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Plays about writing are bores or lies or both. The drama of the process, entirely internal and largely concerned with semicolons, can’t be staged, so a different drama has to be manufactured. Usually this involves cliché obstacles and a sort of deus ex typewriter for the climax, justifying yet somehow invalidating everything that came before. You could argue that the vicissitudes of writing movies instead of prose — the collaborators, the studios, the test audiences, the Hays Office — offer a dramatist many ways around the problem, which is why there’s a mini-genre of comedies about screenplays. Indeed, those things did help Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias, which in 2004 hitched a ride on the back of Gone With the Wind, telling the story of its emergency plot transplant at the hands of David O. Selznick, Victor Fleming, and Ben Hecht. The resultant play wasn’t awful; for that we »
- Jesse Green
Lyon – Cohen Media Group, now a major force in U.S. classics restoration, distribution and overseas sales, will unveil three new sales titles at Mipcom and Lyon Lumière Fest’s Classic Films Market: “Magician: the Astonishing Life and Works of Orson Welles,” “Nurse Edith Cavell” and “Steamboat Bill Jr.”
Bowing Monday, the Lumiere Festival also screens a further three recent Cmg titles: “Thief of Baghdad,” “Jamaica Inn” and docu-feature “What Is Cinema?”
Newly restored, the heritage titles form part of the Cohen Film Collection: The Rohauer Library, created when Charles S. Cohen’s Cohen Media Group bought the 700-title-plus Rohauer Library in 2012 and committed to the complete digital and sometimes photochemical restoration of its contents.
World premiering at early September’s Telluride Festival, »
- John Hopewell
Almost 80 years after the publication of Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel "Gone With The Wind," the character we all know as Mammy, is finally getting her own back story - in book form... at least for now. Simon & Schuster imprint Atria, will publish "Ruth's Journey: The Story of Mammy from Gone with the Wind," a fictional telling of the life of one of the original novel’s central characters - Mammy, who otherwise remains nameless. The book will hit bookstores (off- and online starting tomorrow, October 14). Donald McCaig, the award-winning author of the Civil War-set "Jacob’s Ladder," and who was also chosen by the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
There have been some unforgettable movie lines throughout cinematic history. There are delicious selections to choose from, some of the most famous including Clark Gable’s blunt remark in Gone with the Wind, Marlon Brando’s nasally offer that the bandleader couldn’t refuse in The Godfather, and the beginning of a beautiful friendship in Casablanca. Nothing beats a great movie line. When you look back over your list of favourite films of all time, there’ll often be one trait they all have in common – and that will be a slick and unique script, packed with fresh and exciting dialogue. Many moments from the best movie scripts have been incorporated into common culture; being used for advice, support, and comic effect. Everyone has their own personal favorite movie line, along with many others that they consider to be truly memorable.
But just because something is memorable doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. »
- Gaz Lloyd
For modern life, add more smartphones.
Neil Calloway looks at a media debate for our times (and the early 1950s, if you’ve ever looked at Hollywood’s output during that era)…Television vs Film.
In a recent interview James Spader said that film was no longer a superior medium to television.
It’s easy to agree; we binge watch TV shows in the comfort of our own homes and rarely venture to the cinema; you can see why Spader, riding high as the star of The Blacklist rather than as an actor in forgettable films (come on, Sex, Lies and Videotape was more than twenty years ago; what’s he done recently? When did you last say “let’s go and see the new James Spader film”? When did you ever?) would think that. Coming out of Gone Girl last week, in which Neil Patrick Harris has a small but pivotal role, »
- Oliver Davis
By Anjelica Oswald
Films have captured the passage of time in a variety of unique ways throughout the years. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which premiered at Sundance this year, presents the movement of time in an unprecedented manner. By filming the same cast three to four days per year for 12 years, Linklater was able to capture the real changes the cast went through instead of relying on CGI, makeup or different actors to show the aging process. The seamless way in which the passage of time is presented could garner a best editing nomination at the 87th Academy Awards. Here are 10 other films portraying the passage of time that have been nominated for best editing (in chronological order):
Gone With the Wind (1939)
The film follows the O’Hara family and how they are affected before, during and after the Civil War, particularly through the eyes of Scarlett O »
- Anjelica Oswald
138 is a magic number. It's the average length, in minutes, of a Best Picture winner. Here are the running times of all winnners from longest to shortest. You'll see that the majority of winners are over 2 hours long which has caused no end of padding in "serious" movies but alas, not enough padding for tender buttocks watching the interminable movies.
