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14 items from 2012


Gerry Anderson obituary

26 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Thunderbirds creator who made some of the most popular children's TV shows of the 1960s

Gerry Anderson, who has died aged 83 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, was the main mover behind a number of puppet series commissioned by Lew Grade's Independent Television Corporation. They made the company a fortune from the space age: perhaps the best known was Thunderbirds (1965-66), and among the others were Fireball XL5 (1962-63), Stingray (1964) and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967-68).

Anderson embarked on Thunderbirds in 1964. For Grade, international sales – particularly into the Us market – were a key concern. So Thunderbirds focused on the Tracy brothers, with first names borrowed from the Us astronauts Scott Carpenter, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Gordon Cooper. Enormously popular in its time, the series is still being repeated today.

Scott and the others were members of International Rescue, based on a south Pacific island, set up, »

- Nigel Fountain

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Gerry Anderson obituary

26 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Thunderbirds creator who made some of the most popular children's TV shows of the 1960s

Gerry Anderson, who has died aged 83 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, was the main mover behind a number of puppet series commissioned by Lew Grade's Independent Television Corporation. They made the company a fortune from the space age: perhaps the best known was Thunderbirds (1965-66), and among the others were Fireball XL5 (1962-63), Stingray (1964) and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967-68).

Anderson embarked on Thunderbirds in 1964. For Grade, international sales – particularly into the Us market – were a key concern. So Thunderbirds focused on the Tracy brothers, with first names borrowed from the Us astronauts Scott Carpenter, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Gordon Cooper. Enormously popular in its time, the series is still being repeated today.

Scott and the others were members of International Rescue, based on a south Pacific island, set up, »

- Nigel Fountain

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The Woman in Black: Angel of Death Will Bring Dark Forces Back in a Sequel

18 November 2012 11:35 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Hammer Films is currently developing a sequel to their well received title The Woman in Black. This second film will take place fourty years after the first. In this time, it is World War II and a school teacher has taken a group of children to the Eel Marsh Estate to escape the Battle of Britain. She escapes one nightmare only to find herself in another. Her charges turn against her because of an evil supernatural force. Writer Jon Croker has finished a screenplay for this production and much of the film's finances have been acquired. Shooting will begin shortly on this title and casting details will be announced then. Director: Tom Harper. Writer: Jon Croker and Susan Hill. *Alliance Films will co-finance this title with Hammer Films. **this title will also draw characters and settings from Susan Hill's original novel The Woman in Black. Source: The Woman in Black »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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Channel 4 consigns Time Team to TV history

19 October 2012 5:15 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Tony Robinson's archaeology series to give way to new shows after 20 years as a cornerstone of its factual programming

It has unearthed historical relics ranging from the remains of the first Spitfire to be shot down during the Battle of Britain to skeletons of Anglo-Saxon monks beneath Westminster Abbey, but after almost 20 years on air Tony Robinson's archaeology series, Time Team, is being buried by Channel 4.

Time Team has been one of the cornerstones of Channel 4's factual programming but it is being consigned to television history to make way for new shows.

Robinson, who played the luckless Baldrick in the hit BBC comedy Blackadder, said: "Not many performers are given the privilege of featuring in two iconic TV series – but I've been lucky.

"Time Team was not only high-quality public service television, it also attracted a large and passionate audience both in the UK and overseas. »

- Tara Conlan

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Cinema Retro Attends The New York Premiere Of "Everything Or Nothing"

4 October 2012 11:27 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer 

As a political junkie, I didn't think anything would tempt me to miss last night's much-anticipated first debate between President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney, but an invitation from Eon Productions to attend the New York premiere of the acclaimed documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of James Bond proved too tempting to resist. The film is a triumph for director Stevan Riley and his team, who worked for over a year and a half to put together the most unique look at the longest-running series in cinema history. The event took place at the Museum of Modern Art. The screening itself, in digital format, was enthusiastically received by all including some people who profess not to be particularly enamored of the films themselves but who felt the angle of covering the human side of the producer's stories was successful and engrossing on all levels. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Is Michael Caine One Of Britain’s Greatest Film Icons?

10 August 2012 2:07 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

As you may or may not know, WhatCulture is launching the British Film Registry, an annual event to celebrate the best in British film that is based on the American ‘National Film Registry’ model. Each December we will be inducting five British Films and two British Film Personalities into a fictional vault (basically a Hall of Fame) based on your votes.

To celebrate this inaugural induction, over the next few months we will be bringing you an array of featured articles based on British Cinema to inform, entertain and stimulate the British Film Fan within and of course, to fly the flag of that glorious institution that makes us so proud to be British.

What greater time to launch such a celebration of British Film than the year which has seen The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and of course the London Olympics. Our inaugural induction this December will bring to »

- Curtis Evans

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TV highlights 28/06/2012

28 June 2012 4:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Men Who Made Us Fat | Extraordinary People: The Baby With A New Face | Drunken States Of America | Who Betrayed The Bomber Boys | Dead Boss

The Men Who Made Us Fat

9pm, BBC2

The final part of Jacques Peretti's absorbing investigation into how we have ballooned in size over the past 60 or so years rounds on the food industry's dogged defence that we are most certainly the ones to blame for the pervasive epidemic of obesity, and that it is actually doing its best to help us slim down. Perception became all when big food business realised that they needed to change tack. Now the most cynical marketing ploys have become utterly commonplace, with foods frequently positioned as healthy when they're actually nothing of the sort. Ben Arnold

Extraordinary People: The Baby With A New Face

9pm, Channel 5

Baby Viet is one of a great many Vietnamese infants born »

