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By Lee Pfeiffer
Warner Home Video continues to earn the gratitude of movie fans by releasing special editions of films that had limited commercial appeal. The latest example is director Hal Ashby's Lookin' to Get Out, a 1982 comedy that was a notorious box-office disaster - and one that virtually ruined Ashby's career. Like fellow gadfly director Sam Peckinpah, Ashby could be a temperamental personality who prided himself on clashing with studios over issues of artistic integrity. His acclaimed hits include Coming Home, Being There and Shampoo, but -like Peckinpah- he wore out his welcome with his employers and was relegated to filming "by the numbers" movies in return for a paycheck.There has been a renaissance of interest in Ashby's career of late, so hopefully this director's cut of Lookin' to Get Out will find an appreciative audience.
The film stars Jon Voight (who co-wrote the script) as Alex Kovac, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Oh, yes. Sweet yes. Survivor jumped to the merge this week, brought together a heap of disagreeable, aloof players, and forced them into a prickly, weird-ass tribal council that left everyone looking pretty stupid. This? This is my heaven. Wednesday's episode was undoubtedly the most entertaining of the season, and I'm not just saying that because one of my least favorite people was banished (along with her cream-colored pantsuit from an abandoned Talbot's outlet). It wasn't just that. But it was a lot that.
Plus, plenty our favorite players kept being great. And a couple of beleaguered contestants outsmarted some heavy-hitters and earned our respect. Let's reinspect the episode's greatest hits.
Can I still be gay and marry the hell out of Denise?
The hardest-working, hardest-losing contestant on Survivor maneuvered her sinew in a winning fashion this week, destroying her competitors in an immunity challenge that amounted to the following »
Spoiler Alert: If you have not seen tonight’s episode of Fringe we highly suggest that you leave this page and return after checking it out for yourself. You have been warned…
Dearest Etta, we hardly knew ye.
After several episodes of watching Peter and Olivia get to know their now-grown-up daughter, who had been kidnapped as a child, the beautiful family reunion came to a stunning halt as Etta (Georgina Haig) was killed by an Observer — and then blown to pieces.
With our jaws still on the floor, EW hopped on the phone with Haig to talk about her shocking departure. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Chicago – The recovery of an alcoholic is rarely told honestly in film, and by making it about the relationships, writer/director James Ponsoldt has achieved that truth. It helps that his lead actor is the illustrious Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”).
Ponsoldt and Winstead team up to deliver a poignant and special character in Kate Hannah, who recognizes her own culpability in the party life just in time. How it will affect her marriage with Charlie (Aaron Paul) or her job is another side of that coin, and it turns up in unexpected ways. This is Ponsoldt’s second major film – after “Off the Black” in 2006 – and deals with a time of life and an age group that is not often seen dealing with the complex issues of recovery.
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classic
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Ashby was born fully formed as a film-maker with this debut, a wise and exact meditation on race relations in New York at the end of the 1960s
Sometimes I imagine a scene of a time capsule opening years after its burial, and a noxious stink arises from the urn because its socio-temporal contents have lost all their context, and thus all their meaning. "Ew," says the crowd assembled, "why ever did we bury that?" Not so Hal Ashby's The Landlord, long unavailable despite being, to my mind at least, one of the most assured directorial debuts in Hollywood history, and also perhaps my favourite of all his work. I saw it as a teenager in the 70s, before it vanished out of circulation for decades. This particular time capsule is all madeleines and bitter almonds, its contents apparently not having aged a day in 42 years.
Ashby, one of »
- John Patterson
The Landlord, 1970.
Directed by Hal Ashby.
Elger Enders (Beau Bridges) buys an apartment block in Brooklyn with plans to renovate it, atlhough ,uch to his annoyance the tenants refuse to be evicted and as he is forced to interact with them, his unforgiving nature begins to wear away.
The Landlord is not the best example of director Hal Ashby’s body of work, but it is a good sign of the things that were to come. Ashby’s films were often based on relationships between people in struggling circumstance, and The Landlord tells its story of the race and class struggle in 1970s America as both a comedy and drama. For the most part, Ashby’s debut feature is a mild success.
