BUTTERFLY MCQUEEN
Her roles were largely stereotypical, yet her charm and goofiness made her memorable. Here’s a look at her work beyond Gone With the Wind.

DESIGN IN FILM: THE MODERN HOUSEAn eight-minute video montage of modern homes—real and fake—as seen on the silver screen.

KEYE LUKE
An examination of the lengthy career of the Chinese-American character actor, from Charlie Chan to Woody Allen.

70MMThirty visually stunning films that illustrate the grandeur of large-format filmmaking.

CHILL WILLS
Our look at the Texas actor’s 43-year film career, including an ill-advised Oscar campaign. 

MARGARET HAMILTON
A look at the professional life of an actress who proved to be much more than just the Wicked Witch of the West.

NEBRASKANSA look at some of the memorable talentsfrom Astaire to Zanuck—to come from the Cornhusker State.

BEHIND THE SCENES
Twenty-five cool photos reveal what goes on outside of movie camera range.

SILENT SURVIVORS
Our list of at least a dozen silent film performers that are happily still with us.

12 GREAT MOVIE SONGSElvis, The Beatles and The Supremes join our list of favorite movie themes of the 1960s.

WILHELM SCREAMWe trace the history of one of the most famous and beloved sound effects in movies.

LOST HORIZONA dud receives its due as we explore the elements that made this 1973 musical so preposterously memorable.

GREAT CLOSING LINES
One hundred films whose final words of dialogue make indelible lasting impressions.

25 GREAT SILENT MOVIE POSTERSOur selection of artwork from the early days of motion pictures that expertly illustrate the tone and tale of the films they represent.

RAVES AND RASPBERRIES We select some choice bits from reviews by the late Roger Ebert.

ERROL FLYNN GETS WHACKEDThe actor recalls an unforgettable moment with Bette Davis on the set of The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.

CINEMATIC RIDESTen films where carnival attractions add to the plot and give their protagonists a cheap thrill.

REEFER TRILOGY
Three overwrought cautionary tales from the 1930s examine the perils of smoking marijuana in polite society.

20 DIRECTORS / 20 FILMSSome of the world’s best moviemakers from Hollywood’s Golden Era provide a behind-the-scenes look at their creations.

LOS ANGELES IN THE 1920SVintage clips offer a look at famous boulevards, studios, theaters, eateries and more.

BILLY WILDEROur favorite lines of dialogue from the Oscar-winning writer/director.

WOODY ALLENChoice lines of dialogue, from Take the Money and Run to Midnight in Paris.

KATHARINE HEPBURNTen authoritative moments when Kate's movie character speaks her mind.

UFA MOVIE POSTERSA look at the early one sheets from the longest standing film studio in Germany.

THE LANGUAGE OF NOIRWe celebrate tough talk from the best of Hollywood’s gritty crime dramas.

HELICOPTER OVER HOLLYWOOD

Aerial shots of Hollywood in 1958 includes Griffith Observatory, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and major studios.

AMERICAWe celebrate one of the most exuberant dance numbers committed to film, a thrilling showcase for freakishly talented folks with music in their bones.

HOLLYWOOD POSTCARDSTen vintage postcards revealing the glories of Southern California's movie mecca.

MAJOR FILMS, MINOR GAFFESTwenty-five mistakes in some of the greatest movies ever made.

GEORGE GERSHWINTen classic songs as seen on the silver screen.

GREAT ENDINGSA memorable tussle in Death Valley caps Erich von Stroheim’s broken classic.

10 GREAT POSTERSOur look at striking works of art that just happen to sell movie tickets.

MUST READMGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot provides a fascinating look at a lost treasure.

IN THE COOL, COOL, COOL OF THE EVENINGJane Wyman and Bing Crosby charm with the Oscar-winning song from Here Comes the Groom (1951).

PLUNDER ROADFilm noir at its best—and most economical. No backstory, a lean look and just 72 minutes long.

W.C. FIELDSTen of his most memorable character names.

OUTER SPACE HORROR
Aliens and mutants take center stage in twenty-five spectacular movie posters from the 1950s.

INGMAR BERGMAN
Our list of ten must-see films—ten artful depictions of the human condition—by one of the world’s most influential directors.

