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Holiday Gift Guide for Movie Lovers

30 November 2010 5:00 AM, PST | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Film lovers are a fickle lot. So, tracking down a gift that appeals to their celluloid tastes can be harder than finding a good Ashton Kutcher movie. Here at Tribeca, we've made the search a whole lot easier with a list of unique prezzies that even the most jaded film fanatic will love. What are you waiting for? Start shopping! Love the smell of napalm in the morning? Or maybe a nice aroma of black currants and cloves? The Apocalypse Now Redux DVD in a Bottle, $225, is a 3-liter bottle of 2004 Francis Coppola Reserve Syrah, screened with an image from the film; a pull-out drawer on the bottom holds the DVD. ♦ From Francis Coppola Winery. Never be late for Breakfast at Tiffany's again with the Holly Golightly Watch Locket, $28. It features an image of the iconic Audrey Hepburn and opens to reveal a clock on one side and mirror »

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Robert Duvall to Receive Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

29 November 2010 9:57 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Robert Duvall, pictured here in his latest film "Get Low" (he deserves a Best Actor nomination for the flick!), will receive the Career Achievement Award at the Awards Gala of the 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by .Entertainment Tonight.s. Mary Hart. Duvall will join previously announced honorees Javier Bardem, Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan and Natalie Portman. The Festival runs January 6-17.

Here's the rest of the press release:

.For nearly 50 years, Robert Duvall has transfixed cinematic audiences with his gritty, intuitive performances,. said Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner. .In Get Low, his most recent role, Duvall portrays a backwoodsman who stages his own funeral while still alive. Duvall gives a virtuoso performance, challenging audiences to understand his character who is caught between myth and reality. »

- Manny

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Ya Bang! The Top 10 Movie Explosions

28 November 2010 3:44 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I love it when a plan comes together – especially one that involves a rollicking good explosion. And in this day and age, the big bang has become an integral part of blockbuster movies. What summer is complete without a few mighty explosions to shake us off our cinema seats? It’s become such a staple that the big name directors have to deliver some bang for our buck – the likes of Michael Bay would be out of a job if it wasn’t for the movie explosion. With the all-action spectacle The A-Team about to hit the DVD shelves, now is an appropriate time to look back at the ten best explosions in movie history…

10. Speed (1994)

There was never any doubt that Speed would go out with a bang – Keanu as a bomb-disposal expert, Dennis Hopper as a psychotic explosives nut, a bomb on the bus – you know the drill. »

- Tom Fordy

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Distant Relatives: The Deer Hunter and The Hurt Locker

26 November 2010 5:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Robert here, with my new series Distant Relatives, where we look at two films, (one classic, one modern) related through a common theme and ask what their similarities and differences can tell us about the evolution of cinema.  Two Best Picture winners for today.

Addictive Personalities

There are about as many themes and concepts explored by war films as there are war films.  Still, they can be generally be narrowed down to three types.  There are films about the physical toll of war (Saving Private Ryan), the mental toll of war (Apocalypse Now) and the spiritual toll of war (The Thin Red Line).  Both The Deer Hunter and The Hurt Locker fit into the second category, but they're special.  We're not talking about Colonel Kurtz level madness here.  In fact, we're not talking about madness at all.  What both films are most interested in is the "hook" of war, the adrenaline rush. »

- Robert

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A working life: The special effects animator

26 November 2010 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Animator Kevin Spruce brings magic to movies, creating new worlds and mystical characters for films such as The Matrix

When the screensaver on Kevin Spruce's computer kicks in, vivid green symbols tumble down his PC, a replica of the letters and numbers that cascade down computers in the sci-fi movie The Matrix. In that film, Keanu Reeves is invited to take a trip "down the rabbit hole" to discover an alternative reality. While walking around Spruce's offices, I occasionally feel as though I'm on a similar journey.

I'm in the West End offices of Framestore, the largest visual effects and computer animation studio in Europe. As I sit talking to Spruce I'm flanked by a foot-tall sculpture of a polar bear from The Golden Compass (for which Framestore won a 2008 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects) and a model of a stegasaurus from an episode of the BBC TV series Walking With Dinosaurs. »

- Mark King

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5 Reasons arts graduates should play Call of Duty: Black Ops

24 November 2010 4:31 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

(N.B. contains a few mild spoilers)

1. It’s totally operating on two levels

The ‘It operates on two levels’ defence is a central arts graduate excuse for playing some of the more ridiculous video games and enjoying other over-the-top forms of entertainment. The core concept is that the entertainment in question is knowingly ridiculous and is actually doing something rather clever such as exploring our relationship with violence/sexuality/drugs; whilst at the same time allowing us to enjoy a good dose of gunplay/nudity/stoner-gags.

