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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of the 5th New York Film Festival

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Above: Polish poster for The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria, 1965). Designer: Jerzy Flisak.As the 55th New York Film Festival winds down this weekend, I thought I’d look back half a century at the films of the 5th edition. That 1967 festival, programmed by Amos Vogel, Richard Roud, Arthur Knight, Andrew Sarris and Susan Sontag, featured 21 new films, all but three of which were from Europe (six of them from France, 2 and 1/7 of them directed by Godard), all of which showed at Lincoln Center’s Philharmonic Hall. (They also programmed Gance’s Napoleon, Mamoulian’s Applause and King Vidor’s Show People in the retrospective slots). The only director to have a film in both the 1967 festival and the 2017 edition is Agnès Varda, who was one of the directors of the omnibus Far From Vietnam and was then already 12 years into her filmmaking career.It will come as
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Lgbt Pride Month: TCM Showcases Gay and Lesbian Actors and Directors

Considering everything that's been happening on the planet in the last several months, you'd have thought we're already in November or December – of 2117. But no. It's only June. 2017. And in some parts of the world, that's the month of brides, fathers, graduates, gays, and climate change denial. Beginning this evening, Thursday, June 1, Turner Classic Movies will be focusing on one of these June groups: Lgbt people, specifically those in the American film industry. Following the presentation of about 10 movies featuring Frank Morgan, who would have turned 127 years old today, TCM will set its cinematic sights on the likes of William Haines, James Whale, George Cukor, Mitchell Leisen, Dorothy Arzner, Patsy Kelly, and Ramon Novarro. In addition to, whether or not intentionally, Claudette Colbert, Colin Clive, Katharine Hepburn, Douglass Montgomery (a.k.a. Kent Douglass), Marjorie Main, and Billie Burke, among others. But this is ridiculous! Why should TCM present a
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Brad Paisley Announces Fundraiser to Help Flood Victims in His Home State of West Virginia - and Donates $100K Himself

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Brad Paisley Announces Fundraiser to Help Flood Victims in His Home State of West Virginia - and Donates $100K Himself
Brad Paisley is defining what it means to be a hometown hero. In response to the massive flooding throughout his home state of West Virginia this week, Paisley has launched a fundraising campaign to help aid victims. After singing the John Denver song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" for fans on Facebook on Wednesday, Paisley, 43, announced the GoFundMe page, to which he also donated $100,000 of his own money. "On June 23rd, my home state of West Virginia experienced tremendous flooding that killed over 20 people and destroyed entire small towns," the singer posted on the fundraising page. "Three counties have been
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John Lahr Talks New Book 'Joy Ride' at Theatre for a New Audience Tonight

John Lahr, long-time drama critic for The New Yorker and winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for his acclaimed biography Tennessee Williams Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, will talk about his newest book, Joy Ride Show People and Their Shows W. W. Norton September 21, 2015, a collection of some of his most popular and engaging New Yorker pieces, which puts the plays on Mr. Lahr's watch in the context of the lives of the artists who created them. Lahr will speak tonight, October 7, at 700pm at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place.
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John Lahr to Talk New Book 'Joy Ride' at Theatre for a New Audience Next Month

John Lahr, long-time drama critic for The New Yorker and winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for his acclaimed biography Tennessee Williams Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, will talk about his newest book, Joy Ride Show People and Their Shows W. W. Norton September 21, 2015, a collection of some of his most popular and engaging New Yorker pieces, which puts the plays on Mr. Lahr's watch in the context of the lives of the artists who created them. Lahr will speak on Wednesday, October 7, at 700pm at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place.
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‘Macbeth’: Cannes Review

‘Macbeth’: Cannes Review
Show people may superstitiously refuse to call Macbeth anything other than "the Scottish play," but the producers of this latest film version have lucked out by assembling cast and crew elements that make for an intensely compelling work. Although tradition is upheld with a Dark Ages-Early Christian period setting, actually shot in Scotland for once (unlike the 1971 Roman Polanski version), in most other respects Australian director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) filters Shakespeare's tragic story of murderous ambition through a resolutely modern sensibility. Comparisons with Game of Thrones will be inevitable, and not always flatteringly intended, but they won't

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TV on Tap: Mark Sheppard a “Supernatural” Regular, Meet the New “Game of Thrones” Characters and Lifetime Debuts “Petals on the Wind”

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The faboo Kathy Najimy has joined the cast of Descendants, the Disney Channel’s upcoming movie about the children of the villains from classic animated Disney movies. Najimy will play the Evil Queen. This keeps sounding amazing.

I don’t know how I feel about this. Mark Sheppard will be a series regular in the tenth season of Supernatural. Sheppard is a great actor but I’ve long felt that the Supernatural writers ran out of good stories for Crowley a while ago.

Game of Thrones fansite WinterIsComing.net has descriptions of characters debuting in the fifth season. Watch out for spoilers if you follow the link, obviously. I’m certainly intrigued by the direction this is heading.

