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It was a bumpy road getting there, but the 84th Academy Awards are on the schedule for February 12, 2012 with Billy Crystal at the helm. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the official poster for the awards with the tagline "Celebrate the movies in all of us." The movies the poster celebrates are Gone with the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1943), Giant (1956), The Sound of Music (1965), The Godfather (1972), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Forrest Gump (1994) and Gladiator (2000). Curiously, Giant stands out as the movie that did not win Best Picture, though George Stevens won Best Director. Hit the jump for the poster. The nominations will be announced on January 24. Via the official Oscars site: »
- Brendan Bettinger
It’s a good day for Forrest Gump. Not only was the 1994 film inducted into the National Film Registry, but it’s also featured on the Academy Awards’ one-sheet for its Feb. 26 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony. But it’s not the only Best Picture winner highlighted on the poster — 1943′s Casablanca, 1956′s Giant, 1965′s The Sound of Music, 1972′s The Godfather, 1989′s Driving Miss Daisy, and 2000′s Gladiator are pictured as well. What 2011 film will join their ranks? We’ll have to “celebrate the movies in all of us” with the Academy in February to see. (Or read Dave Karger’s Oscar predictions to guess! »
- Kate Ward
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the poster for the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Wednesday morning. And it promises the 84th annual Oscars will celebrate -- as one might expect -- movies. Under the banner "Life. Camera. Action," the poster features eight Oscar-winning films from eight decades of the show. Gone with the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1943), Giant (1956), The Sound of Music (1965), The Godfather (1972), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Forrest Gump (1994) and Gladiator (2000) make up the films highlighted. Only one of them, however, did not win Best Picture.
- Michael O'Connell
And the Oscar poster is.... The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the poster Wednesday for the 84th Academy Awards, featuring an Oscar statuette and images from eight films across eight decades: "Gone with the Wind" (1939), "Casablanca" (1943), "Giant" (1956), "The Sound of Music" (1965), "The Godfather" (1972), "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), "Forrest Gump" (1994) and "Gladiator" (2000). All but one won the Best PIcture Oscar, and we'll give trivia fans a few moments to guess which. Also read: 'Forrest Gump,' 'Silence of the Lambs' Added to National Film Registry Okay. »
- Tim Molloy
Kertész Kaminer Manó was born in Budapest on this day in 1886. Or so he claimed. According to the Wikipedia entry, "Both the date and the year are open to doubt: he was fond of telling tall stories about his early years, including that he had run away from home to join the circus and that he had been a member of the Hungarian fencing team at the 1912 Olympic Games, but he seems to have had a conventional middle-class upbringing. He studied at Markoszy University and the Royal Academy of Theater and Art, Budapest, before beginning his career as an actor and director as Mihály Kertész at the National Hungarian Theater in 1912."
From TCM's biography:
One of the most prolific directors in the history of the cinema, Hungarian-born Michael Curtiz thrived in the studio system as the top helmsman at Warner Bros Studio in the 1930s and 40s. Tirelessly hammering out »
The series' creator Ames has now decided to thank fans for their support by inviting them to a night out at a bar in Brooklyn on Wednesday so he can buy them all a drink.
He announced the plan in a series of posts on Twitter.com, writing, "Fans of Bored To Death: come to the Brooklyn Inn tomorrow night at 10pm & I'll buy you a drink!... Thank you for watching us these last three years!"
Ames subsequently explained his decision to the New York Post's gossip column Page Six.
He says, "I went back on Twitter so that I could invite Bored to Death fans for a drink at the Brooklyn Inn, my treat, to say goodbye to the show. Maybe some people will show up... I plan to buy everyone a drink if they're a fan...
"It's been a loony and nutty three-year run, which I'm very grateful for. In the same way that Casablanca ended with Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains walking off, I hope that people will think of these three characters still alive... These were three very unique friends." »
Throughout the month of December, TV Editor Kate Kulzick and Film Editor Ricky D will review classic Christmas adaptions, posting a total of 13 each, one a day, until the 25th of December.
The catch: They will swap roles as Rick takes on reviews of television Christmas specials and Kate takes on Christmas movies. Today is day 14.
We’re No Angels (1955)
Written by Ranald MacDougall
Directed by Michael Curtiz
What’s it about?
