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Alfred Hitchcock, one of the first directors to establish his personality as a brand, has always been a part of the zeitgeist. The most famous director is having a very good year. It was just last August that his 1958 film "Vertigo" displaced "Citizen Kane" at the pinnacle of the every-ten-year list of the greatest movies ever made conducted by the venerable British magazine "Sight and Sound." And his personal life -- his fetish for the cool blonde whose refined appearance masks vivid sexuality -- inspired two movies, HBO's "The Girl," with Toby Jones as the master and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, and "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitch, Helen Mirren as a reimagined Alma Hitchcock, and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh. (At least if you believe that, as long as you spell his name right, it's good publicity. Otherwise we might not count "The Girl" and "Hitchcock" in the plus column. »
- Meredith Brody
Made by Jean-Baptiste Lefournier with original music and sound design by Cyril Balta, I thought this short tribute to Alfred Hitchcock was a fun little video. The films included are The Lady Vanishes, The Paradine Case, Rear Window, The Wrong Man, Rope, The Trouble with Harry, Vertigo, The Birds, Spellbound, Psycho, Saboteur, Dial M for Murder and The 39 Steps. Check it out. »
- Brad Brevet
This week the former star of "Harry Potter" gets hotter as the squeaky-clean Emma Watson shows off her inner bad girl in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," where her character Nicki commits a series of robberies against celebs like Paris Hilton. For the 23-year-old Watson, who shot to fame as goodie-two-shoes wizard Hermione Granger in the "Potter" movies, this role marks a distinct departure from both her on-screen and real-life images. The only thing more shocking would be if Lindsay Lohan maintained sobriety for six months.
While we're all hoping young Ivy Leaguer Watson doesn't follow in the Lohan mold and quit Brown University for the School of Hard Knocks, let's take a look at some other actors who shed their media-sanctioned image to take on roles nobody saw coming. From Tom Cruise going bad to Jennifer Aniston going perv, these actors played against type for keeps.
9. Tom Cruise, »
- Max Evry
The Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off Thursday, with Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited!” raising the curtain, and Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s “The Way, Way Back,” bringing it down. In between, the sprocket opera will include a mix of top talent (David O. Russell is the fest’s guest director), masterclasses and panels, as well as a special focus this year on women editors.
Stephanie Allain, in her second year as the festival director, says the fest aims to celebrate the contributions of women each year, with 2013 featuring the accomplishments of female editors, including a luncheon for editors to share ideas with each other and with the public.
“Every year we’re going to put the spotlight on a different group of women in the business: composers, cinematographers, costume designers, you name it,” says Allain, who adds that next year, “we’re getting Wendy (Melvoin) and »
- Carole Horst
It’s pretty massive news, so just had to share, because the opening of a new Empire Cinema in Waltham Forest in late 2014 will mark the end of a 10 year absence of a cinema in the birthplace of Alfred Hitchcock, one of Britain’s most celebrated filmmakers.
To celebrate the creation of The Scene at Cleveland Place, which includes a nine-screen cinema, homes, shops and restaurants the borough is hosting ‘Hitchcock’s East End’ – a year-long season of screenings and unique events that will celebrate and explore Alfred Hitchcock’s connection to Waltham Forest.
Hitchcock’s East End is a series of screening and special events programmed by Create London and the Barbican and has been commissioned by Hill Residential Ltd, in partnership with Waltham Forest Council and Isha (Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association).
The series will begin in September 2013 with a spectacular Saturday night screening of one of Hitchcock »
- David Agnew
Bill Willingham's multi-Eisner Award-winning DC / Vertigo comic book series Fables is heading to the big screen courtesy of Harry Potter producer David Heyman and his production company Heyday Films, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
Fables centres on a selection of fairy tale characters who are exiled from their homeland, forcing them to live in secret in New York City. The film adaptation will be directed by Academy Award-nominee Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) - who is also attached to helm a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 classic Rebecca - and has been written by Jeremy Slater (The Fantastic Four).
This latest adaptation is not the first time that Hollywood has attempted to bring the comic book series to the screen; in 2004, Warner Bros. announced that it was developing a Fables feature film before pulling the plug prior to the scripting stage, while ABC also planned a TV version in 2008 before ultimately abandoning the project. »
- Flickering Myth
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Look, some of us can’t afford that expansive Hitchcock set. Looks like us cheapies are being looked after. »
- Andy Triefenbach
The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that Nikolaj Arcel, director of last year’s compelling drama A Royal Affair, is now attached to helm a big screen adaptation. Jeremy Slater, who recently wrote the script for the Fantastic Four reboot that Josh Trank will direct at Fox, is adapting.
