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‘Beauty and the Beast’ maintains today’s biggest box office trend.
“It was Beauty and the Beast killed the beast…at the box office.” — paraphrasing fictional character Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong/Dudley Moore/Jack Black) seems appropriate on the occasion of Disney’s latest remake crushing the competition over the weekend. Both Logan and The Belko Experiment ran ads telling people to see “the beast” instead of “the beauty,” though that campaign would have made the most sense for Kong: Skull Island given King Kong is the source of that quote above. Well, Beauty and the Beast made more than three times as much as all those movies put together in its debut. Moviegoers overwhelmingly preferred the beauty.
Today is the rare Monday morning where a hit really does look like history. The spin and hype about Beauty and the Beast being a big deal is deserved. Taking in a $175m domestic gross, the »
- Christopher Campbell
Author: Jon Lyus
Live action remakes of classic animated films are all the rage. Disney in particular have honed in on this market with dozens of their animations being given the live action treatment. Beauty and the Beast was a huge hit for them last month, the same month which saw The Jungle Book bag an Oscar for its stellar visual effects. But what if things were reversed?
Could you see Casablanca redrawn as an animated movie? Gone With the Wind retold with an even-more animated Scarlett O’Hara? Would you like to see an anime Star Wars? This is prospect Vue cinemas and artist Amrit Birdi have sketched out for us with these classic films, redrawn as animated movies.
Some of them are fairly obvious, others need to be scoured for clues. It’s a interesting time in cinema history where anything is possible…
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- Jon Lyus
Time has a way of rolling on doesn't it? The 1990s were a great hodge-podge of 1980s leftovers and a the future all rolled into one. So it stands to reason that some of the movies we got from that time, even though they were completed, sort of felt incomplete upon their release 20 years ago. In fact, it seems to take something like a 20th anniversary for certain films to be deemed important. It might lead one to ask if the 1990s had any classic or iconic movies?
It would be easy to write a lot of these films off. Lord knows many a critic did, however, when you take a solid look at this list, many of these films have stood the test of time. Some of have even become iconic movies. The mere fact that they are even on a list of this nature is a testament to this. »
Gone With the Wind is not remotely the longest movie to ever win an Oscar (O.J. Made in America just beat previously record holder in that regard, Russia's foreign film winner War & Peace, by pretending to be a "movie" when it was actually a TV miniseries). But Gone With the Wind remains, at 3 hrs & 58 minutes, the longest Best Picture winner. We published the list of running times of the Best Picture winners a few years back but since then the Academy has naturally added a few movies to this list so it was time to update.
The last three winners have all, thankfully, been comparatively succinct in their storytelling and all of them under the "average" in length for a Best Picture. Can we hope that running times will come back down again since they've been growing over the years? Moonlight, our latest champ, is the 15th shortest film to ever win Best Picture. »
- NATHANIEL R
It was only about two weeks ago that we shared theatrical and VOD release details for Bethany and the goodies keep rolling out of the oven with official stills ahead of the film's debut on April 7th. Also in today's Horror Highlights: the season 2 renewal of Kindred Spirits, Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise) at Women in Horror Film Festival, Peeler stills, Psychos trailer and poster, and the horror anthology Gone With the Dead's call for submissions.
Check Out New Images from James Cullen Bressack's Bethany: "Tom Green (Road Trip, Freddy got Fingered) and Shannen Doherty (Charmed, Beverly Hills 90210) star in the spine-chilling Bethany, from acclaimed filmmaker James Cullen Bressack (Pernicious, To Jennifer), in theaters and On Demand this April.
After Claire's mother dies, she and her husband move back to her childhood home only to have the abusive and traumatic memories of her mother come »
- Tamika Jones
Turner Classic Movies will honor its late longtime host Robert Osborne with a 48-hour tribute celebrating his 23-year tenure with the network.
TCM said Tuesday that the tribute will run all day Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19. Osborne, the longtime face of the network, died Monday at age 84.
