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Online gallery to showcase works by Bill Gold and others for movies including Pulp Fiction and The Exorcist
A gallery that should comfort any struggling young graphic artist is revealed for the first time today: the ones that got away, rejected original versions of posters for some of the most famous films of recent decades, including Batman, Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and Cool Hand Luke.
The last three were the work of the remarkable Bill Gold, who over a 70-year career created the images that sold more than 1,000 movies.
As a 21-year-old in the art department of Warner Bros, he was asked to come up with a poster for a vehicle for one of its stars, Humphrey Bogart. His poster for Casablanca became as classic as the film itself: black and white, the other characters in a misty background, Ingrid Bergman looking yearningly towards Bogey, and Bogey in the foreground, »
- Maev Kennedy
There have been plenty of failed F Scott Fitzgerald adaptations already. Besides, who needs films based on 20s literature when their themes resonate through so much film and TV anyway?
Given the track record that film-makers of some distinction have had adapting F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, you may understand my reluctance to see Baz Luhrmann's new version. I shall need another two deep readings of the book to armour myself completely against the grievances I expect the movie will do to it.
I think Gatsby is the Great American Novel, even though it slipped out of fashion and out of print for decades (like Moby Dick and lots of Faulkner), and even though its author, no matter his achievement, is somehow assuredly not the Great American Novelist. The Great American Novel never makes for the Great American Movie. The latter rarely derives from the former. The »
- John Patterson
This week at Trailers from Hell, director John Landis takes a look at Vincente Minnelli's musical, "Cabin in the Sky," released in 1943. The hit 1940 Broadway musical version of the Faust legend made it to the screen three years later, with original stars Ethel Waters and Rex Ingram heading an all-star African-American cast and first-time director Vincente Minnelli behind the camera. Jack Benny foil Eddie Anderson replaced Casablanca pianist Dooley Wilson in the lead because "Rochester" was popular enough to allay objections from exhibitors in some of the race-averse Southern states. Released in "glorious Sepiatone." »
- Trailers From Hell
Today, the Film Distributors’ Association (Fda) have announced the results of an interesting and quite substantial poll to determine UK cinema audiences’ favourite movie icons of all time…and there might be one or two surprises in who comes to mind for true big screen icons.
The top twenty spans seven decades of the cinema, from the 1940s to the 2000s. It embraces a ‘who’s who’ of stylish screen heroes – and some villains – who have made an indelible impression on audiences’ hearts and minds in successive generations to earn their places in cinematic folklore.
The survey was conducted online for Fda by ShowFilmFirst in two stages – firstly to seek a long list of public nominations of characters who had come to personify essential qualities of the cinema itself; and then a vote for the top twenty. More than 2,000 people aged 15 and over contributed nominations, while more than 7,000 participated in »
- Dan Bullock
Embellishment. Is it a dirty word, especially when it comes to writing? Well, it depends. Simply put, there must be no embellishment when writing for a professional journal. The truth must be told. There is a big difference between writing for a professional journal and writing fiction, or even this column. Writing for a professional journal must follow a proscribed style set by peer-reviewed organizations whose rules on grammatical usage, word choice, elimination of bias in language, the proper citation of quotes and references and the inclusion of charts and tables have become the authoritative source for all intellectual writing. This means that for me, as an Rn, Bsn, Cnor, I must adhere to the styles and standards set by the Publication Manual Of The American Psychologoical Assocociation (Apa), which is “consulted not only by psychologists but also by students and researchers in education, social work, nursing, business, and many »
- Mindy Newell
No Place on Earth is a documentary about one family’s “bedtime story”; a tale of a family in World War II who successfully hid from the Nazis by hiding in two caves for 511 days straight. As filled with miracles this story may be, the events are all true, as unearthed by cave explorer Chris Nicola. Director Janet Tobias brings the story to life with dramatic reenactments and interviews with the survivors in this enthralling documentary.
Read our “8/10″ review for ‘No Place on Earth’
This is Tobias’ first feature film, with her previous journalistic experience (as a producer) featured on television programs like “Frontline,” and TV docs like “The Battle for America’s Schools,” and “MSNBC Reports: The Next War.”
- Nick Allen
The legendary actor explained that Humphrey was once asked about autographs, pictures and public, to which the 'Casablanca' star responded that he doesn't owe the audiences anything but a good performance, the Daily Express reported.
"I tried to take that to heart but then somebody once told me, 'No, no. You belong to us. You're in the public.' So, you can't quite get away from it," Freeman said.
Morgan told the publication that he rather enjoys having his picture taken with. »
- Arun Pandit
Eddy Friedfeld, Carl Reiner and Fran Zigman. (That's Mel Brooks on the phone). (Photo: Karen Caesar.)
