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The Reality of a Reflection: An Exploration of Jean-Luc Godard's Filmography

Mubi's retrospective For Ever Godard is showing from November 12, 2017 - January 16, 2018 in the United States.Jean-Luc Godard is a difficult filmmaker to pin down because while his thematic concerns as an artist have remained more or less consistent over the last seven decades, his form is ever-shifting. His filmography is impossible to view in a vacuum, as his work strives to reflect on the constantly evolving cinema culture that surrounds it: Godard always works with the newest filmmaking technologies available, and his films have become increasingly abstracted and opaque as the wider culture of moving images has become increasingly fragmented. Rather than working to maintain an illusion of diegetic truth, Godard’s work as always foreground its status as a manufactured product—of technology, of an industry, of on-set conditions and of an individual’s imagination. Mubi’S Godard retrospective exemplifies the depth and range of Godard’s career as
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‘Young Guns’, ‘Major League’ & ‘Ace Ventura’ Reboots All On The Way

We’re getting word from the trade papers that plans to develop reboots for Young Guns, Major League and Ace Ventura are well underway at the rebranded Morgan Creek company, Morgan Creek Entertainment Group. According to Deadline, the company is making a big push across television, features and digital, and is keen to revive brands from their extensive back-catalogue, the aforementioned all fall within. The trade blog also mentions that there are also discussions with a showrunner for a Dead Ringers series reboot.

Deadline reports that McEg president David Robinson said that the Ace Ventura project will be “a mainstream theatrical production relaunch,” and very much not to a straight remake but a new film in the spirit of the original, “Because it’s episodic in nature, about a pet detective, it also lends itself to a traditional single-camera series franchise.” So, to TV it goes then?

The Young Guns
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Halloween 2017: 31 Horror Films You Can Stream on Amazon Prime This October

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Since I showed some love to Netflix yesterday, I thought it was only proper today to put the spotlight on Amazon Prime and their vast streaming library that features hundreds of genre titles.

There’s no denying that it can be an overwhelming experience to try and navigate your way through over 200 different pages of movies, so I went ahead and put together a list of 31 different films that should help you get into the Halloween spirit throughout the month of October. And since variety is the spice of life, I tried to give you guys an assortment of different sub-genres, so that you should be able to find something to fit any horror-loving mood! Happy October and happy viewing, everyone!

Madman

At a summer camp for youths, a cocky pre-teen calls out the name of mass serial killer "Madman Marz". Suddenly, counselors are being maimed and slaughtered in various
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The Big Knife

What seemed too raw for 1955 still packs a punch, as Robert Aldrich takes a meat cleaver to the power politics of the old studio system. Monstrous studio head Rod Steiger has just the leverage he needs to blackmail frazzled star Jack Palance into signing the big contract. But will Hollywood corruption destroy them all?

The Big Knife

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Arrow Academy

1955 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Street Date September 5, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen,

Rod Steiger, Shelley Winters, Ilka Chase, Everett Sloane, Wesley Addy, Paul Langton, Nick Dennis.

Cinematography: Ernest Laszlo

Art Direction: William Glasgow

Film Editor: Michael Luciano

Original Music: Frank De Vol

Adapted by James Poe from the play by Clifford Odets

Produced and Directed by Robert Aldrich

Robert Aldrich’s 1940s film apprenticeship was largely spent as an assistant director for strong, creative filmmakers that wanted to do good personal work free of the constraints of the big studios.
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The Big Knife Available on Blu-ray September 5th From Arrow Video

The Big Knife (1955) will be available on Blu-ray + DVD September 5th From Arrow Video

Mere months after delivering one of the definitive examples of film noir with Kiss Me Deadly, Robert Aldrich brought a noir flavor to Hollywood with his classic adaptation of Clifford Odets’ stage play, The Big Knife.

