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Visual Linguist: A Darren Aronofsky Profile (Part 1)

29 December 2010 1:57 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With his latest feature Black Swan currently on release in North America, Trevor Hogg profiles the career of filmmaker Darren Aronofsky in the first of a two-part feature...

“When I was a kid, me and my sister and friends used to put on these little shows,” recalled American moviemaker Darren Aronofsky, the son of two school teachers. “We used to put on records and lip-sync or dance to them. We’d invite the parents up and during this one show, I’ll never forget, I turned off the lights and… had the spotlight [a big flashlight] on my sister dancing to some music… And my Dad screamed at me, ‘Turn on the lights!’ What I learned from that is that if it gets in the way of the performance, then don’t do it.” Along with a fascination with black and white photography, the young Brooklyn native found himself drawn to a controversial »

- flickeringmyth

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Drunk Pacino Quit Dog Day

7 December 2010 4:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Al Pacino quit work on Oscar-winning heist movie Dog Day Afternoon during a drinking binge in London - and he was only tempted back to the set after a producer persuaded him to read the script sober.

The veteran actor signed up to play a bank robber in the 1975 drama in a role that won him an Academy Award nomination, but he changed his mind during a booze-fuelled night out.

Producer Martin Bregman refused to give up on Pacino and eventually was able to persuade the actor to return after ordering him to quit drinking.

Pacino tells talk show host Larry King, "It was during one of those episodes of drinking in London that I turned down Dog Day. I actually turned it down. I said I don't want to go into a bank, rob a bank and do all of that stuff...

"I actually turned it down after I said yes. And I was very lucky I had someone like Marty Bregman and (director) Sidney Lumet around...

"They understood I wasn't going to do it. I quit and they got somebody else. During the course of this time, Bregman was on me, on me, on me. I said, 'Marty, I don't want to do this'. He said, 'If you stop drinking for a while - could you just stop for a while... and read the script'. I said, 'Ok'. He said, 'No, I mean it, just don't drink'.

"I didn't drink for a couple (of) days and I read the script. It was clear. I said, 'Why am I not doing this? I should be doing this'. And I called him, I said, 'You know, Marty, you're right, this is a great script'. He said, 'Ok. Talk to you later'. Boom. And he got on it. And he somehow wangled and wiggled as only he can... and I was very lucky I had him there." »

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How WikiLeaks killed the conspiracy thriller

2 December 2010 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's the stuff of a paranoid thriller: secret government info gets into the public domain. Stuart Heritage explains why WikiLeaks: The Movie is unlikely to happen just yet

It's a scene familiar from countless conspiracy thrillers: in a starkly lit underground bunker full of blinking monitors and whirring cold war-era machinery, a high-ranking military official yanks the cigar from his mouth and barks: "But if this information gets into the wrong hands, there's gonna be a revolution! Get me the president!"

At least, it used to be a familiar scene. Because the events of this week have largely rendered it redundant. You see, that information really did get out – in the form of the leaked Us embassy cables – and the reaction has generally been less of a revolution and more of an absent-minded tutting. This might be a wild generalisation, but the public at large seems to have been totally »

- Stuart Heritage

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Jason Schwartzman Heeds His Mother's Advice

29 November 2010 2:10 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Jason Schwartzman in Rushmore

Photo: Touchstone Pictures Jason Schwartzman was recently interviewed by NPR and gave the following answer on how his mother, actress Talia Shire, introduced him to great films after he asked her for acting advice: "I gave the script [of Rushmore] to my mom and I said, 'Mom, I've never auditioned. Can you give me any pointers? Can you help me memorize lines?' and she read the script and she said, 'I'll be right back,' and she went out and rented three films --- The Graduate, Dog Day Afternoon, and Harold and Maude. And I watched them all for the first time. And it was in that moment where I felt, watching the films, this warm, insane feeling inside of my body, which was a feeling that up until then music had given me. And it was in that moment where I said, 'I don't know if I'll ever get this part. »

- Brad Brevet

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10 classic movie opening sequences

15 November 2010 6:45 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Raiders. Manhattan. Suspiria. Jeff looks back at ten of the most distinctive, unforgettable opening sequences in cinema’s history…

In fishing terminology, it’s the hook. In literature, the prologue. In teacher lingo, the ‘mental set.’ Call it what you will, movies also have methods to lure in audiences within the first several minutes.

