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Martha Hyer, who received an Oscar nomination for playing a prim small-town schoolteacher opposite Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine in the 1958 drama Some Came Running, has died. She was 89. The striking blonde, who also was memorable as William Holden’s society fiancee in Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart’s Sabrina (1954), died May 31 in her home in Santa Fe, N.M., The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reported. Hyer was married to producer Hal B. Wallis (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, True Grit) from December 1966 until his death in October 1986. The glamour girl also starred in Battle Hymn
- Mike Barnes
The Metropolitan FilmExport topper thinks back on the films he’s seen and handled in his career and names some of his favorites.
1. King Kong
My dad, who was distributing Rko movies in Casablanca, showed us the movie and I was so amazed by the adventure, the spectacle it provided.
That film is still referenced. Hitchcock was able to weave amazing suspense in a story that he mastered from the beginning to the end.
Marilyn Monroe was on the cover of Playboy on the day I was born so I’ve always had a soft spot for her.
That movie traumatized me. It took me a while to get over it, but I loved it. »
- Variety Staff
Without really trying, William Friedkin has been on the cutting edge for nearly half a century.
He won Best Picture and Best Director for "The French Connection" (1971), followed it up with the scariest movie of all time (1973's "The Exorcist"), and followed that up with "Sorcerer" (1977), a movie so far ahead of its time that only in recent years has it been acknowledged as an overlooked masterpiece. (A newly-restored print of the allegorical adventure tale, released this week on Blu-ray, should help burnish the film's reputation.)
At 78, Friedkin continues to stay ahead of the pack. In his most recent movie, "Killer Joe" (2011), he cast Matthew McConaughey in an unlikely role as a corrupt cop/hitman, thus helping launch the "McConnaissance" that changed the actor's image and led to his recent Oscar victory for "Dallas Buyers Club." For his upcoming projects, he's thrilled to be working in digital and scoffs at »
- Gary Susman
Directed by Billy Wilder
The past few weeks have been good for Humphrey Bogart on Blu-ray. The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The African Queen were recently rereleased and assembled for the Best of Bogart Collection, and now, Sabrina, one of the legendary star’s final films, has received its first American appearance on the format. Perhaps more importantly, if total number of titles available on Blu-ray is the basis for judgment, Sabrina also marks one of disappointingly few Billy Wilder titles available in the remastered form. That the film also stars the radiant Audrey Hepburn and the remarkably versatile William Holden confirms that the release is worth commending.
- Jeremy Carr
Casablanca (1942) is Hefner’s favorite film and he watches it every year for his birthday. The film takes place in the 1940s at the beginning of World War II and tells the tale of star-crossed lovers Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman). On the night of his party, he posted photos on Twitter of his dressed up guests.
White formal jackets on "Casablanca" night pic.twitter.com/M3LfcRHxLm
— Hugh Hefner (@hughhefner) April 5, 2014
The men at the party were all dressed in crisp, white suits in tribute to the film’s male protagonist, while the women had a bit more freedom with their costumes.
The ladies celebrating my birthday on Casablanca Night pic.twitter.com/HaXDy »
There are handful of actors who will forever be ingrained in the canon of film history. John Wayne, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, James Dean, Gregory Peck, to name just a few. One of the most iconic actors of all time, Humphrey Bogart, gets his own four-movie Blu-ray collection this week. This is the kind of release that usually hits near Father’s Day. Get your shopping done early this year.
There’s no company more adept at re-releasing already available product and making it seem fresh than Warner Bros. The four blu-rays included in “The Best of Bogart Collection” are literally just the four previously-available releases in a new case (and nowhere near as extensive career-wise as the DVD-only box set released for the legend a few years ago). They’re even stacked two on top of each other on each side. However, if you don’t own maybe »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
(Claude Sautet, 1960; BFI, 12)
Le roman policier and le film policier (now widely known by the reverse slang or verlan term "polar") have been staples of French popular culture for a century. Its soundtrack crackling with underworld argot, its air thick with smoke from Gauloises, its morality pulsating with romantic cynicism, the genre's golden age in the cinema was roughly between 1955 and the mid-70s. That's from the release of Rififi (the 1955 gangster movie directed by blacklisted American exile Jules Dassin, a movie much indebted to John Huston's 1950 The Asphalt Jungle) to the death in 1973 of Jean-Pierre Melville, the Americanophile cineaste and creator of definitive gangster flicks. These two decades encompass the classic polars of Jacques Becker, the best films of Lino Ventura (the French Bogart), the nouvelle vague (informally launched by a Louis Malle policier, Lift to the Scaffold, starring Ventura), and Godard's subversion of the genre in Breathless. »
- Philip French
Roberto Rossellini's Rome is dazed, disoriented and at the mercy of Nazis in this classic of neorealism
The Rome of Rossellini's film (now on rerelease) has a dazed, disoriented, stateless look – like the Vienna of Carol Reed's The Third Man or the studio-created Casablanca in Michael Curtiz's movie. The action is set over the winter of 1943-44: it is an "open" city because this was the wartime status conferred on it: in return for a cessation of bombing, the authorities would abandon its military defence. This was a concession to the Allies: but Rossellini's irony is that Rome is "open" to Italy's occupier, Germany, as the capital of northern Italy's new Nazi puppet-state, the so-called Salò Republic (which inspired Pier Pasolini's film Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom).
