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Remembering Actress Simon Part 2 - Deadly Sex Kitten Romanced Real-Life James Bond 'Inspiration'

Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (photo: Jean Gabin and Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine') (See previous post: "'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.") In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century-Fox from another French import, Annabella (later Tyrone Power's wife), Simone Simon returned to France. Once there, she reestablished herself as an actress to be reckoned with in Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine. An updated version of Émile Zola's 1890 novel, La Bête Humaine is enveloped in a dark, brooding atmosphere not uncommon in pre-World War II French films. Known for their "poetic realism," examples from that era include Renoir's own The Lower Depths (1936), Julien Duvivier's La Belle Équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937), and particularly Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) and Daybreak (1939).[11] This thematic and
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Joe Dante on The Devil And Daniel Webster

A classic piece of Americana. William Dieterle’s haunting fantasy is that rarity, a major studio art film. It’s had a rocky ride over the decades but is now available uncut on DVD after years of neglect, recuts and spotty distribution under a myriad of titles, including All That Money Can Buy, Here is a Man, A Certain Mr. Scratch, and Daniel and the Devil. As the Satan’s smolderingly sexy consort, a pre-Cat People Simone Simon must have made quite an impression on Val Lewton. Alec Baldwin directed and starred in an updated remake in 2003, which was finally released in 2007 as Shortcut to Happiness with Baldwin’s name removed.
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10 prominent films that have never had a proper release

Mark highlights 10 movies that remain stuck on the shelves, in spite of either the profile of the project, or the people involved...

It would be reasonable to assume that, given the time and effort to make a full length feature, most films would actually make it to the silver screen, or at least the silver disc. But some, for a variety of reasons, don't make it that far, and either sulk in the film cans where they now reside or have been destroyed.

Here are ten movies that either have no cinema release date, or little prospect of getting one.

A Thousand Words (2010)

This is yet another of those amazingly poor career choices that Eddie Murphy makes on a regular basis, when he's not coining it being a donkey. The movie is supposedly completed but has no release date yet (save for IMDb suggesting it's coming out in Argentina in
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Baldwin Warns Fans Off Film

Baldwin Warns Fans Off Film
The Departed star Alec Baldwin is begging fans to boycott a movie he made six years ago that has been re-edited, re-named and is being released. Baldwin directed, produced and acted in The Devil And Daniel Webster in 2001. Despite a cast including Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Dan Aykroyd, the movie was dismissed by studio bosses and was never released. The film has been re-edited, renamed Shortcut To Happiness, and Baldwin's name has been removed from the directing credits - replaced by pseudonym Harry Kirkpatrick. It will be released in six cities in the U.S. on July 13. And Baldwin is advising fans not to watch the film - describing it as unrecognizable. A friend tells PageSix, "Alec doesn't recommend unrecognizable films to his fans. This is not an Alec Baldwin film. He's in the movie but he has nothing to do with it. His name was taken off as producer and director six years ago, but he couldn't get it taken off as an actor."

LHO's Horwitz to advise VIP

COLOGNE, Germany -- Lew Horwitz, founder and former head of veteran financing group LHO, has signed on as an adviser to leading independent German film fund VIP, VIP co-head Andreas Schmid has said. A 24-year film financing veteran, Horwitz helped source backing for such films as Nine 1/2 Weeks, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and The Devil and Daniel Webster. He also has plenty of experience with the German film fund scene, having worked with various funds on projects spanning FearDotCom, Undisputed and Patty Jenkins' Monster, which was co-financed by VIP. Horwitz will advise VIP on contract negotiations with independent producers and studios as well as future projects. Munich-based VIP, Germany's largest independent film fund, has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in private investor capital to back big-budget features like The Punisher and independent fare like The I Inside. Upcoming projects include the Adrien Brody-Keira Knightley thriller The Jacket and Havoc, starring Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman and Justin Timberlake. VIP's latest fund has so far raised about $150 million, and the company expects to top $200 million by year's end.

Hopkins and Baldwin Film Dumped

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Hopkins and Baldwin Film Dumped
Red Dragon star Anthony Hopkins has one film in the can that will never top the box office charts - because there is not enough money to finish it. The legendary star worked on The Devil And Daniel Webster, a version of Stephen Vincent Benet's supernatural short story, alongside screen beauty Jennifer Love Hewitt and under the direction of Pearl Harbor star Alec Baldwin. However, despite it's a-list credentials, the flick faces a bleak future, after filming wrapped in March 2001. Hopkins says, "They pulled the money out, apparently, so it'll never be seen. The producers have no money to finish it. (Alec's) good, a fine director. He's good to work with, but I don't know if Alec is even interested in (completing) it. We finished filming it a long time ago."

