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'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Oscar Winner Returns to Brazilian Screens

'Rebecca' 1940: Joan Fontaine as the 'successor' and Judith Anderson as the creepy lesbian housekeeper, madly in love with her deceased mistress. 'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Best Picture Oscar winner back on Brazilian screens Based on Daphne Du Maurier's 1938 novel, Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood movie, Rebecca (1940), has briefly returned to Brazilian screens in summer 2016. Since yesterday, Aug. 11, restored 2K digital copies of the Best Picture Academy Award winner starring Oscar nominees Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine are being presented in 12 Brazilian cities. Handled by the newly formed Celeste, an alternative film distribution company based in the northeastern city of Fortaleza, the screenings are scheduled to last at least one week. Among the cities showing Rebecca […]


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'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Oscar Winner Returns to Brazilian Screens



British Cinema and Hollywood - 'A Special Relationship': Q&A with Anthony Slide

Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, and Ingrid Bergman: The 'Notorious' British (Hitchcock, Grant) and Swedish (Bergman) talent. British actors and directors in Hollywood; Hollywood actors and directors in Britain: Anthony Slide's 'A Special Relationship.' 'A Special Relationship' Q&A: Britain in Hollywood and Hollywood in Britain First of all, what made you think of a book on “the special relationship” between the American and British film industries – particularly on the British side? I was aware of a couple of books on the British in Hollywood, but I wanted to move beyond that somewhat limited discussion and document the whole British/American relationship as it applied to filmmaking. Growing up in England, I had always been interested in the history of the British […]


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British Cinema and Hollywood - 'A Special Relationship': Q&A with Anthony Slide



Marion Cotillard Naked and Doomed: More Nudity in 'Psycho' Shower Scene Homage

Marion Cotillard 'Psycho' shower scene scream. Marion Cotillard naked and screaming in 'Psycho' shower scene A few years ago – more exactly, in Feb./March 2008 – Vanity Fair published a series of images honoring Alfred Hitchcock movies made in Hollywood. (His British oeuvre was completely ignored.) The images weren't from the movies themselves; instead, they were somewhat faithful recreations featuring early 21st century stars, including several of that year's Oscar nominees. And that's why you get to see above – and further below – a wet and nude Marion Cotillard recreating the iconic Psycho shower scene. Cotillard took home the Best Actress Oscar at the 2008 ceremony for her performance as Edith Piaf in Olivier Dahan's La Vie en Rose […]


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Marion Cotillard Naked and Doomed: More Nudity in 'Psycho' Shower Scene Homage



Teresa Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Winner

Teresa Wright ca. 1950. Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: “Teresa Wright: From Broadway Hit to 'Somewhere in Time' and 'The Rainmaker'.”) Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where The Pride of the Yankees leading lady threw the ceremonial first pitch. According to reports, she became a baseball fan at that time – she was 80 – referring to the sport as “pure theater.”[2] In later years, Wright also became involved in the […]


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Teresa Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Winner



Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Hitchcock Heroine in His Favorite Movie

Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt,' facing serial killer Joseph Cotten. Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock heroine in the director's favorite film (See preceding article: “Teresa Wright: Actress Made Oscar History.”) After scoring with The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, and The Pride of the Yankees, Teresa Wright was loaned to Universal – once initial choices Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland became unavailable – to play the girl-next-door heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. (Check out video below: Teresa Wright reminisces about the making of Shadow of a Doubt.) Co-written by Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville; Meet Me in St. Louis and Junior Miss author Sally Benson; and Thornton Wilder, whose Our Town had […]


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Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Hitchcock Heroine in His Favorite Movie



Rod Taylor Movies: 'The Time Machine,' 'The Birds' and First Australian Hollywood Star?

Rod Taylor ca. 1960s. Rod Taylor movies: Actor best known for 'The Time Machine' and 'The Birds' dead at 84 Rod Taylor, best remembered for the early 1960s movies The Time Machine and The Birds, has died. Taylor suffered a heart attack at his Los Angeles home earlier this morning (Jan. 8, '15). Born on Jan. 11, 1930, in Sydney, he would have turned 85 on Sunday. 'The Time Machine' Based on H.G. Wells' classic 1895 sci-fi novel, The Time Machine stars Rod Taylor as a H. George Wells, an inventor who comes up with an intricate chair that allows him to travel across time. (In the novel, the Victorian protagonist is referred to simply as the “Time Traveller.”) After […]


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Rod Taylor Movies: 'The Time Machine,' 'The Birds' and First Australian Hollywood Star?



Scariest Movies Ever Made

Scariest Movies: Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' with Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles. Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies – e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein – in addition to, gasp, a handful of […]


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Scariest Movies Ever Made



'Gone with the Wind' Actress Mary Anderson Dead at 96

'Gone with the Wind' actress Mary Anderson dead at 96; also featured in Alfred Hitchcock thriller 'Lifeboat' Mary Anderson, an actress featured in both Gone with the Wind and Alfred Hitchcock's adventure thriller Lifeboat, died following a series of small strokes on Sunday, April 6, 2014, while under hospice care in Toluca Lake/Burbank, northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Anderson, the widow of multiple Oscar-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy, had turned 96 on April 3. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1918, Mary Anderson was reportedly discovered by director George Cukor, at the time looking for an actress to play Scarlett O'Hara in David O. Selznick's film version of Margaret Mitchell's bestseller Gone with the Wind. Instead of Scarlett, eventually played by Vivien […]


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