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The Private Affairs of Bel Ami

13 May 2016 8:17 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Cad, bounder, dastard... look those words up in an old casting directory and you'll probably find a picture of George Sanders. Albert Lewin's best movie is a class-act period piece with terrific acting from Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Ann Dvorak, John Carradine, Warren William and many more, and a powerful '40s picture that most people haven't discovered, now handsomely restored. The Private Affairs of Bel Ami Blu-ray Olive Films 1947 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 112 min. / Street Date May 24, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Ann Dvorak, John Carradine, Warren William, Susan Douglas, Albert Bassermann, Frances Dee, Marie Wilson, Katherine Emery, Richard Fraser. Cinematography Russell Metty Film Editor Joseph Albrecht Original Music Darius Milhaud Assistant Director Robert Aldrich Production Design Gordon Wiles Written by from the novel by Guy de Maupassant Produced by David L. Loew Written Directed by Albert Lewin

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- Glenn Erickson

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News Bits: X-Men, Man, Couple, Ghostbusters

24 April 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

X-Men Apocalypse

A new trailer for Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse" is set to drop within a day, before that though the helmer released a new behind-the-scenes photo featuring Ben Hardy's Angel standing over his defeated cage fighting opponent who appears to be The Blob. Kevin Durand played the character in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" but that doesn't appear to be the case here. [Source: Instagram]

Man Alive

20th Century Fox has set "Fargo" TV series creator Noah Hawley to make his feature film directorial debut on the elevated sci-fi thriller "Man Alive". Joe Greenberg has penned the script for the project while Aengus McLoone, Leigh Kittay, John Cameron, Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Jake Wagner will produce. [Source: Deadline]

Couple Up

Lionsgate has closed a deal for Joshua Friedlander's spec script "Couple Up" which will be distributed through its Codeblack Films label.

A married couple, verging on divorce, wishes they had never met. »

- Garth Franklin

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Criterion Review: It Happened One Night

19 April 2016 1:06 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ Up there with It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Frank Capra's It Happened One Night is one of the preeminent director's most beloved and finest works. It's also anomalous - the film is romantic of course, but there's little of the director's famous sentimentality and certainly none of the soapbox speechifying that typifies so many of his other films. Instead, It Happened One Night is a snappy, warm and consistently funny romantic screwball comedy that still feels as fresh as it did in 1934.

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- CineVue UK

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Father of the Bride

18 April 2016 9:23 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This is one of Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor's best, written and directed by the classy MGM team of director Vincente Minnelli and writers Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett. It inspired a decade's worth of TV family sitcoms and set the benchmark for weddings for generations. Great fun and solid sentiment without mugging or exaggeration. Father of the Bride Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 93 min. / Street Date May 10, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Bennett, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, Moroni Olsen, Melville Cooper, Leo G. Carroll, Rusty Tamblyn, Tom Irish, Frank Cady, Carleton Carpenter. Cinematography John Alton Film Editor Ferris Webster Original Music Adolph Deutsch Written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett from the novel by Edward Streeter Produced by Pandro S. Berman Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

There's almost no point in reviewing Father of the Bride, as one doesn't need insights, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Dan Ireland Rip

15 April 2016 7:26 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Dan and I were friendly competitors in the early days of video acquisitions.  He was at Vestron, the first home video company whose deal with Time Life brought the industry into the mainstream. When he bought "Dirty Dancing", the video technology came into its own.   I was at Lorimar Home Video and my earliest acquisition, "My Beautiful Laundrette" premiered at the Seattle Film Festival, the festival he had founded with Darryl McDonald (but was not running then as he had moved on to Vestron). We have stayed friends over these many years and I will always be beholden to Dan Ireland.  A good man and all of his many friends already miss him!

He was supposed to be at Louisiana International Film Festival which he coprogrammed with Ian Birnie who just wrote in:

"In total shock. But almost no time to process. I am at Louisiana Ff.  Dan was supposed to fly down with me but was feeling sick on Monday and thinking of cancelling. I called Tuesday and never heard back, so flew down solo, and was surprised to learn at the Opening Night on Thursday that no one at the fest had heard from him. Got the news in the middle of the night on Thursday...It would appear he had a stroke late Monday or early Tuesday. Will try to write some kind of tribute but am being pulled in 100 directions. Sorry I couldn't tell him that attendance has doubled this year, screenings are selling out, there is real energy. He is greatly missed in Louisiana today."

