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The films that weren't even given a shot at winning best picture
• Charles Saatchi: my love affair with Orson Welles
Here, in no particular order, is Charles Saatchi's list of the post-1950 films that should have been nominated for a best film Oscar. Tell us your picks below.
What's Up Doc?
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
2001: A Space Odyssey
Advise and Consent
King of Comedy
- Charles Saatchi
Amazon Studios first film projects Touching Blue, Original Soldiers, and Children of Others are being produced by Denise Di Novi, Bill Gerber, and Edward Saxon. Amazon Studios was developed and launched by Amazon.com last year and invited “users to submit their scripts, storyboards, and films to the site for evaluation, discussion, and a potential deal with Warner Bros. 6,000 scripts and 600 test movies later”.
Information of the development of each film and who is producing it through Amazon Studios:
Di Novi, whose past credits include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Crazy, Stupid, Love., will produce Touching Blue. Written by Scott Mullen, the script revolves around a woman who has the unusual ability to track people based on the things they’ve touched, but suffers from physical pain whenever she’s touched by another person. The FBI enlists her and her powers to help hunt down a serial killer. »
After launching over a year ago, receiving over 6,000 scripts and 600 movies demanding their attention, Amazon Studios have finally filtered through all the mayhem. According to Deadline, they’ve finally announced their first three projects, as well as the producers attached to each film.
Denise Di Novi — of Ed Wood and Crazy, Stupid Love. fame — will head the first project, Touching Blue. Scott Mullen has written the script, which tells the story of a “woman who has the ability to track people based on things that they’ve touched.” However, this special gift causes physical pain to any human she touches. Think Rouge from X-Men but take away Wolverine and add the FBI, who enlist the woman to help hunt a serial killer.
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 It's been just over a year since Web retail giant Amazon launched  Amazon Studios, inviting users to submit their scripts, storyboards, and films to the site for evaluation, discussion, and a potential deal with Warner Bros. 6,000 scripts and 600 test movies later, the film studio has announced its first three projects, with Hollywood vets Denise Di Novi, Bill Gerber, and Edward Saxon signed on to produce. As far as I know, Amazon Studios hasn't expressed a particular interest in sticking to one genre, but it just so happens that all three films center on sci-fi premises. More details after the jump. Deadline  broke the story on the upcoming films, all of which are in the early development stages. No directors or actors have been announced at this time. Di Novi, whose past credits include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Crazy, Stupid, Love., will produce Touching Blue. »
- Angie Han
A trio of big name producers Denise Di Novi ("Crazy, Stupid, Love"), Bill Gerber ("Gran Torino") and Academy Award winner Edward Saxon ("Silence of the Lambs") have signed on to produce scripts uploaded to Amazon's site, the company announced on Thursday. Amazon Studios launched in November 2010 as a new media film company that relied heavily on crowd sourcing. Through the web service, filmmakers and screenwriters submit their full-length movies and scripts, which are then voted on by visitors. The company the helps get the movies that receive the most enthusiastic responses made »
- Brent Lang
Last night, we got to spend the evening with many of the lovely folks from LOVEFiLM as they did a fantastic job live streaming the 2011 British Independent Film Awards (see all our coverage from the great event here). I have massive respect for LOVEFiLM, not only are they so nice to work alongside at many events, they are a great inspiration to me in the way the company started and have grown into becoming the UK’s number one movie go-to rental service and was recently purchased by Amazon so I’m always keen to seen what they’re up to next.
We put up a press release a few months ago that LOVEFiLM would be coming to Xbox Live in the near future and I’m pleased to report that as of today, the streaming version of the rental service can now be accessed via you Xbox consoles. This »
- David Sztypuljak
Chicago – She first finds him hiding behind a rack of clothes in her small charity shop. He’s the sort of a battered soul that her Christian instincts naturally desire to protect. The way he crouches on the floor and snarls at her causes him to resemble a threatening animal, but the calming prayer that she recites quickly reduces him to tears. Even before their eyes have had the chance to meet, a vital connection has been made between the two strangers.
