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Why Disney Should Add Fox's Fanfare Back to 'Star Wars'

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Here’s a magic trick. I can make you hear something just by reading four words: 20th Century Fox fanfare.

If you’ve seen a movie in your lifetime, chances are your head is now filled with snare drums, timpani and orchestral horns. There’s also a fair likelihood that after that 20-or-so-second score drifts away into the foggy ether of your mind that another tune might creep in on its heels: the Star Wars theme.

Perhaps no film score in history is as iconic, and certainly no studio’s opening credit tag evokes such visceral reaction as that of Fox’s short march. The »


- Patrick Shanley

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London Film Festival Head Clare Stewart Taking Year-Long Sabbatical

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Clare Stewart, head of festivals for the British Film Institute and the artistic director of the BFI London Film Festival, is taking a year-long sabbatical from her position. 

In her absence, announced Friday, a management reshuffle will see Tricia Tuttle, currently deputy head of festivals and the head of the Lgbt-focused BFI Flare, become interim artistic director, while head of business and industry Anne-Marie Flynn will become the festival's interim managing director. 

Stewart has headed up six London Film Festivals, helping transform the event and bring about dramatic audience growth by reinventing the program, shortening the festival, adding U.K.-wide screenings »

- Alex Ritman

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'Star Wars' Fans Left Fuming As Sound Problems Hit Screening of 'Last Jedi'

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After months of waiting and hours of queuing, Star Wars fans at one AMC theater in Burbank, CA. were left fuming after technical problems at a screening on Thursday night left them watching pictures with no sound. 

There was near pandemonium at AMC Burbank 16, as fans who had settled in to be one of the first people to see Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi suddenly had their enjoyment cut short due to sound problems. With seemingly no improvement, and the theater not choosing or unable to restart the movie, fans began streaming out to the lobby to complain to management according »


- Abid Rahman

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Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks Compare Trump Administration to Nixon's at 'The Post' Premiere

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The Post, Steven Spielberg’s thriller about The Washington Post’s attempts to publish the Pentagon Papers, which exposed government deception during the Vietnam War, premiered Thursday in a similarly scandalized Washington, about a mile from the newspaper’s former headquarters, where much of the action is set.

Released as critics of the Trump administration draw parallels with President Richard Nixon’s efforts, portrayed in the film, to impugn newspapers working to expose White House secrets — the film is exceptionally timely.

That’s no accident. Spielberg made it in just nine months after reading the script in what he said was a bid to »


- Dan Friedman

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Macau Film Festival: 'Hunting Season' Wins Best Picture

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Hunting Season, the debut feature of Argentinian filmmaker Natalia Garagiola, was the big winner Thursday evening at the Macau International Film Festival, taking home the best film prize during a splashy awards ceremony in the former Portuguese colony turned Chinese sin city.

French director Laurent Cantet, chair of the event's competition jury, praised the film for the "precision of its directing" and its "fluid style and construction."

A taught family drama, Hunting Season explores the strains between a father and son who struggle to connect amidst the wilds of Patagonia.

"The film deals with subjects both difficult and delicate: mourning »


- Patrick Brzeski

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Oscars: Academy Unveils Foreign-Language Film Shortlist

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The Academy on Thursday announced the nine films that will compete for a nomination for the best foreign-language film Oscar.

The shortlist includes a number of expected entries, like Ruben Ostlund's Swedish art-world satire The Square, which won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and the Russian drama Loveless, about a divorcing couple searching for their missing son and directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, which won the Cannes Jury Prize.

But it also has some striking omissions: Angelina Jolie failed to earn a nomination for her film First They Killed My Father, which was submitted by Cambodia and »


- Gregg Kilday

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