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DVD Review: The Flight of the Phoenix

12 September 2016 1:44 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ It's not hard to see the appeal of Robert Aldrich's The Flight of the Phoenix, a riveting adventure film featuring an all-star cast headed by Jimmy Stewart and Richard Attenborough. The premise, whereby fourteen men are stranded in the desert after a plane crash, is classic Saturday matinee material. The film's success lies in its perfectly distilled ingredients: a killer premise, well-realised characters, and a tight script that doesn't pull its punches. Coming from the director of The Dirty Dozen, this is hardly surprising, although Aldrich also manages to tease out a triumphant warmth in his characters that is not always present in his other work.

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- CineVue

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A United Kingdom review: Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo in fine romance

9 September 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A strange, shameful chapter of history is dusted off by Amma Asante to make this earnestly stirring Empire drama

With terrific warmth and idealism – and irresistible storytelling relish – director Amma Asante gives us a romantic true story from our dowdy postwar past. And with some style and wit, she even revives the spirit and showmanship of Richard Attenborough, who I think would have really enjoyed this gutsy movie.

It’s a tale of star-crossed lovers with the bigoted British government playing a particularly shabby and nasty House Of Capulet: a story of imperialism, bully-ism, and Westminster functionaries passing off their taboo horror of interracial marrying as a matter of realism and political expediency.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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The Academy Announces 2016 Governors Awards Recipients

1 September 2016 8:43 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 30) to present Honorary Awards to actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. The four Oscar statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 8th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 12, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “The Board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”

After making his motion picture debut at the age of eight, Chan brought his childhood training with the Peking Opera to a distinctive international career. He starred in – and sometimes wrote, »

- Michelle McCue

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Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman

1 September 2016 9:34 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Every year, industry folks lobby the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with their candidates for honorary Oscar winners at the annual Governors Awards. And sometimes they get their way. Over the years Mike Kaplan, a publicists branch Academy member, has successfully lobbied for Lillian Gish, Robert Altman and John Ford’s favorite actress Maureen O’Hara, who happily collected her gold man the year before she died.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors voted Tuesday night on the 2016 (un-televised) Governors Awards, which often including the coveted producer’s award, the Thalberg, and the Hersholt humanitarian award. You know what they’re looking for: someone who is still respected — if not revered. Francis Ford Coppola, John Calley and Dino DeLaurentiis have collected the Thalberg in recent years; Harry Belafonte, Jeffrey KatzenbergOprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie have accepted the Hersholt. »

- Anne Thompson

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Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman

1 September 2016 9:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every year, industry folks lobby the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with their candidates for honorary Oscar winners at the annual Governors Awards. And sometimes they get their way. Over the years Mike Kaplan, a publicists branch Academy member, has successfully lobbied for Lillian Gish, Robert Altman and John Ford’s favorite actress Maureen O’Hara, who happily collected her gold man the year before she died.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors voted Tuesday night on the 2016 (un-televised) Governors Awards, which often including the coveted producer’s award, the Thalberg, and the Hersholt humanitarian award. You know what they’re looking for: someone who is still respected — if not revered. Francis Ford Coppola, John Calley and Dino DeLaurentiis have collected the Thalberg in recent years; Harry Belafonte, Jeffrey KatzenbergOprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie have accepted the Hersholt. »

- Anne Thompson

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Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, Frederick Wiseman to Receive Governors Awards

1 September 2016 9:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors will present Honorary Awards to actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. “The board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”

The Oscars will be presented at the Academy’s eighth annual Governors Awards on Nov. 12, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

The selection of Hong Kong’s Chan and the U.K.-born Coates puts an international flavor on the selections. The film industry is often accused of ageism, but the Governors Awards tends to recognize individuals with lengthy careers, »

- Tim Gray and Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Lion Woman’ Producer Jacobsen Sets New Slate of Features

21 August 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At last year’s Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, Norwegian veteran producer John M. Jacobsen completed the grand slam in Norwegian film: he was awarded two Amandas – Norway’s national film prize – for producing best Norwegian feature (“Børning,” directed by Hallvard Bræin, which also won the Audience Amanda, and best Norwegian children’s film (“Operation Arctic,” directed by Grethe Bøe-Waal).

A few months earlier he had received the national television award, Gullruten, for best TV drama, for his first miniseries, “The Heavy Water War,” which tells the story of the Allied effort to thwart Nazis from developing an atom bomb during World War II. In 1943, Operation Gunnarside successfully destroyed Norsk Hydro’s Vemork heavy water factory at Rjukan.

The $9.7 million Norwegian-Danish-uk co-production was directed by Per-Olav Sørensen and starred Christoph Bach, Dennis Storhøi, Maibritt Saerens and Espen Klouman Høiner; “The Heavy Water War” set a record of viewers for »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Best Movies For A Friday Night

8 July 2016 9:48 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

How many times have you come out of a theater after seeing a great movie and said,”oh I want to see that again!?” We all have our favorites that we return to time and time again. Friday night always seems the perfect time too. You’re relaxing after a week of school, activities and work and you unwind with a comfortable favorite film.

