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Singapore — ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the sales and distribution arm of UK commercial broadcaster ITV, has unveiled a number of digital distribution and format deals in Asia.
In Singapore it signed a multi-year output agreement with Mediacorp to deliver more than 200 hours annually of entertainment programming to Mediacorp’s VoD service, Toggle. For the second year of the deal, Toggle has acquired titles such as “Hell’s Kitchen USA,” “Cook Me The Money” and “May The Best House Win.”
In China, VoD service Sohu acquired 100 hours of factual programming including “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” and “Built From Disaster.”
In Korea, Iptv platform KT Mediahub acquired 150 hours of drama, entertainment and factual content including “Agatha Christie’s Marple,” “Case Histories” and “Murdoch Mysteries.” Korean digital cable VoD service Home Choice acquired 80 hours of classic films from ITV’s library, such including “All Quiet On The Western Front” (1979), “Brief Encounter” (1974) and »
- Patrick Frater
War films don’t all follow the same strategy. Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory,” for instance, depicts a microcosm of society’s worst elements, with the ruling elite watching the carnage from a safe distance, and pinning any and all mistakes on their powerless underlings. Then you’ve got something like “All Quiet on the Western Front,” which reminds us that there is no glory in war, and no winners either. Battle is ugly, horrifying and dehumanizing, and war itself is a condition that is anathema to the human experience. To that latter category, add writer-director Peter Berg’s powerful new film “Lone Survivor, »
- Alonso Duralde
Film's golden era was tarnished by appeasement
Nazi Germany loved movies, and their leader was, as in so much else, fanatical about them. In his private cinema at the Reich Chancellery Hitler watched a movie every night, then gave his invited guests the benefit of his opinion on it. He loved Laurel and Hardy, for instance, noting how their comedy Block-Heads contained "a lot of very nice ideas and clever jokes". Yet he regarded movies as something more than entertainment; he saw in their power to seduce and bewitch a vital instrument of persuasion. His propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, saw it, too. After watching It Happened One Night, he wrote in his diary: "A funny, lively American film from which we can learn a lot. The Americans are so natural. Far superior to us."
If this eye-opening study of Hollywood and the Nazi elite is to be believed, that superiority was purely a technical one. »
- Anthony Quinn
Do you remember the last time you cried at a movie? I mean, had to stop the film for a few minutes just to recover kind of crying? I had that experience watching King Vidor’s World War I epic The Big Parade, now available on a beautiful Blu-Ray from Warner Brothers.
The Big Parade is one of those epic films that silent Hollywood was well known for: sweeping vistas, massive casts, melodramatic tales of love, war, and redemption. Some of these epics fall flat now, with our contemporary need for sound, kinetic camerawork, rousing speeches and booming scores. While the score is still there – and it is booming, to say the least – The Big Parade is an intimate story surrounded by an epic event, making it one of the most affecting wartime dramas ever made.
The film follows the fortunes of spoiled rich guy Jim Apperson (John Gilbert) and »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Steve McQueen's harrowing Oscar frontrunner is only the latest film to challenge social issues a little too late
As is becoming its wont, the Toronto international film festival seems to have delivered an Oscar frontrunner. By all accounts, Brit director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is a sterling piece of work; but that isn't the only reason it's attracting acclaim. The film is no mere romp like Argo or The Artist, crowd-pleaser like The King's Speech, or thrill ride like The Hurt Locker. According to McQueen, 12 Years is "necessary". (The Guardian's critic agreed that it's a "necessary" film, while a critic at the London Evening Standard found it "truly necessary".)
The film is deemed to be challenging, thought-provoking and powerful, forcing audiences to confront unwelcome but important realities. Understandably, it is therefore "something everyone should be obligated to see".
McQueen's film is certainly harrowing: people are thrown into carts like objects, »
- David Cox
Kirk Douglas movies: The Theater of Larger Than Life Performances Kirk Douglas, a three-time Best Actor Academy Award nominee and one of the top Hollywood stars of the ’50s, is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" featured star today, August 30, 2013. Although an undeniably strong screen presence, no one could ever accuse Douglas of having been a subtle, believable actor. In fact, even if you were to place side by side all of the widescreen formats ever created, they couldn’t possibly be wide enough to contain his larger-than-life theatrical emoting. (Photo: Kirk Douglas ca. 1950.) Right now, TCM is showing Andrew V. McLaglen’s 1967 Western The Way West, a routine tale about settlers in the Old American Northwest that remains of interest solely due to its name cast. Besides Douglas, The Way West features Robert Mitchum, Richard Widmark, Lola Albright, and 21-year-old Sally Field in her The Flying Nun days. »
- Andre Soares
Few American writers have had as much impact on Hollywood and the wider world as Elmore Leonard, famed for his no-nonsense prose and genuinely inspirational writing in several genres, most notably crime and Westerns. He died this morning at the age of 87, following complications from a stroke.Born in Louisiana in 1925, Leonard’s family moved to Detroit when he was nine and he became hooked on a serialization of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet On The Western Front. An early inspiration, it fuelled his desire to write, including, in those fledgling days, a play and articles for the school paper.He served three years in the Navy after high school and then enrolled at Detroit University, where he pushed himself to write more. After graduation, and finding little success getting published, he took a job at an advertising agency, continuing to write outside the office. His big break »
Next Monday sees the UK DVD release of World War I movie Forbidden Ground. Privately funded, it evokes the spirit of a true ‘world’ war as it is an Australian production, telling the story of British soldiers who find themselves trapped in no man’s land in war-torn France.
