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Hcff Review: Night Owls

7 May 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

An ambitious young man finds himself tending to his boss's girlfriend -- his married boss's secret girlfriend -- who's in despair. It sounds like the middle of The Apartment, but it's actually the focus of Night Owls, a feature that premiered at SXSW and just screened at the Hill Country Film Festival, where it won the Cinema Dulce Best of Fest award. The indie owes a large debt to the 1960 Billy Wilder film without feeling like a remake or tribute.

The movie opens with Madeline (Rosa Salazar) taking Kevin (Adam Pally) home for a boozy one-night stand ... or so Kevin thinks. It's only after their brief liaison that Kevin, about to slip out of the house, realizes in stages that a) it's not her house, it belongs to his boss; b) Madeline's been involved with his boss in some way; and c) she's out cold in the bathroom after overdosing on something unknown. »

- Jette Kernion

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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Hollywood Hills Alive With The Sound Of The TCM Classic Film Festival

30 March 2015 9:45 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The TCM Classic Film Festival returned to Tinsel Town for a sixth consecutive year, offering aficionados from across America and even some from abroad a groaning board of over 80 film classics and rarities to feast on. And starry-eyed fans got a chance to see some of their favorites do interviews or introduce films they are known for, including Sophia Loren (Marriage Italian Style) Shirley MacLaine (“The Apartment” and “The Children’s Hour”) and Ann-Margaret (“The Cincinnati Kid”).  The four-day event, which ended Sunday, kicked off with a 50th anniversary screening of a splendidly restored version of “The Sound of Music” […] »

- Jack Egan

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New on Video: ‘Kiss Me, Stupid’

10 March 2015 12:17 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Kiss Me, Stupid

Written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond

Directed by Billy Wilder

USA, 1964

How good was Billy Wilder? So good that this film, Kiss Me, Stupid—largely entertaining, frequently witty, beautifully shot, and with at least two noteworthy performances—probably wouldn’t figure in most lists of his top 10 movies. Yet it is a good Billy Wilder film, if not a great one.

Starting in Las Vegas, we are introduced to Dino, a womanizer, a drunk, an accomplished singer, and a clever jokester. Dean Martin, in a bit of curiously inspired and rather daring casting, plays the rapscallion; not surprisingly, he does so very well. On his way to Los Angeles, he stops in Climax, Nevada (with all the sexual innuendo built into this film, the town’s name almost seems the least obvious). There he encounters Orville (Ray Walston), a nebbish piano teacher and amateur songwriter who »

- Jeremy Carr

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Daily | Goings On | New York and Beyond

6 March 2015 9:51 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

With bittersweet anticipation, we look forward to the final seven episodes of Mad Men's final season. Matthew Weiner has selected "ten movies that had an important influence" on the show for a series running at the Museum of the Moving Image—and he's written the descriptions for each himself: Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest and Vertigo, Billy Wilder's The Apartment, David Lynch's Blue Velvet, Claude Chabrol's Les Bonnes Femmes, Fielder Cook's Patterns, Delbert Mann's Dear Heart and The Bachelor Party, Jean Negulesco's The Best of Everything and Arthur Hiller's The Americanization of Emily. Today's entry features more goings on in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Venice and beyond. » - David Hudson »

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10 Movies That Influenced ‘Mad Men’, According to Matthew Weiner

6 March 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

As Mad Men prepares to come to an end, Matthew Weiner is taking a moment to look back at its roots. The series creator has offered up a list of 10 films that influenced Mad Men, ranging from Billy Wilder‘s The Apartment to David Lynch‘s Blue Velvet. Click through to read the list, along with […]

The post 10 Movies That Influenced ‘Mad Men’, According to Matthew Weiner appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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10 Movies Matthew Weiner Assigned As Required Viewing For The 'Mad Men' Cast & Crew

