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The Quad Salutes Lois Smith by Screening Her Career Highlights

Smith in “Marjorie Prime

Just days ago Lois Smith received this year’s Golden Key Award for Career Achievement at the Key West Film Festival. Now comes word that the industry vet will be honored at New York City’s Quad Cinema. Four of her career highlights will be screened: “East of Eden,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “Foxes,” and “Marjorie Prime.” Released earlier this year, the latter sees Smith playing a former violinist in the middle stages of dementia. She maintains a close relationship with her late husband who exists in the form of a holographic projection (Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”). Smith received excellent reviews for the sci-fi flick.

“Enjoying her seventh decade onscreen, actress par excellence Lois Smith was recently on view at the Quad recreating her stage triumph with her beautiful multifaceted performance in ‘Marjorie Prime’ — and now she’s back in theaters with ‘Lady Bird,’” an announcement from The Quad reads.
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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)
(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli
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Susan Hayward in "I'll Cry Tomorrow"

Susan Hayward Centennial Week

"this story was filmed on location... inside a woman's soul!"

-I'll Cry Tomorrow's tagline.

by Eric Blume

I’ll Cry Tomorrow, a biopic of singer Lillian Roth, won Susan Hayward the fourth of her five Oscar nominations, in 1955. The film starts with a young Lillian and her stage mother, played by Jo Van Fleet. Ten minutes in, though, Hayward gets a true star entrance belting out “Sing You Sinners” in a lengthy number with only four cuts.

It’s a fun introduction, partially because you try to place yourself in 1955, when part of the excitement (one guesses) was hearing Hayward sing for the first time, and it’s quite a boisterous number. Then Hayward was known mostly as a tragedienne (Hollywood star variety), it must have been a blast for audiences to see Hayward let loose (Hollywood star style) in a big production number
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It Came From The Tube: Satan’S School For Girls (1973)

Warning: if you’re not a Kate Jackson fan, today’s column may not work in your favor. Plus, we probably shouldn’t hang out. I first fell in love with Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty) when I was six. At the time, she was starring on Charlie’s Angels, along with Farrah Blah-Blah and Jaclyn What’s Her Name, but I think maybe I liked Kate best. Her long black hair, radiant smile, and raspy sing song drawl mesmerized me for the remainder of that show’s run. But for fans of horror, Kate worked with Dan Curtis on Dark Shadows, before landing one of the leads in Satan’s School for Girls (1973), producer Aaron Spelling’s venture into one of the ‘70s greatest capitalist ventures, Satanic Panic. It’s a fun romp; and spoiler alert - Kate is great in it. (She’s just the most, don’t you think?
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Tab Hunter Confidential

What's the right thing to say about a closeted movie career in an industry that feeds on gossip? There's plenty to say, if you're Tab Hunter. The '50s heartthrob breaks his silence with a remarkably candid and positive account of his astonishing, unique Hollywood experience. Tab Hunter Confidential Blu-ray FilmRise 2015 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 19.95 Starring Tab Hunter, Allan Glaser, Clint Eastwood, Connie Stevens, Portia de Rossi, Robert Wagner, Debbie Reynolds, Lainie Kazan, George Takei, Noah Wyle, John Waters, Liz Torres, Tab Hunter, Dolores Hart, Terry Moore, Don Murray, Robert Osborne, Darryl Hickman, William Wellman Jr., Rae Allen, Rona Barrett, Venetia Stevenson, Rex Reed, Etchika Choureau, Marilyn Erskine, Henry Willson, Shannon Bolin, Eddie Muller, Ronnie Robertson, Gary Giddins, Tamara Asseyev, Neal Noorlag, Marilyn Gevirtz, Jo-An Cox Bunton, Lou Simon, Evelyn Kramer. Cinematography Nancy Schreiber Film Editor Jeffrey Schwarz Original Music Michael Cudahy Produced by Allan Glaser, Neil Koenigsberg,
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The King and Four Queens

Clark Gable is still sufficiently frisky in this late career western to attract four well-chosen frontier women -- who in this case happen to be a quartet of robbers' wives, sitting on a rumored mountain of ill-gotten gains. Raoul Walsh abets the comedy-drama, as Gable's fox-in-a-henhouse tries to determine which hen can lead him to the promised golden eggs. The King and Four Queens Blu-ray Olive Films 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 86 min. / Street Date May 24, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jo Van Fleet, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols, Sara Shane, Roy Roberts, Arthur Shields, Jay C. Flippen. Cinematography Lucien Ballard Production Design Wiard Ihnen Film Editor Howard Bretherton Original Music Alex North Written by Richard Alan Simmons, Margaret Fitts from her story Produced by David Hempstead Directed by Raoul Walsh

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Olive's latest dip into MGM's United Artists holdings brings up the cheerful, not particularly
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Absolutely smashing by Anne-Katrin Titze

