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The Forgotten: George Archainbaud's "Hotel Haywire" (1937)

11 May 2017 2:42 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Really, I mean Preston Sturges' Hotel Haywire, because nobody's too interested in George Archainbaud, a Paramount contract director who had been directing for 20 years without helming a really memorable film (Thirteen Women, an uncomfortably racist pre-Code with Myrna Loy, is as exciting as it gets, and even that one is remembered chiefly for featuring the girl who threw herself off the Hollywood sign), He would continue for another 20, moving from B-westerns into TV westerns, without making anything else of particular note.Sturges wrote the script as part of his plan to get a long-term contract at Paramount. To particularly appeal to the suits there, he filled the story with roles for Paramount stars such as Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles, Fred MacMurray and Burns & Allen, none of whom were necessarily famous enough to carry a movie, but whose combined star-power might make an attractive investment for studio or future ticket-buyers. »

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The Opening Scene to the Ferris Bueller TV Show is Brutal and it also Has Jennifer Aniston

10 May 2017 6:30 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

You might remember the actor Charlie Schlatter.  He had an awesome 80s run in movies and hit his peak when he got a starring role in the film 18 Again alongside George Burns.   Schlatter always had a baby face and at the age of 25 was selected to play Ferris Bueller in a TV series based on the 80s comedy starring Matthew Broderick.   What you probably didn’t realize is that one of the stars on the show was also Jennifer Aniston.  Even better?  None other than Richard Riehle played principal Rooney.   In case you aren’t placing Richard Riehle, he’s the

The Opening Scene to the Ferris Bueller TV Show is Brutal and it also Has Jennifer Aniston »

- Nat Berman

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Robert D. Marta, Camera Operator on ‘Hart to Hart,’ ‘The Jerk,’ Dies at 73

9 May 2017 7:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert D. Marta, a camera operator who worked on tv shows and films such as “Hart to Hart” and “The Jerk,” has died. He was 73.

Marta died at his home in Bozeman, Mont., on Apr. 13 after suffering from several years of health issues, his family reported.

Born on Oct. 5, 1943 in Pasadena, Calif., Marta went on to become a founding member and the first president of the Society of Operating Cameramen — now Society of Camera Operators — from 1981-85. He was also one of the early champions of the industrywide labor-management safety committee. In 1996, he received the SoC’s Presidents Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Marta started his career as an uncredited assistant cameraman on “Diamonds Are Forever.” He later worked on such 1970s films as Tom Laughlin’s indie sequels “The Trial of Billy Jack” and “Billy Jack Goes to Washington;” Norman Jewison’s “… And Justice for All,” starring Al Pacino; and »

- Sarah Ahern

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Broadchurch series 3 episode 8 review

17 April 2017 5:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 18, 2017

Spoilers from the start in our review of Broadchurch’s final episode, which finally reveals who attacked Trish...

This review contains spoilers. 

See related  Netflix's Bloodline to end after season 3

To really catch your whodunnit audience off-guard, make the culprit a kid. Twelve-year-old Bobby killed Lucy Beale on EastEnders. One-year-old Maggie shot Mr Burns on The Simpsons. And sixteen-year-old Michael raped Trish Winterman on Broadchurch. He didn’t want to; a bigger boy made him. That’s about the long and short of it. 

If I sound withering, forgive me. Broadchurch has done a great many things right this series, but revealing that Michael—groomed by swaggery young shit and serial rapist Leo—attacked Trish wasn’t among them.

Perhaps it’s plausible and rapists routinely recruit and induct apprentices, but Michael’s guilt had a little too much ‘Aha! Didn’t see that coming did you? »

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‘Mr. Warmth’ Director John Landis Remembers Don Rickles: ‘An Equal Opportunity Slanderer’

11 April 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When director John Landis first met Don Rickles, he was just an 18-year old “go-fer, a schlepper,” on the set of war comedy “Kelly’s Heroes.” Long before Landis directed such classics as “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers,” the young production assistant forged many friendships over the nine-month shoot in Yugoslavia.

