7 items from 2013
Feature Aliya Whiteley 20 Jun 2013 - 10:11
The films of post-war Britain are fascinating; Aliya picks 10 of the best British thrillers from the 1940s
The 1940s was a heck of a decade for the British. We started it at war with Nazi Germany, with the threat of Ira collaboration with the enemy looming large. By the end of it we had seen Independence achieved by India, lived through strikes and rationing, and held the fourteenth Olympic Games in London at a time of great austerity. The welfare state was under formation, and in the space of ten years we had become a very different country.
The British film industry reflected those changes, particularly in the thrillers that were made. The lines between good and evil, safety and danger, were the stuff of entertainment that tapped into the concerns of the public. It was a period of vivid, ambitious, and surprising films. »
Houston, Texas is best known for oil and cowboys. Like most things, there is way more than meets the stereotype. My favorite Houston secret is Worldfest, a nine day international independent film festival held every April.
What is so great about it? It’s a point of pride for Houstonians because it is the oldest in the world. It was founded in August 1961 as Cinema Arts, and International Film Society. It became the international film festival it is today in April 1968. In all of this time it has been under the care of founder Hunter Todd. His goal was to create a quality film festival for independent filmmakers.
Meh, who cares how old it is. If it’s last power doesn’t impress you, here’s a short list of some of the filmmakers discovered at Worldfest:
Pretty sweet, »
- Aeryk Pierson
With rumors heating up that NBC is planning on replacing Jay Leno, HollywoodLife reports Exclusively that Fox is waiting in the wings to give him a new late night show! Read on to find out the name of the show!
A source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that ”Fox is 100% going to offer Jay Leno a late night spot if NBC decides to get rid of him.” Wow — how’s that for job security?
The source also tells us that Fox is really looking forward even though Jay hasn’t officially been let go — they’re already brainstorming show names! ”Some names thrown around for the show are, »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Roman Polanski can make 1,000 more films as good as Chinatown and Rosemary’s Baby, but for many Americans, he remains the flamboyant Hollywood director who drugged and had sex with a 13-year-old girl and then fled the country before justice could be served. The facts, of course, are much more complicated than that, and director Marina Zenovich picked at the scabs of the decades-old scandal for her Emmy-winning 2008 documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.
But though Zenovich had investigated why Polanski felt compelled to leave the country in 1978 before he could be shackled with a potentially harsh jail sentence, her »
- Jeff Labrecque
We told you that NBC executives are plotting to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy and now Page Six claims: “Lorne Michaels wants Seth to take over from Fallon. It would be perfect for him. Tina Fey’s name had also come up, but she has said she was too busy to do it.”
Is ‘The Tonight Show’ Coming To NYC?
Also in the report, is that NBC is already working to move the show from La to NYC in a state-of-the-art studio for Jimmy at the 30 Rock building. »
- Chloe Melas
Almost no subject is as polarizing as Roman Polanski’s sex abuse scandal, and that fact makes us cautious with editorializing. But if you need another reminder, check out this vintage interview with the director and Diane Sawyer from 1994 and you get a good sense of how provocative the case is. Anywho, the trailer has dropped for “Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out,” the documentary follow-up by director Marina Zenovich to her 2008 film “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” and it’s no secret whose side she is on. The new film details Polanski’s arrest at the 2009 Zurich Film Festival and ensuing 10-month imprisonment following a re-opening of his case after 'Want and Desired' aroused public attention. The true intrigue lies in the fact that Zenovich’s original project may have seriously added to the momentum leading up to the re-arrest -- a fact that the filmmaker acknowledges in “Odd Man Out »
- Tess Hofmann
With talk of Jay Leno being replaced on ‘The Tonight Show’ by fellow NBC late night host Jimmy Fallon at a fever pitch, HollywoodLife.com Exclusively has learned why NBC is actually ‘scared’ to pull off the move!
After industry sources told The Hollywood Reporter that NBC was eyeing to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon in the coveted 11:35 Pm time slot in 2014, HollywoodLife.com has learned that a move of this magnitude may actually not take place. You may be surprised with the reason why!
“Talk has been made of a change from Jay to Jimmy, but not as serious as it’s been believed and hyped in the media because NBC is scared if they do it, they think that Jay would go elsewhere. So the announcement of a change is not imminent and they are more »
- Russ Weakland
7 items from 2013
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