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Elmo Williams, the Academy Award-winning editor of the classic western High Noon who also worked as a producer, director, and studio executive died today in his Brookings, oregon home, it was reported by Curry Coastal Pilot. He was 102. Born in 1913 in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, William’s long career in Hollywood began when he became the protege of Merrill G. White before branching out on his own as an editor. Among the films he edited were 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), T… »
Elmo Williams, the celebrated Hollywood film editor who won an Academy Award for his clockwork, minute-by-minute efforts on the classic 1952 Gary Cooper Western High Noon, has died. He was 102. Williams, who received another Oscar nom for his editing on the 1954 sci-fi film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, died peacefully Wednesday at his home in Brookings on the coast of Oregon, the Curry Coastal Pilot newspaper reported. With his death, Olivia de Havilland, 99, is now the oldest living Oscar winner, according to film researcher Rhett Bartlett. Williams’ editing on High Noon, directed by Fred Zinnemann,
- Mike Barnes
A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I make you sound like a prog rock band... "It's been real 'High Noon,' my day." -Lou Midway through "The Myth of Sisyphus," Peggy tries to butter up Ed by telling him, "You've been a real Paladin," referring either to an actual medieval knight, or to Paladin, the heroic gunslinger from '50s TV Western "Have Gun, Will Travel." (Perhaps best known for its closing theme song.) By episode's end, though, it's clear that the title can only be applied to one Lou Solverson, who has himself quite the day of staring death right in the face, but acquits himself well throughout. Patrick Wilson has been very good so far, but this is his first big showcase of the season, and he's superb in it. The scene where Lou faces off against the entire Gerhardt mob by »
- Alan Sepinwall
As Disney and Lucasfilm continue on the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it looks like we’ll be getting some insight into some of the minor characters from December’s hotly-anticipated film.
Per Entertainment Weekly, the female character to the right of the above image, Bazine, will be explored in Delilah S. Dawson’s eShort Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, which will be published on November 24th.
See Also: Del Rey announces three new Star Wars books for 2016
December 1st will also see the release of the eBook anthology Star Wars: Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens by Landy Walker, and will feature four stories: “High Noon on Jakku”, “All Creatures Great and Small”, “The Face of Evil”, and “The Crimson Corsair and the Treasure of Count Dooku.”
- Gary Collinson
Last month during Force Friday, LucasFilm unleashed novels and comic books that represent the first wave in an ongoing series dubbed Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While we continue the countdown towards this highly-anticipated Star Wars adventure, LucasFilm revealed the second wave of books during their New York Comic Con panel. IGN announced these new titles that will debut over the next few months, introducing new characters that will appear in Star Wars 7. As it turns out, we've seen some of these characters before, although we didn't know they'd be getting their own stories through the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens book series.
Back in May, Vanity Fair revealed the the identities of several characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, confirming that Adam Driver is playing the villainous Kylo Ren. Another photo gave us a first-look at a number of aliens, who »
Films offer some of the best explorations of isolation and loneliness, argues James...
"In space no one can hear you scream." . The tagline for Alien, and the sad truth for anyone who's crying out for company in the wider cosmos beyond our stratosphere.
The following is a true story - many winters ago I decided that it'd be a good idea to leave behind my loved ones and wider society and go into solitary exile. I made an agreement with a stranger online and said I would spend the whole of that December looking after her two cats while she was away in Australia.
I then headed off to a cottage in the Welsh Valleys to fulfil this responsibility and, aside from those two indifferent kitties, I had no company at all. In my mind I'd envisioned this as a perfect retreat from a Christmas season I couldn't be mithered »
Jager’s firm, Core Innovation Group, will be a multi-disciplinary consulting and project implementation firm with an emphasis on media, communications and business development.
“After 15 years focused on in-house media and business development, it has become clear that there is a need in the market for an outside voice that can support the internal growth of companies and projects,” Jager said. “My goal is to help those creating media succeed, and help businesses grow. Everyone can benefit from a developer’s approach to business – one in which you look at the very core DNA and grow outwards. What I bring to my clients is not just the expertise in media and business development, but the mechanics to actually implement at a very high level.”
