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The Illustrated Man

Ray Bradbury adapted to the screen is always something to check out; this Jack Smight- directed trio of stories bound together by a mystery man wearing the graffiti of the title at least works up a little ethereal-cereal excitement. Husband and wife Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom spout ominous dialogue as they face various futuristic threats.

The Illustrated Man


Warner Archive Collection

1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Robert Drivas, Don Dubbins, Jason Evers, Tim Weldon, Christine Matchett

Cinematography: Philip H. Lathrop

Art Direction: Joel Schiller

Film Editor: Archie Marshek

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

Written by Howard B. Kreitsek from the book by Ray Bradbury

Produced by Howard B. Kreitsek, Ted Mann

Directed by Jack Smight

Ray Bradbury must have had some frustrating times as a screenwriter, although the three times I saw him in person he never
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Hollywood royalty by Anne-Katrin Titze

Penélope Cruz as Macarena Granada in Fernando Trueba's The Queen Of Spain is presented an Oscar by Cary Grant

In my conversation with Fernando Trueba at the W Hotel Union Square in New York, he paid tribute to Emilio Ruiz del Río, who also worked with Stanley Kubrick (Spartacus), David Lean (Lawrence Of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago), Nicholas Ray (King Of Kings), John Milius (Conan The Barbarian), and Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth). Fernando's latest, The Queen Of Spain (La Reina De España) stars Penélope Cruz who was also his The Girl Of Your Dreams (La Niña De Tus Ojos) with Antonio Resines, Santiago Segura, Rosa Maria Sardà, Jorge Sanz, Jesús Bonilla, and Loles León, who all return here.

Penélope Cruz as Queen Isabella of Castile with John Scott (Clive Revill): "He is not John Ford but he is inspired by him."

In The Queen Of Spain, Mandy Patinkin,
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Moby Dick

I have a back file of reader notes asking for a Blu-ray for John Huston’s Moby Dick, and more pointedly, wondering what will be done with its strange color scheme. I wasn’t expecting miracles, but this new Twilight Time disc should make the purists happy – it has approximated the film’s original, heavily muted color scheme.

Moby Dick


Twilight Time

1956 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 116 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, James Robertson Justice,

Harry Andrews, Orson Welles, Bernard Miles, Mervyn Johns, Noel Purcell, Frederick Ledebur

Cinematography Oswald Morris

Art Direction Ralph W. Brinton

Film Editor Russell Lloyd

Original Music Philip Sainton

Writing credits Ray Bradbury and John Huston

Produced and Directed by John Huston

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Talk about a picture with a renewed reputation… in its day John Huston’s Moby Dick was not considered a success,
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1950s Film Star Rita Gam Dies at 88

1950s Film Star Rita Gam Dies at 88
Actress and first wife of famous director Sidney Lumet, Rita Gam has died, according to reports. She was 88. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gam died from respiratory failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. During her acting career, Gam starred in films like Saadia, Sign of the Pagan and King of Kings. Gam also played the real life role of one of Grace Kelly's bridesmaids when the actress wed Prince Ranier in 1956, THR adds. Aside from her on screen roles, Gam also starred in a handful of stage productions including Wit & Wisdom, Hamlet and There's a Girl in My Soup.
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1950s Film Star Rita Gam Dies at 88

1950s Film Star Rita Gam Dies at 88
Actress and first wife of famous director Sidney Lumet, Rita Gam has died, according to reports. She was 88. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gam died from respiratory failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. During her acting career, Gam starred in films like Saadia, Sign of the Pagan and King of Kings. Gam also played the real life role of one of Grace Kelly's bridesmaids when the actress wed Prince Ranier in 1956, THR adds. Aside from her on screen roles, Gam also starred in a handful of stage productions including Wit & Wisdom, Hamlet and There's a Girl in My Soup.
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Rita Gam, Glamorous Actress in 1950s Films, Dies at 88

