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Lina Wertmuller’s ‘Seven Beauties’ and other female Oscar winners

Note: This is the second part of a six-part series on the five women who have been nominated for Best Director by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) The history of the five women nominated for Best Director Oscars begins with the 1975 film Seven Beauties, written and directed by Italian auteur […]

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Academy maintains ‘disturbing lack of recognition’ for female talent

In the 89-year-history of the Oscars, only five women have ever been nominated for Best Director, and. . . only one woman has ever won. While recent high-profile nominees like Sofia Coppola—or the one winner in the case of Kathryn Bigelow—have gained attention, not enough films by women have been elevated to smash that celluloid ceiling. […]

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“Spartacus Moments” Part III: What Happened?

Jeff Flake’s “Spartacus Moment” demanding that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford be heard was followed by a second attempt at wielding a Spartacus-worthy spine. Flake was the sole GOP to demand an FBI investigation. However, the call for utter justice was not emphatic enough. Lady Liberty has been suffocated. The US Senate has failed Ford, as […]

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“Spartacus Moments” Part II: Why do they Matter?

In the now routinely mind-numbing news cycle, Republican politicians and pundits have mocked the concept of a “Spartacus Moment.” Attempting to use this reference to denounce the ripple Senator Booker set off, they jabbed at the democratic actions in places like twitter and the news. Well, they were wrong to do so. For even one […]

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“Spartacus Moments” Part I: What is a Spartacus Moment?

On the heels of the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination hearings, the powerhouse of media messages continue their divisive output of opinions, scrutiny and attitude towards sexual assault victims.

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Singing in the Reign: A Tribute to Debbie Reynolds

The women that Debbie portrayed were strong, persistent and thought for themselves. Beautiful, bold and strong, Reynolds helped infuse tenacity into the silver screen in her multi-decade career.

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She’s Royalty to Me: A Tribute to Carrie Fisher

Her eclectic talents, humorous demeanor and candor  made losing her all the harder. Our “beloved princess” may be gone, but she shall remain a force to reckoned with forever.

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Director Michael Cimino leaves lasting, controversial legacy

The film industry is one that many people attempt to pierce but few find success. Even fewer manage to sustain careers in such a vastly competitive business. Fewer still manage to do so and win such prestigious awards as Oscars or BATFAs. However, one man succeeded in all of the above, then followed up by […]

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Alan Rickman Tribute: Intro

The Best of Alan Rickman A Tribute by FF2 Associate Jarrod Emerson The month of January 2016 was a bit rough. I was barely beginning to process the death of the legendary David Bowie when I awoke four mornings later to the news of actor Alan Rickman’s tragic passing from pancreatic cancer at the age […]

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Alan Rickman Tribute: Die Hard

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Alan Rickman Part 1: DIE HARD (1988) ‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the 40-story Nakatomi Plaza not a creature was stirring except for the company Christmas bash on the 30th floor. Having just landed in LA, New York cop “John McClane” (Bruce Willis) joins the party hoping to […]

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Alan Rickman Tribute: Sense and Sensibility

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Alan Rickman Part 2: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995) “John Dashwood” (James Fleet) made a promise to his ailing “Father” (Tom Wilkinson) that as rightful heir, he would make sure his stepmother “Mrs. Dashwood” (Gemma Jones) and her daughters “Elinor” (Emma Thompson), “Marianne” (Kate Winslet) and “Margaret” (Emille Francois) are financially stable. […]

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Alan Rickman Tribute: Dogma

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Alan Rickman Part 3: DOGMA (1999) Fallen angels “Bartleby” and “Loki” (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) thought they’d be stuck in Wisconsin for all eternity, until they’re anonymously tipped off about an upcoming rededication ceremony at a New Jersey Cathedral, during which all in attendance will be granted plenary indulgence. The […]

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Alan Rickman Tribute: Harry Potter Series

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Alan Rickman Part 4: The Harry Potter Film Series (2001-2011) Based on the phenomenally successful novels by JK Rowling, the series chronicles the life of orphaned wizard “Harry Potter”, as he learns of his magical heritage and attends the legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. During his years at Hogwarts Harry, […]

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Alan Rickman Tribute: Eye in the Sky

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Alan Rickman Part 5: Eye In The Sky EYE IN THE SKY – 2015 In real time we follow a collaborative mission between Britain, Kenya and the United States to monitor and capture several high-ranking terrorists and their recruits in a Nairobi safe house. Kenyan authorities are in position, as field agent […]

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Omar Sharif Tribute: Intro

The Best Of Omar Sharif A Tribute by FF2 Associate Jarrod Emerson One of the most memorable entrances for an actor comes from the classic 1962 film Lawrence Of Arabia. It’s World War I, and British soldier T.E. Lawrence has been commissioned to report on the English aide to the Arabs in their ongoing revolt against […]

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Omar Sharif Tribute: Lawrence of Arabia

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Omar Sharif Part 2: LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) Based on true events, the film chronicles the colorful “Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence” (Peter O’Toole) through his service in the British army during World War I, and the crucial role he played in the alliance between British and Arab forces in the Arabian Peninsula. […]

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Omar Sharif Tribute: Doctor Zhivago

