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Lewis Gilbert, Director of James Bond Hits ‘Moonraker’ and ‘You Only Live Twice,’ Dies at 97

Lewis Gilbert, Director of James Bond Hits ‘Moonraker’ and ‘You Only Live Twice,’ Dies at 97
Lewis Gilbert, the Oscar-nominated British filmmaker whose credits include “Alfie” and three James Bond titles, died on Feb. 23, according to multiple media reports. He was 97. Gilbert’s Bond titles include “You Only Live Twice,” “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker.” “Alfie” won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966 and scored five Oscar nominations including Best Picture. His other films include “Sink the Bismark,” “Educating Rita” and “Shirley Valentine.” Born in London in 1920, Gilbert became a child actor in the 1920s and 1930s, landing a role in Victor Hanbury and John Stafford’s “Dick Turpin” in...
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Veteran’s Day Tribute: The Ten Best Navy Movies

Veteran’s Day is November 11. While we all try to escape from the most exasperating Presidential Campaign in our history let me pay tribute to the Men and Women who have served in the military to insure we keep our electoral process and our freedoms.

Having served in the Navy four years (there he goes again!) I have a keen interest in any movie about the military, especially the sea service. I did serve during peace time so had no experience with combat but still spent most of my tour of duty at sea on an aircraft carrier, the USS Amerca CV66. Among other jobs I ran the ship’s television station for almost two years. Movies have always been important to me and so providing a few hours of entertainment every day when we were at sea was just about the best job I could have had.

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The Satan Bug

Techno-thriller fans have been waiting a long time for a good disc of action ace John Sturges' sci-fi espionage suspenser. George Maharis, Richard Basehart, Anne Francis and Dana Andrews must stop a madman who has snatched a full battery of deadly bio-warfare viruses from a super-secret government lab. Each flask can wipe out an entire city, and one of them will kill every living thing on the planet. The Satan Bug Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1965 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 114 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring George Maharis, Richard Basehart, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews, John Larkin, Richard Bull, Frank Sutton, Edward Asner, Simon Oakland, John Anderson, James Hong, Hari Rhodes, Henry Beckman, Harry Lauter, Tol Avery, Russ Bender, James Doohan, Harold Gould, Carey Loftin. Cinematography Robert Surtees Film Editor Ferris Webster Original Music Jerry Goldsmith Written by Edward Anhalt, James Clavell from the novel by Ian Stuart (Alistair MacLean
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Review: "Fraulein" (1958) Starring Mel Ferrer And Dana Wynter; Fox Cinema Archives Release

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By Doug Oswald

Fraulein” begins with a close-up shot of the spires of a Gothic cathedral, organ music playing on the soundtrack and air-raid sirens blaring as a statement appears on screen: “Cologne on the Rhine during the last weeks of World War II.” The scene moves down to street level as German civilians and soldiers run for bomb shelters as destruction rains down on them. An American prisoner of war makes his escape during the chaos and he stumbles upon the home of a college professor and his daughter.

Mel Ferrer plays the American Pow, Captain Foster MacLain. He meets the Fraulein of the movie, Erika Angermann, played by Dana Wynter. She helps him evade capture during a search of her father’s home. We learn about a fiancé she has not seen in over two years. She learns later from a letter that he has been wounded and is in a hospital.
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Read the First Chapter of William Peter Blatty’s The Ninth Configuration

Later this month, Tor Books is releasing a new paperback and eBook edition of William Peter Blatty’s The Ninth Configuration and they’ve provided us with the first chapter for Daily Dead readers to check out. Aside from the novel, released in 1978, Blatty also directed the 1980 feature film adaptation by the same name.

“Hidden away in a brooding Gothic manor in the deep woods is Center Eighteen, a secret military “rest camp” housing twenty-seven inmates who have succumbed to a sudden outbreak of mental illness. The Pentagon has placed a brilliant Marine psychiatrist in charge of the base to find out if the men truly lost their minds or are only pretending to be insane to avoid combat – or if some more sinister conspiracy is at work. A man of deep faith and compassion, Colonel Kane hopes to uncover the root of the men’s bizarre obsessions. But as Center Eighteen descends into chaos,
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Win the classic A Night To Remember on Blu-ray

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, ITV Studios Home entertainment has released the classic A Night To Remember on Blu-ray and we are giving you the chance to win one of three copies.

A Night To Remember is the original, Golden Globe winning Titanic masterpiece, digitally re-mastered for audiences to experienced again and again. The film retells the tragedy of the luxury liner Rms Titanic on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City from the standpoint of 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller (Kenneth MoreSink the Bismarck!, Scrooge). After colliding with an iceberg, a 300 feet hole is torn into the hull of the vessel giving the passengers and crew a mere three hours to escape. With only enough lifeboat places for 1178 people, A Night To Remember is the gripping account of the 2223 passengers’ desperation as the liner’s tranquillity turns to panic.

