to a spaceship that has landed near an observatory on a remote Scottish island. Most of Field's previous movie appearances had been uncredited bit parts, chiefly in Paramount productions such as The Perils of Pauline, Night Has a Thousand Eyes, and Samson and Delilah. Her parts got bigger following The Man from Planet X, but they remained subpar roles in mostly B movies. Among those were Philip Ford's »
- Andre Soares
“A lot of people embrace the auteur theory,” observed legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. “But it’s difficult to know what someone means by it. I suppose they mean that the responsibility of the film rests solely on the shoulders of the director. But very often the director is no better than his script.” Arguably, the most fruitful collaboration for Hitchcock was with American screenwriter John Michael Hayes; within a two period they produced Rear Window (1954), To Catch a Thief (1955), The Trouble with Harry (1955), and the remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).
Recalling how he became creatively involved with the British moviemaker, John Michael Hayes told Steve DeRosa, the author of Writing with Hitchcock, “Hitchcock had his agents »
Release Date: Jan. 24, 2011
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Godzilla stomps across Tokyo in his 1954 movie debut.
It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama film made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its titular radioactive beast, a rampaging metaphor of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than 20 sequels and spinoffs. This first spectacle continues to be a cult film phenomenon.
The film has a new high-definition digital transfer (on both versions) and an uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition, »
 Fans of monster movies and/or the Criterion Collection probably recall that a couple of months back, rumors began surfacing of a Criterion Collection release of Godzilla -- an unusual, though not unprecedented, pick by a video distributor that generally favors artsy pictures over genre flicks. So today's news won't come as a surprise, but rather a welcome update. Criterion has officially confirmed a January release for their Godzilla Blu-ray/DVD, and has unveiled a list of the special features we can look forward to. More details after the jump. The Criterion release will include both the 1954 Japanese original as well as the 1956 American reworking starring Raymond Burr. Like all Criterion discs, Godzilla will also include a slew of juicy special features. Here's the list, from the Criterion Collection website  (via Shock Till You Drop ): New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) Audio commentary »
- Angie Han
Godzilla is coming! Today Criterion has announced their long-rumored Godzilla release and it's a doozy. The Blu-ray and DVD sets will include new high-definition digital restorations of both 1954's Gojira and the 1956 Raymond Burr Americanized version Godzilla, King Of The Monsters. If that weren't enough alone to order the discs Asap, there's also a wealth of special features for fans of Man-on-Suit-on-Japan action. - New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed »
- Mike Sampson
“Godzilla is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels.”
Aside from bringing us one of the most well-known monsters, the original film also served as an impressive allegory for the destruction caused by the dropping of the H-bomb just a decade earlier. This was lost a bit in the U.S. version when it was released – retitled Godzilla, King Of The Monsters – which had been altered to add in scenes featuring Raymond Burr. »
Our friends at The Criterion Collection have revealed their upcoming releases for January, and while it's another small month (3 new releases, 1 upgrade), it does feature a multiple Oscar winner as well as the "mother of all monster movies," making it another incredible month of releases.
First up is the surprise upgrade of Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, a multiple storyline look at the "war on drugs" that won four Oscars in 2000, including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Benicio Del Toro.
On to the new additions to the collection, there's Belle Du Jour, Luis Bunuel's 1967 examination of desire and pleasure starring Catherine Denueve in a role that pits her as equal parts housewife and prostitute. Next up is The Moment of Truth, Director Francesco Rosi's 1964 in-depth look at the stressful, yet thrilling life of a torero, or bullfighter.
Lastly, and most assuredly not least, is the »
Now you can not only see a man in a giant rubber lizard suit in a new digital transfer, but you’ll be able to experience all of the unique special features that are usually accompanied with Criterion’s discs. The original 1954 radiation fueled monster that attacked Japan, Godzilla, will terrorize Blu-ray on January 24, 2012. Cirterion is known for releasing discs packed to the gills with interviews, featurettes, and booklets with excerpts from film historians. Yet, for completists, this new package will not only have the original 1954 version but also the heavily edited 1956 version released in America. America’s version of the film utilized original footage from the 1954 film, but forced in an unnecessary American reporter that covered the devastation of the giant monster. Now, fans will have both versions in one complete package. See the official synopsis from the Criterion Collection’s website below, along with the striking cover-art from the upcoming disc. »
- Michael Haffner
Beyond the best transfer of Godzilla to disc yet, the Criterion version will include the following extras: *New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) *Audio commentary by David Kalat (A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series) * New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr * Audio commentary for Godzilla, King of the Monsters by Kalat * New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai * Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube * Featurette detailing Godzilla’s photographic effects * New interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato * The Unluckiest Dragon, an illustrated audio essay featuring historian Greg Pflugfelder describing the tragic fate of the fishing vessel Daigo fukuryu maru, a real-life event that inspired Godzilla * Theatrical trailers »
Ever since it was announced that the original 1954 version of Godzilla is being released onto Criterion Blu-ray and DVD, we've been salivating at the possibilities. And now ... we have all of the details for you right here!
Look for the flick to hit home on January 24th, 2012!
New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) Audio commentary by David Kalat (A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series) New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr Audio commentary for Godzilla, King of the Monsters by Kalat New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube Featurette detailing Godzilla’s photographic effects New interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato The Unluckiest Dragon, »
- Uncle Creepy
Long rumored and now official, Criterion is bringing the 1954 classic Godzilla to Blu-ray on January 24, 2012. The specs go like this: - New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) - Audio commentary by David Kalat (A Critical History and Filmography of Toho.s Godzilla Series) - New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse.s 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr - Audio commentary for Godzilla, King of the Monsters by Kalat New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai - Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube - Featurette »
Iron Man star Robert, his wife Susan Downey and Warner Bros are teaming up to revive the defence attorney, who originated in Erle Stanley Gardner's novels and has also featured on radio and TV, most notably in the 1957-1966 series starring Raymond Burr.
