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TCM goes to war on Memorial Day: But thorny issues mostly avoided

29 May 2017 9:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Submarine movie evening: Underwater war waged in TCM's Memorial Day films In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies has gone all red, white, and blue this 2017 Memorial Day weekend, presenting a few dozen Hollywood movies set during some of the numerous wars in which the U.S. has been involved around the globe during the last century or so. On Memorial Day proper, TCM is offering a submarine movie evening. More on that further below. But first it's good to remember that although war has, to put it mildly, serious consequences for all involved, it can be particularly brutal on civilians – whether male or female; young or old; saintly or devilish; no matter the nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other label used in order to, figuratively or literally, split apart human beings. Just this past Sunday, the Pentagon chief announced that civilian deaths should be anticipated as “a »

- Andre Soares

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Things to Come (2016)

23 May 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Mia Hansen-Løve’s portrait of the travails of a middle-aged philosophy teacher is a plum acting vehicle for Isabelle Huppert It steers clear of crazy, extraordinary events to instead offer insights into how real people live and cope. The professor must dip into her subject matter to make sense of her life, and comes up sane. Folks expecting a feel-good satire about ‘goofy’ women can make do with Sally Field in Hello, My Name is Doris. Mia and Isabelle do well here.

Things to Come (2016)

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2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 102 min. / L’avenir / Street Date May 9, 2017 / 19.08

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, Sarah Le Picard, Solal Forte, Elise Lhomeau, Lionel Dray-Rabotnik.

Cinematography: Denis Lenoir

Film Editor: Marion Monnier

Produced by Charles Gillibert

Written and Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

French actress Isabelle Huppert had a great year in 2016, what with her Oscar nomination for Elle, a »

- Glenn Erickson

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Cannes Film Festival Honoree Claudia Cardinale Reflects on Her Long Career

19 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Silver screen icon and committed feminist Claudia Cardinale, who’s being celebrated by the 70th Cannes Film Festival, has been breaking the mold of the submissive sex symbol for six decades.

Born in Tunisia to Sicilian immigrant parents, Cardinale was discovered by Italian producer Franco Cristaldi as a teenager after she won a Miss Italian Beauty pageant. Her first mention in Variety, dates back to 1959. It reads: “Tunisian-Italian thesp, signed by Rank for Ralph Thomas’ ‘Upstairs and Downstairs,’… and specifies “she’s under contract to Vides of Rome.” That contract, inked reluctantly when Cardinale was 18, marked the start of a glorious career comprising memorable roles in classics by European masters including Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone and Werner Herzog, and appearances in several Hollywood movies such as “The Pink Panther” and “Lost Command.”

Today Cardinale continues to work non-stop often with first-time helmers, most recently playing an avaricious duchess »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Tribeca review: The Lovers harks back to drawing room dramas of yesteryear

1 May 2017 9:12 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The Lovers has the star-crossed lovers theme that was fodder for scores of studio  films from the 1930s to the 1960s. Even the “twist” in the plot — that the lovers in question are a married couple — is the stuff that made the careers of Doris Day and Rock Hudson Stuck in a marriage that calcified eons ago, Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts) are only going through the motion of matrimony for the sake of their college-aged son. Their respective jobs are equally as bad, mind-numbering work that they essentially phone in, all of which adds to...read more »

- Karolyne Sosa

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A Farewell to Arms (1957)

29 April 2017 10:54 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This remake of a pre-Code classic adds amazing European locations, glorious Technicolor and entire armies on the move, yet doesn’t improve on the original. Producer David O. Selznick secured Rock Hudson to play opposite Jennifer Jones, but the chemistry is lacking. Why did the man spend twenty years trying to top Gone With the Wind?

A Farewell to Arms

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Kl Studio Classics

1957 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 152 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Rock Hudson, Vittorio De Sica, Mercedes McCambridgeElaine Stritch.

