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16 items from 2016


Karlovy Vary Film Festival Pays Tribute to Female Mexican Directors, Otto Preminger

26 April 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, which plays July 1-9, will put the spotlight on the current generation of Mexican female directors, and also plans to run a tribute to Otto Preminger.

Festival artistic director Karel Och said: “Kviff’s special tributes will once again become an exciting meeting point between the modern and the classic. The festival will highlight the vital creativity of contemporary Mexico’s young female directors, and will remember, three decades after his passing, the visionary genius of Otto Preminger, a fellow Central European who conquered the United States with his overpowering charm and unflagging advocacy for freedom of artistic expression.“

The focus on women directors from Mexico includes nine films from the past five years. The festival highlights the founding of the Imcine film institute in 1983 as of “undeniable importance to the increase of female directors in Mexico.” It was this organization, the fest says, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Oberon on TCM: Actress with Mystery Past Wears Men's Clothes, Fights Nazis

18 March 2016 9:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Merle Oberon movies: Mysterious star of British and American cinema. Merle Oberon on TCM: Donning men's clothes in 'A Song to Remember,' fighting hiccups in 'That Uncertain Feeling' Merle Oberon is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of March 2016. The good news: the exquisite (and mysterious) Oberon, whose ancestry has been a matter of conjecture for decades, makes any movie worth a look. The bad news: TCM isn't offering any Oberon premieres despite the fact that a number of the actress' films – e.g., Temptation, Night in Paradise, Pardon My French, Interval – can be tough to find. This evening, March 18, TCM will be showing six Merle Oberon movies released during the first half of the 1940s. Never a top box office draw in the United States, Oberon was an important international star all the same, having worked with many of the top actors and filmmakers of the studio era. »

- Andre Soares

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Batman Returns

11 March 2016 5:38 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

In 1992, Tim Burton’s deliciously dark Batman Returns graced cinema screens for the first time, pushing Gotham’s Caped Crusader even further in gothic fare, and would go on to inspire a whole host of imitators. Nowadays, film fans look back at Batman Returns as one of the greatest cinematic treats from the ever-growing superhero genre…

But despite the praise that’s heaped on it today, the film faced more than its fair share of woes, both during production and after the film had been released. Despite being a big financial success, it was also the film that effectively lost Tim Burton the Batman franchise to the camp colourfulness of Joel Schumacher’s contrasting vision.

There were also troubles on set, casting problems and hefty script edits before the film made it in to cinemas. Famous characters ended up on the cutting room floor, and there was some »

- Rob Leane

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BFI Review – King Lear (1987)

28 February 2016 2:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

King Lear, 1987.

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

Starring Peter Sellars, Burgess Meredith, Molly Ringwald, Norman Mailer and Woody Allen.

Synopsis:

A collaged interpretation of Shakespeare’s King Lear.

Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear is a memorable experience. If you’re looking for Shakespeare, this is definitely a unique interpretation of the Bards tragedy. Starring Molly Ringwald, Burgess Meredith and an uncredited Woody Allen in the final act, this is an unexpected combination of talents. My imagination runs wild as a fan of The Breakfast Club impulsively catches the latest brat-pack actor, to be met with Ringwald repeating lines and leading a white horse to the water. “Nothing. No thing.” King Lear: A Study. A picture shot in the back. It is possible that this picture was shot in the back by Godard himself, and left writhing around the floor of the studio gasping for a single breath of air. Alternatively, »

- Simon Columb

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Rip, Tony Burton, who gave great speech as Duke in the 'Rocky' films

26 February 2016 8:31 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tony Burton was never the star of any of the Rocky films. He didn't get nominated for awards, didn't appear on the posters, and his character, Apollo Creed corner man Tony "Duke" Evers, wasn't even the most famous trainer of the series. (That would be either Burgess Meredith's Mickey, or, if we're counting Creed, Rocky himself.) But what Burton, who has died at the age of 78, gave the franchise was simple: Great, chill-inducing speeches, time after time after time. Sometimes, they could be quiet yet forceful, like his failed attempt to talk Apollo out of a Balboa rematch in Rocky II: or his pep talk to Rocky as the two men prepared to avenge Apollo's death at the hands of Ivan Drago: But when Burton had to crank up the volume, like Duke's adrenalized response to Rocky finally cutting the big Russian, holy cow: And then, of course, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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What if Batman vs. Superman had been made in the 1980s?

