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Neo Noir Pays Homage to Welles' Crime Drama and Other Classics of the '40s and '50s

Neo Noir Pays Homage to Welles' Crime Drama and Other Classics of the '40s and '50s
Trouble Is My Business with Brittney Powell. Co-written by actor/voice actor Tom Konkle, who also directed, and Xena: Warrior Princess actress Brittney Powell, Trouble Is My Business is a humorous homage to film noirs of the 1940s and 1950s, among them John Huston's The Maltese Falcon and Orson Welles' Touch of Evil. Konkle stars in the sort of role that back in the '40s and '50s belonged to the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Dick Powell, and Alan Ladd. As the femme fatale, Brittney Powell is supposed to evoke memories of Jane Greer, Lizabeth Scott, Lauren Bacall, and Claire Trevor. 'Trouble Is My Business': Humorous film noir homage evokes memories of 'The Maltese Falcon' & 'Touch of Evil' A crunchy, witty, and often just plain funny mash-up of classic noir tropes, from hard-boiled private dicks to the easy-on-the-eyes femme fatales – in addition to dialogue worthy of Dashiell Hammett and, occasionally
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Peter Travers on Sam Shepard: The Cowboy-Mouth Poet of Stage and Screen

Peter Travers on Sam Shepard: The Cowboy-Mouth Poet of Stage and Screen
Rolling Stone's Peter Travers pays tribute to the late, great playwright/actor Sam Shepard: "It was never about him. It was always about the work." Everett Collection

Sam Shepard famously hated endings. As a playwright, he felt "the temptation towards resolution, towards wrapping up the package, seems to me a terrible trap."

He got that right. So Shepard leaves us to deal with his ending, a death at 73 at his home in Kentucky, surrounded by family. Als, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, was the culprit. The obits pay
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New York Asian 2017 Interview: Superstar Gang Dong-won on Vanishing Time, Upcoming Jin-roh and 1987

At the moment, in Korea, there aren’t many stars that shine brighter or hotter than Gang Dong-won. The leading man of more than 20 features creates frenzies everywhere he goes, as proven by his appearance to receive the Star Asia award at the New York Asian Film Festival. Gang spoke with me about his featured film, Vanishing Time, and his upcoming films, director Kim Jee-woon’s Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and director Jang Joon-hwan’s 1987. The Lady Miz Diva: Vanishing Time is a very interesting film with fairytale-like qualities. What was your sense of the projects when you first read the script? Gang Dong-won: The first time I read the script, I was making a movie called A Violent Prosecutor. When...

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Review: ‘Norman’ Showcases Richard Gere In Peak Form

Together, writer/director Joseph Cedar and lead actor Richard Gere craft a singularly memorable character in Norman Oppenheimer, a lonely New York “businessman” with loose connections and an insatiable drive for success. Cedar builds his film Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer as a modern adaptation of the “Court Jew” archetype, in which a Jewish figure befriends a man of power, only to be betrayed in the end.

It’s not really a spoiler if it’s all in the title. There’s to be only sadness at the end of this funny, bittersweet story. Norman sports white Apple headphones hanging from his ears as he makes phone call after phone call, bending the truths of his friendships and influences to whoever will listen. He’s got a nephew (Michael Sheen) who appeases him and a slew of Jewish men who wield power and
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Invisible Ghost

Bela Lugosi fan alert! This Monogram horror opus is yet another narrative-challenged fumble of unmotivated, incomprehensible characters… but Bela’s great in it, in a central role. He’s a sympathetic, non- maniac this time, if you don’t count his tendency to go into trances and smother random houseguests. Savant’s review has the lowdown on the interesting cast; Tom Weaver’s commentary has the authoritative lowdown on whole show.

Invisible Ghost

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1941 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 64 min. / Street Date March 21, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 24.95

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Polly Ann Young, Clarence Muse, John McGuire, Betty Compson, Ernie Adams, Terry Walker, George Pembroke .

Cinematography: Harvey Gould, Marcel Le Picard

Film Editor: Robert Golden

Original Music: hahahahah, good one.

Written by Helen Martin & Al Martin

Produced by Sam Katzman

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Horror movie fans come in two varieties, obsessive and dangerously obsessive. Back
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Sidharth Malhotra begins shooting for Ittefaq

Sidharth Malhotra begins shooting for Ittefaq
We had already reported that Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha would be seen together for the first on big screen in the modern day adaptation of 1969 classic thriller, Ittefaq. The movie finally went on floors this past weekend. The leading man, Sidharth Malhotra shared a photograph of the clapboard on his Instagram stories asRead More

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Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha starrer Ittefaq’s runtime revealed

Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha starrer Ittefaq’s runtime revealed
For the longest time, Bollywood hasn’t seen murder mystery films that have stayed with the audience. So, when Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha were roped in for the remake of the 1969 film Ittefaq, it came as a surprise to many as the makers are trying to bring back that genre. The leading man SidharthRead More

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According to Daniel Craig, He Would Rather Slash His Wrists Than Be Bond Again

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Daniel Craig's Spectre promotion tour is off to a weird start. The leading man did an interview with London's Time Out magazine and said some pretty shocking things. Spectre is Craig's fourth turn playing James Bond, and he feels very strongly about his future with the franchise. When asked if he could imagine doing another Bond movie, he replied, "Now? I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on." The interviewer prompted him, asking if he wanted to move on for good. "I haven't given it any thought. For at least a year or two, I just don't want to think about it. I don't know what the next step is. I've no idea. Not because I'm trying to be cagey. Who the f*ck knows?
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Homeland's Most Shocking Deaths: Prepare to Make a Carrie Mathison Cry Face

Homeland's Most Shocking Deaths: Prepare to Make a Carrie Mathison Cry Face
The first four seasons of Homeland have been a wild ride.

