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Childhood Memories: Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’

6 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Directed by Tim Burton

Written by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren

USA, 1989

For me, film has always been a strong source of inspiration. As long as I can remember, I have been truly captivated by the motion picture. One of my earliest memories would have to be seeing the first Batman in theaters a quarter of a century ago. In 1989, “Batmania” was sweeping the nation and I was perfectly content playing with my Toy Biz and Kenner action figures. The character of Batman had been around 50 years before I was even born and I’m sure other children before me have been amazed by The Caped Crusader’s various adventures. Tim Burton’s epic would have to be my first experience seeing The Dark Knight in action and it was monumental one at that.

If you aren’t familiar with 1989’s smash hit, then please let me enlighten you. »

- Randall Unger

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Prince William and Kate Will Stay at the Carlyle Hotel in N.Y.C.

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When Prince William and Kate come to New York City for their Dec. 7-9 visit, they will be staying at one of Manhattan's swankiest residential hotels, the Carlyle on Upper Madison Avenue. Not only was the landmark where William's mother, Princess Diana, stayed when she first wowed New York in the 1980s - the hotel then became her residence whenever she visited the city - but more recently it was the home of Broadway and 30 Rock legend Elaine Stritch. President John F. Kennedy maintained a suite in the towers, and his guests included Marilyn Monroe (other Presidents have gravitated toward »

- Simon Perry and Stephen M. Silverman

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Criterion Collection: L’avventura | Blu-ray Review

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In the decades of cinema that have transpired since Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960 film L’avventura, one cannot overlook its seminal status not only within the auteur’s own priceless filmography, but as a milestone in developing cinematic language. Greeted with a divisive response at the Cannes Film Festival, where a group of thirty-five renowned critics were able to turn the cultural tide after the film’s second screening (in that influential way that criticism can’t quite muster in contemporary arenas), it would go on to be awarded the Jury Prize, tying with Kon Ichikawa’s Odd Obsession, and beaten out by Fellini’s iconic La Dolce Vita. It’s hard to believe that such titanic masterpieces were competing against one another, all relishing unprecedented renown in the years to come. Antonioni’s is, truly, the harder film to love, its grasp residing somewhere within its own banality as an »

- Nicholas Bell

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L.A. Lakers -- Huge Celeb Fan Losing Interest ... 'I'm Going Less and Less'

24 November 2014 7:42 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Bad news for the Lakers ... one of the team's Biggest celebrity fans is getting real bored with the Purple and Gold -- telling TMZ Sports he's going to games "less and less" these days.We spoke to music legend Lou Adler -- who's been a staple at Lakers games over the past decades sitting courtside next to his good friend Jack Nicholson.But when we asked if he was still supporting the squad even though »

- TMZ Staff

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‘Redrum: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Shining’ to Hit the Stage Next Fall

21 November 2014 10:09 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Though it’s packed with unnerving moments from start to finish, viewers of The Shining may remember the ghost of Delbert Grady telling Jack Torrance that he must “correct” his wife and child as a particularly creepy scene, and next year fans of the film can see Delbert’s suggestion mixed with dancing and humor onstage in a musical theater parody of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic.

If you enjoyed Stephen King’s 1977 novel, The Shining, have watched Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation of the same name multiple times, or enjoyed watching horror and humor melded in a live show like Evil Dead The Musical, then you may want to check out the upcoming Redrum: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Shining. Set to hit the stage sometime next fall, the musical parody made an onstage sneak peek performance on Wednesday night.

To get a taste of what’s to come, »

- Derek Anderson

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Ten Documentary Oscar Contenders That Debuted at Sundance

21 November 2014 7:42 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Voting ends today for the Academy’s documentary branch who must narrow the list of 134 documentaries vying for a spot in the Oscar race to a shortlist of 15 films, which will be released in December. Of the 15 films, five Oscar nominees will be chosen in January.

Though a number of film festivals, such as the Savannah Film Fest, are becoming documentary hotspots, a number of Oscar-nominated documentaries premiere at the Sundance Film Festival each year. In the 21st century, seven of the Oscar winners have debuted in Utah: Born into Brothels (2004), March of the Penguins (2005), An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Man on Wire (2008), The Cove (2009), Searching for Sugar Man (2012) and 20 Feet from Stardom (2013).

The rest of the documentary winners were unveiled in the states (2000’s Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport and 2001’s Murder on Sunday Morning) and at the Cannes, (2002’s Bowling for Columbine, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino: 20 best performances in Mike Nichols films

20 November 2014 8:14 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I hated waking up to the Mike Nichols news this morning. That's losing one of the titans right there. That's a loss that you don't fully register until the lack of that artistic voice is later felt in a deep way. But as I always say, we have the work. We have the movies. So the voice, in its way, does endure. And what Nichols' gift to cinema really was, in so many ways, was how fruitful his collaborations with his actors were and the truths that seemed to only be discovered under his watch. That's where my head went this morning, along with a number of us at HitFix. It says something that true pillars of the pantheon, from Jack Nicholson to Meryl Streep to Emma Thompson, came back to him multiple times. A performer flourished in front of Nichols' camera, the resulting work often serving as a new »

