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Seven Things We Didn’t Learn in CNN’s Breezy Clip-Fest ‘The Movies: The Eighties’

Seven Things We Didn’t Learn in CNN’s Breezy Clip-Fest ‘The Movies: The Eighties’
CNN premiered the first episode in Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s six-part summer series “The Movies” Sunday night, 84 minutes devoted to the 1980s. Subsequent installments cover the 90s and post-2000 and then turn back to the 70s, 60s, and the bulk of core film history — 1930-1950 — crammed into the finale. Silent film, it seems, was not worth a mention.

First of all, this series is not targeted at erudite cinephiles who know their film history. Any self-respecting TCM watcher is too sophisticated for this breezy look at “The Movies.” Clearly the producers are trying to draw younger audiences who might be vaguely familiar with some of the movies here, from Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.” to Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.” (Both directors are on hand to comment.) Snobby old Hollywood lovers sometimes forget that for today’s 18-year-old film fan devouring classic films made before they were born,
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Charlie Chaplin movies: All 11 feature films as director, ranked worst to best, include ‘City Lights,’ ‘The Gold Rush,’ ‘Modern Times’

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Charlie Chaplin movies: All 11 feature films as director, ranked worst to best, include ‘City Lights,’ ‘The Gold Rush,’ ‘Modern Times’
Charlie Chaplin would’ve celebrated his 130th birthday on April 16, 2019. The silent movie comedian was a trailblazing writer, director, producer and performer, paving the way for the likes of Woody Allen, Albert Brooks and several other funny filmmakers who followed in his footsteps. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 11 of the feature films he directed, ranked worst to best.

Born in London, England, in 1889, Chaplin grew up in extreme poverty with an absent father and a mother who was committed to a mental institution when he was 14. He began performing in music halls at an early age, traveling to America to find work in the burgeoning film industry. It was at Keystone Studios that he created the Little Tramp, a lovable vagabond who finds himself in one hilarious situation after another.

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Charlie Chaplin movies: All 11 feature films as director ranked worst to best

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Charlie Chaplin movies: All 11 feature films as director ranked worst to best
Charlie Chaplin would’ve celebrated his 130th birthday on April 16, 2019. The silent movie comedian was a trailblazing writer, director, producer and performer, paving the way for the likes of Woody Allen, Albert Brooks and several other funny filmmakers who followed in his footsteps. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 11 of the feature films he directed, ranked worst to best.

Born in London, England, in 1889, Chaplin grew up in extreme poverty with an absent father and a mother who was committed to a mental institution when he was 14. He began performing in music halls at an early age, traveling to America to find work in the burgeoning film industry. It was at Keystone Studios that he created the Little Tramp, a lovable vagabond who finds himself in one hilarious situation after another.

He transitioned into directing with a series of shorts before helming his first feature,
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Nils Lofgren Resurrects Lost Lou Reed Songs On New LP ‘Blue With Lou’

Nils Lofgren Resurrects Lost Lou Reed Songs On New LP ‘Blue With Lou’
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were in Australia on the final leg of their River tour in early 2017 when guitarist Nils Lofgren found himself messing around with a new bluesy riff on his Jazzmaster guitar during a pre-show soundcheck. “I knew I wanted to do something with it,” he says. “I was onstage waiting for Bruce and the band to show up when I just started singing the words ‘blue with Lou.’ I realized I could turn it into a song paying homage to Lou Reed.”

The song became
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Reda Kateb, Clémence Poesy to Topline Kinology’s ‘A Mermaid in Paris’ (Exclusive)

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Reda Kateb, Clémence Poesy to Topline Kinology’s ‘A Mermaid in Paris’ (Exclusive)
Mathias Malzieu is set to direct “A Mermaid in Paris,” a romantic comedy/fantasy with Reda Kateb and Clémence Poesy.

Kinology is handling international sales on the film, as well as co-producing with Wonder Films and Entre Chien et Loup. Sony will distribute the film in France. Virginie Ledoyen, Rossy de Palma and Eric Cantona round out the cast.

Malzieu, who made his feature debut with the animated film “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart,” wrote “A Mermaid in Paris” with Stéphane Landowski (“Rise of a Star”).

“‘A Mermaid in Paris’ will be Mathias’ first live-action film and it will mark the birth of a visionary auteur in the veins of Michel Gondry — he has an amazingly rich imagination, unusual way of telling stories full of whimsical charm and talent for creating endearing characters,” said Gregoire Melin, founder of Kinology.

