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Palm Springs, CA (December 19, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(Psiff) will present Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall with the Icon Award and Academy Award-nominated director Alejandro G. Iñárritu with the Director of the Year Award for Birdman at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Robert Duvall gives an outstanding and amazingly realistic performance as Judge Joseph Palmer in The Judge,. said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .This is sure to be remembered in his long listof iconic character roles, including Tom Hagen in The Godfather films, Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove, Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, »
“This is sure to be remembered in his long list of iconic character roles, including Tom Hagen in The Godfather films, Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove, Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, The Apostle and so many others.”
“By creating the illusion that the film was shot in one take and directing award-worthy performances by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and a star-studded cast, Iñárritu has created a brilliant and original dark comedy in Birdman,” said Matzner »
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With the hit ABC comedy series “Black-ish” on the air and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in the works, Laurence Fishburne’s fifth decade of top-tier thesping is humming right along. Straight out of the gate, when he was 11, Variety was singing his praises in the TV pic “If You Give a Dance You Gotta Pay the Band,” on Dec. 19, 1972.
You were 11 years old when you got a great review for “Gotta Pay the Band.” Was that a big deal for you?
When I first appeared in Variety, the paper wasn’t on my radar. And it didn’t get on my radar until I was 17 or 18.
Did you avoid reviews or did someone keep them from you?
No. The thing that made an impression on me was when I first appeared in Jet magazine. And every time I made it into Jet and Ebony, it was a big deal to me, »
- Steven Gaydos
I was going to post about the fun and vitality of look books. Removing the writer’s hat and stepping into the director’s shoes to create the bridge that offers potential producers, managers or investors a first glimpse into how you intend to transform your story into a visually vibrant world. Next time. After reading an inspiring article by Ariston Anderson in Filmmaker Magazine about David Lynch, I slammed on my brakes to focus on a more esoteric topic: hope.
Dl: “Looking back I did not have much self-assuredness in the beginning.”
Whether you enjoy his work or not, David Lynch is one of the most unique cinematic artists of our generation. Some adjectives I use to describe his work are intuitive, bold, risky, polarizing, off beat, specific, and always distinctly David Lynch. With this in mind, I was pleasantly surprised when he explained how important it is to stay hopeful as an artist. »
- Craig Abell-Champion
Get ready to unwrap a very special present this holiday season when the much-anticipated new series, Mozart in the Jungle, launches December 23rd.
Based on the memoir by New York Symphony musician Blair Tindall, Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, the original series was created by cousins Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, whose grandfather, Carmine Coppola, was a flautist and an orchestra conductor before he went on to compose music for his son’s films — including the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now.
Growing up surrounded by musicians and performers, the Coppola cousins embraced Mozart as an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the upstairs-downstairs lives of world class musicians. Through the eyes of a young oboist named Hailey (Gone Girl's Lola Kirke) and brash new maestro, Rodrigo (Motorcycle Diaries’ Gael García Bernal), we get to see the glamour and grit, the excitement and the struggle, »
I’m writing because I’ve just seen a movie, “The Dying of the Light,” with pictures I don’t recognize, although the credits say I’m the director of photography. The film we shot had images with strong, violent colors and was dark. This one is not. A minor thing for some, of crucial importance for others. I’m writing therefore in the name of those for whom the sudden disappearance of even a single tiny element from a picture is the end of the world, because they (perhaps stupidly) think that the image in which they invested blood and tears has been destroyed.
In my case, I was denied the possibility to accomplish in post-production what is any cinematographer’s duty: “assuring that what audiences will see on cinema and television screens faithfully reflects the “look” intended by the director” (according to the American Cinematographer Manual). I have »
- Gabriel Kosuth
Written and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
When first introduced to the improved quality of Blu-ray technology, there were about a dozen films I couldn’t wait to see in the format. These were movies of extraordinary beauty that I knew would surely benefit from the enhanced visual resolution. Now, with the arrival of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist on a stunning new Raro Video edition, another one of those titles can be scratched off the list. What makes this an exciting release, however, goes beyond the look of the picture (though that is paramount). This is, in every regard, one of the greatest films ever made.