Cinematography: Oswald Morris, Piero Portalupi

Production Designer: Alfred Junge

Art Direction: Mario Garbuglia

Film Editors: John M. Foley, Gerard J. Wilson

Original Music: Mario Nascimbene

Written by Ben Hecht from a play by Laurence Stallings from a novel by Ernest Hemingway

Produced by David O. Selznick

Directed by Charles Vidor

 

What happens when a major Hollywood producer thinks he has all the answers? »

- Glenn Erickson

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return’ Review: Faces Change, But The Anarchic Spirit Remains the Same

14 April 2017 5:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you know the words, sing along:

If you’re wondering how he eats and breathes

and other science facts,

Just repeat to yourself, “It’s just a show,

I should really just relax…”

for Mystery Science Theater 3000!”

While some things have changed about the revival of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (premiering this weekend on Netflix) an awful lot hasn’t — including the refrain above from the opening theme song, familiar to generations of fans. The lyrics above, a winky nod to the absurdity of the show’s premise, has always been a major tone-setter for the series created by Joel Hodgson, which brings together an appreciation for the clumsiest efforts in film history with its own crude yet charming style.

Read More: Top Showrunners Give Their Take on a Writers Strike and the Influence of Trump on TV — IndieWire’s WonderCon 2017 Panel

The 14-episode season, dubbed “The Return »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return’ Review: Faces Change, But The Anarchic Spirit Remains the Same

14 April 2017 5:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you know the words, sing along:

If you’re wondering how he eats and breathes

and other science facts,

Just repeat to yourself, “It’s just a show,

I should really just relax…”

for Mystery Science Theater 3000!”

While some things have changed about the revival of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (premiering this weekend on Netflix) an awful lot hasn’t — including the refrain above from the opening theme song, familiar to generations of fans. The lyrics above, a winky nod to the absurdity of the show’s premise, has always been a major tone-setter for the series created by Joel Hodgson, which brings together an appreciation for the clumsiest efforts in film history with its own crude yet charming style.

Read More: Top Showrunners Give Their Take on a Writers Strike and the Influence of Trump on TV — IndieWire’s WonderCon 2017 Panel

The 14-episode season, dubbed “The Return »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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All That Hollywood Allows: Douglas Sirk’s Brilliant Melodramas

5 April 2017 6:52 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The European filmmaker directed a series of deceptively complex melodramas in the 1950s.“This is the dialectic — there is a very short distance between high art and trash, and trash that contains an element of craziness is by this very quality nearer to art” — Douglas Sirk

Douglas Sirk was born in Germany in 1900, and began his career in the early 1920s working in theater. In 1922, he directed his first production — an adaptation of Hermann Bossdorf’s Stationmaster Death, and from then on he became one of the most respected theater directors in Weimar Germany. Then, in 1934, he took a job as a film director at Ufa, the biggest studio in Germany at the time.

In 1941, Sirk left Germany and began working as a director in Hollywood. His early films, such as the WWII drama Hitler’s Madman (1942) have largely been forgotten. These early films varied in genre — he directed war films (Mystery Submarine), historical dramas (A Scandal in Paris), film »

- Angela Morrison

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Doris Day Looks Back on Her Legendary Life

3 April 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Doris Day is celebrating her 95th birthday on Monday — and not her 93rd birthday, as she had originally thought! The legendary songstress and film star is known for living a quiet life outside of the spotlight, but in 2011 in a rare interview, Doris sat down with People to discuss her love, friendship and career. Read the profile below:

Living out of the spotlight for more than 20 years in Carmel, Calif., Doris Day was quite surprised to get a certain call last January. It was Colin Firth, wanting to confess his schoolboy crush. “He told me when he was a kid, »

- Liz McNeil

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Coming This Summer: "Cinema Retro's Movie Classics- WWII Movies Of The Sixties"!

31 March 2017 4:20 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro proudly presents this year's Movie Classics special issue: "WWII Movies of the Sixties", showcasing films that only Cinema Retro would cover in-depth. Some are true classics, others are simply vastly entertaining- and all are celebrated through rare production photos, international marketing campaigns, then-and-now location photos and little-known facts. 

