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Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight: A Dead Rabbit Pulled Out of a Hat

2 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The year’s inevitable Woody Allen film, Magic in the Moonlight, has a clever premise, an agreeable cast, delectable ‘20s period recreations of faux “Oriental” magic shows and Côte d’Azur garden parties, and an ever-slackening pulse. It starts off with a flourish and winds up limp, like a rabbit pulled out of a hat that turns out to be dead.Having gotten away with his last, more difficult trick — remaking A Streetcar Named Desire, except with zero sympathy for the protagonist — Allen probably thought that this one would be a cinch to put over. His hero, played by Colin Firth, is a British magician named Stanley who performs in a bald cap and Fu Manchu mustache as “Wei Ling Soo” — and is instantly recognizable from his crisp, misanthropic attack as Professor Henry Higgins. His Colonel Pickering is a magician named Burkan (Simon McBurney) who invites him to the South »

- David Edelstein

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Blu-ray: Gone With the Wind 75th Anniversary

27 June 2014 8:45 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept 30, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $49.99

Studio: Warner Home Video

Classic romance drama Gone With the Wind — perhaps The classic romance drama film — turns 75 and is celebrated with another Ultimate Collector’s Edition, but the set does have some new features.

Limited and numbered with new memorabilia, packaging and special features, the Gone With the Wind 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set includes a replicaof Rhett Butler’s handkerchief and a music box paperweight playing Tara’s theme with an image on top of the Rhett-Scarlett kiss.

Also included is a 36-page companion booklet featuring a look at the timeless style of the film, written by New York fashion designer and Project Runway finalist Austin Scarlett, whose signature look reflects the romantic elegance of the Gone With the Wind era.

The new special features on the Blu-ray disc are:

footage of Clark Gable (It Happened One Night »

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From Dwayne Johnson to Mrs Brown's Boys, we defend the indefensible

20 June 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Anyone can rave over Game Of Thrones, but a true critic earns their corn by going against public opinion. At least, that's what we told our writers when we asked them to defend this lot

In 1947, a young Marlon Brando very nearly missed out on the starring role in A Streetcar Named Desire because director Elia Kazan wanted an older, less attractive star for the part. Today, that prejudice remains in an entertainment industry reluctant to acknowledge the acting chops of such similarly studly thesps as Channing Tatum, Ryan Reynolds and above all Dwayne Johnson. Ever since he cast off his petrological wrestling persona with a revelatory turn in Richard Kellys bizarre, oft-misunderstood Southland Tales, Johnson has taken on a succession of challenging roles and challenged them right back. In Tooth Fairy, he created (where Vin Diesel failed in The Pacfier) the first sympathetic bodybuilding babysitter in Hollywood. In The Other Guys, »

- Joe Bish, Harriet Gibsone, Luke Holland, Charlie Lyne, Paul MacInnes, Gwilym Mumford, Louis Pattison, RRhik Samadder, Issy Sampson & Sam Wolfson

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“Relative”-ly Speaking: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Family Combinations

17 June 2014 3:27 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Who says that movie-making talent cannot run within the same family? In the film industry when one reaches the pinnacle of success in achieving the ultimate reward in the motion picture business–winning an Academy Award–it is considered an individual milestone for any actor’s big screen career. However, when one’s gene pool produces the capacity to draw Oscar’s attention their way in keeping the golden statuette “in the family” it is living proof that the thespian’s apple does not fall from the street.

Whether through the relationship of blood relatives or marital unions “Relative”-ly Speaking: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Family Combinations looks at ten famous family member combos that won an Oscar through the methods of acting or directing.  Let’s take a look at the top ten familial tandem that pulled off such an achievement in winning the coveted Oscar as it stands proudly on the family mantle. »

- Frank Ochieng

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25 cultural highlights of the summer

31 May 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From Carey Mulligan in the West End and the Pythons coming to a cinema near you to Kate Bush wuthering once more, our critics tell you how to make the most of a bumper crop

1 Theatre

Leading ladies

A wonderful season to see exciting actresses begins on Friday when Carey Mulligan, who before she turned to movies was a luminous presence on stage, begins her run opposite Bill Nighy in David Hares Skylight. Stephen Daldry directs at Wyndhams. From 14 July the supple and subtle Helen McCrory becomes the slaying Medea in Ben Powers new adaptation, directed in the Olivier by Carrie (Dolls House) Cracknell. And on 23 July, in one of the most widely anticipated openings of the year, Gillian Anderson is Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. She is directed at the Young Vic by Benedict Andrews, whose dark, jagged Three Sisters was a revelation. Sc

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- Susannah Clapp, Kitty Empire, Guy Lodge, Laura Cumming, Fiona Maddocks, Michael Hogan, Miranda Sawyer, Luke Jennings, Killian Fox

