Pride and Prejudice (1940) - News Poster



Alfred Hitchcock assembles all the right elements for this respected mystery thriller. Joan Fontaine is concerned that her new hubby Cary Grant plans to murder her. But Hitch wasn't able to use the twist ending that attracted him to the story in the first place! Suspicion Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1941 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 99 min. / Street Date , 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, Dame May Whitty, Auriol Lee, Leo G. Carroll Cinematography Harry Stradling Art Direction Van Nest Polglase Film Editor William Hamilton Original Music Franz Waxman Written by Samson Raphaelson, Joan Harrison, Alma Reville from the novel Before the Fact by Francis Iles (Anthony Berkeley) Produced and Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Some movies don't get better as time goes on. Alfred Hitchcock got himself painted into a corner on this one, perhaps not realizing that in America,
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Round-Up: Extraordinary Tales Trailer, The Enfield Haunting Update, Diamond Select Toys at Nycc, Dark Awakening

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The trailer for Extraordinary Tales has arrived. Based on some of Edgar Allan Poe's most notable works, Extraordinary Tales is narrated by Guillermo del Toro along with other iconic artists. Also: more details on A&E's The Enfield Haunting, Diamond Select Toys at Nycc, and release details for Dark Awakening.

Extraordinary Tales: "A film anthology of five of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known stories, each told in a unique graphic style and featuring some of the most beloved figures in horror film history. Adapting the look and variety of a classic horror anthology, Extraordinary Tales offers heart-pounding takes on The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, and The Masque of the Red Death. Each tale is given a unique animated look, inspired by sources as diverse as classic Hollywood black-and-white monster films,
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Meet 'Fifty Shades' Jamie Dornan - Keira Knightley's ex, underwear model and more fun facts about the new Christian Grey

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It looks as though "Fifty Shades of Grey" has found its Charlie Hunnam replacement in former "Once Upon a Time" sheriff Jamie Dornan, a 31-year-old Irish actor. Here are some fun facts to know about the new Christian Grey.

1. He has a very famous ex-girlfriend

Dornan had a two-year relationship with Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley. They met on the set of an Asprey photo shoot in 2003 and dated until 2005.

2. Dornan's no stranger to photo shoots

He may be acting now, but Jamie got his start as a model. He was in ad campaigns for Calvin Klein (pictured above), Dior, Aquacutum and Armani.

3. He's a newlywed with a baby on the way!

Dornan married Amelia Warner back in April and the two are now expecting a baby, so Dornan might be a daddy by the end of the year. The Belfast Telegraph reports that Dornan's dad and stepmom, who are both obstetricians,
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UKTV launches new Freeview channel Drama

UKTV has announced new Freeview channel Drama.

The station will launch on July 8 and feature shows including Pride and Prejudice, Catherine Cookson's The Cinder Path, Sharpe, Tipping The Velvet, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Cranford and Lark Rise to Candleford.

UKTV controller Emma Tennant said: "Drama is targeted at a different audience demographic than our other highly successful free-to-air channels, Dave, Yesterday and Really.

"The channel is aimed at people who simply love drama and want to watch critically-acclaimed shows that have absolutely defined the landscape of British television."

She added: "I am very passionate about the subject and discussing the programmes that will create Drama's schedule has just been brilliant fun.

"I'm genuinely excited about the launch of Drama both as a viewer and as controller."

General manager of drama Adrian Wills added: "Drama lovers' prayers have been answered.

"This channel represents the best drama content within the genre and
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U.S. Supreme Court Marriage Equality Hearings Inspire Song by Hollywood Veteran

We all know that the issue of marriage equality is quite divisive, generating various sorts of responses and stances. Gay marriage is now official in places as diverse as Canada, Argentina, Australia, Mexico City, and Washington State, but it's all but unthinkable (at least for the time being) in places such as China, Nigeria, Iran, Texas, and Arkansas. Brad Pitt's mother and Angelina Jolie's father (that's Oscar-winning actor and Midnight Cowboy star Jon Voight) are totally against it, while Clint Eastwood doesn't give a damn about who gets hitched to whom. Unlike the Dirty Harry star, a former MGM contract player in the '40s -- that's Marsha Hunt (please see more info about her dozens of films further down) and a political activist in the last several decades, does very much care. (Pictured above: Hunt and documentarian Roger C. Memos, currently working on a project about the blacklisted actress.
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Disney 53 Week 13: Alice In Wonderland

Each week, Thn takes a look back at one of the Walt Disney Animated Classics. The ones that the Walt Disney Company showed in cinemas, the ones they’re most proud of, the ones that still cost a bloody fortune no matter how old they are.

This week we’re down the rabbit hole with Alice In Wonderland.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wilfred Jackson

1951/75 Minutes

Walt Disney’s connection to Alice in Wonderland stretches back to his childhood; like so many others he was raised on the stories and had read them as a child.

