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We’ve been asking you all week to vote for your Oscar picks from the year 1999, twelve years on as we retrospectively take a look back at all the Academy Award ceremonies in the 1990′s to see if time has been kind to the winners and losers.
28 of you voted, a little less than the amount who voted last time (which I think is to do with the problems with the form as we had a few complaints, I will try and fix this for next time) including a handful of Owf writers, who have collectively, like Dr. Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap, gone back in time to ‘put things right, that once went wrong’.
The number in brackets is the amount of points that film/actor/director gained (that system is explained here). Let’s take a look at the winners, shall we?
1999 Owf Awards Best Picture – Saving Private Ryan »
- Matt Holmes
Michael C. here with some trivia for you to mull over as you finish digesting the Globe line-up and ponder the influence of an organization that looks at The Tourist and Red and sees awards fodder. Maybe they were just eager to provide Ricky Gervais with some good material. It is all about the party, after all.
The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what the Iowa caucuses are to the presidential race. A relatively tiny number of people wielding enormous influence using a highly questionable system and voting largely based on how often they got to have their picture taken with the nominees. Why do they have so much clout when it's universally acknowledged that you could get an equally relevant verdict by going into a random Starbucks and asking for a show of hands? Because like Presidential campaigns, it may be ridiculous, but dammit it’s the system we’re stuck with. »
- Michael C.
Synopsis: Darkroom was an American television thriller series that aired on ABC from November 27, 1981 to January 15, 1982. It was an anthology horror/thriller series, similar in style to Rod Serling’s Night Gallery. Each 60 minute episode featured two or more stories of varying length with a new story and a new cast, but each episode wraparound was hosted by James Coburn. Episodes: 01 Closed Circuit 02 Stay Tuned, We’ll Be Right Back 03 The Bogeyman Will Get You 04 Uncle George 05 Needlepoint 06 Siege of 31 August 07 A Quiet Funeral 08 Make Up 09 The Partnership 10 Daisies 11 Catnip 12 Lost in Translation 13 Guillotine 14 Exit Line 15 Who’s There? 16 The Rarest of Wines Related Posts:List: Brimstone (1998 – 1999) – TV Show EpisodesList: The Others (2000) – TV Show EpisodesGrave Encounters: New Trailer and update linkList: Horror TV‘The Avengers – Earth’s mightiest [...] »
Updated: Ok, so I’ve had way to many emails from you guys pointing out that the Oscar form isn’t working for some of you this time around. I’ve put my best team of problem solvers on the issue and they can’t work it out, but 7 or 8 of you have told me it’s not working for you… so I presume there’s many more out there. To date we’ve had a little less entries than last time, so this problem is too much for me to ignore.
My only solution for now is for you to email your picks to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be collating results on Monday or Tuesday, so you’ve got a bit of time left to enter.
Now you’ve read our 1999 Academy Awards retrospective, here’s your chance to re-write history without the hassle of going back in »
- Matt Holmes
The longtime Hollywood manager and producer and former agent Hillard "Hilly" Elkins died of a heart attack on Wednesday evening. He was 81. "Hilly was a larger-than-life character, a legendary stage and film producer and a manager of many great talents," emails his close pal Jay Weston. "He started at 18 in the William Morris mailroom and there is a story that he delivered its mail personally to theatre magnet Lee Shubert each day wearing a homberg. One day, Lee Shubert called William Morris and asked for that fellow in the homberg. And he was immediately promoted to agent. At the time of his death, he was working on DiCaprio starring in Kurt Vonnnegut’s Cat’s Cradle because Hilly owned its screen rights. Beloved, humorous, charming, fun. He was an amazing man." According to his official bio, Elkins began in the Morris mailroom and moved up the ranks to head of the theatrical department. »
- NIKKI FINKE
With Black Friday nearly upon us, the urge for many a movie buff's friend or significant other will be to grab that $5 Blu-ray of Angels and Demons off the shelf and call it a day. (Oh, we're only kidding with Angels and Demons. Titles like Kick-Ass and The Wrestler will be nearly as cheap.) But for those who are willing to be a little more adventurous or just looking to impress, many of the major studios have started to open up their archives to make DVDs to order for films that may not be popular enough to have warranted a major pressing in the past, but certainly have their fans and have long been unavailable on any format.
Warner Brothers, in particular, has pioneered this type of mail order program with Warner Archives, which has made available over 700 films since originating last year while similar services from MGM (Limited Edition »
- Stephen Saito
Part I: Super Chiefs — Calley, Evans, Zanuck and the Passing of the Studio Torches
From the 1960s into the 1980s, one by one, the legendary studios of old – MGM, United Artists, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia, 20th Century Fox — were gobbled up by conglomerates, some of which had had almost no previous interests in the entertainment business, such as Paramount’s acquirer, Gulf + Western (a motley collection of properties ranging from Caribbean sugar companies to auto parts), and Kinney National Service (a hodgepodge of funeral homes and parking lots which bought up Warner Bros.). This corporatization of the major studios – the once mighty fiefdoms of the old moguls subjugated by invaders with little or no practical or emotional affinity for movies – is often viewed disparagingly as a sea change signaling the end of the grand Old Hollywood; the Hollywood of Gable and Garland, of Casablanca (1942) and Gone with the Wind (1939).
