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Back when interracial marriage was a shady topic (are those dark days coming back?) the U.S. military had some adjustment issues. Full integration of the ranks didn’t remove the anti- Japanese bigotry. James Michener’s novel has been transformed into a big-scale romance, with Marlon Brando coming to terms with a split in loyalty between the flag and his private life. The big shock is that the Paul Osborn’s screenplay doesn’t let the military off easy.

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1957 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 147 min. / Street Date November 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Marlon Brando, Patricia Owens, James Garner, Martha Scott, Miiko Taka, Miyoshi Umeki, Red Buttons, Kent Smith.

Cinematography: Ellsworth Fredericks

Film Editors: Philip W. Anderson, Arthur P. Schmidt

Production Design: Ted Haworth

Original Music: Irving Berlin, Franz Waxman

Written by Paul Osborn from the novel by James Michener

Produced by William Goetz
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Kevin Spacey and Kafka with cats: a closer look at Nine Lives

Ryan Lambie Apr 12, 2017

Kevin Spacey turns into a cat. Christopher Walken. We take a closer look at the Kafka-esque comedy, Nine Lives..

“When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself changed into a monstrous cockroach in his bed.”

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So goes the first line in Franz Kafka’s classic short story, Metamorphosis - a tiny, existential drama subject to all kinds of interpretations since its publication in 1915. Even that famous opening line is open to interpretation, as this Guardian piece points out: did Kafka really mean that poor, unfortunate Gregor woke up as a cockroach, another kind of insect, or something else entirely? The German phrase he uses, “Ungeheuren Ungeziefer” loosely translates to “enormous vermin.”

Whatever Gregor becomes, it’s something pitiful and helpless; he can no longer work, and gradually, he’s shunned by his own family.
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Every Book Emma Watson Has Ever Recommended

A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.

Emma Watson loves to read.

The actress has that in common with her brainy Harry Potter character Hermione as well as bookish Belle, who she plays in the much-anticipated film Beauty and the Beast, out March 17. In addition to being a bookworm, Watson is also an outspoken feminist and as well as a Un Women Goodwill Ambassador and promoter of the organization’s HeForShe movement, which is dedicated to recruiting men into the movement for gender equality. As a response to her work with the Un, she launched the feminist
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Newswire: Turner Classic Movies subtweets Trump inauguration with The Fountainhead

Of all the side-eye being thrown in the direction of Donald Trump’s inauguration this afternoon, one of the most elegant and subtle digs has come to us from Turner Classic Movies, of all places. The Turner-owned cable network is “celebrating” today’s “festivities” by airing The Fountainhead, King Vidor’s 1949 film about an architect obsessed with big buildings and personal advancement by any means necessary. It’s based on the book by Ayn Rand, patron saint of fucking over the less fortunate, and, as Patton Oswalt put it on Twitter:

Oooh! “The Fountainhead” starting on @tcm. Entertaining, gonzo movie based on a shitty, gonzo novel! You all should tune in!

Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 20, 2017

Or, as Leonard Maltin puts it in his review of the film on TCM’s website, “cast does what it can with the script.” The movie started about an hour ago, so ...
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The political messages in blockbuster movies

Andrew Blair Jul 20, 2016

From Forrest Gump and The Incredibles, through to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and The Muppets - exploring the politics of big films.

Some movies wear their political messages lightly, some club you over the head. Guardians Of The Galaxy’s most explicit political statement is probably ‘We are Groot’, which could mean anything from ‘You’re my friends’ to a thesis on the benefits of intersectionality. Team America: World Police, on the other hand, provides an argument for military intervention that probably isn’t covered in the Chilcot Report.

Some movies, though, have messages buried at varying depths in the subtext that don’t come out straight away upon the their release. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, despite having been published in 1955, achieved this. The influence of World War One - the trenches and mechanised warfare - influence a technophobia, as does growing up near the Black Country.
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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77
It had been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.”

The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene — and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach’s “Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of ‘Heaven’s Gate.’

“Heaven’s
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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77
It had been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.”

The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene — and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach’s “Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of ‘Heaven’s Gate.’

“Heaven’s
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Michael Cimino, ‘Deer Hunter’ and ‘Heaven’s Gate’ Director, Dies at 77

Michael Cimino, ‘Deer Hunter’ and ‘Heaven’s Gate’ Director, Dies at 77
Michael Cimino, who won Oscars as director and a producer of “The Deer Hunter” before “Heaven’s Gate” destroyed his career and sped up the demise of 60-year-old United Artists, has died. He was believed to be 77.

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux tweeted the news Saturday, writing that he died in peace surrounded by those close to him and the two women who loved him. “We loved him too,” wrote Fremaux.

Michael Cimino est mort, en paix, entouré des siens et de ces deux femmes qui l'aimaient. Nous l'aimions aussi. pic.twitter.com/emPv4nj5cZ

— Thierry Fremaux (@Thierryfremaux) July 2, 2016

His birthday is usually cited as Feb. 3, 1939, though many facts about Cimino’s life, including his birthdate, were shrouded in conflicting information.

