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  1. 7 points
    Richard Erdman, who had a long career as a character actor in numerous stage, screen and television productions, died Saturday at the age of 93. He began appearing in movies in 1944 after Warner Bros. signed him to a contract. Most recently, he made occasional appearances as older student Leonard Rodriguez on the sitcom "Community" -- which aired on NBC and Yahoo! Screen from 2009 to 2015. One of his memorable screen appearances was in "The Men," Fred Zinnemann's 1950 drama about war-wounded veterans that featured Marlon Brando in his film debut. Erdman was always proud of Bosley Crowther's review of the film in The New York Times. It said: "Mr. Brando is impressive, however, he has a few things to learn from a Hollywood actor named Richard Erdman." Erdman (pictured third from the right) played one of the American POWs in the 1953 World War II drama "Stalag 17," which was co-written and directed by Billy Wilder. For his performance in the film, William Holden won the Academy Award as Best Actor. During the 1960-61 television season, he played Tab Hunter's best friend on the short-lived NBC sitcom "The Tab Hunter Show." The series featured Hunter as a comic strip artist. One of his best-remembered television appearances was in "A Kind of a Stopwatch," a Season 5 episode of the CBS anthology series "The Twilight Zone." Erdman played Patrick McNulty, a ne'er-do-well who is given a stopwatch that can pause time. The teleplay was adapted by series host and creator Rod Serling from an unpublished story by Michael D. Rosenthal. The episode originally aired on October 18, 1963. In "Community," Erdman's character Leonard was a frequent target for members of the show's central study group (including the Greendale Community College students played by Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown and Gillian Jacobs). yvette nicole brown‏Verified account@YNB yvette nicole brown Retweeted Hollywood Reporter I knew the day we’d have to say goodbye to this lovely man would come sooner than any of us were ready. But knowing that doesn’t make it any easier. #RichardErdman was JOY walking. Anyone who saw him on @CommunityTV gleeflully stealing every scene he was in knows that’s true Joel McHale‏Verified account@joelmchale Such a good & funny man. We’ll miss you “Leonard” Ken Jeong‏Verified account@kenjeong Retweeted Hollywood Reporter Rest In Peace, Richard. Thank you for blessing us with your brilliance. @CommunityTV #Leonard Mike Barnes‏ @MikeBarnes4 #RIP the wonderful Dick Erdman. Loved him opposite Dick Powell in 'Cry Danger'; others know him as Leonard, one of the Hipster students — so nicknamed because they've had their hips replaced — on 'Community.' http://bit.ly/2Od2Wbu #danharmon
  2. 7 points
    I am so happy that TCM is finally saluting the legendary Madeline Kahn. Young Frankenstein, Simon and What's Up, Doc? are the films being showcased. I wish they could have shown Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles too. But its a great tribute to that star of classic film comedies. Hopefully one day they can have her for Summer Under The Stars. Thanks TCM.
  3. 5 points
    Dick Dale, the influential musician known for his mastery of the surf guitar style and a performer in one of the best "Beach Party" movies, has died of heart failure at the age of 81. Born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston on May 4, 1937, he was of Lebanese descent. He continued to perform until the end of his life to finance treatment of his health problems. In 1962, Dale revived the traditional Eastern Mediterranean song "Misirlou" with an instrumental rock 'n' roll version. It became even more popular three decades later when the filmmaker Quentin Tarantino used Dale's recording in the 1994 cinematic hit "Pulp Fiction." In 1964, Dale and his band The Del-Tones appeared in "Muscle Beach Party," the second installment of the series of films that began with "Beach Party" a year earlier. The sequel reunited stars Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Another musical guest was the 13-year-old Motown artist Little Stevie Wonder, whose voice hadn't changed yet.
  4. 5 points
    I actually like Stewart's singing in "Easy To Love." It's like Audrey Hepburn's version of "Moon River", heartfelt and with a good sense of phrasing. I know most folks disagree, though. Even Jimmy said in THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT "The song was so good, even my singing couldn't ruin it!"
  5. 5 points
    Thanks for the selection of some highlights from Richard Erdman's career, Jakeem. The first Erdman performance that always comes to my mind is from CRY DANGER (1951), stealing every scene he was in with his casual delivery of some of the film's sharpest one liners.
  6. 5 points
    Asha Rangappa‏Verified accou@AshaRangappa_ Asha Rangappa Retweeted Simran Jeet Singh Do you ever notice that when it comes to the ****, racists, white nationalists, etc., Trump always "doesn't know enough about it" to have an opinion? Which is funny because he claims to know more than military generals, etymologists, nuclear physicists, scientists. and doctors.
