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Rushes. Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola Reunite, "High Life" Trailer, 1999

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSSofia Coppola is reuniting with her Lost in Translation star Bill Murray for a new film entitled On the Rocks, co-starring Rashida Jones.A remarkable online database cohering women film editors significant contributions to cinema has been launched. Women Film Editors is an essential addition to the online film world.Recommended VIEWINGA24's trailer for the U.S. release of Claire Denis' High Life is here and it does not disappoint. You can find our take on this dark sci-fi here.The late Hu Bo's magnificent An Elephant Sitting Still gets a beautiful, elegiac U.S. trailer in the event of an upcoming run at Film Society of Lincoln Center. On the other end of cinema's spectrum, here's the trailer for Dan Gilroy's Velvet Buzzsaw, starring a manic Jake Gyllenhaal as a exploitative art dealer.
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The Oscars and the Golden Globes agree to disagree over the past 75 years

Are “Green Room” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” Best Picture Oscar favorites because they won the Golden Globes’ top prizes? Maybe.

Or maybe not.

Though the Globes have been considered a leading bellwether for the Academy Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have agreed to disagree numerous times in major categories over the past 75 years.

In fact, the very first Golden Globes ceremony selected the religious drama “The Song of Bernadette” as the best film of 1943, while the Oscar for best picture went to the beloved “Casablanca.”

Even last year, Guillermo del Toro’s romantic fantasy “The Shape of Water” won four Oscars including best film and director. But the Globes chose “Lady Bird” for best picture musical or comedy and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won best drama. Del Toro did win the Globe for director.

Checking out Golden Globes best drama winners for the past decade,
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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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‘Transit’ Trailer: Christian Petzold Returns With Another Complex and Kafkaesque Story About Identity

‘Transit’ Trailer: Christian Petzold Returns With Another Complex and Kafkaesque Story About Identity
Despite often trafficking in dark themes in his films — his last three films all center around seemingly normal people whose lives are ravaged by corrupt and often evil governments — filmmaker Christian Petzold’s real skill is couching seemingly understandable stories and emotions in thrillingly complex narratives. There are always secrets at the heart of his films, but they are beguiling and unique twists, never shoved into stories for the hell of it, always essential to the entire experience he’s attempting to give to his audience.

A Petzold feature is best enjoyed with the minimum of existing information, which makes the first trailer for his “Transit” such a joy. While “Transit” is based on Anna Seghers’ novel of the same name, knowing what happens in that book — written in 1944, set in 1942 — doesn’t dilute the imaginative power of the film, which Petzold pulls out of time to be, well, timely
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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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Humphrey Bogart movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Casablanca,’ ‘Maltese Falcon,’ ‘African Queen’

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Humphrey Bogart movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Casablanca,’ ‘Maltese Falcon,’ ‘African Queen’
Here’s looking at you, Humphrey Bogart. The Oscar-winning leading man would’ve celebrated his 119th birthday on December 25, 2018. Best known for playing a tough guy with a heart of gold, Bogart made dozens of films before his untimely death in 1957. But how many of those titles are classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Though it may sound like a bit of Hollywood lore, Bogart was indeed born on Christmas Day, 1899, in New York City. After a short stint in the Navy, he started acting onstage and in films, mostly in bit parts as gangsters who met the wrong end of a bullet.

SEEOscar Best Actor Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

His big breakthrough came with the Broadway hit “The Petrified Forest,” in which he played a violent bank robber holed up at
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Humphrey Bogart movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Humphrey Bogart movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best
Here’s looking at you, Humphrey Bogart. The Oscar-winning leading man would’ve celebrated his 119th birthday on December 25, 2018. Best known for playing a tough guy with a heart of gold, Bogart made dozens of films before his untimely death in 1957. But how many of those titles are classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Though it may sound like a bit of Hollywood lore, Bogart was indeed born on Christmas Day, 1899, in New York City. After a short stint in the Navy, he started acting onstage and in films, mostly in bit parts as gangsters who met the wrong end of a bullet.

His big breakthrough came with the Broadway hit “The Petrified Forest,” in which he played a violent bank robber holed up at an isolated diner with a hobo and a waitress. When
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‘Cold War’ Film Review: Romance in Postwar Europe Is Ravishing and Haunted

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‘Cold War’ Film Review: Romance in Postwar Europe Is Ravishing and Haunted
Four years after his film “Ida” won the foreign-language Oscar, Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski has returned to the look of that film and to the unsettled arena of Europe in the decades after World War II. “Cold War,” which had its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, shares some strengths with its predecessor, but this is a movie of the flesh, not the spirit.

In the director’s last film, a young woman on the verge of becoming a nun travels through a sparse countryside still haunted by the ghosts of World War II. “Ida” is an austere film, but one that plumbed the depths of postwar guilt and tragedy and made its characters fight for their faith.

