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Choose The 1998 Academy Award Winners!

23 December 2010 6:30 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

I love that a heated discussion over Titanic’s infamous Oscar sweep of 1998 has already begun over at Laurent’s excellent retrospective. I guess it’s just the nature of this particular film. There is something about Titanic that hits a raw nerve in people and they feel a need to defend/criticize it so passionately.

As it happens, I fall in the ‘unconditional love’ category and I’m not afraid to admit it. To this day I have a passion for Titanic, a film that so perfectly matches what a glorious, spellbinding, big spectacle romance against an historic backdrop should be, and those films are so rare, especially when they are made with such precise and meticulous detail from James Cameron.

We shouldn’t be embarrassed over how much we loved Titanic in the 90′s. We should embrace it. So as our third ‘Choose The Winners’ article, we are »

- Matt Holmes

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Al Pacino extends “Merchant of Venice” Broadway run

21 December 2010 8:10 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: It’s not all “doom and gloom” on the Great White Way this holiday season. Only “Spider-Man” seems to be struggling to take flight (both literally and figuratively).

But down the street, Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino’s “The Merchant of Venice” continues to play to packed houses at the Public Theater, prompting the venue to extend the show’s run. Pacino now will remain on stage in “Venice” through February 2011.

That’s great news for Broadway fans, but a kick in the gut for those of us who are looking forward to Pacino’s next film. The major A-lister rode a wave of supporter for his turn as Jack Kervorkian in Barry Levinson’s “You Don’t Know Jack.” And right now, he has three films on the docket for 2011: “The Son of No One” (where he plays a detective); “Jack and Jill;” and “Mary Mother of Christ, »

- Sean O'Connell

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From ‘Tron’ to ‘Tron: Legacy’: A Brief History of CGI in the Movies

16 December 2010 12:45 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has been playing a role in films for over 30 years. It began merely as the ability to draw lines on TV screens but has evolved into nothing short of the power to create worlds.

Beginning with 1981′s “Looker,” in which a naked image of Susan Dey was generated on a computer, and continuing on through “Avatar” (2009) in which a blue, naked, CGI lady flies around on a dragon, determined computer nerds FX pioneers have tirelessly pushed the boundaries of this technology.

With the much anticipated “Tron: Legacy” landing in theaters, we thought it would be a good time to look back on the history of the digital revolution that the original “Tron” helped launch.

Tron’ (1982)

Disney’s “Tron” put CGI in the public eye. In 1976, after encountering the old, old, old-school video game “Pong,” director/animator Steven Lisberger became obsessed with incorporating CGI into films. The graphics »

- Ben Freiburger

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Sundance Film Festival 2011 Line-Up Announced

1 December 2010 8:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical, Festivals

The 57 feature films selected for the four competition programs of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival were announced today, and the titles include some exciting works from returning filmmakers (including Oscar-winning documentarian James Marsh, whose 'Man on Wire' also won a Grand Jury Prize at the fest in '08), actors making their feature directorial debuts (Vera Farmiga and Paddy Considine, notably) and plenty of newcomers that we'll have fun being introduced to (such as Barry Levinson's son, Sam) when the event kicks off next month. Some of the stars who will appear in these works and others include Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore, Katie Holmes, and John C. Reilly.

One significant entry in the U.S. Dramatic Competition is 'Like Crazy,' a love story starring Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence which marks the second film from Drake Doremus in two years to be competing. »

- Christopher Campbell

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Sundance Film Festival 2011 Line-Up Announced

1 December 2010 8:15 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical, Festivals

The 57 feature films selected for the four competition programs of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival were announced today, and the titles include some exciting works from returning filmmakers (including Oscar-winning documentarian James Marsh, whose 'Man on Wire' also won a Grand Jury Prize at the fest in '08), actors making their feature directorial debuts (Vera Farmiga and Paddy Considine, notably) and plenty of newcomers that we'll have fun being introduced to (such as Barry Levinson's son, Sam) when the event kicks off next month. Some of the stars who will appear in these works and others include Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore, Katie Holmes, and John C. Reilly.

