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Daily | Film Comment, Chiseler

2 July 2015 2:51 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Locarno Film Festival's announced that it'll screen Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then and Andrzej Zulawski's Cosmos in competition. Also in today's roundup of news and views, the new Film Comment is out, featuring Kent Jones on Pedro Costa's Horse Money, Amy Taubin on Marielle Heller's The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Richard Combs on Richard Lester and more. The Chiseler's posted pieces on Patricia Highsmith, Clifton Young and the late Christopher Lee. An Audrey Hepburn exhibition opens in London today. And Paul Thomas Anderson will write—and may end up directing—a live-action take on Pinocchio starring Robert Downey Jr. » - David Hudson »

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Songs on Screen: The Great Journey of Lonely Dreamers in America's Rainbow Trilogy

26 June 2015 9:58 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Songs On Screen: HitFix recurring feature of tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here.  There are three great songs from American film, and they are all about rainbows. “Over the Rainbow,” “Moon River” and “The Rainbow Connection” – are the three most quintessentially American songs ever to appear on screen, sung by three quintessentially American characters; and all three stand apart as plaintive cries of lonely souls dreaming of someplace far away..”Waiting round the bend” ”where troubles melt like lemondrops” for “the lovers, the dreamers and me” The things these songs share tell you everything needs to know about the character of 20th Century America.  The things they don’t share tell you everything you need to know about how that character changed as the era wore on. Let’s start at the top, and the very top it is. »

- Richard Rushfield

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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

19 June 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »

- Andre Soares

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Crystal + Lucy Awards Sponsors Help Women in Film Go Beyond Advocacy

16 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Women in Film has long placed a huge emphasis on its outreach programs, including grants, scholarships, mentoring programs and its Film Finishing Fund, which are all showcased at its annual Crystal + Lucy Awards, whose 2015 theme is Action.

But this year, the organization’s educational and philanthropic efforts on all of these fronts are being super-charged with the addition of two new corporate sponsors, Tiffany & Co. and BMW. They are joining longtime partner Max Mara in contributing to the mission of furthering the creative development of women in the industry and achieving gender equality.

“Women in Film, its partners and allied organizations have brought this conversation to a tipping point — turning the moment into momentum,” says Cathy Schulman, Wif prez. “We not only have to take action, but take sustainable action moving forward. From an organizational sense, we need to root these ideas and activate them to greenlight gender equality.

“This »

- Hillary Atkin

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Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Royal Albert Hall: A diamond performance

14 June 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

There are few films that wouldn't be improved by being screened at the Royal Albert Hall backed by a live orchestra and chorus, but Breakfast at Tiffany's is one that seems made for such special treatment.

Based on Truman Capote's novella, Blake Edwards's 1961 movie is of course a funny, heartbreaking, gorgeous film. It's also one that sounds every bit as good as it looks. Henry Mancini's score won an Oscar, and though it apparently was never written down, it has been restored by Justin Freer.

At the Royal Albert Hall, the score is performed by the Philharmonia Film Orchestra accompanied by the Philharmonia Chorus, and is conducted by Freer.

Unlike last year's Gladiator screening, the film isn't subtitled. It's a more enjoyable experience because of that. With a less bombastic backing, the dialogue isn't drowned out by the orchestra, save for Holly Golightly's over-the-top apartment party. It's a price worth paying, »

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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

11 June 2015 6:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »

- simonbrew

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After Tony Win, Helen Mirren Is One Step Away From an Egot

8 June 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The Egot crew is one of the most exclusive clubs in Hollywood, and it seems that there's no dearth of performers on the cusp of claiming that title. Now, yet another Hollywood legend is poised to join that historic group.

Helen Mirren is the latest candidate for an Egot -- the distinction bestowed on someone who's won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony -- after she snagged a Tony on Sunday night for best lead actress in a play for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in "The Audience." Mirren also won an Oscar for playing Her Royal Highness in "The Queen," and has a whopping four Emmys -- three for her leading role on BBC miniseries "Prime Suspect," and another for once again portraying QE2. Now, Mirren is only one spoken-word album or audio book narration away from nabbing that Grammy, and that sweet Egot title. »

- Katie Roberts

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2015 Tony Awards: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments

7 June 2015 8:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

While the Tonys were being handed out Sunday night, TVLine wasn’t just watching the awards, we were deciding the winners — or, in some cases, “winners” — in a few categories of our own invention. So which performers and performances from the black-tie back-slap made the cut — and which should have been cut? Read on, find out and — best of all — hit the comments to weigh in yourself!

