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The Magnificent Ambersons

Hollywood’s most tragic ‘mangled masterpiece’ gets a new lease on life with this special edition of what could have been Orson Welles’ greatest film, had Rko not intentionally destroyed it to sully the stature of the unlucky Boy Genius. The movie can’t be reconstructed but its reputation can be restored — the story of the demise of a powerful industrial family would have been a dramatic powerhouse, perhaps more impressive than Citizen Kane.

The Magnificent Ambersons

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The Criterion Collection 952

1942 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 88 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date November 27, 2018 / 39.95

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Richard Bennett.

Cinematography: Stanley Cortez

Film Editor: Robert Wise

Original Music: Bernard Herrmann

From the novel by Booth Tarkington

Screenplay, Production and Direction by Orson Welles

Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons is probably the most mourned ‘lost’ title in American film history.
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Peyton Place

The book was raw & dirty, and did you read what that girl did with that guy on page 167? Racking up a stack of Oscar nominations, Peyton Place became one of the big hits of its year, launched the careers of several young actors, and proved that Hollywood could pasteurize most any so-called un-filmable book. Lana Turner is the nominal star but the leading actress is Diane Varsi, in her film debut.

Peyton Place

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Twilight Time

1957 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 157 min. / Street Date March 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Lana Turner, Hope Lange, Arthur Kennedy, Lloyd Nolan, Lee Philips, Terry Moore, Russ Tamblyn, Betty Field, David Nelson, Leon Ames, Mildred Dunnock.

Cinematography William Mellor

Art Direction Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler

Film Editor David Bretherton

Original Music Franz Waxman

Written by John Michael Hayes from the book by Grace Metalious

Produced by Jerry Wald

Directed by Mark Robson

What’s this,
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One of the Greatest Film Noir Stars of Them All? Four Crime Classics to Remember

Dana Andrews movies: Film noir actor excelled in both major and minor crime dramas. Dana Andrews movies: First-rate film noir actor excelled in both classics & minor fare One of the best-looking and most underrated actors of the studio era, Dana Andrews was a first-rate film noir/crime thriller star. Oftentimes dismissed as no more than a “dependable” or “reliable” leading man, in truth Andrews brought to life complex characters that never quite fit into the mold of Hollywood's standardized heroes – or rather, antiheroes. Unlike the cynical, tough-talking, and (albeit at times self-delusionally) self-confident characters played by the likes of Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and, however lazily, Robert Mitchum, Andrews created portrayals of tortured men at odds with their social standing, their sense of ethics, and even their romantic yearnings. Not infrequently, there was only a very fine line separating his (anti)heroes from most movie villains.
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Starfish review – ordeal by illness painfully rendered

This drama based on the true story of a man who lost limbs and part of his face after contracting septicaemia has good performances, but the story may be better served with a documentary

If ever a film was a tough watch, it is this: based on the true story of Tom Ray, a man from Rutland in the East Midlands who in 1999 had to have his arms and legs amputated and part of his face removed after contracting a rare form of septicaemia. He and his wife Nicola lived through the ordeal with great courage. One comes away from the film with real respect for the raw honesty of the performances: Joanne Froggatt is Nicola and Tom Riley is Ray.

However, there were moments when I thought the subject might be better served with a documentary. The direction and dialogue are frankly a bit flat, occasionally hitting some unsubtle
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Silk Stockings

It's in glorious Technicolor Metrocolor, CinemaScope and StereoPhonic Sound! Fred Astaire's final MGM musical gives him Cyd Charisse and a Cole Porter score, plus some nice Hermes Pan choreography. The script and Rouben Mamoulian's direction aren't the best, but the combined magic of the musical and dancing talent saves the day. Silk Stockings Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1957 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre, George Tobias, Jules Munshin, Joseph Buloff, Wim Sonneveld Cinematography Robert Bronner Art Direction Randall Duell, William A. Horning Film Editor Harold F. Kress Original Music Cole Porter Written by Abe Burrows, Leonard Gershe, George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath, and Leonard Spigelgass Produced by Arthur Freed Directed by Rouben Mamoulian

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

On the Town?  The Pajama Game?  Damn Yankees?   The Warner Archive Collection's next musical up for the
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The Chase (1946)

An exercise in dizzy disorientation, this Cornell Woolrich crazy-house noir pulls the rug out from under us at least three times. You want delirium, you got it -- the secret words for today are "Obsessive" and "Perverse." Innocent Robert Cummings is no match for sicko psychos Peter Lorre and Steve Cochran. The Chase Blu-ray Kino Classics 1946 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 86 min. / Street Date May 24, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Robert Cummings, Michèle Morgan, Steve Cochran, Peter Lorre, Lloyd Corrigan, Jack Holt, Don Wilson, Alexis Minotis, Nina Koschetz, Yolanda Lacca, James Westerfield, Shirley O'Hara. Cinematography Frank F. Planer Film Editor Edward Mann Original Music Michel Michelet Written by Philip Yordan from the book The Black Path of Fear by Cornell Woolrich Produced by Seymour Nebenzal Directed by Arthur D. Ripley

