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A Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide for Cinephiles

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Books:  "Moments that Made the Movies" by David Thomson San Francisco-based David Thomson, the film critic for The New Republic, has written more than 20 movie books, among them must-owns such as "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film," "The Big Screen," and "'Have You Seen...?': A Personal Introduction to 1000 Films."  The Brit transplant's long experience with writing accessible, entertaining, idiosyncratic, erudite and enlightening movie books led him to the most delightful one of all: "Moments that Made the Movies." Trust me. This is a keeper. Read: David Thomson Recalls Moments that Made the Movies It all came out of a conversation with Thomson's editor at Thames & Hudson, Will Balliett, who told Thomson that he wanted to do an illustrated book with text, not just a coffee table book. Thomson tossed out a few ideas and then said: "You know, if you ever talk to anyone about the movies they love, »


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Watch: Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' with Original, Scrapped Score

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According to Open Culture, Stanley Kubrick commissioned a score from "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" composer Alex North, with whom he worked previously on his sword-and-sandals epic "Spartacus." But just as he would later do with Wendy Carlos' eerie "The Shining" score, Kubrick dropped it, saying in a interview with Michael Ciment, "Although [North] and I went over the picture very carefully, and he listened to these temporary tracks and agreed that they worked fine and would serve as a guide to the musical objectives of each sequence he, nevertheless, wrote and recorded a score which could not have been more alien to the music we had listened to, and much more serious than that, a score which, in my opinion, was completely inadequate for the film." Thus, Kubrick went for a now-iconic soundtrack featuring Strauss, Ligeti, Khatchaturian and more that mixes avant-garde and classical chamber music. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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PGA to Honor 'Selma' Producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

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The Plan B trio will accept the PGA's 2015 Visionary Award at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards on January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Plan B is being honored for producing film stories that have "breathed new life into some of the seminal—and in some cases, most painful—episodes of our shared history," said the PGA. Their slate includes last year's "12 Years a Slave," which Plan B took all the way to the Best Picture Oscar, Emmy hit "The Normal Heart," "The Tree of Life" and now Ava DuVernay's Best Picture contender "Selma," the late-breaking Martin Luther King Jr. biopic starring David Oyelowo. Though the film won't hit select cities until December 25, with a wider release in January, it's playing like gangbusters for the Academy. Previous honorees include Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri, producer and humanitarian Russell Simmons and producer Laura Ziskin who in 2008 backed. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: JibJab's Nsfw Year in Review Spoofs Sony, Labeouf, Kardashian and More

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JibJab's annual satirical roundup of the year's biggest news stories is here.  This year, the folks at JibJab take on Kim Kardashian "breaking the internet," Putin, Isis, the Ebola panic, Ferguson, the Jay-z/Solange elevator "incident," Shia Labeouf's bizarre "I am not famous" proclamation and more, with a couple of tips of the hat to the ongoing Sony hack attack. Nary a stone is left unturned. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: Terrifying 'It Follows' Gets New Us Trailer

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David Robert Mitchell's teen horror tale "It Follows"—about a malevolent, sexually transmitted spirit—will finally open day-and-date in March 2015 via RADiUS-twc, which smartly snapped up the film following its Cannes premiere and has ushered the hit along the fest circuit since, from Tiff to Fantastic Fest. Sundance-goers can catch the film in January, where "It Follows" will join the tradition of "The Babadook" and "The Blair Witch Project" as a Midnight entry. Every terrifying ounce of this film is, no question, worth the hype. Watch the new Us trailer below, and check out our interview with Mitchell here. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: Cinematographer Yves Belanger Goes Natural on 'Wild'

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According to cinematographer Belanger, almost every shot in "Wild"—which features a seemingly makeup-free performance by Witherspoon— is done with natural light. Shot for $7 million in Oregon and California, "Wild" is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, whose editors John Mac Murphy and Martin Pensa delicately stitch together Cheryl Strayed's past and present, which are limned with different colors by Belanger. Below, he also talks about the most difficult aspects of the shoot, including "not to pass out" during takes. [Variety] »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Trailers From Hell on Terry Zwigoff's Raunchy Christmas Comedy 'Bad Santa'

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Seemingly concocted by director Terry Zwigoff as an antidote to the sugary Christmas movies that have clogged the arteries of moviegoers for so many years, this 2003 film about a disreputable Santa impersonator makes good on its promise of bad taste, bad manners and bad Santas. Produced by the Coen Brothers and starring a convincingly dissipated Billy Bob Thornton, the film co-stars Bernie Mac and the late John Ritter (this was his last film; he passed away in September of that same year). »


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'Fifty Shades of Grey' to Play Berlinale 2015

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The sophomore feature of "Nowhere Boy" director Sam Taylor-Johnson, "Fifty Shades of Grey" will play the fest on February 11 as a Berlinale Special Gala screening just two days before its Us wide release on February 13. Director Taylor-Johnson, author El James and actors Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will be attending the Berlinale premiere. Produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and El James, the film was written by Kelly Marcel. Trailer below. Read: As "Fifty Shades" Heads Toward Release, Universal Is Calling the Shots »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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