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Veteran Hollywood Publicist David Horowitz Dies at 86

18 July 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Influential Hollywood publicist David Horowitz, who worked with the biggest names in movies, music and politics including Barbra Streisand and Bill Clinton, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, his wife Lynn confirmed. He was 86.

Among his impressive list of clients were Woody Allen, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, and Steven Spielberg. In his later years, he worked as an Oscar strategist on numerous successful campaigns.

Horowitz began his association with Streisand starting with “Funny Girl” and continued through her films such as “Hello, Dolly!” and “What’s Up Doc?” Horowitz also worked on promoting high-profile films including “The Graduate,” “The French Connection” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

He headed several divisions at Rogers & Cowan and headed publicity at Warner Bros. in the 1970s for a decade, where he also helped develop the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

As an Oscar consultant, he was »

- Pat Saperstein

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Review: "McQ" (1974) Starring John Wayne; Warner Home Video Blu-ray Release

16 July 2016 3:09 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

By 1974 John Wayne was in the twilight of his long, distinguished film career that had spanned six decades. Although the genre that we associate him most with, the Western, was still in vogue, the trend among audience preferences had clearly shifted to urban crime dramas. Surprisingly, Wayne had never played a cop or detective - unless you want to count his role in the lamentable "Big Jim McLain", a 1952 Warner Brothers propaganda film that served as a love letter to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. In that turkey, Wayne played an investigator for Huac, the House UnAmerican Activities Committee that served as McCarthy's private police force, presumably searching out commie infiltrators. All they ended up doing was ruining the lives of left-wing people in the arts and academia. Wayne, for his part, remained unapologetic for his support of Huac even after McCarthy's popularity plummeted and he ended his career in shame and disgrace. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

2 July 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A special edition of this confirmed '70s crowd pleaser?  I'm there. Robert Shaw has big plans to hijack a New York subway car, and subway cop Walter Matthau is determined to stop him. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 42nd Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1974 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date July 5, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 1974 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date November 1, 2011 / 19.99 Starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo, Earl Hindman, James Broderick, Dick O'Neill, Lee Wallace, Tom Pedi, Jerry Stiller, Rudy Bond, Kenneth McMillan, Doris Roberts, Julius Harris. Cinematography Owen Roizman Original Music David Shire Written by Peter Stone from the novel by John Godey Produced by Gabriel Katzka, Edgar J. Sherick Directed by Joseph Sargent

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I reviewed an MGM-Fox Blu-ray of United Artists' The Taking of Pelham One Two Three back in late 2011, and I can't »

- Glenn Erickson

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory's 45th Anniversary: Why Gene Wilder Was Robbed of an Oscar

29 June 2016 3:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thursday is the 45th anniversary of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and nearly a half-century later, a specter is haunting pop culture. Gene Wilder deserved an Oscar for this film. Wilder is one of the greatest comic actors of the 20th century, but his turn as Wonka is one of the most finely-tuned feature-length performances from any actor, ever. Wilder's performance in Chocolate Factory careens wildly in tone, veering from charming-if-slightly-off in his first few scenes to downright unhinged and terrifying in the infamous tunnel scene a few scant minutes later. Wilder's Wonka was by design unpredictable, but meticulously planned out by the actor. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory's 45th Anniversary: Why Gene Wilder Was Robbed of an Oscar

29 June 2016 3:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thursday is the 45th anniversary of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and nearly a half-century later, a specter is haunting pop culture. Gene Wilder deserved an Oscar for this film. Wilder is one of the greatest comic actors of the 20th century, but his turn as Wonka is one of the most finely-tuned feature-length performances from any actor, ever. Wilder's performance in Chocolate Factory careens wildly in tone, veering from charming-if-slightly-off in his first few scenes to downright unhinged and terrifying in the infamous tunnel scene a few scant minutes later. Wilder's Wonka was by design unpredictable, but meticulously planned out by the actor. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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The Panic in Needle Park

