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Rip, Barbara Harris: Another Alfred Hitchcock Actor Passes, But These 24 Remain

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Rip, Barbara Harris: Another Alfred Hitchcock Actor Passes, But These 24 Remain
In the last shot of Alfred Hitchcock’s final (and underrated) “Family Plot,” impostor-psychic-turned-kidnapper Barbara Harris looks straight at the camera and winks. It was only time in Hitchcock’s career that he broke down the fourth wall, and the gesture felt like his goodbye to his fans.

Harris died August 21 at 83 of lung cancer. Her notable roles included “A Thousand Clowns,” “Nashville,” “The Seduction of Joe Tynan,” and a supporting actor Oscar nomination for “Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?” But for Hitchcock fans, her death reminds us that 42 years have passed since the master’s last film, and fewer of his actors are still alive.

It’s nearly impossible to track every actor who appeared in his work. (Anyone from Hitchcock’s early British films would have had to be a very small child.) However, there are still a number
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Beauty vs Beast: Burbank in the Bubble

Jason from Mnpp here - just this morning I wished director Peter Weir (one of my favorites) a happy 73rd birthday on my own site, and it struck me that hitting up his 1998 classic The Truman Show (which at almost 20 years old can rightly be considered a "classic" now, can't it? God I am old) would make for a very fine installment of our "Beauty vs Beast" series. On the left we have Jim Carrey's second greatest performance as the manic man in the bubble Truman Burbank, and on the right we have one of Laura Linney's funniest supporting turns as his pretend wife turned hostage Meryl. And I know you all lean Lovely Linney (as a religion) but it's awfully hard to root for Meryl if you ask me...

Previously I'm actually a little bit surprised that you guys gave last week's Strangers on a Train competion
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'Strangers on a Train' Reteams Ben Affleck & David Fincher

'Strangers on a Train' Reteams Ben Affleck & David Fincher
Ben Affleck is re-teaming with Gone Girl director David Fincher and author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn for a remake of the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train for Warner Bros. Gillian Flynn is in talks to write the screenplay, with Ben Affleck producing through his Pearl Street company. While the project will be based on the original Strangers on a Train, which was adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel, it will have a contemporary setting with a new twist.

The story will revolve around Ben Affleck's character, a movie star in the middle of an Oscar campaign, whose private plane breaks down. He is given a lift to L.A. on another plane by a wealthy stranger. The original starred Farley Granger as a tennis pro who becomes bored with his life and marriage and is contemplating divorce. Instead, he meets a wealthy socialite who proposes the idea of
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Watch: 30-Minute Documentary 'Obsessed With Vertigo' About The Making & Restoration Of Alfred Hitchcock's Masterpiece

Last year, a bit of a cinematic dust-up occurred when Sight & Sound released their once-a-decade list of Greatest Movies Of All Time. Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" had long dominated the top tier, but 2012 saw the film drop to the second slot, to be replaced by Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" as the best movie ever. Of course, such rankings are a bit silly, but that didn't stop film fans from discussing the merits of both, but we think it's safe to say—they're both great. But if you need a little more to convince you just how much Hitchcock's film needs to be treasured, you might want to take a look below. The 30-minute documentary "Obsessed With Vertigo" has landed online and it's well worth a spin. The American Movie Classics production brings together a bunch of folks—Barbara Bel Geddes, Henry Bumstead, Robert A. Harris, Patricia Hitchcock, James C. Katz,
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Sacha Gervasi talks Hitchcock

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When presenting a feature film focusing on the life of one of the most renowned filmmakers of all time, there is certainly an element of pressure on any director taking on such a task – yet for Sacha Gervasi, it’s a project he looked to revel in, and we caught up with the British filmmaker ahead of the release of Hitchcock – hitting our screens this coming Friday.

Gervasi, whose only previous work is that of rock documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil, admits that his low-key debut was in fact the deciding factor in persuading both Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren to get on board, as he also tells us of his delight at working alongside such a cast, also consisting of Scarlett Johansson. He also discusses the importance of Alma Reville, and his next project…

Hitchcock is your first narrative film after the Anvil documentary – was this something you always intended on doing?
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First Time Watch #1 – Strangers On A Train

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Being a film geek is a damn difficult job but many of us take it on willingly. It’s not an easy life though, with so many films out there to discover, it’s a minefield as to what exactly to focus on. The purpose of this new series of articles is really rather selfish, indulging in First Time Watches of films I have always been meaning to get around to, well-regarded classics, cult entries I’ve always wanted to check out, things of that sort, and then I get to write about them. What I hope to add here though is a little more discussion around the films, how they hold up now, what they say about that point in a director’s career and so forth, hopefully giving more than just a straight review of the piece but more a look at just why I seek them out specifically for this column.
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The Age of Shoddy: Marilyn, Hitchcock, Fdr and Lincoln

