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The Furniture: Camelot, a Silly and Furry Place

"The Furniture," by Daniel Walber, is our weekly series on Production Design. You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail.

Back in August, I wrote about two dramatically different ways of portraying Arthurian Legend on screen. To recap: the bright silliness of Knights of the Round Table (1953) looks like psychedelic compared to the bland grit of King Arthur (2004) and the gruff, imperial fantasia of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017). But even these at least share a mild interest in engaging with English historical design. Camelot (1967), on the other hand, is a flighty fantasy of utter nonsense.

Of course, this is why it’s such a delight to watch. It’s a furry, oversexed epic that sends its glamorous cast out into magical forests to sing Lerner and Loewe songs at the top of their extravagantly-adorned lungs. The film won Oscars for production designer John Truscott,
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Exclusive Portrait, Audio: Vanessa Redgrave at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – The luminous and legendary movie star Vanessa Redgrave was given a tribute at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival on October 16th, 2017. The Oscar-winning actress also directed a documentary that she brought to the festival, an overview of the world’s refugee crisis entitled “Sea Sorrow.” HollywoodChicago.com talked to Redgrave, and photographer Joe Arce took the Exclusive Portrait.

Vanessa Redgrave at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

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Vanessa Redgrave was born into a famous British family of actors, daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave. She rose to prominence in 1961, portraying Rosalind in “As You Like It” for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has since performed in over 35 stage productions on London’s West End and Broadway, winning a Tony in 2003 for “A Long Day’s Journey into Night.” Her film career is equally eminent, as she has been nominated six times for Academy Awards,
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‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’ Review: Guy Ritchie’s Reinvention Is Definitely Not Your Father’s ‘Camelot’

It has been 50 years since Warner Bros released its adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot. Now the studio is back on the King Arthur bandwagon with a wildly different take on the famous mythical world of the Knights of the Round Table. This new version actually is more like British Punks of the Round Table as director Guy Ritchie creates a brand-new backstory for Arthur in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Since the romantic and gorgeously designed world of C…
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50th Anniversary: the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival

by Nathaniel R

Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave at Cannes '67Fifty years ago on this very day over in France the 20th annual Cannes Film Festival opened with the French film I Killed Rasputin directed by Robert Hossein. The jury was headed by the influential Italian director Alessandro and featured both Shirley Maclaine and Vincente Minnelli, two of our favorites.

When the festival closed that year the awards were spread out (as they should be) with lots of countries winning something. The Palme d'Or went to Michelangelo Antonioni's brilliant Blowup at the end of the festival (a film we tried to interest y'all in a few years ago to crickets. *sniffle*). Check out Vanessa Redgrave's frankly awesome full-body get-up on the red carpet with her then brand new lover Franco Nero (of Camelot fame). They finally married 11 years ago!

Both of the acting prizes went to young actors.
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27 Things We Learned from Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ Commentary

“Before I said I was going to do Finian’s Rainbow I should have read the book.”Finian’s Rainbow (1968)

Commentator: Francis Ford Coppola (director)

1. Regarding the film’s opening frame featuring the word “overture” onscreen, he says it’s because this was what was referred to as a roadshow production. “They were like a night at the theater. You were given a program, it was an event, and as you came to your seat there was an overture playing.” It’s a long absent format, but Quentin Tarantino recently revived it for some screenings of The Hateful Eight.

2. He says a benefit of 70mm productions was that “the soundtrack would be in six-track magnetic stereophonic sound and was very high quality.”

3. The Warner Bros/Seven Arts logo reminds him of his time spent at the latter company working as a staff writer when they bought WB. “It was quite a coincidence related to my directing this
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Jackie review – a symphony of grief at the White House

Natalie Portman is extraordinary as JFK’s widow, but the real star of Pablo Larraín’s kaleidoscopic film is Mica Levi’s score

In its 6 December 1963 issue, Life magazine published “An Epilogue” for John F Kennedy which enshrined an idea that would come to define his legacy. Citing the Lerner and Loewe musical beloved by her husband, Jackie Kennedy told reporter Theodore H White: “There’ll be great presidents again… but there’ll never be another Camelot.” It was an idea that stuck, effectively immortalising JFK’s all-too-brief tenure in the White House as a lost golden age. “Don’t let it be forgot,” Jackie kept repeating, “that there once was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.”

