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Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
The Star Wars franchise is going strong 38 years later. But what about the artists and filmmakers who helped make the 1977 original a hit?
In theatres all over the world in 1977, audiences thrilled at the sights and sounds of Star Wars. Harking back to a bygone age of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, it also pointed forward to the coming age of ubiquitous computers and special effects-led blockbusters.
But while the triumphant fanfare of John Williams' score gave Star Wars a confident swagger, its success was far from preordained. George Lucas reworked his script time and again; studios turned his concept down; even the production was rushed and torturous.
By now, the contribution George Lucas, John Williams and Star Wars' cast made to cinema is well documented. But what about some of the other artists, technicians and fellow filmmakers who helped to make the movie such a success? Here's »
Forty years after its theatrical release, Michael Schultz’s poignant early title Cooley High (1975) comes to Blu-ray. A prominent figure in film in the 70s and 80s thanks to iconic titles like the progressive Car Wash (1976), martial arts film The Last Dragon (1986), and the excellent 1977 Richard Pryor film Which Way is Up? (a remake of Wertmuller’s The Seduction of Mimi), Schultz tends to get left out of deserving discussions as concerns black filmmakers.
References to this 60s period piece concerning a group of friends growing up in the Chicago housing projects is often referred to as the black American Graffiti, a thankless distinction, to be sure. Operating outside of the Blaxploitation paradigm, Schultz and screenwriter Eric Monte (apparently portions of this are autobiographical) simply recreate a certain period wherein two friends learn hard lessons as they grow to realize the cruelty of the world around them. Less dramatic than »
- Nicholas Bell
That’s one of the takeaways from the April 17 Tribeca Talk at the Tribeca Film Festival, which paired Lucas with fanboy extraordinaire Stephen Colbert. Among the tidbits: Lucas made “American Graffiti” on a dare, Steven Spielberg was one of the only early believers in “Star Wars” and — in a table-turning moment that saw Lucas doing the interviewing — Colbert doesn’t want to be the guy to take over from Jon Stewart.
Because Lucas is a bigscreen guy, he said he’s holding off on watching the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” until he can watch on it on something other than a phone or a computer. He mentioned the possibility of streaming it to his own bigscreen.
“I hope it’s successful. »
- Gordon Cox
Written and Directed by Sandy Wilson
Sandy Wilson’s My American Cousin is an endearing, semi-autobiographical tale centering on one golden summer in a precocious girl’s life. In 1959 British Columbia, 12-year-old Sandy (Margaret Langrick) lives on a gloriously scenic ranch populated with her family and a group of friends who help out on her father’s cherry orchard. It’s an idyllic setting, but the terminally bored pre-teen is histrionically unimpressed.
“Nothing Ever Happens!” she scrawls in her journal.
But excitement unexpectedly arrives when Sandy’s 17-year-old American cousin Butch (John Wildman) pulls up in a dazzling, red Cadillac convertible. With duck-tail hair, pressed blue jeans, and a pack of cigarettes wrapped in the sleeve of his white t-shirt, he is a walking James Dean clone, which is especially exotic in a town whose theater has yet to play Rebel Without A Cause.
- A.R. Wilson
It’s almost impossible to think about the last forty years of cinema without taking into consideration the massive effect that George Lucas has on audiences and venues alike. His films remain some of the most popular of all time, his post-production facilities have helped shaped works that span from blockbuster studio extravaganzas to award-winning independents, and his championing of new processes for the creation, exhibition and preservation of cinematic works is unparalleled in the history of the medium.
Now, for the first time ever, the original six Star Wars films will be available as the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection for digital download complete with bonus content for each movie. You can pre-order digital versions of Star Wars now in the Cineplex Store and experience Star Wars again in preparation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Jason Gorber
It may be popular to hate on George Lucas, but there is a very good reason for that. The man came storming out of the gate with three great films, Thx 1138, American Graffiti and Star Wars, the latter of which of course spawned a mammoth franchise which he dictated the course of (though he didn’t direct The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi). After that, he didn’t direct a single movie for another 22 years.
The hype around 1999’s Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace was immense, and as everyone knows, the movie just didn’t live up to the hype: filmmaking had changed a lot over those two decades, and Lucas’ appropriation of new technology didn’t serve an underwritten script well at all.
Lucas proved with his prequel trilogy the problem with enormous success: if you make enough money, nobody is going to »
- Jack Pooley
Richard Rush’s 1970 film Getting Straight, which stars Elliott Gould and Candice Bergen, it’s 45th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 124-minute film on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Director Rush and star Gould are scheduled to both be on hand for the screening.