PhotosCritics’ Choice Television Awards 2015: Allison Janney’s Big Kiss, Taraji’s Cookie Moment and More in Photos

Cutest Couple | Leggy Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth were the hosts with the most… chemistry. »

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Nicky Hilton's new makeup inspired by Elizabeth Taylor

4 June 2015 3:07 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Nicky Hilton's new beauty range is inspired by Elizabeth Taylor. The 31-year-old fashion designer has teamed up with Smashbox cosmetics - which is owned by Estée Lauder - to create three cat eye kits themed around her three favourite cities, New York, Los Angeles and London. Nicky - the sister of Paris Hilton - admits she turned to the makeup worn by late acting legend Taylor and other iconic actresses for ideas as she aims for that classic Hollywood look when putting her face on. When asked who inspires her when it comes to beauty, she said: ''Elizabeth Taylor, Bridget Bardot, Audrey Hepburn. They were classic beauties who all had signature makeup looks.'' Nicky - who is getting married to Todd Meister in a few weeks - was personally approached by Davis Factor, who co-founded Smashbox with his brother Dean, to create a cosmetic range and she »

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Breakfast at Tiffany's Live set for London premiere

2 June 2015 1:02 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

'Breakfast at Tiffany's Live' is set to debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The world premiere live-in-concert screening will see the iconic movie - starring Audrey Hepburn - shown in full, while it is accompanied by Henry Mancini's Oscar-winning score performed by an orchestra and a choir. Looking forward to the production, Lucy Noble, the Director of Events at the Royal Albert Hall, said: ''This iconic film is famous for many things: Audrey Hepburn's peerless sense of style, the headily romantic atmosphere, an exceptional cat, and - of course - Henry Mancini's timeless score, including the classic song 'Moon River'. ''This unique event will bring the music centre-stage, quite literally, as it is performed live and in full by an orchestra and choir. ''This is 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' as it has never been seen - or heard - before, so grab a pastry »

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Audrey Hepburn’s Sons Battle It Out Over Glittery Clothes and Fancy Hats

27 May 2015 12:30 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Audrey Hepburn's sons are at legal war over her hats, scarves and jewelry. Audrey left a storage locker full of memorabilia.  Among the items ... posters, costumes, gloves, photos, scripts and awards.   The "Breakfast at Tiffany's" star gave her 2 sons -- Sean Ferrer from her first marriage and Luca Dotti from her second -- a 50/50 cut in all the items. But she didn't say who got what ... she expected they would divvy it up. Problem is ... they can't agree. »

- TMZ Staff

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Twin Peaks, Ep. 2.11: “Masked Ball”: Off the board, off the wall

22 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Twin Peaks, Season 2, Episode 11, “Masked Ball”

Written by Duwayne Dunham

Directed by Barry Pullman

Aired December 15, 1990 on ABC

“There is also a legend of a place called the Black Lodge, the shadow self of the White Lodge. Legend says that every spirit must pass through there on the way to perfection. There, you will meet your own shadow self. My people call it the Dweller on the Threshold. But it is said, if you confront the Black Lodge with imperfect courage, it will utterly annihilate your soul.” - Deputy Hawk

The long-awaited revival of Twin Peaks returned from its own horrific limbo in the Black Lodge earlier this month, when David Lynch announced on Twitter that he’d worked out a deal with Showtime to honor his original commitment to direct the third season—only six weeks after he’d walked away from the project in a similarly public fashion. »

- Les Chappell

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Lost songs from My Fair Lady to be heard for the first time in 60 years

19 May 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Several songs axed from My Fair Lady are to be heard in public for the first time in nearly six decades tonight (May 19).

Composers Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner got rid of two songs and a ballet from the show after just one performance in 1956.

They had already dropped five other songs before the show was even staged.

The original scores have been discovered in an archive by the University of Sheffield's Dr Dominic McHugh, and will be performed during a one-off concert in Sheffield.

Dr McHugh said it was "the most exciting discovery [he's] ever made".

"My Fair Lady is such a cultural phenomenon that to find material that belonged to it briefly and was then lost for a good 50 or 60 years was extremely thrilling."

Julie Andrews starred in the original stage version as Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, who is trained to become an upper-class lady by Professor Henry Higgins, »

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Carol Review | Cannes 2015

18 May 2015 3:08 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In 2002, filmmaker Todd Haynes explored male homosexuality in 1950s America in Far From Heaven. In Carol, presented in the Official Selection at Cannes, he tackles lesbian romance, adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt, also set in the same time period. It is one of those films that you either love or have mixed feelings about. It may be dazzling in cinematography, acting and ambiance, but it falters in script. We first meet Carol Aird and Therese Belivet in a tearoom. It is obvious thy have not seen one another in a while. But they’re interrupted by one of Therese’s friends who invites her to a party. As hey leave, we flashback to the first encounter between these two women. [caption id="attachment_459065" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via The Weinstein Company[/caption] Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) is a wealthy New Jersey housewife on the brink of divorce because of an affair »

