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Sam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’) would be sixth Best Supporting Actor Oscar champ to beat a co-star

Sam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’) would be sixth Best Supporting Actor Oscar champ to beat a co-star
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” ended a 26-year drought in Best Supporting Actor, producing two nominees, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, from the same film for the first time since “Bugsy” (1991) stars Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley lost to Jack Palance (“City Slickers”). By all appearances, it’s smooth sailing for Rockwell for the win, which would be the sixth time a Best Supporting Actor winner defeated a co-star in 18 dual duels.

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939) stars Harry Carey and Claude Rains were the first co-stars to be nominated against each other in Best Supporting Actor, but they lost to Thomas Mitchell for “Stagecoach.” It would be another 32 years — with seven pairs of double nominees in between — before a Best Supporting Actor champ, Ben Johnson, beat a co-star, Jeff Bridges, for 1971’s “The Last Picture Show.”

Three years later, Robert De Niro prevailed over fellow “The Godfather Part II
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‘The Godfather’ 45th Anniversary: Here’s What You Learn About the Crime Saga While Watching With Over 1,000 Fans

‘The Godfather’ 45th Anniversary: Here’s What You Learn About the Crime Saga While Watching With Over 1,000 Fans
Some moviegoing experiences change your life: “2001: A Space Odyssey” at Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome; “The Tree of Life” accompanied by a 100-piece symphony orchestra; “The Shining” restored and retrofitted for IMAX. And for the more than 1,000 people at Radio City Music Hall yesterday, it was watching “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II.”

Read More: ‘The Godfather’ Reunion: Robert Duvall Imitates Marlon Brando’s Laugh and Other Highlights From Closing Night at Tribeca

Francis Ford Coppola’s crime saga closed out the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival with a 45th anniversary celebration that included restoration screenings of the first two parts and a conversation with Coppola and the cast, including Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Diane Keaton. While the chance to see the cast reunited was a once-in-a-lifetime event, so was the opportunity to experience the full power of “The Godfather” surrounded by cinephiles. And after 45 years, a few things have become abundantly clear.
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Can ‘Spotlight’ Score the Rare Oscar Hat Trick?

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

Director Tom McCarthy’s true story drama about Boston Globe reporters investigating the local Catholic archdiocese and the surrounding child molestation scandal, Spotlight, is a serious Oscar contender, particularly for its star-studded cast.

The film, which won the best ensemble performance award at this month’s Gotham Awards and the Robert Altman award at the Independent Spirit Awards, boasts serious contenders in the best supporting actor category led by performances from last year’s best actor nominee Michael Keaton and former Oscar-nom Mark Ruffalo.

It seems likely that both Keaton and Ruffalo will receive nominations this year, which would be quite a feat in itself as no film has had two of its actors nominated in the best supporting actor category since Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley both earned noms for 1991’s Bugsy (though the supporting actress category has had a number of films with
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Blu-ray Review – Cannonball Run II (1984)

Cannonball Run II, 1984.

Directed by Hal Needham.

Starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Jamie Farr, Telly Savalas, Ricardo Montalban, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Kiel, Sid Caesar, Jackie Chan, Tony Danza, Henry Silva, Alex Rocco, Abe Vigoda, Michael V. Gazzo.


The majority of the drivers from the first film return for a second crack at the top prize in an illegal cross-country car race.

Having had a hit with The Cannonball Run in 1981, it took three years for the inevitable to happen and a sequel to appear and, much like that first film, Cannonball Run II also became a staple of bank holiday television entertainment in the UK. However, in keeping with the tradition of inferior major studio sequels this second outing basically redoes the original but without the charm that carried that film.

Much of that missing charm comes down to the fact that
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Alligator

Before he received acclaim as a writer/director of such films as Brother from Another Planet (’84), Matewan (’87), and The Secret of Roan Inish (’94), John Sayles made a splash on the horror scene as the writer of fun, clever satires such as Piranha (’78) and The Howling (’81). However, he did another that doesn’t get nearly as much love, and that’s his ode to an overgrown reptile, Lewis Teague’s Alligator (’80). Which is a shame, as it is just as much of a blast as the other two.

