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The Conversation: Drew Morton and Landon Palmer Discuss ‘Cléo from 5 to 7’

12 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their eighth piece, they discuss Agnès Varda’s stunning and essential character study Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962).

Drew’S Take

This month brings the Criterion/Eclipse release of the five film box set “Agnès Varda in California,” making August the perfect time to revisit her seminal 1962 film Cléo from 5 to 7. The close to real-time film covers 90 minutes (the title is a slight fib) in the life of a beautiful French pop singer (Corinne Marchand). She has two hours to wait until her Doctor contacts her to confirm if she has cancer and what her prognosis is. In the first scene of the film, Cléo visits a fortune teller whose tarot cards reveal that she will experience a transformative experience that may involve her death. She »

- Landon Palmer

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Screen Talk: Spike Lee's Oscar, Tarantino Talks, Whither Weinstein Co?

28 August 2015 12:13 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Quentin Tarantino and the Weinstein Co. harbor awards hopes for "The Hateful Eight," a claustrophobic western with Shakespearean dimensions. Will the movie deliver at Oscar time? In an interview with New York, Tarantino compares himself to other Oscar-winning screenwriters Billy Wilder and Woody Allen. What's going on with his patrons, the Weinsteins, who are undergoing turbulent management shifts? Eric Kohn and I also debate the merits of the Academy Governors Awards picks, including an honorary Oscar for youngish Spike Lee, 58. Is it hypocritical for the Academy to give him an honorary Oscar when the studios are no longer making the kinds of films that made his name? We also talk festivals and upcoming movies. Per usual! »

- Anne Thompson

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Interview: David Spaltro Talks In The Dark

21 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

David Opie sits down with director David Spaltro to talk about his new horror movie In the Dark…   

David Opie: Hi David. Thanks for talking to us at Flickering Myth. In the Dark is a great indie horror, something’s that all too rare these days. What inspired you to make a horror film for your third feature?

David Spaltro: It was sort of just fortuitous timing, really. I had been in development on a third feature film Wake Up in New York, and slated to go into production in Spring 2014, but that Winter hit a financing snag that sort of put the breaks on it at the time. I was a little burned out after all that work, and not sure if I should take a break and go back to trying to get that back up again, or look at a different project, when I was contacted »

- David Opie

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Masters of Cinema Cast – Episode 42 – The Lost Weekend

21 August 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

We’ve all had them; but I dare say not many like this as Joakim and Sam Hutchinson from Cinema Etc talk about Billy Wilders The Lost Weekend.

From Masters of Cinema:

Directed by Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot), this gut-wrenching adaptation of Charles Jackson’s The Lost Weekend horrified its studio, was rejected by test audiences, and was lobbied by temperance groups, yet went on to huge success and became the awards sensation of its year.

Ray Milland stars as Don Birnam, a New York author struggling with years of alcoholism and writer’s block. Trying to keep him on the path to rehabilitation are his straight-laced brother Wick (Philip Terry) and devoted long-time girlfriend Helen (Jane Wyman). When Don absconds from a country excursion, he embarks on a four-day binge, spiralling towards rock bottom.

Winner of the Grand Prix at the first ever Cannes Film Festival, »

- Tom Jennings

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Sir Patrick Stewart Has Blunt Thoughts on the 'Wonderful Wacky Extraordinary Eccentric' 'Blunt Talk'

19 August 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Even after decades on the stage and screen, Sir Patrick Stewart still seems to be having an awful lot of fun, and his latest project is no exception. "Blunt Talk," created by Jonathan Ames and produced by Seth MacFarlane, features the legendary Shakespearean actor and starship captain as Walter Blunt, a talk show host whose love of misbehavior could cost him everything. But with the support of his valet Harry, played by Adrian Scarborough, he might just muddle through. Read More: Jonathan Ames on Learning to Write Again, 'Normal Kids' and Leaving Everything in New York At the TCA Press Tour this year, Stewart and Scarborough sat down with Indiewire for a wide-ranging conversation that included everything from how "Blunt Talk" came to be, the craziest stunt Scarborough had to pull off and Stewart's strong opinions on the Falklands War. (Also, did you know Stewart met Billy Wilder once? Because he totally did. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Sir Patrick Stewart Has Blunt Thoughts on the 'Wonderful Wacky Extraordinary Eccentric' 'Blunt Talk'

