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Cicely Tyson Set for Handprint Ceremony at Tcl Chinese Theater

Turner Classic Movies will honor Cicely Tyson with a hand and footprint ceremony at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood during the ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festival on April 27.

Tyson has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 60 years. She was nominated for an Oscar in 1972’s “Sounder” and won Emmys for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” for best lead actress in a drama and actress of the year for “The Oldest Living Confederate Widow.” She won a Tony Award for “The Trip to Bountiful.”

In 2016, Tyson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Tyson has been a champion of civil liberties for decades and has been a recipient of top honors from the NAACP and the Kennedy Center.

“To fully appreciate the magnitude of the impact Cicely Tyson has had, listen to Angela Bassett, currently starring in ‘Black Panther,’ list
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Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo to get a video game adaptation

Anuman Interactive’s video games publishing label Microïds has announced that it has signed an agreement with Los Angeles-based Reeder Brand Management for the rights to the name and likeness of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and elements of his 1958 masterpiece Vertigo, tapping Pendulo Studios to develop a video game loosely based on the film.

“Microïds has a long tradition of developing adventure games, and in this case, we’ll be taking one of the all-time classics from the Master of Suspense and merging it with Pendulo Studios’ expertise,” said Elliot Grassiano, Microïds VP. “We want to provide players with a video game that will become a classic of the genre.”

“After so many years of blending the language of cinema with that of interactive media, and after a bunch of thriller games in our catalog, it’s an honor and an exciting challenge to adapt Hitchcock’s masterpiece to a video game,
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Don’t Look Down! Hitchcock’s Vertigo Back on the Big Screen March 18th & 21st

Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures team up to screen Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo (1958) on the big screen Sunday, March 18th – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time) and Wednesday, March 21st – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time). Ticket information and a list of participating theaters can be found Here

Widely considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest cinematic achievements, the dreamlike, mesmerizing Vertigo returns to movie theaters across the country in celebration of its 60th anniversary on Sunday, March 18, and Wednesday, March 21, as part of the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics Longtime fans and moviegoers who have never experienced the film’s dark secrets will be dazzled by the unforgettable sights and sounds of Vertigo.

The San Francisco-set thriller is a unique combination of ghost story, mystery and romance. James Stewart stars as John “Scottie” Ferguson, a detective with a crippling
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Oscar Presenters Named Thus Far...

For your infotainment the Oscar presenters named thus far and our theories as to why they were invited. We don't need to mention diversity because that would probably read snarky when we don't mean it that way at all; we're thrilled Hollywood is making an effort! So we'll name the other possible reasons for the names. Presumably these choices are agonized over and debated at length behind the scenes since they're always so carefully representative of a wide range of celebrities appealing to all kinds of mainstream moviegoers from kids to grandparents to sophisticated cultural mavens to soccer moms. Etcetera.

Just about the only audience they don't cater to on the regular, probably because they'll watch anyway, are cinephiles and Old Hollywood loving film buffs. The Oscar producers often do a very crappy job of that (especially given how many elderly showbiz legends are still alive! I mean come on give us some Poitier,
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Today in Movie Culture: What You Need to Know About 'Black Panther,' Deleted 'Coco' Musical Number and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Movie Set Up of the Day: Black Panther hits theaters in just a few days, so Slate shows us what we need to know before going to see it:   Character History of the Day: Speaking of back story on Black Panther, here's Screen Rant with the character's evolution from comics to the big screen:   Music Video Parody of the Day: Nerdist parodies Jaden Smith's "Icon" and its music video themed to the plot of Black Panther:   Truthful Marketing of the Day: In anticipation of Black Panther, Honest Trailers reminds us of the ups and downs of the Blade trilogy:   Vintage Image of the Day: Kim Novak, who...
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Today in Soap Opera History (February 13)

1981: General Hospital's Lesley had no shortage of admirers.

1985: Daniel confessed his love for Krystle on Dynasty.

1989: Gl's Reva and Sonni walked across a suspension bridge.

