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Regal Entertainment said Friday it has booked for a May 9 release a political thriller called Persecuted that explores politically timely topics like religious freedom, government surveillance and censorship. A distribution deal for the film was still being negotiated, but the movie was getting buzz Friday because of a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington that included Fred Thompson, one of the movie’s stars. Persecuted teams for the first time Thompson, the actor who was also a U.S. senator and Republican presidential candidate, with Gray Frederickson, the Oscar-winning producer of The Godfather Part II.
- Paul Bond
A double dose of 1981 horror flicks will usher us into the summer, courtesy of our friends over at Scream Factory. Read on for full details about both releases, which put Evilspeak and Final Exam on Blu-ray for the very first time!
From the Press Release
This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps.
Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson ("What’s Happening!"), Don Stark ("That ‘70s Show"), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll ("Night Court"), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time »
- John Squires
This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps when Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson (What’s Happening!), Don Stark (That ‘70s Show), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll (Night Court), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time on May 13, 2014. Each movie collection boasts anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and insightful bonus content. »
- Jonathan James
"12 Years a Slave" may only have won three of its nine Oscar bids, but one of them was the big one -- Best Picture. It also claimed an acting prize for featured player Lupita Nyongo and the adapted screenplay award. So, where does this haul put it among the 86 Best Picture winners in Oscar history? Only 20 other champs have claimed three or fewer Oscars in all. But of these, there are some genuine classics, including "Casablanca" and "The Godfather." Below, a list of all these films. -Break- Two Other Oscars 2012: "Argo" - Adapted Screenplay, Editing 2004: "Crash" - Original Screenplay, Editing 1976: "Rocky" - Director, Editing 1972: "The Godfather" - Actor (Marlon Brando), Adapted Screenplay 1969: "Midnight Cowboy" - Director, Adapted Screenplay 1949: "All the King's Men" - Actor (Broderick Crawford), Supporting Actress (Mer »
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
• Full list of winners as they're announced
O'Toole was nominated eight times for the best actor Oscar, but was unsuccessful in winning any, though he was partly compensated by being given an honorary Academy award in 2003. His Oscar-night losses included some of his best-known roles, among them Te Lawrence in 1962, the title role in Becket in 1964, and mentally ill aristocrat Jack Gurney in The Ruling Class in 1972, when he was defeated by Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) and Marlon Brando (The Godfather) respectively. His final nomination came in 2006 for Venus, when he lost »
- Andrew Pulver
12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards
Here are the results for the 12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
(Sidney Lumet, 1973; Eureka!, 18)
An enduringly entertaining thriller, Serpico is important in three related contexts. First, it belongs to a remarkable cycle of police pictures made in the turbulent last years of the Vietnam war. Influenced by the success of Patton and its ambivalent appeal to Vietnam hawks and doves, Hollywood jumped off the youth bandwagon and on to the police paddy wagon with pictures about maverick cops fighting a lonely battle on America's lawless streets.
The most controversial were films on the right – The French Connection and Dirty Harry. The most amenable to liberals was this true story of the quietly idealistic Frank Serpico, an Italian-American hippy type, bearded and hairy, who first attempts to find a modus vivendi in the endemically corrupt New York police before blowing the whistle and nearly paying with his life. One of the grittiest, least romantic movies ever shot in New York, it's incisively edited by Dede Allen, »
- Philip French
The poster for Voyage of the Damned makes a bold claim, and maybe those who saw Stuart Rosenberg’s star-studded blockbuster in 1976 have remembered it ever since. Until a couple of weeks ago, however, when I saw it in a list of past Oscar nominees, I had never heard of it, and I don’t think it would be unfair to say that it is a film that has not stood the test of time.
Voyage of the Damned, which chronicles the tragic failed escape of 937 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, was nominated for three Oscars (for Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, and for Lee Grant for Best Supporting Actress, the lone acting nominee among a boatload of international heavyweights).
Oscar nominations, especially for acting, tend to confer a certain amount of immortality on their recipients (you are forever “Academy Award nominee Lee Grant”) and there are many films and »
- Adrian Curry
There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!
Tagline: In the Year of Darkness, »
Oscar’s big night is always filled with surprises and great moments — here are our favorites:
Newsreel clips show that she was visibly moved in a historic win.
Charlie Chaplin, Honorary Oscar
After 20 years in Europe, he returned in 1972 to a 12-minute standing ovation. (Unfortunately or fortunately, the video doesn’t show all 12 minutes.)
Louise Fletcher, Best Actress, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
As she spoke, she signed part of her speech for her deaf parents.
The actress summed up the exuberance of the moment as “You like me, right now, you like me!” It’s Oscar’s most misquoted speech.
The Italian filmmaker walked on the backs of the seats.
- Variety Staff
A Criterion Royal Flush! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Luchino Visconti's Italian cinema classic "The Leopard," starring Burt Lancaster.Classical movie making of the highest order, Visconti’s sweeping 1963 epic set during the Italian revolution plants Lancaster (forced on the director by nervous producers, but ultimately a valued working partner) at the center of a long form feast for the senses, photographed by the great Giuseppe Rotunno (Amarcord, Satyricon) and with music by Nino Rota (La Dolce Vita, The Godfather). Surely a major influence on Bernardo Bertolucci’s grandiose epic 1900, also featuring Lancaster. Various versions exist, ranging from 205 minutes to 151. One of Martin Scorsese’s favorites. »
- Trailers From Hell
London's Royal Albert Hall has announced details of The Godfather Live.
