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Film Review: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life in Concert’ at Chicago Symphony Center

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Chicago – The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Cso) has come up with the perfect celebration for the pre-holiday weekend, presenting Frank Capra’s classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life in Concert.” On Dec. 10th and 11th, 2016. The Cso will accompany the soundtrack on a restored version of the film.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

This is “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Iawl) as you’ve never seen it before, restored to a brilliant print and with the original Dimitri Tiomkin soundtrack score enhanced by the majesty of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The film is projected above the orchestra, and with each symphonic moment in the story, the musicians and choral singers take over the music live. Iawl had many variations of themes in the soundtrack, so besides the Tiomkin original score, there are snippets of WW2 songs “Over There” and “This is the Army, Mr. Jones,” along with the holiday songs “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,
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Father of the Bride

This is one of Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor's best, written and directed by the classy MGM team of director Vincente Minnelli and writers Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett. It inspired a decade's worth of TV family sitcoms and set the benchmark for weddings for generations. Great fun and solid sentiment without mugging or exaggeration. Father of the Bride Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 93 min. / Street Date May 10, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Bennett, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, Moroni Olsen, Melville Cooper, Leo G. Carroll, Rusty Tamblyn, Tom Irish, Frank Cady, Carleton Carpenter. Cinematography John Alton Film Editor Ferris Webster Original Music Adolph Deutsch Written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett from the novel by Edward Streeter Produced by Pandro S. Berman Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

There's almost no point in reviewing Father of the Bride, as one doesn't need insights,
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Gwtw Actress De Havilland Made Major, Oscar-Winning Comeback in 'Mother Sacrifice' Weepie

'To Each His Own' movie with Olivia de Havilland and John Lund 'To Each His Own' movie review: Best Actress Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland stars in Mother Love tearjerker Olivia de Havilland, who had starred in the 1941 melodrama Hold Back the Dawn, returns to the wartime milieu in To Each His Own (1946), once again under the direction of Mitchell Leisen, who guides the proceedings with his characteristic sincerity while cleverly skirting the Production Code's restrictive guidelines. In To Each His Own, de Havilland plays Jody Norris, a small-town woman who falls quickly in love – much like her character in Hold Back the Dawn – but this time during World War I, when Jody's brief liaison with daredevil flying ace Captain Cosgrove (John Lund) results in an out-of-wedlock child. When Cosgrove is killed in battle, the young mother anonymously gives up her baby to a childless couple in her hometown, remaining
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Heavenly Copyright Lawyers to Kill Sequel to Capra's Christmas Classic?

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ sequel could get killed by Paramount (photo: James Stewart and Donna Reed in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’) What would the world be like if any one individual human being had never been born? In most cases, the world would quite possibly be an infinitely better place, but the overwhelming majority of (delusional) humans want to feel good about themselves and their place on our overpopulated, fast-rotting planet. Hence movies such as Frank Capra’s 1946 sentimental fantasy drama It’s a Wonderful Life, released the year after the end of World War II — which reportedly left about 60 million human beings dead (plus countless other non-humans), in addition to millions more maimed, homeless, and/or psychologically destroyed. Starring James Stewart as Small Town America family man George Bailey, who almost kills himself but is prevented from doing so by an angel with way too much time in his hands,
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Retro Cinema Classics: ‘The Long, Long Trailer’ (1954)

The Long, Long Trailer is a 1954 film starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz directed by Vincente Minnelli. At the time of the film’s release, I Love Lucy was about to start its third year and was the highest rated show on television. This film was made clearly made to capitalize on their success, and puts a lot of effort into mirroring the formula that made their show so popular. Tacy (Lucille Ball) and Nicky (Desi Arnaz) are a newlywed couple who buy a luxury trailer home that they must drive from California to Colorado, where Nicky has a new job. Even the names are clearly mirrors of the ones from the show, and the characterization is extremely similar in all regards. What The Long, Long Trailer has that the TV show does not is Technicolor, outdoor locations and a variety of locales. What it lacks? Just about everything that
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Rachel Weisz Opposite Johnny Depp in The Thin Man Remake?

Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener Rachel Weisz, Oscar winner for The Constant Gardener, may join Rob Marshall and Johnny Depp in the Warner Bros. remake of The Thin Man. Depp is set to play dipsomaniac detective Nick Charles; according to reports, Weisz is being considered for the role of Nick's equally dipsomaniac partner in crime-solving, Nora Charles. William Powell and Myrna Loy became first-rank stars after playing Nick and Nora in W. S. Van Dyke's 1934 film adaptation — which is quite different from Dashiell Hammett's considerably darker book. That was back in the day when MGM was a major Hollywood powerhouse. The Thin Man earned Oscar nominations in the Best Picture, Best Actor (Powell), Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay (Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett) categories. Loy was bypassed, which outraged many at the time. Weisz's latest vehicles haven't performed well at the North American box office — e.g.
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David Mamet to write and direct new film on Anne Frank

The incredible life of Anne Frank will be celebrated by film once again in a new version of her story to be written and directed by David Mamet.