Core’s fast-growing list »
- Jacob Bryant
First-time director Richard Wilson's B&W '50s western is different. Robert Mitchum is on-task as a town tamer with believable problems, both in exterminating gunslingers Claude Akins and Leo Gordon, and with making peace with his estranged wife, Jan Sterling. That's not to mention Mitchum's attraction for pacifist Karen Sharpe, and ditzy showgirl Barbara Lawrence. And don't forget an incredibly young Angie Dickinson. Man with the Gun Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1955 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 83 min. / Deadly Peacemaker / Street Date September 25, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe, Henry Hull, Emile Meyer, John Lupton, Barbara Lawrence, Ted de Corsia, Leo Gordon, James Westerfield, Jay Adler, Claude Akins, Joe Barry, Norma Calderón, Angie Dickinson, Mara McAfee, Maidie Norman, Robert Osterloh, Maudie Prickett, Stafford Repp. Cinematography Lee Garmes Film Editor Gene Milford Original Music Alex North Written by N.B. Stone Jr., Richard Wilson Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr. »
- Glenn Erickson
Denver-based television production company Orion Entertainment has hired Allison Boon and Katie Fimple to the TV development team.
The two new hires mark momentum for Orion’s expanded development and casting efforts.
Boon joins the company in the newly created position of vice president of development. Previously, she served as senior director of development at Rivr Media in Los Angeles where she produced content for History, H2, E! Entertainment, Travel Channel, TLC, We tv and National Geographic. She will relocate for her new post.
Fimple, coming from High Noon Entertainment, joins Orion as director of development. At High Noon, where she was an associate and casting producer for The Cooking Channel’s “Taco Trip” and “GRUBsessed.” Fimple got her start in the NBC Page Program, before working in field production, casting and coordination for shows on Discovery, Animal Planet, The Weather Channel and Travel Channel.
“As we expand and align our development and casting departments, »
- Jacob Bryant
It's getting dark in Alexandria! "The Walking Dead" Season 6 is shuffling our way in just over a month, with a supersized 90-minute premiere on Sunday, October 11. To build even more anticipation, AMC just shared two new images. One is "key art" for Season 6, aka a poster showing Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) inside the W of Twd (careful of those other "W" people, Rick). As you can see, his face is still bandaged from his fight with Pete in Season 5.
Check it out:
Exclusive First Look - Check out the #TWDSeason6 poster before the premiere on October 11. http://t.co/P3cJsfylt3 pic.twitter.com/wHCQrn8KRW
- The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) September 9, 2015
AMC.com also released the first character portrait from Season 6, showing old Atlanta buddies Rick and Morgan Jones (Lennie James) in Alexandria. It's not the happiest of reunions, as you can tell from the image above. »
- Gina Carbone
The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their eighth piece, they discuss Agnès Varda’s stunning and essential character study Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962).
This month brings the Criterion/Eclipse release of the five film box set “Agnès Varda in California,” making August the perfect time to revisit her seminal 1962 film Cléo from 5 to 7. The close to real-time film covers 90 minutes (the title is a slight fib) in the life of a beautiful French pop singer (Corinne Marchand). She has two hours to wait until her Doctor contacts her to confirm if she has cancer and what her prognosis is. In the first scene of the film, Cléo visits a fortune teller whose tarot cards reveal that she will experience a transformative experience that may involve her death. She »
- Landon Palmer
Interview with Kyle Rankin
Taking the horror of the ‘Walk Of Shame’ to a whole new level, Night Of The Living Deb sees awkward girl Deb stumbling into a zombie outbreak after a drunken fling, forcing her to pair up with the guy she spent the night with.
A genuinely funny ‘rom-zom-com’ with the right balance of warmth, wit and walking dead, Night Of The Living Deb debuts at this year’s Frightfest and we spoke to the film’s writer-director Kyle Rankin about his movie.
Night Of The Living Deb is a great original concept, how did you come with the idea?
A lot of zombie movies focus on the unlikely — and uneasy — band of characters who are forced to work together to survive. I thought, what if the one person you had on your team was someone you drunkenly hooked up with the night before? Only now they »
- Mike McCarthy
I sat down with Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton for Venice Magazine in October of 2001. He had a slate of very diverse projects he was promoting: his first solo music album, "Private Radio," as well as the films "Monster's Ball," "Bandits," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." My strongest memory is of Thornton's quiet intensity and an undercurrent of Southern affability, which came out once he decided you were okay. He seemed to feel that way about me after I shared with him my idolatry of legendary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann, something we shared. I also remember his unusual diet, when our lunch was served. Thornton got the biggest plate of sliced papaya I've seen to date, artfully presented. I got a seafood salad. He looked at my plate, smiled, and told me about the horrible shellfish allergy he'd been saddled with all his life, and how »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Adam Crozier, CEO of ITV, the U.K.’s biggest commercial broadcast, will deliver the Mipcom Media Mastermind Keynote.
