Home theater: Hunker down with films starring Humphrey Bogart – CSMonitor.com

Humphrey Bogart was my favorite actor when I was a kid growing up in the ‘60s. I had a big poster of him from “Casablanca” taped to my bedroom wall and I would unfailingly set my alarm clock to catch his old movies on late-night television. He was a tough guy – a prerequisite in a movie star for me in those days. It wasn’t until later that I discovered he came from a moneyed family and attended a ritzy prep school. And what kind of name for a tough guy is “Humphrey” anyway? It is apparently a myth, however, that Bogie, in a bit role on Broadway, spoke the line “Tennis, anyone?” Whew!

Bogart is still my favorite actor, which is why I wanted to offer him up this week for some much-needed movie balm. The truth is, he was always much more than a tough guy in the movies, even when he was playing a tough guy, which was often. His gangsters and private detectives and outlaws were never routine: They had a sly knowingness, a dark wit, even a sadness. His first great performance was in Raoul Walsh’s “High Sierra” in 1941, where, opposite Ida Lupino, he played Roy Earle, a soulful gangster past his prime. The performance was unlike anything the crime genre had featured before. Later that year he appeared as Sam Spade in his big breakthrough, “The Maltese Falcon,” inaugurating a long and celebrated collaboration with its writer-director, John Huston.

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For those who think Bogart lacked versatility, I recommend two of his best Huston films, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” and “The African Queen.” The roles could not be further apart.

“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”

In “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948), one of the greatest American movies ever made, Bogart plays Fred C. Dobbs, one of a trio of prospectors – the others are played by Tim Holt and, indelibly, John’s father, Walter Huston – who are torn apart by greed after discovering gold in the Mexican mountains. There was often a slightly menacing edge to even Bogart’s most sympathetic characters – think of Rick in “Casablanca.” In “Sierra Madre,” Bogart gives a classic portrayal of mounting paranoia that presaged his work as Captain Queeg in “The Caine Mutiny.” When Bogart boasts that “Nobody puts one over on Fred C. Dobbs,” his self-delusion crackles. (Unrated)

“The African Queen”

As Charlie Allnutt, the scruffy tramp steamer captain in “The African Queen” (1951), Bogart is playing opposite Katharine Hepburn’s Rose, a priggish British spinster missionary with whom he escapes downriver from the Germans in the run-up to World War I. Thrown together by fate, Charlie and Rose are perhaps the greatest odd couple in movie history. She can barely tolerate this cigar-chomping river rat – a tipoff, of course, that they are made for each other. Bogart is at his funniest in this film. (He won the Oscar for best actor.) Because he is a total innocent, Charlie’s slovenly cluelessness is supremely endearing. He just wants to do right by “Rosie,” and when she finally comes around, it’s as if the skies parted. Hepburn is at her comic best here, too. Reportedly, while on location in Africa, she had big trouble figuring out how to play the character. Finally Huston told her to play Rosie as if she were Eleanor Roosevelt, and from then on it was literally smooth sailing. Hepburn would later say it was the best piece of direction she ever got. (Rated PG)

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“The Big Sleep”

Howard Hawks’ “The Big Sleep” (1946) has Bogart in one of his most entertainingly iconic performances as Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe. It was his second film playing opposite Lauren Bacall – the first was “To Have and Have Not” two years earlier – and the smoke coming off the screen isn’t only from cigarettes. (They were married six months after shooting ended.) The convoluted plot for this movie makes very little sense. When Hawks and his co-screenwriters (one of whom was William Faulkner) asked Chandler for clarification, he apparently wasn’t much help. But what “The Big Sleep” demonstrates is that if a movie is as endlessly enjoyable as this one, who needs sense? Bogie and Bacall had a logic all their own. (Unrated)     

These films are available to rent on Amazon’s Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play, and iTunes.

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Rumor: Rosario Dawson Has a Multi-Show Deal To Play A Live-Action Ahsoka Tano – Bounding Into Comics

A new rumor details that Rosario Dawson has a multi-show contract to play a live-action Ahsoka Tano.

The rumor comes from The Direct and their “contributing insider Daniel Richtman.”

They claim “Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano contract is reportedly a multi-show deal.”

The Direct elaborates, “This is not a confirmation that Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano will indeed appear in other Disney+ shows, rather, that Lucasfilm is potentially interested in having her character make future appearances in other shows.”

