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“Movie Title Breakup”

Impressive! My favorites are the treatments of M (1931) and Saw II (2005). How many of these have you seen?



Best Picture: La La Land 
Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea 
Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land 
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight 
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences 
Animated Feature Film: Zootopia 
Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, La La Land 
Costume Design: Mary Zophres, La La Land 
Directing: Damien Chazelle, La La Land 
Documentary (Feature): O.J.: Made in America 
Documentary (Short Subject): “The White Helmets”
Film Editing: Tom Cross, La La Land 
Foreign Language Film: The Salesman 
Makeup and Hairstyling: Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo, Star Trek Beyond 
Music (Original Score): Justin Hurwitz, La La Land 
Music (Original Song): Justin Hurwitz and Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, “City of Stars,” La La Land 
Production Design: David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, La La Land 
Animated Short Film: “Piper”
Live Action Short Film: “La Femme et le TGV”
Sound Editing: Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan, La La Land 
Sound Mixing: Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A. Morrow, La La Land 
Visual Effects: Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon, The Jungle Book 
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight 
Writing (Original Screenplay): Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea 

Q&A: Michelle Tattenbaum, Director of DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Excuse me while I shift my focus from film for a moment. I recently interviewed theatre director Michelle Tattenbaum, who’s staging an Off-Broadway revival of John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. The show opens on October 7 at New York City’s Nuyorican Poets Café.

(Re-posted from Limité

by Daniel Quitério

Notable theatre director Michelle Tattenbaum has made her presence felt in New York and regional theatre for the past several years. Most recently, she helmed the world and New York premieres of Nobody Loves You, a large-scale, comic musical about a reality dating show, which ran Off-Broadway last year at Manhattan’s Second Stage Theater. Proving her adeptness at directing larger productions as well as smaller, character-focused pieces, Tattenbaum now turns her attention to an Off-Broadway revival of the more intimate Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.

Written by Pulitzer Prize-, Tony Award-, and Oscar-winning scribe John Patrick Shanley (Doubt: A Parable), Danny and the Deep Blue Seatells the story of Danny and Roberta, living on the fringe of society. The two outcasts meet in a Bronx bar and engage in a topsy-turvy conversation that is poised to result in an unexpected connection.

I recently had the opportunity to communicate via e-mail with Tattenbaum, as she’s prepping her next production.

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2012 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 15 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Celebrating the 170 in a Big, LA Way

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so I wanted to make this next one worthwhile.

Last month, I completed an eight-year odyssey in completing my 170 list just before my 30th birthday. I wanted to celebrate finishing my list and this milestone birthday in a big movie way, so I decided to take my first trip to LA. Together with my friend Stephanie, we spent six days and six nights making our way through the Hollywood Walk of Fame, movie studios, and Sunset & Vine. Here’s how it all went down last month.

(For over 300 photos of my trip, click here.)

Day 1

November 8

We departed from New York’s JKF Airport and touched down at LAX on Tuesday, November 8. For years, I had heard about how great In-N-Out Burger is, but all of the restaurants seem to be concentrated around the West Coast, so I knew our first stop after landing had to be the famous burger joint where the food is always fresh. I had a Double Double with fries and a shake, and I have to say, although it was very good, it was just a burger and some fries. I’m left scratching my head, wondering where the hype ever came from. But this was just the beginning of what would be a long and exhausting day.

Stephanie and I took our rental van straight to Hollywood, where we headed straight to the Kodak Theatre, the home of the Oscars. I had been wanting to take a tour of the theatre for a long time, so I was excited to finally get the opportunity. We were the only ones on our tour, which made our trip through those hallowed halls a private one, making it that much more special. Our tour guide’s name was Barbara, and I have to say she was pretty awesome. A movie buff herself, she was thrilled to have Stephanie and me on the tour. She said that some people take the tour without ever having even heard of the Oscars! Blasphemy! She said she was happy to have real movie folk on the tour and Stephanie and I both engaged her in an educated way. In fact, the 30-minute tour was extended to just passed an hour, and no one minded. This was the highlight of my entire LA trip. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside.

Next up was Hollywood & Highland, the outdoor shopping mall that sits right in the heart of Hollywood (and just outside the Kodak Theatre). I was surprised to see a Crumbs Bake Shop there, as I didn’t know my favorite cupcake shop existed outside New York. Of course, I had to pay a visit. It was the day before my birthday, after all.

Next door to the Kodak is the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, which was being set up for one of its many premiers to be held later that night. The film was The Artist, which will undoubtedly be a Best Picture nominee this year. Since the inside of the theatre was closed off, we had to come back another day. More on that later.

We walked down Hollywood Blvd. and found ourselves at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, which was playing some AFI Fest films. (The festival was running during the first days of our visit, though we didn’t partake.) We stepped inside to take a look at the lobby and snap some photos before heading over to the Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the very first Academy Awards in 1929. Stephanie and I made our way inside, taking in the 1920s decor. I felt like we stepped into a Bogart film. The hotel was beautiful, inside and out.

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The Greatest Thing I’ve Ever Seen

I wish I made this.

66 Great Movie Taglines from the Past 30 Years

(Re-posted from adweek.comby Tim Nudd.)

We’ve combed through the last 30 years of movie marketing and selected our 66 favorite film taglines from that period. The cut-off of 1980 means we’ve left out what many consider the greatest movie tagline ever—”In space, no one can hear you scream” (Alien, 1979)—but there’s plenty here to chew on. Berate us in comments for everything we left out.

1. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

“The longer you wait, the harder it gets.”

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

2. Alien vs. Predator (2004)

“Whoever wins, we lose.”

Alien vs. Predator (2004)

3. Alien3 (1992)

“The bitch is back.”

Alien3 (1992)

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