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Happy 80th Burt-day to Burt Reynolds! – Here Are His Ten Best Movies

19 hours ago | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman

Burt Reynolds, one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite actors, turns 80 today. Happy Birthday Burt!

On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV job or theater role. Burt was spotted in a New York City stage production of Mister Roberts and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955), Riverboat (1959) and his own series, Hawk »

- Movie Geeks

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California Film Tax Credits Go to Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘It,’ ‘Annabelle 2’

10 February 2016 10:39 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The California Film Commission has selected 13 feature films for tax credits worth $53.9 million in its latest round of incentives to keep production in California.

The films selected include Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born,” New Line’s “It,” “Annabelle 2,” Paramount’s “Dangerous Amusement Park,”  Lionsgate’s “Latin Lover” and George Clooney’s comedy-drama “Suburbicon.”

The top allocation of $9.5 million went to “Overnight on 42nd Street,” followed by $8.9 million for “A Star Is Born,” which has Bradley Cooper attached to direct. “It,” the bigscreen version of the Stephen King horror-thriller, and “Bright”  followed with $7.2 million  each.

“Dangerous Amusement Park” was fifth-highest with $4.1 million, followed by Jean-Marc Vallee’s Janis Joplin biopic “Get It While You Can” at $2.6 million.

The latest application period was held from Jan. 11 to 24 and drew 174 applications — the fourth application period overall for the recently expanded tax credit program. The commission said the list of newly approved applicants »

- Dave McNary

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EuropaCorp Buys Domestic Rights to ‘The Circle’ With Emma Watson, Tom Hanks (Exclusive)

9 February 2016 10:12 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

EuropaCorp has acquired the domestic distribution rights to “The Circle,” an upcoming thriller featuring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, Variety has learned.

A theatrical release date is still being weighed. James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”) directed the film and wrote the screenplay. John Boyega, who recently headlined “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” rounds out a cast that includes comic Patton Oswalt and “Boyhood” star Ellar Coltrane.

The story centers on a young woman (Watson) who joins a social media company. After getting pressured by the company’s founder (Hanks) to step in front of the camera, she attracts a vast group of followers and finds her identity threatened by her brush with the spotlight. Dave Eggers (“A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”) wrote the book that inspired the movie.

Hanks next appears in Clint Eastwood’s “Sully,” a biopic about Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, a pilot who landed a troubled aircraft on the Hudson River, »

- Brent Lang

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Rock and roll: the men who fled Alcatraz in a boat made of raincoats

9 February 2016 7:48 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Three scientists have built a raft to row from Alcatraz to dry land – recreating a daredevil prison break in the 60s. And, as two new documentaries reveal, they’re not the only people delving into decades-old escapes

It has been 53 years since the famed three-man escape from Alcatraz, the outrageous endeavour immortalised in Clint Eastwood’s 1979 movie Escape from Alcatraz. All we know for sure is that inmates Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin launched a raft made of raincoats from Alcatraz Island into San Francisco Bay – and that neither their bodies nor the raft were ever recovered. But new evidence floods to the fore in two upcoming documentaries, Surviving Alcatraz: Escaping the Rock and Alcatraz: Search for the Truth.

For all the fog that surrounds that night, one thing beyond dispute is the enduring public fascination with prison escapes. An emphatic reminder of this came in 2015 with »

- James Donaghy

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Oscars 2016: David vs. Goliath In Best Picture Race

8 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The stage is set for a David vs. Goliath battle at the 88th academy awards.

In one corner are the Goliath box office hits that Oscarcast viewers have heard of — and maybe even seen: This year’s top three on the nominations tally are Fox’s “The Revenant” (12 noms), Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” (10) and Fox’s “The Martian” (seven).

Together, they’ve amassed over $1.2 billion at the global box office.

In the other corner are the likes of Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn,” which was acquired at Sundance and had a production budget of $11 million, and A24’s “Room,” which is the first best picture nominee for the emerging studio.

Together, they’ve made just over $40 million at the domestic box office (though neither one is close to finished, especially with three weeks to go until the Oscars).

