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F Scott Fitzgerald did more for Hollywood than it has done for him. After his first stint in California he wrote the pitiless story, "Crazy Sunday", about an alcoholic screenwriter. In the late 30s came the series of insightful comic tales about the ageing movie hack Pat Hobby, and finally The Last Tycoon, the best, least patronising of novels about the movie industry, all the more intriguing for being unfinished. In return, Hollywood paid him handsomely for a while but treated him without respect and made mediocre movies of his books.
So what of this 3D fourth screen version of The Great Gatsby? It is, you might say, a story of three eggs. The mysterious central character is the self-made Jay Gatsby, a millionaire bootlegger who in the summer of 1922 lives at West Egg, the »
- Philip French
We visit the Battle of the Year set in Whittier, California to speak with the cast and crew
Director Benson Lee's 2008 documentary Planet B-Boy proved that the art form of breakdancing is still alive and well today, decades after the popular dance craze started in the 1980s. The filmmaker returns to put a narrative spin on B-boying in the upcoming drama Battle of the Year, arriving in theaters September 13. Back in December 2011, I was invited to spend a day at the Whittier, California set to speak with the cast and crew of this dance-fueled drama. In case you missed it, clickHere to watch the second trailer that debuted last week.
During most movie set visits I attend, we spend the day watching scenes being shot and interviewing actors, writers, directors, producers, or whoever else is available. Due to some unfortunate scheduling complications, we didn't get to see a lot of shooting, »
Roddy Doyle says admiration for shows such as The Producers finally persuaded him to allow staging of bestselling novel
One very big reason why it has taken 25 years for The Commitments to hit the stage is because Roddy Doyle thought he did not like musicals. "I'd never been to one," the writer said, admitting that he had batted away about 20 requests to bring it to a live audience.
Doyle was in London to announce a West End production of what was both a bestselling book and, in 1991, a hugely successful and popular film directed by Alan Parker. It will begin previews in September at the Palace theatre, where Singin' in the Rain closes in June.
The Booker-prize-winning novelist said he'd had something of an epiphany when he started going to musicals once his children grew up.
"I think the first was The Producers. It was quite a revelation because the »
- Mark Brown
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
Audiences today often don't know the name of a play until just before its run starts. But would you book a ticket for a show without a title?
With a new play, audiences never quite know what they're getting, but early ticket-buyers for Anthony Neilson's latest piece at the Royal Court were taking an exceptionally wild shot in the dark. Originally advertised several months ago as "Untitled New Play by Anthony Neilson", it was only revealed to be called Narrative on 15 March, three weeks before opening.
Neilson's play joins a very small sub-set of theatre productions that have been delivered onto the posters unbaptised. The other most recent British example was Mike Leigh's 2011 show at the National theatre, promoted and sold for several months as "New play by Mike Leigh", before, at the last minute, becoming Grief.
In both cases, the delay resulted not from indecision or wilfulness »
- Mark Lawson
This will be the last top ten off the top of my head whole decade thingies for a bit -- we need to get to real articles but I've been swamped off blog. But these discussions are fun, don't you agree? The 1950s were the first film decade I was obsessed with in that when I was first becoming interested in cinema in the mid 80s, the 50s somehow came to signify Mythic Classic Hollywood to me, though cinema obviously stretched much much further back. So I guess I'll always be kind of attached to this decade when the movies got literally bigger (I do so prefer rectangulars to squares) and the era's stars really defined (at least for me) the concept of "Movie Star". I mean it's hard to argue with Liz, Brando, Clift, Dean, Monroe in all caps.
Which is why Giant is such a perfect 1950s movie »
- NATHANIEL R
Movie: The Wizard of Oz Release Year: 1939 Studio: MGM Director: Victor Fleming, George Cukor (uncredited), Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited), Norman Taurog (uncredited) and King Vidor (uncredited director of the Kansas scenes) Starring: Judy Garland as Dorothy, Frank Morgan as Professor Marvel, The Wizard of Oz, The Gatekeeper, The Carriage Driver and The Guard, Ray Bolger as 'Hunk' and The Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as 'Zeke' and The Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as 'Hickory' and The Tin Man, Billie Burke as Glinda, Margaret Hamilton as Miss Gulch and The Wicked Witch of the West, Charley Grapewin as Uncle Henry, Pat Walshe as Nikko, Clara Blandick as Auntie Em, Terry as Toto and The Singer Midgets as The Munchkins Cinematographer: Harold Rosson (Singin' in the Rain, The Asphalt Jungle) Note: Today's entry is running as a contribution to Nathaniel's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" series at TheFilmExperience where several others have »
- Brad Brevet
Every performer has a horror story about auditions – a bullying director, falling over, not having done their homework. But what's the secret of nailing that part?