My Week with Marilyn

Written by Adrian Hodges, based on the books My Week with Marilyn and The Prince, the Showgirl and Me by Colin Clark

Directed by Simon Curtis

2011, imdb, Josh Slater-Williams’ review, William Bitterman’s review

Hitchcock

Written by John J. McLaughlin, based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello

Directed by Sacha Gervasi

2012, imdb, Josh Spiegel’s review

Hyde Park on Hudson

Written by Richard Nelson

Directed by Roger Michell

2012, imdb, Josh Spiegel’s review, Kenneth Broadway’s Nyff review, Lane Scarberry’s Telluride review

Lincoln

Written by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Directed by Steven Spielberg

2012, imdb, Josh Spiegel’s review, The Mousterpiece Cinema Podcast on Lincoln, The Almost Arthouse/Sound on Sight podcast on Lincoln, Jeremy Caesar’s article on Lincoln‘s score,
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Blu-ray Review: Hitchcock Classics ‘Strangers on a Train,’ ‘Dial M For Murder’

Chicago – Two of Alfred Hitchcock’s most respected thrillers were recently released on Blu-ray as something of a warning shot to the gigantic box set of 15 films being released by Universal next week. Warner Bros. still owns “Dial M For Murder” and “Strangers on a Train,” and so they are the latest classic films inducted into the HD catalog.

How do they hold up against other Hitch Bd releases? Not so great. The fact is that we’ve been a little spoiled. Those of us who love the work of arguably the best director of all time have been lucky enough to experience his work on Criterion (“The Lady Vanishes”) or with lavish special editions (“Psycho,” “North by Northwest”). Neither of the transfers here compare to what we’re used to lately with “Strangers” particularly looking sub-par compared to recent WB releases. “Strangers” has some decent special features but “Dial
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New Hitchcock images featuring Anthony Hopkins, Scarlett Johansson, Helen Mirren, Jessica Biel and James D'Arcy

Last month, Fox Searchlight released the first poster for British director Sacha Gervasi's (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) upcoming biopic Hitchcock, and now thanks to People.com (via Collider), we have a few new shots of the principal cast members, including Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) as Hitch, Helen Mirren (The Queen) as Patricia Hitchcock, Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers) as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel (Total Recall) as Vera Miles and James D'Arcy (Cloud Atlas) as Anthony Perkins...

Hitchcock is based on Stephen Rebello's book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, and also features Toni Colette (Fright Night), Michael Stuhlbarg (Men in Black III), Danny Huston (Wrath of the Titans), Kurtwood Smith (RoboCop) and Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid). The film is set for a limited release in North America on November 23rd, although sadly we'll have to wait until February 8th to see it here in the UK.
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Peter Halliday obituary

The actor Peter Halliday, who has died aged 87, was best known for playing the scientist John Fleming in the BBC's cult sci-fi series A for Andromeda (1961), co-starring Julie Christie, and its sequel, The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962), with Susan Hampshire. He also portrayed a number of characters in Doctor Who in the 1960s and 70s, including Packer in the serial The Invasion.

Peter was born near Llangollen, north-east Wales. When he was five, his family moved to Welshpool in Powys. He attended Oswestry school in Shropshire and, aged 18, was called up by the army. He spent three and a half years in Iraq, Palestine and Egypt. He auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and, much to his surprise, was accepted; he started his studies upon leaving the army.

He enjoyed his time at Rada and became friends with Patricia Hitchcock, the daughter of Alfred Hitchcock. He taught her about cricket
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Louie Ramsay obituary

Actor known for her role as Dora, the wife of Inspector Wexford in the popular TV series

Louie Ramsay, who has died aged 81, was a dynamic musical comedy actor who became a dramatic linchpin of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company at the Old Vic and then found wider fame as Dora Wexford, the wife of Inspector Wexford, in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, starring George Baker, who became Louie's second husband.

She was noted for her warmth, elegance and sense of humour, describing herself as a small woman with a big voice – the loudest in the chorus, said Mary Martin, whom she understudied as Nellie Forbush in the West End premiere of South Pacific. She also convinced Rendell that she should make her role in Wexford less passive: in one of the 23 episodes, screened between 1987 and 2000, Dora became the target of environmental terrorists and was taken hostage.

Louie was born in Molteno,
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Psycho Celebrates 50 Years on Blu-Ray

2010 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the original release of Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock's final film in black and white would be followed up by several sequels and now this feature will be available on Blu-Ray October 19th. Hitchcock's eye for psychological concepts like the Oedipus Complex and providing sensational material for a conservative time made Psycho an almost instant classic. Those with an interest in this iconic film can have an early look at the Blu-Ray's many extras below.

The synopsis for Psycho here:

"Alfred Hitchock's landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveler whose journey ends in the notorious "shower scene." First a private detective, then Marion's sister (Ver Miles) searches for her, the horror
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