5 March 2015 12:33 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This spring, AMC's "Mad Men" will say goodbye, yet it's impact will be felt for a long time. Few shows would garner a major exhibition at Museum Of The Moving Image, but no one could possibly dispute that Matthew Weiner's examination of the men and women of the advertising world of the 1960s is one of them. Running in conjunction with the final episodes of the show will be a film series titled "Required Viewing: Mad Men's Movie Influences." The screenings will feature movies that Weiner had the cast and crew watch and were a key influence on the show. It's an interesting blend of titles from Billy Wilder's classic "The Apartment," to Alfred Hitchcock thrillers "North By Northwest" and "Vertigo," to David Lynch's head-spinning "Blue Velvet," as well as less celebrated films from the likes of Delbert Mann and Jean Negulesco. Weiner has added some key »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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10 Movies Matthew Weiner Assigned As Required Viewing For The 'Mad Men' Cast & Crew

5 March 2015 12:33 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

This spring, AMC's "Mad Men" will say goodbye, yet it's impact will be felt for a long time. Few shows would garner a major exhibition at Museum Of The Moving Image, but no one could possibly dispute that Matthew Weiner's examination of the men and women of the advertising world of the 1960s is one of them. Running in conjunction with the final episodes of the show will be a film series titled "Required Viewing: Mad Men's Movie Influences." The screenings will feature movies that Weiner had the cast and crew watch and were a key influence on the show. It's an interesting blend of titles from Billy Wilder's classic "The Apartment," to Alfred Hitchcock thrillers "North By Northwest" and "Vertigo," to David Lynch's head-spinning "Blue Velvet," as well as less celebrated films from the likes of Delbert Mann and Jean Negulesco. Weiner has added some key »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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From 'The Thin Man' to 'Dogfight': A broken-hearted Valentine's playlist

14 February 2015 11:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It has not been an easy week. At the start of the week, we had our editorial meeting here at HitFix, as we do every Monday, to talk about both the week ahead and longer-term projects as well. For fairly obvious reasons, there was a fair amount of talk about Valentine's Day content, and I mentioned a few different ideas that I might write about, including one that I'll end up publishing at some point about Steve Martin. But even as I pitched a few ideas, I found myself uncomfortable with the entire idea of writing about romantic films right now. Honestly, I was hoping to spend this week with my head down and then just sail right through this weekend without writing about love at all, because for the first time in my adult life, I am no longer sure what I think about it. After all, I was with my wife for 14 years. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Shirley Maclaine, Chris Pine, Miles Teller and Naomi Watts to present at 87th Oscars®

11 February 2015 1:54 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Pine, Miles Teller and Naomi Watts will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Affleck, a two-time Academy Award® winner, received an Original Screenplay Oscar® for “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and a Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” (2012), on which he served as a producer, director and star. His most recent role was opposite Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” (2014). He will play Batman in the upcoming feature “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “The Accountant.” Chastain has received two Oscar nominations, one for Actress in a Leading Role for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and one for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011). Her most recent films include 2014’s “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. »

- Josh Abraham

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Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart Added As Presenters At 87th Oscars

11 February 2015 12:23 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Pine, Miles Teller and Naomi Watts will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Affleck, a two-time Academy Award winner, received an Original Screenplay Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and a Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” (2012), on which he served as a producer, director and star. His most recent role was opposite Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” (2014). He will play Batman in the upcoming feature “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “The Accountant.”

Chastain has received two Oscar nominations, one for Actress in a Leading Role for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and one for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011). Her most recent films include 2014’s “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. »

- Michelle McCue

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Non-American Born Best Director Oscar Winners

11 February 2015 7:24 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.

Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.

No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.

In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.

