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Awakening to the commonest film title | Adam Dawtrey

29 December 2010 5:24 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The latest parlour game for movie nerds involves IMDb, guesswork and some surprising results

Next year a film called The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall will arrive in our cinemas. From the title, you'd guess that it's some kind of spooky chiller, and indeed you'd be right. If you look on IMDb, you'll discover that it's a story, set in 1921, of a professional hoax exposer who attempts to debunk rumours of a ghost child haunting a remote boarding school, only to discover that the ghost is real.

But you'll also discover something else. There are a staggering 34 films or TV shows called The Awakening, stretching back to 1909. It's not a word much used in everyday speech, yet film-makers across the decades have found it exceptionally useful and vivid in expressing their intentions. Emerging from slumber, or coming alive, is clearly an essential cinematic trope. (Ironically, The Awakening was originally titled The Buried, »

- Adam Dawtrey

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The Forgotten: Doug Tamer

9 December 2010 5:54 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Taming of the Shrew (1929) has a pretty poor reputation, being a late gasp of two silent mega-stars, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, in the early talkie era. If it's celebrated for anything, it's for the credit "Based on the play by William Shakespeare, Additional Dialogue by Sam Taylor," which does not actually appear on the film. But the credit "Adaptation and direction" does amount to the same thing.

Like Zefferelli's discretely bawdy sixties version, Sam Taylor's movie casts a real-life celebrity couple, so instead of Burton and Taylor (no relation to Sam) we get Fairbanks and Pickford (can the Brangelina version be far behind?) and this works surprisingly well. I should qualify that by saying I find the play hard to stomach: after the amusing first act, where Kate the shrew comes on like a kind of Tasmanian Devil, destroying all in her path, it degenerates into a politically »

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Hearts And Minds, Mary Pickford, Scandalous Virgins, Akira Kurosawa, Twisted Gay Love on TCM

14 November 2010 10:05 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Maggie McNamara, William Holden in Otto Preminger's scandalous The Moon Is Blue Turner Classic Movies has a lot to offer tonight and tomorrow morning. There's a lot to say about the scheduled movies, but since time is short — the first one listed below has already started, I'll be brief. First of all, don't miss Sidney Franklin's The Hoodlum, a 1919 comedy-drama that feels more modern than most of the stuff that gets released today. Mary Pickford is simply sensational in the title role. Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, considered by many one of the greatest movies ever made, features one of the greatest performances ever: Machiko Kyo's conniving wife. Peter Davis' Oscar winning Hearts and Minds probably caused strokes and heart attacks in American militaristic right-wingers. One sequence that haunts me to this day shows a U.S. military officer describing the Vietnamese as cold, detached people unlike "us. »

- Andre Soares

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Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil B. DeMille: The Birth of Hollywood on TCM

10 November 2010 4:21 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mary Pickford in Maurice Tourneur's The Poor Little Rich Girl (top); Dustin Farnum in Cecil B. DeMille's The Squaw Man (bottom) The Birth of Hollywood, part II of the seven-part documentary Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood, will be shown again tonight on Turner Classic Movies. In addition to the documentary narrated by Christopher Plummer, TCM will present several early silent films, including several seminal early Hollywood productions. Those include The Squaw Man (1914), Cecil B. DeMille's early Western that is "officially" the first movie made in Hollywood; the popular Mary Pickford vehicle The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), directed by Maurice Tourneur (father of Cat People's Jacques Tourneur); and the Fred Niblo-directed Douglas Fairbanks costumer The Mark of Zorro (1920), which marked Fairbanks' departure from his usual modern all-American roles and his arrival in the world of period adventures and swordfighting. Also of interest is Reginald Barker »

- Andre Soares

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Tiff Bell Lightbox Sets Winter Schedule

4 November 2010 8:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tiff Bell Lightbox has set their winter slate of programming running from November 25 to February 2. Exhibitions include "Tim Burton," organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, offering a glimpse into the mind of one of the world's most influential filmmakers and artists, and "Mary Pickford and the Invention of the Movie Star," the inaugural exhibition in Tiff's new Canadian Film Gallery. Tiff Cinematheque presents retrospectives on »

