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The Valachi Papers

Charles Bronson plays a real-life Mafiosi in a period picture with a fine script, some good performances and a production so sloppy that the whole thing could be called The Anachronism Papers. Joseph Wiseman and Lino Ventura bring additional tough-guy star-power, and Bronson actually commits himself to the role — quite a change of pace for one of his later pictures.

The Valachi Papers

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1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 125 min. / Street Date June 13, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura, Jill Ireland, Walter Chiari, Joseph Wiseman, Gerald S. O’Loughlin, Amedeo Nazzari, Fausto Tozzi, Pupella Maggio, Angelo Infanti, Guido Leontini.

Cinematography: Aldo Tonti

Film Editor: Johnny Dwyre, Monica Finzi

Original Music: Riz Ortolani, Armando Trovajoli

Written by Stephen Geller from the novel by Peter Maas

Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Roger Duchet

Directed by Terence Young

In 2001 I received the plum assignment of editing a
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Michael Parks, Kill Bill and From Dusk Till Dawn Actor, Passes Away at 77

Michael Parks, Kill Bill and From Dusk Till Dawn Actor, Passes Away at 77
Genre actor and Quentin Tarantino favorite Michael Parks has passed away at the age of 77. The actor died this morning, though the official cause of his death has not yet been confirmed. Director Kevin Smith, who collaborated with the actor several times in recent years, first broke the news.

Kevin Smith used his personal Instagram to break the news, announcing that Michael Parks was no longer with us. Parks worked with Kevin Smith on his movies Red State and Tusk, which Smith says he wrote specifically for the actor. Michael Parks was also originally supposed to star in Yoga Hosers, but for health reasons, he wasn't able to take the part. Here's what Kevin Smith had to say about the late actor in his Instagram post.

"I hate to report that my cinematic muse #michaelparks has passed away. Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I've ever known.
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Michael Parks, Character Actor in ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Tusk,’ Dies at 77

Michael Parks, Character Actor in ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Tusk,’ Dies at 77
Michael Parks, a character actor with over 100 film and television credits, has died. He was 77.

Parks’ agent announced that the actor died on Tuesday.

Parks was born in Corona, Calif., where his early jobs included picking fruit, digging ditches, driving trucks, and fighting forest fires. His film career began in 1961, when he played the nephew of the character George Mac Michael on the ABC sitcom “The Real McCoys.”

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His other early roles include Adam in John Huston’s 1966 religious drama “The Bible: In the Beginning,” the NBC series “Sam Benedict,” and the medical drama “The Eleventh Hour.”

The prolific actor had a late-career surge, working with directors including Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez. In the first and second “Kill Bill” movies he played Texas Ranger Earl McGraw and Esteban Vihaio.

While he mostly made his career in villainous turns and supporting roles,
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Michael Parks, Character Actor in ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Tusk,’ Dies at 77

Michael Parks, Character Actor in ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Tusk,’ Dies at 77
Michael Parks, a character actor with over 100 film and television credits, has died. He was 77.

Parks’ agent announced that the actor died on Tuesday.

Parks was born in Corona, Calif., where his early jobs included picking fruit, digging ditches, driving trucks, and fighting forest fires. His film career began in 1961, when he played the nephew of the character George Mac Michael on the ABC sitcom “The Real McCoys.”

His other early roles include Adam in John Huston’s 1966 religious drama “The Bible: In the Beginning,” the NBC series “Sam Benedict,” and the medical drama “The Eleventh Hour.”

The prolific actor had a late-career surge, working with directors including Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez. In the first and second “Kill Bill” movies he played Texas Ranger Earl McGraw and Esteban Vihaio.

While he mostly made his career in villainous turns and supporting roles, Parks also dabbled in the spotlight. In
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Italian Actor Gabriele Ferzetti, Co-Star Of Antonioni’s ‘L’Avventura,’ Dies At 90

Italian Actor Gabriele Ferzetti, Co-Star Of Antonioni’s ‘L’Avventura,’ Dies At 90
Rome – Gabriele Ferzetti, the silently seductive Italian actor who rose to international prominence during the 1950’s and 60’s, when he played a dissolute playboy opposite Monica Vitti in Michelangelo Antonioni’s melancholy masterpiece “L'Avventura,” died in Rome on Wednesday. He was 90.

