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White Lightning – The Blu Review

7 December 2014 7:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

“The good, they die young!”

White Lightning from 1973 is my favorite Burt Reynolds flick. Sure, Deliverance and Boogie Nights may be better movies, but White Lightning is the film that best showcases that special Burt magic. I saw it at the theater at least twice when it was new and it was a TV perennial for a while but a couple years back, I got the hankering to watch White Lightning again and was disappointed to find it had never had a DVD release. Now Kino-Lorber has rectified that with a fantastic new Blu-ray release – but with one major caveat.

White Lightning is full of booze, broads, car chases, corruption and revenge — all the things that make life worthwhile! The moonshiner has been a staple of the movies since Robert Mitchum made ‘em eat dust in Thuder Road in 1958. White Lightning was a tough country melodrama in which hard-driving Bogen County, »

- Tom Stockman

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Matthew Warchus’ ‘Pride’ Wins Top Prize at British Independent Film Awards

7 December 2014 11:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Gay rights drama “Pride” won the award for British independent film, beating “’71,” “Calvary,” “Mr Turner” and “The Imitation Game,” at the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards Sunday at Old Billingsgate in London.

The award for director went to Yann Demange for Northern Ireland-set thriller “’71,” outflanking John Michael McDonagh for “Calvary,” Lenny Abrahamson for “Frank,” Matthew Warchus for “Pride” and Mike Leigh for “Mr Turner.”

The victor in the actor category was Brendan Gleeson for “Calvary,” about a tough-minded Irish priest marked for death by one of his parishioners. He was competing with Asa Butterfield for “X+Y,” Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” Jack O’Connell for “’71” and Timothy Spall for “Mr Turner.”

Gleeson paid tribute to the producers “who have to try to make independent film when it is almost impossible for people to risk commercially what is required artistically.”

Cumberbatch was the recipient of the Variety Award, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Burt Reynolds Defends Finances Amid Auction: "I'm Not Broke"

3 December 2014 12:33 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Burt Reynolds doesn't want you to worry about him.  The 78-year-old Deliverance and Boogie Nights actor is in the process of auctioning off over 600 personal items, including movie memorabilia and various awards, but he says he is not out of money.  Read more Burt Reynolds Memoir Due in 2015 "I want everyone to know that contrary to what all the news outlets are saying, I am not broke," he told Entertainment Tonight. "I have been dealing with a business dispute for many years, as well as a divorce settlement."  He added: "I am simply

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Burt Reynolds Auctions His Golden Globe

28 November 2014 1:40 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

If you ever wanted a Golden Globe, here's your chance. Actor Burt Reynolds, 78, is auctioning off over 600 of his personal items.

The auction will take place at The Palms in Las Vegas on Dec. 11 and 12 and will include not only his awards but his personal wardrobe and Western themed decorative arts such as an embroidered Western shirt from his role in Smokey and the Bandit II.

In addition to his own possessions, he will auction off items given to him, including a red and white "Br" Ranch monogrammed surrey carriage gifted to him by Dolly Parton (his costar in 1982's The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas) and signed boxing gloves from Muhammad Ali.

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While the price of his Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in 1997's Boogie Nights is unknown, a press statement from Julien's Auctions predicts his People's Choice Awards will sell for »

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Burt Reynolds Auctioning Off Personal Items Amid Financial Struggles

26 November 2014 11:48 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

If you've always wanted to have a pair of leather chaps owned by actor Burt Reynolds, you could soon be in luck.  Hundreds of personal items belonging to the Deliverance star will be auctioned off at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas next month. Julien's Live auction house is running the event. Watch more 'Deliverance' Stars Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds Discuss Giving Men 'A Feeling About Rape' The auction's catalog, entitled Property From the Life and Career of Burt Reynolds, lists over 600 items, including such movie memorabilia as a jacket and shirt he wore in Smokey and the Bandit

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Director John Boorman on Young Christopher Walken, Lord Of the Rings, and Violence in Film