The former stronghold of empire is unprotected, open to the forces of history – and to a new kind of film-maker. »
12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards
Here are the results for the 12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.
Thank you to the 298 movie fans from across the nation voted in the awards this year.
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
Did you know that only one other Oscar ceremony has ever been held on a March 2nd? That'd be March 2nd, 1944 which crowned Casablanca 1943's best picture. Let's hope Oscar chooses as well tonight.
May your favorites lose tonight ... if they're different than mine! Kisses.
Though Casablanca is one of those rare pictures that virtually everyone loves, it actually only won three of its eight Oscar nominations that night: Picture, Director (Michael Curtiz), and Screenplay. Only Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940) won fewer Oscars among the Best Pictures of the 1940s with just two statues. So I don't wanna see any online snarking if 12 Years a Slave goes home with only a 2 or 3 statues including the big one. Spreading the wealth is not a new thing and i'd argue it's a healthier thing for the movies, too.
- NATHANIEL R
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has unveiled the complete list of 20 cities that will be treated to a free theatrical screening of classic Casablanca (1942) on Tuesday, March 4.
Nearly 10,000 fans voted to help choose 10 of the markets that will host screenings, with the most votes going to Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, St. Louis and San Diego.
Those cities join the previously announced screenings in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Miami,Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Presented in collaboration with Warner Bros., TCM’s 20-market screening of Casablanca is one of many events surrounding the celebration of the network’s 20th Anniversary as a leading authority in classic film. Although the screenings are free, tickets are required for entrance.
Free tickets are now available for download from the TCM 20th Anniversary website: tcm.com/20.
TCM’s special screenings of Casablanca will begin at 7:30 p. »
- Melissa Thompson
By Charity Lee
When you think of the perfect movie-loving date night, you definitely have a Texas-sized menu of options. You could enjoy the Austin Film Society-sponsored “Goddard vs. Truffaut” series at the Marchesa, a night on the town at the Paramount on Congress, or even woo your date with a melody at one of the famous local Alamo Drafthouse sing-alongs. However, if you want to get retro, the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is the perfect classic alternative to an in-house film this Valentine's Day.
On the most romantic night of the year, the Blue Starlite will present a classic double feature of Breakfast at Tiffany's, starring Audrey Hepburn as the sassy and wild young bachelorette, Holly Golightly; and Casablanca, starring the hunky Humphrey Bogart. I’m a big fan of the former with its hilarious featured roles and its non-conventional romantic comedy setup. I also have never been »
Cinema Retro has received the following announcement:
To celebrate Valentine's Day, the Redford Theatre is offering free admission to this film event weekend in appreciation gratitude for the support and loyalty of our patrons. That's you!
Join us this weekend for what has been called one of the greatest films Hollywood has ever produced: "Casablanca". The black and white film from 1942 (a colorized version never went over very well) stars Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, with a stellar supporting cast that includes Paul Henreid, Sidney Greenstreet, Claude Rains and Peter Lorre. While other great films from the '40s faded into obscurity, "Casablanca" just continued to grow in popularity. By 1977, it was the most frequently broadcast movie on TV. As recently as last March, Warner Brothers released a 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collectors Edition Combo Set on Blu-ray. That's all well and good, but how often do you have the opportunity »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014
Price: DVD $11.98
Studio: Film Chest
The under-appreciated 1948 film noir crime drama Hollow Triumph arrives from Film Chest with a full high-definition restoration taken from the original 35mm film elements.
When med school dropout-turned-master criminal John Muller (Paul Henreid, Casablanca) puts together a major casino heist, not everything goes as planned. The cops don’t know he was behind it, but, unfortunately, Rocky Stansyck (Thomas Browne Henry, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), a vindictive gangland casino owner, figures it out. In order to “disappear,” Muller assumes the identity of a psychiatrist, Dr. Bartok (Henreid again, in a dual role), requiring him to scar his face to match Bartok’s … resulting in unforeseen consequences.
Looking for any excuse, Landon Palmer and Scott Beggs are using the 2012 Sight & Sound poll results as a reason to take different angles on the best movies of all time. Every week, they’ll discuss another entry in the list, dissecting old favorites from odd angles, discovering movies they haven’t seen before and asking you to join in on the conversation. Of course it helps if you’ve seen the movie because there will be plenty of spoilers. This week, they visit Pompeii, Sorrento, Naples and Capri alongside a husband and wife who are on the verge of no longer being husband and wife. In the #41 (tied) movie on the list, Roberto Rossellini directs his wife Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders as a foreign place shows them their true natures, intentions and the idea that they may merely be strangers after all. For its generic title, Journey to Italy is anything but. But »
- FSR Staff
To mark the release of the Poirot Collection on 20th January, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
The collection brings to life three of Agatha Christie’s best-known novels, with Albert Finney marking the beginning of Poirot’s on screen journey along with Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca) who gives an Oscar® winning performance in Murder on the Orient Express. Death on the Nile sees Peter Ustinov step into Finney’s shoes to great acclaim. Four years later, Ustinov reprises the role alongside some of Britain’s best-loved actresses Jane Birkin, Dame Maggie Smith and Diana Rigg in Evil Under the Sun.
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