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16 items from 2016


The King and Four Queens

23 May 2016 9:32 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Clark Gable is still sufficiently frisky in this late career western to attract four well-chosen frontier women -- who in this case happen to be a quartet of robbers' wives, sitting on a rumored mountain of ill-gotten gains. Raoul Walsh abets the comedy-drama, as Gable's fox-in-a-henhouse tries to determine which hen can lead him to the promised golden eggs. The King and Four Queens Blu-ray Olive Films 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 86 min. / Street Date May 24, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jo Van Fleet, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols, Sara Shane, Roy Roberts, Arthur Shields, Jay C. Flippen. Cinematography Lucien Ballard Production Design Wiard Ihnen Film Editor Howard Bretherton Original Music Alex North Written by Richard Alan Simmons, Margaret Fitts from her story Produced by David Hempstead Directed by Raoul Walsh

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Olive's latest dip into MGM's United Artists holdings brings up the cheerful, not particularly »

- Glenn Erickson

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The 80 Best-Directed Films, According to the Directors Guild of America

3 May 2016 6:59 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.

Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »

- Jordan Raup

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Try and Get Me!

15 April 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This noir hits with the force of a blast furnace -- Cy Endfield's wrenching tale of social neglect and injustice will tie your stomach in knots. Sound like fun? An unemployed man turns to crime and reaps a whirlwind of disproportionate retribution. It's surely the most powerful of all filmic accusations thrown at the American status quo. Try and Get Me! Blu-ray Olive Films 1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 92 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / The Sound of Fury / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan, Richard Carlson, Lloyd Bridges, Katherine Locke, Adele Jergens, Art Smith, Renzo Cesana, Irene Vernon, Cliff Clark, Donald Smelick, Joe E. Ross. Cinematography Guy Roe Production Design Perry Ferguson Film Editor George Amy Original Music Hugo Friedhofer Written by Jo Pagano from his novel The Condemned Produced by Robert Stillman Directed by Cyril Endfield

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Socially conscious 'issue' movies are not all made equal. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Brando Back on the Big Screen – On The Waterfront April 24 & 27

12 April 2016 9:39 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This month, On The Waterfront makes a thrilling cinematic come-back as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) year-long TCM Big Screen Classics series. For two days only, April 24 and April 27, catch Marlon Brando in the Academy Award® winning, mob-boss thriller.

More than 60 years after its original release, On The Waterfront, Academy Award®-winning director Elia Kazan’s classic tale of crime and corruption among unionized dock workers in New York and New Jersey, returns to movie theaters as part of the Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies TCM Big Screen Classics series.

For just four screenings only — two each day — in more than 600 theaters, the TCM Big Screen Classics series gives movie buffs nationwide the chance to experience the second collaboration of Marlon Brando and Kazan, following A Streetcar Named Desire, along with the acclaimed performances of Eva Marie Saint and Karl Malden, and a still-searing, Academy »

- Tom Stockman

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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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Alexander the Great

2 April 2016 9:52 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Tired of stupid sword 'n' sandal costume pictures? Robert Rossen's all-star bio-epic of the charter founder of the Masons is a superior analysis of political ambition and the ruthless application of power. Yeah, he's wearing a blond wig, but Richard Burton captures the force of Alexander without camping up Asia Minor. Alexander the Great Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 136 min. / Ship Date March 15, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Richard Burton, Fredric March, Claire Bloom, Danielle Darrieux, Barry Jones, Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker, Niall MacGinnis, Peter Cushing. Cinematography Robert Krasker Art Direction Andrej Andrejew Film Editor Ralph Kemplen Original Music Mario Nascimbene Produced by Gordon Griffith, Robert Rossen Written and Directed by Robert Rossen

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Critical opinions aren't supposed to flip-flop with every screening of a film, but I have to admit that my appreciation of Robert Rossen's 1956 epic Alexander the Great »

- Glenn Erickson

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Shannon Bolin Kaye, Star of ‘Damn Yankees,’ Dies at 99

29 March 2016 1:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress and singer Shannon Bolin Kaye died March 25 in New York City at the age of 99.

Bolin played the middle-age, Midwestern wife in the original Broadway production and subsequent film adaptation of “Damn Yankees,” to whom the young baseball player Joe Hardy longs to return. She also played one of the two bickering Corlick sisters in the Denny’s commercials that ran from the late 1980s to the 1990s. A mezzo-soprano on the concert stage with her own radio programs in Washington, D.C., during the 1940s and later a contralto in television operas and on the concert stage, she also made her mark on the Broadway stage and in regional productions.

