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'Flint': TV Review

There's a colloquialism we hear attached to certain stories: "It's just like a Lifetime movie!"

I watch enough Lifetime movies that I don't really understand what that means anymore.

Yes, the cabler still does plenty of fictional women-in-peril movies, as well as real-life approaches to the genre like the hilarious-looking upcoming The Lost Wife of Robert Durst, but Lifetime movies also include the oddly ambitious and weirdly experimental lesbian vampire take on Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? and a recent string of film-festival duds, like that Nicole Kidman thing where she played Grace Kelly. And that's before the network...
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When Animals Attack: Ranking Bloodthirsty Movie Predators

When Animals Attack: Ranking Bloodthirsty Movie Predators
Across her diverse filmography, Blake Lively has hung tough against the menaces of gun-toting criminals (The Town, Hick, Savages), mean rich teens (Gossip Girl), aging (The Age of Adaline), moving away from your friends (the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films), and being in Green Lantern (Green Lantern). Yet her latest project — the watery survival flick The Shallows — will pit the actress against her deadliest foe yet. After a surfing incident strands the starlet on a solitary outcropping of rock, a hungry shark encircles her as the tide rises. Teen soap opera alumna vs.
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Film Review: ‘The Duel’

Film Review: ‘The Duel’
If you’re an actor playing someone who’s sick and twisted and evil, almost nothing will get you into character quite like a startling new look. That tends to be the case whether the look comes courtesy of the makeup department (think Heath Ledger’s Joker in “The Dark Knight” or Robert De Niro’s Al Capone in “The Untouchables”) or, simply, the electric razor. In “The Duel,” Woody Harrelson plays some sort of lethally charismatic Southern cult leader in the years after the Civil War, and his performance, which is all about being the kind of person no one can take their eyes off of, begins with his look: a shaved head, which seems like no big deal, but with matching shaved eyebrows (and occult tattooish squiggles in their place), all of which give Harrelson the appearance of a death-row psycho, or an overgrown baby, or maybe a strutting alien.
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CinemaCon: ‘Birth of a Nation,’ ‘La La Land’ Stand Out in Blockbuster Fray

CinemaCon: ‘Birth of a Nation,’ ‘La La Land’ Stand Out in Blockbuster Fray
Las Vegas — A day after 20th Century Fox announced it would be releasing Warren Beatty’s as-yet-untitled Howard Hughes film in partnership with New Regency later this year, the studio took over the Colosseum at Caesars Palace to show off its upcoming slate. But amid the blockbuster noise of hotly anticipated titles like “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” it was a prestige drama from subsidiary Fox Searchlight that truly stood out from the fray.

Searchlight acquired Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” out of Sundance for a hefty price tag of $18 million in January, so the specialty division needs it to be a hit. Part of that deal stipulated that an educational roadshow component be provided, whereby Parker will travel with the film and speak to its story and themes. All the more reason, then, for this to be Searchlight’s first year presenting at CinemaCon, to get exhibitors on board.
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‘Port of New York’ is a serviceable thriller boosted by a magnetic Yul Brynner

Port of New York

Written by Eugene Ling

Directed by Lazlo Benedek

U.S.A., 1949

Ports, much like airports and border crosses, are the among the most important gates through which returning citizens, visitors and imported goods much pass in order to step onto a territory’s soil. The level of security associated with such to and fro activity is unfathomable, ranging from the verification of travellers identification pieces to the inspection of whatever goods said arrivals want to bring with them into the new country or state. Just ask New York customs agent Jim Flannery (Richard Rober), tasked with investigating the sudden disappearance of drugs originally intended for medicinal use. Enter narcotics officer Michael Waters (Scott Brady) who, together with Jim Flannery, is on the prowl for the stolen goods. A suspect presumed to be involved with the clandestine operation, Toni Cardell (K.T. Stevens) is pressured into confessing critical information,
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Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows

Some of the greatest (or at least heavily favored) American television shows got the big screen treatment when they were selected to have their small screen following turn into a cinematic experience. Unfortunately, for every beloved nostalgic television show that translated successfully in movie theaters (The Brady Bunch Movie, Star Trek, Batman, etc.) there are boob tube stinkers that overtake the good crop. Sure, there are middle-of-the-road movie adaptations of television programs that have a mixed bag reception (1997’s Leave It To Beaver, 1987’s Dragnet, 2012’s Dark Shadows, etc.). Nevertheless, it is always the unflattering fare that receive the bulk of the attention (do you register, 1999’s The Wild, Wild West ?).

In Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows we will take a look at the top ten televised offenders that dared to venture into cinema’s stratosphere only to end up floating down shamefully
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Remembering Actress Simon Part 2 - Deadly Sex Kitten Romanced Real-Life James Bond 'Inspiration'

Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (photo: Jean Gabin and Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine') (See previous post: "'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.") In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century-Fox from another French import, Annabella (later Tyrone Power's wife), Simone Simon returned to France. Once there, she reestablished herself as an actress to be reckoned with in Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine. An updated version of Émile Zola's 1890 novel, La Bête Humaine is enveloped in a dark, brooding atmosphere not uncommon in pre-World War II French films. Known for their "poetic realism," examples from that era include Renoir's own The Lower Depths (1936), Julien Duvivier's La Belle Équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937), and particularly Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) and Daybreak (1939).[11] This thematic and
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Screenwriter Walter Bernstein at 95: Still Front and Center

Ask Walter Bernstein what makes for a good screenplay, and he’ll answer you with a (possibly apocryphal) story about Henry David Thoreau. “He was living out at Walden Pond and a friend came to tell him that Samuel Morse had just made the first successful wireless telegraph transmission from Boston to Portland, or something like that,” Bernstein says with the practiced storyteller’s delight in a well-told tale. “And Thoreau asked, ‘But what did it say?’ That’s always stuck with me. With all the technology and everything else, what’s it about?”

“What’s it about?” is a question Bernstein, who turned 95 this month, has been asking himself in one form or another for most of his 65-year career, which has stretched from the early days of live television to the modern era of binge watching, and from the lionized “golden age” of the studio system to the low-budget indie renaissance.
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Game of Thrones, Made in Chelsea

Jamaica Inn: BBC One, 9pm

First of a three-part adaptation by Emma Frost of Daphne du Maurier's bleak romance. In 1821, Mary Yellan, a headstrong heroine, is forced to live with her aunt at Jamaica Inn in Cornwall following her mother's death. Danger and disaster await her on Bodmin Moor.

Her bullying uncle Joss is revealed to be a notorious smuggler, whose gang has control across the entire Cornish coastline. Life at the inn soon changes Mary as she begins to wonder whether she will change herself, surrounded by such immoral criminals. Even so, she cannot resist the charm of her uncle's enigmatic younger brother Jem.

Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This: ITV, 9pm

Feature-length drama exploring the life of much-treasured comedian Tommy Cooper, written by Simon Nye and starring David Threlfall (Frank Gallagher from Shameless). There is attention given to Cooper's practised incompetence with magic tricks,
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Watch: Sidney Lumet’s 1955 Rejected TV Pilot 'The Challenge'

It’s been over two years since Sidney Lumet left us, but what he left us with is an incredible body of work that spans six decades (be sure to check out our retrospective). From his first feature film “12 Angry Men” to “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” which came out 50 years later, those who wish to tackle his entire filmography could understandably feel intimidated. Furthermore, before Lumet even made “12 Angry Men,” he had already directed hundreds of television episodes from ‘50s shows such as “Danger” and “You Are There.” The Seventh Art has recently discovered one of his more obscure works, which had been posted on YouTube a few years ago by Princeton University with barely over 1,000 views. Entitled “The Challenge,” the program was intended to be a pilot episode of a series meant to tackle various issues that were negatively affecting society. Lumet directed the episode, which
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Watch: Sidney Lumet’s 1955 Rejected TV Pilot 'The Challenge'

Watch: Sidney Lumet’s 1955 Rejected TV Pilot 'The Challenge'
It’s been over two years since Sidney Lumet left us, but what he left us with is an incredible body of work that spans six decades (be sure to check out our retrospective). From his first feature film “12 Angry Men” to “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” which came out 50 years later, those who wish to tackle his entire filmography could understandably feel intimidated. Furthermore, before Lumet even made “12 Angry Men,” he had already directed hundreds of television episodes from ‘50s shows such as “Danger” and “You Are There.” The Seventh Art has recently discovered one of his more obscure works, which had been posted on YouTube a few years ago by Princeton University with barely over 1,000 views. Entitled “The Challenge,” the program was intended to be a pilot episode of a series meant to tackle various issues that were negatively affecting society. Lumet directed the episode, which
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R.I.P. Ted Post

