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Lost Horizon (1937)

It’s a wonder movie from the 1930s, a political fantasy that imagines a Utopia of peace and kindness hidden away in a distant mountain range — or in our daydreams. Sony’s new restoration is indeed impressive. Ronald Colman is seduced by a vision of a non-sectarian Heaven on Earth, while Savant indulges his anti-Frank Capra grumblings in his admiring but hesitant review essay.

Lost Horizon (1937)

80th Anniversary Blu-ray + HD Digital

Sony

1937 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 133 min. / Street Date October 3, 2017 / 19.99

Starring: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell, Margo, Isabel Jewell, H.B. Warner, Sam Jaffe, Noble Johnson, Richard Loo.

Cinematography: Joseph Walker

Film Editors: Gene Havelick, Gene Milford

Art Direction: Stephen Goosson

Musical director: Max Steiner

Original Music: Dimitri Tiomkin

Written by Robert Riskin from the novel by James Hilton

Produced and Directed by Frank Capra

Frank Capra had a way with actors and comedy
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Chamber Of Horrors / A Game Of Death

Chamber of Horrors

Blu-ray

Kino Lorber

1940 / B&W / 1:33 / Street Date March 21, 2017

Starring: Lilli Palmer, Leslie Banks.

Cinematography: Alex Bryce, Ernest Palmer

Film Editor: Ted Richards

Written by Gilbert Gunn, Norman Lee

Produced by John Argyle

Directed by Norman Lee

Near the turn of the century a struggling war correspondent named Edgar Wallace began churning out detective stories for British monthlies like Detective Story Magazine to help make the rent. Creative to a fault, his preposterously prolific output (exacerbated by ongoing gambling debts) soon earned him a legion of fans along with a pointedly ambiguous sobriquet, “The Man Who Wrote Too Much.”

A reader new to Wallace’s work could be excused for thinking the busy writer was making it up as he went along… because that’s pretty much what he did. He dictated his narratives, unedited, into a dictaphone for transcription by his secretary where they would then
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Sliff 2016: Tribute to King Kong Nov. 6th – Here’s a Retrospective on the 1933 Original

A Tribute to King Kong takes place as part of the The St. Louis International Film Festival Sunday, Nov. 6 beginning at 6:00pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. The first film screened will be the new documentary Long Live The King, which explores the enduring fascination with one of the biggest stars — both literally and figuratively — in Hollywood history: the mighty King Kong. Produced and directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, the creative team behind the award-winning “Beast Wishes,” the documentary devotes primary attention to the 1933 classic, celebrating the contributions of filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, stars Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot, writer Edgar Wallace, and especially stop-motion innovator Willis O’Brien. But Kong’s legacy is also fully detailed: the sequel “Son of Kong,” the cinematic kin “Mighty Joe Young,” the Dino DeLaurentis and Peter Jackson remakes, even the Japanese versions by Toho Studios.
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Watch: James Corden Receives Surprise Birthday Serenade of Montell Jordan's 'This Is How We Do It'

Watch: James Corden Receives Surprise Birthday Serenade of Montell Jordan's 'This Is How We Do It'
James Corden's Late Late Show team pulled out all the stops for the late-night host's birthday on Monday.

Corden, now 38, was surprised by his CBS bandleader Reggie Watts when he was presented a personalized video complete with messages from his parents, his sisters, Mark Noble (his favorite soccer player), O-Town (his favorite band) – and Montell Jordan.

"Hey, what's up James? It's your man Montell Jordan and I just want to wish you a very, very happy birthday," the singer said to a surprised Corden.

"I was told you were a big fan of my song 'This Is How We Do It.
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James Corden Receives Surprise Birthday Serenade of Montell Jordan's 'This Is How We Do It' - Watch the Hilarious Video!

