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Martin Landau in First Trailer for Film 'Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game'

"Is she really your daughter?" Gravitas Ventures has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie comedy titled Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game, which is the very final film starring the late, great American actor Martin Landau. He plays a man who moves to an assisted living home and befriends another resident, a womanizing gambler. They decide to host poker games, but also attempt to convince a mysterious nurse that they are her long-lost father. The cast includes Paul Sorvino, Maria Dizzia, and Pamela Dubin. This looks like one of those charming old person's indie comedies where they find some happiness and joy in life again. It looks a bit amusing, and probably only worth seeing to catch Martin Landau one final time. Enjoy. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Howard Weiner's Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game, from YouTube: Dr. Abe Mandelbaum (Martin Landau) has just moved into a
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Canon Of Film: ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’

In this week’s edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look at one of Woody Allen‘s most popular films, ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)

Director/Screenwriter: Woody Allen

Part dark tragedy, part dark comedy, or is it all comedy? It’s certainly all dark to say the least. Considered by almost everybody as one of Woody Allen’s very best films (although I’m not sure Woody would agree), ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’, wasn’t his first dramatic film, that was the Ingmar Bergman-esque ‘Interiors,’ and it certainly wasn’t his last comedy, yet it clearly represents the moment in Allen’s career when he started to abandon comedy in favor of drama and tragedy. Well, maybe “abandon,” is the wrong word, but he certainly began to lose interest in comedy around here.
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Gravitas Ventures Takes U.S. Rights to Greek Drama ‘Son of Sofia’ (Exclusive)

Gravitas Ventures Takes U.S. Rights to Greek Drama ‘Son of Sofia’ (Exclusive)
Rome – L.A.-based distributor Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Greek writer-director Elina Psykou’s coming-of-age drama “Son of Sofia” which won the Best International Narrative Feature prize at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Psykou’s fable-like tale of a Russian-born adolescent forced to relocate to Athens with his mother and her new Greek husband had its Greek premiere at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival this week, ahead of its local release Nov. 30 via Athens-based arthouse distributor One From the Heart.

Set during the 2004 Summer Olympics, the film “immerses itself in its protagonist’s unreal headspace, where fantasies about animals, murder and his mother portentously commingle,” Variety’s review said, adding that “even when it fails to completely cohere, Psykou’s film is never less than unique.” “Son of Sofia” has also won prizes at the Sarajevo and Los Angeles Greek film fests.

It is the second feature from Psykou, who was named
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Gravitas Buys Martin Landau’s Final Movie ‘Abe’s Last Poker Game’ (Exclusive)

Gravitas Buys Martin Landau’s Final Movie ‘Abe’s Last Poker Game’ (Exclusive)
Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to “Abe’s Last Poker Game,” starring the late Martin Landau in his final film along with Paul Sorvino.

The drama, formerly “The Last Poker Game,” premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. Landau died in July at the age of 89.

“Abe’s Last Poker Game” will premiere in 10 theatrical markets, including the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles and Cinema Village in New York, and on demand on Jan. 12.

Howard L. Weiner produced and directed from his own script. Besides Weiner, producers are Marshall Johnson, Eddie Rubin, and Peter Pastorelli. Executive producers are Walter Klenhard and Tamar Sela.

Landau portrays a husband who moves into a nursing home with his deteriorating wife and forms an improbable relationship with a gambler and womanizer, played by Sorvino, and soon realizes that his life is finding a whole new beginning. The friendship is challenged when a mysterious nurse, played by [link
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Celebrate Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies at the Genesis Cinema in November

To celebrate the upcoming release of Owen Michael Johnson’s (Beast Wagon) graphic novel Reel Love, a collaboration between the Genesis Cinema and also the publisher Unbound will see a special one-day event, titled Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies take place on the 4th November. Not only will some classic films be shown, but they will be the opportunity to get hold of exclusive posters and attend comic book workshops too.

Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies is a one-day event screening films about the movie business: from projectors to production hell to popcorn, the day is an affectionate celebration of the art of making movies and includes Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose Of Cairo, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso.

A £15 ticket day-pass covers all the screenings and events of this special day, including to an
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Seeing Clearly in the Dark: A Profile of Monte Hellman in Present Day Los Angeles

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Monte Hellman and Kona. Photo courtesy of Monte Hellman.Two years back, Monte Hellman invited me up to his house to sip vodka tonics in the dark and watch the new restoration of Ride in the Whirlwind (1966), one of a pair of earnest Westerns he made in collaboration with his longtime friend Jack Nicholson. He didn’t know it at the time, but that day was my birthday—and there was no other way I would have preferred to spend it.On a Saturday morning this July, I went up yet again to the Hollywood Hills to pay another visit to Hellman. Best known as the director of Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), a reaction to Easy Rider (1969) and the mother of all existential road movies, Hellman now lives a rather quiet life in a sweet, sequestered hillside bungalow; maybe he’s always preferred solitude and solemnity, but most of the time he
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New York Film Review: ‘Wonder Wheel’

