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Ribbons of memory by Anne-Katrin Titze

Doug Nichol's California Typewriter brilliantly captures the percussion of the keys at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Antiquarian typewriter collector Martin Howard over brunch in the garden of Narcissa, next door to the Standard Hotel, joined me for a conversation on California Typewriter, Doug Nichol's documentary featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, Jeremy Mayer, Pulitzer Prize winners David McCullough and Sam Shepard, and a reenactment of Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams' Royal Road Test execution. Martin is the glue of the film as we are taken on an historical journey for his search to purchase a Sholes & Glidden typewriter.

Martin Howard on typewriter Betty Grable: "She uses a Sholes & Glidden in The Shocking Miss Pilgrim." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Wrong Box (John Mills, Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson, Peter Sellers, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore), Royal Flash (Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates, Florinda Bolkan, Oliver Reed), Waterloo (Rod Steiger,
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‘Rivers of London: Detective Stories #2′ Review

Written by Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel | Art by Lee Sullivan | Published by Titan Comics

Rivers of London continues to be one of the consistently best books out there month after month. It combines the best of both worlds, story wise. We get clear, defined story arc’s, which allow for anything and everything the writers can dream up, but we also get the comfort of a recurring cast of characters, all nicely defined and free to come in and out of the narrative as the story demands. It all adds up to one of the most entertaining books out there. The never changing (so far, fingers crossed) writing and art team is also a great help, as it keeps this world consistent. Fans tend to like consistent.

So Rivers of London: Detective Stories #1 was primarily about Peter Grant’s attempt to get his nose in for a promotion to detective,
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Olivia Cooke to Topline “Vanity Fair” TV Adaptation

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Bates Motel” alumna Olivia Cooke is following in Reese Witherspoon’s footsteps: she’ll take on the role of Becky Sharp in an upcoming Amazon Studios and ITV adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s beloved novel “Vanity Fair.” According to Deadline, shooting for the seven-part drama kicks off in September. Gwyneth Hughes (“Dark Angel,” “The Girl”) penned the script.

Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, the series “follows Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society,” the source summarizes. “Her story of villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting, and dancing, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes along the way.”

Julia Stannard (“War & Peace”) will serve as producer, and James Strong (“Broadchurch”) is set to direct.

There have been a number of adaptations of the 1848 novel, with Witherspoon most recently taking on the role of Sharp in Mira Nair’s “Vanity Fair” in 2004.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Ouija,” and “The Signal” are among Cooke’s other credits. The British actress has a number of high-profile projects in the works, including Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi thriller “Ready Player One,” “Life Itself,” an ensemble drama about intersecting lives from “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman, and “Gonzo Girl,” Rebecca Thomas’ adaptation of the Della Pietra book.

“Of course I’m a feminist, it would be ridiculous if I didn’t believe in equal rights for women and men,” Cooke has said. “My role models? My mum — my mum is my biggest role model.” When she was asked if she looked up to anyone in Hollywood, Cooke explained that she loves Kate Winslet’s work and lots of other actresses, “but I don’t want to be them,” she emphasized. “I just really want to be the best version of myself, I think. But I do like the trajectory of some people’s careers and things, but I think I am just trying to work out how to be an adult and figure out things about myself.”

Olivia Cooke to Topline “Vanity Fair” TV Adaptation was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Veteran Russian Actor Oleg Vidov Dies at 73

Veteran Russian Actor Oleg Vidov Dies at 73
Russian actor Oleg Vidov, who appeared in more than 50 films including 1967’s “Hagbard and Signe” (“The Red Mantle”), has died. He was 73.

The veteran performer died on Monday in Westlake Village, Calif. from cancer-related complications, according to an official release.

Vidov’s film credits include “Battle of Neretva,” “Waterloo,” where he worked alongside Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer and Orson Wells, and “The Red Mantle,” which played in competition at Cannes. For his work in “The Red Mantle,” Vidov traveled to Denmark, although Soviet actors were typically not permitted to work abroad at the time.

