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Look, John Carpenter Just Wants to Make Music, Ok?

Look, John Carpenter Just Wants to Make Music, Ok?
John Carpenter can hardly be bothered with an interview today. The Brett Kavanaugh hearing is on TV, and his dog is barking at whoever’s ringing the doorbell. “I may get distracted,” he warns. “But I’ll come back.” His demeanor is somehow both friendly and curt, regardless of whether the questions are about his filmmaking or composing career. He’s someone who won’t suffer fools gladly, but when the topic of the new Halloween movie comes up, he perks up.

After decades of disavowing sequels to the slasher
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Alfred Hitchcock's Best MacGuffins

Dan Norman Oct 10, 2018

Grab your passport and bring a sidekick. We're hunting for Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest MacGuffins

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Spoilers lie ahead for The Trouble With Harry, Psycho, North By Northwest, To Catch A Thief, The Lady Vanishes, and...Star Wars

The MacGuffin is one of those storytelling inventions that operates by a vague “I know it when I see it” rule. The man who popularized its use, Alfred Hitchcock, didn’t help matters. When asked to define the MacGuffin – as he frequently was – he would repeat the same nonsensical joke.

In Hitchcock’s interview with François Truffaut, Truffaut attempts to establish limits on the phrase (is it “the pretext for the plot”? is it ideally “forgotten” amongst the rush of the action?). Each time, Hitch replies with an answer that amounts to little more than "sort of."

Without any exact definitions being
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Rip, Barbara Harris: Another Alfred Hitchcock Actor Passes, But These 24 Remain

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Rip, Barbara Harris: Another Alfred Hitchcock Actor Passes, But These 24 Remain
In the last shot of Alfred Hitchcock’s final (and underrated) “Family Plot,” impostor-psychic-turned-kidnapper Barbara Harris looks straight at the camera and winks. It was only time in Hitchcock’s career that he broke down the fourth wall, and the gesture felt like his goodbye to his fans.

Harris died August 21 at 83 of lung cancer. Her notable roles included “A Thousand Clowns,” “Nashville,” “The Seduction of Joe Tynan,” and a supporting actor Oscar nomination for “Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?” But for Hitchcock fans, her death reminds us that 42 years have passed since the master’s last film, and fewer of his actors are still alive.

It’s nearly impossible to track every actor who appeared in his work. (Anyone from Hitchcock’s early British films would have had to be a very small child.) However, there are still a number
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Ranking All Six ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movies

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Ranking All Six ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movies
Our mission — and we decided to accept it — is to rank from least to best all six of the “Mission: Impossible” thrillers toplined by Tom Cruise as Impossible Missions Force agent Ethan Hunt.

6. Mission: Impossible III (2006)

The Pitch: When he isn’t busy wooing, and eventually wedding, Julia Meade (Michelle Monaghan), a nurse who knows nothing about his spy-guy activities, Ethan Hunt leads his Imf team in pursuit of a MacGuffinish device (known as “Rabbit’s Foot”) coveted by arms dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

The Rundown: Despite the game efforts of director J.J. Abrams to humanize Phelps by supplying a civilian romantic interest — and showing he’s not so ruthless that he’d make good on his threat to drop an uncooperative bad guy out of an airplane — the threepeat is a curiously bland spectacle that is nothing more than the sum of its sporadically exciting action set pieces.
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Warner Bros. Town Hall: John Stankey Fields Bugs Bunny Question, Promises Better Cell Coverage

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John Stankey, the man tasked with integrating WarnerMedia into the At&T family, tried to sell employees at the company’s film and television studio on the virtues of being part of a global telecommunications giant. He promised to enhance cellular service on Warner Bros.’s studio lot during an hour-long presentation to staffers on Wednesday, receiving sustained applause from a group of Valley-toilers who have long been frustrated by dropped calls and dodgy signals.

The meeting is one of a series of sit-downs that Stankey, the newly minted WarnerMedia CEO, is doing this week in the wake of At&T’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. The company has been rechristened WarnerMedia, but so far At&T has taken pains to stress that it wants its new employees to continue making movies, shows, and other entertainment products despite having new corporate parents.