Cimino directed eight films in his career. His first film was 1974’s “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot”; his second was the 1978 Vietnam War masterpiece “The Deer Hunter,” which won five Academy Awards,
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Snyder Talks Further "300" Sequels

When he's not preoccupied with the future of the DC Cinematic Universe, filmmaker Zack Snyder has been talking briefly about other projects he might pursue once he has the time - projects which have raised eyebrows. Earlier this week came word of his desire to do a film adaptation of Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead," and a few weeks back he suggested he wanted to do a George Washington biopic in the style of "300".

Indeed it seems the later might ended up being a direct part of "300", Snyder revealing in a new interview with Collider this weekend that beyond the sequel "300: Rise of an Empire," there's talk of essentially turning the "300" name into a franchise brand that could be slapped onto tales of any historical battle in which a small group takes on a mighty army. When asked if there would be a third "300" film, Snyder said:

"There may be.
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After Justice League, Zack Snyder Wants To Tackle One Of History's Most Famous Books

Zack Snyder’s been a rather busy boy over the last few years. The director went from working on Man Of Steel straight into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, while he’s also due to direct Justice League: Part One and Justice League: Part Two. That means that he’ll have spent the best part of a decade entrenched in the superhero world. So it’s no surprise that Snyder is already looking to move away from the genre, and he’s now revealed that he plans on adapting one of the most famous books of all time, Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. Zack Snyder made this admission while talking to The Hollywood Reporter. The Watchmen, 300, and Dawn Of The Dead director revealed that Warner Bros. owns the script and he has his own take on what to do with the ...
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Movie News: Simon Pegg Touted for Spielberg's 'Ready Player One'; Watch New 'Tarzan' Trailer

Ready Player One: Simon Pegg (above in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) is in negotiations to join the cast of Ready Player One, to be directed by Steven Spielberg. Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn are already set to star in the adaptation of Ernest Cline's popular novel. If things work out, Pegg will portray Orgen Morrow, the cocreator of a virtual world known as Oasis. Production is slated to begin in June; the movie is scheduled for release on March 30, 2018. [Heat Vision]   The Fountainhead: Zack Snyder wants to bring Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead to the big screen. "I've always felt like The Fountainhead was such a thesis on the creative process and what it is to create something," he said. "Warner Bros. owns [Ayn...

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Snyder To Adapt Ayn Rand's "Fountainhead"

A week ahead of the release of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," a new feature piece about the film's director Zack Snyder and his wife and producing partner Debra Snyder has gone online over at THR.

The most surprising bit of news in the whole piece though comes when the pair are asked about what other projects they're developing outside the DC cinematic universe. It seems Snyder is working on a film adaptation of "Atlas Shrugged" author Ayn Rand's other most famous work - "The Fountainhead". Zack says:

"We have The Last Photograph that I've been working on for a long time. It's a small, sort of weird project about a war photogra­pher in Afghanistan. I have been working on The Fountainhead. I've always felt like The Fountainhead was such a thesis on the creative process and what it is to create something. Warner Bros. owns [Ayn Rand's] script
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Zack Snyder Has Plans To Adapt Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead

You’ve got to wonder if Zack Snyder ever takes vacations. The man largely responsible for bringing Warner Bros. Extended Universe to life – along with his producing partner Deborah Snyder – never seems to take a break. Straight after locking down the final cut on Batman v Superman, he jetted off to London to start prepping for Justice League Part 1, and afterwards he’ll probably dive into Part 2. So what’s next?

Interestingly enough, Snyder spoke to THR about the projects on his upcoming slate. And they’re nothing to do with superheroes:

“We have The Last Photograph that I’ve been working on for a long time. It’s a small, sort of weird project about a war photogra­pher in Afghanistan. I have been working on The Fountainhead. I’ve always felt like The Fountainhead was such a thesis on the creative process and what it is to create something.
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Who Should Star In 'Godfather' Producer's TV Version of 'Atlas Shrugged'?

Who Should Star In 'Godfather' Producer's TV Version of 'Atlas Shrugged'?
The seemingly unadaptable "Atlas Shrugged" (1957), Ayn Rand's 1,200-page paean to unfettered American capitalism, has another suitor—or, to put it more precisely, the same suitor has returned to revive the screen version he's been pursuing for four decades. "The Godfather" producer Albert S. Ruddy has finally acquired the rights to the novel, the New York Times reports, and hopes to turn Rand's dystopian industrial epic into a "six- or eight-hour" TV version. (Meanwhile, "The Deer Hunter" director Michael Cimino is still determined to adapt Rand's 1943 novel, "The Fountainhead.") Read More: "6 Reasons Why Michael Cimino Will Never Work in Hollywood Again (Video)" The history of Hollywood's attempts to develop "Atlas Shrugged," for film and television alike, is as tortured as Rand's prose. Ruddy himself approached the author in the early 1970s, only to be turned down when he refused to grant Rand script approval;...
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Neal Doesn't Stand Still as Earth Stops, Fascism Rises: Oscar Winner Who Suffered Massive Stroke Is TCM's Star