Just recently, Disney acquired the rights to the story, which will be a mix of her diary, the stage adaptation of that text by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, and Mamet’s own “take on the material.” Variety is hinting that Mamet “could reframe the story” as a young girl’s rite of passage.

For those unfamiliar with her story, Frank became an “icon of the Holocaust” when her diary that chronicled her family’s two years in hiding from Nazis in World War II was published. She died at the age of 15 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Producer Andrew Braunsberg had been working over a year on acquiring the rights to the story, both from the estate of Frank and also
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Mid-Week Movie News Wrap Up - August 13, 2009

  • Screen Rant
This week:

Another actor takes a bite out of Twilight’s Eclipse; we have an update on Cowboys and Aliens; Colin Farrell + Mermaids= Ondine, Zac Efron finds a mother and David Mamet gets Frank.

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1. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse keeps adding cast members: Jack Huston and Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace) have both joined the cast of the teenage vampire flick.

According to The Hollywood Reporter regarding Huston:

“Huston will play Royce King II, a human that lived during the Great Depression.”

It sounds like a role that the young actor can sink his teeth into.

Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that Moreno will play the vampire Maria, who tries to create an army of “newborn vampires.”

Big job for a small woman.

Huston and Moreno join Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Bryce Dallas Howard in the big screen adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s novel.

Huston will next be seen on TV in Eastwick,
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Disney Acquires The Rights To The Diary of Anne Frank

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Disney has acquired the rights to film a new version of “The Diary of Anne Frank”, which will be written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet. Mamet will produce along with Andrew Braunsberg. Mamet will be drawing on both the original diary, as well as the play by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, to tell the story of the young Jewish girl named Anne Frank who, during the Second World War, hid with her family from the Nazis in the a secret attic of a house in Amsterdam, from 1942 until 1944 when the family was betrayed and arrested by the Nazis. Anne Frank’s sister Margot Frank, [...]
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David Mamet to direct new 'Anne Frank'

Disney has acquired film rights to a new version of "The Diary of Anne Frank," to be written and directed by David Mamet.According to Variety, Mamet will produce with Andrew Braunsberg.The film will be an combination of the famed diary; the stage adaptation by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich; and Mamet's own original take on the material that could reframe the story as a young girl's rite of passage. Frank, who died at 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, became an icon of the Holocaust after the post-war publication of the diary that she kept during the two years that her family hid in a secret attic apartment in Amsterdam.Braunsberg, best known for producing "Being There," spent a year gathering
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David Mamet to Direct Diary of Anne Frank

Disney has acquired rights to a new rendition of "The Diary of Anne Frank," to be written and helmed by David Mamet (Heist, Spartan). The film will be an amalgamation of the famed diary; the stage adaptation by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich; and Mamet's own original take on the material that could reframe the story as a young girl's right of passage. Frank, who died at 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, became an icon of the Holocaust after the post-war publication of the diary that she kept during the two years that her family hid in a secret attic apartment in Amsterdam. Producer Andrew Braunsberg, best known for producing "Being There," spent a year gathering the rights from the Anne Frank Estate as well as the estates of Hackett and Goodrich. He met with Icm's John Burnham, who recommended Mamet. Mamet sparked to the opportunity tell the story,
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A New "Anne Frank" Movie, This Time From Disney and David Mamet!

Walt Disney Pictures has acquired the rights to a new film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank." Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet is set to write the script and direct.

Mamet will use the diary and the original play by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich for inspiration. Hackett and Goodrich also wrote the script of the 1959 film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank" directed by George Stevens. That film was nominated for 8 Oscars and won three including Shelly Winters for Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White, and

Best Cinematography, Black-and-White.

"The Diary of Anne Frank" tells the gripping true-to-life story of a young Jewish girl who hides with her family in the attic in Amsterdam from the Nazis. That's the plot, but I think the stronger theme is Frank's coming-of-age story during World War II.

Mamet is a great storyteller, so I think he'll do justice to this new film version.
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David Mamet writing Anne Frank film

David Mamet writing Anne Frank film
Playwright David Mamet, whose works often revolve around cutthroat men who use bruising dialogue, will write a screenplay about Holocaust victim Anne Frank, Disney said Wednesday.

The film will be based on Frank's famous diary, a 1950s U.S. play about Frank by writers Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich and Mamet's own take on the material, Disney officials said.

No date has been set for the film's production or release.

Anne Frank died at age 15 in a German concentration camp during World War II. Her story became internationally known with the publication of her journal, which described her family's attempt to hide from the Nazis in Amsterdam. "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" was first published in 1947.

