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Christina Perri & Paul Costabile Are Waiting to Find Out Sex of Their Baby — Plus Details on Their 'Intimate' Wedding!

Christina Perri & Paul Costabile Are Waiting to Find Out Sex of Their Baby — Plus Details on Their 'Intimate' Wedding!
They just said their “I do’s” and now Christina Perri and husband Paul Costabile can’t wait to say hello to their first child.

Since the newlyweds revealed their engagement in June, they’ve also shared news of their pregnancy and in October, Costabile announced he’ll be the host of the latest version of the classic game show, Beat the Clock, on Universal Kids.

“It’s crazy. I never would’ve thought I would enter the new year as a new husband and new dad with a new kids’ show. It’s all one big dream together, it’s really cool,
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25 underrated political thrillers

Rebecca Clough Jan 13, 2017

Samuel L Jackson, Colin Farrell, Kirk Douglas, Denzel Washington and more, as we explore underrated political thrillers...

Ask someone for their favourite political thrillers and you’re likely to get a list of Oscar-winning classics, from JFK to The Day Of The Jackal, Blow Out to Argo. But what about those electrifying tales that have slipped under the radar, been largely forgotten or just didn’t get the love they deserved? Here are 25 political thrillers which are underappreciated but brilliant.

See related Star Wars: Episode IX lands Jurassic World director 25. The Amateur (1981)

Generally, the first hostage to get shot in a heist movie is considered insignificant; luckily this time the young woman killed by terrorists has a devoted boyfriend who vows to avenge her death. Charles Heller (John Savage) already works for the CIA, so he’s able to use secret information to blackmail his bosses into
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Everything Steven Soderbergh Watched and Read in 2015

Displaying a transparency that few filmmakers of his fame and / or caliber would even bother with, Steven Soderbergh has, for a couple of years, been keen on releasing lists of what he watched and read during the previous twelve months. If you’re at all interested in this sort of thing — and why not? what else are you even doing with your day? — the 2015 selection should be of strong interest, this being a time when he was fully enmeshed in the world of creating television.

He’s clearly observing the medium with a close eye, be it what’s on air or what his friends (specifically David Fincher and his stillborn projects) show him, and how that might relate to his apparent love of 48 Hours Mystery or approach to a comparatively light slate of cinematic assignments — specifically: it seems odd that the last time he watched Magic Mike Xxl, a
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Movie Poster of the Week: “The Private Life of Henry VIII” and Charles Laughton in Posters

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Above: Us three-sheet poster for The Private Life of Henry VIII (Alexander Korda, UK, 1933).

The great Charles Laughton may not have been the prettiest of movie stars, but he had a presence that many matinee idols would have killed for (as the current retrospective running at Film Forum will attest). In an era in which glamor was everything, studio marketers may have struggled with how to present Laughton’s unconventional looks and his larger-than-life portrayals of larger-than-life characters (so many monsters, murderers, tyrants, or simply overbearing fathers) to the public. In most of the posters for his most famous film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), he is all but a silhouette, a spoiler alert to his monstrous transformation as Quasimodo. And in some posters for The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), the film for which he won his first Oscar, Henry is made to look more like the Hans Holbein
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A Brief History of Film Romance: Flappers, Hippies, Rebels and Hipsters

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A Brief History of Film Romance: Flappers, Hippies, Rebels and Hipsters
In one hundred years of film, the basic formula has never wavered: if you want to leave them smiling, end with a kiss. But while all screen kisses may be heart-warming, they've looked very different since the dawn of cinema. Here's a look at the history of screen romance, by the decades: Decade: 1920’s Romantic Ideals: Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo Their Day Jobs: Sheik and coat-check girl How They Meet: Trapped in a desert oasis while traveling under a secret identity Obstacle in their Path: Her drunken husband, his nattering wives, Hammurabi’s code condemning to death all who gaze upon a member of the tribe. Big Cool Friend’s Advice: “Sail to the ends of the earth, where a man may forget.” Final Kiss Location: Under a full moon atop Mount Kilimanjaro. Watch Party Streaming Pick: “The Sheik” Decade: 1930’s Romantic Ideals: Jean Arthur and Cary Grant Their Day Jobs: Con-woman and paleontologist.
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Witness For the Prosecution | Blu-ray Review

