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National Film Registry 2010

29 December 2010 11:24 AM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Each year, the U.S. National Film Preservation Board selects 25 "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" films to be added to the National Film Registry, for preservation by the Library of Congress. The program began in 1989, with 550 films now preserved. This year's choices have been announced and we're thrilled to see some wonderful genre titles among the selections.

Thankfully, the National Film Registry doesn't discriminate against any type of film genre — little known or blockbuster, horror or noir; it doesn't matter. Past choices include Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Psycho, My Darling Clementine, The Maltese Falcon, Jailhouse Rock, Night of the Living Dead and Red River. All that matters is whether a film is truly great and/or important. This year is no different.

Among the chosen for 2010 are George Lucas' 1967 sci-fi freakout Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb, George Lucas' 1980 masterwork The Empire Strikes Back, William Friedkin's 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, »

- Theron

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The Empire Will Strike Back Forever!

28 December 2010 5:02 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) has been chosen amongst 25 other films for entry into The National Film Registry, Congress’s annual and ongoing effort to preserve films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” to the United States. But I just wonder… which version of ‘Empire’ is actually going into the archives?

Will it be the original and superior theatrical print which nobody can deny was culturally, historically and aesthetically significant to cinema – or will it be the heavily George Lucas tinkered with Se of more recent times that is all of the above but for the wrong reasons!

Presumably Lucas will insist on the latter going in as that’s his ‘completed vision’ but the Registry must insist on the original print, as that’s the film that changed cinema and not the afterthought re-working. Perhaps the answer of which cut goes into the archive is answered by the inclusion »

- Matt Holmes

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The National Film Registry Names 25 New Films

28 December 2010 12:37 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The National Film Registry added 25 films this year deemed to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." They include an eclectic range of genres that cross decades of film history: Alan Pakula's Oscar-winning real-life drama All the President's Men, the Robert Altman western McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, William Friedkin's frightfest The Exorcist, comedies from the recently deceased Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther), the Zucker brothers (Airplane!, starring Leslie Nielsen, who also died recently) and W.C. Fields' It's A Gift, as well as John Huston's 1946 war documentary Let There Be Light and George Lucas's 1967 student film Thx 1138 4 Eb. The registry, which preserves its holdings, now houses 550 films. This year's alphabetized list of 25 is below, »

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Exorcist honored by Library of Congress

28 December 2010 12:10 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

While all the many critical bodies are announcing their choices for the top films of 2010, a genre classic has been given a place among the all-time cinematic greats chosen to join the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry this year.

The Exorcist, William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty’s influential saga of demonic possession, is one of the 25 films selected this year to be part of the Registry, which is devoted to preserving films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”; science fiction was also cited this year with The Empire Strikes Back and George Lucas’ student short Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb, which Lucas expanded into his debut feature Thx 1138. Nominations are made each year by the public, Library of Congress staff and members of the National Film Preservation Board; for more information on the Registry and to nominate movies for next year, click here. »

- Dave

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The Exorcist Will Live Forever in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry

28 December 2010 11:48 AM, PST | Horrorbid | See recent Horrorbid news »

Linda Blair strikes back! After our story yesterday of Anthony Hopkin's new exorcism film The Rite trying to tackle the classic 1973 film The Exorcist this happens. The Library of Congress’ National Film Registry has chosen William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty’s groundbreaking exorcise film to be preserved forever in the library with other influential films such as Gone With The Wind and Casablanca...

The films of the Nation Film Registry are devoted to preserving films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. This is great accomplishment for any film and boy does The Exorcist deserve it. Fans of the film that witnessed its 1973 theatrical release will attest to not only its controversy but the profound effect it had on our culture. The Exorcist will forever remain the one film that doesn't need a remake, because they got everything right the first time around. Its good to know that 1000 years »

- Keepers of the Bid

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'The Empire Strikes Back' Inducted Into Library of Congress

28 December 2010 11:44 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Baltimore — Darth Vader proclaiming he's Luke Skywalker's father, John Travolta preening in his underwear and an early 20th-century deaf activist communicating in sign language are among the images that will be preserved by the Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry.

The 25 films selected this year include "The Empire Strikes Back," the 1980 sequel to "Star Wars" that many critics and fans consider the best of George Lucas' six "Star Wars" films. "Empire" shocked moviegoers with the revelation that masked villain Darth Vader was the father of hero Skywalker.

While Lucas didn't direct "Empire" – he entrusted it to the late Irvin Kershner – he got another film selected for the registry: the student short "Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb." Lucas' "Star Wars" and "American Graffiti" are also among the 550 titles in the registry.

The Library of Congress announced the selections early Tuesday. The goal of the registry, which »

- AP

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"Airplane," "The Exorcist," "The Empire Strikes Back," "All the President's Men" Selected for Preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry

28 December 2010 11:22 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Jedi, goofy flight attendants, a possessed young girl, and two journalists on the brink of discovery are among the characters to be honored for film preservation. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has named 25 motion pictures to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Among the films to be preserved are George Lucas' "Return of the Jedi," "Airplane," William Friedkin's "The Exorcist," and Alan J. Pakula's "All The President's Men." This year.s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 550.

