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Newport Beach Film Festival Offers Wealth of Premieres, Retrospectives and Seminars

Nbff kicks off opening night with Sundance hit “American Animals.” The British-American true crime drama, written and directed by Bart Layton, starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson, will be followed by a gala reception at the Fashion Island shopping mall.

The fest will end its eight-day run with the West Coast premiere of “All Square,” director John Hyams’ dramedy about a small-time bookie (Michael Kelly) who comes up with a scheme to take bets on Little League games.

Following the screening, the fest, in partnership with Schiefer ChopShop and Via Lido Plaza, will host the closing-night celebration. The outdoor event will feature a hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka, Oban Whiskey and Guinness, with culinary tastings from top local restaurants.

In between those bookends, Nbff will host the U.S. premieres of the Italian feature “Wife and Husband,” the Chinese film “End of Summer,” the Japanese award-winning film “3 Ft.
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'Scarface' Reunion: 10 Things We Learned at Tribeca Film Festival Event

The Tribeca Film Festival celebrated the 35th anniversary of Scarface on Thursday night with "the greatest double feature in the history of the Beacon [Theater in Manhattan]:" a screening of the movie followed by a panel featuring three of the actors – Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer – plus director Brian De Palma.

The crowd was raucous throughout the screening, hooting and hollering each time Pacino delivered one of his signature lines or snorted his way through yet another small mountain of cocaine. Viewers brought the same energy into a bizarre, sometimes
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Critic's Picks: An April To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.

TCM Classic Film Fest At The Tcl Chinese | 6925 Hollywood Blvd.

There’s no single greater confluence of classic cinema in Los Angeles than the annual TCM Classic Film Festival, this year running from April 26-29 at a variety of venues centered around the Tcl Chinese multiplex in Hollywood. Although, like many events of its nature, the festival has transitioned largely to digital presentations (albeit digital restorations), there are still a dozen-plus film prints on offer at this year’s edition. Of those, titles range from Hollywood studio classics (John M. Stahl’s Leave Her to Heaven, Howard Hawks’ To Have and...
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6 Fantastic Comedies on FilmStruck That Get Funnier With Age

6 Fantastic Comedies on FilmStruck That Get Funnier With Age
There’s nothing worse than revisiting one of your favorite comedies from the past, a movie that’s brought you nothing but joy and laughter time and time again, only to realize in the cold light of adulthood…it kind of sucks. Have you changed so much over the years? Have you lost some spark of innocence and levity that once burned bright within? Or is it the movie that’s changed? Maybe that super questionable joke or character or premise isn’t holding up like it once did? Who were you to ever laugh at these things? Why did you ever like this???

Well, thanks to FilmStruck, you don’t have to worry about answering any of these questions. These timeless comedies, available to stream now, not only hold up, but have gotten even better with age. Let go of the fear and rediscover some of your old favorites.
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Martin Scorsese Unveils 38-Film Curriculum Surveying Democracy in American Cinema

Recently completing one of the longest shoots of his career with The Irishman, most other directors would consider that an accomplishment enough, but in between takes, Martin Scorsese somehow found time to construct a new curriculum as part of his “The Story of Movies” film course, produced with his company Film Foundation. This latest edition is “Portraits of America: Democracy on Film” and is free for students. However, if one would just like to follow along with their own personal screenings, the full list is available.

“We all need to make sense of what we’re seeing. For young people born into this world now, it’s absolutely crucial that they get guided,” Scorsese says (via IndieWire). “They have to learn how to sort the differences between art and pure commerce, between cinema and content, between the secrets of images that are individually crafted and the secrets of images that are mass-produced.
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Martin Scorsese’s New Film Course: ‘Portraits of America’ Teaches Democracy Through Chaplin, Coppola, and More

Martin Scorsese’s New Film Course: ‘Portraits of America’ Teaches Democracy Through Chaplin, Coppola, and More
Martin Scorsese and his nonprofit organization The Film Foundation have announced their brand-new film curriculum, “Portraits of America: Democracy on Film.” The curriculum is the latest addition to the group’s ongoing film course “The Story of Movies,” which aims to teach students how to read the language of film and place motion pictures in the context of history, art, and society. Both “Democracy on Film” and the course are completely free for schools and universities.

