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Ingmar Bergman movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Cries and Whispers,’ ‘The Seventh Seal,’ ‘Persona’

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Ingmar Bergman movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Cries and Whispers,’ ‘The Seventh Seal,’ ‘Persona’
Ingmar Bergman would’ve celebrated his 101st birthday on July 14, 2019. The Oscar-winning Swedish auteur helped bring international cinema into the American art houses with his stark, brooding dramas. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1918 in Uppsala, Sweden, Bergman started off as a screenwriter before moving into directing. His early hits “Summer with Monika” (1953), “Sawdust and Tinsel” (1953) and “Smiles of a Summer Night” (1955) helped make him a favorite amongst American audiences hungry for world cinema.

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He hit his stride in 1957 with a pair of noteworthy titles: “Wild Strawberries” and “The Seventh Seal.” Both films dealt with the absence of God and the inevitability of mortality — the former concerning an aging professor (Victor Sjostrom) coming to terms with his life,
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Ingmar Bergman movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Ingmar Bergman movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best
Ingmar Bergman would’ve celebrated his 101st birthday on July 14, 2019. The Oscar-winning Swedish auteur helped bring international cinema into the American art houses with his stark, brooding dramas. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1918 in Uppsala, Sweden, Bergman started off as a screenwriter before moving into directing. His early hits “Summer with Monika” (1953), “Sawdust and Tinsel” (1953) and “Smiles of a Summer Night” (1955) helped make him a favorite amongst American audiences hungry for world cinema.

He hit his stride in 1957 with a pair of noteworthy titles: “Wild Strawberries” and “The Seventh Seal.” Both films dealt with the absence of God and the inevitability of mortality — the former concerning an aging professor (Victor Sjostrom) coming to terms with his life, the latter focusing on a medieval knight (Max von Sydow
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Watch Out 007! Christoph Waltz's Iconic Villain Blofeld Returns to Daniel Craig's Bond 25

Watch Out 007! Christoph Waltz's Iconic Villain Blofeld Returns to Daniel Craig's Bond 25
Christoph Waltz is once again coming face to face with 007.

The 62-year-old actor is reprising his role as the supervillain Blofeld in Daniel Craig’s upcoming Bond 25, according to Variety.

Waltz first appeared in 2015’s Spectre as the main baddie, who was previously played by Donald Pleasance, Max von Sydow and Telly Savalas in other James Bond iterations.

The movie is currently filming with a star-studded cast including Billy Magnussen, Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes as M.

Bond 25 has also experienced a series of incidents including Craig’s ankle injury that required
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Christoph Waltz to Return as Blofeld in ‘Bond 25’

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Another familiar face is returning to the James Bond franchise, as sources confirmed to Variety that Christoph Waltz will reprise his role of the super-villain Blofeld in “Bond 25.”

Waltz first appeared in the most recent Bond pic, “Spectre,” as the iconic villain who had previously played by Donald Pleasance, Max von Sydow and Telly Savalas in previous installments of the franchise.

The film is currently shooting in London and Waltz is among a number of actors returning to reprise their roles, including star Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux and Naomie Harris.

Bond 25” is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and co-stars Oscar-winner Rami Malek, Ana De Armas, Lashana Lynch, David Dencik, Billy Magnussen, Dali Benssalah, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear. When the film was shooting in Jamaica, Craig injured his ankle and had to take a two-week break from filming. It’s also set to travel to Italy and Norway.
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5 Of The Best: Submarine Movies

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This week, Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth and co. take to the seas in the new underwater thriller Kursk: The Last Mission. The film, which debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where we first caught it, is based on the true story of the nuclear-powered Oscar-class K-141 sub, which, following two massive explosions, was sunk to the bottom of the nearly two decades ago.

The film is excellent, brought to the screen by talented Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, the screenplay based on the book Robert Moore’s book A Time to Die, which was released in shops in 2002, two years after the disaster.

In this feature, we take a look at the film and four other submarine features to have graced the silver screen in recent times, all of which are well worth seeking out.

Kursk: The Last Mission (2019)

We’ll lead out with Kursk: The Last Mission,
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Exclusive: Thomas Vinterberg, Lea Seydoux and Matthias Schoenaerts on Kursk: The Last Mission

Back at the Toronto International Film Festival, we had the immense pleasure of taking part in a junket that brought together three huge forces in European cinema: Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, and French superstar Lea Seydoux – and we weren’t disappointed.

