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Celebrating the 80th anniversary of 1939, the greatest year ever for film: ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and more

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of 1939, the greatest year ever for film: ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and more
I was recently challenged to list my top 10 favorite movies of all time, which proved an impossible task; however, I can easily name my favorite Decade for filmmaking: the 1930s. Movies truly evolved during this decade, with the final one of 1939 becoming the greatest year ever for films: “Gone with the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Stagecoach,” “Ninotchka,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Wuthering Heights” and so many more! Since that special year is celebrating its 80th anniversary, let’s take a look back.

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The film industry was still in its youth as the decade rolled in with “talking pictures” becoming the new standard. Besides mastering the technical aspects of that, they were still learning how to develop a story, how to act for the camera as opposed to stage acting, and how to engineer special effects. At the same time,
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Film News Roundup: Danny Boyle’s Comedy Moved Forward

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Film News Roundup: Danny Boyle’s Comedy Moved Forward
In today’s film news roundup, Danny Boyle’s upcoming comedy has been moved forward, James Wan is producing a horror movie based on the short “Milk” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” is returning to theaters.

Release Date

Universal Pictures will move its untitled Danny Boyle comedy forward three months from Sept. 13, 2019, to June 28.

Lily James, Himesh Patel and Kate McKinnon star. Boyle, who dropped out of directing the James Bond 25 movie recently, is teaming with screenwriter Richard Curtis, whose credits include “Love Actually” and “Notting Hill.” The story focuses on a struggling musician, played by Patel, and is set in the 1960s and 1970s.

Boyle and Curtis are also producing along with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Matt Wilkinson and Bernie Bellew. Nick Angel and Lee Brazier serve as executive producers.

The film will open against Paramount’s Tiffany Haddish comedy “Limited Partners” and Fox’s untitled Ford vs.
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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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‘The Mayor’ Not Donald Trump Story; Also Channels Jerry Springer, ‘Mr. Smith Goes To Washington’ Ep Insists

The Mayor writer/Ep Jeremy Bronson says his lead character, an aspiring rapper accidentally elected mayor of a small Bay Area town after campaigning as a publicity stunt, is not an alt-look Donald Trump, the reality TV star turned Potus, who some have suggested did not expect/want to win so much as to bolster ratings on Celebrity Apprentice. Series mayor Courtney Rose, played by Brandon Michael Hall, is as much Mr. Smith Goes To Washington and Jerry Springer as Trump…
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Brother Can You Spare a Dime

It’s 1930s America as seen in the movies, through music, and the evasions of newsreels. Franklin Delano Roosevelt preaches prosperity while James Cagney slugs out the decade as a smart-tongued everyman — in a dozen different roles. Director Philippe Mora investigates what was then a new kind of revisionist info-tainment formula: applying old film footage to new purposes.

Brother Can You Spare a Dime

DVD

The Sprocket Vault

1975 / B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 106 min. / Street Date ?, 2017 / available through The Sprocket Vault / 14.99 (also available in Blu-ray)

Film Editor: Jeremy Thomas

Research by Michael Barlow, Jennifer E. Ryan, Susan Winslow

Produced by Sanford Lieberson, David Puttnam

Directed by Philippe Mora

Years before he was briefly sidetracked into sequels for The Howling, Philippe Mora was an accomplished artist and documentary filmmaker. Backed by producers Sanford Lieberson and David Puttnam, his 1974 documentary Swastika pulled a controversial switch on the usual historical fare about
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James Comey Testimony: The 6 Images That Made It the Best TV Movie of the Summer

James Comey Testimony: The 6 Images That Made It the Best TV Movie of the Summer
James Comey’s testimony before Congress may reflect a dark chapter in American politics, but it also created some of the most riveting live television in history — and, at just under three hours, a gripping feature-length window into the anxieties of our troubled times. While the biggest questions remain unresolved — has President Trump colluded with Russians? obstructed justice? — it created a fascinating spectacle of the highest order.

Moments before testimony began, pundits already discussed the broadcast in movie terms. More than one journalist compared Comey’s appearance to “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” — a private citizen standing before the government, ostensibly taking the moral high ground. However, that comparison failed to convey Comey’s paradoxical nature. Last fall, he emerged from the 2016 presidential election reviled on both sides of the aisle, with his role in the Hillary Clinton email scandal leaving Democrats reeling. However, by the time he was unceremoniously dismissed last month,
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Those Redheads from Seattle 3-D

Another 3-D breakthrough, this time for a Paramount musical rescued from oblivion and remastered by the 3-D Archive. Rhonda Fleming and Gene Barry star in a blend of songs and Alaskan adventure filmed in downtown Hollywood. The depth effects are great, but the big surprise is Teresa Brewer, the radio star turned one-shot movie musical wonder. Her voice resurrects memories of pop vocals just prior to the arrival of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Those Redheads from Seattle

3-D Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1953 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date May 23, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 34.95

Starring: Rhonda Fleming, Gene Barry, Agnes Moorehead, Teresa Brewer, The Bell Sisters, Guy Mitchell, Jean Parker, Roscoe Ates, John Kellogg, Sheila James Kuehl, Dub Taylor, Max Wagner.

