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Alfred Hitchcock San Francisco: Guided tour through the sites of Hitchcock’s movies The San Francisco Silent Film Festival has arranged for San Francisco City Guides to lead "a special, Sfsff-only edition" of its "Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco" guided walking tour. This particular two-hour Hitchcock tour will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, atop Nob Hill. From there, the tour will visit the sites of three Hitchcock films: Vertigo, The Birds, and Family Plot. (Photo: Alfred Hitchcock ca. 1960.) The San Francisco Silent Film Festival press release adds that Alfred Hitchcock tour participants will "have plenty of time" to go from the tour’s end at Union Square to the Castro Theatre so as to catch the 1:00 pm screening of Hitchcock’s 1928 silent Champagne. Note: Space for this special "Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco" tour is limited. Registration is free — though donations are encouraged — and will be done on a first-come, »
- Andre Soares
Three horror vets join Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's remake of the 1976 slasher film The Town That Dreaded Sundown. The film is based on the true story of a serial killer that stalked a small Texas town in 1946. At least five people were killed and the perpetrator was never caught. Addison Timlin (Derailed, Zero Hour) has already been cast as the headliner. Joining her are Veronica Cartwright, Gary Cole, and Joshua Leonard.
Cartwright will play Timlin's grandmother, who raises her after her parents are killed in a car accident. In a career spanning over 50 years, Cartwright has had many roles in genre films, including The Birds, Alien, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Candyman: Farewell to Flesh.
- Alyse Wax
Veronica Cartwright, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963’s The Birds, as well as Alien and Invasion of the Body Snatchers has joined the cast of MGM’s The Town That Dreaded Sundown, alongside Gary Cole and The Blair Witch Project‘s Joshua Leonard, pictured above, says Heat Vision Tuesday evening. Addison Timlin is leading in the horror... Read More »
Cannes Classics, the festival's sidebar that screens new restorations of canonical films, has announced its lineup of twenty features films and three documentaries. Among the films selected are French arthouse favorites such as Jean Cocteau's black-and-white "Beauty and the Beast" (1946), Alain Resnais' "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (1959) and Jacques Demy's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964). It's like a film studies refresher course without the homework! Plenty of American films will be featured as well, including Billy Wilder's late-career "Fedora" (1978) Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "Cleopatra" (1963) and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (1963), a new print of which just screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Cannes has chosen a perfectly creepy venue for "The Birds," which will screen on the beach as part of the festival's Cinema de la Plage sidebar. It was previously announced that Kim Novak will present a newly restored "Vertigo." One of the most highly anticipated events will be a 3-D. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival lineup continues to grow, today with the announcement of the films playing in the Cannes Classics selection as well as the titles playing on the beach at night as part of the Cinema de la Plage selection. It was already announced Kim Novak would be in attendance to present the restored version of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, but the restorations that will be screening don't end there. In addition to Vertigo a restored print of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra will screen along with restorations of Billy Wilder's Fedora, Yasujir? Ozu's An Autumn Afternoon, Hal Ashby's The Last Detail starring Jack Nicholson and a 3-D conversion of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor. Additional notable names include films from Alain Resnais, Marco Ferreri, Chris Marker and Rene Clement. In addition to those titles a special presentation of Jean Cocteau's La Belle et La Bete »
- Brad Brevet
It’s pretty safe to say that by 1993, the Friday The 13th series had run out of ideas. They had followed the Michael Myers-free lead of Halloween III by not having Jason Voorhees appear in Friday The 13th Part V, and like Halloween III, the fans weren’t too keen on watching a film that didn’t feature the series’ mainstay. Voorhees was resurrected in Jason Lives, pitted against a psychic in The New Blood, and sent to New York in Jason Takes Manhattan . Following yet another franchise, the producers decided to kill Jason off in the same vein as Freddy’S Dead, with what they called “The Final Friday”, Jason Goes To Hell…and like Freddy’S Dead, the results were not very pretty.
John Hart who is the owner of this historic house and a thriller writer himself, only recently learned that 'The Birds' which turns 50 this year, was written in the barn he has worked in since buying the property in 1994, the New York Daily News reported.
Hart reveled that they call the house 'Dracula bought'.
