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Cannon for Cordoba

A middling entry in the genre of blow-it-up big action spectacles, Paul Wendkos’ Spain-filmed western gives us all the excitement promised by the poster, but with some cardboard characters and lumpy storytelling. George Peppard is on the job, however, and once again proves he can carry a big picture, flaws and all.

Cannon for Cordoba

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: George Peppard, Raf Vallone, Giovanna Ralli, Don Gordon, Pete Duel, Nico Minardos, John Russell, John Larch, Gabriele Tinti, Francine York, Lionel Murton, Hans Meyer, Aldo Sambrell, Luis Barboo.

Cinematography: Antonio Macasoli

Film Editor: Walter A. Hannemann

Special effects: Emilio Ruiz del Río

Original Music: Elmer Bernstein

Written by Stephen Kandel

Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly

Directed by Paul Wendkos

While providing backing for independent writer-producers like Billy Wilder, Walter Mirisch also shepherded various less ambitious war movies and westerns,
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Godless: first trailer for Steven Soderbergh's Netflix show

Joseph Baxter Kirsten Howard Oct 17, 2017

The first Godless trailer showcases Michelle Dockery and Jack O’Connell in a Western series produced by Steven Soderbergh...

Netflix's new offering Godless looks to put an intriguing twist on the conventional concept of the Western.

With Steven Soderbergh, indie darling and esteemed big screen blockbuster director of the Ocean’s Eleven film franchise, attached as an executive producer to the 7-episode limited series created by Scott Frank, look for some twists and turns not traditionally found in the arid, dusty, tumbleweed-strewn genre.

Have a look...

Godless story

The trailer focuses on the trials and tribulations of an outlaw, named Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell). With the events of the series taking place in the 1880s American West, we see intermittent Kung-Fu-esque flashbacks to Roy’s upbringing, where he was raised by anti-hero outlaw Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) - and with whom he eventually becomes partners in crime.
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The Flight of the Phoenix (Region B)

Forgotten amid Robert Aldrich’s more critic-friendly movies is this superb suspense picture, an against-all-odds thriller that pits an old-school pilot against a push-button young engineer with his own kind of male arrogance. Can a dozen oil workers and random passengers ‘invent’ their way out of an almost certain death trap? It’s a late-career triumph for James Stewart, at the head of a sterling ensemble cast. I review a UK disc in the hope of encouraging a new restoration.

The Flight of the Phoenix

Region B Blu-ray

(will not play in domestic U.S. players)

Masters of Cinema / Eureka Entertainment

1965 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 142 min. / Street Date September 12, 2016 / £12.95

Starring: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser, Christian Marquand, Dan Duryea, George Kennedy, Gabriele Tinti, Alex Montoya, Peter Bravos, William Aldrich, Barrie Chase.

Cinematography: Joseph Biroc

Stunt Pilot: Paul Mantz

Art Direction: William Glasgow
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Strategic Air Command

The biggest, most lavish hook-up between Hollywood and the Pentagon was this Anthony Mann-James Stewart collaboration, a morale & recruiting cheer for America's intercontinental bombing air force, the service that kept the peace by holding up our side of the balance of fear. Strategic Air Command Blu-ray Olive Films 1955 / Color / 1:66 widescreen (VistaVision) / 112 min. / Street Date October 16, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Lovejoy, Barry Sullivan, Alex Nicol, Bruce Bennett, Jay C. Flippen, James Millican, James Bell, Rosemary DeCamp, Harry Morgan, William Hudson, Strother Martin, House Peters Jr. Cinematography William Daniels Film Editor Eda Warren Original Music Victor Young Written by Valentine Davies, Beirne Lay, Jr. Produced by Samuel J. Briskin Directed by Anthony Mann

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In the 1950s America was spending its enormous military budget on a fantastic array of advanced weapons technology, the most expensive of which was
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Quaid, Robertson Join "Dog's Purpose"

Britt Robertson ("Tomorrowland") and Dennis Quaid ("Flight of the Phoenix") have signed on to star in the Lasse Hallstrom-directed adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron's beloved book "A Dog's Purpose" at DreamWorks and Walden Media.

