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Kirk Douglas’ 10 Most Memorable Movies for His 102nd Birthday (Photos)

Kirk Douglas’ 10 Most Memorable Movies for His 102nd Birthday (Photos)
The acting legend Kirk Douglas (and father of Michael Douglas) crosses the century mark on December 9, 2016. Here are his 10 most memorable roles:

Champion (1949)

Kirk Douglas earned his first Oscar nomination for playing the dogged boxer Midge Kelly in a black-and-white drama written by Carl Forman (“High Noon”).

Ace in the Hole (1950)

In one of Billy Wilder’s most cynical dramas, Douglas plays a ruthless journalist who exploits a mining disaster — even sabotaging rescue efforts at one point — to prolong the media furor.

The Bad and the Beautiful (1951)

He earned his second Oscar nomination playing another cad — this time a power-obsessed Hollywood producer said to be modeled on David O. Selznick.

Lust for Life (1956)

In a departure from his cynical big-screen roles, Douglas brought real sympathy to his portrayal of tortured artist Vincent Van Gogh in Vincente Minnelli’s biopic — and the actor earned his third Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
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Link Tank: "The Best" Movies Steven Spielberg Never Made

Dec 7, 2018

Steven Spielberg, Louis Ck, The Boring Company, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

The Boring Company's launch will include modded “autonomous transport cars”.

"Elon Musk’s tunnel-digging venture is planning a grand opening. The Boring Company’s founder revealed on Friday that an upcoming launch, where the company is expected to demonstrate its technology, will dazzle with modded “autonomous transport cars” and elevators that whizz cars from the ground to the tunnel."

Read more at Inverse.

Louis Ck was heckled at a comedy show.

"Klaire Randall, I hope you have a marvelous 2019. Randall is now famous for being the woman who actually took a stand when supposedly-disgraced-but-now-on-a-redemption-tour comedian Louis C.K. made a surprise appearance at the Comedy Cellar. She and her boyfriend were attending a show and were shocked when the emcee announced the next guest."

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Google is set to personalize audio-based news.
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‘The Favourite’ Review

Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Faye Daveney, Emma Delves, Jennifer White, LillyRose Stevens, James Smith, Mark Gatiss | Written by Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara | Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman,
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‘Columbus’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Michelle Forbes, Rory Culkin, Erin Allegretti, Shani Salyers Stiles, Reen Vogel, Rosalyn R. Ross, Lindsey Shope, Caitlin Ewald, Jim Dougherty, Joseph Anthony Foronda, Alphaeus Green Jr., Wynn Reichert, Jem Cohen | Written and Directed by Kogonada

Casey lives with her mother, a recovering addict, in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his estranged, dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them. Filmed on location in Columbus, Indiana, this tender meditation on love, loss and architecture is the directorial feature debut for writer/director Kogonada.

Kogonada’s Columbus is cross between the thematic threads of family showcased in the works of Japanese auteur Yasujirō Ozu and structure of place and setting reminiscent of both Stanley Kubrick and Derek Jarman.
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Academy Museum unveils inaugural exhibition plans

Los Angeles site will house three galleries, library, a project space, theatres, and outdoor deck.

Roughly one year before the anticipated opening of the Academy of Motion Pictures, top brass on Tuesday (4) said the site will house an inaugural long-term exhibition about the evolution of film, and kick off with two temporary exhibitions – the first Us retrospective of Japanese animation icon Hayao Miyazaki, and a chronicle of black cinema from 1900-1970.

Academy Museum director Kerry Brougher presided over a lunchtime presentation at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile district, opposite the Academy Museum site, which is situated next to Lacma.
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How many Greek directing gods have caught Oscar’s eye — and will ‘The Favourite’s’ helmer be next?

How many Greek directing gods have caught Oscar’s eye — and will ‘The Favourite’s’ helmer be next?
Among my predictions so far, two of the surest Oscar bets are that “The Favourite” and its director, Yorgos Lanthimos, will both make the ballot cut. Besides wooing the critics and earning an enviable 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, the bawdy art-house costume drama went from four venues to 34 this past weekend and has already grossed $1 million. Not bad on a budget of $15 million.

It doesn’t hurt that “The Favourite” ruled over the the British Independent Film Awards, winning a record 10 categories, including Best British Independent Film and Best Director.