Each year, the Librarian of Congress, under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, to be preserved for all time. In other words, these films are certainly not the "best" (but we can argue that each movie truly represented high quality) but they are works of art »

- Manny

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Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” To Be Preserved In National U.S. Film Registry

28 December 2010 8:45 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Spike Lee’s Malcolm X will rest among the nation’s treasures in the world’s largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings.

The 1992 film is one of 25 films to be inducted Wednesday for preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Joining Spike’s biopic in the 2010 class: Saturday Night Fever, John Badham’s 1977 disco drama starring John Travolta, Robert Altman’s Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller, William Friedkin’s horror classic The Exorcist; All the President’s Men, Airplane!, The Pink Panther (Blake Edwards’ original, not the recent horrendous remakes starring Steve Martin), and 18 others.

The selections date back to 1891, with one of the first motion pictures ever made – Newark Athlete, a short experimental film made at the Edison Laboratory in West Orange, N.J.

The library works with film archives and movie studios to ensure original copies are kept safe. It also acquires a »

- Tambay

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Exorcist, Empire Strikes Back & 23 others added to National Film Registry

28 December 2010 8:04 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

Of the 25 titles that the National Film Registry has added to its archives of culturally important films, one features a little girl possessed by the Devil; another stars a young John Travolta as a New York City disco dancer; and a third features Barbara Billingsley (the mom from Leave it to Beaver) speaking jive.

The three movies mentioned are William Friedkin's The Exorcist, John Badham's Saturday Night Fever and the Zucker brothers' comedy Airplane!. They're among the 2010 movies that the Nfr is adding to the United States Library of Congress because they meet the criteria of being culturally, historically or aesthetically significant by its members.

The oldest film included in the 2010 list is Newark Athlete, a 1893 short that runs 30 seconds and features a young man throwing clubs into the air. The most recent addition is 1996 documentary short Study of a River, while the most recent longform movie is »

- Patrick Sauriol

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The National Film Registry Class of 2010

28 December 2010 7:01 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

The Hollywood Reporter has the list of this year's selections for the National Film Registry. Selected by the Library of Congress, these "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant will be preserved forever to ensure their availability for future generations of cineastes.

The roster this year runs the gamut, from early silents (like 1906's actuality "A Trip Down Market Street") to the avant-garde (like Larry's Jordan's 1969 collage film "Our Lady of the Sphere") to mainstream blockbusters (like disco hallmark "Saturday Night Fever"). Interestingly, there's quite a few contributions this year from major filmmakers who've recently passed away, from directors Irvin Kershner ("The Empire Strikes Back") and Blake Edwards ("The Pink Panther") to actor Leslie Nielsen ("Airplane!").

Here's the full list of the newly inducted members of the National Film Registry. All links will take you to their IMDb page (if you're interested in more detailed descriptions of all the films, you »

- Matt Singer

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The IFC News Podcast Archive

28 December 2010 6:41 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By far, the question we get most to our IFC News Podcast e-mail account and to our Twitter accounts is "How can I listen to older episodes of the podcasts?" Well good news podcasts fans; Christmas came a couple days late this year. While we're still working to make all our podcasts available on iTunes, we're pleased to present this complete archive page containing links to every single IFC News Podcast. That's right: every single one. Even the early ones that are embarrassingly terrible that you should never listen to. (Seriously. Don't do it.)

Still, if you've got 200+ hours at your disposal and you want to listen to the evolution of our podcast, now you can. And it has evolved. On our very first episode (a review of "Borat" from October 2006), we were barely capable of introducing ourselves (we also were pretty blatantly ripping off Filmspotting's review format). By episode »

- Matt Singer

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“Empire Strikes Back,” “Airplane!” added to National Film Registry

28 December 2010 5:45 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: “Airplane!” has been added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry? Surely you can’t be serious.

I am serious. And because the comedy is such a part of our nation’s pop culture, you don’t even need me to finish Leslie Nielsen’s iconic line.

It’s unfortunate Nielsen, who recently passed, wasn’t around to hear that his film – along with 24 others – had been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. “As the nation’s repository of American creativity, the Library of Congress — with the support of Congress — must ensure the preservation of America’s film patrimony,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said.

“The National Film Registry is a reminder to the nation that the preservation of our cinematic creativity must be a priority because about half of the films produced before 1950 and as much as 90% of those made »

- Sean O'Connell

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National Film Registry Claims Another Horror Classic

28 December 2010 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

William Friedkin's 1973 The Exorcist is one of the 25 films added today to the Nation Film Registry. It joins The Empire Strikes Back , The Pink Panther , Saturday Night Fever and others - see the full list here . Librarian of Congress James H. Billington selected from sundry nominees that met a certain criteria. The films had to be 10 years old and "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The registry began in 1989 and will preserve original copies of the selected films. The Thing from Another World , Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein , Psycho and Alien are just a few of the genre titles that have already made the registry. Check out the full list! . »

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National Film Registry 2010: The Empire Strikes Back, Saturday Night Fever, Lonesome

