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image via FangoriaTeam Experience is revisiting 1991's Best Picture, Silence of the Lambs for its 25th anniversary.
In Pt 1 We met Clarice and Hannibal and heard about the horrifying Buffalo Bill case.
In Pt 2 The FBI's investigation picked up steam with the discovery of another victim and The Death's Head Moth. Finally, we met Buffalo Bill and his latest victim Catherine, now "the girl in the pit." When we left her she was a disembodied voice shouting for help. Why won't you answer me please?
Answers are coming but not without a price.
Pt 3 by Nathaniel R
00:49:50 A smartly judged sharp cut takes us from the dark abyss of Bill's pit to the brightly lit FBI training facility. It's like blinking from too much sun when you leave a movie theater in the middle of the day. Though Silence of the Lambs deals with gruesomely complex psychology its »
- NATHANIEL R
Team Experience is revisiting 1991's Best Picture, Silence of the Lambs for its 25th anniversary. In Pt 1 we met our protagonist FBI student Clarice Starling, given an errand by her boss to question serial killer Hannibal the Cannibal in hopes of gaining insight into a new case, a killer named "Buffalo Bill". We begin where Kieran left us with our intrepid heroine, Clarice Starling, sliding herself narrowly into an ominous storage facility thanks to a lead (of sorts) from Hannibal Lecter.
Let’s see what she finds inside, shall we?
Pt 2 by Angelica Jade Bastién
00:24:43 A bloody cut from some rotten wood will be the least of Clarice’s problems
00:25:35 Creepiest storage facility ever, right? Thus far we’ve seen disparate parts from pale mannequins, a taxidermy owl suspended mid flight, and other odd oddities covered in dust.
00:26:05 The fear and curiosity on Clarice’s face is palpable. »
- Angelica Jade Bastién
“Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t Lose.” It was five years ago today that Friday Night Lights fans said goodbye to Coach Taylor, Tami, Julie, Matt, Riggins, and the rest of the residents of Dillion, TX they had grown to love. On February 9, 2011 the series finale aired on DirecTV’s 101 Network. A re-broadcast of the fifth and final season aired a few months later on NBC (where the show debuted in 2006). NBC had cut that deal with DirecTV for the final three seasons of the show because it never gained a large audience. But it was hailed by critics and had a strong devotion from its small following. Celebrating 10 years since Fnl’s premiere, some cast members of the show are set for a reunion at Atx Fest this June. Other notable February 9 happenings in pop culture history: • 1953: The Adventures of Superman first aired in Los Angeles (a syndicated »
- Emily Rome
Plenty of blockbusters and classic sci-fi movies have gotten the collectible artwork treatment from Mondo, Gallery 1988 and more, but the modern classic Silence of the Lambs has rarely been afforded such a tribute. Previously, Mondo had Caesar Moreno create a couple of pieces, and Ken Taylor crafted one a little while back as well. […]
The post Cool Stuff: ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Gets a Gorgeous Print from Grey Matter Art appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Under the headline “Why 'Fury Road' deserves the Best Picture Oscar,” Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd attempts to counter the arguments against George Miller’s “Mad Max” reboot deserving the Best Picture Oscar: that it has no plot; it is wall-to-wall action without three-dimensional characters; and it is not serious or important. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions To that last criticism, Hibberd writes “What is Serious and Important anyway? And is 'Fury Road' any less serious and important than Best Picture winners like 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,' 'The Departed,' or 'Silence of the Lambs'?” Mentioning those three Oscar winners is not an argument; it’s a subjective judgment. Hibberd is saying he doesn’t believe that one of the greatest adaptations of a literary classic o »
The stage is set for a David vs. Goliath battle at the 88th academy awards.
In one corner are the Goliath box office hits that Oscarcast viewers have heard of — and maybe even seen: This year’s top three on the nominations tally are Fox’s “The Revenant” (12 noms), Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” (10) and Fox’s “The Martian” (seven).
Together, they’ve amassed over $1.2 billion at the global box office.
In the other corner are the likes of Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn,” which was acquired at Sundance and had a production budget of $11 million, and A24’s “Room,” which is the first best picture nominee for the emerging studio.
Together, they’ve made just over $40 million at the domestic box office (though neither one is close to finished, especially with three weeks to go until the Oscars).
Blockbuster Oscar winners such as “Rocky” and “Titanic” have given way »
- Geoff Berkshire and Tim Gray
For the 25th anniversary of the influential horror classic Silence of the Lambs, winner of 5 Oscars for 1991 (Picture, Director, Actress, Actor, and Adapted Screenplay), Team Experience is revisiting the picture, tag-team style all week long.
Cue: opening credits.
Pt 1 by Keiran Scarlett
00:00:01 – Howard Shore’s score always transports me into the mood of this film. It’s at once simple, yet incredibly evocative and iconic.
00:00:24 – Seeing the Orion logo calls to mind Jodie Foster’s Oscar speech where she thanked Orion Pictures “as it used to be and how it will always be in [her] heart”. Amen, sister. Seriously, check out the slate of Orion releases. There are some true gems in there.
00:01:31 – The opening montage of young FBI trainee Clarice Starling in the woods near Quantico, Virginia (thanks, super!) I love how Jodie Foster plays Clarice Starling as incredibly enthusiastic, but not naïve. That »
- Kieran Scarlett
With the Oscars quickly approaching, here are some fun facts about the Academy Awards throughout the years.
Q) Which films have won the most academy awards?
A) It was a three-way draw between Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of Rings: Return of the King at 11 each.
Q) Which films have the most Oscar nominations?
A) All About Eve and Titanic are tied for the most nominations, with 14 each.
Q) What was the longest film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar?
A) Gone With the Wind at 3 hours and 56 minutes.
Q) Which was the shortest Best Picture winner?
A) Marty at 90 minutes.
Q) Which sequels have won Best Picture?
A) The Godfather Part 2, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
Q) Which movies won best picture but were not nominated for Best Director?
Q) What was the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
A somewhat quiet week for moviegoing as all eyes turn towards the Superbowl. Well, not all eyes. I don't know who's playing other than Beyoncé. Kung Fu Panda had no trouble fending off newcomers. Star Wars recently crossed the $2 billion mark worldwide (though it's still behind Titanic and Avatar globally) but the new movies didn't make enough of an impression for ticket buyers. Unfortunately Hail, Caesar! opened significantly below the gross of the last widescreen comedy from the Coen brothers Burn After Reading.
01 Kung Fu Panda 2 $21 (cum. $69)
02 Hail, Caesar! $11.4 new Coen Brothers - 17 Films, Interview: Score
03 The Revenant $7.1 (cum. $149.7) Interview: Costumes, Interview: Production Design
04 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $6.9 (cum. $905.9) Review, Podcast
05 The Choice $6 new
06 Pride & Prejudice & Zombies $5.2 new Review
07 The Finest Hours $4.7 (cum. $18.3)
08 Ride Along 2 $4.5 (cum. $77.2)
09 The Boy $4 (cum $26.8)
10 Dirty Grandpa $4 (cum $29.3)
What did you see this weekend?
I rewatched Silence of the Lambs (for »
- NATHANIEL R
When it comes to the Academy Awards, voters tend to think highbrow. They like to represent the best, most humane, classiest version of themselves. But don't forget the Steak Eaters. The Academy is full of them—they're red-blooded males (not just American), often directors, writers and craftspeople. They're the guys who voted for "Argo," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Braveheart," "Gladiator," "Avatar," and yes, "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain." "They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling," one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. Last year this faction of the Academy voted for such mainstream hits as Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper." And this year the Steak Eaters —and many women Oscar voters as well—came through for "Mad Max: Fury Road" with 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, as they »
- Anne Thompson
Oh...um... If this door should fall down or, ha ha, anything else, this is the number for our Baltimore field office.
I love Clarice Starling's little 'I mean... what could happen?' nervous chuckle just before she slides under that fateful "Your Self Storage" facility door, don't you?
Remember when we tag-teamed Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca? We're doing the same for Jonathan Demme's thriller classic Silence of the Lambs (1991) for its 25th anniversary next week. Be here Monday through Friday at 12:30 Pm Est next week for each continuing chapter of the retrospective!
For maximum pleasure, if we may use such a word for this macabre event, rewatch 1991's Best Picture with us and join the conversation! »
- NATHANIEL R
Tom Hanks is one of two actors, including Spencer Tracy, to win consecutive Best Actor Oscars (“Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump”). He is certainly one of the best actors of his generation, but is he the best? Anthony Hopkins terrified the world with his sinister Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs,” nabbing the Best Actor trophy despite only spending 12 minutes on screen. He will live on in film history as one of the best villains of all time, but does he top all actors? Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win Best Actor for “Lilies of the Field. »
- Matt Hejl
In the midst of proposed boycotts and changes from the Academy, Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme has a new plan for fixing this year's very white slate of Oscar nominees — no, it doesn't involve putting the lotion on your skin, though that's always a good idea. In a guest column for Deadline, the Oscar winner argued that the Academy should simply add more room on the roster:Wouldn’t it be so wise, and so very correct, to not wait for next year to address this enormous challenge/problem? Instead, let’s recalibrate this years votes, expanding the entries in all categories, and in this way make it possible for us all to actually watch what is presently — unwatchably — so mortifyingly the “best white whatever” in all categories of the 2016 oscar ceremony? Demme also lamented the lack of attention paid to smaller films that don't feature white protagonists, taking »
- Jackson McHenry
After generating a long string of diverse and disruptive narrative and documentary features including the Oscar winning The Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme is vexed by the lack of diversity in the past two Oscars. In a guest column for Deadline, Demme suggests reforms that go beyond those being hastily implemented by the Academy. I love my Oscar, such an incalculable game-changer in the life of any recipient. I don't think anyone makes a film in order to win a… »
A new Indiegogo campaign has been launched for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary. Also in this round-up: a Judas Ghost DVD giveaway, Like Me production details, the trailer for Everlasting, the short film Hidden, and a look at The Final Project.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Press Release: "Chicago, Il - January 20, 2016 - Hot off the heels of news that Guillermo Del Toro is producing a film based on the nostalgic children's books Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a documentary about the books is in the works. It has been in production for two years, is armed with an official trailer, and is now trying to finish in 2016.
