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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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Joker Controversy Aims at Wrong Target

David Crow Oct 1, 2019

The anxiety around the Joker controversy is understandable, but it's based in an antiquated way of thinking as old as the Hays Code.

Can a movie be too dangerous for “our times?” Should a movie even be considered dangerous in and of itself? These are complicated ideas that each generation grapples with in relation to popular media and how it influences the broader culture. And that conversation has risen again with all the nuance of a social media meme via the arrival of Todd Phillips’ Joker movie.

As anyone who has picked up a newspaper—or just read their Twitter feed—has noticed, Joaquin Phoenix is starring in an R-rated and gruesome reimagining of the Joker. This has made more than a few people anxious, and not for wholly invalid reasons. Among them are several families affected by the tragic 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado; they
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25 Epic Movies Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and More Auteurs Planned but Never Made

25 Epic Movies Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and More Auteurs Planned but Never Made
Christopher Nolan has made iconic comic book movies and many of Hollywood’s most daring original movies, but what if his most prized script never got to see the big screen? Such is the case with Nolan’s Howard Hughes biopic, one of countless unmade movies that became a thing of legend over the years. Most major auteurs have at least one passion project that never got made during their career, if not a handful of projects. In the cases of directors like Ridley Scott and Guillermo del Toro there are too many unrealized projects to count, while in other cases a project goes unmade with one director only to be resurrected with another.

The history of unmade movies is expansive, but in taking a look at some of the most epic unmade films developed by today’s best working directors one gets a sense that there could be a
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The Tall Men

The legendary director Raoul Walsh hits The Big Trail one more time for a CinemaScope & stereophonic ‘big star’ cattle drive movie, dodging most cliches but taking a few squarely between the eyes. Star chemistry is what keeps them dogies movin’, with Clark Gable making it look all too easy. Frisky Jane Russell fares well, but not our favorite Robert Ryan: despite the high-profile billing, he pulls S.O.B. duty yet again. There’s no doubt about it, pilgrim … I see a whole lotta cows in this one.

The Tall Men


Twilight Time

1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen / 122 min. / Street Date September 17, 2019 / Available from Twilight Time Movies / 29.95

Starring: Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Robert Ryan, Cameron Mitchell, Juan García, Harry Shannon, Emile Meyer, Argentina Brunetti, Chuck Roberson, Will Wright.

Cinematography: Leo Tover

Editing: Louis R. Loeffler

Original Music: Victor Young

Written by Sydney Boehm, Frank Nugent from the novel by Clay
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Warren Beatty and Arnon Milchan Settle Suit Over ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Flop

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Warren Beatty and Arnon Milchan Settle Suit Over ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Flop
Arnon Milchan and Warren Beatty have settled their two-year legal battle over the disastrous release of “Rules Don’t Apply,” Beatty’s period drama about Howard Hughes.

Milchan’s attorneys have filed a notice with the court dismissing his suit against Beatty. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Milchan’s company, New Regency, sued Beatty and other investors in December 2017, alleging that they had failed to pay $18 million in distribution costs. Milchan alleged that Beatty and his investors ignored poor test screening results and insisted on a wide release for the film, rejecting advice from New Regency to do a more limited release. When the film flopped — grossing just $3.9 million — Milchan alleged that he was left holding the bag.

Beatty and his investors — including Steve Bing, Brett Ratner and Ron Burkle — countered that Milchan had failed to properly market the film. They alleged in a countersuit that Milchan had
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Venom 2 Reunites Director Andy Serkis with Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Robert Richardson

Venom 2 Reunites Director Andy Serkis with Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Robert Richardson
So far, the sequel to last year's comic book anti-hero adventure Venom is shaping up rather intriguingly. Following on from the recent news that Black Panther star and motion capture maestro Andy Serkis will be sitting in the director's chair, we now know who will be working their magic on the cinematography for Venom 2, and it is another very interesting choice.

