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Close-Up on Leo McCarey’s "The Awful Truth": Love and Remarriage

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Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Leo McCarey's The Awful Truth (1937) is showing February 13 - March 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom in the series The Rom Com Variations.Leo McCarey’s 1937 screwball classic The Awful Truth is the epitome of a sub-genre dubbed by philosopher Stanley Cavell the “comedy of remarriage.” In the film, husband and wife Jerry and Lucy Warriner (Cary Grant and Irene Dunne) succumb to their marital suspicions and embark on an easier-said-than-done divorce. He returns home from an unspecified dalliance, complete with fake Florida tan (ever the gentleman, he bronzes so as to save Lucy the embarrassment of getting asked why her husband looks pale after spending time in the sun), but upon his arrival, Lucy herself is nowhere to be found. She must be with her Aunt Patsy, Jerry assures his guests, that is until Aunt Patsy (Cecil Cunningham) shows up sans niece.
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It’s official, the best Oscar year ever is… – watch Jump Cut #4

This week’s Jump Cut is all about determining the best year ever in cinema.

“But how can you figure that out?!” you shout at whatever device you’re reading this on. “Film is too subjective an art form for you to make overarching statements like that!”

That’s a very good point, but you’re overlooking two things: 1) the Oscar best picture nominations, and 2) film ratings on the Internet Movie Database. Both obviously have degrees of subjectivity, but that’s levelled off somewhat with each institution’s sheer number of voters or raters.

So, to work out what year was the best ever for cinema, we’ve taken all the films nominated for each year’s Best Picture Oscar, and then worked out their average IMDb rating. I’ll just point out that these were the ratings as of the week of the 88th Academy Awards on 22nd February
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Q&A: Iconic Couples, Vote Counts, Favorite Kurosawas

There were so many good questions this week for the Q&A that we had to do this twice. Here are more questions asked of your host Nathaniel, and now answered. Thanks for being engaged readers!

Nicole & Ewan at MTV Movie Awards 2002Since there's been talk of how sweet it would be to see Leo and Kate both win Oscars this year, I've been thinking about recent screen couples that have captured audiences' imaginations in that way, that people would love to see win Oscars at the same time and I couldn't think of any quite on that level. Are there any post-Titanic screen couples you think of as legendary pop culture pairings? -Edwin

Had Nicole Kidman & Ewan McGregor ever reteamed post Moulin Rouge! I think they might have become a screen couple like that. The fact that they haven't is a tragedy since we will love them until their dying day.
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Beautiful, Talented, Scene-Stealing 'The Artist' Canine Has Died: One of Rare Four-Legged Movie Stars

Uggie: 'The Artist' dog star. Uggie, 'The Artist' scene-stealing dog star, has died The biggest non-human movie star of the 21st century, Uggie, whose scene-stealing cuteness helped to earn Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist the 2011 Best Picture Academy Award, has died. According to his official Facebook page, Uggie had been suffering from prostate cancer; he was euthanized last Friday, Aug. 7, '15. Born in 2002, Uggie was 13 years old. An announcement posted on Tuesday night, Aug. 11, on the Fb page Consider Uggie read: We regret to inform to all our friends, family and Uggie's fans that our beloved boy has passed away. We were not planning on posting anything until we healed a little more but unfortunately somebody leaked it to TMZ and they will be announcing it. In short, Uggie had a cancerous tumor in the prostate and is now in a better place not feeling pain.
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See Nick and Nora Charles Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe – The Thin Man

“The murderer is right in this room. Sitting at this table. You may serve the fish.”