10 DIRECTORS / 10 FILMS 
Accomplished directors from the past 50 years talk about their triumphs and challenges in bringing a story to the big screen.

JACK CARSON
We single out five films that display the talent and range of the Warner Bros. character actor.

AL HIRSCHFELDWe select our ten favorite movie posters by the famed caricaturist.

BILLIE BURKE
Five films that best represent the fluttery voiced character actress’s charms.

DIAMOND SETTINGSWe take a look at five of our favorite baseball movies of the ‘40s and ‘50s.

BESTSELLERS

A dozen books that became publishing phenomena and, at times, well-made and popular films.


SCREEN TESTSAudition footage from Monroe, Dean, Brando and others.

MOVIE MOMENTS THAT MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVINGOur collection of ten little moments of breathtaking beauty, expert craftsmanship and happy accidents that rank as our favorites.

EDNA MAY OLIVER
A tribute to a character actress who’s made aunts and spinsters her specialty.

STARS ON STARS: 30 CANDID OPINIONSA collection of favorite quotes from movie folk discussing their peers.

CEDRIC GIBBONS
We take a good look at the work of MGM’s legendary art director.

JOHN QUALENFive of our favorite performances from the character actor’s lengthy career.

NOT STARRING DORIS DAY
We select three movie musicals we deeply wish the sunny singer/actress would have made.

MICKEY ROONEY’S BEST
Twelve examples of what made the late actor such an enduring movie star.

PUBLICITY PHOTOS
Ten artful, playful and downright silly shots from some of the most famous movies in existence.

JEFFREY HUNTERWe tip our hat to the underrated (and very pretty) actor best known for going toe-to-toe with John Wayne in The Searchers and hanging on the cross in Nicholas Ray’s King of Kings.

ELVIS PRESLEYFive essential films for the Elvis movie fan.

SPRING SPRING SPRING”
We take a closer look and listen at Johnny Mercer’s witty ditty about the coming of the season.

BILL GOLD’S MOVIE POSTERSOur salute to the legendary graphic artist, including 25 of his posters for some of the most famous movies ever made.

BEAUTIFUL MENFilm giants Cary Grant and his ilk will have to wait. Here we look at ten not-so-obvious choices—actors blessed with incredible good looks, if not legendary status.

BEAUTIFUL WOMENTen of the most physically stunning females to grace the silver screen.

FOOTBALLFive classic films where gridiron shenanigans drive the plot. 

THE 43 FACES OF JOHNNY DEPPWe review the wide variety of characters the actor has played, from early teenager roles to larger-than-life eccentrics.

FRED ASTAIREFive lively numbers from the peerless hoofer.

THE ROAD TO HELEN LAWSONJudy Garland, Susan Hayward and the bumpy road Valley of the Dolls producers experienced in casting an important role in a truly lousy film.

 AMERICAN LANDMARKS ON FILM From the Empire State Building to the Golden Gate Bridge, we take a look at ten famous sights that added drama to the movies.

THE GIRL HUNT BALLETWe revisit the stylish Fred Astaire dream ballet from The Band Wagon (1953).

IOWA FILMS & STARSTen contributions the Hawkeye State has made to motion picture history.

FOX THEATEROur fond look back at one of San Francisco’s grandest movie palaces.

AUTOBIOGRAPHIESTen great titles penned by industry legends.

THE BAND WAGONNanette Fabray recalls a glaring mistake in the 1953 classic musical.

TRIGGERWe celebrate the life and somewhat creepy afterlife of Roy Rogers's favorite mount.

CHARACTERS: AGNES GOOCHPeggy Cass's memorable turn as a plain Jane coaxed into living a little in Auntie Mame (1958).

DESIGNS ON FILMA handsome volume by author and designer Cathy Whitlock chronicles the history of Hollywood set design.

REBECCAFive screen tests for Hitchock’s 1940 classic, with comments by David O. Selznick.

CHARACTERS: BABY ROSALIEIn a daffy send-up of Shirley Temple, June Preisser plays an aging child star in MGM's let's-put-on-a-show musical, Babes in Arms (1939).

PRESTON STURGESSnippets of dialogue from six of the writer/director’s best films.

ANSELMO BALLESTEROur gallery of ten striking one sheets from the Italian poster artist.

GREAT MOVIESCelebrating the cool jazz short, Jammin’ the Blues (1944).