She was known for playing warm, maternal women — except in the Puccini opera “Suor Angelica,” in which she memorably played the mean princess.

When George Abbott cast her as Meg in the stage production of “Damn Yankees,” she rejected »

- Carmel Dagan

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Richard Davalos, ‘East of Eden’ Actor, Dies at 85

9 March 2016 10:10 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actor Richard Davalos, who played James Dean’s brother Aron in Elia Kazan’s 1955 film “East of Eden,” died Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. He was 85.

Davalos approached stardom in the ’50s and ’60s with roles in “East of Eden” and as convict Blind Dick in 1967 classic “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman. While working on “East of Eden,” Davalos and Dean roomed together in a Burbank apartment. His other credits include “I Died a Thousand Times” (1955), “All the Young Men” (1960), “The Cabinet of Caligari” (1962), “Pit Stop” (1969), “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970), “Brother, Cry for Me” (also 1970), “Hot Stuff” (1979), “Death Hunt” (1981), “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1983) and his final screen credit, 2008’s “Ninja Cheerleaders.”

The actor also had an active career in television. He starred with Darryl Hickman in NBC’s brief series “The Americans” in 1961 and guested on shows including “Bonanza,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Perry Mason, »

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Life | DVD Review

8 March 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A troubling hush seems to follow Anton Corbijn’s fourth and least enthusiastically received Life, a snapshot on the short but intensely felt celebrity of actor James Dean revolving around a famed photo shoot for the titular magazine administered by Dennis Stock. Considering the film stars Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson in the lead roles, the lukewarm reception of the film seems surprising, beginning with a muted response at the premiere at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, where it played as a Special Gala Screening. Based on the film’s marketing and demure DVD release, one would be surprised to note Us distributor Cinedigm collected a titch over one million in box office following a limited theatrical and VOD release in December of 2015.

Following his 2014 John Le Carre adaptation A Man Most Wanted, director Anton Corbijn delves into the life of another desired individual, cherished cinematic icon James Dean with Life. »

- Nicholas Bell

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John Sarno, Acting Teacher and Actor, Dies at 75

16 February 2016 2:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Anthony Sarno, a noted acting teacher in Hollywood and New York whose students included Margaret Avery, Daryl Hannah, Tracy Britton, Oliver Stone and Annie Potts, died December 25 after a battle with cancer. He was 75.

Before becoming an acting teacher, Sarno had a lengthy acting career himself and studied under and lived with his mentor, actor and legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg.

Sarno performed on Broadway, acting as Billy Bibbit in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” He moved from New York to Los Angeles to star in his breakthrough role, Jerry Griffith, in the film “The Seven Minutes,” directed by Russ Meyer. Sarno drew a Golden Globe Award nomination for most promising newcomer for his performance.

During the 1970s and ’80s Sarno made guest appearances on TV shows including “Baretta,” “Medical Center” and “Kojak,” later guesting on “NYPD Blue” in 1997.

He appeared in the 2007 film “Zodiac” and »

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John Sarno, Acting Teacher and Actor, Dies at 75

16 February 2016 2:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Anthony Sarno, a noted acting teacher in Hollywood and New York, died December 25 after a battle with cancer. He was 75.

Before becoming an acting teacher, Sarno had a lengthy acting career himself and studied under and lived with his mentor, actor and legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg.

Sarno preformed on Broadway, acting as Billy Bibbit in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” He moved from New York to Los Angeles to star in his breakthrough role, Jerry Griffith, in the film “The Seven Minutes,” directed by Russ Meyer. Sarno drew a Golden Globe Award nomination for most promising newcomer for his performance.

During the 1970s and ’80s Sarno made guest appearances on TV shows including “Baretta,” “Medical Center” and “Kojak,” later guesting on “NYPD Blue” in 1997.

