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Lillian Gish Name Removed From Campus Theater For ‘Birth Of A Nation’ Role

Lillian Gish Name Removed From Campus Theater For ‘Birth Of A Nation’ Role
Bowling Green State University has removed actress Lillian Gish’s name from a campus theater because of her part in D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation.

Gish starred in the 1915 silent film, which was adapted from a novel and play, The Clansman. It is considered a landmark of film history, with many firsts – first close-up, fade-outs, and the longest film made to that point. However, it is full of racist imagery and plot lines, and venerates the Ku Klux Klan, who ride in to save the day.

Students at Bowling Green requested the change. After a study, it was agreed to change the name.

But this week, such stars as James Earl Jones, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese and several leading film scholars released an open letter calling for Bowling Green to retain Gish’s name on the theater. She shared billing with her sister on the theater name. Both were Ohio natives,
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Martin Scorsese Returning to Paramount for DiCaprio Reunion ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Martin Scorsese Returning to Paramount for DiCaprio Reunion ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” has officially landed at Paramount Pictures, the studio’s chief Jim Gianopulos confirmed during a presentation to European exhibitors at CineEurope (via Deadline). The project marks the sixth collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio and their first since “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and more.

Killers of the Flower Moon” was confirmed as Scorsese and DiCaprio’s next project in October 2018, but momentum on the film stalled as the director continued to work in post-production on “The Irishman.” The movie, based on the bestselling book by David Grann, is set in 1920s Oklahoma and centers around the Osage Nation murders, in which members of the Native American tribe were murdered one by one after the group became rich off the oil found underneath their land. The murders attracted the
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Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, and More Decry Removal of Lillian Gish’s Name From Theater

The college censorship debate has reached Hollywood. More than 50 prominent artists, writers, and film scholars are supporting the restoration of the names of the Gish sisters, Dorothy and Lillian, to a film theater at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

The letter accuses the university of making “a scapegoat in a broader political debate.” Among those signing their names are James Earl Jones, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese, George Stevens Jr., Bertrand Tavernier, Malcolm McDowell, Lauren Hutton, Joe Dante, and Taylor Hackford. The letter is a response to Bowling Green’s May 3 decision to change the name of the Gish Theater because of Lillian Gish’s acting role in D. W. Griffith’s incendiary 1915 silent film “The Birth of a Nation.”

The Birth of a Nation” has been called one of the most racist films ever made, and it’s credited with leading to the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in America.
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Showbiz History: Valentino's Wedding, Shirley's Discovery, Frasier's Ending

Six random things to celebrate on this day (May 13th) in showbiz history...

1919 It's the centennial today of the silent film Broken Blossoms starring Lillian Gish (which you can watch in full on YouTube), an interracial weepie romance with Richard Barthelmess in "yellow face" as a Chinese Man that Gish falls for. Some critics consider it D.W. Griffith's best film. 

Valentino and Rambova

1922 Silent film superstar Rudoph Valentino, who made millions swoon all over the world, weds costume and set designer Natacha Rambova at the age of 27. Valentino would then be arrested for bigamy since he'd been divorced for less than a year at the time (which was legally a no-go back then in California)...
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Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?

An Ohio cinema has removed ‘Gish’ from its name due to her role in notorious 1915 film The Birth of a Nation. Cultural myopia – or proof of newly enlightened times?

Lillian Gish, the “first lady of American cinema”, starred in more than 100 films between 1912 and 1987, including greats such as Broken Blossoms and The Night of the Hunter, and pioneered many of the techniques essential to cinema acting – especially mesmerising closeups. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an AFI Lifetime Achievement award and an honorary Oscar. But now, more than 25 years since her death aged 99, her stock appears to have fallen. The trustees of a student union in Ohio have voted unanimously to remove the name of Gish and her sister Dorothy from a university cinema because of one film that she appeared in, the notoriously racist The Birth of a Nation.

Dw Griffith’s 1915 film epic is still dangerous,
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The Hollywood Women’s Film Festival is June 14–18th

The Hollywood Women’s Film Festival is June 14–18th
We invite you to join us walking in the footsteps of the women pioneers in writing, directing and producing, Mary Pickford, Alice Guy Blache, Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino, Hedy Lamar, Lucille Ball, Marion Davies, Tressie Souders, Lillian Gish, Marion Wong and all the women film pioneers.