In cinematic terms, the First World War plays second fiddle, with a far greater number of World War II films produced in recent times. There are, however, a handful of great World War I movies which show just how global a war it really was.
We start in Australia, and one of Mel Gibson’s early movies. A young, promising athlete, Archy Hamilton, and a group of railroad workers are experiencing the war, and particularly Australia’s part in it, through newspaper reports covering events in Turkey. All are stirred by national pride to sign up, except Gibson’s shady Frank Dunne, »
- Barry Steele
It turns out the golden age of Hollywood wasn't so bright after all. A nefarious side of Hollywood's history has been unveiled in the new book "The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact With Hitler," which explores the U.S. movie industry's apparent contentious dealings with Nazi Germany during the 1930s.
The book's author, Harvard post-doctoral fellow Ben Urwand, combed through archival documents that reportedly uncover negotiations between the two entities. The Hollywood Reporter notes that "collaboration" is a word that appears repeatedly throughout the correspondence, which details agreements to mitigate any unfavorable depictions of Germany or the Nazi Party in American movies. The studios felt compliance was needed because at the time Germany offered the second largest film market in the world and threatened to exclude American films that clashed with Nazi ideology.
Hollywood studios reportedly ran scripts and even finished movies past German officials for approval, according to Urwand's research. Movies »
- Matthew Jacobs
The Hollywood Reporter has run an exclusive excerpt from a new book called "The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact With Hitler," by Harvard postdoctoral fellow Ben Urwand, that chronicles Hollywood's relationship with Nazi Germany, one that runs far deeper than anyone probably estimated.
According to Urwand, Hollywood studios played nice with Germany throughout the 1930s, the decade leading up to World War II, because of the strength of the German market -- especially for American films.
The Nazis first became outraged by 1930's "All Quiet on the Western Front," which is now considered a classic of the war movie genre, taking issue with the way the German soldiers were depicted. After the Nazis successfully lobbied to have the film removed from German theaters, the president of Universal Pictures, Carl Laemmle (a Jew), bent to their will and agreed to edit the film to make the German soldiers appear more heroic, Urwand writes »
- Drew Taylor
Book by a Harvard scholar argues that Us producers in the 1930s 'collaborated' with the Nazis with cuts to films and self-censorship
The author of a controversial book causing a stir in Hollywood for exposing collaboration between the major studios and Nazi Germany in the runup to the second world war has defended his claims to the Observer.
Harvard scholar Ben Urwand, who spent a decade sifting through German and American archives, said: "I want to bring out a hidden episode in Hollywood history and an episode that has not been reported accurately."
Urwand's interpretation of the relationship is disputed by other scholars of the period. He claims that Hollywood studio chiefs, many of them recent eastern European Jewish refugees, enthusiastically worked with Hitler's censors to alter films or even cancel productions entirely in order to protect access to the German film market. "In the 1930s the Hollywood studios not »
- Edward Helmore
Ever since the dawn of the medium, film has been borrowing from outside sources as inspiration for its cinematic endeavors. D.W. Griffith’s controversial Reconstruction epic, The Birth of a Nation, was based on Thomas Dixon’s racist ode to the Kkk, “The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan.” F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu was based on Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel, Dracula (although the film failed to receive permission from the Stoker estate to do so, which almost led to the complete obliteration of the film after a court ordered the destruction of every copy of the movie). Thomas Edison’s The Sneeze is said to have been influenced greatly by Fydor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground.
