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From Kubrick to Marilyn Monroe, Oscar Has a Stellar List of Shut-Outs

13 February 2015 4:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are 195 individuals nominated for Oscar this year. And when the winners are named Feb. 22, they will become part of film history, joining such greats as Billy Wilder, Ingrid Bergman, Ben Hecht and Walt Disney.

But 80% of the contenders will go home empty-handed. However, there is good news: They are in good company as well.

Here is a sampling of nominees that didn’t win: “Citizen Kane,” “Chinatown” and “Star Wars”; directors Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman; writers Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and David Mamet; actors Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd.”; Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; and Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.”

They managed to do Ok, though.

It’s hard to say why they didn’t win. Sometimes tastes change. Sometimes there’s too much competition in one year. Frank Capra’s 1939 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington »

- Tim Gray

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Classic Film Series presents Dog Day Afternoon

6 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

These days you’re more likely to see a good Al Pacino impression than a good Al Pacino movie, and that’s just sad.

Pacino turns 75 this year, and it’s easy to forget just how powerful and influential an actor he was in his prime. His early performances in films such as Panic in Needle Park (1971), The Godfather (1972) and Serpico (1973) oozed intensity and sexuality. But it was in Dog Day Afternoon (1975) that he exploded off the screen like some kind of acting banshee.

Based on an actual event, Dog Day Afternoon finds Sonny Wortzik (Pacino) and pal Sal Naturale (John Cazale) attempting to rob a Brooklyn bank. Sonny needs the money to pay for his partner Leon’s sex reassignment surgery. The heist fails and becomes a comic hostage situation with the hyper Sonny both threatening and entertaining the hostages and the crowds who’ve gathered to watch the proceedings. »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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