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He’s fast on his feet, quick with a gun, and faster with the to-die-for beauties that only existed in the swinging ’60s. The superspy exploits of Oss 117 were too big for just one actor, so meet all three iterations of the man they called Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath . . . seriously.
Oss 117 Five Film Collection
Kl Studio Classics
1963-1968 / B&W and Color / 1:85 widescreen + 2:35 widescreen / 528 min. / Street Date September 26, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 59.95
Starring: Kerwin Matthews, Nadia Sanders, Irina Demick, Daniel Emilfork; Kerwin Matthews, Pier Angeli, Robert Hossein; Frederick Stafford, Mylène Demongeot, Perrette Pradier, Dominique Wilms, Raymond Pellegrin, Annie Anderson; Frederick Stafford, Marina Vlad, Jitsuko Yoshimura; John Gavin, Margaret Lee, Curd Jurgens, Luciana Paluzzi, Rosalba Neri, Robert Hossein, George Eastman.
Cinematography: Raymond Pierre Lemoigne »
- Glenn Erickson
If the phrase “tell-all” hadn’t been coined before 2012, Scotty Bowers’ memoir Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars would have done the job. Here’s a Marine Corps veteran of World War II born in Illinois who decided to land in Hollywood upon his return on a whim. He answered a “wanted” advertisement to work at a gas station, was hit on sexually by Walter Pidgeon while pumping gas, and realized he could use this well-trafficked locale to help pair off closeted male movie stars with young hustlers like himself for twenty bucks a pop. From there he met Cary Grant and Spencer Tracy, had a threesome with Lana Turner and Ava Gardner, and eventually spilled the beans about it all.
The book was an overnight sensation with ardent fans and vehement detractors alike. Was it his right to air so much dirty laundry? »
- Jared Mobarak
17 August 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The Hollywood Reporter's part in this was founder Billy Wilkerson, then 47, doing the discovering. In early 1937, Judy Turner (director Mervyn LeRoy later encouraged the change to "Lana") skipped typing class to have a Coke with friends at the nearby Top Hat Malt Shop. Wilkerson had walked from his THR office for the same reason. He saw Turner, a stunningly beautiful and by all accounts self-possessed 16-year-old, »
- Bill Higgins
John Wayne plays a German sea captain in a film that goes out of its way to create a favorable image of our former enemy, with hardly a Nazi flag or even a German accent in sight. Wayne and his co-star Lana Turner are as Teutonic as Blondie and Dagwood, yet the film works as a basic adventure – we like the charismatic star, and the sea chase format guarantees extra interest.
1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date July 11, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Starring: John Wayne, Lana Turner, David Farrar, Lyle Bettger, Tab Hunter, James Arness, Richard Davalos, John Qualen, Paul Fix, Alan Hale Jr., Peter Whitney, Claude Akins, John Doucette, Tudor Owen, Adam Williams.
Cinematography: William Clothier
Original Music: Roy Webb
Produced and Directed »
- Glenn Erickson
Anything is possible in the world of Twin Peaks, and in this new season it’s been ridiculously hard to draw any conclusions or make any predictions at all. But, as the weeks go by, it only becomes clearer that evil Richard Horne is in fact the child of Audrey and Evil Coop. I didn’t want it to be true. I hated the idea that Evil Coop raped Audrey (while she was comatose in the hospital after the bank explosion way back in the series finale). But Richard was so evil in this episode, who else could be his dad? »
By Todd Garbarini
Mark Robson’s 1957 film Peyton Place celebrates its 60th anniversary with a special screening at the Royal Theatre in Los Angeles. The film, which runs 157 minutes, stars Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy, Russ Tamblyn, Terry More, and Hope Lange.
Please Note: Actress Terry Moore is currently scheduled to appear at the screening as part of a Q & A regarding the film and her career.
From the press release:
Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.
