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LeBron James Celebrates His 26th Birthday in Miami

31 December 2010 1:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

LeBron James celebrated his 26th birthday Thursday night with a private, star-studded bash in his new Miami hometown. The basketball star hosted a dinner for his celeb pals at Stk, followed by a late-night party at Coco Deville next door. In addition to his mom, James's girlfriend Savannah Brinson was on hand. Other famous faces in the crowd: Drake, Gabrielle Union and her beau, James's Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, Kelly Rowland, Vivica Fox, Timbaland, Ne-Yo, Spike Lee, Tyrese and Trey Songz.At one point during the festivities, Drake and James both jumped into the deejay booth alongside DJ Irie. »

- Tiffany McGee

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Ed Bland’s “The Cry Of Jazz” Also To Be Preserved In National U.S. Film Registry; Watch It Now!

29 December 2010 8:36 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Thanks to reader Jake for alerting me to this. A film I completely overlooked (and really shouldn’t have) that was also one of the 25 films to be inducted for preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress (yesterday I announced that Spike Lee’s Malcolm X was on the short list).

The experimental film is titled The Cry Of Jazz – a fascinating 34-minute critical analysis of Jazz music, directed by Ed Bland (an African American) – his only film. He went on to a career as a composer, arranger, and producer for the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, and on films like A Raisin In The Sun, Ganja And Hess, and The Cool World.

Shot on 16mm black-and-white, on no budget, with a volunteer cast and crew, the film is essentially a thesis on the structural correlation between black life in America and jazz music. Indeed, Bland wrote a book on the matter, »

- Tambay

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The Empire Will Strike Back Forever!

28 December 2010 5:02 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) has been chosen amongst 25 other films for entry into The National Film Registry, Congress’s annual and ongoing effort to preserve films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” to the United States. But I just wonder… which version of ‘Empire’ is actually going into the archives?

Will it be the original and superior theatrical print which nobody can deny was culturally, historically and aesthetically significant to cinema – or will it be the heavily George Lucas tinkered with Se of more recent times that is all of the above but for the wrong reasons!

Presumably Lucas will insist on the latter going in as that’s his ‘completed vision’ but the Registry must insist on the original print, as that’s the film that changed cinema and not the afterthought re-working. Perhaps the answer of which cut goes into the archive is answered by the inclusion »

- Matt Holmes

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'Empire Strikes Back' preserved by Us

28 December 2010 12:51 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back is to be preserved by the Us Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry. BBC News reports that the George Lucas film will be joined by the American director's student film Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb, made in 1967. Other 'culturally significant' films making the yearly list are Spike Lee's Malcolm X, about the black political revolutionary, and Saturday Night Fever. Each year, 25 films are added to the registry, which began archiving pictures in 1989. A wide variety of other movies were chosen for inclusion this year, including Robert Altman's 1971 western McCabe and Mrs. Miller starring Warren Beatty, Blake Edwards's The Pink Panther and Elia Kazan's first feature film A (more) »

- By Alex Goldberg

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'Empire Strikes Back,' 'Saturday Night Fever,' 'Airplane!' And 22 More Added to National Film Registry

28 December 2010 11:30 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

The Force is strong with "The Empire Strikes Back"... and the 24 other motion pictures that were named to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry on Tuesday, bringing the list's grand total to 550 movies.

Also making the Registry were Alan J. Pakula's 1976 Woodward-and-Bernstein Watergate thriller "All the President's Men," the wacky 1980 comedy "Airplane!," the 1973 horror blockbuster "The Exorcist," Spike Lee's 1992 biopic "Malcolm X," Blake Edwards' 1964 comedy "The Pink Panther," Robert Altman's 1971 Western "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," John Huston's 1946 war doc "Let There Be Light" and Elia Kazan's 1945 feature debut "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and John Badham's 1977 John Travolta-starring disco flick "Saturday Night Fever," "The Front Page" (1931), "It's a Gift" (1934), "Make Way for Tomorrow" (1937), "Cry of Jazz" (1959) and "I Am Joaquin" (1969).

