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Paul King interview: Paddington 2

Ben Mortimer Nov 6, 2017

Director Paul King on the box office failure of Bunny And The Bull through to the heights of the new Paddington 2...

Returning to the world of Paddington following the huge success of the first movie is co-writer and director Paul King. It's a magical film he's fashioned too, and he spared us some time to chat about it. Here's how that conversation went...

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I interviewed you about eight years ago for Bunny And The Bull at the McM Comic Con...

And look how well that went.

How things have progressed...

There was no suite then, was there?

There wasn’t much of a view, either.

No. I think we pretty much had to hitch to get there.

Pleased with the progress?

It’s been very nice.
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Lost Horizon (1937)

It’s a wonder movie from the 1930s, a political fantasy that imagines a Utopia of peace and kindness hidden away in a distant mountain range — or in our daydreams. Sony’s new restoration is indeed impressive. Ronald Colman is seduced by a vision of a non-sectarian Heaven on Earth, while Savant indulges his anti-Frank Capra grumblings in his admiring but hesitant review essay.

Lost Horizon (1937)

80th Anniversary Blu-ray + HD Digital

Sony

1937 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 133 min. / Street Date October 3, 2017 / 19.99

Starring: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell, Margo, Isabel Jewell, H.B. Warner, Sam Jaffe, Noble Johnson, Richard Loo.

Cinematography: Joseph Walker

Film Editors: Gene Havelick, Gene Milford

Art Direction: Stephen Goosson

Musical director: Max Steiner

Original Music: Dimitri Tiomkin

Written by Robert Riskin from the novel by James Hilton

Produced and Directed by Frank Capra

Frank Capra had a way with actors and comedy
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"Tear Down the Fences": Watching Capra in the Age of Trump

  • MUBI
The retrospective Frank Capra, The American Dreamer is showing April 10 - May 31, 2017 in the United Kingdom.Frank CapraFrank Capra has fallen badly out of fashion in recent decades. While still well-known for the extraordinary Depression-era purple patch that produced It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), the critics have rarely been kind. His work is routinely derided as “Capra-corn” for its perceived sentimentality and “fairy tale” idealism while the man himself is written off in favour of contemporaries Howard Hawks, Preston Sturges and Ernst Lubitsch.Elliot Stein, writing in Sight & Sound in 1972, attacked Capra’s “fantasies of good will, which at no point conflict with middle-class American status quo values”, arguing that his “shrewdly commercial manipulative tracts” consist of little more than “philistine-populist notions and greeting-card sentiments”. Pauline Kael found him “softheaded,” Derek Malcolm a huckster hawking “cosily absurd fables.” To an extent,
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Kiss of Death

This is the ultimate in screen sadism circa 1947, and it’s all in the debut film performance of Richard Widmark as a too-nasty-for-words hood who likes to shoot people in the stomach. Actually, Victor Mature is not bad in a grim story of a stool pigeon that tries to square himself with the law, and finds himself a target for mob murder.

Kiss of Death

Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1947 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 98 min. / Street Date February 7, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray, Richard Widmark, Taylor Holmes, Karl Malden, Mildred Dunnock

Cinematography: Norbert Brodine

Art Direction: Leland Fuller, Lyle Wheeler

Film Editor: J. Watson Webb Jr.

Original Music: David Buttolph

Written by Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer, Eleazar Lipsky

Produced by Fred Kohlmar

Directed by Henry Hathaway

The older they get, the better they look. Henry Hathaway’s Kiss of Death is
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Match the election candidates to the movie – quiz

Apparently there’s an election happening somewhere at the moment. So what better time to test your knowledge of these campaign themed films.

Mr Smith Goes to Washington

The Best Man

Citizen Kane

Seven Days in May

Swing Vote

Bulworth

Bob Roberts

Election

The Manchurian Candidate

Dr Strangelove

Seven Days in May

Advise & Consent

The Candidate

The Campaign

The Contender

The Conquest

Meet John Doe

State of the Union

All the King's Men

The Great McGinty

Silver City

W.

