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Posing with Their Younger Selves

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As the stars hit the red carpet for the 2014 Oscars, it’s time to reflect on where they’ve been before… it’s fascinating to see how much these stars have changed… or remained almost identical.

Leonardo DiCaprio in 2013 (left) and 1989

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Tom Hanks in 2014 (left) and in 1980

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Sandra Bullock in 2014 (left) and in 1993

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Meryl Streep in 1980 (left) and in 2013

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Matthew McConaughey in 2014 (left) and in 1996

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Julia Roberts in 2013 (right) and in 1989

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Jennifer Lawrence in 2014 (right) and in 2007

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Jared Leto in 2014 (right) and in 1994

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Christian Bale in 2013 (left) and in 1987

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Amy Adams in 2014 (left) and in 1999

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Oscars 2014 – Winners

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Oscars 2014… And the Winners are:

Best Motion Picture: 12 Years a Slave

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Achievement in Directing: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

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Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

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Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

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Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

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Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

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Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)

Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze (Her)

Original Score: Steven Price (Gravity)

Original Song: Let It Go (Frozen)

Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen

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Best Animated Short Film: Mr. Hublot

Achievement in Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

Achievement in Visual Effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould (Gravity)

Achievement in Costume Design: Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)

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Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling: Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Live-Action Short Film: Helium

Best Documentary Short Subject:  The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom

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Best Foreign-Language Film: The Great Beauty (Italy)

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Achievement in Sound Mixing: Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro (Gravity)

Achievement in Sound Editing: Glenn Freemantle (Gravity)

Achievement in Film Editing: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger (Gravity)

Achievement in Production Design: Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn (The Great Gatsby)

Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres

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BAFTA Film Awards 2014 – Winners

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Bafta 2014… And the Winners are:

Best Film: 12 Years a Slave

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Outstanding British Film: Gravity

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Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Kieran Evans – Kelly + Victor

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Film Not in the English Language: The Great Beauty

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Documentary: The Act of Killing

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Animated Film: Frozen

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Original Screenplay: Eric Warren Singer, David O Russell – American Hustle

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Adapted Screenplay: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope – Philomena

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Director: Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity

Leading Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave

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Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

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Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips

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Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle

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Original Music: Steven Price – Gravity

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity

Editing: Dan Hanley, Mike Hill – Rush

Production Design: Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn – The Great Gatsby

Costume Design: Catherine Martin – The Great Gatsby

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Make Up & Hair: Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell – American Hustle

Sound: Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro – Gravity

Special Visual Effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny – Gravity

British Short Animation: Sleeping With the Fishes

British Short Film: Room 8

EE Rising Star Award: Will Poulter

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Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema: Peter Greenaway

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National Alfred Hitchcock Day

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Today is the National Alfred Hitchcock Day!

To celebrate I bring to you guys Stephen Rebello’s new article, “6 Great Reasons Why Hitchcock Is Still the Master of Suspense” and his 2 videos that he speaks about Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock, the director’s relationship with his wife, Alma, and the radical way that Psycho changed the way people see movies.

Enjoy!

6 Great Reasons Why Hitchcock Is Still the Master of Suspense

by Stephen Rebello

Psycho. Vertigo. North by Northwest. The Birds. If Alfred Hitchcock had directed nothing more than that astonishing quartet, he’d still be considered the maestro of creating nail-biting suspense, romantic intrigue, and unforgettable thrills. But that incredible run of movies, released in theaters from 1958 to 1963, represents only a drop in the bloody bucket of Hitchcock’s masterworks, which stretch back to the 1920s and extend into the 1970s. If you need a reminder of why Hitchcock rules as the all-time master of suspense, and why he is considered the man who pretty much wrote the book on the genre, here’s your quick cheat sheet.

1) Hitchcock Made Us Scream in the Shower

From Boston to Bangkok, Hitchcock stunned 1960 audiences by doing the unheard-of in Psycho: brutally killing-off the film’s sympathetic heroine—and biggest star—less than half way through the action. Taking his cue from the source novel by Robert Bloch, Hitchcock blasted our notions of safety and privacy by staging the landmark murder scene in, of all places, the bathroom, that tight, white space where one feels most relaxed and vulnerable. Or, at least, used to. And not only did he film Psycho in black and white to help minimize all that blood-letting, but he and editor George Tomasini also employed then-revolutionary rapid-fire editing techniques that suggested nudity and violence. To put the whole thing over the top, he cranked up a shrieking all-strings musical score by Bernard Herrmann. Voila, Hitchcock, his star Janet Leigh, and his merry band of gifted collaborators set a standard for heart-stopping terror that has yet to be topped—but is endlessly imitated.

