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James Newton Howard, the tireless film composer with more than 120 score credits and eight Oscar nominations, will receive the Max Steiner Award at the eighth annual Hollywood in Vienna event at Austria’s Vienna Concert Hall on Oct. 15-16.
Howard — whose scores in just the past three years include the quartet of “Hunger Games” movies, “Snow White and the Hunstman,” “Maleficent,” “The Bourne Legacy” and “Nightcrawler” — will follow in the footsteps of such past Steiner honorees as John Barry, Lalo Schifrin, Howard Shore and last year’s recipient, Randy Newman.
“Howard is definitely one of the most versatile film composers of our time as he succeeds in writing both eerie classical mystery scores, uplifting comedy scores, electronic soundtracks as well as chart-winning songs,” said Hollywood in Vienna »
- Steve Chagollan
Ingrid Bergman featured on a Cannes poster.
After debonair Marcello Mastrioanni last year, the face of this year’s Cannes Film Festival will be Ingrid Bergman, the star of Casablanca and the recipient of three Oscars, four Golden Globes and a French honorary César award.
The Festival organisers who made the announcement today said that the actress, who was a neo-realist icon as well as being a Hollywood star, reflected the values of “liberty, audacity and modernism” all of which the Festival also espouses.
Her daughter Isabella Rossellini said that she and her family were “very touched” by the honour which comes in the centenary year of her birth. She noted: “Her career covered an exceptional breadth of experience from small European productions to big Hollywood fare. My mother loved her craft of being an actress – she said it was not so much a profession but more of vocation and »
- Richard Mowe
Hollywood classic and one of cinema’s greatest loves stories, Casablanca (1942) was born out of chaos.
The script was unfinished and being written on the fly.
Its director, Michael Curtiz, was temperamental and demanding. Its stars, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, were grumpy and confused, not knowing how to act as they didn’t know what their characters were going to do next.
Set during World War II, the film finds dour American Rick (Bogart) running a nightclub in Casablanca where refugees gather. Everyone is looking for “letters of transit” that will allow them to travel freely, including Rick’s ex-lover Ilsa (Bergman), whose freedom-fighting husband Victor (Paul Henreid) is wanted by the Nazis.
Amid the intrigue Rick and Ilsa rekindle their love affair, but is it too late for them to find happiness? Don’t worry, we wouldn’t dare spoil one of the all-time great movie endings, a »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
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- Jeff Bayer
Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.
Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the »
- Roger Ebert
By Anjelica Oswald
With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.
Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.
No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.
In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.
At the first annual »
- Anjelica Oswald
“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine”
Casablanca Screens at The Hi-Pointe Theater in St. Louis Saturday morning February 14th at 10:30am
Casablanca was the last movie that the Tivoli showed in the 35mm format (about 2 years ago) – and now you’ll have the chance to see it presented in a sharp digital presentation when it plays this Saturday morning at The Hi-Pointe as part of their monthly Classic Film Series.
I there was ever a film deserved to be considered a classic then Casablanca is it, Even if you haven’t seen it before you’ll recognize much of the dialogue; it is probably the most quoted, and misquoted, film of all time. Humphrey Bogart is excellent in this career defining role as bar owner Rick Blaine who has come into possession of two “letters of transit” which »
- Tom Stockman
Exclusive: Transilvania Film Fund to be launched in April with initial budget of at least €100,000.
Romania’s first regional film fund, the Transilvania Film Fund (Tff), is to be launched in April with an initial budget of at least €100,000 as part of a public-private partnership.
Speaking exclusively to Screen ahead of this year’s Berlinale Co-Production Market, Tff’s executive director Cristian Hordila said that the new venture is being initially financed by the City of Cluj where the Transilvania International Film Festival (Tiff) is held each June.
The aim is to have other cities in Transilvania come onboard the initiative as financial partners in the future.
Based on the model of similar regional funds in Europe, Tff would support the production of feature films (including international co-productions); the development of local film projects, shorts and documentaries; further training of film-makers through master classes; and the creation of a film commission.
