[VIDEO] Ken Burns’ Thomas Jefferson Documentary , Parts 1 & 2Posted: July 4, 2017 Filed under: History, Think Tank, White House | Tags: 1700s, America, American Revolution, Britain, Declaration of Independence, documentary, Film, Founding Fathers, July 4th, Ken Burns, Revolutionary war, Thomas Jefferson, United States, video Leave a comment
Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in ‘To Catch A Thief’, 1955Posted: February 12, 2017 Filed under: Cinema, Entertainment, Photography | Tags: 1950s, Alfred Hitchcock, Film, Gary Grant, Grace Kelly Leave a comment
Lauren Bacall, 1949Posted: February 10, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Cinema, Entertainment, Photography | Tags: Film, Glamour, Hollywood, Lauren Bacall, Movies Leave a comment
[VIDEO] ‘Ghost in the Shell’, with Scarlett Johansson, Super Bowl Spot Trailer, 2017Posted: February 2, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Cinema, Film, Ghost in the Shel, Movies, Scarlett Johansson, Science fiction, SciFi, Super Bowl Leave a comment
[PHOTOS] Jerry Lewis in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The King of Comedy’, 1982Posted: January 31, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Cinema, Cinematography, Film, Jerry Lewis, King of Comedy, Martin Scorsese, Movies, Photography Leave a comment
[VIDEO] Georges Méliès: ‘A Trip to the Moon’ (Voyage Dans La Lune) 1902, ColorPosted: January 27, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History, Mediasphere | Tags: A Trip to the Moon, Cinema, Film, Georges Méliès, Moon, video, Voyage Dans La Lune Leave a comment
An association of astronomers has convened to listen to the plan of Professor Barbenfouillis, their president, to fly to the moon. With the one dissenting voice quashed by Barbenfouillis and the other members, the plan is approved with Barbenfouillis choosing five others to accompany him. Most of the preparation for the trip is in building the vessel and launching mechanism, which resemble a large bullet and a large gun respectively.
Hitting the moon in the eye, the six land safely at their destination. They find that much about the moon is wonderful and fantastical, but also that much is not what they would have liked to encounter as it is life threatening. They have to find a way to get out of their alien predicament to get back home safely.
[VIDEO] How Hitchcock Got People To See ‘Psycho’Posted: January 23, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Alfred Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock filmography, Bathroom, Cinema, Film, Movies, New York City, Paramount Pictures, Promotion, Thriller Leave a comment
Alfred Hitchcock and Paramount present a guide to their revolutionary release of “Psycho” in this extended “press book on film” from the Academy Film Archive.
Låt den Rätte Komma In (2008)Posted: January 18, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Cinema, Cinematography, Film, Låt den Rätte Komma In, Let The Right One In, Movies, Photography Leave a comment
[VIDEO] Akira Kurosawa: Composing MovementPosted: January 1, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History, Japan, Mediasphere | Tags: 87th Academy Awards, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Adam Arkapaw, Adam Sandler, Akira Kurosawa, Cinema, Film, Robert Altman, Seven Samurai, Sidney Lumet, Toshiro Mifune, video Leave a comment
Can movement tell a story? Sure, if you’re as gifted as Akira Kurosawa. More than any other filmmaker, he had an innate understanding of movement and how to capture it onscreen. Join me today in studying the master, possibly the greatest composer of motion in film history.
Sidney Lumet on RAN: http://bit.ly/1B7mfTD
Robert Altman on RASHOMON: http://bit.ly/1BDuvL7
Paul Verhoeven on Kurosawa: http://bit.ly/197vwnS
‘Tormented’ (1960) Directed by Bert I. GordonPosted: December 15, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: 1960s, Cinema, Cinematography, Film, Movies Leave a comment
Dracula’s Daughter: ‘What Do You See in My Eyes?’Posted: October 23, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Cinema, Cinematography, Dracula, Dracula's Daughter, Film, Horror, Movies, Photography, Thriller Leave a comment
[VIDEO] At the foot of the Flatiron, NYC (1903) Directed by A.E. WeedPosted: September 5, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History, Mediasphere | Tags: 59th Street (Manhattan), A.E. Weed, Architecture, Brooklyn Bridge, documentary, Film, Flatiron, Flatiron Building, Hats, New York City, NYC Leave a comment
It’s a very windy day, and the pedestrians passing by the Flatiron Building are having considerable difficulty in keeping their hats from flying off.
