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12 items from 2015


Icons of Fright SXSW Interview: Director Mickey Keating Talks Pod, Ritual, Darling and Carnage Park!!

15 March 2015 5:11 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

One of the most anticipated “midnight” movies at this year’s SXSW (South by Southwest) festival, is director Mickey Keating’s Pod, the follow-up to Keating’s Very entertaining 2013 low-budget yet high on thrills film Ritual. While Ritual was a scary and tense film about two people being stalked by a cult, Pod deals with very different subjects and shows Keating’s trend of never making the same kind of films twice. A true cinephile, Keating is a director to look out for, and we were lucky enough to have a chat with the talented filmmaker regarding Pod, Ritual and his next two films, Darling and Carnage Park. Read on!

 

How’s it going, Mickey?

Hey, how’s it going, man?

I am doing fine, just reading about Harrison Ford crashing his plane into a golf course, what’s up with that?

I know dude, how weird is that? He’s still tickin though, »

- Jerry Smith

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‘Please Murder Me’ sees underrated greats Lansbury and Burr go head-to-head

13 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Please Murder Me

Written by Donald Hyde and Al C. Ward

Directed by Peter Godfrey

U.S.A., 1956

*It should be noted that the following review contains spoilers pertaining to the film’s plot, including an important revelation on which most of the drama hinges. Readers have been forewarned.

Defence Attorney Craig Carlson (Raymond Burr) sits alone in his office late one night. Having turned on a recording machine he begins to narrate to a fellow lawyer that he is surely to be killed within the hour. At that moment the film flashbacks to some months ago when Craig approaches a dear old friend, Joe Leeds (Dick Foran) with terrible news: Joe’s wife and him have fallen in deeply in love. Joe appears visibly disappointed, but, curiously, less angry than one might expect. He implores Craig to give him time to mull over the situation. Shortly thereafter Joe returns home to see his wife, »

- Edgar Chaput

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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

11 March 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year. »

- Andre Soares

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Blu-ray Review – The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

24 February 2015 10:43 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Manchurian Candidate, 1962.

Directed by John Frankenheimer.

Starring Laurence Harvey, Frank Sinatra, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silver and James Gregory.

Synopsis:

A former Korean War Pow is brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin. But another former prisoner may know how to save him.

Exploring the extremes of cold war paranoia in a stylish cloak and dagger format that must have raised more than a few eyebrows on its release in 1962, The Manchurian Candidate is a film that takes a look beyond the usual political invective.

Following the terrifying experiences of Korean War veterans as they attempt to settle back into ‘normal’ American life, the film is a supremely dark portrayal of influence and control. Laurence Harvey (Room at the Top, Darling) as Raymond Shaw creates a terrifyingly understated performance as the pawn in the games of the political elite. Specifically, his character is controlled through the use »

- Robert W Monk

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From Kubrick to Marilyn Monroe, Oscar Has a Stellar List of Shut-Outs

13 February 2015 4:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are 195 individuals nominated for Oscar this year. And when the winners are named Feb. 22, they will become part of film history, joining such greats as Billy Wilder, Ingrid Bergman, Ben Hecht and Walt Disney.

But 80% of the contenders will go home empty-handed. However, there is good news: They are in good company as well.

Here is a sampling of nominees that didn’t win: “Citizen Kane,” “Chinatown” and “Star Wars”; directors Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman; writers Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and David Mamet; actors Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd.”; Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; and Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.”

They managed to do Ok, though.

It’s hard to say why they didn’t win. Sometimes tastes change. Sometimes there’s too much competition in one year. Frank Capra’s 1939 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington »

- Tim Gray

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Beyond Narrative: The Future of the Feature Film

12 February 2015 12:01 PM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.

Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the »

- Roger Ebert

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Liza Minnelli To Receive Jack Valenti – Los Angeles, Italia Legend Award

11 February 2015 6:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Liza Minnelli will be feted by the 10th Los Angeles-Italia Festival with its Jack Valenti – Los Angeles, Italia Legend Award.

The annual pre-Oscars event comprising movies and music and celebrating showbiz ties between Italy and Hollywood will run Feb. 15-20 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

The award, named in memory of long-time MPAA president Jack Valenti, will be presented to Minnelli on the evening of Feb. 20 during the fest’s closing night ceremonies.

“We are extremely honored and delighted to be presenting this year’s Jack Valenti Legend Award to the talented and lovely Liza Minnelli,” enthused fest topper Pascal Vicedomini and its honorary chair Mark Canton in a statement. “As in prior years our board aims to recognize highly talented Italian-Americans who have made an impact on the industry and without a doubt, Liza fits the bill.”