Not since Stanley Kubrick or Alfred Hitchcock has a filmmaker exhibited such a rich vein of nasty black humor. Apparently, moviegoers are eager to witness the likes of Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as 18th-century English cousins who viciously vie for the affections of Olivia Colman’s sickly Queen Anne. There is something quite satisfying about observing these ladies as they engage in naughty name-calling,
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'Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep' Wraps Production

'Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep' Wraps Production
That's a wrap! Director Mike Flanagan has confirmed that filming on Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, has been completed. Flanagan has been working on the sequel to Stephen King's seminal work for the last handful of months and now, it's off to post-production to get this highly ambitious sequel ready for horror fans all around the world to feast their eyes upon. Flanagan made the announcement on Facebook. Here's what he had to say about it.

"So that's a wrap on Doctor Sleep! It's been a long, crazy, truly unique experience. I read the novel as soon as it came out back in 2013, fascinated and moved by the epic story of Dan Torrance and Abra Stone, but I never imagined for a moment that I'd be the person to bring it to the big screen. It's been an honor to spend the last five months with this fantastic cast and crew,
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The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep has wrapped filming

Director Mike Flanagan has taken to Facebook to announced that Doctor Sleep – the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining – has now wrapped production ahead of its release in a little over a year from now.

So that’s a wrap on Doctor Sleep! It’s been a long, crazy, truly unique experience,” writes Flanagan. “I read the novel as soon as it came out back in 2013, fascinated and moved by the epic story of Dan Torrance and Abra Stone, but I never imagined for a moment that I’d be the person to bring it to the big screen. It’s been an honor to spend the last five months with this fantastic cast and crew, and to be trusted with Stephen King’s extraordinary story. One of the highlights of my career, without a doubt. Shine on, everyone. Shine on.”

Doctor Sleep follows a now-adult Danny Torrance,
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Oscars 2019: Best Visual Effects Predictions

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Oscars 2019: Best Visual Effects Predictions
While 2018 has been a stunning year for character animation and world building, powered by “Ready Player One,” “Black Panther,” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the Oscar race for Best Visual Effects shapes up as a showdown between “First Man” and “Avengers: Infinity War” — reshaping in-camera VFX for Nasa’s trip to the moon versus Marvel’s brilliant CG Thanos.

On “Avengers: Infinity War,” Digital Domain created Thanos in parallel with Weta Digital. The success of both Thanos characters was a result of conveying every nuance of Brolin’s onset performance via Dd’s new high-res facial capture system, which captured Brolin’s facial data and then added the actor’s low-res onset performance. Through analysis and fine-tuning, the animators accurately joined Brolin with Thanos, which could yield Marvel its first VFX Oscar. The level of photo-real performance capture definitely raises the bar for a humanoid.

Damien Chazelle set out to
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What’s Coming to Amazon Prime in December 2018

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Everyone’s favorite housewife turned comic is returning once again to the small screen in Amazon Prime’s latest streaming update.

Fresh on the heels of her Emmy win, Rachel Brosnahan is helping kick off the streaming platform’s holiday season with the reprisal of her titular, pink-coated role in Season 2 of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Dec. 5). Also joining the streaming platform is a host of classic film and television titles including Stanley Kubrick’s ever-disturbing “A Clockwork Orange,” Bill Murray’s never-ending “Groundhog Day” and Jamie Lee-Curtis’ laugh-inducing “A Fish Called Wanda.”

More recent films are also making an appearance including Marvel’s “Iron Man 2” (Dec. 25) and writer-director Ari Aster’s surprise horror hit “Hereditary” (Dec. 27).

Amazon Prime members can stream these titles for free with their Prime membership. Amazon is currently offering a 30-day free trial to Amazon Prime for new users. Sign up here.

See the
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13 Christmas Movies That Definitely Aren’t for Kids (Photos)

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13 Christmas Movies That Definitely Aren’t for Kids (Photos)
10 Christmas Movies That Definitely Aren’t for Kids (Photos)

Sure, Christmas is a time of joy for children of all ages, but that doesn’t mean that grown-ups can’t have the cinematic equivalent of a spiked egg nog. After you’ve packed the little ones off to bed, enjoy these movies, from the hilarious to the horrifying, that are aimed at adult audiences.