2009: The wedding of All My Children's Reese and Bianca began."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1939: Virgina Payne joined the cast of radio soap opera The
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It never was you by Anne-Katrin Titze

Laurie Simmons on Kurt Weill's It Never Was You: "I love the words to the song because of Ellie [Laurie Simmons] assuming all these characters. It has so many meanings." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Laurie Simmons has assembled an impressive list of collaborators for her debut feature film My Art, including Barbara Sukowa, Blair Brown, Parker Posey, and Lena Dunham to go along with her film vignette reenactment partners Robert Clohessy, John Rothman and Josh Safdie.

Costume designer Stacey Battat (Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer's Still Alice, Scott McGehee and David Siegel's What Maisie Knew, Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled and The Bling Ring) and production designer Kelly McGehee (Oren Moverman's The Dinner and Time Out Of Mind, Reed Morano's Meadowland and I Think We're Alone Now) dressed up the actors and the sets respectively, and Celia Rowlson-Hall brilliantly recreated choreography from Joshua Logan's Picnic, starring William Holden and Kim Novak.
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Claro Video Backs Trilogy on the Original James Bond, Porfirio Rubirosa (Exclusive)

In a bid to level the playing field with market leader Netflix, Carlos Slim-owned streaming service Claro Video has financed “Rubirosa” (a working title), an ambitious trilogy of feature films based on the life of the late Dominican diplomat Porfirio Rubirosa who many consider the original inspiration for Ian Fleming’s iconic playboy spy, James Bond.

Shot back-to-back in the Dominican Republic on higher-than-average budgets, the trilogy stars Colombian actor Manolo Cardona (“Narcos,” “La Hermandad”) as the titular Rubirosa whose 11:11 Films & TV produces the films alongside the Dominican Republic’s Lokal Productions.

Hugo Rodriguez (“Nicotina,” “La Hermandad”) and Carlos Moreno (“Dog Eat Dog”) co-direct the films which feature a pan-Latin cast that includes Damian Alcazar (“Narcos”) Ana Serradilla (“La Viuda Negra”), Jorge Perugorria (“Viva”) and Carolina Guerra (“Animal Kingdom”).

The trilogy delves into the life of Rubirosa who served as a diplomat for then dictator Rafael Trujillo whose daughter, Flor de Oro Trujillo,
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Sammy Davis Jr. ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’

Sammy Davis Jr. ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’
Premiering at Tiff 2017, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.

Today Sammy Davis is seen primarily as part of The Rat Pack. That quartet of bad boys who sing and joke around is very much a part of time when Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin were the kings of the Las Vegas scene.

But Sammy Davis Jr. was much more than that and merely by lending his black face to that group makes The Rat Pack seem like a liberal if slightly dissolute, but a filled-with-fun group. In truth, his position with Sinatra, Martin, Peter Lawford was not all that comfortable and the path Davis had already trod before landing there was not a simple or easy one.

He
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Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein

Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein
Whether producing “The Artist,” “Shakespeare in Love” or “The English Patient,” Queens-born serial predator Harvey Weinstein has always had a knack for making powerful period pictures. Maybe, between the best picture Oscars that those movies scored, he should have brushed up on his Hollywood history. His penchant for the casting couch — the practice of powerful white men exploiting young actresses trying to break into the movie business — has a historical precedent as old as the movie business itself.

“The perils for women in Hollywood are embedded, like land mines, from an actress’s debut to her swan song,” says film critic and historian Carrie Rickey, “where moguls like Harry Cohn reputedly wouldn’t cast starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Kim Novak unless they auditioned in bed.”

Long before Weinstein there was Louis B. Mayer, who co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in 1924. Mayer, the ground zero of this kind of abuse, had means, motive, opportunity
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Portrait of Jennie

David O. Selznick’s marvelous romantic fantasy ode to Jennifer Jones was almost wholly unappreciated back in 1948. It’s one of those peculiar pictures that either melts one’s heart or doesn’t. Backed by a music score adapted from Debussy, just one breathy “Oh Eben . . . “ will turn average romantics into mush.

Portrait of Jennie

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1948 / B&W w/ Color Insert / 1:37 flat Academy / 86 min. / Street Date October 24, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Cecil Kellaway, David Wayne, Albert Sharpe.