In Their Footsteps: Women Pioneers of Old Hollywood — Light the Way For the Women of New Hollywood

The Hollywood Women’s Film Festival is presented by The Hollywood Women’s Film Institute. Keeping the vision of the women pioneers of Hollywood’s golden era alive by re-inventing Hollywood is a homage to their genius.

The Institute

The Hollywood Women’s Film Institute is a non-profit feminist organization created to support and facilitate programs and opportunities for women filmmakers and student filmmakers in film, TV, and media. Together with our sponsors and celebrity hosts, our goals include helping women to create, distribute, screen and promote
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The Simpsons Season 30 Episode 14 Review: The Clown Stays in the Picture

Krusty's science fiction roots show on The Simpsons Season 30, Episode 14, "The Clown Stays in the Picture."

This The Simpsons review contains spoilers.

The Simpsons: Season 30 Episode 14

After 30 seasons, The Simpsons have a lot more to look back on than forward to. Episode 14, "The Clown Stays in the Picture," takes another in a series of peaks into their past for a revelatory look to add to the series canon, whether we remember it or not. Krusty the Clown is a local hero. Well known on every TV set in Springfield except the Flanderses. Up until now, his only nationally recognized appearances was as the Adam West-era Batman villain Clownface. We knew that Bob Newhart was vaguely familiar with the name.

What we didn't know is Krusty the Clown costarred in a hit comedy film called "Good Cop Dog Cop." It spilled so much popcorn a sequel was a natural. All of Hollywood's biggest names,
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As 'BlacKkKlansman' Surges, It's No Longer Spike Lee vs. the Oscars

As 'BlacKkKlansman' Surges, It's No Longer Spike Lee vs. the Oscars
Hollywood has never been a forgiving place for artists, least of all directors.

D.W. Griffith, who pretty much invented film grammar, couldn't rebound from the disaster of 1916's Intolerance. He died in 1948, impoverished and alcoholic, occasionally visited by his adoring muse, Lillian Gish, but unable to land a gig even as a second-unit director on Gone With the Wind, for which David O. Selznick briefly considered him, only to think better of the idea.

Griffith's onetime assistant, Erich von Stroheim, fared little better. The silent-era master, responsible for 1922's Foolish Wives and 1925's Greed, was relegated to ...
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Film Review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

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Nostalgia is a quaint word, one that summons visions of things that are toasty, comfy, wholesome, reassuring — all qualities, as it happens, that we associate with the 1964 Walt Disney nanny-from-heaven musical “Mary Poppins.” Yet nostalgia can also be a magical thing. It’s the great time machine of human emotion, with the power to turn the past into the present, the present into the past, and time itself into something timeless. “Mary Poppins Returns,” a sequel set 30 years after the first film, isn’t the immortal children’s movie that the singular, luminous, slightly screw-loose Disney original was. Yet it’s a rapturous piece of nostalgia — a film that devotes itself, in every madly obsessive frame, to making you feel happy in the guileless way a movie still could back in 1964.

Directed by Rob Marshall, it’s a lavishly high-spirited and, at times, nearly fetishistic recreation of a ’60s studio-back-lot musical,
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Hallelujah the Hills

Adolfas Mekas made his mark in American independent filmmaking with this avant-garde comedy that shook up film festivals circa 1963. Although it is said to have inspired Andy Warhol, it’s its own animal entirely, eighty minutes of cinematic frivolity that’s too sincere to be a parody of the filmic conventions it so happily celebrates.

Hallelujah the Hills

Blu-ray

Kino Classics

1963 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 82 min. / Street Date October 30, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 24.95

Starring: Peter Beard, Sheila Finn, Martin Greenbaum, Peggy Steffans, Jerome Raphael, Blanche Dee, Jerome Hill, Taylor Mead, Ed Emshwiller.

Cinematography: Ed Emshwiller

Film Editor: Louis Brigante, Adolfas Mekas

Costumes: Bathsheba

Original Music: Meyer Kupferman

Produced by David C. Stone

Written and Directed by Adolfas Mekas

Trying to describe Adolfas Mekas’ Hallelujah the Hills is a real chore. It is avant-garde in a way that no longer seems all that ‘avant,’ yet its impact in 1963 was very strongly felt in independent filmmaking everywhere.
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October Horrors 2018 Day 2 – The Night of the Hunter (1955)

The Night of the Hunter, 1955.

Directed by Charles Laughton.

Starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Billy Chapin and Sally Jane Bruce.

