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"The Alfred Hitchcock Collection" Blu-ray Set From Universal

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Universal has released a highly impressive Blu-ray set, "The Alfred Hitchcock Collection", on Blu-ray. The set contains fifteen special editions of the Master's top films as well as ten original episodes of "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series. The set is packed with 15 hours of bonus extras and includes an illustrated, 58-page collector's booklet with extremely rare international poster art and film stills. Films included in the set are:

Psycho The Birds Vertigo Rear Window North by Northwest The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 version) Marnie Saboteur Shadow of a Doubt Rope The Trouble with Harry Topaz Frenzy  Torn Curtain Family Plot

 

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Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein

Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein
Whether producing “The Artist,” “Shakespeare in Love” or “The English Patient,” Queens-born serial predator Harvey Weinstein has always had a knack for making powerful period pictures. Maybe, between the best picture Oscars that those movies scored, he should have brushed up on his Hollywood history. His penchant for the casting couch — the practice of powerful white men exploiting young actresses trying to break into the movie business — has a historical precedent as old as the movie business itself.

“The perils for women in Hollywood are embedded, like land mines, from an actress’s debut to her swan song,” says film critic and historian Carrie Rickey, “where moguls like Harry Cohn reputedly wouldn’t cast starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Kim Novak unless they auditioned in bed.”

Long before Weinstein there was Louis B. Mayer, who co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in 1924. Mayer, the ground zero of this kind of abuse, had means, motive, opportunity
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Creates a Mental Image of Harvey Weinstein ‘Naked, Hanging Upside Down From a Monkey Bar’ — Watch

‘Saturday Night Live’ Creates a Mental Image of Harvey Weinstein ‘Naked, Hanging Upside Down From a Monkey Bar’ — Watch
After choosing not to address the Harvey Weinstein situation last weekend, “Saturday Night Live” took on the scandal in a sketch set at a New York Film Festival panel last night. Viola Davis (Leslie Jones), Marion Cotillard (Cecily Strong), and the fictional Debette Goldry (Kate McKinnon) discuss sexual harassment in Hollywood — namely the “uncanny” resemblance between Weinstein’s face and genitals.

Read More:‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Kumail Nanjiani Helps Deliver The Season’s Strongest Episode Yet

“Have I ever been sexually harassed?” asks Goldry, who’s many decades her colleagues’ senior. “Good Friday, where do you want me to start? Women being harassed is Hollywood.” Throughout the sketch, Davis and Cotillard give serious, measured responses to the questions asked by their host (Aidy Bryant) — and Goldry goes over the top with her recollections.

“I actually did have one meeting with Harvey,” she mentions. “I was invited to his hotel room,
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Creates a Mental Image of Harvey Weinstein ‘Naked, Hanging Upside Down From a Monkey Bar’ — Watch

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Creates a Mental Image of Harvey Weinstein ‘Naked, Hanging Upside Down From a Monkey Bar’ — Watch
After choosing not to address the Harvey Weinstein situation last weekend, “Saturday Night Live” took on the scandal in a sketch set at a New York Film Festival panel last night. Viola Davis (Leslie Jones), Marion Cotillard (Cecily Strong), and the fictional Debette Goldry (Kate McKinnon) discuss sexual harassment in Hollywood — namely the “uncanny” resemblance between Weinstein’s face and genitals.

Read More:‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Kumail Nanjiani Helps Deliver The Season’s Strongest Episode Yet

“Have I ever been sexually harassed?” asks Goldry, who’s many decades her colleagues’ senior. “Good Friday, where do you want me to start? Women being harassed is Hollywood.” Throughout the sketch, Davis and Cotillard give serious, measured responses to the questions asked by their host (Aidy Bryant) — and Goldry goes over the top with her recollections.

