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'Empire Strikes Back' Added To National Film Registry

28 December 2010 8:53 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'Saturday Night Fever,' 'Airplane!' among other movies recognized by Library of Congress.

By Jayson Rodriguez

"Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back"

Photo: Fox

Thirty years ago, moviegoers were stunned when Darth Vader revealed in "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" that he was Luke Skywalker's father. On Tuesday (December 28), however, there was no surprise when the venerable sci-fi flick was selected by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Film Registry, according to The Associated Press.

The honor recognizes the iconic 1980 movie for being artistically, culturally or historically significant. A copy of the original film will be preserved by the registry at the Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia, for future generations.

"The Empire Strikes Back" was produced by "Star Wars" auteur George Lucas but directed by Irvin Kershner. It was joined by »

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'Empire Strikes Back' Added To National Film Registry

28 December 2010 8:53 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'Saturday Night Fever,' 'Airplane!' among other movies recognized by Library of Congress.

By Jayson Rodriguez

"Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back"

Photo: Fox

Thirty years ago, moviegoers were stunned when Darth Vader revealed in "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" that he was Luke Skywalker's father. On Tuesday (December 28), however, there was no surprise when the venerable sci-fi flick was selected by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Film Registry, according to The Associated Press.

The honor recognizes the iconic 1980 movie for being artistically, culturally or historically significant. A copy of the original film will be preserved by the registry at the Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia, for future generations.

"The Empire Strikes Back" was produced by "Star Wars" auteur George Lucas but directed by Irvin Kershner. It was joined by »

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Cinema (Il)Literacy 101 – Merry X-Mas

19 December 2010 3:24 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s that time of year when film pundits present their readers with the Christmas gift of their end-of-year choices:  10 Best lists, 10 Worst lists, 10 This and 10 That lists.

I can’t do that kind of list.  Having two small children, I rarely get to see a movie that isn’t animated or involves talking animals, and more often incorporates both.

So, my Christmas gift to you is a rather different kind of list, but it needs a bit of explanation.

For some time, it has been my ambition to share my passion for movies with others by teaching some sort course in film appreciation.  This fall, I got my wish.  However, the scenario didn’t quite play out as I had envisioned.

The setting was a for-profit university generally organized as something akin to a white collar trade school.  Curriculums were very profession-focused, lacking much of the broad cultural base »

- Ricky

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Hidden gems of 2010: the DVDs you may have missed

18 December 2010 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mark Kermode, the Observer's DVD critic, picks the releases that deserved greater attention, from Restrepo to the re-released Peeping Tom

Two intriguing titles slipped under this column's radar because their DVD releases coincided with their terrestrial TV premieres. Arguably the finest documentary of the year, Restrepo (2010, Dogwoof, E) provides an intimate account of life on the front-line in Afghanistan, where the battle for "hearts and minds" clashes with the harsh reality of chaotic violence, military and insurgent. Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger embed themselves among Us soldiers stationed in the Korangal valley in 2008 and watch them endure boredom, terror, adrenaline rushes, loss, confusion and exhilaration in roughly equal measure. Over a year, the film-makers earned the trust of their astonishingly youthful subjects, whose responses to their life-and-death situations are as honest as they are humbling. Intercutting raw outpost footage with more melancholic post-battle interviews that reveal still unhealed wounds, Restrepo »

- Mark Kermode

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Daft Punk's robots aren't the only ones rocking the multiplex

3 December 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

French robot disco duo score soundtrack to Tron: Legacy (plus a cameo), as pop artists start to take top billing from actors

At the end of the trailer to forthcoming movie Somewhere, we are given just two pieces of information: 1) that the film was written and directed by Sofia Coppola; 2) that it features music by Phoenix. A soundtrack being billed above the star is, it's fair to say, unusual. And the fact that Thomas Mars, singer with the French group, is married to Coppola and is the father of her two daughters, has less to do with it than you'd think.