In it, he will discuss how he turned around ITV from a seemingly ailing TV network with limited growth potential both in the U.K. and in the free-to-air broadcast business into a model of expansion, geographic and sectorial, driving energetically into the acquisition of production companies, primarily in the U.S.: Gurney Prods, High Noon Ent., Thinkfactory Media, Diga Vision, and Leftfield Ent.
The largest producer of non-scripted TV in the U.S., ITV has also bought John de Mol’s Talpa, producer of “Big Brother” and “The Voice,” and upped the ante on its drama production biz via a U.S. joint venture, Tomorrow Studios, with vet producer Marty Adelstein.
Coinciding with the launch of “Beowulf” and “Jekyll & Hyde,” Crozier’s keynote conversation will also take in ITV studios’ growing fiction content business, »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
7 Minutes, 2014.
Written and Directed by Jay Martin.
Three high school friends are forced to commit a brazen robbery which quickly goes horribly wrong.
Ok, get in the bank, take the money and be out of there in 7 minutes. No one gets hurt and only the bank loses the money. Simple?
Well, it wouldn’t be much of a movie if it were that easy. And in this new heist drama it certainly isn’t.
Following three high school friends as they attempt to cover the losses of a mistakenly flushed drug supply, the film takes an intriguingly circuitous route around the narrative, dropping back through the last 3 years examining just how the band became so desperate.
Sam (Luke Mitchell) appears to have it all made at the start of the story, »
- Robert W Monk
High Noon (1952) is considered a classic for good reason. It’s about a man not too different from us, who faces an enemy from his past alone precisely because no one else will if he doesn’t. High Noon gets me just with the cast alone. Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lee Van Cleef, and Lon Chaney. I mean come on, that’s a fantastic cast. They all add to the movie in one way or another. Cooper is absolutely superb as Will Kane – the weary marshal who’s reluctant to give up his star. He anchors the movie. It’s his journey as high noon approaches quickly and we’re spellbound by his plight. Kelly plays his newlywed wife and is less naive than you’d think. Thomas Mitchell is the mayor of this small town and his scene at church is a highlight of the film. Then »
- Tom Stockman
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
Chicago – Now playing at Chicago’s Music Box Theater and on VOD (but best seen on the largest screen possible), “Slow West,” is a tight genre journey pic that invigorates the western while confirming that its territory remains open, despite the many who have passed through.
It’s a progressive western; recognizable for Fassbender’s Clint Eastwood impression, but offering something new with its ideas of gender and violence. Not for nothing, it also features “The Place Beyond the Pines” actor Ben Mendelsohn in a coat that will change the way you look at fashion.
The story follows a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee), as he ventures across 19th century America in search of a woman (Caren Pistorius) that he loves. He receives some help from independent traveler Silas (Fassbender), while encountering unpredictable forces of nature (played by Mendelsohn) and brutal inhumanity.
Before his debut film, director John Maclean was in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
By Alex Simon
There are few rituals in life more chaotic, confounding and magical than the wedding. Appropriately, marriages have provided the backdrop for many a story spun through the ages. Whether it’s sending out multitudes of wedding invitations, choosing the right dress, or whether to seat Aunt Mabel next to her second or fifth ex-husband at the reception, weddings both in life and on film are almost always guaranteed to bring forth a surge of emotions. Below are a few of our favorite cinematic nuptials:
1. The Searchers (1956)
John Ford’s western masterpiece is full of many iconic moments, not the least of which is one of the screen’s greatest knock-down, drag-out fights between Jeffrey Hunter and Ken Curtis for the hand of comely Vera Miles. Martin Scorsese loved this scene so much, he paid homage by having his characters watch it in Mean Streets (1973).
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Nurse Jackie recap Season 7 Episode 6 “High Noon” (original airdate May 17, 2015) We get a bit of a psychedelic start to this episode, where Jackie plunges (literally) into her fridge chasing the only item in it — a bottle of pills. It was a craving dream and the start of her insomnia, which brings her to All Saints three hours early. There she finds a very hung over Dr. Prince. But he seems to have the cure for both of them. Jackie (Edie Falco) and Prince (Tony Shalhoub) share some one-on-one time while rehydrating (true nurse style) compliments … Continue reading →
- Barb Oates
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