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Richard Hottelet, Last of CBS News ‘Murrow’s Boys,’ Dies At 97

17 December 2014 1:07 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Richard C. Hottelet, the last living member of a group of CBS News correspondents whose work under Edward R. Murrow during World War II helped set a template for broadcast journalism, died Wednesday morning at the age of 97, according to information from CBS.

Hottelet was the last to join a group of what became known as  “Murrow’s Boys,” a group of men — and one woman — who reported from Europe via radio. The others were Mary “Marvin” Breckinridge Patterson, Cecil Brown, Winston Burdett, Larry LeSueur, Charles Collingwood, William Downs, Thomas Grandin, Eric Sevareid, William L. Shirer and Howard K. Smith.

Richard C. Hottelet was the ultimate CBS News reporter,” said Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and executive producer of “60 Minutes,” in a statement. “He was one of the true gentleman reporters, a real ‘Murrow boy,’ an elegant combination of reporter and storyteller.”

Hottelet was the last to join the team, »

- Brian Steinberg

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92-Year-Old WWII Vet Fought 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

11 November 2014 12:25 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Like thousands of other young men in the 1940s, Rupert Starr joined the Army, fought overseas and saw his share of hardship, including several weeks as a German prisoner of war. He returned to Ohio with a Bronze Star for heroism and a secret. Not until his service as a military man was needed once again - this time as an activist against the Pentagon's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy - did Starr, who is gay, slowly step out of the closet. Now 92 and still on the go, Starr - known universally by his family nickname "Twink" - is unabashed »

- Associated Press

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Composer Steven Price Talks The Sounds, Themes And Heart Of Fury

20 October 2014 4:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Director David Ayer’s gripping World War 2 film, Fury, is now in cinemas and took in $23.5M at the box office to claim the #1 spot this weekend.

Over the course of 24 fateful hours, five men of the Sherman Tank “Fury” – Wardaddy, the commander; Boyd Swan, the gunner; Grady Travis, the loader; Trini Garcia, the driver; and Norman, the assistant driver – take on 300 enemy German troops in a desperate battle for survival. Ayer’s movie resonates with common themes of brotherly love, friendship, and trust.

The closing night film at the BFI London Film Festival, Sony Pictures’ Fury stars Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, and Scott EastwoodFury opens in UK cinemas on October 22.

The creative behind the scenes artists are cinematographer Roman Vasyanov,  production designer Andrew Menzies, film editors Dody Dorn, Ace and Jay Cassidy, Ace, costume designer Owen Thornton, and composer Steven Price. »

- Michelle McCue

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Check Out The New Images And Clips From David Ayer’s Fury

6 October 2014 6:41 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

On October 17, director David Ayer’s film Fury opens in theaters. For many whose fathers and grandfathers served during World War II over in Europe, this movie will undoubtedly take on a very personal meaning.

Sony Pictures has released six powerful new clips and photos from the movie.

Fury takes place in late-war Germany, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

“The war’s almost over and this dying elephant – the Nazi empire – is on its last legs,” Ayer explains. “It’s a different world from your usual war movie, where we »

- Michelle McCue

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The Longest Day – The Memorial Day Blu Review

25 May 2014 9:32 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Review by Sam Moffitt

With Memorial Day, Fourth of July and most importantly, another June 6th, (the 70th anniversary of the landing in Normandy called Operation Overlord but always referred to as D-Day) approaching, I thought it appropriate to shine a light on one of the greatest war movies ever made, if not the greatest, which details the invasion of Europe, step by step; Darryl F Zanuck’s super production The Longest Day.

Firstly I have to say, as I’ve said before, I am against war, being a practicing Nicheren Buddhist , a member of the Soka Gakkai International, I do not believe war is necessary. But even before taking up the practice of Buddhism I have questioned every war the United States has become involved in since Vietnam. Yet I also served four years in the Us Navy, in peacetime, true, but I did serve my time and was honorably discharged. »

- Movie Geeks

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Band of Brothers Veteran William Guarnere Dies at 90

10 March 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries Band of Brothers, has died. He was 90. His son, William Guarnere Jr., confirmed Sunday that his father died at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Guarnere was rushed to the hospital early Saturday and died of a ruptured aneurysm early Saturday night. "He had a good, long life," his son said. The HBO miniseries, based on a book by Stephen Ambrose, followed the members of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from training in Georgia in 1942 through some of the war's »

- Associated Press

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Revisiting Band Of Brothers: Bastogne

2 March 2014 11:21 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Robert Keeling 3 Mar 2014 - 06:58

Rob's daily Band Of Brothers look-back comes to one of the series' most powerful and striking episodes...

Read the previous part in this series, here.

The events depicted in this episode take place during the bloody Battle of the Bulge, a last-ditch German offensive in the Ardennes forest which caught Allied forces by surprise and proved to be the deadliest battle of the war for the United States Army. For me, this is one of the most powerful and striking episodes of the entire series. In Bastogne, we find Easy Company facing some truly terrible conditions and struggling against the odds to hold their position. At the outset, the real Easy veterans remind us that they were lacking in equipment and ammo, couldn’t get resupplied and the German forces had them zeroed in

Upon entering Bastogne, Easy Company had no winter clothes, next to no food, »

- louisamellor

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Revisiting Band Of Brothers: Crossroads

27 February 2014 9:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Robert Keeling 28 Feb 2014 - 06:15

Rob's daily Band Of Brothers look-back reaches the half-way point with Tom Hanks-directed episode, Crossroads...

Read the previous part in this series, here.

