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Five Classic Best Picture Winners You Can Watch Right Now on FilmStruck

Oscar fever is in full effect, and before you watch this year’s Academy Awards, FilmStruck has a great opportunity for you to study some Oscar history with classic Best Picture titles.

Thanks to Filmstruck’s new partnership with Warner Bros. Digital Networks and TCM Select, the streaming service has added dozens of classic films to its catalog — meaning you can catch up on Oscar winners of years past any time you wish. The service’s vast back catalog now includes some of the most iconic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood — including five classic Best Picture winners that paved the way for modern winners.

They range from some of the most iconic films in Hollywood history (“Casablanca” and “On the Waterfront”) to the not-quite-as-ubiquitous (“The Best Years of Our Lives”). Check out five classic Best Picture winners from the 1940s and ’50s — smack in the middle of Hollywood
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The time Streisand wore next to nothing to the Oscars and I wore a brown suit

The  time Streisand wore next to nothing to the Oscars and I wore a brown suit
In its rare, long and illuminating interview with Barbra Streisand, Variety ties its scoop to the lone Oscar she won in 1969 for the previous year’s “Funny Girl.” I remember well the night she won because I was in the press room of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion when she made her appearance there in a see-through pantsuit over black lingerie.

I was wearing an off-the-rack dirt-brown tweed suit.

If the TV viewing audience was scandalized by Streisand’s apparel, so too, I assumed, were those tux and gown-wearing journalists in the press room when I made my appearance. The shame.

Who knew the media dressed as if they were attending the show instead of covering it? All we saw on TV were nominees and presenters being interviewed on the red carpet and the parade of tux and gown-bedecked guests making their way into the Pavilion. We never saw the working stiffs in the trenches backstage.
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Hardly a Sophie’s choice: Meryl Streep is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner [Poll Results]

Hardly a Sophie’s choice: Meryl Streep is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner [Poll Results]
Meryl Streep’s twin wins are twice as nice for you. With 36 percent of the vote, Streep beat out her 13 fellow multiple Best Actress Oscar winners in our poll asking for your favorite.

“Meryl Streep is the most versatile, amazing actress of my lifetime,” user John K. commented.

Streep is the most recent multiple Best Actress champ, winning for “The Iron Lady” (2011) 29 years after her first triumph for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982). But she’ll lose that title this weekend if Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) wins as expected.

See 2018 Oscars: Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would set third longest gap between Best Actress wins

Way back in second place was Vivien Leigh, who earned 15 percent of the vote. “Vivien Leigh is the only one where both victories was my top choice in the years they won,” user Jay DeFelice wrote of her “Gone with the Wind” (1939) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) wins.
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Who is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner? [Poll]

Who is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner? [Poll]
Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) is a few weeks away from becoming one of 14 women who’ve won more than one Best Actress Oscar. McDormand, who took home the prize for “Fargo” (1996), would join 12 other women as two-time winners, two shy of Katharine Hepburn’s all-time record of four. Before McDormand joins this elite club, which of the first lucky 13 champs is your favorite?

Luise Rainer was the first actress to win two and the first performer to win back-to-back Oscars, triumphing for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) and “The Good Earth” (1937). Bette Davis (1935’s “Dangerous” and 1938’s “Jezebel”) joined her the following year. Eleven years later, Davis’ pal Olivia de Havilland won her second Oscar for 1949’s “The Heiress,” three years after her “To Each His Own” victory.

Two years after that, Vivien Leigh, who first took home the award for “Gone with the Wind” (1939), won for “A Streetcar Named Desire
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Daughter of Mine’ (Figlia mia)

Berlin Film Review: ‘Daughter of Mine’ (Figlia mia)
It has been a little while since the heyday of the Italian island melodrama, since Anna Magnani shaded her eyes from the glare over a darkly sparkling sea, or Ingrid Bergman staggered her stony way up Stromboli. But even back then it would have been rare to come across such a film in which the tempestuous tug-of-love does not involve a man, but a little red-headed girl and the two women she calls “Mamma.” This is Laura Bispuri’s sunswept, emotive, and elemental sophomore film, after her sensitive culture and gender exploration “Sworn Virgin.” And even when it trips up in its later stages, “Daughter of Mine” is a noble rarity, passionately involved in the exploration of oppositional ideas of motherhood not just as an abstract concept, but as a real and vivid, painfully sacrificial thing.

“Wash between your toes, you always let it get so dirty in there,” says Tina (Valeria Golino) to her 10-year-old daughter
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Roles Where Actors Portrayed Much Younger Characters

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New Year’s resolutions are a time to work towards a transformation of your body and/or your life. To honor these goals, this month we’re going to look at transformative roles in film. This week we look at some prominent examples of actors playing characters that are much younger than the actors’ actual age.