Mamet won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1984 play "Glengarry Glen Ross," which featured real estate agents fighting with each other to avoid layoffs. More recently, he created military action drama
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David Mamet Wants To Re-Telll Anne Frank's Story

"David Mamet's Anne Frank" sounds like the kind of joke production that would pop up on an episode of Entourage, along the lines of James Cameron's Aquaman. But oh dear, this production is very, very real. Mamet, who wrote Glengarry Glen Ross and recently wrote and directed the martial arts drama Redbelt, will be directing a new version of Anne Frank's story-- for Disney, no less. Variety writes that the film will be based both on Frank's diary and the stage adaptation by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich. Perhaps frighteningly, Mamet will also add some of his own spin to the story, possibly framing it as "a young girl's rite of passage." Everyone who read the book in eighth grade remembers that, in addition to insights on the Holocaust and family life, Frank's diary focused on things that any 13-year-old girl would, from raging adolescent hormones to
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David Mamet Takes On The Tale of Anne Frank

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In perhaps the most oddly juxtaposed match of artist and material since David Lynch gave us The Straight Story, acclaimed playwright and screenwriter David Mamet has signed on to write and direct his own version of the story of Anne Frank.

You read that right -- the man behind Oleanna is taking on the tale of the Jewish teenager who hid in an Amsterdam attic during the Holocaust before dying at 15, and on behalf of Disney no less. According to Variety, Mamet's interpretation will combine elements of Frank's renown diary, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's Tony Award-winning stage adaptation, and whatever Mamet brings to the table that, in the trade's words, "could reframe the story as a young girl's right of passage."

I'm really not sure what to make of this myself. The man has certainly proven a gift with dialogue and direction on both screen and stage, but
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Mamet to helm Disney's 'Anne Frank'

David Mamet has signed up to direct Disney's adaptation of The Diary Of Anne Frank. The new movie will be based on the famous real-life diary and Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich's successful stage production, according to Variety. Frank was killed aged 15 at the Bergen-Bergen concentration camp during World War II. The diary she kept while her family hid in a secret attic in Amsterdam was published after the war ended. (more)
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Disney to Produce New Diary of Anne Frank Movie, David Mamet To Direct

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Disney has acquired the rights to The Diary of Anne Frank and plans to make a new movie adaptation with David Mamet, according to Variety.

Frank's diary chronicles her time in hiding from the Nazis. She and several family members resided in a secret attic in Amsterdam for two years before being captured and sent to concentration camps. Frank died just a few months before the end of World War II in May 1945. Her family published the diary posthumously, and it has since sold many millions of copies in all major languages.

Mamet is perhaps most famous as a playwright, earning a Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross, which was adapted for the screen in 1992. He directed The Spanish Prisoner, Heist, and State and Main, and also earned a Best Screenplay Oscar nomination for Wag the Dog (1997).

Reportedly, Mamet will add his own interpretation, drawing from both the original diary
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David Mamet to Helm The Diary of Anne Frank

Disney has acquired screen rights to a new rendition of "The Diary of Anne Frank," to be written and helmed by David Mamet, reports Variety . Mamet will also produce with Andrew Braunsberg. The trade says that the film will be an amalgamation of the famed diary; the stage adaptation by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich; and Mamet's own original take on the material that could reframe the story as a young girl's right of passage. Frank, who died at 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, became an icon of the Holocaust after the post-war publication of the diary that she kept during the two years that her family hid in a secret attic apartment in Amsterdam. A 1959 big screen rendition of Hackett and Goodrich's "Diary of Anne Frank" earned an Oscar for...
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David Mamet to write and direct The Diary of Anne Frank

Playwrite and filmmaker David Mamet is to tackle a big-screen version of The Diary Of Anne Frank. The applauded Mamet will write and direct the new movie for Disney.

The trade Variety says that the film will be an amalgamation of the famed diary; the stage adaptation by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich; and Mamet's own original take on the material that could reframe the story as a young girl's right of passage. Frank, who died at 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, became an icon of the Holocaust after the post-war publication of the diary that she kept during the two years that her family hid in a secret attic apartment in Amsterdam.

Mamet will also produce with Andrew Braunsberg.
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David Mamet Directing Anne Frank

Here's a combination of words that we never expected to write: David Mamet is planning to write and direct a new version of The Diary of Anne Frank for Disney. Yes, the guy who wrote Glengarry Glen Ross is working for Disney. The mind boggles.Mamet's planning a "new take" on the story of Anne Frank, the 15 year-old girl who hid, with her family, in an Amsterdam attic during the Nazi occupation of World War II. This new film will not simply be based on her diary, but also the stage play by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich and Mamet's own take on the story as a "rite of passage" tale.We're not entirely sure that we're down with the idea of a "new take" on The Diary of Anne Frank, but we're definitely down with the idea of Mamet making any sort of film, and especially one based on such a powerful story.
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