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Listen to Alex North's Original, Rejected '2001: A Space Odyssey' Score

19 May 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Today, FilmmakerIQ posted the following snippet of Alex North's original score for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The score was ultimately rejected and, in the case of the film's opening title sequence, the score was replaced by Richard Strauss's "Also sprach Zarathustra" composed in 1896. There are a couple ways to look and listen to this piece, but I think the best is to consider just how much we're all likely to prefer Kubrick's decision on which music to go with, especially once you you consider the following interview snippet from an interview in which Michel Ciment noted, "You have abandoned original film music in your last three films." Kubrick's response: Exclude a pop music score from what I am about to say. However good our best film composers may be, they are not a Beethoven, a Mozart or a Brahms. Why use music which is less »

- Brad Brevet

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus And Joe Biden Team Up In 'Veep' Video For White House Correspondents Dinner

5 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Julia Louis-Dreyfus teamed up with Vice President Joe Biden to create a short Veep inspired video, which was used to introduce President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus And Joe Biden

In the video, Louis-Dreyfus, appearing as her Veep character, a fictional Vice President with Presidential aspirations, Selina Meyer, decided to skip the White House Correspondents Dinner with Biden and go on a secret tour of the West Wing instead.

The funny video also featured cameos from First Lady Michelle Obama, who gave them a lecture on eating right, Nancy Pelosi, who ran into the Veeps while getting “Gavel Time” tattooed on her forearm, and House Speaker John Boehner, who skipped the “snorespondents dinner” to watch a Panda eat bamboo on a television in his office.

Thank you @MichelleObama @Flotus for letting me break into your kitchen. http://t.co/pHyOVydiG3 #Whcd #nerdprom pic.twitter.com »

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Let's get ready to mumble! 14 amazingly incoherent performances

24 April 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eh? What did he say?

Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.

Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.

1. Bane - Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)

Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough. »

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Let's get ready to mumble! 14 amazingly incoherent performances

24 April 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Eh? What did he say?

Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.

Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.

1. Bane - Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)

Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough. »

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Let's get ready to mumble: 13 incoherent performances

24 April 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eh? What did he say?

Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.

Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.

Bane - Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)

Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough. »

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Let's get ready to mumble: 13 incoherent performances

24 April 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Eh? What did he say?

Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.

Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.

Bane - Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)

Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough. »

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Elia Kazan's Private Letters: Sleeping With Marilyn, Chastising Beatty and Discovering Newman

10 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the April 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Director Elia Kazan remains one of Hollywood's most polarizing figures. He directed such classics as A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954), East of Eden (1955) and Splendor in the Grass (1961). The native New Yorker's career began on the stage and, as such, Kazan was an actor's director; he discovered Marlon Brando, James Dean and Warren Beatty. He also loved writers and proved a nimble collaborator for such icons as Tennessee Williams and John Steinbeck. But when he testified before the House Un-

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- Andy Lewis

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Marlon Brando's Birthday: Listen to Him Trash Burt Reynolds

3 April 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's Marlon Brando's 90th birthday. Or it would be his 90th birthday if he were alive. You understand. Marlon Brando was an eccentric man, but let's acknowledge right now that his performance in "A Streetcar Named Desire" remains shocking and resonant over 60 years later. Love him in "The Godfather," "On the Waterfront," "Viva Zapata," and -- hell -- "Reflections in a Golden Eye" too. We love Marlon Brando. Now that formalities are out of the way, let's get to the fun: Marlon Brando hated Burt Reynolds. A lot. It is a joy to hear him complain about the "Smokey and the Bandit" star, and it is also so, so telling. Oh, you hate Burt Reynolds' "narcissism," Marlon? I can't think of a single person who'd say the same thing about you. Not a one. Oh, wait. A number of people.  Just enjoy this damn audio of Brando ranting »

- Louis Virtel

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Benedict Cumberbatch To Tread The Boards As ‘Hamlet’

27 March 2014 5:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Benedict Cumberbatch is to star as Shakespeare’s Hamlet in August 2015.

The Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness  star will play the procrastinating Danish Prince in a twelve week run at the Barbican Theatre, London.

Cumberbatch is no stranger to weighty theatrical roles. He made his West End début in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler in 2005 and he starred, perhaps most memorably, in Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein for the National Theatre, where he alternated the role of creator and creature each night with Johnny Lee Miller.

It’s good to see so many British film and TV actors making the jump to theatre. Jude Law’s recent Henry V was an all round success, and while David Tennant has been treading the boards for years, his recent leading Shakespearean roles for the RSC’s Hamlet and Richard II were hugely popular.

