In 1972 Isaac Hayes won an Oscar for Best Song for “Theme from ‘Shaft’” from Shaft. Can you dig it?

Here’s to the Dreamers
Every day people spend hours in coffee shops writing screenplays they hope to someday see brought to life on the big screen. In this video, we talk to some of them about their efforts and salute them for chasing their dreams.

The three that started it all (on the silver screen)

“Acting with Adams was also really fun. Amy is the most unselfconscious actress I’ve come across in a while. She’s not afraid to make a fool out of herself. She is spookily talented.” – Emily Blunt.
I was immediately impressed at how much fun she was having while looking absolutely fabulous in her couture gowns. I don’t manage to do either of those things with much grace and was chastened into looking for a way to try and enjoy the ride.” – Frances McDormand.
Amy has a little light on inside her that burns — sometimes a soft light, sometimes a hot little blue flame, but you are aware always of the light. It is her immediacy as an actress, that present quality that makes her special.” – Meryl Streep.
[For about five minutes, he spoke of his admiration for Adams’s talent, generosity and work ethic. He spoke of how he believed people often misunderstood Amy. How in reality she was harder to pin down than she might seem. How she purposely kept a little mystery about herself.] “And for an actor that’s good,” he said. “More should do it.” – Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Happy 40th Birthday, Amy! (Born August 20, 1974)

Eraserhead (1977), dir. David Lynch

Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out! - Dead Poets Society

An Eye for the Movies


A pioneering and inventive artist who helped craft the visual language of film, Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe contributed a wide variety of valuable material from career to the Academy. His career in Hollywood began as a janitor in Hollywood, cleaning out the camera room at Lasky Studios in 1917.


He remained active until 1975, earning Academy Awards for photographing The Rose Tattoo (1955), seen above during production with Tennesee Williams and Burt Lancaster, and Hud (1963), with an additional eight nominations. Other highlights include The Thin Man (1934), Kings Row (1942), Picnic (1955), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Seconds (1966) (seen below), and Hombre (1967). 


The James Wong Howe papers span the years 1915-1991 and consist of scripts, correspondence, article manuscripts, an oral history, radio broadcast transcripts, biographical and publicity material, scrapbooks, and photographs.  The Margaret Herrick Library recently acquired additional materials including business papers and awards.

45 years ago today Jimi Hendrix played a two-hour set to close Woodstock. The film about the event would go on to win the Best Feature Documentary at the Oscars in 1971.

Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi behind the scenes of Ghost World (2001)

Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi behind the scenes of Ghost World (2001)

“Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t”

- Lauren Bacall (September 16, 1924 - August 12, 2014)