The Ides of March

The American President

Three Days of the Condor

Taxi Driver

The Parallax View

The Candidate

Our Brand Is Crisis

State of Play

No

The Motorcycle Diaries

The Great McGinty

The Grapes of Wrath

Torchy Runs for Mayor

The Last Hurrah

Man of the Year

Napoleon Dynamite

Wag the Dog

Head of State

Continue reading...
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You Can’t Take It with You

Frank Capra won his third Best Directing Oscar for this Kaufman and Hart adaptation. Star Jean Arthur is radiant, and relative newcomer James Stewart seems to have lifted his 'aw shucks' nice-guy personal from his role. With Lionel Barrymore, Ann Miller, Dub Taylor, Spring Byington and a terrific Edward Arnold. You Can't Take It with You Blu-ray + Digital HD Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 1938 / B&W / 1:37 flat / 126 min. / Street Date December 8, 2015 / 19.99 Starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer, Ann Miller, Spring Byington, Samuel S. Hinds, Donald Meek, H.B. Warner, Halliwell Hobbes, Dub Taylor, Mary Forbes, Lillian Yarbo, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson. Cinematography Joseph Walker Art Direction Stephen Goosson Film Editor Gene Havlick Original Music Dimitri Tiomkin Written by Robert Riskin from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart Produced and Directed by Frank Capra

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

One of Frank Capra's brightest, most entertaining features,
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Two-Time Oscar Winner Cooper on TCM: Pro-War 'York' and Eastwood-Narrated Doc

Gary Cooper movies on TCM: Cooper at his best and at his weakest Gary Cooper is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 30, '15. Unfortunately, TCM isn't showing any Cooper movie premiere – despite the fact that most of his Paramount movies of the '20s and '30s remain unavailable. This evening's features are Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Sergeant York (1941), and Love in the Afternoon (1957). Mr. Deeds Goes to Town solidified Gary Cooper's stardom and helped to make Jean Arthur Columbia's top female star. The film is a tad overlong and, like every Frank Capra movie, it's also highly sentimental. What saves it from the Hell of Good Intentions is the acting of the two leads – Cooper and Arthur are both excellent – and of several supporting players. Directed by Howard Hawks, the jingoistic, pro-war Sergeant York was a huge box office hit, eventually earning Academy Award nominations in several categories,
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Stewart 'in Talks' to Be Featured in Subversive Iraq War Homefront Satire

Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award.
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Three 1930s Capra Classics Tonight: TCM's Jean Arthur Mini-Festival

Jean Arthur films on TCM include three Frank Capra classics Five Jean Arthur films will be shown this evening, Monday, January 5, 2015, on Turner Classic Movies, including three directed by Frank Capra, the man who helped to turn Arthur into a major Hollywood star. They are the following: Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; George Stevens' The More the Merrier; and Frank Borzage's History Is Made at Night. One the most effective performers of the studio era, Jean Arthur -- whose film career began inauspiciously in 1923 -- was Columbia Pictures' biggest female star from the mid-'30s to the mid-'40s, when Rita Hayworth came to prominence and, coincidentally, Arthur's Columbia contract expired. Today, she's best known for her trio of films directed by Frank Capra, Columbia's top director of the 1930s. Jean Arthur-Frank Capra
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New on Video: ‘It Happened One Night’

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It Happened One Night

Directed by Frank Capra

Written by Robert Riskin

USA, 1934

When Frank Capra came upon the 1933 Samuel Hopkins Adams story “Night Bus,” he thought it would make a great film. He bought the property and took it to screenwriter Robert Riskin, with whom he had worked a few years prior on Platinum Blonde (1931). The script was set to be Capra’s next feature for Columbia, then a lower-rung studio where he was their preeminent director. The problem? Nobody wanted to make the film. Several top actors and actresses of the day turned down the picture, Robert Montgomery, Carole Lombard, and Myrna Loy among them. Clark Gable, not yet the caliber of star he would become, eventually accepted the male lead, and Claudette Colbert eventually (and reluctantly) took the female lead … under the condition that her $25,000 salary would be doubled, which it was. The film’s entire budget
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Barbara Stanwyck: The Real Best Actress of 1941

It's unofficially 1941 Week. Here's Abstew on the year's greatest actress...

See anything you like?

