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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber
The gritty, action-filled 1972 crime drama Across 110th Street stars Anthony Quinn (The Secret of Santa Vittoria) and Yaphet Kotto (Live and Let Die) as two hard-hitting New York City police detectives.
When a crew of gun-totin’ gangstas knocks over a mafia racket in Harlem, their plan gets blown to hell and the crib gets blown to bits! But as the bullets start flyin’ and cops start dyin’, a pair of New York’s finest, Mattelli and Pope, are forced to work together to bring justice to the streets before the Mafia brings the ghetto to its knees! Now, wanted by the Man and hunted by the Mob, there ain’t no way these homicidal homeboys are getting across 110th Street except in a body bag!
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To give the impending Smackdown some context we're looking at the year 1973. Here's Glenn on tickets sold...
1973 was like the end of a box-office era. While year-end charts weren’t suffocated with superheroes, CGI natural disasters, and dystopian visions of futuristic societies for a little while yet, but 1973 was as far as I can tell the last year to not have a single now-traditional effects-driven film in the top ten hits of the year. Just one year later in 1974 the end-of-year charts would include the one-two punch The Towering Inferno and Earthquake (plus Airport '75), and 1975 essentially ushered in the modern era of the blockbuster with Jaws and since then it's been a steady increase.
Here is what the top ten films of 1973 looked like.
01 The Sting $156m
02 The Exorcist $128m
03 American Graffiti $96.3m
04 Papillon $53.3
05 The Way We Were $45m
06 Magnum Force $39.7
07 Last Tango In Paris $36.1
08 Live And Let Die »
- Glenn Dunks
You most likely know some of Weird Al Yankovic's biggest hits, but he has also recorded and discarded many would-be parody hits over the years. Much of this unreleased material has to do with permissions issues, since Yankovic won't put something out officially unless the original artist is okay with it. This was the case with "Chicken Pot Pie," for example; Paul McCartney didn't give his consent to use "Live and Let Die," citing his vegetarian lifestyle. Other artists, such as Yoko Ono, were offended by Weird Al's parody. And in some cases, Yankovic himself wasn't satisfied with the final product. Unsurprisingly, most of his unreleased material can be found online. Vulture took a tour through Weird Al's attic and pulled out 14 favorites."Pac-Man" (parody of the Beatles' "Taxman") "If I Could Make Love to a Bottle" (Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle") Weird Al fanatics »
- Brennan Carley
Sam Mendes, speaking at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle on Tuesday night, spoke about how the spirit of the London Olympics influenced the pro-British enthusiasm in the last James Bond film, Skyfall.
Mendes says he remembers thinking “I think this might be okay,” during the 2012 Olympics as he was editing Skyfall.
He recalls watching Mo Farah’s race with his son and father and being inspired by “80,000 people cheering for the same guy.” “There was a feeling around London and England that changed the way I cut the movie,” he says, “It fed into it in an interesting way.”
He says following up on Skyfall’s huge success “is a big challenge for me… I am just hammering it [the script] out now. It’s gruelling but it’s fun.”
After doing Skyfall, which was hailed as a more modern approach to Bond, he knew he wanted to do a follow-up film. “We had taken »
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We should all be used to this by now. At midnight tonight, when the calendar changes to July 1, a bunch of movies will expire on Netflix Streaming. Some of them may come back at some later point — like the James Bond movies, which disappear and reappear every now and again — and some may be gone forever. (That's probably an extreme assumption.) If any of these are on your Netflix streaming queue (we'll never call it "My List." Never!), might wanna make tonight a sofa night.In no particular order ... Chinatown The Terminator Close Encounters of the Third Kind Gattaca Rocky 1-5 Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Taxi Driver Spaceballs Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Live and Let Die, The Living Daylights, You Only Live Twice, Never Say Never Again As Good As It Gets Event Horizon »
- Gilbert Cruz
Every movie has to have its signature song and that certainly goes for the action-oriented males in film that are fortunate to have these finger-snapping tunes represent them on the big screen. The movie theme song indulges the audience and delivers a whole new kind of intrigue and feeling that we invest in the roguish ruffians on the big screen that some men would like to emulate and the ladies would love to cozy up to intimately.
