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The Magic of Jacques Demy

Taking a look at the French director’s fascinating filmography.

One of the biggest films of 2016, La La Land, owes a thing or two to French director Jacques Demy. The bright, colorful musical visually mirrors Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), and director Damien Chazelle was able to capture something of the melancholic sweetness of Demy’s musicals. Demy is not one of the most famous French directors, however his films have a specific charm and intelligence that no other filmmaker could match. The way he blended Hollywood style with French culture was unlike any other filmmaker at the time.

Demy began his career in 1960s France, during the time of the “Nouvelle Vague” or French New Wave. This was the time of films such as Breathless, Jules and Jim, The 400 Blows, and Le Beau Serge. However, Demy lies a little bit outside of this group of filmmakers, and
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Peter Vaughan, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Porridge’ Actor, Dies at 93

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Peter Vaughan, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Porridge’ Actor, Dies at 93
Actor Peter Vaughan, best known for his performances as Maester Aemon on “Game of Thrones” and Harry “Grouty” Grout on the BBC sitcom “Porridge,” has died at the age of 93. According to his agent Sally Long-Innes, Vaughan passed away “at approximately 10:30 this morning” and “died peacefully with his family around him.”

Read More: Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 7 ‘The Gift’ Doesn’t Bounce Back From Last Week’s Trauma

The actor began his career at the Wolverhampton Repertory theater company before joining the army during World War II where he served as an officer in Normandy, Belgium and then later, the Far East. After the war, he returned to the stage where he played a bevy of roles for many years.

His first film performance was in Ralph Thomas’ 1959 film “The 39 Steps,” a loose remake of the Alfred Hitchcock film by the same name, but his first lead
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‘Sinister Squad’ Review

Stars: Johnny Rey Diaz, Christina Licciardi, Lindsay Sawyer, Talia A Davis, Trae Ireland, Isaac Reyes, Fiona Rene, Joseph Michael Harris, Nick Principe, Aaron Moses, Randall Yarbrough | Written and Directed by Jeremy M. Inman

To be fair, you know what you’re in for with any Asylum movie that is homaging a bigger-budget Hollywood flick… After all it’s become de rigueur for David Michael Latt and co. to produce what have been affectionately dubbed “mockbusters” for all the big Summer blockbusters: films such as Transmorphers, American Battleship, The Terminators, Almighty Thor, Battle of Los Angeles, and Avengers Grimm. But watching a mockbuster from The Asylum doesn’t neccesarily mean audiences are in for a terrible time, there are often sparks of genius within their films – be it some great casting or an inspired plot.

Case in point: the aforementioned Avengers Grimm, which used the Avengers film format to tell a
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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The
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Once Upon a Time Round Table: "Nasty Habits"

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Once Upon a Time spent another week in Neverland Sunday, as our intrepid crew tried to battle their own "Nasty Habits" in order to save Henry. Unfortunately, it didn't work out the way they had hoped.

Below, TV Fanatics Carla Day, Jim Garner, Nick McHatton and Christine Orlando are joined by Gareth from Once Upon a Fan to decide if Neal made the right call and to debate which is the scariest fairy tale. Join in the debate now!

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What was your favorite scene or line from this Once Upon a Time Season 3 episode?

Carla: I liked when Emma found Bae's light map. She knows him well, even from back before they met. Plus, the interactions between the others was interesting too. I love the Charmings, Hook and Regina all working together.

Gareth: So many great moments in this episode. What a dark turn this season is taking. Loved
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Grimm Ep. 1.07, “Let Your Hair Down”: Another strong episode as the creatures get more time

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While investigating the death of a backwoods cannabis farmer, Nick glimpses what he thinks might be a Blutbad living alone the in the woods. This links to a case Hank has never forgotten: the unsolved disappearance of a little girl.

Grimm Season 1, Episode 7: “Let Your Hair Down”

Written by Sarah Goldfinger and Naren Shanka

Directed by Holly Dale

Airs Fridays at 9pm Et on NBC

Grimm is at its best when the writers use the fairytales on which the series is based as a jumping off point rather than a blueprint for the whole story. The weakest episode so far was “Danse Macabre” which attempted a too-literal interpretation of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” and ended up giving us the slightly ridiculous spectacle of a man playing a violin to bunch of bemused looking rats – surprising, given that the writers of that particular rat’s nest were the originators
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Grimm Ep. 1.05, “Danse Macabre”: Mediocre writing saved by supporting players

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When a music teacher ends up as the main course for a swarm of rats, Nick and Hank suspect a former student may be responsible. Nick discovers that Roddy Geiger is not only a talented musician, he has a strange empathy with rodents, perhaps to the point that he can make them commit murder on his behalf.