Some of these set pieces are so meticulously orchestrated and satisfying in and of themselves that they even threaten to outweigh the rest of their respective flicks. Here are ten classic opening sequences you shouldn’t be without.

Did we miss one? Then add your own in the comments below!

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

The Indy series is more or less Steven Spielberg’s attempt to one-up James Bond (directorially speaking), with each of the movies aping 007’s opening set pieces, while not being explicitly tied to the main narrative.

Temple Of Doom probably wins »

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Disc Covering: "I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale"

9 November 2010 12:59 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

"He appeared in only five movies. All five of his movies were nominated for Best Picture. He worked with the best actors of his generation. He played one of the most iconic characters in film history. Yet today, most people don't even know his name." So read the title cards that open "I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and is designed as a corrective to the mass ignorance surrounding one of most overlooked American actors of the 1970s. But does it succeed in revealing the man beneath those iconic cinematic images? Let's find out.

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

Directed by Richard Shepard

Tweetable Plot Synopsis: A brief documentary on the life actor John Cazale, who made only five movies in short career, all of them nominated for Best Picture.

Biggest Success: Cazale died in 1978 at the »

- Matt Singer

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"Chaos Reigns" in "Antichrist," "Scott Pilgrim" Rules, and More New DVDs

8 November 2010 8:53 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Antichrist" (2009)

Directed by Lars von Trier

Released by Criterion Collection

From its incendiary debut at Cannes to becoming a cult hit defined by the meme "Chaos Reigns," Lars von Trier's psychosexual horror film about a married couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) that repairs to a cabin in the woods to grieve over the death of their young son is receiving the Criterion Collection treatment. Video interviews with von Trier, Gainsbourg, and Dafoe, making-of vignettes and a documentary about the Cannes premiere accompany the feature. (Aaron Hillis' interview with von Trier is here.)

"The Battle of River Plate" (1956)

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

Released by Hen's Tooth Video

Despite being Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's most financially successful film, it has been a rare commodity in America on home video, where people have had to buy the British »

- Stephen Saito

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The 50 Oldest Living Oscar Nominees

23 October 2010 12:31 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Happy birthday to Best Actress winner Joan Fontaine (Suspicion, 1941), also known as the second Mrs. DeWinter. She turns 93 years young today. What on earth was she thinking about when she won the Oscar. This photo to your left fascinates me on account of "who knows?" It seems so much more candid than many Oscar night photos.

I keep the following "still with us!" list, not from any morbid curiousity but from a genuine happiness that some legendary screen stars are still walking the earth even though most of them aren't walking the screens these days. This year has been rough with the losses so maybe I'm going to stop keep this list. My heart was in the right place!  We want the following to know that their past accomplishments are acknowledged by new generations.

The Oldest Living Oscar Nominees

All of them were born before the movies even had sound! »

- NATHANIEL R

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Killer Talent: A David Fincher Profile (Part 3)

22 October 2010 12:12 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With his latest film The Social Network in cinemas this month, Trevor Hogg profiles the career of director David Fincher in the third of a three part feature... read parts one and two.

“When it became apparent that I wasn't going to be involved in Black Dahlia [2006],” stated director David Fincher, “I didn't go, ‘All right, find me another obsession tale.’ I wasn't looking to make another serial-killer movie. But when I read Zodiac [2007], I just thought I'd hate to see this and not have been involved.” Based on the book by former San Francisco Chronicle political cartoonist Robert Graysmith, the movie centres around the police and the author (Jake Gyllenhaal) trying to unravel the identity of the multiple murderer who during the late 1960s and early 1970s sent taunting letters and ciphers to newspapers. “Growing up in [the Bay Area's] Marin [County] in this time, there were a lot of questions that had never been answered for me, »

- flickeringmyth

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The best crime films ever: any criminal omissions?

17 October 2010 2:42 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We've picked out the 25 best crime movies ever, but no doubt there are masterpieces we failed to nab. Which are your most wanted classics of the genre?

