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With the Oscars quickly approaching, here are some fun facts about the Academy Awards throughout the years.
Q) Which films have won the most academy awards?
A) It was a three-way draw between Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of Rings: Return of the King at 11 each.
Q) Which films have the most Oscar nominations?
A) All About Eve and Titanic are tied for the most nominations, with 14 each.
Q) What was the longest film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar?
A) Gone With the Wind at 3 hours and 56 minutes.
Q) Which was the shortest Best Picture winner?
A) Marty at 90 minutes.
Q) Which sequels have won Best Picture?
A) The Godfather Part 2, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
Q) Which movies won best picture but were not nominated for Best Director?
Q) What was the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
'Ben-Hur' 1959 with Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston: TCM's '31 Days of Oscar.' '31 Days of Oscar': 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ben-Hur' are in, Paramount stars are out Today, Feb. 1, '16, Turner Classic Movies is kicking off the 21st edition of its “31 Days of Oscar.” While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being vociferously reviled for its “lack of diversity” – more on that appallingly myopic, self-serving, and double-standard-embracing furore in an upcoming post – TCM is celebrating nearly nine decades of the Academy Awards. That's the good news. The disappointing news is that if you're expecting to find rare Paramount, Universal, or Fox/20th Century Fox entries in the mix, you're out of luck. So, missing from the TCM schedule are, among others: Best Actress nominees Ruth Chatterton in Sarah and Son, Nancy Carroll in The Devil's Holiday, Claudette Colbert in Private Worlds. Unofficial Best Actor »
- Andre Soares
Last night at 10pm in New York City, the Ziegfeld Theater returned to its glorious heyday one final time. With a jam-packed house of movie lovers and a blockbuster extravaganza set to grace the big screen (that would be "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"), the final showing before the theater shut its doors for good was like reliving the golden age of movie palaces all over again. Of course, this wasn't the case for the Ziegfeld for quite some time, but while the irony of its packed final screening certainly permeated the air, it was impossible to deny how it solidified the importance of its famed legacy. Read More: New York City's Iconic Ziegfeld Theater Closing Down After 47 Years For nearly five decades, the Ziegfeld, which opened in 1969 on W. 54th street, hosted some of cinema's most legendary premieres, from classics like "Cabaret" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind »
- Chris O'Falt and Zack Sharf
Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow and Richard Harris bring James Michener's true saga to life -- but it's the story of the destruction of paradise. A huge success just the same, producer Walter Mirisch's film testifies to the skill with which he brought together big talent for a show that doesn't compromise with a happy-happy historical revision. Hawaii Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 161 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman, Carroll O'Connor, Jocelyne Lagarde, Manu Tupou, Ted Nobriga, Elizabeth Logue. Cinematography Russell Harlan Production Designer Cary Odell Art Direction James W. Sullivan Film Editor Stuart Gilmore Original Music Elmer Bernstein Written by Dalton Trumbo, Daniel Taradash from the novel by James Michener Produced by Walter Mirisch Directed by George Roy Hill
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Well, fans of James Michener that missed the »
- Glenn Erickson
The Big Short, which won the PGA Awards’ best picture prize over the weekend, may earn Plan B Entertainment founder, and the film’s star, Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner their second best picture Oscars in just three years. The trio collaborated on 2014’s best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, and Plan B also produced last year’s best picture nominee, Selma, earning Kleiner and Gardner Oscar noms, as well.
Founded in 2001 by Pitt alongside then-wife Jennifer Aniston and Brad Grey, Plan B has become one of the most successful production companies in Hollywood today, and nominations have been stacking up for its members. After Aniston and Pitt’s divorce in 2006, and Grey’s departure to Paramount, Pitt became the sole owner of the company and enlisted Gardner to be his president. Both Gardner and Pitt also earned best picture nominations »
- Patrick Shanley
Every year, awards season trumpets all the movies you should have seen in theaters but didn't because reasons. And every year, you add more to your growing list of Oscar-winners you have yet to see.
Oh we've been there. From "Lawrence of Arabia" to "Gone With the Wind," there's a collective guilt us movie fans feel when we realize we've seen "Mannequin 2" (cringe) or a Paul Blart joint instead of an Oscar-winning classic collecting dust in our queue.
As the 2016 Oscars loom, here are 15 films on everyone's viewing list usually filed under "really wanna watch but, yeah, probably won't." They're not all Best Picture winners -- some won solely for acting or behind-the-camera achievements. But all are movies we feel sorry not sorry about not seeing.
