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The Forgotten: James Whale's "Hello Out There" (1949)

The last film by James Whale (Frankenstein, The Old Dark House) is a forty-minute short based on a one-act play by William Saroyan. Whale had directed the play in 1942 as part of a show to entertain Us troops passing through La. The opportunity to film it arrived through strange circumstances.Millionaire Huntington Hartford loved his wife, Marjorie Steele, who was an actress. He decided to bankroll a series of short films showcasing her talents. Somehow Whale, who was thoroughly retired from film direction, was approached, and he welcomed the idea of adapting Saroyan's lonely parable to the screen. Harry Morgan was recruited as male lead.Like a lot of late works, this one needs approaching with a sympathetic attitude. The play is built around its title, a line shouted like a refrain throughout the piece. For some reason, Harry Morgan shouts every other line too. This was far from Morgan's debut,
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Peter Macgregor-Scott, ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘Batman Forever’ Producer, Dies at 69

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Peter Macgregor-Scott, ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘Batman Forever’ Producer, Dies at 69
Peter Macgregor-Scott, producer on director Andrew Davis’ “The Fugitive,” the Joel Schumacher-helmed “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin,” and three Cheech & Chong flicks, died Wednesday following a recent traffic accident in Manhattan. He was 69. “We were like brothers who supported and relied on each other in an industry where that is rare. I will miss him dearly,” Davis told The Hollywood Reporter, when confirming the longtime Warner Bros. producer’s passing. Aside from projects with Davis and Schumacher, the producer’s credits include “The Jerk” (1979), “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1982), “Revenge of the Nerds” (1984), “Troop Beverly Hills” (1989),...
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Peter Macgregor-Scott, Producer on 'The Fugitive' and 'Batman Forever,' Dies at 69

Peter Macgregor-Scott, Producer on 'The Fugitive' and 'Batman Forever,' Dies at 69
Peter Macgregor-Scott, who produced the Andrew Davis-directed The Fugitive, the two Batman films helmed by Joel Schumacher and three movies starring Cheech & Chong, has died. He was 69.

Macgregor-Scott died Wednesday in New York after being involved in a recent taxi accident in Manhattan, Davis told The Hollywood Reporter.

"We were like brothers who supported and relied on each other in an industry where that is rare. I will miss him dearly," Davis said.

Macgregor-Scott's producing résumé also included Carl Reiner's The Jerk (1979), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), Revenge of the Nerds (1984), Troop Beverly Hills...
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Noah Baumbach Reveals the Key Movies That Made Him Want to Be a Filmmaker

Noah Baumbach Reveals the Key Movies That Made Him Want to Be a Filmmaker
Noah Baumbach has been making movies for more than 20 years, and in that time, has developed a distinctive voice in American cinema. His stories of neurotic New Yorkers are loaded with memorable moments of self-obsession and narcissistic showdowns. But Baumbach didn’t become a filmmaker overnight; he learned much about filmmaking from watching other movies. Raised by novelist Jonathan Baumbach and film critic Georgia Brown, Baumbach grew up surrounded by cinema, and it played a critical role in his evolving love for the medium.

The filmmaker looked back on some of these key influences during a conversation at the Film Society of Lincoln Center shortly before a screening of his latest effort, the ensemble comedy “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which Netflix releases later this month.

The Movie Brats

Baumbach was born in 1969, which placed on the younger end of the spectrum of moviegoers influenced by the movie brat
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The Bottom Shelf: Return Of The Living Dead 3, The Evil Within and The Jerk, Too

Nick Aldwinckle Sep 14, 2017

Our round up of horror and genre DVDs and Blu-rays returns, with some solid titles, and The Jerk sequel...

So, whilst Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump are comparing the size of their nuclear weapons and super-storms are battering the world’s coastlines, the head of Nato is describing the present moment as the “most dangerous in a generation”. With any luck, the inevitable apocalypse may bring with it some fun real-life zombie larks to bring some light to the fast-approaching nuclear winter: what more prescient documentary-drama could there be, therefore, than Re-Animator cult hero Brian Yuzna’s Return Of The Living Dead 3?

Resurrected this month on Blu-ray as part of the gloriously tacky Vestron Video Collection, the second sequel to Dan O'Bannon’s classic eighties comedy horror adopts more of an angsty nineties tone as the monster-making Trioxin chemical returns to cause havoc all over again,
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August 29th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Slayer, Amsterdamned, The Man With Two Brains

August’s home entertainment releases are going out in a blaze of glory, as we have a bunch of great titles coming our way on August 29th, including a handful of cult classics such as The Man with Two Brains, The Manster, Amsterdamned, Vicious Lips, and a two-disc special edition set for The Slayer from Arrow Video.

As far as recent horror titles go, be sure to keep an eye out for Demon, Inconceivable, Timebomb, The Hollow One, The Evil in Us, and Safe Inside. Warner Bros. put together a quad pack Blu-ray set featuring four Stephen King classics (It, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Cat’s Eye) undoubtedly to get everyone ready for Pennywise next month, and Paramount is keeping busy with several Blu-ray re-releases, including Clue, The Addams Family, and Galaxy Quest.

