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BBC’s 100 Greatest Foreign-Language Films Ever: 209 Film Critics Crown ‘Seven Samurai,’ ‘In the Mood for Love,’ and More

BBC’s 100 Greatest Foreign-Language Films Ever: 209 Film Critics Crown ‘Seven Samurai,’ ‘In the Mood for Love,’ and More
The BBC Culture annual critics’ poll has become one of the most anticipated film lists over the last three years. After asking critics to weigh in on the best American films (“Citizen Kane” topped the list), the best films of the 21st century (“Mulholland Drive” in first), and the best comedy movies (“Some Like It Hot” crowned the best), the BBC Culture has turned this year to the 100 greatest achievements in foreign-language film.

This year’s list was curated from top 10 lists from 209 film critics across 43 countries, including IndieWire’s own Kate Erbland and Christian Blauvelt. BBC Culture awarded 10 points to each critics’ first-ranked film, 9 for the second-ranked, and so on down to one. The finalized top 100 list was curated based on this point system.

Sitting on the top of the BBC Culture list is Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” The film’s breathtaking scope and intimate character work has
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Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up About Opioid Addiction She Hid for 10 Years: 'No One Knew'

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Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up About Opioid Addiction She Hid for 10 Years: 'No One Knew'
Jamie Lee Curtis is opening up about a dark period in her past.

The Halloween star, 59, tells People that she’s lucky to have survived a secret addiction to opiates that began in the late ’80s.

“I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic,” Curtis says in this week’s cover story. “I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one.”

Curtis has a long family history of addiction. Her father, Some Like It Hot actor Tony Curtis, abused alcohol, cocaine and heroin. Her half-brother Nicholas Curtis died from a heroin overdose in 1994.

The actress
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"Some Like It Hot" Restored Version Back In UK Theaters

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Park Circus is delighted to announce the big screen release of Billy Wilder’s cross-dressing comedy Some Like it Hot. The film has been restored in 4K by MGM, Park Circus and The Criterion Collection. The theatrical re-release will follow the world premiere of the new 4K restoration at The 75th Venice International Film Festival.

Featuring an all-star cast of Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, Some Like it Hot is set in Prohibition-era Chicago, where a couple of struggling musicians are in the wrong place at the wrong time when they witness the Valentines Day Massacre and find themselves on the run from the mob. They accept a new gig out of town as part of an all-girl jazz troupe and rock up on the train dragged up and raring to go.
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Tokyo Film Festival unveils line-up; new films from Fruit Chan, Gyorgy Palfi and Veit Helmer

Tokyo Film Festival unveils line-up; new films from Fruit Chan, Gyorgy Palfi and Veit Helmer
Total of 16 titles set for this year’s Competition line-up.

Tokyo International Film Festival has announced the 16 titles that will compete in its International Competition, including the world premieres of His Master’s Voice, from Hungary’s Gyorgy Palfi, Fruit Chan’s Three Husbands, Veit Helmer’s The Bra and Liu Hao’s The Poet.

Tiff’s competition line-up will also include the world premieres of two Japanese titles – Junji Sakamoto’s Another World and Rikiya Imaizumi’s Just Only Love (see full line-up below).

Leading Philippines filmmaker Brillante Ma Mendoza is heading this year’s Competition jury, which also comprises Us producer Bryan Burk,
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Remembering Craig Zadan: A Final Interview With A Showbiz Great As Possible ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Emmy Love Awaits

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Remembering Craig Zadan: A Final Interview With A Showbiz Great As Possible ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Emmy Love Awaits
Some things just hit you in the gut and have no easy explanation. The death Tuesday of Craig Zadan is one of them. I am still trying to process it.

I have done so many interviews over the years of this prolific producer and true showbiz devotee, including one I just did in June at our Deadline studios, that it is hard to comprehend his sudden and unexpected passing reportedly due to complications from shoulder-replacement surgery.

