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Newswire: Tom & Jerry to leave cinematic mouse turds all over Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

  • The AV Club
As far as beloved children’s movies go, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is basically bulletproof. Not even Johnny Depp, or his assortment of interesting hats, could taint the talents of Gene Wilder, or the visual dazzle of Harper Goff’s legendary set designs, for long. But, then, Depp and Tim Burton didn’t have the inexplicable staying power of America’s longest-lasting cat-and-mouse cartoon duo on their side.

Cue the trailer for Tom And Jerry: Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, a new Warner Bros. direct-to-video release that dares to suppose: What if Tom and Jerry had also been in the factory with Charlie Bucket, having adventures, shedding constantly, and shitting in the chocolate river? (That part’s not shown, but we’re pretty sure murine Oompa-Loompas don’t pass health code muster.)

The movie isn’t just a treat for America’s last remaining Tom & Jerry ...
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The Vikings

Richard Fleischer's Viking saga is a great star showcase: for the grinning one-eyed Kirk Douglas, sullen one-handed Tony Curtis and the heavy-breathing, two-breasted Janet Leigh. Jack Cardiff gives us the fjords of Norway, lean and mean Viking ships, and a brain-bashing acrobatic castle assault designed to out-do Burt Lancaster. With Ernest Borgnine ("Ohhh-dinnnn!!"), James Donald and Alexander Knox. And as the old song goes, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got Frank Thring. The Vikings Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1958 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 114 min. / Street Date March 8, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh, James Donald, Alexander Knox, Maxine Audley, Frank Thring. Cinematography Jack Cardiff Production Designer Harper Goff Film Editor Hugo Williams Original Music Mario Nascimbene Written by Calder Willingham adapted by Dale Wasserman from a novel by Edison Marshall Produced by Jerry Bresler Directed by Richard Fleischer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry

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'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry
Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Highlights from the list include the aforementioned film, Arthur Penn’s Western "Little Big Man," John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.," 1953’s “House of Wax,
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‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry

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‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry
Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year’s list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.

Also on the list are John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, Luxo Jr; the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; and Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo. Documentaries and silent films also make up part of the selection which represents titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant; they must also each be at least 10 years old. Check out the rundown of all 25 movies below:

2014 National Film Registry
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Review: Fantastic Voyage

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After a decade of low-budget cheesy special effects science fiction films, the early 1960s was particularly quiet, ceding to television series such as Star Trek and The Time Tunnel. But, also released in 1966 was an eye-opening spectacular that had a plausible premise, strong cast, and the next generation in film special effects. Fantastic Voyage may be remembered today for Raquel Welch in a tight outfit, it is also a step forward in cinematic Sf. Thankfully, it preceded 2001: A Space Odyssey by two years.

At a time when miniaturization was making home technology smaller and more sophisticated, the idea of inserting a tiny sub full of humans into the body of an ill scientist seemed the next logical step. The body in question was the victim of an assassination attempt and his knowledge and life had to be saved so a daring experiment was to be undertaken. Forget that the
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‘Django Unchained’ Art Director, 2 Others Tapped For Hall Of Fame

‘Django Unchained’ Art Director, 2 Others Tapped For Hall Of Fame
Django Unchained” art director J. Michael Riva has been selected for the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame along with “Touch of Evil” art director Robert Clatworthy and “Casablanca” set docorator Harper Goff.

The trio will be formally inducted at the guild’s 18th Annual Production Design Awards ceremony to be held at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 8.

Clatworthy worked at Paramount starting in 1938 and later at Universal until 1964. He was the art director for Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil” and was nominated for Oscars for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” “That Touch of Mink,” “Inside Daisy Clover” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and won for “Ship of Fools.”

Goff was a set decorator on “Charge of the Light Brigade,” “Sergeant York” and “Casablanca” and worked for the U.S. Navy designing confusing ship silhouettes. Goff joined the artistic team at Walt Disney Studios and worked on “20,000 Leagues Under
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Dietrich's Late Grandson Among Adg's Hall of Fame Honorees

Marlene Dietrich Grandson J. Michael Riva, Robert Clatworthy, and Harper Goff: Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame 2014 Production Designers Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff, and J. Michael Riva will be posthumously inducted into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame at the 18th Art Directors Guild Awards ceremony, to be held on February 8, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Production designer J. Michael Riva.) J. Michael Riva J. Michael Riva (1948-2012), grandson of Marlene Dietrich (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express, A Foreign Affair), was production designer for Stuart Rosenberg / Robert Redford’s 1980 socially conscious drama Brubaker. Later on, Redford hired Riva as the art director for Ordinary People, also released in 1980. Riva’s other production design credits include the Lethal Weapon movies starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover; A Few Good Men (1992), with Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore; The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), with Will Smith; Spider-Man 3 (2007), with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst,
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TCM Classic Film Festival & D23: The Official Disney Fan Club To Present Snow White & 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Live Appearance by Kirk Douglas Introducing a New Restoration of

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

For the second consecutive year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will celebrate the legacy of The Walt Disney Studios. Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in collaboration with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, will present a 75th anniversary screening of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(1937), Disney’s first hand-drawn feature-length animated film. In addition, legendary actor Kirk Douglas will present the first general public screening of the newly restored (from original camera negatives) live-action adventure, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954).

On Saturday, April 14, Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will screen at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre at 1 p.m. This film revolutionized the art of animation with its cutting edge technique, design and storytelling . setting animation in pursuit of an ever more realistic look. Moreover, it demonstrated animation’s viability
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The Haunted Mansion's Fractured Story

While Melissa holds down Hall H and the Lr crew takes the stage for the Masters of the Web panel at Comic Con, I'm over in New York is super psyched about Guillermo Del Toro re-booting the marred Haunted Mansion film franchise. Mainly, because the Haunted Mansion is one of my geek obsessions and the Eddie Murphy movie laughed at the very intriguing and Existing plot threads embedded in the Disneyland ride. I’m a big fan of Disneyland, even if the company that runs it occasionally makes NewsCorp look like the lesser of two evils. Despite Walt Disney’s numerous faults (naming names during McCarthyism to bring up the obvious), I like the idea of a man who had enough balls to devise a theme park that went far beyond a carnival, a traveling fair or cheap amusements.Disneyland as an idea, stripped of what it means to be sold childhood memories,
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Modern Mages: Harry Walton

When we contacted Harry Walton and requested an interview, his reply was simple and immediate: “Sure! I grew up on Famous Monsters. When do you want to talk?” Nothing keeps us more enthused about our mission than speaking with the fanboys and –girls who grew up to become the modern mages of today’s visual effects.

Harry's buddy Rick Baker in his Frankenstein mask, West Covina, CA, 1968

Harry’s enthusiasm goes way back and deep; during our interview we spent a long time lost amongst his many scrapbooks of personal photos. A few of these may be seen on Harry’s own website. (All photos in this interview are from the Harry Walton Collection, (c) VFXmasters.)

Top Row: Davey & Goliath, Harry running an optical printer, "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids". Middle Row: the Pillsbury Doughboy, "The Golden Child," "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Bottom Row: "Land of the Lost", "RoboCop2", "James
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