Cinematography: Lionel Lindon

Film Editor: Archie Marshek

Original Music: Sidney Cutner, Leo Shuken

Written by Lewis R. Foster, Geoffrey Holmes (Daniel Mainwearing) and George Worthing Yates

Produced by William H. Pine,
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The Films of Frank Capra III, Ranked

As The Fate of The Furious enters theaters, a ranking of its 1st Assistant Director’s oeuvre.

Friday brings us the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in The Fast & The Furious series. Thus, there could be no better time to look back and rank the previous works of one of the films most notable craftsmen, a man whose name is legendary. I speak of course of First Assistant Director Frank Capra III.

Capra III is the grandson of director Frank Capra, a Hollywood legend whose work includes It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It’s a Wonderful Life. How did that pedigree fare two generations removed? This exhaustive look at Mr. Capra III’s 1st Ad career will tell the tale.

While the film’s director often gets the lion’s share of the credit, the First Ad is one of the most critical positions on set. In
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"Tear Down the Fences": Watching Capra in the Age of Trump

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The retrospective Frank Capra, The American Dreamer is showing April 10 - May 31, 2017 in the United Kingdom.Frank CapraFrank Capra has fallen badly out of fashion in recent decades. While still well-known for the extraordinary Depression-era purple patch that produced It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), the critics have rarely been kind. His work is routinely derided as “Capra-corn” for its perceived sentimentality and “fairy tale” idealism while the man himself is written off in favour of contemporaries Howard Hawks, Preston Sturges and Ernst Lubitsch.Elliot Stein, writing in Sight & Sound in 1972, attacked Capra’s “fantasies of good will, which at no point conflict with middle-class American status quo values”, arguing that his “shrewdly commercial manipulative tracts” consist of little more than “philistine-populist notions and greeting-card sentiments”. Pauline Kael found him “softheaded,” Derek Malcolm a huckster hawking “cosily absurd fables.” To an extent,
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Al Franken Grills Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch: “I Had A Career Identifying Absurdity And I Know It When I See It”

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch kept his cool for the most part during today's one-part-contentious-one-part-treacly confirmation hearing. Mostly the TV news cameras following the hearing lapped up his Mr. Smith Goes to Washington routine, complete with lengthy explanation to bemused Washingtonians about the fine art of “mutton busting” and the annual stock show parade that makes its way up Denver's 17th Avenue each year. But Gorsuch seemed to drop the Jimmy Stewart
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Is 1939 the Greatest Year Ever for Films?

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The film industry goes back to the beginning of the 20th century, and most experts still maintain that 1939 is the greatest single year in movie history. At no other point in the long chronicle of the film industry has Hollywood had such an ability to draw in and hold and audiences. Cinelinx looks at 1939.

In 1939, Americans bought an incrediblel 80 million movie tickets per week. There were 365 films released by the major studios in the United States during 1939. That’s an average of one film each a day. If you went to the theater every day, you’d never have to see the same movie twice. And the best part is that most of them were good.

The American Film Institute, along with such critics as Pauline Kael, Siskle & Ebert, Leonard Maltin and others have dubbed 1939 as the cinema's best single year ever. Looking back, its hard to argue with that opinion.
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Miss Sloane Movie Review

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Miss Sloane Movie Review
Miss Sloane EuropaCorp Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: John Madden Written by: Jonathan Perera Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy Screened at: Park Avenue, NYC, 11/14/16 Opens: December 9, 2016 We in the audience presumably like to cheer the good guys, whether in politics or family relations, but we’ve come a long way from the great but naïve movies like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” In that 1939 picture, director Frank Capra positions James Stewart’s character, Jefferson Smith, an innocent gent, to fill a Senate vacancy with the thought by corrupt politicians that he can easily be manipulated. Smith turns [ Read More ]

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Election Movies To Watch

– By We Are Movie Geeks Staff –

Our long election season is finally coming to an end, and all that remains is to vote. And watch an election-themed movie!

Going through the list of movies about elections, the Movie Geeks found a lot more negative than positive ones, and more movies about manipulative people behind the candidate than inspiring candidates. While there is a lot of biting social commentary and satire, there are a few light and silly election movies too. So top cap off election season, here are a dozen election and political movies.

Don’t forget to vote!

The Campaign

Jay Roach, director of the true story political HBO filmsRecount” and “Game Change”, goes for the big laughs in this farce about a lazy, scandal-ridden incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) who faces off against a bumbling, naive altruistic Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). This comic gem captures all the election craziness,
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Trump TV: How Election 2016 Officially Turned Politics Into Reality Television

Trump TV: How Election 2016 Officially Turned Politics Into Reality Television
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the dogfight.