Also starring Colin Firth and Max Von Sydow, Kursk: The Last Mission is a moving and gripping exploration beneath the sea, telling a brutal true story. We discussed the project in great length with those who brought it to our very screens – and you can watch the full video of our chats right below:

Synopsis

An explosion on a nuclear-powered Russian submarine kills most of the men aboard and causes the few survivors to huddle in waterlogged and oxygen deficient rear compartments, where they anxiously await rescue. It is a race against time with oxygen levels running low as the Russian government plans the best course of action,
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The problem with Flash Gordon is racism – and animation won't fix it

Born in an era of ‘yellow peril’ paranoia, the dagger at the heart of this story is hard to get past – a challenge Taika Waititi must overcome in the space hero’s next project

It is not hard to pinpoint the mindset that inspired the creation of Flash Gordon’s extraterrestrial nemesis, Ming the Merciless, back in 1934. When the scariest thing you can imagine invading the Earth is an ornately dressed gentleman of apparent east Asian extraction, it’s clear you’re not really frightened of aliens at all. Ming, along with Fu Manchu and the later Mandarin comic book supervillain, are classic examples of “yellow peril” xenophobia, then at its height in the Us and large parts of western Europe.

The problem for Taika Waititi, who has reportedly been hired to direct a new Flash Gordon movie for the newly assembled Fox/Disney studio, is that Ming is also
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The problem with Flash Gordon is racism – and animation won't fix it

Born in an era of ‘yellow peril’ paranoia, the dagger at the heart of this story is hard to get past – a challenge Taika Waititi must overcome in the space hero’s next project

It is not hard to pinpoint the mindset that inspired the creation of Flash Gordon’s extraterrestrial nemesis, Ming the Merciless, back in 1934. When the scariest thing you can imagine invading the Earth is an ornately dressed gentleman of apparent east Asian extraction, it’s clear you’re not really frightened of aliens at all. Ming, along with Fu Manchu and the later Mandarin comic book supervillain, are classic examples of “yellow peril” xenophobia, then at its height in the Us and large parts of western Europe.

The problem for Taika Waititi, who has reportedly been hired to direct a new Flash Gordon movie for the newly assembled Fox/Disney studio, is that Ming is also
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Projects By Mendez Esparza, Fernando Franco and Villaronga at Small Is Biutiful

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Antonio Méndez Esparza’s “Que nadie duerma,” Fernando Franco’s “La consagración de la primavera” and Agustí Villaronga’s “3.000 obstáculos” figure among the seven projects to be pitched at Paris’ Small Is Biutiful forum.

The closing event for the alternative Spanish film festival Dífferent 12!, Small Is Biutiful takes place June 26, bringing together French distributors and sales executives around a selection of Spanish feature projects seeking partners.

Backed by the Cannes Film Market, Different! is organised by Espagnolas en Paris and the Ile-de-France Film Commission.

Past projects presented at Small Is Biutiful take in Oliver Laxe’s “Mimosas,” which won Cannes 2016 Critics’ Week; Carlos Vermut’s “Magical Girl,” San Sebastián’s top Golden Shell Award in 2014, and Arantxa Echevarría’s “Carmen & Lola,” winner of breakout director and supporting actress nods at February’s Goya Awards, as well as a Cannes Directors’ Fortnight contender.

“Que nadie duerma” is produced by Pedro Hernández
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Taika Waititi set to tackle animated ‘Flash Gordon’

The man who can do no wrong. Taika Waititi, has been commissioned to figure out a way to bring together an animated ‘Flash Gordon’ for Disney’s newly acquired 20th Century Fox.

The long in development property seems to have taken a new route as an animation under Disney’s ownership but at the moment, in what capacity Waititi could be taking this project forward is yet to be determined.

‘Flash Gordon’ is the hero of a space opera adventure comic strip created by and originally drawn by Alex Raymond. The strip was first published in 1934, it was inspired by and created to compete with, the already established ‘Buck Rogers’ adventure strip.

