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19 items from 2012


Romola Garai on The Hour, Domineering Women, and Pretend Journalism

28 November 2012 11:45 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If they shared the same fictional TV world, The Hour’s Bel Rowley would have become executive producer of a BBC news magazine in 1957, a few years before Mad Men’s Peggy Olson took a secretary job at Sterling Cooper. But Romola Garai says Bel is the brilliant fantasy of Abi Morgan’s sexy period drama, equal parts Broadcast News and The Philadelphia Story, in which her character runs ably alongside the men. Garai, whose recent credits include the miniseries The Crimson Petal and White and the film adaptation of David Nicholls’s One Day, rang Vulture from London this week to talk about where we pick up in season two (premiering today at 9 Est on BBC America) and why the actress thinks Bel wound up less loud and demanding than she could have been.How have things changed for Bel since the end of season one?Eight months have »

- Denise Martin

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David Nicholls: Adapting Great Expectations for the screen

16 November 2012 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

David Nicholls, author of the hit novel One Day, has always loved Dickens's novel. As the film version is about to be released, he reveals how he set about his adaptation

Read a book at the right age and it will stay with you for life. For some people it's Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, but for me it is Great Expectations. I first read it at 14 or so and, apart from some infatuations with Orwell, Fitzgerald, Salinger and Hardy, it has remained my favourite novel ever since. By some miracle, a story written in the mid-1850s had captured much of how I felt in a small provincial town at the end of the 1970s.

Yet if I saw myself in the book, it wasn't a particularly flattering portrait. It's clear why a young reader might aspire to be Elizabeth Bennet, but who would want to be Pip Pirrip? »

- David Nicholls

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Locarno Film Festival to Show Complete George Cukor Retrospective at 2013 Fest

5 November 2012 6:25 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

My Fair Lady” director George Cukor has been selected as the subject of the Locarno International Film Festival’s 2013 retrospective. In addition, fest organizers have solidified the selection committee for the 66th annual Locarno event, which runs August 7-17 next year. Organized in collaboration with the Cinémathèque suisse and the National Film Museum in Turin, the Cukor retrospective will showcase all of the Oscar-winning director’s works over the 11 days of the festival. Among his films are “Camille,” “A Star Is Born,” “Heller in Pink Tights,” “The Blue Bird,” “The Philadelphia Story” and “Adam’s Rib.” Several panel discussions on Cukor’s work will take place, and the festival audience will have the opportunity attend a round-table chaired by Locarno curator Roberto Turigliatto. “For some years now the Festival has undertaken a re-reading of »

- Jay A. Fernandez

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New York Auditions at a Glance - Oct. 18 - Nov. 8

16 October 2012 12:58 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

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. Oct. 18 • 'Assistance (Greed)', Pa• 'Gee's Bend', Ar • 'Hard Times: An American Musical' • 'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' • Nyfa, 'Love Song' • Nyu, 'Leftovers' • 'The Lion King', Dancers, B'way & Tour Fri. Oct. 19 • 'Assistance (Greed)', Pa • 'Gee's Bend', Ar • 'Million Dollar Quartet', Us Tour • 'Silence! The Musical' Sat. Oct. 20 • 'Puppet Romeo & Juliet' • Restoration NYC Metro Area Mass Choir • Sarah Lawrence College Short Film Projects • 'The History Boys' • Wesleyan, 'Driven' • 'Woman, Behold, Thy Son!' Sun. Oct. 21 • 'The History Boys' • 'A Christmas Carol', NYC & Costa Rica Mon. Oct. 22 • 'A Christmas Carol', »

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Interview: Hot TV Role for Teri Reeves on New Series ‘Chicago Fire’

9 October 2012 9:03 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The Windy City has a new television show set here, and all last summer the cast of “Chicago Fire” have been busy shooting the series for the fall season. One of the main characters, Hallie Thomas, is a major TV role breakout for actress Teri Reeves. “Chicago Fire” makes it’s premiere on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012, on NBC at 10pm Et/9pm Central.

