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Cannon for Cordoba

A middling entry in the genre of blow-it-up big action spectacles, Paul Wendkos’ Spain-filmed western gives us all the excitement promised by the poster, but with some cardboard characters and lumpy storytelling. George Peppard is on the job, however, and once again proves he can carry a big picture, flaws and all.

Cannon for Cordoba

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: George Peppard, Raf Vallone, Giovanna Ralli, Don Gordon, Pete Duel, Nico Minardos, John Russell, John Larch, Gabriele Tinti, Francine York, Lionel Murton, Hans Meyer, Aldo Sambrell, Luis Barboo.

Cinematography: Antonio Macasoli

Film Editor: Walter A. Hannemann

Special effects: Emilio Ruiz del Río

Original Music: Elmer Bernstein

Written by Stephen Kandel

Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly

Directed by Paul Wendkos

While providing backing for independent writer-producers like Billy Wilder, Walter Mirisch also shepherded various less ambitious war movies and westerns,
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‘Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders’ Trailer: Joe Berlinger Reexamines the Crime Made Famous by Truman Capote — Watch

‘Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders’ Trailer: Joe Berlinger Reexamines the Crime Made Famous by Truman Capote — Watch
SundanceTV has released the full-length trailer for “Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders,” Joe Berlinger’s docuseries about the crime that inspired Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” That nonfiction novel (a phrase Capote coined) was adapted by Richard Brooks into an acclaimed drama starring Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, and Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for portraying its author in “Capote.”

Read More:Zac Efron Slated to Play Serial Killer Ted Bundy In Indie From Joe Berlinger

The quadruple murder took place in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. Two men, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith, entered the home of their victims in the belief that Herbert Clutter, the family patriarch, kept as much as $10,000 in his safe; there was less than $50 in the house. Clutter, his wife, and their two young children were all killed after being bound and gagged.

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‘Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders’ Trailer: Joe Berlinger Reexamines the Crime Made Famous by Truman Capote — Watch

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‘Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders’ Trailer: Joe Berlinger Reexamines the Crime Made Famous by Truman Capote — Watch
SundanceTV has released the full-length trailer for “Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders,” Joe Berlinger’s docuseries about the crime that inspired Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” That nonfiction novel (a phrase Capote coined) was adapted by Richard Brooks into an acclaimed drama starring Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, and Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for portraying its author in “Capote.”

Read More:Zac Efron Slated to Play Serial Killer Ted Bundy In Indie From Joe Berlinger

The quadruple murder took place in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. Two men, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith, entered the home of their victims in the belief that Herbert Clutter, the family patriarch, kept as much as $10,000 in his safe; there was less than $50 in the house. Clutter, his wife, and their two young children were all killed after being bound and gagged.

Read More:‘Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
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Hell on Frisco Bay

I tell you it’s rough out there on Frisco Bay, especially when you say the word ‘Frisco’ within earshot of a proud San Francisco native. This Alan Ladd racketeering tale could have been written twenty years earlier, but it has Warner Color and the early, extra-wide iteration of the new movie attraction CinemaScope.

Hell on Frisco Bay

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen Academy / 98 min. / Street Date , 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, Joanne Dru, William Demarest, Paul Stewart, Perry Lopez, Fay Wray, Nestor Paiva, Willis Bouchey, Anthony Caruso, Tina Carver, Rod(ney) Taylor, Jayne Mansfield, Mae Marsh, Tito Vuolo.

Cinematography: John F. Seitz

Film Editor: Folmar Blangsted

Stunts: Paul Baxley

Original Music: Max Steiner

Written by Martin Rackin, Sydney Boehm from a book by William P. McGivern

Produced by George C. Berttholon, Alan Ladd

Directed by Frank Tuttle

Alan Ladd had always been
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TV News Roundup: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Adds New Cast Members for Season 7

TV News Roundup: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Adds New Cast Members for Season 7
In today’s roundup, ABC’s series “Once Upon A Time” has announced a number of new cast members for Season 7 and Showtime released a first look at the final season of “Episodes.”