This is an early scene from the Sundance darling, “Tyrannosaur,” a brutally raw but deeply moving drama that marks the directorial debut of chameleon-esque character actor Paddy Considine. He appears to have followed in the footsteps of his fellow countryman, Tim Roth, whose first (and only) feature, 1999’s “The War Zone,” was uncompromisingly grim but also exhilaratingly well acted. It’s clear that both Roth and Considine »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Following in the tradition of great What Culture arguments for films such as Jurassic Park, Star Wars and Jaws, it’s now time for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to step forward and shoot all contenders down for the prestigious title of greatest film of all time. No other film is as iconic, as epic or as purely cinematic as Sergio Leone’s 1966 spaghetti western, which combines everything that’s remarkable about about the work of the late Italian director into one astonishing piece of filmmaking.
Here’s 50 reasons why The Good, the Bad and the Ugly might just be the greatest film of all time.
- Stephen Leigh
Typecasting is a terrible fate to befall an actor. Many of them have suffered from it over the years, accepting role after role in similar films with similar plots and similar characters simply because they have no real alternative. However, in spite of the risks involved there are also those who subvert this association; those who have elevated themselves to near legendary status within their chosen genre. Their performances define it and are woven inextricably into its rich tapestry. Two such actors are pictured above and are the subject of this article – one, a silent and anonymous loner with no time for small talk and very direct methods of dealing with his adversaries, the other a straight talking, no – nonsense peacekeeper with a trademark southern drawl. Both are perhaps best known for their westerns, although they also directed, produced and starred in a variety of other films too including military epics and ‘unorthodox’ police procedurals. »
- Jame Simpson
Amy Adams (The Muppets) will play Clint Eastwood's daughter in the baseball movie Trouble with the Curve. The Warner Brothers film is about an aging baseball scout who is losing his vision and takes his daughter to Atlanta to check out a prospect. Eastwood will produce through his Malpaso production company but hands directing duties over to his Malpaso partner Robert Lorenz.
Eastwood had been torm between Adams and Sandra Bullock for the role but when Bullock's schedule was too full, it freed them up to make the offer to Adams. Eastwood's last on-camera work was in 2008's Gran Torino but he made an animated appearance in Rango.
Source: Variety »
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Warner Bros has signed a major film distribution agreement with LOVEFiLM, it was announced today by Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros UK, Ireland & Spain, and Simon Calver, chief executive of LOVEFiLM.
The multi-year, multi-layered pact offers consumers wider choice and more access to Warner Bros content across a range of options. The deal spans LOVEFiLM's digital subscription, download to own and pay per view services, as well as Warner Bros' branded Svod service WarnerFilms.
An exclusive second window subscription pay TV deal will see Warner Bros.' recent and forthcoming film releases added to LOVEFiLM's Watch Online service through the LOVEFiLM Player, either on the PC or accessible via Sony PlayStation(R)3, Apple iPad, a growing »
- David Bentley
The primary love interest of Superman, Lois Lane, might be venturing into the world of baseball alongside Clint Eastwood for the Warner Bros. drama the Trouble With the Curve. After Sandra Bullock was unable to take the role, I hope Amy Adams will be able to take the role of Eastwood’s estranged daughter. If her [...]
- Nick Martin
London and Burbank, Calif. 17th November 2011: Warner Bros. has signed a major film distribution agreement with LOVEFiLM it was announced today by Josh Berger, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain and Simon Calver, Chief Executive, LOVEFiLM. The multi-year, multi-layered pact offers consumers wider choice and more access to Warner Bros. content across a range of options. The deal spans LOVEFiLM’s digital subscription, download to own and pay per view services, as well as Warner Bros.’ branded Svod service WarnerFilms. An exclusive second window subscription pay TV deal will see Warner Bros.’ recent and forthcoming film releases added to LOVEFiLM’s Watch Online service through the LOVEFiLM Player, either on the PC or accessible via Sony PlayStation®3, Apple iPad, a growing number of web-enabled TV sets and Blu-ray players, and later this year Microsoft Xbox 360. Movies available at the start of the deal in December will include The Dark Knight, »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
Though last month brought news that The Blind Side actress Sandra Bullock might be venturing into the world of baseball alongside Clint Eastwood for the drama Trouble with the Curve, it looks like her schedule is full. Now Variety reports it will be the lovely Amy Adams who will take the lead female wrong in the story of an aging baseball scout (Eastwood) who's losing his sight and decides to take a road trip to Atlanta with his daughter to check out a hot prospect. However, it's important to note that Adams has merely been offered the role, and since her schedule is apparently also pretty cluttered, it may not happen. The film marks a rare return to acting for Eastwood who has stayed mostly behind the camera with films like Mystic River and most recently J. Edgar. However, his own films like Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino allowed »
- Ethan Anderton
Bullock was reportedly offered the role but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts.
