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Pasquale Buba, Film Editor on George A. Romero Movies, Dies at 72

Pasquale Buba, Film Editor on George A. Romero Movies, Dies at 72
Pasquale Buba, a film editor on Day of the Dead and several other efforts from the zombie movie maestro George A. Romero, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. He was 72.

A proud son of Pittsburgh, Buba cut the Steel City-set thriller Striking Distance (1993), starring Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker, and worked on Michael Mann's Heat (1995), starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, and The Brave (1997), directed by Johnny Depp and starring Depp and Marlon Brando.

Buba also collaborated with Pacino the director on Looking for Richard (1996) —...
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Al Pacino movies: 25 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ‘Scent of a Woman’

Al Pacino movies: 25 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ‘Scent of a Woman’
This year Al Pacino may pick up his third career Emmy Award as Best Movie/Mini Actor for the HBO telefilm “Paterno.” He plays the title role of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, whose successful 45-year career ended after his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was revealed to have been a child molester. Pacino previously won the same prize for “Angels in America” in 2004 and “You Don’t Know Jack” in 2010, and he was nominated once more for “Phil Spector” in 2013. But of course, most of Pacino’s career has been in film and not television. In honor of his latest small-screen achievement, let’s take a look back at some of his best big-screen performances. Tour through our photo gallery above of Pacino’s 25 greatest films above, ranked from worst to best.

Pacino is an Academy Award winner for his cinematic work, but it took him 20 years and
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Review: ‘Salomé’ and ‘Wilde Salomé’ Capture Al Pacino’s Exciting and Exhausting Artistic Journey

Over the last half century, Al Pacino has revealed himself to be – quite objectively – one of our greatest performers, both on stage and screen. Along with his incredible success in film, the man has remained consistently present in theater and enthralled by those playwrights who’ve come to define it. In 1996, he made his directorial debut with Looking For Richard, an engaging documentary that explored the actor’s fascination with Shakespeare as he prepared, performed and filmed select scenes from the play “Richard III” with the likes of Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey and Winona Ryder. While a bit messy and thin in its execution, the documentary feeds off the passion of its filmmaker.

Two decades later, Pacino’s exploring Oscar Wilde and his play “Salomé,” a tragedy written in 1891 and adapted from the biblical story of the titular stepdaughter of King Herod, who demands the head of John The Baptist
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Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: Looking For ‘Hamilton’ With Filmmaker Alex Horwitz (Episode 7)

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We are kicking off the 54th edition of the New York Film Festival with a behind the scenes look of three big premieres.

Director Alex Horwitz had no clue “Hamilton” would become a cultural phenomena when he started filming his friend Lin-Manuel Miranda writing hip hop tracks (originally for a concept album, not a musical) for the founding fathers. Horwitz came by the podcast to explain how he was inspired by Al Pacino’s “Looking for Richard” and became fascinated by Miranda’s search for the man Alexander Hamilton. Following him around as he wrote in Aaron Burr’s real life bedroom and did research at Valley Forge, Horwitz explained that his goal was to capture history through Miranda’s perspective.

Read More: Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: Andrea Arnold on Capturing the Poetic Realism of ‘American Honey’ (Episode 6)

Head Programmer of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dennis Lim, also dropped
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‘Hamilton’s America’: Behind the Scenes of Documenting Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hit Musical

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Editor’s Note: Alex Horwitz had no way of knowing “Hamilton” would become a cultural phenomenon that would change Broadway and launch his friend Lin-Manuel Miranda into super-stardom. Early on, however, the genre filmmaker (“Alice Jacobs is Dead”) and documentary film editor (“Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger”) could tell Miranda was onto something special. Specifically drawn to the way Miranda was bringing history to life through hip-hop in his early tracks, Horwitz picked up a camera and started capturing the creation of the musical, while joining Miranda on his research and exploration of the Founding Fathers.

