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Robert Zemeckis (‘Forrest Gump’) has feather in his cap after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 1990s [Poll Results]

Robert Zemeckis (‘Forrest Gump’) has feather in his cap after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 1990s [Poll Results]
Mama always said Robert Zemeckis was the top Best Director Oscar winner of the 1990s for his work on “Forrest Gump.” Zemeckis was the top choice in Gold Derby’s poll asking you to vote for your favorite of the ’90s, and no other director came close.

Zemeckis won Gold Derby’s poll with an astonishing 49% of the vote, leaving everyone else in the dust. Steven Spielberg (“Schindler’s List”) came in second at 15%, while Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”) was the only other double-digit vote-getter at 10%. Rounding out the top five here were Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan”) at 9% and James Cameron (“Titanic”) at 8%. Far below the rest we had Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) at 4%, followed by Clint Eastwood (“Unforgiven”) at 2%. Three directors tied for last in our poll with 1% of the vote each: Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”), Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”) and Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient
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Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) or Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) would be 21st under-40 Best Director Oscar winner

Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) or Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) would be 21st under-40 Best Director Oscar winner
Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) celebrated his 39th birthday on Feb. 21 and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) is 34 years old. Neither will beat Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”) as the youngest Best Director Oscar winner (32 years, 38 days), though Gerwig would be the fourth youngest. But if either Peele or Gerwig upsets frontrunner Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), he or she would be the 21st winner under the age of 40.

While Gerwig, who would be 34 years and 212 days old at the ceremony, would slide into the fourth youngest slot, Peele would be the 18th youngest, edging out “The Awful Truth” (1937) director Leo McCarey (39 years, 158 days), “The Lost Weekend” (1945) helmer Billy Wilder (39 years, 258 days) and “Mr. Deed Goes to Town” (1936) champ Frank Capra (39 years, 290 days). All 20 under-40 champs were in their 30s at the time of their victories.

See 2018 Oscars: Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) could fly into the record books as fourth
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Clint Eastwood directed movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Clint Eastwood directed movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
For over half a century, Clint Eastwood has been one of the world’s greatest movie stars. Comfortable in both westerns and contemporary roles, his measured growl of a voice has been a key part in creating such iconic characters as The Man With No Name and Dirty Harry.

However in 1971, Eastwood made his first foray into directing. The result was a thriller entitled “Play Misty For Me,” earning him a newfound critical respect for his clear directorial skills. 35 films later, Eastwood has become one of the most acclaimed filmmakers working today. Of his 11 Oscar nominations, four have been for Best Director with two wins (1992’s “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004). Eastwood has received seven Golden Globe nominations for directing, winning three times (“Unforgiven, “Million Dollar Baby” and 1989’s “Bird”). And Eastwood’s peers in the Directors Guild of America have nominated him four times with two victories. He
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Happy Birthday Lee Marvin! Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Born 94 years ago today, Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing.
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Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Heads to Glory With $235 Million Holiday Weekend

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is heading for a stunning $235 million debut over the four-day President’s Day weekend at 4,020 North American locations, estimates showed Monday.

Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Ryan Coogler, has blown away its original tracking in less than a month. The film, which carries an estimated $200 million production cost, had been tracking to bring in between an impressive $100 and $120 million when first estimates emerged on Jan. 25.

Since then, “Black Panther” has become far more than just a popular tentpole title. Instead, it’s become a must-see event as it veers into record-setting territory. Thursday previews brought in $25.2 million, the largest Thursday night preview gross for a February opener and the second-largest preview gross for a Marvel film. The film has continued to shatter all projections since then.

On Sunday, Disney estimated that “Black Panther” would take in $218 million for Presidents Day weekend, then revised
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'Black Panther', Chinese titans drive $1bn extended global weekend

Marvel Studios release drives monster global session.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther roared into life over the weekend, grossing an estimated $361m worldwide through Disney as it combined with two Chinese titans for a six-day extended global weekend that generated more than $1bn.

Detective Chinatown 2 arrived on $155m, while Monster Hunt 2 debuted to the tune of $141.3m and itself was involved in a couple of records.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International

Black Panther, the latest release from the Marvel Studios hit factory, generated $169m from international markets (with China, Russia and Japan yet to open) and $218m from North America.

