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9 items from 2013

Long Before Indie Blockbuster Billy Jack, Laughlin Had Trouble on the Set of Altman's First Feature Film

18 December 2013 4:10 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tom Laughlin: ‘Billy Jack’ actor-filmmaker who died last week helped to revolutionize film distribution patterns in North America (photo: Tom Laughlin in ‘Billy Jack’) Tom Laughlin, best known for the Billy Jack movies he wrote, directed, and starred in opposite his wife Delores Taylor (since 1954), died of complications from pneumonia last Thursday, December 12, 2013, at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, northwest of Los Angeles County. Tom Laughlin (born on August 10, 1931, in Minneapolis) was 82; in the last dozen years or so, he suffered from a number of ailments, including cancer and a series of strokes. Tom Laughlin movies: ‘The Delinquents’ and fighting with Robert Altman In the mid-’50s, after acting in college plays and in his own stock company while attending university in Wisconsin, Tom Laughlin began landing small roles on television, e.g., Climax!, Navy Log, The Millionaire. At that time, he was also cast »

- Andre Soares

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Holden Has Two 'Wild' Movies Tonight

21 August 2013 6:56 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

William Holden movies: ‘The Bridge on the River KwaiWilliam Holden is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" featured actor today, August 21, 2013. Throughout the day, TCM has been showing several William Holden movies made at Columbia, though his work at Paramount (e.g., I Wanted Wings, Dear Ruth, Streets of Laredo, Dear Wife) remains mostly off-limits. Right now, TCM is presenting David Lean’s 1957 Best Picture Academy Award winner and all-around blockbuster The Bridge on the River Kwai, the Anglo-American production that turned Lean into filmdom’s brainier Cecil B. DeMille. Until then a director of mostly small-scale dramas, Lean (quite literally) widened the scope of his movies with the widescreen-formatted Southeast Asian-set World War II drama, which clocks in at 161 minutes. Even though William Holden was The Bridge on the River Kwai‘s big box-office draw, the film actually belongs to Alec Guinness’ Pow British commander and to »

- Andre Soares

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Blu-ray Review: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley in Classics New to HD

1 August 2013 6:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Few celebrities can be so easily defined by their first names as Marilyn and Elvis. They went beyond their professions to become cultural icons and three of their works have just been released this week on Blu-ray for the first time. While fans of Monroe and Presley will probably gravitate to “Bus Stop” and “Love Me Tender,” the best of the three is easily the underrated “Niagara,” a clever thriller that uses the notorious Falls in a way that Hitchcock probably respected. If you’re going to pick just one, that’s the one.

Maybe it’s because the other two are more based on romance and humor — two elements that date more than murder — but “Niagara” has easily held up the best of the three. I had heard over the years that it was often considered “lesser Monroe” and hadn’t seen it in years to be able to really form an opinion. »

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Black Rock,' 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation,' 'The Devil's Backbone'

30 July 2013 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Black Rock"

What's It About? Co-written, directed by, and starring Katie Aselton, "Black Rock" follows three friends on a trip to a remote island. Initially setting out to dig up a time capsule they buried as kids the girls end up fighting for their lives once they meet a group of dangerous ex-soldiers.

Why We're In: Co-written by Aselton's husband Mark Duplass ("Safety Not Guaranteed"), "Black Rock" is a noteworthy survival thriller in the vein of 1972's "Deliverance." Along with Aselton, co-stars Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth give great performances in this film with gripping tension.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"The Devil's Backbone" Criterion Collection

What's It About? With 2001's "The Devil's Backbone," writer-director Guillermo del Toro declared himself a true master of contemporary horror. Set at the end of the Spanish Civil War, the story follows 12-year-old Carlos (Fernando Tielve) who »

- Erin Whitney

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From Kinky Boots to Virginia Woolf? More Potential Tony Nominees

