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Poll: Best Costume Design (1948 – 1952)

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Best Costume Design Poll: 1948 - 1952

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Film Preview: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

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Release Date:

February 13, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Literature student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey."

Poster: B

Review: It's mysterious and features plenty of clean lines, which sets up the sharp contrast of the figure in the center who is anything but linear.

Trailer: C

Review: If you're a fan of the book, perhaps this trailer got you titillated. If you aren't, then you're probably wondering what you're being exposed to. It's neither hair raising or exciting, unless you're already into that kind of thing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(July 27, 2014) Original

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Feed the Queue #183

Here are the results of last week's poll.

  1. Gattaca
  2. Afterglow
  3. Starship Troopers
  4. Oscar and Lucinda
  5. Kundun

Gattaca wins and goes into my queue.

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Oscar Profile #197: Lana Turner

Lana TBorn February 8, 1921 in Wallace, Idaho, Julia Jean “Lana” Turner was the daughter of teenage parents John (1903-1930) and Mildred (1904-1982) Turner. Her father, originally a coal miner from Montgomery, Alabama had by the time of his death at 27 become a con man who was murdered on the streets of San Francisco where the family had moved. After his death, nine year-old Lana and her mother moved to Los Angeles where jobs for women were easier to find. With her mother working 80 hours a week as a beautician, Lana was often shuttled off to friends and acquaintances and later became a latchkey kid, on her own most of the time. She dreamed of becoming a movie star with a husband and seven kids and ended up having seven husbands and one kid. At 15 she was discovered in a Hollywood drugstore by Hollywood Reporter publisher William R. Wilkerson who referred her to agent Zeppo Marx who introduced her to Warner Bros. director Meryn LeRoy.

LeRoy cast her in a small role in 1937’s They Won’t Forget in which she walks down the street braless in a tight sweater with her breasts bouncing, making her an overnight sensation and the heir apparent to Jean Harlow who had died the year before. Moving with LeRoy to MGM where she was nurtured and given a big build-up, she was soon starring opposite Mickey Rooney in Love Finds Andy Hardy. In 1939 she had been in a relationship with famed Hollywood attorney Greg Bautzer, but when it became clear he wasn’t the marrying kind, she entered into an impulsive marriage with bandleader Artie Shaw. The marriage ended quickly when he asked her to iron his shirts.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 31 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Released


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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Aug. 1-3, 2014)

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What Are You Watching? (Aug. 1-3, 2014)

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Film Preview: The Calling (2014)

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Release Date:

August 29, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Detective Hazel Micallef hasn't had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Port Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling."

Poster: B-

Review: Perhaps a little over-produced, this poster is visually striking even if reminiscent of so many other designs. The lines are classic, yet trendy and you could probably spend several minutes exploring the depth and background of it, getting some manner of pleasure in doing so.

Trailer: B-

Review: If it weren't for that cast, this would look like every other murder mystery thriller made in the wake of Fargo. Matter of fact, the premise seems so strikingly like Fargo, except without the dark humor, that the police investigator being a woman with an impairment (this time alcoholism rather than pregnancy). That's a problem, but perhaps a cast like this wouldn't have scoped out the film unless it had the promise to be better. The trailer doesn't give a lot of hope, but there's still a glimmer.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(July 27, 2014) Original

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Game: 2014 Summer Box Office Week 14

For a full list of rules, click here: 2014 Summer Box Office Predictions Game Rules.

Submit Your Predictions for This Week

  1. Top Ten Films at the U.S. Box Office of the week in order from most money to least.
  2. Individual monetary predictions for each film.
  3. Final box office tally for all new wide releases.
  4. # of Weeks each new wide release will spend at #1.
  5. # of Weeks each new wide release will spend in the top 10.

