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The Best Movies On TV This New Year

29 December 2009 10:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

As 2009 turns into 2010, the TV channels are screening some great movies both new and old to keep us entertained as we enter a new decade. Here is our pick of the bunch...

New Year's Eve - Thursday, 31 December If you happen to have some unwanted relatives staying around over the holiday period, then flick onto Meet The Spartans (Sky Movies Comedy, 10.15am) and they'll be off in a shot. As will your own sanity. For family fun, you could do worse than a dose of Robin Williams mania in Flubber (BBC1, 11.15am) followed by the legendary trio of Douglas, DeVito and Turner in Romancing The Stone (C4, 1.05pm). The season wouldn't be the same without a showing of Steve McQueen in The Great Escape (Sky Movies Screen 1, 2.25pm). If you'd rather contend with pyramids than prisoner of war camps, then check out the disposable but wildly enjoyable (more) »

- By Ben Rawson-Jones

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Christmas TV movies have lost their special glitter | Jason Solomons

5 December 2009 4:09 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A festive treat has become tired repeats or cartoons. Jason Solomons suggests it should now be a season for Fellini or Renoir

Forget about Christmas movies with snow and tinsel and grumpy fathers learning lessons. Those have their place, and no doubt we'll have our fill of them, good and bad, over the coming month, from Elf to Scrooged, from The Muppet Christmas Carol to Miracle on 34th Street.

What worries me is the lack of new classics. Growing up, my favourite Christmas movies were never the ones actually about Christmas. Rather, it was the season of Billy Wilder and Fred Astaire, a time for The Great Escape and The Towering Inferno, for The Poseidon Adventure and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In short, Christmas was when you learned about film, its rich history and capacity to thrill and unite. 

It was when I watched films with my dad »

- Jason Solomons

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A Serious Man and the odd movie out

29 November 2009 1:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A Serious Man may be getting rave reviews – but it's like nothing the Coens have made before. Joe Queenan on weird one-offs and the directors who make them

About halfway through the very funny, very disturbing, very ethnic new film A Serious Man, the modern-day Job who is the serious man in ­ question climbs up on to the roof of his ghastly 1960s Minneapolis suburban home and tries to adjust the antenna to improve his TV reception. Beleaguered on all fronts – conjugally, professionally, medically – Larry Gopnik, a dorky physics professor who may be about to lose his job and is very likely to lose his family, is a bright, principled Jewish man whose children have begged him to fix the antenna so they can watch F Troop, an idiotic 1960s comedy. Many of Larry's travails unfold as songs from Jefferson Airplane's seminal 1967 LP Surrealistic Pillow play in the background. »

- Joe Queenan

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Machan is streets ahead of any Hollywood product

19 November 2009 9:23 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There is more ingenuity, guts and brilliance in the developing world as depicted in Uberto Pasolini's film than anything Hollywood can cobble together

Tomorrow sees the release of Machan, one of the most important films to come out of the developing world in recent years – and the best film about illegal immigration I've ever seen.

It's a topic that's been addressed by prominent western directors in recent times, with mixed results. In 2002, Michael Winterbottom's docudrama, In This World, concentrated on the dangerous journey of Afghan immigrants to London, portraying the exploitation and hardship they face without revealing their individuality and motivations.

That same year also saw the release of Dirty Pretty Things, Stephen Frears's earnest white liberal's attempt to unveil London's murky underbelly, depicting it as a melting pot of the marginalised and dispossessed. But it was driven by an implausible plot about illegal organ transplants in »

- Nirpal Dhaliwal

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Poor start for Pamela Anderson series

3 November 2009 2:41 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pamela Anderson: At Home With Joe made a poor start for Living, overnight viewing figures show. The 10pm show, which saw former EastEnders star Joe Swash follow Anderson as she went about her daily routines in Paris and La, managed a lowly 254k (1.57%). Elsewhere, ITV1's Murderland bowed out to 5.54m (22%) at 9pm, once again denting Five's FlashForward, which took 2.73m (10.8%). BBC One's Life had 4.56m (18.1%) and The Great Escape: The Reckoning took 1.32m (5.2%) for Channel 4. Over on BBC Two, University Challenge logged 3.46m (13.8%) at 8pm, then (more) »

- By Dan French

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How Iron Man & Thor Can Play Together In The Avengers

27 October 2009 7:47 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Over the last several months, we’ve heard many industry folk chime in the Marvel Studio’s plan of bringing together their superstar superheroes into one shared project, the most ambitious project in comic book movie history: The Avengers.

