The 70′s were an awesome time. Modern film as we know it launched during the decade. Modern concepts in horror, sci-fi, action and drama were established. The biggest modern directors, Spielberg, Coppola, Scott, and Scorsese, all started in this decade. Over the coming months, the staff of EatSleepLiveFilm will take each decade and figure out the 100 best films from that decade. This month we kick off this series by digging into the depths of 70′s filmmaking. 100 best films of the 70's | EatSleepLiveFilm.com
DGA Nominations Shake Up Oscars With Fincher Nom, Spielberg Snub (Analysis) Sony Pictures Earlier today, the Directors Guild of America announced the nominees for the 64th annual DGA Awards, which have historically been the single best predictor of the nominees for and winners of the best director Oscar (the DGA and Academy winners have differed only six times) and the best picture Oscar (the film directed by the DGA winner has gone on to win the best picture Oscar on all but 13 occasions). As was widely expected, Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Alexander Payne (The Descendants), Martin Scorsese (Hugo), and Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) scored nominations. But, in something of a surprise, the final slot was claimed not by Steven Spielberg (War Horse) or Tate Taylor (The Help), both of whose films have been regarded as serious best picture Oscar threats, but rather by David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), whose end-of-the-year release has generated mixed feelings among audiences, critics, and guilds thus far.
Woody Allen Reveals How He Conjured Up His Biggest Hit 'Midnight in Paris' If the making of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris were itself a Woody Allen movie, it would start something like this: After a tastefully understated title card -- simple white lettering on black -- and against a jazz arrangement of, say, Cole Porter's "I Love Paris," the camera slowly zooms in on a window at the Hotel Ritz Paris, where Allen is looking out over the Place Vendome. In voiceover, we hear his thoughts: "I have a tendency to romanticize Paris," the writer-director confesses. "When the lights come up and it's almost midnight, everything looks so pretty." Somewhere here, he knows, there has to be a movie. Cut to: Back in New York, Letty Aronson, Allen's younger sister and his primary producer since 2001, has just finished reading his latest screenplay, the fanciful tale of a modern-day Hollywood screenwriter who finds himself, suddenly, magically, wandering through the Paris of the 1920s, brushing shoulders with Ernest Hemingway and F.
This year the movie industry made $30 billion (1/3 in the U.S.) from box-office revenue. But the total movie industry revenue was $87 billion. Where did the other $57 billion come from? From sources that the studios at one time claimed would put them out of business: Pay-per view TV, cable and satellite channels, video rentals, DVD sales, online subscriptions and digital downloads. The Movie Industry and Technology ProgressThe music and movie business has been consistently wrong in its claims that new platforms and channels would be the end of its businesses. Why The Movie Industry Can’t Innovate and the Result is SOPA
Kees van Dijkhuizen has done it again. I’ve written up a few of his videos on the site in the past, mainly his tributes to directors with their own unique style. But not until now have I been able to share one of his wonderful end of the year film tributes, which he’s done for the past three years. Videos such as this gives me goosebumps. They serve as reminders of how good or bad a year in the film has been. Video: A Beautiful Tribute to Cinema 2011