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The Original Harry Potter Synopsis J.K. Rowling Sent to Publishers Will Make You Sob

All of the publishers that turned down J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter pitches back in the day are probably still kicking themselves 20 years later. The struggling author suffered rejection after rejection (12 publishing houses passed before Bloomsbury accepted, to be exact), but she never gave up on bringing the boy wizard we know and love to life. RelatedYou Should Sit Down Before Looking at the Harry Potter Studio Tour's Halloween Decor The world is forever changed as a result of the Harry Potter series, but it all started with one synopsis that described what the novels would be about. The original summary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone that Rowling sent to publishers is now on display at the British Library in London as a part of the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition. The words will warm your Potter-loving heart and make you want to reread the books
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Superman: The Movie – 2 Film Collection

I guess there are plenty of adults now too young to remember when Christopher Reeve made his debut as The Man of Steel. It was a massive hit across the full spectrum of moviegoers. Warners is taking good care of everyone’s favorite undocumented visitor from Planet Krypton, and has assembled two separate cuts of his big-screen premiere.

Superman: The Movie

Blu-ray

2-Film Collection

Warner Bros.

1978 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 188 min. Extended Cut + 151 min. Special Edition orig. 143 min. / Street Date October 10, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Jack O’Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York, Jeff East, Marc McClure, Sarah Douglas, Harry Andrews, Diane Sherry, Randy Jurgensen, Larry Hagman, John Ratzenberger, Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill.

Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth

Film Editors: Stuart Baird, Michael Ellis

Production Design: John Barry

Assistant Director: Vincent Winter
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His Girl Friday

One of the greatest newspaper pictures ever (can there be many more in our future?), Howard Hawks’ gender-bending remake of The Front Page stands as a comedy classic. Its improvisational-sounding overlapping dialog still impresses as modernistic. Such stars as Ginger Rogers, Jean Arthur, Irene Dunne, Carole Lombard and Claudette Colbert turned down Rosalind Russell’s revamped Hildy Parks role. Cary Grant’s surprised reaction to one of Russell’s unexpected ad-libs was directed directly to Hawks: “Is she going to do that?”. And it’s in the movie. Unfortunately all we could find was a textless trailer on this one.
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People Goes Behind the Ripped Headlines with a New True Crime Stories Special Issue

People Goes Behind the Ripped Headlines with a New True Crime Stories Special Issue
Since its 1990 debut, Law & Order has relied on true crime to fire up its writers’ imaginations.

“When I first pitched ,” executive producer Dick Wolf tells People in a new interview, “ Brandon Tartikoff asked, ‘What’s the bible for the series?’ I said, ‘The front page.’ ”

Now, more 1,000 episodes later, the wildly popular cops-and-courts drama, which ended in 2010, and its many ongoing spin-offs have spun countless tales from true events.

People has gathered the most compelling in a new special issue, True Crime Stories: 35 Real Cases that Inspired the Show Law & Order.

The 96-page issue contains the latest news on high profile trials,
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New to Streaming: ‘Mulholland Dr.,’ ‘Death Note,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Berlin Syndrome (Cate Shortland)

While the recent 10 Cloverfield Lane and Room told stories of captivity with various hooks — science-fiction and the process of healing, respectively — Cate Shortland’s approach in her latest, harrowing drama Berlin Syndrome makes room for more nuance and depth. Locked in a Berlin apartment, there is little hope for our protagonist for nearly the entire runtime. And while some of the story’s turns can feel overtly manipulative,
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David Reviews Yasujiro Ozu’s Good Morning [Criterion Blu-ray Review]

The long anticipated, seemingly inevitable but frustratingly overdue upgrade of Yasujiro Ozu’s second color film Good Morning finally became a reality earlier this week. A pristine new edition of Spine #84 has just landed on the shelves, and it’s a cause for joyful celebration for Ozu aficionados and newcomers alike, who now have the opportunity to rediscover one of the great director’s most enchanting films. It’s hard to overstate just how much a new transfer and a tidy array of supplemental features allow Good Morning‘s virtues to shine, but I can attest without reservation that this release feels every bit as essential and fully realized as any of the other three Ozu Blu-rays that Criterion has previously made available.

