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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

23 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier played the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing Schiff as D. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

23 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier starred as the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing »

- Carmel Dagan

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Watch the first trailer for James Franco’s Zeroville

20 August 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first trailer has arrived online for director James Franco’s upcoming comedy drama Zeroville. Based on Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel of the same name, the film stars Franco alongside Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Dave Franco, Joey King, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride; take a look below after the official synopsis…

Join Vikar (James Franco), a wide-eyed innocent in love with the movies, on one wicked trip to the heart of a pulsating, kaleidoscopic Hollywood. Naïve newcomer to the City of Angels, carrying nothing but his “outsider” past and a huge tattoo of Montgomery Clift & Elizabeth Taylor inked on his shaved skull; driven by the allure of cinema to the glittering temptations of Zeroville; a town where anything goes.

Encounter the parasites, the punks, the wannabes, the power-brokers and the crazies: meet Viking Man (Seth Rogen) – gatekeeper to all the right parties, a cigar-chomping surf hippie; Vikar’s eccentric Hollywood guide. »

- Amie Cranswick

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First Zeroville Trailer Sees James Franco And Seth Rogen Bound For Hollywood

19 August 2016 9:53 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

James Franco and Seth Rogen, the creative duo behind such cult comedy hits as The Interview and This is the End, are Hollywood bound in the first trailer for Zeroville, a biting satirical period romp hailing from Franco himself.

It’s pitched as his most ambitious directorial effort to date, and after clocking eyes on the extensive first trailer, we’re inclined to believe those claims. Featuring a host of regular faces in Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride, Zeroville is set against the Tinsel Town of ’69 where Ike “Vikar” Jerome stars out on a journey that offers up tragedy and discovery in equal measure.

Placing a laser focus on celebrity culture and all things Hollywood, Seth Rogen is on board as a character known as Viking Man – “gatekeeper to all the right parties, a cigar-chomping surf hippie; Vikar’s eccentric Hollywood guide” – while the »

- Michael Briers

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First Trailer For ‘Zeroville’ Featuring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride & More

19 August 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After adapting William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, what looks to be James Franco‘s most ambitious directorial effort yet is an adaptation of Zeroville, based on Steve Erickson‘s book, which serves as a dark parody of the New Hollywood movement. Now the first sales trailer, clocking in at over four minutes, has landed.

The story focuses on Ike “Vikar” Jerome, who has just moved to Hollywood in 1969. With tattoos of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on his head, his journey “ends in both tragedy and discovery.” The book features many New Hollywood icons, such as Robert De Niro, Brian De Palma, John Milius and Paul Schrader, with the ghost of Clift even showing up.

However, outside of the cast — including Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride — in terms of filmmaking icons, the first trailer only features a Wim Wenders cameo, which makes »

- Jordan Raup

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The Method Is No Longer Worth the Madness

11 August 2016 12:42 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

If you haven't yet caught the latest essay from Angelica Jade Bastién (who has written here a few times) check it out at the Atlantic. It's called "Hollywood Ruined Method Acting" and it goes at the increasingly torturous PR campaigns that surround modern "accomplishments" of screen acting. As as usual Angelica is quite insightful about acting and sexism. Bless her for citing Montgomery Clift's contribution to acting, non-method styles that are just as valuable (see Brad Pitt) and the various incredible female actors (like Gena Rowlands) who are pushed aside due to the obsession with masculinity. Marlon Brando gets all the credit and don't think it's not because of the machismo and swagger.

I'd quote the article but instead I'll quote Jason's reaction which made me giggle:

I was nodding my head in agreement so furiously I was spitting out vertebrae by its end

Same. Same. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Anniversary Classics Western Weekend, L.A. August 12-14

9 August 2016 3:59 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

This weekend of August 12 through 14th, the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a series of classic western films that will also feature special guests who are scheduled to come and speak about their work in the films. We strongly suggest checking with the theatre’s schedule to see which other guests are added.

