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Film Review: ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’

16 December 2014 12:36 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A flat-footed stage piece gets a better screen interpreter than it deserves in Gena Rowlands, a delight to watch even in the creaky, listless affair that is “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.” Adapted by Richard Alfieri from his own widely produced play, and directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman (who helmed the original 2003 Broadway production), this two-hander about a Florida retiree and her gay dance instructor serves up lessons in tolerance and acceptance that feel as stale and inauthentic as the characters’ ready-made tragic backstories. Still, the popularity of the source material and the rare prospect of seeing Rowlands in a substantial movie role should give the English-language Hungarian production a commercial boost in DVD/VOD play following a brief waltz through theaters.

A ballroom full of dancing extras and a brief reckless-driving scene provide some obligatory “opening up” of this bare-bones two-hander, which consists of little more than the »

- Justin Chang

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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks | Review

11 December 2014 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Dance, Fools, Dance: Performances Elevate Seidelman’s Stagnant Adaptation

Marking the fifth film collaboration between director Arthur Allan Seidelman and writer Richard Alfieri is Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, the adaptation of the latter’s Broadway play. It’s garish, highly photo-shopped poster places an uncomfortable and off putting stress on the film’s marketing campaign, which seems to be geared toward senior audiences attracted to headlining screen legend Gena Rowlands. Seidelman surpasses these limiting expectations with a product that ends up being incredibly sweet and surprisingly charming, even though it never transcends its choppy staginess, which is glaringly evident whenever it turns away from the unique energy of its two leads.

Struggling Broadway actor turned dance instructor, Michael Minetti (Cheyenne Jackson) has been forced to relocate to his childhood hometown in Florida. There, he is forced to take a job utilizing the only skills available to him, but »

- Nicholas Bell

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Setting the stage, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

19 November 2014 4:48 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

The Last Impresario director Gracie Otto on Michael White: "And everyone loved him. It was amazing." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Gracie Otto, in town for her Doc NYC screening of The Last Impresario, spoke about connecting with Naomi Watts and Yoko Ono, Robert Fox's Anna Wintour persuader, searching for John Cleese, editing with Karen Johnson and Susan Hill's suggestion of Greta Scacchi (White Mischief). She went on to dialing Lorne Michaels in, meeting Kate Moss, talking to Jack Nicholson off camera, watching John Waters' Polyester on a bus, a Gillian Armstrong idea and starting with Mick Jagger, all for the one-of-a-kind London artistic power player Michael White.

In Otto's captivatingly energetic debut feature, we see Rachel Ward, Barry Humphries, Wallace Shawn, Julian Sands, André Gregory, Richard O'Brien, Bill Oddie, Meryl Tankard, Nell Campbell, Jim Sharman, Robert Shaye, Nigel Planer, Miranda Darling, Michael Billington, Joshua White, Michael Morris, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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That Movie You Thought Wasn't Coming Out, Is!

15 November 2014 12:32 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

December cometh. Cue ominous music.

That special month when Us distributors panic and attempts to fulfill all star contract Oscar-eligibility demands by releasing Everything, often sloppily, for at least a week when another more traditional rollout would probably win the film more attention... especially from audiences who are trying to squeeze in all the holiday biggies and rarely think, "gee, I'd like to see that movie about Jennifer Aniston being depressed and eating pastries at that one screen before it leaves!" (I don't mean to be snarky. I'm not allowed to talk about Cake yet but I liked it.)

There seem to be seven-day eligibility runs planned for Cake, Black and White, The Humbling, Still Alice, and Mommy... among others though details are purposefully scarce in some of these cases. These qualifiers or last second films are usually quiet since they aren't intended to be true openings of the film »

- NATHANIEL R

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Horror Icons Join Animated Poe Omnibus Film

6 November 2014 9:12 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Though he's best known for directing, Guillermo Del Toro will lend his unique voice talents to the cast of Raul Garcia's animated omnibus feature "Extraordinary Tales" which Gkids will distribute in North America.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe's work, the modest $2.5 million-budget film re-tells five of the author's famed short stories with each boasting a different animation style that reflects Poe's universe and inspired by assorted artists.