As far as pulpy vintage courtroom dramas go, Billy Wilder’s 1957 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famed play, Witness for the Prosecution, is hard to beat. By today’s standards, the twists and turns of its once inventive surprise ending has the potential for quaintness, perhaps because it’s something we’ve come to expect from the genre. However, one can’t deny the power of its superb screenplay and a pair of electric performances that make everything wholly unrealistic yet oh-so-watchable. In the pantheon of Wilder’s legacy, it’s not his strongest title, but it stands out, though perhaps for reasons not apparent upon its initial release.

When a wealthy widow (Eleanor Audley) is found murdered, the married man that had been wooing her, Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is arrested for the crime considering he had recently been named benefactor in a revised will. Vole’s solicitor seeks
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Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1980′s

As all lovers of crime, suspense thriller, war, western, horror and science fiction films know, creating a truly great cinematic villain is no easy task. When it happens, it’s virtually impossible to forget that character.

We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains of the 1980’s.

The criteria for this article is the same as my previous article Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s: the villains must be from live-action films-no animated features-and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit.

The villains must be human or human in appearance, so no shape-shifting alien from John Carpenter’s amazing 1982 The Thing, no Aliens from James Cameron’s classic 1986 sequel and no Predator from John McTiernan’s beloved 1987 film of the same name.

Also, individuals that are the central protagonists/antiheroes
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Daily Briefing. New Bright Lights, Alphaville, More

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"Radical Emma Goldman famously demanded 'fun' as a precondition of revolution (the nerve!), and Bl associate editor Andrew Grossman agrees," writes editor Gary Morris, introducing the new issue of Bright Lights Film Journal. "Leading off the Articles section, he collates the 'polka tremblante' (aka Bohemian polka) with strolls through Byzantine ascetic philosopher Leontev, Nosferatu, and Carl Sandburg in a magical riff. Equally dazzling is Dave Saunders's paean to the Connectitrons via Hugo, The Big Clock, and Jeanne La Pucelle (Parts 1 and 2)."

Also in Issue 75: "Every trip must end, and our 'empty guest room' is unusually full this time. Jack Stevenson, who knows all things underground, offers thoughtful tributes to two talents associated with, among other things, the Kuchars: Marion Eaton, star of Thundercrack!, and Bob Cowan, who appeared in various Kuchar efforts. These are the kinds of rare histories that would not be written but for Jack,
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Harry Morgan, 1915 - 2011

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"Harry Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in the long-running television series M*A*S*H, died on Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles," reports Michael Pollak in the New York Times. "In more than 100 movies, Mr Morgan played Western bad guys, characters with names like Rocky and Shorty, loyal sidekicks, judges, sheriffs, soldiers, thugs and police chiefs…. In The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), which starred Henry Fonda, he was praised for his portrayal of a drifter caught up in a lynching in a Western town…. He went on to appear in All My Sons (1948), based on the Arthur Miller play, with Edward G Robinson and Burt Lancaster; The Big Clock (1948), in which he played a silent, menacing bodyguard to Charles Laughton; Yellow Sky (1949), with Gregory Peck and Anne Baxter; and the critically praised western High Noon (1952), with Gary Cooper. Among
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Blotter: The Joe Dante World Tour!

Joe’s a world traveler, some people say.

Having returned last month from two weeks in Hawaii (where he directed the Halloween episode of Hawaii Five-0, in case you missed it), Our Fearless Leader set-forth earlier this month to trek the globe, hitting Wisconsin to curate screenings at the Uow Madison Cinematheque flying to Argentina for the Mar del Plata film festival and then jetting over to France for the Amiens Film Festival. In his wake, he’s left press and bloggings and all manner of reflections from the people he’s run into here and there.

All of this to say that a) I don’t know why that opening read like a letter home from a war and b) Joe’s been very busy and we’ve been trying (poorly*) to keep tabs from afar. Play along, won’t you, and let’s see what’s popped up.
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Blood of the Vines: The Big Clock

Time for drinks with one of our favorite films!