“I actually did have one meeting with Harvey,” she mentions. “I was invited to his hotel room,
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Hitchcock Actress Tippi Hedren Denounces Director’s Sexual Harassment

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Hitchcock Actress Tippi Hedren Denounces Director’s Sexual Harassment
Tippi Hedren, best known for her acting in Alfred Hitchcock films “The Birds” and “Marnie,” is continuing to speak out about sexual harassment in Hollywood, but points out that it is not limited to the entertainment industry. “Everybody talks about it like it’s something new. It isn’t,” she told The Daily Beast in an article published Friday. “It started when men and women were put on this earth, and these kinds of things have been happening forever,” she said. “It is a wise parent who teaches boys and girls about this situation, and to never ever let it even get to.
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Unboxing: September 2017′s “Horror” A-Box

I used to be a regular subscriber to the Horror Block, but with the company folding there’s a Huge gap in the horror mystery box market – so how perfect is it that A-Box, newcomer to the subscription box field, has released it’s very first “Horror” mystery box?

A box which contains items from It, The Shining, Alien, Jigsaw and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds; and featuring an awesome t-shirt, made by Super7 exclusively for A-Box!

Check out our unboxing video of the September 2017 “Horror” box below:

The next A-Box subscription box – available to pre-order until October 20th – is “Power” themed and will apparently feature items from Thor: Ragnarok, Mega Man, Star Trek and Metal Gear: The Phantom Pain. Visit www.abox.com for more info and to order. As stated in the video, the deadline for the next subscription box is October 20th.

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Harry Potter producer teams up with the BBC for The Birds miniseries

The BBC is teaming up with Harry Potter producer David Heyman’s Heyday Television for a new miniseries adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1952 novella The Birds, famously adapted for the big screen by Alfred Hitchcock in 1963.

According to Digital Spy, the TV adaptation will remain true to du Maurier’s novel and is set in rural Cornwall, where the community are being terrorised by a flock of birds shortly after the end of World War II. Irish writer Conor McPherson (The Eclipse, The Actors) is writing the miniseries, having previously adapted the novella for the stage in 2009.

A big screen remake of The Birds was announced back in 2007, with Naomi Watts attached to star. However, the project stalled, and has remained stuck in development hell ever since. The last update came in 2014, when it was announced that Diederik Van Rooijen (Taped, Daylight) would be directing.
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The BBC Is Turning Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds Into A Series

A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Birds, is in the works as a television show over at the BBC according to DigitalSpy. The original movie was released in 1963 and starred Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette and Tippy Hedren. Hedren played a San Franciscan who moves to a smaller California town where birds have started to attack the townsfolk. The new series will more closely follow the novella the original film was based on and will not be set in California but will take place in the county of Cornwall, England. Connor McPherson is set to pen the series, and it is familiar territory for the writer as he previously adapted the novella as a play in 2009. The novella has also twice been adapted for radio plays.

Hitchcock was the master of suspense, he had the ability to make almost anything incredibly frightening and as classic as Hitchcock’s films are,
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‘The Birds’ TV Remake Coming from the BBC and Harry Potter Producer

‘The Birds’ TV Remake Coming from the BBC and Harry Potter Producer
At one point, a remake of The Birds was going to hail from producer Michael Bay. Now, a TV remake is in the works from producer David Heyman (Harry Potter). Heyman is collaborating with BBC to turn the story of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1963 classic into a television drama at the BBC. Below, learn more about The Birds […]

The post ‘The Birds’ TV Remake Coming from the BBC and Harry Potter Producer appeared first on /Film.
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BBC set to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds

Kirsten Howard Tony Sokol Aug 18, 2017

The source novel for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror film The Birds is to be adapted again for TV by the BBC...

Don’t they ever stop migrating?

The Birds first landed in Cornwall, England, in Daphne du Maurier’s original 1952 book, and Alfred Hitchcock let them loose in Bodega Bay, California, when he made the book into one of his greatest horror films in 1963. Now, the BBC is bringing them back to rural Cornwall for an upcoming contemporary TV drama. The adaptation is likely to be more faithful to the book, rather than be a direct remake of the film.

The Birds will be written by Irish playwright and writer Conor McPherson, who adapted the novella as a stage play in 2009. McPherson also wrote the films The Eclipse and The Actors.

