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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has unveiled additional programming and events for the 2012 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival, including a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Paramount Pictures. Robert Evans, longtime producer and former head of production for Paramount, is set to take part in the tribute, which will focus on the studio’s 1970s renaissance. In addition, the TCM Classic Film Festival is slated to include a look at The Noir Style, a tribute to legendary costume designer Travis Banton, a look at art deco in the movies, a collection of early cinematic rarities and much more.
TCM.s own Robert Osborne will once again serve as official host for the four-day, star-studded event, which will take pace Thursday, April 12 . Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Hollywood. Passes are on sale now through the official festival website: http://www.tcm.com/festival.
The Paramount Renaissance
The TCM Classic Film Festival will »
- Michelle McCue
For a while there, it seemed like director Brian De Palma would be bringing his special brand of filmmaking to a project called The Key Man, a paranoia thriller in the vein of Three Days Of The Condor and Marathon Man. That film was supposed to begin production at the end of this year, but a new report from Thompson on Hollywood tells us that The Key Man has taken a backseat and that De Palma will instead move forward on a film he's had in development for a year called Passion with Noomi »
- George Merchan
It’s time to meet Grandpa Grayson on ABC’s Revenge: EW has learned exclusively that soap vet William Devane has just been cast as Edward Grayson, the father of Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) and patriarch of the powerful Hamptons clan.
Our source says that Edward Grayson is summoned to Southampton by none other than Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), to help in her divorce battle against her estranged husband Conrad. The Grayson divorce storyline will only continue to heat up when the series returns on Jan. 4.
As of right now, Devane is set to appear as Edward Grayson in »
- Tanner Stransky
In 1956, Marilyn Monroe came to Britain to make a movie at Pinewood Studios with Laurence Olivier. This was the tense and ill-fated light comedy The Prince and the Showgirl, scripted by Terence Rattigan, a film that became a legend for the lack of chemistry between its insecure and incompatible stars. One was a sexy, feminine, sensual and mercurial diva. The other would go on to make Some Like It Hot.
The story is told – or part of it – in this intensely enjoyable, entirely insubstantial movie featuring glorious performances from Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams as Olivier and Monroe, participants in a love triangle of two stars and a nobody. The whole thing is seen from the standpoint of the film's star-struck third assistant director, Colin Clark, son of the great art historian Kenneth, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Octavia Spencer The Help actress Octavia Spencer, a likely Best Supporting Actress Oscar contender, on the red carpet of the 2011 Governors Awards, held in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones, currently appearing with Vanessa Redgrave on the London stage, was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, but 89-year-old makeup artist Dick Smith (Scanners, The Sentinel, Marathon Man) was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. Oprah Winfrey was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Many of the attendees at this year's Governors Awards were Oscar 2012 hopefuls. Among those were Albert Nobbs' Glenn Close; Shame's Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen; The Descendants' Shailene Woodley; J. Edgar's Dustin Lance Black; and others. Octavia Spencer is a strong contender for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Help. The film's director, Tate Taylor, and one of its stars, »
- D. Zhea
Take one part Hostel, one part Marathon Man and throw in a little People Under the Stairs and you have Cold Sweat, the first horror film to ever receive funding from the Argentinian Film Council (according to the intro from the director).
The film has the flimsiest of plots, which for the most part is set up during the credits – in the 70s a radical right-wing group terrorised Argentina after hijacking dynamite from a government facility – before being taken down by the authorities, without said dynamite. Years later the last surviving members of the terrorist group, now getting on in age, continue their groups evil manifesto by kidnapping and torturing young women in a building in downtown Buenos Aries. When a young man, who has recently lost his girlfriend (literally »
Welcome to Marathon Man, a new column at Movies.com where writer Jacob Hall attempts to marathon a sanity-questioning number of films and tries to analyze them in the process. My friend and fellow Movies.com writer John Gholson is a horror movie aficionado. And by horror movie aficionado, I mean his knowledge of the genre makes what I know look small, pathetic and just a little bit embarrassing. That's why I always take notice when he recommends a horror movie. More to the point, that's why I made sure I was in attendance for his yearly all-day horror movie marathon, dubbed "Not Quite Halloween." I had seen none of the films on his schedule. Therefore, it was my duty to spend the next fifteen hours rectifying that. For the purposes of this marathon, I decided...
- Jacob S. Hall
As gorefest The Human Centipede slithers into cinemas this week, we expose six other serial killer surgeons
Controversial coprophagia-fest The Human Centipede 2 crawls into cinemas this week, featuring a host of surgical shenanigans prohibited at even the most progressive of medical schools.
To whet your appetite, here are six other cinematic surgeons who badly need to be struck off the register.
Dr Moreau (Island Of Lost Souls)
Qualifications: Pioneering physician and stereotypical mad scientist.
Misdemeanors: Surgically engineered a race of half-human, half-animal monsters, whom he then held captive on a remote island. Did so while sporting absurd facial hair.
Redeeming qualities: Did manage to transform a panther into a human woman, which isn't bad going.
Hayley Stark (Hard Candy)
Qualifications: 14-year-old girl. Little to no medical experience. Does have a totally rad messenger bag.
Misdemeanors: Performed unwanted castration on suspected paedophile using description from library book. Forced patient to watch via live video stream. »
The new espionage thriller The Double opens in theaters this weekend. The film is somewhat of a throw-back to the cold war spy films of the 1970s and ’80s. In fact, screenwriter Derek Haas shared that he and his partner (director Michael Brandt) were inspired by films such as Three Days of the Condor and Marathon Man. In order to communicate the tone they were aiming for the filmmakers screened Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman’s beloved double-agent thriller No Way Out for the cast and crew before they began production.
