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Billy Wilder movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Billy Wilder movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best
Billy Wilder would’ve celebrated his 113th birthday on June 22, 2019. The six-time Oscar winner left behind a series of classically quotable features from Hollywood’s Golden Age, crafting sharp witted and darkly cynical stories that blended comedy and pathos in equal measure. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Wilder was born to a family of Austrian Jews in 1906. After working as a journalist, he developed an interest in filmmaking and collaborated on the silent feature “People on Sunday” (1929) with fellow rookies Fred Zinnemann, Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer. With the rise of Adolph Hitler, Wilder fled to Paris, where he co-directed the feature “Mauvaise Graine” (1934). Tragically, his mother, stepfather and grandmother all died in the Holocaust.

After moving to Hollywood, Wilder enjoyed a successful career as a screenwriter, earning Oscar nominations for penning 1939’s “Ninotchka
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Billy Wilder movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Some Like It Hot,’ ‘The Apartment,’ ‘Sunset Blvd.’

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Billy Wilder movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Some Like It Hot,’ ‘The Apartment,’ ‘Sunset Blvd.’
Billy Wilder would’ve celebrated his 113th birthday on June 22, 2019. The six-time Oscar winner left behind a series of classically quotable features from Hollywood’s Golden Age, crafting sharp witted and darkly cynical stories that blended comedy and pathos in equal measure. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Wilder was born to a family of Austrian Jews in 1906. After working as a journalist, he developed an interest in filmmaking and collaborated on the silent feature “People on Sunday” (1929) with fellow rookies Fred Zinnemann, Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer. With the rise of Adolph Hitler, Wilder fled to Paris, where he co-directed the feature “Mauvaise Graine” (1934). Tragically, his mother, stepfather and grandmother all died in the Holocaust.

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After moving to Hollywood, Wilder enjoyed a successful career as a screenwriter,
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Tony Awards 2019: No Broadway debuts among this year’s acting winners

For only the third time this decade, none of the acting winners at this year’s Tony Awards did so for their Broadway debut. This is the 21st time that this has happened over the 73-year history of these top theater honors. Most of the winners were actually on the opposite end of the spectrum, winning for the first time after years of Broadway experience and several nominations to their name including André De Shields, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Stephanie J. Block. Check out the complete list of winners here.

The previous instances of Broadway debuts being shut out at the Tonys were in: 1948, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2001-2003, 2012 and 2017.

Below, you can see the names of all 96 people who have won Tonys for their debut on the Great White Way.

SEE2019 Tony Awards: Best Musical ‘Hadestown’ sweeps with 8 wins, ‘The Ferryman’ takes Best Play

Best Actor In A Play: 16 winners

Paul Scofield, “A Man for All Seasons” (1962)

Cliff Gorman,
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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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Richard Gere Series ‘MotherFatherSon’ Sold to Multiple Territories

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BBC Studios, the British public broadcaster’s commercial arm, has announced a raft of territory sales for Richard Gere starrer “MotherFatherSon,” a drama series written by Tom Rob Smith, Emmy-nominated for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” The show will screen Tuesday at Series Mania, France, in the International Panorama section.

Buyers for the eight-part thriller include HBO for Central and Eastern Europe, Tvnz in New Zealand, RTP2 in Portugal, Ruv in Iceland, Catchplay in Taiwan, Zee Café in India and Amedia in Russia. The show will be shown on BBC First in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Gere stars in his first television role for 30 years alongside Helen McCrory and Billy Howle. The cast also includes Sarah Lancashire, Paul Ready, Danny Sapiani (“Black Panther”), Joseph Mawle (“Game of Thrones”) and Sinéad Cusack (“Call the Midwife”). The director is James Kent, who will attend the Series Mania screening.
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Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Headed To TV Via Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories

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Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories has inked a deal with Agatha Christie Ltd to develop a new TV series centered on Christie’s iconic sleuth Miss Marple. The latest incarnation will be based on the author’s Miss Marple books and short stories, and will be co-developed by the Big Little Lies producer and Endeavor Content.