Ferzetti’s stage, screen and TV career spanned seven decades all the way to his role as a Milanese patriarch in Luca Guadagnino’s “I Am Love,” in 2009.

His more memorable international credits – among more than 160 titles – comprise playing Lot in John Huston’s “The Bible,” the role of Morton the railroad baron in “Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West,” and mob boss Draco in 1969 James Bond pic “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”

In Italy Ferzetti worked with many of the best directors of his day, including opposite Gina Lollobrigida in Mario Soldati’s “La Provinciale,” with Elio Petri (“We Still Kill The Old Way”), Ettore Scola,
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God’s IMDb: A History of Actors Playing the Almighty

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God’s IMDb: A History of Actors Playing the Almighty
God comes to Broadway this month in the form of Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who will portray the Almighty in the new comedy An Act of God. But he’s not the first to portray the man upstairs. Here’s a history of Gods in movies, TV, and theater.Rex Ingram, The Green Pastures, 1936 Ingram starred as “De Lawd” in this adaptation of several Biblical stories, which featured an all-black cast. Charlton Heston (voice), The Ten Commandments, 1956 Heston wasn’t just Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s classic. He also provided God’s booming voice. John Huston (voice), The Bible, 1966 Along with directing and playing Noah, Huston handled voice-over duties for the Almighty. Jeff Chandler, Elizabeth I, 1972This Broadway show told the story of Elizabethan performers trying to mount a play about their queen. Among other characters, Chandler played an actor playing God. Stephen Elliott, The Creation of
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Photography Begins on Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-hur

Ben-hur is returning to the big screen!

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Ben-hur starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) as Esther.

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ.

The epic 1959 film was directed by William Wyler and starred Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Sam Jaffe and Hugh Griffith. It won 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The magnificent score is by composer Miklós Rózsa.

Watch the trailer Here.

The producers are Sean Daniel (“The Mummy” franchise), Mark Burnett (“Son Of God”), Joni Levin (“The Way Back
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December 30th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include A Good Marriage, Tusk

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As we gear up for 2015, we’ve got another light week of home entertainment releases. Kevin Smith’s oddball horror/comedy Tusk makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on Tuesday, as well as the horror thriller A Good Marriage, based on the Stephen King story Full Dark, No Stars.

Several indie horror films are also getting released this week and the classic Peter Cushing film The Hound of the Baskervilles is getting a high-def upgrade on Blu-ray too.

Spotlight Titles:

Stephen King’s A Good Marriage (Screen Media, DVD)

Darcy and Bob have just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with family and friends. The couple is praised for having what is, by all indications, is a good marriage. But Darcy is about to discover her marriage is anything but ideal. Local newscasts are reporting the brutal death of a young woman. The police visit Darcy and Bob’s home. Darcy
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Huston to Follow Heston as Ben-Hur Casting Announced

Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale
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Spotlight on the underrated Michael Parks in ‘Tusk’

Whenever articles are written about the best veteran actors in Hollywood, one particular name is always unjustly excluded. That name? Well, Michael Parks of course. The man has always been a respected character actor in the industry (especially earlier on in his career), but up until the last few years it’s really only been Quentin Tarantino putting him on the proper pedestal. Recently though, filmmaker Kevin Smith has picked up that mantle, highlighting him in both Red State and this week’s new outing Tusk. Smith has done more than his part to get Parks into the spotlight, and man does he deserve it. Parks is likely best known for his role in the show Then Came Bronson, which really put him on the map. Prior to that, he’d been known for a variety of TV movies and his parts in both The Bible: In the Beginning…
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The James Clayton Column: The Biblical blockbuster comeback?