Alligator was released in July to solid reviews, and tripled its budget in returns, bringing in $6.5 million U.S. Not too bad for an independent (Group 1 International Distribution Organisation Ltd., the fine folks behind Ufo’s Are Real), and a good indicator that horror fans are always up for a smart romp. Alligator glides through that sweet swamp filled with fear and good humor.
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DVD Double Feature Review: "Love And Bullets" (1979) And "Russian Roulette" (1975) Starring George Segal

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By Lee Pfeiffer 

The good news is that Timeless Video is releasing multiple films in one DVD package. The bad news is that one of these releases, although featuring two highly-watchable leading men, presents two stinkers. Love and Bullets is a 1979 Charles Bronson starrer that Roger Ebert appropriately described at the time as "an assemblyline potboiler". The film initially showed promise. Originally titled Love and Bullets, Charlie, the movie had John Huston as its director. However, Huston left after "creative differences" about the concept of the story and its execution on screen. The absurdity of losing a director as esteemed as Huston might have been understandable if the resulting flick wasn't such a mess. However, one suspects that, whatever the conceptual vision Huston had for the movie may have been, it must have been superior to what ultimately emerged. Stuart Rosenberg, the competent director of Cool Hand Luke took over
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Dirty Harry’s Dregs, or a Franchise Learns Its Limitations

Clint Eastwood revisited Harry Callahan three more times, usually whenever his career was in the dumps. If Dirty Harry was a cultural phenomenon and Magnum Force a respectable follow-up, the rest are uninspired cash-ins. The main law Harry enforces in these sequels is the Law of Diminishing Returns.

Given Dirty Harry‘s San Francisco setting, something like The Enforcer (1976) was inevitable. After all, San Fran hosted Haight-Ashbury, hippie capital of the world; was a favored site for Black Panther and Sds protests; headquarters of the nascent gay rights movement; victim of Weathermen bombings and the racially-charged Zebra murders. Writers Gail Morgan Hickman and S.W. Schurr based their script, originally titled “Moving Target,” on the Symbionese Liberation Army which kidnapped Patty Hearst. Dean Riesner (who cowrote the original Harry) and Stirling Silliphant (In the Heat of the Night) polished the film.

Harry battles the People’s Revolutionary Strike Froce, led by
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Early Morphine Addiction Drama Marred by Several Hammy Performances

'A Hatful of Rain' with Lloyd Nolan, Anthony Franciosa and Don Murray 'A Hatful of Rain' script fails to find cinematic voice as most of the cast hams it up Based on a play by Michael V. Gazzo, A Hatful of Rain is an interesting attempt at injecting "adult" subject matters – in this case, the evils of drug addiction – into Hollywood movies. "Interesting," however, does not mean either successful or compelling. Despite real, unromantic New York City locations and Joseph MacDonald's beautifully realistic black-and-white camera work (and the pointless use of CinemaScope), this Fred Zinnemann-directed melodrama feels anachronistically stagy as a result of its artificial dialogue and the hammy theatricality of its performers – with Eva Marie Saint as the sole naturalistic exception. 'A Hatful of Rain' synopsis Somewhat revolutionary in its day (Otto Preminger's The Man with a Golden Arm,* also about drug addiction,
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Time Machine: Veterans Wallach and Coppola - Godfather 3 in Common - Are Special Oscar Honorees

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on
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Great Movie Characters: Tom Hagen

By Alex Simon

For the one person on the planet who's never see the Godfather films--spoilers Ahead.

Few characters in film history have displayed the cunning, charm and utter moral ambiguity as that of Tom Hagen, the Corleone family lawyer in Francis Coppola’s first two Godfather films. In Mario Puzo’s novel, as well as the film adaptation, it’s revealed that Hagen (played by Robert Duvall) was found living on the street as an 11 year-old by pre-teen Sonny Corleone (played in the film as an adult by James Caan) and unofficially adopted by Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) as one of their own. Puzo’s novel reveals that Don Vito never formally adopted Tom, as he felt it would have been disrespectful to the boy’s real family, who were torn apart by their father’s alcoholism.

