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Casablanca is back in theatres this month as part of Cineplex's Classic Film Series

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Casablanca is back in theatres this month as part of Cineplex's Classic Film SeriesCasablanca is back in theatres this month as part of Cineplex's Classic Film SeriesIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine11/8/2017 1:47:00 Pm

"Here’s looking at you, kid.”“We’ll always have Paris.”“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Those are just three memorable lines from 1942’s Casablanca, one of the most loved, and quoted, films in Hollywood history.

Set during World War II, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as cynical American Rick Blaine, who runs a nightclub in Casablanca that’s frequented by spies, soldiers and refugees. Rick’s world is turned upside down when ex-lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) — who broke Rick’s heart when she deserted him in Paris years ago — arrives with her freedom-fighter husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and asks Rick for “letters of transit,” which will allow the couple to flee the Nazis.
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Cinematic Triumph Casablanca Returns to Theaters Nov. 12th & 15th

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine”

Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid form one of Hollywood’s most unforgettable love triangles in one of the most well-known – and most quoted – movies ever made: Casablanca. On Sunday, November 12, and Wednesday, November 15, moviegoers everywhere will say, “Here’s looking at you, kid,” when Casablanca returns to cinemas across the country in celebration of the its 75th All screenings, which are part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series from Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events, will also include specially-produced commentary before and after the feature by TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz.

Set against the desperate backdrop of the titular Moroccan port city as World War II rages throughout Europe, Casablanca is the unforgettable tale of refugees who will do anything to escape the inexorable advance of Nazi forces and flee to America.
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Red Dwarf: creating the pop culture of the future

Andrew Moir Oct 26, 2017

Andrew takes a nerdy dive into the pop culture real and fictional that's made its way into the world of Red Dwarf...

Creating culture within science-fiction can be tricky. It’s potentially alienating, with the audience required to understand allusions without a reference point. Then again, if you throw in too many contemporary references, the future starts to look dated pretty quickly. Red Dwarf has walked that fine line, building its own stars and entertainment but chucking in the familiar, just to keep the world grounded. We take a look at humanity’s future culture as seen through the eyes of Lister, Rimmer, Cat, Kryten and Holly.

See related Gunpowder episode 1 review Amazon Prime UK: what’s new in October 2017? New on Netflix UK: what's added in October 2017? Music

Red Dwarf set out its fictional musical world early on with the opening scenes of the first episode
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Lumière’s International Classic Film Market Focuses on Heritage Films in Greece, Hungary, Latvia

Lumière’s International Classic Film Market Focuses on Heritage Films in Greece, Hungary, Latvia
Lyon, France — Lyon’s International Classic Film Market brought into focus the opportunities and challenges of heritage film in Greece, Hungary and Latvia on Wednesday, presenting stark differences in the three territories.

Greece’s heritage film sector, while a niche market, can be vibrant if handled correctly, according to Spyros Damianakis, managing director of Athen-based boutique distributor Neo Films.

“There is a market in Greece for classical films and this year we decided to jump in,” Damianakis said.

Neo Films, whose current contemporary releases include Gabe Klinger’s “Porto,” starring the late Anton Yelchin, and Joshua Z Weinstein’s “Menashe,” released the 1954 Marlon Brando-starrer “On the Waterfront” and Luc Besson’s 1988 “The Big Blue” this summer – the key season in Greece for classic films, which draw crowds to open-air cinemas.

Cinema-going habits change drastically from summer to winter, Laetitia Kulyk, audiovisual attaché at Greece’s Institut Français, explained. Multiplexes focusing on mainstream blockbusters dominate the winter
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The Sea Wolf

Now restored to perfection, this genuine classic hasn’t been seen intact for way over sixty years. Michael Curtiz and Robert Rossen adapt Jack London’s suspenseful allegory in high style, with a superb quartet of actors doing some of their best work: Robinson, Garfield, Lupino and newcomer Alexander Knox.

