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RIP – John Forsythe. Charlie has passed away.

Posted by LiveFor on April 3, 2010

First Farrah and now Charlie. I remember him best as Bill Murray’s boss in Scrooged. Then again he was also in a couple of Hitchcock movies – The Trouble With Harry and Topaz. This from The Guardian.

John Forsythe, the American actor who starred in the 1980s US soap Dynasty and was the voice of Charlie in the TV series Charlie’s Angels, has died at 92. He died of pneumonia at his home in Santa Ynez, California, after a long battle with cancer.

In a statement last night, his family said he died on Thursday, “as he lived his life … with dignity and grace”. His career in film, theatre and television spanned more than five decades, but he is likely to be best remembered for playing Blake Carrington, the Denver oil tycoon in Dynasty, which ran from 1981-89. Joan Collins and Linda Evans played the women in his life and helped to make the actor a sex symbol in his 60s.

Forsythe won three Emmy nominations for his portrayal of the conniving and debonair Carrington, although he never won the award.

He was also well known as the voice of millionaire private eye Charlie in Charlie’s Angels. Forsythe was heard in each episode but never seen as the boss who instructed three glamorous female detectives on their mission over a speakerphone.

He made his acting debut in the 1940s and went on to appear in Broadway shows, a US sitcom Bachelor Father and a 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film, The Trouble With Harry.

In his personal life, Forsythe was interested in ecology and served as spokesperson and sponsor of the World Wildlife Fund. He is survived by his third wife, Nicole, son, two daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

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Cool Posters – Hitchcock’s Rear Window, The Birds, Vertigo and Psycho

Posted by LiveFor on March 13, 2010


Awesome, awesome, awesome. That about sums up these poster redesigns for some of Hitchcock’s greatest films.

I think The Birds is my favourite of the four.

The artist in question is Laz Marquez and he has some great pieces of artwork over on his site.

Fantastic work.

Don’t forget the Live for Films Poster Redesign challenge.

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All but a few of Hitchcock’s cameos

Posted by LiveFor on March 12, 2010

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Double Take – Starring Alfred Hitchcock

Posted by LiveFor on December 5, 2009

In his new film DOUBLE TAKE, acclaimed director Johan Grimonprez (dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y) casts Alfred Hitchcock as a paranoid history professor, unwittingly caught up in a double take on the cold war period. The master says all the wrong things at all the wrong times while politicians on both sides desperately clamor to say the right things, live on TV.

DOUBLE TAKE targets the global rise of fear-as-a-commodity, in a tale of odd couples and hilarious double deals. As television hijacks cinema, and the Khrushchev and Nixon kitchen debate rattles on, sexual politics quietly take off and Alfred himself emerges in a dandy new role on the TV, blackmailing housewives with brands they can’t refuse.

Bestselling novelist Tom McCarthy (Remainder, Tintin and the Secret of Literature) writes a plot of personal paranoia to mirror the political intrigue in which Hitchcock and his elusive double increasingly obsess over the perfect murder of each other!

Subverting a meticulous array of TV footage, Grimonprez traces catastrophe culture’s relentless assault on the home, from the inception of televised images to our present day zapping neurosis. DOUBLE TAKE is edited by Tyler Hubby (The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Welcome to Death Row) and Dieter Diependaele.

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Birdemic – Trailer. Is this really going direct to DVD?

Posted by LiveFor on July 23, 2009

A platoon of eagle & vultures attack the residence of a small town. Many people died. It’s not known what caused the flying menace to attack. Two people managed to fight back, but will they survive Birdemic?

This reminds me of a film that Alfred Hitchcock made. I forget the name….North by Northwest? No…It was the one that had a load of birds in….never mind it will come to me.

