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The Pretenders Delay Album Release Date, Drop New Song

The Pretenders Delay Album Release Date, Drop New Song
Like many artists, the Pretenders have decided to push back the release date of their upcoming album in light of the coronavirus pandemic and retail restrictions related to the spread of Covid-19. Their 11th studio album, Hate for Sale, will now be out July 17th.

The band did share a new teaser from the LP on Tuesday, unveiling its title track “Hate for Sale.” Lead singer Chrissie Hynde said of the track, “We all love punk, so I think it would be fair to say that ‘Hate for Sale’ is
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X The Unknown

Hammer’s copycat Quatermass picture stands apart from similar ‘mystery sci-fi monster’ thrillers by virtue of its serious tone and realistic presentation. Talk about a sober semi-docu style: there are no major female roles and the leading character is a mass of radioactive mud. (Is there an election year joke in that?) Hammer found a new writer in Jimmy Sangster, imported the Yankee name actor Dean Jagger, tried to hire the expatriate director Joseph Losey. Former child actor Anthony Newley has a small part, but he doesn’t get to sing X’s theme song: “Who can I turn to, when nobody needs me, because the flesh is melting from my skull?”

X The Unknown

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Scream Factory

1956 / B&w / 1:75 widescreen / 80 81? min. / X…the Unknown / Street Date February 18, 2020

Starring: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern, Anthony Newley, William Lucas, Michael Ripper.

Cinematography: Gerald Gibbs

Film Editor: Philip Leakey

Makeup:
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Nicole Kidman: "Horror Shorts"

Take another look at "Horror" shorts directed by Floria Sigismondi, showcasing Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Andy Serkis, Jake Gyllenhaal and a whole lot more:

Shorts include Cynthia Nixon as the "Ghost Bride"...

Nicole Kidman as "The Possessed"...

...Andy Serkis as "The Demented Clown"...

...Saoirse Ronan as "The Mannequin"...

...Daniela Vega as "The Vampire"...

...Jake Gyllenhaal as "The Damned"...

..."Brooklynn Prince as "The Demon Child"...

...and Tiffany Haddish as "The Macabre Dancer".

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Flashback to the 1969 awards season: ‘Midnight Cowboy’ makes Oscar history

Though the cinematic landscape has changed over the past five decades, one thing has remained the same: the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, New York Film Critics Circle and National Society Film Critics have agreed to disagree on many of their choices of the best of the year. So, let’s travel back to awards season 50 years ago and see what these groups selected as the finest in filmmaker in 1969.

Best Picture

Academy Awards: The year of 1969 was truly a watershed for cinema and the Oscars reflected the numerous changes taking place in Hollywood and internationally. The Academy had one foot in tradition and one foot in contemporary cinema. But in terms of best film, “X” marked the spot as “Midnight Cowboy,” the then-x-rated gritty and poignant drama took home the best picture honor. It was the only time in Oscar history, the Academy
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Nicole Kidman in "Horror Shorts"

Sneak Peek a series of 1-minute "Horror Shorts", directed by Floria Sigismondi, showcasing Nicole Kidman, Andy Serkis, Jake Gyllenhaal and a whole lot more:

Shorts include Nicole Kidman as "The Possessed"...

...Andy Serkis as "The Demented Clown", Floria Sigismondi as "The Mannequin"...

...Daniela Vega as "The Vampire"...

...Jake Gyllenhaal as "The Damned"...

..."Brooklynn Prince as "The Demon Child"...

...and Tiffany Haddish as "The Macabre Dancer".

Click the images to enlarge...
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A cinematic runway by Anne-Katrin Titze

Museum of Arts and Design Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford, London's Fashion and Textile Museum curator Dennis Nothdruft, Anna Sui, and Mad's Nanette L. Laitman Director Chris Scoates at the press preview for The World of Anna Sui Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the press preview for The World Of Anna Sui, the Museum of Arts and Design Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford told me that Sofia Coppola will present a "special version" of Marie Antoinette, followed by a conversation with Anna Sui and the director. She also noted that Luchino Visconti's The Damned was an influence on Anna's Grunge collection. I passed on greetings to Anna Sui from 99 Records founder Ed Bahlman, who produced the Bush Tetras' Too Many Creeps, a song Anna used in her runway show for the Punk collection. She told me about her connection to Murray Lerner's film Festival, featuring Bob Dylan, Joan Baez,
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Patrick Carney on Making the New Black Keys Album and Looking Forward to the Road

Patrick Carney on Making the New Black Keys Album and Looking Forward to the Road
Last August and September were fruitful months for the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney: On August 28th, he and his now-wife, Michelle Branch, had a baby, and on September 5th, he and Dan Auerbach went into the studio to start work on the Keys’ first album in five years. That album, “Let’s Rock,” is out now (Barack Obama just put the track “Go” on his summer playlist), and next month, the Keys will embark on a U.S. arena tour with Modest Mouse.

