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We Bought a Zoo: Marshall’s Early Eighties Oddity Resurrected
In the annals of cinema, there are very few examples of entire film productions resulting in an end product that begs the question, “What were they thinking?” from the first to last reel. One such example, however, is Noel Marshall’s 1981 film Roar, featuring a plagued filming schedule from conception to theatrical release that tends to overshadow the actual product, which concerns a family being terrorized by a ferocious assortment of big, wild felines. If you don’t recognize Marshall’s name (this stands as his only directorial effort to date), it’s because he was actually the husband (initially agent) of actress Tippi Hedren, and they conceived the idea of the film eleven years prior while working on another film set in Africa. Fascinating in the sense of what the film crew was able to actually accomplish, but »
- Nicholas Bell
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
The Birds screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together (more details about this event can be found Here)
This gives us a perfect excuse to re-run this top ten list from March of 2012. Alfred Hitchcock directed 54 feature films between 1925 and 1976, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:
Frenzy, Hitchcock’s next to last feature film from 1972, represented a homecoming of sorts since it was the first film completely shot in his native England since his silents and early ” talkies ” in the 1930’s. By dipping into the then somewhat new territory of serial killers, he took full advantage of the new cinema freedoms and truly earned his ‘ R ‘ MPAA rating. Perhaps ole’ ” Hitch ” wanted to give those young up-and-coming »
- Movie Geeks
“Can I bring the lovebirds, Mitch? they haven’t harmed anyone”
The Birds screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) next Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together
Someone recently asked me why the birds in Hitchcock’s The Birds suddenly decide to attack people. Why indeed? That’s what everyone wants to know. Is there some connection to the middling soap opera we see played out over the first hour of the 1963 film and their attacks? Is it because they are fed up with all the pollution and people shooting at them all the time? Or is it just because they can?
Maybe Hitchcock just wanted to make a scary movie. He might ask you to imagine yourself in the restaurant and suddenly a bloodied man staggers in and says “The birds are attacking and we don’t know why! »
- Tom Stockman
Gangster classic Scarface is getting a reboot over at Universal, and audiences are today one step closer to again saying hello to Tony Montana’s little friend now that the studio has tapped Straight Outta Compton screenwriter Jonathan Herman to script.
Herman will be working from previous drafts by Paul Attanasio and Suicide Squad director David Ayer, both of whom approached the remake as a fresh, new take on the immigrant-centric story. Though the 1983 pic, also from Universal, focused on Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino), who ended up in 1980s Miami with nothing but fought his way to the top of a drug empire, the new Scarface has been moved to Los Angeles in hopes of setting the film apart. Once again, though, the remake will tell the story of an immigrant who became a criminal kingpin.
Universal has been relying on Herman heavily of late. In addition to »
- Isaac Feldberg
Gene Siskel once posed the question, is this movie more interesting than a documentary about how they made it? The snuff film Roar from 1981 might be a good candidate. It’s about humans living among and caring for lions in the jungle and how eventually a battle between the lions turns life-threatening for the humans.
Yes, real lions. I’ll pay to watch that.
In fact, the film was so dangerous, 70 actors and members of the crew were seriously harmed and injured during production, but none of the animals were harmed during the film’s making.
Roar stars Tippi Hedren (The Birds), Melanie Griffith (Working Girl), and the film’s director Noel Marshall. Marshall produced The Exorcist, but he never acted in, directed, or wrote another film following Roar. Maybe the fact that he was mauled on set and took several years to fully recover had something to do with it. »
- Brian Welk
Roar is a movie so filled with spectacularly bad ideas, it's insane that anyone made it yet alone survived it. It would be impossible, and surely illegal, for anyone to ever make a movie like it again. Even just watching it feels dangerous, like you're always seconds away from some ghastly tragedy you will never be able to unsee, but that you simply cannot look away from. So what is Roar? It's a movie from 1981 made by The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall and his wife Tippi Hedren (The Birds) with the intent of raising awareness for the need to protect wild animals, like lions and tigers and jaguars. And how do you raise awareness for something? By putting a bunch of people's lives in danger, of course.* Roar was filmed entirely using real lions, tigers...
