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Seventeen Lost Minutes From ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Discovered

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2010 2:54 AM
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Merry Christmas, Stanley Kubrick fans. Devotees of the director have received some mouth-watering news this holiday season as seventeen minutes of footage cut from the stone cold sci-fi classic "2001: A Space Odyssey" has been found.

Blake Edwards, Creator Of 'The Pink Panther,' Dead At 88

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2010 6:07 AM
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Blake Edwards, the creator behind such comedy classics as "The Pink Panther" series (the good Peter Sellers versions, not the egregious Steve Martin films), the still underrated "The Party," "10," and "S.O.B.," has died at the age of 88.

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.

'The Empire Strikes Back' Director Irvin Kershner Dies At 87

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2010 4:27 AM
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Director Irvin Kershner, the helmer of what in many estimations is the finest entry in the "Star Wars" saga, "The Empire Strikes Back," has died.

BAMcinématek: Kurosawa’s Samurai, Part 2 (Nov. 6th—Nov. 21st)

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 6, 2010 4:00 AM
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The latest program running at BAMcinematek offers up all eight of Akira Kurosawa’s lauded “Samurai Films.” We took on the first half of the retrospective last week; in Part 2, we look at the films that will be playing at BAM between today and Nov. 21st, the last leg of this very special program. Below you’ll find a quartet of some of the most influential films in Japanese history.

Martin Scorsese Unveils Restored 'La Dolce Vita' In Rome

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 2, 2010 2:25 AM
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Is there anything Martin Scorsese can't do? Filmmaker, producer, documentarian, encylopediac cinephile and more recent film preservationist, the Italian American director's passion for cinema knows no bounds and audiences are always on the winning receiving end.

BAMcinématek: Kurosawa’s Samurai, Part 1. (Oct. 29th—Nov. 5th).

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 29, 2010 6:31 AM
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Certainly more creative retrospectives could be assembled from the 30 films Akira Kurosawa made as director, but we suppose even gripping noir like "High and Low" and "Drunken Angel" don't quite carry the iconic stamp this filmmaker’s “Samurai Films” do. And so for their latest program, Brooklyn's BAMcinematek offers up all eight of 'em, providing you an opportunity to see these classics of Japanese cinema on the big screen, perhaps for the first time. The retrospective runs from Oct. 29th to Nov. 21st, and we're taking a two-part look at the films that will be featured there (coincidentally enough, news about the existence of new Kurosawa-penned scripts broke this afternoon). In this entry, we look at those showing in the retro's first leg—Oct. 29th to Nov. 5th—including Kurosawa's most recognizable title, "Seven Samurai" (which will show at BAM twice on Halloween, at 3 and 7). Check back next week when we look at the latter half of the retrospective, which features: the “Kuwabatake Sanjuro” diptych "Yojimbo" and "Sanjuro"; late-period triumph "Ran"; and "Star Wars" inspiration "The Hidden Fortress."

New Screenplays By Akira Kurosawa Discovered In Japan

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 29, 2010 5:44 AM
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Three Scripts Uncovered, One By Shinobu Hashimoto Who Co-Wrote 'Rashomon' & Collaborated On 8 Other Kurosawa ClassicsThe Grand Emperor of cinema, aka Akira Kurosawa, might have passed away at the age of 88 in 1998, but the visionary filmmaker apparently still has a few more projects in the works.

Criterion DVD Review: Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Child-like Psychedelic Ghost Tale, 'House' Is Out There

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 28, 2010 10:13 AM
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One Of The Nuttiest, Fantastical Cult Films Of The 1970s Comes To The Criterion Collection The Movie: “House” Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi Starring: No one you actually know, but for detail's sake; Yoko Minamida, Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Oba, Ai Matsubara, Mieko Sato, Eriko Tanaka and Masayo Miyako.

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