Soon we will slouch towards the voting polls, most of us with the shellshocked semi-catalepsy of lost souls who've been to Hell, seen the screaming rectum of Lucifer yodel "Fat-Bottomed Girls" into the abyss, and returned from the cancerous intestinal soup of what's left of the cadaverous American political process. All the same, it's a mistake to think that we have merely been traumatized by a system gone feral. Strictly speaking, we are not weary, we are not affronted. We are not confronted
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Harvey Weinstein Responds After UK Parliament Block Law Pardoning Thousands Criminalized for Being Gay

Harvey Weinstein Responds After UK Parliament Block Law Pardoning Thousands Criminalized for Being Gay
Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein wrote an essay after British lawmakers blocked a proposed Alan Turing law, which would have posthumously pardoned 49,000 people who were criminalized for being gay, like Turing.

The British computer scientist, who was the subject of the 2015 film The Imitation Game portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, was a codebreaker during World War II. He was also chemically castrated after it was discovered that he was gay. He committed suicide 1954 at the age of 41.

Weinstein, who distributed the film via The Weinstein Company, wrote a letter after the British Parliament blocked the law last week through a filibuster.
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Kiefer Sutherland’s ‘Designated Survivor’ Reflects Hunger for an Outsider Presidential Candidate

Kiefer Sutherland’s ‘Designated Survivor’ Reflects Hunger for an Outsider Presidential Candidate
It turns out that Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Trump have more in common than just a background in entertainment.

On ABC’s upcoming political drama “Designated Survivor,” Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a low-level Cabinet member who is arranged to be separated physically from the President and the other country’s top leaders during the State of the Union address. (This is an actual thing that does happen every year.) When a catastrophic event kills the entire government, Kirkman as the designated survivor is then thrust into the role of President of the United States.

As with Trump’s clinching of the Gop presidential nomination, executive producer Simon Kinberg acknowledges that Kirkman’s almost Cinderella-esque ascendancy into greatness reflects a weariness with the established government.

“There is a hunger for outsider candidates,” Kinberg said at the Television Critics Association press tour panel on Thursday. “This is a guy who is not a political animal,
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Olivia de Havilland Opens Up About Her Love for Married Errol Flynn - and Romance with Jimmy Stewart

Olivia de Havilland Opens Up About Her Love for Married Errol Flynn - and Romance with Jimmy Stewart
Accomplished and alluring, Olivia de Havilland dated her share of Hollywood's most dashing power players at the height of her career. Now, the Gone with the Wind actress, who turned 100 last Friday, reflects on the high-profile romances that intrigued a nation, speaking to People about her deep feelings for Errol Flynn, dalliances with John Huston and Howard Hughes - and passing on the role of George Bailey's wife in It's a Wonderful Life because she felt uncomfortable working alongside former love Jimmy Stewart. "It would have meant playing opposite Jimmy Stewart, home from the wars. I knew it would be
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Olivia de Havilland Opens Up About Her Love for Married Errol Flynn - and Romance with Jimmy Stewart

Olivia de Havilland Opens Up About Her Love for Married Errol Flynn - and Romance with Jimmy Stewart
Accomplished and alluring, Olivia de Havilland dated her share of Hollywood's most dashing power players at the height of her career. Now, the Gone with the Wind actress, who turned 100 last Friday, reflects on the high-profile romances that intrigued a nation, speaking to People about her deep feelings for Errol Flynn, dalliances with John Huston and Howard Hughes - and passing on the role of George Bailey's wife in It's a Wonderful Life because she felt uncomfortable working alongside former love Jimmy Stewart. "It would have meant playing opposite Jimmy Stewart, home from the wars. I knew it would be
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July 4 Weekend TV Guide: 9 Movie and TV Marathons, 4 TV Specials to Watch

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Are you scared of fireworks? Do you eat too much at the 4th of July family BBQ? Is summer too hot to go outside? Those are a few reasons to lounge on the couch this weekend and if you’re a movie buff or a TV binger, we’ve got many more. In the spirit of a holiday weekend, many networks are running ridiculously long marathons that we’ll applaud you for staying up for.

TV Shows

“Empire” (Season 1 and 2)

TV One, July 3 at 7am to July 4 at 5pm

Check out the epic tale of a man having to decide who in his family should inherit his entertainment company with TV One’s “Empire” marathon. Airing all 30 episodes, the marathon will begin at 7am on July 3 and go to 5pm on July 4.

Read More: How ‘Empire’ Season 2 Raised the Stakes (Emmy Watch)

“Underground” (Season 1)

Wgn, July 2 from 7am to 5pm
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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Hollow Man

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Our series on remakes continues with a movie which is ironic because it’s about a man who can’t be seen but in reality, it’s actually the movie which shouldn’t be seen. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Hollow Man (2000).

The Hollow Man is a modern reimaging of the oft-copied Invisible Man story, first brought to the screen by Universal Studios in 1933. The story is based on H. G. Wells' famous science fiction novel “The Invisible Man”, published in 1897, which told the tale of a scientist who develops an invisibility serum and uses himself as a test subject, becoming both invisible and dangerously insane.

The 1933 classic The Invisible Man, which was part of Universal Studios cluster of successful horror film franchises, was directed by James Whale, who also directed Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein. The 1933 version has an impressive 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was selected
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