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Clint Eastwood’s A Fistful of Dollars gets a new trailer for its 4K restoration release

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To celebrate the 4K restoration and re-release of Clint Eastwood’s A Fistful of Dollar’s Park Circus has dropped a new trailer and poster.

The Spaghetti Western was directed by Sergio Leone and starred Clint Eastwood in his first leading role in which he was reportedly paid $15,000, alongside Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, José Calvo, Antonio Prieto, and Joseph Egger.

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The film was initially released in Italy in 1964 and didn’t receive its Us release until three years later in 1967. It was followed by For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, also starring Eastwood. Collectively, the films are known as the “Dollars Trilogy”, or “The Man with No Name Trilogy”. All three films were later released in sequence in the United States in 1967, catapulting Eastwood into stardom.

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Melville at 100: Playing through August 13 at Grauman’s Egyptian in L.A.

Melville at 100: Playing through August 13 at Grauman’s Egyptian in L.A.
Born 1917, as Jean-Pierre Grumbach, son of Alsatian Jews, Jean-Pierre adopted the name Melville as his nom de guerre in 1940 when France fell to the German Nazis and he joined the French Resistance. He kept it as his stage name when he returned to France and began making films.

Melville at 100 at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood is showcasing eight of his films made from 1949 to to 1972 to honor the 100th year since his birth.

Americn Cinemtheque’s historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood

The American Cinematheque has grown tremendously sophisticated since its early days creating the 1960 dream of “The Two Garys” (for those who remember). Still staffed by stalwarts Barbara Smith, Gwen Deglise, Margot Gerber and Tom Harris, and with a Board of Directors of Hollywood heavy hitters, it has also been renovated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which has spent more than $500,000 restoring its infrastructure and repainting its famous murals.
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Sony Pictures Chief Taps Internal Trio to Lead TV Production Division

Sony Pictures chief Tony Vinciquerra has tapped a trio of insiders to lead its TV production division. Business affairs veteran Jeff Frost has been promoted to president of Sony Pictures TV Studios, while drama development chiefs Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter have been upped to co-presidents focusing on creative matters.

The trio will serve as an “office of the president” spearheading all production and development, per Sony. Frost reports to Vinciquerra, who took the reins of the studio in June. Parnell and Clodfelter report to Frost.

The new structure fills the void left last month by the departures of longtime Sony Pictures TV presidents Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who segued to launch a TV production operation for Apple.

“Jeff, Chris and Jason are the perfect team to run our U.S. television business,” Vinciquerra said. “Over the last several weeks, I have been able to see first-hand the strong leadership qualities possessed by Jeff, Chris
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Sony Pictures Entertainment promotes three to head TV studio

Jeff Frost to lead “office of the president” alongside Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter.

Sony Pictures Entertainment (Spe) announced today that Jeff Frost has been named president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, the production side of Spe’s television business.

Concurrently, Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter have been named co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television Studios.

Frost will report to Spe chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra, while Parnell and Clodfelter will report to Frost.

Frost, Parnell and Clodfelter will collectively operate under a new “office of the president” which will oversee all Us production and programming for Sony Pictures Television (Spt).

Parnell and Clodfelter’s oversight will include all creative aspects of the television studio including Us drama and comedy development, reality and syndication, Us scripted and current programming, talent and casting, movies and miniseries and TriStar Television.

Spt’s International Productions will continue to be led by Wayne Garvie, chief creative officer for Spt International Production, who will
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Hollywood Aims to Reduce Carbon Emissions With PGA’s Green Guide

Two weeks after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, Hollywood’s major studios and the Producers Guild of America have teamed on a Green Production Guide to cut carbon emissions.

Disney, Amblin Partners, 20th Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Entertainment have collaborated on the guide. The guide was developed with research from “successfully sustainable” projects such as “The Fate of the Furious,” “Fifty Shades Darker,” “Jason Bourne,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Daddy’s Home,” “Legion,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “The Blacklist,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Black-ish,” “Quantico,” and “Pretty Little Liars.”