It was an especially good day for George Lucas. In addition to 1980's "Empire," the second installment in his original "Star Wars" trilogy, »

- Tom DiChiara

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"Airplane," "The Exorcist," "The Empire Strikes Back," "All the President's Men" Selected for Preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry

28 December 2010 11:22 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Jedi, goofy flight attendants, a possessed young girl, and two journalists on the brink of discovery are among the characters to be honored for film preservation. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has named 25 motion pictures to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Among the films to be preserved are George Lucas' "Return of the Jedi," "Airplane," William Friedkin's "The Exorcist," and Alan J. Pakula's "All The President's Men." This year.s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 550.

Each year, the Librarian of Congress, under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, to be preserved for all time. In other words, these films are certainly not the "best" (but we can argue that each movie truly represented high quality) but they are works of art »

- Manny

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'Empire Strikes Back' & More Heading to National Film Registry

28 December 2010 10:29 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

For over 20 years now The Library of Congress has chosen a select group of films to be preserved in the National Film Registry, and this year's titles have just been revealed. THR has provided the full list of the 25 films to be preserved for all-time and once again, it's amazing to think that some of these films weren't already in there to begin with. George Lucas has two additions this year with The Empire Strikes Back and his original short Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb (which launched the filmmaker's career) and other influential filmmakers like Spike Lee and the recently deceased Blake Edwards also had films included. More highlights below! Along with Lee's Malcolm X and Edwards original 1964 spawning of The Pink Panther, there are plenty of other films indicative of our culture and times. Throwing back to the days of disco, the Bee Gees laden flick Saturday »

- Ethan Anderton

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Library of Congress Announces Films Added to National Film Registry; Includes The Empire Strikes Back and Airplane!

28 December 2010 9:32 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Every year, the United States National Film Preservation Board chooses a selection of films for preservation in the National Film Registry. Up to 25 films that are deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” are chosen, and said films are then preserved and stored in the Library of Congress.  The list of films that were chosen this year include The Empire Strikes Back, Airplane!, All the President’s Men, The Exorcist, Malcolm X and much, much more. Not surprisingly, a dominant number of films from the 1970’s were selected. Often hailed as one of the most prolific and significant decades in film history, the 1970’s are ripe with films that are today treasured as classics. Films from directors such as Robert Altman, John Huston, Black Edwards, George Lucas, Spike Lee and Elia Kazan were chosen for the registry this year. Films selected do not have to be feature length (Lucas’ student short »

- Adam Chitwood

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'Empire Strikes Back' Added To National Film Registry

28 December 2010 8:53 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'Saturday Night Fever,' 'Airplane!' among other movies recognized by Library of Congress.

By Jayson Rodriguez

"Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back"

Photo: Fox

Thirty years ago, moviegoers were stunned when Darth Vader revealed in "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" that he was Luke Skywalker's father. On Tuesday (December 28), however, there was no surprise when the venerable sci-fi flick was selected by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Film Registry, according to The Associated Press.

The honor recognizes the iconic 1980 movie for being artistically, culturally or historically significant. A copy of the original film will be preserved by the registry at the Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia, for future generations.

"The Empire Strikes Back" was produced by "Star Wars" auteur George Lucas but directed by Irvin Kershner. It was joined by »

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'Empire Strikes Back' Added To National Film Registry

28 December 2010 8:53 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'Saturday Night Fever,' 'Airplane!' among other movies recognized by Library of Congress.

By Jayson Rodriguez

"Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back"

Photo: Fox

Thirty years ago, moviegoers were stunned when Darth Vader revealed in "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" that he was Luke Skywalker's father. On Tuesday (December 28), however, there was no surprise when the venerable sci-fi flick was selected by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Film Registry, according to The Associated Press.

