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A big Oscar question answered: Brad Pitt is campaigning as supporting for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ — for now

A big Oscar question answered: Brad Pitt is campaigning as supporting for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ — for now
To both lead or to have only one lead, that is the big Oscar question for one pair of male co-stars, still firmly perched at the top of their games, as Gold Derby launches its Academy Award prediction site today. The ultimate answer is below — but first some background.

Once upon a time in Hollywood, male co-leads in a film were allowed to go mano-to-mano and duke it out in the same Oscar category. The first instance of this situation was when cast mates Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone went up against each other in 1935’s “Mutiny on the Bounty.” In that case, there was no other choice since supporting acting categories weren’t added to the ballot until 1937. Alas, all three stars were bested by Victor McLaglen in “The Informer.”

SEEPaul Revere and the Raiders singer Mark Lindsay think ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is a good thing

Since then,
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Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, and More Decry Removal of Lillian Gish’s Name From Theater

The college censorship debate has reached Hollywood. More than 50 prominent artists, writers, and film scholars are supporting the restoration of the names of the Gish sisters, Dorothy and Lillian, to a film theater at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

The letter accuses the university of making “a scapegoat in a broader political debate.” Among those signing their names are James Earl Jones, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese, George Stevens Jr., Bertrand Tavernier, Malcolm McDowell, Lauren Hutton, Joe Dante, and Taylor Hackford. The letter is a response to Bowling Green’s May 3 decision to change the name of the Gish Theater because of Lillian Gish’s acting role in D. W. Griffith’s incendiary 1915 silent film “The Birth of a Nation.”

The Birth of a Nation” has been called one of the most racist films ever made, and it’s credited with leading to the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in America.
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ could — and should — be the first film to get 2 Best Actor Oscar nominations in 35 years

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ could — and should — be the first film to get 2 Best Actor Oscar nominations in 35 years
Quentin Tarantino‘s highly anticipated “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, debuted to raves at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, which is not really that shocking. What might have been less expected, though, were all the notices — stellar ones, to be clear — for Pitt as a lead. So now the question is: Could this film try to and actually get two Best Actor Oscar nominations, ending a 35-year dry spell?

All this time we’ve been operating on the assumption that DiCaprio was the “obvious” lead of the film, which covers three days in Los Angeles in 1969, the last of which is the night of the Manson Family murders. DiCaprio, who is first-billed, plays Rick Dalton — excuse us, Rick F—in’ Dalton — a TV star struggling to break into films in a changing Hollywood, while Pitt plays his stunt double and Bff Cliff Booth.
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Herman Wouk, Author of ‘Caine Mutiny,’ ‘Winds of War,’ Dies at 103

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Herman Wouk, Author of ‘Caine Mutiny,’ ‘Winds of War,’ Dies at 103
Herman Wouk, the author of novels adapted to the big and small screen, including “The Caine Mutiny,” “Marjorie Morningstar,” “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance,” has died. He was 103.

The Caine Mutiny,” a 1951 bestseller that won Wouk the Pulitzer Prize, was memorably adapted into the 1954 film starring Humphrey Bogart, who played the paranoid, mentally unstable captain of a Navy minesweeper whose actions drive his subordinates to mutiny. That pic, directed by Edward Dmytryk and also starring Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson and Fred MacMurray, drew seven Oscar nominations, including those for best picture and screenplay for Stanley Roberts.

Wouk relied upon his wartime experiences not only for “The Caine Mutiny,” but for his later novels “The Winds of War” (1971) and “War and Remembrance” (1978). These expansive works, which followed one character, Navy Commander Victor “Pug” Henry, through seemingly every important moment in WWII, were adapted into the highly successful ABC miniseries of the same name.
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The Big Clock

Clever plotting goes into overdrive for this light-comedy proto-paranoid film noir about a magazine publishing empire so organized that it seems a sci-fi invention from the future. Ray Milland’s charismatic fall guy finds himself embroiled in a murder plot filled with false identities, and a manhunt that he must supervise… to catch himself. Maybe Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale watched this from their cribs, and applied its chaotic symmetry to their pretzel-plotted comedies!

The Big Clock

Blu-ray

Arrow Academy

1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 95 min. / Street Date May 14, 2019 / Available from Arrow Video / 39.95

Starring: Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Sullivan, George Macready, Rita Johnson, Elsa Lanchester, Harry (Henry) Morgan.

