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They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

One of the best pictures to come out of Hollywood in the late 1960s, Sydney Pollack’s screen version of Horace McCoy’s hardboiled novel is a harrowing experience guaranteed to elicit extreme responses. Jane Fonda performs (!) at the top of an ensemble of stars suffering in a Depression-Era circle of Hell – it’s an Annihilating Drama with a high polish. And this CineSavant review ends with a fact-bomb that ought to start Barbara Steele fans off on a new vault search.

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?


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1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen 1:37 flat Academy / 120 min. / Street Date September 5, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young, Red Buttons, Bonnie Bedelia, Bruce Dern, Allyn Ann McLerie.

Cinematography: Philip H. Lathrop

Production Designer: Harry Horner

Film Editor: Fredric Steinkamp

Written by James Poe, Robert E. Thompson from the novel They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
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Drive-In Dust Offs: X: The Man With The X-ray Eyes

Undisputed Fact: Roger Corman is the greatest B picture producer of all time. His ability to find (and exploit, if we’re being honest) amazing talent and pull together movie miracles on miniscule budgets is nothing short of astonishing. However, it’s often downplayed what a smart, succinct director he was on many a project. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) is a stellar example of his talent behind the lens.

Released by Aip in September, X turned a tidy profit on top of its $250,000 budget. Critics were generally kind, but dismissive, calling X well made hokum, essentially. And due to its meager fundage X certainly shows its pedigree through petty set design. But…there’s a kinetic buzz that permeates every frame of X, a swirling colorgasm that bleeds through with Corman’s gift for storytelling. X rises from pulp to a lucid perfection.

Dr. Xavier (Ray Milland
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‘McFarland USA’ To Close Santa Barbara Film Festival: Full Lineup

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.

The festival runs from January 27-February 7.

Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.

World Premieres

A Better You, USA

Directed by Matt Walsh

Cast: Brian Huskey,
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Claudia Myers’ ‘Fort Bliss’ Wins Audience Prize at Champs Elysees Film Fest

Claudia Myers’ ‘Fort Bliss’ Wins Audience Prize at Champs Elysees Film Fest
Paris– Claudia Myers’ “Fort Bliss” won the audience prize at the third edition of Champs Elysees Film Festival, which was presided by Jacqueline Bisset and Bertrand Tavernier and wrapped today in Paris.

Fort Bliss” toplines Michelle Monaghan as a female soldier who returns home after serving in Afghanistan and struggles to rebuild her relationship with her five-year-old son. Ron Linvingston, Emmanuelle Chriqui et John Savage also star. It was released in the U.S. in April by Phase 4 Films.

The bloggers’ prize was awarded to “American Promise,” directed by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephensen. The documentary feature chronicles the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons. It previously won Sundance’s Special Jury Prize and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s Jury nod.

American Promise” was partly financed via Kickstarter and released in the U.S. by P.O.V.

The Students’ kudo,
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Oscar-Nominated Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

Oscar-Nominated Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91
Ruby Dee, best known for her role in 1961’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and latterly for her Oscar-nominated turn as Denzel Washington’s mother in 2007’s “American Gangster,” died Wednesday in New York. She was 91.

Dee’s Oscar nomination in 2008 for her performance as the feisty mother of a Harlem druglord played by Washington in Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster” was particularly impressive because the actress made an impression on the Motion Picture Academy with only 10 minutes of screen time. She won a SAG Award for the same performance.

Dee also won an Emmy in 1991 for her performance in the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” movie “Decoration Day.”

She and her husband, Ossie Davis, who often performed together, were among the first generation of African-American actors, led by Sidney Poitier, afforded the opportunity for significant, dignified dramatic roles in films, onstage and on television.

When Dee and Davis (who died
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Ruby Dee, Actress & Civil Rights Pioneer, Dies At 91

Actress and pioneer of the civil rights movement Ruby Dee died on Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.

Ruby Dee Dies

Dee began her lengthy career on the stage, working steadily on Broadway during the 40s. She appeared in 12 shows during the decade, including South Pacific (1943), Walk Hard (1944), Arsenic and Old Lace (1946) and John Loves Mary (1946).

