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Michael Henry Wilson, Documentarian and Author, Dies at 67

3 July 2014 4:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Documentary filmmaker and author Michael Henry Wilson died of lung cancer June 26 in Westlake, Calif. He was 67.

Known for his deep knowledge of film history and close relationships with filmmakers, Wilson directed documentaries including “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies,” “In Search of Kundun” with Martin Scorsese and “Le Franc-Tireur” on Clint Eastwood. He also wrote the documentaries “Hollywood Mavericks” (with Todd McCarthy) and “Reconciliation: Mandela’s Miracle” as well as Alan Rudolphi’s 2002 film “Intimate Affairs.”

His books included works on Eastwood, Scorsese, Jacques Torneur, Raoul Walsh and his latest, “At the Gate of Paradise,” about 58 American directors from D.W. Griffith to David Lynch, with a forward by Scorsese.

Wilson was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, and in his twenties published a book on German expressionist cinema and a book on Frank Borzage. He also served as producer Anatole Dauman’s assistant at Argos Films.

For many years, »

- Pat Saperstein

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The Definitive Religious Movies: 40-31

31 March 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part 2 of this list gets a bit more foreign. In fact, this may be the first full list that has more foreign-language films than English-language ones. Maybe English-speaking audiences aren’t as willing to watch religious films. Maybe films associated with religion come off as preachy or accusatory. Or maybe (most of) the films on this list have done it so well already that it doesn’t need to be done again.

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40. Marketa Lazarová (1967)

Directed by František Vláčil

The film often credited as being the best to come out of the Czech Republic, Marketa Lazarová was based on the novel by Vladislav Vančura and is an early, biting narrative about the chasm of difference between paganism and its shift into Christianity in the Middle Ages, as the daughter of a lord is kidnapped and becomes the mistress of one of her kidnappers, a robber knight. It »

- Joshua Gaul

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Martin Scorsese looks at the changing face of Oscar season over four decades

25 February 2014 7:20 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For years, the Oscars and Martin Scorsese just didn't seem to jibe. His films didn't resonate with that crowd. Maybe it was because he was an outsider. Maybe it was because he didn't trade in the breed of films that typically found footing with the Academy. Whatever the case, it became, for decades, a consistent note: How does Martin Scorsese not have an Oscar? Things began to change nearly three decades into his career. Until 2002, a Scorsese film registering with the group was not nearly the consistent occurrence it is today. Yet since "Gangs of New York," four of his last five films Have received Best Picture nominations and he finds himself a perennial fixture on the Oscar circuit, a circuit he has seen change drastically over the course of his career. With Oscar voting drawing to a close, I spoke with Scorsese recently about that very phenomenon, how zealous »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Top 10 Tuesday: Wamg’s Favorite Oscar Nominees

25 February 2014 2:56 AM, PST | | See recent news »

We’re getting closer to Hollywood’s night to shine – the Oscars. This year’s nominations are a bevy of brilliant films, performances and crafts, the motion picture industry at its best.

The Academy Awards is the gold standard by which every other awards show is measured, because when it comes to the biggest night in film, nobody does it better than Oscar!

In anticipation of the star-studded night at the Dolby Theatre, the gang at Wamg has chosen their favorite nominees – from the Best Picture and Best Acting categories to the technical categories, here’s a close-up look at our Top 10 Favorite nominees.

Best Picture – American Hustle

By Jim Batts

The Best Picture Oscar usually goes to the film that shines a light on a social injustice, a historical event, or individuals battling injury or disease. The most wildly entertaining (sorry Marty and Leo, but three hours of arrogant »

- Movie Geeks

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2014 TCM Classic Film Festival to Open with Gala Screening of Newly Restored Oklahoma!

13 February 2014 6:45 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.

In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who »

- Melissa Thompson

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Martin Scorsese Settles 'Silence' Lawsuit, Casts Liam Neeson

31 January 2014 12:37 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Martin Scorsese fans have a few more reasons to be happy. Nearly a year and a half after producer Cecchi Gori sued Scorsese for not moving forward with "Silence," Scorsese has settled the suit and is now moving forward with the film as his next narrative feature.  To back up a bit: Scorsese has had "Silence" on his docket for some time, and reportedly had a written agreement to make the film with Cecci Gori Pictures all the way back in 1990. The film is based on Shusaku Endo's novel about 17th century Portugese Jesuit missionaries investigating claims of torture of Christians by the Emperor of Japan, and keeps in line with the director's recurring interests in faith and spirituality. Scorsese was supposed to shoot the film following "Kundun" in 1997, but opted to make "Bringing Out the Dead" and "Gangs of New York" first. Over the past decade, the film has »

- Max O'Connell

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Exclusive Interview with Philip Glass

31 January 2014 9:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Prominent musician and film composer Philip Glass celebrated his 77th birthday by giving a master class at Goteborg Film Festival on Friday. Variety had an exclusive talk with the artist, nominated for his score in “Kundun,” “The Hours” and “Notes on a Scandal,” and winning a Golden Globe for “The Truman Show.”

