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Al Pacino won his Oscar on his eighth nomination. He deserved it more the other seven times!Amir here, back with another monthly team poll. Back in May, we had a look at the Best Actress Oscars and picked what we thought were the greatest losers in history. Since we all love symmetry, it’s only fair to give the losing gentlemen their chance to shine. And it's also quite topical in December 2013. This year's Best Actor race has so many worthy choices that the losers are inevitably worth celebrating in advance.
This was an incredibly arduous task. Though we may all have our regular disagreements with AMPAS, there’s no denying the wealth of talent on display in their record of movie history. These are some of the most iconic performances in film history and to narrow them down to just ten is a fool’s errand. List-making always is! »
- Amir S.
Thanksgiving is a specifically and peculiarly American occasion and although we on this side of the pond are generally aware of it, either because of films like Free Birds, or because of a healthy interest in Us sports, or through the avalanche of Thanksgiving-themed tweets from those we follow within the Twittersphere, it tends to pass us by.
But in the interests of North Atlantic harmony and in order to try to extend an olive branch of fraternity and put all that Boston Tea Party business behind us, it seemed appropriate to acknowledge and even celebrate Thanksgiving by sharing a few things for which we can all be thankful – American, British and everything else besides.
We could list all of the films we are thankful for, but that would take a while. We could say we are grateful for certain actors or directors, but in such matters of taste and »
- Dave Roper
Keeping Up with the Kardashians - Kanye West continues to do interviews and make statements seemingly designed for mockery, the latest from his delusional tour is a promotion of his baby mama Kim K as the next Marilyn Monroe. Kanye is no fan of Kate Upton (pictured above) being dubbed the modern day Marilyn. West's latest "Imma let you finish" moment - he thinks his baby mama Kim Kardashian is the next Marilyn Monroe, not Kate Upton. The 'Bound 2' hitmaker has blasted Vanity Fair magazine for featuring supermodel Kate Upton, 21, styled to look like the 'Some Like It Hot' star, on the cover of its recent 100th anniversary issue and hailed his fiancee, 33, for being similar to the late legendary actress because she divides public opinion and is controversial. The rapper told Chicago's Power 105.1 radio station on Tuesday morning: ''I have a love hate relationship with the »
Think silent films reached a high point with The Artist? The pre-sound era produced some of the most beautiful, arresting films ever made. From City Lights to Metropolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
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10. City Lights
City Lights was arguably the biggest risk of Charlie Chaplin's career: The Jazz Singer, released at the end of 1927, had seen sound take cinema by storm, but Chaplin resisted the change-up, preferring to continue in the silent tradition. In retrospect, this isn't so much the precious behaviour of a purist but the smart reaction of an experienced comedian; Chaplin's films rarely used intertitles anyway, and though it is technically "silent", City Lights is very mindful of it own self-composed score and keenly judged sound effects.
At its heart, »
With the holidays approaching, Amazon constantly rotates their DVD/Blu-ray deals. Here are today's highlights. Keep in mind, many of these end today. Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $179.99 (70% off) includes 52 discs! 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] - $28.99 (47% off) Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond with Skyfall [Blu-ray] $139.99 (53% off) Full House: Complete Series Collection - $54.99 (68% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection - $74.99 (75% off) The X-Files: The Complete Series + Movies - $89.99 (73% off) Smallville: The Complete Series - $146.99 (57% off) Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection - $79.99 (69% off) Friends: The Complete Series DVD - $89.99 (56% off) Friends: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $149.99 (46% off) Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $201.99 (33% off) Dexter: The Complete Series Collection [Blu-ray] - $219.99 (52% off) The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection - $27.53 (72% off) includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With the holidays approaching, Amazon constantly rotates their DVD/Blu-ray deals. Here are the new highlights. Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $179.99 (70% off) includes 52 discs! 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] - $28.99 (47% off) Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond with Skyfall [Blu-ray] $139.99 (53% off) Full House: Complete Series Collection - $54.99 (68% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection - $74.99 (75% off) The X-Files: The Complete Series + Movies - $89.99 (73% off) Smallville: The Complete Series - $146.99 (57% off) Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection - $79.99 (69% off) The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection - $27.53 (72% off) includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, The Misfits The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection (The Sound of Music / The King and I / Oklahoma! / South Pacific / State Fair / Carousel) - $34.80 (65% off) Ice Age »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Every Sunday Amazon rotates many of their DVD/Blu-ray deals. Here are the new highlights. Some great stuff this week. Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $179.99 (70% off) includes 52 discs! 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (64% off) Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond with Skyfall [Blu-ray] $139.99 (53% off) Taxi: The Complete Series - $47.99 (63% off) Full House: Complete Series Collection - $54.99 (68% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection - $75.99 (75% off) The X-Files: The Complete Series + Movies - $89.99 (73% off) The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection - $28.49 (72% off) includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, The Misfits The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection (The Sound of Music / The King and I / Oklahoma! / South Pacific / State Fair / Carousel) - $34.80 (65% off) Ice Age 1-4 Collection + Ice Age Christmas »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving will star in Farrant.s Strangerland, a mystery drama about a couple whose lives unravel after their two teenage children go missing in the harsh Australian desert.
