Saturday, September 12, 2020

Hotchka Movies by the Decade feature #7 :: September 9 • 15

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The second week of September brought us a lot of new films, some that have gone on to be classics, some that have earned a cult following, some award winners, some with big stars that flopped hard, and many that simply don't exist any longer. This week's new releases featured Lucille Ball one year away from <em>I Love Lucy</em>, Jack Nicholson and Karen Black, a Coke bottle that fell from the sky, Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine, Cameron Crowe's teenage experiences, Joaquin Phoenix pulling a fast one, zombies and a very hungry plant. Let's take a look at this week's new movie premieres. And remember, you can click on any highlighted link to rent or purchase a film or book on which the film is based from our affiliates, which helps us to keep rolling out the red carpet.


September 9 - Milestones
  • Cast: Lewis Stone, Alice Hollister, Gertrude Robinson
  • Director: Paul Scardon
  • Studio: Goldwyn Pictures
  • Trivia: Adapted from the West End play by Arnold Bennett and Edward Knoblock.
September 12 - The Dwelling Place of Light
  • Cast: Claire Adams, Nigel De Brulier, King Baggot
  • Director: Jack Conway
  • Studio: Benjamin B. Hampton Productions, distributed by Pathé Exchange, W. W. Hodkinson Corporation
  • Trivia: Based on the 1917 novel The Dwelling-Place of Light by American novelist Winston Churchill.
September 12 - Felix O'Day
  • Cast: H. B. Warner, Marguerite Snow, Lillian Rich
  • Director: Robert Thornby
  • Studio: Pathé Exchange
September 12 - Food for Scandal
  • Cast: Wanda Hawley, Harrison Ford, Ethel Grey Terry, Margaret McWade, Minnie Devereaux, Juan de la Cruz
  • Director: James Cruze
  • Studio: Realart Pictures Corporation
September 12 - Homespun Folks
  • Cast: Lloyd Hughes, Gladys George, George Webb
  • Director: John Griffith Wray
  • Studio: Thomas H. Ince Corporation, distributed by Associated Producers
September 12 - Lady Rose's Daughter
  • Cast: Elsie Ferguson, David Powell, Frank Losee, Holmes Herbert, Ida Waterman, Warren Cook
  • Director: Hugh Ford
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Trivia: The film premiered in New York City in August 1920 before going into wide release. Based on a 1903 Broadway play which was based on the novel by Mrs. Humphry Ward. Ida Waterman also appeared in the play. The film is considered lost, as are most of Elsie Ferguson's films.
September 12 - The Master Mind
  • Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Gypsy O'Brien, Ralph Kellard, Bradley Barker, Marie Shotwell, Percy Helton
  • Director: Kenneth Webb
  • Studio: Associated First National Pictures
  • Trivia: Also known as Sinner's Three. Based on the 1913 play by Daniel David Cohen (aka Daniel D. Carter). The film is considered lost.
September 12 - Merely Mary Ann
  • Cast: Shirley Mason, Casson Ferguson, Babe London, Kewpie Morgan, Jean Hersholt, Paul Weigel
  • Director: Edward J. Le Saint
  • Studio: Fox Film Corporation
September 12 - The Restless Sex
  • Cast: Marion Davies, Ralph Kellard, Carlyle Blackwell, Charles Lane, Corinne Barker
  • Director: Leon D'Usseau, Robert Z. Leonard
  • Studio: Cosmopolitan Productions, International Film Service, distributed by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
  • Trivia: Based on the 1918 novel by Robert W. Chambers. Norma Shearer appears as an uncredited extra before her first credited role in 1920's The Stealers. The 'Bal des Arts' sequence was designed by Erté. This was the last American film for Blackwell, who returned to England and continued to work for ten more years. The film is preserved in the Library of Congress and Gosfilmofond.
September 12 - The Village Sleuth
  • Cast: Charles Ray, Winifred Westover, Dick Rush, Donald MacDonald, George Hernandez, Betty Schade
  • Director: Jerome Storm
  • Studio: Thomas H. Ince Corporation, Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, distributed by Paramount Pictures
  • Trivia: Copies of the film are held at the Library of Congress, Gosfilmofond, UCLA Film and Television Archive, Academy Film Archive, and Jugoslovenska Kinoteka.
September 13 - The Price of Redemption
  • Cast: Bert Lytell, Seena Owen, Cleo Madison, Edward Cecil, Wilbur Higby
  • Director: Dallas M. Fitzgerald
  • Studio: Metro Pictures
  • Trivia: The film is considered lost.
September 15 - Marooned Hearts
  • Cast: Conway Tearle, Zena Keefe, Ida Darling, Tom Blake, Eric Mayne
  • Director: George Archainbaud
  • Studio: Select Pictures
  • Trivia: The film is considered lost.