One significant entry in the U.S. Dramatic Competition is 'Like Crazy,' a love story starring Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence which marks the second film from Drake Doremus in two years to be competing. »

- Christopher Campbell

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Music in the movies: Randy Newman

22 November 2010 4:39 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Toy Story 3 arrives on DVD and Blu-ray, we take a timely look back at the work of its composer, Randy Newman...

With the release of Toy Story 3 on Blu-ray and DVD, I thought now would be an ideal time to look back at the work of Randy Newman.

Newman is best known nowadays for his film scores, and specifically his work for Disney/Pixar, but prior to embarking on his composing career he was a singer/songwriter. His work as a solo artist in the 70s featured a caustic wit running through much of his material.

His move to composing could be seen as an inevitable one, as his uncles were both composers for film. Newman has managed to firmly establish himself as one of the finest composers and songwriters working in the medium today, earning fourteen Oscar nominations throughout his career so far.

Ragtime

Whilst Newman »

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Actress-Filmmaker Kellie Madison's Grassroots Campaign to Fund Narrative Feature

19 November 2010 5:49 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, Barry Levinson's Oscar-winning Rain Main (1988) brought worldwide awareness to autism, while Randa Haines' Oscar-nominated Children of a Lesser God (1986) dramatized the trials and tribulations of the hearing impaired — and earned leading lady Marlee Matlin a Best Actress Academy Award. In order to dramatize the struggles of people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, actress-filmmaker Kellie Madison is working on a narrative feature titled Machine Man. According to a press release about this project-in-the-works, Machine Man chronicles "the spirited tale of an average man, who struggles with an extraordinary problem, facing his most debilitating fear in order to save the woman he loves." The release adds that Madison "is using her passion for the project to attempt a filming feat no Producer has yet to achieve: raising the entire $2,000,000 budget of the film through philanthropic support from the local community. We need Your help »

- Andre Soares

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November DVD Playhouse

5 November 2010 7:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—November 2010

By Allen Gardner

Paths Of Glory (Criterion) Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 antiwar classic put him on the map as a major filmmaker. Kirk Douglas stars in a true story about a French officer in Ww I who locks horns with the military’s top brass after his men are court-martialed for failing to carry out an obvious suicide mission. A perfect film, across the board, with fine support from George Macready as one of the most despicable martinet’s ever captured on film, Ralph Meeker, and Adolphe Menjou, all oily charm as a conniving General. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Audio commentary by critic Gary Giddins; Excerpt from 1966 audio interview with Kubrick; 1979 interview with Douglas; New interviews with Jan Harlan, Christiane Kubrick, and producer James B. Harris; French television documentary on real-life case which inspired the film; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 1.0 mono.

Winter’S Bone (Lionsgate) After her deadbeat father disappears, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Al Pacino as Phil Spector, HBO Drama at its Best

5 November 2010 4:02 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

When this was first announced that Al Pacino would play Phil Spector, I wondered who was going to play Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison. Spector produced landmark solo albums for both. Playwright David Mamet will be writing and directing the script, no less, for HBO. Spector, from his days with Ike and Tina Turner to The Beatles and everything in between is a somewhat muddled mess.Oscar-award winning Director Barry Levinson will executive produce the film. Pacino and Levinson just collaborated on the HBO-telepic on euthanasia doctor Jack Kevorkian. »

- kgirard@theimproper.com (Keith Girard)

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DVD Review: ‘You Don’t Know Jack’ Makes Case For Dr. Kevorkian

3 November 2010 6:01 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It all seems perfectly simple to Dr. Jack Kevorkian. When a person is suffering, and recovery isn’t an option, what’s the point of elongating the agony? Should medical professionals force that person to live in pain or grant his (or her) wish to die in peace? The answer is a no-brainer for Kevorkian, whose perspective is unclouded by the complications of “religious dogma.”