In the early leader South Korea, the superhero tentpole has raced to $25.3m and ranks as the fifth highest debut by a Hollywood film and has already outstripped the entire runs of Guardians Of The Galaxy and Ant-Man.

In the UK Black Panther grossed $24.8m in its first six days for the highest February opening weekend of all
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Black Panther Conquers the World with $361M Global Box Office

After tracking at around $100 million back in January, Black Panther has shattered expectations for the holiday weekend to earn $218 million domestically. Even without the extra day, the movie is expected to bring in $192 million, which is a record breaking best for a February movie. Black Panther started to really make a stir when it went on to break the first quarter records for most amount of presale tickets sold through Fandango and now it's proving to be a monster at the box office, destroying the competition.

Black Panther easily took down Deadpool's original Presidents Day weekend of $152 million , which was set in 2016. The movie opened to 4,020 theaters in North America and combined with the international box office, Black Panther is set to earn $361 million for just the three days. While the movie is the highest February debut in history, it's the 5th highest grossing opening of all time, edging
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'Black Panther' Delivers Fifth Largest Opening of All-Time, Heading Toward $218M+ 4-Day Debut

'Black Panther' Delivers Fifth Largest Opening of All-Time, Heading Toward $218M+ 4-Day Debut
Dominating the weekend and delivering one of the largest opening weekends of all-time, Disney and Marvel's Black Panther topped the President's Day weekend box office, outperforming its nearest competitor by nearly $175 million based on estimates. As a result, fellow new wide releases were left in the dust with both Lionsgate's Early Man and PureFlix's Samson struggling in the low single digits. The weekend did, however, have other notable performances such as Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which became the studio's second highest grossing domestic release of all-time, and Fox's The Greatest Showman, which has now topped $150 million at the domestic box office. Atop the weekend box office with an estimated $192 million for the three-day weekend, Black Panther delivered the fifth largest three-day domestic opening in history and is currently expected to finish around $218 million for the four-day holiday weekend. The performance is also the largest February opening of all-time,
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‘Black Panther’ Smashes Records With $218 Million at Holiday Weekend Box Office

‘Black Panther’ Smashes Records With $218 Million at Holiday Weekend Box Office
Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is heading for a super-heroic $218 million debut over the four-day President’s Day weekend at 4,020 North American locations, estimates showed Sunday.

That number means that “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Ryan Coogler, has doubled its original tracking in less than a month. The film, which carries an estimated $200 million production cost, had been tracking to bring in between an impressive $100 and $120 million when first estimates emerged on Jan. 25. Since then, “Black Panther” has become a must-see movie for many moviegoers, underlined when Thursday previews brought in $25.2 million, the largest Thursday night preview gross for a February opener and the second-largest preview gross for a Marvel film.

The film’s estimated three-day gross of $192 million is the highest debut ever for a February film and the fifth highest of all time. Combined with an estimated international debut of $169 million from 69% of the international market, the estimated
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Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ to Snare More Than $200 Million Over President’s Day Weekend

Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ to Snare More Than $200 Million Over President’s Day Weekend
Black Panther,” Disney-Marvel’s latest outing starring Chadwick Boseman, is set to debut far above early forecasts with $210 million over the four-day President’s Day weekend from 4,020 North American locations.

The barrier-breaking superhero film, set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda and featuring a nearly all-black cast, was first projected to bring in between $100 and $120 million. As its wide release date drew closer, however, tracking estimates began to balloon, and its record-breaking Thursday previews brought in $25.2 million, the largest Thursday night preview gross for a February opener and the second-largest preview gross for a Marvel film. Its Friday total, including Thursday’s previews, reached almost $76 million, marking the eighth-highest opening day ever and third largest for Marvel, according to comScore.

Black Panther” will set the record for the largest Presidents Day weekend opening as well, bowling over “Deadpool’s” 2016 record of $152 million. The film has also done well overseas, where it has
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Would You Want to See John Carpenter Direct a New Horror Movie? He Says He Might!

John Carpenter, the director of movie classics such as Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Christine, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, Escape From New York, and more, hasn't made a film since The Ward back in 2010. Fans like myself have been wondering if he would return to helm another film again. As it turns out, he might! It all just depends on if it's the right project.

