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Directed by Billy Wilder
The past few weeks have been good for Humphrey Bogart on Blu-ray. The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The African Queen were recently rereleased and assembled for the Best of Bogart Collection, and now, Sabrina, one of the legendary star’s final films, has received its first American appearance on the format. Perhaps more importantly, if total number of titles available on Blu-ray is the basis for judgment, Sabrina also marks one of disappointingly few Billy Wilder titles available in the remastered form. That the film also stars the radiant Audrey Hepburn and the remarkably versatile William Holden confirms that the release is worth commending.
- Jeremy Carr
Who needs playoffs when there's Quality Ass to tap? Not Swaggy P ... 'cause after the Lakers final game last night, dude was Fired Up about takin' it to the hole with his rap superstar Gf Iggy Azalea. Nick Young and Iggy were leaving 1 Oak on Sunset Boulevard when we asked how he felt about critics who believe Pau Gasol should have addressed the Staples Center crowd at the last home game ... instead of Nick. What »
- TMZ Staff
Episode 16 of 52 as Anne Marie screens all of Katharine Hepburn's films in chronological order.
In which Katharine Hepburn wins it all back and then some.
For Classic Hollywood stars whose images so often transcended or eclipsed the films they appeared in, there often emerges one film that becomes image-defining. This film has the power to stretch forward and back in time, coloring biographical details and even other performances by that actor. It’s the film that will show up in retrospectives and Turner Classic Movies montages, be quoted by fans and impersonators. For Bette Davis, it’s All About Eve. For Gloria Swanson, it’s Sunset Boulevard. For Katharine Hepburn, it’s The Philadelphia Story.
What sets Kate and The Philadelphia Story apart is how deliberately this star-defining was done. Davis was a last-minute replacement for Claudette Colbert, and Swanson was on a list of Pre-Code potentials that included Mae West. »
- Anne Marie
Diana reporting from TCM Film Festival's Opening Night Red Carpet. The classic stars came out and Anne Marie and I talked to them.
Oscar winner Shirley Jones with her husband and the Oklahoma! premiere. [Photo: David Buchan/Getty Images]
4 P.M. Hollywood Blvd.
The red carpet is rolled out in front of Grauman’s, but crewmembers are still finagling with the Oklahoma! stop-and-turns as the press begins to descend on the barricades. Within a few moments, we chosen not-so-few (journalists, cameramen, bloggers) swarm to our allocated spaces along the carpet, with The Film Experience smack dab in front of the Grauman’s entrance. Tip sheet in hand and audio recorder on standby, we stand and wait.
5 P.M. The Red Carpet Opens
- Diana D Drumm
Tom Woodruff, Jr., is a celebrated and award-winning special effects makeup artist, and now he’s stepping into the directorial arena with Fire City: Interpreter of Souls. Dread Central was lucky enough to get an exclusive look-see on a special day. (There were demon fights!)
At the lovely location (an art deco building and mini-campus) in Los Angeles, we not only got a chance to interview everyone and watch filming – we even got a bunch of cool photos you won’t see anywhere else!
Dread Central: You have been with this project for a while, right?