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ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” has announced a number of new cast members for Season 7. Daina Ramirez (“Devious Maids”) and Gabrielle Anwar (“Burn Notice”) will be joining the cast along with Mekia Cox (“Chicago Med”), Rose Reynolds (“Wasted”), and Adelaide Kane (“Reign”). The new additions come as a number of series regulars departed the series at the conclusion of Season 6, including series star Jennifer Morrison.

BBC and Masterpiece on PBS announced that Dame Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon, and Emily Watson will star in the upcoming television adaptation of “Little Women.” Originally written by Louisa May Alcott, the series will be directed by Vanessa Caswill. Watson will star as Marmee while Lansbury will play the role of the wealthy relative, Aunt
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‘Casino Royale’ Actress Daliah Lavi Dies at 74

‘Casino Royale’ Actress Daliah Lavi Dies at 74
Israeli actress Daliah Lavi, who starred in 1967’s James Bond spoof “Casino Royale,” has died at her home in Asheville, N.C. She was 74.

Lavi was born in 1942 in Shavei Tzion in the British Mandate of Palestine. She studied ballet in Sweden, where she appeared in her first film “Hemsöborna” in 1955. She was fluent in several languages and starred in German, Italian, French, and Spanish films, in addition to English-language movies.

She gained notice in Vincente Minnelli’s “Two Weeks in Another Town,” and she received a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer (female) for her work. Her credits included “The Return of Dr. Mabuse” (1961); “The Demon” (1963); “The Whip and the Body” (1963); Richard Brooks’ “Lord Jim” (1965), starring Peter O’Toole; “Ten Little Indians” (1965); “Those Fantastic Flying Fools” (1967), “Nobody Runs Forever” (1968); and “Catlow” (1971), starring Yul Brynner.

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Lavi played a spy in 1966’s “The Silencers,” which starred Dean Martin as Matt Helm,
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"In Cold Blood" 50th Anniversary Screening, L.A. March 22

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Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 50th anniversary screening of Richard Brook’s 1967 film In Cold Blood, based upon the novel of the same name by Truman Capote. The 134-minute film, which stars John Forsythe, Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, will be screened on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Please Note: At press time, Actor Scott Wilson is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film following the screening.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

In Cold Blood (1967)

50th Anniversary Screening

Wednesday, March 22, at 7 Pm at the Royal Theatre

Followed by a Q & A with Actor Scott Wilson

In Cold Blood, the film version of Truman Capote’s immensely popular true crime novel, was nominated for four top Oscars in 1967. Richard Brooks received two nominations, for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay,
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Chicago Justice: New NBC Series to Feature Return of Law & Order Character

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A familiar face is coming to Chicago Justice. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Law & Order star Richard Brooks will appear on the upcoming NBC TV series.Brooks played Ada Paul Robinette on Law & Order. Part of Dick Wolf's Chicago franchise, Chicago Justice follows the State Attorney's "dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators navigate heated city politics and controversy head-on, while fearlessly pursuing justice.” The cast includes Philip Winchester, Carl Weathers, Monica Barbaro, and former Chicago Pd star Jon Seda.Read More…
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TVLine Items: Justified Vet to Gotham, Justice Taps Law & Order Ada and More

TVLine Items: Justified Vet to Gotham, Justice Taps Law & Order Ada and More
Can Justified alum Raymond J. Barry tap into the Batman within Gotham‘s young Bruce Wayne?

The actor will recur during Season 3 of the Fox series as the temple Shaman, a mysterious figure who wants to unlock the potential of Bruce’s mind, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The Shaman says the fate of Gotham depends upon the youngster becoming the man the city needs, but the truth behind his intentions is far more sinister.

Barry’s other recent TV credits include Ray Donovan and The 100.

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'Law & Order' Star to Reprise Role on 'Chicago Justice'

One of Law & Order's original stars is stepping back into the courtroom.

Richard Brooks, who played Ada Paul Robinette on the long-running drama, is set to reprise his role on Dick Wolf's upcoming NBC series Chicago Justice.

The actor will appear in one episode, "Uncertainty Principle," slated to air sometime this spring.

