‘Vertigo’ Remake in the Works at Paramount With Robert Downey Jr. Eying Lead
Vertigo — the Alfred Hitchcock film long considered one of Hollywood’s best — may be getting a remake. Paramount Pictures has acquired the remake rights to the 1958 movie, which starred Jimmy Stewart as an ex-detective hired to follow a friend’s wife (Kim Novak) who has been acting erratically. Robert Downey Jr. is eyeing the […]
Nicolas Cage’s ‘Renfield’ to Open Overlook Film Festival
Nicolas Cage and Nicholas Hoult’s vampire drama Renfield is set to open the Overlook Film Festival with a world premiere. And director Lee Cronin’s Evil Dead Rise, executive produced by Sam Raimi, will close the genre film festival, which unveiled its lineup on Tuesday. Evil Dead Rise stars Lily Sullivan, Alyssa Sutherland, Morgan Davies, Gabrielle […]
Betty Sturm, Actress in ‘The World’s Greatest Sinner,’ Dies at 89
Betty Sturm, who played a follower of Timothy Carey’s cult leader in the infamous Frank Zappa-scored The World’s Greatest Sinner, died Sunday of Alzheimer’s disease at her home in Clinton, New Jersey, her son, William Winckler, announced. She was 89. Carey wrote, directed, produced and starred as an insurance salesman who transforms himself into the […]
‘When Harry Met Sally,’ ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Little Mermaid,’ ‘Hairspray,’ ‘House Party,’ ‘Carrie’ Enter National Film Registry
When Harry Met Sally …, Iron Man, The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, House Party and Carrie are among the 25 cinematic gems chosen this year for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, it was announced Wednesday. Also voted in: Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), which made José Ferrer the first Hispanic actor to win the Oscar […]
Jean-Luc Godard, Enfant Terrible of Modern French Cinema, Dies at 91
Jean-Luc Godard, the brilliant and polemical Franco-Swiss filmmaker whose work revolutionized cinema, has died. He was 91. Godard resorted to assisted suicide Tuesday in Switzerland, a family spokesperson told Agence France-Presse. “Jean-Luc Godard died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones,” his wife, filmmaker Anne-Marie Mieville, and producers said in a statement. He will be cremated […]
‘My Name Is Alfred Hitchcock’ Review: Mark Cousins’ Doc Is a Sly and Engaging Celebration of the Filmmaker
The Telluride premiere from the ‘Story of Film’ director assumes the first-person perspective of the British auteur to explore psychological themes and visual gambits in his work.
Joanne Koch, Influential Film Society of Lincoln Center Executive, Dies at 92
Joanne Koch, the longtime executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center who helped shape the culture of cinema in New York and around the world, has died. She was 92. Koch died Tuesday in New York, a spokesperson for Film at Lincoln Center, as the organization is now known, told The Hollywood Reporter. Koch, […]
Wolfgang Petersen, German Commander of ‘Das Boot,’ Dies at 81
Wolfgang Petersen, the German writer-director who surfaced in Hollywood following the triumph of his submarine masterpiece 'Das Boot' to make the action blockbusters 'In the Line of Fire,' 'Air Force One' and 'The Perfect Storm,' has died. He was xx.
L.A.’s Last Remaining Seats Film Series Returns Next Month
The Los Angeles Conservancy’s popular Last Remaining Seats series returns next month after two years away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The screenings of classic films will take place over three weekends at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood (i.e. the Fox Village Theatre), which opened in 1931, and the Orpheum Theatre and Los Angeles Theatre, […]
Movie Backdrops Move Front and Center in New Museum Exhibit
Production designer Thomas Walsh quotes a saying well-known to scenic artists and designers: “If you really notice the backdrop, it’s a failed backdrop.” Mammoth paintings designed to depict everything from Mount Rushmore to an office hallway or an Austrian mountain range may have been created to fool the eye and fade into the literal background […]
Nehemiah Persoff, Actor in ‘Some Like It Hot,’ ‘On the Waterfront’ and ‘Yentl,’ Dies at 102
Nehemiah Persoff, a charter member of the Actors Studio who appeared in dozens of notable films and TV shows, from 'Some Like It Hot' and 'On the Waterfront' to 'The Twilight Zone' and 'The Untouchables,' has died. He was 1xx.
Peter Bogdanovich, Oscar-Nominated Director and Champion of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dies at 82
Peter Bogdanovich, the Oscar-nominated writer-director of The Last Picture Show whose career, which also included hits like What’s Up, Doc? and Paper Moon, put him on a path toward living up to the example of those like Orson Welles and John Ford he so lionized, has died. He was 82. Bogdanovich died shortly after midnight Thursday at his home in […]