The three time Academy Award Winning Robert Richardson will be joining Serkis on this gooey comic book endeavour, as our hero Eddie Brock returns with his symbiotic companion to fight crime, take names, and more than likely eat a few heads along the way. Richardson has worked a vast array of critically acclaimed, wonderful films such as Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, Oliver Stone's biographical wartime drama Born on the Fourth of July and has worked in collaboration with director Quentin Tarantino on various projects including Inglourious Basterds
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Cinematographer Robert Richardson Is Shooting Andy Serkis’ ‘Venom 2’

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Cinematographer Robert Richardson Is Shooting Andy Serkis’ ‘Venom 2’
Cinematographer Robert Richardson, best known for his Oscar-winning work with Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone, has signed on to shoot “Venom 2,” marking the first time he’ll photograph a superhero movie. He most recently filmed “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” directed by frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino.

Sony announced earlier this month that it had hired motion-capture master Andy Serkis to direct the follow-up to the critically panned box office smash “Venom.” The films’ eponymous character was first introduced as one of Spider-Man’s enemies. Tom Hardy is reprising his lead role as journalist Eddie Brock, whose body becomes host to an alien parasite that endows him with superhuman abilities.

Richardson’s agent, Devin Mann of Iconic Talent, confirmed to IndieWire the veteran cinematographer had signed on to “Venom 2.” Richardson and Serkis previously worked together on Serkis’ directorial debut, the 2017 biographical drama “Breathe.”

Richardson’s work spans nearly
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Here’s Your Chance to Join Karina Longworth’s ‘You Must Remember This’ Podcast

Former film critic and current film scholar Karina Longworth’s must-hear podcast “You Must Remember This” dives deep into the forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. Perhaps most notably, she peeled back Charles Manson’s indelible stain on Hollywood across a 12-episode series culminating in the murder of Sharon Tate and its after-effects.

But now, Longworth is hosting an open call for film buffs to participate in the podcast. Though she says “You Must Remember This” will return in the Fall — having just completed a close-reading of Kenneth Anger’s salacious Hollywood tell-all “Hollywood Babylon” — Longworth is now announcing “You Must Remember This Presents.” This spinoff series is your chance to pitch a story in the “You Must Remember This” universe, here tied to the theme of “Make Me Over,” about the intersection of Hollywood and the beauty industry.

Here’s the skinny: Your story must have a connection
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18 Details ‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood’ Got Right About the Manson Murders

18 Details ‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood’ Got Right About the Manson Murders
This post contains spoilers for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is now in theaters.

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, the latest epic from Quentin Tarantino, is not, as you may already know, a historically accurate depiction of the Manson Family murders. Given the director’s work, it’s not all that surprising; as evidenced by Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, revisiting historical atrocities and making sure the good guys win (and in as badass, comically violent a fashion as possible) is kind of his thing. In this vein,
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Passport to Summer: Perfect Tiki Movies and Tiki Drinks Pairings

Aaron Sagers Aug 5, 2019

Cocktail masters pair exotic drinks with their favorite Tiki movies. Here's what to watch while you drink.

For some, summer is a time of sweet rum drinks with tiny umbrellas and exotic-sounding names. For Tiki culture enthusiasts though, the luau is year-round and liquid aloha fills glasses in a precise combination of quality booze, fresh juices, ingredients almost entirely reserved for these cocktails, and even ice specifications.

But Tiki is more than a cocktail culture populated by Zombies, Mai Tais, Painkillers, Singapore Slings, Fog Cutters, Scorpion Bowls, Blue Hawaiians, and the like—an extended family of colorful drinks fathered in 1930s California by the likes of Donn Beach and Trader Vic.

Tiki culture is an aesthetic, a state of mind, and a way of life inspired by factual (and at times culturally appropriated) visions of Polynesia and larger Oceania, as well as the Caribbean. Summed up thusly
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Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood: All About the Creepy Ranch the Manson Family Lived In

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood: All About the Creepy Ranch the Manson Family Lived In
In Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Charles Manson and his family are an ominous presence throughout the film.

Like the Boogeyman, Manson (played by Damon Herriman) is briefly seen as he creeps up the home Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski are renting.