Examples include Shaun of The Dead’s approach to zombie narrative; Ricky Gervais's approach to slightly racist gags; and True Blood’s approach to... well, everything. Whether or not Black Ops merits placement in this category depends on how much you believe the game’s designers are serious in their treatment of this period of American History. Clearly, the plot is just »

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Chuck 4.09 "Chuck vs Phase Three" Review

23 November 2010 4:26 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

"You got me, I'm just a needy crazed girl on a husband hunt, who's trained in over 200 ways to kill you."

Sarah Walker is anything but needy and this excellent instalment of Chuck showcased the lengths that Sarah will go to, to save Chuck, going above and beyond and breaking several international laws to do so. Josh Schwartz promised us an episode of Sarah Walker kicking ass and boy did it deliver, with some added emotional icing to top this perfect Chuck cake.

Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah played not only an ass kicking super spy this week, but also showed a wide range of emotions from desperation to unstoppable that bordered on the scary, with even Casey commenting on how he didn't like that 'Sarah Walker'. Sarah Walker the spy and Sarah Walker the girlfriend were at odds with each other, clouding her judgement and leading her to »

- emma fraser

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George Hickenlooper died from accidental painkiller overdose

23 November 2010 1:47 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Factory Girl director died aged 47 after taking prescription drug with alcohol, coroner rules

Film-maker George Hickenlooper died from an accidental overdose after taking a prescription painkiller with alcohol, a coroner has ruled.

The 47-year-old director of films such as Factory Girl and the acclaimed Apocalypse Now documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, died suddenly in Denver last month. At the time it was reported that he had suffered a heart attack.

However, the Denver medical examiner's office said yesterday that Hickenlooper, who had been in the city to promote his latest film, died after taking ethanol and oxymorphone, which affected his central nervous system and breathing. The coroner said an autopsy found the director had a "moderately enlarged" heart, which, when combined with his sleep apnea, were "significant contributing factors to death".

Actors such as Kevin Spacey, who stars in Casino Jack, Hickenlooper's final film, expressed their regret following the director's death. »

- Ben Child

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Apocalypse Now: Full Disclosure Edition Blu-Ray Review

22 November 2010 2:00 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Finally, the definitive Apocalypse Now! Francis Ford Coppola’s mess of a masterpiece is one of those films worth poring over, examining and dissecting, and this format and new supplements make for a heady package. Martin Sheen stars as Captain Benjamin Willard, who along with a boatload of soldiers (Albert Hall, Laurence Fishburne, Sam Bottoms, and Fredrick Forrest) traverse Vietnam on the hunt for Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who’s gone native and Willard’s mission states that they don’t really want him bringing Kurtz back alive. Along the way, they meet a number of different people, including Lt. Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), Playboy bunnies (including Colleen Camp), and other assorted characters, more so in the Redux version, which includes the famously deleted French colonists. My review of the Apocalypse Now Full Disclosure edition on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Sheen’s Willard is a mess. Having done his tour of duty, »

- Andre Dellamorte

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The Rise And Fall Of The Hollywood Auteur

21 November 2010 6:23 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part II:  The Producers Take Back The Reins

By the late 1970s, the tremendous creative license the major studios under a new generation of production chiefs had granted the young tyros of the 1960s – Coppola, Scorsese, et al – had expired as each managed to deliver at least one, major, back-breaking flop.  For Scorsese, it had been the grim musical New York, New York (1977, $13.8 million U.S. vs. a budget of $14 million); Peter Bogdanovich turned out a streak of losers including period piece Daisy Miller (1974), comedy Nickelodeon (1976), and another disastrous musical, At Long Last Love (1975, $1.5 million U.S./$6 million cost); after the back-to-back hits of The French Connection and The Exorcist, William Friedkin delivered Sorcerer (1977, $6 million U.S. against a crushing $22 million cost); and Francis Coppola, after a string of commercial and/or critical home runs including The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather Part II (1974), and Apocalypse Now (1979), turned out One from the Heart »

- Bill Mesce

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More Roger Corman Classics Coming Our Way from Shout! Factory

19 November 2010 12:46 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

In 2010 Shout! Factory delivered us stellar editions of some truly classic Roger Corman films. The best part? They have no signs of slowing down in 2011! That's right, kids, five more flicks are on the way on January 18th that are bound to bring a smile to your horror-loving face!