If you are unfortunate enough to be unfamiliar with Fables, then firstly, shame on you. The truly awesome series follows iconic fairy tale and folklore legends who have been forced into refuge in a modern day New York after being exiled from their fantasy homeland.
So you have Snow White has divorced from womaniser Prince Charming because he played away, Big Bad Wolf is a film nor esque, rugged sheriff and Cinderella sells shoes. The first story arc from the series’ inception in 2002 follows the »
- Matt Holmes
Boy meets girl meets typewriter in this thoughtful, witty French take on classic Hollywood romcoms
There was an old but not inaccurate joke that romantic movies from the Soviet Union were about triangular affairs between a boy, a girl and a tractor. The attractive new French movie Populaire, the feature-length debut as writer-director of Régis Roinsard, is about a boy, a girl and a typewriter. A typewriter originally meant the female operator, and the machine in this picture takes on a dramatic identity of its own.
In many ways Populaire is a companion piece to Michel Hazanavicius's Oscar-winning The Artist in its knowing love for American cinema. It also has the same star, Bérénice Bejo (though not here in the leading role), and the same photographer, Guillaume Schiffman, who grew up in the movie business as the son of Suzanne Schiffman, the long-time assistant to François Truffaut, with whom »
- Philip French
He's remembered as the Master of Suspense, the commanding director of such classic thrillers as Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo and Rear Window, but Alfred Hitchcock was also a patriot, and, in surprising news, a photojournalist. In a 1942 photo essay the London-born Hitch did for Life magazine - and now appearing on Life.com (click here) - the respected filmmaker "directs" a riveting picture story about how wartime rumors can dangerously grow in small-town America. "Between 1940 and 1945, Hitch made films for England's Ministry of Information as well as several excellent movies featuring plots that centered on the war," it is explained »
- Stephen M. Silverman
★★★★☆ Régis Roinsard scores a palpable hit with debut feature Populaire (2012), a romantic comedy about speed-typing, starring Déborah Francois, Romain Duris and The Artist's Bérénice Bejo. Set in France at the tail end of the 1950s, Rose (Francois) a shopkeeper's daughter dreams of escaping provincial life and making something of herself. She travels to Normandy for an interview with the boss of an insurance company, Louis Echard (Duris), and is delighted when he takes her on as his secretary. Rose is hopeless at her job and Louis considers letting her go, but her gift for typing feeds his addiction to competitive sport.
Louis becomes obsessed with training Rose to compete in the national speed-typing contests that were in vogue at the time. Louis invites Rose to lodge with him in his palatial home, so that he is better able to teach her to touch-type and slowly the pair fall in love. »
- CineVue UK
Cannes Film Festival awards: 2013 winners (image: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, 2013 Cannes Film Festival poster) The 2013 Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday evening. Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color, about the love affair between a woman in her 20s and another in her teens, took home the Palme d’Or. Palme d’Or: Blue Is the Warmest Color / La Vie d’Adèle by Abdellatif Kechiche (Note: the jury made a point of giving the Palme d’Or to Kechiche and the film’s two leading ladies, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux) Grand Prix: Inside Llewyn Davies by Joel and Ethan Coen Jury Prize: Like Father, Like Son by Kore-eda Hirokazu Best Director: Amat Escalante for Heli Best Actress: Bérénice Bejo for Asghar Farhadi’s The Past / Le Passé Best Actor: Bruce Dern for Alexander Payne’s Nebraska Best Screenplay: Jia Zhangke for A Touch of »
- Andre Soares
Alfred Hitchcock San Francisco: Guided tour through the sites of Hitchcock’s movies The San Francisco Silent Film Festival has arranged for San Francisco City Guides to lead "a special, Sfsff-only edition" of its "Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco" guided walking tour. This particular two-hour Hitchcock tour will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, atop Nob Hill. From there, the tour will visit the sites of three Hitchcock films: Vertigo, The Birds, and Family Plot. (Photo: Alfred Hitchcock ca. 1960.) The San Francisco Silent Film Festival press release adds that Alfred Hitchcock tour participants will "have plenty of time" to go from the tour’s end at Union Square to the Castro Theatre so as to catch the 1:00 pm screening of Hitchcock’s 1928 silent Champagne. Note: Space for this special "Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco" tour is limited. Registration is free — though donations are encouraged — and will be done on a first-come, »
- Andre Soares
Femme Fatales Week! begins at Trailers from Hell, with director Dan Ireland introducing "Vertigo," Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece and last year's Sight & Sound top-ranked film of all time, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. Stewart was born on May 20, 1908. "Hitchcock's masterpiece to date and one of the four or five most profound and beautiful films the cinema has yet given us". That was critic Robin Wood's astute 1968 evaluation ten years after Alfred Hitchcock's final collaboration with James Stewart had been released to indifferent box office and unappreciative reviews. Tragic, obsessive and backed by an unforgettable Bernard Herrmann score, it's one of the director's most mesmerizing accomplishments. It knocked Citizen Kane off its nearly 50 year perch as the #1 picture of all time in the 2012 Sight and Sound decade poll of critics and filmmakers. »
- Trailers From Hell
Hitch’s 10 hottest gents, suspicious and sinister for your pleasure.
