In 1988, the National Film Preservation Act create the National Film Registry, which selects a couple dozen films each year for preservation in the Library of Congress. Up to 25 films are selected annually as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films.” These have to be at least ten years old, can be feature, short experimental or ‘other’ — anything that is film, really — and are chosen from a list of films nominated by the public.

This year, 2228 films were nominated by the public and twenty-five were selected for preservation. Among those are the big Oscar winner The Silence of the Lambs, everyone’s favorite autistic history hero Forrest Gump, Charlie Chaplin‘s The Kid and one of the greatest (and earliest) train movies ever made, John Ford‘s The Iron Horse.

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Cool Stuff: ‘The Great Directors’ by Madhi Chowdhury

It should go without saying that we at /Film have tremendous respect for the great filmmakers of eras past and present, but we also love to celebrate the devotion that these artists inspire. It’s why we regularly feature fan-created art and videos that double as both homages to these auteurs and wonderfully creative works in their own right.

We’ve shown you the work of Madhi Chowdhury in the past, in a previous post we did of his beautiful posters for films like Apocalypse Now and Black Swan. Now the artist is back with another stunning series, this time paying his respects to some of the classic heavyweight directors. Flip through his work after the jump.

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Earlier this week, we were one of many sites to post a very intriguing video that hit the web. It was from the extras on the DVD of Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 film The Circus and showed what many believed to be a woman on a cell phone in 1928. George Clarke, the filmmaker and Simon Pegg lookalike who made the video, surmised the only thing it could be was a time traveler. And while we guessed that probably wasn’t the case, it was fun to discuss nonetheless. The video has since gone viral, getting picked up by major news organizations and more.

The Christian Science Monitor, however, has gone ahead and done actual research about this footage. And while they can’t say for certain, odds are the woman was just holding a primitive hearing aid called an ear trumpet. Check out a photo of an ear trumpet and read more after the jump. Read More »

On the 25th anniversary of the Back to the Future story, it’s fitting that we finally have visual evidence time travel will eventually be possible. Not really of course, but there’s a video going around, mostly thanks to Roger Ebert, of footage from the DVD extras of Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 film The Circus, which appears to show a woman walking and talking on a cell phone. Is this person, walking around Hollywood in 1928, a time traveler? Hit the jump for the video and wild discussion. Read More »

VOTD: Charlie Chaplin in The Matrix

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What if The Matrix was made in 1905 as a silent comedy starring Charlie Chaplin? It would probably look something like this 7-minute Russian television skit, embedded after the jump.

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Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

I Love You Philip Morris billboard

Cinematical has a photo of the I Love You Philip Morris billboard at Cannes.

Adam Brody talks to IGN about his preparation for the now defunct Justice League movie.

National Lampoon’s Homo Erectus
looks horrible. Check out the red band movie trailer on Trailer Addict, if you dare!

Temple of Doom Icon Set

IconFactory has released their Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Icon Set.

Uwe Boll told RT what his five favorite films are – and, considering he’s the man who cast Tara Reid as a brilliant archaeologist and made such clunkers as BloodRayne and Dungeon Siege, his picks are kind of surprising. (Apocalypse Now, Dances With Wolves, Clockwork Orange, Citizen Kane, and The Searchers.)

Killdroid: A Mechanical Love Affair

io9 has a first look at Killdroid: A Mechanical Love Affair.

Defamer counts down the Top Five Most Cringeworthy Facial Hair Moments in Cinematic History.

The Strangers Movie PosterThe new poster for The Strangers is kinda creepy. [bloody-disgusting]

AICN has the first test screening review of Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. The reviewer says “it’s similar to “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” – it’s a raunchy sex comedy that also wants to have a sweet romance at its center” and claims the hillarious dialogue is “some of the strongest stuff I’ve heard from Smith in years”, but says “the heart of the movie doesn’t really fly”. Sounds to me like something that might be fixed in editing. It’s also revealed that Justin Long makes a cameo.

Lucasfilm has announced that “Star Wars Weekends” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will give a sneak peek at Star Wars: The Clone Wars , coming to theaters on August 15th. [ComingSoon]

FirstShowing takes a look at the 10 Best and Worst Rappers Turned Movie Actors.

Before you watch the documentary on the new special edition of Raiders of the Lost Ark, beware that a certain character’s identity, which may or may not be a spoiler from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is revealed on screen. [filmchat]


The Movie Blog
lists Five Ways Iron Man was better than Batman Begins.

Friday the 13th

Bloody-Disgusting has the first photo from Platinum Dunes remake of Friday the 13th.

Lance Henriksen (Near Dark, Pumpkinhead) has completed a cameo for Jennifer’s Body. [Shock]

City of Ember Movie PosterCinematical has the teaser poster for City of Ember. Meanwhile Fox Walden has launched the official teaser website at CityofEmber.com.

CinemaBlend has details on the 25th anniversary dvd release of WarGames.

