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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
It's Tuesday so that obviously means we're looking at the new DVDs and Blu-rays this week and we also return to the conversation regarding Gravity as a masterpiece and just the overall idea of a movie (or any piece of art for that matter) being declared an immediate masterpiece. We also talk about the Moviepass idea, the camera clicks in "Scandal" and answer your questions and play a few games. Hope you enjoy! Also, if you are on Twitter, we have a new Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll »
- Brad Brevet
Hulkamania is about to run wild all over Toronto's Fan Expo when Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea opens up like never before for a no holds barred, falls count anywhere, no-disqualification Q&A session he's calling "Hulk Hogan: Uncensored."
Moderated by former WCW president Eric Bischoff inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's John Bassett Theatre, the Friday night event requires a separate ticket from Fan Expo proper, but will give Canadian Hulkamanics the opportunity to go one-on-one with The Hulkster and ask him anything they want.
Turns out they deserve it, because when we caught up with Hogan for our own Q&A, he revealed that fans played an important role in bringing him out from his post-divorce depression and his son's legal troubles to what is now the happiest time in his life.
HuffPost TV: This is the first time you've done any kind of convention appearance like this in Canada, »
- HuffPost Canada TV
Paul Henreid: Hollow Triumph aka The Scar tonight Turner Classic Movies’ Paul Henreid film series continues this Tuesday evening, July 16, 2013. Of tonight’s movies, the most interesting offering is Hollow Triumph / The Scar, a 1948 B thriller adapted by Daniel Fuchs (Panic in the Streets, Love Me or Leave Me) from Murray Forbes’ novel, and in which the gentlemanly Henreid was cast against type: a crook who, in an attempt to escape from other (and more dangerous) crooks, impersonates a psychiatrist with a scar on his chin. Joan Bennett, mostly wasted in a non-role, is Henreid’s leading lady. (See also: “One Paul Henreid, Two Cigarettes, Four Bette Davis-es.”) The thriller’s director is Hungarian import Steve Sekely, whose Hollywood career consisted chiefly of minor B fare. In fact, though hardly a great effort, Hollow Triumph was probably the apex of Sekely’s cinematic output in terms of prestige »
- Andre Soares
Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) ultimate movie star showcase – Summer Under the Stars – returns this August for its 11th year as TCM pays tribute to 31 different stars in 31 days.
Sixteen of this year’s stars are being celebrated for the first time duringSummer Under the Stars, including Oscar® winners Joan Fontaine (Aug. 6), Mickey Rooney (Aug. 13), Wallace Beery (Aug. 17), Hattie McDaniel (Aug. 20), Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith (Aug. 22), Charles Coburn (Aug. 24), Martin Balsam(Aug. 27), Shirley Jones (Aug. 28) and Rex Harrison (Aug. 31). Also featured for the first time will be silent heartthrob Ramón Novarro (Aug. 8); legendary French actressCatherine Deneuve (Aug. 12), whose day features six films making their TCM debuts; Ann Blyth (Aug. 16), whose marathon will air on her 85th birthday; and Mary Boland (Aug. 4) and Glenda Farrell (Aug. 29), two outstanding character actresses who never received the recognition they deserved. They will join 15 returning favorites, including Humphrey Bogart (Aug. 1), Doris Day (Aug. 2), Charlton Heston (Aug. »
- Melissa Thompson
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is planning a remake of 1990 blockbuster ‘Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi’ and this time it's not with Aamir Khan but with his all time favorite Emraan Hashmi. Instead of casting the original actor of the movie Aamir Khan, Mahesh Bhatt decided to remake the film with Emraan. Released in 1991, ‘Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi’ starred Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhaat in the lead. The leading actress of the film is not yet decided but it is learnt that the storyline will be the same as the original. "The film I directed was modeled on It Happened One Night by Frank Capra, but didn't do justice to the hero's character. With this »
After giving the audiences a stupendous hit Aashiqui 2 at the Bo this year, T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar and Vishesh Films have decided to come together yet again. This time round, they have announced their next venture, which is the remake of 1991's smash hit Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, that starred Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt, and was directed by Mahesh Bhatt Speaking about this, an ecstatic Bhushan Kumar said, "We were confident that Aashiqui 2 will do well, so I went to Bhatt saab asking him to revive my father's and his other hit Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin. That's how we have joined hands in making another love story. While discussing on prospective actors and script, we thought of Emraan Hashmi. He is a very fine actor. We think Emraan will do complete justice to the role." Says Mahesh Bhatt, "The film I directed was modelled »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Tickets are currently on sale for a special screening of Frank Capra's 1933 film Lady for a Day at the Paramount. On hand to introduce the movie, and to talk more about classic films in general, will be film critic and historian Leonard Maltin. Maltin was one of the proponents for making this movie available on Blu-ray, and the event will include a rare 35mm projection of the classic, thanks to a loan from the Capra estate.
Lady for a Day is early Capra, made before he really burst on the scene with his big hit It Happened One Night. It's adapted from a Damon Runyon story by Robert Riskin, who continued to team up with Capra on many other movies in the 1930s and early 1940s.
- Elizabeth Stoddard
The Big Wedding is opening in theaters nationwide this week, which makes it the perfect time to rank the all-time best movies in the wedding-run-amok rom-com subgenre. Because this type of romantic comedy has been around since the 1930s, there are plenty of contenders, however movies like The Hangover or Wedding Crashers don't really qualify. After all, the movies we're focusing on are both wedding-centric and sweet; rom-coms that we could take our great aunts to, not raunchy, hard-r comedies that we'd watch with our drinking buddies.
