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The Lavender Hill Mob

They’re ‘The Men Who Broke the Bank and Lost the Cargo!’ Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway shine in one of the funniest crime comedies ever, Ealing Studios’ tale of a pair of nobodies who take the Bank of England for millions. Guinness’s bank clerk follows his dreams into a big time bullion heist, and the joke is that his ad-hoc mob is the most loyal, ethical band of brothers in the history of crime. This being a caper picture, the suspense is steep as well — just what is going to trip up these brilliantly gifted amateurs?

The Lavender Hill Mob


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1951 / B&w / 1:37 Academy / 81 min. / Street Date September 3, 2019 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass, Audrey Hepburn.

Cinematography: Douglas Slocombe

Film Editor: Seth Holt

Original Music: Georges Auric

Written by T.E.B. Clarke

Produced by Michael Balcon

Directed by
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Jersey Shore's Angelina Pivarnick Posts About ''Being Strong'' Amid JWoww Drama

Jersey Shore's Angelina Pivarnick Posts About ''Being Strong'' Amid JWoww Drama
Positive vibes ahead! Angelina Pivarnick is keeping things lighthearted after her very public feud with Jenni "JWoww" Farley made headlines earlier this week. "I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong," she began her caption on Instagram, where she shared a sultry photo of herself posing in lingerie. "I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.. I believe tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles - Audrey Hepburn." Moreover, she added the prayer emoji to close her inspirational quote from the Hollywood legend.  Her latest social media upload comes nearly three days after she and JWoww got into a heated exchange on...
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Tom Hanks to be honoured with Cecil B deMille award

After over 40 year in Hollywood, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks will be honoured with the prestigious Cecil B. deMille Award at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January.

The announcement was made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) on Tuesday, reports "".

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The 63-year-old star has had a memorable stint at the Globes, with eight wins out of 15 nominations.

"The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to bestow the 2020 Cecil B. DeMille Award to Tom Hanks," said HFPA President Lorenzo Soria.

"For more than three decades, he's captivated audiences with rich and playful characters that we've grown to love and admire. As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he's equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer and director. We're honoured to include Mr. Hanks with such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey,
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High notes: why we should sing about actors who avoid lip-syncing

As Judy Garland, Renée Zellweger delivers an all-singing tour de force and reminds us of the power of stars who can also sing their way through musicals

In the golden age of Hollywood musicals, having your singing voice dubbed was seen as a bit of a cheat: it could be done, in some cases, but chances are you’d be marked down a bit for it. In 1965, George Cukor’s sumptuous version of the Broadway smash My Fair Lady won eight Oscars, including best actor for Rex Harrison, who manfully did his own speak-singing as Henry Higgins; eyebrows were raised, however, when his co-star Audrey Hepburn wasn’t even nominated for best actress.

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Tom Hanks to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at 2020 Golden Globes

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Tom Hanks to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at 2020 Golden Globes
Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks can now add the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) Cecil B. DeMille Award to his mantle of prizes.

The HFPA has announced that Hanks, currently sparking Academy Awards buzz for his turn as Mister Rogers in the upcoming “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” will receive the honor at the 77th-annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 5, 2020. The Cecil B. DeMille prize is the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award.

With a clip show, and a likely moving acceptance speech from Hanks, this honorary moment at the Golden Globes ceremony (airing at 5:00 p.m. Pt/8:00 p.m. Et) will provide a nice boost for the 2020 Oscar contender before Academy voting closes on January 7.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to bestow the 2020 Cecil B. DeMille Award to Tom Hanks,” said HFPA President Lorenzo Soria. “For more than three decades, he’s
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Big Little Lies Group Halloween Costume: How to Pull It Off

Big Little Lies Group Halloween Costume: How to Pull It Off
We love these products, and we hope you do too. E! has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not E!. Halloween will be here before we know it and we've got one thing on own minds: costumes! Whether you're going the sexy route, or couples avenue, we've got you. However, sometimes a great show or movie comes along and calls for a group costume that is both unique and fun to build together. Need an idea? Why not be the drama-fueled moms from summer's biggest obsession Big Little Lies! Grab four of your besties, choose your favorite queen and style your best Audrey Hepburn Trivia Night...
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The Egot: 27 Stars Who Are Almost There

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The Egot: 27 Stars Who Are Almost There
With award season coming up, more celebrities are one step closer to joining Hollywood's most prestigious club. The Egot - an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony - is Hollywood's grand slam of awards, and only a handful of celebrities have made the list. After taking home an Emmy for Pose, Billy Porter only needs an Oscar, while stars like Taylor Swift, Adele, and Sam Smith are halfway there. Wondering who else is making progress?