Malzieu, who’s also a singer and an artist, wrote a
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The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man

Blu ray – Region Code: B

Arrow Video

1957 / 1.85:1 / Street Date November 13, 2017

Starring Grant Williams, Randy Stuart

Cinematography by Ellis W. Carter

Directed by Jack Arnold

Richard Matheson’s The Shrinking Man debuted in 1956, published by Gold Medal Books in an economical paperback edition with electrifying cover art by Mitchell Hooks.

Disguised as a modest science-fiction potboiler, Matheson’s brainy thriller appeared the same year Look Back in Anger opened at the Royal Court, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit arrived at New York’s Roxy and Howl was unleashed via City Lights in San Francisco. Existential angst was all the rage and The Shrinking Man was its poster boy.

The first hand account of Scott Carey, a well-heeled suburbanite who suddenly finds himself growing smaller and smaller, Matheson’s briskly paced novella charts Carey’s literal and figurative descent as the tokens of his success – home,
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30 New Country Songs That'll Boost Your Mood in No Time Flat!

30 New Country Songs That'll Boost Your Mood in No Time Flat!
Country music often embraces living in the moment. If you want to instantly boost your mood, there's a breezy country song out there for you, whether you're cruising along a dirt road with the sunset gleaming in the horizon or lounging on a lawn chair with a cool drink in your hand. Of course, you're not limited to classics like Tim McGraw's "City Lights" and Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried." From Carrie Underwood's "The Champion" to Kacey Musgraves's "Butterflies," there are plenty of upbeat, feel-good country tunes from 2018 that you can jam out to right now.

"Butterflies" by Kacey Musgraves "Something 'Bout You" by Sir Rosevelt "Never Be the Same" by Camila Cabello and Kane Brown "Keeper of the Flame" by Miranda Lambert "Hello Beautiful" by Noah Schnacky "Coming Home" by Keith Urban ft. Julia Michaels "Starfire" by Caitlyn Smith "Queens Don't" by RaeLynn "The Champion" by Carrie Underwood ft.
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30 New Country Songs That'll Boost Your Mood in No Time Flat!

Country music often embraces living in the moment. If you want to instantly boost your mood, there's a breezy country song out there for you, whether you're cruising along a dirt road with the sunset gleaming in the horizon or lounging on a lawn chair with a cool drink in your hand. Of course, you're not limited to classics like Tim McGraw's "City Lights" and Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried." From Carrie Underwood's "The Champion" to Kacey Musgraves's "Butterflies," there are plenty of upbeat, feel-good country tunes from 2018 that you can jam out to right now.

"Butterflies" by Kacey Musgraves "Something 'Bout You" by Sir Rosevelt "Never Be the Same" by Camila Cabello and Kane Brown "Keeper of the Flame" by Miranda Lambert "Hello Beautiful" by Noah Schnacky "Coming Home" by Keith Urban ft. Julia Michaels "Starfire" by Caitlyn Smith "Queens Don't" by RaeLynn "The Champion" by Carrie Underwood ft.
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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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Projects announced for Film London-backed UK-Italy development lab (exclusive)

Chosen filmmakers will pitch their projects to international financiers.

Source: Film London

Film London and Apulia Film Commission have announced the projects selected for their joint development and co-production lab.

The initiative was announced last October and offers four projects each from the UK and Italy an intensive week of support, advice and guidance from industry professionals. The Lab will end with a pitching session in front of international financiers, including representatives from the Apulia Film Commission.

The projects include black comedy The Curse Of The Three-Legged Spider from Rook Films’ Andy Starke (Free Fire) and Pietro Greppi; an adaptation of Italian best-seller 70 Percent Acrylic / 30 Percent Wool and comedy Two’s A Crowd from writer/director Ed Wiles, whose short film City Lights was part of Film London’s 2015 London Calling slate.

