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Beauty vs Beast: Stuck In Mortville

25 July 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jason from Mnpp here, saying howdy from a steamy-as-Hell Monday in New York. The heat reminds me that the Film Experience is celebrating 1977 this month -- 1977 in NYC was the "Summer of Sam," with heatwaves and black-outs and serial killing, oh my. We don't have it that bad, thank goodness. Anyway I just recently celebrated the Year of '77 on my own site with a Top 5 but there was one movie I hated leaving off, so let's take advantage of the opportunity with this week's "Beauty vs Beast."

John Waters' Desperate Living was released on May 27th 1977 - sandwiched as it is between Female Trouble (his masterpiece, says me) and Hairspray (his big mainstream hit) Desperate Living often gets overlooked, but it's High Trash Heaven thanks to its two leading ladies, John's manic & marvelous muses of manure...

Previously Sharon Stone achieved near dominace (and she wouldn't want it any »

- JA

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On this day: Lady Jane, Devil Dolls, Bergman Wedding, Phase Three

10 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Helena Bonham Carter & Cary Elwes star in Lady Jane (1986)On this day in history as it relates to the movies

1553 Lady Jane Grey takes the throne in England. Her reign is just nine days long and Helena Bonham Carter plays her in her feature film debut (filmed just before A Room With a View though it was released second)

1856 Nikola Tesla, famed inventor and futurist is born in the Austrian empire. He's later played by David Bowie in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006) but isn't it strange that he has never received his own major biopic given his fame and eccentricity and pop culture relevances (bands named after him, characters based on him, etcetera)?

1871 Marcel Proust, French novelist is born.

 1925 The "Monkey Trial" in which a man is accused of teaching evolution in science class, begins in Tennessee. It's later adapted into a famous play and the Stanley Kramer film »

- NATHANIEL R

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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Far from Vietnam,’ Warren Oates, Ken Jacobs & More

30 June 2016 8:23 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

It’s a French New Wave take on America’s worst era — what else could you want? The great Far from Vietnam plays as part of “Welcome to Metrograph: A-z” on Saturday, along with Varda‘s Lion’s Love and Tsai‘s The Hole.

“Summer In the City” brings Dog Day Afternoon and Spike Lee »

- Nick Newman

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Cannes: Roger Guenveur Smith’s Crime Thriller ‘Dirty’ Sells to Gravitas

17 May 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gravitas Ventures bought all U.S. rights to crime thriller “Dirty,” starring Roger Guenveur Smith and Paul Elia, from B.A.D. Film Productions, Variety has learned exclusively.

Daniel Ringey directed the film, which marks his feature debut, from a screenplay by Benjamin J. Alexander. Chaz Bono and Adrian Gaeta also star.

Dirty” was produced by Benjamin J. Alexander, Paul Elia, Alex Ferrari and Daniel Ringey. Gravitas will release “Dirty” on July 12 on all major digital and television VOD platforms.

Smith and Elia portray two crooked police officers who find themselves relieved of more than $2 million dollars in stolen drugs and money, forcing them into a bizarre investigation to recover their ill-gotten goods and cover their tracks.

Smith starred in Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation.” His credits include “Do the Right Thing,” “American Gangster,” “Summer of Sam” and “Eve’s Bayou.”

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- Dave McNary

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