6 items from 2016
Warren Beatty is a known entity in Hollywood. He’s a brilliant and controlling writer-director-producer-star who will talk anyone’s ear off. He’s indecisive. He will take as much time as he can get to burnish a movie to glossy perfection. And he’s hell-bent on success. That’s why he’s Warren Beatty.
But he’s less well known to the general moviegoing public.
While he’s consistently brilliant, from “Heaven Can Wait” and “Bonnie and Clyde” to “Dick Tracy,” he’s also known for dramatic box office highs and lows. He’s had amazing successes, such as 1982 classic period romance “Reds,” which won three Oscars (including Beatty’s only win, as Best Director). Over the decades Beatty has been nominated for 14 Oscars, and received the Thalberg Award. But he also starred in such over-budget flops as $90-million “Town and Country” (2001, $6 .7 million domestic), which was “directed by Peter Chelsolm, »
- Anne Thompson
On this day in history as it relates to the movies...
1828 Feral teenager Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering Nuremberg, claiming to have been raised in total isolation. Theories abound and the story inspires many artists down the road including Werner Herzog in the film The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974).
1886 Al Jolson is born. Will later star in the first "talkie" The Jazz Singer (1927)
1894 Silent film star Norma Talmadge is born
1897 Bram Stoker's epistolary novel "Dracula" is published. Never stops being adapted for film and television but our hearts will always belong to Francis Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) despite the aggravating double possessive
1907 John Wayne was born. Did he always talk like that?
- NATHANIEL R
This new book on Meryl's rise will be released at the end of AprilIf you haven't yet chanced upon it or been directed there by multiple excited tweets, make sure to read this excerpt / reworking of a passage from a forthcoming book by Michael Schulman on Meryl Streep's rise to fame via Kramer vs Kramer that's currently gracing Vanity Fair. We've talked about Kramer vs Kramer multiple times here at Tfe and it's been heartening to see the critical tide at least slightly turning in the blockbuster drama's favor of late. For a long time cinephiles seemed to despise it, due in no small part to its Oscars. When you beat noticeably ambitious artistic and stylized masterpieces like Apocalypse Now and All That Jazz to the Best Picture crown there's bound to be a backlash if your film is merely human-sized, no matter how resonant and superbly acted it may be. »
- NATHANIEL R
Mad Max: Fury Road is earned 10 nominations from the Academy, the second most this year trailing only The Revenant, which has 11. While Mad Max is up for a number of the night’s bigger awards, including best picture and best director for George Miller, its nominations in may below-the-line categories is where the film is likely to score most of its Oscar wins.
Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Miller’s stylistic action-adventure flick is the likely frontrunner for best costume design, production design, and film editing this year. While the film may be a darkhorse for best picture, a win in all three of those categories could help sway the vote in its favor, as history has shown.
Since the introduction of the best costume design category in 1948, which was originally split into two categories, black and white or color films, only 13 films have won »
- Patrick Shanley
Oscar is only 9 days away! So it's time for 9 lists with the magic number 9. Nine. Nine. Nine. Nine. Nine. Nine. Nine. Nine. Nine.
According to this website there are 9 Irish nominees this year? Kiss them!
The 9 best movies of all time that received exactly 9 nominations (in chronological order, *indicates Best Picture winner)
1941 Citizen Kane
1951 A Place in the Sun
1969 They Shoot Horses Don't They?
1979 All That Jazz
1979 Kramer vs Kramer *
1992 Howards End
2002 The Hours
2009 The Hurt Locker*
2013 12 Years a Slave*
more after the jump...
- NATHANIEL R
With just seven months until the new Ghostbusters hits the big screen, a star from the beloved original movies has passed away. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that actor David Margulies, who played New York City Mayor Lenny Clotch in both 1984's Ghostbusters and the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters 2, has passed away at the age of 78 in New York City. The actor's agent Mary Harden confirmed the news, revealing that he passed from a lengthy battle with an undisclosed illness.
David Margulies was born February 19, 1937 in Brooklyn, and after graduating from City College, he made his off-Broadway debut in 1958 with a role in the production Golden 6. His first film appearance came in 1971's A New Leaf, and he would go on to star in films like All That Jazz, Dressed to Kill, and Times Square before landing the role of New York Mayor Lenny Clotch in the original Ghostbusters. He delivered the memorable line, »
6 items from 2016
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