Crossroads is another episode with Dick Winters as the focal point and it starts off with the real men of Easy telling us just what a great leader and model soldier he was. They are all quick to point out that he was never shy about leading from the front and when he was Easy’s commander, he was always the first man into battle.  

The episode itself plays out partly in flashback as Winters, now in effective Battalion command, sets about writing up his numerous reports on the recent events that have effected Easy. It’s clear throughout this episode that while Dick is proud and content to be a high ranking officer, he misses the camaraderie and closeness »

- louisamellor

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Revisiting Band Of Brothers

23 February 2014 8:29 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Robert Keeling 24 Feb 2014 - 07:00

Over the next fortnight, we revisit each episode of HBO's superlative war drama, Band Of Brothers. Here's Rob's look at the series opener...

It’s been over twelve years since the ten-part miniseries Band Of Brothers first aired and it remains an incredibly visceral and evocative piece of war drama. Over the course of its ten episodes, the series allows us to become immersed in the difficult and often terrifying experiences the men of Easy Company faced during World War Two and brings into sharp focus the brutal and horrific reality of armed conflict.

The series traces its roots back to American historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s book of the same name. Ambrose’s Band of Brothers was an insightful piece of military history focusing on one specific cog in the wider military machine of World War Two. That crucial cog was Easy Company, »

- louisamellor

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The Monuments Men: a rickety plot ruins this relic hunt

20 February 2014 8:52 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

George Clooney's epic about second world war art theft gets the true story of these art sleuths right, but needs to be liberated from too much material and a wayward plot

George Clooney calls for Mona Lisa to be returned to Italy

Monuments Men (2014)

Director: George Clooney

Entertainment grade: C

History grade: B

The Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives programme was a group of men and women in the Allied armies who protected and preserved treasures during the second world war, and later found and returned art stolen by the Nazis.


It's March 1943. Belgian monks hide their altarpieces, a swastika flag flutters in front of the Eiffel Tower, and Adolf Hitler is pilfering art from all over Europe to build a collection for his planned Führermuseum. Meanwhile, in the Us, museum curator Frank Stokes (George Clooney) tries to persuade American commanders that European art is worth saving. "This is Da Vinci's Last Supper, »

- Alex von Tunzelmann

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Review: The Monuments Men

7 February 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

When my friend jokingly asked before our screening of The Monuments Men if this would be like an Ocean's Eleven part 4, she wasn't far off. Actor/director George Clooney assembles a cast of heavy-hitters for this World War II dramedy and only barely taps into their talent. I have a feeling the actors were having a better time chumming around together off the lot than we did watching the resulting movie.

Clooney's film is based on a group of men past conscription age -- art historians, architects and art directors -- who volunteer to go to Europe to save important works of Western art from Nazi capture or destruction. The characters all have names, but with the lack of any real character introduction or development, good luck remembering them. I could only keep the people straight by recognizing the actors involved. 

John Goodman and Bill Murray play architects, Bob Balaban »

- Elizabeth Stoddard

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‘The Monuments Men’ wastes an excellent ensemble in a dull, uninspired WWII-set heist story

6 February 2014 9:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Monuments Men

Written by George Clooney and Grant Heslov

Directed by George Clooney

USA and Germany, 2014

The high-school history teachers of the world, or at least of the United States, can breathe easy, because they’ll have a new movie to add to their collections soon enough. Right before exam week, they can pop in The Monuments Men, a dull and flat period piece that takes a genuinely interesting nugget of a premise based on a true story and sands it down to a nub, removing all trace of personality within. Because the film’s co-writer and director, George Clooney, has assembled an all-star lineup with which to surround himself, The Monuments Men is not an entirely wasted affair, but it is absolutely a disappointing one.

Clooney plays Frank Stokes, an art professor who pleads his case to President Roosevelt in the middle of World War II, about the »

- Josh Spiegel

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8 Most Brutal World War II Battles

2 February 2014 8:06 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

World War II was the single most brutal and destructive conflict in human history. It not only changed the map of the world and led to an era of mutual hostility, but it also was the battleground for some of the most horrifying and cruel battles of all time. Whether the European, Asian or Mediterranean theater, millions were killed in operations and defenses which, whilst proving either tactically superior or inferior, were costly in terms of humans lives.

Some battles were worse than others, however, and have remained in the memories of those involved (and who survived) for years since. They have also, more often than not, proved to be crucial in determining the outcome of the conflict. They also demonstrated how little remorse or care was shown to both soldiers and civilians.

This list will try to show how brutal »

- Sam Orchard

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Bernard Glasser, Producer of ‘Day of the Triffids,’ Dies at 89

6 January 2014 6:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bernard Glasser, who financed the Three Stooges’ film “Gold Raiders” before teaming with Edward Bernds on low-budget films such as “Day of the Triffids” and “The Return of the Fly,” died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 89.

Born in Chicago, Glasser started out as a substitute teacher at Beverly Hills High, then started working as a production assistant. In 1950, he bought an old studio and turned it into rental lot Keywest Studio, where producers such as Roger Corman filmed movies such as “The Fast and the Furious.”

Glasser and Bernds then teamed on a series of movies for Robert L. Lippert’s Regal Films such as “Space Master X-7″ and “Return of the Fly,” starring Vincent Price. After parting with Regal, he went on to produce “Battle of the Bulge,” “Crack in the World,” “The Thin Red Line,” “Bikini Paradise” and 1963 cult sci-fi pic “The Day of the Triffids.” He »

- Variety Staff

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