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This Sunday, actress Diane Baker will appear at Film Forum in New York to discuss her 50-plus year career in film and television with film historian Foster Hirsch. On Monday at 8:00pm she will again be at Film Forum to introduce a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 film Marnie.
Still just in her mid-twenties, actress Diane Baker found herself one morning in the unfamiliar surroundings of Alma and Alfred Hitchcock’s Brentwood kitchen. They ate peaches around the kitchen table and discussed director Hitchcock’s next picture – Marnie. “I was offered the part without reading the script,” Baker told me on the phone from an apparently sunny San Francisco. “I just happily accepted. Whatever it was, I was going to do it.” But looking back who can blame her? This was, of course, the director whose five previous films had been The Birds, Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo and The Wrong Man, »
- James Knight
The job of a movie poster is simple: it needs to invoke a sense of curiosity and excitement for the movie prior to release. Because of this, many movie companies often overcomplicate movie poster designs, jam-packing them with imagery, slogans and unnecessary marketing fodder. Every now and again, though, you see a movie poster that has a simple, refined design; it's usually these types of posters that go on to become iconic, well-known posters in the following years. We've rounded up some of our favourite, minimalistic movie posters below. Many of them are iconic and you'll likely recognise them, but there's sure to be a few in there that you haven't seen before (we hope). Remember, you can order them online if you like from poster printing companies such as FastPrint.
1. The Birds
- CineVue UK
The eighth entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin.***Cinephilia—in the form in which it can be shared by spectators and filmmakers alike—has two extreme poles, and both of them are associated with fierce, intense drives. There is the cinephilia aligned with love in all its manifestations: romanticism, desire, tenderness, hope. And then there is the cinephilia aligned with aggression, violence, a death-drive. Neither, in an important sense, should be regarded entirely literally: many things on the face of this earth slip under and between love and aggressivity, and these metamorphosing states can stand for, or become attached to, every kind of social, political situation. Samuel Fuller knew the score, in his famous pronouncement for Pierrot le fou (1965): “Film is like a battleground. Love. Hate. Action. Violence. Death. In one word…emotion.” And emotion can be never constrained or »
- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin
Janet Jackson got emotional as she performed a tribute to her late brother Michael Jackson on the opening night of her 'Unbreakable World Tour' in Vancouver, Canada, on Tuesday evening (01.09.15). The 49-year-old pop legend returned to the stage for the first time in four years at the Rogers Arena and wowed the capacity crowd with a 32-song set packed with her greatest hits. But when she sang the track 'Scream' - which she recorded as a duet with her brother Michael in 1995 - Janet broke down, showing she is still in pain over his death in June 2009 at the age of 50. Janet opened her show with an as-yet unnamed track - rumoured to be called 'Burn It Up' - from her new album 'Unbreakable' which featured Missy Elliott rapping. Before the music hit, a video of swarming birds, seemingly inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds', played on »
Lovers of "Marnie," Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 psychosexual pas de deux with Tippi Hedren that placed weirdly high on a recent BBC critics' poll of the best movies ever, are in for a treat at this year's Vienna fest. The quintessential Hitchcock blonde gets her very own tribute, titled Choreography of Desire, including screenings of that film, "The Birds" and her recently re-released film maudit "Roar," co-starring her daughter Melanie Griffith. Read More: 'Citizen Kane' Still the Best American Movie Ever, According to BBC Critics Poll The now-unspooling Viennale lineup also includes an ode to late filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, who died this year at age 106, presented by fellow Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa. Highlights of the feature film lineup include Sundance titles "Diary of a Teenage Girl," "Dope," "End of the Tour" and "Tangerine," as well as other festival faves such as Alex Ross Perry's "Queen of »
- Ryan Lattanzio
They're calling it a "Preview," but what the Vienna International Film Festival has unveiled today looks to be pretty much the bulk of its lineup for its 2015 edition. Tippi Hedren will be on hand for a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Other highlights include Pedro Costa's tribute to Manoel de Oliveira, special programs dedicated to Raúl Perrone and Federico Veiroj, documentaries by Thom Andersen, Les Blank, Adam Curtis and Frederick Wiseman, new features by Woody Allen, Corneliu Porumboiu, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sean Baker, Alex Ross Perry, Britni West and more. » - David Hudson »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
In other news: Doc Alliance winner revealed; Viennale boss signs to 2018; update to reports of Tunisian filmmakers pulling titles.
UK sales company Film Republic has picked up international sales for Brazilian director José Pedro Goulart’s feature debut Point Zero (Ponto Zero) - one of the films presented in Locarno’s Carte Blanche showcase dedicated to Brazil last year.
The co-production between Porto Alegre-based Minima and Okna Producoes centres on one fateful night when a young boy, faced with many challenges at home and in school, has to learn to grow up very quickly after stealing his violent father’s car to find a call girl whose number he found of the windscreen.
Film Republic’s managing director Xavier Henry-Rashid is in Locarno this week for the international premire at the independent Critics’ Week of Karolina Bielawska’s award-winning Polish documentary Call Me Marianna.
He is also handling two Swiss titles:
Claudia Lorenz’s first feature What’s »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills. »
- Andre Soares
My original plan was to publish a list of my ten most anticipated films screening at the Fantasia Film Festival but considering the incredible line-up this year, I find it near impossible to narrow it down to only ten. So instead I’ve decided to select one movie a day, or better yet, the movie that you should choose if you only had time for one.
Day 1. Tangerine
Christmas Eve in Tinseltown!
