<i>The Artist</i>: Michel Hazanavicius Talks Silent Movies and Old School Hollywood

The silent film era lives again in The Artist, a loving (and entirely silent) homage to the grand Hollywood productions of the '20s. Written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius, the film follows the changing fortunes of two white-hot movie stars, silent screen legend George Valentin (Jean Dujardin, who deservedly won the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival) and rising starlet Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo). While Peppy's career takes off with the arrival of sound, George finds his prospects drying up. The movie blends dozens of silent film genres -- Chaplinesque comedy, grand melodrama and even a Rin Tin Tin rescue sequence -- into a totally enjoyable whole. No wonder The Artist has emerged as a leading Oscar contender: It's an unabashed, but entirely genuine celebration of old-school movie magic. Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius talked to us about the process of making his passion project and why he chose to shoot a black-and-white movie on color film.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

by Ethan Alter October 16, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bruce Willis and Wes Anderson team up for Die Hard: Moonrise With a Vengeance.

New York Film Critics Online 2011 Awards Results

by Ethan Alter December 12, 2011 12:27 pm
New York Film Critics Online 2011 Awards Results

Television Without Pity is a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, an organization of New York-based online critics, which convened yesterday to hand out their annual awards honoring the best in film for 2011. The silent-film homage The Artist proved to be the big winner, going home with three awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. (We weren't alone in giving that film top honors -- The Artist has also been named Best Picture by the New York Film Critics Circle, Boston Society of Film Critics and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics. It's also currently the closest to what resembles a frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar.) NYFCO departed from the mainstream consensus with two less expected picks -- Michael Shannon was named Best Actor for his searing work in Take Shelter, while Joe Cornish picked up Debut Director honors for his terrific alien invasion movie, Attack the Block. For a full list of winners, along with links to our original coverage of those films, click below.

Indie Snapshot: Blancanieves

by Ethan Alter March 29, 2013 5:59 am
Indie Snapshot: Blancanieves

If last year's effects-laden blockbuster Snow White and the Huntsman (or, for that matter, ABC's ongoing Once Upon a Time) isn't your ideal re-telling of the classic fairy tale about a beautiful princess, an evil queen and a poisoned apple, you might fall under the spell of Blancanieves, a black-and-white silent version of the oft-told legend, written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Pablo Berger. Transported from medieval times to Seville circa 1920, the film also recasts Snow White's royal characters as bullfighting royalty, an alteration that, in execution, isn't as strange as it might initially sound.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

by Ethan Alter June 26, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Aw, c'mon Channing -- a big-screen version of Cop Rock sounds like a great idea!"

The Indie Spirit Awards vs. The Oscars

by Ethan Alter February 27, 2012 2:19 pm
The Indie Spirit Awards vs. The Oscars

In all the hubbub over the Oscars, you might have forgotten that another awards show happened over the weekend, the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which were handed out Saturday, 24 hours before the big Academy shindig. While initially created to celebrate the best and brightest in indie film, in recent years the list of Indie Spirit nominees and winners has come to bear a striking resemblance to the Oscars. That was particularly true this year, when The Artist won for Best Film, Best Director and Best Male Lead... the same categories it triumphed in at the Oscars the following evening. Which begs the question: at this point, is there any difference between the Indie Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards? Let's compare the two ceremonies in a few key areas.

Eight Highlights From the 2012 BAFTA Awards

by Ethan Alter February 13, 2012 1:45 pm
Eight Highlights From the 2012 BAFTA Awards

The Artist added another batch of awards to its shelf last night, these ones hailing from across the pond in ol' Blighty. The annual BAFTA (that's the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for all of us Yankees) Awards were handed out last night at London's Royal Festival Hall and all of the big Oscar contenders -- George Clooney! Michelle Williams! Brad Pitt! -- made the trip to press the flesh on the red carpet.

Oscars 2012: Our Gut Reactions to the Academy Award Nominations

by Ethan Alter January 24, 2012 10:13 am
Oscars 2012: Our Gut Reactions to the Academy Award Nominations

Why is this man smiling?

Indie Snapshot: Thanksgiving Round-Up

by Ethan Alter November 23, 2011 12:59 pm
Indie Snapshot: Thanksgiving Round-Up

Avoid the crowds at the multiplex by seeking out some of these independent films over the long holiday weekend:

The 5 Biggest Stories at the 49th New York Film Festival

by Ethan Alter September 30, 2011 6:03 pm
The 5 Biggest Stories at the 49th New York Film Festival

The 49th edition of the New York Film Festival kicks off tonight with a gala screening of the Oscar hopeful Carnage, directed by Roman Polanski and starring a powerhouse cast that includes three Academy Award winners (Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster and Christoph Waltz) and one nominee and respected character actor (John C. Reilly). Although it comes at the tail end of the festival season, following the higher-profile Toronto and Venice media circuses, the NYFF has its fair share of big premieres and A-list attendees jostling for awards attention. Here are the five biggest stories to keep an eye on during this year's festival, which runs from September 30 to October 6.

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