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Warner Archive Collection

1941 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 100 min. uncut! / Street Date October 10, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Alexander Knox, Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Gene Lockhart, Barry Fitzgerald. Stanley Ridges, David Bruce, Francis McDonald, Howard Da Silva, Frank Lackteen, Ralf Harolde

Cinematography: Sol Polito

Film Editor: George Amy

Art Direction: Anton Grot

Special Effects: Byron Haskin, Hans F. Koenekamp

Original Music: Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Written by Robert Rosson, from the novel by Jack London

Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke

Directed by Michael Curtiz

Chopping up films for television was once the
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12 Rom-Com Spoofs You Have to Watch Again (and Again)

12 Rom-Com Spoofs You Have to Watch Again (and Again)
Everyone loves curling up with a good love story, but every now and then it’s just as much fun to have a laugh at romance movies’ grandiose depictions of relationships.

Below, twelve times comedians played around with our favorite romance films — and made us love them even more.

La La Land: Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling

Stone joined the Saturday Night Live host for a very important reason: to make fun of their Oscar-winning movie, La La Land. A self-deprecating Gosling parodied his character from the whimsical musical during his monologue, telling the audience all about how he “saved jazz.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Razzia’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Razzia’
If political courage were a measure of artistic merit, Moroccan director Nabil Arouch’s “Razzia,” a kaleidoscopic drama about intolerance and social tumult in Casablanca, would be a formidable achievement. As it stands, Arouch’s decision to keep courting controversy after his last film, “Much Loved,” was banned from Morocco for its depiction of prostitution in Marrakech is laudable in a country where the censors hold sway. Yet the everything-is-connected framework, linking five stories across a 30-year span, plays like a multipronged pitchfork wielded against the establishment, with each character sharpened to a point. The message-first approach drains the film of spontaneity and depth, despite the rousing passion of its director. A prime spot in Tiff’s Platform competition will raise its profile, but “Razzia” may struggle to find a home, inside and outside Morocco.

With repeated references to “Casablanca,” Arouch draws a contrast between the romantic and rebellious spirit of the Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman classic
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Nabil Ayouch’s ‘Razzia’ is Morocco’s Foreign-Language Academy Awards Entry

Nabil Ayouch’s ‘Razzia’ is Morocco’s Foreign-Language Academy Awards Entry
Nabil Ayouch’s kaleidoscopic social drama “Razzia” which world premiered at the Toronto Festival, has been chosen as Morocco’s candidate in the foreign-language category of the 2018 Academy Awards.

The film was chosen byan independent commission nominated by the Moroccan Cinema Center (Ccm), composed of writers, directors, producers, distributors, plus a representative of the Ccm, and was chaired by writer and painter Mahi Binebine.

Ayouch is one of the Arab world’s best-known directors. Three of his previous features have been put forward by Morocco as its Oscar submission – Mektoub” (1998), “Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets” (2000), and “Horses of God” (2013).

In June, he became the first Moroccan to be invited as a lifetime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where one of the pre-requisites to be invited was that at least two of his films must have been shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

Ayouch said that he “was surprised and happy” to be
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The 2017 Muriels Hall Of Fame Inductees

The history of the Muriel Awards stretches aaaalllll the way back to 2006, which means that this coming season will be a special anniversary, marking 10 years of observing the annual quality and achievement of the year in film. (If you don’t know about the Muriels, you can check up on that history here.) The voting group, of which I am a proud member, having participated since Year One, has also made its personal nod to film history by always having incorporated 10, 25 and 50-year anniversary awards, saluting what is agreed upon by ballot to be the best films from those anniversaries during each annual voting process.

But more recently, in 2013, Muriels founders Paul Clark and Steven Carlson decided to expand the Muriels purview and further acknowledge the great achievements in international film by instituting The Muriels Hall of Fame. Each year a new group of films of varying number would be voted upon and,
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Original R2-D2 Sells for $2.76 Million at Star Wars Auction

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Original R2-D2 Sells for $2.76 Million at Star Wars Auction
Earlier this month, we reported that the original Luke Skywalker lightsaber used in A New Hope was being put up for auction, along with a complete, "film-used R2-D2" prop and Darth Vader's helmet. The auction took place earlier this week in Calabasas, California, and while the Luke Skywalker lightsaber was expected to be one of the big ticket items, the R2-D2 unite was the talk of the auction, selling for a whopping $2.76 million. While the buyer's identity was not revealed, it was the most expensive item sold off.

