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50th Anniversary: Two for the Road

14 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tim here. This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of one of the tiny gems in the careers of Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, and director Stanley Donen: Two for the Road. It's a British film that picked up a handful of important awards nominations – writer Frederic Raphael at both the Oscars and Baftas, Hepburn at the Golden Globes, Donen with the DGA – and went on to be largely overlooked in the following five decades.

That's understandable; it's not a film primed to appeal to the fandom that it seems like it should have. Donen in the director's seat and Hepburn as the top-billed lead both suggest certain kinds of films, if not necessarily the same kind of film: bubbly comedies in his case, elegant Continental romances in hers (splitting the difference, four years earlier they collaborated on Charade, a bubbly Continental comedy). Two for the Road isn't devoid of humor, »

- Tim Brayton

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Emmy Night: Winners List, Haphazard Notes, Political Jabs

17 September 2017 6:40 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

By Nathaniel R

The Big Little Lies cast were first presenters setting the tone for a night devoted to them essentially

8:00 Stephen Colbert managed to work lots of political commentary and Trump jabs into his opening song which hits peak jab with the "even treason's better on TV" lyric with the stars of The Americans giving brief cameo. The also Trump centric post-song monologue is good and the stars are eating it up. 

8:16 Colbert actually saves the best joke for last with a surprise cameo by Sean Spicer (yes, actually Sean Spicer with his stand) who he introduces as Melissa McCarthy. Even McCarthy is shook. 

8:18 Nice touch to have an ensemble as joyfully in synch as Big Little Lies do a supporting category. Lithgow wins for playing Churchill. That also worked for Albert Finney 15 years ago. Oldman is also going to win the Oscar playing Churchill later this year. »

- NATHANIEL R

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New Academy President John Bailey is Willing to Ask if Movies Need Theaters For Oscar Qualification, and Other Radical Ideas

6 September 2017 7:42 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As words like film, negative, celluloid, unspool, and reel become increasingly archaic, even the venerable Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences realizes that it needs to evolve. At the Telluride Film Festival, I sat down with new Academy president John Bailey to discuss what he has in mind. Here’s what we can expect from the 75-year-old cinematographer of “The Big Chill” and “Groundhog Day,” who is proud to be the rare filmmaker representing the Academy board.

(Re)Define the motion picture

Bailey is a realist as much as a cineaste. At Telluride, he appreciated Paul Schrader’s well-reviewed “First Reformed” — but fully supported the possibility that the film would go to Netflix. “It’s very unlikely the studios would pick it up,” said Bailey. “In reality, Netflix and Amazon have now become the studios that have the courage to make the film nobody else would make.”

Similarly, while »

- Anne Thompson

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New Academy President John Bailey is Willing to Ask if Movies Need Theaters For Oscar Qualification, and Other Radical Ideas

6 September 2017 7:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As words like film, negative, celluloid, unspool, and reel become increasingly archaic, even the venerable Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences realizes that it needs to evolve. At the Telluride Film Festival, I sat down with new Academy president John Bailey to discuss what he has in mind. Here’s what we can expect from the 75-year-old cinematographer of “The Big Chill” and “Groundhog Day,” who is proud to be the rare filmmaker representing the Academy board.

(Re)Define the motion picture

Bailey is a realist as much as a cineaste. At Telluride, he appreciated Paul Schrader’s well-reviewed “First Reformed” — but fully supported the possibility that the film would go to Netflix. “It’s very unlikely the studios would pick it up,” said Bailey. “In reality, Netflix and Amazon have now become the studios that have the courage to make the film nobody else would make.”

Similarly, while »

- Anne Thompson

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From VHS to VOD #3

4 September 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Darkest Hour’: Gary Oldman Is Simply A Force Of Nature As Winston Churchill [Telluride Review]

2 September 2017 2:27 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Telluride – A little less than three weeks from the publication of this review John Lithgow is expected to win an Emmy for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the Netflix series “The Crown.” Earlier this year Brian Cox earned positive notices for his own interpretation of the legendary British Prime Minister in the appropriately titled “Churchill.” In fact, Churchill appears in some form or another a few times a year and talents such as Brendan Gleeson, Albert Finney, Bob Hoskins, John Houseman and Richard Burton have tried to capture the once in a lifetime charisma of this historical figure on the big or small screen.

Continue reading ‘Darkest Hour’: Gary Oldman Is Simply A Force Of Nature As Winston Churchill [Telluride Review] at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Wolfen (1981)

12 August 2017 9:47 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

1981 was the Year of the Werewolf in horror; An American Werewolf in London and The Howling were easily the leaders of this particular pack, with Larry Cohen’s comedy Full Moon High offering up another unique monster spin. There was one other film that put its own twist on lycanthropy, and that’s Michael Wadleigh’s Wolfen, laden with social commentary writ large in place of silver bullets and gypsy fortune tellers. And it’s all the better for it.

