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Flashback: George Lucas on Taking Risks in Hollywood and Making ‘Star Wars’ an Immersive Cinematic Experience

25 May 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Either as a writer, director, or producer, George Lucas has been integral to the production of many movies we consider classics. The Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises are notable for their worldwide success, but that was never an ambition for the USC film grad.

“I've never thought of myself as a commercial filmmaker. It just happened. It happened in spite of myself,” Lucas told Et in 1993. In fact, Raiders of the Lost Ark was the first time people heard one of his ideas and thought it had potential to be a hit. “Everything up until that point, everyone said, ‘What are you talking about? I don't get it.’"

More: Carrie Fisher Covers 'Vanity Fair' In Honor of 'Star Wars' Turning 40

He added, “I think I've done Ok, because I like making movies and I've always made what I want to make, regardless.”

And the movies Lucas wanted to make were usually something that had never been seen »

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Flashback: George Lucas Talks Origins of ‘Star Wars’ and Expanding ‘A New Hope’ Into a Trilogy

4 May 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

May the Fourth be with you!

Since Disney bought LucasFilm in 2012, excitement around May 4 has been tied to new additions to the Star Wars universe. (This is the third consecutive year that a new film in the franchise has been released.) But there is an even more festive reason to hug the nearest Wookie this “Star Wars Day,” aka “May the Fourth:” the fast approaching 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

Last month, at the 2017 Star Wars Celebration, George Lucas dropped by the commemoration to discuss Episode IV, as well as pay tribute to the passing of our princess general, Carrie Fisher. In his reflection on the movie, Lucas summarized his original intention for the now-iconic film.

More: First Trailer for 'Star Wars - The Last Jedi'  Is Here!

“The idea was simply to do the high-adventure film that I loved when I was a kid with meaningful psychological themes,” said [link=tt »

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Watch The Trailer For ‘Score: A Film Music Documentary’ Featuring Hans Zimmer, John Williams & More

4 May 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We’ve always had a particular love for film music here at The Playlist. Indeed, when we started as a lowly destination on Blogspot way back when, the site had a particular focus on film scores and soundtracks, and while our scope has expanded since then, we still love to look at the ways movies and music intersect. So as such, we’re very excited to check out the new film “Score: A Film Music Documentary.”

Directed by former CBS News man Matt Schrader, and more than two years in the making, it promises a broad, definitive look at the art of the composer, with interviews including Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Quincy Jones, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Thomas Newman, Leonard Maltin, James Cameron, Bear McCreary, Randy Newman as well as the late James Horner and Garry Marshall.

Continue reading Watch The Trailer For ‘Score: A Film Music Documentary »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Score: A Film Music Documentary Trailer Celebrates Hollywood's Favorite Composers

3 May 2017 3:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Gravitas Ventures has released the first trailer and poster for Score: A Film Music Documentary, which is in theaters on June 16th. Music is an integral part of most films, adding emotion and nuance while often remaining invisible to audiences. Director Matt Schrader shines a spotlight on the overlooked craft of film composing, gathering many of the art form's most influential practitioners, from Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman to Quincy Jones and Randy Newman, to uncover their creative process. Tracing key developments in the evolution of music in film, and exploring some of cinema's most iconic soundtracks, "Score" is an aural valentine for film lovers.

What makes a film score unforgettable? Featuring Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Quincy Jones, Trent Reznor, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Thomas Newman, Randy Newman, Leonard Maltin, and the late James Horner and Garry Marshall, Score: A Film Music Documentary brings Hollywood's elite »

- MovieWeb

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"The Ruling Class" Screening, L.A., April 25

23 April 2017 12:28 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

The Royal Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 45th anniversary DVD screening of Peter Medak’s 1972 film The Ruling Class. The 154-minute film, which stars Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Caroline Seymour, Coral Browne, Harry Andrews, and Peter O'Toole, will be screened on DVD on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Please Note: At press time, director Peter Medak is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film following the screening.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

