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National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress

National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress
As is annual tradition, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced this year’s 25 film set to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their “cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance,” the films picked range from such beloved actioners as “Die Hard,” childhood classic “The Goonies,” the seminal “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and the mind-bending “Memento,” with plenty of other genres and styles represented among the list.

The additions span 1905 to 2000, and includes Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts, independent, and even home movies. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725.

“The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation’s cultural and historical heritage,” Hayden said in an official statement. “Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and
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‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Ace in the Hole,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

Since 1989, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has been accomplishing the important task of preserving films that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.” From films way back in 1897 all the way up to 2004, they’ve now reached 725 films that celebrate our heritage and encapsulate our film history.

Today they’ve unveiled their 2017 list, which includes such Hollywood classics as Die Hard, Titanic, and Superman along with groundbreaking independent features like Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, and Barbara Loden’s Wanda. Also making this list are a pair of Kirk Douglas-led features, Ace in the Hole and Spartacus, as well as Christopher Nolan’s Memento and more. Check out the full list below and you can watch some films on the registry for free here.

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)

Based on the infamous
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry

‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry
James Cameron’s disaster epic “Titanic,” the beloved fantasy “The Goonies,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and 1989’s “Field of Dreams” are among the 25 films selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

The 2017 selections range from obscure documentaries to a Mexican-American family’s home movies from 1920s Texas to Disney’s 1941 animated classic “Dumbo” to the 1979 Luis Valdez-directed drama “Boulevard Nights” to 1960’s “Spartacus,” the Kirk Douglas-Stanley Kubrick sword-and-sandal drama that helped end the era of the blacklist.

The titles will be added to the Library’s collection of films designated as having cultural, social or aesthetic significance.

“Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals and a nation as a whole,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “Being tasked with selecting only 25 each year is daunting because there are so many great films deserving of this honor
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La Panda, Bad Boy Billy Board ‘La Camarista’ as Axel Shalson Joins ‘Buenaventura’ (Exclusive)

La Panda, Bad Boy Billy Board ‘La Camarista’ as Axel Shalson Joins ‘Buenaventura’ (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires — There are new kids on Latin America’s block, and they’re shaking up its art film business: In a first move by the production fund just launched by L.A.-based La Panda and Axel Shalson’s Bad Boy Billy Productions, the partners have boarded Lila Avilés’ “La Camarista” as a co-producer.

In a separate move, Shalson will co-produce “Buenaventura Mon Amour (Somos Calentura),” bring with him director-producer Rodrigo Bellott as a producing partner.

Shalson and La Panda’s Jana Diáz-Juhl will join “La Camarista” lead producer Tatiana Grullera at Ventana Sur to present the movie. Shalson will also also be on for the long-awaited sneak peek of “Buenaventura Mon Amour (Somos Calentura)” which, like “La Camarista,” screens in Ventana Sur’s now classic Primer Corte pix-in-post competition.

The feature debut of director-actress-dramatist Avilés, “La Camarista,” which won the Labo Award at Los Cabos Festival Work in Progress section, “La Camarista
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Spain’s Julio Medem Dips Toe Into High-Profile TV Drama with ‘Jai-Alai’ (Exclusive)

Spain’s Julio Medem Dips Toe Into High-Profile TV Drama with ‘Jai-Alai’ (Exclusive)
Julio Medem, one of Spain’s preeminent film directors (“Vacas,” “Sex and Lucia,” “Ma Ma”), is dipping his toe into high-profile TV fiction arena with Miami-set Basque ball game, crime series “Jai-Alai.”

The in-development project, whose first season will consist of 10 episodes, has also attached to direct award-winning Mexican filmmakers David Pablos (“Las elegidas”) and Gabriel Ripstein (“600 Miles”).

Based on an original idea by Medem and Mexican producer Eva Ruiz de Chávez, the series will take place over three decades. From the ’70s, when the Basque ball became one of the most profitable sports in the U.S. and the Miami Jai Alai, an excellent way to launder money from trafficking cocaine; its ’80s decline and its end in the ’90s.

