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Director Spike Lee recently talked to IGN about some of his rumored/announced upcoming projects. Here's the rundown from the man himself:Inside Man 2Spike Lee: Waiting on Universal Pictures. They have the script. They have the budget and we'll see if they wanna make it. Denzel's ready. Clive Owen's ready. I'm ready. Jodie's ready. Everyone's ready. It's like, "Coach, put us in!" Save Us, Joe Louis [biopic] Spike Lee: I've been unable to get the financing. What's really sad about that is that I had made a promise to the late great Budd Schulberg that we'd get it done and Budd passed recently. He was 95. Budd being, of course, the screenwriter of On the Waterfront and the novelist of What Makes Sammy Run. Great, great, great, great writer. James Brown biopic Spike Lee: Financing. I had the all-time biopic trilogy: Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis and James Brown. »
The Birthday Boys and Girls of 11/11
1821 Fyodor Dostoevsky, legendary Russian author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov fame. So many movies inspired by his work. But he's not the legendary Russian author that'll be getting all the press this next couple of months. That'd be Leo Tolstoy, soon to be chattered about when The Last Station emerges as an Oscar contender.
1898 René Clair, (pictured left), wonderful French writer/director. If you've never seen Le Million I urge you to rent it maintenant. His Oscar nominated films include The Gates of Paris (1957) and À nous la liberté (1931)
1901 Sam Spiegel, powerful producer. Boy was he on fire in »
- NATHANIEL R
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)
The Godfather (1972)
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” —Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.
On the Waterfront (1954)
“You don’t understand! »
I have an odd fascination with fan made videos. I don't care if it's a 12 year old who got his hands on a copy of Adobe Premiere or a grown man who edits together fan made trailers for films that never existed (I love me some Raiders of the Lost Ark 1951 or Ghostbusters 1954), if someone spends enough time to put together a video born out of their passion for film, chances are I'm probably going to watch it at least once. Now, if you happen to edit together a music video for a catchy song comprised of film quotes, well, I'm probably going to play it on a loop for at least half an hour.
That is exactly what I've been doing with the below music video for Ricardo Autobahn's "The Golden Age of Video". Ricardo's own site describes it as "an epic production constructed of disco beats and »
- Peter Hall
Sony Pictures Entertainment launched a completely re-designed museum web site offering a look at the studio's storied lot and productions ranging from On the Waterfront to Spider-Man.Sony Pictures established a web-based museum along with an annex in the lobby of the Sony Pictures Plaza building at its world headquarters in Culver City.The web museum maintains one of the most comprehensive collections of hundreds of early film photos and clips in its theatrical library. Hundreds of video clips of classic movies like It Happened One Night, His Girl Friday, »
Today's Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Columbia Pictures' Best Pictures Collection for $59.99, 56% off the $136 suggested retail price. This 14-disc set features 11 films from Columbia Pictures' Best Picture Oscar winners spanning the years from 1934 to 1982, including "It Happened One Night" (1934), "You Can't Take It with You" (1938), "All the King's Men" (1949), "From Here to Eternity" (1953), "On the Waterfront" (1954), "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957), "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), "A Man for All Seasons" (1966), "Oliver!" (1968), "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979)30, and "Gandhi" (1982). The specially designed package offers cinemaphiles a genuine Hollywood collectible, complete with slipcase, synopsis of each film, details on the Oscar win for each title and artwork from key movie scenes. As with all of Amazon's Gold Box bargins, the deal price will end at midnight. »
- Peter Sciretta
I'm almost positive this post will elicit comments like "Way to go Cinematical -- I'm never coming back here again!", or "If I wanted to watch this type of filth, I'd take a shower in front of the mirror!" -- but there's just something sorta mesmerizing and moronic about these videos that I just had to write about them. Essentially, the folks from Secret Sauce TV came up with a concept called Hot Chicks in Black & White Flicks.
