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Spike Lee Looks at the World Differently After 'Black Panther'

Spike Lee Looks at the World Differently After 'Black Panther'
Alec Baldwin and Spike Lee didn't want to spend an hour on the Tribeca Film Festival stage discussing their own movies. Instead, they each picked one favorite film to kick off a wide-ranging conversation that touched on their New York upbringing, crafts as an actor and director, respectively, and the game-changing Black Panther.

Baldwin, who led the conversation in downtown New York City on Tuesday night, picked 1954's On the Waterfront, starring one of his young acting idols Marlon Brando, as his movie of choice, while Lee chose 1951's A Place in the Sun — starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters.

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Spike Lee Praises ‘Black Panther’: It’s ‘Changed Everything, Especially for People of Color’ — Tribeca

Spike Lee Praises ‘Black Panther’: It’s ‘Changed Everything, Especially for People of Color’ — Tribeca
Black Panther” filmmaker Ryan Coogler has made no bones about his affection for fellow director Spike Lee’s sprawling filmography, including using a post-screening Q&A of his own boundary-breaking Marvel film to heap praise on both Lee’s “Malcolm X” and “Do the Right Thing,” and now the Brooklyn mainstay is returning the favor. During an hour-long conversation at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday evening, Lee was asked by an audience member if he’d seen Coogler’s film and what he thought of it.

“I loved it! My brother, I’ve seen it four times,” Lee answered. (Lee just so happened to be in attendance at that same screening where Coogler named his most influential films, so we’ve long known he’d seen the film at least once.)

Lee continued, “I will say, I look at the world now differently, before ‘Black Panther’ and after ‘Black Panther.
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New Caribbean Film Fest to Launch

The Caribbean is about to have a new film festival. From June 1-4, the inaugural Seven Sea Color Film Festival will be taking place on the Colombian island of San Andres, better known for its picturesque beaches, coral reefs, blowholes, coves and its status as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

Argentine producer Mauricio Brunetti (“Corazón de León”), Juan Carvajal (co-founder of Bogota’s indie film fest IndieBo and founder of The Classics Film Festival) and producer Ivonne Torres (co-founder of The Classics) have banded together to create the new festival.

Backed by the island government and actor John Leguizamo who serves as its ambassador emeritus, the festival will focus on education, new creators, contemporary and classic films, and technology.

It plans to bring Virtual Reality artists and installations that played at Sundance and Tribeca, marking the first time Virtual Reality will be exhibited on the island.

Colombia’s non-profit film promotional
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Where do the most recent group of Academy Award winners rank all time?

As we begin to fully focus on 2018 releases and eventually what the 2019 awards season will be like, a little more about the most recent Oscars is still required. Mainly, a look at how the winners stack up with previous ones. This time around, I’m tying in all of the major categories together. Yes, all eight of the top prizes will get a rundown today, with the possibility of another piece next week on the technical categories. For now, it’s Picture, Director, the four Acting slots, and both Screenplay categories, which is more than enough to start with. This is going to be fun. Like I mentioned above, before we get to Best Picture, which is clearly the big one, quickly I’d like to run down some of the other categories and how they stack up. That way, it’s more of a broader collection. Obviously, we know
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Steven Spielberg May Be Directing a Film about Iconic Composer Leonard Bernstein

Director Steven Spielberg already has two film projects set up now that he is finished with his film adaptation of Ready Player One. There's West Side Story, which he is currently casting for, and he is planning on directing Indiana Jones 5. Now he seems to be feeling out another film project that he might direct before West Side Story, which was supposed to be his next film.

Variety reported that last week, Spielberg held a secret table read for a new project with "some of [Hollywood’s] top talent." No names were given, though. That project is an untitled biopic about iconic composer Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein is best known for writing music for films such as On The Town, On The Waterfront, and his most well-known project is West Side Story. The composer died in 1990 at the age of 72.