Amsterdamned (Blue Underground, Blu/DVD Combo)

The Danger Lies Just Below the Surface. Down
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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
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The Man with Two Brains

Steve Martin brings down the house with this adoring, hilarious pastiche of mad doctor and disembodied brain motifs — surely the epitome of cultured comedy. Under Carl Reiner’s direction Martin is marvelous, and he’s aided and abetted by the daring sexpot-turned comedienne Kathleen Turner — who has a better handle on outrageous sexy comedy than they do. It’s class-act nonsense and inspired silliness. Where else can a crazed surgeon proclaim his special screw-top skull surgery method, and utter the immortal words, “Scum queen?!”

The Man with Two Brains

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Warner Archive Collection

1983 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 90 93 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict, Richard Brestoff, James Cromwell, George Furth, Peter Hobbs, Jeffrey Combs.

Cinematography: Michael Chapman

Film Editor: Bud Molin

Production Design: Polly Platt

Original Music: Joel Goldsmith

Written by Carl Reiner, George Gipe, Steve Martin

Produced by William E. McEuen,
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Remembering Unusual Post-wwii Novel That Led to 2 Movie Adaptations: One 'Straight,' One 'Gay'

Remembering Unusual Post-wwii Novel That Led to 2 Movie Adaptations: One 'Straight,' One 'Gay'
Crime novel The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. While her husband is away during World War II, housewife Lucia Holley – the sort of “Everywoman” who looks great in a two-piece bathing suit – does whatever it takes to protect the feeling of “normality” in her bourgeois, suburban household. The Blank Wall is a classic depiction of an attempted cover-up being much more serious than the actual crime. Sound bites: Remembering the classic crime novel 'The Blank Wall' and its two movie adaptations – 'The Reckless Moment' & 'The Deep End' Crime novel writer Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (1889–1955) is not a name familiar to many, and yet Raymond Chandler described her as “the top suspense writer of them all. She doesn't pour it on and make you feel irritated. Her characters are wonderful; and she has a sort of inner calm which I find very attractive.” Holding has been identified as “The Godmother of Noir” and, more
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From ‘The Office’ to ‘Wonder Woman’: Get to Know Lucy Davis

From ‘The Office’ to ‘Wonder Woman’: Get to Know Lucy Davis
British actress Lucy Davis is best known for her comedic chops. You may have seen her in Shaun of the Dead or on the FX comedy series Better Things. But you probably know her as receptionist Dawn Tinsley on the U.K. version of The Office (you know -- the original version). “It brought new things into my life, opportunities that I hadn’t had before, doors opened that hadn’t opened before,” Davis tells Et of the role that first brought her fame.

Today, the 44-year-old Brit is taking on a new kind of role as Etta Candy, sidekick and best friend to Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince, in the upcoming superhero film Wonder Woman. Davis' take on the role marks the first time Etta is making an appearance in a live-action feature film.

News: Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot Embrace at 'Wonder Woman' Red Carpet – See the Pics!

“She’s a woman
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Robert D. Marta, Camera Operator on ‘Hart to Hart,’ ‘The Jerk,’ Dies at 73

Robert D. Marta, Camera Operator on ‘Hart to Hart,’ ‘The Jerk,’ Dies at 73
Robert D. Marta, a camera operator who worked on tv shows and films such as “Hart to Hart” and “The Jerk,” has died. He was 73.

Marta died at his home in Bozeman, Mont., on Apr. 13 after suffering from several years of health issues, his family reported.

Born on Oct. 5, 1943 in Pasadena, Calif., Marta went on to become a founding member and the first president of the Society of Operating Cameramen — now Society of Camera Operators — from 1981-85. He was also one of the early champions of the industrywide labor-management safety committee. In 1996, he received the SoC’s Presidents Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Marta started his career as an uncredited assistant cameraman on “Diamonds Are Forever.” He later worked on such 1970s films as Tom Laughlin’s indie sequels “The Trial of Billy Jack” and “Billy Jack Goes to Washington;” Norman Jewison’s “… And Justice for All,” starring Al Pacino; and
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Robert D. Marta Dies: Camera Operator On ‘The Jerk’, ‘Hart To Hart’ Was 73

Robert D. Marta, a camera operator who worked on such films as The Jerk and Oh, God! and series including Hart to Hart and Fantasy Island, died today at his home in Bozeman, Mt. He was 73 and had been battling health issues for years, his family said. Born on October 5, 1943 in Pasadena, Marta was a founding member and the first president of the Society of Operating Cameramen — now Society of Camera Operators — from 1981-85 and was one of the early champions of the…
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TCM Film Festival 2017 Recap

Once again, Wamg attended the 2017 Turner Classic Movie Film Festival in Hollywood, and as always, it did not disappoint!

Ahhh…so many movies, so little time to cover everything, but here are some highlights of my favorite movies of this year’s festival.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Shown poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, this classic was perfect for opening night. Brightly colored inflatable balls and lights floated in the pool like some of Wonka’s best candies as guests enjoyed snacks and cocktails on a beautiful spring evening. In attendance for this special screening were some of the cast members of the original movie. Miss Veruca Salt herself, Julie Dawn Cole; Mike Teevee, also known as Paris Themmen; and one of the original Oompaloompas, Rusty Goffe.

