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He played iconic roles like Frankenstein's monster and Imhotep (aka The Mummy), but Boris Karloff also instilled life in so many other intriguing characters, including Morgan in The Old Dark House, coming to Blu-ray (in a 4K restoration), DVD, and digital platforms this October from the Cohen Film Collection:
Press Release: Charles S. Cohen, Chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group, today announced that the landmark thriller The Old Dark House, starring Boris Karloff, will be released by the Cohen Film Collection on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on October 24, 2017. The home video release features the dazzling new 4K digital restoration that was screened to wide acclaim at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.
Based on J.B. Priestley's popular novel Benighted, this legendary classic was directed by James Whale in the fertile period between his Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. In The Old Dark House, Whale puts a surprising spin on »
- Derek Anderson
Recently, Entertainment Weekly did another interview session with the host of long time running CBS's hit reality series Big Brother Julie Chen (above). Apparently, they had a weekly thing going on with Julie where she answered their latest questions about the season 19 Big Brother season. In their latest question and answer segment, we were able to find out who Julie thought should've actually won between houseguests Paul Abrahamian and Josh Martinez. It turns out that she did indeed agree with a lot of other Big Brother fans that Paul should've won. She said he was robbed in the finale show. However, she also pointed out that she didn't like how Paul acted when Josh was trying to give his speech. She also thought Paul should have shown more remorse in his final plea to the jury. Entertainment Weekly kicked off this latest Julie Chen interview by saying, "Well, they say »
- Andre Braddox
Heidi Klum is one proud mama!
The America’s Got Talent judge spoke to People exclusively about her sons during the premiere of House of Z, hosted by Brooks Brothers and Cinema Society at the Crosby Hotel in New York City on Thursday night.
“My boys are very sexy,” Klum, 44, said before adding with a laugh, “They’re very young and I probably shouldn’t say that, that they’re sexy.”
The mother of four’s sons are Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo, 10, and Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu, 12 next week. Klum also shares daughters Lou Sulola, 7½, and Leni, 13, with ex-husband Seal. »
- Mary S. Park
When it comes to a girls’ night out, Toni Collette knows exactly what she wants.
“Good food, good wine and swimming in the ocean with no clothes on,” the Australian actress tells People in this week’s issue. “I love a skinny dip!”
Appearing in the new comedy Fun Mom Dinner — which follows four very different moms on a night out together — Collette was drawn to the film because “it has such a big, beautiful bold heart and says a really great thing about female friendship,” she says.
“It’s about these women not only connecting with each other unexpectedly, »
- Julie Jordan
Will & Grace alum and Good Luck Charlie star Leigh-Allyn Baker opens up about motherhood and her son’s daily battle with dyspraxia in an exclusive five-part People series. (Read part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here and part 4 here.)
You won’t find any gluten in Leigh-Allyn Baker‘s home — but don’t call it a “junk”-free space.
“They don’t eat chemical junk, but they still get to eat junk — they just eat natural junk,” Baker tells People of her and husband Keith Kauffman‘s two sons: Baker James, 4½, and Griffin Samuel, 8.
“When there’s a birthday party, my kids get a cake, »
- Lindsay Kimble
It was 22 years ago that Jillian Fink gave her first haircut to the guy who would become famous for his luscious locks on Grey’s Anatomy. Three kids, probably a billion haircuts (rough estimate) and 18 years of marriage later, Jillian and Patrick Dempsey are still in love.
Dedicating an adorable Instagram post to the father of her three children, Dempsey, now 51, wished him a happy 18th, adding, “Through thick and thin … I love you.” She signed the post with a “wifey.”
- Liam Berry
Whew. That month was a swift one. It's August tomorrow, Wtf? While we continue updating those Oscar charts please check out some highlights you might have missed in July...
Podcast is Back The Big Sick, Baby Driver, Dunkirk, and more Charlize Theron in Jade Scorpion an early peak at greatness in a terrible movie Bright Or, 'how will we define a Netflix blockbuster?' Soundtracking Chris revisits Young Adult Roundtable Drama Reese, Jessica, Oprah and more on the hunt for Emmy Being There (1979) unexpected essential viewing for 2017 Okja's many delights on Netflix An Ode to Joan Harris for Mad Men's 10th anniversary An Ode to Julia Tfe's first restaurant review (wait, what?) The Furniture leered through Fassbinder's erotic Querelle Emmy Reactions our favorite nominations Emmy Reactions but how did they pass up ____?
