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In celebration of "Les Miserables," HitFix has listed the 20 best movie musicals of the last 50 years. Their top five? "The Sound of Music," "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut," "Mary Poppins," "Cabaret," and "Little Shop of Horrors" in first place. Our poll is of the Top 30 live-action musicals in the last 75 years, which means no Disney animated musicals or "South Park," And "Shall We Dance" (1937) makes the cut but "Swing Time" (1936) does not. Vote! Protest which of your favorites we left off! (I pulled back on more Fosse, Astaire and Garland, or they would have taken up the whole list.) I weigh in on movie musicals here. Now and Then looks at the long slow death of the movie musical. What is the best live-action musical in the last 75 years? All That Jazz Annie »
- Anne Thompson
The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Plus Camerimage, is the greatest and most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography and its creators - cinematographers. Plus Camerimage contributes to the growth of cinematographers' prestige. The unconventional format of the Festival, which awards films according to their visual, aesthetic and technical values, has turned out to be an alternative for traditional film festivals. As all our guests emphasize - Plus Camerimage is unique. The Festival proves to be a great forum not only for presentation but also for further development of international moviemaking. Plus Camerimage helps young filmmakers and integrates the community of those already recognized, allowing them to explore new artistic areas.
The following competition winners for Plus Camerimage, were revealed in grand fashion as the milestone 20thanniversary edition came to a close at the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz:
Student Films Competition
The most original and innovative film that opens the gate to the future. Christoph Brunner and Stefan Brunner directors, Robert Oberreiner, cinematographer. Institut fur Film und Fersehen Filmakadmie Wien, Austria and Switzerland.
Silver Tadpole winner: The Zone
Brave, bold story, told with cinematographic teamwork. Lauri Randla, director, Mikko Kaumunen, cinematographer. University of Art and Design, Finland.
Bronze Tadpole winner: Without Snow
Directors’ Debuts Competition
For having the confidence to trust the audience and to tell a story of unflinching honesty with the simplicity and grace of an artist, the Directors’ Debuts Competition Award goes to Miguel Angel Jimenez for the film Chaika.
Cinematographers’ Debuts Competition
The Golden Frog Award goes to Chaika. This film deserves the award for the best cinematographer’s debut, because it dares to fulfill the dream of cinema on the big canvas that takes your breath away with beautifully composed vistas in which an intimate human drama unfolds.
Best Music Video
For the best music video award the jury chose a unique video that is using simple means to achieve complex ends, and a startlingly coherent effect. The Best Music Video Award goes to: Roger Ballen and Ninja for Die Antwoord ‘I Fink U Freeky’
Best Cinematography in Music Video
Best Cinematography in a Music Video award goes to an extraordinary video – poetic and with beautiful and original imagery – transcending its location and bitter history. Best Cinematography in a Music Video Award for goes to: Matthew J. Lloyd for Flying Lotus ‘Until The Quiet Comes’
Documentary Shorts Competition
The Jury awards the Special Mention to Jacek Bławut and Paweł Chorzępa for a film that captured the madness, mystery and paranoia of art in: The Loneliness Of Sound.
Documentary Features Competition
The Jury awards the Golden Frog – Grand Prix to the Cinematographer Seung-Jun Yi and Director Seung-Jun Yi for the sensitive camera work and intimate approach to the subject in: Planet Of Snail.
The Jury awards the Special Mention to Ester Martin Bergsmark and Minka Jakerson for their extraordinary accomplishment of director’s vision and their creative approach to questions of identity in: She Male Snails
Polish Films Competition
This emotionally compelling film, open to complex interpretations along with outstanding performances and craftsmanship, makes the Jury’s choice for the Best Polish Film at Plus Camerimage 2012: To Kill A Beaver.
Golden Frog winner: War Witch
Silver Frog winner: Holy Motors
Bronze Frog winner: Rhino Season
Director: Bahman Ghobadi / Turkey, Kurdistan, Iraq / 2012 / Cinematographer: Touraj Aslani
As promised, the 20th edition of the Festival was the biggest yet, with a lineup of hot new films and considerable star power. 314 films from around the world were showcased from November 24 to December 1 as industry attention turned to Bydgoszcz for a Festival that has earned its stature as one of Europe’s marquee film festivals and destinations for the biggest films, most recognizable talent and the best cinematographers in the world.
The Festival began last Saturday with Keanu Reeves’ new documentary “Side by Side”, followed by the Polish premiere of Ang Lee’s critically acclaimed “Life of Pi.” Both Reeves and ”Life of Pi” cinematographer Claudio Miranda were in attendance for the exciting opening gala.