Synopsis:

Shortly before he is executed for murder, young John and Pearl Harper’s father makes the two swear to never reveal the location of the $10,000 he stole from his victims. The presence of hidden money peaks the interest of Harry Powell, a deranged preacher and serial killer who will stop at nothing to take the money for himself.

When we talk of the history of horror, we often think of the 1950s as being something of a rather mixed era. While the Europeans, recovering from the horrors of war, managed to craft all manner of stylish and creative works that continue to influence directors to this day, America seemed largely content to pump out a deluge of cheesy atomic-themed B-movies with a slight hint of commie scaremongering.
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The Birth of a Nation (1915)

It’s a CineSavant guest reviewer debut for journalist Sergio Alejandro Mims. In its first ever 2-disc set Twilight Time makes a bold statement with a domestic release of an important U.K. restoration. It’s without question extremely influential as filmmaking — techniques used in The Avengers: Infinity War can be traced back to D.W. Griffith’s classic. But this controversial picture is also one of the most vile, racist movies ever made. It has a lot of answer for, yet still makes an impact today. What other film released over a century ago can make that statement?

The Birth of a Nation

Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1915 / Color tinted / 1:33 flat full frame / 191 min. / Street Date May 22, 2018 /Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store /

Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Ralph Lewis, George Siegman Walter Long, Joseph Henabery Jennie Lee, Mary Alden.

Cinematography: G.W. Bitzer

Film Editors: D.W.
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Zoe’

  • Variety
Tribeca Film Review: ‘Zoe’
“Zoe,” a chilly but soft-headed do-androids-dream-of-electric-love? sci-fi romance, is one of those movies in which the future is depicted as being a heartbeat away from the present, a scheme that serves two neatly interlocking purposes. It allows an ambitious indie filmmaker — in this case, Drake Doremus — to make a science-fiction fantasy on a relatively low budget. It also allows him to make an atmospheric statement about how the technological fetishism of today is fast becoming the only reality of tomorrow.

In “Zoe,” love is something that people still pine for, but it’s been quantified, codified, systematized. Every one of your deepest yearnings is on-line. (Sound familiar?) The film centers on a company called Relationist, which interviews people by computer to match them up with ideally fitting partners (lady-robot voice to prospective couple: “Your chances for a successful relationship are 75 percent. Congratulations!”). The company also markets a drug that simulates feelings of romantic euphoria.
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‘The Business': How Hollywood Became the Center of the Entertainment Industry (Video)

‘The Business': How Hollywood Became the Center of the Entertainment Industry (Video)
So you want to make it in Hollywood? If you’ve moved out here for the sun, surf and stars — welcome! Los Angeles has a lot to offer and is the perfect place to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. But you may be wondering just why Hollywood ended up here in Southern California and not, as the legend goes, in Flagstaff, Arizona.

In this first episode of “The Business,” a new video series produced by TheWrap, we ask, why is Hollywood the center of the entertainment industry? How did Hollywood end up in… Hollywood?

TheWrap’s Paul Nyhart leads you through the history of the early days of cinema and the formation of Tinseltown. Where does the name “Hollywood” came from? How did early filmmakers push the boundaries of what a movie could be? Why did D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin and more artists come west? Why was Los Angeles the perfect place to settle down and make movies? What role did Thomas Edison have in shaping the industry?

Also Read: Pay Attention Or Fall Behind: Industry Pros Share How to Get Ahead in Entertainment (Video)

We answer all these questions and more in this first episode of “The Business.” In future episodes, TheWrap will speak with experts in the industry and take you through the history of Hollywood.

Watch the video for “The Business” above.

Read original story ‘The Business': How Hollywood Became the Center of the Entertainment Industry (Video) At TheWrap
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Princess Diana Was Related to Humphrey Bogart, Winston Churchill, and Lots of Us Presidents

Not only is she one of the world's most famous princesses, but Princess Diana had tons of famous relatives. And she's not alone — many of the other British royals have fascinating celebrity relations, too. For starters, Casablanca star Humphrey Bogart was Diana's seventh cousin. "Lady Diana's relationship to Mr. Bogart is a pretty remote linkup, but it is definitely there," Hugh Peskett, senior genealogist of the aristocracy guide Debrett's, once told Upi. And the late princess's ancestry also links her to Little Women writer Louisa May Alcott, silent film stars Rudolph Valentino and Lillian Gish, financier J. Pierpont Morgan, and American World War II general George Patton. So cool, right?! Humphrey Bogart in 1940. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Plus, as Time reported in 1981, Diana could count many world leaders as family members, including former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Across the pond, George Washington was Diana's eighth cousin seven times removed…
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Meryl Streep in ‘Ironweed’: A look back at her seventh Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Ironweed’: A look back at her seventh Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 7 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