Shooed away by her friend Jay Sebring (Emile Hirsch), Manson is never seen again in the film, but his presence is felt through the cast that plays his followers Tex Watson (Austin Butler), Squeaky Fromme (Dakota Fanning), Gypsy (Lena Dunham) and Pussycat (Margaret Qualley).

In the film, the members have mostly taken up residence at the Spahn Movie Ranch,
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: The Movies That Were Made at Spahn Ranch

Tony Sokol Jul 30, 2019

Western movies, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, wouldn't have been the same without the infamous ranch owned by George Spahn.

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood attempts to take back stolen potential via the kind of fantasy fulfillment that's made only possible on celluloid. As with the Beatles' song "Helter Skelter," Sharon Tate, and the peace and love generation as a whole, the icons of hope in the 1960s were all tainted by mere association with Charles Manson. None of these needed to be linked to the murderous narcissist. Tate, magnificently captured Margot Robbie in the film, would have continued the rising trajectory of her film and modeling career; "Helter Skelter" would be remembered as the song that invented heavy metal, when it was just Paul McCartney trying to make as much noise on vinyl as possible; peace and Love would
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Easter Eggs and Reference Guide

David Crow Aug 17, 2019

We try to list and explain as many easter eggs and 1960s pop culture references as we can after viewing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood once.

This article contains major Once Upon a Time in Hollywood spoilers.

In many ways, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood feels like the movie Quentin Tarantino has been building to over the last decade. A picture that takes his usual giddy historical revisionism trick and adds a wistful layer of melancholy and elegiac fear about the setting of the sun, this is a movie obsessed with the past and future, including Tarantino’s early personal history (he was six-years-old in the summer of ’69) and the tomorrow that is yet to come for his career.

Still, cast all that aside, and what remains is a heartfelt love letter to 1960s Hollywood and all the groovy things we’ve lost from that time of flower power,
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‘Fresh Meat: Giallo Restorations Part II’ Trailer: Italian Pulp Films See New Life — Watch

When reminiscing about ’70s exploitation cinema and its multitude of subgenres, it’s easy to skip over giallo. The gory Italian crime films, full of switchblade stabbings and gratuitous sex, are pure fun with an artful touch. With their stylized nature and refusal to shy away from violence, these movies are often thought of as the thriller equivalent of spaghetti westerns. Adapted from pulpy paperback books (the term “giallo” is a reference to the yellow color of their pages), their over-the-top titles are often just as fun as the films they describe.

Giallo may not dominate the zeitgeist these days, but somebody had to recognize their artistic significance. Lately, Quad Cinema has been stepping up to do just that. Last year, the New York theater brought six newly-restored giallo films to the big screen. The series was a success, so they’re back for more. Starting this Friday, six more giallo restorations will be screening,
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Jet Pilot

John Wayne! Janet Leigh! Nifty jet-age flying sequences! Goofy, bad-taste sex jokes! Hans Conreid as a chortling Russian army officer! Howard Hughes’ personal fun project took seven years to make while he played games with the aerial footage. It’s a highly-polished absurd joke, but it’s certainly entertaining. See Hughes try to do for Janet Leigh what he did for Jane Russell — I assume Ms. Leigh was too shrewd to sign any long-term contracts! This German disc has excellent widescreen image and audio.

Jet Pilot


Explosive Media GmbH

1957 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 113 min. / Düsenjäger / Street Date June 14 2018, 2019 / 12.99 euros

Starring: John Wayne, Janet Leigh, Jay C. Flippen, Paul Fix, Richard Rober, Roland Winters, Hans Conried, Ivan Triesault, Hall Bartlett, Gregg Barton, Gene Evans, Paul Frees, Harry Lauter, Nelson Leigh, Denver Pyle, Gene Roth, Kenneth Tobey, Mamie Van Doren, Carleton Young.

