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“Feud,” which tells the story of clashing screen titans Joan Crawford and Bette Davis around the production of their 1962 film “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,” is a series designed for a knowing audience, a basket of Easter eggs. The mythos of the film’s production — which cast the two rivals as two sisters raised in show business — is intertwined with each actress’ place in Hollywood legend; it was a last-ditch attempt at relevance for both “mature” stars, in an industry that would have preferred to shove them aside for younger women. As “Feud” relates, even though Crawford brought the project to Davis and profited off of its success, she couldn’t stomach the fact that Davis was nominated for an Academy Award over her. Stoked by alcohol and anger, Crawford went so far as to actively campaign against her costar in the 1963 Oscar race — before mutual desperation brought the two actresses together again for “Hush… Hush »
- Sonia Saraiya
Fifty-seven years ago, All About Eve received a remarkable 14 Oscar Nominations. — a feat accomplished only two other times in Oscar history, including this year’s 14 nominations for La La Land. (The other was Titanic in 1997.) Just days after this year’s Oscar® statuettes are handed out, one of the most vicious, delicious, cynical and legendary sagas of show-business backstabbing returns to the silver screen: All About Eve will play on more than 600 movie screens nationwide at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 8. It’s a film filled with some of the most indelible performances ever committed to film, including Bette Davis at her disillusioned best, and Marilyn Monroe as her star was ascending. Yet for all its glory, many people have never seen All About Eve in a movie theater … but movie fans around the country have that opportunity thanks to Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies. »
- Tom Stockman
While “La La Land” made Oscar history by tying the all-time record of most-nominated film (also shared by “Titanic” and the Bette Davis classic “All About Eve”, all of which received 14 nominations), another nominated film that’s at the top of most critics’ best-of lists is “Moonlight”. The film — for which star Mahershala Ali […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Sônia Braga reflects on the magic of Aquarius, reading the script, Clara's hair, Bette Davis in Joseph L Mankiewicz's All About Eve, a Stanley Kubrick Barry Lyndon poster, cinematographer Fabricio Tadeu, costume designer Rita Azevedo, Neighboring Sounds, and working with her director/screenwriter Kleber Mendonça Filho.
Anne-Katrin Titze: The first chapter in Aquarius is called Clara's Hair. And the hair is actually very important throughout the entire film. And it's your hair that weaves the plot together. Can you talk about what it means to you?
Sônia Braga: "Kleber is like an archeologist and a musician, a composer, at the same time." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Sônia Braga: That happened in a way magical as well. They wanted the hair down - and this is a preparation background thing and how it ended up being magical - it came down »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Drama and comedy split spotlight in writing category.
Writer: Taylor Sheridan
Heist thriller, modern Western, social commentary — Sheridan’s tart, observant script, which first drew industry attention as a 2012 Black List title, about a pair of bank robbers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) with a personal score to settle and the savvy Texas Ranger (Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges) on their trail draws elements from all three genre types to both inform and deepen its central, character-driven storyline. The result is at once a crowd-pleasing crime picture and a pensive study of people struggling to maintain their dignity in a landscape in which honesty and respect fail to take root. The crisp, often wry dialogue, rich with Southwestern lingo and delivered with relish by the solid cast (especially in the salty exchanges between Bridges and partner Gil Birmingham and the brittle closing talk between Bridges »
- Variety Staff
This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.
La La Land danced one step closer to winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards next month, as the Damien Chazelle film took top honors at Saturday night’s Producers Guild Awards for producers Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, and Marc Platt.
The modern-day musical defeated Arrival, Deadpool, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight to win the guild’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. Of that list of films, only Deadpool failed to score a corresponding Oscar nomination in the Best Picture category. »
- Christopher Rosen
La La Land's multiple Oscar nominations has put the musical movie in an elite group.
News: Black Actors Nominated in Every Acting Category for First Time in Oscar History
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were both nominated for their lead roles in La La Land, while Chazella is up for Best Director. The film is also up for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score -- to name a few.
La La Land can only hope to sweep the Oscars like Titanic did in 1998. The film won 11 of the 14 awards it was up for, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Original Song. However, Titanic's leading man and lady, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, did not take home statues that year. In »
I have been thrilled to bring readers to the Remedial Film School at Film School Rejects.
Here are a select few of the films that notable film personalities and critics have had me watch…
Drew McWeeny chooses Dead Man.
Drew McWeeny of Hitfix.com is our first guest, and he chose Dead Man, saying it somehow is connected to the Dreamworks animated film Home, which opens March 27.
It’s time to get things started.
McWeeny explains: So why Dead Man?
When I have the entire sum total of every movie Jeff Bayer has not seen to choose from, and I choose Dead Man, it’s a fair question. What makes that movie special? Why should that film be seen by everyone, much less by Bayer specifically?
For one thing, when I bitch in public about feeling let down by Johnny Depp’s choices for the last decade, Dead Man is »
- Jeff Bayer
1954 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date December 13, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95
Cinematography: Jack Cardiff
Original Music: Mario Nascimbene
Written, Produced and Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
As a teenager, many of my first and strongest movie impressions came not from the movies, but from certain critics. I memorized Robin Wood’s analysis before getting a look at Hitchcock’s Psycho. Raymond Durgnat introduced me to Georges Franju and Luis Buñuel, and I first learned to appreciate a number of great movies including The Barefoot Contessa from Richard Corliss, a terrific critic who championed writers over director-auteurs.
The Barefoot Contessa is a classically structured story, in that it could work as a novel; it’s told from several points of view. »
- Glenn Erickson
9 items from 2017
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