The man who helmed Clint Eastwood in Hang ‘Em High and Magnum Force, the first Dirty Harry sequel, died Tuesday at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica at 95. Ted Post also directed Beneath the Planet of the Apes, but he made his mark on the small screen. The Brooklyn native helmed dozens of TV shows, including 56 episodes of Gunsmoke, 90 of Peyton Place, 54 episodes of Waterfront, 24 of Rawhide — starring a young Eastwood — and four of The Twilight Zone. Starting his career in 1950 on the CBS anthology Danger, Post racked up TV credits including Perry Mason, Combat!, The Rifleman, Thriller, Baretta, Columbo and the 1981 Cagney & Lacey pilot. He also helmed a dozen TV movies, mostly during the 1970s, and nearly as many features. A service is planned for 1 Pm Friday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in La.
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‘Magnum Force’ Director Ted Post Dies at 95

‘Magnum Force’ Director Ted Post Dies at 95
Ted Post, who directed numerous early TV shows as well as Clint Eastwood Western features “Hang ‘em High” and “Magnum Force,” died Tuesday in Santa Monica. He was 95.

He also directed more than 20 series of the Eastwood starring Western “Rawhide.”

Throughout the 1950s and 60s he helmed TV series starting with “Danger” in 1950, and going on to series including “Perry Mason,” “The Rifleman” and “Gunsmoke.”

In the 1960s, he directed episodes of “Twilight Zone,” “The Defenders,” “Combat!” and “Peyton Place.”

The 1973 film “Magnum Force” was the first of the “Dirty Harry” sequels. Post also helmed features “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” “The Harrad Experiment” and “Go Tell the Spartans,” as well as the TV series “Rich Man, Poor Man — Book II” and the 1986 TV movie of “Stagecoach.”

Born in Brooklyn, Post was a theater usher before studying acting, but then moved into directing, starting onstage.

He is survived by his wife Thelma,
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‘Magnum Force’ Director Ted Post Dies at 95

‘Magnum Force’ Director Ted Post Dies at 95
Ted Post, who directed numerous early TV shows as well as Clint Eastwood Western features “Hang ‘em High” and “Magnum Force,” died Tuesday in Santa Monica. He was 95.

He also directed more than 20 series of the Eastwood starring Western “Rawhide.”

Throughout the 1950s and 60s he helmed TV series starting with “Danger” in 1950, and going on to series including “Perry Mason,” “The Rifleman” and “Gunsmoke.”

In the 1960s, he directed episodes of “Twilight Zone,” “The Defenders,” “Combat!” and “Peyton Place.”

The 1973 film “Magnum Force” was the first of the “Dirty Harry” sequels. Post also helmed features “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” “The Harrad Experiment” and “Go Tell the Spartans,” as well as the TV series “Rich Man, Poor Man — Book II” and the 1986 TV movie of “Stagecoach.”

Born in Brooklyn, Post was a theater usher before studying acting, but then moved into directing, starting onstage.

He is survived by his wife Thelma,
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Whitney Houston, Jennie Rivera and more of 2012's Gone but Not Forgotten

As a new year dawns, a tribute to those we've lost in the year now ending is merited ... and in 2012, those sad milestones have encompassed some of the most popular personalities in television history.

Andy Griffith: The actor-producer who put Mayberry on the map forever will be remembered as one of television's most genial personalities, also extending to his run as wily lawyer Matlock.

Dick Clark: The number of music stars who owe at least part of their success to the "American Bandstand" maestro is incalculable. Thanks to him, people also enjoy "New Year's Rockin' Eve," receive American Music Awards and have a greater appreciation of bloopers. Here's a "so long" salute to you, Dick.

Larry Hagman: The truly unfortunate irony of the veteran actor's recent death is that he was just starting his second round of "Dallas" success as master schemer J.R. Ewing. He'll also
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Tony Scott: A Moving Target—Movement A

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Part of the Tony Scott: A Moving Target critical project. Go here for the project's description, index and links to project's other movement.

