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The sequel, titled “It’s A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story,” is being produced by Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners and Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird. The duo are aiming to get the movie into theaters for the 2015 holiday season.
Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s daughter “Zuzu” in the original, will return for the “Wonderful Life” sequel as an angel who shows Bailey’s unlikeable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.
Grimes, of course, bellowed the iconic line, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” in the original movie, about a troubled family man (Stewart) whose near-suicide on Christmas Eve »
- Dave McNary
This is my first foray into this concept, putting the spotlight on an indie director or filmmaker as a way to bring more attention to said individual as well as inform those reading this of the work that the person in question has been involved with.
Chad Ritchie is the inspiration for this concept, an independent filmmaker from New York with a pure passion for cinema. I met Chad a couple of years ago, a true movie fan and lover of the golden age of cinema, it became apparent quickly that Ritchie wasn’t your average movie lover, but also a student of the art of film. It wasn’t until I caught a glimpse of a trailer for a film named “Fields of November” that I realised just how adept he was in the creation of motion pictures.
Fields of November was released in 2010 and was the debut feature from Ritchie, »
- Chris Cummings
November 5th new Blu-ray releases include White House Down, Grown Ups 2, Parkland, Lovelace, Passion, Girl Most Likely and Syrup. Fans can also return to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition) and rediscover the romance with Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga. TV on Blu-ray titles include Mad Men: Season Six, Doctor Who: Series 1-7 (Limited Edition Blu-ray Giftset), Magic City: The Complete Second Season, Under the Dome, Weeds: Complete Collection and Farscape: Complete Series. Catalog Blu-ray titles include The Right Stuff, The Best Years of Our Lives, Bishop's Wife, Giant, Christmas Story: 30th Anniversary, Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Scrooged: 25th Anniversary, My Name is Nobody (40th Anniversary), Elf: 10th Anniversary, Three Faces »
- Patrick Luce
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition) A lot of Hobbit related content lately what with the three-minute trailer and eight new posters for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and now the extended edition of the first film which features 13 additional minutes, bringing the grand total to 182 minutes. Personally, I'm not interested, but if you are, Slashfilm has done a write up on the additional footage.
White House Down After Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down wasn't able to make much of a domestic impact, even with Hollywood's presumed new golden boy, Channing Tatum, in the lead. However, it did outgross Olympus worldwide, yet the $150 million production budget ultimately proved too much to overcome. Now it hopes to have a life on DVD and Blu-ray, but I wouldn't recommend buying it... rental at best.
- Brad Brevet
The makers of “12 Years a Slave” are in town this week, in advance of its Oct. 18 bow. And the Internet is buzzing with tales of Sunday’s partially-empty screening at the Academy and the hand-wringing of industry folk (anonymous, of course) who fret that voters might be turned off by its intensity.
A piece of friendly advice to those who might be hesitating, from the biggest wuss West of the Mississippi: Snap out of it!
There are four minutes, in the last half-hour, during which it’s worth hiding your eyes. But that scene is no worse than stuff on “Walking Dead,” “Criminal Minds,” “American Horror Story” or a lot of other shows on TV.
So why the bad rap for the Steve McQueen-directed film?
First theory: All those slaves in “Gone With the Wind” seemed so happy, “12 Years” is considered tough because it’s an eye-opener.
Second theory: »
- Tim Gray
We're almost done with these quickie surveys of my favorites and yours from decades past. Herewith the 1940s which I hesitated jotting down as there are more classics from this decade that I haven't seen than in arguably any other. If I keep waiting until I've watched everything it would never be posted. In truth, I need a project which forces me to fully deal with the gaps in my 40s viewing. A pleasurable project it would be, surely. But for now, off the top of my list-manic head....
Black Narcissus (1947)
01 The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
02 Casablanca (1943)
03 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
04 Meet Me in St Louis (1944)
05 Double Indemnity (1944)
06 Black Narcissus (1947)
07 Citizen Kane (1941)
08 Notorious (1946)
09 It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
10 Gilda (1946)
with apologies to other greats
Rope (1948), The Heiress »
- NATHANIEL R
This Warner Archive release is a Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVD. It is made to be played in "play only" DVD devices, and may not play in some DVD recorders or PC drives. This disc, however, played fine in the Toshiba DVD recorder used for this review. This title is available directly from WBShop.com by clicking here.