- Ben Arnold, David Stubbs, Phelim O'Neill, Andrew Mueller, Rebecca Nicholson

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Soundtrack Reviews: Dutton Vocalion Releases "Warning Shot" And "Big War Themes" On CD

19 April 2012 3:18 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Warning Shot and other themes composed by Jerry Goldsmith - Si Zentner

Dutton Vocalion is a company whose soundtracks feature regularly in our printed version of Cinema Retro. Just missing the deadline on this occasion are two superb debut releases, one of which includes Jerry Goldsmith’s excellent score (performed by Si Zentner) for Warning Shot (1967). Originally released on LP (Lst 7498), Vocalion’s new CD (Cdlk 4470) has smartly doubled up the release to include Si Zentner’s 1964 album From Russia With Love (originally released LP Lst 7353). Warning Shot is a relatively short score, but as with the original album, it includes some great interpretations of Goldsmith favourites such as the Von Ryan march, The Prize, A Patch of Blue and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Warning Shot is a film that generally tends to slip under the radar. However, it’s a neat little thriller starring the ever reliable David Janssen »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Keep Calm and Drink On: Celebrating Winston Churchill Day

9 April 2012 1:00 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Everett Winston Churchill at wedding of Air Marshall Sir Hugh Trenchard to the Hon. Mrs Boyle. July 1920.

“Keep Calm and Carry On.”

The words aren’t literally Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s, but the now popular World War II poster is forever linked to Churchill’s fighting spirit and the bravery of the British people under his leadership.

The simple slogan — in sans-serif font, beneath a stylized crown icon — was third in a series of three posters created in Britain in 1940, but was never distributed. »

- Susan MacNeal

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Robert Towne Fiddled With 'Chinatown' While Roman Was Away (Exclusive)

5 April 2012 5:31 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

"Chinatown," the 1974 film classic released this week on Blu-ray, was forged by a grand design and a series of fortunate accidents. That's one of the takeaways from Paramount’s feature-laden Blu-ray version, for which its Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne oversaw the color timing work. The Blu-ray version does full justice to every artful detail, right down to the rich tapestry of browns that was the original. Also read: Robert Towne to Write 'Battle of Britain' for Gk Films Even more importantly, along with a nice array of extra features, this Blu-ray boasts a tandem »

- Fred Schruers

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"When Eagles Dared" By Howard Hughes - History Of WWII Film Classics

2 March 2012 4:15 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Author and Cinema Retro contributing writer Howard Hughes has a new book: When Eagles Dared, a major history of 150 WWII film classics and the historic events that inspired them. Here is an excerpt from the press release:

"When Eagles Dared" tells the stories of the historical events of World War II and the films that have depicted these events on cinema screens, presenting a guide to history through cinema that compares the cinematic myth with the historical reality. Illustrated with rare posters and stills, it gives us a unique view of this war through the lenses of over 50 diverse films that have shaped our perceptions of the conflict, including "Downfall," "Patton," "Tora! Tora! Tora!, ""Anzio," "The Thin Red Line," "Letters from Iwo Jima," "Stalingrad," "Battle of the Bulge," "Cross of Iron, " and "A Bridge Too Far." The book portrays the men and women who participated in World War II, from »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Combat Wings: Great Battles of WWII Expectations

14 February 2012 3:22 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

 

There’s something intrinsically satisfying about the flight-sim, but it’s a very specific gameplay experience, and one which can be stilted, boring if it’s not done just so. City Interactive are a relatively small company, specialising in budget gaming, but their previous title in the Combat Wings franchise, Battle of Britain, was met with general positivity from both critics and players. It was a little buggy, a little crass maybe, never a threat to the A-titles of the genre as it were, but fun overall; much like Saints Row to GTA.

There’s a good chance that the tackiness of its predecessor will also pass on, but that’s not necessarily a deal breaker; sometimes a tacky game can be heaps more fun than a game that takes itself too seriously (again, think Saints Row). They’ve even included the Battle of Britain as one of the main campaigns in Great Battles, »

- Stuart Bedford

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The Postman Always Rings Twice: Letters To Cinema Retro

30 January 2012 3:52 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Dear Mr Pfeiffer,

I'll have to disagree with a major point about your review of 'Tora Tora Tora'; namely the Zanucks refused to use major stars.  The Zanucks and the unknown but influential Elmo Williams were stung by the critics going after 'The Longest Day' because of all the big stars. Zanuck Sr had to fill 'The Longest Day' full of major stars to guarantee big box office for the shareholders for the increasing budget of Tld.  I read he nearly was going to drop the project until United Artists made a large scale offer for the rights to the film.  Mr Z realised that if UA was going to pay a huge amount the film would gain at least twice that at the box office and went back to it.

Instead Tora used experienced character actors, many very well known (Joseph Cotton, James Whitmore etc).  I had recently »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Combat Wings: Great Battles of WWII Preview

12 January 2012 3:53 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

As Combat Wings glides over the horizon, with less than a month until it hits shelves we thought it was time we delivered a payload of information about the upcoming WWII flight sim. With the recent trailer’s disappointing lack of gameplay footage, you’d be forgiven for waning interest. But don’t stray, cry City Interactive (figuratively, of course); Combat Wings: The Great Battles of WWII promises, they assure us, to top their ‘Battle of the Pacific’ title, which was moderately well received, despite an unpolished game engine and some dodgy design choices.

City Interactive are a budget gaming company based in Poland; their games generally don’t stand up to the heavy-hitters, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad. They’re just cheaper to make, less shiny. But high-end budget gaming is an absolute necessity, particularly in these economic times; I guarantee that Combat Wings: Great »

- Stuart Bedford

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