26 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If the movies of Irish filmmaker John Boorman have a common theme, it's their shared interest in the restorative value of violence. That central theme, of finding rebirth from the ashes of destruction, isn't easy to swallow, but it's at the heart of many of Boorman's most notable films, including Point Blank, Deliverance, Hell in the Pacific, and even Exorcist II: The Heretic. Boorman was honored at MoMA recently with special screenings of two of his most radical films: Leo the Last, a comic allegory about class warfare starring Marcello Mastroianni; and Excalibur, Boorman's spectacular reimagining of the Arthurian legend. Vulture talked to Boorman about his science-fiction film Zardoz, young Christopher Walken, and Lord of the Rings.Of the two movies you're presenting at MoMA, Leo the Last is unfortunately the lesser-known. It's striking in that it's like several of your other films in its concern with destructive rejuvenation. It's also a comedy! »

- Simon Abrams

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The Forgotten: John Boorman's "Leo the Last" (1970)

20 November 2014 5:17 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

John Boorman's career is littered with misfires, maybe the price we pay for the huge artistic risks he takes. In between the early triumphs of Point Blank (1967) and Hell in the Pacific (1968) and his masterwork Deliverance (1972) lies Leo the Last, which gets very little love and not even the kind of scornful attention accorded to catastrophes like Zardoz (1974) and Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977).

Maybe this is because bad drama has kitsch value, whereas bad comedy nobody can stand, and Leo the Last appears, at times, to be attempting humor, a surprising choice for Boorman whose very humorlessness can seem a strength in his successful films and a weakness in his failures. There's something heroic about the fact that it apparently never occurred to Boorman that a man having sex wearing full plate armor (Excalibur), Sean Connery in thigh boots, bandoliers and nappy (Zardoz) and Linda Blair doing a musical »

- David Cairns

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Top 100 Horror Movies: How Truly Horrific Are They?

31 October 2014 3:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »

- Andre Soares

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The Definitive Scary Scenes from Non-Horror Movies: 10-1

30 October 2014 6:32 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

10. Deliverance (1972)

Scene: Squeal Like a Piggy


Word to the wise: just because someone plays a mighty fine banjo, it doesn’t mean he or any of his kin should be invited to your family picnic. Based on the James Dickey novel of the same name, Deliverance follows four businessmen as they decide to spend a weekend canoeing down a fictional river before it needs to be flooded. Lewis (Burt Reynolds) leads the crew as the most experienced, followed closely by Ed (Jon Voight). The two novices Bobby and Drew (Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) also join them. So, in remote Georgia, the four men set out to take in the beauty of nature. Before setting off, they come across a group of mountain men, all of which appear to be inbred. Drew engages in a banjo duet with one of the teenagers, but he doesn’t »

- Joshua Gaul

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BBC Worldwide North America Acquires Director John Boorman’s Final Film Queen And Country

29 October 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

BBC Worldwide North America announced today the acquisition of Queen And Country, the latest film by five-time Academy Award nominated director and writer John Boorman (Hope and Glory, Excalibur, The General, Deliverance), securing all rights in North America.

The film, which Boorman has announced will be his last, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2014 and was acquired after making its North American debut during Film Comment’s special screening at the 52nd New York Film Festival earlier this month.

Queen And Country introduces Callum Turner (Ripper Street, Borgias) to the big screen and also stars one of Variety’s  “Top 10 Actors to Watch” Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), David Thewlis (War Horse, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Vanessa Kirby (About Time).  Featuring cinematography from Seamus Deasy (Neverland, When the Sky Falls) and set design by Academy Award nominee Anthony Pratt (The Phantom of the Opera, »

- Michelle McCue

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John Boorman’s Last Film Picked Up By BBC Worldwide North America

29 October 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The last film from the director of Deliverance has found a domestic partner. BBC Worldwide North America said today that it has acquired rights to John Boorman’s Queen And Country. Not to be confused with the Ellen Page spy starrer Queen & Country from Chernin Entertainment, Boorman’s pic is a portrait of post-wwii England, a time of National Service and continued rationing. David Thewlis, X-Men First Class’ Caleb Landry Jones and Ripper actor Callum Turner star. In many ways it is a follow-up to Boorman’s acclaimed 1987 film Hope And Glory, based on his childhood during the London Blitz.

