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Johnny Guitar (widescreen)

20 September 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Olive's new branded line reissues the Nicholas Ray classic with a full set of authoritative extras -- plus a never-before-seen widescreen transfer, in all of its Trucolor glory. Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden never looked better -- we can all compare theories about la Crawford's color-coded costumes. Just how masculine is Vienna supposed to be? Johnny Guitar (Olive Signature widescreen edition) Blu-ray Olive Films 1954 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 39.95 but heavily discounted Starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, Ben Cooper, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine, Royal Dano, Frank Ferguson, Paul Fix, Rhys Williams. Cinematography Harry Stradling Film Editor Richard Van Enger Original Music Victor Young Written by Philip Yordan from the novel by Roy Chanslor Produced by Herbert J. Yates Directed by Nicholas Ray

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Wow, it's already been four years since Olive released a »

- Glenn Erickson

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Blood Simple,’ ‘High Noon,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and More

20 September 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Blood Simple (Joel and Ethan Coen)

For as accomplished as Joel and Ethan Coen’s debut Blood Simple comes across as to a viewer, like any director, they can’t help but recognize their flaws. That’s not to say their newly restored debut, now available on The Criterion Collection, doesn’t look and sound gorgeous — every bead of sweat dripping down M. Emmet Walsh’s face and every gun blow feels like you’re right there in »

- The Film Stage

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High Noon: present day remake pressing ahead

18 September 2016 10:40 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Sep 19, 2016

The classic western High Noon is being remade - and it's going to be a modern thriller, set on the Mexican border...

The lean, classic High Noon packs more tension into under 90 minutes than – well, take a look at most Hollywood thrillers that can’t manage it with far more resources and time.

So, er, Hollywood is remaking it.

Relativity Studios has picked up the rights for a new take on High Noon, and the plan is to transplant the 1952 western to the present day. It’s going to be set on the border between Mexico and Texas this time, and will be produced by Karen Kramer (the widow of original producer Stanley Kramer) and Stephen S Jaffe.

It’s very early days on the project, so we don’t know yet who’s writing the screenplay or directing. Plus there’s the small matter of who »

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Film Review: ‘Finding Altamira’

17 September 2016 5:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Only slightly more compelling than those stiffly staged dramatic reenactments that alternate with talking-heads commentary in second-rate cable-tv docudramas, “Finding Altamira” relies heavily on the dynamic underplaying of Antonio Banderas to sustain interest during a respectful yet unexciting slog through an obscure historical episode. Director by Hugh Hudson (“Chariots of Fire” … but, on the other hand, “Revolution”) attempts to imbue this attractively mounted period piece with the sort of socially-conscious gravity that was a hallmark of Stanley Kramer’s “prestige pictures” of the 1950s and ’60s. Unfortunately, Hudson also peppers his film — which details the remarkable 1879 unearthing of cave paintings dating back to the Paleolithic Era in Cantabria, Spain — with fantasy sequences involving the bison represented in those paintings. Quite inadvertently, these scenes, meant to be the product of a precocious child’s imagination, come off as not entirely unwelcome comic relief.

Banderas plays Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, a well-to-do »

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High Noon set for modern remake at Relativity Studios

17 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Relativity Studios is developing a modern remake of the Oscar-winning 1952 western High Noon, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the film will be set in the present day and takes place along the cartel-controlled U.S. / Mexico border.

The remake will mark Relativity’s first project since the company emerged from bankruptcy earlier this year, and will be produced by Karen Kramer, widow of High Noon producer Stanley Kramer, with Relativity’s Dana Brunetti and Ryan Kavanaugh executive producing.

High Noon is one of the most iconic films of all time,” said Brunetti. “I’m honored to be a part of modernizing this timeless story and bringing it to a new generation.”

“Stanley’s signature films were about social justice, in one form or another,” added Karen Kramer. “And in High Noon, he even struck an early blow for the empowerment of women. We are delighted to be making this picture with Relativity. »

- Gary Collinson

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‘High Noon’ Remake Set in Present Day in the Works at Relativity

16 September 2016 11:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Relativity Studios has acquired the rights to remake “High Noon” and plans to produce a movie that’s set in the present day.