The honor recognizes the iconic 1980 movie for being artistically, culturally or historically significant. A copy of the original film will be preserved by the registry at the Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia, for future generations.

"The Empire Strikes Back" was produced by "Star Wars" auteur George Lucas but directed by Irvin Kershner. It was joined by »

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Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” To Be Preserved In National U.S. Film Registry

28 December 2010 8:45 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Spike Lee’s Malcolm X will rest among the nation’s treasures in the world’s largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings.

The 1992 film is one of 25 films to be inducted Wednesday for preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Joining Spike’s biopic in the 2010 class: Saturday Night Fever, John Badham’s 1977 disco drama starring John Travolta, Robert Altman’s Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller, William Friedkin’s horror classic The Exorcist; All the President’s Men, Airplane!, The Pink Panther (Blake Edwards’ original, not the recent horrendous remakes starring Steve Martin), and 18 others.

The selections date back to 1891, with one of the first motion pictures ever made – Newark Athlete, a short experimental film made at the Edison Laboratory in West Orange, N.J.

The library works with film archives and movie studios to ensure original copies are kept safe. It also acquires a »

- Tambay

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Exorcist, Empire Strikes Back & 23 others added to National Film Registry

28 December 2010 8:04 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

Of the 25 titles that the National Film Registry has added to its archives of culturally important films, one features a little girl possessed by the Devil; another stars a young John Travolta as a New York City disco dancer; and a third features Barbara Billingsley (the mom from Leave it to Beaver) speaking jive.

The three movies mentioned are William Friedkin's The Exorcist, John Badham's Saturday Night Fever and the Zucker brothers' comedy Airplane!. They're among the 2010 movies that the Nfr is adding to the United States Library of Congress because they meet the criteria of being culturally, historically or aesthetically significant by its members.

The oldest film included in the 2010 list is Newark Athlete, a 1893 short that runs 30 seconds and features a young man throwing clubs into the air. The most recent addition is 1996 documentary short Study of a River, while the most recent longform movie is »

- Patrick Sauriol

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The National Film Registry Class of 2010

28 December 2010 7:01 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

The Hollywood Reporter has the list of this year's selections for the National Film Registry. Selected by the Library of Congress, these "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant will be preserved forever to ensure their availability for future generations of cineastes.

The roster this year runs the gamut, from early silents (like 1906's actuality "A Trip Down Market Street") to the avant-garde (like Larry's Jordan's 1969 collage film "Our Lady of the Sphere") to mainstream blockbusters (like disco hallmark "Saturday Night Fever"). Interestingly, there's quite a few contributions this year from major filmmakers who've recently passed away, from directors Irvin Kershner ("The Empire Strikes Back") and Blake Edwards ("The Pink Panther") to actor Leslie Nielsen ("Airplane!").

Here's the full list of the newly inducted members of the National Film Registry. All links will take you to their IMDb page (if you're interested in more detailed descriptions of all the films, you »

- Matt Singer

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“Empire Strikes Back,” “Airplane!” added to National Film Registry

28 December 2010 5:45 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: “Airplane!” has been added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry? Surely you can’t be serious.

I am serious. And because the comedy is such a part of our nation’s pop culture, you don’t even need me to finish Leslie Nielsen’s iconic line.

It’s unfortunate Nielsen, who recently passed, wasn’t around to hear that his film – along with 24 others – had been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. “As the nation’s repository of American creativity, the Library of Congress — with the support of Congress — must ensure the preservation of America’s film patrimony,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said.

“The National Film Registry is a reminder to the nation that the preservation of our cinematic creativity must be a priority because about half of the films produced before 1950 and as much as 90% of those made »

- Sean O'Connell

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The Empire Strikes Back and The Pink Panther saved for future generations

28 December 2010 4:25 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Us National Film Registry's latest additions to their vault run the gamut from a controversial war documentary by John Huston to the screwball antics of Airplane!

