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The Forgotten: Howard Hawks' "Tiger Shark" (1932)

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The critical consensus about Howard Hawks' themes and talents strikes me as bang on. The Cahiers critics identified him as a classic auteur, continually exploring characters and situations he had an affinity for, and in a consistent style. The surprise is it took so long for style and characters to come together to form the Hawks we know: his best early films are outliers, and only gradually did he come to explore the kind of group dynamics, sexual sparring and codes of professionalism with which he's now justly associated.Early 1930s Hawks just isn't quite all there yet, but you can see lots of Hawksian characters and themes struggling to come together and be their ideal selves.This one has Edward G. Robinson as a "Portagee" fisherman with a Chico Marx accent and an earring. For some reason, Hawks didn't really connect effectively with the urban tough guy actors until Bogart came his way,
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Jimmy Fallon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cover Rihanna as Barbershop Quintet

Jimmy Fallon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cover Rihanna as Barbershop Quintet
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a skilled lip-syncer, as he proved during his last appearance on The Tonight Show when he squared off against Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Merchant. But the actor is equally impressive using his real voice. Levitt became a temporary fifth member of Fallon's barbershop quartet during Thursday's episode, adding some crooner pizzazz to Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money."

The Ragtime Gals, decked out in their usual striped jackets, take a bubbly approach to Rihanna's thumping trap track, layering their voices into complex harmonies. "Pay me what you owe me,
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Acteurism: Joel McCrea in "Barbary Coast"

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In 1935 director Howard Hawks had a reputation for directing fast action films that were shot like screwball comedies. Before the Hays code, he directed Paul Muni as an Al Capone persona for the “most violent picture” of the time, Scarface (1932). Films about violent sports and vehicles and the men in control of them also got the Hawks treatment with The Dawn Patrol (1930), The Crowd Roars (1932), and The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933). The tagline for that last one’s poster reads: “Girls! There’S A New Passion In Your Life!” Hawks’ strengths lie in that spectacle of unfettered action for the boys, star power for the girls. His marketing image had stepped out of genre pictures before with more straightforward dramas Tiger Shark (1932)and Today We Live (1933). In Twentieth Century (1934), Hawks even ventured into full screwball territory (I’d wager that the Code taking away his violent sensibilities may have something to do with this,
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Wbtv's Night of DC Entertainment brings 'Gotham,' 'Flash' and more to Hall H: Live-Blog

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Wbtv's Night of DC Entertainment brings 'Gotham,' 'Flash' and more to Hall H: Live-Blog
Panel time! We've watched the "Gotham" and "Flash" pilots and seen hints from "Constantine" and "Arrow," including the reveal that Ra's al Ghul will be the Big Bad on Season 3. Geoff Johns is moderating and... Let's go! 10:05 p.m. The size of this panel is utterly insane. It's basically the full casts of All Four Shows. In rows. On the Hall H stage. 10:07 p.m. Angelica Celaya is the biggest panel surprise. She's the newest "Constantine" star and she started work yesterday. 10:08 p.m. "It's kinda crazy to see the universe represented like this," Johns says. 10:08 p.m. Where did "Gotham" come from and why start with the death of the Waynes, Johns asks. "Origin stories are my favorite part of the mythologies of the DC Universe," Bruno Heller says. He found it natural to start with the beginning of the process and "What is more
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Marvel brings 'Agents of Shield,' 'Agent Carter' & maybe more to Comic-Con: Live-blog

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Marvel brings 'Agents of Shield,' 'Agent Carter' & maybe more to Comic-Con: Live-blog
It's Marvel TV time at Comic-Con, with an hour-long panel that promises to feature Jeph Loeb plus still-unnamed castmembers from both "Marvel's Agents of Shield" and "Marvel's Agent Carter." The question is, will Marvel stop with just the two ABC dramas, or will they start trying to build excitement for the four upcoming Netflix series by, say, bringing in "Daredevil" stars Charlie Cox and Deborah Ann Woll for surprise appearances? (Woll has a long and impressive history of Comic-Con cosplay, including stints as Hit Girl and Axe Cop, so I wouldn't be shocked in the least if she came dressed as Elektra — or Daredevil, for that matter.) And will Loeb be as bombastic as in his usual interviews, or will he acknowledge how rough so much of "Agents of Shield" season 1 was before "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" finally gave the show direction? I'll be live-blogging all the action, updating
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Watch Weezer's Drummer Catch a Frisbee Mid-Song