Throughout both films, Hagen remains the voice of reason and rational thinking,
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Al Pacino Retrospective - The Godfather Part II

Simon Columb continues our Al Pacino Retrospective with The Godfather Part II....

Is The Godfather Part II superior to The Godfather? In a lively discussion on sequels, film fanatic Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) in Scream 2, argues how “sequels suck”. But, unlike Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Aliens, The Godfather Part II stumps him. It covers a greater space of time, tells a grander story and turns what was a family-centred, but nevertheless New York “Gangshter” story, into a personal drama set on an epic, ambitious scale.

Though the dialogue in The Godfather holds iconic and memorable lines, definitive scenes in The Godfather Part II show Michael Corleone’s true menace revealing itself. The Godfather portrays his sinister and deeply-calculated methods of management, but they are subtle and carefully-constructed. He recommends the hit on Solozzo and MacCluskey; he marries Kay (Diane Keaton) to maintain a strong family unit; he settles
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Miley's Hit Gets A Major Facelift

Miley's Hit Gets A Major Facelift
"We Can't Stop," Miley Cyrus' inescapable take on Rihanna's strip-club anthems, has snaked its way into the song of the summer race, nipping at the heels of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." Depending on where you fall on the love-hate continuum that Miley's recent output has inspired, that's either great or bad news, but in either case, there's hope: a new remix from New Jersey native Mike Gazzo and New York producer, HuffPost blogger and DJ extraordinaire Kalkutta.

The rework, which is debuting exclusively on HuffPost Entertainment, sees Gazzo and Kalkutta leaving Mike Will's syrupy (and admittedly entrancing) beat behind for a two part anthem that blends electro house and something that approaches moombahton without falling for the trap-inflected style that's currently the rage in electronic dance music.

"We were inspired by artists like Zedd and Hardwell to change up the two drops as well as the tempo,
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"Kill Castro" (1980) Starring Robert Vaughn, Stuart Whitman And Woody Strode: Rare Big Screen Showing, Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, March 13

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The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin continues its "Weird Wednesday" cult movie screenings with the rarely seen "B" action flick Kill Castro which boasts macho leading men Robert Vaughn, Stuart Whitman and Woody Strode (plus Godfather II Oscar nominee Michael V. Gazzo) in a 1980 CIA thriller that has about dozen other titles in various video incarnations. It's directed Chuck Workman, who has gone on to be an acclaimed documentary maker. The flick will be shown on March 13. Click here for info and to view trailer. 
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Can 'Django Unchained' reap record-tying three Supporting Actor Oscar bids?

Can 'Django Unchained' reap record-tying three Supporting Actor Oscar bids?
Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” features three credible contenders for Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. There have been three instances when three actors have been nominated at the Oscars in Supporting Actor for the same film: Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, and Rob Steiger for “On the Waterfront” (1954); James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Al Pacino for “The Godfather” (1972); and Robert De Niro, Michael V. Gazzo, and Lee Strasberg for “The Godfather, Part II” (1974). The Waterfront" trio lost to Edmond O'Brien ("The Barefoot Contessa") while the "Godfather" fellows were bested by Joel Grey ("Cabaret"). DeNiro did pull off a win for his performance as the young Vito Corelone. The chances of all three "Django" dudes getting nominated aren’t good, especially with competition from the likes of Tommy Lee J...
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Films To Watch Before You Die #68 - The Godfather: Part II (1974)

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

The Godfather: Part II, 1974.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Starring Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire, John Cazale, Michael V. Gazzo and Lee Strasberg.

After watching The Godfather you simply must grab The Godfather: Part II and continue the story. The film consists of two parallel narratives running side by side as we follow Michael (Pacino) and his leadership of the crime family following on from the first film, but also the prequel to the first film and follows the young Vito Corleone (De Niro) as he arrives in America as an immigrant and builds his empire.