- Kristopher Tapley

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An Intimate Conversation With Mike Nichols

20 November 2014 2:52 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Two years ago, on the eve of his eagerly awaited Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, I sat down with Mike Nichols to look back on his remarkable career. During those two-plus hours together at the Mark Hotel in Manhattan, the legendary director, then 80, reminisced about a life of highs and lows that began as a bright-eyed young boy who fled Nazi Germany for America. "I remember everything about getting on the boat in Germany in 1939," Nichols said. "I was 7, my brother was 3, and my father was already in New York setting up his practice as a doctor. German Jews couldn't leave the country, »

- Chris Nashawaty

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What Jared Leto Has To Say About All The Suicide Squad And Joker Talk

20 November 2014 1:41 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Several weeks ago, it was rumored that Jared Leto was being eyed to play The Joker in the DC Comics film Suicide Squad. While the 30 Seconds to Mars lead vocalist may seem like an odd choice for the Clown Prince of Crime, he proved he has the acting chops by earning multiple awards this past year for Dallas Buyers Club, so he may be able to handle the same role actors like Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger have performed in the past. After several weeks of silence, Leto has finally addressed this casting rumor with a cagey, yet clever answer. While interviewing him about his band 30 Seconds to Mars. documentary series Into the Wild, MTV asked Leto whether there was any truth to him being connected with the Joker role. Said Leto: "You know there.s a film called Fight Club, my friend. And you know the first rule is, »

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Six Gothic Tales Starring Vincent Price UK Blu-ray Release Details & Special Features

20 November 2014 9:04 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory gave many classic horror film fans a Halloween treat with the release of The Vincent Price Collection II, and now Arrow Films is looking to sate the viewing appetites of Price fans in England with Six Gothic Tales, due out on December 8th. Comprised of six Roger Corman movies based on Edgar Allan Poe’s works and starring Vincent Price, Arrow Films has unveiled their collection’s special features:

Press Release - “From the Merchant of Menace, Vincent Price, and the King of the B’s, Roger Corman, come six Gothic tales inspired by the pen of Edgar Allan Poe. Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the limited edition release of this Six Gothic Tales box set. Limited to a run of just 2000 copies, this much-anticipated release will include The Fall of the House of Usher, Tales of Terror, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, The Haunted Palace »

- Derek Anderson

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Mike Nichols Movies: 18 Essential Films You Should Watch Right Now

20 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.

Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »

- Gary Susman

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Oscar & Tony Winning Director Mike Nichols Dead At 83

20 November 2014 4:41 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Legendary film and theater director, writer and producer Mike Nichols has passed away. An Oscar winner for 1967′s seminal The Graduate, he also was nominated for such films as Working Girl, Silkwood and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? For his stage work, he amassed 10 Tony Awards including as director for such plays as Barefoot In The Park, The Odd Couple, The Prisoner Of Second Avenue and Death Of A Salesman; and as producer of Annie and The Real Thing.

William Goldman said there were two great American film directors—Elia Kazan and Mike Nichols,” said Broadway producer Emanuel Azenberg, who co-produced Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing with Nichols, who also staged ythe play’s Tony-winning Broadway edition with Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. “I think that’s true. He was a giant who could convince people to be better than they were.”

Nichols died suddenly late Wednesday night »

- The Deadline Team

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Setting the stage, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

19 November 2014 4:48 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The Last Impresario director Gracie Otto on Michael White: "And everyone loved him. It was amazing." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Gracie Otto, in town for her Doc NYC screening of The Last Impresario, spoke about connecting with Naomi Watts and Yoko Ono, Robert Fox's Anna Wintour persuader, searching for John Cleese, editing with Karen Johnson and Susan Hill's suggestion of Greta Scacchi (White Mischief). She went on to dialing Lorne Michaels in, meeting Kate Moss, talking to Jack Nicholson off camera, watching John Waters' Polyester on a bus, a Gillian Armstrong idea and starting with Mick Jagger, all for the one-of-a-kind London artistic power player Michael White.

In Otto's captivatingly energetic debut feature, we see Rachel Ward, Barry Humphries, Wallace Shawn, Julian Sands, André Gregory, Richard O'Brien, Bill Oddie, Meryl Tankard, Nell Campbell, Jim Sharman, Robert Shaye, Nigel Planer, Miranda Darling, Michael Billington, Joshua White, Michael Morris, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Bridging Ford and Antonioni with Jack Nicholson: Monte Hellman on The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind

17 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

In July of 1964, director Monte Hellman and actor Jack Nicholson went to the Philippines to shoot two war movies back to back: Flight to Fury, which Nicholson also wrote, and Back Door to Hell. By June of 1965, Hellman and Nicholson had shot two more movies, the Westerns The Shooting (written by future Five Easy Pieces scribe Carole Eastman under the pseudonym Adrien Joyce) and Ride in the Whirlwind (scripted by Nicholson). Four movies in twelve months, and not one of them shows any sense of a director straining against limitations of time and money. To the contrary, The Shooting is a flat-out masterpiece, a […] »

- Jim Hemphill

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Batman v Superman to recreate iconic Dark Knight origins scene

17 November 2014 2:34 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Spoilers: This article contains details on Batman v Superman that some readers may wish to avoid.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will feature an iconic scene from the Dark Knight's origins.