In anticipation of the “Hamilton’s America” premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 1 and its television premiere on PBS’s “Great Performances” on October 21, IndieWire reached out to Horwitz to find out more about his new film, backed by RadicalMedia. What we got was this detailed
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Here’s What’s Coming To Netflix and Amazon Prime in April

April has arrived and a new batch of movies are coming to Netflix like The Princess Bride and The Shawshank Redemption. It also means we’re losing a few titles, this month we’re losing Amistad, Hotel Rwanda, and 2 Fast 2 Furious just to name a few. On the TV side of things, season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt arrives, so if you enjoyed the first season, you should be good to binge the new season.

On the Amazon Prime front, check out below to see what you’ll be able to stream for free and what’s going to have a cost. Let’s watch!

All Title Dates are Subject to Change

Netflix U.S. Release Dates Only

Available 4/1

16 Blocks (2006)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Anthony Bourdain: Parks Unknown: Season 5

The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story

Beat Bobby Flay: Season 1

Best in Show (2000)

Bob’s Burgers:
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Newish Viewing: Concussion, Hateful 8, and Reader Poll

Here's what's new or newish for home viewing over the past two weeks for DVDs, BluRays, or Streaming. Now you can...

• see if the Pinkett-Smiths had any reason to be upset about the lack of Oscar interest in Concussion (hint: no)

• stab your eyes out while watching Daddy's Home

• find out if The Hateful Eight is Tarantino's worst (hint: yes)

• discover the stuff they left out of Pt 1 in order to make another billion with Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 2

• watch Juliet Stevenson be Mother Teresa in The Letters

• endure yet another Paranormal Activity movie because they will never stop making those

• use Point Break (2015) discs for coasters because who needs a remake when Point Break (1991) is still such a knockout?!

Reader's Choice Streaming

We kicked off the biweekly reader's choice series with Gattaca (1997) and Cruel Intentions (1999). Time for another on Wednesday April 6th only I'm forcing a move away from
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New on Netflix: April 2016

In April, fire up Netflix and prepare to binge-watch hit movies like "The Princess Bride" and "The Shawshank Redemption" as they're added (finally!) to Netflix streaming. Also new to streaming: Stanley Kubrick classics "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and "A Clockwork Orange" (1971).

Also, say hello to Netflix Originals "The Ranch," starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, and Sam Elliott; Season 2 of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"; and Ricky Gervais's "Special Correspondents."

Here's the complete list of what's new on Netflix in April 2016. Of course, titles and release dates are always subject to change.

Available April 1, 2016

"16 Blocks" (2006)

"2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)

"A Clockwork Orange" (1971)

"Anthony Bourdain": Parts Unknown": Season 5

"The Ascent of Woman": A 10,000 Year Story

"Beat Bobby Flay": Season 1

"Best in Show" (2000)

"Bob's Burgers": Season 5

"Boogie Nights" (1997)

"Breathe" (2014)

"Chaplin" (1992)

"Charlie and "The Chocolate Factory" (2005)

"Codegirl" (2015)

"Colegas" (2012)

"Cujo" (1983)

"Cutthroat Kitchen": Seasons 34

"Deep Impact" (1998)

"Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang
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"Get Mean" Starring Tony Anthony Gets First North American Release Through Blue Underground Video

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"Get Mean" (1975), the most obscure and final entry in the series of "Stranger" Westerns starring Tony Anthony is getting a long-awaited release in North America thanks to the new deluxe edition Blu-ray that is jam-packed with extras including an insightful collector's booklet written by Cinema Retro columnist Howard Hughes.

Here are the details from the official press release:

The Stranger’s Thrilling Final Adventure!

