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The films that weren't even given a shot at winning best picture
• Charles Saatchi: my love affair with Orson Welles
Here, in no particular order, is Charles Saatchi's list of the post-1950 films that should have been nominated for a best film Oscar. Tell us your picks below.
What's Up Doc?
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
2001: A Space Odyssey
Advise and Consent
King of Comedy
- Charles Saatchi
"This is a testament to the popularity of Orson Welles and his magnum opus 'Citizen Kane.' I'm proud to have represented this fantastic award to the cinema collecting community. Welles received this award for best original screenplay, which was, incredibly, the only Oscar that either 'Citizen Kane' or Orson Welles received."
That is rather astounding, as "Citizen Kane" is largely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, movie of all time. It was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director and Actor for Welles, but lost to "How Green Was My Valley" for the first two and Gary Cooper in "Sergeant York" for the latter.
Welles also starred in, wrote or directed (among others) "The Third Man, »
(Orson Welles, 1958, Eureka!, 12)
Welles began and ended his Hollywood career directing and starring in great noir movies, Citizen Kane in 1941, and Touch of Evil, his ultimate cult picture. The latter was intended to be a minor Universal thriller with Welles as the corrupt, crippled homicide cop Hank Quinlan at a Us border town. But Charlton Heston, cast as an upright Mexican narcotics agent, insisted Welles write and direct, and it was transformed into a baroque masterpiece – dark, complex, perverse, riveting – that puzzled Universal, which released it recut with added scenes. This excellent two-disc Blu-ray set contains two versions from 1958 and (crucially) the 1998 reconstruction from Welles's notes. There are four different commentaries and a first-rate booklet with articles by Welles, Truffaut and Bazin. From the now classic opening long-take to the final sequence where Marlene Dietrich contributes to the last exchange ("Hank was a great detective all right" – "And a lousy »
- Philip French
The Up in the Air star has taken on the unpleasant role of tyrant Captain Bligh from Mutiny on the Bounty, while Pitt has opted to do his best impression of horror film actor Peter Lorre and portray Eraserhead's Henry Spencer for this week's (begs12Dec11) issue of The New York Times Magazine.
Clooney says, "I picked Captain Bligh because I liked his hat. Bad guys don't think they're bad guys. In film, the best evil performances are when the actor remembers that."
"Extra" correspondent Jerry Penacoli continued his week with the multi-talented Angelina Jolie, sitting down to discuss how she took her directorial debut film, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," to heart.
The film follows two lovers on opposite sides of the Bosnian War. Jolie explained how she related it to her relationship with Brad Pitt.
"I'm sure you can only write from what you know, and I've not lived through a war. I could »
From time to time we get a chance to see something great from Hollywood. You know, no bullshit stories, just a mix of good actors, classic villains, great costumes and perfect make up. That’s exactly why The New York Times Magazine’s Touch Of Evil, a video gallery of cinematic villainy, directed by Alex Prager deserves [...]
Brad Pitt was recently featured on the cover of the New York Times for the "Touch of Evil" special in the "Great Performers" issue. The "Touch of Evil" special is a pretty astounding piece of work that features a video gallery of cinematic villainy, inspired by nefarious icons and featuring the best performers from the year in film. Next to Pitt, George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara Gary Oldman, Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kirsten Dunst, Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Adepero Oduye and Jean Dujardin also took part. Pitt portrays Eraserhead in David Lynch's cult classic 1977 film, while Gosling vanishes as the Invisible Man and Mara goes insane as Alex from A Clockwork Orange. You can watch Brad Pitt's video below (where he looks a bit like Kramer) and follow the link to all 13. »
Just yesterday, we got word from Deadline's Nancy Tartaglione that Sienna Miller and Toby Jones would be playing Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock in the BBC-hbo co-production, The Girl. Later that same day, the Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit broke the news that, after four years in development, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho "is in the process of being set up at Fox Searchlight. Anthony Hopkins, who is attached to play Hitchcock, and Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil), who is directing, are making the move and are being joined by Helen Mirren, who will play the filmmaker's wife, Alma Reville."
