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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Directors and the film which made them great Part 1

1 hour ago | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Dave Roper

The Directors, The Auteurs, the Commanders of the Ship, Masters of All They Survey. Too much credit is undoubtedly given to them (film is as collaborative an artistic medium as any), but at the same time they still exert incomparable influence over the end product. We’ve recently looked at writers, with whom all films originate, then to the actors, and now we turn to the greatest directors and all they do to hold the infernal enterprise together.

We can only speculate on what might have been, had Charles Laughton followed up on the unbelievable promise of his debut Night of the Hunter. But he never directed again and so is regrettably out of the running. But hopefully there remains a little something for everyone below and of course the intention is to stimulate debate so by all means add a comment for any glaring omissions.

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- Dave Roper

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Steven Spielberg’s Mom, With Whom He Had a Close Relationship, Dies at 97

11 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Steven Spielberg’s mother, Leah Adler, has died at the age of 97.

Adler died in Los Angeles, a spokesperson for Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Entertainment, confirmed to People.

The news of her passing was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Famous for her Peter Pan-style cropped blonde hair and big personality, Adler (affectionately known as Lee Lee to her family and friends) was an artist, musician, restaurateur and, admittedly, a bit of a kook. “I’m certifiable, dolly,” Adler once told People. “If I weren’t so famous, they’d put me away.”

Spielberg and his mother had an especially close relationship, »

- Mike Miller

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Leah Adler Dies: Steven Spielberg’s Mother Was 97

12 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Steven Spielberg's mother, Leah Adler, passed away on February 21, according to a spokesperson for Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Partners. She was 97. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Leah's name.  Known as Lee Lee to her family and friends, Adler was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Philip Posner and Jennie (Fridman) Posner. At an early age she developed a love of music when she learned piano, later… »

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Leah Adler, Steven Spielberg’s Mother, Dies at 97

12 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Leah Adler, the mother of three-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, died Tuesday at the age of 97 at her Los Angeles home. Adler, a former concert pianist, was most recently the proprietor of the kosher restaurant The Milky Way on Los Angeles’ Pico Boulevard, which she opened with her second husband, the late Bernie Adler. She was also known around Hollywood for her sharp wit, which she wielded on red carpets and at her restaurant. “I told Steve, if I’d known how famous he was going to be, I’d have had my uterus bronzed,” Adler said in a 1994 Los. »

- Matt Pressberg

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Steven Spielberg’s Mother, Leah Adler, Dies at 97

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

Steven Spielberg’s mother, Leah Adler, known for operating The Milky Way restaurant in Los Angeles, died Tuesday at her Los Angeles home surrounded by her children. She was 97.

Adler, known as Lee Lee to her family and friends, was born in Cincinnati to Philip Posner and Jennie (Fridman) Posner. She developed a love of music when she learned piano at the age of five and later studied at the Music Conservatory in Cincinnati.

In 1945, she married Arnold Meyer Spielberg and they had four children – Steven, Anne, Sue and Nancy. Arnold Spielberg’s work as an electrical engineer kept the family on the move from Cincinnati to Haddonfield, N.J., where they lived for seven years before relocating to Phoenix in 1957, where she often performed piano solos and owned an art gallery, becoming known around town as “the lady with the Peter Pan haircut.”

In 1964, the family moved to Los Gatos, »

- Dave McNary

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Leah Adler, Mother of Steven Spielberg, Dies at 97

13 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Leah Adler, the mother of Steven Spielberg who fostered his interest in filmmaking, died Tuesday. She was 97.

Adler, a former concert pianist, died in Los Angeles, according to a spokesperson for Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment.

Raised during the Roaring Twenties and the Depression with her older brother Bernard, Adler developed a love of music when she learned piano at the age of 5. She later studied at the Music Conservatory in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Home Economics.

In February 1945, she married electrical engineer Arnold Meyer Spielberg and they had »

- Mike Barnes

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By Sidney Lumet

17 hours ago | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A lengthy talk-fest interview of the underrated filmmaker, who takes us through his life story as a personal journey, not a string of movie assignments. Sidney Lumet seems to attract a lot of criticism, and so did this docu for not challenging his opinions or rubbing his nose in his less admirable movie efforts. The docu is just Lumet’s thoughts, and the words of a man of integrity are always inspiring.

By Sidney Lumet



2015 / Color /1:78 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date January 9, 2017 / 24.95

Starring Sidney Lumet

Cinematography Tom Hurwitz

Film Editor Anthony Ripoli

Produced by Scott Berrie, Nancy Buirski, Chris Donnelly, Joshua A. Green, Thane Rosenbaum, Robin Yigit Smith

Directed by Nancy Buirski


This ought to be a good year for documentary filmmaker Nancy Buirski. I first caught up with her excellent feature docu Afternoon of a Faun, about the ill-fated ballerina Tanaquil Le Clerc, and she’s had other successes as well. »

- Glenn Erickson

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Kevin O’Connell (‘Hacksaw Ridge’)

19 hours ago | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Kevin O’Connell (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“I’ve never been more appreciative, humbled and just overall excited about the fact that I’ve been nominated,” says Hacksaw Ridge sound mixer Kevin O’Connell of his 21st Oscar nomination — which he shares with Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright — as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “I don’t want to say I took it for granted in the past, but I certainly don’t take it for granted anymore.”