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September 13 - The Bad Man

  • Cast: Walter Huston, Dorothy Revier, James Rennie, O. P. Heggie, Sidney Blackmer, Myrna Loy
  • Director: Clarence G. Badger
  • Studio: First National Pictures
  • Trivia: Based on the 1920 play by Porter Emerson, and is a sound remake of the 1923 silent film of the same name. An incomplete nitrate print of this film—8 of 9 reels—survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archive, but is decomposing and in danger of being lost if not preserved in the near future. The film was remade again in 1940 with Wallace Beery. Two foreign language versions of the film were made: El hombre malo (Spanish) and Lopez, le bandit (French).


September 9 - I Love You Again
  • Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Frank McHugh, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
  • Director: W.S. Van Dyke
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, distributed by Loews Inc.
  • Trivia: Powell, Loy and director Van Dyke were all involved with The Thin Man films. Powell and Loy first appeared together in 1934's Manhattan Melodrama. Lux Radio Theatre adapted the film twice, first in 1941 with Loy and Cary Grant, and again in 1948 with Powell and Ann Sothern. Loy was supposed to reprise her film role but had to drop out due to retakes on a film.


September 15 - Devil's Doorway
  • Cast: Robert Taylor, Louis Calhern, Paula Raymond, Marshall Thompson, Edgar Buchanan, Spring Byington
  • Director: Anthony Mann
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


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September 15 - The Fuller Brush Girl
  • Cast: Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert, Carl Benton Reid, Gale Robbins, Barbara Pepper
  • Director: Lloyd Bacon
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Trivia: Red Skelton appears in an uncredited cameo as The Fuller Brush Man, the role he played in the 1948 film. Mel Blanc voices two parrots in the film.


September 9 - September Storm
  • Cast: Joanne Dru, Mark Stevens, Robert Strauss
  • Director: Byron Haskin
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Trivia: The film was produced in 3D, but was released after the end of the 1950s 3D fad (1955's Revenge of the Creature). The next major 3D film released was The Bubble in 1966. Most theaters presented the film 'flat'. A restoration of the 3D elements was undertaken in 2016 with Kino Classics releasing a 3D Blu-ray in 2017.