Grimm Season 1, Episode 5: “Danse Macabre

Written by David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf

Directed by David Solomon

Aired Thursday at 9pm on NBC

The Pied Piper used music to free the citizens of Hamelin from a plague of rats. When they refused to pay, the piper took a terrible revenge, luring all of the children in the city away, into an opening in the nearby hills which closed just as the terrified parents arrived, too late to save all but a single crippled boy. This episode of Grimm attempts to update the tale,
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Grimm: Two New Trailers for Tonight’s New Episode

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Yes, two new Grimms in one week! And this one looks like it has even more Monroe goodness! We love this show, and Silas Weir Mitchell‘s part in it really adds a necessary quirky element (because people who are actually bees, or goats, or The Pied Piper – that’s just not quirky enough for us). Bring on the Big Bad Wolves:

The Three Bad Wolves (TV-14) A Suspicious Fire Reveals A Rivalry With Connections To Monroe –Nick (David Giuntoli) is called to a suspected arson case, which exposes a longstanding family feud that brings Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) face-to-face with characters from his troubled past. While Monroe wrestles with restraining his wild side, it’s up to Nick to keep everything from going up in flames. Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee also star.

Grimm airs Fridays at 9/8c on NBC.
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Video Previews and Interviews for the Next Two Episodes of Grimm - Danse Macabre and The Three Bad Wolves

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Now that we're closing in on NBC's big two-night event showcasing "Grimm"'s return this week on Thursday, December 8th, and Friday, December 9th, the network has released a few new promo videos and interviews for the upcoming "Danse Macabre" and "The Three Bad Wolves" episodes. Check 'em out, and be sure to tune in!

"Danse Macabre" Synopsis (Airing 12/8/11):

A beloved high school music teacher’s body is destroyed by rats.

"The Three Bad Wolves" Synopsis (Airing 12/9/11):

Nick and Hank investigate the explosion of a Blutbad's home, which exposes a longstanding family feud that brings Monroe face-to-face with characters from his troubled past. While Monroe wrestles with restraining his wild side, it's up to Nick to keep everything from going up in flames.

Inspired by Grimm's fairy tales, "Grimm" follows Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt, played by David Giuntoli, as he battles supernatural forces. Bitsie Tulloch portrays his fiancée,
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'Grimm': David Giuntoli and Russell Hornsby talk double lives and rats

NBC is bringing the creepy factor on its Friday night fairy tale show "Grimm." But the program is more than meets the eye. It has a complex back story for its main character Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) who is constantly fending off his foes while keeping secrets from friends, including fellow cop Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby).

The stars of the show, Giuntoli and Hornsby, sat down with Zap2it to talk about a variety of subjects. Here are a few highlights:

On how Burkhardt will keep his identity a secret: "As the show goes on, I realize that the bad boys are coming for me where ever I am...It's getting dangerously close to everybody...I'm spinning a lot of plates. I'm trying to figure out how to live a double life."

On Hornsby's favorite Grimm tale: "I enjoy 'The Pied Piper' because I'm deathly afraid of rats.
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The Pied Piper set to dance onto cinema screens

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The Pied Piper set to dance onto cinema screens
Fairytales are in hot demand. Puss in boots just got his own movie, audiences recently became Tangled up in Rapunzel’s adventures and Snow White is looking to kick ass in not one but two reboots next year. Today it was announced 20th Century Fox is looking to invest in the Brothers Grimm story, The Pied Piper. For those of you kiddy-winks who were not read it before bedtime (lucky you), it's the dark tale of a piper hired to rid a town of a rat infestation. However when the job is done and the officials refuse to pay him, he uses his...

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This week's new film events

From Page To Screen, Bridport

Guest curator Jonathan Coe lends the appropriate literary lustre to this festival of movies adapted from novels, and for a respected author he's not as sniffy as you'd expect. Coe's list includes some successful examples recent and ancient – from True Grit, The Social Network and How To Train Your Dragon to Jacques Demy's Donovan-scored The Pied Piper and forgotten 1945 melodrama They Were Sisters – most of which are introduced by himself and other experts. Coe also talks to some of those concerned in the process, including Kazuo Ishiguro about the recent version of his Never Let Me Go and Bill Forsyth on his version of Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, while Rowan Joffé discusses his recent adaptations of The American and Brighton Rock.

Bridport Arts Centre & Electric Palace, Wed to 17 Apr

From Ecstasy To Rapture: 50 Years Of The Other Spanish Cinema/Pere Portabella, London

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Zenescope's 'Piper' bound for cinema

Publisher Zenescope Entertainment has teamed up with Persistent Entertainment and Pantry Films to bring its popular graphic novel The Piper to the big screen. The book is a dark reimagining of Brothers Grimm fairy tale The Pied Piper Of Hamelin. It revolves around a down-trodden music student who unwittingly channels the spirit of the mysterious Piper, with terrifying consequences. Persistent Entertainment executive Aaron Cruze will spearhead the development of the project. The studio has produced over 20 films to date, including Palme d'Or nominee Southland Tales and the upcoming Nailed, (more)
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[DVD Review] Walt Disney Animation Collection: Volume 3: The Prince and the Pauper

The Disney Classic Short Films collection abounds with animation gems that have been wiling away the last few years. In the third installment of this collection, headlined by the more well-known The Prince and the Pauper, we get one the better animated features in the old Disney library. Accompanying the main cartoon we have five additional cartoons of starkly varied age, style and quality (more so than on the other sets).

The Prince and the Pauper (1990)

Directed by George Scribner, Written by Gerrit Graham and Sam Graham

Here we have one of the best Disney shorts to come of the pre-Pixar era. Created back in 1990, the animation here stands up to the test of time – in fact, seeing it for the first time in what must have been a decade, I was shocked at how beautiful it still looks. Based on the classic story by Mark Twain, it has all
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