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Kino Lorber’s upcoming DVD release of “Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick,” about the life of director William Wellman, is welcome for a couple of reasons. One: In the Great Filmography of American cinema, Wellman, much like Howard Hawks, is a bit like Zelig. He’s everywhere. He made perhaps The archetypal gangster picture, “Public Enemy” (1931), which not only introduced James Cagney to the screen but planted the concept of the anti-hero in a war- and Depression-weary American psyche. He made the ur-screwball comedy “Nothing Sacred” (1937) with Carole Lombard and Frederic March; he made the highly idealistic Foreign Legion adventure “Beau Geste” (1939 version). He twisted the western into politically volatile morality play with “The Ox-Bow Incident” (1943). He directed Barbara Stanwyck five times including in “Lady in Burlesque” (1943) and he made what many consider the definitive World War II film, “The Story of G.I. Joe.” Oh yeah: He won a screenplay Oscar for writing. »
- John Anderson
There's one segment during the Oscars where nominees can come in dead even. Such is the case for the annual In Memoriam tribute, which honors Hollywood's recently deceased. According to the New York Times, giving everyone who has had an effect on the movie industry their due can be trying -- and, like the rest of the show, requires a great deal of campaigning. The Academy is charged with choosing a few dozen peers from roughly 500 candidates. This past year saw the passing of plenty of movie giants -- rom-com virtuoso Nora Ephron, composer Marvin Hamlisch, director Tony Scott -- so the competition for the remaining 30-odd spots is, so to speak, fierce. But, like anything in Tinsletown, it's all about who you know. Those who stayed out of the limelight are less likely to be included, but, for example, publicist Lois Smith, who represented A-listers like Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, »
- Jessie Heyman
20th Century Fox held a special event on the studio lot yesterday, unveiling an enormous mural of Bruce Willis' John McClane, in celebration of Die Hard's 25th anniversary and the release of A Good Day to Die Hard on February 14. The studio has released a time lapse video that offers a succinct look at this mural's creation, which can be seen on Stage 8 at the Fox lot. Take a look at this interesting video, then read the press release for more information.
Twentieth Century Fox marked the silver anniversary of its blockbuster Die Hard movie franchise on January 31st with a ceremony on the historic studio backlot, during which a massive mural depicting the film's iconic hero John McClane was unveiled in front of Stage 8.
Twentieth Century Fox marked the silver anniversary of its blockbuster Die Hard movie franchise with a ceremony on the historic studio backlot, during which a massive mural depicting the film’s iconic hero John McClane was unveiled in front of Stage 8.
Bruce Willis, who has essayed McClane in all five Die Hard pictures, including the latest installment, A Good Day To Die Hard, attended the ceremony, along with his co-star Jai Courtney, who portrays McClane’s son Jack in the new film, and its director, John Moore.
The festivities included a reception on the 21st floor of the Fox Plaza, which Die Hard fans will recognize as “Nakatomi Plaza” – ground zero for the non-stop action of the landmark original film.
Commented Bruce Willis: “One of the most exciting things about playing McClane is that he’s definitely not a superhero. »
- Michelle McCue
Since the 85th Academy Awards nominations were announced, Lincoln has emerged as the tentative frontrunner among a plurality of headline writers, bloggers, and oddsmakers. This was fueled in large part by the fact that Steven Spielberg’s Civil War epic garnered 12 nominations, the most of any film. But does receiving the most nominations really mean that a movie is most likely to win Best Picture? The short answer is yes – 2/3 of the time. But for movie buffs and math nerds, here is the longer answer. Over the 84 years of Oscars, the movie that received the most nominations (including ties for first place) among the Best Picture nominees went on to take the top prize in 56 years, exactly 2/3 of the time. The higher a movie ranks in nominations among its Best Picture competitors, the more likely it is to win: 85% of winners came in the top two in nominations, and 93% of »
- email@example.com (Ben Zauzmer)
The “adult” Western – as it would come to be called – was a long time coming. A Hollywood staple since the days of The Great Train Robbery (1903), the Western offered spectacle and action set against the uniquely American milieu of the Old West – a historical period which, at the dawn of the motion picture industry, was still fresh in the nation’s memory. What the genre rarely offered was dramatic substance.
Early Westerns often adopted the same traditions of the popular Wild West literature and dime novels of the 19th and early 20th centuries producing, as a consequence, highly romantic, almost purely mythic portraits the Old West. Through the early decades of the motion picture industry, the genre went through several creative cycles, alternately tilting from fanciful to realistic and back again. By the early sound era, and despite such serious efforts as The Big Trail (1930) and The Virginian (1929), Hollywood Westerns were, »
- Bill Mesce
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