Wamg has our own personal favs. You’ll find blockbusters on our list…just because it invokes the fun memories of seeing it for the first time in the theater…with friends/family…then non-stop gabbing about wanting to see it again.

Looking for the perfect movie for a Friday Night? Check out our list below!

Meatballs Four words – “It Just Doesn’t Matter!”

The Burbs Hilarious cast made up suburbanites Tom Hanks, Rick Ducummon, Bruce Dern and Carrie Fisher, Joe Dante’s comedy about the unusual neighbors next door (Yes, »

- Movie Geeks

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Ctbf launches comedy writing award with Big Talk, Loco

6 July 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme launched in honour of the Doctor and Carry On series.

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (Ctbf) has launched a comedy writing initiative in partnership with Loco London Comedy Film Festival and Big Talk Productions (Shaun Of The Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs The World).

Titled the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme in honour of the legendary producers of the Doctor and Carry On series, the initiative will select four emerging writers, each of whom will receive £10,000 and participate in a personalised six-month programme of industry support as they develop a comedy feature screenplay or six-part comedy series for television.

The scheme aims to discover original, exciting voices by offering a unique launching pad to those passionate writers who are in need of financial and industry support, and who may not otherwise have a chance to develop their craft and careers.

The selected »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Jurassic Park 4: the versions that never were

27 June 2016 5:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Since life finds a way, Jurassic Park 4 was eventually made under the title Jurassic World. But many ideas floated around beforehand...

Although Jurassic Park III made less money than The Lost World: Jurassic Park - which itself had made less money than the original Jurassic Park - there was never much doubt that Universal wanted another dino-stuffed movie from Steven Spielberg's Michael Crichton-inspired film franchise. The problem was working out exactly how to do this, after the sequels had failed to live up to the financial success and audience adoration of the first film.

Eventually, we got the box office-smashing Jurassic World and Chris Pratt in a natty waistcoat. But before that, tonnes of ideas came and went as Universal attempted to nail down the best way to resurrect the series without the help of ancient mosquituoes...

Early ideas stage

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The Forgotten: Leslie Norman's "Dunkirk" (1958)

2 June 2016 7:34 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Apart from the usual Powell & Pressburger and David Lean masterpieces, I have steered rather away from the great British war movie during my cinematic peregrinations. Growing up in the UK, one did get rather tired of hearing about these films, spoken of in terms of nostalgia and sentiment. This kind of admiration for movies based on their respectable subject matter rather than their artistry felt like exactly the kind of patriotic attitude to film culture that kept Michael Powell languishing in obscurity for so many years.But in my mellow senescence I can appreciate these movies a bit more. Dunkirk is an interesting flick. On the one hand it's an epic, with armies of extras, special effects, and a narrative sweep that takes almost the whole first act of WWII, from the British perspective. On the other hand, it's a product of Ealing Studios, best known for comedy but ideologically attuned to celebrating group efforts, »

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Anthony Hopkins on ‘The Dresser,’ ‘Westworld’ and Why He Hates Car Chases

30 May 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anthony Hopkins famously walked away from stage work decades ago — but he finally returns (sort of) in Starz’s “The Dresser,” which premieres May 30. The TV movie is an adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s 1980 play set in World War II-era London about an aging actor, Sir (Hopkins), who’s struggling to prepare for his upcoming performance of King Lear. His ever-loyal dresser, Norman, played by Ian McKellen, pushes and prods him, along with a supporting cast of A-list British thesps (Emily Watson, Sarah Lancashire).

It’s ultimately a heartbreaking tale, says Hopkins. “Disappointment, loss, love that’s never fulfilled itself. And drudgery of just going on and on.” In the end, he calls his character “just a lonely, misguided old man.”

Why did you decide to take on this project?

I’d seen Freddie Jones and Tom Courtenay doing it on stage many years ago. Wonderful performances. And then I’d seen the film. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Movie Alert! TCM (North America) Features Memorial Day Blockbuster Line-up

29 May 2016 6:47 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

In recognition of Memorial Day, Turner Classic Movies (North America) features a blockbuster string of classic films showing back-to-back on Monday. Consider this line-up: "55 Days at Peking" starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and David Niven, , "The Great Escape" starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough, "The  Guns of Navarone" starring Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and David Niven, "Where Eagles Dare" starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood and "Kelly's Heroes" starring Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas and Don Rickles. Things kick off at 11:30 Am (Est).  »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Magic (1978)

14 May 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It’s the eyes, isn’t it? Wide like saucers and twice as deep, they’re impenetrable. And the wooden leer of the wide open maw betrays them, separate and with its own agenda. Of course I’m referring to ventriloquist dummies, and the eerie spell they cast upon the viewer. The horror viewer, specifically; we’ll seek out anything that gives us a sense of unease. Which brings us to Richard Attenborough’s Magic (1978), a wryly creepy tale of encroaching madness and showbiz folly. (Aren’t they the same thing?)

