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8 Rose Leslie Facts That Will Make You Love Her More Than Kit Harington Already Does

15 September 2016 2:49 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

If you only know Rose Leslie from her ass-kicking role as the ill-fated Ygritte on Game of Thrones, prepare to see a whole lot more of her. The actress is a rising star in Hollywood thanks to stand-out performances in Morgan and Downton Abbey, and people can't get enough of her adorable relationship with former Game of Thrones costar Kit Harington. Get to know the 29-year-old actress with some interesting facts about her below: She's a skilled archer. Although Rose only picked up a bow and arrow to train for playing Ygritte, it turns out she's a natural when it comes to archery. The first time she ever tried hitting a target, she ended up splitting a previous arrow she'd shot right down the middle. Remind us not to get on her bad side . . . Rose comes from a big family. The actress is the middle child of five siblings (William, »

- Quinn Keaney

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Toronto Film Festival 2016: Welcome to the Amy Adams Fest

10 September 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

When we think of capital-g, capital-a Great Acting, we go right to the grand displays of force: Marlon Brando howling for Stella, Vivien Leigh swearing to God that she'll never go hungry again, Daniel Day-Lewis theatrically slurping up that milk shake. There's something electric about watching go-for-broke performances such as these, a sort of contact high emanating from the emotional extremes onscreen. 

Amy Adams does not tend to do things like this, and Friday morning at the Toronto International Film Festival, she reminded audiences why she doesn't need to. In »

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Why Derek Cianfrance Sees ‘The Light Between Oceans’ as a Companion Piece to His ‘Blue Valentine’

30 August 2016 11:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Derek Cianfrance knows a thing or two about heartbreak. The “Blue Valentine” and “The Place Beyond the Pines” helmer is best known for making gut-punch features that turn electric love stories into elegies (and sometimes even eulogies) on the meaning of commitment and family, so it’s no surprise that his latest feature — distributed by Walt Disney and their DreamWorks, and thus his first real studio film — explores those same themes, albeit on a much bigger scale.

For his first film since 2012’s “Pines,” Cianfrance has taken on M.L. Stedman’s best-selling novel “The Light Between Oceans,” a tearjerker that rarely lets up on an emotionally wrenching story. Cianfrance adapted the novel himself, which follows a Wwi vet (played by Michael Fassbender) as he attempts to find some much-deserved peace and quiet when he takes a job tending a lone lighthouse on a secluded island off the coast of Australia. »

- Kate Erbland

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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 46 – George Bernard Shaw on Film

30 August 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor discuss Eclipse Series 20: George Bernard Shaw on Film.

About the films:

The hugely influential, Nobel Prize–winning critic and playwright George Bernard Shaw was notoriously reluctant to allow his writing to be adapted for the cinema. Yet thanks to the persistence of Hungarian producer Gabriel Pascal, Shaw finally agreed to collaborate on a series of screen versions of his witty, socially minded plays, starting with the Oscar-winning Pygmalion. The three other films that resulted from this famed alliance, Major Barbara, Caesar and Cleopatra, and Androcles and the Lion, long overshadowed by the sensation of Pygmalion, are gathered here for the first time on DVD. These clever, handsomely mounted entertainments star »

- David Blakeslee

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James Corden and John Krasinski Reveal Unseen Footage of Their Roles in A Few Good Men, Pulp Fiction and More

25 August 2016 5:26 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Before there was Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, Samuel Jackson and John Travolta, Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise—there was James Corden and John Krasinski. According to a newly surfaced documentary starring the two comics, James and John have a history of making movies together and then getting booted from their roles.  "Not a lot of people know this—we've worked together a lot," Corden told the crowd on The Late Late Show Wednesday night. "For one reason or another, it just hasn't worked out and, in fact, we worked together so many times a couple of years ago, they actually made a short documentary about how hard of a time we as a pair had »

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To Have and Have Not

10 July 2016 2:53 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Bogart finds Bacall and movie history is made; for once the make-believe romantic chemistry is abundantly real. Howard Hawks' wartime Caribbean adventure plays in grand style, with his patented mix of precision and casual cool. It's one of the most entertaining pictures of the 'forties. To Have and Have Not Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1944 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 100 min. / Street Date July 19, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Hoagy Carmichael,Dolores Moran, Sheldon Leonard, Walter Szurovy, Marcel Dalio, Walter Sande, Dan Seymour. Cinematography Sid Hickox Art Direction Charles Novi Film Editor Christian Nyby Original Music Hoagy Carmichael, William Lava, Franz Waxman Written by Jules Furthman, William Faulkner from the novel by Ernest Hemingway Produced by Howard Hawks, Jack L. Warner Directed by Howard Hawks

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Speaking for myself, I can't think of a more 'Hawksian' picture than To Have and Have Not. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Happy birthday Olivia de Havilland! Hollywood’s queen of radiant calm turns 100

30 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Gone With the Wind star, known for her lifelong feud with her sister as much as the bewitching brilliance of her acting, celebrates her centenary

Olivia de Havilland established herself forever in the film world’s collective memory at the age of 22, as the wise, gentle and beautiful Melanie Hamilton in the colossal epic Gone With the Wind. The film appeared in 1939 as war was breaking out in Europe: the mighty theme of old orders being swept away was especially potent. De Havilland was an exemplar of radiant womanly calmness, a polar opposite to the capricious sexiness of Vivien Leigh’s bewitching belle Scarlett O’Hara. The role probably encumbered her with something stately and reserved, which she never entirely lost – though with a hint of mystery and suppressed emotional tumult, on screen and off. Because, however sedate her image, De Havilland was the subject of two of the »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Olivia de Havilland Turns 100: How ‘Gone With the Wind’s’ True Rebel Fought the Studio System and Won

30 June 2016 2:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

July 1 marks the 100th birthday of Olivia de Havilland, an actress who made Hollywood history in more ways than one. She is best remembered as Melanie in the 1939 “Gone With the Wind,” as well as her roles opposite Errol Flynn, including “The Adventures of Robin Hood”; she’s also one of the few to have won two leading-actress Oscars.

But her influence on the movie industry goes far beyond that: She helped bring an end to the studio system, thanks to her landmark lawsuit against Warner Bros. in 1944.

The actress had made her film debut in 1935, at age 19, in a version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that starred James Cagney and Mickey Rooney. Eventually WB signed her to a seven-year contract, which was the standard for studios when they wanted to hold onto actors.

The studio suspended her seven or eight times for refusing to play certain roles. When de Havilland’s contract expired, »

- Tim Gray

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

30 June 2016 9:24 AM, PDT | 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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