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Austrian village holds out hope for lost Hitchcock film

28 December 2012 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Mountain Eagle, the director's second work, was filmed in Obergurgl but disappeared 90 years ago

Alfred Hitchcock arrived in the Tyrolean village of Obergurgl in October 1925, clad in knickerbockers, hiking boots and a felt hat, scouting for a location that resembled Kentucky. When he left several months later after completing his second film, the British-German co-production The Mountain Eagle, it's fairly safe to assume locals were glad to see the back of him.

Not only had he ordered the alpine meadows to be cleared of snow, caused a roof to collapse and become stricken by some sort of altitude sickness, he caused offence by declining to stay in the village inn and complaining about the guttural sound of their dialect.

Years later his sins have been forgiven, and now the Tyroleans are far more focused on what happened to the film, which, though released in 1927, has been considered lost for the best part of 90 years. »

- Kate Connolly

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If only Alfred Hitchcock himself could have directed The Girl | Deborah Orr

28 December 2012 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The BBC-hbo drama about Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren was fascinating, but it lacked the psychological drama only the man himself could have provided

The Girl, the BBC-hbo biopic that tells Tippi Hedren's side of the story about the making of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, has upset a lot of the director's fans – but if ever there was a man likely to see the dramatic possibility of an inexperienced yet ambitious young woman being psychologically tortured by a powerful man in sexual thrall to her, it was him. One could even imagine Hitchcock taking such a woman and casting her to play that very role. It could be called Marnie. Or something.

The top complaint is that the film isn't "true". The contradictory opinions of others who worked with Hitchcock and Hedren have been sought – as if they could know better than Hedren what it was like to be her. »

- Deborah Orr

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If only Alfred Hitchcock himself could have directed The Girl | Deborah Orr

28 December 2012 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The BBC-hbo drama about Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren was fascinating, but it lacked the psychological drama only the man himself could have provided

The Girl, the BBC-hbo biopic that tells Tippi Hedren's side of the story about the making of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, has upset a lot of the director's fans – but if ever there was a man likely to see the dramatic possibility of an inexperienced yet ambitious young woman being psychologically tortured by a powerful man in sexual thrall to her, it was him. One could even imagine Hitchcock taking such a woman and casting her to play that very role. It could be called Marnie. Or something.

The top complaint is that the film isn't "true". The contradictory opinions of others who worked with Hitchcock and Hedren have been sought – as if they could know better than Hedren what it was like to be her. »

- Deborah Orr

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Miranda wins Harts with 10 million viewers ahead of That Dog Can Dance!

27 December 2012 5:48 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC1's third series return of Miranda Hart's sitcom wins Boxing Day ratings battle over Simon Cowell's 'X Factor for dogs'

The return of BBC1 sitcom Miranda won the Boxing Day ratings battle with a peak of 10 million viewers, while Simon Cowell's "X Factor for dogs" was watched by an audience of 3.7 million.

The big rating return of the third series of Miranda, penned by and starring Call The Midwife's Miranda Hart, meant BBC1 scooped the Christmas honours airing the most popular shows on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Miranda managed an average audience of 9.5 million, a 37.8% share of the total TV audience between 9pm and 9.30pm. The show had a five-minute peak of just over 10 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight ratings figures for Wednesday 26 December.

Miranda's audience is massively up on the levels seen during the second series – ratings were about 3.5 million »

- Mark Sweney

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TV highlights Boxing Day

21 December 2012 7:20 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Live Football Special | Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2012: The Modern Alchemist | Miranda | The Girl | Doors Open | Moominland Tales: The Life | Midnight In Paris | The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

• Plan your Christmas and New Year viewing with our interactive guide to festive television