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James Corden Receives Surprise Birthday Serenade of Montell Jordan's 'This Is How We Do It' - Watch the Hilarious Video!
[Youtube "v=fA-_XxPX3rQ&feature" “auto”] James Corden's Late Late Show team pulled out all the stops for the late-night host's birthday on Monday. Corden, now 38, was surprised by his CBS bandleader Reggie Watts when he was presented a personalized video complete with messages from his parents, his sisters, Mark Noble (his favorite soccer player), O-Town (his favorite band) - and Montell Jordan. "Hey, what's up James? It's your man Montell Jordan and I just want to wish you a very, very happy birthday," the singer said to a surprised Corden. "I was told you were a big fan of my song 'This Is How We Do It.
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James Corden Receives Surprise Birthday Serenade of Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" - Watch the Hilarious Video!

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James Corden Receives Surprise Birthday Serenade of Montell Jordan's
[Youtube "v=fA-_XxPX3rQ&feature" “auto”] James Corden's Late Late Show team pulled out all the stops for the late-night host's birthday on Monday. Corden, now 38, was surprised by his CBS bandleader Reggie Watts when he was presented a personalized video complete with messages from his parents, his sisters, Mark Noble (his favorite soccer player), O-Town (his favorite band) - and Montell Jordan. "Hey, what's up James? It's your man Montell Jordan and I just want to wish you a very, very happy birthday," the singer said to a surprised Corden. "I was told you were a big fan of my song 'This Is How We Do It.
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10 Greatest Footballers Who Were Never Capped For England

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There are no shortage of headline grabbing players in the Premier League, but one of the narratives on the back pages in the last few weeks has been the excellent form of West Ham’s midfield linchpin Mark Noble. The Hammers’ home grown star has been in excellent form for Slaven Bilic’s impressive side this season, and is due a testimonial at the club in March, a pretty rare thing for a player of just 28.

When people talk about Noble, though, one other subject always rears its head: England. It seems incongruous that a reliable performer with years of Premier League experience on his CV is yet to get an England call up, especially in a world where Leon Osman gets a run-out.

If there’s anything to console him as he watches Euro 2016 at home, it’s the fact that he’s far from
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Noble Johnson and Frank Silvera - The Original "Race Shifters"

I've previously written about Dwayne Johnson (here) as what I described as a “race shifter;” but long before The Rock, there was another movie "race shifter" who you could say paved the way for Johnson. I’m referring to that other Johnson by the name of Noble. Noble Johnson had one of the most impressive and longest careers as a supporting actor appearing in some 150 films, from the early silent period, starting in 1915, well into the sound era, appearing in his last film, in 1950, 28 years before his death. But he was also, along with Oscar Micheaux, a true black film pioneer. Back in 1915, before Micheaux started making his own films in 1919, Noble, along with...
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Match Report – West Ham 2-0 Newcastle – Payet Double Eases Hammers To Victory

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A brace from Dimitri Payet saw West Ham United ease to a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at Upton Park.

The attacker – who joined The Hammers for £10 million from Marseille during the summer transfer window – opened the scoring with an unstoppable curled effort from the edge of the area into Tim Krul’s top right-hand corner, before adding a second three minutes after the restart following a bar shattering effort from debutant Victor Moses.

The evening was a sorry one for Steve McClaren and his Magpies. The former England manager couldn’t avenge That 3-2 defeat by Slaven Bilić’s Croatia during the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign while he has now overseen Newcastle’s worst start to a season for 10-years. If things weren’t bad enough for the away side’s head coach, his team are now bottom of the Barclays Premier League with only two points,
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King Kong Screens at Schlafly Bottleworks May 7th

“We’ll give him more than chains. He’s always been king of his world, but we’ll teach him fear. We’re millionaires, boys. I’ll share it with all of you. Why, in a few months, it’ll be up in lights on Broadway: Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World!”

