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Just Yul Brynner, 22 and nude

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Out of respect for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, I went goggling aeround to learn more about Yul Brynner who played Ramses in Cecil B DeMille’s epic 6 decades ago. Found out more than I bargained for. NSFW gallery after the jump.

Six Aspects of Highly Effective Movie Classics

Six Aspects of Highly Effective Movie Classics

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Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle outlines six factors in cinema that propel a great movie to classic status after the test of time. Doing what I do, I often try to project myself into the future and imagine what, of our current movies, will be of value to later generations… Looking at the films that do last, that achieve classic status, I’ve observed six tendencies: 1) Great movies…

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Steven Spielberg Predicts ‘Implosion’ of Film Industry

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Steven Spielberg and George Lucas describe dire developments at the unveiling of USC’s School Of Cinematic Arts (SCA) Complex (photo via Zimbio) No need for me to editorialize. Whether I agree or disagree, these ominous remarks deserve more than an offhand reaction. I will say it’s interesting to see the two men often credited with formulating the modern blockbuster template for the high concept franchise mentality with Jaws, Close Encounters,…

Cinemark brings 6 classics back to theaters

Cinemark brings 6 classics back to theaters

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The Cinemark Classics series will screen six digitally restored classics at 150 theaters nationwide over the next several weeks. Jaws, August 23rd High Noon, August 30 Dr Zhivago, September 6 Chinatown, September 13 The Bridge on the River Kwai, September 20 The African Queen, September 27 On each day there will be one matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening show at 7 p.m. You can purchase tickets individually or…

Woody Allen gets 2-part American Masters profile

Woody Allen gets 2-part American Masters profile

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Probably the only television exposure more prestigious than a 60-minutes segment in peak Oscar season, a profile on PBS American Masters is a rare honor reserved for national treasures. All the more rare when it spotlights a subject as chronically shy and elusive as Woody Allen. Allen has agreed to finally open up about his life and career for a two-part PBS “American Masters” documentary tentatively titled “Seriously Funny —…

John Carpenter: "Fear Is Just the Beginning…"

John Carpenter: "Fear Is Just the Beginning…"

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Looking for a good way to kill an hour before getting any work done or making breakfast for the kids? How about an excellent look at the career of the director who made 2 of the top 20 horror films of all time? Filmmaker John Carpenter helped redefine the American horror film in 1978 with Halloween, a low-budget thriller which became a major box office success. Since then, Carpenter has…

A look back at 1960's Cannes

A look back at 1960's Cannes

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Farley Granger, Hitchcock & the gay subtext of Rope

Farley Granger, Hitchcock & the gay subtext of Rope

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Farley Granger talks about working with Alfred Hitchcock at A Different Light bookstore in West Hollywood, c. 2007. A 30-minute documentary, Rope Unleashed, after the cut, includes interviews with Farley Granger and playwright Arthur Larents, partners at the time Rope was filmed — a fact that reportedly tickled Hitchcock’s playfully wicked curiosity about anything sexually unconventional. Screenwriter Arthur Laurents and star Farley Granger were lovers at the time of Rope’s…

Brando, 1952

Brando, 1952

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(click to enlarge) Marlon Brando, age 28. Brian Williams featured these photos tonight on NBC Nightly News. You can find a dozen more on the LIFE site, here and here. By 1952, Marlon Brando was well on his way in Hollywood, with three incredible roles under his belt: his big-screen debut as a paraplegic war vet in The Men; a searing on-screen reprisal of his Broadway turn as the iconic…