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John Williams Is on Target to Set Yet Another Oscar Record

John Williams Is on Target to Set Yet Another Oscar Record
With both “The Post” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in the running this Oscar season, composer John Williams, who already has 50 Academy nominations, more than any other living person, could earn a 51st or even 52nd nom.

Both films stem from working relationships that date back to the 1970s, both of them studded with awards recognition and success. “The Post” is Williams’ 28th film for Steven Spielberg, a partnership that began with the director’s “The Sugarland Express” in 1974. “The Last Jedi” is the composer’s eighth “Star Wars” movie, having launched the original George Lucas space franchise in 1977.

Acknowledgement of one or both scores would be especially sweet considering that Williams, who will be 86 next month, is marking his 60th year composing for TV and films. His earliest screen credits were in 1958, for TV’s “Playhouse 90” and a low-budget drive-in movie titled “Daddy-o.”

And while both “The Post” and “Last Jedi” mark a return
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Opening Wednesday At A Theater Or Drive-in Near You: The Shadow Cinema Of The American ‘70S

“All the films in this book share an air of disreputability… I have tried to avoid using the word art about the movies in this book, not just because I didn’t want to inflate my claims for them, but because the word is used far too often to shut down discussion rather than open it up. If something has been acclaimed as art, it’s not just beyond criticism but often seen as above the mere mortals for whom its presumably been made. It’s a sealed artifact that offers no way in. It is as much a lie to claim we can be moved only by what has been given the imprimatur of art as it would be to deny that there are, in these scruffy movies, the very things we expect from art: avenues into human emotion and psychology, or into the character and texture of the time the films were made,
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Biggest Bombshells From New Ava Gardner Biography: Her Tumultuous Marriage to Frank Sinatra & More

Biggest Bombshells From New Ava Gardner Biography: Her Tumultuous Marriage to Frank Sinatra & More
Ava Gardner was legendary for her beauty, her classic Hollywood films — and her tumultuous love life, especially with Frank Sinatra.

Ava, a Life in Movies, a new biography by Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski, delves into the late screen siren’s colorful life, on and offscreen. (Read her 1990 People obituary here.) From her wild affair and marriage with Sinatra to her other rocky romances — and her regrets late in life — here are some of the most fascinating details about the woman who won the hearts of movie audiences and some of Hollywood’s most famous leading men.

She was divorced
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‘Amy’ and ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Join Long List of Music-Related Docs Nominated for Oscars

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year’s best documentary feature nominees continues a long trend of music docs being recognized by the Academy, as two music-related films have earned nominations at this year’s Oscars.

Amy, which tells the story of late songstress Amy Winehouse in her own words through never-before-seen archival footage and unreleased tracks and is nominated for best doc this year, earned nominations for the Queer Palm and Golden Eye awards at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for director Asif Kapadia.

Filmmaker Liz Garbus earned the second nomination of her career with the Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? The film focuses on the life of iconic R&B singer Nina Simone and her life as a singer, mother, and civil rights activist. Garbus earned her first Oscar nomination in 1998 for her documentary The Farm: Angola, USA.

Music-related docs have been a hot topic for the Academy in years past,
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‘Keep on Keepin’ On’ Could Join 17 Music-Related Oscar-Nommed Docs

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Keep on Keepin’ On, director Alan Hicks’ debut film, follows four years of the friendship and mentorship between jazz legend and trumpeter Clark Terry, who played with Count Basie and Duke Ellington and taught a young Quincy Jones how to play, and Justin Kauflin, a talented 23-year-old blind pianist. The two musicians support each other as Terry begins to lose his eyesight due to health issues and as Kauflin deals with stage fright as a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The film is one of 15 films on the Oscar documentary shortlist, five of which will be nominated on Jan. 15.

