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Ninth Installment In Kat Kramer’S Films That Change The World Series Will Show Sat. June 3Rd At UCLA’S James Bridges Theatre

Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering’s “The Hunting Ground” and James Haven’s “Court of Conscience” both examine the rape culture and its deadly consequences Los Angeles – May 25, 2017 --The searing feature documentary “The Hunting Ground”, a 2016 Oscar-nominated film about campus rape, will screen on Saturday June 3 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theatre as the ninth installment in Kat Kramer’s Films That Change the World series. The short film “Court of Conscience”, starring Jon Voight and the late Anton Yelchin, will also be shown during the evening, followed by a panel discussion led by Kramer with members of the cast and production team including “Court of Conscience” star Voight and writer-director James Haven as well as producers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering who...

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The Saga of Anatahan

Take one fiercely individual auteur fed up with the Hollywood game, put him in Kyoto with a full Japanese film company, and the result is a picture critics have been trying to figure out ever since. It’s a realistic story told in a highly artificial visual style, in un-subtitled Japanese. And its writer-director intended it to play for American audiences.

The Saga of Anatahan

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1953 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 91 min. / Anatahan, Ana-ta-han / Street Date April 25, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring: Akemi Negishi, Tadashi Suganuma, Kisaburo Sawamura, Shoji Nakayama, Jun Fujikawa, Hiroshi Kondo, Shozo Miyashita, Tsuruemon Bando, Kikuji Onoe, Rokuriro Kineya, Daijiro Tamura, Chizuru Kitagawa, Takeshi Suzuki, Shiro Amikura.

Cinematography: Josef von Sternberg, Kozo Okazaki

Film Editor: Mitsuzo Miyata

Original Music: Akira Ifukube

Special Effects: Eiji Tsuburaya

Written by Josef von Sternberg from the novel by Michiro Maruyama & Younghill Kang

Produced by Kazuo Takimura

Directed by Josef von Sternberg
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It Came From The Tube: When Michael Calls (1972)

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A lot of great TV horror movies rely on a final image, a real shocker, to hammer home the fear. But not all of them. When Michael Calls (1972) is a telefilm that measures out its chills, leading to a logical conclusion (for a small screen sinner) instead of an iconic screen shot for nostalgic viewers. Regardless, this one provides a platform for a solid thriller with a pedigree behind and in front of the camera.

Originally broadcast on Saturday, February 5th, as the ABC Movie of the Weekend, When Michael Calls had the normal competition from CBS’ New Dick Van Dyke Show/Mary Tyler Moore Show and NBC’s Saturday Night at the Movies. But ABC’s Movies of the Week (on Tuesday’s, and here) almost always won out with viewers, providing exciting, original fare. This one is no exception.

Let’s crack open our fair weathered faux TV
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A March To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.

A March To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.
UCLA Festival Of Preservation At The James Bridges Theater | 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

The UCLA Film and Television Archive’s annual Festival of Preservation returns to the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum this month for a multiweek showcase of the organization’s newly restored classics and rescued obscurities. And this year’s edition kicks off on Friday with an evening comprised of each, with Ernst Lubitsch’s beloved comedy Trouble in Paradise toplining a double bill alongside the previously elusive I Take This Woman, a romantic Western starring Gary Cooper and Carol Lombard. Not everything is as star-studded, but nearly every evening...
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Lone Wolf and Cub

You'll always be careful with knives after seeing the outrageous, impossibly gory violence of this brain-warping samurai series from the early 1970s. Tomisaburo Wakabayashi rolls his tiny tot Daigoro through feudal Japan, looking for trouble. There's simply been nothing like it: breathtakingly beautiful images aestheticize bloodletting as never before or since. Lone Wolf and Cub Sword of Vengeance, Baby Cart at the River Styx, Baby Cart to Hades, Baby Cart in Peril, Baby Cart in the Land of Demons, White Heaven in Hell + Shogun Assassin Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 841 1972-1974 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 630 + min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date November 8, 2016 / 99.95 Starring Tomisaburo Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa. Written by Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima Produced by Shintaro Katsu, Hisaharu Matsubara, Tomisaburo Wakayama Directed by Kenji Misumi, Buichi Saito, Yoshiyuki Kuroda

