8 items from 2014
10. Deliverance (1972)
Scene: Squeal Like a Piggy
Word to the wise: just because someone plays a mighty fine banjo, it doesn’t mean he or any of his kin should be invited to your family picnic. Based on the James Dickey novel of the same name, Deliverance follows four businessmen as they decide to spend a weekend canoeing down a fictional river before it needs to be flooded. Lewis (Burt Reynolds) leads the crew as the most experienced, followed closely by Ed (Jon Voight). The two novices Bobby and Drew (Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) also join them. So, in remote Georgia, the four men set out to take in the beauty of nature. Before setting off, they come across a group of mountain men, all of which appear to be inbred. Drew engages in a banjo duet with one of the teenagers, but he doesn’t »
- Joshua Gaul
The Wizard of Oz, 1939 (2014 re-release in IMAX 3D).
Directed by Victor Fleming.
Starring Judy Garland, Terry “Toto” the dog, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, with Charlie Grapewin and Clara Blandick, and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins.
Young Dorothy (Judy Garland) gets whisked off on a tornado, from the bland and bleak Kansas farmland she calls home, to a magical land of whimsy and colour, called Oz. Despite finally fulfilling her wish of going “somewhere over the rainbow”, and being hailed as a national hero for trampling the Wicked Witch of the East upon her landing, all Dorothy wants is to go home. Heeding the advice of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (Billie Burke), Dorothy heads off to Emerald City, following the Yellow Brick Road, in order to see the great and powerful Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan), who is »
- Kat Kourbeti
Director: Victor FleminG
Running Time: 102 minutes
Synopsis: A twister takes the unsettled Dorothy on a journey to the magical land of Oz where she must destroy an evil witch, help a scarecrow find a brain, a tin man a heart, and a cowardly lion some courage, as well as getting back to Kansas.
When the classics of 1939 start getting 3D IMAX releases we have to ask whether they can truly stand their ground on such formats, or if this is just a shameless cash grab for a 75th anniversary. Thankfully, and amazingly, The Wizard Of Oz seems as though it was made for both the 3D and IMAX cinemas. 3D and IMAX can certainly feel gimmicky at times, even with modern releases, but here it represents the incredible world of Oz on such »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
It's difficult to think of a film that has inspired more urban legends than Victor Fleming's 1939 children's classic The Wizard of Oz. Depending on who you believe, Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon syncs perfectly with the action (not true), the production was cursed with a series of horrendous accidents (true), and the Munchkins were all shag-happy party animals (also untrue, but a favourite talk show gag of star Judy Garland). Perhaps the tall tales have something to do with the hellish shoot, which involved five directors and at least 15 writers, or maybe it's because The Wizard of Oz is watched by a lot of stoned people.
What many don't seem to realise is that The Wizard Of Oz is itself a remake. L Frank Baum's original 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz (the first in a series of more than a dozen books) was filmed »
Photo courtesy Debbie Reynolds Studios
Debbie Reynolds – actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness – has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the union’s highest accolade will be presented to the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-nominated Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt).
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard praised Reynolds’ artistry over her very accomplished career, saying, “I’m thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented »
- Michelle McCue
Film projects are hubs of not only bags of creativity and innovation but also inordinate amounts of stress and pressure so it should come as no surprise that they give birth to all these amazing stories and factoids which fascinate both cinephiles and casual fans alike.
Lesser known facts and trivia about films – much like movies themselves – have the power to inspire a surprisingly broad range of emotional reactions. Some of the points included in this list are just fascinating in their own right while others will have you splitting your sides with laughter and others could creep you out.
A recent post on Reddit discussing some of the coolest facts and trivia cinema has given us over the years had us desperate to do our own compilation of incredible facts which will hopefully be new to most of you.
Cinema is such a sprawling entity that has »
- Sam Heard
The end is here – if someone asked you what the most important movie musical of all time was, it would come from this portion of the list. Obviously, it’s all subjective, but it’s difficult to make a case against the influence of these films on our culture and the industry as a whole. So, cue the orchestra and practice your dance moves, because the closing number is here.
courtesy of rowthree.com
10. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Directed by John Badham
Signature Song: “Stayin’ Alive” (http://youtu.be/Fa9n7GirhsI)
After making a name for himself with TV’s “Welcome Back Kotter,” John Travolta became a star with 1977′s cultural landmark Saturday Night Fever, a dance musical where Travolta plays Tony Manero, a young man who works a dead-end job, but spends his weekends as the king of the dance floor at a Brooklyn disco. The soundtrack, which was »
- Joshua Gaul
The 86th Annual Academy Awards will honor the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, a best picture nominee in 1939, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. In addition, ABC has released a new promo featuring Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres being played off by the orchestra.
"We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year's Oscars."
The Wizard of Oz received six Oscar nominations, winning two for Original Score and Song.
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The telecast, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live »
8 items from 2014
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