It took him almost twenty years to bring an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s works to the screen; he originally intended it to be his first feature, but Paramount Pictures’ live-action version put a dampener on that plan, so he went with Snow White instead. After Snow proved a success, Walt revived the Wonderland project,
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2013: the year ahead in books

From a full programme of film and stage adaptations to a new James Bond novel, unpublished works by Rs Thomas and Wg Sebald and a new prize for women writers, 2013 is set to be a real page-turner


10th The Oscar nominations are announced unusually early this year. Keep an eye out for a bumper crop of literary adaptations, including David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, Yann Martel's Life of Pi, the David Nicholls-scripted Great Expectations, as well as Les Miserables, Anna Karenina and The Hobbit.

18th A new stage adaptation of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw at the Almeida theatre in London. In the year of the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, his musical version will also feature around the country in both concert and stage performances.

24th The finalists for the fifth Man Booker International prize will be announced at the Jaipur festival.
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2013 Sundance Film Festival Competition Lineup Revealed

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 17-27 and today the fest unveiled their competition slates including film in the Dramatic, Documentary, World Cinema Dramatic, Word Cinema Documentary and Next competitions. As always, these lineups are incredibly hard to predict, but amid this group there are a few interesting titles. The Dramatic competition includes Jill Soloway's Afternoon Delight, a dark comedy starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor and Jane Lynch that centers on a L.A. housewife who hires a stripper as a live-in nanny. I had not heard of David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints, but a cast that includes Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker and Keith Carradine is immediately appealing, while the plot compares itself to Terrence Malick's Badlands and Bonnie & Clyde telling a story of Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie, two young outlaws who are brought down by the authorities in the hills of Texas.
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R.I.P. Ann Rutherford of Gone With The Wind and the Andy Hardy series

The Associated Press is reporting the death of Ann Rutherford, the actress perhaps best known for playing Mickey Rooney's beleaguered best girl in the Andy Hardy movie series and her role as Scarlett O'Hara's younger sister in Gone With The Wind. She was 94.  Rutherford began acting in the 1930s, co-starring in several early Westerns alongside Gene Autry and John Wayne before being signed as an MGM contract player. It was there she had roles in 1938's A Christmas Carol and 1940's Pride And Prejudice, but her greatest early success came with her casting as ...
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Ann Rutherford: Gone With The Wind Actress Dies

Ann Rutherford, best remembered as Scarlett O’Hara’s younger sister Carreen in Gone with the Wind, died earlier this evening at her home in Beverly Hills according to Rutherford’s friend, actress Anne Jeffreys. Rutherford, who had been suffering from heart problems, was 94 as per the Los Angeles Times obit (as per most other sources, she was 91). [Recent Ann Rutherford photos, Ann Rutherford and Marsha Hunt.]

In 2010, Rutherford told the Times that MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer was unwilling to loan her out for "a nothing part" such as Carreen in son-in-law David O. Selznick’s mammoth adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. Mayer changed his mind when Rutherford burst into tears.

Gone with the Wind ultimately became the biggest blockbuster ever. To this day, the Civil War romantic drama has sold more tickets than any other movie in North America. (Possibly, around the world, relative to population.) Gwtw also won eight Oscars, in addition to two special awards.
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Mia Farrow Must-See Photo Tweet: Rick Santorum Bores Kids

Rick Santorum puts kids to sleep Mia Farrow is a frequent Twitter tweeter. Earlier today, for instance, Farrow expressed her disgust at the Chinese and Russian governments' decision to veto United Nations sanctions against Syria, where the Bashar al-Assad regime reportedly massacred hundreds of people in the city of Homs. On the homefront, Farrow posted a picture she called "a gem" (via the website Think Progress). Regarding the picture (see above), Farrow's tweet reads: "See children's choir literally passing out from boredom during [Republican presidential candidate Rick] Santorum [Florida] speech." Despite a movie career that includes almost fifty films during the course of nearly five decades, Mia Farrow not only has never won an Oscar, she has never been even nominated for one. that's quite surprising, considering her movie credits. Among those are Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), with John Cassavetes; Peter Yates' John and Mary (1969), with Dustin Hoffman; Jack Clayton's The Great Gatsby
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Page and Screen - Libraries vs. Cinemas in Fahrenheit 451

Liam Trim with the latest edition of 'Page and Screen'...

In 1966 England won the World Cup. And firemen stopped putting out flames with water, to start them with kerosene to burn books.

