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July. It's a Wrap

July was the month of Emmy nominations, Ingmar Bergman's Centennial, Mamma Mia! melodies, old and new. It was also the month I failed to convince you to watch Harlots (your loss!). Here are 16 highlights from the month as we say goodbye to July.

Miscellania

• Almodóvar and Penelope - filming collaboration #6, Pain and Glory

• Yes No Maybe So: Aquaman - another DC tragedy or wet fun?

The Dark Knight - a rewatch for its 10th anniversary

• Rear Window -it's still perfect; We checked.

• Best of 2018 - thus far at the halfway mark in all categories

• Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood - Good dish or unethical or both?

Most Discussed

• Amy Adam's 3 Best - Everyone has an opinion!

• Cats to become a movie - How on earth will that work?

• Months of Meryl: The Hours - Streep unravels exquisitely

• Yes No Maybe So: Boy Erased - will it be one of the year's best?
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May is Wrapping Up

Each year we struggle to rev back up during the Post Oscar malaise but I think we're finally getting there. Be kind, June! Herewith highlights from April and May in case you missed 'em. xo

18 Highlights

• Soundtracking: Burlesque "Show me how you ____"

• Actors Who Should Be More Famous Elise, Rains, DeWitt, Taghmaoui, etcetera

Ashley Judd, Pulp Queen

• We The Animals watch out for this great movie coming in August

Michelle Williams in I Feel Pretty ... and other scene-stealers

• Months of Meryl: Postcards from the Edge Meryl's first great comedy

• Smackdown 1970 Five Easy Pieces, Airport, and more

• A Fantastic Woman A Dreamy Awakening

• Pfandom: Scarface Michelle's inner great actress breaks out

Isle of Dogs and Japanese Culture Riff, love letter, appropriation

Natalie Wood ♥︎ The Boys... Her connection to the seminal gay play/film

• Blueprints: Love Simon two emotional scenes

• Bernstein's Legacy now in the hands of Gyllenhaal and Spielberg?

• Contrarian Corner
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Robert Vaughn, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Star, Dies at 83

Robert Vaughn, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Star, Dies at 83
Robert Vaughn, who starred as Napoleon Solo on TV’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” from 1964-68, died Friday morning of acute leukemia, his manager Matthew Sullivan told Variety. He was 83.

Vaughn began undergoing treatment for the illness this year on the East Coast.

The James Bond-influenced “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” in which Vaughn’s Solo and David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin battled the evil forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. around the globe (thanks to the glories of stock footage), was quite the pop-culture phenomenon in the mid-1960s, even as the show’s tone wavered from fairly serious to cartoonish and back again over its four seasons.

It spawned a spinoff, “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” starring Stefanie Powers, as well as a few feature adaptations during the run of the TV series — “One Spy Too Many,” “One of Our Spies Is Missing,” and “The Karate Killers” — that starred Vaughn and McCallum.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Hal Philip Walker, Albuquerque, Nashville And Election 2016

From the first time I saw it until this moment, two days before what might just be the most important, potentially resonant (for good and ill) American presidential election since the days of the Civil War, no other movie has expanded in my view more meaningfully, more ambiguously, with more fascination than has Robert Altman’s Nashville. We often hear of movies which “transcend” their genres, or their initial ambitions or intentions, and often built into that alleged transcendence is a condescension to said genre, or those ambitions or intentions, as if the roots were somehow corrupt or unworthy, in need of reconstruction. If the form of Nashville transcends anything, it’s the shape and scope of the multi-character drama as we’d come to know it in 1975, which was dominated at the time by disaster movies and their jam-packed casts filled with old Hollywood veterans and Oscar winners. But
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Merle Haggard, Country Music Legend, Passes Away at 79

Merle Haggard, Country Music Legend, Passes Away at 79
Country music legend Merle Haggard, best known for hits such as "Okie from Muskogee" and "Mama Tried," passed away earlier today, on his birthday, at the age of 79. The musician's manager confirmed the singer and actor's death to the Associated Press . Merle Haggard's health had been failing in recent months, as he battled double pneumonia. He was forced to cancel a number of concerts over the past few months due to his health. The musician's son, Ben Haggard, released a statement on his Facebook page earlier today, revealing that his father had actually predicted he would die on his birthday.

"A week ago dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn't wrong. A hour ago he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends. He loved everything about life and he loved that everyone of you gave him a chance with his music.
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Special Sir Christopher Lee Tribute Screening & 40th Anniversary Screening of The Four Musketeers (1975) in Los Angeles

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Update: Producer Ilya Salkind now also slated to appear.

