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Supergirl Meets Flash: Earth-Two? Cisco? Singing? And More Crossover Qs

Supergirl Meets Flash: Earth-Two? Cisco? Singing? And More Crossover Qs
In announcing the upcoming crossover between CBS’ Supergirl and The CW’s The Flash, as little information as possible was disseminated.

All told, CBS revealed that A) Grant Gustin will bring The Flash to B) Supergirl‘s National City to C) “join forces” with Melissa Benoist’s Kara, on D) March 28.

Period.

RelatedSupergirl/Flash Crossover Is Happening: Find Out How and When

Gustin, Zod bless him, added a bit more fuel to the fire by revealing via Instagram the internetwork crossover event’s title: “Worlds Finest,” its conspicuous use of odd punctuation perhaps offering the meet-up’s biggest clue.
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For Sean Penn, Acting Goes Hand-in-Hand With Activism

For Sean Penn, Acting Goes Hand-in-Hand With Activism
In the early 1990s, after his brief marriage to Madonna made him tabloid fodder, Sean Penn turned his back on acting to concentrate on directing and writing.

His retirement was short-lived.

The subsequent decades brought Oscar-winning turns in “Mystic River” and “Milk,” along with memorable performances in the likes of “Dead Man Walking” that cemented his reputation as an acting great.

But those early threats of retirement reveal Penn’s long-felt discomfort with being a creature of Hollywood, and point to a contradiction in his public persona. While the entertainment business is part of his DNA, he seems to find his greatest fulfillment far from the klieg lights.

Both sides of Penn were on display last week, when the actor whipped up a media firestorm after his blockbuster interview with Mexican druglord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman appeared in Rolling Stone. The piece, a rambling first-person account of his efforts to secure the interview,
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Spotlight Named Best Picture by Detroit Film Critics Society

The Detroit Film Critics Society is pleased to announce the Best of 2015 winners in ten categories. The society was founded in spring 2007 and consists of a group of seventeen film critics who write or broadcast in the Detroit area as well as other major cities within a 150-mile radius of the city including Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Flint, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.

Each critic submitted their top five picks in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, and Breakthrough, Best Screenplay, and Best Documentary. From these submissions, each entry was given a point value and the top five in each category have been placed on the final ballot. The final ballots were then given to each critic to rank in order. The results were once again tabulated and the winners were decided.

This year, there
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Tomorrowland

Director Brad Bird and his co-writer Damon Lindelof take on a daring, ambitious science fiction project: chosen 'dreamers' are given glimpses of a gleaming Future City on the Horizon that exists in a parallel dimension of possibility. It's a chase film, a touchstone 'Sense of Wonder' epic and a wholly original visual extravaganza. The spacey gee-whiz thrills are linked to a worthy message, the rescue of a dying planet. Tomorrowland Blu-ray Walt Disney Home Video 2015 / Color / widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 39.99 Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key. Cinematography Claudio Miranda Film Editor Walter Murch, Craig Wood Original Music Michael Giacchino Written by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeff Jensen Produced by Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov, Damon Lindelof Directed by Brad Bird

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Some newer science fiction movies are as complicated as sci-fi novels, the kind that take seven hundred pages to unwind.
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Patrick Garland obituary

Director and writer celebrated for his work at Chichester Festival theatre and the BBC

The career of Patrick Garland, who has died aged 78, was as varied as it was productive. An actor, producer, director, writer and anthologist, he was a leading light of the BBC TV arts department for 12 years, twice artistic director of the Chichester Festival theatre and a close friend and associate of Alan Bennett, Rex Harrison, Eileen Atkins and Simon Callow.

