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A Straub-Huillet Companion: "Machorka-Muff"

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A Straub-Huillet Companion is a series of short essays on the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, subject of a Mubi retrospective. Straub-Huillet's Machorka-Muff (1963) is showing on Mubi from April 24 – May 23, 2019.The history of Straub-Huillet’s first three films is the history of the long-gestating project that would—as I discussed in the first entry of this series—become their third, Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968). In one form or another, they had been trying to raise funds for the project since they met in 1954. At the start of 1959, while Jean-Marie toured seven towns in the German Democratic Republic (visiting all the historical locations at which he hoped to film), the Straubs came close to making their Bach film. Huillet was in Paris, negotiating with money men for enough of a budget to make the film for the amount they both agreed was necessary. In the end, Huillet secured
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Will Spike Lee (‘BlacKkKlansman’) be the latest to win a competitive Oscar after receiving an honorary one?

Will Spike Lee (‘BlacKkKlansman’) be the latest to win a competitive Oscar after receiving an honorary one?
It was just three years ago that Spike Lee collected an Honorary Oscar, which is often the academy’s way of rewarding an overdue veteran who hasn’t picked up a competitive prize. But the iconoclastic filmmaker seems poised to return to the awards race in a big way with the hard-hitting “BlacKkKlansman,” which has already earned him nominations from the Directors Guild, the Producers Guild, the Writers Guild and much more. Should Lee win Oscars for writing, directing or producing — or all three — he’d join an elite group of people who have taken home the gold in a competitive race after receiving a career-achievement award.

The last person to do this was Ennio Morricone, the legendary Italian composer who lost five Oscars for Best Original Score — “Days of Heaven” (1978), “The Mission” (1986), “The Untouchables” (1987), “Bugsy” (1991), and “Malena” (2000) — before being handed an honorary statuette in 2007. Several years later, however, he
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Gkids Acquires ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ (Exclusive)

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Gkids Acquires ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires — Gkids, the U.S. distributor of ten Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations including this year’s “The Breadwinner,” has acquired North American rights to Spaniard Salvador Simó’s “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles.” Gkids will release the film theatrically next year.

The animated feature is sold worldwide by Spain’s Latido Films; the all-rights deal was negotiated by Gkids’ CEO and founder Eric Beckman and Latido’s Antonio Saura.

The acquisition comes after “Buñuel” world premiered at this year’s Gkids co-run Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles, snagging a Special Jury Prize for its innovative handling of unexpected subject matter and positive reviews.

“Frankly, it was a brilliant choice on the part of director Salvador Simo to use such an expressionistic medium [as animation] to examine how surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel bent reality to his own ends in the making of 1933 documentary “Las Hurdes” (aka “Land
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Jim Carrey Steals Britannia Awards With Blistering Political Comments: “We Can Do Better Than This”

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“For one night let’s make America great Britain again,” said BAFTA -La CEO Chantal Rickards in coming closest to any political statement in the opening to Friday night’s annual Britannia Awards, put on by the

British Academy of Arts & Sciences , Los Angeles branch. That is until Jim Carrey was awarded the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence In Comedy toward the end of the night. The comedian won two rip roaring standing ovations , one at the start and one at the finish of his very impassioned speech which woke up the largely British crowd and became the most memorable moment of the night.

After a warm introduction by his Dumb And Dumber director Peter Farrelly , Carrey who has increasingly become one of Hollywood’s more politically outspoken stars of late didn’t disappoint those hoping he would make some waves as he accepted his award. “I’m glad it
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‘Game of Thrones’: Emilia Clarke Did the Robot During One of Her Auditions

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‘Game of Thrones’: Emilia Clarke Did the Robot During One of Her Auditions
Emilia Clarke may play one of the fiercest and most intense characters on television as Daenerys Targaryen on “Game of Thrones,” but it took a bit of silliness to help her land the job.

While presenting Clarke with the Britannia Awards for British Artist of the Year on Friday night at the British Academy Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, “GoT” co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recalled her auditions for the role.

Even after showing HBO executives the pilot for “GoT,” Clarke was asked to audition again for the president of the network.