Terrorist plots, unexpected betrayals and executions have made for a plethora of memorable goodbyes on the Showtime series.

So before we reunite with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) for Sunday's season 5 premiere, take a look back at all of Homeland's bombshell farewells that left us astonished.

Tom Walker

How he died: After regrouping following their botched suicide bomb attack in the season 1 finale, Nicholas Brody (Damien Lewis) and fellow former Marine Tom Walker (Chris Chalk) had mastermind Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) on the phone. Nazir ordered Brody to shoot Walker,
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The Ten Most Stylish Guys in Movie History

By Alex Simon

They say that clothes make the man. They also make the man in the movie and, sometimes, even make the movie itself live on in the annals of classic filmdom. With that in mind, here is a list (in no particular order) of ten gents and the characters they played who changed our sartorial habits forever.

1. Michael Douglas/Gordon Gecko—Wall Street

Arguably the movie that set the style for second half of the 1980s, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street featured Michael Douglas’ Oscar-winning turn as corporate raider Gordon Gecko, whose ruthlessness in the boardroom was only matched by his sense of style. Douglas is all clean lines in his pinstripe suits, suspenders and slicked-back hair, creating an iconic look that screamed “power” and “go fuck yourself” simultaneously.

2. Malcolm McDowell/AlexA Clockwork Orange

Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian sci-fi allegory is one of cinema’s great dark satires,
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Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Could Not Be Cuter (Or More Stylish) at Red Carpet Premiere: See the Photos!

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Could Not Be Cuter (Or More Stylish) at Red Carpet Premiere: See the Photos!
These two cuties! Tim McGraw strolled up to the blue carpet at the Disneyland premiere of his new film, Tomorrowland, on Saturday, May 9, looking incredibly dashing in his casually chic separates. But the true sight? Every single adorable interaction he had with his wife, Faith Hill. The leading man, 48, who's been married to Hill for nearly two decades, donned a black blazer, the palest of blue button-up shirts, and slate pants to escort the blonde beauty, making sure to keep one arm around her at all [...]
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Alpha Male Madness 2015: Vote in the Final 4 Now!

Alpha Male Madness 2015: Vote in the Final 4 Now!
It's the end of an era. For the first time in Alpha Male Madness history, the Final 4will be missing Supernatural's Jensen Ackles. Yes, that means the undefeated champ of our annual tournament has been defeated. Say it with us: whoa! The leading man who took down Jensen? The 100's Bob Morley, who is competing for the first time! And Amm's reigning king wasn't the only Supernatural star to go out in the Elite 8 as his on-screen brother Jared Padalecki also lost.  Hey, anything can happen during Alpha Male Madness! And to think we still have two rounds of competition left, with the Final 4 kicking off right now! The three men joining Bob in this round of the tournament? Once Upon a...
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Ansel Elgort on Shailene Woodley: "I've Never Once Wanted Her Sexually"

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Ansel Elgort has nothing but brotherly love for Shailene Woodley! The leading man gets candid about his "Fault In Our Stars" and "Divergent" costar in the April issue of Seventeen magazine, where he reveals whether he thinks girls and guys can be "just friends." The actor has played Shailene's love interest and brother in the films, so which role does he identify their relationship with? Turns out the two are nothing but close pals! "If a woman is really pretty, it's kind of hard. I'm not going to lie. Actually, that's not true," he tells the mag. "Me and Shailene have a really platonic relationship. I've never once wanted her sexually, which is nice. But for me, if a person is someone I'm attracted to, and she's my best friend, hopefully we're dating." And any lady who is lucky enough to be dating the 21-year-old actor, can definitely expect to be spoiled.
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First-rate man of mystery: Brian Clemens, the screenwriter who made The Avengers iconic

54 years ago, ABC Television, the ITV franchise holder for the Midlands and North of England, embarked on a new drama series that stood a good chance of success. The leading man was Ian Hendry, who played David Keel, a Gp avenging the death of his wife; the producer was Sydney Newman, the creator of the acclaimed Armchair Theatre. The first episode was scripted by Brian Clemens, a young writer who had previously worked for the Danziger brothers, the B-film producers who based their masterpieces around stock footage and borrowed props. Against not inconsiderable odds, Clemens’ scripts often managed to make a Danzigers production entertaining. The Avengers would provide a higher profile showcase for his talents.
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"Boyhood," Tilda Swinton Triumph at Alliance of Women Film Journalists' Eda Awards

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (Awfj) has revealed the winners of the 2015 Eda Awards! Founder Jennifer Merin lovingly dedicated and named the Eda Awards after her mother, Eda Reiss Marin. Awwwww :happy

"Boyhood," my favorite film of 2014, received the Best Film and Director (Richard Linklater) prizes while "Birdman" won the Best Screenplay Original award and "Gone Girl" took home the Best Screenplay Adapted award.

