17 items from 2015
If you see only one 44-years-later postmortem on a critical and commercial misfire this season, it might as well be “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans,” an inside-baseball documentary best appreciated by movie geeks with a taste for cautionary tales about superstar hubris, slow-motion trainwrecks and dream projects that devolve into, if not full-blown nightmares, then extremely rude awakenings. It might also attract longtime fans of McQueen, who died of cancer in 1980, as well as a few under-30 curiosity seekers interested in knowing what the “King of Cool” was all about. And, yes, there’s definite appeal for those fervent cultists who insist “Le Mans,” the 1971 film maudit examined here, is some kind of underappreciated masterwork, though there certainly aren’t enough of those folks to make much of a difference. Theatrical pit stops will be fleeting, but the movie could have respectable mileage in small-screen platforms.
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- Joe Leydon
Anyone remember the Cheech and Chong bit when they’re looking for a spot at the drive-in and Pedro zooms into a space by the snack bar? “Wow, man, you drive just like Steve McQueen!” the Man exults. Well, few if any did. From that pilfered German motorcycle in The Great Escape to the fastback Mustang in Bullitt, McQueen handling a vehicle was movie magic. But racing fans still covet his role in the 1971 film Le Mans, which used real footage of the previous year’s 24-hour… »
Who needs epics about Ancient Rome, Egypt, or Greek mythology when we have a thousand years of exotic Central and South American civilizations to exploit? Well, it's only been done a handful of times. This cinematic concatenation of nifty architecture, fruity multicolored headgear and athletic oiled warriors is, well, nifty, fruity and athletic! Kings of the Sun Kl Studio Classics Savant Blu-ray Review 1963 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date May 26, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Yul Brynner, George Chakiris, Shirley Anne Field, Richard Basehart, Brad Dexter, Barry Morse, Armando Silvestre, Leo Gordon, Victoria Vettri, Rudy Solari, Ford Rainey, Chuck Hayward, James Coburn (narrator). Cinematography Joseph MacDonald Film Editor William Reynolds Original Music Elmer Bernstein Written by James R. Webb, Elliot Arnold Produced by Lewis J. Rachmil Directed by J. Lee Thompson
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- Glenn Erickson
There’s a moment in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation — Tom Cruise career-saver, franchise Mvp and the summer's best non-Imperator Furiosa action blockbuster — where the CIA director refers to the film's relentless hero as "the living manifestation of destiny." As a government official talking about an unpredictable agent, the line is patently (if knowingly) ridiculous. As Alec Baldwin talking about Tom Cruise, the dialogue sounds right on the money. That phrase could be dropped into the first sentence of his biography and nobody would think twice.
When the superstar first stepped »
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Mad Max: Fury Road 3-D Blu-ray, 2-D Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Warner Home Video 2015 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 120 min. / Street Date March 24, 2015 / 44.95 Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Zoöe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, John Howard, Richard Carter, Iota, Angus Sampson, Jennifer Hagan, Megan Gale, Melissa Jaffer. Cinematography John Seale Editor Margaret Sixel Original Music Tom Holkenborg Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris Produced by George Miller, Doug Mitchell, P.J. Voten Directed by »
- Glenn Erickson
Rex Ingram in 'The Thief of Bagdad' 1940 with tiny Sabu. Actor Rex Ingram movies on TCM: Early black film performer in 'Cabin in the Sky,' 'Anna Lucasta' It's somewhat unusual for two well-known film celebrities, whether past or present, to share the same name.* One such rarity is – or rather, are – the two movie people known as Rex Ingram;† one an Irish-born white director, the other an Illinois-born black actor. Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” continues today, Aug. 11, '15, with a day dedicated to the latter. Right now, TCM is showing Cabin in the Sky (1943), an all-black musical adaptation of the Faust tale that is notable as the first full-fledged feature film directed by another Illinois-born movie person, Vincente Minnelli. Also worth mentioning, the movie marked Lena Horne's first important appearance in a mainstream motion picture.§ A financial disappointment on the »
- Andre Soares
The Man from Uncle review: A fizzy antidote to 007
Suave spy caper The Man From Uncle opens this week, revamping the cult '60s TV series and bringing it to the big screen for the first time in nearly 50 years. If you've never seen the original show or its eight movie spin-offs, here's your handy guide to get you up to speed...
1. The Man From Uncle was created by James Bond's Ian Fleming... sort of
The original idea to make a television series about a suave, sophisticated spy who travelled the world fighting villainy came from producer Norman Felton. He was interested in presenting each episode from the point of view of an innocent person - say, a housewife or a farmer - who find themselves drawn into an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.
