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The rise of movie extended editions: is more always more?

Guy Buckland Dec 2, 2016

From Aliens and Lord Of The Rings to Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, we take a look at the extended edition...

The average movie used to be around 90 minutes long.

That’s not strictly true, by the way – some cursory Google research puts paid to that particular piece of received wisdom – but reviewing the running times of what were some of my favourites flicks back in the day, I was hard pressed to find many that breached the two hour mark.

Which seems fair. Save the odd historical epic or substantive biopic, most stories designed for consumption in movie theatres should be able to be told in under 120 minutes. Besides, now that the quaint notion of an intermission appears to be in its death throes, simple logic dictates that films on theatrical release be kept to a manageable, easily-digestible runtime. I’ll be damned if I
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30th Anniversary of Aliens – This Weekend Midnights at The Tivoli

“We’d better get back, ’cause it’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night… mostly.”

Aliens plays this weekend (September 30rd and October 1st) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.

Aliens is a great sequel though James Cameron chucked the creepy Ridley Scott atmosphere for a more action-oriented format. Set 57 years after the original, Ripley’s escape pod has been found, and she is returned to earth. Once she gets there, however, her story is discounted and The Company fire her for detonating her old ship. A few weeks later Burke, an employee of The Company, asks her to go with a group of marines to Lv-426 (the planet where she found the first alien), where contact has been lost with a colony of terraformers…

Aliens is a fantastic movie. It is quite different from 1 & 3 in the series, in
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Ridley Scott to Receive American Cinematheque Honor

Ridley Scott to Receive American Cinematheque Honor
Director-producer Ridley Scott will receive the 30th American Cinematheque award.

The presentation will take place on Oct. 14 at the Beverly Hilton.

Scott received Academy Award director nominations for “Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator” and “Thelma and Louise.” Othe directing credits include “Alien,” “Black Rain,” “Blade Runner,” “The Duelists,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “G.I. Jane,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Legend,” “The Martian,” “Matchstick Men,” “Prometheus,” “Robin Hood,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “White Squall.”

The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Ridley Scott as the 30th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year,” said American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita. “To state it simply, Ridley Scott is one of the greatest directors in the history of the motion picture.”

“From his first feature, ‘The Duelists,’ to his most recent, ‘The Martian,’ the films of Ridley Scott have combined keenly observed humanity with dazzling state-of-the-art effects and design in
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‘Imitation of Life,’ ‘Being There,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ 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 675 films that celebrate our heritage and encapsulate our film history.

Today they’ve unveiled their 2015 list, which includes classics such as Douglas Sirk‘s melodrama Imitation of Life, Hal Ashby‘s Being There, and John Frankenheimer‘s Seconds. Perhaps the most popular picks, The Shawshank Redemption, Ghostbusters, Top Gun, and L.A. Confidential were also added. Check out the full list below.

Being There (1979)

Chance, a simple-minded gardener (Peter Sellers) whose only contact with the outside world is through television, becomes the toast of the town following a series of misunderstandings. Forced outside his protected environment by the death of his wealthy boss, Chance subsumes his late employer’s persona,
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‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Top Gun,’ ‘L.A. Confidential’ Among 2015 National Film Registry Selections

‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Top Gun,’ ‘L.A. Confidential’ Among 2015 National Film Registry Selections
Ghostbusters,” “Top Gun,” “L.A. Confidential” and “Being There” are among the Library of Congress’ 2015 selections for the National Film Registry.

Each year, the Library of Congress adds 25 notable films to its permanent collection, ensuring that the titles will be preserved for generations to come. The 2015 class is typically eclectic, ranging from silent films to 1980s blockbusters, edgy indies to educational films such as the Disney-produced 1946 entry “The Story of Menstruation.”

“Selecting a film for the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to cinema and America’s cultural and artistic history,” said acting Librarian of Congress David Mao. “The registry is an invaluable way to advance public awareness of the richness, creativity and variety of our nation’s film heritage.”

The 2015 selections bring the number of titles in the registry to 675. The films are selected by Library of Congress staffers and the National Film Preservation Board, after reviewing nominations made
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61 film books that are well worth your time




Looking for good books about the movies to read? We've got a bumper selection of recommendations right here...

A confession. I actually started writing this article in 2013, and the reason you've only reading it now is that I've made sure I've read every book on this list, save for one or two where I've marked otherwise. As such, what you're getting is a very personal list of recommendations. Each of these books has at least something to it that I think is of interest to someone wanting to learn more about film - or just enjoy stories of movie making.