The guide includes the Production Environmental Actions Checklist (Peach); a link between the Green Production Guide’s Peach and new partner Environmental Media Association to facilitate the completion of the nonprofit’s “Ema Green Seal” application, which has been given to “Better Call Saul,” “Hidden Figures,
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The Assassin

Writer-director Elio Petri scores big in his first feature, the story of a heel suspected of murder. Is he a killer, or just an average guy trying to get ahead, who uses women to his advantage? Marcello Mastroianni impresses as well in a serious role, with Salvo Randone shining as the police inspector trying to pry a confession from him. Beautifully restored in HD; the show is from a time when Italian film was at its zenith.

The Assassin

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1961 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / L’Assassino / Available from Arrow Video

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Cristina Gaioni, Salvo Randone, Andrea Checchi, Francesco Grandjacquet, Marco Mariani, Franco Ressel.

Cinematography: Carlo Di Palma

Film Editor: Ruggero Mastroianni

Original Music: Piero Piccione

Written by Tonino (Antonio) Guerra, Elio Petri, Pasquale Fest Campanile, Massimo Franciosa

Produced by Franco Cristaldi

Directed by Elio Petri

Fans of Elio Petri
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Property Is No Longer a Theft

Can radical theater make a good movie? Elio Petri continues his string of biting social comment movies with a black comedy about rich people, thieves, and the notion of ownership — it’s a caustic position paper but also a funny satire, with quirky yet believable characters. Ugo Tognazzi is terrific as scheming capitalist, as much a prisoner of his wealth as a poor clerk is of his poverty.

Property is No Longer a Theft

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1973 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 126 min. / Street Date March 28, 2017 / La proprietà non è più un furto / Available from Arrow Video / 39.95

Starring: Ugo Tognazzi, Flavio Bucci, Daria Nicolodi, Mario Scaccia, Orazio Orlando, Julien Guiomar, Cecilia Polizzi, Jacques Herlin, Ada Pometti, Salvo Randone.

Cinematography: Luigi Kuveiller

Film Editor: Ruggero Mastroianni

Original Music: Ennio Morricone

Production design / Costume design: Gianni Polidori

Written by Elio Petri, Ugo Pirro

Produced by Claudio Mancini

Directed by Elio Petri

Essere o Avere?
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Italian Psycho: Close-Up on Elio Petri’s "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion"

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Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Elio Petri's Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) is showing February 21 - March 23, 2017 in the United Kingdom in the Oscar Series.Petri’s cinema involved neither a utopian vision nor victorious narratives of class struggle. Rather, his central effort was to make the toxic condition appear as ugly, pervasive, and totally absurd as it actually was.—Evan Calder Williams“Drink up, Mr. Innocent. Everybody here is innocent. Only one person here is guilty. And that’s me.”—Chief Inspector, Investigation of a Citizen Above SuspicionIn her Rome apartment—an entrapment of curtains, doorways, plants, ceramics, a cluttered sea of earthen shades offset by a colorful stained-glass window—Augusta Terzi (Florinda Bolkan) welcomes her lover (Gian Maria Volonté). He is a brutish man, with slicked-back hair and dark brown eyes. She asks him: “How are you going to kill me this time?
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Face to Face (Faccia a faccia; Von Angesicht zu Angesicht)

Writer-director Sergio Sollima gives us one of the best 'political' Italo westerns from the pre- May '68 era... with two top stars in great form, Gian Maria Volontè and Tomas Milian. This two-disc German import has both the long and short versions of the movie in HD, with full language options for each. Face to Face (Faccia a faccia; Von Angesicht zu Angesicht) Region A+B Blu-ray Explosive Media (Alive) 1967 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 93, 112 min. / Street Date April 29, 2016 / available at / E 21,93 Starring Gian Maria Volontè, Tomas Milian, William Berger, Jolanda Modio, Gianni Rizzo, Carole André Ángel del Pozo, Aldo Sambrell, Antonio Casas, Lidia Alfonsi, John Karlsen, Gastone Moschin, G&eacutge;rard Tichy. Cinematography Raphael Pacheco Film Editor Eugenio Alabiso Original Music Ennio Morricone Art Direction and sets Carlo Simi Written by Sergio Donati, Sergio Sollima Produced by Arturo González, Alberto Grimaldi <Directed by Sergio Sollima