Cinematography: Daniel L. Fapp, John Seitz

Film Editor: LeRoy Stone

Original Music: Victor Young

Written by Jonathan Latimer from a novel by Kenneth Fearing

Produced by John Farrow, Richard Maibaum

Directed by John Farrow

The thriller The Big Clock
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The Forgotten: The Fauns Is Cool

Il fauno, written and directed by Febo Mari, represents state-of-the-art filmmaking for 1917, which is to say the tableaux long-shots are broken up by closer views that jump in to enlarge persons of interest, but there are no reverse angles. However, the cinematography is extraordinary, with atmospheric single-source lighting bringing out the contours and contributing hugely to the movie's sensual effect.At the start, Mari himself steps out from behind a curtain to introduce his film in the best Universal horror manner, then he becomes the titular mythic man-beast, a statue brought to life who seduces his sculptor's mistress and runs away with her to the country.You can't make a convincing faun with 1917 special effects, according to conventional wisdom (if you can get conventional wisdom to consider such a question). The whole reason Ray Harryhausen gave his cyclops goat legs in The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, as I see it,
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Ray Milland in The Big Clock Available on Blu-ray May 14th From Arrow Academy

Ray Milland in The Big Clock (1948) will be available on Blu-ray From Arrow Academy May 14th

Adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Jonathan Latimer from a novel by the equally renowned crime author Kenneth Fearing, The Big Clock is a superior suspense film which classily combines screwball comedy with heady thrills.

Overworked true crime magazine editor George Stroud has been planning a vacation for months. However, when his boss, the tyrannical media tycoon Earl Janoth, insists he skips his holiday, Stroud resigns in disgust before embarking on an impromptu drunken night out with his boss’s mistress, Pauline York. When Janoth kills Pauline in a fit of rage, Stroud finds himself to have been the wrong man, in the wrong place, at the wrong time: his staff have been tasked with finding a suspect with an all too familiar description… Stroud s very own!

Directed with panache by John Farrow (Around the World in 80 Days
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Matt Tyranuer Discusses Emmy-Contending Doc On Scotty Bowers, “Hollywood’s Most Notorious Gay Hustler”

The story of Scotty Bowers’ sexual adventures in Hollywood could easily fill a 10-volume set. For the time being, people can find his exploits chronicled in a single book, his 2013 memoir Full Service, or the Starz documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, which is now in the running for Emmy consideration.

Together, the memoir and film reveal a side of the movie capital long relegated to the shadows—a cloaked world where closeted stars of the 1940s, 50s and beyond, desperate for sexual release and intimacy, turned to Bowers for services.

“He’s the most notorious gay hustler in the history of Hollywood,” says director Matt Tyrnauer of Bowers, who turns 96 in a couple of months. “The experience of interviewing Scotty on and off over a two-year period was amazing, extraordinary and unique. It gave me a memory map, really, his map of a lost city.”

The key
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The Strange Door

The Strange Door

Blu Ray

Kino Lorber

1951 / 1:33:1 / 81 Min.

Starring Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Sally Forrest

Written by Jerry Sackheim

Cinematography by Irving Glassberg

Directed by Joseph Pevney

Charles Laughton is a vengeful aristocrat with a secret in the cellar and Boris Karloff is the family servant who holds the key to The Strange Door. Released in 1951, the Universal International period piece stars Laughton as Alain de Maletroit, a bitter reprobate who lures a fugitive into his castle with the promise of sanctuary in exchange for a wedding vow.

There’s a bright side to that peculiar overture – the mystery bride is de Maletroit’s niece, the prim but pliant Blanche played by the low key seductress Sally Forrest.

