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Cate Blanchett in Talks to Star Opposite Bradley Cooper in Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’

Cate Blanchett in Talks to Star Opposite Bradley Cooper in Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’
Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming “Nightmare Alley,” starring alongside Bradley Cooper, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Del Toro is directing the film and wrote the script along with Kim Morgan, and Fox Searchlight is handling worldwide distribution rights. Del Toro is also producing along with J. Miles Dale of Tsg Entertainment, and he’s additionally financing the project.

Nightmare Alley” is the story of a corrupt con man who teams up with a female psychiatrist to swindle people out of money, up until the point that they double cross one another.

The story is based on a novel by William Lindsay Gresham and was first adapted into a Fox film in 1947 directed by Edmund Golding and starring Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell and Coleen Gray. However, del Toro’s film will adhere more closely to the original novel.

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Cate Blanchett in Talks to Join Bradley Cooper in 'Nightmare Alley'

Cate Blanchett in Talks to Join Bradley Cooper in 'Nightmare Alley'
Cate Blanchett is in talks to join Bradley Cooper in the Guillermo del Toro-directed remake of Nightmare Alley.

Fox Searchlight, which made del Toro's best picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water, is behind the project.  

Nightmare Alley will be based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham, which was adapted into a Fox feature in 1947 that starred Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell. The story centers on an ambitious con man who hooks up with a female psychiatrist for a mentalist routine, but she eventually turns the tables on him.  

Del Toro wrote the new ...
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"Nightmare Alley"

According to TorontoFilm.Net, Oscar winning director Guillermo del Toro ("The Shape of Water") is prepping his next Fox Searchlight feature "Nightmare Alley" (previously a 1947 feature starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell), shooting September 30, 2019 to January 28, 2020, based on the novel by William Lindsay as "a study of the lowest depths of showbiz and its sleazy inhabitants, hustlers, scheming grifters and Machiavellian 'femmes fatales'..."

"...'Stanton Carlisle' watches the geek show at a carnival. asking worker 'Clem Hoately' where 'geeks' come from. Clem explains that geeks are 'made': a sideshow owner finds an alcoholic bum and offers him a temporary job with a steady supply of liquor.

"Initially, the bum is only asked to pretend to be a geek, using a razor blade to slice chickens' necks and then faking the drinking of the blood. After a few weeks, the owner threatens to end the job and replace the bum with a 'real' geek,
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James Cagney in Footlight Parade (1932) Available on Blu-ray from Warner Archives

Great news for fans of old musicals! James Cagney in Footlight Parade (1932) is now available on Blu-ray from Warner Archives

Footlight Parade is sheer cinematic joy. In this Depression-era romp, a timid stenographer (Ruby Keeler) removes her glasses and – wow! – she’s a star. A gee-whiz tenor (Dick Powell) asserts his independence. Plucky chorines tap, greedy hangers-on get their comeuppances, and an indefatigable producer/dancer (James Cagney) and his Girl Friday (Joan Blondell) work showbiz miracles to stage live prologues for talkie houses to keep their company afloat during hard times. Honeymoon Hotel, By a Waterfall and Shanghai Lil are the shows, directed by Busby Berkeley and filled with imagination-bending sets, startling camera angles, kaleidoscopic pageantry and a 20,000-gallon-per-minute waterfall. Curtain up!

James Cagney demonstrates his Big Apple hoofer bonafides while adding his one-of-a-kind fiery grit to this Busby Berkeley musical packed with the usual sensational suspects. Chester Kent (Cagney
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Giveaway – Win A Tree Grows In Brooklyn on Blu-ray

Eureka Entertainment releases A Tree Grows In

Brooklyn, Elia Kazan’s heartfelt and sentimental first feature, presented on Blu-ray from a 2K restoration as a part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 22 July 2019. We’ve got three copies to give away, so read on for details of how to enter…

Director Elia Kazan’s first film, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn shows that the filmmaker’s great empathy for his characters was already quite evident at this early juncture, and this endures as one of the most moving Hollywood dramas of the 1940s. Based on Betty Smith’s novel – a bestseller in the U.S. but also one of the most popular books among American soldiers overseas in WWII – Kazan’s debut is a sensitive, masterful adaptation.