The meeting took place in “HBO’s corporate theater, which was large, dimly lit and empty except for us two and the president of HBO,” Weiss said. “We were smiling. He wasn’t. It was quite possibly the least inviting audition environment we had ever witnessed.”

After Clarke’s initial reading, said president remained poker faced.
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Honorary Oscars: Full list of 132 winners from Charlie Chaplin to Cicely Tyson

Honorary Oscars: Full list of 132 winners from Charlie Chaplin to Cicely Tyson
On Wednesday, five film folk — producing team Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin and actress Cicely Tyson — were singled out by the motion picture academy to be feted at the Governors Awards in November. This non-televised event has been around since 2009 when the academy moved these de facto lifetime achievement awards off of the Oscars.

By not being part of the televised Academy Awards, this has meant more people could be honored each year as there were no time constraints to consider. To that end there have been four honorees every year but two (2011, 2015) since 2009; this is the first year that there will be five. And this change has allowed for a wider range of talents to be tapped. Levy is the first publicist to be honored.

As detailed below, all but one of the academy’s 17 branches — Visual Effects — are now represented among the
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Rip, Barbara Harris: Another Alfred Hitchcock Actor Passes, But These 24 Remain

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Rip, Barbara Harris: Another Alfred Hitchcock Actor Passes, But These 24 Remain
In the last shot of Alfred Hitchcock’s final (and underrated) “Family Plot,” impostor-psychic-turned-kidnapper Barbara Harris looks straight at the camera and winks. It was only time in Hitchcock’s career that he broke down the fourth wall, and the gesture felt like his goodbye to his fans.

Harris died August 21 at 83 of lung cancer. Her notable roles included “A Thousand Clowns,” “Nashville,” “The Seduction of Joe Tynan,” and a supporting actor Oscar nomination for “Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?” But for Hitchcock fans, her death reminds us that 42 years have passed since the master’s last film, and fewer of his actors are still alive.

It’s nearly impossible to track every actor who appeared in his work. (Anyone from Hitchcock’s early British films would have had to be a very small child.) However, there are still a number
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AMPAS Announces Changes To Academy Awards Telecast

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"Lawrence of Arabia". "The Godfather". "Gone with the Wind". "Casablanca". Is it time for "Ant-Man and the Wasp" to also enjoy Oscar gold?

By Lee Pfeiffer, Cinema Retro Editor-in- Chief

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced changes to its annual Oscars broadcast. The event will be confined to three hours and certain awards will not be seen live on the broadcast. Instead, they will be given out during commercial broadcasts then edited into a segment that will be shown later in the telecast. After all, who wants to see some science-obsessed geek get honored for inventing something that enhanced the film industry when, instead, we can all enjoy some innovative ads for erectile dysfunction? Additionally, in an admitted attempt to gin up ratings, AMPAS will introduce a new awards category for outstanding achievement in popular film. That's right, movie lovers...you might live to see the day
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Anthology Film Archives: The Next Screenings, December 1970

On November 30, 1970, New York City’s Anthology Film Archives opened its doors as the first ever “museum of film” at its original location at 425 Lafayette Street. That was an invitation-only Opening Night event with the first public screening occurring the following night, December 1.

A previous article on the Underground Film Journal uncovered the first five nights of screenings at the Anthology, and the reaction in the NYC press to this unique movie theater.

Digging around in the digital archives of the Village Voice, the Journal has been able to piece together most of the screening lineups for the month of December. Unfortunately, these archives do not contain issues for the last week of November nor the first week of December, so we do not have screening info for December 5-9.

However, below are the screenings for December 10-30. The Anthology’s original plan was to have three screenings every night
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Robert Downey, Jr. movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Tropic Thunder,’ ‘Chaplin,’ ‘Zodiac’

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Robert Downey, Jr. movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Tropic Thunder,’ ‘Chaplin,’ ‘Zodiac’
Ten years after he first donned Iron Man’s suit of armor, Robert Downey Jr. has reprised his role as the billionaire superhero in the Marvel epic “Avengers: Infinity War.” The film finds the universe’s greatest heroes teaming up to stop the deadly Thanos (Josh Brolin) from gathering the infinity stones with the intention of wiping out half of the universe’s population. Downey Jr. first played the role in 2008’s “Iron Man,” and has appeared in eight subsequent Marvel movies. Of course, his career hasn’t been limited to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So in honor of his latest big screen achievement, let’s take a look back on some of his best performances. Tour through our photo gallery above of Downey Jr.’s 20 greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

