Ross Macdonald’s Cool Cat detective — originally Lew Archer — comes alive in Jack Smight’s smart SoCal kidnapping mystery, thanks to a charismatic Paul Newman and a hot cast of bright, smart actors. It’s the first screenplay sale for the celebrated William Goldman, and the crisp cinematography by ace cameraman Conrad Hall doesn’t hurt either.



Warner Archive Collection

1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date February 27, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh, Pamela Tiffin, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Shelley Winters, Harold Gould, Roy Jenson, Strother Martin, Martin West, Jacqueline deWit.

Cinematography Conrad Hall

Art Direction Alfred Sweeney

Film Editor Stefan Arnsten

Original Music Johnny Mandel

Written by William Goldman from The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald

Produced by Jerry Gershwin, Elliott Kastner

Directed by Jack Smight

Gumshoe detective movies (as opposed to police movies about detectives) suffered a dip in the 1960s,
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Joan of Arc Sci-Fi Movie in Works Based on Lidia Yuknavitch’s Novel (Exclusive)

Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone Village Productions have won a competitive auction for movie rights to Lidia Yuknavitch’s sci-fi novel “The Book of Joan.”

The book is a re-telling of the Joan of Arc saga in a terrifying future where the heroine has emerged to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed. A group of rebels unite to dismantle the iron rule of a dictator, galvanized by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force.

“I am thrilled to bring ‘The Book of Joan’ to the big screen,” Steindorf said. “Lidia has created some of the most dynamic, iconic female protagonists I have ever read and the novel couldn’t be more timely.”

David Boies is handling legal portions of the deal for Stone Village. Marcela Mar is co-producing

Stone Village’s producing credits include “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Jane Got a Gun,
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Steve's Favorite New Jazz Albums of 2016

Okay, it's time for me to stop trying to listen to more 2016 albums and just wrap up this list. In the past I would split my jazz list into a new releases part dedicated to current recordings and a historical part combining first releases of archival material with reissues. This year I'm skipping reissues, partly because some projects were so gargantuan that little guys like me weren't serviced with them, partly because the vinyl renaissance means everything is being reissued at once, and partly because so much stuff is just rehashing the same material in new packaging, with or without a gimmick or a little additional material added. So first releases of archival material are lumped in here. Maybe that's not entirely fair to the current guys, but on the other hand I don't include many archival items on my list.

1. Matthew Shipp & Bobby Kapp: Cactus (Northern Spy)

Two generations
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I Want to Live!

It’s a powerful plea against the death penalty, but also an Oscar bid for a fiery actress. And don’t forget the cool jazz music score. On top of this Robert Wise adds a formerly- taboo sequence, a realistic depiction of an execution in the gas chamber. Of such things were gritty, hard-hitting reputations made.

I Want to Live!


Twilight Time

1958 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Theodore Bikel, Virginia Vincent, Wesley Lau, Philip Coolidge.

Cinematography Lionel Lindon

Original Music Johnny Mandel

Written by Nelson Gidding, Don M. Mankiewicz

Produced by Walter Wanger (for Joseph Mankiewicz)

Directed by Robert Wise

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Robert Wise’s I Want to Live! from 1958 is a Can of Worms movie… start discussing its subject matter, and opinions immediately become a stumbling block. So I’ll
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Pretty Poison

Psycho launched a thousand twisted sickos and pathological relationships in films, but none can best Noel Black’s fascinating, funny romance between a newly-released arsonist and a fetching high schooler, hungry for freedom and lacking a moral compass. The pairing of Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld is inspired.

Pretty Poison


Twilight Time

1968 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 89 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring Anthony Perkins, Tuesday Weld, Beverly Garland, John Randolph, Dick O’Neill, Clarice Blackburn, Joseph Bova, Ken Kercheval.

Cinematography David L. Quaid

Original Music Johnny Mandel

Written by Lorenzo Semple, Jr. from the novel She Let Him Continue by Stephen Geller

Produced by Marshall Backlar, Noel Black, Lawrence Turman

Directed by Noel Black

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Although the dates don’t match up, I’m absolutely certain that I saw Noel Black’s theatrical short Skaterdater when it was screened as a warm-up for,
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Lee Marvin Died 29 Years Ago Today – Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock,
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Ben Platt Stars In ‘Dear Evan Hansen’: Suicide Is Never Painless – Off-Broadway Review

Ben Platt Stars In ‘Dear Evan Hansen’: Suicide Is Never Painless – Off-Broadway Review
Film director Robert Altman’s son Mike was a teenager when he wrote the lyric (to Johnny Mandel’s melody) that became the theme of M*A*S*H. You remember it: The game of life is hard to play I’m gonna lose it anyway The losing card I’ll some day lay So this is all I have to say: That suicide is painless… That adolescent fantasy of self-annihilation takes a definitive drubbing in Dear Evan Hansen, the exquisite new musical that opened Sunday at off-Broadway’s Second…
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The Last Detail | Blu-ray Review

