10 items from 2016
Such as Irl, New Year’s Eve in movies tend to punctuate big moments. Long-awaited kisses, horrific endings, beautiful beginnings abound as everyone downs flutes of champagne while attempting to sing the words to “Auld Lang Syne” (even if no one understands exactly what they’re singing).
As we say goodbye to 2015 and ring in 2016, we look at some of cinema’s most memorable New Year’s moments from years past, including everything from the scary to the silly to the swoony.
Check out our picks: Ghostbusters II
If you think your New Year’s Eve sucks, remember it could be worse. Like, evil painting-dwelling-ghost-Vigo-worse. Vigo is attempting to return to the mortal world and wrecks a whole lot of havoc »
- Brianne Hogan
The gold rush for deceased music legend Prince’s fortune has taken another turn. A woman claiming to be the “Little Red Corvette” singer’s wife has come forward, claiming that, despite claims to the contrary, the musician left a will — and she’s the sole heir to his estate. In a motion filed in district court in Minnesota, Claire Elisabeth Elliott, a.k.a. Claire Elisabeth Nelson, asks that Bremer Trust be removed as the special administrator of the singer’s estate. Also Read: Hear Prince's Previously Unreleased 1982 Track 'Moonbeam Levels' (Audio) According to the motion, Elliott/Nelson is »
- Tim Kenneally
Comedy is very subjective but a great comedy will stand the test of time and continue to make generation after generation laugh. Some people like their humor dry, while some like it shocking and offensive. Whatever your taste, good humor will always be out there. Here are 20 great comedies that will no doubt continue to be appreciated in the future.
20. Fargo: The Cohen Brothers funniest black comedy may not be for everyone's taste, because it is quite violent. However, underneath all that is a droll observation on the human condition, highlighted by a winning performance from Frances McDormand as a very likeable and very pregnant police chief. Her character police chief Marge Gunderson is kind, clever and compassionate. She’s a much more admirable role model than all the recent ‘badass female’ clichés we’ve been inundated with lately. Another standout here is William H. Macy as a two-bit schemer who's plan utterly backfires. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
San Sebastian — Representing independent distributors across Europe, Europa Distribution organized a round table at San Sebastian’s 5th Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum this week. It sported the suggestive title The Gold Rush? Or how can independent films finally hope to dig some gold out of VOD?. Event took place on Monday and was moderated by Michael Gubbins, founder of London-based consultancy SampoMedia.
Panelists were Kobi Shely, from Glasgow’s online promotion consultancy Distrify Media; Anna Harding, head of communications at Swedish arthouse distributor Folkets Bio; Quentin Carbonell, Director of Acquisitions of Mubi, a Svod platform; European Commission audiovisual administrator Emmanuel Joly; and Alexandra Poch, a legal expert at the E.U. Observatory on Infringements of IP Rights (Euipo).
Some key findings:
Branding is an essential means to locate captivate and fidelize audiences. “It’s about branding,” Harding told Variety, explaining how Folketsbio.se functioned: “You can see very easily where our films are being screened, »
- Emilio Mayorga
“Batman v Superman” got ravaged by critics when it was released in theaters, but Zach Snyder and Warner Bros. hope to win some people back with an R-Rated extended cut. TheWrap’s Phil Owen commended the cut for adding scenes that made the plot more coherent. It wouldn’t be the first time that an extended or alternate cut fixed a bad film’s problems or enhanced a masterpiece. Extended cuts first became popular as theatrical re-releases in the 1970s, but date all the way back to the 40s. In 1942, Charlie Chaplin re-released his seminal 1925 Tramp film, “The Gold Rush. »
- Jeremy Fuster
On this day in history as it relates to the movies...
1819 The bicycle is patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr. which could be why June has lots of bicycle holidays like "bike to work week" and such. There's even a Bicycle Film Festival happening in NYC this very weekend.