The Double stars Richard Gere as a retired CIA agent who is paired with a young and ambitious FBI agent (Topher Grace) in order to track a ruthless Russian assassin known only as Cassius. True Blood’s Stephen Moyer turns in a performance as a captured Soviet agent ...
- Roth Cornet
Be careful what you wish for.
That’s advice I should have given myself before sitting in the ballroom of the downtown Hyatt in Detroit, an entire movie crew looking back at me. Their faces registered somewhere between jaded, sleepy, and eager (that »
- WSJ Staff
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the fifth of a five part feature (read parts one, two, three and four)...
“Maybe the title of Space Cowboys  is a bit misleading because it is mostly about the pioneers of space,” stated Clint Eastwood when discussing the story about four former test pilots from the 1950s who decades later get an opportunity to go into outer space. “We were not really cowboys, but these men who did all the pioneering in the 1950s were going to the frontier of space in planes they were not sure could make it. They were being rocketed along on the ground faster than the speed of sound to see if the human body could take it, so I would say that the film is something of a homage to those gentlemen.” The action thriller with a production budget of $65 million stars Clint Eastwood, »
Farhan Akhtar seems to literally be racing nowadays! After being signed on as the lead actor in Rakeysh Om Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, where he will have to undertake 6 months intensive training to gear himself up for the role of an athlete runner, Farhan Akhtar has much more on his plate over the coming year…
He’s racing to complete the editing of his next directorial venture Don 2: The Chase Continues, which is due for release this December. He’s even roped in the same editor his sister used in her summer hit Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Znmd), to help in out in Don 2.
Also following the success of Znmd, Farhan has quite a few script offers coming his way, but he would like to review each one properly following the release of Don 2, where he said: “I didn’t want to turn anything down without going through it thoroughly. »
- Anjum Shabbir
Bernard Herrmann, John Barry, Georges Delerue, Toru Takemitsu...sometimes it seems like cinema's greatest composers are all behind us. But just as films were not "better back then," soundtracks weren't either. Looking for great soundtrack artists nowadays is akin to looking for great movies: there seems a lot more of everything, and it takes a roving gaze (and ear) to find that excellence and expression splintered across film festivals, creaking home video releases, YouTube videos (see, recently, a gathering of music by Jorge Arriagada for Raúl Ruiz's films) and other disseminations of the ever-widening world of cinema.
While I may look forward to a film by a director I like, or one shot by a cinematographer I'm interested in, it's not every day I'm excited to hear a movie. One major exception to this aural ignorance is a name that »
 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
Dustin Hoffman is one of the great American actors. His legacy includes legendary performances in films like The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Tootsie, Marathon Man, and Rain Man, But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Hoffman is ready to venture behind the camera for the first time in his career. The two-time Oscar winner will be directing a film adaptation of Ronald Harwood.s stage play Quartet, set to open in 2012. The story centers on a group of former opera singers now residing in a retirement home. It appears Hoffman is putting together quite an outstanding cast for his directorial debut. So far the cast of Quartet boasts Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, and Billy Connolly as well as Pauline Collins and Tom Courtenay. We are talking about some of the finest actors Britain has to offer. It.s almost like The Expendables with The Royal Shakespeare Company. It's not all that surprising »
Brancott Estate Mary Wing To’s winning ‘Hylonome’ design.
Is a wearable horse’s head the next big thing in fashion? How do you play a Nazi gynecologist? And can a pod help you perform better in sports? A look at the most interesting posts from the Wall Street Journal blogs.
Horse’s Head Gallops Off With Fashion Prize: A British designer’s leather horse head and dress took the top prize at a New Zealand “wearable art” show last week, »
- Christopher John Farley
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The film, a big-budget adaptation of an obscure 2007 Israeli movie called “Ha-Hov”—it means “The Debt” in Hebrew—stars Helen Mirren as Rachel Singer, a former Mossad agent with a troubled conscience stemming from a botched 1967 mission to capture a Nazi war criminal.
The acclaimed Danish actor Jesper Christensen gives a riveting performance as Singer’s nemesis, »
- Rachel Dodes
The films of Brian De Palma aren't always good, but at the very least they're always interesting. Now, it looks like De Palma connoisseurs will have a new movie to love, hate and/or gush about, as the director has agreed to direct "The Key Man" from Qed International and Safehouse pictures.
Deadline reports that "The Key Man" is a thriller written by Joby Harold, who while involved with a number of in-development projects, is best known for writing and directing the 2007 Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba thriller "Awake." While that film received almost universally poor reviews, "The Key Man" still sounds promising, largely due to the subject matter and De Palma's involvement.
- Aubrey Sitterson
Director of film favorites such as Carrie and the highly overrated Scarface, Brian De Palma, hasn't made a film since 2007's Redacted about the struggles of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and the media. He'll be returning to a political theme that is being described as "a throwback to paranoid '70s movies like Three Days of the Condor and Marathon Man." The Key Man, written by Joby Harold -- director/scribe on the medical thriller Awake -- will follow a single father who tries to evade U.S. government agents because of a secret he's carrying. According to Deadline, that secret is hidden inside his body. "Paranoid" is something the director should be able to pull off in spades. Themes of obsession, exploitation, and a distrust of the establishment...
Joby Harold ("Awake") penned the script about a single father who's targeted by U.S. government agents because his body contains answers to important national secrets. The tone is said to be akin to great 70's paranoia thrillers like "Three Days of the Condor" and "Marathon Man".
- Garth Franklin
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