Live Football Special

5pm, Sky Sports 1

Time was when the Boxing Day fixtures were not so much a footballing contest but a test of which team had managed to turn up less hungover, as some bizarre and high-scoring results attested. No such fun nowadays, though neither of today's featured fixtures are immune from the possibility of surprise. The generally hapless but occasionally inspired Aston Villa meet Spurs, high-flying but prone to slip-ups; while Liverpool go to Stoke City – a team who try but currently fail to play football against a team who succeed in not doing so. DS

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2012: The Modern Alchemist

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- David Stubbs, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Paul Howlett

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10 Christmas TV shows to circle in the Radio Times

20 December 2012 1:39 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Louisa Mellor Dec 20, 2012

We’ve put a spotlight on some of the UK Christmas telly specials you won’t want to miss this festive season…

You know that pub conversation we’ve all had, the one about what you’d show an alien race on the brink of wiping out planet Earth to convince them we are essentially a well-meaning, productive, and often beautiful species that deserves to live? No contest: a Christmas issue of the Radio Times.

In 1969, an astronaut walked on the moon and someone thought up the Christmas Radio Times, both of them landmarks of brilliant stuff achieved by humans. They must have been thinner then - not astronauts, copies of the Radio Times - back when there were fewer TV channels than there are now Shrek films.

Between the covers of that hefty double edition sits the industry and imagination of generations. It »

- louisamellor

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Tippi Hedren Heading To Cougar Town

18 December 2012 6:37 PM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Tippi Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," is heading to "Cougar Town."

The actress-turned-animal activist will guest star on the Courteney Cox sitcom as herself.

Watch: Courteney Cox & Josh Hopkins Talk 'Cougar Town' Cameos

Jules (Courteney) and the gang are set to "scheme to capture Tippi Hedren to cheer up Jules' dad, Chick," TBS revealed in a release on Tuesday.

The gang, known for their antics, Penny Can games and love of wine, will harass a tour guide into stalking Tippi's home so that Chick (Ken Jenkins) can drink with his favorite star.

Copyright 2012 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »

- nobody@accesshollywood.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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When Sienna Miller met Tippi Hedren

17 December 2012 5:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Tippi Hedren endured Alfred Hitchcock's claustrophobic attention for years, while Sienna Miller – who plays her in a  new film – has her own experiences of being hounded. Here, they talk to Tim Adams about the dark side of being a star

Last week Sienna Miller was starting to think about her first Christmas as a mother. Her voice was freighted with all the emotional weariness of a woman who knows the particular joys of surviving for too long on only an hour or two's unbroken sleep. Her daughter Marlowe, now four months old, was on her lap. A good deal had happened since I interviewed her in the summer about her forthcoming TV movie The Girl, in the company of "the girl" in question, Tippi Hedren, the actor, who was muse and obsession to Alfred Hitchcock in the 1960s.

As well as becoming a mother, and travelling to the States »

- Tim Adams

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When Sienna Miller met Tippi Hedren

17 December 2012 5:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Tippi Hedren endured Alfred Hitchcock's claustrophobic attention for years, while Sienna Miller – who plays her in a  new film – has her own experiences of being hounded. Here, they talk to Tim Adams about the dark side of being a star

Last week Sienna Miller was starting to think about her first Christmas as a mother. Her voice was freighted with all the emotional weariness of a woman who knows the particular joys of surviving for too long on only an hour or two's unbroken sleep. Her daughter Marlowe, now four months old, was on her lap. A good deal had happened since I interviewed her in the summer about her forthcoming TV movie The Girl, in the company of "the girl" in question, Tippi Hedren, the actor, who was muse and obsession to Alfred Hitchcock in the 1960s.

As well as becoming a mother, and travelling to the States »

- Tim Adams

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The best films of 2012: Philip French's choice

15 December 2012 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Franchises old and new dominated the year, but there was space for Ang Lee's 3D Life of Pi, inspiring documentaries and a major Hitchcock retrospective

The year was dominated by franchises. They provided the multiplexes with a dangerously disproportionate part of box-office takings and were given disproportionate attention by the press. Two came to an end with The Dark Knight Rises and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2; two were revived by Prometheus, prequel to Alien, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The biggest franchise, of course, is the Bond-wagon. Now 50 years old, it was given the royal seal of approval at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in preparation for Skyfall, 007's 23rd outing and the second-best Bond to date.

