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Watch: Robert Downey Jr. Needs To Save Robert Duvall In 2 New Trailers For 'The Judge'

11 September 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The phrase "they don't make 'em like this anymore" can be taken two ways. When a movie works as an effective throwback to a style in which Hollywood used to excel, it can be a welcome pleasure. When it doesn't work, you get a movie like "The Judge" (read our review), a slickly produced dramedy encompassing all of the necessary elements as such, but defined by a manufactured core that seems calculated to attract awards attention and audience sympathy. And the two new international trailers for the movie below certainly aren't subtle. Robert Downey Jr. leads the movie as Hank Palmer, a big city defense attorney who returns to his tiny hometown for the funeral of this mother. But when his father, a judge, is accused of murder, Hank stays to defend him, and he's forced to confront personal and emotional pain from his past. As we wrote in our review, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Best Film of 1989 That Wasn't

25 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn here to discuss a lil something from 1989, but first a divergence to the modern day.

Last night’s MTV Video Music Awards were like stepping into a pop culture gulag. It’s easy to get misty-eyed thinking about Vma ceremonies of years past, when the network actually showed music videos and the form felt truly like art. Despite being aware of last night’s winner, “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus the icky Terry Richardson, I don’t claim to have near enough knowledge of modern music videos to truly complain. It does seem harder to imagine Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, or Pearl Jam winning these days though, doesn’t it? Are there brilliant works that just aren’t being recognized?

It’s been some time since videos were genuine pop culture moments and the internet certainly doesn’t help. Beyoncé appears to be the only one who’s been »

- Glenn Dunks

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Doctor Who: Capaldi's wiser, older Time Lord cuts through the hype

23 August 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In this opener, the actor absolutely failed to nail the character completely, which bodes well for the rest of the series

The first Doctor ever to have won an Oscar. Also, if not the first televised human-lizard kiss, then certainly the first televised human-lizard lesbian one. (We have, in 51 years of Doctor Who, come a long way, children.) Also, if I'm not much mistaken, the first Saturday-night primetime viewing to centre wholly on the ambience of a very specific late-1970s Ayrshire family restaurant with which writer Steven Moffat and, chances are, star Peter Capaldi must have been miserably acquainted.

Goodness, but there were many firsts to last night's opening of the new season, including the first outing for the Doctor's 12th regenerated but older visage, and a happy smattering of seconds second spectacular immolation of time-travelling dinosaur in Victorian London to enable harvesting of said sauron's optic nerve by mutant clockwork alien dimwits (yawn, »

- Euan Ferguson

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‘Paper Planes’ Wins Australia’s Richest Film Prize at CinefestOz

23 August 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Busselton, West Australia – Robert Connolly’s “Paper Planes” claimed the richest festival award in Australia on Saturday (Aug. 23, 2014).

The film was named as the winner of the first prize at the CinefestOZ festival (Aug. 20-24), in Busselton, West Australia, where the state’s Royalties For Regions program has put up a A$100,000 (Us$92,000) award.

The film, which stars Sam Worthington (“Avatar”), is a crowd-pleasing piece of family entertainment about an imaginative young boy who dreams of taking part in the world paper plane making championships in Japan.

“I made this film for my owns kids,” said Connolly (“The Turning,” “These Final Hours.” “If we don’t make films for our our kids, how should we convince them to watch Australian films in later life.”

It beat competition from the Matthew Saville-directed “Felony,” Stephen-Lance-directed “My Mistress,” Julian Avery-directed and Ewan McGregor-starring “Son of a Gun,” John V. Soto’s “The Reckoning, »

- Patrick Frater

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'Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking,' TCM's Doc on Top Hollywood Producer Richard D. Zanuck, Heads to DVD

20 August 2014 10:49 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A must-see for students of Hollywood and would-be producers, Laurent Bouzereau’s inside-the-movie-biz documentary “Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck,” will be released on DVD this September, via Turner Classic Movies. Zanuck, the son of legendary 20th Century Fox co-founder and executive Darryl F. Zanuck, produced his first film, “Compulsion,” before he turned 25. He became president of a struggling Fox a few years later, only to be fired by his father, which led the younger Zanuck to jump to rival Warner Bros. as Executive Vice President. Richard Zanuck was the subject early in his career of one of the best Hollywood books ever written, John Gregory Dunne's "The Studio." (Read Anne Thompson's New York Times interview with Zanuck here.)  Richard Zanuck later joined with the late David Brown to produce many of Steven Spielberg’s early movies, such as “The Sugarland Express” and “Jaws, »