I've tended to avoid picture books, with one exception, as these ones I've chosen are all intended to be chock-full of words, to relax with at the end of a long day. Which is what I did. There are one or two notable omissions, as I'm still
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SAG Awards showdown: 'Spotlight' stars Michael Keaton vs. Mark Ruffalo

SAG Awards showdown: 'Spotlight' stars Michael Keaton vs. Mark Ruffalo
Will Michael Keaton ("Spotlight") win Best Supporting Actor at SAG, or will his co-star Mark Ruffalo overtake him? They're the top two contenders according to the combined predictions of Expert film journalists we've polled, along with Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year's SAG nominations and the more than 1000 total Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors. Who do you think will prevail? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Keaton leads our predictions with odds of 12/5. He may be considered overdue after his surprise Best Actor loss last year for "Birdman" (though he did win Best Film Ensemble as a member of the cast). He has one other previous SAG nom, for the TV miniseries "The Company" (2007), and "Spotlight" is forecast to win Best Ensemble this ye...'
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Emmy for Main Title Theme: 'Transparent' vs. 'Penny Dreadful,' 'Tyrant' & more

Emmy for Main Title Theme: 'Transparent' vs. 'Penny Dreadful,' 'Tyrant' & more
One of the most vital aspects of any series is a recognizable musical motif, so the Emmy for Main Title Theme is of special note. The award will be given out at the Creative Arts ceremony on Saturday, with previous winners duking it out with first-time nominees. Let’s take a closer look at the contenders and their individual awards histories: -Break- Emmy predictions slugfest: Our editors preview the major Creative Arts categories Jeff Beal reaped his 14th and 15th nominations this year: one in this category for his theme for "The Dovekeepers," and one for his score for "House of Cards." He won three Emmys from his 13 past nominations: Main Title Theme for "Monk" (2003) and Best Score (Miniseries/Movie/Special) twice -- "Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Steven King" (2006) and "The Company" (2007). His other 10 nominations came for his work on "House of Cards" (two more for Score; onc.
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Political Sci-Fi Thriller Braindead Gets Series Order from CBS

Aliens will begin taking over Capitol Hill in BrainDead, an upcoming horror comedy series that's received a 13-episode straight-to-series order from CBS and is slated to premiere next summer.

Press Release: "Studio City, Calif. – CBS has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of “BrainDead,” a one-hour comic-thriller from Robert and Michelle King, acclaimed creators and executive producers of “The Good Wife.” The series will be broadcast in summer 2016.

“BrainDead” is the first project from Robert and Michelle King as part of their new three-year producing deal with CBS Television Studios. “BrainDead” will be executive produced and written by the Kings. Ridley Scott, David Zucker and Liz Glotzer will serve as executive producers for CBS Television Studios, Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions, all of whom previously collaborated on “The Good Wife.” Judy Smith will serve as co-executive producer.

“BrainDead” follows a young fresh-faced Hill staffer getting her first job in Washington,
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Akiva Goldsman Explains ‘Transformers’ Writers Room As Paramount Adds Scribe Pair

Exclusive: Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson-Dworet have been set to join the group of writers who, starting Monday, will gather in an office on the Paramount lot to hatch the next iterations of the billion-dollar Transformers franchise. Nolan is best known for Black Hawk Down and Fox recently acquired his spec adaptation of the Robert Littell Cold War novel Defection, this after Nolan turned his novel The Company into a limited TNT series. Robertson-Dworet, who co-wrote the…
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Ryan Gosling Sets Sights on Blade Runner Sequel

When it was confirmed in February that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner sequel, you may have immediately started wondering who would join him in the new neo-noir, as Deckard's sure to run into memorable characters of both the human and replicant varieties. Though we don't know who he'd play, it's been revealed that Ryan Gosling is in talks to star alongside Ford in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel that's slated to start shooting next summer:

Press Release (via The Hollywood News) -- "Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.

Harrison Ford will co-star as Rick Deckard, the role he portrayed in the original directed by Scott.

Principal photography is set to start in summer of
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Blade Runner Sequel Director Announced, Harrison Ford’s Return Confirmed

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After all these years, the story of Rick Deckard will continue. A Blade Runner sequel started to pick up steam back in 2011 when it was announced that Ridley Scott would return to direct. While Scott is still creatively involved, it has been revealed that he'll be passing the torch to another director. What is still a big surprise, even after his involvement in the latest Star Wars film, is that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Deckard:

Press Release via /Film: "Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2015 — Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner and Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve to (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Film is scheduled to start principle photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the
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Blade Runner Sequel Confirmed, Harrison Ford To Return

Deadline is reporting that at long last, the Blade Runner sequel has been confirmed, with Harrison Ford set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Unfortunately, Ridley Scott will not return as director, but in his place will be Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve.

The plan is for production to get underway in summer 2016 with Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green penning the script. Plot details are, of course, scarce, but from what we understand the sequel will take place several decades after the events of the original (which makes sense given Ford’s age).

“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said. “Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most
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Notebook's 7th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2014

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How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?

Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.

All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch
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'Black Hawk Down' Writer Brings CIA Thriller 'Defection' to Fox

Black Hawk Down screenwriter Ken Nolan has sold his spec screenplay Defection to 20th Century Fox, loosely based on the Cold War spy novel The Defection of A.J. LeWinter by Robert Littell.