The 1952 Western was directed by Fred Zinnemann and starred Gary Cooper as a town marshal forced to face a gang of vengeful killers by himself. The screenplay was written by Carl Foreman. Stanley Kramer produced the film which won four Academy Awards, including best actor for Cooper.

Stanley Kramer’s widow Karen Kramer and Stephen S. Jaffe will produce the remake. Relativity Co-ceo Ryan Kavanaugh and Dana Brunetti, President of Relativity’s Motion Picture and Television Group, will executive produce.

“‘High Noon’ is one of the most iconic films of all time,” Brunetti said. “I’m honored to be a part of modernizing this timeless story, and bringing it to a new generation.”

Relativity said it is staying true to the roots of the original, but will »

- Dave McNary

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Judy by the Numbers: "Snowflakes"

7 September 2016 5:39 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

What on odd year is 1963 in the history of Judy Garland. 1964 marks the last year of Judy Garland's film career, and the boom of Judy's television career. The first of Judy's final two movies reunited Judy Garland with producer Stanley Kramer and actor Burt Lancaster, with whom she'd worked only two years before in Judgment at Nuremburg. By the early 1960s, Kramer was establishing himself as the prestige producer of hard-hitting social issue cinema. A Child Is Waiting, about an institution for developmentally challenged children, was no different.

The Movie: A Child is Waiting (Universal, 1963)

The Songwriter: Marjorie D. Kurtz

The Players: Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster, Gena Rowlands, directed by John Cassavetes

The Story: While the majority of Judy Garland's career was dominated by Technicolor musical extravaganzas, the last few films of her career do signal an attempt at darker, "more serious" work. Surrounded by Method artists like Rowlands, »

- Anne Marie

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The Academy Announces 2016 Governors Awards Recipients

1 September 2016 8:43 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 30) to present Honorary Awards to actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. The four Oscar statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 8th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 12, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “The Board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”

After making his motion picture debut at the age of eight, Chan brought his childhood training with the Peking Opera to a distinctive international career. He starred in – and sometimes wrote, »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Arrival’ Review: Amy Adams Steals Spotlight In Denis Villeneuve’s Deep-Thinking Alien Invasion Story

1 September 2016 1:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Denis Villeneuve’s career can be rather neatly cleaved in two. From the mid-nineties through the 2000s, he directed formally daring Quebecois films that collected awards and acclaim as they travelled the art-house circuit. In 2010, he went Hollywood, and since then he’s been making technically impeccable thrillers that always impress but never astound. To that bifurcated filmography arrives “Arrival,” a film that, well, rather neatly fits the English language pattern. Which is to say, “Arrival” has a hell of a lot going for it, but never quite gets there.

Amy Adams stars as Dr. Louise Banks, a professor of linguistics and mother of a daughter gone too soon. Villeneuve and screenwriter Eric Heisserer stress the centrality of both roles, opening with a striking sequence – think that elliptical Malick touch, spiking Villeneuve’s rigid tone – that follows, through Louise’s eyes, her daughter from birth through childhood to early death. »

- Ben Croll

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Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman

1 September 2016 9:34 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Every year, industry folks lobby the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with their candidates for honorary Oscar winners at the annual Governors Awards. And sometimes they get their way. Over the years Mike Kaplan, a publicists branch Academy member, has successfully lobbied for Lillian Gish, Robert Altman and John Ford’s favorite actress Maureen O’Hara, who happily collected her gold man the year before she died.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors voted Tuesday night on the 2016 (un-televised) Governors Awards, which often including the coveted producer’s award, the Thalberg, and the Hersholt humanitarian award. You know what they’re looking for: someone who is still respected — if not revered. Francis Ford Coppola, John Calley and Dino DeLaurentiis have collected the Thalberg in recent years; Harry Belafonte, Jeffrey KatzenbergOprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie have accepted the Hersholt. »

- Anne Thompson

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Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman

1 September 2016 9:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every year, industry folks lobby the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with their candidates for honorary Oscar winners at the annual Governors Awards. And sometimes they get their way. Over the years Mike Kaplan, a publicists branch Academy member, has successfully lobbied for Lillian Gish, Robert Altman and John Ford’s favorite actress Maureen O’Hara, who happily collected her gold man the year before she died.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors voted Tuesday night on the 2016 (un-televised) Governors Awards, which often including the coveted producer’s award, the Thalberg, and the Hersholt humanitarian award. You know what they’re looking for: someone who is still respected — if not revered. Francis Ford Coppola, John Calley and Dino DeLaurentiis have collected the Thalberg in recent years; Harry Belafonte, Jeffrey KatzenbergOprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie have accepted the Hersholt. »

- Anne Thompson

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Lee Marvin Died 29 Years Ago Today – Here Are His Ten Best Films

29 August 2016 7:32 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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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Chimes at Midnight

26 August 2016 4:46 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Fans that lament Orson Welles' many career frustrations will flip over this Spanish-filmed masterpiece. Not well distributed when new and Mia for decades, its serious audio problems have now mostly been cleared up. It's great -- right up there with Kane and Touch of Evil, and it features what is probably Welles' best acting. Chimes at Midnight Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 830 1966 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 116 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Falstaff, Campanadas a medianoche / Street Date August 30, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud, Norman Rodway, Marina Vlady, Walter Chiari, Michael Aldridge, Tony Beckley, Alan Webb, José Nieto, Fernando Rey, Beatrice Welles, Ralph Richardson. Cinematography Edmond Richard Film Editor Fritz Mueller Original Music Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Produced by Alessandro Tasca Directed by Orson Welles

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

It's even better than I remembered. Sometime during film school I went with UCLA friends Clark »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Pride and the Passion

26 August 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Surround three international stars with several thousand extras in Franco's Spain and you've got yourself an instant historical adventure epic. Unfunny Cary Grant has a Big Gun, Spanish peasant guerilla (!) Frank Sinatra looks totally lost, and Sophia Loren conquers Hollywood by making with the sultry eyes and body moves. The Pride and the Passion Blu-ray Olive Films 1957 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 125 132 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Theodore Bikel, John Wengraf, Jay Novello Cinematography Franz Planer Production Designer Rudolph Sternad Art Direction Fernando Carrere, Gil Parrondo Film Editors Ellsworth Hoagland, Frederic Knudtson Original Music George Antheil Written by Edna Anhalt & Edward Anhalt from the novel The Gun by C.S. Forester Produced and Directed by Stanley Kramer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Successful producer Stanley Kramer graduated to directing in 1955; two years later he was helming this giant, rather ill-conceived big-star epic in Spain. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Judy by the Numbers: "Judgment at Nuremberg"

10 August 2016 11:43 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Apologies, gentle Judy fans. While I intended to bring you the usual dose of morning Garland sunshine, I failed in meeting either the requirement for sunshine or the morning deadline. In this case, however, that’s probably for the best. Considering the subject of this film, it is probably better that you have a cup of coffee and a bite to eat before you sit down to watch it. This week, I’m breaking with tradition slightly. While Judy Garland does not sing any numbers in Judgment at Nuremberg, this is a performance and a movie that must be seen.

The Movie: Judgment at Nuremberg (UA, 1961)

The Writer: Abby Mann (screenplay)

The Cast: Maximilian Schell, Burt Lancaster, Spencer Tracy, Marlene Dietrich, Richard Widmark, Judy Garland, directed by Stanley Kramer

The Story: When Stanley Kramer decided to adapt Abby Mann’s dramatization of the Nuremberg trials, Judy Garland was not his first choice for Irene Hoffman, »

- Anne Marie

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On this day: Lady Jane, Devil Dolls, Bergman Wedding, Phase Three

10 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Helena Bonham Carter & Cary Elwes star in Lady Jane (1986)On this day in history as it relates to the movies

1553 Lady Jane Grey takes the throne in England. Her reign is just nine days long and Helena Bonham Carter plays her in her feature film debut (filmed just before A Room With a View though it was released second)

1856 Nikola Tesla, famed inventor and futurist is born in the Austrian empire. He's later played by David Bowie in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006) but isn't it strange that he has never received his own major biopic given his fame and eccentricity and pop culture relevances (bands named after him, characters based on him, etcetera)?