The
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"When Eagles Dared" By Howard Hughes - History Of WWII Film Classics

Author and Cinema Retro contributing writer Howard Hughes has a new book: When Eagles Dared, a major history of 150 WWII film classics and the historic events that inspired them. Here is an excerpt from the press release:

"When Eagles Dared" tells the stories of the historical events of World War II and the films that have depicted these events on cinema screens, presenting a guide to history through cinema that compares the cinematic myth with the historical reality. Illustrated with rare posters and stills, it gives us a unique view of this war through the lenses of over 50 diverse films that have shaped our perceptions of the conflict, including "Downfall," "Patton," "Tora! Tora! Tora!, ""Anzio," "The Thin Red Line," "Letters from Iwo Jima," "Stalingrad," "Battle of the Bulge," "Cross of Iron, " and "A Bridge Too Far." The book portrays the men and women who participated in World War II, from
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DGA Awards vs. Academy Awards: Odd Men Out Jules Dassin, Federico Fellini, Arthur Penn

Eiji Okada, Emmanuelle Riva in DGA (but not Oscar) nominee Alain Resnais' Hiroshima, mon amour (top); Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin in Dassin's Oscar- (but not DGA-) nominated Never on Sunday (bottom) DGA Awards vs. Academy Awards 1953-1959: Odd Men Out Jack Clayton, David Lean, Stanley Donen 1960 DGA (14)Vincente Minnelli, Bells Are RingingWalter Lang, Can-CanDelbert Mann, The Dark at the Top of the StairsRichard Brooks, Elmer GantryAlain Resnais, Hiroshima, mon amourVincente Minnelli, Home from the HillCarol Reed, Our Man in HavanaCharles Walters, Please Don't Eat the DaisiesLewis Gilbert, Sink the Bismarck!Vincent J. Donehue, Sunrise at Campobello AMPASJules Dassin, Never on Sunday DGA/AMPASBilly Wilder, The ApartmentJack Cardiff, Sons and LoversAlfred Hitchcock, PsychoFred Zinnemann, The Sundowners   1961 DGA (21)Robert Stevenson, The Absent Minded ProfessorBlake Edwards, Breakfast at Tiffany'sWilliam Wyler, The Children's HourAnthony Mann, El CidJoshua Logan, FannyHenry Koster, Flower Drum SongRobert Mulligan, The Great ImpostorPhilip Leacock, Hand in HandJack Clayton,
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Johnny Horton's Unused Title Song From "Sink The Bismarck"

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Singer Johnny Horton's Sink the Bismarck was a major hit when released in 1960. What many people don't realize is that the song was commissioned as the theme song for the film of the same name that was released ithe same year. It's pretty obvious why it wasn't used in the final cut of the movie: Horton specialized in catchy novelty songs with a country western theme. The film, directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Kenneth More, was notable for its ultra-realistic take on the British pursuit of the infamous German battleship. As good as Horton's theme was, it would have been completely out of place in the film. Interestingly, if you have the DVD of the movie, check out the bonus trailer - it features snippets of Horton's song, indicating that the decision to cut it was made at the last minute.
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Dana Wynter obituary

Actor often cast as an 'English rose', she starred in Invasion of the Body Snatchers

It could be argued that the strikingly beautiful, dark-haired Dana Wynter, who has died aged 79, did not have the film career she deserved. One of the reasons may have been that she was under a seven-year contract to 20th Century Fox, a studio that gave her few chances to display her histrionic talents. As proof, Wynter's best film, Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), was produced by Allied Artists, one of the "Poverty Row" studios.

Nevertheless, it was Fox that made the demure Wynter into a star, featuring her in five rather hollow, self-important CinemaScope pictures. Some of her own frustration with her image is implied in D-Day: The Sixth of June (1956) when, as a British Red Cross worker, she tells a married American army captain with whom she is romantically involved: "You
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Actress Dana Wynter Dead At Age 79

 

Dana Wynter, the stunning beauty who played the female lead in the 1956 science fiction classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers has died from congestive heart failure. She was 79 years-old. Wynter's career escalated after appearing the film, which was directed by Don Siegel. She routinely dismissed theories that the movie was a criticism of McCarthyism, saying they only wanted to tell a good yarn. Wynter's other major films include Sink the Bismarck, D-Day: The Sixth of June, The List of Adrian Messenger and Airport. After the release of the latter film in 1970, Wynter concentrated on raising a family, though she did appear as a guest star in many TV series during the 1980s and 1990s. For more click here
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Sci-fi Star Wynter Dies

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Sci-fi Star Wynter Dies
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers star Dana Wynter has died. She was 79.