28 December 2010 1:50 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, McCabe and Mrs. Miller (top); Ted Donaldson, Joan Blondell, Peggy Ann Garner, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (middle); Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, All the President's Men (bottom) William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973, right, with Linda Blair), John Badham's Saturday Night Fever (1977), Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Elia Kazan's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), and Alan J. Pakula's All the President's Men (1976) are five of the 25 films — both features and shorts; narrative and documentaries — selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Library of Congress' James H. Billington chose each of the films on this year's list after receiving suggestions from the National Film Preservation Board and the public at large. According to one report, more than 2,100 films were nominated by the public in 2010. Films are selected into the Registry [...] »

- Andre Soares

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The Best Blu-ray Discs of 2010

25 December 2010 7:19 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Best Contemporary Titles

Winner: "Avatar: Extended Edition"

Runner-up: "Inception"

Doesn't matter what you thought of the film, I enjoyed it but didn't particularly love it, James Cameron fully delivers on his promise to make the 'Extended Edition' Blu-ray release worth the double-dip as it has to be one the single deepest and richest releases for a single film on the market.

The transfer is pure reference quality, the inserted new footage in the three alternate cuts available is exactly the same quality as the rest of the cut, and the sound design is awe-inspiring. Extras are disgustingly rich - three near feature-length docos, nearly an hour of cut footage, countless featurettes, artwork and a beautiful looking if a tiny bit awkwardly designed packaged set.

Picking a runner-up wasn't that difficult. Christopher Nolan's puzzle box of a film "Inception" is a trippy but whip smart and bold heist film »

- Garth Franklin

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The Best Blu-ray Discs of 2010

25 December 2010 7:19 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Best Contemporary Titles

Winner: "Avatar: Extended Edition"

Runner-up: "Inception"

Doesn't matter what you thought of the film, I enjoyed it but didn't particularly love it, James Cameron fully delivers on his promise to make the 'Extended Edition' Blu-ray release worth the double-dip as it has to be one the single deepest and richest releases for a single film on the market.

The transfer is pure reference quality, the inserted new footage in the three alternate cuts available is exactly the same quality as the rest of the cut, and the sound design is awe-inspiring. Extras are disgustingly rich - three near feature-length docos, nearly an hour of cut footage, countless featurettes, artwork and a beautiful looking if a tiny bit awkwardly designed packaged set.

Picking a runner-up wasn't that difficult. Christopher Nolan's puzzle box of a film "Inception" is a trippy but whip smart and bold heist film »

- Garth Franklin

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Patrick Fabian Gives His Last Exorcism

21 December 2010 12:17 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

As horror archetypes go, the “demonic possession” subgenre is one that didn’t really hit its stride until the 1973 release of the William Friedkin production of William Peter Blatty’s bestselling novel The Exorcist. Before that there were sporadic cinematic mentions of demons taking over the bodies of the living, but it was The Exorcist and the cultural phenomena it created that set the tone from then on.

After reports of people literally throwing up in theaters, passing out in their seats, and – most importantly – record box office numbers being tallied, the list of films that wanted a piece of the demonic action came fast and furious with titles such as Ovidio G. Assonitis and Robert Barrett’s Beyond The Door, aka The Devil Within Her (1974); the great Mario Bava’s La Casa Dell’Esorcismo, aka House of Exorcism, aka Lisa and the Devil (1974); and on through the years until »

- Carnell

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Finals Week: The Rise of Women in Horror Fandom and Film

20 December 2010 9:16 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

By James Morgart

“There is no pleasure. There is no pain. There is only skin.” - Pinhead, Hellraiser III

“Women tend to be more tolerant about visceral things because they have more direct personal experience with them. They cope with periods once a month, they go through childbirth and they are usually the ones who look after the bleeding and battered limbs when the kids take a tumble. They can put blood and gore in context and generally cope better than men.” - Bela Lugosi

Most scholarship on the horror film has assumed that males are the primary spectators of horror; however, there have been developments, both in scholarship as well as in mainstream media, to contradict this point. In 2009, journalist Michelle Orange pointed out, in an article written for the New York Times, “Recent box office receipts show that women have an even bigger appetite for these [horror] films than men. »

- james

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DVD Playhouse: December 2010

19 December 2010 5:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse December 2010

By

Allen Gardner

America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Contraband, Piranha 3Dd, and More Prepare to Shoot in New Orleans

17 December 2010 1:42 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

New Orleans is one of the major U.S. cities that offers enticing tax incentives to Hollywood productions.  Some of the biggest movies make their home, or at least part of their home, in the Louisiana city and 2011 is going to be no exception.  Nola.com reports that production on Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is slated to begin on January 24th, although the length of the shoot and where exactly they'll be filming is currently unknown. Hit the jump for a list of films that are currently shooting in New Orleans and which movies are headed to the Big Easy. Nola.com reports that the Miley Cyrus action-comedy So Undercover is in town and that William Friedkin's dark indie comedy Killer Joe (starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch) plans to wrap this weekend.  Other films currently shooting in New Orleans are both parts of The Twilight »

- Matt Goldberg

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