7 February 2016 8:56 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 With the anticipation building for next month’s release of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, we thought it would be fun to speculate what it would have been like if a version of this film had been made 30 years earlier. How would this project have looked if it was made with Christopher Reeve, Adam West and Lynda Carter?

 In 1980, Christopher Reeve--generally considered the best Superman of the big screen--starred in Superman 2, the successful sequel to his earlier blockbuster Superman: The Movie (1978). The box office windfall of that film guaranteed that Superman would fly again on movie screens. (He ultimately made two more sequels.)

 Only a year before, Adam West had reprised his career-defining role of Batman in the mini-series Legends of the Super-Heroes (1979). He’d originally portrayed the caped crusader in the TV series Batman, which ran from 1966-1968. West additionally supplied the voice of Batman »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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'Flashback!' Sylvester Stallone Shares Vintage Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Original Rocky

3 February 2016 3:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Feb 2, 2016 at 3:32pm Pst Sylvester Stallone is breaking out the old photo album and sharing some of his favorite behind-the-scenes pics from the original Rocky. "Flashback! Rocky versus Apollo Creed! 1976... One of my favorite photos," the actor captioned a shot he shared on Instagram Wednesday of the two heavyweights in the midst of battle. A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Feb 3, 2016 at 9:48am Pst "Again nostalgia time. I really like looking back at this moment in time...," he wrote, alongside another picture of himself and his fictional trainer, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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'Flashback!' Sylvester Stallone Shares Vintage Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Original Rocky

3 February 2016 3:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Feb 2, 2016 at 3:32pm Pst Sylvester Stallone is breaking out the old photo album and sharing some of his favorite behind-the-scenes pics from the original Rocky. "Flashback! Rocky versus Apollo Creed! 1976... One of my favorite photos," the actor captioned a shot he shared on Instagram Wednesday of the two heavyweights in the midst of battle. A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Feb 3, 2016 at 9:48am Pst "Again nostalgia time. I really like looking back at this moment in time...," he wrote, alongside another picture of himself and his fictional trainer, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Lubitsch Pt.II: The Magical Touch with MacDonald, Garbo Sorely Missing from Today's Cinema

31 January 2016 2:41 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Merry Widow' with Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald and Minna Gombell under the direction of Ernst Lubitsch. Ernst Lubitsch movies: 'The Merry Widow,' 'Ninotchka' (See previous post: “Ernst Lubitsch Best Films: Passé Subtle 'Touch' in Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking.”) Initially a project for Ramon Novarro – who for quite some time aspired to become an opera singer and who had a pleasant singing voice – The Merry Widow ultimately starred Maurice Chevalier, the hammiest film performer this side of Bob Hope, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler – the list goes on and on. Generally speaking, “hammy” isn't my idea of effective film acting. For that reason, I usually find Chevalier a major handicap to his movies, especially during the early talkie era; he upsets their dramatic (or comedic) balance much like Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese's The Departed or Jerry Lewis in anything (excepting Scorsese's The King of Comedy »

- Andre Soares

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Kino Lorber to Release Beware! The Blob on Blu-ray / DVD

29 January 2016 4:25 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Following the debut of Irvin Yeaworth Jr.'s The Blob in 1958, filmgoers were safe from its absorbent wrath until Beware! The Blob (aka Son of Blob) invaded the big screen in 1972. Now Kino Lorber is looking to bring the oozing menace into living rooms with their newly announced Blu-ray and DVD release of The Blob sequel.

Kino Lorber revealed today that they will release Beware! The Blob on Blu-ray and DVD sometime in 2016. The enhanced release will benefit from a new HD master. No special features are known at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.

Beware! The Blob stars Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford, Godfrey Cambridge, Carol Lynley, Larry Hagman, Dick Van Patten, Shelley Berman, Gerrit Graham, Richard Stahl, Richard Webb, Sig Haig, and Burgess Meredith. The sequel was directed by Larry Hagman from a screenplay by Anthony Harris and Jack Woods. For those unfamiliar with the film, »

