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Alfred Hitchcock assembles all the right elements for this respected mystery thriller. Joan Fontaine is concerned that her new hubby Cary Grant plans to murder her. But Hitch wasn't able to use the twist ending that attracted him to the story in the first place! Suspicion Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1941 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 99 min. / Street Date , 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, Dame May Whitty, Auriol Lee, Leo G. Carroll Cinematography Harry Stradling Art Direction Van Nest Polglase Film Editor William Hamilton Original Music Franz Waxman Written by Samson Raphaelson, Joan Harrison, Alma Reville from the novel Before the Fact by Francis Iles (Anthony Berkeley) Produced and Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Some movies don't get better as time goes on. Alfred Hitchcock got himself painted into a corner on this one, perhaps not realizing that in America,
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Absolutely Anything review

From Monty Python's Terry Jones comes Absolutely Anything, starring Simon Pegg. The late Robin Williams steals the show, though...

Absolutely Anything has been on comedy fans' radars for a long time. Terry Jones' first directorial effort since 1996's The Wind In The Willows is touted as a zany sci-fi comedy with shades of Douglas Adams and Monty Python's Flying Circus, with a cast that includes Jones' fellow Pythons, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin, alongside other comedy stars like Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley and Robin Williams.

Alas, the material doesn't live up to the star calibre, nor the literally limitless potential suggested by the title. Loosely based on H.G. Wells' fantastical comedy short story The Man Who Could Work Miracles, the film begins when a group of power-crazed aliens (voiced by the Pythons) discover a probe with information on Earth's culture and decide
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Absolutely Anything Review

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The last feature film Terry Jones stepped behind the camera for was in 1996 for The Wind in the Willows, and now, after decades of tinkering on the script with co-writer Gavin Scott (Jones has stated he had the idea in his head for over twenty years), we see him in the director’s chair once again for Absolutely Anything, the kind of absurd comedy you would expect from a member of Monty Python that sadly sees its attempts at drawing huge guffaws elicit only minor chuckles instead. Jones reunites with the remaining Pythons as CGI aliens who have slapped a demolition notice on Earth, but according to their laws, our majestic blue orb is given one chance to be saved: a normal human being is given the power to do absolutely anything they desire. If they use this power for good, Earth is saved. Use it for evil, doomed. These
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13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s

Hollywood went hunting for lots of British comedy talent in the 1990s - and lured the likes of Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson...

For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.

Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...

Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians

Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with
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Tomorrowland and Beyond: A Short History of Disney Attractions as Movies

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Tomorrowland and Beyond: A Short History of Disney Attractions as Movies
It's tough to stand out among the other Super Bowl commercials, but the 30-second trailer for Disney's Tomorrowland turned a few heads - and probably brought back memories of Space Mountain. Yes, it's a movie inspired by Disneyland's futuristic-themed sector, and it's not the first time Disney transformed a ride into a feature film. Considering that some of the theme park's attractions have been beloved to Disney fans for years, it's surprising it took 60 years for Tomorrowland to spawn a movie. (California's Disneyland turns 60 this year, with plenty of celebrations foot.) To mark the World of Tomorrow's transition to the screen,
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Disney is turning 'It's a Small World' into a movie now

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Disney is turning 'It's a Small World' into a movie now
Disney is bringing another theme park ride to the big screen. Suspiciously coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the "It's a Small World" attraction at Anaheim's Disneyland theme park, Deadline is reporting that the studio will now be turning the popular musical ride into a feature-length film. Director Jon Turtletaub ("Last Vegas," "National Treasure") is on board to helm the adaptation from a script by Jared Stern ("The Internship," "The Watch"), who pitched the idea to the studio.  Not surprisingly, Disney is viewing the film as the potential start of another mega-grossing franchise a la "Pirates of the Caribbean," which has brought in over $3.7 billion worldwide (with a fifth entry potentially on the way). A film based on The Disneyland attraction "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" is also reportedly in the works. How do you feel about "It's a Small World: The Movie"? Vote in the poll below to let us know.
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Terry Jones talks Absolutely Anything

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Terry Jones talks Absolutely Anything
Monty Python’s Terry Jones reveals why he hasn’t made a film in 18 years and whether there will ever be a new Monty Python film.

Shooting begins on Monday (March 24) on Absolutely Anything, a high-concept comedy starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale.

It marks the first time that Monty Python member Terry Jones has directed a film since The Wind in the Willows in 1996.

“I sort of gave up on the film industry when The Wind in the Willows wasn’t distributed,” Jones told ScreenDaily of the film that was critically well received but only received a limited relase. “It was so appallingly handled.”

