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By Todd Garbarini
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Like most children of the 1970s, television viewing was a big part of my week. Beginning at 7:30 Pm and ending two and-a-half hours later, my family’s Thursday nights consisted of That’s Hollywood, Mork and Mindy, Angie, Barney Miller, and Carter Country. Not having seen Barney Miller until well into its sixth season, I just assumed that the entire show took place in the police station. Now that the show’s entire series is available in a DVD box set, courtesy of the fine folks at Shout! Factory, my initial impressions of the show were proven wrong. The pilot episode features Barney Miller’s family, specifically his wife, played with charm by Barbara Barrie. Abe Vigoda, Maxwell Gail, and Ron Glass appear from the get-go, and guest star Chu Chu Malave, who played Maria’s boyfriend who tackles »
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"TCM Remembers 2011" is out. Remembered by Turner Classic Movies are many of those in the film world who left us this past year. As always, this latest "TCM Remembers" entry is a classy, immensely moving compilation. The haunting background song is "Before You Go," by Ok Sweetheart.
Among those featured in "TCM Remembers 2011" are Farley Granger, the star of Luchino Visconti's Senso and Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers on a Train; Oscar-nominated Australian actress Diane Cilento (Tom Jones, Hombre), formerly married to Sean Connery; and two-time Oscar nominee Peter Falk (Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, The Great Race), best remembered as television's Columbo. Or, for those into arthouse fare, for playing an angel in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.
Also, Jane Russell, whose cleavage and sensuous lips in Howard Hughes' The Outlaw left the puritans of the Production Code Association apoplectic; another Australian performer, Googie Withers, among »
- Andre Soares
As the 2011 year comes to a close, I’d like to take a look back at the actors, actresses. musicians and others who have passed on this year. There is no doubt that these celebrities have left their mark on our society and in their respective fields and I’d like to say thank you to them for their contributions. Pete Postlethwaite- Actor (The Town, Clash of the Titans, Inception) Gerry Rafferty- Singer/Songwriter ('Stuck in the Middle With You,' 'Baker Street') Peter Yates- Director (Bullitt, Breaking Away) John Dye- Actor (Best of the Best, Touched by an Angel) Jack Lalanne- Fitness Guru (Juice Tiger) Dwaye McDuffie- Comic Book Writer/Co-Founder Milestone Media (Damage Control) Mike Starr- Musician (Alice in Chains) Nate Dogg- Musician (Collaborated with Warren G, Eminem, Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre, among others) Michael Gough- Actor (Alfred in Batman, »
Determination, perseverance and sticktoitiveness will get you a long way in life, but at what point does a person cross the line from finishing what you started to being flat out obsessed? Well, thanks to the New York appellate court, we now we know the answer -- and 39 years seems like a pretty good dividing line.
Yes, almost four full decades after the bank robbery that inspired the classic 1975 Al Pacino film "Dog Day Afternoon," The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the government has finally called an end to a series of lawsuits over the movie's profit distribution. Talk about your dogged determination.
Sure, "Dog Day Afternoon" may seem like one of those too crazy to be believed Hollywood storylines -- after all, Pacino played a guy who robs a bank in order to fund his lover's sex change operation -- but just about everything in the film was actually true. »
- Scott Harris
On August 22, 1972, a 27-year-old man named John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a Chase Manhattan bank and held several employees hostage for 17 hours. The events of that day were captured in an article for Life magazine and later in the 1975 classic Sidney Lumet film, Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino. After the film came out, Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery was intended to finance a transsexual operation for his lover, wrote a letter to the New York Times, saying he was outraged how filmmakers had misrepresented the truth. He also felt "exploited," saying that Warner
- Eriq Gardner
Michael Fassbender has revealed that he is considering taking a break from acting. The actor has starred in X-Men: First Class, A Dangerous Method and Shame this year and will soon appear in director Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic Prometheus. While promoting Shame, Fassbender joked to The AP that the public might be growing tired of him after such a busy year. "After Prometheus, I just shut up shop. I'll give myself a break and I think everybody else. It's sort of like Fassbender overload here," the star quipped. Fassbender also disclosed that his acting inspiration has always come from the late John Cazale, who played Fredo Corleone in The Godfather and an inept robber in Dog Day Afternoon prior to his death (more) »
- By Justin Harp
Jack (Adam Sandler) brings his twin sister, Jill (also Sandler), to a Lakers game. Across the Staples Center, Al Pacino spots the siblings. Smitten with Jill.s swarthy .beauty,. the Oscar winner sends her a hot dog on which he has used mustard to pen his personal phone number. .Call me,. he requests. .Call your agent,. I wanted to respond to Pacino. The scene in the Jack & Jill trailer.s supposed to get a laugh. So why, then, does it break my heart? Audiences are supposed to be shocked that Hollywood royalty such as Pacino would find Jill attractive. Yet I.m more surprised that Pacino . whose acting resume includes such indisputable classics as Serpico, Heat, Dog Day Afternoon, Glengarry Glen Ross, Carlito.s Way and the Godfather trilogy . would agree to slum in Sandler.s latest yucky yuk fest. How did we get to this point? Why do bona-fide »
Hollywood film producer and veteran studio executive
The Hollywood studio executive and producer John Calley, who has died aged 81, once characterised running a film studio as "a guy lying in a bed in a rented apartment in Century City at four in the morning in a foetal position trying to decide whether or not to say yes to a $175m budget for Spider-Man. In the end, it comes down to one guy who has to use his gut."