In 1962, Felton pitched the idea to none other than James Bond creator Ian Fleming; based not »
To mark the release of the upcoming DVD releaase of two Richard Attenborough classics on 17th August, we’ve been given 3 DVD bundles including Jet Storm and Dancing With Crime to give away. Jet Storm: When Ernest Tilley’s (Richard Attenborough – Jurrassic Park, The Great Escape) daughter is killed in a hit-and-run, he vows to do
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I interviewed James Coburn in late 1998 for the cover story of the February 1999 issue of Venice Magazine. I had grown up watching Coburn on the late show, but also seeing him on the big screen, first-run. Meeting him was a thrill as he entered the living room of his manager, the late Hilly Elkins', home in Beverly Hills. Coburn was elegant, charming and had the grace of a cat. The only thing that revealed the health problems that had nearly done him in were his gnarled hands, the result of severe arthritis. We spoke about his role in Paul Schrader's newest film, "Affliction," which would earn him a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. Later, as I walked Coburn to his Acura Nsx sport coupe, he bid me a warm farewell.
Several months later, I encountered him again at The Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica. I went up »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Cardinal Releasing handles sales on Desert Racer about McQueen’s love of motorcycles, with the producers looking for final finance to complete the film.
The hour-long biopic documentary, currently in post-production, explores the iconic actor’s obsession for motorbikes, his relationship with stunt double Bud Ekins and the film they were in together The Great Escape.
Through their shared love of bikes, the duo created a new track-racing bike, which McQueen took to England where he met up with the Rickman brothers of Metisse motorbikes, and the ‘Desert Racer’ was born. »
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Exclusive: Content Media's documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans will have its world premiere in the Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival later this month. Described as "Senna meets Bullitt," it traces the complex making of the legendary star's 1971 racing movie Le Mans. Check out the exclusive poster for the film below. By 1970, McQueen was a major force in Hollywood with pics like The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, The San… »
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
Even though video essayist Tony Zhou criticizes his own work in his latest video essay (a bit of self criticism is never a bad thing), he remains one of the more fascinating video essayists working right now and this latest not only calls to attention a great documentary -- Orson Welles' F for Fake -- but delves into how to structure video essays to keep 'em moving with a bit of snap, crackle and pop. With commentary from John Sturges (The Great Escape) quoting Alfred Hitchcock's story structure utilizing the narrative trick "Meanwhile, back at the ranch" to keep the action moving in parallel with other portions of the story. Items such as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, F for Fake, "South Park" and even a little Dude, Where's My Carc Everything Zhou is talking about here, however, is actually far more complex than he makes it sound, »
- Brad Brevet
Lake Forrest Entertainment and The Exchange have joined forces to provide financing for a new biopic on Hollywood action icon Steve McQueen. The project, currently titled McQueen, has already attracted the interest of director James Gray (The Immigrant) and stars such as Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling and Jeremy Renner. The production companies are currently seeking a screenwriter at this time.
The project will be partially based on Marshall Terrill's 2010 biography Steve McQueen: The Life And Legend Of A Hollywood Icon. The book chronicles the actor's entire life, from his childhood in Indiana throughout his Hollywood career and his death in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico at the age of 50, from a heart attack after an experimental cancer surgery. The actor, whose hit movies include The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and Bullitt, just to name a few, was one of the first in Hollywood to explore alternative cancer treatments. The »
The Hollywood idol came from a troubled childhood, but by the ’70s McQueen was one of the highest paid movie stars. He appeared in a plethora of iconic films, such as Bullitt, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and The Towering Inferno. He was a fast car and motorbike enthusiastic, a bit of a Lothario, and also he was allegedly on Charles Manson’s hit list, so there should be lots going on for viewers.
Source: Deadline »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
The Thomas Crown Affair. Bullitt, The Getaway. Grand Prix. The Towering Inferno. The Great Escape. The Magnificent Seven. Papillon. Every film a classic and every one of them starring Steve McQueen. Thirty-five years after his untimely death at the age of fifty, the world will finally be getting the biopic of one of the greatest movie stars in Hollywood history. The announcement comes via Lake Forest Entertainment and The Exchange have teamed up to finance the film which will be titled »
- Alex Maidy
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Tom Adams (1938-2014) - British Actor. He appears in The Great Escape and The House That Dripped Blood. He died of cancer on December 11. (THR) Howard G. Barnes (1913-2014) - Producer. He was executive producer for the long-thought-lost Australian horror film Outback (aka Wake in Fright). He died on December 8. (THR) John Bowsher (1952-2014) - Vice President of Museum Infrastructure, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As the project manager for the...
- Christopher Campbell
17 items from 2015
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