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13 items from 2009

Best Pictures... "Play it Again, Clint"

29 December 2009 7:15 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nathaniel: Once again we apologize for the long delays between episodes. This Best Picture From the Outside In series… it’s a helluva thing.


We continue to pull one movie from either end of Oscar’s chronology, working towards the center of their eighty-plus year history. This match up brings us two of Oscar’s most respected prize-winners: Casablanca (1943) and Unforgiven (1992). Both films essentially begin with a sudden eruption of violence (a shooting and a slashing, respectively) followed by the intervention of local law enforcement (embodied by Claude Rains and Gene Hackman, respectively). World War II era Morocco and Wild West era Wyoming are dangerous and morally ambiguous places. They're also fine places to escape from one's past and start anew. At least that's how Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and William Munny (Clint Eastwood) see it.

Casablanca and Unforgiven toss out key plot points and introduce multiple »


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Birthday Suits: Oscar-Snubbed

10 November 2009 5:11 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Today's birthday list doesn't make me feel celebratory so much as oscarighteously furious. Perhaps I should explain. It's only the four first birthday boys whipping me into a golden frenzy. Then things calm down.

Claude, Ann and Dick

Todays Birthdays 11/10

1889 Claude Rains, never won an Oscar. This despite being a great screen actor, whose filmography reads like a catalogue of Golden Age greatness. He's an actor who made indelible contributions to not 1, not 2 but 7 Best Picture nominees, a number that doesn't even reflect films like Notorious, Now Voyager, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Mrs. Skeffington or The Greatest Story Ever Told. He didn't even get an honorary statue!

1925 Richard Burton, never won an Oscar. This despite winning exactly as many nominations as Liz Taylor won husbands.

1928 Ennio Moriccone has never won an Oscar. This despite being a world reknowned composer, being worshipped by film fanatics and revolutionizing how people scored Westerns. »


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Win Tickets!!! Lawrence of Arabia

4 November 2009 11:51 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Enter for your chance to win tickets to see Lawrence Of Arabia at The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood!

Famous Monsters is giving away tickets, courtesy of American Cinematheque and the Egyptian Theatre, to Five Lucky winners!!!

Event Details: Friday November 27,  – 8:00 Pm

Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min. This sweeping epic of Arab infighting and British colonialism is as timely as ever, and as beautiful. In his first feature, Peter O’Toole stars in director David Lean’s masterpiece, lensed to perfection by Freddie Young, set to Maurice Jarre’s majestic score. The amazing cast includes Omar Sharif (in his first major English-speaking role), Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains and Alec Guinness. Made to be seen on the big screen!

To enter to win tickets: 1. Find the image of Lawrence of Arabia (pictured to the left) hidden in one of our articles. 2. Email the title of that article in which »

- kristen

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AFI's 100 Years ...100 Movie Quotes

4 November 2009 4:45 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Extra" brings you AFI's 100 Best Movie Quotes of all time! From "The Wizard of Oz" to "Taxi Driver," see if your favorites made the list!

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)

“Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.” —Said by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler to Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.

The Godfather (1972)

“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” —Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.

On the Waterfront (1954)

“You don’t understand! »

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Votd: 1937 Warner Bros Blooper Reel

29 September 2009 1:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Almost every DVD features a blooper reel, containing all the outtakes from a particular film. Before DVD. Recently, Tropic Thunder released three full 10-minute mags of outtakes on DVD. But it wasn't always this way. I remember that in the age of VHS, ABC would host television specials a couple times a year featuring all the Hollywood bloopers. Back in the 1930's, Warner Bros would release a yearly collection of "Breakdowns," which would air between double features. A while ago, Go Into The Story posted a Warner Bros Blooper Reel from 1937. It's amazing how different bloopers were back in the earlier days of Hollywood. The "Breakdowns of 1936" features Humphrey Bogart, George Brent, Bette Davis, Glenda Farrell, Errol Flynn, Dick Foran, Kay Francis, Hugh Herbert, Allen Jenkins, Boris Karloff, Barton MacLane, Pat O'Brien, Dick Powell, and Claude Rains. Watch the clip after the jump. »

- Peter Sciretta

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DVDs: Cry Wolf Awooo

15 September 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

A tepid DVD release day unless you like 'em hairy. Links go to Netflix.

White Night Wedding was Iceland's Oscar entry last year. The comedy, which is supposedly a riff on Chekhov's Ivanov, is from the director of 101 Reykjavik and stars his frequent collaborator, Icelandic star Hilmir Snær Guðnason (pictured left in various films) who inspires indecent thoughts and creative pronunciations in his fans.

Grace has the ickiest horror premise I've heard of in a long long time. An unborn child with a bloody appetite. Ewww. In other words, I'll only see it if I hear that it's totally brilliant. It also has one of the fastest windows to DVD ever, having opened in theaters last month.

An American Werewolf in London (1981) and The Wolf Man (1941) both get special editions today although we're currently between full moons and we're still more than a month away from Halloween. Not sure what that's about. »


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Where My Heart Lies: My Favorite Actors. And Yours?

29 August 2009 10:05 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

instead of a tues top 10, a 25.

I did this once for the actresses but I'm always giving the ladies their due. So, here's to the silver screen men that have enriched my movie-life. I admit up front that I haven't investigated Classic Hollywood actors to the extent I've investigated their leading ladies, so this list is highly subject to change the more old movies I see in my life.

