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Composer David Arnold: From ‘Good Omens’ to Another Bond Film?

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Composer David Arnold: From ‘Good Omens’ to Another Bond Film?
Could David Arnold return as composer to the James Bond series?

It was the obvious question to pose while he was talking about Amazon’s new “Good Omens” miniseries, for which he has composed the elaborate score.

“It’s a no-news situation,” Arnold told Variety about 007. “I’ve heard nothing. But my pencil is always sharpened for him if James comes around again. But if he doesn’t, I’ll be as excited to watch the new film as anyone else. I still love him, and I love all of the team over there.”

Arnold composed the scores for five consecutive Bond films: three with Pierce Brosnan and two starring Daniel Craig.

With singer Chris Cornell, he co-wrote “You Know My Name,” the theme song for “Casino Royale,” and earned a Grammy nomination for it; he also received a BAFTA nomination for that score.

Arnold has scored more 007 films than any composer since John Barry,
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The Forgotten: See Sammy Run

Ken Hughes was an interesting character. The closest thing I have to a personal anecdote came from an old friend who was an assistant director: "Ken Hughes was the dirtiest man I ever met." I don't really know what he meant by that, and it may be unfair. But you can see little hints in his work.Hughes is best-remembered today for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and he did some of the better work in the astonishing sixties farrago Casino Royale (1967), but none of that really typifies him. His best film may be The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963), which he wrote as well as directed, and which brought to a kind of climax his early thriller period.Hughes' first film, in 1952, was Wide Boy, about a lowlife blackmailer, not a distinguished work but an unusual one for its frankness about the anti-hero's Jewishness. Sammy Lee is a much more
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Dave Bova Dies: Broadway’s ‘Be More Chill’ Hair, Wig & Makeup Designer Was 41

Dave Bova Dies: Broadway’s ‘Be More Chill’ Hair, Wig & Makeup Designer Was 41
Dave Bova, whose hair, wig and makeup designs for productions including Be More Chill and 2017’s Sunset Boulevard and M. Butterfly brought a distinctive visual panache to Broadway over the last five years, died yesterday in New York. He was 41.

Details of his death have not been disclosed, but colleagues, friends and the Broadway community expressed their heartbreak on social media.

“The company of Be More Chill expresses its profound sadness about the loss of Dave Bova, our hair, wig and makeup designer. Dave brought such joy to all he met, and we were all so proud to be in his company. Not only was he a master of his craft, he was deeply caring, funny and kind. It’s impossible to think of a world without him. We at Be More Chill promise to keep his legacy alive.”

George Salazar, who plays Michael Mell in Be More Chill, called
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Morris I. Diamond, Concert Promoter and Music Supervisor on Movies, Dies at 97

Morris I. Diamond, Concert Promoter and Music Supervisor on Movies, Dies at 97
Morris I. Diamond, who promoted Michael Jackson concerts, ran a record label and served as a music supervisor on movies including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, died April 7 of natural causes in Rancho Mirage, California, his family announced. He was 97.

Diamond was national promotion director of Mercury Records in the 1960s, and he later headed Beverly Hills Records. That label boasted a roster that included Chet Baker and J.P. Morgan and released Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to Butterfly (1982), a drama that starred Orson Welles, Stacy Keach and Golden Globe winner Pia Zadora.

In the mid-1980s, Diamond began to promote ...
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The Simpsons Season 30 Episode 15 Review: 101 Mitigations

Comic Book Guy gets his best featured character episode ever on The Simpsons, season 30, Episode 15, "101 Mitigations."

This The Simpsons review contains spoilers.

The Simpsons: Season 30 Episode 15

If anyone calls The Simpsons , season 30, Episode 15, "101 Mitigations," the worst or best episode ever, Comic Book Guy Jeff Albertson would register is disgust throughout the world within minutes, but it may very well be the funniest episode of the season. One of the reasons may be because the episode focuses on Comic Book Guy. This isn't a guarantee. He's not the most reliable of co-leads, that's why he doesn't get many chances to do so. It is also why he works in surprising ways.