From the press release:

Anniversary Classics Western Weekend

August 12-14 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills

5 Classic Westerns with special guests throughout the weekend

Laemmle’s Anniversary Classics presents our tribute to the sagebrush genre with the Anniversary Classics Western Weekend, a five film round-up ​of some of the most celebrated westerns in movie history. The star-studded lineup features John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Kevin Costner, Montgomery Clift, Natalie Wood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef and others. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Ira Sachs Discusses Remaking Ozu and Authentically Capturing Brooklyn With ‘Little Men’

8 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

At one point in Ira SachsLittle Men, the young Jake (Theo Taplitz) explains to his parents (played by Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle) how they can avoid evicting their tenant, Leonor (Paulina García), from the store she’d been renting from his late grandfather for years. Jake’s simple economic plan makes the heart ache because of how perfect it is: it calls for empathy, equality, and, without being completely naive, proposes something that could be achievable within the right political system. But his plan is even more heartbreaking because he knows it’s his last chance to salvage his friendship with Tony (Michael Barbieri), Leonor’s adolescent son, who’s become his closest, dearest friend. As the adults stand in disbelief of Jake’s plea, is he addressing their inner child or are they merely getting a preview of the troublesome teenage years ahead? Sachs makes us wonder »

- Jose Solís

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Ira Sachs & Cary Fukunaga Team Up For Limited Series Based On AIDS Crisis Book ‘Christodora’

3 August 2016 10:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Cary Fukunaga is teaming up with “Little Men” duo, Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, to develop a limited series based on Tim Murphy’s new book “Christodora.” The novel, which was just released on August 2, was optioned by Paramount TV.

This vivid and compelling tale follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. It also recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself, according to the novel’s synopsis.

Sachs and Zacharias will pen the script, with Sachs to direct. The “Beasts of No Nation” helmer will produce through his Parliament of Owls company.

Read More: Cary Fukunaga In Talks To Direct Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon Project For HBO, Spielberg To Produce

“Christodora tells a compelling story of family, friendship, love, and loss that spans decades, »

- Liz Calvario

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Ira Sachs & Cary Fukunaga Team Up For Limited Series Based On AIDS Crisis Book ‘Christodora’

3 August 2016 10:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cary Fukunaga is teaming up with “Little Men” duo, Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, to develop a limited series based on Tim Murphy’s new book “Christodora.” The novel, which was just released on August 2, was optioned by Paramount TV.

This vivid and compelling tale follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. It also recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself, according to the novel’s synopsis.

Sachs and Zacharias will pen the script, with Sachs to direct. The “Beasts of No Nation” helmer will produce through his Parliament of Owls company.

Read More: Cary Fukunaga In Talks To Direct Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon Project For HBO, Spielberg To Produce

“Christodora tells a compelling story of family, friendship, love, and loss that spans decades, »

- Liz Calvario

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Ira Sachs: How a Daring Independent Filmmaker Went Family-Friendly With ‘Little Men’

2 August 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ira Sachs was shooting a chase scene. This should come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the delicate, understated dramas that have become Sachs’ trademark ever since his first feature, a tale of closeted gay youth called “The Delta,” 20 years ago. Sachs’ Sundance-winning “Forty Shades of Blue” tracked intimate familial complications of a music producer past his prime, while his last two features, “Keep the Lights On” and “Love Is Strange,” delivered measured looks at queer urban identity against the backdrop of modern gentrification. Only 2007’s “Married Life” included the hints of a thriller, but it was something of a red herring in the context of a plot about well-to-do couples scheming against each other. But this chase scene was a different story — evidence that Sachs wanted to try something different.