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Vidov moved to the United States in 1985, residing in Los Angeles. He returned to Russia many times after the fall of the Ussr.

His Hollywood film credits include “Red Heat,” “Wild Orchid,” and “Love Affair.”

In addition to his film career, Vidov also appeared in the HBO TV movies “The Immortals
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Time Commanders episode 2 review: The Battle Of Waterloo

Louisa Mellor Dec 20, 2016

It’s hard not to be won over by the enthusiasm of Time Commanders’ presenting team…

This review contains spoilers.

I was wrong to question the wisdom of hiring Gregg Wallace for this gig - it’s all down to love. Wallace loves presenting Time Commanders. He loves it even more than he loves sticky toffee pudding, and he regularly makes the kind of bedroom noises about sticky toffee pudding you’d bang on the ceiling to complain about. Look at his elated face when those French calvary attacks destroyed Wellington’s right flank this week. Hear him “Waaaaaaaaaayy” and “COO-hoo-hooooo” and purr “Gooooood plaaaan, goooood plaaaaan” like a Furby having its tummy rubbed. You’d need a heart of stone to begrudge him this job.

Also in his favour, Wallace offered more in the way of strategic tips in episode two, perhaps because he was faced
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The Forgotten: Abel Gance's "Austerlitz" (1960)

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The great film historian Kevin Brownlow, who has devoted large sections of his life to restoring Abel Gance's 1927 epic Napoleon, takes a dim view of this one. And indeed Austerlitz, a.k.a. The Battle of Austerlitz, has several strikes against it, belongs to several categories of film maudit all at once. It's a late film by a seventy-one-year-old director whose best work, by universal consensus, was in the silent era; it's a kind of belated sequel, the further adventures of Napoleon Bonaparte; it's a Salkind production.Incidentally, viewing the lavish sets for this movie, we can see how the Salkinds, those roving multinational mountebanks, ran up the unpaid studio bills in Yugoslavia which kept Orson Welles from building the elaborate vanishing sets he had planned for The Trial (starting realistic, it would have ended up playing in a featureless void), necessitating the repurposing of a disused Parisian railway station.
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Investigation Underway After Video Emerges of Queen's Officer Snorting Powdery Substance Off Sword in Palace

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Investigation Underway After Video Emerges of Queen's Officer Snorting Powdery Substance Off Sword in Palace
An investigation is underway after an army officer was filmed snorting a powder-like substance from a sword in St. James's Palace while on duty. Major James Coleby was reportedly seen sniffing the substance at St. James's Palace after a colleague prepared it. A third officer shot the 30-second footage and posted it on a messaging site before quickly asking for it to be removed, Britain's The Sun reported on Monday. The Coldstream Guardsmen were part of a unit on ceremonial guard duty at the palace last Monday when the episode happened. Soldiers rotate through postings at the palace for the ceremonial duties.
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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

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We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller,
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Cinema Retro Exclusive: Interview With Ian Ogilvy

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Ian Ogilvy in his latest film, "We Still Kill the Old Way", now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Ian Ogilvy: Saints, Sorcerers and Secret Agents

Cinema Retro's Mark Mawston recently caught up with the legendary Ian Ogilvy to discuss projects past and present.

Mark Mawston: Ian, your film career began in the mid 60’s with The She Beast, directed by Michael Reeves. You had a great relationship with him. How did that come about?

Ian Ogilvy: Well, when we were 15 years old we made a couple of amateur movies together after we were introduced by a mutual friend and we became great friends. I used to stay at his mother’s house with him in Norfolk and over two years we made these two little amateur movies. I then lost contact with him as I went off and did different things like attending drama school and he went
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The Oculus Rift Interstellar Experience

Simon Columb tries out the Oculus Rift Interstellar Experience…

In preparation for the release of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a unique piece of publicity. In fact, it recalls the floating out-of-world experience we all felt when experiencing last year’s 3D Gravity. A mere four-minute is your limit, and within the time you are a floating space man or woman akin to Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in the sci-fi adventure due for release on November 7th.