How important are the film scores considering your entire career?

I’ve done probably 40 films, a couple of them pretty good. But for professional standards that’s not considered much. In Hollywood I’m still considered an amateur film composer. But I began very late, in my forties. I then had a lot experience from theater, opera and dance. So a lot of the technique was very well-known to me, it was more a question of accommodating to how the industry worked.

And what is your relation to the film industry?

It would be a great mistake to »

- Jon Asp

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Video Tribute for Director Martin Scorsese

28 January 2014 10:30 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The guy has made a ton of incredible films over the course of his career. Here's a great video tribute for the director that was edited together by Jo Causse.

I've included a full list of the films that Scorsese has directed. What are some of your favorites? 

2013 The Wolf of Wall Street 

2011 Hugo

2010 Shutter Island

2006 The Departed

2004 The Aviator

2002 Gangs of New York

1999 Bringing Out the Dead

1997 Kundun

1995 Casino

1993 The Age of Innocence

1991 Cape Fear

1990 Goodfellas

1988 The Last Temptation of Christ

1986 The Color of Money

1985 After Hours

1982 The King of Comedy

1980 Raging Bull

1977 New York, New York

1976 Taxi Driver

1974 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

1973 Mean Streets

1972 Boxcar Bertha

1967 Who's That Knocking at My Door »

- Joey Paur

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Video of the Day: P.T. Anderson Interviews Martin Scorsese About ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

18 January 2014 5:52 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Martin Scorsese is no stranger to controversy. While Taxi Driver (1976) won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the MPAA demanded he desaturate the colour in the climax to ensure an R rating. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) was greeted with an international uproar – Kundun didn’t make the People’s Republic of China very happy – and Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995) were criticized for the high level of violence and excessive bad behaviour. Now 71 years old, the director is once again in the spotlight for controversy surrounding his latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street. Some critics say the movie glorifies and celebrates an immoral, depraved and extremely misogynistic lifestyle. Recently, in an interview with HitFix, Wolf of Wall Street star Leonardo DiCaprio commented on the controversy surrounding the film, but who better to ask Scorsese himself, than one of our favourite filmmakers working today, Mr. Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, »

- Ricky

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Cinematographers Pick the Best of 2013! See Full Asc Nominations!

8 January 2014 1:28 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has revealed the nominees in the theatrical motion picture category of the 28th Annual Asc Awards for Outstanding Achievement.

.Our members believe these cinematographers have set the contemporary standard for artful, theatrical motion picture cinematography,. says Asc President Richard Crudo. .They have mastered a complex craft which contributes vitally to the storytelling process, and augments the intentions of everyone involved with the production..

In other words, the cinematographers pick who they think created the most beautifully and thematically constructed movies of 2013!

And in a year full of great movies, even the Asc was having a tough time narrowing their choices. Normally, they select five nominees, but there was a three-way tie this year that resulted to seven contenders.

The winner will be revealed on February 1! Here's the complete list of Asc nominees:

Sean Bobbitt, Bsc for 12 Years a Slave

Barry Ackroyd, Bsc for Captain Phillips »

- Manny

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'Gravity,' 'The Grandmaster' & Five Other Films Land 2013 Asc Nods

8 January 2014 10:10 AM, PST | | See recent news »

After winning last year's American Society of Cinematographers award for his stunning work on Skyfall, director of photography Roger Deakins has been nominated again for the 28th Annual Asc Awards honoring cinematography for films in 2013. Joining Deakins and his nominated work on the thriller Prisoners is Sean Bobbitt for 12 Years a Slave, Barry Ackroyd for Captain Phillips, Philippe Le Sourd for The Grandmaster, Emmanuel Lubezki for Gravity, Bruno Delbonnel for Inside Llewyn Davis, Phedon Papamichael for Nebraska. It's surprising that American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street were left out of this race, but it was clearly a competitive year since a three-way tie led to seven nominees. What's truly impressive is that this marks Deakins' 12th nomination for the Asc Award after being previously winning for The Shawshank Redemption and The Man Who Wasn't There, and getting nominated for Fargo, Kundun, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, »

- Ethan Anderton

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American Society of Cinematographers Nominees Announced – 7 Films On The List

8 January 2014 9:28 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has announced nominations in the theatrical motion picture category of the 28th Annual Asc Awards for Outstanding Achievement.

The nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Feature-Film Cinematography:

Barry Ackroyd (Capt. Phillips)

Sean Bobbitt (12 Yrs a Slave)

Roger Deakins (Prisoners)

Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)

Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)

Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)

The winner will be revealed at the awards ceremony on February 1, at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom.

“Our members believe these cinematographers have set the contemporary standard for artful, theatrical motion picture cinematography,” says Asc President Richard Crudo. “They have mastered a complex craft which contributes vitally to the storytelling process, and augments the intentions of everyone involved with the production.”

Traditionally, the organization selects five nominees, but a three-way tie this year boosts that number to seven.

This year’s nomination brings Deakins’ total to 12. He won last year for Skyfall, »

- Michelle McCue

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