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Academy Award-winning producer Gerald R. Molen, who's worked on iconic films like "Rain Main," "Schindler's List" and "Jurassic Park," is demanding that the outspoken Michael Moore be removed from the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors due to his perceived liberal bias.
Molen produced the 2012 documentary "2016: Obama's America," a movie that was largely eviscerated by critics. He blames Moore and two other documentary-branch members of the Board of Governors, Rob Epstein ("The Times of Harvey Milk," "The Celluloid Closet") and Michael Apted ("Coal Miner's Daughter," "The World Is Not Enough"), for prompting what Molen sees as the film's Oscar snub due to their political partisanship.
"Obama's America" raked in more than $33 million at the box office, a lofty sum for a nonfiction film that isn't about penguins or Justin Bieber. ("2016" is the fourth highest-grossing doc of all time after Moore's "Fahrenheit »
- Matthew Jacobs
Melbourne, May 4: Some people know straight away which movie to watch while others can't narrow it down to less than 10.
The actors and directors whom News Ltd surveyed found it just as difficult as News Ltd movie reviewer Leigh Paatsch, who had 100 choices to play with for his '100 Must See Movies' list.
'Dumb and Dumber' made the cut for being the movie that kickstarted the "gross out" genre and the Aussie films on the list included 'Gallipoli,' 'Don's. »
- Anita Agarwal
There are many things that makes this weekend's fascinating superhero sequel Iron Man 3 (clickHere to read my full review) so great. Of course, there are obvious reasons such as Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Don Cheadle (James Rhodes), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), and Paul Bettany (the voice of Jarvis) all reprising their roles from Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Then there is writer-director Shane Black's masterful work behind the camera, including one of the more inventive action sequences I have ever seen. Then there is the villain, the big baddie known as The Mandarin, played to perfection by Ben Kingsley, whose performance is just the latest in a resume chocked full of classics such as Gandhi, Schindler's List, Hugo, and dozens more in between. I recently had the honor »
The Guardian Teacher Network has resources this week to help you explore the Holocaust and the stories of its survivors
The proposed changes to the history curriculum leave the study of the Holocaust more or less intact. One approach to introducing and further exploring the subject is via individuals' stories, told through film and visual history.
The Guardian Teacher Network has thought-provoking teaching resources to share, with the focus on a set of resources centred on Steven Spielberg's award-winning film Schindler's List, created by www.schindlerslegacy.co.uk to mark the film's 20th anniversary. The film, which tells the story of a group of Jewish people saved by the actions of a German businessman, Oskar Schindler, has been much used in schools all over the world.
Spielberg used the profits of the film to set up the Shoah Foundation to collect Holocaust survivors' stories. It has so far captured »
- Emily Drabble
In the Hollywood handbook of character shorthand, a British actor is pretty high up on the list of ways to swiftly establish somebody as a bad'un. As villain clichés go, it's just above 'underground lair' and slightly below 'unexpectedly offing a loyal henchman'.
Plus, just in case you've been living under a rock or in a coma, Benedict Cumberbatch plays much-discussed villain John Harrison in next month's Star Trek Into Darkness, and he's dominated Paramount's entire marketing campaign so completely that the character already feels weirdly iconic.
So with Brit baddies more in vogue than ever, Digital Spy takes a look back over six of the best...