Cinematography: Winton C. Hoch

Aerial Stunts: Chuck Yeager

Original Music:
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The Evolution of Leonardo DiCaprio: From ‘Growing Pains’ to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ (Photos)

  • The Wrap
The Evolution of Leonardo DiCaprio: From ‘Growing Pains’ to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ (Photos)
For nearly 30 years, Leonardo DiCaprio has managed to maintain an image as a handsome, Hollywood heartthrob and as one of the industry’s most bankable and pedigreed performers. While he’s consistently been at the top of the A-list, the roles DiCaprio has taken have changed dramatically. In “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” DiCaprio lends his star power to help Quentin Tarantino shape a new Tinsel Town legend. Here’s how the actor has evolved over the years:

Growing Pains” (1991)

After guest starring on “Roseanne” and “Parenthood,” DiCaprio landed a role on the long-running sitcom “Growing Pains.” He played Luke Brower, a homeless student in the class of young school teacher Mike (Kirk Cameron) that the Seaver family take in until he is reunited with his father.

“This Boy’s Life” (1993)

In his first major movie role, Leo landed the starring role alongside Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin
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Spider-Man’s Identity Crisis, ‘Second Coming’ of Christ, Farewell ‘Mad!’

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Spoiler Warning: This week’s Hero Nation column reveals key plot details from Spider-Man Far Home.

The obvious legacy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first decade is one of massive popularity and record-breaking box office success.. A less-obvious legacy of the McU, however, is the brand’s rewiring of the Hollywood’s superhero genre and the best example of that is the genre’s secret identity trope.

The secret identity is fading fast after four decades as a staple of superhero blockbusters and a big-screen tradition that goes back to the classic Superman cartoons of the 1940s. The subject is topical with last week’s release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which finds young Peter Parker once again bending over backwards to protect his identity from friends, rivals, enemies, and teachers, as well as airport security workers and the citizenry of several European cities.

That changes in a post-credits scene that features the revival of a classic character and finishes with a bombshell plot twist (as Jameson gleefully reveal Spidey’s true name to the world).

Peter is aghast by his public unmasking but, really, his spider-senses should have felt this one coming. Marvel has been dismantling the secret identity tradition since Robert Downey Jr.’s post-credits “I am Iron Man” press conference in the original Iron Man (2008). That scene was a product of Downey’s inspired on-set improvisation and it instantly set his Tony Stark apart as a fresh, new-era take on American billionaire-as-hero. This action hero lives large across every public platform and embraces the ironic intimacy of the social media age (think Elon Musk with battle armor) instead of following the traditions of Bruce Wayne, who hides in a cave waiting for his unlisted landline to ring (think Howard Hughes in Phantom of the Opera mode).

It didn’t stop with Stark. In 2011, the McU expanded by bringing Thor (portrayed by Chris Hemsworth) to the screen but his mortal secret identity, Dr. Donald Blake, didn’t maek the leap with him. The Marvel Studios braintrust jettisoned four decades of Marvel Comics publishing history when they decided that classic origin story was too creaky and too confusing to convey in a movie that was expected to make sense and make money, too.

The changes don’t feel disrespectful to tradition, either, since Marvel Comics has a long history of public-facing identities for superheroes although it has led to some quirky branding challenges.

None of those challenges can compare to the daunting problems presented by the secret identity tradition. At the top of that list is the Lois Lane Paradox, as I like to call it, which asks: “Why wouldn’t a world-class reporter like Lois Lane recognize colleague Clark Kent when he takes off his glasses?” The secret identity subplots were already wearing pretty thin back in 1978 when Christopher Reeve was ducking into the Daily Planet broom closet and that was before moviegoers watched Michael Keaton take flight twice as Batman, return as Birdman, and come home to roost as the Vulture. After all that, any old-school secret identity motif presented without irony is a risk to fly straight into self-parody.

Spider-Man had been the only McU hero keeping a “classic” secret identity (and it made sense due to the character’s youth and inexperience) but how will the exposure change the hero? Will he still wear his mask, for instance, which has been a tradition since the first Spider-Man issue in 1962? That question will be moot, of course, if Parker’s secret is somehow erased from the public memory by some Marvel miracle but in the meantime its mostly DC Comics characters who are still keeping their secret identities in the closet.