Special guests this year included four-time Academy Award® nominated director, writer and producer David Lynch (“Mulholland Dr.,” “The Elephant Man,” “Blue Velvet”); Academy Award®winning film editor Alan Heim (“All That Jazz,” “Network,” “The Notebook,” “American History X”);Academy Award® winning director Steven Okazaki (“Day of Waiting,” “The Mushroom Club,” “Unfinished Business”); and Two-time Primetime Emmy nominated director Michael Lindsay-Hogg (“Let It Be,” “The Object of Beauty,” “Master Harold…and the Boys”).
Two-time Academy Award® nominee Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting,” “Milk,” “Elephant”) was present to accept the Festival’s Director Duo Award on behalf of his late friend, Harris Savides (“American Gangster,” “Zodiac,” “The Game,” “Milk”).
The 20th Plus Camerimage Film Festival was proud to have an illustrious jury that included Joel Schumacher, two-time Academy Award® nominated director, writer and producer Alan Parker, Primetime Emmy nominated director and producer Roger Spottiswoode, Primetime Emmy nominated director Michael Lindsay, award-winning director Paweł Łoziński, Academy Award®winning director Steven Okazaki, Academy Award® winning film editor Alan Heim and cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub.
About Plus Camerimage
Celebrating its landmark 20th anniversary this year, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Plus Camerimage is the most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography and the biggest international film festival in Poland. The unconventional format of the Festival, which awards films according to their visual, aesthetic and technical values, is a unique alternative to traditional film festivals.
Plus Camerimage proves to be a great forum not only for presentation but also for further development of international moviemaking and provides a platform for young filmmakers to explore new artistic areas.
In addition to the main competition, the Festival offers a Polish Films Competition, Student Etudes Competition, Documentary Films Competition, Feature Debuts Competition, Music Videos Competition, Plus Camerimage Market, Plus Camerimage Forum, special screenings and premieres, various reviews, retrospectives, meetings and also accompanying events such as art exhibitions and music performances.
Various presentations of modern film equipment and of the latest production and postproduction technologies (both traditional and digital) are also an inherent aspect of the Festival and have been organized with cooperation from companies such as Plus, Arri, Panavision, Kodak, Hawk, K5600, J.L. Fisher, Sony, Panasonic, KinoFlo, Technicolor and Zeiss.
Plus Camerimage is an extraordinary event where art and technology meet, creating a unique and unforgettable atmosphere. Please visit http://www.pluscamerimage.pl for more information.
- Sydney Levine
Lisa Riley has become the tenth celebrity to be voted out of this year's Strictly Come Dancing. The actress and her professional dance partner Robin Windsor left the competition at the semi-final stage after finishing in the bottom two alongside Denise Van Outen and James Jordan. Both couples performed their highest-scoring dance from Saturday night in the dance-off, with Riley and Windsor performing an American smooth routine to 'All That Jazz', while Van Outen and Jordan did the tango to 'Roxanne' by The Police. After two standing ovations, the judges delivered their verdict, with Craig Revel Horwood choosing to save Denise Van Outen, saying: "Purely based on technique, Denise and James." Darcey Bussell said: "This is so hard but, yes, technically, the ones I'm going to save are Denise and James." (more) »
- By Tom Eames
Another living legend in attendance at last week's Plus Camerimage festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Alan Heim is the Academy Award-winning editor behind films like Bob Fosse's All That Jazz , Milos Foreman's Hair and, more recently, Nick Cassavetes' The Notebook . A recipient of the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award, Heim took a moment to speak with ComingSoon.net about his incredible life in motion pictures. A rare blend of charm and sincerity, Heim openly recalls his friendship with the bigger-than-life genius of the late Bob Fosse and goes into frank detail about what he experienced during the infamously re-edited American History X , including one day when he and star Edward Norton nearly came to physical blows. If you missed our previous conversations with fellow 2012 »
I’m going to start this recap by admitting — without any shame whatsoever — that this week’s Glee moved me to tears not once, but twice. And one of those times may have been when the Jewish girl was inexplicably belting “O Holy Night.”
Okay, so we’ve got that out of the way. Whew. And while “Swan Song” was a deeply heartfelt hour that — at times — felt more like a spectacular televised concert than a regularly scheduled episode of Fox’s hit dramedy, it also contained a moment of pure meta hilarity. I speak, of course, of Brittany S. »
- Michael Slezak
In 2003, William James Murray (better known to those who haven't spent hours reading his Wikipedia page as Bill Murray) starred in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation," a poignant, somber romantic comedy that spotlighted the budding relationship between an aging film star (Murray) and the lonely wife of a photographer (Scarlett Johansson) in Tokyo. Murray was nominated for an Oscar for said performance, but he ultimately lost to Sean Penn's turn in "Mystic River."
At one point, he also did the Garfield movies.
But herein lies the massive injustice. Bill Murray should have been nominated for an Academy Award for every other movie he's done. There. We said it. The following is a comprehensive list of Murray movies where the Academy unconscionably overlooked his performance, starting from the very beginning of his illustrious career.