He had contacted me in May saying he and Neil would be open to any interview tied to Emmy season and their wildly acclaimed NBC live-musical staging of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on Easter Sunday. I told him at the time it represented their greatest chance at finally winning the Emmy, after basically re-inventing the network live-musical format with the likes of The Sound of Music,
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Craig Zadan, Prolific Stage, TV and Film Producer, Dead at 69

Craig Zadan, Prolific Stage, TV and Film Producer, Dead at 69
Craig Zadan, the prolific producer of musicals who, along with his producing partner Neil Meron, had success with big-screen versions of Chicago and Hairspray as well as the Oscars telecast, died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery, Robert Greenblatt, chairman NBC entertainment, confirmed in a statement. Zadan was 69.

“It is with profound sadness that I am announcing the passing of my dear friend and colleague Craig Zadan, who died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery,” said Greenblatt. “On behalf of his life partner, Elwood Hopkins, and his producing partner, Neil Meron,
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‘Some Like It Hot,’ Orson Welles, & David Byrne Highlight November’s Criterion Collection Releases

It’s that time of the month, film fans. The time when you have to look ahead a few months and realize that your paycheck is going to be hit hard by the new releases from the Criterion Collection. And in November, that’s not going to be any different. Because just as with every single Criterion announcement, November is filled with classics getting much-deserved restorations and special edition discs that will no doubt leave cinephiles in front of their TV for hours upon hours.

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Showbiz History: Waterworld, Waterfront, and Wonderland

10 random things that happened on this day in showbiz history

1892 Joe E Brown, the comic actor who delivered Some Like It Hot's immortal closing line, was born in Ohio on this day.

1951 Disney's Alice in Wonderland has its NYC premiere two days after its world premiere in London. It was not (initially) a success in theaters, the studio taking a loss. But in the 1970s people became interested in it in a big way prompting its first rerelease in 1974...
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Venice 2018. Lineup

Non-FictionThe programme for the 2018 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and includes new films from Tsai Ming-liang, Frederick Wiseman, Sergei Loznitsa, Olivier Assayas, the Coen Brothers, and many more.COMPETITIONFirst Man (Damien Chazelle)The Mountain (Rick Alverson)Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard)The Ballad of Buster ScruggsVox Lux (Brady Corbet)Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)22 July (Paul Greengrass)Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)Werk ohne autor (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)Peterloo (Mike Leigh)Capri-revolution (Mario Martone)What You Gonna Do When the World's On Fire? (Roberto Minervini)Sunset (László Nemes)Frères ennemis (David Oeloffen)Where Life is Born (Carlos Reygadas)At Eternity's Gate (Julian Schnabel)Acusada (Gonzalo Tobal)Killing (Shinya Tsukamoto)Out Of COMPETITIONFeaturesThe Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (Morgan Neville)L'amica geniale (Saverio Costanzo)Il diario di angela - noi
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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1970s: Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1970s: Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman … ? [Poll]
Some of the most legendary actors in Hollywood history won their Oscars in the 1970s. The Best Actor category of this decade was stacked with some of the biggest stars of the time, many of which have lived on for generations. But which Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1970s is your absolute favorite? Take a trip down memory lane and vote in our poll below.

George C. Scott, “Patton” (1970) — Scott took home the Best Actor prize for “Patton,” which also won Best Picture. In the film he plays the titular George S. Patton, the famous hot-tempered U.S. army general who led troops during World War II. He had previously been nominated for “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959), “The Hustler” (1961), and later for “The Hospital” (1971). Scott notably declined his nomination and win for “Patton.”

SEERobert De Niro (‘Raging Bull’) knocks out all contenders to be your top Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]

Gene Hackman,
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In Case You Didn't Know, Marilyn Monroe's Real Name Wasn't Actually Marilyn Monroe

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In Case You Didn't Know, Marilyn Monroe's Real Name Wasn't Actually Marilyn Monroe
It's been 56 years since Marilyn Monroe died, but she will forever be remembered as a Hollywood legend. The actress, who garnered fame after appearing in the first-ever edition of Playboy magazine in December 1953, starred in several films, including Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, and The Prince and the Showgirl. Still, there are a couple things you may not know about the star - like her real name, for example.

