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The Illustrated Man

Ray Bradbury adapted to the screen is always something to check out; this Jack Smight- directed trio of stories bound together by a mystery man wearing the graffiti of the title at least works up a little ethereal-cereal excitement. Husband and wife Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom spout ominous dialogue as they face various futuristic threats.

The Illustrated Man


Warner Archive Collection

1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Robert Drivas, Don Dubbins, Jason Evers, Tim Weldon, Christine Matchett

Cinematography: Philip H. Lathrop

Art Direction: Joel Schiller

Film Editor: Archie Marshek

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

Written by Howard B. Kreitsek from the book by Ray Bradbury

Produced by Howard B. Kreitsek, Ted Mann

Directed by Jack Smight

Ray Bradbury must have had some frustrating times as a screenwriter, although the three times I saw him in person he never
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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
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Smackdown 1963: Three from "Tom Jones" and Two Dames

Presenting the Supporting Actresses of '63. Well well, what have we here? This year's statistical uniqueness (the only time one film ever produced three supporting actress nominees) and the character lineup reads juicier than it actually is - your Fab Five are, get this: a saucy wench, a pious auntie, a disgraced lady, a pillpopping royal, and a stubborn nun.

The Nominees 

from left to right: Cilento, Evans, Redman, Rutherford, Skalia

In 1963 Oscar voters went for an all-first-timers nominee list in Supporting Actress. The eldest contenders would soon become Dames (Margaret Rutherford and Edith Evans were both OBEs at the time). Rutherford, the eventual winner, was the only nominee with an extensive film history and she was in the middle of a hot streak with her signature role as Jane Marple which ran across multiple films from through 1961-1965. In fact, Agatha Christie had just dedicated her new book "The
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Hollywood Studios' First Gay Romantic Drama Back on the Big Screen

'Making Love': Groundbreaking romantic gay drama returns to the big screen As part of its Anniversary Classics series, Laemmle Theaters will be presenting Arthur Hiller's groundbreaking 1982 romantic drama Making Love, the first U.S. movie distributed by a major studio that focused on a romantic gay relationship. Michael Ontkean, Harry Hamlin, and Kate Jackson star. The 35th Anniversary Screening of Making Love will be held on Saturday, June 24 – it's Gay Pride month, after all – at 7:30 p.m. at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session with Harry Hamlin, screenwriter Barry Sandler, and author A. Scott Berg, who wrote the “story” on which the film is based. 'Making Love' & What lies beneath In this 20th Century Fox release – Sherry Lansing was the studio head at the time – Michael Ontkean plays a
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Terence Davies on ‘A Quiet Passion,’ Max Ophüls, and the Fleeting Nature of Happiness

Premiering at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival to rave reviews (including our own), Terence DaviesA Quiet Passion tackles the life and work of America’s premier lady of letters, Emily Dickinson. Starring Cynthia Nixon as Dickinson, the drama pulsates with repressed creativity and bridled vitality, textured by Davies’s painterly, atmospheric touches that capture those aspects as well as the distinct domesticity of the Dickinson household. At last year’s New York Film Festival, I was able to sit down with highly esteemed British filmmaker and discuss what drew him to Emily Dickinson, the cruelty of talent being unrecognized within their lifetimes, and films that inspired him: William Wyler’s The Heiress and Max OphülsLetter from an Unknown Woman. With the film now opening in limited release this Friday, read our full conversation below.

The Film Stage: What drew you to making this, not typical, biopic of Emily Dickinson’s life?
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Doreen Jones obituary

My friend and colleague Doreen Jones, who has died aged 76, was a leading British casting director. She had a long career during which she worked on more than 400 television dramas and series.

Doreen had a sharp instinct for the subtle chemistry that can exist between actors and knew well how players could spark off each other. She demonstrated this flair in the casting of Granada’s adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (1981), which I produced, when she matched a lineup of promising young actors including Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Diana Quick and Phoebe Nicholls against such starry veterans as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Claire Bloom.

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Feeling as others do, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Terence Davies to Catherine Marchand: "I don't want them to look as though they'd just come from costume." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Terence Davies, the esteemed director of The House Of Mirth; Distant Voices, Still Lives; The Deep Blue Sea; The Long Day Closes, and Sunset Song spoke with me on the costume designs by Catherine Marchand for his latest film A Quiet Passion, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson with Jennifer Ehle as her sister Vinnie. Catherine Bailey, Keith Carradine, Duncan Duff, Joanna Bacon, Benjamin Wainwright, Sara Vertongen, Emma Bell, Jodhi May, and Noémie Schellens head a dandy supporting cast.

Hearing Claire Bloom read Dickinson, kidney disease, and Jean-Pierre Léaud in Albert Serra's The Death Of Louis Xiv come up in the second part of a series on my journey with Terence Davies.

