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Oscar Sunday is three months from today, March 2, 2014 and this year, it’s anyone’s game. The Academy has a history of playing up all the glamour and suspense, and this year should be no different.
In what’s classic TV, take a look at the opening of the 43rd Academy Awards in 1971, featuring an introduction by Academy President Daniel Taradash.
The big A-listers of the day all appeared at the Oscars – Goldie Hawn, Jeanne Moreau, Melvyn Douglas, Ryan O’Neal, Leigh Taylor-Young, George Segal, Jennifer Jones, Lee Grant, Maximilian Schell, Ginger Rogers, Jack Nicholson, Ali McGraw, Robert Evans, Quincy Jones, Sally Kellerman, Jim Brown, »
- Michelle McCue
Box office movies this weekend: ‘Thor: The Dark World’ worldwide; ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ in Brazil; ‘The Best Man Holiday’ in the U.S. (photo: Taye Diggs in ‘The Best Man Holiday’) The big story at the global box office this weekend, November 15-17, 2013, is going to be once again Thor: The Dark World, which is expected to reach close to $450 million worldwide — more than two-thirds of that figure coming from outside North America. For comparison’s sake, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor 2011 ended its global run with $449.32 million according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. The weekend’s big international box office story is the debut of Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Brazil, the week before it opens in North America and most other international markets. Why only Brazil? Friday was a national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic") — in other words, that particular market »
- Zac Gille
The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today additional red carpet Centerpiece Galas at AFI Fest presented by Audi, including the World Premiere of Scott Cooper’s Out Of The Furnace; Alexander Payne’s Nebraska; accompanied by a Tribute to Bruce Dern; and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. Stuart Cornfeld, an AFI Conservatory alumnus and recipient of the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony held last June, is one of the producers of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. All galas will be presented in the historic Tcl Theatre.
As previously announced, the North American Premiere of Saving Mr. Banks (Dir John Lee Hancock) is the Opening Night Gala and Inside Llewyn Davis (Dir Ethan Coen, Joel Coen) is the Closing Night Gala. The Guest Artistic Director is Agnès Varda. The previously announced Foxcatcher Premiere is no longer »
- Melissa Thompson
A week after they lost the world premiere of "Foxcatcher" due to delays in the film's release, the 2013 edition of AFI Fest has landed another world premiere, Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace." The film will screen as a centerpiece at the festival alongside Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Full press release below. For Immediate Release, Los Angeles, CA, September 30, 2013 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today additional red carpet Centerpiece Galas at AFI Fest presented by Audi, including the World Premiere of Scott Cooper’s Out Of The Furnace; Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, accompanied by a Tribute to Bruce Dern; and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller and produced by AFI Conservatory alumnus Stuart Cornfeld, recipient of the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony held last June. »
Bryan Cranston has found yet another project to fill his schedule now that the Emmy-winning series Breaking Bad is coming to an end. Director Jay Roach is now developing a feature film about the life of Blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo and according to Variety he has hired Cranston to play the lead role. John McNamara wrote the script for what will be called Trumbo, and it will tell the story of how the filmmaker was thrown in prison back in 1950 for not responding to questions during an interrogation from the House Committee on Un-American Activities (the government committee that worked to identify Americans with Communist ties). During his career as one of the highest paid writers in Hollywood, Trumbo wrote a number of classics, including Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Franklin Schaffner's Papillon, and William Wyler's Roman Holiday (his writing credit for the last in the list was only »
Wallace Beery movies: TCM offers a glimpse into Beery’s extensive filmography (photo: Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery in ‘Min and Bill’) According to the IMDb, the Wallace Beery Filmography features nearly 240 movie titles, including shorts and features, spanning more than three decades, from 1913 to 1949 — the year of his death at age 64. You’ll be able to catch about a dozen of these Wallace Beery movies on Saturday, August 17, 2013, as Turner Classic Movies continues with its "Summer Under the Stars" series. (See “TCM movie schedule: Wallace Beery from Pancho Villa to Long John Silver.”) Wallace Beery, much like fellow veteran Marie Dressler, with whom he co-starred in Min and Bill and its sequel, Tugboat Annie, was a Hollywood anomaly. At age 45, the ugly, coarse-looking actor became a top box-office draw in the United States after languishing in supporting roles, usually playing villains, throughout most of the silent era. Beery and Dressler, »
- Andre Soares
Television is a gold goose that lays scrambled eggs;
and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.
