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18 items from 2014


‘The Enforcer’ takes the difficult road to tell a revealing tale about criminal business practices

21 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Enforcer

Written by Martin Rackin

Directed by Bretaigne Windust (and Raoul Walsh, uncredited)

U.S.A., 1951

Assistant district attorney Martin Ferguson (Humphrey Boggart) has worked tirelessly to see the day when notorious gang mastermind Albert Mendoza (Everett Sloane) is convicted for his most dastardly crimes and sentenced to rue his errors for a hellishly long time behind bars. That career defining moment is but hours away when key protected witness and former associate of Mendoza’s, Joseph Rico (Ted de Corsia), is brought to the police station to spend the night. Events quickly spiral out of control, leading to Rico’s unceremonious demise right under the police noses, prompting Ferguson and police captain Nelson (Roy Roberts) to make haste and study the many archival documents relating to the events and charges pressed against Mendoza in the hopes of finding further damning evidence…

Happenstance would have it that this week »

- Edgar Chaput

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Giuseppe Tornatore: The Hollywood Interview

10 November 2014 10:54 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Giuseppe Tornatore Remembers as Cinema Paradiso Turns 25

By Alex Simon

Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso won the 1990 Best Foreign Film Oscar after setting box office records the previous year all over the world. Paradiso had a rough journey on its road to glory, however, with the then-32 year-old writer/director being forced to cut nearly 30 minutes from its original running time and facing critical excoriation and box office indifference upon its original release in Italy. It’s a fitting metaphor for a film that has become a classic tale about fate, perseverance, and destiny.

Set in Sicily beginning in the years just after Ww II to the late 1950s, and framed by modern-day flashbacks of a renowned film director (French actor/director Jacques Perrin) returning to his Sicilian town for the first time in 30 years, Tornatore’s hero (and alter-ego) is pint-sized Toto, who finds himself obsessed with the movies, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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New Broadway production of 'Fiddler on the Roof' coming in 2015 with Danny Burstein

6 November 2014 1:33 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

It's been more than 10 years since a revival of Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway, so tradition (get it?) foretells that it's time for another.  A new production of the musical starring Danny Burstein as Tevye will start performances in November 2015. Bartlett Sher will direct, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Sher directed Burstein in the recent revivals of  South Pacific and Golden Boy, for which Burstein was nominated for Tonys, and in the original production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Five-time Tony nominee Burstein is currently appearing as Herr Schultz in Cabaret. »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1 is an Out of this World Debut

2 October 2014 4:07 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1

Writer: Ales Kot

Artist: Marco Rudy

Letterer & Production: Vc’s Clayton Cowles

Cover: Marco Rudy

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Purchase: https://www.comixology.com/Bucky-Barnes-The-Winter-Soldier-2014-1/digital-comic/143696

The road to redemption is paved upon the bones of good intentions. Shrouded in darkness, the redeemers only hope, only compass, is the light which shines at the end. The Marvel universe is filled with characters in search of redemption, looking to right the wrongs of their past sins. From Black Widow to Wolverine, these heroes know just how easy it is to give in to their dark passengers. Yet there is one character whose redemption will seemingly never come, at least, not inwardly; James Buchanan Barnes aka Bucky aka The Winter Soldier.

This week Bucky adds another title to his long and sordid career. He will be taking on the mantle of ‘The Man on the Wall’ from »

- Sean Tonelli

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Screenwriter Walter Bernstein at 95: Still Front and Center

26 August 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ask Walter Bernstein what makes for a good screenplay, and he’ll answer you with a (possibly apocryphal) story about Henry David Thoreau. “He was living out at Walden Pond and a friend came to tell him that Samuel Morse had just made the first successful wireless telegraph transmission from Boston to Portland, or something like that,” Bernstein says with the practiced storyteller’s delight in a well-told tale. “And Thoreau asked, ‘But what did it say?’ That’s always stuck with me. With all the technology and everything else, what’s it about?”

“What’s it about?” is a question Bernstein, who turned 95 this month, has been asking himself in one form or another for most of his 65-year career, which has stretched from the early days of live television to the modern era of binge watching, and from the lionized “golden age” of the studio system to the low-budget indie renaissance. »

- Scott Foundas

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Big Flops For Big Stars: A Look Back At ABC's Ill-fated Venture Into Feature Films

21 July 2014 3:35 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run was pivotal in launching his career as a credible actor and leading man. Although considered a comedy classic today, the 1969 film actually lost money at the time of its release.

By Brian Hannan

All you need is top stars and top directors and making movies is easy. Surely you couldn’t miss with a line-up that included Sean Connery, Steve McQueen, Michael Caine, Dustin Hoffman, Lee Marvin, Omar Sharif, and directors of the calibre of Robert Aldrich (hot after The Dirty Dozen), John Boorman (Point Blank) and Woody Allen. Or so ABC must have thought when it set up a movie division in the late 1960s. Delving into the archives recently, I discovered that Sam Peckinpah’s rodeo picture Junior Bonner (1972) starring Steve McQueen was a box office stinkeroo. The picture lost $2.8m (about $15m in today’s money). Not just on domestic release, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Cast set for futuristic sci-fi series

16 July 2014 12:09 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Grant Cartwright, Nadia Townsend, Stephen Carracher and Rosie Lourde head the ensemble cast in Restoration, a 3-part,online sci-fi series which is due to start shooting at Docklands Studios on August 4.

