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The Cinematic Kinship of Richard Linklater and Hal Ashby

The latest stage of Richard Linklater’s freewheeling career takes him back to the 1970s with Last Flag Flying, a 44-years-belated sequel to Hal Ashby’s masterpiece The Last Detail. It’s difficult to call much of anything from Linklater a surprise at this point: he seems as comfortable at the helm of a studio comedy powered by Jack Black’s manic energy as he does a decade-plus-spanning epic about the journey from childhood to adolescence. Last Flag Flying may not stand as one of Linklater’s defining works, but it does signal a kinship with the New Hollywood director, whose run from 1970-1979 was as inspired as any other from that era — before he got burned (and burned-out) and died too young at the age of 59. Ashby and Linklater have a shared ability to make a film built on discursive moments flow narratively, an affinity for counterculture movements or
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Telluride Film Review: ‘Lady Bird’

Telluride Film Review: ‘Lady Bird’
By the time you read this, you’ll probably have a pretty good idea of what the movie “Lady Bird” is about, seeing as how it’s the kind of modest, miraculous low-budget gem that takes on a life of its own. But sight unseen, the title sounded a lot like a sequel to last year’s “Jackie,” seeing as how Lbj succeeded JFK in office, and Lady Bird was the name of his wife. Turns out Lady Bird was also the name restless high school senior Christine McPherson picked for herself — a first act of defiance in a battle to assert her own identity as separate from her parents.

Lady Bird” is indie darling (and one-time mumblecore muse) Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, and the character is basically her, 15 years younger and played by Saoirse Ronan, sporting a vampire-red rinse and a face full of acne (both signs of its attention to detail). Early Telluride reactions
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Wes Anderson Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

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Wes Anderson Movies Ranked From Worst To Best
Let’s get this out of the way right from the top: Wes Anderson has never made a bad movie, and — in all likelihood — he probably never will. He’s too particular, too immaculate, too in command of his craft. Of course, the fact that he has always been so sure of himself only makes it more tempting to chart the progress of his career and to measure his films against each other. Or maybe it’s just fun because there are still only eight of them, and everyone seems to have their own favorite. Who could say?

Read More: Wes Anderson’s Style: Watch 10 Iconic Movies That Influenced Him

Here are all of Wes Anderson’s feature films, ranked from “worst” to best.

8. “Bottle Rocket

Wes Anderson arrived fully formed (or close to it), and so much of his cinematic ethos can be distilled from the very first shot of his very first film,
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Wes Anderson’s Style: Watch 10 Iconic Movies That Influenced Him

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Wes Anderson’s Style: Watch 10 Iconic Movies That Influenced Him
Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with FilmStruck. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, FilmStruck features the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films as well as extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Learn more here.

Wes Anderson has one of the most original voices of any filmmaker working today, but his movies are full of clues as to which directors have influenced him the most. From Orson Welles to François Truffaut to Federico Fellini, some of the most iconic filmmakers in the history of cinema have had a hand in inspiring Anderson’s distinctive style. Here are 10 films that had a lasting impact on the indie auteur.

The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942)

Orson Welles’ period drama about a wealthy family that loses its entire fortune at the turn of the 20th century
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Amanda Seyfried Remembers Her ‘Father Figure’ Bill Paxton as More Stars Honor the Late Big Love Star

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Amanda Seyfried Remembers Her ‘Father Figure’ Bill Paxton as More Stars Honor the Late Big Love Star
Amanda Seyfried is grieving the sudden loss of her on-screen dad, Bill Paxton.

“He was an amazing and supportive father-figure to me in my early career,” she tells People. “Incredibly inspired and full of life at every turn, he made you feel like everything was possible. This is a terrible loss.”

The actress, 31, starred opposite Paxton, who died at the age of 61, in the polygamy HBO drama Big Love from 2006 to 2011.

Other stars have honored the late actor, including Ginnifer Goodwin, who played one of his three wives in Big Love, as well as Jamie Lee Curtis, director James Cameron,
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Gas-s-s-s

Gas-s-s-s – Or – It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It.

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1970 / Color / 1:85 widescreen/ 79 min. / Street Date October 18, 2016 / Gas-s-s-s / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring: Elaine Giftos, Robert Corff, Cindy Williams, Bud Cort, Ben Vereen, Tally Coppola, Lou Procopio.