Ireland worked as an acquisitions executive, co-founded the renowned Seattle Film Festival, and directed films such as "The Whole Wide World," The Velocity of Gray," and "Jolene." 

Here are some of the reactions from people who knew  and worked with Dan Ireland over the years: 

From Tim Ireland:

To all Dan's friends,

With great shock and sadness, Mike Ireland, Judy, and I must tell you that we have lost our "Hollywood" star. Dan passed away suddenly from natural causes on April 14. We found out just a few short hours ago, so details are sparse at the moment. We know the great multitude of Dan's friends will want to know this sorrowful news as soon as possible; and to all those in Los Angeles especially, we will appreciate your help and input in the coming days.

Ira Deutchman: If you haven’t heard, Dan Ireland has died. He was one of us.

Darryl Macdonald: Dan and I were emotional and intellectual SiameseTwins for most of our lives. We used to sneak out of classes in grade 7 to watch movies together, then came back together as best friends when he moved back to Vancouver in the early 70s and we ran into each other in a bar. We moved to Seattle together to refurbish and open the Moore Egyptian in 1975 and started Siff in 1976. The truth is that Dan's boundless ambition, dedication to talent, refusal to take 'no' for an answer and ability to bring anyone 'outside the fold' on-side is what made our success possible. Though our professional paths diverged somewhat a decade later when he moved to L.A. to pursue his real passion - making great movies - we were never less than cosmic lovers, and remained as close as close can be for the next 30 years. His legacy - best exemplified by his body of work and the enduring love of his huge circle of friends, is a testament to the unique sensibility and incredibly positive energy Dan brought to everything in his life. But that's not what I will miss forever - as rare a trait as that constant positive energy is. It's that positivity, and Dan's unique, twisted sense of humor I will forever miss. Nobody on earth will ever take his place where either of those elements are concerned. I'll miss him madly, and pray he has access to making the movies he cares about in Heaven.

Jeff Dowd: Kindly Please Share Widely. Rip Dan Ireland. Dan was and will eternally be one of the leads in so many people's personal “It's a Wonderful Life”--he touched and helped so many people in so many ways. I just wrote a lot about Dan recently in one of Our Classic Tales Episodes. If you email me at jeffdowd6[At] gmail.com with Dan in the subject line I will send you a rough draft with some Dan Classic Tales some time soon. If you want to talk about Dan please feel free to call me. Lotsa of love to everyone--and never forget that one of Dan's great attributes was his sense of humor and his laugh which you are all hearing now. Have a laugh for Daaaaaan!

Diane Slattery: Heartbroken... longtime friend from Vestron days. Please keep us posted on what we can do and greatest sympathies to his sister and all close to him.

Karen Roberts: Beautiful soul, handsome man, good friend to many - this is such a terrible loss for all who had the good fortune to know him - way too soon, very sad news. Please let me know how I can help - please let me know of any arrangements to remember him with others. Tears...

Temi Lopez: Dan is one of my closest friends ever... I'm devastated...will miss his warmth, his smile, his lovely voice... I love you Dan and always will. »

- Sydney Levine

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The Purple Plain

29 March 2016 12:02 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Fans of this show know it as the It's a Wonderful Life of war movies, an intensely moving tale that restores feeling and tenderness to people crippled by loss and despair. The stellar pairing of top star Gregory Peck and Burmese unknown Win Min Than is unique in movies and not to be missed. The Purple Plain Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1955 / Color /1:66 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date April 5, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Gregory Peck, Win Min Than, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Lee, Maurice Denham, Lyndon Brook, Anthony Bushell, Josephine Griffin Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth Art Direction Donald M. Ashton, Jack Maxsted Film Editor Clive Donner Original Music John Veale Written by Eric Ambler from a novel by H.E. Bates Produced by John Bryan, Earl St. John Directed by Robert Parrish

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

How can one convey the way a picture grows on one? I liked The Purple Plain »

- Glenn Erickson

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Read Big Ang's Bittersweet Eulogy: Her 'Last Moments Were Full of Support, Dignity and Unconditional Love'

