Happy Birthday Kim Novak – Watch Ms. Novak as Madeline At The Bell Tower In “Vertigo”!

When I think of Kim Novak, I have two initial thoughts: the first is the fact that when she started dating Sammy Davis Jr., the then-Studio Head of Columbia Pictures and well-known total asshole Cohn threatened Mr. Davis–to his face–that if he didn’t break things off with her and marry the first black woman he could find who was interested (the rotten prick started off by threatening to ‘put out his one good eye’, and  blinding him as he’d already lost the one eye in a car accident by then. Wedding bells rang ASAP. Wish that wasn’t what always, er, jumps to mind at the mention of her name, but her unforgettable performance in Vertigo comes along with it and quickly wipes the first thought out.

I also remember watching Vertigo for the first time in a theater as a teenager, at a really cool revival movie theater who showed different movies every day. Some bigger ones and premieres got one week, but most just got a day. We sat in the front row of the balcony and she proceeded to blow me away; I actually thought two different actresses played Madeline and Judy up until after I saw it and someone pointed it out to me. I remember that it was a weekend matinée, and there were lots of other teenagers there. Many audience members, including my date (who had his arm around me at the time), actually SCREAMED in a high voice during this, er, jump scene. Take a look below the SPOILER ALERT…

Although this happens in the middle of the movie, SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen Vertigo (which you really should do).

Happy 81st birthday, Ms. Novak!

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Remember Joan Fontaine With This Haunting Clip From Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” (1940)

As you’ve probably read by now, Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine, the leading lady known for her string of roles as demure, well-mannered and often well-bred heroines in the 1940s, and the younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland, died today at her home in Carmel, California; she was 96.

She was known best for her back-to-back roles in two Alfred Hitchcock thrillers — the 1940 Best Picture winner Rebecca and the 1941 film Suspicion, for which she won a Best Actress Oscar, making her the only actor in a Hitchcock film to receive an Academy Award.

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Her obituary on the IMDB (click her for the entire piece) stated that producer David O. Selznick snapped up the rights to the Daphne du Maurier bestseller Rebecca, in which an unnamed, demure heroine — known only as “the second Mrs. de Winter” — is taunted by the memory of her husband’s first wife, the beautiful and seductive title character. Selznick brought director Alfred Hitchcock over for his first American production, cast matinée idol and rising star Laurence Olivier as moody, mysterious husband Maxim de Winter, and embarked on a Scarlett O’Hara-style talent search for his leading lady. Rejecting Loretta Young, Margaret Sullivan, Vivian Leigh (then Olivier’s wife), and a then-unknown Anne Baxter along with hundreds of other actresses, Selznick decided on Fontaine, who though not an established star projected the right mix of beauty, insecurity, and tenacity needed for the part. Fontaine’s insecurity, however, was heightened by Olivier’s sometimes cruel treatment of her on set, as he had lobbied aggressively for Leigh to get the role, and Hitchcock capitalized on her inferiority complex to shape her performance. The resulting film, released in 1940, was an unqualified critical and financial success, catapulting Fontaine into the tier of top Hollywood leading ladies, establishing Hitchcock firmly in the United States, and nabbing the film 11 Academy Award nominations, including ones for both Fontaine and Olivier; it would go on to win Best Picture.

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Below is a classic nine-minute clip from Hitchcock’s Rebecca – the one that first jumped to our minds whenever we thought of her acting in the film.

And here’s a fan-made trailer for the film:

RIP, Ms. Fontaine. Your fans will miss you dearly.

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Hitchcock: The Abridged Script – From The Editing Room

Well… between this and the fact that the movie somehow managed to land on a “Worst of 2012” list, I’m kind of glad I decided to wait till DVD. Hilarious script yet again, though! Click the big red link below for…

 

Hitchcock: The Abridged Script / The Editing Room.

 

What's that you're looking at there, Hitch?

What’s that you’re looking at there, Hitch?

 

Just One Hitch! ‘Hitchcock’ Stars Name Their Favorite Scene and Movie By The Master Of Suspense

We’re almost ashamed to admit we haven’t seen this in the theater yet. We actually are ashamed that another movie that opened the same weekend as Hitchcock,  a certain low-budget horror-action sequel with wall-to-wall Grand-Guignol practical effects, took priority over Hitchcock to see in the theater. This piece was so cool and in-depth that we were really happy to read that Hitchcock is only in limited release in the US now,  and it will be released wide in theaters on February 8th, 2013!  Enjoy this great read from Movieline.com.

 

Lush New International Trailer for “Hitchcock” (Opening November 23rd) Even More Fun To Watch!

Good Evening.

Here’s the newest theatrical trailer for “Hitchcock” (International version), and it’s even more fun than the debut trailer!  I think I saw “Red Foreman” as one of the studio ‘suits’ giving him a hard time. Dead-on (so to speak) casting of Tony Perkins, and while I’m not totally sold yet on ScarJo as Janet Leigh (who wrote a great autobiography that I heartily recommend) resemblance-wise, I’m sure male viewers won’t have a problem!


“It was the knife, that a moment later cut off her scream …and her head.”

November 23rd, huh? I really hope it has a wide release!

BIZZAM!!

