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Watch Audrey Hepburn Make Her Film Debut in a 1948 Travel Documentary

Not many Hollywood actors make their film debut in a documentary, but there have been a few over time. Ten-year-old Steve Martin was unintentionally in Disneyland Dream, Rod Taylor performed in reenactments for the commemorative short Inland with Sturt and, while not his first movie appearance, Arnold Schwarzenegger sort of broke out with Pumping Iron. Orson Welles got his first film credit as narrator of Joris Ivens's The Spanish Earth, though his voice was actually replaced with that of Ernest HemingwayAudrey Hepburn similarly was initially captured on celluloid for a nonfiction work: 1948's Dutch in Seven Lessons. This postwar travelogue from eventual Oscar winner Charles van der Linden and Heinz Josephson had its premiere on this day 65 years ago (although...

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Is Dinesh D'Souza's Anti-Obama Movie Truly Ahead of Michael Moore, Al Gore Docs in North America?

2016 movie still trailing Michael Moore, Al Gore 2016 Obama's America, Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's anti-Obama documentary, has surpassed the concert movie Katy Perry: Part of Me to become the second highest-grossing non-fiction film released in North America in 2012. By Sunday evening, D'Souza and Sullivan's right-wing doc -- current cume according to the web site Box Office Mojo stands at an estimated $27.66 million (as of Wed., September 13) -- should have also surpassed the nature doc Chimpanzee ($28.97 million) to become the year's top documentary in the United States and Canada. Worldwide, 2016 -- a 100% domestic sleeper hit like, say, the Tyler Perry movies (which have no audience overseas) -- remains behind both Chimpanzee (another domestic-only release) and Katy Perry: Part of Me. (Please scroll down for more details about the box-office performances of non-fiction films worldwide both in 2012 and "all-time.") As per numerous box-office reports, as the sixth biggest non-fiction film ever (or rather,
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TCM To Present World Television Premiere Of Stanley Kubrick.s Rarely Seen First Film, Fear And Desire

Allegorical War Drama Highlights TCM.s Dec. 14 Salute

to The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to make movie history this December when it presents the world television premiere of Fear and Desire (1953), the rarely seen debut film by legendary director Stanley Kubrick. Premiering Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. (Et), the allegorical war drama from the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and The Shining (1980) will be the centerpiece of an extraordinary 24-hour marathon honoring the preservation efforts of the Motion Picture Department at George Eastman House. TCM host Robert Osborne will be joined by Jared Case, Head of Cataloguing and Access at George Eastman House, to present 15 cinematic rarities from one of the country.s leading moving-image archives.

TCM.s Dec. 14 salute to the Motion Picture Collection at George Eastman House will begin at 6:15 a.m. (Et) with The Blue Bird
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Stanley Kubrick's 'Fear and Desire' premieres on TCM

Stanley Kubrick's 'Fear and Desire' premieres on TCM
Fear and Desire, the 1953 debut film of a young Look magazine photographer named Stanley Kubrick, will have its world television premiere on Turner Classics Movies on Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Starring Frank Silvera, Paul Mazursky, and Kenneth Harp, Fear and Desire is an existential anti-war drama about a lost platoon whose journey to safety is complicated by an encounter with a mysterious woman.

Kubrick, who shot the film quickly with a crew of about 15 people, was never especially proud of his maiden effort, calling it a “a bumbling amateur film exercise.” It quickly disappeared from theaters despite some critical accolades,
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David Strathairn, Molly Parker, Parker Posey, Rodrigo Santoro, Tony Shalhoub, Lars Ulrich, and More Join Hemingway & Gellhorn

David Strathairn, Molly Parker, Parker Posey, Rodrigo Santoro, Tony Shalhoub, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Santiago Cabrera, Saverio Guerra, Peter Coyote, and Diane Baker have joined the cast of Hemingway & Gellhorn. The HBO film tells the story of Ernest Hemingway (played by Clive Owen) and Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman), two literary minds who challenged each other throughout a “tumultuous romance and subsequent five-year marriage.” (Gellhorn reportedly inspired one of Hemingway’s most acclaimed novels, For Whom the Bell Tolls.) Philip Kaufman (Quills) is set to direct; James Gandolfini will executive produce. Hit the jump for the character breakdown. Courtesy of Deadline: David Strathairn -- John Dos Passos, American writer and friend of Hemingway Molly Parker -- Pauline, Hemingway's second wife Parker Posey -- Mary, Hemingway's fourth wife Rodrigo Santoro -- Zarra, a Spanish Loyalist and friend of Dos Passos Lars Ulrich -- Joris Ivens, the Dutch documentarian of The Spanish Earth Santiago Cabrera -- Robert Capa,
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HBO Builds Cast For 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'

A slew of actors have joined Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman in the HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn. The biopic, exec produced by James Gandolfini and directed by Phil Kaufman, recounts the tumultuous romance and subsequent marriage of literary master Ernest Hemingway (Owen) and up-and-coming war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Kidman), following them through the Spanish Civil War and beyond. David Strathairn, who just won an Emmy for another HBO biopic, Temple Grandin, will play famous American writer and Hemingway friend John Dos Passos. Molly Parker will play Hemingway's second wife, Pauline. Parker Posey will play his fourth wife, Mary. Rodrigo Santoro will play play Zarra, a Spanish Loyalist and friend of Dos Passos. Lars Ulrich will play Joris Ivens, the Dutch documentarian of The Spanish Earth. Santiago Cabrera will portray famous war photographer Robert Capa. Saverio Guerra will play Hemingway's close friend Sidney Franklin, and Peter Coyote will play his editor Maxwell Perkins.
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