- NATHANIEL R
“It was like stepping into a portal and stepping out into a magical kingdom,” recalls Bryce. “The green was shocking, the mountains epic, the water full of what looked to me to be sparkling diamonds. I have been chasing this experience my whole life. »
- Emily Strohm
by Nathaniel R
Hal Ashby’s Being There (1979) is a fortune teller. And the future it foretells isn’t rosy. The classic film about a TV-loving cypher who Forrest Gumps his way into history is approaching its 40th anniversary, but its essential viewing for the right now. Don't wait until 2019 to see it.
Among the film’s many queasy previews of life in the early 21st century is the proliferation of screens. Here that takes the shape of television, with Ashby frequent crosscutting to whatever is on the TV in a given scene. Though the content we see is recognizably dated, its intrusion is evergreen.
Hidden within the prophecy of multiple screens replacing actual experience, is an even sharper notion of the screen as a mirror »
- NATHANIEL R
Body switch movies are probably some of the most fun, unsung films to ever grace the silver screen. They are simple tales of people (usually humans) switching bodies, often to hilarious effect when they have to live the other person's life. Then there's the aspect of how are they going to switch back? And suddenly you have a genre of movies that borders on the fantastic.
Another aspect of these films is precisely how the switch happens. Sometimes the actors merely bump into one another. Other times they get something that serves as a conduit to make the switch happen. Then there's those times (i.e. Mulholland Drive) where the actors become other people simply because that's just what makes sense for the story that a particular director is telling.
It is the fantastical nature of these films, the idea that a body switch of comedic (and sometimes tragic) proportions can happen, »
By Todd Garbarini
Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, which opened on Friday, July 18, 1980, had stiff competition at the box office: Airplane!, The Empire Strikes Back, The Shining, Friday the 13th, The Blue Lagoon, The Big Red One, Dressed to Kill, Fame, and The Blues Brothers were all in major release at the time. While Next Movie and did respectable business, it went on to gross even more moola when Universal released is on a double bill with John Landis’s beloved Blues Brothers later. The film picks up sometime after Cheech and Chong’s maiden cinematic outing, Up in Smoke, left off two years earlier. Written by the slapdash and seemingly always high dynamic duo and directed by the latter of the two, Next Movie plays out like their comedy album routines (“Dave” from their self-titled 1971 debut album is one of their best-known and funniest bits) which is exactly »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Jennifer Morrison is an actress, producer, and director. Her acting credits include “Once Upon a Time,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “House.” She’s the founder of Apartment 3C Productions. Her short film, “Warning Labels,” premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. “Sun Dogs” is her feature directorial debut.
“Sun Dogs” will premiere at the 2017 La Film Festival on June 18.
W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.
Jm: The actual synopsis description for the film is the following:
Intellectually limited from an accident at birth, Ned Chipley has failed time and time again at achieving his dream of “saving lives.” After a fourth thwarted attempt to join the marines, he pairs up with young runaway Tally Peterson. Together, they surveil a group of young men who they mistake as terrorists. Their misadventures and misunderstandings lead to the unexpected discovery that sometimes the greatest purpose in life can present itself in the most unlikely of places.
In addition to that, I would say that the film sheds light on the idea that every person needs a purpose.
I believe that we are all misfits in one way or another. We feel misunderstood. We fail. We struggle. We hope. It’s what makes us unique in our search for meaning.
“Sun Dogs” takes us inside the world of the outsider. In my mind, Ned Chipley is a mirror for us all. He represents every moment we feel like a failure. His journey is the miracle of everyday life. Some things are not what they seem. Some things are much more than we ever imagined. And sometimes, the simplest gesture can make the greatest impact.
My heart explodes for Ned. There is a little bit of me — a little bit of all of us — in Ned, Tally, Rose, and Bob. They are everyday people, and in the right light, they are the heroes of everyday life.
W&H: What drew you to this story?
Jm: I am always drawn to “rise of the underdog” stories. Ned’s simplicity and innocence allows the audience to get a glimpse of the world through his eyes. It is an un-jaded and childlike perspective.
I am a huge fan of Hal Ashby, and the characters in “Sun Dogs” carry influences from “Being There”” and “Harold and Maude.” Whether I consciously realized it or not, I am sure that was part of my draw to tell this story as well.
W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?
Jm: I hope they consider the relationships in their lives. I hope they are uplifted by the idea that finding our life’s purpose is worth fighting for.
Ned’s journey demonstrates that the simplest kindnesses can go a long way, and that as different as we all might feel at times, there are simple, universal commonalities that link us all.
