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CINE-LIST: Five Essential Must-See Chaplin Films (CLIPS)

To coincide with Criterion’s Blu-ray release of Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights,” new weekly column Cine-List has compiled five essential Chaplin films. For the Chaplin novice, these are indispensable titles to start with. For Chaplin buffs, they are titles to return to again and again.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 14, 2013 4:23 PM
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'The Right Stuff' 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Celebrates Superheroes of a Bygone Age

Chuck Yeager and the other "flyboys" of the Space Race wore no capes, carried no hammers, hid no secret identities. But writer-director Philip Kaufman's classic adventure "The Right Stuff," celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, leaves no room for doubt. These guys were superheroes.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • November 7, 2013 12:53 PM
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Trailers from Hell: John Landis on Laurel and Hardy Classic 'Way Out West'

Way Out Westerns! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with John Landis introducing Laurel and Hardy's 1937 comedy "Way Out West."
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  • November 4, 2013 12:36 PM
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Sweet Smell of Success: Burt Lancaster Is TCM's Star of November

Classic screen actor Burt Lancaster (1913-1994) would have turned 100 this year, and to celebrate his centennial TCM is rolling out a month-long salute with back-to-back programming all night every Wednesday in November.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 31, 2013 2:23 PM
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Best Scary Movie Ever Celebrates Its 50th Birthday (TRAILER)

Russ Tamblyn is showing up Tuesday night at The Regent in Westwood to do a special 50th anniversary pre-Halloween Q & A for a movie he's justifiably proud of that involved no dancing, the original 1963 "The Haunting," directed with screw-tightened efficiency by Robert Wise, who cut his teeth making movies for Val Lewton.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2013 12:27 PM
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Happy Birthday, Edith Head! Watch Audrey Hepburn's 1951 Screen and Costume Test for 'Roman Holiday' (VIDEO)

To celebrate the birthday of bespectacled costuming legend Edith Head (1897-1981), check out this fascinating behind-the-scenes video for 1953's "Roman Holiday," where we see icon Audrey Hepburn model some of Head's designs, and Head explain her reasoning behind the chic ensemble. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 28, 2013 1:09 PM
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Academy and Historian Kevin Brownlow Present King Vidor's Striking Silent Classic 'The Crowd' (VIDEO)

Death did not come to silent movies on little cat feet. He burst in singing on October 6, 1927 when Warner Bros. released “The Jazz Singer.” The irony is that silent movies reached their artistic peak in 1928, something that was strikingly demonstrated Tuesday night when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and the Mary Pickford Foundation presented King Vidor’s drama about one common man, “The Crowd.”
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • October 24, 2013 1:25 PM
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David Thomson Recalls Fun 'Moments That Made the Movies'

The New Republic critic David Thomson has written more than 20 movie books, among them must-owns such as "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film" and "'Have You Seen...?': A Personal Introduction to 1000 Films." The Brit transplant's long experience with writing accessible, entertaining, idiosyncratic, erudite and enlightening movie books led him to the most delightful one of all: "Moments that Made the Movies." Trust me. This is a keeper.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2013 6:39 AM
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Mick Jagger Wanted to Play Alex in 'A Clockwork Orange,' The Beatles Wanted to Do Soundtrack

Letters of Note blog has yet another amazing discovery for us today. Before Kubrick famously took the helm of "A Clockwork Orange," producer Si Litvinoff approached director John Schlesinger with the project. Litvinoff's letter to Schlesinger is revealing: Mick Jagger was interested in playing the role of Alex (eventually to be played to iconic effect by Malcolm McDowell) and none other than the Beatles wanted to supply the soundtrack.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 1:43 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Spielberg Classic 'Jaws'

Unstoppable Monsters! week at Trailers from Hell concludes on a ferocious note with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Steven Spielberg's 1975 horror-adventure classic "Jaws," starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss and three outsized powered prop sharks all named Bruce.
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  • September 27, 2013 12:48 PM
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