Read More: Ira Sachs’ Touching New Dramedy ‘Little Men’ Stares You Down in Exclusive Poster

It was August »

- Eric Kohn

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Modesty Blaise

29 July 2016 1:44 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Joseph Losey doesn't normally make trendy, lighthearted genre films, and in this SuperSpy epic we find out why -- an impressive production and great music don't compensate for a lack of pace and dynamism, not to mention a narrow sense of humor. Yet it's a lounge classic, and a perverse favorite of spy movie fans. Modesty Blaise Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1966 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde, Harry Andrews, Michael Craig, Clive Revill, Alexander Knox, Rossella Falk, Scilla Gabel, Tina Marquand Cinematography Jack Hildyard Production Designer Richard MacDonald, Jack Shampan Film Editor Reginald Beck Original Music John Dankworth Written by Evan Jones from a novel by Peter O'Donnell and a comic strip by Jim Holdaway Produced by Joseph Janni Directed by Joseph Losey

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

When I first reviewed a DVD of Modesty Blaise fourteen years ago, »

- Glenn Erickson

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To Have and Have Not

10 July 2016 2:53 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Bogart finds Bacall and movie history is made; for once the make-believe romantic chemistry is abundantly real. Howard Hawks' wartime Caribbean adventure plays in grand style, with his patented mix of precision and casual cool. It's one of the most entertaining pictures of the 'forties. To Have and Have Not Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1944 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 100 min. / Street Date July 19, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Hoagy Carmichael,Dolores Moran, Sheldon Leonard, Walter Szurovy, Marcel Dalio, Walter Sande, Dan Seymour. Cinematography Sid Hickox Art Direction Charles Novi Film Editor Christian Nyby Original Music Hoagy Carmichael, William Lava, Franz Waxman Written by Jules Furthman, William Faulkner from the novel by Ernest Hemingway Produced by Howard Hawks, Jack L. Warner Directed by Howard Hawks

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Speaking for myself, I can't think of a more 'Hawksian' picture than To Have and Have Not. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Elizabeth Taylor is back on the big screen with our return engagement of A Place in the Sun

7 July 2016 7:08 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

“My leading men had been dogs and horses.”

That’s Elizabeth Taylor referring to her various co-stars up until she was cast opposite Montgomery Clift in director George Stevens’ 1951 melodrama A Place in the Sun.

Taylor, the child star of MGM films such as Lassie Come Home and National Velvet, was just 17 when Stevens asked her to play Angela Vickers, the wealthy socialite who falls in love with George Eastman (Clift), an ambitious, but poor, young man who is already engaged to pregnant factory worker Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters). Desperate to get rid of Alice, George resorts to extreme measures.

Although still a teenager, Taylor exudes a worldly sexuality that is unsettling for one so young, but she would mature into and harness that magnetic sex appeal, and emerge as one of Hollywood’s most celebrated stars. 

A Place in the Sun screens as part of Cineplex’s Classic Film Series on July 10th, »

- Cineplex Magazine

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Gone With the Wind Star Olivia de Havilland Talks with People on Her 100th Birthday

1 July 2016 4:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Legendary actress Olivia de Havilland will be ringing in her 100th birthday today and she tells People she'll be celebrating the milestone event with dinner and drinks with "dear, dear" friends. In next week's issue of People, the five-time Oscar nominee opens up about her life, career and romances. Born in Japan of English parentage, naturalized and raised in Los Angeles, de Havilland has been an internationally recognized film star for over eight decades. Since her 1935 debut in Midsummer Night's Dream and eight on-screen romances with Errol Flynn, she's been slapped around by Bette Davis in Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte »

- Peter Mikelbank

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Olivia @ 100: The Heiress

24 June 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We're counting down to Olivia de Havilland's historic 100th birthday (July 1st!). Team Experience will be looking at highlights and curiosities from her career. Here's Tim...

Olivia de Havilland is more than a living link to the Golden Age of Hollywood, more than a gorgeous movie star, more than a two-time Oscar winner. She's one of the most significant figures in the history of the American film industry: the woman who broke the back of the studio contract system when she successfully sued Warner Bros. for career independence in 1943. As Hollywood's first independent movie star since the silent era, de Havilland was suddenly in a position to make all of her own creative decisions, leading to a string of challenging dramatic roles that didn't simply trade on her good looks and holy innocent persona.

