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The Big Twist M. Night Shyamalan Needs: He Should Stop Writing His Own Scripts (Column)

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The Big Twist M. Night Shyamalan Needs: He Should Stop Writing His Own Scripts (Column)
Quick, name the greatest film by each of the following directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, David Lean, Robert Altman, Roman Polanski, Kathryn Bigelow, Jonathan Demme. Answers will vary, but whatever your taste, odds are that the movies you chose were not written by the director in question.

There are, of course, countless great writer-directors — Ingmar Bergman, Preston Sturges, Quentin Tarantino, you name it. So it’s not as if it has to be one way or the other. But the point of my little exercise is that the history of cinema is brimming with directors who are towering artists, who ruled and stretched and defined the medium, yet did so without ever claiming to be screenwriters. A few of them dabbled at it, at times effectively, and just about every director worth his or her salt is probably, on the set, doing some version of what amounts to rewriting. But you get the point.
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Cinematographers Share Their List of the 100 Best Shot Films of the 20th Century

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the American Society of Cinematographers has released a list of the 100 best shot films of the 20th century.

This list was released to "showcase the best of cinematography as selected by professional cinematographers.” Here's how the list was put together:

The process of cultivating the 100 films began with Asc members each submitting 10 to 25 titles that were personally inspirational or perhaps changed the way they approached their craft. “I asked them — as cinematographers, members of the Asc, artists, filmmakers and people who love film and whose lives were shaped by films — to list the films that were most influential,” Fierberg explains. A master list was then complied, and members voted on what they considered to be the most essential 100 titles.

Here's a little sizzle reel that was cut together showcasing some of the films on the list:

It's hard to argue with the Top 10 films,
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The 100 Greatest Achievements in Cinematography in the 20th Century, According to Asc

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) this year, they’ve polled their members to determine 100 milestone films in the art and craft of cinematography of the 20th century. Topping the list is David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia, shot by Freddie Young. Also in the top ten is Blade Runner (Jordan Cronenweth), The Conformist (Vittorio Storaro), Days of Heaven (Néstor Almendros), and more.

Organized by Steven Fierberg, he said “Asc members wanted to call attention to the most significant achievements of the cinematographer’s art but not refer to one achievement as ‘better’ than another. The selected films represent a range of styles, eras and visual artistry, but most importantly, it commemorates films that are inspirational or influential to Asc members and have exhibited enduring influence on generations of filmmakers.”

See the top 10 below, along with the full list.

1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Freddie Young,
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‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Tops Asc’s List of 100 20th Century Cinematography Milestones

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The American Society of Cinematographers, in celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary, has revealed its list of 100 milestone films in the art and craft of cinematography from the 20th century. The list culminates with a top 10, topped by Freddie Young’s lensing of David Lean’s Oscar-winning 1962 epic “Lawrence of Arabia.”

Jordan Cronenweth’s work on Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi standard “Blade Runner” came in at number two. Celebrated cinematographer Roger Deakins finally won an Oscar last year for the film’s sequel, “Blade Runner 2049.”

Vittorio Storaro rounded out the top three for Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam odyssey “Apocalypse Now.” He, Conrad Hall and Gordon Willis each appeared on the overall list five times, leading the pack. John Alcott, Caleb Deschanel and Haskell Wexler each lensed four.

Organized by Steven Fierberg, Asc (“The Affair”) and voted on by Asc members, the milestones list is the first of
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18 Biographical Best Picture Oscar Winners Ranked Worst to Best; Will ‘Roma,’ ‘Green Book’ or ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ join this impressive list?

18 Biographical Best Picture Oscar Winners Ranked Worst to Best; Will ‘Roma,’ ‘Green Book’ or ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ join this impressive list?
“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality.”

A landslide, indeed. Blame the advent of 24-hour cable news, the popularity of reality TV or social media, which allows anyone to invent their own version of their life for public consumption on a daily basis. But biopics have over-run awards season of late while fictional features are becoming a rarity at this time of year, save for the constant stream of comic-book adventures.