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Moguls & Movie Stars: A History Of Hollywood on TCM

1 November 2010 5:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Thomas Edison Turner Classic Movies' seven-part documentary Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood is described as "the comprehensive story of the men and women who built the American film industry." The mammoth documentary, which kicked off at 5 p.m. Pt today (the first episode, "Peepshow Pioneers," will be shown again on TCM at 8 p.m.) features rarely seen photographs and film footage, clips from numerous American movie productions, and interviews with historians and major Hollywood figures, including Sidney Lumet, Richard Zanuck, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Peter Bogdanovich, Gore Vidal, Molly Haskell, and TCM's own Robert Osborne. Also this evening: the early Mary Pickford vehicle Ramona (1910), D. W. Griffith at the Biograph studios in 1909, seven early silent shorts based on the plays of William Shakespeare, the films of pioneer Thomas Edison, and the films of Georges Méliès, who, though no Hollywood filmmaker, was instrumental in the creation of early movie [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Hollywood vets rally to keep MPTF facility open

4 October 2010 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

At a Hollywood theater Tuesday night, there will be a benefit called "1 Voice," featuring performances and passionate pitches from Richard Dreyfuss, John Schneider, Esai Morales, Nichelle Nichols, Connie Stevens and a dozen others. The event is more than about raising money: It aims to ramp up efforts to save the long-term-care facility on the Wasserman campus at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills.

"It's an awareness evening," said John F. McCormick, who will direct the show at the Neo Ensemble Theatre. "We need to keep having this conversation about what is happening and how we can help."

Since the plan to close the facilities was disclosed in January 2009, there have been numerous media reports and the formation of a number of committees to address the situation, all of which has been embarrassing to the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The nonprofit, which has overseen the premier industry charity for generations, »

- By Alex Ben Block

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Leslie Howard personal film footage found by documentary-maker

14 September 2010 7:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Gone with the Wind star shown in private moments including being an affectionate father and flirting with actress

A British documentary-maker has discovered several hours of lost personal film footage of Leslie Howard, one of Britain's most revered actors and a matinee idol.

The legendary star of classic films such as Gone with the Wind, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Pygmalion in the 1930s and 1940s can be seen for the first time in five hours of home movies, described yesterday by one historian as "a treasure chest".

Howard, whose life was cut short when his plane was shot down in the second world war, is remembered as enigmatic and distant, partly due to his most famous role as Ashley Wilkes, the southern gentleman who resists Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind.

Now the discovery of his movies, made from the 1920s onwards, shows him in a new light – on film sets, »

- Dalya Alberge

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Oscar 2011: Francis Ford Coppola Gets Thalberg Award, Kevin Brownlow Gets Honorary Oscar

25 August 2010 3:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Francis Ford Coppola Oscar 2011: Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach Honorary Oscar Recipients Kevin Brownlow (right), 72, is the most renowned silent-film historian and preservationist. Among his various restoration projects are Abel Gance’s epic Napoleon (1927), with Albert Dieudonné; Rex Ingram’s blockbuster The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), starring Rudolph Valentino and Alice Terry; and Raoul Walsh‘s fantasy The Thief of Bagdad (1924), starring Douglas Fairbanks. Among the documentaries Brownlow co-directed with David Gill are Unknown Chaplin, Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow, Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius, D.W. Griffith: Father of Film, and the outstanding Hollywood. Brownlow also directed Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic and, with Christopher Bird, Garbo. Additionally, Brownlow has authored numerous film books, including The Parade’s Gone By; The War, the West, and the Wilderness; Hollywood: The Pioneers; Behind the Mask of Innocence; David Lean; and Mary Pickford Rediscovered. Well, Brownlow should feel right »

- Andre Soares

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Francis Ford Coppola to Receive Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

25 August 2010 12:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Francis Ford Coppola to receive the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last night to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-director Francis Ford Coppola and Honorary Awards to historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach. All four awards will be presented at the Academy's 2nd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 13, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

"Each of these honorees has touched movie audiences worldwide and influenced the motion picture industry through their work," said Academy President Tom Sherak. "It will be an honor to celebrate their extraordinary achievements and contributions at the Governors Awards."