“For me at 18, it was heaven,” says Landis of working with the likes of Rickles, Donald Sutherland, Clint Eastwood, Harry Dean Stanton, and Telly Savalas.

Flash forward more than four decades and many Rickles shows later, to 2007, when Landis is approached by Rickles’ son Larry, who died in 2011, to direct a film about his dad. “I didn’t think he was getting the respect he should,” even though he was still appearing on talkshows, Landis explains.

The legendarily hard-working comedian was hesitant at first, worrying that putting his act on TV might mean fewer people would come to his live shows. So »

- Pat Saperstein

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‘Mr. Warmth’ Director John Landis Remembers Don Rickles: ‘An Equal Opportunity Slanderer’

11 April 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When director John Landis first met Don Rickles, he was just an 18-year old “go-fer, a schlepper,” on the set of war comedy “Kelly’s Heroes.” Long before Landis directed such classics as “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers,” the young production assistant forged many friendships over the nine-month shoot in Yugoslavia.

“For me at 18, it was heaven,” says Landis of working with the likes of Rickles, Donald Sutherland, Clint Eastwood, Harry Dean Stanton, and Telly Savalas.

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Billy Crystal Remembers Don Rickles: ‘There Was No One Like Him’

Flash forward more than four decades and many Rickles shows later, to 2007, when Landis is approached by Rickles’ son Larry, who died in 2011, to direct a film about his dad. “I didn’t think he was getting the respect he should,” even though he was still appearing on talkshows, Landis explains.

The legendarily hard-working comedian was hesitant at first, worrying »

- Pat Saperstein

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Billy Crystal Remembers Don Rickles: ‘There Was No One Like Him’

11 April 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Don Rickles was an event comic. Every time you saw him with Johnny or Frank or Dean, and later Leno and Letterman, it was an event. He was hilarious, he was explosive, and he had that extra ingredient that few have: He was dangerous.

He didn’t have a famous routine; there was no one piece of material that you can point to as you can with the other great ones. He wasn’t the brilliant character actor that Sid Caesar was. He didn’t have what Gleason had, or Phil Silvers. He wasn’t the inventive genius of Kovacs, or the storyteller that Alan King was, or the subtle conceptual master that Newhart is.

What he had was more precious, and perhaps more difficult to come by. He had himself. He was totally Rickles. There was no one like him. He could insult anyone with hilarious unscripted jokes that, if »

- Billy Crystal

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The Boss Baby Repeats Box Office Win with $26.3M

9 April 2017 1:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After a successful first weekend at the box office, The Boss Baby, an animated comedy from DreamWorks Animation, had no trouble repeating at the box office. The hit movie went up against Warner Bros.' comedy remake Going in Style, Sony's animated adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village and PureFlix's faith-based drama The Case For Christ. None of these new releases stood a chance, with The Boss Baby repeating atop the box office with $26.3 million, followed closely by Disney's blockbuster Beauty and the Beast with $25 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Smurfs: The Lost Village, Sony's new fully animated movie in the beloved franchise, opened in 3,610 theaters, debuting in third place with $14 million for a meager $3,882 per-screen average. Going in Style debuted in 3,061 theaters in fourth place with $12.5 million with a $4,084 per-screen average, while The Case for Christ opened in 10th place with $3.9 million. Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going In Style weren't critically acclaimed, »

- MovieWeb

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Going In Style Review

7 April 2017 5:39 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If Hollywood is really so keen on remaking 1979 crime comedy/drama Going in Style, then it’s easy to consider this new version to be something of a best-case scenario, at least in terms of its casting. While the original united George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as three senior citizens who decide to stage a bank robbery, the 2017 edition brings out three Academy Award-winning legends in Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin. But a film cannot live or die solely by the stars leading the charge, can it?

Going in Style certainly puts that question to the test. The three leading men bring their decades of experience to the screen with little effort, elevating the material with every second that each of them appears onscreen. Caine is essentially our protagonist here as Joe, the character who’s inspired to recoup his lost pension by robbing the bank where his money is held. »

- Robert Yaniz Jr.

