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Nas’ ‘The Lost Tapes II’ Is a Grab Bag Set That Shows Every Side of the Iconic Rapper

Nas’ ‘The Lost Tapes II’ Is a Grab Bag Set That Shows Every Side of the Iconic Rapper
Nas, a rap great by any measure, has released four studio albums in the last 12 years — all ambitious, all restless, all with their own cohesive artistic thread. And despite none of them being as groundbreaking as his storied 1994 debut Illmatic or as narrative-grabbing as his 2001 return to form, every one of them is good-to-great. Even though last year’s Kanye West-produced 11th album, Nasir, got a somewhat lukewarm response, it still featured the phenomenal “Cops Shot the Kid,” which ultimately cracked the Billboard Hot 100. The Lost Tapes II, is
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75th Anniversary: Double Indemnity

by Eric Blume

This week marked the 75th anniversary of Billy Wilder’s seven-times Oscar nominated noir classic Double Indemnity (1944). If you haven’t seen this movie -- and I surprisingly never had, despite not one but two film noir courses in college -- rush post haste to view it: it’s a classic noir that holds up powerfully.

Fred MacMurray is the patsy, an insurance guy who is convinced by Barbara Stanwyck to murder her husband and cash in on the double indemnity clause in the policy they conspire to have him secretly sign. The performances by MacMurray, Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson (as the insurance boss) have incredible force. Yes, this style of acting went out less than ten years later, but the raw power of their acting is undeniable...
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Rip Torn: One of the Last Hollywood Hellraisers

Jim Knipfel Jul 10, 2019

We look back on Rip Torn's career and how the occasional troublemaker turned bit parts into leading roles.

In the summer of 1969, Rip Torn was drunkenly screaming through New York’s West Village on his motorcycle when he slammed it into a police cruiser. Torn broke his leg in the accident but didn’t notice. The next morning, he got up, got on a plane, and flew to Paris where he was set to star in Joseph Strick’s film version of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. He shot the entire film all hopped up on painkillers for an untreated leg. And you know what? He still gives a remarkable performance. It wasn’t the only time he worked with broken bones either.

For over 60 years, Rip Torn carried on in the proud tradition of John Barrymore, Errol Flynn, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, and Lawrence Tierney
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The Running Man (1963)

Sir Carol Reed takes on a movie about insurance fraud in sunny Spain — with a great trio of actors for 1963. Laurence Harvey scams an insurance company and looks forward to continuing to beat the system in a happy life of chicanery; Lee Remick finds her affections turning to Alan Bates, an insurance man who might also be on vacation, or might have come to uncover Harvey’s crime. How does Harvey hide out while waiting for the big payoff in Málaga? He buys a huge white convertible too big to fit through the streets!

The Running Man

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Arrow Academy

1963 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date June 18, 2019 / 39.95

Starring: Laurence Harvey, Lee Remick, Alan Bates, Felix Aylmer, Allan Cuthbertson, Noel Purcell, Ramsay Ames, Fernando Rey, Eddie Byrne, John Meillon, Roger Delgado.

Cinematography: Robert Krasker

Film Editor: Bert Bates

Original Music: William Alwyn

Continuity: Angela Allen

Written by John Mortimer from the
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Giveaway – Win Fritz Lang’s The Woman in the Window on Blu-ray

Eureka Entertainment releases The Woman In The Window, Fritz Lang’s mysterious, melodramatic film-noir starring Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK on 20 May 2019.

One of legendary director Fritz Lang’s first noir films, The Woman in the Window is also rightfully considered one of the most important examples of the genre, a landmark movie that became one of the initial representations of noir first singled out by French critics after WWII. A triumph for Lang, legendary writer/producer Nunnally Johnson (The Grapes of Wrath), and leading man Edward G. Robinson (shedding his earlier gangster roles to portray a love-struck obsessive), the film remains a classic American nail-biter.

Robinson is Richard Wanley, a successful psychiatrist biding his time while his wife and children are on vacation when he encounters beautiful Alice (a radiant Joan
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Allene Roberts Dead: Actress In Nicholas Ray’s ‘Knock On Any Door’ Was 90

Allene Roberts Dead: Actress In Nicholas Ray’s ‘Knock On Any Door’ Was 90
Allene Roberts, whose film career blossomed in the late 1940s and early 1950s opposite such stars as Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and William Holden, has died. She passed Thursday in Huntsville, Alabama at age 90.

