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Tours Of Sony’s Culver City Lot Suspended Amid Hack Attack

18 December 2014 6:13 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

With Sony Pictures under a cyber attack that escalated to physical threats, the studio quietly has cancelled the guided tours of its backlot in Culver City. “We’re not doing the tours right now,” an official in the tours office said today. “We’re dealing with a major software issue.” The tours are slated to resume on January 5, a rep for the studio said. The two-hour walking tour gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at a working studio, including visits to stages where The Wizard Of Oz and Spider-Man were filmed and where Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are taped.

Despite Sony’s unprecedented move to cancel the release of The Interview because of terrorist threats to blow up theaters, security is still surprisingly lax at Sony Pictures Plaza, the beautiful glass pyramid building that had been the starting point for the tours, a visit to the building showed. The tour »

- David Robb

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'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry

17 December 2014 6:57 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Highlights from the list include the aforementioned film, Arthur Penn’s Western "Little Big Man," John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.," 1953’s “House of Wax, »

- Matt Patches

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‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry

17 December 2014 2:36 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year’s list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.

Also on the list are John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, Luxo Jr; the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; and Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo. Documentaries and silent films also make up part of the selection which represents titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant; they must also each be at least 10 years old. Check out the rundown of all 25 movies below:

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- Nancy Tartaglione

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'Gone With the Wind' Facts: 25 Things You Never Knew About the Most Popular Movie Ever Made

16 December 2014 4:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Seventy-five years after the premiere of "Gone With the Wind" (on December 15, 1939), it seems that nothing -- not the passage of time, not the movie's controversial racial politics, not the film's daunting length, and not even the release of certain James Cameron global blockbusters -- can diminish the romantic Civil War drama's stature as the most popular movie of all time.

The film is certainly a formidable artistic achievement, a cornerstone of movie history, and a highlight of a year so full of landmark films that 1939 has often been called the greatest year in the history of Hollywood filmmaking. Each viewing of the four-hour epic seems to reveal new details. Still, even longtime "Gwtw" fans may not know the behind-the-scenes story of the film, one as lengthy and tumultuous as the on-screen romance between Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Producer David O. Selznick spent fortunes, hired »

- Gary Susman

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‘Catherine The Great’ Leads The Blacklist 2014: Full List — Update

15 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Updated With Full List Of Scripts, Writers, And Reps: Catherine The Great, about the rise and life of the famous (sometimes notorious) 18th-Century Russian monarch, was the top vote-getter among 70 scripts chosen for the 2014 Black List of the year’s best un-produced scripts. The screenplay, by Los Angeles writer and producer Kristina Lauren Anderson, was announced as part of an hour-plus process on Twitter and YouTube this morning.

Each of the 70 screenplays on this 10th annual list was chosen by a group of 250 development executives, agents and other Hollywood insiders as among the year’s best un-produced scripts in a process overseen by Franklin Leonard of Anderson’s screenplay received 51 votes.

Other notables in the list include writer/actor/director Kenneth Lonergan with Manchester-By-The-Sea, which is being produced by Matt Damon and Chris Moore. Randall Green had two scripts make the list, The Swimsuit Issue and Cartoon Girl. »

- David Bloom and Jen Yamato

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The Black List Announces 2014 Screenplays

15 December 2014 11:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Catherine the Great” by Kristina Lauren Anderson took the No. 1 spot on this year’s Black List of the top unproduced screenplays.

The script centers on the upbringing and marriage of the woman who became the empress of Russia.

The annual lineup consists of the year’s best unproduced scripts in Hollywood as voted on by more than 250 studio execs. Previous alumni of the list include “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Argo,” “The King’s Speech,” “Foxcatcher,” “Whiplash” and “The Imitation Game.”

This year’s announcement was made by tweets with a YouTube link to a video announcement. Participants included Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks, Daniel Radcliffe, David Oyelowo, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Rian Johnson, Ava Duvernay, Damien Chazelle, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Matthew Weiner and Billy Ray.