- Talia Soghomonian

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Time Machine: Spielberg and Daughter (with 'Indiana Jones' Actress Capshaw) on Oscars Red Carpet

14 May 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »

- D. Zhea

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Bates Suffers in Contrived, Overlong Drama About Christian Persecution of Jews

12 May 2015 7:17 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Fixer' movie with Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm (background) 'The Fixer' movie review: 1968 anti-Semitism drama wrecked by cast, direction, and writing In 1969, director John Frankenheimer declared that he felt "better about The Fixer than anything I've ever done in my life." Considering Frankenheimer's previous output – Seven Days in May, the much admired The Manchurian Candidate – it is hard to believe that the director was being anything but a good P.R. man for his latest release. Adapted from Bernard Malamud's National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (itself based on the real story of Jewish brick-factory worker Menahem Mendel Beilis), The Fixer is an overlong, overblown, and overwrought contrivance that, albeit well meaning, carelessly misuses most of the talent involved while sadistically abusing the patience – and at times the intelligence – of its viewers. John Frankenheimer overindulges in 1960s kitsch John Frankenheimer »

- Andre Soares

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Gemma Bovery to open Film4 Summer Screen programme

12 May 2015 4:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Also playing as part of the 14 night open air programme at London’s Somerset House will be Guy Ritchie’s A Man From U.N.C.L.E and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.

Film4’s programme of open-air screenings at London’s Somerset House will kick off with Anne Fontaine’s comedy Gemma Bovery starring Gemma Arterton, based on the character by British writer Posy Simmonds.

Film4 Summer Screen (August 6-19) will feature 14 nights of open air films at Somerset House, accompanied by a series of talks and special events in Behind the Screen.

Also screening will be Guy Ritchie’s A Man from U.N.C.L.E. – a reimagining of the classic 1960s TV series starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.  

The closing night film will be Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s teen comedy Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.

The line up will also include Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, Wrath of God »

- (Sarah Cooper)

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Watch: Beautiful 7-Minute Tribute To The Films Of Audrey Hepburn

11 May 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.” —Audrey Hepburn With the radiance of a rainbow, the shyness of a 14-year-old girl in love and the elegance of Fur Elise, Audrey Hepburn was one of a kind. Perfect10’s beautiful and touching tribute “The Films of Audrey Hepburn” demonstrates that her potency is undimmed a half century after her peak. Hepburn's iconic fashion sense is celebrated herein, as is her best work “Sabrina” (1954), “The Nun’s Story” (1959), “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” (1961), “Charade” (1963), and “My Fair Lady” (1964). Check out the wonderful tribute "The Films of Audrey Hepburn below. [35Mm] »

- Abdulrahman Khawj

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Losers on the Road in the Neverland of California Wineries and Neurotic Peter Pan-ish Males

8 May 2015 5:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Sideways' movie, with Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church 'Sideways' movie review: California winery tour follows conventional road to male maturity With the 1999 Matthew Broderick-Reese Witherspoon vehicle Election, Alexander Payne displayed a flair for satirical comedy the likes of which would have turned Billy Wilder greener (with envy) than the Sideways poster found further below in this commentary. With the 2002 Jack Nicholson star vehicle About Schmidt, Payne demonstrated that his comedic flair could go the way of Wilder's in fluff like Sabrina and Love in the Afternoon: artificial, cutesy, bland.* In Sideways, Payne opted for the safer About Schmidt route – which may explain the film's enormous popularity with critics and audiences alike. For my part, I found his adaptation (with Jim Taylor) of Rex Pickett's novel to be an overlong, moralistic, and thoroughly unconvincing effort. (Warning: This Sideways movie review contains spoilers. »

- Andre Soares

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Watch: Zoe Kazan Dances Her Ass Off In Strange New Lena Dunham Short

8 May 2015 12:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Lena Dunham Shares Her Love for 'I Am a Sex Addict' in Exclusive Excerpt From 'Digging My Own Grave' Zoe Kazan and Lena Dunham put a 21st century hipster spin on the classic looks pioneered by starlets Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich in Dunham's latest creative endeavor, a short film called "Voting Audrey." The film premiered on the YouTube channel for the retail company "& Other Stories" and features styles from a new collection that will debut on the & Other Stories website on May 12.  Kazan stars as a young woman running for public office, in the midst of canvasing a neighborhood for votes. After knocking on countless doors and being rejected every single time, Kazan's character launches into a bizarre fantasy sequence in which she has become President. Awkward press interviews and dance sequences ensue, set to the tune of Chantal Claret's "Let Me See The Devil. »

- Shipra Harbola Gupta

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