Quentin Tarantino says he wants to re-release Django Unchained as a mini-series. It wouldn’t be a remake but the original movie with 90 minutes of additional footage, shown as four one-hour episodes.
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'Django Unchained' Gets A Directors Cut TV Series!

Quentin Tarantino has expressed an interest in releasing an extended version of his western 'Django Unchained' as a four-part TV series.  There is 90 minutes of unused footage from the film and the plan is to incorporate it back into the film and release it in one-hour chapters.

"It wouldn't be an endurance test," said Tarantino of the re-edit's mammoth run time. "It would be a mini-series and people love those. You show people a four-hour movie and they roll their eyes. Show people a four-part mini-series and they'll sit and watch it all in one sitting". 

Also speaking at Cannes Tarantino has futher renewed interest in making his second western 'The Hateful Eight,' after the script leaked.

"The knife in the back wound is starting to scab," he said of the spat. "I'm in no hurry [to release the film]. Maybe I'll shoot it, maybe I'll publish it, maybe I'll do it on stage.
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Time-Travel Romance About Time Is Mostly Dreadful

Time-Travel Romance About Time Is Mostly Dreadful
Richard Curtis has so much to tell us about life. Seize the day! Show people you love them before it's too late! Don't let the right one get away! His movies — those he writes, directs, or both — are so packed with info-feeling that they become restless jumbles of exclamation points pantomimed by actors. Some still work like gangbusters (Four Weddings and a Funeral). Others are so gummed up with allegedly colorful types and their adorable romantic problems that they meld into a sort of rom-com mulch (Love Actually). But the thorny truth about Curtis is that no movie bearing his touch is terrible all the way through. To get to the parts that are un-terrible, you have to suffer through the most idiotic plot developments and ill-defined characters imaginable. See...
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Photo Coverage: Second Stage Theatre Celebrates 2013 Spring Gala

Second Stage Theatre's Spring Gala celebration honored The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, which has been an ongoing supporter of New York City arts and Second Stage Theatre for many years, as well as playwright and filmmaker Paul Weitz, whose plays Privilege, Show People, Trust, and Lonely, I'm Nothave all premiered with the off-Broadway company. The evening will also celebrate the first ten years of Second Stage Uptown and its curator, Christopher Burney, which has become an incubator for many theatre artists in the past decade. The gala was held last night, May 20, 2013 at Best Buy Theatre, 1515 Broadway at 44th street.
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Updated: What's in the Box?!? Mystery and Intrigue Arrive at Dread Central!

Show people with an abundance of geek cred a sealed box of any size, and if they're worthy of their Batman underoos, they'll shout, "What's in the Boooxxx!?!" with a pained expression on their face. If they are totally committing to the madness, perhaps you'll see a little drool.

I'm not even going to tell you what that line is from because if you don't know, you don't belong here!

Today a sweet little box showed up in a plain brown envelope with stamps touting Freedom and Liberty and no other markings to speak of. The box was tied with a golden bow in such a way that you could pull one end and it slips open without a fuss. Who Knows How To Tie Bows Like That??!! Only Satan, I'm sure.

Suffice to say, it's smart to stay on your guard when opening a nondescript box from an unmarked envelope labeled for Dread Central.
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Interview: ‘Parenthood’ Star Dax Shepard Strikes with ‘Hit & Run’

Chicago – “Parenthood” star Dax Shepard has written, co-directed, and stars in the upcoming “Hit & Run” with real-life love Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges and more. The Tarantino-esque comedy/action flick marks a giant leap forward for this often-supporting actor who now finds himself in the spotlight. The Michigan native recently sat down with us to talk about his inspirations, his past, and the hardcore fans of his NBC drama.

Hollywoodchicago.Com: Do you have that specific “I want to be an actor” moment in your memory banks?

Dax Shepard: I never had that “I want to be an actor” instinct when I was growing up. I was into drag racing and thought I was going to be a race car driver. But I was obsessed with movies and certain actors. I loved Nicolas Cage. And I did think, “Wow, if This guy can be an actor,
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Robert Downey Jr. Wanted Bill Murray For 'Iron Man' But, Of Course, He Was Impossible To Get In Touch With

Bill Murray is know for not having an agent, and if you want to get in touch with him, the word is that he's got a 1-800 number where you can leave a message, and if he feels like calling you back, then he will (if you have it, please send it to us, thanks). Thus, every time he stars in a film, there's generally a humorous tale about how the project managed break the communication barrier and/or how there was concern that he might not actually show up. For instance, after months of answering machine messages, Sofia Coppola resorted to cold-calling Al Pacino in the hope that he (who Coppola heard lived in the same region as Murray) could put her in touch with him for "Lost In Translation." Then, even after meeting Murray through Mitch Glazer, Coppola only had a verbal agreement from the actor and didn't
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Roaring success at silent film festival

Second edition opens with crowd-pleasing satire Show People

The Silent Film Festival helped Bo'ness Hippodrome celebrate its centenary in style last night, kicking off a weekend of silent films with King Vidor's comedy Show People.

