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A quarter-century ago, Disney gave book-lovers a leading lady they could really relate to. Belle became an immediate favorite for any girl who, like Belle, would rather have her nose stuck in a book than doing just about anything else. Beauty and the Beast is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a new home video release of the film. On that edition, there are over five hours of bonus materials from previous releases and a handful of new featurettes — including a couple that the folks who are bookworm Disney fans will particularly enjoy. One featurette spotlights Walt Disney’s two-month trip to Europe in 1935, where he bought 335 books; many of them are those tales as old as time: fairy tale collections that are still in Disney’s archives and that inspired later Disney films. In another featurette, called “Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration,” Beauty and the Beast’s »
- Emily Rome
Abramorama is now a one-stop shop for theatrical and digital film distribution.
The company has partnered with digital distribution platform Distribber.com to give Abramorama’s new U.S. theatrical titles a digital release. Rather than taking a percentage of a movie’s video-on-demand revenue, however, Distribber.com charges a one-time flat fee and annual fee, letting filmmakers keep 100 percent of revenue generated from subscription services like Amazon Prime and Netflix and from transactional platforms like iTunes. The arrangement prevents artists from having to give up ownership of their intellectual property.
Read More: How This Robert Redford-Narrated Doc Went From Self-Distribution to Finding a Home
“Something that has been our mandate from the beginning is to empower filmmakers so that they’re not signing their lives away,” Abramorama President Richard Abramowitz told IndieWire. Filmmakers whose movies have been released theatrically have traditionally had to give up control of their »
- Graham Winfrey
Illustration by Leah BravoFive years ago, a film came and went with little fanfare, except a spattering of positive reviews, making around $4 million worldwide on a budget of about $10 million: Take This Waltz. More people know it as a Leonard Cohen song, from which its title comes. More people know Leonard Cohen than the director Sarah Polley, but as of this cultural moment, more people might know the star, Michelle Williams, than Leonard Cohen, due to her other movies and a popular TV show. These jejune concerns amplify less than we know and more than we'll admit. Name recognition: these go into the common denominators decision people look for when they decide to fund a film, a book, a play. How will it sell? How will it fit? What can it capitalize on? How can we make something that will not make people think too much or depress them? We »
Assigned high school reading definitely involved some snoozy titles - we're looking at you, Beowulf - but some of the books we discovered during class became favorites we've reread again and again. There were the go-to, coming-of-age crowd-pleasers like Catcher in the Rye, the poignant novels like To Kill a Mockingbird, and the classics we couldn't put down like Lord of the Flies and The Great Gatsby. Highlighting well-known titles plus a handful that may surprise you, our editors have shared which high school books they loved most. To get in the back-to-school spirit, take a look and add a few titles to your list of must reads! »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Aaron Sorkin gave fans the opportunity to ask him anything in his special Reddit Ama session. The “West Wing” and “Steve Jobs” writer took the time to respond to a handful of users who wanted his opinion and tips on how to become a better screenwriter and find out what he’s currently working on.
Here are 10 highlights from his “Ask Me Anything” Q&A:
What is one of the biggest mistakes rookie screenwriters make?
“One of the biggest mistakes rookie screenwriters make is not having a strong intention or obstacle. The drive shaft of a car, beautiful leather seats, a fantastic sound system, a really cool paint job but the car isn’t going to move forward if the car doesn’t have a strong intention or obstacle.”
Did he originally hope that ‘The Newsroom’ would cause a positive change in today’s major news networks?
“When I write something, »
- Liz Calvario
We’re skeptical of his 10 films-and-done plan.
Quentin Tarantino has insisted for years now that he will make only ten films. The auteur director repeated these claims last weekend at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Tarantino had been invited to introduce Pulp Fiction and discuss his career as part of the Festival’s opening ceremonies.
