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Pick of the London Film Festival Special #4 with Katie Smith-Wong and Sarah Miles | The Pick of the Flicks Podcast

During the course of the BFI London Film Festival 2019, The Pick of the Flicks Podcast is devoting itself to looking at the best of the fest. This time around, it’s two guests for the price of one as we discuss Rian Johnson’s murder-mystery Knives Out and Noah Baumbach’s drama Marriage Story… On this week’s […]

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Michael Radford To Direct ‘Sweethearts’ Biopic About Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy

Michael Radford To Direct ‘Sweethearts’ Biopic About Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy
Oscar-nominated English filmmaker Michael Radford has signed on to direct Sweethearts, an indie biopic set 1930s Hollywood about the love affair between movie stars and frequent on-screen co-stars Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Eve Pomerance is producing the film under her Major Motion Pictures banner, alongside Bill Black of Jaba Films, Attit Shah’s Creation Entertainment, and Amanda Kiely.

MacDonald and Eddy were first paired in the 1935 W. S. Van Dyke-directed film Naughty Marietta, which was under MGM where MacDonald was signed to. The went on to star in eight films together. During the time, there was a struggle for MacDonald’s heart and soul between Eddy and MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer who controlled her life and career.

Production is scheduled to begin later this year in Spain.

Radford first garnered mass attention with his 1984 film, Nineteen Eighty-Four, based George Orwell’s novel of the same title and
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Retooled BAFTA Awards Are More Relevant Than Ever to Americans

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Way back in the 20th century, the BAFTAs, which take place Feb. 10, occupied a shifting, uncertain place in the film awards calendar. For much of the 1990s, they acted as a kind of after-party to the long, strenuous haul of Oscar season: taking place a few weeks after the big day in L.A., they were cheerfully divorced from the pressures and rigors of Academy Awards campaigning. And while they preceded the Oscars for years before then, they were seen as very much their own ball game — prestigious, yes, but hardly an essential red-carpet pit stop for Oscar contenders with their eyes on the American prize.

There was occasional overlap between the British Academy and the Oscars, of course, not least when a U.K. film became a crossover hit: It’s hardly a surprise that tony productions from “Lawrence of Arabia” to “Chariots of Fire” to “Shakespeare in Love
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Derrick O'Connor, Villain in 'Lethal Weapon 2,' Dies at 77

Derrick O'Connor, Villain in 'Lethal Weapon 2,' Dies at 77
Derrick O'Connor, the respected character actor who portrayed a vicious South African bad guy in Lethal Weapon 2 and appeared in three films for Terry Gilliam, has died. He was 77.

O'Connor died Friday of pneumonia in Santa Barbara, publicist Jane Ayer announced.

A native of Ireland, O'Connor also stood out as Sarah Miles' neighbor Mac in John Boorman's autobiographical World War II period piece Hope and Glory (1987).

He also played the theologian Thomas Aquinas opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in End of Days (1999); Father Everett, a blind superhero's confidante, in Daredevil (2003); and an aspiring buccaneer in ...
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Hope and Glory

Where Were You in ’42? If you were little Johnnie Boorman in 1940, you might have been squatting in a dank bomb shelter with your Mum and sisters, waiting out an air raid alert. Writer-director Boorman’s personal memory is what for some kids was a glorious time when working-class Brits endured adverse conditions: it’s warm & fuzzy affectionate and frequently hilarious, with a keen eye toward slightly bawdy family humor.

Hope and Glory


Olive Films

1987 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 113 min. / Street Date April 24, 2018 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95

Starring: Sebastian Rice Edwards, Geraldine Muir, Sarah Miles, David Hayman, Sammi Davis, Derrick O’Connor, Susan Wooldridge, Jean-Marc Barr, Ian Bannen, Annie Leon, Jill Baker, Amelda Brown, Katrine Boorman.