By Eddy Friedfeld
The late great Larry Gelbart once said about his friend and colleague, the still great Carl Reiner: “Carl Reiner and my maid have a lot in common- they both abhor a vacuum.” Having spent time with Mr. Reiner, I can attest that Mr. Gelbart was spot on.
His newly released autobiography, I Remember Me, is a very entertaining and wonderful and inspiring collection of anecdotes. His third biography, following My Anecdotal Life and How Paul Robeson Saved My Life and Other Mostly Happy Stories, is a collection of funny and poignant, and extremely well-crafted stories range from friends and family, including his late wife of 65 years, Estelle (whose When Harry Met Sally iconic line “I’ll have what she’s having,” rated ahead of Humphrey Bogart’s Casablanca close “This »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Hugh Hefner celebrated his 87th birthday with a 'Casablanca Night'. The Playboy founder reached the age today (09.04.13) but marked the occasion on Friday (06.04.13) with a screening of his favourite film - which starred Humphrey Bogart and is considered one of the greatest romantic movies of all-time. Hugh was dressed in a white suit jacket, black trousers and a black bow tie just like Bogart for the bash at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, while his 26-year-old wife Crystal looked stunning in a black dress with a white trim. The publisher wrote on Twitter: 'We celebrated my birthday Friday night with friends and screened 'Casablanca,' my favorite film. These are happy days. (sic)' The couple were joined »
Did you know you can see a Munchkin hanging himself just off the Yellow Brick Road in The Wizard Of Oz? Or that in Three Men And A Baby you can glimpse the ghost of a child through a window in one scene? Or that Jill Masterson, the literal golden girl in Goldfinger, actually died from asphyxiation during the iconic scene? Of course all three of those are utter rubbish (it’s a bird, a cut-out of Ted Danson and James Bond science), but that didn’t stop the rumours spreading.
While these facts are well known fakes, there’s plenty of seemingly true trivia out there that’s nothing but an enticing lie, started by an unfortunate misunderstanding or from overzealous fans. Here we look at eight of the worst cases, busting open some commonly held beliefs.
The Myth: Ronald Reagan was first choice to play Rick.
- Alex Leadbeater
Pulitzer Prizer winner Ebert died earlier today at the age of 70 Probably the best known movie critic in the United States, Roger Ebert passed away on Thursday in Chicago, Illinois, following a decade-long battle against cancer. Ebert, who was 70, had announced the recurrence of his illness in a tweet two days ago. (Pictured above: An Ebert closeup, as found on his Twitter account.) The renowned critic was best known alongside Gene Siskel for their "two thumbs up" routine, which was watched by millions on the nationally syndicated television show At the Movies (previously known as Sneak Previews and later as Siskel & Ebert [and the movies]). But populism or no, Ebert was a well-regarded and quite influential movie pundit. He began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967; eight years later, he became the very first film reviewer to take home a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. (That particular Pulitzer branch had been set up in »
- Andre Soares
Sequels are big business. “Spiderman 24” and “Star Trek 48” will probably grace the box office sometime in the 22nd century since Hollywood is expert at squeezing every dollar from film and digital stones. Luckily, some movies resist every attempt to find a future for their main characters. “Casablanca” is one of them. The New York Post reported March 31 that a collector had purchased from the widow of Murray Burnett -- the co-author of “Everybody Comes to Rick’s,” the play on which “Casablanca” was based -- a treatment for a sequel that he wrote in the 1980s. It was neither the first nor the last time that writers would try to find some way to extend the lives of Ilsa and Rick -- with or without Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. After “Casablanca” was a box office success and unexpectedly won the Academy Award as the best picture of 1943, Warner Bros. »
- Aljean Harmetz
"Play it again, Sam."
Well, you heard the man: Let's get some more "Casablanca." This story may sound familiar, but stick with us. A treatment for a sequel to the 1942 classic, written by one of the film's scribes, has surfaced.
Nope, this isn't the same Howard Koch "Return to Casablanca" script the New York Post dug up in late 2012; it's another stab at a sequel, this time penned by Murray Burnett. In another Post scoop, memorabilia collector Albert Tapper turned up with a script by Burnett, who co-wrote the unproduced play, "Everybody Comes to Rick's," that the eventual "Casablanca" script was based upon.