Set among Brooklyn tenements circa 1912, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a portrait of the Nolans, an Irish-American family living in financially challenging circumstances,
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James Cagney movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘White Heat,’ ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy,’ ‘Public Enemy’

  • Gold Derby
James Cagney movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘White Heat,’ ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy,’ ‘Public Enemy’
Song and dance man or gangster? Few stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era could claim they were equally well known for two such diverse genres. Yet, the legendary James Cagney worked hard to be able to make such a claim.

He was born on July 17, 1899, in New York City. His family was poor, and Cagney was sickly as a child. While growing up in a rough neighborhood, he learned a variety of skills, including tap dancing, street fighting, baseball and boxing. When he was 19, his father died, and he took odd jobs to help support his mother and siblings. On a whim, he auditioned for a role of a chorus girl in a local production. Although he had never had professional training, he landed the role and learned the dances from watching the other performers – and it never bothered him to dress as a girl and perform. Despite his mother
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James Cagney movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

  • Gold Derby
James Cagney movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best
Song and dance man or gangster? Few stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era could claim they were equally well known for two such diverse genres. Yet, the legendary James Cagney worked hard to be able to make such a claim.

He was born on July 17, 1899, in New York City. His family was poor, and Cagney was sickly as a child. While growing up in a rough neighborhood, he learned a variety of skills, including tap dancing, street fighting, baseball and boxing. When he was 19, his father died, and he took odd jobs to help support his mother and siblings. On a whim, he auditioned for a role of a chorus girl in a local production. Although he had never had professional training, he landed the role and learned the dances from watching the other performers – and it never bothered him to dress as a girl and perform. Despite his mother
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Footlight Parade

This amazing Busby Berkeley extravaganza is the best choice to impress newbies to pre-Code musical madness: it is absolutely irresistible. James Cagney’s nervy, terminally excitable stage producer makes the tale of Chester Kent accessible to viewers otherwise allergic to musicals — he’s as electric here as he is in his gangster movies. Remastered in HD, the fantastic, kaleidoscopic visuals will wow anybody — we really expect Porky Pig to pop up and stutter, “N-n-n-o CGI, Folks!”

Footlight Parade

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Warner Archive Collection

1933 / B&w / 1:37 flat Academy / 104 min. / Street Date July 16, 2019 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Frank McHugh, Ruth Donnelly, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert.

Cinematography: George Barnes

Art Directors: Anton Grot, Jack Okey Film Editor: George Amy

Original Music: Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal Harry Warren, Al Dubin

Written by Manuel Seff, James Seymour

Produced by Robert Lord

Directed by Lloyd Bacon

Our
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Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley in Talks with Cate Blanchett

David Crow Joseph Baxter Aug 2, 2019

Guillermo del Toro's developing movie, Nightmare Alley, is eyeing Cate Blanchett to co-star with Bradley Cooper.

Nightmare Alley is a developing thriller from Guillermo del Toro that will serve as a film follow-up from the auteur of abstract after his monumental achievement, the 2018 Best Director Oscar win for The Shape of Water.

Fox Searchlight secured the rights to Nightmare Alley, a remake of sorts of the 1947 20th Century Fox film of the same name. In that original movie, Tyrone Power played a cunning con man who becomes partners with a psychiatrist of equal moral malleability, as played by Joan Blondell. Together they passed off Power’s Stanton as a mentalist of dubious ability, which led to plenty of money until they start trying to con each other. That film was based on a book of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham, which del
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Bradley Cooper in Early Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’

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Bradley Cooper in Early Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’
Bradley Cooper is in early talks to star in Guillermo del Toro’s next film, “Nightmare Alley,” for Fox Searchlight, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Leonardo DiCaprio was previously attached to the project. Del Toro co-wrote the script with Kim Morgan. “Nightmare Alley” is being produced by del Toro and J. Miles Dale of Tsg Entertainment.

Fox previously made a “Nightmare Alley” film back in 1947, which starred Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell and Coleen Gray. It followed a young con-man who teamed up with a female psychiatrist. At first, it’s all fun and games, until they turn on each other. However, del Toro’s film will be more based on the novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham.