The film will feature Eastwood as a veteran baseball scout, who is losing his sight, and will mark the Hollywood icon's return to acting.
He last appeared on the big screen in 2008's Gran Torino. »
The "J. Edgar" director is returning to acting for the first time since 2008's "Gran Torino" in "Trouble With the Curve," and he's eyeing the "Muppets" beauty for the role of his daughter, according to Variety.
"Trouble With the Curve" follows a going-blind veteran baseball scout who decides to take a road trip to Atlanta with his daughter to check out a hot prospect.
Clint Eastwood's longtime Malpaso partner, Robert Lorenz, will be making his directorial debut with the film. "Trouble" marks Eastwood's first acting gig in a movie he didn't direct himself since 1993's "In the Line of Fire" (which was directed by Wolfgang Petersen).
The role of Eastwood's daughter was offered to Sandra Bullock, but she was unable to take the part due to scheduling conflicts. Adams is a busy gal, too -- we'll have to see if »
- Bryan Enk
After Sandra Bullock turned it down, Variety reports that Amy Adams is now wanted for the female lead in Trouble With the Curve, a rare onscreen appearance from Clint Eastwood that’s being helmed by Robert Lorenz. In the scope of Randy Brown‘s screenplay, the part seems like a pretty large one, being of a baseball scout’s (Eastwood) estranged daughter who travels with her father to “check out an up and coming pitching prospect.”
Although Adams hasn’t been singed on (or doesn’t even seem to be in talks yet), she is being offered the film, and not many actors are going to turn down the American icon. Bear in mind, I also said the same thing about Bullock; maybe you just shouldn’t listen to me. But, relating to that, it’s said that she couldn’t star because of her full slate, and they note »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Maybe there’s not a deep family resemblance, but if you squint you can see it, right?
Luckily, Clint Eastwood is used to squinting.
The film is about an aging baseball scout who goes on the road one last time with his estranged daughter, who presumably helps him overcome any weakness, such as his diminished eyesight, that might get in the way of finding new recruits. Adams hasn’t committed to the role, »
- Anthony Breznican
Clint Eastwood's last acting gig was in 2008, in his own film Gran Torino. At the time it looked like it might be his last, as the seasoned filmmaking vet reasoned that he'd rather be active behind the camera than in front of it. But Eastwood is going to act at least once more in a film about an aging baseball scout going on one last roadtrip to evaluate a young player. The movie is Trouble With the Curve, and it will be directed  by Eastwood's longtime Malpaso Pictures partner Robert Lorenz based on a script by Randy Brown. A key part of the narrative equation is that Eastwood's characters' daughter is along for the ride, and now Amy Adams looks set to play that role. When the movie first showed its head a few months ago it looked like Sandra Bullock would play alongside Eastwood  in the story of »
- Russ Fischer
We first reported on Trouble with the Curve in October, when Clint Eastwood signed on. It is his first project as an actor since 2008's Gran Torino. The story centers on Clint Eastwood's character, a baseball scout who is beginning to lose his sight. He brings his daughter (Amy Adams) along on a scouting trip to Atlanta, so he can take a look at a young prospect. Amy Adams hasn't accepted the offer yet, and it is said she may have scheduling issues to work out if she takes the role.
Robert Lorenz is directing Trouble with the Curve from a screenplay by Randy Brown. Robert Lorenz is Clint Eastwood's producing partner at Malpaso Productions, and Trouble with the Curve will serve as his directorial debut. »
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