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Top 5 Michael Curtiz Movies - Pretty Clever FilmsPretty Clever Films
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Tagged: Michael Curtiz
Who's Michael Curtiz, you ask? He directed Casablanca, silly. While classic film fans and people who neglect their children to have more TCM watching time know this and know it well, Michael Curtiz is a little of an unsung directorial hero. This man made movies – 50 in Europe, over 100 in the US, spanning 50 years – but he remains lesser known as a personality than other auteurish directors. But Michael Curtiz made some serious classic films while laboring in the studio system. Get to know Curtiz with these…
Added by on 4/23/14
Jessica Chastain to play Marilyn Monroe in new biopic | TotalFilm.com
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Jessica Chastain could be about to step into the shoes of a silver screen icon, with The Wrap reporting that she is in discussions to play Marilyn Monroe in a new biopic. According to the report, Chastain is nearing a deal to star in Blonde, Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of the Joyce Carole Oates biography of the same name. Naomi Watts had initially been attached to play Monroe, but recently departed the project, freeing things up for Chastain to step into the breach. Produced by Brad Pitt, Dominik claims this version of the Monroe story will come together as a "sprawling, emotional nightmare, fairy-tale type movie", which certainly sounds more interesting than your run of the mill biopic. With a Dominik-penned script already in place, production on Blonde is set to begin this summer, ahead of a planned release date in 2015.
Added by on 4/23/14
Why Is 'Jackie Brown' Overlooked When It's Better Than 'Pulp Fiction'?
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When most people claim that Pulp Fiction is Quentin Tarantino's best movie, I often wonder if they've seen Jackie Brown. I assume they haven't.
Jackie Brown is Tarantino's third film, releasing after he became a household name with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, and most casual moviegoers and die-hard Tarantino fans consider it to be his worst feature. It's the lowest rated Tarantino film on IMDB and Metacritic (not counting his Grindhouse contribution from 2007), which is saying a lot considering how divisive the Kill Bill films are.
Added by on 4/23/14
10 One-Man Show Movies
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Not that there actually are that many, no doubt because the potential pitfalls of this approach are legion. Not only does it require an actor of immense versatility and charisma, the format is extraordinarily unforgiving on the script too—with most single-actor movies qualifying as single-location films as well, there is literally nowhere for the story to hide, no flashy distractions if things aren't running smoothly, and nothing else for our attention to grab onto if an awkward turn or a lapse in logic breaks our suspended disbelief.
Added by on 4/22/14
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spoilers: 11 Ways It Sets Up Future Spidey Movies
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Sony and Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has now landed in UK cinemas, with the US release coming on May 2nd, and though it is deeply flawed in places (the pacing, the silliness and the inevitable accusations of too many villains being the chief issues), its merits and redeeming elements are enough to confirm it as an entertaining, emotionally-stuffed yarn that is both satisfying and an improvement on its predecessor.
Source: whatculture.com
Added by on 4/22/14
Is it just me... Or Is The Godfather Part II Completely Pointless?
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Category: Analysis
Tagged: The Godfather: Part Ii
Sacred cows don't come beefier than Francis Ford Coppola's first two Godfather films.

Bête noirs don't get much more reviled than cash-in sequels that just rehash their predecessors.

Never the twain shall meet, right?

Wrong. In 1972, Coppola surprised the world by emerging from a troubled production with an out-and-out classic.
Source: m.totalfilm.com
Added by on 4/22/14
Is it just me?... Or was The Lone Ranger the best movie of last summer?
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Category: Analysis
Tagged: The Lone Ranger
Waterworld. Cutthroat Island. John Carter. All more successful than last summer's $250m runaway train, The Lone Ranger. Worse still, everyone knew it was going to flop before it even came out. Plagued with production problems, director Gore Verbinski's Saturday matinée was shut down when a spiralling budget saw it run out of money in the middle of the desert. Nothing sets a critic's keyboard clicking like rumours of gross overspending – and Disney's leaky cash cow couldn't have had a bigger target carved into its backside.
Source: m.totalfilm.com
Added by on 4/22/14
Game of Thrones Stumbles Into Rape
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Category: Analysis
Tagged: Game Of Thrones: Season 4
The show's latest shocker looks to have been an appalling mistake.
Added by on 4/22/14
Actor Daniel Franzese Writes a Touching Coming Out Letter To his Iconic 'Mean Girls' Character Damian
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Category: Cast & Crew
Tagged: Daniel Franzese, Mean Girls
Daniel Franzese, who played openly gay Damian in "Mean Girls" -- which came out 10 years ago this month -- asked us to share this touching coming out letter he wrote to his character in the film.
Added by on 4/22/14
Tilda Swinton's Most Terrifying Roles
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Tagged: Tilda Swinton
Yes, that really is Tilda Swinton in "Snowpiercer." Although no stranger to grotesque transformations, the actress has never looked or sounded more ghastly than she does in Bong Joon-ho's dystopian railway thriller. Her thick-rimmed specs, dark brown pageboy, fur coat, buck teeth and harsh, guttural Yorkshire accent suggest some unholy hybrid of Anna Wintour and Dr. Mengele. A totalitarian's lapdog who elicits revulsion and (eventually) pity, Swinton's Mason is another indelible screen villain in a career full of brilliant baddies.
Source: variety.com
Added by on 4/20/14
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