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#198 December 18, 2013

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    Sheila writes: I came across an interesting article about Christine Granville (a.k.a.Krystyna Skarbek) who is thought to be Ian Fleming's muse for the iconic "Bond girl". Enjoy!

    Christine Granville


    Interstellar (2014). Directed by Christopher Nolan. Written by Nolan and Jonathan Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey,
    Anne Hathaway,
    Jessica Chastain. Synopsis: A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. In theaters November 7, 2014.

    Big Bad Wolves (2013). *Quentin Tarantino called this Israeli slasher horror film "the best film of the year". I saw it at this past year's Tribeca Film Festival, and it's great.* Directed and written by Aharon Keshales and
    Navot Papushado. Starring uy Adler,
    Lior Ashkenazi,
    Dvir Benedek. Synopsis: A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings - a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder. This opened in the UK on December 6, and opens in the US on January 17, 2014.

    Reasonable Doubt (2014). Directed by Peter P. Croudins. Written by Peter A. Dowling. Starring Samuel L. Jackson,
    Erin Karpluk,
    Dominic Cooper . Synopsis: A District Attorney has his life turned upside down when he's involved in a hit and run and another man is arrested for his crime and charged with murder. Release dates TBD.

    The Amazing Spiderman 2 (2014). *Official international trailer.* Directed by Marc Webb. Written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner
    . Starring Andrew Garfield,
    Emma Stone,
    Jamie Foxx. Synopsis: Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life. In theaters May 2, 2014.

    Edge of Tomorrow (2014). Directed by Doug Liman. Written by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth&(based on the novel All You Need Is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Starring
    Tom Cruise,
    Emily Blunt,
    Bill Paxton. Synopsis: A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way. In theaters June 6, 2014.

    Dumbbells (2014). Directed by Christopher Livingston. Written by Brian Drolet,
    Hoyt Richards. Starring Jaleel White,
    Mircea Monroe,
    Amy Paffrath. Synopsis: A former basketball star suffering from a knee injury looks to rehab himself at a rundown Los Angeles gym. In theaters January 10, 2014.

    White Bird in a Blizzard (2014). Directed and written by Gregg Araki (based on the novel by Laura Kasischke.) Starring Shailene Woodley,
    Eva Green,
    Angela Bassett. Synopsis: A young woman's life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears. In theaters January 20, 2014.

    Tokarev (2014). Directed by Paco Cabezas. Written by Jim Agnew,
    Sean Keller. Starring Nicolas Cage,
    Rachel Nichols,
    Peter Stormare. Synopsis: When the Russian mob kidnaps the daughter of a reformed criminal, he rounds up his old crew and seeks his own brand of justice. Release dates TBD.

    Grand Piano (2013). Directed by Eugenio Mira. Written by Damien Chazelle. Starring John Cusack,
    Elijah Wood,
    Tamsin Egerton. Synopsis: Moments before his comeback performance, a concert pianist who suffers
    from stage fright discovers a note written on his music sheet. In theaters in the US March 7, 2014.

    Calvary (2014). Directed and written by John Michael McDonagh. Starring Brendan Gleeson,
    Chris O'Dowd,
    Kelly Reilly . Synopsis:
    After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him. In the theaters in the UK and Ireland April 11, 2014.

    Walking With the Enemy (2013). Directed by Mark Schmidt. Written by Kenny Golde
    . Starring Jonas Armstrong,
    Ben Kingsley,
    Hannah Tointon . Synopsis: A young man, separated from his family in WWII, disguises himself as a
    Nazi SS Officer and uncovers more than just his family whereabouts. Release dates TBD.

    Godzilla (2014). Directed by Gareth Edwards. Written by Max Borenstein . Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson,
    Elizabeth Olsen,
    Bryan Cranston. Synopsis: A giant radioactive monster called Godzilla appears to wreak destruction on mankind. In theaters May 16, 2014.

    3 Days to Kill (2014). Directed by McG. Written by Luc Besson,
    Adi Hasak. Starring Amber Heard,
    Hailee Steinfeld,
    Kevin Costner . Synopsis:
    A dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged
    daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in
    exchange for one last assignment. In theaters February 21, 2014.

    Eleanor Parker 1922-2013

    Eleanor Parker

    Sheila writes: The woman known mainly for her role as "The Baroness" in "The Sound of Music" (but with a career of excellent roles and Oscar nominations) passed away this week, at the age of 91. The New York Times has an in-depth obituary:
    "In 1953, with two recent Oscar nominations to her credit, Ms. Parker talked to The New York Times about her good career luck so far. 'Things have a way of working out right for me,' she said, adding a bit later, 'I maintain that if you work, believe in yourself and do what is right for you without stepping all over others, the way somehow opens up.'

    'I even got my three wishes granted,” she said in the same interview. “To be in pictures, to give Mother a mink coat and buy the folks a house.'"

    Peter O'Toole 1932-2013

    Peter O'Toole

    Sheila writes: Featured on, an exclusive video of Roger's interview of Peter O'Toole, which is a must-see!

    Joan Fontaine 1917-2013

    Joan Fontaine

    Sheila writes:
    Dan Callahan writes an insightful and touching tribute to Joan Fontaine, who died at the age of 96 on December 16. Dan writes:
    "There seemed to be an unusually wide distance between her screen persona and her real life behavior, and Fontaine was rather tickled by this distance, proudly reporting her own mother's comment after seeing 'Rebecca': "Joan always seems rather phony in real life, but she's very believable on the screen." Though Fontaine's image was romantic and melting, there is a furtiveness to her on-screen devotion to love, with intimations of a self-amused, even jaded interior life flickering underneath her darting glances. Her secret life, her inner perversity, showed up most vividly in the breathless, peremptory way she talked, as if she were utilizing her stammer to throw out a series of verbal darts and hoping to wound without any fear of reproach."

    Free Movies

    Jane Eyre (1943). Directed by Robert Stevenson. Written by Stevenson, Aldous Huxley and John Houseman (based on the book by Charlotte Bronte). Starring Orson Welles,
    Joan Fontaine,
    Margaret O'Brien. Synopsis: After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house to care for his young daughter.

    Watch "Jane Eyre".

    Lord Jim (1965). Directed by Richard Brooks (who also did the screen adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel). Starring Peter O'Toole,
    James Mason,
    Curd Jürgens. Synopsis: After being discredited as a coward, a 19th century seaman (Peter O'Toole) lives for only one purpose: to redeem himself. Based on Joseph Conrad's novel written in 1900.

    Watch "Lord Jim".

    Valentino (1951). Directed by Lewis Allen. Written by George Bruce. Starring Eleanor Parker,
    Richard Carlson,
    Patricia Medina . Synopsis: Italian immigrant Rudolph Valentino makes it big in silent Hollywood, but he ends up struggling between his career and the woman he loves.

    Watch "Valentino".

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    By: Sheila O'Malley
    Posted: December 18, 2013, 2:28 pm


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