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Antony Gibbs, Editor of ‘Dune,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Dies at 90

Antony Gibbs, a British-born film editor who cut dozens of pictures, including such ’60s classics as “Tom Jones” as well as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Rollerball,” “Dune” and “Ronin,” died February 26. He was 90.

The Guild of British Film and Television Editors reported his death on Facebook.

Gibbs was nominated for four of the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Awards, including for “Tom Jones” in 1964 and “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1972. He won Eddies in 1998 for his work on John Frankenheimer’s TNT miniseries “George Wallace,” starring Gary Sinise, and in 2002 for his editing of Mark Rydell’s TNT TV movie “James Dean,” starring James Franco (a film for which he also picked up an Emmy nomination). Also in 2002, he received an Ace career achievement award.

The Ace said of Gibbs in 2002: “With ‘Reindeer Games’ he continued his successful collaboration with John Frankenheimer, but his friend director Mark Rydell allowed Tony to
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Dallas Film Society to Honor ‘Joy’ Star Isabella Rossellini

Dallas Film Society to Honor ‘Joy’ Star Isabella Rossellini
The Dallas Film Society announced Tuesday that actress Isabella Rossellini will receive its Dallas Star Award at the 6th annual The Art of Film gala in November. Previous honorees have included Robert Duvall, John Lithgow, Val Kilmer, Lee Daniels and Marisa Tomei.

The recognition comes at a key time for Rossellini, a legend of stage and screen who won an Independent Spirit Award in 1987 for her performance in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet”: She appears later this year in David O. Russell’s “Joy” in a role that could bring her supporting actress Oscar recognition.

The actress also landed a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in TV’s “Crime of the Century,” as well as an Emmy nod for her guest appearance in “Chicago Hope.”

Proceeds from the evening go to the Society’s year-round programming and the 10th annual Dallas International Film Festival, which runs April 14 to
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Theater Review: ‘Assassination Theater’ Digs Too Many Rabbit Holes

Chicago – There are two dates in modern American History that ring in the heads of certain generations. Of course, there is September 11th, 2001, but the granddaddy of that date is November 22nd, 1963. That is when an American president, John F. Kennedy, was shot point blank in the head and killed on the street of an American city. The official proclamation from the government is that a lone assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, fired those shots. In a new Chicago play, “Assassination Theater,” subtitled “Chicago’s Role in the Crime of the Century,” the jury is still decidedly out.

Play Rating: 3.5/5.0

The play is presented lecture style, with audio/visual screens and actors portraying some of the most notorious characters associated with the assassination, and is a complex presentation regarding the labyrinth of circumstances and people who could have been involved with the crime, including a former Chicago mobster who confessed to
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They Got the Steely Dan T-Shirts: The Debate Continues

As I mentioned in its introduction, my Steely Dan appreciation last week stemmed from an email exchange with several other people. And my article was not the last word by a long shot. One of the participants, Tony Alterman, is responding with his own album-by-album review, and his brother, CultureCatch's own Ian Alterman, is pitching in with his own observations. Here, with punctuation corrected and tangents omitted, is the origin of the debate and its continuation.

Tony Alterman:

Katy Lied -- Probably [Steely Dan's] fourth-best album, after Aja, Can't Buy a Thrill, and Royal Scam, in that order. Of course, fourth-best for Steely Dan is a bit like Beethoven's fourth-best symphony -- shades of difference here.


Re: Steely Dan, it might be heresy, but I think Royal Scam is better than Aja. So my order would be Royal Scam, Aja, Can't Buy a Thrill, and wouldn’t be Katy Lied.
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Horror's 7 Most Haunting Houses

Aside from The Return of… or The Revenge of…, there may be no more beloved horror titles than those involving The House…. There is something very mysterious and foreboding about a mysterious house containing all kinds of unknown horrors.

Shout Factory has released a new entry on the list with House in the Alley arising today, May 27th. The obscure Vietnamese horror pic is sure to pique the interest of fans and follow in the footsteps of some of the freaky House-themed films of the past…which leads us to our newest Top List: Horror's 7 Most Haunting Houses.

Make no mistake; we aren't necessarily talking about 'haunted houses' here, but 'haunting houses,' meaning movies with House in the title that did a wonderful job of scaring the hell out of us. We'll begin with some honorable mentions to get the ball rolling.

The video game-inspired House of the Dead
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1974 in Progressive Rock

As we rightfully celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' rockin'-vasion of America, it is also worth noting the 40th anniversaries of progressive rock albums released in 1974 -- a banner year for the genre.

In alphabetical rather than chronological order, here is just a short list, along with links to a representative composition from each album.


