Hollywood remembers ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Posted by · 10:41 am · August 30th, 2009

As you have probably been made aware, Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the release of “The Wizard of Oz” in the U.S., a milestone which has inspired a number of tribute pieces this past week — including our own edition of The Lists dedicated to the classic. For their part, the LA Times has […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Inception’ unwrapped, ‘Shutter’ unseated

Posted by · 6:15 pm · August 28th, 2009

• One day after the film’s trailer surfaced, we turned up some fresh plot information about Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.” Fan hysteria ensued. • Just in case you’d forgotten, “Shutter Island” was booted into 2010. Fan hysteria ensued. • To a quieter reaction, Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest” joined Scorsese’s film on the sidelines for next year. […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 “Greatest” lists ‘The Wizard of Oz’ deserves to be on

Posted by · 10:33 am · August 25th, 2009

As you have probably heard by now, today marks a rather special anniversary in cinema. (And it’s not Sean Connery’s 79th birthday, though we do wish him well.) It is, of course, 70 years ago to the day since a little film called “The Wizard of Oz” opened nationally in the United States. Perhaps you’ve […]

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‘Wizard of Oz’ sequel in the works?

Posted by · 9:28 pm · August 22nd, 2009

“The Wizard of Oz” is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its US theatrical release on Tuesday.  Today, the UK’s Sunday Express is reporting that a sequel set in the present day starring Dakota Fanning as Dorothy’s granddaughter could start filming as early as next year and quotes a Warner exec as saying the film will […]

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8/13 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:59 am · August 13th, 2009

• Todd Gilchrist talks to “The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard” star Jeremy Piven. [Cinematical] • Anthony Breznican has the scoop on Charlyne Yi and “Paper Heart.” [USA Today] • Who’s your favorite cinematic psychopath? [Talking Movies]

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8/5 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:40 am · August 5th, 2009

• Tom O’Neil wonders whether “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is Razzie-bound. [Gold Derby] • Devin Faraci, meanwhile (one of the “easy marks” Paramount screened the film to over the rest of the nation’s critics), comments on the “No ‘Joe’” brouhaha. [CHUD] • And Steve Weintraub talks to the film’s screenwriter, Stuart Beattie. [Collider]

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‘1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year’

Posted by · 11:44 pm · July 2nd, 2009

TCM is showcasing the great productions of 1939 tonight, kicking it off a few hours ago with “The Wizard of Oz,” which followed a two-hour doc on the film. I wish I had gotten this post up earlier so as to give you the heads up, because I just clicked through the DVR and came […]

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Your ranked list of the 10 most influential films of all time

Posted by · 9:43 am · June 10th, 2009

And with that, our poll series comes to a screeching halt.  I’ve already offered some thoughts on how all of this turned out.  I hope readers unfamiliar with some of the films I’ve been harping on will take that to heart and at least seek them out.  You owe it to yourself as a film […]

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POLL: the most influential films of all time, round two

Posted by · 1:28 pm · May 27th, 2009

We’ve made it to the second round in our mammoth series polling In Contention readers for a list of the most influential films of all time.  “Annie Hall,” “Psycho” and “The Wizard of Oz” squeezed past the competition to become our final trio to move on to the next stage.  We’re getting very close now, […]

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Which moments hooked you?

Posted by · 11:43 pm · April 24th, 2009

I love the current poll series about the most influential films of all time, but it got me thinking about the moments in movies that hooked me on cinema forever. You know, the ones we see as kids that have an enormous impact on us, forever bonding us to this art form we all so […]

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What is the most watched film of all time?

Posted by · 3:46 pm · July 8th, 2008

It’s a question that just came to me this evening when talking with some friends.  What would you say is the most watched film of all time?  How many films would even be on that list of contenders? Off the top of my head I would have to consider “The Wizard of Oz” and “It’s […]

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