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13 items from 2014


Best Shot - Final 5 Episodes of 2014

23 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hit Me With Your Best Shot always has to step aside for the utter madness of Fall Festivals and Awards Season. It will return for a sixth season next March. So join in now while we're still rolling and see how much fun it is over the course of the next five movies. It's simple to play:

1) Watch the movie.

2) Choose your "Best Shot" (your definition - beauty in the eye of the beholder)

3) Post it online somewhere with a few words about why you chose it. We link up. 

Tues July 29th Cries & Whispers (1973)

Since we're celebrating 1973 all July to coincide with the Smackdown, here's your Best Cinematography winner. Ingmar Bergman's extraordinary movie about sisters and death. Cheerful! 

Tues August 5th The Saddest Children In The World (2003-2009)

Bite-sized Week. Here's a short film trilogy from the super gifted Canadian filmmaker Jamie Travis (For a Good Time, Call. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Watch: 70 Minute Master Class With William Friedkin

15 July 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As you’ve probably heard by now, we caught up with William Friedkin at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival last week where he revealed he’s had a meeting with “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto about working on season two—we’ll have the full interview for you soon. While we wait to see how the directing situation for the HBO show pans out, it’s the perfect opportunity to sit in on a master class Friedkin conducted at the festival. Like his contemporaries in the so-called New Hollywood movement, Friedkin is an ardent and cultivated fan of cinema and so it’s no surprise when he namechecks films as disparate as Milos Forman’s “The Firemen’s Ball”, Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “All About Eve”—which he calls the best American screenplay ever—as his influences and some of his favorite films. The »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Daily | Venice 2014 | Classics Lineup

15 July 2014 8:09 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Launched in 2012, Venice Classics will be presenting 21 new restorations at during the 71st edition of the festival running from August 27 through September 6. Among the highlights: Robert Bresson's Mouchette (1967), Krzysztof Kieslowski's No End (1984), Roman Polanski's Macbeth (1971), François Truffaut's Stolen Kisses (1968), Anthony Mann's The Man from Laramie (1955), Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Guys and Dolls (1955), Marco Bellocchio's China Is Near (1967), Maurice Pialat's Love Exists (1961) and Jack Clayton's The Innocents (1961). » - David Hudson »

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Venice Classics line-up revealed

15 July 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the 21 restored films – 18 features and 3 shorts - that will screen in its Classics section of restored films.

The section, introduced in 2012, features a selection of classic film restorations completed over the past year by film libraries, cultural institutions or production companies around the world.

Director Giuliano Montaldo will chair the jury of film students which will award the Venice Classics Award for Best Restored Film and for Best Documentary on Cinema.

The 2014 Venice Classics line up:

Features 

Baisers volés (Stolen Kisses), dir François Truffaut (France, 1968, Colour) restored by : Mk2

Bez końca (No End), dir Krzysztof Kieślowski (Poland, 1984, 108’, Colour) restored by: Studio Filmowe Tor with the support of the National Audiovisual Institute (the Multiannual Government Programme Culture +) and the Polish Film Institute

Gelin (Bride), dir Omer Lütfi Akad (Turkey, 1973, 92’, Colour) restored by: Erman Film

Guys and Dolls, dir Joseph L. Mankiewicz (USA, 1955, 150’, Colour) restored by: Warner Bros. Motion Pictures Imaging and [link »

- sarah.cooper@screendaily.com (Sarah Cooper)

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‘Guys and Dolls’ Joins Venice Classics Line-up

15 July 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled its Venice Classics line-up, which includes Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “Guys and Dolls” (1955) and Francois Truffaut’s “Baisers voles” (Stolen Kisses, 1968).

The section is devoted to classic films that have been restored over the past year by film archives, cultural institutions or production companies, and documentaries about cinema and its auteurs. The pics compete for awards for best restored film, and best documentary on cinema.

The festival, which runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6, will present 21 restored films in the Venice Classics section, including 18 feature-length films and three short films.

The line-up includes a screening of Marco Bellocchio’s “La Cina e vicina” (China Is Near), winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1967 Venice Film Festival. Restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, the film is drawn from the collection of Historic Archives of the Contemporary Arts (Asac).

Other films »

- Leo Barraclough

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Lip Service: The Top 10 Movie Catchphrases

11 July 2014 5:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The obligatory movie catchphrase…memorable golden dialogue for the cinematic soul. What film fan does not enjoy reciting and repeating their favorite movie quotes? After all, there are countless catchphrases in films–some are famous, some are familiar, some are obscure. Still, paraphrasing movie quips has become an art onto itself?

So what are your all-time movie catchphrases? Perhaps it is Jimmy Cagney’s “You dirt rat…you killed my brother?”. Maybe it is Cary Grant’s “Judy, Judy, Judy”? Or how about Lauren Bacall’s “You know how to whistle, don’t you? Just blow…” Whatever movie catchphrases catches your fancy is fine so long as it brings up memories of the film or film characters tat have made a big impression on your cinema experiences.

The Lip Service: The Top 10 Movie Catchphrases selections are: (in alphabetical order according to film title):

1.) “Fasten your seat belts, it »

- Frank Ochieng

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Best Shot Schedule - Final Episodes

2 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The first half of the 5th season of "Best Shot" began with the most robust participation ever. I hope we can kick it back up to that notch for these final 5-7 episodes. Here's what's on tap so adjust your queues and join the fun... 

Tues July 15th Batman 75th Anniversary Special (1989-2012)

WB/DC have been celebrating the 75th birthday of the winged nut (not to be confused with wingnut) all year with various events. For this special event, choose any one (or more) of the 9 theatrically released Batman features and select your "Best Shot". I'll link up to your selections. It'll be interesting to see which of the features and which characters are best represented, don't you think? I'm guessing everyone chooses Batman and Robin as their favorite. 