SEEPortraying a real-life person is now the way to win an Oscar

Consider that in 1939, often referred to as the greatest year for movies in Hollywood history, all 10 Best Picture candidates – including the winner, “Gone With the Wind” – were based on fictional premises. In fact, only two biopics –“The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex” starring Bette Davis and Errol Flynn and “Young Mr. Lincoln” with Henry Fonda — settled
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'Lawrence of Arabia' Tops Cinematographers' List of Milestone Films

'Lawrence of Arabia' Tops Cinematographers' List of Milestone Films
Lawrence of Arabia, David Lean's 1962 epic lensed by the late Freddie Young, has topped a list of milestone films in the art and craft of cinematography of the 20th century, as selected by members of the American Society of Cinematographers. The release of the list kicks off the commemoration of the society's Centennial, which will be celebrated throughout 2019.

Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, lensed by the late Jordan Cronenweth, and Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 war film Apocalypse Now, shot by Vittorio Storaro, round out the top three films on the list. Storaro's ...
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Google Is Hoping to Win an Oscar For Its New Animated Short

Google Is Hoping to Win an Oscar For Its New Animated Short
Oscar winner John Kahrs (“Paperman”) has made the most ambitious Vr short yet from Google Spotlight with “Age of Sail,” which has been converted for Best Animated Short consideration. The great breakthrough was believably capturing the open ocean for this adventure in the North Atlantic about an old sailor (Ian McShane) who rescues a Victorian girl (Cathy Ang). (Watch the short below.)

“It’s very much like the Grand Canyon,” said Kahrs. “You go there

and your spatial perception is astounding. And then you can show a picture and it’s not the same. The open ocean can have that high stakes drama as vast as David Lean’s ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ But all the portrayals I’ve seen of the open ocean are nothing like it. So I thought it would be cool for Vr being in the waves.”

So Kahrs studied the pioneering Vr work at Google Spotlight,
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Party Time! Wayne’S World and Wayne’S World 2 Playing This Saturday at The St. Andrews in St. Charles

“Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?”

Wayne’S World and Wayne’S World 2 are screening This Saturday, December 29th, at the St. Andrews Cinema in St. Charles, Mo. The first film starts at 7:00. Admission for both films is $5. A Facebook invite for the event can be found Here

In the tradition of The Ten Commandments, and Lawrence Of Arabia came Wayne’S World, a sweeping screen epic bursting with drama…..Not! Wayne’S World was the the hilarious, party-down movie of 1992, featuring rockin tunes, radical babes, and your most excellent hosts, Wayne Campbell (Dana Carvey) and Garth Algar (Mike Meyer). When a sleazy TV exec offers Wayne and Garth a fat contract to tape their late night cable access show at his network, the two can’t believe their fortune. But they soon discover the road from basement to big time is a gnarly one, fraught with danger,
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Event Cinema Shows Its Value With ‘Bts,’ ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’

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Event cinema is coming of age as movie theaters increasingly look to live events and one-night screenings during the Sunday-Thursday corridor.

Bts concert documentary, “Burn the Stage: The Movie,” pulled in a record-setting $18 million in 79 territories at 2,650 movie theaters in three nights for Trafalgar Releasing — including $3.6 million in the U.S.

Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” earned $2.3 million at 1,142 theaters in North America on Dec. 17 — marking the largest single night for a Fathom Events documentary. It will screen again at more than 900 locations on Dec. 27.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore, said the numbers show that 2018 is a turning point for event cinema.

“Though event cinema has been there all along, quietly and consistently drawing huge audiences while offering up great content to draw folks to the multiplex, 2018 is the year that this unsung (and oft under appreciated) hero of box office
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"Don't Look Now" 45Th Anniversary Screening, Beverly Hills, December 18

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 45th anniversary screening of Nicholas Roeg’s masterful 1973 thriller Don’t Look Now. The 110-minute film stars Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie as recently bereaved parents struggling to cope with the loss of their daughter, based upon the short story of the same name by author Daphne du Maurier and published in the 1971 story collection “Not After Midnight.”

The film will be screened on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

Please Note: At press time the film’s cinematographer, Anthony Richmond, is scheduled to participate in a Q&A following the screening. Please Check Back With The Ahrya’S Website For Updates.

