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Teacher Tale ‘Ms. Bixby’s Last Day’ in the Works as Movie

  • Variety
Teacher story “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day” is in development as a feature film with Gunpowder & Sky and Walden Media.

Gunpowder & Sky announced Thursday that it has acquired the rights to the novel “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day,” written by John David Anderson. The adapted script has been penned by the writing team of Linsey Stewart and Dane Clark.

“I don’t have a sentimental bone in my body, yet we all remember teachers — who have had an impact on us. Ms. Bixby is an homage to those teachers who make our family, school and life feel okay,” said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky. “Walden Media has a long tradition of producing great adaptations of children’s books such as ‘Wonder’ and ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,’ so we knew they were the perfect partner for this story.”

The story centers on a trio of students
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Garden of Evil

Bernard Herrmann music + weird landscapes = Nirvana. This big-star western tale has an unbreakable story but terrible dialogue and weak characters... yet for fans of adventure filmmaking it's a legend, thanks to a thunderous Bernard Herrmann music score that transforms dozens of uncanny, real Mexican locations into something other-worldly. Garden of Evil Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1954 / Color / 2:55 widescreen / 100 min. / Ship Date May 10, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward, Richard Widmark, Hugh Marlowe, Cameron Mitchell, Rita Moreno, Víctor Manuel Mendoza. Cinematography Milton R. Krasner, Jorge Stahl Jr. Art Direction Edward Fitzgerald, Lyle Wheeler Film Editor James B. Clark Original Music Bernard Herrmann Special Effects Ray Kellogg Written by Frank Fenton, Fred Freiberger, William Tunberg Produced by Charles Brackett Directed by Henry Hathaway

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

"The Garden of Evil. If the world was made of gold, I guess men would die for a handful of dirt.
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The Mask 3-D !

Don't Wait!  Put on the mask, Now!   The legendary 1961 spook-show classic has been restored and adapted to a better 3-D system than used for its original release.  A psychiatrist possessed by a Mayan ritual mask is compelled to enter a fantastic hell zone each time he wears the scary thing.  Kino packs the deluxe disc with extras, including a 2014 3-D short subject with its own "Let's go to Hell" story concept. We see Hell, all right. But where are the trailers from it? The Mask 3-D Blu-ray Kino Classics 1961 / B&W /1:66 flat Academy / 83 min. / Street Date November 24, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Paul Stevens, Claudette Nevins, Bill Walker, Anne Collings, Martin Lavut, Leo Leyden, Norman Ettlinger. Cinematography Herbert S. Alpert Film Editor Stephen Timar Original Music Myron Schaeffer, Louis Applebaum Written by Frank Taubes, Sandy Haver, Franklin Delessert Produced by Julian Roffman, Nat Taylor Directed by Julian Roffman

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Wright Minibio Pt.2: Hitchcock Heroine in His Favorite Movie

Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock heroine (image: Joseph Cotten about to strangle Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt') (See preceding article: "Teresa Wright Movies: Actress Made Oscar History.") After scoring with The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, and The Pride of the Yankees, Teresa Wright was loaned to Universal – once initial choices Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland became unavailable – to play the small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. (Check out video below: Teresa Wright reminiscing about the making of Shadow of a Doubt.) Co-written by Thornton Wilder, whose Our Town had provided Wright with her first chance on Broadway and who had suggested her to Hitchcock; Meet Me in St. Louis and Junior Miss author Sally Benson; and Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, Shadow of a Doubt was based on "Uncle Charlie," a story outline by Gordon McDonell – itself based on actual events.
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Party For Alan Cumming At New York's Theatre 80 St. Marks

  • CinemaRetro
Lorcan Otway, owner of the legendary New York theater, starts off the festivities.


Actress Arlene Dahl ("Journey to the Center of the Earth") introduces Alan Cumming.


Alan prepares to be "immortalized" in cement for the theater's walk of fame.


On Monday night, Cinema Retro was invited to attend a private party in honor of actor Alan Cumming at New York's legendary and quirky Theatre 80 St. Marks on St. Marks Place. The venue has its own mini "walk of fame" that dates back many decades. The Theatre/bar also houses the Museum of the American Gangster, as it once had a sordid history that included a gangland rubout. Alan Cumming graciously signed the cement block, having been introduced by the theater's owner Lorcan Otway and actress Arlene Dahl. After the party, everyone thundered to the famed bar, where plenty of good brews and live Irish music (and Irish whiskey) rounded out the evening.
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films to stream: Us week of Jan 21

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

G.B.F.: sharp satire cutting through the sweet silliness makes this a refreshing change of pace for teen comedies [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Captain Phillips: hijacking on the high seas is a chance for Tom Hanks to astonish you; gripping suspense from master director Paul Greengrass [at Amazon Instant Video] Rush: a thoroughly magnificent film on every level, with astonishing performances by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl in the leads; one of the very best films of 2013 [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] About Time: it’s accidentally creepy where it wants to be charming and romantic, but the secondary cast is fun to spend time with; Bill Nighy and Tom Hollander steal the film [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Escape Plan: nothing here is as
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Bryan Singer on Inventing ‘Jack the Giant Slayer' and Casting the ‘Charismatic' Nicholas Hoult (Exclusive)

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Bryan Singer thought he was going to be the first to revive fairy tales with his take on Jack on the Beanstalk, "Jack the Giant Slayer," but the film, which hits theaters this Friday, was beaten to the big screen by new spins on "Alice in Wonderland," "Snow White and the Huntsman," and "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters." Singer (who previously talked to Moviefone about the eagerly anticipated "X-Men; Days of Future Past" sequel), is proud of his update on the “Jack and the Beanstalk” legend. "I took a look at those other ones and made sure I did my own thing," he says. He talked to Moviefone about making sure he had the right Jack in Nicholas Hoult, his love of classic adventure films from the '50s and '60s, and creating a race of fearsome giants. Moviefone: This is a bit of a departure for you. Why make a fairy-tale movie?
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Don't Worry . . . It's Almost Doomsday

Don't Worry . . . It's Almost Doomsday
Friday is the end of the world, at least if you believe the mysticism that surrounds the final date of the centuries-old Mayan calendar.