O’Connell, 59, has worked in Hollywood for nearly 40 years, and is one of the most respected practitioners of his craft. But he is best known for a dubious distinction: in Oscar history, no person has accumulated more nominations without ever winning. His noms span 33 years, from 1983’s Terms of Endearment through Mel Gibson‘s 2016 war film, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Richard Schickel, Rip: How the Legendary Critic Defined a Generation

22 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

My first meeting as a member of the New York Film Critics Circle was December 1989 and, in those days, the group met at the old Newspaper Guild building, then on West 44th Street. The meeting room was a cramped, windowless enclosure with fake wood-panel walls, a full assortment of ashtrays and the ambiance of — well, interior designers have a technical name for enclosures like this: Shit-hole, I believe, is the term of trade.

But when I walked into this unprepossessing little room, here were people whose names were magical to me, critics whose work helped shape the way I looked at movies as a college student and then as a nascent critic and film journalist. Pauline Kael. Andrew Sarris. Rex Reed. Richard Schickel.

Schickel, who died Saturday at 84, may have been the name that struck the deepest chord at that time. Long before I discovered either Kael or Sarris, I »

- Marshall Fine

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WWE’s The New Day lobbying for The Lion King roles

21 February 2017 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During last night’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, The New Day cut a promo on their way to the ring where Xavier Woods mentioned that alongside the trio hosting WrestleMania 33 and a gaming event at SXSW, they are also sharpening their voice acting skills to hopefully land roles playing the hyenas in director Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of The Lion King. Xavier also went a step further, noting that they are serious about wanting the roles.

Now, not to say that definitively it would work, but there is a strong chance it could considering that their wrestling act is built on the camaraderie and dynamic chemistry the athletes share both in the ring and on the microphone. It’s a crazy enough idea that actually might be brilliant. Their interactions together on WWE television actually capture a silliness that could easily translate to those wacky hyenas.

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- Robert Kojder

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Damien Chazelle (‘La La Land’)

20 February 2017 4:00 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Damien Chazelle (Courtesy: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for AFI)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“People want something that’s different than everything else that’s out there,” says Damien Chazelle, the writer and director of the massively acclaimed original musical La La Land, as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of the ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast and try to get to the root of the phenomenal success of the film. Indeed, Chazelle’s bold third feature is beloved by critics (it has a 93% favorable rating on RottenTomatoes.com), audiences (it has grossed more than $340 million worldwide) and Academy members (it has been nominated for a record-tying 14 Oscars). The 32-year-old himself is Oscar-nominated for best director and best original screenplay, and if he wins the former, as is widely expected, he will break an 85-year-old record and become the category’s youngest winner ever.

“It was »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Interview: Kristóf Deák from "Munich" to "Sing"

20 February 2017 3:15 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Kristóf DeákIf you've had a chance to catch the touring films in the Oscar nominated shorts program in select movie theaters now, we're willing to be that one of your favorites was the Hungarian short Sing written and directed by Kristóf Deák. This sweet well acted story is about a new girl in a children's choir whose teacher makes her feel less than welcome. 

Sing, not to be confused with the current blockbuster cartoon about pop star wannabe talking animals, could well be a threat to win its category though competition is ever tough and unpredictable in the shorts categories. Kristóf has seen and enjoyed the "strong batch" competition, saying "I won't shed any tears if we don't take the statue home"

I had the opportunity to talk to the young director, currently in Los Angeles for the final push before Oscar, and though he doesn't know what's in store for his career, »


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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over $250k for Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation

20 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Wes Anderson has scored a major win for the cause of film preservation, raising more than a quarter of a million dollars for Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation. In December, Anderson released a video that announced his latest project, the stop-motion animation film “Isle of Dogs,” and also invited people to donate money to a campaign hosted by Crowdrise, the crowdfunding company co-founded by Anderson’s friend and frequent collaborator, Edward Norton. The campaign ended last week.

Read More: Wes Anderson Directs New Christmas Short Film With Adrien Brody — Watch

Among the prizes offered to donors were a trip for two to London for two nights to meet the director, get a tour of the “Isle of Dogs” sets and production and even record the voice of a dog in the film. “Barking, howling and whimpering may be required,” the campaign specified. Other prizes included signed Criterion Collection DVDs »

- Graham Winfrey

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Galloway on Film: Brad Grey's Paramount Exit and Studios in Turmoil

20 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It’s one of the worst-kept secrets in journalism that most public figures play a role in creating their obituaries. They don’t decide the wording of the stories or even the angles such final assessments take; but prominent people usually grant major newspapers interviews about their lives and careers, often multiple times over the years, and in doing so subtly shape how they’ll be perceived.