Movie soundtracks, even scores, lovingly crafted by stars of rock and pop, are all the rage right now. That other prominent French outfit, Daft Punk, also hit the big screen this month, having provided the music for green screen extravaganza Tron: Legacy. Not only do the world's greatest exponents »

- Paul Lester

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The Man and His Dream: A Francis Ford Coppola Profile (Part 4)

30 November 2010 11:28 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the fourth of a five-part feature... read parts one, two and three.

“[Preston Tucker] developed plans for a car way ahead of its time in terms of engineering; yet the auto industry at large stubbornly resisted his innovative ideas,” remarked moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola who wanted to do a musical on the life and times of the post-World War II maverick car designer with Leonard Bernstein composing the music. The project was stalled with the financial collapse of Coppola’s studio. “I thought it was the best project Francis had ever been involved with,” stated filmmaker George Lucas (American Graffiti). “No studio in town would touch it; they all said it was too expensive. They all wanted $15 million Three Men and a Baby [1987] movies or Crocodile Dundee, Part 73 sequels.” Lucas agreed to provide the funding for the $24 million budget which »

- flickeringmyth

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Top 20 Most Successful Movie Franchises!

22 November 2010 11:45 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I" is now the biggest "Harry Potter" opening of all time, having smashed box office records with a magical $125 million domestically.

The film -- which follows Harry, Hermione and Ron as they leave the comforts of Hogwarts to search for ways to destroy the evil wizard Lord Voldemort -- surpassed the series' previous best, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," which opened in 2005 with $102 million.

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The Rise And Fall Of the Hollywood Auteur: Part 1

17 November 2010 4:10 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part I:  Super Chiefs — Calley, Evans, Zanuck and the Passing of the Studio Torches

From the 1960s into the 1980s, one by one, the legendary studios of old –  MGM, United Artists, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia, 20th Century Fox — were gobbled up by conglomerates, some of which had had almost no previous interests in the entertainment business, such as Paramount’s acquirer, Gulf + Western (a motley collection of properties ranging from Caribbean sugar companies to auto parts), and Kinney National Service (a hodgepodge of funeral homes and parking lots which bought up Warner Bros.).  This corporatization of the major studios – the once mighty fiefdoms of the old moguls subjugated by invaders with little or no practical or emotional affinity for movies – is often viewed disparagingly as a sea change signaling the end of the grand Old Hollywood; the Hollywood of Gable and Garland, of Casablanca (1942) and Gone with the Wind (1939).

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- Bill Mesce

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The Man and His Dream: A Francis Ford Coppola Profile (Part 2)

16 November 2010 11:58 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the second of a five-part feature... read part one here.

“There had been a movie a year or so before The Godfather [1972] based on the novel called the The Brotherhood [1968], starring Kirk Douglas [Paths of Glory],” remembered American director Francis Ford Coppola. “It was a big studio production which was sort of about the Mafia. It was not successful. When The Godfather proposition came out, a lot of people thought, ‘That won’t work.’” Financially broke and faced with being evicted from the offices of his production company American Zoetrope, the filmmaker was approached by Paramount Pictures to helm the cinematic adaptation of the tale authored by Mario Puzo. “I thought, when I read the book, that the story of the brothers and the father and the Mafia was interesting. But it was also a book a about this girl who has extremely large genitalia. »

- flickeringmyth

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TV Review: ‘Glory Daze’ Plays Like Boring Rip-Off of ‘Animal House’

16 November 2010 3:43 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “National Lampoon’s Animal House” does not seem to want to leave us. It rears its bathroom-humor head on a regular basis in TV and movies. But rarely is a tribute to the iconic frat house comedy so blatant as TBS’ new comedy “Glory Daze,” debuting tonight, November 16th, 2010.

Television Rating: 2.5/5.0

Glory Daze” is an ‘80s-era comedy about five very different freshmen who become friends. Among them is every stereotype in the genre – the naïve mensch main character, the sexually confident jock, the pothead Jew, the dutiful Asian, and the Young Republican prepster. Though the show attempts to play somewhat with these stereotypes, ultimately, they are pervasive and undeniably boring.

