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This weekend marks 50 years since the release of the film that shook up studios and ushered in a new wave of auteurs including Coppola and Scorsese. Does the complacent Hollywood of 2017 need a similar shock?
We will never know the contents of Warren Beatty’s head once it became clear he had cued Faye Dunaway into wrongly naming La La Land this year’s best picture at the Oscars. Rooted centre stage, the cast and crew of the real winner, Moonlight, filing by, he wore the horrified blank stare of the veteran actor suddenly unable to remember his line. Or perhaps he found himself a happy place – lost in thoughts of Bonnie and Clyde, the transformative crime movie whose 50th anniversary was the reason he and Dunaway were there anyway.
In truth, that was a bit of Academy flimflam. Released in August 1967, Bonnie and Clyde didn’t win the Oscar for Best Picture, »
- Danny Leigh
By Lee Pfeiffer
The year 1967 marked the high point of Sidney Poitier's screen career. He starred in three highly acclaimed box office hits: "To Sir, With Love", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "In the Heat of the Night". The fact that Poitier did not score a Best Actor Oscar nomination that year had less to do with societal prejudices (he had already won an Oscar) than the fact that he was competing with himself and split the voter's choices for his best performance. "In the Heat of the Night" did win the Best Picture Oscar and immortalized Poitier's performance as Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia detective who finds himself assigned to assist a redneck sheriff (Rod Steiger, who did win the Oscar that year for his performance in this film) in a town in the deep south that has experienced a grisly unsolved murder. When Steiger's character, resentful for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Do white filmmakers have the right to make a movie like “Detroit”? The moral right, that is? Set during the Detroit riots of 1967, the movie tells an essential true story about the brutalization of African-Americans. The fact that the issue of the filmmakers’ race is out there at all — and will be even more so now that the critically acclaimed drama has finally opened wide — tells you how far we’ve travelled as a society from just a few years ago: toward a heightened sensitivity about who controls the levers of expression in America, and toward rigorous new codes of conduct built around issues of race, gender, and sexual identity.
The reason I ask whether white filmmakers have the right is that if we’re going to discuss the topic at all, we shouldn’t kid ourselves: The flavor of absolutism is in the air. The fact that some have questioned whether Kathryn Bigelow, the »
- Owen Gleiberman
1 August 2017 4:25 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On August 2, 1967, In the Heat of the Night, starring Sidney Poitier, opened in theaters in New York. The film would go on to win five Oscars at the 40th Academy Awards, including best picture. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below:
In the Heat of the Night, a Norman Jewison-Walter Mirisch production for Mirisch Corp., for United Artists release, is a gripping and suspenseful murder mystery that effects a feeling of greater importance by its veneer of social significance and the illusion of depth in its use of racial color.
The greatest significance lies in the breakthrough of the Negro »
- THR Staff
Whew. That month was a swift one. It's August tomorrow, Wtf? While we continue updating those Oscar charts please check out some highlights you might have missed in July...
Podcast is Back The Big Sick, Baby Driver, Dunkirk, and more Charlize Theron in Jade Scorpion an early peak at greatness in a terrible movie Bright Or, 'how will we define a Netflix blockbuster?' Soundtracking Chris revisits Young Adult Roundtable Drama Reese, Jessica, Oprah and more on the hunt for Emmy Being There (1979) unexpected essential viewing for 2017 Okja's many delights on Netflix An Ode to Joan Harris for Mad Men's 10th anniversary An Ode to Julia Tfe's first restaurant review (wait, what?) The Furniture leered through Fassbinder's erotic Querelle Emmy Reactions our favorite nominations Emmy Reactions but how did they pass up ____?
- NATHANIEL R
Norman Jewison’s Best Picture Oscar winner In the Heat of the Night, a searing and sadly timeless study of race relations through the prism of a murder investigation in a small Southern town, had its New York premiere August 2, 1967 — about the same time the infamous Detroit riots took place. It also was during the same exact week where, 50 years later, a new movie putting the spotlight on that time is set to open. I have seen Jewison’s powerful and enlightening movie… »
The Amityville Horror, 1979.
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg.
The Lutz family move into a house that was the scene of a grisly mass murder, only to flee for their lives 28 days later.