When an American cowboy stumbles upon a gypsy family in a wind-swept ghost town, they offer him a fortune to escort a princess back to her home in Spain. But this silent Stranger finds himself in over his head (and strung up by his feet) when he gets caught in the middle of an epic battle involving Vikings, the Moors, brutal barbarians, evil spirits, a raging bull, and a diabolical Shakespeare-quoting hunchback. Tired of their never-ending attempts to kill him, the cowboy arms himself to the teeth with guns,
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DVD Review: 'The Last Act'

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★★★★☆ The shrouded world of the stage proved very much the theme of last year's Venice Film Festival. Director Barry Levinson's Philip Roth adaptation The Last Act (2014) is a bird of an entirely different feather to the screwball antics of She's Funny That Way (2014) or the anarchic brio of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman (2014). Featuring a masterly turn by Al Pacino, The Last Act is actually closer to Pacino's own theatre-based documentaries Looking for Richard (1996) and Wilde Salomé (2011) in its looseness and postmodern playfulness. It's also by turns moving and very funny. Simon Axler (Al Pacino) is an ageing actor in decline and verging of a nervous breakdown.
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The 7 Documentaries Every Actor Should See

Looking for a juicy documentary to sink your teeth into on a rainy afternoon? Or perhaps you’d like to learn more about the casting or production process? These seven sensational docs provide crucial behind-the-scenes insight into various aspects of film and theater. By watching them you’re guaranteed to learn something new about this crazy industry. “Every Little Step” How’s this for meta-theatrical? “Every Little Step” chronicles the most difficult challenge an aspiring Broadway actor could undertake: booking a role in the classic show about aspiring Broadway actors. Following the ups and downs of real-life dancers auditioning for the 2006 revival of “A Chorus Line,” this documentary tugs at the heartstrings of starry-eyed triple threats everywhere. The film features interviews with both struggling auditioners and the musical’s creators, providing an astonishing look at what drives Broadway hopefuls. “Looking for Richard” Al Pacino’s directorial debut is ambitious in scope yet relaxed in style.
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Al Pacino says studios used to take risks on films like 'The Humbling'

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Al Pacino says studios used to take risks on films like 'The Humbling'
Los Angeles — Al Pacino is wiped out. He's tirelessly promoting an independent film after hitting the red carpet circuit (or "syndrome," as he puts it) in the fall and he is, as ever, balancing a number of on-going projects, the most recent one being a David Mamet play written for him specifically. On top of it all, old rotator cuff injuries from his sporting days are acting up. But Pacino is a warrior. "No problem," he says after wincing from the pain. "I'll be fine." Ostensibly we're talking about Barry Levinson's "The Humbling," which is angling for an Oscar-qualifying run this month. In the Philip Roth adaptation, Pacino stars as a famous actor who has, for lack of a better phrase, lost his mojo. It's a curious note in Pacino's filmography, fascinating for his commitment to the role, which he says spoke to him. In David Gordon Green's "Manglehorn,
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Now: In the Wings On A World Stage Review

Now: In the Wings on a World Stage, a new documentary from executive producer Kevin Spacey about his world tour of Richard III with nearly 20 actors for 200 sold-out performances, actually has a very apt subtitle, since viewers of this doc remain in the wings for the entire runtime, away from much of the stage action and the creative journey of its stars.

Now relies heavily on context and easy quotes from Spacey and Sam Mendes (who directed the play) – both Oscar-winners for their first collaboration, American Beauty – to introduce audiences to what draws these men best known for cinema to the theatre. Mendes was the brainchild of The Bridge Project, a trans-Atlantic company that brought actors from the New York and London theatre scene together. Its final production in 2012 was Richard III, with Spacey in the title role as one of Shakespeare’s most gleefully corrupt misanthropes.

“The thrill of
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Al Pacino Retrospective - Looking for Richard

Simon Columb continues our Al Pacino Retrospective with Looking for Richard...

The Al Pacino season at the BFI has showcased his best work, but it can be difficult to get a sense of what Pacino is like when viewed through the fictional lens of characters like Michael Corleone and Frank Serpico. Looking for Richard is Pacino’s directorial debut, digging deeper into American attitudes towards Shakespeare – specifically the influential historical drama Richard III. This is an insight into Pacino’s acting and his love for the stage. Informative, insightful and playful, Looking for Richard is a theatrical treat for film fans.