Role: Tripper Harrison
Analysis: We're willing to forgive this one, as the »
- Nick Blake
Now that Sectionals have ended, "Glee" only has to deal with the aftermath in "Swan Song." Did New Directions win? Did Marley survive her finale faint? What could possibly be left to sing about.
"Glee" videos have the answers to some of these questions.
Based on these videos, what do we know about "Swan Song"?
Evil Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), randomly bent on the destruction of the glee club, is back. Wonder what set her off this time?Even though Will (Matthew Morrison) seems to be back in town, Finn (Cory Monteith) is still the driving force behind New Directions. Rachel (Lea Michele) and Cassandra (Kate Hudson) are coming to a head in their ongoing feud.Kurt (Chris Colfer) gets a chance to try out for Nyada and the great Carmen (guest star Whoopi Goldberg).
Want a few more specifics? Scenes from "Swan Song" itself may have those for you. »
Watch Rachel & Cassandra face off in one of the season's hottest performances so far. Kate Hudson may play a slutty, drunken, burnt-out mess of a character on Glee — but hot damn, can she bring the house down! In this new clip from the Dec. 6 episode, Rachel (Lea Michele) goes toe-to-toe with Cassandra in a dueling performance of "All That Jazz," and even though there's no clear winner, I think it's safe to say they both come out victorious. Watch Lea and Kate take on the classic Chicago number below, then drop a comment with your thoughts on all things Cassandra. Are you a fan? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H787muOBJJ0 — Andy Swift Follow @AndySwift More Glee on HollywoodLife.com: Exclusive: Jessica Sanchez ‘Definitely’ Wants To Be Finn’s Love Interest Why Kurt Needs To Forgive Blaine For Cheating Recap: Marley Faints On Stage At Sectionals »
- Andy Swift
If you've got it, flaunt it!Kate Hudson shows off her sexy moves and body in this week's episode of "Glee," where she performs "All That Jazz" from "Chicago."Her character, Cassandra July, enters a dance-off with Rachel (Lea Michele). Judging by her moves, we have to give Kate the nod. Watch as both actresses slink around in black leotards:Could we see Kate on Broadway after her "Glee" guest stint is done? Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Looks like things aren’t getting any less heated between Kate Hudson’s Cassandra July and Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry on Glee. The teacher and student are not only fighting for the attention of ridiculously hot Brody (Dean Geyer) but also control of the Nyada dancefloor. In this exclusive clip from this week’s episode, airing Thursday at 9 p.m. on Fox, Cassandra challenges Rachel to strut her stuff as the pair dance off to the Chicago classic “All That Jazz.” Watch the black-leotard bonanza below.
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- Tim Stack
After so much singing at Sectionals, can "Glee" keep quiet in the follow-up episode, "Swan Song"? Nope. Fox has released the audio for five of the episodes songs -- that should make for plenty of music.
Surprisingly, very little of this music hints at the big cliffhanger from last week's "Thanksgiving." If you recall, Marley (Melissa Benoist) passed out right at the end of "Gangnam Style," presumably from starvation and/or pills. The show really does have to address something like that. After all, we don't even know if the girl survives!
Whatever the case, Marley's troubles are not going to be addressed directly in song. What will?
After this, we head »
Cassandra July, Glee‘s resident dance instructor with attitude to spare, isn’t letting up on Rachel — and the aspiring star isn’t backing down, either. In the following video preview from this Thursday’s episode (Fox, 9/8c), Ms. Berry gets a little defiant, so Cassandra challenges her to a dance-off to prove her worth.
Related | Glee: 25 Songs We’d Love to Hear in Season 4 (and Who We’d Like to Sing ‘Em)
- Vlada Gelman
Blu-ray Book & DVD Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013
Studio: Warner Home Video
The 1972 ground-breaking film stars Liza Minnelli (Arthur) as Sally Bowles, a dancer at a girlie club in pre-war 1931 Berlin. Sally falls in love with British language teacher Brian Roberts (Michael York, Austin Powers in Goldmember), whom she shares with homosexual German baron Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem, The McKenzie Break). But as the Nazis gain power around them, Berlin becomes a trap that Sally’s German friends can not escape.
Cabaret‘s eight Academy Awards honored the movie’s director (Bob Fosse, All That Jazz), actress Minnelli, supporting actor Joel Grey (Kafka), art direction, cinematography, editing, music and sound. It was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture, but didn’t win those categories. »
Once upon a time Brigitte Nielsen was famous for something other than being Sylvester Stallone’s ex-wife. She was a beautiful Danish model (that means from Denmark – she didn’t model pastries) and a 22-year-old making her acting debut in Red Sonja alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. From director Richard Fleischer (The Vikings, 10 Rillington Place) Red Sonja is an extraordinary movie that can only have been made in the 80s. Everything is as it should be: cheap sets, tremendous hair, and Schwarzenegger acting his socks off.