The Thin Man plays at The Hi-Pointe Theater ( 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117) Saturday, June 13th at 10:30am as part of their Classic Film Series

W.S. Van Dyke’s 1934 film The Thin Man stars Myrna Loy and William Powell as Nora and Nick Charles, upper class sleuths who unwittingly become caught up in the case of a missing friend and former client. Nick is a former detective who has been in retirement for the last four years, living the high life with Nora when Dorothy Wynant (Maureen O’Sullivan) implores with them to help find her father, who has been missing for three months. Throughout the investigation, Nick and Nora rarely are without a drink in their hands, are forever trading witticisms and getting themselves into comical situations; they even get their terrier Asta in on their investigation.
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Fox Denies Asta the Wonder Dog's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' 48fps Rumor

The world of movie blogging went through great pains to turn a non-story into something big, even though the source for said story was a dog. Earlier today Ain't It Cool News quoted a source named Asta the Wonder Dog saying Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past (Fox; 5/23/14) would be released in 48fps. Interpreting a series of barks into words, Ain't It Cool's source said: X:DoFP was shot in Hfr and will be released in 48fps. The filmmakers played coy because of the negative reaction to the technology when the Hobbit film was released, but love the results and will be standing behind a theatrical release in high frame rate. Unfortunately, the story appears to be untrue. Didn't we learn anything from Spike Lee's Summer of Samc amz asin="B0009GX1C4" size="small"Variety got in touch with the studio and writes that Fox "isn't sure
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Observer film critic steps down

His first column appeared in April 1963 and he would become the doyen of UK film critics. Having announced he will soon file his last column, he talks about meeting Chaplin, and Hollywood's greatest canine actors

Philip French's international reputation as a film critic is unrivalled. As recently as February, after a career with the Observer that began in 1963, an American film journal rated him as Britain's "greatest living movie analyst". But at the end of August he is to file his last column as this newspaper's film critic. After an illustrious half century, French, who was honoured with an OBE in January, has decided to step down following his 80th birthday the same month.

In his first column for the Observer, he bemoaned the lack of British films offering a believable picture of criminathe underworld. He noted "the tired vignettes of sub-Runyon characters" in The Small World of Sammy Lee starring Anthony Newley.
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Johnny Depp / The Thin Man: Budget Too Fat?

Johnny Depp / The Thin Man big-budgeted remake: Low-budget original Thin Man series starred William Powell and Myrna Loy and Asta as Nick and Nora Charles and Asta (above in After the Thin Man) Johnny Depp The Thin Man déjà vu: First, Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, to star Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer in the title role (in that order), was to have been a megabudget Western for Disney. Then the $165m-budgeted, Universal-distributed, Jon Favreau / Harrison Ford / Daniel Craig Western Cowboys & Aliens turned out to be a box-office disappointment in North America and, more importantly, a mediocre performer overseas, [...]
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The Artist – review

More than a homage to the silent era, Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist is a dazzling tale of love and loss

What better way could one year end and another start than with a pair of charming, funny, moving films celebrating the cinema itself? Three weeks ago Martin Scorsese gave us Hugo, a deeply felt picture about the creation of the cinema in France during the final years of the 19th century. Now the French cineaste Michel Hazanavicius returns the compliment with the complementary The Artist, about the coming of sound to Hollywood. The directors of the Nouvelle Vague were born around the time the talkies began. Hazanavicius was born seven years after Truffaut's Les quatre cents coups and Godard's Breathless but is as steeped in movies as they were. His first feature film, La classe américaine, which I haven't seen, was apparently compiled entirely of clips from old Warner Brothers films,
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Interview: The Director of 'The Artist' Talks Silent Film in a Modern Age, Chaplin, Tati and Uggy the Dog

Michel Hazanavicius on the set of The Artist

Photo: The Weinstein Co. I first saw The Artist at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year (my review here) and before it even had its first screening it was snatched up for distribution by the Weinstein Co. and there was a buzz in the air. A black-and-white film in this day and age was one thing, but a black-and-white silent film in the age of CG, 3D and Blu-ray was unthinkable. Yet, writer/director Michel Hazanavicius dared to prove a format most people only associate with their great grandparents can tell a story just as well as James Cameron can with performance capture 3D in Avatar... better in fact.