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

As Guy Maddin says on his (recommended) commentary, the public domain copies of this show were
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Remembering Oscar-Winning Gwtw Art Director Menzies

William Cameron Menzies. William Cameron Menzies movies on TCM: Murderous Joan Fontaine, deadly Nazi Communists Best known as an art director/production designer, William Cameron Menzies was a jack-of-all-trades. It seems like the only things Menzies didn't do was act and tap dance in front of the camera. He designed and/or wrote, directed, produced, etc., dozens of films – titles ranged from The Thief of Bagdad to Invaders from Mars – from the late 1910s all the way to the mid-1950s. Among Menzies' most notable efforts as an art director/production designer are: Ernst Lubitsch's first Hollywood movie, the Mary Pickford star vehicle Rosita (1923). Herbert Brenon's British-set father-son drama Sorrell and Son (1927). David O. Selznick's mammoth production of Gone with the Wind, which earned Menzies an Honorary Oscar. The Sam Wood movies Our Town (1940), Kings Row (1942), and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). H.C. Potter's Mr. Lucky
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'Tiger' Band Sues Christian Extremist County Clerk, U.S. Presidential Candidate

'Eye of the Tiger' band Survivor. Infamous radical Christian county clerk Kim Davis, far-right U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee sued by 'Eye of the Tiger' band Survivor The band Survivor, whose song “Eye of the Tiger” underlined the critical dud (but box office hit) Rocky III back in 1982, has filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against radical Christian Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and fellow radical Christian and U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. Without previous authorization, “Eye of the Tiger” was loudly played in the background of the circus show – large wooden crosses and all – staged after Davis' release from jail. She had spent all of five days in prison for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Kim Davis Christian rally. Survivor statement Yesterday (Sept. 8, '15), the day of Davis' release, Survivor issued
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Overwatch revealed at BlizzCon 2014, trailers released

Blizzard revealed to the world yesterday – via BlizzCon 2014 – what exactly Overwatch is, and what they delivered to the masses was a brand new game completely! Not an expansion for Starcraft II or another secret Destiny expansion from Activison as some people had expected, but a brand new Fps, which some players of Team Fortress 2 may notice faint echoes of their favourite piece of shoot’em up insanity. Check out the Overwatch trailers here…

Overwatch features a wide array of unique heroes, ranging from a time-jumping adventurer, to an armored, rocket-hammer-wielding warrior, to a transcendent robot monk. Every hero plays differently, and mastering their abilities is the key to unlocking their potential. No two heroes are the same.

The two modes of play currently announced are :-

Payload

The attacking team’s objective is to move the payload to a delivery point, while the defenders must halt the attackers’ progress until time runs out.
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David O. Russell’s Hot Streak

By Mark Pinkert

Contributor



If David O. Russell gets nominated for Best Director this year, he will have accomplished something that Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola and many other great directors have not–that is, to earn three Best Director nominations in the span of only four years. In fact, only eleven other directors have been on comparable hot streaks in Academy Award history, and only one of those streaks (by Clint Eastwood) has occurred after 1960. (See below for reference.)

This is not a comparison of overall quality or career prolificity (not many can bout with Scorsese, Allen, Hitchcock and Coppola in those categories), but merely a tribute to Russell’s ultra-concentrated efforts in the past four years and a recognition of the difficulty of this feat. It’s also a relevant because it might shed some light on previous Oscar trends and on what we
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An Academy Award Winner Who Made History (And Who Fully Deserved to Win)

Hattie McDaniel: Oscar winner on TCM tonight One of the best and, despite nearly 100 film appearances, most poorly utilized actresses of the studio era was Hattie McDaniel, Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" featured player today, August 20, 2013. Right now, TCM is showing Gone with the Wind (1939), the movie that earned McDaniel — as Scarlett O’Hara’s Mammy — the year’s history-making Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. She was the first black performer to take home an Oscar; in her (reportedly) studio-prepared Oscar acceptance speech, McDaniel hoped to “always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry.” And in my view, she remains among the most well-deserved winners, regardless of skin color. (See also: “Hattie McDaniel Oscar Speech.”) (Photo: Hattie McDaniel ca. 1930s.) Hattie McDaniel movies: ‘Show Boat,’ ‘Alice Adams’ Two other movies showcasing Hattie McDaniel’s talents will follow Gone with the Wind: Show Boat and Alice Adams.
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Rip Margaret Thatcher: 10 Right-Wing Films She Probably Loved

As an American born in the 80′s with no direct ties to the United Kingdom, writing this for free, I believe I am the best person to write any article relating to Margaret Thatcher, who recently passed on April 8th.

