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This latest bit of news should be music to the ears of all our readers who enjoy a bit of horror radio now and again. Blue Hours Productions is reviving the classic radio anthology series Suspense, and it will begin airing on SiriusXM Satellite Radio this fall.
The original Suspense, which ran from 1942-1962, was known as “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills” and featured a virtual 'who’s who' of Hollywood stars, including horror legends Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, and Peter Lorre. Though many of its episodes were murder mysteries, the original Suspense made many forays into pure horror, such as its adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror and Curt Siodmak’s Donovan’s Brain.
- The Woman In Black
What does Robert Pattinson have to do to get a one-night stand around here?! The British actor's hands are full and his promises are empty in Bel Ami, this year's big-screen adaptation of the 1885 Guy de Maupassant novel, out today on DVD and Blu-ray. And it's not hard to believe, judging by this clip exclusively obtained by E! News, the book's full title when it was published in English in 1903: Bel Ami, or, The History of a Scoundrel: A Novel. First, watch Pattinson's greedy libertine make eyes at Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Uma Thurman. Then, he beds Scott Thomas, who at 52 to his 26 is literally twice his age, and gets rid of her in the nick of time before »
Premiered as an Official Selection at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, the film chronicles the life of Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson), a penniless ex-soldier who travels through 1890s Paris, rising to power through his manipulation of the city’s most influential and wealthy women – Madeleine Forestier (Uma Thurman), Virginie Rousset (Kristin Scott Thomas) and Clotilde de Marelle (Christina Ricci).
From first time feature film directors Donnellan and Ormerod, founders of the Cheek by Jowl theatre company, Bel Ami is a respectable drama due to its original source. With an interesting storyline to follow, the film is very well put together and is led by a talented cast, but its biggest asset is the look of the film. With stunning settings and wardrobes, »
- Charlie Derry
John Wayne Movies Among the John Wayne movies in the TCM line-up are two John Ford classics: Stagecoach (1939), surely inspired by Guy de Maupassant’s Boule de suif, and The Searchers (1956). Turner Classic Movies, Wednesday, August 1 6:00 Am Flying Leathernecks (1951) A World War II Marine officer drives his men mercilessly during the battle for Guadalcanal. Dir: Nicholas Ray. Cast: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Don Taylor, Janis Carter, Jay C. Flippen. Color-102 minutes. 7:45 Am Allegheny Uprising (1939) Colonial settlers fight the corrupt British in the days before the American Revolution. Dir: William A. Seiter. Cast: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, George Sanders. [...] »
- Andre Soares
Last week saw the release of Mark Wahlberg-starrer Contraband to our shelves, and this week brings with it a rather different line-up, with the lovely Marilyn Monroe getting the HD treatment, alongside Robert Pattinson amongst highly impressive company in Bel Ami, and the anticipated Shanghai, with John Cusack leading a fantastic cast.
With that in mind,
My picks of the week:
And the Blu-ray release of Marilyn Monroe’s Forever Marilyn.
Shanghai Iframe Embed for Youtube
DVD and Blu-ray
Mikael Håfström’s Shanghai was released back in the summer of 2010 across parts of Asia, and has had various releases across the world since then, but the two markets it hasn’t yet been released in are the UK and the Us.
- Kenji Lloyd
News that the actor Dexter Fletcher was to make his directorial debut with a London-bound tale of old lags out on parole led some to speculate that the film would owe a debt to Guy Ritchie's geezery oeuvre. Yet a more accurate touchstone for the surprisingly tender Wild Bill (2011, Universal, 15) would be the films of Shane Meadows, with which this shares both a tough edge and a soft heart. Charlie Creed-Miles stars as the eponymous ex-con whose release from prison is met with dismay by his son, Dean (Will Poulter), who has been acting in loco parentis to younger brother Jimmy (Sammy Williams) for years. Initially, Bill doesn't want anything to do with his children, preferring to head north in search of pastures new. But when social services threaten to put the kids into care, »
- Mark Kermode
One of the greatest female stars of Japanese cinema
Isuzu Yamada, who has died aged 95, was among the greatest female stars of Japanese cinema. In a career that lasted more than half a century, she shone in both Jidai-geki (period films) and Gendai-geki (films with modern settings) and was renowned for her appearances in films by such leading directors as Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse and Akira Kurosawa.