Alec Baldwin Wants To Die In New York

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Alec Baldwin Wants To Die In New York
New Yorker Alec Baldwin is reluctant to leave New York behind for 10 weeks of work on his latest movie - because he doesn't want to die in Hollywood. Following last month's terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center, Baldwin has been hesitant about embarking on his imminent trip to California to finish work on his new movie, The Devil And Daniel Webster, in case his life ends in a place where he's not particularly happy. He explains, "There's that weird part of me that thinks if New York got bombed again, I want to be here. I'd rather die getting bombed in a New York bombing than live some kind of shallow life somewhere else." Of course, some would say the only reason Baldwin is in New York is because he reneged on a promise to leave the country if George W. Bush became president. Baldwin denies he ever claimed he would expatriate himself.

Baldwin Back With The Devil

Baldwin Back With The Devil
Alec Baldwin and producer David Glasser have made up their differences over the actor's directorial debut The Devil And Daniel Webster. An appeased Baldwin has returned to complete the editing of the film, which co-stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Baldwin and Glasser were at odds over a cash shortage, which Glasser attributed to an investor falling out. Baldwin subsequently abandoned the film and filed a lawsuit that would have taken his name off the picture as its director. But the lawsuits have now been dropped and compromises reached that have sent Baldwin back to the cutting room.

Alec Dumps The Devil Over Pay

Alec Dumps The Devil Over Pay
Alec Baldwin has devastated the producer of The Devil And Daniel Webster - by quitting over unpaid bills. Baldwin abandoned movie-maker David Glasser's project after being forced to bring in hotshot Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer to get hold of money from Cutting Edge Entertainment needed to complete the film, according to Variety. Singer claims, "When the filming finished, Alec was owed $550,000." Baldwin, who was an actor, director and creative producer on the film, now refuses to proceed with editing without assurances he'll be paid for the 10 weeks he was contracted to bring in a director's cut, as well as the 21 total weeks of post-production to come. But Glasser, who raised $28 million so Baldwin could make the picture, is bitter about his lack of faith. He complains, "Alec tried to get this movie done for seven years. I'm the guy who stepped up to the plate. We've been behind him from the beginning. I don't think I've done one wrong thing." The remake of the 1941 film about a writer who sells his soul to the devil also stars Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Cutting Edge insist The Devil And Daniel Webster will definitely be finished with or without Baldwin's participation.

Jennifer Love Hewitt: No Nudity... For Now

Jennifer Love Hewitt: No Nudity... For Now
Hollywood actress Jennifer Love Hewitt refuses to do saucy nude scenes - even though she has one of Hollywood's most-talked about bodies. The Devil And Daniel Webster star is amused by critics' fascination with her 'silicone free' chest - but believes covering up is more tantalising. She says, "I think the imagination can do much sexier things. It's much sexier to allude to what's under the tight T-shirt than to show it, don't you think?" But the petite star has not ruled out nudity - she adds, "I don't like the word 'never', but I don't see it in my future. I can't get up on screen and do something I really don't believe in because it shows. I wouldn't be comfortable with it."

Baldwin's Ex-partner Sues Over Satan Pic

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Baldwin's Ex-partner Sues Over Satan Pic
Actor Alec Baldwin is being sued by his former partner. Corinne Mann, the former president of Baldwin's El Dorado production company, filed a breach-of-contract suit against the star on March 9th. Man alleges that Baldwin never compensated her for work she did on bringing the film The Devil & Daniel Webster to fruition, and she claims that they had had a 50-50 deal since October 1998. Mann says Baldwin also refused to give her an executive producer credit on the movie, which just wrapped in New York City. Her lawyer could not confirm how much his client is owed but estimated it to be "at least $100, 000." Baldwin's camp says the film, which was reduced from studio to indie status, had a smaller budget that required all involved parties to lower their salary requirements. "The only person who wouldn't come down in her fee was Corinne, " Baldwin said through his rep. "We told her, 'If you don't come down, we can't make the movie, ' but she refused."

Has Love Blossomed For Jennifer And Alec Baldwin?

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Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt has been getting romantic with actor- turned-director Alec Baldwin - and the pair love to tell each other dirty jokes. Hollywood has been awash with reports that Jennifer was hot'n'heavy with Craig Bierko. Baldwin, who recently split from wife Kim Basinger, is directing Hewitt in The Devil And Daniel Webster. The couple constantly whisper, hug and pass notes to each other like a couple of school kids. Asked by a bystander what the notes were about, Hewitt said, "Since we've been working together, we've been passing lewd, funny jokes to each other to crack each other up on the set. We've been doing it for a while, but I can't tell you what they say."

Hopkins Helps Baldwin Cope With Basinger Split

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Hopkins Helps Baldwin Cope With Basinger Split
Following his split with Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin has been receiving some valuable moral support from Sir Anthony Hopkins. Basinger filed for divorce earlier this month after a tempestuous seven-and-a-half year marriage - and Alec has turned to elder statesman Hopkins to help him deal with the break-up. The veteran actor is currently filming Devil and Daniel Webster, The (2001), Baldwin's debut directorial effort, and according to The New York Daily News, Hopkins has stepped into the breach to offer a valuable, and broad, shoulder to cry on.

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