Nathaniel's 25 all time favorite leading men

In no particular order and extremely subject to change

Gene Kelly | Tony Leung Chiu-Wai |

Montgomery Clift | Jeff Bridges | Paul Newman

Jude Law | James Dean | William Holden | Gene Hackman | Rock Hudson

Jack Lemmon | Gael García Bernal | Ewan McGregor | James Stewart | Gregory Peck

Steve Martin | Marlon Brando | Jack Nicholson | Burt Lancaster | Richard Burton

Brad Pitt | Johnny Depp | Cary Grant | Warren Beatty | William Hurt

Because sometimes you just want to name names

The list is not comprehensive, not set in stone, »


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Trailer Park: Walking With the Wolves

23 August 2009 6:03 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

The Wolfman

This reimagining of the classic Universal monster flick looks gorgeous. Benicio Del Toro plays the tortured Lawrence Talbot, a role originated by Lon Chaney Jr., and Anthony Hopkins plays Lawrence's father, a character that was originally played by Claude Rains. Hugo Weaving is his slithery best as Detective Aberline. Here's hoping there's no full moon when this comes out on February 10.


There's lots to see in this one. James Cameron's science fiction tale of an epic struggle on an alien world is on the way and all I could think through this trailer was how awesome it's going to look in 3D. Plan your Christmas shopping accordingly because this will be out on December 18.

Filed under: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Trailer Trash

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The Wolf Man: Legacy DVD Delayed Until 2010?!

13 August 2009 9:03 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

It appears The Wolf Man: Special Edition DVD, the latest as part of their "Universal Legacy Series" has been pushed out of it's original September 15th release slot and will now be released sometime in February/March of 2010 - No doubt to coincide with the theatrical release of the new Wolfman remake, currently set for a February 12th, 2010 release date. Regardless, below is the cover and DVD specs. We'll just have to wait a little bit longer before we get our paws on 'em!

- Commentary by film historian Tom Weaver

* Featurettes:

- The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth,

- Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr,

- He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce,

- Monsters by Moonlight

- The Wolf Man Archives

- Universal Horror documentary narrated by Kenneth Branagh

The original 1941 version of The Wolf Man »

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The Wolf Man: Special Edition - Universal Legacy Series DVD Out On September 15th!

5 August 2009 5:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

September 15th seems to be a good day to be a werewolf fan! On top of the Blu-Ray release of An American Werewolf In London, Universal Home Entertainment plans on releasing The Wolf Man: Special Edition DVD, the latest as part of their "Universal Legacy Series". Cover artwork and special features are listed below!

- Commentary by film historian Tom Weaver

* Featurettes:

- The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth,

- Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr,

- He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce,

- Monsters by Moonlight

- The Wolf Man Archives

- Universal Horror documentary narrated by Kenneth Branagh

The original 1941 version of The Wolf Man was directed by George Waggner from a script by Curt Siodmak and starred screen legend Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi, Jesse Arnold, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy, »

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A Story So Scary They Told it Twice: What We Know About Upcoming Horror Remakes

23 March 2009 10:35 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The total number of horrendous, stupid, useless horror movie remakes could fill a film festival from Hell, but this year we’ve already seen the massively successful “Friday the 13th” and the critically lauded surprises of “My Bloody Valentine 3D” and “Last House on the Left”. Maybe there’s actually life in this horror remake trend after all and it’s not just the walking undead.

So, what’s the next “My Bloody Valentine”? Where will the next “Friday the 13th” come from? We’ve highlighted six horror movie remakes in current stages of production - from mere rumor to shooting to practically already at a theater near you - with the details about what we know so far, who’s in it, and our gut feeling on if it’s going to be a successful reboot or merely a reason to go back and rent the original. Hit rewind and take notes. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Phantom Star Foster Dies

20 January 2009 11:02 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Susanna Foster, the star of 1943's Phantom Of The Opera movie has died.

The singer/actress died of heart failure at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey on Saturday. She was 84.

She co-starred with Claude Rains and Nelson Eddy in the remake of the 1925 silent screen version of Phantom, and then enjoyed a clutch of film successes throughout the 1940s.

Foster was a child star on radio before her Hollywood career began, and she landed an MGM contract at the age of 12.

She turned down the leading role in National Velvet, which eventually helped turn Elizabeth Taylor into a star. That decision eventually cost her the MGM contract.

By 1950, Foster had virtually disappeared from Hollywood and the public spotlight. She struggled in her private life and at one point was homeless.

She was to make only one more movie appearance - in 1992's Detour. »

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Rip Susanna Foster

20 January 2009 5:26 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Fangoria just learned this morning that Susanna Foster, who starred alongside Claude Rains as Christine Dubois in the 1943 Universal production of Phantom Of The Opera has died.

Foster began her career as an MGM contract player, later moving to Paramount before landing at Universal, where she scored her most famous role in Phantom at age 19. She later went on to star alongside Boris Karloff in 1944's The Climax, but abruptly quit the business in 1945. She made one final film appearance in 1992's Detour, a remake of the 1945 cult favorite.

Susanna Foster died Saturday of heart failure at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New Jersey. She was 84.

Source: Los Angeles Times


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