Yamada's range was remarkable. She was fortunate to have emerged at the time that Mizoguchi, whose focus was always on persecuted women, was changing his attitude towards them from being destroyed victims of male society to characters vital enough to fight, often in vain, for survival against the social system.
She played fallen women in her first films for Mizoguchi. These included the title roles in The Downfall of Osen (1935), in which she played an ex-geisha who pays for the education of a »
- Ronald Bergan
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 7, 2012
Price: DVD $22.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Based on the classic novel by Guy de Maupassant, the drama film stars Pattinson as penniless ex-soldier Georges Duroy, who uses the wealthiest and most influential women in turn of the century Paris to rise in power. In his lustful quest, he seduces Madame de Marelle (Christina Ricci, TV’s Pan Am), marries Madeleine Forestier (Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction), the wife of a former comrade, and conquers Madame Walter (Kristen Scott Thomas, Sarah’s Key).
Rated R, Bel Ami was only screened in a limited number of theaters, so the DVD release gives the movie its biggest audience.
Critics didn’t think much of the film, which is the first feature directed by Declan Donnellan »
Starting July 13th and running through September 2nd, prepare yourself to be transported to a summer vacation in France. All you have to do is check in at Tiff Cinematheque (350 King Street West, Toronto).
The 41-film sabbatical will make take you to popular and renowned destinations that include Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou (1965), Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour (1967), François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (1959), and Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (1937).
Remember to pack lightly, re-schedule accordingly, and prepare for the ultimate staycation. Bon voyage!
La Grand Illusion (1937)
Friday July 13 at 6:00 Pm
Sunday July 22 at 7:30 Pm
Heralded as “one of the fifty best films in the history of cinema” by Time Out Film Guide, Jean Renoir »
- Justin Li
Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, EW.com is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.
It feels like almost a foregone conclusion that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner would submit “Far Away Places” for writing consideration. For one, it’s likely the most structurally daring hour of television we’ll see this year, a triptych of stories that take place over the course of a single day, »
- Keith Staskiewicz
Bel Ami movie featurette. In Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s Bel Ami, a movie adaptation (written by Rachelle Bennette) of Guy de Maupassant’s 19th-century novel, Robert Pattinson (photo) plays Georges Duroy, a former soldier who climbs to the top of Parisian society by having sex with the right women (Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci). The nickname "Bel Ami" ("Beautiful / Handsome Friend") is given to Duroy by the young daughter of one of his lovers. (Please scroll down to check out the Bel Ami movie featurette.) North American reviews for Bel Ami (shot in 2010, but released this year) have been overwhelmingly negative. [...] »
- Andre Soares
Chicago – Robert Pattinson is such a divisive actor. While he’s clearly one of the most popular young stars in the world thanks to his work in the “Twilight” films, he has yet to prove to most people that he can really act. While some who have seen David Cronenberg’s upcoming “Cosmopolis” claim that this will be the film that finally allows Pattinson to break out of the franchise that has defined him, we’re stuck with something far lesser for now, the misguided and depressing “Bel Ami,” a film that does nothing to help the critical reputation of the man otherwise known as Edward Cullen.