Hal Ashby remains one of the most curious auteurs to rise out of the prosperous 1970s American studio era, his titles maintaining an indelible mark on the glorious period of filmmaking, ranging from 1971’s Harold & Maude to 1979’s Being There. The 1980s weren’t quite as kind, and Ashby, like a passel of other mavericks of the decade (Altman comes immediately to mind), stumbled into the age of excess, and in this particular case, eventually oblivion. On the surface, most of Ashby’s films promise to be comedies, quirky or otherwise, but he eventually reveals those expectations to be a superficial veneer, his characters mostly downtrodden sorts who are either bitterly disillusioned or resigned to their own dysthymic worldview. One of his greatest achievements was his third effort, 1973’s The Last Detail, pairing Ashby with another icon of the era, Jack Nicholson, himself in the midst of his own golden
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The Last Detail

Jack Nicholson found his personal favorite role in this fine road picture: Navy signalman Buddusky, charged with escorting sad-sack prisoner Randy Quaid to prison. Hal Ashby's direction and Robert Towne's script pitches the story at the human scale favored by '70s director-driven filmmaking. The Last Detail Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1973 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 104 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Carol Kane, Michael Moriarty, Luana Anders, Kathleen Miller, Nancy Allen, Gerry Salsberg, Don McGovern, Pat Hamilton, Michael Chapman, Jim Henshaw, Derek McGrath, Gilda Radner, Jim Horn, John Castellano. Cinematography Michael Chapman Film Editor Robert C. Jones Original Music Johnny Mandel Written by Robert Towne from the novel by Darryl Ponicsan Produced by Gerald Ayres Directed by Hal Ashby

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Bring up the 'golden age' of director-driven movies in the 1970s and the
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Hollywood Publicists to Honor Alan and Marilyn Bergman

Hollywood publicists have selected songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman to receive the Special Award of Merit at the 53rd annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards.

The award will be presented at the ceremony on Feb. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Bergmans have been nominated for 16 Academy Awards and won three for the score for “Yentl” and the songs “The Windmills of Your Mind” from “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “The Way We Were.”

The Bergmans have worked with Sting, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Michel Legrand, Dave Grusin, John Williams, Quincy Jones, James Newton Howard, Cy Coleman, Henry Mancini and Marvin Hamlisch.

As previously announced, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf will be named showman of the year.
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Are you ready for the apocalypse? $284 says you are| Emma Brockes

It’s harder than you think to put together an emergency kit, especially if you ask the internet

I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead – I like it when they go creeping about abandoned houses; it reminds me of my babysitting years – and over the past few weeks I have caught up on three seasons. I’m also reading Station Eleven, the National Book Award shortlisted novel by Emily St John Mandel, about a flu epidemic that wipes out civilisation. And from my apartment, I can see the two towers of the Time Warner Center, which in the opening scenes of Cloverfield, the Jj Abrams disaster movie, were toppled by a giant monster.

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Anniversaries: Pat Metheny Born 61 Years Ago

Happy birthday to Pat Metheny (born August 12, 1954), one of the few jazz superstars of the past four decades to combine commercial success and critical plaudits. After paying his dues in Gary Burton's band (which he joined at age 19), Metheny put out his first album in 1976 and by the time of his third release two years later was gaining crossover radio play. Though the style of his eponymous band was smooth and tuneful, Metheny had a firm basis in jazz and straight-ahead guitarist gods such as Jim Hall (with whom he eventually recorded a fine duo album).

With success came the challenge of avoiding complacency, which Metheny has met masterfully with a wide-ranging series of albums in a variety of stylistic bags, from atonal skronk to mellow Brazilian, from thorny Ornette Coleman covers to mercurial bebop. Along the way he has lent his prestige to both respected elders (Hall, Burton, Coleman,
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News Shorts: February 13th 2015


Marvel have released a new photo from their upcoming "Daredevil" TV series which debuts on Netflix on April 10th. The shot shows blind lawyer Matt Murdock in a confessional at his father's old church.

My Dad, he used to come to this church...he was a fighter...lost more than he won...but he always got back up.

