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Shower curtains as film artwork: From Bette Davis and Joan Crawford to Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie (image: Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ shower curtain) Alt Film Guide mostly discusses film. This post, however, is about shower curtains. Now, don’t panic. Earlier today, December 20, 2013, the website Dangerous Minds posted a link to ebay listings of shower curtains designed by New York City-based artist Glen Hanson. Those aren’t your average colorful shower curtains; instead, they’re colorful cinematic (or TV-themed) shower curtains. Featured are Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Divine in John Waters’ Pink Flamingos, and a ’60s version of Cher (who did star opposite Sonny Bono in William Friedkin’s 1967 flick Good Times). The Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? shower curtain has already been sold, but Hanson »
- Zac Gille
Sergio Leone Week! continues at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing "The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah." Leone was an (uncredited) second unit director on this epic potboiler directed by Robert Aldrich, whose own appetite for lurid scenarios is on full display (it was released the same year as Whatever Happened To Baby Jane). This was the last of the great Miklos Rozsa’s truly magisterial scores (he replaced Dimitri Tiomkin and considered the resulting film “tacky”). The production design was by Ken Adam (who was working on Dr. No the same year). Currently unavailable in DVD in the Us. »
- Trailers From Hell
Bette Davis. No doubt the name instantly brings to mind Kim Carnes’ earworm ‘Bette Davis Eyes’, which has been covered by artists ranging from Gwyneth Paltrow to Brandon Flowers and Taylor Swift. Ah yes, those spellbinding, haunting heavy-cast eyes. They bewitched countless men and are part of our cultural zeitgeist. Bette Davis was so much more than the sum of her parts though. Her tenacity, independence, unique idiosyncrasies, and artistic instincts had and have no equal, even today. She has been labeled a diva and an outright bitch, but she is unquestionably a trailblazer and an icon in every sense.
This “Noirvember” Tiff Cinematheque’s senior programmer James Quandt has curated a divine tribute to the classy dame (labeled The Hard Way:The Films of Bette Davis), highlighting fifteen of her most memorable roles.
Some crowning films of the tribute include (In chronological order):
Three on a Match (1932)-Now »
- Leora Heilbronn
The Real Housewives of Atlanta had better lines than a Dior gown on Sunday night. Here's a look at the housewives' best lines (as well as a peek into their lives): This is not something that a man would do, it's not something that a husband would do, this is something that a queen would do who's being dramatic, and he wants to let me know, woman to woman, that he doesn't give a damn about anything we had together. - Porsha StewartThe divorce drama between Porsha Stewart and her ex, Kordell Stewart, continued, as the former NFL Qb packed up Porsha's belongings, »
- Wade Rouse
"You could be brilliant, but you're a coward" – Thomas
Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan won an Oscar. It won awards at the Venice film festival, the Screen Actors Guild awards and the New York Film Critics Circle. It won a Golden Globe and a Bafta. It won two Teen Choice awards. If that wasn't enough, it was also one of the 20 biggest grossing movies of 2010, taking almost $330m worldwide. To put that into perspective, a deliberately obtuse thriller about a mentally ill ballerina took $25m more than the last Die Hard film. Black Swan was a critical and commercial sensation.
Three years have passed since Black Swan was released. All the heat and hype and context »
- Stuart Heritage
Bette Davis is almost as fascinating of a character off the screen as she is on it. She’s truly nothing short of a dynamic and brilliant actress, much further ahead of her time than she could ever be aware of. Tiff will be covering pockets of classic cinema starring Davis from November 15th- December 8th. The following are a few choice recommendations for anyone brave enough to venture back into these vintage art pieces.
Written by Casey Robinson
Directed by Edmund Goulding
A young talented and beautiful girl is cursed by much more than her radiant personality and grace as she works to get the most out of her life. The question is: does this more describe Bette Davis or her character here, Judith? This peek into classic cinema delivers on a lot of fronts, especially giving us the kind of quick, clever dialogue classic films are known for. »
- Taegan J. Brown
Curated by Tiff Cinematheque Senior Programmer James Quandt and running from November 15 - December 8, this delectable tribute features 15 films that trace Davis' four-decade evolution from glamour girl to grande dame to Gothic gargoyle.
Featuring a new digital restoration of the cult classic "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962), as well as a host of other Davis favourites including the film that shot her to stardom, "Of Human Bondage" (1934), "Dangerous" (1935), which garnered Davis her first Best Actress Oscar win for her turn as a self-destructive, tempestuous Broadway actress, and the endlessly quotable "All About Eve" (1950), an Academy darling, that received a total of six Oscars that year.