- Jacob Combs

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Meet This Month's "Smackdown" Panelists

18 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '89 arrives on Sunday August 31st, two weeks from now. We'll be celebrating 1989 here and there until then as "the year of the month". You need to get your votes in, too, (instructions at the end of the post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started and here's last month's entry on 1973 with its companion podcast. The year in question this time is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

no, these ladies are not the panelists

The Smackdown Panel for August

Without further ado let's meet the voices who will be watching and discussing the '89 hits Steel Magnolias and Parenthood. They'll also be sounding off on the Oscar-winning bio My Left Foot and the underseen actressy curio Enemies: A Love Story. Stay tuned.

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Kevin B Lee

Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, film critic and »

- NATHANIEL R

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Slideshow: Morgan Freeman Honored by Gene Siskel Film Center

8 July 2014 5:25 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Previous | Image 1 of 4 | Next Morgan Freeman honored by the Gene Siskel Film Center, June 7th, 2014.

Chicago – The sonorous and familiar voice of Morgan Freeman was in Chicago on June 7th, 2014, as the Gene Siskel Film Center presented “A Candid Conversation with Morgan Freeman” to benefit the theater. The event, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, raised more than $350,000 for the Film Center’s programming budget.

The Academy Award winning actor – for “Million Dollar Baby” – is well known for his authoritative narrative voice and heroic presence in films such as “The Shawshank Redemption”, ”Deep Impact,” “Unforgiven,” “Seven,” “The Dark Knight” and “Last Vegas.” He began his career on stage and on the 1970s PBS TV show, “Electric Company,” and has built his resume after his 1989 roles in “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Glory.” He even recently had an animation voiceover role in “The Lego Movie.”

Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was at the Red Carpet before the “Conversation, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Zurich Film Festival to Honor Composer Hans Zimmer

1 July 2014 5:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Munich — The Zurich Film Festival is to honor composer Hans Zimmer with a special lifetime award.

The award will be presented on Oct. 1 at the Tonhalle Zurich at a ceremony that will feature excerpts from some of Zimmer’s scores, such as those for “The Lion King” and “Gladiator.”

German-born Zimmer has scored more than 100 films, which have, combined, grossed over $22 billion at the box office. He has won an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, three Grammys and a Tony. He received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Some of his most recent works include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “12 Years a Slave,” Ron Howard’s “Rush,” Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” the Christopher Nolan-directed films “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” and Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”

Some of Zimmer’s most notable works include “Rain Main,” “Driving Miss Daisy, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Barack Obama, John Singleton and the Academy toast 'Do the Right Thing'

28 June 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yes, another day, another anniversary. But this one is quite noteworthy. Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" turns 25 on Monday. It is a film I first saw when I was young, but I wasn't at all ready for it. I saw it again in film school and noticed I had grown with it, but it still whipped up complex feelings (as only the best films can). I've revisited it a number of times over the years and come to cherish it as one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever conjured, but the Academy frankly seemed like it was holding its nose just to give it the two nominations it received a quarter century ago. Kim Basinger had the right idea when the night of the Oscars came. "The best film of the year is not even nominated [for Best Picture] and it's 'Do the Right Thing,'" the "Batman" star said, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Throwback Thursday Fyc: Do The Right Thing (1989)

26 June 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Could you imagine if this had actually happened in multiple categories including Best Picture, instead of Oscar embracing Driving Miss Daisy's retrograde race relations?

Imagine the 1989 Oscars with 'Spike Lee Joint' fever instead of a just two nominations (Supporting Actor and Screenplay) because they had to give it up somewhere for the critical darling. 

Imagine Rosie Perez dancing furiously to all the Best Original Song nominees !!! Fight the power, Rosie.

