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Watergate Remembered in Discovery Channel Documentary 'Celebrating' the 40th Anniversary of the Watergate Scandal The Washington Post and American journalistic ethics in general may be only a shadow of what they once were -- and most of the U.S. press was never really all that great or even borderline trustworthy to begin with -- but Robert Redford remains the same, glimpsed here with Watergate investigators Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, and former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, shot (not literally) by Annie Leibovitz. Pictured above: Redford with Bernstein, Bradlee, and Woodward in the iconic Washington Post newsroom. The four veterans got together to promote the Discovery Channel doc All the President’s Men Revisited, about the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal that destroyed the Nixon presidency. With Redford as one of its executive producers, the documentary airs this month. Redford played Woodward opposite Dustin Hoffman's Bernstein in »
- Andre Soares
We’ve all had a bad day at work that has made us think we’re working for the Devil, but really, count yourself lucky considering the fact you could be an employee at any of these 10 fine institutions. Well, you couldn’t, because they’re fictional, but you can imagine how much worse your life might be if they did exist and you dropped your CV off; what might seem like a well-paid job in a high-flying corporation with plenty of benefits soon reveals itself for the nefarious conglomerate that it is (because conglomerate just sounds naturally evil, y’see).
You might complain about how your boss made you work late, or how you were handed a giant stack of tasks at the last minute, but at least you’re not faced with the hazardous working conditions that these 10 corporations afford their employees.
Here are 10 movie corporations that would be Hell to work for… »
- Shaun Munro
Modern recording gear means movie actors don't have to shout to be heard. So those moments when actors roar from the bottom of their lungs are to be treasured
This week's Clip joint is by Guardian reader Brogan Morris. If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, drop an email to email@example.com
Things have come a long way since fledgling recording technology meant film performances had to be big and bold. Movie actors were forced to give theatrical displays for the benefit of clunky, insensitive equipment, but today even the most basic camera and sound kit can pick up the subtlest actorly inflection. Screen thesps are thus not required to operate at a high volume – making a performer such as Nicolas Cage something of a rarity, and loud acting – beyond the stage or opera house – a dying art.
Of course, certain cinematic moments may »
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75th Annual Oscars ~ 10th Anniversary Special
On this very day 10 years ago, one of only two posthumous Oscars for the past decade in film was handed out. It went to Conrad Hall for his lensing of Road to Perdition (the other was Heath Ledger's). So here's one from the vaults since we did a Hit Me With Your Best Shot on it just last year. If you click on these shots, deemed best by our 'hit me' club and arranged here in narrative order, you can read more about them and why they were chosen.
It's a strange symmetry that a film as funereal as Road to Perdition would be a member of the Posthumous Oscar wins club. Here's a list of all 13 of them:
- NATHANIEL R
• Hugh Jackman is attached to star in an adaptation of mystery and thriller author Harlan Coben’s upcoming novel Six Years. The story is about Jake Fisher who loses his love to another man. When Fisher attends the other man’s funeral to see his long-lost love six years later, he realizes that the widow is not the same woman, and as a result, he begins to doubt everything. It’s still very early in the process — Coben’s novel has yet to be released (out March 19), and there is currently no director or screenwriter attached. Guillaume Canet adapted the »
- Lindsey Bahr
Trevor Hogg chats with Susan Beth Lehman about the creative relationship between theatre and cinema as well as her book Directors: From Stage to Screen and Back Again...
“I was born in New York City, but raised in Texas and moved to L.A. when I was a teenager,” states Susan Beth Lehman who experienced some cultural confusion. “I started acting at the Alley Theater in Houston when I was 12. I have a BA in Theatre and an Mfa in Acting, both from UCLA. But La is a company town, so crossing over to film is very natural. After moving to the Philadelphia area some years ago, I started teaching in academia.” A cinematic adaptation of a Steven King story has left a lasting impression on the Assistant Professor of TV and Film at DeSales University. “The end of The Shawshank Redemption  is one of the most emotionally and visually »
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
for discussion & Oscar-break fun
The Tuesday Top Ten will get more article-like soon once we're clear of Oscar-Night Mania but since it was so fun to discuss the 1930s in brief recently, let's talk about the other greatest American cinematic decade for a minute, the 1970s. Like all of you I know I have holes in my viewing but off the top of my head here are my 10 favorites from that much obsessed-over decade.The order is semi random beyond the top three which are always my top three from that decade though the order has occasionally varied.
Manhattan (Woody Allen) Cabaret (Bob Fosse) Nashville (Robert Altman) Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola) Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese) Network (Sidney Lumet) Annie Hall (Woody Allen) All That Jazz (Bob Fosse) Carrie (Brian de Palma) Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman) The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
oops i cheated... I forgot Carrie when I was typing it up. »
- NATHANIEL R
Quite a few people will be shocked if Argo doesn't win Best Picture at the Oscars tonight—but history has shown that it could happen. Celebuzz rounds up the 18 biggest Academy Awards upsets: When Adrien Brody won Best Actor for The Pianist , he beat out four previous Oscar winners. After Crash beat Brokeback Mountain in 2006, some accused Academy voters of homophobia. Beatrice Straight won Best Supporting Actress for Network in 1977—though she only appeared in the film for about five minutes. That same year, Rocky managed to beat All the President's Men , Taxi Driver , and Network to »
- Evann Gastaldo
Article by Dan Clark
We all have our good years and we all have our bad years. The same can be said for the Oscars. There are certain years that you look at the films chosen for Best Picture and wonder if they should have just cancelled the show. Then there are the years that are so jam packed with all time greats it’s nearly impossible to go wrong when choosing the winner. Those are the years that this blog will focus on. I looked through all the Best Picture Classes to determine the Best of the Best. Overall quality, influence, and longevity were all taken into account when constructing this list of the Top 10 Best Picture Classes of All Time.