Cynthia Nixon plays the scenes of the attacks beautifully. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Anne-Katrin Titze: A word about the costumes.
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AMC and BBC adapting John le Carre’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Following their success with The Night Manager, AMC and the BBC are reuniting for another John le Carre adaptation, teaming once again with Ink Factory for a limited series based upon his 1963 novel The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, with Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) set to pen the script.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold takes place during the height of the Cold War and revolved around a hard-drinking British spy who is sent to East Germany posing as a defector in order to frame an East German intelligence operative as a British double agent.

“Spy is a deep tale of intrigue in one of the most uncertain times in history,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV (via Variety).

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold was previously adapted for the big screen in 1965, with Martin Ritt directing
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The Spy: AMC & BBC Team Up with Night Manager Author

AMC and BBC One are sticking with John le Carré. After the networks' success with The Night Manager TV show, they've have announced they are adapting le Carré's classic 1963 novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, for television, as The Spy TV series.Simon Beaufoy is writing The Spy TV show. In 1965, director Martin Ritt made a feature film adaptation, starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Oskar Werner. Learn more from this AMC press release.Read More…
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The BBC will follow up The Night Manager with The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Author: Jon Lyus

Following the success of AMC and the BBC’s The Night Manager at the Golden Globes the two networks are collaborating again to bring another of spymaster John le Carré novels to the small screen. The Tom Hiddleston starring miniseries swept the boards at the Globes last weekend, winning awards for Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and the series itself.

Word reached us from the TCA this weekend that the production team would be reuniting to adapt le Carré ‘s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. The 1963 novel centres around a British agent sent to East Germany as a defector to pass on information about a powerful enemy. It was made into a film in 1965, directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom.

The small screen has seen its share of gripping mini series in its time, and the last few years
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Le Carré's 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' set for BBC1

Le Carré's 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' set for BBC1
Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy is adapting the novel for The Night Manager producers The Ink Factory.

BBC1 is hoping to repeat the success of The Night Manager after ordering an adaptation of John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

The broadcaster has again partnered with AMC to commission The Ink Factory to produce the spy thriller set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, just after the construction of the Berlin Wall.

Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy will adapt the book, in which British intelligence officer Alex Leamas is offered a chance for revenge after many of his agents are exposed by East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

Read: The story behind ‘The Night Manager

The Ink Factory, the indie established by le Carré’s sons Stephen and Simon Cornwell, will produce the series in association with Kudos founder Stephen Garrett’s new drama indie Character Seven.

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold was commissioned
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John Le Carre’s ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’ getting TV remake

John Le Carre’s classic 1960s-set novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, is getting the remake treatment from AMC and the BBC, following their hugely successful, Golden Globe-winning The Night Manager.

Academy Award winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) is adapting the source material. Here’s the official book synopsis:

Alex Leamas is tired. It’s the 1960s, he’s been out in the cold for years, spying in the shadow of the Berlin Wall for his British masters. He has seen too many good agents murdered for their troubles. Now Control wants to bring him in at last – but only after one final assignment. He must travel deep into the heart of Communist Germany and betray his country, a job that he will do with his usual cynical professionalism. But when George Smiley tries to help a young woman Leamas has befriended, Leamas’s mission may prove
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AMC Follows Up ‘The Night Manager’ By Adapting John le Carre’s ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold’

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AMC Follows Up ‘The Night Manager’ By Adapting John le Carre’s ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold’
AMC is back in the John le Carré adaptation business. The network, which just won three Golden Globes for its miniseries “The Night Manager,” will next tackle le Carré’s “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.”

Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”) will adapt the novel, which is targeted for a 2018 air date. Like “The Night Manager,” “Spy” is a co-production between AMC and the BBC with The Ink Factory.

Read More: ‘The Night Manager’: Hugh Laurie on Why Book Adaptations Belong on TV and His Funny Tom Hiddleston Feud

The project, set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, focuses on Alex Leamas, “a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt. Leamas is recalled to London- where, to his surprise, he’s offered a chance at revenge.
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Win The Man Between on Blu-ray

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The perfect companion piece to Carol Reed’s The Third Man, post-war spy thriller The Man Between comes to Blu-Ray for the first time, DVD and VOD on 2 January, boasting brand new extra features. To celebrate, we have 3 copies of the film on Blu-Ray to give some lucky winners courtesy of Studiocanal.

