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Our Shawshank, Our Selves

On September 10, 1994, Frank Darabont debuted The Shawshank Redemption at the Toronto Film Festival. Two weeks later it opened quietly in limited release on 33 screens "in select cities." ("I pray to God your city has been selected," as…

William Friedkin on casting The Exorcist

Harper has made available a generous excerpt from William Friedkin's newly published autobiography, The Friedkin Connection. Anyone familiar with Sidney Lumet's memoir Making Movies will find their rat-a-tat-tat no-time-for-bullshit…

83rd annual Oscars to revisit 1970 template?

(Which of these filmmakers actually won the Oscar they're posing with?) As already reported tonight, the Academy is discarding the lovely heartfelt tributes to each of the lead acting nominees in an effort to eliminate any genuine flavor…

All About Eve gets Blu-ray makeover

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced that it will bring the 1950 classic All About Eve to Blu-ray on February 1, 2011. Nominated for 14 Oscars and winner of 6, including Best Picture and Best Director for Joseph L.…

Studios to AMPAS: Fix your shit quick, or else.

Last night I made an off-the-cuff remarks about how I wouldn't mind if the Oscars just went full retard this year, and handed out some truly gag-inducing awards to match their batch of gasp-inducing nominations. I'd much rather be a worthy…

Tally ho!

THE JOKER: It's not about money. It's about sending a message... Well, ok. It's a little bit about the money. Last year the sweet spot between 'oh you poor thing' and 'stop showing off' was around $40 mil. The record of the past 12…