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Remember Me:  John Calley (1930-2011) – “A Class Act”

20 September 2011 9:27 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Hollywood joke: 

A writer, a director, and a producer are crawling across the desert without water, dying of thirst.  They look up and sticking out of the sand is a nicely chilled bottle of apple juice.  Before the writer and director can grab it, the producer is on his feet, unzips his pants and starts peeing into the bottle. 

“What’re you doing?” the writer and director cry. 

“Fixing it!” says the producer. 

So, that attitude in mind, when I tell you John Calley died last Tuesday at age 81, and if the name is unfamiliar and I try to enlighten you by saying he was a producer and – worse – a studio executive, no doubt at least a few of you who regularly patronize this site out of your love for film and filmmakers might shrug and say, “So what?”  A dead studio exec?  That’s like that other joke, the »

- Bill Mesce

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50 Reasons Why Taxi Driver Might Just Be The Greatest Film Of All Time

13 May 2011 9:59 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

(Laurent Kelly’s article from February re-posted as the 35th anniversary restored print of Taxi Driver is playing in U.K. cinema’s now)

Ok so you surely know the drill by now? An Owf writer is challenged to come up with 50 or so reasons for why a film of their choice should be dubbed the greatest of all time, you love them, are informed, educated and entertained by all of them and then you tell us what we forgot, where we went wrong and how much you enjoyed the article

You’ve read all the ones to date, and now it’s my turn to bring you 50 Reasons Why Taxi Driver Might Just Be The Greatest Film Of All Time!

1.) Opening Credits Sequence

In the very first shot a taxi appears from out of the street smoke and then fades again almost as if we just imagined its appearance. »

- Laurent Kelly

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How The Blockbuster Ruined Hollywood

1 May 2011 9:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The big-budget (usually summer) blockbuster is the financial cornerstone of the American motion picture industry, and has been for much of the last 35 years or so.  In all its forms – action/adventure, suspense, Western, war story, horror, science fiction, fantasy, et al – the big budget thriller’s earning power is unmatched by any other movie form.       Romantic comedies like The Proposal (2009), slapstick and teen comedies like The Hangover (2009) and Little Fockers (2010), are sometimes capable of blockbuster-caliber domestic earnings, but rarely match those of the thriller, nor can they rival its attraction overseas.  The performances of more adult-themed dramas and comedies – even those considered financial successes — are often weaker still.  The reliance of most major thriller releases today on action-driven plots is a form of cinematic Esperanto, transcending barriers of language and cultural nuance.  The blockbuster thriller is as accessible to Asian audiences as it is to Latin American audiences as it is to U. »

- Bill Mesce

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Ratings: Office Send-Off Draws Good Crowd

29 April 2011 9:41 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Steve Carell’s long-gestating and super-sized adieu to The Office was watched by at least 8.1 million total viewers and drew a 4.1 demo rating, representing a 20 percent week-to-week gain and the NBC comedy’s best numbers since January 20. Those tallies could inch higher once the 10 minutes of Parks and Rec overlap is abacus’d out of the equation.

The Latest Office Gossip: Are Phyllis and Erin…?!

Me: How much did you love them revealing the “trophy” moment we’ve seen in the opening credits all these years?

Recap: The Office Says Farewell to Michael Scott With a Tear and a Smile »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Robert Rodriguez’s Nike Short Film ‘The Black Mamba’

21 February 2011 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

NBA All Star Weekend has just concluded and besides the All Star Game, 3-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest, one of the biggest happenings in the world of the basketball was a new film by Robert Rodriguez. The director of Sin City and Spy Kids teamed up with Nike and Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, along with Bruce Willis, Danny Trejo and Kanye West, for a basketball-influenced grindhouse short action film called The Black Mamba. We showed you the poster and a few trailers [1] for the 6 minute movie earlier this month and now, we've got the full film embedded after the jump. Don't forget, this is a Nike sponsored movie [2] so the shoe shots are gratuitous. But, as Rodriguez says in the film, "Product placement gives us a bigger budget. Bigger budget? Bigger explosions." Fun, right? But not as fun as I thought it was going to be. I »

- Germain Lussier

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