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Lubitsch Pt.II: The Magical Touch with MacDonald, Garbo Sorely Missing from Today's Cinema

31 January 2016 2:41 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Merry Widow' with Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald and Minna Gombell under the direction of Ernst Lubitsch. Ernst Lubitsch movies: 'The Merry Widow,' 'Ninotchka' (See previous post: “Ernst Lubitsch Best Films: Passé Subtle 'Touch' in Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking.”) Initially a project for Ramon Novarro – who for quite some time aspired to become an opera singer and who had a pleasant singing voice – The Merry Widow ultimately starred Maurice Chevalier, the hammiest film performer this side of Bob Hope, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler – the list goes on and on. Generally speaking, “hammy” isn't my idea of effective film acting. For that reason, I usually find Chevalier a major handicap to his movies, especially during the early talkie era; he upsets their dramatic (or comedic) balance much like Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese's The Departed or Jerry Lewis in anything (excepting Scorsese's The King of Comedy »

- Andre Soares

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Contemporary films reflecting on Hollywood’s Golden Age

25 January 2016 4:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sara Hemrajani on Hollywood’s love affair with its Golden Age…

Since there’s no business like show business, it’s unsurprising that one of Hollywood’s favourite topics is itself. The recent wave of award nominations for Trumbo, including a best actor Oscar nod for Bryan Cranston, is fresh evidence of the industry’s fascination with the so-called Golden Age.

In Trumbo, Cranston plays real-life writer Dalton Trumbo who was jailed and blacklisted for his ties to the American Communist Party. Despite the ban, Trumbo and his peers managed to flout the system using pseudonyms and support from eager filmmakers. He went on to write screenplays for classics such as Roman Holiday and Spartacus.

Following swiftly in its steps is Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers’ throwback to the glossy studio pictures of the 1940s. The trailer reveals characters reminiscent of Gene Kelly and Esther Williams, as well as producer »

- Sara Hemrajani

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Frankly, They Don't Give a Damn: Kristen Wiig Steals the Show in Star-Packed Gone with the Wind Impressions Video

13 January 2016 11:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Watch this on The Scene. A group of some of film's biggest stars are channeling Hollywood's golden age in a new, gender-swapping video that recalls one of cinema's most iconic exchanges. In a piece for W's new "Casting Call" series, the 29 actors and actresses featured in the magazine's Best Performances issue perform lines from an iconic scene between Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh in Gone with the Wind. While everyone from Brie Larson and Cate Blanchett to Bradley Cooper and Amy Schumer participate in the gender-reversed dialogue, only Kristen Wiig takes a comedic route with her line - and to hilarious results. »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Frankly, They Don't Give a Damn: Kristen Wiig Steals the Show in Star-Packed Gone with the Wind Impressions Video

13 January 2016 11:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Watch this on The Scene. A group of some of film's biggest stars are channeling Hollywood's golden age in a new, gender-swapping video that recalls one of cinema's most iconic exchanges. In a piece for W's new "Casting Call" series, the 29 actors and actresses featured in the magazine's Best Performances issue perform lines from an iconic scene between Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh in Gone with the Wind. While everyone from Brie Larson and Cate Blanchett to Bradley Cooper and Amy Schumer participate in the gender-reversed dialogue, only Kristen Wiig takes a comedic route with her line - and to hilarious results. »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Weekly Rushes. 6 January 2016

6 January 2016 7:04 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Vilmos ZsigmondNEWSVilmos Zsigmond, 1930 - 2016: In December we lost Haskell Wexler, and now another one of cinema's great photographers has passed. Zsigmond was paramount to such films as Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Spielberg's Close Encounter of the Third Kind, Cimino's Heaven's Gate, De Palma's Blow Out, and many more. Keyframe has a roundup.After many, many years under construction the new home of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Bampfa) will open in Berkeley, CA on January 31. "For the first time in sixteen years, Bampfa film screenings will take place under the same roof as the institution’s art galleries." Included in the announcement is the terrific news that the Pfa "will expand the number of film screenings it presents, hosting programs 52 weeks per year." Retrospectives devoted to Maurice Pialat, »

- Notebook

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