  7. 5 points
    1. A Tale of Winter, Éric Rohmer, France 2. Nation and Destiny: Choe Hyon Dok- 1, Kim Yeong-ho, North Korea 3. Nation and Destiny: Choe Hyon Dok- 2, Kim Yeong-ho, North Korea 4. Nation and Destiny: Choe Hyon Dok- 3, Kim Yeong-ho, North Korea 5. Nation and Destiny: Choe Hyon Dok- 4, Kim Yeong-ho, North Korea 6. Violent **** II, Andreas Schnaas, Germany From the foreign editions- Kærlighedens smerte, Nils Malmros, Danish edition
  8. 5 points
    Lauren Werner 🗽‏ @LaurenWern Lauren Werner 🗽Retweeted Mediaite I can and I will. Donald Trump threatened violence yesterday and you said nothing. Donald Trump called to ban all Muslims and you voted for him. Donald Trump called neo-nazis who marched in Charlottesville ‘very fine people.’ I’m done with your ****.
  9. 5 points
    HuffPost‏Verified account@HuffPost Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, 16, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday for her tireless work combating global warming. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/climate-activist-greta-thunberg-nobel-peace-prize_n_5c8a4ab8e4b0fbd7662145a4?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067
  10. 4 points
    MR HATTEN was a fixture at the KTLA LOS Angeles TV Station from the 1960 to the 1990s. He was famous for hostiNg the POPEYE CIRCUS AND THE iconic FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL. In the Family Film Festival ,we were introduced to some fantastic and rarely seen Hollywood Classic Films, He advocated for Preston Sturges, whom he recognized as a true Hollywood revolutionary. I began to appreciate Mr. Sturges in the 1980s. IT WAS THAT LONG AGO. For anybody who lived in L.A. during that time, he educated us to the wonders of good cinema. Here is a Facebook post from a fan who loved the series. Dennis Forkel I remember Tom interviewing William Demarest on the phone during a showing of a Preston Sturges film in 1983, probably "Sullivan's Travels". Tom spoke in a familiar way to Demarest-then 91-and kept calling him Bill. Nice interview, Tom even got Bill to talk about his cello. I didn't buy my first VCR until 1985, so I could not have videotaped the show. But I did record the audio onto a cassette tape. I had a Radio Shack portable radio with TV band and I fed that into my stereo receiver. Always loved seeing Tom start up that Bell & Howell projector!
  11. 4 points
    The Daily Beast‏Verified account @thedailybeast NEW: Fox News host Jeanine Pirro been suspended for insensitive remarks about Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s patriotism, a source with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-angrily-urges-jeanine-pirros-return-after-she-was-bumped-from-fox-news-time-slot-in-wake-of-sharia-comment-about-rep-ilhan-omar?via=twitter_page
  12. 4 points
    Rick Wilson‏Verified accoun@TheRickWilson Rick Wilson Retweeted S.V. Dáte I suspect something bad bad baddy bad bad for Trump is coming. He's utterly manic.
  13. 4 points
    Loved this guy. He was a great addition to any film he was in, despite the size of the part!
  14. 4 points
    In Name Only (1939) 7/10 A very entertaining soap opera about a rich man (Cary Grant) stuck in a loveless marriage who falls in love with a widowed artist (Carole Lombard). If you just heard the names of the stars you probably would be expecting a screwball comedy, there are some funny moments but it mostly sticks to the melodrama. One of the best things about this one is Kay Francis playing Grant's cold and scheming wife. I have never seen any of her other films but I know she was a very big star at one time. Peggy Ann Garner (later had her biggest success with "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn") has some cute lines as Lombard's little daughter.
