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Their Holiday Favorites is a series in which members of the Austin film community tell us about movies they enjoy watching during the holiday season. Today, Austin film programmer and producer Daniel Metz (Slacker 2011) explains why you should consider Stanley Kubrick when picking movies to watch this holiday season:
It's not hard to see why Christmas movies are so often placed in the ghetto of film genres; for the most part schmaltzy, child-oriented and low humored, these pictures prey on the weakness of seasonal sentimentality to the detriment of meaningful storytelling. Christmas movies don't ask questions, they don't get at truths about human nature, and they don't take risks.
With one exception. Only one truly great filmmaker has ever made a Christmas film: that director is Stanley Kubrick, and the film is Eyes Wide Shut. Every frame of this striking, dangerous last film from the master that gave us Dr. Strangelove, »
- Jette Kernion
As James Bond prepares for his 23rd official outing in Skyfall and to mark next year’s 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time I have been tasked to take a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.
Following the huge success of the first James Bond film Dr. No, producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman were keen to start production on a follow-up. With United Artists offering the pair $2 million, double the budget of Dr. No, to quickly get a sequel in the works Broccoli and Saltzman were left to decide which of Fleming’s novels to adapt next.
- Chris Wright
Chicago – The sheer craft of the actor’s expression is what drove the early “silent” film industry, before syncing up the “talking.” Director Michel Hazanavicius has a new film opening called “The Artist,” in which he explores the expression of early moviemaking, during the era of its transition to talking, and it is rendered as a silent film.
“The Artist” is beautiful, and essential viewing as a glimpse into that passionate era of moviemaking, approximately from 1927 to 1932. Stylistically, it borrows from the canon of that era, where the flappers and film studios joined forces creatively to produce what was best described by by Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in “Sunset Blvd,” – “We didn’t need dialogue, we had faces!”
Photo credit: The Weinstein Company
Director Hazanavicius first made his mark brilliantly aping another era of filmmaking, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
After discovering over 50 interviews conducted by Charles Lippincott between 1975 and 1978 with the likes of George Lucas, John Barry, Gary Kurtz, and John Dykstra, author J.W. Rinzler saw a unique opportunity to definitively chronicle the behind-the-scenes sage involved in producing the original Star Wars (1977). “Reading the Lost Interviews was the giant first step in the rediscovery of a fascinating story and many half-forgotten stories,” writes Rinzler in the introduction for The Making of Star Wars which was published in 2007 to mark the 30th anniversary of the landmark movie. “Together, Lucas and his collaborators overcame health-shattering obstacles – storms, crises, an implacable studio, technical limitations, high stress, and bitter disappointment.”
Primus' new album "Green Naugahyde" draws on Les Claypool's filmic obsessions -- even veteran Westerns actor Lee Van Cleef gets a shout out in a song called, well, "Lee Van Cleef." "People always ask me who my heroes are, expecting me to say someone like Geddy Lee [from Rush]," Claypool told IFC. "But really, it's more people like Elia Kazan, Sergio Leone, Frank Capra, Terry Gilliam, and Jared Hess."
That might go a long way towards explaining why so many Primus songs seem to happily co-exist in the film world -- for instance, "Spegetti Western," or "Camelback Cinema." Or why so many Primus songs are based on peripheral characters -- "John the Fisherman," "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," or, more recently, "Jilly's On Smack." "I love character actors," the singer/bassist said. "If I'm switching channels, and something with Slim Pickens is on, or Walter Brennan, I'm stuck. I have to watch it. »
Last night, the Academy presented Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey at the 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center in California.
Click Here to watch the 2011 Governors Awards Video Highlights.
To honor James Earl Jones, aka Darth Vader, Star Wars stormtroopers and Academy President Tom Sherak introduced the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom. Sherak remarked, “How was your week?” in reference to the exit of producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy and the replacement of new host Billy Crystal and producer Brian Grazer.
Oscar®-nominated Actress Glenn Close spoke as part of the award presentation to Honorary Award recipient James Earl Jones. The actor was presented with his award on stage in London at the Wyndham Theater, where he is starring in “Driving Miss Daisy” with Vanessa Redgrave. »
- Michelle McCue
At Saturday (Nov. 12) evening's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards, both veteran actor James Earl Jones and talk-show maven (and sometimes actress) Oprah Winfrey are set to be honored.
Jones will receive an honorary Oscar for his 50-plus years in film, though he won't be on hand to accept it in person since he's currently in London working on the stage production of "Driving Miss Daisy."
