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6 Degrees Round Up: Summer Films of 2022

For this month’s edition of 6 Degrees Round Up, we feature a look at the Summer Films of 2022. And also, we are offering a new download for all of our Film News followers!  6 Degrees of Film: The future of Film in the Global Village is celebrating its ten-year anniversary soon! And to celebrate, some of the best excerpts of the book are available as downloads for friends to enjoy. Star Wars Timeline! The Star Wars Addendum is available to all in honor of Star Wars Day this May! Click here to sign up for our Round-up and to download your Star Wars timeline. Some of the other things on our radar this month include the hunt for the new James Bond. Here is an article from 6 Degrees that talks about the very unlikely personality that shaped author Ian Fleming’s view of James Bond in the flesh! Friday Flix is filled with some of the latest articles that give us a glimpse into some of the behind-the-scenes discussions that shape some of the greatest films ever brought to the screen. Openculture.com shares some of the conversations and letters between Stanley Kubrick & Arthur C Clarke that begat the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Cannes Film Festival has wrapped up, and Far Out Magazine features a look at 15 of the greatest films that ever won the prized Palme d’Or award. And there is a look at the year 1982, which, much like the year 1939, has proven to be a pivotal one for creating classic films. Summer Film News Here are some of the most-anticipated films to debut this summer of 2022 Downton Abbey: A New Era on May 20 This is a continuation of the hit PBS series and has the added boon of returning Dame Maggie Smith for another round of playing the aristocratic matriarch of the family, complete with pithy put-downs! In June   Jurassic World: Dominion on June 10 Another return of an Old Faithful series where dinosaurs are now roaming the earth…. this film features some of the original cast returning: Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum! Lightyear on June 17 Buzz Lightyear is an astronaut, but not the exact same one we know from Toy Story! This one is an origin story of sorts from Pixar.  Buzz is going on an ‘intergalactic adventure’ with a group of recruits plus his robot companion. Elvis  on June 24 The Baz Luhrman directed Biopic has received good ‘buzz’ from early reviews. It details Elvis’s rise to fame in the fifties through the lens of his relationship with his music mentor and manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who is played by Tom Hanks! In July   Minions: The Rise of Gru  on July 1 Steve Carell is the voice of 12 year old Gru in this origin story set back in the seventies. Gru joins a gang of criminal masterminds, the Vicious 6. Whey they fire their leader, Gru ‘interviews’ to become the newest member of the team.   Thor: Love & Thunder on July 8 This is a superhero film based on Marvel Comic’s Thor. Thor is called out of early retirement to face Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale. Where the Crawdads Sing on July 15 From the best selling 2018 novel by Delia Owens,  this is about a woman who was abandoned by her family and forced to live alone, fending for herself out in the woods. She becomes a suspect in the murder of a man she had been in love with. Nope on July 22 This is Jordan Peele’s Sci-Fi Horror film return that tells the story of sibling horse trainers who come into contact with a mysterious force lurking on their California ranch. Bullet Train on July 29 Brad Pitt stars in this  thriller based on a 2010 novel “Maria Beetle”  It’s about five assassins who are on a bullet train from Tokyo who find that all of their assignments are inter-connected. In August Secret Headquarters on August 5 Owen Wilson stars in this film about a hidden lair under a kid’s home that seems to belong to a superhero. After sharing the secret with some friends, the boy starts to think that his estranged father just might have a secret double life! Beast on Aug 19 Idris Elba stars in this thriller about man visiting a game reserve in South Africa with his daughters, where they subsequently become prey to a dangerous lion stalking them! Three Thousand Years of Longing on August 31 George Miller directs and once again, Idris Elba stars in this epic romantic fantasy about a woman who finds a djinn, and is offered three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Children’s Films    Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank on July 15 This animated tale is about a dog named Hank who is trained to be a samurai by his cat mentor, Jimbo (Voice of Samuel L Jackson). The plot, loosely derived from Mel Brooks’ 1974 hit comedy Blazing Saddles,  revolves around a villainous cat named Ika Chu who wants to destroy their village! DC League of Super Pets on July 29 This 3D-animated film is about Superman’s Dog Krypto. When the Justice League is kidnapped, Krypto is exposed to Kryptonite and stripped of his powers. Now, he must teach another dog, plus a pig, a squirrel and a turtle how to save the day! That’s all for this edition! Please join us each week on 6 Degrees of Film @the Movies as we look at the latest news from the world of film. We work hard to present historical facts and fascinating peaks from behind the scenes of the Golden Age of Film each week. Friday Flix is our magazine that is created exclusively for film fans to find out more from directors, actors and writers who helped create the artistic and graphic worlds we love to visit and explore in film. Till next time, have a wonderful Memorial Day

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6 Degrees August Film Round Up: @ the Movies!

