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Academy Unveils Breathtaking Restoration of 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp'; Schoonmaker Talks Michael Powell & Scorsese

The Academy unveiled its breathtaking restoration of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's epic masterpiece "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" on June 27. Seven-time Oscar nominated editor Thelma Schoonmaker, who was married to Powell from 1984 until his death in 1990, gave an eloquent introduction...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 29, 2012 2:20 PM
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Academy Screens Universal's Gorgeous Remastered 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' Followed by Awkward Q&A

Universal's gorgeous, unblemished digital restoration of "To Kill a Mockingbird," which premiered in Washington D.C. last week and had its TV debut on the USA network April 7, screened to a packed house at the Academy Wednesday evening. The night highlighted a recurring issue with Academy events: Good screening. Bad Q&A.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 12, 2012 1:09 PM
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Academy Acquires Bison Archive Photo Treasures; Rare Images of Hitchcock, Kubrick, Spielberg and Welles' 'Touch of Evil'

The Academy has acquired more than 70,000 photographs from the Bison Archives, the private collection of renowned film historian Marc Wanamaker. Particularly exciting is a group of eight behind-the-scenes images taken during the filming of the opening sequence of Orson Welles’s noir classic "Touch of Evil" -- a sequence that, like most of the film, was taken out of the director's hands and re-edited before the original release date in 1958.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 30, 2012 1:25 PM
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