From my glib perspective, she was the Ronald Reagan from across the pond. Only she wanted the Berlin Wall to stay up. And unemployment rose. And she is responsible (and blamed by Argentinians) for the Falklands War.

At some point during Thatcher’s relationship with Reagan, the topic of movies had to have come up at some point. I’m sure Reagan probably lent her laserdiscs and VHS tapes of Kings Row, Bedtime for Bonzo, or Knut Rockne, All American.

Thatcher, probably nodded and smiled politely and opted to view on of the following, as she probably loved them over Reagan’s work. And she probably preferred soft-serve ice cream over jelly beans.

Ranking David Lynch’s Films

How many filmmakers can you think of that have their own verb? “Lynchian” is a part of even the most casual cinephile, though it’s often used erroneously. All too often, anything a little out of the ordinary, with a vague sense of the uncanny, earns the term. Looking back at the man’s filmography, however, it’s clear that there’s much more to Lynch’s work than mere eccentricity, especially given that he’s made films that don’t easily fit into common ideas about what it is for a film or a work of art to even be “Lynchian.” Beyond that, Lynch himself is such a singular presence beyond his films – as a thinker, a writer, and even as a musician – that attempts to Xerox his work are doubly pointless. As it’s David Lynch month here at the site, we decided to poll our writers on their favorite Lynch movies,
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Marion Cotillard Oscar Buzz: Cannes 2012

Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw on Jacques Audiard‘s De rouille et d’os / Rust & Bone, starring Marion Cotillard (who’s already getting Oscar buzz) and Matthias Schoenaerts: "What could have been simply bizarre, sentimental or contrived here becomes an utterly absorbing love story; Rust and Bone is a tale of a miraculous friendship which evolves into an enthralling and moving romance, wonderfully acted by Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. … This is early days in the festival, but Rust and Bone has to be a real contender for prizes, and, the odds will be shortening to vanishing point for Cotillard getting the best actress award." Time‘s Mary Corliss Rust & Bone: "For all the grit of its milieu and the stark cinematographic contrasts of blinding brightness and midnight murkiness, this is a movie of the old school; Kings Row and An Affair to Remember leap to mind.
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Cannes 2012: Rust and Bone – review

Jacques Audiard's moving love story, which surges out of the screen like a flood tide, deserves to be awash with awards

What could have been simply bizarre, sentimental or contrived here becomes an utterly absorbing love story; Rust and Bone is a tale of a miraculous friendship which evolves into an enthralling and moving romance, wonderfully acted by Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. Jacques Audiard directs, and his screenplay, co-written with Thomas Bidegain, is freely adapted from characters in the short story collection of the same title, by the American author Craig Davidson. This is early days in the festival, but Rust and Bone has to be a real contender for prizes, and, the odds will be shortening to vanishing point for Cotillard getting the best actress award.

She plays Stephanie, a young woman who trains huge orca whales at the Marineland park; in response to theatrical gestures from Stephanie,
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Ann Sheridan TCM Schedule: Nora Prentiss, City For Conquest

Ann Sheridan on TCM: Kings Row, The Man Who Came To Dinner Schedule (Pt) and synopses from the TCM website: 3:00 Am Naughty But Nice (1939) A college professor turns songwriter and falls for his lyricist. Cast: Ann Sheridan, Dick Powell, Gale Page. Dir: Ray Enright. Bw-89 mins. 4:30 Am Nora Prentiss (1947) An ambitious singer ruins a doctor’s life. Cast: Ann Sheridan, Kent Smith, Bruce Bennett. Dir: Vincent Sherman. Bw-112 mins. 6:30 Am It All Came True (1940) A gangster hides out in a boardinghouse full of eccentrics. Cast: Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, ZaSu Pitts. Dir: Lewis Seiler. Bw-97 mins. 8:30 Am Wings For The Eagle (1942) Dedicated aircraft workers compete for the same girl. Cast: Ann Sheridan, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. Bw-84 mins. 10:00 Am One More Tomorrow (1946) A playboy and a lady photographer allow social differences to come between them. Cast: Ann Sheridan, Dennis [...]
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Ann Sheridan on TCM: Kings Row, The Man Who Came To Dinner

