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Golden Globes: Voting Track Record Busts Some Old Myths

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The most fervent of the detractors of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. prefer to obsess over the group’s Golden Globes balloting lapses, while obstinately overlooking the org’s real awards voting history.

For every Pia Zadora, there are dozens of Globes winners that consistently demonstrate a seriousness of purpose that regularly matches or surpasses the Academy’s Oscar champions.

The HFPA’s track record of rewarding edgier, more demanding achievements in the dramatic film category is ironically the benefit of the group’s recognition of comedies and musicals.

Cynics will say having both film drama and comedy/musical Golden Globes categories means more stars on the HFPA’s red carpet and awards TV broadcast and more tables sold to the producers. Those are certainly byproducts, but the more significant impact of the acknowledgement of lighter efforts is the ability to double-down on rewarding the more demanding serious fare.


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- Steven Gaydos

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Sherlock: Moffat & Gatiss on Christmas Special ‘The Abominable Bride’

23 hours ago | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Sherlock showrunners Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss share the thinking behind the Sherlock Christmas Special, The Abominable Bride…

The Abominable Bride, a Victorian-set adventure for Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman's Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, comes to BBC One and selected cinemas on New Year's Day.

The plan, as far as it's known, is for series four of Sherlock to start filming a few months afterwards, in Spring 2016.

Here's what Sherlock showrunners Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss told assembled press at a round-table interview on this February's set visit for The Abominable Bride. One message was made very clear: underneath the Victorian garb, it's still very much the same show...

On how the decision to take Sherlock back in time for the Victorian-set Special came about:

Mark Gatiss: We’ve sort of joked about the idea for a long time, but it’s just massively »

- louisamellor

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A Game of Hitchcock Horror in ‘The Bridge Partner’

19 November 2015 6:17 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Interview and feature by Michael Lizarraga.

From torturous, crude surgeons to urban legends of the Black Eyed Kids, Screamfest 2015 yet again un-vaulted a flurry of diabolic short horror films at its recent 15th annual fright festival in Hollywood, California. But if there was one piece of work that teemed with terror amongst this mausoleum of madness, it was Gabriel Olson‘s 14-minute film The Bridge Partner.

Unlike other shorts presented, The Bridge Partner relies on mannerism and emotion rather than conventional gore and guts to bring about squirms, a true “classroom” for today’s young filmmaker in tapping into the more psychological  approach to horror that has given rise to such padded-cell classics as Psycho, Silence Of The Lambs, and Misery.

Selected by Wes Craven himself as the winner of Wes Craven Best Horror Film at Catalina Film Festival (shortly before the legendary filmmaker’s passing) and screened at over 20 festivals worldwide, »

- Holly Interlandi

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Walter Murch Talks the Subtleties of Editing Systems, the Myth of Shot Length, and Visual Sensitivity

18 November 2015 11:41 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I’ve spoken to many people in my time, but few (if any) have the same credentials as Walter Murch, whose résumé would be amazing if it was only for the collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola: editing and / or audio work on all three Godfather films and The Conversation, truly groundbreaking sound design on Apocalypse Now, editing the terribly ignored Youth Without Youth and Tetro — even being around for the early days of The Rain People and lesser-seen oddities such as Captain Eo. But that’s not the half of it, really, since he’s also been instrumental in proving how consumer-grade editing software can be as effective as high-end systems. And then there’s the work that helped George Lucas getting his career started. And the cult sensation that is his only directorial effort, Return to Oz. Or his book, In the Blink of an Eye, which is »

- Nick Newman

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10 Great Performances from Ingrid Bergman

16 November 2015 5:30 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ingrid Bergman’s oeuvre contains few performances that aren’t of note. Such is her power that, if a tear rolls down her cheek, you feel it. The release of Stig Björkman‘s new documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words has prompted us to look back through the great actress’s filmography.

In our search for the essential Bergman roles, the performances which cemented her as a legend of cinema, there’s certainly a number of dazzling and iconic pictures to search through. Acclaimed examples such as Elena and Her Men, Joan of Arc, and Anastasia — the lattermost of which earned her a second Academy Award — narrowly and tragically found their way off the list.

