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The 25 Greatest Movies Never Made

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 25, 2014 3:52 PM
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Jodorowsky's Dune Poster
The grass is always greener on the other side. We always covet what we can never attain. Last week, Sony Pictures Classics' must-see documentary “Jodorowsky's Dune” opened in limited release; director Frank Pavich's funny, affectionate tale of Alejandro Jodorowsky's doomed attempt at adapting Frank Herbert's indispensable sci-fi classic for the big screen (our review). So ambitious and grand—legends like Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger, H.R. Giger, Mœbius, VFX wizard Dan O'Bannon, Salvador Dali and Orson Welles were some of the names mooted to be involved—perhaps Jodorowsky’s version was so insane it never could have really happened, or perhaps if it had, it would have been a epic fail (indeed David Lynch's version, which would eventually bring the story to the big screen in 1984, was one of that visionary director's biggest stumbles, even according to Lynch himself).

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.

Lost & Abandoned: 10 Movies That Were Shot, But Eventually Scrapped

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 30, 2014 3:42 PM
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10 Movies Shot, Then Scrapped
Undoubtedly the biggest news story of 2014 so far (unless Apichatpong Weerasethakul replaced J.J. Abrams as director of "Star Wars: Episode VII" in between us writing this and it going live) revolves around Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight." It was announced as being the director's next movie, only for the script to apparently leak, reportedly through one of the potential actor's agents, and that caused Tarantino to announce that he was scrapping the project, at least for the moment. (He's also suing Gawker for helping disseminate the screenplay).

Orson Welles' Long-Lost 'Too Much Johnson' Uncovered In Italy

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 8, 2013 9:01 AM
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Oh Orson Welles, how we love thee. Let us count the ways... From Rosebud to last month's "My Lunches with Orson," Welles continues to capture the minds of generations of filmmakers and film enthusiasts. Every so often, little bits of Welles' work and legacy seem to crop up out of the woodworks, and if you couldn't tell, we relish each revelation and rediscovery, from an unmade complete screenplay to a casino instructional video to a "Dark Tower" boardgame ad. Now, another piece of Welles has been uncovered in northern Italy, and it's about time.

Read: Complete Screenplay For Unfinished Orson Welles Movie 'The Dreamers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 5:44 PM
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Perhaps more than any other legendary filmmaker, Orson Welles' career is at least partially defined by the numerous shipwrecks his movies in the years after "Citizen Kane" endured. From the tragically lost ending to "The Magnificent Ambersons," the wildly recut "Touch Of Evil" and various incomplete, half started, partially realized features, the myth of the movies Welles never got to make grew almost as large as the man himself. Well, today brings with it a peek at yet another project that withered on the vine...

Watch: 1998 James Cameron Hosted TV Special Exploring Orson Welles' 'The War Of The Worlds'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2013 2:36 PM
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It's hard to believe in this era of 3D, CGI and Twitter feeds full of "Game Of Thrones" spoilers, but there was once a time when radio was king. And before he made one of the greatest movies of all time with "Citizen Kane," Orson Welles was a master of the airwaves. This was never more evident that his October 30, 1938 broadcast adaptation of H.G. Wells' iconic "War Of The Worlds." Presented in the format of fake news bulletins, the show was a hit but it was so good, that many listeners thought they were listening to updates from a real alien invasion, a situation not helped by the fact that there were no commercial breaks. It has gone down in history, enshrined at National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. And yet, it continues to fascinate.

Watch: Orson Welles Teaches You Baccarat, Craps, Blackjack, Roulette & Keno In Vintage Video For Caesars Palace

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 2:02 PM
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There are few filmmakers in the history of cinema that are as much of a tragic paradox as Orson Welles. An undeniable filmmaking genius, one could argue Welles peaked too early with pretty much every movie after "Citizen Kane" getting compromised in some way and that trajectory continuing downward until he was left doing stuff like... well, this...

Watch: The Complete 1955 BBC Series 'Orson Welles' Sketch Book'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 19, 2013 10:45 AM
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Scattered throughout Orson Welles’ storied career are lost fragments of TV appearances: insightful outtakes mixed with revealing audio fragments. He was a deft raconteur on any subject -- as the BBC series “Around the World with Orson Welles” and “Orson Welles’ Sketch Book” show -- but while the former found release on DVD a while ago, the latter has just popped up online.

5 Things You May Not Know About 'The Third Man'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 25, 2012 10:03 AM
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Thirty-six years ago today, on April 25th, 1976, filmmaker Carol Reed passed away. One of the greatest directors ever to come out of the U.K, Reed started out as an actor, but gained fame as a writer-director in the late 1930s and 1940s, thanks to films like "Night Train To Munich," and the outstanding "Odd Man Out" and "The Fallen Idol." Later, he'd also find success with films like "Trapeze," "Our Man In Havana," "The Agony and the Ecstasy" and "Oliver!," for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director, beating out Stanley Kubrick for "2001" and Gillo Pontecorvo for "The Battle of Algiers."

Rewind: Orson Welles Was Victorious In Ad For Board Game 'Dark Tower'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 3:17 PM
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Orson Welles is essentially known for three things: 1) making The Greatest Movie Of All Time with "Citizen Kane" 2) forever being plagued by a variety of issues on pretty much every movie he made afterward (weep for the lost 30 minutes of "The Magnificent Ambersons") and 3) making a handful of bizarre ads in the latter stage of his career.

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