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Maria Schneider, Cliff Robertson, Barbara Kent, Tura Satana: TCM Remembers 2011 Pt.2

13 December 2011 4:16 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Elizabeth Taylor, Farley Granger, Jane Russell, Peter Falk, Sidney Lumet: TCM Remembers 2011 Pt. 1

Also: child actor John Howard Davies (David Lean's Oliver Twist), Charles Chaplin discovery Marilyn Nash (Monsieur Verdoux), director and Oscar ceremony producer Gilbert Cates (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, I Never Sang for My Father), veteran Japanese actress Hideko Takamine (House of Many Pleasures), Jeff Conaway of Grease and the television series Taxi, and Tura Satana of the cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.

More: Neva Patterson, who loses Cary Grant to Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember; Ingmar Bergman cinematographer Gunnar Fischer (Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries); Marlon Brando's The Wild One leading lady Mary Murphy; and two actresses featured in controversial, epoch-making films: Lena Nyman, the star of the Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), labeled as pornography by prudish American authorities back in the late '60s, »

- Andre Soares

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Obsessions: Nine Notes Regarding the Music of Bernard Herrmann

30 October 2011 7:38 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In response to the presently on-going Bernard Herrmann series at Film Forum in New York honoring the composer's centennial, presented here is a selection of short soundtrack music cues by the composer, with brief observations, and information regarding their availability on CD, LP or other formats.

1. “Snow Picture” from Citizen Kane (1941)

It’s amazing to think that Bernard Herrmann scored his first film for Orson Welles, and his last for Martin Scorsese, thirty five years later (he died in his sleep, the evening after finishing the recording sessions for Taxi Driver).  This very short cue begins during the Thatcher Library scene, with the Inquirer reporter, Thompson (William Alland), pouring over an immense volume, as the film transitions from over-the-shoulder shot to close-up pan across Thatcher’s handwritten recollections, into a flashback punctuated by a sudden burst of light and music. This musical movement through memory is achieved in less than thirty seconds. »

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Arrow unveil their latest releases – inc. Frankenhooker on Blu-ray!

30 September 2011 5:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Our good friends at Arrow have sent us details on their December release schedule, which includes the awesome news that Frank Henlotter’s classic Frankenhooker is getting the Arrow Video Blu-ray treatment! Count me in for that one. The other releases for the Yuletide season include ArrowDrome re-releases of De Palma’s Obsession and Tobe Hopper’s The Funhouse.

Frankenhooker Blu-ray (Arrow Video)

Some Assembly Required… Finding a girl when you’re a nerdy science geek can be hard. But what happens if that special someone dies in a bizarre gardening accident and it’s all your fault? Meet Jeffrey Franken. He’s just killed the love of his life and now he’s going to rebuild her… From the body parts of the dead streetwalkers who exploded when he introduced them to a lethal new drug – Supercrack! Little does he know that a good recipe requires the correct ingredients. »

- Phil

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Straw Dogs (1971) and Dressed To Kill Blu-ray Reviews

28 September 2011 11:45 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Two masters have had two of their great works hit Blu-ray. Both are tie-in releases. Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill – which stars Angie Dickenson, Michael Caine and Nancy Allen - is hitting because Scarface is also hitting Blu-ray. Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs – Starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George - has been released in conjunction with the remake. These discs don’t offer much reason for upgrade unless you want 1080P picture quality, but both are essential viewing. Our reviews of both follow after the jump. When you talk about Dressed to Kill, it’s going to lead to talk of Alfred Hitchcock, and that’s because – though Brian De Palma may have started his career directing comedies - he's obviously a student of Hitchcock.  Making films that feel Hitchcockian has been De Palma’s modus operandi since 1973's Sisters. But then again, alongside such notable colleagues as Martin Scorsese, »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Scorsese hopes to adapt Dostoevsky’s ‘The Gambler’

19 September 2011 1:28 PM, PDT | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

Martin Scorsese has many things: the respect of his filmmaking peers, a secure place in the pantheon of Hollywood’s great directors, and an Academy Award, to boot. He also has a lot of hobbies, including film preservation and rock music. Another is a longtime fascination with the works of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, especially his novel “The Gambler.”

Even before 1976’s “Taxi Driver,” which clearly owes to Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” and, more notably, “Notes from the Underground,” the director had wanted to adapt “The Gambler” for the screen. In the early 1970s, he was shell-shocked when “Taxi Driver” screenwriter Paul Schrader gave his version of the novel to Brian De Palma instead of him. The result was “Obsession.”