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September 14 - The Little Shop of Horrors
  • Cast: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles, Dick Miller, Jack Nicholson
  • Director: Roger Corman
  • Studio: The Filmgroup, Santa Clara Productions, distributed by The Filmgroup, American International Pictures
  • Trivia: Thought to be based on the 1932 story 'Green Thoughts' by John Collier. Screenwriter Charles B. Griffith may have been influenced by Arthur C. Clarke's 'The Reluctant Orchid'. The film's original title was The Passionate People Eater. The film was shot in two days using sets left standing from Corman's A Bucket of Blood. The film inspired the Off-Broadway musical and 1986 film (the show was revived in 2003 and 2019) and gained new interest from those projects. The original story was about a private investigator, and the Audrey character was named Oriole Plove with Nancy Kulp (Miss Jane from The Beverly Hillbillies) as the leading candidate for the role. Seymour's original name was Irish Eye, and Haze was to play Archie Aroma. To flesh out the story, Corman and Griffith ended up at a diner hashing out ideas with their waitress as a referee. The waitress, Sally Kellerman, sat with them and helped work out the story. The story originated as Cardula, which involved a vampire music critic. Corman rejected that and Griffith came up with Gluttony, a story of a salad chef who cooked his customers. Corman said it was too expensive and Griffith suggested a man-eating plant. Corman okayed the idea. Jackie Joseph confirmed she was hired for a detective film that was completely rewritten by the time she flew back to make the movie. Griffith plays several small roles in the film, his father appears as a dental patient and his grandmother is Seymour's hypochondriac mother. Dick Miller was offered the role of Seymour but turned it down, taking the role of Burson Fouch instead. Corman shot the film quickly to avoid a new industry rule going into effect on January 1, 1960 that would require producers to pay residuals to the actors for all future releases of their work, which would change his B-movie business model permanently so he shot the film the last week of December 1959. To speed up the process, the film was shot like a sitcom with three cameras. Exteriors were shot over two weekends with $279 worth of rented equipment, children were paid 5 cents to run out of a subway tunnel, and winos were paid 10 cents to appear as extras. A scene with a train running over Robert Coogan's character was filmed with the train backing away from the actor and then printed in reverse. The film's score was originally written for A Bucket of Blood. Composer Fred Katz sold the same score to Corman as new music which was used in a total of seven films. The film was screened out of competition at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival. The film was originally released as part of a double bill -- and only referred to as 'Added Attraction' -- with Mario Bava's Black Sunday. The film was also paired with Corman's Last Woman on Earth a year later. Corman did not feel the film had any financial future and failed to copyright the film, making it widely available as a public domain title of varying quality. The film was badly colorized in 1987 and then again in 2006 with better results.
September 14 - The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
  • Cast: Dawn Addams, Peter van Eyck, Gert Fröbe
  • Director: Fritz Lang
  • Studio: CCC Filmkunst, C.E.I. Incom, Critérion Film, distributed by Prisma Filmverleih
  • Trivia: This was Lang's final film. The Mabuse character had appeared in film's by Lang in 1922 and 1933. The film spawned a series of German Mabuse films, six total, that were released to compete with Rialto Film's Krimi films. The film was a German-Italian-French co-production. The film premiered in Germany on September 14, 1960 and in France on June 28, 1961.
September 15 - Under Ten Flags
  • Cast: Van Heflin, Charles Laughton, Mylène Demongeot
  • Director: Duilio Coletti
  • Studio: Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, distributed by Paramount Pictures (US)
  • Trivia: The film opened in Italy on September 21, 1960. The film is based on actual World War II events.


September 9 - Hornet's Nest
  • Cast: Rock Hudson, Mark Colleano, Sylva Koscina, Sergio Fantoni, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Jacques Sernas
  • Director: Phil Karlson, Franco Cirino
  • Studio: United Artists
  • Trivia: The film was attacked for depicting children learning about violence and failed at the box office. Hudson turned to TV acting after this film. Sophia Loren was to be the female lead but dropped out at the last minute. Though set in 1955, the hair styles, clothing and attitudes are obviously from the late 1960s.


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September 12 - Five Easy Pieces
  • Cast: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Ralph Waite, Toni Basil, Fannie Flagg, Sally Ann Struthers, Richard Stahl
  • Director: Bob Rafelson
  • Studio: BBS Productions, distributed by Columbia Pictures
  • Trivia: The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Nicholson), and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Karen Black), but lost in all categories. It was also nominated for Golden Globes in the same categories plus one for Rafelson's directing. Black tied with Maureen Stapleton for her role in Airport. The film was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2000.


September 9 - Phobia
  • Cast: Paul Michael Glaser, Susan Hogan, John Colicos, Lisa Langlois
  • Director: John Huston
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Trivia: Kevin Thomas, film critic for the Los Angeles Times called the movie 'the worst film ever directed by a winner of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.'
September 10 - The Big Brawl
  • Cast: Jackie Chan, Kristine DeBell, Mako, Ron Max, David Sheiner, Rosalind Chao, Lenny Montana, Peter Marc, José Ferrer
  • Director: Robert Clouse
  • Studio: Golden Harvest (Hong Kong), Warner Bros. (U.S.)
  • Trivia: Also known as Battle Creek Brawl. This was Jackie Chan's first attempt to break into the American film market. The film fared poorly at the box office and Chan was advised to try supporting roles like the Japanese race car driver in The Cannonball Run. He did not have success until 1995's Rumble in the Bronx.
September 10 - The Exterminator
  • Cast: Robert Ginty, Samantha Eggar, Christopher George, Steve James
  • Director: James Glickenhaus
  • Studio: Amsell Entertainment, AVCO Embassy Pictures, Shapiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment
  • Trivia: Some releases of the film have an alternate ending in which 'The Exterminator' survives a CIA ambush, which made 1984's The Exterminator 2, again with Robert Ginty, possible.