Both of de Havilland's Oscar wins came about thanks to this period of chasing her own projects, »

- Tim Brayton

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Bruce Dern, at 80, Reflects on His Career, Working With Clint Eastwood and Alfred Hitchcock

4 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At high school and college track meets, Bruce Dern was known as the guy who came from behind to win the race. Most actors who started out in the 1950s and ’60s faded away long ago, but Dern continues to be a runner — and continues to work as an actor, including his Oscar-nominated performance in “Nebraska” and in last year’s “Hateful Eight.”

Dern, who turns 80 on Saturday, got his professional start by working with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan, and his career is dotted with big names that he worked with: John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Roger Corman, Jane Fonda and Jack Nicholson, to name a few. He also had encounters with such diverse characters as notorious west coast mobster Mickey Cohen and noted pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Dern recently told Variety, “I’ve worked with six geniuses as directors: Kazan, Alfred Hitchcock, »

- Tim Gray

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First Images From ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties,’ ‘Zeroville,’ ‘Free Fire,’ and More

10 May 2016 12:18 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Today brings new images from a batch of films likely arriving this fall, the majority coming from A24. First up, perhaps our most-anticipated of the group is John Cameron Mitchell‘s adaptation of the Neil Gaman short story How To Talk To Girls At Parties. Led by Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp (seen in the first still above), the cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and Matt Lucas.

One can see the synopsis below, followed by the first image from the Zoe Kazan-led horror feature There Are Monsters, from The Strangers director Bryan Bertino, as well as Ben Wheatley‘s star-studded actioner Free Fire, executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The only one not in the hands of A24 is James Franco‘s adaptation of Steve Erickson‘s Zeroville, which features the cast of Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride.

John Cameron Mitchell, director »

- Leonard Pearce

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Howard Hughes Reviews "Cattle Drive", "Calamity Jane & Sam Bass" And "Black Horse Canyon" UK DVD Releases From Simply Media

1 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Unbridled Passion by Howard Hughes

Following the release in March of ‘A Man Called Gannon’ (1968), Simply Media in the UK continue to release more Universal-International westerns, this time of 1940s and ‘50s vintage. The new releases, out on 18 April, are ‘Calamity Jane & Sam Bass’ (1949), ‘Cattle Drive’ (1951) and ‘Black Horse Canyon’ (1954). This trio of films are literally ‘Horse Operas’, with the accent on thoroughbred steeds and their importance and role in the working west. Be they cattle drovers, stock breeders or outlaws, where would any of them be without the horse? The answer, of course, is walking.

I’ll review the DVDs in the order I watched them. First up is ‘Cattle Drive’, a 1951 western directed by Kurt Neumann. Chester Graham Jnr (Dean Stockwell), the spoilt, arrogant son of railroad magnet Chester Graham Snr (Leon Ames), is accidentally left behind when the train he is travelling on makes a water stop. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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William Holden: The Golden Boy of Vintage Hollywood

17 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This Sunday marks the birthday of William Holden, who was born April 17, 1918. The actor ranked No. 25 on AFI’s list of all-time great leading men. Since he had classic good looks, an expressive voice, and was an excellent actor who starred in some of Hollywood’s most memorable movies, why wasn’t he even higher on the list? Maybe because Holden had a special talent for always making his co-stars look so good.

He starred in many hit films opposite actors who had flashier roles: Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard,” Judy Holliday in “Born Yesterday,” Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina,” Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in “The Country Girl,” Alec Guinness in “Bridge on the River Kwai,” and Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch in “Network.” Significantly, many of these actors won Oscars for their work. They gave great, showy performances, but Holden was the anchor of the films. It’s hard »

- Tim Gray

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