While most people knew Marilyn by her stage name, the star was actually born Norma Jeane Mortenson and baptized Norma Jeane Baker. When she married her first husband, James Dougherty, in 1942, she took his last name and became Norma Jeane Dougherty. She began using her stage name in 1946 after she and James split but didn't legally change it until 1956. When she married playwright Arthur Miller in 1956, she preferred to be addressed as Marilyn Monroe Miller and even used the initials Mmm.
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‘Some Like It Hot’ to Become a Broadway Musical

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‘Some Like It Hot’ to Become a Broadway Musical
A stage adaption of the classic Marilyn Monroe-starrer “Some Like It Hot” is set to premiere on Broadway in 2020, the Shubert Organization announced Monday.

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have acquired the rights to MGM and Billy Wilder’s original screenplay. The 1959 film centers on two musicians, played by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, who must dress up as women in an all-female band after bearing witness to a mob-related murder.

“’Some Like It Hot’ is one of the crown jewels of MGM’s library,” said Jonathan Glickman, the president of MGM’s Motion Picture Group and head of live stage theatrical productions. “Craig, Neil and the Shubert Organization have assembled a world class creative team and we can’t wait to see it on Broadway.”

Casey Nicholaw, who currently runs “The Book of Mormon,” “Aladdin,” and “Mean Girls” on Broadway, will
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‘Some Like It Hot’ Musical Headed To Broadway In 2020

‘Some Like It Hot’ Musical Headed To Broadway In 2020
A new musical version of classic Billy Wilder comedy Some Like It Hot is coming to Broadway in 2020, with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who won a Tony for their work on Hairspray.

The show is from the Shubert Organization and producers Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, who acquired the rights to the 1959 film from MGM. The film, which starred Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe, has long ranked among Hollywood’s most cherished comedies.

“We are grateful to MGM for allowing us to tackle the challenge of translating the film’s singular energy and magic to the stage,” said Zadan, Meron and Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel on behalf of The Shubert Organization in a joint statement.

While stage adaptations of screen hits have long been a driver of Broadway activity, this year is seeing a wave of interest in the transition. The Tony Award nominations,
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Pre-Broadway Review: Go-Go’s Musical ‘Head Over Heels’

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Pre-Broadway Review: Go-Go’s Musical ‘Head Over Heels’
The area of intersection between fans of iambic pentameter and doers of the “Cool Jerk” may be a limited one, so you can imagine the initial chore in store for anyone charged with targeting the exact crossover audience that will most enjoy “Head Over Heels,” now and maybe forever to be popularly known as “that Go-Go’s musical produced by Gwyneth Paltrow.” Rather than being a “Jersey Boys”-style origin story about the pioneering all-female band, the story harks back to very olde England, with a cast of royal-court types offering intermittently Elizabethan-sounding dialogue between all the rocking out. Surely “Thy Lips are Sealed” popped up at some point on a list of discarded alternate titles.

The mix of ’80s music and 1680s setting is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds, and that’s a good thing, for the most part. Perhaps appropriately for a show whose themes end
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Thursday’s best TV – Urban Myths: Marilyn Monroe and Billy Wilder; Civilisations

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James Purefoy and Gemma Arterton have a ball imagining the capers of the film-maker and his muse, while Simon Schama explores the historical use of colour in art

9pm, Sky Arts

Did it really take Marilyn Monroe 47 attempts to nail one three-word line of dialogue on the set of Some Like It Hot? Does it matter? Accurate fact‑finding was never really the point of this original and fun anthology series, which takes dubious stories from pop culture history and imagines how they might have gone down. In this, the first episode of the second series, James Purefoy and Gemma Arterton have a ball playing Billy Wilder and his mischievous muse. Ellen E Jones

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An Actor’s Revenge

An Actor’s Revenge

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1963 / Color / 2.39:1 / 113 Min. / Street Date February 20, 2018

Starring Kazuo Hasegawa

Cinematography by Setsuo Kobayashi

Written by Daisuke Itô, Teinosuke Kinugasa

Edited by Shigeo Nishida

Directed by Kon Ichikawa

From Twelfth Night to Homicidal, casting calls for cross-dressers are a Hollywood tradition. The stories are alike in their differences; Katherine Hepburn was dodging the cops, Jack Lemmon was fleeing the mob, Dustin Hoffman was just an actor begging for work. Yukitarō, the enigmatic hero of An Actor’s Revenge, is gainfully employed but his motives are far more complicated than Hoffman’s needy thespian.