A trio of escaped convicts on the lam, Joseph (Humphrey Bogart), Albert (Aldo Ray), and Jules (Peter Ustinov), duck into a shop run by the Ducotels (Leo G. Carroll as Felix and Joan Bennett as Amelie) planning to lay low on the roof ‘til dark, when they’ll rob the place blind and head to their getaway ship. Over the course of the day, however, they become invested in the Ducotels’ struggles and wind up cooking Christmas dinner »
- Kate Kulzick
A new theater bearing the Warner Bros. studio name will open in February 2012 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In addition to providing the grant to fund the theater's renovation, Warners will also partner with the Smithsonian Institute to present four public film festivals throughout the coming year. Following a gala opening in February, the new theater will present a tribute to Humphrey Bogart, with screenings of his iconic films including "Casablanca," "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Big Sleep." In June, the Museum of Natural History will feature a celebration of Clint Eastwood's work, »
Composer Michael Giacchino is in the midst of an incredible career which began in the realm of video games, but led him to the avenues of Television and Film. He has become one of the strongest and most unique voices in modern composing, winning Emmy's and Oscars and many other awards and accolades along the way.
Even amidst all of that success and skill, he remains incredibly down to Earth, is friendly and truly has a passion for what he creates. I had the pleasure to speak with Michael in regards to his work on Super 8 (coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 22), his process in general and, much to my great pleasure, a little bit about Lost.
Hi, Michael! First and foremost I want to tell you that I appreciate you taking the time to speak with me today.
Oh, thanks man! How are you doing?
I'm doing great, »
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2012 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a new 40th anniversary restoration of Bob Fosse’s Cabaret (1972). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Cabaret to kick off the four-day, star-studded event, which will take pace Thursday, April 12 - Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Hollywood. Passes are set to go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. (Et) through the official festival website: http://www.tcm.com/festival.
One of the most acclaimed films of its era, Cabaret stars Oscar®-winner Liza Minnelli as an American singer looking for love and success in pre-World War II Berlin. Michael York and Academy Award® winner Joel Grey co-star in the film, which earned Fosse an Oscar for Best Director and serves as a perfect showcase for his unique choreography and imaginative visual style.
- Michelle McCue
Gibbs (Mark Harmon) knows Paloma Reynosa (Jacqueline Obradors) and the quote she uses from Tennesse Williams: about 'all being sentenced to solitary confinement inside our skins for life.' She asks if he is a 'frank' man. Referring to "paragons of frankness." Lots of references to frank here, i.e. Mike Franks (Muse Watson) . Gibbs doesn't drink Scotch. Meanwhile, Tony (Michael Weatherly) is upset Ziva (Cote de Pablo) is becoming a citizen, it can't be happening, "how could they let you in...never been more disappointed in my government." Ziva passed her exams. Gibbs isn't at work and she comments it's not "the first time he's run off on his own." Referring to his 'retirement' at the end of season 3 and early season 4. Vance (Rocky Carroll) says they need to concentrate on what they're good at. Tony just loves stirring doesn't he, asking "What would that be?" Vance replies, "If you don't know, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Mila Hasan)
As I was perusing through my usual stack of Halloween movies I found myself endlessly bored with the selection. Every film I picked up echoed through my hallow mind, the classic quotes and memorable scenes so fresh in my memory that I felt I had only just seen them. I needed a cure, and fast, my itch for a horror film outside the box tore at my insides like a zombie at flesh.
Even my horror movie metaphors were becoming played out and contrived. “The Internet!” I proclaimed. There’s tons of stuff on there. Armed with only my address bar (and a bottle of whisky) I set out on a quest to find hidden gems of horror that lie outside the border of my own comfort zone to either add to my Lovefilm account, order from Amazon or are available to download legally from the internet.
So this week, »
- Jay D.
The first in a series of articles in which I select my favourite horror movie from each of the last ten decades, providing some context and history and a look at (some) of the other great horrors of each. It is in no way meant to be a comprehensive history. Some articles are expanded upon from a list I wrote last year.
Few filmmakers in the first two decades of movie-making seemed explicitly interested in frightening the audience, though perhaps the audience soon let the filmmakers know what it craved. There is the famous story of the first screening of The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station (1896), directed by the Lumière brothers, with reports of fleeing, terrified audience members as a train approached the screen. That this never actually happened is almost irrelevant; there is a reason some apocryphal tales persist.
