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Siegfried Rauch, Steve McQueen's Racing Rival in 'Le Mans,' Dies at 85

Siegfried Rauch, the German actor who portrayed Steve McQueen's ruthless racing rival Erich Stahler in the 1971 classic film Le Mans, has died. He was 85.

Rauch died Sunday night as a result of a fall in his hometown of Untersochering, Bavaria, his agency announced.

Rauch also appeared in the war films Patton (1970), directed by Franklin J. Schaffner; John Sturges' The Eagle Has Landed (1976); George P. Cosmatos' Escape to Athena (1979); and Sam Fuller's The Big Red One (1980).

Le Mans, directed by Lee H. Katzin, tells the story of the Porsche and Ferrari rivalry through the eyes...
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Siegfried Rauch, Steve McQueen's Racing Rival in 'Le Mans,' Dies at 85

Siegfried Rauch, Steve McQueen's Racing Rival in 'Le Mans,' Dies at 85
Siegfried Rauch, the German actor who portrayed Steve McQueen's ruthless racing rival Erich Stahler in the 1971 classic film Le Mans, has died. He was 85.

Rauch died Sunday night as a result of a fall in his hometown of Untersochering, Bavaria, his agency announced.

Rauch also appeared in the war films Patton (1970), directed by Franklin J. Schaffner; John Sturges' The Eagle Has Landed (1976); George P. Cosmatos' Escape to Athena (1979); and Sam Fuller's The Big Red One (1980).

Le Mans, directed by Lee H. Katzin, tells the story of the Porsche and Ferrari rivalry through the eyes...
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Bad Girls Of "Batman" And Legendary Movie Poster Artist Robert Tanenbaum To Appear At Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Con

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Convention presents Classic Movie Poster Artist Robert Tanenbaum, Jean Hale (In Like Flint), Sharyn Wynters (The Female Bunch), and Donna Loren (Bikini Beach) at the August 20, 2017 Show.

Robert Tanenbaum is a Movie Poster Artist with an over 50 year career illustrating every film genre such as Science Fiction, Horror, Comedy, War, Drama and Martial Arts. Robert has illustrated such Classic Movie Posters as A Christmas Story, Battle For The Planet Of The Apes, Cujo, Five Fingers Of Death, Black Christmas, Super Fly, The Color Of Money, My Bodyguard, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, The Iron Cross, The Eagle Has Landed, Ransom, Cleopatra Jones And The Casino Of Gold, Hot Potato, Mel Brooks High Anxiety and Silent Night, Evil Night. Robert’s art is featured on the first announcement that Jaws was being made into a Movie.
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Raising Caine: Sir Michael Going On In Style

Tony Black on screen legend Michael Caine

His recent political leanings aside, Sir Michael Caine remains one of the surviving legends of British and indeed American cinema of the last fifty years, and this weekend’s Going in Style–a heist caper directed by none other than ScrubsZach Braff–sees him share top billing with fellow aged legend Morgan Freeman for what seems the first time in a while. Over recent years the iconic British figure–known for his slick Cockney accent which bore fruit with numerous catchphrases in more than one seminal British film–has become more widely known to audiences as a character actor, heavily used in Christopher Nolan’s body of work since appearing as Alfred Pennyworth in Batman Begins.

So began a certain career resurgence for the man born Maurice Micklewhite under the sound of bow bells, but as Sir Michael–now into his 80’s
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Howard Stringer, U.K. Distributor Drg Launch Atrium TV Drama Development Venture

Former Sony USA chief Howard Stringer has teamed with U.K. distributor Drg to launch a development venture targeting streaming platforms worldwide.

Atrium TV is described as a “commissioning club” that will develop series prospects and make them available to Ott and Svod outlets that become club “members.” Atrium TV will seek one member per region so as to avoid competitive conflicts. The first member is Viaplay, a unit of Nordic media conglom Mtg. Members will be given the chance to invest in Atrium productions and thus license them for their territories.

Atrium TV was unveiled Monday at the Mip TV international sales conference in Cannes. The company is the brainchild of Stringer, Drg CEO Jeremy Fox and Jakob Mejlhede, Mtg’s exec VP and head of programming and content development.