Before checking out Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, take a trip with us back through the career of one of the greatest talents to ever grace the silver screen. Enjoy the »

- Tony Hinds

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The 33 | 2015 AFI Film Festival Review

13 November 2015 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Mountains May Depart: Riggen Reenacts Devastating Chilean Mining Collapse

Mexican director Patricia Riggen makes a curious departure with her third feature, The 33, a studio backed reenactment of the infamous Chilean mining collapse projected worldwide by the media. The world watched in eerie anticipation as thirty-three men waited patiently to be excavated from the bowels of the earth, stuck for an astounding sixty-nine days together in a mining shelter reservoir with a space allotted for thirty. It was one of the most notable world news headlines in 2010, and with all of the men eventually brought to safety in mid-October, they also provided inspiration for Halloween group themed costumes everywhere. If such a move was moderately silly (or tactless) at the time, this Hollywood treatment seems equally exploitative as it mines for thrills akin to the glut of disaster themed studio extravaganzas of the 1970s. Riggen seems committed to humanizing these »

- Nicholas Bell

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Writers Guild of America names Annie Hall as funniest script

13 November 2015 3:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

When talk turns to penning a great comedy film script, Woody Allen is often referred to as one of Hollywood’s best scribes. And now that honour seems to be official – the Writers Guild of America has named Annie Hall as the funniest movie of all time.

Members of the writers’ union have weighed in on what they deem to be the best comedies released in the English-language. The result is a list of 101 features topped by 1977’s Annie Hall.

Directed and co-written by Allen, and starring him opposite Diane Keaton, Annie Hall is centred on a neurotic New Yorker who falls in love with the titular heroine, a budding singer. The romantic comedy was a huge success at the time – winning four Oscars, including Best Picture – and remains a highly-acclaimed classic.

Other Allen titles that made the cut are Sleepers, Bananas, Love and Death, Manhattan and Broadway Danny Rose. »

- Sara Hemrajani

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‘Harry Potter’ Producer David Heyman Tapped for PGA Award

12 November 2015 10:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America has selected “Harry Potter” and “Gravity” producer David Heyman as the recipient of the 2016 David O. Selznick Achievement Award.

The award will be presented to Heyman at the PGA’s awards ceremony on Jan. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Heyman produced all eight Harry Potter films and won the PGA’s Daryl F. Zanuck Award for “Gravity” in a tie vote with “12 Years a Slave.” He also produced “Paddington” and “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.”

“With Harry Potter, David Heyman set the standard for contemporary franchise filmmaking, demonstrating an unerring ability to translate a cherished literary universe to the screen, with all of its depth, humor and heart intact,” PGA Awards Co-Chairs Michael DeLuca and Jennifer Todd said. “He has embraced innovation, taking the technical production challenges of ‘Gravity’ as a mandate to imagine and execute wholly new ways of shooting film. »

- Dave McNary

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The 10 Funniest Screenplays, According To Hollywood's Top Writers

12 November 2015 9:54 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Film buffs who have argued long into the night over the funniest screenplays in the history of cinema no longer need to quarrel. That.s because the helpful folks over at The Writers Guild Of America have compiled a list of the 10 funniest screenplays ever written. And, as you.d expect, the usual suspects feature prominently.  The East and West contingents of The Writers Guild Of America were able to put their differences aside to release their official list, which you can have a gander at below: 1. Annie Hall . 1977 . Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman 2. Some Like It Hot . 1959 . Written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond 3. Groundhog Day . 1993 . Written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis 4. Airplane! . 1980 . Written by James Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker 5. Tootsie . 1982 - Written by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal 6. Young Frankenstein . 1974 . Written by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks 7. Dr Strangelove or: How »

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Annie Hall is the Funniest!

12 November 2015 9:45 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Murtada here.The Writers Guild of America released their list of the 101 funniest screenplays of all time. The screenplays were voted on by members of both the East and West coast branches of the WGA. The eligible screenplays had to be in English and at least one hour in length.