During the wide ranging talk at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, Tarantino repeated his previous claims that he would be retiring after his tenth film. It must be noted, however, that he does count both Kill Bill films as one film; this leaves only two films remaining. In prior conversations about his imminent retirement, Tarantino said that he did not want to be an “old man filmmaker,” and that he does not want to “stay on the stage until people beg him to get off.” He has stated multiple times in the past that the quality of a director’s work declines over time and »
- Allison Bigelow
Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert died on Tuesday in Los Angeles her daughter confirmed to the Associated Press. She was 87. The Dick Van Dyke Show star - who played Millie, the friend and neighbor of Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) - reportedly lost her life to cancer. Guilbert also had a reoccurring role in nineties sitcom The Nanny, and recently appeared on the CBS comedy Life in Pieces. Over her 40 years in Hollywood, Guilbert starred in a number of television shows and films, including Grey's Anatomy, Getting On and Nicole Holofcener's 2010 Sundance selection Please Give. Guilbert also had credits on Broadway, »
- Naja Rayne, @najarane
Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert died on Tuesday in Los Angeles her daughter confirmed to the Associated Press. She was 87. The Dick Van Dyke Show star reportedly lost her life to cancer. Guilbert also had a reoccurring role in nineties sitcom The Nanny, and recently appeared on the CBS comedy Life in Pieces. Over her 40 years in Hollywood, Guilbert starred in a number of television shows and films, including Grey's Anatomy, Getting on and Nicole Holofcener's 2010 Sundance selection Please Give. Guilbert also had credits on Broadway, acting in A Naked Girl, Waiting for Godot and To Kill a Mockingbird. She »
- Naja Rayne, @najarane
So Mike Gold, our old and grumpy and sly editor, threw down the gauntlet last week, challenging the marvelous Marc Fishman and the grammatically incorrect me to read the same comic and opine on it. That comic was DC Rebirth #1, the umpteenth revision of the company’s four-color mythos. Marc had his turn on Saturday. Today is mine.
Unlike Marc, I didn’t have travel a long and hard road 45 minutes from my suburban home to another suburb “to make a transaction.” Unlike Marc, I live in a city and the nearest comics store is three blocks away. However, I’m not a particular fan of this four-color emporium – I used to have a fantastic shop six blocks away where I browsed and hung out and bought for many decades, but it closed because of the owner’s illness – so I downloaded and read the e-comic version.
First the positives:
The artwork, »
- Mindy Newell
Tuesday, May 10th looks to be a pretty big day in home entertainment, as we have over 20 different genre-related titles coming our way this week. Universal Studios is bringing home The Boy to both Blu-ray and DVD, and fans can finally get their hands all over Deadpool, which is also getting released on both formats this Tuesday courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Scream Factory is resurrecting the Patty Duke thriller, You’ll Like My Mother, in HD on May 10th, and Raro Video will release the cult classic Giallo film The Perfume of the Lady in Black on Blu-ray as well. We also have several great indie genre efforts making their way home on May 10th, including Synchronicity, Regression and the Wnuf Halloween Special.
- Heather Wixson
Recently widowed and pregnant, Francesca (Patty Duke) hopes to find comfort and support through her mother-in-law, but encounters sinister intentions instead. You’ll Like My Mother comes out on Blu-ray tomorrow from Scream Factory, and we’ve been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of You’ll Like My Mother.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “You’ll Like My Mother Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 15th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
Blu-ray Synopsis and Bonus Features: “Why did they fear Francesca’s baby?
Oscar® winner* Patty Duke stars in the tense and claustrophobic psychological thriller, »
- Derek Anderson
After her husband is killed in action in Vietnam, Francesca (Patty Duke) seeks solace with her mother-in-law, but you know what they say about mother-in-laws… Lamont Johnson’s You’ll Like My Mother debuts on Blu-ray, coincidentally, just two days after Mother’s Day on May 10th, with bonus features including cast interviews and the official trailer. Speaking of the film’s trailer, we have it to share with our readers today, as well as two Blu-ray clips.
“Why did they fear Francesca’s baby?
Oscar® winner* Patty Duke stars in the tense and claustrophobic psychological thriller, You’ll Like My Mother.
When her husband is killed in Vietnam, Francesca Kinsolving (Duke) finds herself alone… and pregnant. She makes her way to Minnesota in order to meet her late husband’s mother, certain that she’ll be greeted with open arms. But Francesca soon discovers that there may be more »
- Tamika Jones
With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.
Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »
- Jordan Raup
“I want to be in the Army.” That statement prompted a frantic phone call from my ex-wife, and an entire series of conversations. It also inspired a very particular screening of a very particular film, one in a series of recent screenings that have spoken to Toshi’s developing interests in both history and Hollywood. While movies are very important to Toshi, they are less important than Allen, and I suspect there will come a time where I lose Allen to other interests. That’s fine with me. Whatever he’s interested in and excited by, I’ll encourage him. Right now, his interests are more in games and puzzles and building things. Minecraft is pretty much the perfect intersection of all of Allen’s energies. As a result, when I am picking things that we’re all going to watch together, I find myself going mainstream and populist and easy. »
- Drew McWeeny
In honor of his 100th birthday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Wednesday evening unveiled Gregory Peck: A Centennial Celebration Exhibition at the Academy’s Fairbanks Center For Motion Picture Study. The exhibit features photos, home movie footage shot by Peck on his many film locations, his original heavily annotated script from his Oscar-winning role in To Kill A Mockingbird, both of his Academy Awards (one was for his humanitarian work) and numerous… »
If you’ve watched TV in the past 10 years, chances are you know Bear McCreary’s music. He’s become one of the most (if not the most) sought-after and prolific composers in television, ever since he came into his own writing the boundary-pushing score for the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series. He counts The Walking Dead, Outlander, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. among his credits. And this March theater-goers got to experience his music with a big screen presentation; he composed the chilling and thrilling score for J.J. Abrams’ 10 Cloverfield Lane. Today McCreary is juggling so many projects that he can’t count all his current TV shows and movies and video games — “I can’t even tell. I honestly don’t even know,” how many projects he’s in the midst of, he said during an interview at Cafe Laurent in Culver City, CA. The »
- Emily Rome
Gregory Peck was an instant sensation at the cinema. He was nominated for Best Actor in his very first year of the movies for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) and the hits just kept on coming: The Yearling (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Twelve O'Clock High (1949). The Academy became less interested in nominating him after that the 1940s but for his Oscar winning and most iconic role (To Kill a Mockingbird) but audiences never stopped loving him. He had key hit films for over 30 years in his big screen career.
Though he was a very politically active liberal he was never interested in running for office himself but he proved to be an influential politician within the industry itself as a key AMPAS president.
For this week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot, in honor of Peck's Centennial, we gave participants the choice between what are arguably his two greatest films, Roman Holiday »
- NATHANIEL R
New Series. Daniel Walber talks production design in "The Furniture". Previously we looked at The Exorcist, Carol and Brooklyn and Batman.
Gregory Peck, whose centennial we’ll all be celebrating tomorrow, was in a grand total of six films that were nominated for Best Production Design. Two of the best, To Kill a Mockingbird (the only winner) and Roman Holiday, will be featured in this week’s Hit Me with Your Best Shot. And so, in the interest of spreading the love, I’ll talk about a very different: 1962’s Cinerama epic, How the West Was Won.
The film, though it tells the story of a single American family, is broken up into five distinct sections. Peck is only in one of them, “The Plains.” This is actually good for our purposes, because it’s one of the three directed by Henry Hathaway. The John Ford and George Marshall chapters »
- Daniel Walber
Harper Lee wasn’t a fan of Donald Trump — or his casinos — decades before he ran for president. “The worst punishment God can devise for this sinner is to make her spirit reside eternally at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City,” Lee wrote in a letter to her friend Doris Leapard, dated August 25, 1990. This letter, among 29 other correspondences, will be auctioned off by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles this week. Also Read: Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Author, Dies at 89 Trump’s Taj Mahal opened in April of 1990, but the casino filed for bankruptcy one. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Fans of this show know it as the It's a Wonderful Life of war movies, an intensely moving tale that restores feeling and tenderness to people crippled by loss and despair. The stellar pairing of top star Gregory Peck and Burmese unknown Win Min Than is unique in movies and not to be missed. The Purple Plain Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1955 / Color /1:66 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date April 5, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Gregory Peck, Win Min Than, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Lee, Maurice Denham, Lyndon Brook, Anthony Bushell, Josephine Griffin Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth Art Direction Donald M. Ashton, Jack Maxsted Film Editor Clive Donner Original Music John Veale Written by Eric Ambler from a novel by H.E. Bates Produced by John Bryan, Earl St. John Directed by Robert Parrish
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
How can one convey the way a picture grows on one? I liked The Purple Plain »
- Glenn Erickson
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