Source: Quiet Earth

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Hysterical Psycho – Trailer for new horror lampoon

Posted by LiveFor on April 28, 2009

The trailer for Hysterical Psycho which will premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Launching the “Moonlake Series Horror Stories,” writer/director Dan Fogler (who acted in Balls of Fury and Fanboys) and NYC theater troupe Stage 13 create a hilarious horror lampoon of the stuck-in-a-cabin-with-the-phone-lines-cu t-and-the-car-battery-dead ilk. “Moon Lake has been a hotbed of evil activities for centuries,” our droll, Hitchcockesque narrator tells us in an inventively animated preamble to the live-action splatterfest that’s about to unfold. The site of some ancient, angry goings-down between the moon and the earth, rural Moon Lake now holds the strongest amount of insanity-inducing lunar radiation on the planet. When a New York theater troupe travels to those snowy woods to “find themselves,” one by one, each member begins to get killed. But who is the killer among them? Did the lunar radiation turn one of the thespians into a crazy killer? And what’s up with the groundskeeper and his deaf-mute sister?

Fogler is apparantly going to be portraying a young Alfred Hitchcock in Chase Palmer’s Number Thirteen.

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Stuck for that perfect gift this Christmas? How about a Barbie from The Birds?

Posted by LiveFor on December 17, 2008

For those parents who want to psychologically damage their young daughter, here is the Christmas present for you. It is an actual Barbie version of Tippi Hedren from Alfred Hitchcock’s excellent film, The Birds. Because nothing says Merry Christmas like a doll being attacked by fake birds!

Here is the official site’s description of the doll.

In 1963, Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, gave us a tale of terror not soon forgotten in his film “The Birds.” Dressed in a re-creation of the stylish green skirt-suit worn by the film’s ill-fated heroine in an iconic scene, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” Barbie® Doll celebrates the 45th anniversary of the acclaimed film. From the doll’s classic ensemble to the perfectly painted expression to the accompanying black birds, every aspect captures the film’s infamous appeal.

A Note to Parents: The Birds is rated PG-13. Consult http://www.filmratings.com for further information.

Production doll may vary from the photo shown above. Mattel reserves the right to modify the fashion/fabrics, sculpt, hair color/style, and accessories. Doll cannot stand alone as shown.

Of course the doll cannot stand alone, it’s being attacked by birds!
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Disturbia / Rear Window What’s the difference? Hence, Spielberg being sued

Posted by LiveFor on September 9, 2008

The good folks over at Filmstalker have this tale and it is a very obvious likeness between the two movies (our review of Rear Window is here):

Steven Spielberg is one of a few people being sued over Disturbia, starring Shia LaBeouf. It stems from the films likeness to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

According to the law suit, the film makers failed to get the appropriate rights to the book on which both appear to be based.

Disturbia was made by among others, Steven Spielberg‘s Dreamworks, Viacom Inc, and Universal Pictures. All three are named in the lawsuit, and are accused of copyright infringement and breach of contract.

Rear Window was originally based on the short story Murder from a Fixed Viewpoint, when Alfred Hitchcock and James Stewart made Rear Window they obtained the rights to the short story. The lawsuit claims that the makers of Disturbia did not.
What the defendants have been unwilling to do openly, legitimately and legally, (they) have done surreptitiously, by their back-door use of the ‘Rear Window’ story without paying compensation.

Reuters through Yahoo! News, say the lawsuit claims both films are essentially the same. And that there are similarities between the two films, and the short story. Both in characters involved and the plot.
In the Disturbia film the defendants purposefully employed immaterial variations or transparent rephrasing to produce essentially the same story as the Rear Window story

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Titan AE & North by Northwest Reviews

Posted by LiveFor on July 14, 2008

Here are a couple of reviews from Jinja “Should have got an Oscar just for his face” is a great line.

TITAN AE. I was flicking through my DVD collection last night and came across a film I originally saw in New York in 2000. Titan AE.

Yes, I know its a cartoon, and yes, I know it did terribly at the box office and pretty much destroyed Don Bluth’s studio. But, it is great.

‘A reluctant young hero holds the key to the future of mankind in the palm of his hand in the eye-popping sci-fi adventure.Its the year 3028 and the Drej, a vicious alien race, have destroyed Earth. Fifteen years later a young man named Caled (Matt Damon) learns he possesses a genetically encoded map to the Titan, a spaceship that holds the secret to the salvation of the human race. With the Drej in hot pursuit, Cale blasts off with the new crew of the Valkyrie in an attempt to find the Titan before the Drej destroy it…along with mankind’s last chance of a home of their own.’

Fantastic computer generated 3D and standard hand drawn 2D animation merge to bring this story to life. Colours and visuals (especially the ice scene) that, watching upscaled, were outstanding (on blu-ray they must be amazing).