A diminutive but wise teacher of the Jedi arts, a bumbling French detective and a charismatic but controversial African American leader can now rest easy — the movies they appeared in have been inducted into a prestigious list of "culturally significant" Us films.

In its annual announcement, the Us National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has named 25 movies which it considers ready to be added to its vault. This year's additions bring the list's total figure to 550 movies. The selection spans almost the entire history of Hollywood film-making, from 1891 to 1996.

Among the new films are two George Lucas movies from very different stages of his career. 1980's Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, which Lucas wrote but did not direct, joins his 15-minute »

- Ben Child

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‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Joins National Film Registry

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress announced the latest 25 movies to be preserved for all time as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and “The Empire Strikes Back, the 1980 sequel to “Star Wars” made the list. According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” some of the other 25 films selected included Spike Lee’s 1992 bio-drama “Malcolm X,” the Blake Edwards comedy “The Pink Panther,” “The Exorcist,” “All the President’s Men” and the comedy “Airplane!” and the 1971 Robert Altman Western McCabe and Mrs. Miller.” »

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‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Joins National Film Registry

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress announced the latest 25 movies to be preserved for all time as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and “The Empire Strikes Back, the 1980 sequel to “Star Wars” made the list. According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” some of the other 25 films selected included Spike Lee’s 1992 bio-drama “Malcolm X,” the Blake Edwards comedy “The Pink Panther,” “The Exorcist,” “All the President’s Men” and the comedy “Airplane!” and the 1971 Robert Altman Western McCabe and Mrs. Miller.” »

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Interviews: Richard Anderson, John Savage at 2010 Chicago Comic Con

27 December 2010 10:41 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Two notable character actors held court at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in Aug. 2010. Richard Anderson (best known for his role as Oscar Goldman on TV’s “The Six Million Dollar Man”) and John Savage (unforgettable in “The Deer Hunter” and “Hair”) were there to meet admirers, sign autographs and take pictures.

HollywoodChicago.com was also there and scored interviews with both actors. Photographer Joe Arce also captured their very distinct images.

Richard Anderson of “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman

Richard Anderson took a leap into TV lore in the 1970s by portraying the iconic associate, Oscar Goldman, to both Steve Austin and Jamie Sommers, who were also known as the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman. But the character actor had been around for quite some time before that, establishing himself as supporting player with the MGM studios starting in the early 1940s. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Spike Lee’s Xmas Eve book singing in Chicago

22 December 2010 3:22 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Something of interest for our Chicago readers is that Spike Lee will be coming to town this Friday Dec 24 for a book signing of his new, nearly 400 paged, retrospective book Do The Right Thing which according to the book’s publisher is “an unprecedented insider’s look at the film, with behind-the-scenes visuals and interviews, this impressive book celebrates the impact of Do The Right Thing on our culture throughout the years.”

The book signing will take place at Barbara’s Bookstore located at 1218 S. Halsted from 4-6Pm. Let’s reminisce about the film for a bit with the opening credits from the film. You remember, back when black films seemed so exciting and adventurous?

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- Sergio

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A Look At Sci-Fi Dance Drama “Boogie Town” (From The Director Of “You Got Served”)

22 December 2010 2:02 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Here’s another one of those projects that’s long been in development, appears to be complete, but has seemingly disappeared; never released; nowhere to be found.

This one is called Boogie Town, and it’s written and directed by the same dude who wrote and directed You Got Served (remember that? – the $8 million 2004 film that starred Marques Houston, Meagan Good, Steve Harvey and others, that went on to gross over $40 million domestically. Not bad right?). The filmmaker’s name is Chris Stokes by the way.

And much like You Got Served, Boogie Town also centers around rival hip-hop dance crews, and it also stars Marques Houston (Houston is to Stokes what Denzel Washington used to be to Spike Lee; this is the 4th time they’ve teamed up as actor and director since 2001).

The synopsis for Boogie Town (budgeted at a reported $1.3 million) reads: “… a modern day West side Story »

- Tambay

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