Here are your Best Picture winners from longest film to the shortest.
Gone With the Wind (1939) 238 minutes
Just two minutes shy of four hours, but worth every second. Lots of Gone With the Wind discussion here. Did you see its recent two day theatrical screening? Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 216 minutes Ben-Hur (1959) 212 minutes
Currently in the process of being remade because that's how Hollywood do. Although this film was itself a remake so... we'll let it pass. Still there is no way its signature scene, the chariot race, will be as thrilling with CGI. »
- NATHANIEL R
By Anjelica Oswald
The Fault in Our Stars features Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus “Gus” Waters, two teens who meet at a cancer-survivor support group. Though Hazel is initially skeptical about getting close to Gus and warns him of her worsening condition, Gus still falls for her. As the two fall in love, Gus relapses, and he dies shortly after they return from their romantic trip to Amsterdam. The adaptation of John Green’s novel of the same name was a box-office smash and has earned Woodley some Oscar buzz. Should Woodley receive a nomination for this role, she would join the list of best actress nominees who have been nominated for their roles in heartbreaking films.
Some of the most well-known tragic love stories didn’t score any leading actress nominations, though. For example, Natalie Wood was not nominated for her »
- Anjelica Oswald
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest explosion-filled effort from Michael Bay, a small-scale indie from Jon Favreau, the return of Jack Bauer, and more. Briefly: Transformers: Age of Extinction (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $17.99 (55% off) Transformers: Age of Extinction (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD) - $26.99 (46% off) Transformers: Age of Extinction Limited Edition Gift Set with Grimlock and Optimus Collectible Statue [Blu-ray] - $79.99 (33% off) Chef (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet) - $19.99 (43% off) 24: Live Another Day [Blu-ray] - $29.99 (50% off) Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director's [Blu-ray] - $26.49 (24% off) Gone With the Wind 75th Anniversary [Blu-ray] - $35.69 (29% off) Are You Here [Blu-ray] - $15.99 (47% off) Cold in July [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (50% off) Ivory Tower [Blu-ray] - $27.28 (7% off) Leprechaun Origins [Blu-ray] - $21.24 (15% off) Third Person [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (31% off)
- Adam Chitwood
By Gary Salem and Michelle McCue
“What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen he’s become a different person.”
On Monday, Wamg attended the press preview for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building.
Taking five years to create, this exhibition is the kickoff for the whole Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Emphasizing how costumes are so important in creating characters, this one-of-a-kind exhibition comes with its own film score, enhanced with dazzling animations and screenplay excerpts.
Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), and sponsored by Swarovski, this ticketed exhibition »
- Movie Geeks
We’re all used to movies that feel too long. The summer blockbuster season is dominated by them; ninety minute B-Movies inflated to extents that would make Gone With The Wind look snappy.
Knowing when to end is very important for a film. The final moments will shape how people regard a movie – a cracking last couple of minutes can make up for no small number of earlier faults – yet so many movies appear to put their ending below catering on their list of priorities.
It can go both ways. Some films you kinda wish had a bit more explanation. They may be utterly abysmal experiences that drag out to obscene lengths, but every one of Michael Bay’s Transformers movies ends so abruptly it comes as a genuine shock. It’s not a case of being left wanting, but a general lack of narrative cohesion.
And on the »
- Alex Leadbeater
While in Austin, Texas for Fantastic Fest I got an extra treat: a visit to The Making of Gone With The Wind exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center and a personal tour by its curator of film, Steve Wilson. Attendance has been strong since the opening day three weeks ago, which I’m sure will continue through the January closing date. It’s well worth going out of your way to see this exceptional display. Even having Steve’s elaborate new book, The Making of Gone With The Wind (University of Texas Press), doesn’t diminish the excitement of seeing the rare, often unique materials on display from the University’s David O. Selznick Archives. And there is no way to understate the impact of...
