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Ronald Reagan Film Festival, Museum Of The Moving Image, Queens, NY August 25-30

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The series includes a screening of President Reagan in his last big screen appearance in the 1964 remake of "The Killers", which offered one of his best performances.

The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY will present a screening of the new documentary "The Reagan Show" about the influence of film in President Ronald Reagan's life and career. The screening is part of a series of showings of Reagan movies including some that are rarely seen on the big screen. This includes "Hellcats of the Navy" in which The Gipper starred with his future wife and first lady, Nancy Davis. Some of the key films will have special guests introduce and/or discuss the movies.  The festival runs from August 25-30. Click here for more info. 
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Arrow Films Unleashes ‘The Killers’ and ‘Phantom of the Paradise’ on Blu-ray

Most home video releases are mass produced and marketed by faceless conglomerates interested only in separating you from your hard-earned cash. If you look closely though you’ll find smaller labels who love movies as much as you do and show it by delivering quality Blu-rays and DVDs of beloved films and cult classics, often loaded with special features, new transfers, and more. But yes, they still want your cash, too. Arrow Films is not only the UK’s best specialty Blu-ray/DVD label, but they’re also one of the most exciting regardless of geographical boundaries. Part of their appeal can be found in their unabashed affection for genre entertainment, but they’re equally adept and interested in more highbrow fare. They love movies as much as we do, and the proof is in a catalog diverse enough to include both Cinema Paradiso and Hell Comes to Frogtown. They have two new releases hitting UK shelves
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Win: Dressed To Kill Blu-ray

Arrow Video is pleased to announce the UK Blu-ray debut of Brian De Palma’s erotic crime thriller Dressed To Kill on Monday 29th July.

One of De Palma’s best loved films, Dressed To Kill has been lovingly re-mastered by MGM studios, and will finally be available uncut and on blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Arrow’s deluxe edition of the film will come loaded with an exclusive selection of special features and bonus material.

Starring legendary British actor Michael Caine (The Italian Job, Get Carter) alongside Nancy Allen (Carrie, Blow Out) and Angie Dickenson (Point Blank, The Killers), Dressed To Kill begins as sexually frustrated housewife Kate Miller (Dickenson) consults her psychiatrist about her husband’s lacklustre performance in the bedroom. Following the session with Dr Elliot (Caine), Kate silently seduces a stranger in a New York Art gallery, before going back to his place.
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“They’re Blowin’ This Town All To Hell!” — Sam Peckinpah And ‘The Wild Bunch’

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Curiously, with all the bold, ambitious, fresh talent storming into Hollywood in the 1960s/1970s – directors who’d cut their teeth in TV like Sidney Lumet and John Frankenheimer; imports like Roman Polanski and Peter Yates; the first wave of film school “film brats” like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese — one of the most popular genres during the period was one of Old Hollywood’s most traditional: the Western. But the Western often wrought at the hands of that new generation of moviemakers was rarely traditional.

During the Old Hollywood era, Westerns typically had been B-caliber productions, most of them favoring gunfights and barroom brawls over dramatic substance, and nearly all adhering to Western tropes which ran back to the pre-cinema days of dime novelist Ned Buntline. With the 1960s, however, the genre began to change; or, more accurately, expand, twist, and even invert.

To be sure, there would
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The Killers Honor Late Singer Andy Williams With Rendition of 'Moon River' (Video)

The Killers Honor Late Singer Andy Williams With Rendition of 'Moon River' (Video)
The Killers paid tribute to late singer Andy Williams at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday. During their show, the band took a moment to play their own rendition of the crooner's famous “Moon River," a song they've previously played live. “Moon River” became Williams' signature song after a performance at the 1962 Academy Awards where the Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer composition won Best Song. The song is performed by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Video: Andy Williams' 5 Most Iconic Songs Williams hosted an Emmy-winning show, The Andy Williams Show, and had 18

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'Police Woman' Angie Dickinson loves 'Southland,' enjoys being a 'standard bearer'

Angie Dickinson has the credentials to read television's female law enforcers their rights, having been one of the earliest.

The veteran actress went from star of such movies as the original "Ocean's 11" and "The Killers" to home-screen staple in "Police Woman," NBC's "Police Story" spinoff that ran four seasons (1974-78). The show came at a time when women typically weren't drama-series leads ... and when told that other actresses cite her as someone who opened gates for them, Dickinson replies to Zap2it, "It's nice to be a standard bearer."

Ironically, she might not have been the performer who would become Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson. "I happen to know that they wanted Karen Black for the 'Police Story' episode," Dickinson reports, "and as we were shooting that, they said, 'This could make a series.' They didn't have a separate series in mind at all when we started.
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What would a 1970s-era "Expendables" cast look like? We'll tell you

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What would a 1970s-era
Okay, yes, "The Expendables," ended up being better as an "idea" than a reality. Sylvester Stallone gathered a bunch of over-the-hill action stars (including his "Rocky IV" opponent, Dolph Lundgren, and his "Get Carter" pal, Mickey Rourke) for a bloody shoot-'em-up designed to show all the young whippersnappers out there that the old men still got it. The resulting film had its moments but was ultimately too confusing, too haphazard and too, well, expendable.

But what are sequels for if not a chance to make things all better (don't answer that)? Stallone has gathered an even more impressive cast for "The Expendables 2" -- Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme will be contributing to the mayhem this time around, and Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, both of whom only had cameo appearances in the original film, will have much larger roles in the new adventure. And, of course, all of the old gang is back,
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Blu-Ray Review: John Cassavetes Dazzles in ‘Machine Gun McCain’

Chicago – It’s pretty hard for contemporary audiences to look at a title like “Machine Gun McCain,” and not immediately make a political joke out of it. The most obvious one would be, “What’s the sequel called, “‘Pistol-Packing Palin’?” Of course, this minor cult classic came out long before the 2008 election, and was playing in theaters at the same time John McCain was being held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.

