Liza Minnelli in "Cabaret"
Liza Minnelli in "Cabaret"
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Bob Fosse’s ‘Cabaret’ remains culturally and aesthetically significant 40 years later

The film opens the third annual TCM Classic Film Festival tonight

The TCM Classic Film Festival kicks off tonight with a screening of a restored version of the film that won director Bob Fosse an Academy Award: “Cabaret.” The musical was adapted from the Broadway stage production, which was itself based on John Van Druten's play "I Am a Camera" (a drama inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s book “The Berlin Stories").

As previously discussed in a piece on the strange dance that "The Godfather" engaged in with Oscar, “Cabaret” holds the record for most Academy Awards won by a film which did not win the Best Picture award. Francis Ford Coppola's spin on mafia and the American dream ultimately took the Best Picture prize for the 1972 season, but “Cabaret” won eight of the 10 awards for which it was nominated, including Best Director, Best Actress (Liza Minnelli) and Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey).

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<p>Tim Roth at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year.</p>

Tim Roth at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year.

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Tim Roth to head Un Certain Regard jury at Cannes Film Festival

Oscar-nominated actor follows in footsteps of Claire Denis and Emir Kusturica

Most regard the Un Certain Regard strand at the Cannes Film Festival as a kind of B-league to the Competition, populated with smaller films and names that aren't quite ready for primetime. In truth, however, the section's selections of late have established that there's very little to distinguish Un Certain Regard from the Competition on the grounds of quality: with major Competition alumni like Gus van Sant, Jean-Luc Godard and Bruno Dumont having accepted UCR berths in recent years, the increasing sense of the strand is one of mere spillover.

Consider this list of films to have played in Un Certain Regard over the last few years: "Dogtooth," "Blue Valentine," "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Miss Bala," "Mother," "Wendy and Lucy," "Precious," "A Scanner Darkly," "Elena," "Police, Adjective," "Father of My Children," "Tuesday After Christmas," "Heartbeats," "Oslo, 31 August" and so on. I wouldn't consider any of them second-class works, even if most of them don't come from the kind of brand-name auteurs (Haneke, Almodovar, von Trier) that are granted automatic entry into the Competition whatever the quality of their latest film. But they amount to a formidable bunch to have missed if you monitor Cannes with your eye on the Competition alone.

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<p>The TCM Prime Time host says he'd personally lean toward &quot;Cover Girl&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Funny&nbsp;Face&quot;&nbsp;for the must-sees of this year's fest.</p>

The TCM Prime Time host says he'd personally lean toward "Cover Girl" and "Funny Face" for the must-sees of this year's fest.

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Interview: Robert Osborne on the 2012 TCM classic film fest and last year's 'disappointing' Oscar season

The Turner Classics host is primed for a third year of classic cinema in Hollywood

Before Turner Classic Movies embarked on a Hollywood-set film festival aimed at presenting classic films on the big screen in 2010, film historian and TCM Prime Time host Robert Osborne tried his hand at a similar program on the east coast. He happily lent his name to the Robert Osborne Classic Film Festival in Athens, Georgia, a partnership with the University of Georgia, for six years before the economy forced the program to be shuttered.

"It told me kind of how audiences would respond to certain things, and how to present them," he says, calling from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, ground zero for this year's third annual TCM fest. "And we started out with enthusiastic audiences and to full houses. So it really showed me that there was an audience out there that would have a great time when word-of-mouth got around. More than anything it kind of convinced me that it was not something that just because people could see these movies for free at home that they wouldn't be really excited about coming from all over the world to see classic films on a big screen in Hollywood."

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<p>Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts on the set of &quot;Rust and Bone.&quot;</p>

Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts on the set of "Rust and Bone."

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A French-language glimpse of Marion Cotillard in Jacques Audiard's 'Rust and Bone'

Is the 'A Prophet' director's latest bound for Cannes?

Among the major European auteur titles being bandied about in the speculation as to the Cannes lineup, Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" is surely among the most impatiently awaited, not least because it pairs him with his biggest star lead yet: Marion Cotillard, who seems to be balancing the twin pulls of Hollywood and her home industry with impressive ease.

A black mark against the film's Cannes possibilities, however, is its French release date of May 17: the second official day of the festival, but the first of regular programming after Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" officially cuts the ribbon on proceedings the day before. Can a film premiere at Cannes the same day it opens in France? It seems unlikely -- surely it'd have to premiere locally in advance. If the film isn't festival-bound, however, expect a lot of international critics cramming into the public cinemas on the Croisette to take a look at the latest from the director of "A Prophet" and "The Beat That My Heart Skipped."

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<p>A scene from Nuri Bilge Ceylan's &quot;Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.&quot;</p>

A scene from Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia."

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Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan to receive yet another Cannes honor

'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' director to receive Golden Coach for his body of work

Nuri Bile Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," which opened Stateside in January and hit UK screens more recently, has been bringing critics to their knees since Cannes last year, but has has more of a slow-creep effect on me.

I saw it last May in unideal circumstances: the Cannes programmers, in their wisdom, had decided to press-screen this languorous 160-minute policier in a late-evening slot at the very tail-end of the festival. I stayed awake but not exactly absorbent: I was left with admiring impressions of the film's daring narrative style and staggering night-time cinematography, but almost immediately afterwards, was unable to recall a single thing that happened in it.

Returning to it recently, however, proved both rewarding and reassuring: there is something oddly evanescent about the way it reveals its mysteries, but one suspects that may be Ceylan's intent in a kind of long-night's-journey-into-day story that stretches and loops time in such a way that all incidents become less connectable the more we learn about them.