A freed slave (Paul Newman) is chosen to cast the Holy Grail in silver, but his efforts are thwarted by enemies out to claim the grail for themselves. In addition, a magician (Jack Palance) uses his magic to convince Rome he is a Christ-like Messiah. Also stars Pier Angeli, Virginia Mayo, and Lorne Greene.
Directed by Victor Saville
The 1954 film The Silver Chalice may not be a classic along the lines of »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
It's hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the debut of China Beach, in which Emmy winner Dana Delany made a huge impact on the small screen as Army nurse Colleen McMurphy, a complicated character experiencing the physical and emotional horrors of the Vietnam War firsthand and elbow deep. With the complete series now available in a DVD box set just in time for its silver anniversary, Dana takes a stroll down memory lane with ETonline to talk about the show's impact, how the defining role that initially daunted her eventually changed her life -- and how she almost lost the part to Helen Hunt.
Pics: Star Sightings
"The part was originally written [as a] Midwestern girl and she had blonde hair – I think 'the color of wheat' was the description of it, because she was from Kansas -- and I didn’t look like that," says Dana. "I certainly looked wholesome, and I think »
If you don't have travel plans for Memorial Day weekend, get cozy on the couch (and set your DVR) because there are plenty of fun marathons happening.
Need to catch up on Season 1 of "Longmire" before the Season 2 premiere Monday, May 27? Want to re-live "Veronica Mars" Season 1? How about watching the entire series of "Arrested Development" (and reading our re-watch posts) before the new season is out on Netflix?
Here is all your Memorial Day weekend programming, all times Eastern.
Friday, May 24
A&E: "Storage Wars" marathon, 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day
Animal: "Finding Bigfoot" marathon, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., "Invasion" premiere and new episode, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chiller: "The Twilight Zone" marathon, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Discovery: "Sons of Guns" marathon, »
Da Vinci's Demons spreads its wings tonight.
Patrick Duffy says he'd like to participate in a Step by Step reunion movie and that it would be interesting to see how the Lambert family grew up. I just hope such a series spawns a serious topical drama that desperately adds a laugh track when ratings tank, giving the Tgif generation a The Bradys of their own.
You've seen me complain that the dark side of a golden age of television is a too-full DVR that make it challenging to keep up with all the good shows (as well as the guilty pleasures and hate watching) available. It also means that shows like Southland and Switched at Birth don't quite get the attention they deserve. I'm still looking for time to get caught up on Game of Thrones, much less time to get to that third episode of Top of the Lake. »
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
When it comes to old movies, don't mess with Cher. The Oscar-winning uber-diva and passionate film buff is helping Turner Classic Movies launch its new weekly film series Friday Night Spotlight (8/7c), which kicks off this week. Each month will showcase a different theme and guest co-host. First up is A Woman's World: The Defining Era of Women in Film, a collection of 17 classic movies — handpicked by Cher — that illustrates the evolving roles of women from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Among them: Stella Dallas, Mildred Pierce, Bachelor Mother, So Proudly We Hail, The Devil in Miss Jones and the 1946 Best Picture Oscar winner The Best Years of Our Lives. (For a full list go to tcm.com). Cher and TCM host Robert Osborne will talk shop and intro the films, which air in four categories — Motherhood (April 5), War Effort and the Homefront (April 12), Working Women (April »
- Michael Logan
Cher isn’t often an opening act, but in this case she’s obviously Ok with it. On Friday she’ll join Robert Osborne to help kick off TCM‘s new weekly film showcase Friday Night Spotlight. She’ll introduce a collection of films built around a certain theme, and will be featured each Friday this month. The overall theme this month is “A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women in Film,” and feature such classics as Mildred Pierce, The Best Years of Our Lives, His Girl Friday and The Women. It’s a very busy time for Cher, as the celebrated singer and Academy [...] »
- Stacey Harrison
Written and Directed by Paul Hough
USA 2012 imdb Fantasia
The Human Race is a grindhouse drive-in classic that happens to have been made years after the drive-in heyday; at least it follows the maxim of legendary drive-in critic Joe Bob Briggs, “the first rule of great drive-in movie-making: Anyone can die at any moment.”