Films covered in this issue:

The Guns of Navarone - Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven Battle of the Bulge- Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan Anzio- Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk The Victors- George Peppard, Eli Wallach, George Hamilton The Train- Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau Tobruk-Rock Hudson, George Peppard, Nigel Davenport Hannibal Brooks- Oliver Reed, Michael J. Pollard The Devil's Brigade- William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards Von Ryan's Express- Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard Operation Crossbow- George Peppard, Sophia Loren, Richard Johnson Is Paris Burning?- Orson Welles, Gert Frobe, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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The Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin – QFest St. Louis Review

29 March 2017 4:42 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Review by Mark Longden

The Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin  screens Sunday, Apr. 2 at 5:15pm at the .Zack (3224 Locust St., St. Louis, Mo 63103) as part of this year’s QFest St. Louis. Ticket information can be found Here

A completely sober retelling of Armistead Maupin’s life would still be interesting – his great-grandfather was a Congressman, then a Confederate soldier, dying in the Civil War; Maupin himself was a Vietnam veteran who met Richard Nixon in the Oval Office; worked for ultra-right-wing Senator Jesse Helms; was once seduced by Rock Hudson; and became famous for his fiction because no-one would go on the record for him and he just decided to fictionalise the people he was meeting every day. But this documentary, as well as having all that in it, is colourful and fun and hilarious, and is definitely recommended.

 We go on a roughly chronological wander through Maupin’s life, »

- Movie Geeks

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Fassbinder’s Double Dialectic: The Genius Blocking and Gest of "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul"

23 March 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) is showing March 28 - April 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom in the series Fassbinder: The Exploitability of Feelings.By now many will have encountered Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (German: Angst essen Seele auf, 1974) even if they are not hardcore devotees of the director’s oeuvre. Along with his Brd trilogy, Ali stands as one of Fassbinder’s most acclaimed and viewed works. The film follows 60-year-old cleaning woman Emmi (Brigitte Mira) who becomes involved with much younger Moroccan mechanic Ali (El Hedi ben Salem) after one of his friends dares him to dance with her when she walks alone into the bar one rainy evening.  Ali has been frequently praised for the moving performances of its leads and for how it so effectively portrays »

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Barbara Hale, Emmy-Winning Costar of Perry Mason, Dead at 94

27 January 2017 5:20 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Barbara Hale, who costarred alongside Raymond Burr for nearly four decades on TV’s Perry Mason, has died at the age of 94.

Hale passed away Thursday, according to a Facebook post from her son, actor William Katt. In 1957, she began playing secretary Della Street on the CBS legal drama Perry Mason, assisting Burr’s defense attorney with his weekly cases.

Related Mary Tyler Moore Dead at 80, Remembered as ‘Visionary Who Turned the World on With Her Smile

She appeared in all nine seasons, winning an Emmy in 1959 for best supporting actress in a drama and getting nominated for another in »

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William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist Author, Passes Away at 89

13 January 2017 9:37 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As the entertainment community comes off a year where seemingly countless legends passed away, 2017 isn't getting off to a great start on this front either. The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty has passed away at the age of 89. The news broke on Twitter this morning by The Exorcist director William Friedkin, although no cause of death has been given at this time. The director only shared that Blatty died yesterday, calling the writer a "dear friend and brother."

After news of his death broke, a number of entertainment and horror luminaries took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late author. Earlier this morning, tributes started pouring in from Stephen King, directors Edgar Wright and Joe Lynch, and Jeremy Slater, who created the The Exorcist TV series that debuted last fall on Fox. The late author celebrated his 89th birthday less than a week ago.

William Peter Blatty was born January 7, 1928 in New York City, »

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William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89

13 January 2017 8:29 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

William Peter Blatty, the novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter most famous for landmark horror film “The Exorcist” as well as the director of two films, “The Ninth Configuration” and “The Exorcist III,” has died. He was 89.

“Exorcist” director William Friedkin announced the news on Twitter Friday morning: “William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday,” Friedkin wrote.

Blatty’s 1970 novel “The Exorcist” remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 57 weeks, and he subsequently adapted it for the 1973 bigscreen version directed by William Friedkin. That film was not only an enormous box office success, playing in theaters for months, but was Oscar nominated for best picture (becoming the first horror film ever so nominated) and won for Blatty’s adapted screenplay.

The film won several polls for scariest horror movie ever, and the Library of Congress designated “The Exorcist” for preservation as part of »

- Carmel Dagan

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