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In Contention, Academy Awards, Kodak, Dolby

The (formerly) Kodak Theater at Hollywood and Highland.

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Dolby may pick up where Kodak left off

The theatre at Hollywood & Highland has a suitor

Earlier this year we reported on the Eastman Kodak company’s plans to have its name removed from the theater at the Hollywood & Highland complex where the Academy Awards have been held since 2002 as a part of their filing for federal bankruptcy.

CIM group (the company that owns the Hollywood & Highland mall where the theater is located) has been seeking a new sponsor for the theater while simultaneously renegotiating their deal with the AMPAS. The Academy, meanwhile, has indicated that it may move the Oscarcast to another location once its lease is up in 2013. The Nokia Theater LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles (a venue which would provide double the capacity of the current theater) had indicated plans to bid for the show, but most have assumed the Academy wasn't likely to pick up stakes.

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<p>A scene from 1958's &quot;A&nbsp;Night to&nbsp;Remember,&quot;&nbsp;screening a day shy of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking</p>

A scene from 1958's "A Night to Remember," screening a day shy of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking

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TCM's third annual classic film fest is almost ready for its close-up

A grab bag of classic cinema and a wealth of restoration screenings mark the event's junior year

The third annual TCM Classic Film Festival kicks off Thursday and as I'm slowly slipping back into the saddle this month, I'll be hoping to attend this and that over the swift four-day event.

As I look over the schedule, I'm actually pretty impressed at the number of anniversary restoration screenings. The fest kicks off with one of them, in fact, a 40th anniversary showcase of Bob Fosse's "Cabaret." There's also "Two for the Road" (45th anniversary), "Grand Illusion" (75th), "The Longest Day" (50th)...

...yep, there's more: "Fall Guy" (65th), "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (75th), "Casablanca" (70th), "Dr. No" (50th), "Singin' in the Rain" (60th), "Moonstruck" (25th), "Call Her Savage" (80th) and perhaps the centerpiece of the week, a restoration of "A Night to Remember" a day short of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

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<p>Mike Wallace was one of the original correspondents for CBS's &quot;60 Minutes,&quot; which debuted in 1968.</p>

Mike Wallace was one of the original correspondents for CBS's "60 Minutes," which debuted in 1968.

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Mike Wallace's great moment of pause was immortalized forever in 'The Insider'

How will he be remembered? Christopher Plummer and Eric Roth on the icon.

The news has landed that legendary "60 Minutes" newsman Mike Wallace has passed away at the age of 93. It was reported by "CBS Sunday Morning" earlier today.

Wallace was of course a titan of his industry, a familiar face on the weekly CBS news show as warm and welcome on the television every Sunday as the nightly showcases of Peter Jennings, Dan Rather and Ted Koppel in their times. The highlights of his career are milestones of the news world: the Ayatollah Khomeini, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Iran-Contra and, of course, Big Tobacco.

Which yields an unavoidable question, one Wallace the character posed in Michael Mann's 1999 film "The Insider": "I'm not talking celebrity, vanity, CBS. I'm talking about when you're nearer the end of your life than the beginning. Now, what do you think you think about then? The future? In the future I'm going to do this? Become that? What future? No. What you think is, 'How will I be regarded in the end? After I'm gone.'"

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<p>A scene from &quot;It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.&quot;</p>

A scene from "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown."

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Cinejabber: Happy Easter, everyone

Open thread. The floor is yours.

Apologies for going quiet on you like that -- my March flu has returned with reinforcements, and I've been too groggy to get much of anything done. The Easter weekend couldn't be more sympathetically timed.

Anyway, welcome back to Cinejabber, your weekend space to bandy about any random movie-related thoughts you may have on your mind.

Any of you planning to go to the movies over the holiday, or are you nesting at home with chocolate eggs and DVDs? With "Titanic 3D" casting its shadow over the multiplexes, the week's new wide releases don't look too tempting -- though if you live in New York or LA, I urge you to hurry off to "Damsels in Distress," which beguiled me in Venice, wound up on my 2011 Top 10, and stands comfortably as my favorite comedy of the last couple of years. 

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<p>Armie Hammer, Lily Collins and the cast of &quot;Mirror Mirror&quot; in Eiko Ishioka's animal-inspired finery.</p>

Armie Hammer, Lily Collins and the cast of "Mirror Mirror" in Eiko Ishioka's animal-inspired finery.

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Costume designer Eiko Ishioka's fantastic farewell in 'Mirror Mirror'

Is a posthumous Oscar on the cards?

I realize that this is my third post in the space of a week to mention the staggering wardrobe created by the late Eiko Ishioka for "Mirror Mirror." But since a posthumous Best Costume Design Oscar for the Japanese visionary -- a word diluted by overuse that fully applies here -- who passed away in January after battling pancreatic cancer, is going to remain near the top of my wishlist for the next awards season, you may as well get used to it. Certain feats of genius demand appropriate respect, and with so many shiny (and shinily dressed) objects still to arrive and distract viewers in the next nine months, one may as well hammer the message home early.   

Accents, details and color flashes of Ishioka's "Mirror Mirror" designs still drift into my head two weeks after seeing the film: the saturated cobalt tone of Snow White's fighting gear, or the absurd detailing on the ship-shaped hats worn by Julia Roberts' literal court pawns. Not many films invite a rewatch just to drink in background garments one might have missed; here's one.

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