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Marrakech, Morocco — James Gray had the audience in the palm of his hand during a two-hour masterclass conducted at the 13th Marrakech film festival that ended with the audience demanding an encore. “I just travelled 6000 miles on three different flights to get here,” quipped the American independent helmer. “I don’t mind answering a few more questions.”
While insisting that the word “master” should be reserved to directors such as the late Kurosawa or “Maestro Scorsese,” Gray provided an entertaining insight into his own working methods, filled with anecdotal episodes and responded to wide-ranging questions including the last chestnut: “What’s the future of American cinema?”
“I’m very bad at directing actors,” Gray said to the audience’s amusement. »
- Martin Dale
The first big show of the Awards Season happened Saturday night as Hollywood’s A-listers turned out to celebrate 2013 Governors Award honorees Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, and Piero Tosi. The Governors Awards, along with the Academy Awards, bookends the entire award season annually.
The Academy blogged the event Live for fans during the arrivals and ceremony. You can read it here: http://www.oscars.org/awards/governors/index.html.
Produced by Paula Wagner, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and three Honorary Awards were presented to Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. Italian costume designer Piero Tosi was also honored, but did not attend the ceremony.
On hand were Mark Wahlberg, Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Rash & Nate Faxon, Jonah Hill, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lee Daniels & Ruth E. Carter, Matthew McConaughey, Pharrell Williams, Lupita Nyong’o, »
- Michelle McCue
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Honorary Awards to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Angelina Jolie. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 5th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 16, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
“The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who’ve made indelible contributions in their respective fields,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s honorees and look forward to bringing their peers and colleagues together to celebrate their extraordinary achievements.”
Lansbury has received three Academy Award® nominations for her supporting performances on film – the first in her 1944 feature debut in “Gaslight,” followed by “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945) and “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962). Her numerous other credits include “The Long, Hot Summer,” “Blue Hawaii, »
- Michelle McCue
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and costume designer Piero Tosi will receive Honorary Awards and Angelina Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the fifth annual Governors Awards, to be held Nov. 16 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
When a separate ceremony was decreed a few years ago, some Acad members balked. But new Acad prexy Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Thursday told Variety, “Having a separate evening has gotten everyone more engaged about these awards than they used to be. The event makes the awards closer and more personal.”
The evening also provides a more complete look at their careers; before that, the salutes were limited by TV’s time constraints.
Boone Isaacs declined to talk about the process by which the honorees were chosen at Tuesday night’s board meeting. But she said industry people offer names year-round. »
- Timothy M. Gray
Ja from Mnpp here with some upsetting news - famed French beauty Alain Delon (who I could have sworn was openly bisexual way back in the day) has spoken out against homosexuality in France, calling it "unnatural" and saying that men "are here to love a woman, to woo a woman, not to flirt with or get picked up by guys." French writer Claude Serraute hysterically responded, “It is against nature to love yourself as much as he does.” Anyway Delon says he doesn't give a damn about gay marriage, but that he's against the adoption of children by gay couples.
Am I going to have to burn my copy of Purple Noon now, you guys? I really don't want to burn my copy of Purple Noon. And Rocco and His Brothers! I loved that shower scene so much. And what to do about my cherished memories of the way »
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
This is an exclusive excerpt from the forthcoming Film issue of Port magazine, guest edited by Daniel Day Lewis.
Interviewed by Dan Crowe
I got into movies by a series of wonderful accidents of fate. Having been raised overseas, I wanted to become a diplomat. But the State Department thought I was too “liberal” to be happy with that job.
I read an advertisment in The New York Times for an assistant to a film editor, who I later discovered was butchering great European films for late-night TV slots on American television. He would just lift a reel out of a film – Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers for example – and make it conform to a requested length. I learned »
- Andrew Losowsky
Oscar season comes to an abrupt end at the end of February which frees up our time. One of The Film Experience's most popular series, a communal viewing party of sorts, returns for another season. Byoe (Bring Your Own Eyes) to these blog-a-thon like events wherein participates choose their single favorite shot from movies from all eras. Watch, Read, Converse -- It's Edumucational!
Wed March 6th The Wizard Of Oz (1939) since Oz, the Great and Powerful is about to hit and we might need this as a lovely antidote.
Wed March 13th Barbarella (1968) ...I've been itchy to revisit
Wed March 20th ???
...and more to be scheduled including, as ever, a mix of genres, eras, and anniversary celebrations. It's a great way to have a virtual visual conversation from other cinephiles, catch up on classics you've never seen, revisit »
- NATHANIEL R
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