The Conformist is a complex chronicle of the tormented, ruthless, and devious Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a rising-through-the-ranks Fascist enforcer. The film is a fascinating look at the extent to which one will go to escape the past, fit in with the present, »
- Jeremy Carr
A film’s first shot, its first image, is one that’s obsessed over by many directors. But how many put as much care into its first sound? Francis Ford Coppola did, along with sound designer Walter Murch, when constructing the opening of Apocalypse Now. The famous helicopter sounds actually enter over black — they are the first input of any kind an audience member receives. And, of course, those weren’t just any helicopter sounds. In the video above — a section of a documentary commissioned for the Paramount 2006 home video release and made by Zoetrope’s former head of post, Kim […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Directed by Christopher Nolan
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
A quick note before I begin the review:
Regardless of what I or others may think about Interstellar, one thing will remain constant; you need to see the film in 70mm IMAX to truly experience the film as the director wanted it to be seen. The advent of digital screening may be, to some, an improvement over film projected at 24 Fps due to clarity unseen before, but nothing can match the beautiful grain and slight imperfections of watching a film. The detail is so rich, you cannot mistake it for anything else and, if for no other reason, »
- Gary Collinson
Maureen O’Hara, now 94, took time to fondly remember the Hollywood greats from her past such as John Wayne and John Ford. Legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki said he was just happy to be in the same room as Maureen O’Hara. Masterful screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere gave a moving tribute to Hollywood’s “forgotten” writers. And Harry Belafonte, winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, galvanized the industry crowd by asking them to aim higher.
Yes, it was quite a night for the four honorees of the Sixth Annual Governors Awards of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Quite a night. And the Academy got this awards season off to a roaring start with this blessedly non-televised celebration of the greats in this business who may not have always been given their due. It has also become a night for major schmoozing and networking among Academy voters and the huge numbers of Oscar hopefuls. »
- Pete Hammond
Hollywood is full of all kinds of fun and interesting stories, and I have a bit of trivia here that you may have never heard before. In an interview with Yahoo, Robert Englund, the actor who famously played Freddy Krueger the A Nightmare on Elm Street films, shared the story of how he helped Mark Hamill land the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.
Englund explained that his early career and Hamill's road to Star Wars started out with Englund auditioning for a surfer role in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. The actor didn't get the part because he was too old for the role, but Coppola thought he might be right for another part in a film being directed by his good friend George Lucas. So an audition was set up for Englund to audition for the part of Han Solo. He didn't fit the role though »
- Joey Paur
Stars: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Sofia Boutella, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock, Parker Sawyers, Michaela Coel, Rajinikanth, Jesse Nagy | Written by Tom Green, Jay Basu | Directed by Tom Green
Back in 2010, the Mayhem Festival hosted a screening of Gareth Edwards’ micro budget debut Monsters. Edwards was in attendance and took part in both a Q&A, and held a “masterclass” session in which he discussed the approach he’d taken to creating such an ambitious picture on such a low budget. It was a fascinating insight, and a privilege to listen to such an energetic, enthusiastic young director. Flash forward to 2014, and things are looking very different for that young director. He’s already released his updated Godzilla – a film which shares a significant amount of DNA with Monsters – and is moving on to both a Godzilla sequel, and an as yet untitled Star Wars spin off feature. Not bad at all. »
- Dan Woolstencroft
It's an end to another month, and the beginning of another, as Netflix's usual purge of films from its streaming library happens. So if any of these movies is of interest to you, now is the time to watch them, because, after tomorrow, October 31, they'll be gone from the service. There are a few acclaimed classics and cult favorites like "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "American Psycho," "Thelma and Louise" and others. Apocalypse Now," " You'll also find indies like "Prince of Broadway," which Vanessa published a review of earlier today. Here's the list of films leaving Netflix at the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
There are always a ton of great movies being added to Netflix every month, but the site also takes movies off every month. I know; this is tragic news. But it's better to be prepared than to sign in only to find out that that movie you've been meaning to watch has expired from streaming! Here's a list of the movies that are being taken away on Nov. 1, including a bunch of '80s classics that you'll kick yourself for not taking the time to watch this month. 101 Dalmatians (1996) American Psycho (2000) Apocalypse Now (1979) Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) The Big Chill (1983) Bob the Builder (1999-2012) Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Broadcast News (1987) Bullet Proof Monk (2003) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Candyman (1992) Caveman (1981) Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980) Cloak & Dagger (1984) Footloose (1984) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) The Great Outdoors (1988) Hannibal (2001) La Bamba (1987) Les Miserables (1998) The Magic School Bus (1994-1997) The Ninth Gate (1999) The Prince of Tides »
As we reported earlier today, there are some really fantastic films that will be no longer streaming on Netflix once the calendar switches over to November. But while you will soon no longer be able to watch classics like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or Apocalypse Now online, the good news is that the company has some awesome stuff coming your way next month. The blog BestMoviesOnNetflix has posted a list of all of the films that will be coming to the online streaming service next month, and we are very happy to say that there are a number of fantastic titles that will soon be available. But which of the 10 stand out among the rest? Read on to find out! The Rocketeer Years before he teamed with Marvel Studios to bring us Captain America: The First Avenger, director Joe Johnston brought us a whole different kind of cinematic »
October is generally a jam-packed month when it comes to movies. The Oscar season push is just beginning, and there are so many great horror movie marathons on TV and at your local Cineplex. That's not even counting all the stuff on Netflix Instant! Well, Netflix is a fickle master, and a whole bunch of awesome movies will be removed from its streaming service on November 1st. Here are just a few highlights. You can still rent these on DVD, but then you have to wait for the mail, and who needs that? (Curious as to what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix in November? Here's a list.)