  15. 4 points
    House of the Damned (1963) 5/10 This is probably interesting if you are a locksmith with all of the talk of missing keys, key duplicates, and jiggling of locks, but it is probably going to be a bit of a bore for anybody else. An architect and his wife are staying at a big rambling castle of a house built by the Rochester family. He is hired to do an architectural survey of the house so that the owners can determine if they should remodel, sell, or just demolish it. But then keys start disappearing and reappearing. And when they reappear some keys are missing. And some of the doors to which those keys match are locked from the inside. There are strange figures in the shadows, noises, and things that simply cannot be - like a live severed head - that appear and then disappear.Then the architect's boss and wife show up, and things start to get soap opera like with the boss and his wife not having the best of marriages. Did I mention that the previous tenant just disappeared? AFTER paying up his rent and leaving everything in the house in good order?I will give it points for having great creepy atmosphere. The Rochester castle is everything you would ever want in a haunted house. Best scene? A nurse in an insane asylum receives a telephone call to check on a resident and make sure that a certain person has not escaped. The bored nurse goes to the room, is attacked by this person who seems to be completely out of her mind, they wrestle in hand to hand combat with the insane person trying to strangle the nurse, and then the next scene is the nurse looking completely unfazed and telling the caller "Yeah, she's in her bed in her room". Just another day for this nurse with nerves of steel???? Source: FX Retro Channel
  16. 4 points
    PBS is currently airing an episode entitled, “A Conversation with Ken Burns”…check your local listings, set your recorder and enjoy ~55 minutes of Ken Burns. You'll be glad you saw this. 💋
  17. 4 points
    Nightmare Honeymoon (1974) - 3/10 Godawful "thriller" featuring Dack Rambo and Rebecca Dianna Smith as newlyweds who get attacked by killers John Beck and Roy Jenson. Beck is a real psychopath, so after sexually assaulting Smith, he leaves them both alive. When they receive no help from the corrupt local sheriff, Rambo and Smith decide to seek revenge themselves, to mixed results. Also featuring Pat Hingle, Jay Robinson, Dennis Patrick, David Huddleston, Dennis Burkley, Jeannette Nolan, Walter Koenig, and Bob Steele in his final role. While this film features many notable, professional actors, and competent, seasoned filmmakers behind the camera, it's infinitely less entertaining than Another Son of Sam. That film had many excuses for being inept, while this one has none, and yet achieves that status anyway. The story, based on a book by Lawrence Block, features dumb characters repeatedly making stupid decisions. There's also a lot of sadistic behavior, particularly John Beck's very lengthy victimization of Smith. I watch a lot of dark, violent flicks, and yet this grew tiresome even for me, and I couldn't wait for it to be over. The only high point was watching Dack slap Jay Robinson around. By the way, despite the timeslot this was shown in, it did not have the TCM Underground intro, but rather the usual late-night one.
  18. 4 points
    1992 Hard Boiled, John Woo, Hong Kong El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez, Mexico Indochine, Regis Wargnier, France Un Coeur en Hiver, Claude Sautet, France Man Bites Dog, Remy Belvaux & Andre Bonzei & Benoit Poelvoorde, Belgium Once Upon a Time in China III, Tsui Hark, Hong Kong Once Upon a Time in China II, Tsui Hark, Hong Kong Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth, Takao Okawara, Japan Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Japan Police Story 3: Super Cop, Stanley Tong, Hong Kong Twin Dragons, Ringo Lam & Tsui Hark, Hong Kong I've also seen: Evil Dead Trap 2, Izo Hashimoto, Japan The Master, Tsui Hark, Hong Kong Wicked City, Tai Kit Mak, Hong Kong/Japan Tokyo Decadence, Ryu Murakami, Japan 1001 Movies You Must See Man Bites Dog, Remy Belvaux & Andre Bonzel & Benoit Poelvoorde, Belgium A Tale of Winter, Eric Rohmer, France
  19. 4 points
    Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948) The sense of doom is established in the film's opening, a prologue that speaks of the German state of Hanover with its power politics, from which will eventually emerge George I sitting on the throne of England. And it speaks of a woman he left behind, Sophie Dorothea, his wife, imprisoned in a castle for 30 years, where he hoped her name and story would vanish with her. The camera then closes in on a castle in the middle of the night. It is dark and lonely and forbidding. Inside three court officials wait outside the bedroom of a dying woman. Word comes to them that she wishes to dictate a letter to her son, the prince. There is disagreement among the officials as to whether to allow any communication between the mother and son but finally, as it is her dying wish, they allow her to have the letter. After all, they can always destroy it afterward. This dictated letter will be the film's story. A tale of power, ambition