“Portraits of America: Democracy on Film” is broken down into eight different sections, all of which include in-depth looks at some of the most important American films ever made, from Chaplin to Ford, Coppola, Spielberg, and ultimately Scorsese himself. The program is presented in partnership with Afscme. Scorsese announced the curriculum at a March 27 press conference in New York City.

“We all need to make sense of what we’re seeing,” Scorsese explained. “For
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Scarface remake enlists new screenwriter

Last month it was announced that Universal’s long-gestating Scarface remake looked to be getting back on track, with filmmaker Antoine Fuqua returning to the project almost a year after vacating the director’s chair in favour of The Equalizer 2.

Now, according to Deadline, the studio has enlisted screenwriter Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala, Contralepo) to pen a rewrite of the script, which has previously been worked on by Joel & Ethan Coen, Jonathan Herman and David Ayer.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Diego Luna had been cast in the lead role of an immigrant rising through the ranks of the criminal underworld, although there’s been no word as to whether he remains attached to the project given its numerous delays and setbacks.

The original Howard Hawks-directed Scarface was released in 1932, with Brian De Palma helming the 1983 remake featuring Al Pacino as Tony Montana. The new film
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‘Death House’ Interview: Lloyd Kaufman

With the highly-anticipated horror Death House being released in cinemas on March 2nd, I got a chance to ask filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman about how he got into film making, what we can expect and his favourite moments during filming.

How did you first get into film making?

I got into filmmaking because I made the mistake of going to Yale University. I was heading to doing something useful with my life like teaching or social work, but my roommate was a film fanatic. Our beds were in a very small bedroom, they were head to toe and at night I would inhale his stinking feet and I sort of caught the Aroma du Troma. He ran the Yale Film Society, so I would drift in and suddenly I started watching the screen and I had no idea that film was such an art, I didn’t even know there was a director for a movie.
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Scarface Remake Brings Back Director Antoine Fuqua

Universal Pictures has entered negotiations with director Antoine Fuqua to take the helm of their long-awaited Scarface remake, once again. The filmmaker had previously been attached to direct, but he backed out in late January over scheduling conflicts with The Equalizer 2. Ironically, Diego Luna had been attached to star at the same time as Fuqua was leaving, and now the actor's involvement is uncertain, since the changing production timeline may result in scheduling conflicts for the actor.

Last February, Universal Pictures set an August 10, 2018 release date, while bringing in the Coen Brothers to rewrite the script. We reported in May that Suicide Squad and Bright director David Ayer was in talks to take the helm, but we reported in July that he has backed away from the project due to creative differences. David Ayer's exit from the project was the last update we had until now, with this latest report
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The Outlaw

Louise Brooks once said that the movies were invented to enable rich men to own desirable women. The Outlaw is the stuff of legend less for itself than for Howard Hughes’ creation of the sex star Jane Russell, and his battle with the censors and Hollywood itself. We’ve always gotten the impression that nobody has told the full story behind Hughes, Russell and this ultra-hyped notorious western.

The Outlaw


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1943 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 116 min. / Street Date February 27, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Jack Buetel, Jane Russell, Walter Huston, Thomas Mitchell, Mimi Aguglia, Joe Sawyer, Ben Johnson, Emory Parnell.

Cinematography: Gregg Toland

Film Editor: Wallace Grissell

Original Music: Victor Young

Written by Jules Furthman

Produced by Howard Hughes

Directed by Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks

“How’d you like to tussle with Russell?”