Drew Seeley, Matt Bush, Hartley Sawyer, Kelly Blatz

Photo credit: Eric McCandless/TBS

Stereotypes for the various frat houses as well as a cringe-inducingly cheesy opening with — what else? — an anonymous radio deejay telling the students to be “true to yourself. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Governors Awards: The stars come out to honor cinema greats -- and maybe snag an Oscar nod in the process

14 November 2010 2:58 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

If you wanted a preview of what the Governors Ball will look like after the 83rd Annual Academy Awards air on Feb. 27, 2011, you simply needed to score a ticket to last night’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards. Inaugurated last year as a separate ceremony from the Academy Awards, the event is ostensibly designed to celebrate the Honorary Oscar and Irving Thalberg Award honorees in a more thoughtful and meaningful way than a seven minute TV segment. (It also, of course, helps to streamline the infamously bloated Oscar ceremony.) Honorary Oscar winners Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach (pictured, left), and Kevin Brownlow »

- Adam B. Vary

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The Governors Awards: The stars come out to honor cinema greats -- and maybe snag an Oscar nod in the process

14 November 2010 2:58 PM, PST | EW.com - The Movie Critics | See recent EW.com - The Movie Critics news »

If you wanted a preview of what the Governors Ball will look like after the 83rd Annual Academy Awards air on Feb. 27, 2011, you simply needed to score a ticket to last night’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards. Inaugurated last year as a separate ceremony from the Academy Awards, the event is ostensibly designed to celebrate the Honorary Oscar and Irving Thalberg Award honorees in a more thoughtful and meaningful way than a seven minute TV segment. (It also, of course, helps to streamline the infamously bloated Oscar ceremony.) Honorary Oscar winners Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach (pictured, left), and Kevin Brownlow »

- Adam B. Vary

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The Governors Awards: The stars come out to honor cinema greats -- and maybe snag an Oscar nod in the process

14 November 2010 2:58 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

If you wanted a preview of what the Governors Ball will look like after the 83rd Annual Academy Awards air on Feb. 27, 2011, you simply needed to score a ticket to last night’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards. Inaugurated last year as a separate ceremony from the Academy Awards, the event is ostensibly designed to celebrate the Honorary Oscar and Irving Thalberg Award honorees in a more thoughtful and meaningful way than a seven minute TV segment. (It also, of course, helps to streamline the infamously bloated Oscar ceremony.) Honorary Oscar winners Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach (pictured, left), and Kevin Brownlow »

- Adam B. Vary

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Indiana Jones Saga to get 3D Re-Release?

26 October 2010 9:20 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Hot on the heels of the long-gestating news that Lucasfilm intends to begin rereleasing all six Star Wars episodes in 3D starting in 2012 (covered here), the internet rumor bees went abuzz about the possibility that this could mean another threequel of Star Wars episodes, as it would mirror the announcement of The Phantom Menace and the digitally re-mastered releases of the original trilogy in the 90’s.

In much less dramatic fashion, it seems to have rather signaled the development of 3D post-conversions for the Indiana Jones films. Raiders of the Lost Ark is obviously 1st up in the queue, and it’s unclear whether the one-a-year strategy planned for Star Wars will be carried over for these or where the theatrical runs of the two series will fall with respect to one another. According to Blue Sky Disney, George Lucas is expected to make an official announcement next month, and »

- Kevin Panasiewicz

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Short Film Showcase - 1:42:08 to Qualify (1966)

25 October 2010 2:18 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

1:42:08 to Qualify (a.k.a. 1:42:08: A Man and His Car), 1966

Written and Directed by George Lucas

Starring Pete Brock

George Lucas' fourth and final film as an undergraduate student of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, 1:42:08 to Qualify depicts a yellow Lotus 23 sports car as it makes multiple laps of a racing circuit. Inspired by Jean-Claude Labrecque's documentary short 60 Cycles (1965), it is a hugely ambitious project for a student production, with Lucas shooting on 16mm colour film and utilising a friend's plane to capture a number of aerial shots of the racetrack.