Woody Allen is by far the most popular name on the list. He has seven titles including the WGA’s top pick Annie Hall (1977) which he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Compartively Billy Wilder only has two titles on the list, The Apartment (1960) and Some Like it Hot (1959). Other writers scoring multiple films include Mel Brooks, Preston Sturges, Christopher Guest, Charlie Chaplin, the Coen Brothers and surprisingly Harold Ramis.

Perhaps to ward off criticism about the lack of representation of women and people of color, the WGA acknowledged the list’s heavy “white bro dudeness”:

"Comedy screenwriting has long been »

- Murtada Elfadl

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'Annie Hall' Tops List Of 101 Funniest Screenplays Of All Time

12 November 2015 7:21 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

What's the funniest screenplay ever? If you ask 101 different people you'll get 101 different answers, but the Writers Guild Of America has done that hard work, polled their extensive membership and come up with their own list of the funniest screenplays of all time. And if you want a quick guide to classics in the genre, look no further. Of course, the list features legendary figures like Woody Allen (whose "Annie Hall" tops it all), Mel Brooks, Billy Wilder, and more, but there's also room for the new school. Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig ranked quite high with "Bridesmaids," while "Groundhog Day" cemented its contemporary classic status in third place. I'm a bit surprised to see "The Hangover" make the cut since I'm not sure how well it has aged, though any love for "Wedding Crashers" is fine by me. Thoughts? Take the debate to the comments section. [Deadline] Annie Hall Written »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

11 November 2015 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.

The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.

The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.

The “Annie Hall” screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1977. Allen had six other scripts on the list — “Sleeper,” “Bananas,” “Take the Money and Run, »

- Dave McNary

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The 33 Review

10 November 2015 5:15 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As an international incident is working its way through the news cycle, you can bet cracks are being made on social media about who will option the movie rights. In the particularly protracted case of the 2010 Chilean mining accident, such an adaptation could have been made and released before any of the miners were. It took 69 days and tens of millions of dollars to rescue the 33 men trapped deep within the San José mine, and the world took notice. Now, The 33 lets you revisit those long weeks of waiting in a comparatively comfortable two hours. No diamond cutter of insight, The 33 compresses details, events, and people into bite-sized doses of Based on a True Story uplift. Yet, there are flecks of gold to be found within this rich load of hooey.

Few out there would argue that attention spans have improved in the age of 24-hour news, so »

- Sam Woolf

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Sliff 2015 Interview: Tony West – Director of The Safe Side Of The Fence

8 November 2015 5:35 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The Safe Side Of The Fence screens Wednesday, November 11th at 7pm at St. Louis University’s Center for Global Citizenship (3672 West Pine Mall St. Louis, Mo 63108) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Director Tony West will be in attendance. Admission is free.

World War II’s Manhattan Project required the refinement of massive amounts of uranium, and St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt took on the job. As a result, the chemical company’s employees would become some of the most contaminated nuclear workers in history. Tony West’s new documentary The Safe Side Of The Fence both explores that legacy — St. Louis is still coping with the fallout of creating some of the world’s first nuclear waste — and tells the story of nuclear workers both past and present.

Tony West took the time to answer some questions about his film for We Are Movie Geeks »

- Tom Stockman

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Glenn Close: critical acclaim built on strength of character

6 November 2015 9:16 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The 68-year-old, who will return to the West End in Sunset Boulevard, came late to acting, but a talent for commanding roles has kept her reputation growing

Gloria Swanson was 50 years old when she played Norma Desmond, the deluded antiheroine of Sunset Boulevard. Director Billy Wilder said of Swanson that there was “a lot of Norma in her”. The parallels between Swanson –a former goddess of the silent screen who all but disappeared with the advent of the talkies – and her character were not lost on 1950s viewers, even if the movie’s success ironically brought for her the renewed recognition her character so tragically craves.

Related: Glenn Close: Sunset Boulevard heroine is 'part of fabric of my being'

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- Steve Rose

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Why Sunset Boulevard's Norma Desmond is the role that "haunted" Glenn Close

3 November 2015 1:22 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Glenn Close may have played Fatal Attraction's "bunny boiler" Alex Forrest and 101 Dalmatians' sinister Cruella De Vil, but one of the roles that's stuck with her the most is Norma Desmond, the fading silent movie star from Sunset Boulevard.