26 February 2016 12:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After battling stage 4 lung and brain cancer, Mob Wives star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola died in the hospital in the early hours of Feb. 18, surrounded by loved ones. She was 55. More than 200 mourners gathered at the Basilica of Regina Pacis in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, on Monday for her funeral. And at her wake, pal Vinnie Medugno presented a eulogy penned by friend Diane Morton-Gattulo that speaks to her legacy of laughter and zest for life. At their request - and that of show creator and producer Jennifer Graziano - People is sharing the full text below. The final season of Mob Wives, »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Read Big Ang's Bittersweet Eulogy: Her 'Last Moments Were Full of Support, Dignity and Unconditional Love'

26 February 2016 12:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After battling stage 4 lung and brain cancer, Mob Wives star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola died in the hospital in the early hours of Feb. 18, surrounded by loved ones. She was 55. More than 200 mourners gathered at the Basilica of Regina Pacis in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, on Monday for her funeral. And at her wake, pal Vinnie Medugno presented a eulogy penned by friend Diane Morton-Gattulo that speaks to her legacy of laughter and zest for life. At their request - and that of show creator and producer Jennifer Graziano - People is sharing the full text below. The final season of Mob Wives, »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Inside Llewyn Davis

16 February 2016 2:00 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Joel and Ethan Coen drop most of the sarcasm for their deeply felt character study. Everything's a big problem for Llewyn: a girl (Carey Mulligan), various agents, fellow performers, and a cat. I find Oscar Isaac's Llewyn to be wholly sympathetic, and that cat business is deeper than it looks. The terrific extras include a complete concert docu. Inside Llewyn Davis Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 794 2013 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 104 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 19, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Ethan Phillips, Robin Bartlett Pappi Corsicato, Max Casella, Jerry Grayson, Jeanine Seralles, Adam Driver, Stark Sands, John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham. Cinematography Bruno Delbonnel Executive Music Producer T Bone Burnett Produced by Scott Rudin, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Written and Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

If I'm not mistaken this is the first Criterion release of Coen Brothers movie. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Kanye West -- I'm Gonna Help Fathers Feed Their Kids (Video)

10 February 2016 8:44 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_eg7ikv9w"]] Kanye West is raging and ranting -- when he's on Twitter -- but in the real world the guy's acting like he's on a campaign to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Kind Kanye's latest beneficiaries were a group of patient fans waiting for him outside his NYC pad ... and even the paparazzi who hung out for him.  Check out the vid -- at first he looks like he's gonna blow off everyone, not saying a word. »

- TMZ Staff

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Gilda

30 January 2016 11:21 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This adult film noir masterpiece showcases the most glamorous pin-up dream girl of the 1940s. Rita Hayworth, a young Glenn Ford and a sinister George Macready form a sophisticated, poisonous love triangle. Criminal intrigues and killer striptease fill out the bill. Gilda Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 795 1946 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 110 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 19, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray, Joe Sawyer, Gerald Mohr, Ludwig Donath, Argentina Brunetti, Eduardo Ciannelli, Ruth Roman. Cinematography Rudolph Maté Film Editor Charles Nelson Music underscore Hugo Friedhofer Written by Marion Parsonnet, Jo Eisinger, E.A. Ellington Produced by Virginia Van Upp Directed by Charles Vidor

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Some of the best 'movie' times I remember were seeing classic pictures cold, with no knowledge beforehand. Back at film school they'd show us things we'd never heard of, often in prints of incredible good quality. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Star Trek: The Next Generation’s 25 must-watch episodes

28 January 2016 9:24 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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These 25 Star Trek: The Next Generation stories are the series’ unmissable episodes…

Leading the charge back to television for the Star Trek franchise, and paving the way for three further series to follow, Star Trek: The Next Generation's 7 seasons had some very high points, and a couple of very low ones (that some would simply call “season 1....”, not that I’m one of them.)

These are the top 25 “must-watch” episodes, not necessarily the top 25 for quality, or indeed my 25 favourites, but the 25 stories that give you the best flavour of the series and its relatively unplanned story arcs. Just don’t forget that, like The Original Series, The Next Generation is a product of its time, and as such certain issues that writers wanted to bring to the screen not only necessitated allegory, but sometimes stretched it thin so as not to raise issues with censorship. »

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