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‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name’ would only be second pair of Oscar screenplay winners without Globe nominations

‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name’ would only be second pair of Oscar screenplay winners without Globe nominations
Get Out” and “Call Me by Your Name” each has a Writers Guild Award to its name, with respective Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay victories Sunday, but that’s not the only thing the films have in common. Neither script was nominated at the Golden Globes, which only has one screenplay category. If they both go on to win their corresponding screenplay Oscars, they’d only be the second pair of script winners that were snubbed by the Globes.

The only pair to accomplish this was 2002’s “Talk to Her,” which won original, and “The Pianist,” which won adapted.” The Globes awarded “About Schmidt” over “Adaptation,” “Chicago,” “Far From Heaven” and “The Hours.” If that’s not enough, “Talk to Her” and “The Pianist” also claimed their Oscars without WGA mentions — the former was ineligible and the latter was not nominated.

See Writers Guild Awards winners: ‘Call Me
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Hallmark Movies, a Soap Opera and Suits: Inside Meghan Markle's Entire Filmography

Hallmark Movies, a Soap Opera and Suits: Inside Meghan Markle's Entire Filmography
Before she was a royal fiancée, before she was the star of Suits, Meghan Markle was just an actress trying to make it big in Hollywood. And that dream came with plenty of guest star stints and background parts in movies before Meghan worked her way up to leading roles in Hallmark movies, a quick role in a Jennifer Aniston film and of course, Suits, her big break.

Curious about Meghan’s cinematic life before Harry? We’ve chronicled each and every last one of her on-screen roles — and found where you can watch them, too!

1. General Hospital.

Like so many other actors,
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Wild, Dangerous, Imperfect, Wounded Grandeur: 18 Double Features About America

The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.

In 2012, when this piece was first posted, it seemed like a good moment to throw the country’s history and contradictions into some sort of quick relief, and the most expedient way of doing that for me was to look at the way the United States (and the philosophies at its core) were reflected in the movies, and not just the ones which approached the country head-on as a subject.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Spider Baby (1967)

Never mind the holidays; dealing with family can be stressful any time of year. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or just a mandatory visit to a forgotten aunt you haven’t seen in 15 years can all hold their share of tension and misery. But at least be thankful you’re not part of the Merrye clan, the family at the center of Jack Hill’s Spider Baby (1967), a quirky yet clever examination of the prototypical horror tribe that influenced the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977).

Filmed in 1964 but not given a limited release by American General Pictures until late ’67, it languished in general obscurity until a video restoration in the mid ‘90s shone a light on its peculiar charms. Filmed in 12 days on a budget of $55,000, Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told (full title) is like watching The Addams Family shake the family tree and having incest,
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Richard Portman, ‘Star Wars’ Sound Engineer and 11-Time Oscar Nominee, Dies at 82

Richard Portman, ‘Star Wars’ Sound Engineer and 11-Time Oscar Nominee, Dies at 82
Sound engineer Richard Portman, who received 11 Academy Award nominations and won for his work on Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter,” died on Saturday at his home in Tallahassee, Fla. He was 82.

“He was an icon of his craft of motion picture sound re-recording, recognized with the highest honors of his field,” his daughter Jennifer Portman wrote on her Facebook page. “He was eccentric, irreverent, and real.”

Portman worked on nearly 200 movies and mixed the sound for George Lucas’ “Star Wars.”

Portman received two Oscar sound nominations in 1973 for Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” and Michael Ritchie’s “The Candidate.” He was also double-nominated in 1974 for Peter Bogdanovich’s “Paper Moon” and Mike Nichols’ “The Day of the Dolphin.”

Portman received his first nom in 1971 for “Kotch,” directed by Jack Lemmon. He was also up for Oscars for Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” Herbert Ross’ “Funny Lady,” Michael Apted’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,
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Why the Post-Donald Trump Sundance Film Festival Will Be Even Stronger

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Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head programmer Trevor Groth had to make hundreds of decisions to sort through the 4,068 feature-length films and 8,985 shorts that were submitted for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and they were in the thick of their final decisions as the election’s final phase unfolded. It turned out that there’s nothing like the election of Donald Trump to throw the 38-year-old festival’s purpose into sharp relief.

“We were were affected,” admitted Cooper. “It made us take stock in what we do and the nature of independent film in general, the growing necessity and power of it in some ways. It’s two worlds: we’re in the one where amazing human stories from all over the world tell the whole story of who we are, how important that is. We were seeing how the films we choose add real dimension to the issues
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Election Movies To Watch

– By We Are Movie Geeks Staff –

Our long election season is finally coming to an end, and all that remains is to vote. And watch an election-themed movie!

Going through the list of movies about elections, the Movie Geeks found a lot more negative than positive ones, and more movies about manipulative people behind the candidate than inspiring candidates. While there is a lot of biting social commentary and satire, there are a few light and silly election movies too. So top cap off election season, here are a dozen election and political movies.

Don’t forget to vote!