Last September, Alice Jane Murray queued in the rain outside the London Palladium for five hours, waiting to take her chance at the open auditions for A Chorus Line, the legendary 1970s show about a group of Broadway dancers looking for their big break. Eventually, she was ushered on stage with a group of 50 other hopefuls, and asked to do a double pirouette on the left, and then another on the right. Her future rested on their perfect execution. "I just went with the thought that this is who I am and what I can do," she told me afterwards. "And if they don't like it, I can't do anything about it. It may just be that they're not looking for someone with your hair colour or your height. »
- Lyn Gardner
It just doesn't feel like awards season until the Academy has annoyed you. This year's Oscar nominations were no let-down, with Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck among the more egregious snubs, but often the ceremony itself stimulates even more rage than the nominations.
In preparation for this year's potential travesties, Digital Spy takes a look back on ten of the Academy's most outrageous blunders.
1953: Best Picture
It's difficult to decide which is more aggravating - being nominated and losing out to a less deserving competitor, or not even being nominated in the first place. We've got nothing against The Greatest Show on Earth, a flamboyant bit of escapism which features Jimmy Stewart as a mysterious clown, but it's nothing more than entertaining. The non-nominated Singin' in the Rain has entertainment value in spades on top of wit, heart, stirring dance numbers and a unique kind of cinematic energy that »
Earlier last week, Warner Bros released a massive 20 movie boxset as part of their 90th anniversary collection, which combined musicals from just about every decade. WB was kind enough to send us the boxset for review and watching so many musicals in a row got us to thinking about our top ten musicals of all time.
Musicals have been on our minds a lot over the last few days here at Cinelinx, to the point where we think Jordan is about to lose his mind. Even he can't deny some of these classics though, so let's get on to our list:
2. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
7. Viva Las Vegas
8. Show Boat
10. 42nd Street
Really, did you expect anything other than Wizard of Oz to top our list? It was and remains »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Carla Dobson)
Cinelinx has received a copy of the Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection Musicals DVD boxset, and we're here to help you decide whether or not this historic collection is worth putting up on your shelf at home.
In honor of Warner Bros. studio celebrating its 90th anniversary, the powers that be have decided to give audiences a treat. The latest is sure to leave a song or two on your heart! Our contacts have graciously sent us a copy of the Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection Musicals DVD boxset, which is one of five different types of collector sets that will go on the market this year.
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Also Available on Blu-Ray!
There are 20 Musicals in the set on 21 discs broken down into 3 sections. To further aid the viewer, in each boxset there is a 24 page booklet which provides pictures and synopsis of each film. »
- email@example.com (Carla Dobson)
It would be incorrect to say that musicals were made to lift one's spirits since plenty of great musicals are as grim as any ruthless drama. But the genre lifts mine even through tears. So I was instantly in love with the new box set that Warner Bros sent. It's called Best of Warner Bros: 20 Film Collection Musicals (on sale now) and it will serve me well in March once I have time to settle in with some older movies again. I wish I had a copy to give away but I'm keeping this one all to myself - mine! mine! mine!
The collection consists of the following films, packaged in chronological order: The Jazz Singer (1927), The Broadway Melody (1929), 42nd Street (1933), The Great Ziegfeld (1936), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), An American in Paris (1951), Show Boat (1951), Singin' in the Rain (1952), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), A Star is Born »
- NATHANIEL R
Oscar season comes to an abrupt end at the end of February which frees up our time. One of The Film Experience's most popular series, a communal viewing party of sorts, returns for another season. Byoe (Bring Your Own Eyes) to these blog-a-thon like events wherein participates choose their single favorite shot from movies from all eras. Watch, Read, Converse -- It's Edumucational!
Wed March 6th The Wizard Of Oz (1939) since Oz, the Great and Powerful is about to hit and we might need this as a lovely antidote.
Wed March 13th Barbarella (1968) ...I've been itchy to revisit
Wed March 20th ???
