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Roger Ebert Wanted Philip Seymour Hoffman to Play Him

David Livingston/Getty Images<p>The sudden death of Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday left many of the actor's upcoming projects in limbo. Now comes word that yet another prospective film starring Hoffman will not come to fruition.<p>In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter during a screening of the …

Martin Scorsese Writes Open Letter Discussing the Future of Cinema – /Film

Depending on who you talk to in Hollywood, the future of the film industry is in question. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas said last year they …

Martin Scorsese

2014 in film preview: drama

We're getting mighty serious on the fifth day of our 10-part series previewing the key movies of 2014<p>• 2014 in film preview - comedy • 2014 in film preview - sci-fi • 2014 in film preview - Oscar contenders • 2014 in film preview - romance<p>Jane Got a Gun<p>This one's already been pretty dramatic, what …

Why we need to re-evaluate the films we once called great

Nobody wants to rock the boat when it comes to reassessing the classics, but face facts: Gregory's Girl is clunky, 2001: A Space Odyssey is never-ending, while Dirty Dancing is still brilliant<p>A few weeks ago I watched The Searchers, the 1956 John Ford horse opera that is routinely described by …

Jerry Bruckheimer has something to prove — really

The desk shines, as do rows of Montblanc pens, and everything seems in its place, including the man who appears as if a meticulously dressed whisper. Most of the bottles in the liquor cart have not been opened, but the man, one of Hollywood's most successful producers, mentions that when a preview …

Movies in the now, which changes from moment to moment

With her candidly quotable, cutely gif-able kookiness, on screen and off, there may be no actress who seems more of right now than<p>Jennifer Lawrence— she's been declared the queen of Tumblr after all. So it is of note when in the new"American Hustle"she declares, apropos of almost nothing, "I don't …

Dark City: What Makes L.A. Noir by John Buntin

<i>Editor's Note: John Buntin covers law enforcement for Governing Magazine. He is the author of LA Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most</i> …

Becoming Christian Bale: The Actor's Creation on Film

Christian Bale has earned a standout reputation as an actor by disappearing thoroughly into his characters, whether by losing weight, learning …

Frank Darabont, 'Mob City,' and the Battle of Right Vs. Wrong

With his new endeavor in television, the series adaptation “Mob City,” based on the book <i>L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most</i> …

Has David O. Russell gone all soft and cuddly?

Toward the end of<p>"American Hustle,"the new film from comedy-drama laureateDavid O. Russell, a man describes his hard-won epiphany. "The art of survival," says the character, a con man played with toupee-ish shiftiness byChristian Bale, "is a story that never ends."<p>The line articulates one of the …

Top 10 film noir

Guns, dames and hats: you can't have a film noir without them, can you? Take a look at the Guardian and Observer critics list of the best 10 noirs and you'll realise things aren't that simple …<p>• Top 10 westerns • Top 10 documentaries • Top 10 movie adaptations • Top 10 animated movies • Top 10 …

Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Doesn’t Measure Up to Park Chan-wook’s

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Doesn't Measure Up to Park Chan-wook's<p>In the world of film reviews, embargoes are an inevitable part of the process. But few …