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Cinema at the Margins

17 March 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

Wheeler Winston Dixon’s Cinema at the Margins is an enlightening collection of essays and interviews. Wearing his encyclopedic knowledge lightly, Dixon shares his expert insights and research in an eloquent, eminently readable style. I chose to review his new book because its reference to the ‘margins’ held the enticing promise of new discoveries, and a brief survey of its table of contents confirmed that, alongside well-known and much-loved names, there were also unfamiliar ones. The volume covers an early film by Peter Bogdanovich, the horror movies of Lucio Fulci, American 1930s and 40s science fiction serials, the TV series Dragnet, the brief career of Argentine director Fabián Bielinsky and the long one of Hollywood director Sam Newfield, Robert Bresson’s Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945), U.S. 1960s experimental cinema, Dixon’s own meditation on the shift to digital, and interviews with music video director Dale “Rage” Resteghini, »

- Alison Frank

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Jeff Bridges: Still ‘The Dude’ in San Luis Obispo

9 March 2014 3:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Man, this is so cool!”

That was Jeff Bridges’ reaction Saturday night to receiving the King Vidor award for excellence in filmmaking at the 20th San Luis International Film Festival. “It’s wonderful to be acknowledged for my work like this,” he added.

James Cromwell presented the award before an enthusiastic capacity crowd at the Fremont Theater, followed by the actors swapping stories for 30 minutes, a Q-and-a and a screening of Bridges’ signature film, 1998′s “The Big Lebowski” — starring as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski.

Bridges appeared to genuinely enjoy the event, offering a variety of unaffected and unrehearsed answers.

“When ‘The Big Lebowski’ comes on TV, it’s like ‘The Godfather’ – I’m hooked,” he told the audience. “I always think that I’ll stop after John Turturro licks the bowling ball…. The movie is like candy; it’s so well made. The Coen brothers are so cool.”

Cromwell recalled »

- Dave McNary

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Deadline’s Oscars Blog: ‘12 Years A Slave’, ‘Gravity’ And Boredom Reign Supreme

2 March 2014 5:30 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Here we are again after the Golden Globes,  Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Variety to Host Exclusive Press Conference at Texas Film Awards

26 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actors Danny Trejo and Fred Williamson, and special effects makeup gurus and actors Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero will be among the cast from the 1996 hit “From Dusk Till Dawn” to join writer/director Robert Rodriguez, above, in accepting the 2014 Star of Texas Award at the Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Awards.

As part of the awards festivities, Variety will host an exclusive press conference March 6, the morning of the Texas Film Awards that will be moderated by executive editor Steven Gaydos.

The press conference will feature honorees, presenters and guests including Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater, Amber Heard, Fred Williamson, Luke Wilson and the Texas Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Louis Black.

From Dusk Till Dawn” joins such former Star of Texas honorees as “Dazed and Confused,” “Rio Bravo” and “The Last Picture Show.”  The award is presented each year to an iconic Texas film, and has previously »

- Francesca Bacardi

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Bitter Sweet Payne: Phedon Papamichael talks about Nebraska

22 February 2014 1:31 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Phedon Papamichael about working with Alexander Payne and the cinematography featured in Nebraska...

“I was a young striving cinematographer at the time,” recalls Phedon Papamichael (3:10 to Yuma) who first met filmmaker Alexander Payne (About Schmidt) at UCLA Film School.  “I had a job interview with him for his UCLA graduate film which I did not get.  I ended up shooting a different UCLA graduate film with Alexander being the boom operator.  We knew each other socially and lived in the same part of Los Angeles, the Silver Lake Area.  I’d be aware of what he was doing and he’d be aware of what I was doing.  I was happy when I saw Alexander made his first film Citizen Ruth [1996] and liked it.  We often talked about films.  It wasn’t until Sideways [2004] when he called out of the blue and asked me if »

- Trevor

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25 best Oscar-winning performances of all time

17 February 2014 12:40 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We're in the 86th annual Oscar voting window and two weeks from today, we'll know the champions of the 2014 Academy Awards. Winners in the performance categories seem to be all lined up, though we've gotten a surprise in those four arenas the last couple of years. Maybe we'll get a few this year, too, but come what may, a quartet (or maybe more if there's a tie — who knows, given the events of this season) will join the echelon of Oscar winning actors dating back to inaugural victors Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor on March 2. With that in mind, HitFix's awards staff put our heads together to come up with a list of the best of, well, the best. We dug through the 325 actors and actresses to win (competitive) Academy Awards for screen performances over the years and we were left with 25 sterling examples from AMPAS' gallery of titans — well, »