Following on from where the first film finished Michael moved the family out to Nevada and began work in the gambling industry of Las Vegas in order to make the family legitimate,
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Oscar Winner Eva Marie Saint, Oscar Nominee Don Murray: A Hatful Of Rain Discussion Aero Theatre Tonight

Eva Marie Saint, Don Murray, A Hatful of Rain Don Murray (Oscar nominee for Bus Stop) and Eva Marie Saint (Oscar winner for On the Waterfront) are scheduled to be present for a discussion at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica this evening following a screening of Fred Zinnemann's 1957 drama A Hatful of Rain, which stars Murray, Saint, Best Actor Oscar nominee Anthony Franciosa, and Lloyd Nolan. Based on a play by Michael V. Gazzo (perhaps best-known for his Oscar-nominated performance in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part II), A Hatful of Rain is a portrayal of a dysfunctional all-American family. Family members include a Korean War veteran-turned-junkie (Murray), his wife (Saint), his "no-good" brother (Franciosa), and the brothers' self-centered father (Nolan).
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Remembering The Godfather Part II with Francis Ford Coppola and Friends

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On Saturday, March 26th, the Directors Guild of America hosted another event in celebration of their 75th Anniversary. Last month, they honored George Lucas with a screening of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) and discussion between Lucas and Christopher Nolan. This time, the DGA hosted a panel honoring Lucas's benefactor, Francis Ford Coppola. Unlike the Lucas event, the DGA did not screen one of Coppola's many feature films, but asked three directors, David O'Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen), and Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood) to prepare short reels of some of their favorite scenes as a spring board for discussion. Each director's selections were fairly classical while also featuring some oddities: Hardwicke picked ten minutes from Apocalypse Now (1979), P.T. Anderson chose a selection from The Conversation (1974), my personal favorite of Coppola's films, and an odder choice, Youth Without Youth
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A Hatful Of Rain Review – Eva Marie Saint, Don Murray, Anthony Franciosa

A Hatful Of Rain (1957) Direction: Fred Zinnemann Cast: Eva Marie Saint, Don Murray, Anthony Franciosa, Lloyd Nolan, Henry Silva Screenplay: Michael V. Gazzo, Alfred Hayes, Carl Foreman (originally uncredited); from Gazzo's play Oscar Movies Don Murray, Eva Marie Saint, A Hatful of Rain Based on a play by Michael V. Gazzo, A Hatful of Rain is an interesting attempt at injecting "adult" subject matters — in this case, the evils of drug addiction — into Hollywood movies. "Interesting," however, does not mean either successful or compelling. Despite real, unromantic New York locations and Joseph MacDonald's beautifully realistic black-and-white camera work, this Fred Zinnemann-directed melodrama feels anachronistically stagy as a result of its artificial dialogue and the hammy theatricality of its performers — with Eva Marie Saint as the sole naturalistic exception. Somewhat revolutionary in its day (Otto Preminger's The Man with a Golden Arm, also about drug addiction, had come
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The Godfather Part II (1974) – “Foote in Film”

By John H. Foote

The Godfather Part II (1974) – ****

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Is there a greater American film than The Godfather Part II (1974)? If there is, and I do not believe there is, I have yet to see it.

What Coppola achieved in The Godfather (1972) was something quite extraordinary, making a film that explores the American Dream corrupted yet achieved. The Corleone family came to this country dirt poor, yet achieved enormous wealth and power through a life of crime. Yet they are presented to us as hard working, a loving family, a group of people who truly care for each other, yet go to work and perhaps do murder if they find it necessary to do so.

Written as a pulp novel, Coppola worked with writer Mario Puzo to shape the screenplay, deepen the story, and gave it an operatic sense of tragedy that was almost Shakespearean in its execution.
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Discuss: Surprising Oscar Nominees

As the dust settles on the 2008 Oscar nominations, I thought it was time for a look back at some of the eyebrow raising choices the Academy has made in its 81 years of handing out shiny prizes. Actually, that's kind of a lie -- I was bored on Saturday night and decided to watch Thunderbolt and Lightfoot on Hulu. I have this dorky habit of looking up film trivia on IMDb whenever I've watched a movie -- and there I was amazed to learn that a baby-faced Jeff Bridges had been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1974 for this offbeat film. That knowledge kind of blew me away. He was good, certainly, but Oscar worthy? It must have been a weak year or something.

Er, no. 1974 gave us Chinatown, The Godfather Part II, Murder on the Orient Express, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles, The Great Gatsby, and much, much more. Thus,
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