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By Jon Heitland
On any list of the best films based on World War II, The Great Escape, directed by John Sturges and based on the novel by Paul Brickhill, will always rank near the top. The compelling story of a group of British and American prisoners of war and how they outwitted their Nazi captors observes its 50th anniversary this year, and actor David McCallum, who plays Ashley-Pitt in the film, travelled to Omaha, Nebraska on November 9, 2013, to help celebrate the classic film. Proceeds went to the Nebraska Kidney Foundation, which was why McCallum took time from his busy television schedule to make an appearance. The evening event centered around a showing of the film at the large, concert-style theater at the prestigious Joslyn Museum, to an enthusiastic, full house crowd of 1000.
The Great Escape 50 year retrospective was another »
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Remakes are nothing new in Hollywood. Take a look back through cinema history and there are plenty of example of ideas and stories being recycled for new audiences. Take, for instance, Robin Hood and Zorro, whose big-screen exploits stretch right the way back to Douglas Fairbanks in the silent era.
Right now two high profile re-dos - Carrie and Oldboy - are screening in cinemas. Considering just how well the originals are regarded, it begs one simple question - why? One carries a recognisable name, the other is a critically lauded foreign-language cult film that has a limited audience.
In the end it may all boil down to making money, but that's still no excuse for some of the remakes that have been served up in recent memory. Digital Spy looks at 9 cinematic remakes that didn't need to happen below...
The actor and dilletante talks about his new pornographic arthouse film Interior. Leather Bar and how he's challenging Hollywood's beige treatment of sex
If you're an A-list Hollywood actor you need to have a "thing"; something beyond being just really, really good looking. For George Clooney it's politics, for Leonardo DiCaprio it's saving the tigers, Gwyneth Paltrow has her quinoa muesli, and as Mark Ruffalo's Twitter reveals, he's very much invested in the anti-fracking scene. For James Franco, though, his thing appears to be, well, everything. Once you start researching the 35-year-old's recent antics, it quickly becomes clear just how bizarrely prolific he is: he's currently making five films, with six more in post-production; he's a fervent blogger, tweeter and Instagrammer; he publishes short stories and poetry, famously penning a poem to commemorate the second inauguration of President Obama back in January; he is a sometime multimedia artist, and »
The holiday season is now firmly upon us and it’s time to kick your Christmas shopping into high gear. Chances are, there’s at least one person on your shopping list who happens to be a big movie buff. We admit, we’re not the easiest type of people to shop for, but you’re in luck as our talented staff of cinephiles have come up with a Movie Buff Wish List of awesome movie related gifts we’d love to find under our tree. Come inside to check out the hottest items cinema enthusiasts want to help you find the perfect gift for that movie buff in your own life!
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Remakes of beloved films and the outrage that always accompanies them are so common that they barely warrant attention anymore. But there was one so bafflingly wrong-headed that it will live forever in the cinematic annals of infamy: Gus Van Sant's Psycho, an almost shot-for-shot facsimile of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic. People rent their clothes and gnashed their teeth at the mere suggestion of it, and got even angrier once they actually saw it. Perhaps most alarming in hindsight: it happened 15 years ago. Why do the wounds still feel so fresh? If you remember the release of Van Sant's Psycho on December 4, 1998, and how civilization collapsed and the Earth was plunged into a thousand years of darkness, I have even worse news: You're Old®. I kid the...
- Eric D. Snider
Fifteen years ago today (December 4, 1998) an unusual movie was released, and roundly rejected: director Gus Van Sant's off-puttingly faithful remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Fresh off the critical and commercial success of Good Will Hunting, Van Sant could've tried for another feel-good hit or a high-profile for-hire gig. Instead, he cashed in all his mainstream chips to not only put his hands all over an untouchable classic, but to do it in the strangest way: He used the original script with only minor modifications, he re-recorded the same score, and, in many scenes, he even mimicked Hitchcock's compositions and camera moves, causing his Psycho to be labeled a "shot-for-shot remake," though that's an exaggeration. Psycho '98 opened to p »
Us cable network did a pretty superb job in revamping the classic Psycho story and the rise of young serial-killer Norman Bates. The impressive casting and production values throughout offered a unique spin on the characters created by Robert Bloch and his novel inspired by twisted Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein. The success of the series assured a second season would arrive in early 2014 and the official short teaser trailer for Season 2 proves Bates Motel will reopen for business March 2014.
