18 items from 2017
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
Alec Baldwin is adding more hosting duties to his resume. The actor has been named as the new host of Turner Classic Movies’ The Essentials, the network announced Tuesday, replacing the late Robert Osborne on the show.
One of TCM’s most popular franchises, The Essentials showcases “must-see” classic films, often with commentary from special guests. Joining Baldwin for the show’s upcoming season, which kicks off on May 6, will be David Letterman, Baldwin’s former 30 Rock costar and series creator Tina Fey, and Oscar-winning director William Friedkin. With each of his guests, »
- Maureen Lee Lenker
In today’s roundup, TNT has ordered a pilot from the executive producer of “Big Little Lies,” Alec Baldwin will take over hosting TCM’s “The Essentials,” and King Kong is getting a television adaptation.
TNT has ordered a pilot for the thriller mystery “Deadlier Than the Male.” The pilot is set to be executive produced by Bruna Papandrea, who also executive produced HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” Harriet Warner and Casey Haver of Papandrea’s Made Up Stories will also executive produce. Warner is also writing the script. The pilot focuses on a young woman who has faced a dangerous killer, a serial predator looking for redemption, and a mother obsessed with finding her missing daughter. With the pressure increasing, the truth about their pasts and motives becomes less and less clear, conflating victim with perpetrator.
- Erin Nyren
It was a couple years back that we first came across the fantastic South African short film Nommer 37 (Number 37). A deliberate nod to Hitchcock's Rear Window the film tells the story of a young man recently released from prison and now wheelchair-bound from a robbery gone wrong. Unable to navigate the world outside his home he instead orchestrates a robbery within his own building complex, pulling the strings of those around him to his own advantage. Co-directed by Travis Taute and Nosipho Dumisa from a script by Daryne Joshua the short went on to great success and now Dumisa has stepped into the director's chair for a feature expansion. In production right now Screen Anarchy is proud to present the first images from...
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Collin is at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood, CA; come inside and check it out!
It’s hardly 9 Am in Hollywood when a young man from TCM taps the microphone at the legendary Egyptian Theatre; his thick Georgia accent stands out in Los Angeles (TCM's headquarters are in Atlanta). The theatre is packed for the first showing of the morning. Everyone’s elbows are rubbing against one another and our knees are pressed against the seats in front of us - but where else can we see a 35mm print of Ginger Rogers (before she was The Ginger Rogers) in the 1933 screwball comedy Rafter Romance?
The TCM rep (whose name I forgot to write down) introduces legendary film critic Leonard Maltin, and like that The South of the United States and Southern California meet for the love of celluloid (a little later Australia’s own Alicia Malone would also introduce a film, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Collin Llewellyn)
Ben Wheatley’s new film Free Fire is a Boston set action-thriller starring Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson and many more, which sees a meeting between different gangs break out into a bloody shootout and an all out game of survival. It is also entirely set in a warehouse; a decision that Wheatley uses to create an incredibly effective film of utter carnage. To mark its release in cinemas this Friday, we have collected five other films either entirely or mostly set in one location.
Rear Window (1954)
Known as one of, if not the greatest thriller of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is testament to the fact that the simplest premise can often be the most effective. It follows L.B. ‘Jeff’ Jefferies, a wheel-bound photographer who spies on his neighbours to pass the time and becomes convinced that one has murdered his wife. As well as offering a fascinating »
- The Hollywood News
No, not a blind Sherlock Holmes, but a blind Van Johnson, who directs his butler, his girlfriend Vera Miles and the London police to thwart a crime based on something he overheard in a bar. Henry Hathaway directs a complicated murder mystery that plays like a combo of Rear Window and Wait Until Dark, with a cranky Van Johnson as the central character.
23 Paces to Baker Street
Kl Studio Classics
1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95
Cinematography: Milton Krasner
Film Editor: James B. Clark
Original Music: Leigh Harline
Produced by Henry Ephron
Directed by Henry Hathaway
In the 1950s the murder mystery thriller came of age, as creakier older formulas »
- Glenn Erickson
On this day in showbiz history
The Story of Miss Lonelyheart from Péter Lichter on Vimeo.
1948 Gentleman's Agreement wins Best Picture at the 1947 Oscars but the enduring statues from that year are surely Edmund Gwenn's Supporting Actor win as Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street and the Cinematography and Art Direction wins for the astounding Black Narcissus. What a picture!
- NATHANIEL R
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo screens at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, March 11th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. The film will be introduced by Harry Hamm, movie reviewer for Kmox. Admission is only $5
This gives us a perfect excuse to re-run this top ten list so here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are Alfred Hitchcock’s ten best films:
Frenzy, Hitchcock’s next to last feature film from 1972, represented a homecoming of sorts since it was the first film completely shot in his native England since his silents and early ” talkies ” in the 1930’s. By dipping into the then somewhat new territory of serial killers, he took full advantage of the new cinema freedoms and truly earned his ‘ R ‘ MPAA rating. »
- Tom Stockman
At the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Kevin O’Connell just broke the longest streak for Oscar nominations without a win. The 59-year-old New Yorker had been nominated 21 times in total, making 2017 a very good year for him.
Who else among Hollywood’s finest has had to weather a storm of nominations without a win? Well, even just keeping it to over 10 nominations, it’s a healthy list. Let’s take a look.