We all want to be loved, seen, and accepted for who we truly are.
W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?
Jm: We made the film in 18 days — without overtime. I had to design the film down to every last detail and shot before we ever stepped on set, and then stick to the plan completely. There was no time to diverge.
I had to trust the prep, and the whole crew had to work at an insane pace. We had 32 locations in those 18 days, so we were also loading in and out more than once a day at times. We had to be precise and efficient at every turn.
W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.
Jm: Producer Bert Hamelink at Caviar Entertainment was a fan of my short film, “Warning Labels,” and decided to bet on me as filmmaker. Caviar came in with a portion of the money, and then my production company, Apartment 3C Procutions, followed with another portion. Bert helped me secure Fábrica de Cine as the main financier of the film; producer Gaston Pavlovich had a strong response to the film’s message, and he was incredibly supportive throughout the whole process.
I had a very small window of time to shoot the film. I only had a three-month hiatus between Season 5 and 6 of “Once Upon a Time.” This made my options even more limited.
There were several independent financing companies who were interested, but they could not pull off the financing in that time limit. It was sheer, blind determination and passion that seemed to push things into place.
I didn’t take no for an answer, and I consistently found creative solutions to the obstacles that presented themselves. Anytime I encountered resistance, I would ask, “What is this really about?” and “How can I help?” A tremendous amount of creative problem-solving helped push this movie forward.
W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at the Laff?
Jm: We shot the film in La, so the city itself feels like a part of the film. It is wonderful to have the film premiering in the town where we shot it and so near where the action is set.
The Laff is such a prestigious and internationally respected festival, so it’s very validating to have the film recognized here. It feels like a perfect fit, and I am so excited to share the film with the world. Laff is an incredible launch pad for independent films.
W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?
Jm: The best advice that I received was from Marlon Wayans. I ran into him at Sushi Park the night before I started filming. He told me to start every morning with a sense of what you can cut or combine, so when you have your back against the wall you have a plan.
This mentally prepared me to start editing in my mind as we went along. I was able to make educated decisions in the moment when time became an issue.
The other best advice that I received was from Joel Edgerton. He said to cut out sugar and to go for a walk every morning. I did both. Cutting out sugar kept me from having highs and lows of energy during the day. I felt very clearheaded.
The walks every morning, no matter how early, were where I always solved the day’s problems. I still can’t live without those walks. They are so productive. There is something about being in motion while you are thinking that gives you new perspective on possible solutions.
I am not sure if I officially got any bad advice. Maybe I just blocked it out. I was very lucky to be surrounded by highly creative and passionate people who were all fighting to make the film the best it could be.
W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?
Jm: Never apologize for your ideas, and never back down.
It is difficult to articulate, but there are times when I know that if I were a man I would not have to defend or explain my position on something. People don’t even realize that they do it — even people who consider themselves advocates of equality between men and women accidentally do this.
We cannot change the past or where we are in history at this moment. All we can do is start changing the future, one good decision at a time.
Take nothing personally. Stand your ground with intensity and integrity.
W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.
Jm: I love Kathryn Bigelow’s “Point Break.” It is technically outstanding in every way. Her attention to detail at every level of filmmaking is so inspiring. I also love that you would never assume that a woman directed that film. It is very masculine in a certain way.
Men direct female-driven content all the time, and it’s invigorating to see a woman so successfully and accurately take on masculine content. It gives me hope that one day it will truly be 50–50, and no one will need to delineate between a male or female director. We will just all be directors.
W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.
Jm: I am optimistic that this is in the process of changing. Things cannot shift overnight. There needs to be enough time for women to rise through the ranks with significant experience as filmmakers.
The balance of male and female filmmakers is getting better at festivals. This gives me hope that, in the next ten years, we will start to see female independent filmmakers cross over into the studio world as well.
As soon as women start truly advocating for each other and lifting each other up when we can we will start to see this shift faster.
Laff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Jennifer Morrison — “Sun Dogs” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Kelsey Moore
The first Brigsby Bear teaser trailer has hit the web. The film has been a favourite on the festival circuit for the past couple of months after debuting at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, the Cannes Film Festival in May (in the Critics’ Week segment) and then at this month’s Sydney Film Festival in Australia to huge acclaim. Scroll down to watch the first Brigsby Bear trailer in our player.
