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NEWSCahiers du Cinéma has revealed its Top 10 of 2016:Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)Elle (Paul Verhoeven)The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn)Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho)Ma Loute (Bruno Dumont)Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar)Rester Vertical (Alain Guiraudie)La loi de la jungle (Antonin Peretjatko)Carol (Todd Haynes)Le bois dont les rêves sont faits (Claire Simon)Slamdance Film Festival has announced its 23rd edition, starting with its narrative and documentary feature film competition lineup. Variety has the full announcement.
Dennis Hopper's personal record collection is now on sale via Moda Operandi.Recommended VIEWINGWes Anderson has delivered a Christmas themed advertisement for H&M. Pietro Marcello's Lost and Beautiful gets a gorgeous new trailer via Grasshopper Film.A welcome meeting between three giants of world cinema: Q&A with Carlos Reygadas & Apichatpong Weerasethakul introduced by Béla Tarr.Recommended READINGThe ambitious new issue of Lola is now available, and it »
On this day in history as it relates to showbiz...
1873 Wc Handy famous musician is born in Alabama. The first credited use of his music in a movie was in the original Scarface (1932). That same song "St Louis Blues" is his most popular with Hollywood and has been used in dozens of movies since including The Aviator and The Great Gatbsy recently. But Blue Jasmine got all feisty and went with "Aunt Hagar's Blues" instead.
1889 Playwright George S Kaufman is born. He wins two Pulitzers and his work has been adapted to films many times including classics like You Can't Take It With You, Dinner at Eight, The Man Who Came to Dinner and Stage Door.
1907 Oklahoma becomes the 46th State »
- NATHANIEL R
Hope you guys made some extra room in your wallets for all the cash you’ll undoubtedly be shelling out this week (love me some “dad humor”), as August 23rd boasts an awesome selection of horror and sci-fi Blu-ray and DVD releases, all capped off by the home entertainment debuts of both season one of Ash vs Evil Dead and the sixth season of The Walking Dead.
Arrow Video is giving the cult classic The Bloodstained Butterfly an HD overhaul for their impressive-looking two-disc Special Edition release that arrives this Tuesday, and Scream Factory is doing the same for another cult classic, Psycho IV: The Beginning. Kino Lorber is releasing a Blu-ray for Chandu The Magician this week, and we’ve also got a DVD and Blu release for Jon Watts’ Clown to look forward to as well.
Other notable releases for August 23rd include Der Bunker, The Ultimate Vincent Price Collection, »
- Heather Wixson
"The Furniture" is our weekly series on Production Design. Here's Daniel Walber...
Hobie Doyle is out of his element. Tossed from the great outdoors into the drawing room by the head of the studio, Alden Ehrenreich’s cowboy careens into words with hilarious indelicacy. It might be the single funniest scene in the Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar!, now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, or at least a close second place to the hysterical clerical debate. It also has one of the most interesting sets, if not the flashiest.
The production in question is "Merrily We Dance," a genteel comedy by the director Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes). A hodge-podge of George Cukor and Noel Coward, he stands in for the not-quite-closeted geniuses of the era. The film, which seems to fall somewhere between Private Lives and Dinner at Eight, sends a jilted lover to an upscale party from which the hostess has absconded to Lake Onondaga »
- Daniel Walber
Relatively few films from Fox Pictures (before they became Twentieth Century Fox) are readily available: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans is the big one. The modest caper Black Sheep wouldn't be high on the list for reissue: stars Edmund Lowe and Claire Trevor aren't too well-remembered, though he's in Dinner at Eight and she's in Stagecoach. Despite a large cast of supporting players, rotund character man Eugene Pallette is the only other really familiar figure, though founding Keystone Kop Ford Sterling has a good bit as a ship's detective.We're on a transatlantic liner, see, and there are warnings posted about professional gamblers: The Lady Eve territory, before Sturges thought of it. Lowe is such a gambler, but he's a swell guy really. Trevor plays an actress, which is no stretch, and the two have real chemistry. He has a debonair manner and a mellifluous voice—and a drunk scene, »
5 items from 2016
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