The Academy is particularly fond of music-related documentaries, nominating 17 since 1942, with eight winning. Keep on Keepin’ On could join the following Oscar-nominated films:

Festival (1967)

Director Murray Lerner’s black-and-white documentary offers a glimpse into three years (1963-1966) of the Newport Folk Festival, which
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Watch FilmOn Jazz and Blues for Free on FilmOn

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Watch FilmOn Jazz and Blues for Free on FilmOn
FilmOn Jazz and Blues is available for free viewing on The channel, as the name suggests, provides viewers with tons of coverage of the jazz and blues scene, including documentaries and concerts. Today, fans of the channel will be able to see “Jazz Legends – Swing: Volume 1.” The film shows clips featuring some of the big bands of the 1930s and 1940s. Here’s more about “Jazz Legends – Swing: Volume 1″: “Storyville Pictures presents a wonderfully warm trip down memory lane with this hour-long compilation of big band performances. During the Big Band era of the 1930s and 1940s, … popular bandleaders like Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw [ Read More ]

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DVD, Digital Release: Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin’

DVD & Digital Release Date: July 30, 2013

Price: DVD $19.95

Studio: Cinema Libre

The 2013 documentary Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin’ provides a lively look at the life and career of the renowned American underground artist and cartoonist Robert Williams, whose counter-culture artwork often features images of naked women, death, destruction, booze and clowns.

In the early 1960s, emerging artist Williams was confronted with trendy abstraction and superficial pop art. Schooled in the Hot Rod Culture of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and Von Dutch, he emerged as a leader in the Underground Comic revolution along with R. Crumb, contributing regularly to Zap Comix. His antisocial paintings of an alternative reality were marginalized by the art world for decades although he became a hero of sorts for underground artists. His notoriety exploded when his painting Appetite for Destruction was used (and much vilified) as the cover for that 1987 Guns n’ Roses album.

By 2010, the art world
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And The 2012 Inductees Are...

And The 2012 Inductees Are...
Washington -- Here's a listing of the 2012 inductees to the National Recording Registry in chronological order:

1."After You've Gone," Marion Harris (1918)

2."Bacon, Beans and Limousines," Will Rogers (Oct. 18, 1931)

3."Begin the Beguine," Artie Shaw (1938)

4. "You Are My Sunshine," Jimmie Davis (1940)

5.D-Day Radio Broadcast, George Hicks (June 5-6, 1944)

6."Just Because," Frank Yankovic & His Yanks (1947)

7."South Pacific," Original Cast Album (1949)

8."Descargas: Cuban Jam Session in Miniature," Cachao Y Su Ritmo Caliente (1957)

9.Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, Van Cliburn (April 11, 1958)

10.President's Message Relayed from Atlas Satellite, Dwight D. Eisenhower (Dec. 19, 1958)

11."A Program of Song," Leontyne Price (1959)

12."The Shape of Jazz to Come," Ornette Coleman (1959)

13."Crossing Chilly Jordan," The Blackwood Brothers (1960)

14."The Twist," Chubby Checker (1960)

15."Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's," Clarence Ashley, Doc Watson, et al. (1960-1962)

16."Hoodoo Man Blues," Junior Wells (1965)

17."Sounds of Silence," Simon and Garfunkel (1966)

18."Cheap Thrills," Big Brother and the Holding Company (1968)

19."The Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd (1973)

20."Music Time in Africa,
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Best Sound Editing Oscar tie is sixth in Academy Awards history

Best Sound Editing Oscar tie is sixth in Academy Awards history
When Mark Wahlberg announced a tie for the Best Sound Editing Oscar — the editors from Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall took home the award — it became the sixth occurrence in the Academy’s history.

According to the AMPAs database, the first happened in 1931-32, when Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’s Frederic March and The Champ’s Wallace Beery each won the Best Actor award. However, the vote count wasn’t an actual tie — Beery received one more than March, but the rules at the time stated two winners would be honored if the count was within three votes. The rule subsequently changed.
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The Most Overlooked Albums Of 2012

The Most Overlooked Albums Of 2012
While everyone was buzzing about big releases from Frank Ocean, Fiona Apple, Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift, you might have missed some must-listens. Here's what you should know about, and why:


Grizzly Bear, "Shields" (Warp)

Yes, iTunes named Grizzly Bear's "Shields" the best album of 2012. Yes, the critics adored it. And yes, it debuted in the Top 10.