The potential series will be produced by Agl’s James Prichard and Basi Akpabio along with Papandrea. Made Up Stories’ Steve Hutensky, Casey Haver, Jeanne Snow and Janice Park are shepherding the project.

Christie’s books about the amateur detective have been in print for more than 90 years and are now in more than 100 territories worldwide. Numerous film and TV adaptations have been mounted along the way starring the likes of Margaret Rutherford, Angela Lansbury, Geraldine McEwan, Helen Hayes and Joan Hickson.

“I’m just thrilled to be joining forces with James and
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Giveaway – Win Witness for the Prosecution on Blu-ray

ureka Entertainment is set to release Witness for the Prosecution, Billy Wilder’s engrossingly theatrical courtroom drama, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as a part of The Masters of Cinemas Series from 10th September 2018, and we have three copies to give away!

Based on the hit play by Agatha Christie, Billy Wilder’s Witness for the Prosecution was nominated for six Academy Awards and was reportedly praised by Christie herself as the best adaptation of her work she had seen.

When a wealthy widow is found murdered, her married suitor, Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power), is accused of the crime. Vole’s only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife (Marlene Dietrich)… but his airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own.

Also starring the incredible Charles Laughton in an Oscar nominated role, Witness for the Prosecution left audiences reeling from
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Bob Benton, Hilary Strong Launch New Production Outfit The Anthology Group

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U.K. film and television veterans Bob Benton and Hilary Strong have launched new U.K. and international production company The Anthology Group. The move is a reorganization of Benton’s Bob & Co. group, which he founded in 2010 and where Strong has served as CEO since September 2017. Both will continue in those roles in the new company, with former Lion Television founder Jeremy Mills serving as chairman.

The new company will be the parent of Anthology Studios, which comprises six film and television production companies, a theater production company, and an established licensing company. Bob Anthology Advisory will also come under the new banner, continuing to advise on investment opportunities.

Two of the production companies are newly formed scripted production companies Mischief Screen and Rockfleet. Mischief Screen has been created in partnership with Mischief Worldwide, the newly announced team-up of Mischief Theatre, Kenny Wax and Stage Presence, and will be headed by Strong.
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‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Exposes Star Myths, from Tracy & Hepburn to Cary Grant

‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Exposes Star Myths, from Tracy & Hepburn to Cary Grant
At the opening-night party of Matt Tyrnauer’s hit documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” at Tim Burton’s Chateau Marmont apartment, Scotty Bowers, the tousle-haired author of 2012 tell-all “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars,” celebrated his 95th birthday.

“So how gay was Spencer Tracy?” I asked him.

“He got drunk and thanked the man beside him in the morning for taking care of him,” he said with a gap-toothed grin, taunting me with his next provocation: “He didn’t just suck cock, he crunched it!”

We laughed. “And how gay was Katharine Hepburn?”

“She loved one woman for 40 years who left her to marry a rich man,” he said. He claims to have arranged 150 get-togethers with women over five decades for Hepburn. That was his job — putting gay people together via a Hollywood gas station for rendezvous with movie stars,
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‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Exposes Star Myths, from Tracy & Hepburn to Cary Grant

‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Exposes Star Myths, from Tracy & Hepburn to Cary Grant
At the opening-night party of Matt Tyrnauer’s hit documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” at Tim Burton’s Chateau Marmont apartment, Scotty Bowers, the tousle-haired author of 2012 tell-all “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars,” celebrated his 95th birthday.

“So how gay was Spencer Tracy?” I asked him.

“He got drunk and thanked the man beside him in the morning for taking care of him,” he said with a gap-toothed grin, taunting me with his next provocation: “He didn’t just suck cock, he crunched it!”

We laughed. “And how gay was Katharine Hepburn?”

“She loved one woman for 40 years who left her to marry a rich man,” he said. He claims to have arranged 150 get-togethers with women over five decades for Hepburn. That was his job — putting gay people together via a Hollywood gas station for rendezvous with movie stars,
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Eureka Entertainment: Salvador, Witness For The Prosecution, more Jackie Chan!

