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The Man Who Would Be Caine [Be Reel Podcast]

Decades before he carried Batman’s breakfast, grunted “bah-humbug” at the Muppets, and launched a thousand mediocre Cockney impersonations, Michael Caine mostly played transgressors.Listen: Kasi Lemmons: The Power of Myth, History, And Black Love [Be Reel Podcast]In films like “Alfie” (1966), “The Italian Job” (1969), “Get Carter” (1971), and “The Man Who Would Be King” (1975), […]

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Steve Bing, Producer and ‘Kangaroo Jack’ Writer, Dies by Suicide at 55

Steve Bing, a producer, philanthropist and screenwriter, has died by suicide in Los Angeles. He was 55.Police and the coroner’s office said a man fitting his age jumped from a Century City apartment building on Monday. Sources told TMZ he had been suffering from depression.Bing, who inherited a fortune of some $600 million from his […]

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‘Villain’: Film Review

A solid Brit gangster film more in the old-school vein of “Get Carter” and “Mona Lisa” than the dog-on-hind-legs Guy Ritchie idiom, Title notwithstanding, our protagonist is an upstanding kind of tough guy — but the criminal world isn’t about to let him go straight. Actor Philip Barantini’s first directorial feature is nothing wildly original […]

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Villain review – Richard Burton’s masterclass in nastiness

The actor’s ruined handsomeness was perfect for his portrayal of a psychopathically violent gangster in this classic 1971 thrillerDick Clement and Ian La Frenais are renowned for small-screen comic masterpieces such as Porridge and The Likely Lads, but in 1971 they scripted the deadly serious and horribly gripping London crime picture Villain, now rereleased on […]

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