Barry Levinson’s terrific HBO biopic, “You Don’t Know Jack,” paints an endearing and humane portrait of a controversial figure many deemed to be a killer. Though Dr. Kevorkian is depicted as a flawed and difficult individual, the film’s perspective on his work is clearly one-sided. The doctor’s no-nonsense approach to serving his patients resulted in his invention of the “Mercitron,” a machine that offers a painless method for suicide. Levinson and screenwriter Adam Mazer view Kevorkian’s opposition (mainly embodied »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Al Pacino & Susan Sarandon to Reunite for Financial Thriller

2 November 2010 7:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Oscar winners Al Pacino and Susan Sarandon are set to star in the financial thriller "Arbitrage," reports Variety. The duo just co-starred in Barry Levinson's HBO movie "You Don't Know Jack." Nicholas Jarecki wrote the script and will make his feature directorial debut with the project, which stars Pacino as a hedge fund manager who is in over his head and desperate to complete the sale of his shady trading empire to a major bank before his fraud is revealed. However, an unexpected, bloody error forces him to turn to the most »

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"The Two Escobars," Reviewed

14 October 2010 9:09 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

This review originally ran as part of our coverage of The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

In 1998, Associated Press reporter Steve Wilstein noticed a bottle in Mark McGwire's locker. It was filled with androstenedione, an over-the-counter muscle enhancer that boosted the body's production of testosterone. In short, andro is a steroid, banned at that time by pro football, the Ncaa, and the Olympics, though not Major League Baseball. McGwire was in the midst of a season in which he would hit more home runs than any other player in history and the interest in his chase was fueling a resurgence in the game. When Wilstein wrote about McGwire and andro, the press didn't rush to investigate McGwire's drug use; they chastised Wilstein for making it public. In other words, what McGwire was doing on the field was so good for baseball that nobody wanted to know what McGwire was doing off »

- Matt Singer

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Al Pacino to play Phil Spector in new biopic

12 October 2010 3:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Godfather star apparently saw 'a very interesting character' in music producer currently serving life sentence for murder

Al Pacino will reportedly take on the role of Phil Spector in a film about the music producer's life. According to the New York Times, HBO Films plans to capture Spector's life in an as yet untitled movie, with Rain Man director Barry Levinson and writer David Mamet at the helm.

Spector was behind some of the biggest pop songs of the 1960s, notably the Ronettes' Be My Baby and the Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. However, the producer, now aged 70, was found guilty in 2009 of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, for which he is serving a sentence of 19 years to life.

Clarkson was shot and killed at Spector's Los Angeles mansion in 2003. The producer was charged with her murder but a mistrial followed before he was eventually found guilty and sentenced last year. »

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Al Pacino To Tackle Phil Spector

12 October 2010 12:57 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fresh off his acclaimed role as the controversial right-to-die activist Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Hollywood icon Al Pacino announced he will star in a new HBO film as the crazed and colorful music producer Phil Spector. According to London’s “The Guardian,” director Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) and writer David Mamet both signed on to collaborate on the untitled ‘Phil Spector” movie. “He just saw a very interesting character to play, and he likes the sensibility of David and Barry,” Pacino’s agent John L Burnham told “The New York Times.” »

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Pacino to take on Spector

11 October 2010 12:28 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Al Pacino will play infamous record producer Phil Spector in an untitled biopic for HBO Films.According to Variety, David Mamet will write and direct the film.Pacino just won an Emmy for his role as Jack Kevorkian in the HBO film "You Don't Know Jack." Barry Levinson, who directed "You Don't Know Jack," will executive produce.Spector created the "Wall of Sound" production technique of the 1960s, and produced more than 15 top-10 hits in the decade. The eccentric Spector was sent to prison last year for a minimum of 19 years for the murder of Lana Clarkson.Pacino also played attorney Roy Cohn in HBO's 2003 miniseries "Angels in America." The Phil Spector project will be Pacino's third with HBO. »

- Adnan Tezer

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Al Pacino and David Mamet Team on Phil Spector Movie

11 October 2010 8:32 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

Director Barry Levinson and Al Pacino did some great work together this year on the biopic 'You Don't Know Jack,' in which the actor portrayed assisted-suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian. Now they're reuniting for a slightly similar project for HBO based on the life of music producer Phil Spector. According to The New York Times, Pacino will play the "Wall of Sound" and songwriting legend, who was recently convicted of second-degree murder, while Levinson will this time serve as executive producer.

