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Igo Kantor, Producer and Post-Production Executive, Dies at 89

  • Variety
Igo Kantor, whose Hollywood career took him from Howard Hughes’ projection room to supervising post-production on “Easy Rider” and producing B-movies like “Kingdom of the Spiders” and “Mutant,” died Oct. 15. He was 89.

Kantor, who was born in Vienna and raised in Lisbon, met “Dillinger” director Max Nosseck on the ship to New York. Nosseck gave him an intro to his projectionist brother while Kantor was studying at UCLA, leading to a job screening screened movies for Hughes at a private theater while he was secretly dating actress Jean Peters, whom Hughes later married.

In the early 1960s, Kantor opened post-production house Synchrofilm, becoming the post-production supervisor on “The Monkees,” which led to Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson hiring him to head post-production on “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces” and “The King of Marvin Gardens.”

He received Emmy nominations three years in a row for his work on the Bob Hope Christmas specials.
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HanWay Appoints Marta Ravani As Director Of Docs & Library Label HanWay Select

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Exclusive: HanWay Films has grown its sales team with the hire of former Protagonist and TF1 exec Marta Ravani who joins as director, HanWay Select.

Ravani will oversee HanWay’s extensive library and upcoming slate of documentaries. The UK firm’s catalog includes classics from the likes of Bernardo Bertolucci, David Cronenberg, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Bob Rafelson and John Dower.

Long-time HanWay Select director of sales Mark Lane continues at the company as director of sales to focus on the company’s expanding slate.

Ravani worked in production in Paris before moving into international sales and acquisitions for Funny Balloons where she was responsible for the acquisition of Tony Manero by Pablo Larrain.

In 2014, she joined TF1 Studio as international sales manager and the following year she moved to London to join Protagonist Pictures as director of digital, video and TV sales. Recently she has spearheaded the international sales
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Review: "The Border" (1982) Starring Jack Nicholson; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Charlie Smith (Jack Nicholson) is a bored man. Bored with his position as an immigration enforcement officer in Los Angeles and bored with his eleven-year marriage to Marcy (Valerie Perrine) in a Sunland, CA trailer park. When Marcy boasts of a better life in a shared duplex with chum Savannah (Shannon Wilcox) and her border patrol husband Cat (Harvey Keitel) in El Paso, TX, Charlie doesn’t exactly protest the change in geography or transfer in job title. With all their possessions strapped to the roof of their car, they are welcomed with open arms. It isn’t long, however, before Charlie realizes not only the danger and utter futility of attempting to stop the migrants from making a run for los Estados Unidos regardless of the presence of the tortilla fences topped with barbed wire. But some of his peers and superiors, particularly his boss Red
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Rushes: De Palma and Beyoncé Trailers, Ruiz Rediscovered, Algorithmic Remastering

  • MUBI
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSThe Dead Don't DieJim Jarmusch's zombie flick The Dead Don't Die will be the first film to screen at this year's Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Palme d'Or. Is retiring from film directing a myth? Reportedly Béla Tarr has a new film, Missing People, set to premiere this summer in Vienna.Made in 1967, Raúl Ruiz's The Tango of the Widower was intended to be his debut feature, but was sadly abandoned because of funding problems. However, the film has now been restored and slated for a festival premiere, and Ruiz's widow and collaborator Valeria Sarmiento is overseeing its completion. Brian de Palma will be developing an English-language remake of the WWII-set French drama series, Un village français, with plans to place his adaptation during the times of the U.S. Civil War.
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The Monkees' Peter Tork Dies at 77

Tony Sokol Feb 21, 2019

Multi-instrumentalist Peter Tork insisted The Monkees play their own music on the pre-fab four's records.

Peter Tork of the 1960s TV-band-turned-real-band The Monkees, died from complications of a rare form of cancer on Thursday at a family home in eastern Connecticut. He was 77.

"Our beloved Peter passed away peacefully today at the age of 77. His talent, charm and humor were undeniable and he had the rare honor of bringing joy and music to multiple generations. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans around the world.," an announcement on The Monkees' official Facebook page reads.

"Peter Tork died this Am. I am told he slipped away peacefully," Michael Nesmith said in a statement. "Yet, as I write this my tears are awash, and my heart is broken. Even though I am clinging to the idea that we all continue, the pain that attends these passings has no cure.
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Peter Tork Dies: The Monkees’ Affable Bassist Was 77

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Peter Tork Dies: The Monkees’ Affable Bassist Was 77
Peter Tork, the affable, moptopped bassist for The Monkees who starred in their mid-’60s TV show and toured the world with the group, died today. He was 77. His sister Anne Thorkelson confirmed the news but did not provide details. Tork had been diagnosed with throat cancer a decade ago.

