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Michael Shannon on Kubrickian Inspiration, Sex as Storytelling, and Sidney Lumet

Bringing a defining presence to any project he takes part in, Michael Shannon exudes both a controlled menace and an emotional complexity in his wide range of roles, from his collaborations with Jeff Nichols to 99 Homes to superhero villains to his small-screen gangster drama Boardwalk Empire. Following his Oscar-nominated performance in last year’s Nocturnal Animals, he’s back on the circuit with Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War era fantasy tale The Shape of Water.

If one only viewed the trailer, it may be easy to label his character or Strickland as a villain, but, like many of his roles, Shannon carries a beating, humorous heart to this archetype as he wrestles with the pressures of bureaucracy and the discarded promises of the American dream. We spoke with the actor about getting room to breathe on set, being in del Toro’s world, the complications of sex, and working
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Anthony Harvey, Director Of "The Lion In Winter", Dead At 87

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Cinema Retro's Todd Garbarini and Lee Pfeiffer with Anthony Harvey at a screening of The Lion in Winter at the Loew's Jersey City, 2009.

 

By Lee Pfeiffer

Anthony Harvey, the actor who became an editor only to finally become an esteemed director, has died at age 87 at his home in Long Island. Harvey was born in London and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with the hope of becoming an actor. However, he turned to film editing instead. On a whim he contacted Stanley Kubrick and convinced the director to hire him as editor on the 1962 production of "Lolita".  Kubrick was so impressed that he hired Harvey again to edit his next film "Dr. Strangelove". Harvey's innovative method of fast cutting won plaudits from the industry. At one point, however, disaster nearly struck when footage of a complicated sequence he had edited went missing, leading him to have to recreate
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Interview: Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg Discuss Their Characters in The Shape Of Water

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An unforgettable and gorgeous fairy tale about the most unlikely of romances, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a visual triumph, a beautiful testament to the power of film, and the director’s biggest cinematic achievement to date. At the recent press day for The Shape of Water, Daily Dead had the opportunity to take part in roundtable interviews with a pair of the film’s co-stars, Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg, whose characters come to blows over the fate of the mysterious creature at the center of del Toro’s timeless story.

During the interview, both Shannon and Stuhlbarg chatted about their respective characters, the allure of collaborating with del Toro on The Shape of Water, and more. The Shape of Water will open this weekend in New York City, and then will arrive in other cities beginning on December 8th, courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

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The Last Word: Michael Moore on Trump, Springsteen and Where We're Headed

The Last Word: Michael Moore on Trump, Springsteen and Where We're Headed
Illustration by Mark Summers for Rolling Stone

On July 21st, 2016 – at a time when nearly every political pundit and member of the mainstream media thought that Donald Trump didn't have even a chance of beating Hillary ClintonMichael Moore went public with his belief that the Republican candidate was going to win. "You are living in a bubble that comes with an adjoining echo chamber where you and your friends are convinced the American people are not going to elect an idiot for president," he wrote in a pleading messages to Americans,
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The Other Side of the Booth: A Profile of James B. Harris in Present Day Los Angeles

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Courtesy of James B. HarrisIt’s a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles and 89-year-old writer/director/producer James B. Harris (Some Call It Loving, 1973; Fast-Walking, 1982) has agreed to meet me for brunch at Coogie’s Cafe. Coogie’s is exactly the sort of unassuming American diner where girls in pink velvet jackets and shimmery silver skirts go to blend in with the Pepto-Bismol-colored booths. There are a pair of flat screen TVs on the wall, which are mercifully muted. A radio in some far-off corner of the kitchen can be heard playing inoffensive pop tunes of yesteryear. It is also the sort of quiet place where someone like Harris is well-known, well-liked, and referred to as “Mr. James” by the entire waitstaff. The impression is one of polite reverence and earned familiarity, built up over time and solidified through an appreciation of his impressive filmography, as well as his continued business.
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Review: The Death of Stalin (2017)

Anybody who discusses satire in audio-visual media at some point must mention the work of Armando Iannucci. Creator of TV’s The Thick Of It and Veep, with credits that include The Day Today and Alan Partridge, his work is some of the finest in Comedy. And in 2009, Iannucci made his big screen full feature directorial debut with The Thick Of It spin-off In The Loop (one of the best comedies of our times) and now, Iannucci casts his eye to even darker – and even more volatile – political territory with The Death of Stalin.

As concepts go, this film has a pitch black core, as it not only delves into a figure whose actions have reverberated throughout socio-political history but in looking at the events surrounding his death in 1953 and the power struggles within the Soviet Union, it is a brazen era, to say the least, in which to set a Comedy.
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Review: Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" (1975); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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“The Beauty Of Irony”

By Raymond Benson

Leave it to The Criterion Collection to present a jaw-dropping, eye-popping Blu-ray release of Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 masterpiece that many critics have called one of the most beautiful films ever made. While the picture received many accolades upon its initial release, including Oscar nominations for Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay—and wins for Cinematography, Production Design, Costumes, and Adapted Score—it was again one those Kubrick films that was controversial and misunderstood at first. It was not a financial success in the U.S., and yet today it’s considered one of the auteur’s greatest works.