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In an unexpected move, Criterion has released one of the most influential Japanese film series of the 1970s,
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Mike’s Murder

Although filmed in 1982, James Bridges' film maudit did not see the light of a projector until 1984, and even then in very limited release. In the meantime the writer-director's version of the death of a drug dealer went under the studio knife and saw its non-linear storytelling conventionalized into a standard narrative. The result joins the likes of The Red Badge of Courage and The Magnificent Ambersons as compromised but still compelling mutant movies that have yet to be reconstructed. Here's an intriguing essay on the film by Peter Avellino: Mr. Peel's Sardine Liqueur: The Ephemeral Is Eternal
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The Gang’s All Here

Wonderful isn't a good enough word to describe this joyful, funny and visually intoxicating Alice Faye musical by Busby Berkeley. Decades later it became part of a big Camp revival, but the real draw is still the Benny Goodman swing music, delightful performers like Carmen Miranda, and Berkeley's bizarre Technicolor visions. The Gang's All Here Blu-ray Twilight Time 1943 / Color / 1:37 Academy / 103 min. / Street Date July 19, 2016 / Available from Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95 Starring Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman and Orchestra, Eugene Pallette, Charlotte Greenwood, Edward Everett Horton, Tony De Marco, James Ellison, Sheila Ryan, Dave Willock, Jeanne Crain, Frank Faylen, June Haver, Adele Jergens. Cinematography Edward Cronjager Special Effects Fred Sersen Original Music Harry Warren, Leo Robin, Hugo Friedhofer, Arthur Lange, Cyril J. Mockridge, Alfred Newman, Gene Rose Written by Walter Bullock, Nancy Wintner, George Root Jr., Tom Bridges Produced by William LeBaron Directed by Busby Berkeley

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Why are Debra Winger and Sam Elliott doing a multi-cam sitcom for Netflix?

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Why are Debra Winger and Sam Elliott doing a multi-cam sitcom for Netflix?
Through long, varied, and successful careers in show business, Debra Winger and Sam Elliott have done a little bit of everything. She was one of the world's biggest movie stars in the '80s thanks to films like An Officer and a Gentleman and Terms of Endearment, but she also played Wonder Girl on the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series, did stand-up comedy at the start of her career, and was one of the final patients on HBO's In Treatment. Elliott was a late-period castmember on the Mission: Impossible TV show, has played dozens of heavies and heroes in the movies, and even turned up clean-shaven on the final season of Justified. Starting Friday, though, you'll get to see them do something they've never done before: act in a traditional multi-cam sitcom, shot on a stage in front of a studio audience. In Netflix's The Ranch(*), they play an estranged
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50 More of the Greatest Matte Paintings of All Time

A few years ago the editors of Shadowlocked asked me to compile a list of what was initially to be, the ten greatest movie matte paintings of all time. A mere ten selections was too slim by a long shot, so my list stretched considerably to twenty, then thirty and finally a nice round fifty entries. Even with that number I found it wasn’t easy to narrow down a suitably wide ranging showcase of motion picture matte art that best represented the artform. So with that in mind, and due to the surprising popularity of that 2012 Shadowlocked list (which is well worth a visit, here Ed), I’ve assembled a further fifty wonderful examples of this vast, vital and more extensively utilised than you’d imagine – though now sadly ‘dead and buried’ – movie magic.

It would of course be so easy to simply concentrate on the well known, iconic,
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‘Truth’ Star Dennis Quaid Remembers How He Used Variety to Land Early Roles

‘Truth’ Star Dennis Quaid Remembers How He Used Variety to Land Early Roles
Dennis Quaid appears in the Dan “Rathergate” film “Truth” and stars in Crackle’s art-world drama “The Art of More,” bowing Nov. 19. Before his breakout in 1979’s “Breaking Away” the young Texas transplant was living in a cramped Hollywood apartment, flipping through Variety for audition notices. In 1976, he landed a part in the Jim Bridges coming-of-age drama “September 30, 1955.”

What do you remember about your first year as a struggling actor in L.A.?