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September 10 - The Gods Must Be Crazy
  • Cast: N!xau, Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers, Nic De Jager, Michael Thys, Louw Verwey, Ken Gampu, Simon Sabela
  • Director: Jamie Uys
  • Studio: C.A.T. Films, distributed by Ster-Kinekor (South Africa), 20th Century Fox (U.S.)
  • Trivia: The film opened in South Africa on September 10, 1980, but did not see a release in the US until October 26, 1984. At the time, the film broke box office records in South Africa and was the most financially successful release in South Africa's film industry history. For the US release, the original Afrikaans dialog was dubbed in English. The film was developed while Uys was making the documentary Animals Are Beautiful People where he first encountered the San people and 'fell in love with them'.


September 9 - The Reflecting Skin
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Cooper
  • Director: Philip Ridley
  • Studio: BBC Films, Téléfilm Canada, Zenith, distributed by Virgin Vision (UK), Miramax Films (US)
  • Trivia: This was one of Mortensen's first starring roles. The film premiered at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival and extra screenings had to be scheduled to meet demand. The film won 11 international film awards. Roger Ebert said the film reminded him of Blue Velvet but better.


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September 12 - Postcards from the Edge
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, Mary Wickes, Conrad Bain, CCH Pounder, Dana Ivey, Oliver Platt, Michael Ontkean
  • Director: Mike Nichols
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Trivia: Based on Carrie Fisher's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. Nichols began pre-production in New York with a group of actors reading the lines to perfect the script. In exchange they were given small roles in the film. An unknown Annette Bening was one of those actors. Carrie Fisher said she wrote about a mother actress and a daughter actress and was offended that people thought she had no imagination for language, 'just a tape recorded with endless batteries'. Fisher did note that her mother Debbie Reynolds wanted to portray Doris, but in Reynolds' biography she said Nichols told her she wasn't right for the part. Streep was nominated as Best Actress for the Oscar and Golden Globe, while Shirley MacLaine received a Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination. Streep won the Funniest Lead Actress American Comedy Award, and Bening won the Newcomer of the Year award from the London Film Critics' Circle.
September 14 - Death Warrant
  • Cast: Jean-Claude van Damme, Robert Guillaume, Cynthia Gibb, George Dickerson, Patrick Kilpatrick, Armin Shimerman
  • Director: Deran Sarafian
  • Studio: MGM-Pathé Communications, distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Trivia: The film was written by David S. Goyer while a student at USC. The film's original title was Dusted.
September 14 - Hardware
  • Cast: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, William Hootkins, Iggy Pop
  • Director: Richard Stanley
  • Studio: British Satellite Broadcasting, British Screen, Unlimited Palace Productions, distributed by Palace Pictures (UK), Millimeter Films (US)
  • Trivia: The film opened on October 5, 1990 in the UK. This was Stanley's feature film directing debut. Fleetway Comics successfully won a lawsuit over the screenplay that plagiarized the short story 'SHOK!' that appeared in the Judge Dredd Annual 1981. A notice was added to later releases of the film assigning proper credit. The film was originally more specifically British but Miramax insisted on American leads. The film was originally rated X for its extreme gore but was recut to get an R-rating. The film did not get a home video release until 2009 due to continuing legal issues that prevented a release.


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September 14 - Repossessed
  • Cast: Linda Blair, Ned Beatty, Leslie Nielsen, Anthony Starke, Robert Fuller
  • Director: Bob Logan
  • Studio: Carolco Pictures, distributed by Seven Arts
  • Trivia: The film received a limited theatrical release (which Blair blamed on 20th Century Fox for rushing The Exorcist III into theaters a month before this was set to premiere), and went to VHS and Laserdisc a few months later. The film won a Razzie Award for Worst Original Song, 'He's Comin' Back (The Devil)'.
September 14 - State of Grace
  • Cast: Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright, John Turturro, John C. Reilly, Burgess Meredith, Mo Gaffney, Vincent Pastore
  • Director: Phil Joanou
  • Studio: Orion Pictures
  • Trivia: The film's lackluster box office performance was blamed on it being overshadowed by a similar movie released within the same week -- Goodfellas.
September 14 - White Hunter Black Heart
  • Cast: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, George Dzundza, Alun Armstrong, Marisa Berenson
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Studio: Malpaso Productions, Rastar, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Trivia: Based on the book of the same name by Peter Viertel, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The film is a thinly disguised account of Viertel's account of working on the 1951 film The African Queen. This was co-screenwriter James Bridges' last film before dying in 1993. The film was shot on location in Kariba, Zimbabwe, and surrounds including at Lake Kariba, Victoria Falls, and Hwange, over two months in the summer of 1989. Actor Clive Mantle, who plays the racist hotel manager Harry, has the distinction of being the only person to successfully beat up Clint Eastwood in a film.
September 15 - Boiling Point
  • Cast: Masahiko Ono, Yuriko Ishida, Hisashi Igawa, Bengal, Katsuo Tokashiki, Takahito Iguchi, Johnny Ohkura, Beat Takeshi
  • Director: Takeshi Kitano
  • Studio: Bandai / Shochiku Fuji, distributed by Shochiku Co., Ltd.
  • Trivia: This was Kitano's second film as a director, and first as a writer. He also stars under his stage name Beat Takeshi. The film's original title was 3-4X Jugatsu, which is the final score of a baseball game played in the film. 'Jugatsu' (October) was added to the title because the exciting baseball play-offs are held that month.