The son of underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey, Robert Downey Jr. made his
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Robert Downey, Jr. Movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Robert Downey, Jr. Movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Ten years after he first donned Iron Man’s suit of armor, Robert Downey Jr. has reprised his role as the billionaire superhero in the Marvel epic “Avengers: Infinity War.” The film finds the universe’s greatest heroes teaming up to stop the deadly Thanos (Josh Brolin) from gathering the infinity stones with the intention of wiping out half of the universe’s population. Downey Jr. first played the role in 2008’s “Iron Man,” and has appeared in eight subsequent Marvel movies. Of course, his career hasn’t been limited to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So in honor of his latest big screen achievement, let’s take a look back on some of his best performances. Tour through our photo gallery above of Downey Jr.’s 20 greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

The son of underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey, Robert Downey Jr. made his
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‘The Business': How Hollywood Became the Center of the Entertainment Industry (Video)

‘The Business': How Hollywood Became the Center of the Entertainment Industry (Video)
So you want to make it in Hollywood? If you’ve moved out here for the sun, surf and stars — welcome! Los Angeles has a lot to offer and is the perfect place to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. But you may be wondering just why Hollywood ended up here in Southern California and not, as the legend goes, in Flagstaff, Arizona.

In this first episode of “The Business,” a new video series produced by TheWrap, we ask, why is Hollywood the center of the entertainment industry? How did Hollywood end up in… Hollywood?

TheWrap’s Paul Nyhart leads you through the history of the early days of cinema and the formation of Tinseltown. Where does the name “Hollywood” came from? How did early filmmakers push the boundaries of what a movie could be? Why did D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin and more artists come west? Why was Los Angeles the perfect place to settle down and make movies? What role did Thomas Edison have in shaping the industry?

Also Read: Pay Attention Or Fall Behind: Industry Pros Share How to Get Ahead in Entertainment (Video)

We answer all these questions and more in this first episode of “The Business.” In future episodes, TheWrap will speak with experts in the industry and take you through the history of Hollywood.

Watch the video for “The Business” above.

Read original story ‘The Business': How Hollywood Became the Center of the Entertainment Industry (Video) At TheWrap
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Joan of Arc (1948)

Does every great actress see Joan of Arc as the ultimate serious role? Ingrid Bergman ran into serious career trouble while this picture was still in release. Its cast and credits are packed with star talent — is it a misunderstood classic with a great central performance? Ms. Bergman was so enamored with the character that she played it twice.

Joan of Arc

70th Anniversary Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1948 / Color / 1:37 flat full frame / 146 100 min. / Street Date March 27, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Jos&eacute Ferrer, Francis L. Sullivan, J. Carrol Naish, Ward Bond, Shepperd Strudwick, Gene Lockhart, John Emery, Leif Erickson, Cecil Kellaway.

Cinematography: Winton Hoch, William V. Skall, Joseph Valentine

Film Editor: Frank Sullivan

Special Effects: Jack Cosgrove, John P. Fulton

Original Music: Hugo Friedhofer

Written by Andrew Solt, Maxwell Anderson, from his play

Produced by Walter Wanger

Directed by Victor Fleming

What becomes of a grandiose
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Why the Original ‘Jumanji’ Remains Relevant

The best comedies and kids films are informed by the promise and aftereffects of brutal, scarring adulthood. The Gold Rush, for all of Charlie Chaplin’s gracefully clumsy contortions, is set in a world where cannibalism, disease, and rampant death are day-to-day realities. The computer love of Wall-e is adorable until you realize that the future involves a calcified Earth and a life of seated content intake on a massive spaceship. And in Joe Johnston’s Jumanji, the youthful adventures of the protagonists barely hide ideas of loss, mortality, time, and guilt in the guise of Robin …
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My Favorite Film Screenings of 2017