According to a broker, Sally Slater, one can feel the creative energy inside the house.
He said that the. »
- Meeta Kabra
The Stooge is a proposed follow-up to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? that will team Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit together in a remake of the 1952 comedy of the same name starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. It is set to take place throughout five specific locations in Disneyland park, and will also bring both Walt Disney and Orson Welles back to life via motion-capture.
Still in the early development phases, this pitch comes from original Roger Rabbit creator Gary K. Wolf, author of the novel upon which Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is based. And it's a pitch that's meant to look as though it were coming from Roger himself. Working alongside development producer Erik Von Wodtke, the pair have created a series of concept art posters, revealing that they are also planning three new Roger Rabbit animated shorts that will be created in conjunction with The Stooge.
That art can be seen here, »
The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy and Suzanne Pleshette on April 18. Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, with the maniacal Michael Keaton, alongside co-stars Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara and Winona Ryder on April 19, joined by Andy Capper's and Juliette Eisner's high-spirited Lil Bub & Friendz on April 20, are this year's slate for the popular Tribeca Drive-In free screenings.
Here are some of our Early Bird (& Cat) highlights with screening dates and times for this year's crop of films.
Anne-Katrin Titze writes...
Lil Bub & Friendz
Directed by Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner
Us (65 minutes)
Andy Capper's and Juliette Eisner's high-spirited Lil Bub & Friendz captures the adventures of "a tiny complex creature," who found her way from "somewhere in space," to become one of the most beloved cats on »
- Anne-Katrin Titze and Amber Wilkinson
They are calling Roar the animal film to end all animal films and after watching it, you feel you should be interviewing a tiger. It stars Tippi Hedren (of Marnie and The Birds fame) and her husband Noel Marshall, her daughter Melanie Griffith and two of his sons - and the 150 "wild" animals who share their ranch home in California. Only the human branch of the family made it over here to launch the film, while the cats keep house back home.
Melanie Griffith grew up with big cats. "I was 13 when Noel got his first lion. I've raised ten myself." But even she had some qualms about the making of Roar; a variant-of-life story in which a scientist shares his house in Africa with a pride of lions, »
Fifty years ago this week, Alfred Hitchcock gave the world a terrifying glimpse at the secret evil that lurks behind the eyes of our avian friends in The Birds. It was the first time Hitchock fans caught a glimpse of Tippi Hedren sweater set-ed glory and is famous for a final attack scene that (reportedly) caused Hedren to have a near breakdown. Like all of Hitchcock’s films it experrtly intertwinines tension, interpersonal relations, desperation, and fear.
1986 brought us the cabin-in-the-woods, comedy-slasher flick, April Fool’s Day. Like other films I’ve mentioned in previous week’s posts, the April Fool’s Day VHS cover holds a special place in my heart and still remains on my list of Halloween costumes I mean to wear someday. I won’t bore you with a synopsis, when you can read a much better and more detailed one in Gregory Burkart’s post here. »
- Sara Castillo
Now Iliadis has returned into the genre fold with his ambitious and darkly comedic teen horror/sci-fi project Plus One, which celebrated its worldwide premiere a few weeks ago during the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.
It was in Austin where Dread Central chatted exclusively with Iliadis about his latest project, how American teen comedies from the 1980's inspired his horror/sci-fi mash-up and how the long development process on the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (which was announced over four years ago) inspired him to venture out and make Plus One on his own terms.
Dread Central: Because the story is so ambitious and there are a lot of things happening, can you break down Plus One »
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." The celebrate check out the best two and a half minutes of it and then go watch the rest.
Also, learn all about the "S" from hell in today's Dailies!
» All proof you need for the greatness of "The Birds"
» Every video game featured in "The Simpsons" [College Humor]
Welcome to the Dailies, where the MTV Movies team runs down all the film and television news, odds and ends that are fit to print! From awesome fan art to obscure casting news, this is your place to feast on all the movie leftovers you didn't know you were hungry for.
- Kevin P. Sullivan
The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express from April 17-28, has announced the return of its signature free community events, including the Tribeca Drive-In (April 18-20), which will be screening two classics near and dear to genre fans' hearts. Read on for the details.