2) Hitchcock Brought Menace Out into the Open

Dark alleys? Shifty-eyed villains with twirling moustaches? Graveyards? Rain-slicked cobblestone streets? Haunted houses, rattling chains, and bats in the belfry? Hitchcock considered these clichés ripe for parody and, beginning with his British films of the 1920s, the director shone a bright light on terror and dark deeds. With Hitchcock, thrills can even erupt during a kid’s birthday party, as happens in Young and Innocent and The Birds. The sophisticated, stylish heroes and heroine of The 39 Steps and North by Northwest get chased by planes in broad daylight and open spaces; in those same films, and such other movies as Blackmail, Saboteur, and Hitchcock’s two versions of The Man Who Knew Too Much, dramatic action unfolds against the backdrop of tourist attractions and national monuments like the United Nations, Mount Rushmore, the British Museum, the Statue of Liberty, Radio City Music Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall. When violence erupts in and around shower stalls, ski runs, telephone booths, attics, and mountain roads, the lesson is simple: There is nowhere to hide. Chaos and terror will find you, personified by the charming, attractive, and seductive villains of such Hitchcock thrillers as Shadow of a Doubt, Notorious, Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train, Psycho, Topaz, and Family Plot. Other films, from Charade right up through the Batman and Mission: Impossible have been following Hitchcock’s lead ever since.

3) Hitchcock Made Us Walk a Mile in His Heroes’ Shoes

Hitchcock often bragged to the press about how his films grabbed audiences by “making the viewer sweat” and “really putting them through it.” One of the most groundbreaking ways he put us through it was his frequent use of traveling point-of-view shots—that is, moving the camera in a way that places the viewer in the same position as the character on-screen. It’s a technique that makes us uneasy right along with James Stewart when we walk with him down ominous London streets in The Man Who Knew Too Much or when he obsessively stalks Kim Novak up and down hilly San Francisco in Vertigo. We’re jittery when we move slowly up the hill with Vera Miles in Psycho or when we glide along with her toward old Mrs. Bates sitting in a chair under a naked light bulb in a basement. And how about when we walk down a dock with Tippi Hedren, expecting her to be pecked by the birds, or when we hover with her outside the closed door of a room in which she is about to be engulfed by our feathered fiends? Hitchcock isn’t content with merely making us spectators. We’re full-on participants.

4) Hitchcock Tells His Audience More Than His Characters Know

Hitchcock and his screenwriters created some of the most dazzling moments in movie history by emphasizing agonizing suspense rather than simple, go-for-the-throat shock. The innocent little boy in Hitchcock’s ’30s thriller Sabotage thinks he’s carrying a harmless parcel through London; we know he’s carrying a bomb that is set to detonate at a certain time. In the Psycho shower scene, the audience is shown, through the opaque shower curtain, what Janet Leigh doesn’t see until it’s too late: the approaching shadow of a killer. Grace Kelly searches the empty apartment of a suspected wife killer in Rear Window while we, along with James Stewart, break into cold sweats watching the murderer make his way back home. The heroine of The Birds waits impatiently on a bench for a classroom of kids to be let out of school, unaware that flocks of malevolent birds are amassing slowly and silently behind her.

5) Hitchcock Kept Surprises As Surprises

It’s no exaggeration to credit Hitchcock with helping change the way we go to movies. Psycho was made back when the price of a movie ticket bought you a double feature, newsreel, short subjects, and trailers, and movie ticket-buyers tended to pop in and out of theaters whenever they pleased. With Psycho, Hitchcock wanted to create an event. So, he refused to hold any pre-release critics’ screenings, let alone a premiere. He forced movie-theater owners to sign contracts demanding zero tolerance of any moviegoer expecting to enter the theater once the film started. He launched the film’s release with a massive publicity campaign that stipulated in newspaper, radio, television ads, and posters in theater lobbies: “No one . . . but no one . . . will be admitted to the theater after the start of each performance of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.” He recorded announcements to broadcast on radio and through loudspeakers at theaters warning Psycho audiences not to reveal the ending to their friends. The public ate it up. They formed lines around the block, kept the movie’s secrets to themselves, and turned Psycho into a worldwide phenomenon. Can you imagine any of this happening in our era of wall-to-wall social media, instant gratification, and gleeful spoilers? Neither can we.

