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The Films Of Otto Preminger: A Retrospective

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  • July 14, 2011 4:57 AM
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Otto Preminger:
As Europe imploded, the 1930s saw an extraordinary exodus of filmmaking talent to the United States, with Jewish directors like Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Max Ophuls, Anatole Litvak, Fred Zinnemann and many more escaping persecution and following in the footsteps of Ernst Lubitsch to go to a new promised land, and the effect that they had can't be underestimated.

The Lost Projects And Unproduced Screenplays Of Terrence Malick

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  • July 12, 2011 5:29 AM
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Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Perhaps legendary filmmaker Terrence Malick knew this when he worried aloud and said in his last interview in the 1970s, "From this point on. I'm being watched. That could trip me up.” Malick wasn’t referring to detectives -- though cinephiles possibly could have used some in the ‘80s and ‘90s. This was in reference to critics, audiences and studios coming to the realization that after “Badlands” and “Days of Heaven,” Malick was possibly the most important American filmmaker alive.

The Essentials: 6 Kevin Spacey Performances

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  • July 7, 2011 5:55 AM
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On entering adolescence, and discovering that cinema had more to offer than Roland Emmerich and Jackie Chan, this writer's favorite working actor swiftly became Kevin Spacey. The actor had been working for over a decade, converting his theater cred into supporting roles in the likes of "Working Girl," "Henry & June" and "Consenting Adults," but the middle of the 1990s saw him take pivotal roles in a number of the decade's biggest and best cult successes, becoming a by-word for a certain kind of morally ambivalent figure, even while creeping towards stardom in commercial hits like "Outbreak" and "A Time To Kill."

The Films Of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Retrospective

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  • July 6, 2011 5:24 AM
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The great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman famously intoned in his 1987 autobiography, “The Magic Lantern,” that discovering Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s work was, “A miracle. Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.”

Five Directors Who Could Replace Kenneth Branagh On 'Thor 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 11:52 AM
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So, Marvel are done with Kenneth Branagh, or possibly Kenneth Branagh is done with Marvel: if you missed it earlier, "Thor 2" has been officially announced for a July 26, 2013 release date, with star Chris Hemsworth returning (which people seem to think is news: like all the superhero leads, the Australian actor signed an expansive multi-film contract that makes him Marvel's bitch for the next decade or so), but Branagh not sitting in the director's chair, although he may stay on a producing role of some kind.

The Essentials: 5 Tom Hanks Performances

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  • June 30, 2011 5:53 AM
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For comedians aspiring to be dramatic actors, there is no better model than Tom Hanks. A two-time Academy Award winner and five-time nominee, this unflashy, modern-day Jimmy Stewart or Henry Fonda has also shown every struggling actor on earth that if you persevere you can actually make people forget you started out as a comedian and then simply a romantic comedy lead (remember the dreaded "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle" years). Hell, if you endure long enough you can even wipe out the memory of TV movies like "Mazes and Monsters" and sitcoms like "Bosom Buddies" (where's that other dude now?).The first man to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars since Spencer Tracy, he embodies a kind of fundamental decency like few others, but to stereotype him in that way does the star a disservice: like Stewart and Fonda, some of his most engaging performances come when he subverts that persona.

The Films Of Michael Bay: A Retrospective

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  • June 29, 2011 5:44 AM
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Michael Bay,  Pain and Gain
Fuck Michael Bay. Michael Bay rules.

Five Louis Malle Films You Should Know

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 29, 2011 3:45 AM
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Driven by a fierce intellectual curiosity that would find the filmmaker hungrily roving from subject to subject, both in the narrative sense and the journalistic one (he shot around ten documentaries in his career), French filmmaker Louis Malle was a cinematic explorer who turned over various and many stones.

Warner Bros Moving Forward With 'Carter Beats The Devil,' Wants Johnny Depp To Star

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2011 3:03 AM
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Plus 5 Directors Who Could End Up With The GigGlen David Gold's 2002 novel "Carter Beats The Devil" is something close to a masterpiece: following a famous stage magician, Charles Carter, who becomes embroiled in a conspiracy after the death of President Warren G. Harding, it's a hugely exciting, terrifically-plotted, beautifully-written book, full of thrills and tragic romance, and as such, people have been unsurprisingly been trying to bring it to the screens

The Essentials: The Films Of Nicolas Roeg

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  • June 23, 2011 4:06 AM
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Nicolas Roeg
You might say it’s a good month to be a fan of British cult filmmaker Nicolas Roeg. Just last week the Criterion Collection released the director’s 1985 oddball picture, “Insignificance,” and this week, his landmark science-fiction film “The Man Who Fell to Earth” starring David Bowie is being given a limited U.S. theatrical re-release to mark its 35th anniversary.

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