I love that the Awfj honored the fantastic Tilda Swinton for her role in "Snowpiercer," a performance that is all but forgotten this awards season.

I also love the Special Mention Awards with categories like Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction, and Actress Most In Need of a New Agent. Are you listening Cameron Diaz?

Here's the complete list of the winners of the 2015 Eda Awards:

Best Film

"Boyhood"

Best Director (Female or Male)

Richard Linklater for "Boyhood"

Best Screenplay, Original

"Birdman" . Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu,
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'Boyhood' wins with Alliance of Women Film Journalists (but they love 'Birdman,' too)

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'Boyhood' wins with Alliance of Women Film Journalists (but they love 'Birdman,' too)
Members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists hitched their wagon to the "Boyhood" train with wins for Best Picture and Best Director. But "Birdman" won five awards and tied for a sixth, so it obviously was a favorite. Check out the nominees here, the winners below and everything else (and we mean Everything) at The Circuit. Best Film "Boyhood" Best Director Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Best Actor Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Best Actress Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Best Supporting Actor J. K. Simmons, "Whiplash" Best Supporting Actress Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer" Best Adapted Screenplay Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl" Best Original Screenplay Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolás Giacobone and Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki, "Birdman" Best Editing Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione, "Birdman" Best Film Music or Score Antonio Sanchez, "Birdman" Best Ensemble Cast (to casting director) (Tie) "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Best Animated Film "The Lego Movie
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Awfj Announces 2014 Eda Award Winners

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the winners of the 2014 Eda Awards. Top honors went to Boyhood, while Birdman was awarded six EDAs in the Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Score and Best Ensemble Cast categories.

Awfj Eda ‘Best Of’ Awards

These awards are presented to females and/or males.

Best Film

Boyhood

Best Director (Female or Male)

Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Best Screenplay, Original

Birdman – Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Nicholas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo

Best Screenplay, Adapted

Gone GirlGillian Flynn

Best Documentary

CitizenfourLaura Poitras

Best Animated Film

Lego – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Best Actress

Julianne Moore for Still Alice

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Tilda Swinton for Snowpiercer

Best Actor

Michael Keaton for Birdman

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

Best Ensemble Cast (tie)

BirdmanFrancine Maisler, Casting Director

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Grand Budapest Hotel – Douglas Aibel
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Birdman leads Women Film Journalists nominees

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Birdman leads Women Film Journalists nominees
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for its eighth-annual Eda Awards.

Birdman leads the pack with 10 nominations. Boyhood and Gone Girl got five each and The Grand Budapest Hotel four.

In the best film category, the nominees are Boyhood, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Only Lovers Left Alive and Selma.

The nominees for the Female Icon of the Year, to honour a woman whose work in film and/or in life made a difference, are Selma director Ava DuVernay, Unbroken director Angelina Jolie and Citizenfour director Laura Poitras.

The full list of nominees is below, in categories for both men and women, and some women-only awards as well.

Awfj Best Of Awards (presented to men and women)

Best Film

Boyhood

Birdman

Grand Budapest Hotel

Only Lovers Left Alive

Selma

Best Director

Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava DuVernay for Selma

Alejandro G Inarritu for Birdman

Jim Jarmusch for Only Lovers Left Alive

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10 Best Doctor Who Male Companions Of All Time

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The Doctor has had a variety of friends, of all shapes and species, joining him in his adventures across time and space but the idea of an archetypal companion still exists. They are someone from the present day, someone who is young and someone who is a woman. Though it must be said that the majority of the Tardis’ tenants fit this bill, many don’t. Several are from different periods of history, some aren’t particularly young and, yes, some of them aren’t even women.

When Doctor Who returns with The Magician’s Apprentice later this year it’s thought the Doctor might gain a new companion. Rather than having another young woman from the 21st century (after all, Clara’s still around), the new companion could well be male. If so, it’s a move that would bring a new dynamic to the Tardis team. The leading man
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Casting Your Series: ‘Gortimer’ Creator on Bringing Characters to Life

As he prepared for the premiere of his first series, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, David Anaxagoras shared some insights into what it’s like to bring the characters in your head to life – finding the real-life people who will step into their shoes speak your words.

The First Stage: Holding Your Breath

So many miracles had to happen for us to pull off this show, because it really wasn’t something there was a template for. We knew that these characters, Gortimer and Mel and Ranger, were cut from a different cloth than a lot of the characters on kids TV right now. And it was scary because we couldn’t have a show without believable actors. But I had no idea if anybody was even out there who could pull it off. So I held my breath and we started the casting process.

The Leading Man
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