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Production is set to start this fall.

Del Toro’s recent
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Nightmares In Shadows And Sunlight

Here’s what happens when the need to see takes over and I start pulling DVDs off the shelf with only my dark heart as a guide…

The sleazy, claustrophobic, catch-as-catch-can transience of the carnival world, with its ever-changing roster of freaks, geeks, disappointed con men and women with few options, all clinging to shreds of dignity and eyeing a better life while digging themselves deeper into the one from which they want to flee, seems a naturally cinematic subject. Yet there are surprisingly few movies that have ever captured the symbiotic push-pull of vibrant show-biz fakery and dark personal obsessions that lurk behind the curtain, beyond the barker’s call. Somewhere between the boy’s wish-fulfillment of Toby Tyler and the mind-wrenching funhouse mirror reflections of Tod Browning, Tobe Hooper and Rob Zombie, Edmund Goulding’s film of W.L. Greshman’s Nightmare Alley (1947), from a script by Jules Furthman
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Leonardo DiCaprio to Lead Guillermo del Toro’s Next Film ‘Nightmare Alley’

After taking a bit of a break between the grueling The Revenant, which earned him his first Oscar, and the highly-anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, it looks like Leonardo DiCaprio is not waiting as long to decide his next role. The actor is set to team with Guillermo del Toro for his next film following his Best Picture winner The Shape of Water.

Variety reports the film, co-written by the director and Kim Morgan, is Nightmare Alley. Once again teaming with Fox Searchlight, the film is based on William Lindsay Gresham’s novel, which was also made into a 1947 film by Edmund Goulding starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell. That film starred a con man who joined a traveling circus featuring a female mind-reader and her alcoholic husband. When her husband dies, she teams up with the con man and manipulates him.

Promising to be a devilishly fun co-leading role,
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Nightmare Alley: Guillermo del Toro Remake Casts Leonardo DiCaprio

John Saavedra Apr 23, 2019

Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Guillermo del Toro's remake of Nightmare Alley!

Director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) has begun casting for his next film. Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) will star in del Toro's remake of Nightmare Alley, the 1947 film noir based on a novel by William Lindsay Gresham, according to Variety.

Nightmare Alley is the story of Stanton, a carnival barker who, along with his psychiatrist, hatches a scheme to swindle Chicago's elite out of their money by pretending to be able to communicate with the dead. But things don't turn out quite as planned for the duo, and when truths are revealed and backs are stabbed, Stanton will discover he was better off with the curiosities back at the carnival.

The original movie, which was directed by Edmund Goulding, starred Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell. We assume DiCaprio
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Leonardo DiCaprio Eyes Guillermo Del Toro's Nightmare Alley

Leonardo DiCaprio Eyes Guillermo Del Toro's Nightmare Alley
Leonardo DiCaprio may be teaming up with Guillermo del Toro. DiCaprio has been rather quiet for the last few years, ever since winning his first Oscar for his performance in 2015's The Revenant. The heralded actor took some time off but now, he's back at it again and he's possibly going to work with one of the most acclaimed directors in the business today for the first time, as del Toro is eyeing DiCaprio for a role in his upcoming Nightmare Alley remake.

According to a new report, Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to star in Nightmare Alley, which is being positioned as Guillermo del Toro's next directorial effort. Del Toro's The Shape of Water went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards last year and, since then, he's been content to take his time before jumping right into to his next directorial effort. He's lined up several potential projects,
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Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’

Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’
Leonardo DiCaprio is in negotiations to star in “Nightmare Alley,” director Guillermo Del Toro’s follow-up to the Best Picture-winning film “The Shape of Water,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Fox Searchlight has acquired the worldwide rights to release the film, which is being produced and financed by Del Toro and J. Miles Dale with Tsg Entertainment.

Del Toro is directing the film based on his own screenplay he co-wrote with Kim Morgan. “Nightmare Alley” is based on the 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham, which was made into a 1947 Fox movie that starred Tyrone Powell and Joan Blondell about a deceitful, mentalist and con-man whose lies prove to be his downfall after he starts a relationship with an even more corrupt female psychiatrist.

