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Warner Brothers is quickly becoming the most fan-friendly studio in Tinseltown. First they opened the vaults with their in-house DVD imprint Warner Archives, giving release to a slew of fantastic titles that most cinephiles never expected to see remastered and released on disc (Razorback, anyone?), and now we are treated to the WB Photo Collection. Once again trolling the archives, the good folks at Warner just announced the first wave of production and publicity photos available for purchase. You can choose the size of the print, and even elect to have it framed if you so desire.
Just like the Warner Archives has thrilled with some of the most obscure and desirably collectible title releases from the company’s catalog, the Photo Collection is starting with rare and classic images and art from The Goonies, Wizard Of Oz, King Kong, CHiPS, Friends, Gilligan’S Island, Forbidden Planet, and more. You »
Chicago – One of the great events in Chicago to interact with celebrity favorites is at the “Hollywood Celebrities and Memorabilia Show.” In 2011, the autumn event took place on October 1st and 2nd, and featured the “Happy Days” TV gang Henry Winkler, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, plus Barry Bostwick and Patricia Quinn from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
The latest Hollywood Celebrities and Memorabilia Show was the last such event for founders Ray and Sharon McCourt, as they headed for retirement. The show will go on, however, as new ownership will bring “The Hollywood Show” to Chicago in March, 2012.
HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce was at the October show, and recorded the following slideshow of celebrities that participated. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.
Celebrities1: Dominique Swain, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In October of 2010, Sound on Sight asked me to do my first commemorative piece on the passing of filmmaker Arthur Penn. I suspect I was asked because I was the only one writing for the site old enough to have seen Penn’s films in theaters. Whatever the reason, it was an unexpectedly rewarding if expectedly bittersweet experience which led to a series of equally rewarding but bittersweet experiences writing on the passing of other filmdom notables.
I say rewarding because it gave me a nostalgic-flavored chance to revisit certain work and the people behind it; a revisiting which often brought back the nearly-forgotten youthful excitement that went with an eye-opening, a discovery, the thrill of the new. Writing them has also been bittersweet because each of these pieces is a formal acknowledgment that something precious is gone. A talent may be perhaps preserved forever on celluloid, but the filmography »
- Bill Mesce
There's an old adage, beloved of Stephen King, which says that scary fiction variously aims to horrify, terrify or (if all else fails) revolt. In the case of Kill List (2011, Studio Canal, 18), we should add to that list "oppress", so powerfully stifling is the atmosphere in director Ben Wheatley's urban gothic gem. Neil Maskell and Michael Smiley star as the workaday monsters with a disorientatingly down-to-earth approach to their (initially unspecified) dirty trade, trudging their way through an underworld in which cosy domesticity and ugly death sit side by side. MyAnna Buring is the tough-as-nails spouse who won't let her traumatised ex-soldier husband's lethal skills go to waste. Together they find themselves sucked into an unravelling nightmare in which paranoia becomes awful reality as dark comedy gives way to jet-black horror.
Building on the cross-generic promise of Down Terrace »
- Mark Kermode
Directed by Jim Sharman.
A nice, normal couple get taken on a night of sexual discovery by a mad scientist dressed as a woman.
A pair of deeply red, inviting lips fills the screen entire. The teeth and tongue are shown as the lips part, but everything else is shrouded in black. A voice sings from them about science fiction double features, Dr. X building a creature, seeing androids fighting, Forbidden Planet and Brad and Janet. The bottom lip is occasionally bitten seductively. Jeez, I hope it’s a woman’s.
The end of the year is fast approaching, which means Certain People (I name no names) realize that they need to use up their vacation days or lose them.
Changing subjects entirely, today I took off from work, and most of what I did was bop into the city to do some book-shopping. (I had a vague idea of doing Xmas shopping as well, and even walked quickly through part of that agglomeration of festive selling huts in Union Square, but that portion of the day’s festivities was not successful.)
First I hit Forbidden Planet — pretty much as an aperitif — which I hadn’t been in for several years. (My mental map of Fp is from the days when they had back issues in the basement — yes, that long ago.) I got issues of two comics for the boys, and also two extremely different graphic novels:
Brody’s Ghost, »
- Andrew Wheeler
"TCM Remembers 2011" is out. Remembered by Turner Classic Movies are many of those in the film world who left us this past year. As always, this latest "TCM Remembers" entry is a classy, immensely moving compilation. The haunting background song is "Before You Go," by Ok Sweetheart.
Among those featured in "TCM Remembers 2011" are Farley Granger, the star of Luchino Visconti's Senso and Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers on a Train; Oscar-nominated Australian actress Diane Cilento (Tom Jones, Hombre), formerly married to Sean Connery; and two-time Oscar nominee Peter Falk (Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, The Great Race), best remembered as television's Columbo. Or, for those into arthouse fare, for playing an angel in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.