Along with host Illeana Douglas, they recounted some great memories of being on the set of the film in Germany more than 45 years ago.
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A Tcmff 2017 Preamble

“It’s the most wonderful time/Of the year…” – Andy Williams

Well, yes and no. There is, after all, still about a week and a half to go before we can put the long national, annual nightmare of the tax season behind us. But it’s also film festival season, which for me specifically means the onset of the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival, the eighth iteration of what has become a perennial moviegoing event. More and more people flock to Hollywood Boulevard each year from all reaches of the country, and from other countries, to revel in the history of Hollywood and international filmmaking, celebrate their favorite stars (including, this year, beloved TCM host Robert Osborne, who died earlier this year and whose presence has been missed at the festival for the past two sessions) and enjoy a long-weekend-sized bout of nostalgia for the movie culture being referred to when
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Steve Martin in “My Blue Heaven” Just Isn’t Steve Martin

I like Steve Martin as much as the next guy. While I don’t personally think he’s as funny as most people do, I still like him as a serious actor and writer. By the way, that whole King Tut thing on Saturday Night Live in the 70s was never funny and never will be and The Jerk was not a funny movie. I just had to mention that. Anyway, let’s get into your typical Steve Martin character. For the most part Steve Martin’s that guy with the white hair who’s great in family oriented movies. He’s great at throwing a

Steve Martin in “My Blue Heaven” Just Isn’t Steve Martin
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Hot Rod at 10: looking back at an underappreciated film

Gem Wheeler Aug 15, 2017

2007s' Hot Rod arrives at its tenth birthday - and there's plenty here to celebrate...

Stuntman extraordinaire Rod Kimble is about to face the challenge of his life. If he can jump fifteen buses on his motorbike – that’s one more than Evel Knievel; you can check, online – and raise the $50,000 required for his stepdad Frank’s life-saving surgery, he’ll be acclaimed as a hero. Far more importantly, he’ll also be able to kick Frank’s ass. Rod’s been mocked and bullied by his stepdad for a long time. This is his chance to prove himself as a man, gain Frank’s respect, and win the heart of his next-door neighbour, Denise. There’s only one problem: Rod’s never actually managed to perform a stunt successfully. Ancestors, protect him…

Since its release in 2007, Hot Rod’s gradually attained the well-deserved cult classic status
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Why 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' Is the Ultimate Thanksgiving Movie

Why 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' Is the Ultimate Thanksgiving Movie
Thanksgiving is all about the buildup.

You wait for it, that long weekend that you know will include family, maybe some football, plenty of food, and then leftovers and sales the day after that. Everything looks great in those weeks leading up to the fourth Thursday in November, until it all goes to hell, with that long drive probably filled with holiday traffic and the drunk relatives whose opinions you really don't care to hear about. The anticipation of the holiday is fun. The drama that ensues during it is not.
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DVD Review: Roxanne

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★★★☆☆ Cast your mind back to a time when Steve Martin assumed the mantle of comedic king of the box office, sharing the title with the likes of Chevy Chase, John Candy and Eddie Murphy. Amongst the more inherently zany, audience-pleasers of that era like The Jerk and The Man with Two Brains, Roxanne marked a shift for Martin, proving he was more than capable of playing a grounded, albeit unquestionably quirky, character and a plausible romantic lead. Almost thirty years on from its initial release, the film remains a thoroughly charming affair.
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SAG-aftra Praises “Remarkable” Ex-sag President William Schallert; ‘Patty Duke Show’ Co-Star Dead At 93 – Update

Updated with statement from SAG-aftra: William Shallert, former SAG president and co-star on The Patty Duke Show, died on May 8 in Los Angeles. He was 93. Including stints on Star Trek, the 1967 pic In the Heat of the Night, an uncredited appearance in Steve Martin's The Jerk and HBO’s True Blood among many others, the character actor’s career spanned from 1947-2014, when he appeared in an episode of 2 Broke Girls. SAG-aftra today confirmed Shallert’s passing. "Bill…
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William Schallert, Former SAG President and ‘Patty Duke Show’ Star, Dies at 93

William Schallert, Former SAG President and ‘Patty Duke Show’ Star, Dies at 93
Former SAG president William Schallert, best known as TV dad Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show,” died Sunday in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 93. His son Edwin confirmed his death.

His most memorable role was as beloved TV dad Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show” (1963-66). The performance still resonates: TV Guide slotted him at No. 39 on its list of Greatest TV Dads of All Time in 2004.

Schallert would be familiar to many for his memorable appearance on the famous “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode of the original “Star Trek” series: He played Nilz Baris, the agriculture undersecretary who is outraged to discover that the furry, endlessly reproducing aliens have devoured all the grain.

Schallert served as SAG president from 1979-81 and oversaw a three-month strike in 1980 that centered around rates and residuals for pay TV, videocassettes and videodiscs and included a successful boycott of the year’s primetime Emmy Awards.
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