Yes, Tokyo Story, Late Spring and Autumn Afternoon, the director’s final film, are all widely esteemed as monumental works, whereas Good Morning is often relegated to “lesser Ozu” status.
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2017 Tony Nominations Revealed: Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett & More

2017 Tony Nominations Revealed: Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett & More
While Hamilton dominated Broadway theater in 2016, this year's Tony nominations are more evenly distributed.

The 71st annual Tony Awards nominations were unveiled on Tuesday morning live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Announced by Jane Krakowski and Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson, the honorees were led by Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Josh Groban's role in the War and Peace-inspired story.

Related: Kristen Bell Shares Dax Shepard's Hilarious Review of 'Hamilton' After Seeing the Musical for the First Time

Dear Evan Hansen landed nine nominations, two of which were for Best Musical and Best Leading Actor (Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect). The stage adaptation of Groundhog Day and the 9/11 musical, Come From Away, rounded out the Best Musical noms.

Bette Midler also scored a Best Leading Actress nomination for her performance in Hello, Dolly! -- her
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8 classic feminist movies well ahead of their time

Jennifer Leigh Williamson Jun 13, 2017

As far back as the 1920s, cinema has brought us feminist heroes. Here's a bunch of films way ahead of their time...

“I never realised until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.” - Katharine Hepburn

Feminism, equality of the sexes. Often when watching old movies, the sexism of the time can catch you off guard. Bums are pinched, bimbos bounce, old maids glower and you shake your head and sigh, glad that those times have (mostly) passed. So when we see classic films with strong, intelligent, impressive, witty, ambitious, feminist female characters, equals to their male counterparts, we sit up and take notice. There are many great classic films with impressive female characters, too many to list here. This article is about the characters that have inspired me personally. Classic feminist films way ahead of their time.

Spoilers ahead...

The Passion Of Joan Of Arc
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7 Events NYC Actors Need To Add to Their Calendars

Backstage is rounding up some of this week’s best, feel-good events in the busily beautiful city—everything actors should be seeing and doing to keep up with all the great arts and culture NYC has to offer. After all, training doesn’t just happen in the acting studio! 1. Watch and learn how to get into character.Watch actors portray cynical reporters and sensation-seeking editors in a special screening of 1931 classic, “The Front Page.” Afterward, join Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein for “Character Actors 101,” an illustrated talk celebrating the “real stars of Hollywood”, the character actors who appear again and again, that he first presented at the TCM Classic Film Festival. And you can get two tickets for the price of one! This double-feature event on April 27 is a must for actors. (Tickets: $8 for members, $14 for non-members.) 2. Experience the New Voices in Black Cinema festival.The festival, presented by BAMcinématek is in its seventh year,
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Everyone’s Favorite Everyman John Goodman Receives Walk of Fame Honor

Everyone’s Favorite Everyman John Goodman Receives Walk of Fame Honor
With his jocular, yet authoritative voice matched with a wide grin and gleaming eyes, John Goodman could very well be the definition of a character actor. The guy filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen routinely cast as the sidekick who lands some of the most memorable lines in their movies or whom Lorne Michaels frequently calls up to host and guest star on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” With the latter, it helps that he seems comfortable with dressing in drag.

And, despite being a marquee name with a scroll of TV, film, and theater credits, Goodman is perfectly fine with this distinction. “I still consider myself a character actor,” Goodman says. “I think it’s a good thing. I think every actor’s a character actor to a certain extent. Character actor has a lot of different definitions. I’m just a mutt. I just keep going for the bone.
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‘His Girl Friday’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart | Written by Charles Lederer | Directed by Howard Hawks

Walter (Cary Grant) and Hildy (Rosalind Russell) used to be married. Hildy is a journalist looking for a way out of the biz, but Walter – who also happens to be her ex-boss – wants to bring her back in. He just wants her, full stop. He sees her new fiancé – a safe dullard named Bruce (Ralph Bellamy) – and he despairs.