- Phil Pirrello
Read More: New York's New Indie Movie Theater Unveils Stellar First Season of Programming It's a bittersweet time to be a New York City cinephile. While the Big Apple is gearing up to welcome its first independent movie theater in 10 years on February 19 (hello, Metrograph!), news broke last night that the city will also be saying goodbye to an iconic one-screen movie hall. The Ziegfeld Theater, which opened in 1969 on W. 54th street, will be shutting its doors for good in the coming weeks. It's the last remaining large-scale single-screen theater operating in Manhattan, which makes its closing all the more devastating. Over nearly five decades, the Ziegfeld has hosted some of cinema's most legendary premieres, from classics like "Cabaret" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" to re-releases of "Lawrence of Arabia" and blockbusters like "The Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter." It's currently showing "Star Wars: The. »
- Zack Sharf
Everyone who works with Ennio Morricone calls him "Maestro." It's a title that's both deferential and affectionate for the prolific, 87-year-old composer. Since the late Fifties, he has written some 500 movie scores, including such celebrated and iconic contributions to soundtracks such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Mission and Cinema Paradiso. His music has inspired a wide swath of artists from Metallica to Celine Dion, as well as filmmakers from Sergio Leone to Bernardo Bertolucci. But despite this, he has received few film awards in the U. »
Inexcusably self-indulgent. Tarantino gratifies his enormous self-love and his amusement at his own genius at the expense of all else. I’m “biast” (pro): loved Tarantino’s last two films…
I’m “biast” (con): …but really hate some of his films, too
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Damn. So after the marvels of Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino has swung back to the Kill Bill style of filmmaking, which I described in my review of Basterds as a cinematic “circle jerk in which he and his fans get off on one another and how clever they all are to be such rapacious film geeks.” With the inexcusably self-indulgent The Hateful Eight, Tarantino has returned to the gratification of his enormous self-love and his amusement at his own genius at the expense of all else.
There are no characters to like in Eight. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“We may have cheated a bit in creating a film that has been called a love letter to journalism,” admitted “Spotlight” producer Blye Pagon Faust in accepting the drama’s best film honor at the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.’s annual awards dinner Saturday night. It was a comment that summed up an evening where all the love from honorees was deflected right back to the critics and journalists in the room.
But “Creed” director Ryan Coogler took things a step further. In accepting the New Generation Award, an honor he was relieved didn’t carry a “best” connotation and accepted as a challenge to continue putting his voice into the world, the 29-year-old recalled the first time he ever saw a critic actually doing the work of film criticism. It was at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, his first trip overseas. With a short film in tow, he found »
- Kristopher Tapley
Anne V. Coates, who won an Oscar for editing “Lawrence of Arabia” and also cut “Becket,” “In the Line of Fire” and “Out of Sight,” will be feted with the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.’s Career Achievement award Jan. 9. She received her first Variety mention in a review of Noel Langley’s 1952 Dickens adaptation, “The Pickwick Papers.”
One of your earliest experiences was at London’s Pinewood Studios. What was the first film you worked on there?
I was a second assistant on “The End of the River” (1947), working with Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger — starting out at the top, as it were. Michael and Emeric weren’t very pleased with what the editor was doing, so they hired Reggie Mills, their top editor, to do a recut. I worked with Reggie on it, which was a big break for me. I learned quite a lot.
How did you get your first editor credit? »
- Justin Chang
Until recently, the most powerful scene from a Star Wars movie hadn't actually been in a Star Wars movie. On the contrary, it came approximately 20 minutes into Reign of Fire, a 2002 fantasy adventure about Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey fighting massive dragons in the ruins of post-apocalyptic London. The few surviving humans have huddled together in underground caves for shelter, where they raise future generations and entertain the children by re-enacting the lightsaber duel from the end of The Empire Strikes Back. The names Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader have »
Dolby Laboratories is quick to the table with the burgeoning drive toward 4K Ultra HD, the next-generation viewing format with four times the resolution of HD and the much-ballyhooed high dynamic range (Hdr), which produces brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays.
The company announced deals at CES with Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and MGM to enhance their Ultra HD releases.
The company and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) on Jan. 6 announced a collaboration to release Sphe titles in Dolby Atmos over the coming years, including Sphe’s first films to be released in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format. Dolby Atmos, according to a press release, “delivers captivating audio that places and moves specific sounds anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience.”
The studio’s first films to be released in the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Displaying a transparency that few filmmakers of his fame and / or caliber would even bother with, Steven Soderbergh has, for a couple of years, been keen on releasing lists of what he watched and read during the previous twelve months. If you’re at all interested in this sort of thing — and why not? what else are you even doing with your day? — the 2015 selection should be of strong interest, this being a time when he was fully enmeshed in the world of creating television.
He’s clearly observing the medium with a close eye, be it what’s on air or what his friends (specifically David Fincher and his stillborn projects) show him, and how that might relate to his apparent love of 48 Hours Mystery or approach to a comparatively light slate of cinematic assignments — specifically: it seems odd that the last time he watched Magic Mike Xxl, a »
- Nick Newman
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