- Gregory Ellwood, Guy Lodge, Kristopher Tapley

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Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael Talks About His Work On Nebraska

17 January 2014 3:12 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Thursday, Nebraska received six Oscar nominations including Best Cinematography. Up until the 30th Academy Awards (1958), Best Cinematography was divided into two categories – Color and Black & White. According to AMPAS, the last entirely black-and-white film to win Best Picture was The Artist (2011). Prior to that, The Apartment (1960) held this distinction; Schindler’s List (1993) had some color elements.

One of the first decisions director Alexander Payne took in making Nebraska was to shoot the film in black and white.

He knew it would be a risk, but it was central to his vision of the story. “Visual style was my window into the picture,” he notes.

Black and white just felt like the right choice for this film, because that’s always how I read it and saw it,” explains Payne. “I’ve also always wanted to make a film in black and white. It’s such a beautiful format. And this modest, »

- Michelle McCue

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Golden Globes: Red Carpet Moments

12 January 2014 5:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The mood on the Golden Globes red carpet outside the Beverly Hilton matched the temperature — warm and breezy. A strong crop of feature contenders and a passel of great TV shows have industry insiders feeling upbeat about the state of the content biz these days.

“I just love movies,” Walt Disney Studios chief Alan Horn assured us as he talked about the riches available to the studio from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Disney Animation. But he admitted that “Saving Mr. Banks” was something of an internal favorite as it was a home-grown project by Sean Bailey and Alan Bergman’s teams.

“It is a creative joy to work with all these talented people,” Horn said. Speaking of talented people, Alan, tell us something we don’t know about the state of “Star Wars.” He smiled and assured that J. J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are “closing the gap. We really are going to do this. »

- Cynthia Littleton and Jenelle Riley

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Golden Globes: Red Carpet Moments

12 January 2014 5:59 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The mood on the Golden Globes red carpet outside the Beverly Hilton matched the temperature — warm and breezy. A strong crop of feature contenders and a passel of great TV shows have industry insiders feeling upbeat about the state of the content biz these days.

“I just love movies,” Walt Disney Studios chief Alan Horn assured us as he talked about the riches available to the studio from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Disney Animation. But he admitted that “Saving Mr. Banks” was something of an internal favorite as it was a home-grown project by Sean Bailey and Alan Bergman’s teams.

“It is a creative joy to work with all these talented people,” Horn said. Speaking of talented people, Alan, tell us something we don’t know about the state of “Star Wars.” He smiled and assured that J. J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are “closing the gap. We really are going to do this. »

- Cynthia Littleton and Jenelle Riley

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‘Nebraska’ Cinematographer Explains Why Bruce Dern’s Face Is Better in Black & White

6 January 2014 5:39 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This story first appeared in OscarWrap: Nominations Preview. Director Alexander Payne and cinematographer Phedon Papamichael always saw “Nebraska” in black and white, although the studio didn’t initially share their vision. But they prevailed, making flat Midwestern plains and prairie as compelling a character as Bruce Dern’s alcoholic would-be sweepstakes winner in the film. Drawing on movies such as “Paper Moon” and “The Last Picture Show,” they created vibrant black-and-white images that give the film a wry, melancholy quality. Papamichael, who also teamed with the director on “Sideways” and “The Descendants,” praises Payne’s sense of experimentation and collaboration. »

- Brent Lang

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'Good Wife': Marilyn's baby daddy revealed, as Peter Florrick prepares for a scandal

5 January 2014 7:10 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"The Good Wife" does not waste any time clearing up the cliffhanger from last year's fall finale and it turns out to be pretty much what we thought it was, thankfully. Glad to see the show didn't go the cliched right we were fearing it might.

It turns out Marilyn's baby daddy is Peter Bogdanovich, the famous film director behind "The Last Picture Show" and "Paper Moon," who cameos in the episode as himself. Random, to be sure, but it's pretty delightful that he actually showed up in the episode.

The case of the week features "The Good Wife" taking on "Glee," thinly disguised as the TV show "Drama Camp." Matthew Lillard guest-stars as one half of an acoustic singing duo who are suing the TV network for the not-"Glee" show covering their cover of a popular rap song. F. Murray Abraham reprises his role as Burl Preston, the attorney for the TV network, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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