O’Connell’s win must have been somewhat bittersweet for Russell, who’s directly behind the elder sound mixer in the category of most nominations without wins. »
- Alex Heigl
In a career-spanning interview with Polly Platt for the DGA oral history series, director Henry Hathaway dismissed his 1956 thriller 23 Paces to Baker Street as a throwaway, one of those studio assignments he took without much relish. It’s yet another example of why filmmakers cannot be trusted when it comes to their own films, for while the material is slightly shopworn (and owes an enormous and obvious debt to Hitchcock’s Rear Window), Hathaway frames it with meticulous care and artistry. The movie follows Van Johnson as a blind playwright who thinks he overhears a crime being plotted; after the […] »
- Jim Hemphill
From its opening, traffic-stopping number to its romantic ending, La La Land is a love letter to the city of Los Angeles — as well as to the classic movie musicals of the ’40s and ’50s.
In his six-year quest to get the film — which earned a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations — made, director Damien Chazelle called upon those original MGM song and dance numbers for inspiration.
- Julia Emmanuele
There are few producers who have had the overwhelming success of Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions from their early days turning Oren Peli’s low-budget Paranormal Activity into a hugely profitable franchise, followed by the equally successful Insidious and The Purge movies. Jason Blum also has an Oscar nomination notched onto his career belt for his involvement in getting Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-nominated Whiplash made, and Blumhouse were involved with bringing Jem and the Holograms to movie theaters. (Sorry, but I actually kind of liked it, even though it bombed… big time.)
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out will be the third time Blumhouse has worked with an actor making their transition into directing, as Jason Blum handled the same duties on Joel Edgerton’s The Gift and Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3 a few years back.
- Edward Douglas
Deadline brings word today that Lionsgate has formally swooped in to acquire the rights for Most Likely to Murder, a new black comedy headed up by Rachel Bloom and Adam Pally. It’s been placed firmly on the fast track, too, with the studio eyeing a production start sometime next month.
Dubbed “Rear Window for stoners,” by co-writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, How I Met Your Mother), Most Likely to Murder kicks off when Billy (Pally), the most popular kid in high school, “comes back to his hometown 10 years later to find he’s no longer cool and the girl he still has feelings for is now dating the former high school outcast. When the outcast’s mother dies under mysterious circumstances, Billy becomes obsessed with proving that she was actually murdered.”
Not only will Doug Mand hold a credit on the screenplay, but he’ll also »
- Michael Briers
In the middle of the 20th century, Alfred Hitchcock made a career out of generating fear from the mundane. Psycho made us afraid to shower. The Birds had us looking toward the skies for more than just the pigeons looking to crap on our heads. And I’ll be damned if Rear Window didn’t get me to stop spying on my neighbors with a telescopic camera.
Those familiar with Hitchcock’s work likely know that his ability to instill dread stems from his knowledge about the difference between surprise and suspense. According to Hitchcock, to surprise, you simply need to set off a bomb in the middle of a scene. To create suspense, however, the audience needs to know the bomb is there. Suspense is the knowledge that two people are living their lives blissfully unaware that each moment could be their last. That’s why many of Hitchcock »
- Bryan Christopher
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s musical romance (and EW’s favorite movie of 2016) is packing theaters in major cities across the country. Its earning power has been mighty impressive, guaranteeing that the film will be open for box office business at least until the Oscars in February, where the film leads all hopefuls with a record-tying 14 nominations.
Chazelle’s movie features a number of song and dance sequences that are both steeped in homage for old musicals and wondrously modern. In one scene, which drew inspiration from classic Hollywood »
With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.
Even as a novelty act, Alvin And The Chipmunks were pretty thin gruel. Created by Armenian-American songwriter (and Rear Window bit player) Ross Bagdasarian under the Anglicized pseudonym “David Seville,” the Chipmunks were a spin-off from Bagdasarian’s first big novelty hit, “Witch Doctor,” which featured Bagdasarian spouting gibberish at double speed in its chorus. After that song reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts, Bagdasarian figured he had a winning idea on his hands, and decided to repurpose the song’s high-pitched recording technique from kitschy racial stereotypes to cuddly anthropomorphism. Thus, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore and their manager/dad Dave—all voiced by Bagdasarian—were born.
The Chipmunks’ first single was the “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late),” which was »
- Katie Rife
2 more years and the ‘Fright Night’ copyrights come back to papa. Oh the things I’m going to do :) #CopyrightActOf1976 pic.twitter.com/gVgtH7pV8T
— Tom Holland (@RealTomHolland) January 7, 2017
The Act allows copyrights transferred on or after January 1, 1978 to be reclaimed by the original creators 35 years later, with a five-year window to do so. Holland’s wry take on the Dracula mythos and Hitchcock’s Rear Window celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015, giving the writer/director only a few short years before he can invite Jerry Dandridge and the gang back into his home. Holland expanded on Twitter, saying that he’s “almost finished with the Fright Night 3 novel and many things go from there.”
- Mike Vanderbilt
Jimmy Fallon‘s cold open at Sunday night’s Golden Globes is chasing all the lights that shine.
The host of this year’s 74th annual Golden Globes ceremony will parody the opening scene from hit musical La La Land, which led all features with seven total nominations including best musical or comedy motion picture.
- Lindsay Kimble
18 items from 2017
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