I got here in ’75. I had a list of agents for SAG, and I sent my picture to all the agents, and I got turned down by all the agents. So I turned to Variety for the “Films in the Future” column. It would list (upcoming movies) and the casting directors. I started calling all the casting directors, and nine out of 10 would say no, but one would say yes, and that’s how I learned to do interviews.
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Memorial for ‘Superman’s’ Jack Larson Set for Dec. 6

Memorial for ‘Superman’s’ Jack Larson Set for Dec. 6
Friends of actor and writer Jack Larson (above, with George Reeves) will gather at the UCLA James Bridges Theatre on December 6. Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen in “Adventures of Superman” in the 1950s, died in September. The theater, named in honor of Larson’s late partner film director-writer James Bridges, is located in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media building on the north end of the UCLA campus. The memorial begins at 5 p.m. Doors will open at 4 p.m. Parking is in UCLA lot 3.
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Memorial for ‘Superman’s’ Jack Larson Set for Dec. 6

Memorial for ‘Superman’s’ Jack Larson Set for Dec. 6
Friends of actor and writer Jack Larson (above, with George Reeves) will gather at the UCLA James Bridges Theatre on December 6. Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen in “Adventures of Superman” in the 1950s, died in September. The theater, named in honor of Larson’s late partner film director-writer James Bridges, is located in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media building on the north end of the UCLA campus. The memorial begins at 5 p.m. Doors will open at 4 p.m. Parking is in UCLA lot 3.
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How Did This Get Made: Perfect (An Oral History)

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How Did This Get Made: Perfect (An Oral History)
John Travolta + Aerobics – Mechanical Bull = How Did This Get Made?!?! Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. But the truth is, it happens all the time. And every time it does, there’s a fun misadventure and cautionary tale lurking somewhere behind the scenes. This is that story for Jim Bridges’ 1985 […]

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James Dean: After 60 Years, Still the Coolest Icon of Teen Angst

James Dean: After 60 Years, Still the Coolest Icon of Teen Angst
James Dean shocked the world when he appeared in “Rebel Without a Cause” and “East of Eden” in 1955. And he shocked the world again when he died on Sept. 30, 1955, at age 24.

Sixty years after these events, he remains an icon, based on only three films. Dean hit a nerve because he was the right star in the right roles at the right time. After the Depression and World War II, many American adults wanted things to be “nice” and trouble-free. The affluent middle class moved into new suburban developments, while Madison Avenue started targeting teenagers as a distinct demographic with their own spending money.

The 1950s are often painted as a period of “Happy Days” innocence, but the optimistic attitude only partially masked fears of communists, the atomic bomb, polio and the growing awareness that the American Dream might be more complex than it seemed. And nobody was more suspicious
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Mike Gold: Jack Larson, Jimmy Olsen, and My Generation

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I’m guessing it was 60 years ago. I was a mere tyke; five years old. My sister was eleven. We lived in an apartment on Chicago’s mid-northwest side, and we had a television set. There were “only” five Vhf stations and one of them was educational – a betrayal of my sensibilities. I hated school, even if it was merely kindergarten, and the idea that someone would waste one of those few precious teevee channels on school was simply beyond my ken.

At that time I was only interested in cartoons and in Jack Benny. Yeah, I’ve been a Jack Benny fan since the light from the cathode ray tube first shined in our living room. And I wanted to watch Bugs Bunny. Being six and one-half years older, my sister had more sophisticated taste. She wanted to watch Superman. And, being six and one-half years older, my sister usually got her way.
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Jack Larson, Jimmy Olsen on First Superman Show, Dies at 87

Jack Larson, Jimmy Olsen on First Superman Show, Dies at 87
Jack Larson, best know for his role as reporter Jimmy Olsen on the first Superman TV show, died Sunday at his home in Brentwood, Calif. He was 87.

Larson played George Reeves’ (Clark Kent/Superman) wide-eyed coworker at The Daily Planet — a role he tried, in vain, to escape throughout his career — on “Adventures of Superman” in the 1950s.

Larson appeared on “Superman” for six seasons, beginning in 1951. The series came to a close following Reeves’ sudden death in 1959.

Larson was also a playwright; his works include 1966’s “The Candied House,” based on “Hansel and Gretel”; “Cherry, Larry, Sandy, Doris, Jean, Paul,” a comedy about being gay; 1968’s “Chuck”; and 1998’s “The Astronaut’s Tale.” Larson wrote librettos for operas, such as Virgil Thomson’s “Lord Byron.”

