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Movies This Week: May 23-29, 2014

23 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »


Memorial Day weekend used to always usher in the official start of the summer movie season, but over the last few years the blockbusters have been sneaking into multiplexes earlier and earlier in May. Now that we've finally made it to the holiday weekend, the multiplexes are already exploding with big-budget tentpoles and sequels. Luckily for you, Austin theaters offer some legitmately interesting counterprogramming.

The Austin Film Society is starting a brand new series tonight called "Rebel Rebel." Earlier this week, we chatted with Lars Nilsen to find out more about the films being featured over the next few weekends. The first selection is Gillo Pontecorvo's 1969 film Burn! starring Marlon Brando. The movie features a score by Ennio Morricone and will be screening in 35mm at the Marchesa.

You'll want to head over to the Afs Screening Room on Tuesday night for the Avant Cinema presentation of Your Day Is My Night. »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Ennio Morricone Cancels U.S. Tour; Tfi Orders ‘My Restaurant Rocks’

19 May 2014 9:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ennio Morricone’s Injury Force Cancellation Of U.S. Concert Dates Complications from a back injury have forced Ennio Morricone to cancel his planned concerts in the U.S. next month. The composer, who has five Academy Award nominations and a 2007 Honorary Oscar to his credit, was to conduct a 200-piece ensemble of musicians and singers performing selections from his film scores. Morricone, 85, had planned give his first-ever Los Angeles performance on June 15 at the Nokia Theatre and only his second career NYC show on June 13 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He suffered the back injury in March, leading to the cancellation of shows scheduled into June, but had hoped to make the U.S. dates. His attorney said the injury prevents him from conducting or flying. Said the Italian composer, “I apologize to my fans for having to cancel these shows, and hope that I am able to make it back soon. »


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Cannes at the Halfway Point: Where's the Excitement?

18 May 2014 6:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A little after midnight on Saturday night, the iconic strains of Ennio Morricone's theme to “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” wafted down the Croisette as an outdoor beach screening of the Sergio Leone Western came to an end. Tuxedo-clad guests at the Cannes Film Festival heard the music as they left the Grand Theater Lumiere after a screening of the raucous “Wild Tales,” along with others who'd exited the nearby Salle Debussy after seeing “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” And, of course, they were all wading through a sea of humanity that was just in town to party. »

- Steve Pond

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12 Hugely Iconic Movies That Shockingly Didn’t Win A Single Academy Award

13 January 2014 6:08 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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With the 86th Academy Awards ceremony fast approaching, it’s time to play devil’s advocate and highlight the fact that the Oscars are not quite the be-all and end-all of cinematic accomplishment. In fact, if you scour any “Best Films Ever” countdown, you’ll find numerous classics that didn’t pick up a single Oscar in the year of their release, despite the fact these movies are of renowned status.

This intention of this list is to both shock and educate, then. In the case of every film included, it is quite probable that you will have passed through life just assuming that they cleaned up at the Oscars without actually bothering to check. I know I did. So sit back and slip on your bifocals, as we take you through the 12 most iconic films that – shockingly – didn’t win a single Academy Award, starting with… »

- Gary Hughes

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