Set against the backdrop of a haunted, newly divided Berlin, Ivo Kern (James Mason: 5 Fingers, Spring & Port Wine, Cross of Iron) – a troubled former lawyer now working the Black Market – gets caught up in a cat and mouse chase with potentially tragic consequences as he attempts to free a young British lady (Claire Bloom: Richard III, Look Back in Anger, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold) who has been kidnapped in a case of mistaken identity. Starring British screen icons James Mason and Claire Bloom Cbe alongside German sweetheart Hildegarde Neff,
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Screen gods, guilt and glamour: actor Claire Bloom on her life in the limelight

She was given her big break by Charlie Chaplin and worked with Richard Burton and Laurence Olivier. Claire Bloom talks about her rise to fame and reading her ex-husband Philip Roth’s work

‘Terror! Vice! Violence!” howls the poster for Claire Bloom’s 1953 film The Man Between, co-starring James Mason as Ivo Kern, shadowy smuggler of secrets and people in postwar Berlin. In the poster, he is putting the moves on Bloom, whom the artist has depicted reclining in rumpled sheets, hair down, thighs bared.

“It is fairly misleading!” says Bloom when I show her the poster she’s never seen before during lunch at Blakes hotel in Kensington. She’s right. Carol Reed’s follow-up to The Third Man is an existential meditation on human corruption. One that is being revived for a new audience.

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Max Rose -Review

“Heavenly shades of night are falling…it’s twilight time”, and we’re not talking about sparkly teen vampires. No, those lyrics from the Platters golden oldie could very well be used as the theme for this movie, and perhaps its iconic lead actor. As many “golden age” film stars reach their “golden years”, they often look toward a project that may be the perfect coda to their long career, maybe a farewell to their screen persona. Hey wouldn’t you rather ride into the sunset with The Shootist (as John Wayne did) than headline a flick called Trog ( Joan Crawford’s finale’)? Perhaps this is the case for fabled film funny man Jerry Lewis. At the tail end of the “golden age” of Hollywood (1948), he and then partner Dean Martin ruled the box office for eight years. After their split, Jerry had even greater success as a solo for a good twelve years,
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‘Max Rose’ Exclusive Clip: Jerry Lewis Cuts Loose With His Retirement Home Friends

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‘Max Rose’ Exclusive Clip: Jerry Lewis Cuts Loose With His Retirement Home Friends
Jerry Lewis’ last starring role was in Peter Chelsom’s 1995 film “Funny Bones” as George Fawkes, a comedy legend with a comedian son who struggles to impress him. Now, the actual comedy legend returns over twenty years later for the new film “Max Rose,” about an aging jazz pianist who begins to examine his life. In the film, Max discovers that his beautiful wife Eva (Claire Bloom) might be having an affair. Believing his entire life to be a lie, he embarks on an exploration of his past in order to find inner peace. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Max and his retirement home friends jamming out to the music of their youth.

Read More: Jerry Lewis Wows MoMA at World Premiere of ‘Max Rose

In an interview with the Seattle Times, Lewis says that he thought “Funny Bones” would be his last film, but he reconsidered after reading the script,
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'Max Rose' Review: Jerry Lewis' Return to Movies Is Too Serious to Love

'Max Rose' Review: Jerry Lewis' Return to Movies Is Too Serious to Love
Jerry Lewis turned 90 in March. Many fans, me included, wished hard to see this legendary comedian and virtuoso filmmaker cut loose on screen one more time. Max Rose doesn't grant that wish. For starters, his first film in 20 years is not a comedy — it's a sober, sad-eyed study of an old man on the ropes. Max, a former jazz pianist who never quite made it, sits alone in a house haunted by memories, mostly of his wife Eva (the great Claire Bloom) who has just died. At her funeral, his eulogy is tortured,
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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for September 2016

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Just like that, it’s fall already. The first round of films fresh out of Tiff and Venice and Telluride are making their ways to theaters and living rooms nationwide. And now, we enter the last third of the year, with plenty of titles to be excited about. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of September, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

Each week, we’ll give you an update with more specific information on where these films are playing. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!

Week of September 2 Wide


Director: Luke Scott

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Boyd Holbrook, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kate Mara, Michelle Yeoh, Paul Giamatti, Rose Leslie, Toby Jones

Synopsis: A corporate troubleshooter is sent to a remote,
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[Review] Max Rose

A film centering on octogenarians isn’t an easy sell. Not even when you get a legend like Jerry Lewis to come out of retirement to deliver his first starring role in twenty years. So you have to give Daniel Noah credit — he got it done. And after a few years producing some effective genre films with his shingle SpectreVision, Max Rose also becomes a return for him to the director’s chair. He admits that he couldn’t see anyone else doing the material justice, the script itself based in part on the struggles he witnessed with his grandfather when his grandmother passed away. This passion project looks to shed light on the emotional turmoil of love as it pertains to a segment of society we often dismiss: senior citizens.

Love runs deep. At least we hope it does — the divorce rate probably has something else to say about this fact.
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