Oculus Rift was developed in America and was partly funded by Kickstarter backers. An immersive, 3D and 360-degree experience, small pens and notepads hover past your face while you float. However you choose to look, the technology reproduces the space-station in an experience that is thoroughly impressive. Physically, you are merely sat in a comfortable chair wearing top-of-the-range headphones as you are prepared for, and then experience, zero-gravity. Who’d have thought
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The Beatles: 'A Hard Day’s Night' 50th Anniversary Release

50th Anniversary Release of “The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night”

Dir. Richard Lester • U.K. 1964 • Black & White • 1.75:1 • 87 minutes

New 4K Restoration from the Original Camera Negative

New 5.1 Surround Mix Produced by Giles Martin

Opening in theaters on July 4, 2014 in almost 100 cities

(Scroll to the end of the article for the locations and theaters).

Courtesy of Janus Films

This is a Cheeky, Raucous, Irreverent film that will make most warm-blooded mammals laugh from the first scene, until the last! It is brilliant for a summer night out!

If you are a film or music fan, you most likely have already seen “A Hard Day’s Night” before, however, make a summertime date with the famous Fab Four, and see it again on the big screen, with the new restoration, at an art house cinema, and you really can’t go wrong.

It is necessary to give accolades to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, because, “if it weren’t for Elvis, there would never have been any Beatles.” John Lennon had admitted, that from the moment he first learned about Elvis and saw all the attention that he was receiving, he wanted to be just like him.

So although, there is no denying that the Beatles changed music forever, it was really Elvis who was the King of their inspiration.

For those who have not seen “A Hard Day’s Night” before, the Beatles had already been a popular recording act, with several Top 20 hits in the U.K., when they arrived in NYC to perform on the Ed Sullivan show on February 7, 1964. A record breaking 73 million viewers tuned in, and the British invasion began.

One month later, across the pond, the film was in the works. The music lover and film producer, Walter Shenson, was brought on by United Artists. Shenson, who had previously worked with Director, Richard Lester, on “The Mouse on the Moon,” mentioned the gist of the project, and Richard jumped at the opportunity.

However, to receive the final green light, the film had to be true to the way the Beatles actually lived, and scriptwriter, Alun Owen, who wrote the television play, “No Trams to Lime Street,” which depicted Liverpool, was chosen.

The film begins with the song “A Hard Day’s Night” playing while the Fab Four are running through town trying to make it to the train station on time before their train departs. Once on board, they start a conversation with an older gentleman, who Paul comments, is his grandfather. John is cheekily trying to snort a Coke (Coca-Cola) bottle up his nose in the background, and a business man wants the train car his way demanding that the windows be closed shut. The laughs just continue from there on out, when the boys are flirting with girls, and the grandfather cunningly tells the young women that the boys are really prisoners. An acoustic version of “I Should Have Known Better” is being played on the train.

Film director, Richard Lester, “relied on improvisation rather than rehearsal, creating a freshness that was clear on-screen.” “Before we started, we knew that it would be unlikely that they could (a) learn, (b) remember, or (c) deliver with any accuracy a long speech. So the structure of the script had to be a series of one-liners,” Lester later stated, “This enabled me, in many of the scenes, to turn a camera on them and say a line to them, and they would say it back to me.”

The result, the bandmates play brilliant, clever, crafty, and smart-alicky versions of themselves.

Lester’s visual style mixed techniques from narrative films, documentary, the French New Wave, and live television to create something that felt, and was, spontaneous. “I have seen directors who write down a list of scenes for the day, and then sit back in a chair while everything is filmed according to plan. I can’t do that. I know that good films can be made this way, but it’s not for me. I have to react on the spot. There was very little structure that was planned except that we knew that we had to punctuate the film with a certain number of songs.”