The Playlist's Kevin Jagernauth: "The subject matter is great stuff for movie buffs. Psycho was a project that Paramount hated. Hitchcock was originally going to direct No Bail for the Judge with Audrey Hepburn but had to scrap those plans when the actress became pregnant. So he moved on to Psycho, »
To celebrate the great cinematic performers of 2011, The New York Times has put together a spectacular video gallery called "Touch of Evil" that features thirteen of this year's hottest actors and actresses portraying thirteen iconic "Vamps, Crooks and Killers" from throughout cinema history.
Link | Posted 12/8/2011 by BrentJS
Brad Pitt | Gary Oldman | George Clooney | Glenn Close | Ryan Gosling | Jean Dujardin | Kirsten Dunst | Viola Davis | Jessica Chastain | Mia Wasikowska | Rooney Mara | Michael Shannon | Adepero Oduye »
- BrentJS Sprecher
So, 'Henry Spencer' from David Lynch's Eraserhead was a villain? As part of her "Touch of Evil" art project for the New York Times, photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager assembled some of the year's top performers and had them choose iconic movie villains to breathe new life into. I still don't get how Henry fits in as a villain, but whatever. Brad Pitt's video short as the big-haired Eraserhead character is kind of hilarious. Included in the project are also George Clooney »
- George Merchan
New York Times put together videos for their "Touch of Evil" gallery, featuring such actors as Brad Pitt, Rooney Mara, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Kirsten Dunst, and Michael Shannon. The videos, each unique in style and directed by Alex Prager, are inspired by cinematic villains and nefarious icons. Click below to see Pitt's intense portrayal of Peter Lorre, and click here to see all thirteen videos. Oldman plays a dummy, stating: "I used to have one of those dolls when I was a kid. They're creepy to have in the room." Clooney is British officer William Bligh. "I picked Captain Bligh because I liked his hat," said the actor. Gosling is the Invisible Man, saying: "I don't really know if the Invisible Man is a villain or not, but I just don't trust the guy. He says he's going to be somewhere, but never shows up. »
 As we head toward the end of the year, it's clear that 2011 has yielded some damn great performances from both established stars (Gary Oldman, Glenn Close) and rising talents (Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska). So naturally, the best way to celebrate their accomplishments is by inviting each of them to play characters wholly unlike the ones they've recently received acclaim for. In a video gallery from The New York Times Magazine titled "Touch of Evil," thirteen of this year's most notable stars tackle thirteen villainous types, from "The Menacing Dummy" (Oldman) to "The Sociopath" (Rooney Mara channeling A Clockwork Orange's Alex DeLarge) and everything in between. Hit the jump for a photo gallery from the feature. We've included a selection of stills from the Nyt Magazine feature below. Some of the stars played archetypal bad-guy figures, while others did a take on a specific character. It's well worth heading over to »
- Angie Han
Hollywood superstars never get tired of playing dress-up — and The New York Times has just unveiled one of the best online costume parties ever made.
Featuring 13 of this year's biggest stars and best performers, the new "Touch of Evil" video gallery showcases Hollywood's top talent re-imagining themselves as some of the most villainous characters in film history, including George Clooney as "Mutiny on the Bounty"'s Captain Bligh, "The Help"'s Viola Davis as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"'s Nurse Ratched and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" breakout star Rooney Mara as "A Clockwork Orange"'s lead droog Alex.
And these aren't just portraits; they are actually fully-scored miniature movies, with the actors doing what they do best -- acting -- in a series of creepy videos that will send chills up your spine.
For the entire sequence of terrifyingly awesome clips, head over to The New »
- Scott Harris
If The Film Experience were its own media empire the first thing we would do is some sort of annual gallery of celebrities a la Vanity Fair or the New York Times. For this year's New York Times video gallery ["Vamps, Crooks and Killers" (photos) "Touch of Evil" (video)] the Times has famous actors playing famous film baddies or villainous archetypes. We've mentioned we love this actors as actors business muchly before. It always thrills.
The Close image reminds us that Glenn has always been thisclose to being a cartoon character who just happens to be made of flesh and blood. That's how most iconic film stars and characters come across... at least after decades in the pop cultural air, though it didn't take Close that long to achieve it.