and corruption, where parents marry off an unwilling daughter in an affair of state, Saraband for Dead Lovers is based on the 18th century history of the ascension to the English throne. An exceedingly handsome production, it was Ealing Studios' first film shot in Technicolor, boasting spectacular set design. It is also a film with a superior cast giving very strong performances. As Sophie Dorothea Joan Greenwood is fine, though with her plummy toned voice and artistocratic manner she may not garner quite as much sympathy as her character deserves. (Some viewers may recall an aristocratic Greenwood 15 years later, in cougar form as she pursues a young Albert Finney as Tom Jones). Peter Bull, as the future George I, is perfectly cast in a gross, ambitious, thoroughly conniving portrait of corruption. Just seeing him in his bathrobe, looking like a smug, self satisfied pig, would be any woman's bedroom nightmare but, beyond that, this is a character of bullying ruthlessness. Francoise Rosay is the incarnation of dignity, as well as ambitious practicality, as George's mother. As a Swedish count brought to the Hanover court due to his military background, Stewart Granger handsomely succeeds in his role. He is virile and charismatic and will have the opportunity to demonstrate a little of the sword play that would be given full reign four years later when he played in Scaramouche and The Prisoner of Zenda. Granger's count in Saraband is a hero who is far from virtuous, however. There's a tawdry stain on his character, as well, though the film attempts to play it down to a degree. And then there's Flora Robson in one of the most memorable performances of her career as a power playing, manipulative court schemer, one that others only anger and cross at their own peril. Robson also portrays a middle aged woman afraid of aging, with the need for a young lover. Granger will fill that bill for her for a while and, when he crosses her, will feel the full wrath of her conniving, deadly scorn. Anthony Quale, as a creepy court attendant and spy of Robson's, also scores well and a young Michael Gough, years before being cast as a heavy breathing villain in a few British horror thrillers, is briefly seen as a young prince. Director Basil Dearden brings great style to the production, too, with two highlight sequences that remain in the memory: a street carnival of partying characters in masks which turns into a journey of terror for Greenwood as she tries to make her way through them; and an ambush in a castle in the dark, four assassins waiting for a man, much of the scene filmed in partial darkness, with a flash of a blade suddenly dispatching a villain. SPOILER ALERT: A memorable costume drama, Saraband for Dead Lovers (also known as Saraband in the United States) is not like a Hollywood product of the time with a compromising ending. For in this historical Hanover game of thrones the wicked and the corrupt - they will win! 3 out of 4
  20. 4 points
    Daens, Stijn Coninx, Belgium A Tale of Winter, Éric Rohmer, France Jamón Jamón, Jose Juan Bigas Luna, Spain The Lover, Jean-Jacques Annaud, France Olivier Olivier, Agnieszka Holland, France Die zweite Heimat, Edgar Reitz, Germany The Stolen Children, Gianni Amelio, Italy A Heart in Winter, Claude Sautet, France Indochine, Regis Wargnier, France Like Water for Chocolate, Alfonso Arau, Mexico
  21. 4 points
    My top FF films of 1992 of the 19 that I have seen are …. 1. The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) Zhang Yimou, China 2. The Best Intentions (1992) Bille August, Sweden 3. Indochine (1992) Regis Wargnier, France 4. Hard-Boiled (1992) John Woo, Hong Kong 5. Belle Epoque (1992) Fernando Trueba, Spain 6. Olivier Olivier (1992) Agnieszka Holland, France 7. Daens (1992) Stijm Coninx, Belgium 8. Un Couer en Hiver (1992) Claude Sautet, France 9. The Oak (1992) Lucian Pintille, Romania 10. Like Water For Chocolate (1992) Alfonso Arua, Mexico House of Angels (1992) Colin Nutley, Sweden Stolen Children (1992) Gianni Amelio, Italy El Mariachi (1992) Robert Rodriguez, USA Dismissed From Life (1992) Waldemar Krystek, Poland Twin Dragons (1992) Ringo Lam Tsui Hark, Hong Kong and I’ve also seen … Leolo (1992) Jean-Claude Lauzon, Canada Jamon Jamon (1992) Jose Juan Bigas Luna, Spain Warsaw: Year 5073 (1992) Janusz Kijoski, Poland La Postiere (1992) Gilles Carle, Canada
  22. 4 points
    Raw Story‏Verified account@RawStory Trump Jr being groomed to run for president as family seeks a White House ‘dynasty’ https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/trump-jr-groomed-run-president-family-seeks-white-house-dynasty/
  23. 4 points
    Newsweek‏Verified account@Newsweek Fox News host Tucker Carlson sees more than 30 companies yanked support from tv show — and the list is growing https://trib.al/K5AgiF6
  24. 4 points