Kevin Brownlow is widely regarded as the preeminent historian of the silent film era as well as a preservationist. Among his many silent film restoration projects are Abel Gance's 1927 epic Napoleon, »

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Coppola and Godard to Receive Academy’s Governors Awards

25 August 2010 9:58 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last night to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-director Francis Ford Coppola and Honorary Awards to historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 13, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

“Each of these honorees has touched movie audiences worldwide and influenced the motion picture industry through their work,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “It will be an honor to celebrate their extraordinary achievements and contributions at the Governors Awards.”

Brownlow is widely regarded as the preeminent historian of the silent film era as well as a preservationist. Among his many silent film restoration projects are Abel Gance’s 1927 epic “Napoleon,” Rex Ingram’s “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse »

- HollywoodNews.com

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Coppola, Brownlow, Godard, Wallach 2010 Governors Awards Recipients

25 August 2010 9:46 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The honorees for the upcoming 2010 Governors Awards were selected by the Academy’s Board of Governors at a specially convened meeting last night on August 24.

The official press release from AMPAS:

Beverly Hills, CA . The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last night to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-director Francis Ford Coppola and Honorary Awards to historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach. All four awards will be presented at the Academy.s 2nd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 13, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

.Each of these honorees has touched movie audiences worldwide and influenced the motion picture industry through their work,. said Academy President Tom Sherak. .It will be an honor to celebrate their extraordinary achievements and contributions at the Governors Awards..

Brownlow is widely regarded as the »

- Michelle McCue

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Academy to honour Godard, Coppola, Brownlow and Wallach

25 August 2010 9:33 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last night to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-director Francis Ford Coppola and Honorary Awards to historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 13, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“Each of these honorees has touched movie audiences worldwide and influenced the motion picture industry through their work,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “It will be an honor to celebrate their extraordinary achievements and contributions at the Governors Awards.”

Brownlow is widely regarded as the preeminent historian of the silent film era as well as a preservationist. Among his many silent film restoration projects are Abel Gance’s 1927 epic “Napoleon,” Rex Ingram’s “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse »

- NewsDesk

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AMPAS Announces 2nd Governors Awards

25 August 2010 9:23 AM, PDT | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Beverly Hills, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last night to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-director Francis Ford Coppola and Honorary Awards to historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 13, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “Each of these honorees has touched movie audiences worldwide and influenced the motion picture industry through their work,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “It will be an honor to celebrate their extraordinary achievements and contributions at the Governors Awards.” Brownlow is widely regarded as the preeminent historian of the silent film era as well as a preservationist. Among his many silent film restoration projects are Abel Gance’s 1927 epic “Napoleon,” Rex Ingram’s “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse »

- Nikki Finke

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Adrienne Barbeau's 'Love Bites', sequel to 'Hollywood Vampyre', is out this month!

14 August 2010 3:48 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Barbeau uses her years of experience in the film industry to snarkily satire it using 'monsters' as euphamisms for some of the crap she's put up with throughout the years.

We're so excited that actress Adrienne Barbeau (Carpenter's The Fog) has continued her writing career (she has two previous books; a biography and a fiction piece called Hollywood Vampyre, which we covered back in 2008 when it was released.) St. Martin's Press is about to release the sequel to her vampire fiction novel Hollywood Vampyre on August 31st, and it sounds like a blast!