Cartwright (whose credits include Mtc.s The Crucible and web series Death Star PR) will play Oliver Klein, who awakes to find his memories restored into a body that is not his own.

Townsend (Old School, City Homicide, Knowing) is cast as Emma Laws, a technician who works at Restoration Life Services, the facility which enables people to have their memories downloaded for back-up so when death happens, those memories can uploaded into a new body.

Carracher (Us thriller Vanished, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) is Gavin Worth, whose body becomes the vessel for Oliver.s restored memories.

Lourde (Felony, Stephen Sewell.s Embedded) portrays Talia Klein, Oliver.s wife. Rounding out the cast is Ailis Logan as Dr Francis Parr. »

- Don Groves

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Eli Wallach, ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ Star, Dies at 98

24 June 2014 10:07 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tony- and Emmy-winning actor Eli Wallach, a major proponent of “the Method” style of acting best known for his starring role in Elia Kazan’s film “Baby Doll” and for his role as villain Tuco in iconic spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” died on Tuesday, according to the New York Times. He was 98.

On the bigscreen Wallach had few turns as a leading man, but none was as strong as his first starring role in 1956’s “Baby Doll,” in which he played a leering cotton gin owner intent on seducing the virgin bride (Carroll Baker) of his business rival (Karl Malden). But he appeared in more than 80 films, offering colorful turns in character roles in movies such as “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “Nuts,” “Lord Jim,” “The Misfits” and “The Two Jakes.”

The actor, who appeared in a wide variety of stage, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Eli Wallach, ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ Star, Dies at 98

24 June 2014 10:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tony- and Emmy-winning actor Eli Wallach, a major proponent of “the Method” style of acting best known for his starring role in Elia Kazan’s film “Baby Doll” and for his role as villain Tuco in iconic spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” died on Tuesday, according to the New York Times. He was 98.

On the bigscreen Wallach had few turns as a leading man, but none was as strong as his first starring role in 1956’s “Baby Doll,” in which he played a leering cotton gin owner intent on seducing the virgin bride (Carroll Baker) of his business rival (Karl Malden). But he appeared in more than 80 films, offering colorful turns in character roles in movies such as “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “Nuts,” “Lord Jim,” “The Misfits” and “The Two Jakes.”

The actor, who appeared in a wide variety of stage, »

- Carmel Dagan

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TV Review: ‘Gomorrah’

28 May 2014 8:59 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Already sold in some 50 territories including the U.S., courtesy of the Weinstein Co., the Italian series “Gomorrah” represents a promising attempt to break into the crowded quality-tv market that, if backed by an intelligent distribution strategy, could receive wide international exposure — a first for Italian television. Two years in the making, this serial adaptation of Roberto Saviano’s bestselling investigation into the Neapolitan mob covers different chapters from those seen in Matteo Garrone’s acclaimed 2008 bigscreen version. The enduring (if stereotyped) romance between international audiences and the fictional Italian mob will boost the skein’s reception abroad, although “Gomorrah” will also serve to dispel a myth or two still surrounding the onscreen depiction of organized crime.

The series’ first season follows Ciro (Marco D’Amore), the up-and-coming right hand of the Savastano family boss, Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino), and his bovine son, Genny (Salvatore Esposito). Rival clans fight for control of the marketplace, »

- Giovanni Vimercati

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Highlights From the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival

14 April 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Film Festival wrapped up its 5th annual hoorah in Hollywood on Sunday and this year was chock full of joyful and exciting films and special guests. There were so many wonderful old movies that most people have seen, but for me the true thrill was the chance to see a beloved movie on the big screen, the way it was intended.

Throw in some amazing guests and it was absolute gold.

Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967)

Screened at the beautiful El Capitan Theater, The Jungle Book was the last Disney animated feature that was overseen by Walt Disney himself. After the success of Mary Poppins and other Disney hits such as The Parent Trap, The Absent Minded Professor and The Sword in the Stone, Disney went back to the well and asked songwriters Bobby and Richard Sherman to take a swing at its animated »

- Melissa Thompson

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Defending the '12 Worst Muppets Ever'