6) Hitchcock Revealed More by Showing Less

Hitchcock may be known best for cinematic suspense and thrills, but he was equally superb at finding suspense and thrills in eroticism. That long, long, long nuzzle and kiss between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in the ’40s spy thriller Notorious sizzles over six decades later. When gorgeous adventuress Grace Kelly slyly offers retired jewel thief Cary Grant his choice of leg or breast during a picnic above the French Riviera in To Catch a Thief, she’s offering a bit more than cold chicken. Sexy spy lady Eva Marie Saint seduces fugitive Cary Grant aboard a posh train, purring, “It’s going to be a long night . . . and I don’t particularly like the book I’ve started. You know what I mean?” Yeah, we do. And, without a bit of nudity or tawdry grappling, doesn’t Janet Leigh’s long lunch break tryst in a cheap hotel with boyfriend John Gavin in Psycho reek of backstreet eroticism? And the chilling spin Anthony Perkins as Psycho’s own Norman Bates puts on the line, “My mother and I were more than happy . . . ” tells you more than you need to know about that relationship.

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Oscars 2013 – Winners

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Oscars 2013… And the Winners are:

Best Motion Picture: Argo

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Achievement in Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi

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Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

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Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

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Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

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Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

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Adapted Screenplay: Argo, Chris Terrio

Original Screenplay: Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

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Original Score: Life of Pi, Mychael Danna

Original Song: “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth; Skyfall

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Best Animated Feature Film: Brave

Best Animated Short Film: Paperman

Achievement in Cinematography: Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda

Achievement in Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Achievement in Costume Design: Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran

Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling: Les Misérables

Best Live-Action Short Film: Curfew

Best Documentary Short Subject: Inocente

Best Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man

Best Foreign-Language Film: Amour (Austria)

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Achievement in Sound Mixing: Les Misérables

Achievement in Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty & Skyfall

Achievement in Film Editing: Argo

Achievement in Production Direction: Lincoln

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Fall

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This gorgeous time-lapse by filmmaker Jamie Scott starts off like any other video capturing the change of the seasons with the movement of the sun, but then around :30 something pretty remarkable happens. To create the effect Scott filmed in 15 locations around New York City’s Central Park, two times a week, for six months using the exact same tripod and camera lens settings resulting in the footage you see here.

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Caine’s Arcade: the boy who built his own games arcade

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The story of a boy named Caine and his cardboard arcade captured the hearts of people across the Internet.

9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store, and invited the world to play.

CAINE’S ARCADE GOES GLOBAL

Here is the followup film to Caine’s Arcade. The followup film tells the story of what has happened in the 5 months since the original film was uploaded, including the birth of the Imagination Foundation and the launch of the Global Cardboard Challenge.

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Fire Devil

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Filmmaker Chris Tangey shot this incredible footage of a ‘fire devil’ near Alice Springs, Australia on September 11th. In the unedited, raw footage recently provided by Tangey you can watch as the tornado—which is technically more of a dust devil—towers over 100 feet (30 meters) high.

Like the dust devils that spring up on clear, sunny days in the deserts of the Southwest, a fire devil is birthed when a disproportionately hot patch of ground sends up a plume of heated air. But while dust devils find their heat source in the sun, fire devils arise from hot spots in preexisting wildfires.

These plumes form in a very small region over the land. They start to rise very rapidly, and as things start to rise, they suck the surrounding air in like a vacuum. Then you get this twisting that begins to resemble a vortex.

As the vortex rises and sucks the blaze up with it, its diameter begins to shrink and, like an ice skater pulling in her limbs to gather speed in a spin, its rotation accelerates.

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Guinness – Made Of More

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Under the artistic direction of David Wilson, directors Jake & Josh invites us to discover a video showing the making of the magnificent sculpture of Made for More for the Guinness brand. Music by Woodkid and produced by BlinkArt, this video shows the collaboration of artists and craftsmen from different worlds to bring a unique impressive creation.

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The Pleasure Of

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Taking the first bite of a watermelon. Cracking an egg. Floating in the ocean on a sunny day. These are brief, seemingly inconsequential moments that almost immediately slip from memory as they pass, neither life-altering or particularly remarkable, and yet taken together they become a sort of texture of our lives. Filmmaker Vitùc recognized the importance of these small moments and collected several dozen of them in his new video short called The Pleasure Of that was shot in part with an iPhone 4s.

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