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Silver screen icon and committed feminist Claudia Cardinale, who’s being celebrated by the 70th Cannes Film Festival, has been breaking the mold of the submissive sex symbol for six decades.
Born in Tunisia to Sicilian immigrant parents, Cardinale was discovered by Italian producer Franco Cristaldi as a teenager after she won a Miss Italian Beauty pageant. Her first mention in Variety, dates back to 1959. It reads: “Tunisian-Italian thesp, signed by Rank for Ralph Thomas’ ‘Upstairs and Downstairs,’… and specifies “she’s under contract to Vides of Rome.” That contract, inked reluctantly when Cardinale was 18, marked the start of a glorious career comprising memorable roles in classics by European masters including Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone and Werner Herzog, and appearances in several Hollywood movies such as “The Pink Panther” and “Lost Command.”
Today Cardinale continues to work non-stop often with first-time helmers, most recently playing an avaricious duchess »
- Nick Vivarelli
Tai Freligh reviews Underdog Fcbd 2017…
There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here! American Mythology is proud to announce our follow-up to the 2016 Pink Panther Fcbd special with another beloved kids comic! Underdog is back and aimed at introducing a new generation of readers to all-ages fun!
American Mythology specializes in nostalgia, more specifically bringing television shows from our childhoods (mine at least as a Gen-Xer) into the comic book world. They have created comics for such classics as Caspar the Friendly Ghost, The Pink Panther, and Underdog from another time when the folks at Hannah Barbara ruled Saturday mornings.
I admit that I wanted to review this because I fondly recall watching Underdog fight crime and save Polly Purebred from criminals. I had forgotten about how Underdog always rhymed when he spoke, but it all came back to me. The illustrations are spot on from what I remember »
- Tai Freligh
Just recently I was listening to the score for the imminent Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s return to the sci-fi horror franchise he inaugurated, and was struck by the plethora of material from Jerry Goldsmith’s original Alien score. Certainly Goldsmith’s work is a classic (although inconsistently treated by Scott in the final edit) but even so I had little reason to expect such a strong presence. Indeed, the application of the theme by Assassin’s Creed composer Jed Kurzel is wonderfully intelligent, bridging the gap between the events of Covenant and Alien via the power of music.
This got me thinking in a broader sense about the music from the wider Alien saga: truly, this is a rare franchise where there isn’t a dropped »
- Sean Wilson
This sequel to 1963’s The Pink Panther is a smaller-scaled affair and all the better for it as director Blake Edwards is able to focus his attention on that great Parisian bumbler, the cosmically inept Inspector Jacques Clouseau – played to slapstick perfection by Peter Sellers. Based on a stage play (that did not include the Clouseau character), the 1964 hit introduced two long running players to the series, Burt Kwouk as Cato, Clouseau’s over-eager Man Friday and, memorably, Herbert Lom as the long suffering Commissioner Dreyfus.
- TFH Team
It’s time for Kong to reclaim his crown as king of the movie monsters in all-action blockbuster romp Kong: Skull Island, the latest instalment in the ongoing Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures ‘MonsterVerse’ that will eventually see the great ape do battle with the equally legendary Godzilla.
Featuring an all-star cast led by Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly, Skull Island also features a rousing score from Captain America: Civil War composer Henry Jackman who uses every orchestral force at his disposal to depict Kong’s overwhelming size.
So what better time to recap the all-time-greatest monster movie scores from Hollywood and beyond?
The one that started it all, as well as the birth of the monster movie and its accompanying soundtrack. Few »
- Sean Wilson
Simon Brew Apr 19, 2017
Burt Reynolds was, at one stage, the biggest movie star in the world. His movies regularly topped the box office, and as such, move studios were eager to work with him. That made the union of him and Clint Eastwood in the 1984 project City Heat such a salivating one.
Little did Reynolds know, however, that City Heat would have a hefty impact on his career, and his star power.
The film was originally set to be directed by The Pink Panther's Blake Edwards, but Eastwood instead wanted, and got, Private Benjamin's Richard Benjamin behind the camera. On the first day of shooting for the movie, though, came an accident that would have serious ramificaitons.
Burt Reynolds tells the story of »
Region 2 Pal DVD
Terminal Video Italia Srl
1960 / B&W / 1:66 flat letterbox / 103 min. / Street Date June 12, 2011 / available through Amazon.it / Eur 6,64
Cinematography: Aldo Giordani
Film Editor: Gabrielle Varriale
Makeup Effects: Euclide Santoli
Original Music: Armando Trovajoli
Directed by Anton Giulio Majano
Let me herewith take a break from new discs to review an Italian release from six years ago, a movie that for years we knew only as Atom Age Vampire. Until sporadic late- night TV showings appeared, it existed for us ’60s kids as one or two interesting photos in Famous Monsters magazine. Forry Ackerman steered away from adult films, with the effect that »
- Glenn Erickson
Before authoring what's considered one of the greatest horror novels of all time and adapting the work into an Oscar-nominated blockbuster, Blatty specialized in comedy, »
William Peter Blatty, author of the famed horror novel “The Exorcist,” died Thursday at the of age 89. His death was confirmed Friday on Twitter by William Friedkin, the director of the film adaptation of Blatty’s book. Released in 1971, “The Exorcist” is regarded as one of the seminal works in horror fiction. Prior to writing “The Exorcist,” Blatty started his career in Hollywood as the writing partner of comedy auteur Blake Edwards, working on scripts for films such as the 1964 film “A Shot In The Dark,” which featured Inspector Clouseau in the sequel to “The Pink Panther.” After his »
- Jeremy Fuster
9 items from 2017
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