Although he harboured ambitions in feature films, and directed a 1971 television adaptation of Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose (starring Richard Harris and an Emmy award-winning Jenny Agutter), as well as a creditable 1973 movie of Ibsen's A Doll's House (with Claire Bloom and Anthony Hopkins), his life developed in the theatre. Much of his work was informed by his love of literature, and the poetry of Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Philip Larkin and John Clare. In
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Jennifer Saunders blasts Viva Forever! critics and Psycho was a comedy

Also this week, Mrs Brown's Boys causes a heart attack and Harry Hill comes to the rescue

This week's comedy news

Johnny Vegas has claimed that Daniel Kitson made him quit standup – but is vowing to return and find "closure". "Kitson is the reason I stopped stand-up," the comedy website Chortle quotes Vegas as saying at the Leicester comedy festival. "I did three gigs with him. On the first, I thought, 'This is brilliant, I've got to pull my socks up and get my act together.' On the second, I felt I'd gone 15 rounds with the comedic Mike Tyson. And on the third, I felt I'd seen comedy take its next evolutionary step … I thought I would never have the talent to match that." Vegas also addressed his unease with fame, saying that "the most fun I had was with gigs where I was a complete unknown and
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Jennifer Saunders blasts Viva Forever! critics and Psycho was a comedy

Also this week, Mrs Brown's Boys causes a heart attack and Harry Hill comes to the rescue

This week's comedy news

Johnny Vegas has claimed that Daniel Kitson made him quit standup – but is vowing to return and find "closure". "Kitson is the reason I stopped stand-up," the comedy website Chortle quotes Vegas as saying at the Leicester comedy festival. "I did three gigs with him. On the first, I thought, 'This is brilliant, I've got to pull my socks up and get my act together.' On the second, I felt I'd gone 15 rounds with the comedic Mike Tyson. And on the third, I felt I'd seen comedy take its next evolutionary step … I thought I would never have the talent to match that." Vegas also addressed his unease with fame, saying that "the most fun I had was with gigs where I was a complete unknown and
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Did You Know Hitchcock Thought 'Psycho' Was a Big Joke and Was Horrified People Took It Seriously?

The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, created one of the finest horror films in cinema history when he directed Psycho in 1960. Loosely inspired by the Ed Gein murders, Hitch cast Anthony Perkins in his California-set story as a stunted man with major mommy issues, Norman Bates. Four years after the film became a smashing success, the director spoke freely about his movie that caused controversy for its unprecedented scenes of sexuality, violence and… a flushing toilet. Hitch was a guest on English television show Monitor, where he wondered, Why so serious? when it came to his horror opus: "I once made a movie, rather tongue-in-cheek, called Psycho. A lot of people looked at this thing and said what a dreadful thing to do, how awful, and so forth. The content as...

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Alfred Hitchcock: 'Psycho was a joke'

In a newly discovered 1964 tape from the BBC archives, the director makes the remarks about his most shocking film. But would he be horrified to find people taking him seriously?

It was the film that outraged the censors, terrified the public and prompted the Observer's film critic to storm out of a preview screening and resign in disgust. Yet it now transpires that Psycho may have been tragically misunderstood. Its director, Alfred Hitchcock, always intended it as a comedy.

"The content was, I felt, rather amusing and it was a big joke," Hitchcock explains in a new discovered tape from the BBC archives. "I was horrified to find some people took it seriously."

Hitchcock's made his - perhaps slightly tongue-in-cheek – comments on the BBC show Monitor in July 1964, four years after Psycho's release. The interview now features on the audiobook Alfred Hitchcock: In His Own Words.

"[Psycho] was
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Psycho thriller? No, it was all a big joke | Media Monkey

Its shower scene is one of the most famous in cinema history and has spawned many pale imitations over the past 50 years, but Alfred Hitchcock apparently meant his 1960 suspense horror film Psycho to be a comedy, the Mirror and Telegraph report. An interview with the director has just been unearthed in BBC archives and reveals his real aim. "I once made a movie, rather tongue-in-cheek, called Psycho. The content was, I felt, rather amusing and it was a big joke. I was horrified some people took it seriously," he told the TV programme Monitor in July 1964. That Hitchcock, eh? Still springing surprises from beyond the grave.

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Alfred Hitchcock: 'Psycho was meant to be a comedy'

Alfred Hitchcock: 'Psycho was meant to be a comedy'
Recently-released interviews with iconic film director Alfred Hitchcock have revealed that he intended classic horror picture Psycho to be a comedy.

The Telegraph reports that interviews from the BBC archives confirm Hitchcock believed the movie to be interpreted in a humorous manner.