But did it earn any Grammy nominations? No. Is it selling well? No. Have you heard it? Probably not.

And that needs to change.

"Shields" is a semimasterpiece that feels both old and new – and in the best ways possible. Anchored by the voices of Edward Droste and Daniel Rossen, this Brooklyn, N.Y.-based foursome has created a disc that is genre-defying and consistent throughout.

The 10 tracks that make up "Shields" are drum-filled and smoky, and half the songs are more than five minutes long. That's a bit unusual, but it's
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The Frank Sinatra I Never Knew

The Frank Sinatra I Never Knew
Everett Frank Sinatra in “Higher and Higher,” 1943.

My new novel “Narrows Gate” is set in the years preceding and immediately following World War II. The town of Narrows Gate, with its waterfront piers, factories and urban grit, sits in the shadow of New York City. It’s a fictional version of Hoboken, New Jersey, where I was born and raised.

You’d be right if you guessed that “Narrows Gate” includes a skinny young blue-eyed Italian-American crooner who rises from
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Best Soundtracks Of 2011

I didn’t think I would have to insult the intelligence of our readers by pointing out a very simple fact, but based on the first comment we received, I guess I should make something clear. This is a list of our favourite soundtracks of 2011. We are currently working on a list of the best original scores, which should be posted sometime within the week. Let us know if you think we left out any soundtracks you would recommend. Enjoy!

10 – Young Adult

One of the themes of Jason Reitman’s upcoming film Young Adult, is the idea of being stuck in the past, and trying to relive your glory days, and so it’s no surprise that the soundtrack to the film is loathed with 1990s alt-rock cuts. Due December 6th via Rhino Records, the fifteen-track disc features the Replacements, the Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr., Teenage Fanclub, Cracker, 4 Non Blondes, Veruca Salt and many more.
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Paulette Goddard Movie Schedule: An Ideal Husband, The Women

Paulette Goddard, Modern Times Paulette Goddard on TCM Part I: Modern Times, Reap The Wild Wind I've never watched Alexander Korda's British-made An Ideal Husband, a 1948 adaptation (by Lajos Biro) of Oscar Wilde's play, but it should be at least worth a look. The respectable cast includes Michael Wilding, Diana Wynyard, C. Aubrey Smith, Hugh Williams, Constance Collier, and Glynis Johns. George Cukor's film version of Clare Boothe Luce's hilarious The Women ("officially" adapted by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin) is definitely worth numerous looks; once or twice or even three times isn't/aren't enough to catch the machine-gun dialogue spewed forth by the likes of Goddard, Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford, Mary Boland, Phyllis Povah, Lucile Watson, et al. A big hit at the time, The Women actually ended up in the red because of its high cost. Norma Shearer, aka The Widow Thalberg, was the nominal star; curiously,
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Bhm: Boundary-Breaking Black Women in Entertainment

Boundary-Breaking Black Women in EntertainmentBoundary-Breaking Black Women in EntertainmentWhat would Black History Month be without stories to inspire and motivate? In celebration of this exciting month, we present to you our favorite boundary-breaking Black women who have not only entertained us, but have also inspired us to not be afraid to kick down barriers. From Oprah Winfrey to Dorothy Dandridge, each of these women have done their part to better our culture. Take a look at our favorite boundary-breaking Black women.Lena HorneThe legendary singer and actress was the first Black woman to sign a long-term contract with a film studio in 1942. Refusing to play a maid, she went on to star in classics like "Stormy Weather" and "Cabin in the Sky."Mary J. BligeAffectionately called the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," Mary J. Blige is a living legend in the music industry.Billie HolidayAn American jazz singer and songwriter, Holiday
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Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist And Rebel DVD Review

