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Surreal correspondence reveals intense but 'un-synchronized passion' between the literary and cinema icons
A surreal, graphic letter from Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich, in which the author addresses the film star as "Dearest Kraut" and imagines her "drunk and naked", is set to be auctioned to the public next week.
The pair first met on the New York-bound liner Île de France in 1934 and went on to enjoy a lifelong friendship. Although their letters to each other were full of feeling, they never became lovers, with Hemingway once calling them "victims of un-synchronized passion. Those times when I was out of love, the Kraut was deep in some romantic tribulation, and those occasions when Dietrich was on the surface and swimming about with those marvellously seeking eyes, I was submerged".
In his 1955 letter to Dietrich, signed Papa, the Nobel prize-winning writer responds to her complaints about her Las Vegas show, »
- Alison Flood
Sometimes living in L.A. has great perks, and one of the most recent I’ve enjoyed is the fact that of the four theaters in the U.S. that had The Grand Budapest Hotel on limited release this past weekend, one was just a few blocks from my apartment. I know Wes Anderson isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but as someone who’s been a fan of his films for more than a decade, I find myself increasingly annoyed by the most frequent criticism of his work: he’s making the same movie over and over again. The most common things cited to support this complaint are the look and themes of his films, but I don’t find either of these to be valid arguments.
- Jen Krueger
A personal letter sent by Ernest Hemingway to screen siren Marlene Dietrich in 1955 has surfaced in a trove of memorabilia set to go to online auction later this month. The surreal, at times explicit missive is signed "Papa" and is thick with the Nobel prize-winning author's characteristic machismo. Video: Charlize Theron Stars with Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich in New Dior Ad Dietrich and Hemingway first met aboard a cruise liner from Paris to New York in 1934 and became lifelong friends. They never became lovers, but their lengthy correspondence is full of mutual longing and affection.
- Patrick Brzeski
★★★☆☆ New on DVD this week through Soda Pictures, Sean Baker's Starlet (2012) is a sun-drenched La-based drama that's almost as warm and glamorous as its geographical setting. Starring Dree Hemingway (the great-granddaughter of novelist Ernest Hemingway) in her first leading role, Baker's film may contain the same adult iconography of his TV puppet show Greg the Bunny, yet couldn't be further apart in tone and mood. Hemingway stars as Jane, who has recently moved from Jacksonville, Florida, to enhance her career within the flourishing 'adult entertainment' industry. On arrival, she rents a room from her friend and work colleague Gracie (Liz Beebe).
- CineVue UK
The film version of A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway’s memoir about his time as a young writer in Paris in the 1920s, is edging closer toward production.
“I have waited years and years for that to be set up. Mariel Hemingway has set that up for me and I am enjoying it enormously,” Hirst commented of the project.
“It is just the greatest love story ever written - the most painful love story »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
★★★★☆Don Siegel was one of the key directors in the undervalued period of American cinema that took place just before the New Hollywood palette cleanser. His 1964 effort The Killers is pure pulp bliss; a testosterone-driven comic book noir that simmers with violent intent. It's the second Hollywood adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway short story and, while Robert Siodmark's 1946 version is more faithful to the source material, Siegel's rendition is arguably more interesting for exposing the surprising proximity between Hemingway's unadorned minimalism and the hard-boiled rat-a-tat of a cheap novel.
- CineVue UK
With Non-Stop, Liam Neeson continues his “Old-Grizzled Man Against the World” phase—a neo-Charles Bronson personality that isn’t afraid to kick ass and take names. Largely typecast for weighty biopics early on in his career with a slight Phantom Menace stopover dotted right in the middle, it is most obviously the out-of-nowhere 2008 megahit Taken that has largely defined the timbre of his recent output (save for a few outliers like the ridiculously good Lego Movie). Who could have thought Oskar Schindler could be such a badass?