Teri Reeves was born in Castro Valley, California, and has been a working actress for over five years. She was inspired to go into acting by watching Katharine Hepburn in “The Philadelphia Story,” and pursued her education all the way up to a Masters degree in Fine Arts. After several smaller roles in television, she was featured in an original political series made for the Hulu TV website called “Battleground.” She auditioned for “Chicago Fire” from that series base, and will play Hallie Thomas – a hospital »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Wizard of Oz Gets 3D Conversion in Honor of Warner Bros.' 90th Anniversary

3 October 2012 3:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. announced today that the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will be fully restored and converted into 3D, as a part of the studio's 90th Anniversary celebration next year. The film is currently being restored and will be released on Blu-ray 3D in either September or October of next year. The studio also announced a number of massive Blu-ray and DVD collections to celebrate their diverse catalog. Take a look at the studio's 90th Anniversary logo, and then read the full press release for more details.

One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture studios in the world, Warner Bros. began when the eponymous brothers - Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack - incorporated on April 4, 1923. Four years later, the release of The Jazz Singer, the world's first "talkie," set a tone of innovation and influence that would forever become synonymous with the Warner Bros. brand. Soon to be 90, Warner Bros. »

- MovieWeb

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TCM Movies channel launching in HD on Sky

31 August 2012 2:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Turner Broadcasting has today (August 31) announced that its TCM movies channel will get a high-definition simulcast on Sky next month. Marking the launch of Turner Classic Movies HD at channel 317 on Sky on September 4, the channel will show three weeks of some of the greatest movies of all time. This includes a first week featuring masterpieces such as Ben Hur, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Casablanca and The Philadelphia Story, all shown in HD.

From September 10, the channel will launch 'HD Western Week', involving films such as The Searchers, How the West Was Won and Rio Bravo. That will be followed by 'HD Musicals Week' from September 17, showcasing favourites including The King and I, The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Also celebrating the HD launch (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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Curio: Leslye's Film Life

28 August 2012 5:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Alexa here. There's nothing I love more than reading a fan memoir, or more adequately put, a life story as told through beloved music or film.  Some of Pauline Kael's reviews read that way to me. I also enjoyed Nick Hornby's Songbook.  Right now I'm reading The Film That Changed My Life, which compiles some amazing interviews with directors about that favorite, pivotal film that changed things. I was similarly moved reading Leslye's great post, which reminded me of how films have shaped me, and also how my life shaped my viewing of certain films. Being at my most depressed helped add to my love of The Big Lebowski, as it finally lifted me from the funk. And seeing Rosemary's Baby during puberty, when I felt my body was betraying me, was a most visceral experience. 

Since mine is an arts column, I thought in honor of Leslye's »

- Alexa

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'Growing Up Cinephile' by Leslye Headland

25 August 2012 4:48 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Photography by Bruce Gilbert, Provincetown International Film Festival[Editor's Note: Leslye Headland, whose debut film 'Bachelorette' opens on September 7th is today's very special guest blogger. I'm loving this memoir  -Nathaniel R]

When preparing for this guest blog, I thought about what I would’ve written about if I were guest blogging seven years ago as my blogger alter ego, Arden. Most likely I would’ve wanted to get super nerdy and introspective so here we go:

If you’re like me, movies are your life. They cheer you up. They bring you down. They connect you to people. They alienate you from others. You develop passionate arguments about the state of film today. You rehearse those arguments in your head then unleash them upon unsuspecting acquaintances during an otherwise friendly gathering. They can get you a job. (I truly believe my first assistant gig was secured by my encyclopedic knowledge of Star Wars). They can get you laid. (My number one turn-on in bed? Oscar trivia.)

