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Spartacus: Vengeance TV Show Trailer: Craig Parker, Liam McIntyre

29 December 2011 6:24 AM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Spartacus: Vengeance Trailer. The Spartacus: Vengeance TV Show Trailer stars Craig ParkerLiam McIntyreManu BennettPeter Mensah, and Dustin Clare. This the bloodiest and most sexual trailer for Spartacus: Vengeance yet to be released, including Spartacus: Vengeance Teaser Trailer and Spartacus: Vengeance Teaser Trailer 2.

We previously wrote about the naming of the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand here: Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2: Retitled Spartacus: Vengeance.

Spartacus: Vengeance will also star Gareth Williams, Katrina Law, Lucy Lawless, Nick E. Tarabay, Viva Bianca, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, and John Hannah. For a full listing of all the returning character in Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2 aka Spartacus: Vengeance, we posted this article: Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2: Plot, Returning Characters List.

About the revolt Spartacus leads, The Third Servile War:

The Third Servile War (73-71 BC), also called the Gladiator War and The War of Spartacus by Plutarch, »

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Adam Lambert and Tony Curtis: Separated at birth?

22 December 2011 10:50 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Adam Lambert is growing up and filling out and, despite Thursday's (Dec. 21) bar brawl arrest, we're sure he's got a bright future ahead of him. But for a while now, we've been struck by the growing resemblance between the "American Idol" alum and Hollywood legend Tony Curtis.

Curtis, who passed away in 2010, starred in scads of classics, including in drag Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot" (1959) with Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe and again, kind of in drag, in the oft-ridiculed "Spartacus" (1960). He's also the father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis and, we suspect, somehow spiritually related to Lambert.

Draw your own conclusions.

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Blacklisted screenwriter wins credit for Roman Holiday after 58 years

21 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Writers Guild of America has posthumously given Dalton Trumbo official recognition for writing the Oscar-winning screenplay for the Audrey Hepburn classic

The blacklisted Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo has finally received posthumous credit from the Us's most powerful screenwriters' body for the 1953 Audrey Hepburn classic Roman Holiday, 58 years after the film hit cinemas.

Trumbo, one of the original "Hollywood Ten" of blacklisted film industry workers, wrote the screenplay while living in exile in Mexico. He had been labelled an "unfriendly witness" by the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. His friend Ian McLellan Hunter, who was later blacklisted himself, took credit for the work under an agreement between the two men, with Hunter later sending his fee for the film on to Trumbo.

The Writers Guild of America agreed to officially acknowledge Trumbo as the screenwriter of the film following a deposition from his son Christopher, who died earlier this year, »

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Kirk Douglas @ 95

9 December 2011 6:50 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Issur Danielovitch Demsky was to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents in Amsterdam, New York, on this day in 1916 and, to celebrate, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Telegraph have posted photo galleries. Both are fine as these things go, but not nearly as much fun as Douglas's own official site, which greets you with a clip (you know which one) from Kubrick's Spartacus (1960).

It was while serving in the Us Navy during World War II that Izzy Demsky changed his name to Kirk Douglas, by which time he'd already made a name for himself as a champion wrestler and as a performer in plays at Saint Lawrence University in upstate New York. He'd attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, where he met Betty Joan Perske (later to become better known as Lauren Bacall), who'd eventually score him a screen test for his first film role in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, »

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Hey Kirk Douglas, happy 95th birthday!

8 December 2011 2:37 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Kirk Douglas, the cleft-chinned actor best known for his roles in movies like "Spartacus," "Out of the Past" and "Lust for Life" and for fathering actor/director Michael Douglas, celebrates his 95th birthday on Friday (Dec. 9).

Douglas was born to Russian-Jewish parents (he titled his 1988 autobiography "The Ragman's Son") in Amsterdam, N.Y., in 1916. At Saint Lawrence University he became a champion wreslter, but an interest in acting drew him to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. From 1941 to 1945 he served in the Navy before returning and making his way to Hollywood. His first role was in 1946's "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" with Barbara Stanwyck and Van Heflin.

