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Sigourney Weaver a six-foot-tall cinematic empress with three Academy Award nominations and a host of classic film credits under her belt. Better yet, everyone can agree upon her immense gifts as an actress. If you don't care for sci-fi, you can skip her Ridley Scott works and adore her comic turns. If Melanie Griffith's addiction to shoulder pads isn't your thing, you can skip move right along to Sigourney's starring roles in '90s thrillers. She's been in everything, she can do everything, and now on her 63rd birthday, let's count down what she's done best. Here are her 10 fierecest moments.
10. Sigourney scorches Indonesia in The Year of Living Dangerously
In the grand scheme of exotic Oscar-winning '80s cinema, The Year of Living Dangerously is an under-discussed gem. Though tiny supporting actress Linda Hunt steals the show as male dwarf photographer Billy Kwan, Sigourney is an absolute vision throughout the movie. »
During the first week of August, Sight & Sound organized a poll that dethroned "Citizen Kane" as the best movie ever made. Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" took the title as the Greatest Film ending "Citizen Kane's" long run. (See Dethroned! "Citizen Kane" No Longer Best Movie Ever! Critics, Directors Pick Top 10 Films of All Time!)
Academians, archivists, critics, directors, and distributors all over the world were among the ones invited to participate in the poll. Now, Sight & Sound has revealed the choices made by our favorite directors (via Collider). Here they are (it's interesting to note that among the list of directors below, only Martin Scorsese, David O'Russell, and Sam Mendes picked "Vertigo"):
ITV2 Adds U.S. Drama, Comedies To Lineup The UK’s ITV2 just announced a quartet of acquisitions of U.S. shows. ABC’s new supernatural drama 666 Park Avenue was picked up from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. It stars Terry O’Quinn, Vanessa Williams, Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable and is set in a disturbing NYC building. No date has been set for its UK bow. ITV2 also picked up three comedies for air in 2013: 20th TV’s new sibling laffer Ben And Kate and NBC Universal Television Distribution’s new comedy Animal Practice and returning series Up All Night. Separately, Law & Order: UK has been commissioned for a seventh season by ITV1. Bradley Walsh and Paul Nicolls star in the Kudos Film and Television and Wolf Films production. The channel ordered 8 episodes to start shooting in November. They’ll be produced by Jane Hudson with Kudos’ creative director Jane Featherstone exec producing. »
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Mel Gibson may have his critics but he is, if nothing else, a born survivor. The American-born Australian-raised actor/filmmaker has been a part of the Australian and American film industries for some thirty years. The classically trained actor made an impact on movie audiences in the original Mad Max and cemented his reputation as a movie star with starring roles in two Peter Weir films, Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously . His first attempts at international success met with mixed results despite critical acclaim for The Bounty , The River and Mrs. Soffel , but then came a third "Mad Max" and the first Lethal Weapon and the rest, as they say, is history. He was able to utilize his Hollywood star power to form Icon Productions and transition to »
Trailers from Hell's Dan Ireland follows Josh Olson's take on "Mad Max" with a look at "The Road Warror" (aka "Mad Max 2"). Mad Max returns to his post-apocalyptic junkyard future to scavenge for food and petrol. Warner Bros. gave a big promo push to this improved, retitled sequel (Mad Max 2 in Australia) and turned it into a sizable international success. Most audiences were unaware there had been a previous Mad Max movie. By now Mel Gibson was poised for stardom and went from this into The Year of Living Dangerously. Followed by another sequel in 1985, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. »
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Our forum posters have run down the least deserving performers to take home Oscars in debates over Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress and Best Actor. And they have named the worst of the Best Picture winners. Now, they have turned their attention to the best of the best. They have already dished director, leading lady and leading man to determine who was the most deserving of an Academy Award. Below, read just a sample of their thoughts on the ultimate supporting actress champ. Join in with your opinion as to which featured actress stood out the most. Marcelo My top five: 1. Linda Hunt, "The Year of Living Dangerously" 2. Jane Darwell, "The Grapes of Wrath" 3. Ruth Gordon, "Rosemary´s Baby" 4. Kim Hunter, "A Streetcar Named Desire" 5. Dianne Wiest, "Hannah and Her Sisters Carol Channing My top three: 1. Mo'Niq »
There's only one place for the downward-spiralling, self-imploding star, says former fan John Patterson. Video-on-demand
So this is where it ends for Mel Gibson and the widening gyre of his never-ending slow-motion personal apocalypse: his last movie, The Beaver, was a weird, misfired flop; another project, dealing with the ancient revolutionary Jewish sect the Maccabees, is in turnaround tailspin, after his own writer called him an insincere antisemite and downed tools; he was rudely bounced from the Hangover 2, and his latest completed project, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, directed by his own personal assistant, is due for a video-on-demand only release in the USA – which, on the totem-pole of desirable distribution-outcomes, is just one notch up from a straight-to-airline sale. The UK, meanwhile, is lucky enough to have it in its cinemas.