During filming in Chicago last week, Zack Snyder's superhero blockbuster recreated the moment when Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents being murdered after an alleyway mugging.

The scene first played out in the November 1939 issue of Detective Comics, with Joe Chill identified as the killer.

Subsequent films, TV shows, comics and video games have replayed the murder, although Tim Burton's 1989 Batman changed the killer from Chill to Jack Nicholson's Jack Napier, who eventually became The Joker.

A photo posted by Dan Marcus (@danimalish) on Nov 11, 2014 at 2:48pm Pst

Batman v Superman has taken inspiration from Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns graphic novel by showing the Waynes getting ambushed outside a cinema after seeing The Mark of Zorro »

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10 Actors Who Should Play The Joker In Suicide Squad

16 November 2014 4:35 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

While it seemed inevitable that the Joker would appear in DC and Warner Bros. rapidly-expanding cinematic universe, many people were expecting the character to be saved for a standalone Batman movie. However, a recent rumor has indicated that the Clown Prince of Crime may appear in DC’s rapidly-expanding cinematic universe a lot sooner than expected, with reports claiming that the character may feature in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.

Casting rumors are already swirling around the project; Jesse Eisenberg may be reprising his role as Lex Luthor, Margot Robbie could be playing Harley Quinn and offers are reportedly out to a number of stars including Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Jai Courtney to join the ensemble, but the rumored appearance of the Clown Prince of Crime has been the biggest news so far. Any actor that signs on to play the Joker has incredibly big shoes to fill, with »

- Scott Campbell

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James Gandolfini - Late Soprano's Star Receives Hall of Fame Honor

15 November 2014 10:44 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

James Gandolfini was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The late 'Sopranos' actor - who died in Italy last June aged 51 - will be commemorated at Convention Hall in Asbury Park in a ceremony attended by the mob drama's creator David Chase, as well as cast members from the show. The web-based hall recognises New Jersey residents who have made ''invaluable contributions to society and the world beyond'' and a number of other people will also be inducted tonight. These include NBC News anchor Brian Williams, former Governor Jim Florio, jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, chef Alice Waters, author Dorothy Parker, and basketball icon Patrick Ewing. Since 2008, 80 people with ties to the state have been inducted, including singers Bruce Springsteen and the late Whitney Houston, the 'Shining' star Jack Nicholson and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. James - who died of a heart attack while holidaying in Rome - scooped a »

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Re-Viewed: Tim Burton's Batman, the superhero movie that changed everything

14 November 2014 5:09 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

When Steven Spielberg's Jaws smashed box office records in 1975 it ushered in a new era for the Hollywood blockbuster. The term, coined some years earlier for epics such as The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, came to represent something more than just financial success after Spielberg's Great White tore through Amity Island. Usually released at the height of summer, this new breed of film had to have scope, scale and deliver on entertainment value. Go big or go home. The blockbuster now became a genre unto itself.

Tim Burton's first Batman movie didn't invent the blockbuster, but it left an indelible mark on cinema when it arrived on a wave of hype in June 1989. The film, like many of today's tentpoles (films designed to support a studio's entire slate), was based on an existing intellectual property and thus had an inbuilt audience primed to fork out money for cinema tickets. »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Does 11 Impressions In One Minute (Video)

14 November 2014 3:46 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Benedict Cumberbatch is in a movie coming out later this month called "The Imitation Game." It's an emotionally harrowing, true-life story of the team of mathematicians that broke the seemingly impenetrable German Enigma code during World War II. It was a huge victory but also meant that the mathematicians had to make the tough decisions of when to intervene and which lives were expendable. After the war, the chief architect of this project, Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) was prosecuted for his homosexuality and eventually killed himself after being chemically castrated. Of course, given this incredibly grave and serious subject matter (World War II, Nazis, genocide, bigotry), MTV decided, when talking with the "Star Trek Into Darkness" star, to have him do a bunch of goofy impressions. Yay journalism!

In the single minute Cumberbatch plays "The Imitation Game" (get it?), he gets through 11 impressions - John Malkovich, Alan Rickman, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, »

- Drew Taylor

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Benedict Cumberbatch Does Impressions of Hiddleston, McConaughey, and More

13 November 2014 5:42 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Benedict Cumberbatch has been known to do an Alan Rickman impression on occasion, and previously did an embarrassingly accurate Jar Jar Binks voice. Tom Hiddleston, on the other hand, is quite well known for busting out countless celebrity impressions whenever he makes the press and talk show rounds. In this interview Cumberbatch did with MTV, he gives his War Horse co-star a run for his money, doing as many imitations as possible in 60-seconds in order to promote his new film The Imitation Game. During the 60-seconds he does an impression of Hiddleston, as well as John Malkovich, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Matthew McConaughey, Taylor Swift, and more.

Below the video of Cumberbatch, I’ve also embedded a small compilation of Hiddleston doing numerous impressions. You can watch both videos and let us know which remarkably suave and debonair Brit you think does better impressions. I'd »

- Eli Reyes

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