Stankey did just promise that Warner Bros. staffers
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Phase IV (1974)

Man vs. Nature never turns out well in horror; certainly nothing past the ‘50s terrors of looming lizards/shellfish caused by radiation/radiation. And while the ‘70s switched the vibe into eco-horror, the genre never lost sight of the nagging realization that when we push against the elements, they push back hard. So it is with Saul BassPhase IV (1974), a weird and riveting sci-fi thriller that proves (as if it was needed) ants are way smarter than man.

Released in the U.S. in September by Paramount, Phase IV was not a financial success, and only inspired middling critical thought, at best. Lying somewhere between 2001’s cosmic tone poem and a Bert I. Gordon schlocker, audiences chose to ignore the cerebral looking for a visceral experience that isn’t really there; nevertheless, this uneasy mixture results in a unique experience far apart from other When Animals Attack films.

The
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Canon Of Film: ‘Minority Report’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we honor the release of ‘Ready Player One‘ by taking a look at Steven Spielberg‘s return to blockbuster filmmaking by exploring one of the director’s more recent forays into Science Fiction with ‘Minority Report‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Minority Report (2002)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Screenplay: Scott Frank and Jon Cohen based on the short story by Philip K. Dick

You hardly ever hear it brought up even among Steven Spielberg‘s best but it’s now abundantly clear that ‘Minority Report‘ is truly among his best films. I’m not quite sure why it took so long though. I’ve always regarded it that highly but it split some critics originally and was mostly shutout when it came to award season, only getting an Oscar nomination for the Sound Editing. I think the
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Paul Thomas Anderson Admits He’s Most Proud of ‘The Master’ and Wants Emmanuel Lubezki to Shoot One of His Films

Paul Thomas Anderson Admits He’s Most Proud of ‘The Master’ and Wants Emmanuel Lubezki to Shoot One of His Films
Paul Thomas Anderson has been making the press rounds as “Phantom Thread” heads into nationwide release, and his most recent bit of promotion included a Reddit Ama in which he was extremely blunt about a wide-ranging list of subjects. Many directors might have difficulty choosing which film they are most proud of, but not Anderson. The director listed “The Master” when asked, and he elaborated on one of the reasons the film is special to him in another response.

Read More:Daniel Day-Lewis Is One of the Best Actors Alive But Has the ‘Worst Taste in TV,’ Says Paul Thomas Anderson

“The first time we shot spherical was on ‘The Master,'” Anderson said. “It seemed like a good fit, evoking the old 50s films like ‘Vertigo’ and ‘North By Northwest,’ those large format films but in a boxy frame. It was a nice change from the earlier films. I wanna shoot scope again though…
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Beauty vs Beast: To Catch a Hitch

Jason from Mnpp here with this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" -- this Thursday will mark the birth of one of the greatest movie stars of all time, Mr. Cary Grant. His filmography of course reads like a dream with classics of all stripes under his belt, but it's his four collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock (Notorious, North By Northwest, Suspicion and To Catch a Thief) that I want to focus in on today because I want to force a question upon us, an unnecessary frivolous question that nevertheless nags at my frivolous brain - know who else starred in multiple masterpieces for Alfred Hitchcock? Jimmy Stewart, who made The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rear Window, Rope, and Vertigo. And I think you know where I am going with this now... Which is the better Hitchcock Star? Choose!

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Previously As with all things Three Billboards related last
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A Weakness for Complexity: An Interview with the Philosopher George M. Wilson

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In the late 1970s, an associate professor in the Philosophy department at Johns Hopkins (thesis title: "The Nature of the Natural Numbers") began publishing essays on Hollywood movies. George M. Wilson wasn't the first person to undergo this shift in specialism. At the start of the decade, Stanley Cavell had published The World Viewed, a series of "reflections on the ontology of film." But Cavell had always been concerned with how works of art enable us to think through philosophical themes such as knowledge and meaning, and he held a chair, at Harvard, in Aesthetics. Wilson differed in that he brought a range of analytic gifts to an ongoing revolution: the close reading of American cinema, conceived as part of the "auteur" policy of Truffaut and other writers at Cahiers du cinéma in the 1950s, and concertedly developed in the following decades by critics in England such as V. F.
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‘Get Out’: 10 Film References You May Have Missed, From ‘The Shining’ to ‘The Matrix’