Anna and the Apocalypse (2018): It’s Christmastime! But thanks to a zombie outbreak, it’s also the endtimes, and our high school heroes dispatch the undead with bloody fervor. And did we mention this is also a musical?

A Bad Moms Christmas (2017): The bad moms just want to have fun, even when their own bad moms come rolling into town to celebrate the season. Santas will strip, and the egg nog will be spiked.

Better Watch Out (2017): This clever holiday horror-comedy takes the
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Concert Review: L.A. Phil Tackles Kubrick’s Sublime Musical Terrors at Disney Hall

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Concert Review: L.A. Phil Tackles Kubrick’s Sublime Musical Terrors at Disney Hall
Plenty of people have heard 20th century concert music solely because Stanley Kubrick smuggled it into his movies. The L.A. Philharmonic returned the favor over the weekend, by smuggling the director’s films into the concert hall.

“Stanley Kubrick’s Sound Odyssey” took the Phil, along with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, on a musical voyage through five chapters in the filmmaker’s diverse canon: “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Shining,” “Barry Lyndon,” “Eyes Wide Shut” and “A Clockwork Orange.” Selected excerpts of classical works he used in those films’ soundtracks accompanied their attendant scenes on a large screen above the Disney Hall stage.

Malcolm McDowell, who played the amoral lad Alex in “Clockwork,” hosted the evening. He seemed a little stiff when reading the boilerplate script, but far more at ease when he segued into telling ad lib anecdotes. Noting how “2001” struggled to find an audience until someone
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The Most Memorable Voice Performances in Sci-Fi History

Paul Bradshaw Nov 23, 2018

We take a look at the off-screen actors who helped define their corner of the genre.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

So much visual design goes into good sci-fi that it’s sometimes easy to overlook the sounds. World-building doesn't happen in silence though, and the voice actors who record their lines off-set and out of costume have helped shaped the genre into what it is – providing chilling, mellifluous, gravelly, or downright otherworldly vocal performances to some of the most iconic characters in film and TV.

These, then, are the most memorable voices in sci-fi – the growling, lisping, singing, monologuing heroes and villains who made pop-culture history from a lonely sound booth.

Douglas Rain as Hal (2001: A Space Odyssey)

Douglas Rain sadly passed away recently, aged 90, leaving behind a long and illustrious stage career. His most memorable performance though came in 1968 when he
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‘The Princess Bride’: Revisiting Rob Reiner and William Goldman’s Paean to Pure Storytelling

After Monty Python and the Holy Grail eviscerated the self-seriousness of the Arthurian epic but before Shrek added pop songs and fart jokes galore, Rob Reiner and William Goldman’s The Princess Bride was pop culture’s definitive postmodern comic fairytale. Penned by the late, great screenwriter based on his own novel (sorry–his abridged version of the novel by stuffy 19th-century fantasist “S. Morgenstern”) Goldman’s most beloved creation plays to the uninitiated as a deliciously eclectic mixture of loquacious wit, dry self-mockery, and sweetly earnest paean to pure storytelling–long before such tropes became codified cliche in blockbuster genre cinema. Its precarious balance between irony and sincerity has often been copied, but never truly replicated.

The comic adventure at the story’s core remains as charming today as it was thirty years ago, filled with loving pastiche of the romances of old: passion, intrigue, honor and vengeance all
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Doctor Who Series 11 Episode 7 Review – ‘Kerblam!’

Villordsutch reviews Doctor Who Series 11 Episode 7 – Kerblam!

Written by – Pete McTighe

Directed by – Jennifer Perrott

Twirly – “Hello again. Customers with your current medical symptoms browse blood pressure medication.”

Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if Jeff Bezos put all of his earnings on a winning horse one day? If those giant warehouses of Amazon, Hermes and Buy’N’Large finally exceed the land they’re built upon and had to expand on a planetary scale, what would they look like? And more interestingly what would their workforce consist of? Well in this week’s episode of Doctor Who we get to find out.

