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Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
Birthday wishes go out to Doris Day! The iconic actress, singer and activist turns 91 today (April 3) -- or so it's assumed. The actual year of her birthday is rumored to be 1922, although some reports say it's 1923 or 1924.
Best known for her roles in movies like "Love Me or Leave Me," "Pillow Talk" and "That Touch of Mink," Day broke into Hollywood in the 1950s. But being a beloved singer -- her hit "Sentimental Journey" with Les Brown was an anthem during World War II -- Day also starred in Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 suspense thriller "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and sang two songs in the film, including "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)," which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Day ended her film career in 1968 and focused on television, starring in "The Doris Day Show" until 1973. In 1975 she announced her retirement, but continued to sing, »
- The Huffington Post
My favorite words in the movies come from the dusky, sultry opening minutes of "Rear Window" (1954), as Grace Kelly's New York socialite glides through L.B. Jefferies' (James Stewart) dim apartment, switching on the lights. "From top to bottom," she announces herself. "Lisa." Flick. "Carol." Flick. "Fremont." Flick. Kelly's fluid, graceful steps; the structured elegance of her Edith Head-designed dress (see below); the way the scene conjures up that late-summer swelter: here is Hitchcock turning on the lights of his own most productive decade. Between 1954, which saw the release of "Dial M for Murder" and "Rear Window," and 1964, with the underrated "Marnie," Hitchcock directed eight films, five of which I'd count among his, or any director's, best (the remake of "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Vertigo," "North by Northwest," "Psycho," and "The Birds"). Hitchcock's blondes (Kelly, Doris Day, Eva Marie Saint, Tippi Hedren) have come in for »
- Matt Brennan
Everyone celebrates President's Day, Valentine's Day, and the sort, but it's the cool kids who know that tomorrow, March 12th, is National Alfred Hitchcock Day!
Need a reminder why Alfred Hitchcock is still the legendary master of suspense? Read on!
Hitchcock, the recent film starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, was based on Stephen Rebello’s bestselling book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. We asked Stephen to write something special for Hitchcock Day, and he came up with “6 Great Reasons Why Hitchcock Is Still the Master of Suspense.”
Psycho. Vertigo. North by Northwest. The Birds. If Alfred Hitchcock had directed nothing more than that astonishing quartet, he’d still be considered the maestro of creating nail-biting suspense, romantic intrigue, and unforgettable thrills. But that incredible run of movies, released in theaters from 1958 to 1963, represents only a drop in the bloody bucket of Hitchcock’s masterworks, »
- Uncle Creepy
What is integrity? Does it exist solely as the inspiration of virtuous intent or can it also shine through a veil of self-interest?
Or does it truly exist at all?
The Insider, on the surface, doesn't look like a film that could answer those questions, and to a large degree it answers none of them. Instead, it does what great art should do: It poses tough questions, shows us how humans deal with them, and leaves us to wonder, "What would I do?"
The film primarily tells the story of two men. 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) receives a packet of insider info for a story he's doing on the link between cigarettes and house fires. To decrypt the more scientific elements of the story, he tries to enlist the help of Jeffery Weigand (Russell Crowe), a recently-deposed tobacco VP.
But what starts as a simple consultation becomes a »
What does it say about the original 1934 film The Man Who Knew Too Much, by the famed Alfred Hitchcock, that it was the only film of his own he ever remade later in his career (22 years later with James Stewart and Doris Day) and that he personally preferred the remake more himself? At the very least it suggests the original take is a harder film to love, and for Hitchcock that might have something to do with its significantly rougher appearance and editing that leaves the story lurching and lagging from moments of sluggish exposition to over-the-top action scenes (like the chair fight). The Man Who Knew Too Much could never be considered a perfect film, but it does have Peter Lorre’s first, infamous turn as a villain in English-speaking cinema.
- Lex Walker
The story of Ahsoka Tano takes an unexpected, shocking turn in the epic four-part conclusion to Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five. In the first of this four-part episode arc, Anakin and Ahsoka are called back from the frontlines to investigate a deadly explosion at the Jedi Temple. Clues surface that a Jedi might have been responsible for the blast in “Sabotage,” Saturday, February 9th at 9:30am Et/Pt on Cartoon Network.
· “I’m afraid one can become the other,” says Anakin, referring to past political idealists who have betrayed the Jedi, including Count Dooku and General Krell from Season Four. It’s ironic, given his future.