The Ruling Class (1972)

45th Anniversary Screening

Tuesday, April 25, at 7 Pm at the Royal Theatre

Followed by Q & A with Director Peter Medak

Presented on DVD

This biting black comedy, in the tradition of such British classics as Kind Hearts and Coronets, focuses on a fierce battle for succession within an aristocratic family. Peter O’Toole plays a »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Scott’s TCM Fest Dispatch, Part Two: Economics

12 April 2017 9:22 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

The 1930s – more films about women, more films about working life. And often the two overlapped. You watch a film made today, it’s brutally clear that the people who made it rarely have to be anywhere In the ‘30s, at the height of the studio system, the entire creative force behind a picture worked 9-5 on the studio lot, just like anyone else. They had a workplace. And while many made a great deal more money than the characters they were depicting, they knew what it was to hold a job. That mindset, that constant awareness of money and office work and routine, bleeds into the pictures of the period.

Take a film like Rafter Romance, which played at TCM Classic Film Festival Friday morning. Ginger Rogers and Norman Foster star as two broke strangers living in the same apartment building (and they say people knew their neighbors back »

- Scott Nye

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TCM Festival: Lee Grant on Surviving Both the Blacklist and Aging

10 April 2017 1:33 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lee Grant has spoken openly over the decades about the challenges of getting older as an actress, something she first experienced as an obstacle back in the mid-1960s, when she was making a comeback after many years of being blacklisted. But during her multiple appearances at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood over the weekend, Grant was celebrated in the happy home of reverse ageism, a fest where being 90 is a virtual guarantor of being belle of the ball. 

“Who was that woman? Not me, I’ll tell you that,” said Grant, settling into a chair alongside Leonard Maltin »

- Chris Willman

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Electric Boogaloo, the wild untold story of Cannon Films

8 April 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Director and documentarian Mark Hartley scores both a film history and comedy success with this ‘wild, untold’ account of the 1980s film studio that was both revered and despised by everyone who had contact with it. The ‘cast list’ of interviewees is encyclopedic, everybody has a strong opinion, and some of them don’t need four-letter words to describe their experience!

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

On a double bill with

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Starring: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus, Al Ruban, Alain Jakubowicz, Albert Pyun, Alex Winter, Allen DeBevoise, Avi Lerner, Barbet Schroeder, Bo Derek, Boaz Davidson, Cassandra Peterson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Charles Matthau, Christopher C. Dewey, Christopher Pearce, Cynthia Hargrave, Dan Wolman, Daniel Loewenthal, David Del Valle, David Paulsen, David Sheehan, David Womark, Diane Franklin, Dolph Lundgren, Edward R. Pressman, »

- Glenn Erickson

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TCM Film Festival: Day One

7 April 2017 6:48 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Collin is at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood, CA; come inside and check it out!

It’s hardly 9 Am in Hollywood when a young man from TCM taps the microphone at the legendary Egyptian Theatre; his thick Georgia accent stands out in Los Angeles (TCM's headquarters are in Atlanta). The theatre is packed for the first showing of the morning. Everyone’s elbows are rubbing against one another and our knees are pressed against the seats in front of us - but where else can we see a 35mm print of Ginger Rogers (before she was The Ginger Rogers) in the 1933 screwball comedy Rafter Romance?

The TCM rep (whose name I forgot to write down) introduces legendary film critic Leonard Maltin, and like that The South of the United States and Southern California meet for the love of celluloid (a little later Australia’s own Alicia Malone would also introduce a film, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Collin Llewellyn)

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'In the Heat of the Night' Kicks Off TCM Film Fest

7 April 2017 11:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fans lined Hollywood Boulevard and filled the bleachers in front of Tcl Chinese Theatre to watch as Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau and Dick Cavett walked the red carpet to celebrate the opening night of the eighth annual TCM Classic Film Festival.

The festival screened In the Heat of the Night, and critic Leonard Maltin spoke about what made the five-time Oscar-winning movie so timeless and relevant, even 50 years after it was made.