It’s one thing to mentally prepare to play a character in a movie or a play. It’s another thing to physically transform yourself in order to better identify with the role. Some transformations are only skin deep; extensive makeup or prosthetics may be sufficient to pull of the necessary look. Other transformations are more involved; many actors may take part in weeks, if not months, of preparations for a role. This can include intense training, specialized diets, and exhaustive exercise routines. The end result of an actor going through such a transformation
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Pre-Order the April 2018 Criterion Collection Line-up

Earlier today the folks at the Criterion Collection unveiled their much-anticipated line-up for April 2018, featuring some must-own Blu-rays and another new entry in the Eclipse Series!

Below you’ll find links to the corresponding pages on Amazon, where you can pre-order the new releases.

April 10th Eclipse Series 46: Ingrid Bergman’s Swedish Years

Ingrid Bergman appeared in ten films in her native Sweden before the age of twenty-five, and while that work tends to be overshadowed by her time in Hollywood, it showcases the actor summoning an impressive depth of emotion to deliver astute, passionate performances.

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In this Oscar-winning farce, Cary Grant (in the role that first defined the Cary Grant persona) and Irene Dunne exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as an urbane couple who,
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‘Casablanca’ Is Getting The 4K Blu-ray Treatment From Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has announced that one its classics is getting a massive 4K release in the UK. The studio will release Casablanca in early February, according to an official release from the WB earlier today. More on the Casablanca 4K release below.

Casablanca 4K release confirmed for February

The romantic lovers’ triangle between the impossibly heroic Czech Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), his beautiful wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) and her ex-lover, cynical American Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), is still the same old story, but it’s never looked better! Casablanca’s new 4K resolution scan achieves the richest, most dynamic image possible, rendering the most romantic movie of all time the most beautiful it’s ever been. So no matter how often you’ve seen the timeless classic that won 3 Academy Awards®* including Best Picture, you’ll want to play it again and again.

Related: Warner Brothers Lines Up
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The Genius of Leo McCarey

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The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published.Appreciated and admired though he was by the greatest American filmmakers of his time (Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch), Leo McCarey isn’t held in the same regard today. While far from an obscure director, he isn’t considered a master of comedy by critics and audiences. The man who launched the careers of Laurel & Hardy and Cary Grant, and let the Marx Brothers make their zaniest film (Duck Soup), is not as well known as the performers he worked with. This lack of recognition may be due to the difficulty in finding a through-line in his work. While
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Jessica Chastain to Receive Chairman’s Award at Palm Springs Film Fest

Chastain in “Molly’s Game”

Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is adding another honor to her stacked CV. The Cinemacon Female Star of the Year has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Chairman’s Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff), a press release has announced.

Past recipients of the Chairman’s Award include Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Amy Adams. Clearly a favorite at the fest, Chastain received the Psiff Spotlight Award in 2012.

Chastain-starrer “Molly’s Game” doesn’t hit theaters until December 25, but the biopic is already inspiring plenty of awards chatter. An adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoir, the film centers on a former Olympic-class skier who transforms a gig as an assistant into running a multi-million dollar poker business involving Hollywood celebs and corporate titans. When she’s arrested in the middle of the night by over a dozen FBI agents, Molly
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The Cast of 'Anastasia,' Then and Now

The Cast of 'Anastasia,' Then and Now
No, Anastasia is not a Disney princess.

Despite the animated character's now canonical status among fans of Disney's princess films of the '90s, Anastasia hit theaters as part of the debut of Fox's animation studio on Nov. 21, 1997. The story is loosely based on the historical mystery revolving around the disappearance of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna after a fateful night in 1916. Fox had previously adapted the story into a live-action film starring Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner in 1956.

Anastasia went on to earn $139 million, receive two Oscar nominations and even inspire a stage adaptation of the...
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Murder On The Orient Express – Review

Judi Dench, left, and Olivia Colman star in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” Photo Credit: Nicola Dove; Tm & © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

Murder On The Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh’s new film adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie mystery, offers a certain amount of lavish period style and mystery fun but does not measure up to the 1974 version, directed by Sidney Lumet and featuring an all-star cast. Branagh’s film also has a star-packed cast and Branagh, who plays detective Hercule Poirot as well as directs, sports an astonishing two-stage mustache that might be worth the ticket price alone.