BBC Worldwide Na will release the film in the U.S. and Canada next year. The still-living filmmaker has said Queen And Country would be the last movie he would direct. It debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May and BBC picked up the pic after its North American »

- Dominic Patten

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Director Alexandre Aja on Conquering Fear Through Horror Movies

29 October 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After breaking out as a member of the Splat Pack of horror directors with “High Tension” and “The Hills Have Eyes” remake, French filmmaker Alexandre Aja is branching out with “Horns,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, the upcoming actioner “The Pyramid,” and a TV series based on “Scanners,” and an adaptation of Liz Jensen’s bestselling supernatural thriller “The 9th Life of Louis Drax,” starring Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul, Oliver Platt and Molly Parker that Miramax will release in 2015.

You were part of a group of filmmakers (including Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, Greg McLean) that helped make the genre scary and edgy again.

Somehow we all had the same instinct to go back to the unforgiving American cinema of the 1970s — and the movies of John Boorman, Tobe Hooper and Wes Craven — when definitely no one was safe.

Why was that?

The ‘90s were pretty disappointing for the genre with all the high school slashers. »

- Marc Graser

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This Week on Stage: 'Disgraced' is anything but, Keira Knightley preps her Broadway debut

25 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

We were all hoping that the London production of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour would mark Keira Knightley's Broadway debut (she got great reviews in 2011 starring opposite Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss), but we'll take her however we can get her. Next fall, she will make her Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company's adaptation of the tragic novel Thérèse Raquin, continuing with Knightley's affinity for period dramas. In other news, Big Brother standout Frankie J. Grande (the bro of another famous Grande, Ariana) will take on a supporting role in Rock of Ages for two months beginning Nov. »

- Jason Clark

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Queen & Country Review [Lff 2014]

12 October 2014 7:51 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Realizing you’re about to watch a new movie by the director of Point Blank, Deliverance and Zardoz is an odd experience. In his 81st year, we find John Boorman in a reflective mood, gazing into his own past and trying to assemble fragmented memories into a coherent whole. The result is Queen & Country, a loose sequel to his award-winning 1987 classic Hope & Glory.

That film followed Bill, a fictionalized childhood analogue of Boorman, through the chaos of London Blitz. Queen & Country picks up his story a decade later in 1951. Bill (Callum Turner) has just turned 18, making him eligible to be conscripted for two years of national service. Though just six years since Ve Day, the mood in the country has perceptibly shifted; the vague rumblings from Korea feeling inconsequential in comparison to the previous threat of wartime bombardment.

The majority of the film takes place within a training camp for conscripts somewhere near London. »

- David James

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Reach’

12 September 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Judging by Michael Douglas’ presence as producer and star, “The Reach” must have been some sort of passion project for the aging Hollywood icon. Well, as Pascal observed, the heart has its reasons — which, in Douglas’ case, remain impenetrable at the end of “The Reach,” for upwards of 90 minutes, while the audience looks on in quiet disbelief. A hopelessly misguided mashup of Cornel Wilde’s 1955 cult favorite “The Naked Prey” and “The Most Dangerous Game,” with Douglas playing a mutant hybrid of Gordon Gekko and the Glenn Close character from “Fatal Attraction,” this inauspicious English-language debut for promising French helmer Jean-Baptiste Leonetti doesn’t look to reach far from its Toronto premiere (where Lionsgate paid a surprising $2 million for the U.S. rights).

