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James Gray on the Wistfulness of ‘The Lost City of Z,’ Twitter Mishaps, and Stealing from the Best

12 April 2017 11:21 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Read even just a couple of interviews with him and you’ll realize that James Gray — in his humor, candor, self-effacement, knowledge, and general kindness — is better at the process than almost anybody else. So I’d experienced twice over, and now a third time on the occasion of his latest picture, The Lost City of Z. Although I liked the film a whole lot upon seeing it at last year’s Nyff and found it a rich source of questions, our conversation proved too casual and genial to be intruded about with a query about sound mixing — which I, of course, just knew I’d ask before entering a hotel room and sitting at a tiny table, complementary chocolate cake between us, and realizing that my muse then and there was instead a question about Steven Soderbergh’s Twitter account.

It’s not every day you can bring it up, »

- Nick Newman

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From the People Archive: Pierce Brosnan Remembers the Wife He Loved and Lost to Ovarian Cancer

6 April 2017 10:07 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Pierce Brosnan, who stars in AMC’s new Western series The Son, recently opened up about losing his wife and daughter to ovarian cancer. Look back on People’s 1992 cover story on the British actor, as he reflected on his wife’s memory four months after her death — and the profound impact she had on his life.

When His Agent Phoned Pierce Brosnan in early March to tell him that his latest film, The Lawnmower Man, was a box office hit—a Brosnan first—the 39-year-old Irish-born actor remembers how he “whooped and hollered” with his two boys, Christopher, 19, and Sean, »

- People Staff

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On Friendship and Vulnerability: The Wisdom of Disney’s ‘Zootopia’

4 April 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We can learn a number of things from Disney’s smash animated hit.

Crowning Disney’s Zootopia my favorite film of 2016 has earned me a reasonable amount of polite mockery among the film fan community. Granted, there was a high number of outstanding motion pictures released last year, but unlike the traditional Disney tropes we’ve seen in offerings like Frozen or Moana (often retooled emotional beats from their classic animation era), Zootopia was somewhat of a unique offering for audiences who paid attention. Before we proceed, let it be on the record that it won every best animated feature prize on the awards circuit, held a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and was included in the American Film Institute’s top 10 films of the year. Thus, I’d like to believe that several film experts out there also saw something more in what appeared to be another run-of-the-mill kids movie.

The »

- Sleepy Skunk

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Is Steven Spielberg’s Trump-Timed ‘The Post’ the Start of a New Wave of Movies That Matter?

11 March 2017 12:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

I got a shiver of anticipation when I read the announcement on Monday that Steven Spielberg would direct “The Post,” a drama about The Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers, starring Tom Hanks as the fabled Post editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham. Set in 1971, the movie will center on the paper’s war with the White House over whether the Post had the right to publish the top-secret military documents — first leaked to The New York Times by Daniel Ellsberg — that charted the escalation and futility of the Vietnam War. I have no idea if Spielberg has been mulling this movie over for a while (the rights were bought by producer Amy Pascal last fall), but everything about the timing suggests that it’s no coincidence the announcement was made 45 days after the inauguration of Donald Trump. “The Post” is clearly a »

- Owen Gleiberman

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NYC Weekend Watch: Oshima/Godard, ‘Ugetsu,’ Buster Keaton & More

3 March 2017 8:01 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

BAMcinématek

A number of Oshima and Godard films play together in a new series.

Metrograph

Films from Keaton and Bergman have screenings.

Garrel’s Les Hautes Solitudes has been held over; Midnight Cowboy and Chungking Express also play.

Museum of the Moving Image

The Scorsese series continues with a The Color of Money–The Hustler »

- Nick Newman

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Where do “Moonlight” and the other Oscar winners rank all time?