In Burnett's version, taking place in 1944, just three years after the original film's ending, Rick (originally played by Humphrey Bogart) is running Rick's Cafe Americain in Portugal, where he reunites with his lost love, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman). The plot's central conflict: Ilsa's stepdaughter is holding information about Nazi officers, »
- NextMovie Staff
Casinos are a popular setting for films, because they suggest glamour and opulence coupled with risk and a hint of danger, and therefore there have been many iconic casino scenes in movies. Another reason why they feature so regularly in films is simply reflecting the fact that gambling remains a very popular leisure activity for many people with the development of online casino sites like www.ipadcasino.ca ensuring that nowadays people can get the casino experience without even having to leave their home. Casino scenes in the movies still tend to be set at the land-based establishments however for obvious reasons, but what are the most iconic ones? Casablanca This could be considered one of the most famous movies to centre around a casino in film history and is also one of the most famous – and oft-parodied – films from Hollywood’s golden age. It’s hard to pick just one iconic scene from it, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Ah, France — good wine, great mimes, the best accordion players you could ever find. It's a bastion of culture in an uncultured world; just ask anyone from France and they'll tell you. And as the new international blockbuster "Les Misérables" (now on DVD and Blu-ray) proves, it's also a country filled with amazing history that is perfectly suited for big-screen epics.
Which got us thinking: Is there any place on Earth that has had more historical dramas than France? Sure, there have been plenty of good old-fashioned American period pieces — what with Hollywood being in America and all — but there's just something about France and its complicated history that keeps bringing filmmakers back for more.
So with that in mind, we've put together our ultimate guide to the history of France as told through through the movies. Viva la cinema!
'Henry V' (1989)
Well, this is probably a bit »
- Scott Harris
The Writers Guild lists the 101 Greatest Screenplays. Among them are many familliar classics, like "Casablanca," "The Godfather," "Chinatown," "Citizen Kane" and "All About Eve," which comprise the top five. Check out the top twenty below and the full list here. The youngest scripts on the list are Charlie Kaufman's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) at #24, Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman's "Adaptation" (2002) at #77, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor's "Sideways" (2004) at #90 and Christopher Nolan's "Memento" (2000) at #100. The '90s also fared well with "Shakespeare in Love," "American Beauty," "Pulp Fiction," "The Sixth Sense," Being John Malkovich," "Forrest Gump," "L.A. Confidential," "Fargo," "The Usual Suspects," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Jerry »
- Sophia Savage
A snowy morning in Berlin and Isabella Rossellini is sitting on the top floor of a high-rise apartment, discussing the domestic arrangements of hamsters, wasps and cuckoos. Dressed in black, Rossellini, now 60, still cuts a glamorous figure. She looks remarkably like her mother Ingrid Bergman, star of Casablanca. She has the same big eyes, high cheek bones and melancholy demeanour. It's easy to make the comparison because there is a big pile of booklets promoting a new photo book about her mum on the table in front of her: Ingrid Bergman: A Life In Pictures (which will be published later in the year.) »
Love is currently in the air for the film-themed event company Future Cinema, who have really delivered the goods with their interpretation of arguably the greatest romantic feature of all-time – 1942’s wartime classic Casablanca.
Transforming London’s East End venue Troxy into a mock-up of Humphrey Bogart’s iconic watering hole-cum-resistance outlet (complete with beautiful art-deco furnishings) made for a hugely memorable evening, and the genuine feeling of awe upon first entering the main ballroom was a testament to the wonderfully immersive atmosphere created.
Incorporating pivotal moments and characters from the film in some truly imaginative touches (we were asked upon entrance by a Bogey look-alike if we intended to conduct ourselves properly; Nazi officials and police officers gave chase to numerous crooks and chancers throughout the evening), a casino mock-up and Moroccan ‘restaurant’ were also amongst the fun additions.
However, it was the London-based French jazz musician Benoit Viellefon »
- Adam Lowes
Improvisation is probably one of the most crucially underrated elements of the creative process, no matter what the medium. The on-the-fly nature of filmmaking gives directors and actors a wealth of freedom to experiment with ideas that come to them on set, even if they deviate from the script.
While some directors are notorious sticklers for detail (we’re looking at you, Kubrick), others have, either through necessity or by viewing filmmaking as a collaborative process, been keen to just let the camera roll and see what the performers could come up with.
These are 10 iconic cinematic moments, the vast majority of which you’ll probably have no idea were ever improvised; these moments are so genius in of themselves that one assumes they surely must have been planned and pained over during the writing process.
Here are 10 amazing improvised movie moments.
10. Casablanca – “Here’s Lookin’ At You, Kid”
- Shaun Munro
Our daily January countdown of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made concludes with part 30 of 30. Here is the top 10.
2) Citizen Kane (1941) Orsen Wells USA
And number one.....
1) The Seven Samurai (1954) Akira Kurasawa Japan
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- email@example.com (Rob Young)
20 items from 2013
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