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Terror in a Texas Town

On paper it’s a western with everything — a major star, decent supporting players, a cult director and sideways references to the blacklisting years. But even with its ya-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it high noon showdown scene, Joseph H. Lewis’s last feature film is still a lower-tier United Artists effort. Sterling Hayden goes up against Sebastian Cabot and Nedrick Young, armed with a, with a . . . aw, you probably know already.

Terror in a Texas Town

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1958 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 80 min. / Street Date July 11, 2017 / Available from Arrow Video / 39.95

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly, Eugene Martin, Nedrick Young, Victor Millan, Frank Ferguson, Marilee Earle, Byron Foulger, Glenn Strange.

Cinematography: Ray Rennahan

Original Music: Gerald Fried

Written by Dalton Trumbo, fronted by Ben Perry

Produced by Frank N. Seltzer

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Auteurists in the early 1970s championed directors like Phil Karlson, Budd Boetticher and Anthony Mann. These stylists
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Terror In A Texas Town Starring Sterling Hayden Available on Blu-ray July 11th From Arrow Video

Terror In A Texas Town will be Available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 11th From Arrow Video

For his 41st and final feature film, Joseph H. Lewis was able to combine the two genres in which he had excelled. The man in the director’s chair for My Name is Julia Ross, Gun Crazy and The Big Combo, Lewis was one of the all-time greats in film noir. But he was also a fine director of Westerns, having made A Lawless Street, 7th Cavalry and The Halliday Brand, all of which – especially the last – remain underrated. Terror in a Texas Town would bring his noir sensibilities to the American West, resulting in one of his finest works.

McNeil (Sebastian Cabot, The Time Machine) is a greedy hotel owner who wants to take control of Prairie City, the Texas town of the title. Keen to drive the local farmers of their land,
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Kirk Douglas at 100: a one-man Hollywood Mount Rushmore

Born the son of an immigrant ragman, the great survivor of film’s golden age – from Detective Story to Spartacus – celebrates his centenary today

“I’m Spartacus!” – “I’m Spartacus!” – “I’M Spartacus!” Every film buff knows that moment, every panel-show comedian riffs on it. A mob of defeated slave rebels in the pre-Christian Roman empire is told their wretched lives will be spared, but only if their ringleader, Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), comes out and gives himself up to be executed. Just as he is about to sacrifice himself, one slave, Antoninus (Tony Curtis) jumps up and claims to be Spartacus, then another, and another, then all of them, a magnificent display of solidarity, while the man himself allows a tear to fall in closeup.

This variant on the Christian myth – in the face of crucifixion, Spartacus’s disciples do not deny him – is a pointed political fiction. In real life,
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Kirk Douglas Turns 100: The Legendary Actor Recalls Kubrick and the Blacklist

Kirk Douglas Turns 100: The Legendary Actor Recalls Kubrick and the Blacklist
Kirk Douglas, who turns 100 on Dec. 9, claims he’s tired of talking about himself. Despite that, he recently spoke to Variety about his many impressive careers, as an actor (“I never wanted to be in movies”), a producer (including tales of “my peculiar friend Stanley Kubrick”), author (he’s working on his 12th book), and philanthropist (he’s given away more than $120 million).

As an actor, his classic films include “Champion,” “The Bad and the Beautiful,” “Lust for Life,” “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “Gunfight at the Ok Corral” and “Seven Days in May.” He also starred in several he produced, such as “Paths of Glory,” “Spartacus,” and the 1962 western “Lonely Are the Brave.”

Douglas has said his proudest accomplishment in Hollywood was to help break the blacklist by giving onscreen credit to writer Dalton Trumbo on the 1960 “Spartacus.”

Douglas had formed Bryna Prods. in 1955, named after his mother. For the company’s second film,
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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 20 – The Front

My guest for this month is West Anthony, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1976 comedy-drama film The Front. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

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Not sure what happened to the audio in the introduction, apologies! The Hollywood blacklist is a term for the treatment of people in the entertainment industry who refused to name names to the House Un-American Activities Committee from 1947 to 1960 For a more in depth take on the blacklist, check out the latest season of the phenomenal You Must Remember This podcast WonderCon is a comic book convention that was held annually in Sf until it was cruelly moved to the La area in 2012. Yes I’m still bitter about it. West also recommends the Gabrielle de Cuir directed Thirty Years of Treason by Eric Bentley Among the people famously blacklisted were Lillian Hellman, Lionel Stander,
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Exodus

"This land is mine, God made this land for me." Those are just song lyrics, while Otto Preminger's politically daring 70mm mega-production is a lot more subtle in its presentation of the 'Palestinian problem' that led to the formation of the State of Israel. It's a bit ponderous, but Dalton Trumbo's screenplay avoids the pitfalls -- 56 years later, the story is still relevant. Exodus Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1960 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 208 min. / Ship Date March 15, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Lee J. Cobb, Sal Mineo, John Derek, David Opatoshu, Jill Haworth, Hugh Griffith, Gregory Ratoff, Felix Aylmer, Marius Goring, Alexandra Stewart, Martin Benson, Paul Stevens, George Maharis, John Crawford, Victor Maddern, Paul Stassino, John Van Eyssen Cinematography Sam Leavitt Art Direction Richard Day Film Editor Louis R. Loeffler Original Music Ernest Gold Written by Dalton Trumbo from
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Cowboy