“The demand for high quality drama is increasing throughout the world as new platforms come on line and as new audiences consume their programming in an
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Ryan Gosling Will Play Neil Armstrong in the Biopic First Man Directed Damien Chazelle

Ryan Gosling will reteam with La La Land director Damien Chazelle for a biopic he's directing based on the life of Neil Armstrong. The film will be called First Man, and the script comes from Spotlight scribe Josh Singer.

The movie is based on the biography by James Hansen called First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong. It tells the story of Nasa’s mission to land a man on the moon, and it focuses on Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.

According to Variety, the film will be a visceral, first-person account, that "will explore the sacrifices and the cost — on Armstrong and on America — of one of the most dangerous space missions in history."

Gosling is a very talented actor who seems like a solid choice to play Armstrong. The film was originally supposed to be directed by Clint Eastwood at Warner Bros. It eventually ended up
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‘Thelma and Louise!’: Kate Hudson and Stella McCartney Roadtrip to Music Festival

‘Thelma and Louise!’: Kate Hudson and Stella McCartney Roadtrip to Music Festival
Kate Hudson and Stella McCartney are feeling footloose on their girls trip to the California desert.

On Friday night, the designer took to Instagram to share a selfie of the pair en route to Indio, California, for weekend two of the Desert Trip music festival.

Thelma and Louise heading to coachella!! x Stella,” McCartney, 45, wrote in the post.

Hudson, 37, shared the same photo, captioning her post, “The eagle has landed #RoadTrippin @stellamccartney.”

Later that night, Hudson Snapchatted the duo rocking out to Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, who kicked off the festival’s second weekend. In one post, the
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Comic-Con 2014: Nolan & McConaughey Tease 'Interstellar' Journey

"Rage, rage against the dying of the light." The eagle has landed. Paramount Pictures' panel inside the legendary Hall H at Comic-Con 2014 today ended with an epic discussion on Interstellar, a surprise to everyone as the studio brought along Oscar winning star Matthew McConaughey and the man himself, Christopher Nolan. Both are first time Comic-Con attendees, making an appearance at this geek mecca to promote the sci-fi epic that many of us are already anxiously anticipating (see the latest trailer). To top it off, they shared the incredible, brand new trailer with those in Hall H, and it will be online sometime soon. "The thrill of making a large scale science fiction film has to be about the experience of the audience," Nolan said, discussing his inspirations and desires to make this movie next. Nolan's Interstellar is a science fiction epic about a wormhole discovered in our galaxy that we hope will take us,
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5 WWII Men-On-a-Mission Movies To See Before 'The Monuments Men'

This week sees the release of George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" (read our review here), which carefully follows the template of what's come to be known as the men-on-a-mission movie, and has been around even before the Second World War came to a close. The recipe is simple: take a bunch of men (the more ill-suited and quarrelsome the better), give them an objective—killing Hitler, looting Nazi gold, saving Private Ryan, protecting crucial work of arts from destruction by the Germans—and send those men on the mission. It's proved a consistently popular genre over the years, with plenty of classics or near-classics, including "The Guns Of Navarone," "The Dirty Dozen," "Von Ryan's Express," "Where Eagles Dare," "The Eagle Has Landed," "A Bridge Too Far," or more recently, "Inglourious Basterds." But there's also a fair few that aren't spoken about in the same measure that might deserve to be,
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Blu-ray, DVD: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 7, 2014

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99

Studio: Lionsgate

The second installment in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire scored even better than the original at the box office and with critics.

Based on the second book in the novels by Suzanne Collins, the science-fiction movie continues the story of reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men: First Class), who’s now on a victory tour after winning the Hunger Games in the first film. This time, she has to go through the deadly games again, with even higher stakes as rebellion is sparked in the outer lying districts of the dangerous Capitol.

Josh Hutcherson (Red Dawn), Woody Harrelson (Seven Psychopaths), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Donald Sutherland (The Eagle Has Landed), Lenny Kravitz (Lee DanielsThe Butler), Stanley Tucci (Jack the Giant Slayer) and Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) all return in their roles, and additions
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The Saint, The Champions: What was the secret of '60s cult TV?