Oliver Stone's oft-overlooked political thriller Salvador is set to join the Masters of Cinema series on 17 September, as part of another impressive line-up of titles announced by Eureka! Entertainment. Released in 1986 but eclipsed by Stone’s other film from that year, Platoon, Salvador stars James Woods in an Oscar-nominated role as a sleazy photojournalist covering the horrors of the civil war in El Salvador in 1980, while Jim Belushi and John Savage offer excellent support. Billy Wilder returns to the MoC once again with Witness For The Prosecution. Adapted from Agatha Christie’s hit play, the film stars Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Elsa Lanchester in a thrilling courtroom mystery riddled with surprise revelations and shocking twists. It arrives in a dual-format...

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Tony Awards 2018: Ari’el Stachel (‘The Band’s Visit’) becomes latest to win for Broadway debut

Ari’el Stachel became the latest person to take home a Tony Award for their Broadway debut. This victory puts him in a freshman club that now has 96 members. Watch him discuss his victory in the Tonys press room in the video above.

Stachel, who won Best Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Haled in “The Band’s Visit,” is the ninth person to claim that particular honor for his first Broadway outing. He joins:

Harry Belafonte, “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” (1954)

Sydney Chaplin, “Bells are Ringing” (1957)

Frankie Michaels, “Mame” (1966)

Wilson Jermaine Heredia, “Rent” (1996)

Dan Fogler, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (2005)

Levi Kreis, “Million Dollar Quartet” (2010)

John Larroquette, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (2011)

Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton” (2016)

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Below are the Broadway debuts in the seven other acting categories that claimed Tony Awards.

Best Actor In A Play: 16 winners

Paul Scofield,
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John Malkovich to Play Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s ‘The ABC Murders’

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John Malkovich to Play Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s ‘The ABC Murders’
John Malkovich and “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint have signed on for “The ABC Murders,” an Agatha Christie adaptation for the BBC in Britain and Amazon in the U.S. Shooting gets underway in June and will see Malkovich become the latest actor to take on the role of the famously mustachioed Belgian detective.

Kenneth Branagh played the sleuth in the 2017 film adaptation of “Murder on the Orient Express” and is reprising the role in a remake of “Death on the Nile.” David Suchet and Alfred Molina are among those to have played the part on the small screen.

Grint has signed on to play Inspector Crome. The cast also includes Andrew Buchan (“Broadchurch”), Eamon Farren (“Twin Peaks”), Tara Fitzgerald (“Game of Thrones”), Bronwyn James (“Harlots”), and Freya Mavor (“The Sense of an Ending”).

Based on the classic 1936 Christie novel, the series will run to three parts. British pubcaster the
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John Malkovich to play Poirot in BBC One's Agatha Christie story 'The ABC Murders'

John Malkovich to play Poirot in BBC One's Agatha Christie story 'The ABC Murders'
Rupert Grint is also cast in the three-part drama.

The ABC Murders, the latest in a series of BBC One Agatha Christie adaptations, has unveiled its cast, with John Malkovich in the key role of Hercule Poirot.

This one off three-part drama continues BBC One and Agatha Christie Limited’s production deal that will see Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen deliver six more Christie adaptations.

Lining up alongside Malkovich are Rupert Grint (the Harry Potter series), Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch), Eamon Farren (Twin Peaks), Tara Fitzgerald (Game Of Thrones), Bronwyn James (Harlots) and Freya Mavor (Skins).

This new version is being written by Sarah Phelps,
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Richard Gere Confirmed for First Major TV Role in 'MotherFatherSon'

Richard Gere Confirmed for First Major TV Role in 'MotherFatherSon'
Richard Gere is officially confirmed for his first major TV role in MotherFatherSon.

The eight-part original drama, which is being made by BBC Studios Drama London for BBC Two, will also star Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders, Harry Potter) and Billy Howle (Witness for the Prosecution, On Chesil Beach) and was written and created by Tom Rob Smith, whose credits include Child 44, London Spy and FX's recent hit The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

"It’s been almost 30 years since I worked in television," Gere said Tuesday in a statement. "I’m so pleased to be ...
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O The Choices I Have! A 2018 Tcmff Preamble

So much time, so few movies to see. Scratch that. Reverse it.