This time around, his characters move in a landscape that was formed by the war: a divided Europe, with Poland under the sway of Stalin’s Soviet Union and suspicious of Western influences.
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‘Cold War’ Cinematographer Lukasz Zal Brings High-Contrast Black And White To Emotionally Volatile Love Story

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‘Cold War’ Cinematographer Lukasz Zal Brings High-Contrast Black And White To Emotionally Volatile Love Story
On Cold War, which marked his second collaboration with Pawel Pawlikowski, cinematographer Lukasz Zal built on his rapport with the Polish director to find an exciting new way of working. In his first-go round with the director, on 2013’s Ida, Zal earned his first Oscar nomination, which resulted from a strange twist of fate. Hired as a camera operator on that lush period piece, Zal came to a major career moment when Pawlikowski’s regular collaborator, Ryszard Lenczewski, fell ill, and he was asked to step in. While Zal didn’t have the benefit of prep time on Ida, he did find it with Cold War. Attached to lens the film from the get-go, Zal could then tackle the film with confidence, with time to define a new cinematic language. “I completely fell in love with the story, and it was also personal for me,” the cinematographer says, “A really
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Nabil Ayouch Discusses Latest Movie Project ‘Positive School’

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Nabil Ayouch Discusses Latest Movie Project ‘Positive School’
Moroccan-French writer-director Nabil Ayouch, whose last film “Razzia” was Morocco’s entry for the foreign-language film Oscar, is completing principal photography on “Positive School.” He spoke to Variety about the project.

“Positive School” is a realistic drama set in the cultural center he set up in Casablanca’s Sidi Moumen neighborhood, a poor suburb that became infamous in 2003 due to a terrorist attack perpetrated by locals. Ayouch has been prepping the film for a year and a half, working with non-professional actors attending the center.

The film is shot in a documentary style, and is centered on former hip-hop singer Anas, who begins to teach music, dance and creative writing at the center, and inspires his students to question stereotypes about Morocco and themselves. Ayouch describes the film as a mix between “Fame” and Laurent Cantet’s “Entre les Murs” (The Class).

The helmer grew up in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles,
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Wizard of Oz Beats Star Wars to Be Named Most Influential Movie of All Time — See the Full List!

The most influential movie has officially been named.

Researchers at the University of Turin in Italy have given the title to Wizard of Oz after studying more than 47,000 movies, according to Yahoo! The movie was crowned the winner after findings showed it had the most references made to it in other movies, and the most spin-offs.

According to the study, Oz beat Star Wars and Psycho, which came in second and third, as well as fourth and fifth place finishers King Kong and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“We propose an alternative method to box office takings, which are affected by
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Moviegoers Will Have a White Christmas in Theaters December 9th and 12th

Watching the festive, heartwarming classic White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, is a holiday-season tradition for many families. This year, moviegoers of all ages can experience the fun and joy of White Christmason the big screen when it plays nationwide for two days only on Sunday, December 9, and Wednesday, December 12, featuring brand-new commentary before and after the film by TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz.

White Christmas is the final film in the 2018 TCM Big Screen Classics series from Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). The 2019 lineup for the popular series will be unveiled soon.

White Christmas features unforgettable music by Irving Berlin, including, of course, the beloved title song, as well as “Sisters,” “Snow” and “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep.” Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca), White Christmas stars Crosby and Kaye as army buddies who set out to save the inn run by
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Ellen Page to Perform in a Live Reading of Casablanca to Benefit Astraea Lesbian Foundation

Ellen Page to Perform in a Live Reading of Casablanca to Benefit Astraea Lesbian Foundation
Ellen Page is revisiting an iconic script for a good cause.

The Flatliners actress, 31, is lending her talents to a live reading of Casablanca alongside director Jason Reitman at the Los Angeles’ Ace Theatre to raise money for the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

The foundation aims to “raise and distribute funds to programs and initiatives led by and for diverse constituencies, prioritizing groups led by lesbians and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming people, intersex people, and people of color,” according to its website.

“I’m so grateful to collaborate with my friend Jason Reitman for an important cause
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With One Line, William Goldman Taught Hollywood Everything It Needed to Know

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With One Line, William Goldman Taught Hollywood Everything It Needed to Know
William Goldman, the Oscar-winning writer of screenplays for “All the President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” who died on Friday, coined the best line in the history of Hollywood, and it wasn’t even for one of his movies.

“Nobody knows anything.”

If you work in this business — and Goldman was clear-eyed about the fact that the film industry is an industry first, where art and ideas must serve the bottom line, or perish — it’s worth getting those three words tattooed on your forearm. Or cross-stitched onto a throw pillow for your agent’s couch.

They serve as a reminder to every writer in town to stand by your ideas, because you can never predict what will be a hit — “not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what’s going to work” — and every time you compromise your vision
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Joanna Kulig (‘Cold War’) on embodying the ‘destructive personality’ of a singer in a tumultuous love affair [Exclusive Video Interview]

Joanna Kulig (‘Cold War’) on embodying the ‘destructive personality’ of a singer in a tumultuous love affair [Exclusive Video Interview]
Joanna Kulig knew from reading director Pawel Pawlikowski‘s script that the role of Zula offered her an “opportunity” to show off a wide range. “I dance, I sing and I act,” she explains about portraying a woman with a “destructive personality” from the age of 18 to 33. She describes the character as a “wounded bird,” a woman who is “sensitive, and at the same time wild.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Kulig above.