From the Press Release

Roger Corman’S Cult Classics: Sci-fi Classics Triple-feature Collector’S Edition 2-dvd Set

In Attack Of The Crab Monsters, a group of scientists become marooned on an island while investigating the disappearance of researchers who were looking into atomic activity in the Pacific. They quickly fall prey to giant, mutant crustaceans that have the ability to absorb the minds of their prey. Starring Russell Johnson (Gilligan’s Island), Richard Garland and Mel Welles (Little Shop Of Horrors). Attack Of The Crab Monsters is a Roger Corman Production. Produced and directed by Roger Corman; screenplay by Charles B. Griffith. »

- Uncle Creepy

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The Rise And Fall Of the Hollywood Auteur: Part 1

17 November 2010 4:10 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part I:  Super Chiefs — Calley, Evans, Zanuck and the Passing of the Studio Torches

From the 1960s into the 1980s, one by one, the legendary studios of old –  MGM, United Artists, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia, 20th Century Fox — were gobbled up by conglomerates, some of which had had almost no previous interests in the entertainment business, such as Paramount’s acquirer, Gulf + Western (a motley collection of properties ranging from Caribbean sugar companies to auto parts), and Kinney National Service (a hodgepodge of funeral homes and parking lots which bought up Warner Bros.).  This corporatization of the major studios – the once mighty fiefdoms of the old moguls subjugated by invaders with little or no practical or emotional affinity for movies – is often viewed disparagingly as a sea change signaling the end of the grand Old Hollywood; the Hollywood of Gable and Garland, of Casablanca (1942) and Gone with the Wind (1939).

Factually, »

- Bill Mesce

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The Man and His Dream: A Francis Ford Coppola Profile (Part 2)

16 November 2010 11:58 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the second of a five-part feature... read part one here.

“There had been a movie a year or so before The Godfather [1972] based on the novel called the The Brotherhood [1968], starring Kirk Douglas [Paths of Glory],” remembered American director Francis Ford Coppola. “It was a big studio production which was sort of about the Mafia. It was not successful. When The Godfather proposition came out, a lot of people thought, ‘That won’t work.’” Financially broke and faced with being evicted from the offices of his production company American Zoetrope, the filmmaker was approached by Paramount Pictures to helm the cinematic adaptation of the tale authored by Mario Puzo. “I thought, when I read the book, that the story of the brothers and the father and the Mafia was interesting. But it was also a book a about this girl who has extremely large genitalia. »

- flickeringmyth

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Is that who I think it is? The most unlikely cameos in the movies

16 November 2010 12:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bill Clinton's rumoured to have a walk-on part in Hangover 2. He's not the first non-actor to get on to the big screen . . .

According to reports, former Us president Bill Clinton has a walk-on part in Hangover 2, the sequel to last year's unmissable Hangover 1. A chance to recall a few classic movie cameos by non-actors:

Bruce Springsteen in High Fidelity

The Boss sits on a stool, plucks a blues riff and advises hero Rob to bid his past loves farewell and "move on down the road". Sadly, The Boss can't act – not even as himself.

Kurt Vonnegut in Back to School The revered sci-fi author appears at the door, doffs his cap and says: "I'm Kurt Vonnegut. I'm here to see Thornton Mellon." The movie's only classy moment.

Keith Richards in Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End

Keef pops upas Cap'n Jack Sparrow's dad, fires off his pirate pistol, »

- Jon Henley

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Feature: The Top 9 Films of Director Danny Boyle

15 November 2010 9:46 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In various interviews over the years, British filmmaker Danny Boyle has expressed his belief that “your first film is your best film.” It may not be the most technically accomplished or dramatically satisfying work, but it marks a crucial period of freshness and experimentation, as the rookie director becomes acquainted with the creative challenges of feature film production. What makes Boyle such a consistently exciting and vital filmmaker is the fact that he approaches every new film as if it were his first. There are no two films he’s made that share the same genre, the same structure, and the same energy.

