As of this morning, Amazon has officially purchased legendary Hollywood movie studio MGM in a deal worth $8.45 billion. That means the MGM library, which consists of over 17,000 hours of television shows and more than 4,000 movies, will help bolster the offerings on Amazon Prime Video – but a handful of major MGM classics will not be among them. If you’re wondering why films like The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, and Gone With the Wind are not included in the MGM/Amazon deal, we have the answer. Read More »
As society has progressed over time, cultural touchstones from the past have become outdated and in some cases problematic. That can make revisiting classic films a little troublesome. How can we revisit, revere and respect classic movies that have such blatantly racist characters and outdated depictions of our culture? Turner Classic Movies may have the answer.
The cable network known for keeping the love for classic films alive is kicking off a new series tonight called Reframed: Classic Films in the Rearview Mirror. With films ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s, the series will host discussions about 18 culturally significant films that are considered classics of cinema but also have problematic aspects to them. The hope is to provide context so that the films can both be appreciated and scrutinized. Read More »
Gone with the Wind was suddenly removed from HBO Max two weeks ago in the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests after a plea from 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley. The streaming service quickly acted and explained the movie would eventually return with a disclaimer about the inaccurate and insensitive depictions of slavery in the Antebellum South and discussions about the historical context of the classic film from 1939. Now the movie has returned to HBO Max, this time with Turner Classic Movies providing two videos that provide more insight into the film’s legacy. Read More »
As protests against racial injustice continue, the newly launched streaming service HBO Max decided to remove Gone With the Wind from its library due to racist depictions. HBO Max plans to add the movie back eventually, “with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions,” but in the wake of the heavy media coverage about the removal, Gone With the Wind is burning up the charts elsewhere. The 1939 movie is now at the top of the best-sellers sales chart for TV and movies, and at number 5 on Apple’s iTunes movie chart.
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Thanks to the Black Lives Matter protests happening around the world, people are starting to listen more intently when it comes to supporting more diversity and stopping racial prejudice. And that includes the entertainment industry. In fact, HBO Max has listened to the plea of one specific black filmmaker when it comes to removing a film that is highly regarded as a classic but also perpetuates some upsetting, inaccurate depictions of slavery and racial stereotypes.
Gone with the Wind has been removed from the HBO Max library for the time being after 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley wrote a passionate op-ed asking for the film to be taken down. The streaming service removed the film last night and made an official statement explaining their stance on the film’s prejudice and problematic portrayals of slavery. You can read it below. Read More »
The Directors Guild of America is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and it has decided to commemorate this event in a manner most befitting of the internet age: by making a list. More specifically, by polling DGA members and assembling a list of the 80 best-directed movies made since 1936, when the guild was founded. That’s one movie per year.
And like all internet lists, it’s bound to inspire conversation, eye-rolling, yelling, and maybe even a little cheer or two.
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It hasn’t been the best week for Charles Foster Kane, as he lost the top spot on the Sight and Sound list of All-Time Best Films. But he’ll travel to San Francisco for screenings at the great Castro Theater. As a bonus, three artists have reinterpreted his film, the all-time great Citizen Kane, in poster form. It’s gonna be a great weekend at the movies.
Spoke Art is releasing Citizen Kane posters by Sam Smith, Chuck Sperry and Adam Juresko as well as The Big Sleep by Sperry and Gone with the Wind by Smith online today and at the theater this weekend. Check them all out after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
In this current remake-happy cinematic climate, that Gone With the Wind is being eyed for a do-over isn’t much of a shocker — but the name behind it certainly is. In an interview with NextMovie, former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff expressed his desire to star in a remake of the classic romance from 1939, and even offered up one idea about the casting.
Hasselhoff told the site that his manager had been unhappy with him for signing on to the ultra-campy Piranha 3DD. “He wants me to do a Knight Rider film or Nick Fury, which I was supposed to do, or a remake of Gone With the Wind,” Hasselhoff said. Later in the conversation, he brought up the potential Gone With the Wind project again. “Hopefully the Gone With the Wind will come, hopefully something great will happen.”
Naturally, the conversation then turned to who could tackle the iconic Scarlett O’Hara role opposite Hasselhoff’s Rhett Butler. Hasselhoff suggested Rachel Weisz, though he initially referred to her as “Rachel Rice.” “I think she’s hot,” he said.
After the jump, WWE’s Leprechaun remake hires a writer and Robocop star Joel Kinnaman offers up new details.
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