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Cannes Classics Lineup Includes ‘Cleopatra’, ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’, ‘The Last Detail’

The Cannes Film Festival‘s Classics section, created in 2004 to showcase restored versions of classic and notable movies, will include 20 features and three documentaries for the 2013 edition. Among the highlights, Kim Novak will present the restored print of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo while Marco Ferreri’s La Grande Bouffe will mark a return to the Croisette. The 1973 film about four friends who gather in a villa with the express purpose of eating themselves to death starred Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Piccoli and Philippe Noiret and caused quite the scandal when it was originally screened. Also appearing are Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s infamous Cleopatra with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in its four-hour version; Billy Wilder’s Fedora; Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour, starring Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva; Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail and Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg. In tribute to Joanne Woodward, the festival will screen the final film she produced, Shepard & Dark, by Treva Wurmfeld. There will also be a special evening dedicated to Jean Cocteau’s Beauty And The Beast and to Opium, a new musical comedy directed by Arielle Dombasle. Euzhan Palcy’s film Simeon (1992) will be screened in honor of the 100th birthday of Aimé Césaire. Additionally, the beach screenings that form the Cinéma de la Plage section have been announced and include Luc Besson’s The Big Blue and Jerry Lewis’ The Ladies Man. Click over for a full list of films: Read More »

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Cannes: Kim Novak Named Guest Of Honor; Restored ‘Vertigo’ To Screen

Last August, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo rose to the No. 1 spot on the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound survey of the so-called 50 Greatest Films Of All Time. Kim Novak, the star of that film, will be the Cannes Film Festival‘s guest of honor next month. Her presence will mark the restoration of Vertigo which will be screened as part of the Cannes Classics section. Novak will also be on hand for the closing ceremony on May 26 where she’ll hand out one of the prizes. The actress first attended the festival in 1959 for Delbert Mann’s Middle Of The Night, her only film ever in Competition. Hitchcock had three movies in Competition: 1956′s The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1953′s I Confess and 1946′s Notorious. In recent years, restorations of both The Ring and Psycho have played in Cannes Classics. The festival starts on May 15.

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‘Midnight, Mass.’ Comic Gets Drama Series Adaptation At NBC

By | Wednesday September 19, 2012 @ 6:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has put in development Midnight, Mass., a drama series based on characters from the Vertigo comic books and graphic novels published by DC Entertainment. Snow White And The Huntsman co-writer Evan Daugherty will write the adaptation, produced by Warner Bros. TV and Bill Gerber‘s Gerber Pictures, which has received a script commitment.

The Midnight, Mass. comics creator John Rozum will serve as an executive consultant on the TV project, about a sophisticated, sexy, globe-trotting husband and wife paranormal investigator team — based in Midnight, Massachusetts — that takes on supernatural foes, macabre mysteries and the most frightening creature of all: marriage. Feature producer Gerber (Gran Torino) executive produces, with Daugherty co-executive producing.

This is the second time NBC and Warner Bros. TV are taking a stab at a Midnight, Mass. drama series. In 2009, WBTV’s adaptation with a different team, writers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts and non-writing executive producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, also landed at NBC but did not go to pilot stage. Feature scribe Daugherty, repped by UTA, manager Jake Wagner and attorneys Jeff Frankel and Rob Goldman, recently wrote the upcoming action thriller Killer Season.

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Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ The Greatest Movie Of All Time? And The Director Could Have New Oscar And Emmy Contenders

Pete Hammond

Alfred Hitchcock has been dead for 32 years. The last film he made, Family Plot, was released in 1976 yet his popularity among movie fans and cineastes alike has never seemed to wane. To put it bluntly, Hitch has never been hotter. This week proof of that was offered by the ascension of his 1958 classic Vertigo to the No. 1 spot on the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound survey of the so-called 50 Greatest Films Of All Time as selected this year by 846 critics, film scholars and historians, the largest sampling ever in the once a decade list that has been compiled every 10 years since 1962. Ever since the inception of the esteemed poll the British international film journal has named Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane as the Number 1 greatest film of all time — until 2012 when suddenly Hitchcock vaulted to the top after a slow, steady ascent since first appearing on the list of the Top 10 films in 1982. It is certainly interesting that this particular Hitchcock film starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, not even a huge hit in 1958 and recipient of only two minor Oscar nominations, for Color Art Direction and Sound, has become the master’s  masterpiece in the eyes of the world’s top film writers and scholars. The only other Hitchcock film on the list is Psycho at number 35, although I personally count numerous others including North By Northwest, Rear Window,  Notorious, even The Birds as equally deserving. I’m not at all sure Vertigo, great as it is, is the greatest of all time. Really? David Lean who directed such immortal greats as Lawrence Of Arabia and The Bridge On The River Kwai doesn’t have a single film in the top 50 and you could argue all day about other omissions and inclusions (there’s no DAVID Lean but there is DAVID Lynch at No. 28 with Mulholland Drive. Hmmm). Read More »

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‘Vertigo’ Eclipses ‘Citizen Kane’ As Best Movie Of All Time In New BFI Survey

By | Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 2:10pm PDT

Best Movie Of All TimeAlfred Hitchcock‘s 45th film has moved ahead of Orson Welles’ 1941 classic — at least according to the latest Sight & Sound poll conducted once a decade for the British Film Institute. Citizen Kane, which Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller surpassed by 34 votes out of 846 cast, is No. 2 on the list of 50 posted today (more will be posted in the weeks ahead). A decade ago Kane and Vertigo were separated by only 5 votes. Even so, Kane‘s total tally this time was three times as large as the number of votes it received last time so Welles wasn’t exactly snubbed. Out of more than 1,000 critics, programmers, academics, distributors, writers and other cinephiles contacted for the survey, Sight & Sound received 846 Top 10 lists that among them mention 2,045 different films. The new survey also enjoyed greater participation than its six predecessors. The remaining movies in order of the BFI’s Top 10 are Ozu Yasujiro’s Tokyo Story (1953), Jean Renoir’s La Regle Du Jeu (1939) and F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise (1927), Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), John Ford’s The Searchers (1956), Dziga Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera (1939), Carl Dreyer’s The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1927) and Federico Fellini’s (1963).

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Comic-Con: Neil Gaiman To Write New ‘Sandman’ Series

By | Thursday July 12, 2012 @ 10:51pm PDT

Author Neil Gaiman will collaborate with artist J.H. Williams III (Batwoman) on a new limited series based on his classic graphic novel The Sandman for the DC Entertainment Vertigo imprint. Gaiman made the surprise announcement via video during the Vertigo panel at Comic-Con. The Sandman miniseries will be published in 2013. Gaiman said he felt “there was one tale still untold” for The Sandman. With Sandman‘s 25th anniversary coming up, Gaiman said the time was right. Each issue of The Sandman mini-series will be published day-and-date digitally. The title will be announced later. Gaiman’s work includes the books on which the stop-motion animated feature Coraline was based as well as HBO’s upcoming American Gods. A movie based on his The Graveyard Book is in the works at Disney. Paramount made a 2007 movie based on his Stardust.

Related: Henry Selick To Direct Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’ In Disney Deal

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