"I have been very content with my career and very happy, even though I am not primarily a film actor, and that makes it even more astonishing that I would get this award," Jones tells The Washington Post.
"I've done some beauties," says the actor who got his big screen break in "Dr. Strangelove" and is perhaps best-known as the voice of "Star Wars'" Darth Vader, "but I don't think I've done that movie that can say I'll leave as my legacy. »
As we get closer to the big holiday shopping season, more and more deals for movies and video games are going to start popping up. Case in point: today online retailer Amazon.com has opened up its Gold Box Deal of the Day to an impressive box set of Stanley Kubrick films.
For today only, Amazon is selling the Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection on Blu-ray for $62.99. That price is 58 less than the $148.99 list price, and a good $25 less than what it typically sells for.
For around $63 you get nine Kubrick classics in high definition: Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. That works out to only $7 per movie.
Click here to purchase the Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection on Blu-ray for $62.99 at Amazon.com. »
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One of my favorite techniques is when an actor gets to tackle more than one role in the same film. There is something about seeing an actor double, triple, or even octuple up on roles that I adore… so long as they are doing more than simply hiding behind makeup and wigs. The one thing my favorite multi-role performances have in common is the way the performer manages to make the characters they are playing all feel different.
The latest actor to try this hand at this is Adam Sandler, who plays twin siblings in Jack and Jill. Something tells me his dual performance isn’t going to be appearing on a list like this anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a perfect excuse to celebrate the actors who have excelled at doing so. There were loads of possibilities, »
- Shane T. Nier
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With a starring role in 'Drive' and outstanding work opposite Michael Fassbender in the upcoming 'Shame,' 2011 has worked out pretty well for former It-Girl Carey Mulligan. Judging from this flurry of casting news, 2012 and 2013 won't be so bad either. Variety reports that Mulligan has landed the lead role in Joel and Ethan Coen's 'Inside Llewyn Davis' opposite her 'Drive' co-star Oscar Isaac. The film, which is set to shoot early next year, focuses on the '60s folk scene in New York's Greenwich Village. Meanwhile! Mulligan is also negotiating to star with Joaquin Phoenix in the next Spike Jonze film, an untitled production written by Charlie Kaufman about world leader's coming together to stop a crisis. (So, like 'Dr. Strangelove'?) The former Oscar nominee is also filming 'The Great Gatsby' for Baz Luhrmann, which will hit theaters on Dec. »
- Christopher Rosen
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the heroic WWII epic adventure The Guns of Navarone, based on the Alistair MacLean novel and directed by J. Lee Thompson (Battle for The Planet of the Apes, MacKenna’s Gold, Cape Fear, What A Way To Go), with the release of a 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on October 24.
Gregory Peck (To Kill A Mockingbird), Anthony Quinn (Lawrence of Arabia) and David Niven (The Pink Panther) are Allied saboteurs assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.
Blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman (High Noon, The Bridge on the River Kwai) was determined to re-establish both his name and credibility after spending most of the 50′s working in anonymity. To accomplish this, he decided to bring Alistair MacLean’s best-selling novel to the screen. Academy Award »
- Matt Holmes
Understanding the Republican mindset through the prism of the ancient Roman Republic, with your host, Brian Trenchard-Smith.
George Clooney’s indictment of the corrupt nature of contemporary politics is a brave piece of film making.
The Battle of Algiers , Z, All The President’s Men, 3 Days Of TheCondor, Dr. Strangelove, In The Loop—these are just a few of my favorites in a long line of heartfelt movies critical of establishment thinking; not to mention advocate documentaries like Michael Moore’s Bowling For Columbine and Fahrenheit 911. But can politically themed movies influence an electorate, or do they just preach to the converted? Let’s hope The Ides Of March persuades voters of the need for radical change to the way our administrations are elected. The title refers to March 15, 44 Bce, the day upon which Julius Caesar was murdered by his fellow Senators. If you read Michael Parenti’s book, The Assassination of Julius Caesar, »
"FilmDistrict is in the final stages of working out a deal to score the distribution rights to the "Red Dawn" remake for release sometime next year…" (full details)
"Those Michael Fassbender as Robocop rumours? Director Jose Padilha says they're just the product of a pushy interviewer…" (full details)
"Paramount Pictures will screen the upcoming "Footloose" remake for free in 26 markets nationwide this Friday. »
- Garth Franklin
Thanks to Criterion, Stanley Kubrick's The Seafarers is now the only film from the iconic director not available on Blu-ray. Criterion recently brought Kubrick's Paths of Glory to beautiful high-definition and now the director's 1956 heist feature, The Killing, arrives with a special inclusion, the helmer's 1955 feature Killer's Kiss. Releasing The Killing is one thing and should be enough to get you to buy this title, but the fact it also includes Killer's Kiss pretty much means any Kubrick fan simply has to buy it. I'm sorry, but those are the rules.