25 June 2016 7:50 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Drug addicts! Who in 1970 really knew what life was like for them? Jerry Schatzberg, Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne's story of hell on the streets of NYC provided a stunning debut for Al Pacino -- and should have done the same for Kitty Winn. It sounds too tough to watch, but it's riveting. The Panic in Needle Park Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 109 min. / Ship Date June 14, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Raul Julia, Joe Santos, Paul Sorvino Cinematography Adam Holender Film Editor Evan Lottman Original Music Ned Rorem Written by Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne from the novel by James Mills. Produced by Dominique Dunne, Roger M. Rothstein Directed by Jerry Schatzberg

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

We all know how the 1970s upheaval in Hollywood brought new talent to film -- actors, »

- Glenn Erickson

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William Friedkin At "The French Connection" Screening, L.A., June 18

11 June 2016 9:24 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The French Connection 45th Anniversary Screening in Los Angeles

By Todd Garbarini

The Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 45th anniversary screening of William Friedkin’s Oscar-winning 1971 crime drama The French Connection. The 102-minute film will be screened on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Fernando Rey, Marcel Bozuffi, and the two real-life detectives who broke the actual case: the late Eddie Eagen and Salvatore “Sonny” Grosso, The French Connection is a New York movie of the first order and paved the way for gritty crime dramas like The Seven-Ups and The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3.

Director Friedkin is scheduled to appear at a Q&A session following the film.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

45th Anniversary Screening

This gritty and gripping police thriller won five »

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Watch William Friedkin’s 80-Minute Masterclass From the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

24 May 2016 11:17 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While we’ve wrapped up the 2016 Cannes Film Festival with our favorite films and more, cinema’s finest yearly event also honors the legendary filmmakers that help shape the medium. The man of honor at this year’s festival was William Friedkin, who created one of the scariest films of all-time (The Exorcist), did the impossible by proving a remake can work (Sorcerer), put one of the greatest car chases on film (The French Connection), and much more. While at the festival he gave an 80-minute masterclass which touched on virtually all aspects of his career.

“I decided to become a filmmaker at the age of 21, after seeing Citizen Kane,” he says. “I didn’t go to film school. My school was the Nouvelle Vague and Alfred Hitchcock.” He opens about his the first thing he looks for in an actor, only doing one take most of the time, working alongside Harold Pinter, »

- Jordan Raup

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Out of the Past: The Greatest 1970s Detective Movies

20 May 2016 12:26 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Whether they’re peeping on cheating husbands or reeling in runaway daughters, the cinematic detective, popularized in the ’30s and ’40s, can always be relied upon for a witty line or a sock in the jaw. Often, the detective is a man alone, searching through dark alleys for invaluable clues to some labyrinthine mystery. The detective is often the only soul who will do whatever it takes, no matter how hopeless the circumstances may seem. As Raymond Chandler wrote: “Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean.” In the ’70s, the culture irrevocably changed, but the detective’s job stayed the same — if not perhaps a bit more complex.

The Nice Guys, the newest film from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang writer-director Shane Black, is out in theaters this week. In the film, a luckless private eye and a grumpy hired thug find themselves an unlikely »

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William Friedkin on the Cannes Film Festival, Steve McQueen, His ‘Disaster’ Movie (Video)

10 May 2016 11:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin will be at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18 to take part in the Cinema Masterclass, hosted by film critic Michel Ciment. Friedkin sat down with Variety at his home in Los Angeles to discuss his experiences at the festival, including when his 2006 film “Bug” won the Fipresci Prize.

Friedkin, who won an Academy Award for directing the 1972 classic “The French Connection,” and was nominated again for 1973’s “The Exorcist,” calls the Cannes crowd “an audience of people who love cinema — not just like to go to the movies.”

Also screening at Cannes this year will be two of Friedkin’s movies, 1977’s “Sorcerer” and 1985’s “To Live and Die in L.A.

Based on the Georges Arnaud novel “The Wages of Fear,” “Sorcerer” was a flop when it came out, though it has gone on to build a massive following in recent years and a »

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Wheatley Confirms "Wages of Fear" Remake

29 April 2016 5:34 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

His stunning new film "High-Rise" hit VOD services yesterday, and now filmmaker Ben Wheatley has given an interview with Variety about the making of it and where he intends to go next.

Wheatley has made four theatrical releases so far, not including the movie-length Peter Capaldi "Doctor Who" episode which also hit cinemas in 2014. A fifth, the Boston 1970s gangland shootout film "Free Fire" starring Brie Larson and Armie Hammer, has already been completed and is aiming for release later this year.