Tom Woodruff Jr.: Through a couple different iterations. The first time I was ever made aware of it was when (the writer-producers) Brian and Michael came to me a couple of years ago with a script, I believe it was Fire City: Demon in the Darkness. And the script was honestly hard to »
- Staci Layne Wilson
I had just finished parking my borrowed Aston Martin Rapide S on Sunset Boulevard when a pedestrian pointed out, with maximum self-righteousness, that I had taken up two spaces (I was still getting used to maneuvering behind the car's majestic 7-foot-long prow). Apparently, haphazardly parking a $200,000 British sports sedan on a public street is just the sort of flagrantly 1-percent behavior that inflames the 99 like nothing else. Make no mistake, the 2014 Rapide S invites commentary from complete strangers--more typically good-natured envy from civilians and fraternal acknowledgement from fellow travelers
- Michael Walker
Sean Kingston's night out took an unexpected and humiliating turn when his Bentley got Repossessed on Sunset Boulevard -- and TMZ has video of his crew squaring off with the repo man.According to our sources, Kingston valeted his car at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood last night. The valet kept the car in front 'cause that's what they do with high-profile rides ... and that's when the repo crew struck. We're told the »
- TMZ Staff
A day in the life of the BFI National Archive:
“The BFI National Archive holds a magnificent collection of film and television, from the birth of cinema to today. Concentrating on British titles, we carefully select material for our collections, preserving, restoring and interpreting it to ensure our film heritage is widely accessible in cinemas and in the home. We also collect posters, images, publicity material, original scripts, letters and other artefacts.” -
The Trouble With Set Visits by Devin Faraci:
“The problem of the set visit remains the same, and it isn’t that my critical judgment is swayed by being in another city or the magic of being on a set (having visited probably a hundred sets at this point I still haven’t lost the thrill of stepping onto a sound stage. If I ever did I’d probably find a new job) or having access to talent. »
Los Angeles felt a 4.4 magnitude earthquake on Monday morning, and Ktla anchors Megan Henderson and Chris Schauble were caught in the middle of it on live television. During their unintentionally hilarious reaction (above), the morning news anchors dove under their desk after Schauble's facial expression declared, “Earthquake,” before his mouth did. Also read: 4.4 Earthquake Shakes Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Beyond: Twitter Explodes With Reaction The newscast's Hollywood studio, located on Sunset Blvd., was visibly shaken, so their priceless reaction was completely warranted, and demonstrated proper precautionary procedure for any viewers who did not have the luxury of earthquake safety drills in grade. »
- Greg Gilman
The end of the road. The scripts that should be studied, dissected, and taught for their quality, their timeliness, and their impact on the film industry as a whole. Some were perfect for their time and place. Some were ahead of their time. Some defined their generation. And one still rules all, forty years after it was written.
courtesy of hollywood.com
10. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
You’re just like your brother. Ignorant, uneducated hillbilly, except the only special thing about you is your peculiar ideas about love-making, which is no love-making at all.
Nothing spices up a movie theater better than a little sex and violence; Arthur Penn’s 1967 film broke new ground on that front. Fictionalizing the partnership of famous gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the film starred Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the title criminals, while »
- Joshua Gaul
The line of people wrapped along Sunset Blvd. Wednesday outside the Harmony Gold Theatre was a testament to the fan base that “The Raid” franchise has garnered since “The Raid: Redemption” was released in 2011.
“The Raid 2: Berandal,” the sequel to helmer Gareth Evans’ original Indonesian martial arts pic, premiered at Sundance earlier this year and its Los Angeles debut elicited gasps, screams and cheers from the audience with its intense and violent action sequences.
Evans, who also penned and edited the film, joked about the violent nature of his franchise before the screening began, calling “The Raid 2” a “mild PG-13 drama.”
Evans then introduced star Iko Uwais, who demonstrated his martial arts talents for the audience, before closing with a fair warning for those about to see the film: “Enjoy the violence.”
But, as Evans and Uwais explained, the violence isn’t just a gimmick — each of the fight »
- Andrea Seikaly
Kim Kardashian was a big hit in Beverly Hills today ... she got into a car crash near the Beverly Hills Hotel.Kim was tooling around in her Mercedes G Wagon on Sunset Blvd. We're told she was turning left at an intersection and the other driver was going in the opposite direction with his right turn signal on. An eyewitness tells TMZ ... the driver did not make the turn, continued going straight and they collided. »
- TMZ Staff
Hollywood is banding together to make sure what happened to Sarah Jones never happens again.
"The Vampire Diaries" crew member, 27, was tragically killed on a film set last month in Georgia due to unsafe working conditions. She was struck by a train while filming the Greg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider," and seven others were injured. The accident is currently under investigation.
On Friday (March 7), more than 500 film industry workers gathered in West Hollywood to pay tribute to Jones, the La Times reports. The union members carried candles and wore shirts that read "We're all Sarah Jones" and "Never Forget. Never Again." as they walked along Sunset Boulevard from the Directors Guild of America building to the International Cinematographers Guild.
Sarah's father, Richard Jones, thanked everyone for their support and called for safer film sets, so that this tragedy would never happen again. "This is not the end, but rather the »
Jones’ death has triggered a campaign to improve on-set safety, and led to the inclusion of a portrait of Jones on the Academy Awards on Sunday and vows from some union officials to press the issue.
The candlelight vigil went from the Directors Guild of America to the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, a few blocks away.