Cinematography: Philippe Rousselot

Film Editor: Ian Crafford

Production design: Anthony Pratt

Original Music: Peter Martin

Written, Produced and Directed by John Boorman

John Boorman has directed arty war movies, arty gangster movies and arty art movies,
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Meryl Streep in ‘Music of the Heart’: A look back at her 12th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Music of the Heart’: A look back at her 12th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 12 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1977, while Meryl Streep was making her big screen debut with a small role in Fred Zinnemann‘s Oscar-winning “Julia,” young filmmaker Wes Craven was scaring the pants off moviegoers with his X-rated horror flick “The Hills Have Eyes.”

Seven years later, in 1984, Streep already had two Oscars under her belt, yet was putting fans to sleep with the tedious Robert De Niro romance “Falling in Love.” Meanwhile, Craven was at last breaking down the door into mainstream cinema, with his “A Nightmare on Elm Street” proving a sleeper hit and making burnt serial killer Freddy Krueger a household name.

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Exclusive: Cassie Scerbo Steps Out of Her Comfort Zone in 'The Perfect Soulmate': 'I Love Challenges'

Exclusive: Cassie Scerbo Steps Out of Her Comfort Zone in 'The Perfect Soulmate': 'I Love Challenges'
Cassie Scerbo's new film, The Perfect Soulmate, might sound like a romantic comedy, but it's anything but.

The 27-year-old actress stars in the upcoming Lifetime movie as Lee Maxson, a bookish young woman who finds solace from her abusive home in the words of a beautiful, accomplished poet, Sarah Miles (Alex Paxton-Beesley). Things get complicated however, as Lee grows increasingly obsessive over her new companion -- and Sarah discovers the tragic ending Lee has planned for her.

Related: 'Sharknado 5' Title and Cameos Announced -- See Who's in the Movie!

The role is a departure for Scerbo, who found fame with her parts on ABC Family's Make It or Break It and Teen Spirit, though the actress told Et over the phone earlier this month that the ability to play such a different character is exactly what attracted her to the project.

"I actually did a film in the past called My Life as a Dead Girl, and I
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Christopher Nolan Curates BFI Series on the Influences of ‘Dunkirk’

“I spent a lot of time reviewing the silent films for crowd scenes –the way extras move, evolve, how the space is staged and how the cameras capture it, the views used,” Nolan said earlier this year when it came to the creation of his WWII epic Dunkirk, referencing films such as Intolerance, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, and Greed, as well as the films of Robert Bresson.

Throughout the entire month of July, if you’re in the U.K., you are lucky enough to witness a selection of these influences in a program at BFI Southbank. Featuring all screenings in 35mm or 70mm — including a preview of Dunkirk over a week before it hits theaters — there’s classics such as Greed, Sunrise, and The Wages of Fear, as well as Alien, Speed, and even Tony Scott’s final film.

Check out Nolan’s introduction below, followed by
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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk To Play At BFI Southbank On July 13

Running from 1-31 July, BFI Southbank are delighted to present a season of films which have inspired director Christopher Nolan’s new feature Dunkirk (2017), released in cinemas across the UK on Friday 21 July.

Christopher Nolan Presents has been personally curated by the award-winning director and will offer audiences unique insight into the films which influenced his hotly anticipated take on one of the key moments of WWII.

The season will include a special preview screening of Dunkirk on Thursday 13 July, which will be presented in 70mm and include an introduction from the director himself.

Christopher Nolan is a passionate advocate for the importance of seeing films projected on film, and as one of the few cinemas in the UK that still shows a vast amount of celluloid film, BFI Southbank will screen all the films in the season on 35mm or 70mm.

In 2015 Nolan appeared on stage alongside visual artist
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March 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Wishmaster Collection, A Monster Calls

Well, March is definitely “going out like a lamb” (as the old saying goes) when it comes to horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, as there are only several different titles coming home this Tuesday.

Universal Studios is releasing J.A. Bayona’s heartbreaking modern fable, A Monster Calls, to both Blu-ray and DVD this week, and if you're a cult film fan, then you have a few fun movies to look forward to adding to your home collections: Witchtrap, Venom, and the four-film collection for Wishmaster, a new addition to the Vestron Video Collector’s Series.