The original book, which was published in 1973, follows an American scientist who contacts the Kgb, claiming he wants to defect to Russia with U.S. military secrets. Ken Nolan changed the setting to modern-day, following an intelligence contractor who defects to North Korea, bringing a mysterious bag with him, in the immediate aftermath of the Edward Snowden case that made headlines around the world. The CIA brings in a washed-up officer who was trained during the Cold War and specializes in defections to help them with a case that becomes more complex than anyone can imagine.

Ken Nolan, who previously adapted Robert Littell's The Company into a TNT limited series back in 2007, originally pitched the project as a Cold War thriller,
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Interview: Michael Keaton Goes From Batman to ‘Birdman’

Interview: Michael Keaton Goes From Batman to ‘Birdman’
Like most actors, Michael Keaton claims he doesn’t enjoy watching himself in his own movies. But when it comes to his buzzy starring role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” which Fox Searchlight opens in limited release Friday, he can’t stop watching himself — as if in disbelief that it’s really him up there onscreen. “I like this movie so much, I just can’t get enough of it,” he says over a recent lunch at Santa Monica’s Miramar Hotel, the day after he’d seen “Birdman” for the third time, at an Academy screening attended by his old “Batman” sparring partner, Jack Nicholson. “I’m watching this movie and I’m thinking, God, I love this movie. And then I realized: Wait a minute, I’m in this movie!”

Coming from most people, a statement like that would sound like false modesty at best and willful self-delusion at worst,
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Alessandro Nivola Joins Civil Rights Biopic Selma

With The Company, Coco Before Chanel, Howl, Ginger & Rosa, Devil’s Knot and American Hustle under his belt, and a role in J.C. Chandor’s upcoming A Most Violent Year, Alessandro Nivola is quickly becoming the go-to actor for directors working on period pieces. Now, he’s added another one to his busy schedule in the form of civil rights biopic Selma.

Nivola will play civil rights activist John Doar in the movie, which Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere, ABC’s Scandal) is directing for Paramount and Pathe. Though the film is being marketed as a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, it actually focuses on “the three attempts of black marchers to walk from Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, in 1965 in order to gain voting rights. The first two times they were beaten back by police, and by the third time it had become a national crusade.”

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Miptv: ‘CSI,’ ‘Shameless’ Writers Team on ‘Spotless’ for Canal Plus, Tandem

Miptv: ‘CSI,’ ‘Shameless’ Writers Team on ‘Spotless’ for Canal Plus, Tandem
Cannes — French pay TV company Canal Plus has greenlit crime drama “Spotless,” which was co-created by Ed McCardie (U.K. version of “Shameless”), and Corinne Marrinan (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”).

The 10-episode series is to be produced by Tandem Communications, which is owned by Canal Plus’ production arm Studiocanal. Principal photography is set to begin this summer on location in London. The first two episodes will be directed by Pascal Chaumeil (“Heartbreaker,” “A Long Way Down”). Principal casting will be announced soon.

The show, which will be peppered with black humor, centers on a troubled man, Jean, whose tidy life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin, crash lands into his world, and gets both of them involved in the deadly dynamics of organized crime.

Played out against a backdrop of Jean’s niche crime-scene cleaning business, with gangsters, corruption, drugs and death a constant hazard, Jean, Martin
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Film Review: ‘Freezer’

Film Review: ‘Freezer’
A low-budget thriller that conserves its resources by restricting most of its action to the titular cold room, “Freezer” is a mediocre work built on a flimsy, nonsensical premise that squanders its modest potential with a cornucopia of bad plot twists. The film occasionally comes alive thanks to the strength of Dylan McDermott’s wise-cracking performance as a wronged man trapped by Russian mobsters, but the strained script rarely provides more than an occasional inventive moment. First theatrical feature in 15 years from prolific TV director Mikael Salomon (“Coma,” “The Company”) may find a niche genre audience on VOD.

Shot in an appropriately drab, low-grade style befitting the plot, the film opens with former con turned nice-guy mechanic Robert (McDermott) awaking in a meat freezer with ties around his hands and legs. He soon finds himself in front of two Russian thugs (Milan Malisic and Andrey Ivchenko) who only speak a single word of English: “money.
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Tom Hollander Will Be Dylan Thomas For BBC Drama

A new BBC drama commemorating 100 years since the birth of Dylan Thomas has been announced with British actor Tom Hollander to play the 20th century Welsh poet. Thomas was well known for his less-than-poetic behaviour and Hollander has said he is ’thrilled to be playing Dylan Thomas’, who left a ‘considerable poetic legacy and an enduring reputation for bad behaviour‘. Thomas found fame in America through multiple poetry readings and A Poet In New York will center on his visit to New York in 1953 during which he became gravely ill.

The script has been written by House of Cards and Mr Selfridge writer Andrew Davies and has been described by executive producer Griff Rhys Jones as ‘a heartbreaking script that captures those last few days of Dylan’s life beautifully‘. Aisling Walsh is on board to direct the drama.

Hollander is mostly known for his work on the small screen; mini-series The Company,
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