Comic Book Guy, voiced by Hank Azaria, has a wealth of quirks, mostly saved for background material, that haven't been plundered, which might open a portal to a Sea Captain outing. Tonight's scenario fits Comic Guy perfectly. Homer takes the
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Rob Marshall (‘Mary Poppins Returns’): This is ‘my most personal film’ [Complete Interview Transcript]

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Rob Marshall (‘Mary Poppins Returns’): This is ‘my most personal film’ [Complete Interview Transcript]
Rob Marshall‘s new film “Mary Poppins Returns” is making a big splash at the box office and with awards so far, earning several Golden Globes nominations. Marshall is no stranger to awards, having directed Best Picture winner “Chicago” among others like “Into the Woods,” “Nine” and “Memoirs of a Geisha” that earned Oscar nominations.

Marshall sat down with Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum to discuss why he wanted to direct “Mary Poppins Returns,” his desire to make the film an homage but also it’s own thing and whether Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke had seen the film yet. Watch the exclusive video chat above and read the complete interview transcript below.

SEEEmily Blunt Interview: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and ‘A Quiet Place

Gold Derby: Rob, tell us the first time “Mary Poppins,” those two words, crossed your mind. How long ago was that?

Rob Marshall: Well, it
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Mary Poppins Returns Review: Emily Blunt Shines in a New Disney Classic

Mary Poppins Returns to theaters after an astonishing fifty-four year absence. I am pleased to report that lightning does indeed strike twice. This Disney sequel is a joy to behold, a beautiful, and magically uplifting film. Much like Mary Poppins parts the clouds and floats down on a ray of sunshine, the message delivered is of hope in the darkest times. Director Rob Marshall truly recaptures the glory of the original, while telling a new story that delights on its own merits.

Set in London during the Great Depression, tragedy has befallen the Banks family. Michael (Ben Whishaw) is struggling to deal with his wife's recent death. His precocious three young children, Annabelle (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh), and Georgie (Joel Dawson), desperately try to lift their father's spirit. Jane (Emily Mortimer) is a stalwart rock for her brother, also championing the rights of impoverished laborers. Just when life couldn't seem any worse,
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December 11th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Collector’s Editions, The Mangler

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Ooh, it’s a great week for horror fans, as this Tuesday’s Blu-ray and DVD releases are a stellar bunch of films that will make for great additions to your personal collection of movies to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Because it is the holiday season, I’m stoked to see Scream Factory show a little love to Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 with their Collector’s Edition Blu that hits shelves tomorrow, and for those of you who enjoy your horror movies with a side of sleaze, William Lustig’s Maniac has been given the 4K treatment by Blue Underground (and the film has never looked better).

The Mangler is also getting a brand new Blu-ray this week, and Scorpion Releasing is resurrecting Death Ship with their new Special Edition release as well. Vinegar Syndrome is keeping busy with both Ice Cream Man and Beware My Brethren,
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November. It's a Wrap

!!!!!!!!!!! How is their only one month of the year left? It's nearly time for our year in review festivities to begin. So many movies left to see. So much holiday interference. Etcetera. Nevertheless we must move on by looking back. Wait, what? Here are some highlights from the month that was.

Icymi 10 Favourites*

• Milk Eric thinks it's aging beautifully on its 10th anniversary

• Green Book and Widows a passionate podcast discussion

• Pauline, Jane, and Olympia -Glenn looks at new docks about legendary movie women

• Top Ten Ezra Miller Lewks Nathaniel appreciates his fashion

Hirokazu Koreeda Interview Murtada interviews the great Japanese director of Shoplifters Palme d'Or winning fame

Chris Pine's Penis Anna looks at the double standards around nudity

• The Best of Parker Posey a 50th birthday look back

• The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Chris hauntingly sings the soundtrack's praises

• Blindspotting Lynn Lee on codeswitching and one of
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‘Prodigy’: First Look At Netflix & Mark Millar’s Very Smart Comic Series

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Exclusive: The second comic book from Netflix and Mark Millar doesn’t actually come out until December 5, but we have an exclusive look at Prodigy now, as you can see below.

“This is the best thing I’ve ever done and this, I think, is the character I’ll be associated with in the future,” the Kick-Ass creator told Deadline of the series about the world’s smartest man and self promoted global crisis go-to guy Edison Crane. “I’ve created a lot of characters and stories that have a life in other media from Eggsy in Kingsman to Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl to the various Marvel stories we’ve seen in their cinematic universe,” Millar added.