Charles Castle, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, looks like he has it all. But his marriage is falling apart and his wife is threatening to leave him if he renews his contract. Studio boss Stanley Shriner Hoff isn’t taking the news too well, and he’ll do anything he can to get his man to sign on the dotted line – even if means exposing dark secrets…

Winner of the Silver Lion at the 1955 Venice Film Festival, The Big Knife also boasts a remarkable cast list including Jack Palance (Shane) as Castle and Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront) as Hoff,
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City Slickers: the behind the scenes challenges of a comedy hit

Simon Brew Aug 8, 2017

1991's City Slickers was an Oscar-winning comedy success. It was not without behind the scenes challenges...

Spoilers for City Slickers lie ahead.

Sandwiched between the two big tentpole blockbuster hits of summer 1991 was a genuine sleeper surprise. Whilst it had long been pre-ordained that the Arnold Schwarzenegger-headlined Terminator 2: Judgment Day would rule the summer season with the Kevin Costner-starring Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, what few saw coming was a film called City Slickers.

It came from the pen of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, the comedy-writing team who scripted 1989’s brilliant Parenthood. They co-write the film with Billy Crystal (who didn’t receive credit), who also conceived the idea for the film. And as with most unlikely successes, it had a bit of a history to it.

Crystal came to the idea in the aftermath of his success in When Harry Met Sally,
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Terror in a Texas Town

On paper it’s a western with everything — a major star, decent supporting players, a cult director and sideways references to the blacklisting years. But even with its ya-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it high noon showdown scene, Joseph H. Lewis’s last feature film is still a lower-tier United Artists effort. Sterling Hayden goes up against Sebastian Cabot and Nedrick Young, armed with a, with a . . . aw, you probably know already.

Terror in a Texas Town

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1958 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 80 min. / Street Date July 11, 2017 / Available from Arrow Video / 39.95

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly, Eugene Martin, Nedrick Young, Victor Millan, Frank Ferguson, Marilee Earle, Byron Foulger, Glenn Strange.

Cinematography: Ray Rennahan

Original Music: Gerald Fried

Written by Dalton Trumbo, fronted by Ben Perry

Produced by Frank N. Seltzer

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Auteurists in the early 1970s championed directors like Phil Karlson, Budd Boetticher and Anthony Mann. These stylists
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel this August

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This August will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Tuesday, August 1

Tuesday’s Short + Feature: These Boots and Mystery Train

Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki’s band of pompadoured “Finnish Elvis” rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It’s the perfect prelude to Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer.
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April 4th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Don’T Kill It, Invasion Of The Bee Girls, We Go On

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April's Blu-ray and DVD releases are kicking off in a big way, as we have a lot of great genre releases to get excited for this week. Mike Mendez’s Don’t Kill It arrives on both formats April 4th as well as the cult classic Invasion of the Bee Girls, which makes its HD bow courtesy of Scream Factory. Mill Creek has put together a triple dose of terror with their Psycho Circus Triple Feature Blu-ray set, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is keeping busy with their releases of Ghost of New Orleans, A Room to Die For, and We Go On this Tuesday.

Other notable home entertainment titles arriving this Tuesday include The Evil Within, Tank 432, Don’t Hang Up and the DVD set for Medium: The Complete Series.

Don’t Kill It (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

When an ancient demon is accidentally unleashed in a
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“That Guy” Actor of the Day: Michael J. Pollard

For no reason whatsoever I was just thinking about the movie Tango and Cash. Hey, these things happen, and it’s not like that’s a bad movie to think about. It was amazing. But you know who my favorite character in that movie is? Owen. Owen’s the weird scientist guy who comes up with all the fancy weapons and the sick car Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone use to bust up Jack Palance’s criminal headquarters at the end. The guy who plays Owen is Michael J. Pollard. If you’ve ever seen Scrooged, he’s plays the homeless guy who gets frozen. The

“That Guy” Actor of the Day: Michael J. Pollard
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Hollywood and Las Vegas: The Perfect Movie Relationship

There’s not many places on Earth more bright, glitzy and glamorous than Las Vegas. With its famous shows, many casinos and constant parties, it’s no surprise that the city in the desert is popular with Hollywood and the film industry. Situated just 263 miles east of Los Angeles and the film community, Vegas has attracted the attention of movie producers for decades.