Ahsoka Tano Solo Series

This rumor comes after a separate rumor indicated Ahsoka Tano could be getting her own solo show that would spin out of The Mandalorian Season 2.

The Hollywood Reporter stated back in March, “Rosario Dawson is joining The Mandalorian as Jedi Ahsoka Tano. Slash Film’s Peter Sciretta has the scoop. But here’s the big question: Could this be a backdoor pilot for an Ahsoka series? There are rumors …”

They didn’t elaborate any more than that, but it definitely hinted that they could be looking at a solo Ahsoka Tano series.

Ahsoka Tano is probably the most iconic Star Wars character who has not been showcased in a live-action film or series yet.

The character was first introduced in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated film. She would gain popularity in the spin-off series Star Wars: The Clone Wars series and would then appear in the more recent Star Wars Rebels series.

All of this comes after Disney’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger detailed Disney’s plans for Star Wars involved The Mandalorian and spinning off characters they plan on introducing in Season 2.

Iger stated, “The priority in the next few years is television with The Mandalorian Season 2 coming in October and then more coming from The Mandalorian thereafter, including the possibility of infusing it with more characters and the possibility of taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series.”

He added, “So the priority for Star Wars in the short-term is going to be, I’ll call it television for Disney+ and then we will have more to say about development of theatrical soon after that.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi Series

As for what Disney has confirmed on their docket for Disney Plus shows in the Star Wars universe, Iger confirmed, “And then we have a prequel to Rogue One and Kenobi series also in development.”

The Obi-Wan Kenobi series was put on hold with the entire production team reportedly being sent home due to issues with the script. However, recent reports indicate Disney and Lucasfilm has hired Edge of Tomorrow and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum producer Joby Harold. So it appears they still seem to be moving forward with the series, rather than shelving it and moving with new characters.

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With no theaters, film fans find ways to gather virtually | Republican-American

There are 44 people in the Social Distance Movie Club’s Slack channel, where co-workers at Crooked Media have had discussions about everything from a Dwayne Johnson earthquake film to Faye Dunaway’s turn as Joan Crawford in “Mommie Dearest.”

It doesn’t have anything to do with the work that’s done at the Los Angeles company, which produces podcasts like Pod Save America (it’s also helped raise over $1 million for coronavirus relief ). But for the past few weeks of working from home, it’s become a way for the staff to pause the news and escape into the world of film together.

With theaters closed and most of the country staying home, virtual viewing parties are surging in popularity. They simulate the experience of going out to the movies, and you don’t even have to pass the popcorn.

Michael Martinez, Crooked Media’s executive producer for news and politics, got the Social Distance Movie Club going with The Rock in “San Andreas.” Since then, they’ve viewed “National Treasure” and “Road House.”

“It started as a funny thing to do,” Martinez said. “But it’s preserved part of the experience of being at the office when you talk to someone in the kitchen about, say, the Keanu Reeves movie you watched the weekend before.”

It’s not just friends and co-workers, either. Movie studios, actors and even some publications are bringing people together online around the shared viewing of a film through Twitter hashtags, long a staple of appointment television.

MGM Studios two weeks ago held a “Legally Blonde” watch party, streaming the beloved Reese Witherspoon comedy for free on Facebook on a Friday morning.

Stephen Bruno, the chief marketing officer at MGM, said they were looking for ways to entertain and decided to mine their library for joyous titles. “Legally Blonde” was an obvious choice.

When they reached out to Witherspoon to see if she’d be on board, Bruno paraphrased the star: “She said something to the effect of, ‘Everybody could use a little Elle Woods positivity right now.” Witherspoon and her co-star Victor Garber helped views spike with social media mentions.

And people turned out, with as many as 1.1 million tuning in over the course of the film, with a peak of 22,300 simultaneous views.

“We were impressed with the numbers,” said Bruno. “The hope is we can do more.”

Focus Features tried it out with “Emma,” enlisting Turner Classic Movies host Alicia Malone to lead a discussion on Twitter at a designated time. But viewers had to rent that title for $19.99 if they wanted to follow along. The studio is also starting Movie Mondays, a free series, on Facebook, with links to donate to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Movies include “Moonrise Kingdom,” on April 13 at 8PM EST.

Not everyone is putting pressure on watching together, though. The American Film Institute started the AFI Movie Club that is curating daily selections with high-profile introductions, from Steven Spielberg to Brad Pitt.