“The entire Millarworld library Netflix acquired when they bought our company last year has a crazy number of franchises, but I wanted to do one that genuinely topped them all,” Millar asserted, with reference
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NYC Weekend Watch: Leos Carax, “Women at Work,” Coen Westerns & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.


Leos Carax’s early features are being given a retrospective, as is the progressive cinema of China’s Huang Ji and Yang Lina.

Halloween is over, but The Fog continues. Meanwhile, Czech feature The Cassandra Cat screens.


Films by Chantal Akerman, Todd Haynes, Ousmane Sembène, and more screen in “Women at Work.”

Quad Cinema
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"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" 50th Anniversary Celebrations At Pinewood Studios

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Bondstars have a handful of tickets left for their Chitty Chitty Bang Bang event on Sunday November 18th at Pinewood Studios, London England.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ian Fleming's most fantasmagorical flying car 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' on the big screen, they are hosting a special anniversary lunch event at Scrumptious Mansion, aka Pinewood Studios. Pinewood isn’t open to the public, so this is a rare chance to step into one of Britain’s most iconic film studios. The day will include a visit from the car herself; cast and crew members in attendance; screening of the film in The John Barry Theatre; a delicious lunch in the Pinewood Ballroom; a special Chitty quiz; Q & A’s with our guests from in front and behind the camera
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Review: "Death Ship" (1980) Starring George Kennedy And Richard Crenna; Blu-ray Limited Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

Plagiarism, if done willingly and poorly, generally does not go unnoticed and one cannot help but see certain similarities in various works be it literature, art, or cinema. In listening to the audio commentary with author Jonathan Rigby and director Alvin Rakoff on the new, limited edition Blu-ray of 1980’s Death Ship, a horror oddity about an abandoned old ship inhabited by the ghosts of members of the Third Reich(!), a remark is made that the poster for 2002's Ghost Ship was remarkably similar to the poster art for Death Ship, and it’s true that the similarities are uncanny. I can't help but wonder who came up with the idea for the poster for Ghost Ship, as Death Ship was well over twenty-five years-old and seemed to be relegated to the land of forgotten cinema.

Captain Ashland (George Kennedy) is at the helm of a cruise ship,
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Supergirl (1984)

We’re told that the first live- action feature film super-heroine was the marvelous Helen Slater, whose fine presence redeems this last film in the Salkind Superman franchise. CineSavant likes it for the right reasons — his very young kids adored it — but can see its turnip screenwriting and frayed corners showing through. The release combines a 125-minute Blu-ray with an overstuffed 139-minute DVD.



Warner Archive Collection

1984 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 125 (Bd) & 139 (Sd) min. / Street Date July 24, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Helen Slater, Peter O’Toole, Mia Farrow, Brenda Vaccaro, Peter Cook, Simon Ward, Marc McClure, Hart Bochner, Maureen Teefy.

Cinematography: Alan Hume

Film Editor: Malcolm Cooke

Visual Effects: Derek Meddings

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

Written by David Odell

Produced by Timothy Burrill, Ilya Salkind

Directed by Jeannot Szwarc

I got caught up short about ten years ago when doing extras for the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
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Showbiz History: Sandra Oh, Operation Valkyrie, and yet more Batman?

Since the right now is so depressing let us look back into showbiz history for (mostly) easier things to think about then the here and now.

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11 random things that happened on this day (July 20th) in relation to showbiz history...

1930 Sally Ann Howes born in London. She starred as "Truly Scrumptious" in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She's one of the 200 oldest living screen stars. Happy 88th, Scrumptious!

1938 Natasha Gurdin born in San Francisco to immigrant parents. Five years later she makes her screen debut as "Natalie Wood" and becomes one of the rare child stars whose fame only grows as she ages...
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Dick Van Dyke, Hayley Mills & Others Celebrate Disney Musical Legends Sherman Brothers At Joyous Motion Picture Academy Tribute

Dick Van Dyke, Hayley Mills & Others Celebrate Disney Musical Legends Sherman Brothers At Joyous Motion Picture Academy Tribute
Keala Settle, co-star of the smash movie musical The Greatest Showman, hit the stage at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on Wednesday night to sing a killer rendition of the iconic Disneyland theme, “It’s a Small World,” the kickoff to a magical night as Oscar celebrated the writers of that tune: Disney legends Richard M Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