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'Going in Style' Team Talks "Reimagining" of 1979 Film in Zach Braff-Directed Heist Comedy

7 April 2017 2:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New Line and Village Roadshow's Going in Style is a remake of the 1979 comedy of the same name that starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as a bored trio of senior citizens who decide to rob a bank.

But those who know the Martin Brest-directed original shouldn't feel as though they've already seen the new version, directed by Zach Braff and starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin as the elderly criminals.

Caine said their version, scripted by Theodore Melfi, should be thought of as a "'reimagining," in which the characters have specific motivations for their »

- Hilary Lewis

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‘Going In Style’ Review: Trio Of Oscar Winners Liven Up Reboot

7 April 2017 2:04 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

In 1979, George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg starred as retirees who instead of just waiting to die decide to put some excitement into their lives by robbing a bank. That basic idea has been reimagined for a new era in Warner Bros/New Line’s Going In Style with a trio of Oscar winners in Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin. Although no one was particularly asking for a remake of the original from director Martin Brest, it seems to me, as I say in my video… »

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Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ to Fire ‘Smurfs,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ With Second Win

7 April 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alec Baldwin is still the box office boss.

The Boss Baby” is heading for a second straight victory over a trio of newcomers and Emma Watson’s “Beauty and the Beast,” with about $25 million at the domestic pre-Easter weekend box office, early estimates showed Friday.

Disney’s fourth weekend of “Beauty and the Beast” will finish a close second in the $21 million to $23 million range to lift its North American haul to around $430 million — enough to become the 15th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office, surpassing Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

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Going in Style’ Tops ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ at Thursday Box Office

A pair of newcomers — Sony’s animated “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and New Line’s heist comedy “Going in Style” — will battle for third place with “Smurfs” finishing in the $13 million to $15 million range at 3,610 locations, while “Going in Style »

- Dave McNary

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Going in Style movie review: pabulum and circuses

7 April 2017 11:54 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Bland, tasteless entertainmentstuff intended to neither move nor offend, and succeeds as such. A sad pile of unfunny nothing that falls painfully flat. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I suddenly realized, while struggling to stay awake during the limp and unfunny Going in Style, that it seemed like forever ago that I first started seeing trailers for the film. Had its release been postponed after an initial marketing push, or was it just so uninspired and familiar that it merely felt as if I’d seen it all before?

Both, as it turns out: Style was original slated to open almost a year ago, in May 2016 (which means I probably saw trailers in late 2015), and it’s also such a stale wisp of a dustbunny that it barely stands out from its own background noise. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘Going in Style’ Tops ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ at Thursday Box Office

7 April 2017 8:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Line’s remake of “Going in Style” launched with a moderate $600,000 on Thursday night, while Sony’s animated “Smurfs: The Lost Village” debuted with $375,000.

Going in Style,” starring Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, and Michael Caine, is expected to open to a quiet $8 million Friday-Sunday during the pre-Easter weekend when it premieres at 3,601 sites. “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” which played at 2,731 sites on Thursday, is forecast to take in around $15 million at 3,061 locations, while Pure Flix’s faith-based “The Case for Christ” has been projected to reel in about $5 million at 1,175 venues.

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Alan Arkin Talks Ageism at ‘Going in Style’ Premiere: ‘We Shove Older People Off to the Corners’

Holdovers will probably dominate the weekend. Fox’s second weekend of the animated comedy “The Boss Baby” is likely to repeat as the winner of the domestic box office, earning around $25 million, following its surprisingly strong $50.2 million opening at 3,773 sites. »

- Dave McNary

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Smurfs & Gramps Take One Last Swing At Box Office -- The Weekend Warrior

7 April 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

Three New Movies May Have Trouble Making Much of a Mark

After a couple impressive March weekends with one new box office record, and a couple impressive openings, we’re now into April, and of the new movies, there just doesn’t seem like anything can defeat last week’s powerful duo of DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby--which exceeded all predictions with $49 million, taking the top spot from Beauty and the Beast. Ghost in the Shell didn’t even do as well as I thought it may, opening with just $19 million, those late reviews helping to kill its weekend.