He produced several films written and/or directed by his longtime partner, James Bridges, who he met on the set of Ethel Barrymore’s final film,
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Fox Developing ‘Urban Cowboy’ TV Remake with Craig Brewer, Paramount TV (Exclusive)

Fox Developing ‘Urban Cowboy’ TV Remake with Craig Brewer, Paramount TV (Exclusive)
Fox is saddling up with writer-director Craig Brewer and Paramount TV for a series adaptation of the 1980 John Travolta-Debra Winger movie “Urban Cowboy.”

Brewer is on board to writer and direct the pilot and exec produce the series for Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox TV. It’s eyed as a possible companion piece for Fox’s mega hit “Empire” although the project is still in the early script stage.

From the small-world department, “Empire” is toplined by Terrence Howard, who starred in Brewer’s breakthrough feature, 2005’s “Hustle and Flow.”

Chris Levinson (“Tyrant”) is set to serve as showrunner and exec producer. Robert Evans, who produced the original Paramount film, and HBO alum Sue Naegle are also on board as exec producers. Robert Evans Co.’s James Sikura will co-exec produce.

Like the movie, the TV adaptation of “Urban Cowboy” will follow the star-crossed relationship of Sissy
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

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Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an
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Interview: NewFilmmakers Los Angeles' BritWeek

A few months ago we told you about a great and young non-profit in Los Angeles that is constantly working to create spaces for emerging talent to showcase both short and feature length works for local audiences. NewFilmmakers Los Angeles hosts a monthly event that aim to help filmmakers launch their careers, connect with crucial support, and exchange ideas with each other and attendees.

Read More: Endless Indie Talent: Larry Laboe on NewFilmmakers Los Angeles

This week NewFilmmakers L.A. is taking part in a weeklong series of diverse events across L.A entitled BritWeek, which celebrate the rich culture of our neighbors across the pond. First on Monday April 27th at the At&T Center in Downtown, NewFilmmakers will host three feature length programs consisting of both recent British and international shorts

Then on April 30th the organization will screen Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film “Far From the Madding Crowd” ahead of its theatrical release in collaboration with Fox Searchlight and Melnitz Movies at UCLA's James Bridges Theater.

We had the chance to reconnect with Larry Laboe, co-director of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles and James Defebaugh, who co-programmed the event with Nfmla Artistic Director Susie Kim and the Nfmla Programming team, to talk about this exciting new program.

Tickets for the event on April 27th can be purchased Here!

Aguilar: How this particular initiative come about and what are some of the elements that make distinct from other NewFilmmakers programs?

Larry Laboe: Our programs usually consist of two feature lengths programs that are made up of shorts and then one feature, but for this one we are doing all shorts the whole night. It’s 13 shorts for our first event on the 27th. Two of the programs are all English films and the third program is made up of international shorts. We have a film from Argentina, a film from Brazil, and two from the U.S. I’m particularly excited about a film titled “The Girlfriend Game

As you know a huge goal in our organization is to showcase international films. We feel that as a festival in Los Angeles is important to help people in the city experiences films from all over the world. Our initiatives have always focuses on highlighting films from different parts of the world. This year we decided we wanted to do a British film program.

We reached out to Brit Week, and actually one of the NewFilmmakers board members is also BritWeek and BAFTA committee member as well. He had a relationship with Brit Week and we pitched them the idea for this program and they were really excited about it, particularly because they didn’t have any other film programs as part of BritWeek. As you might know Brit Week is a celebration of British art and culture in Los Angeles that includes exhibitions, musical performances, and other events that make it a very well rounded experience.

This initiative grew into a two-part event. We are doing the program I just mentioned and the Fox Searchlight movie “Far from the Madding Crowd.” We wanted to show a film that more people from the community would feel compelled to come out and see based on the talent that was involved in making the film, As we were researching what indie labels had new films coming out that could work with our program. We got in touch with Fox Searchlight and they were very excited to take part. Obviously this film is an English film, so it was a really fit.

Aguilar: Tells us more about the diverse British shorts included in the extensive program

James Defebaugh: We are really excited about this screenings. We feel like this program really represents a huge variety of what U.K. cinema has to offer in an array of genres. There is a film called “Anemone,” which is a beautiful portrait of a forbidden love that has some fantastic performances by its cast. We have “Madeleine Makes a Man,” which is a whimsical, fairy tale-like retelling of Frankenstein in which the lead character is trying to create the ideal romantic partner.

