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The Context: National Board of Review

3 December 2010 8:49 AM, PST | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Yesterday’s announcement, that The Social Network won an unprecedented number of National Board of Review awards – Pic, Actor, Director and Screenplay is unusual indeed.  You have to go all »

- Sasha Stone

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Bonham Carter Taking Parenting Classes

21 November 2010 3:06 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Helena Bonham Carter is taking time away from Hollywood to learn how to be a better mum.

The Howards End star, who is married to moviemaker Tim Burton, is taking parenting lessons so she can perfect her mothering skills around kids Billy, seven, and two-year-old Nell.

She tells, "I'm not working right now. I need to be a mom. It's much harder being a mom than an actress.

"I'm taking parenting classes. You know, no one taught me what to do... They're teaching me some really interesting things, like it's not your job to know everything... You've got to get them (kids) to think for themselves." »

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Start at the top and work your way down

2 October 2010 10:47 AM, PDT | | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

• Introduction to The Great Movies III

You'd be surprised how many people have told me they're working their way through my books of Great Movies one film at a time. That's not to say the books are definitive; I loathe "best of" lists, which are not the best of anything except what someone came up with that day. I look at a list of the "100 greatest horror films," or musicals, or whatever, and I want to ask the maker, "but how do you know?" There are great films in my books, and films that are not so great, but there's no film here I didn't respond strongly to. That's the reassurance I can offer.

I believe good movies are a civilizing force. They allow us to empathize with those whose lives are different than our own. I like to say they open windows in our box of space and time. »

- Roger Ebert

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The Criterion Column: Celebrate the Holidays with Videodrome and Cronos

16 September 2010 6:30 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Criterion's December release announcement is brief, but sweet. David Cronenberg's Videodrome is coming to Blu-Ray while Guillermo Del Toro's Cronos will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray. 


The Videodrome Blu-Ray seems to be sourced from same master as the 2004 Criterion DVD.  Extras are largely same. Cronos is newly restored and packed with extras, including a previously unreleased short film called Geometria. Check the links in the calendar for full specifications.

Finally, as mentioned in the last Criterion Column, the DVD release of the America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story comes out on December 14th. The Blu-Ray will be released on November 23rd.


The Criterion Collection 2010 Release Calendar (January through December 2010, up-to-date as of September 16, 2010)


December 2010


David CronenbergVideodrome, Bd, 12/7/2010, Us & Canada

Guillermo del ToroCronos, 2-disc DVD & Bd, 12/7/2010, Us & Canada


November 2010


Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times, 2-dsc DVD & Bd, 11/16/10, Us & Canada

Charles Laughton, Night Of The Hunter, 2-disc DVD & 2-disc Bd, »

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Links: Newt, Exorcisms, Movie Homes and More

4 September 2010 3:45 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Final Girl an exorcism movie flowchart. Hilarious even if you're not a horror fan.

Journalistic Skepticism I love this. "25 Most Optimum Film Residences". I think I'm going to go with the Pink Palace Apartments (as long as it comes with the cat), Howards End or Erica's Beach House from Something's Gotta Give (Nancy Meyers movies are real estate porn.)

Hollywood Reporter Actress Cammie Conlon (famously known as "Bonnie Blue Butler" in Gone With the Wind) has died. Rip

Greenbriar Picture Show "Fairy Dust Blown Off..." on the appeal and arguable repeal of Audrey Hepburn.

Just Jared Karl June on the set of the new Hugh Jackman picture Real Steel. I didn't know they were filming in Detroit. This means that right now as I type this, Hugh is wandering around my home state!

Mnpp Another convert to Animal Kingdom. Let's hope the Aussie flick keeps building.

I Need My Fix »


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Flashback: Best of the 90s (Pt. 2)

30 August 2010 11:09 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Start with Pt 1 of this 90s Flashback... if you're confused about what's going on. To make a long story short, I'm excerpting items from an old zine I wrote in Spring 2000, during the first year of the website. Yes, I was originally juggling too many things. Why that's not like me At All.

We previously covered my dated lists for Actors, Supporting Actresses and Supporting Actors -- lists I don't agree with in full anymore (though the supporting actresses list I quite like still). So now we move on to Picture and Actress.