29 April 2013 11:43 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tony Awards 2013: Stage-Movie connection ranges from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Kinky Boots to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (photo: Emilia Clarke, Cory Michael Smith in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) [See previous post: "Tony Awards 2013 Nominations: Tom Hanks, Sigourney Weaver Among Potential Contenders."] Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, possibly up for a 2013 Tony Award in the Best Revival of a Play category, was made into an Academy Award-nominated movie in 1966. Mike Nichols directed Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal, and Sandy Dennis, from a screenplay by Ernest Lehman. Taylor and Dennis won Oscars as, respectively, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. In this latest Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the stars are Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, Madison Dirks and Carrie Coon. Peter Masterson’s 1985 film version of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, another possible Best Revival nominee, earned Geraldine Page a Best Actress Academy »

- Andre Soares

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Old Hollywood Glamour at Cannes: Novak to Attend Vertigo Screening on the Croisette

23 April 2013 5:01 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kim Novak to attend Cannes 2013 Vertigo screening Kim Novak will be in attendance at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, festival organizers have announced. Novak will be present at a Cannes Classics screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo, which has been recently restored. For all it’s worth, Vertigo was the top movie at the most recent (2012) Sight & Sound decennial poll of film critics and filmmakers. (Photo: Kim Novak Vertigo.) Vertigo was also a source of controversy in early 2012, when Kim Novak took out an ad in one of the trade publications claiming she felt she had been violated ("I want to report a rape") after finding bits from Bernard Herrmann’s Vertigo music in Ludovic Bource’s eventually Oscar-winning The Artist score. Besides the Vertigo screening, Kim Novak will also be a presenter at Cannes’ closing ceremony on Sunday, May 26. According to the festival’s press release, Novak first »

- Andre Soares

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16 March 2013 2:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – In the latest Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 25 pairs of classic movie passes up for grabs to see 1958’s “South Pacific” with Mitzi Gaynor in person! For one night only, Mitzi Gaynor will be joined by film historian and author Leonard Maltin.

“South Pacific” comes to Chicago for one night only as part of Turner Classic Movies’ “Road to Hollywood” tour. The film also stars Rossano Brazzi, John Kerr, Ray Walston, Juanita Hall, France Nuyen, Russ Brown, Jack Mullaney, Ken Clark, Floyd Simmons, Candace Lee and Warren Hsieh from director Joshua Logan and writers Paul Osborn and Richard Rodgers.

To win your free “South Pacific” passes courtesy of, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This special showing is on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, »

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Kerr's Biggest Box-Office Hit: Musical About Romance and Racism During WWII

9 February 2013 3:23 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kerr in the 1958 box-office blockbuster musical South Pacific (seen above with love interest France Nuyen) and his (few) other post-Tea and Sympathy efforts [Please check out the previous article: "The Two Kerrs in the stage and film versions of Tea and Sympathy."] Director Curtis Bernhardt's Gaby (1956) was a generally disliked remake of Waterloo Bridge, with Kerr and leading lady Leslie Caron in the old Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh roles (1940 movie version -- and even older Douglass Montgomery and Mae Clarke roles in the 1931 film version). Jeffrey Hayden's The Vintage (1957), starring Kerr and Mel Ferrer absurdly cast as Italian brothers, also failed to generate much box-office or critical interest. MGM leading lady Pier Angeli played Ferrer's love interest in the film, while the more mature and married French star Michèle Morgan (a plot element similar to that found in Tea and Sympathy) is Kerr's object of desire. (Pictured above: South Pacific cast members John Kerr and France Nuyen embracing.) Also in the mid-'50s, John Kerr »

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Best Picture: What If There Were Only Five?

28 January 2013 4:54 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Life of Pi by Dean WaltonI was just looking as a series of graphic Best Picture prints designed by Dean Walton and my mind wandered into a geeky Oscaroborus that I couldn't break free of. The series of prints is referred to as a "full series" but there's only five: Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables, and Lincoln. Um. There are nine Best Picture nominees this year, Dean!

It got me to thinking. I don't even think those would have been "the five", had there been just five. It's not so easy to discount Argo, Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook given the final vote tallies. I think we might have had a year of 3/5 Picture/Director split year. Or even gasp 2/5... which has happened before believe it or not.

Way back in 1955 the Best Picture nominees were: Marty, Picnic, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, »


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