Recorded at Emi Studios in Abbey Road, London, they cut “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “And I Love Her,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “Tell Me Why,” “If I Fell,” and “I’m Happy Just to Dance with You,” in only three days.

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Montgomery – Capri Theatre

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Bakersfield – Valley Plaza

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Fort Collins – Lyric Cinema Cafe

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Hartford – Cinestudio

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Honolulu – Kahala 8

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Champaign – The Art Theater

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Lexington – Kentucky Theater

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Waterville – Maine Film Festival

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Ann Arbor – Michigan Theater

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Duluth – Zinema 2

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Columbia – Ragtag Cinema

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Missoula – The Roxy Theater

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Sparks – Century Sparks

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Asbury Park – The ShowRoom

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Albuquerque – The Guild Cinema

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Amherst – Screening Room Cinemas

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Asheville – Carolina Cinemas

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Akron – The Nightlight Cinema

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Bethlehem – ArtsQuest

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Charleston – Terrace Theater

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Austin – Alamo Drafthouse

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Salt Lake City – Tower Cinema

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Bellevue – Lincoln Square Cinemas

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Three Series Where Directors Excelled This TV Season

Three Series Where Directors Excelled This TV Season
Masters of Sex’: Carrying a Cinematic Sensibility to the Small Screen

Michael Apted first found fame in 1964 as the director of “Seven Up,” a groundbreaking television documentary charting the lives of British children that has since spawned a veritable institution, each film revisiting the subjects seven years later (2012’s “56 Up” was the latest

So it’s a befitting progression that Apted, who also helmed the James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough” and the Jodie Foster starrer “Nell,” would find himself back in TV at this juncture in his career, this time directing episodes of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” a series about pioneering physician William Masters and his research partner Virginia

While Apted’s return to TV is pragmatic in part — “The sort of movies I grew up doing are not made anymore and it’s difficult to find a project that I want to do” — he
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“They don’t write them like this any more…” Our Set Visit Report of We Still Kill the Old Way

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“They don’t write them like this any more, they really don’t” says a grinning Ian Ogilvy, sitting back casually in his dressing room on the set of Sacha Bennett’s dark crime thriller We Still Kill the Old Way. The actor, now in his 70s, once starred alongside the likes of Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis in Death Becomes Her, and Christopher Plummer and Orson Welles in Waterloo – yet the talented performer admits that work tends to dry up, in what can be a shrewd and unforgiving business.

Men and women of my age don’t work that much any more, and in Hollywood, we work even less,” he said. “So I’ve done other things – I’ve been writing books, plays, I teach, I direct – I’ve found alternative ways of making a living. Which was lucky, because the business dries up for you. If you rely on acting at my age,
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Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Napoleon’ – What Might Have Been

“It’s impossible to tell you what I’m going to do except to say that I expect to make the best movie ever made.” – Stanley Kubrick, Oct. 20, 1971.

There are few unrealized projects in the history of cinema more tantalizingly fascinating than Stanley Kubrick’s planned feature about Napoleon. Even in 1967, at the time of its initial pre-production (the first time around), it seemed like a potentially great idea. But now, looking back with Kubrick’s entire body of work as a reference point, it truly does stand as a project this legendary filmmaker should have been destined to make. Thanks to a mammoth and comprehensive collection of materials fashioned into Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made, edited by Alison Castle and published by Taschen, we can for the first time see how Kubrick prepared for the film and what he had in mind for its ultimate big-screen presentation.
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'Scarface'-style 'Napoleon' biopic nabs 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director