The Jackie Robinson Story in 1950 was Dee’s breakout film, in which she played Rae Robinson. She went on to play Ruth Younger in the A Raisin in the Sun movie, and appear in a number of other films, including Edge of the City, Gone Are the Days , The Incident and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. She received an Oscar nomination for her work in 2007’s American Gangster alongside Denzel Washington.

Dee was also a constant presence on the small screen, making appearances on a number of TV series.
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Notebook's 6th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2013

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Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2013—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2013 to create a unique double feature.

All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2013 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch in that perfect world we know doesn't exist but can keep dreaming of every time we go to the movies.

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Actor Tony Musante Dead at 77

He starred in Dario Argento’s first Giallo (The Bird With The Crystal Plumage), played a homicidal homosexual opposite Sinatra in The Detective, was ‘Uncle Pete’ in The Pope Of Greenwich Village, and even starred in a couple of fine Spaghetti Westerns. I liked actor Tony Musante who always turned in interesting performances, especially during the roguish bad-boy early phase of his career. He was especially memorable in The Incident (1967) as a young tough who terrorizes late-night passengers on a New York City train. Musante died last Tuesday in Manhattan of a hemorrhage while recovering from surgery. He was 77.

From The New York Times:

Tony Musante, a rugged-looking American actor who was seen on television, in films and on stage in the United States and Europe for over 50 years but who was probably best known for a TV series he left after one season, died on Tuesday in Manhattan…….

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'Oz' actor Tony Musante dies at 77

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Film, TV, and theater actor Tony Musante died on Tuesday (Nov. 26), The Los Angeles Times reports. He was 77.

Best known for playing Nino Chibette on "Oz," Musante passed away in New York City from complications following heart surgery. 

Though he was best known for his work on "Oz," Musante also starred in "Toma" as the titular detective, acted opposite Martin Sheen in "The Incident," and starred opposite Meryl Streep in a 1976 theatrical production of "27 Wagons Full of Cotton."

Musante was also an Emmy nominated actor for his guest-starring role in a 1975 episode of "Medical Story."

Musante is survived by his wife Jane Sparkes Musante. They got married in 1962.
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Tony Musante, Actor Who Left ‘Toma,’ Dies at 77

Tony Musante, Actor Who Left ‘Toma,’ Dies at 77
Tony Musante, who appeared on numerous TV shows, in films and on Broadway, but was best known for starring in 1973 series “Toma,” died Tuesday in Manhattan of a hemorrhage after oral surgery. He was 77.

Musante left the ABC detective show after one season to pursue opportunities onstage such as his first Broadway role, “P.S. Your Cat is Dead!,” and in films. After he left, the show was relaunched a few years later as “Baretta” and became popular with Robert Blake in Musante’s .

He had a recurring role on “Oz” and was nominated for an Emmy for “Medical Story.”

Among his film roles were “The Last Run” opposite George C. Scott in 1971, “The Pope of Greenwich Village” and 1967′s “The Incident” with Martin Sheen. He appeared on Broadway with Meryl Streep in Tennessee Williams’s “27 Wagons Full of Cotton” in 1976.

Although “Toma” was performing fairly well against highly-rated “The
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Tony Musante, Oz Actor and Big-Screen Tough Guy, Dies at 77

Tony Musante, Oz Actor and Big-Screen Tough Guy, Dies at 77
Television, film and theater actor Tony Musante passed away in New York City on Tuesday at age 77. Musante, who recently played mafia boss Nino Schibetta on HBO's Oz, died from complications following surgery, according to the Los Angeles Times.The actor starred as the title character in the cop drama Toma, which ran for one season from 1973-74 and was based on the life of Newark, N.J., detective David Toma. He also played alongside Martin Sheen in the 1967 film The Incident, in which the two terrorized New York City subway riders. He was nominated for an Emmy for his
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Actor Tony Musante Dead At Age 77

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Tony Musante, the popular character actor who was a fixture in Italian films and TV series, has died in a New York hospital at age 77. Musante, who brought intensity to all of his roles, was driven more by artistic satisfaction than a desire to make the big money. He made a splash with U.S. audiences in 1967 playing a thug who terrorizes passengers on a New York City subway train in the film The Incident. He won acclaim for his role as a gay man who is wrongly convicted and executed for murder in the 1968 Frank Sinatra film The Detective. He also had a co-starring role with George C. Scott in the 1971 crime film The Last Run and starred in director Dario Argento's 1970 cult classic The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. In 1973 he reluctantly starred in the TV series Toma about a maverick cop. Despite the show's ratings success,
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Actor Tony Musante Dies at 77

