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One of the Greatest Film Noir Stars of Them All? Four Crime Classics to Remember

Dana Andrews movies: Film noir actor excelled in both major and minor crime dramas. Dana Andrews movies: First-rate film noir actor excelled in both classics & minor fare One of the best-looking and most underrated actors of the studio era, Dana Andrews was a first-rate film noir/crime thriller star. Oftentimes dismissed as no more than a “dependable” or “reliable” leading man, in truth Andrews brought to life complex characters that never quite fit into the mold of Hollywood's standardized heroes – or rather, antiheroes. Unlike the cynical, tough-talking, and (albeit at times self-delusionally) self-confident characters played by the likes of Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and, however lazily, Robert Mitchum, Andrews created portrayals of tortured men at odds with their social standing, their sense of ethics, and even their romantic yearnings. Not infrequently, there was only a very fine line separating his (anti)heroes from most movie villains.
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Western Union

Wow! Fritz Lang's second western is a marvel -- a combo of matinee innocence and that old Germanic edict that character equals fate. It has a master's sense of color and design. Robert Young is an odd fit but Randolph Scott is nothing less than terrific. You'd think Lang was born on the Pecos. Western Union Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1941 / Color /1:37 flat Academy / 95 min. / Street Date November 8, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Randolph Scott, Robert Young, Virginia Gilmore, Dean Jagger, John Carradine, Chill Wills, Slim Summerville, Barton MacLane, Victor Kilian, George Chandler, Chief John Big Tree, Iron Eyes Cody, Jay Silverheels. Cinematography Edward Cronjager, Allen M. Davey Original Music David Buttolph Written by Robert Carson from the novel by Zane Grey Produced by Harry Joe Brown (associate) Directed by Fritz Lang

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Darryl Zanuck of 20th Fox treated most writers well, was good for John Ford
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The Big Heat

An Encore Edition brings back Fritz Lang's searing police corruption tale, with the great performances of Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvinaided by several pots of fresh, hot coffee. As is usual, Fritz Lang leads the way in modernizing a genre -- this one is a keeper. The Big Heat Blu-ray Encore Edition Twilight Time Limited Edition 1953 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 89 min. / Ship Date February 9, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, Willis Bouchey, Robert Burton, Adam Williams, Howard Wendell, Dorothy Green, Carolyn Jones, Dan Seymour, Edith Evanson, John Crawford, John Doucette. Cinematography Charles Lang Film Editor Charles Nelson Original Music Henry Vars Written by Sydney Boehm from the book by William P. McGivern Produced by Robert Arthur Directed by Fritz Lang

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Four years after Twilight Time's initial release, this Encore Edition
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While the City Sleeps: Gyllenhaal Gets His Money Shot in Gilroy’s Debut

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyably witty criticism of modern exploitative media tactics taken to a new extreme than Dan Gilroy’s viciously adept directorial debut, Nightcrawler. Humanity’s morbid curiosity with the grisly, disturbing, and depraved happenings in the world around us has long tainted the art of journalism and mass media, and has thus been depicted for ages already in the cinema. Gilroy’s film owes as much to Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole (1951) as it does Sidney Lumet’s Network (1976), upping the action ante with the growing Gilroy stamp (his brother directed Michael Clayton and the last Bourne film). And yet, it’s an excitingly well written dark hearted treatise with a vitriolic little statement all its own, a glorious new love letter to the seedy underside of Los Angeles,
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Golden Globe Winner Barrymore's Half-Sister Found Dead Near San Diego

Drew Barrymore half-sister Jessica Barrymore found dead near San Diego (photo: Jessica Barrymore) Drew Barrymore’s half-sister Jessica Barrymore was found dead in her car early Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in National City, located between San Diego and Chula Vista in Southern California. Jessica Barrymore (née Brahma [Jessica] Blyth Barrymore) would have turned 48 on Thursday, July 31. According to a witness, Jessica Barrymore, who worked at a Petco store, was found reclined in the driver’s seat, with a drink between her legs. White pills were seen scattered on the passenger seat. Despite online rags reporting either that Drew Barrymore’s half-sister committed suicide or died from a drug overdose, the official cause of death hasn’t been announced. As per the Los Angeles Times, an autopsy will be performed in the next few days. In a statement published in the gossip magazine People, Drew Barrymore, 39, said she had "only met her [sister Jessica] briefly." Their father was John Drew Barrymore,
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TCM Salutes Vincent Price In October With A Month-Long Film Fest

TCM devotes Thursday nights in October to Vincent Price, the versatile actor whose career lasted more than five decades and extended far beyond the horror films for which he was best known.

The chronological lineup includes such classics as The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), The Three Musketeers (1948) and While the City Sleeps (1956).

And on Oct. 23 and Oct. 31, Price’s talents in the horror genre are on full display in 17 films, just in time for Halloween.

Thursday, Oct. 3

8 p.m. – The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

10 p.m. – Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Midnight – The Keys of the Kingdom (1945)

2:30 a.m. – The Three Musketeers (1948)

5:15 a.m. – The Bribe (1949)

7 a.m. – The Long Night (1947)

Thursday, Oct. 10

8 p.m. – The Baron of Arizona (1950)

9:45 p.m. – His Kind of Woman (1951)

Midnight – The Las Vegas Story (1952)

1:30 a.m. – Dangerous Mission (1954)

3 a.m. – Son of Sinbad (1955)

4:45 a.m. – Serenade (1956)

Thursday,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Private Hell 36

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 21, 2012

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

Ida Lupino proves to be the wrong woman to get involved with in Private Hell 36.

