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‘The Memory of Justice’ Clip: Marcel Ophüls’ Restored Wartime Documentary Epic Goes Inside Tragedy of War — Watch

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‘The Memory of Justice’ Clip: Marcel Ophüls’ Restored Wartime Documentary Epic Goes Inside Tragedy of War — Watch
Forty years after its initial release, a newly restored version of Marcel Ophüls’ seminal wartime documentary “The Memory of Justice” is set screen on HBO 2 on Monday, April 24, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The documentary was restored by The Academy Film Archive and Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation.

Read More: Nyff: A Conversation with Academy Award-Winning Director Marcel Ophüls

In the film, Ophüls he explores the devastation and the destruction of war, specifically World War II and the Vietnam War. The film is a 4.5 hour epic that truly exposes the impact war has on the collective and on the individual.

Ophüls was inspired by “Nuremberg and Vietnam: An American Tragedy,” written by Telford Taylor during the Vietnam War and reflecting on issues raised during his work as Chief Counsel for the Prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials.

Read More: Milestone Celebrates Trio of Prizes and Deal for Ophuls’ “Troubles”

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New Trailer For Acclaimed Documentary ‘Newtown’ Examines An American Tragedy

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Even as politicians continue to argue about gun control, there can be no doubt: Gun violence and mass shootings are reaching epidemic proportions in the country. The ease with which anyone can buy assault weapons and ammunition has been matched by tragedy after tragedy in which innocent people are harmed in horrific acts of violence. And one of the most affecting in recent memory was what unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary school in 2012.

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'X Factor': Sharon 'swears, throws pen at contestant after Ozzy jibe'

X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne reportedly swore and threw her pen at a contestant who criticised her husband Ozzy Osbourne.

The returning judge was furious when 73-year-old Jonnie Rocco insulted Ozzy's talent after an unsuccessful audition, reports The Sun.

Rocco - who has auditioned for the ITV series twice before and is famous for making a Mafia-style threat to Louis Walsh - sang Elvis Presley's 'An American Tragedy'.

When Sharon delivered her verdict, he replied: "You think Ozzy can sing?"

"Get him out of my f**king room," Sharon responded furiously.

She then reportedly threw her pen at him, hitting him on the shoulder as he was being escorted out of the room by security.

An X Factor insider revealed: "Jonnie hit a really raw nerve and Sharon was furious.

In pictures - X Factor 2013 Glasgow auditions:

"Normally she takes criticism from contestants on the chin.

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Rhys Meyers to Be Cast in Next Star Wars Installment?

Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in Star Wars: Episode VII? Jonathan Rhys Meyers is "in talks" to star in J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII, according to Latino Review. Best known for his role as King Henry VIII in the Showtime series The Tudors, which also features upcoming Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Rhys Meyers has already been featured in one Abrams movie: Mission: Impossible III (2003), in which he supported Tom Cruise. (Photo: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors.) At this stage, it’s unclear which role Jonathan Rhys Meyers would play in Star Wars: Episode VII, now a Walt Disney Studios production. The next installment in the highly popular franchise is reportedly to continue the Star Wars saga where Return of the Jedi left off. Having said that, in case Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels (perhaps a little rustier?) are indeed returning to the Star Wars fold,
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The Great Gatsby never makes a great movie

There have been plenty of failed F Scott Fitzgerald adaptations already. Besides, who needs films based on 20s literature when their themes resonate through so much film and TV anyway?

Given the track record that film-makers of some distinction have had adapting F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, you may understand my reluctance to see Baz Luhrmann's new version. I shall need another two deep readings of the book to armour myself completely against the grievances I expect the movie will do to it.

I think Gatsby is the Great American Novel, even though it slipped out of fashion and out of print for decades (like Moby Dick and lots of Faulkner), and even though its author, no matter his achievement, is somehow assuredly not the Great American Novelist. The Great American Novel never makes for the Great American Movie. The latter rarely derives from the former. The
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Writers Guild Awards 2012: Nominations: Midnight In Paris, Young Adult

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Midnight in Paris, Young Adult, and the other nominations for the 2012 Writers Guild Awards have been announced. The 64th Annual Writers Guild Awards is “a generic term referring to the joint efforts of two different Us labor unions: The Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae), representing TV and film writers East of the Mississippi. The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw), representing TV and film writers in Hollywood and southern California.” The 2012 Writers Guild Awards will be held on February 19, 2012.

