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Nova Pilbeam obituary

26 July 2015 7:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stage and screen actor who appeared in Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much and Young and Innocent

Among the many might-have-beens in film history was the starring of Nova Pilbeam opposite Laurence Olivier in Rebecca (1940), Alfred Hitchcock’s first Hollywood film. The producer, David O Selznick, desperately wanted Pilbeam, who has died aged 95, for the female lead of Mrs de Winter, and was willing to offer her a five-year contract.

Pilbeam, who while still a teenager had already had important roles in two of Hitchcock’s films, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and Young and Innocent (1937), was also hoping she would land the prestigious part, particularly since she had recently lost out to Margaret Lockwood in his The Lady Vanishes (1938). However, Hitch, after auditioning hundreds of young women, opted instead for the 22-year-old Joan Fontaine, claiming that the 20-year-old Pilbeam was not mature enough.

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- Ronald Bergan and Eric Shorter

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Nova Pilbeam obituary

26 July 2015 7:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stage and screen actor who appeared in Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much and Young and Innocent

Among the many might-have-beens in film history was the starring of Nova Pilbeam opposite Laurence Olivier in Rebecca (1940), Alfred Hitchcock’s first Hollywood film. The producer, David O Selznick, desperately wanted Pilbeam, who has died aged 95, for the female lead of Mrs de Winter, and was willing to offer her a five-year contract.

Pilbeam, who while still a teenager had already had important roles in two of Hitchcock’s films, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and Young and Innocent (1937), was also hoping she would land the prestigious part, particularly since she had recently lost out to Margaret Lockwood in his The Lady Vanishes (1938). However, Hitch, after auditioning hundreds of young women, opted instead for the 22-year-old Joan Fontaine, claiming that the 20-year-old Pilbeam was not mature enough.

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- Ronald Bergan and Eric Shorter

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The Best of “Movie Poster of the Day,” Part 11

24 July 2015 5:35 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Alternative poster for Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, Australia/USA, 2015). Artist: Signalstarr.Movie Poster of the Week was on vacation for the past few weeks and for the first time in three and a half years I took a break from posting a poster a day on Tumblr. Since getting back I have been posting the best new posters that I missed while I was away, one of which—the teaser for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight which was unveiled at Comic-Con last week—has racked up more likes in a single day than almost anything else I’ve posted in the past three months.The standout favorite of the past quarter however—with over 1400 likes and re-blogs to date—was this stunning alternative poster for Mad Max: Fury Road by the British artist known as Signalstarr, a.k.a. Nick Stewart Hoyle. As a rule I »

- Adrian Curry

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The Man Who Knew Too Much star Nova Pilbeam dies, aged 95

21 July 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Man Who Knew Too Much star Nova Pilbeam has died, aged 95.

Pilbeam recently passed away after living in seclusion in London for more than 50 years, according to The Independent.

The British actress rose to fame at a young age in The Man Who Knew Too Much and Young and Innocent, two of director Alfred Hitchcock's pre-Hollywood movies.

She was later considered for the lead role in Hitchcock's Hollywood blockbuster Rebecca, only for Joan Fontaine to win the part when Pilbeam bristled at a five-year contract.

Her first marriage to Hitchcock's assistant Pen Tennyson ended when he died in a 1941 plane crash. A second marriage to journalist Alexander Whyte lasted until his death in 1972.

Pilbeam made her last screen appearance in 1948's Devil's Plot, and retired from the stage in 1951. »

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"Crimson Peak" Gets New Posters & Pics

6 July 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has debut two new photos and four new posters for his upcoming gothic thriller "Crimson Peak". Speaking with EW, del Toro says the movie is Not a haunted house movie, but rather something more akin to true gothic novels but with more of a romantic bent such as Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca".

del Toro says the carefully designed house: "is a rotting representation of the family that has inhabited it...the house basically is a sinister, sinister trap. [Usually] the marriage is sort of the climax or the high point of a story. I tried on 'Crimson' to say that the horror starts after the marriage. This girl wakes up in a strange place, not her own home, not her own bed, and she little by little realizes that she knows less about the man she married than one would expect. The curious thing is the »

