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Gun Fury 3-D

Rock Hudson and Donna Reed star in a kidnapping-vengeance-pursuit western filmed in large part in gorgeous Sedona, Arizona, in 3-D and (originally) Technicolor. It’s another 3-D treasure from the 1950s boom years. The trailer is in 3-D too.

Gun Fury 3-D

3-D Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1953 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 82 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Phil Carey, Roberta Haynes, Leo Gordon, Lee Marvin, Neville Brand.

Cinematography: Lester WhiteMusical Director (Stock Music): Mischa Bakaleinikoff

Written by Irving Wallace, Roy Huggins

Produced by Lewis Rachmil

Directed by Raoul Walsh

I have a new theory for why the 1950s 3-D craze only lasted about 2.5 years: they couldn’t find any more one-eyed directors to make them.

Gun Fury arrived at the end of 1953, in the thick of what would be called the ‘fad’ of 3-D. Columbia Pictures jumped into ‘depth pictures’ as if it were a gimmick,
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Guest Post: Why I Produced a Documentary About Getting Girls into Classrooms Around the World

We Will Rise

Guest Post by Martha Adams

How can the 130 million girls missing from classrooms around the world get the education they deserve? That’s all I wanted to ask the three Imams sitting across from me nearly a year ago, and the question we planned to explore in the documentary we were filming, “We Will Rise.” I had just arrived in this tiny village outside Marrakech to film with a 13-year-old girl named Hanane. We were unpacking our gear when there was a knock at the door.

The Imams sat on cushions on one side of the living room. Soukaina, a brilliant young linguist, and I sat on the other. Hot tea in glass cups sat cooling on the table in between. Soukaina began, meticulously selecting each word, while the men sat quietly listening.

I’ve spent a good part of the past seven years asking community leaders around the world how we can break down the barriers that have long prevented girls from becoming educated. I began this journey when I first joined Girl Rising to help produce a film on the power of girls’ education and ever since I’ve been on the look-out for extraordinary stories about trailblazing girls and the families and communities who support them. “Firsts” is what we like to call them — girls who are the first to read, to write, to graduate from high school. Girls who are the first to be valued as something more than a bride or a mother in waiting.

Soukaina explained to the religious leaders that we were a documentary crew accompanying Meryl Streep to Morocco for a CNN Film about Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative. We’d come to this home in particular because a father had decided to send his youngest daughter to school. His older daughters weren’t afforded an education so the question was: Why now?

It’s an important question to ask. This seemingly small shift in this one modest household may have a colossal impact down the road. Decades of research proves that educated girls marry later, have fewer children, and are able to earn significantly more. In short, educating girls is a critical step in addressing many of the most vexing development issues of our time.

The Imams were impressed that we’d come from so far. Now it was their turn to ask the questions: Who was Meryl Streep? Why had Barack Obama’s wife selected Morocco? What about the boys in their nation? They wished us good luck filming before saying goodbye.

Meryl soon arrived and, as if friends for life, joined Hanane’s mother in the kitchen, to prepare for the Ramadan feast. Tucked behind the wall that kept me out of frame, I listened to their giggles and beautiful attempts to cross the language barrier. Meryl was there to better understand how progress takes hold and in two days’ time she would join CNN’s Isha Sesay, actor/activist Freida Pinto, and the First Lady to host a town hall meeting for change-maker girls. The first half of the town hall would be covered by the national and global press and the 24 courageous girls, Hanane included, would have the opportunity to share their experiences facing down the various forms of gender discrimination they’ve encountered while growing up in Morocco. But such an event seemed implausible that evening, from the confines of Hanane’s home.

The sun now gone, Meryl and the family crowded around the table. Hanane’s grandmother was the first to chime in. When she was young not a single woman was educated. Today was different. She smiled, raised her hand in the air, as if waving in celebration, and proclaimed her support for her granddaughter. Meryl beamed then turned her attention to Mohamed, Hanane’s father. With his youngest son cuddled on his lap, Hanane’s father Mohamed told how they used to live in the Atlas Mountains and the distance was too far for Hanane to get safely to school. So they moved to this village, and while it was very expensive and he had to work two jobs, Hanane was now able to attend school.

Meryl listened as our cameras recorded the entire scene. She shared how education had made an enormous difference in her own life. She talked of life for her grandmother and assured Mohamed that this was a global issue affecting us all.

Hanane’s father, tired from one job and needing to go to the next, added one last reflection: his family had been trapped in a cycle of poverty. “If I don’t give my children a chance, the cycle doesn’t end,” he observed.