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The plan is for “Nightmare Alley” to
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It Came From The Tube: Death At Love House (1976)

Anyone familiar with this column knows my deep-rooted affection for Ms. Kate Jackson; I espoused her many virtues when I covered Satan’s School for Girls (you can ponder my musings here), and I promise (warn?) you I will do so again as I discuss the couple-in-a-house-is-met-with-animosity-from-a-possible-ghost telefilm, Death at Love House (1976), aka How Much Is That Dead Actress In the Window?

Originally broadcast as The ABC Friday Night Movie on Friday, September 3rd, Love House was up against The CBS Friday Night Movies and NBC trotted out The Rockford Files/Quincy M.E. for folks like mine. So who won out? We all did! I loved Rockford and Quincy. Okay, CBS probably lost. But if you were looking for some charming stars doing charming things in a charming manor with a hint of danger, look no further than ABC.

Let’s open up our battered faux TV Guide and see
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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

With his exaggerated visuals, eye-popping color and frantic characterizations, Frank Tashlin has been promoted to a genuine ‘fifties icon. This freewheeling comedy hits on the Top Tashlin fetish subjects: Hollywood glitz, Madison Avenue neurosis, dynamic women, wimpy men and… and… bosoms, dammit. As the bubbly yet calculating sex symbol Rita Marlowe, Jayne Mansfield places career issues way ahead of anything to do with sex. Tony Randall receives his first leading film role as a Mad Man who’ll jump through hoops to keep an account. But the surprise is Betsy Drake, who more than anyone represents the conflicts facing the pre-feminist ’50s woman: she defines success her own way.

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter

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Twilight Time

1957 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 93 min. / Street Date Feb 19, 2019 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Tony Randall, Jayne Mansfield, Betsy Drake, Joan Blondell, John Williams, Henry Jones, Mickey Hargitay.

Cinematography: Joseph MacDonald

Film
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From Sarah Paulson to Billy Porter: Creating Ryan Murphy’s Repertory Company

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Uber-producer Ryan Murphy has made small screen stars out of A-listers and fresh faces alike.

Angela Bassett (pictured above)

Bassett starred in four seasons of “American Horror Story”, earning two Emmy nominations. She helmed two episodes as a director, the first during her final season as an actor, on “Roanoke,” before Murphy invited her back behind-the-scenes for a pivotal episode in the seventh season, “Cult.” She also signed on to star in and serve as executive producer on Murphy’s first-responder drama “9-1-1” for Fox, which is now in its second season.

Kathy Bates

Bates joined the Ryan Murphy family in 2013, with the third season of “American Horror Story,” subtitled “Coven,” and continued on through the sixth season, “Roanoke.” The Oscar winner scored three nominations and one win to date with her work on Murphy’s anthology before moving over to “Feud,” in which she played actress Joan Blondell.
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Footlight Parade

Another pre-code musical from director Lloyd Bacon and more unforgettably wack-a-doo dance sequences from Busby Berkeley. This one features a powerhouse cast including Joan Blondell, Dick Powell and the incendiary James Cagney (whose galvanic tap dancing leaves the adorably klutzy Ruby Keeler in the dust). Fun-starved depression audiences made this another big hit for Warners, the film doubled its budget at the box-office.
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Big Business Girl

What does a working girl have to do to get ahead, when all she has in her favor is an incredible face, a lavish wardrobe, and a pair of legs to make any executive wolf howl? Loretta Young juggles two egotistical swains, while Joan Blondell shines as an enticing all-pro homewrecker.

Big Business Girl

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The Warner Archive Collection

1931 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 74 min. / Street Date September 14, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Loretta Young, Frank Albertson, Ricardo Cortez, Joan Blondell, Frank Darien, Dorothy Christy, Oscar Apfel, Judith Barrett, Mickey Bennett, George ‘Gabby’ Hayes, Virginia Sale.

Cinematography: Sol Polito

Film Editor: Pete Fritch

Written by Robert Lord, story by Patricia Reilly & H.N. Swanson

Produced and Directed by William A. Seiter

Let’s hear it for the Warner Archive Collection’s voluminous vault of early ’30s Warners, MGM and Rko entertainments, which has given us a real education about this era of filmmaking.
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