Also included in the retrospective are Davis' trilogy of films from her frequent collaborator and favourite director, »
- Chris Jancelewicz
The hardest part about choosing my favourite horror films of all time, is deciding what stays and what goes. I started with a list that featured over 200 titles, and I think it took me more time to pick and choose between them, than it did to actually sit down and write each capsule review. In order to hold on to my sanity, I decided to not include short films, documentaries, television mini-series and animated films. I also had to draw the line at some point in deciding if certain movies should be considered horror or not. In such cases where I was split down the middle in deciding, I let IMDb be the judge for me. And in some cases, I’ve included these titles as special mentions. Long story short, I can’t include every movie I like, and I have to draw the line somewhere. With that said, »
Feature James Clayton 13 Sep 2013 - 06:54
The release of Formula One biopic Rush leaves James pondering other great screen rivalries, in sports movies and beyond...
Cars go round and round and round a track really, really, really fast. Some people, understandably, find this very exciting and other people, understandably, find this to be really dull and repetitive.
Rush - the new film directed by Ron Howard - successfully reaches out to both camps and makes motor racing into a classic cinema spectacle that can be appreciated by speedfreaks and non-motorheads alike. Even if you despise Formula One I don't think you'd emerge from the cinema feeling that the picture you've just watched was something dull (unless you're being deliberately contrarian or hold extra-extreme hatred towards F1, though you should let go of hatred, my young Padawan, for hatred is the path to the Dark Side).
Likewise, F1 aficionados get something »
The judges are enjoying themselves, the closed auditions are back and it looks like the revamp could work. But the arena show and Olly Murs clones need to go
I'm saying this tentatively – and I'm completely prepared for it to come back and bite me on the bum before Christmas – but it looks as if The X Factor has got good again. Or, at the very least, it isn't as abjectly terrible as it has been recently. Which I know isn't saying much. ITV could have shown a two-hour stop-motion film of decaying animal corpses on Saturday night and it would have represented something of a step up from last year. It wasn't an unqualified success, but let's start with what worked.
First, Sharon Osbourne is back. Her face is tighter than before, and her hair seems to have been replaced by a solid orb of carmine-coloured Fimo, but she's »
- Stuart Heritage
Natalie Wood movies: From loving Warren Beatty to stripping like Gypsy Rose Lee Three-time Academy Award nominee Natalie Wood, one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the ’60s, is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" performer today, August 18, 2013. TCM is currently showing Elia Kazan’s Splendor in the Grass (1961), a romantic drama written for the screen by playwright William Inge (Picnic, Bus Stop). Wood is fine as a young woman who loses her emotional balance after she’s seduced and abandoned by the son (Warren Beatty) of a wealthy family in Kansas shortly before the Great Depression. For her efforts, she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. (Sophia Loren was that year’s winner, for the Italian-made Two Women.) (See “TCM movie schedule: Natalie Wood Hot Hollywood Star.” Next in line is Richard Quine’s feeble attempt at screwball comedy, Sex and the Single Girl (1964), a movie that promises much more than it delivers, »
- Andre Soares
Open air, central London, classic movies and a 9pm start – it sounds almost too good to be true. Throw in good company, and a bar and you’ve got one of the most perfect evenings of the summer. Thn attended the triple bill screening at Somerset which showed Mean Girls, Carrie and The Loved Ones. All three adhering to the High School theme but in different genres ranging from comedy, to horror to horror-er.
Althought this wasn’t advertised as a quote-along-event it was difficult not to do so, or cheer at the brilliant lines written by Tina Fey and delivered by Amanda Seyfried, Lindsay Lohan and co. Before the epic 8 hour screening Kate Hutchinson was the brilliant DJ of the event as the audience patiently waited for the sun to set and for the first movie to begin.
Organizers have been on point with the selection of films this year, »
- Isra Al kassi
’2 Guns’ weekend box office: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington pairing disappointing? A limp "low $20 million" range, is what 2 Guns U.S. distributor Universal claims it’s expecting at the North American box office from the first-ever pairing of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg — as momentous a cinematic occasion, if the American media is to believed, as the first pairing of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? back in 1962. Of course, Universal’s lowball figure is an excuse for the studio to claim, "Omigod! 2 Guns has performed way beyond what any and all of us were expecting!" — as long as the Washington / Wahlberg combo brings in $25 million or more. (Photo: Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in 2 Guns.) Well, Universal apparently made a good p.r. movie, as the R-rated, Baltasar Kormákur-directed 2 Guns collected a barely acceptable $10 million from 3,306 North American theaters on Friday according to »
- Zac Gille
While there are more than enough horror and genre films that do the trick of scaring the living crap out of us, sometimes films outside of that box do it just as effectively. A couple of us Icons of Fright staffers decided to share with you fright fiends, some movies that aren’t horror films, but are quite intense all the same. Read on!