Nino Rota's iconic score for the classic 1972 movie will be performed live alongside a screening of the film on Monday, December 8, 2014.
Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall, said of the project: "We are making movie fans an offer they can't refuse - The Godfather as it has never been seen, or heard, before.
"The Royal Albert Hall has become the place to see great films with great scores played live, and the chance to watch The Godfather with Nino Rota's legendary music performed on stage and in full will be a unique experience for fans.
"We are delighted to welcome the Corleone family to this iconic venue. »
A 3D movie entitled Higher Mission starring Casper Van Dien as a Us Senator trying to prevent corrupt Russian politicians from being transformed by God into giant rats, from the producer of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now? What an age we live in.
Oscar-winning producer Gray Frederickson also executive produced Uhf so, after reading the rather lengthy synopsis below, you might find yourself surprised that Higher Mission wasn’t one of the parody programs “Weird” Al Yankovic aired on that network.
From Academy Award-winning producer Gray Frederickson comes a stereoscopic 3D movie that revolves around a highly respected United States senator, John Perryman, who gets a higher calling from superior forces above. Through his dreams he is given an important mission: to expose and to warn the corrupted government officials of Russia to stop taking bribes or else the superior forces will literally turn them into rats.
The Russian »
From Jack leching over Jennifer to John Wayne's farewell and Brando's no-show, these are just some of the greatest moments at the Oscars ceremonies ever
1. When Jack met Jennifer
This is perhaps my favourite Oscar moment ever, and it is from last year: the 85th Academy Awards in 2013. Tellingly, it does not take place up on stage, in the often tense and frozen ritual of the awards ceremony itself, but happens in the cheerful buzz of the post-show melee backstage. This single, endlessly replayed clip probably did more for Jennifer Lawrence's public profile than anything on the big screen.
George Stephanopoulos, the former Bill Clinton aide who later made a career in TV, was conducting on-the-hoof interviews for ABC and had grabbed 22-year-old Lawrence to talk about her best actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook. The »
- Peter Bradshaw
The 85-year history of the Academy Awards is rife with statistical oddities, and one that has the potential to play out this Sunday is among the most intriguing: a split between the films that win Best Picture and Best Director.
Though conventional wisdom has long held that only one film will walk away with both prizes on Oscar night, many pundits are predicting that the awards will instead go to two different movies this year, with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron expected to snag the Best Director statuette, while "12 Years a Slave" (or "American Hustle," depending on where your loyalties lie) is the favorite to win Best Picture.
While such a split has occurred just 22 times since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started handing out trophies in 1929, four of the first five ceremonies produced a divide between the Best Director and Best Picture prizes. "Wings," dubbed the original »
- Katie Roberts
Meryl Streep knows a thing or two about long-term success, and her marriage is no exception. She and sculptor Don Gummer have been married since 1978, and he'll likely be her red carpet date to this Sunday's Academy Awards. Meryl may have been mentioned more than God in Oscars acceptance speeches over the last decade, but at the 2012 Academy Awards, it was her husband who received a sweet shoutout. When Meryl won best actress for The Iron Lady, she said, "First I'm going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music, and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you've given me." The pair first met after her partner, John Cazale - of The Godfather and Deer Hunter - died of bone cancer. She was invited to move into the vacant apartment of her brother's friend, »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Simon Columb continues our Al Pacino Retrospective with The Godfather Part II....
Is The Godfather Part II superior to The Godfather? In a lively discussion on sequels, film fanatic Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) in Scream 2, argues how “sequels suck”. But, unlike Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Aliens, The Godfather Part II stumps him. It covers a greater space of time, tells a grander story and turns what was a family-centred, but nevertheless New York “Gangshter” story, into a personal drama set on an epic, ambitious scale.
Though the dialogue in The Godfather holds iconic and memorable lines, definitive scenes in The Godfather Part II show Michael Corleone’s true menace revealing itself. The Godfather portrays his sinister and deeply-calculated methods of management, but they are subtle and carefully-constructed. He recommends the hit on Solozzo and MacCluskey; he marries Kay (Diane Keaton) to maintain a strong family unit; he settles »
- Gary Collinson
*Updated with new release date* We recently brought you news that Entertainment One will release all 72 episodes of Monsters on DVD. It has now been officially announced and we have all the details, along with a look at the cover art:
Press Release- “Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein (Tales from the Darkside, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Children of Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD debut on March 18!
Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors’ set, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of – from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, Monsters’ horrifying creatures haunt each of the modern-day fables of »
- Jonathan James
Apologies, but due to supernatural circumstances beyond our grasp or comprehension, the street date for "Monsters: The Complete Series" will be slithering to March 18 (from the previously announced March 4). Please plan out your carnage accordingly.
From the Press Release
Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein ("Tales from the Darkside," Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert's Dune, Children of Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD debut on March 18!
Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors' set, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of - from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, Monsters' horrifying creatures haunt each of the modern-day fables of fear and stories of »
- Uncle Creepy
Al Pacino is one of the few actors in the world today who can legitimately lay claim to being amongst the best. The list of films is ferocious taking in true classics such as the first two Godfather films, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface and Glengarry Glen Ross. Even those slightly lower down the list are still better than most firing on all cylinders with great films such as Insomnia, Donnie Brasco and Carlito’s Way. He is a true modern great.
Recently, though, similar to his old sparring partner Robert De Niro, he has made some awful films too. Why this is is hard to work out but he consciously decided to appear in Jack and Jill, Gigli and S1m0ne. Oh, and that Sky TV advert. My God. That Sky TV advert.
Through it all though, he has a true legacy of great films and even though »
- Hugh Firth
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