Chris Cooper remembers James Dean and Jo Van Fleet in Elia Kazan's East of Eden, and Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Jean-Marc Vallée's wrecking ball of a movie, Demolition, written by Bryan Sipe, stars Jake Gyllenhaal with Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis and Heather Lind in a world of loss and destructive confrontations. At Essex House, Jake Gyllenhaal said he loves Chris Cooper's brutal honesty since Joe Johnston's October Sky, David Fincher's work ethic on Zodiac and A Single Man director Tom Ford's script for Nocturnal Animals with Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Isla Fisher and questions having a Gene Kelly moment. Chris Cooper compares Benedict Cumberbatch's maternal instinct to his own in John Wells' drama August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and Sam Shepard as head of household. Working with director Ben Affleck on Dennis Lehane's Live By Night,
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Superficial 'News,' Mineo-Dean Bromance-Romance and Davis' fading 'Star': 31 Days of Oscar

'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter: Glib TV news watch. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks
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Bruce Dern To Appear At "Wild River" 50th Anniversary Screening, L.A., September 17

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By Todd Garbarini

Elia Kazan’s 1960 film Wild River, which stars Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Joan Van Fleet, and is Bruce Dern’s debut film, celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 110-minute film on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Actor Bruce Dern is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.

From the press release:

Wild River (1960), set in Depression-era America, tells a provocative story of the conflict between an agent from the Tennessee Valley Authority and a proud, defiant older woman who refuses to sell her land in order to make way for a much needed dam. Oscar-nominated actors Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick star, and Oscar-winning actress Jo Van Fleet (only 40 at the time she made the film) plays the stubborn,
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Long Before Day-Lewis, Oscar-Nominated Actor Played Lincoln: TCM 'Stars' Series Continues

Raymond Massey ca. 1940. Raymond Massey movies: From Lincoln to Boris Karloff Though hardly remembered today, the Toronto-born Raymond Massey was a top supporting player – and sometime lead – in both British and American movies from the early '30s all the way to the early '60s. During that period, Massey was featured in nearly 50 films. Turner Classic Movies generally selects the same old MGM / Rko / Warner Bros. stars for its annual “Summer Under the Stars” series. For that reason, it's great to see someone like Raymond Massey – who was with Warners in the '40s – be the focus of a whole day: Sat., Aug. 8, '15. (See TCM's Raymond Massey movie schedule further below.) Admittedly, despite his prestige – his stage credits included the title role in the short-lived 1931 Broadway production of Hamlet – the quality of Massey's performances varied wildly. Sometimes he could be quite effective; most of the time, however, he was an unabashed scenery chewer,
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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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Gary Ross and Jennifer Lawrence's East of Eden Moving Forward

Word first broke last fall that The Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross was planning to re-team with star Jennifer Lawrence for a new adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden . Today, The Hollywood Reporter offers an update, bringing word that Ross will now provide the project's adapted screenplay as well. First published in 1952, East of Eden is Steinbeck's retelling of the Cain and Abel story, set in California's Salinas Valley. Lawrence would play the book's chief antagonist, Cathy Ames, the mother of brothers Caleb and Aron Trask. The Ames role won Jo Van Fleet an Academy Award for Elia Kazan 1955 adaptation. Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer are developing the adaptation, which was originally being eyed as two different features. There is no...
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AFI Fest 2013 Highlight: Veteran Dern Tribute at Chinese Theatre on Monday

Bruce Dern in ‘Nebraska’: AFI Fest 2013 highlight The Los Angeles-based AFI Fest, which kicked off last Thursday, November 7, 2013, continues until next Thursday. On Monday, November 11, the highlight of AFI Fest 2013 is Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (7:00 p.m. at Tcl Chinese Theatre), likely to earn a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for veteran Bruce Dern, who earlier this year took home the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo: Bruce Dern, Will Forte in Nebraska.) Set in Kentucky (kidding), Nebraska accompanies an elderly man (Dern) and his son (Will Forte) as they travel from Billings, Montana, to Lincoln, Nebraska, so he can collect sweepstakes prize money he believes he has won. In sum, Nebraska is what’s called a Road Movie, in which the Road is a metaphor for Life. Shades of brothers Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise getting to know one another in Barry Levinson’s Rain Man,
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Win! James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

Nearly 60 years after his death, James Dean is still mourned by millions of fans throughout the world. Despite only making three films – all of them for Warner Bros.Dean became one of Hollywood’s most spectacular stars, and almost 60 years later still remains an internationally compelling force, an iconic image, and a cult favorite of timeless fascination.