There are music selections that do bring to mind the euphoria of the male action-packed characters we regard highly despite their moral compass. Maybe one can get excitable when hearing Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” tune for the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name? Perhaps any of the musical themes for the countless James Bond films tickle your fancy? (there are two included in this article incidentally). Your preference might be in »
- Frank Ochieng
Has it really been 25 years since we first met Indiana Jones's father?
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," the third film in the globe-trotting series, opened on May 24, 1989, returning our favorite dashing archaeologist to fighting Nazis and searching for Biblical treasures. It was the second-highest grossing film of 1989 with $197 million in the U.S. alone, surpassing 1984's "Temple," which earned just under $180 million.
While we are all as much scholars of these films as Dr. Jones is of collectible relics, we've unearthed some details you might not have known about the making of the film, including its many James Bond connections and why Steven Spielberg was so reluctant to make a movie about the Holy Grail.
1. Although George Lucas and Spielberg had always intended to make the series a trilogy, Spielberg also wanted "to apologize for the second one" by returning to the spirit of the original, hence the welcome »
- Sharon Knolle
With Hugh Jackman currently negotiating to play Wolverine for a seventh and eighth time, Cinelinx takes a look at actors who’ve played the same role eight times or more. Who has played the same character most often? Come in and find out.
Hugh Jackman has already played Wolverine five times--x-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and The Wolverine (2013)—as well as a cameo in X-Men:First Class (2011). Soon we’ll be seeing him fully clawed again on the big screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Recently, he told Collider that he might shoot Wolverine 3 and X-Men: Apocalypse “back-to-back”, which would make a total of eight times (9 times with the cameo) that he’ll portray the Canadian mutant.
You might be thinking “Wow! That’s amazing! I’ve never heard of anyone playing the same role so many times.” Well, for those who may not know it, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Seven James Bond films starring Sean Connery and Roger Moore debut in May on Netfllix, North America. Titles are: Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, A View to a Kill, From Russia With Love, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only and Never Say Never Again. Click here for a list of other films and TV shows debuting this month. »
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Surprise! After nearly a year of dating, Jodie Foster, 51, and photographer Alexandra Hedison, 44, tied the knot on the weekend of April 18 in a top-secret ceremony, which friends of the newlyweds say is just their style. "They are very private when they're around people they don't know," says a source. "But when they're together, it can be like they're in their own world." That was evident when the couple were spotted just days after their wedding walking through the second annual Paris Photo Show on April 24 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. "They were holding hands and looking like a newly married »
One of Hollywood's most private stars, Jodie Foster has long kept her love life out of the public eye. But with the surprise news of Foster's weekend wedding to her girlfriend of nearly a year, Alexandra Hedison, the newlyweds now face a brighter public spotlight. Here are five things to know about the Oscar winner's new wife: 1. She grew up in Hollywood.Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hedison, 44, is the daughter of David Hedison, a stage, film and television actor best known for his role as James Bond's ally Felix Leiter in Live and Let Die and License to Kill. »
- Michelle Tauber
Comic relief characters are written to try and make us laugh. Some of them are better than others. Join us as we discuss some of the best and worst comic relief characters in film.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. We’ll even submit reviews of the films we discuss so that you can get a better idea of what we’re talking about. April is National Humor Month, and because of this we will honor comedy in film. What makes you laugh? Feel free to add your own comments or reviews of movies that tickle your funny bone.
