Film

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For better or worse, the current state of cinema's animated output can be traced back to 1992's blockbuster film Aladdin. Not only was it a groundbreaking film with its breakneck pace, marvelous songs, and increased use of computer-aided animation, but it also established the "star turn" in animated films, with its zany genie voiced by the late Robin Williams. There was so much talk of an Academy Award nomination for Williams that year that I continually have to remind myself that he didn't actually get the nod.

There are few costumes more recognizable than the blue-and-white checkered dress Judy Garland wore as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. On Monday, an unidentified buyer snapped it up for $1.5 million over the phone during an auction at Bonhams in New York City.

The journey a film score takes, from the composer's brain to what comes out of the speakers at your local theater, is a long and complicated process. In the case of the new Pixar film The Good Dinosaur, the work began seven months ago. Audiences will hear it for the first time on Thanksgiving Day.

 

Almost since the beginning of the motion picture industry, people have been telling the story of the Alamo on film. A quick check of IMDb reveals over a dozen movies about the Alamo that have been produced, and the oldest surviving feature among them, Martyrs of the Alamo, turns 100 on November 21, 2015.

In his 55 years in the film industry, Burt Reynolds has made dozens of films, including 1972’s “Deliverance” and his Oscar-nominated turn in 1997’s “Boogie Nights.”

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