Doesn't the Nurse »
- NATHANIEL R
Well here’s one of the coolest stories you’ll see all week. A number of fantastic actors have gotten together to recreate some of the greatest villains in movie history. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Gary Oldman, Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, and many more are all part of director Alex Prager’s “Touch of Evil” project. The video gallery features each performer uniquely taking on the persona of an iconic villain. Some of the characters are deep cuts, with Pitt as Henry Spencer from Eraserhead, Clooney as Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty, Mara as Alex from A Clockwork Orange, and Oldman genuinely unrecognizable as the ventriloquist dummy from Magic. Other highlights include Viola Davis channeling Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Michael Shannon as Wall Street’s Gordon Gecko. It appears that the actors chose the characters themselves, which »
- Adam Chitwood
Check out The New York Times' Touch of Evil video gallery from their Hollywood issue. With a slew of awards contenders--including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Viola Davis, Kirsten Dunst, Glenn Close, Ryan Gosling, Gary Oldman, Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Jean Dujardin and Adepero Oduye--the videos --paying homage to "nefarious icons" of cinema--range from clever and cute to creepy and ridiculous. Also if you missed it, check out this must-read Nyt piece on global indie financing, with the Wachowskis' "Cloud Atlas," starring Tom Hanks, as the hook. »
In a brilliant end of the year nod to some of the breakthrough performances of 2011, the New York Times have teamed up with Alex Prager to release 15 videos that showcase these top actors and actresses portraying classic film villains. The series is called “Touch of Evil.” Each of the 20 – 50 second clips have a unique twist on these iconic characters in film history. Some of the films referenced will be easier to recognize while others are much more ambiguous or stem from more obscure films. Eraserhead, A Clockwork Orange, The Invisible Man, Magic, Wall Street, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Bonnie and Clyde, and Repulsion are some of the films that are given a quirky homage by such actors as Brad Pitt, Rooney Mare, Ryan Gosling, Gary Oldman, and Viola Davis. The videos are not able to be embedded, so the only way to view them is by clicking the link Here. »
- Michael Haffner
Not too long ago, a fantastic photo set surfaced with various actors and actresses taking on characters in various Martin Scorsese films like Taxi Driver and Good Fellas. Recreations of some of cinema's finest characters and scenes get a whole new image and feel with new talent stepping in, and a new video gallery from The New York Times is no different. Alex Prager has crafted Touch of Evil, "a video gallery of cinematic villainy inspired by nefarious icons and featuring the best performers from the year in film" including Brad Pitt as Eraserhead, Rooney Mara as Alex from A Clockwork Orange and more. Here's snapshots of Alex Prager's Touch of Evil (click to see the video pieces from The NY Times): Pitt and Mara's installments really stand out as the best, but there's plenty of other great reinventions to behold. The others featured above include Michael Shannon as »
- Ethan Anderton
Every year around Oscar season, the New York Times uses their amazing powers of old media and modern technology to convince a lot of very famous people to put on insane costumes, pose for elaborate photographs and videos, and put them online. This year the theme of their big spread is "Touch of Evil," and they've got the likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain and more dressed up as iconic, dastardly movie characters of the past. The shorts aren't filmed exactly like the movies that inspire the characters-- Michael Shannon's Gordon Gecko is in something far more surreal than Wall Street-- but that makes it all the more fun to figure out who they're playing. The videos aren't embeddable, so you'll have to click on the images below to find the videos at the New York Times site. It's really hard »
"Damn you, Spielberg, for getting me choked up with your Au Hasard Blockbuztar," tweets Aaron Hillis. Search for "War Horse" on Twitter and you could spend quite a while combing through the results before you'll find one that doesn't mention tears, weeping or outright blubbering. Though it doesn't open until Christmas Day, Steven Spielberg's War Horse is being shown to the media and industry now because, suggests Anne Thompson, the New York Film Critics Circle, like a state eager to draw early attention to its Republican primary, has moved its day of voting to this Tuesday. In other words, the Nyfcc will be announcing its awards for the best film of the year, performances and so on, with a full month of 2011 yet to go.
But at Deadline, Pete Hammond suggests that the "unusual strategy" Dreamworks and distributor Disney are pursuing isn't hinging on a single band of critics. »
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