Ann Sheridan, "The Oomph Girl" (top); Ann Sheridan, Ronald Reagan in Sam Wood‘s Kings Row Ann Sheridan, the determined, humorous, sensual 1940s Warner Bros. star, is one of my favorite movie toughies. Sheridan was also a first-rate comedienne (I Was a Male War Bride) and in the right role was a capable dramatic actress (Angels with Dirty Faces — except for the hysterical scene). As a plus, she was great to look at and listen to. [See this 2007 Ann Sheridan piece; followed by an interview with author Ray Hagen, then working on a biography of the actress.] Those unfamiliar with Ann Sheridan’s work will be able to check her out on Wednesday, as Turner Classic Movies will be presenting thirteen of her films as part of its "Summer Under the Stars" series. [Ann Sheridan Schedule.] Unfortunately, there are no rarities. No Woman and the Hunter, Just Across the Street, or Fighting [...]
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The Empire Strikes Back as a 50s Sci-Fi Movie

Ivan Guerrero has done something very cool. He’s taken loads of classic sci-fi movie clips and spliced them together to make a 50s-style movie trailer for The Empire Strikes Back. Guerrero has more of these “Premakes”, but this one is a must-see. I just can’t help but marvel at how he was able to find the right old clips to make a reasonable comparison to the iconic imagery of Star Wars. But he did and it’s damn impressive.

Hit the jump to check it out along with a list of all the films he used to put it together.



Here’s Guerrero’s list of films he took footage from (and obviously he did some text and small special effects). Also, if you’d like to see more of his Premakes, click here [via The Awesomer]:

Flash Gordon (“Deadline at Noon”, “Conquers the Universe”), The Phantom Planet, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,
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Tyrone Power II: Hollywood Career

Tyrone Power, Norma Shearer Tyrone Power I: Q&A with Maria Ciaccia Tyrone Power was a Fox contract player for nearly two decades. Were there any roles he wanted to get — whether at the studio or elsewhere — but that went to someone else? Any projects he wanted Darryl F. Zanuck to pursue, but that never came to fruition? You name it, he lost out on it. Zanuck refused to lend him out after Marie Antoinette because he had what amounted to a supporting role, and he felt that MGM had used him unfairly; however, Norma Shearer had demanded him. He was offered the role of Parris in Kings Row; Zanuck refused to loan him out. [Robert Cummings got the part.] Supposedly [...]
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Former President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93

Former President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93
Former President Ronald Reagan, whose career as an actor preceded his highly successful run in politics, died Saturday after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease; he was 93. Reagan died at his home in California, after his health reportedly took a swift turn for the worse, and word of his death was given to news sources on condition of anonymity by a family friend, who also said the Reagan family was currently making funeral arrangements and would issue an official statement later Saturday. "Dutch" Reagan, as he was known in his younger years, started his career as a radio sportscaster in Chicago and moved to Hollywood in 1937, where he became a contract player for Warner Bros., making his debut in Love Is on the Air. Numerous Warner films followed through the 30s and 40s, most notably a supporting role opposite Bette Davis in Dark Victory and the iconic part of George Gipp, aka "the Gipper," in Knute Rockne All American. 1942's Kings Row (where Reagan uttered the memorable line, "Where's the rest of me?") marked a turning point for the actor, and after completing military service during World War II and returning to Hollywood, well-received roles in The Voice of the Turtle, The Hasty Heart, and Storm Warning followed. Alas, most of his post-war films were less than memorable . though Bedtime for Bonzo, in which Reagan was paired with a monkey, became something of a comedy classic . but 1957's Hellcats of the Navy paired him with his second wife, Nancy Davis, whom he married in 1952 (he had previously been married to Oscar-winning actress Jane Wyman from 1940-1948).

TV work followed, though Reagan also began pursuing a career in politics, serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild twice; he also made a notable turn from liberal to conservative in the 60s. Reagan made his last film in 1964 . the acclaimed The Killers opposite Lee Marvin . and successfully ran for governor of California in 1966, a post he held for eight years. Though he lost the Republican party's candidacy for president in 1976, he successfully ran again in 1980, and his eight year term as President, in which he survived an assassination attempt, defined the 80s; the rest, as they say, is history. After his presidency, Reagan's health quickly declined due to Alzheimer's, and was said to have contributed to his rapidly deteriorating mental condition; he lived the rest of his life in seclusion, tended to by his wife. According to news reports, Reagan's body is expected to be taken to his presidential library in Simi Valley, CA, and then flown to Washington to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. A funeral is expected to be at the National Cathedral, with his body to be returned to California for a sunset burial at the library. Living longer than any US President, Reagan is survived by his wife, Nancy, and three children: Michael Reagan, Patti Davis and Ron Reagan Jr. --Prepared by IMDb staff

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