19 items from 2014
Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Highlights from the list include the aforementioned film, Arthur Penn’s Western "Little Big Man," John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.," 1953’s “House of Wax, »
- Matt Patches
Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year’s list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.
Also on the list are John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, Luxo Jr; the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; and Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo. Documentaries and silent films also make up part of the selection which represents titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant; they must also each be at least 10 years old. Check out the rundown of all 25 movies below:
2014 National Film Registry »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Joanna Dunham has died, aged 78.
The British actress passed away on November 25, according to an obituary in The Guardian.
Dunham was perhaps best known for her role as Mary Magdalene in the 1965 Hollywood blockbuster The Greatest Story Ever Told.
She had a successful career in film, television and theatre, and later focused her time on painting.
Dunham created a gallery in a converted farm building and mounted numerous exhibitions there, as well as having exhibits at the New English Art Club in London and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
Dunham is survived by her husband, children and five grandchildren. »
British actress Joanna Dunham, who rose to fame alongside Max Von Sydow, Charlton Heston and Dorothy McGuire in the 1965 Hollywood blockbuster The Greatest Story Ever Told, has died. She was 78 and passed away on Nov. 25, according to an obituary in The Guardian. Having studied at Rada in London, in the same year as Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Dunham was reportedly spotted by Marilyn Monroe in New York while on tour with the Old Vic. The young actress had taken over from Judi Dench as the female lead in Franco Zeffirelli's production of Romeo and Juliet, but was
- Alex Ritman
Stage and screen actor who played Mary Magdalene in the 1965 film The Greatest Story Ever Told and appeared in several popular TV dramas of the 1970s
The actor Joanna Dunham, who has died aged 78, played Mary Magdalene in the Hollywood blockbuster The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), directed by George Stevens, with Max von Sydow as Jesus and Charlton Heston as Pontius Pilate. She had been recommended to Stevens for the role by Marilyn Monroe, who had seen her performance as Juliet on tour with the Old Vic in New York in 1962, after she had taken over from Judi Dench in Franco Zeffirelli’s production.
Her stage career, confined mainly to the 1960s and 70s, included the occasional indelible role, such as Perdita in Frank Marcus’s comedy of adultery and free love, The Formation Dancers (1964), in the West End of London, co-starring Maxine Audley and Robin Bailey; her irresistible young »
- Michael Coveney
In case you hadn’t realized it from Exodus: Gods and Kings, Noah, The History Channel’s The Bible, that Ben-Hur remake due out in 2016 and the second Bible pic Ridley Scott plans on making sometime in the future, the Bible epic is back in a big, big way. Which hasn’t been the case since the late ’50s/early ’60s, when Bible heroes were as prevalent onscreen as superheroes are today (although they’re basically the same when you think about it: cool capes, mystical powers, characters who totally seem to die yet are retconned back to life for the sequel). Ben-Hur. The Ten Commandments. The Greatest Story Ever Told. King of Kings. Huge films that bore equally huge amounts of profit. But is there some kind of connection between this new Bible craze and our last frenzy to put butts in seats with talk of Christ, God and “In the beginning”? According to Exodus – the »
- Adam Bellotto
Films based on the Holy Bible are as popular now as they were in the 1950s and 1960s when studios gave us epics like The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, The Greatest Story Ever Told, King of Kings, Samson and Delilah, and many others. Recently, Son of God made quite an impact in cinemas and there’s plenty more coming our way. Ridley Scott’s Exodus tells the tale of Christian Bale’s Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt. Nicolas Cage will help those seeking answers to the disappearances of loved ones and face the disastrous consequences of being Left Behind.
Darren Aronofsky’s Noah hits Blu-ray and DVD giving those who didn’t watch the movie in theaters an opportunity to see the latest Hollywood Biblical saga. Many might not know that it was actually based on a graphic novel Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel made with Canadian artist Niko Henrichon. »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Gavin Logan dissects the new Star Wars cast for Episode VII….
