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Bad Boy

5 March 2016 9:58 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This proto- juvenile delinquent epic launched celebrated WW2 warrior Audie Murphy on the road to Hollywood fame, fortune and more troubled times. Audie commits every crime short of shooting dogs and nuns, but those wacky liberal social workers still give him the benefit of the doubt. Director Kurt Neumann back our hero with expert acting support from Lloyd Nolan, Jane Wyatt and James GleasonBad Boy DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1949 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 86 min. / Street Date January 5, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Audie Murphy, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Wyatt, James Gleason, Stanley Clements, Martha Vickers, Rhys Williams, Selena Royle, Jimmy Lydon, Dickie Moore, Tommy Cook, William F. Leicester, Stephen Chase, Walter Sande, Ray Teal, Charles Trowbridge. Cinematography Karl Struss Art Direction Theobold Holsopple Production Design Gordon Wiles Film Editor William Austin Original Music Paul Sawtell Written by Robert Hardy Andrews, Karl Kamb, Paul Short Produced by Paul Short »

- Glenn Erickson

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot | Review

4 March 2016 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Where They From: Ficarra & Requa and the Privileged Perspective

Cinematic depictions of the ongoing conflict(s) in the Middle East continue to be a touchy subject, particularly for those English language illustrations daring to convey a certain satirical element involving the U.S. presence there. While pleasing everyone is never a possibility, there are several elements about Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot which could have been easily remedied to avoid inarguable ire, namely with its severely miscast supporting actors. Based on the 2011 memoirs of journalist Kim Barker, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, this is provocative subject matter made all the more alluring by the self-aware talents of Tina Fey doing her best to subvert our expectations of a white, privileged perspective. Overall, the end product has too many glaring demerits to warrant praise, but as a showcase for a well-rounded serious »

- Nicholas Bell

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Exclusive Photo: See How Mark Rylance Celebrated His Oscar Win the Morning After

3 March 2016 7:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mark Rylance took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his turn in Bridge of Spies on Sunday night. And after making his rounds at the Vanity Fair Oscars party later in the evening, the actor was still beaming with joy from his big win. So how did he celebrate the momentous occasion the next morning? By eating breakfast with his little golden man, of course. The morning after he took home the Oscar, People caught up with Rylance, 56, at the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, where he was the first to admit that it all "takes a while to sink in. »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Judy by the Numbers: "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart!"

24 February 2016 4:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Anne Marie is tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers...

The Movie: Listen, Darling (MGM, 1938)

The Songwriter: James F. Hanley (Music & Lyrics)

The Players: Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholemew, Mary Astor, Walter Pidgeon, directed by Edwin L. Marin

The Story: No rise to stardom is without its setbacks. Despite Judy Garland's continuing success teaming up with established stars like Mickey Rooney and Fanny Brice, Listen, Darling marked Judy's first box office disappointment. 

 

Though Judy and Freddie were stars in their own right, when starring in a film together, their chemistry was nil. As a result, the thin 70 minute musical comedy fizzled at the box office, ultimately losing $200,000.

Nonetheless, Listen, Darling did introduce the public to another Judy Garland standard. Though young Judy had been singing "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart" for years - she actually auditioned for MGM with the song - this 1938 film and a 1939 Decca »

- Anne Marie

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Hidden gems by Anne-Katrin Titze

24 February 2016 4:01 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Tiffany & Co. in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Rob Marshall, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin on Carey Mulligan's The Great Gatsby pearls, Mickey Rooney in Blake Edwards' Breakfast At Tiffany's, Truman Capote, Fran Lebowitz coming out of a Tiffany clock in Martin Scorsese's Public Speaking, a connection to Marcel Broodthaers, Woody Allen and Wes Anderson in The Carlyle and Gay Talese not after Anna Wintour's 2015 Costume Institute Met Gala (Andrew Rossi's The First Monday In May to open Tribeca), DJs Andrew & Andrew and what's next for Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's director Matthew Miele.

The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann: "I knew we could journey from Baz to China."