The year's best fiction films were extremely good: varied in subject matter and with a nice geographic spread. Two of my favourite 2012 movies didn't quite make the top 10 cut, »

- Philip French

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Review: The Girl Splashes Abbie Cornish's Fantastic Acting, But the Film is Dead in the Water

15 December 2012 3:00 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

There are two films titled The Girl that were released this year. One stars Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and is about his unsuccessful journey to swoon Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) during the filming of The Birds and Marnie, which were shot back-to-back and of which she was the star. The other - the one I'm going to talk about in this piece - stars Abbie Cornish as Ashley, a redneck young mother in Texas who lost her son to Child Protective Services because of a foolish night of drinking and driving with him in the car. Ashley is broke, lives in a tiny trailer, and works at a dead-end job. When taking a trip with her deadbeat dad (the great Will Patton) to Mexico, »

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Mark Wahlberg to Produce Hacker Movie at Universal (Exclusive)

12 December 2012 11:06 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Call it a password-protected project. Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson have set up an untitled hacker film at Universal Pictures that is loosely based on a recent GQ article titled "The Hacker Is Watching." Jonathan Herman, who most recently wrote an update of the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds for Universal, will write the screenplay, which centers on an anonymous, ruthless, highly skilled hacker who targets the student body of a large suburban high school. David Kushner penned the true story, which ran in GQ's January 2012 issue. Photos: 20 Best and Worst Music-to-Movie Crossovers Wahlberg and

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- Tatiana Siegel

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A Ridiculous Amount of Excellent DVDs and Blu-rays to Buy This Holiday Season

12 December 2012 10:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It’s that time of year again when we scramble around looking for the perfect present for the people we love and like. While we’re big fans of movie-watching around the holidays we don’t recommend seeing one in a theater on Christmas day. Your patronage is requiring some poor shlub to have to work, and that’s not cool. But movies to own are never a bad gift idea, and with that simple mantra we present our second annual Blu-ray & DVD Holiday Gift Guide featuring items that were released in 2012! Click on the image to check current prices and buy a copy! Box-Sets Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection – 15 of the suspense master’s finest film including Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, The Birds and more and loaded with special features! Bond 50 – Fifty years of James Bond including all 22 films from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace! Buster Keaton »

- Rob Hunter

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Sienna Miller attacked by birds while filming new flick

10 December 2012 3:46 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, Dec 10: Sienna Miller went through a horrible bird attack during the shooting of her new flick 'The Girl,' where she portrays Alfred Hitchcock's actress Tippi Hedren.

In the movie, Miller explores behind the scenes of Hitchcock's 1963 horror film 'The Birds.'

The British beauty said that in order to get into character, she had birds thrown at her which was not a "not very nice" experience.

"I did go through a bird attack - but for two hours, which pales in comparison to what [Tippi] was subjected to," Contactmusic quoted her as telling The Sunday Times Culture magazine.

"But it was pretty horrible. »

- Arun Pandit

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Sienna Miller's 'horrible' bird attack

9 December 2012 11:01 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Sienna Miller went through a 'horrible' bird attack during filming for 'The Girl'. The British beauty plays actress Tippi Hedren in the drama, which explores behind the scenes of Sir Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film 'The Birds', and in order to get into character, Sienna had birds thrown at her - an experience she describes as 'not very nice'. Speaking in an interview with The Sunday Times Culture magazine, she said: 'I did go through a bird attack - but for two hours, which pales in comparison to what [Tippi] was subjected to. 'But it was pretty horrible - we enacted the whole thing. There were people throwing seagulls and pigeons in my face, and, while I'm not terrified of birds, »

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Toby Jones: dial H for Hitchcock

