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    The Morning Read: Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse' will be joined by Jack Black's 'Robot Uprising'

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Oct 25, 2010

    Plus the creepiest celebrity soundalike of all time
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    This police drama focuses on four police officers and their work both in the field and at home.
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    Film Nerd 2.0: When kids ask hard questions about history, does Hollywood help or hurt?

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Apr 29, 2016

    'Schindler's List' and 'Dances With Wolves' led to very interesting weekends
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    Roundup: Is Oscar ready for a 3D Best Picture?

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Feb 24, 2014

    Also: On the origins of the Oscars, and was 2013 such a banner year for cinema?
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    The Matrix Blu-ray

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009

    The Wachowski Brothers spin a tale of a world controlled by artificial intelligence
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    Cannes Review: Robin Wright gets animated in messy, sometimes mesmerizing 'The Congress'

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013

    Ari Folman's 'Waltz With Bashir' follow-up opens Directors' Fortnight at Cannes
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    Round-up: Anticipating Oscar voters' passion play

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Jan 6, 2012

    Also: Defending 'The Artist' and delaying 'Wettest County'
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    From Coppola to the Coens: 40 years of Telluride tributes

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013

    This year's quintet joins an illustrious list of honorees
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    Poseidon - Blu-ray Disc

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    Survivors trapped on a over-turned luxury cruise liner band together and try to survive until morning

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009

    Includes:Gone With the Wind (1939), MPAA Rating: G The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1989) Gone With the Wind Gone With the Wind boils down to a story about a spoiled Southern girl's hopeless love for a married man. Producer David O. Selznick managed to expand this concept, and Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel, into nearly four hours' worth of screen time, on a then-astronomical 3.7-million-dollar budget, creating what would become one of the most beloved movies of all time. Gone With the Wind opens in April of 1861, at the palatial Southern estate of Tara, where Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) hears that her casual beau Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) plans to marry "mealy mouthed" Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland). Despite warnings from her father (Thomas Mitchell) and her faithful servant Mammy (Hattie McDaniel), Scarlett intends to throw herself at Ashley at an upcoming barbecue at Twelve Oaks. Alone with Ashley, she goes into a fit of histrionics, all of which is witnessed by roguish Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), the black sheep of a wealthy Charleston family, who is instantly fascinated by the feisty, thoroughly self-centered Scarlett: "We're bad lots, both of us." The movie's famous action continues from the burning of Atlanta (actually the destruction of a huge wall left over from King Kong) through the now-classic closing line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Holding its own against stiff competition (many consider 1939 to be the greatest year of the classical Hollywood studios), Gone With the Wind won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar). The film grossed nearly 192 million dollars, assuring that, just as he predicted, Selznick's epitaph would be "The Man Who Made Gone With the Wind." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind This made-for-cable documentary traces the filming of the imperishable classic Gone with the Wind, from its inception to its triumphant Atlanta premiere in December of 1939. Filmmaker David Hinton interviews as many survivors of the experience as he's able to round up, but the main attraction of this film is its precious "test" clips. We watch a montage of screen tests of the many actresses considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara, ranging from such front-runners as Paulette Goddard to such not-a-chancers as Lana Turner. The Goddard footage is particularly enjoyable as we watch her eagerly reciting the lines of all the characters as she auditions for Scarlett. The documentary also turns up several tantalizing bits of trivia, notably the fact that the film was shown to a preview audience with an entirely different musical score (portions of which are played on the soundtrack). There is, of course, very little suspense involved in Making of a Legend, but even those who've heard all the Gone With the Wind factoids from other sources will watch in fascination as the saga unfolds. This documentary was produced by David Selznick's sons, and written by iconoclastic movie historian David Thomson. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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