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It’s a common image in cinema: a beautiful, but vulnerable woman entering a cold and unforgiving world, where good bone-structure and talent become dangerously interchangeable. While navigating the leering male gaze and sometimes heartless competition of female peers, she also must do battle with her own insecurities and self-doubts, all of which can be seemingly cured with the miraculous kiss of success. But for some, that success can lead directly to their downfall. Sometimes, the consequences can even be lethal, the adversary too ruthless to be conquered, and the beauty is left to rust in tragic defeat. And sometimes, it’s more painfully simple. They merely want to cut the poor girl’s throat.
The Neon Demon, the spellbinding new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn, is now playing in theaters nationwide. The plot follows Jesse (Elle Fanning) a 16-year-old girl who arrives in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a successful model. »
- Tony Hinds
Get out your handkerchiefs, director Joseph Mankiewicz’ 1947 fantasy has been known to inspire tears in even the hardest-hearted moviegoer. This ectoplasmic romance between Gene Tierney (as the most beautiful spinster ever to don a shawl and wire-rim glasses) and Rex Harrison as the sea-faring ghost who loves her is a match not made in heaven but certainly headed there. Bernard Herrmann’s wistful score is the finishing touch on one of the greatest date-night movies ever.
- TFH Team
Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has given the go ahead to a remake of the classic musical Guys and Dolls, with Michael Grandage (Genius) set to direct from a script by Danny Strong (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay).
Based on Damon Runyon’s short stories and the 1950 stage musical, Guys and Dolls was previously adapted for the screen by director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and producer Samuel Goldwyn in 1955 and starred Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit, a gambler looking to set up an unlicensed game of craps. In order to do so, he makes a bet with acquaintance Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) where Sky must take the girl of Nathan’s choosing to dinner in Havana, with Nathan nominating the wholesome missionary sister Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons).
- Gary Collinson
John Goldwyn is producing the picture with Working Title. Goldwyn’s grandfather Samuel Goldwyn produced the movie, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz with Frank Sinatra starring as Nathan Detroit, a gambler feeling the pressure from the police, and Marlon Brando as fellow gambler Sky Masterson.
The movie was based on the 1950 Broadway musical, which won the Tony for Best Musical that year. The musical was based on Damon Runyon’s stories “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Browne” and “Blood Pressure,” published in the 1930s.
Grandage directed a 2005 stage version of “Guys and Dolls” in London, starring Ewan McGregor as Sky Masterson and Douglas Hodge as Nathan Detroit. He’s currently Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company.
- Dave McNary
Given how long 20th Century Fox has been developing the project, it was not a matter of if but when they would get going on their remake of the classic musical “Guys and Dolls.” The production has taken one step forward, as a director has signed on to step into the shoes of Joseph L. Mankiewicz. […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
“Anger Management Issues”
Released in the same year as Billy Wilder’s acerbic film noir attack on Tinsel Town, Sunset Boulevard, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s similar assault on show business, All About Eve, Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place was nowhere near as popular—but it was just as scathing. It may not have been a box office success, but the picture’s reputation has grown considerably over the decades, mainly because Bogart’s performance as a bitter, angry movie scribe ranks among his best onscreen personas. But it’s not pretty. The guy has anger management issues, the likes of which probably had not been seen in a mainstream film prior to the picture’s release. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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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NYC’s Rooftop Films have announced their 2016 summer slate including Weiner, Cameraperson, The Fits, Hunt For the Wilderpeople, and more.
New York Times‘ A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis discuss the state of cinema:
Seen any good movies lately? Seen any movies? Chances are you have — but maybe not in an actual theater. Americans used to adore going out to the movies, but that love has been on the rocks for decades. Once, the rival was television. Maybe it still is given that so much more of what’s produced specifically for the »
- TFS Staff
Katharine Hepburn wants niece Elizabeth Taylor to get a lobotomy to protect the reputation of her dead son. A troubled production denounced by screenwriter Gore Vidal and author of the original one-act play Tennessee Williams, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's baroque Southern Gothic was a surprisingly potent boxoffice attraction due to the stars and a somewhat salacious ad campaign. Given the restrictions of the production code, the Catholic Church gave a surprising pass to the intimations of homosexuality interwoven throughout the film’s two hour running time. »
- TFH Team
Alejandro G. Iñárritu made Oscar history in a couple of ways Sunday night becoming the first director to win back to back Oscars in 66 years, and only the third ever to do it after Joseph L. Mankiewicz and John Ford. He also became the third Mexican director in a row to win (his victory last year for Birdman, and Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity), a true statement of diversity in a broadcast that basically pummeled the industry audience with jabs at the mostly white nature of… »
Epic storytelling and grand cinematic visions won big during a surprisingly edgy, entertaining and often political Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night. The producers of the investigative-journalism biopic Spotlight took home the Oscar for Best Picture, while director Alejandro G. Iñárritu and actor Leonard DiCaprio earned honors for their contributions to The Revenant. Additionally, Mad Max: Fury Road swept a number of technical categories.
The evening's biggest winner, however, was host Chris Rock who walked onstage to Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" and didn't stop challenging the lack of diversity among »
“Gracias a la Academia — Thanks to the Academy,” the Mexican native began his acceptance. “I can’t believe this is happening. It’s amazing to receive this award tonight. It’s much more beautiful for me to share it with all the talented and crazy cast and colleagues and crew members that made this film possible.”
