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Let’s establish one fact before we look at the wheels that Sen. John McCain just set in motion with his new bill to end cable channel bundling (read it here). It won’t pass. This isn’t Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. And two things have changed since 2006, the last time the Arizona Republican tried — and failed — to promote a la carte cable pricing. He’s no longer on the Commerce Committee which likely would have to move the legislation forward. What’s more, his new Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013 has a provision that would strip licenses from broadcasters who move programming to pay TV as Fox, CBS, and Univision have threatened if they lose their court challenge to streaming service Aereo. The provision ensures that the broadcast lobby will join cable to do everything in their power to defeat McCain’s bill. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association has already weighed in. »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
The musician and film director, whose The Lords of Salem opens next month (His novelization of the movie is out now), on everything he watched, read, heard, and browsed for seven days. Friday, February 22 Watched: 7 a.m. CBS This Morning. 9:30 a.m. Project Runway. 11 a.m. The Andy Griffith Show. 2 p.m. Game six, first period, 1974 Stanley Cup Finals. “I’m writing a movie about the 1974 Philadelphia Flyers. I’ve been watching the same hockey game nonstop for weeks.” 3:30 p.m. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. “I try to watch a movie a day if possible, as a rule. If I’m watching Turner Classic Movies and they do a little tribute to Jimmy Cagney, next thing I’m watching twenty Jimmy Cagney movies in a row. I don’t know why I do that, but I always do that.” 6 p.m. Judge Judy. 6:30 p.m. Judge Judy. »
- Jennifer Vineyard
As “Oz: The Great and Powerful” becomes the year's first blockbuster, with hopes of making a dent in the upcoming awards race, let’s take a look back at the Oscar history of Hollywood’s most memorable adaptation of Frank L. Baum’s classic tale. -Insertgroups:12- “The Wizard of Oz” is one of the most beloved films of all time. Back in 1939, it was among the greatest lineup of Best Picture nominees ever assembled, contending against “Dark Victory,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” “Love Affair,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Ninotchka,” “Of Mice and Men,” “Stagecoach” and “Wuthering Heights” for the top prize. In addition to Best Picture, “Oz” was nominated in five other categories: Best Color Cinematography,(Harold Rossen), Best Art Direction (Cedric »
Article by Dan Clark
We all have our good years and we all have our bad years. The same can be said for the Oscars. There are certain years that you look at the films chosen for Best Picture and wonder if they should have just cancelled the show. Then there are the years that are so jam packed with all time greats it’s nearly impossible to go wrong when choosing the winner. Those are the years that this blog will focus on. I looked through all the Best Picture Classes to determine the Best of the Best. Overall quality, influence, and longevity were all taken into account when constructing this list of the Top 10 Best Picture Classes of All Time.
10. Class of 1959
Best Picture Winner: Ben Hur »
Release date: Nov. 16, 2012
DVD release date: March 2013
Run time: 2 hour, 30 mins.
Box office: Opening wide weekend: $21.0 million; Total domestic box office: $173.6 million
Rotten Tomatoes score: 90 percent
Tweetable description: In the final days of the Civil War, Abe Lincoln marshals all his political skills to pass the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery forever.
What Owen said: “Lincoln brilliantly dramatizes the delicacy of politics, along with the raw brutality of it. All that’s pushing the amendment forward is Abe Lincoln’s will, his ability to do »
- Jeff Labrecque
Political films really ought to start coming with warning labels. For every Mr. Smith Goes To Washington or Wag The Dog, there's a Fahrenheit 9/11 or a 2016: Obama's America eager to sully the brand with didacticism, condescension, and a shocking lack of perspective. It is to that latter pile that we must unfortunately add Won't Back Down. Despite an appealing cast (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Holly Hunter) and a hot-button subject, Back features a story that might be better served by a powerpoint presentation than a narrative film. Even when it's at its most cinematic, it never manages to bring any heat to an issue that could well change the face of American life.
- Anders Nelson
Politics is a dirty, mean-spirited, no-good business, and even the purest of souls who enter come out the other end tainted by the unavoidable compromises necessary to survive the experience. This comes as news to no one of course, least of all the filmmakers behind the new film Knife Fight… but that doesn’t mean they fully agree with it. Paul Turner (Rob Lowe) is a campaign manager happily saddled with the nickname “The Master of Disaster.” When politicians are discovered in bed with a dead girl, a live boy or a quadriplegic orangutang Turner and his assistant Kerstin (Jamie Chung) are the ones they rely on to spin things back in their favor. His current slate includes an infidelity-prone Kentucky governor (Eric McCormack) in a tight re-election race and a California Senator (David Harbour) accused of sexual impropriety during a massage. Also begging for his assistance is a Mission District doctor (Carrie-Ann Moss) who’s decided »
- Rob Hunter
Our countdown is in the home-stretch, with part 28 out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 30-21.
28) Singing In The Rain (1952) Gene Kelly USA
Numbers 20-11 coming up next.
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8 items from 2013
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