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    Judy: Promoting Biopic as Oscar for Star Rene Zellweger for

    Rene Zellweger’s musical biopic Judy enjoyed strong box-office success this weekend. Boosted by Oscar talk for Zellweger’s portrayal of the famed entertainer Judy Garland, who died in 1969, the movie struck a chord with moviegoers , earning $3 million. That haul is especially impressive considering it opened in just 461 North American theaters, translating to […]

    Movie Genres: Detective Stories

    Raymond Chandler supplanted Dashiell Hammett as major detective writer source of the 1940s, the best decade in Hollywood for the genre.

    Women in Film 2019: Directors to Watch

    Greta Gerwig, “Little Women” Lulu Wang, “The Farewell” Kasi Lemmons, “Harriet” Lorene Scafaria, “Hustlers” Marielle Heller, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Alma Har’el, “Honey Boy” Share this:

    Directing: Debuts—First-Time Directors Around the World

    Directing Debuts (First-Time Directors) 1955 Hall Bartlett – Unchained Earl Bellamy – Seminole Uprising Roger Corman – Swamp Women Hubert Cornfield† – Sudden Danger Blake Edwards – Bring Your Smile Along José Ferrer – The Cockleshell Heroes Stanley Kramer – Not as a Stranger Charles Laughton – The Night of the Hunter Burt Lancaster – […]

    Directors: Debuts–Stunning First Film

    Affleck, Ben, Gone Baby Gone, 2007 Brooks, James L. Terms of Endearment, 1983 Burnett, Charles, Killer of Sheep, 1978 (2007) Coen Joel, Blood Simple, 1985 Coppola, Sofia, The Virgin Suicides, 1999 Costner, Dancing With Wolves, 1990 Crowe, Cameron, Say Anything, 1989 Darabont, Frank, The Shawshank Redemption, 1994 Ford, Tom, A Single Man, 2010 Huston, John, […]

    Richard Jewell: Olivia Wilde Defends her Character in Eastwood’s Biopic

    Olivia Wilde, star of Richard Jewell, has responded to controversy surrounding the depiction of her character, a real-life reporter who is now deceased, in Clint Eastwood’s biopic.

    Momism: Concept, Hollywood Movies

    The term Momism was reportedly coined by the American author Philip Wylie in his book, A Generation of Vipers (1942), describing an undue dependence on maternal protection. which results in loss of maturity and independence. Broadly defined, Momism describes an excessive attachment and devotion of children to their mothers, resulting in a child’s dependence and […]

    American Culture: Subculture; Counterculture; Biblio; Notes

    Biblio: Levine, Lawrence. Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Making of Culture Hierarchy in America. NY: Basic Books, 1990. Mitchell, W. J. T. (ed). Politics of Interpretation. 1983. Roszak, Theodore.  The Making of Counter-Culture. Doubleday, 1969. Said, Edward. “Opponents, Audiences, Constituencies, and Community.” In Mitchell, W. J. T. (ed). Politics of Interpretation. 1983. Slater, Philip E. The Pursuit of […]

    Film Theory: Mise en Scene

    Mise en Scene: Definition, Elements

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