I guess in preparing for West Side Story, the director got a little
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Steven Spielberg may direct Leonard Bernstein biopic, but Indiana Jones 5 is next

With his latest film Ready Player One gearing up for release, Steven Spielberg has been turning his attention to his next picture, with reports suggesting that it will be a toss-up between Indiana Jones 5 and West Side Story.

However, it seems that the legendary filmmaker has another project up his sleeve, with Spielberg holding a super secret table read this past week for a mystery script which Variety claims is a biopic of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, whose film credits include the aforementioned West Side Story along with the likes On the Waterfront and Peter Pan.

According to the site’s sources, Spielberg will definitely be moving ahead with Indiana Jones as his next film, and frequently holds various read-throughs, so it does not necessarily mean that he’s committing to directing this particular script. Nevertheless, it is said to be an option alongside the West Side Story remake
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Oscars 2018: #MeToo, McDormand and Inclusion Riders on the Storm

Oscars 2018: #MeToo, McDormand and Inclusion Riders on the Storm
The best moment of the Oscar ceremony: At the end of the night, as Guillermo del Toro gives his Best Picture acceptance speech for The Shape of Water, Greta Gerwig clutches a hand to her heart and says the lip-readable words, to nobody in particular, "I love him." It was that kind of Oscar night, high on positivity, though nowhere near as high as whoever designed that psychedelic blue-crystal stage set. And it was the sort of Oscar bash when Rita Moreno could get a standing ovation for showing up
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From Sandra Bullock to Jane Fonda, Hollywood Legends Bring Star Power to Oscars Rehearsals

From Sandra Bullock to Jane Fonda, Hollywood Legends Bring Star Power to Oscars Rehearsals
Sandra Bullock wasn’t about to let a few sniffles spoil the fun.

Taking center stage at the Dolby Theatre late Saturday afternoon to rehearse the lines she’ll deliver as a presenter at the 90th Academy Awards, the actress spied a microphone rising up from the floor directly in front of her. “Suddenly the dress is just riding up,” she said, envisioning an Oscar night wardrobe malfunction should the pop-up mic catch on her gown. “Chiffon billowing up…”

Although a bit under the weather (“I have my kid’s cold!” she told the production crew, warning of “phlegm” issues
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Five Classic Best Picture Winners You Can Watch Right Now on FilmStruck

Oscar fever is in full effect, and before you watch this year’s Academy Awards, FilmStruck has a great opportunity for you to study some Oscar history with classic Best Picture titles.

Thanks to Filmstruck’s new partnership with Warner Bros. Digital Networks and TCM Select, the streaming service has added dozens of classic films to its catalog — meaning you can catch up on Oscar winners of years past any time you wish. The service’s vast back catalog now includes some of the most iconic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood — including five classic Best Picture winners that paved the way for modern winners.

They range from some of the most iconic films in Hollywood history (“Casablanca” and “On the Waterfront”) to the not-quite-as-ubiquitous (“The Best Years of Our Lives”). Check out five classic Best Picture winners from the 1940s and ’50s — smack in the middle of Hollywood
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about “On the Waterfront”

Terry could have been something if not for his brother Charley and the mob-connected union boss Friendly trying to make money off of him losing a boxing match. As just another worker down at the docks he feels like a bum, right up until he meets Edie. One he meets her however he starts getting asked to do more and more for Friendly, including beating someone within an inch of their lives. What he doesn’t know is that Friendly is using him to do his truly dirty work and become his hired dog to kill or maim on command. It’s

10 Things You Didn’t Know about “On the Waterfront
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‘Three Billboards’ would be first to win Best Picture, two acting and writing Oscars without a directing nomination

‘Three Billboards’ would be first to win Best Picture, two acting and writing Oscars without a directing nomination
With Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor signed, sealed and almost delivered to Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, and Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture very real possibilities, “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” is positioned to do something at the Oscars that hasn’t been done before: win two acting awards, a screenplay award and Best Picture without a directing nomination.