Here are my favorite film experiences of the year: 10. Loving Vincent (2017; dir. Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman; Lincoln Plaza Cinema) 9. The Red Turtle (2016; dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit; Lincoln Plaza Cinema) 8. Metropolis (1927; dir. Fritz Lang; Marble Collegiate Church) 7. La Belle et la Bête (1946; dir. Jean Cocteau; Tribeca Film Festival at Town Hall) 6. The Last Animals (2017; dir. Kate Brooks; Tribeca Film Festival at Cinépolis Chelsea) 5. City Lights (1931; dir. Charlie Chaplin; United Palace) 4. Harmony of Difference (2017; dir. Kamasi Washington; Whitney Biennial) 3. Romeo + Juliet (1996; dir. Baz Luhrmann; Little Cinema at House of Yes) 2. Imponderable (2015-16; […]
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'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection

'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection
How do you follow up a record-breaking blockbuster about a killer shark? For starters, you get out of the ocean. And then maybe you look up.

A longtime watcher of the skies, young Steven Spielberg had already been kicking around an idea involving alien visitation, spacecraft "sightings" and government cover-ups – some sort of story, in the gentleman's own words, about "UFOs and Watergate" – before he had started turning Peter Benchley's novel Jaws into a movie. One three-men-and-an-apex-predator hit later, he was a hot Hollywood director who had folks ready
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'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection

'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection
How do you follow up a record-breaking blockbuster about a killer shark? For starters, you get out of the ocean. And then maybe you look up.

A longtime watcher of the skies, young Steven Spielberg had already been kicking around an idea involving alien visitation, spacecraft "sightings" and government cover-ups – some sort of story, in the gentleman's own words, about "UFOs and Watergate" – before he had started turning Peter Benchley's novel Jaws into a movie. One three-men-and-an-apex-predator hit later, he was a hot Hollywood director who had folks ready
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A New Leaf – Olive Signature

Filtered through her experience as an unequalled comic performer, writer-director Elaine May scores a bulls-eye with this grossly underappreciated gem, fashioned in a style that could be called ‘black comedy lite.’ And that’s the release version mangled by the producer. What might it have been if May had been allowed to finish her director’s cut?

A New Leaf Olive Signature

Blu-ray

Olive Films

1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 102 min. / Street Date December 5, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.99

Starring: Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston, George Rose, James Coco, Doris Roberts, Renée Taylor, William Redfield, David Doyle.

Cinematography: Gayne Rescher

Original Music: Neal Hefti

Written by Elaine May from a story by Jack Ritchie

Produced by Hilliard Elkins, Howard W. Koch, Joseph Manduke

Directed by Elaine May

Olive’s next title up for Signature Collection status is A New Leaf, the directing debut of comedienne-writer Elaine May. It’s certainly a worthy title.
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Tom Cruise and the failed United Artists experiment

Simon Brew Dec 14, 2017

In late 2006, with much fanfare, Tom Cruise was announced as headlining a revived United Artists. But what went wrong?

Lurking in the corners of Netflix UK is a not-very-widely-seen Tom Cruise movie, that a decade ago was all set to herald a new filmmaking dawn. Directed by Robert Redford, and with a cast that includes Redford, Cruise, Meryl Streep and a then-relatively-unknown Andrew Garfield, Lions For Lambs looked on paper to be a heavyweight political drama. Its focus is on three stories: an ambitious politician giving an interview to tough reporter, an army platoon being ordered to go on a top secret mission by said politician, and a professor trying to talk a promising student into turning his life around.

It looked like Oscar-bait. It turned out to be a footnote to the failure to resurrect United Artists.

United Artists was originally founded in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin,
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Petula Clark Keeps on Living for Today with New Album and U.S. Tour

Petula Clark makes it her mission to live for today, but she’d prefer to make an exception on the afternoon we speak. The iconic singer—best known for her string of million-sellers in the 1960s—turned 85 this day, and an attempt to begin our phone call with a happy birthday greeting is met with a faux groan. “No, no no—don’t go there. I haven’t done those for a long, long time,” she says with a good natured laugh.

Age is certainly irrelevant, but that goes double for Clark, who is currently in the midst of her
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