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18 items from 2014


Watch: Saddle Up With 30 Minute Documentary On The Making Of 'Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid'

29 October 2014 10:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

45 years after its release, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” remains just as vibrant and warm as it was in its original theatrical run. To celebrate its anniversary, here’s a superb half-hour documentary on the making of the film. These days, most behind-the-scenes documentaries have more in common with electronic press kits in which filmmakers and actors diplomatically praise one another via PR speak, hoping to sell their film instead of actually giving a realistic view of filmmaking. What a revelation then that “Butch Cassidy” director George Roy Hill gives an unvarnished look at the making of the classic western. Hill talks about how he approached scheduling the shoot —setting aside an entire week for half a week’s work because he tends to “fuck it up the first week”— and how his star Paul Newman had trouble playing Butch Cassidy the first few days. Newman himself reveals what »

- Cain Rodriguez

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The Work of David Fincher: Introduction, Commercials, Music Videos, and The Beat Of The Live Drum

21 September 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In an age where movies are designed to appeal to the broadest demographic possible and no one wants to feel too uncomfortable, David Fincher has gone against the grain time and time again, but his work is consistently engaging.  "I don't know how much movies should entertain. To me, I'm always interested in movies that scar," he told The Independent in 2010.  Known for his exacting, precise, and unique approach on-set, Fincher has consistently pushed boundaries with films that are divisive, thought-provoking, biting, and yet, for all their cynicism, strangely heartfelt. In anticipation of the release of David Fincher’s latest film, Gone Girl, I’ll be looking back at his career and filmography.  In this first installment, I’ll be examining his work in commercials, music videos, and his first movie, Rick Springfield’s concert picture The Beat of the Live Drum. [A brief note before I begin: After this article, each installment will explore Fincher’s films in chronological order before concluding with House of Cards and the possible future of his career.] David Fincher was born on August 28, 1962 in Denver, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Robin Williams’ most under appreciated performances

12 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With the news of Robin Williams’ shocking death Monday, the world lost a wonderful performer with a rich and diverse career. He made his name on his zany comedies and bananas stand-up and won an Oscar for his dramatic departure, but with over 100 acting credits to his name in nearly 40 years, some of his finest work that shows his range as an actor, along with his tenderness and charm as an everyman star, doesn’t even begin to show up in films like Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Dead Poets Society or (oh boy) Mrs. Doubtfire. As tribute to this late great, Sound on Sight has compiled a list of some underrated, under-seen and under appreciated performances throughout his career. It’s work that characterizes Williams’ broadly comedic signature as well as his darkly dramatic depth, but most importantly, as his wife Susan Schneider put it, “the countless moments of joy »

- Brian Welk

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President Obama and more release statements on Robin Williams' death

11 August 2014 6:13 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Following Robin Williams’ death Monday, family, friends, colleagues, and those who respected him have responded, releasing statements about the the late actor.

President Obama

He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) agosto 12, 2014

Susan Schneider, Wife

This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. »

- C. Molly Smith

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Oscar Winner Williams Found Dead; Possible Suicide

11 August 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robin Williams dead at 63, possible suicide: Oscar winner for ‘Good Will HuntingRobin Williams, Best Supporting Academy Award winner for Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting, was found dead at his northern California home earlier today, August 11, 2014. According to online reports, the cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation. Williams (born in Chicago on July 21, 1951) was 63. Robin Williams was nominated for three other Academy Awards, all in the Best Actor category: Barry Levinson sleeper hit Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society (1989), and Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King (1991), opposite Jeff Bridges. One of his biggest box office hits was Mrs. Doubtfire (1994), in which he spends much of the movie in drag. Sally Field co-starred. Among Robin Williams’ other movies are George Roy Hill’s The World According to Garp (1982), in which Williams delivered one of his most restrained performances; Penny Marshall’s Best »

- Andre Soares

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Female-Fronted Hollywood Remakes We’d Like to See

8 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The calls have been heard loud and clear, both on stage and off at the Oscars or in the annals of the web and at the box office: the world demands more movies with women, about women, by women and for women.

Every week a movie seems to be failing the Bechdel test, and every week a separate movie ends up walking away with the lion’s share at the box office. From hits like Maleficent, The Fault in Our Stars and Lucy to monster franchises like The Hunger Games, the old notion that teenage boys are the ones driving the demand at the movies is rapidly eroding. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a 44 percent female audience on the film’s opening weekend, the highest share for any Marvel movie to date.

And although they’ve taken their sweet time, Hollywood »

- Brian Welk

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Marilyn Burns, Star of Texas Chainsaw Massacre Dead at 65

6 August 2014 7:41 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Fay Wray may get the prize as the best screamer in moviedom, but nobody’s screams seemed as intense and as real and as horrified as Marilyn Burns as Sally Hardesty, the ‘last girl’ from the original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

If ever there was an actress in horror who will be immortalized for a single role, it’s gotta be Ms Burns. I just saw Texas Chainsaw Massacre in its new souped-up incarnation this past weekend when it was screened at The Hi-Pointe as part of Late Night Grindhouse and was still impressed at what an unnerving performance director Tobe Hooper coaxed from her for the film. Her post-chainsaw career was almost non-existent (Hooper’s follow-up Eaten Alive, the TV movie of Helter Skelter and a couple of cameos here and there were about it). I met her a few times on the horror con circuit and she was a »

- Tom Stockman

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Marilyn Burns, Who Starred in ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ Dies at 65

5 August 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marilyn Burns, one of the original “scream queens” who starred in Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” died Tuesday in Texas. She was 65 and was found dead in her home near Houston.