• Datablog: download the full list

"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown," says the cop to Jack Nicholson in the closing scene of Roman Polanski's La noir. What the cop means, I think, is that they are in a bad part of town where the law is largely powerless, although the implicit suggestion may also be that the whole world has become like Chinatown and that its crimes are too vast and sprawling to get a hold of. Far safer to wash your hands, walk away and forget the whole thing ever happened. It's Chinatown.

It could be argued that most films are crime films, if only because most drama needs crime, or conflict, or at least transgression in order for it to spark into life. »

- Xan Brooks

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Weekly Poll Results: Best Bank Heist Movie

8 October 2010 4:51 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

I totally forgot that I had set up this poll before I went on vacation, but I figured some people might be interested in the results even though they are a couple of weeks late. In honour of Ben Affleck's The Town, we took a look at some of the best heist movies -- specifically, bank heist flicks. The winner was somewhat predictable, although I didn't think it would win by such a large margin. With 44% of the votes, Michael Mann's Heat had a pretty clean away with this particular poll. Meanwhile Dog Day Afternoon and Inside Man battled it out for the #2 spot, followed by Point Break and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The rest of the entries were pretty much ignored, especially Roger Avary's Killing Zoe. Do you agree with these results? Would the inclusion of The Town have forced you to rethink your choices? »

- Sean

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Start at the top and work your way down

2 October 2010 10:47 AM, PDT | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

• Introduction to The Great Movies III

You'd be surprised how many people have told me they're working their way through my books of Great Movies one film at a time. That's not to say the books are definitive; I loathe "best of" lists, which are not the best of anything except what someone came up with that day. I look at a list of the "100 greatest horror films," or musicals, or whatever, and I want to ask the maker, "but how do you know?" There are great films in my books, and films that are not so great, but there's no film here I didn't respond strongly to. That's the reassurance I can offer.

I believe good movies are a civilizing force. They allow us to empathize with those whose lives are different than our own. I like to say they open windows in our box of space and time. »

- Roger Ebert

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Charlestown Mayhem Redux

25 September 2010 12:11 AM, PDT | Screen Comment | See recent Screen Comment news »

With Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper; directed by Ben Affleck.

By SAÏDEH Pakravan - September 25, 2010

I’m sorry not to like “The Town”—Ben Affleck is such a nice guy and “Gone, Baby, Gone” was such a promising directorial debut. But then I may not be the right person to review this movie that I’m sure holds enormous appeal for the 18-30 male demographics. I’m not that much into weapons, shootouts—or even into bank robberies unless we’re talking “Dog Day Afternoon.”

Indeed, undisputed top billing in “The Town” belongs to weapons. The movie, an NRA member’s dream, features them in practically every scene: Assault weapons, semi-automatic Glocks, submachine guns, every imaginable type of handgun, drive the action, spraying thousands of bullets that shatter vast expanses of glass, annihilate locales and waste a number of people. »

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Mayhem In Charlestown (But Is It Good Cinema)

21 September 2010 1:11 AM, PDT | Screen Comment | See recent Screen Comment news »

With Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper; directed by Ben Affleck.

By SAÏDEH Pakravan - September 21, 2010

I’m sorry not to like “The Town”—Ben Affleck is such a nice guy and “Gone, Baby, Gone” was such a promising directorial debut. But then I may not be the right person to review this movie that I’m sure holds enormous appeal for the 18-30 male demographics. I’m not that much into weapons, shootouts—or even into bank robberies unless we’re talking “Dog Day Afternoon.”

Indeed, undisputed top billing in “The Town” belongs to weapons. The movie, an NRA member’s dream, features them in practically every scene: Assault weapons, semi-automatic Glocks, submachine guns, every imaginable type of handgun, drive the action, spraying thousands of bullets that shatter vast expanses of glass, annihilate locales and waste a number of people. »

- Screen Comment

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Ultimate Collector’s Edition’

19 September 2010 8:55 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the most-beloved films of arguably the most important period in film history hits Blu-ray this week in a lavish “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” courtesy of the studio that does this kind of thing better than anyone else. With unique physical collectibles to go with great special features and a new HD transfer of the 35-year-old film, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has lost none of its power.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has long been one of those films that I admire and respect more than thoroughly love as much as I do some of its ’70s colleagues. It’s not my favorite film of its era, not my favorite Jack Nicholson performance, and not even my favorite Milos Forman film. And it won Best Picture in a year when that category was Stacked. I simply adore fellow nominees “Barry Lyndon, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Warner Bros. Photos Spotlighted In Exhibition At AMPAS