After such titles as Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and A Clockwork Orange, it may have seemed to be an odd choice for Kubrick to make a picture such as Barry Lyndon. One must look back to the period between 2001 and Clockwork to understand it. Kubrick
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‘Work & Play: A Short Film about The Shining’ Peeks Behind the Curtain of Stanley Kubrick’s Horror Masterpiece

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‘Work & Play: A Short Film about The Shining’ Peeks Behind the Curtain of Stanley Kubrick’s Horror Masterpiece
The Shining” is hitting the big screen for Halloween, and to celebrate Park Circus is releasing a short film, “Work & Play: A Short Film about The Shining,” which goes behind-the-scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece.

For one night only, on October 31, over 100 cinemas throughout the United Kingdom, as well as select European and Latin American countries, will screen the 1980 Stephen King adaptation in several theaters. Before the film, the seven-minute short “Work & Play,” directed by Matt Wells, will give audiences fresh insight into the work that went into bringing the King novel to the big screen.

Read More: Stanley Kubrick Behind the Scenes: Here’s the Director on Set, From ‘Dr. Strangelove’ to ‘Eyes Wide Shut

“Work & Play” pairs behind-the-scenes photos of “The Shining” with interviews from the cast and crew, including Lisa and Louise Burns, the twin sisters from the film’s infamous hallway scene, Stanley Kubrick’s daughter,
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Pain Pays the Income of Each Precious Thing: Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon"

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“For an intellectual product of any value to exert an immediate influence which shall also be deep and lasting, it must rest on an inner harmony, yes, an affinity, between the personal destiny of its author and that of his contemporaries in general.”—Thomas Mann, Death in Venice Barry Lyndon. I can’t believe there was a time when I didn’t know that name. Barry Lyndon means an artwork both grand and glum. Sadness inconsolable. A cello bends out a lurid sound, staining the air before a piano droopingly follows in the third movement of Vivaldi's “Cello Concerto in E Minor.” This piece, which dominates the second half of the film, steers the hallowed half of my head to bask in the film’s high melancholic temperature. Why should I so often remember it? What did I have to do with this film? I only received it with
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My Fair Lady is back in Cineplex theatres as part of our Classic Film Series

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My Fair Lady is back in Cineplex theatres as part of our Classic Film SeriesMy Fair Lady is back in Cineplex theatres as part of our Classic Film SeriesIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine10/11/2017 1:20:00 Pm

By 1964, Hollywood’s Golden Age was coming to an end. The studio system was collapsing and counterculture pics such as Dr. Strangelove and The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night were attracting younger audiences. However, Hollywood could still count on musicals to draw crowds, especially those based on Broadway hits.

My Fair Lady was a smashing success on stage, which is why Warner Bros. paid an unheard of $5-million for the film rights. The story, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play "Pygmalion", finds arrogant professor of phonetics Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) wagering that he can train cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) to speak and act like a lady. Under his sometime cruel tutelage,
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Giveaway – Win The Party starring Peter Sellers

Eureka Entertainment releases The Party, Blake Edwards’ fish-out-of-water, comedy cult classic starring Peter Sellers, as part of the Eureka Classics range on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on October 16th 2017, and we have three copies to give away.

With the massive success of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Pink Panther cementing his reputation as one of America’s finest directors of comedic cinema, Blake Edwards followed them up with The Party, arguably his greatest film, and at the time one of the most experimental films ever produced by a Hollywood studio.

By a twist of fate, the clumsy but good-hearted, aspiring actor Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers, The Pink Panther, Dr. Strangelove) is invited to attend Fred “General” Clutterbuck’s big party, after having utterly ruined the set of his latest feature film. In this cozy and friendly atmosphere, drinks are flowing, food is in abundance
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‘mother!’ is the Smartest Comedy of 2017

‘mother!’ is the Smartest Comedy of 2017
Reviews for “mother!” have called it everything from “sickening” to “a berserk feast of filth,” but the most shocking thing about Darren Aronofsky’s wildly divisive new movie is that it’s hilarious. You wouldn’t expect to laugh so much during a movie that includes more disturbing Wtf moments than you can count, but “mother!” shatters expectations. As A.O. Scott puts in his review for the New York Times: “Don’t listen to anyone who natters on about how intense or disturbing it is; it’s a hoot!”

Aronofsky is the farthest thing from a comedic filmmaker. Take one look at “Requiem for a Dream” or “Black Swan” and you’re more likely to recoil from shock and discomfort than crack up. “mother!’s” grand statements on the history of humanity and its relationship to the Earth make it a successor to “The Fountain” and “Noah,” but Aronofsky’s
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Adg Awards: Art Directors To Induct Ken Adam & Tyrus Wong Into Hall Of Fame

The Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 is set. Sir Ken Adam, the Oscar-winning production designer behind Dr. Strangelove and the James Bond franchise, and Bambi illustrator and longtime Warner Bros veteran Tyrus Wong will be inducted during the 22nd annual Adg Awards on January 27 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. Â"There are few exceptionally gifted artists who are capable of inspiring all of us through their command of imagination,…
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Adg Awards: Art Directors To Induct Ken Adam & Tyrus Wong Into Hall Of Fame

