IMDb > William Wyler > News
Quicklinks
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDeskmessage board
Filmographies
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
Biographical
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDeskmessage board
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

Connect with IMDb



2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

1-20 of 23 items from 2016   « Prev | Next »


The 80 Best-Directed Films, According to the Directors Guild of America

3 May 2016 6:59 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.

Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »

- Jordan Raup

Permalink | Report a problem


Julia

29 April 2016 5:20 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

One of the best-remembered dramas of the '70s gives us controversial actresses, a lavish production and a story by the even more controversial Lillian Hellman. Director Fred Zinnemann makes it into a suspenseful, deeply affecting experience. Julia Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1977 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 118 min. / Ship Date April 12, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximilian Schell, Hal Holbrook, Meryl Streep, Rosemary Murphy, Dora Doll, Elisabeth Mortensen, John Glover, Lisa Pelikan, Susan Jones, Cathleen Nesbitt, Maurice Denham. Cinematography Douglas Slocombe Film Editor Walter Murch Original Music Georges Delerue Written by Alvin Sargent based on the story by Lillian Hellman Produced by Richard Roth Directed by Fred Zinnemann

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Fred Zinnemann was a cinema activist from way back, a filmmaker of uncompromising convictions. His most frequent theme is anti-fascism, although he began with a very Soviet-styled pro-union film in Mexico, Redes. »

- Glenn Erickson

Permalink | Report a problem


Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street

25 April 2016 9:44 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The irrepressible Sam Fuller fashions a crime thriller for German TV with his expected eccentricity: old-fashioned hardboiled scripting, freeform direction and bits of graffiti from the French New Wave. Christa Lang is the femme fatale and Glenn Corbett is the twofisted American hero, whose name is Not Griff. And yes, a pigeon does bite the pavement on Beethoven Street, and I tell you, that's one dead pigeon. Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Blu-ray Olive Films 1974 / Color / 1:33 flat full frame (for German TV / 127 min. / Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße / Street Date April 19, 2016 / / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Glenn Corbett, Christa Lang, Sieghardt Rupp, Anton Diffring, Stéphane Audran, Alexander D'Arcy, Anthony Chinn. Cinematography Jerzy Lipman Film Editor Liesgret Schmitt-Klink Original Music The Can German dialogue by Manfred R. Köhler Produced by Joachim von Mengershausen Written and Directed by Samuel Fuller

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Not that it helped Sam Fuller's career much, »

- Glenn Erickson

Permalink | Report a problem


Staring Down The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival

24 April 2016 10:22 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

I live in Los Angeles, and my residency here means that a lot of great film programming-- revival screenings, advance looks at upcoming releases and vital, fascinating glimpses at unheralded, unexpected cinema from around the world—is available to me on a week-by-week basis. But I’ve never been to Cannes. Toronto, Tribeca, New York, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, SXSW, these festivals are all events that I have yet to be lucky enough to attend, and I can reasonably expect that it’s probably going to stay that way for the foreseeable future. I never attended a film festival of any kind until I made my way to the outskirts of the Mojave Desert for the  Lone Pine Film Festival in 2006, which was its own kind of grand adventure, even if it wasn’t exactly one for bumping shoulders with critics, stars and fanatics on the French Riviera.

But since 2010 there »

- Dennis Cozzalio

Permalink | Report a problem


5 Directors Who Should Remake Their Own Films

19 April 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s must be something in Hollywood’s water, for remakes are popping up like never before – maybe the water’s recycled? Remakes, however, are not a new phenomenon, as they’ve been around almost as long as original films, such as with 1918’s “The Squaw Man,” a remake of a 1914 film of the same name.

One thing we don’t see much anymore is directors remaking their own films. Cecil B. DeMille remade The Ten Commandments, Hitchcock remade The Man Who Knew Too Much and William Wyler remade These Three. If three of the all-time greats thought remaking their own film was a good idea, then why not remake their decisions?

More News From The Web

There’s nothing wrong with applying a new director’s vision to an established property in order to breathe new life into it, but there’s something undeniably alluring about an artist returning to a past work. »

- Hunter Lanier

Permalink | Report a problem


Panic in Year Zero!