While it is clear those wounds have yet to heal, Jones thought “it was about time” he made another film and is “very excited” to be back in the directors chair.

The comedy, co-written by Jones and Gavin Scott, stars Pegg as a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has the
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Simon Pegg Joins Monty Python For Sci-Fi Farce ‘Absolutely Anything’

Even though they joke about their old age, it looks like the remaining/surviving Pythons are still going strong. Terry Jones’ next film will be the “sci-fi farce” Absolutely Anything. The film will star Hot Fuzz’s Simon Pegg, who will play disillusioned teacher Neill Clarke, who is given powers by aliens to do, wait for it, absolutely anything.

Pegg will be surrounded by a brilliant cast including John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Robin Williams, and it’s Jones’ first feature film since The Wind In The Willows, originally released in 1996. Check out the poster below!

Source: Collider

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Simon Pegg Joins Members of Monty Python on Absolutely Anything Promo Poster

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Terry Jones’ next movie will be “sci-fi farce” Absolutely Anything. This marks his first feature since 1996′s The Wind in the Willows, although he is of course best known for directing Monty Python hits Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life, as well as co-directing Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Hot Fuzz and Star Trek Into Darkness star Simon Pegg will take on the lead role, and as you can see from the new promo poster below, he will be surrounded by a simply incredible assortment of actors.

The screenplay by Jones and Gavin Scott centres on Pegg’s disillusioned teacher Neill Clarke, who is gifted powers to do “absolutely anything” by aliens. With a simple wave of his hand he finds he can wipe out classrooms of badly behaving students, and bring people back to life. But he experiences mishap after mishap while struggling to master his new skills.
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Is Disney Bringing a 'Frozen' Attraction to Epcot's Norway Pavilion?

Anyone who saw this winter's wonderful animated adventure "Frozen" probably thought that the story, about a pair of princess sisters, one of whom has locked her kingdom in a frosty perpetual winter, was ripe for a Disney theme park attraction. The movie already felt so classic that a ride, potentially in the "dark ride" mold of things like Peter Pan's Flight or Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, seemed like a foregone conclusion. And you know what? It kind of is.

Disney historian Jim Hill, while appearing on the Disney Dish Podcast with Touring Plans founder Len Testa, described what the Mouse House has planned for "Frozen," at least when it comes to its theme park presence. Apparently the first place the movie, which just beat out "Monsters University's" $268 million gross by a few million, is first headed to the Norway pavilion at Florida's Epcot.

This makes sense, of course, considering
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Simon Pegg and the Pythons will do Absolutely Anything

Simon Pegg takes the lead role in Terry Jones's new sci-fi comedy, which will feature four more members of Monty Python

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Simon Pegg will take the lead role of a teacher handed magic powers by aliens in the Monty Python "sci-fi farce" Absolutely Anything, reports Screen Daily.

Pegg takes a role that was once earmarked for Benedict Cumberbatch in the film, which is being directed by Terry Jones. The director will also unite with fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin to play the aforementioned extraterrestrials. Absolutely Anything arrives on the scene amid fresh interest in the Monty Python troupe, who are reuniting for a series of stage shows next July.

"As someone whose love of comedy was hugely informed by Monty Python, the chance to work with Terry was a gift," said Pegg.
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Eric Idle, comedian – portrait of the artist

'Making a bad film is always more enjoyable. You know it's crap, but you're having fun'

What first drew you to comedy?

Probably spending 12 years at boarding school – comedy became a survival gene. But I think some people are funny right off the bat, as soon as they can speak, or be naughty.

What was your big breakthrough?

Learning that there was such a thing as Footlights [the Cambridge University drama society]. When I auditioned, in March 1963, John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie were members. I got in, and Footlights became my life. Mercifully, I've never had to get a proper job.

Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?

A number of virgins on the altar of Monty Python in the 1970s.

Do you get sick of people doing Monty Python impressions when they meet you?

Yes, but I don't get that a lot any more. Usually they just smile, which is nice.
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Eric Idle, comedian – portrait of the artist

'Making a bad film is always more enjoyable. You know it's crap, but you're having fun'

What first drew you to comedy?

Probably spending 12 years at boarding school – comedy became a survival gene. But I think some people are funny right off the bat, as soon as they can speak, or be naughty.

What was your big breakthrough?

Learning that there was such a thing as Footlights [the Cambridge University drama society]. When I auditioned, in March 1963, John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie were members. I got in, and Footlights became my life. Mercifully, I've never had to get a proper job.

Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?

A number of virgins on the altar of Monty Python in the 1970s.