The 52-year-old has joined directing icons John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz as the only helmers to win in consecutive years. Ford won for “Grapes of Wrath” and “How Green Was My Valley” in 1940-41, while Mankiewicz won for “A Letter to Three Wives »
- Dave McNary
As predicted, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("The Revenant") won Best Director at the Oscars on Sunday. He was Gold Derby's frontrunner with odds of 2/9 to prevail, just one year after winning for "Birdman." The last time someone won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director was Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who prevailed for "A Letter to Three Wives" (1949) and "All About Eve" (1950). Prior to that, John Ford had won two of his record four Oscars consecutively for helming "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) and "How Green Was My Valley" (1941). -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Our official odds are derived from the predictions of 28 Expert film journalists along with our seven in-house Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year's Oscars, the All-Star Users who did the be »
With Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Oscar win tonight as Best Director for The Revenant, the director became part of Academy history by becoming the first director in 65 years to win back-to-back directing Oscars. The only other two in that elite club are helmers John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Inarritu also directed Leonardo DiCaprio to his first ever Oscar with The Revenant. The Mexican helmer also took home the top honor at this years’ DGA Awards and those awards are… »
In a major upset, Mark Rylance scored a best supporting actor win at the 88th Academy Awards for his portrayal of a Soviet agent in “Bridge of Spies” over heavily favored “Creed” star Sylvester Stallone. Best known as a theater actor, the Steven Spielberg drama was Rylance’s highest-profile film to date.
“I’ve always just adored stories,” said Rylance. “So for me to have the chance to work with, I think one of the greatest storytellers of our time, Steven Spielberg, has been such an honor. And unlike some of the leaders we’re being presented with these days, he leads with such love.”
In addition to Rylance’s victory, “The Danish Girl’s” Alicia Vikander scored a best supporting actress win, Hungarian Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” was named best foreign film, and “Inside Out” picked up a best animated feature statue.
Sunday’s ceremony unfolded in the »
- Brent Lang
Every Academy Awards show provides a little slice of history, but more Oscar records than usual could hang in the balance on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre. Here are some of the landmarks that could conceivably be reached by the time the final envelope is opened: If Alejandro G. Inarritu wins Best Director for “The Revenant,” he’ll be the third director to win that award in consecutive years, after John Ford for “The Grapes of Wrath” and “How Green Was My Valley” (1940-41) and Joseph L. Mankiewicz for “A Letter to Three Wives” and “All About Eve” (1949-50). If “The. »
- Steve Pond
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("The Revenant") is the frontrunner with odds of 1/4 to win Best Director at the Oscars on Sunday, just one year after winning for "Birdman." The last time someone won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director was Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who prevailed for "A Letter to Three Wives" (1949) and "All About Eve" (1950). Prior to that, John Ford had won two of his record four Oscars consecutively for helming "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) and "How Green Was My Valley" (1941). -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Our official odds are derived from the predictions of 27 Expert film journalists along with our seven in-house Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year's Oscars, the All-Star Users who did the best for the past two years combined and t...' »
This year’s best picture race is one of the tightest in recent memory, with frontrunners The Revenant, The Big Short, and Spotlight all jockeying for the Academy’s big prize. Some bolder predictors may even see hope for George Miller’s action epic, Mad Max: Fury Road.
In a competition this stiff it’s often a good idea to take a look back at history to try and glean out some details that may make the image clearer. One such statistic that may shed light on this year’s best pic winner lies in the history of the best screenplay categories, both adapted and original, which may spell defeat for director Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Western, The Revenant.
While the best picture Oscar generally goes to the film with the most nominations, The Revenant, which leads the field in number of nominations this year »
- Patrick Shanley
With the 88th Academy Awards looming in less than a week, it’s time for a list of final predictions. And besides best picture, the supporting races appear to be the trickiest among the major categories.
Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”) and Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) dominated at earlier awards, but Stallone was not SAG- or BAFTA-nominated, largely due to “Creed’s” late-breaking buzz, while Vikander was nominated for lead actress at the BAFTAs and the Globes. BAFTA winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) could cause Stallone trouble, as could Christian Bale (“The Big Short”) or Mark Ruffalo — “Spotlight” being his second nomination in as many years. But honoring the 69-year-old veteran for 40 years of portraying an endearing character would be a perfect Oscar moment. And while Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”) was the beneficiary of Vikander’s category change at earlier awards, the “Danish Girl” star should double up on her SAG win. »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Oscars are coming up this weekend, meaning there is no better time to brush up on your Oscar nominee trivia!
The awards race this year has been largely unpredictable, but there are a few categories that we feel we could bet on. Brie Larson looks like she'll be taking home Best Actress for her performance in Room, and Inside Out looks like a sure thing for Best Animated Feature.
It looks like Leonardo DiCaprio is set to take home his first Oscar, for his grueling performance in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant. While we'd be super happy for Leo, what's even more astonishing is the chance his director has to make history.
If The Revenant takes home Best Picture, it'll be the first time in Oscar history that one director will have a film that has won Best Picture two years in a row. Last year, Inarritu's film Birdman won Best Picture, »
- Adriana Floridia
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