Born on Sept. 1, 1928, in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, Roberts beat out 85,000 others in a competition to name “America’s Most Charming Child” run by the New York Daily Mirror. She won $1,000 and a screen test with Warner Bros.

The screen test amounted to nothing, but Roberts and her mother stayed in California, and she slowly edged her way into show business. Among her notable roles was the female lead in Bomba on Panther Island, opposite jungle boy Johnny Sheffield, as the love interest of Humphrey Bogart in Nicholas Ray’s Knock On Any Door; as a kidnapping victim rescued by William Holden in Union Station; and as a young girl who ventures into the
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Allene Roberts, Actress in Humphrey Bogart's 'Knock on Any Door,' Dies at 90

Allene Roberts, Actress in Humphrey Bogart's 'Knock on Any Door,' Dies at 90
Allene Roberts, who starred with Humphrey Bogart in Knock on Any Door, with Edward G. Robinson in The Red House and with William Holden in Union Station, died Thursday in Huntsville, Alabama, her family announced. She was 90.

Roberts also played the female lead opposite "jungle boy" Johnny Sheffield in Bomba on Panther Island (1949); was caught between onscreen and real-life brothers Edward and Lawrence Tierney in the film noir The Hoodlum (1951); and appeared with Randolph Scott and Leonard Nimoy in Santa Fe (1951) and Kid Monk Baroni (1952), respectively.

Roberts made a big splash in her feature debut at age 17 when she played a ...
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The Whole Town’s Talking

The Whole Town’s Talking

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Twilight Time

1935 / 1:33:1 / 92 Min. / Street Date – March 26, 2019

Starring Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur

Written by Jo Swerling, Robert Riskin

Cinematography by Joseph H. August

Directed by John Ford

Overworked, under-appreciated and ever optimistic, Arthur Jones’ humdrum existence takes a turn for the weird when he returns home to find a stranger lurking in the shadows. Stranger still, the intruder is… Jones himself. Is this The Twilight Zone or a rough draft from Dostoevsky? No, it’s John Ford’s disquieting comedy from 1935, The Whole Town’s Talking.

Edward G. Robinson plays the mild-mannered paper pusher who bears more than a passing resemblance to a vicious mob boss named “Killer” Mannion. Once his co-workers note the uncanny likeness it’s all downhill – the delirious clerk is dragged to the police station for a brutal interrogation followed by that late night confrontation with the gangster himself.
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Hail Satan? Review: The Devil Gets Due Diligence

Penny Lane's documentary on The Satanic Temple focuses on political theater not dark arts.

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The Satanic Temple is the Merry Pranksters of this generation. No, they're not doling out acid, and they're not the carnal circus act of Anton Lavey's Church of Satan, though they have learned a few tricks from the master magician. Tst's Lucien Greaves wants to use his demonic powers for good. He believes you can spell devil without evil if you use the right spell. His group of elastically iconoclastic faithless may not believe in Satan, but are deeply committed to all his works and pomps, as Michael Corleone attests to in The Godfather. The Satanic Temple is working to take a hex off the First Amendment and Magnolia Pictures' documentary Hail Satan?, directed by Penny Lane, catches all the pomp as they ride their magic bus into town.

Like the newly
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Bogey and Bacall in Key Largo Screening at 9pm February 26th at Webster University

“When your head says one thing and your whole life says another, your head always loses.”

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in Key Largo screens at Webster University Tuesday February 26th. The screening will be at 9:00 at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). A Facebook invite for the event can be found Here. This is the third of four This is the final film in the Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall collaborations screening at Webster in February.

Humphrey Bogart stars as retired Army Major Frank McCloud, a drifter who has traveled to Key Largo in southern Florida for a new life path and stops on the way to give condolences to the father, James Temple, and his widow, Nora (Bacall), of a friend who died during the Second World War. Temple runs a hotel on the island, though he is greeted most inhospitably by the hotel’s only residents,
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SAG Life Achievement award: Past 25 years of recipients includes Alan Alda, Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno

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SAG Life Achievement award: Past 25 years of recipients includes Alan Alda, Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno
Alan Alda is the latest veteran performer to receive the Screen Actor’s Guild Life Achievement Award. Starting in 1995, audiences around the world have been able to enjoy this celebration of a beloved thespian’s work, crammed right in the middle of a nail-biting awards telecast. In honor of Alda’s accomplishment, let’s take a look back at every person to be given this prize since the event was first televised. Our gallery includes Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Betty White, Shirley Temple and more.