The Campaign

Jay Roach, director of the true story political HBO filmsRecount” and “Game Change”, goes for the big laughs in this farce about a lazy, scandal-ridden incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) who faces off against a bumbling, naive altruistic Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). This comic gem captures all the election craziness,
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The Films That Help Explain The Us Election

This week, Neil Calloway looks at films that deal with political campaigns…

Unless you’ve been living away from society, disconnected from any news source for the past eighteen months, you’ll be aware that there is a Us Presidential Election this week. It’s been a hard fought, bitter campaign with serious allegations thrown at each candidate from the other side. Donald Trump can count on the backing of serious political heavyweights such as Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, 16 And Pregnant star turned porn actress Farrah Abraham, and Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase. Hillary Clinton has had to make do with the backing of Barack Obama, Colin Powell and virtually every major newspaper in America.

If you’re confused about the process, or just can’t get enough of the debates, dramas and dirt slinging, then here are a few films to watch…

The Candidate is a 1972 film starring Robert Redford as a young,
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Lee Marvin Died 29 Years Ago Today – Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock,
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Best Baseball Movies

In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.

A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”

To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.

The Bad News Bears

Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”

Who are we to argue with greatness?

After skewering all-American subjects such as politics (The Candidate) and beauty pageants (Smile), director Michael Ritchie naturally set his sights on the
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White academy members try to defend themselves against #OscarsSoWhite backlash

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White academy members try to defend themselves against #OscarsSoWhite backlash
We've heard from several prominent people of color (and Janet Hubert) about the all-white Oscar acting nominees. Now, I guess, we have to hear from the defensive white people who voted for those nominees. The Hollywood Reporter let a few Academy members give their side of the story, unchallenged. Actress Penelope Ann Miller, whose upcoming projects got a plug in the magazine, said she "voted for a number of black performers" and finds it "extremely offensive" to be considered racist because actors of color didn't get enough votes from other people. "I don't want to be lumped into the category of being a racist," she said. That sentiment was echoed by a member of the Academy who asked to remain anonymous (brave!), who said: "I'm very offended by the idea that some people are calling us racists ... Such a sweeping declaration is extremely irresponsible." Yeah, guys, it must suck to
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Pat Harrington Jr., Schneider on 'One Day at a Time', Passes Away at 86

Pat Harrington Jr., Schneider on 'One Day at a Time', Passes Away at 86
Sad news for classic TV fans and animation enthusiasts. Pat Harrington Jr. has passed away at the age of 86. The comedian and voice-over actor was best known as the handyman Schneider on the classic 70s sitcom One Day at a Time. He even won an Emmy for his work on the show. He died Wednesday night, it was announced by his daughter. This happened two months after she announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and that his health was deteriorating. Phil Brock of the Studio Talent Group had this to say in a statement.

"We have all lost a gracious human being who will always be remembered for his portrayals of the human condition. Pat had the ability to bring laughter and kindness to any role. The twinkle in his Irish eyes let you know that you were in on the joke. His was an extraordinarily impactful long lasting career.
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‘One Day at a Time’ Star Pat Harrington Jr. Dies at 86

‘One Day at a Time’ Star Pat Harrington Jr. Dies at 86
Pat Harrington Jr., best known for his role as the seedy super on “One Day at a Time,” died Wednesday night in Los Angeles. He was 86.

His daughter, Tresa Harrington, announced the news Thursday on her Facebook page. She did not reveal the cause of death, but wrote in November that her father’s health was rapidly deteriorating after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

“My heart is broken to pieces and I will cry and cry until I just won’t,” she said in the post.

Harrington won a Golden Globe (in 1981) and an Emmy (in 1984) for playing building superintendent Dwayne Schneider on the groundbreaking CBS sitcom, which aired from 1975 to 1984. The show starred Bonnie Franklin as an single mom struggling to raise two daughters (played by Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli).

“He turned out to be the comic strength of the show,” show co-creator Norman Lear once said.
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Downhill Racer

The stylistics of documentary filmmaking helped wipe out the old Hollywood way of doing things, and this sharp look at Olympic skiing is a prime example. Michael Ritchie became a director to be watched filming a killer competitor (Robert Redford), a blaze on the ski slopes and an Sob in every other aspect of his life. The style still looks fresh, 36 years later. Downhill Racer Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 494 1969 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 101 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date December 1, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Camilla Sparv, Dabney Coleman, Karl Michael Vogler, Jim McMullan, Kathleen Crowley, Carole Carle. Cinematography Brian Probyn Film Editor Richard A. Harris Original Music Kenyon Hopkins Written by James Salter from a book by Oakley Hall Produced by Richard Gregson Directed by Michael Ritchie

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In the late 1960s, when the standard Hollywood way of making movies began to fall apart,
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Criterion Collection: Downhill Racer | Blu-ray Review