Cinematography: Joseph H. August

Production Designers: J. MacMillan Johnson, Joseph B. Platt

Original Music: Dimitri Tiomkin, also adapting themes from Claude Debussy; Bernard Herrmann

Written by Leonardo Bercovici, Peter Berneis, Paul Osborn, from the novella by Robert Nathan

Produced by David O. Selznick

Directed by William Dieterle

Once upon a time David O. Selznick’s Portrait of Jennie was an
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‘Blade Runner’: The Sci-Fi Movie That Became a Geek Metaphor for Art

‘Blade Runner’: The Sci-Fi Movie That Became a Geek Metaphor for Art
Blade Runner,” Ridley Scott’s visionary 1982 dystopian noir, is a movie with a mystique that now outstrips its reality. It’s a film of majestic science-fiction metaphor, beginning with its opening shot: the perpetual nightscape of Los Angeles in 2019, the smog turned to black, the fallout turned to rain, the smokestacks blasting fireballs that look downright medieval against a backdrop of obsidian blight. “Blade Runner” wasn’t the first — or last — image of a desiccated future, but it remains one of the only movies that lets you feel the mechanical-spiritual decay. There’s a touch of virtual reality to the way we experience it, sinking into those blackened textures, reveling in the details (the corporate Mayan skyscrapers, the synthetic sushi bars, the Times Square meets Third World technolopolis clutter), seeing an echo of our own world in every sinister facet.

The other metaphor that drives “Blade Runner” is, of course, the spectral notion of replicants,
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Toronto Docs Dig Deep Into Celebrity With New Insights

Toronto Docs Dig Deep Into Celebrity With New Insights
When it comes to documentaries, the idiom — “out with the old, in with the new” — doesn’t hold much weight.

Just ask the Tiff directors behind docs about Eric Clapton, Sammy Davis Jr., Grace Jones, Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman, Jean-Michel Basquiat and André Leon Talley. Each boldface name has garnered so much media attention that audiences might think they already know everything there is to know about them.

But the filmmakers, including Sophie Fiennes (“Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami”), Sam Pollard (“Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”) and Lili Fini Zanuck (“Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars”) managed to challenge the existing mythologies surrounding each individual and reveal new insights through new access to each artist’s lives and work. The result? A fresh, sometimes surprising perspective on people we thought we knew.

Fiennes has been making “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” for over a decade. She calls the film an experiential, present
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Play Sammy, Sinatra, Dean Martin + More in Nonunion Sammy Davis Jr. Musical

Fulfill all your rat pack fantasies with this awesome musical theater opportunity. “Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr.,” a musical about the titular crooner’s life, is casting nonunion talent for several principal roles—and you can apply right here! Multitalented performers are needed to portray multiple real life characters including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Will Maston, and of course, Sammy himself. Daryl Brooks is casting the tuner, for the Black Ensemble Theater of Chicago. Now, for the all-important audition details. The team will hold appointments for seven principal roles on Sept. 10 in Chicago, Illinois. That means you still have time to apply! Hired actors will be paid. The production will run in Chicago. Get your swing on: apply for the gig right here. Check out Backstage's Chicago audition listings for more Windy City casting notices!
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I'll link to that

• YouTube fanmade teaser trailer for Venom with Tom Hardy. Love the use of the Cure lyrics

• My New Plaid Pants a special edition of 'do dump or marry' with Hitchcock classic Rear Window on its 63rd birthday

• Gothamist exciting news for library card holders in La and NYC -- your public library card actually grants you access to Tons of Criterion Collection streaming titles. Here's how to access them

• Oh My Disney some of the Disney Princess movies are coming back to movie theaters in September and October. Yasqueen... I mean, Yasprincesses. I'm most excited to see Mulan onscreen again because I barely remember it. Seems way too early to revive Moana though.

