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Peg Lynch, who wrote and starred in the early TV sitcom “Ethel and Albert,” died Friday at her home in Becket, Mass. She was 98.
Lynch pioneered writing and performing her original characters — live on stage — decades before such figures as Tina Fey and Amy Schumer. Jerry Seinfeld was far from the first comic to make a show about the mundane lives of single New Yorkers; that too can be credited to Lynch.
“Ethel and Albert” followed the ordinary life of a young married couple, Ethel and Albert Arbuckle, who lived in an American town called Sandy Harbor. The domestic comedy would include life’s everyday bemusements such as balancing the family budget or entertaining guests at a party.
In her heyday, Lynch and co-star Richard Widmark performed the happy couple on radio programs five days a week.
By 1950, the show was being adapted to the smallscreen co-starring Alan Bruce as the man of the house. »
- Mannie Holmes
August 29 will mark the birth centennial of Swedish acting legend Ingrid Bergman. To commemorate her legacy, BAMcinématek is presenting a special "Ingrid Bergman Tribute." Taking place on September 12, the event will be co-created and hosted by Bergman's daughter, Isabella Rossellini, and Jeremy Irons and will feature "readings, letters, memories, and never-before-seen footage from Bergman's personal archives." The official press release reads: "Rossellini and Irons will perform live on stage portraying Bergman and various characters from her colorful life, guiding the audience through her experiences while original film footage and images from her private archive are projected on a screen. Woven throughout the performance are testimonies and stories from friends and artists she knew and worked with, such as Roberto Rossellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Capa, Ernest Hemingway, and many others." Over the two weeks following the tribute, »
- Sara Itkis
Criterion digitally restores this earlier release, a combination offering of Robert Siodmak’s 1946 film noir masterpiece The Killers paired with Don Siegel’s retro 1964 remake. Famed adaptations of Ernest Hemingway’s short story, both filmmakers take liberties with the original material to create aggressively different products. Siodmak’s version is not only the German ex-pat’s enduring masterpiece, it’s a definite cornerstone of classic American film noir. Though Siegel’s 60s rehash is considered tacky pastiche of the era, it’s brutal, hard boiled B-grade pulp, notable for its own significant instances.
Siodmak’s version arrived during a golden era of noir, premiering a year after WWII officially ended, with cinematic masculine representation on the eve of an overhaul as method acting would soon reign supreme. Hemingway’s spare story gets a face life from Anthony Veiller (The Stranger; Night of the Iguana), using the murder as a jumping »
- Nicholas Bell
Written by Anthony Veiller
Directed by Robert Siodmak
Written by Gene L. Coon
Directed by Don Siegel
Ernest Hemingway’s 1927 short story, “The Killers,” inspired to varying degrees the 1946 and the 1964 screen versions of the same name. To varying degrees because the story is less than 3,000 words and essentially only covers the opening of the two films. A man—Ole “The Swede” Anderson (Burt Lancaster) in the first film, Johnny North (John Cassavetes) in the remake—is hunted down by two hired killers. Right before they shoot him, Ole and Johnny do something strange, or rather, they don’t do something they should: they don’t run, they don’t really move, they don’t even seem to care. Before Ole is killed, he admits he “did something wrong, once” (in film noir, that’s all it takes), and when Johnny is told two men are »
- Jeremy Carr
One story, three films, one Blu-ray disc. Excellent! Last night I finished my dive into the Criterion Collection's new Blu-ray release The Killers, which features two feature films and one short film, all adapted from the short story by Ernest Hemingway and all different in their own right and yet the same. From the noirish black-and-white of Robert Siodmak's 1946 original to Don Siegel's made-for-tv, 1964 adaptation shot in bright colors and telling the story from completely different perspective and yet, coming back to similar moral ground, or at least what may be referred to as "guy code" a la Hemingway. And don't forget Andrei Tarkovsky's 1956 short he made as a film student and you have one impressive package. If you're unfamiliar with Hemingway's short you can read it here, or, better yet, there's a reading of it by actor Stacy Keach included on this Blu-ray. Playing closest »
- Brad Brevet
The first week of July sees a ton of genre titles headed home on DVD and Blu-ray including a handful of cult classics including Stuart Gordon’s Robot Jox, The Crimson Cult which co-stars Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee, Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination, a pair of 1974 shockers- Deranged and Spasmo- as well as The Killers, which is based on Ernest Hemingway’s chilling tale of the same name and gave the film noir subgenre a boost back in the 1940’s.