Purrs Barbara Stanwyck's con artist Jean Harrington to Henry Fonda's smitten ale-heir-turned-Ophiologist Charles Pike in Preston Sturges' 1941 screwball classic, The Lady Eve. The question is asked as the contents of her wardrobe are on display (and the sultry delivery let's us know that Jean is hardly talking about the fuzzy slippers), but Stanwyck might have easily been asking movie-goers the same thing regarding her stellar body of work that year. In a quartet of successful films (The Lady Eve, Meet John DoeYou Belong to Me, and Ball of Fire), Stanwyck earned her second Oscar nomination, starred in a film Time magazine named one of the 100 greatest movies of all-time, and became one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. Unquestionably, 1941 would prove to be a peak Stanwyck year. 
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What does 1941 mean to you? (The Smackdown Cometh!)

The Supporting Actress Smackdown, 1941 Edition, hits these parts on Saturday May 31st (here's the full summer calendar). This month we'll be discussing Mary Astor in The Great Lie, Sara Allgood in How Green Was My Valley, Margaret Wycherly in Sergeant York, Teresa Wright and Patricia Collinge, both in The Little Foxes

1941 winners: Gary Cooper, Joan Fontaine, Mary Astor & Donald Crisp. Note how the supporting actors used to win a plaque instead of a statue!

It's time to introduce our panel as we dive into that film year next week with little goodies strewn about the usual postings.

Remember You are part of the panel. So get your votes in by e-mailing Nathaniel with 1941 in the subject line and giving these supporting actresses their heart rankings (1 for awful to 5 for brilliant). Please only vote on the performances you've seen. The votes are averaged so it doesn't hurt a performance to be underseen.
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Glenn Beck's New Job: Movie Producer

Glenn Beck's New Job: Movie Producer
Glenn Beck is putting his faith in Hollywood – literally. The conservative radio host has been refurbishing the Studios at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as the setting for at least one "faith-based" movie, as part of his new venture into film producing. He also has two other movies in the works – one set in ancient history and another THR describes as being set in modern history – and he has optioned several other films, as well.

Muse Criticize Glenn Beck, Rightwing 'Conspiracy Theory Subculture'

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Book Review: 'A Life of Barbara Stanwyck,' at 1000 Pages, Builds a Living Thing

Book Review: 'A Life of Barbara Stanwyck,' at 1000 Pages, Builds a Living Thing
“A Life of Barbara Stanwyck” by Victoria Wilson ends abruptly in 1940. Still ahead are “The Lady Eve” and “Ball of Fire,” “Meet John Doe” and “Double Indemnity,” not to mention more than 40 other movies and four years as the matriarch of a sprawling 19th century ranch on the television series, “The Big Valley.”Yet the book, which takes Stanwyck from birth in 1907 to the age of 37 and stardom in a town she hated for the “pretense” of its “so self-important” people, is exactly 1000 pages long if you include its meticulous stage, film, radio and television chronologies and notes on sources. And it has a cast of thousands, with each director, actor or owner of a speakeasy Stanwyck encounters given not only his own backstory but the histories of the people with whom he has worked or played. Carole Lombard, for example, tended the “cows, chickens, ducks, pair of mules, goat,
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The 300 Greatest Films Ever Made (Part 10)

  • Cinelinx
Continuing our daily January countdown, here is the 10th out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 210-201.

 

210) Mean Streets (1973) Martin Scorsese USA

 

209) A Shot In The Dark (1964) Blake Edwards USA

 

208) Raise The Red Lantern (1991) Zhang Yimou China/ Hong Kong

 

207) Do The Right Thing (1989) Spike Lee USA

206) A Christmas Story (1983) Bob Clark USA

 

205) Meet John Doe (1941) Frank Capra USA

 

204) Breathless (1959) Jean Luc Goddard France

 

203) Jules & Jim (1961) Francois Truffaut France

 

202) The Life Of Brian (1979) Terry Jones British

 

201) Das Boot (1981) Wolfgang Petersen Germany

 

Numbers 200-191 coming next.

