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Rare Harry Houdini Film to Screen at TCM Classic Film Festival

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A rare 1919 silent film starring illusionist Harry Houdini will screen for the very first time at the TCM Classic Film Festival in March.

The Grim Game,” which had been lost for decades, has now been restored and will also make its world TV debut on TCM later in the year.

Aside from being one of a handful of films in which the legendary escape artist appeared, it’s also infamous for using footage of an actual airplane collision that took place during filming.

Houdini plays a young man framed for murder in “The Grim Game.” He died of peritonitis in 1926 soon after leaving the movie business.

The Grim Game” was discovered, produced and restored by preservationist Rick Schmidlin, whose credits include restorations of “The Dickson Experimental Sound Film” (1894-95), “Greed” (1924) and “London After Midnight” (1927).

Retired juggler Larry Weeks had been unwilling to part with the film’s only known print »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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American Horror Story season 4 episode 13 review: Curtain Call

23 January 2015 1:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

American Horror Story Freak Show concludes with one of the season's better episodes, and - what else? - a grisly murder spree...

This review contains spoilers.

4.13 Curtain Call

The one thing you can say about this season of American Horror Story as a whole is that it doesn't lack teeth. There have been a lot of crazy things that happened this season with plenty of graphic violence, torture, serial killers, weird sex stuff... you know, the standard American Horror Story staples, just turned up to 11 with the addition of killer clowns, human oddities, and cover songs. With the end of this season of Ahs comes the end of a whole lot of characters we've spent time with this season in shockingly graphic, straightforward manner courtesy of one Dandy Mott.

At first, it looks like the more things change, the more they stay the same. Dandy has taken over, and he's got deep pockets. »

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'American Sniper,' 'Nightcrawler' keep the love going with Art Directors Guild nods

5 January 2015 7:36 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Art Directors Guild has announced nominees for the group's 19th annual awards, and films that have come on strong as of late like "American Sniper" and "Nightcrawler" were in the mix along notable extravagant displays in the period and fantasy categories. However, there were a few missing pieces. In the fantasy arena, both "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" and "Maleficent" came up short, while "Exodus: Gods and Kings" missed in the period department. The most shocking snub might be "Mr. Turner's" in that field, however. (And it would have been great to see "Snowpiercer" get some love here, but, alas.) As a reminder, the Guild implemented a new rule this season. Period films must now have the majority of sets and locations designed to portray a time period at least 20 years prior to the present awards year. Contemporary films, therefore, must have the majority of »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Art Directors Guild Likes the Look of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Into the Woods’

5 January 2015 7:24 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The lavish, ornate designs of “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the druggy 70s’ SoCal beach-city look of “Inherent Vice” and the fairy-tale landscape of “Into the Woods” are among the work nominated by the members of the Art Directors Guild for the Adg’s 19th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.

In nominations announced on Monday, the Adg singled out 15 feature films and a number of television programs for its awards, which will be handed out on Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Because the Adg separates its feature-film nominations into separate categories for period films, fantasy films and contemporary films, »

- Steve Pond

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