11 items from 2015
The film celebrates its 40th anniversary this week. It opened Sept. 26, 1975, advertised with the iconic poster of a lipsticked mouth with the tagline “A different set of jaws” — a reference to Steven Spielberg’s shark movie, which had opened three months earlier.
Execs at 20th Century Fox knew they had an unusual film which would require a different approach to marketing. Before the film’s U.S. premiere at Los Angeles’ UA Westwood theater, Fox hired a promotion company to distribute flyers to people in line at other films, concerts and clubs, at beaches “and other spots where youth gathers,” said a Daily Variety story at the time. The company handed out 100,000 flyers in the eight weeks before the film opened, which included postage-paid envelopes »
- Tim Gray
With a very heavy heart, we present our tribute to one of Bollywood’s finest music composers, Aadesh Srivastava, who sadly lost his battle with cancer. Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Srivastava and Pandit family. Aadeshji has two sons, Avitesh and Anivesh, with his wife Vijayta Pandit, who is sister of the famous Music Director duo Jatin-Lalit.
Aadeshji was not only a music director but also a background score composer. He gave the background score to many films, such as Humraaz, Ye Hai Jalwa and Paheli, the latter being one of our favorite and most noted background scores.
Before we take a look at our favourite songs composed by Aadeshji, here are some special tributes from his colleagues within the music industry that have had the chance to work with him and meet him over the years:
Himesh Reshammiya – Music Director/Singer/Actor/Producer
“It’s very sad to hear about Aadesh Ji, »
- Jem Raj
“Who sends dead flowers to a funeral? It’s absurd!”
Harold And Maude screens midnights this weekend (September 11th and 12th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their Reel Late at The Tivoli midnight series.
The Tivoli is going old-school this weekend with its Reel Late at The Tivoli midnight series. It’s Harold And Maude, which I saw at the Tiv back in the late ‘70s, one of the very first films I ever saw there. Harold And Maude was a midnight perennial in my youth, but seems to have fallen off the cult movie radar (King Of Hearts, which I saw double-billed with Harold And Maude in my youth, has suffered a similar fate).
Harold And Maude is a funny and quirky May-December romance from 1971 between 20-something morbid rich kid Harold with a holocaust-survivor Maude who is approaching her 80th. Both are enthusiastic funeral-crashers Harold is a »
- Tom Stockman
Director Philippe De Broca (King of Hearts) directed this spy spoof at the apex of Bondmania in 1964 and transformed easy-going art-house favorite Jean-Paul Belmondo into a box office mega-star. Featuring a fast-paced globe-trotting chase for an Amazonian statue, That Man From Rio is more Indiana Jones than James Bond but French audiences didn’t care, making it the 5th highest earner at theaters that year. Co-starring the ethereal Françoise Dorléac and sporting an actual Bond villain, Adolfo Celi, the film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. Watch it here. »
- Trailers From Hell
Director Philippe De Broca (King of Hearts) directed this spy spoof at the apex of Bondmania in 1964 and transformed easy-going art-house favorite Jean-Paul Belmondo into a box office mega-star. Featuring a fast-paced globe-trotting chase for an Amazonian statue, That Man From Rio is more Indiana Jones than James Bond but French audiences didn’t care, making it the 5th highest earner at theaters that year. Co-starring the ethereal Françoise Dorléac and sporting an actual Bond villain, Adolfo Celi, the film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.
- TFH Team
“You’Re Tearing Me Apart, Lisa!”
Another great lineup of midnight movies for the ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ for late July through early September. It’s a typically good variety of titles that will draw the late night movie buff crowd and a couple of retro surprises are to be found. The Midnight Movie experience has always catered to a college-age crowd and that’s the way it should be. When I was that age, in the early ’80s, midnight standards included A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Graduate (1967), Night Of The Living Dead (1968), King Of Hearts (1966), and Harold And Maude (1971). Those last two haven’t shown in many years. King Of Hearts especially seems to have fallen off the cult movie radar , so imagine my surprise when I saw that the Tivoli had Harold And Maude as part of their new line-up. That’ll be some old school midnight fun »
- Tom Stockman
Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan was spotted in high spirits at Dadasaheb Phalke Awards! The superstar, who was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award 2015 for his performance in film Happy New Year, broke into an impromptu jig. Politician Amar Singh who bestowed the honour to Srk was also stunned! Take a look at how the King Khan stole the show at the awards function.
Srk shows his sign of victory to the shutterbugs!
Amar Singh honours Bollywood Badshah with the Award
After winning the prestigious award, Shah Rukh breaks into an impromptu jig.
The King of hearts entertains everyone with his signature style.
He also gels with Jaya Pradha and exchanges pleasantries.
Later Srk greets his fans! »
Two of director Philippe de Broca’s earliest renowned titles get new restorations and are available for the first time on Blu-ray, That Man From Rio (1964) and Up to His Ears (1965), the first two titles from a loose James Bond spoof trilogy featuring Jean-Paul Belmondo. Certainly ahead of his time, de Broca’s amusing adventure films are much more than the kind of lowbrow entertainment that would come to typify the genre known as spoof, and this became a notable inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones films, particularly 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Inspired by the adventures of Belgian cartoonist Herge’s Tintin adventures (which also provided the basis for a 2011 Steven Spielberg adaptation), a prized Amazonian statue is stolen from a Parisian museum. Three such statues left South American on an expedition that involved the late father of Agnes (Francoise Dorleac) and and two colleagues. Professor Catalan »
- Nicholas Bell
The 'King Of Hearts' Shah Rukh Khan is a superstar in real terms! His movies has not only minted monies at Box-office but also created a ripple effect among the masses! Take a look at 5 of his cult films that created a rage and when people followed him diligently:
Ddlj: When Srk-Kajol's Ddlj released way back, it tugged the heartstrings of thousands from young, middle-aged to old alike. Such was the effect of the film that girls felt love was all about 'finding their raj' and boys idolised Srk's ways of fighting his way to get the love of his life. And till date it is considered as one of the ideal films to take a cue from. »
He can make any woman on earth go weak in the knees with his charming ways! Yes folks you guessed it right. We are talking about our very own 'badshah of romance' Shah Rukh Khan. When our superstar decides to romance someone, he does it in style! Over the years he has done a variety of romantic films. Many ladies, many avatars albeit with the same charm and charisma every time. As the King of hearts drove the actresses crazy on-screen with his antics, we too learnt a lesson or two as to how to woo a girl. Here are the 10 love fundas which guys should learn from Shah Rukh 'Romantic' Khan to impress a girl:
Dialoguebaazi: Though its li'l filmy, it can surely flatter any girl. When Srk said the lines 'Haar Ke Jeetne Waale Ko Baazigar Kehte Hai' in the film Baazighar, Kajol at once lost her heart to him! »
Qui aime les films français ?
If you do and you live in St. Louis, you’re in luck! The Seventh Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series begins March 13th. The Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1930s through the early 1990s, offering a comprehensive overview of French cinema. The fest is annually highlighted by significant restorations.
This year features recent restorations of eight works, including an extended director’s cut of Patrice Chéreau’s historical epic Queen Margot a New York-set film noir (Two Men In Manhattan) by crime-film maestro Jean-Pierre Melville, who also co-stars; a short feature (“A Day in the Country”) by Jean Renoir, on a double bill with the 2006 restoration of his masterpiece, The Rules Of The Game, and the »
- Tom Stockman
11 items from 2015
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