News: The scoop on the new BATES MOTEL TV series – TCA 2013

Freddie Highmore in BATES MOTEL - Season 1 | ©2012 A&E

When A&E announced they were going to do a PSYCHO prequel series called BATES MOTEL, it was questionable whether such an iconic character could be reinvented once again (anyone remember the 1998 Gus Van Sant shot-for-shot remake?) However, with the great new previews and an excellent pilot episode, the Carlton Cuse (LOST) executive produced series is as epic and cinematic as you can get with Vera Farmiga playing the domineering Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore playing her jittery high school son Norman. At today’s Winter 2013 Cable TCA’s, Cuse revealed more details about BATES MOTEL and what to expect. Most […]Read On »

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CD Review: HITCHCOCK soundtrack

HITCHCOCK soundtrack | ©2012 Sony Classical

If Gus Van Sant’s near frame-for-frame modern recreation of PSCYHO ranks as one of the most unneeded and unnecessary remakes of a classic ever, at least it allowed Danny Elfman the opportunity to do a slavishly spot-on re-performance of Bernard Herrmann’s infamous score in the new film HITCHCOCK. Now in supreme act of meta-composing, Elfman gets to go behind the curtains of the Bates Motel to musically unmask the “real” master of suspense and the tense production of his pet project, with a voice that echoes Herrmann’s as much as it does Elfman’s own penchant for blackly ironic comedy. Far […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tippi Hedren chats about Alfred Hitchcock and Shambala

Tippi Hedren at the TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala and World Premiere of the Newly Restored AN AMERICAN IN PARIS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

In THE GIRL, which recently aired on HBO, Sienna Miller plays actress Tippi Hedren and Toby Jones plays director Alfred Hitchcock in an examination of how the filmmaker used his position to severely traumatize the performer. The real Hedren, who consulted with the makers of THE GIRL, says that there were good times as well – she found Hitchcock invaluable as a drama coach – but his treatment of her at other times was “something that I had never experienced before. People have said, ‘Was he in love with you?’ No, he wasn’t. When you’re in love with someone, you […]Read On »

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Interview: THE GIRL actor Toby Jones on playing Alfred Hitchcock

Toby Jones in THE GIRL | ©2012 HBO

In THE GIRL, which re-airs on HBO this week, Toby Jones plays filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. It’s not an especially flattering view of the director/producer, as it deals with his unwanted fascination with actress Tippi Hedren (played in THE GIRL by Sienna Miller), who starred in THE BIRDS and MARNIE for Hitchcock. The London-born Jones is almost always working. A few recent credits include TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, THE HUNGER GAMES and the voice of Dobby in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PT. 1. Speaking briefly about THE GIRL, Jones says […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE GIRL director Julian Jarrold talks Hitchcock and THE BIRDS

Director Julian Jarrold on the set of THE GIRL | ©2012 HBO/Kelly Walsh

Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock had such a specific way of depicting beautiful blonde women that “Hitchcock blonde” is still part of the Hollywood vernacular. At the time she starred in THE BIRDS and MARNIE for him, Tippi Hedren was the epitome of the Hitchcock blonde. Hedren kept relatively silent for many years, but according to her, Hitchcock was harrowingly abusive. THE GIRL, which premieres Saturday night at 9 PM on HBO, dramatizes Hedren’s account of their working experience, with Sienna Miller as Hedren and Toby Jones as Hitchcock. THE GIRL director Julian Jarrold, whose credits include the delightful musical KINKY BOOTS […]Read On »

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Interview: William Devane faces the LEPRECHAUN’S REVENGE

The Leprechaun in LEPRECHAUN'S REVENGE | ©2012 Syfy

What do we associate most closely with March 17, known for centuries as St. Patrick’s Day? Why, horror movies about leprechauns, of course. Syfy Channel is obliging this tradition with its original movie LEPRECHAUN’S REVENGE, which premieres Saturday night at 9 PM. The telefilm, directed by Drew Daywalt (ABSENTIA) and written by Anthony C. Ferrante (BOO), stars William Devane and Billy Zane as father and son, Pop O’Hara and Sheriff Conor O’Hara, who wind up combating the homicidal Celtic creature. Devane, born in Albany, New York, began his acting career on stage and debuted on Broadway in THE WATERING PLACE. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HORRIBLE BOSSES

HORRIBLE BOSSES movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros./New Line

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Julie Bowen, Donald Sutherland Writers: Michael Markowitz and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, story by Michael Markowitz Director: Seth Gordon Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: July 8, 2011 Just in case you don’t remember STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock movie based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, HORRIBLE BOSSES provides a name check. If you have that confused with the 1987 parody version, THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, that gets name-checked as well, with a helpful differentiation between the […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: DIABOLIQUE – The Criterion Collection

DIABOLIQUE Blu-ray - The Criterion Collection | ©2011 The Criterion Collection

Cast: Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzet, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Jean Brochard, Pierre Larquey, Michel Serrault Writers: Henri-Georges Clouzot and Jerome Geronimi, with Rene Masson and Frederic Grendel based on the novel Celle qui n’etait plus by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot Distributor: Criterion Suggested Retail Price: $39.95 There are many classic horror films that every fan has seen – from PSYCHO, JAWS, HALLOWEEN and numerous others. And then there are films like 1955’s classic DIABOLIQUE that’s talked about, but rarely viewed. It’s a hugely influential film though, but it isn’t as familiar stateside and hopefully with this […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Dan Fogler is MARS NEEDS MOMS space case

Dan Fogler is Gribble in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

After making an impression with his starring role in the hilarious BALLS OF FURY, Dan Fogler has been moving up the ladder as a stand-out in such films as FANBOYS and the recently released TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT. The actor gets to stretch even further in the new 3D CGI animated Disney Film MARS NEEDS MOMS where he plays Gribble – an adult who was stranded on Mars in the 1980s as a kid. Now has a chance to right some wrongs by helping a new kid named Milo who has arrived to the Red Planet and wants to save […]Read On »

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CD Review: FAMILY PLOT (5,000 edition) soundtrack

Family Plot soundtrack | ©2010 Varese Sarabande Records

In his 50-year plus career, Alfred Hitchcock had his macabre way with every top composer from Miklos Rozsa to Dmitri Tiomkin (not to mention Bernard Herrmann). So it seemed fitting that he’d go out with a bang by using John Williams, whose suspenseful career was on the fast track with the just-released JAWS. Instead of turning to the knife-slashing suspense one would expect Hitch to sum up his repertoire with, the director went for far more light-hearted fare about a sleazy psychic and her pursuers, taking Williams down a deliciously twisted road of dark comedy that would serve as a […]Read On »

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