- Peter Hall
Drafthouse Films recently partnered with Olive Films to offer audiences a re-release director Noel Marshall 1981 film Raor with plans for an upcoming limited theatrical release across the Us this spring followed by a Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand platforms release later this summer. What is Roarc I didn't know before the press release last month, but here's Drafthouse's Tim League's lengthy and fascinating description: Roar began while Tippi Hedren star of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and her husband/manager Noel Marshall were shooting in Africa. After wrapping production they toured several safari wildlife preserves and were struck by the scene of an abandoned plantation house overrun by a large pride of lions. The image took root and inspired the epic eleven-year journey to create Roar. Hedren and Marshall quickly became devoted to raising awareness about the overhunting of wild lions, tigers and jaguars, as well as the inhumane treatment of big cats in captivity. »
- Brad Brevet
The human condition. It is a tricky and complicated concept for us mortals to grasp in terms of our ugly, unpredictable behaviors. However, when one applies a revealing spotlight on the animal kingdom and takes a look at their on-screen aggression against humans it becomes a whole new ballgame. Occasionally, the source of frustration embedded in these wayward creatures is often times triggered by the psychological prompting of the bad seed humans responsible for their behavioral tirade against nature and man.
In Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies we will look at the bombastic beasts gone ballistic in cinematic society. Maybe you have your own selections of haywire critters out to cause random havoc? If so then they probably would suffice within the theme of this movie column when detailing the animals that run amok on land, by sea or in the air.
The selections for »
- Frank Ochieng
Good evening and welcome to the 87th Academy Awards, live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
The biggest movie event of the year is with us once more, and Digital Spy will be bringing you comprehensive live coverage, from the first Manolos on the red carpet to the last teary speech from the stage.
Refresh your memory with this list of all the nominations and compare your prediction cards with our guesses for who will win all the major gongs.
16:29Meanwhile, Giuliana Rancic and Khloe Kardashian, both dressed in red, are back in the studio, deconstructing Anna Kendrick's red dress. They seem to like it (and her) but are unconvinced it's the right colour for the Oscars. What say you guys?
16:25Sienna Miller, who is looking stunning, natters to Seacrest about American Sniper. For all that movie's flaws, Miller gives a very solid performance. Combined »
Criterion brings British auteur Nicolas Roeg’s most famous title to the fold, 1973’s enigmatic Don’t Look Now, a title that has influenced generations of filmmakers since its successful reception, and marks the director’s fifth title to be included in the illustrious collection. A refracted dreamscape of symbols and motifs, the film is a brooding jigsaw puzzle that doesn’t insist on answering all your questions, and happens to feature an unforgettable finale that’s lost none of its affect (despite providing iconic fodder for famed parodies, ranging from memorable bits in “Spaced” to “Absolutely Fabulous”).
After the drowning of their preadolescent daughter, Christine, in the backyard of their estate, John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) take off for Venice, where John accepts a job to restore some mosaics in one of the city’s many dilapidated churches. However, once there, the couple is introduced »
- Nicholas Bell
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Dakota Johnson was on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday night, the day after her "Fifty Shades of Grey" co-star Jamie Dornan. He did "Fifty Accents of Grey" yesterday, and she followed with "Anything Can Be Sexy." Dakota and Jimmy Fallon took turns reading unsexy things, and it was up to them to make them sound sexy. The little winks did not help. To be fair, though, it is hard to make Jar Jar Binks, fanny packs, and Red Lobster sound sexy. Dakota is a third-generation "Tonight Show" guest. Her mom, Melanie Griffith was on the show, and Melanie's mother, Tippi Hedren (of "The Birds," "Marnie") was also on the show. »
- Gina Carbone
When asked about having doubts about her leading lady role, the 25-year-old actress admitted to The Telegraph, "Absolutely. The whole time. Even now there are moments when I think, 'What the f*** have I done?'"
Photos: Celebrities In Their Underwear
That being said, Johnson-- the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, granddaughter of The Birds star Tippi Hedren and former step-daughter of Antonio Banderas -- said she has no problem going nude on camera. "It's true that I'm not ashamed of my body," she said. "I'm comfortable and I think more women should be more confident. I think nudity and sexual scenes in movies are beautiful when they’re tastefully done."
Fifty Shades of Grey, hitting »
The Gone Girl team of director David Fincher, screenwriter Gillian Flynn and actor Ben Affleck have already set their sights on their next project: Strangers, a modern take on Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 suspense classic Strangers on a Train, according to Deadline.