That kind of above-the-line dominance usually comes with a corresponding nomination for Best Director, which historically has been linked with Best Picture. “Elmer Gantry” (1960) nearly pulled this off with wins for Best Actor Burt Lancaster, Best Supporting Actress Shirley Jones and Best Adapted Screenplay for writer-director Richard Brooks. But like “Three Billboards” writer-director Martin McDonagh, Brooks received Golden Globe and Directors Guild Awards nominations before getting snubbed by Oscar. Nominated for five Oscars, “Elmer Gantry” lost Best Picture to “The Apartment” and Best Original Score to “Exodus.”

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Sam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’) would be sixth Best Supporting Actor Oscar champ to beat a co-star

Sam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’) would be sixth Best Supporting Actor Oscar champ to beat a co-star
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” ended a 26-year drought in Best Supporting Actor, producing two nominees, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, from the same film for the first time since “Bugsy” (1991) stars Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley lost to Jack Palance (“City Slickers”). By all appearances, it’s smooth sailing for Rockwell for the win, which would be the sixth time a Best Supporting Actor winner defeated a co-star in 18 dual duels.

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939) stars Harry Carey and Claude Rains were the first co-stars to be nominated against each other in Best Supporting Actor, but they lost to Thomas Mitchell for “Stagecoach.” It would be another 32 years — with seven pairs of double nominees in between — before a Best Supporting Actor champ, Ben Johnson, beat a co-star, Jeff Bridges, for 1971’s “The Last Picture Show.”

Three years later, Robert De Niro prevailed over fellow “The Godfather Part II
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Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer And Mark Hamill Among Latest 90th Oscars Presenters

The Oscars are less tan two weeks away and that means it’s time for the Academy to announce more presenters for the 90th Academy Awards. Joining host Jimmy Kimmel on the Oscars stage will be none other than Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”), Mark Hamill (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), Best Supporting Actor snub Armie Hammer (“Call Me By Your Name”), Oscar Isaac (“Life Itself”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”), Gina Rodriguez (“Annihilation”), Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint (“On The Waterfront”), Wes Studi (“Wind River”), Kelly Marie Tran (“Downsizing”) and Zendaya (“The Greatest Showman”).
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2018 Oscars presenters: ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot, ‘Star Wars’ cast led by Mark Hamill

2018 Oscars presenters: ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot, ‘Star Wars’ cast led by Mark Hamill
Ten more names have been added to the list of presenters at this year’s Academy Awards. They are led by stars of two of the biggest movies of the year: Gal Gadot, who took on the title role in “Wonder Woman” and Mark Hamill, who headlined “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the latest installment in the franchise that launched his career more than four decades ago. Two of Hamill’s co-stars, Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran, are also slated to take to the stage of the Dolby Theater on March 4.

Among those also scheduled to present are Armie Hammer, who co-stars in the Best Picture nominee “Call Me By Your Name” and Tony and Grammy winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) who is featured in the upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns.” Also on the list are Gina Rodriguez, Wes Studi and Zendaya.

Perhaps most intriguing is the inclusion of 1954 Best Supporting Actress winner Eva Marie Saint.
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Blu-ray Review – The Cat O’Nine Tails (1971)

The Cat O’Nine Tails, 1971.

Directed by Dario Argento.

Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Horst Frank, Pier Paolo Capponi, and Cinzia De Carolis.

Synopsis:

A blind man and an investigative reporter team up to get to the bottom of a murder mystery connected to a pharmaceutical company.

Continuing their trawl through their catalogue of Dario Argento titles to give the 4K restoration treatment to, Arrow Video have turned their attention to the Italian director’s second film, 1971’s The Cat O’Nine Tails, which carries on from the giallo stylings of his debut The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, points the way forward to where he would go with Four Flies On Grey Velvet and Deep Red and yet doesn’t quite pull off anything as inspiring or as satisfying as any of those other movies.