The Hollywood sports drama has long been an indubitable cinematic staple, albeit a genre trapped in its own particular movements and formulaic flourishes. Tendencies for melodramatic exaggerations are often utilized to enhance and manipulate our emotional investment in these depictions of physical glory, where everyman underdogs are transformed into American heroes due to the very nature of their conquests. But while these dramas prime our tear ducts for a rinse, they inadvertently miss out on the realistic human characteristics which assisted in its subject’s ability to beat all the odds. During Hollywood’s golden era of studio financed auteur projects, a short-lived movement credited to a number of classic titles ranging from the late 60s to the late 70s, director Michael Ritchie inducted two iconic titles into the sports subgenre canon, beginning with his 1969 directorial debut, Downhill Racer (the other being The Bad News Bears in 1976). Written by acclaimed
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Adg to honour Patrizia Von Brandenstein

Adg to honour Patrizia Von Brandenstein
The set decorator, costume designer and production designer will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th Annual Excellence In Production Design Awards on January 31, 2016.

Von Brandenstein is one of four women to be inducted into the 2016 Adg Hall of Fame for her work.

She debuted in 1972 as a set decorator on The Candidate and subsequently workedas a costume designer on Between The Lines and Saturday Night Fever, then moved into art direction after teaming with her husband on Hester Street. She won the Academy Award for Amadeus in 1985 for Production Design.

Patrizia von Brandenstein’s work as a production designer is vast and extraordinary, and we are proud to rank her among the best in the history of our profession,” said Adg council chair Marcia Hinds.

“She has forged the path for many future women, finding success in a predominately male profession. Patrizia is an accomplished, talented and versatile
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‘Amadeus’ Production Designer Tapped for Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award

‘Amadeus’ Production Designer Tapped for Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Patrizia von Brandenstein will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

She was the first woman to win an Academy Award for production design, for “Amadeus,” and was also nominated for Oscars in the category for “Ragtime” and “The Untouchables.”

The award will be presented at the 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton.

Von Brandenstein began her film career in 1972 as a set decorator on “The Candidate” and subsequently worked as a costume designer on “Between the Lines” and “Saturday Night Fever.” She teamed with her husband and fellow production designer, Stuart Wurtzel, on “Hester Street” and moved into art direction for “Breaking Away” and “Ragtime.”

She collaborated with Mike Nichols on “Silkwood,” “Working Girl” and “Postcards From the Edge.” Her additional production credits include “A Chorus Line,” “Billy Bathgate,” “Leap of Faith,” “A Simple Plan,” “Shaft,” “The Last Station” and “Albert Nobbs.
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75 Years Later, ‘The Great McGinty’ is still as relevant as any political satire since

When we think about the “writer/director” we often think about the works of Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jean-Luc Godard or Lars Von Trier. The auteurs who charge into the uphill battle of putting their own story to film. It’s more than a credit, it’s a type of filmmaker – one that more often than not starts outside of the studio system, one that more often than not considers themselves a writer first and a director second, one that falls in love with their own dialog. It’s very common now but it didn’t used to be.

75 years ago this week a film was released with the first “Written and Directed by” credit, making official something that had been going on in movie making since the evolution of narrative filmmaking and giving birth to the modern day writer/director. The first credited writer/director: playwright Preston Sturges,
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Prime Cut | Blu-ray Review

Lovers of odd and neglected vintage cinema can rejoice in the repackaging of Michael Ritchie’s weird sophomore title, Prime Cut. With all the menace of a Dick Francis novel and a perverse comedic streak akin to the tastes of John Waters, this misbegotten feature hasn’t received the notable following it deserves for one glaring reason—it’s increasingly warped treatment of women, which may have seemed enlightened for the period, but eventually only adds to the problematic misogyny that never abates. As far as its handling of more sensational, exploitational elements, Ritchie and screenwriter Robert Dillon manage to smooth its edges with breakneck pacing, sarcastic repartee, and a handful of impressively orchestrated face-offs.

The head of the Irish mob in Chicago hires Nick Devlin (Lee Marvin), an enforcer, to travel to Kansas City and collect money he’s owed by Mary Ann (Gene Hackman), the man who runs
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Lincoln Center Chaplin Gala To Fete Robert Redford

Lincoln Center Chaplin Gala To Fete Robert Redford
Has any contemporary movie star more intriguingly chafed at the gilded prison of stardom than Robert Redford? Certainly, he was not the first — or the last — matinee idol who endeavored to show us there was more to him than just a pretty face (or, in Redford’s particular case, that California tan, those blazing baby blues, and that wonderfully, ridiculously tousled hair).

Some actors, so inclined, stretch themselves in their choice of material; others add producing, directing, and even political activism to the mix. But “Bob” did all that and still felt somehow unfulfilled. So, rather like a fussy housewife forever rearranging the living room furniture, he gazed out at a sizable property he owned in the mountains of Utah and thought that an institute devoted to the cultivation and support of American independent filmmakers might look awfully nice over there.

If Sundance now seems nearly as iconic as Redford himself,
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