Delmer Daves' easygoing cattle drive western can't make an action hero out of Jack Lemmon, but with fine work from co-star Glenn Ford it presents a thoughtful anti-myth: no glorious rescues or noble gunfights, and the demure maiden doesn't wait for the handsome cowboy hero. With Brian Donlevy (excellent) and Anna Kashf. Cowboy Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1958 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 92 min. / Ship Date February 9, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, Anna Kashfi, Brian Donlevy, Strother Martin, Dick York, Victor Manuel Mendoza, Richard Jaeckel, King Donovan Cinematography Charles Lawton Jr. Production Designer Cary Odell Film Editor Al Clark, William A. Lyon Original Music George Duning Written by Edmund H. North and, originally uncredited Dalton Trumbo from a book by Frank Harris Produced by Julian Blaustein Directed by Delmer Daves

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Not Delmer Daves' best Western, but a rather good movie, Cowboy
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The 25 greatest Oscar speeches

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The 25 greatest Oscar speeches
We're just a week away from another gold-tinged year of speeches, upsets, and snubs. After all the hype, what ends up mattering about the Oscars? I'd argue it's the speeches, and that's why we're picking the 25 best acceptance speeches ever -- by actors only. Sorry, but glamor is a key element in any Oscar moment and I don't have time to remember if the guy who adapted The Last Emperor thanked his mom.  25. Dustin Hoffman, Kramer vs. Kramer Dustin Hoffman's seriousness initially seems worrisome, but his mix of sarcasm and sincerity is right for the ceremony.  24. Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose Cotillard's tearful speech makes you realize how rare it is than an Oscar recipient is surprised to win. As Cotillard scrambles to make sense of the honor, she comes up with an ebullient finale: "Thank you, life! Thank you, love! It is -- there are some angels in this city.
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This week’s new films

Trumbo | Dad’s Army | Rams | Janis: Little Girl Blue | Point Break | Goosebumps | Miss Hokusai | Taking Stock | Strangerland | Amazonia

Putting memories of Walter White behind him, Cranston gets his teeth into the eloquent, dapper, chain-smoking screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who defied his Hollywood blacklisting by ghost-writing a string of 1950s hits, usually from his bathtub. There’s little curiosity about Trumbo’s communism here; it’s more of a self-congratulatory tribute to Tinseltown nobility, celebrity impersonations and all. But Cranston deserves his Oscar nod.

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Oscars 2016: ‘Trumbo’ Film Review

Hollywood has had its fair share of ups and downs throughout its history, but it’s hard to argue that the darkest time in the history of American entertainment was quite possibly the era of the Hollywood Blacklist. Because of the Cold War and rampant hysteria by the American people, communism and otherwise socialistic talk had no place in the American population, and the House Un-American Activities Committee was determined to see to that, subpoenaing numerous individuals in the creative committee to testify about their alleged involvement in the Communist Party of the United States. Enter Dalton Trumbo (played by Academy

Oscars 2016: ‘Trumbo’ Film Review
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Hawaii

Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow and Richard Harris bring James Michener's true saga to life -- but it's the story of the destruction of paradise. A huge success just the same, producer Walter Mirisch's film testifies to the skill with which he brought together big talent for a show that doesn't compromise with a happy-happy historical revision. Hawaii Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 161 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman, Carroll O'Connor, Jocelyne Lagarde, Manu Tupou, Ted Nobriga, Elizabeth Logue. Cinematography Russell Harlan Production Designer Cary Odell Art Direction James W. Sullivan Film Editor Stuart Gilmore Original Music Elmer Bernstein Written by Dalton Trumbo, Daniel Taradash from the novel by James Michener Produced by Walter Mirisch Directed by George Roy Hill

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Well, fans of James Michener that missed the
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The 22nd Annual SAG Awards Film Nominees

From “Carol” to “Bridge of Spies,” here are the films and the actors who scored nominations this year! Watch the live broadcast of the ceremony on TNT and TBS Jan. 30! Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleBRYAN Cranston, “Trumbo”Cranston is commandingly eccentric in this take on Hollywood’s blacklisting of suspected communists, capturing all of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s bravado and obstinance (even while naked in a bathtub), yet managing to rein in the quirks and outbursts that could have rendered him a caricature. Johnny Depp, “Black Mass”Never mind that Depp has said he never wants to win an Oscar—he may not have a choice. As real-life Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, Depp buries both his features and his humanity beneath an ice-cold veneer of venality and sociopathy. Even as he lulls both his victims and the audience into a sense of security, we understand
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No Fear: The Year’S Best Movies

This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows,
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DVD Savant 2015 Favored Disc Roundup

or, Savant picks The Most Impressive Discs of 2015

This is the actual view from Savant Central, looking due North.