In the Hitchcock original, the plot revolves a murder pact between a tennis star (played by Farley Granger) and the titular stranger on a train (portrayed by Robert Walker). Aboard, they devise a plan to kill the source of each other's problems – the tennis star's ex-wife, the stranger's father »
Above: the great Italian filmmaker, Francesco Rosi, has passed away at the age of 92. Takao Saito, the Japanese cinematographer and frequent collaborator with Akira Kurosawa, has passed away at the age of 85. Best known for his turn in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, actor Rod Taylor has passed away at the age of 84. It started out as a very casual conversation on Twitter (and eventually Facebook), but Kevin B. Lee has put together an impressive poll of the best films of the decade at its halfway mark, with nearly 300 people factoring in to the results. Here's a peep at the top 10, and you can click here to see all the details:
1. The Tree of Life (103 votes)
2. Certified Copy (91 votes)
3. The Master (76 votes)
4. Margaret (68 votes)
5. Holy Motors (66 votes)
6. A Separation (64 votes)
7. Under the Skin (61 votes)
8. Inside Llewyn Davis (59 votes)
9. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (45 votes)
10. Boyhood (44 votes)
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Actor Rod Taylor passed away Jan. 7 at the age of 84. To celebrate his long career, which featured some iconic films (including his final credited role, in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds), Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will air a five-film tribute to the actor on Jan. 29. The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s tribute to Rod Taylor: TCM Remembers Rod Taylor – Thursday, Jan. 29 (All Times Eastern) 8pm: The Time Machine (1960) – based on the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells 10pm: The Birds (1963, pictured) – starring Tippi Hedren and Suzanne … Continue reading →
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- Jeff Pfeiffer
Los Angeles – The suave, Australian-born Rod Taylor may have been a leading man footnote in the early to mid-1960s, but he did star in a notable classic: the Alfred Hitchcock-directed “The Birds”. His chiseled good looks and sincere acting style were also memorable in a career that spanned more than 50 years. Rod Taylor passed away of a heart attack in Los Angeles on Jan. 7 2015, according to his daughter, Felicia Taylor. He was 84.
Rodney Sturt Taylor was born in Lidcombe, Australia, and was inspired to acting after seeing Sir Laurence Olivier portray Richard III. He played an American – as he would in subsequent roles – in his 1954 debut film, “King of the Coral Sea.” A failed screen test for another role got him a contract at MGM, and he made his debut as a leading man in the popular sci-fi film, “The Time Machine.” What followed was a scatter shot of lead roles, »
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Feeling the power of the Nbr
Remember the other day when we linked to that article using old Streep quotes to attack Russell Crowe's ageist comments about actresses? Well, Streep went and ruined it by defending him in public. So Jessica Chastain, inbetween taking super cute photos on the Oscar campaign trail, is on it, she told People:
I think there are some incredible actresses in their 50s and 60s that are not getting opportunities in films. And for someone to say there are plenty of roles for women that age – they're not going to the movies enough."
Preach, Jessica. Preach!
Pajiba fascinating think piece on how ineffective Nielsen ratings are and why it's unacceptable that the media still uses them like a Bible
- NATHANIEL R
Australian actor Rod Taylor has died of natural causes at the age of 84, People reports. The veteran leading man was best known for starring alongside Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, though he also appeared in The Time Machine, Zabriskie Point, and Falcon Crest, as well as voicing a dog in Disney's 101 Dalmatians, over the course of his 50-year career. Taylor kept working regularly into his 60s, with roles in Murder, She Wrote and Walker, Texas Ranger; his final role was playing Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds. »
- Nate Jones
"Rod Taylor, the Australian-born actor who starred in George Pal’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine  and in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds , then decades later made a memorable swan-song appearance as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds , died Wednesday of a heart attack in Los Angeles," reports Variety's Carmel Dagan. "He was 84." We're collecting remembrances from the Guardian, Glenn Kenny, the Hollywood Reporter, the Alt Film Guide and more. » - David Hudson »
He was the Sixties heartthrob who went on to become a character actor highly respected in the industry, a man who could blend so completely into a role that he gradually became invisible as a star but always delivered onscreen. Now Rod Taylor, best known for his role in The Birds, has died at the age of 84.
Also know for films like The Time Machine, Zabriskie Pointand, most recently, Inglourious Basterds, in which he played Winston Churchill, Taylor was born in Australia but made his home in Hollywood. A series of roles in westerns won him the respect of John Wayne, who called him "a true professional... and a great human being," but his real passion for playing complex characters in drama, and he often spoke about his great love for his work.
Described by co-star Tippi Hedren as "one of the most fun people I have. »
- Jennie Kermode
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