From Matthew Vaughn (the original director attached to Thor) admitting his desire to helm The Avengers, Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier’s idea of a four-part series of Avengers films to writer Zak Penn’s fear that the epic team-up project is so complicated that it may “suck.” There’s been plenty of talk from the folks behind the cameras about Marvel’s on-screen future, but what about the characters?

One question for the filmmakers has been to figure out how Jon Favreau’s tech-based Iron Man can work together with the mystical Asgardian God of Thunder, Thor? It’s easy in the comic books, but how will they adapt it »

- Rob Keyes

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Writer on challenge of blending technology and mythology in The Avengers

24 October 2009 12:04 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Could you imagine seeing Superman or Wonder Woman in Christopher Nolan's hyper-real Batman film series; or the movie versions of the X-Men tackling magic or aliens? Probably not.

Well, there's a similar worry with Marvel's superhero team-up movie The Avengers, which will unite Iron Man and Captain America - both products of advanced human science - with Thor, a thunder god right out of Norse mythology, and possibly other characters too.

Iron Man director Jon Favreau has previously said integrating Thor into the Avengers would be a massive challenge.

It all blends well in the more fantastical medium of the comics, but films are another matter, especially if they are built on a realistic foundation.

So will it work in The Avengers movie to bring together beings of technology and mythology?

Avengers comic book writer Brian Bendis is confident it will. He told MTV: "My advice is, has been, »

- David Bentley

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Exclusive: Brian Bendis Explains How Thor And Iron Man Can Mix In The 'Avengers' Movie

22 October 2009 8:32 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Sure, we're all looking forward to Marvel's superhero team-up extravaganza "The Avengers" in 2012, but seeing Iron Man, Captain America and Thor on the screen together isn't the only reason it has fans excited.

"Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau recently wondered how the supernatural world of Thor would blend on the big screen with the reality-based universe Iron Man, and he's not alone in questioning how "Avengers" will handle this mix. So, when I had the chance to pose the question to "Avengers" comic book writer and one of the chief architects of the current Marvel Universe, Brian Bendis, I had to ask what advice he's giving the Marvel movie team when it comes to mixing Thor and Iron Man.

"My advice is, has been, and will be, that much like the comics, you look at movies like the 'Oceans' movies that have all these different flavors, you put the »

- Rick Marshall

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October A.M.P.A.S. Events In Los Angeles

30 September 2009 8:48 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro has received the following press release from A.M.P.A.S

2009–2010 Contemporary Documentaries Series

Wednesdays at 7 p.m., through December 9

The latest installment of the free Contemporary Documentary series showcases 2008 feature-length and short documentaries.  In October: “The Garden,” “Encounters at the End of the World,” “Flow” and more.

Linwood Dunn Theater

1313 Vine Street

Hollywood, CA 90028

Wednesday evenings, through December 9, at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Admission is free; tickets are not required.

(310) 247-3600

Academy Seminar Series: Perspectives on Editing

October 6 and 14 at 7-10 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater

The final two sessions in the seminar series on film editing focus on editing for documentary films (Tuesday, Oct. 6) and the accomplishments of Oscar winner Anne Coates (Wednesday, Oct. 14).

Linwood Dunn Theater

1313 Vine Street

Hollywood, CA 90028

Doors open at 6 p.m.