From the press release:
Getting Straight (1970)
A Vietnam vet and former social radical is conflicted by his desire to become a teacher and his sympathy with anti-establishment student protests.
The Royale Laemmle is located at 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025. Phone number is (310) 478 – 3836.
Click here for tickets. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
“Cries And Sisters”
One of the late, great Ingmar Bergman’s skills as a filmmaker was to write and direct memorable roles for women. He was one of the few directors, such as Ford or Altman or Allen, who repeatedly relied on a “stock company” of actors throughout his career. While there were many wonderful male actors who worked for Bergman (Max von Sydow, Erland Josephson, Gunnar Björnstrand), we generally remember the women—Liv Ullmann, Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Eva Dahlbeck, Bibi Andersson, among many—for baring their souls on screen in Bergman’s challenging, difficult works that always elevated the art of film to breathtaking levels.
Cries and Whispers is an excellent example of the power of the female actor. It’s essentially a four-woman chamber piece, taking place in the late 1800s in Sweden, about three sisters and a servant, their relationships to each other, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The Tribeca Film Festival announced this week that audiences will have an opportunity to hear panel and one-on-one conversations with some of the industry’s most critically and commercially successful filmmakers, artists, and executives during this year’s Tribeca Talks series including Christopher Nolan with Bennett Miller, George Lucas with Stephen Colbert, Cary Fukunaga with James Schamus, Brad Bird with Janeane Garofalo, Harvey Weinstein, Gus Van Sant, Courtney Love, Catherine Martin, and Christiane Amanpour.
Unique programs in the 2015 series include the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures where an acclaimed director participates in an intimate one-on-one conversation, Tribeca Talks: Master Class conversations focusing on a specific sector of the filmmaking process, Tribeca Talks: Script & Screen hosted by Barnes & Noble which explores topics related to screenwriting, as well as the previously announced special Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Conversations which presents conversations relating to sports and competition in film, »
- Sacha Hall
The Academy Award winning actor and star of "American Graffiti," "Jaws" and "The Goodbye Girl" attended the Belgrade International Film Festival as one of its guests of honor. Among the event's many changes and novelties that include several brand new competition programs, the festival has created the Victor Lifetime Achievement Award and Dreyfuss was the first recipient of this brand new recognition. In honor of the achievement, the festival not only screened seven of his most important films such as the above-mentioned three -- as well as "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," "Dillinger," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Postcards from the Edge" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" in the recently inaugurated new building of the renowned Yugoslav Film Archives -- but the institution also recognized the actor’s invaluable body of work by honoring him with its famed Golden Seal. Read More: »
- Tara Karajica
In a scene straight out of one of his own movies, Harrison Ford narrowly escaped death the other day when his World War II-era plane crashed into a Los Angeles golf course. Against all odds, he survived the impact with relatively minor injuries and should be in fighting shape when it comes time to promote the next Star Wars movie and film the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner.
Now we have a question for you: What is Harrison Ford's single greatest movie? Feel free to vote for a classic »
“I just love listening to Wolfman. My Mom won’t let me at home. Because he’s a Negro. I think he’s terrific!”
American Graffiti will screen in 35mm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium Friday February 20th at 7:30pm. The screening will be introduced by Webster University Professor Joe Schuster.
American Graffiti (1973) was only George Lucas’ second major film as a director (though he was already plenty experienced at filmmaking) and it is an extraordinary movie that has aged wonderfully. American Graffiti chronicles one long night in the lives of some recent high school graduates in a north California in 1962. But it’s not just a look at the teenage ritual of cruising. »
- Tom Stockman
Mark Hamill appeared on the Schmoes Know podcast to talk about his appearance in the Valentine's weekend release Kingsman: The Secret Service. While the iconic actor is proud of his work in this action-packed adventure, talk of course turned to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and his role as Luke Skywalker. While Mark Hamill doesn't reveal anything of great importance concerning the plot of the movie, he does hint that some of the rumors we've heard are not true. He also makes a keen distinction between the directing styles of George Lucas and J.J. Abrams, comparing them to the master and student relationship that is so prevalent in the Star Wars universe. Tred forth lightly, there will be Spoilers ahead...