For those of you looking for something a little more current, you’ve got Alien Outpost, The Pact 2, Trophy Heads and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent zombie film, Maggie, to look forward to as well. As if that wasn’t enough, we also have last year’s Town that Dreaded Sundown remake is also arriving on both DVD and Blu-ray, with the latter being available exclusively at Best Buy on July 7th. »
- Heather Wixson
CBS's new summer drama Zoo combines the thrills of baffling animal attacks with the chills of awful, clunky dialogue. The animals of the world appear to be rebelling, starting with the lions (and some California housecats, which is not a euphemism), perhaps because they can hear what the people are saying and think, No, truly anyone would rather be dead than speak this way. This is a mercy killing. Rawwrrrr. Here is a brief overview of some of the clunkiest, hokiest, phoniest lines from Tuesday night's premiere."How does one get eaten to death?" So asks Distressed French Woman (Nora Arnezeder) of our Noble White Hunk (James Wolk) in Botswana. He doesn't know, nor does he seize a really golden opportunity to quote Ernest Hemingway and say, "gradually, then suddenly." Oh, well. The dialogue Stateside is not better. "Come on, Jamie, don't take us for fools," says Jerk Editor (Reid Scott »
- Margaret Lyons
“We’Re Gonna Kill The Swede”
The Criterion Collection gave us the DVD versions of these two excellent crime thrillers twelve years ago. The company has now seen fit to upgrade the release to Blu-ray.
Based loosely on a short story by Ernest Hemingway, both versions of The Killers begin with the author’s premise and then take off from there in very different directions. It’s interesting to see how the respective screenwriters adapted the story and then created two disparate feature-length tales out of it. In Hemingway’s piece, two hit men arrive in a small town looking for “the Swede.” They terrorize the owner, cook, and a customer in a diner in an attempt to find the guy. After the killers leave in frustration, the customer runs to the Swede’s boarding house and finds him in bed with his clothes on. He warns the Swede about the men, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Madrid – James D’Arcy (“Master and Commander,” “Cloud Atlas”), Jack Davenport (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Maria Valverde (“Exodus”) star in “Gernika,” a love story set against the infamous bombing of the Basque village, immortalized in Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica.”
Shot in the Basque Country, including in Gernika itself, the film marks the sophomore outing for Basque director Koldo Serra, who debuted impressively with “Backwoods,” a thriller portraying deep Spain prejudice and violence and starring Gary Oldman and Paddy Considine.
A Spain-u.S. co-production, “Gernika” is lead-produced by Daniel Dreifuss at new shingle Anima Pictures and, out of Spain, Jose Alba at Pecado Films. Carlos Clavijo at Travis Produce and Sayaka Producciones’ Nahikari Ipiña co-produce.
Helmed by a Basque, using a Basque tax shelter, and made with a Basque and Spanish crew, “Gernika” is supported by a host of Basque entities, led by pubcaster Etb, the region of Vizcaya and the Bilbao City Council. »
- John Hopewell
The selection of 98 restored films, directed by movie pioneer Louis Lumière and his cameramen, will be screened internationally for the first time following its Cannes premiere.
It forms part of the line-up of the festival, which also announced the 12 films in the international competition and six features (and 18 shorts) in the national competition.
Two Ukrainian films will participate in both competitions.
Oiff president Viktoriya Tigipko said there had been a trend this year for submissions by female directors.
“During this year’s selection we have noticed an interesting trend: 30% of the entries submitted to the International Competition were from female directors,” said Tigipko.
“As a result, four out of the 12 films selected are directed »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
“The White King,” which is based on the book by Gyorgy Dragoman, follows Djata, a precocious 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s internment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by secret police officers and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family.
Pryce’s recent roles include Cardinal Wolsey in “Wolf Hall” and High Sparrow in “Game of Thrones.” He has won two Tonys — in 1977 for “Comedians” and in 1991 for “Miss Saigon.” His movie credits include “Brazil,” “Evita,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Scacchi won an Emmy playing Czarina Alexandra in “Rasputin.” Other screen credits include “White Mischief, »
- Leo Barraclough
Principal photography on The White King has begun in Hungary. The film will shoot for seven weeks entirely on location, including a former air force base and along the banks of the Danube.
Based on György Dragomán’s novel, published in 28 languages, the film will follow a precocious 12-year-old coming to grips with his father’s abduction and internment at the hands of the totalitarian state he calls home.
Deyn will play the boy’s mother who must navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and gangs in order to reunite her family.
The cast includes Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Game of Thrones), Greta Scacchi (The Player) and Fiona Shaw (The Tree of Life). Also in the cast are Agyness Deyn (Electricity, Hail Caesar!), Ólafur Darri Ólaffson (True Detective) and Clare-Hope Ashitey (Children of Men) alongside newcomer Lorenzo Allchurch, who the young boy.
Adapted for screen »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Do you have a book about a famous author that you want made into a movie? It seems like James Ponsoldt is your guy, at least if you want it well-made.
Following his recent work about David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, it seems like Ponsoldt will be adapting a book about another famous author — F. Scott Fitzgerald. This report comes from Deadline on Friday.
Ponsoldt has become a big name with his two films, Smashed and The Spectacular Now, and has garnered praise for The End of the Tour, which stars Jason Segel as Wallace. The first trailer was released last week and the early word is that Segel could find his way on the awards circuit thanks to his work.
