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    Bogart: Unconventional Star, Sex Symbol in TCM's Summer Under the Stars Retrospective

    Matt Brennan takes a different tack in his “Now and Then” column this week, reviewing not two movies but one star. It just so happens that Turner Classic Movies did the work of combining current and classic for him. On Wednesday, the network’s essential series “Summer Under the Stars” gives us 24 hours of Humphrey Bogart. Swoon. Trailer and clip below: They say sex sells, but it never flew off the shelves quite like it did in the heyday of the studio system. Back then a guy didn’t need a six-pack to get us melting, though it didn’t hurt — just try to resist the swaggering muscularity of Brando, busting out of that white T-shirt in A Streetca...

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    Great Film Directors John Ford & Frank Capra Get Stamps, Featuring Searchers, It Happened One Night

    In its ongoing series of tributes to Hollywood figures (including James Dean, Katharine Hepburn and Gregory Peck), the U.S. Post Office is adding iconic directors John Ford and Frank Capra to the list.

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    TV Watch: Imagination-Free Networks Are Bewitched, Frankensteined and Nannied

    In yet another example of today's brand-oriented, risk-averse thinking, CBS has hired Marc Lawrence, the mind behind Miss Congeniality, to revamp the popular Bewitched series that ran from 1964 to 1972 on ABC. Lawrence also produced 2005’s widely reviled big-screen version of the show, starring Nic...

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    Hitchcock Footage Unearthed: Academy to Show Found Reels from First Feature White Shadow

    It's been a big year for Hitchcock devotees. First, there was the latest unveiling of the 12-hour audio file from Hitchcock's famous interview with French critic and director Francois Truffaut. Now, the National Film Preservation Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive have announced their disco...

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    Women with Guns: Thelma & Louise On Its 20th Anniversary vs. Hit TNT Series Rizzoli & Isles

    In honor of the 20th anniversary of Thelma & Louise, Matthew Brennan's latest “Now and Then” compares and contrasts Ridley Scott and Callie Khouri's groundbreaking road trip and TNT's police procedural/buddy series Rizzoli & Isles. Louise (Susan Sarandon) pulls no punches, but she’s fastidious, too. She pins her hair back tight and tugs her jacket on as snugly as she can; her kitchen is spotless enough to be a makeshift hospital room. Thelma (Geena Davis), on the other hand, is slovenly, loud. She skitters around in a floral housedress, surrounded by so many coupons, newspaper clippings, telephone bills, and other ephemera you’d be hard press...

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    TCM and Warner Launching New Classic Film Collections: Rooney, Garland, Astaire, Rogers, Thin Man

    As Hollywood threatens to remake The Thin Man, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Entertainment are releasing a Thin Man collection as one of three new classic film collections being added to their Greatest Classic Films and Legends lines (The Thin Man, After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shado...

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    Ava Gardner Loves That Man: Show Boat

    For your pleasure, here's Ava Gardner (dubbed by Annette Warren) singing Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man of Mine" from the 1951 musical Show Boat. Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Lena Horne and Judy Garland all covered this, and Helen Morgan made i...

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    Comic-Con: Snow White and The Huntsman Details Arrive, Dueling Theron and Stewart, Gritty Images

    We've been tracking the dueling Snow Whites and herewith share more details on Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman revealed by the filmmakers and cast at Comic-Con, along with some pre-production images and footage.

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    Comic-Con: Relativity's The Raven: Cusack on Psychology of Godfather of Goth Edgar Allen Poe

    The Raven trailer, which premiered at Friday's Relativity panel, looks very commercial, very Sherlock Holmes, but with less humor and more of the gothic gore that goes with Edgar Allen Poe. The Hall H panel featured director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), John Cusack (who plays Poe), Luke Evans (I...

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    Academy Silents Series Draws Crowds

    What works in theater programming is creating events, whether it's talent Q & As (Errol Morris and Tabloid subject Joyce McKinney have been drawing crowds) or rarely-screened classics at LACMA, which drew good numbers for its French films The Earrings of Madame De last weekend followed by Saturday's double feature of Robert Bresson's Pickpocket and Jacques Demy's Bay of Angels starring a dazzling Jeanne Moreau as a bad girl gambling her way around the French Riviera. Even dusty silents can be a a draw, reports Cari Beauchamp:"The Summer of Silents," currently mid-way through its eight weeks series at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and S...

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