Texas Chainsaw” was her first lead role; in it she played teenager Sally Hardesty, who goes with her brother and friends to the cemetery where her grandfather is buried and ends up as the only survivor of an encounter with the insane family led by chainsaw-wielding Leatherface.

Burns was born in Erie, Penn., raised in Texas and had small parts in films including Robert Altman’s “Brewster McCloud” while she was still in high school, and George Roy Hill’s “The Great Waldo Pepper.”

But she was most known for horror films including Hooper’s 1977 “Eaten Alive,” about an insane hotel proprietor who feeds his guests to his pet alligator. Among her other films were “Kiss Daddy Goodbye” and “Future-Kill. »

- Variety Staff

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Marilyn Burns, Who Starred in ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ Dies at 65

5 August 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Marilyn Burns, one of the original “scream queens” who starred in Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” died Tuesday in Texas. She was 65 and was found dead in her home near Houston.

Texas Chainsaw” was her first lead role; in it she played teenager Sally Hardesty, who goes with her brother and friends to the cemetery where her grandfather is buried and ends up as the only survivor of an encounter with the insane family led by chainsaw-wielding Leatherface.

Burns was born in Erie, Penn., raised in Texas and had small parts in films including Robert Altman’s “Brewster McCloud” while she was still in high school, and George Roy Hill’s “The Great Waldo Pepper.”

But she was most known for horror films including Hooper’s 1977 “Eaten Alive,” about an insane hotel proprietor who feeds his guests to his pet alligator. Among her other films were “Kiss Daddy Goodbye” and “Future-Kill. »

- Variety Staff

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From 'Traitor' to Screen Legend: Fonda Still Busy on the Big Screen

1 August 2014 10:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jane Fonda: From ‘Vietnam Traitor’ to AFI Award and Screen Legend status (photo: Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda in ‘This Is Where I Leave You’) (See previous post: “Jane Fonda Movies: Anti-Establishment Heroine.”) Turner Classic Movies will also be showing the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony honoring Jane Fonda, the former “Vietnam Traitor” and Barbarella-style sex kitten who has become a living American screen legend (and healthy-living guru). Believe it or not, Fonda, who still looks disarmingly great, will be turning 77 years old next December 21; she’s actually older than her father Henry Fonda was while playing Katharine Hepburn’s ailing husband in Mark Rydell’s On Golden Pond. (Henry Fonda died at age 77 in August 1982.) Jane Fonda movies in 2014 and 2015 Following a 15-year absence (mostly during the time she was married to media mogul Ted Turner), Jane Fonda resumed her film acting career in 2005, playing Jennifer Lopez »

- Andre Soares

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Veteran Bergman Star, Coen Bros' Cast Members to Star in Sw: Episode VII

29 April 2014 6:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast announced (photo: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast member Max von Sydow in ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members have been announced. The world had been waiting with bated breath. Who will The Force be with? Well, not with humankind and its fellow Earth dwellers (apart from cockroaches and various types of worms) — if news reports about the eventual fate of the planet are accurate. But don’t despair. The End credits for Planet Earth should come after Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios (instead of former Star Wars film distributor 20th Century Fox) amass a few more billion dollars following the release of a whole array of new Star Wars sequels in the coming years. So, the announced (mostly European) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members are, to date, the following: Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch, widely praised for his performance in Joel »

- Zac Gille

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The Definitive Original Screenplays: 20-11

12 March 2014 3:29 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The top 20. The scripts by which all others are defined and to which all others are compared. Brilliant scripts can be wordy. Brilliant scripts can be confusing. Brilliant scripts can be sweeping or intimate. This section runs the gamut, ranging from first time writers to established writing vets. It only gets better from here.

courtesy of wikipedia.org

20. Easy Rider (1969)

Written by Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, and Terry Southern

They’ll talk to ya and talk to ya and talk to ya about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ‘em.

This portion’s “anybody can write a film” segment comes from 1969, with a landmark film that truly doesn’t have much weight. A road movie if there ever was one, Easy Rider follows Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) as they ride their motorcycles across the country to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. »

- Joshua Gaul

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Movie Poster of the Week: Lesser-Known Oscar Nominees of the 60s and 70s

1 March 2014 10:59 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The poster for Voyage of the Damned makes a bold claim, and maybe those who saw Stuart Rosenberg’s star-studded blockbuster in 1976 have remembered it ever since. Until a couple of weeks ago, however, when I saw it in a list of past Oscar nominees, I had never heard of it, and I don’t think it would be unfair to say that it is a film that has not stood the test of time.