In saying goodbye, I asked if I could take a quick peek at where Hanane kept her things. One room had been closed off during our visit by only a thin tapestry, just two feet from where we were standing. In a hushed tone, Hanane told me we couldn’t go in that room: “My older sister is in there and she cannot be seen,” she explained.

I thought I misunderstood. Could she repeat that? This entire time, one of Hanane’s older sisters had been on the other side of this curtain?

Soukaina and I turned to her father. Mohammed explained that she was married to a conservative man who forbid her from being seen. Free of cameras and our heads covered, we promised we would be discreet but the answer was no.

Hanane’s sister heard this conversation, just as she had heard everything else that evening. My heart sank. One young woman on one path while her sister was on another.

The film team was distressed that night. We were strangers in this land, new to the complexities of this culture. But we held true to the belief that giving girls like Hanane a chance to be heard was, in fact, the right thing to do. That this trip, this film, this journey with the First Lady would in some way help fuel the world’s efforts to forever change the way nations value girls.

You can watch “We Will Rise” on iTunes. For more information about the film — and the issue of girls’ access to education worldwide — head over to CNN.

Martha Adams helped produce the film at the center of the Girl Rising campaign and CNN Films’ “We Will Rise.” She frequently speaks on the subject of girls’ empowerment, radical change, and the critical role storytelling plays.


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Our Man in Havana

It’s Obi-Wan versus Fidel! Well, not really. The pre-Bond espionage genre lights up with cool intrigues and comic absurdities, as a Brit vacuum salesman in Havana is recruited to spy for Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The filmmakers and stars are all top caliber, and the location is legendary: Castro’s Cuba, immediately after the revolution.

Our Man in Havana


Twilight Time

1959 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date March 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O’Hara, Ernie Kovacs, Noël Coward, Ralph Richardson, Jo Morrow, Gregoire Aslan.

Cinematography: Oswald Morris

Music Score: Frank and Laurence Deniz

Art Direction: John Box

Film Editor: Bert Bates

Written by Graham Greene from his novel

Produced and Directed by Carol Reed

One of the best pre-James Bond spy pictures is this brilliant, yet lumpy adventure with an historically unique setting — it was filmed in Castro’s Cuba,
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‘Hunters’ Producers Talk Avoiding Sci-Fi Cliches in Their New Alien Drama

‘Hunters’ Producers Talk Avoiding Sci-Fi Cliches in Their New Alien Drama
Following the success of “The Magicians” and “The Expanse,” Syfy’s “Hunters” is the network’s latest high-concept literary adaptation, based on the bestselling novel “Alien Hunter” by Whitley Strieber. Executive produced by “The Walking Dead’s” Gale Anne Hurd and “12 Monkeys” Ep Natalie Chaidez (who serves as showrunner), the series centers around a decorated FBI agent who is drawn into the orbit of a secret government agency — the Exo-Terrorism Unit — assembled to track down a group of ruthless terrorists called “Hunters” who do not come from this world. The series stars Nathan Phillips as Flynn, the FBI agent in search of his missing wife, and Britne Oldford as Etu operative Allison Regan, who’s hiding secrets of her own.

At SXSW, Variety sat down with Hurd, Chaidez and Oldford to discuss how the genre show aims to avoid some of sci-fi storytelling’s most overused tropes, their dedication to diverse hiring,
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Alan Alda Writes Touching Tribute to Late M.A.S.H. Costar Wayne Rogers: 'I Would Tell Him My Dreams'

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Alan Alda Writes Touching Tribute to Late M.A.S.H. Costar Wayne Rogers: 'I Would Tell Him My Dreams'
Alan Alda has penned a touching remembrance of his late friend and costar Wayne Rogers just days after his death. Rogers, best known for his role as Trapper John on the TV adaptation of M.A.S.H., died last week at the age of 82. Roger's former publicist confirmed that the actor died of complications from pneumonia. Alda, 79, published a heartfelt tribute to Rogers in The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, in which he recalled the first time he met Rogers and what it was like working with the actor on the iconic CBS show. "Wayne Rogers and I had never
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Alan Alda Pens Tribute to Late 'M*A*S*H' Co-Star Wayne Rogers

Alan Alda Pens Tribute to Late 'M*A*S*H' Co-Star Wayne Rogers
A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Wayne Rogers and I had never met before the day we began rehearsing for M*A*S*H. We were strangers, but we both knew we somehow had to find a relationship like the one the characters we played had. We went out to dinner that night and over a long meal and a bottle of wine, we promised each other that we would give the show everything we had. We both thought it could be more than

