13 items from 2013
Directed by Walter Forde.
The Four Just Men are a secret group of British operatives dedicated to keeping the country's overseas interests secure. When he is rescued from a cell, James Terry is able to reveal to his fellow members what he has learnt about a plot to sabotage the Suez Canal and, ultimately, destroy the British Empire.
Patriotism and propaganda; not usually the best elements for creating original and effective cinema and so it proves here.
A slightly confused - though certainly energetic - remake of a 1921 silent film (which was in turn based on writer Edgar Wallace's 1905 novel and subsequent follow ups), much of the enjoyment found in The Four Just Men comes from the details. The buildings, costumes and indeed the »
- Flickering Myth
For 25 years the magazine has chronicled the births, marriages and lovely homes of the stars – and it has changed the media's agenda
So many contracts have been signed and so many celebrity parties photographed since the first edition of Hello! went on sale in Britain 25 years ago, it is hard to pick out the most celebrated. Would it perhaps be the wedding of Paul and Sheryl Gascoigne in 1996, or perhaps one of Elton John's regular white tie and tiara affairs? Only a few of the big ones, such as Madonna's marriage to Guy Ritchie at Skibo castle in 2000, have eluded its pages. On Wednesday, however, the magazine's joint editors, Rosie Nixon and Ruth Sullivan, will be throwing a party of their own in London "to say thank you to those who have contributed to the magazine over the years".
"It is going to be a glamorous cocktail party and very exciting, »
- Vanessa Thorpe
“Walter, you’re wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way”
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star in one of the fastest-talking screwball comedies–make that movies–ever made. His Girl Friday is a clever script teeming with fab dialogue, delivered by a top-notch cast, and captured by one of the best directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age; Howard Hawks. You can see His Girl Friday this Saturday morning (May 10th) at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, May 10th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117.
Admission is only $5.
The second screen version of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, His Girl Friday changed hard-driving newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson from a man to a woman, transforming the story into a scintillating battle of the sexes. Rosalind Russell plays Hildy, about to foresake »
- Tom Stockman
Throughout the day we’ve been running interviews with the cast of Iron Man 3, to mark the film’s UK release. We’re finishing off with what was by far our favourite interview: director, Shane Black and writer Drew Pearce.
We say ‘interview’, because in the near half-hour we spent with them, we only managed to shoehorn in around ten questions. Really it was a case of sitting back, watching the banter and occasionally trying to steer the pair back onto the film when they went off course.
Check it out below, where they discuss their thoughts on the franchise, living with one another while developing the movie and Black’s love of Steve Coogan. Spoilers are hinted at…
Their thoughts on the first Iron Man as a character and the franchise so far
- Ben Mortimer
Cher knows a bit about strong women making their way in the world.This knowledge helped her she picked movies for TCM's "A Woman's World: The Defining Era of Women on Film" starting Friday (April 5).
"They wanted to show women from several different lights in the war years, and wanted to show how integral women were as nurses in the war, as women in the war, in the workforce, staying home, to show how women were able to cope with the war, and how we could not have won without them even though they did not get accolades, and were told to leave the minute the men came home," Cher tells Zap2it. "The war freed them -- they were mothers and wives that was their role."
Cher isn’t often an opening act, but in this case she’s obviously Ok with it. On Friday she’ll join Robert Osborne to help kick off TCM‘s new weekly film showcase Friday Night Spotlight. She’ll introduce a collection of films built around a certain theme, and will be featured each Friday this month. The overall theme this month is “A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women in Film,” and feature such classics as Mildred Pierce, The Best Years of Our Lives, His Girl Friday and The Women. It’s a very busy time for Cher, as the celebrated singer and Academy [...] »
- Stacey Harrison
At first glance, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) looks like any gangly teenage boy. He's sprawled across a tiny twin bed, fully-clothed and napping. A beam of late afternoon sunlight shines across his chest. His Girl Friday plays on a TV in the background. All of the sudden, he wakes. He leaves his room and enters the hallway. Norman is unsteady on his feet as if drugged or in some type of drunken stupor. He calls out for his mother with no response. He wanders from room to room. Norman spots a steaming iron in the living room and dinner bubbling on the stove in the kitchen. He wanders into the basement and sees his father lying on the floor, apparently trapped under a heavy shelf. There's been an accident, and this is the premiere episode of Bates Motel, which tells the story of Norman Bates and his beloved mother, characters »
Cher, the Oscar®, Emmy®, Grammy®, Cannes Film Festival and three-time Golden Globe® award winner is set to be the first host of Friday Night Spotlight, a brand new film showcase launching April 5 on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). TCM host Robert Osborne will join Cher to kick off the franchise with A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women in Film, a collection of 17 films handpicked by Cher to illustrate the evolving roles of women from the late 1930s to the early ’50s. Each month thereafter, Friday Night Spotlight will feature a celebrity or expert host who will take viewers through a collection of films focusing on a specific topic.
