12 items from 2009
There's little room for Christmas jollity when you have several series' worth of stories to complete. So how did the Doctor do?
This year's Christmas Doctor Who was never going to pause and sniff the mulled wine. There are stories that need completing, fireworks to set up; the End of Time means No End of Plot. We've had the Ood – I find them harder to take seriously since seeing the cover of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, but maybe that's just me – prophesying doom. We've had a ghostly Claire Bloom talking in riddles to Bernard Cribbins. We've had the Doctor facing up to death with enough fear in his eyes to make you almost forget about them filming his next incarnation. We've had one very sinister close-up of Timothy Dalton. Most of all, we've had John Simm's Master, brought most of the way back to life with unpredictable »
- Peter Robins
Rumoured to be playing the part of "the Doctor's mother" when her casting in the Doctor Who Christmas The End of Time was first revealed earlier this year, little has since been revealed about actress Claire Bloom's role in the David Tennant finale. The reclusive actress has however been interviewed by The Times this week, where her role is described as "a mysterious character"and it seems she had to be briefed by a Doctor Who PR representative while journalist Damian »
- Mick Karma email@example.com
Although the following is available in the Christmas Radio Times, you should nevertheless steer clear of reading this cast list for the Doctor Who Christmas and New Year specials The End of Time if you're in any way spoiler-phobic. It's a big list that misses little and gives vague names to some notable characters. Timothy Dalton and Claire Bloom in particular are respectively labelled The Narrator and The Woman - at least one of these is expected to be a Time Lord title. David Tennant - The »
- Mick Karma firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Harris, Claire Bloom in The Haunting (top); The Village People in Can’t Stop the Music (bottom) "Out at the Pictures" at London’s bfi Southbank: Robert Wise’s horror-house classic The Haunting (1963), starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, and Russ Tamblyn Nancy Walker’s costly box-office disaster Can’t Stop the Music (1980), starring a rollerblading Steve Guttenberg (in some tight, tight shorts that would get him arrested today for indecent underexposure), Valerie Perrine, and The Village People The Haunting is one the best horror movies ever made. Julie Harris is sensational, and Claire Bloom is almost as good in a less showy role — a Lesbian. Now, who’s that knocking at the door? Can’t Stop the Music would have been better had the [...] »
- Andre Soares
It looks like >Will Smith is on the awards war path again, and is reportedly looking to reunite a third time with The Pursuit of Happyness director Gabriele Muccino for an adaptation of the classic text Flowers for Algernon.
The story is a fairly sci-fi in a lot of ways - researchers have come up with a way to increase the intelligence of test subjects, with the titular Algernon, the mouse who first displays effects of their developments.
The story is however much more than a futuristic experiment - the dramatic change of the human test subject protagonist Charlie is such that he goes from being mentally disabled to intellectually unmatchable - but becomes aware that he is set to degenerate back »
While there isn't any actual footage from the upcoming remake of "Clash of the Titans" out there, I've got the next best thing for you. On last week's episode of "Behind the Screen," we paid a visit to the set of the Sam Worthington-starring film, which is currently shooting in Wales.
In the video below you can check out interviews with Worthingon, Mads Mikkelson, Nicholas Hoult and Liam Cunningham as well as raw footage from the shoot. So not quite the polished clip you might want to see, but good stuff nonetheless.
Director Louis Leterrier's remake of "Clash" follows the basic script of the Desmond Davis original, which starred Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom and "Harry Potter" vet Maggie Smith. Perseus (Worthington) is on a quest to save the fair Princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos), but he'll have to go through Medusa and the Kraken first.
Expect lots of big action, »
- Adam Rosenberg
I am sure most of you remember the collection of 12 teaser posters Turner Classic Movies released last July in celebration of their "Summer Under the Stars," which is their 31-day series of films featuring a new actor every day. Well, they have debuted even more posters... 32 of them as a matter of fact, and over the next six pages I have every single one of them for you. Seeing how it is already August 13th, here is the list of actors left to have their day: August 13 - Gloria Grahame August 14 - Sidney Portier August 15 - Deborah Kerr August 16 - Elvis Presley August 17 - Jennifer Jones August 18 - John Wayne August 19 - Red Skelton August 20 - Miriam Hopkins August 21 - Gene Hackman August 22 - Sterling Hayden August 23 - Angela Lansbury August 24 - Fredric March August 25 - Merle Oberon August 26 - Yul Brynner August 27 - Ida Lupino August 28 - Frank Sinatra »
- Brad Brevet
Photo: Turner Classic Movies In August, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be celebrating their "Summer Under the Stars" marathon for the seventh year and in celebration of the event they have released a series of twelve posters and there are some real beauties in this gallery. First off, for those that may be interested, here is how the series breaks down: August 1 - Henry Fonda August 2 - James Mason August 3 - Marion Davies August 4 - James Coburn August 5 - Harold Lloyd August 6 - Judy Garlan August 7 - Glenn Ford August 8 - Bette Davis August 9 - Cary Grant August 10 - Dirk Bogarde August 11 - Audrey Hepburn August 12 - Clark Gable August 13 - Gloria Grahame August 14 - Sidney Portier August 15 - Deborah Kerr August 16 - Elvis Presley August 17 - Jennifer Jones August 18 - John Wayne August 19 - Red Skelton August 20 - Miriam Hopkins August 21 - Gene Hackman August 22 - Sterling Hayden August »
- Brad Brevet
According to press reports today, actress Claire Bloom - best known for appearing in Laurence Olivier's film version of Richard III (1955), as well as being married to actor Rod Steiger - has been cast in either or both of the final Tenth Doctor 2009 Specials The 78 year old star - who most recently appeared in BBC One's New Tricks in 2008 and on stage in London stage in Arthur Allan Seidelman's production of Richard Alfieri's Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks alongside Billy Zane also appeared »
- Christian Cawley email@example.com
Claire Bloom is said to be filming a part for the upcoming Doctor Who specials. The 78-year-old actress, who starred alongside Richard Burton in Hamlet, Look Back In Anger and The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, will appear in the final episodes of David Tennant's time on the show, the Daily Mail claims. A friend told the newspaper: "The script is a very closely guarded (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
25 March 2009 9:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The quintet has been cast in Fox 2000's fantasy-adventure adaptation "Percy Jackson" as classical Greek gods Chiron (Brosnan), Medusa (Thurman), Zeus (Bean), Poseidon (McKidd) and Athena (Kanakaredes). Aries, Hades and Persephone have not yet been cast.
The film, being directed by Chris Columbus, is shooting in Vancouver for a February release.
Columbus and Craig Titley have adapted the screenplay from Rick Riordan's best-selling children's novel "The Lightning Thief." The Greek mythology-inflected book involves Poseidon's half-human son, Percy, who's on a quest across modern America to prevent a war among the gods.
- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit
Warner Home Video has recently released a series of Paul Newman titles that have not previously been available on DVD. We'll be taking a look at some of these titles, beginning with the 1964 western The Outrage.
By Lee Pfeiffer
Paul Newman and director Martin Ritt collaborated on six films of varying quality between the years 1958 and 1967, when both men were at the prime of the careers. One of their most notable misfires was The Outrage, an ambitious 1964 remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic Rashomon redefined as a western. Kurasawa's film told of the kidnapping of an innocent couple by a bandit. The woman is raped and the husband is murdered. However, as various people recall the incident, it becomes clear there are radically different versions of what happened and who was responsible for the death. The premise of remaking the story as a Hollywood production starring Newman probably seemed like a winning proposal for MGM, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
12 items from 2009
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