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Birthday Suit: You've Seen Demi's

11 November 2009 4:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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.

1887 Roland Young, popular 30s and 40s character actor (Topper, The Philadelphia Story, Ruggles of Red Gap)

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)

1899 Pat O'Brien --Ewwww, not that one people -- the actor! whose film career stretches alllllll the way from the 1931 classic The Front Page to 1981's Ragtime.

1901 Sam Spiegel, powerful producer. Boy was he on fire in »

- NATHANIEL R

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Geek Deal: Columbia Best Picture Collection for $60

17 September 2009 11:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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

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'Ryan's Daughter' sequel in the works (IrishCentral)

4 August 2009 5:54 AM, PDT | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

Many consider the original to be perfect, but “Ryan’s Daughter” star Sarah Miles has set out to pen a sequel to the classic Irish film. Miles’ agent announced that the English actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role as the unforgettable Rosy Ryan in the award-winning film, is currently conducting research in Ireland for the sequel. “She is writing a script and there is a producer for a film, but it's very early days,” her agent said. Miles’ husband, Robert Bolt, who penned “Doctor Zhivago” and “A Man for All Seasons,” wrote the original script, while David Lean, the famous director of “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” directed. “Ryan’s Daughter” bombed in box offices when it was released in 1970, but has since become a beloved, classic Irish film, and is considered to be one of Lean’s best works. The »

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Yahoo’s 100 Movies to See Before You Die

25 March 2009 12:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Yahoo! posted it’s list of “100 Movies to See Before You Die” on Monday. Here they are in alphabetical order: - 12 Angry Men (1957) - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - The 400 Blows (1959) - 8 1/2 (1963) - The African Queen (1952) - Alien (1979) - All About Eve (1950) - Annie Hall (1977) - Apocalypse Now (1979) - The Battle of Algiers (1967) - The Bicycle Thief (1948) - Blade Runner (1982) - Blazing Saddles (1974) - Blow Up (1966) - Blue Velvet (1986) - Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Breathless (1960) - The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) - Bringing Up Baby (1938) - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) - Casablanca (1942) - Chinatown (1974) - Citizen Kane (1941) - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) - Die Hard [...] »

- Tessa

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How Many of Yahoo's '100 Movies To See Before You Die' Have You Seen?

23 March 2009 8:42 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I recently made a point to see all of the films I had not seen on IMDb's Top 250 list and outside of the unavailable Safety Last! (Does anyone own this or know where I can buy it for less than $80?) I managed just that. In talking about taking on the list I discussed it with a fellow Seattle critic who said to me, "Yeah, but there are a lot of fanboy films on that list." I told them I understood that, but there are also plenty of great films on that list and also said it is always best to be sure you see all the films your potential readership has seen and also believes are great. On top of the IMDb list I have also created a spreadsheet that totals 495 films made up of the IMDb Top 250, the AFI Top 100, the complete list of Best Picture winners and Roger Ebert »

- Brad Brevet

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DVD: Review: Hobson’s Choice

24 February 2009 10:00 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

David Lean is best known for his epic late-period historical dramas exploring the psychological contradictions of outsized figures, like Lawrence Of ArabiaThe Bridge On The River Kwai, and Doctor Zhivago. But his directorial career began with eminently British literary adaptations filmed on a smaller scale—Noël Coward’s This Happy BreedBrief Encounter,and Blithe SpiritCharles DickensOliver Twist and Great Expectations; and an adaptation of Harold Brighouse’s perennially popular theatrical comedy Hobson’s Choice. Released in 1954, Hobson’s Choice is the last of Lean’s black-and-white films; the following year, he directed Summertime (also »

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