So the lyrics might have said “it’s a small world,” but the lines outside the Academy to get into this sold-out tribute were anything but small, with upward of 100 turned away due to capacity issues. Every seat was taken, and some even tried sitting in the aisles for this once-in-a-lifetime show called The Sherman Brothers: A Hollywood Songbook, timed to Richard Sherman’s 90th birthday (the actual date was June 12). He is the surviving brother of the duo, with Robert having passed
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Dick Van Dyke, LeAnn Rimes Salute Sherman Bros. — Writers of ‘It’s a Small World,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh’ — for Classic Film Songs

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Dick Van Dyke, LeAnn Rimes Salute Sherman Bros. — Writers of ‘It’s a Small World,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh’ —  for Classic Film Songs
Everyone who left the Samuel Goldwyn Theater Wednesday night was humming. It might have been “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “It’s a Small World” or any of a dozen other tunes written over the past 50 years by Richard M. Sherman and his late brother Robert B. Sherman, but they were humming something.

The Motion Picture Academy’s two-and-a-half-hour salute to the songwriters, billed as “The Sherman Brothers: A Hollywood Songbook,” may have been the most joyous celebration in that theater in recent memory. Multiple standing ovations and a warm, infectious feeling of Disney-fueled happiness were the order of the evening.

The Shermans — Dick, who just turned 90, and his brother Bob, who died in 2012 — penned some of the most memorable movie songs in history, many of them for Walt Disney. As Dick Van Dyke, reminiscing about being on the set of “Mary Poppins,” put it, “there was
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Dick Van Dyke Once Had to Apologize for His "Atrocious" British Accent in 'Mary Poppins'

If you hadn't realized that Dick Van Dyke is American before you saw Mary Poppins, his British accent was probably a clear indication! In fact, the actor recently apologized to the English people for the "atrocious" accent he used playing chimney sweep Bert in the beloved 1964 musical. That mea culpa came last July, after the British Academy of Film and Television Arts picked Dick for its 2017 Britannia Award for Excellence in Television. "I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious cockney accent in the history of cinema," he said, per The Guardian. But Chantal Rickards, BAFTA's La chief executive, was gracious about Dick's Cockney cock-up. "We look forward to his acceptance speech in whatever accent he chooses on the night," she said. "We have no doubt it will be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) At a 2014 red carpet event, the
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Wes Anderson Is an Advertising Genius: 15 Amazing Commercials Directed by the Indie Auteur — Watch

Wes Anderson Is an Advertising Genius: 15 Amazing Commercials Directed by the Indie Auteur — Watch
Wes Anderson is easily one of the most singular voices in contemporary cinema, and it turns out the same is true of Wes Anderson in the world of advertising. The director has been courted by companies such as American Express, Prada, Hyundai, and At&T over the years to unite their products with his trademark style, and the results are some of the best commercials of the 21st century.

In celebration of Anderson’s ninth feature “Isle of Dogs” opening in theaters, IndieWire looks back at Anderson’s celebrated collection of commercials and short film advertisements. The clips not only bare Anderson’s trademark style but also feature some of his greatest collaborators, including co-writer Roman Coppola, cinematographer Robert Yoeman, and actors like Jason Schwartzman and Adrian Brody.

Read More: Search The Complete Paul Thomas Anderson Music Video Collection, From Fiona Apple to Radiohead — Watch

Watch the director’s 15 most memorable ads below.
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Jan Maxwell dead: Tony Awards record holder dies at 61

Jan Maxwell dead: Tony Awards record holder dies at 61
Jan Maxwell, a beloved mainstay of New York City theater, died on Feb. 11 at the age of 61. Over the course of her illustrious career, in which she appeared in 13 Broadway and numerous Off-Broadway productions, Maxwell earned five Tony Award nominations for her work in both musicals and plays, comedies and dramas, displaying a near-unparalleled mastery of both genres.

Maxwell first appeared on the Great White Way in the original production of “City of Angels” as an understudy, swing, and replacement. Her first bid at the Tony Awards came over a decade later for her featured role in the musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” in 2005, for which she won her first Drama Desk Award. She went on to earn Tony nominations for her performances in the play “Coram Boy” (2007) and in revivals of “Lend Me a Tenor” (2010) and “The Royal Family” (2010), taking home her second Drama Desk for the latter.

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