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One of the oddest tales this writer has ever reported on involves 1996’s box-office bomb The Island of Dr. Moreau, the third big-screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel about a scientist who tries to turn animals into people. The movie was a passion project of director Richard Stanley who had made a splash with his debut movie, the sci-fi action film Hardware, and who assembled a remarkable cast for his Moreau, which included Val Kilmer, Marlon Brando, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk, and Ron Perlman. After just a few days of principal photography, he was fired from the film and ultimately »
- Clark Collis
On Friday, Paramount Pictures renewed its bid to have a New York federal judge dismiss a nearly six-year-old lawsuit that alleges the film studio committed fraud in raising financing for its "Melrose I" slate of movies, including Mean Girls, Elizabethtown, Collateral and remakes of The Manchurian Candidate, The Stepford Wives and Alfie. Paramount has settled Wall Street lawsuits time and again, but this one from Allianz Risk Transfer, Marathon Structured Finance Fund, Newstar Financial and Munich Re Capital Markets has proven some endurance. The investors allege they put up $40 million but didn't know the studio was abandoning
- Eriq Gardner
It is entirely possible that Planet of the Apes has the best batting average of any long-running movie franchise. In 46 years, there have been good Apes movies, and fascinatingly bad Apes movies, and at least one legitimate Hall of Fame masterwork (the original film, one of the most brutally cynical adventures in Hollywood history). The first film was based on a novel by French author Pierre Boule about a monkey planet—but the sequels set off in fascinating, frequently goofy, always energetic new directions.
The central running motif of Humans Wearing Ape Makeup (analog or digital) turned into a freefloating »
- Darren Franich
In an effort to advance a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures that has survived for more than a half-decade, some Wall Street institutional investment groups are now pointing to evidence they believe shows the studio "procured financing for a slate of motion pictures by fraud." The lawsuit from Allianz Risk Transfer, Marathon Structured Finance Fund, Newstar Financial and Munich Re Capital Markets concerns "Melrose 1," a slate of 25 films released between April 2004 and March 2006 that included Mean Girls, Elizabethtown, Collateral, and remakes of The Manchurian Candidate, The Stepford Wives and Alfie. List THR Reveals Hollywood's
- Eriq Gardner
For some of the oldsters out there they may recall the 1973 Gamble & Huff-produced R&B hit single “I’ll Always Love My Mama” by the musical group The Intruders. This musical anthem was certainly a lyrical tribute to caring mothers and how their sacrifices shaped our childhood and adulthood. This finger-snapping song definitely captured the spirit of motherly guidance.
Naturally film has had its share of depicting motherhood over the decades. In fact, mothers of all types are presented before our eyes in packages of being nurturing, notorious, nutty, naive and nonsensical. However, there is something so special about the mother-son relationship that rivals the father-daughter dynamic. We have our share of proud Mama’s boys out there roaming about in society.
In Mama’s Boy: The Top 10 Mother-Son Combos in Movies we will examine some of the big screen bonds that have been celebrated between the Mommy Dearests »
- Frank Ochieng
With the dog days of summer finally upon us, it's good to find an excuse (any excuse) to dip out of the heat and into a coolly air-conditioned living room. And what better way to spend your time than by watching things on Netflix? Behold, a list of things that are new to Netflix in July.
There are a bunch of new Christmas movies on the streaming service, part of the company's "Christmas in July" program (things like "Bad Santa" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas"), as well as a handful of Disney classics (like "Tarzan" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"). There are also, as always, newer films that you might have missed, but don't have to anymore -- everything from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (starring the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman) to this year's "Wolf Creek 2," a high-octane Australian thriller that seriously doesn't disappoint.
There are also »
- Drew Taylor
Title: The Sacrament Magnet Releasing Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten TomatoesGrade: B+ Director: Ti West Screenplay: Ti West Cast: Aj Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, Gene Jones, Kentucker Audley, Kae Lyn Sheil, Talia Dobbins, Donna Biscoe, Lashaun Clay, Dale Neal Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/9/13 Opens: June 6, 2014 If you seek the classic study of brainwashing, look no further than John Frankenheimer’s incredibly tense film “The Manchurian Candidate.” In a movie ahead of its time, Russian and Chinese agents program Americans to go back to their own societies, formerly captive people who will kill on command. “The Manchurian Candidate,” arguably one of the top [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Joan Lorring, 1945 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee, dead at 88: One of the earliest surviving Academy Award nominees in the acting categories, Lorring was best known for holding her own against Bette Davis in ‘The Corn Is Green’ (photo: Joan Lorring in ‘Three Strangers’) Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Joan Lorring, who stole the 1945 film version of The Corn Is Green from none other than Warner Bros. reigning queen Bette Davis, died Friday, May 30, 2014, in the New York City suburb of Sleepy Hollow. So far, online obits haven’t mentioned the cause of death. Lorring, one of the earliest surviving Oscar nominees in the acting categories, was 88. Directed by Irving Rapper, who had also handled one of Bette Davis’ biggest hits, the 1942 sudsy soap opera Now, Voyager, Warners’ The Corn Is Green was a decent if uninspired film version of Emlyn Williams’ semi-autobiographical 1938 hit play about an English schoolteacher, »
- Andre Soares
Blu-ray Release Date: June 10, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
The Train stars Burt Lancaster (Sweet Smell of Success) as a workaday World War II-era French trainman charged with ensuring that a cargo of irreplaceable French art—the pride and heritage of his nation—is not allowed to leave France, despite the machinations of a Nazi officer (Paul Scofield, A Man for All Seasons) determined to steal these great works for Germany.