Directed by A.E. Weed
French Poster for the American film Noir ‘Gun Crazy’, which Premiered in France as ‘Le Démon des Armes’ today in 1950Posted: August 19, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, France, Mediasphere | Tags: Cannes, Cinema, Crime fiction, design, Film, French Riviera, Gun Crazy, Illustration, Movies, Noir, Poster Art, Thriller, typography Leave a comment
Above, a French promo poster for the American film noir Gun Crazy, which premiered in France as Le Démon des armes today in 1950.
[PHOTOS] Cybill Shepherd, ‘The Last Picture Show’, Peter Bogdanovich, 1971Posted: August 13, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: 1970s, Cinema, Cinematography, Cybill Shepherd, Film, Movies, Peter Bogdanovich, Photography, The Last Picture Show Leave a comment
Poster: ‘Rebeca’ Un Film De HitchcockPosted: August 12, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Cinema, Film, Hitchcock, Movies, Mystery, Poster Art, Thriller, vintage Leave a comment
[PHOTO] Eastwood, Nicholson, Walken, MurrayPosted: July 22, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Cinema, Clint Eastwood, Film, Hollywood, Jack Nicholson, Movies, Photography Leave a comment
[VIDEO] ‘Can We Take a Joke?’ Official Trailer HD, Featuring Adam Carolla, Lisa Lampanelli, Gilbert Gottfried, Penn JillettePosted: June 7, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Censorship, Humor, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: Accidentally on Purpose (TV series), Adam Carolla, Ann Coulter, Ari Fleischer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Bernie Sanders, documentary, Donald Trump, Film, Free speech, Penn Jillette, Politically Correct, Stand-up comedy Leave a comment
In the age of social media, nearly every day brings a new eruption of outrage. While people have always found something to be offended by, their ability to organize a groundswell of opposition to—and public censure of—their offender has never been more powerful. Today we’re all one clumsy joke away from public ruin. Can We Take A Joke? offers a thought-provoking and wry exploration of outrage culture through the lens of stand-up comedy, with notables like Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Lisa Lampanelli, and Adam Carolla detailing its stifling impact on comedy and the exchange of ideas. What will future will be like if we can’t learn how to take a joke?
[VIDEO] Film Meets ArtPosted: April 1, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History, Mediasphere | Tags: Cinema, Film, Movies, Painting, video Leave a comment
[PHOTO] Tippi Hedren & Suzanne Pleshette, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’, 1963Posted: November 11, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: 1960s, Alfred Hitchcock, Cinema, Film, Hollywood, Movies, Photography, suspense, Suzanne Pleshette, The Birds, Thriller, Tippi Hedren Leave a comment
Awesomely Terrible Movie PostersPosted: November 1, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Anushka Shetty, Archie McPhee's, Art Deco, Byron Howard, design, Film, Film poster, Ghana, Golden Age of Movie Posters, Illustration, poster, The Great Mouse Detective, The Walt Disney Company, Twitter, typography, vintage Leave a comment
We love these awesomely terrible movie posters. They’re the work of artists from the West African nation of Ghana, where creating outlandish posters like this blossomed into an art form all its own that peaked during the 1980s and 90s, commonly referred to as the ‘Golden Age of Movie Posters’.
Although the title of each film is probably very familiar, the imagery in each poster might not be. That’s partially because sometimes the artists responsible for creating these posters hadn’t seen the movies themselves. Other times they simple allowed their awesome imaginations to run wild in effort to attract the biggest possible audience. They took impressive liberties with artistic license to add weapons, characters and scenes that didn’t exist in the actual movies. Painted on empty 50kg flour bags, the artists’ only creative restriction was the size of each poster, which was either the side of one bag or two sides stitched together.