The film stars legendary independent filmmaker John Cassavetes, five years after he memorably punched Ronald Reagan in “The Killers.” Cassavetes took acting roles primarily so he could fund his own projects, which were groundbreaking, audacious, uncompromising and fueled entirely by the passion and invention of their cast and crew. That same tireless passion is apparent in several of Cassavetes’s performances, even the ones he was supposedly phoning in. His work in “Machine Gun McCain” single-handedly
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San Sebastian to honor Don Siegel

San Sebastian to honor Don Siegel
Madrid -- Director Don Siegel will be honored with a showcase of his work at the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers announced Tuesday, saying they wanted to look at an outstanding classic moviemaker whose work was not always sufficiently appreciated.

Calling Siegel the "creator of pivotal B-movies such as "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," (1956), renovator of detective movies in the 60s and 70s with "The Killers" (1964) and "Dirty Harry" (1971), and mentor to Clint Eastwood as an actor and director," the festival said it will focus its classic retrospective on his work.

Born in Chicago in 1912, Siegel directed more than 60 movies, including "The Big Steal" (1949), the western "The Duel at Silver Creek" (1952) and, one of the key titles in the arena of political, scientific and extraterrestrial paranoia: "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956).

Siegel, who died in California in 1991, also directed "Escape of Alcatraz," (1979), the last movie to start John Wayne
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Interview: Angie Dickinson on the Big Break, The Rat Pack, ‘Police Woman’

Angie Dickinson has brought her charm and magnetism to a career that has spanned from the Marilyn Monroe era – she was featured in the original “Ocean’s 11” – to grittier movie roles in such cult classics as “Point Blank”, “Dressed to Kill” and Ronald Reagan’s last film,”The Killers”.

But she will always be remembered for her breakthrough TV role as “Pepper” Anderson in 1974’s “Police Woman”. Dickinson was the first lead role female cop character in series television history and laid the foundation for all the women-led action series that followed.

HollywoodChicago.com caught up with still radiant Ms. Dickinson in Chicago at the Hollywood Collector Show. She reminisced about her first big break, her life with the “Rat Pack” and how Pepper was a role model for girls…and boys.

Angie Dickinson talks to director Howard Hawks while John Wayne looks on during the filming of ‘Rio Bravo

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Full Clu Gulager Film Festival Details!

What are you doing tonight? I'm recording a new Dinner for Fiends, but the rest of you in the L.A. area should be heading out to see the Clu Gulager Film Festival, which kicks off tonight at 7:30 Pm with a screening of Dan O'Bannon's punktastic Return of the Living Dead.

The film will be followed by a cast and crew Q&A with the following special guests: Clu Gulager, Dan O'Bannon, James Karen, Don Calfa,

Thom Matthews, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, John Philbin, Jewel

Shepard, Tony Gardner, Kenny Myers and Willian Stout!

The fest continues with a 9:45 Pm showing of Feast while Thursday's flicks consist of another Feast screening at 7:30 Pm with a Q&A with Clu Gulager, John Gulager, Diane Ayala Goldner, Duane Whitaker, Joel Soisson and Kevin O'Neill. This is followed by a second screening of Return.

Friday will bring The Killers showing
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Former President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93

Former President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93
Former President Ronald Reagan, whose career as an actor preceded his highly successful run in politics, died Saturday after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease; he was 93. Reagan died at his home in California, after his health reportedly took a swift turn for the worse, and word of his death was given to news sources on condition of anonymity by a family friend, who also said the Reagan family was currently making funeral arrangements and would issue an official statement later Saturday. "Dutch" Reagan, as he was known in his younger years, started his career as a radio sportscaster in Chicago and moved to Hollywood in 1937, where he became a contract player for Warner Bros., making his debut in Love Is on the Air. Numerous Warner films followed through the 30s and 40s, most notably a supporting role opposite Bette Davis in Dark Victory and the iconic part of George Gipp, aka "the Gipper," in Knute Rockne All American. 1942's Kings Row (where Reagan uttered the memorable line, "Where's the rest of me?") marked a turning point for the actor, and after completing military service during World War II and returning to Hollywood, well-received roles in The Voice of the Turtle, The Hasty Heart, and Storm Warning followed. Alas, most of his post-war films were less than memorable . though Bedtime for Bonzo, in which Reagan was paired with a monkey, became something of a comedy classic . but 1957's Hellcats of the Navy paired him with his second wife, Nancy Davis, whom he married in 1952 (he had previously been married to Oscar-winning actress Jane Wyman from 1940-1948).

TV work followed, though Reagan also began pursuing a career in politics, serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild twice; he also made a notable turn from liberal to conservative in the 60s. Reagan made his last film in 1964 . the acclaimed The Killers opposite Lee Marvin . and successfully ran for governor of California in 1966, a post he held for eight years. Though he lost the Republican party's candidacy for president in 1976, he successfully ran again in 1980, and his eight year term as President, in which he survived an assassination attempt, defined the 80s; the rest, as they say, is history. After his presidency, Reagan's health quickly declined due to Alzheimer's, and was said to have contributed to his rapidly deteriorating mental condition; he lived the rest of his life in seclusion, tended to by his wife. According to news reports, Reagan's body is expected to be taken to his presidential library in Simi Valley, CA, and then flown to Washington to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. A funeral is expected to be at the National Cathedral, with his body to be returned to California for a sunset burial at the library. Living longer than any US President, Reagan is survived by his wife, Nancy, and three children: Michael Reagan, Patti Davis and Ron Reagan Jr. --Prepared by IMDb staff

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