Here we have the official international trailer for Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma Reville.  This trailer focuses more on the relationship between him and his wife.  Everything I see from this film makes me want to see it more and more.  It looks amazing.  Have a look at the new trailer:

Hitchcock opens in limited release on November 23, 2012.  Hopefully they will roll it out wide sooner rather than later.

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Name That Horror Frame – Week of 11-12-2012 – Special Hitchcock Edition!

The Hitchcock   theatrical biopic that focuses on the making of Psycho  comes out sooner rather than later this month! It has to be better than HBO’s The Girl. It  was well made and well-acted, it was just very, very unpleasant to watch. See you next year, sex drive! I understand why you need to go away until Parker  comes out in January. Poor Tippi Hendren (and poor Alma Reville, though in at least one scene, they have separate beds).  That’s how I picked the theme for this week.

OK, These shouldn’t be too hard,; even if you haven’t seen a bunch of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies, I tried to find some fairly iconic images. All these DVDs I want to give away (last week’s update of the contest/giveaway rules can be found here). Oh, and in that previous posting, I pretty much spilled the name of one Thai horror anthology that I did another special edition of— they’re all from the same movie. Go back and look if you want, it’s pretty obvious, then put your answer in the “reply/comment” section.

And away we go…

I heard that scene was a NIGHTMARE to shoot …for the leading lady, that is.

Same leading lady, also no picnic for her to shoot…

and finally… this should ring a bell!

Welp, that’s all for this week’s contest. Put your answers below. Don’t everyone go wildly posting at once, though! 😉

Alfred Hitchcock's star on the Hollywood Walk ...

Psycho: The Abridged Script From The Editing Room (1998 Remake)

Well well, Rod Hilton does it again! I was checking his site, The Editing Room: Abridged Scripts for Movies  and what do I come across but a very funny abridged script for the arguably uncalled-for, ill-advised shot-for-shot remake  of Hitchcock’s Psycho directed by Gus Van Sant in 1998, in keeping with the Psycho theme of today’s previous post!

I really can’t bitch and moan too much about the movie, since I rented it when it came out on DVD. No, VHS, it was released on DVD a little less than a year before we got our first DVD player. I guess I have the half-hearted excuse that I’d thought Vince Vaughn was sexy as hell as a charming, sociopathic killer in Clay Pigeons (an opinion which I still stand by– if only he hadn’t run his good looks into the ground five years later from partying and not taking care of his health*) and I thought he might bring that vibe to the Psycho  remake, but it turned out to NOT be worth seeing the remake for.  If you really liked it, then good for you, I’ve got no quarrel and am happy some movie-goers got enjoyment out of it. Occasionally, I may put down some movies when I write about them here (though I try to keep things at least 90% positive) but I try to make it a policy never to put down the fans of whatever movie I’ve been talking shit about.  Yes, I realize I am so Caucasian that I almost glow in the dark and that I’m well over 30 years old , but I’m still using the motto  don’t hate the player, hate the game  …and I try to keep Horror Boom relatively hate-free. God knows at least half the internet–especially when discussing the entertainment industry– drips disdain, dislike (at best), and negativity.**  I don’t want that elitist bullshit here, and I get the feeling you agree!

Psycho (1998 film)

Psycho (1998 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OK, anyway, back to the Psycho  remake. My experience was that there was nothing in the movie that stayed in my mind for longer than thirty minutes after the credits rolled the movie In fact, I found reading this hilarious script about ten times more entertaining than the actual remake. Hope you find it amusing too!

While we’re on the word “psycho,” by the way, I’m losing my damn mind knowing the American Horror Story: Asylum  premiere is less than 48 hours away! OK, deeeeeeeeep breaths… no need for an adrenaline surge when I’m trying to wind down and fall asleep. If this waiting-for-Christmas-morning-in-elementary-school feeling doesn’t subside, I’ll end up having to go pour myself a glass of wine or something to get rid of the fight-or-flight response my brain sends out when I’m excited about an upcoming event.  Now here’s that script!

Psycho: The Abridged Script | The Editing Room.

*I’ll still stand by that, too. He’s still funny (though the last time I really laughed hard at a performance was in Old School  ) but due to some (legal) vices over the years, it’s actually depressing. If  I did one of those ‘scared straight’ photo progressions for him over the years (like I’ve seen as scare tactics for meth and heroin where they show a series of ten mug shots over the space of ten years or less where the woman starts out looking fine–if not completely wholesome, anyway– then by the last mug shot look so frightening that they might make small children cry) it’d be clear how far downhill his good looks went since the late 90s to now. I’m in no way implying VV uses meth or coke or any kind of drug at all, by the way, when I use that analogy.

**and that’s not even counting trolls going out of their way to ruin someone’s day or evening, sadly.

Good Evening. Here’s the First Theatrical Trailer For “Hitchcock” in HD!

“You shouldn’t wait till halfway through. Kill her off after thirty minutes.”  –Helen Mirren as Alma Reville

“Why are you letting him do something so tasteless?”
“Don’t upset yourself, darling, it’s only a bloody movie!” -Alma Reville
Hear, hear!

Wow, Anthony Hopkins has it nailed. The only sight difference is he doesn’t have the thick, droopy lower lip, but I can definitely overlook such a minor detail…

I also definitely think they had the right idea by focusing on the making of one film– and by having that film be Psycho  Take a look at the first full-length trailer for Hitchcock  below…