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50 More of the Greatest Matte Paintings of All Time

A few years ago the editors of Shadowlocked asked me to compile a list of what was initially to be, the ten greatest movie matte paintings of all time. A mere ten selections was too slim by a long shot, so my list stretched considerably to twenty, then thirty and finally a nice round fifty entries. Even with that number I found it wasn’t easy to narrow down a suitably wide ranging showcase of motion picture matte art that best represented the artform. So with that in mind, and due to the surprising popularity of that 2012 Shadowlocked list (which is well worth a visit, here Ed), I’ve assembled a further fifty wonderful examples of this vast, vital and more extensively utilised than you’d imagine – though now sadly ‘dead and buried’ – movie magic.

It would of course be so easy to simply concentrate on the well known, iconic,
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Leigh Day on TCM: From Southern Belle in 'Controversial' Epic to Rape Victim in Code-Buster

Vivien Leigh ca. late 1940s. Vivien Leigh movies: now controversial 'Gone with the Wind,' little-seen '21 Days Together' on TCM Vivien Leigh is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 18, '15, as TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series continues. Mostly a stage actress, Leigh was seen in only 19 films – in about 15 of which as a leading lady or star – in a movie career spanning three decades. Good for the relatively few who saw her on stage; bad for all those who have access to only a few performances of one of the most remarkable acting talents of the 20th century. This evening, TCM is showing three Vivien Leigh movies: Gone with the Wind (1939), 21 Days Together (1940), and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Leigh won Best Actress Academy Awards for the first and the third title. The little-remembered film in-between is a TCM premiere. 'Gone with the Wind' Seemingly all
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Gwtw Screen Legend Would Have Turned 100 Years Old Today

Vivien Leigh: Legendary ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ star would have turned 100 today Vivien Leigh was perhaps the greatest film star that hardly ever was. What I mean is that following her starring role in the 1939 Civil War blockbuster Gone with the Wind, Leigh was featured in a mere eight* movies over the course of the next 25 years. The theater world’s gain — she was kept busy on the London stage — was the film world’s loss. But even if Leigh had starred in only two movies — Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire — that would have been enough to make her a screen legend; one who would have turned 100 years old today, November 5, 2013. (Photo: Vivien Leigh ca. 1940.) Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley to British parents in Darjeeling, India) began her film career in the mid-’30s, playing bit roles in British
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Better Than Cliff Notes: 5 Films To Get You Through This Summer's Required Reading

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With summer fast approaching and schools across the nation about to let out, many kids and teens look forward to freedom. However, some schools won't let anyone enjoy there summer and assign dreaded reading lists. So in celebration of The Great Gatsby*, here are the five best movies to give you an assist in getting through this summer's required reading.

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann and star Leonardo Dicaprio are no strangers to adapting old literature and plays. Case in point, their modern retelling of the play "Romeo and Juliet." Sure, you could watch the 40's or 70's version for "historical accuracy," but who wants that? Instead go with Romeo + Juliet. Is it good? No. Is entertainingly insane? Yes. In the reports though, you might want to avoid mentioning the "gang wars."

A River Runs Through It

Probably the most boring book (technically a novella) I
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On the scene: Barbra Streisand receives Film Society of Lincoln Center's Charlie Chaplin Award

On the scene: Barbra Streisand receives Film Society of Lincoln Center's Charlie Chaplin Award
Barbra Streisand is very bad at lip-synching and doesn’t like mornings. She’s very good at throwing dogs’ birthday parties and, when she needs a little push to portray the sensation of yearning, she imagines chocolate cake. These are the things I now know to be true.

If one can ever imagine sitting around Barbra’s Streisand’s home — perhaps in a nook of her underground mall, sharing stories about the legendary diva with her old pals and learning Babs’ “She’s just like us!” quirks — that was the vibe of last night’s Film Society of Lincoln Center gala,
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Oscars 2013 winners recap: 'Argo,' Jennifer Lawrence, 'Life of Pi' and Daniel Day-Lewis score

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The 85th Annual Academy Awards didn't have a lot of surprises -- it was widely expected that "Argo," Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis would win and they did -- but let's take another look what Oscar voters declared 2012's best in film.

It starts with "Argo," the Best Picture winner, which overcame the nomination morning snub of Ben Affleck in the Best Director category to dominate pretty much all of Hollywood's award season. In doing so, "Argo" became only the fourth movie in history to win a Best Picture Oscar without at least receiving a Best Director nomination. "Argo" also claimed wins in the Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.

But "Argo" was not the night's most honored film. That was Ang Lee's visually dazzling literary adaptation "Life of Pi" which took home four Oscars: Best Director for Lee, Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score.
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Greta Garbo's Belongings Sell For $1.6 Million

Greta Garbo's Belongings Sell For $1.6 Million
Greta Garbo may have been mysterious, but there's no doubting she was loved.

The movie star's personal possessions, including her sunglasses, shoes and furs, brought in an unexpected $1.6 million at auction this weekend -- proving the "Anna Karenina" star is as beloved as other Hollywood icons.