 

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TCM Programs Month of Political Films, Includes New Doc with Stone, Reiner

TCM Programs Month of Political Films, Includes New Doc with Stone, Reiner
As the nation prepares for the upcoming election, TCM rolls out a month-long program of classic films on politics, as well as the newly produced one-hour special "A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes to Washington," featuring interviewees Oliver Stone, Rob Reiner and many more talking about the treatment of politics in cinema, and examining films on political campaigns and (close to Stone's heart) conspiracies. The special premieres on Friday, October 5 at 8pm Eastern time. The series programming includes two Frank Capra classics, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "Meet John Doe," starring Jimmy Stewart and Gary Cooper respectively, and, of course, Alan J. Pakula's paranoid masterpiece and politics-journalism hybrid "All the President's Men." A few notable films are missing from the list, including John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate" and, oddly, Stone's "JFK." Toh-ers, as...
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What Makes A Movie Conservative?

  • Moviefone
Conservatives often complain that Hollywood is a hopeless miasma of liberalism, full of left-wingers who fill the screen with pinko propaganda, even though such content alienates half the audience and risks box office failure. (There's a whole news blog devoted to that proposition, Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood.) Yet a new list of the top conservative movies of the modern era not only finds plenty of mainstream Hollywood hits (so many that there's an even longer honorable-mention list on the side) but also plenty of films made by liberal directors and stars. Which suggests that ideology in movies is a much more ambiguous area than Hollywood's critics, from right or left, would acknowledge.

The list, made by Nile Gardiner at the Telegraph, is understandably Anglophilic; an American-made list might have swapped out "Chariots of Fire" for fellow sports-and-faith flick "The Blind Side," or gone with "Red Dawn" instead of fellow war-and-empire movie "Zulu.
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25 Days of Christmas: ‘Meet John Doe’ is familiar, but fun

  • SoundOnSight
Throughout the month of December, TV Editor Kate Kulzick and Film Editor Ricky D will review classic Christmas adaptions, posting a total of 13 each, one a day, until the 25th of December.

The catch: They will swap roles as Rick will take on reviews of classic television Christmas specials and Kate will take on Christmas movies. Today is day 8.

Meet John Doe (1941)

Screenplay by Robert Riskin

Story by Richard Connell and Robert Presnell, Sr.

Directed by Frank Capra

What’s it about?

A journalist, Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck) dreams up an article to save her job and winds up entangled with John Doe, her fictional creation, Long John Willoughby (Gary Cooper), the man hired to play him, and the men who seek to exploit them all.

How is it?

Capra’s Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life may have the holiday locked down, but this pleasing entry deserves a look as well.
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Primus frontman Les Claypool describes his top 5 movies ahead of tomorrow's IFC.com video premiere

  • IFC
Primus frontman Les Claypool describes his top 5 movies ahead of tomorrow's IFC.com video premiere
Primus' new album "Green Naugahyde" draws on Les Claypool's filmic obsessions -- even veteran Westerns actor Lee Van Cleef gets a shout out in a song called, well, "Lee Van Cleef." "People always ask me who my heroes are, expecting me to say someone like Geddy Lee [from Rush]," Claypool told IFC. "But really, it's more people like Elia Kazan, Sergio Leone, Frank Capra, Terry Gilliam, and Jared Hess."

That might go a long way towards explaining why so many Primus songs seem to happily co-exist in the film world -- for instance, "Spegetti Western," or "Camelback Cinema." Or why so many Primus songs are based on peripheral characters -- "John the Fisherman," "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," or, more recently, "Jilly's On Smack." "I love character actors," the singer/bassist said. "If I'm switching channels, and something with Slim Pickens is on, or Walter Brennan, I'm stuck. I have to watch it.
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Edgar Wright Has Never Seen These Movies, Pair Them Up For Four Nights In Los Angeles

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Edgar Wright Has Never Seen These Movies, Pair Them Up For Four Nights In Los Angeles
Edgar Wright's latest epic project [1] has him partnering with Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow, Joss Whedon, Bill Hader, Guillermo Del Toro, Joe Dante, Greg Mottola, Harry Knowles, Rian Johnson and, probably, several of you. Like all of us, Wright has a bunch of classic and cult films he's never seen. Unlike all of us, he has the means to see them for the first time on the big screen and will do just that in December [2] at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles during Films Edgar Has Never Seen. The director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World asked both his famous friends (some of which are listed above) and fans to send in their personal must see lists and, from those titles, Wright came up with one mega list from which he'll pick a few movies to watch December 9-16. After the jump check
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