“Somehow my 17-year-old self has manifested some sort of dream,
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Piero Tosi, ‘The Leopard,’ ‘Death in Venice’ Costume Designer, Dies at 92

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Piero Tosi, ‘The Leopard,’ ‘Death in Venice’ Costume Designer, Dies at 92
Piero Tosi, a famed costume designer who worked on films such as “The Leopard” and “Death in Venice,” died Saturday in Rome, the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation announced on Facebook. He was 92.

Over the course of his 50 year career, Tosi established himself as one of Hollywood’s greatest costume designers, earning five Oscar nominations for costume design and an honorary Oscar in 2013. He also garnered international acclaim for a number of popular films including, “The Damned,” “Ludwig,” “Death in Venice” and “The Leopard,” in which his elaborate, period-piece designs took center stage. Other film credits include “La Cage Aux Folles,” “The Night Porter,” “Toby Dammit” and the Oscar foreign language film-winner “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

After growing up in Florence Italy, Tosi landed his first job as a costume assistant on a stage production of “Le chandelier,” before meeting the legendary stage and film director Luchino Visconti. Soon after, Tosi went
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These Are the Damned

“Kinder der Eisigen Dunkelheit!” If those words don’t give you a chill, you may be one of ‘The Damned.’ Joseph Losey’s fascinatingly morbid reflection on atomic terror was too much for England in 1961, wasn’t released in the U.S. for four full years, and then only after being shorn of nine minutes of footage. An ‘impossible’ Cold War scenario puts military authority on the same moral plane as delinquent street thugs. Losey transplants his subversive sensibility to England, and the result is one of the top political sci-fi tales of all time.

These are the Damned

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Explosive Media GmbH

1961 / B&w / 2:35 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date June 13, 2019 /Sie Sind Verdammt / Available from Amazon.de

Starring: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexander Knox, Oliver Reed, Walter Gotell, James Villiers, Tom Kempinski, Kenneth Cope, Brian Oulton, Rachel Clay, Caroline Sheldon, Rebecca Dignam, Siobhan Taylor, Nicholas Clay.

Cinematography:
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Nicole Kidman In "Horror Shorts"

Take another look at a series of 1-minute "Horror Shorts", directed by Floria Sigismondi, showcasing Nicole Kidman, Andy Serkis, Jake Gyllenhaal and a whole lot more:

Shorts include Nicole Kidman as "The Possessed"...

...Andy Serkis as "The Demented Clown", Floria Sigismondi as "The Mannequin"...

...Daniela Vega as "The Vampire"...

...Jake Gyllenhaal as "The Damned"...

..."Brooklynn Prince as "The Demon Child"...

...and Tiffany Haddish as "The Macabre Dancer".

Click the images to enlarge...
See full article at SneakPeek »

Severin’s May Blu-ray Releases Include The Uncanny, Masked Mutilator, and Saint Bernard

Looking to add some scares to your viewing slate this summer? Severin Films has you covered (in blood) with their upcoming May Blu-ray releases that include The Uncanny, the wrestling horror movie Masked Mutilator, and Saint Bernard from writer, director, and makeup effects master Gabe Bartalos:

"This May, Severin Films is unleashing three visionary films that only the strongest viewers will be able to witness without losing their sanity. May 28th brings the long- awaited disc debut of the classic anthology horror The Uncanny, starring Peter Cushing & Ray Milland. May 14th sees the arrival of two brand-new, very different, outsider visions: FX guru Gabe Bartalos’ unhinged St. Bernard breaks down the barriers of good taste and Masked Mutilator splatters the blood of the wrestling ring all over Severin’s sub-label Intervision Picture Corp.

The Uncanny:

In 1977, legendary Amicus co-founder Milton Subotsky teamed with Canadian producer Claude Héroux for the anthology shocker CelluloidDiaries.
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Visconti’s ‘Death in Venice’ Revisited

I caught the American Cinematheque’s 4K restoration of Visconti’s ‘Death in Venice’ this past week, my second of the Visconti Retrospective that just wrapped.

The American Cinematheque’s moderator explained that Visconti used Mahler’s 5th and 3rd Symphonies because, in fact, Death in Venice was said to be about Gustave Mahler himself. I was surprised to hear this because when I read the book I thought it was more about Thomas Mann than Mahler, as it was about a famous pre-World War I author, Gustav von Aschenbach, making a trip to Venice in the hope of overcoming writer’s block.

And until the American Cinematheque’s screening, no one told me anything about it being about Mahler. Though I had seen the film when it came out in 1971, I thought it starred Burt Lancaster so I was surprised again to see that it starred Dirk Bogarde, who
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Berlinale 2019: ‘Max mon amour’

Berlinale 2019: ‘Max mon amour’
By Alex DeleonCharlotte Rampling in the Festival SpotlightThe first film seen at the festival in the homage to Charlotte Rampling retro was somewhat of a disappointment. I had seen this picture when it first came out in Japan and was favorably impressed at the time by its outrageous sense of the absurd, especially as made by a serious A level Japanese director like Nagisa Oshima (died 2013 at age 80). This time around the humor, at least for me, did not hold up and I was rather bored most of the way.