Asked about what's next for him, he confirms his new take on the stone cold cinematic classic "The Wages of Fear" is the immediate next project:

"I'm writing the 'Wages of Fear' remake. It's terrifying because it's been done twice before, brilliantly. But that's also why it's interesting to me. We're making one of the central characters a woman, as well. It's trying to make those »

- Garth Franklin

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Cannes Classics to Honor Frederick Wiseman and Raymond Depardo, Unveils 2016 Lineup

20 April 2016 8:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Frederick Wiseman and Raymond Depardo will be honored, while “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist” director William Friedkin will give the annual Cinema Masterclass at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Classics, the selection dedicated to heritage films, unveiled on Wednesday its 2016 lineup, which includes the world premiere preview of Bertrand Tavernier’s documentary about French cinema, “Voyage à travers le cinéma français.”

The program will screen Depardo’s “Faits Divers” (1983) and Wiseman’s “Hospital” (1969).

Most of the films will be released in theaters and on DVD/Blu-ray. The Cannes Classics program will be screened at Paris’ Les Fauvettes theater, the festival Cinema Rittrovato in Bologna and the Institut Lumière in Lyon.

Here’s the full lineup:

Documentaries About Cinema

• The Cinema Travelers by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya (2016, 1h36, India)

• The Family Whistle by Michele Russo (2016, 1h05, Italy)

• Cinema Novo by Eryk Rocha (2016, 1h30, Brazil)

• Midnight Returns: The Story of »

- Variety Staff

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DVD Review: Three Days of the Condor

13 April 2016 12:44 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Remember a time when the espionage film wasn't required to move at breakneck speed or involve the protagonist performing death-dying leaps around rooftops and engaging in high-octane car chases? Watching the opening credits of Three Days of the Condor reads like a 'best of' 70s Us cinema. The Dp is The French Connection's Owen Roizman (giving New York that same gritty, washed-out look here), while co-scribe Lorenzo Semple, Jr. was one of the writers behind the similarly-styled The Parallax View a year earlier. Add to the mix gregarious powerhouse producer Dino De Laurentiis, plus regular Redford directorial collaborator Sydney Pollock and, unsurprisingly, the resulting film is a cracking thriller.

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Weekly Rushes. 6 April 2016

6 April 2016 6:37 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSThe great French essayist Chris Marker remains on our minds nearly four years after his death—the mystery of his life and his work remains haunting. Which is why we're very intrigued by the news that his adopted daughter has penned a new book about their relationship, Chris Marker (le livre impossible).Okay, Sofia Coppola's A Very Murray Christmas was pretty wretched (though we can't help but love that it was shot in New York's Bemelmans Bar), but we adore Don Siegel's Southern Gothic, Civil War-set, Clint Eastwood-starring kinky horror film (!), The Beguiled—and so are tremendously curious about the news that Coppola will remake that 1971 film with Nicole Kidman.Speaking of films in the works, Terry Gilliam may...finally...start...shooting Don Quixote, produced by Paulo Branco, »

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Cannes: William Friedkin to deliver Cinema Masterclass

4 April 2016 4:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French Connection director highlights “challenging time” for the future of world cinema.

Us director William Friedkin is to deliver the Cinema Masterclass at the 69th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22). Filmmakers to previously give the masterclass include Martin Scorsese, Nanni Moretti, Wong Kar-wai, Quentin Tarantino, Marco Bellocchio, Philip Kaufman and Jacques Audiard.

Accepting the invitation, the director of The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973) said: “This is the most challenging time I can recall for the future of world cinema. There are massive changes coming for production and exhibition, more than I’ve experienced in over 50 years.”

He added it would be “an honour to share my thoughts and ideas with an audience at Cannes, the home of world cinema.”

Friedkin, who won the Oscar for Best Director in 1972 for The French Connection, is also known for features including Sorcerer (1977), Cruising (1980), To Live and Die in La (1985), Rampage (1987), The Guardian (1990), Bug (2006) and Killer Joe (2011).