Watch Weezer's Drummer Catch a Frisbee Mid-Song
Drummers catch a lot of flack. Every musician has at least one drummer joke in their back pocket, but we'd like to see some power-hungry lead guitarist do this. At a Weezer concert in St. Augustine, Florida, Friday, drummer Patrick Wilson looked to be squarely in the path of an oncoming Frisbee thrown by a fan. Wilson, being the true pro that he is, casually reaches up, catches the Frisbee, and discards it, all without dropping a beat. The crowd roars, and lead singer Rivers Cuomo looks a little confused, though he later caught on, Tweeting about the incident. One
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Watch Weezer's Drummer Catch a Frisbee Mid-Song

Watch Weezer's Drummer Catch a Frisbee Mid-Song
Drummers catch a lot of flack. Every musician has at least one drummer joke in their back pocket, but we'd like to see some power-hungry lead guitarist do this. At a Weezer concert in St. Augustine, Florida, Friday, drummer Patrick Wilson looked to be squarely in the path of an oncoming Frisbee thrown by a fan. Wilson, being the true pro that he is, casually reaches up, catches the Frisbee, and discards it, all without dropping a beat. The crowd roars, and lead singer Rivers Cuomo looks a little confused, though he later caught on, Tweeting about the incident. One
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Godzilla, Giant Ants, and Other Monsters - and Mickey Rooney: May '14 at LoC's Packard

Godzilla 1954, Mickey Rooney, Giant Ants, Fascists, and rarely seen ‘Musty Stuffer’: Eclectic Packard Theater movies in May 2014 (photo: ‘Godzilla’) Godzilla 1954, Mickey Rooney, military fascists, deadly giant ants, racing car drivers, and The Mishaps of Musty Suffer, a super-rare slapstick comedy series from the 1910s, are a few of the highlights at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theater in May 2014. Godzilla 1954 and fellow movie monsters Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla 2014, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, and Bryan Cranston, opens on May 16 in much of the world. On May 8 at the Packard Theater, you’ll get the chance to check out Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla 1954 aka Gojira — in the original, Toho-released, Japanese-language version (i.e., without Raymond Burr). As part of its Godzilla double bill, the Packard Theater will also present Motoyoshi Oda’s Gigantis, the Fire Monster aka Godzilla Raids Again (1955). Besides Godzilla, the Packard Theater will
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The Dark Knight Rises Over Empire

The Dark Knight Rises Over Empire
Rejoice, Bat fans! The new issue of Empire, on sale May 31, is jam-packed with exclusive material on The Dark Knight Rises. Behind our two gorgeous, world-exclusive covers lies a 23-page celebration of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy in all its glory, including everything you could possibly want to know about this summer's final instalment. Choose Your Side - Free Massive Poster!As if that weren't enough, we are also including a giant double-sided poster this month, showing Christian Bale's Batman and Anne Hathaway's Catwoman (to match the covers, you see). We're spoiling you, really. Get a sneak peek below.Poster size compared to the issue of Empire magazine. We told you they're big! Exclusive Feature PREVIEWBut that's not the only treat in store right now! Below, you can read the prologue to Dan Jolin's exhaustive and comprehensive feature on the making of The Dark Knight Rises.For the full thing,
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"Spartacus: Vengeance" Recap: "Burn, Baby, Burn"

This week’s edition of Spartacus: Vengeance opens with a reminder of what really brought attention to this series in the first place: the arena. Two men enter. One man leaves. This is Thunderdo—err, this is Capua, where two gladiators battle it out on the sands. The fight is awesome. The carnage is bone-shattering. The battle is exhausting. The blood sprays everywhere (and you know bloodstains are a pain to get out of a peplum!) And the people of Capua are eating it up.

And this includes our favorite Gossip Girl crew, sitting in the royal box, talking smack about one another and sharing scandal while taking in the carnage with the rest of the plebeians. Well, enjoy it while it lasts, suckers. For some of you, this is your last trip to the arena.