Del Toro will voice the adaptation of "The Pit and the Pendulum" about a man being tortured during the reign of the Spanish Inquisition. Style wise this segment will be made to mimic a 19th century photograph.

Christopher Lee, Julian Sands and Roger Corman also lend their voices to other segments, one of which will be inspired by both Poe's "Masque of the Red Death" and Egon Schiele's paintings.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Casting Net: Alicia Silverstone to star in 'Who Gets the Dog?'

6 November 2014 6:38 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

•  Who Gets the Dog? has found its lead in Alicia Silverstone. Steven C. Miller will direct from a script by Matt J.L. Wheeler and Rick Rapoza. The romantic comedy follows a divorcing couple that fights for custody of their pet. [Variety] •  Sharon Stone has been cast as the lead in Darknet. Jacques Malaterre will direct the psychological thriller, which also stars Billy Zane, Gina Gershon, and Caterina Murino. Set in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, the film takes a deep dive into the world of organ trafficking. It centers on Stone’s character whose husband is murdered when he nearly uncovers »

- C. Molly Smith

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Afm: Guillermo Del Toro Joins Voice Cast of ‘Extraordinary Tales’ (Exclusive)

6 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guillermo del Toro has joined the voice cast of Raul Garcia’s “Extraordinary Tales,” an arthouse animated omnibus feature based on Edgar Allan Poe’s novel.

Bac Films has acquired international sales rights and is starting sales at the Afm. Toon feature is almost finalized and will be shown to Afm marketgoers Friday.

“Tales” is produced by Stephan Roelants at Melusine Productions (“Song of the Sea,” “Ernest and Celestine”) and was recently acquired by leading indie animation distributor GKids for North American distribution.

The unusual voice cast is completed by Christopher Lee, , Julian Sands and Roger Corman.

Modestly budgeted at €2 million ($2.5 million), “Tales” comprises five segments retelling a Poe story. Each part boast a different animation style that reflects Poe’s universe and is inspired by various artists.

“The segment called ‘The Mask of the Red Death,’ for instance, is inspired by Egon Schiele’s paintings,” Roalants told Variety.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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November 4th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Doctor and the Devils, Hercules

3 November 2014 7:58 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

October may be over, but that doesn’t mean horror and sci-fi fans don’t have anything to look forward to this month. November 4th will see the release of Brett Ratner’s Hercules 3D and a few cult classics, including The Doctor and the Devils and The Ninth Configuration. There are also several indie horror movies making their debut this week, including The Taking of Deborah Logan, Ghost Bride and Dead Girls.

And for those of you looking to add a few Blu-ray collections to your home library, Amazon is releasing an exclusive set in honor of Stanley Kubrick (which looks stellar) and there’s also a new Doctor Who box set to look forward to as well.

Spotlight Titles:

The Doctor and the Devils (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Based on Dylan Thomas’ original screenplay, this shocking horror-thriller stars Timothy Dalton as Thomas Rock, a brilliant young anatomy professor in 1820s Edinburgh. »

- Heather Wixson

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The 31 Best Chick Flicks on Netflix Right Now

16 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.)

1. "13 Going on 30" (2004)

Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic comedy, especially one with a big "Thriller" dance showstopper?

2. "An Affair to Remember" (1957)

The classic romantic weepie (as referenced in "Sleepless in Seattle"), starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr as lovers whom fate cruelly tears apart.

3. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)

Audrey Hepburn was never lovelier (or naughtier) than as Holly Golightly, a trendy New Yorker with a complicated love life and a cat called, well, Cat.

4. "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004)

The sequel finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) in Thailand, where she's tempted to stray with ex »

- Sharon Knolle

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Scream Factory Bringing The Doctor And The Devils Home To Bluray; Features New interview With Mel Brooks

12 September 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Freddie Francis was legendary for directing genre greats such as Tales From The Crypt, Dr. Terror’S House Of HorrorsThe Evil Of Frankenstein and many more films that horror fans hold close to their hearts, and now Scream Factory is set to bring another Francis gem, the Mel Brooks-produced The Doctor And The Devils to Bluray on November 14th. I’ve always loved liked the film, it’s full of great performances by former Bond actor Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Rea.