Availability of movies online can be an issue. It’s one thing for a group of people to agree on a film. It’s another find one that’s also streaming on a site where everyone is signed up with an account.

That’s a problem that film writer Tomris Laffly encountered with her group of friends. Instead of Slack, they watch together through the application “Netflix Party,” a Google Chrome extension that lets multiple computers stream the same film simultaneously with a chat window on the side of the screen. The only catch is that it has to be on Netflix for it to work.

“It looks like there’s a lot to watch on the Netflix library, but there actually isn’t when you boil it down to movies that everybody wants to see,” Laffly said.

So far they’ve watched “Magnolia,” “Tootsie” and “Kingpin.”

Time zones can also prove challenging. Her group of eight people are all in New York. It’s been more difficult scheduling something with her sister, who lives in California and has a 3-year-old.

Billy Donnelly, a film fan in North Carolina, curated his own coronavirus-themed film festival for friends and family from movies available on Amazon Prime and Netflix that they could then come back and discuss together on Facebook or Instagram.

“They could do it on their own time, at their own pace,” he said. “We need human contact right now and this is close.”

The films included “Groundhog Day,” “Miracle Mile,” “Space Jam,” “The Interview” and “Snowpiercer.”

The virtual viewing parties have provided a welcome distraction for many in these homebound times. But it’s not necessarily a permanent substitute for the alternative.

“Everybody is just really excited to have something to do,” Laffly said. “Afterwards hopefully we can continue, but in person.”

Movie theaters may be closed, but friends are still finding ways to watch together while staying apart thanks to applications like Netflix Party AP Photo transref:NYET202, transref:NYET201

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Nicole Kidman Haunter ‘The Others’ is Getting Remade

One of the big draws for horror fans when The Others was released in theaters back in 2001 was that it was rumored to carry the trailer debut of Halloween: Resurrection. With or without Michael Myers, the film starring Nicole Kidman managed a whopping $200 million worldwide on a reported $17m budget. Its success came on the heels of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense.

Nearing its 20th anniversary, LA-based Sentient Entertainment has won the remake rights to Alejandro Amenabar’s timely self-isolation tale about a war widow who hides her children away in an isolated mansion due to a rare disease characterized by photosensitivity, reports Deadline. As the site notes, the arrival of three mysterious servants unlocks the house’s terrifying secrets.

The plan is to reinvent and modernize the story and is said to already be attracting significant interest from A-list talent and studio backers.

“It is almost eerie and uncanny how timely the themes are today: self-isolation, paranoia and fear, and of course the intense desire to protect our children and ourselves from harm,” said Sentient’s manager and producer Renee Tab. “We look forward to unraveling the layers behind lead character Grace, whose pain and demons draw viewers into a truly compassionate journey.”

Here’s the original film’s trailer:

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Kylie Jenner Is Forbes’ Youngest Billionaire in the World for Second Year

Kylie Jenner was named the youngest “self-made” billionaire in the world by Forbes last year when she was just 21. No one has dethroned her since. Forbes reports this week that Jenner has retained her title on this year’s billionaire list, with a net worth of $1 billion exactly.

Forbes noted there are nine other billionaires under the age of 30: Seven of them are heirs, and the other two businessmen are 29: John Collison (payments processor Stripe’s cofounder, worth $3.2 billion) and Evan Spiegel (Snapchat cofounder, worth $1.9 billion).

Jenner being called a “self-made” billionaire sparked debate, as many have pointed out that Jenner comes from the extremely wealthy and famous Kardashian family and has starred on their reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians for years.

Jenner defended her self-made title twice last year: first, in an interview with Paper magazine released in February 2019. “The self-made thing is true,” she said, noting her parents “cut her off at the age of 15.”

“My parents told me I needed to make my own money, it’s time to learn how to save and spend your own money, stuff like that,” she continued. “What I’m trying to say is I did have a platform, but none of my money is inherited.”

Then a month later, she spoke about it again to Interview Germany. “There’s really no other word to use other than self-made because that is the truth,” Jenner said. “That is the category that I fall under. Although, I am a special case because before I started Kylie Cosmetics, I had a huge platform and lots of fans. I did not get money from my parents past the age of 15. I used 100 percent of my own money to start the company, not a dime in my bank account is inherited… and I am very proud of that.”