The idea here is that these black and white films are instantly more watchable when they feature hot girls in bikinis reciting the dialogue instead of, say, trained professional actors. Featured in this brain-dead, but pretty hilarious collection are scenes from 12 Angry Men, Raging Bull, Schindler's List and On The Waterfront ... all with hot chicks recreating the magic of the original piece word for word. What makes it funny (to me, at »
- Erik Davis
Screenwriter Budd Schulberg has died of natural causes in his Long Island, New York home. The 95-year-old was best known for penning the controversial Hollywood-based novels What Makes Sammy Run? and The Disenchanted. He also won an Oscar for his original screenplay On The Waterfront, Variety reports. The New York-born Schulberg worked as a publicist at Paramount Pictures at the age of 17, where his father was head of production in the 1930s, while his (more) »
- By Tim Parks
Schulberg was taken from his Long Island, New York home on Wednesday to a local hospital, where he died after doctors failed to revive him.
The 1954 drama received 12 Academy Award nominations, winning eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Marlon Brando and Best Story and Screenplay for Schulberg.
Schulberg is survived by his wife Betsy and four children. »
Hollywood screenwriter Budd Schulberg, best known for his Oscar-winning screenplay for On The Waterfront, has died at his home on Long Island. He was 96.Born in 1914 in New York into a movie family - his father was Paramount production head B.P. Schulberg and his mother was sister of movie powerbroker Sam Jaffe - Schulberg wrote his first screenplay aged only 19. His entree into Hollywood came in 1937 with an uncredited contribution to David O. Selznick's A Star Is Born. He received his first credit on Little Orphan Annie a year later.During the war Schulberg served in the Oss, the fledgling espionage agency. Fittingly, his war years had a distinctly cinematic flavour: he was assigned to John Ford's documentary unit, helping record Us combat operations from D-Day to the liberation of the concentration camps and Nuremberg trials, and was involved in the arrest of German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl in Austria. »
Budd Schulberg, who won an Academy Award for the screenplay for "On the Waterfront" and penned the definitive portrait of a Hollywood hustler in his novel "What Makes Sammy Run?" died Wednesday. He was 95.
His wife Betsy told the Associated Press that he died of natural causes at his home in Westhampton Beach, N.Y. He was taken to a nearby medical center, where efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Alternately scorned and lionized by Hollywood during the course of his career, Schulberg, the son of a powerful studio executive, was a writer of varied forms, including magazine articles, novels and screenplays. He adapted his short story "Your Arkansas Traveler," about the rise and fall of a popular entertainer, for the screen as "A Face in the Crowd," which Elia Kazan directed in 1957.
Called before the House Un-American Activities Committee investigating allegations of Communism in the motion picture industry, Schulberg »
- By Duane Byrge and Gregg Kilday
It has been a rough two weeks for the entertainment business when it comes to the passing of major celebrity names as Karl Malden has passed away at the age of 97. Malden died in his sleep about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, his manager Bud Ross tells CNN. Malden won an Oscar for his performance alongside Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire and was also nominated for another one of his performances opposite Brando in On the Waterfront in 1955. Only five years ago at the 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards he was recognized with a Life Achievement Award and has long been recognized as a Hollywood icon. My personal experience with his movies has been relatively limited considering the overal breadth of his career but I have seen him in films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, Baby Doll, How the West Was Won, The Cincinnati Kid, Patton »
- Brad Brevet
Oscar winner Karl Malden has died at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, three years shy of his 100th birthday. The Streets of San Francisco star was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1912 and raised in Gary, Indiana - coincidentally the birthplace of Michael Jackson, who died last week. »
By Wrap Staff
Actor Karl Malden -- an Academy Award winner, Emmy Award nominee and former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- died Wednesday at the age of 97.
More than 20 years after Streetcar, Malden became a TV star with ABC's The Streets of San Francisco, which earned him four Emmy nominations in five seasons.
More to come at TheWrap »
- Michael Speier
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