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The Village Voice has polled of 85 critics who've voted in thirteen categories. Once again, Richard Linklater and Boyhood come out on top. Meantime, the Library of Congress has announced its annual selection of 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry. Among the titles slated for preservation: James Benning's 13 Lakes, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's The Big Lebowski, John Hughes's Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Busby Berkeley's The Gang’s All Here, André de Toth's House of Wax, Arthur Penn's Little Big Man, Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo, Roman Polanski's Rosemary’s Baby, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. » - David Hudson »
The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has selected a new crop of movies that it deems culturally, historically or aesthetically significant enough for preservation. Among the 25 films selected are two cult-favorite slacker adventure epics: the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski and John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The Library praised the "highly quoted" Lebowski's themes of "alienation, inequality and class structure" and for positioning star Jeff Bridges in a career-defining role, and it described Hughes' first film on the registry as a "career highpoint" significant for »
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. Last year's additions included Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Disney's Mary Poppins and Michael Moore's Roger & Me. Now 25 more films will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act as they have been deemed "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history" and represent "the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant." So what made the cut? Variety reports this year's additions include Steven Spielberg's war drama Saving Private Ryan, easily one of the filmmaker's best, Roman Polanski's iconic horror film Rosemary's Baby and John Hughes' comedic classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In addition, the musical adaptation Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder, »
- Ethan Anderton
Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Highlights from the list include the aforementioned film, Arthur Penn’s Western "Little Big Man," John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.," 1953’s “House of Wax, »
- Matt Patches
Roman Polanski is reportedly seeking to overturn his 1977 sex charge in the Us.
The three-decade-old sex charge saw the Polish director flee the Us after admitting "unlawful sexual intercourse" with a 13-year-old girl.
The Chinatown filmmaker has been living in Paris since leaving America in order to avoid arrest. A warrant remains in force against him if he were to return.
Now a French citizen, he is unlikely to be extradited while in the country's territory, but was arrested in Poland in October, while also spending over nine months under house arrest in Switzerland in 2009 and 2010.
Polanski's legal team have stated that the Us justice system has "deliberately omitted the fact that Polanski has already served the term of imprisonment »
Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year’s list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.
Also on the list are John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, Luxo Jr; the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; and Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo. Documentaries and silent films also make up part of the selection which represents titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant; they must also each be at least 10 years old. Check out the rundown of all 25 movies below:
2014 National Film Registry »
- Nancy Tartaglione
“The Big Lebowski,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” are among the 25 films saluted by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in the organization’s annual selection of notable works.
The org says selection will help ensure preservation of these films. This year’s choices bring the registry total to 650, a small fraction of the Library’s vast collection of 1.3 million items. As always, the choices are eclectic, including Hollywood films, indies, documentaries, silent movies and student films.
“The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant,” said the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.”
Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian »
- Tim Gray
Seth Rogen and James Franco have canceled their promotional appearances for The Interview after receiving threats from Sony hackers. [Variety] Evin Cosby, Bill Cosby’s daughter, goes in on his rape accusers, saying that they are lying and should all go to prison. [Jezebel] Kendall Jenner appeared in Vogue just a month ago, but the model has surprised us all by scoring another spread in the magazine. [Perez Hilton] Kate Middleton still manages to stun while wearing a sweatshirt to a London Beaver Scout meeting. [E!] Glee releases a promo video, featuring Lea Michele‘s rendition of “Let It Go,” for its final season. Roman Polanski would like to shoot a new movie in Poland, but first, his lawyer needs to clear his 1978 charge of statutory rape. »
- Alexa Tietjen
Longtime celebrity lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz, who has represented clients including Julian Assange and Patty Hearst, and his team filed a motion in Los Angeles on Monday to represent Polish turned French director Roman Polanski who, at 81, wants to put an end to the circuitous statutory rape case that has followed him since he fled the Us in 1978. According to The New York Times, "The filing charged prosecutors with providing false information to support a recent attempt to have Mr. Polanski extradited from Poland." Back in October 2014, Roman Polanski was released by Polish officials who were questioning him after a Us attempt at extradition. American officials asked that Poland seize the "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby" director while he was attending a Jewish museum opening in Warsaw. But after questioning Polanski, Poland let him off the hook. Read More: Wanted Man Roman Polanski Avoids Arrest in Poland The recent filing by Dershowitz also. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
“It’s been a fantastic night for us and a great night for Poland,” Pawlikowski said as he went up onto the stage of Latvia’s National Opera House for the fourth time on Saturday evening (December 13).