According to Deadline, West Of Sunset has been called a novelized biography of The Great Gatsby author when he came to Hollywood to start anew »
- Zach Dennis
On top of also directing the film version of Dave Eggers' "The Circle," James Ponsoldt may helm a biopic of Lost Generation luminary F. Scott Fitzgerald, based on Stewart O'Nan's atmospheric 2015 novel "West of Sunset." Of all the fiction writers lured to Hollywood to crank out big studio screenplays, Fitzgerald perhaps fared the worst, and this brief and troubling period in the author's life is the focus of O'Nan's book. In the late '30s, Fitzgerald scratched out a few MGM scripts, while channeling his hack soul into writing the inspired "Pat Hobby" stories. But he failed to finish his farewell novel, "The Last Tycoon," and in 1940 died of a thirst. Deadine reports that Ponsoldt is negotiating this project for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. The novel also recaptures Fitzgerald's good old days, writing alongside Ernest Hemingway and falling into doomed loved with Zelda, whose hospitalization led to Fitzgerald's last finished novel "Tender. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
After tackling the life of David Foster Wallace in this summer’s magnificent The End of the Tour, filmmaker James Ponsoldt now has his sights set on another iconic author for another feature film. Per Deadline, the Spectacular Now and Smashed director is in talks to write and direct an adaptation of the Stewart O’Nan novel West of Sunset, which has been described as a novelized biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It focuses on the latter years of the author’s life, when he was in poor health, financial trouble, and had his wife locked away in a mental asylum. He went to Hollywood in 1937 with the aim of starting anew as a screenwriter, but would die in 1940. Too much to hope for Tom Hiddleston and Allison Pill reprising their roles from Midnight in Paris? This is actually fitting material for Ponsoldt, as The End of the Tour finds Jason Segel playing Wallace, »
- Adam Chitwood
The Spectacular Now helmer James Ponsoldt is coming off one of my favorite films of 2015 so far, David Foster Wallace feature The End of the Tour, and today brings news that the director is set to tackle yet another literary icon: The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ponsoldt is angling to adapt and direct Stewart O’Nan’s novel West of Sunset, which is a fictionalized biography of Fitzgerald’s later-in-life struggles to make it as a screenwriter in Hollywood.
The director is lining up Dave Eggers’ adaptation The Circle right now, so West of Sunset wouldn’t shoot until at least after that project, if not later. No actor is yet attached, but the role of Fitzgerald will certainly be a coveted one, especially given that Jason Segel is earning awards buzz for his turn as Wallace in Ponsoldt’s End of the Tour and that the director »
- Isaac Feldberg
This dishevelled detective story nurtured by Chuck Hogan and realised by M. Night Shyamalan, takes a bunch of time to go the long way round. Taking on an increasingly creepy tone, Wayward Pines continues to mix up homage ripe territory with a sense of grounded reality. Something which doubtless appealed to the actors involved when this adaptation first hit their collective script piles.
A theory made fact by Matt Dillon and Juliette Lewis who continue building on last week’s impressive opener, playing it straight as tensions ramp up off screen. Something director of choice Charlotte Sieling exploits by allowing carte blanche elsewhere. Whilst simultaneously splitting the action evenly either side of ‘the fence’.
- Gary Collinson
If I were a blurb whore I might start this article with:
"If you liked...
Julia (1977), The Children's Hour (1961), The Little Foxes (1941), Corey Stoll & Kathy Bates as Ernest Hemingway & Gertrude Stein in Midnight in Paris (2011), and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dorothy Parker in Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle
...than you'll love Little Wars"
But I am not a blurb whore. At least not most of the time. But I do think you'll love Little Wars.
Here's a beautiful problem with theater (and smallish movies, too): there's more good stuff than anyone can possibly see. And also, sometimes, depending on promotional budgets and media pedigree or lack thereof in both cases, more good stuff that we sometimes ever hear about. I refuse to be a part of that problem so I blog from the missionary zeal of great entertainments. One of the reasons The Film Experience takes detours to »
- NATHANIEL R
Lionsgate has snapped up new drama Genius at the Cannes Film Festival for distribution in the U.S. for around $4 million. Here’s a first look image…
The film, which tells the story of the relationship between book editor Max Perkins, who edited works by the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, stars Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Secret Service) alongside Jude Law (Black Sea), Nicole Kidman (Before I Go To Sleep), Guy Pearce (The Rover), Dominic West (The Affair) and Laura Linney (The Truman Show).
Directed by debutant Michael Grandage, no release date has yet been set for the film, but we could feasibly see it around awards season later this year.
- Scott J. Davis
Another pick-up at the Cannes Film Festival for Lionsgate this morning was Michael Grandage's "Genius," which feels like awards bait given the subject matter and the talent involved. The film tells the story of Scribner book editor Max Perkins, who oversaw works by legends like Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald in his time. The script, based on the book by A. Scott Berg, was written by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan ("Gladiator," "The Aviator," "Hugo"). Colin Firth stars in the film as Perkins and there's a roll call of stars playing those top literary names. Jude Law is in as Wolfe, Guy Pearce is Fitzgerald and Dominic West is Hemingway. Nicole Kidman also stars as costume designer Aline Bernstein, who had a four-year relationship with Wolfe and possessed some of his unpublished manuscripts at the time of his death. Laura Linney, meanwhile, plays Perkins' wife, Louise Saunders. »
- Kristopher Tapley
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