...and more to be scheduled including, as ever, a mix of genres, eras, and anniversary celebrations. It's a great way to have a virtual visual conversation from other cinephiles, catch up on classics you've never seen, revisit »
- NATHANIEL R
Just in time for Valentine's Day, IMDb has released its lists of the Top 10 Most Romantic Films of 2012, and of all-time. As usual, IMDb lists are based on total page views, which doesn't necessarily correlate to a film's romance factor -- but does explain how "Rock of Ages" made the cut. Top 10 Most Romantic Films of 2012 as determined by IMDb-user page views: 1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 2. Les Miserables 3. Pitch Perfect 4. Moonrise Kingdom 5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower 6. Silver Linings Playbook 7. Rock of Ages 8. Step Up Revolution 9. What to Expect When You're Expecting 10. Lol Top 10 Most Romantic Films of All Time as determined by IMDb-user page views: 1. Casablanca, 1942 2. Amelie, 2001 3. Vertigo, 1958 4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004 5. Singin' in the Rain, 1952 6. The Apartment, 1960 7. Gone with the Wind, 1939 »
- Beth Hanna
On the first day of "Intro to Film," the professor walked into the classroom, turned to the class, and said "Hi. Welcome to 'Intro to Film.' Today, we're going to watch 'Singin' in the Rain' because it's perfect and it makes me happy." With that, the movie started, and it was perfect.
There's a reason that given a choice of essentially any movie he could think of the professor chose Gene Kelly's ode to the Busby Berkeley era of musicals in the 1930s. It's because "Singin' in the Rain" is just about everything a movie should be.
"Singin' in the Rain" tells the story of Don Lockwood (Kelly), a silent film star who struggles with a transition to talking pictures. Along the way, he meets Kathy Selden, a talents chorus girl who deserves her big break. What follows is pure movie magic.
On the Blu-ray included »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Whether you think of Warner Bros. as the studio that gave you talking pictures, Bugs Bunny, Bogart, or Batman, you have to acknowledge the studio's place at the forefront of Hollywood history. Indeed, it'll be hard to avoid acknowledging it this year, as the studio will be spending 2013 celebrating its 90th birthday. The celebration kicks off with the release of two massive boxed sets of 50-plus discs each, both entitled the "Best of Warner Bros." -- a 100-film set of DVDs and a 50-film set of Blu-rays. Both sets encompass the studio's milestones of the entire sound film era, which Warners itself kicked off in 1927 with the release of "The Jazz Singer." (The sets go all the way up to the 2010 classic-to-be "Inception.") As familiar as these movies are, there's still plenty you may not know about the legendary movie studio, from who the actual Warner Brothers were, to the stars the studio minted, »
- Gary Susman
I like where this is going, and I wonder how many classic films MacFarlane and his team of writers will be able to cram into the opening video at the ceremony next month. It would be pretty cool to see him riding shotgun in Doc Brown's DeLorean, hanging out with Luke and Han in the Millenium Falcon, or - perhaps more likely - singing and dancing alongside Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.
What other movies would you like to see MacFarlane tackle? »
- Ben Pearson
Despite my lifelong affinity for the action genre, I'd never encountered the Universal Soldier franchise. Somewhere in the back of my head I knew of its reputation as a Terminator rip-off, but it wasn't until I read Vern's “Action Movies Don't Have to Suck” piece for the Village Voice that I was intrigued enough to seek out John Hyams'& Universal Soldier: Regeneration and Day of Reckoning. Hyams' elegant staging and disarming sincerity offer a refreshing alternative to the action adventure comic book slop dished out to teenagers and poked at by indifferent adult audiences that an entire generation of studio execs have chosen to ignore. Despite their relatively tiny budgets, Hyams' Universal Soldier movies, along with his other fictional feature, Dragon Eyes, are exquisite examples of digital cinema and personal storytelling. Rightfully, these movies should be dime store thrill rides, and in the best possible sense they are. They're also equal parts melodrama, »
- Sara Freeman
Feature Ryan Lambie Jan 9, 2013
From Fred Astaire dance sequences to gravity-defying hotel corridor fights, we salute the technically mind-boggling rotating movie set...
If the movies represent the point where creativity, commerce and technical skill converge, then the rotating movie set is probably the perfect example of those three disciplines working to create cinema magic. Requiring intense planning, expensive materials and an army of builders, the use of a rotating set - essentially an ordinary stage suspended within a steel gimbal, like a shoebox wedged in a washing machine drum - has been used to occasional yet jaw-dropping effect over the past 60 years.
This article doesn't claim to list every instance of a rotating set ever captured on film, but it does, we hope, provide a good example of the different ways they can be used. Whether they're used to make us believe an evil spirit can fling helpless humans against a wall, »
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