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Emmys: Joey King Channels Audrey Hepburn in Zac Posen

Emmys: Joey King Channels Audrey Hepburn in Zac Posen
“It’s all coming full circle,” said Joey King, first-time Emmy nominee as lead actress in a limited series for her role in Hulu’s The Act, at The Hollywood Reporter SAG-AFTRA Emmy nominees party Friday night. “Zac Posen took me to my first Emmy awards and now I’m wearing his dress!”

Speaking to THR by phone, Posen corroborated the story: “About one year ago, I met Joey in a true Hollywood way as an arranged date; I was going for my last season of Project Runway, when we were nominated for best show, and I met her ...
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Navarre Film Commission Celebrates First Decade at San Sebastian

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Navarre Film Commission Celebrates First Decade at San Sebastian
San Sebastian — Since the 1950s, Spain has been a favorite European shooting locale. One of the biggest reasons remains its easily accessible, unique and diverse locations.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this past June, the Navarre Film Commission kicked off a traveling exhibition which has been touring Spain over the summer and will present in San Sebastian during this year’s festival.

A tribute to the diversity of locations that exist in Navarra – including castles, deserts, mountains and lush temperate forests – the exhibition shines a spotlight on 18 such locations used by international and domestic film and TV shoots over the past few decades, as well as the productions themselves.

With medieval castles and fortifications a-plenty, Navarre has long been a favorite for historical and fantasy shoots. The most recently recognizable and widely seen, the Bardenas canyon badlands, played host to the Dothraki hordes and their Khalisi in “Game of Thrones.” Artajona
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Review: "The Lavender Hill Mob" (1951) Starring Alec Guinness; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

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“Ealing Exquisiteness”

By Raymond Benson

Ealing Studios has a long history of greatness and is one of the finest motion picture studios in Great Britain. While it is most well known for its post-war comedies, several of which starred the inimitable Alec Guinness, the studio site has been active since the silent era. When producer Michael Balcon took it over in the late 1930s and renamed it Ealing, many successful pictures—both dramas and comedies—were made under its banner. Ealing is still operating today and is also the home of the Met Film School London.

The Lavender Hill Mob, released in 1951, is one of Ealing’s jewels in the crown, often cited as the best of the bunch. Director Crighton helmed several of the Ealing pictures, and, at age 77, was finally nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his work on A Fish Called Wanda in 1988 (it was because
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Hustlers Review

All that glitters is gold in Hustlers.

You won’t find a greater paradox at the theater in 2019: a movie where strippers are shown as human, breaking the rules seems right and finally, a movie with Jennifer Lopez that isn’t wasting her talents. Hustlers is all that and more.

Not only will you get an educational lesson on moves like “The Peter Pan” and “The Fireman,” but you’ll also be taught a lesson in selflessness, girl power and the power of friendship. That’s where Destiny comes in – both fate and the stripper of the same name. She’s a loner. More than that, she’s a loner with no friends, no steady job and a grandma who needs caring for. So, I guess stripping is the answer?

Okay, so these characters don’t always make the best decisions, but money is money. And before the stock
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‘América’ Review: A Deeply Empathetic, Bittersweet Portrait of Family

My grandmother ignited my love for the movies. When I was four and spent most of my days in her home, she made sure there was always a fresh stack of videocassettes for me to choose from. I was obsessed with Dumbo, often tried to reenact the flying scenes in Peter Pan, and I loved Bambi so much that I memorized the dialogues. It’s how I learned to speak English. In my early teens, she delighted me with anecdotes of her life in Florence, where she went to college, and told me the story of a sex worker with a heart of gold who always found the silver lining; her name was Cabiria. Mi abuela introducing me to Fellini by way of a fable.

Aware of my passion for writing about film she encouraged me to leave Honduras, my home country, to seek my dream abroad, telling me one
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Capote Tapes’

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The old line you hear about certain authors — he’s as much of a character as anyone in his books! — doesn’t tend to be true even when we say it. Yet in Truman Capote’s case, it’s virtually an understatement. No character he created on the page ever gave off quite the magnetic damaged resonance of his own.

He told the tale of his own youth, more or less, in “Other Voices, Other Rooms” (1948), the autobiographical novel that put Capote — and his homosexuality — on the map. Holly Golightly, from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1958), is an indelibly chic vagabond-waif, but the main reason we still talk about her is the 1961 movie version that cast Audrey Hepburn as a so-toned-down-she-was-barely-even-the-same-character version of Holly. Capote singlehandedly invented the New Journalism with “In Cold Blood” (1966), but as revolutionary as that book was, the disappointment of it, to me, has always been that
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Heroic Losers’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Heroic Losers’
“We’re not thieves,” insists the ringleader of a heist in “Heroic Losers,” a South American crowd-pleaser about a rural collective seeking justice against big-city banking elites. He may be wrong in the most literal sense, but like an Argentinean Danny Ocean, he’s assembled a group of amateurs who have no intention of filling their coffers with ill-gotten gains — they just want their money back. Adding to a tradition of modest heist comedies like “Going in Style” and “Big Deal on Madonna Street,” . That populist touch has put it on track to be the year’s biggest box-office hit in its home country, and other territories will surely pounce after its international premiere in Toronto.