Other notable releases for March 28th include Mortuary Massacre, The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson, Park Chan-Wook's The Handmaiden (which finally gets the Blu-ray treatment), and for the little monster fans, Monster High: Electrified.

A Monster Calls (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD/Digital HD & DVD)

Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, and Sigourney Weaver
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Review: Antonioni's "Blowup" (1966) Starring Vanessa Redgrave And David Hemmings; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

  • CinemaRetro
“A Mod Murder Mystery”

By Raymond Benson

Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup (it’s spelled this way in the film credits, but on theatrical posters and advertising it was called Blow-Up) was a landmark, envelope-pushing film that caused quite a stir. For one thing, it was one of the nails in the coffin of the U.S. Production Code, paving the way for the elimination of cinematic censorship and the eventual creation of the movie ratings. Its depiction of nudity, sexual attitudes, and recreational drugs crossed the line for late 1966. Nevertheless, newspaper ads got away with simply proclaiming that the picture was “Recommended for Mature Audiences,” since this was prior to the ratings themselves.

Blowup also stands as a cultural landmark in that it captures that moment of time called “Swinging London.” Everything was “mod”—music, fashion, art... even groups of youths were called “mods.” Antonioni’s film could serve as
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Review: "From Stage To Screen: Face To Face Interviews With Some Of Britain's Finest Actors", Region 2 DVD Set

  • CinemaRetro
By Tim Greaves

Writer Derek Pykett (whose excellent book " MGM British Studios: Hollywood in Borehamwood" was reviewed here earlier this year) has turned his hand to directing; setting up and playing host to a dozen intimate interviews with some of Britain's most respected and beloved thesps, the results are now available on DVD with "From Stage to Screen", a privately produced, limited edition 6-disc box set.

With each performer given their own ‘episode’ and a total running time of 15 hours, there's so much material here that it'll take the average viewer a number of sittings to get through it all. Beyond starting with disc one and working through methodically, where one begins is probably going to be proportionate to the level of esteem in which the viewer holds each particular actor or actress represented within the set; I confess that at the time of writing I still have a fair bit to get through.
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"From Stage To Screen: Face-to-face Interviews With Some Of Britain's Finest Actors" DVD Released In UK

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Cinema Retro has received the following press announcement:

For the first time on DVD a brand new series of relaxed, intimate, face to face interviews with some of Britain’s finest, much loved actors, who share with us moments from their lives and work in theatre, television and films.

With careers that span over seven decades, we hear stories about the greatest theatres (The National; The Old Vic; The Royal Shakespeare Company); the theatrical knights (Olivier; Gielgud; Richardson); the bright lights of Broadway, and the most celebrated movie directors of the twentieth century (Spielberg; Fellini; Huston; Chaplin; Visconti; Lean).

Featuring an extensive archive of rare photographs and film trailers, it is a nostalgic trip down memory lane in the company of highly respected actors who have given us some unforgettable performances.

Joss Ackland, Michael Medwin, Vera Day, Julian Glover, Michael Craig, Roy Dotrice, Sarah Miles, Lee Montague, Michael Jayston, Derren Nesbitt,
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May 31st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, Venom

The month of May’s home entertainment releases are ending on a strong note, especially if you’re a purveyor of cult cinema. This week boasts an incredible selection of classic films resurrected on high definition including Blood Bath, Venom, The Terror, Psychic Killer and a 12-movie collection from Film Chest.

Sony Home Entertainment is releasing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on various formats on May 31st and, for those of you who may have missed it in theaters, Alex ProyasGods of Egypt is also coming home this Tuesday as well.

Blood Bath: 2-Disc Limited Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

The films of Roger Corman are often as well-known for their behind-the-scenes stories as they are the ones unfolding on the screen. He famously made Little Shop of Horrors in just two days using sets left over from A Bucket of Blood and shot The Terror over
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Round-Up: The Lost Boys Leather Jacket Auction, Exclusive Refuge Q&A, MST3K, Venom Blu-ray / DVD, The Hours Till Daylight

Great news for fans of Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys—an auction of Dwayne's leather jacket and costume is going on right now and will continue until February 26th. Also: a Q&A with Refuge director Andrew Robertson and release details for MST3K: Vol. Xxxv, Venom, and The Hours Till Daylight.