From the Press Release:
The popular Tribeca Drive-In is back at Brookfield Place (World Financial Center Plaza), co-sponsored by At&T and JetBlue and hosted by Brookfield. Kicking off this beloved series will be the classic Hitchcock film The Birds, followed by Tim Burton’s beloved horror comedy Beetlejuice. Before each movie be sure to join in on games and activities for all ages, including trivia contests, ghoulish costume contests, face painting, prize giveaways, and more.
These free evenings of cinema under the stars are open to the public, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The programs will begin at 6:00 Pm, »
- The Woman In Black
In the new horror movie Come Out and Play a holidaying couple, played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Lola Versus) and Vinessa Shaw (2006’s The Hills Have Eyes), visit an island off the coast of Mexico where they discover the local children have murdered the adults. But the most bizarre aspect of the film, which began its platform release on March 22 and is currently available on VOD, is the identity of its director, who goes by the mono-moniker of “Makinov” and refuses to reveal his face or real name.
Come out and Play debuted last September at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. »
- Clark Collis
The Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) has announced its lineup of free community events, including the fest's signature Tribeca Drive-In, this year featuring screenings of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and the premiere of viral kitty video film "Lil Bub and Friendz." Full list of events below. Tribeca's competition slate is here, with a roundup of fest special events here.Tribeca Drive-in Outdoor SCREENINGSThursday-Saturday, April 18-April 208:15 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.Brookfield Place (World Financial Center Plaza)Co-sponsored by At&T and JetBlue, and hosted by BrookfieldTFF’s outdoor screening series features the following films for this year’s Tribeca Drive-In. The free evening of cinema under the stars is open to the public, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m. The programs will also begin at 6 p.m., with screenings starting at dusk (approximately 8:15 p. »
- Beth Hanna
Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" are among the films added to the lineup at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, Tff organizers announced on Monday. The 50th anniversary screening of "The Birds" and the 25th anniversary screening of "Beetlejuice" will be part of the "Tribeca Drive-In" series of free outdoor screenings at the World Financial Center Plaza, and will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19. "Lil Bub & Friendz," a new film about a cat who became an internet sensation, will also screen as part »
- Steve Pond
Fifty years after its release (on March 28, 1963), we can't stop talking about Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." We're still terrified by it, perhaps because Hitchcock wisely avoided providing any explanation for the avian attacks on Bodega Bay. We're still fascinated by how it was made, especially because, at 83, star Tippi Hedren continues to hold forth on the pleasures and horrors of working with Hitchcock. Much of the story has been retold, in books (notably, Patrick McGilligan's "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light") and in last year's HBO movie "The Girl." Still, as familiar as we think we are with the scary masterpiece, there's still plenty that remains a mystery -- how did Hitchcock wrangle all those birds? How did he mix live ones with pretend birds so seamlessly? And what really went on between him and Hedren? Read on to learn some of the secrets of "The Birds. »
- Gary Susman
Five nominations for Parade’s End
London 2012-themed programming features across five categories
One of the most important things behind any final production, is all the craft and hard work that goes into making them look awesome. Today , BAFTA have announced the nominations for its annual British Academy Television Craft Awards, which honour the very best behind-the-scenes talent from television. This year’s ceremony will be held at The Brewery, in the City of London, on Sunday 28th April.
A diverse range of programmes compete in each category for the coveted BAFTA masks. Leading the way with five nominations is BBC Two’s five-part period drama, Parade’s End, »
- Dan Bullock
Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, screenwriter of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and director of the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair, has reportedly been tapped by Dreamworks to helm the upcoming remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1940 psychological thriller Rebecca.
Based upon the 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Marier, Rebecca was Hitchcock's U.S. debut and starred Joan Fontaine as a naive young woman haunted by the memory of her new husband Maximilian de Winter's (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The film gave Hitchcock the first of four Best Picture nominations, and his only success, taking home the Oscar at the 13th Academy Awards in 1941.
The remake of Rebecca has been scripted by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises), although it is expected that Arcel and his regular collaborator Rasmus Heisterberg will deliver a quick rewrite. It becomes the second Hitchcock adaptation of a Daphne du Marier tale to get the remake treatment, »
- Flickering Myth
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