It'll be produced by Heyday Television, the joint venture of feature producer David Heyman (Harry Potter,
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The BBC Bringing New Version of ‘The Birds’ to the Small Screen

The BBC Bringing New Version of ‘The Birds’ to the Small Screen
Released in 1963, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds was based on the same-named story by Daphne du Maurier, published in 1952. The film spawned a mostly-unseen sequel in 1994, and after years of remake talks, the avian terror tale is now headed to the small screen courtesy of the BBC. Digital Spy reports today that the […]
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1963 Convo Pt 2: Lilies of the Field

Previously, in this '63 Party:

The Supporting Actress Smackdown 

Podcast Conversation Part 1

To close out our little Oscar 1963 celebration, Nathaniel talks Lilies of the Field and more with this month's panel: Teo Bugbee, Keiran Scarlett, Séan McGovern, and Brian Mullin

Smackdown '63 Companion Podcast Part 2

(42 minutes)

In which we wrap up our discussion of big budget airport trifle The VIPs. Then the panel has differing opinions on the merits of the classic feelgood Lilies of the Field. Also up for discussion: Sidney Poitier's unique spot in Hollywood history, Denzel Washington comparisons, and an aside to Alfred Hitchcock and The Birds. And, as we say our goodbyes, we each offer up one must-see film from 1963 that we hope you'll watch.

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 
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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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Meet the Panelists - Smackdown '63

The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '63 is just 3 days away. So it's time to get your votes in on the nominees that year. Readers, collectively, are the final panelist, so grade the nominees (only the ones you've seen) from 1 to 5 hearts. Your votes count toward the smackdown win!

Diane Cilento Tom Jones Edith Evans Tom Jones Joyce Redman Tom Jones

Margaret Rutherford The VIPs

Lilia Skala Lilies of the Field

Now that we're finally getting to this long delayed Smackdown. It's time to meet this month's talking heads...

The Panel

Seán McGovern and Brian Mullin

An Irishman and an American based in London, Seán McGovern and Brian Mullin are the hosts of Broad Appeal, the podcast that looks back at female-driven films from the not-so-distant past. Seán is a film festival programmer with Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest and has also worked for the BFI and the National Film and Television School.
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David Reviews Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog [Criterion Blu-Ray Review]

Of all the individuals ever assigned the task of sitting alongside the camera operator to direct a motion picture, I feel confident saying that none have been subjected to closer analytical scrutiny and more widespread popular acclaim than Alfred Hitchcock. Routinely considered one of the greatest, if not the preeminent, cinematic geniuses of all time, the “Master of Suspense” boasts an unparalleled litany of superlative achievements dating back to the silent film era and continuing over the course of five decades. His career can conveniently be broken down and digested in a handful of different eras, with most Hitchcock fans beginning their acquaintance with his work based on the legendary run he enjoyed through the 1950s in perennial “greatest film of all time” candidates like Vertigo and Rear Window, then moving either forward in time to classic shockers like Psycho and The Birds from the 1960s, or backward into his
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‘Roar’: Watch a Wild Behind-the-Scenes Look At Notorious Accident From Hollywood’s Most Dangerous Film

‘Roar’: Watch a Wild Behind-the-Scenes Look At Notorious Accident From Hollywood’s Most Dangerous Film
Hollywood loves hyperbole, but when it comes to talking about Noel Marshall’s wild “Roar,” it’s hard to overstate just how crazy, dangerous, and just plain nuts the film’s production was.

For 11 years, producer-director Marshall; his wife, the actress Tippi Hedren; and their children, including then-fledging actress Melanie Griffith, lived, ate and slept in the company of 150 lions, tigers, cheetahs, and jaguars. (Yes, this sounds like a bad enough idea already, but wait for it.) Eventually, Marshall and Hedren came up with the idea to use their own life — and cats! — as the basis for a film meant to bolster their love for animal conversation. It did not work out very well.

Read More: ‘Roar’: Tippi Hedren Reveals How Many People Were Actually Hurt While Filming Legendarily Insane Movie

The film’s shoot was plagued from the start, both by financial difficulties (Marshall and Hedren sold almost everything they had to finance it), and a series of horrific, seemingly random plagues, including floods, wildfire, and disease. And that’s to say nothing of the injuries.

