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The Artist (2011) – The Review

23 December 2011 7:29 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

So far this holiday season we moviegoers have seen Martin Scorsese’s magical tribute to cinema’s infancy, Hugo. In that film he uses all the 3D CGI modern movie marvels to recreate the ” flickers” of the early twentieth century. And now from French director Michel Hazanavcius comes his loving homage to old Hollywood, The Artist. But this film differs from Hugo in that it attempts to completely emulate those golden classics. No 3D or CGI used here. Or color. Or sound (there’s a great musical score, but no spoken dialogue-just title cards). You may think that this is just a gimmick, while some movie fans may roll their eyes at having to read the film. Ah, but it’s no gimmick and the title cards do not make viewing the film a chore. On the contrary, I believe this enhances the whole movie experience. It helps to immerse you into this quiet, »

- Jim Batts

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The Artist – review

22 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This witty and moving homage to the silent movie era is one of the most purely enjoyable movies in years

Advancing age and retreating inhibition now make me liable to cry at the movies. But this has to be the first time I have actually wept tears of joy. It is not high camp exaggeration. This happens every time I watch the last sequence of this exquisitely judged, gloriously funny and achingly tender film by the French director Michel Hazanavicius, a movie about the black and white silent age of Hollywood, which is itself in black and white, and silent – or almost silent. There are some spoken words, and a continuous orchestral score by Ludovic Bource.

Since seeing The Artist at its Cannes premiere earlier this year, I have become one of a global legion of jabbering evangelists, and only the fear of causing a backlash deters us from going on about its artistry more. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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2012 Golden Globe Nominations Announced!

15 December 2011 6:30 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

The 2012 Golden Globe nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood.

As expected, "The Artist" and "The Descendants" led the way with five nods each, but there were plenty of surprises too.

George Clooney is going to have a big night, as his "The Ides of March" scored four nominations, including Best Director.

Breakout star Ryan Gosling scored two nods for his superb acting -- one for "Crazy, Stupid, Love" as well as "The Ides of March. »

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Beau Bridges Wants a Studio Era Revival, Octavia Spencer Opposes

9 December 2011 8:30 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

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Beau Bridges is the first person to admit that he’s not nearly as musically inclined as his baby brother Jeff Bridges. But he’s willing to give it a try. Bridges is currently preparing to replace John Larroquette in the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” which also stars Daniel Radcliffe. And while it’s been more years that Bridges can count since his sung, danced and acted all at the same time, he believes now, »

- Alexandra Cheney

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7 Reasons 'The Artist' Could Be the Year's Surprise Hit ... and an Oscar Frontrunner

22 November 2011 7:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

One of the most talked-about movies of the year is one in which there’s no talking at all.

The little French silent film "The Artist" has been building fans (and Oscar buzz) since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Celebrating Hollywood’s 1920s silent era, the story is a black-and-white melodrama filled with comedy, dancing and an adorable Jack Russell terrier that will make you feel like you’ve been transported back to the times of flappers and fedoras.

The film, directed by rising French director Michel Hazanavicius, opens this weekend in the U.S. It follows dashing leading man George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), who at the height of his stardom is slammed back down to Earth when he refuses to star in talkies. Quickly becoming an afterthought, Valentin must sell his worldly possessions to survive, but a rising star (Bérénice Bejo) he helped get into »

- Jason Guerrasio

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Looking back at Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise

21 November 2011 4:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It’s Brian De Palma’s 1974 musical take on The Phantom Of The Opera, and it’s quite odd. But as Jeff explains, Phantom Of The Paradise is also rather good…

From Rod Serling’s moody opening monologue, right to the end credit sequence repackaging the entire film into a music video, it’s clear there’s a passionate vision behind Brian De Palma’s Phantom Of The Paradise. Here’s an example of a creative team able to squeeze the muscle of the studio system to make something idiosyncratic, groovy, and just plain weird. It was the 1970s, after all. Now pushing 40, is Phantom merely an interesting relic of an era, or does it stand the test of time?

This 1974 film takes the plot from Phantom Of The Opera and the Faust legend and churns them together into a unique brew. Failed singer-songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finley) signs a »

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Why silent movies are golden once more

20 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Artist, a black-and-white beauty, could cash in on Hollywood's nostalgia for the early 20th century with an Oscar

A silent film hasn't won the Oscar for best picture since Wings took the top prize at the very first ceremony in 1929. A year later, the talkies had taken hold, and it's fair to say they have dominated the awards ever since. But now, for the first time in more than 80 years, a silent movie is being talked up as a real Oscars contender.