Red Sonja (Nielsen) sees her family killed and is given the responsibility, and strength (by some weird ghost thing that looks like a used tissue) to fight for their honour against Queen Gedren (Sandahl Bergman – All That Jazz) who has stolen a talisman capable of destroying worlds. With 13 days to save humanity Red Sonja teams with Kalidor (Schwarzenegger), Falkon (Paul Smith – Dune) and Prince Tarn (Ernie Reyes, »
- Sam Carey
These films were actually shot all at once but ultimately released as two separate films telling one long story. As the musketeer with a dark past, Oliver Reed provides a lot of the heart and soul in these very entertaining and well-made films. Technically, since we have to isolate one film for our fantasy nomination, it would be The Four Musketeers as his role is more prominent in that film. Reed’s reunion scene with Faye Dunaway’s Milady is superb as is Reed’s intense swordplay with an array of opponents including Christopher Lee. An underrated actor whose career was damaged by well-documented alcohol problems and notorious off-screen behavior, Reed still logged in some truly incredible acting performances over the course of his career. His portrayal of Athos is definitely one of them.
- Terek Puckett
There was a gap of ten whole years between Roman Coppola‘s debut feature, Cq, and a production start on his sophomore effort, the Charlie Sheen-led A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. It’s taken him a while to get back behind the camera for something that isn’t a music video — which should create enough interest as is — but although a semi-biographical look at the actor’s wacky antics caught our attention when things coalesced last fall, the shooting and post-production was (and has been) a pretty quiet affair. So, yes, it’s still on-track to hit later this year — but did anybody else sort of forget this project’s existence between then and now?
I think that time is over. Coppola gave a big update to HeyUGuys, with whom he revealed that Charles Swan is, contrary to what we may have thought, a ’70s-set »
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It's been a decade since his directorial debut "Cq" but Roman Coppola will definitely make headlines later this year with his new film, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" -- if anything for his choice of male lead in Charlie Sheen. The middle child of Francis Ford Coppola, Roman has been immersed in the film industry since childhood (he featured as one of Tom Hagen's kids in "The Godfather") and, over the years, has often found time to collaborate with his father, sister and Wes Anderson. It's curious that Coppola hasn't been behind the camera more often, but the filmmaker has revealed that he has a few projects in mind he hopes to tackle after this sophomore effort.
"I have this idea for a kids film I’d like to do in the spirit of 'Bugsy Malone,' with an all kid cast," Coppola explained. "So »
- Simon Dang
Roman Coppola is currently in Cannes promoting Moonrise Kingdom but he’s also got a new film on the horizon. He “just finished the sound mix” on the film before speaking to me (in fact he said, “it’s shot, it’s wrapped, it’s mixed, it’s done. Yesterday I just got the sign off on the final shot”), so in addition to talking to me about working on Moonrise Kingdom he also shared a lot of details about his latest too. He also showed me two images related to the film and I have included details about them within the interview as well.
His new film is entitled A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III and stars Charlie Sheen in the lead role. Coppola’s first film was Cq, a film I am extremely fond of and urge you to seek out if you have not done so already, »
- Craig Skinner
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
April 28, 2012
Roslyn Kind is an authentic song artist and entertainer. The audience at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts was treated to a full hour-and-a-half of her fine voice and lively presence. Using her magnificent instrument, she beautifully rendered songs, "standards" and otherwise. Her infectious self-delight never faltered as she sang, conversationally spoke of growing up in a nearby Brooklyn neighborhood, and engaged with the audience as if the theater were her living room.
Ms. Kind is that breed of entertainer which sophisticated night-lifers would make it their business to see at the lavish "rooms" of old: El Morocco and the Persian Room in New York, or the Chez Paree in Chicago (all now long gone into history). Today we must to settle for the cabaret and the concert hall, and we are fortunate that »
- Jay Reisberg
Jessica Lange, SAG Awards 2012 Jessica Lange, the Best Actress SAG Award winner for the drama series for American Horror Story, speaks onstage during the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. "To be an actor means everything to me," Lange told the crowd at the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.) Lange's SAG Award competitors were Kathy Bates for Harry's Law, Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife, Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer, and Glenn Close for Damages. Lange had previously been nominated for two SAG Awards: for Tony Richardson's feature drama Blue Sky (1994), opposite Tommy Lee Jones, and for Michael Sucsy's television drama Grey Gardens (2009), opposite eventual SAG Award winner Drew Barrymore. Additionally, Jessica Lange has six Oscar nominations to her credit. She won twice, as Best Supporting Actress for Sydney Pollack's Tootsie (1982), opposite Dustin Hoffman, and for Blue Sky. (Nell's »
- D. Zhea
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