Peyton Place (1957)
60th Anniversary Screening
Wednesday, July 12, at 7:00 Pm at the Royal Theatre
Q & A with Co-Star Terry Moore
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 60th anniversary screening of 'Peyton Place,' the smash hit movie version of Grace Metalious’s best-selling novel. The film earned nine top Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Some stars spend years, even decades honing their craft and hoping to be discovered. Others are discovered by accident while strolling through a mall or sitting at a soda counter, such as the case of film legend Lana Turner who was discovered in 1937. Still, other stars have even more unique discovery stories. Here are 5 cool stories about how celebrities were discovered. Pamela Anderson Pamela was already 22 years old when she featured wearing a cutoff Labatt’s Beer t-shirt on the Jumbotron during a 1989 British Columbia Lions football game. She caused such a stir that the company hired
5 Cool Stories About How Celebs Were Discovered »
- Nat Berman
Edgar G. Ulmer movies on TCM: 'The Black Cat' & 'Detour' Turner Classic Movies' June 2017 Star of the Month is Audrey Hepburn, but Edgar G. Ulmer is its film personality of the evening on June 6. TCM will be presenting seven Ulmer movies from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, including his two best-known efforts: The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945). The Black Cat was released shortly before the officialization of the Christian-inspired Production Code, which would castrate American filmmaking – with a few clever exceptions – for the next quarter of a century. Hence, audiences in spring 1934 were able to witness satanism in action, in addition to other bizarre happenings in an art deco mansion located in an isolated area of Hungary. Sporting a David Bowie hairdo, Boris Karloff is at his sinister best in The Black Cat (“Do you hear that, Vitus? The phone is dead. Even the phone is dead”), ailurophobic (a. »
- Andre Soares
Lana Del Rey knows Hollywood, dropping references to everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Nancy Sinatra to Lana Turner, from whom she borrowed her name. And the video for her new song with The Weeknd, “Lust for Life,” invites recollections of one of Hollywood’s most storied tragedies. “Lust for Life” features the frequent collaborators playing young lovers, sharing a lovely duet. “Climb up the H of the Hollywood sign,” she sings, and then her character does just that. When she gets to the top, she meets him there. He sings lines that include, “They say only the good die young. »
- Ashley Eady
By Lee Pfeiffer
Sir Roger Moore, the iconic British actor who swept to fame playing The Saint and James Bond, has passed away from cancer at age 89. Moore grew up in a middle class lifestyle in Lambeth during WW2 and was among the children evacuated from the city during the Blitz. He had planned a career as a cartoonist but his good looks and charismatic personality drew him first to modeling and then studying acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He found success early in his career and was placed for a time under contract with MGM in Hollywood. However stardom didn't follow immediately. Moore mostly appeared in soap opera stories opposite big stars but none of the films were very successful and was dismissed as just another pretty face. In the 1956 period costume drama "Diane", he was Lana Turner's leading man- but the film »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Guest Post by Denise Meyers
I am the antithesis of what a successful screenwriter looks like: I am 57, female, and live in the fly-over zone.
I am also a great one for beating the odds, because on May 18, 2017, the short film I wrote, “The Dark of Night,” directed by Robin Wright and starring Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell, will make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, opening for the Cannes Classics film block and the digitally remastered version of 1980 Palme d’Or winner “All That Jazz.”
So how in the hell did a dame from North Carolina get an A-list actress like Robin Wright to direct a 10-minute film without an agent or a manager, but with an outstanding cast and 80 crew members from “House of Cards?”
That’s a good question.
I started my career in the film industry in 1982 as an assistant to Jody Scott-Fox, a motion picture literary agent. After 12 years I managed to work my way to the middle as an assistant to a producer, then became a story analyst for several independent film companies.
With the dream of a career in film always just out of reach, I finally gave up, packed my bags and moved to Utah where I became the top-selling gourd artist in the nation. Odd transition, I know, but where I failed miserably in the film industry, I killed in the art business. My work sold for between $500 and $25,000, and I was in top galleries and magazines and on TV.
Then the economy crashed and so did my business. That’s when “the dream that wouldn’t die” reared its head again and I started writing with a vengeance.
“Ride the Wind,” a script I wrote about Jamaican-American motorcycle legend Bessie Stringfield, was selected as an Athena List winner in 2016, and “Lucky 13,” my script about the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, was an Athena Finalist. The Athena List was founded by Melissa Silverstein and Kathryn Kolbert as the answer to The Black List — the predominately male online script service — to give writers like myself the same chance men have to get their work in front of the people who can help get it made.
Scriptd founder Denise Hewett, a force of nature in her own right, gave “Lucky 13” to Beau Gordon, who used to work for Kevin Spacey. Beau passed it along to Nini Le Huynh, Robin Wright’s assistant, and an amazing actress in her own right.
I sent Nini “The Dark of Night,” a short script I’d written that won Table Read My Screenplay Austin in 2015, as a project for Nini to star in. Not long after, she called to ask if I would mind having a small crew from “House of Cards” produce the film. Sure, I thought. And pinch me while you are at it.
Then it got better. A lot better. Robin Wright read the script and wanted to direct it.
Before we knew it, 80 crew members signed onto the project: Dave Dunlap, the Director of Photography, Jessica Wenger McPhail, the costume designer, Alphonso Carrion, the editor, Todd Halvern, the assistant Ad, Sharif Salama, the Upm, Cassandra McCarthy, Kara Tabor, Eric Goserud, and dozens of others.
We shot last December in Baltimore on the same set Barry Levinson used for the classic film “Diner.” The production design department did an outstanding job of turning an iconic restaurant into a 1930s film noir dream, and we shot the film in black and white. John Garfield and Lana Turner should have had it so good.