The story centers on a devoted dog that is reincarnated several times and - even as it helps its many owners - always has the aim of being reunited with his original owner and best friend.

Robertson is playing a high school-aged girl named Hannah who falls in love with the high school quarterback. Quaid is playing the quarterback as an older man.

K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance and Peggy Lipton have also joined the project which begins shooting this month in Winnipeg, Canada. Cameron and Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells wrote the script while Gavin Polone is producing.

Source: THR
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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s
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Review: 'A Walk Among The Tombstones' Starring Liam Neeson And Dan Stevens

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Before sitting down to watch the new Liam Neeson movie, audiences have been prepped to see the weary-faced action star kicking ass with class, thanks to entertaining flicks like “Taken,” “Non-Stop,” and “The Grey.” But, for every “Taken” there’s a “Taken 2,” and if one year the grizzly Irishman can come out with something as forceful as “The Grey,” the following year “Battleship” can sink people’s opinions once more. It’s just not simple to put a finger on the prospects of a new Neeson film, particularly one directed by screenwriter-turned-director Scott Frank. The only previous feature Frank has directed was the overlooked and underrated “The Lookout,” and he's also got “Get Shorty” and “Out Of Sight” under his writing belt, as well as the less memorable “Flight Of The Phoenix.” With this combined pedigree from the actor and writer-director, the two dominant forces behind “A Walk Among The Tombstones,
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News Bits: Laura, Emperor, I.T., Ghostbusters

Laura

"L.A. Confidential" and "The Black Dahlia" author James Ellroy has signed on to pen a remake of Otto Preminger's classic 1944 film noir "Laura" for Fox 2000.

The original followed a detective who slowly falls in love and becomes obsessed with a well-heeled advertising exec over the course of investigating her murder. Ellroy also penned the scripts for "Street Kings" and "Rampart". [Source: THR]

The Emperor’s Children

Actress turned filmmaker Lake Bell is set to direct "The Emperor’s Children" for Imagine Entertainment. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing.

Noah Baumbach adapted the script from Claire Messud’s 2006 book about three friends in their early thirties living in NYC in the months leading up to September 11, 2001. [Source: Variety]

I.T.

John Moore ("A Good Day to Die Hard," "Flight of the Phoenix") is set to direct and William Wisher Jr. will pen a rewrite of the thriller "I.T." which aims to begin production this Fall.
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'I.T.' Starring Pierce Brosnan Gets 'Die Hard 5' Director

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'I.T.' Starring Pierce Brosnan Gets 'Die Hard 5' Director
Director John Moore (A Good Day to Die Hard) has signed on to direct the thriller I.T., which has Pierce Brosnan attached to star.

We first reported on this project back in October 2013, when Pierce Brosnan signed on to play a successful book publisher whose friendship with a young I.T. consultant goes awry. The publisher soon finds his life being turned upside down, as his former friend begins threatening everything and everyone close to him.

William Wisher Jr. (The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Live Free or Die Hard) has signed on to rewrite the original script by Daniel Kay, and he will also serve as co-executive producer. Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores are producing through their Voltage Pictures company, alongside Friendly Films' David T. Friendly and Pierce Brosnan's producing partner Beau St. Clair. No production schedule was given, but Voltage will be selling the project
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The First and Final Films of Richard Attenborough

This isn’t the story of a ship, but it starts with one. A month after the real-life Royal Navy resupplied Malta during Operation Pedestal, In Which We Serve hit theaters in the UK. It’s a WWII story made and released during WWII, featuring the sinking of the Hms Torrin as a symbol for the temporary loss that makes us all fight harder for the larger victory. A seafaring Alamo whose stalwart captain goes on to fire even larger guns from an even stouter ship at the destined-to-fail Nazis. This was Richard Attenborough‘s film debut as an actor. He played a yellow-gutted shell loader who abandons his post, leaving the men up top without one of their ammo sources. It’s a role hidden within a sea of other characters, but Attenborough — whose character doesn’t even have a name — gets a spotlit moment to twist his face in terror until ultimately breaking. The
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R.I.P. Lord Richard Attenborough

Oscar-winning British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. Attenborough passed away at lunchtime on Sunday.