A fictionalised version of this encounter provides the framework for the Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s Jackie, a dizzying kaleidoscope of reconstruction, reportage and reinvention that mirrors
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David and Bathsheba

David and Bathsheba

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1951 / Color / 1:37 flat Academy / 116 min. / Street Date January 10, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey, Kieron Moore, James Robertson Justice, Jayne Meadows, George Zucco, Francis X. Bushman, Gwen Verdon

Cinematography: Leon Shamroy

Art Direction: George Davis, Lyle Wheeler

Film Editor: Barbara McLean

Original Music: Alfred Newman

Written by: Philip Dunne

Produced by: Darryl F. Zanuck

Directed by Henry King

Right in the middle of WW2, 20th Fox struck religious pay dirt with two respectful religion-themed movies, one about a miracle and another about the hard life of a priest. Each created a new Hollywood star. Five years later there began a regular Hollywood Bible War. In 1949 Cecil B. DeMille released his first Biblical epic in Technicolor, Samson and Delilah, throwing violence, sex and hammy acting at the screen in even measure. MGM bounced back with a tremendous production of
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‘Padmé’ Trailer Is a Morbid Mashup of Natalie Portman in ‘Jackie’ and ‘Star Wars’ — Watch

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‘Padmé’ Trailer Is a Morbid Mashup of Natalie Portman in ‘Jackie’ and ‘Star Wars’ — Watch
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical “Camelot” features prominently in “Jackie,” which isn’t the first time Natalie Portman has portrayed a kind of royalty. She also played Queen Padmé Amidala in the “Star Wars” prequels, and now the clever, inevitable mashup trailer for “Padmé” has arrived courtesy of filmmaker Nelson Carvajal. Watch it below.

Read More: ‘Jackie’ Exclusive Featurette: Natalie Portman, Pablo Larraín and The Rest of the Cast Discuss Jackie Kennedy Biopic

Accompanied by the music from the first trailer for “Jackie” (which is itself lifted from, you guessed it, “Camelot”), images from episodes I, II and III remind us of the agony and ecstasy (but mostly agony) of the monarch’s romance with Anakin Skywalker — Aka the future Darth Vader. “Episode III” has a grand funeral procession just as surely as “Jackie” does, albeit for a very different character.

Read More: ‘Jackie’: How Pablo Larraín
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Meet JFK’s Alleged Mistresses – and How Some Met Mysterious Ends

Meet JFK’s Alleged Mistresses – and How Some Met Mysterious Ends
What did Jackie really know? Get new details about her complicated marriage to JFK, suicidal despair after his death and how she found the strength to go on. Subscribe now to get instant access to this Kennedy confidential, only in People!

Tales of President John F. Kennedy‘s infidelities during his 10-year marriage to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy have circulated for more than half a century.

In this week’s cover story, People profiles some of the women who claimed or were reported to be involved with the 35th president. Here’s what we know.

Judith Exner

Exner, who served
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Watch Natalie Portman Shine in New Jackie Teaser Trailer, Oscar Buzz Building for Her Portrayal of Iconic First Lady

Watch Natalie Portman Shine in New Jackie Teaser Trailer, Oscar Buzz Building for Her Portrayal of Iconic First Lady
Get ready to see a lot of Natalie Portman this award season. The actress, who took home an Oscar for her work in 2010's Black Swan, will likely earn many nominations for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie, the upcoming Fox Searchlight film about the first lady's hours and days following JFK's assassination. A new teaser trailer opens with Portman looking out from a car at the thousands of people who lined the streets for the president's funeral procession in 1963. Richard Harris singing the title song from Camelot plays over the footage. We then see Portman as Jackie celebrating their son John F. Kennedy Jr.'s third birthday, her iconic televised tour of the White House and a...
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Trailer Watch: Pablo Larraín’s Jackie