Feature James Clayton 4 Apr 2014 - 06:39

As Noah arrives in cinemas, and with Ridley Scott's Exodus around the corner, James ponders the return of the biblical epic...

"Then God said, 'Let there be Industrial Light & Magic'; and there was Industrial Light & Magic." (Genesis: A New Hope. 1:3)

It is the Year of our Lord 2014 (other Lords and religiously-orientated calendar systems are available) and things are getting old-school. To be precise, things are getting Old Testament. They're bringing the Bible back into movie theatres, for this year sees the release of two major movie adaptations of Judeo-Christian scripture.

Those two film events are a Noah - currently sailing into cinemas worldwide - and an Exodus, which is set to occur in December. Though it feels a bit disrespectful to compare holy writ with public transport, the well-known idiom about waiting for buses feels apt here. Perhaps singing "the Old Testament films came two-by-two,
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Film Review: ‘Noah’

Film Review: ‘Noah’
Having made movies about obsessive characters looking for God — or something like Him — in the numerology of the Kabbalah (“Pi”), at the end of a heroin needle (“Requiem for a Dream”), and in the outer reaches of the galaxy (“The Fountain”), surely it was only a matter of time before Darren Aronofsky got to making one about a man with a direct line to the Creator. And so we have “Noah,” in which the world’s most famous shipwright becomes neither the Marvel-sized savior suggested by the posters nor the “environmentalist wacko” prophesied by some test-screening Cassandras, but rather a humble servant driven to the edge of madness in his effort to do the Lord’s bidding. Counterintuitive, perhaps, but by no means sacrilegious, Aronofsky’s uneven but undeniably bold, personal, visually extravagant take on the Old Testament tale will surely polarize critics and audiences while riding a high sea
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Everything Must Go – review

Will Ferrell plays it straight as a bitter alcoholic in Dan Rush's finely observed adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story

The novel long preceded the short story, and in his celebrated history of the short story Walter Allen calls Walter Scott's "The Two Drovers", written in the early 19th century, the first fully achieved example of the genre. It is a more difficult form to master, as well as being generally less lucrative; journalists who've made a name writing for newspapers seek publishers' contracts to write novels rather than try their hands at short stories.

Paradoxically, perhaps, short stories are better suited to the cinema than novels are, whether they conclude with O Henry-style twists in the tail or Chekhovian epiphanies to be absorbed. John Huston, who took on both The Bible and Moby-Dick in his prime, had his two greatest late successes with film versions of classic stories,
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Venice trash

Jury president neither shaken nor stirred by ex-wife's marriage, resentment simmers over Polanski's failure to credit screenwriter, and a banned Chinese film-maker heads home

All aboard as Ark sets sail

Jury president Darren Aronofsky was gliding about the opening night party on the Excelsior beach in a velvet Gucci dinner jacket. The director, who won the Golden Lion for The Wrestler three years ago, looked trim and happy despite recent upheavals in his private life – his ex-wife Rachel Weisz married James Bond. "I'm just getting on with prepping my next movie," he told me. After the success of Black Swan, Aronofsky can command the budget he needs for his long-cherished film Noah's Ark. "It's a proper, old-school Biblical epic," he said. "No one's really done it, except for a segment in John Huston's film The Bible, when Huston himself played Noah. So I'm going all out, floods, real animals,
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Cinematic revolutions: the ideas that drove movies

From innovative camerawork in the 20s to the Dogme manifesto in the 90s, here are medium-defining moments in film history

There's a great moment in Carol Reed's Odd Man Out: James Mason spills a drink, looks into its bubbles, and sees his troubles in them. Twenty years later, Jean-Luc Godard, who admired Reed, had a similar scene in his movie Two or Three Things I Know About Her. Ten years after that, Martin Scorsese had Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver stare into the bubbles of a drink. Scorsese is a fan of Reed and Godard. To watch such a visual idea pass from film-maker to film-maker is to look into the DNA of the movies.

