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  • Report: Movie Box Office On Track for Lowest in 25 Years (TR)

    08/15/2017 3:11:39 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 148 replies
    Showbiz 411 ^ | 14 Aug 17 | Roger Friedman
    Reports now, according to Exhibitor Relations: if things continue as they have, this will be the lowest box office in a quarter century. While there have been bright spots (“Dunkirk”) and surprises (“Baby Driver”) the failures have outweighed everything. Start with a total write off on “King Arthur” and go from there. Then go to “The Dark Tower.” One terrible new failure: “Nut Job 2,” they say, is the biggest loser ever in wide release (4000+) studio movie. It made just over $8 million this weekend. Four years ago, at a USC symposium, famed and very successful directors George Lucas...
  • The 13 Alfred Hitchcock movies you need to watch in your lifetime

    08/14/2017 7:08:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 9, 2017 | Jason Guerrasio
    Alfred Hitchcock is more than just the master of suspense. Throughout his career, the legendary director transformed cinema as we know it today through his unique visual eye, masterful storytelling, and incredible showmanship. In celebration of his birthday on Sunday, we look back on his most memorable works -- ranging from the crowd-pleasing "Psycho" to a movie regarded as one of the best ever made, "Vertigo." Here are the 13 Alfred Hitchcock movies you need to watch in your lifetime:
  • Joseph Bologna, 'My Favorite Year' Actor and Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter, Dies at 82

    08/14/2017 8:05:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 13, 2017 | Mike Barnes
    Joseph Bologna, an actor, playwright and screenwriter who was so memorable as the egotistical King Kaiser in the 1982 comedy classic My Favorite Year, has died. He was 82. Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope hospital in Duarte, Calif. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago, said his wife of 52 years, actress and screenwriter Renee Taylor. Bologna received an Oscar nomination for adapted screenplay, shared with his wife and David Zelag Goodman, for his work on Lovers and Other Strangers (1970). The couple had first written it for Broadway in a 1968 production directed by...
  • 'Bonnie and Clyde' at 50: Ultraviolent gangster film changed American cinema

    08/13/2017 6:07:30 PM PDT · by Borges · 88 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 8/13/2017 | John Petkovic
    <p>So proclaimed the trailer for "Bonnie and Clyde" when it hit the theaters in Aug. 1967.</p> <p>On the surface, the tagline to Arthur Penn's groundbreaking gangster film about young lovers on the run from authority snugly fit into the Summer of Love. Well, at least two-thirds of it.</p>
  • Out of the Past

    08/13/2017 6:17:09 AM PDT · by Twotone · 39 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | Aug. 12, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Robert Mitchum was born in Connecticut one hundred years ago - August 6th 1917 - and had the kind of childhood that gives you plenty to talk about in interviews, although Mitchum rarely did. His father, a railroad worker, was crushed to death before his son's second birthday, and young Bob was eventually sent to live with his grandparents in Delaware. He was expelled from middle school for getting into a fight with the principal. Kicked out of high school, he drifted round the country, hopping freights, sleeping in boxcars, picking up a little dough digging ditches, getting jailed for...
  • Look Who’s Still Talking the Most in Movies: White Men

    08/04/2017 9:06:59 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | Aug. 4, 2017 | JOHANNA BARR
    With “Wonder Woman” and “Girls Trip” riding a wave of critical and commercial success at the box office this summer, it can be tempting to think that diversity in Hollywood is on an upswing. But these high-profile examples are not a sign of greater representation in films over all. A new study from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering found that films were likely to contain fewer women and minority characters than white men, and when they did appear, these characters were portrayed in ways that reinforced stereotypes. And female characters, in particular, were generally less central...
  • Theaters taking hits from movie viewing at home, weak box office

    08/04/2017 6:29:25 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 105 replies
    USA Today ^ | August 2, 2017 | Mike Snider
    <p>Is Netflix killing the multiplex? Wall Street apparently thinks so.</p> <p>Shares of AMC Entertainment (AMC) shares fell 27% to $15.18 Wednesday — hitting an all-time low of $15.15 at one point — after the nation's largest movie theater chain said it would report a net loss for the April-June period of between $174.5 million and $178.5 million, compared to profit of $24 million during the same period a year ago.</p>
  • 'The Dark Tower' is getting poor reviews, here's 7 great Stephen King movies