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"
- Jenni Miller
There’s a lot of exciting new fare arriving on Netflix this month, but alas, it’s like they always say: Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. Here’s the list of movies that will disappear from the streaming librarynet on November 1. If you’ve been putting off watching Apocalypse Now all these years, now's your chance:101 Dalmatians (1996) American Psycho (2000) Apocalypse Now (1979) Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) Balibo (2009) The Big Chill (1983) Blown Away (1992) Bob the Builder (1999-2012) Breezy (1973) Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Broadcast News (1987) The Buddy Holly Story (1978) Bullet Proof Monk (2003) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Candyman (1992) Caveman (1981) Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980) Cloak & Dagger (1984) The Conqueror Worm (1968) The Dogs of War (1980) Elvis ’56 (1987) The Escape Artist (1982) Footloose (1984) For a Few Dollars More (1965) Fire in Babylon (2010) The Good, the Bad »
- Anna Silman
Nineties giant snake movie Anaconda comes under James's microscope. Could it be more than just another scaly B-movie?
"You don't know shit about the shit we're in here!" Gary Dixon (Owen Wilson) in Anaconda. That sentence pretty accurately sums up most people's appreciation of both the movie Anaconda, life in general and the state of the Universe. When you've finished reading this article, you will know some shit.
Do you remember Anaconda? The 1997 killer snake film starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Jon Voight? It had the tagline "When you can't breathe you can't scream"? It got nominated for six Razzies but, in spite of such ignominy, went on to become a cult hit and spawned three sequels?
Until a couple of weeks ago I didn't remember Anaconda because I'd never seen it. Somehow this pleasure had passed me by, and it existed as a sizeable hole in my pop »
1. Paths of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick famously moved between directing in different genres, but war was something he returned to on multiple occasions. His 1957 offering heads to the trenches of Wwi as mutiny takes hold. The futility of war is clear for all to see here, and the film ends with a moving rendition of German folk song 'The Faithful Hussar' by Kubrick's future wife Christiane.
2. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Few movies get under the skin of men at war quite »
Lyon – Seven years in the preparation, and spectacularly designed by architect Renzo Piano the Jerome Seydoux Pathé Foundation opened its doors Sept. 8 to two results as eye-catching as its architecture: Average 80% occupancy rate over five days a week for its screening room; a take-up partnership with schools and young cinemagoers, down to 4- year-old tykes, which can serve as a model for other enlightened fun-while-learning programs around the world.
Rebuilding Paris’ historic Gaumont Gobelins, the Pathé Foundation has three arms, its president Sophie Seydoux said Saturday at Lyon’s Lumiere Festival, which showcases a brace of Pathé restorations, ranging from Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now Redux“ to Claude Sautet’s 1983 “Garcon!” back to Abel Gance’s lesser-known 1940 “Paradis Perdu.”
One Pathé Foundation arm is what looks like Europe’s first silent film-only cinema, a 70-seat screening room playing both 35mm prints, via two Kinoton projectors, and Dcp copies at 2 and 4 p. »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
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