This week, the world of film is still trying to reflect the culture with notions of how to open up movie theatres and how to portray a world that is changing so quickly! One of the topics in the 2013 book I wrote, 6 Degrees of Film: The Future of Film in the Global Village, was to ask what the nature of films and moviegoing would be like in the coming century. That question has been answered in part with the many ways we now view films. But the question of how to watch movies, streaming or live and in-person,  and which films are going to be classics and designated as ‘art’ is another matter! Forbes’ critic Scott Mendelson wrote recently about how Hollywood is seemingly ‘killing’ the idea of a leading man in films. Mendelson’s argument seems to be that when Hollywood tries to push the ‘next big thing’ in terms of a big Hollywood movie star on the viewing public, they do so by using old, stale serial formula films.  They also, according to Mendelson, wipe out the promise of diversity in casting to find the next Will Smith or another actor of his talent and potential. As that argument goes, we still have an ongoing pursuit of the next big thing in terms of who will play James Bond or who will star in the countless upcoming comic-book genre films. So that argument will be with us for a while! Film Festival Season continues…along with Covid! Meanwhile, the Film Festivals of 2021 are still going on despite the continuing threat of COVID.  The Sundance Film Festival will require all in-person attendees to be vaccinated. And the return of movie theaters has been tamped down a bit as the new Delta Variant also hits towns and theatres near you.  It looks like the drive-in movie business will thrive a bit longer, and that is a good thing! The films of 2021 so far… This week, Rotten Tomatoes has already started their list of the best action movies of 2021. And that list, though not a traditional action film, includes one of the more interesting films to be released in recent weeks, The Green Knight, starring Dev Patel. Another notable opening is the film Annette, with Adam Driver. This one is a quirky kind of musical, billed as an odd ‘rock opera’ when it debuted recently at Cannes Film Festival. And add to the mix one of the biggest stories surrounding the  Black Widow film opening is the fact that Scarlett Johansson sued Disney for streaming the film too early and breaking her contract. Which continues the argument that streaming vs. in-theatre openings is guaranteed to be a debate that will be with us for some time, both in and out of court! Opening in August Some of the most anticipated films that audiences were waiting for this August, according to Rotten Tomatoes, include thrillers like The Night House and Don’t Breathe, both set for August debuts. At 6 Degrees, we highlighted Candyman, which is a sequel to the 1992 classic. And for all of the Beatles lovers out there, the documentary from Peter Jackson, Get Back, will open later this month. From Turner Classic Movies in August… This month, Turner Classic is featuring some classic westerns that are must-see for all movie buffs and western film fans. I have often touted the fact that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has one of the best screenplays ever written. It comes from the late, great William Goldman who coined that phrase in the book of his life in Hollywood:  “Adventures in the Screen Trade.” Here’s the quote from Goldman: “…Nobody knows anything…Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what’s going to work. Every time out is a guess, and if you’re lucky, an educated one.” Goldman also penned The Princess Bride and A Bridge Too Far (which is also showing this month on TCM!) In addition to Butch Cassidy, the other recommended western is The Big Country, featuring Gregory Peck. Peck shines in this part which is completely different from the morally upright character he portrayed in his most famous role of Atticus Finch. Yet somehow, Peck’s moral courage and strength of character are the reasons this western stands apart from the typical shoot-em-up variety. TCM: The Pioneer women of Film Before #MeToo there were several stalwart and strong women role models who regularly appeared in films. One of these pioneers was Katherine Hepburn. Hepburn is featured in a few of her best-known roles this month on TCM. One stand-out part is with her life-partner on and off screen, Spencer Tracy, who co-stars in Adam’s Rib. The other is The Lion in Winter with Peter O’Toole, whom she lovingly referred to as “Pig.” Jane Fonda, always outspoken, is shown in a part that highlighted her figure more than her political views in Barberella.  And Cat Ballou is another Western that is recommended, as it not only features Lee Marvin in his Academy Award winning comic turn, but singer Nat King Cole  appears as a wandering minstrel, telling the story musically in his ballad of Cat Ballou. TCM Comedy Highlights: The best of Abbot & Costello With their string of horror films spoofing the popular films of the day, Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein is the one to watch. The best of their work is surprisingly, a movie where they are not partnered as a team. It’s The Time of their Lives, where Costello plays a ghost.  He is teamed with a young beautiful woman,  and together the duo must prove their innocence in order to leave their earthbound existence. The comic stylings have a bit of a ghostly turn in this one, and it gives both comics a chance to break from the by then tired mold of the straight man routine they had perfected.  That schtick featured their comic bantering of “Who’s on First?” variations in film after film…. 6 Degrees Magazine In the

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