19 August 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Even after decades on the stage and screen, Sir Patrick Stewart still seems to be having an awful lot of fun, and his latest project is no exception. "Blunt Talk," created by Jonathan Ames and produced by Seth MacFarlane, features the legendary Shakespearean actor and starship captain as Walter Blunt, a talk show host whose love of misbehavior could cost him everything. But with the support of his valet Harry, played by Adrian Scarborough, he might just muddle through. Read More: Jonathan Ames on Learning to Write Again, 'Normal Kids' and Leaving Everything in New York At the TCA Press Tour this year, Stewart and Scarborough sat down with Indiewire for a wide-ranging conversation that included everything from how "Blunt Talk" came to be, the craziest stunt Scarborough had to pull off and Stewart's strong opinions on the Falklands War. (Also, did you know Stewart met Billy Wilder once? Because he totally did. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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MGM's Lioness, the Epitome of Hollywood Superstardom, Has Her Day on TCM

10 August 2015 2:19 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Joan Crawford Movie Star Joan Crawford movies on TCM: Underrated actress, top star in several of her greatest roles If there was ever a professional who was utterly, completely, wholeheartedly dedicated to her work, Joan Crawford was it. Ambitious, driven, talented, smart, obsessive, calculating, she had whatever it took – and more – to reach the top and stay there. Nearly four decades after her death, Crawford, the star to end all stars, remains one of the iconic performers of the 20th century. Deservedly so, once you choose to bypass the Mommie Dearest inanity and focus on her film work. From the get-go, she was a capable actress; look for the hard-to-find silents The Understanding Heart (1927) and The Taxi Dancer (1927), and check her out in the more easily accessible The Unknown (1927) and Our Dancing Daughters (1928). By the early '30s, Joan Crawford had become a first-rate film actress, far more naturalistic than »

- Andre Soares

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'Sunset Blvd.': 15 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Hollywood Classic

10 August 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Long before the lurid "E! True Hollywood Story" series, there was "Sunset Boulevard" -- maybe the darkest, most cynical movie ever made about what Hollywood is really like.

Released 65 years ago this week (on August 10, 1950), director Billy Wilder's classic explored fame from the perspective of those who had it and lost it (like Gloria Swanson and her "waxwork" friends, playing lightly fictionalized versions of themselves) and those who never quite made it, like the struggling young screenwriter (William Holden) and the failed actress-turned-script reader played by Nancy Olson.

Even if you haven't seen "Sunset Boulevard," you may feel like you have, whether because of the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical it spawned, the movies that copied it (particularly "American Beauty," with its narration from beyond the grave), and the countless parodies of Swanson's final "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up" scene. In honor of the film's anniversary, »

- Gary Susman

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Stalag 17 review – Billy Wilder's fascinating Pow movie

9 August 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

(Billy Wilder, 1953; Eureka!, DVD/Blu-ray)

After the dissolution of his lengthy collaboration with producer Charles Brackett at Paramount Studios following one of their greatest successes with Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder became his own producer on what many regard as his finest film, that masterly piece of cynical Americana Ace in the Hole. It proved, however, to be a thundering box-office failure, and he was in urgent need of a popular success to restore his fortunes. He chose to film Stalag 17, a comedy-thriller by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski, then on its way to completing a triumphant run of 472 performances on Broadway.

Set in a German prisoner-of-war camp for air force sergeants (where the authors had themselves been interned), the play combines a deadly serious plot about a search for a German spy planted among the Americans with a knockabout tale of hungry, frustrated men digging escape tunnels, fighting among themselves, »

- Philip French

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Hiroshima 70th Anniversary: Six Must-Watch Movies Remembering the A-Bomb Terror

6 August 2015 10:38 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Beginning or the End' 1947 with Robert Walker and Tom Drake. Hiroshima bombing 70th anniversary: Six movies dealing with the A-bomb terror Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Ultimately, anywhere between 70,000 and 140,000 people died – in addition to dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and most other living beings in that part of the world. Three days later, America dropped a second atomic bomb, this time over Nagasaki. Human deaths in this other city totaled anywhere between 40,000-80,000. For obvious reasons, the evisceration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been a quasi-taboo in American films. After all, in the last 75 years Hollywood's World War II movies, from John Farrow's Wake Island (1942) and Mervyn LeRoy's Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) to Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor (2001), almost invariably have presented a clear-cut vision »

- Andre Soares

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Cheers to Marilyn Monroe, Died Today in 1962; Watch Her Iconic Moments

5 August 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home of barbiturate poisoning on this day in 1962, but her status as the Hollywood sex symbol hasn't died. What was it about her? Billy Wilder, who directed her arguably most iconic performance in "Some Like It Hot," said she had a "certain indefinable magic"—and that's what lingers in her very best films ("Gentleman Prefer Blondes" and "Hot" among them) and even in the lesser pictures. As unpacked in Liz Garbus' moving HBO documentary "Love, Marilyn," the actress kept a cache of personal diaries and letters that revealed a woman in trouble, a far more tormented interior life than reflected in the blonde comic persona audiences (and scripts and directors) sometimes ascribed to her. "The fuzzy end of the lollipop," as it were. Read her 1962 obit, and watch some of our favorite Marilyn clips below: She spent her last day alive sunbathing, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Marilyn Monroe: Nine Years of Stardom and a Legacy That Won’t Quit

5 August 2015 8:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

August 5 marks the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death in 1962. Few Hollywood stars have created such a powerful legacy based on such a small, brief output: starring roles in 11 films, released during a nine-year period.