Founded in 1905, not too long after the birth of the movie industry itself, the City Of Las Vegas first appeared in a motion picture in 1952. The film was The Las Vegas Story, a Howard Hughes production starring Jane Russell and Victor Mature that was a suspenseful thriller involving murder and intrigue. It was quickly followed by the likes of Crashing Las Vegas and Meet Me In Las Vegas a few years later, but it was the arrival of the 1960 Rat Pack film Ocean’s 11 which really united
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The Marisa Tomei Oscars Conspiracy That's Fascinated Hollywood For Decades

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For anyone who watched the Academy Awards on Sunday, the jaw-dropping best picture mix-up for La La Land and Moonlight might have brought to mind a long-circulated Oscars conspiracy regarding Marisa Tomei. Although the two events aren't exactly alike, it's no wonder connections between the 2017 ceremony and a moment at the awards all the way back in 1993 are being drawn. At the 65th Annual Academy Awards, Tomei took the stage to accept the Oscar for best supporting actress from presenter Jack Palance thanks to her work in My Cousin Vinny. Elated and giggly, she celebrated other Hollywood actresses in her speech, profusely thanked costar Joe Pesci, proceeded to the press room to take photos with best supporting actor winner Gene Hackman, and that was that. Except, it wasn't; what should have been a purely celebratory milestone in her career ended up turning into one of Hollywood's oldest and most interesting award season rumors.
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16mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club March 7th – Arthur and Chato’S Land

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis)! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday March 7th and starts at 8pm.

Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.

First up Is Arthur (1981)

Dudley Moore’s (Oscar-nominated) greatest performance carries the heart-warming romantic comedy Arthur (1981) about a ridiculously wealthy man who does what he wants whenever he wishes, but lacks the happiness he craves. Arthur’s life looks up though when he meets waitress Linda (Liza Minnelli), but he’s already engaged to the rich Susan (Jill Eikenberry) so that’s a major problem since his rich granny threatens to cut him out of the will.
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Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight,' Warren Beatty and the Perfect Hollywood Ending

Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight,' Warren Beatty and the Perfect Hollywood Ending
Forget it, Jake – it's La La Land.

No wait, sorry, there's been a mistake. it's Moonlight! Our bad.

What a glorious only-in-Hollywood fiasco, and what a sublimely insane ending to an Oscar night for the ages. It was just like the end of Bonnie and Clyde: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway bask in each others' glow, there's suddenly an awkward silence, they share a moment of doomed erotic eye contact ... and then oh, the carnage. The only thing missing was some sad banjo music. The Best Picture screw-up was
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When gongs go wrong ... a short history of awards being given to the losers

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway’s epic error in reading out the wrong best picture winner was unprecedented at Oscars. Accuracy at other ceremonies, however, is more erratic

• Oscars 2017: full list of winners

• Anatomy of a fiasco: how the La La Land mixup happened

Related: A brief history of the Oscars in viral moments they want you to forget

The Oscars are usually a model of ruthless efficiency – aside from the bad calls, epic awkwardness and occasional streaker. The sole controversy came in 1993 when presenter Jack Palance read out Marisa Tomei’s name as best supporting actress for My Cousin Vinny. The rumour spread that this was a mistake: either because it was the only name he could remember, or because he was reading off the teleprompter rather than the card in his hand.

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Mill Creek Entertainment to Release Torture Garden, Brotherhood Of Satan, and The Creeping Flesh on Blu-ray

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This spring, Mill Creek Entertainment invites viewers to step right up to watch three vintage horror films—The Creeping Flesh, Brotherhood of Satan, and Torture Garden—in their Psycho Circus Blu-ray collection.

Blu-ray.com reports that Mill Creek Entertainment will release the Psycho Circus Blu-ray collection on April 4th. You can check out the official synopses, trailers, and cover art below.

From Mill Creek Entertainment: “Step Right Up And Experience The Triology Of Terror That People Are Dying To See!