Bea Bridges plays Elgar Enders, a white man form a rich and »
“I shot In the Heat of the Night  based on my views of black and white,” states Chicago-born cinematographer Haskell Wexler. “A lot of things I did were considered to be daring, like I put airplane landing lights into cars so that the intensity of lights were adequate to deal with colour.” The other innovative lighting techniques were used such as bouncing light off the ceiling and down onto a set like a still photographer. “I had an umbrella light which sent rays in a rounded way.” Much has been made of the way Wexler was able to light Sydney Poitier who plays a Philadelphia police detective recruited to assist a bigoted Southern sheriff (Rod Steiger) in a murder investigation while waiting for a train back home. “Rod was getting make-up and joked to Sydney, ‘All you have »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 30, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films
A renegade Usaf general takes over an Icbm silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War III in the 1977 thriller Twilight’s Last Gleaming, directed by the late great Robert Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly).
Burt Lancaster (Sweet Smell of Success) stars as Lawrence Dell, a highly decorated Us Air Force Colonel who escapes from a military prison and with the help of three other convicts (Paul Winfield, Burt Young and William Smith, who’s best remembered as Rich Man Poor Man‘s bad-ass Falconetti), takes over a nuclear base and hold America hostage. Dell demands that the President reveal details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam War between Dell and the former President’s advisors, »
During the first week of August, Sight & Sound organized a poll that dethroned "Citizen Kane" as the best movie ever made. Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" took the title as the Greatest Film ending "Citizen Kane's" long run. (See Dethroned! "Citizen Kane" No Longer Best Movie Ever! Critics, Directors Pick Top 10 Films of All Time!)
Academians, archivists, critics, directors, and distributors all over the world were among the ones invited to participate in the poll. Now, Sight & Sound has revealed the choices made by our favorite directors (via Collider). Here they are (it's interesting to note that among the list of directors below, only Martin Scorsese, David O'Russell, and Sam Mendes picked "Vertigo"):
Modest Reception (Paziraie sadeh)
Directed by Mani Haghighi
After the end credits and their free-jazz accompaniment had come to a close and the curtains began rolling inwards, I and the pair seated beside me exchanged some quick thoughts about what we thought we had just seen: an oddball Iranian road-film in which Leyla and Kaveh, two variably eccentric and somewhat suspect Tehranis, drive through the dry, wintry countryside with a carload of rial (the chief unit of Iranian currency) stuffed into 260 or so numbered plastic bags, most of which have already been done away with by the time the movie begins. Over the course of the film they attempt to give these millions upon millions of rial away to the various individuals they meet, almost all of whom are lower to working class men. The pair, whose relationship remains unclear thanks »
"I think 'Being There' was so muted and so... there was a tone that movie struck that I had never seen before in a movie. It was so gentle and kind yet thought provoking. I thought it was very smart and I thought his portrayal of that character was brilliant.
"'Dr. Strangelove,' again, very silly but at the same time incredibly dark subject matter. Again, thought provoking... the things they got away with in that movie were astounding. So indicative of that period in history, too. Something that gives you chills and makes you laugh at the same time is pretty amazing."
- Max Evry
Oscar Pistorius cemented himself in the record books with his historic run in the men's 400-meter heat. He has become the only double amputee to race in the Olympic Games. Just getting to London was a miraculous feat for Pistorius, of South Africa. Officials debated first whether his carbon fiber blades were an unfair advantage before then wondering if he was actually at a disadvantage. He smiled as he reached the beginning of the first 400m heat. Being there was a victory. »
“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.
August isn’t fooling around with a ton of releases spanning both big budget and independent productions. I couldn’t even begin to talk about them all here—sorry Sparkle—but there sadly aren’t many designs worth mentioning anyway.
A lot of rehashed ideas litter the slate to accompany the sequel/reboot material they’re advertising and only an inspired viral campaign from the king of artistically minded posters saves us from mediocrity. Festival season better come soon or I won’t have enough worthy work to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Karrueche takes it to Twitter to support her man! Read on for more details! Karrueche Tran is definitely stepping up to her girlfriend duties. The 23-year-old model took it to Twitter to let the world know she's supporting her boo, Chris Brown. "Being there for people when they most need it," she tweeted on June 23rd. Karrueche is definitely being nice to stay by his side considering the violent fight that happened at W.i.P. nightclub between Chris and Drake on June 14 was allegedly over Chris' ex-girlfriend Rihanna. And as HollywoodLIfe.com has previously reported, Karrueche is just a time-filler while Chris sorts out his feeling about RiRi. “[Karrueche] is what you would call a ‘Ride Or Die’ chick. She’s hella cool and takes care of Chris on all levels…[Karrueche] knows where she stands and what her place in Chris’ life [is] and she’s fine with that. She will take what she’s given, »
- Nicole Karlis
Shirley MacLaine has had many big nights in her six-decade career, and this weekend, she shares one of the biggest.