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Fat City

John Huston sets the bar for director-driven quality filmmaking of the early 1970s. Stacy Keach is a punchy boxing bum who teams up with the ambitious newcomer Jeff Bridges; the glowing discovery is the amazing Susan Tyrell, film history's most convincingly caustic floozy-alcoholic, bar none. Her voice can peel paint, but we love her dearly. Fat City Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date September 8, 2015 / available through the Twilight Time Movies / 20.95 Starring Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell, Candy Clark, Nicholas Colasanto, Art Aragon, Curtis Cokes, Sixto Rodriguez Cinematography Conrad L. Hall Production Designer Richard Sylbert Film Editor Walter Thompson Original Music Kris Kristofferson, Marvin Hamlisch (supervisor) Written by Leonard Gardner from his novel <Produced by John Huston, Ray Stark Directed by John Huston

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

This rewarding show is a fine opportunity to catch up on two great talents, John Huston and Stacy Keach.
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Grant Not Gay at All in Gender-Bending Comedy Tonight

Cary Grant films on TCM: Gender-bending 'I Was a Male War Bride' (photo: Cary Grant not gay at all in 'I Was a Male War Bride') More Cary Grant films will be shown tonight, as Turner Classic Movies continues with its Star of the Month presentations. On TCM right now is the World War II action-drama Destination Tokyo (1943), in which Grant finds himself aboard a U.S. submarine, alongside John Garfield, Dane Clark, Robert Hutton, and Tom Tully, among others. The directorial debut of screenwriter Delmer Daves (The Petrified Forest, Love Affair) -- who, in the following decade, would direct a series of classy Westerns, e.g., 3:10 to Yuma, The Hanging Tree -- Destination Tokyo is pure flag-waving propaganda, plodding its way through the dangerous waters of Hollywood war-movie stereotypes and speechifying banalities. The film's key point of interest, in fact, is Grant himself -- not because he's any good,
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John Garfield Movie Schedule: Pride Of The Marines, The Postman Always Rings Twice

John Garfield on TCM: Humoresque, Four Daughters, We Were Strangers Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am Four Daughters (1938) A small-town family's peaceful life is shattered when one daughter falls for a rebellious musician. Dir: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Priscilla Lane, Claude Rains, Jeffrey Lynn, John Garfield. Bw-90 mins. 7:45 Am Blackwell's Island (1939) A reporter gets himself sent to prison to expose a mobster. Dir: William McGann. Cast: John Garfield, Rosemary Lane, Dick Purcell. Bw-71 mins. 9:00 Am They Made Me A Criminal (1939) A young boxer flees to farming country when he thinks he's killed an opponent in the ring. Dir: Busby Berkeley. Cast: John Garfield, Claude Rains, Gloria Dickson. Bw-92 mins. 10:45 Am Dangerously They Live (1942) A doctor tries to rescue a young innocent from Nazi agents. Dir: Robert Florey. Cast: John Garfield, Nancy Coleman, Raymond Massey. Bw-77 mins. 12:15 Pm Pride Of The Marines (1945) A blinded
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John Garfield on TCM: Humoresque, The Breaking Point, We Were Strangers

John Garfield, Joan Crawford, Humoresque John Garfield is Turner Classic Movies' "Summer Under the Stars" star on Friday, August 5. TCM will be presenting twelve John Garfield movies, in addition to the 2003 documentary The John Garfield Story. There will be no TCM premieres — but don't blame TCM for that. Garfield was a Warner Bros. star and Warners' movies belong to the Time Warner library; in other words, his films are always available. In fact, I believe the only John Garfield movie that has never been shown on TCM is 20th Century Fox's 1950 drama Under My Skin. [John Garfield Movie Schedule.] Much like Warners' James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and Errol Flynn, Garfield was a tough guy at a tough studio. Come to think of it, even Warners' women were tough: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Glenda Farrell, and, off screen, Olivia de Havilland and Joan Leslie (both of
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Rondo Nominee: The Most “Famous Monster” of Them All

FamousMonsters.com is pleased and honored to re-present Steve Vertlieb’s touching tribute to our dear departed Forrest J Ackerman. We’re also very happy to report that Steve’s story is a finalist in this year’s Rondo Awards! Please visit the official Rondo Awards site for the chance to cast your ballot for this and many other outstanding nominees. Also, be sure to check out The Thunder Child, where Steve’s story originally ran.

The Most “Famous Monster” Of Them All

A Personal Remembrance of Forrest J Ackerman

by Steve Vertlieb

In a child-like land of dreams and dragons dwelt a Pied Piper of imagination, a Santa Claus of fantasy and horror, who lived in the mythical kingdom of Horrorweird, Karloffornia. His name was Forrest J Ackerman but, to his friends and colleagues, he was simply “Forry.”

A generation of wide- eyed children grew up under the spell
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