Sounds a bit Monuments Men-ish, doesn’t it?
Also starring Jeanne Moreau (La Notte) and Michel Simon (L’Atalante), and featuring compelling black-and-white cinematography by Jean Tournier and Walter Wottitz and a thrilling score by Maurice Jarre (Lawrence of Arabia), The Train remains one of the icons of Sixties cinema. »
1. The term "gaslight." The Ingrid Bergman thriller "Gaslight" -- released 70 years ago this week, on May 4, 1944, wasn't the original use of the title. There was Patrick Hamilton's 1938 play "Gas Light," retitled "Angel Street" when it came to Broadway a couple years later. And there was a British film version in 1939, starring Anton Walbrook (later the cruel impresario in "The Red Shoes") and Diana Wynyard.
Still, the glossy 1944 MGM version remains the best-known telling of the tale, with the title an apparent reference to the flickering Victorian lamps that are part of Gregory's (Charles Boyer) scheme to make wife Paula (Bergman) think she's seeing things that aren't there, thus deliberately undermining her sanity in order to have her institutionalized so that he'll be free to ransack the ancestral home to find the missing family jewels.
This version of Hamilton's tale was so popular that it made the word "gaslight"into a verb, »
- Gary Susman
Garby Francis Leon, an executive at 20th Century Fox who developed “The Matrix” while at Silver Pictures, where he also worked on “Lethal Weapon IV” and “The Manchurian Candidate” remake, died April 21 after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.
Leon had been a story analyst at Fox since the mid 2000s. Before that, from 1997-99, he was VP of production at Fox Family Films, where he developed “Ever After,” “Home Alone III” and “Anastasia.”
Born in New York City, he earned a B.A. from Marlboro College and a PhD in music from Harvard U.
In the mid 2000s, Leon was a union organizer at the Motion Picture Editors Guild.
He is survived by his wife, »
- Carmel Dagan
Badass Digest has just opened up voting for their Villain Death Match. Unlike our recent Monster Madness where we focused on horror movie monsters, Bad's goal is slightly different. They are opening up the battle to all genre’s in hopes to crown the ultimate movie villain. Here is how the brackets break down:
Bracket 1: The Sinister Sixteen
Darth Vader, Star Wars
Jason, Friday The 13th
The Thing, The Thing
T-1000, Terminator 2
Captain Rhodes, Day Of The Dead
Lord Humungus, Mad Max 2
Simon Phoenix, Demolition Man
Randolph and Mortimer Duke, Trading Places
Emma Small, Johnny Guitar
Cruella de Vil, 101 Dalmations
Ramrod, Vice Squad
Angel Eyes, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Bob Barnes, Platoon
Edwin Epps, 12 Years A Slave
Anton Chigurh, No Country For Old Men
Connie Marble, Pink Flamingos
Bracket 2: The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Khan, The Wrath Of Khan
The System, Brazil
Loki, Thor/Avengers Franchise
The Xenomorph, »
- Chris Connors
In season 5 of Mad Men, Gilmore Girls’s Alexis Bledel played a sad suburban housewife that Pete Campbell couldn’t resist. Last season, Don Draper had an affair with his neighbor’s wife, played by Freaks and Geeks star Linda Cardellini. So it made some sense that last night, during the season premiere of Mad Men, the mysterious beauty who shared a red-eye flight with Don was played by none other than Neve Campbell — also known as the star of Party of Five. If Don Draper doesn’t have a specific type, Matthew Weiner does.