Al Pacino and Anjelica Huston are the prize’s prior recipients. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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First image of Meryl Streep rocking out in 'Ricki and the Flash' arrives

4 February 2015 11:18 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One can only wonder if an Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep is more or less automatic these days. She has the all-time record with 19 tips of the Academy's hat to date, and she has an intriguing role coming up in Jonathan Demme's "Ricki and the Flash" that will surely bring her at least into the conversation yet again. Then again, maybe it's not so automatic. Streep crushed it in Demme's own remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" a little over a decade ago, but where Angela Lansbury was able to make it to the dance for originating the role, Streep didn't make the cut. I'm sure fellow supporting actress players like Laura Linney ("Kinsey") and Sophie Okondeo ("Hotel Rwanda") were happy to have the wiggle room. Anyway, the first image from "Ricki and the Flash" has been revealed (see above), courtesy of People. In the movie, which was written by Diablo Cody ("Juno, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Jimmy Kimmel To Be Feted By Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival

3 February 2015 5:50 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – Jimmy Kimmel will be feted by the 10th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival with its “Award of Excellence” presented to Italian-Americans who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment.

Kimmel, host and executive producer of the Emmy-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC’s longest-running late-night talk show, will receive the nod during the annual pre-Oscars event celebrating showbiz ties between Italy and Hollywood, which will run Feb. 15-21 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

“There is no one more deserving to receive our ‘Excellence Award’ than Jimmy Kimmel,” enthused event topper Pascal Vicedomini in a statement. “ Vicedomini went on to praise Kimmel for the unique style in which he “brilliantly comments upon the contemporary scene, as he skewers both pop culture and breaking news on a nightly basis through his monologues and video montages.”

Previous editions of Los Angeles-Italia have honored Al Pacino, David O. Russell, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Jimmy Kimmel To Be Feted By Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival

3 February 2015 5:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Jimmy Kimmel will be feted by the 10th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival with its “Award of Excellence” presented to Italian-Americans who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment.

Kimmel, host and executive producer of the Emmy-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC’s longest-running late-night talk show, will receive the nod during the annual pre-Oscars event celebrating showbiz ties between Italy and Hollywood, which will run Feb. 15-21 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

“There is no one more deserving to receive our ‘Excellence Award’ than Jimmy Kimmel,” enthused event topper Pascal Vicedomini in a statement. “ Vicedomini went on to praise Kimmel for the unique style in which he “brilliantly comments upon the contemporary scene, as he skewers both pop culture and breaking news on a nightly basis through his monologues and video montages.”

Previous editions of Los Angeles-Italia have honored Al Pacino, David O. Russell, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Los Angeles-Italia Event To Celebrate Centennial Of Frank Sinatra’s Birth

7 January 2015 9:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – The centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth will be celebrated by the 10th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival, the annual pre-Oscars event celebrating showbiz ties between Italy and Hollywood.

Rising star Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, known for his “Pavarotti Ping,” will be the first celebrity guest to pay tribute to Sinatra on the event’s opening night, Feb. 15 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

The Feb 15-21 fest will also include a selection of films from Sinatra’s career, including “Some Came Running,” “From Here To Eternity,” “The Man with the Golden Arm,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Ocean’s 11″ and “On the Town.”

“Sinatra was extremely proud of his Italian heritage,” enthused Italo crooner and music producer Tony Renis, who is L.A. Italia’s Honorary President this year, in a statement.

“His father Antonino was born in Palermo, Sicily, and his mother Della came »

- Nick Vivarelli

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The Guest | Blu-ray Review

6 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Enjoying a healthy festival run after its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and a tour that brought it to SXSW and Toronto, Adam Wingard’s The Guest arrives on Blu-ray shortly after scoring a nod for Best Editing at the Independent Spirit Awards (though it’s unfortunate there wasn’t any room for some other awards love, such as for cinematography for Dan Stevens). Making their return to distribution, the Picturehouse folks grossed north of a quarter of a million at the box office, and the film  had releases in multiple regions across the globe.

After contributing to several anthology films, including the V/H/S films and The ABCs of Death, director Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett return to their first feature since 2011’s You’re Next, (a film that finally hit theaters to warm reception in 2013) with The Guest. Adept talents for entertaining, tongue-in-cheek scenarios, Wingard and »

- Nicholas Bell

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