September 9 - The Girl
  • Cast: Claire Keim, Agathe De La Boulaye, Cyril Lecomte, Sandra Nkake
  • Director: Sande Zeig
  • Studio: Artistic License
  • Trivia: Based on a short story by Zeig's partner Monique Wittig, her first English-language story. The film opened in Canada on September 9, but did not get a limited US release until April 20, 2001.
September 10 - waydowntown
  • Cast: Fabrizio Filippo, Marya Delver, Gordon Currie, Tobias Godson, Tammy Isbell, Jennifer Clement, James McBurney, Don McKellar
  • Director: Gary Burns
  • Studio: Distributed by HomeVision, Lot 47 Films (US), Odeon Films, Alliance Atlantis, CTV, Telefilm Canada (Canada), Madman Entertainment (Australia)
  • Trivia: The low budget film was shot digitally and transferred to 35mm film. The film, set in Calgary, Alberta, was screened at the Calgary International Film Festival on September 19, 2019 to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
September 13 - Almost Famous
  • Cast: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Director: Cameron Crowe
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Vinyl Films, distributed by DreamWorks Pictures (US), Sony Pictures Releasing (International)
  • Trivia: The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2000. The film is based on Crowe's experiences as a teenage writer for Rolling Stone. The film received four Oscar nominations and won for Best Original Screenplay. It also won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Roger Ebert named it the best film of the year and the ninth best of the 2000s. It won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and Kate Hudson won for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture. The name of the band in the film, Stillwater, shared the name with a real band which required the producers to get permission to use the name. Nancy Wilson of Heart, and Crowe's then-wife, co-wrote three of the five Stillwater songs for the film. Peter Frampton wrote the other two. Mike McCready of Pearl Jam played lead guitar on all of the Stillwater songs. Crowe went to London to screen the film for Led Zepplin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, after which they granted him permission to use five songs on the soundtrack -- the first time they'd done that since allowing Crowe to use 'Kashmir' in Fast Times at Ridgemont High -- but would not allow him to use 'Stairway to Heaven' for one scene. On the special 'Bootleg' edition DVD, the scene is included as a bonus, without the song, with a watermark instructing viewers when to start playing the song.
September 13 - The Golden Bowl
  • Cast: Kate Beckinsale, James Fox, Anjelica Huston, Nick Nolte, Jeremy Northam, Madeleine Potter, Uma Thurman
  • Director: James Ivory
  • Studio: Merchant Ivory Productions, TF1 International, distributed by Lionsgate
  • Trivia: The film opened in France on September 13, in the UK on November 3, 2000, and in the US on April 27, 2001. Based on the 1904 novel by Henry James. Northam and Beckinsale had a conflict after Beckinsale asked Northam to walk faster in a scene to avoid stepping on her train. Northam became belligerent from getting a note from a fellow actor and was punched in the face by Beckinsale's then-husband Michael Sheen. The film received a cool reception at the Cannes Film Festival prompting executives at Miramax to ask the filmmakers to make some cuts to shorten the film. They refused and Miramax sold the film to Lions Gate (now Lionsgate).
September 15 - Bait
  • Cast: Jamie Foxx, David Morse, Kimberly Elise, David Paymer, Mike Epps, Robert Pastorelli, Jamie Kennedy
  • Director: Antoine Fuqua
  • Studio: Castle Rock Entertainment, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Trivia: The film was a huge failure, earning about $15 million worldwide against a $51 million budget.
September 15 - Circus
  • Cast: Famke Janssen, Lucy Akhurst, Christopher Biggins, Amanda Donohoe, John Hannah
  • Director: Rob Walker
  • Studio: Circus Pictures, Film Development Corporation, distributed by Columbia Pictures
  • Trivia: The film opened in the UK on May 5, 2000 before its US release on September 15. The film holds a 9% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
September 15 - Duets
  • Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Huey Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maria Bello, Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Lochlyn Munro, Angie Dickinson, Maya Rudolph, Marian Seldes
  • Director: Bruce Paltrow
  • Studio: Hollywood Pictures, distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
  • Trivia: The film premiered at TIFF on September 9, 2000. This was the only time Gwyneth Paltrow worked with her father Bruce on a film, and it was his last film before his death. Brad Pitt was in a relationship with Paltrow and had been cast in the film but they broke up and Pitt decided to drop out, replaced by Scott Speedman. Lewis, Paltrow, Giamatti and Bello sang their own songs, while Arnold McCuller provided the vocals for Braugher. Paltrow's version of 'Bette Davis Eyes' was a Top 3 hit in Australia.