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Heists

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

Hollywood has had a long love affair with the heist sub-genre. Dating as far back as the silent film era with 1928’s Alias Jimmy Valentine, and transcending various genres like westerns (The War Wagon), war (Kelly’s Heroes) and even animation (Toy Story 3), the heist has tantalized our fantasies and outsmarted our wits for decades. Whether it’s for the very last time before retirement, gathering the gang back together for a big payday or for the thrill of pulling off the perfect robbery, all heist films share one key element: commitment to a plan.
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Latin Lover Movie Review

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Latin Lover Movie Review
Title: Latin Lover Director: Cristina Comencini Starring: Virna Lisi, Maria Paredes, Angela Finocchiaro, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Candela Peña, Pihla Viitala, Nadeah Miranda, Francesco Scianna, Neri Marcorè, Claudio Gioè, Lluís Homar, Toni Bertorelli, Jordi Mollà. Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Toganzzi, Vittorio Gassman, Gian Maria Volonté – the Italian screen-womanisers of the golden age of Italian cinema – are all united in the character of Saverio Crispo, interpreted by the actor who has become known to the wide audience for playing in Giuseppe Tornatore’s ‘Baaria’: Francesco Scianna. The story begins with Saverio Crispo who has been dead for ten years and all his women are gathered to celebrate the anniversary of his death [ Read More ]

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Vincent Piazza interview: Boardwalk Empire, Lucky Luciano

As Boardwalk Empire season 5 arrives on DVD, we chat to the man behind Charlie Luciano, Vincent Piazza

Warning: this article contains Boardwalk Empire spoilers.

When Boardwalk Empire wrapped production last year it wasn’t without disappointment, not least because for some characters there was a sense that things were only just getting started. Chief among those was Charlie ‘Lucky’ Luciano, whose actor, Vincent Piazza, spoke to us about father figures, droopy eyes and reverse-engineering a Sicilian bad boy...

The end of Boardwalk is quite a big one for Charlie. We’ve seen him grow from the impatient young hothead of 1920 to someone a little more world-weary and considered. How did you approach the task of showing that ten-year growth while keeping true to the character?

Thank you for that. It was always the hope that we’d be able to get to the arc where he’s beginning to find
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Tarantino to host Cannes closing screening of “A Fistful of Dollars”

Tarantino to host Cannes closing screening of “A Fistful of Dollars”
The 67th Cannes Film Festival will close with the screening of A Fistful of Dollars directed by Sergio Leone, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Spaghetti Western.

The event will be hosted by Quentin Tarantino, a great admirer of Sergio Leone, who has always been open about how much his own film making owes to the influence of the Western’s great Italian masters.

Starring Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volontè, the restored version of the 1964- film will be screened on May 24 after the prizes have been awarded.

A Fistful of Dollars has been restored by the Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film (the film’s original producer and distributor) with the involvement of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation.

Cannes Film Festival 2014 will be kicked off today with the screening of French director Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco,
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Awards Season 2014: From Cinematography to Visual Effects, See the Latest Winners!

First stop, the Annie Awards which honor excellence in the animated world. And the winners are:

Best Animated Feature:

Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production:

Chipotle Scarecrow, Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios

Best Animated Short Subject:

Get A Horse!,Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial:

Despicable Me 2, Cinemark - Universal Pictures

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children:

Disney Sofia the First - Disney Television Animation

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children.s Audience:

Adventure Time, Cartoon Network Studios

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production:

Futurama,20th Century Fox Television

Best Animated Video Game:

The Last of Us, Naughty Dog

Best Student Film

Wedding Cake, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Viola Baier, Iris Frisch

Animated Effects in an Animated Production:

Jeff Budsberg, Andre Le Blanc, Louis Flores, Jason Mayer, The Croods, DreamWorks Animation

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production:

Michael Balog,
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Ten Best: Movie Trilogies

With the release of The Dark Knight Rises and the completion of the Dark Knight Trilogy it had me thinking of where it falls when compared to other classic trilogies. Trilogies used to be reserved for a select few, but now everything has a trilogy. I mean Step Up had a trilogy…until they made another movie and now it’s a quadrilogy. To be fair there is a lot of plot in that series so four movies were absolutely necessary. In fact I’m quite surprised Step Up Revolutions wasn’t split up into two parts. That’s not to say that there aren’t any great ones out there, because there are quite a few and I hope to point out some of those today. I created a list of what I think are the best trilogies ever made. I considered a few things when making this list.
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Review: "Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion" (1970) Criterion Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition

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Murder and Narcissism

By Raymond Benson

Available this month from the Criterion Collection is Elio Petri’s 1970 international hit, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, which won the Oscar that year for Best Foreign Language Film. It stars Gian Maria Volonté, whom most Americans will recognize as the heavy in two spaghetti westerns, A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, but this time clean-shaven and wearing a tailored suit. He is sharp, handsome, and volatile—the perfect personality to portray a high-ranking detective in Italy’s (then) corrupt police force.