Of Argento’s gialli movies The Cat O’Nine Tails is probably
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Marlon Brando biopic in development

According to THR, Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has optioned director/producer George Englund’s memoir The Way It’s Never Been Done Before as the source material for a biopic on screen legend Marlon Brando.

Brando and Englund first became friends in the 1950s, with Englund going on to run Brando’s production company, as well as directing the two-time Oscar winner in the 1963 film The Ugly American.

“George and Marlon’s friendship spanned five decades and covered all the ups and downs in the actor’s career and personal life,” said Oliver. “It makes for both an epic portrayal of the greatest actor ever to grace the silver screen and an intimate story of two men with an almost brotherly bond.”

Brando – whose credits include the likes of A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, The Godfather and Last Tango in Paris – passed away in 2004, while Englund died earlier this year.
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Marlon Brando biopic in the works

Alec Bojalad Dec 18, 2017

New Republic Pictures has optioned a biography about Marlon Brando, with the intent of making a biopic

New Republic Pictures has optioned a biography about the late legendary actor Marlon Brando to become a biopic, it's been revealed.

The biography to be adapted is The Way It's Never Been Done Before from George Englund, a movie director, producer, and one of Brando's best friends. Englund died earlier this year. 

Brian Oliver's New Republic Pictures (Hacksaw Ridge, American Made) has optioned the biography with the intent of making a feature film biopic about Brando, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

There's certainly a joke to be made about Hollywood's penchant for making moves about itself but that doesn't really apply in Brando's case. Brando is synonymous with the film industry but his was the kind of talent and fame that would have been noteworthy in any industry. 

Brando
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George Englund’s Memoirs to act as basis for Marlon Brando biopic

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Considering Marlon Brando was the greatest actor that ever lived, it’s a wonder why it’s taken so long for a biopic to arise based on the memoirs of those that knew him best. Finally, we could see just that as one of Brando’s best friends, George Englund’s memoir The Way It’s Never Been Done Before has been optioned for a movie outing on the legend.

Rush, Black Swan and Hacksaw Ridge producer, Brian Oliver will produce the film for the newly established New Republic Pictures. Oliver said of the new commission;

“George and Marlon’s friendship spanned five decades and covered all the ups and downs in the actor’s career and personal life,” stated Oliver. “It makes for both an epic portrayal of the greatest actor ever to grace the silver screen and an intimate story of two men with an almost brotherly bond.
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Lady Bird has become the best-reviewed movie ever on Rotten Tomatoes

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The Godfather, On The Waterfront, The Wizard Of Oz, Goodfellas, and Jaws. These are all movies that have at least one negative review on Rotten Tomatoes, despite being some of the most beloved movies of all time. It just goes to show you any movie can have a dissenter…unless that movie is Lady Bird, the smash hit indie film from Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, which has officially become... Read More...
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Hell on Frisco Bay

I tell you it’s rough out there on Frisco Bay, especially when you say the word ‘Frisco’ within earshot of a proud San Francisco native. This Alan Ladd racketeering tale could have been written twenty years earlier, but it has Warner Color and the early, extra-wide iteration of the new movie attraction CinemaScope.

Hell on Frisco Bay

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen Academy / 98 min. / Street Date , 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, Joanne Dru, William Demarest, Paul Stewart, Perry Lopez, Fay Wray, Nestor Paiva, Willis Bouchey, Anthony Caruso, Tina Carver, Rod(ney) Taylor, Jayne Mansfield, Mae Marsh, Tito Vuolo.

Cinematography: John F. Seitz

Film Editor: Folmar Blangsted

Stunts: Paul Baxley

Original Music: Max Steiner

Written by Martin Rackin, Sydney Boehm from a book by William P. McGivern

Produced by George C. Berttholon, Alan Ladd

Directed by Frank Tuttle

Alan Ladd had always been
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