This is one "movement" of our exquisite corpse-style critical project, Tony Scott: A Moving Target, which coincidentally begins with a look at Crimson Tide, the same movie that begins the other movement. As outlined in the introduction to the entire project, this project began in my mind, as something fairly simple: a snaking continuum of scene analysis. This is only in part what resulted.

The varied responses I got back from my group—"mine" in the sense that it is the one I participated in, since Gina's contribution closes Movement B—seem to say as much about the participating critics as they do about Tony Scott's films and the overlap between the two: the perception of Scott's films and career. Thus many entries, including my own,
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Tiff 2012: Midnight Madness and Vanguard Lineups Announced; Lots of New Images

Horror fans, get ready to salivate over the lineup of genre films heading to Toronto this September for the Midnight Madness and Vanguard sections of the Toronto International Film Festival. We have all the details you need along with lots of new stills!

The fest runs September 6th-16th, and the full schedule will be posted on August 21st. While a few of the films listed aren't pure horror, they fall in the categories horror fans will be focusing on so we've included them here for general information.

Midnight Madness

The wild side: midnight screenings of the best in action, horror, shock, and fantasy cinema.

The ABCs of Death - World Premiere

Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis, Adrián García Bogliano, Bruno Forzani & Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Xavier Gens, Jorge Michel Grau, Lee Hardcastle, Noboru Iguchi, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Anders Morgenthaler, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Simon Rumley, Marcel Sarmiento,
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Tiff 2012 Adds ‘Seven Psychopaths,’ ‘Sightseers,’ ‘Room 237, ‘Dredd,’ ‘ABCs of Death’ & Much More

Following up an already stellar initial line-up, the Toronto International Film Festival 2012 has announced additional sections including Midnight Madness, Documentaries and Vanguard. When the clock strikes 12, some titles one will be able to see include the highly anticipated Seven Psychopaths, from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh. There’s also the world premiere of the horror anthology The ABCs of Death, as well as Dredd and Eli Roth‘s Aftershock and new films from Rob Zombie and Barry Levinson.

The documentary section brings new films from Alex Gibney, Ken Burns and an interesting one titled How to Make Money Selling Drugs, featuring interviews with 50 Cent, Eminem and more. Rounding out the Vanguard section is many titles screened elsewhere, including the excellent documentary on The Shining, Room 237, as well as the next from Kill List director Ben Wheatley, Sightseers (Cannes review). We also have Luis Prieto‘s Pusher remake, and Michel Gondry
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The Amazing Spider-Man 1970s TV series review

As (500) Days Of Summer (2009) director Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man swings into cinemas, with The Social Network and Never Let Me Go wunderkind Andrew Garfield wearing the red and blue pyjamas and Zombieland actress Emma Stone bringing Peter Parker's girlfriend Gwen Stacy to life while Rhys Ifans goes all Jekyll and Hyde on them as Doctor Curt Connors and The Lizard, it already feels as though Sam Raimi and Tobey McGuire's well received trilogy of barely a decade ago is 'old' Spidey.

However, nearly thirty years before The Evil Dead auteur finally put a human (as opposed to animated) version of our favourite webhead on the big screen, Spidey had made his live action debut on the small screen in 1974 in a series of short skits on the popular children's show The Electric Company. Played by puppeteer Danny Seagren, these three minute sketches which spanned a three year period
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Top 100 movies of the 1970s

Michael York dashes onto the cinematic scene as the blundering but very enthusiastic D'Artagnan in Richard Lester's hugely enjoyable period comic romp. The late great Roy Kinnear is the long-suffering vassal of aristocratic swordsmen Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Frank Finlay, whilst Raquel Welch and Faye Dunaway shine as heroine and villainess, respectively. Producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind filmed the following year's sequel back-to-back with this more successful first part, which approach they would revisit shortly for Superman and Superman II. Dumas with wit, energy and integrity.

Notable Quotable: "That man in his time has insulted me, broken my father's sword, had me clubbed to the ground, laid violent hands on the woman I love! He is inconvenient. "

Martin Anderson

Mike Nichols and Buck Henry achieve what seemed impossible, at least on the evidence of an earlier attempt: to transliterate the pitch-dark war humour of Joseph Heller into a cohesive,
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