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Google Doodle celebrates Oscar winner Edith Head


Just in time for Halloween, today’s Google homepage celebrates Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, on what would have been her 115th birthday (she passed away in 1981).

In 1924, Head was hired as a costume sketch artist for Paramount Pictures. She would go on the create costumes for everyone from Sophia Loren to Elizabeth Taylor, and is probably most well-known for her work on of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, including Vertigo, The Birds and Rear Window.

Throughout her long career, she was nominated for 35 Academy Awards, and won eight times — for her work on The Sting (1973), The Facts of Life (1960), Sabrina (1954), Roman Holiday (1953) , A Place in the Sun (1951), All About Eve (1950), Samson and Delilah (1949) and The Heiress (1949).

Incredible Google Doodle celebrates Saul Bass -- VIDEO


Ready to feel an ominous chill in the air while simultaneously being incredibly impressed?

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Saul Bass, the artist responsible for some of the most iconic motion-picture title sequences of all time, including the openers from The Man With the Golden Arm, North by Northwest, and Psycho.

Google’s homepage Doodle today, on what would have been Bass’ 93 birthday (he passed away in 1996), starts with disjointed text bars that spell out ‘Google’ as a nod to Psycho. When viewers click play they are taken through a Google-ized spin on some of Bass’ most famous works: the addict’s arm from The Man With the Golden Arm, the eye from Vertigo, the streets of New York from West Side Story, and many others.

Check out the full 81-second reel below, set to Dave Brubeck’s classic “Unsquare Dance.” Can you name all the movie references? READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: New Rihanna, new Wii U, and new movies -- just in time for the holidays

It’s a short work week, but that doesn’t mean it’s short on entertainment to keep you busy over the long holiday weekend! The week starts off with the AMAs on Sunday and keeps rolling with a videogame platform release, a slew of new movies to keep you and your family occupied, and of course the annual Macy’s parade. Now let’s talk turkey, happy Thanksgiving!

American Music Awards, 8 p.m. ABC

The American Music Awards air live on ABC Sunday night and feature a bunch of sure to be hit performances, including Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Dick Clark and a Gangnam Style rendition from South Korean viral hitmaker Psy. EW will be on the carpet and we’ll fill you in on all the style and showmanship during the night.  READ FULL STORY

'Rear Window' getting a Broadway stage adaptation

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window takes place almost entirely in one setting, so it makes sense that someone would try to adapt it for stage. Sure enough, this morning a consortium of producers announced their intention to bring Rear Window to Broadway…kind of. This morning, Producer Charlie Lyons, director Jay Russell, and actor Tim Guinee (the dead dad on Revolution) announced that they had purchases stage rights for Rear Window – that is, for Cornel Woolrich’s short story Rear Window, originally titled “It Had to be Murder,” which was adapted by screenwriter John Michael Hayes for the 1954 movie. The basic story is the same: Injured man can’t leave his apartment, gets bored, stares out rear window, maybe witnesses a murder. But some of the particulars are different. There’s no vivacious Grace Kelly girlfriend, nor a sassy Thelma Ritter maid. READ FULL STORY

'The Girl' and the Director: A guide to the Hitchcock Blondes

Tonight sees the HBO debut of The Girl, a behind-the-scenes film about the making of The Birds which focuses on the let’s-call-it-complicated relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock and star Tippi Hedren. Hitchcock famously discovered the young ingenue, signed her to an exclusive contract, and moulded her into his vision of perfect womanhood: The Hitchcock Blonde, the classy-cool patrician gal with a reserved bearing that only slightly suppresses a roiling hyper-sexualized id. Hitchcock’s obsession with this specific look created some of the great iconic female roles in film history…and may have also, as detailed by The Girl, led to a manic and prurient fixation on the actresses themselves. Below, find a guide to the great blondes in Hitchcock’s films. READ FULL STORY

'Citizen Kane' no longer tops 'Sight & Sound' poll of the greatest films ever made: What now ranks as No. 1?

We hope somewhere in movie-character heaven Charles Foster Kane still finds comfort in the memory of his childhood sled, because for the first time in 50 years Citizen Kane doesn’t top the Sight & Sound poll.

Every ten years since 1952, the London-based film magazine published by the British Film Institute conducts a sweeping survey of renowned critics and filmmakers to determine what many cinephiles consider to be the definitive list of the greatest movies ever made. The very first poll placed Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves at the No. 1 spot. Ever since 1962, however, Orson Welles’ dazzling fake biopic has taken top honors.

Until 2012, that is. This year Sight & Sound tapped 846 critics and 358 directors to submit individual Top 10 lists. When all the ballots were tallied and aggregated, the magazine’s editors discovered that both the critics and directors had said, “Rosebud, schmosebud.” The critics’ pick for the new No. 1 is… READ FULL STORY

Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window' gets a new view

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out,” Alfred Hitchcock once puffed. Filmmaker Jeff Desom took it upon himself to cut out some bits from Hitch’s voyeuristic 1954 masterpiece, Rear Window, and rearrange them to create a three-minute, single-shot, full-FOV version of the classic film. It doesn’t make the film more dramatic (probably because there was nothing dull to begin with), but it’s still a sight to behold. Watch Miss Torso dance, the Songwriter compose, and Raymond Burr possibly murder his wife, all from the chair-ridden perspective of Jimmy Stewart’s L. B. Jeffries and set to some jazzed-up Brahms.

Technically speaking, it’s impressively seamless, but it also makes you realize how good Hitchcock was at mapping out space in his films. If the courtyard’s geography weren’t so meticulously and intuitively captured, a project like this probably wouldn’t have been possible. Plus, I’m sure the good Master would approve of Desom’s digital stitchwork: After all, he tried to shoot Rope as one long continuous take, hampered only by the 10 cuts needed to switch the camera’s film magazine. Actually, maybe that could be Desom’s next project… READ FULL STORY

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