Rita Gam, Glamorous Actress in 1950s Films, Dies at 88
Rita Gam, a glamorous actress who starred in such exotic films as Saadia with Cornel Wilde, Sign of the Pagan with Jack Palance as Attila the Hun and Nicholas Ray's biblical King of Kings, died Tuesday. She was 88.   Gam, who was director Sidney Lumet's first wife and a bridesmaid at Grace Kelly's 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier, died of respiratory failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, publicist Nancy Willen said. Gam also appeared opposite Gregory Peck in Night People (1954) and Shoot Out (1971), in William Dieterle's Magic Fire (1955), with Victor Mature in Hannibal (1959) and with

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Revolt of the Slaves

Let's give a cheer for the lowly sword 'n' sandal epic. This persecution and torture spectacle also takes in the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. The impressively mounted Italian-Spanish production stars Rhonda Fleming, Fernando Rey, Wandisa Guida, and as the slimy villain, none other than Serge Gainsbourg. Revolt of the Slaves MGM Limited Edition Collection 1960 / Color / 2:35 enhanced widescreen (Totalscope) / 103 min. / La rivolta degli schiavi / Street Date February 16, 2016 / available through Screen Archives Entertainment / 19.98 Starring Rhonda Fleming, Lang Jeffries, Darío Moreno, Ettore Manni, Wandisa Guida, Gino Cervi, Fernando Rey, Serge Gainsbourg, José Nieto, Benno Hoffmann, Rainer Penkert, Antonio Casas, Vanoye Aikens, Dolores Francine, Burt Nelson, Julio Peña . Cinematography Cecilio Paniagua Film Editor Eraldo Da Roma Original Music Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Written by Stefano Strucchi, Duccio Tessari, Daniel Mainwearing from the novel 'Fabiola' by Nicholas Patrick Wiseman Produced by Paolo Moffa Directed by Nunzio Malasomma

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Make all
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‘The Gospel According to Matthew’ one of the great works of world cinema

The Gospel According to Matthew

Written and Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Italy, 1964

As an avowed Marxist, homosexual, and atheist, Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini may seem to some a dubious choice to have made one of the most austere, faithful, and simply one of the best films about the life and death of Jesus Christ. But, with The Gospel According to Matthew, from 1964, that’s exactly what the controversial filmmaker, poet, novelist, and theorist did. This gritty and unpolished depiction of the life of Christ contains many of the narrative hallmarks featured in other film versions of the same story: the virgin birth, the early miracles, the apostles, Christ’s persecution and, ultimately, the crucifixion. However, no other cinematic depiction of this well-known chronicle looks, sounds, or feels quite like this one.

Before making this film, Pasolini had directed his first feature, Accattone!, in 1961, followed by Mamma Roma, starring
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Review: Son Of God Preaches To The Choir

The Bible tells us, "In the beginning was the Word." (John 1:1) "The Word," in this case, is understood to be Jesus Christ himself, who became "The Word made flesh" (John 1:14) for his time on Earth. If that's the case, then it's only fitting that Jesus has also been with filmmaking itself from its own beginning as a narrative art form. His story has certainly been one of the most filmed of all time. As early as 1902, France's Pathé company presented the first in a series of impressive (for the time) shorts depicting "The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ." From DeMille's silent era King of Kings (starring H.B. Warner in one of cinema's better Jesus performances) to Nicholas Ray's 1961 Hollywood epic of...

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Megyn Kelly Masters the Fox Defense: Play the Victim

Megyn Kelly might be the new kid in the Fox News primetime lineup, but she’s mastered the oldest trick in the network’s playbook – namely, playing the victim.

On Friday, Kelly used the first 18 minutes of her program, “The Kelly File,” to discuss the “firestorm of controversy” unleashed, as she put it, by her statement earlier in the week that Santa Claus and Jesus were both white – the former expressed as a reassurance to any children who might happen to be watching.

Yet Kelly’s ultimate explanation for the hubbub – which was driven as much by the sheer comedy of her earnestness, given the subject matter, as anything else – was the following: “Fox News, and yours truly, are big targets for many people.”

