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Harryhausen Sinbad Films On The Big Screen, New Beverly Cinema, December 20-21, L.A.

16 December 2013 3:55 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

If you live in the Los Angeles area, the New Beverly Cinema is presenting a Ray Harryhausen Sinbad tribute on Friday, December 20th and Saturday, December 21, 2013. First up is the 40th anniversary showing of The Golden Voyage of Sinbad which was released in the States in April 1974. Directed by Gordon Hessler, the film co-stars John Phillip Law as Sinbad, Caroline Munro as Margiana, and Tom Baker as Koura. Note: Mr. Hessler is scheduled to appear personally at the Friday showing, as is Paul Maslansky who was a unit manager on 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts.

Kerwin Matthews stars as the titular hero in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, released here in December 1958. Along for the ride are Kathryn Grant as Princess Parisa, Richard Eyer as The Genie, and Torin Thatcher as Sokurah the Magician.

The New Beverly Cinema is located at 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Click here for showtimes and ticket info. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Italian Siren of Sword-and-Sandal Epics, Sex Comedies Has Died: Rossana Podestà

10 December 2013 12:43 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Rossana Podestà dead at 79: ‘Helen of Troy’ actress later featured in sword-and-sandal spectacles, risqué sex comedies (photo: Jacques Sernas and Rossana Podestà in ‘Helen of Troy’) Rossana Podestà, the sensual star of the 1955 epic Helen of Troy and other sword-and-sandal European productions of the ’50s and ’60s — in addition to a handful of risqué sex comedies of the ’70s — died earlier today, December 10, 2013, in Rome according to several Italian news outlets. Podestà was 79. She was born Carla Dora Podestà on August 20, 1934, in, depending on the source, either Zlitan or Tripoli, in Libya, at the time an Italian colony. According to the IMDb, the renamed Rossana Podestà began her film career in 1950, when she was featured in a small role in Dezsö Ákos Hamza’s Strano appuntamento ("Strange Appointment"). However, according to online reports, she was actually discovered by director Léonide Moguy, who cast her in a small role in »

- Andre Soares

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Long Before Obi-Wan There Were the Eight D'Ascoynes: Guinness Day

2 August 2013 7:24 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Alec Guinness: Before Obi-Wan Kenobi, there were the eight D’Ascoyne family members (photo: Alec Guiness, Dennis Price in ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’) (See previous post: “Alec Guinness Movies: Pre-Star Wars Career.”) TCM won’t be showing The Bridge on the River Kwai on Alec Guinness day, though obviously not because the cable network programmers believe that one four-hour David Lean epic per day should be enough. After all, prior to Lawrence of Arabia TCM will be presenting the three-and-a-half-hour-long Doctor Zhivago (1965), a great-looking but never-ending romantic drama in which Guinness — quite poorly — plays a Kgb official. He’s slightly less miscast as a mere Englishman — one much too young for the then 32-year-old actor — in Lean’s Great Expectations (1946), a movie that fully belongs to boy-loving (in a chaste, fatherly manner) fugitive Finlay Currie. And finally, make sure to watch Robert Hamer’s dark comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets »

- Andre Soares

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