The problem is that I somehow want to defend Pattinson. I think there’s something there. Cronenberg is one of the smartest men in filmmaking and he saw something in this brooding young actor. And so what’s the defense for this mess? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
While his "Twilight" co-star Kristen Stewart saw her "Snow White and the Huntsman" edge toward $100 million, Robert Pattinson had little to celebrate at the box office this weekend. His latest attempts to break out from "Twilight" -- Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's "Bel Ami" and David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," both of which star Pattinson -- found very disappointing numbers. Although both projects are indies and clearly less commercially viable than Stewart's "Snow White," neither found numbers in their limited debuts to suggest Pattinson's fans have much interest in his post-"Twilight" career. "Bel Ami" hit 15 screens in the United States care of Magnolia Pictures and grossed a weak $38,018 to average just $2,535 per theater. Co-starring Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas, the adaptation of the Guy de Maupassant novel notably debuted on VOD weeks ago. The numbers for that »
- Peter Knegt
Hello, and happy Friday! There is quite a presence of quieter subject matter this week, including an unassuming musician and Edward Cullen playing a human version of his lothario self. But of course, no shortage of big screen adventures in 3D either. And, amidst the hailstorm of big-budget summer flicks, I’ve been wondering the following: is Hollywood working toward an ultra version of the big-budget summer flick? Combining the hugest ideas into the über-Blockbuster, if you will. For example, what would happen if a bunch of animals and Snow White were shot into space with a team of androids, began to wreak mass pandemonium on the galaxy, and had to be put down by the ultimate intergalactic crimefighting team of the Men in Black and the Avengers? Well, maybe that’s the subject of the fourth installment of the “Madagascar” franchise. Or the plot to the "Snow White and the Huntsman »
- Emma Bernstein
Rob is receiving rave reviews for his turn as a social-climbing scoundrel who seduces wealthy women in 1890s Paris in 'Bel Ami'! Find out what the critics had to say! Robert Pattinson's new film Bel Ami opens in select cities June 8 and we're excited to see the actor take off his shirt again and again! The reviews for Bel Ami have been swarming in and most critics are absolutely loving Rob's performance! And we couldn't agree more! Graham Young of Birmingham Mail says, "Robert Pattinson is proof some guys have all the luck!" Jane Crowther of Total Film adds, "A good-looking yet curiously tame adaptation of a saucy classic that showcases Pattinson's ambition if not his full abilities." Movie Fanatic couldn't get enough of Rob who is "downright fierce in the film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s novel Bel Ami." For Robert Levin of Am New York, »
- Christopher Rogers
'This new 'Bel Ami' has a lot to recommend it, but it never seems as artful or smart as 'Dangerous Liaisons,' writes Noel Murray of the A.V. Club.
By Kara Warner
Photo: Magnolia Pictures
At long last, your wait to see Robert Pattinson in all his shirtless, pants-less, bum-baring big-screen glory has arrived! "Bel Ami" opens in Los Angeles, New York and other select cites Friday (June 8), in addition to already being available on VOD.
Our story takes place in 19th-century Paris, where self-made man of sorts Georges Duroy (Pattinson) uses his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute's embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties. It's a curiously familiar societal setting in which politics and media jostle for influence and where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.
As excited as Pattinson fans are »
Title: Bel Ami Directors: Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerond Starring: Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colm Meaney A gassy, self-satisfied adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel of the same name, threadbare Parisian period piece “Bel Ami” purports to tell the rise from poverty to wealth of a savvy if caddish war veteran and self-made man — a sort of less sociopathic, more rakish Mr. Ripley, if you will. Instead, it merely bores and grates, in alternating fashion. Making up what it lacks in dynamism or attentive psychological detail with lots of love scenes with its hunky, tween-beloved pin-up star, Robert Pattinson, “Bel Ami” belies the [ Read More ] »
Remember Jon Lovitz's "Tales of Ribaldry" sketches on "Saturday Night Live"? He would slap on a powdered wig, arch his eyebrows and purse his lips while telling absolutely wicked and lascivious tales of saucy milkmaids and naughty footmen. It was a great spoof on how something sexy could become silly and labored, all in the presentation. Which brings us to "Bel Ami," a dishwater-dull rake's progress. It's a throwback to those 1960s movies that hid behind the legitimacy of literary adaptation (this one's based on a Guy de Maupassant novel from »
- Alonso Duralde
In the right hands, the works of literary figure Guy De Maupassant are fodder for great cinematic achievements, especially considering that Jean-Luc Godard and Max Ophuls credit some of their best titles to the French author (not to mention an excellent 1934 classic of Mexican cinema, The Woman of the Port). But let’s not forget that Maupassant is first and foremost regarded as one of the fathers of the modern short story. Newcomers Declan Donnellan & Nick Ormerod have chosen to adapt one of Maupassant’s few novels for their debut, Bel Ami, a text that’s been adapted before in several languages (and once before in the Us as The Private Affairs of Bel Ami with George Sanders and Angela Lansbury, 1947). An unwise choice for their first outing, considering its lack of character development and overall coherence suggest that the »
- Nicholas Bell
The dizzying recitals of greed, lust and betrayal that occur throughout directors Declan Donnelan’s and Nick Ormerod’s Bel Ami are exhausted by the time one reaches the final scene. Based on Guy de Maupassant’s beloved French novel, Bel Ami is set in 1890s France within a social circle of wealthy newspaper journalists. The novel, which was released in the early 1900s, is a scandalous page-turner packed with story and fleshed-out character plot lines. In sum: the opposite of what emerges from its screen adaption. »
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