1 March 2017 12:57 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

With the dust settling from an Academy Awards unlike any other, we can turn our attention a bit to the results, as opposed to how the results were delivered/handled. This is something that’s probably best to take more time to think about, but I’m always fascinated by instant rankings. As such, I wanted not just to do the piece I always do on where the newest Best Picture winner stacks up all time, but also how the other main Oscar winners do. There will be expanded articles in the next month or so going over them in more detail, but for now, this is just a quick glance at where the new class ranks, all time. Before I get to Best Picture, which is clearly the big one, quickly I’d like to run down some of the other categories and how they stack up. That way, »

- Joey Magidson

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Moonlight Is First Lgbtq Film to Win Best Picture: 7 Historic Oscar Moments That Paved the Way

27 February 2017 12:21 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Despite the Best Picture blunder stealing all the headlines, Moonlight’s win at Sunday’s Oscars has people talking for a different reason: It’s the first Lgbtq film to win the evening’s top prize.

The acclaimed coming-of-age story about a black gay boy received eight nominations at the 2017 Academy Awards, winning Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, the first Muslim actor to take home the coveted trophy.

In his acceptance speech, writer Tarell Alvin McCraney dedicated his adapted screenplay win “to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender-conforming who »

- Stephanie Petit

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Oscars: Is There a Correlation Between Ceremony Runtime and TV Ratings?

25 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Jimmy Kimmel (Courtesy: ABC/Jeff Lipsky)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The time has arrived: the 89th Academy Awards will occur tomorrow, February 26, and we’ll finally know which films and which stars will take home those coveted statues. This is one of the most talked-about events on TV each year but, while everyone is excited for the spectacle and excitement of it all, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t garner critics. Before you go complaining about the show, let’s educate you on some statistics.

With Jimmy Kimmel hosting the show on ABC — at 8 p.m. Et and 5 p.m. Pt, of course — we know we’re all in for quite the entertaining three-plus hours of glitz and glamour. It’s almost certain that La La Land will dominate the awards and it’s almost a given that a ton of people will utter Donald Trump’s name in some way. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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9 Oscars Winners Who Don't Hold Up to the Test of Time

24 February 2017 2:05 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Just because a movie or a celebrity wins an Oscar, that doesn't mean the win was deserved. While the Academy Awards are seen as the capstone to awards season -- and one of the highest honors in the business -- we all know that stars and movies get snubbed or overlooked all the time.

What's worse is when we look back at what did win, and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. So, with the 89th Academy Awards just around the corner, let's take a look back over the show's illustrious history at a few times the Academy voters clearly made a mistake.

Watch: 2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations

1. How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942

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Beat Out: Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Blossoms in the Dust, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back the Dawn, The Little Foxes, [link »

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IndieWire’s Final Oscar 2017 Predictions: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Nine of Its 14 Nominations

24 February 2017 7:53 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sunday’s Oscars 2017 are driven by two competing narratives. The question is which one will dominate the night.

We know Damien Chazelle’s retro musical “La La Land” (Lionsgate) will take home a slew of Oscars. But out of its record-tying 14 nominations, will it win five, like the BAFTAs? Seven, like its Golden Globes sweep? Or can it break the record of 11? (Three epic spectacles hold the record for most Oscar wins: “Titanic,” “Ben-Hur,” and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”) “West Side Story” holds the record for a musical, with 10 wins.

Check my predictions below: By my “La La Land” tally, it’s nine.

The second story of the night: a dramatic course correction a year after #Oscarsowhite. The Academy actors’ branch nominated a record seven actors of color: familiar faces Octavia Spencer (Fox’s “Hidden Figures”) and Paramount’s “Fences” stars Denzel Washington (his eighth nomination »

- Anne Thompson

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James Franco Directs Juno Temple in Music Video for Tashaki Miyaki’s ‘Girls on T.V.’ — Watch

22 February 2017 9:58 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

James Franco’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “In Dubious Battle” is currently in limited release, and it isn’t the only thing directed by the multi-multi-hyphenate you can watch right now. Franco has also directed the video for “Girls on T.V.,” the lead single from Tashaki Miyaki’s debut album “The Dream.” Watch it below.

Read More: ‘In Dubious Battle’ Review: A James Franco Period Protest Drama, Dubiously Made

Juno Temple (“Black Mass,” “Killer Joe,” “Maleficent”)  stars in the video; Franco describes her role as “an innocent soul seeing Hollywood for the first time” in a statement. Full of words superimposed on the screen in neon letters, the video finds Temple’s cowboy hat–wearing newcomer strolling through Hollywood on a dark, dreamy night. The director lists “Midnight Cowboy,” “Fallen Angels” and Robert Redford’s “Electric Horseman” as influences on his latest endeavor.