Hordila explained »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Sometimes (Ok, frequently) the Academy drops the ball. Cary Grant gave his fair share of pantheon performances ("His Girl Friday," "Bringing Up Baby," "The Awful Truth"), none of which garnered him a nomination for Best Actor (he was instead honored for "Penny Serenade" and "None But the Lonely Heart"). Ingrid Bergman's work in "Casablanca," "Notorious" and "Stromboli" was similarly ignored. This year's Oscar candidates are no different, and with that in mind, here are the 15 best performances from the current acting nominees that weren't nominated for an Oscar. Patricia Arquette, "Lost Highway" (1997)"Lost Highway" is sometimes overshadowed by David Lynch's later masterpiece "Mulholland Drive," but it's a rewarding film in its own right, a nightmarish look at repressed guilt, barely-hidden jealousy and self-deception. Arquette (giving a canny double-performance as »
- Max O'Connell
Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (photo: Jean Gabin and Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine') (See previous post: "'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.") In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century-Fox from another French import, Annabella (later Tyrone Power's wife), Simone Simon returned to France. Once there, she reestablished herself as an actress to be reckoned with in Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine. An updated version of Émile Zola's 1890 novel, La Bête Humaine is enveloped in a dark, brooding atmosphere not uncommon in pre-World War II French films. Known for their "poetic realism," examples from that era include Renoir's own The Lower Depths (1936), Julien Duvivier's La Belle Équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937), and particularly Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) and Daybreak (1939). This thematic and »
- Andre Soares
Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Paris– TrustNordisk has picked up the international sales rights for Stig Björkman’s documentary “Ingrid Bergman — In Her Own Words,” an intimate portrait of the young Swedish actress who became a revered Hollywood star.
The Scandi company will present a short promo for the film at the Efm.
”We are proud to represent the film about Swedish star and Hollywood icon Ingrid Bergman. She was one of a kind and for the first time we will experience the world from her point of view,” said Rikke Ennis, TrustNordisk CEO. “We are positive there will be a substantial sales potential on this film and we look forward to presenting this to international distributors for the first time in Berlin.”
Now in post, the documentary features exclusive private footage, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Short promo to be presented at Berlin’s European Film Market.
TrustNordisk has picked up the international sales rights for the upcoming Swedish documentary Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words and will present a short promo for the film at the upcoming Efm (Feb 5-13).
Through never-before-seen private footage, notes, letters, diaries and interviews with her children and former colleagues, the documentary, which is currently in post-production, presents a personal portrait and look behind the scenes of the life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American cinema.
The film is directed by Stig Björkman and produced by Stina Gardell for Mantaray Film, co-produced by Zdf, Svt, Ntr, Yle, Jonas Gardell Produktion, Spellbound Ab and Örebro Invest through Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen and Chimney Pot Ab with »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
J.K. Simmons stopped by Saturday Night Live last night and performed a range of characters on the late night sketch comedy show. Among the many skits, were a mock version of his latest film Whiplash, where he reprised his role of the notorious sadomasochistic band conductor Fletcher, and a rendition of Casablanca, where he gave fans his best rendition of Humphrey Bogart. Watch him work the silver screen with Kate McKinnon in an alternate ending to the 1942 Best Picture Oscar-winning classic. Those familiar with the 73-year-old romance drama Casablanca probably remember the ending to the film quite well. For those who don't, let me set the stage. Rick Blaine (Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) fell in love in Paris in 1940 when Ilsa thought her husband, and wanted Czech war leader, Victor Laszlo had been killed in a concentration camp during the war. When Ilsa re-enters Rick's life a »
J.K. Simmons may be the least-recognizable name to serve as Saturday Night Live host during the show’s landmark 40th season. But the beloved character actor — who just scored an Oscar nomination for Whiplash — seemed on paper like a great choice for the gig, thanks to his ability to disappear into roles in everything from Oz to The Closer to Growing Up Fisher (to his ads for Farmers Insurance).
Alas, while many of the episode’s sketches had even fewer laughs than slabs of bacon in a vegan restaurant kitchen, Simmons did prove up to the task in the instances »
It's easy to imagine Kate McKinnon as the heroine of a 1940s screwball comedy - but turns out she can do wartime melodrama too. "Saturday Night Live" parodied "Casablanca" (of all things) on tonight's episode, and the newly-minted Ghostbuster absolutely killed it as Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa, who in an "alternate ending" cannot wait to get on that damn plane after Rick (J.K. Simmons) mentions the concentration camps. God, I like her a lot better now. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
Luis Buñuel movies on TCM tonight (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'Belle de Jour') The city of Paris and iconoclastic writer-director Luis Buñuel are Turner Classic Movies' themes today and later this evening. TCM's focus on Luis Buñuel is particularly welcome, as he remains one of the most daring and most challenging filmmakers since the invention of film. Luis Buñuel is so remarkable, in fact, that you won't find any Hollywood hipster paying homage to him in his/her movies. Nor will you hear his name mentioned at the Academy Awards – no matter the Academy in question. And rest assured that most film critics working today have never even heard of him, let alone seen any of his movies. So, nowadays Luis Buñuel is un-hip, un-cool, and unfashionable. He's also unquestionably brilliant. These days everyone is worried about freedom of expression. The clash of civilizations. The West vs. The Other. »
- Andre Soares
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