10. Class of 1959
Best Picture Winner: Ben Hur »
With Oscar time coming soon, everyone is talking about movies. So here's a list of Academy Awards facts and trivia to entertain film fans, you know, so you can impress all your other movie buff friends.
* Which films have won the most academy awards?
It was a three-way draw between Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of Rings: Return of the King at 11 each.
* Which films have the most Oscar nominations?
All About Eve and Titanic are tied for the most nominations, with 14 each.
* What was the most awards ever won by anyone?
Walt Disney won the most with 26 wins. (4 were honorary) (*Visual effects expert Dennis Muren is 2nd with 9 wins.*)
* Who has the most nominations for any single person?
Walt Disney with 59 nominations.
* Which woman had the most ever Oscar nominations?
Costume designer Edith Head with 35 nominations. (She won 8 times.)
* Who had the most Oscar wins in one year? »
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Ben Affleck's "Argo" continues its march as the Oscar front-runner this awards season. Yesterday, the film was the big winner at the 2013 Producers Guild Awards, and tonight, it won the big prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards taking home the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture trophy.
Here's the complete 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Winners (bolded and highlighted); for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:
By Joey Magidson
For a filmmaker, it’s rare to make a real impact with your debut feature. Most of the time, you begin your career with a calling-card movie or a work that doesn’t fully express your true talent. There are, however, certain instances when a director is able to wow audiences and leave his or her mark on the film world right from the get-go.
This year, we’ve seen Benh Zeitlin make his debut with a film that many absolutely love in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Zeitlin’s freshman feature has been mentioned as one of the top debuts by a filmmaker in some time, so that got me thinking: What are the 10 best of all time?
Of course, there’s some level of subjectivity to this kind of a list. If I were strictly going off of my personal favorite debuts, people such as Judd Apatow, »
- Joey Magidson
It's Oscar season, so let's dive into my favorite place: the past. Over the next few weeks I'll revisit old winners and rank 'em however I see fit, and you're invited to disagree and show me how proud you are of caring about Johnny Belinda or whatever. Today, we begin with the best of Best Actresses. Ready to rank? Let's go.
10. Elizabeth Taylor, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Under-discussed fact: Though the character of Martha is a crucial and brutal part of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, George is a far more interesting character. It's almost easy to root against Liz for that fact, but her rancor and timing are so electric and natural that she's a shoo-in for this list. What a flop those other actresses are!
La Vie En Rose tries to be intriguing with its out-of-sequence storytelling but nearly succumbs to »
Happy belated birthday to Faye Dunaway, an actress so powerful and commanding, I sometimes find myself thinking about her work on accident. I'm serious. Some days when I'm tired and in need of a jolt, my brain reroutes to Dunaway and her vulpine stare in, say, the chess scene from The Thomas Crown Affair (and Madonna's tribute to that scene in her "Power of Goodbye" video), her glamorous austerity in The Voyage of the Damned (God, can you believe there's a movie that costarred Dunaway and Lee Grant? Ferocious overload!), or one of her tenderer moments in Barfly. Hell, I think about when she scared the dickens out of Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy. She is fearsome and unmistakable, and in honor of the legendary, arguably notorious actress' birthday, here are my five favorite films of hers.
1975 was a magical time when Robert Redford and »
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Written by Paddy Chayefsky
You can always pick out the true greats from the history of cinema by viewing them today and discovering that the product hasn’t aged, the message has not faded, and the era was not an inherent part of its magic. In fact, quite often, the visionary manner of true masterpieces mean they sit in equal stead with viewers then they did then. Think of how The Godfather is still an immersive and essential viewing experience, how 2001 is just as inspirational with its maddening visual poetry today as it was in the 1960’s, or how Apocalypse Now’s thematic resonance transcends the Vietnam war niche of war film genre and becomes something else entirely, something very special. It’s another 70’s classic that is under the microscope this week, Sidney Lumet’s often overlooked satire Network, a film of mean spirit, »
- Scott Patterson
DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013
Price: 2-Disc DVD $34.95
King: A Filmed Record…from Montgomery to Memphis is the landmark 1970 documentary film that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery to the triumph on the Lincoln Memorial steps to King’s tragic assassination in Memphis in 1968.
Originally screened in theaters for only a single night in 1970, the three-hour King: A Filmed Record has occasionally been circulated since then in a version that was shortened by an hour. The complete version has been newly restored by the Library of Congress in association with Richard Kaplan and utilizes elements from New York’s Museum of Modern. It’s been mastered in HD from the 35mm preservation negative.
Our daily countdown continues. Here is the fifth out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 260-251.
260) Sunrise (1927) F. W. Murnau USA/Germany Silent
259) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Peter Jackson USA
257) Intolerance (1916) D. W. Griffith USA Silent
251) Saving Private Ryan (1998) Steven Speilberg USA
250-241 coming next.
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18 items from 2013
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