Campbell plays a young widow »
- Jeff Labrecque
Details are sketchy at this point, but The Wrap has just broken news of a pretty exciting project matching three very different Oscar winners: actress Meryl Streep, director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Diablo Cody. The currently untitled project will star Streep as a woman returning to the family she abandoned decades before to seek fame in Hollywood. That sounds like a promising return to themes visited by "Juno" writer Cody in her script for 2011's "Young Adult," and yet another meaty lead for Streep -- who, of course, racked up her record-extending 18th Oscar nod for "August: Osage County" earlier this year. It'll be Streep's first collaboration with "The Silence of the Lambs" director Demme since his 2004 remake of "The Manchurian Candidate," for which the actress received Golden Globe and BAFTA nods for her Hillary Clinton-infused take on the villainous role made famous by Angela Lansbury. Here's hoping Demme »
- Guy Lodge
Eddy and Sid after a Master Class at Nyu, 2003. (Photo: Michael Doft)
Sid Caesar’s funeral service was held on Sunday afternoon, February 16 at a private ceremony in Los Angeles. Among the family and friends paying tribute was Sid’s biographer and friend, Cinema Retro’s Eddy Friedfeld, who co-authored Sid’s creative biography, Caesar’s Hours, published by Public Affairs in 2003.
What follows is the eulogy Eddy delivered before Sid's family, friends and colleagues.
Sid said that, like Isaac Newton, he stood on the shoulders of giants, his inspirations- Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and W.C. Fields, who helped him develop his career and craft. Today, Sid, we stand on your shoulders- and celebrate your life, your art, your warmth, character, and friendship. You did things no one else could do and you inspired many others, including people in this room, to take the same artistic risks. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Should you decide to binge on every published review of the new Robocop before it comes out tomorrow, you'll likely find that the prevailing sentiment is that it's a lot better than it had any reason to be, and indeed it is. Against all odds, Jose Padilha's remake has assembled the best cast for such an unwanted 'look back' since 2004's The Manchurian Candidate, synthesized a modern (if not ground-breaking) aesthetic that's still reverent to the original's future-scape, and made the action relevant to the modern day without visible strain. It is, however (with the exception of Samuel L. Jackson's Fox News-esque pundit), a singularly humorless film, something that might not work to its detriment so clearly if the original were not name-dropped as distractingly as it is. This new movie is a surprisingly solid in the action department, but it's not capital-r Robocop in the way that »
- Anders Nelson
I'm not sure what it is about Aussie horror, but I love almost all of it. And I certainly love the three movies that Severin Films has announced to Blu-ray later this year. Those looking to junk their DVD editions of Patrick, Thirst, and Dead Kids (aka Strange Behavior) can rejoice!
From the Press Release:
In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s while films like My Brilliant Career and Breaker Morant were putting Australia’s ‘New Wave’ on the map, a depraved generation of young Aussie filmmakers was putting a very different kind of movie on screens. Three ‘Ozploitation’ horrors, Patrick, Dead Kids & Thirst, will have their Blu-ray debut from Severin Films, while their sub-label Intervision will issue the definitive compilation Ozploitation Trailer Explosion. »
- Matt Serafini
'If I'm wrong, I'm insane. If I'm right, it's worse': in conspiracy films – from Rosemary's Baby to State of Play – solving the crime does not bring peace. Michael Newton investigates a rich cinematic genre
Some believe that JFK was shot by his driver, some that Bobby Kennedy was killed by one of his guards; some believe the world is ruled by a Yale fraternity, some by lizard-aliens in disguise; some believe that Obama is a Communist mole; some that, back in 1966, Paul McCartney died. These notions are, at best, deluded; but as potential pitches for an as yet unmade Hollywood movie, they might just secure the contract. For, in movies, you can believe that the moon shots were faked, or that men are replacing their wives with compliant robots, or that space shuttles are firing earthquake-inducing weapons, or that the world itself is a delusion – and in each case you could be proved right. »
- Michael Newton
After 40 years, the British-born actress who conquered Hollywood and starred in TV's Murder, She Wrote is back on the West End stage. As she approaches her 90s, she's in her theatrical prime
In the play Blithe Spirit, the wildly eccentric and chaotic clairvoyant Madame Arcati, Noël Coward's most colourful creation, announces that "time is the reef upon which all our frail mystic ships are wrecked".
No aphorism has ever applied less than this does to the actress now about to don the headscarves and bangles to play Arcati in the West End at the age of 88. Dame Angela Lansbury, ennobled earlier this month, has defied the laws of nature by becoming more theatrically prolific as her years have advanced. In 2007, she was Tony award-nominated for her role in a new Terrence McNally play, Deuce, on Broadway; in 2010, she was nominated again for a revival of Sondheim's A Little Night Music; and then, »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Lone Survivor: Wingard’s Latest a Near Perfect Mix of Subtext, Comedy and Satisfying Thrills
After contributing to several anthology films, including the V/H/S films and The ABCs of Death, director Adam 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 Barrett exert equal levels of over-the-top bits with their latest endeavor, but with a sharper mix of subversive commentary and tightly plotted thrills that feels like an homage to the off-the-cuff glory days of John Carpenter. A penchant for comedic asides may cause fans of their previous works to favor something like You’re Next, but Wingard and Barrett deliver a fun, stylish, highly enjoyable throwback with their latest, the kind of film genre fans endlessly seek but so »
- Nicholas Bell
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