With “The Godfather” as one of its major sources of inspiration, “Jai-Alai” will tell the story of Xalba, the patriarch of a pelotari dynasty who transfers control of his crime empire to Ategi, his reluctant
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Trailers for Cannes Premieres from Kiyoshi Kurosawa, François Ozon, and More

Although the Cannes Film Festival line-up has now been unveiled, for the vast majority of those reading, we’ll have to wait some time before we’re sitting in the theater watching this year’s selections. Thankfully, to get a taste of what to expect, a handful of teasers have arrived for a few of our most-anticipated films — and one we’re curious about.

First up, Kiyoshi Kurosawa is back with the fascinating-sounding Before We Vanish, an alien movie which looks to be conveyed in the striking manner only he can deliver. Then there’s a brief preview for another prolific filmmaker’s latest work as François Ozon‘s L’Amant Double, a psycho-sexual thriller starring Jérémie Renier and Marine Vacth, which turned heads with the debut of its first Nsfw look.

Then there’s a new teaser for Michel HazanaviciusJean-Luc Godard biopic, Redoubtable. Featuring Louis Garrel as Godard
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4th Paris Images Trade Show Announces Threefold Increase in Foreign Production Spend in France in 2016

4th Paris Images Trade Show Announces Threefold Increase in Foreign Production Spend in France in 2016
The organizers of the five-event Paris Images Trade Show, one of the world’s biggest film production and post-production trade fairs, has disclosed that total foreign spend under France’s tax rebate for international shoots tripled in 2016, with a further rise predicted this year.

Over recent years, France has invested significantly in its technical infrastructure, including the construction of new studio facilities, such as Luc Besson’s Paris Studios and the Provence Studios near Marseille. The country also boasts world-leading animation and VFX shops, including Illumination MacGuff, Mikros Images, TeamTO, Buf and Cube Creative.

One of the key drivers of the rising demand for Gallic technical facilities is France’s Trip international tax rebate scheme, whose rate was upped from 20% to 30% of spend in France from Jan. 1, 2016.

Trip has had a key role in tripling foreign investment, said two of Paris Images’ organizers, Valérie Lépine-Karnik, CEO of Film France, and Yann Marchet,
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‘Chronic’s’ Michel Franco, Emma Suarez, Televisa Team for ‘April’s Daughter’ (Exclusive)

‘Chronic’s’ Michel Franco, Emma Suarez, Televisa Team for ‘April’s Daughter’ (Exclusive)
One of Mexico’s highest-profile and most resolutely independent young directors, Michel Franco, whose Tim Roth starrer “Chronic” won best screenplay at 2015’s Cannes Festival, has gone into production on its follow-up, “Las hijas de Abril” (“April’s Daughter”), a mother-daughters relationship drama starring Spain’s Emma Suarez, co-star of Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta.”

Videocine, the movie distribution arm of Latin American TV network giant Televisa, has acquired theatrical distribution rights for Mexico. Set up at Franco’s Mexico City label Lucia Films and kept under wraps until the present, “April’s Daughter” is currently 10 days into a shoot in Puerto Vallarta, the Mexican resort.

Also written by Franco, “April’s Daughter” plumbs the same keystone family ties whose exploration catapulted Franco to international notice when “After Lucia” won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Award in 2012.

Suarez plays a woman who, having rebuilt her life abroad, returns to Mexico to reconnect with her youngest daughter,
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Toronto International Film Festival Premieres Include Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already And Lorene Scafaria’s The Meddler

The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.

In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.

Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.

The various films listed below star Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, Gary Oldman, Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore,
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Medem Set to Portray Balenciaga (Exclusive)

Madrid — First Coco Chanel, then Yves Saint Laurent, now Cristobal Balenciaga, the master of them all.

The great Spain-born fashion designer will become the latest genius of Parisian haute couture to receive a big-screen portrait, in a still-to-be-titled movie directed by pre-eminent Spanish auteur Julio Medem (“Sex and Lucia,” “Room in Rome”).

Medem is one of a select number of Spanish helmers who movies have played in main competition at both Cannes (“Earth”) and Venice (“Lovers of the Arctic Circle”).