Close played the unhinged actress in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical in Los Angeles and New York during the '90s, and next year she'll make her West End debut reprising the part at London's Eno Coliseum.

The original Broadway production, with book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, bagged seven Tony Awards in 1995, including Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Close.

Speaking at a press conference in London, Close explained why she wanted to play Desmond again two decades later.

"When I was approached to do this I thought it was actually a gift, to do a character and then to be able »

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Day of the Dead List: Top 10 Most Piercingly Horrific Movie Screams

1 November 2015 8:19 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Top Ten Scream Queens: Barbara Steele, who both emitted screams and made others do same, is in a category of her own. Top Ten Scream Queens Halloween is over until next year, but the equally bewitching Day of the Dead is just around the corner. So, dead or alive, here's my revised and expanded list of cinema's Top Ten Scream Queens. This highly personal compilation is based on how memorable – as opposed to how loud or how frequent – were the screams. That's the key reason you won't find listed below actresses featured in gory slasher films. After all, the screams – and just about everything else in such movies – are as meaningless as their plots. You also won't find any screaming guys (i.e., Scream Kings) on the list below even though I've got absolutely nothing against guys who scream in horror, whether in movies or in life. There are »

- Andre Soares

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Jurassic World 3-D

26 October 2015 6:11 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Meet Indominus Rex, a designer dinosaur with the brain of Hannibal Lecter and a cloaking device like Predator! Steven Spielberg steps back and lets a pro team put together the most-likely-to-earn-billions entry imaginable for the Jurassic Park franchise, where dinosaurs love to eat people, but not cute kids or privileged heroes. The special effects are better than ever in 3-D. Jurassic World Blu-ray + DVD Universal Studios Home Entertainment 2015 / Color / 2:1 widescreen / 125 min. Street Date October 20, 2015 / 34.98 Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, Bd Wong, Judy Greer, Lauren Lapkus, Brian Tee, Katie McGrath, Andy Buckley. Cinematography John Schwartzman Film Editor Kevin Stitt <Original Music Michael Giacchino Written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly, based on characters by Michael Crichton Produced by Patrick Crowley, Frank Marshall Directed by Colin Treverrow

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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- Glenn Erickson

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The Royal Road | Review

26 October 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Jenni Olson begins The Royal Road, her latest emotional excavation of Hollywood nostalgia via Benning-esque 16mm landscape portraiture, by self-referentially quoting Michel Chion on the shadowy pretext of off screen voiceover after reflecting in her own dryly articulated voiceover on the monologue that opens Billy Wilder’s classic allegory of broken La dreams, Sunset Boulevard. Though Olson’s film revolves around another stretch of California highway, the 600-mile El Camino Real strip, the cinematic reference leads us down a winding poetic path on which Hollywood history, the neglected record of the Mexican American War and Olson’s own unrequited romantic pursuits come together with the same sort of mannered meditation that won her San Francisco Film Critics Circle’s Marlon Riggs Award for The Joy of Life back in 2005.

Pitting rigorously composed images of modern day Los Angeles and San Francisco against her own gender dysphoric voice, she explicates an »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

19 October 2015 7:19 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Writer Jesse Andrews and director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon overturn the formula for the modern teen comedy: they lay on the quirky storytelling and goofy movie parodies, but also give us characters that are reasonably human and complex. We're soon invested in a warm and rewarding drama. Young actors Thomas Mann, Rj Cyler and Olivia Cooke deal with real problems, and the movie doesn't try to change the subject to sex in every scene. A charming show, very worthwhile. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Blu-ray 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2015 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date October 6, 2015 / Starring Thomas Mann, Rj Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal, Katherine C. Hughes, Matt Bennett. Masam Holden. <Cinematography Chung-hoon Chung Film Editor David Trachtenberg Original Music Brian Eno, Nico Muhly Written by Jesse Andrews from his novel Produced by Jeremy Dawson, Dan Fogelman, Steven Rales Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon »

- Glenn Erickson

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