Released Stateside in July by Orion Pictures, Wolfen (based on the novel by Whitley Strieber) only returned $10 million on its $17 million budget; critics however were very kind, unlike audiences who probably were expecting more traditional tropes for a trip to the movies. This is not that film; a measured pace and a heightened sense of intent set it apart from the others. (Plus the antagonists are shape shifting wolves, but »

- Scott Drebit

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Clare Douglas obituary

30 July 2017 8:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

My friend Clare Douglas, who has died aged 73, was a Bafta award-winning film editor of memorable television programmes.

She worked on the adaptation of John le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), Dennis Potter’s films Blackeyes (1989), Secret Friends (1991), Lipstick on Your Collar (1993), Karaoke (1996) and the four-parter Cold Lazarus (1996), directed by Renny Rye and starring Albert Finney as the writer Daniel Feeld.

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- David Boardman

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Clare Douglas obituary

30 July 2017 8:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

My friend Clare Douglas, who has died aged 73, was a Bafta award-winning film editor of memorable television programmes.

She worked on the adaptation of John le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), Dennis Potter’s films Blackeyes (1989), Secret Friends (1991), Lipstick on Your Collar (1993), Karaoke (1996) and the four-parter Cold Lazarus (1996), directed by Renny Rye and starring Albert Finney as the writer Daniel Feeld.

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- David Boardman

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Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance

21 July 2017 4:01 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback featuring daring Albert Finney tour de force As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater in the Los Angeles suburb of Westwood. Jacqueline Bisset is expected to be in attendance. Huston was 77, and suffering from emphysema for several years, when he returned to Mexico – the setting of both The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Night of the Iguana – to direct 28-year-old newcomer Guy Gallo's adaptation of English poet and novelist Malcolm Lowry's 1947 semi-autobiographical novel Under the Volcano, which until then had reportedly defied the screenwriting abilities of numerous professionals. Appropriately set on the Day of the Dead – 1938 – in the fictitious Mexican town of Quauhnahuac (the fact that it sounds like Cuernavaca »

- Andre Soares

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The Picasso Summer

3 June 2017 11:54 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Yet another puzzle picture, that came out on DVD back with the first wave of Wac films in 2010. An expensive romance with Albert Finney and Yvette Mimieux, it was filmed in Europe, co-written by Ray Bradbury and bears the music of Michel Legrand, including an exceedingly well known pop song. Yet it sat on a shelf for three years, only to make a humiliating world debut on TV — on CBS’s Late Nite Movie. It was clearly one of those Productions From Hell, where nothing went right.

The Picasso Summer

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The Warner Archive Collection

1969 originally / Color / 1:85 enhanced widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date May 28, 2010 (not a mistake) / available through the WBshop / 17.99

Starring: Albert Finney, Yvette Mimieux, Luis Miguel Dominguín, Theodore Marcuse, Jim Connell,

Peter Madden, Tutte Lemkow, Graham Stark, Marty Ingels, Georgina Cookson, Miki Iveria, Bee Duffell, Lucia Bosé, Jean Marie Ingels.

Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond

Original Music: Michel Legrand

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- Glenn Erickson

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'Murder on the Orient Express' Trailer: Watch an Amazing Cast Ride the Rails of Suspicion

1 June 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

  In the late 19th century, the long-distance train known as the Orient Express became renowned as a bastion of luxury and comfort, traveling from Paris to Eastern Europe and beyond. That made it a good setting for Agatha Christie's mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express, first published in 1934, which revolved around famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and his on-board investigation of a dastardly crime. The book was transformed into a wonderfully entertaining, artfully elegant mystery movie by director Sidney Lumet in 1974, featuring Albert Finney as the detective and an all-star cast as the suspects, including Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, Michael York and Ingrid Bergman, who won an Academy Award for her performance. In 2015, we heard about a new version that was...

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- Peter Martin

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Watch Johnny Depp in Tense 'Murder on the Orient Express' Trailer

1 June 2017 9:03 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A scenic train ride turns deadly in the first trailer for Murder on the Orient Express, the latest adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic whodunit. The film is slated for a November 10th release.

The new Murder on the Orient Express is a star vehicle for Kenneth Branagh, who directs the film and takes on the role of the protagonist – a detective of legendary wit named Hercule Poirot. Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer all play train passengers turned suspects, when a murder takes place in-transit. »

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All aboard! Stunning first trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded Murder on the Orient Express

1 June 2017 6:06 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

20th Century Fox have today debuted the first look at director Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded remake of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, which you can view below!

A new version of the classic story, Branagh directs the film as well as taking the film’s lead, as the legendary sleuth Hercule Poirot. On board the famous train, Poirot must solve a murder onboard with everyone a suspect and the detective sifts through 13 strangers to find the killer. The film is produced by Ridley Scott (Alien: Covenant) and Simon Kinberg (The Martian) and written by Alien: Covenant scribe Michael Green.