• EW celebrates the return of Will & Grace with a photoshoot

• Observations on Film Art wonderful piece on Dunkirk's emotional core (or whether it has one), color palette, and more

• Remezcla is the new Chilean film Hazlo
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Hollywood Studios' First Gay Romantic Drama Back on the Big Screen

'Making Love': Groundbreaking romantic gay drama returns to the big screen As part of its Anniversary Classics series, Laemmle Theaters will be presenting Arthur Hiller's groundbreaking 1982 romantic drama Making Love, the first U.S. movie distributed by a major studio that focused on a romantic gay relationship. Michael Ontkean, Harry Hamlin, and Kate Jackson star. The 35th Anniversary Screening of Making Love will be held on Saturday, June 24 – it's Gay Pride month, after all – at 7:30 p.m. at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session with Harry Hamlin, screenwriter Barry Sandler, and author A. Scott Berg, who wrote the “story” on which the film is based. 'Making Love' & What lies beneath In this 20th Century Fox release – Sherry Lansing was the studio head at the time – Michael Ontkean plays a
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Interview: Director Pat Healy of ‘Take Me’ at Chicago Critics Film Festival on May 15, 2017

Chicago – An original voice, in an original conceptual movie, is a rare category of cinema art. Director and lead actor Pat Healy, working from a script from Mike Makowsky, has fashioned “Take Me,” a thriller about kidnapping and having the tables turned.

Healy is Ray, a kind of loser who stumbles upon a new business… providing kidnapping scenarios for willing clients. Business is bad – there is an hilarious opening with Ray trying to get a loan from a local bank – until a new client emerges (Taylor Schilling of ‘Orange is the New Black’), who wants more from the service than the faux kidnapper had ever provided. The film, rich with tones of darkness and redemption, is exquisitely fashioned by Pat Healy, in his first feature length film as a director.

Director and Lead Actor Pat Healy of ‘Take Me

Photo credit: The Orchard

Pat Healy has been a journeyman actor,
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‘Vertigo’ Revisited: Guy Maddin Explores Hitchcock’s Classic With Found Footage — Sf International Film Festival

‘Vertigo’ Revisited: Guy Maddin Explores Hitchcock’s Classic With Found Footage — Sf International Film Festival
It’s usually unwise to remake a masterpiece, but Guy Maddin has something different planned for “The Green Fog,” a meditation on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” Unlike Gus Van Sant’s much-maligned 1998 shot-for-shot remake of “Psycho,” the Canadian director has revisited the 1958 thriller as an assemblage of old footage from San Francisco, the city where “Vertigo” takes place.

However, the project was never intended to have anything to do with “Vertigo.”

In “The Green Fog — A San Francisco Fantasia,” commissioned by San Francisco Film Society and set to close the San Francisco International Film Festival’s 60th edition on April 16, Maddin and co-directors Evan and Galen Johnson explore what Maddin has called “a rhapsody” on the Hitchcock movie. Set to an original score by composer Jacob Garchik that will be performed live by the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet, the 63-minute “The Green Fog” reimagines the movie through an assemblage of
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'Personal Shopper' Review: Kristen Stewart's Existential Ghost Story Is Pure Cinema

'Personal Shopper' Review: Kristen Stewart's Existential Ghost Story Is Pure Cinema
Kristen Stewart might be the most adventurous young actress working today. Instead of playing variations on the Twilight role that made her a star, she keeps pushing ahead into new territory (Camp X-Ray, Still Alice, Certain Women), the riskier the better. Nothing scares her. She hit a recent career peak playing the personal assistant to a demanding Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria. And in Personal Shopper, she reteams with French director Olivier Assayas, to again investigate living in the shadow of another person.

In this unlikely ghost story,
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Vertigo Screens at The Hi-Pointe Saturday Morning – Here are Alfred Hitchcock’s Ten Best Movies

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo screens at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, March 11th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. The film will be introduced by Harry Hamm, movie reviewer for Kmox. Admission is only $5

This gives us a perfect excuse to re-run this top ten list so here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are Alfred Hitchcock’s ten best films:

Frenzy

Frenzy, Hitchcock’s next to last feature film from 1972, represented a homecoming of sorts since it was the first film completely shot in his native England since his silents and early ” talkies ” in the 1930’s. By dipping into the then somewhat new territory of serial killers, he took full advantage of the new cinema freedoms and truly earned his ‘ R ‘ MPAA rating.
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