SEEAlan Alda receiving 2019 Screen Actors Guild life achievement award

SAG began handing out a career achievement prize to actors who left their mark on both the big screen and small in 1962. It wasn’t until the inaugural awards ceremony in 1995 (for the film year 1994) that they began televising the event. The 31 people rewarded prior to that (and not featured in our gallery above
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SAG Life Achievement award: Full gallery of recipients since 1995

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SAG Life Achievement award: Full gallery of recipients since 1995
Alan Alda is the latest veteran performer to receive the Screen Actor’s Guild Life Achievement Award. Starting in 1995, audiences around the world have been able to enjoy this celebration of a beloved thespian’s work, crammed right in the middle of a nail-biting awards telecast. In honor of Alda’s accomplishment, let’s take a look back at every person to be given this prize since the event was first televised. Our gallery includes Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Betty White, Shirley Temple and more.

SAG began handing out a career achievement prize to actors who left their mark on both the big screen and small in 1962. It wasn’t until the inaugural SAG Awards ceremony in 1995 (for the film year 1994) that they began televising the event. The 31 people rewarded prior to that (and not featured in our gallery above) were:

1962: Eddie Cantor

1963: No award given
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Paul Newman in The Prize Available on Blu-ray From Warner Archive

Paul Newman in The Prize is currently available on Blu-ray From Warner Archive. Ordering information can be found Here

After unexpectedly winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, closet crime novelist Andrew Craig (Paul Newman) finds himself in Sweden to accept the award but is swept up into Cold War intrigue.More comfortable at the bar than at the abacus, affable souse Craig nonetheless sniffs a whiff of wrongdoing when Dr. Max Stratman (Edward G. Robinson), winner of the Physics prize, undergoes a mysterious personality change. A truly Hitchcockian thriller, with a screenplay penned by North by Northwest scribe Ernest Lehman, The Prize comes with fully realized characters, sweeping surprises and danger-filled denouement – not to mention the always delightful Elke Sommer and a masterful score by Jerry Goldsmith! This sweeping saga of espionage and suspense reveals a multitude of hidden delights on this pristine baby blue transfer in high definition.

Top writers,
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The Prize

Already eclipsed by James Bond and sexier European films, Paul Newman does his best to energize this derivative but lively spy-chase thriller set during Nobel season, in a Stockholm populated by the glamorous Elke Sommer, Diane Baker, Micheline Presle and Jacqueline Beer. Toss several Hitchcock pictures into a blender, and what comes out is reasonably engaging… and more than a little dated.

The Prize

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Warner Archive Collection

1963 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Street Date January 15, 2019 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Paul Newman, Edward G. Robinson, Elke Sommer, Diane Baker, Micheline Presle, Gérard Oury, Sergio Fantoni, Kevin McCarthy, Leo G. Carroll, Sacha Pitoëff, Jacqueline Beer, John Wengraf, Don Dubbin, Virginia Christine, Rudolph Anders, Martine Bartlett, Karl Swenson, John Qualen, John Banner, Teru Shimada, Albert Carrier, Jerry Dunphy, Britt Ekland, Gergory Gaye, Anna Lee, Gregg Palmer, Gene Roth, Ivan Triesault.

Cinematography: William H. Daniels

Film Editor: Adrienne Fazan

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith
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'The Prize': THR's 1963 Review

'The Prize': THR's 1963 Review
On Dec. 25, 1963, Roxbury-mgm unveiled the 135-minute film The Prize, starring Paul Newman, Edward G. Robinson and Elke Sommer. The Hollywood Reporter's original review, headlined "'The Prize' Is Amusing and Absorbing Film With Strong Box Office Assets," is below. 

MGM's The Prize should be just that at the box office; a funny, suspenseful, romantic film of exotic situations and settings. The Pandro S. Berman production is based loosely on the best-selling novel of the same name; it retains its assets while discarding its drawbacks. Wisely, the story has been attacked from a satirical approach, to ...
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It’s People!!! Soylent Green December 5th at Urban Chestnut

“You know, when I was a kid, food was food. Before our scientific magicians poisoned the water, polluted the soil, decimated plant and animal life.”