The sad passing of actress Alexandra Bastedo earlier this month saw many recalling and celebrating her work on '60s spy-fi series The Champions - just one entry in the canon of cult programme makers Itc Entertainment.

Though it also branched out into film production - with the likes of 1976's The Eagle Has Landed and 1982's The Dark Crystal - Itc was best known throughout the 1960s and '70s for its raft of cult TV programming, with shows like The Champions making an indelible screen icon of Bastedo and others like her.

These shows are now world-renowned - The Saint, The Prisoner, Thunderbirds - but the team behind them still go sadly unsung.

This week, the Week in Geek is looking to redress the balance with a fond tribute to Itc Entertainment - one of the UK's very best, most influential production teams.

Sherlock: The Problem of the Vanishing Detective

Doctor Who,
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The Eagle Has Landed: Daleks’ Master Plan Deliveries Commence!

Christian Cawley is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

If you’ve ordered a copy of our limited edition Daleks’ Master Plan charity graphic novel, you’ll probably be aware that there have been some delays with the printers. Fear not, Kasterborite: the eagle has indeed landed! The eagle has landed. pic.twitter.com/0JQnXGW3hS — K Doctor Who News (@kasterborousdw) January 9, 2014 Following a surprise email on

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Donald Sutherland: 'I want Hunger Games to stir up a revolution'

Donald Sutherland: 'I want Hunger Games to stir up a revolution'
The veteran actor who plays tyrannical president Coriolanus Snow in the blockbuster series talks about films as political activism – plus cinema villains and happy marriages

Donald Sutherland wants to stir revolt. A real revolt. A youth-led uprising against injustice that will overturn the Us as we know it and usher in a kinder, better way. "I hope that they will take action because it's getting drastic in this country." Drone strikes. Corporate tax dodging. Racism. The Keystone oil pipeline. Denying food stamps to "starving Americans". It's all going to pot. "It's not right. It's not right."

Millennials need awakening from slumber. "You know the young people of this society have not moved in the last 30 years." With the exception of Occupy, a minority movement, passivity reigns. "They have been consumed with telephones." The voice hardens. "Tweeting."

We are high up in a Four Seasons hotel overlooking Beverly Hills, sunlight glinting off mansions and boutiques below,
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This Week on Blu-ray: Pacific Rim, The Heat, Vikings: Season One and More

M&C has added cover art and details for this week’s Blu-ray releases – which includes Pacific Rim, The Heat, Maniac, the Colony, and Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain. This week also see Blu-ray releases for catalog titles such as In the Mouth of Madness, Love Actually, The Haunting, High Plains Drifter, Weird Science, Embrace of the Vampire, and The Eagle Has Landed (Collector's Edition). TV on Blu-ray releases this week include Vikings: Season One, Untold History of the United States, Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Five, and Defiance: Season One. Visit the DVD database for more information on these releases. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war
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Peter Richardson on new Comic Strip film: 'It's 90 minutes of chaos'

Peter Richardson has confirmed that Harry Enfield and Stephen Mangan are to star in the upcoming Comic Strip film It Ends Badly.

The Comic Strip founder was speaking to Digital Spy to mark the launch of new five-disc DVD collection The Comic Strip Presents: The Best Of, which was released on Monday.

Asked if he had a wishlist of comedy talent to work with, Richardson said: "If there is we always ask them! We will again.

"We're about to make a movie actually, next spring - a Comic Strip movie with Harry Enfield and Stephen Mangan - we will be asking lots of new people to be in that."

Of whether the script had been written for the film, he added: "Yes, yes, it's called It Ends Badly.

"It's about two absolute scoundrels, two rotten scoundrels really, Harry and Steve, who are trying to a make a chick-flick.

"They've taken
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Eagle Has Landed

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $24.97

Studio: Shout! Factory

Michael Caine leads a Nazi paratrooper plot to kidnap Winston Churchill in The Eagle Has Landed.

Michael Caine (Dressed to Kill), Donald Sutherland (1900) and Robert Duvall (The Conversation) lead a star-studded cast in the 1976 World War II action film The Eagle Has Landed, which makes its U.S. Blu-ray debut with this release from Shout! Factory.