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'Scarface'-style 'Napoleon' biopic nabs 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director
"Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders has nabbed his next high-profile gig. The British filmmaker has been tapped to helm Warner Bros.' "'Scarface'-style" Napoleon Bonaparte biopic, according to Deadline. He will direct from a script by Jeremy Doner ("The Killing"). Napoleon has been depicted on the big-screen several times before, including in French director Abel Gance's 1927 silent epic "Napoleon" and in 1970's "Waterloo," which saw Rod Steiger portraying the fearless French military leader. "Snow White and the Huntsman" was Sanders' feature-length directorial debut. Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, the film grossed nearly $400 million worldwide....
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Spielberg Conquers Kubrick's "Napoleon"

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With big-budget film-makers comparing themselves to military generals in charge of thousands of people working on a single campaign, "Lincoln" director Steven Spielberg continues developing late director Stanley Kubrick's anti-war "Napoleon" project as a TV mini-series.

"I’ve been developing Stanley Kubrick’s screenplay," Spielberg said in a recent interview, "for a miniseries not for a motion picture — about the life of Napoleon. Kubrick wrote the script in 1961, a long time ago."

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1815. His legal reform, the 'Napoleonic Code', has been a major influence on many civil law jurisdictions worldwide, but he is best remembered for his role in the wars led against France by a series of coalitions, the so-called 'Napoleonic Wars'.
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Spielberg Conquers Kubrick's "Napoleon"

  • SneakPeek
With big-budget film-makers comparing themselves to military generals in charge of thousands of people working on a single campaign, "Lincoln" director Steven Spielberg has announced he will develop late director Stanley Kubrick's anti-war "Napoleon" project as a TV mini-series.

"I’ve been developing Stanley Kubrick’s screenplay," Spielberg said in a recent interview, "for a miniseries not for a motion picture — about the life of Napoleon. Kubrick wrote the script in 1961, a long time ago."

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1815. His legal reform, the 'Napoleonic Code', has been a major influence on many civil law jurisdictions worldwide, but he is best remembered for his role in the wars led against France by a series of coalitions,
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What is the most trodden-upon place on earth?

Readers answer other readers' questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts

Where, on earth, have more people been than any other place? Throughout all of human history, which piece of land has seen more footprints than anywhere else?

Mecca, probably, and paradoxically, since the non-Muslim majority of humankind is debarred from visiting. The religious duty of pilgrimage has enjoined Muslims to visit Mecca at least once in their life since the foundation of Islam and has become a major annual migration in the last 50 years. Roger Crosskey, London W10

I would say probably the sangam, or confluence, of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers at Prayag (Allahabad) in India. Not only is it the site of the Kumbh Mela, which millions attend, but it is visited every day by many thousands of religious pilgrims and people scattering cremation ashes. Pilgrims have been visiting it for thousands of years.
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Classics That Might Have Been: 25 Unmade Films (Part Two)

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As mentioned in part one, the film industry is a good place for ideas but not all those ideas will ultimately reach the big screen. Many projects are announced each year and most of them will reach the pre-production stage but many will go no further than that. Only about half of the films announced will ever be completed. For various reasons, many intended movies will just fade away. Some may die during the script writing stage, while other will actually begin production or even filming before the whims of fortune cause the demise of the project. Here is the second part of a list of 25 tantalizing unmade films that could have been classics.

Kaleidoscope: Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock liked to be innovative. After watching Antonioni’s Blow-Up, Hitchcock felt America was far behind the Italians in film technique. He asked the novelist Howard Fast to create a treatment about a deformed,
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Christopher Plummer receiving Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for “Beginners” – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: The legendary Christopher Plummer, who has been earning raves for his performance in Mike Mills’ “Beginners” as a widower embracing his homosexuality, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” at this year’s 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment. The event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Plummer, an Academy Award nominee for his recent performance in “The Last Station,” has been enjoying even more awards chatter as of late for his turn as Hal, a closeted gay man who didn’t choose to come out until his wife passed away … much to the surprise of his son (Ewan McGregor).

Plummer, who can be seen in “Barrymore” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” later this year, will be on hand to accept the award.

His bio is below:

Christopher Plummer
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