Led primarily by Pacino himself and his co-writer Frederic Kimball, they banter and argue about the text and purpose of the documentary. While Pacino is building and amassing footage to create a film to educate and illuminate a centuries old text, Fred is keen to prove how actors understand Shakespeare,
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Alec Baldwin: 'I was staring off a cliff'

He had a hit with 30 Rock, then Tina Fey called time on it. His first box office smash was followed by 'eight bombs in a row'. He's fallen out with his family, his ex-wife, his colleagues, the press and Twitter (three times). Is it any wonder Alec Baldwin's new film is a dig at the movie business?

Late one evening, Alec Baldwin enters a private dining room at a Japanese restaurant in downtown Manhattan. He is broad, with meaty forearms and a squarish head, his hair shooting up at the crest like a picket fence. Over the years, he has looked great and he has looked seedy, and at 55, he has settled into a well-rounded version of himself that comes with a new and much vaunted Zen attitude. That Baldwin is a good actor is indisputable; whether or not he's a good guy is subject to routine debate, depending
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1996

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01

We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...

Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.

Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.

As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...

25. The Cable Guy

We can't sit here and
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Film-makers must trust the audience

Scarecrow and The King of Marvin Gardens – quirky, unstylised films made in the 60s and 70s that refused to smooth their rough edges. This bravery, Adam Mars-Jones argues, is what film-makers are missing today

The label "independent film" doesn't mean what it once did, and the Sundance festival is part of the reason. The moment aspiring film-makers realised there was a potential shortcut to distribution and acclaim, they started smoothing off their rough edges – consciously or without even noticing – or at least they began to stylise themselves. Either way, the overall effect of the festival has not been to promote individuality but to erode it. So it's a mild beneficial shock to watch two American films of the early 1970s on re-release – not because they're masterpieces, exactly, but because they give the flavour of a different set of assumptions.

Scarecrow, directed by Jerry Schatzberg, won a prize at Cannes in
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Worldfest 2013 Film Festival: A Primer

Houston, Texas is best known for oil and cowboys. Like most things, there is way more than meets the stereotype. My favorite Houston secret is Worldfest, a nine day international independent film festival held every April.

What is so great about it? It’s a point of pride for Houstonians because it is the oldest in the world. It was founded in August 1961 as Cinema Arts, and International Film Society. It became the international film festival it is today in April 1968. In all of this time it has been under the care of founder Hunter Todd. His goal was to create a quality film festival for independent filmmakers.

Meh, who cares how old it is. If it’s last power doesn’t impress you, here’s a short list of some of the filmmakers discovered at Worldfest:

Steven Spielberg George Lucas Ridley Scott The Coen Brothers Oliver Stone David Lynch

Pretty sweet,

Want To Spend ‘An Evening With Al Pacino?’

Have you ever fancied spending an evening with a living Hollywood legend? How about Al Pacino? If that’s your ultimate then you may want to head over to this webpage without even reading the rest of this article to purchase tickets to the one-off London theatre event ‘An Evening With Al Pacino‘ which is set to hit the West End on Sunday 2nd June. In a one-off performance, Pacino will take to the stage to take part in a truly ‘unique event, a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal, sharing private moments with one of the greatest actors of his generation.’

Pacino will be answering questions from the audience on stage at the London Palladium with a live crew filming the event which will be projected on a huge screen on stage bringing the actor even closer to his audience. Wow. I have posted
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Richard III – a career in clips

To mark the discovery of Richard III's skeleton under a car park in Leicester, we've put together some clips of the monarch's most memorable screen portrayals

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Laurence Olivier's 1955 Shakespeare adaptation remains the dominant source for our assumptions of all things Richard III. Dressed in black, scowly as hell, and with that creepy, reedy intonation, Olivier's interpretation defined Richard as evil Crookback, of whom we should be grateful to Henry Tudor that we are rid. Perversely, punk rocker John Lydon cited him as a major influence, and clips from the film pop up in Julien Temple's Filth and the Fury doco. (Look for him at 1:45 in this clip.)

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Olivier was endlessly, instantly parody-able, as Peter Sellers showed on a 1964 Beatles TV show, doing Hard Day's Night in the style of Winter of Discontent.

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