When Drafthouse Films re-released the film back in 2015, the forward-thinking distributor sold the feature with a canny (and true) tagline: “No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. 70 members of the cast and crew were.”

As IndieWire detailed at the time: “Some of the injuries sustained in the course of production: cinematographer Jan de Bont was scalped, requiring 220 stitches; Griffith was mauled by a lion, which required facial reconstructive surgery; an A.D. narrowly escaped death when a lion missed his jugular by an inch; Hedren, who was also attacked by birds on the set of ‘The Birds,’ endured a fractured leg and multiple scalp wounds; and Marshall himself was wounded so many times that he was hospitalized with gangrene.”

Read More: ‘Holy F*cking Sh*t’ Discovery of ‘Roar,’ the Most Dangerous Movie Ever Made

Those injuries and upheavals are just part of the upcoming behind-the-scenes documentary, “Roar: The Most Dangerous Movie Ever Made,” which dives deep into the film’s troubled production, complete with exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage. “Roar,” it seems is still dangerous, and now there’s even more of it.

In our exclusive clip, various cast and crew members (including Marshall’s son John, who starred in the film) detail the circumstances surrounding perhaps the most notorious injury to happen during production: the scalping of de Pont at the hands (paws) of some very angry big cats. Check it out below.

Roar: The Most Dangerous Movie Ever Made” will debut on Animal Planet (too good) on Saturday, June 24 at 10Pm Et.

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My Cousin Rachel review

Rachel Weisz headlines My Cousin Rachel, adapted from Daphne du Maurier's book. Here's our review...

Gothic romance isn’t as popular a genre as it once was, but Roger Michell’s take on My Cousin Rachel is here to bring it back. There’s a reason Hitchcock adapted author Daphne du Maurier’s work into The Birds and Rebecca, and this film’s source material shares a lot of the same suspense and intrigue as those novels. The result here is an oddly distant look at gender and obsession, offering brief insight into the characters even when their actions don’t make much sense.

When Philip (Sam Claflin) receives news that that the man who raised him has died shortly after marrying the mysterious Rachel (Rachel Weisz), he plans to confront the woman he believes is responsible. After she arrives, however, Philip slowly falls for her charms and begins
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‘My Cousin Rachel’ Review: Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin Have an Uneven Affair in Moody Daphne du Maurier Adaptation

‘My Cousin Rachel’ Review: Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin Have an Uneven Affair in Moody Daphne du Maurier Adaptation
Despite its title, “My Cousin Rachel” is not a family comedy set over a Bat Mitzvah weekend in New Jersey, though it might yield similar audience demographics. Rather, it is a moody period romance from “Notting Hill” director Roger Michell starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, and one of a diminishing breed of mid-budget studio dramas.

Of course, the title wouldn’t have been so funny when the novel came out in 1951, written by Daphne du Maurier. The twentieth century British author and playwright’s work has inspired many great films over the years, including Nicholas Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now” (1973), starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, as well as two from Alfred Hitchcock (“Rebecca” and “The Birds”). Lesser known is 1952 version of “My Cousin Rachel,” starring Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland. Though classified as a romance novelist, her stories are more about the darker side of love and its obsessive qualities,
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Alfred Hitchcock: The Six Decades and 54 Movie Posters That Define His Career

Alfred Hitchcock: The Six Decades and 54 Movie Posters That Define His Career
With a career spanning six decades, Alfred Hitchcock remains the most influential filmmaker of all time. And while many of his later films are well known, there are also numerous titles to explore during the earliest part of his career in the 1920s.

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While Hitchcock started making a name for himself in the 1930s with films like “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and “The 39 Steps,” he really hit his stride during the 1940s with “Rebecca, “Foreign Correspondent” and “Suspicion.” By the next decade, Hitchcock was creating some of the most iconic films of all time with “Rear Window” and “Vertigo.”

In the 1960s, Hitchcock showed no signs of slowing down, transforming the horror genre with “Psycho” and “The Birds.” Even in one of his final films, “Frenzy,” Hitchcock still showcased his ability to shock audiences.
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