As Truffaut said, we are sick people. »

- SPECIAL GUEST STAR

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Oscar nominated actors in films directed by Cukor

8 July 2012 1:18 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

George Cukor-directed movies at the Oscars. (See previous post: George Cukor Oscar Actor’s Director. Photo: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Born Yesterday.) George Cukor-directed movies earned twenty-one Academy Award nominations in the acting categories, including five wins. (s) supporting category; (*) Academy Award winner 1930-31 Fredric March, The Royal Family of Broadway (co-directed with Cyril Gardner) 1936 Norma Shearer, Romeo and Juliet Basil Rathbone (s), Romeo and Juliet 1937 Greta Garbo, Camille 1940 * James Stewart, The Philadelphia Story Katharine Hepburn, The Philadelphia Story Ruth Hussey (s), The Philadelphia Story 1944 Charles Boyer, Gaslight * Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight Angela Lansbury (s), Gaslight 1947 * Ronald [...] »

- Andre Soares

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A much better label for Cukor: Actor's Director

8 July 2012 1:16 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

George Cukor Oscar Actor’s Director. (See previous post: George Cukor ‘gay Women’s Director’? Photo: Katharine Hepburn The Philadelphia Story, with James Stewart, Cary Grant.) Clark Gable purportedly got Cukor fired from the Gone with the Wind set, but the extensive list of Cukor-directed performers nominated for Academy Awards includes Fredric March (The Royal Family of Broadway), Basil Rathbone (Romeo and Juliet), Charles Boyer (Gaslight), James Mason (A Star Is Born), Anthony Quinn (Wild Is the Wind), and no less than three male Oscar winners: James Stewart (The Philadelphia Story), Ronald Colman (A Double Life), and Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady). George Cukor also guided [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Jane Fonda: The Hollywood Interview

7 June 2012 8:05 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Jane Fonda Makes Her Peace

By Alex Simon

Over her more than fifty years on the screen and in the public eye, Jane Fonda has worn more hats than any performer of her generation: daughter of Hollywood royalty (Henry Fonda), Oscar-winning actress, polarizing activist, fitness guru, best-selling author, Broadway star, mother, grandmother and wife, to three of their respective generation’s most influential men (director Roger Vadim, activist/politician Tom Hayden, media titan Ted Turner). Now in her 74th year (she turns 75 in December), Jane Fonda graces the screen again in director Bruce Beresford’s “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding,” a generation gap comedy-drama about an uptight career woman (Catherine Keener) who, after leaving her husband, brings her two kids (Elizabeth Olsen and Nat Wolff) to Woodstock, New York where her estranged mother (Fonda), a former and current hippie, lives on a sprawling farm. Truth, reconciliations and laughter soon follow. The IFC Films release, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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'Castle' season finale: The inside story on That moment

7 May 2012 11:02 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Spoiler Alert: This article contains information on the season finale of Castle. Do not read on if you haven’t watched! You’ve been warned!

Castle creator and executive producer Andrew Marlowe knew that last night’s big moment would have fans buzzing. How could it not? After four seasons of ups, downs, and shameless flirting from both Castle and Beckett, the season 4 finale gave fans what they’d been hoping for: a chance to see the pair finally get together!

Bold? You bet. But not as bold as the alternative, says Marlowe. “Not doing it would have been even »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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TCM Classic Film Festival Continues To Expand In Final Weeks Before April 12 Opening

28 March 2012 1:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Latest Additions Include Star-Studded Appearances, Noted Film Historians,

An Opening-Night Poolside Screening of High Society (1956)

And a Vanity Fair Showcase of Architecture in Film

Complete Schedule for 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival

Now Available at http://www.tcm.com/festival

With just over two weeks left before opening day, the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival continues to expand its already-packed slate with new events and live appearances:

On opening night of the festival, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will be the site of a poolside screening of the lavish Cole Porter musical High Society (1956), starring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Actresses Maud Adams and Eunice Gayson will attend a 50th Anniversary screening of the James Bond classic Dr. No (1962) and participate in a conversation about being “Bond Girls.” Filmmaker Mel Brooks will be on hand to introduce his brilliant parody Young Frankenstein (1974). Filmmaker John Carpenter will introduce his favorite film, the »

- Michelle McCue

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The 25 Sexiest Best Actor Winners Ever

23 February 2012 3:33 PM, PST | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

The 84th Annual Academy Awards (or, as we country folks call it, The Oscars) will air this Sunday evening live from Los Angeles. 84th Annual. Do you know what that means? That adds up to 84 years of mostly attractive, wealthy people getting handed awards. And one thing even a blind person with an unusually high sex drive would admit: This year’s Best Actor nominees are some of the sexiest yet. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Hot French Dude, Gary Oldman, Hot Mexican Dude. If I were a professional writer on the internet and this was 2008, one might even call them the “nom-nom-nominees.” It’s safe to say that Sunday’s Best Actor winner will also simultaneously be hot as sh*t. But this isn’t the very first time in history that a handsome man has taken home the big prize. After hours scouring through the Best Actor winners over the past 80ish years, »

- Michelle Collins

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Romcoms: end of the affair?