At the helm on this one is David Mamet, who is also writing the movie and who previously penned a great role for Pacino with 'Glengarry Glen Ross' and a great script for Levinson with 'Wag the Dog.' Presumably, due to the actor's age, the story will primarily concern Spector's trial for the shooting of Lana Clarkson, for which he »

- Christopher Campbell

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Al Pacino and David Mamet Team on Phil Spector Movie

11 October 2010 8:32 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

Director Barry Levinson and Al Pacino did some great work together this year on the biopic 'You Don't Know Jack,' in which the actor portrayed assisted-suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian. Now they're reuniting for a slightly similar project for HBO based on the life of music producer Phil Spector. According to The New York Times, Pacino will play the "Wall of Sound" and songwriting legend, who was recently convicted of second-degree murder, while Levinson will this time serve as executive producer.

At the helm on this one is David Mamet, who is also writing the movie and who previously penned a great role for Pacino with 'Glengarry Glen Ross' and a great script for Levinson with 'Wag the Dog.' Presumably, due to the actor's age, the story will primarily concern Spector's trial for the shooting of Lana Clarkson, for which he »

- Christopher Campbell

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Pacino and Mamet Team Up On Spector Biopic

11 October 2010 7:54 AM, PDT | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

The life of legendary music producer Phil Spector is a clear choice for a biopic. In the years between 1960 and 1965 alone he produced over 25 Top 40 hits. He has worked with a laundry list of iconic artists from The Beatles, to The Ramones, to Tina Turner.

In a strange and tragic turn in a “larger than life” life story, Spector was convicted of the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson last year.

HBO Films is developing a film based on Spector’s life, though it is unclear which aspects of his life the film will focus on; his early music career, or his recent murder conviction. One would imagine it would cover both; perhaps taking place in a courtroom setting with flashbacks to various periods in his life and career.

Al Pacino will star as Spector with Barry Levinson writing and David Mamet slated to direct.

Source: Dark Horizons

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Mamet, Pacino Team On Phil Spector Biopic

11 October 2010 6:33 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Three major talents are teaming for a film about Phil Spector, the eccentric and legendary music producer who was convicted of second-degree murder last year.

The New York Times reports that Al Pacino will star, David Mamet will write and direct, and Barry Levinson will produce the project for HBO Films.

As the project is still in the very early stages of development, it's unsure what aspects of Spector's life will be covered in the project - a full on biopic, a film about his early days, or one about the murder and subsequent trial.

Last year prosecutors successfully argued that the record producer shot struggling actress Lana Clarkson in the foyer of his mansion in 2003. The trial made media headlines, helped along by the array of wigs Spector donned throughout. »

- Garth Franklin

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Al Pacino To Play Phil Spector

11 October 2010 5:03 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

While the real life Phil Spector is currently serving 19 years following the shooting dead of Lana Clarkson (in second degree murder) Al Pacino will be brushing up on the Wall of Sound, The Beatles and gun crime. The Scarface star is set to play Spector in a movie that will chronicle his life. The movie, as of yet untitled will be written and directed by David Mamet (who’s previous writing credits include Glengary Glen Ross and The Untouchables) and Barry Levinson will lend his name to the executive producer credit! And to boot, Pacino, as we’d say, is the bulb off of Spector! A Movie Bit photoshop comparison awaits. Phil Spector Al Pacino   Via The New York Times

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- vicbarry@gmail.com (Vic Barry)

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