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Can Sony Classics land two Best Actor nominations for 'Foxcatcher?'

20 May 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I was glued to the Twitter application of my iPhone Sunday night waiting for the reactions to Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" to roll in as the film bowed in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. It was interesting to watch the first wave of knee-jerks, all of them just a touch muted, I assume because Miller is not a filmmaker whose movies hit you right away. They kind of seep into you the more you spin away from them, and I got the feeling "Foxcatcher" is absolutely one such example. We were all more or less expecting something special out of Steve Carell here. From photos and that early trailer that slipped out last fall, it was clear he had undergone a transformation for the role of multimillionaire murderer John du Pont, both physically and professionally. And indeed, all indications are that it is a career-altering portrayal. Here's one juicy »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Peter O'Toole: Academy pays tribute at 2014 Oscars

2 March 2014 7:56 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Eight time Oscar nominee, best known for David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, remembered at Oscar ceremony

• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony

• Full list of winners as they're announced

The Oscars paid tribute to Peter O'Toole, the celebrated star of Lawrence of Arabia who died last year – devoting part of its traditional In Memoriam section to the actor.

O'Toole was nominated eight times for the best actor Oscar, but was unsuccessful in winning any, though he was partly compensated by being given an honorary Academy award in 2003. His Oscar-night losses included some of his best-known roles, among them Te Lawrence in 1962, the title role in Becket in 1964, and mentally ill aristocrat Jack Gurney in The Ruling Class in 1972, when he was defeated by Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) and Marlon Brando (The Godfather) respectively. His final nomination came in 2006 for Venus, when he lost »

- Andrew Pulver

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Schell as Director: Three Academy Award Nominations for His Films

1 February 2014 7:47 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Maximilian Schell movie director (photo: Maximilian Schell and Maria Schell) (See previous post: “Maximilian Schell Dies: Best Actor Oscar Winner for ‘Judgment at Nuremberg.’”) Maximilian Schell’s first film as a director was the 1970 (dubbed) German-language release First Love / Erste Liebe, adapted from Igor Turgenev’s novella, and starring Englishman John Moulder-Brown, Frenchwoman Dominique Sanda, and Schell in this tale about a doomed love affair in Czarist Russia. Italian Valentina Cortese and British Marius Goring provided support. Directed by a former Best Actor Oscar winner, First Love, a movie that could just as easily have been dubbed into Swedish or Swahili (or English), ended up nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Three years later, nominated in that same category was Schell’s second feature film as a director, The Pedestrian / Der Fußgänger, in which a car accident forces a German businessman to delve deep into his past. »

- Andre Soares

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Movie Poster of the Week: “Jour de Fête” and the Posters of Michel Landi

24 January 2014 1:15 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: 1970s re-release poster for Jour de Fête (Jacques Tati, France, 1949).

Michel Landi (born 1932) is an incredibly prolific French poster artist with more than 1,500 posters to his name, many of which, like his Bullitt, are very well known. Having worked from the late 50s—when he began by painting the billboards outside Paris movie theaters—through to the 00s, he has worked in many different mediums (he had a notable airbrush period in the 80s) and isn’t really known for one distinctive style. But I recently discovered a number of painted posters by Landi from the late 60s and early 70s that are all very much the work of one artist: all distinguished by wildly expressive brush strokes and a generous, almost fauvist, use of color. The first one I noticed was this exuberant re-release poster for Jacques Tati’s Jour de Fête which renders a carousel as a whirlwind of paint. »

- Adrian Curry

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DVD Review: "Lord Jim" (1965) Starring Peter O'Toole, James Mason And Eli Wallach

19 January 2014 3:56 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Sony has released director Richard Brooks' 1965 screen adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim as a burn-to-order DVD title. The novel, written in 1899, centers on Jim, an idealistic young man who fulfills his dream of being a highly regarded officer on a commercial cargo vessel in southeast Asia. All is going well for him under the guidance of his mentor, ship's captain Marlowe. However, when an injury causes Jim to convalesce for an extended period, he ends up on a rickety freighter under the command of an unscrupulous captain who is transporting hundreds of Muslim pilgrims. When the ship founders, the captain and his cowardly crew abandon ship, leaving the pilgrims to face what appears to be certain death. To his own astonishment, Jim spontaneously opts to join them in order to save his own life. When the ragged survivors finally make port, they are shocked »

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