Starring as the driver is Pete Brock, who would go on to achieve significant success in the automotive field as team owner of Brock Racing Enterprises, in addition to contributing to the design of the classic American racecar, the Shelby Daytona Coupe. Meanwhile Lucas' interest in fast cars »

- flickeringmyth

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MovieRetriever's 100 Greatest Movies: #87 American Graffiti

21 October 2010 7:46 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Oct 21, 2010

If Star Wars is George Lucas's idealized dream of the future, American Graffiti is his idealized dream of the past, a past in which optimism and naiveté were cherished sentiments before cynicism became a national past time. What joins these two films, however, is a devotion to entertainment, to the depiction of glorious worlds in which adventure is triumphant.

With the assistance of Francis Ford Coppola, Lucas's remembrance of teenage life in his home town of Modesto, California was brought to the screen, ushering in a wave of nostalgia for the music and lifestyle of ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »

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The James Clayton Column: Seek spiritual rebirth, George Lucas

7 October 2010 4:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

James might be interested in seeing the Star Wars movie in 3D, but he's still got some advice for George Lucas...

A long, long time ago (last week) in a galaxy far, far away (Northern California) our Imperial overlords decided that they needed to strike back, yet again.

The decree has filtered out of Skywalker Ranch that the Star Wars films will be rereleased in 3D. The Grand Moffs have decided that they want to tighten their grip on fanboys, fangirls and fanjawas and claim more of their cash. They want your wallet, they want your absolute devotion and obedience and they want to subject your senses to the Boonta Eve podrace in an extra dimension. They will not rest until they have consumed your entire being.

Oh, exalted overlords and masters of the multiverse, why do you do these things? Why do you persist in flogging that weary bantha? »

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Killer Talent: A David Fincher Profile (Part 1)

5 October 2010 11:37 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With his latest film The Social Network hitting cinemas this October, Trevor Hogg profiles the career of director David Fincher in the first of a three part feature...

Watching a behind the scenes documentary on the making of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) was a life altering experience for the six year old son of a Life magazine bureau chief and a mental health nurse. “Prior to seeing that, I just assumed that movies took place in real time,” recalled Denver, Colorado born filmmaker David Fincher. “But they were filming train robberies and shoot-outs, and blowing up balsa-wood trains at locations across the West. It never occurred to me that you could infer this whole world, putting together the pieces. It was just revelatory. And that's pretty much when I made up my mind. If you want to be happy, you've got to direct movies.”

Transplanted to California and »

- flickeringmyth

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Fox 2000 Wins Beach Boys Musical Pitch For North Of $2 Million

1 October 2010 11:04 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive And Updated: Fox 2000 has beat out Universal Pictures by paying north of $2 million for a pitch by Susannah Grant and rights to songs from the Beach Boys song catalogue that will form the basis for an original musical that Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, and John Stamos (who used to regularly sit in with the band in more modern times) will produce. The template for the film is to do with the Beach Boys songs what the global blockbuster Mamma Mia! did with Abba. This is not a biopic of the famous musical group; instead the Beach Boys serve as a backdrop for an original narrative. According to the log line: "The story takes place in Southern California over a summer in the 60's. It's inspired by the sounds of the Beach Boys music and the beach culture of that time." Much like Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Do interesting directors get lost to big movie franchises?

22 September 2010 9:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

What are we missing out on, wonders Simon, when an interesting director ends up committed to a major blockbuster and its sequels?

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It was, as legend tells it (and if memory serves), Brian De Palma who said that when Star Wars hit big, America lost one of its best and most interesting directors. For, at the point when A New Hope went ballistic at the box office, the George Lucas who had given us Thx-1138 and American Graffiti - two of his three best films - was gone, and gone forever.

That proved to be the case. With A New Hope under his belt, Lucas has only directed three movies since (four, if you subscribe to the view that he effectively directed Return Of The Jedi, too). Meanwhile, he's been behind the Indiana Jones movies, Radioland Murders, Howard The Duck and Willow, amongst others. Yet, »

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