Think of the after-effects with Hollywood's most coveted prize going to a black film twenty-four years before 12 Years a Slave (2013).

See Malcolm X ride high in 1992 due to Spike Lee momentum and Denzel Washington clearing Oscar #2 long before Training Day and blocking Al Pacino's "hoo-ah"! (Pfeiffer would also have an Oscar, come to think of it)

Kim Basinger wouldn't have had any snub to get all righteously indignant about as she introduced one of the Best Picture nominees. Or »

- NATHANIEL R

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Tony Goldwyn, Rob Ashford Push ‘Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil’ Closer To Broadway

23 June 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: The long-aborning musical adaptation of John Berendt’s Georgia-drenched best-seller Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil moved closer to reality with a reading last week overseen by Rob Ashford and cast that included Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Leslie Uggams, Peter Cincotti, Jessica Molaskey, Michael Park and Jake Robinson (The Carrie Diaries, upcoming in HBO’s The Leftovers and NBC’s Odyssey). Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) is the writer; composer and sound designer Mark Bennett is overseeing the the score, which will use standards and lesser-known songs from the American songbook, notably from such Johnny Mercer-lyrics as “In The Cool Cool Cool Of The Evening” […] »

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Anthony Goldschmidt, Iconic Movie Poster Designer, Dead at 71

20 June 2014 7:22 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Anthony Goldschmidt, a graphic designer who founded Intralink Film Graphic Design and was instrumental in some of the most iconic movie posters of the last forty years, has died. He was 71. Goldschmidt died this past Tuesday in Los Angeles of liver cancer, according to industry colleagues. Goldschmidt received an Award for Distinction from his undergraduate alma mater, Washington University, in 2012. That same year, he worked on the design for the 84th Academy Awards poster, featuring classic movie posters from “Gone With the Wind,” “Casablanca,” “Giant,” “The Sound of Music,” “The Godfather,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Forrest Gump,” and “Gladiator,” »

- Jason Hughes

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Fight the Power: Spike Lee on 'Do the Right Thing'

20 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Twenty-five years ago this month, Spike Lee released his third feature film and, inarguably, his greatest joint: Do the Right Thing, the story of  tensions between the local residents and an Italian-American family in the black neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, on the hottest day of the summer. The film was a trenchant exploration of the racial politics of New York City at the time, from incendiary trash-talking to police violence and an ensuing riot — even extending to the graffiti on the wall reading "Tawana Told The Truth." (Tawana Brawley »

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James Earl Jones Will Not Return for Any Future 'Star Wars' Projects

4 June 2014 6:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While its entirely possible that we haven't seen the last of Darth Vader, especially with his shadow looming large over a small band of freedom fighters in the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, James Earl Jones, the man behind the voice of this iconic sci-fi villain, claims he is done with the character.

Talking with Variety in support of the filmed release of the Driving Miss Daisy stage revival, James Earl Jones had this to say about returning to that galaxy far, far away.

"Oh no. I've got no illusions that I will or even hankerings to be in them, but I'm very proud to have been part of the original."

Will he at least see the new Star Wars: Episode VII?

"Perhaps. I have no idea where they'll go with it, but I hope they sustain the success of the first ones and do it well."

Its well »

- MovieWeb

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James Earl Jones on ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ ‘Star Wars’ Sequels and Politics

1 June 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mention James Earl Jones and the actor’s dramatic baritone instantly begins resonating in the mind.

It’s a voice that announced it was CNN the world was watching, taught “The Lion King’s” Simba about the circle of life, and revealed to Luke Skywalker that his greatest enemy was also his father. Its richness and power have made kings and dark lords a natural fit for the 83-year old actor.

Audiences will see another side of Jones next week with the release of “Driving Miss Daisy,” a filmed version of an acclaimed revival of the stage play, which hits 500 movie theaters nationwide from June 4-10. In it, Jones plays Hoke, the illiterate and genial chauffeur of a prickly Southern widow (Angela Lansbury). The funny, loose performance is 180-degrees removed from Darth Vader.

