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Entries in In the Heat of the Night (6)

Thursday
Aug 02 2018

Showbiz History: Shyamalan Twists and Steppenwolf Alum

10 random things that happened on this day in showbiz history...

we just called to say we loved you,Myrna1905CharismaticMyrna Loyis born in Montana.She'll come to epitomize urbane style and wit at the movies as one half ofThe Thin Man's glorious marrieds with William Powell.Though she was never Oscar nominated she was given an Honorary Oscar in '91.

1914Beatrice Straight is born in New York.In her sixties she'll make history by becoming the actor with the least amount of screentime to win an Oscar.She rages throughNetwork(1976) for all of five to six minutes as a betrayed wife,but that was enough...

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Monday
Feb 26 2018

Beauty vs Beast: Home is Where the Hearts Are

Jason fromMNPPhere with the last "Beauty vs Beast"before the Oscars.亚博主页This week's poll doesn't have anything to do with the Oscars though because let's face it - the Academy,亚博主页bless their shiny hearts,is never going to be as cool and adventurous as our host Nathaniel is.Nathanieldropped his Top Ten of 2017over the weekend and at #9 was a movie AMPAS was never going to go anywhere near - Darren Aronofsky's spectacularly divisivemother!starring Jennifer Lawrence (who's gotRed Sparrowout this weekend) as a sink-bracing Suzy Homemaker under,uh,extreme duress.But we're never going to forgetmother!,and we doubt you will either - even if it's just to picture Michelle Pfeiffer whenever you slip a little extra something into your lemonade...

PREVIOUSLYWe wished Sidney Poitiera happy birthday last Monday,wondering why he wasn't the one who got AMPAS' attention in 1967'sIn the Heat of the Night- he certainly got our attention,rounding up 85% of your vote from his co-star (and statue-snatcher) Rod Steiger.SaidRed:

"Watching Sydney Poitier reassured me that I could grow up into the kind of adult I wanted to be.He still had what we kids had and adults had lost.He was honest,honourable,brave and full of joy."

Monday
Feb 19 2018

Beauty vs Beast: They Call Him Mr. Poitier

Jason fromMNPPhere - Sidney Poitier is turning 91 years old tomorrow,and so let's devote this week's episode of "Beauty vs Beast"to Norman Jewison's 1967 classic police dramaIn the Heat of the Night,which won five Oscars including ones for Best Picture,亚博主页for Rod Steiger as Best Actor,and for Hal Ashby for Editing.Shockingly Poitier wasn't even nominated for the film,but he did already have his 1963 statue forLilies in the Fieldat that point.

ITHOTNis nominally a film about a murder in a small town,but it's the tension between the Mississippian police chief Gillespie (Steiger) and the usurping fancy-man Philadelphian detective Virgil Tibbs (Poitier) that gives the film its drama,as we watch their animosity give way to something like respect.Still it's very much of its time,up to and including those Oscar nominations - imagine Steiger winning the statue while Poitier's not even nominated today...

PREVIOUSLYTo borrow a turn of phrase from Denzel Washington,last week'sCreedcontestwasn't close and the winner,by an arm,was Michael B.Jordan as Adonis.He took just under 70%.SaidEmma:

"I cried like a baby in the final act of CREED.My crying was so audible that someone in front of me turned around and said to my friend,'let's hope she never sees SCHINDLER'S LIST!'.   Oh,and Michael B.Jordan's guns,obviously."

Friday
Apr 07 2017

TCM Classic Film Fest Day 2: Is that Martin Scorsese?!?

by Anne-Marie

Only one day in,and the TCM Classic Film Fest is already full of surprises!The biggest news of last night wassupposedto be the red carpet premiere of the new digital restoration ofIn The Heat of the Night.The event at the TCL Chinese Theatre did not disappoint - Lee Grant,Walter Mirisch,Norman Jewison,and Sidney Poitier himself all made appearances to a standing ovation before the screening.

However,several hours before the red carpet officially unrolled,the eyes of festival goers turned eastward to the Egyptian Theatre after a sudden mid-afternoon tweet from Turner Classic Movies...

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Sunday
Dec 27 2015

Haskell Wexler,1922 - 2015

Davidhere.As time runs out on 2015,the world sees the loss of another cinematic great.CinematographerHaskell Wexler,double Oscar winner,passed away today.[More...]

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Friday
Apr 11 2014

Splink!

In Contentionthe Stephen Hawking biopicTheory of Everythingstarring Eddie Redmayne is getting an Oscar prime November release.Best Actor is going to be tight this year,people
Telegraphinterviewed Winona Ryder last month.Not sure how I missed this one but it's a good interview with smart comments on her career and age.
Shadowplay"things I read off the screen inIn The Heat of the Night"interesting piece on 1967's Best Picture

Playbillhas a history ofCabaret's journey from the pages of "Goodbye to Berlin"to the stage and screen
Cinema BlendI hadn't heard about this but there's aTwilightrelated lawsuit going on about profit sharing.Apparently Robert Pattinson made $25 million fromBreaking Dawn.Wow.
Pajibaon Rob Lowe's "awesome"Reddit AMA
The PlaylistDenis Villeneuve's career is heating up postPrisoners/Enemyand he's prepping a sci-fi thriller calledThe Story of Your Lifewhich might star Amy Adams.It sounds vaguelyContact-esque to me.
TowleroadX-Men Hugh Jackman,Michael Fassbender,and James McAvoy do great impressions of Sir Ian McKellen and more.Adorable.
AV Clubon "the return of the consumptive heroine"viaThe Wind RisesandWinter's Tale

Today's Watch
It's a new Batman short in the style of his animated adventures in the 90s to celebrate his 75th anniversary (which is actually in but people are excited so they're starting early)

Creative Tributes
Cinema BlendJackie Chan,who turned 60 this year,has been immortalized with a portrait in chopsticks
i092001: A Space Odysseygets an homage via fruits and vegetables in this commercial
Chaz Eberther late husband Roger Ebert is getting a statue during EbertFest

An Actor's Director
GuardianSean Penn is returning to the director's chair for a South African romantic drama starring his new squeeze Charlize Theron (originally from South Africa so that's kind of cool) and Javier Bardem.My main concern with Penn as a director is that he's just so heavy/grim.I hope he finds a way for a range of tones here.This will also be Adele Exarchopoulos follow up toBlue is the Warmest Colour as she's playing a journalist

And finally...


AV Clublet's us now the remake ofTime Cop(1994) is back on.I don't care about this but I will take any excuse to post Jean Claude Van Damme's infamous kitchen counter split.It's one of my most vivid memories of 1990s moviegoing.What?