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‘Ben-Hur,’ ‘Star Wars’ Top Winners List for ‘Home Media’ Awards

30 Apr, 2012 By: John Latchem Two catalog releases dominated the second annual Home Media Magazine Awards, which honor the best DVDs and Blu-ray Discs of 2011. Warner Home Video’s Ben-Hur: Ultimate Collector’s Edition captured the top prize of Title of the Year, as well as awards for Best Catalog Title and Best Restoration. For the Blu-ray release of the 1959 film, Warner conducted an 8K scan of the original 65mm negative.

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G-Dog

April 29, 2012 “Nothing stops a bullet like a job.” This is the belief of unlikely gang expert Father Boyle, a Jesuit priest also known as G-Dog. He’s the visionary behind Homeboy Industries, the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program in the US. Like no other organization, Homeboy is doing things right. But when the donations and support aren’t coming in fast enough, Homeboy is at risk of closing its doors and sending many back to the streets. With strong bonds between Father Boyle and the young men and women from the program, and a little faith and hard work, they just might pull through.

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Documenting Teen Debauchery

March 2012 By David E Williams   When AC visited the set at Warner Bros. Ranch, in August 2010, Seng demonstrated his on-set color-correction setup, toggling between the raw image coming from the F23s and the image while applying a look-up table that had been devised for that particular setup.  His mobile FilmLight Truelight system communicated directly with the Baselight system colorist Jan Yarbrough would be using in the final color correction at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging.  “Jan set it all up and made sure our production monitors were calibrated to match his in the DI suite,” says Seng.  

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The New York Times Film Club Announces New Benefits in New York and L.A. for 2012 with Time Warner Cable as Presenting Sponsor

Jan 30, 2012 NEW YORK, Jan 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) – The New York Times Film Club has added new benefits for its 2012 membership year with Time Warner Cable as presenting sponsor. In addition to more movie screenings and special benefits exclusive to New York City and Los Angeles audiences, Time Warner Cable subscribers are eligible for a 20 percent savings on a 2012 New York Times Film Club membership.

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First Night at the Film Fest

Jan. 27, 2012 BRIGHT LIGHTS, PROUD CITY: Searchlights probed the sky and State Street marquees dueled as the Santa Barbara International Film Festival opened Friday night. Fans and paparazzi swarmed the closed-off street in front of the Arlington, VIPs poured out of a fundraiser at the new Greek restaurant, Petros Café, and culture vultures gathered at the nearby Granada, where the vaunted Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was in town.  

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World Premiere of New Documentary “RHINO RESURRECTED” Previewed on “The Freak Power Ticket” Podcast: Director Keith Shapiro Interview Now Online!

Jan. 27, 2012 On the Monday, January 23rd edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” host Ted Coe presented an idiosyncratic preview of this year’s incarnation of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.   The first half of the music-and-cultural-arts program featured songs and artists associated with or inspired by Anthony Burgess’s 1962 dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange and director Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 screen adaptation of the same name. For a recap of that playlist, click HERE. A newly-restored version of the film is on the schedule at the SBIFF, and A Clockwork Orange also provided the theme for Thursday’s opening night gala.      

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SBIFF Raises the Curtain on the 27th Annual

Jan 27, 2012 The restoration of Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” is screening here, a must see for me, as well as the U.S. premiere of “Samsara” from director Ron Fricke. (I’m a huge “Baraka” fan and I’ve been dying to see this one.) Another U.S. premiere of note is “Barrymore,” which stirred some Best Actor buzz for Christopher Plummer in Toronto but wasn’t acquired. “West of Memphis,” which I missed last week in Sundance, will also be here.

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Annual Event Brings Out the Stars

Jan. 27, 2012 The re-mastered “A Clockwork Orange” (1971) will have its world premiere at 1:20 p.m. Friday, featuring a dazzlingly young Malcolm McDowell (he also has a cameo in “The Artist,” 40 year later). New prints of “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988) and “Ben Hur” (1959) are also scheduled.   “It’s a very nice tie-in to having Martin Scorsese here,” Durling said. “He is a champion of film restoration and preservation. Scorsese’s newest film ‘Hugo’ is also about restoration, so it all fits quite nicely.”

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Hammer Horror Classics to be Restored

Jan. 19, 2012 Dozens of horror movies produced by Britain’s Hammer studios are to be restored for their release on Blu-Ray. More than 30 films will be resurrected, with several gaining new or extended scenes that were cut from the original. Among them is Terence Fisher’s Dracula, which will incorporate a recently discovered extended death scene considered too gruesome in 1958.

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Blu-ray Restoration Project for Hammer Titles

Jan. 19, 2012 In a recent announcement, Hammer Films revealed that 2012 will see the first results of a significant effort to restore popular titles in the Hammer library. Spearheaded by Studio Canal, the restoration initiative includes Anolis Entertainment, Pinewood Studios, illuminate Hollywood fka HTV, Warner Brothers, and Cineimage; over the next few years, more than thirty movies will receive newly remastered and restored Blu-ray editions.

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