Produced by 20th Century Fox and Joseph E. Levine (Carnal Knowledge) and released by 20th Century, Magic opened in November of ’78 in the U.S. and rolled out to the rest of the world in early ’79. Grossing nearly $24 million U.S. against a $7 million budget with positive reviews to boot, Magic was an unqualified success – with one of the »

- Scott Drebit

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The 80 Best-Directed Films, According to the Directors Guild of America

3 May 2016 6:59 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.

Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »

- Jordan Raup

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Robert Downey Jr.: How Iron Man Started His Career By Playing a Dog

4 April 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Captain America: Civil War” opens on May 6, marking Robert Downey Jr.’s sixth appearance as Tony Stark/Iron Man. The character has been good to Downey (who celebrates his 51st birthday on Monday). Last August, Forbes announced that he had earned an estimated $80 million that year, his third consecutive year as the world’s highest-paid actor.

Audiences love success stories, but Downey’s saga seems too far-fetched, even by Hollywood standards. He went from being a promising young actor to an unemployable outcast. But then he rebounded to become a mega-star, respected by the same peers who once shunned him. It’s a tale of redemption and financial rewards, but it’s also a tale of artistry. Because even at the lowest ebb, nobody doubted his talent.

At age 5, he made his film debut, billed as Bob Downey in the 1970 “Pound,” directed by his father, Robert Downey Sr., who was »

- Tim Gray

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'Dancing with the Stars' Season 22 Cast Announced

8 March 2016 1:52 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

ABC announced this season's Dancing with the Stars cast live on Good Morning America. The hit series returned for Season 22 With a Live Premiere on Monday, March 21, 8:00-10:01 p.m. The celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars are slipping into their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance with a lineup of celebrity dancers that includes a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a Peabody Award winner, a Ufc fighter, and Super Bowl 50's Mvp, just to name a few.

As announced this morning, the celebrities with their professional partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are: Mischa Barton with Artem Chigvintsev. Antonio Brown with Sharna Burgess. Nyle Dimarco with Peta Murgatroyd. Kim Fields with Sasha Farber. Doug Flutie with Karina Smirnoff. Marla Maples with Tony Dovolani. Von Miller with Witney Carson. Wanya Morris with Lindsay Arnold. Geraldo Rivera with Edyta Sliwinska. Jodie Sweetin with Keo Motsepe. »

- MovieWeb

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Antony Gibbs, Editor of ‘Dune,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Dies at 90

2 March 2016 11:11 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Antony Gibbs, a British-born film editor who cut dozens of pictures, including such ’60s classics as “Tom Jones” as well as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Rollerball,” “Dune” and “Ronin,” died February 26. He was 90.

The Guild of British Film and Television Editors reported his death on Facebook.

Gibbs was nominated for four of the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Awards, including for “Tom Jones” in 1964 and “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1972. He won Eddies in 1998 for his work on John Frankenheimer’s TNT miniseries “George Wallace,” starring Gary Sinise, and in 2002 for his editing of Mark Rydell’s TNT TV movie “James Dean,” starring James Franco (a film for which he also picked up an Emmy nomination). Also in 2002, he received an Ace career achievement award.

The Ace said of Gibbs in 2002: “With ‘Reindeer Games’  he continued his successful collaboration with John Frankenheimer, but his friend director Mark Rydell allowed Tony to »

- Carmel Dagan

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'The Revenant' will make awards history by taking top three prizes at Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes

25 February 2016 3:12 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s epic western “The Revenant” starring Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Drama Picture, Director and Drama Actor at the Golden Globes. And it claimed Best Picture, Director and Actor at the BAFTAs. We are predicting that it will be the first film to have claimed those three prizes at these precursors to go on to win Best Picture, Director and Actor at the Oscars.  Only two other films have even come close to pulling off this three-peat since the BAFTAs began handing out a Best Director award in 1968.  -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Milos Forman’s dramedy “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” starring Jack Nicholson made a clean sweep at the 1975 Golden Globes and, due to a delayed release in the United Kingdom, at the 1976 BAFTAs. And Richard Attenborough’s 1982 biopic “Gandhi” starring Ben Kingsley&n »

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Oh! What a Lovely War

23 February 2016 10:28 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A pure-gold Savant favorite, Sir Richard Attenborough's first feature as director is a stylized pacifist epic of the insane tragedy of WW1, told through contemporary songs, with the irreverent lyrics given them by the soldiers themselves. And one will not want to miss a young Maggie Smith's music hall performance -- luring young conscripts to doom in the trenches. It's the strangest pacifist film ever, done in high style. Oh! What a Lovely War DVD The Warner Archive Collection 1969 / Color / 2:35 enhanced widescreen / 144 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 16.99 Starring: Too many to name, see below. Cinematography Gerry Turpin Production Design Donald M. Ashton Art Direction Harry White Choreography Eleanor Fazan Film Editor Kevin Connor Original Music Alfred Ralston Written by Len Deighton from the musical play by Joan Littlewood from the radio play by Charles Chilton Produced by Richard Attenborough, Brian Duffy, Len Deighton Directed »

- Glenn Erickson

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