From the press release:

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a tribute to director Nicolas Roeg with a screening of his eerie, atmospheric thriller, 'Don’t Look Now.' Roeg,
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Film News Roundup: Jodie Foster to Direct, Star in Remake of Icelandic Thriller

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Film News Roundup: Jodie Foster to Direct, Star in Remake of Icelandic Thriller
In today’s film news roundup, Jodie Foster is remaking Iceland’s “Woman at War,” the Art Directors Guild honors production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carre, “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” gets cast and Melissa Takal directs “New Year New You” for Hulu.

Project Announcement

Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of the thriller “Woman at War,” Iceland’s submission to the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

The Icelandic movie centers on a music teacher who’s escalating her sabotage against the local aluminum industry when she discovers that her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine. The script won the best script prize in the Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Foster plans to relocate the setting to the American West. It will be her fifth directorial gig following “Money Monster,
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Art Directors Guild Votes Production Designers Anthony Masters & Ben Carré Into Hall Of Fame

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Legendary production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carré, whose work appeared in some of the most iconic films of the 20th century, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild’s Hall of Fame at the organization’s 23rd annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.

Masters, who died in 1990, was Oscar-nominated for 2001: A Space Odyssey. His other work in a career that spanned 45 years included Lawrence of Arabia, Dune, Papillon, Tai-Pan, The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Deep. His sons, Giles and Dominic, both followed in their father’s footsteps. Giles was the art director of such films as The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Women in Gold, while Dominic was the art director of Wonder Woman and Murder on the Orient Express.

Carré, who died in 1978, is best known for his design of the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz, the sets for The Jazz Singer,
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"Once I had it all. Now I just have everything": Nicolas Roeg Remembered

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It has become a cliché to quote the age-old maxim that you should never meet your heroes. I am also of the belief that you should never write about meeting them either. But I am going to make an exception for Nicolas Roeg, who passed away aged 90 on November 26, 2018. It’s commonly accepted, and certainly in the tributes that have flowed since his death, that Roeg was a genius of the cinema. In his lifetime he was not always held in such lofty regard, as his longtime friend and producing associate Jeremy Thomas was swift to point out when he chastised the U.K. film establishment for its neglect of one of its most visionary talents. “Roeg was one of the major figures but he wasn’t supported by the British Film Industry. There is something about our culture that we don’t revere our greatest filmmakers, especially if they
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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos: Viewers Will Love ‘Roma’ on Their Phones

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos: Viewers Will Love ‘Roma’ on Their Phones
Rumors of Ted Sarandos’ feud with movie theater owners are greatly exaggerated, according to Netflix’s chief content officer.

As he told the crowd Thursday at Variety‘s annual Dealmakers breakfast at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, he can often be found at his local multiplex, redeeming tickets he bought himself.

“Who I never run into there are studio executives and directors,” Sarandos said, earning laughs from attendees including executives, lawyers and, yes, studio heads.

Sarandos was honored as Variety’s dealmaker of the year, having lured top drawer creators like Ryan Murphy, Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris to his streaming service with rich overall agreements. He sat for a wide-ranging conversation with Variety co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller, in which he pondered how odd it was that his monolithic entertainment company is no longer the wave maker in the shifting new media universe.

“I’m in a very weird spot
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Film News Roundup: ‘Wizard of Oz’ to Launch TCM Big Screen Classics in 2019

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Film News Roundup: ‘Wizard of Oz’ to Launch TCM Big Screen Classics in 2019
In today’s film news roundup, “The Wizard of Oz” leads off the 2019 TCM Big Screen Classics, “Jobe’z World” gets distribution, and Nrg and SAG-AFTRA make executive hires.

Classic Films

Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies have unveiled 14 classic films that will be shown in theaters in 2019 in the TCM Big Screen Classics series, starting with “The Wizard of Oz” on Jan. 27, 29 and 30.

The other titles are “My Fair Lady,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Ben-Hur,” “True Grit,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Field of Dreams,” “Glory,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Alien,” “The Godfather Part II” and “When Harry Met Sally.”

Fathom specializes in event movies shown for one or two nights. It’s jointly owned by the AMC, Regal and Cinemark chains. The TCM Big Series titles will usually screen on Sundays and Wednesdays.

“Every year, more and more film fans have flocked to the TCM Big Screen Classics series,
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Oscars 2019: Best Animated Short Predictions

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This year’s Oscar race for Best Animated Short is led by Pixar’s China-flavored “Bao” and a pair of DreamWorks projects that launched its new shorts program: the CG “Bilby” and the 2D “Bird Karma.”