The Lost Boys & Other Entertainment Memorabilia Auction: Press Release: "Prop Store is pleased to bring vampire Dwayne’s (Billy Wirth) Death Scene Leather Jacket and Costume from the 80’s classic The Lost Boys to their online auction site. Joel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire classic pitted a deadly group of vampires against a pair of brothers in a battle to save their family. The Dwayne vampire jacket on offer comes from the character’s death scene in which Sam (Corey Haim) shoots the vampire with an arrow, sending him back into a stereo which electrocutes him. Resembling a heavily worn biker outfit,
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Round-Up: The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Figure, Phobia Fest, The Forest Giveaway, Venom Blu-ray, Death Follows

Hide the Deadly Nightshade, Diamond Select Toys' Sally action figure can be available to purchase for your home / favorite space as early as summer of 2016. Also in this round-up: details on Phobia Fest in Detroit, a trip giveaway themed to The Forest, Venom on Blu-ray, and Death Follows.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Figure: From Diamond Select Toys: "She’s no nightmare!

This static vinyl figure of Sally from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas depicts the shy, stitched-together girl holding her basket of food on a stony path in Halloween Town. With a detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications, this approximately 9” scale figure is in scale with other Femme Fatales statues. Packaged in a full-color window box.

Estimated availability: Summer 2016 - $45.00." ---------

Phobia Fest: Press Release: "The team behind Detroit Zombie Con plan a bolder and bloodier return this March with Phobia.

Phobia is a two day and
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New Criminal Minds Season 11,Episode 9 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

Recently, CBS delivered the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Criminal Minds" episode 9 of season 11. The episode is entitled, "Internal Affairs," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting stuff take place as an underground internet drug syndicate becomes the main focus of the Bau team in their latest investigation, and more. In the new, 9th episode press release: When The Bau Looks Into The Disappearances Of DEA Agents, An Underground Internet Drug Syndicate Becomes The Investigation's Focus, On "Criminal Minds," Wednesday, Dec. 2. Press release number 2: After two undercover DEA agents are murdered and a third goes missing, the Bau will join the Nsa to investigate whether an underground Internet drug syndicate is involved. Also, Hotch will hope the team's work with the Nsa brings them closer to finding the "Dirty Dozen" hitmen ring. Guest stars feature: Andrew Borba (Tony Axelrod), Richie Stephens (Jacob Dufour
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Cummings Pt.3: Gender-Bending from Joan of Arc to Comic Farce, Liberal Supporter of Political Refugees

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine. Constance Cummings on stage: From sex-change farce and Emma Bovary to Juliet and 'Saint Joan' (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Frank Capra, Mae West and Columbia Lawsuit.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), starring Cummings as a demimondaine who falls in love with a villainous character. She ends up killing him – or does she? Adapted from Bruno Frank's German-language original, Young Madame Conti was presented on both sides of the Atlantic; on Broadway, it had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre. Based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, the Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937) was staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The
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Mitchum Stars in TCM Movie Premiere Set Among Japanese Gangsters Directed by Future Oscar Winner

Robert Mitchum ca. late 1940s. Robert Mitchum movies 'The Yakuza,' 'Ryan's Daughter' on TCM Today, Aug. 12, '15, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series is highlighting the career of Robert Mitchum. Two of the films being shown this evening are The Yakuza and Ryan's Daughter. The former is one of the disappointingly few TCM premieres this month. (See TCM's Robert Mitchum movie schedule further below.) Despite his film noir background, Robert Mitchum was a somewhat unusual choice to star in The Yakuza (1975), a crime thriller set in the Japanese underworld. Ryan's Daughter or no, Mitchum hadn't been a box office draw in quite some time; in the mid-'70s, one would have expected a Warner Bros. release directed by Sydney Pollack – who had recently handled the likes of Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand, and Robert Redford – to star someone like Jack Nicholson or Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman.
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Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Professional Regret: Turning Down 'Doctor Who'

Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them:[1] David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries.
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