The first project announcement, presented by Nathan Fillion, was for “Professor Pasghetti” by Jeff Feuerstein. It centers on a famous children’s author with an affinity for drugs and hookers. »

- Dave McNary

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Mood Indigo DVD Review

9 December 2014 4:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »


Director: Michel Gondry

Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga, Charlotte Le Bon

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 94 minutes

Wow! I’m still scratching my head as to how I can articulate Mood Indigo in a way that neither discourages you from the experience nor encourages you enough to take the plunge into a fantastical world of stop motion animation, digital special effects and mechanical effects. In a nutshell, Mood Indigo is like The Wizard Of Oz met the Monty Python comedy group somewhere on the yellow brick road and decided to rewrite ‘Wolly Winker and the Focolate Chactory’ with Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Gondry’s adaption of Boris Vian’s cult novel ‘L’Ecume des Jours’ is an exhaustive tale filled with tant d’indulgence, that it struggles to deliver a tone and tempo that allows the viewer to find »

- Sacha Hall

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Blu-ray / DVD Release Details for Muck, Starring Kane Hodder

8 December 2014 12:46 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” You may remember Judy Garland repeating these lines while clicking her heels together in The Wizard of Oz, but they’re also recited in desperation by a hunted woman in Muck, the writing/directing debut of Steve Wolsh that stars the Friday the 13th franchise’s Kane Hodder and is being released on Blu-ray and DVD by Anchor Bay Entertainment on St. Patrick’s Day.

Following its limited theatrical run on March 13th, 2015, Muck, the middle entry of a planned trilogy, will come out on Blu-ray and DVD in its unrated form on March 17th. In addition to the official press release with full details, we also have a new trailer and poster for the film:

“Beverly Hills, CA – This St. Patrick’s Day, Anchor Bay Entertainment invites fans for a little bit’o the green and a »

- Derek Anderson

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The History of the Forgotten ‘Wizard of Oz’ Sequel Starring Judy Garland’s Daughter

5 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This summer marked the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, and it was a big enough occasion that Warner Bros. not only retrofitted the classic fantasy film for a one-week IMAX 3D re-release but also spent $25m on marketing its brief return to theaters. Meanwhile, there’s absolutely no fanfare at all for the movie’s sequel, which also has a special birthday this year. No, I’m not referring to Return to Oz (which likely also won’t get much notice for its 30th anniversary next summer). There is another “Oz” movie that was more directly intended to be an official follow-up to the 1939 version, an animated feature titled Journey Back to Oz, which hit theaters on this day back in 1974. Aside from taking place soon after The Wizard of Oz and being mostly yet loosely adapted from L. Frank Baum’s second Oz book, “The Marvelous Land of Oz,” the »

- Christopher Campbell

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Wicked movie lining up for 2016 release

1 December 2014 10:23 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The untold story of The Wizard Of Oz's witches might just be heading to cinemas sooner than thought...

It looks like progress is being made on bringing the musical Wicked to the big screen. The last we'd heard, Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) was in talks to direct the film, and producer Marc Platt said just the other week that "the movie of Wicked is still a number of years down the line".

It may not be that many years, though. The untold story of the Witches Of Oz (as the musical is described) could in fact be gearing up for release in 2016, according to a new report at Film Divider. It revealed that one of the presentations at yesterday's Screen Film Summit noted that Wicked was set to be one of the highlights "of 2016's release calendar". So a bit sooner than had been though.

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10 Movies That Will Have You Singing And Dancing

30 November 2014 3:57 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s something about the holiday season that just naturally lends itself to show tunes. Whether it’s the sense of togetherness, the air of celebration, or the atmospheric lighting, we just seem more open to the charms of people warbling their inner emotions. This holiday season is no exception, as we ready ourselves for the arrival of Into The Woods and Annie – the former being an adaptation of a stage production, and the latter being a remake of a film adaptation of a stage production.

This really highlights what is best about movie musicals – their larger-than-life theatricality. Bold production design, fantastic costumes and incredible voices belting out memorable ditties. Even in the world of animation, this genre goes that extra mile to create an immersive experience. The movie musicals that instantly spring to mind – The Wizard Of Oz, The Sound Of Music, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Singin »

- Sarah Myles

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10 Critically Panned Films That Will Be Future Classics

26 November 2014 9:11 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Sometimes the critics get it wrong. This is a fact of the film industry. A film critic has to make a judgement of a film immediately after seeing it and, sometimes, their assessment can be way off the mark.

There are many instances of critics recanting their opinions years later. Films now considered some of the best of all time were, at one point, lambasted for various reasons. Many times a film will come along that is well and truly ahead of its time and people simply don’t know how to react to it.

Citizen Kane, The Wizard Of Oz, Fight Club, Bonnie And Clyde, The Graduate… the list goes on and on. All of these films took a pasting from critics and look at where they are now: audience and critics resoundingly agree that these are some of the greatest achievements in motion picture history.

But what about recent films? »

- Lewis Howse

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Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion costume sells for $3m at auction

25 November 2014 9:22 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz has fetched $3.07 million (£1.95m) at auction in New York.

Actor Bert Lahr wore the outfit in the classic 1939 film.

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Selling at a Bonham auction, the costume was made of real lion hide and featured a face sculpted to resemble Lahr's.

Also sold in the auction were items and memorabilia from Casablanca, including a piano from the 1942 film which was sold for $2.9m (£1.85m).