    From March 15-19, 1919 , the Poli featured The False Faces, a World War I spy thriller starring Henry B. Walthall as “The Lone Wolf,” Margaret Anderson as Cecilia, and Lon Chaney as Karl Eckstrom. Released in January of 1919, the film was based on a novel of the same name, by Louis Joseph Vance. There have been several films and a television series based on The Lone Wolf character. This film is available on You Tube and runs about one hour and 35 minutes. Plot: At the front during World War I, Michael Lanyard, aka “The Lone Wolf,” makes it to the Allied trenches and claims he has secret information on the Germans. In a flashback, we learn that some time ago, a German force led by Karl Eckstrom had murdered Lanyard’s sister and her child. Now Lanyard wants to get to America, and also get even with Eckstrom, who is currently a member of the German Secret Service. Lanyard books passage on a steamship, where he meets Cecilia Brooks. One night he rescues her when a stranger accosts her. Cecilia gives Lanyard a small cylinder which she claims is vital to the Allied cause. Later, Lanyard is attacked in his stateroom by thugs who demand he turn over the cylinder. He manages to overpower one of them, and recognizes the other as Eckstrom, who escapes with the cylinder. Lanyard gives chase, but Eckstrom throws him overboard. A German submarine fires on the steamship. Lanyard, drifting in the water, finds himself on top of the surfacing submarine. He tells the Germans he is a German spy, thus sparing his life. The sub heads for Martha’s Vineyard, where the Germans have established a secret base. Lanyard eventually makes his way to New York, where he discovers that Cecilia and others have survived the submarine attack. Meanwhile, Eckstrom, posing as The Lone Wolf, turns over the cylinder to the British Secret Service in New York, pocketing a ransom of $10,000. Lanyard witnesses the transaction. Eckstrom later returns to the office, intending to take back the cylinder. Lanyard lies in wait. The two enemies scuffle, and Eckstrom escapes. Later, Eckstrom kidnaps Cecilia, and Lanyard rushes to her rescue, setting up the final showdown between the two. Review: Because of the lousy print (with an even lousier organ score which I eventually turned off), I didn’t enjoy this as much as I probably should have. A few scenes were completely unviewable, and many of the title cards were difficult to read. Still, one could get the sense of what was happening, and most of what I saw was entertaining. The film, for the most part, faithfully follows the novel (which is itself a good read). There is a much cleaner version on You Tube, but it’s about 20 minutes shorter. I took the screen captures from that print. It was fun to see a rather spry and handsome Henry B. Walthall running around, engaging in a few stunts, and even getting into a good slugfest with Chaney. There is an interesting moment in the film when the commander of the submarine and one of his officers have an argument. The officer, who is from Prussia, tells Lanyard that the commander is a “Bavarian dog.” This seems to be an attempt to show that not all Germans were rats. This point is hammered home even more when we are informed that the German commander is the same guy who sunk the Lusitania. Boo. Hiss. Another interesting scene occurs later in the film, when Lanyard breaks into the safe in the British Secret Service office in an attempt to retrieve the cylinder before Eckstrom can get it. As he goes through the contents, Lanyard (a former jewel thief) discovers a necklace, and temptation strikes. The acting, direction, and sets are pretty good. I would have liked to have seen more of Mary Anderson; she doesn’t get enough screen time, and she seemed to be spunky. Some contemporaneous descriptions of the film mentioned that it was Lanyard’s wife and child who were killed by the Germans. This occurs in the novel, but not the film. Thus, one must always be careful when “reconstructing” a lost film from such sources. Advertisements for the film played up the “evil Hun” aspect. “It takes considerably more than a Hun with a gun to scare this boy.” “He cleans out a whole band of Hun spies infesting New York City.” “Ride inside a Hun submarine. Trap a band of Hun plotters working right in New York City.” When the film played in Detroit, the Detroit Free Press sponsored a “Want to Get Into the Movies?” contest. Readers were asked to submit a story about an imaginary visit by Henry B. Walthall to the different businesses listed on a certain page of the newspaper. The establishments consisted of clothing stores, a restaurant, luggage store, and so forth. The first, second, and third prize winners would be shown on screen at the Broadway Strand Theatre, where the film was being shown. Various other prizes included anywhere from 2 free balcony seats to 6 free orchestra seats. Elsewhere, Famous Players-Lasky issued postcard-sized masks, representing “the fiercest sort of individuals.” The postcards were cut to leave room for the nose and eyes. In 1917, The Lone Wolf had been released, starring Bert Lytell as the title character, with direction by Herbert Brenon. In early 1918, Brenon announced that Lytell would reprise his role in The False Faces, but neither were involved in this film. About a decade later, Lytell returned in several films as “The Lone Wolf.”
  25. 4 points
    When I was about 13 I worked for a green grocer on the Danforth in Toronto for a short while. He was in Stalag Luft III but was one who didn't even make it into the tunnel.

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