Such luminaries as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, not to mention local heroes like Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep, probably have already had conversations with The New York Times and other publications about their work and »

- Stephen Galloway

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Amblin picks up “female John Wick” project Ruthless

19 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the box office success of Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 2, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is getting into the assassin game, picking up the script for the action thriller Ruthless.

The project is being dubbed a “female John Wick” and follows “a retired assassin who returns to the game after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and needs one last job to provide for her daughter.”

Ruthless has been scripted by John Swetnam (Into the Storm) and has Brad Peyton (San Andreas) attached to direct. Peyton will also produce with Jeff Fierson through their Asap Entertainment production company.

Via THR »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Barry Jenkins (‘Moonlight’)

19 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Barry Jenkins (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“I have this fundamental block — maybe I’ll always have it, maybe I’ll get past it — but I am essentially Chiron, I grew up like this kid and there are just certain ceilings that I never can imagine myself breaking through,” says Barry Jenkins, the writer and director of Moonlight, as we sit down in his downtown Los Angeles apartment to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “When they happen,” the 37-year-old continues, “they genuinely are an extreme surprise. And for whatever reason, I can’t get through this block that Chiron does not grow up and make a film that gets eight Academy Award nominations.” He then pauses, smiles and quietly adds, “But I guess he does.”

Jenkins, for his work on the acclaimed drama about a young man growing up black »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Alibaba Pictures Warns of $140 Million in Potential Losses

19 February 2017 1:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alibaba Pictures Group has warned of massive losses for calendar year 2016 that could reach $137 million to $140 million (RMB950 million to RMB1 billion). The company blamed the losses on continuing start-up and promotional costs at its online ticketing business, Tao Piao Piao.

Alibaba Pictures Group, which is controlled by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba but has separate share listings in Hong Kong and Singapore, issued a profit warning to regulators in both markets.

In 2015, it managed to turn a profit of RMB466 million, but in the first half of 2016 it returned to losses of an almost identical RMB465 million.

Describing Tao Piao Piao as “a key operating asset,” Apg said that the unit “continued to use its financial resources to implement its marketing strategies in order to grow its business, and has further enhanced its user experience and strengthened its market position by the end of 2016.”

It is understood that video streaming business Youku Tudou, »

- Patrick Frater

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Hook Prequel Soars Past Kickstarter Goal, Full Movie Possible

18 February 2017 12:34 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, it was widely reported that one of the original Hook cast members was setting out to direct a short film called Bangarang, which will serve as a prequel for the Lost Boys seen in Steven Spielberg's cult classic from the 90s. Dante Basco, who played leader of the Lost Boys Rufio, launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the project off the ground, setting a goal of $30,000. Here we are just a few days later, and the short film has soared past its intended benchmark.

Bangarang currently has 831 backers, and there are still 24 days left to go in the campaign. Fans shouldn't give up just yet. Because if Basco can bring the full tally up to at least $200,000 or higher, he and his team will make a feature film prequel to Hook. Now, we're not completely sure how that will work, as Hook is owned by Sony Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. »

- MovieWeb

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Donald Glover and James Earl Jones join Disney’s The Lion King

18 February 2017 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Disney has kicked off the casting on its upcoming remake of The Lion King, with director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) revealing on Twitter that Donald Glover is set to lend his voice to Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise the role of Mufasa from the original 1994 animated classic.

I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba pic.twitter.com/wUYKixMBJI

Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017

Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa pic.twitter.com/1LszbWrcYT

Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017

The Lion King marks another high profile role for Glover, who is currently shooting Lucasfilm’s as-yet-untitled Han Solo Star Wars spinoff, where he is portraying Lando Calrissian. And of course Jones is a Star Wars veteran, having voiced Darth Vader in the Saga, a role he reprised for December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The Lion King is being scripted by regular »

- Gary Collinson

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Today in Movie Culture: Rufio Wants a 'Hook' Spinoff, Heath Ledger's Joker vs. Jared Leto's Joker and More

17 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Dream Sequel of the Day:  Dante Basco, who plays Rufio in Steven Spielberg's Hook, is trying to make a spinoff prequel for his character via Kickstarter. Watch the campaign video:    Fake Movie of the Day:  Speaking of movies that won't happen, here's Andrew Garfield and Idina Menzel in a fake movie literally written by kids as featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:   Movie Character Battle of the Day: See if your favorite Joker, Heath Ledger's from The Dark Knight or Jared Leto's from Suicide Squad, wins in this fan-made mash-up short (via Geek Tyrant):    Cosplay of the...

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- Christopher Campbell

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