Also in news – ‘Kingsman’ Prequel obtains a title and plot details

The comic strip has since been adapted for TV and movies as well as an animated series. Originally failing at the box office, the 1980 film version has
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Taika Waititi To “Crack” ‘Flash Gordon’ As Fox/Disney Animated Film

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Taika Waititi To “Crack” ‘Flash Gordon’ As Fox/Disney Animated Film
Exclusive: Fox/Disney has attached Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi to “crack” Flash Gordon, as an animated feature film.

I had heard that the inventive filmmaker Waititi was signing on to write and direct, but his camp indicates it’s too early to gauge exactly what his role would be. The director is in post on Jojo Rabbit, his scripted adaptation of the Christine Leunens novel, a satire in which a young boy in Hitler’s army discovers that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl from the Nazis. Despite the ruthless nationalism in the air, the youth is torn and one of this voices guiding him is his idiot imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler — Waititi plays him.

Waititi recently extricated himself from another animated film, Bubbles, the Netflix stop motion project. Even though the film went in a $20 million package after ferocious bidding during the 2017 Cannes market for a Black List script by Isaac Adamson,
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Review Round-Up: “The Command” and “Nightmare Cinema”

As the weekend hits, it’s time to bring back the review round-up in order to cover a few more titles arriving in theaters. Today, we’ll be briefly discussing two particular genre efforts, each of them quite different from the other. The movies in question are the true life drama The Command (formerly known as Kursk on the festival circuit) as well as the anthology horror tale Nightmare Cinema. Both of these flicks offers up something different and may or may not be worth your time. That question is something I’ll attempt to answer right now, so let us dive in! The Command It’s impossible not to currently think about HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl while watching The Command. A high profile Russian tragedy that could have, if not been prevented, then reduced with less bureaucracy and corruption? Yeah, there are parallels. However, while the cable prestige program has drawn raves,
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‘The Command’ Review: An Examination of Negligence, Told Plainly and Mercilessly

In the summer of 2000, the Russian submarine named Kursk took on a naval exercise in the Barents Sea, the first of its kind since the fall of the Soviet Union a decade earlier. The Command (released under the title Kursk elsewhere), written by Robert Rodat and directed by Thomas Vinterberg, tells of the sub’s crew, the crew’s families and the government that failed them. Without fully spoiling this real-life event, things do not go well from those onboard the vessel.

As sub commander Mikhail (Matthias Schoenaerts) and his shipmates celebrate at their fellow soldier Pavel’s (Matthias Schweighöfer) wedding reception, the writing’s on the wall. Post-ussr Russia is floundering, wages are shrinking, and the military is energized only by principle. Speeches about duty and sacrifice underline what’s about to happen. Despite the relative modernity of this story (adapted from Robert Moore’s book A Time to Die
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There are actually 5 more ‘Game of Thrones’ actors on the Emmy nominating ballot

There are actually 5 more ‘Game of Thrones’ actors on the Emmy nominating ballot
When Emmy voters open up the performers ballot, released on Monday, they’ll find a few more “Game of Thrones” stars in contention than previously announced. Five “Game of Thrones” actors have been entered, likely by their personal reps, on the nominating ballot in addition to the show’s core seven stars — Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner — that HBO had already submitted and shared with Gold Derby in April.

The five are Alfie Allen, Pilou Asbaek, Richard Dormer, Gwendoline Christie and Carice van Houten. Allen, Asbaek and Dormer are submitted in Best Drama Supporting Actor, alongside three-time champ Dinklage and Coster-Waldau, who received his first bid last year. Christie is in drama supporting actress with four-time nominee Headey, past nominee Williams and Turner. Van Houten is seeking her first (and last) nomination in drama guest actress. Harington and Clarke are
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ cast boasts Oscar winners and nominees galore with 18 — but is it the most ever? Not quite!

‘Avengers: Endgame’ cast boasts Oscar winners and nominees galore with 18 — but is it the most ever? Not quite!
“Avengers: Endgame” might have surpassed 2009’s “Avatar” when it comes to its domestic box-office — besting James Cameron’s sci-fi fantasy’s $750 million handily by taking in $816 million since its opening on April 26. But it is still a far cry from 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” still the champ with $937 million in domestic ticket sales.

But on social media, there has been some discussion beyond the big bucks about whether “Endgame” with its multitudes of Marvel-ous superhero actors might have the most Oscar winners and nominees ever for a cast of a feature film. I know there is an ongoing thread in the forums about just this topic with various permutations on who counts or not. But for my purposes, actors who won or were nominated in categories other than acting do not qualify. Same with honorary trophies.