    08/04/2017 12:57:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 85 replies
    Canoe ^ | August 4, 2017 | Steve Tilley
    ... The Dark Tower is taking a serious drubbing, and many diehard King fans are similarly displeased with how the movie turned out. But let’s be honest, this isn’t exactly the first film adaptation of a Stephen King book to lay an egg. Children of the Corn, anyone? Maximum Overdrive? The Lawnmower Man? Fortunately, King’s cinematic oeuvre is chockablock with movies that are actually good. If you were let down by The Dark Tower – or you plan to give it a miss entirely – here are seven great Stephen King movies that you can stream or digitally rent from...
  • Surge in Streaming Services Leads to Animation Job Boom

    07/26/2017 6:11:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Variety ^ | July 26, 2017 | Calum Marsh
    There’s general agreement that this is a golden age of television. But less apparent is the fact that it’s also a golden age of animation, spawned by the same subscription video-on-demand companies — such as Netflix and Amazon — that are ushering TV’s shining period. The rise of streaming services — which are ordering season after season of animated shows for children and adults — has created an urgent demand for original content, leading to a surge in jobs at all levels of production. For now, the deluge shows no signs of letting up. “There’s more animation work now than...
  • Rin Tin Tin, ‘Jazz Singer’ at the Stanford Theatre

    07/25/2017 7:59:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | Carlos Valladares
    SNIP The former is a silent action picture starring Rin Tin Tin, the canine sensation of the Coolidge nation. Amazingly, the German shepherd was Warner Bros.’ biggest box office draw. Only seven of Rinty’s 29 films survive; this one will be accompanied by Dennis James at the Mighty Wurlitzer. The latter, the first film with synchronized talking and singing parts, heralded the end of the silent era. It also has Al Jolson singing “Mammy” in blackface. There’s a whole complex history behind Jolson’s routine, so rather than tsk-tsk “those times,” let’s just say that Jolson’s vaudeville schtick has its freakishly...
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A Conservative Sex Comedy

    07/25/2017 8:58:17 AM PDT · by Skooz · 120 replies
    NRO ^ | 07/25/2017 | Kyle Smith
    Upon its release in 1982, no one would have expected Fast Times at Ridgemont High ever to receive the imprimatur of classic. The movie was engineered to make a quick buck at a moment when Hollywood was giddy about its latest easy-money formula: Take some horny teens, put them in a broad, dumb comedy that invited teen boys to ogle bare breasts, and load the soundtrack with hit rock songs. Low-budget movies like Private Lessons (1981), The Last American Virgin (1982), Goin’ All the Way (1982), Private School (1983), Losin’ It (1983), Spring Break (1983), Bachelor Party (1984), and especially...
  • 97 Year Old Calgary veteran who survived Dunkirk attends premiere

    07/23/2017 10:21:33 PM PDT · by Kriggerel · 19 replies
    Global News ^ | July 22 2017 | Carolyn Kury de Castillo
    Theatre goers watching the premiere of “Dunkirk” at Calgary’s Westhills Cinemas on Friday night got a surprise encounter with a 97-year -old man who was at the battle in 1940. The Battle of Dunkirk took place during the Second World War between the Allies and Nazi Germany in Dunkirk, France. Calgarian Ken Sturdy, dressed in a jacket adorned with medals, viewed the movie and was impressed by what he saw...
  • Dick Van Dyke sorry for 'atrocious cockney accent' in Mary Poppins

    07/23/2017 5:42:20 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 57 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 21, 2017 | Nadia Khomami
    Dick Van Dyke has apologised for the “most atrocious cockney accent in the history of cinema” more than half a century after his role in the 1964 Disney classic Mary Poppins. The US actor played chimney-sweep Bert in the film, and has been the subject of much teasing from fans about his famously off-radar accent. Van Dyke, 91, was chosen this week by Bafta to receive the Britannia award for excellence in television. Speaking afterwards, he said: “I appreciate this opportunity to apologise to the members of Bafta for inflicting on them the most atrocious cockney accent in the history...
  • Looking for Film Recommendations, More Cerebral and Less Violent?

