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Land of the Lost: Close-Up on Josef von Sternberg’s "Anatahan"

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Josef von Sternberg's Anatahan (1953) is showing June 4 – July 3, 2019 in the United States.Its premise alone is intriguing. A group of Japanese sailors are attacked at sea and become stranded on an island for seven years, with no knowledge of how the outside world carries on without them. A world, it’s worth noting, that is currently at war. The 1944 incident served as the basis for Michiro Maruyama’s 1954 novel, Anatahan, in which he detailed the ordeal and his time on the Northern Mariana island of that name. Intriguing, yes, but perhaps not a subject immediately associated with filmmaker Josef von Sternberg, a director best known for ornate, cloistered, exotic, and sometimes romantically convoluted dramas. Yet von Sternberg had, in fact, harbored an interest in Japanese culture and art for some time, and the prospect of translating Maruyama’s text to film,
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Promo for The Flash Season 5 Episode 20 – ‘Gone Rogue’

The CW has released a promo for next week’s twentieth episode of The Flash season 5, entitled ‘Gone Rogue’ which sees Weather Witch, Queen Bee, and Rag Doll returning to Central City; watch it here…

See Also: The Flash Season 5 Episode 19 Review – ‘Snow Pack’

Weather Witch, Queen Bee And Rag Doll Return To Central City – Barry (Grant Gustin) continues to struggle with how he feels about Nora’s (Jessica Parker Kennedy) betrayal. Brie Larvan (guest star Emily Kinney), Joss Jackam (guest star Reina Hardesty) and Peter Merkel (guest star Troy James) return to Central City. Meanwhile, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) makes a bold decision.

See Also: Follow all of our coverage of The Flash here

The Flash season 5 airs on Tuesdays on The CW.

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"The Flash: Gone Rogue"

"The Flash" episode "Gone Rogue", directed by Kristin Windell, airs April 30, 2019 on The CW:

"...'Weather Witch', 'Queen Bee' and 'Rag Doll' return to 'Central City', as 'Barry' (Grant Gustin) continues to struggle with how he feels about a betrayal by 'Nora' (Jessica Parker Kennedy).

"Then 'Brie Larvan' (Emily Kinney), 'Joss Jackam' (Reina Hardesty) and 'Peter Merkel' (Troy James) return to Central City, while 'Cisco' (Carlos Valdes) makes a bold decision..."

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Newport Beach Film Festival Offers Wealth of Premieres, Retrospectives and Seminars

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Nbff kicks off opening night with Sundance hit “American Animals.” The British-American true crime drama, written and directed by Bart Layton, starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson, will be followed by a gala reception at the Fashion Island shopping mall.

The fest will end its eight-day run with the West Coast premiere of “All Square,” director John Hyams’ dramedy about a small-time bookie (Michael Kelly) who comes up with a scheme to take bets on Little League games.

Following the screening, the fest, in partnership with Schiefer ChopShop and Via Lido Plaza, will host the closing-night celebration. The outdoor event will feature a hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka, Oban Whiskey and Guinness, with culinary tastings from top local restaurants.

In between those bookends, Nbff will host the U.S. premieres of the Italian feature “Wife and Husband,” the Chinese film “End of Summer,” the Japanese award-winning film “3 Ft.
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Oscar Film Series: Death and Music in Melodrama Saved by Crawford

'Humoresque': Joan Crawford and John Garfield. 'Humoresque' 1946: Saved by Joan Crawford Directed by Jean Negulesco from a screenplay by Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold (loosely based on a Fannie Hurst short story), Humoresque always frustrates me because its first 25 minutes are excruciatingly boring – until Joan Crawford finally makes her appearance during a party scene. Crawford plays Helen Wright, a rich society lush in love with a tough-guy violin player, Paul Boray (John Garfield), who happens to be in love with his music. Fine support is offered by Paul's parents, played by Ruth Nelson and the fabulous chameleon-like J. Carroll Naish. Oscar Levant is the sarcastic, wisecracking piano player, who plays his part to the verge of annoyance. (Spoilers ahead.) Something wrong with that woman The Humoresque scenes between Paul and his mother are particularly intriguing, as the mother conveys her objections to Helen by lamenting, "There's something wrong with a woman like that!
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Friday the 13th actress Betsy Palmer has died at the age of 88

Friday the 13th actress Betsy Palmer has died at the age of 88
Friday the 13th star Betsy Palmer has died at the age of 88.

The actress was best known for her performance as killer cook Mrs Voorhees in the 1980 horror film and its 1981 sequel.

Her manager Brad Lemack informed The AP on Sunday (May 31) that she died of natural causes at a hospice in Connecticut.

In addition to her most famous role, Palmer appeared in TV dramas like Kraft Theatre, Studio One and Murder, She Wrote. She also appeared in The Long Gray Lane, Queen Bee and The Tin Star on the big screen.

Palmer was also known for her Broadway performances, and appeared in several plays during her long career, including Same Time, Next Year and Cactus Flower.

Looking back on Friday the 13th in the years that followed, Palmer was not afraid to share her true feelings about the film, describing the script as a "piece of junk".

The actress
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Actress Betsy Palmer from Friday The 13th Dead at 88

“You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday…”

The woman had a long and distinguished career including hundreds of TV appearances in the 1950s and ’60s, but she will always best known as Jason’s mom in the original Friday The 13th (1980). Betsy Palmer was a regular on the horror convention circuit and a good attitude about her place in horror film history. She said in an interview once: “If it was good enough for Boris Karloff, why should I complain?” Betsy Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospital in Los Angeles.

From The Associated Press:

Betsy Palmer, the veteran character actress who achieved lasting, though not necessarily sought-after, fame as the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film “Friday the 13th,” has died at age 88.

Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospice care center in Connecticut, her longtime manager, Brad Lemack,
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Oscar-Nominated Actress Featured in One of Universal's Biggest Blockbusters Dead at 99

Oscar-nominated ‘Imitation of Life’ actress Juanita Moore has died Juanita Moore, Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee for the 1959 blockbuster Imitation of Life, died on New Year’s Day 2014 at her home in Los Angeles. According to various online sources, Juanita Moore (born on October 19, 1922) was 91; her step-grandson, actor Kirk Kahn, said she was 99. (Photo: Juanita Moore in the late ’50s. See also: Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner photos at the 50th anniversary screening of Imitation of Life at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.) Juanita Moore movies The Los Angeles-born Juanita Moore began her show business career as a chorus girl at New York City’s Cotton Club. According to the IMDb, Moore was an extra/bit player in a trio of films of the ’40s, including Vincente Minnelli’s all-black musical Cabin in the Sky (1942) and Elia Kazan’s socially conscious melodrama Pinky (1949), in which Jeanne Crain plays a (very,
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2012 Laff: The Breaking Point (1950) | Review

Point of No Return: A Curtiz Classic Resurrected

While history prizes a 1944 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s story To Have and Have Not, there does exist a little seen (and more faithful to its source text) 1950 film version of the same story, helmed by Michael Curtiz, titled The Breaking Point. In retrospect, the earlier Howard Hawks version is all glitz and glamor and no guts, its claim to everlasting fame the guttural growl from Lauren Bacall concerning how to put your lips together to do something. Due to the insistence of screenwriter Ranald MacDougall (who wrote the screenplay for Curtiz’s Mildred Pierce and would later direct Ms. Crawford himself for his own debut in Queen Bee), the studio agreed to go forward with another adaptation, though got cold feet upon release due to star John Garfield being named in McCarthy’s witch hunt, and the film, unmarketed and unappreciated,
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10 Best Bad Movies for Gay Summer Viewing

Once upon a time I wrote a column called "Bad Movies We Love," and I feel close enough to you to admit that -- actually? -- I don't love bad movies. I would rather watch something good, weirdly. I'm sensitive when it comes to reserving time for woefully bad cinema, and that's why I want to help kick off your summer with the essential gay stinkbombs. Summer is the best time to gather your friends at 11 a.m. on a Saturday, gather around the thespian sorcery of Elizabeth Berkley, and cry, cry, and laugh until you're whole. Let's celebrate the worst of the best of the worst!

10. Chastity

Though not as renowned a misfire as the later totems on my list, Chastity is one of the weirdest film debuts ever -- particularly for a splashy firebrand like Cher -- and therefore it's essential viewing. More than a full decade before
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Joan Crawford Longtime Friend/Personal Assistant Dies

Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, Autumn Leaves Betty Barker (photo), Joan Crawford's longtime personal assistant, died last January 27 in Los Angeles. Barker was 95 years old. According to a paid obituary published in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles-born (Sept. 30, 1916) Barker grew up in the L.A. suburb of Alhambra. Following a stint in Washington, D.C., in 1944 Barker returned to Los Angeles, where she began her secretarial career at Rko. Later, she was to become a personal secretary to Howard Hughes, who gained control of the studio in 1948. When Rko officially moved to Las Vegas in 1955, Barker opted to remain in Los Angeles. That's when she began her professional association with Joan Crawford, whom, as per the Times obit, she had known since the early 1930s. By then a Hollywood star for nearly three decades, Crawford was still busy, appearing in movies such as Ranald MacDougall's Queen Bee,
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Planet Of The Apes, Joan Crawford, Film Noir Classics: Packard Campus

Jane Greer, Robert Mitchum, Ramon Novarro in Don Siegel's The Big Steal Judy Garland would have turned 89 today. It goes without saying that Garland is one of the stars featured in the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation's June 2011 schedule. Unfortunately, the Garland screening of For Me and My Gal took place yesterday. So, it's too late for me to recommend it. However, I can still recommend several other gems awaiting movie lovers at the Packard Campus this month. Those include Franklin J. Schaffner's Planet of the Apes (June 10); Ranald MacDougall's Queen Bee (June 16); and the film [...]
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On DVD: "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo" is a Captivating Documentary on the Unconquerability of Life

I apparently missed out by not seeing "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo" on the big screen, or so I am led to believe because it's one of those rare documentaries that is "gorgeous" and "cinematic." Honestly, though, I think it's mainly a good-looking film because of its locations. Not to slight cinematographer Sean Price Williams ("Kati with an I"), who really does do a wonderful job making beetles and other insects look like stunning little movie stars--he's to bugs what Ernest Haller was to Joan Crawford (yes, I just compared the 'Queen Bee' to insects)--but the rural scenery of Japan looks…
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eBay find: Rita Hayworth’s screen-worn black satin dress from Gilda

While sniffing around exciting movie memorabilia lots on eBay, we rarely come across many screen-used wardrobe items that are over 30 years old, now add another ten years, and another, and another, and you’re getting close, for this week’s eBay find is a staggering 63 years old and is just as desirable and gorgeous now as it was then. Introducing the iconic black satin dress as worn by Tinseltown’s ‘love goddess’ Rita Hayworth in her most memorable film role, that of femme fatale Gilda in the 1946 noir classic of the same name. This is old school Hollywood glamour on a whole new scale…

Considered cinema’s hottest pin-up during the 40s, Hayworth positively smoldered on the silver screen in Gilda, performing an erotic one glove strip tease as she sang “Put the Blame on Mame”, radiating killer sex appeal at a time of incredibly strict censorship in films. And
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