9 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He's played Truman Capote and Karl Rove – now Toby Jones is donning a fat suit and prosthetic chin to play the Master in new TV drama The Girl. Steve Rose talks to him about Hitchcock's dark side, failure and funky clothes

Little seems to have changed at Simpson's in the Strand since the days when Alfred Hitchcock dined here: the wood panelling, the chandeliers, the white-robed chefs carving hunks of meat on silver trolleys. Hitchcock liked the place so much, he featured it in his 1936 film Sabotage – though back then its star Sylvia Sidney and her kid brother had to dine upstairs, since women weren't admitted to the main room. The clientele doesn't appear to have changed since those days, either. Toby Jones and I are both in our 40s, and still the youngest people in the room by several decades.

We're here because Hitchcock is back on the menu. »

- Steve Rose

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Toby Jones: dial H for Hitchcock

9 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

He's played Truman Capote and Karl Rove – now Toby Jones is donning a fat suit and prosthetic chin to play the Master in new TV drama The Girl. Steve Rose talks to him about Hitchcock's dark side, failure and funky clothes

Little seems to have changed at Simpson's in the Strand since the days when Alfred Hitchcock dined here: the wood panelling, the chandeliers, the white-robed chefs carving hunks of meat on silver trolleys. Hitchcock liked the place so much, he featured it in his 1936 film Sabotage – though back then its star Sylvia Sidney and her kid brother had to dine upstairs, since women weren't admitted to the main room. The clientele doesn't appear to have changed since those days, either. Toby Jones and I are both in our 40s, and still the youngest people in the room by several decades.

We're here because Hitchcock is back on the menu. »

- Steve Rose

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Watch: Full Short Movie The Birds Of Anger, Starring Jaimie Alexander!

6 December 2012 5:56 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Black birds, white birds, all kind of birds in this great short movie which comes from director Gregg Bishop! So, in case you’ve missed this completely weird version of Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds, here’s your perfect chance to watch the whole thing right here on our site! Take a seat, relax, watch Bishop’s short The Birds of Anger for G4 Films’ Epictober Film Festival, and as usual – let us know what you think!

The Birds Of Anger is inspired by the best-selling mobile game Rovio’s Angry Birds, and this short movie harkens back to Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1963 classic giving gamers a glimpse into a world where birds not only target pigs, but people as well.

As you already see from our title – the movie stars Jaimie Alexander, Amanda Baker and Cameron Barsanti.

So, what do you think?

Click to continue reading Watch: Full Short Movie The Birds Of Anger, »

- Jeanne Standal

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Hyde Park On Hudson Giveaway From Focus Features

4 December 2012 6:00 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Academy Award nominee Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host King George VI  and Queen Elizabeth of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York . the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America.

With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to Fdr for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of Fdr.s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. Seen through the eyes of Daisy (Academy Award nominee Laura Linney), Franklin.s neighbor and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy . and through her, for us all . a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship. »

- Movie Geeks

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Best Movie Ever?: "101 Dalmatians"

3 December 2012 12:01 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Brrrrrr. Why am I chilly? Because it's December? Or is it because Cruella de Vil's cheekbones are icy shards of sinew, and I'm dreaming of snuggling them? You just don't know.

Thank God for 101 Dalmatians, the swingin', droll-as-hell Disney animated classic from 1961. Though on the surface 101 Dalmatians is a simple tale of a quaint London couple who own dalmatians and find themselves tangling with dognappers, it's also a showcase of sophisticated characters who are fun and real, even if some of them are talking dogs who've developed a doggy Amber Alert system called The Twilight Bark. Dodie Smith's classic children's book remains timeless in cinematic form, and really sassy too, on occasion. Here are five other reasons 101 Dalmatians may be the Best. Movie. Ever.

1. Cole Porter would've given his gay left nut to write, "Cru-ella! Cru-ella de Villll!"

A quick plot refresher: Struggling songwriter Roger owns an upstanding dalmatian »

- virtel

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