If you’re not familiar with director Sean Baker start taking notes. The man is a genius and one of the best indie American filmmakers working today. In Starlet, Baker spun an unlikely friendship between a young porn actress and an old lady in the San Fernando Valley. In Prince of Broadway, he chronicled the struggles of a hustler balancing fatherhood while working in New York’s wholesale district. Baker’s work avoids labels by refusing to adhere »
Every time it feels like Hollywood has decided to remake a property that couldn’t be more sacred, they one up the ante. Michael Bay has been prepping a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense/horror classic The Birds, and Variety reports that the project has now found its director: Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen. Van Rooijen has directed the thrillers Tape and Daylight previously, but never a film in the English language.
Hitchcock’s film from 1963, arguably his last great movie and the story of how birds terrorized a small town in Northern California, has never been officially remade, but its influences are everywhere. Heck, even Jurassic World has a scene with pterodactyls worthy of Hitch.
No details on additional plot points or when production is expected to begin have yet been revealed.
So far the list of movies based on board games includes Clue, Battleship, Jumanji, and maybe someday, »
- Brian Welk
The original film, based on the shorty story by Daphne du Maurier, followed a San Francisco socialite who moves to a small northern California town that suddenly comes under attack from various types of birds.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is still very much an active project...
To answer your question: no, nothing's sacred.
There's not a great number of people who get to the end of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and reckon that it needs a fresh approach. But the team at Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes appear to be on that very short list.
For some time now, there's been talk of a remake of The Birds, but after hearing nothing for a while, we thought the idea had been quietly dropped. Yet we thought wrong. News now reaches us that the new The Birds has found a director, and very much remains an active project.
Little is known thus »
It takes a bold individual to think to themselves, "You know, Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds could use a remake," and a bolder one still to put that plan into motion. Enter Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes production company, who have teamed up with Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures to revisit and remake the 1963 horror classic. Along with Universal, the production companies have now tapped director Diederik Van Rooijen (Daylight) to helm the picture. Variety reports that Van Rooijen is leading the flock on The Birds remake, but no new plot details are available at this point. The original film, adapted from Daphne Du Maurier's short story, centered on a San Francisco socialite who moves north to a small California town, only to find that it's come under attack from various types of birds. If you're unfamiliar with the picture, this trailer should help give you a general idea »
- Dave Trumbore
Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense has a long filmmography to pick and choose from. With Hollywood remaking just about everything in sight, it's no surprise that The Birds is up next. Michael Bay is producing the upcoming flick, and today, Variety has revealed that there's a director lined up and ready:
After successfully remaking several 80s slasher films, Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes banner look ready to remake one of the master of suspense’s classic films alongside Peter Guber’s Mandalay Pictures.
Rooijen doesn't have a very large body of work, so it's »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
There is a case to be made for home movies as the purest form of cinema. It’s folly, of course, to pit films against one another based on the circumstances under which they were made; to argue what is realer, and thus more valid, than the other. In a camera’s lens, especially, the lines of truth and lies blur and overlap. It’s just that in what we believe to be reality the stakes are always higher, the emotions elevated. One of the first films ever made, the Lumière brothers’ L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat, was a succinct 56 seconds that depicted the arrival of a train at its station in Lyon, France. When it was first shown to the public it was the audience’s virgin film-viewing experience, and it was reported that many were frightened by the illusion that the train was coming straight for them. »
- Oliver Skinner
Written by Tom Wood
What, who, why or even how did your fascination with Horror begin? I will give you a minute to think whilst I set the scene. The other day, I was driving my car to work; A journey that has been done a thousand times before and as a result, it has become so tedious; so pathetically boring; I could probably do it with my eyes closed and without thinking (not that I will of course, that would just be plain dangerous on so many levels); But my point is, whilst I was driving, a question, not just any old question, but that question popped and buried itself deep into the back of my head. A simple question of What made me interested in Horror? Had evolved and mutated like a diseased zombie into further questioning and so forth, that in the end, a whole »
Death is inevitable. That’s a universal truth we all learn at a very early age and as we get older, the reality of that truism becomes more and more evident with each passing day. But what if you didn’t have to die? What if you could live forever? That wish fulfillment was precisely what a then up-and-coming filmmaker Ron Howard explored back in 1985 with his wondrous fable, Cocoon. It’s a remarkable film for many reasons, but what has always made it so memorable for me was the way Howard managed to create such a vivid, dignifying and endearing portrait of octogenarian life that demonstrated how the elderly can still enjoy a fulfilling existence even if the rest of the world no longer recognizes their vitality.
This month, Howard’s wondrously heartfelt fable turns 30 and it feels like the perfect time celebrate this remarkably unique film that defied the odds for many reasons, »
- Heather Wixson
The first official clip for The Gallows has been revealed courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures UK. Also in this round-up: The Town That Dreaded Sundown Blu-ray and DVD details and news on the release of Supernatural Mystery Minis.
The Gallows: A Blumhouse film from Warner Bros. Pictures, The Gallows hits theaters in the U.S. on July 10th. Written and directed by Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, The Gallows stars Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler, and Pfeifer Brown.
"Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy—but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone."
Trailer from MTV:
- Tamika Jones
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
If you’ve seen a film montage in the last 10 years, then you’ve been witness to at least one of the scenes mentioned on this list: the vibrating water glass from Jurassic Park signaling the T-Rex prowling nearby. It’s the perfect type of image to tell the audience: something is coming. These flashes of exhilaration are fan-favorites, and it’s no surprise to see them featured prominently as the centerpieces for some of the greatest films ever. It’s the invasion when the aliens come out of the sky, the »
- Shane Ramirez
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