Note: Our Fearless Leader Joe Dante — as part of his current world tour — recently screened The Big Clock at the University of Wisconsin’s Cinematheque series. Read more about it here. And here.

One of the most exciting nail-biters in the film noir genre, “The Big Clock” will have you wound up tighter than a cheap analog watch. No small digital numbers here. Crimeways Magazine likes it larger than life.

Of all the things to like about this movie, that huge timepiece in the art deco office buiding may be my favorite. It’s like the old scoreboards of classic baseball parks. Inside, though, instead of a guy flipping over the runs and outs, it houses a guy about to flip because his time may be running out.

In Kenneth Fearing’s book, the murder weapon is a brandy decanter, which
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Laura Ziskin obituary

Hollywood producer who helped break the male stranglehold

Laura Ziskin, who has died aged 61 from breast cancer, was an influential and widely liked Hollywood producer who presided over the breakthrough films of stars including Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Kevin Costner. She demonstrated an aptitude for shaping commercial hits, such as the Spider-Man movies, alongside riskier projects.

As a producer with a contract at Sony and the former president of Fox 2000 (a specialist division of 20th Century-Fox), she was one of the first generation of women, along with Sherry Lansing and Amy Pascal, to occupy positions of power in a male-dominated industry. "There are a good dozen women producers consistently working in features, making movies," she said in 1998. "Not one-offs, not one movie every 10 years, but consistently making movies. This is quite a change, a revolution."

Ziskin was born in the San Fernando Valley, California, and graduated in 1973 from the
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L.A. Noire Gold Film Reels Locations Guide

Rockstar's L.A. Noire is full of collectible goodies that make an already great game even better. Perhaps the most prominent hidden collectible are 50 Gold Film Reels canisters scattered amongst the game's four main areas.

Some of the L.A. Noire Gold Film Reels will be stumbled upon naturally through the course of playing the game. Many others are tucked away in nooks and crannies. Finding these hidden Gold Film Reels may require a lot of extra exploring or a little help to locate.

The following guide will walk you through how to find all 50 Gold Film Reels in L.A. Noire in the shortest amount of time possible. Right after the guide are four YouTube videos that will show you exactly what the guide is talking about. Collect all 50 Gold Film Reels and you'll earn an Achievement in the Xbox 360 version and a Trophy in the Playstation 3 version.

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Movie Poster of the Week: "The Big Clock"

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At 1:15pm last Friday I abandoned a prime piece of New York real estate. Christian Marclay’s 24-hour installation The Clock had been running for the previous four weeks at the Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea and on Thursday art critic Jerry Saltz had written in New York Magazine’s Vulture about “The Best Movie You Can See in New York (for Two More Days)”, calling it “My nominee for Best Picture of the year — maybe the best picture ever.” After that all bets were off. I arrived at 9:30am on Friday morning for the 10am opening and by the time I’d queued for 40 minutes there were no seats left inside the theater/gallery (the seating was a grid of black Ikea couches) and I had to sit up front on the floor. But within an hour I’d snagged a prime position on the front couch
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David Thomson on Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti has the haunted look and paranoia of a lifelong supporting actor who knows he's never going to get a big lead role

When I looked up Paul Giamatti, I couldn't believe his age – is he really only 43? He seems so much older, darker and sadder, all entirely appropriate to this era. Then, as I pursued the sketch of his biography, I found this: in 2007, the Brooklyn Academy of Music asked him to programme a series of eight films. He chose Hitchcock's very nasty Frenzy; Dr Strangelove; Altman's Brewster McCloud; The Big Clock, a film noir with Charles Laughton; The Seventh Victim, one of Val Lewton's best low-budget horror films; George Romero's Dawn of the Dead; John Frankenheimer's scary Seconds; and Phil Kaufman's 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In short, a paradise for paranoia.

