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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Long Dumb Road’

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Long Dumb Road’
Freshman photography student Nathan (Tony Revolori) is on a quest to find the real America. On “The Long Dumb Road” of director Hannah Fidell’s title, his trek from Texas to Los Angeles, he pulls over to shoot shuttered movie theaters and American flags drooping over drive-thrus, the kind of cynical corporate salute a kid like him considers deep. He’s too snobby to actually eat a fast-food burger, but when his purple minivan breaks down in Fort Stockton, the real America — or at least, an alcoholic mechanic (Jason Mantzoukas) drifting through it — takes the wheel of his trip, with several disastrous detours and stretches of pleasant pointlessness.

The normcore-meets-nutcase road comedy is older than Route 66, and the film’s destination could have been plotted by Google Maps, as well as the familiar screen sight of two men companionably peeing together in the wilderness. Along the way, Nathan and Richard bond and bicker while navigating, and detonating
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Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97

Albert Bettcher, a cameraman who worked on The Graduate, Batman, Blade Runner and Three Stooges movies during a career that spanned nearly a half-century in Hollywood, has died. He was 97.

A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators in 1990, Bettcher died Dec. 21 at his home in Pasadena, his daughter Nancy Hurley announced.

On The Graduate (1967), Bettcher served as a hand-held cameraman for director Mike Nichols and cinematographer Robert Surtees and pulled off a particularly difficult scene — the one where the camera "acts" as Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) as he...
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Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97

Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97
Albert Bettcher, a cameraman who worked on The Graduate, Batman, Blade Runner and Three Stooges movies during a career that spanned nearly a half-century in Hollywood, has died. He was 97.

A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators in 1990, Bettcher died Dec. 21 at his home in Pasadena, his daughter Nancy Hurley announced.

On The Graduate (1967), Bettcher served as a hand-held cameraman for director Mike Nichols and cinematographer Robert Surtees and pulled off a particularly difficult scene — the one where the camera "acts" as Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) as he...
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‘The Graduate’ Soundtrack Turns 50: How ‘Mrs. Roosevelt’ Became No. 1 Hit ‘Mrs. Robinson’

‘The Graduate’ Soundtrack Turns 50: How ‘Mrs. Roosevelt’ Became No. 1 Hit ‘Mrs. Robinson’
After the soundtrack album for Mike Nichols’ comedy/drama “The Graduate” was released on Jan. 21, 1967, it quickly vaulted to No. 1 on the American LP charts, where it established itself as something distinctly new and different.

It was not the soundtrack for a movie musical like “West Side Story,” whose 54-week reign at the top of the chart remains an all-time record. Nor did it accompany a feature film by pop’s previous soundtrack champs, the Beatles (three No. 1 albums, including late 1967’s “Magical Mystery Tour”) and Elvis Presley (three chart-toppers between 1957-61).

Instead, “The Graduate” deployed the New York folk-pop duo Simon & Garfunkel’s music as a tool to underscore and comment on the emotion in its oft-caustic, satirical narrative.

It was an uncommon, and uncommonly effective, movie-making gambit – albeit one that employed scarcely any new material by its marquee musicians. Its most memorable song arrived as little more than a minute-long wisp of a tune.

Nichols
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‘The Post’: Director Steven Spielberg Turned His Journalism Thriller into a Film Production Metaphor

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‘The Post’: Director Steven Spielberg Turned His Journalism Thriller into a Film Production Metaphor
The convergence of the micro and macro worlds of politics and journalism in “The Post” most appealed to two-time Oscar-winning production designer Carter (“Lincoln,” “Avatar”). The entry point of Liz Hannah’s script was Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) finding her voice at 54 as the new publisher of The Washington Post with the landmark publication of “The Pentagon Papers” in 1971. Director Steven Spielberg added the social context of journalists having a vital voice in search of the truth with the help of Hannah and scribe Josh Singer (“Spotlight”).

“I think that when Liz grasped the idea of Kay’s rite of passage as a road map for the rest of her life beyond raising children that she was onto something that certainly was significant,” said Carter. “So then, for me, there’s the intimate side of Juliet and Romeo being the Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee [Tom Hanks] platonic love story, where their
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Dustin Hoffman: Actress Accuses Actor of Harassment During Broadway Run

Dustin Hoffman: Actress Accuses Actor of Harassment During Broadway Run
Days after Dustin Hoffman faced questioning regarding allegations of sexual harassment on the set of the 1985 TV adaptation of Death of a Salesman, an actress from that Broadway revival has penned a guest column describing the "horrific, demoralizing and abusive experience" she experienced while starring alongside Hoffman.

Actress Kathryn Rossetter is the fourth woman to accuse Hoffman of sexual misconduct, which previously included allegations of groping and inappropriate comments.