He appeared in the 2007 film “Zodiac” and this past year was cast in the film “Monday at 11:01 A.M.,” which »

- Variety Staff

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The Oscar ‘Race': Hollywood’s ongoing diversity drama

27 January 2016 11:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras on Hollywood’s ongoing diversity drama…

I’m white. Take a minute, let that settle in. I know it’s shocking. I’m like the Rick Astley of film columnists because you probably first thought I was black and like Rick Astley you’re always a little bummed when you click on a link and it turns out to be me. I’m not just white, I’m super white. Roger Deakins uses me to color balance his camera. My blood can be used as liquid paper. I’m so white the Academy Awards are considering giving me a lifetime achievement award. So take the rest of this column with a grain of salt, because a white man talking about racism is like an arsonist talking about fire safety: we’re familiar with the subject but probably not the best suited to discuss the topic with any sensitivity. »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Media-themed Film Classics "A Face In The Crowd", "Ace In The Hole" And "Network" At Loew's Jersey City This Weekend

27 January 2016 3:10 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The landmark Loew's Jersey City movie palace will present a unique film festival of movies centering on the media. On Friday January 29 there will be a rare big screen showing of Elia Kazan's classic "A Face in the Crowd" with a screen-scorching performance by Andy Griffith as a charismatic country singer who plays his followers for chumps. Patricia Neal co-stars. On Saturday, two features will be shown: Billy Wilder's superb "Ace in the Hole" with Kirk Douglas as an overly-zealous reporter who manipulates how a tragic mining accident works out in order to maximize his coverage.

There will also be a screening of Sidney Lumet's all-time classic "Network" starring William Holden, Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch as a revered network news anchor who becomes even more popular when his nervous breakdown causes him to go insane. (Please, no snarky comments about his viability in this year's presidential race. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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The Southerner

26 January 2016 10:22 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Looking to discover a top-quality film that honors lasting values? Jean Renoir gives Zachary Scott and Betty Field as Texas sharecroppers trying to survive a rough first year. It's beautifully written by Hugo Butler, with given realistic, earthy touches not found in Hollywood pix. And the transfer is a new UCLA restoration. With two impressive short subjects in equal good quality. The Southerner Blu-ray Kino Classics 1945 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 92 min. / Street Date February 9, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Betty Field, Beulah Bondi, Carol Naish, Norman Lloyd, Zachary Scott, Percy Kilbride, Charles Kemper, Blanche Yurka, Estelle Taylor, Paul Harvey, Noreen Nash, Nestor Paiva, Almira Sessions. Cinematography Lucien Andriot Film Editor Gregg C. Tallas Production Designer Eugène Lourié Assistant Director Robert Aldrich Original Music Werner Janssen Written by Hugo Butler, Jean Renoir from a novel by George Sessions Perry Produced by Robert Hakim, David L. Loew Directed by Jean Renoir »

- Glenn Erickson

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TV Review: ‘American Masters: Mike Nichols’

26 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A loving tribute presented largely in his own words, the “American Masters” documentary “Mike Nichols” is directed by his one-time collaborator Elaine May, and drawn extensively from producer Julian Schlossberg’s candid interview with the director conducted for the film. While an hour is hardly sufficient to fully do justice to Nichols’ rich stage, film and performing resume, it’s enough to provide ample insight into why so many speak of the artist – who died in 2014, at the age of 83 – so reverently and affectionately.

Nichols talks about his humble beginnings – coming to America as a German refugee in the wake of World War II – and early schooling before his move into performing with May, which, he notes, earned him more universal accolades than anything he had done since. (There’s a hilarious clip of the two of them spoofing a Hollywood awards show, with her singling him out from the stage for his utter mediocrity. »

- Brian Lowry

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Wind Across the Everglades

19 January 2016 9:27 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The Audubon Society battles plumage poachers in the Everglades, circa 1900. Legendary director Nicholas Ray suffered an on-location meltdown filming this early ecologically sensitive epic, but the finished product is still one of his better pictures. Burl Ives, Christopher Plummer and Chana Eden give top 'Ray' performances. The eccentric supporting cast includes Peter Falk, boxer Two-Ton Tony Galento and none other than the real Gypsy Rose Lee. Wind Across the Everglades DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1958 / Color / 1:85 enhanced widescreen / 93 min. / Street Date October 6 2015, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Burl Ives, Christopher Plummer, Gypsy Rose Lee, George Voskovec, Tony Galento, Howard Smith, Emmett Kelly, Pat Henning, Chana Eden, Curt Conway, Peter Falk, Sammy Renick, Cory Osceola, MacKinlay Kantor, Totch Brown, George Voskovec, Sumner Williams. Cinematography Joseph Brun Film Editor Georges Klotz, Joseph Zigman Art Direction Richard Sylbert Original Music Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter Written by Budd Schulberg Produced by Stuart Schulberg »

- Glenn Erickson

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