Ida Lupino (High Sierra) co-wrote and stars in the classic 1954 film noir Private Hell 36, and this release marks its DVD and Blu-ray debut.

The crime drama follows desperate cop Cal Bruner (Steve Cochran, White Heat), who strays off the straight-and-narrow and falls for a hardened lounge singer (Lupino). His affections get in the way of his investigation of a robbery in which $300,000 was taken. And while his detective work leads him and his honest partner (Howard Duff, While the City Sleeps) to the key suspect and they find the cash, Cal is taken by his lady friend—who has expensive tastes—and he sets out on a path that can only lead to betrayal and murder.

Directed with grim efficiency by the
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Cobra Starship Call Fueled By Ramen 'An Alt-Family'

Label will mark 15th anniversary with a pair of shows at New York's Terminal 5 this week, including one live-streamed on MTV.com tonight.

By James Montgomery

Cobra Starship

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Cobra Starship joined forces with Fueled by Ramen in 2006, with the release of their debut disc While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets. Since then, they've fashioned a rather fascinating career as Fbr outsiders, the kind of band not averse to the occasional beard-heavy skit or "Gossip Girl"-enhanced hit.

But on Friday, they'll make nice with their Fbr mates as part of the label's 15th anniversary showcase at New York's Terminal 5 (tonight's show, featuring Paramore, will stream live on MTV.com beginning at 6:30 p.m. Et). But that doesn't mean they still don't feel a little weird about doing it.

"I know nothing else to compare it to, but, yeah, it doesn't feel like the way
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DVD: DVD: While The City Sleeps / Beyond A Reasonable Doubt

German director Fritz Lang famously used the manhunt for a serial killer as a springboard to explore the life of an entire city in 1931’s M. Lang takes a similar tack with 1956’s While The City Sleeps, which has just been released via Warner’s essential DVD-on-demand Warner Archive division after being unavailable for years. Lang’s hardboiled, deeply cynical melodrama posits the newsroom of a great newspaper as the heartbeat that keeps cities alive. Without the furious exertion of the newsroom, with its Sisyphean demands and nonexistent wages, the city would simply die, or at least cease ...
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Movie Posters of the Week: Fritz Lang in America

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One of the downsides of going to the Rotterdam Film Festival (more on which next week) was having to miss a whole week of Film Forum’s essential “Fritz Lang in Hollywood” retrospective which continues through February 10th. To search through Lang’s American posters (and the foreign posters for his American films) is to skulk through a world of fisted revolvers, prison cell bars, street corner shadows, knives, nooses, and dames in various stages of manhandled distress; a world of heightened emotions and febrile desperation with barely a smile to be seen.

While the foreign posters are often the most striking (like the French poster, above, for one of my very favorite American Langs, You Only Live Once), what many of the original American posters have going for them are their lurid taglines which up the ante of Langian doom another notch or two. Rancho Notorious: “Where anything goes ...for a price!
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Digitally Mia: Fritz Lang Film Noir

Digitally Mia: Fritz Lang Film Noir
Digitally Mia is a new Cinematical feature celebrating, remembering and drawing attention to all those orphan movies that are currently not available on DVD or Blu-Ray in the United States. Some of these movies may have once been available on VHS or Laserdisc, or available as an import or a bootleg, but an official U.S. release -- which would reach the widest audience -- remains elusive.

The movies I'm most jonesing to see this week are Fritz Lang's final two films in America, While the City Sleeps and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. Both were produced at Rko Pictures, in black-and-white, in widescreen (SuperScope) and released just about four months apart. Even if you can get your hands on one of the old videotapes, you probably won't get a chance to see them letterboxed/widescreen. Dana Andrews stars in both, and I believe that both were produced with a "B" movie budget.
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King of cool

Jacques Audiard's new prison thriller is the most stylish film to come out of Europe for years, following up on the promise of his previous movies Read My Lips and The Beat that My Heart Skipped and confirming his place among the greats of French cinema. Jason Solomons talks to a director who wants his audience to fly with him

Jacques Audiard wears a hat. It's a trilby that, the 57-year-old director says, keeps him warm in the winter and cool in the summer. He was wearing it in the heat of Cannes last May when I first met him, on a blazing roof terrace; and he's wearing it again today, in London, on an autumnal Monday when I catch him smoking his pipe outside the hotel where we're due to meet.

With horn-rimmed glasses, smart jacket and a cravat, he looks a bit like an English gentleman, a
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Actor John Drew Barrymore Dies

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Drew Barrymore's actor father John Drew Barrymore has died at the age of 72. No information was released about the cause of death or where in Los Angeles he died. But in a statement issued by her publicist yesterday, Drew said, "He was a cool cat. Please smile when you think of him." John D. Barrymore was part of an acting dynasty that included his father, John Barrymore, and his father's siblings, Lionel Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore. He had a sporadic film career that began with Hollywood films in the 1950s including The Big Night and While The City Sleeps. Yet he also possessed a rebellious streak that led to numerous scrapes with the law, friends and family, including a long estrangement from Drew and her brother John. At various times he was reported to be living like a hermit or a beggar, and Drew once said in an interview that there were times when she did not know where her father was.

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