"You oughta be on f**king TV with that accent, »
It's rare I feel the need to post an item announcing the sale of a particular DVD and/or Blu-ray set, but Universal's 100th Anniversary Collection is a pretty swanky item and Amazon is offering both the DVD and Blu-ray editions at an incredibly marked down rate. Included are 25 films, though there is one difference between the DVD and Blu-ray editions (Click Here). Included in both sets are the 24 films listed below, but the Blu-ray set includes the Spanish version of Bela Lugosi's 1931 Dracula while the DVD set includes Schindler's List, which has since been released on Blu-ray following the initial release of this set: Despicable Me Mamma Mia! The Movie The Bourne Identity The Fast and the Furious Apollo 13 Jurassic Park Do the Right Thing Field of Dreams Out of Africa Back to the Future The Breakfast Club Scarface E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial National Lampoon's Animal House Jaws »
- Brad Brevet
That's a big reason why there are very few heroic accountants in the movies (apart from, say, Ben Kingsley in "Schindler's List"). People who aren't good with numbers, like your average taxpayer and/or gangster, don't trust people who can balance the books, especially when they're telling us we owe more than we expected on Tax Day. This natural aversion to number-crunching of any kind has led to one of Hollywood's most prevalent stereotypes: CPAs are either boring, cowardly nerds like Rick Moranis in "Ghostbusters," or dastardly backstabbers like Joe Pantoliano in "Bound." As you recover from the pain of filing your taxes yet again, here's a little list of how Hollywood hates accountants even more than you do. »
- Sharon Knolle
One of the most powerful films of the last 20 years, Schindler's List (1993) tells an extraordinary true story of courage and faith. Director Steven Spielberg personally supervised this brand new high definition restoration of the film from the 35mm original negative, so that viewers can see this powerful story as never before. To celebrate the film's 20th Anniversary Blu-ray rerelease this Monday (8 April), we have Three copies of this harrowing drama to offer our readers, courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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- CineVue UK
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
Schindler's List was unprecedented in showing a fresh generation of film-goers how the Second World War brought forth both a capacity for evil, but also for conscience, comradeship and heroism.
Since Thomas Keneally's book and later Steven Spielberg's film caused such ripples across the world, historians have always been at pains to let us know that, however dashing the deeds of Oskar Schindler in Krakow during the time of the city's occupation by the Nazis, he was by no means alone in putting his life on the line for the sake of others.
Luca Zingaretti (from Montalbano) plays Georgio Perlasca, in this true-life story of wartime courage
Now, on DVD for the first time, is the story of another hero - this time Italian, whose story, like Schindler's, took the best part of 40 years to come to light.
Georgio Perlasca was a businessman who, like Schindler, found himself »
- The Huffington Post UK
I promised longtime Tfe super fan Ryan that I would one day write up a big top ten of the 90s piece although This Is Not It. This is like those tossed back "shots" of past decades wherein we tell each other our favorites. I'll tell you my ten favorites which are wildly unstable and could be replaced by anything in the "with apologies to" list if I'd ranked on another day. Well, not the top three. I mean... let's not get crazy.
The Piano (Jane Campion) Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson) Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott) Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson) Beauty & The Beast (Trousdale & Wise) All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar) Trois Coleurs Trilogy (Krystof Kzielowski) T2: Judgment Day (James Cameron) Fargo (The Coen Bros) Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
Most of them weren't even nominated for Best Picture. (Sigh). Oscar is so...
With apologies to 15 more. Let's call it »
- NATHANIEL R
The 69-year-old actor, who worked with Spielberg in 'Schindler's List', 20 years ago, recollected how the veteran's unique directing style gave him creative freedom on the set, the Daily Express reported.
The Oscar winner told Femalefirst that Spielberg is a remarkable man and they had gotten pretty close.
He insisted that working with the 66-year-old movie director was 'organised chaos and terror' because he felt like he was at the centre of Dante's Inferno and that's exactly what Spielberg intended as he would shout, 'Don't act, improvise!'