There are also a couple of interesting character driven dramas, one is titled “I’m in the Corner with the Bluebells” about two siblings who meet for the first time which find themselves with a this sort of genetic attraction, which is uncomfortable but very interesting and it’s beautifully shot. There is also “Stalemate,” a historical character driven work that takes place on Christmas Day during Wwi

We have two science fiction pieces, one of them is "Perfect State," a dystopian view of the U.K. in which the government has sold out to major corporations that run all the public services, and then there is "Roadside,"which is a post-apocalyptic short that feel very kinetic and has several successful action sequences. We have a couple of comedies.

One is “The Trouble Downstairs” a comedic mystery about a guy who is trying to figure out the culprit behind his Chlamydia, and then we have “Anita’s Birthday Wish” about a teacher whose birthday is coming up and who is bored and looking for something interesting to do. She decides to smoke pot but realizes that she has solicited the pot from one of her students, which is evidently an awkward situation. We have a big range of what U.K. filmmakers have to offer.

Aguilar: What are some highlights of the non-British program that will be screening alongside the films you already mentioned?

James Defebaugh: For the other program we have some great international films. We have one from Brazil called “The Passenger,” which is about a man’s displacement, which takes him on a journey of self-discovery throughout his homeland after his wife’s death. We have a really great film from Argentina called "Esperame" based on Dante’s Divine Comedy but sues corporate imagery in a metaphorical manner to retell that story.

There is also the one Larry mentioned earlier called “The Girlfriend Game,” which is an erotic thriller with a twisted game that a couple plays at bars. It’s tone and subject matter feels like “Gone Girl” in terms of the sexual tension. This film feature Ryan Eggold who starts in NBC’s “The Blacklist” and Sarah Roemer who was in the film “Disturbia

Larry Laboe: Ryan Eggold actually has a special relationship with NewFilmmakers. We screened a short that he directed, and we’ve screened a few shorts that he starred in. It’s really exciting to see him back again at the festival. Specifically regarding “The Girlfriend Game,” the guy who produced it, Alejandro de Leon, has produced other great shorts. I’m really excited about him as a producer. One of the shorts he’s produced is called "The Strange Thing About the Johnsons," which I was really impressed by. He was also Upm of the short “Narcocorrido," which won a Student Academy Award in 2012. I particularly expect to see great things from Alejandro.

Aguilar: Why is it crucial for NewFilmmakers to balance special programs like this with films from diverse regions and backgrounds?

Larry Laboe: We do a lot of special themed programs, from Latino film programs, to African American film programs, or programs like this British one, but the reason why during these events you see a program made up of films from around the world is because we don’t want to put people inside a box. We do want to honor storytellers from different backgrounds but we don’t to make it so that storytellers become stereotyped or labeled based on being Latino, or British, or female. It’s great to honor different types of filmmakers but I think we have to be careful not to put too much of a label on it. When you see programs from NewFilmmakers that are special programs we typically like to mix it up.

James Defebaugh: We want to spotlight films that come from a specific cultural place but we also want to make sure we support indie filmmaking as a whole.

Larry Laboe: We want to support diversity all around.
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Anglophiles—Celebrate BritWeek With New Filmmakers Los Angeles!

In their effort to build up the international film community in Hollywood, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (Nfmla) has partnered with Fox Searchlight to present a free movie screening as part of BritWeek, a weeklong celebration of U.K. cinema, music, and art. “Far From the Madding Crowd,” Thomas Vinterberg’s new romance film starring Carey Mulligan, will be screened at the UCLA James Bridges Theater on April 30. Tickets are free and disappearing fast, so visit newfilmmakersla.com soon. In addition to several other events perfect for Anglophiles, BritWeek and Nfmla are also exhibiting a Focus on British Short Film on April 27 at the At&T Center. Attendees will be treated to a total of nine short indie films followed by Q&As and open bar receptions. “From a dystopian London, to a young woman’s descent into an alluring clandestine world, to a tale of brotherhood across borders and fragile peace in the midst of wartime,
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