Who knew that the New York Yankees' logo, the interlocking N and Y, was conceived by Tiffany's, initially for a police medal? Or how much Steve Jobs loved his Tiffany lamp? Or that in 1886 Charles »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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John Oliver Slams Hollywood’s Whitewashing Practices

22 February 2016 7:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sunday night’s episode of John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” took aim at Hollywood’s whitewashing epidemic — one week before the 88th Academy Awards.

The scathing, four-minute segment — titled “How Is This Still a Thing?” — highlighted a disturbing practice as old as the industry itself: casting white actors to play non-white characters. While this year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, which came to light when the Academy nominated only white actors in the four acting categories for the second year in a row, focused on the lack of recognition and the lack of opportunities for people of color, the “Last Week” segment suggests that the roles are out there, they’re just played by white actors.

“That’s right — Jake Gyllenhaal, a white American with a Swedish last name, was cast to play the ‘Prince of Persia’ from, you know, Persia,” said a voiceover. “And he’s far from alone. Just last year, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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John Oliver Slams Hollywood’s Whitewashing Practices

22 February 2016 7:02 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sunday night’s episode of John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” took aim at Hollywood’s whitewashing epidemic — one week before the 88th Academy Awards.

The scathing, four-minute segment — titled “How Is This Still a Thing?” — highlighted a disturbing practice as old as the industry itself: casting white actors to play non-white characters. While this year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, which came to light when the Academy nominated only white actors in the four acting categories for the second year in a row, focused on the lack of recognition and the lack of opportunities for people of color, the “Last Week” segment suggests that the roles are out there, they’re just played by white actors.

“That’s right — Jake Gyllenhaal, a white American with a Swedish last name, was cast to play the ‘Prince of Persia’ from, you know, Persia,” said a voiceover. “And he’s far from alone. Just last year, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Pete’s Dragon Lurks In First Trailer For Disney’s Re-Imagined Classic

22 February 2016 3:42 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It may seem strange for one studio to commit to the release of two re-imaginings of past glories about orphan boys living in wooded areas – especially in the same year – but this very particular trend looks set to pay off for Walt Disney Studios in spectacular fashion, as The Jungle Book charges into theatres in April, while Pete’s Dragon is scheduled to dominate late summer. Up until now, little has been seen of this project, but with the first trailer now available, we can see that something magical this way comes.

There has always been something fascinating about the idea of dragons – these mythical creatures that have inspired so many centuries of storytelling. It seems the idea of lost children, fending for themselves and discovering spectacular secrets is also fascinating, as that plot device has given us generations of tales to pass on, too.

Pete’s Dragon has been »

- Sarah Myles

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Diamond trailblazer by Anne-Katrin Titze

18 February 2016 5:40 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Director Matthew Miele: "And they said, 'Oh, Jessica Biel is going to be here.'" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Matthew Miele's lively Crazy About Tiffany's highlights Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in Blake Edwards' Breakfast At Tiffany's, Fran Lebowitz commenting on Mickey Rooney, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin on Carey Mulligan's look in The Great Gatsby, Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Julia Roberts and George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven, Rooney Mara and Kate Mara's father, Fifty Shades Of Grey's Sam Taylor-Johnson, Rob Marshall and Jerry Weintraub. Andy Tennant's Reese Witherspoon and Patrick Dempsey moment in Sweet Home Alabama, Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson in Gary Winnick's Bride Wars, Katie Couric, Jennifer Tilly on Elsa Peretti and Jean Schlumberger, Jessica Biel and stylists Estee Stanley, Kate Young, Jill Swid, Rachel Zoe, Elizabeth Saltzman shine, and some even dish Oscar red carpet dirt. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Judy by the Numbers: "In Between"

17 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Anne Marie is tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers...

At age 16, Judy Garland already had six pictures and three years as a studio contract player under her belt. Judy's seventh picture would reteam her with Mickey Rooney for her first in many guest appearances in the wildly popular Andy Hardy series. Judy was worked hard - rumors of how hard include studio "medication" and rigid diets - and over the course of her MGM career she would average 3 pictures per year. The result was studio stardom at the expense of self. But incredibly, she never showed it when she sang.