Today it is of little more than passing historical interest

There is, however, an interesting background to this very offbeat Franco-Japanese co-production from the year 1986 by which timeNagisa Ôshima was regarded as a first class Japanese iconoclast. Outside of Japan he was highly regarded in France where his mainstream hardcore porno films In the realm of the Senses (1976) and Empire of Passion
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Bent

Too edgy for the mainstream, Martin Sherman’s influential play is nevertheless transformed into an admirable, well-crafted show. In Hitler’s Berlin of 1934, being gay means death, or a living death in a ‘protective custody’ camp. Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau and Brian Webber find themselves on the way to Dachau, a new Circle of Hell. Yet even in a forced labor camp, the human spirit prevails. The British-made picture features Ian McKellen, Mick Jagger, and several other notable stars in their salad days.

Bent

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Film Movement Classics

1997 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date January 8, 2019 / 39.95

Starring: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger, Brian Webber, Jude Law, Ian McKellen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rupert Graves, Rachel Weisz, Paul Bettany.

Cinematography: Giorgos Arvanitis

Film Editor: Isabelle Lorente

Original Music: Philip Glass

Written by Martin Sherman from his play.

Produced by Dixie Linder, Michael Solinger

Directed by Sean Mathias

We learned early on that the
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‘An Affair to Die For’ Clip Fails to Play By the Rules [Exclusive]

‘An Affair to Die For’ Clip Fails to Play By the Rules [Exclusive]
Be careful what you lust for. Here’s an exclusive clip from Victor Garcia‘s (Mirrors 2, The Damned, Hellraiser: Revelations, Return to House on Haunted Hill) return to genre filmmaking with An Affair to Die For. In the film, “When a couple’s infidelity is discovered, they must play a twisted game of survival with their captor to save their family […]
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How Costume Designer Piero Tosi Dressed Up Cinema

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How Costume Designer Piero Tosi Dressed Up Cinema
One of international cinema’s undisputed greats in costume design, Piero Tosi’s work first faced the awards season spotlight 64 years ago with only his third film, Luchino Visconti’s masterwork “Senso,” which competed for the Golden Lion in Venice in 1954.

Nominated for five Oscars for costume design and recipient of an honorary Oscar in 2013, Tosi’s impact on the art of film is immeasurable. Visconti’s films such as “The Damned,” “Ludwig,” “Death in Venice” and the incomparable “The Leopard” garnered international acclaim as stunning period visual masterpieces and were all spectacular showcases for Tosi’s celebrated designs. Other triumphs included “La Cage Aux Folles,” “The Night Porter,” Federico Fellini’s “Toby Dammit” and Oscar foreign language film-winner “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

Also noted as mentor and teacher for generations of costume designers, Tosi’s work in this field is on view in “Piero Tosi. Exercises on Beauty. The
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Charlotte Rampling To Receive Honorary Berlin Golden Bear; Macao Winners — Global Briefs

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Charlotte Rampling To Receive Honorary Berlin Golden Bear; Macao Winners — Global Briefs
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) will receive an Honorary Golden Bear at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. The festival will also present a homage to the feted British actress’s career: movies will include The Damned, The Night Porter, The Verdict, Swimming Pool and Stardust Memories. Rampling presided over the festival’s jury in in 2006 and in 2015 she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress for 45 Years, for which she was also Oscar-nominated. “I’m very happy that this year’s Homage is dedicated to the sublime actress Charlotte Rampling,” said Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick. “She is an icon of unconventional and exciting cinema.” The prolific Rampling, whose career spans six decades, has recently played in Red Sparrow, The Little Stranger and Michel Blanc’s Kiss & Tell. She will next be seen in Paul Verhoeven’s film Benedetta, scheduled for release in 2019.

The third International Film Festival and Awards Macao handed
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Berlin Film Festival to honour Charlotte Rampling

Berlin Film Festival to honour Charlotte Rampling
Rampling won a SIlver Bear at Berlinale in 2015.

Actress Charlotte Rampling is to be awarded the Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 7-17).

Berlin will also host a homage to her work, including The Night Porter (1974), directed by Liliana Cavani, François Ozon’s The Swimming Pool (2003) and Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories (1980).

Other notable other performances in a career spanning more than 100 film and television roles include Luchino Visconti’s The Damned, the Oscar-nominated The Wings of the Dove, TV series London Spy and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, which won Rampling a
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Photo Coverage: The Cast of Network Takes Opening Night Bows

Network officially opened last night at Broadway's Belasco Theatre 111 West 44th Street. The play is directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Ivo van Hove The Damned, adapted by Tony and Olivier Award winner Lee Hall Billy Elliot and based on the Academy Award-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky. Check out photos of the cast taking their opening night bows below
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NYC Weekend Watch: Pixelvision, Sogo Ishii, ‘Reds’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Films by Michael Almereyda (including the David Lynch-produced Nadja), Sadie Benning, and more are programmed in “The Strange Case of Pixelvision.”

Visconti’s The Leopard and The Damned are playing.

Spectacle

Fans of Asian cinema (or anything remotely outside the mainstream) cannot miss the series on Sogo Ishii, “the godfather of Japanese cyberpunk cinema.
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