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Venice Trailer: Ron Mann's 'Altman' Plus New Pics From The Documentary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2014 2:54 PM
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The Venice Film Festival this year isn't just about debuting new films from acclaimed directors, but also appreciating the work of auteurs who have left us. And that's where "Altman" comes in.

20 Celebrated Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar

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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.

Criterion's December Slate Includes Robert Altman's 'Nashville,' Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 3:48 PM
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There is no better time than the winter months to curl up with a long movie—or a few long movies—and stave off the cold in the comfort of your own home. The Criterion Collection are gonna make it a bit easier with some pretty great cinephile buys headed your way just in time for Christmas.

25 Films About Lovers On The Lam

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  • August 21, 2013 3:03 PM
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“We can make it. We can make it if we run,” whispers Ruth (Rooney Mara) in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which, after a limited release on Friday, begins its expansion this week. It’s a film we loved at Sundance, and one that in its gentle subversion of the “Lovers on the Run” subgenre—as the prequel comic makes clear, the events of ‘Saints’ mostly take place after the bank robbin’, outlawin’ part of the story is done—reminded us of all the other great (and not so great) films that have pitted a pair of lovers against the law.

Watch: 'One On One with Robert Altman' Featuring Deleted Scenes From 'The Player,' Interview With The Director & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 29, 2013 10:22 AM
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Roughly five-dozen of Robert Altman's celebrity friends appear in the legendary director's 1992 effort “The Player,” and part of the acidic Hollywood satire's fun lies in watching each of them send up the two-faced practices of the film industry. The town loved it regardless, giving the film three Oscar nominations including Best Director, but in an archival interview about the production with Altman, he gives some insight into the cameos that never made it into the final cut.

Watch: 1-Hour 2002 BBC Documentary 'Robert Altman In England'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 12, 2013 11:25 AM
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Robert Altman is perhaps one of the finest directors America has ever produced, and his finest films – the '70s masterworks “M*A*S*H*,” “McCabe and Mrs Miller” and “Nashville,” the final flourish that is “A Prairie Home Companion” - are soaked in Americana. But today, his most influential and widely seen film is probably the 2002 English country house murder mystery “Gosford Park.” Look no further for proof of this than Julian Fellowes, who wrote the movie's script and, years later, pitched a little idea for a TV spin-off that ended up becoming “Downton Abbey.” You might have heard of it.

Interview: Justin Lin Talks Why Eva Mendes Didn't Come Back, And How Robert Altman Inspired 'Fast & Furious 6'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 22, 2013 11:59 AM
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This weekend the sixth "Fast and Furious" installment, "Fast and Furious 6" (or 'Furious 6,' if you want to be really cool), races into theaters nationwide. This new film sees much of the cast from the original movies returning, with some notable additions (like Gina Carano from "Haywire") and an even bigger scale – one action sequence involves a tank, the other a runaway plane. And a little while back, we got to chat with director Justin Lin, who has shepherded the franchise since the third movie, "Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," transitioning it from a silly "Point Break" rip-off to one of the most consistently entertaining action franchises around. Lin told us how he has been mapping out the franchise since the beginning, what thoughts he has for James Wan (who will direct the next installment) and how Robert Altman was a big inspiration on this movie (yes really).

10 Robert Altman Films You May Not Know

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  • March 21, 2013 1:05 PM
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It's easy to forget that Robert Altman didn't have his breakthrough until he was well into his 40s, with 1970's "M*A*S*H." The filmmaker proved to be so prolific -- and continued to be piled with acclaim and critical plaudits well into his '80s -- that it feels like his career in feature cinema lasted for much longer than the 35 years he's known for (Altman made a few features prior to "M*A*S*H," but mostly worked in TV during the 1950s and 1960s).

20 Oddball Sci-Fi Films Of The 1970s

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2013 1:30 PM
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Somewhere between 1968's “2001: A Space Odyssey” and 1977's “Star Wars” something happened in the culture. Storytellers, perhaps inspired by the way the hippie, counter-culture was fizzling out, combined with the still-dragging-on war in Vietnam, and post-Watergate disillusion, began to look at the future in a somewhat darker, more idiosyncratic way than had been the case before, with recurring themes of environmental disaster, utopias gone sour, and the end of all things.

Watch: 1987 Robert Altman Adaptation of Harold Pinter’s ‘The Room’ For ABC TV

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 12, 2013 12:42 PM
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If you’ve ever heard high-culture appreciating television viewers lament the fact that Bravo used to air operas while now it airs Andy Cohen, those same folks might be equally disheartened to see this one act play directed by Robert Altman in 1987 for ABC, the network that is now home to 17 seasons of “The Bachelor.” Altman directed a two-part special entitled “Basements,” with both halves being adaptations of English playwright Harold Pinter’s one act plays “The Room” and “The Dumb Waiter.” “The Room” surfaced online recently in the form of a VHS rip, and it’s a thoroughly bizarre 48 minute experience that fans of the celebrated Altman (“Gosford Park,” “The Player,” “M*A*S*H*”) or Pinter (“The Birthday Party,” “The Homecoming,” “Betrayal”) might want to check out.

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