Picking up where Vampyres of Hollywood left off, Love Bites brings back the unlikely duo of Beverly Hills detective Peter King and Scream Queen Ovsanna Moore, the famous Hollywood actress and producer who just happens to be a 450-year-old vampyre. It's only two weeks since Peter and Ovsanna faced off with the Cinema Slayer, and already life is getting complicated. »

- Superheidi

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American Society of Cinematographers opens renovated clubhouse

3 June 2010 2:36 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) announced completion of the renovation and expansion of the organization’s historic clubhouse here today. Los Angeles Councilman Tom LeBonge and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler joined an array of venerable cinematographers, filmmakers and professionals from all sectors of the industry at the ceremony.

“Our clubhouse has been a second home for the world’s most talented cinematographers for nearly 75 years,” says Asc President Michael Goi. “We are committed to perpetuating the spirit of artistry that resides within the walls of the Asc clubhouse, and enhancing our capacity for educational outreach programs for the next generation of filmmakers from around the world.”

The renovated clubhouse contains a treasure trove of film history, including a Kinetoscope projector that was designed by the Edison Company during the 1890s, early motion picture cameras, lenses, photographs of cinematographers who have set the standards for artful filmmaking, »

- HollywoodNews.com

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Happy 'They Aren't Mothers' Day!

11 May 2010 1:51 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Sometimes we resent how the biological drive takes the great actresses away from us for years at a time or even forever. We're selfish about movies. Sue us. You'll be hearing or saying "Happy Mother's Day" all day today -- call your mother! -- but just for something a bit different we'd like to wish the following actresses and directors a "Happy Day!" even though they never had children (biological or adopted).

The Queen... Dame Helen Mirren

There's more than one way to give back to the universe and live on past your own time.

These women have given us much to enjoy so Happy Day to them, too. Some of them, like Katharine Hepburn, are no longer with us and some of them, like Zeéeee and The Lovely Laura Linney may yet still have children... but that's no reason not to cherish what any of them have already given the world over the years. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Inside The Hollywood Fan Magazine: Interview with Anthony Slide

5 May 2010 5:31 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Popular late ’20s lovebirds Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell (7th Heaven, Street Angel), Photoplay Inside The Hollywood Fan Magazine: From Mary Pickford to Elizabeth Taylor How did the Hollywood fan magazine come about? Who came up with that idea? Had there been film fan magazines in Europe or was that an American invention? The fan magazine was an American invention. Earlier, there had been trade papers published for the film industry, but the idea for a fan magazine, geared towards the filmgoing public, came from the popular, general magazines of the day, which had begun in the 1880s and whose style and format the first fan magazines copied. The first fan magazine was The Motion Picture Story Magazine (which later became Motion Picture), [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Inside The Hollywood Fan Magazine: From Mary Pickford to Elizabeth Taylor

5 May 2010 5:30 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Wholesome silent-era superstars Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks drawn by Vargas (perhaps best known for his drawings of naked and semi-naked women in Playboy), Motion Picture Long before Robert Pattinson, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, and Will Smith, there were Tyrone Power, Claudette Colbert, Rita Hayworth, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marilyn Monroe. And before them, Norma Talmadge, Rudolph Valentino, Charles Chaplin, Florence Lawrence, and Lillian Gish. Just like long before Entertainment Weekly and PopSugar.com, there were Photoplay, Motion Picture, Modern Screen, Picture-Play, and The New Movie Magazine. Film historian Anthony Slide’s recently published Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers (University of Mi [...] »

- Andre Soares

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For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (review)

5 April 2010 3:35 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

With all the consternation lately over the supposed death of film criticism, there’s been a lot of pushback from some quarters, from those who appear to consider themselves lovers of film and film criticism who nevertheless celebrate what looks like the end of an institution. Critics today are, these alleged purists maintain, too personal, too political, too damn opinionated, and this is why the art and craft is dying. If only all these critics who are losing their jobs had been like the objective, professional critics of old, these folks insist, criticism would be flourishing. For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism should be required viewing for anyone who wants to comment on the state of film criticism today: as critic turned filmmaker Gerald Peary’s documentary demonstrates, the field has been chock full of personality clashes, political posturing, conflicts of interest, and damned opinionated voices since forever. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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