1904 Peter Lorre is born
1922 Underappeciated film star Eleanor Parker is born. Her two best known classics are Caged (1950, her first nomination in one of the all time best Best Actress years) and The Sound of Music (1965, snubbed in supporting actress). Also born on this day is two-time Oscar recipient Dick Smith, an indisputable giant in movie makeup. Among his classics: The Godfather, The Exorcist, Amadeus, and Taxi Driver
- NATHANIEL R
For a man who created forward-thinking, boundary-pushing cinema embraced by small, devoted sects of cinephiles, Andrzej Żuławski‘s Sight & Sound list of favorite films is, in so many words, surprisingly traditional. Few would look upon it and say it contains a single bad film on it, but those who’ve experienced his work might expect something other than Amarcord; maybe, in its place, an underground Eastern European horror film that’s gained no real cachet since the Soviet Union’s collapse.
That isn’t to suggest something inexplicable, however. The Gold Rush‘s fall-down comedy could be detected in some of Possession‘s more emphatic moments of physical exhaustion, and, while we’re at it, visual connections between On the Silver Globe and 2001‘s horror-ish stretches aren’t so out-of-bounds. So while this selection may not open your eyes once more to cinema’s many reaches, one might use it »
- Nick Newman
Here are 10 Oscar moments that left us gobsmacked. Which winners, speeches, performances, fashions, and gaffes surprised you the most? Let us know in the comments below. 10. Charlie Chaplin Receives 12-Minute Standing Ovation (1972) It may not be surprising, exactly — after all, he earned it with "The Gold Rush," "City Lights," "Modern Times," and "The Great Dictator," among others — but the sheer length of the ovation Chaplin upon receiving an honorary Oscar in 1972 left the filmmaker himself nearly speechless. (Though he'd received a special award for "The Circus" in 1929, his remarkable career had, to that point, netted but three competitive nominations — two for "The Great Dictator" and one for "Monsieur Verdoux" — and no wins.) As perhaps the greatest of the silent cinema's actors and directors understood, there are times when "words seem so futile, so feeble," and this was surely one. 9. Roberto »
- Matt Brennan
Outfitted with a new score and title sequence, reedited sans several scenes involving the woman, and rereleased in 1972, Charlie Chaplin’s first feature length film The Kid has finally made its way to home video in HD thanks to the Cineteca di Bologna’s gloriously meticulous restoration and 4k digital transfer. Originally released back in 1921 after about a half decade of acting and eventually directing wildly popular shorts for Keystone Studios, the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company and finally the Mutual Film Corporation, the film endured a year long production amidst personal and professional crisis. It was thought that Chaplin’s signature brand of comedic slapstick, which typically ran just two reels of film, could not support the length of a six reel feature, but as is evidenced within, the film perfectly fuses Chaplin’s penchant for melodrama with his masterful vaudevillian humor to create an astonishingly emotional comedy that plumbs »
- Jordan M. Smith
Let’s end the year with a celebration of the funniest comedy scripts ever written. The Writer’s Guild of America has chosen the 101 best laugh-getting screenplays. Keep in mind that this is all about the writing, not the cast or the director.
1.Annie Hall (1977)
2. Some Like it Hot (1959)
3. Groundhog Day (1993)
4. Airplane! (1980)
5. Tootsie (1982)
6. Young Frankenstein (1974)
8. Blazing Saddles (1974)
9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
10. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
11. This is Spinal Tap (1984)
12. The Producers (1967)
13. The Big Lebowski (1998)
14. Ghostbusters (1984)
15. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
16. Bridesmaids (2011)
17. Duck Soup (1933)
18. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
19. The Jerk (1979)
20. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
21. His Girl Friday (1940)
22. The Princess Bride (1987)
23. Raising Arizona (1987)
24. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
25. Caddyshack (1980)
26. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
27. The Graduate (1967)
28. The Apartment (1960)
30. The Hangover (2009)
31. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
32. The Lady Eve »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
10 items from 2016
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