The Movie: Love Finds Andy Hardy (MGM 1938)

The Songwriter: Roger Edens

The Players: Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Lana Turner, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden directed by George B. Seitz

The Story: Young Judy was on a roll, but her biggest smashes were still to come. After the success of Thoroughbreds Don't Cry, »

- Anne Marie

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Revoltin’ Reviews: Pieces, The Mutilator, and The Vincent Price Collection III

12 February 2016 11:25 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

This one’s going to be a cake walk, creeps: two vintage 80s slasher flicks and some Vincent Price. Sometimes ancient talismans procured in questionable eBay lots really do work as advertised!

Pieces

•             Release Date: Available March 1st on Special edition Blu-ray (2 Blu-rays + CD)

•             Written By: Dick Randall, Joe D’Amato

•             Directed By: Juan Piquer Simón

•             Starring: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Paul L. Smith

Pieces had a weird effect on me when I first saw it. I remember thinkin’ it was one of the greatest slasher films I’d e’er slapped my eerie eyeballs upon, as it pretty much had everything that makes the genre so outrageous, only amped up to the nth degree. I also remember thinkin’ “Man, I need to own this film right away; it’s the bat’s knees!” I then sat down, ate a slice of pizza (maybe it was a sandwich… »

- DanielXIII

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Watch: 'Gremlins' Director Joe Dante Reflects on 'The Private Lives of Adam and Eve'

8 February 2016 2:19 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Albert Zugsmith’s 1960 film about a motley band of misfits transported back to the Garden of Eden plays like a sexploitation farce written by Rod Serling. The movie never lives up to the salacious possibilities of its title but with its wacky casting coups (including Mickey Rooney as the devil and Mamie Van Doren as Eve!), who can complain? Boasting a B-movie dream cast including Tuesday Weld and Mel Torme, it was written by Robert Hill, the scribe behind Zugsmith’s similarly gonzo "Confessions of an Opium Eater." »

- Trailers From Hell

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The Private Lives of Adam and Eve

7 February 2016 10:00 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Albert Zugmith’s 1960 film about a motley band of misfits transported back to the Garden of Eden plays like a sexploitation farce written by Rod Serling. The movie never lives up to the salacious possibilities of its title but with its wacky casting coups (including Mickey Rooney as the devil and Mamie Van Doren as Eve!), who can complain? Boasting a B-movie dream cast including Tuesday Weld and Mel Torme, it was written by Robert Hill, the scribe behind Zugsmith’s similarly gonzo Confessions of an Opium Eater.

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- TFH Team

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Judy by the Numbers: "Got a New Pair of Shoes"

3 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Anne Marie is tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers...

Though nobody guessed it when she was cast, Judy Garland’s fifth movie would be the first in a series starring the most famous child actor team in Hollywood history. Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry, a Freddie Bartholomew vehicle sadly missing its intended star, saw the first team up of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. Though both played supporting parts, their onscreen chemistry is clear. These kids were a hit!

The Movie: Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry (MGM 1937)

The Songwriter: Arthur Freed (music and lyrics)

The Players: Ronald Sinclair, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, directed by Alfred E. Green

The Story: This bizarre little musical number perfectly encapsulates what would become the Mickey and Judy dynamic. Mickey is busy working at a project – in this case, trying to take Ronald Sinclair’s pants off (just in case you needed your daily dose of unintended homoerotic subtext). Meanwhile, »

- Anne Marie

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How Sound Film Technology Evolved in the Last Century: Interview with Former UCLA Film Preservationist Gitt

25 January 2016 11:08 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Hal Roach looks on as technicians install Vitaphone equipment in his studio screening room, ca. 1928. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) 'A Century of Sound': Q&A with former UCLA Preservation Officer Robert Gitt about the evolution of film sound technology Long before multi-track Dolby stereo and digital sound technology, there were the Kinetophone and the Vitaphone systems – not to mention organ and piano players at movie houses. Much of that is discussed in A Century of Sound, which chronicles the evolution of film sound from the late 19th century to the mid-1970s. A Century of Sound has been split into two parts, with a third installment currently in the planning stages. They are: Vol. 1, “The Beginning, 1876-1932,” which came out on DVD in 2007. Vol. 2, “The Sound of Movies: 1933-1975,” which came out on Blu-ray in 2015. The third installment will bring the presentation into the 21st century. »

- Andre Soares

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