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Meet July's "Smackdown" Panelists

13 July 2014 9:04 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '73 arrives on July 31st, just over two weeks from now. You need to get your votes in too if you want to participate (instructions at the bottom of this post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started.

The Smackdown Panel for July

Without further ado let's meet our panel who will be discussing popular classics Paper Moon, The Exorcist, and American Graffiti as well as the more obscure title Summer Wishes Winter Dreams. All of the Supporting Actress nominees this Oscar vintage were first timers and so are our Smackdown panelists.

Special Guest

Dana Delany

Dana Delany is an actress working on stage, screen, television and now internet. She was last seen starring in "Body of Proof" on ABC. In August you can rate and review the pilot "Hand of God" in which she co-stars with Ron Perlman on Amazon. »

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Harrison Ford's 7 Greatest Roles

13 July 2014 6:58 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Legendary actor Harrison Ford Turns 72 today, and in his impressive career he has been responsible for developing two of the most iconic movie characters in American pop culture.

To celebrate the man who created so many characters we all desperate wished we could be growing up – and honestly still kind of wish we could be – we take a celebratory look at Harrison's seven greatest roles.

#7. Dr. Richard Kimble – The Fugitive

Ford plays a man wrongly convicted of his wife's murder who – due to random circumstance – escapes from custody in a frantic effort to find the real killer and clear his name. All the while, he's hunted down by Us Marshall Tommy Lee Jones, which would be terrifying for anyone.

Best Quote: "When I came home, there was a man in my house. I fought with this man. He had a mechanical arm. You find this man. You find this man."

#6. Bob Falfa – American Graffiti »

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'Dazed and Confused' (1993) - Best Movies #4

10 July 2014 10:47 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I can't remember if I saw Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused when Universal unceremoniously dumped it into only 183 theaters on September 24, 1993, but seeing how it topped out at 191 theaters I have to assume I was among the masses that caught it on video shortly thereafter. No matter when I first saw it, I do remember when I fell in love with it. It was 1995, my freshman year in college and while I wasn't a teen of the '70s, it didn't take much to find a connection. My college roommate and I would damn near have this film playing on a loop, and while I can't speak for him, for me it hit home because while the film is centering on a junior high student's initiation into high school, I had a similar experience transitioning from high school to college. While many aspects of Dazed and Confused are teenage dreamworld scenarios, »

- Brad Brevet

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Interview: Mackenzie Phillips Lives Life One Day at a Time

9 July 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The irony is, of course, that actress Mackenzie Phillips was in a notable 1970s sitcom called “One Day at a Time,” and that phrase often describes the struggles of living with addiction. Phillips talked to HollywoodChicago.com about living that life at the “Hollywood Show” Chicago.

Mackenzie Phillips was born in Alexandria, Virginia, the daughter of The Mamas & the Papas singer John Phillips and his first wife, Susan Adams. She was in a band at the age of 12, and was spotted by a casting agent. She auditioned for the breakthrough George Lucas film, “American Graffiti,” and won the role of Carol. Three years later, she won her signature role, that of Julie Cooper on the long-running situation comedy “One Day at a Time,” co-starring Valerie Bertinelli and Bonnie Franklin.

Mackenzie Phillips at the “Hollywood Show Chicago” in 2013

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Exclusive Interview With Dave Green And Henry Gayden On Earth To Echo

3 July 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Earth to Echo marks the feature directing and screenwriting debuts of Dave Green and Henry Gayden. A throwback to classics like E.T. and The Goonies, where it’s up to the children to save the day without any help from surrounding adults, the film follows three youngsters whose families are being forced out of their homes due to highway construction. As they are packing to move, the kids start receiving strange messages on their cell phones, leading them to ride their bikes out into the middle of nowhere. They eventually come across a small, friendly alien who’s stranded on Earth and is looking for a way back home.

Recently, at the La press day for the film, I had the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with Green and Gayden to discuss Earth to Echo. Among other things, the friendly duo spoke about the challenges they faced on set, »

- Ben Kenber

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Can Lucas build a Legacy?

28 June 2014 3:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr on whether George Lucas can build a legacy with ‘The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art’….

‘Narrative art’ is defined as something ‘that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time’

George Lucas has retired apparently. Having sold his empire to Disney making him wealthier than a barely developed principality with minimal infrastructure, we are now being treated to phase two in the Lucas mid-life crisis.

When I first heard that Norman Rockwell, foremost painter of post war Americana was being placed alongside original Star Wars miniatures and props it made no sense. Rockwell was known for capturing perfect moments in life which told a story or narrative beyond the confines of the frame. How could Lucas have the temerity to place his work alongside that of a real artist?