Laughton’s convoluted plan is a decades-long effort to corrupt Blanche and humiliate her father, Edmond, the man who stole Blanche’s mother from Laughton years before. The fugitive, Denis de Beaulieu,
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Alamo Drafthouse Will Screen ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Free

Three days after Notre Dame was nearly lost forever, Alamo Drafthouse has announced its plan to honor the damaged-but-not-destroyed cathedral by screening “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in it least three cities across the country. Charles Laughton stars as Quasimodo in William Dieterle’s adaptation of the novel by Victor Hugo, which is credited by some with literally saving the architectural marvel for which it’s named; the centuries-old church was regarded by some Parisians as an eyesore prior to the book’s publication. Drafthouse CEO Tim League announced the news with a heartfelt post:

“In times of loss, I want to spend time and reminisce and reflect. When Prince passed away, I spent nearly the whole day listening to his music and watching countless epic live performances. He was my favorite musician when I was in high school and warm memories from those days came flooding back. In the
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Notre Dame Cathedral: 14 Classic Movie Scenes at the Paris Landmark (Photos)

  • The Wrap
A fire broke out on the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Sunday. Shortly thereafter, the flames caused the spire to collapse and spread to one of its landmark tower. The cathedral spokesman shared the heartbreaking news: “Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame.”

The 850-year-old cathedral is a landmark in history and on celluloid. It’s the primary backdrop for the classic 1939 film “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,” as well as Disney’s 1996 animated feature remake. It has also appeared in the Oscar-nominated “Midnight in Paris” and 2004’s “Van Helsing.”

Here is a list of films either set or shot at the famed Cathedral.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939)

There have been many versions of this 19th century tale by Victor Hugo, but this 1939 classic with Charles Laughton starring as Quasimodo and Maureen O’Hara playing the object of his love, Esmeralda, differed from the novel
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Resonances beyond by Anne-Katrin Titze

‪Sunset (Napszállta)‬ director ‪László Nemes‬ between Martin Scorsese and Frederick Wiseman: "In my childhood I was incredibly affected by tales, a lot of tales." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In the second half of my conversation on Sunset (Napszállta) with the director of the Oscar-winning Son Of Saul (Saul Fia), László Nemes spoke about the influence of fairy tales, Fw Murnau's Sunrise, "creating imagery that is in the mind", and the "mission of cinema." He mentioned Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up as a film that "would not give you exactly the answers" and I thought of Charles Laughton's Night of the Hunter and John Huston's African Queen for his boat scenes in Sunset.

László Nemes‬ on Írisz (Juli Jakab): "I'm interested in transmitting something and sharing something."

László Nemes mixes memory and desire unlike any other filmmaker today. His latest feature stirs us with the remarkable tale of
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Mike Leigh on Albert Finney: had he not backed me, my career might never have happened

The award-winning director remembers Finney’s unique bonhomie, from his shining legacy at Salford grammar school to his support of Leigh’s film debut Bleak Moments

When I arrived at Salford grammar school in 1954, Albert Finney had just left for Rada, the glittering star of the school’s dramatic society. My school friend and future colleague Les Blair, a year my senior, witnessed his legendary performance as Sweeney Todd. Albert’s legacy shone its light on all of our productions and we tracked his meteoric progress in awe. My final-year production of a very forgettable play won the brand new Albert Finney cup, donated by his parents.

By the time I followed him to Rada in 1960, Albert had become an RSC star, understudying and going on for Laurence Olivier as Coriolanus; he had toured with Charles Laughton, had just completed Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and was appearing in the West End as Billy Liar.
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Albert Finney, Five-Time Oscar Nominee and Erin Brockovich Star, Dies at 82

Albert Finney, Five-Time Oscar Nominee and Erin Brockovich Star, Dies at 82
Five-time Oscar nominee Albert Finney has died at the age of 82.

The famed British actor — known for his roles in Erin Brockovich, Annie, Big Fish, Skyfall, and the Bourne franchise — succumbed to symptoms of an undisclosed illness, his family said in a statement obtained by the BBC.

Their statement read: “Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. The family request privacy at this sad time.”

Finney disclosed in 2011 that he had been suffering from kidney cancer, The Guardian reported. A publicist told that outlet that Finney died on Thursday
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Clark Gable movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘It Happened One Night’

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Clark Gable movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘It Happened One Night’
Clark Gable would’ve celebrated his 118th birthday on February 1, 2019. The Oscar-winning matinee idol starred in dozens of films before his untimely death in 1960, but how many of those titles are classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of Gable’s greatest movies, ranked worst to best.

After appearing in bit parts in a number of films, Gable shot to stardom with his performance in “A Free Soul” (1931) as a gangster who bewitches a young woman (Norma Shearer) whose attorney father (Lionel Barrymore) helped him beat a murder rap. From there forward, the actor’s persona as a raffish leading man who’s every guy’s best friend and every gal’s dream became cemented in a number of subsequent roles.