Ernie Wolfe, an African art dealer who began noticing these movie posters in the early 1990s, said that the artists often have a very specific idea of the effect they were trying to create. “They are definitely very, very good artists and they paint exactly what they want,” he said. Wolfe admires their work so much that he has written two books on the genre – Extreme Canvas and Extreme Canvas 2. “Having looked at hundreds of them, you become aware of their individual hand, their idiosyncrasies and their brush strokes,” he added. Read the rest of this entry »
[PHOTOS] On Set With Alfred HitchcockPosted: October 11, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History, Mediasphere | Tags: Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Asquith, Anthony Perkins, Cary Grant, Cinema, Director, Film, Janet Leigh, Photography, Psycho (film), Ryan Murphy (writer) Leave a comment
On set with Alfred Hitchcock – Amazing behind-the-scenes photos of the master at work. (more here)
Source: vintage everyday
Movie Poster: Ida Lupino in ‘Outrage’Posted: October 6, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Cinema, design, Film, Ida Lupino, Illustration, Movies, Poster Art, typography, vintage Leave a comment
Vintage Movie Poster: ‘The Outlaw’, 1950Posted: September 18, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: 1950s, Cinema, design, Film, Howard Huges, Illustration, Jane Russell, Movies, Poster Art, typography Leave a comment
The Outlaw (RKO, R-1950). Australian Daybill (13″ X 30″). Western.
Starring Jane Russell, Jack Beutel, Thomas Mitchell, Walter Huston, Mimi Aguglia, Joe Sawyer, Gene Rizzi, John Howard, and Ben Johnson. Directed by Howard Hughes and Howard Hawks…
‘Negative Thought for Today’, 1957Posted: September 14, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture | Tags: 1950s, Advertising, design, Film, Film Processing, Illustration, Magazines, Photography, vintage Leave a comment
Film processing company advertising, Business screen magazine, 1957
La Dolce VitaPosted: September 12, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Reading Room | Tags: Books, Cinema, Cinematography, Federico Fellini, Film, Foreign Film, France, Italy, La Dolce Vita, Lo Duca, Paperback, Photography, Rome, Sweet Life Leave a comment
[PHOTO] Faye Dunaway in ‘Chinatown’Posted: September 2, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: 1970s, California, Cinema, Faye Dunaway, Film, Hollywood, Jack Nicholson, John Huston, Movies, Noir, Photography, Roman Polanski Leave a comment
Source: Seattle Mystery Bookshop
[VIDEO] Daffy Doc: ‘Going Crazy’, 1938Posted: August 28, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: 1930s, A Wild Hare, Animation, Ben Hardaway, Bob Clampett, Bugs Bunny, Character (arts), Chuck Jones, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Film, Looney Tunes, Porky Pig, The Daffy Doc, video, Warner Bros Leave a comment
The Daffy Doc is a 1938 animated short subject directed by Bob Clampett starring Daffy Duck and featuring Porky Pig.
Plot: In this short feature by Bob Clampett, the story takes place at the Stitch in Time Hospital where their motto is “As ye sew so shall ye rip!” In the operating room Dr. Quack, assisted by Dr. Daffy Duck (“also a quack”) is about to perform surgery. As the operation starts and Dr. Quack asks for his instruments in an increasing rate, Daffy goes berserk and jumps around the room, tossing the instruments in the air and using the air bag as a punching bag.