Indeed, there's some talk of prepping for doomsday, but America's leading talker on UFOs and unexplained phenomena won't be addressing his millions of followers from a subterranean bunker.

In fact, he's pretty sure life will go on, even if it will be filled with controversy over secret government files on what our leaders truly know about extraterrestrial visitations.

"I'm a staunch believer that, no matter what kind of a roller-coaster of life we may be on, we're gonna be here. It's not going to be rosy or a smooth ride, but we're gonna make it and one of the things I always say is we're in this together, no matter what," said George Noory, host of "Coast to Coast Am," the most listened to overnight radio program in North America,
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5 May DVD Titles You Should Know About Including '1900,' 'Castle In The Sky' & 'Flareup'

Well we're back again with the bumper crop of must-have DVDs and Blu-rays for the month of May – from historic Italian epics to underground American sensations to a chilly, expressionistic film noir to movies where Raquel Welch plays a Vegas showgirl fleeing a murderer – we’ve got them all hear for you. So look on below to see what's worth your money this month....

"1900" (1976) Blu-ray

Why You Should Care: At the time of its release, Bernardo Bertolucci's historical epic was said to be the most expensive (requiring the financial commitment of three major studios – 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and United Artists) and ambitious ever mounted in Italy. It's a tale of two friends (played by Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu), born on the same day at the dawn of the 20th century, and the way that their lives crisscross, intersect, and diverge wildly over the rocky course of history.
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AfterElton's Trending Topics: Guilty Pleasure Movies

The big topic of conversation around the AfterElton employee break room this week — other than snicks stinking up the microwave with his damn tuna melts — was: "What is your favorite guilty pleasure movie?"

Some of the responses we heard were surprising, giving a disturbing glimpse into the twisted dark souls of some of our writers. Meanwhile, some responses (like, you know, mine) just stand as excellent movie recommendations. We thought we'd round up all the various answers in this new feature we're trying out called "AfterElton Trending Topics."

But we don't want to just hear from the Ae writers. As you might have noticed, most of them are blowhards. In the comments, we'd love to hear from our readers too. What is the biggest guilty pleasure in your DVD collection?

From the staff...

Ed Kennedy

Ok, so this is going to date me fairly precisely, but if I'm flipping through
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Moviescore Media Releasing Three Asylum Film Scores by Chris Ridenhour

Moviescore Media is celebrating the works of composer Chris Ridenhour with three new releases: 2012 Supernova: The Sci-Fi Film Scores of Chris Ridenhour, The Land that Time Forgot: The Fantasy Film Scores of Chris Ridenhour, and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus: The Monster Film Scores of Chris Ridenhour. All three releases highlight the composer’s work with The Asylum.

From the Press Release:

“I think the first time I saw the now famous scene where a giant shark eats a passenger plane midair in Megashark vs. Giant Octopus,” said Ridenhour, “I knew that film would become part of pop culture, and it has!”

Mega Shark earned a cult following after it aired on SyFy in the Us, and it earned Ridenhour a fan -- Moviescore Media’s founder Mikael Carlsson. Said Carlsson, “As an homage to Decca’s classical genre-orientated Bernard Herrmann albums that presented score selections in suite form,
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Avatar, Science Fiction and Oscar

By now, Pandorans have probably already begun weeping, swaying side to side from their seated, cross-legged position in communal mourning. Only Eywa can save Avatar's Oscar chances now. [Listen to the podcast for more on foot-in-mouth James Cameron] but Eywa doesn't take sides so Pandora is basically Sol. Like most pundits, I'm predicting The Hurt Locker to triumph. If Avatar does manage a Best Picture win, Goliath dodging David's stone-throw if you will, it'll be the first Science Fiction film ever to nab the top honor. Incredible but true.

Let's take a look at Oscar's history with science fiction films. You're a savvy crowd so it probably goes without saying that the Academy thinks that the Visual Effects and Sound categories are the only default place to award sci-fi pictures. They don't even tend to win art direction prizes and they're also rarely seen in costume design categories, Star Wars being an exception on both fronts.

The Only SciFi
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Loews Jersey City Presents "The Lion In Winter" And "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" This Weekend; Anthony Harvey And Arlene Dahl To Attend Screenings

  • CinemaRetro
The Loews Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey, will be hosting two very special screenings in the restored movie palace this weekend. On Friday evening, director Anthony Harvey will be in attendance to discuss his Oscar-winning classic The Lion in Winter starring Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole and - in their big screen debuts - Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton. Mr. Harvey will be interviewed by film historian Foster Hirsch and will participate in a Q&A session following the film. On Saturday, the Loews will have a rare big screen showing of Journey to the Center of the Earth. Actress Arlene Dahl, who co-starred with James Mason and Pat Boone in the classic sci-fi film, will be in attendance. There will be an optional reception and "meet and greet" with Ms. Dahl prior to the film. The Loews is only minutes from midtown Manhattan. For full details, click here
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