Webster University’s Award-Winning Strange Brew Film Series has moved! The new location is Urban Chestnut in the Grove. This month’s film is Soylent Green. It’s this Wednesday, December 5th. The movie starts at 8pm and admission is $5.

It’s the year 2022 and the world has fallen into chaos. Greenhouse gases have lead to widespread global warming, overpopulation and the fall of living standards. Humanity has to survive with the food they manage scrape together from the oceans and waste heaps. Enter the Soylent Corporation, the foremost provider of foodstuff.

The 1973 classic Soylent Green follows corrupt cop Frank Thorn (Charlton Heston), who investigates the death of William R. Simonson (Joseph Cotten), one of the wealthiest men in the nation. In the process we
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‘Birds of Passage’ U.S. Trailer: ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ Director Ciro Guerra Returns with Colombia’s Oscar Entry

After his last movie–the trippy, transportive Embrace of the Serpent–became the first Colombian film ever nominated for an Oscar, director Ciro Guerra is back this year with another Academy Awards contender: Birds of Passage, which he co-directed with Cristina Gallego. The drama follows an indigenous family who gets involved in the drug trade in 1970s Colombia as the marijuana business booms. Ahead of a February release by The Orchard, the first U.S. trailer has now arrived.

Rory O’Connor said in his Cannes review, “Birds may follow the rise and fall narrative arc of basically every crime saga since Cagney and Edward G. Robinson began filling theaters in the early ‘30s, but by telling it from the indigenous perspective the filmmakers have made a movie not so much about myth-making and antiheros, but instead a fable about capitalism, lost heritage, and a death of the soul.”

Starring José Acosta,
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"Fonzo" - Tom Hardy Is 'Al Capone'

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Sneak Peek actor Tom Hardy ("Venom") as iconic gangster 'Al Capone', from director Josh Trank's new feature, chronicling the life of the ruthless Chicago mob boss, prior to his death:

The cast of "Fonzo" (aka "Cicero") also includes Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathrine Narducci and Linda Cardellini.

Hardy said he has been working closely with Warner Bros, "watching their gangster films — the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson...it’s interesting to get them, and a bit of 'Capone', into the bloodstream…

"The idea isn’t to remake those films but to get a flavor of them as we explore Capone’s career as a racketeer."

A post shared by Tom Hardy (@tomhardy) on Mar 24, 2018 at 7:02pm Pdt

The "Cicero" screenplay was originally written by Walon Green, noted for writing director Sam Peckinpah's classic western "The Wild Bunch".

Actors
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Michael Keaton movies: 16 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Birdman,’ ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘Batman’

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Michael Keaton movies: 16 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Birdman,’ ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘Batman’
Michael Keaton, who celebrates his 66th birthday on September 5, got his start as a production assistant for a fellow Pittsburgh native, PBS kid-show host Fred Rogers. His film career took off in the 1980s in a series of era-defining popular comedies such as “Mr. Mom” before hitting the jackpot when Tim Burton recruited him as his Caped Crusader in 1989’s“Batman.” Keaton would lose some of his fast-talker mojo when he got mired in family fluff such as “Herbie: Fully Loaded,” “Jack Frost” and “First Daughter.”

But in the past decade or so, he has become quite the esteemed actor. Keaton soared to Academy-Award-nominated anxiety-riddled heights in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” in 2014. He also stood out as the editor in charge of the Pulitzer-winning journalism team that exposed the Catholic Church’s child sex-abuse scandal in 2015’s Best Picture Oscar victor, “Spotlight.” This unique performer continues to be in demand.
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Nicolas Cage has channelled Humphrey Bogart for Spider-Man Noir role in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

After lending his voice to Superman in Warner Bros.’ animated Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, Nicolas Cage is making the jump to the Marvel universe this December as he takes on the role of Spider-Man Noir in Sony’s own animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

If you’re unfamiliar with Spider-Man Noir, the character is an alternate universe version of Peter Parker from the 1930s, and Cage has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he’ll be channelling Humphrey Bogart as he goes full-noir for his role as the web-slinger.

“There are multiple Spider-Men in different dimensions that are kind of colliding together,” states Cage. “My character’s Spider-Man Noir. He’s really Peter Parker from the ’30s. I tried to channel those noir films with Humphrey Bogart, and have those kinds of sounds that he might make with James Cagney, or Edward G. Robinson, that kind of way of talking.
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