King Kong screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) Thursday, May 7th at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together

Doors open at 6:30pm. $6 suggested for the screening. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed suds. A bartender will be on hand to take care of you. “Culture Shock” is the name of a film series here in St. Louis that is the cornerstone project of a social enterprise that is an ongoing source of support for Helping Kids Together (http://www.
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Spurs 0-0 West Ham: Naughton Unfairly Sent Off, Noble Misses Penalty

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Mauricio Pochettino’s first game in the Premier League for Spurs hasn’t started to plan and the manager now faces the harsh reality of playing for most of the game with ten men after Kyle Naughton was unfairly red carded for a hand ball in the box.

It is true enough that Naughton’s hands were well above his head, and he could well have saved Kevin Nolan’s shot from hitting the back of the net, sending him off was particularly excessive considering the penalty was given.

Sadly for West Ham, having watched Naughton leave the pitch, Mark Noble stepped up and put his penalty effort wide…

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Spurs must now attempt to play to their plan B – which Pochettino might not even have yet – as West Ham look to capitalise on their man advantage.

The real
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Unintentionally or Otherwise: Oscar Micheaux’s Race Films

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Oscar Micheaux

Read some IMDb synopses of Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951) films, and the filmmaker’s commitment to dealing with racial prejudice becomes clear. The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920): “Racists learn that the land a negro owns lies over a vast oil field, and threaten his life when he refuses to sell.” Murder in Harlem (1935): “A black night watchman at a chemical factory finds the body of a murdered white woman. After he reports it, he finds himself accused of the murder.” God’s Step Children (1938): “A young light-skinned Negress struggles to find her place in both the black and the white worlds.”

Micheaux was the fifth of over ten children born of former slaves on a farm in Metropolis, Illinois. Soon after moving to Chicago at the age of 17, he took up a job in the stockyards, and, later, another at the steel mills. He established a
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Newcastle Boss Wants To Sign West Ham Duo?

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Tis’ the season for the rumour mill to run amok and it has churned out a humdinger by suggesting Alan Pardew is plotting a double swoop on former employers West Ham for midfield duo Mohamed Diame and Mark Noble.

Lest we forget Noble and Diame are names that have appeared prominently on the Newcastle gossip grapevine on numerous occasions in the past and, as was the case then, these fresh links will more than likely prove to be hot air.

Nevertheless, the Daily Star have put Noble forward as a possible addition to our midfield ranks this summer with Pardew a long-term admirer having handed the 27-year-old his Hammers debut in August 2004.

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Our interest in Diame, meanwhile, is being touted in the Mirror with Liverpool also said to be keeping tabs on the Senegal international’s situation after announcing his intentions to leave Upton
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West Ham 2-0 Norwich: Late Goals Secure Vital Hammers Win

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A late double was enough to seal all three points for West Ham as they defeated Norwich City in an important relegation clash at Upton Park.

Collins’ header six minutes from time gave the Hammers the lead and Mohamed Diame sealed the victory with a deflected finish on the counter-attack.

Norwich City got the games opening chance after eight minutes when Gary Hooper rose to meet Nathan Redmond’s cross and headed towards goal, forcing a brilliant save from Adrian.

The keeper was at it again shortly after when Redmond chipped a ball over the top to Robert Snodgrass but he was thwarted by the heroics of Adrian, desperate to keep a fourth consecutive clean sheet.

West Ham barely had a sniff in the opening stages but 25 minutes in Mark Noble forced John Ruddy into a save with an effort from distance, though it
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Newcastle Transfer News: Mark Noble Could Be Cabaye Replacement?

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Mark Noble could make a shock deadline day move to the North East to join Newcastle United, if the Magpies can see off interest from Everton.

The central midfielder would be replacing Yohan Cabaye – who has already left the club for French giants Psg – and TalkSPORT are reporting that they may be in a race for his signature with Everton. Alan Pardew handed Noble his senior West Ham debut in 2004 and is thought to be a big admirer of the Englishman.

The hole left in Newcastle’s midfield following Cabaye’s departure will be a big one to fill but Noble would add the work rate needed to stop their recent poor form – The Magpies have picked up just one win in their last five games and face a tough test tomorrow against fierce rivals Sunderland at St. James’ Park.