The full listing of the 2012 Writers Guild Awards nominations is below.

Screenplay Nominees

Original Screenplay

50/50, Written by Will Reiser; Summit Entertainment

Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig; Universal Pictures

Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Win Win, Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni; Fox Searchlight

Young Adult, Written by Diablo Cody; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne
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Writers Guild Awards Announce Their Nominees: Television, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2011 season. The winners will be honored at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Television Nominees

Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire, Written by Bathsheba Doran, Dave Flebotte, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Itamar Moses, Margaret Nagle, Terence Winter; HBO

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss; HBO

The Good Wife, Written by Courtney Kemp Agboh, Meredith Averill, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Karen Hall, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Steve Lichtman, Matthew Montoya, Julia Wolfe; CBS

Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell,
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2011 Midway Point: Jesse's Top 10

#10. The Dish and the Spoon - Alison Bagnall (2011 SXSW) An out of step pas de deux, The Dish and The Spoon deftly explores where you go when you reach the end. A cuckolded wife, a mysterious waif and the Delaware seashore offer a story that charms in its rueful sadness. Though you know their relationship won’t last, you can’t help wishing it would. #9. Cave of Forgotten Dreams - Werner Herzog (April 29th) The oldest known artwork, the Chauvet Cave, is explored here with the newest form of filmic expression, 3D. Herzog shot the film in 3D to “capture the intentions of the painters”. Through its sweeping, gentle camerawork and Herzog’s penetrating narration, Cave of Forgotten Dreams brings these 30,000-year-old paintings to life. Caught this at SXSW. #8. Super 8 - J.J. Abrams (June 10th) An homage to its producer, Super 8 gives a lot, asking nothing in return.
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Elizabeth Taylor: let the story melt away and just gaze

The last film star and expert survivor – David Thomson celebrates the life of Elizabeth Taylor

She was her own montage: seven husbands, eight marriages, diamonds beyond the counting, scandals like forgotten promises, two Oscars for films that showed the immense creative journey she could take, soaring as if on a single breath from the ridiculous Butterfield 8 (playing a hopelessly old-fashioned Hollywood "whore") to Martha in Edward Albee's and Mike Nichols's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a defiant wreck out of the true heartland of American tragedy. She had the range, nerve and instinct that only Bette Davis had had before – and like Davis, Taylor was monster and empress, sweetheart and scold, idiot and wise woman. We went in awe of her, but with one word or a knowing smile she assured us she was one of us. So beautiful, she could go crazy, too – and then move on.
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Elizabeth Taylor: how Guardian critics rated her films

Extracts from our digital archive show that Guardian film critics were not always as kind as history about Elizabeth Taylor's films. Click on the links in the headings of each extract to read the original articles

National Velvet

9 October 1945, page 3

'A most exciting and engaging film'

"National Velvet," the Technicolor film of Enid Bagnold's story about the butcher's daughter who won the Grand National, asks for a suspension of disbelief, but, admitting the fairy tale element, it makes a most exciting and engaging film, and the basic improbability is no bar to the enjoyment of the story. There is naturally something fresh, and unusual about the plot and its setting, and if the Brown household and the village they live in seem almost too delightful to be true, there can be no doubt that many of the country and seashore scenes where Velvet trains the Pie horse are: lovely-to look at.
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St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase:…..and the winners are:

Wonder what those limousines were doing in front of the Tivoli last week? It was the10th Annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase and congratulations to everyone who had a hand in the 65 films that were shown. The Cinema St. Louis event was held July 17-22 and focused exclusively on the works, both shorts and features, of St. Louis-based filmmakers, as well as expatriates with strong local connections who have gone on to work in other cities. Attendance was high, the audiences enthusiastic, and it was great to see so much local talent on display. A packed post-fest party was held at the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill Thursday night and awards were presented in various categories. It takes hard work and dedication to complete a film and every one of these St. Louis filmmakers involved is a winner. Here’s a list of what the judges at this year’s St.
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