Based on Jack Higgins’ best-selling novel, the film revolves around a Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill while he is resting in a desolate Norfolk village. Nazi officers Colonel Radl (Duvall), Colonel Steiner (Caine) and Liam Devlin (Sutherland) are enlisted to carry out the operation, which if successful, would irrevocably alter the outcome of the war. Disguised as Polish airmen, the team of paratroopers descends upon England only to be interrupted by an unforeseeable incident which threatens to derail their treacherous mission.
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David C. Anderson, Assistant Director on Blockbusters, Dies

David C. Anderson, Assistant Director on Blockbusters, Dies
David C. Anderson, an assistant director, unit production manager, producer and production executive who worked on James Bond films “Dr. No” and “From Russia With Love” and pictures including “The Deer Hunter,” “Quadrophenia” and “Tequila Sunrise,” died of cancer on August 4 in Richmond, England, after a short illness. He was 72.

During a career spanning almost six decades in the U.K., U.S. and worldwide in film and television, Anderson worked with such directors as Terence Young, Ken Annakin, Ronald Neame, John Huston, Lewis Gilbert, John Sturges, Michael Cimino, Mike Hodges and Blake Edwards. His other credits included “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” “The Kremlin Letter,” “The Man Who Would Be King,” “The Eagle Has Landed,” “Flash Gordon” and “What About Bob.”

Anderson’s work in television included “The Saint,” Shirley MacLaine’s series “Shirley’s World” miniseries and films “The Far Pavilions,” “Peter the Great,” “Diana: Her Real Story,
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James Bond assistant director David C Anderson dies, aged 72

James Bond assistant director David C Anderson dies, aged 72
James Bond assistant director David C Anderson has died, aged 72.

The filmmaker worked as a unit production manager, producer and production executive in film and TV across decades.

He was the assistant director for three of the first four Bond movies - Dr No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965).

The son of Dam Busters director Michael Anderson, he started his film career at Pinewood Studios.

Anderson later worked with a number of top directors, including Terence Young, John Huston, Lewis Gilbert, John Sturges, Michael Cimino and Blake Edwards.

His films included The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Kremlin Letter, The Man Who Would Be King, The Eagle Has Landed, The Deer Hunter, Quadrophenia, Flash Gordon, Tequila Sunrise and What About Bob?

On TV, Anderson worked on several shows such as The Saint, Shirley MacLaine's Shirley's World, Diana: Her Real Story, Tales From the Crypt and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
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Shout! Factory signs ITV Studios deal

Shout! Factory signs ITV Studios deal
Home entertainment agreement will see Shout! Factory distribute ITV Studios Global Entertainment films in North America.

North American distributor Shout! Factory and UK distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment (Itvs Ge) have secured a deal to partner on home entertainment and digital distribution.

The agreement will see an extensive library of acclaimed cinema classics back to the home entertainment marketplace in the Us and Canada.

Titles include Sophie’s Choice; On Golden Pond; The Eagle Has Landed; The Last Unicorn; The Tamarind Seed; Capricorn One; The Cassandra Crossing; Brief Encounter; Saturn 3; The Merchant of Venice; Voyage of the Damned and The Boys from Brazil.

Some of these titles have never been available on Blu-ray or DVD. In addition, bonus content is currently in development by Shout! Factory for special editions and double features.
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Twickenham Studios: Home to the Beatles, Silent Stars, Hollywood Elite

Twickenham Studios: Home to the Beatles, Silent Stars, Hollywood Elite
Based about 9 miles southwest of central London, Twickenham Studios was built on the site of an old ice-skating rink that was acquired in 1912 by Dr. Ralph Jupp. One of the U.K.’s oldest surviving studios, the site opened in 1913. The studio’s first release, The House of Temperley, was released the same year and major stars including Ivor Novello, Dorothy Gish, Gladys Cooper, C. Aubrey Smith and Herbert Tree worked at Twickenham during the silent era.

Jupp was forced to sell the studio in 1920 due to financial and health problems. After the new owners went out of business in 1922 the studio was leased to various companies until Julius Hagen and Leslie Hiscott took over in 1928.

During the 1930s the studio produced a raft of “quota quickies,” low-budget features created to fill the quota requirement established by the Cinematograph Films Act of 1927. Such features were notoriously low quality but provided valuable training opportunities,
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