The lab will run from 5-9 February and is geared towards feature films budgeted at €1m and below from filmmaking teams seeking co-production opportunities and creative
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'Street Lights' review: This Mammootty film is a fun crime comedy

MollywoodDebut director Shamdat gives us memorable characters in a surprising film.Sowmya RajendranShamdat's directorial debut Street Lights begins with a quote from Charlie Chaplin: "Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot." The title of the film, too, is reminiscent of the renowned comedian's City Lights, a romantic comedy involving a street tramp's love for a blind woman. Mammootty films, in the recent past, have gone on to become hits at the box office but have failed miserably when it comes to critical acclaim. The actor has featured in a series of insipid films that merely piggyback on his "macho" image, with scant regard for plot or storyline. It's a relief, therefore, to find him in a film like Street Lights. The film opens with two masked men being chased by security guards. They're nearly overpowered when another man beats up the guards and they all escape. It makes for a dark opening scene but that illusion disappears as soon as it's revealed who was wearing the masks – Hareesh Perumanna (who has such a talent for looking daft) and Dharmajan Bolgatty. Playing dumb and dumber, this pair of small-time thieves team up with a ruthless gangster, Murugan (Stunt Silva). The robbery they manage to pull off unleashes a series of events, involving various characters who are all connected with each other. Although promoted as a Mammootty film, the narrative treats all the characters with integrity. While the main plot is about cop James (Mammootty) going in search of the diamond necklace that's been stolen, there are different storylines which feed into this – that of a little boy with an alcoholic father who wants to buy a schoolbag for himself, a man (Soubin Shahir) trying desperately to harass his childhood friend into marrying him, a gangster vowing revenge for the death of a loved one, and a policeman trying to make amends for his past mistakes. Even the minor characters who appear in the film are memorable – like the hapless car showroom man who tries to impress with "fantabulous" English, the clueless bag shop owner, or even the Muslim woman shopkeeper opposite the home of the thieves. It's Hareesh and Dharmajan, though, who steal the show with their hilarious antics and lines, delivered with a straight face. Shamdat doesn't paint them in broad strokes as 'thieves' and leave it at that. He gets into the difficulty of the job – like the urge to take a shit when you're trying to escape from the cops or suppressing laughter when you're about to break into a house. The only mildly annoying point is that Shamdat is too conscious of having a superstar on board and gives us too many slow-mo shots of Mammootty walking, Mammootty putting on his sunglasses, Mammootty beating up goons. The extended climax in the end with a prolonged fight sequence seems like an unnecessary compromise from the director's part. The superstar is in his elements when he's given a chance to perform – like the scene with Motta Rajendran when he gets mad about bad sambhar. There are some enjoyable references to Thalapathy, possibly to win favour with the Tamil audience. The plot, too, has a mix of Malayali and Tamil characters, with the non-linear narrative shifting between the two states. As an aside, the Malayalam industry must be the only one where films consistently play songs from another language in the background, as a matter of course. One can quibble that the plot seems to have way too many coincidences but the film is entertaining enough to put us in a forgiving mood. Every now and then, when the action becomes intense, Shamdat zooms out and gives us a long shot of the city to remind us of Charlie Chaplin's words. It's a comedy we're watching, even if it is stitched together of tragic events. Disclaimer: This review was not paid for or commissioned by anyone associated with the film. Neither Tnm nor any of its reviewers have any sort of business relationship with the film's producers or any other members of its cast and crew.
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My Favorite Film Screenings of 2017

Here are my favorite film experiences of the year: 10. Loving Vincent (2017; dir. Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman; Lincoln Plaza Cinema) 9. The Red Turtle (2016; dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit; Lincoln Plaza Cinema) 8. Metropolis (1927; dir. Fritz Lang; Marble Collegiate Church) 7. La Belle et la Bête (1946; dir. Jean Cocteau; Tribeca Film Festival at Town Hall) 6. The Last Animals (2017; dir. Kate Brooks; Tribeca Film Festival at Cinépolis Chelsea) 5. City Lights (1931; dir. Charlie Chaplin; United Palace) 4. Harmony of Difference (2017; dir. Kamasi Washington; Whitney Biennial) 3. Romeo + Juliet (1996; dir. Baz Luhrmann; Little Cinema at House of Yes) 2. Imponderable (2015-16; […]
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'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection

'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection
How do you follow up a record-breaking blockbuster about a killer shark? For starters, you get out of the ocean. And then maybe you look up.

A longtime watcher of the skies, young Steven Spielberg had already been kicking around an idea involving alien visitation, spacecraft "sightings" and government cover-ups – some sort of story, in the gentleman's own words, about "UFOs and Watergate" – before he had started turning Peter Benchley's novel Jaws into a movie. One three-men-and-an-apex-predator hit later, he was a hot Hollywood director who had folks ready
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'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection

'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection
How do you follow up a record-breaking blockbuster about a killer shark? For starters, you get out of the ocean. And then maybe you look up.

