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12 items from 2016


Renée Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself, Has She Become a Different Actress?

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s a ritual of our vanity-fueled image culture. You go to see a movie that features an actress or actor — in most cases it’s an actress — you know well, and somehow she looks…different. Her nose is thinner, or her lips are fuller, or her lips are thinner and her cheeks are bolder, or her forehead is younger, or maybe you can’t even quite put your finger on what the difference is, but you know it’s there. Like everyone else, I’ve had this experience and then followed it with a makeshift seminar of perusing photographs on the Internet, scouring them for the before-and-after truth, which always comes down to one question: Did she or didn’t she?

As familiar as the situation is, though, I was caught off guard the other day when I saw the trailer for “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” The movie’s star, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Retrospective: Looking at the Loss of Innocence in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca

2 June 2016 2:34 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This is a Cinderella story about a girl who could never quite shake off the soot from her heels. The girl who found her prince, made her way to the kingdom, but still couldn’t fit into her glass slipper—at least, not the way the old princess did, not like Rebecca.

It may seem like Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 murder mystery, Rebecca, is nothing more than a story about a jealous woman succumbing to her insecurities, but the truth is that Hitchcock wasn’t just a master of suspense—he was also the master of subtly injecting deeper layers of meaning into his movies. Yes, it’s true that the second Mrs. de Winter lets her obsession with her husband’s first spouse take over her life, but there’s something else at work here. It isn’t just envy that drives the second Mrs. de Winter mad, as in addition to her identity issues, »

- Kalyn Corrigan

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Vivien Leigh and designer reunited in exhibition from star's archive

30 May 2016 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

More than 100 pieces will go on display at Oliver Messel’s home in show charting their twin careers and friendship

The shimmering coronet made for Vivien Leigh when she played Titania almost 80 years ago is to go on public display in a new exhibition, along with drawings, photographs, letters, costumes and other treasures collected by the actor.

The gossamer-light creation by her favourite theatre designer, Oliver Messel, shivers slightly when anyone steps near the display case – to the terror of curator Keith Lodwick.

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- Maev Kennedy

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The Furniture: That Hamilton Woman's High Ceilings

2 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It's another episode of "The Furniture," Daniel Walber's new series

75 years ago, the United Kingdom was standing nearly alone against the growing might of Nazi Germany. It remained unclear whether the United States would enter the war. And so, from within Hollywood, Alexander Korda set out to help sway American public opinion toward the Union Jack.

That Hamilton Woman was released on April 30th, 1941. Its propagandistic portrayal of Lord Horatio Nelson and his victory over Napoleon’s navy nearly got Korda into very real legal trouble as a foreign agent. His appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was scheduled for December 12th, but the attack on Pearl Harbor saved the director’s skin. Three quarters of a century later, its reputation rests not on its patriotism, but on its lush melodrama. It continues to enchant as a ravishing portrait of adulterous romance, art imitating the lives of stars Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. »

- Daniel Walber

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These Two Newcomers Just Landed Big Parts in Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' and Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk'

11 March 2016 1:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

  Hollywood loves to discover unknown actors and make them stars. In perhaps the most famous example, producer David Selznick took more than two years to select Vivien Leigh to portray Scarlett O'Hara, the iconic heroine of Gone With the Wind. She was almost a complete unknown outside of her home country of England, but thanks to her sterling performance, she quickly become a star in Hollywood. In 1996, little known Matthew McConaughey landed a leading role in A Time to Kill and quickly established himself as a big star, just three years after his notable yet tiny part in Dazed and Confused.    Now newcomers are looking to make big impressions with roles in two major upcoming productions. First up is Tom Taylor. He's been cast as Jake Chambers in The...

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- Peter Martin

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The Mystery of Hattie McDaniel's Missing Oscar - and the Incredible Life of the First African-American Oscar Winner

27 February 2016 3:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

What happened to Hattie McDaniel's Oscar award? After McDaniel died from breast cancer in 1952 at the age of 57, the award was supposed to be donated to Howard University, per her will. The university, however, has no official record of it ever being received. McDaniel beat costar Olivia de Havilland to win Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Scarlett O'Hara's maid Mammy in the 1939 Civil War epic Gone with the Wind.  So what happened then to that historic Oscar after McDaniel's death? While Howard can't confirm it ever passed through, it's possible, if not likely, that the university received the award, »

- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard

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The Best Picture Oscar winners that had sequels

25 February 2016 11:50 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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More Best Picture Oscar winners have had sequels than you may think. This lot, in fact...

There’s still an element of snobbery where sequels to certain films is concerned. Whereas it’s now almost compulsory to greenlight a blockbuster with a view of a franchise in mind, it’s hard to think of most Best Picture Oscar winners being made with a follow-up in mind. Yet in perhaps a surprising number of cases, a sequel – or in the case of Rocky, lots of sequels – have followed.

These cases, in fact…

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

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Don’t be fooled into thinking sequels for prestigious movies are a relatively new phenomenon. Lewis Milestone’s 1930 war epic All Quiet On The Western Front, and its brutal account of World War I, is still regarded as something of a classic. A solid box office success, »

- simonbrew

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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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