The Forgotten: Jean Delannoy's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1956)

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The Lon Chaney silent The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an important document, and a pretty good movie, especially if you can see it projected. William Dieterle's 1939 film with Charles Laughton is an outright classic, with iconic casting in every role, but in a way it, like its predecessor, is as much a travesty of Victor Hugo's story as the Disney version. Tragedy is softened, hard edges blurred. (And actually there's a lot to admire in the cartoon: an epic cinematic scale and vision, use of humor that doesn't actually wreck the serious aspects. It's just that, starting with Quasimodo not being deaf—because he has to sing, you see—means you're not filming Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo at all.)So it was perhaps inevitable that the French would one day have to show us how it's done, and present a more faithful rendering of the book.
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Robert Rietti obituary

Actor best known for his voice, who dubbed in a number of James Bond films

As a film and television actor, Robert Rietti, who has died aged 92, was best known for his voice. Although he made occasional on-screen appearances, as in John Schlesinger’s Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and the ITV series The Avengers, his regular work came from dubbing the dialogue of actors whose command of English was limited or who could not make the final stages of recording a soundtrack.

After the actor Robert Shaw died in 1978, Rietti was called to dub his voice in parts of three movies for which Shaw had not completed the recording. After a diagnosis of cancer compelled the removal of Jack Hawkins’s larynx in 1966, Rietti provided the spoken words for some of his films. In Treasure Island (1972), he revoiced every word spoken by Orson Welles as Long John Silver.

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James Bond voice actor Robert Rietti dies, aged 92

Voice actor Robert Rietti has died, aged 92.

Rietti was known for lending his voice to James Bond villains when filmmakers wanted to re-record lines.

According to The Times, Rietti died on April 3.

Among the villains he dubbed were Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) in 1965's Thunderball and Ernst Stavro Blofeld (John Hollis) in 1981's For Your Eyes Only.

"In nearly every Bond picture, there's been a foreign villain, and in almost every case, they've used my voice," Rietti once said.

Throughout his career, he also voiced characters in The Guns of Navarone (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Barbarella (1968), Frenzy (1972), Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982).
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'The Omen' TV Show Casts 'Merlin' Star Bradley James as 'Damien'

'The Omen' TV Show Casts 'Merlin' Star Bradley James as 'Damien'
Less than four months after Lifetime issued a series order for The Omen TV series entitled Damien, Merlin star Bradley James has signed on to play the title character. Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) will make his TV directing debut by taking the helm for the pilot episode and serving as an executive producer. The show is slated to premiere sometime in 2015 on Lifetime.

We first reported on the project back in May, when former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara signed on to write the pilot script and executive produce through his 44 Strong Productions company. The six-episode series will follow the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James), the devilish child from the original 1976 film who has grown into an adult, seemingly unaware of the evil forces around him. Damien is forced to confront his past and come to terms with the fact that he is, in fact, the Antichrist,
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The Forgotten: Costa-Gavras' "The Sleeping Car Murders"

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Some movies just vanish.

While Costa-Gavras continues to enjoy a high reputation for his sixties and seventies political thrillers (perhaps more respected than watched, which is a shame) and to some extent for his later American movies (more watched than respected, also a shame), The Sleeping Car Murders (1965), one of his earliest works, is so hard to see that I wound up watching a pan-and-scanned off-air recording taped on VHS from Scottish Television sometime in the eighties, and dubbed into English. At least Simone Signoret seems to have done her own re-voicing, but her erring husband Yves Montand has that strained Amurrican tone I associate with Robert Rietty doing Orson Welles.

So Costa-Gavras' movie, formerly a missing person, turns up as a homicide victim, mutilated to prevent identification. With the performances defaced, the compositions utterly ruined, and the editing patterns minced in this copy (because a cut doesn't mean the
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'Omen' TV Show 'Damien' Gets a Series Order at Lifetime

'Omen' TV Show 'Damien' Gets a Series Order at Lifetime
Lifetime has placed a six-episode, straight-to-series order forGlen Mazzara's drama thriller Damien, it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime.

Produced by Fox Television Studios and based on Twentieth Century Fox's classic horror film, The Omen, the series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny -- that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.

Here's what Lifetime's Rob Sharenow had to say in a statement.