But I get ahead of myself. We open with Varinius, everyone’s favorite Alexis Carrington
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Ann Dvorak Pt.5: Jack Warner, I Was An American Spy

Ann Dvorak, Three on a Match publicity shot Ann Dvorak Pt.4: Warner Bros. Co-Stars, Three On A Match, Later Years What about Ann Dvorak's relationship with Warner Bros. boss Jack Warner? I think Jack Warner was fond of Ann and had a great deal of faith in her abilities as a dramatic actress. After Howard Hawks brought her to Warner Bros. for The Crowd Roars, the studio immediately negotiated a deal with Howard Hughes to borrow her exclusively for six months. As part of the deal, Hughes had script approval for any movie Ann was to make, which Warners agreed to, even though their lawyers advised them against it. Giving Dvorak the title role in The Strange Love of Molly Louvain, and choosing her for the heaviest part in Three on a Match over two of their own contract players demonstrates how confident they were in her ability to carry a movie,
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Ann Dvorak Pt.4: Warner Bros. Co-Stars, Three On A Match

Ann Dvorak, Paul Muni, Dr. Socrates Ann Dvorak Pt.3: Scarface, Warner Bros. Leading Lady, But Never a Star Ann Dvorak played opposite most big names at Warner Bros. in the 1930s. In addition to the aforementioned Joan Blondell and Bette Davis, there were Warren William, Paul Muni, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., James Cagney, Dick Powell, Pat O'Brien, and Richard Barthelmess, among others. How did she get along with her leading men? Was she easy to work with? As far as I can tell, Ann was very easy to work with. I got the chance to speak with both Jane Wyatt and Hugh O'Brian, who made movies with Ann, and while neither one had much to say, the phrase they both used to describe her was "very professional." According to Warners' production logs, she was always on time and for the most part did not miss work. Despite the headaches she
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Ann Dvorak Pt.3: Scarface, Warner Bros. Leading Lady, But Never a Star

Ann Dvorak, Rudy Vallee, Sweet Music Ann Dvorak Pt.2: Film Career, Private Life Ann Dvorak's best-remembered film is probably the 1932 Scarface, starring Paul Muni, directed by Howard Hawks, produced by Howard Hughes, and released by United Artists. What was that experience like for her? Making Scarface must have been a very exciting experience for Ann. I don't think a lot of people realize this was Ann's first real acting role and that she had just turned twenty when she made it. At the time she was signed to play Cesca Camonte, Ann had been working at MGM for over two years in the chorus and as an assistant choreographer to Sammy Lee. Despite being championed by Joan Crawford for more substantial parts, MGM did nothing more with Ann than give her extra work. It must have been a thrill for her to land a challenging role in such a significant film.
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Ann Dvorak Movie Schedule: Three On A Match, Our Very Own, College Coach

Bette Davis, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Three on a Match Ann Dvorak on TCM Part I: Scarface, I Was An American Spy Another cool Ann Dvorak performance is her drug addict in Mervyn LeRoy's Three on a Match (1932), which features a great cast that includes Warren William, Joan Blondell, and a pre-stardom Bette Davis. Never, ever light three cigarettes using the same match, or you'll end up like Ann Dvorak, delivering a harrowing performance without getting an Academy Award nomination for your efforts. As Three on a Match's young Ann Dvorak, future Oscar nominee Anne Shirley is billed as Dawn O'Day. (And for those who believe that remakes is something new: Three on a Mach was remade a mere six years later as Broadway Musketeers: John Farrow directed; Ann Sheridan, Marie Wilson, and Margaret Lindsay starred.) I've never watched David Miller's family drama Our Very Own
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Charlie Sheen's Detroit disaster: Boos, walk-outs for 'Torpedo of Truth'

Charlie Sheen's Detroit disaster: Boos, walk-outs for 'Torpedo of Truth'
First the U.S. automaker recession, and now this. Charlie Sheen unleashed his Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour on the Motor City on Saturday night before a crowd that greeted the actor with an adoring standing ovation and concluded with booing and walk-outs. The padded and disjointed show was a hodgepodge of video clips and Sheen-isms that felt hastily assembled and misjudged the patience of even the hardest of hardcore fans. Below is our on-the-scene progressive timeline of disaster from Detroit:

7:50 p.m. Et — Lovefest: Outside Fox Theater, Melissa Shovlin and Haley Clark — two young women wearing homemade “Winning!
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