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Saul Bass, Richard Williams and cinema's opening credits

Sauil Bass's credit sequence for The Man With the Golden Arm was carried into the film's publicity, prefiguring today's corporate identity approach

In Enter the Void, Gaspar Noé shows us things we've never seen before, beginning with opening credits of a rare intensity: big throbbing letters in English and Japanese, pulsating so rapidly they're almost reduced to a stream of subliminal imagery. It's dazzlingly modern and in-your-face, even though it's essentially just a bunch of different typefaces. Noé has taken an intrinsically old-fashioned approach to credits and given it the ultimate makeover.

A lot of today's movies (particularly the more self-important "event" releases) dispense with opening credits altogether, which is a shame, because there's nothing like an exhilarating launchpad to give a film lift-off. Until the 1950s, the usual method was to present names and titles on cards, or against an unmoving backdrop, though prestige productions sometimes tinkered with the
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50 Greatest Movie Trailers

50 Greatest Movie Trailers
From "Watchmen" to "Cloverfield" to "Dr. Strangelove," the Independent Film Channel counts down the 50 greatest movie trailers of all time. Watch, discuss and let us know if there's a trailer you've always loved.

IFC's 50 Greatest Trailers of All Time50. "Night of the Iguana" (1964)

Richard Burton plays a troubled Episcopal clergyman who escorts a busload of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast, while coming to terms with his past. Also stars Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner.
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Reveling in the Reveal

In the visual vocabulary of film, there are few techniques that both serve as both a story point as well as engaging imagery. Traditionally, the reveal shot consists of pulling back from a tightly framed shot to reveal a larger framing, exposing a greater context with often epiphanous implications to the audience – and in some cases – the on-screen characters. There is a bit of delight and excitement when you find out a story is bigger than previously thought.

The Use of Reveals

Regardless of genre, a reveal is an effective story-telling technique. There are many different types of reveals and they can be subtle or a gag. A reveal allows for a quick, economical, visual exposition and can convey story points. Revealing can also allows a filmmaker let the viewer “in” on portions a piece of information that perhaps the main protagonist is not yet aware of.

The Pull-back Reveal:
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Brian De Palma and Two Others Being Considered for Paranormal Activity 2

Wow... talk about trading up! Just one month after Saw VI director Kevin Greutert was contractually forced [1] to direct Saw VII, preventing him from taking up the reins on Paranormal Activity 2, Paramount has rebounded with an impressive list of big name directors interested in replacing him on the project. Perhaps the most surprising name on the list is Brian De Palma (The Untouchables, Scarface). Although he might seem like someone who is way above directing a sequel to a low budget horror flick, his last few films, including Redacted, The Black Dahlia, and Femme Fatale, have generated mixed reviews at best. Let's not forget that the man did also direct Stephen King's Carrie, and Redacted was a found footage film of sorts. According to the L.A. Times [2], two other directors are also being considered right now, and although they might not have the same name recognition as De Palma,
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Exclusive: David Belle Discusses 'District 13: Ultimatum'

Written and produced by Nikita and The Fifth Element director Luc Besson, the French action film District 13 (Banlieue 13) premiered in 2004 and became an instant global success, primarily due to the spring-loaded parkour stunt work of the film’s two leads, Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle. Now the fleet-footed heroes are back in the adrenalin-packed, heart-stopping sequel, District 13: Ultimatum.

The film picks up where the first installment left off. But not much in the Parisian slum District 13 has changed. It is still a crime-infested enclave of the French capital, pockmarked with bullet holes and adorned with anti-government graffiti. It is a place for cage fighting, gun trade and open air iron pumping. From here contraband and cocaine (packed in watermelons) are trafficked.

When planted drugs are found in his apartment, undercover police captain Damien Tomaso (Raffaelli), who was in line to receive the prestigious Order of
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Top 100 Tuesday: 100 Best Movies of the Decade

We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams. If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie. It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was. On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000. On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow. Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others. It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.

Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:

2009 – 11

2008 – 11

2007 – 7

2006 – 14

2005 – 12

2004 – 8

2003 – 7

2002 – 12

2001 – 10

2000 – 8

100. Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Clint Eastwood

99. Juno (2007) – Jason Reitman

98. An Education (2009) – Lone Scherfig

97. Spider-man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi

96. Munich (2005) – Steven Spielberg

95. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

94. The King Of Kong (2007) – Seth Gordon

93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus

92. Clerks 2 (2006) – Kevin Smith

91. Femme Fatale (2002) – Brian De Palma

90. Tasogare Seibei
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Birthday Suit: Shapeshifters

Sing your favorite stars a happy birthday in the privacy of your own home.

Maybe not out loud.

Happy birthday to Ethan, Rebecca and Mike

11/06

Today's filmic / famous birthdays.

If it's your own birthday shout it out. It's your day, after all.