Batman (1966) | Batman (1989) | Batman Returns (1992) | Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) | Batman Forever (1995) | Batman & Robin (1997) | Batman Begins (2005) | The Dark Knight (2008) | The Dark Knight Rises »

- NATHANIEL R

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Screen Legend with Longest Film Star Career Turns 97 Today

1 May 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Danielle Darrieux turns 97: Darrieux has probably enjoyed the longest film star career in history (photo: Danielle Darrieux in ‘La Ronde’) Screen legend Danielle Darrieux is turning 97 today, May 1, 2014. In all likelihood, the Bordeaux-born (1917) Darrieux has enjoyed the longest "movie star" career ever: eight decades, from Wilhelm Thiele’s Le Bal (1931) to Denys Granier-Deferre’s The Wedding Cake / Pièce montée (2010). (Mickey Rooney has had a longer film career — nearly nine decades — but mostly as a supporting player in minor roles.) Absurdly, despite a prestigious career consisting of more than 100 movie roles, Danielle Darrieux — delightful in Club de femmes, superb in The Earrings of Madame De…, alternately hilarious and heartbreaking in 8 Women — has never won an Honorary Oscar. But then again, very few women have. At least, the French Academy did award her an Honorary César back in 1985; additionally, in 2002 Darrieux and her fellow 8 Women / 8 femmes co-stars shared Best Actress honors »

- Andre Soares

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‘Somewhere in the Night’ finds adequate balance somewhere between mystery and compelling drama

18 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Somewhere in the Night

Written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Directed by Howard Dimsdale and Joseph L. Mankiewizc

USA, 1946

A man (John Hodiak) wakes up in a military hospital, cognizant of the fact that he has been in battle for the United States but entirely oblivious of who he is or where he lives. Only a few cryptic pieces of paper in his pocket inform him of his name  George Taylor; that a woman now hates him; and that a good pal of his, Larry Cravat, wants to meet him in Los Angeles transfer a significant amount of saved up funds through a bank account. Thus begins George’s vertiginous journey into the City of Angels, where the clues as to his true identity sometimes add up whilst other times stir further confusion. By all accounts, there are some people who view the name Larry Cravat as either a threat, as in the case of Lt. »

- Edgar Chaput

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Following Anderson's Death, Only Two Gwtw Performers Still Living

9 April 2014 7:40 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gone with the Wind’ actress Mary Anderson dead at 96; also featured in Alfred Hitchcock thriller ‘LifeboatMary Anderson, an actress featured in both Gone with the Wind and Alfred Hitchcock’s adventure thriller Lifeboat, died following a series of small strokes on Sunday, April 6, 2014, while under hospice care in Toluca Lake/Burbank, northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Anderson, the widow of multiple Oscar-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy, had turned 96 on April 3. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1918, Mary Anderson was reportedly discovered by director George Cukor, at the time looking for an actress to play Scarlett O’Hara in David O. Selznick’s film version of Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller Gone with the Wind. Instead of Scarlett, eventually played by Vivien Leigh, Anderson was cast in the small role of Maybelle Merriwether — most of which reportedly ended up on the cutting-room floor. Cukor was later fired from the project; his replacement, Victor Fleming, »

- Andre Soares

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Watch The 3rd Trailer for Disney’s Maleficent; See The Latest Photos

18 March 2014 11:29 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The last time a role was truly tailor-made for an actress was when Oscar-winner Elizabeth Taylor played the young queen of Egypt in the 1963 movie, Cleopatra, from director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It had exotic makeup and wardrobe, elaborate sets and a glamorous A-list movie star.

Some 40 years later, Disney has taken a page from the glory days of Hollywood with Angelina Jolie starring in the upcoming adventure Maleficent.

Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone.

Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora.

L to R: Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and Young Aurora (Vivienne Jolie-Pitt). Ph: Frank Connor ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

As the child grows, »

- Michelle McCue

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Oscars 2014: What Are the Odds of a Best Picture-Best Director Split?

26 February 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The 85-year history of the Academy Awards is rife with statistical oddities, and one that has the potential to play out this Sunday is among the most intriguing: a split between the films that win Best Picture and Best Director.

Though conventional wisdom has long held that only one film will walk away with both prizes on Oscar night, many pundits are predicting that the awards will instead go to two different movies this year, with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron expected to snag the Best Director statuette, while "12 Years a Slave" (or "American Hustle," depending on where your loyalties lie) is the favorite to win Best Picture.

While such a split has occurred just 22 times since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started handing out trophies in 1929, four of the first five ceremonies produced a divide between the Best Director and Best Picture prizes. "Wings," dubbed the original »

- Katie Roberts

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86th Academy Awards Nominations – American Hustle and Gravity Lead With 10

16 January 2014 9:04 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Contributed by Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson

For many, Christmas morning came today in the form of the annual Oscar nominations announcement.

Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards today (January 16) at a 5:38 a.m. Pt live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. Wamg was once again invited to the big event.

American Hustle and Gravity were the films of the day with 10 nominations, followed by a great showing for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave with 9 nods.

Captain Phillips, Nebraska and Dallas Buyers Club saw 6 each, while Spike Jonze’s Her and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street garnered 5 a piece.

Of note, all the 9 Best Picture nominees were released in the last part of the 2013.

Gravity – October 3, 2013

Captain Phillips – October 10, 2013

12 Years a Slave – October 17, 2013

Dallas Buyers Club – November 1, 2013

Nebraska – November 15, 2013

Philomena – November »

- Movie Geeks

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