Best Actress

Top ten chronological order. What follows is original text from the magazine, with the winner in bold text. I had purposefully excluded 1999 which is why you don't see Kate Winslet for Holy Smoke or Hilary Swank for Boy's Don't Cry though here's what I wrote about Swank in that same zine...

I'm rooting for Swank on Oscar night. »


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The Criterion Column: Chaplin, Laughton, Von Trier, and Some Radical 60s and 70s Cinema

21 August 2010 10:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

In November, The Criterion Collection is set to release an eclectic mix of American classics with a bit of European transgression thrown in. A newly restored version of Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times is planned for DVD and Blu-Ray. Charles Laughton's stunning black-and-white noir/horror tale Night of the Hunter (1955) is also on the schedule for DVD and Blu-Ray. Lars Von Trier's Antichrist will invade home video players everywhere.

Those are great releases, but highlight of the November list is the America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story box set, which features 6 films from Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider's production company Bbs during the 60s-70s.  Titles include: Head, Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Drive He Said, The Last Picture Show, and The King Of Marvin Gardens. Think about the scope of this release for a second. This is six films by Dennis Hopper, Henry Jaglom, Jack Nicholson Bob Rafelson, »

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DVD Review: ‘The City of Your Final Destination’ Fails Spectacular Cast

17 August 2010 12:23 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – It’s unlikely that there will be a more A-list cast in a more frustrating film this entire year than on display in “The City of Your Final Destination.” Not only does it include a reunion of the great director James Ivory with star Anthony Hopkins (who appeared in the director’s “Howards End” and “Remains of the Day”) but it features two of my favorite actresses alive, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Laura Linney. And yet, the only word I can think of to describe the film is “disappointing.”

DVD Rating: 2.0/5.0

The opening scenes of “The City of Your Final Destination” hint at a gorgeously shot film that one hopes will be matched by the incredible insight of Ivory’s best work with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who won Oscars for her adaptation of “A Room With a View” and “Howards End.” Like a leaky balloon, the dramatic weight of »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Exclusive: Nanny McPhee Returns Cast & Crew Video Interviews!

16 August 2010 10:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Oscar winning actress and writer Emma Thompson is best known for her dramatic roles in such films as Howards End, The Remains of the Day, In the Name of the Father, Sense and Sensibility and An Education. But she has also appeared in a series of romantic comedies and family films as well such as Love Actually, Last Chance Harvey, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Nanny McPhee, which she also wrote. Now she returns both as star and writer of the new film Nanny McPhee Returns, which is a sequel to her hit 2005 film and opens in theaters on August 20th. In addition to Thompson the follow-up features an all-star cast of actors including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans and Ewan McGregor, as well as child-actors Lil Woods, Eros Vlahos and Rosie Taylor-Ritson. We recently had »

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The Criterion Column: October Brings Kubrick's Paths Of Glory, The Seven Samurai on Blu-Ray, Ingmar Bergman, House, and More

17 July 2010 7:22 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The October 2010 batch of Criterion titles brings a few surprises. Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory is hitting DVD and Blu-Ray as is Ingmar Bergman's film The Magician. Criterion continues its relationship with Wes Anderson by releasing The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-Ray and DVD. Ok.

Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai is headed for Blu-Ray with a new restored high-def transfer. If the quality of Criterion's other Kurosawa Blu-Ray discs (e.g. Kagemusha, Sanjuro and Yojimbo) are any indication, it is time to ditch the DVDs. This one should look spectacular.

Finally, Nobuhiko Obayashi's House is making its way to Blu-Ray and DVD just in time for Halloween. There are a few things to note here. First, the fact that Criterion is releasing this on Blu-Ray with a restored transfer and uncompressed mono sound is kind of a surprise. This is a very good thing. The other curious thing is the extras. »

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The Criterion Column: September Brings Malick, Oshima, Godard, Donen and King

7 July 2010 7:44 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The September releases of Breathless on Blu-Ray and The Thin Red Line on Blu-Ray and DVD aren't so much of a surprise. A high-def Breathless release was inevitable and the Malick title leaked out a while ago. Also, Charade is the sort of classic Hollywood auterist fare that Criterion often deals in. No, the big surprise here is Oshima's Happy Birthday Mr. Lawrence. Both this release and the recent Oshima DVD box indicate that Criterion is seriously intent to digging deeper into the director's filmography. Finally, it would be a mistake not to mention the Eclipse box set of Allan King films. The Canadian director's documentaries have never been readily available in the U.S. so this box should expose his work to an entirely new audience (including this writer). 