It will see the return of Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz, and Nestor Carbonell. Newcomers include Kathleen Robertson, Rebecca Creskoff, Kenny Johnson, Paloma Kwiatkowski and Michael Vartan.
The post ‘Bates Motel’ Reopens For Season 2 In New Teaser appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Craig Hunter
Maybe you're one of the lucky ducks who doesn't have to work the day after Thanksgiving, so you can stay in your jammies all day and watch the movie marathon of your choice -- Capt. Jack Sparrow, Alfred Hitchcock, "Star Wars." So many choices.
Or if you're like us, you're getting the DVR set. But here are the marathons and specials being offered Friday, Nov. 29. Note: If you want to watch some "Friends" Thanksgiving Day episodes, start the DVR late Turkey Day night into the wee hours of the morning.
All times Eastern.
ABC: College football, noon to 7 p.m. (Iowa at Nebraska, Miami at Pittsburgh)
ABC Family: Harry Potter movie marathon, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. ("Goblet of Fire," "Order of the Phoenix," "Half-Blood Prince," "Deathly Hallows Part 1")
The holiday shopping season officially kicks off tonight and we know it can be difficult to find presents for horror fans that seem to have everything. To help make things easier, we’ve put together the initial list of our holiday gift suggestions, which include cannibal wine, classic horror shirts, vinyl figures and Blu-ray collections.
While a handful of these items are only available at select websites, you should be able to find some pretty good sales on other items starting tonight. Specifically, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart will have big sales on Blu-ray/DVD titles and video games. We’d like to give Tamika Jones a big thanks for helping put this guide together.
Silence of the Lambs Wine: “The Alamo Drafthouse’s 2013 Signature Wines are an oenophilic nod to noted gourmand, wine connoisseur and psychopath Hannibal Lecter. “The Chianti Slurp” is an iconic wine in film moment, celebrated »
- Tamika Jones
By Lee Pfeiffer
Sony has reissued its 2002 special edition of producer William Castle's horror exploitation film Homicidal a burn-to-order DVD, although there is no mention of the extra bonus feature on the packaging or publicity for the film. (Sony seems determined not to capitalize on special features that are especially marketable to collectors.) Castle, of course, was the proud master of exploitation films and relished his reputation as the King of Schlock. He excelled in making low-budget, "quickie" films that often capitalized on major hit movies of the day. Castle seemed to fancy himself as a low-rent version of Alfred Hitchcock, who was also not shy about promoting his own image in connection with marketing his films and TV series. Castle's films were not meant to be taken seriously by critics but he did have high standards for the genre in which he worked and it's rare to find »
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One of the big sources of excitement within the horror community these last couple weeks has been the persistent rumors of a long-awaited sequel to Beetlejuice, with both Michael Keaton and Winona Rider expressing their interest in being a part of the ghost with the most’s return to the big screen. Will it ever actually happen? Only time will tell. But if it does, it’ll be a follow-up over 25 years in the making – a long time to wait for a sequel, don’t ya think?!
Well, it wouldn’t be the first time us horror fans have had to wait a couple decades for a sequel. In fact, we’ve waited a whole lot longer than that. Just how long, you ask? Let’s take a look at the ten horror sequels that took longer than any others to find their way into our lives!
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- John Squires
Think silent films reached a high point with The Artist? The pre-sound era produced some of the most beautiful, arresting films ever made. From City Lights to Metropolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
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10. City Lights
City Lights was arguably the biggest risk of Charlie Chaplin's career: The Jazz Singer, released at the end of 1927, had seen sound take cinema by storm, but Chaplin resisted the change-up, preferring to continue in the silent tradition. In retrospect, this isn't so much the precious behaviour of a purist but the smart reaction of an experienced comedian; Chaplin's films rarely used intertitles anyway, and though it is technically "silent", City Lights is very mindful of it own self-composed score and keenly judged sound effects.
At its heart, »
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Enemy spies are on the movie in London in Foreign Correspondent.
In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho) made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, the romantic drama Rebecca and Foreign Correspondent, were both nominated for the best picture Oscar.
Though Rebecca prevailed, Foreign Correspondent is the more quintessential Hitch film. A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea (Bird of Paradise) as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, its wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces, including an ocean plane crash climax with astonishing special effects.
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When Alfred Hitchcock made Psycho he had a lot to answer for, creating a character in Norman Bates that is so easy to replicate, though hard to perfect. Pin is a film that bears similarities to Hitchcock’s masterpiece and has a character that could be said to be just as twisted as Norman.