Semi-autobiographical “Bao” explores empty nest syndrome. Chinese-Canadian story artist Domee Shi, the first female to direct a short at Pixar, tells the story of a woman who gets a second chance at motherhood when one of her hand-made dumplings come to life. Shi grew up in Toronto and the short reflects her upbringing as the only child of Chinese immigrants. (Her dumpling master mom served as consultant.) Animating the delectable Chinese meals proved the biggest challenge, but story wise, Shi delivered Pixar’s first Wtf moment when the mom eats her dumpling child to prevent it from leaving the nest.

Also from Pixar, story artist Trevor Jimenez made the semi-autobiographical, hand-drawn “Weekends” in his
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Should Movies be Watched on iPhones? Spike Lee, Ryan Coogler, and More Debate

Should Movies be Watched on iPhones? Spike Lee, Ryan Coogler, and More Debate
To watch movies on an iPhone or not watch movies on an iPhone? That is the question briefly debated by top directors Ryan Coogler, Spike Lee, and Alfonso Cuarón during this year’s Los Angeles Times director’s roundtable discussion. The subject was raised by “The Favourite” director Yorgos Lanthimos, who noted that streaming platforms like Netflix give audiences various exhibition options, the obvious “downside” being that works directed for a huge screen are often viewed on mobile devices or laptops.

Spike Lee, who may earn his first directing Oscar nomination this year for “BlacKkKlansman,” is adamantly against the practice. “I’m a professor of film [at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts], and the first day of every semester I have a list of films,” Lee said. “And I ask my students to raise your hand if you’ve seen this film. And especially David Lean films — ‘Bridge on the River Kwai,’ ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ ‘Doctor Zhivago’ — they say,
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Pixar Battles DreamWorks for the Best Animated Short Oscar

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The Oscar race for Best Animated Short offers several mainstream studio contenders, led by Pixar’s China-flavored “Bao” and a pair of DreamWorks projects that launched its new shorts program: the CG “Bilby” and the 2D “Bird Karma.”

In addition, Pixar story artist Trevor Jimenez made the semi-autobiographical, hand-drawn “Weekends” in his spare time; former Disney Oscar winner John Kahrs (“Paperman”) ventured into Vr with the Google Spotlight short, “Age of Sail”; and former Pixar animator Carlos Baena conjured the gorgeous, horror-filled “La Noria” with a contingent of online collaborators.

“Bao,” which explores empty nest syndrome, is also semi-autobiographical. It’s from story artist Domee Shi, the first female to direct a short at Pixar, who is currently developing a feature, guided by her mentor, Pete Docter, the studio’s new chief creative officer.

“Bao” is about a Chinese-Canadian woman who gets a second chance at motherhood when one of
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"Nicolas Roeg was the greatest director I ever worked with," says producer Jeremy Thomas

Thomas also suggested the UK film establishment undervalued Roeg in his lifetime.

Award-winning UK producer Jeremy Thomas has paid heartfelt tribute to Nicolas Roeg, with whom he collaborated on films including Insignificance, Bad Timing and Eureka.

Roeg died aged 90 on Saturday (November 26).

“I will miss him forever. I had a 10-year lesson from him about everything,” said Thomas, speaking from Rome this weekend. “He was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, director I worked with and he left a legacy of magnificent films.”

As well as his directorial credits Thomas cited Roeg’s work as a cinematographer on
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Director Nicolas Roeg Dead At Age 90

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Nicolas Roeg, the supremely talented British cinematographer who ultimately became an acclaimed director, has died at age 90. Roeg's unique eye for filming scenes in a creative manner gained him a reputation in the movie industry  in the 1960s. He was a second-unit photographer on David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and contributed to Lean's "Doctor Zhivago". By 1964, he was credited as Director of Photography on Roger Corman's "The Masque of the Red Death", one of the most stylishly filmed Corman horror productions. Soon, he found himself constantly in demand. Other films he photographed included "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", "Far from the Madding Crowd" and "Petulia". He also contributed to the 1967 spoof version of "Casino Royale".

Roeg next moved into the Director's chair with the bizarre and controversial 1970 crime film "Performance" that has since become a cult classic. Better received was
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