Comic relief characters play an important part in film. They can be major characters or minor ones, but their purpose »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The MTV Movie Awards are coming your way on Sunday. The nominations this year, particularly for Movie of the Year, were interesting. I don't know that the wins will be, though, because frankly it seems like another young adult adaptation is poised to dominate after we got a bit of a breather from that sort of thing last year. I have no idea what I'm doing here. Yeah, the public votes, but I imagine there's plenty of rigging going on, too. So against reason, I'll try to predict them anyway. Don't use them for your office pool or anything (if you happen to work in an office so chill as to have an MTV Movie Awards pool, that is). Just try to follow my logic below and feel free to tell me why I'm wrong in the comments section. Best Kiss Ashley Benson, James Franco & Vanessa Hudgens, "Spring Breakers" Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Scarlett Johansson, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Jennifer Lawrence was one of the best parts of American Hustle. I'm sorry, but she's just an amazingly talented actress, and I'll watch her in anything. Thanks to Entertainment Tonight we have a deleted scene from the movie for you to watch featuring Lawrence lip-syncing to Santana’s "Evil Ways" while cleaning her apartment. In the final cut of the film she does the same scene to the song "Live and Let Die."
- Joey Paur
If Jennifer Lawrence's rendition of "Live and Let Die" in "American Hustle" wasn't enough for you, now watch her lip-sync, air-guitar and rock out to Santana's "Evil Ways" in a deleted scene. Director David O. Russell was probably right to drop the sequence. It goes on a little too long, and doesn't have the campy punch of the Paul McCartney singalong that made the final cut. But it's a treat watching this spiky housewife, yellow gloves and all, break down and let it all out. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
In the clip, Lawrence’s character lip syncs Santana’s “Evil Ways” while cleaning her home as her son sits on the couch and watches. At one point, the Oscar winner gets down on all fours and gives her best air guitar solo.
The four-minute outtake is part of the DVD package, which was released on March 18.
- Nikara Johns
Jennifer Lawrence ”singing” in American Hustle was one of the film’s best moments. Whether you loved the film or hated it, there’s simply no denying Lawrence lip-synching Live and Let Die by Wings was amazing. Turns out, that wasn’t the only song director David O. Russell got the Oscar-winning actress to lip-synch while cleaning her apartment. In […]
- Germain Lussier
Amphibious Lotus Esprit seen in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
This model helicopter used in Skyfall (2012) is on display in the foyer.
Cinema Retro London reporter Matthew Field admires the art gallery section of the exhibition.
Blofeld's Bath-o-Sub, as seen in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Speedboat driven by Roger Moore in his first Bond film, Live and Let Die (1973)
Dave and Matt get to ham it up with some "real" Bond girls: some of the ladies from Eon Productions. This souvenir photo puts attendees inside the legendary gun barrel and will be available at the Bond in Motion exhibition.
Entrance to the exhibition at the London Film Museum.
On Tuesday 18th March Cinema Retro was invited to »
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For all the dumb “American Hustle” vs. “Wolf Of Wall Street” bickering by critics (which prompted New York Times doyen A.O Scott to scold folks on Twitter,) what did it land both films? Zero Oscars. For David O. Russell’s film, being nominated for 10 Academy Awards and receiving none must have hurt. But with the Oscars in the past, Sony can concentrate with the here and now as “American Hustle” is available on DVD and Blu-Ray this week. Four deleted scenes from the movie have been released this week which give deeper context for the film’s “some of this actually happened” story. "She is the only one I can't play," Christian Bale’s Irving Rosenfeld admits in a clip from USA Today. He can’t control his headstrong wife, Rosalyn Rosenfeld played by Jennifer Lawrence. And his mistress played by Amy Adams is pissed. JLaw already stole most »
- Edward Davis
I didn’t see American Hustle until after it had garnered ten Oscar nominations and a slew of other accolades, which explains why my expectations for David O. Russell’s period crime caper were so unreasonably high. Watching a film is an inherently subjective experience, so going in knowing about all the awards attention didn’t help – instead, it painted a picture in my head of a movie so thoroughly excellent that it would amaze, delight and utterly defy criticism.
American Hustle is not that movie – it’s far from perfect, which I should have expected. A flawless film only comes along once in a blue moon, after all. Russell’s film is sometimes confusing and consistently over-the-top, and its focus on style over substance leaves a little to be desired. Those flaws stated, there’s something much more important that American Hustle gets right – namely, it’s one of »
- Isaac Feldberg
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