Have you never experienced the wonders of seeing Humphrey Bogart on the big screen? Have you never watched a John Huston film in a movie theater either? Well, now you can do both, because Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies are teaming up for anniversary screenings of The Maltese Falcon.
Find out when and where you can see the film in theaters below.
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Almost every DVD features a blooper reel, containing all the outtakes from a particular film. Before DVD. Recently, Tropic Thunder released three full 10-minute mags of outtakes on DVD. But it wasn’t always this way. I remember that in the age of VHS, ABC would host television specials a couple times a year featuring all the Hollywood bloopers. Back in the 1930’s, Warner Bros would release a yearly collection of “Breakdowns,” which would air between double features.
A while ago, Go Into The Story posted a Warner Bros Blooper Reel from 1937. It’s amazing how different bloopers were back in the earlier days of Hollywood. The “Breakdowns of 1936” features Humphrey Bogart, George Brent, Bette Davis, Glenda Farrell, Errol Flynn, Dick Foran, Kay Francis, Hugh Herbert, Allen Jenkins, Boris Karloff, Barton MacLane, Pat O’Brien, Dick Powell, and Claude Rains. Watch the clip after the jump.
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A superb and highly recommended bit of non-fiction writing that’s currently circulating amongst screenwriter types is “Montague the Magnificent,” by noted sports journalist Leigh Montville for Smithsonian magazine. We don’t do this often at Slashfilm but: Hey, Guy in Hollywood looking for a great movie premise, here you go. In the 1930s, a man calling himself John Montague (right) touched down in Hollywood and quickly swooned the showbiz elite with his debonair poise, elusive wealth, penchant for whisky and stunts of uber-strength, and a stunning golfing ability that soon convinced followers of the sport nationwide that a complete unknown could very well be the best in the world. In fact, his talent is still debated, especially after too many shots.
In a town mastered in smoke and mirrors, Montague’s feats—-like beating Bing Crosby on the greens using a baseball bat, a shovel and a rake instead of clubs, and knocking birds on a wire dead with golf balls—-became championed tales shared by men and friends like Humphrey Bogart. When professional golfers and sportswriters finally put the pressure on the ever camera-shy Montague to compete in professional competition and end the deafening buzz, he was soon ousted as something else entirely. Of course, this just made the town more interested in him, or at least his legend. The article—-I’ve revealed nothing, really—-is basically a condensed version of Montville’s newly released book, The Mysterious Montague, and it’s worth a read if you enjoy superlative American do’ers, Hollywood history and t-total bullshitting with your friends. Movies about golf are usually ghey, sure, but this ain’t Bagger Vance blah blah. There’s a sharp edge and social undercurrent to this story that is very alluring and timely. As for who would play this wily (and stocky) SOB in a movie, it’s hard to say. Everyone seems too pretty. Maybe Ed Norton after 30 steaks? A slightly squashed Christian Bale?
Discuss: Any hypothetical casting suggestions based on the pic above and the article? Anyone read the book?
If you are one Hagy Belzberg, the architect, Harvard alum and home owner of this environmentally friendly 5,800 square foot Skyline Residence located atop the Hollywood Hills, or his fortunate house-sitter, /Film would like to make a movie party with you. With majestic views of Tinseltown and downtown L.A. and a 65-foot infinity pool, the party hat on top is its outdoor home theater. Even Bogart is impressed, look at ‘im. Get the full tour via the website to Belzberg’s 13-member architectural outfit, Belzberg Architects, and click on the pics here to go ga-ga vicariously.
Â via The Cool Hunter