Read More: ‘The Institute’ Trailer: »

- Michael Nordine

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My favorite best picture Oscar winner: Unforgiven

21 February 2017 5:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Clint Eastwood went back to the genre that made his name and deconstructed its tropes, making it current by incorporating the psychological impact of killing

The best picture race at the 1993 Oscars was one where many sides of 20th century machismo were examined – usually by groups of men shouting really loudly at each other. There was Scent of a Woman, where Al Pacino road tested his mid-90s “maximum volume” approach; Stephen Rea’s howls in the Crying Game; and Jack Nicholson’s bellows of pure testosterone in A Few Good Men. Merchant-Ivory’s rather more subtle Howard’s End featured mostly internal screams brought on by that most vexing of subjects: Edwardian class struggle. The winner, though, was a film in which toxic masculinity oozed out of the screen, delivered with a mix of muttering and barely raised voices.

Related: My favorite best picture Oscar winner: Midnight Cowboy

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- Lanre Bakare

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My favorite best picture Oscar winner: Midnight Cowboy

20 February 2017 5:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Continuing a series of Guardian writers’ all-time Academy picks, Gwilym Mumford explains why the 1970 winner remains a vital and progressive triumph

The Oscars best picture category has a long and ignoble history of favouring the inoffensive over the revolutionary – Citizen Kane lost out to How Green Was My Valley. Forrest Gump defeated Pulp Fiction. The Third Man, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Do The Right Thing failed to even be nominated for best picture. (It’s a cruel world when Crash can win the thing and that lot can’t even get a look in). As a rule, the Academy tends to be behind the times – #OscarsSoWhite is recent evidence of that.

All of which makes the decision to crown Midnight Cowboy best picture in 1970 seem, in retrospect, like such a welcome aberration. It was a rare moment when Hollywood saw the coming changes in cinema and, rather than ignore »

- Gwilym Mumford

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70s Rewind: Inserts, Place an X Over Its Heart

10 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Richard Dreyfuss once starred in an X-rated film. Let that sink in for a moment. Placing that into proper context reminds us that the 1970s were a very different time. The MPAA film rating system became effective in the U.S. on November 1, 1968. Six months later, John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy received an X-rating, and less than a year later, became the first (and only) X-rated film to win the Academy Award as Best Picture. Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls earned the X-rating for its release in June 1970, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange received it upon its original release in the U.S. in February 1972, Ralph Bakshi's animated Fritz the Cat was tagged with an X in April 1972, and Bernardo...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »

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Jon Voight Sounds Just Like Trump, Accuses Shia Labeouf & Miley Cyrus of ‘Teaching Treason’ In Rant

25 January 2017 5:35 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jon Voight has clearly been listening to Donald Trump, and not just his ideas. In a video obtained by TMZ, Voigt gives the young people a piece of his mind in a very familiar cadence. “It’s been very serious and very destructive, this marching against the government and against the president. Very, very serious.”

Offscreen, a reporter can be heard asking about the Women’s March on Washington, and what Voight thinks about the First Amendment. “It is what the First Amendment’s about, but what was the march about? The march was about — it was against this government and against this presidency. Trying to denigrate his office and his presidency. And that’s no good.”

Read More: ‘The Leftovers’: Season 3 Teaser Trailer Promises The End is Near, But Don’t Worry Baby

In what essentially amounts to a crazy uncle wagging his finger in your face, the »

- Jude Dry

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Oscar Nominations Analysis: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Best Picture, Unless Voters Let ‘Moonlight’ Shine

24 January 2017 10:02 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Talk about a course correction. A year after #Oscarsowhite, not only did Academy voters nominate a record seven actors of color, but they also positioned “Moonlight” as the only film that’s likely to rival the 14-nomination juggernaut of “La La Land” for best picture.

