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Anthony Hopkins is the ageing swashbuckler who trains Antonio Banderas's rough-edged rogue to continue the fight against the forces of oppression in old Mexico. But Catherine Zeta-Jones has a rather distracting effect on the young successor as Zorro's firecracker of a daughter. Zinging with the spirits of Douglas Fairbanks (Sr and Jr) and Errol Flynn, Bond director Martin Campbell cracks the whip for a royally entertaining action adventure. »
Do you remember the last time you cried at a movie? I mean, had to stop the film for a few minutes just to recover kind of crying? I had that experience watching King Vidor’s World War I epic The Big Parade, now available on a beautiful Blu-Ray from Warner Brothers.
The Big Parade is one of those epic films that silent Hollywood was well known for: sweeping vistas, massive casts, melodramatic tales of love, war, and redemption. Some of these epics fall flat now, with our contemporary need for sound, kinetic camerawork, rousing speeches and booming scores. While the score is still there – and it is booming, to say the least – The Big Parade is an intimate story surrounded by an epic event, making it one of the most affecting wartime dramas ever made.
The film follows the fortunes of spoiled rich guy Jim Apperson (John Gilbert) and »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
To paraphrase the Bee Gees, Joseph Gordon-Levitt should be dancing. He's already done it in (500) Days of Summer, where he led an exuberant ensemble routine that out–Dr Peppered any Dr Pepper commercial. Then there was his smashing Saturday Night Live re-creation of Donald O'Connor's "Make 'Em Laugh"—like O'Connor, he has springs where his joints should be. If you can dance on a bike, he's pretty much done that, too, in David Koepp's crackerjack bike-messenger thriller Premium Rush. When we talk about dazzling physical actors, like Douglas Fairbanks or Marlon Brando, we might be thinking about people who use their bodies as brush strokes, as the beats between the notes, or as physical manifestations of submerged feelings, but there's another kind, too: »
‘Hollywood Hero’ John Dewar remembered (photo: Anthony Slide wearing Tom Mix’s hat in 1976) Perhaps I have been around too long, but as I grow older I grow despondent that those who contributed so much to film history in the past are forgotten, with others often coming along and taking claim for their achievements. One such Hollywood hero is John Dewar, whom I met when I first came to Los Angeles in 1971. He was a curator in the history department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and introduced me to the museum’s treasures relating to film history, acquired before the creation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — at a time when both institutions were housed together simply as the Los Angeles County Museum. Back in the mid-1930s, it was Ransom Matthews, head of industrial technology at the Museum, who had started collecting such materials. »
- Anthony Slide
Victoria and Albert Museum acquires diaries, scripts and photographs of British Oscar-winning actor
Although the world may remember her as the ravishing beauty who was once married to Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles knew the real worth of Vivien Leigh. When in 1951 she won the Oscar for her performance as Blanche DuBois in the film of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, the legendary actor and director immediately sent a telegram from Monte Carlo: "Of course they gave it to you they had to love and kisses from Orson".
His telegram is preserved as part of an archive acquired by the V&A museum covering her life and work, from her teen years to her death from tuberculosis in 1967 aged just 53. It includes diaries, scrap books, heavily annotated scripts, photographs including hundreds of rare early colour photographs she took herself while on tour, and thousands of letters to an extraordinarily »
- Maev Kennedy
Doris Day movies: TCM’s ‘Summer Under the Stars 2013′ lineup continues (photo: Doris Day in ‘Calamity Jane’ publicity shot) Doris Day, who turned 89 last April 3, is Turner Classic Movies’ 2013 “Summer Under the Stars” star on Friday, August 2. (Doris Day, by the way, still looks great. Check out "Doris Day Today.") Doris Day movies, of course, are frequently shown on TCM. Why? Well, TCM is owned by the megaconglomerate Time Warner, which also happens to own (among myriad other things) the Warner Bros. film library, which includes not only the Doris Day movies made at Warners from 1948 to 1955, but also Day’s MGM films as well (and the overwhelming majority of MGM releases up to 1986). My point: Don’t expect any Doris Day movie rarity on Friday — in fact, I don’t think such a thing exists. Doris Day is ‘Calamity Jane’ If you haven’t watched David Butler’s musical »
- Andre Soares
Douglas Fairbanks The Half-Breed in ‘The Amazing Tales from the Archives’: 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival At the 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, "The Amazing Tales from the Archives" began with film preservationist Rob Byrne’s documentation of how the 1916 movie The Half-Breed was found and restored to its present condition. Starring Douglas Fairbanks and Alma Rubens, and directed by Allan Dwan, this tale of the American West was thought to be lost until various versions and excerpts cropped up in some very unlikely places. For instance, one surviving — but fast-decomposing — The Half-Breed print was found in 1978, buried in a swimming pool in the Canadian Yukon. Other prints were from later (and incomplete) releases, with different titles and some reediting. (Photo: Douglas Fairbanks in The Half-Breed.) Rob Byrne told the by now familiar story of how a complete restoration is developed through painstaking work and lots of time before »
- Danny Fortune
Gary Dion climbed aboard a long, sleek van one recent morning and emerged minutes later with a bandaged finger, a little less blood in his veins and a big smile.