Anchoring this motley ensemble is Ricardo Darín, the durable star of Borensztein’s previous two films, “Chinese Take-Out” and “Kóblic,” though international audiences will likely remember him from “Nine Queens,” which also placed him
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Rooney Mara Exudes Bridal Glamour After Joining Joaquin Phoenix at the 2019 Venice Film Festival

Rooney Mara is a vision in white! The 34-year-old actress dazzled at the 2019 Venice Film Festival in a striking white Givenchy dress that she paired with matching satin heels. For her beauty look, she opted for something sleek and minimal, wearing a high-bun and fresh-faced makeup. If anything, her chic ensemble gave off bridal vibes and she looked like a spitting image of Audrey Hepburn in the movie Funny Face. In fact, Mara's dress was eerily similar to the one Hepburn wore in the film, which was also a Givenchy dress. What's more? The Mary Magdalene star joined her rumored fiancée Joaquin Phoenix for the premiere of his upcoming movie, Joker. While the...
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How Closing Hollywood's Favorite Hotel Killed Venice Film Fest's Social Scene

How Closing Hollywood's Favorite Hotel Killed Venice Film Fest's Social Scene
The Venice International Film Festival over the past decade has transformed into a hotspot for star power and films looking to launch their Oscar runs — from Spotlight to Roma. But as the Lido has regained its status among award-season tastemakers, one Hollywood mainstay, which shuttered in 2009, is still sorely missed.

The Grand Hotel des Bains, built in 1900, was a storied partner of the festival throughout its history, welcoming everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Marlon Brando in Hollywood’s Golden Age. In the 1990s, the heyday of the indie film industry, when international presales were more integral to film ...
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'Roman Holiday': THR's 1953 Review

On Aug. 27, 1953, Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The film would go on to win three Oscars at the 26th Academy Awards, for costume design, Dalton Trumbo's screenplay and for Hepburn as best actress. The Hollywood Reporter's original review, titled "'Roman Holiday' Smash," is below: 

William Wyler's first comedy in almost 20 years proves a charming, laugh-provoking affair that often explodes into hilarity. With Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn turning in superb performances, Roman Holiday is 118 minutes of sheer ...
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'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' Costume Designer on How Cate Blanchett Helped Create "the Iconic Bernadette Look"

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Fashion-forward viewers of Cate Blanchett’s latest film Where’d You Go, Bernadette might recognize a glimpse of Anna Wintour in the titular character's signature bob and large sunglasses (plus, they both have a daughter named Bee). But any likeness to the Vogue mastermind is purely coincidental — costume designer Kari Perkins instead found inspiration in Audrey Hepburn and, of course, the source material of the movie, the book of the same name by Maria Semple.

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Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday Monday at The Tivoli – ‘Classics on the Loop’

” I’ve never been alone with a man before, even with my dress on. With my dress off, it’s Most unusual. “

Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday comes to life on the big screen at The Tivoli (6350 Delmar) Monday August 19th as the final film in the ‘Classics on the Loop’ series. Showtimes are 4pm and 7pm. Admission is $7. A Facebook invite can be found Here

Roman Holiday and Breakfast At Tiffanys are the quintessential Audrey Hepburn movies. If you think Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, and Kate Winslet are the essence of Hollywood beauty but have never seen Audrey Hepurn, you are missing out on one of the greatest of screen icons. You’ll have your chance to bask in the glory that is Ms Hepburn next Monday when Roman Holiday plays at the Tivoli Theater

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Maternal’

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In an environment where the Virgin Mary is held up as the exemplar of motherhood, how does that ideal square with the noisier, messier, considerably less virginal reality of maternal life? That question lies at the heart of “Maternal,” a moving, lively study of conflicting duties and desires in a Buenos Aires hogar — a convent-based refuge for young single mothers — that marks an assured shift into narrative filmmaking for Italian docmaker Maura Delpero. Mixing starkly composed formalism with more organic, observational material of a piece with her non-fiction background, Delpero’s film most surprisingly risks a full lunge into melodrama with its story of a young foreign novitiate forming a contentiously deep attachment to one of the children in her care.

That’s a tricky range of registers to balance, but “Maternal” mostly does so with sensitivity and conviction. Premiering in the main competition at Locarno, this Argentine-Italian co-production will likely enjoy a long,
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