21 March 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The folks at io9 drew up a list of the 12 worst Muppets. It should disturb and haunt you, but not because the list is correct: It berates quirky and forgotten Muppets when their weirdness often represents more than what meets the eye. Surely there are annoying Muppet qualities, but that's the joy of the Muppets: They are annoying. To condemn their grating qualities is to misunderstand what makes them cool and even defiant. Tina Fey shakes her head in contempt. So without further ado, I'm defending the 12 "Least Wanted" Muppets. I'm already so flustered and squawky that you'd think I was voiced by Frank Oz.  1. Pepe the Prawn Latin stereotypes abounding? Perhaps. But Pepe the Prawn's exasperated, self-conscious behavior is more reminiscent of the wonderful Telly Monster than anyone else. You don't hate Telly, do you? Wow. Maybe you hate Telly. And are you telling me you can resist that frantic, »

- Louis Virtel

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Mindy Newell: Yiddishkeit

17 March 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I miss bookstores.  Being able to walk up and down the aisles, pulling out a title that sounds intriguing, perusing the dust jacket flap, sometimes sitting down on the floor and reading the first couple of pages…just killing a couple of hours lost in a bibliophile’s heaven.

Okay, bookstores aren’t entirely gone, but they are, as everyone knows, on the endangered list.  My own first hint of this came about 15 years ago when the Borders in the Short Hills Mall closed up.  It was astonishing—this was a bookstore that was always mobbed, no matter the time of day.  Many, many people objected to the closing, and many, many people let the mall’s management know it; the customer service desk clerk told me, as I filled out the complaint form, that there were over 3,000 signatures in the first week alone protesting the shutdown, and demanding, if not the return of Borders, »

- Mindy Newell

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See This/Skip That: From The Grand Budapest Hotel to Mr. Peabody & Sherman

7 March 2014 12:35 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Rise of an Empire is a fine sequel to 300, but People's critic says you should check into The Grand Budapest Hotel instead. Here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. See thisThe Grand Budapest HotelWhimsy gets such a crappy rap. Granted, too many directors use it poorly, spraying their sketchily plotted, inartfully written films with cinematic chintz. But Wes Anderson is of an entirely different vintage. He uses massive amounts of whimsy - more than just about anyone else - but the difference is that he knows just how. Take The Grand Budapest Hotel, for instance. »

- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic

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The Grand Budapest Hotel review – Wes Anderson's new film is a 'deeply pleasurable immersion' | Peter Bradshaw

6 March 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Anderson's staggeringly realised hotel of secret passion is an exhilarating and intelligent drama

This delirious operetta-farce is an eerily detailed and very funny work from the savant virtuoso of American indie cinema, Wes Anderson. It is set in the fading grandeur of a preposterous luxury hotel in an equally preposterous pre-war central European country, the fictional Zubrowka. This kind of milieu – the hotel spa or sanatorium occupied by mysterious invalids, chancers or impoverished White Russians – was loved by Thomas Mann and Vladimir Nabokov, but the closing credits reveal that the director has been specifically inspired by Stefan Zweig, author of Beware of Pity and The Post Office Girl. In fact, the movie's moustachioed star Ralph Fiennes does rather resemble Zweig.

Stefan Zweig, never entirely happy with movie adaptations of his work, might however have been baffled by this personal homage, just as Roald Dahl might have been by Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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The Definitive Original Screenplays: 40-31

23 February 2014 9:48 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we continue to move forward through the list, let us consider: how do you define an original screenplay? In theory, everything is based on something. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is basically a modern A Streetcar Named Desire. But, somehow, Jasmine is classified as an original screenplay. When a film is wholly original, nothing like it had been done before, and others have tried to copy it since. Plenty of original screenplays (some in this list) take on tired genres, but flip the script. But the ones that really catch the audience by surprise are the ones that feel imaginative, creative, and different.

40. Spirited Away (2001)

Written by Hayao Miyazaki

That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.

No writer/director on this list may be more fantastical than the great Hayao Miyazaki, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Helix episode 7 review: Survivor Zero

17 February 2014 1:42 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Billy Grifter 17 Feb 2014 - 09:39

Billy is still struggling to take Helix seriously. Here's his review of this week's episode...

This review contains spoilers.

1.7 Survivor Zero

A cynic might say that you can always tell when a show has lost its way… Jeri Ryan shows up.

I’ve been watching Helix with increasing incredulity. It's as if the writers sat around at the script meetings and agreed that characters with almost no backstory or real personalities would become endearing when placed in very obviously contrived peril.

The most contrived aspect of the whole show is the lack of communications with the outside world, that’s now reached new levels of farce with the arrival of Jeri Ryan’s character, Constance Sutton. She tells them that she’s not brought her own communications with her, and that her helicopters will be back in a few days. Right, so presumably back at Cdc, »

- louisamellor

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Beatles Guru -- Taxman Was Right ... Michael Jackson Collection Worth a Fortune!

9 February 2014 7:20 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The Michael Jackson Estate is insane for trying to value Mj's Beatles collection at Zero for tax purposes ... so says one of the most prominent Beatles experts in the world ... who also happens to be a tax attorney.The Estate is in a dogfight with the IRS ... which claims MJs people stiffed the government on more than a half a Billion dollars in taxes by undervaluing assets ... including MJs interest in songs by Mj and the Beatles. »

- TMZ Staff

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