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Omar Sharif Part 3: DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965) We follow the life of “Yuri Andreyevich Zhivago” (Sharif), a doctor by profession, but a poet at heart, as he and loved ones endure the hardships of various conflicts in early twentieth century Russia. Despite a happy marriage and children with “Tonya” (Geraldine Chaplin), […]

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Omar Sharif Tribute: Funny Girl

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Omar Sharif Part 4: FUNNY GIRL (1968) Part musical, part biopic, Funny Girl tells the story of pioneering stage performer/comedienne “Fanny Brice” (Barbra Streisand). The film chronicles Fanny’s early rise to fame, and romance with professional gambler “Nicky Arnstein” (Sharif). Although Fanny’s career flourishes, the same cannot be said of her turbulent […]

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Omar Sharif Tribute: Monsieur Ibrahim

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Omar Sharif Part 5: MONSIEUR IBRAHIM (2003) In 1960s working class Paris, Jewish adolescent “Moїse Schmidt” (Pierre Boulanger) is growing up a without a mother and a severely depressed, distant father (Gilbert Melki). When not chasing girls, Moise frequently shoplifts from the neighborhood grocery store, run by “Ibrahim Demirci” (Sharif), an […]

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Richard Attenborough Tribute: Intro

THE LEGACY OF RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH: A Tribute by Jarrod Emerson Just over two years ago, on August 24, 2014, Sir Richard Attenborough passed away. A few days shy of his 91st birthday, he left behind an incredible cinematic legacy. I first became aware of Attenborough at the age of six watching him in Jurassic Park. […]

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Richard Attenborough Tribute: Chaplin

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 8: CHAPLIN (1992) Richard Attenborough entered the 1990s with another amazing biopic, this time profiling one of the silver screen’s early icons: the legendary Charlie Chaplin. Adapted from both Chaplin’s own autobiography and David Robinson’s book, Chaplin: His Life and His Art, the film chronicles Chaplin’s career—as well his […]

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Richard Attenborough Tribute: Cry Freedom

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 7: CRY FREEDOM (1987) Cry Freedom tells the powerful true story of black South African activist Stephen Biko (Denzel Washington). The founder of the Black Consciousness Movement, Biko was a fierce advocate for equal rights for the largely impoverished native South African population during the height of Apartheid. […]

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Richard Attenborough Tribute: Gandhi

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 6: Gandhi (1982) The opening scene of Gandhi begins with the civil rights activist’s assassination, before flashing back to a fateful incident aboard a South African train in 1893. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, despite holding a first-class ticket, is booted from the train, leading him to realize the laws […]

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Richard Attenborough Tribute: Magic

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 5: MAGIC (1978) Richard Attenborough’s only foray into horror, Magic, tells the story of “Corky Withers” (Anthony Hopkins), a shy, anxiety-ridden magician who struggles to get through a performance. Corky eventually finds success when he incorporates ventriloquism into his act with “Fats” an expressive wooden dummy. Fats is […]

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Richard Attenborough: Jurassic Park

Jarrod Emerson’s tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 4: Jurassic Park (1993) After focusing exclusively on his directorial career for over a decade, Richard Attenborough stepped back in front of the camera, when Steven Spielberg cast him in the mega-hit, Jurassic Park. Attenborough portrays billionaire industrialist, John Hammond, creator of a ground-breaking, island theme park. Hammond […]

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Richard Attenborough: 10 Rillington Place

Jarrod Emerson’s tribute to Richard Attenborough: Part 3: 10 RILLINGTON PLACE (1971) Sometimes the most gripping stories come straight from fact. Such is the case with this powerful thriller, 10 Rillington Place, from Richard Fleischer (The Boston Strangler, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea). Adapted from the collected writings of journalist Ludovic Kennedy, 10 Rillington Place […]

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Richard Attenborough Tribute: Brighton Rock

Jarrod Emerson’s tribute to Richard Attenborough: PART 1: BRIGHTON ROCK (1947) What do you get when the crime classic, Brighton Rock, (by acclaimed novelist Graham Greene) falls into the hands of pioneering British filmmaker John Boulting? Only an incredible film noir of British cinema, whose influence I can now see in many modern British gangster […]

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Robin Williams Tribute

Imagination Unlimited! : Remembering Robin Williams A Tribute by Jarrod Emerson   During a sweet moment early in the 1982 film The World According to Garp, aspiring writer T.S. Garp engages in a flirtatious conversation with his crush, Helen.  After an amusing verbal gaffe, Garp attempts to take his foot out of his mouth by […]

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Harold Ramis Tribute

Who You Gonna Call To Take The Weatherman Golfing on Vacation? : Remembering Harold Ramis A Tribute by Jarrod Emerson It seems like just yesterday, my seven-year old self was running about my backyard in Ohio pretending to wield a proton pack to capture some troublemaking specters! Yes, I had just seen Ivan Reitman’s classic […]

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Remembering Harold Ramis

It seems like just yesterday, my seven-year old self was running about my backyard in Ohio pretending to wield a proton pack to capture some troublemaking specters! Yes, I had just seen Ivan Reitman’s classic 1984 film Ghostbusters. The beloved comedy introduced me to many wonderful actors: Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson […]

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