Running a little later than usual this year, the 2018 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival gets under way this coming Thursday, screening approximately 88 films and special programs over the course of the festival’s three-and-a-half days, beginning Thursday evening, and no doubt about it, this year’s schedule, no less than any other year, will lay out a banquet for classic film buffs, casual film fans and harder-core cinephiles looking for the opportunity to see long-time favorites as well as rare and unusual treats on the big screen. I’ve attended every festival since its inaugural run back in 2010, and since then if I have not reined in my enthusiasm for the festival and being given the opportunity to attend it every year, then I have at least managed to lasso my verbiage. That first year I wrote about
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Affleck and Damon's Production Company Will Adopt Inclusion Riders

Affleck and Damon's Production Company Will Adopt Inclusion Riders
After Frances McDormand's epic Oscar speech, where she asked her Hollywood cohorts to adopt "inclusion riders" for all future projects, another company has answered the call. After Michael B. Jordan took to social media last week to announce his commitment to inclusion riders, for all projects being developed under his production company Outlier Society, Pearl Street Films, the production company run by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, have also committed to adopting inclusion riders. Here's what Pearl Street Films head of strategic outreach, Fanshen Cox Digiovanni, had to say on Twitter, responding to Michael B. Jordan's original tweet.

"@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward."

Neither Matt Damon nor Ben Affleck themselves have commented on their company adopting
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Promise to Use Inclusion Riders on All Future Movies They Produce

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Promise to Use Inclusion Riders on All Future Movies They Produce
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are following in the footsteps of Michael B. Jordan by announcing their production company, Pearl Street Films, will adopt inclusion riders on all future productions made under its banner. An inclusion rider is an amendment to a contract that requires cast and crew on a film to meet a certain percentage of diversity. The term gained widespread attention after Frances McDormand ended her Oscar speech by urging everyone to look into the policy.

The Pearl Street announcement was made on behalf of Fanshen Cox Digiovanni at the SXSW Film Festival on March 12. Digiovanni’s announcement also included a thank you to Michael B. Jordan for “always supporting broader representation in the industry.” Jordan announced earlier this month that his production company, Outlier Society, would be using inclusion riders on all future productions as well.

.@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry.
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'Bull' Poll: Should Jason Rehire Cable or Find Her Replacement?

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'Bull' Poll: Should Jason Rehire Cable or Find Her Replacement?
Two episodes of Bull have aired since Jason fired Cable, but we have yet to see any sign that he's going to hire her replacement anytime soon. ("Witness for the Prosecution" also made it clear that Cable's going to run into problems on her job hunt, and since she's still part of the show, that suggests we'll likely see her back at Tac.) But should Dr. Bull bring in someone new or rehire Cable?

No one's saying that what Cable did wasn't wrong. The others never argued that while discussing why she was fired in season 2 episode 15. What she did was a federal crime and almost cost a man his business. However, Danny also pointed out that they've all made mistakes. And while Dr. Bull has told Marissa to interview candidates, wouldn't that be something we'd see or hear more about other than Jason seeming assured that they'll be fine
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Canon Of Film: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (1974)

In this week’s edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look Sidney Lumet‘s hypnotic ‘Murder on the Orient Express‘ just in time for the release of Kenneth Branagh‘s remake of the same name. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Murder On The Orient Express (1974)

Director: Sidney Lumet

Screenplay: Paul Dehn based on the novel by Agatha Christie (uncredited)

Strangely, the detective story is actually a fairly newer genre when compared to others, in terms of literary history, it is, and the inventor of the genre is not who you’d think it’d be either, it was Edgar Allen Poe, with his trilogy of C. Auguste Dupin stories, ‘The Murder of the Rue Morgue‘, ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget,’ and my favorite, ‘The Purloined Letter‘ back in the 1840s. I’m not sure why this genre didn’t pick up until then,
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