The most notorious film title in the censor debate of the 1940s is Howard Hughes’ The Outlaw,
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Honorary Oscars: Full gallery of non-acting recipients includes Walt Disney, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Spike Lee, Agnes Varda

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Honorary Oscars: Full gallery of non-acting recipients includes Walt Disney, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Spike Lee, Agnes Varda
Throughout its history, the motion picture academy has selected well over 100 people to receive honorary Oscars. Many of them had never won competitive Academy Awards in their careers, so the trophy was a way of making that up to them. Let’s look back at all previous non-acting recipients, including Walt Disney, Cecil B. DeMille, Louis B. Mayer, Howard Hawks, Jean Renoir, Margaret Booth, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Elia Kazan, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Spike Lee, and Agnes Varda in our full new photo gallery (tour it above). Visit our other honorary Oscars photo gallery for all performer recipients.

The selection process is fairly straightforward. The 54 branch governors and three at-large members put forth suggestions, with each of the top choices then voted on individually. Honorees must receive support from at least half of those on the board. The usual limit is three honorees. For a fourth to be named,
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Berlinale 2018. Transmission from Planet Weimar: Pull Up a Chair

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I have long had an affection for moving pictures of people sitting. More so even than depictions of walking, I’m quite sure that it is an axiom of the cinema. Naturally, as with all cinematic phenomena, it is a holdover from other, purer art forms. In photography and painting too, sitting is also an axiom, practically a genre in itself. On the stage a sedentary character is often the crux of a scene emotionally, an audience surrogate who listens to the other characters as we do the performance. Sitting has been overlooked by historians of the cinema no doubt because it lacks the stylishness of a stride. I would contend that, to pluck an example from the air, the sequence in Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo in which the main characters sit and sing two hammy songs back to back is every bit the equal of Rosalind Russell’s celebrated gait in His Girl Friday.
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The Best Scene from Every Movie Nominated for Best Picture 2018

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The Best Scene from Every Movie Nominated for Best Picture 2018
Howard Hawks famously said that the secret to a good movie was to have “three great scenes and no bad ones,” and several of this year’s Best Picture nominees live up to (or exceed) that standard. More impressively, all of the nine films that are currently in contention for Hollywood’s highest honor have at least one extraordinary moment, at least one indelible passage that indicates why so many people have been seduced by the project. Mileage will vary, but maybe we can agree on that. (No? Well, it was worth a shot.)

Here are the single best scenes from all nine of this year’s Best Picture nominees. Consider this your spoiler alert for all of them.

Call Me by Your Name

For the first 120 minutes or so of “Call Me by Your Name,” Mr. Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg) is more of a peripheral character than anything else. He
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel This February

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This January will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Thursday, February 1st

The Great Escape*

Based on the true story of an elaborately coordinated attempt to break out of a Nazi Pow camp, John Sturges’s The Great Escape is one of the most rousing adventure films of all time, anchored by Steve McQueen’s rebellious turn as “Cooler King” Captain Virgil Hilts. Featuring a powerful ensemble that includes Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, the film pulses with the humor of the prisoners’ camaraderie and the relentless suspense of their plan. Never released on DVD or Blu-ray, this 1993 Criterion laserdisc edition includes a long-unavailable commentary featuring Sturges,
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Natalie Portman on ‘Lady Bird’: ‘I’ve Wanted to See This Movie for the Past 20 Years’

Natalie Portman on ‘Lady Bird’: ‘I’ve Wanted to See This Movie for the Past 20 Years’
Two weeks after putting the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on notice for producing an all-male lineup of best director Golden Globe nominees, actress (and director in her own right) Natalie Portman sang the praises of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” in Hollywood Thursday night.

“I just want to say, I’m so grateful for this movie,” the 36-year-old Oscar winner said of her “Jackie” and “No Strings Attached” co-star’s awards-season success story. “I’ve wanted to see this movie for the past 20 years and it hasn’t existed. I’ve been waiting for it. It’s just magic.”