He is attached to direct from a screenplay by L.A.-based scribes Julia Fontana and Pablo Gomez-Castro.

The portrait is set up at Miriam Porte’s Barcelona-based Distinto Films. Its credits include “The Wild Ones,” which in 2012 topped Spain’s Malaga Festival, the country’s biggest national cinema showcase.

Nominated for an Academy Award and BAFTA for “Les Miserables,” Paco Delgado will serve as the film’s costume designer.
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Marvel Comics News: All-New Silver Surfer, Iron Patriot Series And MiracleMan Returns!

Continuing the Marvel news from New York Comic-Con 2013, Marvel have announced another new series for their All-New Marvel Now! line-up in 2014, this time featuring the all-star creative team of Superior Spider-Man writer Dan Slott and Ff artist Mike Allred: Silver Surfer. Slott talked about the changes he’s brought to the character, notably the addition of a female companion for the cosmic herald:

“When you think of the Silver Surfer, you think of the lone sentinel of the skyways. He’s always very lonely on that board all by himself. And this is a book about a girl onboard … a kindred spirit who’s an Earth girl. And you’re going to find out the universe is more fun when you see it with someone.”

Also being released next year will be an Iron Patriot series from writer Ales Kot and artist Garry Brown where the Iron Man character

Agents of Shield recap: series one, episode two – 0-8-4

The team faced down a sinister super-laser in a satisfying episode that gave Clark Gregg a chance to shine as Coulson. Plus: Samuel L Jackson!

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching Agents of Shield on Channel 4 in the UK. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode two

Click here to read Graeme's episode one blogpost

They may not have invented the concept, but the Marvel movies have perfected the "post-credits sting": addictive choc drops for fans faithful enough to sit through screeds of acknowledgements. These scenes featured surprising cameos and dangled enough common plot threads to sell the idea of a shared Marvel universe, where Tony Stark could sashay into the world of the Incredible Hulk or the Avengers could silently enjoy some post-New-York-saving shawarma.

Since it worked so well on the big screen, it shouldn't be that much of a surprise that the same
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The Top Five Ya Authors Whose Books We’d Like to See on the Big Screen

5. Ally Condie

Starting the list off at number five is Ally Condie and her Matched trilogy. The series follows protagonist Cassia Reyes in a dystopian future where people are paired up for marriage by Society. Love and attraction don’t play a part in the matching of the newly turned seventeen year olds, but rather the pairing is strictly based on science and algorithms. When Cassia is paired up with her childhood best friend, Xander Carrow, her future looks bright, until she begins to fall in love with Ky Markham, an outcast amongst their society.

While it seems that all popular young adult novels these days fall under the dystopian banner, Condie’s work is both gripping and greatly refreshing. And while her book does play with the ever present teenage love triangle, hers doesn’t feel forced or generic. Cassia’s doubt, fear and uncertainty come across as genuine,
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'X-Men: Days Of Future Past': Sentinels - Required Reading

by Brett White

With Trask Industries "celebrating its 50th anniversary" by launching a super informative website (it also ties into "X-Men: Days of Future Past"—sshhh!), suddently Sentinels are all the rage! People can't stop talking about the giant, purple, mutant-hunting robots—and rightfully so! Need I reiterate that they are giant purple robots? It does not get much cooler than that.

The robotic foes have been a thorn in the X-Men's side since their early days, and the mechanical menaces have popped up in everything from video games to cartoons over the franchise's 50 years of existence. Truthfully, we could easily do more than one Required Reading post about the Sentinels—and we could even throw in a Required Watching or two ("Final Decision" from "X-Men" season one!). But when it comes down to the most essential Sentinel stories, here are the five that made the cut.

"Among Us Stalk.
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The Academy Invites 176 To Membership

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy.s roster of members.

.These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,. said Academy President Tom Sherak. .I.m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member..

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

The 2012 invitees are:

Actors

Simon Baker . .Margin Call,. .L.A. Confidential.

Sean Bean . .Flightplan,. .The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Bérénice Bejo . .The Artist,. .Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies.

