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The Evolution of Film Sound Technology: Q&A with 'A Century of Sound' Co-Creator Robert Gitt

Hal Roach looks on as technicians install Vitaphone equipment in his studio screening room, ca. 1928. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) 'A Century of Sound': Q&A with former UCLA Preservation Officer Robert Gitt about the evolution of film sound technology Long before multi-track Dolby stereo and digital sound […]

Robert Pattinson News: From 'The Triumph of Mediocrity' to Iraq War & Dystopian Future

Robert Pattinson news: Eclectic film projects June 26, '12, update: In Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami, a movie adaptation (written by Rachelle Bennette) of Guy de Maupassant's 19th-century novel, Robert Pattinson (photo) plays Georges Duroy, a former soldier who climbs to the top of Parisian society by having […]

Bella Wedding Dress Behind-the-Scenes Video + 'Twilight' Series on TV?

Bella Wedding Dress: Pomp & circumsntace as Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson tie the knot in 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1.' Bella's wedding: Behind the scenes Feb. 1, '12: The The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 video below (please scroll down) shows a couple of brief behind-the-scenes moments […]

Ken Russell 'The Devils' DVD Release Missing Rape of Christ Sequence?

Oliver Reed, Vanessa Redgrave, The Devils Ken Russell, the director of Women in Love, The Boy Friend, and Altered States, died Sunday, Nov. 27, at the age of 84. Coincidentally, the British Film Institute, with much fanfare, announced several months ago that it would be releasing for the first time […]

Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner: Tough Snow White & Thriller Premiere + Alleged 'Twilight' Hacker

You don't want to mess with her: Kristen Stewart is tough Snow White Sept. 30, 11: Is that Marie Falconetti? Ingrid Bergman? Michèle Morgan? Jean Seberg? Hedy Lamarr? Florence Carrez? Nope. Heck, that's not even Joan of Arc – but Kristen Stewart (via Just Jared) as none other than famous […]

Taylor Lautner Thriller & 'Thor' Trailer: Dystopian Future & Brooding Superhero

Taylor Lautner in Eclipse. At least for the time being, the futuristic thriller Incarceron, a planned film adaptation of Catherine Fisher's young adult novel, is reportedly to star the Jacob Black of The Twilight Saga movies, Taylor Lautner. Set in a dystopian future, Incarceron revolves around the relationship that develops […]

Daniel Radcliffe 'All Quiet on the Western Front' Remake, 'Most Dangerous Man' Daniel Ellsberg DVD

Daniel Radcliffe, who'll next be seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in November, is currently attached to star as an idealistic schoolboy-turned-disillusioned war veteran in an upcoming film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's controversial 1929 novel All Quiet on the Western Front, about life and death […]

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley In & Megan Fox Out + Tom Cruise Les Grossman Movie?

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Replaces Megan Fox in 'Transformers 3' Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been cast as Megan Fox's replacement in Michael Bay's Transformers 3. She has no acting experience – not that much emoting will be required from her. The robots will provide all the necessary acting in the […]

Cecil B. DeMille Risqué 'Chicago' DVD: Phyllis Haver a Fantastic Roxie Hart

Chicago, the restored 1927 silent (unofficially) directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring perky Phyllis Haver (right, with Victor Varconi) as Roxie Hart, is being released on DVD by Flicker Alley, in collaboration with The Blackhawk Films Collection. The 2002 Chicago remake, based on Bob Fosse's musical which itself was […]

Roger Ebert Film Festival Screening 'Pink Floyd The Wall' + 'Avatar' DVD Breaks Record

'Avatar' DVD Avatar sold 3.2 million DVD (including Blu-ray) copies on its first day out (not including rentals), last Thursday, according to figures provided by 20th Century Fox (via Earlier reports had Avatar selling 4 million units. James Cameron's 3D sci-fier – on DVD in plain old HD 2D […]

Silent Era Superstars Norma Talmadge & Constance Talmadge DVDs

Silent era superstars Norma Talmadge, Constance Talmadge at Norma's Santa Monica beach house Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge are the stars of two recent Kino International releases. Talmadges who? Well, just two of the most popular stars of the silent era. In fact, in terms of popularity they were two […]

New 'Twilight' Movie DVD Reviews & Unexpected Director for Upcoming Entry?