Earlier, when receiving the European Director 2014 trophy, the UK-based director explained that two of the film-makers competing for this honour — Turkey’s Nure Bilge Ceylan and Russia’s Andrey Zvyagintsev — are his favourite directors working today. “Thank you for being losers — this time,” he quipped »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
This list is in alphabetical order.
Only Lovers Left Alive (voted by Rick)
Only Lovers Left Alive, the latest film from cult indie director Jim Jarmusch, stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as Adam and Eve, two century old vampires. Adam is an underground musician with a dedicated cult following. In his past time, he drives through the city in his classic Jaguar, collects music memorabilia, photographs, books, vintage musical instruments and old vinyls. He lives in an isolated home in the ruins of Detroit Michigan where he reunites with his enigmatic lover Eve. There, he enlists the help of one of his most dedicated fans (Anton Yelchin) to help collect the analog equipment he needs, and his doctor (Jeffrey Wright) to provide him with a steady supply of his favourite drink, type O-negative. Immortality is weighing on him and thoughts of suicide slowly take over. Not much happens, and not much needs to. »
2012's Skyfall was one of the most acclaimed Bond chapters in history, and when director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan both confirmed their returns for Bond 24, you could almost hear the collective sigh of relief among 007 fans and movie buffs alike.
Below, Digital Spy rounds up some key facts about the actors, and what little we know about their respective characters.
Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser
While he's probably the biggest name on this list, the Austrian-born Waltz was more or less unknown to English-speaking audiences until 2009, when he starred in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.
His performance as the charismatic, sociopathic SS agent Hans Landa (aka 'The Jew Hunter') earned him an Oscar and a tidal wave of offers from Hollywood. »
Childhood Memories: ‘Sneak Previews’
When renowned film critic, Roger Ebert, died last year, there was a huge outpouring of appreciation from film lovers around the world. He was an ambassador for cinema who introduced audiences to countless films they might have otherwise missed. Ebert and his long-time partner, Gene Siskel, started reviewing movies on their Chicago PBS affiliate back in 1975. The program was called Sneak Previews, and it laid the foundation for their hugely successful syndicated show, Siskel & Ebert, that was to follow a decade later… read the full article.
Monstervision: The Saturday Drive-In
I Got 88 Seconds and a Wookiee Ain’t One: Cinephilic Musings on the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser
I had a plan, I swear. In the days leading up to November 28th, a friend and I had negotiated the logistics of seeing a movie at one of the theatres listed on J.J.’s »
Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.
One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »
- Gary Susman
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent
The Babadook contains DNA from such disparate influences as Roman Polanski, Joe Dante, Georges Méliès, German expressionism, and Roald Dahl, but Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent’s very impressive feature debut is an intensely emotional horror film that feels completely unique in the current film landscape. It’s an allegory on grief, love, loss, and maternal trauma, and is as consistently unnerving as many a Polanski movie (and is the scariest thing with Roald Dahl blood since Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Plagued by memories of a car crash that killed her husband six years prior, former writer and single mother Amelia struggles with an unrewarding new job and the disruptive, often insufferable behaviour of her six-year-old son, Samuel. (Husband Oskar was killed while driving Amelia to the hospital to give birth to Samuel.) One night, for the boy’s bedtime story, »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Dinsey unveiled another piece of the Oscar season puzzle Saturday night with an innovative bi-coastal screening of their big holiday release, the musical adaptation of Into The Woods, which screened simultaneously in New York City and at Disney Studios in Burbank (where I saw it).