Starring Philip Winchester (Strike Back), Monica Barbaro (UnREAL), Joelle Carter (Justified), Carl Weathers (Rocky) and Chicago P.D. grad Jon Seda, the legal drama follows the prosecutors and investigators at the Cook County State’s Attorney's Office. Just like their brethren in the Chicago P.D., the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team...
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Art Directors Guild Taps Four for Lifetime Achievement Award

Art Directors Guild Taps Four for Lifetime Achievement Award
The Art Directors Guild has named scenic artist Albert Obregon, set designer Cate Bangs, senior illustrator Joseph Musso, and production designer René Lagler as recipients of its lifetime achievement award.

They will be honored at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

Obregon spent 29 years at NBC from 1958 to 1987, heading the studio.’s scenic art department with credits on “The Bob Hope Show,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Sanford and Son,” and “The Tonight Show.” After leaving NBC, he started his own company, Premiere Scenery, and began working on the Golden Globes, American Music Awards, “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” and concerts for Madonna, Gloria Estefan, and Ringo Starr. He later joined ABC.

Bangs has worked in the industry for more than 35 years and received an Emmy and Art Directors Guild nomination for the ABC series “Nothing Sacred.” She worked as an art director on “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “Life
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Art Directors Guild Taps Four for Lifetime Achievement Award

Art Directors Guild Taps Four for Lifetime Achievement Award
The Art Directors Guild has named scenic artist Albert Obregon, set designer Cate Bangs, senior illustrator Joseph Musso, and production designer René Lagler as recipients of its lifetime achievement award.

They will be honored at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

Obregon spent 29 years at NBC from 1958 to 1987, heading the studio.’s scenic art department with credits on “The Bob Hope Show,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Sanford and Son,” and “The Tonight Show.” After leaving NBC, he started his own company, Premiere Scenery, and began working on the Golden Globes, American Music Awards, “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” and concerts for Madonna, Gloria Estefan, and Ringo Starr. He later joined ABC.

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Deadline – U.S.A.

Richard Brooks' exciting Humphrey Bogart picture is one of the best newspaper sagas ever. An editor deals with a gangster threat and a domestic crisis even as greedy heirs are selling his paper out from under him. Commentator Eddie Muller drives home the film's essential civics lesson about what we've lost -- a functioning free press. Deadline - U.S.A. Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1952 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 87 min. / Street Date July 26, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley, Warren Stevens, Paul Stewart, Martin Gabel, Joe De Santis, Audrey Christie, Jim Backus, Willis Bouchey, Joseph Crehan, Lawrence Dobkin, John Doucette, Paul Dubov, William Forrest, Dabbs Greer, Thomas Browne Henry, Paul Maxey, Ann McCrea, Kasia Orzazewski, Tom Powers, Joe Sawyer, William Self, Phillip Terry, Carleton Young. Cinematography Milton Krasner Film Editor William B.Murphy Original Music Cyril J. Mockridge Produced by Sol C. Siegel
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Anniversary Classics Western Weekend, L.A. August 12-14

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By Todd Garbarini

This weekend of August 12 through 14th, the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a series of classic western films that will also feature special guests who are scheduled to come and speak about their work in the films. We strongly suggest checking with the theatre’s schedule to see which other guests are added.

From the press release:

Anniversary Classics Western Weekend

August 12-14 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills

5 Classic Westerns with special guests throughout the weekend

Laemmle’s Anniversary Classics presents our tribute to the sagebrush genre with the Anniversary Classics Western Weekend, a five film round-up ​of some of the most celebrated westerns in movie history. The star-studded lineup features John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Kevin Costner, Montgomery Clift, Natalie Wood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef and others.
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Hmwybs: A Sensational Diane Keaton in "Looking for Mr Goodbar"

Best Shot 1977 Party. Chapter 3

Looking for Mr Goodbar (1977)

Directed by: Richard Brooks

Cinematography by: William A Fraker

Finally with chapter 3 in our look back at the Cinematography nominees of 1977 -- a little prep work for the Supporting Actress Smackdown (last day to get your ballots in) -- a real threat to Close Encounter of the Third Kind for the Best Cinematography crown. Close Encounters won the Oscar, its sole competitive Oscar, but William A Fraker was more than worthy as a nominee for his evocative experimental work on Looking for Mr Goodbar. The cinematography (along with its swinging partner, the editing) are ready and able to capture the whirlwind moods, liberated momentum, self-deprecating humor, and multiple flashes of fear within this time capsule of the sexual revolution.