The early life of Wizard of Oz author L Frank Baum will be the subject of a new film.

The Wizard of Oz, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, was digitally restored frame-by-frame over the course of 18 months for a fresh run on the big screen earlier this year. »

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Cowardly Lion costume goes for $3 million at auction

25 November 2014 6:49 AM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Somewhere out there is a wealthy customer who just won himself one of the most expensive Halloween costumes out there: the Cowardly Lion costume from 1939's The Wizard of Oz fetched over $3 million at auction at Bonhams in New York City on Monday. According to the Associated Press, the costume was authenticated to be the one that Bert Lahr wore in the film; a back-up costume fetched almost $1 million in recent years. The costume's previous owner, Los Angeles Museum of Television founder James Comisar, said that the costume was made out of real lion skins, and was extensively analyzed to »

- Teresa Jue

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Cowardly Lion Costume, Piano from Casablanca Fetch over $3 Million at Auction

25 November 2014 4:30 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Wizardly sums! The costume that the matchless Bert Lahr wore as the Cowardly Lion in 1939's The Wizard of Oz and the piano Dooley Wilson played in 1942's Casablanca have each been sold by Bonham's auction house for more than $3 million. And while neither result is a record, both sale prices were at the higher end of pre-auction estimates. The Cowardly Lion costume, which had been owned by Los Angeles TV museum founder James Comisar, went for $3,077,000, which includes a buyer's premium of $477,000. The outfit - which is made of real lion's skins - had been rescued from an old »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Cowardly Lion Costume, Piano from Casablanca Fetch over $3 Million at Auction

25 November 2014 4:30 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Wizardly sums! The costume that the matchless Bert Lahr wore as the Cowardly Lion in 1939's The Wizard of Oz and the piano Dooley Wilson played in 1942's Casablanca have each been sold by Bonham's auction house for more than $3 million. And while neither result is a record, both sale prices were at the higher end of pre-auction estimates. The Cowardly Lion costume, which had been owned by Los Angeles TV museum founder James Comisar, went for $3,077,000, which includes a buyer's premium of $477,000. The outfit - which is made of real lion's skins - had been rescued from an old »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Crowdfund This: A Pilot For A Cannon Busters Animated Series

25 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Writer-director LeSean Thomas is primarily known for his work on famed animated series The Boondocks (which he co-directed), as well as working on Legend of Korra and Black Dynamite: The Animated Series. Now, he wants to make an animated series based on his own graphic novel Cannon Busters, described as "What happened if The Wizard of Oz met The Hidden Fortress with influences derived from Escaflowne, hip-hop, and classic RPGs". Taking the official story synopsis: Follow the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end, royal-class friendship droid who's joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M's best friend, the heir to a...

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7 Movies That You’ll Never Look At The Same Way Again

24 November 2014 3:19 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When a movie is released, audiences watch it and generally glean the same view of the plot. It’s all there on the screen, and we can see exactly what happens. But, sometimes, if you turn your head slightly to the left and maybe squint a little, a whole new movie is revealed. Perhaps just below the popularly conceived surface, hidden amidst story arc and dramatic device, there lies an alternative interpretation that lends an entirely different perspective to proceedings.

We’ve all heard the idea that Fight Club is really about Calvin And Hobbes, or that Ferris Bueller is really a figment of his friend Cameron’s imagination. Legendary is the concept that The Shining represents the oppression of indigenous people, that Wall-e is alone because he killed all the other clean-up robots in a psychotic rampage, that Drag Me To Hell is about eating disorders, or that Toy Story »

- Sarah Myles

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Original 'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion Costume Up for Sale

22 November 2014 6:28 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film The Wizard of Oz is up for sale. The costume will be auctioned with other Hollywood items Monday in New York by Bonhams, according to a spokesman for costume owner James Comisar. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The big cat outfit has been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film, according to a Bonhams' sales catalog. It is topped by a sculpted likeness of the late actor. A secondary costume used in the film was sold at auction in recent years for close to $1 million, the owner's

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Celebrate 25 Years of The Little Mermaid with 25 Things Even Superfans May Not Know

14 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The Little Mermaid, the movie that launched Disney's animated renaissance, premiered 25 years ago this Nov. 15. That might seem hard to believe for those of us who caught it in theaters, but we've had a quarter-century of snarfblats and dinglehoppers since then. In honor of the film's silver anniversary, we're presenting a list of things that you might not know about The Little Mermaid, even if you were one of those kids who wore out your VHS copy. 1. It wasn't expected to be a hit It's been alleged that Jeffrey Katzenberg, Disney's CEO at the time, thought that The Little Mermaid »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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