Informally known as ‘The Lucas Museum of »

- Gary Collinson

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Watch: George Lucas' 'Electronic Labyrinth Thx 1138 4Eb' That Will Probably Be In The New Museum He's Opening

27 June 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Before "Star Wars," before Indiana Jones and before "American Graffiti," George Lucas was just another film school kid trying to eke out a career. But it wouldn't take him long, with his student film kicking open the door that would lead to becoming one of the most influential blockbuster storytellers of all time. And now you can see where it all began. Though you might have seen it before, Open Culture freshly points us in the direction of "Electronic Labyrinth Thx 1138 4Eb," the short film Lucas made as a student, which showed his affinity for sci-fi tales centering on underdogs taking on oppressive authority. Lucas would expand the story to make "Thx 1138," his first feature film, but you can see the intriguing roots of his cinematic feature in this fifteen-minute take. And hey, with the director now planning to open the Lucas Museum Of Narrative Arts in Chicago »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Star Wars' Creator George Lucas Selects Chicago for Museum

25 June 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

George Lucas has selected the Windy City as the site for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which will contain the Star Wars creator's art and movie memorabilia. "I am humbled to be joining such an extraordinary museum community and to be creating the museum in a city that has a long tradition of embracing the arts," Lucas said in a statement. The film icon, whose writing and directing credits also include American Graffiti and the Indiana Jones series, hopes to open the museum in 2018.

'Star Wars' Spinoffs »

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George Lucas' Museum Of Narrative Art To Be Built In Chicago

24 June 2014 5:34 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

While many fans still feel he did his part to ruin his own reputation with the Star Wars prequels and special editions, George Lucas to this day remains one of the most important figures in film history. Not only did he bring us amazing franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones and make great titles like American Graffiti, he was also always on the forefront of both audio and visual technology, starting up labs like Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound. In all that time spent evolving the industry and and making money hand over fist, Lucas also began a collection of fantastic art and artifacts from history, and soon you'll be able to travel to Chicago to view it all. The Chicago Times is reporting that the Windy City has been chosen over both Los Angeles (Hollywood's home) and San Francisco (Lucas' and Ilm's home) to serve »

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Industrial Light & Magic pioneer Jim Nelson dies, aged 81

22 June 2014 6:24 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jim Nelson - who helped to launch Industrial Light & Magic with George Lucas - has died, aged 81.

Nelson, whose real name was James M Falkinburg, died June 18, and his family announced his death through an obituary in the Los Angeles Times. No other details about his death were made public.

The sound editor, producer and post-production editor worked on 21 films and 38 television series over the course of his career and is best known for helping to establish visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm.

He also founded another post-production facility called Edit-Rite in 1965, and launched James Nelson Enterprises in 1972 so that he could produce his own films.

From 1975 to 1977, Nelson worked as the uncredited associate producer of Star Wars, during which time he looked after the management of Ilm and built the company by helping to make and acquire equipment for the films.

During his career, he »

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James Nelson Dead: Sound Editor, Producer Dies at 82

20 June 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Nelson, a sound editor, supervising sound editor and producer for film and television with more than 180 credits, including “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “The Exorcist” and “American Graffiti,” has died. He was 82.

Director Monte Hellman, on whose classic 1971 film “Two-Lane Blacktop” Nelson worked, said, “He was one of my closest, dearest friends. He’s worked on all my movies. His first work was in sound editing and he did that on all my movies and even on the last one, ‘Road to Nowhere,’ he came in as a consultant just to make sure everything was right because I just wouldn’t do anything without his approval.”

Nelson was the supervising sound editor, often uncredited, on some of the classics of 1960s and ’70s cinema: Richard Rush’s film “Psych-Out” and Rafelson’s classic “Head,” both in 1968; “Easy Rider” in 1969; Rafelson’s “Five Easy Pieces”; Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun »

- Carmel Dagan

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James Nelson Dead: Sound Editor, Producer Dies at 82

20 June 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

James Nelson, a sound editor, supervising sound editor and producer for film and television with more than 180 credits, including “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “The Exorcist” and “American Graffiti,” has died. He was 82.

Director Monte Hellman, on whose classic 1971 film “Two-Lane Blacktop” Nelson worked, said, “He was one of my closest, dearest friends. He’s worked on all my movies. His first work was in sound editing and he did that on all my movies and even on the last one, ‘Road to Nowhere,’ he came in as a consultant just to make sure everything was right because I just wouldn’t do anything without his approval.”

Nelson was the supervising sound editor, often uncredited, on some of the classics of 1960s and ’70s cinema: Richard Rush’s film “Psych-Out” and Rafelson’s classic “Head,” both in 1968; “Easy Rider” in 1969; Rafelson’s “Five Easy Pieces”; Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun »

- Carmel Dagan

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Are we losing interesting directors to blockbuster films?

18 June 2014 4:23 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Directors who've made maybe one interesting, successful small film soon get snapped up by the system. But at what cost to the industry?

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Director Marc Webb put together the guts of (500) Days Of Summer, his debut feature, in his house. He worked on it behind closed doors, and by the time he got to the point where he was filming it, he knew what he wanted, he'd made key decisions, and could get on with it. Interference was in short supply, and the result felt like a breath of fresh air in a very crowded genre.

Then there's Gareth Edwards. When he came to make his first film, Monsters, he sat in his bedroom and did the visual effects work on his own computer. He didn't have much budget to play with, but he had his brain, and nobody looking over his shoulder offering 'creative input'. We suspect his computer wasn't a bad one, »

- sarahd

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N.W.A Biopic Casts Dr. Dre, Eazy-e for 'Straight Outta Compton'

16 June 2014 2:35 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Update: Universal announced in a statement that the biopic will be released in theaters on Aug. 14th, 2015.