After its Cannes debut it hit the festival circuit, moving from Moscow to Athens and from Zurich to Leeds. Now it is set to hit theaters on November 25 and hopefully win over
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Billy Ray Adapting The Thin Man

Billy Ray Adapting The Thin Man
Shattered Glass's writer Billy Ray is bringing the story of The Thin Man to the 21st century. The project is an adaptation of the classic Dashiell Hammett novel.

The original centered on former private detective-turned-professional drunkard Nick Charles (William Powell), his lovely socialite wife Nora (Myrna Loy) and their schnauzer Asta as they investigate a murder involving an eccentric inventor and his bizarre family. The film was given many sequels and a TV series.

The writer is penning the film for Johnny Depp and Warner Bros. Johnny Depp is also producing with Christi Dembrowski.

The Thin Man comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Johnny Depp. The film is directed by Rob Marshall.
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Koepp to rewrite 'Thin Man'

David Koepp will do a rewrite on the script for Warner Bros.' remake of the 1934 classic private eye film "The Thin Man."According to Variety, Rob Marshall will direct his "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" star Johnny Depp in the film.Screenwriter and author Jerry Stahl wrote an earlier draft of the screenplay.The 1934 film was based on the Dashiell Hammett novel, which focused on former private detective-turned-alcoholic Nick Charles, his lovely socialite wife Nora and their schnauzer Asta.The book saw the Charles couple investigate a murder involving an eccentric inventor and his strange family.Hammett never wrote a sequel to the novel, but the film, which starred William Powell and Myrna Loy, produced five sequels. A 1950s TV show
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Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall for The Thin Man

Deadline are reporting that Johnny Depp is fast tracking the comedy classic, The Thin Man (1934), adding David Koepp (Spider-man, Indiana Jones 5) as writer the script.

After a four year absence, one time detective Nick Charles returns to New York with his new wife Nora and their dog, Asta. Nick re-connects with many of his old cronies, several of whom are eccentric characters, to say the least. He’s also approached by Dorothy Wynant whose inventor father Clyde Wynant is suspected of murdering her step-mother. Her father had left on a planned trip some months before and she has had no contact with him. Nick isn’t all that keen on resuming his former profession but egged-on by wife Nora, who thinks this all very exciting, he agrees to help out. He solves the case, announcing the identity of the killer at a dinner party for all of the suspects

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David Koepp to Write Rob Marshall’s The Thin Man Starring Johnny Depp

Screenwriter David Koepp (Spider-Man) has been tapped to write Rob Marshall's adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man starring Johnny Depp.  The 1934 novel follows retired detective Nick Charles who is trying to happily live his life with his charming wife Nora and their dog Asta.  However, when one of Charles' former client Clyde Wynant goes missing and his secretary turns up dead, Nick is reluctantly drawn back into the case and the web of intrigue created by Wynant's terrible family. Also, everyone in the book, particularly Nick and Nora, drinks like a fish but hardly anyone gets drunk.  Hammett's novel was successfully adapted into a franchise starring William Powell and Myrna Loy although Hammett only wrote one novel featuring Nick and Nora. Hit the jump for more on this story and my thoughts on adapting The Thin Man. While The Lone Ranger currently works through its budget issues,
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David Koepp Takes The Thin Man

David Koepp has signed on to write the script for the upcoming Rob Marshall remake of The Thin Man , Deadline reports. Set for Johnny Depp to headline, the project is based on the popular 1934 film that starred William Powell and Myrna Loy, in turn based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. In this version, Depp will play Nick Charles, a private detective married to a wealthy socialite, Nora. The pair, along with their dog, Asta, work together to solve cases. The original film spawned five sequels and a television series. Though the titular "thin man" of the first film was a reference to a corpse that begins the story, the title, much like the "Pink Panther" series, became more of a reference to Nick himself, beginning with the first sequel, The Thin Man...
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Yes, No, Maybe So: "The Artist"

Sometimes our Yes No Maybe So series is just formality. Who doesn't want to see this big shiny novelty, a silent movie for 2011!?