Nothing in life prepares you to walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, just like nothing prepares you to have Robin Wright direct a film you wrote as an exercise in getting out of your own head.
I still live in fly-over zone, and I don’t have an agent, but it’s okay. Because for the rest of my life, I will know I defied the odds and accomplished the impossible.
Not too bad for a 57-year-old screenwriter from North Carolina, wouldn’t you say?
In February 2017 Denise Meyers was named the winner of the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay competition. In February 2016 she was an Athena List winner at the Athena Film Festival in New York. She is the only writer in the six-year history of the Athena Film to have two screenplays make it to the finals, “Ride the Wind: The Bessie Stringfield Story,” and “Lucky 13.” “Lucky 13” was a Nashville Film Festival finalist and placed in the top 15 percent of scripts submitted to the Nicholl fellowships. Meyers is a finalist for the Seriesfest Female Initiative for a limited series TV pilot about the all-girl bands of WWII. She recently completed “Truth Against the World,” a pilot based on the “The Dark of Night.”
Guest Post: How a Short I Wrote Ended Up Being Directed by Robin Wright and Premiering at Cannes was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Women and Hollywood
The European filmmaker directed a series of deceptively complex melodramas in the 1950s.“This is the dialectic — there is a very short distance between high art and trash, and trash that contains an element of craziness is by this very quality nearer to art” — Douglas Sirk
Douglas Sirk was born in Germany in 1900, and began his career in the early 1920s working in theater. In 1922, he directed his first production — an adaptation of Hermann Bossdorf’s Stationmaster Death, and from then on he became one of the most respected theater directors in Weimar Germany. Then, in 1934, he took a job as a film director at Ufa, the biggest studio in Germany at the time.
In 1941, Sirk left Germany and began working as a director in Hollywood. His early films, such as the WWII drama Hitler’s Madman (1942) have largely been forgotten. These early films varied in genre — he directed war films (Mystery Submarine), historical dramas (A Scandal in Paris), film »
- Angela Morrison
Debbie Reynolds died on Dec. 28, 2016 — just one day after daughter Carrie Fisher‘s sudden death. Reynolds would have celebrated her 85th birthday on April 1, and the late mother-daughter duo were remembered at a public memorial on March 25. Before her death, Reynolds sat down with People to discuss her illustrious Hollywood career, painful divorces, relationship with her children and more. Read the 2011 profile below:
“Hello, dear,” says Debbie Reynolds with a smile, offering a hug at the door of her Beverly Hills bungalow. Sunny, modest and packed with memories, her home is equal parts everyday-grandma’s house and glamorous testament to »
- Mary Green
The book was raw & dirty, and did you read what that girl did with that guy on page 167? Racking up a stack of Oscar nominations, Peyton Place became one of the big hits of its year, launched the careers of several young actors, and proved that Hollywood could pasteurize most any so-called un-filmable book. Lana Turner is the nominal star but the leading actress is Diane Varsi, in her film debut.
1957 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 157 min. / Street Date March 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95
Cinematography William Mellor
Film Editor David Bretherton
Original Music Franz Waxman
Produced by Jerry Wald
Directed by Mark Robson
What’s this, »
- Glenn Erickson
The queue outside the Gft was looking decidedly stylish on day five of the Glasgow Film Festival, and it emerged that some people have started dressing up for the Dangerous Dames strand, in this case inspired by Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice. It was an impressive effort for a Sunday morning, when many people who had been enjoying late night films on Saturday were only just crawling out of bed, but there were people there who had been to those films too. One of the striking things about this year’s festival is the number of ordinary punters who report that they have already seen ten or 20 or even 30 films, planning their days so they can take in as much as possible.
Rachel Lambert Photo: Glasgow Film Fetsival
Sunday was a great day for small indie films. Director Rachel Lambert »
- Jennie Kermode
Dana Andrews movies: Film noir actor excelled in both major and minor crime dramas. Dana Andrews movies: First-rate film noir actor excelled in both classics & minor fare One of the best-looking and most underrated actors of the studio era, Dana Andrews was a first-rate film noir/crime thriller star. Oftentimes dismissed as no more than a “dependable” or “reliable” leading man, in truth Andrews brought to life complex characters that never quite fit into the mold of Hollywood's standardized heroes – or rather, antiheroes. Unlike the cynical, tough-talking, and (albeit at times self-delusionally) self-confident characters played by the likes of Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and, however lazily, Robert Mitchum, Andrews created portrayals of tortured men at odds with their social standing, their sense of ethics, and even their romantic yearnings. Not infrequently, there was only a very fine line separating his (anti)heroes from most movie villains. »
- Andre Soares
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