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5 items from 2012

Cannes and the magic of Marilyn Monroe

9 May 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Cannes film festival kicks off next week, and this shot of Marilyn Monroe will feature on all its official posters. Does it matter that she never went?

She is a perennially fascinating screen actress, the incidental subject of new TV drama Smash – and from next week she will be pouting down at us from every street corner in Cannes, the face of the official film festival poster. The photograph shows the beautiful, beguiling, funny leading lady of such pictures as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot blowing out the candle on her 30th birthday cake, giving a seductive air-kiss to the lens. In a press release, the festival organisers explain: "The poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality – a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the festival anniversary [Cannes turns 65 this year] … Their coming together symbolises the ideal of simplicity and elegance. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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John C. McGinley Joins Jackie Robinson Biopic 42

7 May 2012 9:29 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Production on the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 is slated to begin next week, and so producers are hustling to finalize the feature's lineup. John C. McGinley is the latest name to join the ranks of this ambitious production that will unveil the trials and triumphs of the courageous ballplayer who broke Mlb's color barrier. Variety reports the former Scrubs star has signed on to play Walter "Red" Barber, a radio broadcaster best-known for covering the Brooklyn Dodger's play-by-plays. While on the surface this may seem like a less auspicious role than some of the ballplayer parts, Barber.or The Ol' Redhead as he was sometimes called.was actually a pretty memorable figure in his own right. A kind of Walter Winchell of baseball, Red was known for his uniquely folksy patter and colorful catchphrases, ranging from "can of corn".meaning a fly ball, easy to catch.to "tighter than a new »

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Movie Poster of the Week: “Le passe-muraille” a.k.a. "Mr. Peek-a-Boo"

17 March 2012 11:48 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

One of the pleasures of digging around for movie posters is coming across great designs for films that have otherwise been forgotten, that have not become part of the pantheon—or even any of its foothills—but which nevertheless are fascinating reminders of areas of cinema history that are usually ignored. The other day I posted a lovely Russian poster on Movie Poster of the Day for an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s White Nights that I wasn’t familiar with but which, I then discovered, was directed by a man described as “the high priest of Stalinist Cinema.” You can read more about that here.

When this terrific poster for Le passe-muraille caught my eye I knew absolutely nothing about the film, and, with the exception of English actress Joan Greenwood (Kind Hearts and Coronets), nearly every name on the poster, from star Bourvil to director Jean Boyer to author Marcel Aymé, »

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A Face In The Crowd Review: Patricia Neal, Andy Griffith, Anthony Franciosa

25 January 2012 1:57 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

A Face In The Crowd Review Pt.1 [Photo: Andy Griffith as Larry 'Lonesome' Rhodes.] Rhodes' abrupt fall is based on a New York radio show incident-cum-urban legend from a few years earlier, as a Wor children’s show host named Uncle Don, purportedly believing he was off the air, said: "This is Uncle Don, saying good night. We're off. Good, that will hold the little bastards." The solid Warner Bros. DVD is part of the box set "Controversial Classics." The DVD includes only two extras: the original theatrical trailer and the 30-minute documentary Facing the Past, in which Andy Griffith, Budd Schulberg, Patricia Neal, and several scholars and behind-the-scenes contributors speak of the film, its impact, and director Elia Kazan. An audio commentary would have been most welcome, but Facing the Past is certainly a good documentary, giving the viewer a real sense of what was going on in the minds of the film’s participants. Griffith’s scenery-chewing, »

- Dan Schneider

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Hollywood’s Al Capone

9 January 2012 6:42 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it.s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it.s the year that the headline is from. It.s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated last Spring on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I.ve been writing a regular monthly movie-related column since. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I post all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks. This month’s edition of The Globe takes place in 1947. The headline on the cover will scream “Al Capone Dead!”  and there will be several articles about the famous gangster. »

- Tom Stockman

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