During a recent appearance on the Post Mortem podcast, host Mick Garris asked Carpenter if he was interested in directing again and this was the filmmaker's reply:

“Sure, if it’s right. Maybe. [I’m] working on a couple ideas.”

These days Carpenter has mostly been focused on his music. He has gone on tour and has released two albums of original music and another album that includes revamped versions of his classic movie themes. The most recent thing he directed was a music video for his Christine score,
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'Black Panther' Targets $200M+ Four-Day Opening Weekend

'Black Panther' Targets $200M+ Four-Day Opening Weekend
President's Day weekend is going to be mighty this year thanks to the release of Disney and Marvel's Black Panther, which is set to deliver not only the largest February and President's Day weekend of all-time, but one of the largest opening weekends period. Meanwhile, Lionsgate will try and find a spot in the top ten with the release of Early Man, the latest stop motion animated pic from Aardman, and Pure Flix will target the faith-based demographic with the moderately-sized release of Samson. But all-in-all, the weekend will be about Black Panther and just how high its opening can go. Debuting in over 4,000 theaters, Disney and Marvel's Black Panther certainly takes advantage of being the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — 18th to be exact — but it has already proven to be more than just another superhero movie. The cultural significance of the reportedly $200 million production has
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Jon Favreau Is Voicing an Important Alien in Solo

Jon Favreau Is Voicing an Important Alien in Solo
Jon Favreau took to social media to share a picture of himself with Ron Howard and Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, leading to a lot of questions as to why he was with them. Howard then retweeted the picture and answered why Favreau was hanging out. As it turns out, he wasn't just hanging out, he was providing the voice for a "very cool and important" alien character. Jon Favreau is currently directing Disney's Lion King remake and took some time off to record his dialogue for the Solo movie.

Ron Howard retweeted the picture of himself with Jon Favreau and Lawrence Kasdan to announce that Favreau is joining the Solo project to voice a mystery alien character. Howard promises that the character is an important one, but that's all we really know at this time. He had this to say.

"Wondering why we r all together?
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Review: The 15:17 To Paris

by Eric Blume

Has Clint Eastwood lost his mind? That’s the thought that swirled through my mind for the first hour of 15:17 To Paris, because every choice is so shockingly wrong-headed that it feels unfathomable. Say what you will about Eastwood’s films, but even his detractors would need to admit that his movies are generally well-acted and sure-footed. I had to stay through the end credits not to see the name of the cinematographer, but to ensure that there actually was one. In fact, it’s Tom Stern, who has shot most of Eastwood’s films. Out of respect for these two gentlemen and their intelligent work together in the past, let's assume that on this film they were attempting to take Eastwood’s infamously brisk, limited-takes directorial and shooting style to its ultimate breakneck limit. Their new film looks uglier and less artful than your average TV procedural.
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There's More to Marcia Gay Harden's Character in Fifty Shades Than Meets the Eye

Slight spoilers for Fifty Shades Freed below! Ever since the Fifty Shades franchise began back in 2015 with Fifty Shades of Grey, the role of Christian Grey's mother has been played by the inimitable Marcia Gay Harden. Suffice it to say, we've never been sure what exactly drew the Oscar-nominated actress to the part. After all, the bulk of her character, Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, is cut out for the film adaptations of E.L. James's popular Bdsm romance novels. Luckily, the latest (and final) offering helped to color in a little more about both Grace and the Grey family. As we learn in the first film, its sequel (Fifty Shades Darker), and the final film in the trilogy (Fifty Shades Freed) - which is full of even more insane moments than the previous installments - Christian (Jamie Dornan) has some serious mommy issues. We learn that Christian was actually
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The Witches (Le streghe)

The strangest Italian portmanteau picture of the sixties features glorious Silvana Mangano in dozens of costume changes, directed by big names (Visconti, De Sica, Pasolini) and paired with a woefully miscast Clint Eastwood. The other major attraction is a delightful music score by Piero Piccioni, with an assist from Ennio Morricone.