- Bill Mesce
The film community(especially his home town of St. Louis) was stunned to hear of the death of director George Hickenlooper. The forty seven year old was found dead of natural causes in Denver, Co where he was helping his cousin John in his run for governor.
George left behind an impressive list of films. After making Super 8 movies during his years at St. Louis University High School, he continued his studies at USC School of Cinema and Television and Yale and interned with Roger Corman. George’s debut as a professional director was the 1988 short Art,Acting,And The Suicide Chair:Dennis Hopper. In 1991 George had great success with two feature length documentaries: Picture This:The Times Of Peter Bogdanovich In Archer City, Texas and Hearts Of Darkness:a Filmmaker’S Apocalypse (with Fax Bahr). Hearts, a look at the making of Apocalypse Now, has been hailed as one »
- Jim Batts
by Terry Keefe
Sad news that filmmaker George Hickenlooper has passed away at the age of 47. I interviewed George several years back for Mayor of the Sunset Strip, his documentary on Rodney Bingenheimer, which was one of the most insightful films about fame and show business ever made.The films of Hickenlooper often centered about an artist of some sort, and dealt with examinations of fame, the frenzy of renown, and artistic obsession. Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl, chased fame for its own sake, through the Warhol Factory, to her own destruction. Francis Coppola, in the documentary Hearts of Darkness, nearly loses his sanity in the Philippine jungles bringing home Apocalypse Now. The floundering, fictionalized author played by Andy Garcia in The Man from Elysian Fields becomes a kept man to the young wife of a famed, ailing writer played by James Coburn, in order to both support his own writing, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Chicago – Stanley Donen’s 1963 caper “Charade” is one of the films I think of first when it comes to classic Hollywood. It features two of the most iconic stars of all time in Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn and perfectly captures what made them household names around the world. The movie has truly held up over the nearly five decades since its release and is now the latest inductee into the Blu-ray catalog of The Criterion Collection.
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0
The opening scene of “Charade” perfectly sets the tone for the entire film. A gorgeous Hepburn sits on a terrace of a ski slope as the barrel of a gun comes into frame, pointed at our lovely heroine. As the music builds, water is sprayed across Hepburn’s face and it’s revealed to be a water gun. The blend of mystery and comedy is instantly defined. There will be danger, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Criterion's newly released Blu-ray edition served as my first time seeing Charade, Stanley Donen's 1963 comedy-thriller starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. As for Donen's work, it was the third film of his I've seen alongside Singin' in the Rain and one of his two other films with Hepburn, Funny Face. By comparison, Singin' in the Rain is an undeniable classic, Funny Face isn't my cup of tea and Charade falls somewhere in the middle, which is to say I won't be recommending this Blu-ray for purchase.
Detailing the story of Regina Lampert (Hepburn), following the murder of her well-to-do husband, Charade's title is entirely apt as Regina is forced to figure out who to believe and who is putting her on as $250,000 hangs in the balance. Through an exhaustive series of twists and turns, this comedic thriller gets so tied up in the whos and whats of it »
- Brad Brevet
The Magnificent Seven has now become even more magnificent.
To mark its 50th anniversary, the classic has been remastered into high definition and comes out on Blu-ray on Monday, September 6, from MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Tired of being ravaged by an army of marauding bandits led by the charismatic Calvera (Eli Wallach; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), the beleaguered residents of a small Mexican village seek help from seven American gunfighters led by Chris Adams (Brynner; The King and I, The Ten Commandments).
The gunmen are cool and capable, and the baddest in the West. The only problem? It's seven against 50.
- David Bentley
Fans of the HBO miniseries The Pacific will awaken this morning with some news to sweeten the misery that is a Monday, for Warner Bros. have hired Bruce McKenna to get busy on a script for The Battle Of Midway, according to Deadline.
Mckenna has credits for 7 episode for The Pacific, a ten part WWII series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, and garnered similar acclaim (and a whopping eight gongs at last night's Emmys) to that of its predecessor, Band of Brothers, which chronicled the fortunes of Easy Company in Europe, with which Mckenna also has credits for 3 of the episodes.