When Calley was production chief at Warner Bros in the 1970s, it was his gut instinct that led him to green-light such hit movies as A Clockwork Orange, The Towering Inferno, The Exorcist, Dog Day Afternoon, Dirty Harry, All the President's Men, Blazing Saddles, Superman and Chariots of Fire. However, in 1980, when he was about to sign a new seven-year contract worth $21m, he decided to give it all up. "I wasn't enjoying it, »
- Ronald Bergan
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile titles now streaming on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we look at alternatives to Footloose, The Skin I Live In and Texas Killing Fields .
This weekend music , murder and madness collide in theaters, where small-town teens discover the joys of choreography, a devastated widower delves into madness, and Texan detectives track a sadistic killer. But if these features won’t sate your cravings for badass dance moves, Spanish flavored drama, and true to life crime tales, we got you covered with a list of hot titles that are currently available online.
A town where dancing is illegal is turned upside down by a teen-aged rebel (Kenny Wormald) with the deep desire to cut loose…footloose. Craig Brewer, the subversive director behind Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, helms this sassy remake of the »
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Here’s what hits stores this week!
100 Bullets Volume 1 Hc, $49.99
Absolute Identity Crisis Hc, $99.99
Action Comics #1 (Rags Morales 3rd Printing Variant Cover)(per DC Comics), $3.99
All-New Batman The Brave And The Bold #12 (per DC Comics), $2.99
Ame-Comi Heroine Mini-Figures Series 3 Hawkgirl, $16.99
Ame-Comi Heroine Mini-Figures Series 3 Power Girl, $16.99
Ame-Comi Heroine Mini-Figures Series 3 Supergirl, $16.99
American Vampire Survival Of The Fittest #5 (Of 5), $2.99
Batgirl #1 (Adam Hughes 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Batgirl #2, $2.99
Batman And Robin #2, $2.99
Batman Arkham City Hc, $22.99
Batman Life After Death Tp, $14.99
Batwoman #1 (J.H. Williams III 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Batwoman #2, $2.99
Birds Of Prey Volume 2 The Death Of Oracle Hc, $24.99
DC Comics Presents Batman Blink #1, $7.99
Deathstroke #1 (Simon Bisley 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Deathstroke #2, $2.99
Demon Knights #1 (Tony S. »
- Brandon Johnston
Happy Monday from George Clooney! He's shared his 100 favorite films (from 1964-1976, "the greatest era in filmmaking by far"). Among the collection (which he's gifted to friends for Christmas) are the following classics (it won't surprise you that Clooney has good taste): All The President's Men (also a favorite of Aaron Sorkin's), American Graffiti, Badlands, Bonnie & Clyde, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Chinatown, A Clockwork Orange, Cool Hand Luke, Dog Day Afternoon, Easy Rider, The Exorcist, Godfather I & II, The Graduate, Harold and Maude, Jaws, Last Tango in Paris, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Midnight Cowboy, My Fair Lady, Network, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rosemary's Baby, The Sting, Taxi Driver and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. If that list doesn't »
"Not bad for a human." Do you recognize that voice on the Verizon Droid commercials? That is the voice of a badass. That is the voice of Lance Henriksen. And "Not bad for a human" is not only one of the more memorable lines ever delivered by the man, whose career has spanned a veritable library of film, it's also the name of his biography. And a full biography it is.
Henriksen landed his first movie role in 1961 (that's 50 years ago, folks; can you say longevity?). He played the role of a Us Marine in the Tony Curtis film The Outsider. He was uncredited in the movie and only got the part because he was working as a set designer on the project at the time. Now, five decades later, he has amassed an amazing body of work that spans well over 100 films, a couple dozen television shows and numerous voice-over appearances. »
- Doctor Gash
Flix Picks is a semi-regular feature that explores the depths of my Netflix queue and allows me the chance to catch up with some older films that I’ve not yet seen. Looking back at the cinema of the 1970s, the decade helped popularize some lasting trends, most of which began with the wave of New Hollywood filmmaking a few years prior. Notably, films began placing more of a focus on outsiders and antiheroes as protagonists. Simply looking through some of the era’s most popular titles (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Taxi Driver, Dog Day Afternoon, A Clockwork Orange, etc.) highlights this development. So, it comes as somewhat of a surprise to me that a crime drama like Straight Time hasn’t garnered more than a mid-level of recognition in its 30+ year history. The film follows the exploits of Max Dembo (Dustin Hoffman), a newly released prisoner »
On the run for 40 years, Wright's tale has what it takes for screen success. But such storytelling needs a conscientious approach
If the story of George Wright, the convicted murderer captured this week in Portugal after 40 years on the run, has not yet been optioned by an enterprising producer, then the film industry has really missed a trick. From a cinematic storytelling perspective, this tale has everything. Wright, who had participated in a spree of armed robberies, was imprisoned for the murder of the service station owner Walter Patterson in 1962, only to escape from the Bayside state prison farm in Leesburg, New Jersey, in 1970. Already you've got the heist movie and the prison break-out movie covered. That's a big market: expressed in mathematical terms the potential audience would be (fans of Bonnie and Clyde) + (fans of The Shawshank Redemption). And only a fool would rule out defenders of Buster.