- Derek Anderson

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The Southerner

26 January 2016 10:22 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Looking to discover a top-quality film that honors lasting values? Jean Renoir gives Zachary Scott and Betty Field as Texas sharecroppers trying to survive a rough first year. It's beautifully written by Hugo Butler, with given realistic, earthy touches not found in Hollywood pix. And the transfer is a new UCLA restoration. With two impressive short subjects in equal good quality. The Southerner Blu-ray Kino Classics 1945 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 92 min. / Street Date February 9, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Betty Field, Beulah Bondi, Carol Naish, Norman Lloyd, Zachary Scott, Percy Kilbride, Charles Kemper, Blanche Yurka, Estelle Taylor, Paul Harvey, Noreen Nash, Nestor Paiva, Almira Sessions. Cinematography Lucien Andriot Film Editor Gregg C. Tallas Production Designer Eugène Lourié Assistant Director Robert Aldrich Original Music Werner Janssen Written by Hugo Butler, Jean Renoir from a novel by George Sessions Perry Produced by Robert Hakim, David L. Loew Directed by Jean Renoir »

- Glenn Erickson

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Golden Globes 2016: We Did It All for the Cookie

11 January 2016 11:33 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

If you were an all-star pile-up of celebrity preposterousness, and you happened the night David Bowie died, you picked a pretty terrible night to happen. So sorry, Golden Globes — you were just a tin can floating far above the moon, right before the real rocket went past. But that's somehow appropriate, since the best running joke all night was how meaningless the Golden Globes are. "Remember, if you do win tonight, nobody cares about the award as much as you do," host Ricky Gervais announced as the show began. "Don't get emotional. »

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Video: 10 Life Lessons We Can Learn from Rocky Balboa

6 January 2016 3:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On Jan. 10, we'll find out if Sylvester Stallone takes home a Golden Globe for his role in the newest Rocky movie. Of course, Stallone's turn in the newest installment in the franchise is very different from all his previous rounds as the beloved character. It got him nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie, not best Best Actor, and it's not a Rocky movie, exactly: It's a Creed movie, and ostensibly the beginning of a new series of boxing epics. So yes, in the time since the first Rocky came out - 40 years ago this November - Rocky Balboa has had quite the journey, »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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'Creed': Sylvester Stallone & Ryan Coogler discuss family, Golden Globes & reviving Rocky Balboa

5 January 2016 11:28 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"I love actors, I love drama, I love art. I've made some choices that weren't exactly the smart things at the time, so it's nice to be invited back to the ball," said Sylvester Stallone, discussing his Golden Globe nomination for "Creed" at a dinner for academy members in New York City on January 4. "I am so humbled by this because at my age I didn't ever expect it. Maybe I am channeling Burgess Meredith. Thank you, Burgess." -Break- Michael B. Jordan ('Creed') on 'shocking' National Society of Film Critics win (Video) This is the seventh film in which Stallone plays boxer Rocky Balboa, nearly 40 years after he created the character in the Oscar-winning "Rocky" (1976). This time Rocky is the trainer for young Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of his late rival and friend Apollo Creed. That puts Stallone into the mentor role that earned Meredith »

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Why ‘Creed’ Was Sylvester Stallone’s Toughest Role

5 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nearly 40 years after Sylvester Stallone introduced audiences to Rocky Balboa, the actor’s return for his seventh shot at the character in “Creed” has propelled him into a surprise awards-season contender — a status he hasn’t claimed for a long time.

“I actually am startled,” says Stallone, 69, in a recent interview at an upscale Beverly Hills hotel. “It’s a character that I love and never thought I’d play again. I didn’t think it would resonate like it did, especially with a newer generation. I never went into the film thinking this is going to be a transformative performance. I just thought Rocky has a lot of issues, a lot of problems. He’s like all of us.”

If Stallone sounds like a retired champ, the story line fits his real life. In the ’80s and ’90s, Stallone — along with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger — ruled the action »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Happy 50th Birthday to the Batman TV Show: the Best Super Hero Parody Ever

1 January 2016 9:18 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Batman TV show (1966-68) starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and his teen partner Robin the Boy Wonder. The show was a huge hit when first released and still has a loyal following today. The show was a clever satire, not only on super heroes but also on 1960s pop-culture in general. Cinelinx celebrates ABC’s Batman at 50.

 In January of 1996, a mid-season replacement show debuted on ABC and became an unexpected hit. It was originally planned to be produced for the fall ’66 season but it was moved up to January. ABC’s Batman was part of its 1966 “second wave” programming, being one of 4 shows that debuted during the mid-season. (Along with The Double Life of Henry Phyfe, Blue Light and The Baron.) While the other three are mostly forgotten, Batman became the sensation of the season—airing twice each week, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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