While it’s not a part of the “Collector’s Editions” releases, it still has a couple of goodies for fans of the film, including a commentary and a bran new set of interviews with people involved.  Scream Factory’s recent Bluray release of The Legend Of Hell House looked great, so it’s probably safe to say that the team will treat the transfer »

- Jerry Smith

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The Doctor and the Devils Blu-ray Release Details

11 September 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Two grave robbers supply dead bodies to anatomists in 1820’s Edinburgh, but when the delivered bodies appear to be too fresh, one of the scientists suspects with mounting horror that their cadavers are not coming from coffins in 1985’s The Doctor and the Devils. Scream Factory is bringing this tale of morbid obsession and deadly dealings to Blu-ray, and we have a look at the cover art and list of bonus features.

Los Angeles, CA – “A man of medicine… A pair of murderers… An unholy alliance. Scream Factory has announced a November 14 Blu-ray release of the murderous thriller The Doctor and the Devils.

Directed by Freddie Francis, Executive Produced by Mel Brooks, and based on Dylan Thomas’ original screenplay, this shocking horror-thriller stars Timothy Dalton as Thomas Rock, a brilliant young anatomy professor in 1820s Edinburgh. At first accepting only the cadavers provided him for study – those of a few »

- Derek Anderson

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Scream Factory Brings The Doctor and the Devils to Blu-ray; Full Details Await

10 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Did you know that funnyman Mel Brooks produced a horror film back in 1985? It was called The Doctor and the Devils, and just about ten years after hitting DVD for the first time, Scream Factory grants the cult gem its Blu-ray debut. Read on for all the details!

From the Press Release

A man of medicine… A pair of murderers… An unholy alliance. Scream Factory has announced a November 14th Blu-ray release of the murderous thriller The Doctor and the Devils.

Directed by Freddie Francis, executive produced by Mel Brooks, and based on Dylan Thomas' original screenplay, this shocking horror-thriller stars Timothy Dalton as Thomas Rock, a brilliant young anatomy professor in 1820s Edinburgh. At first accepting only the cadavers provided him for study – those of a few hanged criminals per year – Rock eventually recruits two grave robbers (Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Rea) to secure a better supply of corpses. »

- John Squires

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Why I'd like to be Kate Beckinsale in Cold Comfort Farm

15 July 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As Flora Poste, she's unfazed by all manner of bucolic tribulation and, drawing on her 'higher common sense', she simply sorts it all out. Who wouldn't want to be so perfectly phlegmatic?

Why I'd like to be Nausicaä in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Why I'd like to be ... Julian Sands in A Room With a View

Why I'd like to be Hugo Weaving in The Matrix

Procrastination isn't my bag. I hanker after swift decisions, clear direction and a strong dose of gumption. So perhaps it's not surprising that up there on my movie pedestal are a collection of characters that cut to the chase. That two of these are essentially homicidal maniacs is, I assure you, simply an unfortunate coincidence and obviously not a characteristic to be admired. But their glorious efficiency most certainly is.

My first encounter with the brutal resourcefulness of Louis Mazzini, played »

- Nicola Davis

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Why I'd like to be Kate Beckinsale in Cold Comfort Farm

15 July 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As Flora Poste, she's unfazed by all manner of bucolic tribulation and, drawing on her 'higher common sense', she simply sorts it all out. Who wouldn't want to be so perfectly phlegmatic?

Why I'd like to be Nausicaä in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Why I'd like to be ... Julian Sands in A Room With a View

Why I'd like to be Hugo Weaving in The Matrix Continue reading »

- Nicola Davis

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‘Crossbones’ Reveals Its True Villain

21 June 2014 2:44 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

[This is a review of Crossbones season 1, episode 3. There will be Spoilers.]

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After taking a week off, Crossbones returns with another solid, albeit episodic adventure, entitled ‘The Man who Killed Blackbeard’. Edward Teach (Blackbeard), at times proves himself to be the frightening menace we know from legend, but his ruthlessness is nothing compared to that of William Jagger (Julian Sands).

Sands (Dexter), along with several other supporting cast members, has his moment to shine, proving that he’s a worthy foe for Blackbeard and his people. While both men are equally guilty in all manners of debauchery, Jagger appears to find joy in the torturing of his prisoners, especially women.