‘Get Out’: 10 Film References You May Have Missed, From ‘The Shining’ to ‘The Matrix’
Get Out” has emerged as one of the biggest contenders so far this awards season, earning prizes from the Gotham Awards, the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut may have come out all the way back in February, but it’s become the kind of classic that stays with critics and awards voters long after the credits roll.

Read More:‘Get Out’: Jordan Peele Reveals the Real Meaning Behind the Sunken Place

The film’s Blu-ray and DVD releases include Peele’s director’s commentary, which reveals some pretty specific film references many viewers probably never noticed. Peele has referred to “Get Out” numerous times as “‘The Stepford Wives’ meets ‘The Help,'” but those are only two of the movie’s many sources of inspiration.

Film School Rejects recently broke down dozens
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"The Alfred Hitchcock Collection" Blu-ray Set From Universal

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Universal has released a highly impressive Blu-ray set, "The Alfred Hitchcock Collection", on Blu-ray. The set contains fifteen special editions of the Master's top films as well as ten original episodes of "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series. The set is packed with 15 hours of bonus extras and includes an illustrated, 58-page collector's booklet with extremely rare international poster art and film stills. Films included in the set are:

Psycho The Birds Vertigo Rear Window North by Northwest The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 version) Marnie Saboteur Shadow of a Doubt Rope The Trouble with Harry Topaz Frenzy  Torn Curtain Family Plot

 

Holiday gifts like this don't get any more impressive (or sinister) for the movie lover in your life.

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BFI India on Film presents Death and Deception as part of Thriller season

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The BFI is bringing a special Thriller season! It is a suspense-filled presentation titled BFI Thriller: Who Can You Trust?, that began on 20 October and is running through Sunday 31 December at BFI Southbank, online on BFI Player and at selected venues across the UK. Through October and November, BFI’s India On Film season will join forces with BFI Thriller, screening four, contemporary Indian thrillers which offer powerful social critique and richly diverse insights into criminal worlds.

Talvar (Meghna Gulzar, 2015) is a police procedural based on a real-life double homicide. Starring Irrfan Khan and Konkana Sen Sharma, the film is based on the 2008 Noida double murder case, in which a teenage girl and her family servant were found murdered and her parents were convicted for the crime. The film is directed by maverick, female filmmaker, Meghna Gulzar, who is currently directing Dharma ProductionsRaazi with Alia Bhatt.

NH10 (Navdeep Singh,
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*Updated* George A. Romero to be Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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A cornerstone and true gentleman of the horror genre who is unfortunately no longer with us, George A. Romero's legacy will live on forever through his seminal work and infectious good nature, and those priceless traits will be commemorated today when the late Master of Horror receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Updated: We've now been provided with official details on the Walk of Fame ceremony, which will include guest speakers Edgar Wright and Greg Nicotero, as well as a statement from Romero's manager and friend, Chris Roe, who was instrumental in ensuring that Romero received the star that he truly deserves.

Here's what Roe, who is the director of the Romero Star Campaign, had to say about the ceremony:

"It has been a very long journey to make this day happen and so many have given their support. With George’s star ceremony on Hollywood Blvd.
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Review: ’78/52′ is a Meticulous Examination of One of Alfred Hitchcock’s Most Iconic Scenes

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho premiered in 1960, quickly becoming a massive box office success, as well as a critical darling with the press. In the passing decades, it’s become known as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, the rare violent slasher movie to accompany titles like Casablanca and Gone with the Wind on best-of-all-time film lists. The most talked-about element of the film, aside from the twisting nature of the plot, was undoubtedly the murder of Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh, in her shower at the Bates Motel. In Hitchcock’s filmography, Psycho came immediately after the star-studded, glossy Hollywood sheen of North by Northwest, a positively safe studio choice by comparison with the black-and-white slasher picture. The film was almost uncharacteristically vicious for Hitchcock in its portrayal of violence, a fact which only added to Psycho’s impact with audiences.