Rotten Tomatoes Names Harrison Ford‘s Ten Best Film Characters.

ABC News lists Five Science Fiction Movies That Get the Science Right.

Diablo Cody will be the next guest programer at Hollywood’s New Beverly Cinema: “To me, the movie night I keep hyping, because I’m so excited about it, is Little Shop of Horrors, the ’86 version, and Labyrinth. And I’m going to do Nightmare on Elm Street 3 with Fright Night. Midnight Madness with Wet Hot American Summer. I’m gonna try and get both Reitman’s in and do an Ivan and Jason double-bill.” [shock]

Zap2It has script reivews of Fox’s two new shows – JJ Abrams’ Fringe and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.

WarMachine

Rejects has this fan art showing what the movie version of War Machine might look like in the Iron Man sequel.

Arcade Fire will be scoring Richard Kelly’s The Box. [playlist]

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will be released into IMAX® theatres worldwide on November 7, 2008. [CS]

Audrina Patridge, one of the stars of MTV’s The Hills, will make her feature debut opposite Chris Carmack and Laura Vandervoort in the Charles Winkler-directed Into the Blue 2. [THR]

Jessica Alba as Charlie Chaplin

Jessica Alba does her best impersonation of the iconic Charlie Chaplin in the June 2008 issue of Allure. [justjared]

The CW has given a 13-episode midseason renewal to Reaper. [variety]

Andras Hamori’s H20 Motion Pictures has greenlit The Gate — 20 Years Later, a sequel to the 1987 horror film that terrified me as a child. [bloody-disgusting]

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eBoy‘s latest poster takes on Los Angeles.

The Mythbusters will take on Indiana Jones.

Rotten Tomatoes takes a look at New Line’s 40 years of independence (before getting gobbled up by WB), 25 movies to celebrate their legacy.

How Green was My ValleyHave you ever seen the movie How Green Was My Valley? Me neither.

Have you even heard of the movie? Didn’t think so.

Yet John Ford’s film somehow won 5 Oscars including Best Picture. But what’s more shocking: It beat out such classic films as Citizen Kane and The Maltese Falcon for the top honor. (Note: I’m not saying that Ford’s film is a bad movie. I’m just saying that in terms of reviews, user ratings, and all time-top 10 lists, it’s not to the level of Kane and Falcon)
How can that be? As it turns out there are a lot of movies that should have won Best Picture but somehow didn’t. Some of them weren’t even nominated!

Let’s take a look at the list.

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Amazing Academy Awards Facts

Academy Awards

Who Votes? As of 2007, 5,830 industry professionals accounted for the voting membership. Actors make up the largest voting block, with a membership total of 1,311.
I want to join! Academy membership can only be obtained by a competitive nomination or a member nomination.

OscarIt’s not an Oscar! The official name of the golden statue is the Academy Award of Merit.
Then Why is it called an Oscar? Bette Davis claims she named the statuette after her first husband, bandleader Harmon Oscar Nelson.

What is that thing? The statuette depicts an Art Deco stylized knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of 35mm film with five spokes, which is supposed to signify the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers and Technicians.

You can’t buy an Oscar! Since 1950 the statuettes have been “legally encumbered” by the requirement that neither winners nor their heirs may sell the statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy for $1. If an Academy Award winner refuses to agree to this stipulation, then the Academy keeps the statuette. Academy Awards earned prior to this agreement have been sold in public auctions for six figure price-tags.

Does my film qualify? A movie has to open in the previous calendar year (from midnight at the start of January 1 to midnight at the end of December 31) in Los Angeles, California.

Walt Disney

Most Nominated: Walt Disney holds the record with 22 wins, and 4 honorary. He was nominated for 64 Academy Awards in all. Composers John Williams and Alfred Newman have 45 nominations each.

Oldest: 80-year-old Jessica Tandy won for Driving Miss Daisy. 87-year-old Gloria Stuart was nominated for Titanic.

Youngest: 10-year-old Tatum O’Neal won for Paper Moon. 8-year-old Justin Henry was nominated for Kramer vs. Kramer.

Longest Standing Ovation: Charlie Chaplin in 1972.

Fun Facts:

Movie studios are strictly prohibited from advertising movies during the broadcast. Isn’t that ironic?

In 1981, the Academy Awards were delayed for one day, due to the shooting of President Ronald Reagan.

Citizen Kane was nominated for nine Oscars but only won one (Best Original Screenplay).

James Dean was killed in a traffic accident in 1955, but was nominated in 1956 for East of Eden and in 1957 for Giant.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the only Fantasy film to win Best Picture.

Movies that won all 5 top awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay): It Happened One Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Silence of the Lambs.

Bad Best Pictures:
The following Best Picture winners have a rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes: The Greatest Show on Earth (38%), Cimarron (36%), The Broadway Melody (42%), and Cavalcade (55%).

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