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Watch: 1-Hour 'A Timeline Of Cinema' Teaches You The History Of Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 12:49 PM
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We now live in an era where almost everything is available with the click of a button. Want to spend a weekend diving into the cinema of John Cassavates? You can stream it. How about spending your vacation catching up with Martin Scorsese's films? Throw it on your phone and go. But sometimes it does help to have a guide to put it all in perspective, and short of film school, here's another way you can get your bearings on over 100 years of movie history.

Gus Van Sant Talks Ben & Matt's Unfinished Post-'Good Will Hunting' Project, 'Restless' & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 16, 2011 8:51 AM
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Eclectic Filmmaker Talks James Franco, 'My Private Idaho,' Dennis Hopper & His New Coming-Of-Age RomanceThe title of Gus Van Sant’s latest picture, “Restless” might as well describe the director himself. Genre-hopping, making movies for both the Hollywood system and himself, and long a fixture on the indie film scene, he’s undoubtedly one of the most significant American filmmakers working today. His lastest is a far cry from his more experimental entries like "Gerry," "Last Days" or even the "Psycho" remake, tackling the story of two teens in love even as one of them suffers from terminal cancer. It's yet another new direction for Van Sant and one that will likely land him new fans while giving longtime followers of the director something else to discuss and consider as part of his eclectic filmography.

Review: Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' A Sappy Misfire From A Director Capable Of So Much More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 14, 2011 8:30 AM
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Gus Van Sant has long been fascinated by young people – the way they interact with each other, the way they move, the way they emote, and, most importantly, the way they die (or at the very least face their mortality head-on – you could even lump his interesting, if aimless, "Psycho" remake in there). But he's never dared to make a movie as self-indulgent, pointless, mushy, and boring as "Restless," one that borrows heavily from movies much better than it ("Harold & Maude," "Love Story," "An American Werewolf in London," countless French New Wave flicks), and fails to leave even the slightest impression, beyond the thought of never, ever, ever wanting to see it again.

Jean-Paul Belmondo To Get Eternal Coolness Confirmed At The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 6:44 AM
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French New Wave cinema was full of memorable faces, but few were as instantly recognizable, timeless and just plain fucking cool as Jean-Paul Belmondo. The actor got his major break working opposite Jean Seberg in Jean-Luc Godard's sublime "Breathless" and from there, his star would rise.

R.I.P. Farley Granger (1925-2011)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 1:35 AM
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Barely a week since Elizabeth Taylor has passed, Hollywood has lost another legend from the classic-era of filmmaking. Farley Granger has died at the age of 85.

R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2011 1:57 AM
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Movie stars didn't come much more glamorous or talented than Elizabeth Taylor and today, Hollywood has lost one of yesteryear's brightest stars. Taylor has passed away today at the age of 79.

R.I.P. Michael Gough (1916-2011)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 17, 2011 6:35 AM
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Very sad news today with the announcement that Michael Gough, the actor perhaps best known for playing Alfred, Bruce Wayne's loyal butler in the two Tim Burton and two Joel Schumacher Batman movies, has passed away at the age of 94. He's survived by his wife, Henrietta.

Previously "Lost" Footage Of David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet' May Appear On Upcoming Blu-Ray Release

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 26, 2011 10:24 AM
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Aching to take a trip down memory lane? Feeling nostalgic to revisit the great Frank Booth (the iconic Dennis Hopper) now that he has passed on to the other side? If this sounds appealing all of a sudden, hold a beat.

TCM Remembers 2010: Dennis Hopper, Eric Rohmer, Tony Curtis, Arthur Penn, Patricia Neal & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 11, 2010 8:05 AM
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Annual Video Memorial Also Features Leslie Nielsen, Claude Chabrol, Lena Horne & Many MoreEvery December, the great Turner Classic Movies -- pretty much the sole reason this writer holds on to cable TV -- puts together a video tribute of all the tremendous talents in film we've lost that year, respectfully remembering all those dearly departed greats; from iconic actors, to lesser-known writers and producers to titan directors of cinema, it's not unlike the annual Oscar tribute. TCM Remembers 2010 has arrived and it's another loving memorial for all those who passed on this year in film. There's too many to mention -- though let's also give shout outs to John Forsythe, Jill Clayburgh, Peter Graves, Irvin Kershner, Dino De Laurentiis, Kathryn Grayson, and Dede Allen (editor of "The Hustler," "Bonnie and Clyde," "Dog Day Afternoon") -- and most of our favorites are mentioned above, put personally, pour out a little extra more for Penn, Rohmer, Hopper, Neal, Curtis and Chabrol -- losing two greats of the French New Wave hurts.

First Look: Brad Pitt & Sean Penn In Terrence Malick's Much Anticipated 'Tree Of Life'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 3, 2010 4:54 AM
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After what amounts to about two years of waiting or more, cinephiles are drooling in anticipation at finally receiving their first look at Terrence Malick's long-gestating drama, "The Tree Of Life" starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and they're getting it this Friday when the Fox Searchlight picture's trailer debuts before Darren Aronofsky's psycho-horror ballet, "Black Swan" (it's called corporate synergy). However, we're getting a small taste now. The L.A. Times has been given a peek at the trailer in advance and they say the footage, "exceed expectations."

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