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Harlock Space Pirate 3-D

5 February 2016 9:13 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Ray guns! Space armadas! Storm troopers! Toei's manga became a pricey 3-D animated motion capture epic just three years ago, but was denied a release stateside. This collector's disc set gives us rude 'n' raucous space battles, along with a pirate's bounty of original Japanese extras. Don't worry, the 3-D visuals are excellent. Harlock: Space Pirate 3-D 3-D + 2-D Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 2013 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 115 (Japanese) 111 (International) min. / Kyaputen Harokku / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 34.95 Original Music Tetsuya Takahashi Written by Harutoshi Fukui, Kiyoto Tareuchi from the manga by Leiji Matsuimoto Produced by Joseph Chou, Yoshi Ikezawa, Rei Kudo (Toei Animation) Directed by Shinji Aramaki

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Suppose they had a space war and nobody came? Toei Animation's 3-D extravaganza Harlock: Space Pirate 3-D was prepped and primed to take the world by storm, but like too many foreign super-productions it didn't even get a U. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Trumbo - video review

4 February 2016 8:57 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes and Peter Bradshaw review Trumbo, a biopic about the 1950s screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted by Hollywood for his communist beliefs. The film, which stars Bryan Cranston as the writer of Roman Holiday and Spartacus, follows Trumbo through his 11-month imprisonment and subsequent vindication, which was spurred in part by Spatacus star Kirk Douglas. Trumbo, which also stars Helen Mirren and Elle Fanning, is release in the UK on 5 February

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- Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes, Peter Bradshaw, Dan Susman, Adam Sich and Joan Portillo

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Watch: Check Out The Extras From The Criterion Collection Laserdisc Of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'

26 January 2016 3:05 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Most of Stanley Kubrick’s more revered and well-known flicks haven't received The Criterion Collection treatment. Only a handful of his early efforts have received the brand’s refurbishing and restoration (among them “Paths of Glory,” “Spartacus,” and “The Killing”). However, fans of Kubrick’s — as well as committed savants of outdated A/V analog technology — may remember that his magnum opus, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” did once upon a time get the Criterion treatment… on Laserdisc. Well, Kubrick nerds, your day has come. What we have here is a juicy bit of behind the scenes goodness that will appease any die-hard fan of the director, one that’s ripped straight from the Extras section of the film’s Laserdisc release. Read More: Watch: 75-Minute Video Essay Breaks Down The Making Of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' The video begins with the ever-magisterial Arthur C. Clarke, author of the source material, »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Hawaii

26 January 2016 10:26 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow and Richard Harris bring James Michener's true saga to life -- but it's the story of the destruction of paradise. A huge success just the same, producer Walter Mirisch's film testifies to the skill with which he brought together big talent for a show that doesn't compromise with a happy-happy historical revision. Hawaii Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 161 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman, Carroll O'Connor, Jocelyne Lagarde, Manu Tupou, Ted Nobriga, Elizabeth Logue. Cinematography Russell Harlan Production Designer Cary Odell Art Direction James W. Sullivan Film Editor Stuart Gilmore Original Music Elmer Bernstein Written by Dalton Trumbo, Daniel Taradash from the novel by James Michener Produced by Walter Mirisch Directed by George Roy Hill

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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- Glenn Erickson

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Contemporary films reflecting on Hollywood’s Golden Age

25 January 2016 4:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sara Hemrajani on Hollywood’s love affair with its Golden Age…

Since there’s no business like show business, it’s unsurprising that one of Hollywood’s favourite topics is itself. The recent wave of award nominations for Trumbo, including a best actor Oscar nod for Bryan Cranston, is fresh evidence of the industry’s fascination with the so-called Golden Age.

In Trumbo, Cranston plays real-life writer Dalton Trumbo who was jailed and blacklisted for his ties to the American Communist Party. Despite the ban, Trumbo and his peers managed to flout the system using pseudonyms and support from eager filmmakers. He went on to write screenplays for classics such as Roman Holiday and Spartacus.

Following swiftly in its steps is Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers’ throwback to the glossy studio pictures of the 1940s. The trailer reveals characters reminiscent of Gene Kelly and Esther Williams, as well as producer »

- Sara Hemrajani

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Hollywood blacklisted my father Dalton Trumbo: now I’m proud they’ve put him on screen

16 January 2016 2:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mitzi Trumbo on the father who wrote Spartacus and Roman Holiday and was a victim of Hollywood’s anti-communist witch-hunts

When Mitzi Trumbo was 15, she opened her front door to find one of Hollywood’s most famous actors standing outside. It was Kirk Douglas. A few days later, Laurence Olivier turned up. “He outstretched his hand for me to shake and the dog got in the way and he tripped over.”

Fifty-five years later, she still remembers how starstruck she felt. But besides the excitement, what Mitzi most recalls from those encounters was a feeling of frustration that she couldn’t brag about it to her high-school friends. Her father, Dalton Trumbo, was one of the most famous Hollywood screenwriters of his generation, both for his work (he wrote the Oscar-winning Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, and several novels) and for his leftwing politics.

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- Elizabeth Day

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This week’s new film events

2 January 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been… ? | Jean-Luc Godard

The closing half of that title is “… a member of the Communist party?”, a question that could have presaged the end of your career and possibly your liberty in 1950s Hollywood. Now we can eat brunch over it, safe in the knowledge that a McCarthy-style witch hunt could never happen again – could it? In advance of Trumbo, a Bryan Cranston-led biopic on the Hollywood Ten writer (out 5 Feb), this season revisits those bad old days each Sunday this month. Proceedings begin tomorrow with sci-fi allegory Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, and continues with Clifford Odets’s lid-lifting Hollywood drama The Big Knife (Odets was one of those who cooperated with the committee) and Woody Allen-starring satire The Front (featuring cast and crew who actually were blacklisted), culminating in Spartacus, the film that literally restored Dalton Trumbo’s name. »

- Steve Rose

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