Yet this event did not destroy Scorsese’s passion for Dostoevsky. Years later, in 1989, he offered his take on the Alexei/Polina angle from “The Gambler” in “Life Lessons, »

- Torsten Reitz

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Cliff Robertson, 1923 - 2011

12 September 2011 1:30 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Cliff Robertson, who starred as John F Kennedy in a 1963 World War II drama and later won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a mentally disabled bakery janitor in the movie Charly, died Saturday, one day after his 88th birthday," reports Dennis McLellan in the Los Angeles Times, adding that Robertson " also played a real-life role as the whistle-blower in the check-forging scandal of then-Columbia Pictures President David Begelman that rocked Hollywood in the late 1970s… In a more than 50-year career in films, Robertson appeared in some 60 movies, including Pt 109, My Six Loves, Sunday in New York, The Best Man, The Devil's Brigade, Three Days of the Condor, Obsession and Star 80. More recently, he played Uncle Ben Parker in the Spider-Man films."

In Charly, "he played a lovable bakery worker with the Iq of a 5-year-old whose intelligence is raised to genius level by an experiment, »

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Cliff Robertson (1923-2011)

12 September 2011 12:14 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Various outlets report that Cliff Robertson, the versatile actor and star of six decades of films and television shows, passed away on Saturday. He was 88 years old.

Robertson won an Academy Award in 1969 for his lead performance in "Charly," the big-screen adaptation of Daniel Keyes' novel "Flowers for Algernon." But to people of my generation and younger, he's best known as Uncle Ben in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy. And with good reason: Robertson was amazing in the role, making a huge impression in a small amount of screen time.

In the original Stan Lee - Steve Ditko "Spider-Man" comic books, Uncle Ben dies off-panel. Peter Parker, newly imbued with the proportionate powers of a spider, is so wrapped up in himself and his newfound stardom, that he can't be bothered to stop a thief who's stealing money from a wrestling promoter. By the time he returns home that night, »

- Matt Singer

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So Long Mr. Cliff Robertson!

12 September 2011 9:41 AM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Cliff Robertson passed away Saturday in Stony Brook, NY. The Oscar winner was 88. In 1969, Robertson took home the gold beating out Alan Arkin ("The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"), Peter O'Toole ("The Lion in Winter"), Alan Bates ("The Fixer), and Ron Moody ("Oliver!"). But Robertson's performance in "Charly" was deemed the best of the year (see clip below).

In 2002's "Spider-Man," Robertson, playing Uncle Ben, uttered the famous line that became the crux of the franchise -- "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility."

Here's more on the brilliant life of Cliff Robertson from the NY Daily News:

Robertson, a native of La Jolla, California, had already won an Emmy when he had his moment of big-screen recognition in 1968 -- 13 years after his feature debut in "Picnic." Though he played JFK as a young naval officer in "Pt 109 " - released five months before Dealey Plaza -- and gave an icy »

- Manny

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Oscar Winner Cliff Robertson Dead At Age 88

11 September 2011 11:09 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Robertson relaxing on the set of P.T. 109.

By Lee Pfeiffer

Oscar winning actor Cliff Robertson has died at age 88. He passed away a day after his birthday. Robertson had a long and illustrious career that began in the golden days of television and extended to the Spiderman movies of recent years. Although he generally played quiet, dignified characters, Robertson marched to his own drumbeat- a trait that earned him respect but that also damaged aspects of his career. In 1977 when he was still very much an in-demand leading man, Robertson ignored advice to hush up a scandal that involved the head of Columbia Pictures, David Begelman, who had utilized Robertson's name in a bizarre check forging scandal. Begelman was momentarily disgraced, payed a small fine and was later rewarded for his crime by being appointed as the head of MGM. Meanwhile, Robertson found his own career went into immediate decline. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Cliff Robertson, Uncle Ben in 'Spider-Man,' Dead at 88

11 September 2011 9:26 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Actor Cliff Robertson, who most recently played Uncle Ben in the "Spider-Man" films, has died at the age of 88. Robertson died of natural causes at his home in Stony Brook, NY -- one day after his birthday.

Robertson, whose show business career spans more than 50 years in film, TV, Broadway shows and commercials, appeared in some 60 movies, including "My Six Loves," "Sunday in New York," "The Best Man," "The Devil's Brigade," "Three Days of the Condor, »

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Actor Robertson Dies

11 September 2011 7:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson died on Saturday, just one day after his 88th birthday.