10 February 2012 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Fred and Ginger to Jennifer and Ashton, romantic comedies used to be one of the safest bets in Hollywood. But it seems that rom is just not into com any more

Is it the end for the romcom? You can imagine the celebrity mag headlines: "Romcom's relationship on the rocks?" "Com: I'm just not that into Rom" "Rom: Com doesn't make me laugh any more."

After all, who says romance and comedy go together like a horse and carriage? It seems to be a chiselled Hollywood commandment that the two shall be forever conjoined in cinematic matrimony, but perhaps it's time they went their separate ways. Sure, they got off to a great start: in those early years it was all fun and games and sparkling repartee, but recently they haven't quite looked the happy couple; the spark just hasn't been there.

They've been stuck in the same repetitive formula: boy meets girl, »

- Steve Rose, Richard Vine

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TCM Celebrates 31 Days Of Oscar

1 February 2012 4:49 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Beginning today, TCM.s 31 Days Of Oscar® and host, Robert Osborne are taking viewers on a trip around the world through nearly 350 Academy Award®-nominated and winning films. Throughout the month, TCM will feature movies set in 47 worldwide locations such as Canada (Feb. 2), Germany (Feb. 7), Italy (Feb. 14), Africa (Feb. 15-16), Russia (Feb. 16), Southeast Asia (Feb. 23), the Middle East (Feb. 28), China (Feb. 29), Japan (March 1) and Hawaii (March 1). Sit back and enjoy the adventure!

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is packing its bags and hitting the road for a globe-trotting February packed with the very best in movie entertainment. With each night.s programming set in a different location, the 2012 edition of TCM.s ultra-popular 31 Days Of Oscar® is going to take viewers on a trip around the world through nearly 350 Academy Award®-nominated and winning films. The extraordinary lineup features 25 Best Picture honorees and 30 movies appearing on TCM for the very first time. »

- Michelle McCue

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Playlist: Cary Grant Week, Extended Edition!

24 January 2012 11:05 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

You can’t overlook the truly debonair!

It’s, as you might have realized, Cary Grant week over here at Trailers From Hell. Allan Arkush’s commentary for Only Angels Have Wings has just gone up. On Wednesday, Dan Ireland stops by with An Affair to Remember. And on Friday, “[someone to be named]” (aka John Landis) brings us The Philadelphia Story.

But you aren’t satisfied with those three titles as your sole dosage of Cary Grant this week, are you? Of course not! Neither were we,  so we combed the archives to ressurect and collect Mr. Grant’s previous appearances across our library. A little shockingly, it’s only four other titles.

John Landis on Arsenic and Old Lace Allan Arkush on His Girl Friday Mark Pellington on Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House and John Landis (again) on To Catch a Thief

We’ve collected these titles (as well as Allan Arkush »

- Danny

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Elizabeth Banks Talks Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games

3 January 2012 5:30 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As with any literary figure that springs to life on the big screen, actors and their directors are always worried about getting it right. Especially when it comes to a character like Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games novel. This is a fan favorite character, and readers have their own interpretation of who she is.

Effie is being portrayed for the first time on screen by Elizabeth Banks, and in a recent interview, she revealed that she worked long and hard to find the perfect voice for this side-show freak of a woman who escorts teenagers to an arena, where they will fight to the death.

"It's based on my heroes, Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame and Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story."

Elizabeth Banks claims that she worked closely with Gary Ross to make Effie "uniquely hideous". By the looks of her in recent photos, she's succeeded.

The Hunger Games »

- MovieWeb

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