    07/23/2017 4:56:36 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 164 replies
    chickensoup | 07.23.17 | chickensoup
    This is a slow Sunday morning. I am not much of a vid watcher. And for over 25 years we didn't have a TV. Back a few years ago I found a TV, with Freeper input and have Netflix. To me the TV is a great going to the theater experience. I have been watching different things on the TV for occasional entertainment for the past couple of years, Netflix both streaming and DVD. I have discovered that most shows that I have watched, both the compelling ones that I have enjoyed like Longmire, Bluebloods, and even Father Brown have...
  • IT movie: 'Pennywise the Clown EATS a child’s hand' – Comic-Con audience left PETRIFIED

    07/21/2017 4:17:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 30 replies
    The Express ^ | 7-21-17 | GEORGE SIMPSON
    The film adaption of Stephen King’s classic horror is only two months away and San Diego Comic-Con have been treated to some more terrifying footage. Director Andres Muschietti introduced a couple of clips that apparently left the audience unsettled and terrified, just like the last trailer. The filmmaker also revealed to Variety that IT Part 2 of the story will start shooting early next year and is set 30 years later with flashbacks. Entertainment Weekly have provided a description of the horrors Pennywise the Dancing Clown inflicted in what was screened at Comic Con.
  • Film Review: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

    07/18/2017 4:26:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 17, 2017 | Todd McCarthy
    Christopher Nolan's new film follows soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada and France as they're surrounded by the German army and evacuated during the eponymous World War II battle. Dunkirk is an impressionist masterpiece. These are not the first words you expect to see applied to a giant-budgeted summer entertainment made by one of the industry's most dependably commercial big-name directors. But this is a war film like few others, one that may employ a large and expensive canvas but that conveys the whole through isolated, brilliantly realized, often private moments more than via sheer spectacle, although that is...
  • Sequels, Reboots And Remakes Are Bombing In 2017 — Is 'Franchise Fatigue' A Reality Or A Buzzphrase?

    07/09/2017 5:37:26 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 102 replies
    Movie Pilot ^ | July 5, 2017 | Ricky Derisz
    Each month brings a fresh headline containing Hollywood's favourite new buzzphrase, "franchise fatigue." As big-budget sequels from The Mummy to Transformers: The Last Knight stutter to a halt, the consensus reached by news coverage suggests a collective, audible yawn from audiences, as they grow weary and tired of recycled and repackaged films. But is franchise fatigue really a pressing issue for movie studios to address, or is it nothing more than a buzzphrase, a product of anti-franchise bias? The full story of #boxoffice trends is complex and impossible to define in two words alone (lucky for you, this article has...
  • Italian actress Elsa Martinelli dead aged 82

    07/09/2017 9:35:50 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | July 8, 2017 | Emmeline Saunders and Vicki Newman
    Italian film star Elsa Martinelli has died today at the age of 82. She passed away in Rome after a long and glamorous career as a star of the silver screen. Elsa was best known for her roles in Le Rouge Et Le Noir in 1954 and for The Indian Fighter the following year, in which she starred opposite Kirk Douglas.
  • Who's your favorite movie villain?

    07/08/2017 9:57:05 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 305 replies
    Me Also ^ | 7/8/2017 | Me
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  • Rooney Mara Never Tried Pie Until Last Year (31 Years Old)

    07/07/2017 4:35:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 7, 2017 | Lisa Ryan
    We all know Rooney Mara is many things: an actress, “aloof” (her word), a romantic colonic-haver. But we had no idea that she was also a person who never tried pie before the age of 31, at which point she finally ate the dessert for an extremely long pie-related scene in a movie. During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the star of A Ghost Story was asked about the scene, in which Mara’s character emotionally eats an entire chocolate-cream pie in silence while grieving the death of her partner. “It was such a unique way of showing grief,...