Post-screening, a satellite-transmitted Q&A featured director Rob Marshall, screenwriter James Lapine and key cast members. Full disclosure: I have been in love with this Stephen Sondheim masterpiece since even before it debuted on Broadway on Nov. 5, 1987. Southern California native that I am, I trekked down to San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in 1986 for its pre-Broadway tryout and instantly fell in love.
It’s not only one of my favorite Sondheim musicals (in the top three to be sure with Company and West Side Story), but high among the greatest theatrical experiences I have ever had. I have seen the show in various incarnations several times since. »
- Pete Hammond
Sneak Peek new clips of footage,plus images from director Roman Polanski's comedy "Venus in Fur", an adaptation of David Ives's play of the same name, from R.P. Productions and Monolith Films, starring Emmanuelle Seigner and Louis Garrel:
"...'Thomas' is a writer-director of a new play, adapting the 1870 novel 'Venus in Furs' by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Alone in a Parisian theatre after a day of auditioning actresses for lead character 'Wanda von Dunayev', Thomas laments on the phone of the poor performances to come through.
"As he is preparing to leave the theatre, an actress named 'Vanda' (Seigner) arrives disheveled.
"In a whirlwind of energy and unrestrained aggression, Vanda convinces the director to let her read for the part.
"To Thomas' amazement, Vanda shows great understanding of the character and knows every line by heart.
"As the audition progresses, the intensity is redoubled »
- Michael Stevens
Hollywood is reacting to the newly-surfaced, decades-old sexual assault allegations that have surfaced against Bill Cosby — one of the accusers now being former supermodel Janice Dickenson. Piers Morgan penned a column on the topic for the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Patton Oswalt condemned the comedian on social media, and just after NBC announced the decision to scrapped plans for a family show, Roseanne Barr tweeted, "Y did they dump the Cosby sitcom? has something happened? I can't wait 4 spanish fly flavored jello pops 2 hit shelves 4 Xmas! ... maybe Woody Allen or Roman Polanski could b persuaded2
- Ashley Lee
Above: Six in Paris (Rohmer, Godard, Douchet, Chabrol, Pollet & Rouch, France, 1965).
One of France’s best-loved illustrators, Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005) was a prodigious creator. The Folon Foundation in Belgium (his country of birth) lists among its collection “39 watercolours, 3 ink paintings in coloured and Indian ink, 5 oils on wood and collage, 1 oil on canvas and collage, 100 engravings, 50 colour tests, 20 line drawings, 50 original engraved copperplates, 11 screen prints, 15 original objects, 12 sculptures in wood, 25 sculptures in plaster, 2 sculptures in polystyrene, 70 sculptures in patinated bronze, 154 original posters, 18 reproductions of illustrated envelopes, 18 sheets of stamps, 8 Aubusson tapestries, 2 coloured stained-glass windows, 1 automaton in painted resin, 1 mosaic, 1 fountain in pink marble, 4 photos and 8 sundry objects.”
Folon is well known in the Us for his political posters (for Greenpeace and Amnesty International), his book illustrations (Kafka, Ray Bradbury), magazine covers (many for the New Yorker) and his collaboration with Milton Glaser. His style was disarmingly simple and instantly recognizable »
- Adrian Curry
In 2004, Cosby settled out of court when a woman alleged that he had drugged and raped her two years prior. The woman's attorney claimed she had 13 other victims willing to testify against the comedian for similar misconduct. Cosby has denied these charges.
In a new piece for the Washington Post, Bowman says she was one of the alleged victims asked to testify, claiming she too was drugged and raped by the entertainer upon meeting him as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985. "In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone, where he had offered to mentor me and discuss the entertainment industry," she writes. "When I came to, I was in my panties and a man’s t-shirt »
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