By that measure, I count seven winners among the names: Brie Larson,
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Academy’s 11th Governors Awards Moved Up to October 27, as Elections Loom

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors will meet early Saturday to select their choices for the 11th annual Governors Awards. The special meeting is three months earlier than the usual post-Telluride Labor Day weekend date because the Academy — along with the rest of its accelerated calendar — has moved up the date for the Governors Awards from November 16 to Sunday, October 27. The nearly three-week jump backward reflects a similar shift for the February 9, 2020 Oscars.

The Governors’ Ball is a non-televised awards program that always draws a sizable contingent of Oscar contenders to the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland to celebrate the honorary Oscar winners as well as the occasional Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Irving J. Thalberg Memorial Awards.

The changed date comes partly because outgoing AMPAS president John Bailey (the board will elect his successor in August) wanted a hand in the selection.
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Academy’s 11th Governors Awards Moved Up to October 27, as Elections Loom

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors will meet early Saturday to select their choices for the 11th annual Governors Awards. The special meeting is three months earlier than the usual post-Telluride Labor Day weekend date because the Academy — along with the rest of its accelerated calendar — has moved up the date for the Governors Awards from November 16 to Sunday, October 27. The nearly three-week jump backward reflects a similar shift for the February 9, 2020 Oscars.

The Governors’ Ball is a non-televised awards program that always draws a sizable contingent of Oscar contenders to the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland to celebrate the honorary Oscar winners as well as the occasional Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Irving J. Thalberg Memorial Awards.

The changed date comes partly because outgoing AMPAS president John Bailey (the board will elect his successor in August) wanted a hand in the selection.
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Who should receive an Honorary Oscar?

Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow in "Shame"Pete Hammond at Deadline revealed this morning that with all the dates moving earlier next Oscar season, the Academy is actually choosing the next Honorary Oscar winners This Weekend. It's too late then for an Fyc but we feel the need to do one anyway. In the past we've made great suggestions like Albert Finney, Doris Day, Neil Simon, Michael Ballhaus, and Marni Nixon but they let all those people die without honoring them which is such bad form. At least they heard us on Maureen O'Hara, Harry Belafonte, and Angela Lansbury!

I have a suspicion that Caleb Deschanel, obviously a well-loved cinematographer given that surprise sixth nomination for the German film Never Look Away last season, will be named this year. He's 74 years old. For some reason I don't think they'll go with Glenn Close quite yet though she's a common prediction.
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Academy Board To Pick First 2019 Oscar Winners This Weekend As Governors Awards Move Up To October – Who Is On The List?

Exclusive: I have learned that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors will convene in a special session Saturday to select their choices for the 11th annual Governors Awards. The latest Oscar winners are being chosen at the earliest date ever, fully three months earlier than usual. The period right after Labor Day usually is when the board gathers to pick the year’s first Oscar winners, a group that can be selected for an Honorary Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and/or the Irving J. Thalberg Memorial Award.

Last year the announcement was made September 5, and Honorary Oscars went to actress Cicely Tyson, composer Lalo Schifrin and publicist Marvin Levy, and a Thalberg Award to Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall (the first given since Francis Coppola’s in 2009).

So why so early this year? Everything is moving up on the calendar for the Academy this time around.
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Big Chief Studios unveils its Flash Gordon and Ming the Merciless action figures

Sideshow and Big Chief Studios have revealed the Flash Gordon – Saviour of the Universe and Ming the Merciless – Emperor of Mongo character replica figures which are based on the likeness of Sam J. Jones and Max von Sydow in the 1980 sci-fi adventure. The collectibles are available to pre-order now and are set to ship between June and August 2020, coinciding with the movie’s 40th anniversary; take a look at the official promotional images here…

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Go Flash go! We are thrilled to announce a Limited Edition of Flash Gordon, Saviour of the Universe. Produced under license, this official release features a fully realized likeness of Sam J. Jones in the iconic role, complete with authentically styled costume, numerous weapons, plus a special light-up display base. Available in a Worldwide Limited Edition, Flash Gordon will take a stand in your collection.

Hail, Ming! Hail! We
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