As it says on the cover of my copy from the U.S. “This is the movie ‘Star Wars’ fans Have been waiting for”. I couldn’t agree more.

I highly recommend getting hold of this and giving it a watch if you missed it first time round. 9/10

North by Northwest, 1959 – DVD Review

I’ve recently been getting into Hitchcock movies again – especially with seeing ‘Dial M for Murder’ on a re-release at the local ‘picture house’.

But this weekend I treated myself to North by Northwest. I had never seen this one before (amazingly) and throughly enjoyed the full 2 hours and 16 minutes of it – that must have seemed like a lifetime at the cinema in 1959.

Tagline: A 3000 MILE CHASE . . . That blazes a trail of TERROR to a gripping, spine-chilling climax!

Basic plot: Advertising Exec from New York Roger Thornhill is kidnapped by spies who believe him to be a CIA agent known as George Kaplin. Escaping in one of the best drunk driving scenes I think has ever been put on film (Cary Grant should have got an Oscar just for his face!), Thornhill sets out to find the real Kaplin and clear himself of murder.

I always thought the crop-dusting scene was near the end of the movie – how wrong was I!? The movie went on – but not in a bad way, you wanted to find out what was going to happen around every corner.

Set in the late fifties it reminds you of how small the world used to be, and how romantic.

A great mystery thriller full of adventure, comedy and romance. Again, another high score from me, 8.5/10!

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Rear Window, 1954. DVD Review

Posted by LiveFor on June 18, 2008

Director – Alfred Hitchcock
Producer – Alfred Hitchcock
Starring – James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr
Running Time – 112 minutes


Score – 10/10

Now I’ve only seen a handful of Hitchcock movies (North by Northwest, The Birds, Vertigo, Psycho, The 39 Steps, and Rebecca) so I wouldn’t say I am an expert on them, but this is one of my all time favourite movies.

James Stewart star as L. B. Jeffries, a photo journalist who specializes in taking photos in dangerous places. His last one, at a race track, left him with a broken leg and confined to a cast and wheelchair for the past few weeks. As the movie begins we are told numerous things through the slow pan of the camera (not like in some modern movies where we are told basic information through a voice over or text scrawl) treating the audience intelligently and bringing us into the claustrophobic world of L. B. Jeffries and his apartment. To keep himself entertained while stuck in the wheelchair Jeffries watches his neighbours in the surrounding apartment blocks (The heat wave that has hit New York makes this all the easier as all the windows and shutters are open). There is Miss Torso, a dancer who practices in her underwear, Miss Lonely Heart who makes candle lit meals for her imaginary lover, and a pianist who is stuck on his latest composition (it is this last apartment where Hitchcock makes his cameo, a feature in all his movies, winding a clock) amongst others. Across the way lives a salesman (Raymond Burr) and his bed ridden, nagging wife.

Watching the comings and goings of his neighbours Jeffries drags his physiotherapist, Stella,(Thelma Ritter) and high society girlfriend, Lisa Carol Fremont, (Grace Kelly) into his voyeuristic world.

As the film progresses the odd behaviour of the salesman leads Jeffries and the others to the awful conclusion that he has murdered his wife. This leads to them investigating and getting awfully close to the possible murderer.

A fantastic movie with strong performances by all involved. James Stewart is especially amazing as he is in a wheelchair for most of the movie. The actors portraying his neighbours do an amazing job drawing you into their world and telling you everything you need to know about them in a few short scenes. The sparse soundtrack is also provided via the various radios around the apartments and the occasional interlude by the frustrated pianist.

Hitchcock’s direction and use of the camera is great and ratchets up the suspense as only he can. The scene where Grace Kelly is looking through the salesman’s apartment while James Stewart and Thelma Ritter look on in impotent horror as the salesman returns is particularly gripping. The huge set should also be mentioned for being a brilliant supporting actor to the unfolding drama.

It has also been retold and spoofed many times – a remake starring Christopher Reeve, Disturbia starring Shia Lebouf, The Simpsons etc

Everything about this movie works well and nothing is wasted, hence, the top score. Nothing more can really be said apart from watch this film. You won’t be disappointed.

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