Patricia Neal ca. 1950. Patricia Neal movies: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still,' 'A Face in the Crowd' Back in 1949, few would have predicted that Gary Cooper's leading lady in King Vidor's The Fountainhead would go on to win a Best Actress Academy Award 15 years later. Patricia Neal was one of those performers – e.g., Jean Arthur, Anne Bancroft – whose film career didn't start out all that well, but who, by way of Broadway, managed to both revive and magnify their Hollywood stardom. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, Turner Classic Movies is dedicating Sunday, Aug. 16, '15, to Patricia Neal. This evening, TCM is showing three of her best-known films, in addition to one TCM premiere and an unusual latter-day entry. 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' Robert Wise was hardly a genre director. A former editor (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons
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Michael Cimino tells Locarno audience "I’ll never stop"

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Michael Cimino tells Locarno audience
The director of The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate revealed that he often wonders “why I made the crazy, suicidal turn in the road that I did”.

The day after receiving the Locarno Film Festival’s Pardo d’onore on the Piazza Grande, Us filmmaker Michael Cimino took part in a discussion about his career at the Spazio outdoor forum.

“I don’t know movies in the way that someone like my friend Quentin Tarantino does; I’m not a cinephile in that sense,” Cimino told a rapt audience.

A legendary figure in the industry thanks to his small but potent body of work (including The Deer Hunter, Heaven’s Gate and Year Of The Dragon) and eccentric reputation, Cimino added: “I’m a frustrated would-be architect who stumbled into this lunatic business of making movies. I don’t why I made the crazy, suicidal turn in the road that I did; I wonder that all
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Dead Right: How Dirty Harry Captured the ’70s Culture Wars

Part I.

1971 was an incredibly violent year for movies. That year saw, among others, Tom Laughlin’s Billy Jack, with its half-Indian hero karate-chopping rednecks; William Friedkin’s The French Connection, its dogged cops stymied by well-heeled drug runners; Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, banned for the copycat crimes it reportedly inspired; and Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, featuring the most controversial rape in cinema history. Every bloody shooting, sexual assault and death by penis statue reflected a world gone mad.

It seemed a reaction to America’s skyrocketing crime. Between 1963 and 1975, violent crimes tripled; riots, robberies and assassinations racked major cities. The antiwar and Civil Rights movements generated violent offshoots like the Weathermen and Black Panthers. Citizens blamed politicians like New York Mayor John Lindsay (the original “limousine liberal”), who proclaimed “Peace cannot be imposed on our cities by force of arms,” and Earl Warren’s Supreme Court,
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Cold Eyes and Weary Bodies in "Hud"

For this week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot we're celebrating Hud on it's 50th anniversary

Though I readily concede that its my own prejudices as a Yank and a cityboy that get in the way, I rarely associate nuanced feeling with the western genre or artful dialogue with a Texas twang. So Hud (1963) plays like a miracle to me, a major one. This adaptation of Larry McMurty's novel (he would later write screenplays including Brokeback Mountain, which plays like a distant cousin to this 1960s masterpiece) never feels anything less than authentic in its Southwestern reality and yet its pure poetry. Consider this callous but perfectly sculpted line of dialogue from Hud (Paul Newman in arguably his finest hour) to his nephew Lon (Brandon deWilde) who is worrying about Homer's (Melvyn Douglas), the paterfamilia's, waning health.

Happens to everybody - horses, dogs, men; nobody gets out of life alive
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BBC returns to Tolstoy's War and Peace

Unlike broadcaster's epic 1972 dramatisation, new adaptation by Pride and Prejudice screenwriter will be in six parts

More than 40 years after its epic 20-part dramatisation starring Anthony Hopkins, the BBC is to return to Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace in a new adaptation by Pride and Prejudice screenwriter Andrew Davies.

One of the most widely admired – and longest – works of world literature, the new version will be six parts long, rather shorter than its 1972 forerunner.

Davies, whose other TV adaptations include Middlemarch and Sense and Sensibility, as well as the big screen versions of the Bridget Jones books, said the novel's Natasha Rostova pipped Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennett as literature's most loveable heroine.

"Not just a great novel, it's a wonderful read and it'll make a wonderful serial. A thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life," said Davies.

"The characters are so natural and
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Paul Ryan: Five Things to Know About Mitt Romney's V.P. Choice

Paul Ryan: Five Things to Know About Mitt Romney's V.P. Choice
America's first catfish-wrestling vice president? After Mitt Romney's announcement Saturday that Rep. Paul Ryan will be his running mate, the spotlight intensified on the 42-year-old Gop congressman from Janesville, Wis., a policy wonk with a passion for fiscal conservatism and, yes, wrangling catfish. Here's what you need to know about Romney's pick: 1. He was voted prom king at his high schoolHe also was named biggest "brown-noser" in his senior yearbook. A bright and popular student at Joseph A. Craig high school in Janesville, he played varsity soccer and was a member of the ski and Latin clubs. He also worked the grill at McDonald's.
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