So, will it be a Julia Roberts movie that takes the top spot or will a classic black-and-white flick reign supreme? Cast your vote now for the best rom-com to ever tie the knot on the silver screen.
Rate the Top 10 Best Wedding-Run-Amok Romantic Comedies >>
Link | Posted 4/23/2013 by reelz
- reelz staff
You see them on the bottom on movie posters, on DVD covers and in trailers. Those short, snappy sentences or few words emblazoned above the title of the film are taglines. They usually convey a sense of the plot, the genre, the stars or the overall feel of the film. Chances are you've seen Jurassic Park's tagline - "An adventure 65 million years in the making" - splashed across posters or on the box of a well-loved VHS tape.
Taglines are a marketing tool that’s been used to drive audiences to theatres since the early days of cinema, appearing on posters for classic movies like It Happened One Night, reminding viewers that two of the silver screen’s biggest stars, Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert were appearing “Together for the first time!”
While a tagline like that could refer to just about any movie, we've carefully selected ten taglines »
- Rachel West
Sony Pictures Television Networks this fall will bow getTV, a broadcast digital subchannel stocked with 3,500-plus movies from Sony’s studio archives, and announced initial pact with Univision Television Group to carry net in 24 markets.
Univision stations carrying getTV (in English) in 24 markets include 17 of top 20 designated market areas, representing more than 50 million homes and accounting for 44% of all U.S. TV households, according to companies.
Terms of Spt deal with Univision were not disclosed. Spt said it’s in discussions with other stations groups about distributing net.
“The over-the-air market provides a significant growth opportunity for our channels business,” Spt prexy Andy Kaplan said in announcing getTV. “We recognize the demand for premium content that appeals to audiences of all ages, which is exactly what getTV will offer.”
- Todd Spangler
The holy grail of customer satisfaction as well as an artistic taboo, the happy ending can be played out in many ways. Which films would you add to this list?
This week Clip joint is from John Carvill, who previously wrote on subjects as varied as taking the train and 'meet cutes'. If you've got an idea for a future clip joint, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During a key scene in The Player, Robert Altman's shrewdly meta-fictional Hollywood movie about how Hollywood makes movies, studio executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) languidly enumerates to June Gudmundsdottir (Greta Scacchi), the elements a script needs if it is to become one of the dozen or so per year that Griffin's studio can green light for production: "Suspense, laughter, violence … hope, heart … nudity, sex … happy endings." Griffin pauses, then concludes: "Mainly happy endings."
Happy endings, being both a holy grail of »
- Guardian readers
I'm going to start by telling you about a book I just started reading, titled "The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend" by Glenn Frankel and I'm hooked after only the first 25 pages. The main thing to note is that while Frankel delves into the making of John Ford's The Searchers, a film considered by the AFI to be the #1 American Western of all-time, his primary focus is the story that inspired it and how the film stuck to that story and diverted from it. Now, again, I'm only 25 pages in, which is hardly enough reading to give any kind of review of a 416 page book, so I'll let the book's description do the rest of the talking: In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches. She was raised by the tribe and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years after her capture, »
- Brad Brevet
(Note: This review pertains to the UK Region 2 Pal format release available on www.amazon.co.uk)
By Adrian Smith
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Cecil B. DeMille will always be remembered for his lavish historical epics like The Ten Commandments (1923 and again in 1956), Sign of the Cross (1932) and Samson and Delilah (1949). However, with over one hundred and sixty credits as either director or producer, he also worked in plenty of other genres. Following two flops, This Day and Age (1933) and Four Frightened People (1934), Paramount head Adolph Zukor insisted he try to replicate the success of Sign of the Cross with another visual spectacle. DeMille agreed and cast Claudette Colbert in the lead role of Cleopatra (she had already starred in both Sign of the Cross and Four Frightened People and was about to win the Oscar for It Happened one Night (1934)).
The plot focuses on Cleopatra's »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
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 »
It's only a few days until the Academy Awards and what better way to prepare than refresh our memory -- or quiz our cinephile selves -- on all the Best Picture winners from star to finish? This Oscar homage video made by Vimeo user Nelson Carvajal looks back on 84 years of award winning cinema, reminding us of the many monumental films that lit up our screens since the beginning. Between the the first silent Oscar winner "Wings" at the 1927/1928 awards to latest with last year's "The Artist," the video collages together some of the most memorable shots of films like "It Happened One Night," "Ben-Hur," "Rain Man," "Schindler's List," "American Beauty" and more. While many may be films we all own in our collections, the earlier clips are refreshers of the great movies that inspired them. The video ends with shots from each of this year's nine nominees, leaving us »
- Erin Whitney
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 Oscars will be presented live this weekend, and we'll see who walks away with the top prizes. One of the frontrunners is Jennifer Lawrence in the Best Actress category for her phenomenal performance in Silver Linings Playbook, and while she's already been honored at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes, the actress was given a tribute at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. It might seem a little early since her career just seems to be taking off, but the 12-minute sizzle reel they've crafted shows why Lawrence deserves so much praise for the work she's done thus far. She should be around for quite a while. Here's the Santa Barbara Film Festival's sizzle reel for Jennifer Lawrence (via Hollywood Elsewhere): Personally, I love how they lead into Lawrence's generation of actresses by using great, iconic clips of Claduette Colbert in It Happened One Night, Diane Keaton »
- Ethan Anderton
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
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