Speaking on TV show Monitor in July 1964, Hitchcock described the 1960 film as "tongue-in-cheek".

"A lot of people looked at this thing and said, 'What a dreadful thing to do, how awful', and so forth," Hitchcock explained.

"The content as such was, I felt, rather amusing and it was a big joke. I was horrified to find that some people took it seriously."

[Stills from Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho']

Hitchcock also claimed that he wanted audiences "giggling with pleasure" at the film.

There has long been speculation as to how the film was intended to be viewed, with fans being divided over its intentions.

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren star in Hitchcock; a biopic of
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Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' was meant to be comedy

Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' was meant to be comedy
London, Feb uary 28 8: Alfred Hitchcock has revealed in a newly unearthed interview that his iconic horror film 'Psycho' was intended to be a comedy.

Hitchcock told the TV programme Monitor in July 1964 that he had once made a movie, rather tongue-in-cheek, called 'Psycho,' whose content was rather amusing and a big joke.

He said that he was horrified to find that some people took it -seriously as it was intended to make people scream and yell and so forth - but no more than screaming and yelling on a switchback railway, the Mirror reported.

"So you mustn't go too far because you want them to get off the railway.
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Full IMAX Theater Listings

The wait is nearly over. This weekend, starting Thursday at Midnight (technically Friday at 12:01 am), the long-awaited fantasy adventure The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will open across the globe. IMAX has released their full theater listings for this Peter Jackson directed prequel, which recounts Bilbo Baggins adventure with a band of dwarves out to save their homeland from a deadly dragon. Read on to find out where you can see this magical movie experience in glorious IMAX and in 3D!

United States

Alabama

Hoover - Rave Patton Creek 15 + IMAX

Huntsville - Rave Valley Bend 18 + IMAX

Tuscaloosa - Cobb Hollywood 16 Cinemas + IMAX

Alaska

Anchorage - Regal Tikahtnu Stadium 16 + IMAX

Fairbanks - Regal Goldstream Stadium 16 + IMAX

Arizona

Glendale - AMC Westgate 20 with IMAX

Mesa - Dickinson Gateway 12 IMAX Theatre

Phoenix - AMC Deer Valley 30 with IMAX

Phoenix - AMC Desert Ridge 18 with IMAX

Tempe - Harkins Arizona Mills 25 with IMAX

Tucson
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The Noteworthy: Criticwire 2.0, Film Fest Form, A Wellman Dossier

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It's the still in a process of refinement, but Indiewire has expanded their gateway to film criticism with Criticwire 2.0, which works as a catalog of critics and criticism that offers a much needed alternative to Rotten Tomatoes. It's less about looking for consensus than it is about offering a simple way of following the critics that interest you and discovering new ones along the way.

The Vienna Film Festival is underway, and while all of us who are not attending lament not being able to check out Mike Ott's DJ set, we have only the coverage of others to turn to for consolation. Turns out there isn't much of that available either, unless you can read German, so for now check out our coverage here in the Notebook, and hopefully there will be more to share next week. Ti West is prepping his next horror film, The Sacrament,
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Shelagh Delaney: a video tribute

The Sheffield revival of A Taste of Honey should help us better remember an unfairly neglected playwright – but here's plenty of footage to be going on with

As a major of revival of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey opens in Sheffield, it's time to remember the debt owed to the playwright, who died last year, by many writers – even the songwriter Morrissey.

Reading this on mobile? Watch the video here

A major dictionary of theatre on my bookcase, dating from the mid-1990s, doesn't even mention the Salford-born Delaney, who can seen here in Ken Russell's 1960 Monitor film on the writer and her town.

The lack of recognition from the theatre world is probably partly because, after 1960, she largely turned her attention to screenplays, eventually writing the 1985 film Dance with a Stranger, in which Miranda Richardson played Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged for murder in England.
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The Amazing Spider-Man Debuts in 447 IMAX Theaters Tonight at Midnight!!