That’s true, of course, but returning again and again to that response – that Fox is being attacked by “vile” people who are “smear merchants,” as
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Cinema Retro Covers David McCallum At "The Great Escape" 50th Anniversary Screening, Omaha

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David McCallum with event host Bruce Crawford. (Photo: Steve Gray)

By Jon Heitland

On any list of the best films based on World War II, The Great Escape, directed by John Sturges and based on the novel by Paul Brickhill, will always rank near the top. The compelling story of a group of British and American prisoners of war and how they outwitted their Nazi captors observes its 50th anniversary this year, and actor David McCallum, who plays Ashley-Pitt in the film, travelled to Omaha, Nebraska on November 9, 2013, to help celebrate the classic film. Proceeds went to the Nebraska Kidney Foundation, which was why McCallum took time from his busy television schedule to make an appearance. The evening event centered around a showing of the film at the large, concert-style theater at the prestigious Joslyn Museum, to an enthusiastic, full house crowd of 1000.

The Great Escape 50 year retrospective was another
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New on Video: ‘Rebel Without a Cause’

Rebel Without A Cause

Written by Stewart Stern and Irving Shulman

Directed by Nicholas Ray

USA, 1955

That Rebel Without a Cause was such a success upon its initial 1955 release, and that it still stands as a hugely influential classic of American cinema, is not just a result of James Dean’s most iconic performance, nor is it simply the outcome of director Nicholas Ray’s talents. Why this film is truly a triumph has more to do with how superbly it encapsulates the artistic inclinations of these two particular artists. This is the film Dean and Ray were destined to make. And this was the time to make it.

Ray had been focusing on the outcasts, the rebels, and the loners since his first feature, They Live By Night. This emphasis would continue through In a Lonely Place and Johnny Guitar, before Rebel Without a Cause, and Bigger Than Life,
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John Ostrander: Higher Concepts

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I caught the movie musical version of Les Miserables recently (and I will thank my brain to stop playing snippets of the soundtrack over and over and over again) and was struck by a line sung by the hero, Jean Valjean, late in the story: “To love another person is to see the face of God.” That line has always pierced me (I’ve seen the stage version of the show several times).

I was raised Roman Catholic but I am now a Practicing Agnostic by which I mean that I don’t know that there is a god but I don’t know that there isn’t, either. Lately, I’ve come to accept the possibility of something like a god out there without subscribing to any of the versions that different religions put out as the One True Version. Even within Christianity, there’s no one vision of Jesus.
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Pioneering film maker Cecil B. deMille dies - from Guardian archive, 22 Jan 1959

Even the severest critics of his films had to concede that he was a great showman

Cecil B. deMille, who was often described as the "founder" of Hollywood, died at his home there yesterday after a short illness. He was 77.

Cecil B. deMille - he was always known by his full name, which a Hollywood wit once said was not a name at all but a "proclamation" - was like a personal symbol of the popular view of Hollywood between the two world wars before the competition of television nibbled away at its self-confidence. The films he produced were invariably "epics," launched with tremendous advertising fervour in which deMille often took a hand.

Even the severest critics of his films had to concede that he was a great showman - typically one of his best films was called "The Greatest Show on Earth " - and that he was not only
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Life of Brian, The Nativity Story and More Movies Inspired by Jesus

Life of Brian, The Nativity Story and More Movies Inspired by Jesus
Happy birthday, Jesus! 'Tis the season to celebrate the King of Kings, so we come bearing our pick of pics—the 10 must-see Jesus films. Ten lords-a-leaping, it was a holy mother of a challenge compiling this list. We could've chosen all the expected Messiah movies: The Greatest Story Ever Told, Jesus of Nazareth, The Passion of the Christ and countless others. Instead, we're mixing it up, combining literal interpretations (like The Nativity Story) with those that are satirical, allegorical, and even musical. Ready to lift your spirit on Christmas day? Hallelujah! Open the pearly gates and enter our gallery of Jesus-Inspired movies.
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The Winner of the Beatles Holiday Parody Contest Is ...