The tribute will feature longform interviews conducted by Osborne, an interview of Osborne conducted by Alec Baldwin for the host's 20th anniversary and Osborne's very first movie intro, filmed for Turner Classic's first broadcast in 1994, for Gone With the Wind.
Some of Osborne's interviews include sit-downs »
- the Associated Press
Turner Classic Movies is paying tribute to its longtime host this weekend with a 48-hour marathon of Robert Osborne’s most memorable TCM interviews and moments. Osborne, who died Monday at 84, had been the face of the cable network since its 1994 launch. Starting at 6 Am Et on Saturday, programming will include installments of Private Screenings and Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival and Osborne’s first TCM introduction for the all-time classic Gone with the Wind… »
With the dust settling from an Academy Awards unlike any other, we can turn our attention a bit to the results, as opposed to how the results were delivered/handled. This is something that’s probably best to take more time to think about, but I’m always fascinated by instant rankings. As such, I wanted not just to do the piece I always do on where the newest Best Picture winner stacks up all time, but also how the other main Oscar winners do. There will be expanded articles in the next month or so going over them in more detail, but for now, this is just a quick glance at where the new class ranks, all time. Before I get to Best Picture, which is clearly the big one, quickly I’d like to run down some of the other categories and how they stack up. That way, »
- Joey Magidson
With a budget of $1.5 million, 2017 Best Picture winner “Moonlight” cost less than a 30-second ad during the Oscars (reported price: $2.2 million). And, among the category’s 89 winners, it stands as the lowest-budgeted film in the Academy Awards’ history.
To determine the 10 least expensive Best Picture winners, we looked back at each year, researched reported budgets, and then calculated them at 2017 dollar values. Although independent films have dominated the Oscars for the last decade, the only indie to make the cut from that period was “Crash.” Nor did Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall,” or some black-and-white studio classics like “Casablanca” or “The Lost Weekend.”
The 10 straddle almost every decade of the Oscars and come from either independent producers or smaller distributors (four of the 10 were released by United Artists).
For comparison, the most expensive film to win remains “Titanic;” its adjusted budget was $300 million more than “Moonlight.” That total dwarfs the »
- Tom Brueggemann
Image Source: Getty / Lee Celano The Oscars have been plagued by obvious race issues since they began in 1929, and things seemingly came to a head with the #OscarsSoWhite discussion a couple of years ago; the overwhelming lack of diversity in nominees in both 2015 and 2016 resulted in Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs taking bigger, more noticeable steps to double the number of diverse members in its voting body by 2020. Nevertheless, a black actor (the incomparable Sidney Poitier) wasn't awarded until 1964, and it was only in 2002 that Halle Berry became the first black woman to win a best actress trophy. At this year's ceremony, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis won for their supporting roles, adding to a pretty short list. So, just how many black actors have won Oscars over the years? Sixteen. A whopping sixteen distinguished, talented people in 89 years. Scroll through to see who they are and learn about the records they've broken. »
- Brittney Stephens
“O.J.: Made in America” broke a record at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night as it won the Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category — it is now the longest ever film to win an Oscar. According to the New York Times, the then-Soviet Union film “War and Peace” was the previous record-holder at 7 hours, 11 minutes (431 minutes), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1969. “Made in America” runs 7 hours and 47 minutes (467 minutes). Before that, 1939’s “Gone With the Wind” held the record, clocking in at 238 minutes. “O.J.: Made »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
In 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar for her role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind.” She made more than 70 films throughout her career, and died on October 26, 1952, in Los Angeles,… Continue Reading → »
Filmmakers and stars have often taken a political stance by choosing which projects to make. But when the Academy Awards ceremony began in 1929 to honor the best in film, this created a more public way to demonstrate opinions about the state of the world, the government or a cause.