Voyage of the Damned, which chronicles the tragic failed escape of 937 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, was nominated for three Oscars (for Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, and for Lee Grant for Best Supporting Actress, the lone acting nominee among a boatload of international heavyweights).

Oscar nominations, especially for acting, tend to confer a certain amount of immortality on their recipients (you are forever “Academy Award nominee Lee Grant”) and there are many films and »

- Adrian Curry

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Earliest Best Actor Oscar Winner Has Died

1 February 2014 6:52 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Maximilian Schell dead at 83: Best Actor Oscar winner for ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ (photo: Maximilian Schell ca. 1960) Actor and filmmaker Maximilian Schell, best known for his Oscar-winning performance as the defense attorney in Stanley Kramer’s 1961 political drama Judgment at Nuremberg died at a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, on February 1, 2014. According to his agent, Patricia Baumbauer, Schell died overnight following a "sudden and serious illness." Maximilian Schell was 83. Born on December 8, 1930, in Vienna, Maximilian Schell was the younger brother of future actor Carl Schell and Maria Schell, who would become an international film star in the 1950s (The Last Bridge, Gervaise, The Hanging Tree). Immy Schell, who would be featured in several television and film productions from the mid-’50s to the early ’90s, was born in 1935. Following Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938, Schell’s parents, Swiss playwright Hermann Ferdinand Schell and Austrian stage actress Margarete Schell Noé, »

- Andre Soares

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Alfonso Cuaron Q&A: ‘Gravity’ Director Reveals Early Influences

28 January 2014 1:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Darwin, philosophy, ‘Lost in Space’: The DGA-winning filmmaker talks about early influences, many of which resurface in the emotional core of “Gravity” in a Q&A with Variety’s Tim Gray.

Growing up, did you watch much TV?

All day long, television and movies. I loved “Lost in Space,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Mr. Ed” — remember “Mr. Ed”? — “Bewitched,” all those. And in Mexico at that time, these were blended with Japanese anime and monster shows.

Films?

My mom and grandmother were cinephiles. We loved to go to the movies. The first great film I was exposed to was “The Bicycle Thief.” I was probably 8. I was at a sleepover with my cousin, and they announced on TV that they were about to show a film only for adults. I thought I was going to see boobs or something. I didn’t see any boobs, but by the end, I was weeping. »

- Tim Gray

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Interview: Hanson Brothers to Introduce ‘Slap Shot’ in Chicagoland

24 January 2014 7:57 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The legendary Hanson Brothers, those child-like ice hockey enforcers from the classic sports film, “Slap Shot” (1977), will be in the Chicago area January 24th-26th, introducing the movie, signing autographs and greeting admirers at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville, Ill., and the Hollywood Blvd Cinema in Woodridge.

The real life 1970s hockey players who portrayed the three brothers – Dave Hanson (Jack Hanson), Steve Carlson (Steve Hanson) and Jeff Carlson (Jeff Hanson) – were based on real brothers in Pennsylvania minor league hockey, the Carlson brothers. Jack Carlson was the brother of Steve and Jeff in real life, and they played together in those Pennsylvania leagues. Jack couldn’t do the movie, so Dave Hanson stepped in, and the filmmakers took his last name and re-christened the threesome to iconic status. The Hanson Brothers forever represent the free-wheeling nature of that brilliant film, starring Paul Newman (which he called his »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Veterans Actors Rule and (Possibly) a Couple of Near-Records: Best Actor Predictions for the 86th Academy Awards

4 January 2014 10:02 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actor (Robert Redford in ‘All Is Lost’) (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Picture, Best Director.") The 2014 Academy Awards’ Best Actor field is overflowing with well-received performances by film veterans and super-veterans. No less than ten actors are found on our lists of nominees and immediate runners-up; that means our list of Best Actor "long shots" is all but meaningless, as, barring a miracle, there’s no chance for any of those actors to be shortlisted for an Oscar this year. (See also: “Best Actress 2014 Oscar Predictions: Meryl Streep to Break Another Record?”) Note: Our list of likely Best Actor nominees matches four of the 2014 SAG Awards’ five nominees in that category. Now, it’s good to remember three things regarding the SAG Awards vs. the Academy Awards: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Actors Branch, about 1,100 members, tends to be more "elitist" (or »

- Steve Montgomery

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Can 'American Hustle' pull off an Oscar 'Sting'?

1 January 2014 7:26 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

One of this year's Oscar frontrunners is “American Hustle;” a film set in the Seventies about an American con. It can’t help but evoke memories of “The Sting,” a film made in 1973 but set in the Thirties about an American con. For “The Sting” -- which has one of the most satisfying endings in cinema -- the biggest hustle was winning Best Picture. Can its modern-day equivalent pull off the same feat this year? Let’s compare them.  The Players Headlining “The Sting” were the two biggest movie stars of the time -- Robert Redford and Paul Newman. While it could be hard to argue anyone in Hollywood today is of their stature, "American Hustle" is packed full of A-listers: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. “The Sting” was directed by George Roy Hill who had been nominated four years early for the first film to co-star Redfor. »

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