The 55-year-old special-effects supervisor who works on the hit show "Bones" said he's been feeling a little weak lately and wanted to know why. So when he heard that the Motion Picture & Television Fund's mobile health clinic was stopping at Fox Studios in Century City where he works, he signed up for the chance for a physical, a blood test and an examination of a smashed-up finger.
"These guys are a blessing," said Dion, who once led the roller skating dance crew in the 1980 movie "Xanadu." "I didn't have to get in my car and drive to see a doctor."
Four times a week, the medical clinic on wheels parks and rolls out the red carpet inside five different studio »
- Los Angeles Daily News
The city itself dates back to the Bronze Age, the movies on display only a mere century. Yet it’s more than fitting that the film festival known as Il Cinema Ritrovato makes its home in the world’s oldest college town, where no sooner has the U. of Bologna recessed for the summer than the cobblestone streets and elaborate porticos come alive with another kind of student body — this one consisting of academics, archivists and programmers, a few thousand ordinary film lovers, and even the odd A-list Hollywood director (hello, Alexander Payne).
The festival’s name translates as “Cinema Rediscovered,” though “Cinema Resurrected” might be even more apropos, for its mission is not merely to unearth the treasures of cinema’s past, but to make them live anew. In its 27th edition (June 29-July 6), that meant more than 200 unique programs featuring more than 300 short, medium and feature-length films from »
- Scott Foundas
Doris Day today Doris Day, who turned 89 last April 24, was a special guest at the Nancy for Frank show — that’s Nancy Sinatra for Frank Sinatra — on SiriusXM Radio channel 71. The Doris Day photo above was posted on Nancy for Frank‘s Facebook page and on the Frank Sinatra Family Forum. (See also: Doris Day photo, with furry friend.) The Doris Day special was aired in two parts in late June 2013. The radio show consisted of Nancy Sinatra chatting with Day, in addition to musical interludes featuring Doris Day songs such as "I’ll String You Along with Me," "But Not for Me," "I’ll See You in My Dreams," and "Hooray for Hollywood," plus two versions of "I Didn’t Know What Time It Was" — one sang by Day, another sang by Frank Sinatra. Doris Day and Frank Sinatra made only movie together, Gordon Douglas’ 1954 musical drama Young at Heart, »
- Andre Soares
It's been more than half a century since he last made a movie, and still we keep coming back to Allan Dwan. Fifty years was also the span of his working life, from 1911–1961, and it's in Dwan's epochal directing career that we find a unlikely connecting hub for Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson, Shirley Temple, and John Wayne, among many others. Any given batch of Dwan films affords the invigorating if decidedly nostalgic privilege of seeing how the movie medium invented itself. To signify the scope of his endurance, Moma's monthlong retrospective derives its title from a new book by Frederic Lombardi, Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios.
A purveyor of generally unpretentious entertainments, Dwan never really had name recognition. "Dwan »
Iron Man 3 shows up both the glories and the extreme limitations of the superhero summer blockbuster genre. Director Shane Black and his British co-writer Drew Pearce work tremendously hard to bring humour, irony and complexity to their screenplay, even if they are defeated by the sheer superficiality of their source material. Robert Downey Jr is as appealing as ever as Tony Stark, the playboy/engineering genius, saving the world in his iron suit. The film serves up plenty of spectacle – explosions, chases and brilliantly choreographed feats of acrobatics in which Downey leaps hither and thither like an iron-clad Douglas Fairbanks. As in The Dark Knight Rises, in which Tom Hardy's Bane terrified America, there is again a very menacing villain (Ben Kingsley's The Mandarin), who seems like a mix of Nosferatu, Fu Manchu and Osama bin Laden. »
Leonard Nimoy, Terry Gilliam, Richard Donner, John Carpenter, Neil Gaiman and Edgar Wright are among the starry names that will bring universes of imagination together at the EW CapeTown Film Festival (April 30 – May 6) in Los Angeles, the editors of Entertainment Weekly announced Friday.
Those guests, along with the previously announced appearance by Kurt Russell and the anniversary screenings of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, represent a powerful line-up for the inaugural CapeTown festival, which shares its name with EW.com’s recently launched hub for sci-fi and fantasy coverage.
