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Annie Hall 2? The Godfather IV? Do the Right Thing 2? According to signs posted around New York City right now, these sequels are all being made as we speak! Ah, but there's a catch. A couple of local pranksters are currently taking advantage of the typical "No Parking" sign signaling a movie or television production has taken over a street or neighborhood by posting fake signs for horrible movie sequels that do not exist. No, Woody Allen is not making an Annie Hall sequel anytime soon. Thank god. Jason Eppink and Mike Lacher -- who once created a fake "tourist lane" on the streets of New York (pictured below) -- are the ones behind the prank, which has apparently taken on a life of its own since, according to...
- Erik Davis
This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s Michelle McCue, Jim Batts and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review Hotel Transylvania 2, The Green Inferno, The Intern, Sleeping With Other People, Stonewall, Coming Home and The Martian. We’ll also preview Sacario and The Walk. We’ll discuss Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, in advance of local screenings of both of those films this week . We Are Movie Geeks The Show is a weekly podcast and can be heard streaming at ONStl.com Online Radio.
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- Movie Geeks
“Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love, is finished. But hold on, stop the presses, the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that’s right. Ooh, it’s a devastating right and Hate is hurt, he’s down. Left-Hand Hate KOed by Love!”
The next two Sundays, two of my favorite movies about the black experience will be showing at The Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Blvd, St. »
- Tom Stockman
Well, we’re past the Summer blockbusters and heading right into the serious, somber cinema season, that time when the studios dream of top ten lists and Oscar gold. What better way to make those award fantasies come true than to hop in the movie “way-back” time machine and witness a most historic birth. But we’re not looking back on the birth of a person, rather the birth of a movement, a concentrated effort to effect change for a minority. Almost a year ago, we saw the civil rights movement take root in the acclaimed Selma. And in a few weeks, we’ll see the story of how the women’s equality movement began in Suffragette. So, now the movies offer up a look at a true flash point in the struggle of the Lgbt community for justice, specifically the 1969 riot at the NYC nightspot called Stonewall. So, what »
- Jim Batts
Recently celebrating its 25th anniversary, after Spike Lee and cast revisited Do the Right Thing, we now have another look at the director’s classic drama. The late St. Clair Bourne’s documentary on Lee’s critically acclaimed film is a modest, but thought provoking look at the production itself. The documentary follows the cast and crew of the film, […] »
- TFS Staff
Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis will produce the 7th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. The news arrives on the heels of yesterday's announcement that David Hill and Reginald Hudlin will produce the 2016 Oscar show. Lynn and Curtis are partners at their Mockingbird Pictures, which has produced films including “Last Days in the Desert,” “5 to 7,” “The Face of Love,” “Albert Nobbs" and the upcoming "The Sweet Life." Read More: Academy Governors Do the Right Thing For the last two years, Lynn has served as producer of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read with director Rodrigo Garcia. Before joining Lynn at Mockingbird, Curtis spent 15 years with Steven Spielberg, producing such films as “Minority Report” and “AI,” as well as co-producing “Saving Private Ryan.” As previously announced, the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
As Toh! predicted, last year's Governors Awards producer Reginald Hudlin is one of the 2016 Oscar producers. There are two: he is joined by Emmy-winning Australian Sky and Fox Sports maverick David Hill; it's their first involvement with the Academy Awards show airing live on ABC on Sunday, February 26, 2016. Under president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy is making sure that the 88th telecast will be a diverse one. Hill, formerly the senior executive vice president of 21st Century Fox, and Hudlin, Oscar-nominated producer on "Django Unchained," will have many elements to contend with in the footsteps of last year's showrunners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, including the length of the show, tech and Governors Awards recaps and the various musical segues and monologues. Read More: The Academy Governors Do the Right Thing Here are full bios for the producers: An executive with the Fox group of companies for more than 25 years, »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Director’s snub for 1989 film about racial tension in Brooklyn is considered by some to be one of the most glaring in Academy history
Spike Lee, the American director whose 1989 film Do the Right Thing was famously snubbed by the Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences more than a quarter of a century ago, is to receive an honorary Oscar for his contributions to film-making.
