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First Kiss is a three-minute film in which beautiful hipsters snog for the first time. I want to see another version that reflects the disturbing reality of tongue-tussling with a total stranger
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It's rare for a video to light up social media because of its beauty – usually the decisive factor tends to either be a quantifiably large amount of kittens or footage of Boris Johnson getting pantsed by a toddler and falling into a big cake – but that's what happened yesterday. Film-maker Tatia Pilieva's short video First Kiss sent a tidal wave of soppiness across the internet, and it was all down to the subject matter.
If you haven't seen First Kiss yet, it's a three and a half minute film where 20 strangers snog for the first time. It begins with all manner of awkward small talk – introductions and anxious »
- Stuart Heritage
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
1943: For Whom the Bell Tolls »
- Terence Johnson
Amazon is offering $105 off The Columbia Best Pictures boxed DVD set containing 11 winners of the Best Picture Oscar. Here are the details:
14-disc set of 11 Best Picture Oscar winning films in an attractive, collectible, black fiber cover with slipcase. The pages within will have film synopsis, details on the Oscar win for each film, and art from key scenes. This set features Columbia Pictures' Best Picture Oscar winners spanning the years from 1934 to 1982 and include the following films:
1949 All the King's Men
1954 On the Waterfront
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
Bonus extras include:
Lord Attenborough Audio Commentary
From the Director's Chair
Madeleine Slade: An Englishwoman Abroad
Reflections on »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
As the Olympics in Sochi prepare to draw to a close, Bob Costas took a moment to reflect on the games and their impact of the world’s view of Russia. “While in many significant ways, Russian citizens have better lives than Soviet citizens of a generation ago, there’s is still a government which imprisons dissidents, is hostile to gay rights, sponsors and supports a vicious regime in Syria – and that’s just a partial list. The Sochi games are Vladimir Putin’s games, from their inception to their conclusion, and all points in between. And if they are successful on their own terms, as appears to be the case, then at least in some corners it will help to burnish the image of a regime with which »
- Ed Kennedy
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
In this American cinema classic, John Wayne (True Grit) found one of his greatest roles as an embittered, tyrannical Texas rancher whose tensions with his independent-minded adopted son, played by Montgomery Clift (From Here to Eternity) in a breakout performance, reach epic proportions during a cattle drive to Missouri, which is based on a real-life late nineteenth-century expedition.
Yet Hawks is less interested in historical accuracy than in tweaking the codes of masculinity that propel the myths of the American West. The unerringly macho Wayne and the neurotic, boyish Clift make for an improbably perfect pair, »
What does it mean to be an Oscar nominee?
The answers can be as varied as the nominees themselves. As the annual "31 Days of Oscar" festival continues on Turner Classic Movies, each night is themed to all the candidates in a certain category in a certain year.
The evening of Friday, Feb. 14, showcases all the talents who were nominated for best actor of 1955 for the pictures that are being shown. One of the movies absolutely transformed the career of the actor in question: "Marty," the big-screen version of a television play.
Related: All the 2014 Academy Award nominees
Rod Steiger was sought to reprise his TV portrayal of a lonely, good-hearted Bronx butcher, but he refused to sign a contract that would have obligated him to make several more pictures for the producers, who included Burt Lancaster. They then chose Ernest Borgnine, who mostly had played villains ("From Here to Eternity, »
Sid Caesar can be judged, in part, by the company he kept. As the star of “Your Show of Shows,” he famously provided a spawning ground for numerous titans of comedy, with a writing staff that included Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.
Caesar, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, assembled that talent at a time when TV was in its infancy. As a consequence, he was not only a larger-than-life figure, but through the program’s influence on so much that followed, cast an even longer shadow.
The sense of romance surrounding the show, and that era, was such as to spawn the thoroughly enjoyable movie “My Favorite Year,” which imagined a guest appearance by a very Errol Flynn-like movie star (played, wonderfully, by the late Peter O’Toole) and a tough-minded host (Joseph Bologna) approximating Caesar.
For many, given the passage of time, »
- Brian Lowry
Alfonso Cuarón wins 2014 DGA Award for ‘Gravity’ (photo: Directors Guild of America Award winner Alfonso Cuarón and last year’s DGA Award winner Ben Affleck) As expected, Alfonso Cuarón won the 2014 Directors Guild of America Award for the blockbuster Gravity at a January 25, 2014, ceremony held at Los Angeles’ Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. “We saw all these photographs of earth from space, and it’s absolutely beautiful; hues of greens and blues,” Cuarón told the crowd after receiving his award from last year’s DGA winner, Ben Affleck. “Everything seems so organic [from space]. Those silly lines and boundaries we put on political maps, you can’t see that from space. It’s a bizarre experiment of nature, that is the human experience. And it’s what we as directors try to sort out as filmmakers.” A mix of space thriller and inspirational soap opera that has just about nothing to do with »
- Andre Soares
Want to win friends and influence people using your intimate knowledge of this year’s Oscar nominees — and how they stack up against Academy history? Never fear: EW’s got you covered. (Caution: Nerd alert!)
- It’s unclear how many times the F-word is used in The Wolf of Wall Street. Vulture says it’s 569; Slate says it’s 544; some guy at some blog says it’s 506. In any case, it’s one of the most profanity-laced films in history and certainly the swearingest movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture. Wolf director Martin Scorsese’s own Goodfellas, »
- Hillary Busis
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