Do you get sick of people doing Monty Python impressions when they meet you?

Yes, but I don't get that a lot any more. Usually they just smile, which is nice.
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Cumberbatch and Arterton up for Absolutely Anything Python film

Benedict Cumberbatch and Gemma Arterton look set to join the cast of the 'sci-fi farce', which is scheduled to begin filming in 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch and Gemma Arterton look set to join the cast of the Monty Python troupe's long-awaited return to cinema, Absolutely Anything, reports The Wrap.

Sherlock star Cumberbatch is said to be in talks for the project, which will be directed by Python Terry Jones from a script he co-wrote with Gavin Scott. Arterton has already signed on the dotted line, with filming set to begin in the first quarter of 2013.

Previously described as a "sci-fi farce", Absolutely Anything will feature Pythons Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and John Cleese voicing aliens who are able to give humans the power to do "absolutely anything." According to The Wrap, the film centres on a teacher who benefits from the extra terrestrials' aid: he soon discovers he has magical powers
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Jim Henson Company Announces Adaptation of 'Frog & Toad' Books

While Disney is busy working on turning Mr. Toad's Wild Ride into a feature film, The Jim Henson Company is looking at a pair of iconic amphibians for a future project. ComingSoon has a press release that reveals the Muppet company is working on an animated adaptation of Frog and Toad, the series of four children's books written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel which first hit in the 70's. Frog and Toad (that's their name as well as their species) are just a couple of best friends with simple daily adventures like sledding in the winter and getting ice cream on a summer day. But the film should have a larger story scope. Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company says, "Frog and Toad has tremendous value with parents who read these charming stories when they were children and are now sharing them with their own kids. With such
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Disney Makes Mr. Toad Ride Again

After the incredible success of the Pirates of the Carribean movies, it's no surprise that Disney has been looking to develop some of its other Magic Kingdom theme park rides into film franchises.  A Haunted Mansion project directed by Guillermo Del Toro is supposedly in the works, and now a movie based on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride has gone into production. Disney enthusiasts will know that the ride itself was based on a segment found in the animated film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
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Disney Developing Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Movie

Disney Developing Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Movie
Disney is planning on bringing one of its longest running theme park attractions, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride to the big screen.

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is based on Disney's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, one of the two segments of the film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.

Commercial/music video director Pete Candeland will be directing the project. The studio is still searching for a writer to draft the script for the film.

The ride was once an attraction at the Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World, but despite a long protest against its closure, Mr. Toad's journey to nowhere was put to an end in 1998 and the ride was replaced the following year with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

This project is still in early development.
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Disney Turning Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Theme Park Ride into a Movie

Disney has been looking to their theme park rides for movie ideas ever since "Pirates of the Caribbean" became a multi-billion dollar franchise. The studio is currently developing "Jungle Cruise," "Magic Kingdom" and "The Haunted Mansion." And now comes word that Disney is turning "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" into a movie as well. The ride is one of Disney's longest-running. It originated at Disneyland during the park's opening in 1955 and was also popular at Disney World in Florida. The ride was eventually closed in 1998 and replaced with "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh." Justin Springer (Tron Legacy) is producing. Commercial director Peter Candeland is on board to direct the live-action/CGI film. Among his many projects, he previously worked with Paul McCartney to create a cinematic opening to The Beatles Rock Band for Harmonix. Video:
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Disney develops new film based on 'Mr Toad's Wild Ride'

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Disney develops new film based on 'Mr Toad's Wild Ride'
On Allen's fourth birthday in March, we took him to Disneyland.  This was his third trip, and we're still adding new rides each time we go, figuring out what he and Toshi like the most,  and there are rides we still haven't been on.  This past time was their first experience with Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and it was a big hit with them. They don't know the film "Wind In The Willows" at all, though, and I've noticed that as a big part of the Disneyland experience for kids.  They don't actually know many of the films that inspired the...
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Disney To Make Mr Toad's Wild Ride Movie

I've been to Disneyland a few times as a kid, sadly I can't remember any of it, other than the handful of pictures and Disney money my mom keeps in my babybooks. I do however, clearly remember going to Disneyland for the first time as a teenager. I had a miserable time at the "Happiest Place on Earth," because I had to drag around my two little toddler cousins. The only enjoyment I had that day was on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, one of the kiddy rides that had been there since Disneyland first opened in 1955. The ride itself wasn't anything amazing, but watching the two drastically different reactions from my pint-size cousins was all the entertainment I needed. The two year-old girl looked adorable as she laughed and smiled at every spin and turn. But while she jumped in her seat and clapped her hands in delight, her 5 year-old
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