Highly politicized, Investigation uses sly dark humor to make its point—that corruption has become so bad that an official can commit murder but can still be above the law. Here, Volonté, who enjoys rather kinky sex with his mistress, decides to kill her to prove he can get away with it under the very noses of his fellow officers.
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Wolverine,' 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,' 'Argo: Extended Edition''

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"The Wolverine"

What's It About? Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is more human than X-Man in this stand-alone film that takes place in Japan. Not only has he lost his powers, but his memories of Jean Grey are driving him cuckoo. Which is too bad, because he's still got to fight off loads of gangsters, ninjas, and other slick villains -- including one green-eyed baddie from the past.

Why We're In: Director James Mangold ("Walk the Line," "3:10 to Yuma") balances fantastic action with a more serious sensibility that recalls samurai films of yore. Plus, you don't need to be an X-pert X-Men fan to enjoy this movie.

Watch: Hugh Jackman takes you behind the scenes on "The Wolverine" (Video)

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"Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" -- The Rich Mahogany Edition

What's It About? If you haven't heard of San
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Wolverine,' 'Mortal Instruments,' 'Anchorman'

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"The Wolverine"

What's It About? Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is more human than X-Man in this stand-alone film that takes place in Japan. Not only has he lost his powers, but his memories of Jean Grey are driving him cuckoo. Which is too bad, because he's still got to fight off loads of gangsters, ninjas, and other slick villains -- including one green-eyed baddie from the past.

Why We're In: Director James Mangold ("Walk the Line," "3:10 to Yuma") balances fantastic action with a more serious sensibility that recalls samurai films of yore. Plus, you don't need to be an X-pert X-Men fan to enjoy this movie.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" -- The Rich Mahogany Edition

What's It About? If you haven't heard of San Diego's finest anchorman with the best mustache, coolest car, and most impressive
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Carlo Lizzani obituary

Italian neorealist film director and screenwriter who made Last Days of Mussolini, starring Rod Steiger

Carlo Lizzani, who has died aged 91, after falling from a balcony at his home, was a screenwriter and director of Italian neorealist cinema who made more than 40 feature films, as well as documentaries and television series.

His first professional experiences in the film world were as an actor, playing cameos in two powerful neorealist films: Il Sole Sorge Ancora (The Sun Still Rises, 1946), directed by Aldo Vergano; and Caccia Tragica (Tragic Hunt, 1947), Giuseppe De Santis's first feature film.

In 1947 Roberto Rossellini summoned Lizzani to Berlin where he was preparing to shoot Germania Anno Zero (Germany Year Zero). Lizzani did research with East German locals which Rossellini would find useful when the film was being made without a definitive shooting script. Lizzani said later: "Rossellini filmed the story of the boy [Edmund] as if growing up
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Spaghetti Western Screenwriter Who Helped to Launch Eastwood's Movie Career Has Died

Clint Eastwood Western persona co-creator dead at 87: Luciano Vincenzoni (photo: Clint Eastwood in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’) Screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, whose nearly five-decade career included collaborations with Mario Monicelli, Pietro Germi, and Sergio Leone, died of cancer on Sunday, September 22, 2013, in Rome. Vincenzoni (born on March 7, 1926, in Treviso, near Venice) was 87. In the late ’50s, Luciano Vincenzoni co-wrote Mario Monicelli’s The Great War / La Grande guerra (1959), a humorous (if overlong) World War I comedy-drama starring Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi as reluctant conscripts that earned a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (tied with Roberto Rossellini’s Il Generale della Rovere). Vincenzoni was also partly responsible for the screenplay of two well-regarded Pietro Germi movies: the omnibus comedy of manners The Birds, the Bees and the Italians / Signore & signori (1966), featuring Virna Lisi and Franco Fabrizi,
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