"It could have been made last week. We’re still dealing with race relations," said Maltin. "We’re still dealing with prejudice. We’re still dealing with all of the things »

- Alex Cramer

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Newswire: Netflix is really trying to sell us on its new rating system, which goes live today

5 April 2017 11:56 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

As of today, Netflix users are no longer required to give an undue amount of thought to rating the latest comedy special or Arrested Development rewatch, as the streaming platform has officially launched its new thumbs-up, thumbs-down system. Gone are the days of agonizing over whether a three-star rating of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was entirely accurate, let alone worth being mocked for by the people you share your Netflix account with. Instead, users now simply indicate whether they liked something or not with a digital digit.

Some people were critical of the switch when the news broke last month, as it meant we could no longer play Leonard Maltin at home, but had to step up our game a bit to be a Siskel or Ebert. Netflix understands subscriber trepidation over a rating system that won’t let them to hedge their bets with a two-star review of something »

- Danette Chavez

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Film / Notfilm

18 March 2017 11:52 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

An experimental film by an Irish playwright, shot in New York with a silent comedian at the twilight of his career? Samuel Beckett’s inquiry into the nature of movies (and existence?) befuddled viewers not versed in film theory; Ross Lipman’s retrospective documentary about its making asks all the questions and gets some good answers.

First there’s the film itself, called just Film from 1965. By that year our high school textbooks had already enshrined Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot as a key item for introducing kids to modern theater, existentialism, etc. … the California school system was pretty progressive in those days. But Beckett had a yen to say something in the film medium, and his publisher Barney Rosset helped him put a movie together. The Milestone Cinematheque presents the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s restoration of Film on its own disc, accompanied by a videotaped TV production »

- Glenn Erickson

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SXSW: Frank Oz Talks Favorite Muppets, Playing Yoda and Fighting Low Self-Esteem

14 March 2017 5:23 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Children and adults have adored The Muppets ever since Jim Henson created the colorful characters in 1955, and puppeteer Frank Oz attributes the enduring legacy to the way the franchise showcases all types of people. 

“We represent a lot of people, and in my opinion the reason people are touched by The Muppets is because we represent your childhood. Those impressions are deep, and don’t go away,” he said during a Q&A panel moderated by film critic and historian Leonard Maltin at SXSW on Tuesday.

Oz — who has voiced Cookie Monster, Bert, Miss Piggy and many other Muppets — was in town »

- Lauren Huff

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Vertigo Screens at The Hi-Pointe Saturday Morning – Here are Alfred Hitchcock’s Ten Best Movies

7 March 2017 5:59 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo screens at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s  Saturday, March 11th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. The film will be introduced by Harry Hamm, movie reviewer for Kmox. Admission is only $5

This gives us a perfect excuse to re-run this top ten list so here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are Alfred Hitchcock’s ten best films:

Frenzy

Frenzy, Hitchcock’s next to last feature film from 1972, represented a homecoming of sorts since it was the first film completely shot in his native England since his silents and early ” talkies ” in the 1930’s. By dipping into the then somewhat new territory of serial killers, he took full advantage of the new cinema freedoms and truly earned his ‘ R ‘ MPAA rating. »

- Tom Stockman

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Robert Osborne, Beloved TCM Host, Dies at 84

6 March 2017 11:39 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Robert Osborne, the most visible face of Turner Classic Movies since the cable channel first launched in 1994, has died at the age of 84. “All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne,” wrote Jennifer Dorian, General Manager of TCM, in a statement. “He joined us as an expert on classic film and grew to be our cherished colleague and esteemed ambassador for TCM.” No cause of death has been given.