When people argue over the quality of television programming, both sides — it’s addictive crap v. underappreciated populist art — seem to forget one of the essentials about commercial TV. By definition, it is not a public service. It is not commercial TV’s job to enlighten, inform, educate, elevate, inspire, or offer insight. Frankly, it’s not even commercial TV’s job to entertain. Bottom line: its purpose is simply to deliver as many sets of eyes to advertisers as possible. As it happens, it tends to do this by offering various forms of entertainment, and occasionally by offering content that does enlighten, inform, etc., but a cynic would make the point that if TV could do the same job televising fish aimlessly swimming around an aquarium, »
Following are some supplemental sections featuring notable director & actor teams that did not meet the criteria for the main body of the article. Some will argue that a number of these should have been included in the primary section but keep in mind that film writing on any level, from the casual to the academic, is a game of knowledge and perception filtered through personal taste.
Other Notable Director & Actor Teams
This section is devoted to pairings where the duo worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in 1 must-see film.
Must-See Collaboration: From Russia with Love (1962).
- Terek Puckett
When AFI gives a lifetime achievement award to Mel Brooks, a filmmaker famous for satire and screwball comedy, be prepare for an evening of roasts. And that’s more or less what happened June 6, as A-listers gathered at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater to honor the helmer of “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and the co-creator of the TV show “Get Smart.”
Martin Short was one of the first presenters, reprising his role from the Los Angeles cast of “The Producers” while flanked by leggy chorus girls dressed to represent various Brooks productions. He’d stop singing periodically to offer zingers like “the word ‘genius’ is used a lot in Hollywood, so I might as well call Mel one” and “what’s great about Mel is that he never lets his love of Scientology affect his work.”
Sarah Silverman also referenced the Jewish writer, director and actor’s lineage, as well as his Hitler obsession, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Producer Stuart Cornfeld will receive the 2013 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, the American Film Institute announced Thursday. Cornfeld will be presented with the honor as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Mel Brooks, to be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on June 6. The honor recognizes the creative talents of a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or AFI Directing Workshop for Women who symbolizes the legacy of Franklin Schaffner. The AFI Conservatory is renowned for its collaborative approach to hands-on filmmaking and its advanced training of the »
- Todd Cunningham
The Directors Guild of America has tapped John Libretto as chair of its network staff negotiating committee.
Libretto is the senior director for news for NBC and director of “Dateline NBC.” He served on past negotiation committees in 2010, 2008 and 2005 and as an alternate to the DGA’s Eastern Directors Council.
Berger is an associate director on the “CBS Evening News” and the current Assistant Secretary-Treasurer of the DGA’s national board. He received the DGA’s Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award in 2009.
- Dave McNary
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2012 were announced tonight during the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Ben Affleck won the DGA's Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Argo.
Director/producer/actor Kelsey Grammer hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 1,600 guests. Here is the full list of winners:
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials
Alejandro González Iñárritu, (Anonymous Content)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies For Television and Mini-Series
Jay Roach, »
Our daily countdown continues, with part 24 out of 30, in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 70-61.
70) Snow White & the Seven Dwarves (1937) Walt Disney USA Animated
69) Modern Times (1936) Charlie Chaplin USA Silent
66) American Grafetti (1973) George Lucas USA
65) Rocky (1976) John Alvidsen USA
Numbers 60-51 coming next.
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Our daily countdown of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made continues with part 11 out of 30. These are numbers 200-191.
194) Tootsie (1982) Stanley Pollack USA
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15 items from 2013
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