In Rossetter's column for the Hollywood Reporter, she described how excited she was to land a role on Broadway alongside Hoffman,
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Watch as Dustin Hoffman and John Oliver Get in Heated Sexual Harassment Argument

Watch as Dustin Hoffman and John Oliver Get in Heated Sexual Harassment Argument
John Oliver, host of HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight, publicly confronted Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman about recent sexual harassment allegations made against him. Oliver was moderating a panel and screening with Hoffman, Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and director Barry Levinson, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Wag the Dog. During the panel, Oliver said, "This is something we're going to have to talk about because ... it's hanging in the air." Hoffman replied and, for the rest of the evening, it was a back and forth between the two.

"It's hanging in the air? From a few things you've read you've made an incredible assumption about me. You've made the case better than anyone else can. I'm guilty."

Dustin Hoffman was recently accused by Anna Graham Hunter of sexually harassing her in 1985 while filming of the Death of a Salesman TV movie was taking place. At the time, she was just 17-years-old.
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John Oliver Engages in Heated Exchange With Dustin Hoffman Over Sexual Harassment Claims

John Oliver Engages in Heated Exchange With Dustin Hoffman Over Sexual Harassment Claims
John Oliver and Dustin Hoffman engaged in a tense discussion about the sexual harassment allegations facing Hoffman during a panel at an anniversary screening of the film “Wag the Dog” Monday night.

Oliver was moderating the Tribeca Institute panel, which also included Robert de Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal, and director Barry Levinson. Oliver brought up the issue of an allegation made against Hoffman by Anna Graham Hunter that he had groped her when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of Hoffman’s “Death of A Salesman.”

“This is something we’re going to have to talk about because … it’s hanging in the air,” the HBO host said. He stated that he felt Hoffman’s partial apology at the time of Graham Hunter’s allegation to be insufficient.

“It’s hanging in the air?” Hoffman replied. “From a few things you’ve read you’ve made an incredible assumption about me,” he said, continuing,
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The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors

The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but there’s reason to believe that will change. Already recognized by the Emmys, casting directors have made tremendous strides since they unionized in 2005 and negotiated their first contract with studios. In 2013, the guild earned its own Academy branch and received three seats at the Academy’s Board of Governors’ table. Last year, Lynn Stalmaster (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, becoming the first-ever casting director to receive an Academy Award.

So: Let’s imagine for a moment casting directors had their own Oscar category in 2017: What are the best-cast films of the year?

IndieWire asked 15 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. We often think of the best films in terms of their expressive cinematography, enveloping production design,
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ Francis Ford Coppola, David Bowie & More

It’s been a stellar year of cinema and pop culture-themed books, and the texts (and Blu-rays) in this round-up all make fine gifts. One additional book that should be on your year-end list is Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier. It’s a satisfying companion to season three of Peaks, not to mention Frost’s own Secret History of Twin Peaks. So be sure to check out Nick Newman’s recent interview with the Peaks co-creator.

Live Cinema and Its Techniques by Francis Ford Coppola (Liveright)

The legendary Francis Ford Coppola has spoken of “live cinema” with regularity over the years, specifically with respect to 1981’s One From the Heart. That film, a box office flop now held in some regard, is an essential part of Live Cinema and Its Techniques, a fascinating new book authored by Coppola himself. The lessons from that experience, Coppola says,
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Critic's Notebook: As 'Lady Bird,' Saoirse Ronan Contains Multitudes

Critic's Notebook: As 'Lady Bird,' Saoirse Ronan Contains Multitudes
Maybe because you can only lose your virginity once, it's always seemed somehow implicit that a performer could, or should, only be allowed to star in one great coming-of-age film: Carey Mulligan in An Education, Jean-Pierre Leaud in The 400 Blows, Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, Jean Seberg in Bonjour Tristesse, Ellen Page in Juno — the list is long. But someone has now broken that rule. Two years ago, Saoirse Ronan reduced many of us to blubbering idiots with her intensely moving portrait of an Irish teenager in early-1950s New York in Brooklyn, and now...
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Budd Friedman Traces Standup Roots in New Book

Budd Friedman Traces Standup Roots in New Book
Ponder the last half-century of American comedy without talents like Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, Bill Maher, Bill Hicks, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy and countless others, and it’s not a lot of laughs. Most of the aforementioned funny folks may have endured and thrived without Budd Friedman’s Improv Clubs in New York and Los Angeles, but those stand-up stages were so essential to the launching and developing of so many careers it’s impossible to overestimate their impact on our culture. Friedman’s New York roots led him to open his first Improv Club in mid-town Manhattan in the early 1960s. In his recently published tome “The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club That Revolutionized Stand-Up” (BenBella Books, $18.87), co-written with Tripp Whetsell, Friedman and associates reminisce about Friedman’s impact and The Improv’s role in “inventing” American stand-up
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"It Changed Everything": Five Dustin Hoffman Accusers Tell Harrowing Stories of Sexually Predatory Behavior

Over the course of a remarkable seven-decade career, Dustin Hoffman, 80, has scaled heights seen by just a handful of actors. He has earned seven Oscar nominations for films like The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Tootsie, Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man — winning statuettes for the latter two. On Nov. 27, that career was feted with a special tribute at the Gotham Awards. Hoffman's "wide range of roles — often portraying antiheroes or the marginalized — have firmly placed him amongst the most compelling actors to have graced the screen," explained Ifp executive director Joana Vicente of the honor.