The Daily Mail reports that the other Star Wars items sold for a pretty penny as well. The original Luke Skywalker lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope sold for $450,000, while the Darth Vader helmet sold for $96,000, both of which were far above expectations. The Profiles in Hollywood auction revealed in their press release issued earlier this month that
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Beauty vs Beast: Follow That Bird

Jason from Mnpp here, delicately fondling every cane in sight in honor of the birth of one of my favorite all-time scene-stealers, Mr. Peter Lorre, who was born on in this day in the year 1904. I, like many of you, probably first knew Lorre without actually knowing him, via his animated likeness always popping up for a quick n creepy gag in Looney Tunes; funny enough my mom wasn't rushing to show me Fritz Lang's masterpiece M as a child. But once I did see M... wowza. And Casablanca. Double wowza! And Hitchcock's original The Man Who Knew Too Much -- wowza squared! And on and on... but for today's "Beauty vs Beast" let's pit him against that other favorite of the Looney Tunes animators, his co-star in John Huston's 1941 classic noir The Maltese Falcon...

Previously I'm sure some of you are still wearing your Nicole Kidman party
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Slovakia’s Art Film Fest Celebrates Eclectic Slate of Cinema

Slovakia’s Art Film Fest Celebrates Eclectic Slate of Cinema
There can be few film festivals as eclectic as Slovakia’s Art Film Fest, where, this year, works by established and emerging local directors — such as Tereza Nvotova, with her mental health drama “Filthy” — vie for attention alongside white-hot Cannes titles such as Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Good Time” and Sergei Loznitsa’s “A Gentle Creature,” or Hollywood totems such as the 1942 Humphrey Bogart drama “Casablanca,” and Charlie Chaplin’s near-silent 1936 classic “Modern Times.” Festival runs June 16-24.

Now celebrating its 25th edition, the festival was founded in 1993 in Trencianske Teplice, a small spa town in West Slovakia. Back then, the festival was simply titled Art Film, screening short films on the subject of art. Tellingly, the guest of honor that year was the experimental British director, and digital film advocate, Peter Greenaway.

Two years after that, the festival inaugurated its annual Actor’s Mission award, with Franco Nero
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TCM's Pride Month Series Continues with Movies Somehow Connected to Lgbt Talent

Turner Classic Movies continues with its Gay Hollywood presentations tonight and tomorrow morning, June 8–9. Seven movies will be shown about, featuring, directed, or produced by the following: Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart, Farley Granger, John Dall, Edmund Goulding, W. Somerset Maughan, Clifton Webb, Montgomery Clift, Raymond Burr, Charles Walters, DeWitt Bodeen, and Harriet Parsons. (One assumes that it's a mere coincidence that gay rumor subjects Cary Grant and Tyrone Power are also featured.) Night and Day (1946), which could also be considered part of TCM's homage to birthday girl Alexis Smith, who would have turned 96 today, is a Cole Porter biopic starring Cary Grant as a posh, heterosexualized version of Porter. As the warning goes, any similaries to real-life people and/or events found in Night and Day are a mere coincidence. The same goes for Words and Music (1948), a highly fictionalized version of the Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart musical partnership.
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Notes On The Breaking Point, Alien: Covenant And The Return Of Twin Peaks

God bless the Criterion Collection for their forthcoming Blu-ray of a nifty 2K restoration of The Breaking Point (1950), the second swipe at Ernest Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not, which is on the company’s release schedule for August 2017. You may have heard of the first version… Bogie, Bacall, Hawks, “You know how to whistle, don’t ya?” Remember that one? Well, this one, the story of a down-on-his-luck charter boat captain Harry Morgan (John Garfield) who gets manipulated into a deadly smuggling run to help make ends meet, is directed by Michael Curtiz, and it trades Hawks’ larky, Casablanca-derived vibe for something decidedly darker, a daylight-splashed noir that somehow ferrets out all the chiaroscuro shadows in Hemingway’s material nonetheless. Throughout The Breaking Point, but especially in the movie’s riveting second half when Morgan allows himself to get roped into a second, even more dangerous scheme,
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Jessica Chastain To Play Ingrid Bergman in Yrk Entertainment produced “Seducing Ingrid Bergman”

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Two-time Academy Award nominee and Cannes jury member Jessica Chastain will star in Seducing Ingrid Bergman, and she and her Freckle Films has joined Yrf Entertainment and Arash Amel to produce it. Jonathan Reiman, Yrf Entertainment’s President of Production, will serve as executive producer on the project. Kelly Carmichael will oversee for Freckle Films, where she is President of Production and Development. The script is based on the book of the same name by Chris Greenhalgh which was optioned by Yrf Entertainment. No director has been set.