Caton will play Rex, a terminally ill cab driver who drove 3,000 km from his home in Broken Hill to Darwin in the early 1990s in hopes of taking advantage of the Northern Territory's voluntary euthanasia laws. Ningali Lawford has been cast as Polly, an Aboriginal woman who is Rex.s next door neighbour and occasional lover, »
- Don Groves
A project originally conceived to be a starring vehicle for Tony Curtis (Some Like It Hot) back in 1957 will finally be making its way to the big screen because of an Oscar winner. Unbrokenwhich is directed and produced by Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted) is based on the book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemptionwritten by Laura Hillenbrand; the biopic chronicles the time spent by American Olympic runner Louis “Louie” Zamperini as a Japanese Pow.
“It will be hard to make a film worthy of this great man,” stated Jolie in a press release. “I am deeply honoured to have the chance and will do all I can to bring Louie’s inspiring story to life. Everyone involved in the film shares this deep responsibility. Like all readers of Laura’s book and all people who love and admire Louie, I am a fan who has learned so much. »
You want funny? We got funny! From Airplane to Duck Soup, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' pick of the 10 best rib-ticklers
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Peter Bradshaw on comedy
Notionally, one of the most loved of genres, comedy persistently finds that it is somehow ineligible for greatness. Comedies rarely get Oscars. Charlie Chaplin, the great comic, was one of cinema's first international superstars. Keaton, the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy produced sublime gems of film-making, arguably cherished more now than at the time. Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot is one of the most loved films of all time, with a miraculously light touch and a glorious romantic chemistry between Curtis, Lemmon and Monroe. In Hollywood, the screwball tradition came to be supplanted in public taste by Woody Allen, whose DNA can be traced through the cerebral creations of Charlie Kaufman.
Recently, Hollywood comedy »
Beijing, Oct er 9: A physician's notes on Marilyn Monroe has confirmed that she underwent a cosmetic surgery.
Hollywood plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin's notes also include references to a 1950 cartilage implant in Monroe's chin, which the doctor observed to have slowly begun to dissolve, China Daily reported.
The notes, which were written by Hollywood plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin and a set of the 'Some Like It Hot' star's X rays will be up for an auction in November.
The actress's partial medical history documents are expected to fetch between 15,000-30000 dollars at the Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.
Martin Nolan, executive director of the auction house said that it was unexpected that. »
- Lohit Reddy
Everyone loves a romantic movie, right? Here's what the Guardian and Observer's critics think are the 10 most romantic movies of all time. Let us know what you think in the comments below
Peter Bradshaw on romantic movies
Movies such as Gone With the Wind and Doctor Zhivago lent something grand and epic to romantic love, but it was perhaps the much-loved weepie An Affair to Remember that did the most to introduce us to the more domestic idea of the chick flick or the date movie – the romantic film adored by women and tolerated by their husbands and boyfriends.
"Omg, you have to watch Breaking Bad! You simply have to. Stop whatever you're doing and watch it right now. Stop resuscitating that patient, and watch Breaking Bad. Stop flying that plane, crash it into that field and fire up Netflix."
As I understand it, we are now all legally obliged to watch Breaking Bad by the end of 2013. Our prisons are already full to bursting with people who failed to watch The West Wing or The Wire when they were expressly told to. I even saw a woman prosecuted last week for not having read Gone Girl. What was she thinking?
These days we are told we simply have to watch, to read or just to do, very many »
- Richard Osman
Helen Murdoch with a selection of movies to cure the winter flu blues...
It’s that time of year again where everyone in the office is coughing and spluttering, you start work in the dark and leave in the dark and you can’t remember the last time you could breathe normally. Having recently been hit in the first round of the winter flu, it got me thinking about the best films to cheer yourself up and take your mind off that shaky, sick feeling we all know too well...