Blockbuster Oscar winners such as “Rocky” and “Titanic” have given way »

- Geoff Berkshire and Tim Gray

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Oscar Trivia: Facts About the Academy Awards

8 February 2016 8:03 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

With the Oscars quickly approaching, here are some fun facts about the Academy Awards throughout the years.

 Oscar Facts:

Q) Which films have won the most academy awards?

A) It was a three-way draw between Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of Rings: Return of the King at 11 each.

 

Q) Which films have the most Oscar nominations?

A) All About Eve and Titanic are tied for the most nominations, with 14 each.

 

Q) What was the longest film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar?

A) Gone With the Wind at 3 hours and 56 minutes.

 

Q) Which was the shortest Best Picture winner?

A) Marty at 90 minutes.

 

Q) Which sequels have won Best Picture?

A) The Godfather Part 2, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

 

Q) Which movies won best picture but were not nominated for Best Director?

A) Wings (1928), Grand Hotel (1931), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Argo (2012)

 

Q) What was the »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Subhash K Jha Reviews Saala Khadoos: “Madhavan Towers Over A Good Film”

8 February 2016 5:13 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

There aren’t too many competent sports films in our country, and certainly not too many that can claim to penetrate the hearts and minds of the sports and the sportsperson. Shimit Amin’s Chak De, in spite of its rabid rabble-rousing nationalism, managed to give us a clear and coherent portrait of the sport and the player…

Director Sudha Kongara Prasad gives us an unusual film where the stereotypical character of the  cantankerous boxer meets his match when he picks up a foul-mouthed uncouth boxer for training into championship.

There is nothing in the plot to suggest even a whiff of the unexpected. If you’ve seen the gruff and growling Clint Eastwood barking pugilistically at his protégée Hillary Swank in Million Dollar Baby you would know where the inspiration for Sudha Kongara Prasad’s film comes from… Or for that matter, the under-developed relationship between boxing coach Sunil Thapa »

- Subhash K Jha

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On Stage with Johnny Depp

8 February 2016 3:00 AM, PST | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

I've been conducting tributes at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for 25 years. Each guest is different (from Clint Eastwood to Cate Blanchett) but spending two hours with them onstage, reviewing their career with an array of film clips, has been rewarding—for me and the audience. My goal is to make the guest feel comfortable so our "interview" becomes more of a conversation. This year, I was a bit more nervous than usual, knowing that honoree Johnny Depp refuses to watch himself on screen and isn't crazy about doing interviews. Then Johnny arrived and greeted me warmly, taking time to kiss my wife and daughter. As we stood backstage he said, "You...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Super Bowl Review: Madison Avenue Filled Big Game With Small Ads

7 February 2016 7:32 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Madison Avenue brought a knife to a gun fight Sunday evening, loading the fiftieth Super Bowl with advertisements for the splintered crowds of the Internet and social media rather than being tailored for TV’s biggest annual event.

Viewers were bombarded with commercials that were fast-paced and celebrity-laced, offered by Yum Brands’ Taco Bell, SquareSpace, PepsiCo’s Mtn Dew and even Advil, backed by the conservative pharmaceutical manufacturer, Pfizer. In general, the commercials were so frenetic they reminded one of those animated Japanese TV shows that give young children seizures.

There was an anthropomorphic creature that was part baby, part dog and part monkey, and a young outdoor aficionado who wanted to get to first base with a local rodent. Dollar Shave Club trotted out an ad that looked as if it were made for a dollar (it was crafted internally by the company’s CEO, who had a role »

- Brian Steinberg

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dresses as Robin and Makes Out with a Man in Drag During Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Ceremony

7 February 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A severe snowstorm couldn't keep Joseph Gordon-Levitt away from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Friday as he braved the elements to be feted and roasted by men in drag from the Hasty Pudding Theatricals for their 2016 Man of the Year award. Gordon-Levitt - the 50th recipient of the award presented annually by Harvard University's distinguished theater troupe - took the good-natured ribbing in stride, even as the evening's emcees poked fun at his Oscar snubs and less-than-stellar box-office returns. The decision by the actor - who starred last year in The Walk - to drop out of Columbia University to return to acting was a recurring joke, »

