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William Goldman, author of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” dead at 87

The Hollywood screenwriter William Goldman has died at 87 this past Friday. He’d earned two Academy Awards in the 70s, after penning such films as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid (1969) and “All the president’s men” (1976). Goldman is best-known for the impact his pen had on the New Hollywood genre of the seventies. He wrote the dialogues for “Marathon Man” (also in 1976), a paranoid ... more >

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“The Guilty,” from Denmark, goes to the Oscars

Stark and measured police procedural has a good shot at a win
Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage and Omar Shargawi
Directed by Gustav Möller

The no-frills “The Guilty” (“Den Skyldige” in the original Danish) is Denmark’s gathering storm movie. This film was selected as that country’s entry for the Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards, as was announced this week. In “Guilty” police officer Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a woman who’s been kidnapped. As the details of the crime emerge, becoming ... more >

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“Sherlock Holmes,” the franchise is gathering momentum with numero tres in the works

From "dead in the water" to "doing quite well, thank you very much"

For a while everyone thought that that the adventures of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in “Sherlock Holmes and John Watson” were going to remain without a sequel, ever since the release of the second opus, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Box office receipts were slightly higher than those of the previous film (545M v. 524), the third in the franchise was announced very hastily, and then, ... more >

At D.C. “Fahrenheit 11/9” screening Michael Moore warns to take Trump seriously, and to get out the vote

A provocative and comedic look at the times we live in
Release date: September 21, 2018
From Briarcliff Films

WASHINGTON, D.C. | Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore attended the Washington premiere of his latest film, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Monday evening, but a few miles from where the subject—and object of ridicule—of his film, President Donald Trump, resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The new film, which draws parallels between the rise of the Third Reich in 1930s Germany and Trump’s bullying style of ... more >

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VIDEO: Jamie Foxx interviews Benicio Del Toro

Locker room-style banter and war stories make up this video interview of Benicio del Toro by Jamie Foxx that went up online recently. In it Del Toro tells Foxx how he quit college to move to New York and pursue a career in acting, only to then end up in Los Angeles and get a scholarship to attend Stella Adler. Del Toro was influenced by "Animal House" and, unsurprisingly, cites "The Usual ... more >

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TONIGHT IN WASHINGTON: “Jaws” to be shown at Wolf Trap while the National Symphony Orchestra plays score live

Conductor Emil de Cou discusses the score of the greatest fish story ever told

One of soundtrack composer John Williams’s great masterstrokes with the Steven Spielberg-directed “Jaws” (1975) was crafting a musical theme with just two notes, E and F. Recognizable the world over, that half-step interval instantly causes tension knowing that the monster great white shark is nearby. In fact, it’s arguably the first thoroughly-modern score, said Emil de Cou, who will conduct ... more >

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One day after release of his latest film, Claude Lanzmann, resilient Holocaust author and filmmaker, dies at 92

"The Patagonian hare," "Shoah," "Tsahal," "Lights and shadows," "The last of the unjust." Claude Lanzmann was France's Holocaust orator, a vital testifier to the horrors and to the exceptionality of humanity's most talked-about tragedy. He died in Paris today. Lanzmann was born in Paris to a Jewish family that had immigrated to France from Eastern Europe. His family went into hiding during ... more >