Cinematography: Ron Dexter

Film Editor: George Van Noy

Original Music: Country Joe and the Fish

Written and Produced by George Armitage

Directed by Roger Corman

Roger Corman finally accepted himself as an iconic filmmaker for this, his final show for A.I.P.. Barely released and long considered a failure, Gas-s-s-s – Or – It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It sees Corman and his writer associate George Armitage attempting a Mad magazine- like amalgam of all the counterculture trends of the late 1960s. That tactical mistake becomes eighty minutes of unfocused and unfunny satire. Armitage’s script and dialogue might occasionally hit some serendipitous notes,
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Isle of Dogs Poster Has First Look at Wes Anderson's Animated Movie

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Isle of Dogs Poster Has First Look at Wes Anderson's Animated Movie
Last week, director Wes Anderson debuted a new video that revealed the cast for his upcoming stop-motion movie Isle of Dogs, which doesn't have a release date in place at this time. Today we have a piece of concept art featured in a new poster focused on the main character, a young Japanese boy. If you're a fan who has plenty of money to burn, you can bring home a limited edition version of this poster, autographed by director Wes Anderson.

Wes Anderson has started a CrowdRise campaign, and those who generously donate $10,000 will receive a limited edition concept art print autographed by the director himself. For those who donate a whopping $50,000, they can be part of the actual cast, in addition to the grand prize sweepstakes winner. The grand prize winner will win a trip for two to London, where they'll get to meet Wes Anderson, get a tour
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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Bought by Fox Searchlight for 2018 Release

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Bought by Fox Searchlight for 2018 Release
Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Wes Anderson’s animated “Isle of Dogs” and plans a 2018 release.

The deal was announced a day after Anderson unveiled details of the project in a video with Edward Norton, who is voicing a dog named Rex.

Fox Searchlight revealed Thursday that “Isle of Dogs” is set in Japan and follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his dog. Besides Norton, the voice cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bud Cort, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Kunichi Nomura, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama and Frank Wood.

“Isle of Dogs” is Anderson’s first movie since 2014’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and brings back the same producing team of Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson.

Fox Searchlight Pictures will distribute the film in partnership with Indian Paintbrush,
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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Acquired by Fox Searchlight

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Acquired by Fox Searchlight
Isle of Dogs,” by director Wes Anderson, has been picked up by Fox Searchlight Pictures for worldwide distribution. Currently in production in London, the animated film marks Anderson’s fifth collaboration with Indian Paintbrush. The team behind “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson — returns as producers. This is Anderson’s second animated movie following “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Set in Japan, “Isle of Dogs” follows a boy’s odyssey as he searches for his dog. The voice cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bud Cort, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson,
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Fox Searchlight to Release Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ in 2018; First Plot Synopsis

On the heels of the announcement video that Wes Anderson and crew had begun production of his new animated film, Isle of Dogs, we’ve now learned when we’ll be able to see it. Following the hit that was The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fox Searchlight has returned to the Wes Anderson business as they’ve picked up the worldwide rights to the film, produced by Indian Paintbrush. As we predicted yesterday, it won’t see a release until 2018, due to the meticulous process of stop-motion animation.

We also have the first brief plot synopsis, which is that the Japan-set tale follows “a boy’s odyssey in search of his dog.” It can therefore be concluded that the first teaser poster (seen below) shows off our main character, who is among the voice cast, including F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bud Cort, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito,
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How Leonard Cohen's Music Turned 'McCabe & Mrs. Miller' Into a Masterpiece

How Leonard Cohen's Music Turned 'McCabe & Mrs. Miller' Into a Masterpiece
In early 1971, Leonard Cohen was still a relatively unknown singer-songwriter. Despite releasing two critically acclaimed records – 1967's Songs of Leonard Cohen and 1969's Songs From a Room – the Canadian artist, who previously plied his trade as a novelist and poet, had yet to tour the U.S. He was then living on a farm in the small town of Big East Fork, Tennessee while preparing the release of that March's Songs of Love and Hate. "I had a house, a jeep, a carbine, a pair of cowboy boots, a girlfriend … a typewriter,
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Sliff 2016 – Tribute to Kim Tucci November 9th with Screening of Harold And Maude

“Who sends dead flowers to a funeral? It’s absurd!”