The set-up of The Human Race is that everyone on one city block, 80 souls in total, are snatched from their lives by a white light, dropped into a strange obstacle course and told, “The school, the house and the prison are safe. Follow the arrows or you will die. Stay on the path or you will die. If you are lapped twice, you will die. Do not touch the grass or you will die. Race or die.”
And naturally, there can only be one winner. To paraphrase Glengarry Glen Ross, “Anybody want to see second prize? »
- Michael Ryan
Looking at those animated studio logos that tell you a film's about to start – and the ones that do things a little bit differently
This week's Clip joint is by Dominic Graham, who blogs about film at Fifty Word Film Reviews. If you've got an idea for a future clip joint, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like the ever-present ads in the margins of our web-vision, we are so used to studio intros that we no longer actually see them.
In researching this blog I failed to find a name for the following phenomenon – so for the purposes of this post we'll call them "bespoke idents". If done well these can not only encourage you to remember who produced the film, but cannily get the audience onside by starting the movie early. It's an in-joke of sorts – prompting a pre-credit smile, or instilling sense of unease …
- Guardian readers
Cher, the Oscar®, Emmy®, Grammy®, Cannes Film Festival and three-time Golden Globe® award winner is set to be the first host of Friday Night Spotlight, a brand new film showcase launching April 5 on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). TCM host Robert Osborne will join Cher to kick off the franchise with A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women in Film, a collection of 17 films handpicked by Cher to illustrate the evolving roles of women from the late 1930s to the early ’50s. Each month thereafter, Friday Night Spotlight will feature a celebrity or expert host who will take viewers through a collection of films focusing on a specific topic.
A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women in Film will start Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m. (Et) with Cher and Osborne hosting a night of movies focusing on motherhood, beginning with Joan Crawford’s Oscar®-winning performance in »
- Michelle McCue
In anticipation of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, Sasha Stone, put together this wonderful montage, which features footage from all 84 past Best Picture winners. It’s a fine reminder that the best films never win as evidenced by the appearance of such movies as Crash and Shakespeare in Love.
The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24th on ABC at 8:30 Et.
Here is the list of winners:
2011 - The Artist 2010 - The King’s Speech 2009 - The Hurt Locker 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire 2007 - No Country for Old Men 2006 - The Departed 2005 - Crash 2004 - Million Dollar Baby 2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2002 - Chicago 2001 - A Beautiful Mind 2000 - Gladiator 1999 - American Beauty 1998 - Shakespeare in Love 1997 - Titanic 1996 - The English Patient 1995 - Braveheart 1994 - Forrest Gump 1993 - Schindler’s List 1992 - Unforgiven 1991 - The Silence of the Lambs 1990 - Dances With Wolves »
Vimeo user Nelson Carvajal created the following 4:09 minute video, which features a brief snippet from every single Best Picture Oscar winner from Wings to The Artists and everything in-between. He even added clips from this year's nominees -- Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, Django Unchained and Beasts of the Southern Wild -- at the end in prep for this Sunday's, 2013 Oscar ceremony. I am busy putting together my final predictions for this year's ceremony and at this point I'm not sure there's anything I'd change. I will be posting an article with all my predictions soon enough, but if you'd like to check them out, you can do so right here. I've included a list of all the Best Picture winners directly below the video. 2011 - The Artist 2010 - The King's Speech 2009 - The Hurt Locker 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire 2007 - »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy has just revealed 84 different Oscar statuettes inspired by past winners and created by artist Olly Moss for a special edition poster for this year's Oscars. The poster, which collects all 84 images (plus a new one for this year's winner) is on sale now right here. Moss designed the commemorative poster in collaboration with Gallery1988 and the final poster will feature 85 Oscar statuettes once the winner of this year's Oscars is announced on February 24. The press release announcing the project included the following bio on Moss, whose work I'm sure many of you are already familiar with: Moss, a graduate of the University of Birmingham, is best known for such works as the Thor cast poster for Marvel Entertainment, the cover artwork for the "Resistance 3" video game, and his recent book "Silhouettes" from Popular Culture. One of the most sought-after screen print artists working today, Moss has created illustrations »
- Brad Brevet
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