While approximately three people in the world wait with baited breath for Amityville: The Awakening, the much-delayed 157th sequel to 1979’s The Amityville Horror, the wizards at Second Sight have decided to go back to that original movie and issue it in a rather splendid limited edition steelbook, which is only apt for its debut UK Blu-ray release.
Apt because The Amityville Horror is one of those horror movies that many of us of a certain age have a fond nostalgic glow for and other 1970s big hitters like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, The Exorcist »
- Amie Cranswick
In the history of black filmmaking, “Stir Crazy” is rarely cited as a groundbreaker or an enduring high point. However, Sidney Poitier’s 1980 comedy sold more tickets in North America than “The Fate of the Furious,” or any other film by a black director.
Poitier’s career has included multiple breakout moments. He was the first black lead acting Oscar winner with “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner;” he starred in two blockbuster films in 1967 with “To Sir With Love” (over $300 million, adjusted gross) and “In the Heat of the Night” ($177 million, adjusted gross). He was, more than even Denzel Washington or any other black actor-turned-director, an icon of cinema when he made “Stir Crazy.” And it was this film, more than any other, that found access to all domestic audiences.
That said, it’s a film that doesn’t have the resonance of other historical blockbusters like “Gone With the Wind, »
- Tom Brueggemann
By Nathaniel R
Paul Nolan as Jesus in the most recent Broadway revival (2012)This just in: NBC is prepping its fifth live musical for April 2018. Their first Sound of Music was a mixed bag quality-wise but a giant ratings hit. Since then they've had two critical and ratings successes (The Wiz and Hairspray) and one failure (Peter Pan). The fifth will be Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. It's made frequent regular appearances on stages all over the world since its debut in 1970. It even had a Golden Globe nominated film version in 1973 directed by Norman Jewison who was, at the time, a very hot commodity having recently made three best picture players: The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming! (1966, not a sci-fi time travelling movie about the current Us government), In the Heat of the Night (1967) and the Best Picture nominee Fiddler on the Roof »
- NATHANIEL R
1965 / B&W / 1:85 / / 122 min. / Street Date May 9, 2017
Cinematography: Haskell Wexler
Directed by Tony Richardson
Funeral Director: Before you go, I was just wondering… would you be interested in some extras for the loved one?
Next Of Kin: What kind of extras?
Funeral Director: Well, how about a casket?
That routine, a classic example of what was known in the early 60’s as “sick humor”, was nevertheless ubiquitous across mainstream variety shows like Ed Sullivan and Jack Paar. It also popularized the notion of a new boutique industry, the vanity funeral. The novelist Evelyn Waugh, decidedly less mainstream, documented the beginning of that phenomenon over a decade earlier with The Loved One, »
- Charlie Largent
On this day in history as it relates to showbiz...
1865 President Lincoln is assassinated. He's surely the President that's hit the movies the most often, most successfully in Steven Spielberg's fantastic Lincoln (2012)
1894 The first commercial motion picture house opens using Thomas Edison's "kinetoscope" device. You had to look through a peephole though so it was only one viewer at a time, though the venue had 10 of the machines. Coincidentally Thomas Edison will be played by Benedict Cumberbath in this year's Oscar hopeful The Current War which is about Edison's battle with George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) over sustainable electricity in America...
- NATHANIEL R
Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier made a rare public appearance on Thursday at the TCM Classic Film Festival to take in a celebratory 50th-anniversary screening of one of his most enduring and iconic films, In the Heat of the Night.
In the audience at Hollywood’s Chinese Theater during opening night festivities of the classic movie cable channel’s annual film festival, Poitier, 90, rose for a sustained standing ovation that roared for several minutes prior to the screening of the groundbreaking 1967 film.
Made at the height of civil rights tensions in America, Poitier played Philadelphia homicide detective Virgil Tibbs, who »
- Scott Huver
Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd hopes to honor his late sister’s legacy with a new museum, which he says will include a recreation of her coveted creative writing space.
Fisher spoke with People at the opening of the TCM Classic Film Festival, where In the Heat of the Night was screened for its 50th anniversary. At the screening, Fisher opened up about plans for a museum dedicated to his sister and his mother, Debbie Reynolds.
“There are a lot of things that we have of Carrie’s that we’re going to put on display in the new museum with Debbie and Carrie, »
- Mike Miller
7 April 2017 11:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Fans lined Hollywood Boulevard and filled the bleachers in front of Tcl Chinese Theatre to watch as Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau and Dick Cavett walked the red carpet to celebrate the opening night of the eighth annual TCM Classic Film Festival.