The Monkees were the made-for-American-tv group that attacked video and audio airwaves in 1966 at the height of Beatlemania. The NBC series aired only two seasons but won the 1967 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and also launched the group to radio stardom. Their first hit was “Last Train to Clarksville,” which started a run of five consecutive Top 3 singles stateside. The song also was the first of three chart-toppers followed by “I’m a Believer” — which also hit No. 1 in the UK — and “Daydream Believer.”

Born Peter Thorkelson on February 13, 1942, in Washington, D.C., Tork became immersed in the early ’60s Greenwich Village folk scene.
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Peter Tork, The Monkees Bassist, Dies at 77

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Peter Tork, The Monkees Bassist, Dies at 77
Peter Tork, bassist, keyboardist and singer for iconic late ’60s pop-rock band The Monkees died on Thursday. He was 77.

Tork’s death was confirmed by his sister, Anne Thorkelson, to The Washington Post. Thorkelson did not share the cause of death or where Tork died. His Twitter and Facebook accounts announced his death shortly after.

“Please know that Peter was extremely appreciative of you, his Torkees, and one of his deepest joys was to be out in front of you, playing his music, and seeing you enjoy what he had to share,” a message attributed to the Peter Tork Facebook Team said.

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It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world. As we have mentioned in the past, the Ptfb team is…
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Peter Tork of the Monkees Dies at 77

  • Variety
Peter Tork of the Monkees Dies at 77
Peter Tork, the guitarist and wise-cracking character in the 1960s teen-pop sensation the Monkees, died today at the age of 77, a rep for the group confirmed to Variety. Speaking with the Washington Post, Tork’s sister Anne Thorkelson did not specify a cause of death, although the guitarist had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer a decade ago.

Tork wrote a blog piece for the Post about his diagnosis with adenoid cystic carcinoma after beginning treatment in 2009. Through most of the 10 years since, he had been able to resume an active musical life, participating in Monkees reunion shows as recently as 2016, and recording his own solo blues albums, the last of which, “Relax Your Mind,” came out in early 2018.

“It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world,” read
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James Frawley, The Muppet Movie Director, Dies at 82

James Frawley, The Muppet Movie Director, Dies at 82
James Frawley, director of The Muppet Movie and several TV pilots for successful shows such as The Monkees, has passed away. He was 82-years-old. The news was confirmed by his wife, Cynthia Frawley, who said he suffered a heart attack. Frawley had a serious lung condition that came as the result of his many years of smoking.

Born in 1936, James Frawley was the son of actor William Frawley. Before stepping behind the camera, which would go on to define his career, the younger Frawley made his first steps into the business and tried his hand at acting. He scored several gigs on shows such as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason and The Outer Limits. Frawley acted periodically after becoming a director, with his last on screen appearance coming in 1996, in the series American Gothic.

It was in 1966 that James Frawley's career really took shape, after being selected by producers Bob Rafelson and
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James Frawley, Director of ‘The Monkees,’ ‘The Muppet Movie,’ Dies at 82

  • Variety
James Frawley, Director of ‘The Monkees,’ ‘The Muppet Movie,’ Dies at 82
James Frawley, a prolific filmmaker who won an Emmy for directing the first episode of “The Monkees” and helmed “The Muppet Movie,” died Jan. 22 at his home in Indian Wells, Calif. He was 82.

His wife, Cynthia Frawley, told Variety that her husband died following a heart attack.

Born on Sept. 29, 1936, in Houston, Frawley was the youngest son of actor William Frawley. He broke into the entertainment business as a television actor with credits on “The Seasons of Youth,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Outer Limits” and “Perry Mason.”

Frawley was chosen selected by producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider to direct the first episode of “The Monkees,” starring Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz. He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series in 1967 for the episode “Royal Flush” and was nominated the following year for the segment “The Devil and Peter Tork.”

“I picked up a 16mm camera,
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Review: “De Niro & De Palma: The Early Films”; Blu-ray Special Edition from Arrow

  • CinemaRetro
“Young Rebel With A Movie Camera”

By Raymond Benson

Arrow has released an interesting time capsule of a boxed set that features early work by director Brian De Palma and starring a very young Robert De Niro before either of them were significant names in the motion picture industry. The films are The Wedding Party, Greetings (1968), and Hi, Mom! (1970).