The discussion, a post-screening Q&A in front of an audience of Academy and guild members, ranged from Gerwig’s broad influences (the work of Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, and Carole Lombard) to her specific ones (Northern California artist Wayne Thiebaud and John Huston’s Stockton, Calif.-set “Fat City,” which were heavy influences on the look of
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The image makers by Anne-Katrin Titze

Caroline Champetier shot Kevin Macdonald's (seen here with his Black Sea star Jude Law) Howard Hawks: American Artist and Adam Simon's Sam Fuller documentary, produced by Tim Robbins and Colin MacCabe, The Typewriter, The Rifle And The Movie Camera for the British Film Institute Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Caroline Champetier told me that she understood the "language of cinematography" after seeing the way Vilmos Zsigmond "lit" Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, starring Elliott Gould. In our conversation the importance of a Robert Bresson ending, Ingmar Bergman's influence, and lessons from Jean Renoir, Roberto Rossellini and Jean-Luc Godard come to light.

On Benoît Jacquot's La Désenchantée, La Fille Seule and À Tout De Suite: "Each time he was in love with the girl. It's a good way to make a good movie, to be in love." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Caroline's work with Arnaud Desplechin (La Sentinelle); Anne Fontaine (The Innocents,
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Bend of the River (Meuterei am Schlangenfluss)

The second Anthony Mann / James Stewart western displays excellent direction and impressive Technicolor location photography high in the high mountains of Oregon. A matinee staple, it delivers everything — Stewart’s mostly good hero and Arthur Kennedy’s mostly bad hero spar and tangle and eventually fight to the death near the timber line. Handsome Rock Hudson receives prime billing for flashing his ‘Dazzledent’ smile.

Bend of the River

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1952 / Color / 1:37 flat full frame / 91 min. / Meuterei am Schlangenfuss, Where the River Bends / Street Date August 10, 2017 / Eur 17,99

Starring: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Julia Adams, Rock Hudson, Lori Nelson, Jay C. Flippen, Stepin’ Fetchit, Henry Morgan, Royal Dano, Chubby Johnson, Frances Bavier, Howard Petrie.

Cinematography: Irving Glassberg

Film Editor: Russell Schoengarth

Original Music: Hans J. Salter

Written by Borden Chase from the novel Bend of the Snake by Bill Gulick

Produced by Aaron Rosenberg

Directed by Anthony
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‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ Director Jared Moshé Shares His Favorite Westerns

‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ Director Jared Moshé Shares His Favorite Westerns
The Western is the quintessential American movie genre. Its iconography has been seared into our collective conscious: the solitary cowboy riding the endless frontier, towns struggling to survive in a lawless land, the quick-drawing gunfighter. Generations of filmmakers have engaged with those symbols, building an entire cinematic language on a genre that began with the simple premise of good “white hats” vs. bad “black hats.” In doing so, they have created mythologies, torn down legends and subverted what it means to be an American.

My exposure to the West began in the living room of my parents’ house. My father, a Sephardic Jew born and raised in Greece, shared with me the movies he loved as a child. Over the years my enthusiasm for the genre only grew as I became a history buff, a lover of myths, and eventually a filmmaker. In interviews, I’m often asked to name my favorite Western,
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National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress

National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress
As is annual tradition, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced this year’s 25 film set to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their “cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance,” the films picked range from such beloved actioners as “Die Hard,” childhood classic “The Goonies,” the seminal “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and the mind-bending “Memento,” with plenty of other genres and styles represented among the list.

The additions span 1905 to 2000, and includes Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts, independent, and even home movies. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725.

“The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation’s cultural and historical heritage,” Hayden said in an official statement. “Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and
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‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Ace in the Hole,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

Since 1989, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has been accomplishing the important task of preserving films that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.” From films way back in 1897 all the way up to 2004, they’ve now reached 725 films that celebrate our heritage and encapsulate our film history.

Today they’ve unveiled their 2017 list, which includes such Hollywood classics as Die Hard, Titanic, and Superman along with groundbreaking independent features like Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, and Barbara Loden’s Wanda. Also making this list are a pair of Kirk Douglas-led features, Ace in the Hole and Spartacus, as well as Christopher Nolan’s Memento and more. Check out the full list below and you can watch some films on the registry for free here.

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)

Based on the infamous
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