General Admission – $10 per evening

Academy members and students with a valid ID – $7.50 per evening

(310) 247-3600

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- (Cinema Retro)

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Old Ass Movies: Escape ‘Stalag 17′

13 September 2009 11:17 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Every Sunday, Film School Rejects presents a movie that was made before you were born and tells you why you should like it. This week, Old Ass Movies presents: Stalag 17 (1953) Stalag 17 begins with an escape from the tightly controlled Luftwaffe prison camp during the last year of WWII. As the two men snake their way through a tunnel, it's a little too easy for the Germans to find them and fill them full of bullets. The meaning is clear. There's a rat amongst our heroes. The members of Barracks 17 live out a day-to-day life in the Nazi prisoner camp while attempting to discover an informant in their midst and plan for their next escape attempt. There's Price (Peter Graves), the dashing security officer; Sefton (William Holden), the standoffish asshole who openly barters with the enemy for goods; Shapiro (Harvey Lembeck) and Animal (Robert Strauss), the comedic pair that plot entrance to the women's camp and »

- Dr. Cole Abaius

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A Remake of 'The Blob' -- Say It Ain't So

30 August 2009 1:15 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Naomi Serviss

Say it isn’t so, Rob Zombie! You’re not really going to remake that creaky classic, “The Blob,” that catapulted McQueen’s star legacy. Are you?

Before “The Great Escape,” and “The Thomas Crown Affair,” McQueen dipped his talent into whatever came along, just as most of us do in real life.

Call it cheesy, campy and old-fashioned, but who cares? It’s Steve McQueen, one of Hollywood’s hunks, in the golden age of celluloid.


The Blob” is no classic, compared to “Attack of the »

- Michael Speier

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In Case You Missed It: ‘Papillon’ (1973)

3 August 2009 5:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Before there was The Shawshank Redemption, there was Papillon, in my opinion, the finest example of a prison drama followed closely by The Shawshank Redemption. Papillon is based on the memoir written by Henri Charriere, who was convicted of murder and spent his sentence as an inmate in the island prison of French Guiana. The film recounts many of the author’s experiences, but deviates some the from the book. While Papillon is said to be based on a true story, much of it’s authenticity has been disputed. Regardless, Papillon is a remarkable motion picture worthy of praise.

The opening of a great film can tell the viewer a lot, often by saying very little but doing so with a creative efficiency that says so much. Papillon opens with a close-up shot of the warden and his guards briskly marching towards the head of a new batch of prisoners, »

- Travis

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Circle of Iron Blu-ray Review

15 July 2009 3:33 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Circle of Iron (1978) was initially conceived as a "dream project" by famed martial artist/actor Bruce Lee in conjunction with two of his students James Coburn (The Great Escape, Our Man Flint) and Sterling Silliphant (Oscar winner for screenplay on In The Heat of the Night) in the late 1960's. Due to disagreements over shooting choices and prejudices in the industry against Asians (especially with no leading man experience) helming a movie, the script was shelved. Once Bruce made a name for himself with titles such as Fists of Fury (1971) and Enter the Dragon (1973), Hollywood was much more accommodating. Ironically Lee was scheduled to meet for discussions about finally bringing the Silent Flute (as the script was titled) to fruition only one day after his untimely death in 1973. David Carradine, of the TV series Kung Fu (1972-75) in a role that Lee coincidentally was in contention for (according to Lee's wife, »

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“Nazis. I hate these guys.”: 15 WWII Movies Worth Watching Before You See Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.

26 May 2009 4:10 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Who knew that the Nazis -- one of the most brutal regimes in the history of brutal regimes -- would be responsible for such fun, mind-blowingly awesome entertainment? The second I see a dude in a grey German uniform and an eye patch enter the frame, I’m like ‘Whoa. That Nazi is going to provide me a great amount of entertainment this evening’. So, with Inglorious Bastards having recently premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, I figured I'd put together a list of some awesome WW2 films as a resource for anyone wanting to beef up their WW2 film knowledge before checking out Tarantino's self-proclaimed 'masterpiece'. It's worth noting that I focused on older films -- pre-1980 for the most part -- and only the stories featuring Nazi's. It was tough to cut this down to 15 films, but I'm sure you all will be able to come up with »

- Jay C.