The Artist is a French film, but set in Hollywood at the end of the silent era, and shot like one of the very best films from that time. That means it's black-and-white, it uses the squarer "Academy Ratio" frame rather than widescreen and, yes, it's silent. It's a beguiling, A Star is Born/Singin' in the Rain story of two lovers whose paths and careers cross »

- Pamela Hutchinson

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Water For Elephants (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

3 November 2011 3:01 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

Water for Elephants

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz

Running Time: 2 hrs

Rating: PG-13

Due Out: November 1, 2011

Plot: A veterinary student (Pattinson) joins a circus after a family tragedy where he meets a beautiful circus performer (Witherspoon) and an elephant.

Who’S It For? Anyone who likes period romances.

Movie:

I loved the book Water for Elephants but was reluctant to see the film. I knew Pattinson from Twilight, and he seemed like a teenager, not a man. Witherspoon seemed to mature for him. And the trailers focused too little on Rosie, the real heroine of the film and book. Despite these reservations, I found myself enjoying the final product. Pattinson has a real 1930s look about him when you put him in period clothes. The jawline doesn’t hurt. He plays a credible hero for Witherspoon’s Marlena, a beautiful circus performer »

- Megan Lehar

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2011 Cinema Arts Festival Houston, Highlights Films and Live Performances Including The World Premiere Of ‘Art Car: The Movie’

31 October 2011 2:16 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Texas is known for some great film festivals. apart from SXSW and Fantastic Fest, both held in Austin – Houston also hosts some wonderful events. Among them is the Cinema Arts Festival. This year’s line-up is extremely strong, with titles that include Pina, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, The Artist and the World Premiere of Art Car: The Movie. Sadly we do not have any contributors over in Houston, but I did feel the need to quickly promote the festival. Here is the press release.

 

Houston  – Now in its third year, Cinema Arts Festival Houston, which runs from November 9 to 13, 2011 will bring an ambitious program of films by and about artists to the vibrant Texas city known internationally for its dynamic art scene. From painting and dance to classical music and multimedia work, this edition will also include appearances by directors, actors, musicians, and special tributes to Ethan Hawke and documentary master Patricio Guzman. »

- Ricky

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Quick Shooter: A Clint Eastwood Profile (Part 5)

22 October 2011 9:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the fifth of a five part feature (read parts one, two, three and four)...

“Maybe the title of Space Cowboys [2000] is a bit misleading because it is mostly about the pioneers of space,” stated Clint Eastwood when discussing the story about four former test pilots from the 1950s who decades later get an opportunity to go into outer space. “We were not really cowboys, but these men who did all the pioneering in the 1950s were going to the frontier of space in planes they were not sure could make it. They were being rocketed along on the ground faster than the speed of sound to see if the human body could take it, so I would say that the film is something of a homage to those gentlemen.” The action thriller with a production budget of $65 million stars Clint Eastwood, »

- flickeringmyth

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New Release: My Fair Lady Blu-ray

21 October 2011 2:49 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Release Date: Nov. 15, 2011

Price: Blu-ray $32.99

Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

The classic musical My Fair Lady, starring the stunning and irrepressible Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), got a restoration so it would be spick and span for its high-definition Blu-ray debut.

Based on George Bernard Shaw‘s play Pygmalion, the movie stars Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl who becomes the subject of a wager of a snobbish phonetics professor (Rex Harrison, The Ghost of Mrs. Muir) that he can transform her into the toast of English high society. Along the way, the free-spirited Eliza starts to rub off on her stuffy teacher.

Directed by George Cukor (A Star Is Born), the romance film won eight Academy Awards when it was  released in theaters in 1964, including Best Picture. The other categories it took home a statue for were Best Actor (Harrison), Best Director, art direction, cinematography, costume design, »

- Sam

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Olsen, Spencer, Jones, and Colman – One Role, One Movie, This Year

21 October 2011 8:55 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

A star is born in Elizabeth Olsen.  Although many on the fest circuit have already seen Martha Marcy May Marlene, and therefore not much is being written about her performance »

- Sasha Stone

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Oscar Horrors: "The Tell Tale Heart"

17 October 2011 6:48 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Boo! In this new miniseries, suggested by Robert Gannon, Team Film Experience will be exploring Oscar nominated or Oscar winning contributions from or related to the Horror Film genre. Happy Halloween Season! 

Here Lies... The Tell Tale Heart. Its insistent beating was drowned to death by the cacophony of musical noise coming from the instruments of Walt Disney's Toot Whistle Plunk and Bloom which won the Best Animated Short Film Oscar for 1953.

What is more horrifying than a madman who thinks himself sane, like the narrator of Edgar Allan Poe's legendary horror story The Tell Tale Heart? I can actually name four.