It seems like an age ago when Disney announced the acquisition of LucasFilm for a whopping $4 billion and with it the exciting news that we would be getting more Star Wars movies. Since then exactly 2446 actors have been linked with possible roles in the upcoming Episode VII. Okay so that number was completely made up but it certainly feels close to that amount. Only a few days ago J.J. Abrams and company revealed the list of new names that would be joining some old faces and making their mark in the new Star Wars universe. Minutes later the internet broke.
Now that the dust has somewhat settled and we have all managed to regain our breath again I thought it might be a good idea to have a slightly closer look at the new cast and perhaps have a »
- Gavin Logan
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast announced (photo: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast member Max von Sydow in ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members have been announced. The world had been waiting with bated breath. Who will The Force be with? Well, not with humankind and its fellow Earth dwellers (apart from cockroaches and various types of worms) — if news reports about the eventual fate of the planet are accurate. But don’t despair. The End credits for Planet Earth should come after Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios (instead of former Star Wars film distributor 20th Century Fox) amass a few more billion dollars following the release of a whole array of new Star Wars sequels in the coming years. So, the announced (mostly European) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members are, to date, the following: Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch, widely praised for his performance in Joel »
- Zac Gille
Happy Easter! 'Tis the day to celebrate the King of Kings, so we come bearing our pick of pics—the 10 must-see Jesus films. God bless us. It was a holy challenge compiling this list. We could've chosen all the expected Messiah movies: The Greatest Story Ever Told, Jesus of Nazareth, The Passion of the Christ and countless others. Instead, we're mixing it up, combining literal interpretations (like The Nativity Story) with those that are satirical, allegorical, and even musical. Ready to lift your spirits? Hallelujah! Open the pearly gates and enter our gallery of Jesus-Inspired movies. »
There's no doubt about it: with Passover and Holy Week both underway it's the time of year to watch grand, Biblical epics on TV. From movies about Moses and Pharaoh to movies about Jesus and his disciples, there are plenty of flicks that fit the bill, but which Bible-based pic is the best? Vote in our top ten list, and feel free to add your own picks to the mix. For more based-on-the-Bible action, be sure to watch Barabbas starring Billy Zane Saturday, April 19th a 7p Et/ 4p Pt with another chance to watch Sunday, April 20th at 3p Et/ 12p Pt.
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- REELZ staff
There may be more Christmas movies than movies set in Canada, and pretty much every horror flick counts as a Halloween flick. Even New Year's Eve has dozens of great movies centered around it, but when it comes to Easter, there's practically nothing. In fact, to the undiscerning eye, it may look like it's easier to pick a movie for Flag Day than it is for Easter—c'mon Hollywood, even Groundhog's Day has, well, Groundhog's Day.
Despite the paucity of obvious candidates, though, there are in fact quite a few good movies for Easter viewing, even for those of us who aren't religious (and if you are, then you don't need us to remind of of staples like The Greatest Story Ever Told or The Last Temptation of Christ). Here's our recommendation for Easter-themed flicks to enjoy that do more to celebrate (or, in many cases, lampoon) the holiday than just featuring a rabbit. »
- REELZ staff
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
The world we inhabit is a violent one, rife with chaos and destruction both man-made and of natural, or perhaps, depending upon your personal series of beliefs, divine origins. It has been this way for decades, centuries, since the moment Eve took a big juicy bite out of that shiny red apple and killed all of the dinosaurs. History has taught us that human nature, irrespective of how many eons of evolution it is filtered through, remains animalistic. »
- Brody Rossiter
Feature James Clayton 4 Apr 2014 - 06:39
It is the Year of our Lord 2014 (other Lords and religiously-orientated calendar systems are available) and things are getting old-school. To be precise, things are getting Old Testament. They're bringing the Bible back into movie theatres, for this year sees the release of two major movie adaptations of Judeo-Christian scripture.