Okay, so this last one isn’t true, but nevertheless, you get the picture. Hollywood loves to borrow ideas for their films from other narrative-bound arts, always have and always will. »
- Christopher Lominac
Paulette Goddard: An Ideal Husband and Paris Model on TCM Paulette Goddard height: Supposedly 5’4″. Paulette Goddard age: Well… Goddard would have turned 108 today. Or 103. Or 102. Or 98. It all depends on the source, though Goddard herself apparently — and not at all surprisingly — preferred the 1915 birth date, which would have made her 98 years old in 2013. Whether a centenarian or a nonagenarian, Paulette Goddard is Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Day. TCM has already shown several Goddard movies, among them Charles Chaplin’s Modern Times and the Luise Rainer star vehicle Dramatic School, and it’s currently showing An Ideal Husband. (Picture: Paulette Goddard publicity shot, ca. 1940.) Made in England for London Films, An Ideal Husband (1947) was quite a prestigious production so as to justify the presence of a top Hollywood star in a British film. No less a figure than London Films founder Alexander Korda directed this movie adaptation of »
- Andre Soares
It's rare I feel the need to post an item announcing the sale of a particular DVD and/or Blu-ray set, but Universal's 100th Anniversary Collection is a pretty swanky item and Amazon is offering both the DVD and Blu-ray editions at an incredibly marked down rate. Included are 25 films, though there is one difference between the DVD and Blu-ray editions (Click Here). Included in both sets are the 24 films listed below, but the Blu-ray set includes the Spanish version of Bela Lugosi's 1931 Dracula while the DVD set includes Schindler's List, which has since been released on Blu-ray following the initial release of this set: Despicable Me Mamma Mia! The Movie The Bourne Identity The Fast and the Furious Apollo 13 Jurassic Park Do the Right Thing Field of Dreams Out of Africa Back to the Future The Breakfast Club Scarface E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial National Lampoon's Animal House Jaws »
- Brad Brevet
Welcome to We Got This Covered’s Deals of the Day. In this brand new column, we’ll be scouring the web in order to bring you hot deals on Blu-Rays and video games. Today, we’ve found one very special Blu-Ray deal that we wanted to bring to your attention. Check it out below.
1) Universal 100th Anniversary Collection
Featured as the Blu-Ray Deal of the Week on Amazon, the Universal 100th Anniversary Collection is on sale for 57% off today, which makes it just $149.99. Included for that price is 25, yes 25, classic Universal films. You’ll get Academy Award winners like To Kill A Mockingbird, blockbusters like Jaws and classics like Scarface.
The full list of films is as follows:
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Dracula (1931) Drácula (1931) Buck Privates (1941) Pillow Talk (1959) Spartacus (1960) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) The Birds (1963) American Graffiti (1973) The Sting (1973) Jaws (1975) National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) E.T. »
- Matt Joseph
In anticipation of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, Sasha Stone, put together this wonderful montage, which features footage from all 84 past Best Picture winners. It’s a fine reminder that the best films never win as evidenced by the appearance of such movies as Crash and Shakespeare in Love.
The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24th on ABC at 8:30 Et.
Here is the list of winners:
2011 - The Artist 2010 - The King’s Speech 2009 - The Hurt Locker 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire 2007 - No Country for Old Men 2006 - The Departed 2005 - Crash 2004 - Million Dollar Baby 2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2002 - Chicago 2001 - A Beautiful Mind 2000 - Gladiator 1999 - American Beauty 1998 - Shakespeare in Love 1997 - Titanic 1996 - The English Patient 1995 - Braveheart 1994 - Forrest Gump 1993 - Schindler’s List 1992 - Unforgiven 1991 - The Silence of the Lambs 1990 - Dances With Wolves »
Vimeo user Nelson Carvajal created the following 4:09 minute video, which features a brief snippet from every single Best Picture Oscar winner from Wings to The Artists and everything in-between. He even added clips from this year's nominees -- Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, Django Unchained and Beasts of the Southern Wild -- at the end in prep for this Sunday's, 2013 Oscar ceremony. I am busy putting together my final predictions for this year's ceremony and at this point I'm not sure there's anything I'd change. I will be posting an article with all my predictions soon enough, but if you'd like to check them out, you can do so right here. I've included a list of all the Best Picture winners directly below the video. 2011 - The Artist 2010 - The King's Speech 2009 - The Hurt Locker 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire 2007 - »
- Brad Brevet
Apropos of nothing other than my urge to throw a tuesday top ten at you, my favorite films of the 1930s. The order and even the titles might be different if you ask me tomorrow, but you didn't ask me tomorrow. I asked me today.
With apologies to: Min & Bill, "M", Grand Hotel, All Quiet on the Western Front, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Jezebel and many more. Which 30s movies do you love most and have you seen all of these?
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- NATHANIEL R
The Academy has just revealed 84 different Oscar statuettes inspired by past winners and created by artist Olly Moss for a special edition poster for this year's Oscars. The poster, which collects all 84 images (plus a new one for this year's winner) is on sale now right here. Moss designed the commemorative poster in collaboration with Gallery1988 and the final poster will feature 85 Oscar statuettes once the winner of this year's Oscars is announced on February 24. The press release announcing the project included the following bio on Moss, whose work I'm sure many of you are already familiar with: Moss, a graduate of the University of Birmingham, is best known for such works as the Thor cast poster for Marvel Entertainment, the cover artwork for the "Resistance 3" video game, and his recent book "Silhouettes" from Popular Culture. One of the most sought-after screen print artists working today, Moss has created illustrations »
- Brad Brevet
Our countdown continues with part 26 out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 50-41.
49) All Quiet On The Western Front (1930) Louis Millstone USA
48) The French Connection (1971) William Freidken USA
44) M.A.S.H. (1970) Robert Altman USA
43) Fantasia (1940) Walt Disney USA Animated
42) Amadeus (1984) Milos Foreman USA
Numbers 40-31 coming next.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
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