Documentaries are supposed to be boring. Old people sitting in front of a camera talking about events we didn’t care to learn about when they really happened. Documentaries are supposed to be educational, enlightening even. Something your teacher makes you watch in class or your grandmother tapes on the History Channel onto VHS. Academy Award winner Brigitte Berman (1985’s Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got) sticks within this formula however to create a genuinely interesting and entertaining, yet shallow film about the life of Hugh Hefner and his Playboy Magazine. Hit the jump for my full review. Berman stays within the constraints of a typical documentary structure, following Hefner’s story from his mid-20s to today. We see that Hefner starts the magazine as a sort of guidebook for men who Hefner finds cool, sort of what GQ is today. By purchasing and republishing a
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Biographer: Frank Sinatra Wasn't Proud of His Big Penis

Frank Sinatra attempted to cover up the fact he was well hung - because he thought the size of his manhood was one of many negatives about his body, according to the late star's new biographer James Kaplan. The journalist spent five years researching his acclaimed new tome, "Frank - The Voice", and reveals Sinatra wasn't like most men, who reveled in the fact he had a big penis.

Recalling a quote from Sinatra's lover Ava Gardner, in which she stated the singer was "only 110 pounds, but 10 pounds of it is c**k!", Kaplan insists Sinatra wasn't proud of his manhood. The writer tells WENN, "I think we can take it as fact that Frank Sinatra was very well-endowed."

"George Jacobs, Sinatra's valet in latter years wrote a wonderful book, called 'Mr. S', and he speaks in the book about the size of Sinatra's manhood and actually having special underwear
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book review: Three Chords For Beauty's Sake:

The Life of Artie Shaw by Tom Nolan (Norton) This book may seem tangential on a site devoted to film, but music is one of my passions, and Artie Shaw was part of a show-business era that fascinates me; he remains one of my all-time favorite musicians. A brilliant clarinetist, he became a major star of the big band era with a string of hit records, including “Stardust,” “Begin the Beguine,” and “Frenesi.” If you insist on a Hollywood connection, he cut a wide swath through movieland and was married to four beautiful actresses: Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Doris Dowling,…
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The Doc Days of Summer: "Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel"

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Before I could ask Brigitte Berman about the mixed reception that her new documentary about Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has received, she wanted to make one thing clear: "You cannot do a valentine piece. You must not. If you do, you discredit everything."

For some, Hefner will never receive much credit, but that is exactly what Berman attempts to rectify in "Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel," a leisurely biography that's very much like his glossy magazine: an easy sell because of the busty bombshells found within its pages, but just as seductive for its willingness to inject itself into the politics and culture of the era.

Alongside the centerfolds, Berman offers up a different definition of T & A in regards to Hefner, chronicling his tenacity and ambition as an innovator of cross-platform media, a savvy tastemaker, and a champion of the First Amendment who used his many outlets
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Brigitte Berman on: Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (Audio)

Brigitte Berman on: Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (Audio)
Oscar-winning documentarian Brigitte Berman was not prepared for the accolades nor criticism she has received for her film Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel. Passionate about her friend of over 5 years, Berman insists her film has a balanced view of the iconic American figure and new insights into his life that have never been covered on film before. Although she has a generally positive disposition, one cannot ignore her slight irritation at what she views as some of the unfair and slanted news coverage some media outlets have given the documentary. Working on such subjects as Artie Shaw, Robert Bateman and even the Osbournes was no match for the tremendous press coverage her newest film has encountered. However, Berman has never been more proud and excited about a film's debut. Hugh Hefner: Plaboy, Activist and Rebel offers one...
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Director Brigitte Berman Exclusive Interview Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist And Rebel

In Brigitte Berman’s new film, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, the Academy Award winning Canadian filmmaker profiles the outspoken, flamboyant founder of the Playboy empire and reveals Hefner as both a hedonistic playboy, but, more importantly, as the man who’s been a groundbreaking advocate and catalyst for First Amendment rights and social and racial justice.

When Hefner launched Playboy magazine in 1953, he became a champion of the sexual revolution and, immediately, the forces of Church and State initiated a war against him that raged over the decades. With humor and insight, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel captures Hefner’s fierce battles with the government, the religious right, and militant feminists. The film also features compelling interviews with a remarkable Who’s Who of the decades and rare footage that present a snapshot of the life of an extraordinary man and the controversies that surrounded him.
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