Also, Jane Russell, whose cleavage and sensuous lips in Howard Hughes' The Outlaw left the puritans of the Production Code Association apoplectic; another Australian performer, Googie Withers, among »
- Andre Soares
Brazil is one of my favourite films. It's so wrong. It's vibrant in its despondency. It shakes you by the shoulders and yells at you, “You are not alone! But... you are a bit doomed.”
It takes a mere two minutes to concoct a dazzlingly nightmarish retro-future, a steam powered bureaucracy revealed in huge pull-backs, a superb array of set-design and props, noirish-costumes, and well-cast actors. A family scene at Christmas is completely and utterly destroyed in a twisted parody of Santa's arrival, and you can't help but feel the sudden seizure of a man from his home feels that much more relevant now than it did in 1985.
All of this is coupled with the scenes of the bureaucracy that causes this mistake. By this point on initial viewing, »
An essential collection for serious comics fans
Paul Gravett's 2005 compendium Graphic Novels: Stories To Change Your Life set a standard not just for excellence but also for immodest titles. At first glance, 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die seems to crank up the cockiness even further. However, this book is just part of Cassell's trademarked series of guides to paintings, movies, buildings, historic sites and other cultural highlights you must sample before your demise. Gravett's role is that of editor, collating articles written by 65 contributors from all over the world. The medium's ongoing struggle for respect is underlined by the fact that, despite this international community of lecturers, museum curators and historians, the cover blurb still feels the need to tell you that "comics are emphatically no longer just for kids".
Terry Gilliam, accorded equal billing with Gravett, seems to have been roped in mainly for his celebrity value, »
- Michel Faber
Randy gets cosmic.
If you want to see where everybody got the ideas for their science fiction films of the past half century, watch “Forbidden Planet.” This movie is out of this world. In fact, it was the first film to be set entirely on a planet other than Earth. It’s not unusual in Tinseltown to find folks operating on a plane of their own, but a planet of their own was simply unheard of in 1956.
The special effects – groundbreaking stuff that became an industry standard – were nominated for an Academy Award. The Oscar was won by The Ten Commandments that year. Another 1956 space flick was nominated for the short subject Oscar – “Gerald McBoing-Boing On Planet Moo” – but it didn’t win either. It was beaten out by “Mister Magoo’s Puddle Jumper.” Aah, the scales of justice can tilt harshly.
The eerie electronic score was so far ahead of its time, »
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
Before there were robots, there were automatons. These self-operating machines could look human-like, though made of metal. For this Top 7 list, I decided to ignore more advanced, human looking cyborgs and androids, so no Terminator or replicants. Most of the machines on this list would also be classified as robots, but I’m going steam-punk for this week’s movie, the release of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, featuring a mysterious automaton that might find a place on this list someday.
7. Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet (1956)
Recap: Shakespeare’s The Tempest in space, Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira live with their robot companion/servant, Robby, on Altair. When a rocket lands, hoping to find out what happened to the rest of their crew 20 years ago, the secrets they find could kill them all.
Reason: Though he looks a bit clunky (sort »
- Megan Lehar
Anyone who's followed the career of director John Landis could tell you: the man knows his movies. You can't make something like "An American Werewolf in London" or Michael Jackson's "Thriller" if you don't understand horror films inside and out. Landis' movies, from "Kentucky Fried Movie" to "The Blues Brothers" to "Three Amigos" are awash in cinemania. Cinephiles love Landis because Landis clearly loves cinephilia.
For proof, you only need to check out Landis' beautiful new book, "Monsters in the Movies," an illustrated history of cinematic creatures. With witty commentary and insightful observations, Landis outlines the origins and developments of all the famous monsters of filmland, from Dracula to Frankenstein to The Mummy and many more.
"Monsters in the Movies" includes over a thousand pictures from the Kobal Collection, the largest collection of motion picture stills in the world. Kobal approached Landis about doing a picture book on whatever »
- Matt Singer
Landis at Forbidden Planet, London (Photo copyright Mark Mawston. All rights reserved.)
By Mark Mawston
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The Halloween season found famed director (and Cinema Retro contributor) John Landis in London to launch his new, very well received book, Monsters in the Movies. (Click here to visit the Dk Publishing web site for a peek into the book's contents.)
The link above will take you to just some of the wonders this book holds, along with a short introduction by John himself. As a fan of most of the films featured within its pages as well as the films of John Landis himself, it was a real honour to have a couple of my own photo’s deemed worthy enough (in historical importance)to be included alongside the many stunning images this book holds.
