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Film Score Pioneer Max Steiner Is Ripe for Rediscovery, with the Help of a New Biography

Composer Max Steiner, whose scores for “King Kong,” “Gone With the Wind” and “Casablanca” placed him in the movie-music pantheon, isn’t much discussed today. He seems to belong to that old-school, pre-synthesizer world of orchestral scoring from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.But as author Steven C. Smith points out in his engrossing new biography of […]

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‘Parasite’ as an HBO Miniseries? This Is Not Your Father’s Foreign-Film Crossover (Column)

There’s a time-honored tradition of turning celebrated movies into television series. A lot of them have ended up as sitcoms: “The Odd Couple,” “M*A*S*H,” “Alice” (spun out of Martin Scorsese’s 1974 landmark “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”). But not all of them. Did you know that “Casablanca” was turned into two different TV series, one […]

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‘Field of Dreams’ Turns 30: Why the Baseball Classic Still Holds a Special Place in America’s Hearts (and Heartland)

Humphrey Bogart never said, “Play it again, Sam” in the 1942 Oscar-winning classic “Casablanca.” In fact, no one says it in the movie.And the mysterious voice in the adored 1989 fantasy film “Field of Dreams” does not tell Kevin Costner: “If you build it, they will come.”Released 30 years ago on April 21, 1989, “Field […]

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‘My Annie Hall,’ A Charming Short Film Starring Senior Citizens, Has Woody Allen’s Blessing

A pair of twenty-something filmmakers made a 30-minute short called “My Annie Hall,” starring members of a New York City senior center. Matt Starr and Ellie Sachs did not seek writer-director Woody Allen’s approval to use copyrighted material from “Annie Hall” — the winner of four Oscars, including Best Picture of 1978 — but received […]

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FilmStruck Now Offers Classic WB Movies Including ‘Citizen Kane’ and ‘Casablanca’

FilmStruck was already a pretty great service. While plenty of other streamers out there were competing for the same movies made after 1988, FilmStruck carved out its niche as the place you could go for classic, old indies, and foreign films thanks to the partnering of Turner Classic Movies and The Criterion Collection. Now they’ve […]

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FilmStruck Embraces Golden Age of Hollywood, Adds Classics From Orson Welles and More to Streaming Library

Streaming outfit FilmStruck is embracing classic Hollywood with its latest addition to its vast library, joining up with Warner Bros. Digital Networks (Wbdn) to add Golden Age of Hollywood titles like “Casablanca,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Citizen Kane,” and many more to its already robust lineup. Starting today, FilmStruck subscribers in the U.S. will now […]

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Turner’s FilmStruck Adds Warner Bros. Classic Films, As Warner Archive Service Winds Down

Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. are focusing their movie-streaming firepower on one service for film buffs: FilmStruck.The corporate cousins reached a deal to stock Turner’s FilmStruck with more than 600 classic Hollywood films each month from the Warner Bros. library. At the same time, WB’s Warner Archive subscription-streaming service — launched in 2013 — […]

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‘Transit’ Review: Christian Petzold’s Beguiling Refugee Romance Is Like a Kafkaesque ‘Casablanca’ — Berlinale 2018

A man arrives in purgatory, eager to learn his eternal fate. The divine judgement, however, is slow to arrive. The minutes turn to hours, the hours turn to days, and the days begin to blur together in a place where time has no meaning. Eventually, after what feels to him like a hundred years, the […]

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