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Blu-ray Book Release: The Killing Fields

12 September 2013 8:43 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 7, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $27.98

Studio: Warner Home Video

The winner of three Academy Awards, The Killing Fields turns 30 in 2014, and Warner celebrates with this Blu-ray Book.

The war movie stars Sam Waterston (TV’s Law & Order), John Malkovich (Red) and Haing S. Ngor (The Dragon Gate) and is based on the true events of the 1975 takeover of Cambodia by Khmer Rouge, the terrorist government that killed nearly 3 million people.

Waterston plays Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg, who stays in Cambodia after the government falls and convinces his friend and translator Dith Pran (Ngor) to stay too to report on the bloodbath and the U.S. role in precipitating the horror.

Released on 1984, the R rated film also stars Julian Sands (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Craig T. Nelson (TV’s Parenthood) and was directed by Roland Joffe (Vatel) from a screenplay by »

- Sam

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The Fickle Fetes: Cannes Parties Can Outperform the Pics

13 May 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” — Jordan Baker, in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”

The 12-day Cannes gathering is actually four events in one: the festival, the market, the media binge and an international schmooze-a-palooza, where people from the other three groups can meet with colleagues.

There is one hallowed tradition that caters to all four needs: The Cannes party.

These events are often tied to a film’s global launch, but there is no correlation between the success of a film and the success of its fete.

Do you have special memories of “The Swan Princess,” “The Perez Family” or “My Blueberry Nights”? I didn’t think so. But some Cannes vets glow at the mere mention of those parties.

See Also: Cannes Honcho Thierry Fremaux Is Hollywood’s Inside Man

On the other hand, it’s »

- Timothy M. Gray

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Dead at 65: Harry Potter Actor Famous for Playing Gay Teacher in Stage Hit

29 March 2013 7:41 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

British stage, film and television actor Richard Griffiths died yesterday due to complications in the aftermath of heart surgery at Coventry hospital. He was 65 years old. Though best remembered for his performance as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter flicks, Griffiths was a well-respected name on the British stage, having won a number of awards ( Tony. Laurence Olivier, and Drama Desk awards.) for playing a free-spirited gay teacher -- who likes his male teenage students a tad too much -- in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys. (Pictured above: Griffiths in the film version of The History Boys, co-starring Dominic Cooper.) Griffiths was also a well-regarded movie actor -- though not as a result of his work on the Harry Potter movies. His prestige lay on his work on low-budget, independently made British efforts such as Nicholas Hytner's outstanding film adapation of The History Boys (released in 2006) and »

- Andre Soares

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