But there's more. »
- Ryan Gilbey
 George Clooney may be among the most prominent of celebrities, a fabulously wealthy, incredibly successful man at the very top of the A-list. But it seems there's a side of him that isn't so very different from film geeks like us who watch his movies. (Yes, all of that was a long-winded way of saying "Clooney: He's just like us!") For a recent interview about his upcoming Ides of March, which Clooney directed, produced, and starred in, Clooney revealed his top 100 films from 1964 to 1976, which he believes to be "the greatest era in filmmaking by far." The list is definitely cinephile-friendly, if not especially surprising: it includes tons of major classics and a handful of somewhat lesser known gems, all across a very wide variety of genres. Read the top 100 after the jump. Clooney told Parade  magazine that of that 100, his top five favorites are All the President's Men, Network, »
- Angie Han
I.ve come full circle on Dennis Dugan.s Jack and Jill. That first trailer suggested that Adam Sandler.s latest comedy, which features the A-list comedian playing a twin brother And sister, was a crime against a humanity. The sight of Sandler in drag was an assault on anyone.s eyeballs. The laughs were nonexistent. And the idea that Al Pacino would stoop so low as to play a version of himself that.s attracted to female Sandler makes me want to pop in a copy of Dog Day Afternoon, rock back and forth, and weep for a fallen idol. Now? Now I can.t wait to see it. Why fight the inevitable? Sandler will continue to crank out his brand of humor. The masses will flock. And I can hope against hope that Dugan makes the movie so strange that I find something funny about the whole mess. »
A writer, a director, and a producer are crawling across the desert without water, dying of thirst. They look up and sticking out of the sand is a nicely chilled bottle of apple juice. Before the writer and director can grab it, the producer is on his feet, unzips his pants and starts peeing into the bottle.
“What’re you doing?” the writer and director cry.
“Fixing it!” says the producer.
So, that attitude in mind, when I tell you John Calley died last Tuesday at age 81, and if the name is unfamiliar and I try to enlighten you by saying he was a producer and – worse – a studio executive, no doubt at least a few of you who regularly patronize this site out of your love for film and filmmakers might shrug and say, “So what?” A dead studio exec? That’s like that other joke, the »
- Bill Mesce
Filmmakers like Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Craven, Edgar Wright and Steven Spielberg have made films that are so beloved, the fact we see fan art from them is expected. Then there's a whole other class of filmmaker who make amazing, but maybe not geek-centric, movies who regularly get the shaft. Thanks to one Denver, Colorado gallery, we can cross a name off the list. This Friday September 9 Laundry on Lawrence is hosting a show called The Machines Are Winning: A Tribute To Sidney Lumet which features 17 artists interpreting the work of the amazing director of films like Network, 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Fail Safe, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and more. Check out some of the images after the jump. A huge thanks to Omg Posters  for the heads up on this exhibit which takes place from 7-11 p.m. September 9 at Laundry on Lawrence, 2701 Lawrence St. »
- Germain Lussier
Iconic is an overused term, but few things really merit its use like the original Star Wars of 1977. And when you think of those enduring pop culture images they are indelibly wedded to the actors who played the parts: Luke Skywalker looking wistfully at that binary sunset on Tatooine, with John Williams‘ stirring music behind it, is forever linked to Mark Hamill in our collective imagination. For many Harrison Ford Is Han Solo, whilst everybody would be freaked out if Darth Vader spoke with any voice other than that of James Earl Jones.
But what if the film were made today with different actors?
With the Star Wars Blu-ray finally hitting stores next week and another hypothetical exercise in the spirit of Alex Lawson’s interesting take on re-casting Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon, I’m looking at re-casting all the main parts with today’s actors. But whereas »
- Robert Beames
Legendary American actor and director Al Pacino is the recipient of the Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award, a prize of the Venice International Film Festival (organized by the Biennale di Venezia), created in collaboration with Jaeger-Le Coultre, and dedicated to an artist who has left an original mark on contemporary cinema. The prize has previously been awarded to some of the greatest figures in film including: Takeshi Kitano (2007), Abbas Kiarostami (2008), Agnès Varda (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2009) and Mani Ratnam (2010).
This year, the award celebrates Al Pacino and his achievements as a filmmaker. The awards ceremony took place on Sunday September 4th during the 68th Venice International Film Festival (August 31st . September 10th 2011) directed by Marco Mueller and organized by the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. Festival Director, Marco Mueller, describes Pacino as, .An amazing director, whose experience is precious and original, and enriches the world of contemporary film. »
- Michelle McCue
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