Second Coming: Speaking of Superman, the original superhero has been a popular target of satire for decades but few (if any) of those spoofs have stirred up the kind of angst that has greeted Second Coming, the Ahoy Comics limited series that premieres this Wednesday after months of sight-unseen criticism from Christian conservatives as well as their anti-publication petition effort, which was covered by Fox News and the World Religion News. The reason for the hubbub? The Second Coming presents the modern-day return of Jesus Christ who becomes roommates with a red-caped superhero who goes by the name Sunstar (but looks an awful lot like the Man of Steel).

Below, an exclusive excerpt from the first issue of Second Coming, which features the work of writer Mark Russell and artists Richard Pace & Leonard Kirk. Second Coming was originally announced as a release from DC’s Vertigo imprint (and was promoted a year ago this month at Comic-Con International in San Diego) but those plans were scrapped amid the conservative kerfuffle. The poject ended up at the less-corporate environs of Ahoy, the subversive-spirited start-up that already publishes Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror and Planet of the Nerds.

Hart Seely, publisher of Ahoy, said he hasn’t had any second thoughts about Second Coming. “Why publish the Second Coming comic book? Publishers are supposed to challenge the institutions that would silence outside voices. If people have problems with this, I offer four points to consider. First, this is a comic book. Second, it’s funny. Third, the story has a great heart; God can handle it. And fourth, did I mention that it’s a comic book with a few laughs? Writer Mark Russell and artist Richard Pace have created a thoughtful satire of religion that deserves a wide readership.”

Check out the preview below to see whether you agree.


Sad Mad Farewell: One of the great brand names in satire and American pop culture is reportedly giving up the ghost. The news that Mad! Magazine will soon reach end of a publication life that began in 1952 (under editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines) is discouraging for several generations of fans who cherished the magazine’s sublimely idiotic humor. Superman was an early target and a frequent one over the years. Here are a few of the classic Metropolis spoofs from the magazine’s library.
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Remembering "Lucky" Brown; "Shane" And The "Our Gang" Classics Among His Credits

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"Lucky Brown" (left) with his friend of many years, Douglas Dunning.

By Todd Garbarini

Film producer, director, and sometime actor Ewing Miles Brown, who was known affectionately to legions of performers and crew members in the industry as “Lucky” Brown, passed away from respiratory failure on Monday, May 27, 2019 at the age of 97 according to his personal friend of forty years, actor and film historian Douglas Dunning.

After making his acting debut in bit parts in the Our Gang shorts (which were later titled The Little Rascals for syndication), Mr. Brown followed up with a stint as the head editor at Emperor Films and was personally recruited by film producer and movie theater owner Robert L. Lippert to head up production. Dissatisfied with working for others, Lucky branched out on his own in the late 1950’s and started his own motion picture film company called Movie Tech Studios which he built from the ground up.
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Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper's Mom, Dead at 95 After Cancer Battle

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Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper's Mom, Dead at 95 After Cancer Battle
Gloria Vanderbilt, the heiress to the Vanderbilt railroad fortune and creator of the wildly popular Vanderbilt jeans, has died. It appears she died of stomach cancer, which was so advanced she was taken to the hospital earlier this month. Gloria, the mother of Anderson Cooper, was a woman of many trades, including model, fashion designer and actress. She was also one of the biggest socialites in New York City. During the '70s, Gloria launched
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Melvin and Howard

What does the American dream mean to you? Hardworking folk just want the job and the house and the family as promised in the ‘old’ Contract With America that began to slip out of reach in the 1970s. To examine the social absurdities at the tacky end of the consumer divide, Bo Goldman and Jonathan Demme’s marvelous film follows Melvin Dummar, a luckless a guy who became an involuntary media sensation. You just want to hug plucky Paul Le Mat and adorable Mary Steenburgen, even though there’s not a thing to be done for them: going to ‘Easy Street’ isn’t so easy, not even after being named in a billionaire’s Last Will and Testament.

Melvin and Howard


Twilight Time

1980 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date April 16, 2019 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Paul Le Mat, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Elizabeth Cheshire, Pamela Reed,
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