While no official plot details have ever been revealed about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some inside sources have claimed that Jedi Master Luke Skywalker eventually gives in »
Film scores are pretty ephemeral to a large chunk of the movie-going populace, where music isn’t noticeable unless a triumphant fanfare or sweeping ballad draws enough attention to itself. So if scoring is already the film industry’s unappreciated middle child, how silly is a list about ones that haven’t been released yet? Very silly. Oftentimes, composers don’t even sign with a project until well into production, so speculating on the best film music of 2015, like any year, forces one to work with what’s known. Sound on Sight will offer more in-depth analysis on the most buzzed about music as the year rolls on but for now, here are the ten movie scores I’m most excited to hear in 2015.
Alan Silvestri’s last great score was for a TV show, and his last great film score was for one of the more forgettable Marvel entries. »
- David Klein
Triple Oscar-winner to be honoured with the Vision Award.
The 68th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 5-15) is to give its Vision Award - Nescens to award-winning editor and sound designer Walter Murch. The award has previously been given to special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull and “Mister Steadicam” Garrett Brown.
Murch worked with George Lucas on Thx 1138 (1971) and American Graffiti (1973) and Francis Ford Coppola on The Rain People (1969), The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
His work with Coppola as sound designer on Apocalypse Now won him his first Oscar in 1980.
Following his own directorial debut in 1985 with Return to Oz, he subsequently won two more Academy Awards for both sound and film editing on Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient (1996) – the first and only time in history the same person has won the Oscar in both categories. In this respect he was repeating an earlier record set when he won double BAFTA awards in 1975 for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Walter Murch, the acclaimed editor and sound designer of films such as "American Graffiti," "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now," will be honored by the Locarno Film Festival with the Vision Award - Nescens for his contributions to cinema. This is the third year the award will be given in Locarno, and Murch follows such honored visionaries as special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull and "Mister Steadicam" Garrett Brown. "Having Walter Murch here, apart from the honor of his presence, also highlights the thinking behind this award, instituted two years ago. As Francis F. Coppola has written, 'He is a true pioneer. A man we should listen to with great attention – and pleasure,'" said Carlo Chatrian, the Festival's Artistic Director. "The way he works goes far beyond conventional notions of collaboration. His work proves that great films are nearly always the outcome of a close working relationship between major »
- Zack Sharf
Rome – Walter Murch, the multiple-Oscar-winning U.S. film editor and sound designer, whose name is closely linked to 1970’s directors such as George Lucas (“Thx 1138″ and “American Graffiti”) and Francis Ford Coppola, will be honored by the Locarno Film Festival with its Vision Award – Nescens dedicated to those whose intuitions and skills have left their mark on film history.
“Murch’s career has embraced first sound and then film editing, pursuing a concept of audio-visual composition that treats the two as inseparable,” the prominent Swiss fest dedicated to indie filmmaking pointed out in a statement.
Case in point is Coppola’s “The Conversation,” for which Murch won double BAFTA awards, for both sound and film editing, in 1975. His other credits with Coppola include “The Rain People,” “The Godfather,” and “Apocalypse Now,” for which he won his first Oscar, for best sound, in 1980. Murch subsequently won two more Academy Awards, »
- Nick Vivarelli
You might not know who Gary Rydstrom is, but you've certainly heard him before. This is a man whose pioneering sound work has won him seven (!) Academy Awards and brought to life groundbreaking technological advancements like the first film presented in DTS sound ("Jurassic Park") and re-crafting sound mixes in 5.1 surround (after his breakthrough work on "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," he and James Cameron created a new multi-channel mix for the original "Terminator"). He's also directed a pair of Pixar short films ("Lifted" and "Hawaiian Vacation") and overseen the English language dubs of four Studio Ghibli movies ("Tales from Earthsea," "From Up on Poppy Hill," "Arrietty," and last year's Oscar-nominated masterpiece "The Wind Rises"). In short: he's kind of the coolest dude around.
And this weekend he adds another accomplishment to his already unfathomably long list, when his debut feature film "Strange Magic" debuts in theaters nationwide. This bizarre, George Lucas-produced animated fairy tale, »
- Drew Taylor
Every now and then, I find myself suddenly and unexpectedly angry at George Lucas, but not for reasons that have anything to do with "Star Wars." There has been a refrain we've heard from him over and over during the past couple of decades, where he talks about returning to his roots and making experimental films that could never exist inside the studio system, movies that aren't created to be commercial product, but that come from a very personal place. And over and over, those comments lead nowhere and nothing happens. I'd love to see him do it, though. I have a huge fondness for "Thx-1138," Lucas's first feature film, which evolved out of a student film he made. I take Lucas at his word that commercial filmmaking was never meant to be the complete detour it became after "American Graffiti" and "Star Wars" both blew up into mega-hits, »
- Drew McWeeny
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