- Juliet Pennington, @writeonjuliet

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dresses as Robin and Makes Out with a Man in Drag During Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Ceremony

7 February 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A severe snowstorm couldn't keep Joseph Gordon-Levitt away from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Friday as he braved the elements to be feted and roasted by men in drag from the Hasty Pudding Theatricals for their 2016 Man of the Year award. Gordon-Levitt - the 50th recipient of the award presented annually by Harvard University's distinguished theater troupe - took the good-natured ribbing in stride, even as the evening's emcees poked fun at his Oscar snubs and less-than-stellar box-office returns. The decision by the actor - who starred last year in The Walk - to drop out of Columbia University to return to acting was a recurring joke, »

- Juliet Pennington, @writeonjuliet

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Oscar’S Year Of Visual Effects, and The Art Of Seeing And Believing

6 February 2016 9:16 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

If you have been living and routinely interacting with other human beings over the last month, you’ve probably heard one or two words involving this year’s Academy Awards and the heated controversy over the startling lack of both films and people of color among the nominees. Personally, I think that the real focus of concern ought to be less on the back end-- awards handed out for films which were financed and/or studio-approved, scheduled for production and filmed perhaps as much as two or three years ago-- and more on addressing the lack of cultural and intellectual and experiential diversity among those who have the power to make the decisions as to what films get made in the first place. This is no sure-fire way to ensure that there will be a richer and more consistent representation of diverse creative voices when it comes time for Hollywood »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Watch: An Unusual Disease Could Lead to Tragedy in 'Battlecreek' Trailer

5 February 2016 8:22 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It must be hard living in the shadows of your father, especially when your pop is Clint Eastwood, one of the most prolific and influential movie stars and directors of all time. But Eastwood's daughter, Alison, is eager to make her name stand on its own, and she continues to carve out a directorial legacy of her own in her second feature, 'Battlecreek.' Read More: Why is Clint Eastwood the Oldest Working Filmmaker in America? In the small town of Battlecreek, Henry Pearl, played by Bill Skarsgård ("Hemlock Grove"), has a rare and unusual skin disease that forces him to live in perpetual darkness. With an overprotective mother (Paula Malcomson), a dead-end job at the local gas station, and endless visits to the late-night diner, Henry has little to do and even less to look forward to. But when a gorgeous, troubled girl (Clair van der Boom) shows up to little ol' Battlecreek, »

- Riyad Mammadyarov

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Why George Miller Should Win DGA Award and Directing Oscar for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

4 February 2016 1:58 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When it comes to the Academy Awards, voters tend to think highbrow. They like to represent the best, most humane, classiest version of themselves. But don't forget the Steak Eaters. The Academy is full of them—they're red-blooded males (not just American), often directors, writers and craftspeople. They're the guys who voted for "Argo," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Braveheart," "Gladiator," "Avatar," and yes, "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain." "They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling," one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. Last year this faction of the Academy voted for such mainstream hits as Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper." And this year the Steak Eaters —and many women Oscar voters as well—came through for "Mad Max: Fury Road" with 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, as they »

- Anne Thompson

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"The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" On The Big Screen This Weekend, Redford Theatre, Detroit

3 February 2016 12:02 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

This Friday and Saturday (February 5-6), the historic movie palace The Redford Theatre in Detroit will present a big screen showing of Sergio Leone's classic "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef. If you've never seen it in a theater, don't miss this opportunity. Come early for an old time organ concert. For more click here.   »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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10 Rubbish Movies Directed By Great Actors

3 February 2016 1:41 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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For a lot of actors, becoming a director is a long held ambition. The reason that this transition from in-front-of-the-camera talent to behind-the-scenes wrangler became the basis of the Entourage movie is because it’s become something of a Hollywood cliché.

