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10 items from 2016


Mike Gold: The Dimension of Mind

1 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The so-called Golden Age of Television, with its two and one-half channels of network programming, produced an astonishing number of great writers, directors and talent. To name but a very, very few: Barbara Bel Geddes, Paddy Chayefsky, George Roy Hill, Ron Howard, Ernest Kinoy, Jack Lemmon, Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Boris Sagal, Rod Serling, Rod Steiger, Gore Vidal, Joanne Woodward… my fingers won’t hold out long enough to type even a “best-of” list.

You’ll never guess which of the above pioneers is my favorite.

When Scottish engineer John Logie Baird first demonstrated television in January 1926 (six years before Philo Farnsworth demonstrated the first electronic television), Rod Serling was just a few days over one year old. Baby boomers think we grew up with television; Mr. Serling actually has that honor. And he did a lot more with the medium than we would.

His worldview was clearly »

- Mike Gold

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Dave Bell, Veteran TV Producer, Dies at 84

16 May 2016 4:53 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Veteran TV producer Dave Bell, whose credits include “A Killer Among Us” and “Do You Remember Love” died on Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 84.

The Ohio native began his television career as a documentary filmmaker, producing medical, police and social issue films for broadcast and cable networks. His documentary “Missing…Have You Seen This Person?” became the basis for the NBC series “Unsolved Mysteries.” He was considered a reality show pioneer who opened the door for many series today.

“Anyone over 50 who has worked in reality TV, at some point, worked for or with Dave Bell,” said Cynthia Shapiro, former CEO of Dave Bell Associates. “Dave gave hundreds of directors, producers, writers, editors, and production crew the opportunity to prove themselves in the reality TV business and effectively launched their careers.”

Bell’s other reality series credits include “Lapd: Life on the Boat”; “Missing/Reward,” hosted »

- Lamarco McClendon

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Andre The Giant Biopic in the Works (Exclusive)

9 May 2016 12:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lion Forge Comics and producers Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell have partnered to develop a feature film about the life of iconic pro wrestler Andre “The Giant” Roussimoff.

The project is based on the authorized graphic novel biography published last year, “Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.” Roussimoff’s daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff will consult on the film and assigned the exclusive rights for the biography to the producers.

Andre the Giant rode the wave of the rise of wrestling in America, while suffering from the painful health condition of gigantism – there’s an Elephant Man story here,” Steindorff said.

In addition to his wrestling career, Roussimoff played a key role in Rob Reiner’s 1987 fantasy comedy “The Princess Bride” as Fezzik, part of a trio of bandits with characters played by Wallace Shawn and Mandy Patinkin. He began wrestling professionally at the age of 17 and was billed as being »

- Dave McNary

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A Kiss Before Dying

6 May 2016 7:25 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Robert Wagner as a social climbing psycho killer? I knew it! 'Mr. CinemaScope Smile' grins only once or twice in this movie, and then only to fool an unsuspecting woman. A great cast brings tension to Ira Levin's outrageous tale of murder. Joanne Woodward has a powerful role, but my heartthrob this time out is lovely Virginia Leith. A Kiss Before Dying Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date May 3, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward, Mary Astor, George Macready, Robert Quarry. Cinematography Lucien Ballard Art Direction Addison Hehr Film Editor George A. Gittens Original Music Lionel Newman Written by Lawrence Roman from a novel by Ira Levin Produced by Robert L. Jacks Directed by Gerd Oswald

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

It's a safe bet that a huge chunk of Americans now identify Robert Wagner as the father of Anthony Dinozzo on TV's NCIS. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Us briefs: Frank Marshall in special CinemaCon honour

24 March 2016 | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: FilmBuff picks up Us rights to ‘We The People’; Ron Perlman and Christopher Plummer join ‘Howard Lovecraft’; and more…

Frank Marshall will receive CinemaCon’s special International Filmmaker Of The Decade Award on April 11.

The producer has made Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Color Purple, The Sixth Sense, Jurassic World, and many others including the likely Cannes Film Festival world premiere Bfg, as well as upcoming releases Jason Bourne, Sully, and Assassin’s Creed. CinemaCon takes place in Las Vegas from April 11-14.