Revealing enough but not too much is this first teaser trailer for Pablo Larraín’s Jackie, for me, one of the best films of the year. Natalie Portman stars as the widowed First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, in the days following her husband’s assassination. In addition to being a bold psychological portrait, it’s also a clear-eyed dissection of the Camelot myth, referenced here, ironically, through Richard Harris’ singing.
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Coming Distractions: Camelot haunts the teaser for Natalie Portman’s Jackie

The first teaser for Pablo Larraín’s Jackie, which stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy, invites you to remember Camelot and enter the striking world of this film, which defies biopic conventions. The trailer opens with the sounds of the finale from the Lerner and Loewe musical about the Arthurian legend that is now forever linked with the JFK presidency. Soon that show tune merges with score to create a cacophony of discordant sound, fitting for what The A.V. Club’s A.A. Dowd described as “a portrait of a famous dreamlife curdling into a public nightmare.”

The film only really covers a very brief period in Jackie’s life, spanning from the time John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas to his funeral. Interspersed, however, are scenes of the former First Lady’s famous televised White House tour, and an after-the-fact interview with a journalist played by Billy
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On this day: Jacob Tremblay, Pitch Perfect, and The Ten Commandments

On this day in showbiz history...

Still undersung: the great Glynis Johns in "The Ref"

1902 Ray A Kroc, who popularized the McDonald's empire is born. The Founder which is about his business shenanigans/success opens this December (it was already supposed to have opened but we can't have movies for adults in the summer for some reason).

1908 Joshua Logan is born. He later makes famous movies like Bus Stop, Picnic, Camelot and South Pacific.

1923 Happy 93rd birthday to Glynis Johns, one of the greats! Her classics include: Mary Poppins, While You Were Sleeping, The Court Jester, The Ref, and Miranda. Why she doesn't have an Honorary Oscar is simply beyond our understanding. She was nominated only once for fine supporting work in The Sundowners

1945 A strike by set decorators turns into a riot "Blood Friday" at Warner Brothers studios. Are you still enjoying our series "The Furniture" on the work
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Woody Harrelson’s Hammy Performance Almost Makes ‘Lbj’ Worth Endorsing — Tiff Review

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Woody Harrelson’s Hammy Performance Almost Makes ‘Lbj’ Worth Endorsing — Tiff Review
There are several reasons why Rob Reiner might not seem like the right guy to direct a movie about Lbj. For one thing, the filmmaker has always been an outspoken liberal. For another, it’s hard to imagine that a man whose recent output includes “Flipped” and “The Bucket List” has any interest in making a movie about real people, let alone someone so famous. (We’ll grant him “Being Charlie,” the intensely personal drama he made about his son earlier this year.)

But the most pressing reason why Reiner doesn’t seem like a natural fit for the subject is that we live in a world where actual politics are starting to feel more like the movies with every passing day, and this may not the best time for someone with such cartoonish sensibilities to revisit the beltway. After all, the climactic speech that Michael Douglas delivered at the
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Alexander the Great and Judy the Greatest

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

323 BC Alexander the Great dies of an unknown illness. Colin Farrell plays him in a movie centuries and centuries later and it's suggested that it's a combo of Typhus, Bad Wigs, and Loving Jared Leto that does him in. Who could survive that combo? (Remember when Baz Luhrmann was going to make an Alexander movie, too, but Oliver Stone beat him to it? We wish it had been the other way around.)

38 Ad Julia Drusilla dies in Rome. In the infamous Bob Guccione movie Caligula (1979) her brother Caligula (Malcom McDowell) is shown licking her corpse. Somehow that's not remotely the most perverted thing in the movie!

1692 Bridget Bishop is executed for "Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries." She's the first victim of the notorious Salem Witch Trials that will claim many lives and inspire many works of art including The
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Cannes: Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson to Star in ‘Aspern Papers’

Cannes: Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson to Star in ‘Aspern Papers’
Vanessa Redgrave is in negotiations to star alongside her daughter Joely Richardson in “Aspern Papers.”