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He won an Oscar just three years later for Frank Capra‘s screwball
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Clark Gable movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Clark Gable movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best
Clark Gable would’ve celebrated his 118th birthday on February 1, 2019. The Oscar-winning matinee idol starred in dozens of films before his untimely death in 1960, but how many of those titles are classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of Gable’s greatest movies, ranked worst to best.

After appearing in bit parts in a number of films, Gable shot to stardom with his performance in “A Free Soul” (1931) as a gangster who bewitches a young woman (Norma Shearer) whose attorney father (Lionel Barrymore) helped him beat a murder rap. From there forward, the actor’s persona as a raffish leading man who’s every guy’s best friend and every gal’s dream became cemented in a number of subsequent roles.

He won an Oscar just three years later for Frank Capra‘s screwball classic “It Happened One Night” (1934), in which he played a
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Criterion Collection’s Classic Movie Streaming Service Sets April Launch Date

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Movie buffs left out in the cold by FilmStruck’s demise will soon get a new streaming service stocked with over 1,000 classic and contemporary art-house films this spring: The Criterion Collection announced that the Criterion Channel will launch April 8 in the U.S. and Canada.

The Criterion Channel will be regularly priced at $10.99 per month or $99.99 for an annual subscription. Customers who sign up now as charter subscribers will receive a special discounted rate of $9.99 per month or $89.99 per year — pricing the company says will be locked in “for as long as you stay active” — as well as a 30-day free trial.

The Criterion Channel (criterionchannel.com) will be available on computers, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS, and Android devices.

Criterion didn’t reveal specific titles that will be available on Criterion Channel but said the subscription VOD service will include access to Criterion’s entire streaming library
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Playing a British Monarch Is a Step on the Road to Oscar Glory – Again

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Playing a British Monarch Is a Step on the Road to Oscar Glory – Again
“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” Shakespeare wrote of Britain’s care-burdened monarchs. Try telling that to the Academy.

Once again, playing British royalty has proved to be a tried-and-true route to Oscar glory, with Olivia Colman as the latest actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for portraying an occupant of the British throne. Colman plays the 18th-century Queen Anne, the last of the ruling Stuarts, in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.” The film has lived up to its name throughout the awards season and now has 10 Oscar nods to its credit, tying Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.”

If Colman takes home the statuette on Feb. 24, she would become the third actor in the last dozen years alone to win an Oscar for playing a British king or queen. Colin Firth was named best actor for his portrayal of George VI in “The King’s Speech,” which also
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‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Live-Action Reboot in the Works at Disney

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Disney is in early development on a live-action “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” movie, based on Disney’s animated film and Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “Notre-Dame de Paris.”

Playwright David Henry Hwang is attached to write the script, with Mandeville Films and Josh Gad set to produce. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz will pen the music.

“Hunchback” — the story of the bell-ringer at the Notre Dame Cathedral and his friendship with the gypsy Esmeralda — has been adapted multiple times into features, most notably the 1939 Charles Laughton and 1996 Disney animated versions. The animated movie, directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, grossed $325 million worldwide.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame” follows Disney’s highly successful strategy of rebooting its animated titles into live-action films, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Jungle Book,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and the upcoming “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” and “Dumbo.”

Hwang won a Tony Award for “M. Butterfly,
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Kino Lorber to Open The Strange Door on Blu-ray This April

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The walls literally close in on those unfortunate enough to find themselves in the dungean of the Sire de Maletroit (Charles Laughton) in 1951's The Strange Door. Co-starring the legendary Boris Karloff and based on a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Door will be opened by Kino Lorber on Blu-ray this April.

Special features for The Strange Door (1951) Blu-ray have yet to be announced, but you can read the official announcement from Kino Lorber below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates.

From Kino Lorber Studio Classics: "Coming April 2019 on Blu-ray!

The Strange Door (1951) Starring Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Sally Forrest, Richard Wyler, Alan Napier and Michael Pate - Shot by Irving Glassberg - Screenplay by Jerry Sackheim (The Black Castle) - Based on the Story "" by Robert Lewis Stevenson - Directed by Joseph Pevney."

Synopsis (via Blu-ray.com): "The Sire de Maletroit (Charles
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