The Amazing Spider-Man Debuts in 447 IMAX Theaters Tonight at Midnight!!
IMAX Corporation and Columbia Pictures today announced that the highly anticipated 3D action-adventure, The Amazing Spider-Man, will be released in the immersive IMAX 3D format in 447 IMAX theatres worldwide. Domestically, the film will launch in IMAX on Tuesday, July 3 - simultaneous with the film's North American wide release - in 307 theatres. The film began its rollout to a total of 140 IMAX theatres internationally on June 27. Additional playdates will be added as pending bookings are confirmed. To date, the Spider-Man motion pictures have generated more than $2.5 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 were also released in IMAX.

The film will benefit from an IMAX exclusive one week early release in the 20 IMAX theatres currently open in Russia beginning Friday, June 29.

Director Marc Webb and the filmmakers have crafted the climactic finale of The Amazing Spider-Man to feature a larger aspect ratio of 1.9:1 versus the traditional
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Prometheus to Be Released in 421 IMAX Theaters

IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox today announced that Prometheus, director Ridley Scott's original mythology that tips its hat to elements of the original Alien, will release in the immersive IMAX 3D format in 421 IMAX theatres worldwide. Domestically, the film will be released in 298 theaters beginning Friday, June 8, simultaneous with the film's North American release. Internationally, the film debuted in select territories last week and will be expanding to additional theatres through the coming weeks for a total of 123 theatres confirmed to date. Additional playdates will be added as pending bookings are confirmed.

Exclusively in IMAX, Prometheus will feature a larger aspect ratio of 2.0:1 versus the traditional 2.39:1 ratio. This aspect ratio, which is optimized to take advantage of the IMAX screen, will allow audiences to see more of the image and result in a full panorama of the action - further immersing audiences into the vast scale and scope of the film.
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DVD Playhouse--March 2012

DVD Playhouse—March 2012

By Allen Gardner

J. Edgar (Warner Bros.) Director Clint Eastwood provides a rock-solid, albeit rather flat portrait of polarizing FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, covering his life from late teens to his death. Leonardo DiCaprio does an impressive turn as Hoover, never crossing the line into caricature, and creating a Hoover that is all too human, making for an all the more unsettling look at absolute power run amuck. Where the film stumbles is the love story at its core: Hoover’s relationship with longtime aide Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). In the hands of an openly-gay director like Gus Van Sant, this could have been a heartbreaking, tender story of forbidden (unrequited?) love, but Eastwood seems to tiptoe around their romance, with far too much delicacy and deference. The film works well when recreating the famous crimes and investigations which Hoover made his name on (the Lindbergh kidnapping,
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Underworld Awakening Full IMAX Theater Listings

Underworld Awakening Full IMAX Theater Listings
IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that Underworld Awakening, the highly anticipated fourth installment of the stunning vampire action franchise starring Kate Beckinsale, and the first to be released in the immersive IMAX 3D format, will open this Friday, January 20. The film will open in about 255 IMAX digital theatres domestically, simultaneously with the film's wide North American release. The movie will also open in approximately 90 IMAX digital theatres internationally, of which at least 51 will open by this Friday, with remaining runs to debut over the coming weeks. Additional playdates will be added as pending bookings are confirmed.

Kate Beckinsale: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience through proprietary IMAX Dmr technology. With crystal clear images, laser-aligned digital sound and theatre geometry that maximizes field of view, IMAX provides the world's most immersive movie experience.

About Underworld
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Close up: Ken Russell 1927-2011

The acclaimed, eccentric director of Women in Love and The Devils died this week, prompting tributes from the press and former colleagues

The big story

Ken Russell died this week, leaving behind a body of work that shocked and surprised, teased and titillated. He was, said Xan Brooks in our early news story a man of "wild drama, gaudy conflagrations and operatic flourishes", a "juggler of high and low culture who invariably courted controversy".

Russell's career path - from his documentary work for the 1960s BBC series Monitor, to the short films he made at home in later years - was hard to map. His most infamous and innovative works - The Devils, Altered States - flashed by in the wake of semi-hits Women in Love (which won him an Oscar in 1971) and Tommy. He was, said friends an "iconoclast" (Venessa Redgrave). "Fearless, eccentric and silly" (Melvyn Bragg). "Capable of
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