Greta Garbo commanded Marilyn Monroe prices today,” Martin Nolan, the Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions, which hosted the event, said (via The Wrap). “Her beauty, extraordinary screen presence and fashion trending style were proven to be timeless in this extraordinary two-day event.”

Among her belongings auctioned off were her sunglasses, which sold for $13,750, as well as her Louis Vuitton steamer trunk ($37,500), antique gold pocket knife ($8,960), driving caps ($15,000), jewelry set ($9,600), Ferragamo shoes ($8,125), Maltese cross brooch ($13,750), Valentina Ottoman silk overcoat ($11,520) and velvet black turban ($12,800).

The event brought in three times the estimated take at pre-auction.

Garbo was a Swedish-born actress who rose to stardom during Hollywood's silent and classic eras.
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Michael Haneke's Amour gives love an unsettling closeup

Michael Haneke's bleak portrayal of an elderly couple's last days will strip filmgoers of the delusion that love can conquer all

Love has been the lifeblood of cinema, yet its portrayal on the big screen has been narrowly focused. Scroll through the 6,609 titles keyworded "love" on IMDb and you'll notice that most of the films rely on a rather particular notion of what love might be.

They tend to deal with the phenomenon dubbed "limerence" by psychologist Dorothy Tennov. This has been described as "an involuntary interpersonal state that involves an acute longing for emotional reciprocation, obsessive-compulsive thoughts, feelings and behaviours and emotional dependence on another person". The condition arises when the hypothalamus prompts the pituitary gland to release a cocktail of dopamine, norepinephrine, phenylethylamine, oestrogen and testosterone. Unless requited, it usually fades away quite quickly. Only 5% of the population are reckoned to be afflicted at any one time,
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From the Observer archive, 6 October 1935: Greta Garbo in her element as Anna Karenina

The Observer's film critic, CA Lejeune, applauds a 'mature, rich, mellow' take on Tolstoy's tragic heroine

I suppose more nonsense has been written and talked about Greta Garbo than about any other actress on the screen. Because she has never been interested in imposing her own viewpoint on the public, a legend has grown up around her. She has become the archetype of the cinema woman, adulated, burlesqued, imitated, envied. It is almost impossible to approach her work today without some kind of vivid preconception. And between her disciples and her traducers, the people who defend so hotly and the people who attack her so coldly, the real Garbo, I fear, has been badly let down.

Greta Garbo is, quite simply, a great screen actress. That is to say, she adapts every technical resource of voice and body to the exact scope of the cinema medium, and adds warmth to
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Kristen Stewart Ready To Break Out At Tiff

Kristen Stewart Ready To Break Out At Tiff
Toronto — Sundance is the festival for low-budget filmmaking. Cannes and Venice are glitzy industry showplaces. The Toronto International Film Festival is both of those and everything in between, but mostly, it's a place for ordinary cinema lovers to see a lot of great movies.

Toronto's status as a festival for the people is confirmed by this year's opening-night film Thursday. The festival used to begin with a small Canadian film as a nod to local crowds that have made it one of the world's biggest and most-prestigious cinema showcases.

For its 37th year, Toronto opens with a big Hollywood action film, the sci-fi tale "Looper," starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt.

Festival co-director Cameron Bailey said "Looper" works on "both the action level and the ideas level," making it an ideal choice for festival audiences wanting something smart and entertaining. And with "Looper" hitting theaters Sept. 28, less than
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Anna Karenina Premiere Report

Anna Karenina Premiere Report
Joe Wright's wholly original take on Anna Karenina is a bold, colourful period piece that reunites him with old pals Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, throws in new collaborators in Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and throws in a Movember's worth of facial furniture for good measure.Wright and his cast gathered on the Leicester Square red carpet, albeit shorn of those moustaches, for the film's world premiere. Hit the play button to see them in all their finery. brightcove.createExperiences(); Anna Karenina is, of course, Leo Tolstoy's great epic of love, passion and duty set against a backdrop of gossipy, fashion-forward Tsarist Moscow and Saint Petersburg. In Wright's hands, it's a majestically innovative vision of cinema as theatre. Anna Karenina is out on September 7. Read Empire's review here.
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Anna Karenina Review

Director: Joe Wright

Starring: Keira Knightley, Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson

Running time: 130 minutes

Certificate: 12A

Synopsis: Married at 18, Anna Karenina (Knightley) is locked into a loveless marriage to Alexei Karenin (Law). When Count Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson) arrives on the scene, Karenina must choose between her marriage and her reputation.