5 April 2016 12:22 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Hey, we're having a Nuclear family crisis, so load up your shotgun, grab the grenades and head for the hills, stealing what you need as you go. Ray Milland's tense tale of doomsday survival shook up a lot of folks with its endorsement of ruthless violence. Fortunately the worst never happened, allowing us to ask, "Where were you in '62?" Panic in Year Zero! Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1962 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchel, Joan Freeman, Richard Bakalyan, Cinematography Gilbert Warrenton Production Designer Daniel Haller Film Editor William Austin Original Music Les Baxter Written by John Morton, Jay Simms Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, Arnold Houghland, James H. Nicholson, Lou Rusoff Directed by Ray Milland

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

There's nothing like good old atom-scare hysteria, which Hollywood dished out as early as 1952's Invasion, »

- Glenn Erickson

Permalink | Report a problem


How Director Timur Bekmambetov Recreated the Classic ‘Ben-Hur’ Chariot Race Sequence

4 April 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The chariot race sequence in William Wyler‘s Ben-Hur took a year to plan. The massive sequence, which was shot in five weeks, involved 7,000 extras and a set that cost $1 million to build. All that hard work paid off, because that sequence remains just as thrilling today as it probably was back in 1959. It’s inevitable the new […]

The post How Director Timur Bekmambetov Recreated the Classic ‘Ben-Hur’ Chariot Race Sequence appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

Permalink | Report a problem


Don’t Expect to See Any Slo-Mo Chariot Races in the ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

29 March 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

“Action star” probably isn’t the first thing you think of when Judah Ben-Hur’s name comes to mind. He doesn’t believe in killing. Compassion is Ben-Hur’s true weapon, and that’s why he’s such a heroic character, especially in William Wyler‘s 1959 film. A few weeks ago we got our first look at the upcoming reimagining of the […]

The post Don’t Expect to See Any Slo-Mo Chariot Races in the ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

Permalink | Report a problem


Cannes: Woody Allen’s ‘Cafe Society’ to Open Film Festival

29 March 2016 2:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, has been selected to open the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. The film will make its world premiere in an out-of-competition slot on May 11, in advance of its release later this year through Amazon Studios, which acquired North American rights to the picture in February.

Allen remains one of the most celebrated American directors in France, and Cannes’ selection no doubt owes to the influence of Stephane Celerier’s Mars Distribution, which has handled the Gallic release of Allen’s recent output, dating the film’s French release for May 11. (Allen’s previous feature, “Irrational Man,” grossed $6.3 million in France — by far the pic’s strongest international box office performance.)

Little is known about Allen’s 46th feature as a director — and his 14th to screen out of competition at Cannes — except that in addition to the romantic reteaming »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

Permalink | Report a problem


Latest 'Hur' Remake Gets a Loud, Bombastic Trailer for the Fast and Furious Crowd

18 March 2016 12:49 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Ben-Hur' 2016 with Jack Huston: Chariot race to the death. 'Ben-Hur' 2016 trailer: 'Gladiator' meets 'Fast Seven' meets 'Star Wars' meets… Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have released the trailer for their 2016 Ben-Hur remake (or reboot or readaptation) – a.k.a. Fast and Furious A.D., as one wag called it in an online comment. Instead of grandiose spectacle featuring at its core a “human” story with Christian overtones, this chariot-and-sandals epic is being sold as Gladiator meets Fast Seven meets Spartacus: Blood and Sand meets Star Wars – with Morgan Freeman's Sheik Ilderim as the Roman Empire's dreadlocked version of Alec Guinness' Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi. Say what you will, the trailer-makers sure know their target audience. And that's not the same crowd that would go check out what's usually referred to in the U.S. media as “faith” (i.e., Christian) movies. One assumes that particular audience segment will be getting »

- Andre Soares

Permalink | Report a problem


Chariot Races, Galleys And Rome Returns To The Big Screen In First Trailer For Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-hur

17 March 2016 10:21 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur and Morgan Freeman plays Ilderim in Ben-Hur from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures.