Fox ran an ad in Daily Variety in 1952, the year Monroe starred in “Don’t Bother to Knock,” proclaiming her “a new star.” Studios often took out ads to promote contract players and 20th Century Fox was building her career, so the promo wasn’t unusual. However, in her case, the words sound more factual than hype.

Her big breakthrough occurred in 1953, when she starred in “Niagara,” “How to Marry a Millionaire” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” all for Fox. From that point until her death, at age 36, she was the hottest thing in Hollywood.

In “Conversations With Wilder,” director Billy Wilder told Cameron Crowe that he didn’t like working with her. In 1955’s “The Seven Year Itch, »

- Tim Gray

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Rare Silent Film Actor Who Had Long Talkie Career Is TCM's Star of the Day

3 August 2015 5:50 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Adolphe Menjou movies today (This article is currently being revised.) Despite countless stories to the contrary, numerous silent film performers managed to survive the coming of sound. Adolphe Menjou, however, is a special case in that he not only remained a leading man in the early sound era, but smoothly made the transition to top supporting player in mid-decade, a position he would continue to hold for the quarter of a century. Menjou is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Day today, Aug. 3, as part of TCM's "Summer Under the Stars" 2015 series. Right now, TCM is showing William A. Wellman's A Star Is Born, the "original" version of the story about a small-town girl (Janet Gaynor) who becomes a Hollywood star, while her husband (Fredric March) boozes his way into oblivion. In typical Hollywood originality (not that things are any different elsewhere), this 1937 version of the story – produced by »

- Andre Soares

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BFI's Extensive New Infographic Explains 'What Makes a Film Noir?'

3 August 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Their Love was a Flame that Destroyed!" BFI recently put together this fantastic infographic highlighting the many features of a "film noir" film. The extensive infographic runs down the various camera/lighting techniques, dialogue, all the key elements of noir, and explores many examples of the genre at its best. They even drill right down into the question of which is the "noirest" of all - and (spoiler!) it's Billy Wilder's 1944 crime thriller Double Indemnity, which makes for a great reference throughout the image. This was just too good to pass up, thanks to a tip from The Av Club, and now I need to feature it so we can keep up some interest in classic film noir. Maybe watch a few of these you haven't seen yet, why not? Explore more below. Click above or head to BFI.org.uk for the full infographic and more details. The »

- Alex Billington

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Billy Bob Thornton: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

24 July 2015 5:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

I sat down with Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton for Venice Magazine in October of 2001. He had a slate of very diverse projects he was promoting: his first solo music album, "Private Radio," as well as the films "Monster's Ball," "Bandits," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." My strongest memory is of Thornton's quiet intensity and an undercurrent of Southern affability, which came out once he decided you were okay. He seemed to feel that way about me after I shared with him my idolatry of legendary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann, something we shared. I also remember his unusual diet, when our lunch was served. Thornton got the biggest plate of sliced papaya I've seen to date, artfully presented. I got a seafood salad. He looked at my plate, smiled, and told me about the horrible shellfish allergy he'd been saddled with all his life, and how »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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BBC Culture curates 100 best American films, courtesy of 62 international film critics

22 July 2015 5:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.

Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »

- Scott J. Davis

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Scratching our heads at the BBC's top 100 American Movies of All-Time

21 July 2015 5:07 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

First off, let's make one thing clear.  We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films.  That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25.  It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from.  There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this.  Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Citizen Kane' Tops BBC's List of "100 Greatest American Films", Where Does Your Favorite Landc

21 July 2015 11:46 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »

- Jordan Benesh

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BBC Names 100 Greatest U.S. Films

21 July 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.

Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.

Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »

- Garth Franklin

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'Citizen Kane' Still the Best American Movie Ever, According to BBC Critics Poll

21 July 2015 8:46 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The BBC has published an exhaustive, and somewhat exhausting, list of the 100 Greatest American Films ever, according to 62 film critics. Unlike the most recent Sight & Sound poll, which named "Vertigo" the greatest movie of all time, "Citizen Kane" reigns again here, leading a top ten that includes "The Godfather," "Vertigo," "2001" and "The Searchers." The newest film on the list are Malick's "Tree of Life," McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," Nolan's "The Dark Knight," Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and, natch, Lynch's "Mulholland Drive." Kubrick is well-represented, including a surprisingly high-placing "Barry Lyndon," as are Steven Spielberg, Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock, who has moved freely between Brit and American lists. Read More: The Best Films of 2015 So Far Some of the more idiosyncratic choices include "Heaven's Gate," »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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