Sony Pictures Animation are giving the loveable blue Smurfs a third go at American audiences with The Smurfs: The Lost Village (Sony), after two previous movies, »

- Edward Douglas

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'Going in Style' Review: Remake of Cute-Coot Crime Comedy Could Use Some Viagra

7 April 2017 6:17 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

If you want to hang with a trio of old-coot charmers, you could do worse than Going in Style, a comic softball that, for the price of a movie ticket, puts you in the pleasurable company of Morgan Freeman, 79, Alan Arkin, 83, and Michael Caine, 84. The movie is no bargain, but the actors keep delivering dividends.

Constructed from the blueprint set in 1979 by director Martin Brest and now-deceased stars George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, this remake is the same tired piffle about three Brooklyn-based seniors who decide to rob a bank. »

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Film Review: Misguided Remake of ‘Going in Style’ is Just a Product

7 April 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In 1979, there was a beautifully understated film called “Going in Style,” taking on the issues of aging, loneliness and the forgotten senior citizens in society. Those issues have not altered in our modern society, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that with the 2017 remake of “Going in Style.”

Rating: 2.0/5.0

The “oldsters” in this redux are Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Morgan Freeman (who seems to be closing his career by making these “last act” movies), as opposed to George Burns, Lee Strasberg and Art Carney in the original. The new crew can’t hold a candle to the old, not because of any acting chops, but because of the situation that screenwriter Theodore Melfi and director Zach Braff puts them in. Instead of an exploration of aging in America – filtered through three old guys robbing a bank – this is just another superhero movie, where the crew knows more than anyone, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Going In Style review: Dir. Zach Braff (2017)

7 April 2017 12:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Going In Style review by Paul Heath.

Hollywood veterans Sir Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin unite for this modern remake of the classic 1970s movie Going In Style, a fairly generic though sometimes sweet tale of a trio of pensioners who decide to rob a bank to bump up their pensions.

Going In Style review

Caine plays the central character of Joe, a seventy-something former factory worker who is living with his daughter and granddaughter in present day Brooklyn. We’re introduced to the character in his local bank, the Oap seemingly having a few money worries after defaulting on his mortgage payments. Joe is met with dead ends and personal mocking from his bank manager – a devilish Josh Pais – and finds himself caught up in an armed robbery, which plays out before his eyes. After reuniting with his lifelong friends and fellow factory workers Willie (Freeman) and »

- Paul Heath

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Film Review: ‘Going in Style’

6 April 2017 7:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “Going in Style,” the 1979 Hollywood fable of old age in America that’s still remembered with a certain scrappy fondness, George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg play brittle old fogies who team up to rob a bank, but it wouldn’t be quite accurate to call the result “a heist movie.” The three hatch their crime as a way to escape loneliness, and to get their juices flowing — to rage against the dying of the light — and the robbery itself is mostly a ramshackle joke, with our cranky stooped codgers barely disguised by Groucho glasses.

The slick new remake of “Going in Style,” on the other hand, really is a heist movie. Our heroes, now played by Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin, team up to rob the Williamsburg Savings Bank in their native Brooklyn, and we see them prepping for the crime in a full-on, split-screen montage of strategic training rituals. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Going In Style – Review

6 April 2017 5:42 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Going In Style stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin, relaxed old pros with easy chemistry, all of whom seem to be having a great deal of fun. Thin in plot, Going In Style is a pleasant, likable enough situation comedy that veers into some sentimental territory that doesn’t quite connect.

Willie (Freeman), Joe (Caine), and Albert (Arkin) are retired pals who once worked together at a Brooklyn steel plant. The company is merging with an evil overseas corporation and all of their pensions are being liquidated, leaving them with next to nothing. After Joe witnesses a bank robbery, he has the idea that the trio should attempt one themselves.

Going In Style is mildly amusing with its star power saving what is a clunky and somewhat problematic script by Theodore Melfi that could have used another pass or two. It’s all too comfortable and tame, delivering »

- Tom Stockman

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