Huffington Post writer John Farr sums up Douglas' larger-than-life life nicely:

An iconic star and producer in Hollywood, he has lived the life of ten men. He was almost on the plane that went down with »

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My favourite film: The Night of the Hunter

8 December 2011 7:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Kimpton tops up our writers' favourite film series with an ode to Charles Laughton's 1955 thriller, a tale as dark and disquieting as a half-forgotten dream

Want to write your own review of the film? Do so here – or brave the cut-throat comments section below

Motionless for 90 minutes, I could not even remove my coat. I sweated and shivered. I felt in shock. Was the film recreating scenes from my sleep? I had never seen, as far as I can recall, The Night of the Hunter. That is until a cold, wintry night in the 1990s when, working in Glasgow, I went to the city's Gft cinema to catch a new 35mm print of Charles Laughton's 1955 masterpiece. It was his only film as a director. Critics panned it on its release, consequently killing off the actor's career behind the camera, and perhaps robbing history of further works of greatness. »

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From the archive, 4 December 1960: Stanley Kubrick's guide to the art of film-making

5 December 2011 8:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Originally published in the Observer on 4 December 1960: As Spartacus was opening in London, the 32-year-old director embarked on the film version of Lolita. These thoughts, jotted down in odd moments for the Observer, are a director's notes on his trade

I don't think that writers or painters or film-makers function because they have something they particularly want to say. They have something that they feel. And they like the art form: they like words, or the smell of paint, or celluloid and photographic images and working with actors. I don't think that any genuine artist has ever been oriented by some didactic point of view, even if he thought he was.

The making of any film, whatever the historical setting or the size of the sets, has to be approached in much the same way. You have to figure out what is going on in each scene and what's »

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Spartacus: Vengeance: ‘The Brotherhood’ Video

26 November 2011 10:00 AM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Spartacus: Vengeance The Brotherhood Video. The Spartacus: Vengeance: The Brotherhood video stars Liam McIntyre, Viva BiancaLucy LawlessManu Bennett, and Peter Mensah. Spartacus: Vengeance‘s plot synopsis: “Spartacus and the late Lentulus Batiatus’ other gladiators are

on the run from Rome. The Roman forces are led by Spartacus’ en-slavery,  Legatus Claudius Glaber.”

We previously posted the Spartacus: Vengeance TV Show Trailer, Spartacus: Vengeance: Teaser Trailer 2, and Spartacus: Vengeance: Teaser Trailer.

Executive Producers and cast discuss the upcoming season of Spartacus: Vengeance.

Spartacus: Vengeance will star Craig Parker, Dustin Clare, Gareth Williams, Katrina Law, Nick E. TarabayCynthia Addai-Robinson, and John Hannah. For a full listing of all the returning character in Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2 aka Spartacus: Vengeance, we posted this article: Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2: Plot, Returning Characters List.

About the revolt Spartacus leads, The Third Servile War:

The Third »

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USC vs. UCLA Football: Hollywood Talks Trash, Takes Sides Before the Big Game

22 November 2011 11:33 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Gary Baum

This article first appeared in the Dec. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Aside from the awards races, no contest puts Hollywood in such a frenzy as the annual USC-ucla football game, which takes place this year Nov. 26 at USC's home, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. That's because the industry has always been inordinately packed with alumni of both universities, dating to when John Wayne strapped on his helmet for the Trojans in the 1920s and Spartacus' Woody Strode took the field for the Bruins. In more recent history, Rodney Peete and Mark Harmon have taken part

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Check This Out: A Brief Visual History of The Title Design of Saul Bass

14 November 2011 10:23 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Back in late 2009 we highlighted the exploits of the The Art of the Title Sequence, a fantastic website dedicated to stylish opening and ending credits sequences that bookend the films we all now and love. Earlier this year, the website crafted a video chronicling A Brief History of Title Design as an introduction for the SXSW Title Design Competition. Now this time, in honor of the new book, Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, the site has put together A Brief History of the Title Design of Saul Bass which includes his work in North by Northwest, Spartacus, the original Ocean's 11, Goodfellas, and much more. Here's A Brief History of the Title Design of Saul Bass courtesy of The Art of the Title Sequence: In addition to the video, the site points out that The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will also celebrate the life of Saul Bass »

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Today Only: Stanley Kubrick Blu-rays on the Cheap at Amazon

10 November 2011 10:28 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

As we get closer to the big holiday shopping season, more and more deals for movies and video games are going to start popping up. Case in point: today online retailer Amazon.com has opened up its Gold Box Deal of the Day to an impressive box set of Stanley Kubrick films.