· Russo-isc’s speech pattern, name, and habit of flipping his visor to »
- Erin Willard
.Sometimes even the smallest doubt can shake the greatest belief.. In the first of this four-part episode arc, Anakin and Ahsoka are called back from the frontlines to investigate a deadly explosion at the Jedi Temple. Clues surface that a Jedi might have been responsible for the blast in .Sabotage,. Saturday, February 9th at 9:30am Et/Pt on Cartoon Network. From Cn: Trivia: · The four episodes of this arc are all named after Alfred Hitchcock films: Sabotage (1936), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), To Catch a Thief (1955) and The Wrong Man (1955). · .I.m afraid one can become the other,. says Anakin, referring to past political idealists who have betrayed the Jedi, including Count »
- April MacIntyre
This week’s Blu-ray offerings are rather light, but here’s a look at what’s hitting shelves on Tuesday: About Cherry [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (17% off) Life's Too Short: Series 1 [Blu-ray] - $51.28 (10% off) The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (37% off) Merlin: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray] - $44.99 (25% off) Taken (Two-Disc Extended Cut) [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) To Rome With Love [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (44% off) Won't Back Down [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (33% off) Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider. »
- Adam Chitwood
Overall it's not the most exciting week for new releases on DVD and Blu-ray... unless of course, you happen to be a huge Woody Allen fan. His latest film To Rome with Love hits store shelves this week along with a couple of his classics on Blu-ray (Sleeper and Hannah and Her Sisters). The biggest studio releases are Taken 2 and The Possession, neither of which were particularly well-received in theatres, but on the plus side we have a couple of noteworthy documentaries in Detropia and China Heavyweight. Drafthouse Films is also putting out the long-lost Austalian genre cult classic Wake in Fright and Criterion is re-issuing Hitchcock's original The Man Who Knew Too Much. What will you be buying or renting this week? Check out the full list of releases after the jump. Amazon.com Widgets
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Today, Alfred Hitchcock’s "The Man Who Knew Too Much" will officially be available on Blu-ray via The Criterion Collection. To honor its release, Criterion has posted a video on YouTube of Guillermo del Toro ("Hellboy," "Pan’s Labyrinth") speaking very fondly of the film and of Hitchcock. Del Toro explains why he considers the 1934 film to be the earliest evidence of Hitchcock’s greatness. The clip is part of a longer interview that Guillermo del Toro did for Criterion, and the rest can be found in the special features of the DVD/Blu-Ray disc. Also notable among those special features are audio excerpts between the Master Of Suspense and Francois Truffaut, from back when Truffaut had conducted a long series of interviews with Hitchcock in 1962. The biggest draw would of course be the new digital restoration of the film itself. Surely the Blu-ray will be the must-have item for any cinephile and Hitchcock fan. »
- Ken Guidry
Update: I originally had The Intouchables listed as releasing this week, but that date has changed to March 5. And The Paperboy was moved to January 22 as well... Maybe these studios should stop counting on Oscar nominations for their release dates. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Collection) Alfred Hitchcock twice directed The Man Who Knew Too Much, once in 1934 with Peter Lorre and again in 1956 with James Stewart. Criterion is releasing the '34 edition of the story that focuses on a man and his wife who receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet. I've never actually seen this version, but I can only assume Criterion has given it all the attention it deserves.
- Brad Brevet
Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "To Rome With Love" What's It About? Woody Allen's latest European jaunt features Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg and the bespectacled one himself in an anthology of stories dealing with love, art, class and infidelity. You know, typical Woody. See It Because: It's not nearly as good as "Midnight in Paris," but there's still great performances and great moments that make it an interesting chapter in this 17th(?) revival of Allen. Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (Criterion Collection) What's It About? The Alfred Hitchcock suspense is so nice, he made it twice. Criterion archives the first version of the mystery thriller about a vacationing family caught up in an assassination conspiracy, and features the iconically creepy Peter Lorre in his first English-speaking role. See It Because: Like everything else Criterion does, it comes packed with special features, »
- Eric Larnick
This week: The former CIA agent played by Liam Neeson is the one who ends up being abducted instead of his daughter in "Taken 2," the hit action sequel that also features the return of Maggie Grace as Neeson's daughter and Famke Janssen as his ex-wife in a story that moves the action to Istanbul.
Box Office: $139 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 21% Rotten
Storyline: Retired CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) returns to America with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), and gets closer with his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Jannsen), after having rescued Kim from being sold as a sex slave in Paris. Now the relatives of the slain Albanians from the first film swear to avenge their dead by kidnapping Bryan and »
- Robert DeSalvo
By Allen Gardner
Killer Joe (Lionsgate) William Friedkin’s film of Tracy Letts’ off-Broadway hit about a family of Texas trailer park cretins (Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon) who hire a cop-cum-hitman (Matthew McConaughey) to take out their troublesome mother, then foolishly cross him, is a stinging satire, given double-barreled audacity by Friedkin’s sure, and fearless, directorial hand. Earning its Nc-17 rating in spades, “Killer Joe” reminds us that daring, frank material like this is why movies exist in the first place. McConaughey gives the performance of his career, hopefully redefined after this. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes; Commentary by Friendkin; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros.) Christopher Nolan’s coda to his “Batman” trilogy finds Christian Bale returning as a brooding Bruce Wayne/Caped Crusader, this time faced with a hulking villain (Tom Hardy) with respiratory »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Along with providing a level of public service by preserving older and contemporary films judged to be culturally significant, Criterion Collection offer cinephiles the world over a chance to purchase copies of said films that might otherwise be unavailable for purchase. This month Criterion Collection has something of a first on its hands with its release of its first 3D release ever, but if you've ever seen Wim Wenders's Pina, you'd know there was no other way it could be relevant: it's easily the best use of 3D employed in a film to date, and will likely stand as such for a while. Additionally, this month sees the Blu-ray release of the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Man Who Knew Too Much, Volker Schlondorff's The Tin Drum, Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop, and Andrei Tarkovsky's debut film Ivan's Childhood.
For full details on each release, read on.
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- Lex Walker
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