As a fan of Joe Wright’s past book-to-screen adaptations (Pride And Prejudice, Atonement) I’m not sure what I was expecting from his latest foray – an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 novel of the same name. From what I saw from the trailer, I knew it was going to be on a different level to the countryside setting of Pride And Prejudice, and maybe even darker (content-wise) than the war-torn Atonement. I’d also heard that the production team had fashioned the sets from an old, empty theatre, so filming could move swiftly from one ‘location’ to another.
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Toronto International Film Festival, here we come! – Awards by Sean O'Connell

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: We are bearing down on the Toronto International Film Festival! Last-minute interviews are being booked. Buzz out of Venice and Telluride dictates sudden schedule changes. For the most part, my Tiff calendar is locked and blocked. I give it until Friday morning before something wonderful blows the whole schedule to smithereens! Two flights, a bus and a train will take me to Canada for one of the year’s most anticipated film festivals, a launch pad for most of the films we’ll be talking about all Oscar season. Which pictures will distance themselves from the crowded pack? Bets are on “The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s scintillating drama that reportedly features riveting performances by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams. I’ll finally catch The Master Saturday morning. But in the days leading up to Tiff, the wires hummed with positive
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Anna Karenina UK Premiere Interviews

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This evening, our intrepid red-carpet reporters Ben Mortimer and Colin hart headed off to London’s Leicester Square for the UK premiere of Anna Karenina. The movie has a fabulous cast and everything we’ve seen from the movie looks simply stunning (watch the trailer here).

Anna Karenina stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Ruth Wilson, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams and Emily Watson, many of whom were on the red carpet this evening for the premiere.

Ben and Colin got to catch up with many of the stars named above as well as Director Joe Wright who talks about the look and feel of the movie and Producing legend Tim Bevan (Working Title) who talks Ben through how they choose which moves they’re going to take on and add to their slate. They also got to chat with Juno Temple who was
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Michael Fassbender Cast As a Rock Star

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Michael Fassbender Cast As a Rock Star
Michael Fassbender has signed on to play an eccentric rock star in the upcoming comedy Frank, from Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, with a screenplay from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter Peter Straughan and author Jon Ronson. Anna Karenina's Donhnall Gleeson has also joined the cast and will play the young up-start musician to Fassbender's seasoned vet. Teach us your magical musical ways, Michael Fassbender. Teach us.
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Character Poster for Joe Wright's Anna Karenina

Here's three new character posters for Joe Wright's period romance film Anna Karenina featuring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson. The story follows a woman making her way in early-19th-century Russian high society. We normally don't see these kind of character posters for a romance movie like this, but here they are.

I'm not big into romance films like this but Wright has made some great films in his career such as The Atonement, The Soloist and Hanna. So I think this will be a film worth checking out.

Here's the Synopsis:

The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning boxoffice successes "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement," is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard ("Shakespeare in Love"). The story powerfully explores
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Top 10 Tuesday: Book-To-Film Adaptations

Page to screen adaptations have been bankable fodder since the studios began feeding celluloid to the movie going masses. It’s relatable and something that filmmakers go to time and time again. Look at the success of The Harry Potter, Twilight, Narnia and Bourne franchises. The studios are returning to the literary well once again with such notables as the upcoming Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina, and Les MISÉRABLES. The latest entry into the fray has been The Hunger Games franchise. With just the first film so far, it’s worldwide box office receipts has it off to a successful start.

Sometimes the transfer, as in the case of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Master And Commander and John Carter books, doesn’t go over so well because in hindsight it only played out to a niche audience and the box office was worse the wear for it. Even the big name stars,
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Review: Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfayden | Written by Tom Stoppard | Directed by Joe Wright

There haven’t been many major screen adaptations of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, and so the idea of Joe Wright’s film is intriguing, even more so as he’s directing Keira Knightley once again after Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, and the screenplay was written by Tom Stoppard.

Anna Karenina tells the tale of a Russian woman married to a government official (Alexei Karenin played by Jude Law), who is unhappy in her marriage and hopes for a better life. When she is pursued by cavalry officer Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), she thinks she has found her out, only to realise her life has gotten more complicated. Running alongside Anna’s story, is the story of the life of Konstantin Levin (Domhnall Gleeson
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Three Character Posters For ‘Anna Karenina’

Joe Wright’s luxurious epic Anna Karenina is just around the corner for us in the UK. It seems the rest of the world will have to wait a little longer, but never fear, here are three character posters featuring the stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. This will be the third time that Knightley has teamed up with Wright after Pride And Prejudice and Atonement. Anna Karenina is based on the classic book by Leo Tolstoy. It tells the story of Anna Karenina and her affair with Count Vronsky.

Anna Karenina is released in the UK 7th September 2012. It stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly McDonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Olivia Williams, and Emily Watson.

Source: First Showing
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Keira Knightley, Jude Law In Anna Karenina Character Posters

Joe Wright.s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy.s Anna Karenina is pulling back its curtains for European audiences as we speak. The film bowed at the Venice Film Festival (to largely positive reviews), and will open in the UK and Ireland later this week. The film targets the Toronto Film Festival next, and finally will reach U.S. theaters in November. Check local listings for Focus Features. roll out. In the meantime, we have gorgeous and stately character posters for you to enjoy. We know, we know. It.s not the film. But that will be here soon enough. Until then, posters, via Imp Awards: Russian literature might not float your boat, but we remain excited for Karenina because of Wright.s previous collaborations with lithe, beautiful leading lady Keira Knightley. They reinvented Jane Austen.s Pride & Prejudice, then found heat in a steamy pre-war affair on the wrenching Atonement.
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