The Criterion Collection 2010 Release Calendar (Covers January through September 2010, up-to-date as of July 7, 2010)

September 2010

Jean-Luc Godard, Breathless, DVD & Bd, 9/14/10, Us »

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Merchant Ivory: How the magic died with Ismail

16 June 2010 11:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

After four decades of success, the demise of Merchant-Ivory began after the death of its dynamic producer Ismail Merchant

Few collaborations are so distinctive that the names of those involved come to denote a whole genre, rather than just a credit. Not that it always works in their favour – by the mid-90s, Merchant-Ivory had became something of an inverse snobbery insult, signifying something stuffy and dull, all starched waistcoats and askance glances across the class divide, of interest only to Laura Ashley fans.

The pair's critical success seemed, in the end, to work against them, too: they bagged some 31 Academy award nominations over a 44-year career together, including best picture nods for A Room with a View (1985), Howards End (1992), and The Remains of the Day a year later. All three are, still, breathtaking films, extremely moving, impeccably acted, and involving – inaccessible only if you happen to be missing a heart. »

- Catherine Shoard

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September 2010 Criterion Collection New Releases Announced: Thin Red Line, Breathless, Charade, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, And Allan King Eclipse Set

15 June 2010 7:02 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Here we are, another 15th of the month, another group of amazing releases from the Criterion Collection announced on schedule. Being so obsessively attached to rumors and gossip on Twitter and forums and the like, many of these titles have been hinted at in one form or another.

Way back in March, we got a somewhat obvious clue in the monthly Criterion Collection e-mail newsletter, in the form of a thin, red lion, and after some back and forth as to which movie it was referring to, many came to the conclusion it was in fact Terrance Malick’s The Thin Red Line. Criterion’s recent Blu-ray release of Malick’s Days of Heaven was an incredible production, with a transfer that cannot be beaten. The Thin Red Line was also teased at in a twitter picture post that Criterion sent out back in March, giving further proof to the »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Bonham Carter: 'Singing Got Me Pregnant'

1 June 2010 1:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actress Helena Bonham Carter is tentative about taking on another musical role because she's convinced her role in husband Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd sent her hormones into a spin - and she became pregnant.

The Howards End star loved hitting the high notes as Mrs. Lovett in the movie musical and only wishes she had more time to perfect her singing skills.

Now, she's hoping for another musical role - but she might have to give up sex for the part.

She explains, "I love singing. There is talk of something, but it's too early to talk about it. Singing is exciting and daunting - the more you do it, the more you realise how much hard graft it is. But you know what? I bet you that I got pregnant because I was singing for Sweeney Todd.

"I was breathing properly because I was singing and it produces happy hormones too. It is very healthy, a great thing to do."

But Burton isn't thrilled with his wife's love of singing.

She admits, "Afterwards I said I was going to sing every day and continue to do my exercises and Tim said, 'No, you're not!" »

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400 Screens, 400 Blows - Ivory's Tower

30 May 2010 7:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala have a new movie out, The City of Your Final Destination (10 screens), and, no that's not another sequel in the Final Destination horror series. It's about a young professor who is trying to write a biography of a dead author and must travel to Uruguay to get permission from the dead author's wife, brother and mistress. Like almost all the other Ivory films, it's based on a novel. That's just the first of many reasons I have been fighting against Ivory for years.