I predict the combination of Cumberbatch, in the height of Sherlock fame, »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Kim Yoon-seok boards Bong Joon-ho produced ‘Sea Fog’

7 March 2014 11:07 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Korea’s most bankable star, Kim Yoon-seok made his stage debut in 1988 with A Streetcar Named Desire. His theater background led him to be cast in minor roles on film and television. One of the first of which was a supporting part as a rural cop chasing down a scammer in director Choi Dong-hoon’s 2004 film The Big Swindle. After several years of minor roles, his breakthrough role came as a ruthless gambler with a scarred face and charismatic swagger in Tazza: The High Rollers (2006). He then played as a pimp and ex-cop on the trail of a prostitute murdering serial killer—played by Ha Jung-woo—in The Chaser (2008) directed by Na Hong-jin that brought him stardom and acting awards.

He has since become an acclaimed leading actor in Korean cinema, in films such as Running Turtle (2009), The Yellow Sea (2010), Punch (2011), and The Thieves (2012). 

He played a toothless detective who »

- Jane Youm

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Eternal Screencaps from the Blogging Mind

4 March 2014 8:07 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Guess what unforgettable movie about people wanting to forget is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary?

Have you ever thought about what your favorite shot from it is? Or which shot best represents the movie as a whole? Have you ever wondered how it can possibly be that the cinematographer Ellen Kuras has only done 4 narrative features in the ten years since?

You know where this is going right?!

Break out the bubbly because "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" returns on March 18th (We're moving it to Tuesdays at 9 Pm to give people the weekend to screen the movies and be ready!). If you're new to the blog or haven't yet experimented with actually participating, I guarantee a good time. Everyone who has participating religiously has said that they've gotten a ton out of it. Plus it proves the point 'the more the merrier' because the best episodes offer »

- NATHANIEL R

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"You Like Me!" (this is not an Oscar post)

2 March 2014 2:19 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

3 Notes. Oh don't click away you have time to read them. And yes I'll be live tweeting and a little light blogging tonight

01. Like The Film Experience on Facebook. Follow Nathaniel on Twitter, Pinterest? Why am I so needy? It's like this: Once Oscar night wraps up I experience something like a free fall; help me pull that parachute string.

02. We're here all year -- it's not just an Oscar site so don't abandon us if you're exhausted by Oscar shenanigans. There's only one more week of it, recapping this year's Oscars, filmbitching, and we'll close out the annual festivities with that Supporting Actress Smackdown we promised (yes, the one I flubbed that you've been impatient for). After that one eye returns to brand new movies and pinch of tv and the other to occasional trips back to favored oldies in A Year With Kate, Seasons of Bette, and Hit Me. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Oscar Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Actor/Actress

26 February 2014 6:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Best Actress

Justin Chang: Scott, I know it will come as little surprise to you that when Peter Debruge and I sat down to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees for best supporting actor and supporting actress, we spent almost as much time talking about the performances that should have been nominated as we did talking about the ones that actually were. This is hardly a new ax for any critic to grind, but it bears repeating: Those who vote on the Academy Awards are largely in the business of making movies — not seeing them, thinking about them and writing about them week in and week out. No wonder this organization’s choices often strike us as so pedestrian and provincial, less engaged by the boundary-expanding possibilities of cinema than beholden to the power of hometown hype.

See Also: Oscars Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Supporting Actor »

- Justin Chang and Scott Foundas

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The greatest Best Actor race? Where does this year's class rank in Oscar history?

24 February 2014 3:20 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

This year’s Best Actor race is shaping up to be one of the greatest of all time. And by greatest, I mean both the most competitive and also the most outstanding, in the sense that each nominee is excellent — hypothetical winners in almost any other year. They also reflect the depth of superb male performances in 2013. Consider: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoneix (Her), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all missed the cut.

EW’s Owen Gleiberman recently analyzed this year’s Best Actor race, calling it the most “fiercely, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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The Most Likely Oscar Scenario for ‘American Hustle’

24 February 2014 6:30 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

American Hustle earned itself a place alongside some great films in Oscar history when it managed to nab four acting nominations in the four acting categories. Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence all find themselves in competition once again, but many are predicting American Hustle to go home empty handed. However, odds are that a film with four acting nominations, never mind the 10 overall nominations including Picture, Director and Screenplay. So what is most likely for American Hustle to pick up acting wise?

In the 86 year history of the Academy Awards, there have been 15 films that have managed the all four acting nominations feat. Below are the films and listed beside are the acting awards each of them won.

1936: My Man Godfrey – 0 wins

1942: Mrs. Miniver – Best Actress (Greer Garson), Best Supporting Actress (Teresa Wright) [Best Picture Winner]

1943: For Whom the Bell Tolls »

- Terence Johnson

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