"It could have been made last week. We’re still dealing with race relations," said Maltin. "We’re still dealing with prejudice. We’re still dealing with all of the things »
- Alex Cramer
More of Don Rickles‘ friends are remembering the late comedian — who died on Thursday at age 90 in his Los Angeles home as a result of kidney failure.
At the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix’s Sandy Wexler on Thursday, comedians Chris Tucker and Arsenio Hall took time from walking the red carpet at the ArcLight Cinema’s Cinema Dome to share memories of Rickles with People.
For Tucker, he originally misunderstood Rickles’ brash comedy, before realizing that was just the star’s humor.
“I thought he was racist at first and then I was like, ‘Oh that’s Don Rickles — he ain’t racist, »
- Dave Quinn
Only one day in, and the TCM Classic Film Fest is already full of surprises! The biggest news of last night was supposed to be the red carpet premiere of the new digital restoration of In The Heat of the Night. The event at the Tcl Chinese Theatre did not disappoint - Lee Grant, Walter Mirisch, Norman Jewison, and Sidney Poitier himself all made appearances to a standing ovation before the screening.
However, several hours before the red carpet officially unrolled, the eyes of festival goers turned eastward to the Egyptian Theatre after a sudden mid-afternoon tweet from Turner Classic Movies »
- Anne Marie
One of the original insult comics has told his last joke. Multiple outlets confirm that Don Rickles died at his home in Los Angeles of kidney failure today, bringing a six-decade career to a close. A frequent presence on both the big and small screen, Rickles was best known for his countless appearances onstage as a comedian.
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Best known to younger viewers as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” movies, Rickles came to increased prominence as a regular guest on both “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and “The Late Show With David Letterman” after honing his craft in clubs. None were spared from his verbal jabs, including Frank Sinatra; onstage in 1957, Rickles told the singer to “Make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody.”
Luckily for all involved, »
- Michael Nordine
Ever wonder why “In the Heat of the Night” beat “The Graduate” and “Bonnie and Clyde” for Best Picture Oscar in 1968? Well, as Bobby Kennedy told director Norman Jewison when he presented the movie with the New York Film Critics Award, “Norman, timing is everything.”
It’s hard to believe that the movie came out 50 years ago. Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger lit up the screen in the racially-charged murder mystery that not only captured the Civil Rights zeitgeist but also delivered a damn good drama. On April 6, the TCM Classic Film Festival celebrates that anniversary with a gala opening night screening at the Chinese Theatre IMAX on Hollywood Boulevard, attended by Jewison, Poitier, producer Walter Mirisch, Lee Grant, and composer Quincy Jones.
Considered an underdog that year, “Heat” took home five Oscars, including Best Actor for Steiger, Stirling Siliphant’s Best Adapted Screenplay, Hal Ashby’s Editing, and Sound Mixing. »
- Bill Desowitz
5 April 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
was a young Canadian filmmaker who had made the transition from TV when producer Walter Mirisch sent him a script. Written by Stirling Silliphant, it was a low-budget drama set in the South — an adaptation of a 1965 novel by John Ball — about a black police detective who gets caught up in a murder investigation. Jewison liked it immediately, but he put Silliphant through six months of rewrites to create what would became 1967's In the Heat of the Night. The film won five Oscars, including best picture, adapted screenplay and lead actor for Rod »
- Norman Jewison, as told to Stephen Galloway
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSLam SuetThis year's Asian Film Awards are most notable for giving beloved Hong Kong character actor (and Johnnie To axiom) Lam Suet the award for Best Supporting Actor (for Trivisa). We were also happy to see that Tsui Hark (still madly inventive with this year's Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back) was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.Chinese actress Li Li-hua has died at the age of 92. While not very well known in the West—except perhaps in the obscure Frank Borzage film China Doll (1958)—Li's work for the Shaw Brothers studio and, later, Golden Harvest, minted many classics, including Li Han-hsiang's The Magnificent Concubine (1962), and Storm Over the Yangtse River (1969), as well as King Hu's The Fate of Lee Khan (1975).For those who aren't able to travel to the Locarno Film Festival but are able to »
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