New York Film Review: ‘Wonder Wheel’
Woody Allen films now come in three essential flavors, or maybe it just comes down to three levels of quality. Once in a blue jasmine moon, he comes up with an enthralling act of high-wire inspiration, like “Match Point” or “Blue Jasmine,” that proves that he can still be as major as any filmmaker out there. Then there are the quaintly crafted, phoned-in mediocrities, like “Café Society” or “To Rome with Love,” where the jokes feel old and the situations older, like the Woody Allen version of paint by numbers. But then there are the middle-drawer Allen films that still percolate with energy and flair, like “Bullets Over Broadway” or “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” They’re too baubly and calculated to be great, with each Woody trope locking into place, yet damned if they don’t hold you and even, in their way, add up to something (even if it’s ultimately something minor).

Wonder Wheel” is one
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Feud’s Jackie Hoffman didn’t play the gracious loser at last night's Emmys

Most nominees at awards shows have their game faces carefully planned; otherwise, they run the risk of being the person who’s caught swearing when they lose, immortalized forever for being a poor sport (like Samuel L. Jackson, who was caught on camera saying “shit” when Martin Landau won Best Supporting Actor at the…

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Emmys 2017: In Memoriam to honor Mary Tyler Moore, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles and at least 50 more TV legends

Emmys 2017: In Memoriam to honor Mary Tyler Moore, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles and at least 50 more TV legends
The special “In Memoriam” segment on the 2017 Emmy Awards ceremony will be especially tearful this year. Beloved television legends Mary Tyler Moore, Carrie Fisher, Florence Henderson, Martin Landau, Jerry Lewis, Agnes Nixon, Bill Paxton, Debbie Reynolds, Don Rickles, Grant Tinker, and Adam West will certainly be just a few people honored with music from Christopher […]
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Shelley Berman, Stand-Up Comic and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Actor, Dies at 92

Shelley Berman, Stand-Up Comic and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Actor, Dies at 92
Famed stand-up comic Shelley Berman, who recently played Larry David’s father on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” has died. He was 92.

Berman died early Friday morning due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at his home in Bell Canyon, Calif., his publicist confirmed to Variety.

The Grammy winner and Emmy-nominated actor was one of the most successful stand-up comedians of the 1950s and ’60s. His 1959 live record, “Inside Shelley Berman,” was the first comedy album to be certified gold (with more than 500,000 sales) and was the first non-musical recording to win a Grammy Award. Two other albums, “Outside Shelley Berman” and “The Edge of Shelley Berman,” also went gold.

Berman was the first stand-up comic to perform at Carnegie Hall. He appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” more than 20 times and was a guest on shows hosted by Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Andy Williams, and Dean Martin.

The
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Reviews: Sidney Poitier In "They Call Me Mister Tibbs!" (1970) And "The Organization" (1971); Kino Lorber Blu-ray Releases

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By Lee Pfeiffer

The year 1967 marked the high point of Sidney Poitier's screen career. He starred in three highly acclaimed box office hits: "To Sir, With Love", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "In the Heat of the Night".  The fact that Poitier did not score a Best Actor Oscar nomination that year had less to do with societal prejudices (he had already won an Oscar) than the fact that he was competing with himself and split the voter's choices for his best performance. "In the Heat of the Night" did win the Best Picture Oscar and immortalized Poitier's performance as Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia detective who finds himself assigned to assist a redneck sheriff (Rod Steiger, who did win the Oscar that year for his performance in this film) in a town in the deep south that has experienced a grisly unsolved murder. When Steiger's character, resentful for
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Martin Landau Died from Massive Internal Bleeding

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Martin Landau died at UCLA Medical Center when he suffered severe internal bleeding which led to his organs shutting down. According to his death certificate, obtained by TMZ, the Hollywood icon's immediate cause of death is hypovolemic shock -- which is what happens to the body when you lose massive amounts of blood. The document also lists metabolic acidosis, intra-abdominal hemorrhage and diffuse atherosclerotic vascular disease. Translation: his organs shut down due to internal bleeding,
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Martin Landau Was a Slyly Versatile Actor Who, in Late Middle Age, Attained Greatness

Martin Landau Was a Slyly Versatile Actor Who, in Late Middle Age, Attained Greatness
Whenever Martin Landau, who died on Sunday, showed up in a movie or on a television show, you could count on him to add a spark — of tension, of mordant play — to the proceedings. His face, even in repose, spoke volumes, and what a face it was! In “North by Northwest,” with his sloped eyebrows and Roman-statue lips and leer of menace, he played a spy’s henchman who gleamed with officious danger. Landau kept himself still, so that you had to keep reading that face, scanning the malevolence behind it. He added another layer too: Landau, with Hitchcock’s approval, chose to play the henchman as gay, with a hidden crush on his boss (James Mason). Though the characterization fit the then-timely stereotype of homosexual villainy (this was 1959, after all), if you watch it now, it’s the subtext that humanizes the character. Landau’s eyes burn with a quality that only he would have had
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Rushes. George A. Romero & Martin Landau, Choreographing Rape, Latest Trailers