Apostrophe (Frank Zappa)

Although Zappa had been "at it" since 1966 -- as one of the earliest progenitors of progressive rock -- and although he had already put out over a dozen important albums, Apostrophe (and the immediately prior album, Over-Nite Sensation) arguably brought him to the masses through his cross-over "hit," "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow," which, despite its length, received regular airplay on FM stations. It didn't hurt that the album also included two of his funniest, most fun songs, "Cozmik Debris" and "Stinkfoot."

Hamburger Concerto (Focus)

For those who only know Focus via their 1971 novelty mega-hit,
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Win Fire in the Blood on DVD

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To mark the release of Fire in the Blood on 24th March, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on DVD.

Fire In The Blood is a critically-acclaimed documentary of medicine, monopoly and malice that tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996. The film investigates how this caused over ten million unnecessary deaths and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

Fire In The Blood was shot on four continents and tells its remarkable story through the eyes of AIDS patients, front-line clinicians, radical health professionals, pharmaceutical company executives and global figures including Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz. It is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’ and save millions of lives in the process.
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Indian Documentary Fire in the Blood Breaks record for longest run in Indian cinemas

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Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated Indian film Fire in the Blood has been held over for a fourth week at PVR Phoenix in Mumbai, thus becoming the first-ever nonfiction film to achieve a four-week commercial theatrical run in India.

“This is a dream come true and a real testament to the fact that audiences in India are hungering for new and different types of films,” said producer-director Dylan Mohan Gray. “The word of mouth has been just incredible, and definitely the key factor in sustaining interest in Fire in the Blood ”, he added. “I get e-mails, especially from students, every single day telling me how blown away they were by the movie and how they’ve prodded their friends to rush to go see it while it’s still running.”

Fire in the Blood tells the story of a unique and eclectic group of people who came together from India and
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Winner at Sundance Film Festival comes home to India

After winning acclaim the world over, an extraordinary Indian film is now coming home. Fire in the Blood, which earlier this year became the first Indian film ever to be selected for the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, the world’s most prestigious and competitive festival for independent films, is releasing in cities around the country on October 11. The film has already released theatrically in the UK, Ireland and the Us to rave reviews.

Directed by Punjabi-Irish filmmaker Dylan Mohan Gray, Fire in the Blood is an intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’ and tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths – and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

One of the
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Fire in The Blood – A film by Dylan Mohan Gray

An intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’, Fire in the Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths - and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, Fire in the Blood is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’ and save million of lives in the process.

As the film makes clear, however, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is almost certainly just beginning.
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CNN Series ‘Crime Of The Century’ From Ridley Scott To Premiere June 23

The original series executive produced by Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free Prods. will focus on a single major news event considered shocking at the time. It will debut Sunday, June 23 at 9 Pm Et as a lead-in to the Morgan Spurlock docu-series Inside Man, which also premieres June 23. Each of the eight episodes of Crime Of The Century focuses on archived and never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews with witnesses, victims, and investigators of the crimes, offering viewers a virtual scene-of-the-crime vantage point. The premiere episode focuses on the 2001 Washington D.C. sniper attack. The John Lennon killing, the Andrea Yates murders, the Reagan assassination attempt, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Amanda Knox story, the Waco siege and the Unabomber case also will be featured. Crimes of the Century will re-air the same night at 12 midnight, again at 3 Am Et, and several other times during subsequent weekends.
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Danny Baker's Great Album Showdown; Out of the Jail and on the Streets – review

Danny Baker's new music show had great albums – but no showdown

About 20 minutes into Danny Baker's Great Album Showdown (BBC4), I realised something was up. Here was a programme tailor-made for a white bloke in his 50s who wasted far too much of the mid-70s riffling through record racks for obscure bootlegs and Krautrock imports, and yet I was starting to nod off. Where was the promised showdown? Having talked up the idea of the LP era as a heated debate between stoned music nerds over which was the best Led Zep track (Since I've Been Loving You, since you asked) or whether the Beatles were better than the Stones (definitely not), Danny Baker presided over one of the most polite discussions in television history.

Where was the passion? Where was the argument? It's very rare that I catch myself thinking I could do with Paul Morley
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Fast Five Scribe Plots Crime Of The Century With Sci-Fi Twist For Universal

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Universal has its hands on a pitch called Crime of the Century from Wanted and Fast 5 writer Chris Morgan. Crime of the Century “revolves around a high-octance heist with a science fiction twist”. The story spun from Morgan and fellow writer Dan Kunka, who will be writing the script.