On paper, “Heartburn” (1986) had the sound of a surefire smash. The picture reunited the talented trio from “Silkwood” (1983) – leading lady Meryl Streep, director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Nora Ephron. Production on the film hit a snag early on, as Nichols, seeing no magic between he and Streep, fired leading man Mandy Patinkin after mere days of shooting. Things would presumably still be A-ok, however, if not better, considering Patinkin’s replacement was none other than Jack Nicholson, hot as ever with his Academy Awards victory for “Terms of Endearment” (1983) and success the year prior with “Prizzi’s Honor” (1985).

That summer, “Heartburn” hit theaters to reviews
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Watch an Eerie and Fascinating 1963 Documentary on The Winchester Mystery House

This weekend the horror movie Winchester was released in theaters and as some of you may know, the film is inspired true events surrounding the Winchester Mystery House located in San Jose, CA.

I've been fascinated by this house ever since I was a kid. Sarah Winchester claims to have been instructed to keep building and adding onto the house by the spirits of those people who were killed by the Winchester rifle. She continued to build until she died. The ghosts also supposedly provided the designs on how the house should be built which makes it so weird and creepy.

If you aren't familiar with the Winchester Mystery House, I've got a fantastically eerie 1963 documentary that you've gotta check out. It was narrated by Lillian Gish and it offers a lot of intruging details on the house and the people who lived there.

Via: /Film
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The Whales of August

This look at the ‘adjustments’ of old age and the pain of nostalgia is a prime opportunity to admire a pair of legendary actresses. David Barry’s play observes the intersection of several interesting personalities on one glorious late-summer day. Bette Davis and Lillian Gish earn our full attention, backed by memorable turns from Ann Sothern and Vincent Price, directed by Lindsay Anderson.

The Whales of August

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1987 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 90 min. / 30th Anniversary Edition / Street Date December 19, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Ann Sothern, Vincent Price, Harry Carey Jr., Frank Grimes, Margaret Ladd, Tisha Stering, Mary Steenburgen.

Cinematography: Mike Fash

Film Editor: Nicolas Gaster

Production Design: Jocelyn Herbert

Original Music: Alan Price

Written by David Berry, from his play

Produced by Mike Kaplan, Carolyn Pfeiffer

Directed by Lindsay Anderson

Every once in a while a ‘sunset’ movie comes along, a picture seemingly
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Canon Of Film: ‘The Night of the Hunter’

In this week’s edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look at Charles Laughton‘s one-off masterpiece, ‘The Night of the Hunter‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

Director: Charles Laughton

Screenplay: James Agee based on the novel by David Grubb

Although he acted in over 50 films during his illustrious acting career, Charles Laughton only got to direct one film in his lifetime, but he made it count, and it stands as a strange, unique essential film that’s part ‘Huckleberry Finn’, and the rest, this surrealistic nightmare with a tone that seems to directly influence modern horror/slasher film directors like Wes Craven, John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper. ‘The Night of the Hunter,’ frightened the hell out of me on my first viewing, and still continues to shake me on subsequent ones. It’s at
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‘Wonderstruck’: How Costume Design Superstar Sandy Powell Boosted Todd Haynes’ Cinematic Tour de Force

‘Wonderstruck’: How Costume Design Superstar Sandy Powell Boosted Todd Haynes’ Cinematic Tour de Force
After working on “Hugo” (based on Brian Selznick’s illustrated novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”), costume designer Sandy Powell became the first champion of his follow-up, “Wonderstruck.” In fact, Powell was so taken with his parallel adventures of two deaf children in 1927 and 1977 New York, that she encouraged him to write a screenplay and then gave it to Todd Haynes, who read it and agreed to direct.

“I thought it would make a wonderful movie, and, after Brian finished the script, I joked that I would have to produce it,” said the three-time Oscar-winning Powell (“The Young Victoria,” “The Aviator,” and “Shakespeare in Love”).

“I immediately thought of Todd. He’s so visual and he takes risks, and I was interested in his take on younger people driving the story,” added Powell, who previously worked with the director on “Carol,” “Far From Heaven,” and “Velvet Goldmine.”

A Tale of
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