Ursula and Leon are the children of a doctor who, to communicate issues to his children uses a medical mannequin know as Pin to teach them about health and body issues. As the children grow up Ursula understands that Pin is not real, but her father uses ventriloquism to bring the doll alive, but Leon clings on to the belief that Pin is his best friend. When their parents die in a car accident Leon moves Pin into the family »
- Paul Metcalf
All About Eve, Roman Holiday, The Ten Commandments, A Place In The Sun, The Sting. These great films and hundreds more have one thing in common: costume designer Edith Head (1897–1981). The small woman with the familiar straight bangs, black-rimmed saucer glasses, and unsmiling countenance racked up an unprecedented 35 Oscar nods and 400 film credits over the course of a sixty-year career. The golden age of Hollywood sparkled with extravagant cinematic productions and stars such as Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Mae West, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Redford were made even more glamorous by donning the costumes designed by the incredibly talented Mrs. Head.
Theater director Susan Claassen, a New Jersey native, got the idea for a project based on Edith Head several years ago after she watched a televised biography of the designer. She realized that her physical resemblance to the designer was uncanny, »
- Tom Stockman
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Martin Scorsese has named his top 11 scary movies – and surprise, surprise, there's not a Hostel or Saw to be seen.
Instead the professorial director of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Shutter Island has come down firmly in favour of old-school black-and-white chillers, with Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, the Barbara Hershey starrer The Entity, and the child-ghost shocker The Changeling being the most recently-made entries, all in the early 1980s.
Number one on Scorsese's list, compiled for the Daily Beast website, is The Haunting, the 1963 British-made spookfest about a group of ghosthunters staying overnight in a creepy mansion. Directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Harris and Claire Bloom, »
- Andrew Pulver
Horror and high fashion may sound like two things that don't quite go together, but there has been an interesting trend of late that has seen a fusion of iconic horror movie imagery with elegant fashion. While images like Jack Nicholson's face bursting through the bathroom door in The Shining and Janet Leigh's death scream in the shower from Psycho were once only printed onto standard black t-shirts, those and other iconic images began to make their way onto the runway this year - various designers taking advantage of the fact that horror is a whole lot more mainstream than it ever used to be. As Fashion Magazine recently stated, "the cult of scary movies is clawing its way into fashion, art and Hollywood." Indeed it is, and it's a beautiful thing.
As we round out the year, let's take a look back at some of the coolest »
- John Squires
Eleven days after it was originally posted, a list compiled by director Martin Scorsese of what he considers to be the eleven scariest movies of all-time over at the Daily Beast is just now coming to the attention of the online masses. Unfortunately it's a little too late if you were planning on a Halloween night binge session, but as the temperature outside drops, the sun sets earlier and you begin bundling yourself up inside for the winter, perhaps you'll want to check a few of these out. The most mainstream on the list are Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, William Friedkin's The Exorcist and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Other than that, I'm mildly ashamed to say I've only seen two of the other films, and one of them only recently. The first is The Haunting, Robert Wise's much loved Hill House story from 1963 that many classify as »
- Brad Brevet
With shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story scooping up high ratings and accolades like they’re going out of style, there’s no doubt that horror is dominating TV right now. It’s even becoming a big time trend to turn popular horror movies into their own series’, with spin-offs of Psycho and Silence of the Lambs already moving into their second seasons and others based on The Shining, Scream, The Exorcist and From Dusk Till Dawn currently in the works.
That said, the road to success hasn’t always been an easy one, when it comes to TV adaptations of beloved horror flicks. Over the years we’ve seen many of them come and go, either failing to catch on with audiences the way shows like Bates Motel and Hannibal have or even failing to ever find their way in front of the cameras.
Today, we »
- John Squires
Anyone who hadn't their fill of Halloween festivities come Saturday night likely exorcized lingering seasonal demons with Janelle Monae at her sold-out show at Club Nokia. The singer's current Electric Lady tour, in support of her sophomore LP of the same name, lends itself to slightly spooky affair -- evident by Monae arriving on stage, bound in a straightjacket, to the frantic opening strings of instrumental intro "Suite IV Electric Overture." Similarities to Bernard Herrmann's iconic Psycho score are likely intentional. Monae has strived for sinister undertones since her 2007 debut, Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). The tantalizingly abrupt
- Michael O'Connell
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