There Will Be Blood (2007)
There’s something about Pt Anderson’s very loose adaption of Upton Sinclair’s Oil! that freaks me the hell out. Does it have a masked killer walking around, slaughtering nubile teens?, nope. It is also without about 90% of other elements that typically give me an upset feeling after watching it. Instead it relies on a combination of one of the best performances of all time (yeah, I said that) and a Very unsettling score masterfully done by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, »
Cinema is a kind of uber-art form that’s made up of a multitude of other forms of art including writing, directing, acting, drawing, design, photography and fashion. As such, film is, as all cinema aficionados know, a highly collaborative venture.
One of the most consistently fascinating collaborations in cinema is that of the director and actor.
This article will examine some of the great director & actor teams. It’s important to note that this piece is not intended as a film history survey detailing all the generally revered collaborations.
There is a wealth of information and study available on such duos as John Ford & John Wayne, Howard Hawks & John Wayne, Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando, Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune, Alfred Hitchcock & James Stewart, Ingmar Bergman & Max Von Sydow, Federico Fellini & Giulietta Masina/Marcello Mastroianni, Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon, Francis Ford Coppola & Al Pacino, Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro »
- Terek Puckett
Review by Andrew MacArthur of Cinehouse
Alicia Scherson’s third feature-length film, Il Futuro, is a staggeringly impressive watch. Adapted from Chilean novel Una Novelita Lumpen by Roberto Bolano, Il Futuro is a thrilling tale of suspense, eroticism, and intrigue set against a backdrop of vintage Hollywood Gothic noir.
Il Futuro follows two teenage orphans, Bianca and Tomas, who become intertwined with two untrustworthy opportunists from the local gym. These acquaintances persuade Bianca (the eldest of the orphans, played by Manuela Martelli) to infiltrate and rob the home of one of their ex-clients, Marciste (Rutger Hauer) – a blind, former Mister Universe and movie star who has become something of a recluse. However, Bianca’s developing feelings for Marciste seem set to compromise her original intentions.
From the onset Scherson’s distinct »
- Phil Wheat
I still have a lot more to see from the 1960s but this top ten, more than most apart from the 1980s is a combination of films I fell for as a child on television in the 70s and 80s and films I love now as an adult. I'm bookending with two Natalie Wood features -- the first actress I ever loved -- though I recognize that they are more personal favorites than perfect films. That caveat aside I do find Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice to be grossly undervalued since it's essentiall a comedy about its time and therefore "light" and "dated" . Still, I absolutely insist, it's a wonderful wonderful light and dated thing. At the top of the list West Side Story has been my favorite film of all time for as long as I remember being conscious of movies so it'll just have to keep on being so »
- NATHANIEL R
Peter Strickland’s British horror deconstruction Berberian Sound Studio opened yesterday in a crowded field of fifteen new releases, but if graphic design was all it took to get people into theaters Bss should be way ahead of the field. The startling grayscale collage of the Us one sheet was designed by the suddenly prolific Brandon Schaefer who, as IFC Films’ new house designer, has designed two of my other favorite posters of the year so far, for Simon Killer and Gimme the Loot. He has also started giving me a run for my money writing about movie posters for Film.com. I particularly like his introduction about his personal design education, his process piece about Simon Killer, and his rant against the facile nature of fan art minimalism (though I do think there he omits giving praise where praise is occasionally due).
Berberian Sound Studio is a mysterious and »
- Adrian Curry
In an Empire Podcast first, readers posed their Twitter questions, queries and grievances about movie ratings direct to the man who oversees them on a daily basis, BBFC executive director David Austin.Why was Gremlins rated 15? What ever happened to What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?'s 18 rating? What’s a 12A for, anyway? What happened with A Good Day To Die Hard? We made Austin a cup of tea, showed him to the hot seat and fired your questions at him for 55 fascinating minutes.P.S. Don't forget to check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. »
On the cliffs outside Cannes sits a row of green cabanas, a resting place for the millionaire guests at a five-star resort. The cabanas are open-fronted, rickety, at the mercy of the elements. In mild weather they must be heaven, but when the wind is up and the waves are lashing, a berth in the cabana becomes an ongoing purgatory. Michael Douglas has his hair in his face, and the collar of his jacket has turned inside-out. He is clutching at the table like Captain Ahab at the rail of his ship. It is a wonder he hasn't already been blown out to sea.
In August 2010 Douglas walked on to the David Letterman show to confirm that he was suffering from throat cancer, that the disease was at stage »
- Xan Brooks
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