1871 Marcel Proust, French novelist is born.

 1925 The "Monkey Trial" in which a man is accused of teaching evolution in science class, begins in Tennessee. It's later adapted into a famous play and the Stanley Kramer film »

- NATHANIEL R

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Review: 'Money Monster' is old-fashioned issue-driven entertainment done well

16 May 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sidney Lumet would like Money Monster quite a bit. There was a tradition of filmmaking that seems to be on the wane these days that involved wrapping a social issue or a social injustice and wrapping it in a nice juicy dramatic situation. When done perfectly, you get 12 Angry Men or Dog Day Afternoon or Network. Lumet was so good at both understanding exactly how to frame the moral argument and knowing how to play the entertainment, and it’s a bit of a lost art now. I’ve always felt like the inelegant version of this particular type of storytelling was embodied by Stanley Kramer, who tilted more towards the message end of the equation. It’s a tough thing to get right, and Jodie Foster deserves credit for orchestrating things with a nimble wit and a relentless energy. Ultimately, you probably know where the screenplay credited to Jamie Linden »

- Drew McWeeny

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Try and Get Me!

15 April 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This noir hits with the force of a blast furnace -- Cy Endfield's wrenching tale of social neglect and injustice will tie your stomach in knots. Sound like fun? An unemployed man turns to crime and reaps a whirlwind of disproportionate retribution. It's surely the most powerful of all filmic accusations thrown at the American status quo. Try and Get Me! Blu-ray Olive Films 1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 92 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / The Sound of Fury / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan, Richard Carlson, Lloyd Bridges, Katherine Locke, Adele Jergens, Art Smith, Renzo Cesana, Irene Vernon, Cliff Clark, Donald Smelick, Joe E. Ross. Cinematography Guy Roe Production Design Perry Ferguson Film Editor George Amy Original Music Hugo Friedhofer Written by Jo Pagano from his novel The Condemned Produced by Robert Stillman Directed by Cyril Endfield

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Socially conscious 'issue' movies are not all made equal. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Exodus

8 April 2016 8:18 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

"This land is mine, God made this land for me." Those are just song lyrics, while Otto Preminger's politically daring 70mm mega-production is a lot more subtle in its presentation of the 'Palestinian problem' that led to the formation of the State of Israel. It's a bit ponderous, but Dalton Trumbo's screenplay avoids the pitfalls -- 56 years later, the story is still relevant. Exodus Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1960 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 208 min. / Ship Date March 15, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Lee J. Cobb, Sal Mineo, John Derek, David Opatoshu, Jill Haworth, Hugh Griffith, Gregory Ratoff, Felix Aylmer, Marius Goring, Alexandra Stewart, Martin Benson, Paul Stevens, George Maharis, John Crawford, Victor Maddern, Paul Stassino, John Van Eyssen Cinematography Sam Leavitt Art Direction Richard Day Film Editor Louis R. Loeffler Original Music Ernest Gold Written by Dalton Trumbo from »

- Glenn Erickson

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Panic in Year Zero!

5 April 2016 12:22 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Hey, we're having a Nuclear family crisis, so load up your shotgun, grab the grenades and head for the hills, stealing what you need as you go. Ray Milland's tense tale of doomsday survival shook up a lot of folks with its endorsement of ruthless violence. Fortunately the worst never happened, allowing us to ask, "Where were you in '62?" Panic in Year Zero! Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1962 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchel, Joan Freeman, Richard Bakalyan, Cinematography Gilbert Warrenton Production Designer Daniel Haller Film Editor William Austin Original Music Les Baxter Written by John Morton, Jay Simms Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, Arnold Houghland, James H. Nicholson, Lou Rusoff Directed by Ray Milland

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

There's nothing like good old atom-scare hysteria, which Hollywood dished out as early as 1952's Invasion, »

- Glenn Erickson

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