Ivory and Jhabvala and producer Ismail Merchant, who died in 2005, first teamed up on The Householder (1963), and their partnership continued until The White Countess (2005); the only difference was that The Householder had been based on Jhabvala's own novel, rather than someone else's. At some point in the 1980s, the trio's films came into fashion, coinciding with the first years of the blockbuster era. »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Movie Review: The City of Your Final Destination

28 May 2010 6:33 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

May 28, 2010

With the reunion of the great director James Ivory with star Anthony Hopkins, who appeared in the director’s Howards End and The Remains of the Day, The City of Your Final Destination starts off with the promise of the kind of well-acted human drama that they don’t make that often any more, even on the arthouse scene. Add great actresses Laura Linney and Charlotte Gainsbourg to the cast and it’s enough to get the right cinephile as excited as a Twilight fan reading a new Stephenie Meyer book. And the ...Read more at »

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The Criterion Column: August 2010 Releases, Rumors of Hausu, Videodrome and More

22 May 2010 6:28 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Fall 2010 brings very interesting news and rumors about releases from The Criterion Collection. First, the label has issued the official list of films for August release. These include two essential documentaries by Terry Zwigoff, Black Orpheus, a box of Josef von Sternberg silent films, and 4 early Akira Kurosawa films that originally appeared in the Ak 100 25 disc box set.

Lots of unofficial information has also begun to surface about future releases. In late April, The New York Times confirmed rumors that Criterion will release Nobuhiko Obayashi's Hausu will in September. Additionally, pre-order pages for Criterion Blu-Rays of Antichrist, The Darjeeling Limited, The Seven Samurai, The Thin Red Line, and Videodrome have popped up on Amazon. Look for official updates in the next Criterion Column. 

The Criterion Collection 2010 Release Calendar (Covers January through August 2010, up-to-date as of May 23, 2010)

August 2010

Akira KurosawaEclipse Series 23: The First Films Of Akira Kurosawa 

(Sanshiro Sugata »

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Anthony Hopkins touts character over effects

20 April 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

What's the downside to digital special effects and 3D movies overtaking theaters? One, at least, is that fans may lose sight of actors like Anthony Hopkins.

At 72 years old, the Oscar winner says offers of work have slowed in recent years, and he finds roles in movies such as his current "The City of Your Final Destination," to be most enjoyable because films like it "are very quiet and internal."

That is not to say that Sir Anthony doesn't care to work with big action and special effects. He performed in recent horror tale "The Wolfman" and in the computer-animated "Beowulf."

But with big-budget movies like "Avatar" or "Clash of the Titans" dominating major studio releases -- movies in which the acting is done in front of greenscreens, and sets and stunts are digitally added into the films -- character-driven dramas such as "City of Your Final Destination" get less »

- By Bob Tourtellotte, Reuters

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The Criterion Column: July 2010 New Releases, Free Online Streaming

19 April 2010 9:19 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Another month brings another set of titles from The Criterion Collection. July 2010 releases include two early films by Yasujrio Ozu, Secrets of the Grain, a Sacha Guitry box set, and long awaited digitally-restored versions of The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

An earlier column mentioned the availability of 6 Zaitoichi films for free streaming on Hulu. Within the past few days, Criterion added 12 more Zaitoichi titles as well Roman Polanski's Knife in the Water to Hulu. The link to all of the free Criterion Hulu titles is featured in the "Related Links" section of this post.

The Criterion Collection 2010 Release Calendar (Covers January through July 2010, up-to-date as of 4/19/2010)

July 2010

Yasujiro Ozu, The Only Son/There Was A Father: Two Films By Yasujiro Ozu, 2 DVD Box, 7/13/2010, Us & English speaking Canada

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, Black Narcissus, DVD & Bd, 7/20/10, Us & Canada

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, The Red Shoes, »

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Eastman to house Merchant Ivory archive

14 April 2010 3:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Merchant Ivory Prods. is donating its archives - which encompasses 2,600 items, including more than 40 films, including such Oscar-winners as "A Room With a View" and "Howard's End" - to the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film in Rochester, N.Y.


At the opening of the 360|365 George Eastman House Film Festival on May 5, director James Ivory will be honored with the title of George Eastman Honorary Scholar. The fest will also present his newest film, "The City of Your Final Destination," starring Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney.

Ivory's producing partner Ismail Merchant, who died in 2005, had met personally with Eastman House representatives to plan the gift, which includes original negatives, interpositives, and 35mm archive prints made from the original negatives of some of Merchant Ivory’s films. According to Ivory, it was Merchant’s dream to back this original material up with his own collection of his relevant contracts, »

- By Gregg Kilday

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