Actor Tony Musante Dies at 77
Tony Musante, who took down drug dealers in his portrayal of a real-life New Jersey detective in the 1970s ABC series Toma, died Tuesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York following surgery. He was 77. Often playing a tough guy on either side of the law, Musante also sparkled as one of two menacing hoodlums (Martin Sheen was the other) who terrorize innocent people on a New York subway car in the 1967 thriller The Incident. Musante had originated the role in a made-for-nbc drama four years earlier.  Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 A

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Watching the Emmys

So another year has passed and its time for another round of awards for the people who make the television shows we like to watch.

Television is interesting these days. Never before have we seen such great, creative output. Never before have we been subjected to such drivel. It all gets paraded before us tonight, as we watch the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (handed out, it should be noted, by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) on CBS, CTV in Canada.


Interesting that the Emmys chose to introduce the 2009 edition of the Primetime awards by harkening back to the early days of television. Especially as the business of television has never been closer to a complete collapse. Oh, announcer who is trying so hard to sound like a TV host from the '50s. You don't sound at all like you're a three pack-a-day smoker.


Okay, here comes Neil Patrick Harris,
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The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this morning. NBC comedy series 30 Rock lead the way with 22 nominations with the HBO telefilm Grey Gardens with 17 nominations and last year's winner for Best Drama, Mad Men, with 16 nominations. Take a look at the complete list of the nominees below.

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

American Masters - Jerome Robbins: Something To Dance About - PBS - Thirteen/Wnet American Masters - Ron Rifkin, Narrator

Family Guy - I Dream of Jesus - Fox - Fox Television Animation - Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin

Robot Chicken - Robot Chicken: Star Wars - Episode II - Cartoon Network - ShadowMachine - Seth Green as Robot Chicken Nerd, Bob Goldstein, Ponda Baba, Anakin Skywalker, Imperial Officer

The Simpsons - Eeny Teeny Maya Moe - Fox - Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television
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Ed McMahon Reactions, ‘Transformers 2′ And Ice-t On Perez Hilton In Today’s Twitter-Wood

The death of Ed McMahon, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and Perez Hilton’s scuffle with Black Eyed Peas frontman dominated Twitter’s trending topics today, and the Twitter-Wood feed is on the case. Ashton Kutcher, Jon Favreau and plenty of others tweeted condolences to Johnny Carson’s former “Tonight Show” announcer, who died today in Los Angeles.

Tweets on the latter two categories have been significantly more mixed in their sentiments, but “Revenge of the Fallen” star Tyrese Gibson maintained his Twitter vigil that’s been documenting his recent film-related travels. Meanwhile, Ice-t chimed in with some public advice to Hilton. You can check out all of those tweets, our second celeb camera phone pic of the Mona Lisa, and much more below in the Twitter-Wood report for June 23, 2009.

Ed McMahon Reactions pt 1: @aplusk Rip Ed McMahon “the origional Hype man”

-Ashton Kutcher, Actor (”The Butterfly Effect,
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Ed McMahon dies at 86

Ed McMahon dies at 86
Ed McMahon, who created the trademark "Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!" when he introduced host Johnny Carson for decades on the "Tonight Show," died Tuesday of a "multitude of health problems" at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Hospital, his spokesman said. He was 86.

Known to millions as Carson's steady sidekick on the venerable NBC late-night program, McMahon also hosted the syndicated talent show "Star Search" from 1983-95, served as a prominent commercials pitchman for American Family Publishers sweepstakes and many other products and appeared in films and TV shows.

McMahon's impact could be seen in HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show," where Jeffrey Tambor's talk-show sidekick character is based on him, and in "The Shining," where Jack Nicholson's character shouts "Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!" while attempting to kill his wife with an ax.

McMahon was the friendly sidekick throughout Carson's tenure as "Tonight Show" host from 1962-92. Moving to the couch next to Carson after the show's first commercial,
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