For today only, Amazon is selling the Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection on Blu-ray for $62.99. That price is 58 less than the $148.99 list price, and a good $25 less than what it typically sells for.

For around $63 you get nine Kubrick classics in high definition: Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. That works out to only $7 per movie.

Click here to purchase the Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection on Blu-ray for $62.99 at Amazon.com. »

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Special Features – 23 Actors Who Might Have Been Bond (Part 1)

29 October 2011 1:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the first of a two-part feature, Gary Collinson looks at 23 actors who could have found themselves uttering the iconic line, "The name’s Bond. James Bond..."

Despite the fact that Daniel Craig is only just gearing up for the production of his third outing as 007 in Sam Mendes’ oft-delayed Bond 23 (a.k.a. Skyfall), this year has already seen talk shifting towards Craig’s eventual successor, with actors such as Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Clive Owen and Sam Worthington all linked to the coveted role. Of course, such rampant speculation is nothing new and these are just the latest names to join an extensive list of actors said to have been under consideration for James Bond at one time or another during the superspy’s illustrious screen career. Here, we look at twenty-three stars who found themselves in contention for Bond and give our verdict on how they »

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Daily Briefing. Trailer for Wakamatsu's "Mishima"

24 October 2011 3:05 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Dream death-match to be sure, but I just noticed Koji Wakamatsu is actually making a new film based on Mishima's life," wrote Sanjuro six months ago, sparking a discussion in the Forum. 11.25 Jiketsu no Hi: Mishima Yukio to Wakamonotachi, with Arata taking the lead and Terajima Shinobu (Caterpillar) playing Mishima's wife, "focuses on the events of November 25, 1970, when Mishima entered the Tokyo headquarters of the Japan Self-Defense Forces along with four members of his private militia, the Tatenokai," wrote Nicholas Vroman in May at Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow. "Seizing control of the commandant's office, Mishima delivered a rambling speech from the balcony hoping to inspire a coup d'etat. He then returned to the office and committed suicide." He also notes that Wakamatsu's been blogging throughout the production. And today, Wildgrounds has posted the first trailer (above).

"Eco Sci-Fi" is the theme of the October issue of Electric Sheep, featuring David Cairns »

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The Invisible Man (1996): Stanley Kubrick TV Documentary

21 September 2011 1:25 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Invisible Man Documentary. Paul Joyce‘s The Invisible Man (1996) TV Documentary is a director Stanley Kubrick retrospective and analysis of his thirteen films. Featured in The Invisible Man are numerous actors and directors, including Malcolm McDowell, Jonathan Pryce, Bryan Singer, Michael Herr, James B. Harris, Ken Adam, and Kate Sheldon.

I have not seen all thirteen of Stanley Kubrick films but the ones that come to mind are Spartacus, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Lolita, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Like all of his fans, I was saddened by his death in 1999. I want to count A.I. Artificial Intelligence as a Kubrick film since his influence is all over it but that is like calling True Romance a Quentin Tarantino film.

More on Stanley Kubrick:

Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, writer, producer, and photographer who lived in England during most of the last four decades of his career. »

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Tony Curtis collection tops $1 million at auction

18 September 2011 3:01 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Los Angeles (Reuters) - Fine art, jewelry and Hollywood memorabilia owned by Tony Curtis -- including the yachtsman jacket he wore in "Some Like It Hot" -- brought in over $1 million on the auction block on Saturday, more than twice the presale estimates.

Curtis, who enjoyed a 60-year career in show business before his death in 2010 at age 85, appeared in more than 100 films and received an Oscar nomination for the 1958 drama "The Defiant Ones." He was an art lover and painter as well.