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Steve McQueen Tribute At Lincoln Center- Family And Colleagues Host Screenings

16 May 2009 2:58 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will host a major tribute to Steve McQueen commencing on May 20. Throughout the week, there will be many screenings of McQueen films, some hosted by his family and colleagues. Norman Jewison will introduce The Cincinnati Kid; Candice Bergen will introduce a restored print of The Sand Pebbles, producer David Foster will introduce The Getaway, director Peter Yates will introduce Bullitt, and Robert Vaughn will introduce The Magnificent Seven. Many other McQueen films will be screened including Nevada Smith, The Towering Inferno, The Great Escape, Papillon and a rare big screen showing of An Enemy of the People, McQueen's little-seen adapation of the Ibsen classic. For details click here »

- (Cinema Retro)

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"The Great Escape" On The Big Screen This Weekend - Redford Theatre, Detroit

16 April 2009 1:53 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The old-time movie palace The Redford Theatre in Detroit will present a big screen showing of The Great Escape this weekend, April 17-18. Not only will you get to revel in seeing one of the great screen casts, but the admission is only $4. The film stars Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and David McCallum - and composer Elmer Bernstein should get equal billing for his magnificent score. For details click here »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Special Report: Cinema Retro Covers "Midnight Cowboy" 40th Anniversary A.M.P.A.S Event

17 March 2009 9:22 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Movie fans line up outside The Directors Guild Theater. (Photo: copyright Lee Pfeiffer/Cinema Retro)Alumni of a classic reunite: (L to R) John Barry, David V. Picker, Sylvia Miles, Jerome Hellman, Ann Roth and Adam Holender. (Photo: copyright Lee Pfeiffer/Cinema Retro)

By Lee Pfeiffer

Last night New York City became Hollywood-on-the-Hudson when The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted a 40th anniversary screening of Midnight Cowboy at The Directors Guild Theater. It was an extraordinary evening on every level. The program is part of the Monday Nights with Oscar series, which was created by Patrick Harrison of A.M.P.A.S. For years, Harrison has presented some of the most unique and memorable classic movie events the city has seen - and last evening was no exception. For the Midnight Cowboy tribute, some key members of the creative production team were reunited for an on-stage »

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Robert E. Relyea- The Man Behind The Legends Part II

8 March 2009 6:59 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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By Graham Hill

Welcome back to my visit with producer Robert E. Relyea, who continues to share with us some more anecdotes from his remarkable career. If you remember from part one, the principal wooded exterior location for the Elvis Presley picture Kid Galahad (1962), was the small mountain community of Idyllwild, California, near Palm Springs. Relyea had kept the location in mind for his next film, The Great Escape (1963). As hard as it is to believe, director John Sturges and United Artists were all set to shoot right there in sunny southern California, building the Pow camp in the California hills with only some second unit shots done on location in Germany. This strategy would have obviously ensured that the movie was shot on a relatively low budget.  Relyea told Sturges “It’s not exactly the Black Forest, but it does have »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Bronson - The Movie (No Not That Bronson)

3 March 2009 12:38 PM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

To many the name Charles Bronson brings up visions of The Great Escape or Death Wish. However if you happen to live in the United Kingdom then the name is synonymous with real life violence as Charles Bronson is the name of “most violent prisoner in Britain.”

Now a film titled Bronson has been made charting the life of the former boxer and career criminal - and surprisingly it looks quite good (in a darkly comedic way).

The Nicolas Winding Refn directed film stars Tom Hardy as Bronson, a criminal so thirsty for celebrity that he changed his name from Michael Peterson to Charles Bronson to gain attention and a greater tough guy reputation.

See the trailer below:

The film charts Bronson’s (Peterson’s) life from meek child to crazed thug via numerous crimes and arrests (starting in 1974) to his life incarceration. »

- Niall Browne

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McQueen Biopic Planned

15 January 2009 8:10 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Plans are underway for a new Hollywood movie about the life of late screen legend Steve McQueen.

Producers Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters have purchased the rights to 2008 biography Steve McQueen: Portrait Of An American Rebel by Marshall Terrill and plan to transform the book into a major motion picture, according to

The film will focus on McQueen's glittering movie career, beginning with his uncredited role in 1956's Somebody Up There Likes Me.

McQueen went on to become the highest paid movie star in the world with films including The Magnificent Seven in 1960, 1963's The Great Escape, and The Thomas Crown Affair in 1968.

He died in 1980 aged 50 following cancer surgery. »

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