The adaptation of the Henry James novel of the same name will be helmed by Julien Landais, marking his feature film directorial debut. The film centers on a young writer who tries to get his hands on letters that the romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern penned to his mistress, Juliana Bordereau (Redgrave). Richardson will play Bordereau’s niece, who lives with her aunt in a Venetian palazzo.

Jean Pavas and Hannah Bhuiya adapted the screenplay with Landais. Film House Germany’s Gabriela Bacher will produce with Landais under his Princeps Films label. James Ivory, Charles S. Cohen, Joely Richardson, Francois Sarkozy and Film House Germany’s Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann are executive producing. Gary Rubin, Evp of Cohen Media Group, will serve as an associate producer.

Carnaby International will handle the international rights and introduce
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Moët British Independent Film Awards to Honor Chiwetel Ejiofor

Moët British Independent Film Awards to Honor Chiwetel Ejiofor
Read More: British Independent Film Awards Launch First-Ever Public Screenings Program for Nominated Films The Moët British Independent Film Awards announced this morning that Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years A Slave") will be honored at this year's ceremony with the Richard Harris Award. The award has been chosen based on Ejiofor's major contribution to the UK film industry, in addition to the attention he has brought internationally as an ambassador for British film. The actor is currently shooting Marvel’s "Doctor Strange" with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton. The Richard Harris Award started in 2002 in honor of the iconic Irish actor who starred in "Camelot," "This Sporting Life," "King Arthur" and "Unforgiven." Previous winners include John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie...
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

We still love John Ford's bitter-sentimental look back at the lost Myth of the West. John Wayne and James Stewart are at least thirty years too old for their roles, but everything seems to be happening in a foggy reverie, so what's the difference, Pilgrim?  Great comedy and Lee Marvin's marvelous villain, plus the assertive 'print the Legend' message that's been hotly debated ever since. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Blu-ray Warner Home Video / Paramount 1962 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 123 min. / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 14.98 Starring John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, Andy Devine, Ken Murray, John Carradine, Jeanette Nolan, John Qualen, Willis Bouchey, Carleton Young, Woody Strode, Denver Pyle, Strother Martin, Lee Van Cleef Cinematography William H. Clothier Production Designer Eddie Imazu & Hal Pereira Film Editor Otho Lovering Original Music Cyril J. Mockridge Writing credits James Warner Bellah & Willis Goldbeck from a story by
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L.A., Italia Awards: ‘Imitation Game,’ ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ Get Final Push at Felliniesque Ceremony

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

With the clock ticking down to the close of Oscar voting at 5 p.m. Pt on Tuesday, nominees are clamoring for face time with Academy members who may not have cast their ballots yet, and Sunday night’s 10th L.A., Italia Awards — a part of the weeklong L.A., Italia Film Fashion and Art Fest, and a sister event to Italy’s Capri-Hollywood and Ischia Global film festivals — offered several of them just that.

The annual gathering draws several hundred people, including a not inconsiderable number of Academy members — many with ties of some sort to Italy (i.e., Camelot actor Franco Nero, Crash co-screenwriter Bobby Moresco and songwriter Tony Renis are members of the fest’s advisory board), but others as well (i.e. “Hound Dog” songwriter Mike Stoller) — and has been described by more than a few as “Felliniesque.”

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The Once And Future King dramatisation coming to BBC R4

T.H. White’s Arthurian fantasy classic will air as a six-part radio drama on BBC R4 this November…

Following on from its Dangerous Visions sci-fi season, and before this December’s Good Omens adaptation, the BBC Radio 4 drama department is serving up yet more glorious geek fare in the form of a six-part dramatisation of T.H White’s The Once And Future King.

White’s tetralogy of books, largely written in the early Second World War though first published collectively in 1958, tells the legend of Arthur’s apprenticeship to wizard Merlyn as a young boy, the inception of the Round Table at Camelot and King Arthur’s struggles as ruler, dealings with Morgause and Mordred, and the relationship between Queen Guenever and Sir Lancelot.

As well as wry humour and action romps, a thread of political debate over the philosophy that “might is right” runs throughout White’s book,
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