"We are thrilled to be bringing a contemporary version of The Omen's Damien Thorn back to the screen. Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original.
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'The Omen' Is Getting a Second Reboot from Fox and Platinum Dunes

'The Omen' Is Getting a Second Reboot from Fox and Platinum Dunes
20th Century Fox and Platinum Dunes are teaming up for yet another reboot of the 1976 horror classic The Omen, which comes just eight years after the studio's The Omen remake in 2006.

No filmmakers have been attached at this time, with Bloody-Disgusting reporting that 20th Century Fox and Platinum Dunes are still in the very early stages of development.

The news comes just over a month after we reported that the Lifetime Channel is developing a TV adaptation of the original movie, with Glen Mazzara, a former showrunner on AMC's The Walking Dead, writing the pilot script and executive producing. The series centers on Damien Thorn, the young boy from the original movie, who is now an adult and haunted by his turbulent past. He must come to grips with the fact that he is actually the Antichrist.

Richard Donner directed the 1976 original version of The Omen, which starred Gregory Peck
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Vincent Price: The British Connection

As the undisputed king of American gothic, Vincent Price holds a unique position regarding his association with British horror. From the mid sixties, nearly all his films were made in the UK, and while not as distinguished as The House of Usher (1960), Tales of Terror (1962) and The Raven (1963), they are not without interest. As an actor perfectly suited to English gothic, Price’s output includes two career-defining performances. In a nutshell, he had the best of both worlds.

Masque of the Red Death (1964)

The British phase of his career began with a bang. After directing all of Price’s Poe chillers for American International Pictures, Roger Corman wanted to give the formula a fresh approach by making his next film in England. Aip’s Samuel Z Arkoff and James H Nicholson had already produced several European films, so the next step was to establish a London base with Louis M Heyward in charge.
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10 actors who got dubbed out of their movies

When it comes to foreign language films, fans are split into two groups; those who like them with subtitles, and those who prefer them dubbed into English. For a foreign movie to make any kind of commercial impact beyond the art-house circuit, they would need to be made, or at least be reasonably well dubbed, in English, since it’s the most common language for mainstream cinema entertainment. All too often dubbing tends to dampen the impact of a very good film, especially if the actors’ English voices sound completely wrong. Brilliant movies such as the French cop thriller La Balance (1982) and the Japanese social drama Battle Royale (2002) would never achieve their iconic status if they were released in badly dubbed English.

But dubbing can work to hilarious effect in the Godzilla movies and with some of the lesser spaghetti westerns. In some cases low budget American producers buy the
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Michael Sheen as Blofeld for Bond 23...?

We recently reported that Peter Morgan, who penned The Queen and Frost/Nixon, will be co-scripting the new James Bond movie with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and that Afghanistan might factor into the plot-line somehow.

Now comes word from The Guardian that Michael Sheen, who has collaborated in the past with Morgan on the aforementioned movies, is in negotiations to play Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Bond 23.

Blofeld back for Bond 23...? That's what the UK paper is reporting.

"Michael is hot property right now and it is felt that he's the right man to bring Blofeld back to life," an unnamed source revealed. "Michael was a Bond fan in his youth, so this would be a dream role for him."

Blofeld is the head of Spectre and has appeared in six previous James Bond installments: From Russia with Love (1963), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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Sergio Leone In London: Inside The Private Tribute With Dario Argento And Sir Christopher Frayling

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Dario Argento and Sir Christopher Frayling at the Sergio Leone tribute in London.(Photo: Mark Mawston) In honour of what would have been Sergio Leone’s 80th birthday, Sir Christopher Frayling, the late director’s internationally acclaimed biographer, hosted a celebration of the legenary filmmaker’s work at the Italian Cultural Institute in London on Wednesday evening.

Sir Christopher, who has penned the foreword to Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer’s upcoming book ‘The Westerns of Clint Eastwood’, invited Dave, along with Cinema Retro contributors, and authors in their own right, Matthew Field and Howard Hughes, and photographer Mark Mawston to this private tribute.

Posters from Sergio Leone’s movies adorned the walls, providing a fitting backdrop to the evening, which began with a talk on Leone’s career by Frayling (illustrated with a slideshow) followed by an on-stage interview with famed Italian director Dario Argento,
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