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8 items from 2016


The Day of the Dolphin

24 July 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

1973’s The Day of the Dolphin was based on a French sci-fi thriller about talking dolphins involved in a plot to assassinate the president. Its Greenpeace Meets James Bond storyline managed to attract directors as disparate as Roman Polanski and Franklin Schaffner but the task eventually fell to Mike Nichols who enlisted his Graduate scribe Buck Henry to tap out the screenplay. Starring George C. Scott as a kind of water-logged Dr. Doolittle, Nichols described the Bahamas-set shoot as his “toughest” ever. Georges Delerue’s achingly lovely score was nominated for an Academy Award.

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DVD Review: "The Double Man" (1967) Starring Yul Brynner And Britt Ekland, Warner Archive Release

28 June 2016 3:32 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

The Warner Archive has released a slew of worthwhile 60s spy movies and TV series lately. Among the under-rated gems is The Double Man, a 1967 Cold War thriller starring Yul Brynner, who gives a powerful performance as American intelligence agent Dan Slater. His teenaged son is killed while skiing in Switzerland and Slater suspects it was actually murder. He finds he's been lured to Alps as part of a complex plot to kill him and replace him with an enemy agent with his identical facial features and characteristics. The plot was covered with moss even at the time since it formed the basis of a two-part Man From U.N.C.L.E. episode, The Double Affair, that was released theatrically the previous year as The Spy With My Face.  Still, this is a highly intelligent, gritty film with Brynner as the most hard-ass hero imaginable. Devoid of any humor, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Red Granite launches Charlie Hunnam's 'Papillon' remake

11 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Charlie Hunnam stars in the re-telling of the 1973 classic.

Red Granite International’s Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri have begun sales here on Papillon starring Charlie Hunnam.

The film is styled as a contemporary and gritty re-telling of Franklin J. Schaffner’s 1973 classic that starred Steve McQueen as Henri Charrière, a petty criminal sent to the notorious Devil’s Island penal colony in French Guiana after he is unjustly convicted of murder.

Charrière befriends a counterfeiter who offers to fund his escape in return for protection.

Danish director Michael Noer is lining up to start production outside the Us this summer from a script by Aaron Guzikowski. CAA represents Us rights to the classic adventure story.

Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, Ram Bergman and Roger Corbi produce, while Dimbort and Mercuri are among the executive producers with David Koplan, Yan-Fischer-Romanovsky, Joshua D. Mauer, Terrence Chang and Martin Hellstern. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Us Briefs: 34th Street Films moves ahead on 'Top Of The Food Chain'

26 April 2016 9:12 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Turner to launch Svod service FilmStruck; and more…

Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films has hired Black List writers Jim Kehoe and Brian Kehoe to direct their R-rated action-comedy script Top Of The Food Chain.

The comedy is described as City Slickers meets The Revenant, replete with a huge, marauding bear.

Kay Cannon is preparing to direct The Kehoes’s Cherries with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg producing for Good Universe alongside Dmg Entertainment.

The Los Cabos Film Festival and Cannes Marché will present four Mexican films in post under the auspices of Los Cabos Goes To Cannes on May 15. The films are: Galopando Cine’s Carrion (Carroña) by Sebastián Hiriart; portmanteau The Bedroom (La Habitación) from Machete Films; EnAguas Cine’s The Darkest Days Of Us (Los Días Más Oscuros De Nosotras) by Astrid Rondero; and Spécola’s William, The New Judo Master (William, El Nuevo Maestro Del Judo) by Ricardo Silva.Starz Digital »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Lesli Linka Glatter Honored by American Film Institute

26 April 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The American Film Institute has selected director/producer Lesli Linka Glatter as the recipient of its 2016 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

Glatter is an alumna of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women, and has worked on such TV series as “Homeland,” “Mad Men” and “Twin Peaks.”

The award is given to an AFI alum who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner, says AFI: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television. The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams in Hollywood on June 9.

Glatter has also been involved in the series “Freaks and Geeks,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Justified,” “The Walking Dead,” “The West Wing,” “The Leftovers,” “The Newsroom” and “Ray Donovan.”

Glatter’s honors include four Emmy Award nominations, a Producers Guild of America Award nomination as well as six Directors Guild »

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Lesli Linka Glatter Honored by American Film Institute

26 April 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute has selected director/producer Lesli Linka Glatter as the recipient of its 2016 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

Glatter is an alumna of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women, and has worked on such TV series as “Homeland,” “Mad Men” and “Twin Peaks.”

The award is given to an AFI alum who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner, says AFI: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television. The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams in Hollywood on June 9.

Glatter has also been involved in the series “Freaks and Geeks,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Justified,” “The Walking Dead,” “The West Wing,” “The Leftovers,” “The Newsroom” and “Ray Donovan.”

Glatter’s honors include four Emmy Award nominations, a Producers Guild of America Award nomination as well as six Directors Guild »

- Dave McNary

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Berlin: Universal Picks Up U.K. and Oz Rights to ‘ID2: Shadwell Army’ (Exclusive)

15 February 2016 3:51 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal has picked up U.K. and Australian rights to “ID2: Shadwell Army,” the sequel to 1995 soccer hooliganism cult movie “I.D.” by Philip Davis. Venezuelan Joel Novoa (“God’s Slave”) helmed the pic from a screenplay by Vincent O’Connell. The drama is co-produced by Sally Hibbin, the long-time producer of Ken Loach, along with Patrick Cassavetti. Moviehouse Entertainment has kicked off rights sales to the rest of the world at the Berlinale’s European Film Market.

The pic tracks a police officer who goes undercover to infiltrate Shadwell’s revitalized hooligan element, and gets caught up in the political turmoil sparked by plans to build a mosque in the East London district.

Parallax East, Screen Yorkshire and Germany’s Post Republic co-produce.

Some cast members of the original pic have joined the cast in the sequel. These include Lee Ross, who played Gumbo, the most famous character from “I.D. »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Mysterious Island | Blu-ray Review

12 January 2016 8:05 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Fans of special effects icon Ray Harryhausen should rejoice at the remastering of 1961’s Mysterious Island, a sequel of sorts to Jules Verne’s more celebrated 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which had been memorably adapted by Richard Fleischer in 1954. Director Cy Endfield takes the reigns on this big budget spectacle which tends to suffer from a bout of sequel-itis as regards the bombastic fervor of gigantic, menacing creatures taking precedence over characterization or narrative energy. Still, the production quality does display the same sense of movie magic specific to a certain period of cinema where Harryhausen’s signature Dynamation would influence generations of future filmmakers.

During the 1865 siege of Richmond, Virginia, a handful of soldiers, both Union and Confederate, escape the stockade via a hot air balloon, ending up somewhere on a strange island in the Pacific Ocean. Captain Cyrus Harding (Michael Craig) more or less resumes control of the men, »

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