But that’s not all that’s peaked our interest in this film. Back in August, SciFi Mafia shared with you an inspired fan film based on the hit video game, Portal, called Portal: No Escape. According to Deadline, Dan Trachtenberg, the director of said short, will be directing Crime of the Century. How’s that for setting a bar high? Color me interested!
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Dan Trachtenberg Plans Crime Of The Century

Newcomers Dan Trachtenberg (Portal: No Escape) and Dan Kunka (Agent Ox) have been signed up by Universal Pictures and will work with Fast 5 writer Chris Morgan, who will also produce the film under his Chris Morgan Productions company.

Crime Of The Century is an original idea from the minds of Kunka and Trachtenberg and the only thing we know so far is that it will be a high-octane heist with a science fiction twist.

Trachtenberg recently rose to fame via YouTube with his 7-minute short Portal: No Escape that has hit nearly 7 million views. It features a woman who wakes in a room and doesn’t know who she is or how she got there. Have no fear though, the short isn’t something another take on the highly successful Bourne Trilogy, instead it plays with the never-ending boundaries of Science Fiction.

We all remember how intriguing it was to
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Dan Trachtenberg Uses 'Portal' Fan Film to Pull Off the 'Crime of the Century'; Will Alex Albrecht (and 'Voltron') be Next?

Apparently, making a fan film can serve as a way to get into the movie making business – just ask Dan Trachtenberg. Trachtenberg, who became something of an Internet celebrity with the debut of his short film based on the videogame franchise Portal, has been attached to direct Crime of the Century for Universal. The film, which is being pitched as a “high octane heist film with a sci-fi twist” according to Deadline, is based on a pitch from both Trachtenberg and writer Dan Kunka. They brought it to Fast 5 writer Chris Morgan, who will produce with Universal. What’s more interesting than Crime of the Century (and no offense to the film) is that Trachtenberg basically earned the job by making a short fan film and creating Internet...

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The Totally Rad Show’s Dan Trachtenberg To Direct Feature Film for Universal Pictures

If you’ve been following The Totally Rad Show, then you’re probably already aware that co-host Dan Trachtenberg has a busy plate besides reviewing new movies, tv, games, and duking it out on Flickchart with “Vs“. He’s gained a tremendous amount of exposure recently with his short film Portal: No Escape that takes a gritty look at the world of the video game Portal. Now Universal Pictures has picked up on his momentum and signed both Trachtenberg and scriptwriter Dan Kunka (12 Rounds) to bring to life a sci-fi heist named Crime of the Century, which will be produced by Chris Morgan (Fast Five, Wanted).

Huge congratulations to Dan on reaching for the stars and moving up to feature filmmaking. We at Flickchart wish him all the best and continued success, and can’t wait to add his film to our lists!

(via Deadline)
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"Portal" Short Helmer Commits A "Crime"

Universal Pictures has acquired the sci-fi crime thriller pitch "Crime of the Century" reports Deadline.

The story revolves around a high-octane heist with a science fiction twist. Dan Kunka will write the script and Dan Trachtenberg is attached to direct, both having come up with the original idea.

"Fast Five" scribe Chris Morgan will produce. Trachtenberg's "Portal: No Escape" film short became a viral sensation earlier this year with nearly seven million hits.
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Portal: No Escape Director Takes on Crime of the Century

Sometimes fan films really do pay off. Thanks to the success of his recent YouTube hit, Portal: No Escape, Dan Trachtenberg has just landed a deal to direct his very first feature film. No, it won't be a Portal movie, but according to Deadline, he is now attached to direct a thriller called Crime of the Century for Universal Pictures based on a pitch that he put together with screenwriter Dan Kunka (12 Rounds). The movie was acquired by Universal through Fast & Furious scribe Chris Morgan who has a two-year first-look deal with the studio. Crime of the Century is based on an original idea from Trachtenberg and Kunka that is described as "a high-octane heist with a science fiction twist." Not much else is known about the film thus far, but Kunka also recently sold another spec script to Sony after a major bidding war. That script is called Agent
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Fast 5 Scribe Chris Morgan Penning Crime Of The Century

The Fast and the Furious franchise is back in a big way after the success of the most recent iteration Fast 5. It seems like fast cars and big muscles will never not be cool, which is great for 5 scribe Chris Morgan, who is currently hard at work on whatever they.ll decide to name the sixth one. According to Deadline, Morgan sold Crime of the Century to Universal, marking the first sale for the writer since the signing of his two year first-look contract with the studio. Century will reportedly be a high-action, sci-fi heist movie, but details beyond that are slim. Pitched by Morgan, the script will be penned by rookie writer Dan Kunka and directed by rookie director Dan Trachtenberg. You may think that having two newbies on board could be risky, and it is, but Trachtenberg made a huge splash a couple months ago with his fan
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