Tom Berenger . .Inception,. .Platoon.

Demián Bichir . .A Better Life,. .Che.

Jessica Chastain . .The Help,. .The Tree of Life.

Clifton Collins,
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The Full Lineup of Movies Announced for 66th Annual Edinburgh Film Festival 2012

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Cannes is now over which means it’s time to move to Britain as the Edinburgh Film Festival kicks off!

We’ve just been sent the full line-up for the 2012 Edinburgh Film Festival which is now in it’s 66th year. We have our people (Jamie, Steven and Emma) on the ground at the event right now ready to catch as many films as they possible can throughout the next wee or two as we get to see 121 new features and 19 world premieres.

I’ll let the full press release below do the talking but let us know what you’re looking forward to in the comments section below.

World Premieres:

Berberian Sound Studio Borrowed Time Day Of The Flowers Exit Elena Flying Blind Fred Future My Love Guinea Pigs Here, Then Leave It On The Track The Life And Times Of Paul The Psychic Octopus Life Just Is Mnl
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Full line-up for the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival announced

The full programme for the 66th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff), which runs from 20 June to 1 July, has been officially announced and will feature nineteen World premieres and thirteen International premieres.

The Festival will showcase one hundred and twenty-one new features from fifty-two countries, including eleven European premieres and seventy-six UK premieres in addition to the World and International premieres. Highlights include the World premieres of Richard Ledes’ Fred; Nathan Silver’s Exit Elena and Benjamin Pascoe’s Leave It On The Track and European premieres of Lu Sheng’s Here, There and Yang Jung-ho’s Mirage in the maiden New Perspectives section; and the International premiere of Benicio Del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, Juan Carlos Tabio and Laurent Cantet’s 7 Days In Havana and the European premiere of Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America in the Directors’ Showcase. In addition to the new features presented,
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Zac Brown Band plots new album 'Uncaged' for July release

Zac Brown Band plots new album 'Uncaged' for July release
Zac Brown Band will bow its new studio album and newest band member on July 10. “Uncaged,” the group’s third major label set, features the addition of percussionist Daniel de los Reyes. Brown told the AP that the Zbb, which is already quite the collective, was inspired to add the percussionist to “create a new kind of pulse within the band.” De los Reyes previously played with Earth, Wind & Fire and Jennifer Lopez. No word yet on who will produce the set. The band’s last album was 2010’s “You Get What You Give" on Southern Ground/Atlantic. We’re not sure how...
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2012 Oscars – The Winners

Well the hoopla is over for another year as Hollywood relishes in its self congratulatory extravagance with a ceremony that celebrates all that is “good” about the industry (and a ceremony that seems to ignore Everything joe public thinks is good). As predicted The Artist walked away with the most awards whilst – thank god – The Muppets picked up the best original song award. It’s also nice to see Christopher Plummer pick up his First Academy Award for his role in Beginners – definitely long-overdue methinks.

Anyway, here are the winners in full:

Best Picture:

The Artist Moneyball The Descendants The Tree of Life Midnight in Paris The Help Hugo Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close War Horse

Actress:

Meryl StreepThe Iron Lady Viola DavisThe Help Michelle WilliamsMy Week With Marilyn Glenn CloseAlbert Nobbs Rooney MaraThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Actor:

Jean DujardinThe Artist Gary Oldman
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The 2012 Oscar Winners

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So here they are, the winners of the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony which took place at the Hollywood and Highland Centre La and was attended by Hollywood’s finest. The Artist didn’t win as many awards as we thought it might but came away with five awards in total including three of the biggies – Best Film, Best Actor and Best Director. Hugo also took 5 awards which was more than we thought possible.

The Iron Lady came in with two awards and we were so pleased to see Meryl Streep bring in her third Oscar after being nominated an astonishing 17 times!

The full list of winners are below along with the tally of how many awards each movie one. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Awards Tally

The Artist – 5 Hugo – 5 The Iron Lady – 2 A Separation – 1 The Help – 1 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – 1 Undefeated – 1 Rango – 1 Beginners – 1 The
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