78/52 is an engagingly nerdy
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Win! The Iconic Moments Collection bundle on DVD

Experience and rediscover some of the most iconic Warner Bros. movies ever made, with Part Two of the ultimate Iconic Moments film collection, available now on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download. To celebrate, we are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a bundle of some of the famous films on DVD.

From Singin’ In the Rain to Citizen Kane and North By Northwest to Rebel Without a Cause, seventeen classic films have been individually re-released with exclusive re-designed and numbered sleeves. The carefully selected collection collates some of Warner Bros.’ most celebrated, decorated, ground-breaking and ‘quoteable’ cinematic moments of all time.

The Iconic Moment’s Collection bundle will include a copy of A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Lost Boys, Beetlejuice, Point Break and The Mask on DVD.

The Warner Bros. Iconic Moments collection is available now.

© 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

In order to enter this competition,
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Review: 78/52, Examining the Psycho Shower Scene and Its Effect on the World

At the end of the summer of 1960, audiences and fans of British auteur Alfred Hitchcock and his already stellar filmography scurried into cinemas to watch his new film, Psycho. Riding a growing wave of popularity, hot on the heels of films like North by Northwest in ‘59, Vertigo in ‘58 and his television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, there was an anticipation but also an expectation as to what Psycho was going to be about. Little did the general public know that Hitchcock was rallying against that expectation and was going to play a tremendous prank that would shake this audience to its core. Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary 78/52 breaks down and explores, to tremendous detail, the most infamous shower scene in the...

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Grand Central Station Film Celebration, NYC, October 19

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

Grand Central Cinema is one-day film festival celebrating Grand Central in the movies!

Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall is transforming into a movie theater for a day for its first “Grand Central Cinema” event, hosted in partnership with Rooftop Films and the Museum of the Moving Image. Visitors can enjoy film scenes featuring Grand Central throughout the day for free while munching on snacks purchased from Grand Central vendors like Great Northern Food Hall, Shake Shack, and brand-new restaurant Wok Chi. The day will conclude with a ticketed full screening of North by Northwest including Cary Grant’s classic Grand Central getaway scene.

James Sanders, award-winning New York historian and author of Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies, will deliver a talk at 12:30pm on Grand Central’s leading role in Hollywood history.

The Rooftop Films screening of North by Northwest
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Alfred Hitchcock – Opening Day

Marty Melville, an itinerant collector of arcane movie ephemera, wandered the wilderness of the internet lo these many years till one day he vanished with little but a geiger counter and an empty bottle of Blatz to mark his exit. Now he’s back among friends at Trailers From Hell. As you’ll see, all he needs is a good ad mat and he’ll be a happy spelunker. We hope you enjoy the humble results of his pursuits.

This week, a look at a few of Hitchcock’s opening days.

Rebecca – Thursday, March 28, 1940 / Foreign Correspondent – Tuesday, August 27, 1940

Shadow of a Doubt – January 12, 1943 / Notorious – Thursday, August 15, 1946

Strangers On a Train – Tuesday, July 3, 1951 / Rear Window – Wednesday, August 4, 1954

Tuesday, May 15, 1956 / Vertigo – Wednesday, May 28, 1958 (with some vampire movie hogging the limelight)

North By Northwest – Thursday, August 6, 1959 / Psycho – Thursday, June 16, 1960

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‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Mass Transit No Convenience For Liam Neeson

‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Mass Transit No Convenience For Liam Neeson
Here’s the trailer for The Commuter, the fourth action thriller that Liam Neeson has made with director Jaume Collet-Serra, the filmmaker who was recently set to pair with Dwayne Johnson in The Jungle Cruise. Neeson and the director teamed on Run All Night, Non-Stop and Unknown. The Commuter takes Neeson in a Hitchcock North By Northwest direction, in a thriller triggered by a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga), who makes the businessman’s daily commute a nightmare…
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