— Daredevil (@Daredevil) February 12, 2015

Space Invaders

Dan Kunka has been hired to pen the script for a live-action film adaptation of the classic 1980s video game "Space Invaders" at Warner Bros. Pictures. Kunka made the Black List when he converted the short spec "Yellowstone Falls" into a wolves vs. zombies movie. [Source: Deadline]


Philip Gelatt ("Europa Report") has been hired to adapt and direct a feature based on Laird Barron’s short story "30". The story follows two wildlife biologists, isolated on land once occupied by a cult, struggling to find
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Best-Seller 'Station Eleven' Acquired by 'Jane Got a Gun' Producer (Exclusive)

Producer Scott Steindorff has acquired film and TV rights to Emily St. John Mandel's best-selling novel Station Eleven. The project — a postapocalyptic drama that is set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse following a pandemic — will be produced by Steindorff and Dylan Russell. Station Eleven revolves around a Hollywood star, his would-be savior and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Read More Scott Steindorff Picks Up Rights to Ya Adventure Novel 'Origin' (Exclusive) The producers paid six digits for the novel,

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This Week's Cover: EW's Best and Worst of 2014, starring Entertainer of the Year Jimmy Fallon

It's our favorite time of year again: list-making season! To celebrate, this week's Entertainment Weekly dives deep into 2014 to give you our rundown of the year's best and worst in pop culture. Movie critic Chris Nashawaty ranks the year's top films (we see you, Boyhood and Guardians of the Galaxy) and calls out some bad ones (two too many volumes, Nymphomaniac!); TV critics Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz rave about Transparent and Fargo but refuse to Wanna Marry Harry; the music team reps Lana Del Rey and St. Vincent while rejecting Robin Thicke; and the books staff relishes Emily St.
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Here Are the 2014 National Book Award Winners

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Here Are the 2014 National Book Award Winners
In a ceremony that NPR tells us was "packed as much with jabs at Amazon as with jazzy entrance music," the National Book Foundation announced this year's National Book Awards Wednesday night. The winners, each of whom received $10,000 and probably a big blue ribbon to show their parents, are in bold below. FICTIONRabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary WomanAnthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot SeePhil Klay, RedeploymentMarilynne Robinson, LilaEmily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven NONFICTIONRoz Chast, Can't We Talk About Something More PleasantAnand Gopal, No Good Men Among the LivingJohn Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the FleshEvan Osnos, Age of AmbitionEdward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence POETRYLouise Glück, Faithful and Virtuous NightFanny Howe, Second ChildhoodMaureen N. McLane, This BlueFred Moten, The Feel TrioClaudia Rankine, Citizen Young People's LITERATUREEliot Schrefer, Threatened Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50John Corey Whaley, NogginDeborah Wiles, RevolutionJacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming
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Here Are the Finalists for the National Book Award

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Here Are the Finalists for the National Book Award
The 20 books on the short list for the 2014 National Book Awards were just announced. Just as in the other NBA, they can't all be champions: The winners in each category will be announced November 19.FictionAnthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot SeeRabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary WomanMarilynne Robinson, LilaPhil Klay, RedeploymentEmily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven Nonfiction Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition Roz Chast, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant Edward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh Poetry Claudia Rankine, Citizen Louise Glück, Faithful and Virtuous Night Fred Moten, The Feel Trio Fanny Howe, Second Childhood Maureen N. McLane, This Blue Young People's Literature Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming John Corey Whaley, Noggin Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50 Deborah Wiles, Revolution Eliot Schrefer, Threatened 
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Here Is the Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction

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Here Is the Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction
The shortlist will arrive on October 15 and the winners will be announced November 19. We won't pick a favorite but only one of the authors on this list has recorded an impassioned defense of Justin Bieber. Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary WomanMolly Antopol, The UnAmericansJohn Darnielle, Wolf in White VanAnthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot SeePhil Klay, RedeploymentEmily St. John Mandel, Station ElevenElizabeth McCracken, Thunderstruck & Other StoriesRichard Powers, OrfeoMarilynne Robinson, LilaJane Smiley, Some Luck Orfeo also made the longlist for the Man Booker prize but couldn't crack the shortlist, which is the literary version of "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride."
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Will ‘Frozen’ Continue the Best Original Song Success of Animated Films?

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

One of the bright spots this past film year was the success of Disney’s Frozen. On the strength of it’s more modern princesses and an infectious score, the film set box office records and has garnered two Oscar nominations, Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”, its infectious hit. In honor of Frozen’s nomination, we figured it was time to take a look at the history of animated movies in Original Song.

The history of animated films picking up nominations and wins in Best Original Song is a tale as old as time (see what I did there?). Since the 1930s, animated films have won this award 13 times and over 50 nominations, which you can see below. This is an even greater feat when you think about the consideration that animated films get when lists of musicals are made (they
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Movie Review - Point Blank (1967)

Point Blank, 1967.

Directed by John Boorman.

Starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O'Connor, Lloyd Bochner, Michael Strong and John Vernon.


After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker (Lee Marvin) single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.

In Point Blank, director John Boorman keeps Lee Marvin’s silent terror Walker in the shadows, right up until the unforgettably haunting last shot. You fear for Walker’s opponents, a cowardly John Vernon among them – he’s the bogeyman in his own film. He’s a stylised mythical spectre of whom his own wife Lynne (Sharon Acker) doesn’t know his first name, a potentially comical conceit if it weren’t for one thing: there’s a strong possibility Walker dies in the opening minutes of the film, and what follows is his exaggerated revenge fantasy.

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