Seducing Ingrid Bergman” tells the story of the torrid romance between the famed “Casablanca” actress and celebrated war photographer Robert Capa that began in Paris immediately following WWII, and culminates with Capa following her back to Hollywood at the time of the McCarthy Communist witch hunts.

Jessica Chastain is the perfect actress to star in ‘Seducing Ingrid Bergman’,” said Uday Chopra, CEO,
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Jessica Chastain to play Ingrid Bergman in Seducing Ingrid Bergman

Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is set to play three-time Oscar winner and silver screen legend Ingrid Bergman in the drama Seducing Ingrid Bergman, Deadline has revealed.

Based on the 2012 novel by Chris Greenhalgh and scripted by Arash Amel, the film”tells the story of the torrid romance between the Casablanca actress and celebrated war photographer Robert Capa. Their relationship began in Paris immediately following WWII, and moved to Hollywood at the time of the McCarthy Communist witch hunts.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Yrf and Arash Amel on Seducing Ingrid Bergman,” said Chastain, who is also producing through her Freckle Films banner. “This is a captivating story about a deeply moving romance between two remarkable people.”

“Chastain is the perfect actress to star in Seducing Ingrid Bergman,” added Uday Chopra of co-producers Yrf Entertainment. “Jessica is no stranger to portraying strong, intelligent women and this role deserves
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Jessica Chastain to Play Ingrid Bergman in New Film

Jessica Chastain to Play Ingrid Bergman in New Film
Jessica Chastain will play screen icon Ingrid Bergman in “Seducing Ingrid Bergman,” Variety has confirmed. She will produce, as well star as the Oscar-winning Swedish actress in the upcoming period piece.

The film centers on Bergman’s romance with Robert Capa, a photo journalist famed for his images of combat. The picture is set in the aftermath of World War II and extends to the dawn of the McCarthy hearings into communist subversion. No director has been attached, but Arash Amel (“Grace of Monaco”) wrote the screenplay.


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Yrf Entertainment is producing and brokered the deal with Freckle Films. Yrf head Uday Chopra will produce alongside Chastain and Amel. There is currently no release date for “Seducing Ingrid Bergman” scheduled.

Chastain earned Academy Award nominations for “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Help.” She scored
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Notes on Criterion: August 2017 Releases Include Hopscotch, La Poison, and More

This summer (or winter, depending on where you live), the Criterion Collection will release five movies on Blu-ray and DVD that may be less familiar but are no less potentially fascinating. First up on August 8 is Michael Curtiz's The Breaking Point, arriving on Blu-ray for the first time. Curtiz will forever be remembered for Casablanca, but as a Hollywood studio veteran, he applied his talents to a bewildering range of material. Released the same year as the director's Young Man with a Horn (a musician's melodrama) and Bright Leaf, (pro-cigarette Southern drama), The Breaking Point stars John Garfield and Patricia Neal in an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel about the financially-strapped captain of a charter boat who is drawn into illegal activities. On August...

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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Composers And The Scores That Made Them Great

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Author: Dave Roper

With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.

As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..

John WilliamsStar Wars

Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July,
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The Scar

Director Steve Sekely’s hardboiled film noir leans heavily on the talents of star-producer Paul Henreid and camera ace John Alton — the three of them whip up the best gimmick-driven noir thriller of the late ‘forties. Strained coincidences and unlikely events mean nothing when this much talent is concentrated in one movie. It’s also a terrific show for star Joan Bennett, who expresses all the disappointment, despair and angst of a noir femme who knows she’s in for more misery.

The Scar (Hollow Triumph)


Kl Studio Classics

1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 83 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz, Leslie Brooks, John Qualen, Mabel Paige, Herbert Rudley, George Chandler, Robert Bice, Henry Brandon, Franklyn Farnum, Thomas Browne Henry, Norma Varden, Jack Webb.

Cinematography: John Alton

Film Editor: Fred Allen

Original Music: Sol Kaplan

Written by Daniel Fuchs from a
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