He is then ejected from the room and ends up stuck in an iron lung. He fights his way out of it, but his body begins to inflate and deflate several times. Humiliated, Daffy insists that he will not take this lying down and states that he will soon get his own patient. Daffy opens the window and sees Porky Pig strolling by the hospital. Seeing his big chance, Daffy follows Porky around the corner and knocks him out with his mallet then carries him inside on a stretcher. Inside a hospital room, Daffy is examining Porky by checking his heartbeat with a ratty stethoscope and his temperature with a thermometer, which turn out to be a lollipop. Read the rest of this entry »
Celebrating Alfred Hitchcock, Born Today, August 13, 1899: Classic Movie PostersPosted: August 13, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Alfred Hitchcock, Cinema, Cinematography, design, England, Film, Filmmaking, Hollywood, Illustration, Movies, Photography, vintage Leave a comment
Jerry Lewis Never-Released Holocaust Film ‘The Day the Clown Cried’ Inches Closer to a Possible ScreeningPosted: August 7, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History, Mediasphere, War Room | Tags: Adolf Hitler, Concentration Camp, Film, Harry Shearer, Holocaust, Jerry Lewis, Library of Congress, Los Angeles Times, The Day the Clown Cried, World War II 1 Comment
Not much is known about the film’s plot except that Lewis plays a German circus clown named Helmut Doork who is sent to a concentration camp during World War II and ordered to entertain children.
Joe McGovern reports: Lovers of film history and legendary movies — even ones supposedly so tasteless that they’ve never been released—had their interest piqued this week when a piece of exciting news was dropped in the 21st paragraph of an Los Angeles Times article. The Day the Clown Cried, Jerry Lewis’ notorious unreleased Holocaust drama in which he stars as a clown playing with children before they are sent into gas chambers, has been acquired by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
“After I’m gone, who knows what’s going to happen? …The only thing that I do feel, that I always get a giggle out of, some smart young guy…is going to come up with an idea and he’s going to run the f—ing thing. I would love that. Because he’s going to see a hell of a movie!”
What does this mean? Well, that we might finally see the film, though we shouldn’t hold our collective breath. According to the article, Rob Stone, the moving-image curator at the library, received the one known print of the film as part of a larger collection of Jerry Lewis work. Stone did not respond to EW’s requests for comment, but told a group of movie buffs at a festival of “lost” movies that the library has agreed not to screen the film for at least a decade.
See clips from The Day the Clown Cried, as seen in a 1972 TV documentary that aired in Belgium, below:
[Also see – interview with Jerry about the film]
Lewis, now 89, made The Day the Clown Cried in Sweden in 1971. Read the rest of this entry »
Epic photos of ‘GoPro’ style cameras in the 1960sPosted: May 29, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: 1960s, Film, Go Pro, Photography, vintage Leave a comment
Louis C.K. to Direct, Star in Indie FilmPosted: May 5, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Chris Rock, Film, FX (TV channel), Independent film, Louie (TV series), Louis C.K, Matthew Broderick, Parks and Recreation, Police officer, Pootie Tang, Scott Rudin, Television program, The Hollywood Reporter Leave a comment
Borys Kit writes: Louis C.K., the comedian who has conquered the small screen with his low-key, angst-ridden FX show Louie, is returning to the land of movies.
And mirroring Louie, C.K. will perform triple-duties for the film — writing, directing and starring in the indie I’m a Cop, which is being produced by heavyweight producer Scott Rudin.
“I don’t feel like I need anyone to tell me anything with a TV show because I know exactly what I’m doing, but I’d be arrogant to think that I can take someone’s $8 million and just turn in a movie. Movies are different. There’s a permanency to them.”
Rudin is producing with Dave Becky and Blair Breard, the latter an exec producer on C.K.’s Louie as well as a couple of the comedian’s specials, including the upcoming Louis C.K. Live From the Comedy Store.
“I was dealing with people every day whose pressures I didn’t understand, and I wasn’t very nice about how I said no to them. I put myself in a position I didn’t have to be in. A lot of what makes this kind of stuff work is empathy.”
The script tells of a depressed middle-aged man who is a volunteer police officer living in the shadow of his mother, a highly decorated retired officer. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] ‘G’s Baseball Party’: Brilliant Japanese Toyota Ad Swings, Hits Home RunPosted: April 23, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Asia, Entertainment, Humor, Japan | Tags: Advertising, Automotive, Baseball, Film, media, Sports, Sports car, Television, Tokyo, Toyota, TV, video Leave a comment
TOYOTA PRESENTS: Baseball Party!