“No one’s daughter, no one’s son, should ever have to die making a movie or TV show,” said Jones’ father, Richard, told the crowd at a gathering in the parking lot of the Cinematographers Guild afterward. Jones’ mother, Elizabeth, stood by his side. He pointed to several in the crowd and said, “You are Sarah Jones,” reflecting the way so »
- Ted Johnson
The International Cinematographers Guild (Iatse Local 600) held a candlelit walk and memorial Friday evening for Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old assistant camerawoman who was killed Feb. 20 while on location in Georgia. Well over 500 participants – Local 600 members, fellow union and guild members, and members of the production community -- gathered at DGA headquarters, and at 7 p.m. began walking to a memorial service at Icg's national offices, which is nearby on Sunset Blvd. Some carried signs that read "Never forget, never again." In the Icg parking lot, a memorial video featuring photos of Jones played.
- Carolyn Giardina
Tragic news surfaced last week about the death of 27 year-old camerawoman Sarah Jones, who was struck by a train while filming on the set of Midnight Rider. She is to be honoured tomorrow by the International Cinematographers Guild and the Society of Camera Operators who are holding a candlelight vigil in Hollywood. The young filmmaker was struck by a train while filming a dream sequence for director Randall Miller’s Midnight Rider, a biopic about singer Greg Allman. The crew were unaware that they were working on live train tracks. Following the tragedy the film has shut down production. Union members will meet at the Iatse Local 600 in front of the DGA building on 7920 Sunset Blvd. at 7 Pm. They will walk from there to the Icg’s national offices on 7755 Sunset Blvd where a memorial will be held. Sarah’s parents are said to be in attendance and will fly down from South Carolina. »
- James Byiers
The International Cinematographers Guild (Iatse Local 600) will hold a candlelight walk and memorial on Friday for Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistant who was killed Feb. 20 in Georgia, during production on the upcoming Gregg Allman biopic, Midnight Rider. Starting at the DGA at 7 p.m., Local 600 members will join union and guild members and members of the production community in a walk to the memorial service at Icg's national offices, which is nearby on Sunset Boulevard. Sarah’s parents, Elizabeth and Richard Jones, will attend. Story: How 'Midnight Rider' Victim Sarah Jones Lost Her Life
- Carolyn Giardina
For the many who followed the Oscar race closely this year, there was never any doubt that Alfonso Cuaron, the creative brains behind “Gravity,” would win the Oscar for best director. But who knew that he might not hold onto that statue and the one he had landed for best editing.
After Sunday’s award show and Governors Ball, he swung by a small gathering hosted by Warner Bros. and made his way to the door for yet another soiree — empty handed.
“People were taking pictures of the Oscars,” Cuaron recalls in an exclusive morning-after interview with Variety at the historic Chateau Marmont hotel on Sunset Blvd. “I started leaving, and someone started running after me, saying, ‘Hey, your Oscars!’ Oh shit, I forgot about them.”
Cuaron isn’t likely to leave behind any memories from this year’s awards season, which earned him so many trophies, it’s hard to keep track (among them, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The proliferation of cheap non-linear editing software and video-streaming sites has made the video-mashup and supercut a common occurrence online. In today’s case, an older supercut—two years old—has made the rounds online recently that acts as a nice chaser after the Oscars. Edited by AtrEdits, the video pulls together the last minute or so (or final shots in some cases) of the top 250 movies of all time as voted by IMDb. Since all the clips playing at regular speed would extend the supercut into a near half-hour, all the footage has been sped up. Before you cry foul about the films featured, the editor set a cut-off date for IMDb standings at July 4th, 2011 so there’ll be no “I, Frankenstein” appearance. In any case, all the heavy hitters are accounted for: “Vertigo,” “Psycho,” both the first two “Godfather” films, “Sunset Boulevard,” “Goodfellas,” “Some Like It Hot” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day, »
- Cain Rodriguez
Vanity Fair upped its Oscar game last night. They build a huge multi level tented building in the parking behind Sunset Plaza. Traffic snaked back and forth on Sunset Boulevard in both directions. There was a big security plan, with metal detectors at the check in. And then you arrived to find an avalanche of stars. Stars and stars. Two by two, or three by three, they came. Inside the main room, just to the right, if you could find them through the fog of formally attired people, Jane Fonda and Anjelica Huston set up a beach head. Many stars, old and young, were crowded into this area including Jane’s beau, Richard Perry, and Sarah Paulson, plus Quincy Jones, who was busy looking for Petra Nemcova, and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks. Rosaria Dawson and Gabrielle Union weren’t far away. Sitting on a couch in a section nearby, »
- Roger Friedman
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