Fear not, though; amid his great tribulation, Saint Mel need not repine. He coined a billion shekels »
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I'm calling it right now: The "75 Best Supporting Actresses" YouTube video, where a whippersnapper named Matt imitates all 75 winners of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a few minutes, is and will be the best video of 2012 (excepting those wonderful Verbal Vogueing and Weeklings clips, of course). It's a hilarious exhibition of talent, creativity and raw gay nerve. And it validates everyone's obsession with award shows too. Now every Best Supporting Actress from Hattie McDaniel to Jennifer Connelly is immortalized in one flavorful, quirky mix. It's not just entertaining; it's important. Let's bow down.
I caught up with the creator himself, an enigmatic YouTube star who goes by the Twitter handle @Diariesofdoom and prefers to go by just his first name, to talk about his marvelous video. We also spoke about the best Oscar moments, the worst Oscar winners, and the awardees who helped spread his gem on YouTube. »
I've waited a few days to collect my thoughts and weigh in on the most important YouTube video since Corgis Enjoy A Treadmill, so here goes: A fast-yapping vlogger who goes by the name The Doomsday Diaries (and the Twitter handle @Diariesofdoom) zeroed in on The Academy Awards' Best Supporting Actress category -- the greatest Oscar category, by the way -- and toasted it by reenacting scenes/moments from all 75 winning performances since 1936.
Let me be clear: This is a staggering feat. This guy has democratized everyone from Eva Marie Saint and Lila Kedrova to Gale Sondergaard and Helen Hayes in the clippiest, hippest way possible. It's explosive. It's gigantic. It's a pink diamond. And so much of it is amazingly good. It's like a version of "The Snatch Game"from RuPaul's Drag Race, except with dignified actresses up for satire and not, say, Snooki.
I thought we'd have a little debate. »
Trevor Hogg chats with author Serena Formica about her debut book, Peter Weir: A Creative Journey From Australia To Hollywood...
“I am originally from Italy [Rome], where I attended a BA and Ma in Media Studies at the Università Pontificia Salesiana, with a specialization in television production,” states Italian academic Serena Formica. “The Master's covered a variety of subjects, including cinema. I have always been fascinated by the cinema; and I had a particular interest for Classic Hollywood cinema and Italian Neorealism. When the opportunity came to researching film at an academic level, I decided to investigate my favourite director at the time, Alfred Hitchcock. My approach to study Hitchcock was auter-orientated, and I carried out a textual analysis of his most suspenseful films. Researching Hitchcock shifted my interest from television production to film studies, and I was encouraged by my Master's supervisor, Dr. Tadeusz Lewicki, to do a PhD in Film Studies. »
Trevor Hogg reviews Peter Weir: A Creative Journey From Australia To Hollywood by Serena Formica...
Even though Australian filmmaker Peter Weir has been the subject of previous academic studies, Serena Formica admirably attempts to provide a fresh perspective by exploring whether the artistic development and aspirations of Weir enabled him to easily adapt to the demands of Hollywood.
The first section titled Migrations and transnationalism in cinema examines the theory that the growing importance of international financing has resulted in moviemakers shifting from producing cultural stories to those with global appeal; in essence, Hollywood has gone beyond from being a physical place to become a cinematic style. In the following section, Perspectives on Peter Weir, the author casts a highly critical eye towards the analysis put forth by her predecessors. In order for her readers to better understand the environment Weir worked in before moving to Hollywood, Formica details »
Adam Sandler's latest comedy is shallow, scatological, lazy, crass and brazenly commercial. That's not news. But Jack and Jill may also mark something more significant: the moment when cinematic cross-dressing officially stops being funny. Sandler plays both twins of the title, and his Jill is pretty much what you would fear: just a screechingly irritating man in bad drag. Jill pulls lumps of wax out of her ears, leaves big sweaty patches on the bed, and defecates noisily after eating Mexican food. It's funny because it's a woman doing it, you see? If you had to identify the exact second of comic death, it would probably come at the close of a scene in which Jack disguises himself as Jill (so, »
- Steve Rose
Its that time of the year again in when everyone prepares their Oscar predictions, because let’s be honest for a moment – the best part of the Oscars is placing your bets on who’ll win and hopefully walking away from a long and usually boring ceremony with some extra cash in your pocket. This morning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards with no major surprises but instead, a long list of snubs. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is the surprise leader of the 2012 Academy Award nominations with 11 nods, including Best Picture and Best Director. The Artist followed with 10 nominations. Here are my predictions of who I feel will take home gold come Sunday February 26, as well as those films and talent who I believe were snubbed.
Academy Branch Breakdown
Art Directors 374
Film Editors 221
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13 items from 2012
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