1. That an Oscar nomination by no means makes your film easy to find for future generations. This is especially true of any nominations outside of Picture, and Acting. Have you ever tried to find all the nominated short films to watch from any given calender year? Shudder. »

- NATHANIEL R

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And So the Oscar Hype Begins! Silent Film "The Artist" Wins Big at 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival

17 October 2011 3:08 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

I am very intrigued by "The Artist." It's a silent film after all (which is pretty cool!), but it's generating enough Oscar buzz that I cannot simply ignore it! But the road to the Oscars is still quite long and tumultuous even though the preeminent Academy Awards vote-getter, the Weinstein company, is behind the Michel Hazanavicius movie. Still, it would be awesome for "The Artist" to score a Best Picture Nomination! The last time a silent film scored a victory was in 1929 with "The Patriot."

The French film (or does language even matter since it's silent?) stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo and takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1931. It has "A Star is Born" story, if you may, that talks about a relationship between a declining male star and a rising actress. It also talks about the end of the silent film era and the beginning of the talkies. »

- Manny

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Nyff 2011. Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist"

17 October 2011 11:55 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A little over a week ago, Geoffrey Macnab prepped Independent readers for the arrival of Michel Hazanavicius's latest at the London Film Festival: "Rapturously received in Cannes, this is a classic tale of old Hollywood: an A Star is Born-style yarn about a slick movie star, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), whose popularity begins to wane with the arrival of the talkies in the late 1920s, just as that of the Theda Bara-like It Girl Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) rises. The Artist is a film of extraordinary visual zest, humor and pathos. It also happens to be French-made, black and white... and silent…. Valentin, the debonair and dashing protagonist of The Artist, is clearly modelled on Douglas Fairbanks. The irony of this is that Kevin Brownlow is currently trying to make a documentary about Fairbanks through his company Photoplay Productions, and no one will finance it. Contacted this week, »

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Nyff: "The Artist" Is A Work of Art

16 October 2011 11:10 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The orchestra swells immediately. The retro credits practically shout the glory of the talent "Michel Hazanavicius!", Jean Dujardin!" "Berenice Bejo!" (exclamation points ours -ed.) but the first telling words on the screen in The Artist are actually wittily posted on a sign, urging everyone to keep their mouths shut. 

Please Be Silent Behind The Screen."

George Valentin shows off at his big premiere

We are at the premiere of A Russian Affair, the latest from silent film star George Valentin (Cannes Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin) as he paces behind the screen waiting for the film to end. You can feel the tension as he waits for the audience reaction. The score drops out completely and we hear... nothing (Tension!). Then comes the audience's thunderous applause (Relief!) ... but we still hear nothing. This punchline in the absence of sound gives The Artist its first huge and knowing release of laughter. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Michel Hazanavicius: Silence is golden for the big noise from France

6 October 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

There won't be many movies that audiences will enjoy more at this month's London Film Festival than Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist. Rapturously received in Cannes, this is a classic tale of old Hollywood: an A Star is Born-style yarn about a slick movie star, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), whose popularity begins to wane with the arrival of the talkies in the late 1920s, just as that of the Theda Bara-like It Girl Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) rises. »

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Michel Hazanavicius - Silence is golden for the big noise from France

6 October 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

There won't be many movies that audiences will enjoy more at this month's London Film Festival than Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist. Rapturously received in Cannes, this is a classic tale of old Hollywood: an A Star is Born-style yarn about a slick movie star, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), whose popularity begins to wane with the arrival of the talkies in the late 1920s, just as that of the Theda Bara-like It Girl Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) rises. »

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Music: Music Review: J. Cole: Cole World: The Sideline Story

3 October 2011 10:09 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

As if being the first rapper signed to Jay-z’s Roc Nation imprint didn’t invite expectations enough, J. Cole received his label rollout on a Blueprint 3 track presumptuously titled “A Star Is Born.” That’s a lot of pressure to heap on an artist who, for all his mix-tape notoriety, lacks some of the key trappings of a modern rap star. Unlike the outsized personalities who dominate the radio, Cole is a cordial presence, with a casual flow that disguises how fastidious his rhymes are. He’s a gifted rapper, but not always a compelling one, and though »

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How J. Cole Hustled His Way to No. 1

27 September 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Getty Rapper J. Cole

As he sat in a recording studio playing a few select cuts from the project he would eventually turn into his label, J. Cole — the first artist signed to Jay-z’s record label Roc Nation – still had plenty of work before him in the month leading up to the day for which he’s waited his whole life.

The rapper, whose major-label debut album “Cole World: The Sideline Story” comes out today, was putting the finishing »

- Jozen Cummings

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