The "Terms of Endearment" Oscar winner was feted by friends and peers ranging from Warren Beatty -- MacLaine's brother -- and Jack Nicholson to Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep when she became the 40th recipient of the American Film Institute's annual Life Achievement Award on Thursday, June 7. Taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif., the event will be shown Sunday (June 24) on TV Land.
"There are people in that audience who weren't even alive when I did what I did when I started," MacLaine marvels to Zap2it about those in attendance. "I wonder what they think of me! It's been a long and varied career, and how it looks when it's all put together is a big part of this."
MacLaine insisted on her AFI table-mates being "the women I've worked with, »
It’s not just a single life that gets toted up when Shirley MacLaine receives a career award. It’s all her lives — past, present, and future.
MacLaine earned the American Film Institute’s life-achievement award Thursday night with friends and colleagues praising her accomplishments in this life — and cracking jokes about the reincarnation believer’s other lives.
Co-stars Julia Roberts, Jack Nicholson, Jack Black, Sally Field, Meryl Streep, and others contributed to the loving roast of MacLaine, along with such friends, co-workers and admirers as Katherine Heigl, Don Rickles, Morgan Freeman and 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern.
“Tonight we »
- Associated Press
The last time Robin Williams made a live-action turn, it was Old Dogs — therefore, I can only imagine this next project being a guaranteed improvement. Said project, if you’d care to know, is A Film By Alan Stuart Eisner, which Deadline has pegged as the joining of Williams, Shirley MacLaine, Oliver Cooper (Project X)*, and Rob Reiner, the lattermost of whom is taking a cameo role.
Andy Bergman (The Freshman, It Could Happen to You) has written and will direct the film, which revolves around a young, aspiring documentarian trying to do his family’s World War II history justice via the power of film. (It’s a bit of a no-brainer that Cooper would take Film‘s primary spot. The rest is up in the air.)
The project needs a bit more before it can actually go forward, seeing as producer Mike Lobell has yet to actually procure the proper financing. »
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Film composer Carter Burwell and “Nadja” writer-director Michael Almereyda will headline a MoMA panel June 20 as part of the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival’s official program. In addition, the festival has launched a new partnership with the Silas Marder Gallery to present a summer outdoor screening series that will include Hal Ashby’s “Being There” and Preston Sturges’ “Sullivan’s Travels.” The Long Island fest, which runs October 4-8, is in its 20th year. “As we begin our season of celebrating Hiff’s 20th Anniversary year, we are looking forward to strong events both in New York and in the Hamptons,” said executive director Karen Arikian. “These two noteworthy happenings are just the first in a series of summer screenings perfectly launching what will be a significant year for Hiff.” Burwell has scored films such as “Blood Simple,” “This »
- Jay A. Fernandez
Will Smith has revealed that he and wife Jada Pinkett Smith are dedicated to keeping their marriage strong, The Men in Black 3 star has been married to Pinkett for 15 years, but he told People that the couple are as committed to each other as ever. Smith said: "We make the effort to always put the family first. Being there for each other and being present with our kids is the most important thing. "I take being a parent very seriously." The actor added that he is particularly attracted to Pinkett because she always keeps a level head. (more) »
- By Justin Harp
The TV mogul behind legendary series Dallas and The Waltons has died at the age of 93.
Lee Rich, the co-founder of the Lorimar production company, passed away on Thursday.
He earned five Emmy Award nominations for his work and won Best Drama Series for The Waltons in 1973.
Rich produced films such as Peter Sellers' Being There in 1979 and Richard Gere's An Officer and a Gentleman in 1982, and continued to score hits with A Fish Called Wanda and Rain Man in 1988, when he served as chairman and CEO of MGM and United Artists studios. »
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