Those two film events are a Noah - currently sailing into cinemas worldwide - and an Exodus, which is set to occur in December. Though it feels a bit disrespectful to compare holy writ with public transport, the well-known idiom about waiting for buses feels apt here. Perhaps singing "the Old Testament films came two-by-two, »
In the beginning, God said, "Let there be light"—but He might've added, "Camera! Action!" Since the genesis of moviemaking, Hollywood has turned to the Good Book for story inspiration, from silent-movie versions of The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur in the 1920s to…well…blockbuster remakes of The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur in the 1950s! When The Greatest Story Ever Told flopped in 1965, studios mostly forsook biblical spectacles. Even divine profits for The Passion of the Christ in 2004 didn't inspire execs to sign Jesus to a multipicture deal. But miracles do happen, and now religious epics are flooding theaters again like 40 days and nights of rain. Son of God, adapted from »
Controversy has been swirling, like so many storm clouds, around "Noah," the new biblical epic by "Black Swan" filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Any time Hollywood tackles the bible, feathers are going to be ruffled (get it?), and that was certainly the case this time around. Things were certainly strained throughout production, with Aronofsky and the studio going back and forth between which version would be released in theaters (the director now claims the movie is "98%" his).
Well, despite some objections, "Noah" is now upon us, in all of its glory. Russell Crowe plays the titular ark builder, with Jennifer Connelly playing his wife, Anthony Hopkins playing his grandfather, and Emma Watson playing his adopted daughter (also there are people like Frank Langella and Nick Nolte who contribute vocal performances). Even if you think you know the story, Aronofsky manages to spice things up, for sure.
But will this biblical epic sink or float to the surface? »
- Drew Taylor
Son of God is the first major motion picture event in ten years that puts Jesus back on the big screen (since 2004’s Passion of the Christ). And it’s almost fifty years since the entire story of Jesus’ life (since 1965’s The Greatest Story Ever Told) has been experienced as a movie.
Son of God gives audiences a 2014 epic experience of Jesus’ life through compelling cinematic storytelling that is gritty, dramatic, powerful and inspirational. Audiences are moved to cheers, then tears, and then cheers again as the story unfolds.
Producer and actress Roma Downey (Mary) and Emmy winning producer Mark Burnett brought the epic miniseries The Bible and now bring the Son of God. Now the larger than life story of Jesus gets a larger than life treatment in this stand alone feature with the scope and scale of a fast pace action epic enveloped within gentle intimacy. Portuguese »
- Fernando Esquivel
This major motion picture event — an experience created to be shared among families and communities across the U.S. — brings the story of Jesus’ life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational.
Producer and Actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel, The Bible) and Producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, The Bible) brought the epic miniseries “The Bible” to television audiences around the world with their company LightWorkers Media. The series became the number one cable entertainment telecast of the year, one of the fastest-selling TV-to-disc titles ever and went on to garner 3 Emmy Award nominations. Mixing adventure, action and drama from The Bible, the series drew acclaim for retelling the sacred text in a way that was relevant to today’s audiences.
Now, the larger-than-life story of Jesus gets a larger-than-life treatment in the stand-alone feature Son Of God. Told with the »
- Movie Geeks
Actor Russell Johnson, best known for playing The Professor on Gilligan’s Island, has died. He was 89. His longtime agent Mike Eisenstadt told Deadline that Johnson died this morning of natural causes at his home in Washington state. The Pennsylvania native had dozens of TV and film credits during his decades-long career, but it was as Professor Roy Hinkley in 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island for which he is best remembered. Johnson appeared on the show all three seasons it aired on CBS (1964-67). He reprised the role in The Castaways On Gilligan’s Island TV movie in 1979. Deadline recently reported that Warner Bros was planning a feature film based on the series. Russell’s Hollywood career began in the early 1950s, with early roles mainly in westerns including 1953′s The Stand At Apache River and Tumbleweed and sci-fi pics such as It Came from Outer Space (1953), This Island Earth »
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19 items from 2014
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