Lee joins fellow honoree Gena Rowlands, known for her 1960s, 70s and 80s films with director husband John Cassavetes, who has twice been nominated for the Academy award for best actress but each time failed to take home the prize. Both will receive their statuettes at the Academy’s annual governors awards on 14 November at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles.
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- Ben Child
The nominations for the upcoming 88th Academy Awards ceremony won’t be revealed until January but yesterday the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences officially announced their honorary award winners with director Spike Lee being one of the big names on the list.
The honorary awards – which will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governor’s Awards on November 14 – are given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service…”
What’s interesting about this one is that the Do The Right Thing director has openly criticised the Academy in the past claiming that “[Oscars] don’t matter” after being snubbed for Best Picture in 1989 in favour of Driving Miss Daisy. Lee’s debut feature won the Student Academy Award back in 1983 and Do The Right Thing earned him a Best Original Screenplay nomination but »
- Gavin Logan
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds.
All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”
Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won »
- Michelle McCue
It may come as a surprise to some that Spike Lee, despite a 30-year-long career as a filmmaker, and over 20 feature films, has never won an Academy Award (unless you count the Student Academy Award he received in 1983 for his Nyu thesis film, "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads). Since then, he's been nominated twice: in 1990, for Best Screenplay, for "Do the Right Thing" (also Danny Aiello was nominated for Best Supporting Actor); and in 1998 for Best Documentary, for "4 Little Girls." That's it! And he didn't win either one, despite arguments that can be (and have been) made for a small handful of other films he wrote and directed that »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pay tribute to these three influential cinema icons by giving them Academy Honorary Awards later this year.
A ceremony will be held in their honour at Hollywood's Grand Ballroom as part of the seventh annual Governors Awards on November 14.
Filmmaker Lee has received two Oscar nominations in the past, for Best Original Screenplay in 1990 for Do the Right Thing and Best Documentary in 1998 for 4 Little Girls.
Reynolds became one of the enduring stars of »
With two Oscar nominations under his belt (Best Original Screenplay for "Do The Right Thing" and Best Documentary Feature for "4 Little Girls"), plus a career that's still moving at a steady clip, it seems a little strange that 58 year-old Spike Lee will be getting an Honorary Oscar. Usually reserved for cinematic artists whose spotlight has faded a bit or whom the Academy has previously overlooked, an award as such will be handed to Lee and a couple of other legends. Read More: "F*ck 'Em": Spike Lee Reacts To Oscar Snubs for 'Selma' Gena Rowlands (a two-time Best Actress nominee for "Gloria" and "A Woman Under The Influence") and Debbie Reynolds (a best Actress nominee for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown") will join Lee at the Governors Awards, where they will be toasted with their honorary Oscars, with the latter receiving Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts. There's no doubt this trio are. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.” Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student Academy Award® in »
Throughout a very prolific and sometimes uneven career as an incredibly notable genre filmmaker, Wes Craven’s aesthetic often grapples with issues of revenge and adolescence, having given birth to the iconic The Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises, both series exploring notions of metatextual reinvention. Cutting his teeth with grindhouse horror titles that have since been re-made, many of his more obscure offerings have languished in the critical realm of inconsequential desolation. But it’s his 1991 offering The People Under the Stairs which is worthy of reappraisal, arguably the filmmaker’s best and most bizarre work. Campy, hysterical, creepy, and replete with a socially conscious message, it’s an early 90s cult classic that retains its power to delight and weird out.
Poindexter, aka Fool (Brandon Quintin Adams) as his older tarot card toting sister Ruby (Kelly Jo Minter) calls him, has just learned they’re behind on rent three days. »
- Nicholas Bell
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The Set-up | Set in Los Angeles in the early days of the zombie outbreak with which The Walking Dead has made us so familiar, Fear focuses on the dysfunctional family that single mom Madison Clark (Dickens), a high school guidance counselor, and divorced dad Travis Manawa (Curtis), an English teacher, are desperately trying — and spectacularly failing — to blend. »
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
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