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Review: "The Front" (1976) Starring Woody Allen; Twilight Time Blu-ray Release

25 January 2017 5:41 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“Don’T Mess With Huac”

By Raymond Benson

Perhaps the first film we saw that convinced us that Woody Allen could actually act—i.e., not be his nebbish, nervous comic persona from his early directorial efforts—was Martin Ritt’s 1976 comedy/drama, The Front, which appeared a year before Allen’s Annie Hall.

The Front was perhaps the first Hollywood film to tackle the subject of “the blacklist” that occurred in the movie industry in the late 1940s and throughout most of the 50s. This abominable practice was due to the investigation of “Communist infiltration” in Tinsel Town by Huac—the House Un-American Activities Committee. It was truly a dark time in U.S. history, one in which friends were pressured to “name names” or face the prospect of unemployment or worse, such as jail time. Note that the Hollywood studio heads were responsible for the actual blacklisting. The »

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Stanley & Iris

21 January 2017 9:34 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Stanley & Iris


Twilight Time

1990 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date January 17, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro, Swoosie Kurtz, Martha Plimpton, Harley Cross, Jamey Sheridan, Feodor Chaliapin.

Cinematography: Donald McAlpine

Original Music: John Williams

Written by: Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank, Jr. based on a novel Union Street by Pat Barker

Produced by: Arlene Sellers, Alex Winitsky

Directed by Martin Ritt


There ought to be a place on a screen for every kind of film story. True, old movies fronted a mostly false consensus picture of the world, claiming that there was a ‘normal’ baseline for our lives. The reality of most social issues was ignored in favor of pleasant fairy tales where all conflicts could be solved on a personal level. After all, movies were considered entertainment first, and carriers of vital social truths maybe about 97th. But then and now, there »

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AMC and BBC adapting John le Carre’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

16 January 2017 11:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following their success with The Night Manager, AMC and the BBC are reuniting for another John le Carre adaptation, teaming once again with Ink Factory for a limited series based upon his 1963 novel The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, with Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) set to pen the script.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold takes place during the height of the Cold War and revolved around a hard-drinking British spy who is sent to East Germany posing as a defector in order to frame an East German intelligence operative as a British double agent.

“Spy is a deep tale of intrigue in one of the most uncertain times in history,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV (via Variety).

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold was previously adapted for the big screen in 1965, with Martin Ritt directing »

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The Spy: AMC & BBC Team Up with Night Manager Author

16 January 2017 3:58 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

AMC and BBC One are sticking with John le Carré. After the networks' success with The Night Manager TV show, they've have announced they are adapting le Carré's classic 1963 novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, for television, as The Spy TV series.Simon Beaufoy is writing The Spy TV show. In 1965, director Martin Ritt made a feature film adaptation, starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Oskar Werner. Learn more from this AMC press release.Read More… »


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Spy vs Spy

16 January 2017 9:49 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

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The plot of Hitchcock’s North by Northwest was suggested by this spy film.

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The BBC will follow up The Night Manager with The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

16 January 2017 5:56 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

Following the success of AMC and the BBC’s The Night Manager at the Golden Globes the two networks are collaborating again to bring another of spymaster John le Carré novels to the small screen. The Tom Hiddleston starring miniseries swept the boards at the Globes last weekend, winning awards for Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and the series itself.

Word reached us from the TCA this weekend that the production team would be reuniting to adapt le Carré ‘s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. The 1963 novel centres around a British agent sent to East Germany as a defector to pass on information about a powerful enemy. It was made into a film in 1965, directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom.

The small screen has seen its share of gripping mini series in its time, and the last few years »

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Le Carré's 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' set for BBC1

16 January 2017 4:48 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy is adapting the novel for The Night Manager producers The Ink Factory.

BBC1 is hoping to repeat the success of The Night Manager after ordering an adaptation of John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

The broadcaster has again partnered with AMC to commission The Ink Factory to produce the spy thriller set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, just after the construction of the Berlin Wall.

Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy will adapt the book, in which British intelligence officer Alex Leamas is offered a chance for revenge after many of his agents are exposed by East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

Read: The story behind ‘The Night Manager

The Ink Factory, the indie established by le Carré’s sons Stephen and Simon Cornwell, will produce the series in association with Kudos founder Stephen Garrett’s new drama indie Character Seven.

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold was commissioned »

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AMC, BBC Team for ‘Spy Who Came in From the Cold’ Limited Series

14 January 2017 4:40 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

AMC has teamed with BBC to produce a limited series adaptation of John le Carre’s famed novel “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” with Ink Factory and Paramount Television.

The deal marks a reunion for the team that produced “The Night Manager,” another le Carre adaptation shepherded by Ink Factory. “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Simon Beaufoy is on board to write the episodes.

” ‘Spy’ is a deep tale of intrigue in one of the most uncertain times in history,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV.

The novel is set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War. It revolves around the battle between a hard-drinking British intelligence officer and an East German counterintelligence operative.

BBC, AMC and Ink Factory collaborated on “The Night Manager,” which just earned three Golden Globe Awards this week for stars Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Colman.

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