The screenplay was co-written by Kubrick with dialogue by pulp novelist Jim Thompson (though Thompson would later claim he wrote most of the film, a spat that almost ended their relationship), The Killing is based on "Clean Break" by Lionel White. The story is told using a fractured narrative, following the planning of a racetrack robbery. Throughout the film's brisk, »
- Brad Brevet
George Clooney has given a list of his Top 100 films from 1964 to 1976, which he feels was “the greatest era in filmmaking by far." It's hard to argue with that, many of my favorite movies come out of that era. In an interview with Parade Magazine the actor and movie geek explained his list saying...
There were great filmmakers—Mike Nichols, Hal Ashby, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese—you go down the list of these insanely talented filmmakers all working at the top of their game and kind of competing with each other. Pakula, Sidney Lumet—I mean, you can just keep going down the list of these guys. And they were all doing really interesting films… That era [1964 to 1976] was a reflection of the antiwar movement, the civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement, the sexual revolution, the drug counterculture. All those things were exploding at the same time. And »
 George Clooney may be among the most prominent of celebrities, a fabulously wealthy, incredibly successful man at the very top of the A-list. But it seems there's a side of him that isn't so very different from film geeks like us who watch his movies. (Yes, all of that was a long-winded way of saying "Clooney: He's just like us!") For a recent interview about his upcoming Ides of March, which Clooney directed, produced, and starred in, Clooney revealed his top 100 films from 1964 to 1976, which he believes to be "the greatest era in filmmaking by far." The list is definitely cinephile-friendly, if not especially surprising: it includes tons of major classics and a handful of somewhat lesser known gems, all across a very wide variety of genres. Read the top 100 after the jump. Clooney told Parade  magazine that of that 100, his top five favorites are All the President's Men, Network, »
- Angie Han
When it comes to mashups, The Simpsons makes it way too easy. There are over 400 episodes to choose from, packed with hundreds of classic film references — The Godfather, Cape Fear, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Shining, Dr. Strangelove, and almost every Alfred Hitchcock movie have had their time in Springfield. It's even been said that Citizen Kane could be re-cut, in it's entirety, using only shots from America's favorite animated family. That said, here's the next best thing: an incredible mash-up of the fifth-season episode, "Deep Space Homer", recut as the trailer to Apollo 13. YouTube user OneMinuteGalactica has done an amazing job using only the trailer's original audio and clips from this classic episode... Even the actress playing Lovell's wife sounds raspy enough to be Marge. If that hasn't satisfied your thirst for Simpsons-related mashups, here's Ned Flanders [...] »
Rogen and screenwriter Will Reiser discuss the challenges of making a comedy about a guy with a terminal disease, in our Fall Movie Preview.
By Josh Horowitz
Photo: Summit Entertainment
Thus far in MTV News' Fall Movie Preview, we've looked at comedies about drug-buying babysitters, people who hang out with puppets and stoners shooting Santa Claus in the face. Unconventional topics for big-screen laughs, all.
"50/50" sees those flick's giggles-from-unexpected-places efforts, and raises 'em one: This is a comedy about having cancer, surviving it and figuring out a way to laugh about the whole thing. Based on the experiences of Will Reiser (who penned the script), "50/50" stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Kyle, a young man suddenly diagnosed with the disease. Seth Rogen plays his best friend, the guy trying to cheer him up and get him laid and distract him from the very real possibility of an untimely death. »
"Probably 'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,' because my first wife thought it was such a horrible film. She was 10 years older than I was and she thought it was an almost religious insult to allow the atomic bomb to go off and ride it down.
"She didn’t think it was funny. She was horrified by it."
- Cassie Carpenter
Preparations for the upcoming Charlie Sheen roast are moving full speed ahead. Thanks, in part, to the guest of honor of himself. Just one week after we got to witness the former Two and a Half Men star ride a torpedo Dr. Strangelove-style, along comes two more promos for the Comedy Central event airing on Sept. 19. In the first one above, Sheen is seen at the controls of a train while informing the colorful group of passengers that the Roast Express will be taking them to such places as "Goddess Harbor," "Winnington" and "Tiger Valley." When asked by one of the bimbos on board if the train happens to stop at Normalville, Sheen's reply is not exactly surprising. "Honey, we »
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