With a release date set for November time across the globe, it’s fair to say that the studio will be pushing the film into contention for the awards season its release precedes and judging from the first trailer, that may well be the case. »

- Scott Davis

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Murder On The Orient Express: new trailer

31 May 2017 9:58 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kirsten Howard Simon Brew Sep 22, 2017

Here's the brand new trailer for Kenneth Branagh's forthcoming Agatha Christie adaptation, Murder On The Orient Express...

When Kenneth Branagh directs a movie with a sizeable ensemble, the result is usually joyous. As such, we're greatly looking forward to his glitzy adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express.

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The film sees Branagh in the role of Hercule Poirot, and he’s attracted a huge cast to the mystery - Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Dame Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Olaf, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr and Daisy Ridley will all be playing key parts in the new version of the classic whodunnit.

A fresh trailer has now landed for the film. Take a look...

Murder On The Orient Express release date

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Murder on the Orient Express Poster Arrives, Trailer Coming Tomorrow

31 May 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this month, fans got their first look at the impressive Murder on the Orient Express cast with new photos. Tomorrow, you'll finally get to see this massive ensemble in action! 20th Century Fox will be releasing the first trailer Thursday morning. But until then, the studio has unveiled the poster, which also features a hidden clue as part of an ongoing viral campaign where fans will try to unravel this mystery at CluesAreEverywhere.com. If that wasn't enough, actress Penelope Cruz and star/director Kenneth Branagh shed some new light on this adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic tale.

People debuted this new poster and spoke with Penelope Cruz, who plays Spanish missionary Pilar Estravados. The actress revealed that she was drawn to this project because each of these characters are so mysterious. Here's what she had to say below.

"The characters, all of them, have so many layers and so many colors. »

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Who’s the Killer? Check Out the New All-Star Cast of Murder on the Orient Express

31 May 2017 9:20 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

All aboard!

Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express is coming back to the big screen this November — with plenty of stars as suspects.

Kenneth Branagh, who directed, also stars as Christie’s famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, who investigates after a passenger is stabbed to death aboard a luxurious sleeper train heading from Istanbul to Paris. Any of his fellow passengers, from a Russian princess (Judi Dench) to a Spanish missionary (Penélope Cruz), could be the killer.

Much of the cast, which includes Oscar winners and rising stars alike, recently reunited in London and posed for this exclusive photo. »

- Samantha Miller

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Tasche-tastic! First look at the star-studded Murder on the Orient Express

3 May 2017 8:21 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

Now that is a line-up! EW has today debuted the first look at the huge and eclectic cast for the new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, set for release this Christmas.

As you can see from the photos below, the costume and production design is vast and quaint with the hair and makeup team working overtime to re-create the look of the classic murder-mystery novel for the new film. This time the tale is directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Cinderella) and produced by Ridley Scott (Alien: Covenant) and Simon Kinberg (The Martian).

On his role as Poirot, Branagh told EW:

“He has a military background, he’s a former policeman, and so there’s a kind of action-man quality to him,”.

The classic novel was first published in 1934 and was first brought to the big screen in 1974 by Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon »

- Scott Davis

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The Jacques Rivette Collection on Blu-ray From Arrow Video May 23rd

30 April 2017 6:47 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began “thanks to Jacquette Rivette,” the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his “Cahiers du Cinéma” colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc GodardClaude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer, was something of a late bloomer as a director.

In 1969, he directed the 4-hour L’amour fou (1969), the now legendary 13-hour Out 1 (1971) (made for French TV in 1970 but never broadcast; edited to a 4-hour feature and retitled Out 1: Spectre (1972)), and the 3-hour Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), his most entertaining and widely seen picture. In these three films, Rivette began to construct what has come to be called his “House of Fiction”–an enigmatic filmmaking style involving improvisation, ellipsis and considerable narrative experimentation.

Celine and Julie Go Boating

In 1975, Jacques Rivette reunited with Out 1 producer Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff with the idea of a four-film cycle. »

- Tom Stockman

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Brian Cox Prepares For Battle In New Trailer For Churchill

25 April 2017 10:52 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As one of the most iconic, intimidating figures in world history, Winston Churchill has been depicted in film many times. Played by actors ranging from Richard Burton to Albert Finney; from Christian Slater to Michael Gambon – the former British Prime Minister is as recognizable in fictionalizations as he is in real, historical footage. Though interest in his story has never really waned, there has been a notable surge in Churchill-based projects recently, with two heading for theatres this year. One is the more high profile Darkest Hours, starring Gary Oldman, and the other is Churchill, starring Brian Cox, which has had a new trailer released this week.

By the time of his passing in 1965, Sir Winston Churchill had been a prominent and influential British politician for half a century. The former British Army Officer served his government in trade, home affairs, and defence – as well as having held the »

- Sarah Myles

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