What a year! I was able to take one very nice trip back East too see Washington D.C. for the first time, or at least as much as two days' walking in the hot sun and then cool rain would allow. Back home in Los Angeles, we've had a year of extreme drought -- my lawn is looking patriotically ratty -- and we're expecting something called El Niño, that's supposed to be just shy of Old-Testament build-me-an-ark intensity. We withstood heat waves like those in Day the Earth Caught Fire, and now we'll get the storms part. This has been a wild year for DVD Savant, which is still a little unsettled. DVDtalk has been very patient and generous, and so have Stuart Galbraith & Joe Dante; so far everything
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Five Came Back

Dalton Trumbo and Nathanael West contributed to the screenplay for John Farrow's suspense adventure about a plane crash in the Amazon jungle -- who will survive? Lucille Ball is the ranking castaway in a glossy Rko thriller that's been restored to a fine polish. Five Came Back DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1939 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 75 min. / Street Date June 30, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, Wendy Barrie, John Carradine, Allen Jenkins, Joseph Calleia, C. Aubrey Smith, Kent Taylor, Patric Knowles, Elisabeth Risdon, Casey Johnson, Frank Faylen. Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca Original Music Roy Webb Written by Jerome Cady, Dalton Trumbo, Nathanael West story by Richard Carroll Produced by Robert Sisk Directed by John Farrow

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

When they list the 'big' pictures of 1939, the ones that we're told made that year Hollywood's best ever, there are some winning titles that don't get mentioned.
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Exclusive Clip: 'Trumbo'

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In 1947, Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was at the top of his game until everything came crashing down when he, along with other Hollywood heavyweights, were blacklisted for their political beliefs. That, however, didn't stop him from continuing to do what he loved in spite of Congress's ban on "subversive" communist sympathizers. With the support of those who knew of the wrongdoing, including Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger, Trumbo continued to write under pseudonyms,...

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‘Spotlight’, ‘Carol’, ‘Room’ & ‘Trumbo’: Collaboration Made Them Happen – Produced By: NY

‘Spotlight’, ‘Carol’, ‘Room’ & ‘Trumbo’: Collaboration Made Them Happen – Produced By: NY
Four new films that take on grand-scale social issues from the intimate perspective of the people affected by them were the subject of a too-brief, provocative panel at Saturday afternoon’s continuation of the Producers Guild of America’s Produced By: NY conference. Titled “The Power of Successful Creative Collaboration,” the panel included some of the talents behind and in front of the cameras involved in Trumbo, about the screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, blacklisted during…
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Spartacus — Restored Edition

Most of us love the Trumbo-Douglas-Kubrick thinking man's leftist gladiator epic, and after several iffy disc presentations this exacting digital restoration follows through on the photochemical reconstruction done 25 years ago. It looks incredibly good, almost too good to be a Blu-ray. Kirk contributes a new featurette interview, telling us that this is the show he'll be remembered for. Spartacus Blu-ray + Digital HD Universal Studios Home Entertainment 1960 / Color / 2:20 widescreen / 197 min. / Street Date October 6, 2015 / 19.98 Starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis, Woody Strode, John Gavin, Nina Foch, Herbert Lom, Charles McGraw, John Ireland, Nick Dennis, John Dall, Herbert Lom, Joanna Barnes, Harold J. Stone, Peter Brocco, John Hoyt, Richard Farnsworth, George Kennedy. Cinematography by Russell Metty Music by Alex North Edited by Robert Lawrence Produced by Kirk Douglas and Edward Lewis Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo Based on the novel by Howard Fast Produced by
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Lff Press Conference Video: Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren on Trumbo

The second day of the London Film Festival brings with it another period tale of the struggle of a government sanctioned oppression. Jay Roach once again finds himself back in the past for his take on the tale of Dalton Trumbo and the political black hole of the paranoia of Communism in the Us following

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Steve McQueen’s ‘Papillon’ Gets Remake

Steve McQueen’s ‘Papillon’ Gets Remake
“Wolf of Wall Street” producer Red Granite is developing a remake of Steve McQueen’s prison drama “Papillon” with Danish director Michael Noer attached.

Producers are Red Granite’s Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland, along with Ram Bergman and Roger Corbi. Executive producers are David Koplan, Yan-Fischer-Romanovsky, Joshua D. Mauer, Terrence Chang and Martin Hellstern.

Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 thriller “Prisoners,” penned the script.

Papillon,” released in 1973, was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and based on the autobiography by the French convict Henri Charriere. Dalton Trumbo and Lorenzo Semple Jr. wrote the script, which was Trumbo’s final screenplay.

The film’s title is French for “Butterfly,” referring to Charriere’s tattoo and nickname.

McQueen played a criminal who is unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a South American prison. Dustin Hoffman played a counterfeiter who agrees to finance Papillon’s
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