Francois Truffaut’s film version of Ray Bradbury’s classic 20th century novel Fahrenheit 451 was released in 1966. It starred Julie Christie in a dual role and Oskar Werner as main character Montag. According to IMDb, Truffaut wanted Terence Stamp for the lead role but the British screen legend was uneasy about being overshadowed by his former lover Christie. Truffaut and Werner, with his thick Austrian accent on an English production, had fiery differences about the film’s interpretation of Montag’s character. It’s not surprising that there was passion on set because there was a great deal within the pages of the book.

Bradbury’s book is the tale of Montag, a fireman whose job it is to burn books.
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Maureen O'Sullivan. She Jane!

10|25|50|75|100 in celebration of major film anniversaries

One hundred years ago on this very day, Maureen O'Sullivan was born in Ireland. She went on to become Hollywood's first major female Irish movie star. Though she appeared in The Thin Man (1934) and an early version of Pride and Prejudice (1940) she is best remembered as Jane from six Tarzan adventures. Tomorrow on "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" we'll be looking at Tarzan the Ape Man (1932). The Weismuller and O'Sullivan pairing is basically what people think of when they think of Tarzan at the movies though the character had plentiful interpretations before and since.

Here she is talking about how the controversies that swirled around "Jane" for her skimpy wardrobe.

O'Sullivan retired for most of the 1940s (her thirtysomething years) and in that time she gave us what might have been her greatest gift to the cinema, the incomparable Mia Farrow.

Before her
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The 10 Greatest On/Off Film Screen Lovers!

With love well and truly in the air recently with Prince William tying the knot with the rather lovely Kate Middleton a few days ago, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at some of the most legendary on/off screen couples that have fascinated us film lovers over the years. Chemistry sparks when a real romance lies behind the scenes and when a new relationship begins the tabloids go crazy!

So to celebrate the union of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge – and to appease my wife’s (yes, we just beat the Royals by getting married on 24th April!) constant requests to chronicle the following – here are the top ten on/off screen lovers the past century has immortalised…

10. Kim Basinger & Alec Baldwin

Back in the early 90s, Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin were one of the more popular on and off screen couples in Hollywood. Meeting
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What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #75

I am now five movies away from having seen every single Best Picture winner. It's taken me quite a while, but it's also only half the battle. My goal was to not only watch every Best Picture winner, but to be able to talk intelligently about each one and the award year it was involved in. That isn't something I can do at the moment.

Something I knew very early on while taking my journey back into time as I explored the films of several years ago was that it's not about having seen the movies, it's about having seen the movies more than once. If you read through the reviews in Roger Ebert's Greatest Movies list you will see how his opinion has either changed or become more affirmed after seeing each film again no matter the distance in-between. One thing I always try and make sure to
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Six

The Hangover: Part Two

Opens: May 26th 2011

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifinakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong

Director: Todd Phillips

Summary: Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned.

Analysis: It really wasn't until about three months before its release that Warner Brothers realised "The Hangover" was going to be a hit. Test screening response was through the roof, while the trailer had great reaction after premiering at ShoWest and online. About that time they commissioned director Todd Phillips, along with his "Old School" and "Road Trip" scribe Scot Armstrong, to pen a sequel. Yet they still waited to see how the first one went before fully committing to the follow-up.

The wait didn't last long.
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Philip French's screen legends

No 83 Vivien Leigh 1913-67

She was an army officer's daughter, born Vivian Hartley in Darjeeling, one of several daughters of the Raj to become actresses (others were Googie Withers, Merle Oberon, Julie Christie), and educated at convents in England and on the continent. At the age of six she confided to her school friend Maureen O'Sullivan (later her co-star in the 1938 movie A Yank at Oxford) that she was going to be a great actress, and entered Rada aged 18. Her dramatic education, however, was interrupted by marriage and motherhood. She was green-eyed, dark-haired, 5ft 3in, one of the most beautiful women in the world, and it was not long before she made an impression in minor plays and films and attracted the attention of Laurence Olivier, with whom she appeared in the costume movie Fire Over England (1937). Vivien accompanied him to Hollywood the following year, embarking on a love affair,
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Philip French's screen legends Edmund Gwenn 1877-1959

No 78: Edmund Gwenn 1877-1959

He was born Edmund Kellaway in Wandsworth, London (or possibly the Vale of Glamorgan), grew to be 5ft 4in, was described over the years as "endearing", "cherubic", "portly", "elfin", with "a twinkle in his eye" and a seductively "soothing voice". All these attributes contributed to his appearance as Kris Kringle, the New York department store Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street (1947) who believes he's Father Christmas and convinces a Manhattan court to agree with him.

This brought him an Oscar as best supporting actor and a kind of immortality. In 1951, he was nominated for a similar role in Mister 880 as a sweet-natured counterfeiter who only forges dollar bills when he needs them. But there's much more to Gwenn than this.

Gwenn's stern Victorian father kicked him out of the house for wanting to go on the stage and he travelled around England and
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