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The Winner of the Beatles Holiday Parody Contest Is ...
"Commenter winning in the dead of night ... " Okay, and that will be the last Beatles parody of the season. Last week, we had you submit your best worst Beatles parody lyrics for a chance to win the Beatles' Studio Album Vinyl Remasters Boxed Set. Some submissions were bad-good, some good-bad, some even were good-good, and luckily none were bad-bad. And the winner is ...Well, first, here are the runner-ups: Stumblesojourn(In the style of "Drive My Car")  Asked a Roman what she wanted to be  She said a virgin, from Nazarene  I said, you don't have to get with me  But I can still impregnate you with the King of Kings    Mary, you can birth The Lord,  Soon he'll be nailed to a board  Mary, you can birth The Lord  And Catholics will love you    Kyrie Eleison, Yeah!  Twohundredandtwentyfive:(In the style of "Why Don't We Do it
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WWE: The Undertaker – Man or Moniker

It’s November 1990 at the WWF’s marquee event Survivor Series. During a traditional Survivor Series match, Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase introduces us to his mystery partner for the bout. A bell of foreboding tolls in the arena, the crowd goes eerily quite. Out walks a man, wearing all black with an all black morticians hat hiding his grim features. Slowly removing his long brimmed hat, a face of pure hatred and anger greets the camera. The camera seemed nervous to linger on him too long, as we saw glimpses of crowd members worried faces. Gorilla Monsoon couldn’t help shouting about how big and scary this monster was, taken aback by the sheer terror emanating form this beast hailing from Death Valley. Everyone was in awe of him. In the first minutes of the match he destroyed Koko B Ware and Dusty Rhodes like a giant would crush children.

What film character are you most like?

Have you ever taken to the seas like Jack Sparrow? Tell us about the ways you've been inspired by onscreen heroes

A Devon woman has been jailed after stealing a passenger ferry, in an apparent emulation of Pirates of the Caribbean. Alison Whelan shouted "I'm Jack Sparrow" at police as she as she set off down the River Dart aboard the Dart Princess.

Whelan, who was high on a cocktail of drink and drugs, was sentenced to 112 days in prison this week, and her actions are clearly not to be celebrated. However, the story got us wondering: have you ever found yourself, deliberately or otherwise, mimicking a character from a film? Or are there any film characters you compare yourself to?

We asked @guardianfilm Twitter followers what characters they most closely identify with. Here's a handful of the responses:


Always loved Amelie although I probably flatter myself if I
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WWE Raw Results 21/8/12 – Chris Jericho is Fired

Last night’s WWE Raw results from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler are on commentary as Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman kick things off and make their way to the ring.

Heyman takes the mic and says how Lesnar vs. Triple H at SummerSlam last night was difficult to watch. He praises and hypes up Lesnar for defeating Triple H, making him quit on his family, the fans and everyone else. Heyman says Hhh had his dignity and manhood stripped and that he is now just a shell of a man. Heyman doesn’t feel sorry for Triple H and says none of the fans should either. Heyman asks last night’s referee Scott Armstrong to come out to the ring as Lesnar has something to say to him.

Heyman says Hhh had Armstrong bend the rules at SummerSlam and for
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Louie Review: Welcome to Miami

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Louie’s a guy who’s never been proud of his weight. That much is obvious. He’s gone on long rants about just how gross he, and presumably others, think his body is.

That self-loathing ties into the most prominent themes in this episode – beautiful aesthetic (achieved through artificial means) vs. beautiful personality (achieved through genuine experiences), which meshes nicely with perception vs. reality and culminates with sexuality.

There might not be a better place on the planet to put these themes on full display than in the home of Nip/Tuck, "Miami," a city known for its overwhelming obsession with appearance, but, as we find out, also has an authentic charm that most tourists and even long-time residents don’t ever see or know about.

Right off the bat, the ‘fish out of water’ angle is painfully obvious.

Louie – a pale, overweight redhead wearing the traditional New York
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