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Jedi, goofy flight attendants, a possessed young girl, and two journalists on the brink of discovery are among the characters to be honored for film preservation. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has named 25 motion pictures to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
Among the films to be preserved are George Lucas' "Return of the Jedi," "Airplane," William Friedkin's "The Exorcist," and Alan J. Pakula's "All The President's Men." This year.s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 550.
Each year, the Librarian of Congress, under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, to be preserved for all time. In other words, these films are certainly not the "best" (but we can argue that each movie truly represented high quality) but they are works of art »
For three years Robert Townsend has been working as one of the more prolific and successful web series directors around, trying to do good with a number of projects with socially progressive non-profit One Economy. With over 30 years in the industry, Townsend is an understated but respected player in black Hollywood. Perhaps best known for his sitcom The Parent ’Hood and film Meteor Man – at least to me! – Townsend continues to work, making documentaries and films, most recently directing and producing a number of successful web series, including Diary of a Single Mom and the upcoming Los Americans. “It’s for the web but we’re trying something different,” Townsend said in an interview. For Townsend, these series, targeted at multicultural audiences, are not just a job but a philosophy. Diary, whose third season premiered last week, tells the story of a single mother, Ocean (Monica Calhoun, The Best Man, »
- Aymar Jean Christian
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the fourth of a five-part feature... read parts one, two and three.
“[Preston Tucker] developed plans for a car way ahead of its time in terms of engineering; yet the auto industry at large stubbornly resisted his innovative ideas,” remarked moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola who wanted to do a musical on the life and times of the post-World War II maverick car designer with Leonard Bernstein composing the music. The project was stalled with the financial collapse of Coppola’s studio. “I thought it was the best project Francis had ever been involved with,” stated filmmaker George Lucas (American Graffiti). “No studio in town would touch it; they all said it was too expensive. They all wanted $15 million Three Men and a Baby  movies or Crocodile Dundee, Part 73 sequels.” Lucas agreed to provide the funding for the $24 million budget which »
Wannabe chef Lou Diamond Phillips is set to take his culinary skills to reality TV - he's developing a new cooking show with his partner.
The La Bamba star regularly tweets his favourite recipes to followers online and now he's hoping to bring his hobby to TV.
He tells WENN, "I have judged on (cooking show) Iron Chef a couple of times and I'm actually developing a show for me and my wife, Yvonne, who is a make-up artist... It was her idea.
"It's a reality cooking show which will be a lot of fun. It's still in the works and would bring together a lot of different passions of ours. I love to cook and I'm a co-owner of a restaurant in Manhattan, The Tribeca Grill. I've been a big foodie for a long time."
And he hopes to kick off the new venture by cooking up his favourite dish for the cameras: "My signature dish is my ribs. I grew up in Texas and I love to grill and so over the years I've developed my own rib recipe.
"They tend to be pretty kick a** and they leave an impression! I marinate them and do a little something, something and add a lot of love and they end up being pretty tender. They're always a hit." »
Taylor Hackford’s new film, Love Ranch, has everything – sex, boxing, love and murder. Loosely inspired by the notorious Mustang Ranch, the bittersweet love story written by journalist Mark Jacobson turns explosive when larger than life personalities living on the edge are caught up in a romantic triangle. Set in the late 1970s, Love Ranch stars Academy Award winners Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci as Grace and Charlie Bontempo, the husband and wife team who own and run Nevada’s first legalized brothel. The film also features up-and-coming Spanish actor Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Armando Bruza, a husky, world famous heavy weight boxer from South America who is brought to the Ranch to train.
We sat down with Taylor at a round table interview in Los Angeles to talk about his new film. He told us why he had an immediate connection to the material, what it was like directing his wife, »
- Sheila Roberts
Lights! Camera! Action! It was "Movie Night" on Monday's "Dancing with the Stars," and the celebs performed their favorite music from the big screen to the best of their abilities. But were the judges impressed? Get the detailed recap! First out of the gate, "The Insider"'s own Niecy Nash and pro partner Louis van Amstel performed the jive to "La Bamba" from the Lou Diamond Phillips movie of the same name, and the dance ended with a big red lip-smack to judge Len Goodman's forehead. "You got your personality into the dance, which was great," said Len. Bruno Tonioli also appreciated their enthusiasm, but warned, "This dance has to be accurate, sharp and precise." And Carrie Ann Inaba smiled, "There is no doubt about it, you are the shimmy queen. ... It was so nice to see you back having fun again on the dance floor." When it came to the score, »
Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.
Jaime Escalante, 79, passed away yesterday afternoon at his son's home in Roseville, CA. The legendary schoolteacher is notable for his accomplishments at East La's Garfield High School, a story which was related in the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver," starring Edward James Olmos in the Escalante role. It's a movie that has long been a staple in middle school and high school classrooms, the sort of thing that math teachers love to have substitutes screen when they're out. »
- Adam Rosenberg
Welcome back to a supersized, Ed-was-snowed-in-and-watched-a-lot-of-web-video edition of Afternoon Meme. I'd like to thank Dennis Ayers for our new logos, and the ability to change them with my mood.
I have no interest in the next animated movie (training a dragon? seriously?) coming out, so I'm going to jump straight to the teaser trailer for Despicable Me, which has a delightfully goofy villain, but even better, he has minions. I've always wanted to be a super villain, not because I want to take over the work (well, not only), but because I want minions. Such a great concept, and an even better word.
The international trailer for Toy Story 3 has some additional footage, and most of it is of Ken, including a costume change and a great line.
Defendor is another super hero without super powers movie, like a Batman without billions of dollars. It's also not quite as »
Occasionally adopting the same disappointed-dad tone that he also turns on the wannabe good lifers in My Dream Farm, Monty Don presents a series on traditional crafts. He begins with the work of the bodger, which turns out to have nothing to do with Sunday afternoon Diy. Rather, it's the skill of making furniture from recently felled trees. As a trio of volunteers discover under the tutelage of green-wood expert Guy Mallinson, it's unforgiving work that requires deep concentration.
Latin Music USA
In the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, one of those who also perished, Ritchie Valens of La Bamba fame, was travelling under an assumed moniker. To hide his Mexican roots, 17-year-old Richard Valenzuela had changed his name. Down the years, it's become easier for Chicano rockers to make their way without such compromises, »
- Jonathan Wright, Richard Vine, Andrew Mueller
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