15 September 2010 8:16 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Warren Beatty, Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor and the stars of the Harry Potter films are but a few of the subjects featured in the 165 photographs that will next grace the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Grand Lobby Gallery. Opening to the public on Thursday, September 16, “Up From the Vault: 85 Years of Treasures from the Warner Bros. Photo Lab” will run through December 12. Admission is free.

The exhibition includes a broad range of photographs, some famous and many extremely rare or unseen – from glamour portraits to set reference stills, from ad art and publicity photos to behind-the-scenes shots and scene stills. New prints of images taken in black-and-white and color, and in nearly every photographic format, from early 4×5 negatives to the latest high-resolution digital photos, will be on view.

“Up From the Vault” will feature some of the most »

- Michelle McCue

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Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

5 August 2010 9:22 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sherlock comes to an end, and Mad Men gets going again from the start. Plus lots of movies in this week's UK TV round-up...

This is a short, but especially sweet round-up of shows, with the highlight of the week being the third and final episode of Sherlock airing Sunday, August 8th at 9:00pm on BBC1, in a story that, even in name, holds a lot of promise: The Great Game.

In our interview with Mark Gatiss, co-creator and author of the final episode, he says, "There's a lot to be said for the fact that, when nothing's on, you get a lot of attention!" But, although the timing happens to be true, there's so much more going for Sherlock than that and it's been fun, surprising, and a real adventure on a Sunday night.

In fact, the show's been so good that it's replaced that vague and creeping »

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Mel Gibson and the tale of the tape: When a movie star's flameout becomes his defining performance

13 July 2010 12:58 PM, PDT | EW.com - The Movie Critics | See recent EW.com - The Movie Critics news »

Listening to the rage and   ugliness and incipient boiling violence of Mel Gibson’s eight-minute-long over-the-phone rant at his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, that was made public Monday on RadarOnline.com, I had a reaction that, I suspect, mirrored that of many others. I was horrified — and I was mesmerized. I cringed, sometimes visibly, at everything he was saying; I also hung on every hideous, seething, bottled-up, paranoid, vengeful word. The sheer drama of the tape is staggering — for eight minutes, it just about stops time. It’s likely that there has never been a public breakdown this awful and spectacular by a modern celebrity. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Gloria Stuart Centennial (And The 25 Oldest Living Oscar Nominees!)

5 July 2010 4:42 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

One hundred years ago on this very day 30s actress Gloria Stuart was born in Santa Monica. Happy birthday Gloria! Stuart made her name on James Whale's pictures like The Old Dark House (fun movie) and The Invisible Man before her screen career petered out in the 1940s. Then, über famously, James Cameron resurrected her to play the 100 year old survivor of Titanic. And the best part... she's still with us today!

Were you confused like Britney Spears when she tossed the Heart of the Ocean back into it in Titanic? Do you think Kate Winslet hopes to grow up to look just like her? "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying."

-Woody AllenSince Gloria is not the oldest living Oscar nominee, it's list time. Who's still with us? (If I forgot anyone, do let me know in the comments. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Small Town Saturday Night DVD Review (Starring Chris Pine)

1 July 2010 6:37 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With the success of last year’s Star Trek, Chris Pine has become a hot commodity in Hollywood.  So it should come as no surprise that the straight-to-dvd film, Small Town Saturday Night uses both “Chris Pine from Star Trek” and “original song ‘Someday Came Today’ by Chris Pine” as promotional tools on the DVD cover. In fact, since a straight to DVD release is never actually a good sign for a film, they might have been better off renaming the movie: Chris Pine Chris Pine just so people might actually go ahead and check it out.  Find out if the film is even worth checking out after the jump:

Small Town Saturday Night follows the story of Rhett Ryan (Pine), an aspiring musician, as he spends his last day in the small town he grew up in before he heads to Nashville to follow his lifelong dream. His girlfriend, »

- Max Steven Miller

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