CapeTown has covered the news in pop culture »
- EW staff
Author Slide to discuss the history of Hollywood extras at historical Lasky-DeMille Barn Film historian Anthony Slide, author of dozens of books on Hollywood history, will be discussing his most recent work, Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players and Stand-Ins, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, located at a Hollywood historical landmark: the Lasky-DeMille Barn, right across the street from the Hollywood Bowl. (Check out: "The History of Hollywood Extras, Bit Players and Stand-Ins: Interview with Author and Film Historian Anthony Slide.") Pictured Above are Olivia de Havilland and her The Charge of the Light Brigade stand-in, Ann Robinson, circa 1936. As per the Barn's press release, "Mr. Slide will discuss the lives and work of extras, including the harsh conditions, sexual harassment, scandals and tragedies." Besides, he'll also talk about Central Casting and the Hollywood Studio Club, the residence of a number of up-and-coming actresses, »
- Andre Soares
In Robert Wiene’s 1920 dreamlike horror classic, veteran German actor Werner Krauss plays the mysterious Dr. Caligari, the apparent force behind a creepy somnambulist named Cesare and played by Conrad Veidt, who abducts beautiful Lil Dagover. The finale in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has inspired tons of movies and television shows, from Fritz Lang's 1944 film noir The Woman in the Window to the last episode of the TV series St. Elsewhere. In addition, the film shares some key elements in common (suppposedly as a result of a mere coincidence) with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio's 2011 thriller Shutter Island. The 1920 crime melodrama Outside the Law is not in any way related to Rachid Bouchareb's 2010 political drama. Instead, the Tod Browning-directed movie is a well-made entry in the gangster genre (long before the explosion a decade later). Browning, best known for his early '30s efforts Dracula and Freaks, »
- Andre Soares
Everybody's favorite movie decade: Which ones are the best movies released in the 20th century's second decade? Best Film (Pictured above) Broken Blossoms: Barthelmess and Gish star as ill-fated lovers in D.W. Griffith’s romantic melodrama featuring interethnic love. Check These Out (Pictured below) Cabiria: is considered one of the major landmarks in motion picture history, having inspired the scope and visual grandeur of D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance. Also of note, Pastrone's epic of ancient Rome introduced Maciste, a bulky hero who would be featured in countless movies in the ensuing decades. Best Actor (Pictured below) In the tragic The Italian, George Beban plays an Italian immigrant recently arrived in the United States (Click below for film review). Unfortunately, his American dream quickly becomes a horrendous nightmare of poverty and despair. Best Actress (Pictured below) The movies' super-vamp Theda Bara in A Fool There Was: A little »
- Andre Soares
Most of my inner cinephile rejoices at any film distributor who takes it upon themselves to make the effort to track down prints of classic films to give them an HD conversion and help them survive the transition into an increasingly digital world. That said, most of the newly announced Cohen library of classic and contemporary films will go a long way towards making it a reputable distributor of an ilk similar to Criterion Collection, but part of the challenge inherent in that task is recognizing when a film's print doesn't warrant the Blu-ray format due to such low abysmal quality, like with The Thief of Bagdad. A classic adventure epic from the silent era with Douglas Fairbanks as its lead, The Thief of Bagdad is an entertaining film with a story strong enough to keep audiences watching despite the lack of spoken dialogue, unfortunately, it's seen far better days »
- Lex Walker
For nearly a century, the masked outlaw Zorro has been a popular character who in books and films has been featured defending against tyrannical villains who seek to oppress the masses. Zorro has been played by Douglas Fairbanks, Antonio Banderas and others. Next year, 20th Century Fox is scheduled to release Zorro Reborn, starring Gael Garcia Bernal. But now comes a big attempt to free Zorro from any intellectual property grip. On Wednesday, a lawsuit was filed that asserts that Zorro is in the public domain, that trademarks on the character should be canceled and that the company currently professing
- Eriq Gardner
Welcome To The Emerald City Comicon!
While it’s no San Diego Comicon, maybe that’s a good thing. This past weekend, from March 1st to 3rd, Seattle hosted the 11th annual Emerald City Comicon, an event that has ballooned in size to an almost unwieldy horde of nerds, freaks, geeks and cool kids. On the strength of its celebrity guests and its massive hall of comic book writers and artists, with a heavy bent on the independent scene, for one weekend, the Con takes over downtown Seattle.
For awhile now, it’s been clear that the Con is not just for the periphery, for those that toil in their parents’ basement subsisting on Mountain Dew and WoW (though they’re welcome). The Con has become mainstream, for better and worse, and is a family event that appeals to nigh every demographic.
This year, after two years volunteering behind (and »
- Andy Greene
It's not everyday that I end an interview by watching the interviewee munching on a smashed-up lightbulb. But Jonathan Goodwin, the star of Watch's new daredevil TV series, isn't an ordinary man. He's brave, incredibly skilled and also possibly slightly crazy.
On his new TV show The Incredible Mr Goodwin, Jonathan will perform stunts that include putting a live scorpion in his mouth while handcuffed, testing his reflexes on a bear trap that would snap off his arm, dangling off buildings with only two fingers and hanging off a helicopter by only his toes. So you probably see what we mean by "slightly crazy".
"I've never really had a proper job. I started when I was seven. It's been part of my life for a very long time," says Goodwin.
"My dad gifted me a book about Harry Houdini when I was seven and I just become obsessed. I was fascinated by it. »
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