This Week's New Wide Releases

Get On Up (2,000 screens)
Guardians of the Galaxy (3,800 screens)

Box Office Prediction Increments

  1. $50 million or higher - $5 million increments
  2. $25 million to $49 million - $1 million increments
  3. $5 million to $24.5 million - $500,000 increments
  4. $4.9 million or lower - $100,000 increments

Last Week's Results

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 1-3, 2014

If you don't believe that Guardians of the Galaxy will dominate the weekend, you're not going to win that office pool.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: It seems like a pretty good weekend for the movies, especially the wide releases.
Peter J. Patrick: A few minor Oscar contenders opening this week.
Tripp Burton: It's an interesting series of Summer films this weekend, but it all depends on which of these off-beat films floats your boat.
Thomas LaTourrette: All four releases sound good, hard to believe in the summer. Hopefully they will live up to their hype, but in the meanwhile enjoy the bounty this weekend.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 30 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

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Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 2

You can read more about this project in the article at this link. Below is our second poll, covering Best Director. As a refresher, here is where we obtain the titles/performances will be included in the polls that will be conducted:
Four-Source Categories:

  • The actual Oscar nominees in the selected category.
  • The Top Ten eligible films at the U.S. box office.
  • The ten highest-rated eligible films according to Rotten Tomatoes
  • The precursor nominees and winners in the selected category.

Best Director

We're using Survey Monkey for these polls. You get to rank all of the appropriate titles/performances how you see fit, but preferably in order of preference.

Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 2 Poll

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Film Preview: The Equalizer (2014)

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Release Date:

September 26, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life in Boston comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters."

Poster: C+ / D / C / D+ / D

Review: I don't quite understand why there are so many designs. Some are foreign, but the only two that are passable are the first, which features some reminiscent imagery and the third, which tries for something visually arresting. The others are simplistic, banal and forgettable.

Trailer: B

Review: Advertising for a film like this is tough and pushing its comparison to many other recent vigilante films will certainly help it attract an audience. Much of this is superficial and lacks a clear intensity of excitement, but it could be decent.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(July 27, 2014) Original

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5 Favorites #192: 5 Favorite Character Actresses, Part IV

Every week, we'll pose a new "five favorites" question. You just list your five favorites that fit in that category (preferably in preference order) and you're welcome to discuss and debate the selections and see just how much you do or do not have in common with others. If you want to take a look back at our past articles to comment or enjoy, here is a post set aside to track all of our articles (updated infrequently).

We move on forward to look at our favorite character actresses of the 1990's, 2000's and 2010's.

What are your 5 Favorite character actresses of the 1990's, 2000's and 2010's?

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Eye on Warner Archive: Jul. 22, 2014

Here are some highlights of the recent releases to the Warner Archive Collection. DVD's and Blu-rays are manufactured on demand. They also have a streaming service. Before you visit Warner Archive to check out their selection, check out the selections below an a few of my thoughts.

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The DVD Report #371

WitnessfortheProsectionAgatha Christie’s international stage success, Witness for the Prosecution is expanded and improved upon by Billy Wilder in his 1957 adaptation of Christie’s deliciously twisty murder mystery.

As explained to Volker Schlondorff by Wilder in an excellent 1982 interview that is included as extra on Kino Lorber’s magnificent new Blu-ray upgrade of the classic film, it was Marlene Dietrich who brought the project to the famed director. The legendary actress had been asked to do the film for United Artists, but would only agree to do it if her A Foreign Affair director came on board. Not content to be just a director for hire, Wilder and his writing partner, Harry Kurnitz, (Shadow of the Thin Man), added a part for co-star Charles Laughton’s wife, Elsa Lanchester, as well as a great deal of comedy not in the original play. It was Wilder who gave Laughton’s barrister his heart attack; the cigars hidden in his cane and the brandy hidden in his thermos for nurse Lanchester to find, which add even more twists to Christie’s brilliant ending.

Wilder and Kurnitz also wrote a flashback scene for Dietrich and top-billed Tyrone Power that showcased Dietrich’s famous legs, or at least one of them. The film was the last completed film for Power who died on the set of 1958’s Solomon and Sheba. It was also the last film for character actress Una O’Connor, the only player to repeat her Broadway role as the murdered woman’s housekeeper. The film reunites her with both Laughton and Lanchester. She was the twittering and hysterical Minnie to Lanchester’s The Bride of Frankenstein and Laughton’s shuffling maid in The Barretts of Wimpole Street and his foolish mother in This Land Is Mine.

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