News/Blog: Monthly Archives: August 2013

'L.A. Times reviews Betty Boop Volume 1'

Decades later, Betty Boop is still hard to resist. By Sheri Linden A Second Look: The animated Jazz Age baby is boop-oop-a-dooping back into filmgoers’ radar with ‘The Essential Collection, Volume 1,’ the first in a projected four-volume compilation of ‘toons. It’s not a new phenomenon, but it does appear to be on the rise: … Continue reading L.A. Times reviews Betty Boop Volume 1

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August 30, 2013

'New Release Day!'

These four Blu-ray titles hit the streets today and are available at the olive films website and other reputable outlets.Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Penny Serenade Only The Valiant Flat Top

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August 27, 2013

'Allow us to introduce …'

Let us introduce you to Alice Guy-Blaché . Alice is the first female director to use narrative style in film. She was also one of the first to sync sound to moving pictures.  This trail blazing pioneer started in the business at the age of 23 and over her two decade career wrote, produced, and … Continue reading Allow us to introduce …

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August 26, 2013

'Did you know…?'

Frank Tashlin‘s (It’s Only Money, The Geisha Boy, Rock-A-Bye Baby) first cartoon, “Porky’s Poultry Plant” was released by Warner Bros Studio on this day, August 22, 1936!

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August 22, 2013

'Happy Birthday To Robert Stone'

Today is novelist Robert Stone’s 76th birthday. Here at Olive Films we recognize him as the screenwriter to the film, WUSA which was adapted from his debut novel, “A Hall Of Mirrors.”     Robert Stone was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1937 and had many different experiences to draw upon in life. He … Continue reading Happy Birthday To Robert Stone

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August 21, 2013

'New Release Day!'

These five Blu-ray titles hit the streets today and are available at the olive films website and other reputable outlets. Betty Boop “The Essential Collection Volume 1” My Favorite Spy Off Limits On The Double Knock On Wood

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August 20, 2013

'Georges Méliès, the Father of special effects'

  Before computers, before green screen, before CGI, before Industrial Light and Magic … The “father” of special effects, Georges Méliès, wrote and directed Le Voyage dans la Lune, alternately “Voyage to the Moon”, in 1902 assisted by his brother Gaston. . A Trip to the Moon is the first known science fiction film, and … Continue reading Georges Méliès, the Father of special effects

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August 19, 2013

'The Real Wild West and how it actually looked.'

These 19th century wet-box-camera-photographs taken by Timothy O’Sullivan were the first ever of the American West. View more at the How do they stack up to your favorite Western? Check out some of favorites: Run for Cover – directed by Nicholas Ray; starring James Cagney and Viveca Lindfors. Available from Olive Films on DVD … Continue reading The Real Wild West and how it actually looked.

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August 16, 2013

'Did you know…'

Did you know the debut of Betty Boop (August 9, 1930) in “Dizzy Dishes” she appeared as a dog? The Betty Boop we all know and love looked the same except for her ears. Currently available in DVD and Blu-Ray formats at Olive Films: Betty Boop: Essential Collection Vol. 1 Dizzy Dishes is on Volume … Continue reading Did you know…

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August 12, 2013

'End Shark Week with Sam Fuller’s Shark!'

Sam Fuller is most likely spinning in his grave upon hearing the above headline! ‘Why?’ you ask? Unbeknownst to most, Shark! is one of the most controversial titles of Fuller’s colorful career … Let’s just say there was a lot of drama surrounding the infamous Shark! (1969) (originally titled as Caine, then Shark! and finally … Continue reading End Shark Week with Sam Fuller’s Shark!

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August 9, 2013

'Today is legendary film director Nicolas Ray’s Birthday!'

One of America’s greatest film directors, Nicolas Ray, was born today, August 7th. We would be remiss to not mention that he spent most of his adolescence here in Chicago, IL, where he attended Robert A Waller High School (now known as Lincoln Park HS) on Orchard Street in the Lincoln park neighborhood. But undoubtedly, … Continue reading Today is legendary film director Nicolas Ray’s Birthday!

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August 7, 2013

'TCM airs “Letter From An Unknown Woman” tonight at 10.30p (EST)'

TCM’s “Summer Under The Stars” series turns it focus tonight on Joan Fontaine and is airing the criminally overlooked and rarely seen, “Letter From An Unknown Woman” tonight at 10.30pm (EST). “From Max Ophüls, the legendary director of The Earrings of Madame de… and Lola Montes comes this deeply moving, timeless tale of love and … Continue reading TCM airs “Letter From An Unknown Woman” tonight at 10.30p (EST)

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August 6, 2013

'Jacqueline Susann’s 95th Birthday'

Jacqueline Susann, actress, author, and cultural icon of the 1960’s was born on August 20, 1918.  Celebrate what would have been her 95th birthday by viewing the award winning and critically acclaimed “Once is Not Enough. Kirk Douglas, Alexis Smith, George Hamilton, Melina Mercouri, and Brenda Vaccaro star in this racy 1975 film involving money, … Continue reading Jacqueline Susann’s 95th Birthday

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