Check out the trailer, along with the first poster, for the timeless epic, Ben Hur, based on the best-selling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ.

Paramount Pictures’ newest version of the timeless classic is one of the most-anticipated movies of 2016.

Will be interesting to see how this film compares to the 1959 classic, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith and Haya Harareet. The nine-minute chariot race has become one of cinema’s most famous sequences, and the film score, composed and conducted by Miklós Rózsa, is the longest ever composed for a film and was highly influential on cinema for more than 15 years.

The 2016 version’s score is from composer Marco Beltrami.

Ben-hur is the epic story of »

- Michelle McCue

Permalink | Report a problem


Watch: First Trailer for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

16 March 2016 10:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first trailer for MGM-Paramount’s “Ben-Hur” remake does not stint on the chariot-racing — six decades after the 1959 Charlton Heston movie dazzled audiences with its memorable nine-minute sequence.

The trailer shows Jack Huston as the titular Jewish prince betrayed into slavery by his adapted brother Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. The story centers on Ben-Hur wreaking vengeance upon Messala through a race with plenty of chariots, horses and riders soaring through the air and colliding with one another.

A dreadlocked Morgan Freeman plays a sheikh who takes Ben-Hur under his wing after he escapes from years of slavery.

“Remember — first to finish,” Freeman says. “Last to die,” Huston replies.

Mark Burnett, Sean Daniel and Joni Levin are producing the film. “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov is directing from a screenplay originally written by Keith Clarke, with revisions by “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley.

The project began taking shape in 2013 when MGM acquired Clarke’s script, »

- Dave McNary

Permalink | Report a problem


Epic First Trailer For Ben-Hur Resurrects A Cinematic Icon

16 March 2016 9:12 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Paramount has dropped the mythic first trailer for Timur Bekmambetov’s long-gestating Ben-Hur remake, resurrecting a cinematic icon of swords, sandals and back-stabbing Roman Generals.

Leading the cast as the titular prince is Jack Huston – a role made famous by the great Charlton Heston – who is forced into slavery after being stripped of his titles and reputation by former friend-turned-villain Messala (Fantastic Four‘s Toby Kebbell).

Torn between retribution or forgiveness, it’s a bitter rivalry that culminates in a grandstanding chariot race, one which Bekmambetov and his visual team will recreate via bleeding-edge visual effects. But can it possibly recapture the awe-inspiring cinema magic of William Wyler’s rendition from ’59? We’ll find out this summer.

Aiming for a fresh spin on Lew Wallace’s seminal 1880 novel of the same name, Bekmambetov has recruited a starry lineup to line up alongside Huston and Kebbell, including Morgan Freeman, Rodrigo Santoro, »

- Michael Briers

Permalink | Report a problem


First Trailer for MGM's 'Ben-Hur' Reboot

16 March 2016 9:07 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Morgan Freeman is a member the cast of MGM's entirely unnecessary reboot of the classic sword-and-sandals epic "Ben-Hur," based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ." Timur Bekmambetov ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," "Wanted") is directing this new take on the material, following the epic 1959 Charleton Heston classic film, directed by William Wyler, that cleaned up at the Oscars that year (there was an even earlier adaptation of Wallace's novel, in the 1920s). John Ridley ("American Crime," "12 Years a Slave") rewrote the script for MGM. Freeman »

- Tambay A. Obenson

Permalink | Report a problem


First Photos: The "Ben-Hur" Remake

14 March 2016 9:46 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

MGM and Paramount Pictures have released the first photos to USA Today from their upcoming new adaptation of Lew Wallace's classic 1880 novel "Ben-Hur".

Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") takes on the role of the prince in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who is betrayed by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell) and forced onto a slave ship. Five years later, following training at the hands of Ilderim (Morgan Freeman), he seeks revenge in a chariot race.

Also onboard are Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus Christ and Pilou Asbaek as Pontius Pilate in a film that's expected to follow the novel closer than the original William Wyler 1959 movie starring Charlton Heston. The new "Ben-Hur" opens August 12th.