Sometimes, this career switch can have brilliant results. But, seemingly more often, it goes really badly. Clint Eastwood is a prime example of both camps: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River and Gran Torino are awesome, but they sit right next to J. Edgar, Jersey Boys and Changeling in his filmography.

Not all actors are lucky enough to get this many chances to prove themselves in the director’s chair. Some have their one big shot, totally blow it, and retreat quietly back to acting roles. Here are the worst of the worst, then, from great actors who tried their hand as directors…

 

10. Beyond The Sea »

- Rob Leane

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Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp Are America's Favorite Movie Stars

29 January 2016 5:27 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

At the end of every year, The Harris Poll conducts a nationwide survey of American moviegoers to find out which movie stars are the most beloved. This year, they polled 2,252 U.S. adults between December 9 and December 14 to determine America's Favorite Movie Star, which was won by Bridge of Spies star Tom Hanks. This is the fifth time he has taken the top spot, following wins in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2013. He also jumped up four spots from last year, when he took the #5 spot.

This year's runner-up was Black Mass star Johnny Depp, who rose from the fourth spot last year. Despite winning critical acclaim for both of their movies this year, neither Tom Hanks nor Johnny Depp scored Oscar nominations for their performances. Rounding out the top 5 this year are Denzel Washington who topped the list last year but didn't have a movie released in 2015, the late great John Wayne and Han Solo himself, »

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Film Review: ‘Jane Got a Gun’

29 January 2016 5:04 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are movies that can make you feel nostalgic for a more innocent time — i.e., the pre-Internet era — when audiences (and critics) could approach each new release unburdened by detailed knowledge of its production history. “Jane Got a Gun,” a solidly made and conventionally satisfying Western, is one of those movies. For those who have perused the countless accounts of last-minute cast changes, musical directors’ chairs and repeatedly delayed release dates, it may be difficult to objectively judge what actually appears on screen here without being distracted by thoughts of what could have been, or should have been.

To be sure, a hefty percentage of the folks most likely to enjoy an old-fashioned oater such as this normally won’t devote massive quantities of time to consuming showbiz blogs and trade papers. But those unplugged genre aficionados may not know “Jane Got a Gun” exists, since the Weinstein Company »

- Joe Leydon

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Great Digital Film Festival: Clint Eastwood and the legacy of Dirty Harry

29 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

“Why do they call you ‘Dirty’ Harry?”

It’s a question that courses throughout the 1971 thriller that gave birth to the Clint Eastwood character of the same name. The answer is different every time: He hates minorities, he always gets stuck with the dirty jobs, he’s a part-time pervert, he’s always getting the [wrong] end of the stick… And so it goes.

Catch Dirty Harry along with another action classic, 1985’s Runaway Train, as they return to the big screen during Cineplex’s Great Digital Film Festival, which runs Feb. 5-11.

But what was it about Dirty Harry that endured to spawn four sequels and give Eastwood’s already-surprising career a big-time second act?

First there’s Eastwood himself. A bit-part actor through the ‘50s, Eastwood found his stride in westerns throughout the ‘60s, first with the TV series "Rawhide" and then the Sergio Leone Man with No Name films. »

- Shane McNeil

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Super Bowl Ad Review: Bud Light Celebrities Might Drive You To Drink

28 January 2016 8:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Remember when celebrities looked good in TV ads?

Don’t get us wrong. Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen end up looking spectacular in Bud Light’s new teaser for a coming Super Bowl commercial.  But they have a pretty rocky start.

Body hair. Spanx. Personal hygiene. Why, one might walk away from this thing thinking the comedians are just like us. We wouldn’t show up at the set for a multimillion dollar ad shoot ready for a walk on in a summer comedy either.

And that’s one of the truths about audience that often gets conveniently forgotten when the Super Bowl comes to town: The majority of the people watching lead lives nothing like those of the famous (or, at the very least, trending) personalities who get shoehorned into the big-budget commercials for the event.  When Skechers or T-Mobile trotted out Kim Kardashian to tout the benefits of footwear or data plans, »

- Brian Steinberg

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