The eight nominations for “Moonlight” include two supporting actors, writing, directing, cinematography, and editing (which was not among the six nominations for “Manchester By the Sea”). That upset would require A24 doing everything right, much as Fox Searchlight did for “12 Years a Slave.”

However, one element is in their favor, and it’s beyond the control of any Oscar consultant: “La La Land” is a light escapist romp through musicals past. More often than not, gravitas tends to win the day with Oscar voters, and that’s an instinct that may have even greater resonance this year given the recent inauguration of President Donald Trump. »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscar Nominations Analysis: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Best Picture, Unless Anti-Trump Voters Let ‘Moonlight’ Shine

24 January 2017 10:02 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Talk about a course correction. A year after #Oscarsowhite, not only did Academy voters nominate a record seven actors of color, but they also positioned “Moonlight” as the only film that’s likely to rival the 14-nomination juggernaut of “La La Land” for best picture.

The eight nominations for “Moonlight” include two supporting actors, writing, directing, cinematography, and editing (which was not among the six nominations for “Manchester By the Sea”). That upset would require A24 doing everything right, much as Fox Searchlight did for “12 Years a Slave.”

However, one element is in their favor, and it’s beyond the control of any Oscar consultant: “La La Land” is a light escapist romp through musicals past. More often than not, gravitas tends to win the day with Oscar voters, and that’s an instinct that may have even greater resonance this year given the recent inauguration of President Donald Trump. »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscars: Record Six Black Actors Nominated, Diversity Improves After Controversy

24 January 2017 8:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After last year’s nominations spawned #OscarsSoWhite, all eyes were on the Academy Award nominations Tuesday – and in stark contrast to 2016, this year proved to be a much stronger year for diversity, both in front of and behind the camera.

While no actors of color were nominated the last two years, this year saw every acting category recognizing a person of color. A record-tying (with 2007) seven minority actors were recognized, including a record-setting six black actors.

In best actor, Denzel Washington landed his seventh nomination for “Fences,” extending his record as the most nominated black actor. His co-star Viola Davis was nominated in supporting actress, which also saw Davis’ “The Help” co-star Octavia Spencer nominated for “Hidden Figures” and Naomie Harris for “Moonlight.” With three nods, Davis is now the most nominated black actress.

In the lead actress category, Ruth Negga was nominated for her work in “Loving.” And in supporting actor, »

- Jenelle Riley

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Retake: Restaging Love with a Hustler

15 January 2017 6:33 PM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

One can only hope director Nick Corporon's shorts (I've seen two) and his feature debut, Retake, are not autobiographical. All of his male characters are semi-despondent romantics. They find true love, lose true love, or are confronted by a world ready to quash them if they don't assume heteronormative stances or watch Vin Diesel films .

In the poignantly wise, 13-minute "Barbie Boy" (2014), seven-year-old Bobby (Trent Carlton) learns from his dad that boys don't play with Barbie and Ken dolls in public or nearly anywhere else. It doesn't even matter if Bobby just allows the plastic couple to scuba dive in the kitchen sink, smooch in their Dream House, or go out for lattés; the testosterone-fueled world will frown on such carryings-on and possibly do worse than frown. So will the blond-tressed lad stand up to societal pressure and grow up to be Alexander Mc Queen? Or will the little »

- Brandon Judell

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Retake: Restaging Love with a Hustler

15 January 2017 6:31 PM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

One can only hope director Nick Corporon's shorts (I've seen two) and his feature debut, Retake, are not autobiographical. All of his male characters are semi-despondent romantics. They find true love, lose true love, or are confronted by a world ready to quash them if they don't assume heteronormative stances or watch Vin Diesel films .

In the poignantly wise, 13-minute "Barbie Boy" (2014), seven-year-old Bobby (Trent Carlton) learns from his dad that boys don't play with Barbie and Ken dolls in public or nearly anywhere else. It doesn't even matter if Bobby just allows the plastic couple to scuba dive in the kitchen sink, smooch in their Dream House, or go out for lattés; the testosterone-fueled world will frown on such carryings-on and possibly do worse than frown. So will the blond-tressed lad stand up to societal pressure and grow up to be Alexander Mc Queen? Or will the little »

- Brandon Judell

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