»

- Garth Franklin

Permalink | Report a problem


First Look at Morgan Freeman as Ilderim in 'Ben-Hur' Reboot

14 March 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Morgan Freeman is a member the cast of MGM's entirely unnecessary reboot of the classic sword-and-sandals epic "Ben-Hur," based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ." That Timur Bekmambetov ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," "Wanted") is directing makes this an even tougher pill for me to swallow, given the filmmaker's usual style. My fear is that this reboot will be closer in look and feel to films like "300" than anything resembling the epic 1959 Charleton Heston classic film, directed by William Wyler, that cleaned up at the Oscars that »

- Tambay A. Obenson

Permalink | Report a problem


Alejandro G. Inarritu Makes History With Directing Oscar Win for ‘The Revenant’

28 February 2016 9:26 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Revenant” director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has won the best director Academy Award — marking only the third back-to-back Oscar win for any director.

“Gracias a la Academia — Thanks to the Academy,” the Mexican native began his acceptance. “I can’t believe this is happening. It’s amazing to receive this award tonight. It’s much more beautiful for me to share it with all the talented and crazy cast and colleagues and crew members that made this film possible.”

Inarritu, who won last year for “Birdman,” topped Lenny Abrahamson for “Room,” Tom McCarthy for “Spotlight,” Adam McKay for “The Big Short” and George Miller for “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

The 52-year-old has joined directing icons John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz as the only helmers to win in consecutive years. Ford won for “Grapes of Wrath” and “How Green Was My Valley” in 1940-41, while Mankiewicz won for “A Letter to Three Wives »

- Dave McNary

Permalink | Report a problem


Secretly Scary: 1961’s The Children’S Hour

18 February 2016 6:18 AM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Lee Gambin’s “Secretly Scary” column continues to look at non-horror films that are secretly horror films! “I have six fingers see? And two heads! I’m a freak!”– Martha Dobie (Shirley MacLaine) Based on Lillian Hellman’s controversial play about a child’s lie destroying the lives of “decent people”, William Wyler’s The Children’S Hour is quite frankly…

The post Secretly Scary: 1961’s The Children’S Hour appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Chris Alexander

Permalink | Report a problem


11 Days Until Oscar! Trivia Party

17 February 2016 7:45 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I'm beginning to have butterflies. You? Just for fun some random trivia surrounding the number 11 today. Links go to previous articles here at Tfe on these films or performers

• Pictures with exactly 11 Oscar nominations

Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Rebecca (1940), Sergeant York (1941), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), Sunset Blvd (1950), West Side Story (1961), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Oliver! (1968), The Godfather Pt II (1974), Chinatown (1974), The Turning Point (1977), Gandhi (1982), Terms of Endearment (1983), Amadeus (1984), A Passage to India (1984), Out of Africa (1985), The Color Purple (1985), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Aviator (2004), Hugo (2011), and Life of Pi (2012)

• Movies that won exactly 11 Oscars

That's the most any movie has ever won and it's a three way tie: Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), The Lord of the Ring: Return of the King (2003). Currently Ben-Hur is being remade and is supposedly opening this very summer... wish them good luck because living up to such a »

- NATHANIEL R

Permalink | Report a problem


Oscar Trivia: Facts About the Academy Awards

8 February 2016 8:03 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

With the Oscars quickly approaching, here are some fun facts about the Academy Awards throughout the years.

 Oscar Facts:

Q) Which films have won the most academy awards?

A) It was a three-way draw between Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of Rings: Return of the King at 11 each.

 

Q) Which films have the most Oscar nominations?

A) All About Eve and Titanic are tied for the most nominations, with 14 each.

 

Q) What was the longest film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar?

A) Gone With the Wind at 3 hours and 56 minutes.

 

Q) Which was the shortest Best Picture winner?

A) Marty at 90 minutes.

 

Q) Which sequels have won Best Picture?

A) The Godfather Part 2, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

 

Q) Which movies won best picture but were not nominated for Best Director?

A) Wings (1928), Grand Hotel (1931), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Argo (2012)

 

Q) What was the »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

Permalink | Report a problem


2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

1-20 of 23 items from 2016   « Prev | Next »


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners