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19 items from 2016


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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Q&A: It's a zoo in here.

16 April 2016 8:27 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hello! It's your host Nathaniel checking in from a screening frenzy. I'm at the Nashville International Film Festival briefly to serve on their New Directors jury but coming back to you, dear readers, on Monday night. Meanwhile here in New York, Jason and Manuel have already lept into Tribeca Film Festival reporting.

For this week's Q&A column I asked readers for a few animal questions since Monty, my baby boy and the world's first Oscar predicting cat (unfortunately he was never a very committed pundit), has been ill. While he's on the mend (hopefully) it's hard to pull my thoughts away from our four legged friends. Herewith 9 reader questions, some animal themed some not...

James: Ever named a pet after an on-screen animal (or human)? 

My cat is named after Montgomery Clift and unfortunately the name suited him because he has been quite a moody thing from his teensiest days until now. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Don’T Bother To Knock (1952)

11 April 2016 9:20 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The icon-establishing performances Marilyn Monroe gave in Howard HawksGentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and in Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959) are ones for the ages, touchstone works that endure because of the undeniable comic energy and desperation that sparked them from within even as the ravenous public became ever more enraptured by the surface of Monroe’s seductive image of beauty and glamour. Several generations now probably know her only from these films, or perhaps 1955’s The Seven-Year Itch, a more famous probably for the skirt-swirling pose it generated than anything in the movie itself, one of director Wilder’s sourest pictures, or her final completed film, The Misfits (1961), directed by John Huston, written by Arthur Miller and costarring Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.

But in Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) she delivers a powerful dramatic performance as Nell, a psychologically devastated, delusional, perhaps psychotic young woman apparently on »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Absolutely smashing by Anne-Katrin Titze

5 April 2016 9:38 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Chris Cooper remembers James Dean and Jo Van Fleet in Elia Kazan's East of Eden, and Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Jean-Marc Vallée's wrecking ball of a movie, Demolition, written by Bryan Sipe, stars Jake Gyllenhaal with Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis and Heather Lind in a world of loss and destructive confrontations. At Essex House, Jake Gyllenhaal said he loves Chris Cooper's brutal honesty since Joe Johnston's October Sky, David Fincher's work ethic on Zodiac and A Single Man director Tom Ford's script for Nocturnal Animals with Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Isla Fisher and questions having a Gene Kelly moment. Chris Cooper compares Benedict Cumberbatch's maternal instinct to his own in John Wells' drama August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and Sam Shepard as head of household. Working with director Ben Affleck on Dennis Lehane's Live By Night, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Matt Bomer on His Planned Biopic of Hollywood Gay Icon Montgomery Clift: 'I Saw Myself in Him'

21 March 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Matt Bomer signed on to play Montgomery Clift in the upcoming biopic Monty Clift, he immediately felt as though his connection to the Hollywood icon was more than skin-deep. "I kind of saw myself in him," Bomer told People on the red carpet for the PaleyFest tribute to his series American Horror Story. Of course, their physical resemblance is uncanny - something even Bomer noticed long ago. "Even as a young kid - before obviously I knew anything about him, or even myself - I saw him on screen and I thought, 'Oh wow he actually looks a lot like my brother, »

- Scott Huver

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Matt Bomer on His Planned Biopic of Hollywood Gay Icon Montgomery Clift: 'I Saw Myself in Him'

21 March 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Matt Bomer signed on to play Montgomery Clift in the upcoming biopic Monty Clift, he immediately felt as though his connection to the Hollywood icon was more than skin-deep. "I kind of saw myself in him," Bomer told People on the red carpet for the PaleyFest tribute to his series American Horror Story. Of course, their physical resemblance is uncanny - something even Bomer noticed long ago. "Even as a young kid - before obviously I knew anything about him, or even myself - I saw him on screen and I thought, 'Oh wow he actually looks a lot like my brother, »

- Scott Huver

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Snuggling in Bed and Playing with Those Famous Diamonds: Elizabeth Taylor's Granddaughter Shares Intimate Memories

27 February 2016 9:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

She was the kind of grandmother who liked to snuggle, watch movies, and try on jewelry says Elizabeth Taylor's granddaughter, Laela Wilding, and when your grandmother is a screen legend with a famous jewelry closet, accessorizing means trying on the famous 33.19-carat Krupp diamond. What Wilding remembers the most, however, was Taylor's heart. "Her heart was huge," says Wilding, 45. "She had such a huge impact with her activism and she was so full of life and love. She made a big impact on us." In this week's People, which features rare and never before seen pictures from photographer Firooz Zahedi's new book My Elizabeth, »

- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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Snuggling in Bed and Playing with Those Famous Diamonds: Elizabeth Taylor's Granddaughter Shares Intimate Memories

27 February 2016 9:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

She was the kind of grandmother who liked to snuggle, watch movies, and try on jewelry says Elizabeth Taylor's granddaughter, Laela Wilding, and when your grandmother is a screen legend with a famous jewelry closet, accessorizing means trying on the famous 33.19-carat Krupp diamond. What Wilding remembers the most, however, was Taylor's heart. "Her heart was huge," says Wilding, 45. "She had such a huge impact with her activism and she was so full of life and love. She made a big impact on us." In this week's People, which features rare and never before seen pictures from photographer Firooz Zahedi's new book My Elizabeth, »

- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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The Grace of Keanu Reeves

10 February 2016 5:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Today's Must Read Elsewhere

Our sometimes contributor Angelica Bastien wrote a great piece for Bright Wall / Dark Room called "The Grace of Keanu Reeves" in which she argues against the common dismissals of his acting ability. As a longtime fan of Keanu (Point Break/Private Idaho being the peak era of devotion) this was a joy to read.

One of her greatest points deals with "the crossroads of virile and vulnerable, territory previously charted by actors as legendary as Montgomery Clift, James Dean, and Paul Newman. But there's a difference.

These actors often seem to fight against the lustful gaze of the camera, while Keanu supplants himself to it. Where they seem cynical, disinterested, or too wounded as a romantic lead, Keanu is utterly open.

In "Point Break," he’s a hotshot with a gun and a badge. But he’s also an object of lust for the camera (and »

- NATHANIEL R

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I Confess

23 January 2016 4:50 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

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 »

- Glenn Erickson

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Explore the Career and Politics of John Wayne In 50-Minute Documentary

19 January 2016 12:02 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Scrolling through Twitter today, I was a bit dumbfounded by a minor stir resulting from some folks only now discovering that, yes, John Wayne was quite racist. (The main source: a Playboy interview that’s been a matter of public record since before most of the tweeting parties were born, and which was likely “brought back” by his daughter’s recent endorsement of a certain Republican candidate. You can guess who.) More than a product of the unfortunate modes of thought that dominated his time, however, the man formerly known as Marion Morrison led numerous films that stood at odds with the unsparing character he displayed in public. Not simply titles in which people were shot from and / or off a horse, many (particularly those by Ford and Hawks) were works of compassion and foresight, ones that attempted to understand “an other” — even if physical struggles were a recurring ingredient. »

- Nick Newman

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Black-eyed Daisy by Anne-Katrin Titze

9 January 2016 12:49 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Jennifer Jason Leigh: "I sent my mom [Barbara Turner] a picture of me the first day of shooting …"

New BAFTA nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh, at the Monkey Bar brunch for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight with Walton Goggins and Samuel L Jackson, hosted by Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein, told me her favorite western is Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson's Red River, starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. Her favorite bad guy is Oliver Reed in Carol Reed's Oliver! and Robert Richardson knows how to light up Heba Thorisdottir's makeup artistry. Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps and Wim Wenders' Until The End Of The World did not influence Jennifer's relationship to handcuffs.

Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh): On cinematographer Bob Richardson "It's just his lighting is so gorgeous.

Her Daisy Domergue is a peculiar flower, planted in cuffs and linked to »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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