The Creeping Flesh – (1973) – Color – 94 minutes – Rated PG

Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing

A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones unleashing a malevolent being on the scientist’s family and friends.

Brotherhood of Satan – (1971) – Color – 92 minutes – Rated PG

Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Charles Bateman, Ahna Capri

A family is trapped in a desert
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Cool Videos: Billy Crystal & Daniel Stern bring City Slickers to Westworld

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While we all tiddle our thumbs waiting for Westworld to return in 2018, the folks over at Funny or Die have paired the HBO series together with City Slickers, the early 90's western/comedy which starred Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby and Jack Palance. Years after their 'City Slickers' narrative was retired, Westworld hosts Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal) & Phil Berquist (Daniel... Read More...
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Billy Crystal and Daniel Stern Take Their ‘City Slickers’ Characters to ‘Westworld’ — Watch

Billy Crystal and Daniel Stern Take Their ‘City Slickers’ Characters to ‘Westworld’ — Watch
A 90’s comedy classic meets the remake of a 70’s sci-fi cult hit in Funny Or Die’s latest exclusive, “City Slickers in Westworld.” In a premise so brilliant it’s a wonder no one thought of it earlier, Billy Crystal and Daniel Stern reprise their “City Slickers” roles to appear as hosts in “Westworld,” HBO’s hit sci-fi thriller series.

Directed by Ron Underwood, 1991’s “City Slickers” is a Western comedy about Mitch Robbins and Phil Berquist, two New York City yuppies who head out West to herd cattle. The movie was a major box-office success, and even earned Jack Palance an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1992.

Read More: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Super Bowl Trailer: Scarlett Johansson Kicks Ass and Fights Evil as The Major

In Funny Or Die’s re-imagining, Mitch and Phil are actually hosts at “Westworld,” a Western themed park stocked with humanoid robots,
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Billy Crystal and Daniel Stern Take Their ‘City Slickers’ Characters to ‘Westworld’ — Watch

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Billy Crystal and Daniel Stern Take Their ‘City Slickers’ Characters to ‘Westworld’ — Watch
A 90’s comedy classic meets the remake of a 70’s sci-fi cult hit in Funny Or Die’s latest exclusive, “City Slickers in Westworld.” In a premise so brilliant it’s a wonder no one thought of it earlier, Billy Crystal and Daniel Stern reprise their “City Slickers” roles to appear as hosts in “Westworld,” HBO’s hit sci-fi thriller series.

Directed by Ron Underwood, 1991’s “City Slickers” is a Western comedy about Mitch Robbins and Phil Berquist, two New York City yuppies who head out West to herd cattle. The movie was a major box-office success, and even earned Jack Palance an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1992.

Read More: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Super Bowl Trailer: Scarlett Johansson Kicks Ass and Fights Evil as The Major

In Funny Or Die’s re-imagining, Mitch and Phil are actually hosts at “Westworld,” a Western themed park stocked with humanoid robots,
See full article at Indiewire »

Cohen Media Group Launches New Classic Film Series With Chuck Workman Documentary ‘What Is Cinema?’

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Turner Classic Movies and Robert Osborne are getting some healthy competition as Cohen Media Group launches ‘Cohen Film Classics,’ a new classic film series, hosted and curated by Cmg CEO and consummate cinephile Charles Cohen. The series premieres Friday night, with Academy Award winning filmmaker Chuck Workman’s 2013 documentary, “What is Cinema?”

Workman’s documentary combines archival interviews with film visionaries such as Chantal Akerman, Robert Bresson, Robert Altman, and Akira Kurosawa, along with newly conducted ones with Mike Leigh, David Lynch, and Jonas Mekas. In their own words, the filmmakers explore the meaning of the art to which they have devoted their lives.

Read More: ‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Reveals He’s Working on a Film Version

Following the premiere of “What Is Cinema?,” the series will show these four films every Friday in February: “Sudden Fear,” from 1952, featuring Joan Crawford and Jack Palance, “Hangmen Also Die,” Fritz Lang
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