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner - The Twilight Saga: New Moon DVD New 'Twilight' movie DVD blockbuster: 'New Moon' beating original 'Twilight' Say what you will about the box office performances of Remember Me or The Runaways, but Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart surely have their millions of enthusiastic […]

Abhishek Bachchan New Movie + Corey Feldman vs. Hollywood & Media

Director Karan Johar and star Shah Rukh Khan filming My Name Is Khan Following the success of Shah Rukh Khan's My Name Is Khan, which has grossed $31.9 million worldwide (as per Box Office Mojo; not including India) and became the top Bollywood movie ever in the United Kingdom (not […]

Jafar Panahi Arrest + Jeff Bridges Dude & Academy Email To-Do

Jafar Panahi's Offside Jafar Panahi, 49, the Iranian director of the Venice Film Festival winner The Circle, was arrested on Monday night along with his wife and daughter and 15 house guests following a raid at his home in Teheran, according to The Times of London. Panahi had supported opposition […]

New 'Spider-Man' Director + Meredith Monk DVD

Marc Webb directs Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in (500) Days of Summer (Chuck Zlotnick / Fox Searchlight) Former music video director Marc Webb, whose quirky romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer became one of the sleeper hits of 2009, will be the next Spider-Man director, Sony Pictures and Marvel […]

Esther Williams: Swimsuit Star's DVD Box Set Features Athletic Prowess & Parade of Cultural Aspirations

Esther Williams: swimsuit star. Following the release of George Sidney's 1944 comedy musical Bathing Beauty, former competitive swimmer Esther Williams briefly became one of MGM's top box office draws, starring in fluffy Technicolor fare like Easy to Wed, Neptune's Daughter, and Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Battered by […]

Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi Horror Classics

Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi horror classics “With a few exceptions,” wrote Andrew Sarris in You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet, “The Bride of Frankenstein represented the last gasp of the horror film as a serious genre.  The creeping disease of facetiousness crippled the genre even more distressingly than it had […]

Gerard Butler 'Law Abiding Citizen' Movie and Premiere Images

Directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Kurt Wimmer, the crime thriller Law Abiding Citizen stars Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx as two men on the opposite sides of law. It's just unclear who's actually on the right side: the district attorney (Foxx) who agreed on a plea bargain […]

Anna Karina & Jean-Luc Godard Collaborations on DVD

Made in U.S.A. (1966) Dir.: Jean-Luc Godard Scr.: Jean-Luc Godard; from Donald E. Westlake's novel Cast: Anna Karina, László Szabó, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marianne Faithfull, Yves Afonso   2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle / 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967) Dir. / Scr.: Jean-Luc Godard […]

'Debauched Desires': Masaru Konuma Four 'Erotic Masterpieces'

PRESS RELEASE Kino International and KimStim are proud to release the four-DVD set Debauched Desires: Four Erotic Masterpieces by Masaru Konuma. Directed by the master of Japanese erotic cinema Masaru Konuma, CLOISTERED NUN: RUNA'S CONFESSION (1976), TATTOOED FLOWER VASE (1976), EROTIC DIARY OF AN OFFICE LADY (1977) and a re-mastered […]

Griffith Movies: Mandatory Viewing + Excellent Carol Dempster & the American Kay Hammond

Griffith movies: Sally of the Sawdust with Carol Dempster and W.C. Fields. Once D.W. Griffith and Lillian Gish parted ways after Orphans of the Storm (1921), Carol Dempster became the filmmaker's on-screen muse (e.g., Dream Street, America) – and off-screen companion. Dempster, however, was never either as popular or as […]

Griffith Cinema: Abraham Lincoln Biopic & 'Way Down East' Among Five Box Set Features

Way Down East with Richard Barthelmess and Lillian Gish: Griffith Cinema. One of the movies included in Kino's second D.W. Griffith cinema box set, Way Down East was one of the Broken Blossoms and The Birth of a Nation filmmaker's last major hits, as his career went fast downhill in […]

Buster Keaton 'The General' DVD

Considered by many Buster Keaton's masterpiece and one of the greatest movies ever made, the 1927 silent comedy The General – co-directed by Keaton and Clyde Bruckman – has received a classy DVD treatment courtesy of Kino International: “The General - Ultimate 2 Disc Edition.” Whether or not you're a […]

Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer DVD Set

Flicker Alley, described as “a specialty supplier of fine silent films and classic cinema programming,” in association with the Blackhawk Film Collection, has announced the December 2, 2008, release of “Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer,” a five-disc DVD collection featuring eleven early Douglas Fairbanks' vehicles. Fairbanks, one of the founders […]

Abel Gance 'La Roue' DVD

“There is cinema before and after La Roue as there is painting before and after Picasso.” That's none other than Jean Cocteau, referring to the mammoth 1923 drama (original running time: nearly 8 hours) directed and written by Abel Gance – he of Napoleon. Gance worked for three years on […]

Bette Davis DVD Set: From 'The Old Maid' to 'Deception'

The Bette Davis Collection Vol. 3, a DVD box set consisting of six Davis vehicles, will be released on April 1. The six films are The Old Maid (1939), All This and Heaven Too (1940), The Great Lie (1941), In This Our Life (1942), Watch on the Rhine (1943), and […]

