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Academy organizes film format series

23 August 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Over three evenings from Sept. 9-11, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a program about motion picture formats titled "Behind the Motion Picture Canvas: Film Formats through the 21st Century."

The program willl include screenings of "Manhattan" on Sept. 10 and "The Black Stallion" on Sept. 11 at the Sameul Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Academy Science and Technology Council member Rob Hummel will host each evening.

Filmmakers will discuss how film formats shape creative decisions, the technical constraints and the artistic opportunities that accompany the choice of format. The program also will examine the role that emerging technology has played in the evolution of film formats, and how the technical choices made by Thomas Edison and William Dickson at the dawn of the film era continue to influence movies today.

Woody Allen's "Manhattan" was filmed in Panavision with Eastman B&W negative. It was released in »

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Joaquin Phoenix Makes Awkward Appearance on Letterman

12 February 2009 8:40 AM, PST | | See recent news »

He's insisted his new look and career goals are no hoax, but a shaggy and soft-spoken Joaquin Phoenix seemed like the only one in on a private joke during an awkward appearance on Wednesday's Late Show. In New York to promote Two Lovers, costarring Gwyneth Paltrow, the actor offered minimal responses as he chomped on gum during host David Letterman's goading questions. The elliptical exchange drew lots of laughter from the audience – and a few vague smiles behind dark sunglasses from the star himself as Phoenix kept up the act. "I don't know what will happen," Phoenix mumbled when »

- Natasha Stoynoff

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The Ultimate Guide to TCM's 31 Days of Oscar Begins Here

31 January 2009 5:56 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

From this Sunday, February 1 through Tuesday, March 3 Turner Classic Movies (TCM) begins their annual 31 Days of Oscar, which brings you night after night of Oscar winning and nominated films uncut and commercial free on TCM and I have put together for you a mini guide for films to look for each day so you can either sit down and enjoy them as they play or set your DVR to record them for later. Either way, this is a great way to knock off so many of those classic films from your must see list. First, how about the TCM video montage preview. Can you name the films?

Now, for the full schedule you can click here to download the Pdf or you can browse TCM's online calendar at the 31 Days of Oscar official site. Because one thing is for sure, even though I list films for every single day below »

- Brad Brevet

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Don’t Call it a Comeback -- Dellamorte reviews Vicky Christina Barcelona

20 January 2009 | | See recent news »

Woody Allen has been making films for forty years now. Forty years, with forty feature length films to his credit if you include What’s Up Tiger Lily? That’s a lot of movies. And it’s understandable that if he makes some bad movies (which he has throughout his career) and then makes a great film (which he’s made a ton of). It’s Woody, so let’s say Sleeper, Love and Death, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cario, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Husbands and Wives, Bullets Over Broadway, Deconstructing Harry, Match Point. Twelve great films. And that’s not including his merely good films. As a batting average that’s pretty great. So add another one to the fire, because Vicky Cristina Barcelona is one of his great ones. Rebecca Hall plays Vicky, Scarlet Johansson plays Cristina. Vicky is about to »

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Outstanding Performance by a Male actor in a Leading Role

15 January 2009 12:59 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Richard Jenkins, The Visitor -- Good things come to those who wait. And wait. At 61, the veteran actor with more than 80 screen credits finally got a great leading role. "I've been waiting my entire professional life for this experience," he told Back Stage. We’ve been impatiently waiting along with him. After years in supporting parts -- the stiff FBI agent in Flirting With Disaster, the deceased father on Six Feet Under -- Richard Jenkins finally stepped into the top-billed slot. In Thomas McCarthy's The Visitor, the actor plays a lonesome, uptight professor, just ripe for filmic picking. Forced to attend a desiccating conference in Manhattan, Walter Vale pays a long-delayed visit to his pied-à-terre in the city and finds a young immigrant couple (Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira) squatting there. That great social lubricant, music, provides an entrée to Vale's soul, as Tarek (Sleiman) uninhibitedly drums his addictive rhythms in the tiny, »

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