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September 27, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
"Hitchcock," the Fox Searchlight drama starring Anthony Hopkins as the iconic director, will open AFI Fest 2012 on Nov. 1 with a gala at Hollywood's historic Chinese Theatre. Directed by Sacha Gervasi, the film is based on Stephen Rebello's book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho" and chronicles the behind-the-scenes action of the groundbreaking 1960 movie. The film also stars Helen Mirren as Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins, with Toni Collette, Danny Huston and Michael Stuhlbarg also appearing.
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December 13, 2012 | John Horn, Los Angeles Times
The original title of director Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" was "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho," the name of Stephen Rebello's book on which the film is based. Anthony Hopkins, who plays the famed filmmaker in the movie, thought the longer name was a terrible idea, sounding more like a symposium than a film - "I said to Sacha, 'That's a doomed title," Hopkins said - and eventually Gervasi shared his actor's opinion. The plot's real focus, said Gervasi, was not so much how Hitchcock filmed his most renowned work but rather what was happening in his personal and professional life off-screen.
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November 1, 2012 | By John Horn
Sacha Gervasi's “Hitchcock,” the opening night film of the AFI Fest on Thursday, wasn't supposed to be showing anywhere this year. Instead, the drama about the making of “Psycho” and the strained marriage between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) originally was set for release next year. But good luck has smiled on “Hitchcock” at many turns, and now the Fox Searchlight film is set to complicate the Academy Awards race. Loosely adapted from Stephen Rebello's book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” the film marks Gervasi's debut as a feature film director.
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November 1, 2012 | By John Horn
Sacha Gervasi's “Hitchcock,” the opening night film of the AFI Fest on Thursday, wasn't supposed to be showing anywhere this year. Instead, the drama about the making of “Psycho” and the strained marriage between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) originally was set for release next year. But good luck has smiled on “Hitchcock” at many turns, and now the Fox Searchlight film is set to complicate the Academy Awards race. Loosely adapted from Stephen Rebello's book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” the film marks Gervasi's debut as a feature film director.
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July 3, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
On a rainy, wind-swept night in 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma attended the premiere of the classic Cary Grant movie “North By Northwest” at the United Artists Theatre in Chicago. To re-create the scene for a forthcoming movie about the legendary suspense director, however, the producers of “Hitchcock” didn't fly to the Windy City. Instead, they cast the exterior of the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles to play the part. Hundreds of extras dressed as Chicago reporters, photographers, police officers and theater patrons recently congregated outside the cinema on Broadway, surrounded by aerial cranes, Klieg lights and a line of vintage limos and other cars.
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July 28, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Columbia studio head Harry Cohn wasn't the easiest person to get a long with, especially for actors. Take Kim Novak , whom Cohn signed in 1954 to be a rival to Fox's Marilyn Monroe , and competition for the studio's own Rita Hayworth . Cohn would call her up and read all the bad reviews she had gotten for her films. "I would try to make peace," Novak, 77, says over the phone from the sprawling ranch in Eagle Point, Ore., that she shares with her husband of 34 years, Dr. Robert Mallory.
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December 13, 2012 | John Horn, Los Angeles Times
The original title of director Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" was "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho," the name of Stephen Rebello's book on which the film is based. Anthony Hopkins, who plays the famed filmmaker in the movie, thought the longer name was a terrible idea, sounding more like a symposium than a film - "I said to Sacha, 'That's a doomed title," Hopkins said - and eventually Gervasi shared his actor's opinion. The plot's real focus, said Gervasi, was not so much how Hitchcock filmed his most renowned work but rather what was happening in his personal and professional life off-screen.
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April 5, 1999
AEROBICS The U.S. National Aerobic Championship Semi- Finals take place Thursday through Saturday. Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel. (310) 546-7511. BOOKS Celebrate Hitchcock's centennial with authors Stephen Rebello and Dan Aniler. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Borders, Santa Monica. (310) 393-9290. CHARITY The one-of-a-kind Franklin Mint John Wayne Doll is for sale at silent auction to benefit the John Wayne Cancer Institute. (310) 645-6005.
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June 28, 1995
America Online * June 28, 7 p.m: Actress Victoria Principal in on-line chat. Keyword: Oldsmobile * June 29, 6 p.m: Actor Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard talk about "Apollo 13," their most recent movie. Keyword: Center Stage CompuServe * June 28, 8 p.m: Actor Sylvester Stallone in an on-line conference. Go CCC * June 29, 6:30 p.m: Race car driver Rod Millen on-line from Pikes Peak. Go RACING Prodigy/TimesLink * June 29, 5 p.
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February 11, 2010 | By Susan King
The country's largest black film fest, the 18th annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival, is underway, screening movies, documentaries and shorts from around the world at the Culver Plaza Theatres. The festival's fine arts show, which features well-known and emerging black artists, as well as local, national and international poets, musicians and storytellers, is holding court at the Westfield Culver Plaza. Among the highlights is the centerpiece presentation Monday evening, "41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers."
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September 27, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
"Hitchcock," the Fox Searchlight drama starring Anthony Hopkins as the iconic director, will open AFI Fest 2012 on Nov. 1 with a gala at Hollywood's historic Chinese Theatre. Directed by Sacha Gervasi, the film is based on Stephen Rebello's book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho" and chronicles the behind-the-scenes action of the groundbreaking 1960 movie. The film also stars Helen Mirren as Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins, with Toni Collette, Danny Huston and Michael Stuhlbarg also appearing.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
On a rainy, wind-swept night in 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma attended the premiere of the classic Cary Grant movie “North By Northwest” at the United Artists Theatre in Chicago. To re-create the scene for a forthcoming movie about the legendary suspense director, however, the producers of “Hitchcock” didn't fly to the Windy City. Instead, they cast the exterior of the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles to play the part. Hundreds of extras dressed as Chicago reporters, photographers, police officers and theater patrons recently congregated outside the cinema on Broadway, surrounded by aerial cranes, Klieg lights and a line of vintage limos and other cars.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Columbia studio head Harry Cohn wasn't the easiest person to get a long with, especially for actors. Take Kim Novak , whom Cohn signed in 1954 to be a rival to Fox's Marilyn Monroe , and competition for the studio's own Rita Hayworth . Cohn would call her up and read all the bad reviews she had gotten for her films. "I would try to make peace," Novak, 77, says over the phone from the sprawling ranch in Eagle Point, Ore., that she shares with her husband of 34 years, Dr. Robert Mallory.
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November 23, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
For all his fame and cinematic brilliance, Alfred Hitchcock remained an enigmatic figure - prolific on the screen, private off it. The new biopic "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous director and Helen Mirren as wife Alma Reville, attempts to shed some light on the master of suspense by dramatizing the making of his fabled 1960 chiller "Psycho. " According to many film critics, however, "Hitchcock" offers more speculation than illumination and fails to bring its subject to life.
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April 10, 1987 | BILL STEIGERWALD
Are there any really great scripts that somehow get caught in the swamps of movie making and never escape? Yes, Stephen Rebello says in American Film. Repeating an exercise he first performed in 1983, Rebello dredged the shallows of Hollywood searching for the 10 Best Unproduced Screenplays. His list is based on a canvassing of studio insiders and his own judgment after reading 46 scripts.
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