Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
The arrival of ever-so-slightly cooler weather can only mean one thing: After a long, lazy summer, it’s finally time to look ahead to the fall TV season. Today, we have new trailers for HBO Films’ The Girl, the third season of Boardwalk Empire, and the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, all of which will debut within the next two months. Hit the jump to watch.
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Well, it’s a short tease, but here’s our first look at footage from The Girl, which is the first of two films dramatizing the career of Alfred Hitchcock. This one features Toby Jones as Hitch and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, the model he chose to be the “new Grace Kelly,” beginning with her debut role in The Birds.
As we’ve seen images of Jones in this movie and Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock, the big question has been how both actors will do with Hitch’s voice and mannerisms. In the case of The Girl, this teaser suggests that Jones is doing a damn fine job. And there’s a great feeling to some of what we see here, to boot. Check out the footage below. Read More »
Perhaps no film director helped publicize the idea of being a film director more than Alfred Hitchcock. The man was a canny promoter, and in his earliest days began the practice of making a quick, typically silent cameo in each of his films. Eventually he started to put the cameo right at the beginning, as he knew audiences kept an eye out for his appearance, and he hoped he could get it out of the way so people would watch the movie for all the other stuff he labored to put in each one.
Now it’s a lot easier to see Hitch’s cameos, thanks to the internet. So below, find a birthday tribute to the late Master of Suspense in the form of a supercut of all of his cameo appearances. Read More »
What is the greatest film of all time? Orson Welles‘ directorial debut Citizen Kane has often been given the honor, but a new iteration of a poll considered to be one of cinema’s most significant has overturned Kane‘s rule.
When Alfred Hitchcock‘s Vertigo opened in 1958, it met with a middling reception and many negative reviews. In 1968 Robin Wood’s book Hitchcock’s Films was part of the process of critical re-evaluation of the movie, calling it his “masterpiece to date.” In 1973 Vertigo was one of five movies owned by Hitchcock that the director took out of circulation. Vertigo was away from screens for ten years, and in that time interest in the film grew exponentially. When it was finally re-released in ’83, Vertigo was hailed as a classic and an important film.
Once a decade, the British magazine Sight and Sound conducts a poll of critics and filmmakers to generate lists of the ten best films ever made. In 1982, Vertigo hit the critics’ list at #7. In 1992 it had climbed to #4, and in 2002 it was second only to Citizen Kane.
Now, with the release of the 2012 poll, Vertigo has toppled Kane to be voted by critics as the best film ever made. Read More »
The previously-announced Psycho-prequel TV show Bates Motel just got a huge, exciting vote of confidence from its network: A&E. While most shows shoot a pilot, which is then tested and possibly picked up for a full season, Bates Motel is skipping that step and going right into full production aimed at a 2013 premiere.
The show, which will be executive produced by Lost EP Carlton Cuse, along with Friday Night Lights alum Kerry Ehrin, deconstructs the “formative” years of Norman Bates’ childhood. It takes place well before Marion Crane arrived at the motel for her fateful shower, and is described as as “a cross between Twin Peaks and Smallville.” Casting and pre-production will begin immediately. Read more after the jump. Read More »
This past Friday (the 13th) Anvil! director and The Terminal writer Sacha Gervasi began to shoot a film called Hitchcock, in which Anthony Hopkins plays the director of films such as Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, and Rear Window.
This film is based on Stephen Rebello‘s great book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, and also stars Helen Mirren as the director’s wife, Alma; Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh; Jessica Biel as actress Vera Miles; and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins, whose alter-ego Norman Bates is one of the most famous screen characters of the 20th century. (Edit: and how could I forget this week’s addition — Ralph ‘The Karate Kid’ Macchio plays Psycho screenwriter Joe Stefano.)
Now we’ve got the first look at Hopkins in character as Hitchcock, in a pose that emulates photos of the director’s famous profile. Read More »
This Friday the 13th, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is paying homage to one of the masters of terror: Alfred Hitchcock. Their new show, Suspense and Gallows Humor: A Tribute to the All Time Greatest, opens Friday at their Venice location and will be on display through May 5.
Art from several of Hitchcock’s classic films such as The Birds, Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more will all on display from artists such as JC Richard, Jay Shaw, Joshua Budich, Guy Burwell, Todd Slater, Phantom City Creative, Jayson Weidel, DKNG, Fernando Reza and others. Check out a small sample after the jump. Read More »
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I’ve talked in the past about my love of the ways in which current technology can give us new perspectives on old movies, and this is a great example of that in action.
Jeff Desom built a sort of 3D digital model of the apartment courtyard from Alfred Hitchcock‘s film Rear Window, and then composited all the events seen from the window of Jimmy Stewart‘s apartment into a single shot that covers a couple days and nights. It’s like watching the film play out if you were the person who lived next to or above Stewart’s character, and it is a surprisingly beautiful way to look at the film. Check out the video below. Read More »