One of the most often adapted horror texts of all time, »
- Adam Whyte
Justin Timberlake has been letting the music side of his career cool for a bit, but now he's set to bridge acting and music by jumping into a music-industry biopic. He's signed for a film called Spinning Gold, in which he'll play '70s producer/mogul Neil Bogart, who co-founded big-time '70s label Casablanca Records. The label was known by many as a disco and funk house, thanks to artists like Donna Summer, The Village People, and Parliament. But Casablanca was launched when Bogart signed Kiss, and the label released all the band's records until 1982, when Bogart died. Casablanca was absorbed into Mercury Records in '83. (Living up to the label's disco image, one of the Kiss records released by Casablanca was Dynasty, with the band's disco hit single 'I Was Made For Lovin' You.' Thanks to having Kiss records as a kid, Casablanca is also the first »
- Russ Fischer
Justin Timberlake has signed on to portray the late record producer Neil Bogart in the upcoming biopic ‘Spinning Gold,’ Deadline is reporting. The singer will also make his producing debut on the film. The movie which will be released by Boardwalk Films, the movie division of the media company Boardwalk Entertainment Group, which was recently launched by Bogart’s sons. ‘Spinning Gold,’ which was written by Bogart’s son Tim, will chronicle his rags-to-riches story. Growing up poor in Brooklyn, he later became a multimillionaire and helped define 1970s pop culture with his Casablanca label. Bogart launched the careers of such groups as Kiss, Parliament and The Village People through Casablanca. Tim »
Nope, it's nothing to do with Rumplestiltskin: Spinning Gold is a biopic of pop music mogul Neil Bogart, and it's just snared Justin Timberlake to play the lead.The gold in the title refers to the classic pop choons of the 1970s, while the spinning refers to "records", which older readers will recall as a medium in which people bought and played music in the days before you could steal it from the internet. Neil Bogart was the famous American record executive behind Kiss, T.Rex, Donna Summer and The Village People, and was widely credited with the rise of bubblegum pop. He was no relation to Humphrey (his real name was Bogatz) but still named the label he founded Casablanca. He worked in tandem with Peter Guber, who went on to become the heavyweight Hollywood producer behind the likes of Rain Man and Tim Burton's Batman.Bogart was »
Once upon a time, we made fun of Justin Timberlake for acting. Then came "The Social Network" and everyone had to tip their hat to him as something other than a guy bringing sexy back. Now Timberlake appears to be aiming for the kind of gold Jamie Foxx and Reese Witherspoon enjoyed, as he has signed on for a dramatic biopic based on the life of producer Neil Bogart. Junkies of 1970s music know that Bogart was the founder of Casablanca Records. He encouraged the rise of disco, opening many a tender young eye to just who and what The Village People represented. He had Donna Summers on his label. He signed Kiss and made them an Army. He helped bubble-gum pop flourish, and Bogart was on his way to riding the New Wave when he died from cancer at the terribly young age of 39. Bogart's tale is one »
Continuing on his apparent plan to dominate (let’s use the term somewhat loosely) a vast assortment of different film genres, Justin Timberlake has now signed on for a biopic. Timberlake has done the rom-com thing (Friends with Benefits), the voice work in a cartoon thing (Yogi Bear), the serious thing (The Social Network), the comedy thing (Bad Teacher), and is next tackling the sci-fi thing (In Time). If you had told thirteen year old me that the baby blue one would turn into a serious actor within a decade or so, I would not have believed you. The kid had Rice-a-Roni hair and he danced like a puppet, and now he can topline films. That is the American dream in a nutshell. Deadline Weehawken reports that Timberlake’s next project will see him starring in Spinning Gold, “a biopic of famous 1970s record producer Neil Bogart, co-founder of Casablanca Records.”Because »
- Kate Erbland
Justin Timberlake is set to play another real-life person in a new biopic. Deadline reports that Timberlake will star in Spinning Gold as 1970s record producer Neil Bogart, co-founder of Casablanca Records. The new film is being develope by Boardwalk Films, a division Boardwalk Entertainment Group recently launched by Bogart’s sons — writer-producer-director Timothy Scott Bogart and songwriter and music publisher Evan “Kidd” Bogart, along with TV producer Gary Randall. The three will serve as a producers with Timberlake, and the actor-singer’s manager Rick Yorn executive producing.
Tim Bogart wrote the script that follows the "rags-to-riches story of Neil Bogart, a dirt-poor Jewish kid from Brooklyn who went on to become a multimillionaire and help define 1970s pop culture with his Casablanca label that launched the careers of such superstars as Kiss, Parliament, Donna Summer, and The Village People."
Here is what Tim Bogart had to say about the »
Timberlake will also serve as a producer on the movie, a first for the multi-tasker. The singer-actor will produce the film along with Bogart's sons, Timothy Scott and Evan "Kidd." TV producer Gary Randall will also produce "Spinning Gold." Timberlake's manager, Rick Yorn, will act as the executive producer.
The script is written by Tim Bogart and "tells the rags-to-riches story of Neil Bogart, a dirt-poor Jewish kid from Brooklyn who went on to become a multimillionaire and help define 1970s pop culture with his Casablanca label that launched the careers of such superstars as Kiss, Parliament, Donna Summer, and The Village People."
I remember Casablanca Records as a child, so this is a great reminder of that fabulous 70s decade! »
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