Nevertheless let's manage expectations with our patented Yes No Maybe So system. Yes (all the reasons we're on board) No (potential issues the trailer suggests we could have) Maybe So (random introspection that's neither positive nor negative exactly)

Yes That Cannes win for Jean DuJardin is tantalizing, especially since the performance in short trailer form looks so deliciously physical and charismatic rather than a traditional 'Master Thespian!' type deal. But mostly the concept alone, the evidence of joyful dance scenes, clever physical comedy and the a heart that beats with the sincere love of cinema promises a good time. 

No Uh.... what to say... what to say... how will any onscreen terrier ever measure up to Skippy who starred in The Thin Man and The Awful Truth?
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Cannes Movie Review: The Artist (2011)

Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in The Artist

Photo: The Weinstein Co. Filmmakers often attempt to pay homage to filmmaking techniques of a bygone era. Frequent and recent attempts include stabs at grind house and blaxploitation cinema, but those films come with a built-in genre audience which makes them seem like less riskier efforts than what writer/director Michel Hazanavicius (Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) has attempted to pull off.

Just the mention of silent films can and will turn off movie-going audiences instantly no matter how great you say the film may be. Fritz Lang's Metropolis is considered one of the best sci-fi films ever, but how many Star Wars fanatics have sat down to watch it? Buster Keaton's The General is comedy gold, but I have a hard time believing fans of today's raunchy comedies would give it a try. Then there's Charlie Chaplin, F.W. Murnau,
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Rob Marshall officially boards 'Thin Man'

Director Rob Marshall has officially joined Warner Bros.' remake of the 1934 classic private eye film "The Thin Man."According to Variety, the film will reunite him with his "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" star Johnny Depp, who will star in the film.Screenwriter and author Jerry Stahl will write the script.The 1934 film was based on the Dashiell Hammett novel, which focused on former private detective-turned-alcoholic Nick Charles, his lovely socialite wife Nora and their schnauzer Asta.The book saw the Charles couple investigate a murder involving an eccentric inventor and his strange family.Hammett never wrote a sequel to the novel, but the film, which starred William Powell and Myrna Loy, produced five sequels. A 1950s TV show followed.Depp will
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Johnny Depp Movie News: Rob Marshall Confirmed for The Thin Man; Depp Discusses Working with Keith Richards and His 21 Jump Street Cameo

After working together on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, director Rob Marshall and Johnny Depp will reunite for a remake of the 1934 mystery/comedy The Thin Man. Depp discussed Marshall as the director when the project was first announced back in October, but the Marshall confirmed his involvement in an official statement from Warner Bros.

[On Stranger Tides Producer] John [DeLuca] and I are overjoyed at the idea of working with Johnny again, especially on such a classy and classic project. We are also thrilled to be partnering this time with such wonderful producers as Christi Dembroski and Kevin McCormick, and we are looking forward to working with Warner Bros. to create a reinvention of a beloved story.

In The Thin Man, Depp will play former detective Nick Charles (originally portrayed by William Powell) who, along with his wife Nora (originally played by Myrna Loy) and their dog Asta, solves crimes and engages in witty banter.
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Johnny Depp solves Thin Man remake

Depp to reunite with Pirates director Rob Marshall on new version of Dashiell Hammett thriller – but the partners in crime are still looking for their Nora

Johnny Depp is to reunite with Rob Marshall, director of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides for a remake of the classic 1934 comedy The Thin Man, according to the Thompson on Hollywood blog.

Ws Van Dyke's much-loved film, based on Dashiell Hammett's mystery novel, centres on a flirtatious, bantering married couple who work together to solve a mystery. Depp will play Nick Charles, a hard-drinking, droll, retired detective forced back into service by his friend's disappearance and possible involvement in a murder. Top priority for Marshall, also producing with partner John DeLuca, will be securing an A-list actor to portray his witty wife Nora, a wealthy heiress. The pair were played by William Powell and Myrna Loy in the original film.

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