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Criterion Heats Up Summer With 'All That Jazz, 'Love Streams, 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!' & More Coming In August

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2014 5:47 PM
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All That Jazz Love Streams
It's the middle of the month, which means Criterion has once again unveiled their next slate of releases. Kind of. The folks Criterion Cast have poked around the corner's of the boutique label's site, and found out what they've got up their sleeve for August.

20 Celebrated Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 26, 2014 3:42 PM
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Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar
For better or worse (which at this time of year, as the punditry reaches its hyperbolic event horizon, usually feels like worse) an Academy Award is the highest honor anyone in the film industry can receive. But of course, like any large organization—even one that wasn’t, as of 2012, reportedly 94% white, 77% male and 86% over the age of 50—the AMPAS gets things wrong (shocking, we know). Sometimes due to the politicking of insiders, sometimes because the wind shifts, and yes, sometimes because of plain old-fashioned bias, the membership votes to award the lesser film, or the lesser performance, or the lesser accomplishment, while the greater one stays seated after the envelope is opened—if they're there at all.

Watch: Full Length Filmmaker Docs On John Cassavetes & Sam Fuller

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 24, 2013 10:23 AM
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It’s Friday and a long holiday weekend is just around the corner. Why not start it off right with a couple of cool documentaries on a couple of cool directors? After all, the new season “Arrested Development” doesn’t come until Sunday, so you've got some time.

7 Things You Should Know About Roman Polanski's 'Rosemary's Baby'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 31, 2012 3:43 PM
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Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” was a box-office hit upon its release in the summer of 1968. It grossed $33 million dollars off a $3 million dollar budget (adjusted for inflation that’s $221million from a $19 million budget) and it paved the way for horror blockbusters like “The Exorcist” and “The Omen” in the years to come. Made by Polanski at the age of 34, it was the Polish director’s American film debut, and the picture became nominated for two Academy Awards, including a win for Ruth Gordon's deliciously quirky Supporting Role performance as the neighbor from hell. It also earned Polanski his first Oscar nomination for his adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel, which is not bad for a guy that didn’t speak English as a first language.

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