Blackbeard, on the other hand, contemplates philosophical paradoxes, like evil and the ...

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- David Griffin

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Crossbones Review: “The Covenant” (Season 1, Episode 2)

6 June 2014 7:45 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The second episode of NBC’s Crossbones, “The Covenant,” begins with a rather out-of-the-blue revelation: James Balfour (Peter Stebbings), Blackbeard’s (John Malkovich) wheelchair-bound inventor friend, has actually succeeded in repairing the shiny, golden longitude chronometer that Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle) took such care to destroy at the beginning of the series. How he got it fixed so quickly is beyond me. Anyhow, he has done so, and Blackbeard at last has the weapon that Lowe was so desperate to keep from him.

Soon, however, Blackbeard is faced with another obstacle: a crew of men led by Sam Valentine (Stuart Wilson), an old acquaintance of Blackbeard. The Commodore wants Sam to take the chronometer and sell it to the British forces, led by William Jagger (Julian Sands) in Jamaica. The payment that the Commodore wants: two hell-burners (powerful battleships). Sam has a rather adverse reaction to Blackbeard’s offer, feeling »

- Isaac Feldberg

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'Gremlins' Star Zach Galligan on Auditioning for Spielberg, Malfunctioning Mogwais, and 'Gremlins 2' Getting Its Due

5 June 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The mogwais are nearing middle age.

That's right, Steven Spielberg's magnificent horror comedy "Gremlins," about a bunch of cuddly creatures that turn into scaly monsters and overtake a small, Rockwellian town, is turning 30 this summer. And to celebrate, Warner Bros has a bunch of exciting things planned. The first of which has already happened: you can now own the movie digitally, for the first time ever (please, take the time to luxuriate in a wonderful clip from the movie, located below). Later this year, too, we will be getting a deluxe, 30th anniversary Blu-ray, complete with two brand-new featurettes featuring Steven Spielberg, alongside other creative principles (like director Joe Dante) and many members of the cast and crew.

We were lucky enough to chat with Zach Galligan, who played Billy Peltzer, the initial owner of Gizmo, the mogwai that inadvertently breeds the gremlin menace. Galligan has become something of a cult icon himself, »

- Drew Taylor

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'Crossbones' premiere leaves us feeling a bit adrift

30 May 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The premiere episode of NBC’s swashbuckling Crossbones, which stars John Malkovich as the pirate Blackbeard, had enough slit throats for a slow episode of Game of Thrones but wasn’t as sharply scripted. It’s a pity, because the premise is promising.

Assassin Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle) is tasked with posing as a ship’s surgeon so he can accompany the inventor of a Longitude Chronometer to London, where the man is expected to present the device — which allows ships to calculate their precise location while at sea — to the king. Knowing Blackbeard will try to intercept the chronometer, »

- Mandi Bierly

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TV Review: ‘Crossbones’

28 May 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Malkovich as Blackbeard the Pirate? Arrgh, sign me up, right? Alas, not so fast with “Crossbones,” a summer series that it feels like NBC has produced a couple of times before (“Crusoe,” anyone?), with beautiful crystal-blue waters and characters and situations that carry about as much weight. In a sense, Malkovich’s philosophical butcher is a logical heir to the timeslot where “Hannibal” has been dining (albeit on very small portions), but other than its lovely vistas, the early episodes suggest the ruthless villain has been thrown into the ocean in a leaky vehicle — and without a paddle.

That’s both a shame and something of a surprise, since Neil Cross (“Luther”) is at the helm, although his premise essentially establishes Blackbeard (who prefers to be known as the Commodore) as a secondary player.

The real star, actually, is Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle), a James Bond-like operator, circa 1729, dispatched »

- Brian Lowry

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Arachnophobia

16 May 2014 2:51 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Jeff Daniels plays a Californian town doctor battling against an infestation of deadly spiders in this creepy-crawly cracker. After hitching a ride in a coffin from Latin America to the good ol' Us of A, the scuttling menace is unleashed on the unwitting folks of sleepy Canaima. Julian Sands plays the sneaky scientist who spies a shot at scientific glory while John Goodman has a whale of a time as a swaggering pest control expert. »

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