But Hildy and Bruce are leaving town tonight and getting married tomorrow. Walter, in typically psychopathic rom-com style, desperately contrives various ways of preventing them. Then the news story of the year is unleashed: a man accused of shooting a black police officer absconds on the eve of his execution.

A domino run of darkly farcical events begins, which not only resurrect Hildy’s passion for journalism, but also her lapsed camaraderie with Walter.
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Blu-ray Review – His Girl Friday (1940)

His Girl Friday, 1940.

Directed by Howard Hawks.

Starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, John Qualen, Helen Mack, and Alma Kruger.

Synopsis:

A hard-boiled newspaper editor attempts to rekindle his ex-wife’s – and ex-star reporter’s – love for both himself and the world of newspaper journalism.

His Girl Friday marks something of a turning point in the movies. Howard Hawks’s adaptation of a play (Hold the Front Page) exploring the dynamic world of newspaper journalism took the genius idea of changing the gender of the originally male ace-reporter character and transforming him into Rosalind Russell’s vivacious Hildy Johnson. Her portrayal of a smart and determined journalist trading razor-sharp quips and put-downs with her charismatic ex-boss and ex-husband Walter Burns (Cary Grant) is a truly wonderful creation, bringing a whole new dimension to fast-talking character driven screwball comedy.

Hoping to draw Johnson back into the non-stop life of the newsroom,
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Rushes. Golden Globes, "Twin Peaks," World Poll, New "Death Race"

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries.NEWSLast weekend the generally derided yet fiercely observed Golden Globes winners were announced 2016, which included La La Land (Best Director, Screenplay, Song, Score and Actor, Actress and picture for a musical/comedy), Moonlight (Best Drama), and Elle (Best Foreign Language film, Best Actress for a drama).Okay, it's not strictly cinema news, but 18 episodes of new moving pictures directed by David Lynch counts as news to us! Showtime has revealed the number of episodes of the upcoming season of Twin Peaks, all directed by Lynch, and that the two-hour premiere of the show will be on May 21, immediately followed by the digital release of the third and forth episodes. Those film professionals who will be in Cannes at the time better plan on skipping their Monday morning screenings!Great news for those, like us, still enamored by celluloid: Kodak has
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David Reviews Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday [Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review]

News Flash! (Dateline: Chicago Il. January 10, 2017.) The Criterion Collection launches its 2017 campaign today with a raucous one-two punch that summons fond memories of Hollywood’s Golden Age while jabbing its finger into the chest of today’s corrupt media hacks. His Girl Friday, that epitome of classic screwball comedy, gets the deluxe treatment in a handsome dual-disc Blu-ray edition that also serves as a fancy showcase for its influential predecessor The Front Page. This winning effort by the whipsmart Criterion team spares no expense, as both flicks leap off the screen with a frenetic urgency that almost seems improper for relics of such venerable age.

But it’s not the longevity that sells this package, it’s the the relevance of how concisely the parallel stories, each with their own sharp accents of distinction, speak to today – how the brilliant cynicism of Ben Hecht’s snappy dialog simultaneously captures the
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Holland Taylor Gushes over Sarah Paulson’s Golden Globes Look: ‘Holy Christmas!’

Holland Taylor Gushes over Sarah Paulson’s Golden Globes Look: ‘Holy Christmas!’
Sarah Paulson‘s stunning Golden Globes look caught the eye of her partner Holland Taylor — all the way across the country.

The The People v. O.J. Simpson star hit the red carpet on Sunday in an elegant long-sleeved, gold metallic, floor-length gown that made heads turn.

Taylor first tweeted about her girlfriend‘s look, saying, “A shimmering, spectacular, singular sensation…!!!” She also retweeted a fan’s photo of Paulson in her Globes dress, writing, “Holy Christmas!”

A shimmering, spectacular, singular sensation…!!!