All kidding aside, Neeson has managed to whittle his usually slender Irish visage and dulcet brogue into a brawny sexagenarian persona battered by body and mind alike through thrillers like The Grey or Unknown (also directed by Non-Stop helmer Jaume Collet-Serra) quite nicely. It’s a mixture of Neeson’s preternatural ability to both make you sympathize with him via his acting »
- Sean Hutchinson
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Liam Neeson has the kind of voice that commands authority. Even when he’s not threatening someone, everything he says sounds threatening. His intense delivery helps give his characters an added sense of credibility no matter how over-the-top they are. Take a look at his character in Non-Stop, for example. Throughout the movie, whenever he suspects someone of being a terrorist, he goes way overboard in his actions despite his lack of proof. As the movie’s plot developments continue to complicate matters, Neeson’s character constantly looks to be on the verge of a complete meltdown, yet he somehow manages to pull himself together and save the day. And, in a sense, he saves the movie as well.
In fact, Neeson’s character almost feels like a metaphor for the movie itself. Non-Stop is a movie that wants to keep its cards close to its chest, »
- Ken Guidry
To mark the release of The Killers on 24th Feruary, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
There is more than one way to kill a man…
“I gotta find out what makes a man decide not to run. Why all of a sudden he’d rather die.”
So muses hitman Charlie (Lee Marvin) after his high-priced victim Johnny North (John Cassavetes) gives in without a fight. Obsessed with the answer, Charlie and his hot-headed associate Lee (Clu Gulager) track down Johnny’s associates, and uncover a complex web of crime and deceit involving his femme fatale girlfriend Sheila (Angie Dickinson) and ruthless mob boss Jack Browning (Ronald Reagan in his last screen role).
Loosely inspired by the Ernest Hemingway story, and directed by Don Siegel (whose many other taut, efficient thrillers include Dirty Harry and the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers), The Killers was commissioned »
Washington, Feb. 21: Sharon Stone has sued a movie producer for the 500,000 dollars after he lured the actress to participate in his fraudulent scheme.
Stone, made a deal with Bob Yari to shoot a film named 'Papa', claimed that the producer was a liar and a fraud who asked her to falsify U.S. documents so she could go to Cuba and play Ernest Hemingway's wife in a new movie, TMZ.com reported.
According to the lawsuit, the 55-year-old needed legal clearance to take the trip to Castroland.
Stone has claimed in the lawsuit that Yari asked her to lie in order to get permission from the U.S. Government, and wanted her to say the trip was for a "cultural endeavor", which it wasn't.
In the lawsuit, the actress. »
- Leon David
Sharon Stone claims a big time movie producer is a liar and a fraud who asked her to falsify U.S. documents so she could go to Cuba and play Ernest Hemingway's wife in a new movie ... and when she refused she got stiffed and was ordered to return a custom wig.Stone made a deal with Bob Yari to shoot "Papa," about the famous writer. Sharon was slated to play Mary Hemingway, but there was a big snag. »
- TMZ Staff
Sharon Stone has sued producer Bob Yari and his production companies alleging she was encouraged to falsify documents to shoot an Ernest Hemingway biopic in Cuba. The complaint, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, claims Yari, Magenta Light Productions and Sixth Floor Literary Properties attempted to lure Stone into a fraudulent scheme to avoid U.S. government licensing requirements before filming Papa in 2012. Read the complaint here. Stone alleges she was asked to forego other projects to commit to the movie based on a false representation that Yari had the necessary documents to
- Debbie Emery
“As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.” ― Ernest Hemingway The theme of the 86th Oscars is Heroes. That might come to »
- Sasha Stone
Director: Don Siegel. Review: Adam Wing. Commissioned as the very first 'TV movie', Don Siegel's compelling thriller would be forgiven for being utterly forgettable. As it turns out, The Killers is a bit of a gem, complimented by great casting, strong performances and sparkling dialogue. "I gotta find out what makes a man decide not to run. Why all of a sudden he'd rather die." And so it begins. Hitman Charlie (Lee Marvin) can't quite work out why his high-priced victim, Johnny North (John Cassavetes), gives up without a fight. Obsessed with the answer, Charlie and his hot-headed partner, Lee (Clu Gulager), track down Johnny's associates, including Ronald Reagan in his last screen role, uncovering a complex web of crime and deceit along the way. The Killers is loosely inspired by the Ernest Hemingway story of the same name. It's the second Hollywood adaptation, first brought to life in »
Director: Don Siegel
Running Time: 93 minutes
Loosely inspired by the Ernest Hemingway story, when their high-priced victim Johnny North (John Cassavetes) gives in without a fight, two hitmen (Marvin and Gulager) become obsessed in finding the answer as to why. The duo track down Johnny’s former associates, only to discover a complex web of crime and deceit involving his femme fatale girlfriend Sheila (Angie Dickinson) and ruthless mob boss Jack Browning (Ronald Reagan in his last screen role).