Adg Awards: Art Directors To Induct Ken Adam & Tyrus Wong Into Hall Of Fame
The Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 is set. Sir Ken Adam, the Oscar-winning production designer behind Dr. Strangelove and the James Bond franchise, and Bambi illustrator and longtime Warner Bros veteran Tyrus Wong will be inducted during the 22nd annual Adg Awards on January 27 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. Â"There are few exceptionally gifted artists who are capable of inspiring all of us through their command of imagination,…
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‘Wormwood’ Trailer: Peter Sarsgaard Stars in Errol Morris’ Series About the CIA’s Deadly LSD Experiments

‘Wormwood’ Trailer: Peter Sarsgaard Stars in Errol Morris’ Series About the CIA’s Deadly LSD Experiments
Fresh off his lauded personal documentary, “The B-Side,” a lovingly etched portrait of the photographer Elsa Dorfman, Errol Morris is returning to his roots with the sort of true crime story that put him on the map as one of the most incisive documentarians working today. This time, he’s blending narrative with non-fiction for a deep dive into the CIA’s deadly LSD experiments. “Wormwood,” a six-part series coming to Netflix in December, released an enticing first teaser today.

The true story of one man’s sixty-year journey to discover the truth about his father’s untimely death, “Wormwood” stars Peter Sarsgaard in the lead, with Molly Parker, Christian Camargo, Jimmi Simpson, Bob Balaban, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Doman rounding out a stellar cast. The teaser is full of intrigue and darkly evocative images, making “Wormwood” one to watch.

Read More:Errol Morris Gem ‘The B-Side’ Digs Into
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1941: A Great Comedy For Slim Pickens Day

On Monday, August 28, 2017, Turner Classic Movies will devote an entire day of their “Summer Under the Stars” series to the late, great Louis Burton Lindley Jr. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, well, then just picture the fella riding the bomb like a buckin’ bronco at the end of Dr. Strangelove…, or the racist taskmaster heading up the railroad gang in Blazing Saddles, or the doomed Sheriff Baker, who gets one of the loveliest, most heartbreaking sendoffs in movie history in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Lindley joined the rodeo circuit when he was 13 and soon picked up the name that would follow him throughout the length of his professional career, in rodeo and in movies & TV. One of the rodeo vets got a look at the lank newcomer and told him, “Slim pickin’s. That’s all you’re gonna get in this rodeo.
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Prizzi’s Honor

Richard Condon and John Huston’s show is like a gangland version of Moonstruck, bouncing effortlessly between earnest romanticism and cynical satire. Hit man Jack Nicholson is a brass-knuckle Romeo, and Kathleen Turner’s mysterious bicoastal Juliet has nothing but surprises for him. Near the end of his career, Huston’s direction is as assured as can be.

Prizzi’s Honor

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1985 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Street Date September 16, 2003 / 14.95

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia, John Randolph, William Hickey, Lee Richardson, Anjelica Huston.

Cinematography: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Production Designer: Dennis Washington

Film Editors: Kaja Fehr, Rudi Fehr

Original Music: Alex North

Written by Janet Roach, Richard Condon from his novel

Produced by John Foreman

Directed by John Huston

Who said that John Huston slacked off in his later years? True, his Annie could be fairly re-titled as Gambling Debts Paid,
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BBC Culture Names the Top 100 Comedies of All Time, From ‘Some Like It Hot’ to ‘Airplane!’

BBC Culture Names the Top 100 Comedies of All Time, From ‘Some Like It Hot’ to ‘Airplane!’
“Well, nobody’s perfect,” may be the last line of “Some Like It Hot,” but BBC Culture’s newest list of the 100 greatest comedies of all time comes pretty darn close. Billy Wilder’s cross-dressing buddy comedy earned the most votes, but the rest of the list is as robust and varied as one would hope, containing slam dunk smash hits as well as lesser known hidden gems.

Read More:The 25 Best Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked

The survey included responses from 253 film critics internationally, with freelancers writing in from Syria, Azerbaijan, and Montenegro. For a deeper dive into your favorite critics’ comedic tastes, each individual top ten list is also available for perusal. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich, and Kate Erbland participated; their number one picks were “City Lights,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” respectively.

Read More:Jerry Lewis, King of Comedy, Dies at 91

Dr. Strangelove,
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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
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12 Movies to Prepare You for Nuclear War with North Korea

12 Movies to Prepare You for Nuclear War with North Korea
Philosopher George Santayana said very famously that, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Now, I am not sure if the present Us administration and other world leaders are having fuzzy memories, but we sure seem to be repeating something with North Korea and this whole nuclear arms deal. The fact that there is talk from both the Us and North Korea about actually dropping nuclear bombs on one another leads me to believe that World War 3 might actually be a possibility. So we better get prepared. And what better way to prepare for Doomsday than with some of the best movies ever made about the subject?

With IMDb serving as a comprehensive guide, we now turn and look at what some of those movies are and what they mean. Yes, these bastions of celluloid escapism that show us (usually) in 2 hours less, that people can,
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