Cinema has been the autobiography of our times, glammed up like biographies often are. But the hoopla about its box office, the pay packets of movie stars and the production costs of blockbusters
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Quentin Tarantino to give Franco Nero's western an acting shot

Pulp Fiction director to play a bandit in Django star's upcoming The Angel, the Brute and the Wise

Quentin Tarantino is set to return to acting with a role in Franco Nero's upcoming western The Angel, the Brute and the Wise.

Nero, the Italian star of Sergio Corbucci's classic spaghetti western Django, will direct and star in the film. On casting Tarantino, he told Box Office Magazine: "I made him [Tarantino] sign a letter of intent saying that he would do the movie. I am sure that very soon we will do it." The director also confirmed that The Angel, the Brute and the Wise will be a homage to John Huston (who cast him in 1966's The Bible: In the Beginning) and Sergio Leone, the godfather of the spaghetti western genre.

Tarantino is thought to be playing one of three bandits that Nero's character will kill with
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Interview: Franco Nero on Django & Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained!

Franco Nero has been around. Since his star turn in the iconic Spaghetti Western Django, the Parma born movie star has appeared in more than 150 films, spanning all four corners of the globe. He’s been in musicals like Camelot (with his future wife Vanessa Redgrave), pumped up 80s action films like Die Hard 2, cop thrillers (The Marseille Connection), comedies (Cippola Colt) and even Bruce Lee inspired martial arts movies like Enter the Ninja.

“I did everything,” he explains,

“I think I’m the only actor who’s worked with the cinematography of all nations. I’ve done movies with a Brazilian director, an Australian director, films in Russia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, from all over the world. So I’ve had a lot of fun. Why not?”

Nero is in town to attend this year’s Cine Excess Film Festival, a three day conference on global cult cinema where
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'They call all my movies Django'

'In Germany they call all my movies Django': Franco Nero tells how everywhere he goes, even today, people shout Django, the name of the 1966 film he credits with giving him a great career

Everyone has a first love and mine was the western. When I was a child and dreamed of the movies, it was always as a cowboy on a white horse. Every actor wants to make a western. But when I was offered Django, I didn't want to do it. It was movies. I studied at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano: I was a theatre actor. I had done a few films – I was actually discovered by John Huston, who made me Abel in his movie of The Bible.

But I agreed. Django was a fast shoot. We started in December 1965; it was out by March 1966. There was no real script: in the Christmas break Bruno Corbucci,
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A Week Of Discoveries on DVD* (Not Requiring a Gun to Find Them)

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Meskada" (2010)

Directed by Josh Sternfeld

Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

When this thriller premiered at Tribeca this past spring, Alison Willmore wrote, "the second film from writer/director Josh Sternfeld ("Winter Solstice") has ambitions reaching beyond being a straightforward police procedural," though critics, including her, were mixed about the end result. Nick Stahl and Rachel Nichols star as small-town sleuths who investigate a botched home invasion case that claims the life of a young child in an affluent community and enflames class divisions when the main suspects are from the poorer community nearby. Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep's second daughter to go into the family profession, makes her film debut.

"Anywhere USA" (2008)

Directed by Chusy Haney-Jardine

Released by Cinevolve Studios

Winner of a Spirit of Independence prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Chusy Haney-Jardine's collection of three comic vignettes involves a
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Franco Nero Announced his next Project is with Quentin Tarantino

Italian actor and one-time spaghetti western star Franco Nero announced his involvement with Quentin Tarantino in his next feature, a spaghetti western no doubt, which will also star Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz. The announcement came from Nero when speaking at the Los Angeles Italia festival where his latest effort, Pasquale Squitieri‘s Father made its world premiere. Nero was quoted saying:

“The film will be called The Angel, The Bad And The Wise and is a tribute to Sergio Leone. It’s a movie that contains humor, lots of action, but also a great plot,” Nero said (via Movieplayer). “We have already been signed by a dozen people who will be part of project. Among the filmmakers involved include Quentin Tarantino , Keith Carradine, Treat Williams, fifteen people in all Americans who want to do this movie and so we are trying to produce it outside of Italy.”

There has
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