A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women in Film will start Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m. (Et) with Cher and Osborne hosting a night of movies focusing on motherhood, beginning with Joan Crawford’s Oscar®-winning performance in »
- Michelle McCue
Article by Dan Clark
The Academy Awards have a long tradition of awarding the best and the brightest in the world of movies. Hollywood’s biggest night is the ideal time for film legends to be recognized. Unfortunately the Oscars are also well known for dropping the ball on occasion. Some of the best actors to ever have graced the silver screen never hoisted that golden statue. Sure they attempt to remedy that at times by giving out Honorary Awards to make up for their biggest oversights, but to me that’s nothing more than a giant comp out. With that in mind I have compiled a list of the greatest actors to never have won an Oscar. Like the Oscars I’m sure there are many that deserve to be on this list that didn’t make the cut so feel free to honor them in the comment section »
The following "Auditions at a Glance" calendar conveniently organizes projects by the date and day-of-the-week that the projects' auditions are taking place, to help you schedule your plans. Click on any of the following links to see the casting and job notices related to the dates and project titles highlighted below. Thu. Feb. 14 • 'His Girl Friday' • 'PrizeFighting' • 'The Soulies of Milgarden' Fri. Feb. 15 • AI, 'Paper Flowers' Old Globe Theatre Summer Shakespeare Festival 2013 • 'PrizeFighting' • 'The Soulies of Milgarden' Sat. Feb. 16 • AI, 'Paper Flowers' • 'End of the Rainbow' • 'Fun' & 'Nobody' • 'PrizeFighting' • 'Take Me Back!' The Musical • 'The Dead Girl' • 'Waiting to Wake to Our Future Better Selves' Sun. Feb. 17 • 'D.A.M.E. (The Test)' • 'Love My Truck Drivin' Man' • 'Route 66' • 'Secret Garden' & 'How to Succeed...' • 'The Great American Trailer Park Musical' • 'Trouble with »
It’s nearly universally agreed upon that Alfred Hitchcock is one of the best – if not the very best – directors to have ever lived. The Master of Suspense made pictures that succeeded in the silent and sound eras. His films ranged from suspense horror to film noir to romantic comedies. Complex stories and chilling plot twists aided Mr. Hitchcock in perpetually keeping his audience entertained.
But perhaps what is most striking in Hitchcock’s filmography is the superb acting. Many of the performances he got from his actors were their career best, so it’s no wonder that Hollywood legends like James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and Ingrid Bergman wanted to work with him on multiple occasions. Though Hitchcock reportedly stated that, in film, “the director is God” and that actors “should be treated like cattle,” there’s no denying that the acting performances in his films are part »
- Nicholas Fulton
At the risk of stating the obvious and redundant, there are a lot of directors out there and so this series could merrily run for years, but in the interests of avoiding modern-centricity (yes, it’s a word. I know it is because I thought of it just now) let’s tuck into the resumé of Howard Hawks, who covered an astonishing amount of ground during his 44-year career, not only navigating the stylistic transition to sound, but moving from genre to genre while still delivering some of the best-regarded films of those genres.
Crime films, screwball comedies, westerns, melodrama – a truly versatile director who has left a CV peppered with bona fide classics. If you’re not sure, let me show you…………..
We have to start here. Not necessarily because it is his best film (though if it is not, it cannot be far off) but »
- Dave Roper
Now that the year has come to an end, and all the top tens have come out of the woodwork, certain films continue to fly under the radar, either due to lack of distribution or a general lack of interest—even with established auteurs like Johnnie To. As with his romantic-comedy (see: not an action film) Don’t Go Breaking My Heart last year, Romancing in Thin Air has dodged critical appreciation, having avoided major festivals, and in the little press it has received, has sometimes been dismissed as a slight effort outside of To’s wheelhouse (i.e. gangster & crime pictures). However, To’s weaving in and out of his action staples and “romantic” comedy/dramas (for the record, all of his films are romantic) is more akin to Howard Hawks alternating between his westerns, crime films, and melodramas—from The Big Sleep to Red River to His Girl Friday »
- Adam Cook
13 items from 2013