The story of a female impersonator’s vengeful killing spree, Kon Ichikawa’s 1963 film boasts a plot line John Waters would surely appreciate. But where Waters revels in the high comedy of lowlifes, Ichakawa’s movie is a ravishing melodrama set in the elevated atmosphere of death-dealing samurai, 19th century Kabuki
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‘Search Party’ Writers Debut Short Film ‘Men Don’t Whisper,’ About Two Gay Guys Who Pretend to Be Straight

‘Search Party’ Writers Debut Short Film ‘Men Don’t Whisper,’ About Two Gay Guys Who Pretend to Be Straight
“Search Party,” the crime comedy that turned hipster ennui into a truly perilous prospect, is the best show about millennials on TV. After just two seasons, the show has received widespread critical acclaim for building wry humor and hate-to-love characters into a refreshingly gripping mystery. There is far less mystery (but just as many laughs) in “Men Don’t Whisper,” a new short film from Charles Rogers, who co-created “Search Party,” and Jordan Firstman, a writer on the show. The short, which premiered at SXSW before making its online debut Wednesday, follows a gay couple who attend a sales conference and attempt to sleep with two women in order to prove their masculinity.

Partners in real life, Firstman and Rogers play the movie’s lead characters, Reese and Peyton. Like gay characters in “Search Party,” they don’t conform to gay stereotypes often found onscreen, though in a more understated way.
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Mama June Becomes a Modern Marilyn Monroe

Mama June Becomes a Modern Marilyn Monroe
It's Mama June like you've never seen her before. The 38-year-old reality star and mother of four, who chronicled a drastic physical transformation on her We tv show From Not to Hot, channels Marilyn Monroe in a photo shoot for the cable channel. She wears a short platinum blond wig and a white halter dress, a look made famous by the late Hollywood sex icon in the 1955 film Some Like It Hot. She also wore silver wedge sandals. A behind-the-scenes video of the shoot shows June grinning and pulling down on her outfit as it is billows out around her—an homage to the movie's famous scene in which Monroe's character stands on a subway grate while...
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Gemma Arterton to play Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot comedy

British actress Gemma Arterton is set to take on the role of the iconic Marilyn Monroe for Sky ArtsUrban Myths comedy Marilyn Monroe and Billy Wilder.

Formerly titled It’s Me, Sugar and directed by Sean Foley (Mindhorn, Brass Eye), the half-hour comedy will see James Purefoy as Wilder, who directed the blonde bombshell in 1959’s Some Like It Hot, and is said to focus on hard-drinking Monroe’s rumoured inability to land the ‘it’s me, sugar’ line from the film.

In addition to Marilyn Monroe and Billy Wilder, the Urban Myths season will also feature The Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy starring Steve Pemberton, When Bowie Met Bolan starring Jack Whitehall as Marc Bolan and Luke Treadaway as David Bowie, The Dali and The Cooper starring David Suchet, Noel Fielding and Sheila Hancock and Public Enemy feat. Kev Wells.

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How Billy Wilder made the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre fun … and romantic

Google “Valentine’s Day movies” and you’ll find all sorts of links to stories about romantic movies to watch on Valentine’s Day with your significant other.

I don’t have to actually go to any of those links to know what I’ll find there: “When Harry Met Sally,” “Titanic,” “Pretty Woman,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “The Notebook” and some versions of “Romeo & Juliet” and “An Affair to Remember.” (Okay, I did go to one link and found the subversive suggestion of “Harold and Maude.” I liked that.)

If you were to confine your search to romantic movies that won the Oscar, you’d be surprised how few there are. In nine decades, voters found less than 10 swooners to honor as the year’s best picture. And that counts love stories that do not end well for the lovers, including “Casablanca,” “West Side Story,” “Titanic” and “Out of Africa.
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