BETTY HUTTONTwelve films that exemplify the charms of this freakishly energetic performer.

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZSmart dialogue from the Oscar-winning screenwriter.

DESERT NOIROur report from this year’s Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs.

RED DREAM FACTORYWe profile eight films from a unique Russian-German film studio of the twenties and thirties.


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Tuesday
Jan082013

Directors Guild of America Nominations

The DGA today announced their 2012 nominees for directorial achievement in feature film. Four are former winners; only Ben Affleck is a first-time nominee. Here they are:

Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper, Les Misérables
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Monday
Dec102012

New York Film Critics Online Awards

Receiving major praise for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild is nine-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis, who was recognized by Gotham’s online critics for her breakthrough performance. The full list:

Picture
Zero Dark Thirty

Director
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Actress
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Supporting Actor
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Ensemble Cast
Argo

Animated Film
Chico and Rita

Foreign Language Film
Amour

Documentary
The Central Park Five

Screenplay
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Cinematography
Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi

Use of Music
Django Unchained

Debut Director
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Breakthrough Performance
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Monday
Dec102012

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie was among the winners of the Boston film critics prizes, with Zero Dark Thirty continuing its reign as 2012's most-honored movie. Here’s the complete list.

Film
Zero Dark Thirty

Director
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Actress
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Supporting Actor
Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Supporting Actress
Sally Field, Lincoln

Ensemble Cast
Seven Psychopaths

Animated Film
Frankenweenie

Documentary
How to Survive a Plague

Foreign Language Film
Amour

Screenplay
Tony Kushner, Lincoln

Cinematography
Mihai Malaimare, Jr., The Master

Editing
William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor, Zero Dark Thirty

Use of Music in a Film
Moonrise Kingdom

New Filmmaker
David France, How to Survive a Plague

Monday
Dec102012

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

Amour gets some love from L.A.’s critics, who bucked a few trends in their choices for the major awards. Here are the results.

Picture
Amour

Runner-up: The Master

Director
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Actor
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Runner-up: Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook and Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Supporting Actor
Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner-up: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Runner-up: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables and The Dark Knight Rises

Animated Film
Frankenweenie

Runner-up: It’s Such a Beautiful Day

Foreign Language Film
Holy Motors

Runner-up: Footnote

Documentary
The Gatekeepers

Runner-up: Searching for Sugar Man

Screenplay
Chris Terrio, Argo
Runner-up: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Cinematography
Roger Deakins, Skyfall
Runner-up: Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master

Editing
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty
Runner-up: William Goldenberg, Argo

Music Score
Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner-up: Jonny Greenwood, The Master

Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award
Leviathan

New Generation Award
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Wednesday
Dec052012

National Board of Review Awards

The latest group to honor 2012’s crop of theatrical releases gave momentum to Kathryn Bigelow’s tough action film Zero Dark Thirty, naming it, its director and its female star the year’s best. Here’s the complete list of those recognized.

Best Film
Zero Dark Thirty

Top 10 Films
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained
Les Miserables

Lincoln
Looper

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Promised Land

Silver Linings Playbook

Director
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Actor
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Actress
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Supporting Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained

Supporting Actress
Ann Dowd, Compliance

Original Screenplay
Rian Johnson, Looper

Adapted Screenplay
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Animated Feature
Wreck-It Ralph

Special Achievement in Filmmaking
Ben Affleck, Argo

Breakthrough Actor
Tom Holland, The Impossible

Breakthrough Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis,  Beasts of the Southern Wild

Directorial Debut
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Foreign Language Film
Amour

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
Barbara

The Intouchables

The Kid With a Bike

No

War Witch

Documentary
Searching For Sugarman

Top 5 Documentaries
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Detropia

The Gatekeepers

The Invisible War

Only the Young

William K. Everson Film History Award
50 Years of Bond Films

Ensemble
Les Miserables

Spotlight Award
John Goodman (Argo, Flight, Paranorman, Trouble With the Curve)

NBR Freedom of Expression Award
Central Park Five

NBR Freedom of Expression Award
Promised Land

Top 10 Independent Films
Arbitrage

Bernie

Compliance

End of Watch

Hello I Must Be Going
Little Birds

Moonrise Kingdom

On the Road

Quartet

Sleepwalk With Me