In honor of its release, Variety spoke with Jones about how growing up with a stutter prepared him to play Hoke, »

- Brent Lang

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Hans Zimmer Live: Composer Breaks Out With Performing Career

7 May 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Last month’s unexpected appearance by Hans Zimmer conducting an all-female string section behind Pharrell Williams on “Saturday Night Live,” it turns out, was just the beginning of Zimmer’s newfound performing career.

On July 18, he will join several other composers on stage at the Hollywood Bowl for “DreamWorks Animation in Concert,” celebrating the studio’s 20th anniversary, with host Jack Black and Zimmer’s fellow composers including Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell.

But the big one, he revealed to Variety, will be Oct. 10-11 in London (venue still to be announced) when Zimmer performs many of his movie hits with an orchestra and a pop band. Plans are still sketchy. “I’m still trying to hunt down the idea,” he admits.

“It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do,” he says, despite having what he calls “really bad stage fright. If I don’t do it now, »

- Jon Burlingame

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20 Billion-Dollar Composer: For Hans Zimmer, ‘The Real Risk Is Playing It Safe’

7 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Composer Hans Zimmer — the first creative to raise Variety’s Billion-Dollar milestone 20-fold since the series was introduced in 1993 — likes to take chances.

Who else would have:

» Recorded a London brass section, electronically processed their sounds, then played them back through speakers placed in the studio’s stairwells for an even stranger soundscape in “Inception”?

» Solicited choral contributions from fans via the Internet to create a 100,000-voice chant that would eventually appear in “The Dark Knight Rises”?

» Traveled to Eastern Europe to record Roma gypsy violinists and accordionists to incorporate into his music for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”?

» Defied comicbook, heroic-music tradition by creating “drum circles” of renowned percussionists creating grooves that he could then employ in his “Man of Steel” score?

» Recruited South African singer Lebo M. to create authentic-sounding choral chants for “The Lion King,” Australian singer Lisa Gerrard to compose and perform the haunting vocals of “Gladiator, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Ebertfest 2014: Day Three contemplates othering and violence

26 April 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Day Three of Ebertfest began much like Day Two, with panels at the Illini Union, the first titled “Remembering Roger Ebert” and the second “Film & Cultural Politics”. The former was an hour-long opportunity for the panelists (critics and Far-Flung Correspondents) and the audience to share their memories of and experiences with Ebert and express what he meant to them. Everyone had lovely, very personal stories to tell and the sense of loss, but more importantly love, was palpable in the room.

Krishna Shenoi relayed how he first got to know Ebert, through an out-of-the-blue comment at his blog Shenoi assumed was a prank, and how Ebert’s encouragement prompted his parents to support his decision to enter film school. Matt Zoller Seitz talked about his friendly rivalry with Ebert, as they tried to one-up each other with their discoveries of up and coming bloggers from around the world, Jana Monji »

- Kate Kulzick

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Driving Miss Daisy gets event release

14 April 2014 3:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Event screening for stage adaptation to screen at over 300 screens across the UK, followed by live Q&A with star Angela Lansbury.

As a result of strong demand for tickets at the BFI Southbank, Omniverse Vision has announced a special one-off screening of Driving Miss Daisy: The Play.

Starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, the stage adaptation will be broadcast via satellite to over 300 cinemas across the UK on May 25 and followed by a live Q&A with Lansbury, hosted at the BFI Southbank.

Grant Calton, Omniverse Vision CEO, commented: “We are hugely excited to be working with someone of Ms Lansbury’s stature and on such a fantastic project. This is a real landmark for the event cinema industry.” »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Event release for Driving Miss Daisy

14 April 2014 3:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Event screening for stage adaptation to screen at over 300 screens across the UK, followed by live Q&A with star Angela Lansbury.

As a result of strong demand for tickets at the BFI Southbank, Omniverse Vision has announced a special one-off screening of Driving Miss Daisy: The Play.

Starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, the stage adaptation will be broadcast via satellite to over 300 cinemas across the UK on May 25 and followed by a live Q&A with Lansbury, hosted at the BFI Southbank.

Grant Calton, Omniverse Vision CEO, commented: “We are hugely excited to be working with someone of Ms Lansbury’s stature and on such a fantastic project. This is a real landmark for the event cinema industry.” »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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