See 2019 Oscars: Foreign-language film entries from A (Afghanistan) to Y (Yemen)

Set during the Cold War in 1950s Europe, this Amazon Studios release centers on a tempestuous romance between a middle-aged conductor (Tomasz Kot) and a young soloist (Kulig), who are temperamentally and politically mismatched. Their affair spans 15 years and traverses Poland, Germany, Yugoslavia, and France. The film is the official Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, a prize that was previously won by Pawlikowski’s last film,
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FilmStruck Fading To Black In Latest WarnerMedia Digital Shutdown

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FilmStruck Fading To Black In Latest WarnerMedia Digital Shutdown
WarnerMedia said Friday it is shuttering FilmStruck, its subscription streaming service that offers indie movies and prestige titles that are part of the Criterion Collection.

The AT&T entertainment content arm, which has made similar movies with its Korean movie VOD service DramaFever and SuperDeluxe, informed users who logged onto FilmStruck’s website that it was accepting no more subs as of today. It will go dark for good on November 29.

The shuffling of the streaming deck comes as WarnerMedia moves forward with ambitious plans for a new, direct-to-consumer streaming service launching by the end of 2019. That new platform will feature a range of programming from the media company’s broad collection of films, TV shows, animation and library. The as-yet-unnamed offering, announced two weeks ago, will have HBO as its foundation and will augment other streaming services like HBO Now. Other niche streaming services under WarnerMedia’s Warner Bros./Turner
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Why ‘A Star Is Born’ Speaks to Our Time

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Why ‘A Star Is Born’ Speaks to Our Time
“A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper’s justly celebrated remake of the venerable Hollywood romantic fable, starring Cooper as the bad-ol’-boy rock ‘n’ roller Jackson Maine and Lady Gaga as Ally, the ingenuous singer-songwriter he falls for and helps to elevate to pop stardom, is a movie that’s tingly and transporting in all the ways you want it to be.

In a year that’s already shaping up to be as competitive among lead actors as any I can recall, Cooper, as the rock legend who’s a secret wreck, digs deeper than any actor I’ve seen in any movie this year. He inhabits the role with a sunburnt, gin-soaked authenticity that’s uncanny, but his performance has layers — it keeps taking the measure of what makes Jackson tick. And Lady Gaga is a revelation. She’s at ease on screen in the way that a pop
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‘Love, Simon’: The best gay couple in movie history?

‘Love, Simon’: The best gay couple in movie history?
There have been plenty of iconic heterosexual couples in movies: from Jack and Rose in “Titanic” and Baby and Johnny in “Dirty Dancing” all the way back to Ilsa and Rick in “Casablanca” and Rhett and Scarlett in “Gone with the Wind.” And there are also loads of homosexual cou- oh, wait, no, that’s not right.

But at the least the few gay duos that have broken through are genuinely adored couples. And each year, we get a new one, so there’s hope on that front. This year’s addition to the slim list comes from “Love, Simon” with Simon (Nick Robinson) and his e-mail lover Blue.

But where do they rank amongst the other gay couples of film history? Choose your favorite couple in the poll below! And if your personal pick isn’t on the list, let us know in the comments section.

Discuss Join the
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Madeline Kahn movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Blazing Saddles’

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Madeline Kahn movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Blazing Saddles’
We lost Madeline Kahn, a farceur extraordinaire, far too soon. And her list of film appearances, especially ones that fully showcase her unique comedic talents, is tragically short. But thank goodness for that marvelously mad Mel Brooks for letting her loose in a quartet of some of the most gut-bustingly funny female performances in cinematic history.

Kahn, who passed away at age 57 in 1999, would have celebrated her 76th birthday on September 29. What better way to salute her legacy on the big screen than to recall the two-time Oscar nominee’s 12 greatest movies, ranked from worst to best. Our photo gallery above includes “Blazing Saddles,” “What’s Up, Doc?” and “Young Frankenstein.”

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12. History Of The World, Part 1 (1981)

There is a reason that there never was a “Part 2.” This slapdash episodic burlesque of eras past ranging from the Stone Age to the Spanish Inquisition finds Kahn as
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Remembering Aretha Franklin, Barbara Harris, Neil Simon and More Reel-Important People We Lost in August

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Andre Blay (1937-2018) - Producer. His movies include John Carpenter's They Live, Prince of Darkness and Village of the Damned as well as the 1988 remake of The Blob. He died on August 24. (Hometown Weekly) Silvano Campeggi (1923-2018) - Poster Designer. His iconic movie posters include those for Gone With the Wind, Gigi, Ben-Hur, Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris, West Side Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Exodus and Casablanca. He died on August 28. (La Repubblica) Mary Carlisle...
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