De Palma had embarked on a film career in the very early 1960s when he was a student at various institutions. While at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, he collaborated with then-theatre-professor Wilford Leach and Cynthia Munroe (who provided much of the script and funding) to make a feature entitled The Wedding Party. Most accounts (including IMDb) state that the movie was made in 1963; however, an essay by Brad Stevens in the accompanying Blu-ray booklet claims that the film was shot in 1964-65. It was eventually copyrighted in 1966, but wasn
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The Last Movie

Dennis Hopper’s legendary follow-up to Easy Rider ended his Hollywood directing career for at least fifteen years. Barely seen again after brief premiere bookings, it hasn’t built up a reputation as a suppressed masterpiece. So what is it exactly? A new spotless restoration gives a dazzling rebirth to Hopper’s Perú- filmed deconstruction of Hollywood. The astonishing number of notables in the cast list may in itself demand a viewing.

The Last Movie

Blu-ray

Arbelos

1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date November 13, 2018 / 39.99

Starring: Dennis Hopper, Stella García, Tomas Milian, Don Gordon, Julie Adams, Donna Baccala, Sylvia Miles, Rod Cameron, Severn Darden, Sam Fuller, Peter Fonda, Henry Jaglom, Michelle Phillips, Kris Kristofferson, Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, Clint Kimbrough, John Phillip Law, James Mitchum, Richard Rust, Toni Basil, Michael Anderson Jr.

Cinematography: László Kovács

Production design: Leon Ericksen

Film Editors: David Berlatsky, Antranig Mahakian, Dennis Hopper, [Alejandro Jodorowsky]

Original Music: Severn Darden,
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A Pair of Monkees Puzzle Over Their Own ‘Head’ Trip at 50th Anniversary Screening

  • Variety
A Pair of Monkees Puzzle Over Their Own ‘Head’ Trip at 50th Anniversary Screening
The rough, sometimes druggy genesis of the American independent movie business of the ‘60s and ‘70s was recalled by Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith of the Monkees during a sold-out 50th anniversary American Cinematheque screening of the band’s ill-fated feature film “Head.”

Looking out into the Egyptian Theatre before the film unspooled, Dolenz drolly asked one audience member, “You’ve seen it? Can you tell me what it’s about?”

The evening was hosted by the Monkees’ Boswell, producer Andrew Sandoval, who asked for a show of hands of how many in the crowd were returning “Head” cultists and how many were seeing it for the first time. The 60 percent or so making return trips were hugely enthusiastic, but Sandoval wasn’t making any promises to the 40 percent newbies, warning dryly, “We’ll see how many of you are here when we’re done.”

Relentlessly post-modern and lacking anything
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The Monkees’ Psychedelic ‘Head’ Returns to Hollywood for 50th Anniversary Screening

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The Monkees’ Psychedelic ‘Head’ Returns to Hollywood for 50th Anniversary Screening
Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees will be on hand for a Q&A session at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 1 when an American Cinematheque screening of the band’s 1968 feature “Head” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.

The Pre-Fab Four’s big-screen debut was a self-referential and surrealistic picture starring the band – Nesmith, Dolenz, Peter Tork and the late Davy Jones – and featuring an eclectic cast that included Frank Zappa, Annette Funicello, Victor Mature, pro football linebacker Ray Nitschke, prizefighter Sonny Liston and topless dancer Carol Doda. Co-written by Bob Rafelson (who also co-produced the film with Bert Schneider) and Jack Nicholson, it marked Rafelson’s feature directing debut.

Shot following the cancellation of the Monkees’ popular TV show, the movie, which premiered in New York on Nov. 6, 1968 — and in Hollywood two weeks later — sported a soundtrack that included songs by Harry Nilsson
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5 Biggest Revelations From Sally Field’s New York Times Interview

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5 Biggest Revelations From Sally Field’s New York Times Interview
Sally Field opened up about some of her life’s darkest moments in an interview Tuesday with the New York Times.

The article arrives just a week before the Sept. 18 release of her memoir “In Pieces,” which details her life as a celebrity and her role as a mother to three sons during two different marriages. Read some of the biggest revelations from her interview below.