He works within genres in order to subvert them, while finding inventive and surprising ways of fusing his artistic sensibilities onto an entirely new cinematic landscape. Occasionally his gambles don’t pay off (“A Life Less Ordinary,” “The Beach”), but most of the time they do in a big way (“Trainspotting, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Governors Awards: The stars come out to honor cinema greats -- and maybe snag an Oscar nod in the process

14 November 2010 2:58 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

If you wanted a preview of what the Governors Ball will look like after the 83rd Annual Academy Awards air on Feb. 27, 2011, you simply needed to score a ticket to last night’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards. Inaugurated last year as a separate ceremony from the Academy Awards, the event is ostensibly designed to celebrate the Honorary Oscar and Irving Thalberg Award honorees in a more thoughtful and meaningful way than a seven minute TV segment. (It also, of course, helps to streamline the infamously bloated Oscar ceremony.) Honorary Oscar winners Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach (pictured, left), and Kevin Brownlow »

- Adam B. Vary

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The Governors Awards: The stars come out to honor cinema greats -- and maybe snag an Oscar nod in the process

14 November 2010 2:58 PM, PST | EW.com - The Movie Critics | See recent EW.com - The Movie Critics news »

If you wanted a preview of what the Governors Ball will look like after the 83rd Annual Academy Awards air on Feb. 27, 2011, you simply needed to score a ticket to last night’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards. Inaugurated last year as a separate ceremony from the Academy Awards, the event is ostensibly designed to celebrate the Honorary Oscar and Irving Thalberg Award honorees in a more thoughtful and meaningful way than a seven minute TV segment. (It also, of course, helps to streamline the infamously bloated Oscar ceremony.) Honorary Oscar winners Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach (pictured, left), and Kevin Brownlow »

- Adam B. Vary

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The Governors Awards: The stars come out to honor cinema greats -- and maybe snag an Oscar nod in the process

14 November 2010 2:58 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

If you wanted a preview of what the Governors Ball will look like after the 83rd Annual Academy Awards air on Feb. 27, 2011, you simply needed to score a ticket to last night’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards. Inaugurated last year as a separate ceremony from the Academy Awards, the event is ostensibly designed to celebrate the Honorary Oscar and Irving Thalberg Award honorees in a more thoughtful and meaningful way than a seven minute TV segment. (It also, of course, helps to streamline the infamously bloated Oscar ceremony.) Honorary Oscar winners Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach (pictured, left), and Kevin Brownlow »

- Adam B. Vary

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Tma’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time

13 November 2010 10:27 AM, PST | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

You will not like something about this list.  In your mind, undeserving inclusions and unthinkable omissions probably abound.  That is as it should be.  Film, for all the scholarship, expertise and pretense that surrounds it, remains, like all art, firmly subjective.  Feel free to tell us what we missed, what we misplaced, or congratulate us on a job well done, if you feel so inclined.  Just remember to keep it clean, civil and respectful.  With that said, these are The Moving Arts Film Journal’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time:

#1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick)

#2. Citizen Kane (1941, Welles)

#3. The Godfather (1972, Coppola)

#4. Andrei Rublev (1966, Tarkovsky)

#5. The Rules of the Game (1939, Renoir)

#6. Casablanca (1942, Curtiz)

#7. Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)

#8. La Dolce Vita (1960, Fellini)

#9. Seven Samurai (1954, Kurosawa)

#10. The Godfather Pt. II (1974, Coppola)

#11. The Third Man (1949, Reed)

#12. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Fleming)

#13. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Kubrick)

#14. Goodfellas (1990, Scorsese)

#15. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972, Herzog)

#16. 8½ (1963, Fellini)

#17. Singin’ In The Rain (1952, Donen, »

- Eric M. Armstrong

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Viva The Nam! A Boozie Movies Review

12 November 2010 10:36 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Listen up, Cheese Dicks, yer gonna love the Nam'!

Viva the Nam may be the greatest satire of the Vietnam War you've never heard before. That is, unless you live in Austin. I was fortunate enough to see this on the large screen at the Alamo Drafthouse last January and even more fortunate to be able to host its Philadelphia premiere next week. And since the film is an almost note perfect parody of Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket, I'd like to set up my review as a parody of an AICN article by prefacing my endorsement of this wonderful film with a long winded, narcissistic, and completely irrelevant personal story. This is really just a bad justification for writing this review drunk.

Anyhow, the Summer/Fall of 1999 was quite possibly the greatest film season of my lifetime.  I was a junior in high school and a film student »

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