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSOver the weekend we lost two greats: Filmmaker George A. Romero, best known for inventing the modern version of all things zombie, and actor Martin Landau. Patton Oswalt has pointed out that a 19-year-old Romero worked as a pageboy on North by Northwest, Landau's second movie.The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has again added more names to its membership, and this latest batch includes even more unexpected additions from the world of international art cinema, including directors Pedro Costa, Lav Diaz, Ann Hui, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Kira Muratova, Johnnie To and Athina Rachel Tsangari.Did you see that the lineup of the Locarno Film Festival has been announced? With a huge retrospective devoted to Cat People director Jacques Tourneur and a competition including new films by Wang Bing, F.J. Ossang, Ben Russell,
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The Top Five Martin Landau Movie Roles of His Career

Martin Landau was a talented and successful American actor and acting coach. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 20, 1928. He became famous for his regular appearances on television series ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Space: 1999’. However, it was his movie roles that really shot him to fame and for which he is best-known. Sadly, Landau passed away on July 15, 2017, at the age of 89. He died in Los Angeles, California, when experienced unexpected complications following a brief stay in a hospital. He leaves behind a legacy of amazing movies and here we remember five of

The Top Five Martin Landau Movie Roles of His Career
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Martin Landau (1928-2017)

Landau at an event honoring Tim Burton last yearWith well over 100 credits to his name no one can say that Martin Landau didn't have a fine and enduring career. But for such a fantastic talent, perhaps he remained undersung. After a brief stint as a cartoonist, he found his calling with acting and nabbed his first TV guest spots in the mid '50s. By the end of the decade he appeared in his first classic (Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest) but it wouldn't be his last. For the remainder of his long long career he toggled between TV (most notably three seasons in the mix of Mission Impossible in the 60s and leading the cult favorite Space 1999 in the 70s) and intermittent movie success.

You can't call it his late 80s/early 90s success a comeback, given that he never quit working, but it was a revival and a rediscovery.
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Bedtime Stories and Parties with Mel Brooks: Martin Landau's Daughter Remembers Life with Her Legendary Dad

Bedtime Stories and Parties with Mel Brooks: Martin Landau's Daughter Remembers Life with Her Legendary Dad
Martin Landau’s daughter Susie Landau Finch tells People growing up with the Hollywood star made for a very exciting childhood.

“No one day was the same. He was full of excitement and would tell me amazing bedtime stories and was always making funny voices – so much that he scared my little sister,” she says.

The actor, who won an Academy Award in 1994 for the Tim Burton-directed Ed Wood, came to fame playing a villain in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and later in the original Mission: Impossible TV show on CBS. He died at UCLA Medical Center
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Movie News: Martin Landau Passes Away at 89; Watch Natalie Portman in New 'Planetarium' Trailer

Martin Landau: Winner of an Academy Award for his supporting performance in Tim Burton's Ed Wood, Martin Landau appeared in more than 175 movies and television shows over a rich and varied career that began in 1953. He passed away yesterday at the age of 89. He gave a notable performance in North by Northwest, starred on TV's Mission: Impossible and later earned Academy Award nominations for Tucker: The Man and His Dream and Crime and Misdemeanors. [THR]   Killers of the Flower Moon: We heard back in April that director Martin Scorsese might be teaming with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro to make a big-screen version of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, based on a true story about murder and mayhem in Oklahoma in the...

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Martin Landau's Epic Love with Mission: Impossible Costar Barbara Bain: Inside Their 36-Year Romance

Martin Landau's Epic Love with Mission: Impossible Costar Barbara Bain: Inside Their 36-Year Romance
Martin Landau and Barbara Bain had a love meant for the screen.

Oscar winner Landau, who died Saturday at at age 89 after a brief illness, rose through the ranks in Hollywood alongside his Mission: Impossible costar Bain, as their marriage spanned 36 years and two children before they divorced in 1993.

Their romance got off to an unlikely start when Bain showed up to one of Landau’s classes at the Actors Studio in New York.

“I thought she was an empty-headed model, a magazine cover wired for sound,” he told People back in 1976 of his first impression of Bain. “I had hair down to my shoulders,
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Martin Landau, Oscar-Winner & ‘Ed Wood’ Star, Dies At 89

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Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau died Saturday night, aged 89. Martin Landau Dead At 89 Landau’s publicist Dick Guttman said the actor died of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center. Landau gained fame in the 1960s as Rollin Hand on Mission: Impossible the TV show. His real-life wife, Barbara Bain, also starred in the show. […]

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