Forbidden Hollywood: Racy Pre-Code Movies

The new documentary Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood and five Pre-Code films will be shown on Turner Classic Movies on Monday, March 3 (more details below). The five racy Pre-Coders are: The Divorcee (1930), A Free Soul (1931), Night Nurse (1931), Three on a Match […]

Baseball Films & Inceville + Slice-of-Life 'Lonesome' & Jennifer Jones Final 'Star' Role

Baseball films on DVD: From Babe Ruth to Up-and-Coming Superstar Colleen Moore Kino's “Reel Baseball - 1899-1926” two-disc set has become one of that DVD distributor's biggest sellers in their silent film division. Produced for video by Jessica Rosner, “Reel Baseball” includes the following: On Disc 1: Headin' Home a […]

'Gojira' vs. 'Godzilla': Which Is Better? Is Japanese Version Superior to the American One?

Gojira with Akihiko Hirata, Momoko Kôchi, and Akira Takarada. Tokyo-born actress Momoko Kôchi (1932–1998) was seen in more than 30 films over the course of four decades. In Ishirô Honda's Gojira, Akira Takarada is Kôchi's love interest, while Akihiko Hirata is the man her father has chosen to become her […]

Glamorous Actresses Carole Lombard & Mae West & Marlene Dietrich + Cecil B. DeMille DVD Sets

“Glamorous actresses”: Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray in True Confession. One of the highest-paid stars of the studio era, Carole Lombard was a top-notch light comedienne usually wasted in below-par dramas and comedies. True Confession, in which she's partnered with unappealing leading man Fred MacMurray (who, curiously, would excel as vile villains), […]

Greta Garbo DVDs: From 'Anna Christie' to 'Camille'

Greta Garbo in the 1930 'Anna Christie.' Greta Garbo DVD box set 'Garbo: The Signature Collection' Greta Garbo is the star of the DVD box set “Garbo: The Signature Collection,” which is scheduled to come out on Sept. 6, '05. The release has been timed to coincide with what would […]

'Ben-Hur' 1959 & 1925 on DVD: Charlton Heston & Ramon Novarro

Ben-Hur 1959, 1925 on DVD: Charlton Heston and Ramon Novarro movies Ben-Hur, both the 1959 and 1925 versions starring, respectively, Charlton Heston and Ramon Novarro, are part of a four-disc set via Warner Home Video. The 1959 epic nearly broke MGM during its production, but perhaps it was worth the […]

Andrzej Wajda: Katyn Massacre Personalized & DVD Release

Andrzej Wajda: Katyn massacre is his next movie project Andrzej Wajda is currently planning to make a film about the Katyn massacre, reports Slovakian news agency TASR. But what is the “Katyn Massacre”? Several months after the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, approximately 15,000 (some sources claim as many […]

'Spanglish' Movie: Adam Sandler Surprises in Condescending Comedy

'Spanglish' movie: Adam Sandler and Paz Vega directed by James L. Brooks. 'Spanglish' movie: Adam Sandler surprisingly effective in Hollywood exemplar of 'dishonestidad' Spanglish is writer-director James L. Brooks' take on ethnocultural relations in the affluent sections of the American Southwest. An interesting idea that could result in an excellent […]

'Man to Man': Defense of Human-Ape Link in Berlin + Ingmar Bergman & Vivien Leigh DVDs

Man to Man: Defense of the human-ape link set in 1870s Africa will open the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. Régis Wargnier (Indochine) directed this tale about how scientists get things wrong – were pygmies the missing human-ape link? – when they let cultural prejudices get in the way of scientific […]

John Wayne Movies DVD: Rare 'The High and the Mighty' & 'Hondo'

John Wayne movies: 'The High and the Mighty.' John Wayne movies on DVD: 'The High and the Mighty,' 'Hondo' In association with John Wayne's Batjac Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment and Paramount's Worldwide Television Distribution will be releasing several John Wayne movies on DVD beginning in spring 2005. The upcoming Wayne […]

'I Remember Mama' Movie, 'Gunga Din': George Stevens on DVD

'I Remember Mama' movie DVD cover featuring Irene Dunne. 'I Remember Mama' movie version, 'Gunga Din' and two George Stevens documentaries on DVD Two George Stevens movie classics, I Remember Mama and Gunga Din, and two George Stevens Jr documentaries about his father – George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey and […]

'The Passion of the Christ' DVD: Mel Gibson R-Rated Bestseller + Naked Men & Oscar Wilde in Toronto

'The Passion of the Christ': Jim Caviezel as Jesus. 'The Passion of the Christ' DVD: Mel Gibson movie is an R-rated hit in North America With the not inconsiderable assistance from Christian churches and organizations across the United States, The Passion of the Christ DVD – rated R – has […]