- Garth Franklin

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'Psycho': 25 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Hitchcock's Classic

15 June 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Besides making people forever afraid of motel-room showers, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" continues to have an incalculable impact on popular culture. Though it was released 55 years ago this week (on June 16, 1960), it continues to inspire filmmakers and TV producers. In just the last three years, we've seen the 2012 film "Hitchcock" (based on Stephen Rebello's book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho,'" and starring Anthony Hopkins as the director and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh) and the ongoing A&E TV prequel drama series, "Bates Motel."

Still, for all of the "Psycho" trivia revealed in "Hitchcock," the biopic barely scratches the surface of how the film got made, from the men who inspired the invention of Norman Bates, to the trickery Hitchcock used to tease the press while keeping the film's convention-shredding narrative twists a secret, to the film's unlikely connection to "Leave It to Beaver." Here, »

- Gary Susman

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Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' Alive at Sony with 'Dragon Tatoo' Scribe Eyed to Direct

2 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

After Ron Howard flirted with the idea of directing the adaptation of Stephen King's fantasy series "The Dark Tower" at both Warner Bros. and Universal with the goal being three movies released alongside an interconnected television series, the project fell apart and has now landed in the lap of Sony. Now it appears they've finally settled on a helmer to direct the first film in the series, which will apparently still include a completementary TV series. According to Deadline, Nikolaj Arcel will direct The Dark Tower for Sony, telling the first part of the story following the path of the last gunslinger, Roland Deschain of Gilead, and his search for titular Dark Tower. Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner co-wrote the current draft of the screenplay, which begins with the first book in King's seven book series, "The Gunslinger" telling of the first meeting of Roland and his protege Jake Chambers. »

- Brad Brevet

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Nikolaj Arcel To Helm "The Dark Tower"

2 June 2015 6:22 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Nikolaj Arcel, who helmed "A Royal Affair" and co-scripted the Swedish film version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," is reportedly the top choice to direct the film adaptation of Stephen King's fantasy novel series "The Dark Tower".

Talks will begin shortly for a deal that will see Arcel rewrite and direct the film which has been setup at Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital. The project is the first in a proposed series of movies, while a complementary TV series is also being developed by Mrc.

Brian Grazer, Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins remain onboard as producers alongside King. The project has stopped and started again numerous times over the past five or so years as it shifted from one studio to another.

Sony came onboard in April when both Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner had reportedly re-conceived and come up with a much leaner »

- Garth Franklin

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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best Substitutes for Downton Abbey

26 May 2015 7:44 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

By rights I should hate the English. Seriously, my background is almost entirely Scots and Irish. I grew up hearing about the troubles the English gave to the Scots and Irish, both in school and from my parents.

Yet I do not, I love the English. How can I hate a country that gave us not only Monty Python but also Benny Hill and the Carry On Films? How can I bear any ill will to a country that gave us writers of the caliber of Ramsey Campbell, Brian Aldiss, Michael Moorcock and J. G Ballard? How can anyone hate a country that not only prizes eccentric behavior but encourages it? Take Mr. Kim Newman for instance, a brilliant writer whose work appears regularly in Video WatchDog and Videoscope Mr. Newman dresses himself, has his hair and mustache styled and speaks in the manner of someone from the 19th Century! »

- Sam Moffitt

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New on Video: ‘Jamaica Inn’

18 May 2015 8:04 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Jamaica Inn

Written by Sidney Gilliat and Joan Harrison

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

UK, 1939

With 23 feature films to his credit, by 1939, Alfred Hitchcock was the most famous director in England. And with his celebrity and his reputation for quality motion pictures, he had attained a degree of creative control unmatched in the British film industry at the time. When it comes to Jamaica Inn, for more than three decades the last film he would fully shoot in his native land, this reputation and this independence would be thoroughly tested. Available now on a stunning new Blu-ray from Cohen Film Collection, which greatly improves the murky visuals and distorted sound marring all previous home video versions, Jamaica Inn had the renowned Charles Laughton as supervising star and producer. Predictably, he and Hitchcock did not always see eye to eye as they jockeyed for authority on set. The result is a contentious »