- Diksha Singh
With Jurassic Park coming back to theaters this week, we're looking back at the years when Steven Spielberg released two films, and how those films reflect on each other. Earlier this week Sean dug into 1993's double feature, Jurassic Park vs. Schindler's List, Kristy tackled 1989's Always and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Katey took on 2005, when Spielberg released Munich and War of the Worlds. In today's final installment, Eric compares Catch Me If You Can and Minority Report. One of the most interesting tonal shifts of Steven Spielberg.s career came in 2002 when he made both Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can. In his double film years, Spielberg has notably always balanced the more fun, adventurous sci-fi/fantasy movies . like Jurassic Park, The Adventures of Tintin and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - with more serious, Oscar-oriented films . like Schindler.s List, War Horse, »
With Jurassic Park coming back to theaters this week, we're looking back at the years when Steven Spielberg released two films, and how those films reflect on each other. Earlier this week Sean dug into 1993's double feature, Jurassic Park vs. Schindler's List, and Kristy tackled 1989's Always and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Today Katey takes on 2005, when Spielberg released Munich and War of the Worlds. Less than four years passed between the attack on Pearl Harbor and the end of the global war that the U.S. entered because of it. Just shy of 60 years later the World Trade Center was destroyed, but in 2005 the United States was four years into a secretive, muddled war with no end in sight. Two weeks before Steven Spielberg released War of the Worlds in June of that year, five Marines were killed by a roadside bomb in Western Iraq. In »
With Jurassic Park coming back to theaters this week, we're looking back at the years when Steven Spielberg released two films, and how those films reflect on each other. Earlier this week Sean dug into 1993's double feature, Jurassic Park vs. Schindler's List. Today Kristy tackles 1989's Always and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Aside from their shared release year, what do Steven Spielberg's double-dips have in common? This was the question we here at the Cinema Blend looked to discover in this investigative series. In 1989, Spielberg released the third film of his Indiana Jones adventures, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, as well as the largely forgotten fantasy-drama Always. It had be years since I'd watched Last Crusade, and aside from recognizing its title from Audrey Hepburn's filmography, I'd never heard of Always. Much to my surprise, both films have some stark similarities in their heroes »
It's hard to believe it's already been twenty years since Schindler's List was released. We've got an exclusive sneak peek at the Blu-ray/DVD extras, including a couple of words from Steven Spielberg himself. It's testament to the classic holocaust drama that its message and narrative resonates just as freshly now as when it was made, and the video below is a sobering reminder of the survivors that inspired it, and the movie's own enduring legacy. Watch the below and let us know what you think. Schindler’s List 20th Anniversary...
- Matt Risley
With Jurassic Park coming back to theaters this week, we're looking back at the years when Steven Spielberg released two films, and how those films reflect on each other. First up, appropriately enough, is Jurassic Park with its 1993 classmate Schindler's List. .Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.. On the surface, Steven Spielberg.s 1993 double-header of Jurassic Park and Schindler.s List have nothing obvious in common. How could anyone make connections between a thrill-a-minute popcorn blockbuster about rampaging dinosaurs and a deeply personal historical tome about the horrors of the Holocaust? But in watching Spielberg.s films back to back for the purpose of this assignment, I was surprised to see evident similarities between Richard Attenborough.s John Hammond and Liam Neeson.s Oskar Schindler . egotistical men of wealth and power who peddle their influence for a perceived »
This week, Steven Spielberg's classic dinosaur thriller "Jurassic Park" gets rereleased in theaters –- in 3D! I vividly remember being in high school when it came out in the summer of 1993 and jumping out of my seat next to my best friends. It was an amazing year in theaters, with a mix of unforgettable Oscar-winning dramas ("Schindler's List," "Philadelphia," "The Piano"), hilarious comedies ("Mrs. Doubtfire," "Groundhog Day") and action flicks ("The Firm," "The Fugitive," "In the Line of Fire"). If you've got a tween or teen who has yet to see "Jurassic Park," get yourself to a theater, but if your clan isn't ready for lawyer-gobbling t-rexes and Samuel L. Jackson-chomping velociraptors, take a look at three more family friendly 20-year-old movies. Animated Classic - "Nightmare Before Christmas" (PG, 1993, 76 minutes) Netflix Amazon Instant iTunes Kids Will Love: The stop-motion animated Christmas-meets-Halloween musical is irresistible to kids who will »
- Sandie Chen
Spielberg's blockbuster bent the laws of nature, ushering in an era of special effects that made dinosaurs out of action heroes
How fast does a T rex run? 20 years ago, the technicians at George Lucas's effects house, Industrial Light and Magic, laboring to finish Jurassic Park in time for its June 11 release date, made a decision whose effects would reverberate for decades to come. "We had a zillion arguments about it," said animator Steve Williams. Some argued, based on the animals' estimated mass, that it ran slower than a jeep, the only problem being that a jeep was precisely what it was required to chase in Spielberg's film. Others argued that it ran more like a lion: never unless it had to, and if it ran, only for a very short period of time, moving very fast. "Using that logic," said Williams, "I had to throw physics out the »
- Tom Shone
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