A cava reception got things off to a refined start, with many of those attending glamming up for the occasion. In addition to several ladies in slinky dresses - including festival director Alison Strauss - there were recognisable characters. Among them was a dapper Charlie Chaplin - although she had a slapstick moment of her own when she forgot...
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Five silent films to shout about

Intrigued by The Artist but don't know where to start exploring the silent film archives? Try these five classics, which lead to plenty more…

It doesn't take long for a novelty to be hailed as a trend. Internet film rental service Lovefilm reports that the buzz around The Artist has sparked a boom in curiosity about early cinema, with a 40% rise in the number of people streaming silent films on its site in the week leading up to the Oscars.

The top 10 most-streamed silents include a clutch of Buster Keaton's ingenious comedies, some heady Hollywood melodrama (A Fool There Was, starring Theda Bara, and The Son of the Sheikh, with Rudolph Valentino) and creepy Swedish horror The Phantom Carriage. There are only two films on the list that seem to bear any relation to Michel Hazanavicius's surprise hit: Frank Borzage's mournful romance Seventh Heaven (which inspired the
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The Bravura Sequence

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I’ve finally made it to the grand master of the bravura sequence, or, more specifically, of the ending bravura sequence, King Vidor.

It isn’t surprising that a producer as knowledgeable as Selznick often ran to the services of the two major champions of “slice of cake” cinema and strong sequences, Hitchcock (Rebecca, Spellbound, Notorious, The Paradine Case) and Vidor (Bird of Paradise, Duel in the Sun, Light’s Diamond Jubilee, even Ruby Gentry), who, without a doubt, made the best films for Selznick.

Love Never Dies, Wild Oranges, Hallelujah, Our Daily Bread, Comrade X, Duel in the Sun, The Fountainhead, Ruby Gentry and their terrific denouements once made me write that Vidor was a director of film endings. No doubt I was exaggerating, but it isn’t for nothing that he hesitated for a long time between several different endings for The Crowd. I was also exaggerating because
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The Artist: Interview with Mark Bridges

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Near silent and shot entirely in black and white, The Artist is a captivating and irresistibly romantic vision of old Hollywood. With international and hopefully Oscar success on the horizon, we talk exclusively to the film’s supremely talented costume designer, Mark Bridges.

Seemingly specialising, though perhaps not intentionally, in bringing to life period stories that are culturally defined by their era (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood), Bridges has again expertly recreated another, almost mythical bygone world. Here he explains to Clothes on Film his thought process behind costume design in The Artist, his passion for the silent era and how he managed to get every outfit ready to shoot in just eight weeks.

Jean Dujardin as silent movie star, George Valentin and Bérénice Bejo as up and coming actress,
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What would you do with 'The Beaver'?

What would you do with 'The Beaver'?
Here’s the dilemma. You’re the head of a studio. You’ve got a movie in the can, ready to ship to theaters, starring and directed by one of the most revered women in Hollywood. Unfortunately, it also stars one of the most reviled men in Hollywood. What do you do? Do you hold off releasing the film until the male star’s PR problems blow over (around the time Avatar 8 hits theaters)? Do you try to use the controversy over the star’s angry telephone demeanor as part of your marketing strategy (“Don’t’ be a ‘f—ing
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Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Marion Davies, Clara Bow, 'Fatty' Arbuckle on TCM

Clara Bow, known as the "It" Girl, stars in the appropriately titled It Part III of Moguls & Movie Stars, A History of Hollywood, "The Dream Merchants," narrated by Christopher Plummer, continues today (a rerun of Monday's presentation) on Turner Classic Movies. Accompanying features and shorts focus on 1920s comedies. Charles Chaplin's The Pilgrim is on right now. Following "The Dream Merchants," TCM will show two Buster Keaton comedies: the short One Week and the feature Steamboat Bill Jr.; Harold Lloyd's best-remembered effort, Safety Last!; the Marion Davies vehicle Show People; the Clara Bow vehicle It (in which Gary Cooper has a bit part); and the Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle short Fools' Luck. I'm usually not a silent-comedy fan. I've seen nearly all of the movies listed above, and my favorite by far — despite its dragged-out last third — is King Vidor's Show People, in which Marion Davies does a
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MGM Files for Bankruptcy; Old, Glorious MGM: Marion Davies, William Haines in Show People on TCM

Marion Davies in King Vidor's Show People Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which decades ago was the most financially stable of the Hollywood studios, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday. MGM — initially Metro-Goldwyn — was formed through the amalgamation of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer Productions in 1924. Goldwyn, by then no longer associated with Samuel Goldwyn, was the largest production company of the three, but the out-of-control superspectacle Ben-Hur had badly damaged the studio's already shaken finances. Louis B. Mayer, initially with the assistance of second-in-command Irving Thalberg, ruled over the MGM fiefdom for more than a quarter of a century, though both Mayer and Thalberg had to answer to Loews, Inc.'s New York office. In about fifteen minutes Turner Classic Movies viewers will be able to catch a glimpse of the glorious MGM of yore in King Vidor's Show People (1928), a silent comedy classic starring Marion Davies as
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