Making 235 appearances for the Hammers, Noble has
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Cardiff 0-2 West Ham: Hammers Delay Allardyce Execution Date

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West Ham secured a vital away win for beleagured boss Sam Allardyce as the Hammers move out of the relegation zone with a 0-2 win in Wales following a horrific cup week.

A torrid week had seen the East London side lose 5-0 to Championship outfit Nottingham Forest in last weekend’s Fa Cup, followed by a 6-0 midweek hammering by Man City in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final, effectively ending their hopes of reaching the Wembley decider.

However, a well-taken goal from Carlton Cole, and an late insurance from reliable midfielder Mark Noble secured a first league win since November, and moved the Hammers out of the relegation-zone on goal difference.

Cole latched on to a Matt Jarvis volley on 42 minutes to give West Ham the lead going into the break.

Cardiff dominated much of the proceedings, with over
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Man City vs West Ham: Match Preview, Team News & Likely Line-Ups

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Date: Wednesday, 8 January 2014; Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester; Kickoff: 19:45Gmt

Manchester City have only lost one of their last 15 meetings with West Ham as Manuel Pellegrini’s team entertain the East Londoners at the Etihad in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Jack Collison scored a second half winner for the Hammers at Upton Park in March 2009, but that is the only victory they’ve recorded over City since back-to-back wins in 2006. Sam Allardyce remains short of striking options, so West Ham fans shall fondly remember Dean Ashton’s brace during an Fa Cup run to the final.

The Hammers are not much better off defensively either and come into this two-legged tie off the back of four defeats in their last five. Big Sam chose the Fa Cup third round tie at Nottingham Forest to blood youngsters en masse – a move that resulted in a 5-0 thumping.
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S&A 2013 Highlights: Noble Johnson And Frank Silvera - The Original 'Race Shifters'

On the heels of my recent piece about Dwayne Johnson (Here) who I described as a “race shifter,” it brought to mind another movie race shifter who you could say paved the way for Johnson. I’m referring to that other Johnson by the name of Noble. Noble Johnson had one of the most impressive and longest careers as a supporting actor appearing in some 150 films, from the early silent period, starting in 1915, well into the sound era, appearing in his last film, in 1950, some 28 years before his death. But he was also, along with Oscar Micheaux, a true black film pioneer. Back in 1915, before Micheaux started making his own films in 1919, Noble, along with his brother George,...
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West Ham Release Statement On Sam Allardyce’s Future

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West Ham United’s chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have released an open letter in support of their beleaguered manager Sam Allardyce in the wake of the club’s embarrassing 0-5 reverse to Championship outfit Nottingham Forest in the Fa Cup.

“We know Sam has not lost his ambition or desire and is committed to making West Ham United a great Premier League club”

The letter went on to state:

“It is never enjoyable being knocked out of a cup competition and losing by such a large scoreline to a lower division side is hard to take for us all. We thought the youngsters gave their all and did not stop trying, but in the end Nottingham Forest’s experience proved too much for us. I know Sam would have loved to have put out a more varied side, with our talented youngsters accompanied by more
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Nottingham Forest vs West Ham: Fa Cup Preview, Team News & Likely Line-Ups

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Date: Sunday, 5 January; Venue: City Ground, Nottingham; Kickoff: 12:00 GMT

Championship promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest host Premier League strugglers West Ham United anxious to improve their record against the Londoners at the City Ground.

Billy Davies’s Reds will not get a better opportunity to put right two wins from the last ten home meetings with the Hammers than on Sunday lunchtime. Sam Allardyce has a defensive crisis on his hands – one made all the worse by Johnny Heitinga snubbing a move from Everton.

These sides last faced one another on the banks of the Trent early on in West Ham’s last promotion campaign of 2011-12. Big Sam and his team are League Cup semi-finalists, but if they are to progress in the other domestic competition then they will have to do it without several key names.

Kevin Nolan and Winston Reid were amongst the
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