[VIDEO] Han Solo Is Back: New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Second PeekPosted: April 16, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Film, George Lucas, Han shot first, Han Solo, Jedi, List of Star Wars characters, Luke Skywalker, Millennium Falcon, Mos Eisley Cantina, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Leave a comment
Graeme McMillan reports: Rarely does a certain galaxy seem quite as far, far away as it does when a new Star Wars trailer drops, as proven by Thursday’s release of the second peek at this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The new trailer, released to coincide with the beginning of the four-day Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim, Calif. (An event being live streamed at the official Star Wars site), gives audiences a closer look at what director J.J. Abrams has done to the space opera universe first unveiled by George Lucas in 1977’s original Star Wars. Read the rest of this entry »
[PHOTO] Alfred Hitchcock, 1956Posted: April 15, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Alfred Hitchcock, Film, Gelatin Silver Studio Work Print, Hollywood, Photography, Richard Avedon, vintage Leave a comment
RICHARD AVEDON (American, 1923-2004)
Alfred Hitchcock, Director, New York, March 16, 1956
Vintage gelatin silver studio work print
‘Star Wars’ Films Will Be Available for DownloadPosted: April 7, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: 20th Century Fox, Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Film, George Lucas, Google Play, iTunes, Lucasfilm, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, The Walt Disney Company, Vudu Leave a comment
“Star Wars” is finally arriving on the world’s most wretched hive of scum and villainy: the Internet.
All six “Star Wars” movies will be available to download for the first time — legally, anyway — starting Friday, April 10, from major digital retailers like iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu.
“Hard-core fans will likely want to know that the digital versions will be the same ones that the always-tweaking George Lucas released on Blu-ray, not the original theatrical versions.”
Disney and 20th Century Fox, which together control rights to the films, will make them available to purchase for digital devices individually and as a set. Previously, “Star Wars” has been available on DVD and Blu-ray, but not online.
Prices will be set by retailers. The movies will only be available to buy, not to rent via video-on-demand. Read the rest of this entry »
[PHOTO] ‘Be Alert! The Sane Driver is Always Ready for the Unexpected’: Taxi Driver, 1976Posted: March 12, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: 1970s, Cinema, Film, Martin Scorcese, Movies, Photography, Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver (movie), Travis Bickle Leave a comment
‘The Gentleman’s Guide’ from KingsmanPosted: February 21, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Diplomacy, Entertainment | Tags: Colin Firth, Comic book, Fifty Shades of Grey, Film, Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Matthew Vaughn, The Gentleman's Guide, The Secret Service 1 Comment
According to “The Gentleman’s Guide” on the film’s official website, “The Rules” of a Kingsman Gentleman are as follows:
- A gentleman never tells about conquests, private matters, or dealings. His business is nobody else’s.
- A gentleman doesn’t clash in public with enemies or exes, or worse, with out-of-fashion contrasts, colors or styles.
- A gentleman is always happy to serve, whether it’s opening the door, picking up the bill, or merely calling a cab the next morning. Ask him for help and he cannot refuse.
- A gentleman never reacts to rudeness. He pretends he doesn’t recognize it and moves on like it never happened, because it never should have.
- A gentleman is always on target with witty remarks, interesting facts, and conversation starters that bring the best out of everyone.
- A gentleman asks non-invasive questions to keep a conversation going and attention focused on others. He makes them feel like the most interesting person he’s ever met, whether that’s true or not.
via Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Trivia – IMDb
‘SPECTRE’: Nine Bond Cars Stolen in GermanyPosted: December 10, 2014 Filed under: Entertainment, Guns and Gadgets | Tags: Alps, Austria, Dave Batista, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, European Union, Film, Germany, James Bond in film, Neuss, Range Rover, Theft Leave a comment
According to The Hollywood Reporter, nine luxury cars, which were set to go to the Alps for filming on the upcoming Bond film SPECTRE, were stolen during a raid in Germany that occurred in October. Of those cars, five were Range Rover Sport models that had been customized for the film…(more)
Inside Movies – EW.com – The Hollywood Reporter