A writer will be hired to create a script based on an original story idea by the actor and executive producer David Gambino, reports Variety, with the Downeys acting as producers on the film.
Variety says the new film "will be set in the rough-and-tumble world of early 1930s L.A. and feature Mason's secretary Della Street, private investigator Paul Drake and Mason's longtime courtroom nemesis Hamilton Burger."
More detective drama, but of a supernatural kind, is on the way, »
- David Bentley
It’s no coincidence that I was just discussing the growing trend of hardboiled crime and neo-noir with mystery writing icon Max Allan Collins. It’s a movement that has infiltrated novels (even more so than in years past), and it’s working its way into the world of film. The next brick in that wall, according to Variety, is being placed by Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr. They will be teaming up to bring the skinny tie of Perry Mason back to the world. The character was a massive success in the book series written by Erle Stanley Gardner, but Raymond Burr truly popularized the clever 1930s defense lawyer in the television show that ran from 1957-1966 and continued its life with Burr in the lead with television movies well into the 90s. It’s an iconic figure – so it’s no wonder that a studio would want to capitalize on the name recognition – and »
- Cole Abaius
Robert Downey Jr. is approaching the bench with a new Perry Mason movie. Although today's generation best knowns TV veteran Raymond Burr in the role of the crusading legal attorney, this new Perry Mason film would be set in the '30s, with Downey in the part of both the lead character and as a producer on the movie.
The project is set up at Warner Bros. and the actor's production company, known as Team Downey, is developing the project. Downey and David Gambino, another producer on the movie, have developed the kernel of the story and now are meeting with writers to expand it into a full-length screenplay.
Burr played Perry Mason in a well-liked television series that ran for 271 episodes in the 1950s-60s. He later came back to play the character again in 26 made-for-tv movies that came out in the mid-80s to '90s.
The character »
- Patrick Sauriol
Variety reports that Downey Jr. and his wife and producing partner Susan Downey are looking to produce the Perry Mason movie, based on an idea by Downey Jr. and David Gambino (Whiteout) through their Team Downey production company. Downey Jr. is said to be "eyeing the project as a potential starring vehicle," but considering the Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes actor has come up with the movie's story and is looking to produce, it would seem like chances are good that Downey Jr. will take the case (if you will). The production is currently looking for a screenwriter.
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- Ryan Gowland
Warner Bros. Pictures ("Sherlock Holmes") and Robert Downey Jr.'s production company Team Downey confirm they will develop author Erle Stanley Gardner's lawyer character "Perry Mason" as a feature film, with Downey Jr. eyeing the title role.
The new film will be set in the 1930's, featuring Mason's secretary 'Della Street', private investigator 'Paul Drake' and courtroom nemesis 'Hamilton Burger'.
A defense attorney, 'Perry Mason' was featured in more than 80 'detective fiction' novels and short stories, most of which had a plot involving his client's murder trial. Typically, Mason was able to establish his client's innocence by implicating another character, who then confessed.
Author Gardner had over 135 million copies of his books in print in North America in »
- Michael Stevens
He's already flying through the skies on a regular basis as Iron Man, and is due to appear in a second Sherlock Holmes film for director Guy Ritchie next year. But Robert Downey Jr reportedly wants a third high-profile Hollywood franchise and is eyeing a starring turn as the detective Perry Mason in the first big-screen outing for the unflappable Los Angeles defence lawyer since 1937.
Variety reports that Downey Jr and his wife, producer Susan Downey, are putting the project together at their production company, Team Downey, as a potential starring vehicle for the actor. The film looks likely to be a period piece set in 1930s La, a fertile era and location for Hollywood over the years. Erle Stanley Gardner wrote more than 80 novels featuring Mason between 1933 and his »
- Ben Child
Warner Bros. look set to reboot the classic Perry Mason franchise under the auspices of Robert Downey Jr., who is to produce a the first big-screen outing of the famous Erle Stanley Gardener character in 80 years.
The film will reportedly be based on an original story by Downey Jr. and his producing partner David Gambino, both of whom are currently on the hunt for a scribe to take on what I think is a big challenge of penning a script that is worthy of the Mason name… After all the character is one of the most famous lawyers in literature and on TV, and it will take something fantastic to top the classic Raymond Burr portrayal (pictured above).
The good news is that this new film will apparently still feature the classic supporting characters, including Mason’s secretary, Della Street, private investigator Paul Drake, and Mason’s longtime courtroom nemesis, »
Downey, Jr. and his wife Susan Downey are also interested in producing the project and the Iron Man star has dreamed up the screenplay for the revamp with executive producer David Gambino, according to trade paper Daily Variety.
Burr played Perry Mason on TV in the 1960s. The detective character first appeared in Erie Stanley Gardner's novels and also features in a radio series. »
Warner Bros and Robert Downey Jr are planning to re-launch the "Perry Mason" franchise as a feature film, with Downey in talks to star as the title defense attorney. The producers are currently looking for a writer, whose script will be based on an original story by Robert Downey Jr and David Gambino. Like the original series of books by Erle Stanley Gardner, "Perry Mason" will be set in the rough and tumble world of early 1930s Los Angeles, and feature fan favorites such as Mason's secretary, Della Street, private investigator Paul Drake, and Mason's longtime courtroom nemesis, Hamilton Burger. Gardner's 82 "Perry Mason" novels and dozens of short stories have been published in 37 languages worldwide, with book sales exceeding 425 million. At the height of his popularity, Gardner sold an average of 26,000 "Perry Mason" books per day. A "Perry Mason" radio series began in 1937, running 3,257 episodes, and there were 34 two-hour telepics »
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