The Masterclass, which »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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William Friedkin To Deliver Cinema Masterclass At This Year’s Cannes Film Festival

4 April 2016 4:01 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Iconoclastic director William Friedkin will give the cinema masterclass at this year’s Cannes film festival. The Exorcist director follows in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese, Nanni Moretti, Wong Kar-wai and Quentin Tarantino among others. The masterclass will be hosted by film critic Michel Ciment. Friedkin recently published his memoir The Friedkin Connection, the title a nod to his 1971 classic The French Connection, starring Gene Hackman as NY cop Jimmy “PopeyeDoyle… »

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Cannes: who's in the running?

21 March 2016 2:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen rounds up the films from across the globe that could launch at Cannes…

With less than a month to go until the Cannes Film Festival announces its line-up at its annual Paris press conference on April 14, Screen looks at what could make it into Official Selection and the parallel sections of Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week.

UK and Ireland

The UK could have one of its strongest Cannes for years with hot favourites for a competition slot including Andrea Arnold’s Shia Labeouf-starring Us road movie American Honey and Ken Loach’s gritty Northern England-set drama I, Daniel Blake. It would be Loach’s 12th time in competition.

Ben Wheatley is also reportedly gunning for an Official Selection slot for his 1970s Boston-set, gangland thriller Free Fire, potentially Out of Competition or in Midnight Screenings. He was last in Cannes with Sightseers in Directors’ Fortnight.

Other UK hopefuls include Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins and Indian »

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Dennis Lehane Reviews 'The French Connection' on Trailers from Hell

8 March 2016 7:01 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

On this week's Trailers from Hell, Boston novelist Dennis Lehane ("Gone Baby Gone," "Mystic River") narrates the trailer to William Friedkin's visceral New York actioner "The French Connection," which won five Oscars including Best Picture. Based on the exploits of NYPD detective Eddie Egan, who envisioned himself being played by Rod Taylor, the movie gave Gene Hackman his breakthrough role. The Department, annoyed by screenwriter Ernest Tidyman's portrayal of the force, canned Egan seven hours before he was to sign his retirement papers! Lehane sees Egan as driven by anger to bring down rich criminals living the high life. »

- Anne Thompson

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Revolt of the Slaves

29 February 2016 4:59 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Let's give a cheer for the lowly sword 'n' sandal epic. This persecution and torture spectacle also takes in the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. The impressively mounted Italian-Spanish production stars Rhonda Fleming, Fernando Rey, Wandisa Guida, and as the slimy villain, none other than Serge Gainsbourg. Revolt of the Slaves MGM Limited Edition Collection 1960 / Color / 2:35 enhanced widescreen (Totalscope) / 103 min. / La rivolta degli schiavi / Street Date February 16, 2016 / available through Screen Archives Entertainment / 19.98 Starring Rhonda Fleming, Lang Jeffries, Darío Moreno, Ettore Manni, Wandisa Guida, Gino Cervi, Fernando Rey, Serge Gainsbourg, José Nieto, Benno Hoffmann, Rainer Penkert, Antonio Casas, Vanoye Aikens, Dolores Francine, Burt Nelson, Julio Peña . Cinematography Cecilio Paniagua Film Editor Eraldo Da Roma Original Music Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Written by Stefano Strucchi, Duccio Tessari, Daniel Mainwearing from the novel 'Fabiola' by Nicholas Patrick Wiseman Produced by Paolo Moffa Directed by Nunzio Malasomma

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Make all »

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Triple 9 : The Best Old-school Cop Flicks

28 February 2016 5:09 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Triple 9 is in theaters now, and to celebrate, I thought I’d share some of my favorite cop flicks with you! Directed by John HillcoatTriple 9 is an action-packed thriller starring Oscar®-nominees Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet and Casey Affleck, along with Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot and Anthony Mackie, and is in theaters now!

Below are some of my favorite cop films. You can tell that I’m heavily influenced by the 80’s. What are some of your favorite old-school cop movies? Be sure to comment below!

Police Academy

Whenever I think of cop films, the first thing that pops into my head is this. Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall,  and Michael Winslow (you know, the one who makes all of the crazy noises with his mouth) came into our lives in 1984 as recruits after the newly elected mayor banishes all former fitness, education, and »

- Melissa Howland

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