Lord Attenborough had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years and had been in a wheelchair since falling down stairs six years ago.

Attenborough's career spanned six decades. Acting wise he's best remembered for the likes of "The Great Escape," "Jurassic Park," "Brighton Rock," "Flight of the Phoenix," "Miracle on 34th Street," "Elizabeth" and "Doctor Dolittle".

As a director his most well-known works included "Gandhi," "Chaplin," "Cry Freedom," "Shadowlands" and "A Chorus Line".

His family, including his equally famous brother David Attenborough, are expected to make a full statement on Monday.

Source: The BBC
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Richard Attenborough Appreciation: A Legacy Beyond ‘Gandhi’

Richard Attenborough Appreciation: A Legacy Beyond ‘Gandhi’
To many in the entertainment industry, Richard Attenborough will always be synonymous with “Gandhi,” which is understandable. The filmmaker, who died Sunday at 90, directed only a dozen films, and none of them matched his 1982 bio-epic.

But Attenborough was also an actor of great range, from his lower-class hoodlum in the 1947 “Brighton Rock” (from Graham Greene’s novel) to the Pow in “The Great Escape” (third-billed under Steve McQueen and James Garner) to a high-kicking circus owner in the 1967 “Dr. Doolittle,” adding energy and pep to a film that needed both.

Attenborough’s best-known work as an actor was in the 1993 “Jurassic Park,” but his career had been going for 50 years at that point. Some of his best performances came in the mid-1960s. He starred with Kim Stanley in “Seance on a Wet Afternoon” as two scam artists whose scheme goes very wrong, and it was followed in the next
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Five Essential Airplane Movies

Luke Graham with five essential airplane movies…

To celebrate the recent release of Liam Neeson’s Non-Stop on DVD, Blu-Ray and limited edition steelbox, let’s take a look at some other must-see movies that take high up in the sky…

Disney’s Planes (2013)

This spin-off from Pixar’s Cars is definitely a must-see…

Or not. I’m joking. It’s actually pretty unpopular, at least with critics, although it did manage to gross over $200 million. Did you know it’s getting a sequel?

5. Flightplan (2005)

Now this is actually worth seeing. Jodie Foster plays Kyle Pratt, an engineer who must frantically search for her daughter who goes missing during a flight, but everyone on the plane denies the daughter exists! This twisty thriller is an exciting watch.

4. Con Air (1997)

This mad-cap, over-the-top action film from producer Jerry Bruckheimer is hugely entertaining, and one of Nicolas Cage’s better films. It
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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Apr 15)

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to streaming

The Invisible Woman: the story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either, but a tale of women being practical because they had to be [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: a cheery, airy fairy tale filled with a very modern ache and buoyed by an infectious joy; I love this movie [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

The English Patient: haunting and enthralling, a scrapbook of another world of romance and adventure and tragedy; Oscar winner for Best Picture [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Flight of the Phoenix: an inherently absurd survival adventure with an infectiously contradictory attitude: jaded and thrilled, cynical and expansive [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

have some Michael Fassbender

Jane Eyre: a sparse, harsh adaptation, with Fassbender as a grim Rochester to Mia Wasikowska’s Jane
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Tsr Blog: ‘Non-Stop’ and Why It’s Safe for Movie Planes to Crash Again

Through films like Flightplan, Soul Plane, and White House Down, it has taken over a decade for Hollywood to arrive at Non-Stop.

Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are
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Nominations Announced For 64th Annual Ace Eddie Awards

American Cinema Editors (Ace) today announced nominations for the 64th Annual Ace Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. Winners will be revealed during Ace’s annual black-tie awards ceremony on Friday, February 7, 2014 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Ace Eddie Awards is considered an integral precursor to the Oscars. No film has won Best Picture at the Oscars without also having received at least a Best Editing nomination since Ordinary People in 1981. Since the Ace membership boasts a very high crossover within its membership of Academy members, it represents a very accurate bellwether for the eventual Oscar outcome.

The Ace Eddie Award nominees are listed below.

Nominees For 64th Annual Ace Eddie Awards

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic):

12 Years a Slave

Joe Walker

Captain Phillips

Chris Rouse, A.C.E.

Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón & Mark Sanger

Her

Eric Zumbrunnen,
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Film Editors Unveil Ace Eddie Award Nominations

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12 Years A Slave, American Hustle and Breaking Bad are among the nominees in the drama, comedy/musical and one-hour commercial TV categories for the 64th Ace Eddie Awards. The American Cinema Editors revealed their nominees today. Here’s the full list of finalists, with the winners to be revealed in a ceremony February 7 at the Beverly Hilton: Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic): 12 Years a Slave Joe Walker Captain Phillips Chris Rouse, A.C.E. Gravity Alfonso Cuarón & Mark Sanger Her Eric Zumbrunnen, A.C.E. & Jeff Buchanan Saving Mr. Banks Mark Livolsi, A.C.E. Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy Or Musical): American Hustle Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten, A.C.E. August: Osage County Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E. Inside Llewyn Davis Roderick Jaynes Nebraska Kevin Tent, A.C.E. The Wolf of Wall Street Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E. Best Edited Animated
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‘Breaking Bad’ is Dealt Four ACEs in Eddie Noms

‘Breaking Bad’ is Dealt Four ACEs in Eddie Noms
But what I really want to do is edit: Film directors nabbed two of the 10 film slots in the 64th annual Ace Eddie Awards nominations. But the biggest news is the near-sweep of “Breaking Bad” in the one-hour TV drama category.

The Eddie Awards split films into drama and comedy divisions. In the first group, Alfonso Cuaron (along with Mark Sanger) got a bid for “Gravity,” while Ethan and Joel Coen, under their nom de edit Roderick Jaynes, were nominated for “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

In the category labeled one-hour drama for commercial TV, “Breaking Bad” landed a whopping four of the five noms, including three bids for Skip MacDonald. The lone exception in that category was Scott Vickrey for an episode of “The Good Wife.”

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic):

“12 Years a Slave”: Joe Walker

Captain Phillips”: Chris Rouse, A.C.E.

Gravity”: Alfonso Cuarón & Mark Sanger

Her”: Eric Zumbrunnen,
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‘Breaking Bad’ is Dealt Four ACEs in Eddie Noms

‘Breaking Bad’ is Dealt Four ACEs in Eddie Noms
But what I really want to do is edit: Film directors nabbed two of the 10 film slots in the 64th annual Ace Eddie Awards nominations. But the biggest news is the near-sweep of “Breaking Bad” in the one-hour TV drama category.

The Eddie Awards split films into drama and comedy divisions. In the first group, Alfonso Cuaron (along with Mark Sanger) got a bid for “Gravity,” while Ethan and Joel Coen, under their nom de edit Roderick Jaynes, were nominated for “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

In the category labeled one-hour drama for commercial TV, “Breaking Bad” landed a whopping four of the five noms, including three bids for Skip MacDonald. The lone exception in that category was Scott Vickrey for an episode of “The Good Wife.”

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic):

“12 Years a Slave”: Joe Walker

Captain Phillips”: Chris Rouse, A.C.E.

Gravity”: Alfonso Cuarón & Mark Sanger

Her”: Eric Zumbrunnen,
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Christmas 2013 TV lineups: BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4 - Quick Guide

Picking what to watch at Christmas time can be a tricky challenge, so Digital Spy has created a quick handy guide to the biggest shows and movies airing across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Check out the Christmas TV schedules for the big channels below:

BBC One

Christmas Eve:

EastEnders - 7.30pm

Holby City - 8pm

Last Tango In Halifax - 9pm

Not Going Out Christmas special - 10pm

Christmas Day:

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special - 5pm

Call The Midwife - 6.15pm

Doctor Who: 'The Time Of The Doctor' - 7.30pm

EastEnders - 8.30pm

Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special - 9.30pm

Boxing Day:

Gangsta Granny - 6.05pm

EastEnders - 7.15pm

Still Open All Hours - 7.45pm

Death Comes To Pemberley - 8.15pm

BBC Two

Christmas Eve:

Victoria Wood's Mid-Life Christmas - 8pm

Qi Xl Christmas Special - 9pm

The Awakening - 11.25pm

Christmas
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