Yesterday, Google celebrated the birth of legendary graphic designer Saul Bass with an awesome little animation on its main page. Bass was most known for his movie title sequences, which included three of Alfred Hitchcock‘s staples: Vertigo, North By Northwest, and Psycho. Just as Google intended, this got me thinking about how hot the male stars of Hitchcock movies are — specifically the 10 hottest dudes in the Hitchcock oeuvre. The results of my heavy contemplation are in.
Call “Mother!” because these 10 gents are psychotically hot.
What could be hotter than a debonair man with mood swings? In Rebecca, Laurence Olivier (or as I prefer to call him, Mr. Vivien Leigh) basically traumatizes his new wife (Joan Fontaine) by bringing her into his ghostly old estate and subjecting her to an evil housekeeper (Judith Anderson »
- Louis Virtel
Ranking Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movies from Best to Worst is always going to be a highly controversial endeavour. His filmography is so vast and he has many many popular pictures – not just the big ones like Vertigo and Rear Window, but he has cult followings for films such as Rope, Marnie and Life Boat. It is an impossible task to satisfy all of his fans.
I have tried in this feature to represent a wide range of Hitchcock pictures from his oeuvre. I have not ranked them according to my personal preference, but to a preference that I think will satisfy the majority of his fans. I have also decided to keep it to just ten movies.
It has not been an easy task and I doubt that it will please everyone but you can add your comments and dissent into the box below.
10. Topaz (1969)
Topaz is based on »
- Clare Simpson
Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. Live, announced a special pre-Festival screening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ Man of Steel on June 12. Starting May 10, Festival pass holders will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets to this screening ahead of the general public on-sale via the Festival website. Additionally, joining the Festival line-up is a screening of Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University on June 18. The Festival also unveiled new programming, including “A Brand of His Own: Being Spike Jonze,” which features a discussion with Jonze; “The Iconic Moment,” an event honoring costume designers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launch of the Costume Designers Branch, which concludes with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo; and “Women in the Cut: A Celebration of Women Editors,” a »
Google is known for their creative "Doodles" on special days throughout the year. May 8 was no different as the company celebrated renowned graphic designer Saul Bass' 93rd birthday. Bass passed away in 1996, but his impact is long-lasting.
Bass created some of the world's most iconic brand logos, including At&T, Quaker Oats, Dixie and the Girl Scouts of America. He was also responsible for many legendary movie posters, including "The Shining," "Vertigo," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and "Anatomy of a Murder."
However, the Google Doodle pays tribute to Saul through something else he was known for, movie title sequences. The video features the word "Google," as written in many of Bass' better-known title sequences. Movies like "Spartacus," "Ocean's 11," "Around the World in Eighty Days" and "Psycho" are represented in the video. Saul's last credited work is the 1998 shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho," which utilized a title »
Saul Bass would have been 93 today, and to commemorate the late Hollywood artist's birthday, Google pays homage with a clever Doodle tribute. He's the guy who designed all those ingenious posters and jazzy, geometric title sequences for Alfred Hitchock (his poster for "Vertigo" is a permanent fixture on my wall) and throughout his 40-year career, Bass worked with such directors as Preminger, Scorsese, Kubrick and Wilder. At Lacma, you can see some of amusing handwritten exchanges with Kubrick about the original poster Bass designed for "The Shining." Bass went on to create the iconic corporate logos of At&T and the original insignia for United Airlines and Continental. Check out an archive of some of Bass' best work here, and watch the Google tribute below. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Today's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 93rd birthday of famed graphic designer Saul Bass and the 81-second video, which you can watch in full directly above, pays tribute to Bass's legacy of film title sequence and poster work all set to the tune of "Unsquare Dance" by Dave Brubeck. Below I have included the films referenced in the video and they include Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest and another two films from Otto Preminger in The Man With the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. Also included is a tribute to the poster art for Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus as well as tributes to West Side Story and Around the World in 80 Days. The work done here was completed by Matt Cruickshank, an artist who worked on the upcoming Golden Book for Pixar's Monsters University and it was created entirely in Adobe's Illustrator and After Effects programs. »
- Brad Brevet
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