- Paul Heath
Carol Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure) was rumored to have the part back in 1991. And theories swirled over the years suggesting Agent Cooper’s trusty Gal Friday might just be a figment of his imagination. But in Sunday’s Twin Peaks, the one and only “Diane” was finally revealed to be none other than Laura Dern. (Nifty that she played his Girl Friday back in Blue Velvet too, huh?) A satisfying moment 27 years in the making (even if most of us guessed and hoped it was coming). Now, Albert (who found her in Max Von’s Bar in Philadelphia – did that »
Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.What's an FBI Special Agent to do after being locked away for 25 years in unearthly purgatory? Episodes three and four of Mark Frost and David Lynch's revived Twin Peaks, which aired on Showtime this past Sunday in a two-hour block (aside from September's two-part finale, it's all single, hour-long episodes from hereon out), follow our besuited, Black Lodge-incarcerated hero Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) as he reintegrates into modern terrestrial society. So this is basically Peaks doing Rectify, just with a sterile death row replaced by an infernal hellscape out of Clive Barker. Or David Lynch, really. What's becoming more and more evident as the new Peaks progresses is that the series is, in large part, a repository for Lynch's subconscious, past and present. »
Blake Edwards: Director of the 'Pink Panther' movies – and Julie Andrews' husband for more than four decades – was at his best handling polished comedies and a couple of dead serious dramas. Blake Edwards movies: Best known for slapstick fare, but at his best handling polished comedies and dramas The Pink Panther and its sequels are the movies most closely associated with screenwriter-director-producer Blake Edwards, whose film and television career spanned more than half a century. But unless you're a fan of Keystone Kops-style slapstick, they're the filmmaker's least interesting efforts. In fact, Edwards (born William Blake Crump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on July 26, 1922) was at his best (co-)writing and/or directing polished comedies (e.g., Operation Petticoat, Victor Victoria) and, less frequently, dramas (Days of Wine and Roses, the romantic comedy-drama Breakfast at Tiffany's). The article below and follow-up posts offer a brief look at some of Blake Edwards' non-Pink Panther comedies, »
- Andre Soares
Cannes — Guillermo del Toro will godfather this October’s milestone edition of the Sitges’ Catalonia Intl. Fantastic Film Festival as the famed fantasy-genre fest celebrates its 50th edition and genre gains ever greater mainstream acceptance.
A hallowed place of pilgrimage for genre aficionados worldwide, fishing village-set Sitges launched in 1968 the first Intl. Week of Fantastic Cinema, a bastion of fantasy films and avant-garde film debate which implicitly stood up to Francisco Franco’s arcane dictatorship. Sitges’ Catalonia Intl. Fantastic Film Festival is now one of Europe’s biggest genre events, notching up about 200,000 attendees last year, according to organizers.
For del Toro, godfathering is a debt repaid. “Sitges was, in my mind as a young filmmaker, the Mecca,” he recalls. “Being there with my first film, ‘Cronos,’ and winning the Maria Prize, was a giant boost. A year later, receiving the lifetime achievement award, I felt similarly reinvigorated and went »
- Emilio Mayorga
When Julianne Moore’s elderly deaf character Rose enters the frame in Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck to the tune of Eumir Deodato’s take on “Sprach Zarathustra” (also prominently heard in the Peter Sellers comedy Being There), you know something amazing is about to happen, and surely it does. The Oscar-winning Still Alice actress plays not one, but two roles in her fourth outing with the Oscar-nominated director following Safe, Far From Heaven and I’m Not There: One a 1920s… »
For the love of all that is decent, why can’t Kelly Severide ever just be happy? In the five years of Chicago Fire, it’s been awhile since Severide has been truly happy. The fact that there’s a reference to Shay in this episode proves how long it’s been since Severide’s been truly happy. Even Otis, Cruz, and Brett manage to find happiness as new roommates. Sure they have a few bumps, but it works out. Finally Severide has found happiness, and circumstances strips it away from him. Being there for Kannell has to be enough for Casey, because there’s nothing
- Araceli Aviles
In a promo clip for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Caitlyn asks Khloe what went wrong in their relationship. "I just really feel like over the last year and a half we certainly have grown apart," the 67-year-old Olympian says. "Day after day, month after month, nobody calls, nobody checks in. Just, 'Hey, how are you doing?' I haven't gotten that phone call from anybody. You can't help but sit there and think, 'Ok, is it because I transitioned? They don't like me anymore?' I want to know what I did wrong, what I didn't do wrong, what I did right, and move forward."
"I don't necessarily want to say you did anything wrong 'cause I don't know if »
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