The Witches

Special Edition Blu-ray

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1967 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 120 (?) 111 105 min. / Le streghe / Street Date January 30, 2018 / 34.95

Starring: Silvana Mangano, Clint Eastwood, Annie Girardot, Francisco Rabal, Massimo Girotti, Véronique Vendell, Elsa Albani, Clara Calamai, Marilù Tolo, Nora Ricci, Dino Mele Dino Mele, Helmut Berger, Bruno Filippini, Leslie French, Alberto Sordi, Totò, Ciancicato Miao, Ninetto Davoli, Laura Betti, Luigi Leoni, Valentino Macchi, Corinne Fontaine, Armando Bottin, Gianni Gori, Paolo Gozlino, Franco Moruzzi, Angelo Santi, Pietro Torrisi.

Cinematography: Giuseppe Rotunno

Film Editors: Nino Baragli, Adriana Novelli, Mario Serandrei, Giorgio Serrallonga

Original Music: Ennio Morricone, Piero Piccioni

Written by Mauro Bolognini, Fabio Carpi,
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George Lucas Was Developing a Han Solo Film Before Disney Bought Lucasfilm

Here's an interesting bit of Star Wars trivia that I didn't know until today! Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Lawrence Kasdan recently revealed in an interview with EW, that he was actually developing a standalone Han Solo film with George Lucas before Disney bought Lucasfilm.

If George Lucas wouldn't have sold Lucasfilm to Disney, there's a good chance that he was on the road to launching his own Star Wars expanded cinematic universe, which is pretty cool. According to the report:

Even before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney in 2012, launching a renaissance of galactic storytelling, Lawrence Kasdan had signed on to put together a Han Solo-centric movie.

After Disney bought Lucasfilm, they wanted Kasdan to help write the script for The Force Awakens. The studio then wanted to move forward with that Han Solo film he was working on with Lucas. When talking about coming on board the project,
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The Kasdans Mined Inspiration From Heat, The Big Lebowski While Creating Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story has been described as many things by many people.

It’s an origin story, first and foremost, while Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy believes the forthcoming prequel contains all the hallmarks of a “gunslinger-type” movie. Ron Howard, on the other hand, has been quoted as saying that his version of Solo is more akin to an old-school Western with heist elements – fitting, really, given it centers on the galaxy’s most endearing smuggler.

And thanks to Entertainment Weekly’s ongoing coverage, we now know where screenwriters Lawrence and Jon Kasdan sourced their inspiration for the Han Solo spinoff. Of course, as a long-time veteran of the Star Wars saga, Lawrence Kasdan looked to the original trilogy while writing Solo, but it turns out Heat and The Big Lebowski (!) informed the story, too.

We talked about the relationship between Val Kilmer and Robert De Niro in Heat,
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Off-Kilter Han Solo Story Was Inspired by Big Lebowski and Unforgiven

Off-Kilter Han Solo Story Was Inspired by Big Lebowski and Unforgiven
Solo: A Star Wars Story screenwriters Lawrence and Jon Kasdan recently talked about some of their influences while writing the movie, and the Coen Brothers' cult classic The Big Lebowski came up along with Michael Mann's Heat. In addition, the father and son screenwriting duo reveal that Solo will be the most "off-kilter" Star Wars movie released thus far, which has typically divided the fan base that was already divided about the movie in the first place. Humor was always going to be a factor in a movie about a young Han Solo and hints of The Big Lebowski are pretty intriguing, at least light years more intriguing than Ace Ventura.

In a new interview, Lawrence and Jon Kasdan talked about the influences that they had in mind for Solo when they were writing it and they came from some unlikely sources. In addition to The Big Lebowski, the
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The 15:17 to Paris movie review: hell on wheels

MaryAnn’s quick take… Clint Eastwood turns a terrorist attack into a bit of post-hoc reality “entertainment” with the stunt casting of the actual heroes as themselves in a stilted, tone-deaf piece of Christian-American propaganda. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): mostly not a fan of Clint Eastwood lately

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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There is no question that what Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone did on an Amsterdam-to-Paris train in August 2015 is worthy of praise, respect, and the highest commendation: they subdued a terrorist shooter and kept him in custody until the authorities arrived. But this is no way to honor them. Director Clint Eastwood (Sully, American Sniper) tells the story of their deed as a stilted, tone-deaf piece of blatant
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