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Feature James Clayton 18 Oct 2013 - 06:39
The arrival of Sly-and-Arnie thriller Escape Plan leaves James pondering the living conditions in other Hollywood film prisons...
"Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?" asks Captain Clarence Oveur (Peter Graves) in Airplane!, the classic Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker spoof from 1980. Joey doesn't respond to that question or Oveur's other teasers - "Do you like films about gladiators?" and "Have you ever seen a grown man naked?" - but I think we can safely assume that the kid has never done time in a cell in Turkey.
Employing our Sherlock-style deduction skills, we take the wholesome pre-pubescent All-American boy's claim "I've never been on a plane before!" as conclusive. Unless Joey is delusional, a severe amnesiac or a chronic liar, he has not had a Midnight Express experience.
Still, that was over 30 years ago and in that time Joey has undoubtedly grown »
Interview Ryan Lambie 8 Oct 2013 - 06:19
With a career stretching back to the 1960s, British film producer Robert Watts played a key role in making some of the most influential films of the 1970s. Just a quick glance over his credits as a producer reveals an extraordinary career, which includes Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and its sequels, the first three Indiana Jones films, and the groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Those films are but the tip of the iceberg; before Star Wars, he worked on two James Bond films - Thunderball and You Only Live Twice - collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, and, in films such as Man In The Middle, Darling and Papillon, worked with such legendary actors as Robert Mitchum, »
Dalton Trumbo was the highest-paid screenwriter of his era earning an Oscar nomination for his screenplay Kitty Foyle. His career seemingly came crashing to a halt when he was called before House Un-American Activities Committee (Huac), refusing to answer any questions about his political affiliations.
He was sent to prison and was one of the infamous "Hollywood 10" writers to be completely blacklisted from the studio system. However, he ended up winning two Academy Awards in the 1950s for the classics Roman Holiday and The Brave One, which he wrote under pen names. He eventually launched a campaign to end the blacklist once and for all, going on to write other classics such as Spartacus, Exodus and Papillon. The writer died of »
He was also a member of the U.S. Communist Party USA and refused to give information to McCarthy's House Committee on Un-American Activities. He became part of 'Hollywood 10', a group of screenwriters blacklisted by the studios.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Bryan Cranston has found yet another project to fill his schedule now that the Emmy-winning series Breaking Bad is coming to an end. Director Jay Roach is now developing a feature film about the life of Blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo and according to Variety he has hired Cranston to play the lead role. John McNamara wrote the script for what will be called Trumbo, and it will tell the story of how the filmmaker was thrown in prison back in 1950 for not responding to questions during an interrogation from the House Committee on Un-American Activities (the government committee that worked to identify Americans with Communist ties). During his career as one of the highest paid writers in Hollywood, Trumbo wrote a number of classics, including Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Franklin Schaffner's Papillon, and William Wyler's Roman Holiday (his writing credit for the last in the list was only »
On Friday, August 9, Turner Classic Movies (North America) presents a day long tribute to Steve McQueen that extends to the wee small hours of Saturday morning. Films to be screened include The Magnificent Seven, Papillon, Never So Few, Somebody Up There Likes Me, The Reivers, Bullitt, The Cincinnati Kid (followed immediately by the original production featurette for the film), The Honeymoon Machine and Soldier in the Rain. Can you say, "Couch potato time?" Check local listings for times. »
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6 items from 2013
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