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    Malcolm McDowell Talks Lindsay Anderson, A Clockwork Orange, Gets Maine Fest Career Award

    Malcolm McDowell, 67, has been on the PA circuit of late, scooping up award tributes and riding the PR swell for the 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of my favorite Stanley Kubrick film, 1971's A Clockwork Orange and Antoine de Gaudemar and Michel Ciment's doc Once Upon a Time… Clockwork Orange. The...

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    Silent Masterpiece Sunrise Boasts New Score: For a Single Guitar

    When German director F.W. Murnau subtitled his 1927 silent film Sunrise with the phrase “a song of two humans,” he almost certainly meant those words to be understood figuratively. In a few weeks, though, Paolo Cherchi Usai, an Italian film archivist and director, and Giovanni Spinelli, an Italian-...

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    Breakfast at Tiffany's Celebrates 50 Years with New Digital Restoration Screening, July 29

    Fresh from its world-premiere showing at the TCM Classic Film Fest, the 50th anniversary new digital restoration of romantic comedy-drama Breakfast at Tiffany's will screen on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Blake Edwards film adaptation of Truman Capote's novel has bee...

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    Telluride Film Festival: Last Call for Submissions this July; Fest Runs September 2-5

    The Telluride Film Festival issues its last call for 2011 submissions. The deadlines to submit to this class-act four-day festival over Labor Day weekend (September 2-5) are:SHORTS AND STUDENT FILMS DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011 FEATURES DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

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    Mickey Spillane's Best Mike Hammer Hits Criterion via Kiss Me Deadly

    As the Criterion Collection releases Robert Aldrich's B-classic Kiss Me Deadly, Simon Abrams explains why Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and hardboiled cinema were a perfect match: “As the world becomes more primitive, its treasures become more fabulous.” –Dr. G.E. Soberin, Kiss Me Deadly

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    Last Chance to Celebrate LACMA Classic Cinema Favorites!

    L.A. film buff alert: here's your chance to remind LACMA chief Michael Govan--and incoming film programmer Elvis Mitchell-- that LA movie lovers want classic movies. Outgoing LACMA film curator Ian Birnie is running a summer program of his and the LACMA audience's favorite classic film titles of the past 15 years. While the UCLA Film Archives and American Cinematheque do program classics, with Birnie gone, this could be your only chance to see some of the best movies of all time on the big screen in gorgeous prints in a friendly theater full of fellow film fans. Celebrate the best of what Hollywood has to offer. Pack the theater to the rafte...

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    Emma Thompson to Adapt Annie for Will and Willow Smith and Jay-Z?

    Will Smith is in talks with Emma Thompson to write a film adaptation of Annie as a starring vehicle for his daughter, Willow Smith. Vulture adds, "No word on whether Thompson will also write herself into a role as the orphanage director who loves booze almost as much as she hates children, but here'...

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    Romeo and Juliet: Steinfeld's Romeo is Douglas Booth; Holding a Candle to Zeffirelli & Luhrmann

    The latest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, from Italian director Carlo Carlei (1993's Flight of the Innocent), now has a Romeo for its Juliet. Hailee Steinfeld will be joined by 19-year old Brit Douglas Booth, who is prettier than she is. Clearly this movie is targeted to a young girl demo.

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    Mike Newell Casts The Borgia's Holliday Grainger in Great Expectations

    Brit director Mike Newell, who has a bit of a mixed track record--high: Four Weddings and a Funeral, low: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, in-between: the solid fourth installation to the Harry Potter octalogy--had a tough time finding a name actress to play the role of Estella in Great Expectat...

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    Consider: Top Ten Actors, Actresses for Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Scorsese's Furious Love

    Who could possibly play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Furious Love? They are iconic roles and the field of thesps that could play them is limited by age, ability, celebrity and physicality. We've scoured the web for casting chatter. Many names have be...

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