1. She experienced sexual abuse from her stepfather.

Field begins the interview with the story behind her 2012 speech at the Omega Institute’s Women and Power conference. During the speech, she shared how she told her mother about the sexual abuse she experienced at the hands of her stepfather. Field said she was often summoned to his bedroom alone until the abuse stopped when she turned 14.

“I was shaking all over to do it,” she said of her 2012 speech. “But I felt strengthened by that faceless mass of unknown people.
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Sally Field Describes Sexual Abuse by Stepfather in 'Raw' New Memoir: 'I Felt Helpless'

Sally Field Describes Sexual Abuse by Stepfather in 'Raw' New Memoir: 'I Felt Helpless'
Sally Field described her memoir, In Pieces, as “incredibly raw, intimate and personal” — and she meant it.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress, 71, spoke with the New York Times recently about the revelations of the book, including a shocking allegation about her stepfather, actor and stuntman Jock Mahoney. Field says that when she was 14 years old, he would frequently call her into his bedroom alone.

“I knew,” she wrote in her memoir, according to the Nyt. “I felt both a child, helpless, and not a child. Powerful. This was power. And I owned it. But I wanted to be a child — and yet.
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Susan Anspach obituary

Actor who starred in Five Easy Pieces and Play It Again, Sam

With her vibrant appearance in Bob Rafelson’s landmark road movie Five Easy Pieces (1970), Susan Anspach, who has died aged 75, emerged at the same time as her co-star Jack Nicholson as a significant figure in the new Hollywood of the 1970s. However, Anspach, unlike Nicholson, saw her film career dwindle after a decade that has been called Hollywood’s last golden age.

“I was getting reviews that compared me to Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis,” Anspach said in 1978. “But there were no Hepburn or Davis parts.” Nevertheless, she made the most of the strong female roles she was given in the Rafelson movie, and in Play It Again, Sam (1972), as the ex-wife of a film critic (Woody Allen), and Blume in Love (1973), as the ex-wife of a divorce lawyer (George Segal) – both former husbands are still in love with her.
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Andrew Haigh’s Favorite Films of All-Time

Following his two immensely heartfelt dramas, Weekend and 45 Years, Andrew Haigh’s latest theatrical feature, Lean on Pete, is now in theaters. “Most filmmakers when they make movies are trying to understand themselves and how they fit into the world. Even if the story of Lean on Pete might not seem like it’s a personal story, to me it is just as personal as Weekend, oddly. It says just as much about me as Weekend,” he recently told us. “The weird thing about making films, especially if you make films that are personal to you, is you’re giving something of yourself to the world. It’s a strange feeling, filmmaking to me is anxious, emotional and stressful.”

To celebrate the film’s release, we’re sharing Haigh’s list of his favorite films of all-time, submitted to BFI’s latest Sight & Sound poll and Criterion’s top
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Susan Anspach Dies: ‘Five Easy Pieces’ & ‘Play It Again, Sam’ Actress Was 75

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Susan Anspach Dies: ‘Five Easy Pieces’ & ‘Play It Again, Sam’ Actress Was 75
Actress Susan Anspach, whose style came to epitomize the counterculture of the 1960s and ’70s in such films as Five Easy Pieces, has died. She passed away Monday at her home in Los Angeles from coronary problems, according to her son, Caleb Goddard.

Anspach was on the cutting edge of acting in the 1960s. She appeared in the off-Broadway version of Hair early in her career, then moved on to such films as The Landlord, Blume in Love and opposite Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces.

Anspach (pronounced Ons-bok) began her film career in 1972 in Hal Ashby’s The Landlord (1970), following that same year with her definitive role, the classic Five Easy Pieces directed by Bob Rafelson. Anspach portrayed a New Age intellectual who sleeps with Nicholson even though she is engaged to his character’s brother.

She continued along with a busy schedule, appearing as writer-director-star Woody Allen
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Wes Anderson Explains How Hayao Miyazaki Influenced ‘Isle Of Dogs’

While the films of Wes Anderson are marked by his impeccable eye for framing and design, but bubbling beneath the surface are a wide variety of influences. From the original stories that emerged during the heyday of 1970s America cinema in pictures by Robert Altman, Hal Ashby and Bob Rafelson, to Francois Truffaut’s tender and emotional films, Anderson works them all into something uniquely his own.

For his upcoming, stop-motion animated “Isle Of Dogs,” the filmmaker credits another director with stoking the fires of inspiration: Hayao Miyazaki.
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