The upcoming documentary is backed by the family of the late author, the trailer featuring both his wife and grandson. The doc will explore subjects such as the banning of children’s books in America, »
- Tamika Jones
Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) has announced its full programme for its upcoming 12th edition, running Feb 17-28.
This year’s festival will host 60 UK premieres, 59 Scottish premieres, four European premieres and three world premieres among its line-up of 174 films. As previously announced, it will be bookended by the UK premieres of Hail, Caesar! and Anomalisa.
Richard Gere will attend Glasgow for the UK premiere of his new film Time Out Of Mind, while other guests include Ben Wheatley for the Scottish premiere of High-Rise, Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer for the UK premiere of The Forest, Joachim Trier for the UK premiere of Louder Than Bombs, veteran director Peter Greenaway and stuntman Vic Armstrong.
“The festival keeps moving forward, with new developments like our Industry Focus conference, whilst also maintaining our roots as an audience-focused festival where everyone can come »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
It's time for a calendar update. It's the remains of Oscar season comin' atcha. You may have noticed that this weekend many of the Oscar nominees expanded (Carol) added a few cities (Anomalisa, Son of Saul) or significantly reversed their theater declines (Spotlight, Brooklyn, Room) hoping to capitalize on the nominations. What's next?
17th Critics Choice Awards (on A&E)
21st Sundance Film Festival begins
23rd PGA Gala
29th SAG ballots due
30th SAG Awards (on TNT/TBS)
31st Art Directors Guild Gala / Sundance ends. Gives awards
Also in January: You should also expect Nathaniel's annual Film Bitch Awards daily announcements since we're down to the wire. Wish me luck. Other January festivities will include a celebration of Sundance Festival classics, and the Team Experience Awards.
2nd Visual Effects Society Gala
6th DGA Gala - who will it be?
11th Berlinale begins - Amir will be covering the »
- NATHANIEL R
The 2015 Oscar nominations have been announced with The Revenant leading the way with 12 nominations followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with ten. After crunching some numbers we've taken a look at how this year's crop of Best Picture nominees stacks up to prior, pre-nomination box office totals. Have a look at what we found after comparing this year's eight Best Picture nominees to 190 previous Best Picture contenders, going back 33 years to 1982. Note: Before reading on, please be aware this article is specifically comparing pre-nomination grosses (not adjusted for inflation) unless otherwise noted. To begin, Room is the sixth lowest grossing Best Picture nominee (pre-nominations) in the last 33 years with $5.1 million. The five lower grossing films are American Sniper ($3.3M), Letters from Iwo Jima ($2.5M), My Left Foot ($2.1M), The Dresser ($562k) and Amour ($371k). In fact, Room will likely end up as one of the top ten lowest grossing Best »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When it comes to the Academy Awards, voters tend to think highbrow. They like to represent the best, most humane, classiest version of themselves. But don't forget the Steak Eaters. The Academy is full of them—they're red-blooded males (not just American), often directors, writers and craftspeople. They're the guys who voted for "Argo," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Braveheart," "Gladiator," "Avatar," and yes, "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain." "They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling," one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. "'True Grit' is for them." Last year this faction of the Academy voted for such mainstream hits as Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper." The Steak Eaters —and many women Oscar voters as well—came through for George Miller in the same way they did Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" and Alfonso »
- Anne Thompson
Saoirse Ronan is going where few former child starlets have gone before her: back to the Oscars for first time since she was 13. The Irish actress was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in the period drama Brooklyn on Thursday, and she's considered by many critics to be a serious contender in a category that includes the likes of Brie Larson and Cate Blanchett. And while Ronan is only 21, this isn't her first trip to the rodeo. The actress shot to stardom back in 2007 for her turn as Briony Tallis in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's 2001 novel Atonement. »
- Mike Miller
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