- Jeremy Carr

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Jamaica Inn | Blu-ray Review

12 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Cohen Media Group beautifully restores Alfred Hitchcock’s 1939 title Jamaica Inn. A title worthy of reconsideration, considered by many to be an inferior work from the master of suspense, even from the director himself, it’s a definite gem, particularly for fans of Charles Laughton. The actor, whose production company basically commandeered the production, gives a swarthy, deliciously overwrought performance. It’s a standout in a career already filled with such distinction. The film also serves as the film debut of the beautiful Maureen O’Hara, here playing a glorified damsel in distress.

The narrative is relatively simple, set around 1800 as young Irish lass Mary (O’Hara) makes a surprise visit to the Cornish coast to visit her Aunt Patience (Marie Ney) following the death of her mother. Patience lives with Mary’s uncle Joss (Leslie Banks, who vies with Laughton for greatest scene chewer), a man that provides the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: WB Queen Davis Sensational as Passionately Cold-Hearted Murderess

7 May 2015 10:42 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Letter' 1940, with Bette Davis 'The Letter' 1940 movie: Bette Davis superb in masterful studio era production Directed by William Wyler and adapted by Howard Koch from W. Somerset Maugham's 1927 play, The Letter is one of the very best films made during the Golden Age of the Hollywood studios. Wyler's unsparing, tough-as-nails handling of the potentially melodramatic proceedings; Bette Davis' complex portrayal of a passionate woman who also happens to be a self-absorbed, calculating murderess; and Tony Gaudio's atmospheric black-and-white cinematography are only a few of the flawless elements found in this classic tale of deceit. 'The Letter': 'U' for 'Unfaithful' The Letter begins in the dark of night, as a series of gunshots are heard in a Malayan rubber plantation. Leslie Crosbie (Bette Davis) walks out the door of her house firing shots at (barely seen on camera) local playboy Jeff Hammond, who falls dead on the ground. »

- Andre Soares

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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Don’t Look Now remake in development

29 April 2015 10:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The 1973 classic supernatural horror Don’t Look Now starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie is getting a remake courtesy of StudioCanal. According to THR Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona have signed on to produce but no writer or director has been attached as yet.

The original movie – which still stands today as one of the best horror movies ever made – was directed by Nicholas Roeg and based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier, who also wrote Rebecca and The Birds, both famously adapted for the big screen by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. Sutherland and Christie play a grieving couple desperate to move on after the tragic death of their young daughter. The couple come in contact with a nun who claims to be receiving messages from the afterlife and tries to reconnect the parents with their deceased daughter.

Producers Heineman and Rona have recently worked on Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson, »

- Gavin Logan

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Don’t Look Now… But There’s Another ’70s Horror Reboot On The Way

29 April 2015 10:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Just a week ago, it was announced that James Wan would be producing a remake of ’80s frightener The Entity, and now another reboot of a classic horror film is in the works. StudioCanal is moving to develop a remake of Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 thriller Don’t Look Now, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman of The Picture Company are on board as producers. They’re the team behind Liam Neeson actioners Non-Stop and Unknown, as well as The Gunman and upcoming thriller Home Invasion. The pair’s espionage thriller The Tracking of a Russian Spy rolls cameras this fall, and they’re also working with Disney on Robin Hood project Nottingham and Hood.

Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie starred in Roeg’s original film, which followed a married couple grieving the accidental death of their young daughter. While in Venice, the couple come into contact with two Catholic nuns, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Horror Classic Don't Look Now Is Getting Remade

28 April 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We're getting to a point in Hollywood where no movie really seems safe from the remake possibilities - and that seems to be especially true for the horror genre. As such, we now have news that yet another scary classic is getting redone, with reports saying that a new version of Don't Look Now is currently in development. The Hollywood Reporter has the news on this re-do, noting that the project is in the works from the folks over at Studio Canal. As of now, the project doesn't have any filmmakers attached, but evidently that is part of the strategy. Evidently the conpany wants to find the remake a studio home before they seek out writers to pen the movie. Based on the short story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier (the famed author behind Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Rebecca), Don't Look Now tells the story of »

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Don’T Look Now: Nicolas Roeg’s Horror Classic Getting a Remake

28 April 2015 3:44 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The 1973 landmark horror film Don't Look Now is getting a remake. StudioCanal and The Picture Company’s Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona are shopping around a remake of Nicolas Roeg’s brilliant and deeply unsettling classic. Based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca), the original film starred Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie as a married couple on an extended trip to Venice after the tragic loss of their daughter. When they happen upon a pair of blind sisters, one of whom claims to be clairvoyant and warns of impending doom, they are subject to a series of terrifying events in the winding backroads of the crumbling city. [caption id="attachment_451117" align="alignright" width="344"] Image via British Lion Films[/caption] No writer is currently attached to the project. Per THR, StudioCanal and the producers are taking the same route they did with their remake of Escape from New York - find the studio first »

- Haleigh Foutch

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The Noteworthy: 15 April 2015

15 April 2015 4:43 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

For the first time since 1987 (Diane Kurys's A Man in Love), a female director will open the Cannes Film Festival: Emmanuelle Bercot's La Tête haute. Above: Josh Karp has written a book on Orson Welles's last film, The Other Side of the Wind, and has penned an article for Vanity Fair that traces the history of this infamous lost and found movie:"The story behind the making of The Other Side of the Wind begins at Schwab’s drugstore, the Hollywood soda fountain where: Charlie Chaplin played pinball, F. Scott Fitzgerald had his first heart attack, and, according to some versions of the story, Lana Turner was discovered while cutting school to grab a Coke."More on Orson Welles: David Bordwell writes on his personal history with the filmmaker (and his hometown) occasioned by a retrospective in Madison, Wisconsin: "So I had good luck coming here »

- Notebook

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Every Alfred Hitchcock Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best

13 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Seventy-five years ago, Alfred Hitchcock changed the face of American film -- and made it a lot creepier.

Having already directed two dozen features in England, the filmmaker moved to Hollywood and made his first feature there, the glossy psychological thriller "Rebecca," released 75 years ago this month (April 12, 1940). The movie, about an unnamed young woman (Joan Fontaine) who marries a brooding aristocrat (Laurence Olivier) and moves into a spooky mansion still haunted by her husband's late wife (the Rebecca of the title), won the Oscar for Best Picture and launched Hitchcock's four-decade reign as Hollywood's leading director of movies that sent chills down your spine.

Today, of course, Hitchcock movies are recognized as their own genre, films whose suspense and horrors have not only kept generations of moviegoers on the edge of their seats but also became the templates that taught all thriller and chiller directors who followed how to do the same. »

- Gary Susman

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The Birds Screens at Schlafly Thursday – Here are Alfred Hitchcock’s Ten Best Movies

30 March 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

The Birds screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143)  Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together (more details about this event can be found Here)

This gives us a perfect excuse to re-run this top ten list from March of 2012. Alfred Hitchcock directed 54 feature films between 1925 and 1976, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:

Frenzy

Frenzy, Hitchcock’s next to last feature film from 1972, represented a homecoming of sorts since it was the first film completely shot in his native England since his silents and early ” talkies ” in the 1930’s. By dipping into the then somewhat new territory of serial killers, he took full advantage of the new cinema freedoms and truly earned his ‘ R ‘ MPAA rating. Perhaps ole’ ” Hitch ” wanted to give those young up-and-coming »

- Movie Geeks

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