The que at London’s Forbidden Planet Store for a signing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
A must-have reader!
Glenn Erickson’s masterful and insightful criticism over at DVD Savant is a regular stop for many of us here at Trailers From Hell, so it excites us to no end that he’s finally released another compendium of reviews in book form. This time focusing on a genre near-and-dear to our hearts: sci-fi films. Erickson’ aptly titled Sci-Fi Savant features over 100 bits of criticism spanning the history of science fiction on film.
From the publicist:
Sci-fi Savant‘s 116 separate title entries are in chronological order starting with Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and ending with James Cameron’s Avatar. Many are exclusive to this book. In addition to representing all of the key classics of the 1950s, the selection gives full coverage to more arcane but equally significant titles.
A brief list of notable rarities:
Throughout the decades, many modern movies have taken their plotlines from Shakespeare’s famous plays:
But what about direct quotes taken from Shakespeare’s plays? Here are 5 of the most surprising movies that contain Shakespearean quotes:
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
- Willy Wonka, played by Gene Wilder, is notorious for spouting Shakespearean quotes throughout the movie. Here are just a few:
“Is it my soul that calls upon my name?” – Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene ii
“Birds sing, hey ding
“So shines a good deed in a weary world. »
- Paul Heath
There are roughly a gazillion scary movie marathons happening on TV for Halloween 2011. Zap2it's got you covered for all your spooky programming. Be sure to check your local listings for times and channel.
All times Eastern.
Friday, Oct. 28
AMC: Halloween movie marathon, 9 a.m. to midnight ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "House of Wax," "Scream 3," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane," "Survival of the Dead," "The Walking Dead"
Chiller: Halloween programming, 6 a.m. to midnight ("Twilight Zone" episodes, "The Daisy Chain," "Fingerprints," "Stevie," "Devil's Mercy," "Children of the Corn"), "Chiller 13" (The Decade's Scariest Movie Moments, »
To adapt or not to adapt? That has often been Hollywood's question when it came to The Bard. More often than not, the answer has been a resounding affirmative. Filmmakers have long looked to the prolific playwright's 38 epic comedies, histories and tragedies for inspiration and, considering the number of times his works have actually made it to the big screen, it is perhaps not too surprising that William Shakespeare has posthumously become one of Hollywood's most popular screenwriters.
But did he write anything at all? That's the question posed in the new drama Anonymous. The film dramatizes a theory that the famous plays were written not by Shakespeare but instead by an Elizabethan aristocrat, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. But no matter which side of the debate you happen to fall, it's hard to deny the influence of the plays themselves. From full-on filmed versions to looser adaptations »
- Emma Badame
Of all the available outlets for classic movies, TCM leads the (admittedly small) pack in variety, invention and print quality.
Still not nearly as widely available as it should be (try finding it on hotel televisions), the brand has nevertheless firmly carved an essential niche in the cable/satellite movie landscape, allowing owner Time Warner to maximize its vast library of vintage movies culled from numerous studio sources. In fact, Time Warner owns more titles than any other entity, and lately has been forthcoming with clever marketing ideas like the Warner Archive on-demand dvd service, which has been thankfully adopted by MGM, Sony, Fox and Universal. There are more titles available to the general public than ever before, often in pristine condition.
But to love a film you have to see it, and to see it you have to know it exists. »
Shakespeare: The Bard. A historic, literary genius whose work has been played out on stage and screen on every continent in every part of world but…have we all been played? The question that is rarely asked is brought to the big screen by writer John Orloff (A Mighty Heart) and dramatic epic director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow) in Anonymous.
With this is mind, we take a look at William Shakespeare and varied versions of his writing that have made it to the big screen. In the past 100 years, there have been over 250 films produced that have been inspired, reinvented or just good old adaptations direct from the prose.
As it’s almost impossible to watch every single take on Will’s work, we’ve explored the Shakespearian archives for you and selected some of the best that have made a lasting impression right through the history of modern cinema. »
- Dan Bullock
Warren Stevens (Forbidden Planet) stars as a homeless man who steals a snazzy pair of loafers off a fresh corpse, only to find himself inhabited by the soul of a gangster. The Twilight Zone, Episode #83: "Dead Man's Shoes" (original air date January 19, 1962) The Plot: Shadowy-looking men unceremoniously dump a dead body in a Bowery alley. The man's spiffy-looking shoes attract the attention of a homeless man named Nate Bledsoe (Warren Stevens), who snatches them off the corpse. As soon as Nate walks away from the alley, his new shoes draw the interest of two fellow Bowery bums, but he resists their overtures. He takes a few more steps, examines himself in a mirror, straightens up his posture, and begins walking with confidence. »
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