Holland Taylor (@HollandTaylor) January 8, 2017

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His Girl Friday / The Front Page

The restoration of a newly rediscovered director’s cut of the 1931 The Front Page prompts this two-feature comedy disc — Lewis Milestone’s early talkie plus the sublime Howard Hawks remake, which plays a major gender switch on the main characters of Hecht & MacArthur’s original play.

His Girl Friday / The Front Page

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 849

Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 10, 2017 / 39.96

His Girl Friday:

1940 / B&W /1:37 flat Academy / 92 min.

Starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall, Ernest Truex, Cliff Edwards, Clarence Kolb, Roscoe Karns, Frank Jenks, Regis Toomey, Abner Biberman, Frank Orth, John Qualen, Helen Mack, Alma Kruger, Billy Gilbert, Marion Martin.

Cinematography Joseph Walker

Film Editor Gene Havelick

Original Music Sidney Cutner, Felix Mills

Written by Charles Lederer from the play The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur

Produced and Directed by Howard Hawks

The Front Page:
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John Goodman to Star in Rupert Wyatt’s Sci-Fi Film ‘Captive State’ (Exclusive)

John Goodman to Star in Rupert Wyatt’s Sci-Fi Film ‘Captive State’ (Exclusive)
John Goodman will star in Rupert Wyatt’s next film, “Captive State,” sources tell Variety.

Wyatt, whose past credits include “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Gambler”, will direct from a script he co-wrote with his wife, Erica Beeney. David Crockett will produce along with Wyatt. Participant Media recently won a heated bidding war for the spec, beating out a handful of suitors, including FilmNation Entertainment.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the film will have a sci-fi angle. It is also unknown what role Goodman would be playing in the film.

Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant Media will executive produce. The movie will be released through Participant’s output deal with Amblin Partners, with Focus Features releasing domestically and eOne launching it in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and the Benelux countries.

Goodman most recently starred in Dan Trachtenberg’s
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'The Color Purple', 'The Phantom of the Opera,' More Broadway Shows to Be Closed on Election Day

'The Color Purple', 'The Phantom of the Opera,' More Broadway Shows to Be Closed on Election Day
Many Broadway shows have planned not to compete with a big, real drama on Tuesday — the presidential election. The shows taking the night off include: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Cats; Chicago; The Color Purple; The Encounter; The Front Page; The Humans; Kinky Boots; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; Oh Hello on Broadway; On Your Feet!; Cirque du Soleil's Paramour; The Phantom of the Opera; School of Rock; Something Rotten!; Waitress; and Wicked. The Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall also will be dark. The move is both to encourage voting and to avoid competing with

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Glenn Close Returns to Broadway in ‘Sunset Boulevard’

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Glenn Close Returns to Broadway in ‘Sunset Boulevard’
Two decades after winning a Tony Award for playing aged silent-film star Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s musical version of “Sunset Boulevard,” Glenn Close is returning to Broadway this winter in the role. Close will star in a new production directed by Lonny Price that had a sold-out run earlier this year at the English National Opera on London’s West End. The revival will begin performances on February 2, 2017, for an official opening on February 9 at the Palace Theatre. The production, which will boast a 40-piece orchestra, will have a limited 16-week run. Also Read: 'The Front Page' Broadway.
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Off The Shelf – Episode 107 – New Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday, October 25th 2016

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of October 25th, 2016.

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Episode Links Teen Titans Go! (TV series) – Wikipedia The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Can you make a non-racist Tarzan movie? – La Times Vudu Movies On Us FilmStruck: Created by the movie lovers at Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and The Criterion Collection The January 2017 Criterion Collection line-up … Sunset Gun: A Different Design: Something Wild The Front Page (Blu-ray) – Kino Lorber Home Video Buy Black Girl / Borom Sarret (Dual Format edition) – Black Girl / Borom Sarret Arrow Video – Timeline Lifeboat | Eureka Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers by Kino Lorber — Kickstarter January/February Slate: Eight for the Hi-Def Road – Twilight Time Movies Hitchcock/Truffaut Blu-ray Peter Potamus Show, The (Mod) | WBshop.com Unboxing Video – The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast Blu-ray Box Set – Dread
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