My only regret in showcasing the cinematography for this series is that good images are hard to come by. More (a little bit Nsfw) after the jump.
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Piper Laurie: The Hollywood Interview

Piper Laurie Keeps Her Chin Up

By Alex Simon

Few living actors can claim to have experienced the Hollywood machine in all its iterations more than three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie. Signed by Universal Pictures at 17, their youngest contract player in years, she was in the last generation that were part of the Hollywood “factory,” pushed into “cheesecake” roles that accented physical attributes, as opposed to talent. It was the beginning of a journey.

She was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to immigrant parents of Polish and Russian Jewish descent. When she was still five, the family sent her and her sister to a children’s sanatorium in the mountains to see if her sister’s asthma could be cured. Three years later after being reunited with her family she decided she wanted to become an actress and studied with Benno and Betomi Schneider for several years
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Henry & Eleanor, Frank & Bram, and The Breakfast Club

On this day in movie related history... 

1152 King Henry II marries Eleanor of Aquitaine. Their romance is later fictionalized in the ever popular play/movie The Lion in Winter which we've written about several times

1897 Frank Capra is born in Italy. He'll immigrate to the Us at five years old and become one of the most famous film directors of all time.  Across the ocean in London a public reading of Bram Stoker's new novel "Dracula, or, The Un-dead" is staged. Frank Capra never makes a movie influenced by Dracula but everyone else does.

Meredith Wilson writing music1902 There's trouble right here in River City Mason City when Meredith Wilson is born. He'll later write The Music Man but not before accruing Oscar nominations for film scoring (The Little Foxes, The Great Dictator)

1912 The first Indian film Shree Pundalik is released in Mumbai. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of
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Daily | Goings On | Brooks, Yamamoto, Welles

In today's roundup on special screenings, we're collecting reviews of Richard Brooks's Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Eiichi Yamamoto's Belladonna of Sadness, King Hu's Dragon Inn, Tony Conrad's The Flicker, David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers and Riley Stearns's Faults. Plus: Celebrating Orson Welles in Los Angeles, talking with Kelly Reichardt in Vienna, Whit Stillman in Liverpool, discussing The Walking Dead in London, and in Gent, Pere Portabella's Informe General and Informe General II. El nuevo rapto de Europa. » - David Hudson
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Key Largo

Bogie and Bacall are back, but with Edward G. Robinson's oily gangster breathing down their necks -- "Nyah!" Excellent direction (John Huston) and great performances (Claire Trevor) have made this one an eternal classic. We want subtitles for whatever Eddie whispered in Betty's ear... A most-requested, or demanded, HD release from Warners. Key Largo Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 100 min. / Street Date February 23, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis, John Rodney, Marc Lawrence, Dan Seymour, Monte Blue, William Haade, Jay Silverheels, Rodd Redwing. Cinematography Karl Freund Film Editor Rudi Fehr Original Music Max Steiner Written by Richard Brooks, John Huston from the play by Maxwell Anderson Produced by Jerry Wald Directed by John Huston

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I'd guess that Key Largo became a classic the moment it hit the screen,
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Rest in Peace Harper Lee (1926-2016)

The world has lost one of its most important literary and cultural figures with the death of author Nelle Harper Lee. There’s very little to say about the importance of “To Kill a Mockingbird” that hasn’t already been said, both today specifically and in the nearly fifty six years since the novel’s publication. Having attended both high school and college in Georgia, I saw firsthand how much the novel rattled the consciousness of the deep South to its core. It’s still banned and its literary merits are still contested in many places in the South, demonstrating how much weight and resonance the novel still carries—we often turn away from truths that are too ugly to face.

Gregory Peck and Brock Peters in Robert Mulligan's 1962 Film Adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird

Though her impact in the realm of literature is clear, she also helped
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