1882 Thomas H Ince actor who became a lifeguard then an actor again until he was a pioneering film director who became a studio mogul until he morphed into Cary Elwes having an affair with Kirsten Dunst ... and then died mysteriously.

1903 June Marlowe lovely brunette who became the Warner Bros proclaimed "Most Beautiful Girl On Screen" and eventually settled in as Our Miss Crabtree

1931 Mike Nichols Second City Improv founder who became a comedian then morphed into one of the most celebrated film directors of the second half of the 20th century. The filmography is kind of uneven, though, right?

poll by twiigs.com

1946 Sally Field a little Pasadena
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ABC pilot bewitches Rebecca Romijn

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Rebecca Romijn will be the third of ABC's witches of "Eastwick." The drama pilot is based on the 1987 film "The Witches of Eastwick" (and, we guess, on the John Updike novel) and focuses on a trio of beautiful, young witches.  Romijn joins Lindsay Price and Jaime Ray Newman to complete the show's core threesome. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Romijn's character is Roxie, a "Bohemian and sharp-tongued single mother." Most recently seen as Alexis Meade on ABC's "Ugly Betty," Romijn also guest starred on hubby Jerry O'Connell's short-lived ABC comedy "Carpoolers." Her feature credits include the "X-Men" movies, "Femme Fatale"...
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Cannes 06: Massive Preview

  • Following up on a Screen Daily piece written moments after the Berlin film festival, we’ve decided to go with that list and make a full breakdown of the pictures that we might find at this year’s Cannes film festival. At this point its just speculation - but hell its fun to speculate and after what many consider a long wait for quality projects – I think that buyers and sellers might find themselves in a real frenzy at the Croisette. With the opening of what will be a massive blockbuster hit (hear those cash registers ring) in Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code (2006)The Da Vinci Code
[/link], and by the looks of the names there might be plenty of items to look forward to in the Autumn and be sure there will be plenty of leftovers for both Venice & Toronto (remember: Ang Lee avoided traffic and showcased Brokeback Mountain at Venice.
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Romijn-Stamos Finds New Romance

Romijn-Stamos Finds New Romance
Newly-single superstar Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is getting over her split from husband John Stamos with the help of a hunky businessman. The Femme Fatale beauty - who announced her separation from her husband of six years in April - was seen on the arm of Dennis Publishing Group creative director Andy Turnbull at the Maxim Hot 100 party over the weekend. And according to New York's Page Six gossip column, Rebecca wasn't the only 'A' lister enjoying some summer loving at the glitzy Manhattan bash. Onlookers report Chronicles Of Riddick star Vin Diesel enjoyed the attention of eight stunning women as he partied the night away, and even dispatched his assistants to collect the phone numbers of other eligible beauties at the party.

Tough Love for Melanie

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Tough Love for Melanie
Spanish Mask Of Zorro star Antonio Banderas has put his split with wife Melanie Griffith down to a dose of "tough love." Banderas, 42, told Griffith in a phone conversation that he couldn't take her jealousy any more, and has temporarily split with her in an effort to save their marriage. A source says, "Melanie's become clingy during their six years together, always pestering him over whether he's cheating on her and seeking reassurances that he still loves her." The most recent target of Griffith's paranoia was X-Men star Rebecca Romjin-Stamos, who starred with Banderas in his new movie Femme Fatale. But Romjin-Stamos is happily settled with husband John Stamos. Griffith, 45, was previously married twice to Miami Vice star Don Johnson and has been in rehab for addiction problems. However, Banderas does not intend the split to be permanent. A source says, "He's going to stay away for a few weeks to let them both sort through things."

Rebecca Romijn-stamos: I Experimented With Lesbianism

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Rebecca Romijn-stamos: I Experimented With Lesbianism
Married X-Men actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos has enjoyed several lesbian relationships - to cure her sexual curiosity. The stunning 29-year-old star, wed to hunky actor John Stamos, made the admission when describing her steamy lesbian scenes in new movie Femme Fatale. She says, "In my twenties, I wondered whether I was interested women - so I did my homework!" And the Californian's research served her well for her new movie - which features "pretty graphic" sex scenes - as she got to pick her female partner herself. She explains, "It was supposed to be me and a model. "Rie, the new Gucci girl, is a really good friend of mine so I asked the director if he'd audition her, and she got the part."

Tequila Helps Romijn-Stamos Take Her Clothes Off

Tequila Helps Romijn-Stamos Take Her Clothes Off
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos took to the bottle to calm her nerves and do a strip tease in her new film. Former model Romijn-Stamos plays Laure, a con woman who is trying to outrun her past by stealing another woman's identity, in Brian De Palma's forthcoming erotic thriller Femme Fatale. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival in France, she said, "It was the scariest thing I've ever done... practice and a couple of shots of tequila got me through it." The film, which also stars Antonio Banderas, is currently shooting in Paris and Cannes and is, according to Romijn-Stamos, a highly-stylized homage to the great British director Alfred Hitchcock and film noir.

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