Read More: Robert Osborne Discusses the TCM Film Festival and Why You Must See Movies On the Big Screen

A friendly, familiar presence to cinephiles for decades, Osborne previously served as a host on the Movie Channel from 1986–1993 and as an actor under contract to Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s Desilu Studios. His first book, “Academy Awards Illustrated,” was published in 1965; more recently, he wrote the introduction to TCM’s “Leading Couples: »

- Michael Nordine

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo Screens at The Hi-Pointe This Saturday Morning

5 March 2017 6:01 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“You shouldn’t keep souvenirs of a killing. You shouldn’t have been that sentimental.”

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo screens at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s  Saturday, March 11th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. The film will be introduced by Harry Hamm, movie reviewer for Kmox. Admission is only $5

Let’s state this right from the top: Vertigo is one of the greatest films ever made. It’s not simply hyperbole that notables such as Leonard Maltin and Martin Scorsese have called the film Hitchcock’s masterpiece. To paraphrase Scorsese, rarely have we seen the complexity of a man’s thoughts and feelings portrayed so beautifully and compellingly onscreen. Everything in Vertigo – from the costumes to the location scenery to the performances of its lead actors is quite simply, perfect. Hitchcock »

- Tom Stockman

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Life to Make World Premiere as Closing Night Film at SXSW 2017

22 February 2017 12:35 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, and Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniel Espinosa's Life will make its world premiere as the closing night film at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival.

Press Release: Austin, Texas, February 22, 2017 - South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 10-19, 2017) announced the World Premiere of Life directed by Daniel Espinosa as its Closing Night Film on Saturday March 18, 2017 at the Zach Theatre. Columbia Pictures and Skydance’s Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

“We are thrilled to close out the 2017 SXSW Film Festival with such a special film as Life,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “Our audiences will love this taut »

- Derek Anderson

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Winds Up Starry Session with Indie Prizes (Videos)

11 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Under Executive director Roger Durling, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has flourished by riding the awards season wave via starry onstage interviews with Oscar contenders.

Every year, screenwriters, directors and producers promote their causes on panels, and the likes of Jeff Bridges (a local), Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington, and Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams submit to in-depth tributes from Leonard Maltin and Pete Hammond, among others. This year I had the pleasure of a wide-ranging conversation with Best Actress Oscar-nominee Isabelle Huppert. (See video excerpts below.)

And Saturday, the festival wound up its 32nd edition by handing out its annual jury prizes. All eleven are listed below.

The Audience Choice Award went to Yonatan Nir’s “My Hero Brother,” which also took home the Best Documentary Award. It tells the story of a group of young people with Down syndrome who embarking on an arduous trek through the Himalayas. »

- Anne Thompson

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Winds Up Starry Session with Indie Prizes (Videos)

11 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Under Executive director Roger Durling, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has flourished by riding the awards season wave via starry onstage interviews with Oscar contenders.

Every year, screenwriters, directors and producers promote their causes on panels, and the likes of Jeff Bridges (a local), Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington, and Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams submit to in-depth tributes from Leonard Maltin and Pete Hammond, among others. This year I had the pleasure of a wide-ranging conversation with Best Actress Oscar-nominee Isabelle Huppert. (See video excerpts below.)

And Saturday, the festival wound up its 32nd edition by handing out its annual jury prizes. All eleven are listed below.

The Audience Choice Award went to Yonatan Nir’s “My Hero Brother,” which also took home the Best Documentary Award. It tells the story of a group of young people with Down syndrome who embarking on an arduous trek through the Himalayas. »

- Anne Thompson

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Santa Barbara Film Fest: Denzel Washington, on Campaign Trail for ‘Fences,’ Charms

3 February 2017 1:00 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Leonard Maltin and Denzel Washington (Courtesy: Rebecca Sapp/Getty)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“I appreciate your support for what I’ve done and I say thank you, in advance, for your support of what I’m about to do,” said Denzel Washington as he accepted the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Maltin Modern Master Award on Friday night. The 62-year-old’s remarks came after a two-hour conversation about his career with veteran film critic Leonard Maltin and a short but sweet tribute from his Fences co-stars Stephen McKinley Henderson and Saniyya Sidney, whom he also directed in the film.

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- Carson Blackwelder

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