In April, F. Gary Gray, director of the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, staged an open casting call to find actors to play the principal roles. Asked what he was looking for, the director said, "It's just a certain thing that a person from the hood has. When you watch American Idol and they have that 'It Factor' – there's a 'Hood Factor.' You get the authenticity when you're in an environment likes this, »

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Kickstart This: Teens from Reel Works Direct New Film '72Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?'

16 June 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Reel Works, one of the leading youth media non-profits in the USA, is raising $20,000 on Kickstarter for their first feature length project. "72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?" is an original feature length comedy created by teen filmmakers trained by Reel Works.  Based on their own lives, "72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?" follows the intersecting stories of a group of Brooklyn teens over the course of three days as they search for connection, freedom and yes, love.  Think American Graffiti in Brownsville - a positive, complex depiction of real teens with real dreams and struggles – from their Pov. Twelve talented young filmmakers are »

- Rodney C. Parnther

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Ros Journal (6/10/14): Spielberg, Scorsese & Lucas... the Future of Movies Circa 1990

10 June 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I came across something today that is endlessly fascinating, a "Siskel & Ebert" television special from 1990 where Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel sit down with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The discussion ranges from their careers, where they're going, where they've been, what they expect from the movies in the future, film preservation and the coming of high definition television introduced by Siskel saying, "You add a good sound system as well and some people may never want to go to a movie theater again." At the time, Scorsese's GoodFellas was the next film coming from the trio and he makes mention of his want to make The Age of Innocence, which would be released three years later. Spielberg's next film would be Hook (1991) and even talks of wanting to direct a Howard Hughes movie, which, of course, Spielberg would never make, but Scorsese would tackle in The Aviator fourteen years later. »

- Brad Brevet

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10 Most Badass Cars in Film

3 June 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Movies have introduced audiences to some of the coolest cars ever made. My love for cars comes from films and I’ve been able to go to a lot of car shows to see a lot of these iconic automobiles in person. I've come up with a top 10 list of what I think are the most badass movie vehicles that I would love to own.

Look over the the list and then let me know what your favorite movie cars are! 

1985 DeLorean - Back the Future

"Yes, the way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?" - Doc Brown

When I first saw this movie as a kid, the DeLorean time machine was my dream car. The older I got the more ridiculous that idea became. I still wouldn't mind owning one though! In the original draft of the script, »

- Joey Paur

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Possible Future Adaptations of Films for TV Shows we’d like to see

27 May 2014 1:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The recent trend in television of adapting films to series has teetered from carefully and creatively executed, such as FX’s Fargo, to lacklustre with poor ratings to show for it, such as the NBC miniseries Rosemary’s Baby. Although this movement has its inherent challenges to overcome, such as the view that creating a series from a film is an infringement on an original fan base, it has spawned several innovative and well done series that wouldn’t have existed if not for their film predecessors. The following are some films that I believe could make interesting television shows if handled correctly. They’re divided into three categories: “world expansion” (taking an original plot and adding scenes, such as El Rey’s From Dusk Till Dawn), “no original characters” (such as FX’s Fargo, which instead samples the general tone), and “prequel” (such as A&E’s Bates Motel »

- Richelle Charkot

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Six of the Best: Richard Dreyfuss Performances

26 May 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Today sees the DVD and digital release of Squatters, a straight to video release by director Martin Weisz. The film follows a couple of homeless drifters, played by Gabriella Wilde and Thomas Dekker.

When they hear of a family who are going away on vacation, they move into their home, intent on making as much money from the property as they can before the owners return. The family, however, come home early… Squatters also stars Richard Dreyfuss as the man of the house, a welcome appearance by an actor who seems to be spending less time than ever on-screen. Dreyfuss, however, is a talented actor, with many memorable roles on his CV. Here, we take a look at six of the best.

 

American Graffiti (1973)

 

Dreyfuss’s first major movie breakthrough was in George Lucas’s love letter to his youth, and fifties American car culture, American Graffiti. The film followed three main characters, »

- Barry Steele

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Gia Coppola on Directing Palo Alto, Adapting James Franco, and Joining the Family Business

9 May 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Gia Coppola’s last name is, well, highly familiar. And with her first feature film, Palo Alto, out today, she joins grandfather Francis Ford Coppola, aunt Sofia Coppola, and cousins Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola, and more, in the family business. (Her father, Gian-Carlo Coppola, died before she was born.) Palo Alto is adapted from James Franco’s book of short stories, and her film is moody and funny and just a little bit gritty, reminiscent of the work of both Aunt Sofia and Kids director Larry Clark. Vulture spoke to Coppola about teen movies, Instagram research, and famous families.The notes for the movie mention American Graffiti, The Last Picture Show, and The Outsiders as your favorite teen movies. Do you like any that are more current?I felt like there hadn't been modern depictions of teenagers I really liked — that’s why I was excited about the »

- Marisa Meltzer

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