Based on the famous Agatha Christie mystery featuring her Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, the 1974 film version had an all-star cast with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam,

Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins,
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Multiple ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Adaptations Have Failed to Crack Christie’s Novel

Those who still get themselves into a mild tizzy over Dame Judi Dench’s Oscar win for a minor role in a less-than-minor movie have clearly never heard of Ingrid Bergman’s win for 1974’s Murder on the Orient Express movie. In Sidney Lumet’s envisioning of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit, Bergman takes on the role of Greta Ohlsson, a German Christian missionary who teaches “little brown babies” in poverty-stricken nations and whom has a secret connection to the titular crime. Her screen time might be even less than Dench and her character has far …
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Casablanca is back in theatres this month as part of Cineplex's Classic Film Series

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Casablanca is back in theatres this month as part of Cineplex's Classic Film SeriesCasablanca is back in theatres this month as part of Cineplex's Classic Film SeriesIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine11/8/2017 1:47:00 Pm

"Here’s looking at you, kid.”“We’ll always have Paris.”“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Those are just three memorable lines from 1942’s Casablanca, one of the most loved, and quoted, films in Hollywood history.

Set during World War II, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as cynical American Rick Blaine, who runs a nightclub in Casablanca that’s frequented by spies, soldiers and refugees. Rick’s world is turned upside down when ex-lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) — who broke Rick’s heart when she deserted him in Paris years ago — arrives with her freedom-fighter husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and asks Rick for “letters of transit,” which will allow the couple to flee the Nazis.
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Murder on the Orient Express: People TV Visits the Murder Mystery's Incredible Set

Murder on the Orient Express: People TV Visits the Murder Mystery's Incredible Set
The filmmakers behind Murder on the Orient Express are giving People a first-class ticket aboard the film’s incredible set.

Director Kenneth Branagh and production designer Jim Clay explain to People Deputy Editor J.D. Heyman in a People TV special how they recreated the iconic 1920s luxury train, built a colossal train station and reimagined Agatha Christie’s world-famous murder mystery.

Watch the full episode of On Location with Jd Heyman: Murder on the Orient Express now on PeopleTV. Go to, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite mobile or connected TV device.

Sitting in front of
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Canon Of Film: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (1974)

In this week’s edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look Sidney Lumet‘s hypnotic ‘Murder on the Orient Express‘ just in time for the release of Kenneth Branagh‘s remake of the same name. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Murder On The Orient Express (1974)

Director: Sidney Lumet

Screenplay: Paul Dehn based on the novel by Agatha Christie (uncredited)

Strangely, the detective story is actually a fairly newer genre when compared to others, in terms of literary history, it is, and the inventor of the genre is not who you’d think it’d be either, it was Edgar Allen Poe, with his trilogy of C. Auguste Dupin stories, ‘The Murder of the Rue Morgue‘, ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget,’ and my favorite, ‘The Purloined Letter‘ back in the 1840s. I’m not sure why this genre didn’t pick up until then,
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'Murder on the Orient Express' Review: Whodunnit Redo Is Fast Train to Nowhere

'Murder on the Orient Express' Review: Whodunnit Redo Is Fast Train to Nowhere
Kenneth Branagh is a theater man at heart. So his spanking new version of the 1934 Dame Agatha Christie chestnut Murder on the Orient Express – Branagh directs and stars as world-famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot – feels more like an all-star, theatrically confined stage piece than something freshly reimagined for the screen. Its delights, including dazzling production design and period costumers, are decidedly retro, as is the plot: A man is murdered on the Orient Express. Poirot must interrogates a dozen strangers on the train, each a suspect in the bloody homicide.
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Murder on the Orient Express movie review: strangers on a train

MaryAnn’s quick take… Doubly dated, lacking in humor and subtext, its impressive cast deliberately underutilized, this is little more than an exercise in gorgeous production design. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): saw no need for another production

I can’t recall if I’ve read the source material (I might have as a teenager in my classic-mystery phase, but if so, clearly it didn’t stick)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Here’s the biggest mystery of director and star Kenneth Branagh’s opulent period mounting of the 1934 Agatha Christie novel: Why? Who was clamoring for yet another retelling of a story that has been told onscreen — both the big and small screens — several times already, and as recently as 2010 in the beloved television series starring David Suchet as Hercule Poirot? Why bother to tell this story
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Visit the Spectacular Set of Murder on the Orient Express in Virtual Reality

Visit the Spectacular Set of Murder on the Orient Express in Virtual Reality
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Dick Cavett Donates Thousands of Hours of Interviews to Library of Congress

Dick Cavett, whose interviews in the 1960s, '70 and '80s made for some of the most fascinating moments in television history, has donated 2,500 of his talk show programs to the Library of Congress, it was announced Friday.

His erudite collection totals nearly 2,000 hours of programming — about 78 days' worth of viewing — and features more than 5,000 guests being interviewed, many of whom were usually shy about appearing on talk shows.

They include Muhammad Ali, Woody Allen, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Lauren Bacall, James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, Ingrid Bergman, Mel Brooks, Truman Capote, Noel Coward, Duke Ellington,...
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