The estate items on sale at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills featured property Curtis acquired throughout his life, from the time he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II to the 2000s. The presale estimate on the collection was $500,000.

Highlights included the Andy Warhol "Some Like It Hot" shoe lithograph, signed by Warhol to Curtis around 1955, which sold for $53,125; the "Some Like It Hot" yachtsman jacket, »

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Spartacus star Andy Whitfield dies

12 September 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Welsh-born actor who starred in Us cable TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand dies of cancer aged 39

Andy Whitfield, the Welsh-born actor who played the lead role in the TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has died at age 39.

Whitfield died on Sunday in Sydney, Australia, 18 months after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, manager Sam Maydew told the Associated Press.

"On a beautiful sunny Sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18-month battle with lymphoma cancer," Whitfield's wife Vashti said in a statement.

"He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was."

Whitfield was born in Wales and took up acting after moving to Australia, »

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Andy Whitfield has Died, Dead: Passed Away at Aged 39

12 September 2011 10:15 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Andy Whitfield is dead. Andy Whitfield has died of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I woke up this morning to this terrible news about Andy Whitfield. I never saw or thought this could happen nor did I see it coming. After Andy Whitfield beat Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma down to the point where he briefly returned to his role as Spartacus on Starz’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand‘s second season entitled Spartacus: Vengeance, I thought all was well. Even when he later resigned (written about here: Andy Whitfield exits Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2 to Fight Cancer) when the affliction re-emerged and Liam McIntyre replaced him (written about here: Liam McIntyre replaces Andy Whitfield: Spartacus: Blood and Sand), I thought he would beat it, that it was only a formality, that all would be set right in time.

I was thunderstruck to hear that it gotten the better of him and that he died from it. »

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Spartacus star Andy Whitfield was an action hero with heart

12 September 2011 4:40 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Welsh actor Andy Whitfield was perfectly cast as the lead in the Starz drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand

The death of Welsh actor Andy Whitfield aged 39 is terrifically sad. When cast in the leading role of the Starz drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Whitfield was largely unknown to Us and UK audiences, and he dies associated most with that character. It's a hell of a role to leave behind as your final calling card.

Handled with terrific flair by showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, Spartacus: Blood and Sand took its cues from modern retellings of antiquity such as 300 and Rome, as much as Stanley Kubrick's 1960s Spartacus, yet still managed to create a storytelling ethic and feel all of its own. It was a show you started out watching just to laugh at and stayed with because you couldn't stop watching.

Whitfield was perfect for this particular Spartacus. You couldn't »

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'Spartacus' Star Dies

11 September 2011 8:35 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Los Angeles — Andy Whitfield, who played the title role in the hit cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," has died at age 39, according to representatives and family.

Whitfield died Sunday in Sydney, Australia, 18 months after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, manager Sam Maydew told the Associated Press.

"On a beautiful sunny Sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18 month battle with lymphoma cancer," Whitfield's wife Vashti said in a statement. "He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was."

Andy Whitfield – who was born in Wales and moved to Australia in 1999 – was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the legendary Thracian slave in "Spartacus, »

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Kirk Douglas on TCM: A Letter To Three Wives, Mourning Becomes Electra

6 September 2011 8:45 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kirk Douglas is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of September. Though hardly a great film actor — or even a good one — Douglas has had one of the longest and most prestigious film careers anywhere in the world. That's probably because enough audience members loved how Douglas ferociously attacked his characters — instead of merely bringing them to life. [Kirk Douglas Movie Schedule.] The 94-year-old actor (who'll be turning 95 next December 9) starred or was featured in numerous major classics — and a number of minor ones — from the mid-'40s to the mid'-60s, nabbing three Best Actor Oscar nominations along the way. He has continued working since then, but for the most part his projects have been low-quality fare. The list of Kirk Douglas' movie classics, however, is quite long. It includes Jacques Tourneur's film noir Out of the Past (1947); Mark Robson's boxing melodrama Champion (1949), for which Douglas received his first »

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