If there were a festival prize for most Chekovoian use of a handgun, it would surely go to “The Reach” for the early scene in which small-town »

- Scott Foundas

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10 Lessons on Filmmaking from Queen and Country Director John Boorman

2 June 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

English filmmaker John Boorman returned to Cannes this year with Queen and Country, his autobiographical sequel to Hope and Glory. At 81 years old, Boorman claims this is his very last movie, and after such an illustrious career — with films including Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur, and The Emerald Forest — he ends on a very high note. In 1952, young Bill Rohan (Callum Turner) must leave his idyllic countryside home on the River Thames for two years’ Army conscription. Rather than being shipped out to fight the Chinese in the Korean War, Bill is enlisted with his friend Percy (Caleb […] »

- Ariston Anderson

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Ray Donovan: Jon Voight clip

2 June 2014 6:36 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

See acting legend Jon Voight discuss his role in Ray Donovan, out now on DVD and Blu-Ray...


Just one of the casting coups in Showtime's Ray Donovan, season one of which is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray, is Jon Voight

Known for modern classics from Deliverance to Midnight CowboyRunaway Train and Heat, Voight brings his own particular chutzpah to the role of Mickey Donovan, a "dangerous, child-like, clever survivalist" and father to Liev Schreiber's eponymous L.A. fixer.

Here's a short video of Voight discussing the role of Mickey, how to approach playing dangerous characters, and his career to date (with bonus mention of Voight's good pal, 'Dusty' Hoffman).

Just to warn those of you with sensitive dispositions, the language is a little er, fruity from the off...

Ray Donovan season one is out to own on Blu-Ray & DVD from today, June the 2nd.

Follow our »

- louisamellor

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“Cinema Needs Good Images”: An Interview with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

29 May 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Vilmos Zsigmond, Asc was given the “Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography” award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It was a fitting tribute to the 83-year-old director of photography, who chronicled the events of the 1956 Hungarian revolution before leaving his country soon afterwards. In 1962 he became a naturalized citizen of the United States, settling in Los Angeles. During the ’70s Zsigmond established himself as one of the world’s great cinematographers, working on Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller and The Long Goodbye, John Boorman’s Deliverance, and Steven Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, […] »

- Kaleem Aftab

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Cannes award to legendary Vilmos Zsigmond

27 May 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

We here at Tfh have always thought of the great Vilmos Zsigmond as one of "our" movie icons, having begun his distinguished cinematographic career in the humble swamps of low budget exploitation before rising on his own merit to a justly celebrated mainstream career. So it is with fond memories of the likes of The Sadist, The Name of the Game is Kill, The Time Travelers and Five Bloody Graves that we congratulate him on this latest award: From The Daily News - The legendary Hungarian-American cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, director of photography of the soon-to-be-released film ‘Atatürk,’ will receive a Life Time Achievement Award today from the 67th Cannes International Film Festival 2014. 

In an extraordinary, Academy Award-winning career spanning some six decades, Zsigmond’s outstanding credits include “The Deer Hunter” and “Heaven’s Gate” directed by Michael Cimino, “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” and “Sugarland Express” by Steven Spielberg, »

- TFH Team

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This Is the 'Midnight Cowboy' Legacy, From A to Z

23 May 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's a shock to go back and watch "Midnight Cowboy" 45 years after its debut (on May 25, 1969) and see how raw and otherworldly it looks. After all, the X-rated Best Picture Oscar-winner has been so thoroughly assimilated into American pop culture that even kiddie entertainments like the Muppets have copied from it.

The tale of the unlikely friendship between naïve Texas gigolo Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and frail Bronx con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), "Midnight Cowboy" was initially considered so risqué that it's the only X-rated movie ever to win the Academy's top prize (though after it won, the ratings board reconsidered and gave the film an R). Still, the film featured two lead performances and a few individual scenes that were so iconic that homages (and parodies) have popped up virtually everywhere. (Most often imitated is the scene where Ratso, limping across a busy Manhattan street, is nearly »

- Gary Susman

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