The combination of 80s action Gods, cringe worthy one liners and nonsensical dialogue from Stallone are a sure fire way to ease this season’s suffering. Both films are simple to watch, require barely any brainpower and are such good fun that it’s difficult not to find yourself laughing at the various antics of Sylvester Stallone, »
- Gary Collinson
Clint Eastwood Western persona co-creator dead at 87: Luciano Vincenzoni (photo: Clint Eastwood in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’) Screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, whose nearly five-decade career included collaborations with Mario Monicelli, Pietro Germi, and Sergio Leone, died of cancer on Sunday, September 22, 2013, in Rome. Vincenzoni (born on March 7, 1926, in Treviso, near Venice) was 87. In the late ’50s, Luciano Vincenzoni co-wrote Mario Monicelli’s The Great War / La Grande guerra (1959), a humorous (if overlong) World War I comedy-drama starring Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi as reluctant conscripts that earned a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (tied with Roberto Rossellini’s Il Generale della Rovere). Vincenzoni was also partly responsible for the screenplay of two well-regarded Pietro Germi movies: the omnibus comedy of manners The Birds, the Bees and the Italians / Signore & signori (1966), featuring Virna Lisi and Franco Fabrizi, »
- Andre Soares
Directed by Henry Hathaway
Marilyn Monroe’s legacy in popular culture and film varies greatly depending on whom one asks. For some, her photo shoots and the unforgettably attractive looks advertised through them meant she was, and for some, still is, the epitome of sex appeal. For others, her roles in films like Some Like It Hot or The Seven Year Itch painted her image as a great leading lady in romantic comedies and, in the case of the former, somewhat of a ditsy dame. Digging a little bit deeper will reveal another version of Monroe standing in stark contrast to these two. One of her earliest films was John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle from 1950, a riveting heist thriller, in which she played a wealthy middle-aged man’s plaything. Three years later, she was one of the »
- Edgar Chaput
It says a lot about Philip French that after 50 years as the Observer's film critic – five decades in which he has watched more than 2,500 movies, written six books on the subject and received an OBE for his services to film – he is nervous enough about this interview to have researched his answers in advance.
When I arrive at his house in Tufnell Park, north London, I find French poring over a thick reference book at the kitchen table. A cup of coffee is left to cool as he thumbs through the relevant footnotes, anxious to get the facts absolutely right. He will turn 80 in a couple of weeks and says that he occasionally struggles to remember names of directors or actors. »
- Elizabeth Day
Natalie Wood movies: From loving Warren Beatty to stripping like Gypsy Rose Lee Three-time Academy Award nominee Natalie Wood, one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the ’60s, is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" performer today, August 18, 2013. TCM is currently showing Elia Kazan’s Splendor in the Grass (1961), a romantic drama written for the screen by playwright William Inge (Picnic, Bus Stop). Wood is fine as a young woman who loses her emotional balance after she’s seduced and abandoned by the son (Warren Beatty) of a wealthy family in Kansas shortly before the Great Depression. For her efforts, she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. (Sophia Loren was that year’s winner, for the Italian-made Two Women.) (See “TCM movie schedule: Natalie Wood Hot Hollywood Star.” Next in line is Richard Quine’s feeble attempt at screwball comedy, Sex and the Single Girl (1964), a movie that promises much more than it delivers, »
- Andre Soares
The public fascination with Marilyn Monroe will likely never die.
At the height of her fame she was impossibly larger than life, but before Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes she was just another 21-year-old hopeful ingenue looking to make it big in Hollywood. In honor of the anniversary of her death this week, Life.com has published a slideshow of never-before-published outtake images from the Life digital archives that show the woman before she was an icon.
The photos, from the 1948 set of Sitting Pretty, which Monroe did not appear in, show a happy Monroe next to »
- Erin Strecker
The Reader Spotlight series features you, The Film Experience community out there in the dark, watching movies and commenting or silently absorbing the conversation right here. I started this interview series because a) I'm grateful for your patronage and b) you're fascinating! Today we're talking to Angelica Jade Bastién who writes Madwomen and Muses.
Tfe: Hi Angelica, do you remember your first movie?
Angelica: Honestly, I don’t. In my youth (can I say that when I am only 24?) films weren’t that important to me. I was quite a raconteur (which continues to this day) but I told my stories through poetry and painting. It wasn’t until I went to an art high school that I fell in love with film turning to words to tell my stories through scripts, essays and prose. The three films that changed my life and sent me into a heady love affair with cinema, »
- NATHANIEL R
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