The actress passed away in Ojai, California on Thursday after suffering congestive heart failure.

Wynter, who was born in Germany and raised in England, trained to be a doctor before pursuing her acting dreams.

She racked up TV credits on shows such as The Man Who Never Was, Wagon Train, Cannon and The Rockford Files, and starred in films including Shake Hands With The Devil with James Cagney, Sink the Bismarck! and Airport.

She is best known for her role as Becky Driscoll in 1956 sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Wynter is survived by a son, Mark.

Dana Wynter Pt.2: Body Snatchers 'I'd just as soon forget it'

Dana Wynter, Kevin McCarthy in Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers Dana Wynter Dies: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Airport Dana Wynter herself didn't care for her performance in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In fact, her son, Mark Bautzer, told the Los Angeles Times that Wynter didn't think the role would come to define her and "she didn't consider acting a worthy profession for an adult." She could have fooled me. Wynter is flawless as the woman on the run in Body Snatchers, and she's just as effective — and just as beautiful — in Lewis Gilbert's war drama Sink the Bismarck! (1960), opposite Kenneth More. As Burt Lancaster's bitchy wife, she manages to steal all of her scenes in Arthur Hiller's blockbuster Airport (1970). Wynter's role is mostly decorative in John Huston's mystery-comedy The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), but hers is a refreshing presence, nevertheless. Wynter's
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World’s Strongest Beer Goes On Sale For $88 A Bottle; Death Updates Forthcoming

The world’s strongest beer has officially gone on sale in the UK — “Sink The Bismarck” beer, the world’s first Ipa with 41% alcohol content, is available for £55 (about $88) for a 330 mL bottle (about 0.001 hogsheads): I’m guessing those two guys are the British Mythbusters and this is payback for us stealing their show? Or they may just be those two dudes from my neighborhood in Brooklyn that I saw talking during a Neon Indian concert. Either way, at least they have a sense of humor about their surely lethal creation: This is an extremely strong beer; it should be enjoyed in small servings and with an air of aristocratic nonchalance – in exactly the same manner that you would enjoy a fine whisky, a Frank Zappa album or a visit from a friendly yet anxious ghost.’ So true! About Zappa albums and ghosts! Close-up of the beer after the
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Cinema Retro Issue #18 Now Shipping Worldwide

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Our final issue of Season 6 has now been mailed to subscribers worldwide, and the general feeling is that it's one of our best yet.

Gary Giblin offers an extensive, in-depth tribute to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho to commemorate the film's 50th anniversary. He shares little-known facts about the movie and also examines its legacy, including the sequels. Matthew Field offers part one of his recent interview with director Lewis Gilbert, who discusses his war movies such as Sink the Bismarck!  and The 7th Dawn. Dean Brierly's ass-kicking interview with ass-kicking Blaxploitation legend Fred ("The Hammer") Williamson

Coverage of Cinema Retro's Movie Magic Tour of England: Richard Johnson joins us at the mansion seen in The Haunting and we catch up with Sir Roger Moore, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Richard Kiel and George Lazenby at a major London James Bond event.

Howard Hughes' special tribute to the life and career
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The Badass Tap: BrewDog Punk Ipa

Where does one begin with BrewDog? This little Scottish brewery has caused more ripples in the craft brewing scene than just about anyone else. They are, at one and the same time, brash, experimental, provocative, self-aggrandising, radical and sometimes even outrageous, but above all they brew good beer.

Founded barely four years ago by James Watt and Martin Dickie, BrewDog has flown in the face of the generally more reserved and traditional British brewing industry with the style of their beer and their marketing, both of which are more in line with American craft breweries such as Dogfish Head and Stone. To call them progressive is almost an understatement, and they’ve polarised beer geeks with their antics. BrewDog is a phenomenon you either love or you hate.

They first made headlines in Britain with Tokyo* Oak Aged Stout – a beer brewed to 18.2% Abv. For those of you in the know,
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Pinewood Studios sets a New World Record

As you know, we here at HeyUGuys like to support the British Film Industry as much as we can and that’s why you may see promotions for events that we think our readers will like.

Over the past few weeks, and until the end of the year, Pinewood Studios have set up a ‘drive-in series’ of which our roving reporter Ben went to The Shining a couple of weeks ago (his review here). This weekend, Pinewood Studios decided that just having the biggest screen in Europe wasn’t enough, but that they wanted to break the world record for the largest movie projection Ever! Well, the good news is that this weekend on Saturday, 7th November, they did just that screening Mission: Impossible.

“The film was projected at 41.8 metres wide by 17.8 metres high onto Europe’s largest outdoor screen.”

“This feat forms part of Pinewood’s current Drive-In series for the public,
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