The star died of natural causes in Stony Brook, New York.

Robertson won an Academy Award in 1968 for his portrayal of a mentally disabled man in Charly, an adaptation of the novel Flowers for Algernon.

He was personally picked by John F. Kennedy to play the politician in the biographical 1963 film Pt-109, and also racked up credits in films including Gidget, Three Days of the Condor, Obsession and Autumn Leaves.

In later years, he found a new generation of fans playing Uncle Ben Parker in the Spider-Man film franchise.

Rob Lowe has taken to his Twitter.com page to pay tribute to the star, who played his onscreen dad in the 1983 movie Class.

Lowe writes, "Goodbye to my father in 'Class', the great Oscar winner Cliff Robertson. Lovely man, fantastic actor and full of... Class."

Meanwhile, Robertson's daughter tells the Associated Press, "My father was a loving father, devoted friend, dedicated professional and honourable man. He stood by his family, friends, and colleagues through good times and bad. We will all miss him terribly." »

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Actor Robertson Dies

11 September 2011 3:16 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson died on Saturday, just one day after his 88th birthday.

The star died of natural causes in Stony Brook, New York.

Robertson won an Academy Award in 1968 for his portrayal of a mentally disabled man in Charly, an adaptation of the novel Flowers for Algernon.

He was personally picked by John F. Kennedy to play the politician in the biographical 1963 film Pt-109, and also racked up credits in films including Gidget, Three Days of the Condor, Obsession and Autumn Leaves.

In later years, he found a new generation of fans playing Uncle Ben Parker in the Spider-Man film franchise.

Rob Lowe has taken to his Twitter.com page to pay tribute to the star, who played his onscreen dad in the 1983 movie Class.

Lowe writes, "Goodbye to my father in 'Class', the great Oscar winner Cliff Robertson. Lovely man, fantastic actor and full of... Class."

Meanwhile, Robertson's daughter tells the Associated Press, "My father was a loving father, devoted friend, dedicated professional and honourable man. He stood by his family, friends, and colleagues through good times and bad. We will all miss him terribly." »

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Actor Cliff Robertson dies at 88

11 September 2011 12:38 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Cliff Robertson, the actor who most recently played the role of Uncle Ben in Sam Raimi’s Spider-man has passed away at the age of 88. The actor died at Stony Brook University Medical Center on Long Island on Saturday (10th September, 2011) from natural causes.

His daughter Stephanie Saunders released the following in a statement.

“My father was a loving father, devoted friend, dedicated professional and honorable man.”

“He stood by his family, friends, and colleagues through good times and bad. He made a difference in all our lives and made our world a better place. We will all miss him terribly.”

Robertson’s career spanned over 60 years with it peaking when he received an Oscar for his role in the film Charly. The actor played the part of a mentally challenged bakery worker who is the subject of an experiment to increase human intelligence.

He became more well known more »

- Paul Heath

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Cliff Robertson, Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben, Dies Aged 88

11 September 2011 12:06 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

I’ve just woke up to some sad news this morning that Cliff Robertson, the classic Hollywood actor who immortalised Peter Parker’s inspirational father figure Uncle Ben in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, passed away yesterday, just one day after his 88th birthday.

Today, September 11th 2011, was the day I was to run a few articles trying to remember those who we lost on that most dreadful of days ten years ago but now my prayers are also with Robertson’s family as I recall the amazing career he had.

Ironically, Robertson & The Twin Towers can be remembered together in one movie. In Sydney Pollack’s excellent conspiracy thriller Three Days of the Condor (1975), Robertson plays the Deputy Director of CIA New York City who is making Robert Redford’s life hell and his base is an office high-up in the World Trade Center. It’s quite amazing to go »

- Matt Holmes

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Oscar Winner Cliff Robertson Dead at 88

10 September 2011 8:56 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

R.I.P. to a solid, professional actor. He was hand-picked by JFK to portray him in Pt-109 (1963)and also chosen by Hugh Hefner to play him in Star 80 (1983). He was the first star to appear on an episode of Outer Limits and was Uncle Ben in Sam Raimi.s Spider-man films. He won the Oscar for Best Actor for Charly in 1968 and, in a career that spanned seven decades, played bad guys (3 Days Of The Condor – 1975), romantic leads (DePalma.s Obsession – 1976), historical figures (Cole Younger in The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid -1972), presidents (Escape From L.A. -1996), and even a guest villain on three episodes of the .60.s Batman series (an evil cowboy called Shame). He apparently died earlier today though the cause of death is sketchy. Cliff Robertson was 88.