FilmBuff has licensed Us rights to Tommy Reid’s documentary We the People: The Market Basket Effect, a real-time chronicle of a labour dispute involving New England-based corporation Market Basket. FilmBuff plans an April 14-19 theatrical and April 22 VOD launch.Arcana Studio and Shout! Factory have cast Ron Perlman and Christopher Plummer in the upcoming animated film Howard Lovecraft And The Frozen Kingdom. Perlman will voice the role of Shoggoth and Plummer »

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I Knew Her Well (Io la conoscevo bene)

15 March 2016 12:09 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

She's beautiful, desired and enjoys a social mobility in the improving Italian economy... but she's also a pawn of cruel materialist values. Stefania Sandrelli personifies a liberated spirit who lives for the moment, but who can't form the relationships we call 'living.' Antonio Pietrangeli and Ettore Scola slip an insightful drama into the young Sandrelli's lineup of comedy roles. I Knew Her Well Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 801 1965 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 115 min. / Io la conoscevo bene / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date February 23, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Stefania Sandrelli, Mario Adorf, Jean-Claude Brialy, Joachim Fuchsberger, Nino Manfredi, Enrico Maria Salerno, Ugo Tognazzi, Karin Dor, Franco Nero. Cinematography Armando Nannuzzi Production design Maurizio Chiari Film Editor Franco Fraticelli Original Music Piero Picconi Written by Antonio Pietrangeli, Ruggero Maccari, Etore Scola Produced by Turi Vasile Directed by Antonio Pietrangeli

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Did a new kind of woman emerge in the 1960s? »

- Glenn Erickson

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Race Tells The Incredible True Story of The First Worldwide Superstar, Jesse Owens

17 February 2016 2:23 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

By Gary Salem

Opening in theaters nationwide this Friday, February 19th, is the new film, Race.

Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Race is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.

Race tracks the journey of James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens (portrayed by Stephan James of Selma). As a student and athlete in Depression-era America, Jesse bears the weight of family expectations, racial tension at his college Ohio State University, and his own high standards for competition.

At Ohio State University, Jesse finds a savvy coach and stalwart friend in Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis) – who »

- Movie Geeks

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The Happy Ending

13 February 2016 7:47 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Jean Simmons is the original frustrated Mad Housewife who runs away from a 'dream marriage' in search of something more fulfilling. Uncompromising, adult, and making use of an interesting cast. Plus, the soundtrack uses Michel Legrand's incomparable song "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" The Happy Ending Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 112 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Shirley Jones, Teresa Wright, Nanette Fabray, Bobby Darin, Kathy Fields, Tina Louise, Dick Shawn, Lloyd Bridges, Karen Steele, Erin Moran. Cinematography Conrad Hall Original Music Michel Legrand, lyrics Alan & Marilyn Bergman Produced, Written and Directed by Richard Brooks

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I looked at some of the poster artwork for The Happy Ending, and yes indeed, one of the main styles is indeed like the cover of this disc -- a photo of a rusty garbage »

- Glenn Erickson

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5 years ago today: We said goodbye to ‘Friday Night Lights’

9 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

“Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t Lose.” It was five years ago today that Friday Night Lights fans said goodbye to Coach Taylor, Tami, Julie, Matt, Riggins, and the rest of the residents of Dillion, TX they had grown to love. On February 9, 2011 the series finale aired on DirecTV’s 101 Network. A re-broadcast of the fifth and final season aired a few months later on NBC (where the show debuted in 2006). NBC had cut that deal with DirecTV for the final three seasons of the show because it never gained a large audience. But it was hailed by critics and had a strong devotion from its small following. Celebrating 10 years since Fnl’s premiere, some cast members of the show are set for a reunion at Atx Fest this June. Other notable February 9 happenings in pop culture history: • 1953: The Adventures of Superman first aired in Los Angeles (a syndicated »

- Emily Rome

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From the Terrace

19 January 2016 9:24 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This is as sexy as Hollywood pix got in 1960. John O'Hara's novel about class snobbery and the drive for success posits Paul Newman as a moody go-getter. In glossy soap opera fashion, his silver spoon-fed bride Joanne Woodward morphs into an unfaithful monster. Some adulterous relationships are excused and others not in this glossy, morally rigged melodrama. In other words, it's prime entertainment material. From the Terrace Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1960 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 144 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Myrna Loy, Ina Balin, Leon Ames, Elizabeth Allen, Barbara Eden, George Grizzard, Patrick O'Neal, Felix Aylmer. Cinematography Leo Tover Art Direction Maurice Ransford, Howard Richmond, Lyle R. Wheeler Film Editor Dorothy Spencer Original Music Elmer Bernstein Written by Ernest Lehman from the novel by John O'Hara Produced and directed by Mark Robson

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

1960 saw the release of »

- Glenn Erickson

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