Harold And Maude screens after a reception for Kim Tucci Wednesday, November 9th at 6:00pm at Delmar Hall (6133 Delmar Blvd.). Ticket information can be found Here

6 p.m. – Cocktail Reception

7:30 p.m. – Program: Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation, J. Kim Tucci

Auction to Benefit Cinema St. Louis

8 p.m. – Screening of Harold And Maude (Kim’s favorite film)

Cinema St. Louis pays tribute to longtime board chair Kim Tucci as part of Sliff’s 25th-anniversary celebration. Kim’s service to the St. Louis region includes investing in the community, raising funds to fight disease, and enabling projects of civic pride. And still, somehow, he finds time to enjoy the movies. While many cinephiles would be content with outings to the local multiplex, Kim has put his love of film to greater use by serving on the board of Cinema St.
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Behind-the-scenes sketches for The Little Prince

Ahead of its premiere on Netflix tomorrow, a series of behind-the-scenes sketches have been released from the animated film The Little Prince, which is based upon Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic 1943 book; check the artwork out here…

Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. From Mark Osborne, Academy Award®nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It
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New trailer for The Little Prince

Netflix has released a new trailer for the upcoming animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s tale The Little Prince; take a look below after the official synopsis…

Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. From Mark Osborne, Academy Award®nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It’s here that The Little Girl
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‘The Little Prince’ Returns With New Trailer and Release Date

Following its premiere at Cannes Film Festival last year, Paramount Pictures picked up the animation The Little Prince, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s famous 1943 novel and adapted by The BoxtrollsIrena Brignull. However, just a short time before it was set to be released this past March they unceremoniously dumped it. Thankfully, Netflix came to the rescue and have now debuted a new trailer and a release date of August 5th.

“It’s been a crazy adventure, the entire production. How I look at it, the release pattern is really uncommon too,” director Mark Osborne tells EW. “I really wanted to find a way to create a cinematic emotional experience that was equivalent to the emotional experience that someone can have reading the book. I really saw the movie as an opportunity to pay tribute to the power of the book. Not just adapt the book word for word,
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Review: Sing Street

Like Begin Again, his last love song to the restorative powers of music and collaboration, John Carney can play your heartstrings like an orchestra. And like that film’s original title – Can A Song Save Your Life? – Sing Street addresses songwriting as soul food, with a face full of neon eyeliner and a deliciously poignant streak of youth in revolt. And as a young kid trying to forge a path in 1980s Dublin, there’s plenty to rebel against – institutional alcoholism and abuse, isolation from the mainland and mainstream, and the collapse of your elders’ hopes playing out in an endless depressive cycle. The future looks as bleak as the dark and stormy skies portending above the Irish shore, but it just so happens that these are the conditions where inspiration can strike like a lightning bolt. If you don’t like the only song playing on the radio, you
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Stop Motion Animation The Little Prince Finds New Home At Netflix After Paramount Pulls Theatrical Release

Surprising news out of Paramount today after it was revealed that the studio has now pulled the theatrical release of The Little Prince at the 11th hour. Mark Osborne’s stop-motion animation had been pegged for a release today, March 18.

In its place, the long-awaited feature has found a new home at Netflix, with the online giant poised to drop The Little Prince later in 2016. Taking inspiration from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved 1943 novel – it’s considered a loose adaptation – Osborne’s directorial effort features a combination of stop-motion animation and CGI effects, and began to make waves shortly after its premiere at Cannes International Film Festival last year, where it screened out of competition.

It’s a case of ‘so close, yet so far’ for The Little Prince, though considering that its pulled in close to $100 million since its bow in other territories – not to mention the small matter
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New Poster For The Little Prince Comes Online

Paramount Pictures has released a lovely new poster for their upcoming film, The Little Prince.

Based on “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the movie is from Mark Osborne, director of Kung Fu Panda.

Before seeing the film, watch director Stanley Donen’s 1974 musical version starring Richard Kiley as The Pilot, Steven Warner as The Little Prince, Bob Fosse as The Snake and Gene Wilder as The Fox.

The voice cast of the latest adaptation features Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Paul Giamatti, with Mackenzie Foy and Albert Brooks.

The Little Prince opens in theaters March 18, 2016.

Visit the official site: www.thelittleprincemovie.com

www.facebook.com/TheLittlePrinceMovie

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 40-31

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Welcome back to the Definitive List, where for the inaugural top 50, we’re counting down the best romantic comedies. The majority of numbers 50 through 41 weren’t so traditional. A secret-admirer movie, a period piece, a “These two don’t make sense together” movie, and a French fantasy among them, but we still managed to squeak in a Wes Anderson movie and a surrealist masterpiece. It doesn’t get any more traditional from here, as numbers 40 through 31 jumps around just as much, from sub-genre to sub-genre. Regardless, these films have made their mark on the industry and still hold a place in the pantheon of the rom-com hall of fame.

#40. Groundhog Day (1993)

Bill Murray was nominated for an Oscar after his dramatic turn in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. He has shown great promise in Wes Anderson’s films. But his best performance to date came in this Harold Ramis
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New trailer for The Little Prince

A new trailer has arrived online for director Mark Osborne’s animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s tale The Little Prince. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. From Mark Osborne, Academy Award® nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It’s here that The
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