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8 items from 2008


Terminator And Deliverance Officially Preserved

30 December 2008 9:36 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

What do Truman Capote, Buster Keaton, Ernest Hemingway, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have in common? They all have some involvement in movies that were added to the National Film Registry this year, to be archived as part of the National Film Preservation Act. The 2008 list was announced this week, and includes a varied group of films, including a home movie from 1956 and James Cameron's science-fiction classic, The Terminator. While Schwarzenegger's blockbuster film definitely stands out in the group, it's not the only movie recognized for its special effects. The horror classic The Invisible Man with Claude Rains and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, notable for Ray Harryhausen's work, both are added to the registry this year as well. Not everything is sci-fi and special effects though. Several of the movies added come from literary roots, like The Killers, based on a short story by Hemingway, or In Cold Blood, »

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'Terminator' locked up in film archive

30 December 2008 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger has earned a spot in the halls of Washington, but not because of his political career.

Instead, the former actor's turn as a robot from the future was enshrined in the Library of Congress as the National Film Registry announced Tuesday that "The Terminator" is among the 25 films that have been selected for preservation in the Registry in 2008.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the Registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. The choices aren't necessarily considered the best American films; they are chosen by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington on the advice of the Film Preservation Board and the library's motion picture staff because the selections possess "enduring significance to American culture."

James Cameron's 1984 "Terminator," in which the future governor of California's cyborg utters the classic line, "I'll be back," was cited for "blending an ingenious, »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Casablanca’ is a Blu-Ray Gift Set For the Ages

22 December 2008 9:13 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – An edition of The Hollywood Reporter in January of 1942 announced that Warner Brothers was moving forward with a film called “Casablanca” and that it would star Ann Sheridan, Ronald Reagan and Dennis Morgan. A month later, Reagan and Morgan were out, Humphrey Bogart was in, and it wasn’t long before someone suggested Ingrid Bergman instead of the American Ann Sheridan for the role of Ilsa. It was the beginning of much more than just a beautiful friendship.

Of course, if that cast had made it in front of the camera, it’s not likely that the story of Rick, Ilsa, and the beginning of a beautiful friendship would have nearly the same resonance over six decades after its release as it does now. The iconic performances by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are such a part of the fabric of movie history that they’re instantly recognizable around the world. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Del Toro Describes Wolfman Relations

19 December 2008 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

In spite of their annoying desire to ask inane questions to drum up equally ridiculous answers for "instant headlines" (just add water and desperation!), MTV got some hard quotes from actor Benicio Del Toro describing his relationship with Anthony Hopkins in next November's The Wolfman . "Anthony Hopkins' role was [originally] played by Claude Rains and the relationship between Rains and Lon Chaney Jr. was a good father and son [relationship]," the actor says. "In [our version], it's definitely fractured, I'm like the prodigal son, I've been gone, he sent me away when I was a child and I haven't seen him in twenty six years and I can home again to visit my brother who.s missing, but I [also play an] actor too which is also different." Del Toro, »

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Benicio Talks Wolfman

19 December 2008 12:31 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Even though MTV’s movie news seems as obsessed with Twilight as your average 12-year-old girl in the last few months, now and then they do manage to break out and talk to people about real movies, like the Joe Johnston-helmed Wolfman redux.

Producer/star Benicio del Toro chatted up the film with MTV’s Movie Blog recently, giving some insight in the differences between the 1941 original and this reimagining, mainly revolving around the character played by Sir Anthony Hopkins; ”Anthony Hopkins’ role was [originally] played by Claude Rains and the relationship between Rains and Lon Chaney Jr was a good father and son [relationship].” he explained, ”In [our version], its definitely fractured, I’m like the prodigal son, I’ve been gone, he sent me away when I was a child and I haven’t seen him in twenty six years and I can home again to visit my brother who’s missing, »

- Johnny Butane

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How to read a movie

30 August 2008 3:20 PM, PDT | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

At left: Hitchcock's "Notorious." Bergman on strong axis. Grant at left. Bergman lighter, Grant shadowed. Grant above, Bergman below. Movement toward lower right. The attention and pressure is on her.

I've mentioned from time to time the "shot at a time" sessions I do at film festivals and universities, sifting through a film with the help of the audience. The e-mails I receive indicate this is perceived as some kind of esoteric exercise. Actually, it's something anyone can do, including you, and you don't need to be an expert, because the audience, and the film itself, are your most helpful collaborators. Of course it would be wise to research a film you hope to dismantle in public, and be familiar with its director and context, but I believe the process in its pure form could be applied to a film you've never even heard of. I want to tell you how. »

- Roger Ebert

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Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 10, 2008

10 August 2008 9:22 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Welcome to another fun filled installment of Screen Rant’s Weekend Movie News Wrap Up.

This week:

We see who is penning Flash Gordon, we learn some details about Alex ProyasDracula Year Zero, discover what David Goyer is working on, Channing Tatum lines up something for after GI Joe and The Conversation goes to television.

1. The Flash Gordon Remake/ adaptation has now grabbed Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to pen the script. The Neil Moritiz produced, Breck Eisner (Sahara) directed film is in production at Columbia.

I just hope the film is more like the 1980’s movie and less like the Si-Fi channel show.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

2. Speaking of Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, their script for Dracula Year Zero is to be directed by Robot and Dark City director Alex Proyas. Proyas recently gave some details about the Dracula prequel/origin story:

“You could see it as a »

- Niall Browne

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Cult Spy Icon: Claude ('Heroes')

3 May 2008 11:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Fans of Doctor Who's ninth incarnation of the intrepid Time Lord were in for a treat when Christopher Eccleston popped up in a semi-recurring role on Heroes.

Eccleston played a moody, mysterious character with a reluctance to pass on what he knew to others. A lonely outsider with a Mancunian accent, he even muttered the word "fantastic" at one point. Alas, the blue police box and leather jacket were substituted for pigeons and facial fuzz for his turn as the enigmatic 'Claude', a 'hero' with the power to turn invisible.

Using the moniker as a reference to The Invisible Man actor Claude Rains, he was a compelling figure to watch due to Eccleston's gravitas and ability to convey world-weariness. His physiognomy certainly helped proceedings too. The angular features and furrowed brow denoted a hurtful embittered . . . »

- Ben_Rawson-Jones_imdb_@digitalspy.co.uk (Ben Rawson-Jones)

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