But...
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50 Years Later: Dustin Hoffman Recalls Mike Nichols’ Vision for ‘The Graduate’

50 Years Later: Dustin Hoffman Recalls Mike Nichols’ Vision for ‘The Graduate’
Mike Nichols’ “The Graduate,” an adaptation of Charles Webb’s “novel of today’s youth unlike any you have read” (so boasted first-edition copies) hit theaters on Dec. 22, 1967. It received seven Oscar nominations and became an instant classic, helping to launch a new wave of American cinema that would be the story of the next decade. Nichols, meanwhile — hot off a theater career and a film debut in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” that set the industry ablaze — walked away with the Academy’s best director prize.

The film also launched the screen career of actor Dustin Hoffman, who can’t quite believe it’s been 50 years since this landmark entered the canon.

“It is stunning, because I’m only 47,” the 80-year-old legend quipped on a recent episode of Variety‘s “Playback” podcast while promoting his new film “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).”

Hoffman recalled that few expected much of the film. “If
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Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Coppola To Receive Tribute Awards at the 2017 Ifp Gotham Awards

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced today that Dustin Hoffman will receive the Actor Tribute and Sofia Coppola the Director Tribute at the 2017 Ifp Gotham Awards. “We are thrilled to present Dustin Hoffman with the Actor Tribute. Starting with his breakthrough role in the timeless classic The Graduate to his highly praised turn in his upcoming film, The Meyerowitz Stories, Dustin’s wide range of roles – often portraying antiheroes or the marginalized – and the creative choices he has embodied in these complex characters, has firmly placed him amongst the most compelling actors to have graced the screen,” said Joana […]
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Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Coppola to Receive Tributes at 2017 Gotham Awards

Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Coppola to Receive Tributes at 2017 Gotham Awards
Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Coppola will be honored at the 2017 Gotham Awards, joining a lineup of tribute recipients that already includes Nicole Kidman and Al Gore, among others.

Handed out annual by the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), the Gothams dole out a handful of pre-announced tribute awards as part of a ceremony that focuses on indie films. Hoffman, whose career includes films such as “The Graduate,” “Kramer Vs. Kramer,” “Tootsie” and “Rain Man,” has a movie out this awards season with “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).”

Coppola, meanwhile, get the tribute for director. Her latest, the well-received “The Beguiled” (with a cast that includes Kidman), was released in June after previous credits that include “Lost in Translation,” “Somewhere,” “The Virgin Suicides” and “The Bling Ring.”

Hoffman and Coppola join a lineup of tributees that also includes honorees for actress (Kidman), humanitarian (Gore), cinematographer (Ed Lachman) and industry achievement (Jason Blum). Prior years have seen tributes go
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Ifp Gotham Awards: Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Coppola to Get Actor, Director Tributes

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Ifp Gotham Awards: Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Coppola to Get Actor, Director Tributes
Dustin Hoffman is set to receive the Ifp Gotham Awards Actor Tribute next month, when Sofia Coppola will be honored with the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Director Tribute. “We are thrilled to present Dustin Hoffman with the Actor Tribute. Starting with his breakthrough role in the timeless classic ‘The Graduate’ to his highly praised turn in his upcoming film, ‘The Meyerowitz Stories,’ Dustin’s wide range of roles — often portraying antiheroes or the marginalized — and the creative choices he has embodied in these complex characters, has firmly placed him amongst the most compelling actors to have graced the screen,” said Joana.
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Ifp Gotham Awards: Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Coppola to Get Actor, Director Tributes

  • The Wrap
Ifp Gotham Awards: Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Coppola to Get Actor, Director Tributes
Dustin Hoffman is set to receive the Ifp Gotham Awards Actor Tribute next month, when Sofia Coppola will be honored with the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Director Tribute. “We are thrilled to present Dustin Hoffman with the Actor Tribute. Starting with his breakthrough role in the timeless classic ‘The Graduate’ to his highly praised turn in his upcoming film, ‘The Meyerowitz Stories,’ Dustin’s wide range of roles — often portraying antiheroes or the marginalized — and the creative choices he has embodied in these complex characters, has firmly placed him amongst the most compelling actors to have graced the screen,” said Joana.
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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Hero Starring Sam Elliott on Blu-ray

Hoping to write another chapter in his life, one Western icon is looking for a comeback in the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh The Hero, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 19 from Lionsgate. Theatrically released by The Orchard and directed by Brett Haley (I’ll See You in My Dreams), Golden Globe® nominee Sam Elliott (Best Supporting Actor – TV, “Buffalo Girls,” 1996) stars as a broken man who must face the ghosts of his past and his inevitable mortality. Nominated for the 2017 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and New York Critics’ Choice, The Hero Blu-ray™ and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Now you can own The Hero on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie featuring Sam Elliott?
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