Not everyone has taken this opportunity though, except for maybe wearing the odd ribbon to support awareness or using their attendance (or lack thereof) to show solidarity. Those blessed by winning a coveted statuette, however, can use their actual acceptance speech as a platform to speak out. Although the awards started being televised in 1953, it took until the 1970s until winners began to really take advantage of having a massive audience for their views. And at times, even the Academy itself got political. »
- Hanh Nguyen
Last night, at the end of a busy week at work when I was just in the mood to hang out at home and unwind a little, I decided that it was a good time for me to wrap up my viewing of Criterion ’68 by ingesting an assortment of short films that had accumulated, like the last crumbs of cereal at the bottom of the bag, in my chronological checklist of films that I’ve been blogging about over the years. It was a suitable occasion for me to fully immerse myself into what turned out to be a festival of random weirdness. My wife, recovering from a bout with illness, was feeling a bit better but wanted to find a productive use of her time with the resurgence of energy, so she kept herself busy by working on a new quilting project. That left me free to indulge without »
- David Blakeslee
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSSeijun SuzukiThe great Japanese studio rabble rouser Seijun Suzuki, best known for his crazed remixes of pulp genre films in the late 1950s and 1960s (Tokyo Drifter, Branded to Kill) and also for his late career renaissance (Pistol Opera, Princess Raccoon), has died at the age of 92.On the other side of the industry, Time critic and documentary filmmaker Richard Shickel has also passed away.On a more positive note, the second film program for the great Knoxville music festival Big Eats has been announced, and it's a humdinger, ranging from a focus on directors Jonathan Demme and Kevin Jerome Everson to programs of new avant-garde work.Recommended Viewinga researcher in Quebec has identified the only known moving image footage of Marcel Proust, found in a 1904 recording of a wedding.Finally, a view at Terrence Malick's long-in-the-works drama set in the Austin music scene, »
Richard Schickel, the longtime film critic for Time magazine who also wrote 37 books, mostly on film, and directed a number of documentaries on film subjects, died on Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from a series of strokes, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 84.
“He was one of the fathers of American film criticism,” his daughter, writer Erika Schickel, told the Times. “He had a singular voice. When he wrote or spoke, he had an old-fashioned way of turning a phrase. He was blunt and succinct both on the page and in life.”
He wrote and/or directed more than 30 documentaries, mostly for television.
Schickel shared a 1977 Emmy nomination for the documentary “Life Goes to the Movies” and received two nominations in 1987 for the documentary “Minnelli on Minnelli: Liza Remembers Vincente,” which he directed.
Schickel wrote film reviews for Life magazine from 1965 until the magazine folded in »
- Carmel Dagan
We're but one week from Hollywood's High Holy Night! With the magic number 7 today let's look at the 7 films which produced matching his & hers Oscars. This is, as you can surmise from the low number, an uncommon occurence! This rare feat requires so many perfect elements to be in place. Just being an iconic movie couple doesn't remotely cut it (notice how Gone With the Wind, Bonnie & Clyde, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf don't appear to cite three quick examples) as it almost always requires two narratives beyond 'loving the film' as well as the absence of a formidable opponent without their own powerhouse narrative in not one but two separate categories.
Here are the 7 films which managed to win both lead acting Oscars... »
- NATHANIEL R
The perfect match this Valentine’s Day!
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- Gary Collinson
Nostalgia just ain’t what it used to be.
When the poster for American Graffiti (1973) asked the question “Where were you in ’62?” it was marketing a trend, spiked by the increasing popularity of the theatrical musical Grease, for audiences of a certain age to look backward to a time when life wasn’t ostensibly so complicated, when your life was still out there waiting to be lived, to a time when America hadn’t yet “lost its innocence.” The demarcation point for that alleged loss is often assigned to the upheaval of grief and national confusion experienced in the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, so it was no accident that the setting for American Graffiti’s night of cruising, romancing and soul-searching was placed a little over a year before that cataclysmic event. The interesting thing about Graffiti was the aggressiveness with which that »
- Dennis Cozzalio
You know that badass scene in “Gone with the Wind” when Scarlett O’Hara kills the creepy soldier for trespassing on her beloved Tara and…
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- Rachel Montpelier
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