September 10 - I'm Still Here
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Antony Langdon, Yasiin Bey, Ben Stiller, Edward James Olmos, Jamie Foxx, Billy Crystal, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Bruce Willis
  • Director: Casey Affleck
  • Studio: They Are Going to Kill Us Productions, Flemmy Productions, distributed by Magnolia Pictures
  • Trivia: The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2010. The film purported to depict Phoenix's retirement from acting and transitioning to a hip hop star, with Phoenix remaining in character for public appearances throughout filming, giving the impression he was genuinely pursuing a new career. The idea was born out of Phoenix's amazement that people believed reality television shows were unscripted. After screening the film, potential buyers were taken aback by many disturbing scenes of drug use, sex, abusive behavior and full frontal male nudity, and weren't sure if the film was a serious documentary or a mockumentary.
September 10 - Legendary
  • Cast: John Cena, Patricia Clarkson, Danny Glover, Tyler Posey
  • Director: Mel Damski
  • Studio: WWE Studios, distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
  • Trivia: The film was shot at Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School in Kenner, Louisiana in December 2009.
September 10 - Passion Play
  • Cast: Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Rhys Ifans, Bill Murray, Kelly Lynch
  • Director: Mitch Glazer
  • Studio: Annapurna Productions, distributed by Image Entertainment
  • Trivia: An incomplete cut of the film premiered on September 10 at TIFF. The film holds a 3% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film did receive a limited run on May 6, 2011 in New York and Los Angeles with a newly edited cut of the film that Glazer stated improved the film vastly.


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September 10 - Resident Evil: Afterlife
  • Cast: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Spencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, Wentworth Miller
  • Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
  • Studio: Constantin Film, Davis Films, Impact Pictures, distributed by Screen Gems
  • Trivia: The film first opened in Tokyo on September 2 before its US release on September 10. This was the fourth film in the Resident Evil series and the first in 3D. While not well-received in the US, earning just $60 million against a $60 million budget, the film was a hit worldwide, earning a global total of $300 million, the second highest of the series at that time. The previous film, Resident Evil: Extinction, was meant to be the last film in the series but its box office success led the studio to reconsider that decision. This marked Anderson's return to the franchise after directing the first film. Jensen Ackles was considered for the role of Leon S. Kennedy. Ali Larter missed filming seven episodes of Heroes to appear in the film. Johnny Messner auditioned for the role that went to Wentworth Miller, who was then surprised to see how muscular his character, Chris Redfield, was in the videogames. Anderson was sold on the 3D process after seeing footage from Avatar. The crew spent two week in pre-production learning the 3D camera system. During production, Jovovich accidentally shot out a $100,000 camera. The 3D cameras were so heavy, using Steadicams was impossible so camera operators mounted the cameras on Segways to achieve Steadicam shots.
September 10 - The Romantics
  • Cast: Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Malin Åkerman, Adam Brody, Dianna Agron, Jeremy Strong, Rebecca Lawrence, Candice Bergen, Elijah Wood
  • Director: Galt Niederhoffer
  • Studio: Falcon Films, Paramount Famous Productions
  • Trivia: The film had its premiere on January 24, 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival. Liv Tyler was cast as Laura but was replaced by Katie Holmes who also served as the film's executive producer. This was Rosemary Murphy's last film.

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