“I bet you’re a big Lee Marvin fan aren’t ya”, so muses Michael Madsen’s Mr. Blonde to Harvey Keitel’s Mr. White in a terrific tense scene in Quentin Tarantino’s crime classic Reservoir Dogs. Like the gangster double act and the now iconic filmmaker, I’m also very much a fan of »
- Craig Hunter
Oh, you just finished your first screenplay, did you? Congratulations. That’s no mean feat, pal. You’ll be the next Paddy Chayefsky in no time. Mind if I take a quick look? Thanks! Now lemme see here… okay… act one… uh… all right… you’re really… you’re really going with that…?
Listen: writing a screenplay isn’t easy. Even writing a bad screenplay is hard work. For those first time writers who assume that the moment that they finish their first draft there’s absolutely no reason to ever go back and fiddle with what they’ve written, well… let us level with you here, buddy. It’s no good. It’s terrible. It really sucks in its current form.
That’s right. It sucks. As novelist Ernest Hemingway once quipped: “The first draft of anything is sh*t.” So that first, “genius” screenplay you just sent »
- Sam Hill
We're barely into the new year and one of the top ten films of 2014 has already arrived.
"Isn't it a bit too soon?" you are asking. "Is this pundit just chomping at the bit in an inexcusably neurotic manner just to break away from the 2013 moviola pageantry that won’t end until the last Oscar is handed out by someone encased in a Givenchy gown and a Harry Winston tiara?"
I don’t believe so. Clearly, instantly, and with applaudable panache, Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox splashes across the screen with the same brilliance as Her, The Act of Killing, and The Missing Picture did last year.
Lensed in Mumbai, here is a tale of true yearning between two folks who should never logically have encountered each other.
Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a widowed accountant, is about to retire from a company where he’s just a featureless entity, a dependable »
- Brandon Judell
Chicago – The actor Andy Garcia has been known throughout the years as a tough-guy leading man, with memorable roles in “The Godfather: Part III” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” series. He latest role is a gentle and comic turn, as a father doing a college tour with his son, and discovering more than expected in “At Middleton.”
Andy Garcia has experienced a brilliant American Dream story. He was born in Cuba, came to America as a child, where his father developed a successful perfume company. He was an athlete in high school, and turned to acting in his senior year. After graduating college, he moved to Los Angeles and began to move up the ladder. After doing “The Godfather: Part III,” Garcia continued with leading man roles in “Internal Affairs,” “Hero” and “When a Man Loves a Woman.” He is taking on more character parts at this point in his career, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – She has had two of her books adapted by top modern directors – Gus Van Sant directed “To Die For” (1995), and Jason Reitman is just about to release “Labor Day,” starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. But the journey of author Joyce Maynard extends even beyond these accomplishments, affecting literary history.
From an early age, Joyce Maynard knew she was a writer. After winning several student awards while as a teenager, and writing regularly for “Seventeen” magazine, Maynard was featured in 1971 on one of “The New York Times Magazine” most famous covers – “An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life.” This caught the attention of another author, the reclusive J.D. Salinger (author of “Cather in the Rye” and other classics). The then 53-year-old literary legend wrote Maynard 25 letters, and they eventually had a live-in relationship that lasted about a year. Salinger broke up with Maynard when she published her first book, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Now available on DVD, Sneak Peek Nsfw footage featuring Nicole Kidman in director Philip Kaufman's 2012 HBO TV movie "Hemingway & Gellhorn", based on the lives of journalist 'Martha Gellhorn' and her husband, writer 'Ernest Hemingway' :
"...in 1936 the pair met up for the first time in a Key West bar. He was a famous writer and she was an up-and-coming war correspondent.
"They ran into each other again in Spain where they were both covering the Spanish Civil War, staying in the same hotel on the same floor.
"Then during a bombing raid, they found themselves trapped in the same room, frightened for their lives and overcome by lust.
"They became lovers, inspiring him to write the novel, 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'..."
- Michael Stevens
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