After the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) takes a late delivery of a Fez, though in fairness to Kerblam Man Delivery-Droid they were lucky it never arrived at the Fourth Doctor’s Tardis door (or did it?), it’s discovered – within the delivery box – someone
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November 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Candyman and Urban Legend Collector’s Editions, The Outer Limits Season 2

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Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone! As everyone here in the States prepares for the grand feast later this week, we have a new round of horror and sci-fi home media releases to indulge in before it’s time for turkey and stuffing. Scream Factory is doing the dark lord’s work this Tuesday with their Collector’s Edition releases of both Candyman and Urban Legend, and they’re even showing Urban Legends: Final Cut some love as well. Season 2 of The Outer Limits comes home this week, the recent sci-fi actioner Kin arrives on multiple formats, and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is getting a 4K upgrade to boot.

Other notable releases for November 20th include the Steelbook editions of both Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey and Streets of Fire, Luciferina on Blu-ray and DVD, and Malicious on DVD.

Candyman: Collector’s Edition

This gut-wrenching thriller follows a
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The Film Stage’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us, so whether you looking for film-related gift ideas or simply want to pick up some of the finest the year had to offer in the category for yourself, we have a gift guide for you. Including must-have subscriptions, the best from The Criterion Collection and more home video picks, apparel, music, book picks, and more, dive in below.

Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood

With her commanding screen presence, Marlene Dietrich was an early cinema force to be reckoned with. Taking far more control over her image that her colleagues, the German actress found a fruitful relationship with Josef von Sternberg in Hollywood. The handful of Paramount films they made together were feats of immaculate production design and powerful onscreen charisma, courtesy of Dietrich. The Criterion Collection’s beautiful box set is a gem, complete not only with sparkling restorations and special features, but a selection
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Pablo Ferro Dies: Award-Winning Title Designer On ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Dr. Strangelove’ Was 83

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Pablo Ferro Dies: Award-Winning Title Designer On ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Dr. Strangelove’ Was 83
Pablo Ferro, who is known for his distinct title design and work in graphic design, died of complications from pneumonia Friday in Sedona, Arizona. The award-winning designer was 83.

Born on January 15, 1935 in Cuba, Ferro, a self-taught artist became known for eye-catching and stylized title design in film which included iconic films including Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and Dr. Strangelove as well as others such as Bullitt, Men In Black, and Married to the Mob. During the mid-’50s he worked in animation before working with Disney animator Tytla who would become his mentor. He also worked with the would-be legend Stan Lee on a series of sci-fi and adventure comics.

In 1961, Ferro and fellow artists Fred Mogubgub and Lew Schwartz partnered to create their own company. Ferro then went on to create Pablo Ferro Films.

Ferro became a trailblazer when it came to montage-like title sequences, creative stylistic typefaces and quick-cut editing.
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Pablo Ferro, Legendary Title Designer for ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ Dies at 83

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Pablo Ferro, Legendary Title Designer for ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ Dies at 83
Pablo Ferro, who designed the title sequences for classic films like Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove,” “Bullitt,” “Men In Black,” and “A Clockwork Orange,” has died from complications from pneumonia in Sedona, Ariz. He was 83.

Ferro’s family confirmed the news to industry publication the Art of the Title.

Cuban-born Ferro’s first title sequence was for “Dr. Strangelove,” and featured cards that were hand-lettered with grease pencil on glass. Another of his early notable title sequences was for 1968’s “The Thomas Crowne Affair,” directed by Norman Jewison.

Ferro, who was born on a farm in Antilla and moved to New York in his teens, began as an illustrator for Atlas Comics and worked with Stan Lee on a series of science fiction adventure comics. From there, he got a job with Academy Pictures, eventually becoming an animator for the company, before transitioning to work for Elektra Films on sophisticated commercials.
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‘What She Said’ Review: The Complexity of Pauline Kael, With Punches Pulled

Film critic Pauline Kael might have hated the first eight minutes or so of Rob Garver’s “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael,” a fawning introduction to the life and times of the author and cultural icon. Or, she might have adored it. Halfway through Garver’s film, one of Kael’s own contemporaries laments that sometimes the former New Yorker critic would sit down for a film that seemed tailor-made for her sensibilities, only to lambast it later.

No matter how Kael might have felt about the doc’s opening minutes, she would have at least stuck around to see the whole thing through, and other audiences will benefit from the same. Despite that iffy start, Garver’s film blossoms into something more comprehensive than complimentary, a film that doesn’t balk at the trickier aspects of Kael’s career, even as it never fully engages with the tensions that informed her.
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