At the first annual »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Brackett and Wilder Screenwriting Efforts: From Garbo to Swanson

10 February 2015 11:45 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett movies (See previous post: "The Charles Brackett Diaries: Billy Wilder and Hollywood in the '30s and '40s.") Below is a list of movies on which Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder worked together as screenwriters, including efforts for which they did not receive screen credit. The Wilder-Brackett screenwriting partnership lasted from 1938 to 1949. During that time, they shared two Academy Awards for their work on The Lost Weekend (1945) and, with D.M. Marshman Jr., Sunset Blvd. (1950). Billy Wilder would later join forces with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond in movies such as Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, and One, Two, Three. However well-received, Wilder's later films generally lacked the sophistication and subtlety found in his earlier work with Brackett. Charles Brackett, for his part, became associated with 20th Century-Fox, working as a producer-screenwriter. His Fox films, though frequently popular and at times applauded by critics, were decidedly made-to-order, »

- Andre Soares

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Interview with Author Slide: Was There a 'Sunset Blvd.' Auteur?

10 February 2015 11:44 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Billy Wilder screenwriter-producer partner Charles Brackett remembered: Q&A with film historian Anthony Slide (photo: Charles Brackett ca. early 1940s) Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He's renowned for classics such as The Major and the Minor, Sunset Blvd., Some Like It Hot, and The Apartment. The fact that Wilder was not the sole creator of these movies is all but irrelevant to graduates from the Auteur School of Film History. Wilder directed, co-wrote, and at times produced his films. That should suffice. For auteurists, perhaps. But not for those interested in film history facts. That's why the Charles Brackett diaries offer such a refreshing glimpse into his and Billy Wilder's moviemaking process. Now, Charles who? Oscar winner Charles Brackett Charles Brackett (1892-1969) just happens to be the – largely forgotten – guy who co-created with Billy Wilder (and, at times, with a third screenwriting partner) classics »

- Andre Soares

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Film Review: ‘The Loft’

1 February 2015 1:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After being bumped from previous release dates and passed off from one distributor (Universal) to another (Open Road), Erik Van Looy’s “The Loft” finally opened on North American screens Jan. 30, just in time to be mostly ignored by its presumptive target demographic — i.e., young male moviegoers — during Super Bowl weekend. Even so, this outrageously over-plotted, borderline-campy erotic thriller might attract a slightly larger audience in ancillary platforms, if only because the unwary might misinterpret a synopsis of its plot — five buddies find an inconvenient corpse in the condo they use for their adulterous assignations — as a promise of fantasy fulfillment and dark comedy.

As it turns out, however, “The Loft” is not intentionally funny at all. Rather, it is a feverishly melodramatic mashup of “The Apartment” – try to imagine what might have happened had Jack Lemmon not foiled Shirley MacLaine’s suicide attempt – and “Murder on the Orient Express, »

- Joe Leydon

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‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ Theater Review: Jason Robert Brown Gambles on Andrew Bergman’s Movie

15 January 2015 7:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

There’s an old Hollywood truism that good movies are made from second-rate books, not the classics. On Broadway, the new musical “Honeymoon in Vegas,” which opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre in New York, uses a second-rate movie from 1992 for its source material. Have its makers been able to turn it into a good musical? Or is this one effort that should have stayed in Vegas?

Here and there, “Honeymoon in Vegas,” the musical, is better than good, with most of the good being Jason Robert Brown’s very plentiful score, which shows him in a much lighter, less »

- Robert Hofler

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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: January 5 - 11

5 January 2015 5:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Boyhood"

If you're curious about all the awards season fuss over Richard Linklater's epic project, here's your chance to catch it on Blu-ray. Filmed over the course of 12 years, "Boyhood" charts the life of a young Texas boy as he grows up -- it doesn't sound too exciting, but watching young Ellar Coltrane grow into adulthood is pretty trippy for everyone involved. Lorelei Linklater co-stars as his sister, alongside Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as their estranged parents. Maybe next up we could get "Motherhood"? Get a taste of the award-worthy movie with an exclusive clip below.

"Get On Up"

Future "Black Panther" superhero Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in this loose biopic, alongside Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, »

- Jenni Miller

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