A longtime watcher of the skies, young Steven Spielberg had already been kicking around an idea involving alien visitation, spacecraft "sightings" and government cover-ups – some sort of story, in the gentleman's own words, about "UFOs and Watergate" – before he had started turning Peter Benchley's novel Jaws into a movie. One three-men-and-an-apex-predator hit later, he was a hot Hollywood director who had folks ready
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'Caught!' Jessie James Decker Discovers 2-Year-Old Son Opening Christmas Presents Early

'Caught!' Jessie James Decker Discovers 2-Year-Old Son Opening Christmas Presents Early
Somebody may find themselves on the naughty list.

Jessie James Decker‘s 2-year-old son, Eric “Bubby” Jr, could not wait until Christmas morning to open his gifts, with his mom catching the toddler red-handed.

In two adorably hilarious Instagram posts, the singer, 29, shared her son’s pout at being discovered opening gifts early while sitting next to their Christmas tree.

“Caught Bubby for the 5th time trying to open presents after he already snuck and opened one already. He teared up and gave me the lip ,” she wrote in the caption.

A few minutes later, Bubby decided to try his luck again,
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Jessie James Decker Says Her Daughter's Reaction to Baby Boy on the Way Was the 'Only Feeling of Disappointment'

Jessie James Decker Says Her Daughter's Reaction to Baby Boy on the Way Was the 'Only Feeling of Disappointment'
Jessie James Decker and husband Eric Decker are ecstatic to be welcoming another son into their family soon, but their daughter couldn’t help feeling a bit let down at finding out she would be getting another brother.

During a chat with People Thursday during a Facebook Live session at the Lord & Taylor Holiday Window Unveiling in N.Y.C., the country-pop singer admitted that the hope 3½-year-old Vivianne “Vivi” Rose had for a baby sister was “the only feeling of disappointment” during the couple’s October gender reveal.

“I 100 percent was happy either way,” said the third-time mom-to-be, 29. “We
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Watch: Vittorio Storaro and Ed Lachman’s 70-Minute Cinematography Master Class

The 55th New York Film Festival brought together cinematographers Vittorio Storaro (The Conformist, Apocalypse Now) and Ed Lachman (Carol, The Limey) for a master class on the occasion of both having films in the fest’s main slate. Lachman lensed Todd Haynes’ Centerpiece film Wonderstruck and Storaro did Woody Allen’s Closing Night film Wonder Wheel.

Festival director Kent Jones hosted the two at the Walter Reade Theater on October 11 for an all-encompassing talk of their cinematic philosophies and the cinematographers’ 40-year friendship.

Storaro and Lachman showed clips from films that inspire them and clips of their own work. The clips were a launching pad to discuss the difficult-to-pin cinematic language of photographic storytelling. We’ve included key quotes from their talk and the complete video of masterclass below.

Lachman on Storaro

Vittorio has done more in the last 50 years for the recognition and esteem of cinematography than anybody.

Becoming
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Jessie James Decker's Kids Join Her Onstage at the Grand Ole Opry During Eric & Jessie Season Finale

Jessie James Decker's Kids Join Her Onstage at the Grand Ole Opry During Eric & Jessie Season Finale
Jessie James Decker‘s kids might follow in her footsteps.

The 29-year-old country music singer wrapped up the season three finale of her E! show Eric & Jessie Wednesday night in the most adorable way: By having her kids join her onstage while at the Grand Ole Opry!

The reality star was excited to return to the famous Nashville venue for the second time, revealing it had been always been a goal of hers to perform there.

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Jessie James Decker Reveals The Inspiration Behind "Another Dumb Love Song"

Jessie James Decker Reveals The Inspiration Behind
Jessie James Decker’s New Album “Southern Girl, City Lights” Is Out Now

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Sunday Bump Day! Pregnant Jessie James Decker Shows Off Baby Belly in New Underwear Selfie

Sunday Bump Day! Pregnant Jessie James Decker Shows Off Baby Belly in New Underwear Selfie
Another day, another adorable baby bump shot from Jessie James Decker.

The country-pop singer and reality star shared a new Boomerang clip to Instagram Stories Sunday night. Posing in front of a bathroom mirror in a pair of black-and-white underwear, the mom-to-be pulls up her black T-shirt to show off her 16-week growing belly.

The snap comes two days after Jessie, 29, shared a sweet photo of herself in a long-sleeved pink and purple striped dress, captioning it, “Sixteen weeks today. Where are all my mamas?”

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