So it's worth reminding ourselves that the best work
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Here We Go Again On Our Own | Remakes from the Eighties

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Usually, I'm the first one to decry the despoiling of my childhood with the constant onslaught of remakes in Hollywood. Every week another classic from the 1980's seems to be plucked from my nostalgic mind and parboiled for moronic Two Thousand Teen Decade consumption. They've also been snagging perfectly good foreign films and paring them down into Americanized versions. Sometimes, they don't even wait more than a year or two, as is the case with the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo or the Let The Right One In debacles. It seems like Hollywood doesn't have an original fucking idea in its empty little head anymore.

But then I did research. (I've been doing lots of research lately for the Litely Salted Trivia website which all of you are undoubtedly visiting every single day to get your asses handed to you by my beloved's murderous Ghostbusters Quiz.) And I learned something interesting.
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Drake, Justin Bieber And Lady Gaga's Metal Jones: This Week's Deep Cuts

The big clock on the wall of the MTV Newsroom says that it's almost time to put a ribbon on this week's batch of Newsroom Blog goodness. (Note: There is not actually a big clock on the wall in the MTV Newsroom. Strangely, there aren't any clocks at all in the MTV Newsroom. Shouldn't we have that bunch of clocks that tell us what the time is in Tokyo? Mysterious.) Anyway, that means that it's time to kick your shoes off, eat a rack of spare ribs and cuddle up with the latest episode of "Dr. Who." But before you do that, make sure you catch up on all the juicy morsels you may have missed on the MTV Newsroom Blog this week.

» Drake debuted a controversial new video this week, but it just gave us pleasant flashbacks to his fantastic role as Jimmy on "Degrassi: The Next Generation."

» Other
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Top Ten Movie Remakes

Top Ten Movie Remakes

Contrary to popular belief, remakes are nothing new in Hollywood. They're actually older than Hollywood. Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory, the first film screened for a paying audience all the way back in 1895, is a remake of a version screened privately 9 months earlier. Personally, remakes don't bother me much. Take the upcoming remake of Clash of the Titans for example. The original film had a nifty concept, but it was executed horribly. So why not redo that solid concept? Nothing wrong with that. And if filmmakers want to take on the crushing expectations of remaking a classic, well more power to them. It's not like the remake will magically erase the original film.

So let's celebrate remakes.

But first, what's a remake? Surprisingly, it's a rather subjective definition. Sometimes, a story such as Pride and Prejudice has been filmed multiple times before. Yet, is the 2005 version a remake of the 2003 movie,
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Movies Forgotten By Time: Enemy Territory (1987)

When movie lovers think of a lone hero trapped in a high-rise controlled by bad guys, the classic Bruce Willis actioner Die Hard comes to mind. Released in 1988, the film made Willis more than just that guy from Moonlighting and started a new genre, the contained space action movie. Soon other films were copying Die Hard's spatial premise with thrillers of their own that became “Die Hard on a _____”. Die Hard wasn't the first film to have this premise – The Big Clock (1948) later remade as No Way Out (1987) comes to mind – just the first to do it really well. About a year prior, Charlie Band, who would strike gold with the Dtv Puppet Master horror films, produced a small action movie set in New York about an insurance salesman who finds himself in a Die Hard situation with a local gang. Garry Frank plays Barry, an insurance salesman who's
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What's On Tonight: V, Dancing with the Stars, Ecw, Sons of Anarchy

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What's On Tonight: V, Dancing with the Stars, Ecw, Sons of Anarchy
At 8, ABC has a new V, then the two-hour season finale of Dancing with the Stars. CBS has a new NCIS at 8, followed by new episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife. NBC has a new, two-hour Biggest Loser and a new Jay Leno Show. Fox has a new, two-hour So You Think You Can Dance at 8. PBS has a new Nova at 8, then a new Frontline. TCM has The Big Clock at 8. At 9, Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs, followed by a new Ghost Lab. Syfy has two new episodes of Scare Tactics at 9, then a new Ecw. At 10, FX has a new Sons of Anarchy. Bravo has a new Tabatha's Salon Takeover at 10. HBO has a new Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Also at 10: MTV has a new episode of The Hills, followed by a new episode of The City.

Check your local TV listings for more.
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