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- Leonard Maltin
Written by Amy Lippman
Directed by Adam Bernstein
Airs Sundays at 10pm (Et) on Showtime
Even to someone who’s bad at taking notice of a lot of production design in film and TV, Bill Masters looks wrong with a regular tie instead of a bow tie. Of course, when he’s put in front of a camera, everything about him feels off. The man’s already extremely uncomfortable in his own skin, and the task of explaining his work to an audience of millions is daunting, to say the least. And that’s before the considerations of national television come into play — censorship (and lots of it), having to “dumb down” his talk without sounding prurient, and most troubling, having to use “creative reenactment” to fill out the story. Bill is obsessed with even the »
- Dan Schindel
A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as she's a man and I'm a woman... "I can't twinkle! I can't fuck!" -Bill As we get close to next week's season finale, "One for the Money, Two for the Show" does a better job than many recent episodes of suggesting that all the disparate aspects of the series are part of the same show. For one week, at least, Libby's time at Core and even Langham's weird relationship with Flo felt thematically connected to the study, to Bill and Virginia's relationship, and to the other things the show is ostensibly about, as characters in all corners of the show had to deal with the problem of feeling invisible to the ones they care about. The CBS news editor has no little to no use for Lester and his cinema verite aspirations. Flo tries to engage Langham »
- Alan Sepinwall
Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale »
- Andre Soares
Exclusive: MGM and Paramount have found Ben-Hur. The studios are setting Jack Huston, and you just knew he was going to get a big, star-making film role after his portrayal of the masked, war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. It would be hard to imagine a bigger-scale picture than Ben-Hur, with Timur Bekmambetov directing the epic remake in Europe next year. Huston joins Morgan Freeman, whom Deadline broke will play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.
MGM and Paramount still have to find their Messala, Ben-Hur’s former close friend-turned-bitter rival. Actors have been circling both parts, and it looked for a while there like Huston might have played the latter. He read for that role, but Bekmambetov decided instead he had the sympathetic manner and grit to play the title role, the one that brought »
- Mike Fleming Jr
This weekend gives you two chances to see Bill Hader stretch his acting muscles. In dark comedy The Skeleton Twins, Hader and his former Saturday Night Live co-star Kristen Wiig play siblings who reunite after suicide attempts. Meanwhile, in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Hader has a supporting role as the best friend of James McAvoy’s Conor, who is going through a pretty rough time in his relationship with Jessica Chastain’s titular character.
Saturday Night Live actors taking on dramatic—or, rather, serious—roles is nothing new. Wiig has steadily been putting films with weighty themes onto her resume, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Exclusive: Gearing up to start production in Europe early next year, MGM, Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov have made their first formal casting in Ben-Hur. They’ve set Morgan Freeman to play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.
The studios are getting close to finding their Judah Ben-Hur and his friend-turned-bitter-rival Messala. I’ve reported that Tom Hiddleston was one of those being courted, and at this point it’s not clear if he will take part. They’ve set a February 26, 2016, release date on the epic remake, that is based more closely on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ – the biggest-selling novel of its time until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind — than the 1959 William Wyler-directed film that starred Charlton Heston. Keith Clarke wrote the script and John Ridley did the rewrite. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Vienna might be synonymous with Mozart and Strauss, but Sandra Tomek, founder and director of Hollywood in Vienna, perceives equally strong ties to such movie maestros as Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who established themselves in the Austrian capital before blossoming as key pioneers of the Hollywood film score tradition.
So when Randy Newman receives the Max Steiner Award at the dual Sept. 24-25 event taking place at the city’s storied Vienna Concert Hall, with cousin and fellow film composer David Newman conducting, Tomek views the honor as both a link to the past and a celebration of the present.
“Alfred Newman, David’s father, was a colleague of Max Steiner,” Tomek explains. “And also the Newman family came from Eastern Europe (Russia, to be exact). So there are a lot of ties which are really interesting.”
The award is determined by an international committee of 20 people who »
- Steve Chagollan
The second part will be released at an undetermined date in early 2015.
Scripted by Wang Huiling (“Lust, Caution”), the 1949-set picture includes overlapping stories of several couples who find themselves on the ocean liner “Taiping,” which sinks during the crossing between mainland China and Taipei. Its features an ensemble cast including Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tong Dawei.
Woo confirmed that the production was initially delayed, in 2012, by his fight with throat cancer. “While I was receiving treatment in the States, I saw a bad film and I thought to myself, I could not just die like that. I can’t just go away without making a film which I think is perfect,” John Woo said.
Woo likens the story to »
- Patrick Frater
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