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Lady Gaga on Wanting Marriage and Kids Amid Michael Polansky Relationship

Lady Gaga spoke candidly to InStyle about her career aspirations as the release date for her new album Chromatica draws near, along with her hopes for her personal life. The 34-year-old singer is very much looking forward to being a wife and mother someday. (Gaga is currently dating Michael Polansky; they went public with their relationship in February. They were first seen together at the end of last year.)

When asked what she wants out of life, Gaga said, “Marriage. More music, more movies, more charity with the Born This Way Foundation [a nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth and supporting mental health and wellness]. I want to do way more philanthropy. I want to help fund more research about fibromyalgia and neuropathic and chronic pain by putting a team of doctors together. I have a lot of dreams and hopes. What I will actually accomplish, I have no idea, but I know that I’ll be doing it with the people I love.”

She added later that she wants to be a parent. “I will say I am very excited to have kids,” the singer said. “I look forward to being a mom. Isn’t it incredible what we can do? We can hold a human inside and grow it. Then it comes out, and it’s our job to keep it alive. It’s so funny—everyone works out of my house every day. When they come in, I always say, ‘Welcome to the Womb!'”

The singer is also thankful for her journey in music. “I feel very grateful for what I’ve been a part of and what I’ve been invited to be a part of,” she said. “All these artistic experiences made me who I am today. It’s like when people get married and say, ‘Through thick and thin.’ That’s how I feel about myself. I feel like, ‘You know what, Gaga? You know what, Stefani? In sickness and in health, I’m with you, and I’m going to hold your hand whatever the outcome.'”

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Although this mother is mother of a child, she looks very beautiful and young, looks 19 at the age of 39! – 100Count

Neha Dhupia, the beautiful actress of the Bollywood film industry, often makes headlines with her statements. So far, however, he has made some such statements that made him critical. He recently said that the girl has five friends, what difference does it make for you. Because of this, it was trolled a lot.

Say actress Neha married actor Angad Bedi in 2018. Please say that after a few months of marriage, she also became a mother. Her daughter’s name is Meher, which seems pretty cute. Recently some pictures of her have appeared, on which she looks much nicer. If you look at these pictures, you can’t say at all that Neha is married and has a daughter who is 39 years old. But she still looks 19 years old.

Tell me that Neha is wearing a bright silver and blue dress in which she looks very hot and brave. His pictures on social media are very popular. Neha Dhupia has worked in films such as Julie, Qayamat, Bombay Talkies 2 and Chup Chup Ke in her career. Apart from that, she has also appeared in several television series.

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Simon Cowell had coronavirus test

Simon Cowell was tested for coronavirus.

The 60-year-old music mogul underwent the screening process along with the other stars of ‘America’s Got Talent’ after fellow judge Heidi Klum fell ill with symptoms of the highly-contagious condition last month.

Asked how Heidi is feeling, he told The Sun Online: “She’s doing great.”

Further asked if she tested positive for the virus, he added: “I believe so, yes. We all got tested, we had to.”

Despite Simon’s comments, Heidi revealed last week she had received a negative result after being tested for COVID-19 after being stricken by fly-like symptoms.

She shared a photo of herself sunbathing in the garden on Instagram and captioned it: “Day 14 of staying H[o]ME. #covid_19negative.”

Heidi told her fans she is now feeling “much better” and had simply been suffering from a cold.

Responding to one comment asking about her health, she replied: “much better thank you. i just have a bad cold and trying to get over it. sending love out to you and everyone.(sic)”

Meanwhile, Simon insisted the pandemic won’t delay ‘America’s Got Talent’ and he’s keen to get it on screen as soon as possible while viewers are bored at home.

Asked for updates on the show, he said: “All going well, because we’ve already filmed a lot it’s in the can. I want to get it out as quickly as possible while everyone is at home because they’ve got nothing to watch.

“I don’t want to sit on all this material, it would be crazy.

“If everything goes okay, should be coming back at the end of July.

“The auditions start in the UK end of next week and then in the US last week in May.'”

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Music Producer,Killbeatz Signs Deal With Peermusic. | Fox FM

Ghanaian producer Joseph Addison, known as Killbeatz, has signed a global deal that will enable him to sell his music to a wider global audience.

The deal will help the music producer benefit from the services of Peermusic.

Peermusic,was founded over 90 years ago by renowned visionary Ralph S. Peer, is the largest independent music publisher in the world, with 34 offices in 30 countries.

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