On 28th October, 2013, Warner Home Video will release East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant (a George Stevens production), on remastered Blu-ray™ as the James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition – a limited and numbered six-disc set that boasts three feature-length documentaries about Dean’s life including James Dean Forever Young, narrated by Martin Sheen; American Masters James Dean Sense Memories and George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey. Packaged in a double-wide gift set, the collection also contains a 48-page photo book with behind-the-scene images and rare insight into each film.
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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on Polanski's 'The Tenant'

Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on Polanski's 'The Tenant'
The Dark Side of Sanity! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Roman Polanski's 1976 film "The Tenant," which stars Polanski himself, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas and Jo Van Fleet.A diminutive paranoid hallucinates a lot of trouble for himself–or does he? Considered in some circles the last of Polanski’s “apartment trilogy” with Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby, but in light of his recent Carnage, it’s now a quartet. Polanski plays the lead role but gave himself no billing.
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Jennifer Lawrence to star in remake of 'East of Eden'

Jennifer Lawrence to star in remake of 'East of Eden'
London, Sep 27: Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in a remake of the James Dean film 'East of Eden,' it has been revealed.

The new film will reunite the Academy award winning actress with director, Gary Ross, with whom she worked on 'The Hunger Games,' the BBC reported.

The story, which is based on John Steinbeck's classic novel, revolves around rival brothers who compete for their father's attention on a Californian farm.

Lawrence is set to play the estranged mother of the brothers.

In Elia Kazan's 1955 film version of the book, the role of the mother was played by Jo Van Fleet, who won a best supporting.
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Jennifer Lawrence to star in new adaptation of East of Eden

Hunger Games actor will play 'psychotic monster' Cathy Ames in fresh take on Steinbeck's epic novel, directed by Gary Ross

Jennifer Lawrence is set to star as Cathy Ames in a fresh film adaptation of East of Eden, John Steinbeck's epic saga of blood ties and betrayal in 1900s California. Variety reports that the picture will be backed by Universal and directed by Gary Ross, who collaborated with Lawrence on The Hunger Games.

Published in 1952, East of Eden relocated the Book of Genesis to the Salinas valley and implicitly installed Cathy, an abused young woman who later changes her name and becomes a brothel madam, as the serpent in paradise. The character is described by Steinbeck as a "psychotic monster" with a "malformed soul". The novel was previously adapted by Elia Kazan in 1955, with Jo Van Fleet in the Cathy role and James Dean as her troubled son, Cal.
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Jennifer Lawrence Signs On for Steinbeck Adaptation 'East of Eden'

John Steinbeck's literary classic "East of Eden" has been tackled a couple of notable times, the first of which is obviously Elia Kazan's adaptation starring James Dean and Jo Van Fleet and the second being 1981's mini-series starring Timothy Bottoms and Jane Seymour. Now Jennifer Lawrence is the first to sign on for a new adaptation, reteaming with her The Hunger Games director, Gary Ross. Ross apparently wants to tell the generational story across two films, telling the story of two sons competing for the attention of their father. Lawrence is being sought to play Cathy Ames, the two boys' presumed dead mother. Imagine Entertainment will produce for Universal Pictures. Ross is currently set to direct Peter and the Starcatchers for Walt Disney Pictures while Lawrence will be seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and reteaming with her Silver Linings Playbook director for American Hustle, both in theaters later this year.
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J.Law's Getting a Two-Time Reunion with 'Hunger Games' Director Gary Ross

Gary Ross ditched out "The Hunger Games" franchise while it was still a way hot commodity, leaving the seat toasty warm for director Francis Lawrence to slide in and helm "Catching Fire" and both installments to "Mockingjay."

Ross declared that it was the tight turnaround schedule for movie two which turned him around from wanting to handle the sequel at all, but he never stopped singing the praises of his leading lady Jennifer Lawrence (because obviously).

J.Law herself is a known director loyalist, so if you're one of those who totally hearted the Ross/Lawrence combo pack — yeah, we saw that tribute video — you're doubly in luck because it looks the duo'll team up again for not one but two other book-to-screen adaptations.

Deadline reports that J.Law has been plucked to star in both of Ross' newest projects, "East of Eden" and "Burial Rites."

"East of Eden," of course,
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Jennifer Lawrence Lands 'East of Eden' Remake; Steinbeck Hot in Hollywood Again

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Jennifer Lawrence is re-teaming with her original "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross on a new adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel "East of Eden."

Ross will split the story into two films, and will have Lawrence play Cathy Ames, the cold mother of two sons competing for their father's attention. The book was immortalized on the big screen in 1955 by legendary director Elia Kazan, and was one of James Dean's few feature film roles. It snagged several Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won a statuette for actress Jo Van Fleet's supporting role.

While Kazan stuck to one movie, Deadline reports that Ross's plan to turn "East of Eden" into two will allow a more in-depth exploration of the relationship between Cathy and her husband, which will then lead into a depiction of the sons' rivalry. It will be a while before audiences will see the fruits of Ross's labor,
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