Richard Lester’s film The Four Musketeers is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. With an all-star cast that includes Oliver Reed, Faye Dunaway, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, and Sir Christopher Lee, the film will be shown on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 7:00 pm as a special tribute to Sir Christopher as well as part of the theatre's Anniversary Classics series. Actors Richard Chamberlain and Michael York are scheduled to appear at the screening and take part in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.

From the press release:

Last year the Anniversary Classics series presented a successful 40th anniversary screening of The Three Musketeers, director Richard Lester's stylish and entertaining retelling of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel. Join us this year to see Lester's stirring conclusion of the tale, The Four Musketeers
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Photo Flash: First Look at Rich Girl, Opening Tonight at The Old Globe

The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of an exciting new American play, Rich Girl, by acclaimed playwright Victoria Stewart, continuing the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Rich Girl will be directed by James Vasquez Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show, and will play now through June 21, 2015, in the Sheryl andHarvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is tonight, May 28 at 800 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Rich Girl at The Old Globe - Lauren Blumenfeld and More!

The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of an exciting new American play, Rich Girl, by acclaimed playwright Victoria Stewart, continuing the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Rich Girl will be directed by James Vasquez Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show, and will play May 23 - June 21, 2015, in the Sheryl andHarvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run May 23 - 27. Opening night is Thursday, May 28 at 800 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

Lauren Blumenfeld to Star in Rich Girl at The Old Globe; Full Cast Announced!

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of an exciting new American play, Rich Girl, by acclaimed playwright Victoria Stewart, continuing the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Rich Girl will be directed by James Vasquez Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show, and will play May 23 - June 21, 2015, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Rich Girl at The Old Globe - Lauren Blumenfeld and More!

The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of an exciting new American play, Rich Girl, by acclaimed playwright Victoria Stewart, continuing the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Rich Girl will be directed by James Vasquez Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show, and will play May 23 - June 21, 2015, in the Sheryl andHarvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run May 23 - 27. Opening night is Thursday, May 28 at 800 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

Lauren Blumenfeld to Star in Rich Girl at The Old Globe; Full Cast Announced!

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of an exciting new American play, Rich Girl, by acclaimed playwright Victoria Stewart, continuing the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Rich Girl will be directed by James Vasquez Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show, and will play May 23 - June 21, 2015, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

George Clooney Was a 'Typical' Teenager, Family Friend Says

George Clooney Was a 'Typical' Teenager, Family Friend Says
He's Hollywood royalty now, but what was George Clooney like as a teen? "He was just an average, teenage kid when I first met him," Ronnie French, a family friend from Augusta, Kentucky, tells People about the former Sexiest Man Alive. "He played basketball and baseball and tennis … Even though he was younger, he wanted to hang around with us older guys." And turns out, the actor - who's engaged to British attorney Amal Alamuddin - has always been a prankster. "He joked around all the time, and he still does," says French, 67. "He's been like that all his life.
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George Clooney Was a 'Typical' Teenager, Family Friend Says

George Clooney Was a 'Typical' Teenager, Family Friend Says
He's Hollywood royalty now, but what was George Clooney like as a teen? "He was just an average, teenage kid when I first met him," Ronnie French, a family friend from Augusta, Kentucky, tells People about the former Sexiest Man Alive. "He played basketball and baseball and tennis … Even though he was younger, he wanted to hang around with us older guys." And turns out, the actor - who's engaged to British attorney Amal Alamuddin - has always been a prankster. "He joked around all the time, and he still does," says French, 67. "He's been like that all his life.
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

George Clooney Poses Shirtless in Vintage Photos

George Clooney Poses Shirtless in Vintage Photos
Long before his hair went gray or he owned a pot-bellied pig or was named People's Sexiest Man Alive, George Clooney was just another teenager growing up in Lexington, Kentucky. Or was he? As these newly discovered vintage photos of a 17-year-old Clooney show, even back then he stood out in a crowd. The ageless Hollywood hunk, 53, who's engaged to British attorney Amal Alamuddin, shows off his enviable physique (and movie-star hair) as he holds a trophy after a tennis competition in Augusta, Kentucky, in 1978. Clooney, whose grandparents owned a tobacco farm in Kentucky, would make money in the summers cutting and chopping tobacco,
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

George Clooney Poses Shirtless in Vintage Photos

George Clooney Poses Shirtless in Vintage Photos
Long before his hair went gray or he owned a pot-bellied pig or was named People's Sexiest Man Alive, George Clooney was just another teenager growing up in Lexington, Kentucky. Or was he? As these newly discovered vintage photos of a 17-year-old Clooney show, even back then he stood out in a crowd. The ageless Hollywood hunk, 53, who's engaged to British attorney Amal Alamuddin, shows off his enviable physique (and movie-star hair) as he holds a trophy after a tennis competition in Augusta, Kentucky, in 1978. Clooney, whose grandparents owned a tobacco farm in Kentucky, would make money in the summers cutting and chopping tobacco,
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)

1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.

Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.

Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)

1. Scrunchies

2. "The Wild Thornberries"

3. Dawson and Joey

4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"

5. Mr. Feeny

7. MTV playing music videos

8. Snick

9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"

10. Levar Burton

11. "Daria"

12. "Arthur"

13. "The Powerpuff Girls"

14. "Smart Guy"

15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings

16. "The X-Files"

17. Rosie O'Donnell

18. Bill Nye

19. "Dawson's Creek"

20. The Mighty Ducks"

21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"

22. Cornholio

23. Rachel Green

24. Tim Allen

25. "All That"

26. "Beverly Hills 90210"

27. "Step by Step"

28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"

29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"

30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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An ode to Michael: 5 performances that defined Clarke Duncan's career

I first saw The Green Mile in 2001, two years after its theatrical release, aged 12. Alongside my father, I sat in awe as the film unfolded, mesmorised by both the onscreen performances and thrilling plot that The Green Mile had to offer. Well paced, lovingly put together and with a truly heartwarming story at its core, it's safe to say I was impressed.

However, it was the introduction of one John Coffey – played exquisitely by Michael Clarke Duncan – that really stole the show. The gentle giant, Duncan's portrayal of the wrongly accused Coffey was magnificent, stealing the show and, dare I admit it, bringing me to tears throughout. While I fought valiantly to keep said tears at bay (what 12 year old boy wants to cry in front of his dad...it's hardly 'manly'), my efforts were futile – the quality of Duncan's performance combined with the film's beautiful score made sure of that.
See full article at Shadowlocked »

Report: TV Icon Andy Griffith Dead at 86

Report: TV Icon Andy Griffith Dead at 86
Legendary multihyphenate Andy Griffith has died, his close friend and Unc president Bill Friday told North Carolina’s Witn-tv. Griffith was found in his Dare County, N.C. home on Tuesday morning; he was 86.

Television viewers first met Griffith through his 1950s appearances on variety programs such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Show, but it was the role of Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show, which ran from 1960 to 1968, that made him a household name. Watch the opening:

Ron Howard, who played Sheriff Taylor’s son Opie, remembers Griffith for “his love of creating,
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The Lord of the Links: The Return of the Link

whoa. no link roundups in forever. time to catch up on movie news and/or must see web droppings

Yahoo Movies Fine Thelma Adams piece on Prometheus' "foreign object" sequence. [shudder]

24 Frames Noomi Rapace and Sigourney Weavers' Alien franchise screen tests

IndieWire six life saving tips for cinematographers from the great Darius Khondji (Se7en, Evita, Midnight in Paris, and more...)

Empire Penelope Cruz will star in her fifth Pedro Almodóvar movie Fleeting Lovers (title may change) which starts shooting this summer. Yay! Double Yay! All About My Mother star Cecilia Roth is also in the cast.

YouTube if there's anything I hate about YouTube it's the ability to name your videos "official". But this "Official" Les Miserable trailer starring (gulp) Katie Holmes is kind of a good prank... I mean Nightmare!

In Contention production designer J Michael Riva (Django Unchained, The Color Purple) has passed away at 63.

Awards Daily Singin' in the Rain
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Nyff 2011. Lineup

  • MUBI
On Friday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Eugene Hernandez summed up what was known so far about one of the major highlights of this year's New York Film Festival, running from September 30 through October 16:

"Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C Reilly will open Nyff in Polanski's New York story [Carnage], an adaptation of Yasmina Reza's acclaimed play, God of Carnage. Set in a Brooklyn apartment, the film will be direct from the Venice Film Festival earlier in the month. Also already announced for this year's festival are the world premiere of Simon Curtis's My Week With Marilyn as well as a retrospective that will be quite popular this year. Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Centennial of Nikkatsu Corporation at the Nyff will present a 37 film tribute to the famed 100 year old Japanese film studio before the series travels to the Cinémathèque Française
See full article at MUBI »
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