The Battle of Midway was a crucial part of WWII, coming off the back of Pearl Harbour. It took place from June 4th - 6th, 1942, and is considered a turning point in the war after so much of the Imperial Japanese Navy was destroyed. This would not »
With this year’s HBO miniseries The Pacific a big success, it’s perhaps not all that surprising to learn that Warner Bros. wants to muscle in on the action. And in an encouraging move, the studio is recruiting one of the men who made that series so good, and has bought up writer/producer Bruce McKenna’s pitch The Battle Of Midway.Midway was one of the turning points in World War Two, coming at a time when the Us was still recovering from the devastating attack on Pearl Harbour. In a decisive victory, the American Navy took out a chunk of the Japanese sea-going forces, including four aircraft carriers and a heavy cruiser.It’s not the first time that such an important clash has been seen on screen: John Ford had the Navy itself shoot footage for 1942’s short Battle of Midway, while 1976’s Midway saw Charlton Heston, »
Warner Bros. has bought Bruce C. McKenna ("The Pacific," "Band of Brothers") World War II pitch The Battle of Midway , reports Deadline . The 3D film would be about the June 4-6, 1942, turning point of the war. The site adds that McKenna is expected to turn in a script in eight weeks for the film, which may carry a price tag of around $200 million. Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road will produce the film. The Battle of Midway was previously turned into a 1942 film, directed by John Ford, and a 1976 version that starred Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn and Hal Holbrook. »
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros has picked up Bruce McKenna's pitch for a $200 million 3D film called "The Battle of Midway," about the turning point in WWII. McKenna, who is the co-executive producer and the writer for the HBO mini-series "The Pacific," will turn on his script in eight weeks. The Battle of Midway took place sixth months after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. When it was over, the supremacy of the Imperial Japanese Navy was lost along with four of its aircraft carriers and one heavy cruiser. The Japanese never recovered. The Battle Of Midway has been captured before on film: in 1942, John Ford directed Oscar-winning "The Battle of Midway" using actual battle footage shot by the Navy. There was also the 1976 film Midway starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn and Hal Holbrook. »
“You’re ghostin’ us, motherfucker. I don’t care who you are back in the world, you give away our position one more time, I’ll bleed ya, real quiet. Leave ya here. Got that?” Watching Predator again it’s always amazing how much of the film is intensely quotable. But perhaps it’s that if you were alive and near a playground, twelve year old boys ate this film up, and watched it repeatedly on HBO. The film is about a bunch of tough hombres (including Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Shane Black, Sonny Landham, and Carl Weathers) headed up by Arnold Schwarzenegger who are sent into the Latin America jungles to rescue some hostages, but end up being targeted by an alien who’s come to the jungle to hunt men. It’s a simple premise, precisely executed by John McTiernan, and has become an action classic since release. »
- Andre Dellamorte
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of three time Academy Award-winning sound designer and film editor Walter Murch in the second of a five part feature... read part one here.
“I try to choose projects that dovetail my own interests,” remarked New York-native Walter Murch. “That’s a significant part of the process – where you are really casting yourself, in much the same way actors cast themselves for a role. In an ideal situation, such as Vanessa Redgrave in Julia, an actor chooses a part that represents an emotional truth to her as an individual, which pushes her somewhere she has not gone before.” Sharing the same name as his painter father, the sound designer established himself as a film editor with the 1977 picture about a young woman (Jane Fonda) who risks her life aiding her childhood friend (Redgrave) help the French Resistance by smuggling money during WWII. Still considered a rookie at the time, »
Sitting with Michael Munn, biographer to the stars, in a somewhat bleak pub near his home in Sudbury, Suffolk, I can't get out of my head that classic Pete 'n' Dud sketch in which the flat-capped Peter Cook reveals to Dudley Moore the problems he is having being harassed by the likes of "bloody Greta Garbo". Munn, an affable man of 57, has long been a stalwart of Sudbury amateur dramatics; he still harbours ambitions of moving to Colchester, "just for the buzz". As he sips at a lunchtime half of lager, and tucks into his chicken salad, he is telling me of the time that Ava Gardner wouldn't take no for an answer.
"Ava was a brief but very intense relationship, »
- Tim Adams
In a post-a-Team world, action series from the eighties seem to be en vogue. Scribe Jason Richman is currently fashioning a MacGyver movie with just a paper clip and some twine. Russell Crowe is attached to a remake of the CBS crime series The Equalizer. Now DreamWorks is hard at work on a reboot of the Lee Major stuntman series The Fall Guy.
The series was created by Glen A. Larson, the man behind such series as Magnum P.I., Knight Rider, and the original Battlestar Galactica. Majors starred as Hollywood stuntman/bounty hunter Colt Seavers, who did all the cool things you would expect a stuntman/bounty hunter to do. More after the jump:
According to 24 Frames, the project is still in early development, but the studio is expected to hire a writer soon. I look forward to more details on the approach.
Majors was 42 during 1981, when the first season started airing. »
- Brendan Bettinger
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