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Nasty Politics and Eyebrow-Raising Gossip During Hollywood's Golden Age: Brackett's Must-Read Diaries

Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Hollywood diarist and Billy Wilder's co-screenwriter (1936–1949) and producer (1945–1949). Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and the Minor, Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd., Witness for the Prosecution, Some Like It Hot, and The Apartment. The fact that Wilder was not the sole creator of these movies is all but irrelevant to graduates from the Auteur School of Film History. Wilder directed, co-wrote, and at times produced his films. That should suffice. For auteurists, perhaps. But not for those interested in the whole story. That's one key reason why the Charles Brackett diaries are such a great read. Through Brackett's vantage point, they offer a welcome – and unique – glimpse into the collaborative efforts that resulted in
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Top Screenwriting Team from the Golden Age of Hollywood: List of Movies and Academy Award nominations

Billy Wilder directed Sunset Blvd. with Gloria Swanson and William Holden. Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett movies Below is a list of movies on which Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder worked together as screenwriters, including efforts for which they did not receive screen credit. The Wilder-Brackett screenwriting partnership lasted from 1938 to 1949. During that time, they shared two Academy Awards for their work on The Lost Weekend (1945) and, with D.M. Marshman Jr., Sunset Blvd. (1950). More detailed information further below. Post-split years Billy Wilder would later join forces with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond in movies such as the classic comedy Some Like It Hot (1959), the Best Picture Oscar winner The Apartment (1960), and One Two Three (1961), notable as James Cagney's last film (until a brief comeback in Milos Forman's Ragtime two decades later). Although some of these movies were quite well received, Wilder's later efforts – which also included The Seven Year Itch
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Quentin Tarantino's Twelve Favorite Films are Surprising

A few years ago, Empire magazine asked Quentin Tarantino for his eleven favorite films. At the time, he listed "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" as his favorite movie, but things have apparently changed. Tarantino was recently asked to once again submit a list of his favorite movies and some of his choices are a bit surprising. "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" now landed in fifth place. Meanwhile, his new favorite movie has become "Apocalypse Now," despite the fact that it wasn't on the Empire list. In fact, only five movies appear on both lists. But there are some great choices. Check out both lists below. New List: * Apocalypse Now * The Bad News Bears * Carrie * Dazed and Confused * The Good, The Bad and The Ugly * The Great Escape * His Girl Friday * Jaws * Pretty Maids All In A Row * Rolling Thunder * Sorcerer * Taxi Driver Old List: * The Good,
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The Films Of Billy Wilder: A Retrospective

"I want to thank three persons,” said Michel Hazanavicius, accepting the 2012 Best Picture Oscar for “The Artist.” “I want to thank Billy Wilder, I want to thank Billy Wilder and I want to thank Billy Wilder.” He wasn’t the first director to namecheck Wilder in an acceptance speech. In 1994, Fernando Trueba, accepting the Foreign Language Film Oscar for "Belle Epoque" quipped, "I would like to believe in God in order to thank him. But I just believe in Billy Wilder... so, thank you Mr. Wilder." Wilder reportedly called the next day "Fernando? It's God."

So just what exactly was it that inspired these men to expend some of the most valuable seconds of speechifying airtime they'll ever know, to tip their hats to Wilder? And can we bottle it?

Born in a region of Austria/Hungary that is now part of Poland, Wilder's story feels like an archetype of
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Alec Baldwin on ‘The Essentials’ and His First Film Star Crush

Alec Baldwin on ‘The Essentials’ and His First Film Star Crush
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In addition to “30 Rock,” Alec Baldwin has another regular TV gig — co-hosting “The Essentials,” the weekly film series on TCM. Baldwin returns alongside Robert Osborne for his third season, which kicks off tomorrow night with “Cool Hand Luke.” Speakeasy talked to the actor about his lifelong love of film.

The Wall Street Journal: You’re a busy guy. Why co-host a movie show on top of everything else?

I think it’s an odd or maybe a not-so-odd happenstance
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