From The L.A. Times:

Cliff Robertson, who starred as John F. Kennedy in a 1963 World War »

- Tom Stockman

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Obsession Blu-ray Review

26 August 2011 11:40 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Arrow Video:High melodrama, creeping insanity and barely contained delirium abound in this dizzying tribute to the high tension thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock from director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Scarface, Dressed to Kill) Michael Courtland is a Southern gentleman who seems to have everything - A successful business, a beautiful wife and an adoring young daughter - until a botched kidnapping tears his world apart leaving him widowed, bereaved and bereft. Years later on a trip to Italy, he meets a woman with an uncanny resemblance to his late wife but all is not how it appears as a twisted conspiracy threatens to unhinge his mental shackles, sending him to the knife edge of Madness! A master class in mounting unease and clammy palmed claustrophobia, Obsession »

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This week's new DVD & Blu-ray

8 July 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Animal Kingdom

DVD & Blu-ray, Optimum

With the cinemas stuffed with movies about toys or superheroes, people who like their films to have dialogue that goes a little deeper than "Run!" and "Noooo!" can get their fix with this quietly stunning Australian crime drama.

Based on the lawless antics of Melbourne's Pettingill family, here renamed Cody, we're introduced to them when estranged 17-year-old family member Joshua (played by assured newcomer James Frecheville) calls for help when his mother overdoses. Soon it transpires that having a heroin-addicted mother is a relatively normal and safe way of life compared to the even more deadly routines the Codys live by day to day. The brothers of the family are in a constant battle with the police, winding them up so much that both sides ignore the law and play by high-stakes rules. He may be of the same blood, but Joshua is not cut from the same criminal cloth, »

- Phelim O'Neill

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It's Going To Be A Hot Summer With Arrow Video!

23 June 2011 9:32 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This summer, Arrow Video is really bringing the goods, and we'll try to keep you all updated about what to look for.  I've already posted details for June releases Pervert! (review here), Savage Streets, and Tenebrae, as well as July's release of Brian De Palma's Obsession.  However, Arrow is not content to stand on those releases for the summer, we've got a stack of new ones to announce and detail, check out all the info below.Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse:The carnival is a place for fun and laughter, but not for Amy and her friends. When their childish dare to stay all night in the spooky funhouse backfires, it leaves a trail of dismembered teenagers a mile long in Tobe Hooper's classic video nasty era slasher.Will »

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Awesome ‘Hobo With A Shotgun’ poster by artist Tom Hodge!

23 June 2011 8:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve just taken receipt of this brand new UK quad for the upcoming grindhouse movie Hobo With A Shotgun from director Jason Eisner, which is out over here on the 15th of July.

The poster is the creation of Tom Hodge, aka The Dude Designs, “one of several British artists (others include Graham Humphreys and Rick Melton) at the forefront of what appears to be a welcome revival in the lost art of creating original painted, illustrated and hand-crafted images for movie posters and DVD sleeves instead of following the sometimes spiritless digital photocomposition route which has become the industry norm.”

Hodge has also recently completed poster artwork for Troma’s “Father’s Day” and director Ti West’s “The Inkeepers” as well as brand-new DVD/Blu-ray sleeve artwork for Brian De Palma’s classic thriller “Obsession” and for 80s cult faves “Vamp” and “Savage Streets”.

“My aim with »

- Paul Heath

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UK's Arrow Video Lines Up Some Tasty Treats for Your May/June Schedule!

5 May 2011 6:38 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

With an already awesome catalogue of output on both DVD and Blu-ray under their belts, the UK’s favourite cult label, Arrow Video, is a genre force to be reckoned with. So if you just can’t keep your mitts off of the quality material they keep firing out, then feast your eyes on some seriously juicy upcoming releases!

23rd May – The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Blu-ray)

When Sam, an American writer living in Rome, witnesses an attempted murder in an art gallery and reports the crime to the police, he unwittingly sets the killer’s sights on himself and his beautiful model girlfriend. Things soon start to unravel as it becomes clear that, with the identity of the villain very much open to question, Sam himself is a prime suspect in the case. As the murders continue, Sam begins his own investigations into the serial killings, hoping to somehow clear his name. »

- Pestilence

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